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Normally, when it comes to mascara, I’m a volume girl–the fatter and thicker the lashes, the better. But this new MUFE mascara has changed my mind… Continue reading MAKE UP FOR EVER // SMOKY STRETCH MASCARA


Earlier this year, when I purchased my bottle of Beige, I received a cosmetics GWP from Chanel. Inside, was a sample of the Le Volume mascara. Usually I just shove samples into my vanity’s drawer to eventually be given away or thrown out, but having never tried a Chanel mascara before, I eagerly awaited the day my mascara dried out so that I could sub this one in. Continue reading VOLUMIZING MASCARAS // CHANEL & SEPHORA


Don’t get me wrong, I love the luxurious packaging and Sephora’s beauty insider points, but there is something so satisfying in finding a great, sometimes better than high-end, inexpensive product at the drugstore.

I have pretty thick eyebrows that don’t really need filling in, but one of my essentials is a clear brow gel to keep them in place. I’ve used the Anastasia one, another from Estée Lauder (which doesn’t seem to exist anymore) before I stumbled upon Maybelline’s Great Lash Gel. It does take a little longer to dry and it is an unusually liquidy formula, but the end result is the same, and for a product that you technically don’t actually see, it makes no difference what brand it is.

As for the mascara, I can’t take all the credit. My friend bought it in brown by accident and gave it to me. I didn’t know what to expect– I’m not a huge mascara girl. I usually wear brown, I just think black is too obvious on me. And that’s the other thing– I like a really seperating and just tad volumizing formula, like as natural looking as possible.

I had been using Clinique’s High Impact, but it was getting a bit funky, it had been a while. I gave this one a try, and man, it was like love at first sight. The formula is really… wet, you know what I mean? The brush was easy to manoeuvre so I could get right to the roots. I was left with defined and voluminous lashes. My only complaint, and I really mean it when I say only, is that it flaked by the end of the day, which doesn’t really surprise me because I’ve found that most drugstore mascaras do that. Nonetheless, I’m so pleased with this one I’m probably not be going back to high-end mascaras for a while.

–Anna Raponi


Make Up For Ever’s beloved Smoky Extravagant Mascara has now become waterproof. I had never previously tried the original version, but I was pretty pleased with the Aqua upgrade, especially as I never reach for waterproof formulations–I usually find them to be drying and very hard to remove.

This is a great mascara for creating some volume while maintaining definition and creating length. It is also quite buildable with no clumping whatsoever, and not too much product is dispensed on the brush, so there is quite a bit of control in the application making it easy to manipulate the formula.

The only thing I didn’t find very easy to manipulate was the large Christmas-tree shaped brush–this might just be the largest mascara brush I have ever seen. This mascara would really be 5/5 if it wasn’t for the sheer size of the brush–because it really is a great brush and creates beautiful lashes, but I found the brush would hit my eyelid every now and again and would create little smudges. Maybe MUFE could consider shrinking it down a bit?

As for how well it stands up against water, I would say pretty damn well. I applied this in the morning and it lasted throughout my work day, my humid walk to work, a really difficult yoga class (aka sweat) and a shower. I only saw a tiny bit of smudging on my outer corners after my shower.


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Mascara seems to be a staple in anyone who wears makeup makeup bag. And come to think of it, the first makeup I ever wore was mascara. And 95% of the time, if I’m wearing any makeup whatsoever, it includes something on my lashes. But if you were ever to ask my sisters or my friends, they would tell you something along the lines of “does Anna even wear mascara?” or “she likes it really natural”. I have forever preferred a wispier, voluminous look than a thick, defined lash. I don’t care to spend more than thirty seconds applying mascara in the morning, and my lashes (sans extensions), will most likely never be the focal point of my makeup look. So that being said, I’m not hugely picky when it comes to which mascara I’m using and I rarely repurchase the same tube.

Until now. Well, I think so, anyways. Maybelline’s Mega Plush, which I had heard friends raving about, seemed like a nice idea considering it was $8 (I bought two, black and purple, because come on, eight dollars!!) and I was bored of some other high-end one’s I had had laying around. I typically go for more expensive mascara’s considering a few tries with Falsies had left me with black shadows on the tops of my cheeks (the product essentially flaked off and fell onto my face) and I didn’t want to go down that road again. The gel formula is volumizing, not too clumpy (obviously some clump is good), and super dark, and the round brush catches all my lashes and coats them to the very tips. It doesn’t feel thick on the lashes, it layers beautifully, and I still get some definition around my eyes while still looking effortless. And while I can’t wait until they come out with a waterproof rendition, Mega Plush has knocked out all the contenders in my books.
–Anna Raponi


Clarins // Be Long Mascara
Clarins // Be Long Mascara

I know that I already got the chance to mention what an outstanding mascara I think this is, and I love it so much that I think that it deserves it’s own post.

Clarins’ newest innovation this Fall is their Be Long mascara. Not only does it give you a great pair of defined, long lashes, it also contains ingredients to help your lashes grow. And I’m all about more is more on the lash front–thanks to genetics, I naturally have short, sparse lashes. To combat this unfortunate trait, I use a nightly lash serum to grow long, thick, dark lashes. Just knowing that my mascara is just going that one step further in my lash-growing pursuit makes me a happy camper.
But! The main reason why I love this mascara so is the incredible brush (which I learned is really what differentiates a mascara from the pack). It has a small plastic brush so you can really get in there, and it grabs on to each lash with a bit of tension, so you get that long, defined lash, never any clumps. Plus, the opening on the tube ensure that there is always an even distribution of the product on the brush, never any excess or globs that you need to scrape off.
Plus, the minimalist in me loves the sleek, rectangular matte gold tube. No markings anywhere. Why shouldn’t your mascara look pretty on your vanity, too?


I’ve broken up with my Dior mascara. It was a good three years.

It is extremely rare that I find myself reaching for a mascara other than my Diorshow Exstase…actually I think that it has never happened before.

I received a sample of Doll Lashes a few weeks ago and I surprised even myself. Normally, when I try out a new mascara, I only try it once and then immediately think that it does not live up to the high standards that Dior had set for me. I dismiss it and pass the sample off to someone else.

Not this time.

Don’t get me wrong, Diorshow Exstase is still an amazing mascara–it is super long-wearing, with a great black pigment and creates volume and length. But, now my heart belongs to Lancome’s Doll Lashes. I’m not sure that it makes me look like a doll (I wish!), but it has a great, non-clumping formula that you can build and build and build upon for dramatic lashes. I know you will say that black is black, but it really isn’t. Not all black mascaras are created equally. This black is strong and highly pigmented. It has the perfect consistency–not too thick, not too wet, and the brush has a smaller point on one end which makes for easy application.

Lancome’s new collection with Alber Elbaz, the designer of Lanvin (see above for adorable packaging), is debuting June 15. All your favourite Lancome mascaras and more will be dressed up in Alber’s fun designs.


I don’t know if it’s that I have particularly watery eyes, or if it’s my mascara, but by the end of the day, mascara is ALWAYS shadowing right under my waterline, and not defining and separating my lower lashes. I once heard that moisturizer around the eyes can cause the mascara to break down, but even since I stopped applying moisturizer there, the mascara just won’t stay. I then proceed to scrub the area with my pinkie, unsuccessfully clearing the transferred mascara. Evidently, what I was doing was not working. But then, I was struck with an idea– maybe more (embarrassingly ) obvious than I thought. Waterproof mascara on the bottom, regular on the top (you couldn’t possibly think I would abandon my beloved Burberry, could you?), and BAM, no five o’clock shadow (hah, you know what I mean). Despite the more vigorous and time-consuming makeup removing process, this technique is the most effective cure for this mysterious, annoying mascara phenomenon.

–Anna Raponi