October: the Loved and the Unloved

Hello lovelies! Today I’m sharing with you everything that I’ve loved and a couple of things that were unloved. To keep this post from getting too long, let’s jump right in. I’m going to start with the unloved items because I have only two this month. The first one is the colder weather. I’m not at all prepared for this weather change. The one thing I love about this cold weather is big baggy sweaters and the perfect excuse to light a candle and binge watch Hallmark Christmas movies. The next unloved item for the month of October is being sick. There’s nothing much to say about that is that whatever I had knocked me out for over a week. On to the loved items.

THE LOVED

BUMBLE & BUMBLE DON’T BLOW IT (HAIR) STYLER- This was in my favorites last month and it made a return appearance this month, because it really is that good. I got about 8-10 uses of the deluxe sample size that I received in a Play box. It is already in my cart to repurchase during the Sephora VIB sale.

BATH & BODY WORKS CANDLE IN HOT COCOA & CREAM- I love, love, love this candle! I burned through this candle so quickly. I burned it a few hours every single day for a couple of weeks. This candle gives the room you’re burning in it a warm, sweet and cozy feel. So many times I burned this while it was raining outside and it just changed the whole aura of the room.

DISNEY JUNGLE CAT MUG- This mug I bought at the Animal Kingdom Resort and Lodge in the gift shop about 5 or 6 years ago. It is a bit of an oversized mug, which I love for a big cup of coffee, tea or now that we are approaching the holiday season, a huge cup of hot chocolate with all of the fixings. yummmmm!!!

URBAN DECAY PERVERSION MASCARA- This mascara has quickly become my favorite everyday mascara. It goes on quick and easy and provides just enough volume and length appropriate for the office. To remove it, it does come off pretty easy. The one thing that I notice, that I try not to do all the time. If  you happen to fall asleep and not remove your makeup, this will end up under your eyes.

There you have it. My loved and unloved for the month of October. What are your loved items or even unloved items for the month? I would love to know! Have a great day. I’ll see you in my next post.

 

CoverGirl The Super Sizer Mascara Review

Hello lovelies! Today I’m sharing my thoughts on the CoverGirl Super Sizer mascara. I saw this mascara everywhere! Instagram, YouTube, etc. Since I saw this everywhere, I waited and waited and when I finally got my hands on it, it took me forever to actually get around to using it. I have now been using this on and off for the last couple of months. Honestly, I have a love hate relationship with this product.

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left: w/ mascara right: no mascara

Formula: I love the formula. It glides on easily and it definitely can be layered without getting too clumpy. Tip: If you layer on too much to the point where it gets a little too clumpy, use the CoverGirl Clump Crusher and it fixes the situation.

Application: It says to twirl the wand to apply to your lashes. I can not do this for the life of me! Do any of you have the same problem? I apply this just like how I put on any other mascara. No matter how I applied the mascara, this ended up everywhere!

What is that?! Mascara all over my eyelid.

What is that?! Mascara all over my eyelid.

Longevity: This lasts as long as you don’t cry, rub your eyes, or sweat a lot.

Overall Score: 4/10; I like the formula, but that is where it ends. When I opened up the packaging, the wand was bent, it smelled a little funny and the application was literally all over the place. The lasting power is good, but not the greatest. I feel like this mascara you either love it or hate it.

Covergirl Clump Crusher Review

Hi lovelies! Today I’m sharing my thoughts on the Covergirl Clump Crusher mascara. I know I’m way behind on this mascara. I’ve had this stashes away until I went through a couple other opened mascaras first. I purchased this in 800 very black and surprisingly, NOT in the water resistant formula.  First, let’s take a look at what the packaging claims that this product will do.

  • 20x volume
  • zero clumps
  • curved brush is supposed to cover the lashes with product
  • the fine tooth bristles are supposed to help distribute mascara evenly through the lashes

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I love the green color of the tube, and the wand is the same color(until you put it in the mascara). I find the tube somewhat ergonomic, alongside the curved wand, makes it extremely easy to apply this mascara. Immediately I noticed that the formula is somewhat wet. I’ve noticed that when I first use a mascara that is kind of wet when I first open the tube, I love it even more when it dries out a little bit. The lasting power of this for day to day is pretty good. It will last all day with no flaking. However, I wore this on a pretty hot day and it did seem to sweat off a bit. That does seem like a down side to this but it gave my lashes a little oomph and a nice natural look.

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I would slightly compare this to my favorite all time mascara, the Benefit They’re Real Mascara. While that is my all time favorite mascara it does tend to clump slightly on my lashes. It is also a bit over the top with the lengthening and volumizing for a day time and day to day wear for what I do. The Covergirl Clump Crusher is the little sister to the They’re Real. It is definitely great for day time wear.

3 coats on both eyes

3 coats on both eyes

Overall, I would say that this mascara does what it says. It is great for gals of all ages. It is great for day to day wear. It layers well. You can put a light layer for the office and layer it up for a night out. I would definitely recommend this mascara to friends and family.

Overall Rating: 8/10

Maybelline Colossal Chaotic Mascara Review

Hi all! I know that I just did a mascara review last week, but I couldn’t wait to share my thoughts on the Maybelline Colossal Chaotic Mascara. I purchased it in the waterproof version. This product has been out for awhile now, but am now just getting around to testing it out. I am going to quickly list the things that I liked about this product and the things that I don’t. I will also let you know if I will repurchase this or not.

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LIKES

Formula- just wet enough, but that is all I liked about it

Brush- shape is easy to get inner and outer corner lashes

Color- very pigmented and black

Application- applies easily but can’t be layered too much

DISLIKES

Clumps- For myself, it clumps and volumizes but it doesn’t look very nice.

Messy- this gets all over my lids when applying, I’m still using it and it some how ended up on my cheek!

Wear- After awhile it does flake a bit. I notice little black flecks around my eyes.

Sensitivity- irritates my eyes on occasion, happens when it flakes

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For me, I am not a fan of this product. While I do like the shape of the brush and the consistency of it, it is not my absolute favorite formula. I am also going to try with a lengthening or a lighter everyday mascara first and then layer this on top and see how it affects the wear. This may be your favorite, but it is not mine, and that’s ok! I’m here to share my opinion on different things. I love that different things work for different people and when the same things work for different people, that’s awesome too! Have you tried this mascara out? What are your thoughts? I would like to hear them! Have any tips on how to apply without it getting all over your face?  Rating: 5/10

NYC Showtime Mascara Review

The last week or so I have been putting NYC’s Showtime mascara to the test. I picked up the waterproof and volumizing formula, in 844 Extreme Black. It claims to “immediately thickens lashes up to 5 times, last all day and easy to remove.”

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My first impression was that there was hardly any product on the wand. It is definitely a very dry formula. While it’s a drier formula it is creamy. Not much product comes out on the wand and it does not clump. The claims that is thickens lashes, I believe is false. This product is a very good natural, every day mascara. I would say it is also good and inexpensive option for a young girl just getting into makeup.

Does this product live up to the claims on the package? No.

Review: 2/10

First Impression and Review: Ulta Amped Lashes

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on Ulta’s Amped Lashes mascara. It claims to add volume and define your lashes. I have it in Jet Black and in the regular formula. I got this from a kit that you get when you spend so much on an Ulta brand purchase. If bought on its own, it costs $10, is slightly more than drugstore price but definitely comparable. I have to be honest when I went to use this, I was really nervous. I was in the middle of a show and had to put mascara on and my other mascara ran out! I was pleasantly surprised.

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Formula and Wand: The formula is a cream formula. It’s a little on the thick side and thought I was going to end up with clumpy lashes. When I pulled the wand out, a ton of product came out. I just wiped the excess on the inside edge of the tube. The wand is a rubber, tapered wand. I really like the tapered end because I can really get to the tiny lashes on the inner and outer corners. I had used a different mascara that had a rubber wand and it was really flimsy. This wand is much more sturdy and doesn’t bend in any direction.

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Claims: The mascara tube says volume and defining mascara. I somewhat agree with these claims. It didn’t volumize my lashes very much. While many women want to have huge volumized lashes, I think that during the day the a more natural appearance is appropriate. If having full on large lashes and adding falsies is your thing, then do it!! I love the look but it is not for me for a casual day to day schedule.

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With the first swipe, I knew I had found my every day mascara. It gave just a nice natural bump up length wise without the over the top length. I love the wispy look it gave my lashes. I have to say that it did not flake throughout my performances. I put it to the real test when I headed to the Chicago Blackhawks parade and rally. It was 80 plus degrees outside and the humidity was intense. I put it on at 8 am and took it off at 8 am. Yes with the intense heat and humidity, and 12 hours later the mascara was still there and looked almost as good as it did in the morning. There was a little bit of flaking but that could also have been because of rubbing my eye a little bit.

 

I’m giving the Ulta Amped Lashes Volumizing and Defining Mascara an 8/10.