Mascara Monday: Maybelline Hello Kitty Volum’ Express Cat eyes mascara

I thought long and hard about reviewing mascara. Because I love y’all, I didn’t want you to be all upset at me for reviewing a mascara that MOST of you will not be able to find. This mascara is (or was…not sure if they are still selling it or not) exclusive to Asia. And then I thought about it. There have been several mascaras that I’ve reviewed that have been exclusive to the U.S. Which, I’m sure, left my International sisters fuming somethin’ serious.

Plus this mascara is just TOO cute to not be added to the Mascara Bin.

But even with her cuteness, was this mascara a winner?

Mascara Monday: Maybelline Lash Discovery mascara

I’m not trying to be funny (well who knows, maybe I am. :) ) but when I first discovered Lash Discovery mascara, I’ve been having mad dreams about it. That darn mascara came out of nowhere. Or maybe I just never noticed it. The latter is bound to happen considering Maybelline has quite a few mascaras. But from what I understand, Lash Discovery is one of the oldie but goodie mascaras from Mayb. But I’ve never really heard any reviews about it. Is it the best kept secret or kept quiet for a reason?

Don’t judge me for the following photos. I seem to have misplaced my camera (oh trust me…I’m crying inside) and so I had to snap shots using the Android phone. Womp womp.

Mascara News: Maybelline’s retro and Hello Kitty mascaras

Soooo, instead of doing  a mascara review EVERY Monday, I’ve been thinking talking about all of the happ’ns in the Mascara World. You know, deals, sales, upcoming mascaras, mascara ads, mascaras commercials from the 70’s and all other randomness about the one product that women spend millions of dollars on annually.  And yes, I capitalized Mascara World like it exists. I reside there. You laughin’ at me? :)

I took a stroll in Target a few days ago and saw some kids that I THOUGHT were being pulled from the shelves.

Giveaway! $150 in Maybelline goodies!

Last night I totally teased the Clumps Facebook page with this giveaway. If you ever want to know what Clumps has going on BEFORE it actually hits the dot com, the Facebook page would be the way to go. And we’re just mega silly over there. The other day we were reppin’ our favorite football teams. Because you know…sports and beauty CAN mix.

Okay, I’ll quit stalling. In honor of this season’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Maybelline is giving one Clumps of Mascara reader the following…

 The FALSIES by Volum’ Express Mascara, which I reviewed here.

Aaaaand….The Eye Studio Collection, Color Plush Silk Eyeshadows, Color Pearls Marbleized Eyeshadows, Color Gleam Shadow, The Pearls by Color Sensational Lipstick and Lip Gloss

The entire prize pack retails at $150. Whoa momma! Here’s how you can win it…

Leave a comment telling me one of your hobbies
 AND your email address in THIS POST ONLY. Do you sew,
play the sax, swim, read, volunteer? Tell me! Do not 
forget to include your email address!

Zee Rules:
-For U.S. residents only
-Contest ends  Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm EST
-Have you won a giveaway within the past 6 months? Give someone else a chance, homie. 
-Winner will be selected at random
-Family members/personal friends of B are not eligible
-In the event that a winner does not respond in 3 days, another person will be selected

 If you have any questions, email me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. Good luck!

Mascara Monday: Maybelline The Falsies Volum’Express mascara



Good ole’ Maybelline is gracing us with another mascara. If you ask me, I don’t think Maybelline can do much wrong when it comes to mascaras. I haven’t run into one that was just horrible. Think this one will be an exception?


Maybelline The Falsies Volum’Express

  
Price: 5 out of 5 ($7.99 and I’m sure you can catch it on sale too. )
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5


What it claims:
“Patented spoon brush and Kera-fiber formula instantly build 8x more volume without clumping to complete the false lash look”. (Per packaging)

The truth: Another winner!

What I loved about it: It gave amazing volume and length. I love how dark my lashes are.
What I didn’t like: I can show you better than I can tell you.

Maybelline Colossal was the same way. In fact, the stopper that I had in Colossal completely popped out. It’s not a good look but the outcome of the mascara totally made up for it.

Overall:  First of all, can we talk about that beauty that is the packaging? How gorgeous is that magenta? If it were a gloss it would be NYX’s African Queen. Look at me going off topic. Focus B Focus!! Okay…so with a tube this big, you would think that the wand would be just as large as Colossal’s, but it wasn’t.

The wand almost reminds me of Lash Stiletto‘s. And that’s a good thing. It makes for great separation. The only issue may be with the control. If you aren’t used to holding a wand this large, you may struggle with initial application. Practice makes perfect in this regard.This is one mascara that really needs only one coat. I applied two but of course that brought up the clump factor. Which isn’t THAT bad but still…who wants clumps of mascara. Hahaaa! Get it?

I’m hoping that Maybelline soon comes out with a waterproof version of this mascara. It’s a washable mascara so it removes easily but smears away when I wipe my eyes during a work-out.


Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)


Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Click here for my video review.

Would I recommend it?: Well, of course. Maybelline is affordable and easy to find and you will get amazing results with this mascara.

Another winner, kids. Have you tried this one yet?

A crazed mascara reviewer,



This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

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Mascara Monday: Maybelline XXL Pro-Bold

Here’s my 3rd out of 4 reviews of Maybelline XXL Pro mascaras. While some mascaras promise curl, length or volume..this baby promises uh…boldness. Yeah, don’t ask questions yet. Let’s get this party started!

Maybelline XXL Pro Bold mascara

 

Price: 5 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5


What it claims: 


The truth:
Uh…I still don’t know what I’m looking for.

What I loved about it: I think it gives great volume!
What I didn’t like: It was a bit too flake-tastic for me.

Overall:  Every now and then I come across a mascara that puzzles me. Such is the case with this baby here. Now don’t judge me but I am a writer and a self-proclaimed etymologist. Words are my best friends and when they don’t make sense, it makes me want to cry. WTF is ‘bold volume’? What does that even mean? I don’t know about this one, Maybelline. As far as what this mascara is supposed to do, all we get is that it is supposed to provide ’24HR wear and bold volume’. How does bold volume compare to regular volume? I don’t even know, chile.

So while I’m puzzled at the claims of this mascara, I must say…it did do what it said it was going to do in terms of volume. It provided a good amount! But is it bold? Um, I don’t know. It wasn’t THAT bold but it was good nonetheless. But when it came to the 24HR wear, uh not so much. Not only did it not last an entire work day, but it would also start flaking on me a few hours after applying. This is no bueno for those with irritable eyes or contact wearers. But check this out…

This is a fiber mascara. Most fiber mascaras provide length, not volume. Interestiiiiing. But this does give some explanation as to why it flaked on me a bit.

Like the other mascaras in the XXL Pro family, it is dual ended.

Step 1, which promises volume…

And Step 2, which promises “24HR wear”…

The wands were so so. Not good or bad but average.


Lashes without mascara
(curled lashes)








Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

After 1 coat of Step 1…

After 1 coat of Step 2…

The volume is pretty darn good, uh? Oh yeah! But I’m still lost on that whole “bold” thing. This really should have been called a volume mascara and left at that. I’m just sayin’…
Would I recommend it?: I think Maybelline makes better volume mascaras. The wands on this one weren’t THAT great and although the volume is pretty good, the flaking just ain’t fun.

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,




This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Maybelline ColorSensational: Pinks!

It’s the last (wo)man standing the Maybelline’s ColorSensational color family. We covered Red, chatted with Natural and showed loved to Plum. Time for Pink’s debut. Ready?

But wait…first, let me be honest. I’m not a fan of lighter pink lipsticks on darker skin. In fact remember that controversial post from last year about MAC’s Sugar Sweet collection? Yikes! Light pink lipstick is not up my alley. But perhaps Born With It can change my mind.

Maybe?

Nope. My face says it all. This does not scream flattering to me.

The best way to tone down a lipstick like this is to:
a) Use a darker lip liner.
b) Use a darker gloss.

The glosses that accompany Born With It are other pinks. Surprisingly Raspberry Shorbet did it some justice.

That’s a little better. It is still a wee bit pinker than I would like but I won’t jump off of a bridge over it.

Any pink lipstick fans out there?