Weekly Cheap Secret:

I still haven’t found my Holy Grail of mascaras but I have found a few that I like. Or that I would repurchase. Rimmel Extra Super Lash Waterproof Mascara is one of those mascaras. It is a great “natural” looking lash enhancer. This won’t add volume or make your lashes look Twiggy long. This is a good basic mascara. It darkens the lashes and the color does not budge. It slightly adds some volume and length. The best thing is that it isn’t clumpy at all. The brush bristles are very close together reducing the risk of clumps. I think I mainly in love with the brush. It is so good at separating. The formula is “wet”. This means you can keep building without any clumps (but don’t sneeze until it is dry!). This is waterproof and can’t be removed with soap and water. You’ll need a heavy-duty eye makeup remover to get it off. This is both good and bad. It just depends on your expectations. I love that it is waterproof. It makes a great consistency and I live in western Washington. It’s misty and I don’t need my eye makeup to run or give me raccoon eyes. This stuff wears through a blizzard and it wears during hot, humid weather. It doesn’t flake or smudge. The downside is getting it off. But, with a “real” eye makeup (oil-based) remover it is easy to get off.

I’ve read reviews that some people think this is a “dramatic” mascara. I’m not getting that from this. It darkens and I do wish that it was available in a brown/black shade. I find that with just 2 coats to to the top lashes and one coat to the bottom, that this looks pretty “natural” for mascara. Maybe they are using like 6 coats of something? Or maybe they had blonde lashes to begin with?

This stuff retails for under $4. It may not be a perfect product, but the price is fantastic. I’ve used $24 mascaras that were far worse than this. I have used mascaras that I like better as well, but they weren’t this cheap. For the price this is a great product. It’s a great way to stretch my beauty “allowance”.

I love a rusty colored lip. And can one go wrong with retro cateyes? Nope.

To get beautiful Märta Torén’s look:

FACE: Marta’s complexion is flawless. Apply concealer where needed. Shiseido Concealer Stick can cover anything from blemishes to undereye circles. Follow up with foundation. Try a mousse foundation like Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation. This is a nice formula and it looks great if you buff it after applying with a “buff” brush. Lightly dust a translucent powder over the face. I love MAC Select Sheer Loose Powder. Apply a coral/orange powder blush to cheeks. Take a fluffy brush and apply Paul & Joe Face Color in Moroccan Orange to light-medium skin tones or a shade like Kevyn Aucoin The Pure Powder Glow Cheek Color in Fira (a mango orange, not pictured) for medium-dark skin tones.

EYES: Marta’s eyebrows are amazing. To get a similar look, make sure everything is cleaned up, tweeze and tweeze. Take a brow pencil that is slightly powdery such as my all time favorite Lancome Le Crayon Poudre (not pictured) in your shade. Fill in brows and brush into place with the spoolie on the end. Shadow is matte and neutral. All  you need are the colors that are in NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Portabello. Apply the lightest shade from lash line to brow bone. With eyes open, apply the darker shade in the compact above the crease. Blend until it looks completely seamless. Next we go to the cat eyes. Get a black gel liner like Bobbi Brown Long-Wearing Gel Liner in Caviar Ink. Take the liner brush of your choice, for me this is a fine liner art brush and apply to the top lash line and wing out. I do this with my eyes slightly open and “tugging” it into place with the other hand. Apply false lashes or a few coats of a lengthening mascara such as L’Oreal Lash Out Lengthening and Separating Mascara in Black. Apply 1-2 coats to bottom lashes.

LIPS: Lips are a soft rusty orange. Apply concealer around lips to keep color from feathering. Make sure to blend thoroughly. Apply a rusty golden shade like Lancome Color Design Lipcolor in Groupie, a great color of orange red and gold shimmer (this would look better on deeper skintones). Another great color if you want more orange is Lancome Color Designe Lipcolor in Studded. Studded is more Marta-ish. I apologize for the crummy pictures. The colors are much more vivid and lovely in real life. Apply a sheer gold lip gloss to bottom lips for a plump effect. I recommend Lipstick Queen Shine in Gold Saint.

Choosing a fragrance has been hard for this “look”. I’d have to go with Byredo Parfums Pulp. Perhaps because of the “Swedish” influences?

Weekly Cheap Secret:

I have a way for falling for gimmicks but with age I am getting better. I purchased L’Oreal Telescopic Lash Explosion mascara just out of sheer old curiosity. It sure looks a lot like Givenchy Phenomenon Mascara which retails for $28. This L’Oreal one goes for about $9. L’Oreal Telescopic Lash Explosion’s claim to fame is that it gets every lash. This sure sounds like a miracle that is too good to be true but I read others’ reviews and just had to try it. The brush is spherical as you can tell from the pic. It is on top of a super long and skinny wand. I don’t dislike the mascara but I don’t love it. That being said I haven’t found any mascara that I love yet.

Who is this mascara for? It is for the person that already has nice full lashes but they want to emphasize each and every one of them. This brush does get every single lash, even the tiny ones on the top and bottom. I love the brush despite the too long and flimsy wand, I can look over that. I am not a fan of the formula. The formula doesn’t flake or irritate. This is good. But,  it doesn’t do much of anything for my short and thick lashes. I need length and curl. All this formula does is darken and thicken my lashes. They don’t get any longer even with a few coats of this stuff and it is a heavy formula so it doesn’t hold a curl. Applying a few coats of this stuff takes forever because of the precise wand. It does get all of my bottom lashes and this is a great feature. I’m just finding that this mascara is a lot of work. To get “wow” lashes I need to curl lashes and apply a basic lengthening mascara of a different formula, apply a coat or two of Lash Explosion to top and bottom lashes. I can apply false lashes in less time than doing this routine. And I’m not wild about the “heavy mascara” look. I don’t think that this formula is clumpy. I think anything will look that clumpy with that many coats of product. I don’t hate this product, it could be wonderful for some people. Those people with long and maybe thin lashes or for those that have light but perfect lashes and just need color. For me, this isn’t my holy grail and I most likely won’t be repurchasing. I love that it gets all my lashes coated but I need length. So what I am saying is that I love the brush but I don’t like the formula.

I purchased Black which is OK but it has too many cool tones and in my opinion appears navy or midnight blue. Why don’t companies offer black/brown in all of their formulas? Blue eyes benefit from mascara with a warm undertone.

This product is available at all drugstores and drugstore.com.

Have a thing for sailor pants and deep, dark navy? I do. I always fall for that hokey almost costumey nautical look for summer. It just looks cute and quite pin-up with a bit of prep. I try not to dress like it anymore, since there are actual sailors in town and their uniforms are much cuter than my wardrobe. Anyways, Bobbi Brown’s Nautical Collection is that look that I always pull out every late spring. I love a “fresh” and a no-fuss glow.

This collection was inspired by a trip to Normandy. There she was inspired, quite frankly,  by the local’s wind and sunburned faces. So, she created a “sheer” collection. Who knew chapped skin could be so beautiful?

I really like this collection for summer. But, I am going through a big lip and cheekstain phase right now. It is just crisp and Bobbi Brown says it best in her video featured on her webiste: forgiving. (Watch it if you want.) This look really does work for most people. I really think the model’s look featured above does the collection no justice. She looks gross and creepy. The eyes are much too much for a natural, sea-side inspired look.

Cheeks: There is a Sheer Color Cheek Tint in 6 shades ranging from flushed Blackberry to warm Coral. (Model is wearing Lilac). These are super sheer and of the swivel variety. I like it. It retails for $22. Don’t be fooled, you can use these on your lips as well. On cheeks, pair with a powder blush for long wear.

Eyes: Perfectly Defined Mascara is the mascara for this look. I haven’t tried it. I can’t comment but I usually dislike comb wands. It goes for $22. Eye makeup isn’t specified but I’m sure it is Eye Shadow in Ivory and Navy and Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Graphite Shimmer Ink. I think a swipe of gel eyeliner would of been enough for this look…

Lips: There is the Sheer Color Lip Gloss in four shades. These are so pretty. They are bold pigments in a super sheer formula that ranges from delicate pink to hot pink. It makes the pout look so healthy. Colors include: Cabana Coral, Marina Pink, Popsicle, and Sailor. Marina Pink is my favorite, even though I like them all. These go for $20 and are limited edition.

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Look familiar? Yep, more pink and more frost. The poor model looks like a bridesmaid gone bad with that “collar” of flowers. The only difference from this collection and everybody else’s is that this is not a spring makeup collection but a summer one.

FACE: There is the Vivid Garden Illuminating Powder. It is a pretty shimmer palette featuring gold, pink, champagne, and violet. It is all a pretty flower print complete with dragonfly. It retails for $32. The Double Wear Makeup Foundation has been relaunched. This is a great selling product but I hate it. I’ll just keep it at that.

LIPS & NAILS: There is a pretty shade of Pure Color Crystal Lipstick in Sweet Lychee. This is a light pink shimmer that smells wonderful. It retails for $22 and like all of the other Pure Color products, I like the packaging. There is a Pure Color Lip Gloss with limited edition floral packaging. There is Lotus Blossom, a plumpy and pouty milky pink. It retails for $18. There is a Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Lotus Blossom which is a pale lilac pink. It retails for $18 and so far I have not been impressed with the formula.

EYES: There is an Eyeshadow Quad in Jasmine Garden. It is a bit Guerlain-ish becuase it features four shimmery shades with a dusting or pattern of gold flowers. It contains four pastel shades: pillow mint blue-green, periwinkle blue, soft pink, and white. The quad retails for $35. The TurboLash Mascara has been relaunched. In case there isn’t enough battery powered items in your life. There is a Duo-Tone Eye Pencil in Onyx Pearl. One end is a deep black and the other is an eye-opening pearly white. It retails for $18.50 and I like the formula.

The collection is OK. It is pastel and pink. It will look pretty bad on darker skintones in my opinion. This is the collection for pale gals with blonde, gray or brunette hair. It looks alot like many of the spring collections out there. I wouldn’t of guessed that this was for summer. Personally, I’m thinking more khaki and coral for summer. Oh, well.

I am always searching for that HG mascara. I feel like I’ve tried so much. The thing is I don’t know what I really want. I think I want the dramatic look of false lashes, but the truth is if I want that then I should wear false eyelashes. Thy’re cheaper than trying tons of mascaras. Lately, I have been using Estee Lauder More Than Mascara in More Black. It is a pretty nice formula for everyday. It looks natural, nothing like my false lashes. But, I don’t need a false lash look everyday. This is a super natural looking mascara, imagine your lashes but with a little more wow. This doesn’t clump or flake. It darkens the lashes and makes them appear glossy. It is easy to remove at night. It is a wet formula and is buildable. It’s claim to fame is that it doesn’t make lashes feel dry or brittle. I will agree with this. This was the first thing I noticed. If you’ve tried Clinique’s Naturally Glossy Mascara and liked it then you will like this. This is very similiar but more “grown-up”. It added a bit more thickness to my lashes than Naturally Glossy. The brush seperates lashes and has a point. It is easy to coat every lash with this brush. It gets into every corner. The color is a basic black. If I repurchase then I would like to try a black/brown. I like the warmness provided by brown-ish mascaras. Especially now that my hair is auburn. Since this is an everyday mascara I would like to have it in black/brown. I have nothing bad to say about this mascara. I do wish it was cheaper. I hate paying this much for something I will throw out in 3 months. (It retails for $21, at least Estee offers a gift time.) It isn’t the most glamorous item on the market but it does its job.

No Bristles

Defect: No Bristles

I have no idea what I was thinking when I purchased this product. I just knew that I needed a mascara and was tired of the same ole crap. I still haven’t found my “HG” and I’m still searching.

This stuff was straight up nasty. It’s claim to fame is that it is brushless and claims that you can coat each lash individually (who has time for that!) and looks like false lashes. As if! The “magic wand” is so primitive and I’m sure chimps in the wild could come up with a better way to apply mascara than this. It clumped my lashes into three huge spikes like some punk rockers mohawk. It is a very wet formula and would get all over the place. Tons of product would come out and I’d have to “tissue” it like it was cheap ole Maybelline Great Lash, which by the way is a thousand times better than this stuff. It took a long time to get used to applying it because it would skip lashes and was impossible to apply evenly and don’t even try to double coat. It was hard and stiff when it dried and took forever to remove even with my beloved Lancôme Bifacils. I can’t believe it is still on the market. I tried it a year ago and I wish I returned it instead of trashing it. My friends and family were like “I’m so happy you’re not using that stuff anymore.” when I sent it to the dumpster. I knew it looked bad but others noticed too. Shoot. I asked a friend who works at Sephora about it and she went off on me. She was like, “Why didn’t you ask me? We get tons of returns on this product. It is junk.” Well, whatever. I’m still searching for that perfect mascara that will give me the false eyelash look. But, the truth is nothing will, only falsies. And false lashes would of been a thousand times easier to apply each morning than Magic Wand Mascara. Save your $15 unless you only have one eyelash to your name that needs coated in mascara.

Tammys eye makeup looks better than mine did when using this stuff.

Tammy's eye makeup looks better than mine did when using this stuff.

Has anyone gave this one a try yet? Frankly, I think it looks like the biggest gimmick ever. But, who knows? First off it looks like some spooky mace. 

This mascara claims to grip lashes at the root to curl and separate them. The creepy sphere shape is patented and is supposed to work with all eye shapes. I just can’t buy into that. It looks like lots of extra work. Nobody wants to paint each individual lash on. If that was the case wouldn’t you just wear individual false lashes. Since you’d be double coating so many areas on accident it seems like it would clump up so badly. I like even sweeps and I don’t think you could get that with this. But, I haven’t tried it so I don’t know. I’d love to hear your opinion. I just don’t want to experiment with a $27 mascara. I am so sick of getting burned.