“Honey I am going to my grave with my eyelashes and my makeup on!”- Tammy Faye Bakker
Prepare for a long one gang, today I want to talk makeup. My makeup routine is pretty basic. I haven’t left the house without a little mascara in years and recently I have started to feel naked if I don’t fill in my brows just a touch. Maybe it’s the fuller brow trend or maybe it is because it enhances the shape of my face drawing attention upwards to my eyes (that’s what I tell myself). I think the reality is that those two simple steps make me look and feel awake. Other than that I am a cheap BB cream girl who loves liquid eyeliner, a touch of blush and lipstick if I am feeling frisky (which is often!). I can count on one finger the number of times I have worn foundation and if I have on some eyeshadow, it must be a really special occasion. I am big on basics that enhance what ‘cha already got.
Flashback four years ago and I was a girl who was, to put it bluntly, a mascara whore (*cough, cough). I had tried them all, the cheap drugstore ones (Maybelline, Revlon, Covergirl etc.), any mascara Benefit produced I have owned, as well as Clinique, MAC and Make Up Forever to name a few. Out of all of the above I always have come back to MAC’s “Zoom-fast” in black and for water proof (what can I say, I attend a TON of weddings) I love the Make Up Forever “Aqua Smoky Extravagant”. To all the ladies who LOVE the original Maybelline in the pink and green tube, I wish I felt you but I have tried and I don’t. My lashes aren’t short but just like my hair they are fine and surprisingly light for a dark haired lady like myself. Seriously I look like I have no eyelashes until I put on a very wet, very separating mascara (hence why my faves are my fave).
Flashback to 2013, my beautiful friend Stella was in cosmetology school, she needed a lash model for testing extension application and asked if I would do it for her. Well, those lashes changed everything. They were beautiful, I always got compliments and frankly I looked as though I had gotten an easy 14 hours sleep every single night and then woke up and had a triple espresso (honestly, I looked that awake!). For two years I had an on-again, off-again relationship with extensions (but really more on than not). I loved them. Eventually the cost of maintenance became excessive (100+ to get them on and 50+ for a fill every 4-5 weeks) and in January I gave them up. It was shockingly hard to do (I felt mega naked) and at first I was convinced my lashes were ruined. They were most certainly not ruined, I just forgot what my natural ones looked like! I hopped back on the mascara train.
Now fast forward to ten days ago. My friend Courtney encouraged me to try a new product she was in looooove with. Now Courtney is the sweetest momma of three equally as sweet boys and she is not a liar so I listened to what she had to say. I had heard of Younique before, I had googled it, seen all the pics on instagram. I thought it was an exaggeration, that if it did work I would look like I had tarantula eyelashes (tacky!) and I was not really on board with any “pyramid” type businesses. I had tried Arbonne, and I hated it (sorry Arbonne die hards, it gave me acne). I wasn’t willing to try something in that bracket again. But like I said, Courtney is not a liar, she is too sweet to even tell a fib so I joined the Facebook group, placed an order and thought to myself “there goes another forty bucks”.
My order arrived yesterday, in a massive truck with a surprisingly handsome delivery man. I had been gardening and was absolutely covered in black mulch (to give you all a bang’in visual). I ran a bath, scrubbed my face/stained black appendages and decided to try this stuff out. It was surprisingly easy to use. One eye at a time and three simple steps (one good coat of transplanting gel, a good coat of fibers and another coat of gel to seal it). I did one eye and stepped back to inspect not only my handy work but the products success and to say I was shocked is an understatement. I was so surprised I instantly sent my sister and friend Joanne a pic with one eye done and the other naked. It wasn’t clumpy, it wasn’t too thick, it looked fairly natural and considering I have been working non-stop and not sleeping the best, I looked awake. Now I am not suggesting everyone rush out and buy it and sing “hallelujah” at the top of their lungs because maybe something that works for me may not work for you. I am however, saying that so far love it and I feel a tiny bit bad for being so negative about it to begin with. I have a sneaky suspicion that it will find itself permanently in my makeup rotation right along side of my brow filler. If I can make a suggestion, if you use any type of concealer or very hydrating product (like a BB cream or foundation or tinted moisturizer) place a tissue under your eye . The fibers do come off the brush a little bit and will likely stick in the hydrating products so just let them land on the tissue instead! Also to note, I was pleased at the fact that the fibers didn’t migrate into my eyes and that it is far easier to take off than regular mascara with just a little cleanser and water (no raccoon eyes!). Win-win!
For more info on how you can get your hands on this product and some before and afters of my tired eyes (seriously excuse the bags, they are big enough to take shopping with me!) check out the pics and links below.
|It comes in a cute little “leather” case!|
|Two tubes is all you need!|
|No shadow or liner, Just one coat of Younique on the left and my naked lash on the right! I am told you can put more coats on for more drama but that hardly seems necessary to me!|
|Yes, the lighting is weird…Different day, it was more sunny! Anyway, eye liner on both, left eye one coat of Younique, right eye one coat of my trusty old mascara (quite the difference).|
|One coat of Younique, both eyes, no shadow, no liner, just my new fabulous fiber lashes and not a very flattering camera angle (my nose looks so big!)|