Thursday, June 24, 2010

Maybelline Galore!

Hello Lovelies!!

I have a treat for you today!! =)

So I have been on the PROWL looking for Maybelline's new The Falsies mascara -- I mean, who wouldn't with that name?? ;) And I *finally* found it last night at Walgreen's-- yaaay!!

But! In the midst of my search, I found another Maybelline mascara to try. I decided to do a special double-review for these dolls.

First up!

Maybelline The Turbo Volum' Express Mascara.
What it claims (as per the packaging):
- Instant volume
- Speed Expand formula and Turbo Brush zoom on volume up to 7x.
- Do not let dry between coats

Speed Expand formula?! So my first thought on this was that it would literally expand upon application... which is actually quite genius! Especially for volume. Alas, I did not notice any of this happening... but it was a great volumizing mascara, regardless.


First of all, the wand. It has densely packed bristles, perfect for grabbing every little lash and providing maximum volume:

Starting point:

This mascara does an AMAZING job of voulmizing! Be warned though-- you must apply all the coats you are wanting while it is still wet. It does not layer well at ALL. Also, if you get a little too mascara happy... as I often do... You can get those little clumps on the end (you can see in the pic). You and normally just pinch those off and it's fine, though. Also, it does flake a smidge throughout the day.... that being said! It really is quite negligible.

I give it a thumbs up!


Maybelline The Falsies Mascara
What it claims (as per the packaging):
- Patented spoon brush and Kera-fiber formula instantly build 8x more volume without clumping to complete the false lash look.

Let's see, shall we?

Here is the Patented spoon brush--- it reminds me of Lancome's Hypnose Drama brush, but it works better because the bristles aren't as stiff. The bristles are longer on the sides then on top, so you can turn it a little sideways to comb through lashes. There is also a little bendy part about midway down the length... I have read a couple of blogs where they absolutely hate this-- not to be argumentative, but I really didn't even notice it, lol. It takes a LOT of force to make it bend.. I just didn't really notice, haha! But something to keep in mind*

Starting point:

Sorry it's a bit blurry! I think you can still see, though?

It is a little difficult to work with, so have a few practice rounds before having to apply it in a hurry! But it gives great volume and length and definition-- score! And if you curl your lashes after? Holy moly. So great. The only thing is that, again, if you go mascara happy, it can be clumpy. Just be aware. =) I am just now putting it on so I am not sure how it wears throughout the day, but I will post an update letting you all know!

And here they are side-by-side for comparison:

Again, with no mascara:

And.... Turbo and Falsies

I mean, dude, you can almost just wear either one of these mascaras and nothing else. Love it!

Leave me some thoughts!!!!!!

Until Next Time~
-- Beauty Maven

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Rockstar Nails!

I have something fun to show you!!

This past weekend I was at a bachelorette where the Bride-to-Be showed me her fancy pedicure-- called "RockStar Nails." They were so super-fab that I went and got a pedicure the next day. =)

Words don't do it justice, so here are some pics:

There are 3 super-cool things about this method:
1. It's COMPLETELY glitter! She mixed the glitter herself, so it's customized!, and painted on a gel and sprinkled the glitter onto it.
2. The gel is UV cured, meaning that after a minute under the UV light, it's 100% dry! Yay no smudges! She also smoothed them down so they don't feel gritty at all.
3. It doesn't chip! It stays on until you "file them off," as she put. I think I'll go back and have her do that, lol.

This woman was amazing! She's from California and has these fancy ways of doing nails... Definitely will be going back to her.

I know glitter can seem a bit much for some people, and it normally is for me, but I am absolutely loving this! =) What are your thoughts on it?

Happy Monday!

Until Next Time~
-- Beauty Maven