Makeup 101: Mascara

Did you know that a tube of Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara is sold every 1.7 seconds somewhere in the world? I suppose its univeral..Us ladies LOVE great lashes.

The Collins English Dictionary defines mascara as “a cosmetic substance for darkening, coloring, and thickening the eyelashes, applied with a brush or rod.” As we all know mascara is used to darken, thicken, lengthen, and/or define eyelashes and all are made up of pigments, oils, waxes, and preservatives.

Did you know mascara can be documented in history as far back as 400 BC in ancient Egypt? They used a substance called Kohl (charcoal or soot, crocodile stool, honey, and water was added to keep the kohl from running) was applied to darken the eyes, eye brows and eye lashes and was believed to ward off evil spirits and protect the souls of men and women. Crazy, right? Us girls now adays just want luscious lashes!

As you know from a previous MMM: Self Life , mascara is the one cosmetic in our make up bag we MUST replace often, and be cautious of it’s ability to spread bacteria! It is also, in my opinion, one of THE most important items a gal can posses. Batting those lashes, and feeling confident in the enhancement of our eyes can make such a difference! There are days when all of us girls love to take a day off of our usual make up routine, but for me mascara and gloss are an obvious staple.

We all have our opinions on which wands, formulas and price points work best for us. Are more expensive products better? Does the wand REALLY make a difference? Do we want to lengthen, volumize or have water proof? Its all in our own preference..and us girls, we all need options! I’m going to list a couple of my personal faves..but I’d LOVE to hear any of your input as well! 🙂

My favorite (and obviously many others) go to drug store mascara:

I love that this wand is bendable and allows me to customize my preference for application. My reusable wands fit perfectly in the tube for on location work! I use the waterproof formula personally for my day to day looks and think its a great staple for a even better price. 🙂

The most popular of the higher priced Mascaras:

I do LOVE DiorShow. At $24.50 a tube, its a little more of an investment…but its obvious most people are very satisfied with this purchase. Years ago when I was employed by Sephora, this was one of our most popular products! It really does lenghten and volumize. LOVE 🙂

My most recent FAVE:

Urban Decay’s Curling Mascara is $20 a tube, but Ive been playing around with it lately..and have been pretty impressed. I actually have it on now, and feel a great bend to my lashes, and a great even coating! With some mascaras I feel my lashes get dried out, and this one actually has shea butter in its formula to keep lashes moisturized! Two thumbs up. 🙂

The mascara next on my “to try” list:

MACs Opulash..Ive heard awesome stuff about this product that MAC describes as “uperlative style & state-of-the-art science merge. A new formula in a more saturated intense black with extra-volumization, expansion & curl delivered dramatically with our most bodacious brush yet. Lasts 15 hours!” Sign me up! At $15 a tube I cant wait!

What are your faves? Who out there has experimented with colored mascaras?

To batting those pretty peepers,

xoxo

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