3 flawless mascara favorites

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By: La La Lovely

Let's talk mascara lovelies. Do you have a favorite? I'm a creature of habit when it comes to makeup. When I find something that works, and that I love I tend to be loyal, for like, years.



So, for years, I had been using Benefit's BADgal mascara. I loved the giant wand and it's a fair price. However, over time, I decided to take a few chances on my lashes and give other mascaras a try. And, by try I don't mean at the makeup counter. More like, use up the entire bottle and wear the mascara for a few months, kind of try. And here is what I found, 3 new favorites . . .

1/ bareMinerals Flawless Definition : If anyone is a bareMinerals fan it's me. I've been using their powders forever (have you tried their new Complexion Rescue tinted hydrating gel cream? I love it after just a sample size). But, mascara? It never would have really crossed my mind. My 12 year old (who asks me everyday if she can wear mascara – she is trying to break me) somehow came across a small bottle of this mascara which ended up in my bathroom. I didn't think I would like it because the wand seems so tiny. But, surprise...it's the tiny wand that I love. It separates my lashes better than anything I've tried recently. It isn't a heavy mascara, but that is what makes it my favorite. It almost looks like you don't have mascara on and that you just have really great lashes. Perfect for a 5 minute fresh face for tired moms or tired anyones. And, probably the mascara I'll end up letting my daughter wear, because...no clumping.

2 / They're Real by Benefit : I had heard so much about this magic mascara. Because I loved Benefit's BADgal mascara I thought I'd probably like this one too. And, I do. I've been using this one for quite awhile now. The wand is like two in one. You start with the round tip to separate lashes and work them in sections and then finish with an over all sweep the traditional shape of the wand. This mascara really does extend your lashes and gives them a good coating. It also stays on really well. My eyes are really watery, I sued to only wear waterproof, so I always like a mascara that stays put. Honestly, I had a hard time removing this mascara, but now they've come out with a removerthat takes it right off. And, while we are talking about They're Real, might as well mention the new They're Real Push Up Liner... I'm la la loving that too. Anything that helps me apply a cat eye without looking like a clown is tops with me.

3 / Diorshow : This mascara is very similar to Benefit's BADgal Lash...the wand being almost identical. The two mascaras are very similar and I went back and forth for awhile trying to decide which was better and my conclusion is Diorshow. First of all, it smells like rosewater. I know mascara smelling like rosewater does not make a mascara but it sure makes for something special. Beyond the smell, it is the blackest of black and the large wand really plumps up your lashes and makes them stand out. This one will remain on my favorite list for as long as it's around.

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3 flawless mascara favorites

Anastasia Brow Pencil

By this time we’ve all seen this quote floating around Instagram or Pinterest, ” Don’t let anyone with bad eyebrows tell you shit about life.” And just like any random Insta quote, truer words have never been spoken. If you want to keep handing out unsolicited advice to every friend, coworker, and hot dog vendor that comes your way, you best get those brows in check.

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Bare Minerals Well Rested CC Eye Primer

I’ve been a long time user of this Kiehls’ Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer but always wished it came in a tinted version. The patron saint of puffy eyes must have been listening because this miracle stick is everything I’ve always wanted. I dab it in the corners of my eyes then cover my under eye area all the way down to my cheekbone. Hello, bright eyes! Wear it alone for a casual weekend day with just mascara or layer it underneath your concealer for extra coverage.

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Bare Minerals Well Rested CC Eye Primer

I’ve been a long time user of this Kiehls’ Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer but always wished it came in a tinted version. The patron saint of puffy eyes must have been listening because this miracle stick is everything I’ve always wanted. I dab it in the corners of my eyes then cover my under eye area all the way down to my cheekbone. Hello, bright eyes! Wear it alone for a casual weekend day with just mascara or layer it underneath your concealer for extra coverage.

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Tarte Eyelash Curler

If you don’t have to curl your eyelashes then don’t worry about this little tool, and also I hate you. But, seriously. I’ve been curling my eyelashes since high school and this is the best wand I’ve found to date. The curler is super cushiony and the padding on the handle is divine.

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Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara

No, you can’t get this at a local store but like… I’m sure you know at least 72 women that sell this stuff and it’s totally worth it. Lush, full, voluminous – I know all these words mean the same thing but this mascara does everything I’ve ever wanted a mascara to do. It’s ah-mah-zing. I get it in the blackest of black and load it on till I’m bordering on spider lashes JUST KIDDING impossible to do with this wand. Long story short, I die for this mascara. Go get 17 tubes.

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The Lib Scrub in Clementine

My lips are always chapped. So gross right? A little swipe of this stuff in the morning and at night and I no longer want to rip my lips off when I wear a dark lipstick. DS tip: Use this scrub to help take off every last bit of your lipstick!

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M-61 Hydraboost Eye

Best eye gel I’ve ever used and I’ll never use anything else. Period. Morning and night. Invest in this now.

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Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-Powder

I originally purchased this little bottle to create additional volume on Day 2 hair days but soon learned it’s actually a dry shampoo. SCORE. It’s advertised as “equal parts dry shampoo, style extender, and volume in a pinch” and it absolutely does every one of those things. Day 2 and 3 hair products now consist of this happy pink bottle and a quick spray of Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray.

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M-61 Hydraboost Eye

Best eye gel I’ve ever used and I’ll never use anything else. Period. Morning and night. Invest in this now.

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Clarisonic

After about a year of exfoliating with one of those knock off versions I invested in the classic white Clarisonic brush and could. not. be. more. pleased. This is one of those tools you want to invest in. It doesn’t matter what type of skin you have, this sucker magically makes everything better. Think about all those concealers and creams you’ve used trying to get beautiful, glowing, even toned skin. I’m telling you – start with this puppy and you can toss all those jars out the window.

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