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Beauty Test Drive: This Is The Waterproof Mascara I Wore On My Wedding Day & It Totally Worked

BTD: Lash Extension
A review of Too Faced False Lashes
Julie reviews Too Faced's Better Than False Lashes extension system. Read More »
BTD: Eyelash Curler
Rachel recommends the Shu Uemura eyelash curler. Read More »
BTD: Urban Decay Mascara
Winona liked this mascara, even though it didn't curl her lashes as promised. Read More »
beauty test drive make up for ever waterproof mascara

A few days before I got married, one of my BFF’s gifted me a shopping spree at Make Up For Ever. Lilit knew I was doing my own makeup for my wedding — hey, Kate Middleton did it! — so she wanted to help out. I got some gorgeous lipstick, foundation, green-tinted primer, and their iconic HD Powder. But as I was checking out, the makeup artist/salesgirl dropped a free sample into my shopping bag. “You need this,” she said.  I looked in the bag. It was Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash Waterproof Extra Black Mascara.

Duh. I cry at cotton commercials. Of course I was going to cry like a baby on my wedding day.  And Thank God for that lady who gave me the waterproof mascara, because I did.  Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System

BTD: TimeBalm Concealer
Lily digs Liquid TimeBalm's spot concealer with tea tree oil. Read More »
BTD: Flower Lip Butter
Flower lip butter
Jess is obsessed with Drew's new makeup line! Read More »
BTD: Lush Henna Dye
Rachel tried a hair dye called "Poop Brown Mom." Read More »
BTD: Mineral Powder
Winona is obsessed with Jane Iredale's powder foundation. Read More »
A review of Too Faced False Lashes

I am not coordinated or motivated enough to wear false eyelashes, even though they always look totally amazing. I’ve tried putting them on once or twice, but thanks to having perma-shaky Hamburger Helper hands, I was never capable of getting them properly in place or sticking right. Plus? They’re not the best investment — you can wear the once, maybe twice, tops — before you’ve got to toss ‘em. Enter Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System. This product! I’m obsessed — obsessed! — with this product. And here’s why…

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Beauty Test Drive: Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara

BTD: Maybelline Stiletto
Find out how Rachel is rocking a matte black cat eye. Read More »
BTD: Argan Lotion
Winona is in love with this Moroccan oil lotion for winter. Read More »
BTD: Revlon Stain
Jess won't be divorcing her Chapstick any time soon. Read More »

My lashes are stick straight and blonde, and I wish I was fine with that, but instead I have dedicated a significant portion of my time on earth to making them appear long, dark, and luxuriously curly. This pursuit has taken me to the brightly lit beauty counters of luxury cosmetic brands and the dark recesses of drugstore clearance racks. It has caused me to hyperventilate in front of the Sephora employee who told me that the Shu Uemura eyelash curler would no longer be carried in US stores (don’t worry, it’s online), and it has caused me to burn my cheek with the metal edge of said eyelash curler after heating it up with a hairdryer in college. Along the way I’ve learned a lot and found quite a few awesome products, but I’m always on the lookout for more. You can imagine my excitement, then, when I discovered Urban Decay’s Supercurl Curling Mascara. Did it live up to its name? Read on to find out… Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Benefit BADGal Lash Mascara

BTD: Fairy Dust
Pixi's Fairy Dust highlighter is as pretty as can be. Read More »
BTD: Philosophy
Rachel loves Philosophy's colorless primer. Read More »
BTD: Urban Decay Shadow
Winona looks fierce in this Urban Decay eyeshadow pencil. Read More »
Mascara that stays put
The tube is gorgeous and the mascara is awesome. Read More »

Mascara is a strange and mysterious product. Some of my friends’ favorite brands flake and clump on my lashes, and some formulas I swear by have been horror shows for my friends. Even so, people tend to feel very strongly about their preferred mascara, and it’s not uncommon for a beauty blogger to be kicked off the internet for professing an unpopular opinion on Maybelline Great Lash. So with all that in mind, I’d like to talk about Benefit’s BADgal Lash Mascara and how much I hated it… Keep reading »

Eye Liner & Mascara Fit For A Queen

Angelina's Smoky Eyes
Get her sexy smoky eye look from the 2012 Golden Globes. Read More »

When it comes to playing up one of my features, I generally go for my eyes. In the days when I had acne and frizzy hair, and didn’t care much for my thin upper lip, my eyes always struck me as my prettiest asset. Now I have much higher self-esteem (not to mention clearer skin and an appreciation for my modest kisser), but my eyes still remain my favorite feature. I’ve been on the hunt for a eyeliner and mascara duo that I could always count on, whether they worked in concert with other makeup — like eye shadow or lip gloss — or gave me a little subtle glam on their own. Well, CoverGirl Queen’s Vivid Impact Eye Liner and Lash Fanatic Mascara are my new go-tos. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes

BTD: Umbrian Clay
Better skin through mud? No way! Read More »
BTD: Waterproof Liner
Can Tarte's liner really stay put through the tears? Read More »
BTD: Highlighter
Benefit Watt's Up
Jessica loves Benefit's new Watt's Up highlighter! Read More »

Contrary to popular belief, all mascaras are not made equal. Case in point: Diorshow, one of the few cult favorite beauty products wherein literally everybody is in the cult. Beauty addicts world over, whether they apply makeup for a living or simply dabble in perfecting their own face, are well-informed of the magic that is the $25 mascara. While I wouldn’t so much as blink at spending $25 on, say, a gorgeous lipstick (that’s $10 cheaper than my favorite Yves Saint Laurent!) that has the potential to last for years if used properly, mascara has far less integrity. In fact, you’re supposed to toss it after just three months of use. Devoted to long, thick black lashes, but burned by the hefty price tag on Diorshow and my other favorite, Chanel Inimitable, I made it my personal beauty mission to find a drugstore mascara that would give me the same lusty Kardashian-lash effect for less than half the price. Keep reading »

Mascara That Stays Where It’s Supposed To

I’m sure everyone will empathize with my terrible, terrible problem of having such naturally long eyelashes. It’s hard, I swear! Here’s why: my eyelashes are constantly tapping against my upper cheeks and flaking. As a result, every mascara I’ve ever worn ends up giving me raccoon eyes by noon. I was almost about to give up on mascara entirely until a Fairydrops wand landed on my desk. Not only is Fairydrops water- and sweat-resistant so it doesn’t rub off on my upper cheeks, but it’s gel-like texture doesn’t flake. Ever. I can’t believe how much better it is from other mascaras I’ve worn all my life. Go figure it was invented in Japan! I had never head of Fairydrops before, but consider me a new convert their mascara. 

[$24.00 Sephora]

Kiss Premium Eyelashes Are Easy-To-Apply Falsies

I’m slightly obsessed with having long, luxurious eyelashes. Tell me a beauty treatment will give the appearance of curled and thick lashes, and I’ll say, “When’s my appointment?” I’ve had lash extensions that were so thick they prevented my natural lashes from growing. And I’ve also had my natural lashes permed. Unfortunately, the curl made applying mascara difficult and time-consuming. Of course, false eyelashes have intrigued me, but even after practicing, I still can’t apply them with deft. That’s why I was so excited to learn about Kiss Premium Eyelashes, which have patent-pending Red Application Strings for easy application. Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: MAC Haute & Naughty Lash

I’ve become quite the mascara junkie in recent years. I will try anything that promises to both lengthen and thicken my eyelashes. MAC Haute & Naughty Lash gives lashes a natural definition and pack on the drama. How’s this possible? Well, it’s all in the brush … Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Givenchy PhenomenEyes Mascara

If we’re being totally honest, the main reason we wanted to try out Givenchy’s new mascara was the weird-looking brush. Check that thing out! It looks like a miniature mace. But covered in lash-lengthening liquid instead of metal spikes! Fun! Really, though, it’s all kinds of fun. The smaller brush definitely takes a couple applications to get used to, but we didn’t poke ourselves in the eyes with it and the whole application process was far less terrifying than expected. Keep reading »

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