Mascara is My Must Have. What’s Yours?

15 Comments 18 February 2009

I want to start out by saying that this is not the original entry I had taken the time to write. My original post was lovely. I promise. In any case, let’s see if I can get this going again since that post mysteriously VANISHED.

When Erika asked if I’d start contributing to CSC I was incredibly flattered, super excited and also a little bit nervous. I know I’ve been doing the make-up thing for a while now, and I’m definitely a bon-a-fide hustler making my name in my own scene, but its always slightly intimidating to be the new girl. Especially when you’re the new girl on a website maintained by a really fabulous young woman who seems to have this blogging thing down a lot more than I do in my own little corner of the internet.

I do my best on my own site, constantly trying to strike a balance between personal and professional, and product reviews and beauty tips. Trying to find the appropriate balance on my own site can be tough though, and it often means that I don’t get to let my readers in on as many great products and how-to’s as I might like. So when Erika asked if I’d share my tips with you, I couldn’t resist the opportunity! Here on CSC I’ll be able to give you all the tips I have, even the ones that might not have a home on my own blog because I’m busy blogging about a photoshoot or recent work.

I thought for my first post I would share my must have mascara’s and the best way to apply them. It is one of Erika’s make-up obsessions, and it is also one of mine…And I think it’s the perfect way to get things started. If you too share our passion for luscious lashes, then you will love the following two mascara’s: Benefit BADgal and Maybelline Great Lash.

Benefit BADgal is my favorite! It creates thick and full lashes that look incredibly sexy on any woman! However, some of my clients and friends have complained that the brush on this mascara is too big and they aren’t comfortable handling it. My suggestion is to bend the tip of the wand. You don’t have to bend it a lot – Just a slight bend will allow you greater control over the brush because you’ll be able to twist and turn it in more directions than if you leave the wand straight.

If BADgal doesn’t work for you, there is always Maybelline Great Lash! There’s a reason that this mascara has a cult following: It does not disappoint! It’s virtually fool proof, and in my opinion is one of the most consistent mascara’s on the market. When applying this mascara, I recommend TWO coats applied one right after the other. You don’t want this mascara to dry before applying a second coat otherwise you’ll end up with spider lashes; And seriously, who wants spider lashes?

Note: If you’re already devoted to a specific mascara, you can still try my tip for bending the tip of the mascara wand. No matter what mascara you use, you will get optimal control if you bend the tip which means you’ll be able to cover every inch of lash! Trust me, maneuvering the wand will be easy breezy with this trick!

That’s all for this week, but please let me know what you might be interested in reading! I’m really excited to have a new network of girlfriends with a love of beauty, and I hope that you’ll share your own tips in the comment section and also leave questions there about anything beauty related that you might want to see covered in my posts.

You are also welcome to visit my blog – Your feedback is appreciated there as well!

I look forward to writing, and sharing my tips with all of you!

Your Comments

15 Comments so far

  1. lisa says:

    Great post! I like the price tag of Maybelline Great Lash. I actually just started wearing mascara regularly. Because i have dark circles i can’t have even the minutest smudging. I am currently using Loreal Double Extend New Technology tube mascara. I like how it comes off easily with just water.

  2. Tamara B. says:

    I have used Great Lash mascara since I was 17 years old and believe it has been a very long time LOL

  3. pamela says:

    great tip on mascara I am going to try that and I have to admit that is my must have too that and lip gloss

  4. Holly says:

    Where do you buy your Bad gal? Do you have to order it online? Thanks for the tip.

  5. TidyMom says:

    Great tip! I’m going to try it!!

    Everytime I think “I’m going to try the newest mascara” – I ALWAYS end back up with the GREAT LASH!!


  6. I always love trying new mascaras, it is a must-have for me too! Right now, my favorite is L’Oreal Voluminous. I like big brushes!

  7. Katja says:

    Oh yes, finding a good mascara is a task of it’s own! Thank for the BADgal tip, I’ve never tried that before, I will try to hunt one of those :)

  8. ok, I confess, I’m a mascara freak as well~ with huge blue eyes the more mascara the better. Seems to make my eyes smaller~ so thanks for the tip. I’m a lancome user~ love it~! But have just ordered the Bad girl~ I’ll give anything a try once~! Mac is the bomb~ nuff said~ Great Article~ Thanks for the tips~!

  9. Great post. Mascara certainly accentuates the beauty of the eyes and is one of my favorite products!

  10. Danielle says:

    Welcome! Thanks for the tips. I have been trying new mascara brands for about a year now and regardless of price I am not happy. Maybe my expectations are too high. But I will be out tommorow looking for BADgirl.

    I would love to know what you think the best foundation is, I love my mac studio works. But I have used it for so many years I don’t know what is better out there.

    Again welcome & I look forward to reading your posts!

  11. Lynn says:

    Hi Jillian!
    I am a Great-Lash-Girl and have been for many years. I remember my Mom having that famous pink tube when I was a little girl playing in her make up drawer! I appreciate the tip for doubling up before drying. I could not apply two coats without it looking spidery (ugh!), now I know it’s because I was allowing it to dry!
    I’ll be sure to try Bad Gal too, I’m a sucker for a great beauty tip.
    Welcome to CSC! I look VERY forward to your insight.


  12. lilAG'sNana says:

    Welcome Jillian! Thanks for the tip. I’ve always lacked control of my mascara wand. Perhaps this is my solution. I can’t wait to try it.


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