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

 

Top Ten Mascaras for 2015


Beautysets - Top Ten Mascaras
What a tricky topic this is. Beside the choice of color for a lipstick, I think mascara is the hardest product to agree on. Our eyes are so different as is what we are looking for in a mascara. What’s one person’s “OMG” is another person’s “You like that???”. Here are 10 of my latest OMG mascaras. Some are new to me and some you’ve seen over and over again but a little reminder can’t hurt.
I did my list in order of the price of the mascara not in order of the love of it.
1.  MILANI TOTAL LASH COVER ($4.99) is one I pick up every time I notice a BOGO sale. I love how this mascara makes my eyelashes look and I love the price. It’s always sold out and there’s a reason for that.
2.  MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATION ($8.99) is one I can’t resist even though it’s a bear to remove. But the look is so lush that I can’t help but love it. Just have a good eye makeup remover handy.

Maybelline Lash Sensation

Maybelline Lash Sensation

3.  RIMMEL WONDERLASH ($8.99*) is a new one for me. I’m still on my first tube of it but I’ll buy it again. It’s a great everyday mascara that makes my lashes look full and comes off with ease.

Rimmel London Wonderlash

Rimmel London Wonderlash

4.  EDDIE FUNKHOUSER QUATRO VARIABLE LASH ($12.99) is one you’ve seen a “few” times. I’ve bought so many of these and still have one left. When some of my stash is used up, Eddie will be back in my cart without a doubt. This is a mascara for everyone since there are 4 variable settings you can use depending on how much volume you are interested in. Just turn the knob and you get fuller and fuller lashes. I keep mine on the 3rd one.

Eddie Funkhouser Quatro Variable Lash

Eddie Funkhouser Quatro Variable Lash

5. BAREMINERALS LASH DOMINATION ($18) was sent for review originally. I love the way this applies and already bought a new one. This is another that looks great all day and removes easily at night.

BareMinerals Lash Domination

BareMinerals Lash Domination

6.  TOO FACED BETTER THAN SEX MASCARA ($23) gives me the false eyelash look I want. It could easily be my number one favorite. Lash lashes that aren’t crunchy, length, volume. It’s got it all.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

7.  IT COSMETICS HELLO LASHES ($23), my list wouldn’t be complete without Hello Lashes. My original one came in a set that was sent and since then I’ve bought it half a dozen times.

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes

8.  DOUCCE PUNK VOLUMIZER ($24*) was in one of my recent Wantable boxes and it caught me by surprise. It’s so not me but I can’t help but like it. I don’t know if I’d buy it again but the novelty of having a very volumizing mascara is fun for me. It’s truly a night mascara since I don’t usually have “out there” lashes.

Doucce Punk Volumizer

Doucce Punk Volumizer

9.  CHARLOTTE TILBURY ‘FULL FAT LASHES’ 5 STAR MASCARA ($29) is my luxury choice. It’s one of the products that I was most excited to get from Charlotte Tilbury and I’m not disappointed with how great my lashes look when wearing it.

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes 5 Star Mascara

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes 5 Star Mascara

10.  MDMflow GREATER THAN MASCARA (approximately $33) was in my Boxycharm box from July. I wasn’t so sure about this new UK mascara but I stuck with it and I really like it. I’m glad it was in my subscription though I’m not sure if I’d repurchase. But I do like it and it needed to be in my list.

MDMflow Greater Than Mascara

MDMflow Greater Than Mascara

What do you think of these 10 mascaras? Are any on your list of ones you’d purchase or already have? —  Marcia

Top 10 mascaras #beautyinfozone

Top 10 mascaras #beautyinfozone

Let’s find out what the other Top Ten Tuesday bloggers love. I’m getting my credit card out.


*denotes press sample

Makeup Wars chooses some favorite mascaras

thanks to blushing noir for the great graphic

thanks to blushing noir for the great graphic

Makeup Wars is back with a favorite product – mascara. I love mascara and have a (ahem) few. This picture is to show you both unused stash mascaras and in use mascaras other than drugstore. Of course having this many won’t stop me from acquiring more.

Some current mascaras

Some current mascaras

and this isn't all!

and this isn’t all!

But the point of today’s Makeup Wars is to show you our favorites and I’ve chosen two that I haven’t really had a chance to review but that I love. This doesn’t negate my love for others like IT Cosmetics, Eddie Funkhouser, Milani, etc., it just adds to them. DRUM ROLL PLEASE…… today’s winners are

Bare Minerals Lash Domination and Susan Posnick Color Coated Mascara

Bare Minerals Lash Domination and Susan Posnick Color Coated Mascara

Bare Minerals Lash Domination and Susan Posnick Color Coated Mascara are the two that I’m totally stuck on and am loving these days. These are more like fraternal twins than identical twins. They each have great qualities. While both were sent for review initially, I’ve already repurchased the Bare Minerals during Ulta’s special and will purchase the SP when it’s had its 3 month run.

BARE MINERALS LASH DOMINATION was sent with other Bare Minerals items and it’s a winner. I hadn’t tried any mascara from Bare Minerals prior to this but I’m so happy they introduced me to Lash Domination ($18).

 

bare minerals lash domination

Lash Domination has an exclusive ProTwist180 Wand:

  • Spiraled 180 degree to curve around each lash & coat from ALL angles
  • Ergonomic channels load lashes for intense volume
  • Powered by nourishing minerals and quinoa protein complex

    Bare Minerals Lash Domination

    Bare Minerals Lash Domination

This mascara is a volumizing one and it does a great job of that without the clumps you often find with volume mascaras. It comes in one color – a deep intense black – that wears beautifully the entire day. I love how the brush curves and grabs each lash no matter how short it might be.

Bare Minerals Lash Domination when new

Bare Minerals Lash Domination when new

Bare Minerals calls Lash Domination a 10 in 1 product claiming it volumizes, defines, thickens, separates, lifts, has all day wear, is mineral fortified, doesn’t clump, fights flakes and is smudge resistant. And I totally agree. I love a defining mascara the most and I always look for one that isn’t going to smudge or flake. You hit it Bare Minerals and you are a mascara war winner!!

SUSAN POSNICK COLORCOATED MASCARA is one I’d never have known about if they hadn’t sent it. Susan Posnick products just don’t get the press that other brands do which is too bad. This COLORCOATED mascara ($24)  could be what changes that though because it needs to be talked about and worn by you and everyone you know.

Susan Posnick ColorCoated Mascara

Susan Posnick ColorCoated Mascara

Susan Posnick ColorCoated Mascara

Susan Posnick ColorCoated Mascara

Susan Posnick ColorCoated Mascara took the brand two years to create and get just right. It’s been obvious to me that they spent that long time wisely getting a mascara that does everything I want a mascara to do while conditioning my lashes at the same time. I find that this is much better at lengthening and definition than it is at thickening. Once I made my decision for this post I wore them both – BM on one eye and SP on the other. That really showed me the differences. Susan Posnick did a good job of volumizing but it didn’t make my lashes stick together at all. The definition and how long they looked is what set this apart.

Susan Posnick ColorCoated Mascara

Susan Posnick ColorCoated Mascara

The brush is a double twist brush that picks up all your lashes. The color is super black but it never strays. I’ve yet to have a single flake or smudge with this.

Benefits:

  • Fortifying complex conditions and helps stimulate lash enhancement
  • Unique double-twist wand for precise application and lash separation 
  • Water-resistant formula won’t smear or smudge
  • Never flakes or clumps during application

    Bare Minerals Lash Domination and Susan Posnick ColorCOATED mascara wands

    Bare Minerals Lash Domination and Susan Posnick ColorCOATED mascara wands

Two wonderful mascaras that I think deserve to be awarded the title of WINNER for Makeup Wars. — Marcia

What are your favorite mascaras? Have you worn either of these? Be sure to join the others to see what rocks their eyes.


<!– end InLinkz script ?