Mascara + Lashes
January Beauty Favorites
I’ve tried a few new lash/mascara products lately and thought I would dive a little deeper into some of them today. I usually turn to Instagram stories for a quick review or impression of a product, but for those that don’t follow along over there I wanted to provide some helpful thoughts here as well!
For the past several months I’ve been getting regular lash lifts. A lash lift is not the same as lash extensions – it’s just a perm for your lashes. You can read all about my first experience here. It helps them stay curled and makes a very big impact for those of us with straight, limp lashes! It’s really shaved so much time off of my makeup application in the mornings, so it’s worth doing regularly!
For the first time, I experienced a bit of lash loss last month that I truly believe was unrelated to the lash lift. It was weeks after the last lift I had, and there were a few other factors contributing to the loss. So I canceled my most recent lash lift appointment in order to give my lashes a little break.
In the meantime, I started experimenting with false lashes until my lashes grew back in, mostly only on days that I was shooting. Despite being a makeup lover, false lashes are something I almost never deal with.
I also tried a new mascara by Benefit that really impressed me!
So enough backstory, let’s get into the products!
I tried One Two Lash magnetic lashes and was really disappointed in them. The concept is genius, but the execution of the actual lashes fell short. I found them to be very difficult to work with, and that was mostly because the band of the lashes was so straight. Even if I could get the magnet close to the base of my lashes, the straight band stuck out on both ends making the lashes look really strange. After roughly 20 attempts to make them work, I put them back in the mail to return them.
My favorite false lashes have been by Eyelure, which is a brand I found at Ulta. The Naturals multi-pack gives you a very natural look. I also really liked these lashes that offered a bit more thickness than the former lashes.
The best glue I’ve ever used for false lashes is this version of DUO glue.
While false lashes won’t be a daily option for me, I have learned a few tricks since I’ve been applying them more frequently, so a tutorial on how to apply them will be coming very soon to the blog!
For a long time, my regular routine of mascara has been Benefit Roller Lash + Cherry Bloom lash fibers + Bobbi Brown Eye Opening mascara to finish. I realize that sounds rather fussy, but if you had lashes like me, you’d understand! While those are still some of my favorite products, I thought I’d share a few other recent mascara “tries” in case you are looking to try something new as well.
I gave Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara a go after seeing Andrea rave about it in a few of her videos. While it gives a cleaner finish to the lash than Bobbi Brown Eye Opening mascara, I found I was wanting a bit more thickness with the product. I think Better Than Sex would be a GREAT mascara option for those of you that already have thick or long lashes.
I also tried Benefit’s new mascara Bad Gal Bang thanks to all the hype about it online. I don’t think a mascara launch will ever be quite like They’re Real (also by Benefit), but since the brand is known for making game-changing mascara, any launch by them is sure to create some buzz.
I found the formula to be very lightweight, which works great for me, and by 2 coats I was really pleased with the impact. I could see how it could be clumpy if you let the coats dry between applications, so I would suggest moving relatively quickly as you apply. You don’t need to move as quickly as you do with Benefit’s They’re Real, which I did not like, but I just wouldn’t let a few minutes pass between coats.
I didn’t notice a profound amount of length, which is something I’m looking for in a mascara, but the definition and volume was so noticeable that I sort of forgot about the lack of length after awhile. I have not tried it with Cherry Blooms lash fibers yet, but I imagine that will help contribute some length!
I’m anxiously awaiting my next lash lift to get a bit more curl into my lashes, and my appointment is right around the corner!
A few preemptive Q & A’s:
- Have you tried Rodan and Fields Lash Boost? Yes, but I had a bad experience with it. I experienced dramatic lash loss on one eye and thinning on both eyes. I have plenty of friends that rave about it, in fact my own mom has had a great experience with it, but it did not work for me.
- Have you tried Latisse? Yes I have. It made my eyes a bit dry but I saw pretty quick results from it. I may try it again one day and just space out my application of the product to spare my eyes from being dry again.
- Have you gotten lash extensions? I’m not sure I ever will. While they can look really great, I’m worried that my already weak and thin lashes won’t be able to handle the additional weight that lash extensions can add.
More questions? Simply leave them in the comments below! I’ll do my best to pop back in during the week and answer!