I didn't participate in last weeks Antipodean Beauties Challenge. The theme of 'Winter' just didn't inspire me, probably because I was dreaming of warmer weather like we have had this past week. It has been seriously beautiful. This weeks theme did however inspire me, so onto it we go!
This weeks theme is 'Lashes'. Now I love lashes, not the stick on type but the ones attached to my eyes. I consider myself pretty blessed with my lashes. It is like a family inheritance that we all have nice long and full lashes. That doesn't stop me from loving my mascara though!
So for this weeks challenge I thought I would share with you some of my current mascaras and an essential tool that everyone should have. I never wear false lashes so I don't even own any so this is the next best thing.
Here are four of the current mascaras I have on the go. I have others but I have either already written a review on them or they aren't that great and really who likes writing negative things?
Honestly, I have far too many mascaras open at a time and I don't really stick to the 3 months old and then chuck rule. I will use it until I finish it or the texture and/or scent changes. It's working too, I have never had an eye infection or anything wrong with my eyes.
Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara in Noir Midnight
Lacome would have to be considered the Rolls Royce of mascaras. I don't think they are capable of making a bad mascara. This has a great brush that allows lots of product to be applied but it doesn't clump up. It adds lots of volume and length to the lashes. No problems with flaking or smudging with this one. I also love the sparkly tube.
Maybelline The Mega Plush Volum' Express Mascara in Blackest Black
The newest mascara in my stash and I am not 100% sure what I think of it yet. I know some people are big fans of it. I am not sure about the brush yet. For me it is a bit too soft and the wand is too flexible. I don't feel like it adds a lot of volume or length. It adds enough but nothing spectacular.
Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara in 57 Blue Note
I never thought I would own a bright blue mascara but when at Chanel back in May, the sales assistant insisted it would go wonderfully with my brown eyes. I wasn't convinced so she applied it for me, after looking in the mirror I had to have it. I love it for a fun relaxed look with a little blue liner on the lower lash line. I absolutely love this mascara, I don't wear it for volume or length. I wear it for the beautiful blue shade.
Pop Beauty Peak Performance Mascara in Brilliant Black
I purchased this one after seeing it in a couple of Michelle Phan YouTube videos and I was intriged about it. This is the least conventional mascara I own. Instead of a spoolie type applicatior that goes into a tube of mascara. This has a comb and you twist the bottom of the tube for the mascara to dispense through the comb. This mascara is really great for adding definition to the lashes as the applicator allows you to get into the corners really easily. The only downside I find with this mascara is that it can take longer to apply than a normal mascara.
For fabulous lashes that look full and flirty I think there are two essential items. A fantastic mascara and an eyelash curler. Before applying that your fantastic mascara you MUST curl your lashes. A mascara can add curl but it cannot give you the same effect as an eyelash curler. Curling your lashes gives your eye lids a lifted appearance. Making your eyes look bigger and more youthful.
My two favourite eyelash curlers are the famous Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler and the Chanel Precision Eyelash Curler.
Both are fantastic and I could not pick a favourite from the two. They both have a similar shape too, though the Chanel appears to be a little less rounded compared to the Shu Uemura.
The Chanel is a little bit harder to come by, I got mine from Nordstrom and I think I paid around $50 for it in the end (but it's Chanel so I am powerless to say no). The Shu Uemura is available on the David Jones website and thanks to Shu Uemura's recent price drop in Australia it is now only $29! I recommend investing in a good eyelash curler. They are an essential product and considering a cheaper one can damage your lashes it is best to invest!
What are your favourite products for lashes?