What Makeup I’m Currently Using

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FACE PRODUCTS:
PRIMER & SETTING SPRAY: Cargo Activating Face Primer– it’s a clear gel that leaves the skin a little tacky. Overall just an average primer, nothing special.
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray– one of my absolute favorite setting spray! Enough said.

FOUNDATIONS: Clinque Even Better Foundation (25 Buff )- very yellow tone, oxidizes, apply unevenly, and there isn’t any difference  with my skin even after 2-3 months of use. I would not recommend this foundation.
In order to make this foundation work, I have to mix it with my Cover Girl 3-in-1 (832 Nude Beige). This one of my go to drugstore foundations. It applies smoothly, lasts all day, doesn’t make me any oilier, and it’s only a few bucks.

POWDER:  Airspun Loose Powder – it’s light weight, finely milled, easy to buff in, and it’s cheap! The only downside is the strong powdery scent.

CONTOUR/BLUSH: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit – This product was overly hyped and personally I don’t care for this palette.  Java got hard pan after only 2 uses,  the powders didn’t blend very well/or easily, and can look muddy if not blended properly.
Estee Lauder Blush All Day Natural Cheek Color (in Raspberry) – Great blush for everyday wear.

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EYESHADOW PRIMER: Bearminerals 5in1 BB advanced performance Cream Shadow (in Candelit Peach) – It contains too much glitter for my liking. Also my shadow still creases at the end of the day.

EYESHADOWS: Naked Basics- I’m just trying to finish Foxy up before selling this palette. The other shadows are too cool toned for me.
Tartlette in Bloom – I’m currently working on the last row of this palette. All of the shadows I’ve tried so far are pigmented, smooth, and easy to blend except for Funny Girl. For some reason the shadow is rough/grainy, not very pigmented, and got hard pan very easily. The only way to make the shadow work is if I foiled the shadow or use a cream base.
Jouer Creme Eyeshadow Crayon – Very creamy, goes on smooth, a little goes a long way, and you have to set it with a powder shadow.

EYELINER: Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2 in 1 Eyeliner– One of my go to eyeliner. It’s pigmented, goes on smooth, easy to use, and the serum does make my lashes longer.

MASCARAS: My holy grail mascaras for length and volume.
Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant
Clinque High Impact 

BROW PENCIL/GEL: Ck brow pencil & gel duo – Smears easily
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel- I’m not a big fan of this because of the thick wand and the gel tends to flake off throughout the day.

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Review: High End Mascaras Part II

Still on the hunt for the perfect mascara? Hopefully this review will help you out.  If you’ve read my other review, then you’ll know I like a mascara that gives a lot of volume and length. Please remember just because a mascara didn’t work out for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you.
** I’ve placed a little heart (💜 ) next to my top mascara **

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1. Blinc Mascara
-$26 Full Size @ Sephora
-Claims: This mascara adds volume and length, to give you a radiant natural look that lasts all day.
-Thin wet formulation
-Decent volume and length
-You can build up the volume with a second or third coat
-Very little to no clumping
-Easy to take off, but a little messy (comes off in little bits and pieces)
-Overall: It does what it says and gives you a very natural look.

 

 

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2.Buxom Mascara
-$20 Full size @ Sephora & Ulta
-Claims:Intensely volumizing mascara that separates and defines.
-The wand has lots of tiny little bristles, making it easier to coat every lash
-Thin & light weight formulation
-Takes a lot of work building this mascara up
-Little volume or length
-Doesn’t clump
-Lashes looks more fluffy/plushy
-Easy to take off
-Overall: Gives a  natural look

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3. Joise Maran Black Oil Mascara
-$22
-Claims:A mascara that nourishes, lengthens, voluminzes, lifts, and curls lashes for 24 hours.
-Mediocre length and volume
-Clumpy
-Flakes
-Bottle dries out really fast
-Overall: It was a disappointing mascara.

 

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4. Kat Von D Immortal Lash Mascara
-$20
-Claims: A mascaras that lengthens, curls, and coats every lash for a high-drama look.
-Lightweight formulation
-Good length and decent volume
-Doesn’t clump
-Buildable
-Overall: It’s an okay mascara.
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5. Lorac Cobra Mascara 💜
-Currently Sold out on the Lorac
-Claims: It does it all: it a curling, lengthening, and volumizing mascara with keratin, panthenol, and vitamin E.
-Great volume and length
-I don’t know about the curling part of the claim. I have pretty straight lashes and no matter what mascara I used they just fall flat by the end of the day
-Dries up fast
-Overall: I really like this mascara. It’s even on my list of items to repurchase.

 

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6. Nars Audacious Mascara
-$26
-Claims:All in one mascara with lash-catching brush that separates, lengthens, and amplifies.
-I felt like that mascara did nothing for me
-Clumpy
-Flaky
-Overall: I was greatly disappointed with this mascara. For the price, I thought it would have performed better. Even drugstore mascaras are better than this.

 

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7. Sephora Outrageous Curl Mascara
-$12
-Claims:Gives dramatic volume and curve
-The wand is very short with small bristles
-Thick/heavy Formulation
-Buildable
-Little clumping
-Good amount of volume
-Overall: It’s not a bad mascara. It doesn’t give outrageous curls or volume but I don’t mind using it. My only complaint is how heavy the formulation is.

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8. Urban Decay Perversion Mascara 💜
-$22
-Claims: Ulta-creamy, lengthening, volumizing formula coats each lash with triple-black pigments- for bigger, blacker, and badder lashes.
-Light weight formulation
-Buildable
-Great volume and length
-Little to no clumping
-Overall: I really like this mascara.This is my go to for everyday.

Review: High-end Mascaras Part I

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Trying to find the perfect mascara? Well I’m here to help. These are 17 high-end mascaras that I’ve tried over the past few years. As you’ve noticed these are not the full sizes, but the deluxe sample sizes I’ve gotten in the Sephora Favorites Lash kit or as a free gift.
Please keep in mind that mascaras perform differently on everyone. I have semi long thin lashes, so my perfect mascara would have to give a lot of volume and some length.
** I’ve placed a little heart (💜 ) next to my favorite mascaras **

1.  Bare Minerals Lash Domination
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-Full size $19
-Claims: A mascara that does it all. It is volumizing, lengthening, thickening, separating, and long-wearing.
-Spiraled Rubber Wand
-Gives good length
-Decent volume, but not enough in my opinion
-Doesn’t clump
-Easy to apply
-Light weight
-Easy to take off.
-Overall: It’s a good everyday/natural mascara

 

2. Benefit They’re Real!
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-Full size $24
-Claims: Lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts & separates. It has a long-wearing formula that won’t smudge or dry out.
-Stiff Rubber wand
-Thin formulation
-Gives little length and volume
-Light weight
-Doesn’t coat evenly, I did notice some small black dots on my lashes
-Very little clumping
-Will need some type of eye makeup remover to remove
-Overall: I honestly think this mascara is over hyped. It doesn’t give enough volume or length for the price tag.

 

3. Benefit Bad Gal Lash
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-Full size $19
-Claims: Volumizing
-Thick standard wand
– Gives volume and a little length
-Clumps lashes once the formulations becomes a little more dry
-Overall: It wasn’t a bad mascara at first but by the end of its lifespand (3 months for the deluxe sample) it became clumpier. It’s not my go to mascara, but hey it might work out great for you.

 

4. Clinque High Impact 💜
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Full size $16.50
-Claims: Instantly volumizes, lengthens, and defines each and every lash.
-Standard Wand
-It gives great volume without clumping
-Lengthen lashes
-Light weight
-Overall: I absolutely love using this mascara alone or paired up with another mascara. It’s cheaper than most mascaras and it actually does what it claims.

 

5. Dior Addict It-lash
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-Full size $27.50
-Claims: An addictive mascara that gives volume and length.
-Flexible rubber wand
-Gives very little length and volume
-Clumpy
-Overall: It didn’t do anything for me. I was expecting a lot more since it’s a pricier mascara.

 

6. It Cosmetics Hello Lashes!
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-Full size $24
-Claims: A  5-in-1 Mascara that takes the place of 5 products: 1) A natural volumizing mascara, 2) Acts as a conditioning, hydrating lash primer, 3) Contains lash enhancing serum, 4) A lash tint and 5) A lash comb/curler!
-Flexible Rubber Wand
-Dry Formulation, a lot drier than most
-Doesn’t clump
-Barely does anything for the lashes, adds very little length and hardly any volume
-Overall: This is probably one of the worst mascara I’ve tried. The only way I could get some use out of this is if I use it for my bottom lashes since it doesn’t need much volume or length.

 

7. Guerlain Maxilash Volumizing and Curling Mascara
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-Full size $32
-Claims: A volume-creating and curl-sculpting mascara.
-Standard wand
-Gives good length
-Decent Volume
-Little to no clumping
-Overall: It’s a good mascara for lengthening but not for voluminzing as it claims. But when it comes down to it, the price tag is really high just for a lengthening mascara. There are cheaper mascaras that has the whole package.

 

8. Laura Geller Glam Lash 💜
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– Full size $24
-Claims: A mascara that separates, thickens and lengthens to create larger-than-life lashes.
-Standard Wand
-Gives great volume and length
-Doesn’t clump
-Separate lashes
-Dries out fast
-Overall: I really like this mascara, I will be purchasing the full size once I’ve finished all my other mascaras.

 

9. Lancome Hypnose Drama 💜
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-Full size $27.50
-Claims: A mascara that gives lashes buildable volume without clumping or flaking.
– Has a chemical scent
-Standard wand
– Gives amazing volume and good length
-Doesn’t clump, unless you pack on a lot (after the 4 coats)
-Overall: One of my favorite mascaras. I know it’s a lot pricier than most mascaras but it’s worth it. It’s a mascara I keep going back to.

 

10. Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant 💜
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-Full size $24
-Claims: A precision mascara that adds volume, length, and curl.
-Big Tapered standard wand
-Gives a lot of length (more than Lancome Hypnose Drama) and  great volume
-Doesn’t clump unless you pack on a lot
-Lasts all day
-Overall: Another favorite. It’s my go to mascara for going out and for big events.

11. Smashbox Hyperlash Mascara
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-Full Size- $23
-Claims: Lifts, lengthens, volumizing, and defines
-Rubber Wand, has a brush on one side and a comb on the other
-It adds little length and hardly any volume
-Separate lashes
-Flakes
-Difficult to remove without an eye makeup remover
-Overall: Not worth the money

 

12. Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara
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-Full Size $22
-Claims:The mascara will give you your longest, fullest lashes. No clumps, no flakes. Just maximum-impact, scene-stealing lashes.
-Big Tapered wand
– Gives some length
-Decent volume
-Clumpy
-Overall: Not a mascara I would purchase.

 

13. Tarte Gifted
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-Full size $21
-Claims: An Amazonian clay smart mascara that instinctively treats your unique lash concerns- working overtime to keep lashes hydrated, intact, healthier, and stronger, while delivering the appearance of voluminous lashes.
Standard wand
Thin formulation
-Light weight
-Gives decent amount of length and volume
-Very natural looking.
-Overall:This is a great mascara for those who are looking for a more natural looking mascara.

 

14. Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes
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-Full size $23
-Claims:This amped up, ultra-black mascara that lengthens, curls and magnifies lashes for an intensified look proven to increase lash volume by 752% instantly!
-Rubber wand
-Light Weight formula
-Clumps lashes together just a little
-Gives decent length and volume
-Overall: It’s an okay mascara. I wouldn’t say it gives my lashes 752% more volume, maybe only 3-4 times more. I still prefer my Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara since it doesn’t clump my lashes.

 

15. Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 💜
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-Full size price $21
-Claims: A lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning mascara
-Standard wand
-Light weight
-Separate lashes
-Great length
-Good volume
-Buildable
-Held my curled lashes for over 8 hours
-Overall: This is my go to everyday mascara. It does everything it claims and the price tag isn’t too bad.

16. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara 💜
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-Full size $23
-Claims:One coat and lashes are full, defined and stretched to unbelievable lengths. Two coats and they’re reaching unbelievable heights of drama. Three coats and you’ll believe in magic!
– A semi big wand, almost in a figure 8 shape
-Light weight formula
-Separate lashes
-Doesn’t clump
-Gives Amazing volume
-Great Length
-Last all day
-Overall: One of my all time favorite mascara! It’s everything you could ever want in a mascara. I’ve gone through multiple tubes of these already.

 

17. Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara
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-Travel size $5 at  Urbandecay.com- currently sold out
-Claims:The Supercurl formula boosts curl, separates lashes, and literally crafts each one into an expertly-shaped, battable set.
-Is Discontinued
-Curved rubber wand
-Thin formulation
-Little length and volume
-Overall: It was a whatever mascara, nothing special.