Holy Grail Mascaras

Hi Beauties!

Today I’m going to give you my top 2 mascara picks of all time (echoing)time, time, time….. Yes, it’s that dramatic.

As I have mentioned before, I have been on the hunt for the perfect mascara pretty much my whole life. Mascara is one thing I can not live without. If I leave the house “without makeup,” that means I have on foundation (or BB cream), brows and mascara – it’s just a given.

So with that said, if you’re looking for amazing drugstore and department store mascara options, read on!

Maneater Mascara

FullSizeRender-2.jpgTarte Cosmetics launched Maneater Mascara last year and it basically rocked my world. The super black mousse-like formula goes on completely clump free and gives serious volume and lasting curl. It applies perfectly from the very first use – not too wet, not too dry – and completely mess free. Somehow it manages to do all of this without flaking and without that crunchy, uncomfortable feeling that so many mascaras leave me with.

I really love the wand on this mascara. It’s a silicone wand with a round tip and teeny tiny bristles that allow you to grab every single lash – even the ones on the bottom! I expected this brush to feel sharp and rough on my eyes, however it was the complete opposite. This brush feels so soft and makes application a breeze.

The best part of this formula is that it is ophthalmologist tested and does not irritate my sensitive eyes at all. So many mascaras often leave my eyes streaming tears and bright red. Maneater has the “good for you” ingredients that Tarte is known for, so I don’t lose any lashes when removing the mascara at the end of the day.

There is one catch. This mascara does smudge a little. I have long eyelashes so almost all mascaras smudge a little underneath my eyes. I find that taking a little bit of setting powder on an eyeshadow brush and running it lightly underneath the lash line helps to eliminate smudging (for the most part).

L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise (Waterproof)

My eyes are so sensitive that allergies, lack of sleep, the slightest breeze – pretty much anything can irritate them. Many eye products can turn my eyes into a streaming mess. But I’m not a quitter.

It’s been a while since I have tried a drugstore mascara because 1) Maneater, and 2) I got sick of returning or throwing away so many of them because they made me look emotionally unstable.

FullSizeRenderBut then social media blew up with claims that Lash Paradise was “Better than Sex;” the ultimate dupe for Too Faced’s Better than Sex Mascara (which by the way, was a complete turn-off for me in the beginning – I have never hated a mascara more than I hate that one, but I know it’s a lot of people’s holy grail – or at least they are being paid to say that it is).

After about 100+ times of seeing people talk about Lash Paradise – I gave in. Instagram made me buy it!

For $9.99, which is minimally HALF the price of department store mascaras, L’Oreal has put out a mascara that in my opinion, out-performs all other drugstore brands and easily  75% of department store brands. It lasts all day long with ZERO smudging or flaking and it has a nice thick brush that gives long-lasting volume, length and curl.

There are only two small cons that are so minuscule they are hardly worth mentioning, but I will! The first is that the waterproof formula it is just that… waterproof! It is not easy to remove, but if you are picking up a waterproof mascara, I would assume you are probably hoping that is not going to come off easily – that is sort of the whole point!

The other slight con is that the formula starts out a little wet, so there is a little more room for error in the first few applications. By the second week of using this mascara I found that it dried down a little and application became easy and clump-free.

So there you have it – the only two mascaras you will ever need; So, hopefully they are around until the end of time! Again, dramatic – but I’m a girl in love!

Click the links below to check out these mascaras for yourself (these are NOT affiliate links – opinions are all my own and not sponsored in any way), and let me know if you agree or what your favorites are in the comments!

Click here to purchase Maneater Mascara.

Click here to purchase L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise

My Beauty Basics

As I sit here, more than one month since my last blog post, I am realizing…. I don’t have a whole lot of free time! I have a four-year old and a ten-month old… enough said.

So, as I sit here realizing another week has come and gone with no glamorous makeup tutorials, swatches or product reviews, I thought it would be a good time to tell you what my everyday makeup routine looks like. These kids may give me a run for my money… I may not always be able to spend the amount of time on my makeup that I would like to… but I do my best every day to look like I’ve got it somewhat together.

Regardless of time, or lack there of, I can always pull off these beauty basics:

IMG_2280Skincare

My go-to cleanser and moisturizer are my Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel and Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost from tarte cosmetics. On a good day, I do like to incorporate a serum and other products, but these are two steps that I never neglect.

The Deep Dive Cleansing Gel is a daily cleanser and waterproof makeup remover that is loaded with vitamins and anti-aging properties. It removes all traces of my makeup without the need for makeup wipes or greasy eye makeup removers. My skin is left feeling hydrated and balanced, not stripped and dry like so many other cleansers have done to me before.

The Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost is a lightweight gel moisturizer that wakes my skin up and gives it the hydration it needs without feeling heavy or greasy. This moisturizer has a soothing, cooling sensation when you apply it and the citrus smell is so refreshing! My makeup glides on so beautifully over this moisturizer that I don’t even need a primer.

IMG_2281Face

Foundation is my non-negotiable. It is so incredibly rare for me to leave my house without foundation; In fact, I will let you in on a little secret – If I tell you “I’m not wearing any makeup,” odds are, I am wearing a BB or CC cream – and in my world that is not wearing any makeup!

My favorite foundation is the tarte Hybrid Gel Foundation. It feels like a moisturizer but gives medium-to-full coverage without looking heavy or caked on. This foundation is super hydrating so if you have oily skin, this foundation may not work for you; If I oIMG_2284.JPGpt for a “no makeup” day on the weekend, I’m typically wearing either the tarte Amazonian Clay BB tinted moisturizer or the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream.
I could leave it at that, but I usually don’t. I like to warm up my skin with at least a little bit of bronzer. If you are a fair-skinned girl like me, the Hoola or Hoola Lite bronzers from Benefit are great options and two of my favorites!

Eyes & Brows

IMG_2282 If I am pressed for time, I can leave the house with just a little brow pencil and mascara.

I have only been filling in my brows for about a year or two, but once I started, there was no going back. I have a scar in my right eyebrow and I dabbled in some over-plucking in the early 2000’s, so I need to fill them in so that they look a little more like sisters and a little less like cousins. My favorite brow pencil is the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil because it is just that… goof proof! The pencil is a double ended tool with a spoolie on one end to brush your hairs into place and an angled pencil on the other side to fill in and define your brows while keeping them looking natural.

Now, let’s talk mascara. I feel like the search for the perfect mascara is much like the search for the fountain of youth… it just may not exist! There is almost always a tradeoff when it comes to mascara but I have a few that I find myself reaching for on a regular basis, and even repurchasing.

I have really been loving the Maybelline Mega Plush Volum’ Express for a soft, natural look that is perfect for everyday wear – and you can’t beat the price! If I am looking to amp up the drama, tarte Maneater mascara is my #1.  Maneater gives major volume, length and curl with no clumping, very minimal smudging and almost zero flaking.

If I have a couple of extra minutes in the morning I will pop a neutral shade into my crease just to warm up my eyes and give them a little more definition.

IMG_2283 Lips

When I am going with a simple look, I tend to keep my lips neutral as well. My Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Swivel Stick is on me at all times and sometimes that’s all that I use. If I am looking for a nude gloss I reach for my Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in either White Russian or Blushing Margarita.

This routine is what I end up doing on most work days when I am pressed for time in the morning. It is quick and easy to do, plus I can easily build on it later to amp up my look. There is room to build up any shadow, throw on some eyeliner or even a bright lip color.

What does your everyday beauty routine look like? Let me know in the comments and let me know if you would like to see full reviews on any of these products!

xoxo

Products Mentioned:

tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel & H20 Hydrating Boost tarte Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil Benefit Hoola Bronzer Maybelline Mega Plush Volum’ Express Mascara Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Swivel Stick Buxom Full-On Lip Cream tarte Maneater Mascara