Friday, July 9, 2010

Review: Clinique High Lengths Mascara

Hello there!!

Well I was lucky a while back when a co-worker (whose lashes ALWAYS look amazing!) said, "Hey! Have you seen this mascara?? I have a trial size if you want to review it for your blog!" Heck YES- how nice, right??

So here it is-- Clinique's High Lengths Mascara, $14 at Clinique (also available at Sephora)

What it claims:

Stretch limp, lifeless lashes to lengths beyond your wildest expectations. And wow - eyes look noticeably wider, fully energized. Our curved, fine-toothed comb finds the tiniest lashes and brings them out of hiding. Ophthalmologist tested and appropriate for sensitive eyes.

Here is the wand:

Let's take a look at some pics!

Without mascara:


It really gives fantastic separation and length! Good job, Clinique!!

It wears well throughout the day-- no smudging or flaking. I will warn you though, this mascara DOES NOT layer well-- so be sure to apply all you want to BEFORE it dries. Remember that, and you're golden!

Also, it took a minute to get used to the wand. I had a difficult time figuring out just how to position it because the curve of the wand doesn't match the curve of my lashline, so I had to kinda twist and turn to find a good angle in which to apply it, haha! I eventually got the hang of it- partly because I was determined to get alllll the way to the base- but just be aware that it might take you a bit of maneuvering. ;)

I probably won't be purchasing this because I prefer to have more volume, but I really was impressed with how much length it gave-- and for a lengthening mascara it does have good volume!

What do you think? Think you'll try this? Do you like Clinique mascaras? Prefer drugstore brands? Let me know!

Until next time-
~Beauty Maven

Thursday, July 8, 2010

New hair- New products!

Hello lovelies!

Well, I recently chopped off ALL of my hair. Whoo! Talk about a thrill, haha! But with a new cut comes.... different products!! =)

I recently purchased Pantene's new Fine Hair collection-- it works fantastically with short hair. More about that later. ;)

Here was my inspiration picture:

At the salon I purchased Bumble and Bumble's Grooming Creme, 2 oz. tube $12.00

I asked my stylist about which would be better for my fine/straight hair-- the creme or thickening spray, and she recommended the creme because 1. It's summer and everyone's hair needs more moisture and 2. The creme would have better staying power with my hair. Interesting!

She just used this on my ends to make it piecey:

However, today I tried it from about mid-way to the ends, and look!!

PS LOOK I can still do a ponytail, woot!

So great!! I am diggin' it =) And you want to know the best part? This is just air dried! (I know, I'm jealous I don't have waves, but hey, this is the next best thing, eh?)

I also have been using my trusty Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly mousse to make it curly:

Love it! I adore experimenting and having new things to play with, haha!

So tell me-- do you change products with a new cut? Do you change cuts often? With the seasons? Haha! Leave me some input!

Until Next Time-
~Beauty Maven