bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara Review

What is it?: bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara

Price: $18.00

What it does: After just two coats, its Exclusive NutriPlumpTM formula dramatically plumps lashes up to 600%* for unheard-of thickness, fullness and flutter.

The Brush: It’s a very soft bristle brush that expertly picks up just enough of the product that you need, without having to remove off too much excess.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Effect: Va VA VOOM! Check out my before and after photo below. My lashes were instantly fuller, longer and darker. I didn’t even curl my lashes before applying the mascara. It also gave my lashes great depth. I don’t have any eyeliner on in the photo below.


Bottom Line: An absolute must-have for a dramatic look without having to apply false lashes.

Disclourse: I received this mascara for review from They will be sponsoring a giveaway of this mascara on Monday with 3 luck winners, so stay tuned.


Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara Review

What is it?: Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara

Price: $26.00

What it does: The mascara claims to give lashes a doll-like, wide-eyed voluminous effect. An exclusive FiberShineTM formula sculpts, curls and adds shine to lashes, as it lifts and thickens.

The Formula: The mascara formula is very thick and goopy. It took over 20 swipes to remove the excess product, and even after all that effort, there was still too much on the brush. I wish they designed the bottle better to remove most of the excess as you pull the wand out. It also clumps very easily, which is a pain when you are in a rush.

The Brush: I like the way the wand is designed; its cone-shaped brush makes it easy to get to the hard-to-reach corners and bottom lashes. It’s honestly one of the best mascara brushes I’ve ever used.

The Effect: My eyelashes were definitely lifted, spread-out, and slightly lengthened. But, I didn’t feel like they achieved doll-like proportions, nor did it give my lashes any volume.

My lashes before applying the mascara
My lashes before applying the mascara
My eyelashes after a few coats - you can see how much it clumps.
My eyelashes after a few coats – you can see how much it clumps.

Bottom Line: I’m torn, because it’s a good mascara that does a nice job at thickening and lengthening. However, the effect wasn’t impressive enough for me to want to pay the high cost for the product (I got mine as a free sample from Sephora). For a daytime look, I would use it, but that’s only because I already have it. For dramatic nighttime lashes, I’ll stick to my other brands

Lights, Cameras, Lashes?

(June 8, 2011 – Photo by Bauer Griffin)
Celebrity lashes made a big statement on the red carpet for the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. From L-R: Kim Kardashian, Kristen Stewart and Jessie J.

I could not help but notice the long, dramatic eyelashes that were batted at the cameras at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards held at Berkeley Square Gardens in London on June 7th. As amazing as it would be if we were all born with tarantula-long lashes to frame our peeps, that’s simply just not the case for everyone and really is something that only good amazing genetics can grant you. In order to compensate for what Mother Nature failed to give us, women turn to mascara to get darker, fuller and longer lashes. But, if you want a more dramatic look, the trick is faux lashes, or if you’re daring eyelash extensions.

Here are some tips on how to apply false lashes, so that your lids are lush and full.

Tools you’ll need:

False Eyelashes




Eyelash Adhesive

Step 1: Gently remove your lashes from the tray, and lightly stretch the band by holding the ends with both fingers and maneuvering the band up and down very gently. This makes sure the band will contour very nicely against your eyelids.

Step 2: Trim the lashes. Not all lashes are created equal, some may be too small for your eyes, while others may be too wide, so it’s important that you shape the falsies to fit your eyes properly. If you decide to use individual lashes, give those a trim also. The last thing you want is to have the fake sky-high lashes alternating with your natural, shorter ones.

Step 3: Apply a thin layer of eyelash glue, such as Duo Surgical Glue, to a clean surface. Using a toothpick or tweezers, apply the glue to the lashband and blow on it until the glue becomes tacky. Quick Tip: Do not apply the glue directly to the falsies, because if too much comes out you may end up damaging the lashes. Conversely, don’t be afraid to use the glue, because if you apply too little your lashes won’t stick.

Use a tweezer to apply the falsies close to your eyelid.

Step 4: Place the rim as close to the base of your natural eyelashes as possible (it’s best to use a tweezer for this). Once you have the lashes lined up properly, press them down for about 30 seconds or until the glue dries. Quick tip: Try slightly titling your head in order to see your lash line more clearly. Be sure to work quickly before the glue dries. Also, press along the entire band to ensure that your lashes will stick and stay in place.

Step 5: Apply mascara to blend your natural lashes with your fake ones for a seamless and natural look.

Step 6: Use eyeliner to fill in any gaps and to make you lashes look fuller.

Step 7: Bat those mysterious eyelashes at the cute guy staring your way.

Make your eyes pop: Mascara for your Bottom Lashes

Apply mascara to bottom lashes for a wide-eyed look.

Not all lashes are created equally….well, at least your upper and bottom lashes aren’t. It’s recommended that you don’t apply mascara on your bottom lashes for your everyday look, but for special events where you’re going for that “wow” factor you need to coat those babies. Unfortunately, the lashes on your lower lids are hard to get to with a regular sized wand, which could leave you with smears or an excess of product build-up. Alas, there is a solution to this problem: mascara specially created specifically for the purpose of applying to your lower lashes. Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara ($10) and Tarte’s Bottoms Up™ – Lower Lash Mascara ($16) are designed with your bottom lashes in mind, and works to make sure even the tiniest lashes are coated so you can have a big, beautiful wide-eyed look. Both can be paired with your favorite mascara used on top, but if you are in love with your mascara and don’t want to buy a separate one just for your bottom lashes, you can invest in small disposable mascara wands. You can also use your current mascara wand if you apply the product vertically with a piece of tissue held in place under the eye, or use a mascara guide such as Tweezerman’s Mascara protector, under the bottom lashes until you get the look you want.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara ($10)
Tarte Bottoms Up™ - Lower Lash Mascara ($16)