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Tarte Gifted Mascara

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This is my mascara obsession at the moment. I think Tarte Gifted has become my new, all time favorite.

With just a few quick coats it gives amazing volume and definition. It’s not really a super lengthening mascara, but it does coat all my lashes incredibly well and makes them look longer and fuller. I really can’t get enough of this mascara and everyday that I don’t use it, I regret it.

Perhaps the best feature of this mascara is that I get very little or no smudging when I wear it. It stays put and I have only had a couple of instances where it transferred to my lid.

The wand is very thick and brush-like, which I find makes it quick to apply and coats every lash in the first go. It builds very well so you can go in later and continue to layer it on and it doesn’t make your lashes go all clumpy.

I only wish that I hadn’t fallen in love with a high-end mascara, because now I am going to be forced to repurchase it and pay the price.

Never mind, it’s worth it.

-Jules

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Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara

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Supposedly, Rimmel Lash Accelerator is an ideal mascara for your bottom lashes.  Well, that’s what I heard. The formula and brush would make it seem that that is true. It applies very evenly with no clumping and has a very wet formula as far as mascaras go.  It also keeps lashes soft to the touch and feels nourishing (although, who knows if it really does help your lashes grow, the jury is still out on that one).

I like a much more dramatic look for my eye lashes so I layered this under a few of my other mascaras to ensure I got the thickness, length and darkness I desired.  I was not expecting it to deliver the drama I wanted and it didn’t, but I was expecting it to work well for my bottom lashes.

It did apply very nicely to the bottom lashes; the brush shape was very conducive to coating all the small baby lashes.  I was happy with how it looked initially, but after wearing it all day, it smudged under my eye.

Smudging under the eye is probably the most unattractive makeup malfunction that can possibly happen.  In my opinion anyways.  I gave it a few chances and wore it on my bottom lashes for several days, but I was not impressed at all.  For almost $10, I was expecting higher quality.  I think I’ll spend a few more dollars and stick to my Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara.

-Jules

Kylie Jenner Inspired Makeup

With her constant stream of selfies, images of Kylie Jenner’s makeup are all over the place.

Here is my interpretation of some of her most frequent looks and products you can use to achieve the same effect.

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Matte Skin– Kylie’s skin tends to look matte and flawless.  L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation provides a very matte finish and can be built up to medium coverage to deliver that flawless and pore-less look.

Contoured Cheeks– Typical of the entire Kardashian-Jenner clan, Kylie’s cheeks tend to always be contoured.  To achieve a similar effect use your favorite contour shade (mine is Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer) and the Nars Ita Brush to carve out the hollows of your cheeks.

Graphic Liner– Graphic black eyeliner and a dramatic cat eye are staples in Kylie’s selfies.  I like to use Maybelline Line Stiletto in Blackest Black to create a sharp wing.

Full Lashes– Of course, full, thick lashes are another must have to get Kylie’s makeup look.  L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara is my current favorite to achieve super dramatic lashes.  I wrote a more in depth review here.

Dark, Full LipsLorac Alter Ego Lipstick in CEO is a beautiful dusty rose lipstick that delivers that 90s, vampy look.  Kylie’s lips are always full, dramatic and dark.  This lipstick formula is very nourishing and smooth, yet dries matte, which looks great in pictures.

-Jules

L’Oreal Vlouminous Miss Manga Mascara

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This mascara has replaced my Maybelline Falsies as my go-to, super dark and full mascara.

I was skeptical about the trick wand that has a flexible joint in the middle that allows it to bend and hug your lashes as you apply it. It took a little getting used to, but the flexible wand actually helps the bristles comb through your lashes more slowly. The unique bristle distribution and shape of the brush is my favorite feature of this mascara. Instead of a uniform shape or something like the Falsies’ wand that creates evenly full lashes, this mascara gives lashes a doll like look àla the Ardell 102 Demis or the Velour Doll Me Up Lashes.

Overall, this mascara provides length and fullness while giving lashes a unique effect and never smudging.  I would definitely recommend this to a friend.

-Jules