Mascara Monday: d.j.v. beautenizer Volume Lash mascara

Okay y’all…I usually try to stay somewhat vague in my mascara intros but I’m so excited about this one. And I just can’t hide it. This is hands down one of the best mascaras that I’ve ever tried. In fact, I am so over the moon about it that I could probably end the review with that. But I won’t. I know you want more. You deserve more. And so more you get!

Price: $23.00 from Sephora and Sephora.com
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What It Claims: Per Sephora.com

Created by the makers of Fiberwig LX, this innovative film-coating formula encapsulates each lash within a smooth and non-clumping film. Ingredients include conditioning oils with botanical essences and panthenol for added strengthening and moisturizing. Better yet, the smudge-proof formula can be easily removed with warm water.

The Truth: If you don’t get any other mascara this year, GET THIS ONE! Yes, the caps were warranted.

What I Loved About It: It gave me an insane amount of volume. And it’s paraben free!

What I Didn’t Like: It dries quickly so if you goal is to have insane volume, you have to work quickly.

Overall: Oh dear heavens…this is currently the IT mascara for me. One that I will keep recommending for weeks and months to come. Especially to my gals and girls who know no price when it comes to mascara. I say that because beautenizer Volume Lash retails for $24 which can be pretty expensive for a mascara. However, I am positive that if you give this a try, you will be extremely satisfied.

This mascara has many attributes that makes it different from the average mascara. So many that I think making a list would be the best way to put it all out there for you.

-3D Film-Coating Formula
-Each stroke volumizes and dries quickly to prevent clumping
-Volume sculpting brush holds large amount of formula between bristles, which comb through each and every lash
-Mascara includes panthenol, a natural silk extract that helps to nourish and strengthen lashes.
-Removes easily with water without damaging lashes.

Wow, right? Each and every one of those attributes translate to amazing volumized lashes. Does the name and packaging look familiar? Who remembers Imju Fiberwig? I reviewed that mascara some years ago. A new Fiberwig has hit the scenes and I’ll be reviewing beautenizer Fiberwig LX soon.

So why should you buy this mascara? Why am I so excited about it? And is it really worth $24?

Simply put…yes. While this mascara does require some technique, if you apply it correctly, you will end up with gorgeous and lush lashes. The key is to NOT let the mascara dry in between coats. I found that two coats was all I needed but if your goal is to go for three, letting the mascara dry will result in clumps. This is tricky because in theory, a lot of us mascara appliers like to apply 1 coat to one eye and another coat on the other and THEN start applying a second coat. Your best bet is to work on one eye at a time.

Even if you aren’t a fan of the wiggling method, I found this to be the best way to get maximum results. The wand is pretty groovy.

While it doesn’t make applying to the inner corners all that easy, it does deposit a good amount of mascara on each lash without overdoing it. Because the mascara has a film-coating formula, once it dries, you don’t have to worry about smudging or flaking. Removal is easy peasy in that you simply wet your fingers, gently massage your eye lashes and remove. Not that I like to fall asleep with mascara on, but if I did, this is the one I’d sleep in simply because it won’t smudge in the least.

Oh, and the fact that it’s paraben-free without synthetic dyes and fragrances makes me love it even more.

 

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 2 coats

Aaaaand, this is what happens if you apply a first coat and let it dry before you apply a second coat.

Clumpy Wumpies. We don’t want those now do we?

Do I recommend it?: Absolutely. If there is one mascara splurge you make this year, it should be this one.

Have you tried this mascara yet?
What do you think?

Dear Hello Kitty, Mirror Mirror, on the Wall…

It this doesn’t scream “Beauty girl who loves Hello Kitty”, I don’t know what does. This hand-held mirror comes from the Hello Kitty collection by Sephora. It’s more of collector’s item than a functional everyday use mirror.

In fact, I don’t even use it often. I’m too afraid of of breaking it. Which, of course is likely to happen. With me being clumsy and all. The price is a little steep for $35. Good thing I received it as a gift. The silver chrome is plastic but I would have LOVED if it was glass or metal. It would have given it a luxe and “expensive” feel. It being plastic means it’s prone to nicks and scratches. But who cares. It’s Hello Kitty and therefore it’s cute.

Have you grabbed this from Sephora yet? Oh…and don’t even get me started on the new Hello Kitty Grafitti collection.

Be still my Hello Kitty lovin’ heart….

Hello Kitty Beauty: The Lips!

So we’ve covered the the Hello Kitty Beauty line when it came to nails and eyes, right? Let’s hit up the lippies and see how they fare, mkay?

The line has 3 different kinds of lip products. The one I’m missing is a balm that comes in a cute jar.

Yep, I will definitely have to pick that one up on my next Sephora run. But in the meantime, get the deets on the other glosses.

Creamy shadows for a Valentine’s Day look

Valentine’s Day. I know, I know. Some of us love it and the rest of us feel like crawling in a hole until February 14 comes and goes. The Love Dork that is me has always REALLY liked Valentine’s Day. And I like to go all out when it comes make-up and nails. If you’re looking for some awesome eye shadows, check out these lovely ones from Sephora.

Stunning right? But wait…

These kids are total winners in my book. While they are intended for eye shadows, I find that they work better as bases. And you have to work quickly because once they dry, they ain’t budgin’. The sponge-tip applicators may make for tough application. My suggestion? Dap a bit on your fingers and theeeeen apply the shadows on your lids. I’ll be doing an FOTD or two using these kids. They are surprisingly crease-less and fantabulous. Not bad for $20. You can scoop ‘em up at Sephora stores or Sephora.com.

Got any idea Valentine’s Day look ideas?