A trio of interesting drugstore mascaras (Covergirl, Maybelline, Rimmel)

Rimmel Wonderlash, Covergirl The Super Sizer, Maybelline Lash Sensation

Rimmel Wonderlash, Covergirl The Super Sizer, Maybelline Lash Sensational

Drugstore beauty shopping is always a fun treat. If I want a pick me up I head to the aisles of CVS, Walgreen, Meijer or Ulta to find something new to try out. While two of these mascaras were sent for review, I know I’d have eventually picked them up during a sale.

I find this trio to be very different from each other. They aren’t sisters from another mother in any way. They may not even be from the same clan though they all have something I like about them. I’m reviewing them in order from least to most eyelash presentation.

Covergirl The Super Sizer

Covergirl The Super Sizer

COVERGIRL THE SUPER SIZER* is the newest addition to the Covergirl family ($6.85). What stands out about this mascara is the wand. This very skinny wand has small and larger bristles intertwined. It looks like it’s not going to give you any volume, but depending on your own lashes you might be surprised. I personally have straight, wimpy lashes and I don’t get much in the way of volume from Super Sizer. It’s a great bottom lash mascara because it doesn’t smudge when you apply it. The trick with Covergirl Super Sizer is to twirl the brush as you apply it. I didn’t do that the first time I used it and I was very disappointed. But I kept on and each day got a little bit better. While this isn’t going to give me the lushness I crave, it does open my eyes and never smudges.

Rimmel Wonder Lash

Rimmel Wonder Lash

RIMMEL WONDER LASH MASCARA WITH ARGAN OIL* is a step beyond others I’ve tried from the drugstore. I love that this conditions my lashes while making them look good at the same time. While the package says it’s a volume mascara, I find that it gives me better length and definition than it does volume. This is the mascara that I like to use on a daily basis. It’s not as lush as I’d like to see my lashes get but it’s not meek or mild either. It removes with ease and my lashes aren’t crispy or flaky with this. No raccoons need apply for this job.

wearing Rimmel Wonderlash with argan oil

wearing Rimmel Wonderlash with argan oil

MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL ($8.99) and I have a love/hate relationship. I love the mascara and have recommended it but I hate how difficult it is to remove. No matter which eye makeup remover I try, I do seem to lose some lashes with it and that drives me nuts since I don’t have extras. The best remover for this is Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel which I put on a cotton pad and let sit on my lashes for at least 10 seconds before trying to remove.

Maybelline Lash Sensation

Maybelline Lash Sensational

I bought this in Blackest Black (on special of course) and it definitely is the darkest of these three. It also gives me the best lashes of the group. I love the curved brush since it seems to get all my lashes in one scoop. Maybelline calls it a “full fan effect” and I think that’s an accurate description. The curved brush has 10 layers of densely packed bristles to give that fullness. What I get with Lash Sensational is volume, definition and length. What else can I ask for? Well… there’s that issue of removal and there’s the issue of longevity. Normally I get a good three months out of a mascara (especially since I have several in use at the same time) but by month two I noticed that Lash Sensational didn’t have the oomph any more. It dried out faster than I expected. I’ll most likely buy this again during a sale but at least I know the limitations of it.

Have you tried any of these mascaras? What’s your opinion of them? — Marcia

*starred items received for consideration

Top 10 beauty products to survive the heat

Beat the heat with waterproof and water resistant products

Beat the heat with waterproof and water resistant products

Welcome to the newest edition of Top Ten Tuesday. Considering we are just a few days from the official first day of summer it’s time to find out what the beauty bloggers use to beat the heat. We all might approach this a little differently from each other but our blogs are trying to get you through summer in the most beauteous way.

My 10 are ones I rely on to get me through heat, humidity and hot flashes. The colors are pretty much interchangeable, it’s the type of product that counts today.

1.  IT COSMETICS CC+ CREAM WITH SPF (Your Skin But Better CC+) is something I talk about endlessly. Of all my CC Creams this is number uno. It’s not waterproof but when I start streaming it doesn’t end up streaky on my face. I’m on my third tube of this and I’m sure I’ll end up with a fourth.

It Cosmetics CC Cream  SPF 50 and Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

It Cosmetics CC Cream SPF 50 and Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

2.  SKINDINAVIA MAKEUP PRIMER SPRAY * can be used as a primer before applying foundation or the way I usually use it which is to set my makeup (including eyes) after I’m done. My blog partner Lisa just reviewed this and she uses it as a preprimer, I find it also sets my makeup helping it last longer. Wonderful product.

MUFE Aqua Eyes liner, IT Cosmetics Waterproof Gel Eyeliner, Rimmel Scandaleyes crayon in Bulletproof Beige

MUFE Aqua Eyes liner, IT Cosmetics Waterproof Gel Eyeliner, Rimmel Scandaleyes crayon in Bulletproof Beige

3.  IT COSMETICS WATERPROOF GEL EYELINER PENCILS *are really waterproof. If you are looking for a great line for summer IT Cosmetics is your BFF. There are 10 shades of these Waterproof Gel Eyeliner Pencils and you can’t go wrong with them. Many eyeliners last on my top lash line but only a few last on my bottom lash line in the summer and IT is one of them.

4.  MAKE UP FOR EVER AQUA EYES PENCILS *are the other eyeliners that you want for summer or anytime actually. Make Up For Ever is a fabulous line if you are in the heat. They make many eye and lip products that are perfect for summer which is why many of their products use the word AQUA in their name. This shade is 52L which was an LE shade but others like 7L and 12L will give you this turquoise pop.

5.  RIMMEL SCANDALEYES EYESHADOW CRAYON is not touted to be waterproof but it lasts and lasts through anything I put it through. I have this in half a dozen shades and Bulletproof Beige (which looks peachy on me) gets the most use. They are creamier than a lot of brands of eye crayons and they are only around $7.

IT Cosmetics Build A Brow and Liner Love plus the eyebrow brush

IT Cosmetics Build A Brow and Liner Love plus the eyebrow brush

6.  IT COSMETICS BUILD-A-BROW is truly waterproof. This baby lasts and lasts. My new craze is filling in my eyebrows and I choose between Build A Brow or Senna. But when push comes to shove, I use IT Cosmetics. This shade is Dark Brown but I recently ordered Natural Taupe too for when I don’t need quite as dramatic eyebrows.

–  IT COSMETICS EYEBROW BRUSH is probably the best brush I’ve ever tried. I have a few other great brushes but the IT brush is perfect for a cream eyebrow product. The brush is unique since it has grooves in it that pick up and apply the cream by itself. You almost aren’t needed. By buying this combination from QVC you pay so much less than if you buy them separately. Even though I have the brush, I bought the combo again with the new shade. That’s how great this brush is. (I know this is OT since it’s not waterproof but I get a little carried away!)

It Cosmetics Eyebrow brush

It Cosmetics Eyebrow brush

7.  IT COSMETICS LINER LOVE is a waterproof gel eyeliner. I prefer a gel eyeliner to a pencil though I’ll use all kinds. The first one I bought was Espresso and when I realized that QVC had a duo with an eyeliner brush I bought it in Silk Taupe seen here.

Rimmel Provocateur, IT Cosmetics, tarte lipsurgence

Rimmel Provocalips, IT Cosmetics, tarte lipsurgence

8. RIMMEL PROVOCALIPS 16 HOUR KISSPROOF LIP COLOR* in Play with Fire. This is NOT my shade. I don’t do red but I do appreciate this lip color. It comes in 10 shades with one side being the long wear lipstick and the other end the clear gloss. Give the liquid lipstick time to set before applying the gloss or it will be a gloppy mess. I wore this only once and boy did it last. I want to pick it up in Dare to Pink or Pucker Up for my more neutral lip look.

9.  IT COSMETICS YOUR LIPS BUT BETTER WATERPROOF LIP LINER STAIN * – there’s that word again “waterproof”! Like I said before IT Cosmetics is your summer BFF when it comes to waterproof. These lipliners are currently available in 7 shades. My favorite is Buff Nude since it blends in with everything. These are great all over your lips with a touch of gloss too.

10.  TARTE LIPSURGENCE * is a product you’ve seen me mention dozens of times. tarte makes several formulas and lots of shades, it doesn’t matter which you pick since all are terrific. While they aren’t called waterproof they last well on me and they don’t seem to melt when they are in my purse.

What do you use to stay beautiful and live through the summer heat? Curious minds want to know. — Marcia


*some products were press samples, others purchased

Makeup Wars picks favorite eye makeup removers

Counting down just like David Letterman does to get to my all time favorite Eye Makeup Remover!
1430010167_eye-make-up-remover_product#5  RIMMEL JUST LET IT GO – I received this in an Influenster box and I have mixed feelings about it. The price is right at under $5 and it’s very gentle. It never burns my eyes. But if I wear a gel eyeliner or a heavy mascara, I have to pick a different remover since it’s just not powerful enough.
1430010090_p_makeupremovers_eye_longwearingwpliquidmakeupremover#4  ALMAY LONGWEAR & WATERPROOF GENTLE EYE MAKEUP REMOVER  – I need to have a waterproof eye makeup around for certain water resistant mascara and Almay is always consistent in this category. I’ve used Almay most of my life so I keep an eye out for sales on the brand and keep a small stash of these around. No burning, no oily feeling afterwards, and does a good job of removing mascara.1430010034_p_makeupremovers_eye_oilfreeeyemakeupremoverpads#3  ALMAY OIL FREE GENTLE EYE MAKEUP REMOVER PADS – These are staples in my life. I have used these since I started wearing eye makeup. I can’t even imagine how many jars of these I’ve gone through. They are fragrance free and hypoallergenic. They are not the least bit oily so they are perfect for touch-ups or goof-ups. I don’t necessarily use them to take off my makeup at night but this is what I travel with and I use this to clean my gel eyeliner brush. Once I started doing that I stopped ruining brushes.
1430009957_00500960_just_release_me_re_a1#2 PHILOSOPHY JUST RELEASE ME EYE MAKEUP REMOVER – I’m wondering if they are going to discontinue this since they are marked way down on the Philosopy website. I might just have to order a few. I love this product but I hate the opening. I probably spilled 1/4 of it by mistake. The top is too wide without a stopper but that’s the only negative I have about this eye makeup remover. It removes everything without a problem.
1430009842_mary-kay-oil-free-eye-makeup-remover-h#1 MARY KAY OIL FREE EYE MAKEUP REMOVER – Actually I thought about just writing about this one alone. Mary Kay has me wrapped around their little finger with this Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover. There’s nothing I don’t like about it. It never burns, stings, or leaves an oily residue. The top has a stopper on it so I don’t spill it out as I’m putting it onto a cotton square. I love that I can use this with whatever makeup I’m wearing. It’s not specifically for waterproof but I’ve rarely had a problem removing anything with Mary Kay. Don’t ever stop making this MK, please!!!

Mary Kay Eye Makeup Remover wins!!!

Mary Kay Eye Makeup Remover wins!!!

Now that you’ve met the 5 eyemakeup removers of my life, what are yours? I’m sure I can find room in the bathroom cabinet for another. — Marcia


*Rimmel sent by Influenster, rest were purchases

New products on the horizon from Rimmel and MODELlauncher

Recently I was sent an email about a brand that’s newly launched. I’m always excited to find new lines and MODELlauncher looks to be one that I could fall for.

model launcher

This new brand launched with 27 products for eyes, lips, and face. The prices range from $12-40 making this a nice mid-range concept. The shades feature bold and vibrant hues as well as softer shades and neutrals.

What looks the most appealing to me are the eyeshadows (of course)

MODELlauncher eyeshadow quad

MODELlauncher eyeshadow quad in Fashionista

The Signature Eye Shadow Quads have 6 renditions so all color needs can be met. I’d love to try Envious.

MODELlauncher Eye Shadow Quad in Envious

MODELlauncher Eye Shadow Quad in Envious

There are 5 different types of lip color but the one that appeals to me the most are the Sheer Lipsticks, especially in Almost Bare.

MODELlauncher Sheer Lipstick in Almost Bare

MODELlauncher Sheer Lipstick in Almost Bare

While I don’t own anything from the brand I’m hoping to get some to share with you. Us makeup fanatics are always looking for something new.

RIMMEL LONDON has a new mascara that I’ll be sharing with you soon. It’s called WONDER’LASH and its supposed to be great for separation and definition with it’s Ultra-Flex brush. What makes this more unique is that it conditions your lashes with Argan Oil. Conditioning and definition make this a mascara I’m eager to try.

You can learn more about Wonder’Lash by watching their YouTube video featuring Elizabeth Fraley who has a great secret to share with us.

What items are on your horizon? I’m always on the lookout. — Marcia

*nothing to disclose…yet!!

Top Ten Tuesday’s Drugstore Favorites

Drugstore favorites February 2015

Drugstore favorites February 2015

It probably seems like you’ve just read about favorite drugstore items but last week’s Makeup Wars was a different challenge. Each of us picked one brand and highlighted our favorites from that brand. I chose Eddie Funkhouser which is no surprise to those who follow me. This week though we get to branch out and share 10 favorites from any brand. Since we did a Top Ten Tuesday in August I tried not to repeat products. I also tried not to repeat products recently talked about in Top Ten Tuesday or Makeup Wars. But enough about me and more about the products.

If you look at my Top Ten list you’ll notice I don’t have any lip products. My favorite products are for eyes so that’s what I concentrate on when I’m shopping. I’ve yet to find a drugstore lip product that I love. I did forget to put Burt’s Bees lip balms though – bad me.

MASCARA

Milani Total Lash Cover and L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly

Milani Total Lash Cover and L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly

Both Milani Total Lash Cover and L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascaras are repeat purchases. These are my newest ones and unopened only because I have too many mascaras in use for now. Of the two the Milani is my top choice. I love definition for my lashes and Milani Total Lash Cover is comparable to much more expensive mascaras. L’Oreal Butterfly adds the volume I like without being clumpy.

EYELINER

NYX liquid eyeliner in Dark Brown and Milani Fierce Foil cream/powder eyeliner

NYX liquid eyeliner in Dark Brown and Milani Fierce Foil cream/powder eyeliner

I’m having a love affair with both the NYX Liquid Eyeliner in Dark Brown and Milani’s Fierce Foil eyeliner in Fierce Brown. As a matter of fact I just bought 2 more shades of the Milani over the weekend but haven’t tried them yet. I wear a liquid liner at least 50% of the time and a gel liner about 40% of the time. I’m thrilled to find drugstore liners that can satisfy my eyelining urges and look perfect at the same time.

EYESHADOW BRUSH

e.l.f. glitter shadow applicator

e.l.f. glitter shadow applicator

This is my newest e.l.f.  shadow brush although it’s not really a brush. It’s made for applying glitter eyeshadow though I use it for pigments. The pigment adheres well to the applicator and then you PAT it on your eye. This helps to minimize fallout. I have quite a few e.l.f. eyeshadow brushes and for the amount of money ($1 – $3 usually) they are amazing.

EYESHADOW

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows

I’ve bought at least 9 of the Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows and I’d probably buy more if I could remember what I don’t have. When they first came out I became obsessed with them and ordered from their website. Now they are more easily available and you can almost always find a better price on them. My favorite shades Bella Chiffon, Bella Champagne, Bella Espresso and Bella Khaki.

Jane eyeshadows in River Rock, Sage and Olive Branch

Jane eyeshadows in River Rock, Sage and Olive Branch

Jane eyeshadows in River Rock, Sage and Olive Branch

Jane eyeshadows in River Rock, Sage and Olive Branch

No one ever talks about Jane Cosmetics which is a shame because this resurrected line has some excellent products. The eyeshadows are especially nice since they are well pigmented and last nicely with a primer. I chose 3 shimmer shades but they aren’t over the top with shimmer. Depending on how I apply them they can be almost metallic. There are 45 shades available at $8 each. Ulta may carry them at a store though they aren’t online there. I also bought some of the cream eyeshadows and I like those but I prefer these powder ones.

eye crayons from L'Oreal and Rimmel

eye crayons from L’Oreal and Rimmel

When it comes to a simple fast look there’s nothing like an eyeshadow crayon for me. L’Oreal Infallible Eye Crayons are beautiful but they are more expensive than a drugstore product should be so look for a sale. I have Impressive Brown and Enduring Rose which work well together or separately. Rimmel Eyeshadow Stick/Crayon comes in a lot of bright beautiful shades. I have it in Bulletproof Beige which is closer to a golden shade than beige. (My swatch picture disappeared!)

BLUSH

Maybelline Master Glaze blush sticks in Pink Fever and Just Pinched Pink

Maybelline Master Glaze blush sticks in Pink Fever and Just Pinched Pink

Believe it or not, Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Sticks are the only drugstore brand blushes I own. I love a good cream blush and these fit the bill at the right price. Pink Fever is a very bright pink that reminds me of Radiant Orchid while Just Pinched Pink is really an apricot shade to my eye.

That’s it – ten of my favorite recent products from the drugstore. I’d love to know which of these you like and what you buy yourself, so spill the beans! — Marcia


*nothing to disclose