Mary Kay’s New Lash Love Lengthening Mascara – Full Review

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I’m baaaaaack!!

Let me just start by saying that I completely apologize for not posting in so long! Things have been crazy with remodeling parts of our house, and I also wanted to make sure I gave these products a good trial period before reporting back to you all. Β  With that said, I’ll get right into the review πŸ™‚

I’ll start with my least favorite of the two: the Lash Love Lengthening mascara. I am a bit bummed because I reeeeeeally wanted to love this mascara, but for MY lashes, it just doesn’t suit me personally. Let me explain…

Here is what it claims to do

  1. Creates bold, instantly intensified length of lashes.
  2. Lifts, curls, and perfectly separates lashes.
  3. Conditions and strengthens lashes.
  4. Non-clumping, flake free formula wears all day for over 10 hours.

My Lash Story

I don’t have especially short lashes, but they aren’t long either. They also don’t hold a curl worth a darn, and the only way I’ve ever gotten them to stay up is with waterproof formulas. Β My eyes are extremely hooded to the point where my lashes always hit the “hood”, and therefore even with waterproof formulas, I have to go through a few more steps and use a few more products to make sure that my mascara doesn’t smudge. Β I also have to curl the crap out of my lashes with an eyelash curler before I apply anything to them. Having said all of that, please keep this in mind while reading this review: my lashes are extremely high maintenance, and I have incredibly high standards when it comes to my mascaras.

Does It Live Up to Its Claims?

I can definitely attest to this mascara giving good length to lashes. Β It really does give good length. I don’t necessarily think it gives a ton more length than the original lash love mascara, but it gives decent length nonetheless. Β The brush is also very effective at separating lashes, and I didn’t notice any clumping or flaking while using this formula. This mascara seems to lean more towards the wetter side of mascaras, so I can see how it would be conditioning.

HOWEVER… As soon as I applied this mascara, my lashes fell flat almost instantly. They were nice and long… but, they were incredibly flat. In addition, because it isn’t waterproof, it smeared on me under my lower lash line (even though I only apply mascara to my upper lashes).

Who Would Really Love this Mascara?

  1. Anyone who has naturally curly lashes already and just needs length more than anything else.
  2. Those who don’t have extremely hooded eyes would probably enjoy it.

Final Thoughts

I won’t continue to use this mascara, simply because it doesn’t hold my curl, and it requires a little more effort on my part. Β I’ll stick with my holy grail mascara (up to this point at least) – Mary Kay’s original Waterproof Lash Love formula. Remember what I said earlier about my lashes – they are EXTREMELY hard to curl, and I have EXTREMELY high standards when it comes to my mascaras.Β So, for those who might not have lashes as high maintenanceΒ as mine, this mascaraΒ would be really nice. It’s a good thing that Mary Kay has a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

Well that’s all I can think of to say about this mascara for now πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for reading, and please let me know if you have any questions!

Stay tuned for the MK Translucent powder review! I will have it up this week πŸ™‚ But just to give you a sneak peak…. I LOVE IT!

Good night!

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New Favorite Hair Mask! Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque

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Ok… I know… I’m TOTALLY late hopping on this bandwagon. I thought I was just fine using my Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deeep Conditioner… After all, it seemed to be going the job decently enough, and it was 1/10 the price of the ever so popular Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque. However, I’ve heard nothing but good things about this Macadamia mask – bloggers and YouTubers rave about it from all parts of the world.Β  So, last week I caved and bought it, Β justifying the purchase to myself based on the fact that I had enough Ulta points to knock the price down by about half. I must say… this masque blows Aussie’s deeep conditioner out of the water.

My hair is typically more on the dry side these days, and I use the All Soft shampoo & conditioner from Redken to keep my locks hydrated. When I used this mask, my hair felt AMAZING. I honestly can’t remember the last time my dry, brittle hair felt so unbelievably soft and smooth. AND, it also smelled amazing. After I used this for the first time, I dried my hair to see if the smooth feeling would last (it definitely did!), and I had my boyfriend run his fingers through my hair. He told me he could tell a difference in my hair, that it felt super soft and smelled really good.

Basics of this Product

Where can it be purchased? Ulta, Target, Walgreens (at least on their website), Drugstore.com, Amazon.com

How does it smell? The only way I can describe this smell is fresh and clean, and perhaps a bit floraly.

How much product comes in the tub?Β 8.5 fl. oz.

How much does the tub cost?Β I suppose it depends on where you get it, but average cost seems to be right around $30.

How much should be used per treatment?Β I’m a believer in starting with a little, and adding more if necessary. I put just enough in my hair to where I felt it adequately covered the bottom half of my hair (I have medium-long hair). If I had to guess, I’d say I used maybe a quarter of Β golf ball sized glob… maybe just a tad more.

How long should it be left in my hair?Β I left it in for 7 minutes, as the packaging advises only leaving it on for up to 7 minutes. Also, it says one should use this product twice a week maximum.

Overall Thoughts

I love this stuff, and can definitely see myself repurchasing it in the future! I will just be careful not to waste it, as it is a bit pricey.

Skincare Empties! May 2013

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Happy Friday!! I just thought I’d share some of the skin care products I’ve used up this month (no, I didn’t buy and start using these this month, but somehow I ended up running out of them all around the same time). I’ll also give a mini review of each product πŸ™‚

My Skin Type

My skin is typically pretty balanced oil-wise, but it can sometimes lean just a tad dry. I also battle acne to an extent, but usually it comes from deeper within (so it’s not due to me not removing the makeup and excess oil on my skin).

Products

Simple’s Regular Cleansing Wipes: I workout at work on my lunch hour, and I CANNOT workout with makeup on my face. It just feels disgusting to me. SOOO, I take a package of these wipes to work and they work wonderfully – they are nicely saturated, don’t smell like anything, are very gentle, and remove makeup nicely.

Mary Kay’s Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover: I enjoy this makeup remover. A lot of other brands cause my eyelids to sting a bit and don’t seem to remove my waterproof mascara as well. I also appreciate the fact that it kills the lash mites that grow on our eyelashes. I’m on my 3rd or 4th bottle and I will continue to repurchase it.

Mary Kay’s Vitamin C Serum: Ok I’ve gone through two bottles of this stuff now, and I LOVE IT! My esthetician asked me what I’ve used differently on my skin, because it feels smoother and more elastic. I love how this stuff smells (I reminds me of a light, chewable vitamin C tablet), and I’m on my 3rd bottle.

Clinique’s All About Eyes Eye Cream: I’ve used this eye cream on and off for years. I do think it helps with darkness under the eyes, and it feels very smooth on the skin.

Proactive’s Sulfur Mask: There was a point when my skin was so bad and full of acne, I went to one of the little kiosks in the mall and picked up a Proactive kit. This mask was included, and it’s the only thing out of the entire kit that I actually liked (the cleanser and the toner were too harsh for my skin, and the moisturizer didn’t offer near enough moisture for my skin). I do like it, but I have read about other cheaper sulfur masks, and I’ll try those first before repurchasing this.

Clinique’s Take the Day Off Balm: I LOVE this stuff. I’m a firm believer in double cleansing – just washing your face once does NOT get all of your makeup off. And for some reason I don’t like using the same cleanser for both washes. This balm seems to dissolve all makeup and sunscreen, and it is safe to use around the eyes. I’m on my second pot (the first one lasted about 5-6 months), and I see myself continuing to repurchase it in the future.

Mary Kay’s Night Solution: I don’t use this product on a nightly basis – mostly just on nights then my acne has been particularly active and I have dark pigmentation spots to deal with. This night solution has a ton of fresh vitamins in it, and I’ve heard it called “Neosporin on steroids”. I agree with that, as it helps speed up the skin’s renewal process. Right now for some reason I’m more concerned with getting the Vitamin C Serum on my skin (I love the way it smells and Vitamin C also helps the skin’s renewal process).

Mary Kay’s Basic Skincare Blemish Toner: This toner has Salicylic Acid in it, which makes it very effective in helping to ward off acne. I use it in conjunction with Mary Kay’s benzoyl peroxide acne treatment gel – the acid helps break down the top layer of the skin which enables the benzoyl peroxide to penetrate deeper. This is true of most brand of S.A. toners/B.P. treatments, but I find Mary Kay’s toner to not be as harsh as other drugstore toners I’ve tried in the past. I’m now on my 2nd bottle of this, and I will continue to repurchase it.

Clinique’s Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry: I apologize that this isn’t featured in the above picture, but I just realized that this stick is down to the very end! I find this color looks very natural on my skin tone (NC 20 in MAC for reference), and I enjoy the formula. I will probably repurchase it in the future.

Well, that’s all I have for now! I hope you’re all having a fabulous evening/day/whatever-have-you, and thank you so much for reading!

NARS Orgasm Blush Dupe!

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Last year I made a trip to Sephora to pick up the NARS Orgasm/Laguna duo…and ended up having to cough up $41 for it (that’s NOT including sales tax). I was a bit shocked at first, but I was able to justify the purchase to myself because after all, EVERYONE in the YouTube beauty realm and so many beauty bloggers rave about NARS ORGASM.

I will admit, it is a very beautiful blush… a sort of pinky peach with some gold shimmer in it. BUT, as I shopped my collection one day, I found my long-lost Mary Kay Shy Blush. I couldn’t help thinking to myself how similar the two seemed in the pan, so of course that led to swatches. Looking at the below picture, can YOU tell which blush is which? I sure can’t!

NARS Orgasm next to Mary Kay's Shy Blush

What you’re looking at is Mary Kay’s Shy blush swatched above NARS Orgasm. Below are a few different points of comparison, NARS vs. MK:

Price: $29 vs. $10

Amount of product: 0.17oz vs 0.18 —> you’re getting more product with MK for less!

Packaging: Shy Blush comes as a loose pan (meaning it doesn’t need to be depotted), so you can either stick some magnetic tape to the back of it and put it in something like a Z Palette, or you can buy any of the various magnetic compacts that MK sells to just stick the blush into. Note — Many think that MK eye shadows are safely fixed in their initial clear plastic casing, but in fact they are loose, so it’s important to handle them carefully before they’re stuck into a more permanent home. Β NARS blushes on the other hand are fixed in a slim black compact, which has a mirror.

Compacts side by side

Compacts side by side

Color and pigmentation: Both blushes are pinky peachy blushes with a bit of a golden shimmer in them. To me, they are spot on each other color-wise. Pigmentation however… well, that’s a different story. In the swatch picture above, I didn’t have to build up Shy Blush at all to get the color pay off you see. I had to make three swipes with the Orgasm blush to reach the same pigmentation. So overall, pigmentation on the Shy Blush is a lot better in my opinion.

Final thoughts….

While some might not like the idea of its initial loose packaging, ultimately Shy Blush wins out due to the fact that it’s much more highly pigmented, it’s cheaper, and it offers so much more product for the price.

I think I’ve covered everything, but please leave me any questions in the comments! Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!