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Lovely, Lovely Lashes

3 May

‘Afternoon ladies! I hope your day has been treating you well. I am so excited to share with you my latest discovery in mascaras! I don’t want to kill you with suspense, so let’s get right to it!

Givenchy Phenom'eyes Effet Wand

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara Wand

The two winners are Givenchy Phenom’eyes Effet in Extension Black and Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in Black. If you watch Youtube then you have heard of these mascaras before from several different people. I had to give them both a try. Normally, I would not spend more than about $10-$15 for mascara and usually it would be from the drugstore. I have tried others and it’s not that I didn’t like them, it’s just that Covergirl and Maybelline make great mascaras for way less money. Why pay more if you don’t have to, right? Well, after hearing a lot about both of these beauties I figured I would give it a go. With Sephora’s stellar return policy I had nothing to lose! The Givenchy mascara isn’t cheap at $30/tube . The Clinique Bottom Lash mascara is not bargain either at $10 for just your bottom lashes.  But check out the results I got using both before you dismiss the cost of these two items.

Givenchy Phenom'eyes and Clinique Bottom Lash

Givenchy Phenom'eyes and Clinique Bottom Lash

In both pictures my eye on the right is without any mascara at all and the eye on the left is with one generous coat of each. My lashes were not curled or primed before putting the mascara on, nor did I comb through the lashes before taking the photos. Now, on to the rest of the Q&A that I would want to know about the mascaras:

Q- Do they last all day/smudge/flake/clump? A: Yes, they both last all day on me and I don’t experience flaking or smudging of any kind with either. Neither of these give me any problems with clumping whatsoever, no matter how much product I have used.

Q- Are they easy to remove? I don’t want to have to scrub my eyes raw to take off my mascara! A: Yes, both easily come off with makeup removing cloths or my preferred eye makeup remover, Johnson’s Baby Shampoo 🙂

Q: Do you have the waterproof versions? Does it last through *ahem* tears? A: I did not purchase the waterproof versions (I am not even sure either of these have such a thing). But I don’t feel I would need to, unless I was planning on swimming. I did have a few tears the other day and my mascaras stayed put, no smearing or smudging. I was totally impressed. *sniff,sniff*

Q- What do your lashes feel like? A: They feel soft and natural. Not crusty or overloaded with product like they do with so many other mascaras I have tried.

Q- That wand looks scary, is it hard to use? A: The mascara came with an instruction sheet showing the different angles to use. Follow that at first and it will soon feel natural in your hand. Caution- be careful, it can be easy at first to get too close to your lid and smudge mascara on your eyeshadow. I did this a few times the first couple of times I applied it.

Q- Do you think Clinique Bottom Lash is worth it? Couldn’t I just use Maybelline Lash Discovery? A: At first I felt the same way. But Lash Discovery just doesn’t do what Bottom Lash does for me. Does that mean it won’t for you? Not necessarily. Give them a try. See what fits your style better. For me, Bottom Lash is worth it and gives the look I desire to my lower lashes. Plus, look at that wand. It is adorable (shown above by my pinkie finger for scale).

That should cover everything. I am so thrilled with these mascaras and I don’t see the need to keep any of my others (but I’m not wasteful so I won’t toss them out just yet). These give the volume, length, staying power and feel of my dream mascara. I really give them my highest recommendation and if you have the opportunity, please give them a try. I would love to hear what you think!

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The Nose Knows

29 Mar

Hellllloooo all. I feel like this week is going by super fast. Tomorrow is already Wednesday! Wow. Anyway, I am sorry for lack of comments on others blogs and slow response to comments here. I have been having a couple of late nights at the office and barely have time to eat and take off my makeup before going to bed, le sigh. But, my schedule should be easing up as the week goes on. Anyhow, the other day I got to thinking about lotions, body sprays and perfumes. I haven’t done a post like this before, but I thought I’d share some of my favorites!

First up, body sprays and my favorite Bath and Body Works Lotion:

L-R: B&BW Rice Flower & Shea Lotion, Calgon In the Rain, B&BW Rice Flower & Shea Spray, B&BW Sweet Pea Spray

For awhile Rice Flower & Shea was not available. But I am happy to report it is back (has been for at least a year if not more). The story behind this scent is pretty simple. This was the first scent ever given to me by a boy and it was from the man I am still with today (highschool sweethearts folks, no lie). These aren’t the originals of course, I used them up long ago. But I have since repurchased and it is one of the few scents that I will always always cherish because it reminds me of the wonderful times we have had and still have together. Funny how a scent does that you! I cannot describe this scent accurately except that if you know what shea butter smells like, you can definitely detect it in here. But there is something simple, classic and romantic about this scent that makes me love it so much.

Calgon’s In the Rain is a scent I like for a similar reason. Although I rarely use body sprays anymore, I enjoy the fresh, after the rain scent this gives. It is also a favorite of the boy ;). I do not know if this is even made anymore!

And of course, one of Bath and Body Works most popular scents, Sweet Pea. You all know this scent. It’s girly, fun, and light. Have repurchased this several times in many forms. Love it.

DKNY Rollerball, DKNY Be Delicious, Benefit Garden of Good & Eva and So Hooked on Carmella

DKNY Be Delicious has to be hands down my favorite perfume of all time (which used to be Clinique Happy). I like the other variations of this too, but Be Delicious is the best. I also bought the rollerball with DKNY Fresh Blossom on one side and Be Delicious on the other. I did that for portability and because my mom told me that she mixes the two sometimes and loves the smell they create together. She was right! It is a fresh, apple-y scent and cannot be replicated by other perfumes. It has been a staple for me for about 3 years now. I always feel so fresh and awake and feminine when I wear it. It isn’t strong or heavy at all, which I hate in a perfume.

Benefit’s Garden of Good & Eva (how adorable is the packaging and name by the way, squeal!!) is similar to DKNY Be Delicious in that it is more natural and fresh scented. Benefit describes it as “a crisp and fresh citrus floral” and I would have to agree. It is fresh. I really really enjoy this scent.

Also from Benefit’s Crescent Row perfume collection is So Hooked on Carmella, which is described as “a floral vanilla that’s exquisitely feminine” and again they are pretty spot on. When I first heard about these perfumes and tested them in Ulta last year, I did not think I would like Carmella. I am not a fan of vanilla-y perfumes or body sprays as they tend to be too heavy and over-powering. Carmella is not that kind of vanilla. When I wear Carmella, I feel sexy and feminine. It’s my preferred date/going out perfume.

L-R: Clinique Happy, Coach Poppy, VS Sweet Daydream, VS Love Spell

Clinique Happy–what can I say here that hasn’t been said anywhere else. Fresh and light and…well, happy! Like sunshine in a bottle, Clinique Happy has been a staple of mine for years and years.

Coach Poppy is a newer scent to my collection. When I first tested it out at the Coach store I knew it was going to one day be mine. And sure enough, I found a home for it in my stash. It is described as “sweetly scented jasmine and gardenia mingle with fresh cucumber and candied rose petals in a pretty, lighthearted fragrance.” Sweet? Floral? Light? Yes please! This is one perfume you ladies all need to smell! I love love love it and it may even knock DKNY Be Delicious out of first place!

The last two I am sharing with you for now are my two favorite Victoria’s Secret scents. Sweet Daydream which smells sugary and sweet like candy and Love Spell is described as “a lavishly lush blend of peach, cherry blossom and white jasmine” I am not good with describing scents so I will go with that. Suffice it to say it smells floraly and fresh, just like many of the others I have already mentioned. It seems like fresh, floral, citrus and jasmine all make up my favorite perfumes and scents.

How about you ladies? Any scents get you SCENT-imental (sorry I couldn’t resist!) ? What are your favorites for everyday?