Beauty Blog: Drugstore Mascaras I Currently Use…

Beauty Blog: Drugstore Mascaras I Currently Use…

**Disclaimer: All products reviewed in this blog were purchased by me. I am not sponsored by any of these companies. The opinions stated in this blog are solely my own.**

Hey y’all!

Back again with another with another beauty blog! Today I am going to talk about drugstore mascaras. Almost as much as I love lipstick, I love to try different mascaras from all different brands and price points. If I see a commercial advertising a new mascara, more than likely at some point I will purchase it  and try it! (lol) So I’m going to talk about  a  few of my favorite drugstore items.

These mascaras are in no particular order,but I will tell you which one(s) are my favorites at the end of this blog!

First up: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in the shade Very Black. This mascara is one of Maybelline’s original mascaras. If im not mistaken, It was probably the first mascara product I ever used way back in the eighth grade ( yes I had to hide and do it because my Jamaican old school mama wasn’t having her 13-year-old wear makeup!! ) I guess that’s why I have such an affinity for it. Let’s discuss the pros and cons:

Pros:

  • Affordable ( 5-6 dollars Canadian)
  • Very dark formula. Great to finish off a smoky eye look
  • Defines your lashes by lifting and separating
  • Easily removed
  • Great for bottom lashes as the wand is very small

Cons:

  • Formula is extremely wet
  • Can become runny over a short period of time
  • messy
  • It is definitely not a mascara that you would reach for if you are looking for extreme length or fullness

Overall I would give this mascara a 3 out of 5 stars. It’s not one I’d reach for first,but If I’m in a rush and I’m doing a simple makeup look, I’d throw this on. 🙂

Next up is a mascara by the same brand and line but in the clear formula. Maybelline Great Lash Clear. The pros and cons for this item are pretty much the same. What I love about this product is that it doubles as an eyebrow gel. I also love to use this product as an eyelash primer. I like to use this mascara with another mascara on top. On days that I don’t want to wear any makeup ( or very minimal) I will just throw this on to give my lashes some definition. I give this formula a 4 out of 5 stars. 

Next up is a mascara from Covergirl;. The Covergirl Super Sizer by Lashblast. I’m not the biggest fan of this one. Here are the pros and cons for this product.

Pros:

  • Affordable ( 6-7 dollars Canadian)
  • Very dark formula
  • Long lasting

Cons:

  • Gives the lashes a “crunchy” feeling
  • Really have to play around with it to get a clean look
  • I found it clumped my lashes together
  • Packaging is awkward and not appealing to me
  • Doesn’t lengthen lashes like it claims.

I definitely would not repurchase this mascara. I give it 1.5 out of 5 stars.

The next mascara I want to talk about is from the Rimmel line. It is the Lash Accelerator Endless in the shade 003 Extreme Black.  I have been a long time user of the original Lash Accelerator formula which I love. So when I saw this new formula, you know I had to try it! Here are my pros and cons for this product.

Pros:

  • Affordable ( 7-10 dollars Canadian)
  • Awesome brush ( plastic applicator, good size
  • Lives up to the name “accelerator”  by really lengthening your lashes
  • Allows for a very clean application
  • Long lasting
  • Eye catching packaging
  • Good curling mascara

Cons:

  • I honestly don’t have any cons!

I give this product 5 out of 5 stars! 🙂

Next up,the Miss Manga Mascara by L’oreal Paris. Love this mascara too! It’s probably one of my favorite drug store mascaras. Here are my pros and cons.

Pros:

  • Affordable ( 6-8 Canadian dollars)
  • Lifts and separates lashes
  • Holds a curl well
  • Very black
  • Smooth formula that is not too wet
  • Good for sensitive eyes ( like my own)
  • Neat packaging

Cons: 

  • Not a huge fan of the 360 flexor wand. To me it’s too flimsy and can be messy.
  • Product tends to dry out after a few uses

I give this product a 4.5 out of 5 stars. I would definitely repurchase this product.I even purchased one for my best friend and forced her to try it too. I need to ask her what she thought…..:P

Lastly, I have the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara. I absolutely LOVE this mascara. I only have one con with this product. It is a very wet formula so you need a really steady hand to apply and I find it’s not the greatest for lower lashes. But putting all of that aside, I really enjoy this mascara. I find it’s the one I reach for most consistently. I enjoy that the wand is curved as it makes it so easy to apply. ( for  me anyway) The formula is very darkly pigmented. I find that it also thickens your lashes, lengthens them and holds a curl well.  I give this product a 5 out of 5 stars!! 

In conclusion, I guess Id have to say my two favorite drugstore mascaras are the Maybelline Lash Sensational and the Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless.

Some tips I find to make applying mascara easier are to look down when applying mascara to your upper lashes and to look up when applying mascara to your bottom lashes.  Wipe off excess product on a tissue to prevent clumping. Coat both sides of your lashes for an even thicker appearance. Allow first coat of mascara to dry before applying another coat.

I’m by no means a beauty guru but I hope my tips and opinions will help you find the perfect drugstore brand mascara for you!

xoxo

Beauty Blog: Drugstore Products I have been Trying Out

Beauty Blog: Drugstore Products I have been Trying Out

Hey Guys,

I’m back with another beauty blog. It’s been awhile! I have been trying out some new drugstore products. Now if I’m being perfectly honest, I’m not the one to deviate and jump from product to product. If I find a product I like, I stick with it for eternity! ( lol) However, my skin is pretty weird and it reacts differently to products at certain times of the month (-_____-) or once my skin becomes accustomed to it, it no longer is effective. So every so often I like to try new things out. This blog also includes a hair product and a makeup product.

During this recent trial, I found some products that I really like and I found a few products that I will probably never purchase again. So Lets jump right into it!

First, I purchased a foundation that I used last summer that I loved. They’ve  revamped it and brought it back with a new formula. This product is the “Fit Me Foundation” from Maybelline in the new Matte/Poreless formula. I thought this formula would be great for me, as I have combination/oily skin and a product that minimized my pores and would help reduce my shine would prove beneficial. Not the case at all. Let me tell you all, this foundation broke the heck out of my face. I’m lucky.  I have been blessed with pretty clear skin( the odd blemish here or there) and after I used this foundation, my face looked like a breeding ground for pimples…. and not just your ordinary pimple,large painful ones. I was so upset. It literally took almost a week to calm my skin down. I also didn’t see the results of what it said it was going to do, and the colour selection was very minimal. So, yeah, I give this product two thumbs down. I am interested to see if the old formula will break me out. I’m going to take the risk and try it. I’ll let you now how that works out.

fit meAnother product that I will probably never use again comes from the Organix line ( which I love). The Moroccan Curling Perfection Defining Cream. I thought I would like it because I have used the shampoo and conditioner in the past and I loved it, but that was not the case. I found that this product( which was supposed to define my curls) really matted my hair and made my hair stiff and dry. It did nothing for my hair. Two thumbs down. I will not be repurchasing.

The  next product I wasn’t a huge fan of was the NYX matte black liner. This is part of the Collection Noir. Let me first put a disclaimer here: I am a eyeliner snob ( lol) ever since I’ve started using the Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in the shade Onyx, nothing can compare, even high-end liners don’t compare! Yet, I decided to step outside my comfort zone and try a new liner and I must say I wasn’t impressed. I found that this product smudged , and clumped and it didn’t give me the intense black definition I was looking for. I won’t count this one out though. I think once I play around with it, I may be able to make it work. I’m still on the fence. 🙂

Two products that I am loving right now are: The Nivea Pure and Natural Cleansing Toner and the Simple Micellar Cleansing Water.

Let’s start with the Nivea product:

What is it: A product used to tone and revitalize the skin .With the combination of argan oil and aloe vera, it helps maintain the natural balance of the skin.

Pros:

  • It is free from parabens, silicones, artificial colours and mineral oils.
  • Light on the face
  • Fresh scent
  • Cost effective (  ranges from 6-9 Canadian dollars)
  • Non-drying 

Cons:

  • You have to use quite a bit of product to see results. 
  • They test on animals 😦 

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water:

What is it: A product that is a non-rinse cleansing product. 

Pros:

  • Perfect for late nights, people on the go, travellers: a quick and efficient way to remove your makeup and cleanse your face
  • Fragrance free
  • Great for sensitive skin
  • Inexpensive ( approximately 10 Canadian dollars)

Cons:

  • I find that it left my face a little sticky to the touch.
  • They test on animals

Unfortunately both of these products test on animals. I’m in no way an animal rights activist, but I also don’t see the need in testing products on things that will never use the product. It’s highly unlikely that Ronnie the Rat will be using a micellar water anytime soon 😛

IMG_5922So those are the latest drugstore products that I have been trying. Some were fails and others are now a part of my beauty regimen! All of these products can be purchased at your local Walmart or Shoppers Drugmart. What are some products that you guys have been trying? What should I try next? Till next time…

xoxo