Mascara Madness

Mascara Madness

Hey hey!

First of all thank you for taking the time to stop in and read my opinions haha

Second if you happen to know me then you know I’m a little bit of a brand-ho and I really like luxury beauty products… Like Sephora is the mothership. I dream of using Chanel and embracing my inner French girl. There isn’t anything wrong with that, but the reality is – this stuff costs money and some of us are on budgets. I’m a terrible budgeter btw. I’m also a notorious DIY-er with skincare which translates to messy experiments to appease my inner nature-loving-self.

OK! Onwards to my original point! MASCARA.

My original go-to is BUXOM’s Lash Volumizing Mascara. It’s a really nice formula and the wand applies easily. My lashes always look great! I have no real complaints other than the whoppin’ $22 price tag. I think it was only $18 when I first started wearing this one. The last time I bought a tube was about four to five months ago. The last tube I bought smelled really “off” and I used it anyway for a while before convincing myself that it was not my imagination. I bit the bullet and went back to Sephora for my OTHER go-to : Tarte’s Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara. I discovered this one from a sample I received for a VIB thing. The formula and wand seemed to mimic my BUXOM love well enough. This mascara costs a lovely $23.

I do have a complaint about this formula though. It never seems to dry and I can scrape the stuff off my lashes with my nails. Not a deal breaker. I had an ingrown lash a few months back and my lashes are trying to recover so it looks a little odd in one spot. Unfortunately this one gets clumpy after a few weeks and its been clumping my lashes together so it looks like I don’t have as many as I do. The black is bold and great and it does make my lashes look long though.

Fast Forward to watching a million Jeffree Star Youtube videos and I got the idea to try drugstore makeup again. e.l.f. in particular. I’ve used e.l.f. products off and on since I was a teenager. Mostly for costumes, but it got the job done for a broke girl. SOOO off I went through the woods and over the mountain to the nearest Target! As per usual these days the shelves showed the signs of popularity. I prowled around and made some notes for my future online haul I plan to make. I picked up a set of bold false lashes for $4 just for funsies and snagged a $3 tube of black Lash Extending Mascara. (I also grabbed Pacifica’s Pineapple Flower Oil-Free Matte Mist- YUM!)

Well…I love this little $3 mascara 🙂 It is by no means a heavy or bold formula, but DAMN ALL MY LASHES are on display now. It’s a fairly natural look, but I’m so ok with that especially for day to day and potentially adding falsies to my routine. I took some comparison pics – they aren’t great, but you might be able to get the idea. I am NOT saying you should ditch your luxury mascara! I am just thrilled to find a budget friendly version that works really well and I hope this helps someone. Sometimes we just gotta work with what we have haha slaying on a budget is POSSIBLE!

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https://www.sephora.com/product/gifted-amazonian-clay-smart-mascara-P286101

https://www.sephora.com/product/buxom-lash-mascara-P228204?icid2=products%20grid:p228204:product

https://www.elfcosmetics.com/lash-extending-mascara/81436.html?cgid=eyes-mascara#start=10&sz=24

 

Let me know what your experiences have been! Any tips or comments are welcome!

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