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December 30th, 2013

Day 9: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara


Day 9: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

I would be totally lying if I said that I didn't chuckle a little bit when I read the packaging for the fairly new Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I had the same reaction when I first purchased NARS Orgasm blush years ago (real mature, huh?). It's fun, naughty, a tab bit silly, and (of course) over-the-top (it claims people in a clinical study saw 1,944% more volume)! I was sold.

The morning I used it, I was excited since I'm a big Too Faced fan. Better Than Sex, huh? Pretty bold statement for a mascara. For the record, I purchased this with every intention that it would be the best mascara I've ever used. I am so sad to report that it was not. My first reaction (from the first coat) was that it made my lashes look like I was wearing falsies, which I loved. But, as I applied the second and third coat, I felt like the formula started to clump. Not to mention, the tube is super heavy. Perhaps the tube had to be made large to support the hourglass-shaped wand? The hourglass-shaped wand ratio is supposed to help seperate lashes. I didn't feel it did a great job seperating mine. Because the tube is large, it has a big mouth opening, I found this caused a ton of product to build-up on the rim of the mouth (wasting precious product is a no-no). Also, the mascara flaked as the day wore on which really bothered me since this is a $23 mascara. It did hold curl really well, lengthened great, and I thought the volume was noticeable. Since this mascara it so new, I'm thinking that Too Faced will work out some of the issue with the tube? I will definitely give this mascara another try down the road after all the kinks are fixed.

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December 23rd, 2013

Day 8: Studio Gear Definitive Mascara


Day 8: Studio Gear Definitive Mascara

Hi! I've been feeling a bit under the weather and today started to feel much better and back to blogging! With that said, I am excited to share the rest of my !2 Days of Mascara. Thank you for reading my blog and for joining me on my mission to find the perfect mascara,

I've become really familiar with so many Studio Gear products (LOVE their concealer and CC Cream), but I've never tried their mascara until now. I would compare this mascara to Lancome Definicils. It is a good consistent mascara and gives a more natural look. If you are looking for something that is basic, this may be a good fit for you as it does not smudge and holds curl throughout the day. Good solid mascara, but not my one and only.

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December 19th, 2013

Day 7: CoverGirl LashBlast


Day 7: CoverGirl LashBlast

I've always had a soft spot for CoverGirl. When I hosted my master class at ULTA a few weeks ago, one of the questions I asked the group was, "How old were you the first time you wore makeup and what was it?" I thought it was so interesting that more than half of group said the first makeup product they ever used was CoverGirl compact powder. For me, I was in 7th grade and it was CG LipSlick in Bronze Goddess!

So, (naturally with my love and fond memories of CoverGirl) I was eager to finally try the beloved LashBlast mascara. I mean if you do a quick Google search you will see that it gets 5 stars across the board. Since I am in day 7 of trying to hunt down the perfect mascara, I would say that I'm pretty qualitifed to distingish between something that is amazing and average. I'm sad to admit that LashBlast was super duper average. Did it give me length? Yes, but it was average length -- not show-stopping (by any means). The major flaw that this mascara had was it flaked on me as the day went on. Major no-no!

Would I buy this mascara again? Let's just say if my luggage went missing and I needed something to hold me over from Walgreens, I would grab Maybelline The Rocket first and if that was sold-out then I would consider grabbing CG LashBlast! 

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December 18th, 2013

Day 6: Boots No 7 Fanomenal Lash Mascara


Day 6: Boots No 7 Fanomenal Lash Mascara

Have you stepped into a Walgreens lately? If you have, you've surely noticed the British invasion in the cosmetic section by Boots No 7. I think it's kind of fun that Walgreens is revamping their cosmetic department. Anyway, I've been really interested in giving this mascara a chance and this was the perfect opportunity! Plus, as I stood there infront of all the mascaras, I couldn't help but wonder if Kate Middleton has ever tried this brand. Just a thought! :)

Overall, I thought this particular mascara was just average. It wasn't terrible and it wasn't "fanomenal" either. It was just okay. You would think the interesting lash brush would provide longer length and more volume, but it didn't. One of it's claims was it helps give a fuller lash fan. I felt like it made a slight difference in my lash fan but only after 4 coats of mascara. Which is way to many to achieve results when the entire draw of this mascara is the lash fan deal.

I will probably try one of their other mascaras (just because I love all things British) to see how those are. I'll let you know if I find anything worth sharing!

 

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December 17th, 2013

Day 5: Lancome Definicils


Day 5: Lancome Definicils Mascara

Did you know one of these little lovelies is sold every 3 minutes in the world?! It's kind of crazy when you really stop to think about that, right? For the record, at one point in my life, this was one of my favorite mascaras. At the time (pre-Benefit's They're Real!), it was one of the first mascaras that actually provided real length that didn't feel so clumpy on your lashes. It has been a few years since I've used it, and boy was I surprised at how much the mascara world has changed when I tried it for this blog post!

The way I would sum up this mascara is that it really is a better version of your current lashes... it is super natural looking. If you look at the first photo in the last row, you'll see there is no sigificant difference between my left eye (that doesn't have mascara) and my right eye (that has three coats). I'm looking for the best overall mascara and this one is just too one dimensional for me. Plus, at this price point you have so many other multi-tasking options! 

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December 16th, 2013

Day 4: Maybelline The Rocket


Day 4: Maybelline The Rocket Mascara

A couple of weeks ago, my fellow beauty blogger JJ Cowan (Secrets From Your Girlfriend) reviewed this mascara on her blog and gave it glowing reviews. I told her that I would give it a try! So I was really excited to buy it at Target for only $5.99 (JJ, this one's for you!)

You and I both know how expensive makeup can be. For the record, I will say that I don't always agree that just because you shell out a ton of money on something always makes it better. Although, when it comes to eye makeup (especially mascara), I'm always a bit leary of using less expensive brands because I'm afraid of the lesser quality ingredients used (there is a story here for another day) may have a reaction on my eyes.

That wasn't the case here! I was so impressed with this mascara! Maybelline The Rocket is a major dupe for Benefit They're Mascara (JJ, you're right!). Out of all the mascaras I've reviewed on my blog so far, this is the only one I felt truly volumized my lashes. I would say that if you are a more skilled mascara gal, you will love this one out of the gate. If you are not very comfortable applying mascara, you may have to give it a second chance after the first attempt at using it. The only major issue with The Rocket is it doesn't dry fast enough, you may get product transfer on you eyelids and under eye area as soon as you put it on. If you can look past that (of course you can for $5.99!), you will love this one as much as I do!

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December 15th, 2013

Day 3: Benefit They're Real Mascara


Day 3: Benefit They're Real Mascara

I've had a torrid relationship with Benefit They're Real! Mascara from the beginning. Maybe it's because so many people regard it as one of the best mascaras of all-time! In my opinion, it's a really solid and good mascara. But, I wouldn't consider it THE BEST of all-time. I feel like for all that it is, there some things that it really isn't.  I think it does a fabulous job of lengthening, holding curl, and the brush is perfect for grabbing every little lash. I would highly recommend it to someone who has shorter lashes as they would see some major results. My biggest concerns with this mascara are the following: the tube dries out really quickly (I am not a pumper, either!), it does not remove easily, and I wish it volumized way more! Have you ever tried They're Real? What are your thoughts?


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December 14th, 2013

Day 2: L'Oreal Butterfly Mascara


Lovely thoughts: Okay, I will make this short and sweet! I was really interested in trying the new L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara. I'm a marketing departments dream customer! I couldn't help but admire the cool packaging. Plus, I was drawn by the fact that it claims to lengthen, seperate, and volumize. It actual lengthened and seperated. You do have to be careful when applying coats as it did tend to clump easily. I thought the wand was actually pretty cool. It does work to apply more mascara on the outer lashes giving you a winged-out look. This mascara falls short in volume and it has one tragic flaw... it flakes! I would have given this mascara a 3 out of 5, but I just can't live with flaking (hello, contact lenses!).

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December 13th, 2013

DAY 1: Smashbox Full Exposure


Lovely thoughts: I can remember the first time I wore mascara. I was in 7th grade and my mom took me to buy Maybelline Great Lash (you know the classic pink and green tube?). I was so excited. In my mind it was a real coming-of-age moment. In middle school, I remember going into the girls bathroom at lunchtime and seeing a group of 8th grade girls huddled together passing around mascara to try. I remember thinking two things: (1.) the thought of sharing someone else's mascara really grossed me out (and taught me about the importance of hygiene) and (2.) what it would be like when the day came for me to wear mascara. After I got my first tube, I was addicted. And since then, I have been on a mission to find a perfect one. It always seems that each one is missing something. What excels in length really comes up short in volume. Can one mascara deliver it all? I am hoping over the next 12 days I will find out! I will be trying some cult classics, some drugstore brands, some diamonds in the rough, and some expensive ones. Hopefully, I'll find my one and only special mascara!

For my first day, I must say this Smashbox Full Exposure was really close to perfect. There was just one thing missing... it just didn't volumize enough (for me). Don't get me wrong. It did add some volume, but if you look at the fourth picture, you will see that my right eye has mascara and my left eye does not. I definitely feel that it defines each lash and lengthens really well. But, I didn't feel like it gave me that much more volume than I already have. Overall, I would say that if you are looking for an amazing lengthening mascara (and volume doesn't concern you) that won't budge, this is your answer. Like I said, I want it all, in one tube! So, my mission continues...

If you have any suggestion or if you've found your perfect mascara, please let me know by emailing me at lauren@laurensnow.com or send me a note on Facebook. I would love to try it and share it with everyone lovely enough to read this blog!

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December 12th, 2013

The 12 Days of Mascara.


Read all about it! Starting tomorrow, I present to you, The 12 Days of Mascara. I'm on a mission to find the perfect one! Over the next 12 days, I will be trying 12 luxe and less brands to name the best mascara. If you have any ideas as to a mascara I should add to my must-try list, please email me at lauren@laurensnow.com! 

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December 10th, 2013

Help is beautiful.


Beautiful: Help is beautiful. Help comes in all different forms. You can offer help. You may need help. And the truth is, at one point in all of our lives, we've each asked for help. Sometimes help comes in the smallest form. Sometimes (without us even realizing) the smallest gesture can be the most powerful.

This was my second year offering my makeup artistry skills to Help-Portrait here in Phoenix. With lipstick in hand, many of us gathered this past Saturday at a family shelter to help in any way we could. The families we met reminded me why I do this. I do this to make someone else feel good at a time of need and in return it makes me feel really good to know that I helped put a smile on their face with the help of my makeup brushes!

Special thanks to the lovely Stacey Woodward of Dream Photography Studio for organizing Help-Portrait Phoenix (you are my hero!) and to all the photographers, makeup artists, hair stylists, and volunteers I had the pleasure of working along side. I'm looking forward to Help-Portrait 2014! Thank you to Ryan Bryan of Smiling Photography for snapping this picture of me, Tracy, and Kyndol!

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December 4th, 2013

Do something different.


The lovely truth: Okay, this may sound totally crazy, but I've never had my makeup professionally done. Even though a million opportunities have presented themselves to me over the years I've never taken them, not one. Even for my own wedding day, I chose to do my own makeup. Crazy, right?! It's not that I feel that my makeup skills are far more superior than someone else's. It's just that I am a true perfectionist. Maybe it's the Virgo in me? Because I know this about myself, I have always steered clear of someone else doing it, until now!

A few weeks ago I got a email from one of my long-time friends at ULTA saying that I had to come in for a major event they were hosting with Smashbox Cosmetics in Scottsdale. The Smashbox makeup artists, along with celebrity photographer Steven Khan, were hosting a Smashbox Photo Event. Smashbox has been hosting these events in major cities at ULTA, Sephora, and Macy's. Click here to see up-coming events.

Basically, if you book an appointment with one of their makeup artists and purchase over $75 in Smashbox products, you are able to have your head shots taken by Steven Khan. I know some of you may be thinking, "Who the heck is Steven Khan?" He is the celebrity photographer at Smashbox Stuidos in LA. He has snapped some really famous faces: Cindy Crawford and Beyonce to name a few. I was really excited to meet him, but kept thinking how it would go letting someone else do my makeup (especially for my photoshoot with Steven!). 

It's weird. As I've grown older, the more fearless I've become about trying new things that I may not have been so comfortable with before. I understand that perfection can sometimes get in the way of creativity. Dean and Dylan have really taught me that beautiful lesson. How silly of me to let my own perfectionist attitude stand in the way all these years! So, like a little trooper, I marched into ULTA and met one of the best makeup artists from Smashbox!

After I was done with makeup I was ready from my close up with Steven! Let me tell you, it was one of the most amazing things to see how he works. He is so fast and intense. Just the kind of thing you'd expect from a celebrity photgrapher. It's almost like he could anticipate my facial moves and expressions before I did them. After he took my pictures, it was a pleasure chatting with him! Now Cindy and I have one thing in common! Thank you, Steven!

 

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