Beauty Bee-haviors: How many mascaras do you have?

Welcome to another post from the Beauty Bee-haviors series. In this series we have open discussions about any and everything in the beauty world.
How many mascaras do you have?

Do you stick with one or are you constantly buying more?
Yall know that I am a mascara reviewer but I only have about 4 mascaras. Seriously! That’s it!
What do I do with the ones I review?

No, I don’t save my receipt and return them all. That could have probably worked once or twice but I have reviewed over 40 mascaras so how would that look? HA! I usually trash them. Some are given to me but most of them I purchase. In the future I think I will use disposable wands as I test mascaras. That way if I don’t like them I can give them to friends and family.

But enough about me. What about you?

Mascara Monday: Maybelline Sky High Curves mascara

Rise and shine, cupcakes! It is another Monday. *insert groan audio clip here* How was everyone’s weekends? I went to an event and met up with some of my family members. Which is a big deal because my family has always been so spread out. Even my immediate family. My youngest sister and I just happened to both be wearing green. Ain’t that somethin’?

She’s a mess like her big sister. I also enjoyed the 80 degree weather here in Orlando, Florida. 5 degrees warmer and I will literally be running to the beach!

And I finally saw Slumdog Millionaire. Probably the best movie I have seen all year. I’ve had the soundtrack for awhile so it’s good to put a sound with….the movie.

Now for the mascara review….did this mascara really give me sky high curves? Or is just an exaggerated claim?

Maybelline Sky High Curves mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 (around $6. I got it as a BOGO buy from Walgreens )
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5
Bold
What it claims: “Captures each lash. Lengthens to the extreme. Sets daring curves beyond your natural lash. No clumps, no globs.(per packaging)

The truth:
I love it. Definitely an amazing mascara that gives me super long lashes!

What I loved about it:
The length…it’s pretty impeccable, yall!

What I didn’t like:
It was a little clump-a-licious but nothing that I couldn’t handle.

Overall: Often times we are so used to only looking at mascaras that are “new”. You know….the ones with commercials and pop up in magazines. But what about the veterans mascaras. The ones that came out a year or two ago. I decided to give Maybelline’s Sky High Curves mascara a whirl and lemme tell yall….I’m glad I did. This mascara is GREAT! I think it is absolutely phenomenal. I purchased this tube about 2 weeks ago and I am STILL wearing it religiously. Normally I am volume-seeker. I love thick lush lashes over length. But I managed to fall in love with a mascara that wasn’t so volume-enriched.

The wand is pretty decent. It almost looks like Maybelline Lash Stiletto. Almost.

If you seek length and curl…this mascara is IT! Yes, I said it. It even provides a bit of curl. Amazing to say the least.

I did notice that by the third coat it was a little clumpy-wumpy but that’s to be expected. And it wasn’t “insanely clumpy”. More like “Oh wow, your lashes look amazing and I’m looking past those clumps because….your lashes look so amazing.” Kinda like that.

And is it just me or do my lashes really look like they are reaching for the sky? LOL, I bet about 3 of yall laughed at that one.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 3 coats of mascara


LOL @ that eyelash that just won’t curl. It is seriously standing straight up. I kinda like it though. It’s funny lookin’ but it doesn’t bother me.

Would I recommend it?: Absolutely. It really is a great mascara. It’s affordable and can be found anywhere.


A loyal fan of this mascara? Never heard of it? Want it? Need it? Could care less. Tell me!!

Enjoy your Monday, family!

Always,


Mascara Monday: blinc Kiss Me mascara

Greetings family! I hope that you all had wonderful weekends. I know the big talk was the Oscars but I didn’t even watch it. I’ve never been big on watching award shows. Can you believe that? But did any one catch it and want to update me on who had the best dress or make-up? Whatcha think?

Anywhoovers this mascara was requested a while back. I’ve heard many raves about it. But does it live up to those claims and raves? Let’s see…

Blinc Kiss Me mascara

Price: 4 out of 5 (I got it for $24 from Sephora)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5
Bold
What it claims:Blinc Kiss Me Mascara is the original tube-technology mascara. It’s invented to form tiny water-resistant “tubes” around your lashes for maximum amplification and hold, rather than painting them like conventional mascaras. Once applied, the tubes bind to your lashes and cannot run, smudge, clump, or flake, even if you cry or rub your eyes.” (source)

The truth:
I expected it to do a little more.

What I loved about it:
The wand is perfect for those with smaller eyes and lashes.

What I didn’t like:
I needed a little more “Umph“. I mean it wasn’t bad but after applying it, I looked and the mirror and thought, “That’s it?”

Overall: I took on a different perspective about this mascara when I was sharing my thoughts about it with the lady who worked in Sephora. Our conversation went something like this:

ME: “What do you think of Blinc’s Kiss Me mascara. I have been reviewing it for a while and it just doesn’t seem to impress me. What are your thoughts?”

Sephora Lady: “Kiss Me definitely isn’t one of the most dramatic mascaras out there but it works beautifully on Asian ladies and other women with smaller eyes.”

ME:Ohhh okay. That makes sense. I found that I had to keep applying and applying to even get a ‘decent’ amount of volume and length.”

Sephora Lady: “Right…it probably isn ‘t for you if you desire a LOT of volume and length. What’s great about it is that it is a rich black mascara. It looks very natural but gives a certain pop to your eyes too.”

I pretty much learned a lot more from this mascara and had a greater appreciation for it by talking with the Sephora Lady than from my own experiences using it. This mascara brought me back to one important lesson in mascara reviewing: Everyone is looking for something different. While I am desirous of long and full lashes, some ladies just want a little ‘somethinsomethin‘.

In which case, Kiss Me would work. Oh! I almost forgot to mention….this is a fiber mascara, so you know what that means right? To take it off, all you have to do is wet your fingers with warm water and then gently remove it. Easy! This is probably one of my favorite perks of fiber mascaras. Well, Blinc doesn’t call them “fibers”….they refer to them as “tubes”….hence their motto “Tube your lashes”.

It looks like this!


Pretty groovy (or scary), uh?

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Would I recommend it?: I would. I don’t think it’s for me but I know that it would work beautifully on other women out there….especially those with smaller lashes.

Have you tried this mascara? A fan? Or not so much?

Have a wonderful Monday!

Always,

This Day in Black History:
1979Frank E. Peterson Jr. named the
first Black general in the Marine Corps.


(photo source)

Mascara Monday: Physicians Formula Organic wear mascara

It’s the beginning of a new week and I hope that you all are off to a GREAT one. I had an amazing Valentine’s Day. I was able to spend most of it with my girls from college. I haven’t seen most of these ladies since I’ve moved back to Florida so it was a great little reunion for all of us. The greater part of Valentine’s Day was spent with someone special so all in all it was a good day!

But is THIS is a good mascara? Hmm….so many products have gone 100% natural and “eco-friendly” and while I am not opposed to products like this, I do rate them the same way I would rate a traditional mascara. That means I expect the same performance based on their claims. Did this one impress me? Or will I be throwing it in the recycling bin?

Physicians Formula Organic
wear mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 (I got it for $10 at CVS)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What it claims: “Revolutionary 100% Natural Origin formula contains the purest ingredients and provides 5x Lash Boosting for lash length, volume & definition naturally.” (source)

The truth: The idea is great….I’m all for “going green”–even with cosmetics. However, I couldn’t get past the smell and the formulation just doesn’t dry.

What I loved about it: The packaging is tres cute. I love love love it. I also like how the mascara is 100% all natural. For someone who who is big on eating all-natural and wearing her naturally, I could definitely have some all-natural additions to my make-up collection. I was hoping that this product could be that introduction.

What I didn’t like: It just isn’t comparable to a regular mascara. And the smell is horrific! I mean….awful.

Overall: Let’s rap a little bit about the wand.


It’s not bad. It’s not exceptionally good either. I would REALLY like it it the the bristles were a little longer and the wand were more steady. It is a too flimsy and of course that affects the control you will get when applying it to your lashes.

Let’s do a rundown of what is in this mascara:

-100% free of synthetic solvents
-Organic Orange water
Orangic Aloe and Cucumber extracts
-100% natural orgin biopolymers
-1oo% natural orgin preservatives
-100% natural orgin rice protein & organic tapioca starch organic beeswax
-100% free of petroleum by products, parabens, GMO and synthetic fragrances

Right off, I’m impressed. Traditional mascaras contain a great deal of synthetic preservatives and solvents. These ingredients put you at risk for eye irritations. So it is definitely comforting using a mascara like this.

But that’s where the comfort ends. Unfortunately, while it gives me a decent amount of volume and length it just doesn’t last. I find that the Floridian humidity makes the mascara literally slide off of my lashes. Traditional mascaras usually leave your lashes relatively hard. This mascara does not do that. Because of that I endured a lot of smearing and found that within a few hours, the mascara was just gone. I also couldn’t get over the smell. It just didn’t go away! It was a very distinct plant-y smell that just didn’t sit well with me.

I really wanted to rate this mascara a little higher but the performance just wasn’t there.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


Would I recommend it?: I think it’s worth a try. Just because it didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it can’t work for someone else. I think my climate has a lot to do with it. Plus it’s all natural so it really is worth a try….even though it smells like potting soil.

Didn’t do a video review this time around.
Should I? Let me know in the comments.

Would you be open to trying a mascara like this? Should all mascaras go “all natural”? What do you think?

Have a wonderful Monday!

Always,

This Day in Black History:
1857-Frederick Douglass is elected President
of Freedman Bank and Trust.
[Mr. Douglass is hands down one of
my favorite revolutionaries]


(photo source)

Mascara Monday: Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara

Okay, is it just me or does it seem like Christmas was just a week or so ago? Why is it already almost mid-February?! That is crazy to me. Before you know it, it will be summer time and yours truly will be flying away to my favorite spots in Hawaii. Or if I can’t afford it, I’ll settle for Daytona or Clearwater beaches here in Florida.

Speaking of “not being able to afford it”….that’s really how I feel about this mascara. I don’t know what it is about me, but I’ve gotten extremely cheap with my make-up purchasing. If I’m going to spend almost $30, I better get more than a measly mascara. And the mascara better be AWESOME!

How did DiorShow Iconic stand up for me? A waste of money or a wonderful investment?

Dior Diorshow
Iconic Mascara

Price: 1 out of 5 ($27 is a bit steep, fam. I’m just sayin’…. )
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4.5 out of 5

What it claims: “A mascara with an innovative oblique brush that curls and defines lashes.” (source)

The truth: I’m just thrilled that it’s not anything like the original Diorshow.

What I loved about it: Wow….I mean, my lashes really looked….almost false! And the wand is pretty groovy. Dior gets 10 points from me for the innovative wand design.

What I didn’t like: This mascara had me residing in Clump City, USA.

Overall: I have been asked to review this mascara ever since it came out. And while I love makin’ yall happy, I just couldn’t allow myself to spend so much on a mascara. Sure, I’ve done it before but times have certainly changed econonmically—as if yall didn’t know.

I felt a little better spending $27 on this baby since it came with a little goody.


As a Sephora Exclusive, the Diorshow Iconic mascara comes in a cute little bag with a mini Addict High shine lipstick. Makes purchasing it not soooo bad.

One of my biggest frustrations with the original Diorshow was the crazy amount of clumps it gave me. I didn’t see why the mascara was so popular when all it gave me was a hot mess of clumps after the 2nd coat.

But Iconic is different; because the wand is different. Which helps with the clump factor a bit, but not tremendously. I think I’m okay with getting away with two coats of mascara with this baby here. And because it’s a “high drama mascara”, I definitely wouldn’t not wear it to work every day.

But does it do its job? I would say so! I managed to get a good amount of curl and length. And of course, volume. I wish Dior would do something with that “gooby-ness” that is their formula, though. It’s just so thick.

But it is still a good mascara and a lot better than the original.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 3 coats of mascara


Would I recommend it?: Only if you can afford it. If not, I highly recommend L’Oreal Volumnious or Max Factor Volume Couture for great black volumized lashes.

What do you think? Have you ever tried this mascara or the original Diorshow? Think it’s overpriced or is it worth it?

Here is my review of the original Diorshow mascara.

Muuuuuah,

This Day in Black History:
1952-Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” wins the
National Book Award.
[I LOVE THIS BOOK!]

(photo source)

Mascara Monday: Max Factor 2000 Calorie EXTREME Lash Plumper

Happy Monday! Yes….this dreaded day is back. I don’t think that I will ever get over “dreading” Monday. I mean….does it ever get better? Gracias a Dios for Mascara Monday. It brings a much needed joy in my life and I hope to your life too.

I know—it ain’t that serious but then again it is! HA!!

So we all know how much I adore Max Factor Volume Couture. Forgot one of the best….this mascara just may be THE best in terms of volume. I love it. I have since reviewed Max Factor 2000 Calorie and uh….let’s just say it wasn’t anywhere near as awesome as that MF Volume Couture.

So how does the EXTREME take? Is it better? Just as good? A disappointment? Hmmm….

Max Factor 2000 Calorie
Extreme Lash Plumper

Price: 3 out of 5 (I got this for around $6 from Ulta)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: “Introducing our new pro tool for the most voluptuous lashes ever. It’s not a mascara, it’s a lash plumper! Our patented fat-wrap formula and extreme brush uniquely wrap and plump every single lash, from root to tip.” (source)

The truth: Wait…is this a wanna-be Cover Girl Lash Blast in black? Hmmm….

What I loved about it: I suppose that the volume isn’t so bad after a good three coats.

What I didn’t like: It just isn’t….the best. I mean, it’s okay. It’s good ‘n terrible.

Also…..what a hot gooby mess. I mean, look at this:


You get an F for that, Max Factor. And perhaps I got a “bad bottle” but my goodness….

Overall: I’m not even gonna lie to, yall….when I first saw this mascara, I thought “Look at CoverGirl Lash Blast’s wannabe little sister.” LOL! I know..cruel. A true mascara reviewer never compares one mascara to another unless the company itself makes that claim. But can you blame me? Look at this!

The brushes are almost identical. Here’s a closer look at Max Factor’s…


So yes…those not used to this kind of wand will have that inital strugge. I’ve learned to manipulate them pretty well, so this was not a downfall for me. I found that it took a good 3 coats to achieve pretty decent lashes. That annoyed me—I don’t like to apply more than 2 coats if I can help it.

The lengthening factor wasn’t so bad. And now that I look at the photos again, the volume isn’t that bad either. But it isn’t amazing. And it certainly doesn’t stand up against Lash Blast.

….or wait–am I comparing them again? My bad, yall. I can’t help it!

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 3 coats of mascara



Would I recommend it?: Nope. It is a definite pass. It’s not bad but I am sure your favorite mascara now is better.

….seriously. I’m just keepin’ it real.

Could it be that Volume Couture is the ONLY decent Max Factor mascara? I’m starting to think so? What say you, folx?

Enjoy your Monday!!

Muuuuuah,

Buy any 2 regular-priced DKNY intimates & get a free thong at macys.com! Valid 1-Feb-2009 through 10-Feb-2009.

CoM’s Take on the 5 Best Mascaras…

Clumps of Mascara veterans, where yall at? Riddle me this….do you think you could guess at least one of my top 5 mascaras on the market right now?

No seriously….I know I review a lot and love a lot but what’s one of my favorite?

Leave your answer in the comments.

…..oh and then go and check out my article at A Few Goody GumDrops. It is there where you will find the answer, my darlings!

Peace and cupcakes,

Mascara Monday: CoverGirl Lash Blast

Happy Monday, beautiful people. I’m back!!

No more “scheduled posts”. I am soooo happy to be back home and glad that I was able to not only head up to D.C. for the Presidential Inauguration, but I also got to spend some time with some of my favorite beauty bloggin’ babes…also known as The Pretty Committee.


Do you see me in the back being all “extra”. Wow. Ohmigoodness, we had a ball. Thanks Shana for that picture. More about those happenings later. Let’s get to the mascara review. I know, I know. This mascara is quite ancient, ain’t it? I have been getting several requests for me to review it. I must admit….I was a little annoyed with having to re-REVIEW this mascara again but I’m glad I did!

CoverGirl Lash Blast
mascara


Price: 5 out of 5 ($7)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 1 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims: “Get a blast of lush, volumized lashes! LashBlast’s patented volume-boosting formula and patent-pending brush are designed to max-out each and every lash, leaving you with the ultimate big lash look.” (source)

The truth: Ummm, wow!! This is good! And I feel like a cosmetic loser for just now showing love to a mascara that’s been out for 288 years.

What I loved about it:
The volume is insane! I mean…it really is there. And it’s there instantly! I almost didn’t need two coats but I’m used to always applying two so I did so out of habit.

What I didn’t like: Like most–the wand. But that’s a given.


It’s good and terrible (name that movie!!). Good because once you get the hang out it…it isn’t so bad. Terrible because..well, look at it!

Overall: This is such an old mascara! I mean…it’s funny that I am just now reviewing it because it has been around for a minute. Actually I did a small review of it in one of my first YouTube videos. Thanks to those who asked me to review it again because I have fallen in love with it! I have been wearing this mascara for quite a while now and am amazed at the volume factor. I found that it also gave me a little length. I didn’t experience any flaking and it held up throughout the day. Again…what a GREAT mascara!

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


It is the TRUTH, ladies! While strolling through CVS a few days ago I noticed that Lash Blast has a sister mascara called Lash Blast Luxe.


However, I will NOT be reviewing this baby here because I refuse to use mascaras with glitter in them. I had a bad experience with that awful CoverGirl Eyelights mascara. Glitter + mascara= eye irritation!! It infuriates me that these companies don’t get this. Goodness gracious….

Would I recommend it?: Absolutely!! Great deal and great mascara if you can get used to the wand.

If you are a crazy mascara consumer like me, I am sure you have tried this one. Tell me what you think!! Would you try the Lash Blast Luxe?

Stay beautiful….and intelligent (inside joke, hehe),

Semi-Annual Jewelry Sale & Event. Get FREE Shipping + Extra Savings at macys.com! Use promo code: VALENTINE at checkout. Offer Valid 26-Jan-2009 through 11-Feb-2009.

(photo source)