Mascara Application 101

Hi family!!

I hope you all had wonderful weekends. Mine was spent in NYC and I am rather exhausted. But for good reasons. I can’t wait to share all of my discoveries with y’all.

But on to a new addition in the Mascara Bin. This post and the video in it will be a staple in the Mascara Bin and it was also be available for view in the Newbie News tab. I get a ton of emails a week about mascara application. Or what kind of mascaras work for certain lids. I think I’ve covered everything this video. In case you can’t watch it right away, check out some of the tips I went over.

1) It is okay to use more than one mascara at a time.

2) It is okay to use a different mascara wand with a different mascara. However, when you do use this, be sure to sterilize!

3) Purchase mascaras according to the look you are trying to achieve. Desirous of fuller lashes? Purchase a volumizing mascara.

….I mention a lot more!

If you have tips, suggestions or other questions about mascara application, leave them in this post. You may help someone else out!

Enjoy!


Mascara Monday: Maybelline Full ‘N Soft

I have finally gotten around to reviewing one of THEE most commonly requested mascaras. And I “think” this completes my reviews of ALL Maybelline mascaras currently in stores. Well, except Lash Discovery and Unstoppable. What do you think? Should I review those?

Maybelline Full ‘N Soft

Price: 5 out of 5 (around $7.99 )
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “This mascara builds full, soft thick lashes without the brittle feel.

* Prevents loss of lashes with patented Quick Dissolve System that allows easy mascara removal
* No clumps, no globs
* Contact lens safe and hypoallergenic
* Washable; also available in waterproof formula ” (source)

The truth:
Whoa! My lashes really are soft!

What I loved about it: I don’t know why–but I was shocked that my lashes actually stayed soft the entire day. Talk about upholding your claim, Maybelline. That’s friggin’ awesome!

What I didn’t like: Soft….YAY! Full….eh. And the wand is a big boy!

Overall: So I can see why so many of you requested this mascara. It probably stared you down. While you were glancing at the newer mascaras on the market, Mr. Full ‘N Soft was like,
“Hey!! Check me out….I’m old but I’m gold, baby.”

I know I’m not the only one that hears mascaras talking to them.

LOL, I’m kidding y’all. Kinda.

But yeah…Maybelline Full ‘N Soft is not bad. I will say that it isn’t GREAT for me because I desire darker lashes with more volume but this baby is perfect for everyday looks. If I happen to head to the gym after work, I don’t have to worry about it smudging and flaking. You’ll get some length. But not much. I like to think of this mascara as more of a “lash enhancer” if anything. If your lashes are already crazy long and full (then I hate you….lol, j/k) this would be perfect for you!

I should also mention that because it’s soft you don’t have to worry about any flaking. Most mascaras make your lashes hard. When they are hard and brittle you risk them [lashes] breaking and mascara residue falling in your eyes. Eww is right!!

Contact wearer or an allergic sufferer who is always eye-rubbing? Maybelline Full ‘N Soft would work for you too!!

Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)



Lashes with 2 coats of mascara



Random photo! Had to conceal my tattoo for church. It rubbed off a bit HA!

Would I recommend it?: Absolutely!

Video Review:
Maybelline Full ‘N Soft mascara

Anyone try this oldie but goodie?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

(photo source)

Mascara Monday: L’Oreal Telescopic mascara

Happy happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great one. I was able to do some road trippin’ up to North Florida so I am happy as a clam. Traveling is a way of life for me…..even if it’s only 4 hours away. I love it and need it to function.

On we go to the mascara review. My sister Courtney is the model for this Mascara Monday. We have different eye lids and shapes and I think her eyes REALLY show the awesomeness of Telescopic.

L’Oreal Telescopic mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 (I got it for $5.49 at Ulta)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “L’Oreal Telescopic enhances your lashes with intense length and lash by lash separation. The flat side of the patented flexible Precision brush lengthens lashes up to 60% while the comb side of the brush separates with exact precision for clump free result.” (source)

The truth:
If you are looking for serious separation, this mascara may be your total BFF.

What I loved about it: L’Oreal Telescopic has many many fans. While the mascara’s performance alone is decent, it is the wand that really steals the show.

What I didn’t like: I found it to just be “okay” with the lengthening. I was looking for insanely longer lashes.

Overall: My review for L’Oreal Telescopic is anything but prompt. This baby has been out for quite some time. In fact, I was rocking it before Clumps of Mascara’s existence. I am reviewing it again simply because I think it needs to be added to the Mascara Bin. This is a popular mascara and no mascara archive is complete without it.

First things first—I think this mascara is GREAT for ladies with smaller lashes and lids. I get a few emails from my Asian ladies telling me that they struggle with mascaras that have HUGE wands and bristles (ahem…Lash Blast). I can see the frustration in this. Having said that, Telescopic is PERFECT with baby lids and lashes.

If your lashes are sparse and volume is what you seek, Telescopic will may not deliever the volume but what it will do is give you the illusion of lush lashes. The wand is perfect for separation and taming wild and out of control lashes.

L’Oreal Telescopic comes in Brown Black, Black, Blackest Black and Carbon Black. I like that you get a lot of variety. As for me, the darker the lashes the better.

As much as I like Telescopic for others, it isn’t the mascara for me. My lashes like the separation aspect but that is as far as it gets with me. Which is okay. I chose not to give it low ratings just because it didn’t work well for me. It is a slamming mascaras for several reasons and it deserves high ratings on Clumps of Mascara!

Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)



Lashes with 2 coats of mascara



Would I recommend it?: Yep!! If you have smaller lids and lashes, this mascara will rock your world!

Video Review:
L’Oreal Telescopic mascara

I KNOW you’ve tried this mascara. Tell me what you think!!

A crazed mascara reviewer,

(photo source)

Mascara Monday: Lumene Blueberry Curl mascara

Happy Monday, my darlings! I hope that those celebrating in the U.S. had a wonderful 4th of July. My Mommy came down from North Florida to visit and we had a ball!

I have received several requests to review this mascara. Some are a few months old. But it’s not because I forgot! I really couldn’t find it! A stroll down Ulta had this mascara calling my name so behold…..

Lumene Blueberry Curl mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 (I got it for $9.99 at Ulta)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: Perfectly voluminous lashes with the power of Nordic nature! A mascara which combines unique Finnish blueberry seed oil with the exceptional characteristics of an innovative plastic mascara brush. (source)

The truth:
It doesn’t smell like blueberries but woooow, it’s good!!

What I loved about it: Well for starters, the wand rocks. This may be one of the best wands that I have ever used. The bristles are just perfect. It looks like Cover Girl’s Lash Blast wand but better….the bristles are longer making separation of the lashes easy.

What I didn’t like: Shucks man….this mascara would get a 5 if only it lasted throughout the day! Boooo!

Overall: I first heard about Lumene’s Blueberry Curl mascara from Vanessa at Contests and Such. And of course my first question was, “Does it smell like blueberries?” Blackberry seed oil is used in this mascara and aside from it helping curl your lashes, it is also supposed to keep them stronger and healthier. This is definitely the kind of mascara you would want to use over time to see if they indeed become stronger and longer.

Ahhh….what I can say? Initial application is amazing. You can apply up to three coats of this mascara without any clumps. Already amazing in my book. Even the curl factor is up to par. And that says a lot since the average mascara doesn’t really “curl”.

But the real problem is that the mascara looses its “umph” throughout the day. While my lashes look long and curl-tastic now, a few moments outside in the Floridian heat and the mascara seems to just wither away. It isn’t as hard as most mascaras. But that’s just me. I would imagine ladies in other climates or with less oily skin would not have this issue.

Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)


Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Would I recommend it?: I do. It really does deliver the curl factor. And maybe it will hold up better on you than it did on me.

Video Review:
Lumene Blueberry Curl mascara

Tried this?
Want to?
How cool would it be if there was a Strawberry mascara? Sooo hot!

A crazed mascara reviewer,

Sephora’s Mascara Sampler and more….

Happy Monday! I don’t have a mascara review this time around but I have something better.

Sales!! Yeahhhh baby, you know you love savin’ a dollar or two. Or ten. Sephora has some awesome samplers that are worth taking a look at.

First up is the Blink, Winks & Brows Eye Deluxe Sampler. I hiiiiighly recommend this baby here for the lady who wants to take some baby steps into higher-end products. Don’t get me wrong, I will always be a drugstore diva but there’s nothing wrong with adding a little luxury to the beauty stash. This sampler allows you to get a little taste of the good life for half the price.

[Warning]: After using Lancome Bi-Facil Makeup Remover, uh….you will never turn back. It is the BEST.


Blink, Winks & Brows Eye Deluxe Sampler ($112 value for $40)
This limited-edition set features deluxe samples of handpicked eye essentials that are sure to deliver a swoon-worthy gaze. From a botanical brow gel to a lock-it-down primer to a tawny eyeshadow trio, this kit allows you to play with your products and create endless eye looks.

This set includes:
– 0.02 oz Sephora Electro Liner Copper
– 0.017 oz Anastasia Brow Gel
– 0.095 oz Anastasia Matte Highlighter
– 0.1 oz Urban Decay Primer Potion
– 0.11 oz Too Faced Shadow Insurance
– 1.7 oz Lancome Bi-Facil Makeup Remover
– 0.25 oz Cosmedicine Opti-mologist Eye Cream
– 0.005 oz Smashbox Mini Cream Eye Liner Palette
– 0.14 oz Stila Mini Smudge Pot
– 0.06 oz Smashbox Mini Eyeshadow Trio in Head Shot

Look at this! A mascara girl’s dream! Can you believe that I have reviewed over 50 mascaras but not one of them are in this sampler? Hmmm….this may be a great investment for me. Except, I’m a bit of a mascara snob and feel like I need a full tube to really get a good idea of how well the mascara is. But if you aren’t a chronic mascara reviewer, this sampler would be perfect for you!

Lashstash Mascara Deluxe Sampler ($96 value for $39)
This limited-edition set features deluxe samples of handpicked mascaras that are sure to fatten your flutter. From a lash base to a rice-bran-enriched mascara, this kit allows you to mix n’ match ’til you create the lush lashes of your dreams.

This set includes:
– 0.1 oz Anastasia Lash Lifting Mascara
– 0.1 oz Tarte Lights Camera Lashes
– 0.1 oz Sephora Atomic Volume Mascara
– 0.24 oz Stila Multi Effect Mascara
– 0.14 oz Benefit Bad Gal Mini
– 0.2 oz Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash
– 0.13 oz Too Faced Mini Lash Injection Pin Point
– 0.12 oz Smashbox Bionic
– 0.07 oz Lancome Cils Booster
– 0.085 oz DuWop Lash Venom
– 0.14 oz Korres Provitamin B5 and Rice Bran Mascara

Interested?
Impressed?
Snagging?

Mascara Monday: Rimmel Glam’ Eyes Lash Flirt mascara

I love mascara requests.

I mean….they literally light up my inbox. While quite a bit of you have been requesting throwback mascaras, this week I got a ton of requests for Rimmel’s newest. Which is interesting because I wasn’t even going to review it! But the people have spoken so here it is…..

Rimmel Glam’Eyes
Lash Flirt mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 (I got it for $7.29 at CVS)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims: Check out the packaging!


The truth:
Okay….so 80% is a dramatic claim but it ain’t too shabby.

What I loved about it: The wand is pretty amazing. The bristles are GREAT for separating. Especially if you have those crazy tangled lashes like I do. They are stiff and thin enough to get through the lashes. But I don’t like about the wand is that it is a little too “wobbly”. Flexible=good. Bo-yoing-yoing factor? Not so much? But it doesn’t cause TOO much of a problem.

What I didn’t like: I would have liked some more volume. Especially since that’s what the mascara said it’s going to do. To make up for the volume….I got insane length.

Overall: I reviewed the original Glam Eyes here. What I am finding with the Rimmel mascaras that I review is that they ALL give me what I’m NOT looking for. Which I suppose is better than it giving me nothing at all. This Lash Flirt is pretty darn good. It really gets your lashes out there and guess what? It’s build-able! Go ‘head and apply a 3rd coat. Or a 4th coat if you’re a rebel. You won’t get crazy ‘clumps of mascara’…haha. I did experience smudging (watch the video to see what I mean) but then again that could be my own clumsiness.

Lashes without mascara
(curled lashes)


Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


Look! Twins! Haha!

Would I recommend it?: Sure! Why not? Give it a whirl! Besides….the packaging is crazy cute.

Has anyone tried this mascara yet?
Interested? Not so much? Whatcha think?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

Mascara Monday: Maybelline Pulse Perfection vibrating mascara

It seems like it has been quite a while since I have done a mascara review. I’m glad that good ole’ Maybelline Pulse Perfection is breakin’ a sista’s hiatus. This is another one of those “highly requested for review mascaras”.

This is the FIRST drugstores vibrating mascara. Well, SpinLash did come out a year or so ago, but this is the first we’ve seen from a big name cosmetic company.

Is it amazing?
Is it everything you thought it would be?

Take a look…..

Maybelline Pulse Perfection
vibrating mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 ($14.99—pretty pricey for a general drugstore mascara purchase, but after all….it does vibrate. )
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4.5 out of 5

What it claims: I can show you better than I can tell you! Here is the packaging’s claim:



The truth:
Well, it’s not your average mascara! That’s for sure….

What I loved about it: The Define-A-Lash wand. The mascara’s name in its entirety is “Maybelline Pulse Perfection BY Define-A-Lash. So that’s what you can expect as far as the wand’s look goes. Despite not being an enormous fan of Define-A-Lash (check out my review here) I have always loved its wand. It is perfect for ladies with smaller lids/lashes and gets into those small corners beautifully.


I also like the packaging’s other details. Aside from showing you what the wand looks like before you buy it, it also tells you how to use it!

What I didn’t like: I found that the vibrating was a little too much….at least for me. I don’t have “sensitive eyes” but the vibrating even had my eyes welling up a bit. I also found that it tends to get a little clump-alicious around the 2nd coat. Three coats is definitely a no-no with this mascara as you will certainly be entering Clumps City

Overall: Despite the two or so downfalls I am CRAZY impressed with this mascara. Maybelline has always managed to impress me as far as mascaras go and Pulse Perfecting definitely takes the cake as my favorite Maybelline mascara.

Wait…no, maybe not. I am still married to Lash Stilleto but don’t tell Mr. Pulse that. HA!

Seriously, if you are looking for length, Pulse will give it to ya! Volume? Mmm, it could definitely be better in that department, but it’s not bad. I guarantee that you will be too busy being impressed at the length to even care about volume. I didn’t experience flakiness throughout the day.

I really do wish that I didn’t experience clumps around the 3rd coat—but I did. I wanted to get as much length as possible but Mr. Pulse wasn’t havin’ that. So be careful.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)



Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Would I recommend it?: Absolutely! Aside from it being fun to use it really does give you insane results.

The video reaaallly shows the what the vibrating wand does.

Has anyone tried this mascara yet?
Interested? Not so much? Whatcha think?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

Mascara Monday: Myrabelle Mascara Shield

Happy Monday, family! And Happy Memorial Day. Memorial Day is an American holiday that honors our fallen soldiers. Take a moment out of your day to reflect and remember those soldiers who risked their lives for all of us. Now if that ain’t beauty, I don’t know what is.

I have been thinking about expanding Mascara Monday. Instead of seeing mascara reviews EVERY Monday, you can expect mascara discussions, tools of the trade and any other randomness we (of course I’ll need your contributions and recommendations!) come across.

Also, if you are a fellow blogger that has featured some of the same mascaras that I have featured, I will gladly link you!

On to the review!

Myrabelle Mascara Shield

Price: 3 out of 5 ($10 online. It was $5 at The Makeup Show NYC)
Packaging (Brush Wand): N/A
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “This non-toxic plastic device placed under the top or bottom eyelashes ensures the uniform application of mascara without disturbing other make-up or marking the skin. It brings into relief thin or sparse eyelashes making them easier to see. For thick and long lashes, mascara application goes on more smoothly and evenly.

The Myrabelle Mascara Shield can be used in the same way for eyelash tinting & applying individual false eyelashes.” (source)

The truth:
I haven’t seen anything else like this before so I can’t compare it to another brand. It takes some time getting used to it but it is very effective.

What I loved about it: It allows you to really get to the roots of your lashes. Which means….more length!

What I didn’t like: It isn’t all that comfortable and made my eyes water after awhile. But I think that’s just because my eyes are used to buggin‘ out like that. Ha!

Overall: This is one of those products where you are like, “OMG, why didn’t I think of this?” It is very innovative and I find it to be really really useful. This is great for those of us out there who have a hard time applying mascara without getting the residue on the lid. Even I have this issue! And it becomes extremely frustrated when you have already applied a ton of eyeshadow. Yikes! The mascara shield prevents this from happening.

Got shaky hands? I find that this gives you more control. Especially for the lower lashes–which by the way, I never apply mascara to. And the reason why I don’t is because I always end up getting it all over the place. The shield helps with that!

And what I REALLY love about it is that it allows you to get to the root of your lashes. This is almost impossible to do with a mascara wand. I mean…you can try, but honey….I’m too afraid that I would poke myself in the eye. Ha!

Some shots of the Mascara Shield in action…

Okay, now I’m just being silly. HA!

Would I recommend it?: I would! I think it’s a great little investment. Especially for serious mascara wearers out there.

Yep, I even did a video review of it….

Myrabelle Mascara Shield
Video Review

You can find out more about the Mascara Shield here. Have you tried it? Or would you like to?

Tell me!

A crazed mascara reviewer,