New launch! Pat McGrath’s FetishEYES Mascara

Hi friends!

Big news, Pat McGrath’s FetishEYES Mascara is about to launch this week! This is the first mascara release from her eponymous makeup range, and if you know anything about her cosmetics, this is bound to be both dramatic and luxurious. I haven’t really been excited about a new launch since the Maybelline Made for All lipstick range late last year, so this is exciting!

Read this: Maybelline’s new Made For All Lipstick Collection

There isn’t a whole lot of information right now on the Pat McGrath Labs website, except for some before and after photos and a waiting list sign-up. But beauty editors from the likes of Allure and Fashionista who had exclusive sneak peeks of the mascara, have already published their reviews online (spoiler: all of which are glowing).

Read this: Pat McGrath’s New FetishEyes Mascara Is Here, And It’s Perfect For Those Who Love Drama

“Designed to entice the beauty obsessed, this haute hardcore mascara was developed for makeup artists by makeup artists and was relentlessly tested both backstage and on set,” said McGrath in a release announcing the product’s launch.

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Supposedly this mascara formula is lightweight and very buildable, so you can customize your level of drama from light slick all the way to downright doll-like. The more layers you build up, the more of a falsh-lash effect you will get with tons of volume and length. If you look at any of the visuals on either the brand’s website or their IG, you’ll see just how dramatic this can get.

Visual showing Pat McGrath’s FetishEYES Mascara on model
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The brush looks large with tons of bristles, which is my personal favorite cause I think it gives the lashes the most volume and drama. I’ve used plenty of mascaras with plastic combs or bristles, and while I think they are good, I will always prefer traditional bristle brushes.

Before visual Pat McGrath’s FetishEYES Mascara
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Visual showing Pat McGrath FetishEYES Mascara after application
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The FetishEYES Mascara launches this Thursday, February 14th on patmcgrath.com, and will retail for $28. For Pat McGrath, that’s extremely affordable, believe it or not. I, for one, have a queue already filled with mascaras waiting to be used and tested so I will refrain from purchasing right now. However! I am very intrigued to give this a try in the future. And when I do, you guys will be the first to know!

Read this: Review: Pat McGrath Labs Limited Edition Bronze Ambition Palette

What do you guys think of the FetishEYES Mascara? Would you give it a try? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

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New launch alert! Pat McGrath’s FetishEYES Mascara is releasing this week! This is the first mascara launch from this uber luxurious line, and it promises mega drama!
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Bougee Review! $70 Chantecaille Mascara

Hi friends!

OK, OK you’re probably judging me from the title…and that’s fine, I would probably judge me too. I usually stay very much in the drugstore lane when it comes to mascaras; I just don’t think you have to spend much to get great lash formulas these days. That being said, back in November my mom very kindly gifted me an extremely luxurious Chantecaille mascara: the Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara, which retails for a whopping $72.00 (yes, it’s true).

You’re probably spitting out your coffee or tea at the computer now. I get it. But this mascara formula has bold claims of helping your natural lashes grow thicker and longer over time. Does that still warrant the ridiculous price tag? Well I’m here to give you the low-down so you never go wasting your cash. You’re welcome 😉.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

The newest lash peptide technology has now been added to the original, sought-after Faux Cils formula. The powerful lash peptide helps enhance the appearance of natural lash length, thickness and fullness. The formula features the non-clumping, double helix brush to comb and feather lashes for defined volume.

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PRODUCT BENEFITS

Immediate volume is achieved by a special combination of natural waxes. Unique peptide helps enhance the appearance of natural lash length, thickness and fullness without discoloration or irritation. Contains conditioning Rose Oil.

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A NOTE ON USE

I started using this mascara right after Thanksgiving and have been doing so consistently for two months now. During the first month, I used this every single day without fail (on my top lashes only). After that I alternated it with one another mascara (i.e. I used it every other day).

MY THOUGHTS ON PACKAGING

There’s nothing particularly interesting or even luxurious about the packaging of this product; it’s just your typical mascara. I was fully expecting the component to be a bit weightier for the price. Actually, I’ve noticed just recently that some of the writing on the package has started to wear off, much like what happens with drugstore packaging. Hmm.

Rating: 2 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON APPLICATION AND WAND

Brush wand of Chantecaille Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara

This builds up drama right away on your lashes. There’s no waiting around or having to apply 2 – 3 coats before you start seeing the effects. I really appreciate that; that’s the kind of mascara formula I love, personally. The wand design is also something I generally prefer. I tend to gravitate towards old-school bristle brushes over plastic combs, most of the time. I think they build up the drama the quickest and the most effectively.

Rating: 5 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON VOLUME AND THICKNESS

(I feel I kinda failed with the photos in this post! It’s so hard to capture your lashes clearly, so please forgive the blurriness and inconsistency. I did my best!)

So you have two photos in front of you now, showing different stages of use: 2 weeks after starting use & 2 months after starting use. I have no mascara on in either photo. Do my lashes look volumized & luscious while wearing this mascara formula? Hell yes. Has this formula helped grow my natural lashes to appear more thick and volumized? I really don’t know, to be honest. If it has, it’s miminal. Very disappointing.

Rating: 1 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON LENGTH

I actually really love the length I can achieve when using this mascara formula. But has “the newest lash peptide technology” made my natural lashes appear longer? Again, I have to say…I don’t know! It’s crazy, I realize. I’ve been waiting for the past 2 months for some change to occur, but I just haven’t noticed anything groundbreaking yet. And if it hasn’t worked by now, it ain’t going to.

Rating: 1 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON LONGEVITY

I have no problem with this product’s longevity. It doesn’t smudge or flake on me at all throughout the day. For reference, I generally wear my makeup for about 8 – 11 hours a day.

Rating: 5 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON PRICE

Um, do we even need to go there? I’m sure you can tell by how this review is going that I, in no way, think this mascara is worth $72. C’mon Chantecaille. There’s luxury, and then there’s ridiculous.

Rating: 0 / 5 ⭐️

FINAL THOUGHTS

It’s a shame that I can’t recommend this product because I actually think the formula is quite beautiful. I love the effect it gives my lashes, and I will continue to use it until its dying breath (if anything, to get my mom’s money’s worth!). But making big claims and slapping a huge price tag on a product that you can essentially find in the drugstore, is just not the way to get me to repurchase. Go to Maybelline, L’Oreal, Kokie, Flower Beauty or even Stila or Too Faced for the same effect for much less.

Read this: Review: Flower Beauty Lash Warrior Mascara

(A side note: my mom ended up hating this mascara and tossed it out. She’s convinced it actually removed some of her lashes! So take that for what it’s worth!)

What’s your latest beauty fail? Let’s commiserate together!

Xo, Erica

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Yep, that’s right! I used a ridiculously bougee $70 Chantecaille mascara that promises longer, fuller natural lashes. Did it actually work? Find out!

My Sally Beauty haul, featuring COL-LAB!

Hi friends!

I’m back with a good old-fashioned haul for you guys today. It’s safe to say I hadn’t been to (nor bought anything from) Sally Beauty in a while, but after watching Tati from GlamLifeGuru on YouTube last week, that changed. I’ll link her video here, but it was a dedicated video on Sally’s-stocked makeup where she specifically talked about this brand called COL-LAB. Everything she featured from them looked amazing, both in terms of the colors and the quality. Overall the video was very positive and she gave glowing reviews on a few items from this brand.

FUN FACT about COL-LAB: it’s a makeup brand created by a group of beauty influencers including xSparkage, Whatwouldlizzydo, Makeupbyamarie, and a few other YouTubers & Instagrammers.

Now, I’m not saying I’m the most susceptible to the sway of big social media influencers, but I’m not saying I’m above it either 😉. Sally Beauty is very affordable and there’s nothing I love more than great quality products for cheap prices (who wouldn’t love that though??). So here’s my Sally Beauty haul, exclusively featuring COL-LAB!

(I actually have used a few of these products a bit already, but not enough to do a full-fledged review just yet. I will let you know my first impressions of the products I’ve used along the way.)

COL-LAB HIGH-RISE INSANE LENGTH MASCARA – Shop here

Col-Lab High-Rise Insane Length Mascara

You probably know by now that I’m addicted to trying new mascaras, so it’s rare that I go makeup shopping without snagging a new one. The packaging on this is so sturdy and luxe-feeling for just $11.69; it has that soft-touch effect that is often associated with NARS. I have yet to try this since I’m trialing another mascara until the end of this month. The “brush” is very small & narrow with the tiniest of plastic bristles. I have high hopes considering it’s called Insane Length, but I’ll have to let you know how it builds volume. Ideally I like a mascara to give me both volume & length.

COL-LAB PALETTE PRO EYESHADOW PALETTE IN GET READY WITH ME – Shop here 

Col-Lab Eyeshadow Palette in Get Ready With Me

In her video, Tati demo’ed this particular palette and was really raving about it. I have used this palette the most so far out of these haul items, and I have to agree that this is really, really good. I haven’t used every color yet, but from what I’ve used I can tell you that the shadows are high-pigment and high-quality. They blend very well and the longevity is insane! After 9 – 10 hours, the colors look almost as good as right after application. And it’s only $15.00! And the colors in this particular palette are super wearable and flattering. You can’t go wrong. 

Col-Lab Eyeshadow Palette in Get Ready With Me (swatches)
Swatches from Get Ready With Me containing 3 mattes & 5 shimmers.

COL-LAB PALETTE PRO EYESHADOW PALETTE IN AFTER HOURS – Shop here 

Col-Lab Eyeshadow Palette in After Hours

Really this palette is more for my mother since she’s currently obsessed with green eyeshadows, but I still think these are beautiful colors. I’ve used it twice so far and again, the quality is very good. I was most surprised by the color on the upper right-hand corner: it’s actually a soft duo-chrome! You might never notice that until you swatched it as it’s on the subtle side. This palette seems to have a larger variety of textures than the Get Ready With Me Palette. There are metallics, mattes, satins, & that one duo-chrome, so it’s an incredibly well-rounded little palette. And for only $15.00, it’s a steal!

Col-Lab Eyeshawdow Palette in After Hours (swatches)
Swatches from After Hours containing 3 mattes, 2 metallic, 2 satins, & 1 duo-chrome.

Just so you’re aware, COL-LAB is exclusive to Sally Beauty and does not ship internationally outside of North America. 

Have you tried anything from COL-LAB yet? If so, what did you think? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

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Flatlay of Get Ready With Me Palette, After Hours Palette & High-Rise Insane Length Mascara

Video: My current mascara wardrobe featuring Kokie & Glossier

Hi friends!

A new video for you today all about two mascaras that have been in my rotation for a while now. I hope you enjoy and get something from this if you’re looking for a new mascara to purchase. Make sure you scroll down after watching the video to see brush & post-application photos.

Without further delay, here we go!

To see the original post where I hauled the Volume + Length Mascara, click here.

To see the original post where I hauled the Lash Slick Mascara, click here.

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The Kokie Volume + Length Mascara on left; the Glossier Lash Slick Mascara on right. The Kokie wand is slim with short bristles, and the Glossier wand is a bit thinner with short plastic bristles. The Kokie wand has a lot more product, while the Glossier has much less product.

Kokie Volume + Length Mascara applied on lashes
Kokie mascara. Hopefully you can see that my lashes are thicker & more volumized.

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Glossier mascara. Hopefully you can see here how lengthened my lashes are. They are not too thick though.

Shop for the Kokie mascara here.

Shop for the Glossier mascara here.

Have you tried either mascara from this post? If so, what did you think? Which mascaras are in your rotation right now? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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Check out my thoughts on the mascaras I’ve been using recently from Kokie Cosmetics & Glossier!

 

A (teeny-weeny) Sephora haul

Last week my mom and I found ourselves in Sephora, as you do. I had to buy a watch for my brother’s birthday and since Sephora is right next to Nordstrom in our local mall, you know, we had to go in. It would have been rude not to. I was very restrained and only picked up two (count ‘em two!) items. (I did a declutter recently people, so don’t judge me too harshly!).

Just to be clear, I have not started using either of these products yet so I cannot provide any well-informed opinions or insights just yet. With that said, let’s talk about what I bought!

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Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara (mini) & Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue

BARE MINERALS COMPLEXION RESCUE – Shop here

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Opal, the lightest shade.

I’m very excited to start using this product. I’m really either a tinted moisturizer girl or just a concealer-no foundation girl these days. Very low-maintenance on the base. (Except if I’m going to an event, or I know I will be out for 10-12+ hours in a day. In those cases, I will use my trusty Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in very thin layers.)  The Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue has been a pretty popular item since it initially launched (it was an Allure Readers’ Choice Award winner), and it was something that always interested me. I’ve been searching for a cheaper alternative to my beloved Bobbi Brown SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm (full review here), since that one is so incredibly pricey. Fingers crossed this will be it!

There’s tons of info on this product on Bare Minerals’ site, but this supposedly offers sheer coverage, hydration, SPF protection, and overall clean ingredients without a lot of nasties like mineral oil, parabens, & phthalates.

I like the packaging on this a lot. It’s basically like a squeezy tube, which should prevent mess and control the amount of product that comes out well.

Like a lot of tinted moisturizers though (or BB creams, whatever) the shade selection isn’t very large at all; there are just 16 shades that cater mainly to lighter & medium skintones so that’s disappointing.

I definitely want to do a more in-depth review of this after I’ve used it for a while, so stay tuned for that.

HOURGLASS CAUTION EXTREME LASH MASCARA – Shop here 

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This is a fairly new release from Hourglass, a luxury brand that I love. I’ve been hearing really good things, but to be honest any mascara that says “extreme” on the packaging has got my attention! According to the Hourglass site, this promises extreme volume, length, lift & definition thanks to its “4D Amplifier” brush. No idea what that means, but I’m very into it! I want 4D lashes! I did notice that the bristles on one side seem to be a bit longer than the other, which reminds me a bit of the CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara. I picked up the mini size for $14.00, but the standard size normally retails for $29.00. I got high hopes for this one!

Have you tried either product from this haul? Have you picked up anything interesting from Sephora recently? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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Check out what I recently picked up from Bare Minerals & Hourglass!