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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Mascara Monday: Smashbox Super Fan Fanned-Out

Claims
–Long-wearing
–Lengthening
–12-hour length, lift, and volume without heaviness or clumping
–No clumping, smudging, or flaking

Price
–$12 mini
–$19-21 full size
Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, smashbox.com

Shade Range
–1 :: Black

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–No parabéns, phthalates, oil, silicone, or fragrance
–So much length & separation
–Mini option available for testing and travel
–Full size is affordable for high end

Cons
–Not much volume

Final Thoughts
I LOVE this. I wanted more volume so I added some Lancome Monsieur Big and this combo is perfection. This is another one that pairs perfectly with.a more volumizing mascara.

Used with Essence Lash 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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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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Mascara Monday: Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions

Claims
–Flake free
–Dramatic length & curl
–Ingredients to moisturize and strengthen lashes and stimulate and encourage growth
–High impact length and lift from root to tip
–Instantly creates the look of lash extensions
–Won’t clump or smear
–Easy to remove
–Buildable formula

Price
–$24 at thrivecausemetics.com

Shade Range
–1

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–Packaging :: lux and heavy
–Easy to remove
–Crazy length
–Separation
–Lives up to/fulfills all claims
–No parabens or sulfates
–Good ingredients
Company values :: buy one, give one
–Tubing formula which I like
–Bristles grab every lash
–No flaking or smudging

Cons
–Online only
–More length than volume
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
A friend raved and recommended this to me and now I totally get it. I understand all the hype because this mascara is so good. My lashes looked AMAZING and so long. I got more length than volume, but it did give some volume. I definitely got a false lash look. I don’t like to spend a lot of money on mascara because there are good ones at the drugstore and I can usually get my high end mascaras half off, however, this one is worth the money. It didn’t flake or smudge so this is perfect for this humid summer we’re having in NC. It’s a tubing formula so it was easy to remove. I also love the mission behind the brand and I want to try more products from their line.

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I used my LOreal Mascara Primer like I always do.

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