Brow and lash love for 2015

Make-up, applying mascara

As I was doing my makeup for New Year’s Eve I realized that the biggest change in my cosmetic life for 2015 was that I absolutely can not go without doing my brows anymore. A combination of age and illness created eyebrows that just didn’t cut it anymore. I went for most of my life not touching my eyebrows with much more than a tweezers. They had a great natural shape and were filled in nicely. That’s not the case any more. That’s why I decided to share the 2015 eyebrow and eyelash products that have made a difference for me.

PIXI BROW POWDER PALETTE  –  Shades of Brows

Pixi Beauty Brow Palette

Pixi Beauty Brow Palette

This is my most used brow product for everyday. My hair isn’t necessarily the same shade from color to color so I appreciate having a choice of shades that I can use straight or mix. Right now I’m dipping twice into the darkest shade and once in the one lighter since my hair is very dark at the moment. I’ll get it colored soon and can reevaluate how I want to use the colors. One of the best buys at $12 I’ve found. *

PIXI ENDLESS BROW GEL PEN

Pixi Endless Brow Gel Pen in Medium

Pixi Endless Brow Gel Pen in Medium

The Endless Brow Gel Pen is another best for me from Pixi. This is not a universally loved product but I like it so much that I bought 3 the last time I ordered from Pixi. It’s not really a pen, it’s a pencil that is gel-like in texture. It’s a heavier look than the brow palette because the gel is thicker. I like wearing this when my brows really need attention.

SENNA COSMETICS BROW SHAPER

Senna Brow Duo in Brunette

Senna Brow Duo in Brunette

I love Senna Cosmetics but I hadn’t tried their eyebrow products before because I just didn’t care about my eyebrows. Now that I have this Brow Shaper with the plumping brow shade and pomade I really appreciate why Eugenia Weston, owner and cosmetic guru, is so well known for eyebrows. These powders really cling to my eyebrow hair and fill in naturally where I’ve lost some hair. Another reason to love Senna. *

IT COSMETICS HEAVENLY LUXE BUILD A BROW BRUSH

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Build A Brow and It Cosmetics Tightlining 10-in-1 Dual Ended brush

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Build A Brow and It Cosmetics Tightlining 10-in-1 Dual Ended brush

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Eyebrow brush

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Eyebrow brush

OMG, this is the best brush ever for eyebrows. It was created for IT’s Build a Brow Creme Gel Stain and it’s great with that but it also shines with every gel or cream brow product I’ve tried. The bristles are staggered so they really get into your brows to deposit color. This is totally unique and totally worth every penny of the $24 price.

BENEFIT ROLLER LASH MASCARA

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Officially named Roller Lash Super Curling and Lifting Mascara, this is one of my favorites of the year. I find Benefit Cosmetics to be hit or miss but after reading the raves for this I caved and I’m glad I did. The curved wand really does help curl your lashes although I always use an eyelash curler. The combo of the eyelash curler and Roller Lash gives me eyelashes that stay curled for a good 12 hours. This was good for me for a solid three months staying easy to wear and easy to remove.

CATRICE LASH MULTIMIZER VOLUME MASCARA

Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara

Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara

Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara wand

Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara wand

At $7.99 this is 1/3 the price of the Benefit mascara and almost as good. The Multimizer is a volume and definition mascara. While it doesn’t help add curl, it holds it well. The older this gets, the better it gets. Which means a new one is in my future.

BARE MINERALS LASH DOMINATION VOLUMIZING MASCARA

Bare Minerals Lash Domination

Bare Minerals Lash Domination

BareMinerals Lash Domination

BareMinerals Lash Domination

2016 was the year I realized I loved volume mascaras. Before that I always thought I was looking for length and definition but the mascaras I like best this year turned out to be volumizing. Who knew? Besides charming me with the polka dot packaging, Lash Domination * charmed me with the twisty turny brush and lashes that looked great. They call this a 10-in-1 mascara since it Volumizes, Lengthens, Thickens, Separates, Lifts, has All-day wear, is Mineral fortified, Resists clumps, Fights Flakes, and is Smudge-resistant. After reviewing * this, I bought another.

SURRATT BEAUTY RELEVEE LASH CURLER

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler opened

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler opened

I didn’t need another eyelash curler but I wanted this Surratt Beauty one after reading all the raves. Everyone has different shaped eyes and the lash curlers that a lot of people rave about (Shu, ELF etc) pinch me. This Surratt Relevee has been a delight to use. It opens widely, does a great job fitting my eyes and creates a curl that really lasts. If I want to use the method of inching up my lashes I have to use a magnifying mirror so I can see my lashes better.

As usual with a list like this, I’m sure I left out other wonderful products that I discovered in 2015. Even if I did though I know I’m recommending the ones that really have stood out to me. Have you tried any of these? What would you say stood out the most for you this past year?  — Marcia

*items were PR samples, rest were self purchased  **affiliate links used

 

Catrice Mascara review and a mascara giveaway

If you’re an Ulta shopper you’ve probably noticed that they are carrying a lot of new brands making shopping there a lot more fun. One brand I started exploring is CATRICE which is a European cosmetic company that does not test on animals. Ulta carries a nice selection of the brand’s products though not the full brand.

Catrice Mascaras: Better Than False Lashes, Ultimate Lash Maximizer

Catrice Mascaras: Better Than False Lashes, Ultimate Lash Maximizer

When shopping one day there was a gwp going on that, of course, spurred me on to buy more. I ended up with 2 mascaras (among a few other items). The first is Better Than False Lashes, the second Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume. Both of which are volume mascaras. I’ve been wearing them both on and off and have picked my favorite so let’s see which one it is! The first thing I’ll say is that mascaras are so individual and it seems we all have different opinions of the same mascara. What I’m looking for in a mascara is one that doesn’t weigh down my thin lashes. I also like a lot of definition and lengthening. Even though these are volume mascaras I like that too. I just like mascara that makes my lashes look good.

Catrice Better Than False Lashes mascara

Catrice Better Than False Lashes mascara

BETTER THAN FALSE EYELASHES ($7.99) was my first choice. I think it’s the name that said “Pick me, I’ll remind you of TF Better Than Sex Mascara”. This mascara is said to offer dramatic volume, sensational length and extreme curl. That description makes this seem like it meets all my criteria.

Catrice Better Than False Lashes want

Catrice Better Than False Lashes want

The brush on BTFE is quite large and made of fibers. I was quite excited to try this since I usually like mascara with this kind of brush. But upon wearing it the first time my reaction was “Eh”. Nice but not special. I didn’t notice any oomph with this. It’s improved a little with age but it’s not one I’ll rebuy.

Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara

Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara

CATRICE ULTIMATE LASH MULTIMIZER VOLUME MASCARA was my second choice ($7.99) and I’m not sure exactly why I picked this one but I’m really glad I did. The two mascaras don’t seem that different from their descriptions, the difference seems to be the brushes. This Multimizer Volume Mascara has a large elastomer brush that is actually wider than most of the rubber brushes I’ve tried. What this promises is no clumping due to the brush, dramatic volume and perfect definition.

Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara wand

Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara wand

Ultimate Multimizer Volumizer is a winner for my eyes. As much as I thought the description of Better Than False Lashes had everything I wanted in a mascara, I realize that the brush on this Ultimizer is what makes the difference for me. I always use an eyelash curler and the Ultimate Multimizer makes that curl stand up and last. My eyes look instantly enhanced and the curl lasts the day. There’s no smudging, the definition is good as is the price. Right now Ulta has a gwp for a different version of the Ultimate Mulitimizer if you spend $15 on Catrice.

During my Catrice spree I bought a third mascara, Catrice Lashes to Kill Volume Mascara ($5.99). Here’s the description from Ulta: “Catrice Lashes To Kill Ultra Black Mascara is formulated with black diamond powder and carbon pigments to create spectacular volume. The ultra black carbon pigments provide a deeper and more dramatic look with unbelievably thick and perfectly shaped lashes.” This is part of the prize for this giveaway. While this is not sealed, it’s never been opened. The brush appears to be a bristle one and not a rubber one.

Catrice Lashes to Kill mascara

Catrice Lashes to Kill mascara

In addition to this Catrice mascara, the giveaway will include a new Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara that was in my last Boxycharm box. This is serious volume but there is the chance of clumping with it, with a lash comb you can smooth it out as long as you work fast. This picture is from the Doucce that I use from one of my Wantable boxes.

Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara

Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION –  At last, an international giveaway. Most of our giveaways are US only which we rarely have control over so it’s nice to be able to have one for everyone! The winner will receive a Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara ($24) and Catrice Lashes to Kill Volume Mascara ($5.99) both in black. This giveaway is open through 11/23/15 at 11:59 EST. If comments close you can email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it MASCARA. Are you ready to have your eyes opened? — Marcia

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