Mascara Monday: Chanel Inimitable Waterproof mascara

Finally! I am reviewing another mascara that has been on my “To Be Reviewed” list for a little over a year. I know, I know. I am certainly late with this one but let’s go ahead and get this party started!

Chanel Inimitable Waterproof mascara

  

Price: 1 out of 5($30…yowzers!)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5


What it claims: 
“Exceptionally gorgeous lashes that stay that way, even through inclement weather or time in the pool, are now yours. The mascara that delivers it all — volume, length, curl and precise separation — does it with a long-wearing, waterproof formula that won’t flake or smudge. Pro-Vitamin B5 hydrates and conditions lashes to keep them supple and healthy-looking. A unique brush design provides precise definition and separation of lashes, even the finest.” (source)

The truth:
Um, yeah…this is a $30 winner!
What I loved about it: It feels light on the lashes and gives GREAT volume!
What I didn’t like:Well, because I’m cheap and don’t like spending this much on a mascara, I wasn’t a fan of the price.

Overall:  I’m not much of a shopper. Never have been. I shop only when I need to (which is usually the day or night before a big event) and I’m in and out within an hour. But there’s something about strolling through department stores like Bloomingdale’s. I could have $6.49 to my name and I would still want to try on shoes, glide my fingers over purses and play in luxury make-up lines. Including Chanel; a brand that I have never tried before.

This mascara REALLY surprised me. I’ve heard both good and bad about it but…wow! It really exceeded my expectations. Yes, it has a ridiculously high price tag and true, it’s a mascara that I would never purchase without y’all requesting it but it is phenomenal! This mascara gave me such thick lashes. It is build-able so you can apply one coat or three coats without running into clump issues. Score! Inimitable leaves the lashes light weight and that eliminates flaking. My least favorite thing about it is that it burns! Perhaps it’s just me but I noticed my eyes burning just a wee bit when the first coat. Not sure what that’s about. I don’t think it’s a deal breaker because it wasn’t painful or uncomfortable, just…odd.

The wand reminds me a lot of Maybelline’s Pulse Perfection‘s wand.

Which is a good thing because it makes for great separation. Are you a fan of waterproof mascaras? Oh yeah…this baby holds up!


Lashes without mascara
(curled lashes)




Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Would I recommend it?: I do! While I think there are drugstore mascaras that can give you the same results, it’s great to know that you can get what you paid for with this Chanel mascara.

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,




FOTD Friday: Red is the color of the week!

Happy Friday, fam! Lately I’ve been all over the color red. I’ve been rocking everything from red dress shirts, red pumps (go ‘head Red Pump Project!), red lipsticks and then I went over the top and dyed my hair red. You can see the results of that over at my hair blog Loc Rocker.

It’s so sad. I never know when to stop when it comes to color. Remember when I was obsessed with purple? I ended up dyeing my hair purple then too. Sheesh! Do I have a disorder or somethin’, y’all? HA! Anywhoovers…I ended up doing something I hardly ever do…a red eye!

Now before we go any further, let me explain the horror show that is my brows. Uh…here’s the thing, I’ve decided to grow them up because uh, I want to start a new trend of accepting naturally thick and bushy brows and so—nah, I’m jivin’, y’all. They look like this because I haven’t gone to my threading lady in weeks. But we digress…ha!

Because my red hair dye didn’t take as much as I wanted it to, I decided to go even redder! And not with chemicals this time…but with yarn!

I wrapped bright red yarn around 2 locs and got that pop of red I was looking for. Holla! And as for my red eye,  I pulled out one of my favorite shadows, NARS Emmanuel. Check out the look!

FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
MAC Sweet As Cocoa blush
NARS Dolce Vita blush

EYES:
L’Oreal HIP cream paint in Witty

Urban Decay primer potion
NARS Emmanuel e/s
MAC Sketch e/s
White shadow from Coastal Scents palette (my review here)
Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Forever Stay eye pencil
….and a secret mascara that I’m testing for Lancôme

LIPS:
MAC Lip liner in Vino
Lancôme Color Design lipstick in Lucky Kiss

NARS Dolce Vita is a great dusty rose blush. It gives a lil’ somethin’ without going overboard.

Lately I’ve been jammin’ to this…

Boy oh boy…some old skool Outkast is the best!  I’m not the biggest fan of rap/hip-hop but I can get down with with conscious lyrics and sick beats. What have you been jammin’ to these days? And who is this B.o.B guy? When it comes to new music, I so live under one of those rocks. Tragic!

Have a fabulous weekend,

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Mascara Monday: Guess how many I’ve reviewed?

Check out one of my tweets from last night…

 It’s true!!

And feel free to count the reviews if you don’t believe me. ;)

If all else fails in this thing called life, I can always say my contribution to (wo)mankind was providing honest mascara reviews. Ha! I’m taking a break this go ’round to get some commentary from you guys.

What’s your absolute FAVORITE mascara? And what’s one that you hate? Are you a dedicated buyer of the same mascara or do you like to buy the newest ones hitting the shelf?  Got any recs, tips or questions for me?

Let me know! I’ll be back next week with the 83rd mascara review.  I think by the time we  hit 100, I should have a massive mascara giveaway. Maybe giving away one a day for a week? Hmm….whatcha think?

Have a great Monday!

FOTD Friday: Work place look tutorial

Happy Friday, family!

So lately I’ve been getting a TON of emails about how I should do more tutorials. Who me? My ‘hardly wear make-up’ self? Well okay…if you insist! I’ve done this work-appropriate look before many times. In fact, it is probably my favorite quick works look.

It’s so unexpected. I mean, who would have thought that a brown a hot pink could make a hot combination? Of course you can use whatever products you have as I’m sure you will yield the same fabulous results.

First up, if you’re like me and have loco brows, tame them bad boys before leaving the house. I have very thick when I don’t over-tweeze them brows and I’m fine with that, I just like to keep them under control.


Next up is priming. Of course this is an optional step but I live in Florida and eye shadow melts within seconds of walking outside. No lie!

Be sure to blend blend blend!

If you feel like you need a little more depth, apply a burgundy eye shadow right in your crease.

Take your favorite pencil, gel or liquid liner and line your lower lashline.

And you KNOW we can’t forget this step…

I felt like the look needed a bit of a POP so I added a bit of silver in the near the tear ducts.

Define those cheekbones with a bit of color.

And there you have it! You’ve got a look perfect for the office space. No matter which co-worker you are.

Which one are you?

I’m definitely the silly one. Never a dull moment in my office. I’m heading to Atlanta this weekend for the World Natural Hair Show. I’m so excited to meet up with fellow natural hair bloggers. To get all of the happ’ns, you can follow my hair blog handle on Twitter at @LocRockin.

Love y’all! Have a great weekend!

50 million pound challenge: Eat This, Not That…

When I first got serious about changing my eating habits, I almost died.

I’m not kidding.

To go from eating regular butter, sugary jelly and 2% milk to…none of that was ALMOST the death of B. Going cold turkey is hard for anyone. Especially when you don’t consider healthier alternatives.

And then one glorious day I heard about the book Eat This, Not That. It isn’t new. This “No-Diet Weight Loss Solution” book written by the Editor-In-Chief of Men’s Health came out in 2008. I didn’t discover it until a year later and it is changed my life. I’m not even kidding, y’all.

I think this is the most realistic way to begin loosing weight. While most of us KNOW what’s good (green smoothies) and what’s bad (french fries), sometimes it helps to get an idea of what’s “better”.

Here’s an example…

I never want to give up cereal. I’d rather eat healthier cereals. Eat This, Not That displays the stats of various cereals. On the left you eat the “Eat This” and on the right, there’s the “Not That”. The book also gives little tidbits about how to read the labels. Genius!

They do the same thing for your favorite restaurants.

Now don’t get it twisted, sweets. Devouring a doughnut is never the “healthy choice” but if you’re going to take that route, it’s best to go with the one with the least calories and grams of fat. I’d rather eliminate them completely but hey, you gotta be realistic.

And then the book has sections for holidays…

Drinks…

And special circumstances…

I’ve read this book up and down. I’ve got it memorized so well that I know the “healthier” options of  all of the products I pick up at the grocery store. And the same goes for eating out.

This book has really changed my life. I’m thinking it’s the best route to go for those who slowly but surely want to make dietary changes. I also have the Supermarket, Kitchen and Restaurant Survival guides.

You can grab any of these books for less than $15 at your bookstore. I got mine from Amazon.

A fan of these Eat This, Not That? Or not so much?

Other 50 million pound challenge posts:
Eat This, Not That
Greens 3x a Day
I’m no size 6, but I don’t care
Portion Sizes
Water Water is my friend
Green Smoothies are my BFF
Weight Frustrations

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Mascara Monday: Stila Cosmetics Black Diamond mascara

Diamonds on my neck. Diamonds on my wrist. Ah haaa! I’m jivin’, y’all. I don’t have diamonds on my neck or wrist. But I’ve got them on my eye lashes thanks to Stila. Sooo…is this mascara a diamond in the rough? Or just rough?

Stila Cosmetics Black Diamond mascara

Price: 2 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5


What it claims:
“Lavish your lashes in luxury – swirled with real crushed diamonds, Black Diamond mascara is sure to become your lashes’ new best friend! Swirled with shimmer and infused with genuine Black Diamond powder, this plush, innovative formula leaves you with long, defined, brilliant-looking lashes. “ (source)

The truth:
My eyes aren’t sparkling like diamonds. *tears*
What I loved about it: The packaging is tres chic! I love the swirl-tastic-ness of the blue and silver.

What I didn’t like: It’s a little clumpy wumpy. And it’s hard to get to the silver/blue part of the mascaras because the wand goes straight down. I can’t get it!

Overall:  For the most part, I’ve been afraid of glitter-y mascaras. I have one experience and have ran far far away from any other glitter infused mascaras. Those little glitter pieces always seem to fall in my eyes; no matter how microscopic they are.

Stila’s Diamond mascaras are a little different. you don’t really get to the silver and blue parts of the mascara. Which kinda sucks because not getting that part defeats the whole point of using that kind of mascara, right? Nonetheless…it’s still a pretty decent mascara. It comes with a traditional wand.

The lengethening factor was okay but I wasn’t super impressed. I did a experience a bit of flaking hours after a inital application. No bueno!


Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)






Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Would I recommend it?: Hmmm…I think it’s a pass!

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,




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

Mascara Monday: CoverGirl Lash Blast Fusion

Sooo, CoverGirl drops a new CoverGirl Last Blast. Is anyone just as excited as I am? The original promised insane volume. And according to my review…it delivered! Lash Blast Fusion is all about volume AND length? Was it hot? Or not so much?

CoverGirl Lash Blast Fusion mascara





Price: 5 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5


What it claims:
“Use Lash Blast Fusion to get a blast of volume plus incredible length! It’s the perfect fusion of Lash Blast’s super-volumizing brush and a buildable fiber-stretch lengthening formula that work together for dense, long-looking lashes!” (per packaging)

The truth:
Yay! I’m happy to see another fiber mascara on the market. And with the Lash Blast wand? Awesome!
What I loved about it: The wand!

Which is totally ironic because it took me forever to like the wand on the original…

What I didn’t like: The volume isn’t as va-va-voom as the original.

Overall:  I was SO excited to review this mascara. I mean, who didn’t love the original Lash Blast?  That’s really a rhetorical question, y’all. I know somewhere out there isn’t the biggest fan of it. I thought it was the ideal mascara for separation and volumizing.

Now first things first, know that the review in this mascara review is Black Brown. I usually use black mascaras and for that reason, the mascara may not POP as much as it does in my other mascara reviews. But you know what? I actually like the natural look that black brown mascaras give. I’ll have to be trying some more of these.

CoverGirl Lash Blast Fusion is a fiber mascara. Remember what a fiber mascara is? It’s all about little itty bitty “fiber-like” that are intended to attach on to your lashes. They are like washable extensions. You can get a good view of them in my video review.

Fusion seems to be a little lighter on the lashes than the original Lash Blast was. I also find that it clumps less. You can get a good 2-3 coats with this without entering Clumps City. And that’s a huge plus in my book. I didn’t experience any flaking and like most fiber mascaras, it rinses off without any problems.

So in terms of it being a good mascara on its own…yes, I think it is! But when comparing it to the original Lash Blast, I don’t think it’s THAT much better. They are both good. Period.


Lashes without mascara
(curled lashes)








Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Would I recommend it?: The thing is…I experienced a good amount of length with the original Lash Blast. I can’t really see much of a difference between the two other than the visible “fibers”. If you haven’t tried the original Lash Blast, give this one a whirl. Or, you if you REALLY liked the original and just want to see if you can maximize your length, give this one a try.

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,










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

Mascara Monday:Hard Candy Lash Call Lengthening mascara

Along with sending a hearty hello to all of Brittany’s fabulous readers, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Asha and I’m a college friend Britt trusted to do a guest mascara review. I’ll do my best to make her proud. Ahem!*clears throat* Here goes nothing:

One of my personal mottos is this: Every girl needs her daily dose of Urban Decay. So, when I discovered the company selling its Hard Candy cosmetics in Wal-Mart, well your girl just had to jump on it. I decided to try Hard Candy’s Lash Call Lengthening Mascara and see if it gives Urban Decay quality without the designer price tag. Did it deliver? Don’t be lazy, keep reading!


Hard Candy Lash Call 
Lengthening mascara 

Price: 5 out of 5 (I bought it for $6 at Wal-Mart. *High five* to all the frugalistas out there)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: 
“Just one application of this rich mascara sends lashes to new lengths!”
The truth: It got me about 85% of the way before I had to call cab .
What I loved about it: I really adore the design of the wand. It’s thin so I don’t constantly poke my eye out. Oh, and along with being animal friendly, it’s got some pretty gorgeous body art.
What I didn’t like: It gives you length but not much volume. I like a little fluff!
Overall: I was intrigued by Hard Candy ads in magazines as a kid. It didn’t help that my mom tried to forbid me from wearing make-up until I was 17. Booooo! We see how well that worked, didn’t we? Anywho, I almost did 14 back-flips when I saw the Hard Candy display when grocery shopping. Being the avid fan of Urban Decay’s quality and answering the question, “Are those your real lashes?” I figured I would fall in love with this mascara. It did a good job but it wasn’t great.

The thin wand intrigued me the most.

 I can not tell you how many times I’ve poked myself in the eyes or how many clumping issues bigger, more complex wands have given me. This mascara allows you to apply however many coats you want without all the extra fuss—but you’ll have to sacrifice a little fluff.

Trying to find a mascara that takes you to “new lengths” and gives you maximum volume is like trying to find a 4-leaf-clover (Go me for that nice St. Patty’s Day plug!). I love volume—when I’m in the car, I crank it up, when I do my hair, I tease it up and, when I dress my lashes, I like ‘em mega, honey!
Hard Candy claims the formula in this mascara is exclusive and I they must be on to something because it dries pretty quickly and is easy to clean up. Just don’t go see any tearjerkers while rocking these babies. Lash Call Lengthening Mascara comes in 6 fun colors to match your mood. This mascara will give you its all but it’s up to you what you decide to do with it. I liked it just fine!


Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)




Lashes with 1 coat of mascara

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara




Would I recommend it?: Yes ma’am. It gets the job done, especially if you’re on a budget or value having options. 
[B’s add-in: I wanna try! How insane is it that I can’t find Hardy Candy anywhere? Asha and I live minutes away from each other and I am ca-learly in the wrong Wally World. Ugh!! Any Hard Candy fans?]
A crazed mascara reviewer,