Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Next Contestant...

Revlon Photoready 3D Volume
It only took four coats! Haha!

So far, this mascara is pretty good at volumizing and defining, but it does seem to take a little extra to get my desired effect...
The brush has the plastic bristles to keep everything separated, but it doesn't always seem to leave enough product on the lashes...and it really hurts when you accidentally poke your eyeball! 

I'm going to use this one mascara exclusively this week...that way I can really get a good feel for far, so good!

Cheers to lush lashes!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Drugstore Mascara Showdown: Great Lash BIG vs. Colossal Volum Express Cat Eyes

Wow, next time I think I might choose products with shorter names! Whatever happened to calling it "black mascara"?!  Tongue-twister titles aside, I have started my drugstore mascara showdown this week.  I'm going through my drawer and making myself use all of the mascaras I already own, plus I'll be adding some new ones to see if I can find a new fave from the drugstore!

Remember, my current favorite drugstore mascara is L'oreal Voluminous Carbon Black. It has been my go-to for quite a few years now, but I can never resist trying different offerings from the beauty aisles!

My first contestant this week is Maybelline Great Lash BIG, in blackest black.
If you're a fan of the classic Great Lash, you'll probably love this, if you can get used to the fat brush...
(Great Lash BIG, bottom. Volum' Express Cat Eyes, top.)

The second player this week was Maybelline The Colossal Volum' Express Cat Eyes, in Glam Black.
As you can probably see from my dead-eye expression, I'm not as in to this mascara...haha!

Both mascaras have a nice dark, black color.  Both brushes are traditional bristled brushes, which is what I usually prefer.  The Great Lash BIG brush is fuller and provides quite a bit of plush volume.  The Cat Eyes brush seems a bit provides adequate definition and separation, but not much volume.  Don't forget...I love big, thick fake-looking lashes!!

The brush on my Great Lash BIG is also not the way it came...originally it was straight, just like the regular Great Lash, but I bent mine at the base of the bristled part for a bit more control in my application.  That being said, it still doesn't change the fact that I needed at least three to four coats to feel like I had some mascara on! (I always wear this much, though!)  With the Cat Eyes, I stopped at five(!!) since I just didn't want to be standing in front of the mirror any longer, and the extra coats didn't really seem to make a thickening difference.

I grudgingly kept grabbing these two tubes this week, and I did get happier results when I layered the Cat Eyes over a few coats of the Great Lash BIG, but really, they're not my favorite mascaras. This is probably why they've been rolling around in my mascara drawer for so long...;)

My winner for this round is...
Maybelline Great Lash BIG

Ok. I'm so excited to grab different mascara for next week! And I'm really looking forward to buying some new offerings in the beauty aisle...any recommendations?

Cheers to culling my collection!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Drugstore Mascara Showdown, Part 1

Hey everyone! If you've been a reader for awhile, or have watched any of my youtube videos ( you may know I am a huge mascara addict. Like, I think I may need to join some kind of group for it...I will show you a picture of what I'm talking about...
So this is my mascara/eyeliner drawer. Quick count says eighteen mascaras. Most of them are drugstore, but I also have a few semi-pricey tubes, as well.  Jane Iredale mini, a Josie Maran, a Sephora...I go through a ton of mascara and I am super-picky about consistency, color and texture. I love playing with high-end mascara, but I live 45 minutes from anywhere...when I need/want new mascara, I've gotta have it now! Truly an issue!

My longstanding drugstore favorite is L'oreal Voluminous Carbon Black. It is just so thick and rich, with a perfect old-school really gives me the fake-looking lashes I adore!

But I am always looking for my new favorite! As you tell from my drawer, I'm not afraid to mix up brands, brushes or formulas! So, I'm going to dissect my mascara drawer (probably with a few new additions coming, as well!) and compare them for you! But I'm going to keep this all drugstore!

Let me know what your fave drugstore mascaras are, so I can try them for myself!!

Cheers to luscious lashes!

Monday, November 11, 2013

My Essential Modern Retro Makeup (drugstore)

Wait for the bloopers...oh my! Hope you enjoyed watching this as much as I enjoyed filming it! (Not editing, though, that's really not as fun!)  Here is a list of the products I used to create today's look:

L'oreal TrueMatch LUMI foundation in N4
Revlon PhotoReady concealer in 003
Wet&Wild Coverall Pressed Powder in 825B Medium
CoverGirl TruBlend Naturally Luminous Bronzer in 435 Golden Sunrise
Revlon BrowMaker (so old that all the writing is worn off, ewww!)
Revlon Colorstay eyeshadow quad in 535 Goddess
Revlon Colorstay gel liner in 001 Black
L'oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara
Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in 740 Certainly Red

Real Techniques Buffing Brush
elf Powder Brush
Sonia Kashuk 01 (large face/powder brush)
LA Colors Professional Eyeshadow blender brush
POSH Brow & Eyeliner brush
elf Professional eyeshadow brush
Sephora (?) eyelash curler

Ok, friends, let me know what else you want to see from me!
Cheers to requests!