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Drugstore Diaries: Mascara Comparisons

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I’m not a big drinker, so I don’t do pub crawls. But I  am a beauty lover, so a mascara crawl is more in line with my priorities.  And that is exactly what I did. Popping in to drugstores here and there picking up a mascara each time to see how they compare to each other and to some of my favorite high end formulas. Now it should be said before we proceed that I prefer a big, bold, daring, in-your-face lash, just so you have a reference. Throughout my trials, I found one or two I liked but nothing that took me permanently away from my holy grails (this one and this one are everything in my opinion). But I haven’t tried them all, so I will always continue to shop, browse, try, obsess over…..all in the name of beauty blogging aka beauty delusion. Here is a peek at each mascara and how they looked on my lashes:
1. Revlon Lash Potion – This gives a nice delicate lash – great length and a separated look. I did however have trouble building this up to the intensity I prefer. I think I would use this as a base mascara and build up another on top. See? I told you…I need drama!
2. Maybelline Falsies Volume Express Flared – So many people talk about this mascara, but I was quite underwhelmed. It was dark, which I like, but the formula was sticky (for lack of a better term) and it was hard getting a full separated lash. And it smudged in the corners of my eyes. Bummer.
3. Covergirl Clump Crusher by Lashblast – Short, stubby lashes with no oomph. Not for me unfortunately. I know there are a few different clump crusher/lashblast mascaras so perhaps I got the wrong one, and there is a fantastic one out there that I am missing. If so, let me know.  Tweet me @alittlebitetc or leave me a comment below.
4. Loreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara – I pulled out the brush and initially thought “Heck, no!” It looked so measly and miniscule I thought there was no way this could make my lashes look like anything, but then I used it and was pleasantly surprised how much drama this little wand created. Lashes looked separated, long, dark and full. I do wish it was a bit more thickening, but I suppose I can layer.  *pouts slightly*
5. Loreal Power Volume Black Smoke – This was my favorite of the bunch – giving me the most dramatic lash. Long, thick, dramatic (I wish it was a tad bit darker, but now I am just being picky), but there was only one major drawback. Flakes, flakes, flakes! It both flaked and smudged and I was so upset. I felt so fierce leaving the house that morning, lashes in full effect, and then after a few hours, I looked like I had been out for a long night of dancing. Flakes, smudges, raccoon eyes. 
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Drugstore Diaries: Maybelline, Neutrogena and Avene

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I’m a bit of a fancy pants when it comes to makeup (no surprise, I’m sure), but with this new series on the blog I am excited to explore the wild drug store wilderness.  On a recent random pop in, I picked up three new items and have been loving each one.  As a fan of skin mists, I happened to see this on my way to the makeup section, and have heard so many great things about Avene’s Thermal Spring Water spray, that I felt my summer skin would be amiss without it.  Glad I let my impulsive side win that day because it has lived up to the hype.  It’s a burst of hydration any time I need it, and it now permanently lives in my handbag so I mist anywhere, anytime I darn well feel like it.  I’m proudly exercising my 1095th amendment, a person’s right to mist.   
Maybelline’s Great Lash mascara brought me back to my high school days, when this was my favorite mascara.  A little bit of Clinique brown eye liner and a few swipes of Great Lash, and I was out the door.  Oddly I have never tried their colored versions in all the years they have been out, so no time like the present to rekindle my old high school memories. The formula was just as I remembered, giving thick and dramatic lashes, but the subtle purple shade (in Vision in Violet) was a nice change from standard black.  I paired it with a variety of my neutral brown shadows and it complemented every look.
Completely new to the Neutrogena brand, I simply cannot pass up a mosaic blush.  If one is good, 75 are better.  There is something about swirling colors together to get a whole new shade that never gets old to me – clearly, I am still 7.  Anyhoo, beauty age IQ aside, I was delighted with the finished look.  The color is an array of pink tones (though it looks a tad like a skin irritation when swatched on my arm, I can guarantee you it’s beautiful on the cheeks) that when blended together gives a nice rosy glow.  Be aware however, that the pigmentation is light so using a heavy hand is recommended.  I have found myself reaching for this Neutrogena sheer highlighting blush in shade Pure 22 almost every day since I brought it home, and have yet to find a look with which it doesn’t work. 
What are some of your recent drugstore buys?  Anything you would recommend?
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