Sunday, 17 February 2013

The Bare Minimum

The Bare Minimum

My apologies for the lack of content lately, I have been very busy especially in the past few weeks since I have recently been accepted to a graduate studies program that requires me to devote a lot of time immersed in readings and papers.

Because of this, I have decided to delete my Twitter and Tumblr accounts in order to be able to post on this blog exclusively.

I find that because I have always been very honest with my reviews and all my other posts, it is but right to do the same with this more personal entry regarding the future of this blog.

Despite my love for makeup, I haven't had adequate time to be able to purchase new stuff and try out products that I can feature in the next entries. This is both good and bad because I find that after months and months of testing products and not finding the ones that deem fool proof no matter what circumstance given, I have finally narrowed down the products that I'm using to the bare minimum that would allow me to do my makeup in less than five minutes in whatever circumstance.

First up, my skin has been much lighter and I find that my beloved MAC concealer no longer matched my skin. The problem with having fair-medium a skin tone with yellow undertones is that sometimes, products tend to lean towards the pinker side, especially in most drugstore makeup. I have however, found one product that matched my skin perfectly and blended like a dream, and that is the Covergirl and Olay Simply Ageless Corrector (#230).
(Apologies for not posting proper photos and swatches, I had to depot mine into a smaller container in order to take with me in my purse. Photo taken from: www.covergirl.com

I know this is supposed to be an eye corrector, but the light yellowish undertone is actually perfect as a brightening concealer to put under my eyes, around my nose and mouth and even as an eyeshadow base prior to my everyday eye routine. I find that throughout the weeks, this is all I have been putting on my face and it lasts the whole day even without setting it with powder.

Right now I'd say I'm around an NC 20-25 (although I cannot fully confirm that since I do find that even my NC25 foundation looked a tad too orange on my skin lately). and this is perfect on its own.

I have used this before but have forgotten how great it looks, even now that I can use it alone and skip the rest of my foundation routine yet still look well rested and wide awake for today's classes. 

As mentioned, I have had this for quite awhile and if I'm not mistaken, I bought it for around $9.00-10.00 at my local drugstore, which may sound a little steep at first, but considering that you get 9g (0.3oz.)with this product, it's a bargain compared to your MAC and Bobbi Brown correctors.

Another product that I'm loving, and I'm sure most beauty junkies have also been enjoying is the new Urban Decay Naked Basics eye palette.

(Photo taken from: www.urbandecay.com)

I have long loved matte shadows. I find that it gives the most natural finish and when done right, it goes on very pigmented and blends perfectly. When I finally got my hands on this, which costs around $27.00 at Sephora, I knew I would love it more than my Naked 2 palette mainly because of the amount of matte eyeshadows you get.

Don't let the size fool you. It's almost the same size as an Iphone, yet it's slimmer and can really be a great stand alone travel palette if you're like me who's hooked onto neutrals and matte eyeshadows. But it can also pair well with both Naked and Naked 2 palettes to give more versatility to your looks. Again, the mattes, balance the shimmer and sparkle that the prior Naked palettes provide.

I, on the other hand, only need this for a great everyday look. After applying my concealer, I sweep Foxy all over my lid and Naked 2 on the crease and Faint in the outer-V and lower lash line, swipe my mascara and go. I can also use Venus as an inner corner and browbone highlight and Crave to fill in my brows on certain occasions. 

And even though some would say it's not worth having when you already have both Naked and Naked 2 palettes, I say for someone who hasn't tried any of the two but feels hesitant shelling $50 for a palette where you find you only like half of the shadows, go for this one instead.

I find that all the shadows can be used one way or another. It is exactly what the name says, Naked BASICS. It's all and everything you need to create the bare minimum eye and a no makeup, makeup look.

The last piece of this everyday face routine trifecta is one that, unlike the previous product, I find needs a little more love from the beauty community. This little gem I first encountered way back in fourth or fifth grade and have long had one in my makeup stash. 

But because of the influx of the Maybelline Baby Lips, Revlon Lip Butters and all the other lipstick/lipstain/lipgloss/lipbalm hybrids out there in the market, it was only recently that I have rekindled my love for this product and it is the Blistex Lip Tone Lipbalm.

(Photo taken from: www.teenvogue.com)

The only reason why I decided to give this another try was because I wanted a product that would give me naturally soft supple looking lips with a slight tint, and this one looked the most natural out of all the other balm-type products in my collection. 

I find that the pigmentation compared to my Revlon Lip Butters, was obviously not as superior, but that's exactly what I loved about it, it never went overboard no matter how much I applied it throughout the day.

This moisturized my lips really well, but I find that I had to reapply this throughout the day especially right after eating and drinking, but for the price, (I'm not quite sure how much this is but give or take no more than $3.00?) you get 4.25 g of product, which is significantly more compared to a regular Revlon Lip Butter.

All three of these products are what I chuck inside my bag whenever I find myself rushing out the door in the morning. During the past couple of weeks, especially given my sudden hectic academic schedule, I find these not just ones that I am enjoying using, but ones that take the hassle off having to decide which products to wear that would last all day with minimal or barely any touching up. 

I find that all three are also essentials in taking my everyday neutral, barely there makeup a notch higher whenever I do have to attend events and dinners at night.

And despite the lack of any makeup hauls lately, I find I am perfectly contented with these three products to use everyday. In fact, I have been using them for weeks and have never been happier with the decision to stick to just the bare minimum.

What are some of your "bare minimum" products?

What products have you been liking lately?


Photos were not my own and were taken from:


Products mentioned were bought using my own money



Friday, 18 January 2013

WHAT'S IN MY MAKEUP BAG


WHAT'S IN MY MAKEUP BAG


Inside my makeup bag: (Clockwise from left) Retractable foundation brush which comes with the Revlon ColorStay Aqua Mineral Makeup (Spoiler alert! This brush is the only good thing about that foundation) which I use to apply my concealer and and blend my 'cream blush' (which is just my lipstick), my MAC Select Cover up Concealer (for a review, click here), Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes Mascara (for a review, click here), my Kiehl's Lip Balm #1, and Wet 'n' Wild Megalast matte lipstick in Bare it All (902C) (for a review, click here)
It must come as a surprise for most of you that this little pouch roughly the size of my Sephora Beauty Insider card is my everyday makeup bag. (This is also what I carry around in my purse.)
Despite having a makeup collection larger than the average person, I find that I've been sporting a more au naturale look lately which is quite refreshing even from my normal everyday neutral eye looks.
I only carry around one brush with me, a retractable foundation brush which I use one side to pat and blend my concealer and the other side to blend out my cream blush.
Concealer is probably one thing that I have to have in my purse. Not only is this an indispensable part of my routine but  whenever I need to brighten up my under eyes of if a pimple suddenly decides to show up throughout the day, I know I'm covered (No pun intended! Haha).
Mascara is also an essential for me. Even though I mentioned in my review that I don't like layering the Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes once it dries, sometimes it's mascara and lipstick that I forget to apply whenever I'm rushing. I find that mascara together with concealer and blush are the three things that can instantly brighten up your face in the morning.
Speaking of blush, you might've noticed that I don't carry one with me. This is because I recently found that my favorite lipstick can actually double as a gorgeous and natural looking cream blush! (Usually any lipstick that looks like your own lip color but slightly better would work well as a cream blush). I dot this on my cheeks and blend with the retractable brush and voila! A radiant and natural glow in an instant.
The last thing I put in my makeup bag is a lipbalm. I really enjoy this one from Kiehl's because it's one that can moisturize my lips the whole day. I do find it a little bit greasy at times, but putting on a tiny bead on your lips will really make a huge difference, especially since the Wet 'n' Wild lipstick can dry out your lips.
What do you keep in your makeup bag? What are your everyday makeup essentials?
Photos are my own
Links mentioned: (not in any way affiliated)
My reviews of the products in this post:
Wet 'n' Wild Megalast Matte Lipstick in Bare it All (902C):
MAC Select Cover Up Concealer (NC30):
All products mentioned were bough using my own money

Thursday, 27 December 2012

DESERT ISLAND PALETTE


DESERT ISLAND PALETTE



Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in Walking on Eggshells (380B)
$2.99 (0.12oz/3.5g) at Drugstores (I highly recommend checking out Wet ‘n’ Wild’s collection of Color Icon Eyeshadows in their website. There are a ton of affordable yet high quality palettes that would work for any look or occasion. )
I think every makeup savvy girl should always have that one product that they can absolutely put on without any thought or effort no matter what circumstance there is.
For me, it’s this palette.
I cannot tell you how many of these I’ve bought, used up, and repurchased time and time again (This was my go-to palette back in college for at least a sem and a half). I always keep this in my makeup arsenal for those days where I cannot be bothered with thinking about what to put on because I know that this has never failed me every time.
Walking on Eggshells is probably one of Wet ‘n’ Wild’s star palettes. It has three basic everyday shades, a frosty bone color (Browbone), a neutral mid tone brown (Crease), and a gorgeous shimmery pale pink (Eyelid) which is very similar to Stila Kitten or MAC’s Naked Lunch.
The colors go well together to create a simple everyday eye, very perfect for those days where you want to look effortless but put together. And when used sparingly, I find that these can even pass as an eyeshadow look when you want to do a no makeup makeup look.
One thing that had to be mentioned especially when we’re talking about Wet ‘n’ Wild eyeshadows is their impeccable pigmentation. For me, these pack so much punch compared to other higher end eyeshadows such as Urban Decay and MAC.
Everyone I know who have tried Wet ‘n’ Wild eyeshadows would agree with how buttery soft, pigmented, and blendable these shadows are.
I find that I don’t even have to use a primer or a base in order in order to pull these shadows off. They claim to be long wearing and crease proof but I doubt that holds true if you’re the person to wear primer or base underneath eyeshadows on an everyday basis. In my experience, I can go about with my day without it and experience a little bit of fading in the afternoon. (If you do want to try a base together with this. I reviewed a neutral base that would look perfect paired with this. I also included a comparison between primers and bases in the post if you’re interested.)
The palette also comes with its own sponge tip applicator and  blending brush. I have used both to apply my makeup when I was rushing to do my makeup and because these shadows are very soft and blendable, I didn’t find any difficulty with using just these. (So don’t throw them away because they will come pretty handy during times like these)
If you’d like to know the MAC dupes for these colors, Emily Eddington did a video on this palette. And having all three of its higher end dupe, I could confidently say that I much prefer these shadows than those three MAC shades
(NOTE: A post about my MAC neutral eyeshadows will be up in the coming weeks together with my own version of MAC dupes using only Wet ‘n’ Wild shadows).
I hope you do try these shadows out. Many have compared this to Covergirl’s Shimmering Sands Trio, and even though they both go along the lines of a drugstore soft neutral trio, I find that I tend to grab this palette more compared to the Covergirl one because the colors themselves are very different with one another yet all three go well together (I find the mid tone and the darkest color from the Shimmering Sands trio to be too close in terms of the shade range)
I’ll probably do a follow up comparison of the two in the following weeks just so you see how different they are. But if you’re interested with how this fare with other drugstore neutral palettes, again, Emily Eddington did a video on her favorite ‘Naked’ palettes which I think is very helpful especially when you’re on the lookout for your own go-to neutral palette. (She also did one on her favorite metallic neutral palettes if you want more shimmery ones options)
One piece of advice when using this palette is that it does take some getting used to when you’re applying these for the first time, especially when you’re new to the Wet ‘n’ Wild eyeshadow range.
Because these are very pigmented and because these are all shimmery shades, it is very easy to go overboard with the frost. I find that the Browbone shade in particular is too frosty to be used as a Browbone color so either I tap off the excess before using it or I layer in a matte color such Wet ‘n’ Wild Brulee or MAC’s Brulee underneath in order to take away any excess shimmer.
Also, because these are ultra soft shadows, they tend to crumble and smash easily especially when you drop them or even carry them in your purse. Make sure to put this inside your makeup bag where it doesn’t get thrown around a lot or better yet, I depot these (I WILL make a post about depotting Wet ‘n’ Wild eyeshadows because I use a different techniques with these softer formulations) and put them in a secure palette together with my other shadows from their line.
If this trio is too light or cool toned for you, Wet ‘n’ Wild carries different neutral palettes such as my other favorites from the line, Comfort Zone (which is an 8-pan palette that has darker neutrals together with gorgeous wearable greens), Sweet as Candy (a trio very much similar to this one but with a darker set of colors which I recommend this for those who have darker skintones), Silent Treatment, (which includes more browns and taupes), or Knock on Wood (which is includes pums purples and browns for a more dramatic neutral eye).
And you’re not one who likes carrying a palette, they also make single eyshadows that are just as good. (Brulee, Nutty, and Panther are my all time favorites)
Have you tried any eyeshadow palettes from Wet ‘n’ Wild? What are your go to everyday palettes?
Photos are my own
Links Mentioned: (not in any way affiliated)
My review of the Revlon Illuminance Cream Shadows in Skin Lights and Not Just Nudes: 
Emily Eddington’s video on the MAC dupes:
Emily Eddington’s video on her fvorite ‘nude eye’ palettes:
Emily Eddington’s video on her favorite metallic neutrals:
All products mentioned were bought using my own money

Friday, 21 December 2012

MEND A HAND?


MEND A HAND?

Soap & Glory Hand Food
$5.00 (50ml/1.69 fl oz) at Sephora (You can also buy this at a larger 125ml tube for $10)
It might be too early to say but I’m gonna say it, this is the best hand cream I have tried.
If you guys aren’t aware yet, I complain about my unbelievably dry skin in every other post. And my hands and cuticles, in particular the the driest parts of my body.
No matter how careful I am at moisturizing and conditioning my skin, hand creams and lotions are just as important to me as blotting papers and powders to those with oily skin.
I have to make sure I moisturize my hands and sometimes even my face at least once or twice during the day or else my skin will start flaking like crazy.
And so far, Hand Food has been a staple in my bag that I have also convinced my sister to try it out (so far she’s also loving it.)
I’ve heard about reviews of this product prior to trying it out myself. I guess what drew to to buying it in the first place was how people’s first comments on it were the incredible smell. And I do agree.
The front mentions that it has shea butter, macadamia oil and, brace yourselves, MARSHMALLOWS.
And I guess this is what makes it smell so…clean I guess it the best word. Don’t think that just because it has a slight marshmallow scent that it smells overpowering.
I find that it has an understated sweet and clean smell that won’t bother anyone sitting nearby when you whip this out and moisturize your hands (I’m looking at you Victoria Secret).
My sister said it smelled similar to Miss Dior Cherie but a little more muted. (Soap & Glory also sells a perfume version of this scent but I didn’t find it as good as this one)
I have to admit when I first applied this it felt a bit greasy, but within seconds, it sinks into your skin and you’re left with the softest hands.
Try it out for yourself and I’m sure you’ll love it.
What are your favorite hand creams? Have you tried this product?
Photos are my own
All products mentioned were bought using my own money

Friday, 16 November 2012

NYC’S BEST KEPT SECRET


NYC’S BEST KEPT SECRET
NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny (720A)
$3.00-5.00 (0.33 oz/ 9.4g) at Drugstores 

This is probably the best drustore bronzer out there and I think it deserves more raves from makeup blogs which is why I’m doing my part and writing about this.
I first heard about this bronzer from Emily Eddington (she also has a Youtube account which you can check out here). I love watching her videos and every so often she would mention about how amazing this product is.
Being a news archor, she always emphasized the importance of bronzers in order to avoid getting washed out by the harsh studio lighting  when she goes on-air. So when she raved about this, I knew I just had to get it because no one knows bronzers as well as she does.
Before trying this out, I only had two bronzers in my collection, Benefit’s Hoola bronzer which used to be my favorite prior to discovering this, and Sleek’s contour kit in Medium, which was WAY to dark for me. 
I rarely wear bronzers because the two that I had were quite difficult to pull off, Hoola was a gorgeous shade that was leaning more towards a yellowy brown but it was so pigmented and powdery that it was easy to overdo it. The contour powder that came with the Sleek contour kit was a similar story, since it was too dark for me, it was nearly impossible to make it work and for a contour shade, it was way to warm for my skintone.
After two failed attempts, I didn’t set my hopes up too high  considering this costs way cheaper than the two. But I was proven wrong when this was all I was reaching for for a good two weeks.
The formula is very fine. When you run your finger onto the pan, you can hardly feel specks from the powder unlike Benefit’s Hoola so you get the most natural even bronze when you use a big kabuki brush and apply this at the sides of your face.
Because it is very fine I find that I hardly go overboard with bronzer when you’re using this. It is also the first bronzer I’ve confidently used with a large powder brush because I feel that with the other two it can look very streaky and muddy on my face.
I would’ve wanted this to be a little less orangey even though it does tend to lean yellow compared to other bronzers in the market. If it were the same color as Benefit’s Hoola, this would definitely be a Holy Grail find.
What are your favorite bronzers? Have you tried this gem by NYC?
All photos are my own
Links Mentioned: (not in any way affiliated)
Emily Eddington’s blog: http://www.beautybroadcast.net/
Emily Eddington’s Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/emilynoel83
All products mentioned were bought using my own money

Saturday, 10 November 2012

EVERYBODY HAS SOMETHING TO HIDE


EVERYBODY HAS SOMETHING TO HIDE
Rimmel Hide the Blemish Concealer in Ivory (001) (L), Golden Beige (105) (M), Neutralizer (201) (R)
$3.00-5.00 (0.15oz/4.5g) at Drugstores

Long before discovering my beloved MAC Select Cover up Concealer, I swore my life on creamy concealers such as this and the MAC Studio Finish concealer because these types of concealers in my opinion gave the fullest coverage.
So I guess Rimmel was dead serious when they named their product “Hide the Blemish” because that’s exactly what this did.
I love the texture of this product. Despite being thick and creamy, it wasn’t greasy and it blended to a powdery finish without losing any of its coverage.
However for someone with dry skin, it wasn’t the most forgiving when it comes to dry patches. This tends to cling on those drier areas around my nose and mouth and made it look cakey and flaky at the same time.
The colors are also pretty deceiving. The reason why I had all three colors was because when applied, these were a shade lighter than when you’re eyeing them in the tube.
I had to mix all three because I was in between shades, which was quite inconvenient.
Something that wasn’t an inconvenience was the packaging. Although some may find it unsanitary using a stick concealer on blemishes, spraying the product with a little alcohol sanitizes it without ruining the product.
I also find it easier and faster to apply compared to the MAC Studio Finish concealer where I would have to either use a separate brush or my fingers in order to apply it on my dark spots and under eyes. (Although you can also use that method with this product, I find it easier to just apply it directly where needed).
With dry skin, lasting power wasn’t an issue, although this clinging to my dry patches was pretty unforgivable.
What’s you favorite concealer? Have you tried this product?
All photos are my own
Links mentioned: (not in any way affiliated)
My review of MAC Select Cover-up Concealer: 
All products were bought using my own money

Friday, 2 November 2012

THE LADY IS A VAMP


THE LADY IS A VAMP
Here are a few of my vampy lipsticks just in time for fall. I don’t have a very large collection of these colors because personally I can’t get out of my usual rosy nude colors, which will be its own post in the coming weeks but hopefully these few products will be useful when you’re on the lookout for this season’s lipstick staple.


FIRST PHOTO: (Clockwise from bottom) Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Raisin, MAC Kissble Lipcolour in Love Peck, Wet ‘n’ Wild Megalast Matte Lipstick in Cinnamon Spice (917B), MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Good to be Bad, MAC Matte Lipstick in Viva Glam 1, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry (447)
SECOND PHOTO: (L-R) Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Raisin, MAC Matte Lipstick in Viva Glam 1, MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Good to be Bad, Wet ‘n’ Wild Megalast Matte Lipstick in Cinnamon Spice (917B), Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry (447), (bottom) MAC Kissble Lipcolour in Love Peck
What are some of your favorite vampy lipsticks for fall? What are you fall makeup must haves?
All photos are my own
All products mentioned were bought using my own money

Saturday, 27 October 2012

EYE BASE-ICS

EYE BASE-ICS
Revlon Illuminance Cream Shadow in Skinlights (730) (top) and Not Just Nudes (710) (bottom)
$4.00-8.00 (0.12oz/3.4g) at Drugstores



Eye primer used to be an indispensable part of my makeup routine. I used to not be able to wear eyeshadows without my trusty Urban Decay Primer Potion, ELF Eyelid Primer, or MAC Paint Pot because I was convinced that my shadows would crease without them. Now however, all three remain untouched in my makeup kit because I’ve notice no difference with how my eyeshadows last throughout the day. Others who may want the extra mileage with their shadows will find primers and bases a huge help in keeping them in place and pigmented throughout the day.
However when it comes to eyeshadow vibrancy, I find the best way to go is not necessarily an eyeshadow primer, but an eyeshadow base.
There is a huge difference between the two. Anything that helps hold eyeshadows in place and prevent creasing at the same time, I normally would classify under an eyshadow primer. Any colored base, usually a cream or liquid used to enhance the colors of your shadows is a base.
If your eyeshadows are prone to creasing or fading, I suggest using an eyeshadow primer first before applying a base.
There are some products that also claim to do both, I find MAC Paint Pots or the Maybelline Color Tattoos work well for me, but this may also vary depending on your skintype.
If you are new to this whole Primers vs Bases debate and don’t want to spend on high end bases, I suggest trying out a couple of the Revlon Illuminance Cream Shadows. 
Skinlightlights (730) (top) and Not Just Nudes (710) (bottom) are two of the most versatile from the line because of the neutral shades. I find some of the colors such as the top first, second, and third colors comparable to MAC’s Indianwood, Bare Study, and Rubenesque Paint Pots.
What I love about these palettes are the inclusion of matte colors. Although these matte colors don’t swatch as pigmented as the shimmery ones, they are very useful for everyday wear.
My favorite is the bottom third frosty pink color from the Not Just Nudes Palette, since it is pretty much a dupe for Make Up For Ever Aquacream in #13 and Stila’s Smudge Pot in Kitten.
What are your thoughts on this product? What are some of your favorite eyeshadow bases?
All photos are my own
All products mentioned were bought using my own money

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

THE CHEAP CHIC’S MSFN


THE CHEAP CHIC’S MSFN
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent (001)
$5.00-6.00 (0.49 0z/14g) 

This product comes in different colors. I suggest visiting your drugstore or checking out the Rimmel London website to find one that fits you. This also comes in Transparent (001) if you want something sheer.
I bought this powder after seeing a lot of reviews saying how similar it was to MAC’s Mineralized Skin Finish Natural (MSFN).   I have used the MSFN before and loved its texture. So far it is one of the most finely milled powder I’ve tried which doesn’t look cakey no matter how much you touch up throughout the day.
I mentioned in my older post that I not longer wear powder because I prefer my makeup to have a satiny finish rather than matte. And having dry skin, I find that powders are something I barely reach for unless I like to take away the dewey finish of some foundations or if I need to toughen up my concealer during extra hot days.
This has a similar texture to MAC MSFNs. I actually find this much smoother and silkier than its higher end version. Being sheer, this doesn’t have much coverage compared to the MSFN (as I got this in Transparent, but even then, MAC MSFNs can be used as a sheer powder foundation and I doubt this will give you as much coverage as that).
Because I have dry skin, I cannot tell you how much this combats oil, but I find that whilst this set my makeup in place in the morning, it also comes in handy when I want to freshen up my makeup midday.
I actually prefer this much more than the MAC MSFN because Rimmel’s shades tend to lean a little more yellow toned rather than pink. I find that I cannot find a perfect shade for my NC30 (fair-medium, yellow toned) skintone in the MSFN line unless I go a little lighter. And since these are pretty sheer, a shade lighter wouldn’t be as noticeable on my skin compared to the MAC MSFN.
One complaint I have with both the packaging of MAC MSFN and this one is the lack a mirror which makes it difficult to apply on the go.
The top of the Rimmel Stay Matte is also not as secure so if you’re not careful, this can crack and spill in your makeup bag. I suggest keeping it in its separate compartment or bag together with your Kabuki brush and a compact mirror.
What are you favorite cheap chic finds? Have you tried this product?
Photos are my own
Links mentioned: (not in any way affiliated)
Rimmel London website: http://www.rimmellondon.com/
All products mentioned were bought using my own money.

Monday, 22 October 2012

THICKNESS VS LENGTH


THICKNESS VS LENGTH
The following is a review of the mascaras I’m currently trying to use up because I use both of them for different purposes. I got these while on a trip to New York. I wasn’t able to pack mascara with me so I figured I’d try something new.
To set the record straight, these two are not my favorite mascara. For me the title is still up for grabs, but so far, I’ve been liking how both of these work for my stick straight lashes.
L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara
$5.00-7.00 (0.26 fl oz/7.7 ml) at Drugstores

I got this mascara because of how much hype its been getting online. Most Youtube channels and blogs would mention this as one of the best mascaras out there. 
The mascara comes with a dense bristle wand that collects and deposits a good amount of mascara onto your lashes for maximum thickness and volume. 
Like most of the people who have reviewed this product, I too found that the formulation of this mascara to be a problem, it isn’t watery unlike the original Maybelline Great Lash mascara wherein in takes forever to dry, but rather it was too creamy (as weird as this sounds, this is the best word I could think of to describe the formulation of the mascara). 
The thickness of the product weighs down my lashes and I find it barely holds curl.
(Note: I bought both mascaras in the non waterproof version only because I wish to be able to take them off with ease at night. But waterproof mascaras are in fact a better option for holding curl because it is wax based)
I have been using this for a little more than two weeks now and the product remains the same even when it has ‘dried up’ a bit (which is usually what most makeup junkies think is where the mascara’s formulation is at its best). Even then I find it performs not as spectacular but also not that bad. 
I find that despite the formulation it doesn’t clump even when I don’t let my mascara dry in between layers.
I’m gonna be honest and say I’d much prefer a plastic brush wand when it comes to my mascaras because it separates my lashes better but this isn’t bad at all in that area.
One thing I’d like them to change with the packaging is the stopper. I find that it the end is too big and it fails to get rid of excess mascara from the wand. Oftentimes I would have to scrape the tip at the sides because of how much product is still on.
I don’t think I will be repurchasing this but it’s still something I’d use and try to finish up.
Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes Mascara
$4.00-6.00 (0.43 fl. oz/ 12.7 ml) at Drugstores

If there was an award for Most Improved Makeup Product, I would have to award it to Maybelline for this. I have tried the original Great Lash just because of how much false advertising this product gets in some blogs and sites. The original version is Maybelline’s star product, probably what has made the brand such a household name. 
I unfortunately hated the original. The wand was awful, the formulation was awful, there was nothing to like about the product apart from the cutesy pink and green packaging.
This on the other hand was a different story. The first thing that attracted me to this is the wand because it is quite similar to Lancome’s Doll Eyes mascara that had a cone shaped plastic wand that allows you to get into the inner corner lashes and at the same time comb through the longer outer corner lashes with zero clumps.
As mentioned earlier, I love my plastic brush type wands because I’m very anal when it comes to putting on my mascara. I like to take my time and literally coat every single lash with the product. And this allowed me to do just that.
The formulation is also a huge improvement from the original, it’s not as watery and it dries pretty fast, which is why they advise you not to wait in between coats when applying this. This is one this I like and don’t like about this product.
While it dried quickly avoiding smudging and holding curl better than the L’Oreal Voluminous, once it does, layering would be close to impossible.
This is the type of mascara that you can’t thicken up for a day to night look because it will clump and it will flake if you do.
If I can eventually work with the product, I think I might repurchase this because the wand is very unique as gives me the precision I need that I haven’t found with other drugstore mascaras.
What are your favorite mascaras? What are you trying out at the moment?
Photos are my own
All products mentioned were bought using my own money