Thursday, February 28, 2013

They're real! I swear!

Ladies and gentleman, my name is Mariam, and I am a mascara whore. I switch up my mascara like I have 10 sets of eyes that all have different needs! What can I say, I'm a sucker for marketing!

The newest mascara from Benefit pulled me right in with the catchy name "They're Real!" and promises of long, voluminous, separated lashes that stay curled.

"This mascara features an exclusive brush specially designed to maximize the performance of the long-wearing glossy formula, revealing lashes you never knew you had! Staggered bristles grab close to the root, boosting length and volume beyond belief. The precision bristles on the custom-domed tip lift, define, and curl, even your tiniest lashes. The end result is luxurious, silky lashes that won't smudge, clump, or dry you out. " (taken from Sephora.com)



The spiky bristles at the end of the brush are so great for getting those tiny lashes at the end of your eyes. Its what sold me on this mascara because I haven't been able to properly curl those lashes and add mascara to them my whole life!




 The formula of the mascara was neither thick nor thin, and the brush grabbed onto my lashes extremely well which resulted in minimal clumps with 2 coats. My lashes stayed curled all day long, even through a major sweat session at the gym! There was also no fallout under my eyes the whole time I wore it (around 8-9 hours).




Left eye has 1 coat, right eye is bare


Left eye has 1 coat, right eye is bare


2 coats on both eyes


2 coats on both eyes


2 coats on both eyes

I definitely noticed added length to my lashes, but the volume left something to be desired. Maybe if I combined this with my Clump Crusher, I would have the ultimate combo! That is, until a new mascara hits the market!

Have any of you lovelies tried this mascara out? Let me know in the comments below!


Thursday, February 21, 2013

I'm a snob

Hey lovelies,

No, I'm not really a snob. Well, at least I hope I'm not! Snob is my newest MAC purchase and has quickly become one of my favourite lipsticks.


The MAC website describes the shade as a "neutral light pink" but I find it to pull a little blue-pink on my lips. However, my lips are pretty pigmented so that probably has a lot to do with it. Snob has a satin finish which I find can be a little drying on the lips and can emphasize any lines, but the problem is usually solved by exfoliating lips prior to application and using a light layer of lip balm underneath. 



 Snob is the perfect "barbie pink" for my skin tone. Its definitely a statement lip for me, but it can easily work for both day and night.




Do any of you have Snob? How do you like it? Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Heavenly nails

Hey lovelies,

Revlon recently launched their Bubblegum Days Urban Nights collection, and the polish that caught my eye right away was "Heavenly".  It's very similar to the Deborah Lippman shade "Stairway to Heaven", but at a *much* more affordable price point. I picked this up at Walmart for around $4 CDN whereas Deborah Lippman polishes run around $16 per bottle.


It contains iridescent hexagonal glitter suspended in a milky white base. GORGEOUS! 


You can really see the large chunks of glitter



1 coat of Heavenly on my bare nail. Its just one of those polishes that screams "layer me!!!"



1 coat of Heavenly layered over a dark Sally Hansen polish


Saturday, February 2, 2013

CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara

Hey lovelies!

Drugstore mascara's have stepped up their game in a BIG way, and CoverGirl Clump Crusher is no exception.

The packaging states:
"The Clump Crusher brush from CoverGirl delivers 200% more volume and zero clumps for beautifully separated lashes. Clump Crusher mascara's innovative curved brush features a lash loading section to saturate lashes with loads of product and fine-tooth comb bristles to evenly distribute mascara."

I picked this up at Wal-Mart and I went with the water resistant formula because I find that it holds a curl better and doesn't sweat off my face at the gym.



 The new curved wand:



 My lashes without any product:



1 coat of Clump Crusher:




2 coats of Clump Crusher:





I *love* this mascara! It has definitely knocked out Lash Blast as my HG (Holy Grail) mascara. I was able to pile on the product without any clumping or smudging. I wore it for an entire day and my lashes stayed curled, and none of the mascara transferred to my under eye area.

My eyelashes looked longer, more voluminous, and they didn't look spider-y at all! I'm giving Clump Crusher a 5/5!

Have any of you beauties tried this mascara out? Let me know your thoughts in the comment box below!

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