Drugstore Mascara roundup

by michelle on February 28, 2015 · 0 comments

I had coupons, there was a sale, and I had CVS extra-care bucks. So instead of buying my favorite expensive mascara last month, I bought some Maybelline that I have liked in the past, a new Maybelline mascara, and because I went to a funeral, I bought a waterproof that I saw some good reviews for. So here are my thoughts.

Notes: I have long lashes – I do not look for lengthening in my mascaras. I mean, lengthening is good, but what I need out of a mascara is VOLUME. I have blonde thin eyelashes and I want them to look thick and full or I think they get lost behind my glasses. Anyway. I have a feeling that if I ever started using false lashes, I’d never stop. I like the dramatic lash look.

Maybelline The Rocket Volume Express – This has long been a drugstore favorite of mine. It’s not an exact dupe of Benefit’s They’re Real, but it’s a good substitute for it. I like the plastic rubber applicator wand, and I like the formula enough. And the “blackest black” version is really black. But it doesn’t hold a curl as well, it flakes off after about 12 hours (I know this seems high maintenance, but if I do my makeup before 7 am, and I have to be at work until 8, I do not need my mascara to start flaking into my eyes after 6.), and I have to let the formula dry out for a week or so after opening before it’s workable. But really, it’s a fine drugstore mascara. It irritates my eyes if they are already irritated, but whatever. That’s another high maintenance problem.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Full Fan Effect – I bought this one because of the coupons and the sale etc. I was intrigued by the comb included on the brush. I like this! It doesn’t give huge BOLD lashes like I love, but it’s a solid mascara. It also flakes after 10-12 hours, but not a bad product.

Covergirl Full Lash Bloom in Waterproof – I bought this because I like the claims covergirl made, and some reviews said the waterproof version was good. So I got this one to go to a funeral. Also, CG products were on sale at Target that week. This is a crap mascara. The blackest black is dull – it’s almost grey. This made my eyes itch immediately upon application. It didn’t add that much volume, and then it flaked but it was also hard as hell to remove. Do not recommend.


January makeup favorites.

by michelle on February 5, 2015 · 2 comments

I am and will never be any kind of actual makeup blogger. BUT. That doesn’t mean I can’t share what products I’m currently obsessing over. (I’m not calling these “beauty” favorites because, well, I don’t think they have anything to do with beauty. Anyway.)

These are the things that fall into the realm of skincare, haircare, makeup favorites for the month of January.

January was cold. My skin felt dry. So I used my old standby moisturizing products: Paula’s choice skin recovery serum and moisture boost cream (I have a tube of the serum, and just buy samples of the cream because I only use it for a few weeks a year). When my skin felt more normalized, I used my face moisturizer of life, holy-grail status moisturizer that I will never ever change, RESIST AntiAging Clear Skin Hydrator. If you have breakout prone skin, but are starting to show signs of aging, then you should try this.  If you want, you can use my referral link For the rest of my body, my favorite has been Avon’s Moisture Therapy Intensive Healing lotion.

Late in the month, I bought this Bare Escentuals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Gel Cream sort of on a whim. It was brand new at Ulta, and it sort of hit all the high points of what I’ve been looking for. So I just bought it (I had a coupon!). And while it could stand to have a little bit more coverage, the color match is dead on for my weird skin that I can never find a match for. It lasts a good amount of time. I top it with my favorite powder, Tarte Amazonian Clay Powder Foundation using just a light dusting to keep the shinies away and to add a touch more coverage.

My blush favorite was Laura Gellar’s Pink Grapefruit, a warm pinky mauve color (super similar to Milani Rose d’Oro if you want a dupe), and my lip favorite was Clinique Whole Lotta Honey and L’oreal glossy balm in Baby Berry.

I’m going to start really keeping up with what I’m wearing in February so I can share, but also so I know what things I reach for regularly and what things I don’t. I already know that next month I’m going to have to talk about the Kat Von D InnerStellar palette. Ooooh man, those eyeshadows make me swoon.



Books I’ve read lately

January 30, 2015

I’ve been reading and listening to audiobooks a lot lately, and I really enjoy knowing what others are reading and liking, and so maybe sharing is caring? The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater – This is a YA series that sure, it’s about a search for a long-maybe-dead Welsh king, a family of psychic women,  [...]

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7 quick takes

January 29, 2015

1. Night before last, Jonas woke up and had me up for a couple of hours. He first said he had a bad dream, and 1.5 hours later he said that his ear hurt. I gave him some zyrtec and advil, and within a few minutes he was (finally) asleep again. Then yesterday, he went [...]

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One wild friday night.

January 10, 2015

Yesterday, late morning, Chris received a call from Jonas’s daycare saying that he was crying a bit because of pain in his hip and back. He had calmed down and ate lunch and took a nap, and Chris was going to check in a little bit later to see how he was doing.  When he [...]

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My most loved makeup from 2014

January 9, 2015

  Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – I’ve used a million different eyeliners. I really do love a good gel eyeliner, but the new trend for eyeliner pens just makes my mornings so much easier. I prefer the formula of the Stila 24/7 liner to this one, but the KVD makes a little wing SO [...]

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Here’s an attempt at a yearly wrap up.

January 2, 2015

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before? Got a job as a librarian. That was pretty new. 2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I didn’t have any. I’m still thinking on what I want to do this year. 3. Did [...]

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Things I need*

December 5, 2014

1. I think I need an extra hour in every day, or at least the ability to need less sleep to function daily. There’s exactly zero way I can work, do homework, keep us all in clean clothes, and feed us food that is not from a restaurant, take care of myself, keep the house [...]

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November 18, 2014

The hardest part, so far, of switching to this “having a job” thing has been dealing with the feelings that someone else is getting the best of my kid every day. Jonas is an awesome kid. Sure, he drives me crazy, but he’s an awesome kid. He is funny and kind. He’s fun to play [...]

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So, what’s up?

October 16, 2014

Hey-oh! Let’s talk a little about life! Here’s what’s up: I began work on my master’s in Library and Information Science last fall. I started my first library job this week. Today is my second day, and I’m still doing things like getting familiar with the library website and what databases they have to offer, [...]

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