Mascara Monday: Diorshow Pump ‘N’ Volume HD

Claims
–Instant XXL volume
–Clump-free lashes that appear thicker and multiplied
–Enriched with Vitamin B and cotton extract to strengthen and protect alshes
–Gently styled, separated lashes
–Squeeze the tube to soften the formula and coat the brush

Price
–$29.50
Sephora, Dior, Nordstrom

Shade Range
–3

Pros
–Innovative packaging
–Shade range
–Lengthened
–Separated
–No flaking or smudging
–Lashes held a curl

Cons
–Expensive
–No waterproof option
–Not much volume

Final Thoughts
If you don’t like plastic, spikey wands this is not the mascara for you. I liked this, but you can get the same look with other, cheaper mascaras. I don’t have much to say on it, honestly. It did everything I want a mascara to do, but it’s THIRTY freaking dollars. If I’m spending that much on mascara, I want to be wowed. It’s good and if you feel like treating yourself, go for it!

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Used with LOreal Lash Primer

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Mascara Monday: Tarte Big Ego

Mascara Monday on Tuesday because yesterday was a holiday and I forgot to post so here we are.

Claims
–Lifts lashes
–Brush delivers maximum pigment load
–Builds without clumping
–Plant powered to condition and nurture lash hair
–Fully loaded flutter for up to 16 hours

Price
–$12 mini
–$23 full size
Sephora, Ulta, tartecosmetics.com

Shade Range
–1 :: Ultra Black

Pros
–Length and lift
–Vegan
–Cruelty free
–Paraben, phthalate, and mineral oil free
–Ingredients :: Babassu (nurture), glycerin (hydrate), Vitamin B5 (antioxidant, soothing, moisturizing)
–Mini option for travel & testing
–Cute packing
–Wand shape is similar to the Too Faced Better Than Sex wand which I like
–No flaking or smudging

Cons
–Expensive
–No waterproof option
–Not much volume

Final Thoughts
I was very excited to get this in my Boxycharm box and test it out. I love the hot pink and gold packaging, two of my favorite colors. Lots of brands are coming out with mascaras with the hourglass shaped wand that Too Faced has had with their Better Than Sex mascara for years. I’m a big fan of the Too Faced so I assumed I would love this one. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either. There are other, cheaper mascaras that give a similar or even better result. (CoverGirl Exhibitionist Mascara) I wasn’t wowed with my lashes, but I appreciate that it doesn’t flake or smudge.

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Mascara Monday: It Cosmetics Lash Blowout Volumizing

 

Claims
–Biotin infused formula
–No clumps or flakes
–Blowout lift, volume, and drama that lasts
–Super black pigment
–Specially designed wand with microspheres to catch all lashes to separate, lift, and volumize
–19x volume

Price
–$25
Ulta, itcosmetics.com, qvc.com, Sephora

Shade Range
–1 :: super black

Pros
–Packaging
–Cruelty free
–Ingredients :: biotin, to promote stronger, healthier hair
–Soft grip for easy application and control
–Paraben free
–Buildable, can be more natural or dramatic
–Length
–Brush shape
–Separation
–Volume
–Ophthalmologist tested
–Not too wet or too dry
–Held a curl
–No flaking
–No smudging

Cons
–Expensive
–No waterproof option
–Get a lot of product on the wand, can get a little messy

Final Thoughts
This mascara was developed in collaboration with Drybar to bring the benefit of a salon blowout to your eye lashes. I love the formula and how easily it builds as well as the consistency. The packaging is so FREAKING cute and I think it’s a really innovative collaboration. I love the wand shape and the bristles. You do get a lot of product on wand, so be careful or you can make a mess. I got mine on QVC and got 2 for $30.

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Used with LOreal Mascara Primer

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Foundation Friday: Cover Fx Power Play

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Claims
–Longwearing
–Full coverage
–Transfer proof
–Sweatproof
–Matte finish
–Won’t oxidize
–Shine control

Price
–$44 for 1.18 oz
Sephora, coverfx.com

Shade Range
–40
–My shade: N0

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–Gluten free
–Shade match for me
–Building coverage, full coverage with 2 layers
–Shade range
–Didn’t cake or cling to dryness
–No parabéns or phthalates

Cons
–Expensive
–Looks a little powdery when set

Final Thoughts
This is a really good shade match for me and I love that it’s full coverage. It worked well with my other complexion products too. Overall, I liked it, but I would buy the full size. There are cheaper foundations that are just as good.

Primer: Becca First Light Priming Filter
Powder: Maybelline Fit Me Loose in Fair
Tools: Japonesque Brush

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before & after
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no makeup :: foundation only :: full face
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am & pm

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Mascara Monday: Stila HUGE Extreme Lash

Claims
–Instantly coat every lash
–Lightweight
–Volumizing
–Apply multiple coats without feeling clumpy or crunchy
–Build volume, length, and curl
–Lash conditioning polymers for a glossy look

Price
–$23
–$12 mini at stilacosmetics.com
Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, stilacosmetics.com

Shade Range
–1 :: Black

Pros
–Holds a curl
–Volume
–Lengthens
–Separates
–No smudging
–No flaking
–Cruelty free

Cons
–Expensive
–Only 1 shade
–No waterproof option

Final Thoughts
This does everything I want a mascara to do–lengthen, volumize, and separates so no complaints from me. I got this as a gift with purchase, but I would buy the full size.

I used this with the LOreal Lash Primer.

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Foundation Friday: Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover

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Claims
–Instant full coverage
–Soft, matte finish
–Up to 24 hour wear
–Gold mica for radiance
–Ingredients to improve blendability

Price
–$55 for 0.75 oz
Sephora, marcjacobsbeauty.com

Shade Range
–22
–My shade: Ivory Light 10

Pros
–Cruelty free
–No parabéns, phthalates, or mineral oil
–Full coverage with 1 layer
–Lightweight
–Longlasting
–Worked on my dry skin

Cons
–No shade match for me
–Expensive
–Availability
–Packaging

Final Thoughts
I got a sample of this at Sephora to test because I’m not jumping in and committing to a $55 foundation on a Tuesday. I was really impressed with the coverage and formula. I thought it would be a disaster on my dry skin, but it wasn’t. The lightest shade is too dark for me so I had to use a white mixer to make it work. I got full coverage in 1 layer and it covered EVERYTHING in an instant. It’s very expensive and you don’t get the standard 1.0 oz of product. As I said, I tested a sample, but the actual packaging is so messy and quite a disaster. The formula get my stamp of approval but the packaging and no shade match makes it a pass for me so we’re going to meet in the middle with a MEH.

Primers: Too Faced Hangover Rx, elf Blur Stick
Powder: Milani Prep+Set+Glow
Tool: Morphe M439 Brush

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no makeup :: foundation only :: full face
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am & pm

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Mascara Monday: Clinique High Impact

Claims
–Lusher, plusher, bolder lashes
–Kicks up the volume and length

Price
–$19 at Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, clinique.com

Shade Range
–2
–Waterproof option

Pros
–Allergy tested
–Ophthalmologist tested
–Fragrance free
–Safe for sensitive eyes
–Length
–Separation
–Volume
–No parabens
–No phthalates

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Not much volume

Final Thoughts
This one is just ok. I need to pair it with a more volumizing mascara (like the Lancome Monsieur Big or Too Faced Better Than Sex) to get it to my liking. I would definitely not buy the full size.

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