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 [email protected] and label it MASCARA. Are you ready to have your eyes opened? — Marcia

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Boxycharm creates Faces of the Moon

boxycharm october card front

What would you expect to find in an October Boxycharm subscription called Faces of the Moon? A little black maybe? After all it is Halloween month. If you don’t know about Boxycharm, it’s a monthly subscription that only sends full size products. At $21 a month you’ll more than get your money’s worth. For example this month’s box is valued at $137. You read that right. I spent $21 and received $137 worth of items. Granted not every product is one I’d choose for myself but as someone who just loves to hold BIZ giveaways, it gives me more to share.

Boxycharm Faces of the Moon

Boxycharm Faces of the Moon

Do you recognize any products in here? My guess is two or three are ones you could name.

Palmetto Derma Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask

Palmetto Derma Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask

Palmetto Derma Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask ($64) is the big ticket item here and the biggest product in the box. If you follow Beauty Info Zone you know that I’m obsessed with masks. This is a relatively new obsession but one that’s fun to experiment with. Palmetto Derma Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask is an herbal smelling clay mask. It doesn’t dry down completely on my face but it doesn’t stay wet either.

Palmetto Derma Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask

Palmetto Derma Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask

Palmetto Derma Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask

Palmetto Derma Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask

“The soft clay in this mask gently purifies the skin and cleanses pores by absorbing impurities. Its advanced antioxidants defend against free radicals to reverse daily skin damage while its cooling effect refreshes and soothes.” It’s recommended to use this for 15 – 30 minutes. As with all new skincare I start slow and then build up. While this isn’t my favorite mask it’s a nice change and I’m glad to find this in my subscription.

Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara

Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara

Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara

Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara

Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara ($24) is a very interesting mascara and a perfect choice for October. I’ve received this before in a subscription and it’s in my current arsenal. If volume is what you want, volume is what you’ll get. The full brush adds extreme volume. It can be messy if you aren’t careful since most of us aren’t used to the Christmas tree shape that’s this large. (This brand new one will be in an upcoming giveaway, the open one is the one I’ve used.)

Lord & Berry Line/Shade Eyeliner

Lord & Berry Line/Shade Eyeliner

Lord & Berry Line/Shade Eyeliner

Lord & Berry Line/Shade Eyeliner

Lord & Berry Line/Shade Eyeliner ($18) is … let’s say it together … BLACK. I’m not sure why companies think we need a thousand black eyeliners but they do. The difference with this, according to Boxycharm, is that it’s formulated with kajal and kohl to provide rich, consistent color. It’s also said to be blendable and waterproof. I didn’t swatch it since I’d rather share than open one more black liner.

CULT Cosmetics Nail Polish in Boneyards

CULT Cosmetics Nail Polish in Boneyards

CULT Cosmetics Nail Polish in Boneyards ($12) is the perfect shade for October and the Faces of the Moon. It’s a great shade for Halloween and winter. Boneyards is a versatile, mysterious polish. Enjoy waves of evening grey, whether you’re uptown, downtown, working a weekend or weekday look.”

Cult Nail Polish in Boneyard

Cult Nail Polish in Boneyard

I love Cult polish and have many in my stash. They wear beautifully on me so this dark grey is very welcome in my life.

Bellapierre Cheek and Lip Stain in Coral

Bellapierre Cheek and Lip Stain in Coral

Bellapierre Cheek and Lip Stain in Coral ($19.99) is a lightweight and oil free product. While the name is Coral, it’s more like a soft warm pink on me. Bellapierre is a mineral makeup brand. The other shade that Bellapierre created this in is a cool pink. The only negative for me about this is the size of the pot. I have a lot of trouble picking up product with my finger in something this size so a brush is a necessity. It’s easy to apply though and if my lips are primed I can wear this on them. I prefer it as a cream blush but sometimes you need to carry less around and this fits that need.

Boxycharm for October, Faces of the Moon

Boxycharm for October, Faces of the Moon

Have you caved to Boxycharm? It really is a bargain when you realize what you get. You can cancel anytime but that won’t happen if you don’t try it out. — Marcia

 

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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.


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Would you want some Wantable cosmetics? Of course you would.

Wantable Cosmetics for July 2015

Wantable Cosmetics for July 2015

Each month WANTABLE SUBSCRIPTIONS delivers unique boxes to their subscribers. While Lisa loves the Intimates and Accessory boxes, I am truly a Cosmetic maven and that’s the box that I love getting from them (pr sample). Whenever I see a Wantable review online I like to read it to see what they sent to the subscriber and I’ve yet to find a duplicate among them. One thing I have noticed for the last few months is that the brand DOUCCE has made a big appearance. I’ve received three different Doucce products and other than the fragrance of the lipstick each has been a great addition to my cosmetic wardrobe.

The one thing that surprised me this month is that I received two items very similar to my June box. I was a bit put off at first but when I went to use them I realized just how much I liked the additions for July. In June I received a Doucce black liquid eyeliner and this month I received a Frankie Rose gel eyeliner in black. June and July brought me mascaras but they are as different as can be. The Chella Water Resistant mascara from June is great for a daily mascara while the Doucce mascara is wild and crazy (and a great look).

Doucce Volumizer Mascara in black

Doucce Volumizer Mascara in black

DOUCCE VOLUMIZER MASCARA is called PUNK VOLUMIZER MASCARA on the box. I was intrigued and frightened at the same time. At my age the word Punk isn’t in my personal vocabulary but what was the harm of trying this? Doucce says this mascara defines lashes one by one making them thicker and adding spectacular volume. My puny (unpunklike) lashes actually did end up with spectacular volume. I can only imagine what they’d do for someone who had great lashes to begin with. This is NOT a mascara I could wear daily because it eventually flakes on me but when I’m going out at night and just have a few hours, it’s definitely a go. The retail price of this mascara is $24. If I were to return it (which I won’t) Wantable would refund $10.67 towards my next box.

Frankie Rose Limitless Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Midnight

Frankie Rose Limitless Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Midnight

I wear eyeliner every day of my life though I wear brown more than black. I was a little upset with another black eyeliner until I tried FRANKIE ROSE COSMETICS WATERPROOF GEL EYELINER in MIDNIGHT. This gel eyeliner is incredibly smooth and applies like a dream. It’s a rich dark shade that’s smudge proof and waterproof. When I use this I’ll use Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover to get it off. It won’t wash off but it’s doesn’t stain. I’m a fan of Frankie Rose Cosmetics so whatever Wantable wants to send me from the brand is wonderful. The eyeliner comes with a small brush (2 1/4 inch closed) that opens to 3 1/2 inches. I prefer my own brush but this is pretty decent. Like the Doucce mascara the price is $24 with my price being $10.67.

Manna Katar Eyeshadow Stick in Spellbound

Manna Katar Eyeshadow Stick in Spellbound

MANNA KADAR EYESHADOW STICK IN SPELLBOUND is the third item and one I was excited to see. If it’s eyeshadow then I want it. What’s not to love about a taupe eyeshadow? Welllllll – it’s sparkle city. But it’s not the kind of sparkle that falls down on the job. Once I put this eyeshadow crayon on everything stays where I put it. It sets quickly and there’s absolutely no fallout. My cheeks and under eyes don’t end up glittery. This $24 eyeshadow is great with the punk look of the mascara so these will be a couple. And I’ll do my eyebrows next time I wear them – oops.

wearing Doucce Voumizer Mascara and Manna Kadar Eyeshadow Stick in Spellbound

wearing Doucce Voumizer Mascara and Manna Kadar Eyeshadow Stick in Spellbound

Manna Kadar Eyeshadow Stick in Spellbound on my lid

Manna Kadar Eyeshadow Stick in Spellbound on my lid

The last item in my box is a SETA Eyeshadow Brush. This brush brand is new to me. I have Tools listed under my Love column in my preferences so I’m always happy to find a brush, especially one for my eyes, inside. This pretty teal brush is firm yet soft and is manmade and costs $18 (return value $8) but I couldn’t find any more information about the company.

SETA Eyeshadow brush

SETA Eyeshadow brush

This month’s Wantable Cosmetic box has a value of $90 so you’d come out ahead with this $40 box. If you kept all the items then you’d have a $4 credit and next month’s box would be $36. Wantable has been sending out cosmetics for a few years now and they just keep making some great choices. When you are thinking of a subscription, think Wantable. — Marcia

*This collection was sent for review, we include affiliate links for Wantable so we can build credits for future collections. We hope if you decide to subscribe you’ll go through our link.*

Wantable Cosmetics subscription keeps getting better

Welcome to Wantable for June 2015

Welcome to Wantable for June 2015

I always look forward to my shipment of Wantable’s cosmetic subscription box. I know there’s going to be new to me brands and new to me cosmetics in the box. Wantable makes it so easy too because of their detailed survy and their generous return policy. You no longer have to return the whole box, you can return just the pieces that won’t work for you. A subscription is $40 but if you keep the entire box then the next month is $36. They work with some of the best brands too.

My personal likes and dislikes

My personal likes and dislikes

For June Wantable sent me 4 full size items that are already getting a lot of use from me. They are all winners in my book.

June 2015 Wantable - what's in these boxes?

June 2015 Wantable – what’s in these boxes?

Wantable June 2015 opened

Wantable June 2015 opened

DOUCCE LIQUID DEEP EYE LINER is the first item I used. Even though eyeliner is only in my like column, it’s really a product I love, I just don’t want to get too many. But when it’s a liquid eyeliner, I’m the perfect candidate. I prefer liquid liners and this is a great black liner. The point is very firm making it easy for me to use. When there’s a relatively short brush then the firmness helps steady the liner creating a line that glides on. This is a $24.00 value. Even though I had a Doucce lipstick in another Wantable box, I disliked the fragrance so I sent it back unused. That makes this the first Doucce item I own.

Doucce Liquid Deep Eye Liner

Doucce Liquid Deep Eye Liner

CHELLA WATER RESISTANT BLACK MASCARA comes at the perfect time. Summer heat and Marcia do not go hand in hand. Having a water resistant mascara is perfect. This $25 mascara is formulated with Panthenol conditers and cocoa butter to moisturize lashes.

Chella Water Resistant Mascara

Chella Water Resistant Mascara

Chella Water Resistant Mascara Wand

Chella Water Resistant Mascara Wand

BODYGRAPHY CREAM SHADOW GLIMMER is the product that scared me. It’s so incredibly beautiful when new but it looked so shimmery and actually over the top

Bodyography Cream Shadow Glimmer

Bodyography Cream Shadow Glimmer

but…. that top layer is just for looks and once it’s used the color is stunning and quite wearable.

Bodyography Cream Shadow in Glimmer

Bodyography Cream Shadow in Glimmer

Glimmer is a cream eyeshadow (love that) that has a metallic shine. It’s not glittery or shimmery, it’s metallic goodness. They say that the top layer is made of crushed pearl. It can be worn as a base, alone or part of a beautiful eye look. ($20 value)

POUT SHOUT LIPSTICK in BE LIGHTFUL ($15) is another new brand to me and a great shade for this box of beauty and for me. This peachy nude is fragrance free, creamy and a pleasure to wear. It’s like someone at Wantable looked at my lip drawer and said “this one’s for Marcia”.

Pout Shout Lipstick in Be Lightful

Pout Shout Lipstick in Be Lightful

Swatches: Bodyography Glimmer cream shadow, Doucce black liquid eyeliner, Pout Shout in Be Lightful

Swatches: Bodyography Glimmer cream shadow, Doucce black liquid eyeliner, Pout Shout in Be Lightful

Wantable came through for me this month with 4 products worth $84 that I’m thrilled with owning. It’s exciting to have the Bodyography Glimmer shadow and the Pout Shout Be Lightful lipstick plus 2 staples that I use daily. Join me in an adventure with Wantable Cosmetics. You’ve got nothing to lose and a lot of beauty to gain. — Marcia

 

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Some cosmetic fun with Wantable this month

my Wantable April 2015 Cosmetics subscription

my Wantable April 2015 Cosmetics subscription

My April Wantable Cosmetic Subscription box is so much fun this month. It’s got color products galore. It was like getting an Easter basket for a makeup fanatic, the only thing missing was chocolate. April’s box was sent for review, we include affiliate links for Wantable so we can build credits to get the boxes.

Wantable has changed the way they are doing business and it’s for the better. The first box you buy will cost you $40 but if you subscribe for future boxes it drops to $36. They also tell you the Wantable value of each item by dividing the products up to equal $40. This way you can return items you don’t want and get a credit back on your next box.

list of my products and valuation

list of my products and valuation

For April I received a blush, eyeshadow, lipstick and a blush brush. Almost a whole face! The total value is $81 which is double the price of the subscription so it’s definitely a value. One item for sure is being returned though so that will add to next month’s credit.

Wantable Cosmetic Subscription pretties

Wantable Cosmetic Subscription pretties

The product that dazzled me is MIRABELLA PINK BLOSSOM EYESHADOW. This is from their Wild Flower collection and it’s stunning. Not only does it have the prettiest design I’ve seen but the color is stunning. This collection has Prismatech shades that are shimmering beauties. They cost $28 each which is a lot but boy is this gorgeous. This is my favorite product for April and probably for the last few boxes too.

MIRABELLA PINK BLOSSOM EYESHADOW

MIRABELLA PINK BLOSSOM EYESHADOW

MIRABELLA PINK BLOSSOM EYESHADOW

MIRABELLA PINK BLOSSOM EYESHADOW

MIRABELLA PINK BLOSSOM EYESHADOW

MIRABELLA PINK BLOSSOM EYESHADOW

If this was a horse race then we’d have to have a photo finish to see if FRANKIE ROSE PINK LADIES blush ($17) came in first since this is a winner too. I’ve reviewed a Frankie Rose palette with neutral blush before so I knew that the quality was amazing. I feel so lucky to have this very cool pink blush now to add to the other lovelies. This looks scarily bright in my pictures, almost neon, but it applies so much softer and it’s easy to buff down with a brush or puff to soften it more. The finish is satiny and gorgeous.

FRANKIE ROSE PINK LADIES BLUSH

FRANKIE ROSE PINK LADIES BLUSH

FRANKIE ROSE PINK LADIES BLUSH

FRANKIE ROSE PINK LADIES BLUSH

FRANKIE ROSE PINK LADIES BLUSH swatch

FRANKIE ROSE PINK LADIES BLUSH swatch

Mirabella and Frankie Rose swatches

Mirabella and Frankie Rose swatches

For lips there’s a lipstick by DOUCCE. This is a new brand to me and the packaging makes it a stand out. It’s sleek, contemporary, and snaps shut so it will stay safe in your cosmetic bag. I have it in #909 TANGELO ($20). I didn’t swatch it because I’m debating whether or not to keep it. The color is beautiful so I’m very tempted. The lipstick is a Mineral Matt with SPF 10 and vitamin E. But it’s so fragranced that I’m worried I’ll wear it once and not again. I keep smelling it though because I want to own it. What to do?? I wish I didn’t have such a sensitive nose!

DOUCCE #909 Mineral Matt Lipstick

DOUCCE #909 Mineral Matt Lipstick, Tangelo

DOUCCE Mineral Matt lipstick

DOUCCE Mineral Matt lipstick

The last item is the one I’m returning and I’m sorry that I am. It’s a SORME BLUSH BRUSH ($16) which I was excited to see in the package but the brush is scratchy and my cheeks are too sensitive to use it. I love tools in my Wantable subscription boxes but this one just doesn’t have the quality. Instead I’ll return it for a $7.90 credit towards my future boxes.

SORME BLUSH BRUSH

SORME BLUSH BRUSH

SORME BLUSH BRUSH

SORME BLUSH BRUSH

With two absolute winners, one maybe and one return, I still made out perfectly and I’m still excited about the box. The thrill of opening a WANTABLE COSMETIC SUBSCRIPTION BOX each month hasn’t worn away even after all the years I’ve been a subscriber. You should get in on the thrill and hopefully you’ll use our affiliate link to do so.

What items in this month’s box would you love to own? — Marcia

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