Today I am talking about my favorite beauty product and if the title didn’t give it away first, you guessed it…mascara.
When I was in seventh grade, my family was getting ready to go out to dinner (FYI- most milestone moments in my life are centered around food). My mom was putting on her makeup and although I’d thought about it a million times, I finally gathered up the courage to ask if I could wear some. To my surprise, she gave in and said that I was allowed to wear one beauty item of my choosing. Decision-making has never been one of my finer qualities (ask my husband when it comes to what to eat for dinner) but I immediately and wisely chose some of her Lancome mascara. It was love at first sight.
Mascara has always been my makeup staple. I love the way it opens up my eyes and the look of long, full lashes. It is my O.G. beauty product and although I’ve worn far too much at times (Twiggy had nothing on me during the college years), I’ve experimented with enough to know the good, the bad, and the ugly. We won’t be talking about the bad ones here (#positivevibesonly) but I wanted to share some classic favs and newer additions.
LashFood Conditioning Collagen Lash Primer – Lash primers weren’t even a thing until a few years ago but I’ve been using this one recently and I really like it! It doesn’t make my lashes too clumpy or too “stringy” and I really love how it conditions the lashes while you’re wearing it. I’ve noticed much less breakage and lash fallout at the end of the day when I’m washing my face. (I’ve also been using this serum at night for the last two months and have seen a difference in the fullness of my lashes!)
Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Mascara -This mascara is my ride or die. I first bought it in seventh grade and I have faithfully repurchased it year after year. As stated by the name,Full ‘N Soft makes my lashes so full and does not get stiff or brittle like most mascaras do. I love that I can wear one coat (okay, maybe two) during the day, apply another coat in the evening or if I’m going somewhere, and my lashes will still be soft and “natural” looking. (Tip: I love this mascara the most after about 2 weeks of use. The bristles fan out after several uses and then they really coat each lash!) This is the higher-end sister to my drugstore fav and I tend to switch back and forth.
Benefit Better Than Sex Mascara – The name says it all…just kidding, mom. Seriously though, this mascara works wonders. The unique shape of the wand curls, separates, and adds so much volume. This is my all-time favorite mascara for when I want to get a little more dolled up and I receive so many compliments when I wear it! I love to layer the Full ‘N Soft first and then use this for the second (and sometimes third) coat.
L’Oreal Voluminous Volume Building Mascara. I’ve bought this sporadically over the years but after watching a Jessie James Decker tutorial last winter, I picked it up again. I love the ultra-black color and the volume it gives. It’s a little less natural than the Full ‘N Soft and a little more natural than the Better Than Sex, kind of like the middle child. (I’m going to buy this one next!)
Mascara does get dried out quickly so I only like to keep a handful open at all times. Below are some other products (both drugstore and high-end) I’ve loved and others that are on my list to try next:
Do you have any lash favorites that I should add to my list? I’d love to hear in the comments below and as always, thanks for reading!