I have a dog but he is kind of borrowed,
I have no kids, though there are a few in my life.
I’m older so I’m not taking classes at college, and I don’t have time to take craft or cooking classes (tho that might be fun).
So, I spend my time and money pursuing a couple of things I really enjoy. Taking dance class and playing with make up and skincare.
Last week I spent 8 hours watching videos on youtube according to my fading battery report. If you were able to slice up those 8 hours, I’d say I spent at least 3/4s watching some related video about skincare, make up, some vlogger’s sephora haul, or a few hair videos (check out provocativewoman channel-all long hair, cut and color).
Even Google is tracking your video hours-I recently saw a report that of the time spent on youtube a great big chunk of users were watching…make up videos….and what do they do with the info…..shop online.
It’s VIB and VIB Rouge shopping season-which for those of you unannointed means 20% off everything in and on sephora.com. For Rouge level, Sephora started the sale early, stopped a few days to let buyers catch their breath, then started up VIB level which included Rouge level too.
I have to admit at this point after shopping both levels (for gifts for other people-I swear!) I’m a smidge fatigued.
Having said that, yesterday I was with my buddies and I asked them what I bought. I buy make up and skincare like one friend buys diamonds and jewelry. (I guess if I didn’t buy so much make up I could buy diamonds). Oh well.
The discussion kind of stirred up the frenzy again..but thankfully only for a little while and the desire dissipated. I did check the sephora app for the weekly wow and inbox but no takers.
Because I’ve found my dream creams at least for now (Shiseido Future Solutions Eye and Contour cream, Clinique SPF 30 Sunscreen and Clinique tinted City Block SPF, La Mer Moisturizer or Shiseido Waso) I’ve moved on to mascara.
Now I’ve never really had a mascara fetish. As long as it stayed on in a sweaty dance class, could take a touch up application, washed off easily and didn’t clump, I was pretty happy. I used Great Lash for years, non-waterproof and life was good.
But I, like everyone get so many mascara samples that may as well try them, right?
Side note(s): my test for washability is to remove it with micellar water.
Side note(s): Brands please make packaging less similar. I’ve been at counters where the salespeople had a hard time identifying the right formulas.
Here’s my thoughts in no certain order:
Estee Lauder Sumptous-smears under my eyes and definitely clumpy.
Estee Lauder Sumptous Bold Volume-I think this is the sample I got, which I would try again. It doesn’t smear like its sister.
Too Faced Better Than Sex-pretty awesome. Long, fat lashes, washes off with micellar water and combs through pretty well if it does get clumpy.
Benefit They’re Real-impressive lengthening, though won’t take a touch up at all. I guess whatever makes the formula curly, also makes it stiff. It does lengthen enough that I can feel my lashes on my glasses.
L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes, Great Lash and other drugstore-I haven’t found anything I like for a long time, I’ll buy it to try it but take it back.
MAC-I used to love False Lashes but the people at the counter at the mall nearest to where I live are pretty horrific so I rarely buy anything MAC.
-Chubby Lash-I liked this so much I bought for friends. But then it started clumping.
-High Impact-no impact
-Lash Doubling-good price
-High Lengths-I liked this at first because of the brush but I think the formula is too liquidy so it clumped.
Laura Mercier-Long Lash-clumpy.
Blinc-my friend recommended this brand. It has a specific way to put it on, takes no touch ups, lengthens and doesn’t clump, and washes off with water. Like it but wouldn’t buy it again.
Burberry ?-beautiful packaging. Super clumpy.
Guerlain ? I got this as a sample but the purchased tube was horribly clumpy.
Shiseido-Full Lash Multi-Dimension Waterproof-just used this yesterday. I loved loved the lack of clumping but getting it off was a struggle. I don’t really use make up remover unless I get samples-so that’s where that lost points for me.
Bobbi Brown-a few varieties over the year but nothing I’d buy again.
Tarte-Lights, Camera, Lashes-tried the sample and tossed it for abundance of meh.
Mary Kay Lash Love-great brush, but doesn’t take a touch up. Kind of crinkly.
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir-nothing in particular to say.
Lancome Definicils-I guess if non-clumpy was the only thing I wanted this is fine. It lengthen but lashes don’t get fat.
Smashbox Full Exposure-meh. Just meh.
Makeup for Ever-Smoky Extravagant-I think I liked this but clumped after awhile.
Some I’d like to try:
Diorshow Iconic Overcurl
Wander Beauty-I have it, but haven’t tried it yet.