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3 New Mascaras Worth Trying From It Cosmetics, Marc Jacobs and Sisley

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If you watch any of my tutorials on YouTube, you know I love a dramatic lash. Slightly clumpy and very black is how I prefer my mascara formulas. Not a spidery gross clump (but I guess that is up to everyone’s interpretation), but definitely some drama. I have been testing out three new formulas and found that all of them were right up my slightly clumpy/dark color/dramatic alley.
1. It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara – I believe the first time I ever tried this was on camera during one of my tutorials and I was immediately stunned by how gorgeous the formula went on. The brush is the least spiky of all three but it goes on quite thick from first swipe and builds up quickly. My below images are 2-3 coats of each, though I was surprised at how the Superhero mascara came out on camera. Because in person, I find it to be much more dramatic and beautiful. In the swatches, it came out a bit meh which I apologize for. But if you watch any of my recent tutorials, I use it in many of them. What sold me even more was there were no bits left on my brow and almost no smudging. The brush is also the easiest to maneuver and allows me to get even the smallest lash because of the narrow end. This will definitely be a repurchase for me when I run out.
2. Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara – This is the newest mascara launch from Marc Jacobs and all I heard was rave reviews. So like the beauty sheep I am, I had to buy it and see for myself. I immediately liked the look of the brush and knew it would give me a beautifully separated lash, which it did. The formula is inky black, though not as dramatic as the It Cosmetics. I even let it dry a bit and tried adding a few more coats to get it to bulk up a bit, but it never quite reached the level of clumpiness that I prefer. However, I loved the long, separated and flirty lashes it gives me so I reach for it quite often. The only downside is that it leaves bits on my brow bone within an hour of applying. I would not choose this for when I need my makeup to last all day, rather a few hours or an evening out is a better choice for this formula.
3. Sisley So Curl Mascara – The original Sisley So Intense mascara is one of my all time faves (and has the oddest brush/comb ever so it takes some getting used to), so naturally I needed to try the new curling formula. The brush is much closer to a standard mascara brush than the So Intense and has a small curve to it, hence the “curling” claims. The formula managed to combine the best of the two previous mascaras into one. It builds up quickly to give the lashes some drama, separates them nicely and gives them nice length and a curl. There were no bits left on my brow bone and no smudging which made it great for all day wear. I didn’t think I could enjoy a Sisley mascara formula more than the So Intense, but they managed to make one that rivals it. 
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Review: NARS Fall 2015 Collection with Swatches

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NARS can really be hit or miss for me to be honest. Sometimes I love their new collections, and sometimes I am not excited for them. But this one for Fall seemed right up my alley and I found the colors to be wearable and absolutely stunning! Here are my picks from the collection:
1. Velvet Shadow Sticks in Goddess and Sukhothai (swatches are the two on the far left above) – These shadow sticks are creamy, intensely pigmented and last all day. What is there not to love? I find them easy to blend without having to rush for fear that it will set immediately. I like using the pale color, Goddess all over the lid and then the deep green, Sukhothai smudged close to the lash line. All of the colors are wearable and perfect for the fall.
2.  Dual Intensity Eyeshadows in Pasiphae and Telesto – I already have the NARS Dual Intensity Palette which I enjoy but these two are perfect additions to the collection. The rich brown, Telesto is a neutral lovers dream, while the multi-faceted green/brown Pasiphae is one of the most unique shadow colors I have seen in a long time. I wish more brands would make these duo-chrome type shadows with a brown base because as someone that prefers neutral shades, it’s a great way to incorporate a bit of another color into a look without completely committing. I suspect that Pasiphae will be the one in heaviest rotation this fall.
3. Lip gloss in Baby Doll and Chelsea Girls (Baby Doll is far left, Chelsea Girls is the middle pic above) – Is it crazy that I remember these two shades when they were in the pot formulations? Does anyone else remember that? I used to LOVE these two colors but did not like having to stick my finger in a little jar each time I wanted to reapply. I am so excited to see these in a lip gloss formulation with a doe foot applicator. Baby Doll is a bit more shimmery than I prefer but after wearing it around a few days, it is growing on me. Chelsea Girls is absolutely perfect and a suitable color for day or night. It’s a makeup bag staple. The formula is a tad sticky so I have to wear these when my hair is up or else any slight wind makes me look like cousin It when stray hairs stick to my lips. Womp.
4. NARS Audacious Mascara – The brush for this mascara really got me going when I pulled it out of the box. I showed a close up of it on my Instagram – see that picture here. I had high hopes for this one to give me a strong and dramatic lash. But sadly I was left very underwhelmed. The bristles are too far apart for my liking so the result is a more wispy and feathery lash rather than a thick and voluminous one. The key however to building up any bit of volume with this is to let each coat dry a bit before applying the next. The bristles will stick to the product that has dried on the lash, allowing for a denser look. However, it is still not as dense as I would prefer. But for those that have very thick lashes already, this may be a great way to give them some length and volume. For now, I will stick with my mascara faves – this one, this one and this one.
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What have you picked up from this collection? Any faves?

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