More tips for mascara...


Today, I want to focus mostly on one thing: Mascara to wear on the lower eyelashes. I know most people probably don't care so much about something so insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but one of my greatest pet peeves is having my mascara smear or flake off underneath my eyes, leaving the dreaded dark undereye circles, which I cannot abide. Here are a few suggestions to combat this problem:
Most of the time I use Revlon Colorstay Overtime Lash Tint, which has the added bonus of staying on for 3 days, and the perfect thing to wear if you are swimming.
Lately though, thanks to the genius of top Blend representative Viktoria, I have discovered Dior Diorshow mascara, which comes in a variety of fantastic colors. The great thing about this mascara is the brush, which is much larger than most, and imparts the perfect amount of product, making the bottom lashes really stand out. Especially great for dramatic evening looks, or if you want a doll-like look.
Another fantastic option is the new Max Factor Lash Perfection mascara. This is the one you have seen in all the magazines with the new plastic nubby brush. Cover Girl is coming out with one of these as well, which I haven't tried yet, but I will review it for you when I do. This mascara really separates the lashes, and it didn't come off at all when I went to see Brokeback Mountain and cried for like an hour.

Special side note: I was asked recently about the Victoria Principal beauty line "Principal Secret". I of course was like NO WAY, DO NOT BUY THAT, but I figured I better do some more research. What follows is taken from Paula Begoun's book "Don't go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me", and then I will list the products that Paula recommends.
"I should mention that several of these products aren't bad, and a few are actually quite nice, specifically for someone with normal to dry skin. But no one needs six to ten different products to take care of her face and body, and many of the claims for these products are grossly exaggerated."
`Advanced Gentle 4-in-1 cleanser-works for normal to slightly dry skin.
`Gentle Deep Cleanser-identical to the cleanser above.
`Gentle exfoliating scrub-standard cleanser, works well for all skin types.
`AHA Booster Complex-best for exfoliation, good for sensitive skin, but identical to Pond's Age Defying Cream for Sensitive Skin, which costs 1/4 as much.
`Advanced Continuous Lift Serum-good moisturizer for normal to dry skin, but no aspect of this serum will lift skin anywhere.
`Advanced Eye Conditioner-very good moisturizer for normal to dry skin.
`Advanced EyeSaver Gel-good, lightweight moisturizer for normal to dry skin, has no effect on surfaced capillaries or dark circles.
`Advanced Nighttime Treatment-emollient moisturizer with antioxidants for normal to dry skin.
`Sun Secret Tan Sustainer SPF 15-avobenzone based sunscreen in a lightweight moisturizing base with some good antioxidants, good for normal to dry skin. Contains erythrulose, which needs two to three days for the skin to show a color change. (Crystal says: use Jergens Natural Glow!)
And there you have it. Some good products, but nothing that will help with mature skin, as they claim.

6 comments:

pollyanna cowgirl said...

i love the doll-like look! i wish you were here to do my makeup every day!

anna said...

I love this photo. Do you know how to do eyeshadow like the one in the picture?

Your fan from sunny Singapore
Anna

Crystal said...

Dear Anna- the 3 key steps to recreating this look are: 1. Limit the black eyeshadow to the very outer edge of eye, in an almost triangle shape pointing out past the eye and lifing slightly up towards the eyebrow. Also apply eyeshadow to the crease of eye, but leave eyelid bare. 2. Line inner lower rim of eye with creme eyeliner. 3. False eyelashes!

Anonymous said...

The "secret line" has been great for my skin. It might not be any better than any other "decent" line though. I use the 4 in 1 cleaner and its nice. I also use the AHA booster and I like it under my nightcream. I am young-ish and dont consider myself to mave "mature" skin. Perhaps this line is no better than the rest, but it isnt bad. I am open to new ideas and like your blog. Thanks for all the great info.
Katie in Seoul, Korea

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