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Mascara Clear-Out


mascara-clear-out-2I’ve been reaching for the same mascara every single day for months. The Wet n Wild Max Volume Plus Waterproof Mascara has been my go-to pretty much since the day I bought it. It meets all my criteria for a great mascara: semi-dry formula, holds a curl extremely well, waterproof, separates and elongates lashes, and is easy to remove. I figured since this is really the only mascara I use (the Heroine Make mascara is sticking around for special events), I might as well purge my collection of the not-so-great ones. Let’s jump right in:

It Cosmetics Hello Lashes | This is a pretty mediocre mascara. It doesn’t provide much volume, and it doesn’t hold a curl at all. I’m also not a huge fan of the spikey ball on the end of the brush. I always get mascara on my eyelids with brushes like this.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes | Hello clumps! I really dislike this mascara. It’s so thick and gloopy that I have to spend way too long brushing through my lashes with a lash comb to remove the clumps. It also has a very strong scent, and well, I prefer not smelling my eyelashes. It also doesn’t hold a curl at all, which is the number one thing I look for in a mascara.

Wet n Wild Max Fanatic Cat Eye | This one wasn’t as disappointing as a few of the others. I also like the brush, as I find it easy to apply to both eyes. I usually have a bit more trouble applying mascara to my left eyelashes because I could never get the hang of turning my hand around and holding the brush backwards, so I like the comb shape of this one. I’m tossing it because I’ve had it for quite a few months now, it doesn’t hold a curl super well, and it does flake a little bit throughout the day.

Jordana Best Lash Extreme | I think I need to give up on non-waterproof mascaras. I don’t think I’ve really loved a single one throughout the years. This is another mascara that I found to be mediocre. It’s a thick, wet formula that clumps up very easily and has to be brushed out with a lash comb. This type of mascara always flakes off on me. Not a fan.

Bare Minerals Lash Domination | I know this one was just a sample, but I didn’t like the tiny brush. I also didn’t like the super wet formula that made my lashes point further downward than if I was wearing no mascara at all. This one was a big fail for me.

Really, all I really want is for my lashes to stay curled throughout the day. If anyone has any recommendations for cruelty-free waterproof mascaras that hold a curl, I’d love to hear them!

Beauty, Eyes, Makeup

The Balm Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow Pallette



The other side of the palette does contain a mirror, but it’s really hard to take a picture of a mirror and not see your ugly picture-taking-face in the reflection!

Back in April, I was shopping at Kohl’s in Wisconsin, and I mentioned to my mom that I wanted this palette, and she kindly bought it for me (thanks mom!).  I had never tried The Balm’s eyeshadows before, but I’ve only heard good things, so I was very excited to put this to the test. Here are some not-so-amazing swatches:


thebalm-meet-matte-trimony-swatches-2Believe me, my swatches don’t do this palette justice, as the quality of the shadows is brilliant. They are everything I want in a matte eyeshadow: buttery, pigmented, and easy to blend. My favorite shadow in the palette is definitely Matt Lopez – it makes a great warm transition shade. After that, my favorites are probably Matt Evans, Matt Rossi, and Matt Lin. The only shadow that isn’t quite as intense as the others seems to be Matt Kumar, the brick red in the center of the palette. Truthfully, I haven’t reached for Matt Kumar very much, since I tend to go for the lighter, neutral shades, but I’m sure I could get it to be just as rich as it looks in the pan with a bit of primer or fixative.


Wearing Matt Evans on the lid, Matt Lopez in the crease, and Matt Lin in the inner corner

Pick this up if you like a versatile matte palette with a good selection of cool and warm tones!

The Balm Meet Matt(e) Trimony matte eyeshadow palette $42