The Clock Stops Here...

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Maybelline Master Precise Curvy Liner

Maybelline Master Precise Curvy Liner

It's been 30 years now, and I still have not perfected the "cat eye" fact I haven't even come close.  I don't know if it's a geometry challenge, right angles and I don't align, or my semi challenged fine motor skills.

This new liner from Maybelline promises a line hugging applicator, that guarantees a thicker more dramatically lined lid and a tip that will provide the perfect "flick", ensuring a seamless cat eye.

There wasn't a chance on earth I wasn't trying it.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Brow Mania; Micro Blading

Micro Blading. Before and After

I kept hearing the term "micro blading" and filed it under, note to self, do find out what this means. I knew it was brow and tattoo related, but I couldn't fathom how that could actually translate into fuller, more beautiful brows that look full and entirely natural.   Most tatooed brows unfortunately, look like they were created with a Sharpie.

When a friend posted her newly microbladed brows in a Selfie, I immediately sent a PM asking for the 411. Answer:  "Micro blading is a medical grade tattoo, applied with a small blade that creates hair like strokes.  It does require a touch up in a month, and generally lasts between 10-24 months.  Cost is about $800.

They looked spectacular!

Summer's Twilight

Summer's Twilight

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Kevin Aucoin The Eyelash Curler; Must You?

Kevin Aucoin Eyelash Curler

Kind of...That is if if you want to achieve a big bump in curl that holds, directly from the lash line.

I have a 5 year old Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler.  For years, it was the Holy Grail of EC's by anyone's standards.  Why they chose to stop selling this iconic product at U.S. retailers is an enigma; profit, is good...No???  For die hards, you can still purchase it on their website though.

I am a little obsessed with my equally beauty obsessed cousin Karyn's lashes.   After seeing her recently, I wanted a full report on every product in her current arsenal.  She, unlike me, is someone who can successfully use Latisse, without looking like a bunch of fire ants march over her irises.  Her lashes are spectacular.

Besides that, she also uses Kevin Aucoin's The Eyelash Curler, which she swore was even more effective than her old Shu.

Good 'nuff for me...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Dud Alert!: CoverGirl Super Sizer Fibers Mascara

CoverGirl Super Sizer Fibers Mascara

I know, I know, I told you the hunt for my cheap and cheerful drugstore mascara was finally sated, having fallen in love with Maybelline Colossal Spider Effects Mascara.

I couldn't help but purchase CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara Fibers Mascara.  When I was just a wee lass, Max Factor made a fiber mascara. How I loved that mascara! Whatever was in, felt, iron filings, made my lashes look fantastic. I always wondered why no one, in all these years created a fiber mascara. Today's versions tend to have conical spheres, that sprinkle my face with little triangles.

Um. No thanks...
I am hopelessly optimistic when trying a new product...I always, always think it's going to exceed my expectations. I also had high hopes, since CoverGirl's Lash Exact is one of the best drugstore mascaras I have ever used, and I have purchased it many times.  So, I primed my lashes first, as usual, and prepared myself be astonished...

In fact, I was.  Where, so to speak, "Was the Beef"???  My lashes looked hopelessly anemic after one coat of Super Sizer Fibers MascaraWhere were those fibers hiding?  It would have taken 5 coats to equal one of anything else in my makeup queue.

It's wrapped and ready to be returned to CVS. Big sigh. My trip down memory lane sadly was derailed. For now...

One to skip Lovelies.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Primer

L'Oreal Voluminous Primer

Now here's a happy addition to the L'Oreal family.  I LOVE primers.  They make an enormous difference in volume and length and technically, the first coat (best done one eye at a time) can just be slapped on with abandon. Follow up with your favorite mascara and you will be  thrilled with the enhancement.

Pinkie swear.

A "pro" tip on their website suggests applying two coats of primer for maximum effect.  Oh joy! I was tempted to remove my eye makeup now, just so I could try it out for myself.  The morning can't come soon enough.

My first primer was Lancome Cil Booster XL.  It's a fantastic product.  It's also expensive and dries out fairly quickly.  My cheaper cheerful cheat, was to purchase stepchild  L'Oreal's Superstar Mascara, which is a two stepper with a built in primer.  Hate the mascara. LOVE LOVE LOVE the primer and it lasts for months. For $12.99, it was less than half the price of Lancome's, so I still feel like I was getting the better deal, even though it was a bit wasteful.

Nicely, L'Oreal has now created Voluminous Primer as a stand alone product for $7.99.  I haven't bought it yet, (since I still have plenty of Superstar left), but I'm hoping upon hope, they didn't try and reinvent the already perfect wheel.

If any of you Lovelies try it before I do, please let me know.  I'm pretty sure, this is a winner...



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