Mascara Monday Weekly Instagram Contest

Guess whaaaat? In attempts to be more active on Instagram (because I really do suck at it), I’ve decided to host a weekly contest. And it’s really simple. Look…

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Pretty cool, uh? Each week, I will choose one lucky person and I will buy their next mascara. Yep!

Additional details:

-Winners will be selected every Saturday.
-Winners must be 18 years old or older.
-Only entries posted on Mondays will be valid. The first week’s giveaway is an exception. Only entries posted Monday, April 22nd through Wednesday, April 24th will be valid.
-Contest will be following the rules and regulations here.
-Winners will be selected using random.org.
-Prize value will not exceed $25.
-Winner can decide between receiving a Sephora e-gift card, Visa gift card or $25 via PayPal.
-Winner must EMAIL me at brittany@clumpsofmascara after being messaged! Keep in mind that if your account is private, I will not be able to reach out to you.

Get a head start and follow me on Instagram. See ya there!

Mascara Monday: Clinique High Impact Waterproof mascara

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Look who has a new mascara! And a waterproof one at that. Just in time for summer, the folx at Clinique were so gracious to shoot me this mascara to test drive. I plan on doing a ton of time at the beach this season (yes y’all – I am a total beach babe) and I’m hoping that I can find a mascara that can accomodate my obsession with boogie boarding self.

Let’s see how this one did…

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Price: $16 at Clinique counters and at Clinique.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 2.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “Instant volume and length that resists flaking, clumping, smudging. Our waterproof version of High Impact Mascara can stand up to heat, humidity, an active day. Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Ophthalmologist tested, too.” (source)

The Truth: Decent brush, okay performance but waterproof? Meh.

What I Loved About It: The formula is pretty groovy.

What I Didn’t Like: It was far too flaky for a waterproof mascara.

Overall: FACT: Clinique usually has pretty decent mascaras. And you wouldn’t know it unless you were a Clinique fan because this brand always comes off as being so modest to me. Other brands love to brag about what they do well, but no, not Clinique. I was all kinds of excited to try this mascara because I usually have great experiences with their mascaras. Well, I hate to say it but this one wasn’t so hot.

And it wasn’t the wand’s fault because the wand is actually the best part about this mascara. See…

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Yep. It’s a nice one. It does well at getting those smaller lashes and bottom lashes. It isn’t the most ideal mascara for volumizing but we don’t care about that because this is a waterproof mascara. All we care about is waterproofness. And that’s the thing. It just isn’t there. And that makes me sad.

Formula-wise, the mascara had a bit of glossiness to you. I liked it. It went on well and I didn’t have any issues with trying to get it evenly coat the lashes. It’s a lightweight formula and I didn’t notice any significant boost in my lashes’ appearance. Very little volume and not much length. Like I said, none of that really mattered. But the mascara totally disappointed me in that it didn’t really seem like a waterproof mascara. It flaked a bit throughout the day and after a few splashes of water in the face tests, it seemed to just wipe away. Nooooooo!!

I’ve tried better waterproof mascaras. This one isn’t horrible but I know that Clinique can do better than this. The mascara is still fairly decent because you do get a liiiiittle length.

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Meh. Only if you realllly need to try something new. But don’t expect anything spectacular from this one. Your lashes may get a bit of added length but that’s about it.

 

Have you ever tried any mascaras from Clinique? Doesn’t it suck when a waterproof mascara really isn’t waterproof? Grr!


Mascara Monday: L’Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions mascara

I can’t even remember the last time I tried out a mascara from L’Oreal. It’s been monthssss. They don’t seem to be big on releasing as many mascaras as some of the other brands. Which I guess is okay. Better a few big hitters than a ton of sorry mascaras, ya know? This mascara came in a CVS Beauty Bag that I got for review.

Let’s see how this one did…

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Price: $7 or so at drugstores including Walmart.
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara has a lash-hugging brush with 200 bristles and a shape that simulates the eyelid to capture and precisely define every lash, even the smallest ones. In one motion lashes are separated, intensified, and look shockingly lengthened for an intense make-up result. The brush grips and lengthens the look of each lash for extraordinary lash extension effect–no lash is left behind. Its liquid extension formula coats and lengthens lashes from root to tip for shocking length and intensity.” (source)

The Truth: I’ll never complain about this wand. It is awesooooome.

What I Loved About It: Yeah, the wand. It is perfect for separating super wonky lashes.

What I Didn’t Like: It’s not the best mascara for if you want super volumized lashes.

Overall: Hi L’Oreal! So nice to tango with you again. It’s been so long, darling. First, let’s talk about the one aspect of this mascara that I’m obsessed with – the wand.

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Those little comb bristles literally comb the lashes to perfection. I’ve got cranky wonky lashes that neeeeever go in the same direction. This wands helps my lashes straighten up and act right with ease. I’ve always loved mascara wands like these. Because even though they don’t provide insane volume, they still make my lashes stand out. A wand like this gives them definition. Especially if you have puny lashes.

Formula-wise, this stuff was a bit on the thick side. It had a bit of a matte finish which is neither good nor bad. Okay wait, I lied. One of the downfalls to matte finishes is that they tend to smudge and smear a bit. Especially in high-moisture situations. I’m pretty sure they have a waterproof version of this mascara and I’d roll with that one over this one. I experienced a bit of flaking and I think that can be attributed to the formula. Your best bet with applying this mascara is to apply 1 coat, wait a few seconds and then apply the second coat. The sooner the first coat dries, the greater the chance you have of some flakin’.

Otherwise, I’m a fan of this mascara. Two coats is all you’ll need and it should last throughout the day. Don’t expect a ton of volume but if you’re looking for definition and a mascara to straighten out those lashes, this is your gal.

 

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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Yep! I’m impressed. Granted, you really can’t go wrong when you have a mascara wand like this, but still…it is definitely a mascara worth trying if you’re in the market for a new one.

 

Are you a lover of mascara wands like this?


Mascara Monday: Essence Multi-Action Blackest Black mascara

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Soooo I’m back with an Essence mascara. I am slowly but surely making my way through these mascaras. They don’t seem to release as many mascaras as other brands and that’s totally okay with me. It gives me time to mess around with ’em a bit. Next on the list is this kid…

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Price: $3.99 at Ulta and Ulta.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 2.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “This multi-talented lash lover offers an innovative brush and unique texture with carbon black pigments to ensure more volume, length and curve for the deepest black lashes! A must-have for dramatic eyes!!” (source)

The Truth: It is indeed a super black mascara but man, it’s a flaky son of a gun. Or daughter. I’m not sure of its gender.

What I Loved About It: I’ll always love Essence’s affordability.

What I Didn’t Like: It’s flaky and just doesn’t seem to volumize or lengthen well.

Overall: Ah well. You win some and loose some. My feelings aren’t too hurt that this mascara wasn’t all that. I’ve come across better Essence mascaras and so the disappointment in this one didn’t last too long. For one thing, I’m not a fan of this type of wand.

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I mean, it’s nothing to HATE. I just don’t love it. I find wands like these so tricky to use with my short and wonky lashes. Those with longer and plush lashes will have much better luck. Sweeping through the lashes is challenging if your lashes aren’t all that long but of course it is possible. It just takes some time and sometimes when you only have 5 minutes to do your face in the morning, you don’t really want to deal with super large wands.

But once you get past the wand, actual application is decent. The formula is nice without being too thick or too watery. In fact, I was confused as to why the formula flaked so much because I didn’t find it to be too thick. Typically thicker mascaras lead to flakiness. I’ll tell you one thing though, Essence calling this mascara Blackest Black is dead on. It is a super dark mascara that has the potential to really bring some darkness to the lashes. After 1 coat, I could really see a difference in terms of how dark my lashes looked.

But after 2 coats, I only saw minimal volume and not much length. In fact, if anything my lashes just clumped up a bit. Boo hoo. Hours later my lashes, the mascara seemed to disappear from my lashes and flake away. And nothing sucks more than a flaky mascara. *sigh* So while the mascara does have the potential to give super dark and lush lashes, its inability to last around for hours just wasn’t up my alley.

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats


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Doesn’t look like much, uh? And note the flakiness under my eyes. No bueno.

Do I recommend it?: Nope. But worry not. Essence has plenty of other awesome mascaras.

 

Have you tried any Essence mascaras?


How To Create A Mascara Cocktail

One product women have a big love/hate relationship is mascara. We love it because of its seemingly magical powers to make our eyes look more open and awake. We hate it because if we choose the wrong formula we can end up with raccoon eyes. Love it or hate it, mascara is a must in nearly everyone’s beauty arsenal. If I find a formula that isn’t quite perfect for me on its own, I don’t toss it, I create a mascara cocktail!

Mascara cocktails involve using two different formulas on the lashes. When paired together, the result is so satisfying that you are nearly drunk with joy at the masterpiece you’ve created. My lashes never go naked, and when I get bored, I test out new ways to maximize my mascara stash.

Here are some favorite cocktail combos:

Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara + Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes!

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These are actually two mascaras that I really like solo. However, when paired together, well…that’s when the magic happens. Gifted, is great at adding volume and some length, but Lights, Camera, Lashes! is like a push up bra for your lashes. It gives them curl, and an added lift that Gifted doesn’t. When paired together, the two create the perfect mascara look.

Urban Decay Cannonball + Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara

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Cannonball is a waterproof formula, and because of this, it will hold a curl well when paired with a lash curler. However, Supercurl, which features a curved wand, actually curls the lashes on its own sans separate curling device. Cannonball is a light gel formula which makes it ideal for layering. Together, this dynamic duo will give you curled, lifted and waterproof lashes. Just be sure to use Cannonball as your final coat to reap the waterproof benefits.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara in Black + Ecco Bella FlowerColor Natural Mascara in Brown

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A trick I love to wear to make my eyes look really open and awake is using black mascara on my top lashes, and a brown one on the bottom. You could actually use this technique with any black & brown mascara, but this is the combo I tend to use most. Stila Stay All Day gives the most amazing volume to those with sparse lashes. The wand comes with a unique brush/comb combo that lets you load up the product, and then comb through to separate and lift your lashes. It’s really hard to find good brown mascara, and Ecco Bella is the best I’ve found. While it isn’t fully waterproof, it is water resistant, which means no smudging, unless of course you are going deep sea diving.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Lash Boosting Mascara in Black + Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin FakeOut Mascara in Ultra Black

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This is the newest of my cocktail creations. Physicians Formula Lash Boosting Mascara is the first drugstore formula that did my lashes right. On its own it adds amazing length; I mean truly impressive insane kind of length. I think this is probably the most underrated drugstore mascara out there. When I first tried FakeOut, I didn’t see a big difference between this formula and the Lash Boosting formula. However, after I paired them together is when the fireworks happened. FakeOut is a fiber mascara, and the first that I’ve worn that hasn’t irritated my contact lenses. The lengthening combo of the Lash Boosting formula plus the added fibers from FakeOut created the most fabulous false lash like
effect. Plus, all of the ingredients are natural!

So if you ever find yourself unhappy with a tube of mascara you purchased, don’t toss it! Try pairing it with a different formula and mix up your own mascara masterpiece! I don’t ever recommend physically mixing the formulas in the tube. Simply layer the two different formulas; apply a coat of one formula to your lashes, followed by a coat of the other until you reach the desired look. Remember when using a waterproof formula, you should always end with the waterproof one as your final step.

What are your favorite mascara combos?

More about Lisa:
Liza N. Chung is cruelty-free beauty blogger and makeup artist in Connecticut. Using only synthetic makeup brushes, she works to raise awareness about animal testing in the cosmetics industry. Her makeup area of specialty is weddings and special events. After working for various cosmetic brands and working as a teen model, she found her place behind the scenes helping people look and feel their best. Visit Lisa’s blog and follow her on Twitter.

Mascara Monday: Maybelline The Rocket by Volum’Express mascara

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Oooooh yeah, Maybelline has a new mascara in town. I’m mad late on reviewing it but ya know…that whole “having a baby” thing kinda threw me off a bit, ya know? 😎 But alas, here we are with a review of one of the most popular mascaras to hit shelves this season.

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Price: $5.94 at Walmart and Walmart.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket Washable Mascara’s patented supersonic brush with micro bristles loads on big, sleek volume instantly. Its fast-glide formula keeps lashes smooth. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket Washable Mascara: The most explosive, beautiful lashes ever, 8x bigger, Explosive volume in rocket time, Smoother Zero clumps” (source)

The Truth: It’s not my absolute favorite Maybelline mascara but it’s okay.

What I Loved About It: Super awesome wand that helps with separating wonky lashes. .

What I Didn’t Like: It didn’t volumize the way I really needed it to.

Overall: This mascara totally took me by surprise. I felt like I just reviewed a Volum’Express mascara not too long ago and then along comes The Rocket. The hype didn’t seem to be as prevalent with this one than with other Volum’Express releases. I mean, think about it – the Falsies was everywhere. This kid? Not so much. The thing is, Rocket’s claims aren’t all that spectacular and she isn’t toting any special tricks. She’s just another ‘VolumExpress mascara that promises volume and a pretty awesome wand to boot.

And the wand IS awesome.

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It’s an awesome wand if you really need to separate your lashes. I mean, this baby gets them out there. This is actually my favorite kind of mascara if my lashes are doin’ crazy thangs and looking all wonky. Which, by the way, is all the time. And as great as this wand is when it comes to separating, it isn’t so hot in the volumizing department. Plusher wands are better in this regard.

But that doesn’t mean The Rocket sucks. She doesn’t. I just think her volumizing power is mediocre. Lengthening too. Her strength does lie in longevity though. I didn’t get the waterproof version of this mascara but I found that it did a darn good job at lasting throughout the day without any flakes or smudges. Which is always HUGE in my book.

So if you’re bored enough and just want to try something new, this is a great mascara to holla at. But if you’ve got huge expectations, meh…brace yourself to be a tad bit disappointed. Or, Maybelline’s the Falsies mascara. That kid is truly the winner in the Volum’Express department.

 

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Do I recommend it?: Only if you reallllllly want to try something new.

Whatcha think? Have you tried this mascara yet? Is it just me or do some of the other ‘VolumExpress mascaras seem to do a better job?


Mascara Monday: Prestige My Biggest Lashes Big Lash Effect mascara

So remember that time I reviewed Prestige’s My Waterproof Lashes mascara? Well, My Biggest Lashes Big Lash Effect is the mascara that came alongside that one. I got those 2 mascaras in a pack together. Prestige Cosmetics has yet to really woo me with their mascaras but I’ve still got hope. Some brands do great in other beauty bits and just aren’t all that in mascaras. I can live with that. But come on, I need at least ONE good mascara from ya, Prestige. Help a sista out.

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*crosses fingers*

Price: $6.50 at Ulta and Ulta.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What It Claims: “Full, plush brush coats each lash, intense, long lasting color, one coat application” (source)

The Truth: *yawn* This mascara put me to sleep. There’s nothing to it.

What I Loved About It: It’s got a decent price point.

What I Didn’t Like: It’s one of those mascaras that doesn’t provide much of anything at one coat or 3 coats.

Overall: Oh boy. I’m disappointed, Prestige. I expected this one to be a winner. I mean, when you give a mascara a name like My Biggest Lashes, you kinda expect some kind of ooomph. I got anything but that from this mascara. And that made me sad. The wand is a plush brush and it’s not one of my favorite type of wands.

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Can you effectively apply mascara with it? Absolutely. I did, however, struggle with the mascara’s formula. It’s not too thick or too thin but it’s got a barely there feel to it. Okay, it’s not invisible but it’s the kind of mascara that when you apply a coat to your lashes, you look at your lashes to see if you actually applied anything. It’s weird stuff, I tell ya and I can’t make this stuff up. I think it’s the large brush and its inability to pick up enough mascara that created this problem. Either way, I just know that after I would apply 3 coats, I would have some serious “barely there” mascara-covered lashes. Boo.

And even when you get the mascara on, it seems to slowly disappear throughout the day and as it disappears, it flakes in the process. Boo and double-boo. I don’t have much else to say about this mascara except that even though it’s on the cheaper side, it may not be worth your pennies.

 

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Do I recommend it?: Nope. I’d pass by this one.

 

Have you tried any  Prestige mascaras? Whatcha think about this one?


The QVC-exclusive Tarte Journey To Natural Beauty collection

Confession. I have messed around and become just a wee bit obsessed with QVC. I’ve made a good 3 purchases in the past month and that is soooo unlike me. Pregnancy insomnia has turned into newborn sleep deprivation and I’m just not in my right mind, y’all. And it doesn’t help when my favorite beauty brands have these QVC-exclusive deals.

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Like this one from Tarte. This journey to natural beauty 6-piece collection is so ridiculously swoon-worthy that it don’t make no sense. Sometimes when things are so awesome, you have to drop the formalities of proper grammar ‘n stuff. Available TODAY only, this darling collection contains the following…

The NEW Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement mascara (retail price – $23)

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I am beyond excited about trying this out. The last Tarte mascara I tried rocked my freaking world so I’ve got high hopes for this one. Oh. And it says it’ll increase lash volume by 752%. That’s a lofty promise but dang, I’d be okay with like 492%. Ya know?

Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation (retail price – $32)

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Ma’am and Sirs – if you have never tried a Tarte brush, you need to hop to it. I will likely be using this brush for all over powder because it is just so so soft.

Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in Fearless (retail price – $26)

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Well, we all know how I feel about those Amazonian clay blushes. Obsessed isn’t even the word. Fearless is the newest shade on the block and this warm pink looks like it will compliment all skin complexions beautifully. See…

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It’s got a nice pop of golden shimmer too.

The very NEW Amazonian butter lipstick (retail price – $24)

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Oh geez, this is wonderful and I’m hoping tarte releases a ton of these in various colors. I thought I loved those Amazonian lipsticks and I do, but this creamy lipstick follows the balm meets lipstick concept and you’re left with pigmented but super moisturized lips. Yassss! And the shade Plummy Rose isn’t too bad.

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Brow Architect Shaper, Liner & Definer (retail price – $25)

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A 3-in-1 product for brows? Um…wow. Way to go, Tarte!

Amazonian Clay 12-hour full coverage foundation (retail price – $38)

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Stay tuned for a full review of this baby but considering THIS comes in the set and the retail value is more than half of the price of the entire collection, well…that pretty much means you NEED to get this QVC-exclusive. Just sayin’…

This entire collection of fabulousness comes toted in a gorgeous travel-friendly bag. This really is one of the best Tarte QVC-exclusive collections I’ve seen in quite some time.

Lé Deets:
Availability – Available on QVC on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 ONLY
Cost – $59.94
Pre-order Item # – A233578
February 5th Item # – A231029

This will likely sell out so if you feel like you can’t live without this collection (totally understandable yo), get to pre-orderin’.

Any Tarte lovers in the house? How wonderful is that butter lipstick? ZOMGGGG.