My Top 5 Mascaras

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It’s been a while since I shared my favorite mascaras so you’re in the right place if you’re looking for something new!

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes – I always come back to this mascara. It’s a bit on the drier side, which I find works better for thinner, shorter lashes. Sometimes more “wet” mascaras are too heavy for lashes. I like to use either Benefit Roller Lash or Lancome Lash Idole to create a clean, fanned-out base and then add volume and thickness from Lights, Camera, Lashes. The only downside is it can be a bit on the clumpy side but it just takes a little time to brush out the clumps if you get any!

Lancome Lash Idole – extremely clean and defining mascara. You can build layers to create more thickness, and there are zero clumps with this formula.

Benefit Roller Lash – this is the best curl-enhancing mascara I’ve used. Not only does the wand encourage lift on the lashes, but the formula is like a thicker version of Lash Idole and dries a bit quicker too. It builds length well but not a lot of thickness.

Hourglass Unlocked Instant Extensions Mascara – I love using this mascara when my lashes are long and I have a fresh lash lift. It’s extremely thickening and adds a lot of impact with one swipe. It’s a bit more on the wet side and can occasionally clump.

L’Oreal Voluminous Makeup Lash Paradise Mascara – this is one of the best drugstore mascaras I’ve used that really does everything it says it does. It adds volume, thickens, and adds a little bit of length. It makes my lashes soft and doesn’t cause any fallout. The only downside is that it can take a few coats to build impact.


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Megan says · 09.13.22

Have you tried Essence false last effect? I was skeptical since it’s only $5 on Amazon but it’s one of my favorite mascaras now

Wendy says · 09.24.22

I agree with the essence false lash effect mascara…the green…I loooove it. I use it 1st then use perversion by urban decay on top!

Desiree says · 09.13.22

Love that Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara! It’s my go-to when I don’t have fake lashes on. I’ve been curious about that Hourglass one though.

Samantha says · 09.16.22

It superhero mascara is the absolute best. It keeps a curl and instant volume in one application. 2nd application gives length….

Katrina says · 09.17.22

Hi Kate! Do you have a waterproof mascara that you recommend? My son is getting married and I don’t want to ruin my face, but I’ve literally never used a waterproof one before so I’m clueless. Thanks!

Barb Anglin says · 09.17.22

Would love your honest opinion on SeneGence mascara. Is it worth the cost? How does it compare to your top 5?

Kate says · 09.19.22

I’m sorry I’ve never used it!

Lis says · 09.23.22

Can you share the lengths your Miranda Frye and Maya Brenner necklaces? Thanks!

Alice says · 10.04.22

What are your favorite eye makeup removers, especially mascara? I don’t like anything oily on my eyelids, like several I have tried. You may have covered this and I missed it! Thank you for your hard work trying/sharing products, clothing, best reads and house decor!

Alice Thompson says · 10.31.22

What is your favorite mascara remover? I have used the Lancôme and am out. Thought I would try something new