Monday, May 31, 2010

Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara Review

BADgal lash mascara has a huge brush.  I liked the size of the brush, but I can see how it could be too big for some people.  You have to be careful not to get it on your eyelid.  The formula is a bit dry which makes it go on naturally and matte.    It takes several swipes to make your lashes thicker, but it doesn't clump and get spidery.  It separates the lashes beautifully and thickens a bit.  It stayed on all day, but it did leave a few flakes under my eyes at the end of the day, but very minimal. I've used this one in the past and I didn't like how quickly the product was used up.  I wanted to see the comparison side by side, so before my shower this morning I put it on again on one eye and the other eye I used Hourglass superficial lash and it took triple the amount of swipes to distribute the product and it didn't thicken as well or look as shiny dark as Hourglass, the length looked about the same. But BADgal lash looked more natural, which I really like that look. I still think the biggest con is how quickly the product runs out and how large the brush is. 

Verdict:  Once again another great mascara.  It is long lasting and build-able.  The brush is very large and can be difficult to use if you have smaller eyes.  The tube also gets used up quickly. Great if you want a matte natural look.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Urban Decay Skycraper Mulit-Benefit Mascara review

Urban Decay's Skyscraper Multi-Benefit Mascara was good.  The wand is made of plastic which separates lashes nicely. It is a very natural looking mascara and goes on quite thin, but is build-able.  I felt like it didn't thicken my lashes as much as other brands, but it did lengthen.  It stayed put most of the day with only a few flakes under my eyes, very minimal and that was after planting my garden. I read that if you wear this for 2 weeks straight it will darken light lashes, like a dye. Interesting. This has a very natural look to it.

Verdict:  I can see why this mascara is on Sephora's top sellers list.  It is a good mascara with minimal flaking.  It helped lengthen the lashes, not thicken.  It is very natural looking. 

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Hourglass Superficial Lash Carbon Review

Will this mascara reign as the winner?  We will see!  So far this is the best mascara I have ever used!  The brush grabs every lash. It separated lashes beautifully so they don't all clump together.  The formula seems dry, but it makes it very build-able without looking spidery.  You can put on as little or as much as you would like.  A little looks very natural.  A lot seriously makes your lashes look fake.  My husband refused to believe I wasn't wearing false lashes.  Each time he looked at me he said "that mascara stuff is amazing."  It didn't flake off or get under my eyes at all and I used it on my lower lashes. It stayed put. 

Verdict:  False lash appeal!  This mascara leaves lashes looking long and thick, not spidery.  It does not flake off.  I will certainly buy this one!  I love it!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Stila Lash Visor Mascara Review

Yesterday I woke up and prepared for my colonoscopy. Before I left the house I coated my lashes in Stila Lash Visor waterproof Mascara. I really liked the way the mascara went on. It separated my lashes and coated them well with only a few swipes. It is a very thick runny product. It left them looking long and thick. I really liked it.  The real test was when I looked in the mirror long after the colonoscopy and recovery. What I saw were flecks of mascara under my eyes. I wiped them away and took a long nap. Again, flecks were under my eyes. I wiped them away and went on with life. Before bed there were still flecks under my eyes, but I noticed how well my lashes stayed curled, usually at the end of the day they are straight again and hanging in my eyes.  I scrubbed it off- which was a tough task and went to sleep.

My verdict:   This waterproof  mascara goes on beautifully and holds the lashes curl, however is does flake off and leaves specks around your eyes. It thickens and lengthens.  I don't like the flaking, but will wear it swimming. This is not a top pick of mine.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Van Gough in the Sun!

Eyes closed, sunbeams engulf my pale skin. I breathe in the fresh morning air. I reminisce on my trip to Arles, France where Van Gough once lived! Oh to be 19 again. 10 years ago, I was there, I walked the streets Van Gough walked. The sun, the glorious sun! I feel Van Gough's yellow paint as I feel the sun kiss my flesh. Vincent Van Gogh Sunflowers Art Print POSTER gough - 13 x 19 Thank goodness I remembered my sunscreen. Not just any sunscreen, my new Shady Day sunscreen wipes. The botanical infused spf 30 wipes feel and smell as fresh as the morning sun. One easy swipe and I am protected from the Sun's magnificent rays. Why can't every brand of sunscreen make a wipe form! These are spectacular, stupendous! So easy! Even my kids request them.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Everyone is Beautiful!

Last nights Biggest Loser episode got me thinking about beauty. I thought I would post a rant by none other than me. . .

I believe God has given me a gift. I can see beauty in everyone! I am sad when people don't see the beauty in themselves. I know that we are all special because we are children of God. He is aware of each of us and he loves us. Also he has given us all special gifts unique to us. The hardest part for so many people is believing in themselves and seeing their own potential.

Last night when the Biggest Loser contestants had their makeovers and looked in the mirrors at themselves and finally saw how far they had come, they had their own breakthroughs. I loved how they looked, but more than that I loved that they could finally see their inner beauty. They finally had confidence in themselves and knew they could achieve anything.

Anyone can put on makeup and do their hair and look gorgeous; but it's when they look in the mirror and believe that they are great just the way they are, then their true inner beauty shines. Each and everyone truly is a work of art, a fine masterpiece!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Basic eye makeup how to

1. Prime your lids with eye primer.  See my previous post on my favorite primers
2. Apply a light shade over your lid.  I like to get a lot of powder on my brush and then tap it over the lid 3-4 times to get a good concentration of color.  My favorite color to use for this is light pink or beige.
3.  Apply a darker shade to crease of your lid only going in as far as your eyebrow is.  I like to use a brown, gray  or plum color.
4. Line the upper eyelid with eyeliner.  I start about the middle of the lid and go to the outer corner getting the thickest at the outer most corner.  Then I line the rest of the lid by making small strokes from the center to the inner corner.  I like it almost invisible at the inner corner. 
5. Curl the lashes
6. Apply mascara.  I always use black.  I like to use 2 mascaras.  I first use a thickening one by wiggleing the brush back and forth. Then I apply a lengthening one on top with 1-2 strokes.

When I ever get an HD video camera I will demonstrate.