Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mascara Made Easy


If I could only have one type of makeup in my kit, it would be mascara. My natural lashes are light brown, short, and underwhelming.

Before - no makeup

I'm going to let you in on a little beauty secret of mine. A couple of years ago, I discovered eyelash tinting. Not many people know about it, but it is the best thing ever. You may need to call around a bit to find a place that offers it (try day spa salons). The procedure lasts about 15-20 minutes. The esthetician applies the dye while you relax. Full disclosure: sometimes it stings. The more experienced someone is the better. In my city, you will pay between $18-$30 and the tint lasts approximately 3 weeks. It's like having naturally dark lashes. No runny, clumpy mascara and waking up with already-done lashes is such a treat.

Today I took it up a notch and tried a new product at my salon called Cry Baby mascara. It's applied by an esthetician, and makes lashes darker, fuller, and longer. It looks like I have mascara on, plus a couple of extensions.

After Cry Baby application (with no other makeup)
Cry Baby only lasts two weeks, and I'm not geared up about going back to the salon a couple times a month for it. It would be great for a week or weekend of activities, such as a wedding or reunion. The cost at my salon was $30.

The other product I'm excited to try is called Rapid Lash, which is a liquid liner you put on your lash line each night for four weeks that results in fuller, longer lashes. I believe it is $50 for the tube. I'll be posting about it once I give it a try.

Until then, I'll be enjoying my lush lashes for the next 14 days. Lisa Vanderpump, eat your heart out.

**Update**
Two weeks later, most of the Cry Baby mascara started wearing off as expected. I couldn't get used to that fully-coated feeling. I just wanted to rub, rub, rub my eyes at the end of the day. I looked forward to getting my uncoated lashes back. Still, a decent product for two weeks of not worrying about mascara...maybe a camping trip or vacation filled with water sports. No raccoon eyes was also nice.

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