Saturday, July 11, 2015

Review: Cover Girl The Super Sizer Mascara by LashBlast

Well, color me surprised. I actually emphatically like a Cover Girl mascara.

Whether it's justified or not, I never really put Cover Girl in the bracket of impressive or daily go-to mascaras. Rather than being on the top level of my rotation, they're always kind of...there. I've tried many CG mascaras. Super Thick Lash mascara, along with LashBlast Fusion, and also that underwhelming "Flamed Out" stuff, are perfectly wonderful for more natural workday lashes—but in my opinion, only when you have time to painstakingly build up your mascara over a period of several minutes (which, thanks to Mother Nature for my sad, thin lashes, I do).

So that's mainly the category I've had CG mascaras in. But being the beauty obsessed cheapskate that I am, I couldn't resist trying the new Super Sizer mascara. (Side note: does anyone else ever worry about what the mascara names are going to be like in ten years? Seems like they've blown through a lot of pretty dramatic ones already. "Sky High Curves," anyone?)

Anyway, here's the packaging:

And here's the wand, which you're supposed to twirl while applying. As you can see, it's different from other LashBlast mascaras. Mind you, the bristles are still plastic but they're longer/more spaced out. This means it packs A LOT of product onto the lash line as soon as you first put it on, which makes it a great out-the-door mascara. I personally like packing a lot of product on at first stroke, but it's not for everyone.

As you can see, the brush is different from other CG mascaras in that it's sort of reverse-tapered, with longer spikes for the plastic bristles.

As for application, here are eyelashes with/without (please note how puny and sad my natural lashes are.):

Left eye, no mascara. Right eye, lots of mascara.
Now, I don't recommend this, but my 40 minute commute to work allows me the perfect intervals (read: bumper-to-bumper traffic, lots of red lights) for applying mascara in the car. I've actually given up doing it at home before getting in the car because I actually enjoy my ride to work more when I'm putting mascara on at the red lights. Is that sad or cool? Anyway.

Even though this mascara promises "400% corner-to-corner volume" I would actually put it more in the category of curling and lengthening. IF you already have somewhat voluminous lashes (which clearly I do not) then you'll likely love it no matter what.

The complete effect:

Hesitant facial expression not intended.

In short, this mascara:
  • Lengthens
  • Curls
  • Separates
  • Dries FAST, so best to apply coats quickly
  • Packs on a lot of product at first coat
  • Washes off semi-easily (I use Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover to take the residual bits off)
Also worth noting is you get .4 oz of product in this little guy, so it'll last a long time. (By comparison, L'Oreal Miss Manga is .27 oz.)

All in all, really loving it. Anyone else tried it/found success with it?

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Spotted On Sale: Milani Power Lip at CVS

My heart sort of floods with joy whenever I see that bright little clearance sticker on something. Makeup that I previously had little to no interest in suddenly becomes a must-try item. Such is the case with Milani Power Lip, a "lasting and moisturizing gloss stain." I'm not sure if this is at all CVS locations, but mine has these moving off shelves for 50% off right now. I grabbed the color Macaroon, a seemingly mauvy pink.

Let's take a look:

The one thing I like about Milani is that it typically doesn't use any parabens. I always look at ingredients, and these seem pretty good (coconut alkanes high up in the list)!

Here's how it looks on- please excuse the un-groomed eyebrow(s) and half done face:

Milani Power Lip in Macaroon

The formula feels pretty good on, if a bit waxy. I'm not certain this is really the best shade for me, but at less than $4, I can't complain. Definitely check CVS if you're looking for a new lippie at a stellar price! 

Thanks for reading and hope everyone had a good Fourth of July weekend! :) hash tag America.