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Mascara Fails

mascara failsLike many women out there, I am obsessed with Maybelline The Falsies Waterproof Mascara. It has been and will be my one true mascara love and it fulfills all the asian eyelash qualifications for a gold star. However, my eye does wander sometimes…is there a better option out there? I kept hearing soo many things about the two mascaras above and couldn’t help but try them out. The conclusion? No, there is nothing better than The Falsies…at least for my stick straight asian lashes!

mascara fails2The first mascara pictured, L’Oreal Waterproof Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara, is a cult favorite that makes the lashes of many fine ladies thick and voluminous, as the label claims. The second, L’Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Waterproof Mascara boasted lengthy, defined lashes thanks to its thin rubbery wand. Both did both these things. My lashes were given incredible volume with the Carbon Black, and were made long and fluttery with the Telescopic. BUT. Yes there is a major but. Neither of these formulas lived up to the “waterproof” myth that usually comes true, that waterproof mascaras hold their curl. They flopped within minutes of initial application. And even when I gave my lashes another squeeze in the ole curler after, they didn’t stay perky and upright like they should. In fact, from straight on it didn’t even look like I was wearing mascara at all.

I’d definitely recommend these mascaras for non-asians, people whose lashes are already curled or aren’t stick straight! But for me, there were simply mascara fails.

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Face of the Day #1: A Lazy Bronzed Sunday

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When I woke up I decided today was going to be a productive Sunday, so I wanted to look at least semi-decent (I find the sloppier I look, the less work I do). I didn’t, however, want to take 30 minutes to get ready or use a lot of products. So I whipped out this quick and easy face with a bronzed eye that’s a step up from my minimal makeup, but isn’t trying too hard for the weekend.

For my base I used my Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm, which I has been my go-to foundation substitute lately. It’s very light on the skin yet provides just the right amount of coverage for the weekend. I blended it all over my face with a kabuki brush and added extra layers with my fingers under my eyes. Normally I wouldn’t recommend applying foundation under the eyes but since this BB cream is incredibly moisturizing, it works great in this area. Then to brighten up under the eyes even more I applied some Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Neutralizer with my ring finger. While I usually set my makeup with a powder, but I couldn’t really be bothered…it is a Sunday after all. To liven up my cheeks I swiped a bit of Elf Blush in Candid Coral across the apples of my cheeks – I love this blush as it is both cheap ($3!) and great quality. This shade in particular is one of my favorites because it adds a healthy glow to the face without seeming too obvious that I’m wearing blush. On my eyes I used Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze as an all-over the lid color. This cream shadow is genius for lazy days because its shade can vary depending on how much of it you layer on, making your one-eye shadow look like you put way more effort into it. I drew on a bit of NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in 609 French Fries, a dark bronze, under my lower lash line and onto my waterline to complete the bronzed look. For an inner corner highlight I used the same pencil but in 608 Cottage Cheese, a shimmery white. I love these Jumbo Eye Pencils because they are affordable and can be used for eye shadow bases or alone. To complete my eye look I used my staple Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, and L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara, which I’m trying out at the moment. And of course, I had to attend to the brows, so I filled out the ends with a bit of my NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Charcoal.

A simple bronzey eye is a great way to add sophistication to your makeup, especially for Sundays when you’re feeling a bit lazy….

L’Oreal Infallible 24-Hour Eye Shadows: A Review

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I have to say, these eye shadows may be the best drugstore eye shadows I have ever encountered at the drugstore. While I’m not sure if they last 24 hours (who wears makeup that long??) they certainly hold up to L’Oreal’s claims of being fadeproof, waterproof, and a velvety texture. When I swipe my finger across this formula, it does indeed feel velvety smooth! In fact, I would classify these eye shadows as more like pressed pigments than real powder shadows, as they are compressed by little plastic pieces under the lid, and if they break or crack, you can just smush the product back together and it looks brand new. What I love so much about these shadows is how long they last and how shiny and metallic the finish is. After I swatched these on my hand I tried to wash it off with just water and they didn’t move an inch – they actually seemed to shimmer more under the water! This makes me wonder – have I found the perfect eye shadow for the beach?

The shades I own are 888 Iced Latte, a true champagne, 997 Eternal Sunshine, a yellow gold, and 892 Amber Rush, a bronzed rose gold. All of these are strong metallic and look absolutely gorgeous in the sunlight. I love to use Iced Latte as an inner corner highlight if I’m going out, or all over the lid paired with a red lip. It’s without a doubt my most-used! Eternal Sunshine is my perfect gold shadow, as it is shimmery, very yellow-toned as I mentioned, and isn’t too orangey or bronze. My newest of the three is Amber Rush, and although I tend to stay away from pinker browns and neutrals, this one actually compliments my brown eyes quite nicely when applied to the outer corner and underneath my lower lashline. Because of the loose-pigment-like formula, I prefer to apply these with my finger and pat them directly onto the lid, no primer necessary. Even with my monolids they don’t crease and last all day!

Left to Right: Iced Latte, Eternal Sunshine, Amber Rush

Left to Right: Iced Latte, Eternal Sunshine, Amber Rush

Same swatches in the sunlight

Same swatches in the sunlight

But, what makes these shadows so phenomenal in my opinion is the price: $7 at your local Target or drugstore! These lovely shadows come in 18 shades ranging from neutrals like mine to bright pink and teal so definitely go pick one up and give them a try!

xo Olivia