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Channing Presents…July Birchbox

It’s no secret that I’m pretty lame when it comes to photographing my subscription box. So I decided I would be super lazy and make a photo collage of what was in my Birchbox (with images from Birchbox.com) as brought to you by Channing Tatum in his Magic Mike costume. 

Yup. Still want that artsy unboxing picture? I didn’t think so 😏

Overall, I’d say this month was a win! I took a chance by not choosing the curated box or even a sample choice, but I completely forgot. 

Let’s talk about what’s inside:

Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl Mascara:

I love this mascara because it has a curved wand AND teeth. For the most part it combs and stretches lashes but you can see in my picture, it can also give them a tangled curl: 

Either way, you get lashes that stand out. Oh, and it removes easily when you want to take it off. 

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Abricot:

I’m sorry did hell freeze over? Because this is the first time I actually like a perfume sample from Birchbox. I don’t think this company is connected to Harvey Prince. Harvey Prince is the stinky fragrance monopoly that ruins every Birchbox. This scent is technically a vanilla fragrance, but it also has notes of apricot and jackfruit. I’m not sure what jackfruit is but it smells pretty damn fine. Thumbs up👍🏻

MD Solar Sciences Mineral Creme SPF 50:

Ok, I’m not sure how this will work out with my skin, but I’m psyched that it has Titanium Dioxide and Zinc. I do NOT fare well with  chemical sunscreens that begin with the letter O, as in “O hell yes you will break out from using this.” Excited to try this, but no promises just yet. 

Dr. Brandt Pore Dermabrasion:

I have not tried this yet, but I have always wanted to try it. I assume it will help with surface texture, not unclogging. You need a leave-on BHA for that. It will probably give a nice polish to the little flakes around my nose. Oh, it actually retails for 58 bucks so there is no way in hell that I will buy it unless I had a ton of Birchbox points or Dr. Brandt decided to gift it to me. Is Dr. Brandt a real person? Does he/she read obscure blogs with just 100 followers? Prob not. 

Rene Furterer Karinga Hydrating Styling Creme: 

This is a silicone free styling creme to smooth out frizz, static, and dryness. It’s not strong enough to use on its own, but it is a great finishing product. And the smell! It smells like the beach ❤️

Makes me think of Channing on the beach

Hello again! 😍

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋


it Cosmetics Mascara Review: Hello Lashes! Goodbye Wallet. 

Sometimes I love to watch QVC and HSN, but I’ve never actually order from them. I especially loved the demonstrations of mascara from it Cosmetics. Watching Jamie Kern transform skimpy eyelashes into massive spider-like fans is almost hypnotizing. Yet I could never ever justify spending 24 bucks for a mascara- and I never will. Mascara does not have a long life. That’s burning through 24 bucks in 3 months at the most. I’d rather get a foundation, or two movie tix (4 movie tix for cheap movie Tuesdays  😉 or food. Yeah, food is always good too. But Ulta had their 26 days of beauty event and they had that mascara slashed down to 12 bucks I had to bite. Here’s how it looks:

It’s nice. The lashes look long, but I sort of have long lashes anyway.  I do like the texture, which is kind of soft. It does feel like it’s conditioning the lashes. But how much does that help anyway? I decided to consult an expert for that. By consult I mean look up the review on http://www.paulaschoice.com beautypedia. Here’s what they say:

As for the “treatment” claims: ignore them. This mascara cannot enhance lash growth or increase the thickness of the actual lash, as there are no ingredients in the formula that can achieve those claims.”

This proves my point, but I should also note that they give this mascara a glowing review. It may deserve it in the aspects of length and appearance, but the formula is hardly water resistant. One tear and this stuff starts to run. With a PMS waterworks of tears, this stuff is all over your face and you look like a winning pageant contestant. 

So is this mascara worth the hype? At 12 dollars maybe, but at 24 bucks just go to the drugstore and then hit up the movie theater. 

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋


Clinique Portly Plum Chubby Lashes> every color mascara ever. 

I’m officially hooked on plum mascara. It happened one day in July at the Lord and Taylor Clinique counter in Rockaway, NJ.  I had just finished a freelancing shift and I bought the new Chubby Lashes mascara from Clinique in Portly Plum. I’m a total beauty junkie, but I’ve never been one to indulge in luxury mascara. But this plum mascara was so gursh durn gorgeous I figured I would give in just once. After my first application I knew I unleashed a magical eyelash beast and there was no turning back. 

To understand my addiction, have a look at some eyeball shots:

EditThe color is subtle, but gorgeous. In fact, in most lighting it looks black. 

Like this:

But if the light hits it just right, you get this:

And that:

Besides the amazing hue, the brush/wand helps to lengthen and define each lash. Oh, and the formula is long wearing. I mean, how many times can this score?


  • Subtle, yet flattering tint of plum perfection
  • Lashes come out long and well defined
  • Long wearing

I tried to cheese out and replace this with lesser brands. My first experience was buying the violet mascara from NYX. My sister described the look as “really bright” and “pink eye”. Hot. Soon after, I found a $2.00 version from Wet n’ Wild. It had a deeper color, but the texture was frizzy. My eyelashes looked like purple yarn. Again, hot. 

I decided to just buy another Portly Plum and I added Visine to my first tube to extend the life of the mascara just a little bit longer. Oh yeah, just an FYI, if your mascara is drying out from daily use just revive it with some drops of Visine. 

OMG, I can’t. Marry me Portly Plum. I may not have a lot of money, but I promise to spend whatever I have on you. 

Till next time…

Smooches 💋

Blogging on the Run: A Review of What’s New at Clinique. 

What is new at Clinique? Let’s find out, and let’s try it on while we are at work and blog about it on my break as I eat my grilled chicken wrap from Wendy’s. I’m so freaking glamorous, it’s exhausting. 

Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara

Swatches: Massive Midnight, Jumbo Jet, Two Ton Teal, Portly Plum. 

I came in to work wearing Portly Plum. Let’s have a gander:

As you can see, it’s a very subtle purple. Totally wearable for the color shy. On a side note, the brush has flexible teeth so it grabs the lashes gently to lengthen and separate. 

Clinique Skinny Stick Eyeliner

Swatches: Skinny Jeans, Lanky Lapis, Slim Sable, Slimming Black, Black Sliver, Angel Hair, Demi Grape. 

I decided to play around with Slim Sable and Angel Hair 

*These were applied in a rush while no customers were around. Btw, first customer of the day came to return 6 items which were probably from 2010. Good times. 

Personally, I love the Slim Sable, but the Angel Hair on the lower rim made my eyes look like I was an anime character. The Lanky Lapis and the Black Sliver both have a shimmer in them which is very pretty. My favorite is the Slim Sable because it adds to the lash line without overwhelming it. 

Have you had enough pictures of my giant eyeballs? Because now we are going to talk brows. 

Just Browsing Brush On Styling Mousse. 

Blonde, Light Brown, Deep Brown, Black/Brown. 

Ok these are a bit awkward to swatch. But let’s talk about them. This is the same size of the Bottom Lash Mascara in terms of product and brush applicator. It’s a nice, thick mousse that locks those unruly brows into place AND covers grays. I’m happy to report that isn’t a concern just yet. Don’t be jelly.  (Knock on wood) #Superstitious.   

Let’s see the brows and the eyes together!

*Taken in the restroom by the baby changing station. I told you, I’m exhausted by my glamourous nature. Or I think I just exhaust myself in general.

TRUTH BE TOLD, while I started this post in the food court as I was eating my Wendy’s snack wrap, I had to stop to finish it at home. The post, not the wrap. The wrap was just ok. This post was delicious 😘. 

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

The WTH Lashes from Maybelline

Ok, I’ve been hibernating. It’s been a rough summer between moving and summer classes. However, I decided to dust off this wordpress app after I encountered this in Ulta:

What, the hell is this? Is this a trend?!!! Because I’m here to tell you, it’s not. This is :

  1. I screwed up my mascara. 
  2. I had too many last night and I went to bed with my makeup on. Now I’ve overslept and I’m late for work. I may be fired for arriving like this. 
  3. I was engaging in some wink, wink, nudge, nudge escapades. 
  4. I’m crazy. 

I love Maybelline. Of all the major drug store brands they are the most fun, and an innovative company. But this is awful. This needs to go. Let’s get a close up. 

Chaotic says it all. Now if a young hipster wants to be edgy and channel Tammy Faye Baker for ironic makeup look, then ok I get that. But this is not a mass market look, and if it is I guess I’m the rebel who’s not interested. 

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

Maybelline Lash Sensational

Maybelline is constantly making new mascaras. There seems to be a new one released every time I blink. In fact, there are so many NEW! mascaras that I actually had to use this search:
Maybelline’s new new mascara.
Just using one “new” in my search brought too many results.
It appears that the newest of the new, I think, is this:

Photo courtesy of Maybelline.

Washable? I’m pretty excited about that. Nothing worse than fighting with your mascara to get off your face. It’s like a bad breakup, right down to the makeup-smeared eyes.

Blah, blah, blah. I know what you want. You want results. You want to see big lashes on eyes looking up into the sky. Well, that’s what I usually want in a mascara review. So let’s do this…


I was pretty skeptical about getting this mascara. Even though Maybelline appears to be the leader in drugstore mascaras, it doesn’t mean I like everyone of them. Two words: Great Lash. It wins all these awards yet on me, it’s crap. In fact, it gives me negative lashes. I do know ONE person who swears by that mascara. Perhaps I will arrange an interview just to prove she exists.
Back to this mascara. I had some Extra Care Bucks to burn (they are giving those away left and right these days), so I decided to give this a whirl.
I must say, so far I am pleased.

Let’s Discuss!
💋A short, plump-ish dual sided brush. One side has tiny teeth to grab at the lash line and the other side has fanned out spikes to give your lashes the fan effect.
💋 The first side gives length and the second gives tons of volume. I felt like I had an army of lashes after I used the fan side.
💋 I feel like I have so many lashes that my eyes are a bit heavy

Photo Credit: That is someone’s adorable dog. I found it in a google search.

Now, I haven’t gotten to the “washable” part yet, so perhaps I will update that later tonight. I know you will be anxiously awaiting my report.

Image courtesy of Getty Images. Note: I do not watch any Real Housewives shows.

After I looked at that first pic of mascara on just one eye, I was inspired to cover my raccoon eyes and apply some bronzer so as not to look ill.

Till next time…

Oh. Still here? Here’s an update. Use eye makeup remover. It doesn’t rinse off well with just water and cleanser.


Well, not really. I did it myself, but the makeup was just about free. If I had gone to a counter to get a free makeover, I would of course have purchased at least three products…


(Image courtesy of Gallery Hip and Lindsay Lohan’s mom for giving birth to her and stuff).

I decided to take some of the freebies I’ve gotten and create a look with them which I will wash off as soon as I’m done with this post.
The Products:

💋 The Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette from Paula’s Choice. This was a gift with purchase.
💋 Instain Blush from The Balm. Color is called Houndstooth, I think. This was 3 dollars after some Kohl’s Cash.
💋 Clinique Long Last Glosswear in First Date.
💋 Laura Geller Glamlash Dramatic Volumizing Mascara. This was a sample from Ulta.

The look:


Let’s discuss…
💋I’m quite pleased with the Paula’s Choice Palette. I’m not sure what this retails for on her site, but I thought it was a very generous GWP. The colors are nicely pigmented, although the nudes seem to only be in the browns and beiges. There are also gray and black shadows, but I wish there were some pinky nudes. Those are muh faves.
The standout here is actually the black. It’s rich and it is easy to work with, especially with the complimentary brush. Because the brush was stiff, I found that lining was a breeze. Well done Paula’s Choice!
💋 When I was testing The Balm’s Instain blushes in the store, I couldn’t help but notice that they really do stain. The color clung to my hand and only removed with some cleansing oil from the next counter. I love how this looks (although truth be told I was crushing on a different color that was sold out). So, this was kind of a second choice but don’t tell. Just hoping it won’t break me out. You know how that goes. Let’s cross those fingers. And toes.
💋 This Clinique gloss was in the last GWP and it is a new shade 🙌! Seriously, I think we are all well stocked with Raspberry Glacé and Tenderheart. Does anybody actually buy those shades if they are always freebies? I like this shade because of the little golden flecks. I always prefer golden flecks over silver, as I think they make a color look more luxurious. Hopefully Clinique will churn out some more new colors soon.
💋 The Laura Geller Mascara is nice, but I never buy luxury mascara. It’s just too much money for the shelf life. I either use samples, gratis from a particular line, or buy drugstore brands. Sorry Laura! It is lovely though.

Oh wait! I knew I forgot something!
That little, itty-bitty jar in the pic has the foundation I used. I have been using the Clinique Pore Refining Solutions foundation and I am loving it. No breakouts! Amen! The shade I was using was a bit off, (Shade 6), so I dropped down to Shade 2 for the hell of it and it is perfect. It’s actually the lightest shade which is crazy. This is proof that maybe they need to make some lighter shades for this line.
Here’s a close up:


Alright, all this stuff is coming off in a minute so let’s have one last look:


Till next time…