Monday, April 7, 2014

1,000 Mascaras No. 12: MAYBELLINE VOLUM' EXPRESS® THE COLOSSAL WATERPROOF MASCARA IN GLAM BLACK

Post by Beth



I went on vacation recently and found myself in need of a good waterproof mascara, so I decided to pick up Maybelline's Volume Express The Colossal in Glam Black, mostly because of the word "colossal."  Colossal.  We don't use that word enough.  Who could resist the promise of colossal lashes?

All in all this volumizing mascara delivers.  The formula was easy to apply and was waterproof enough to stay put down Disney's Splash Mountain.  The black color was really nice, there was a little bit of glossiness to it.




The downside is that the brush was too big to capture every lash and little awkward to use on the bottom lashes.  Also, because the brush was harder to control, I had some messiness (especially on the lower lashes).


eye on the left with The Colossal, eye the right with nothing


Bottom Lash Line:  Maybe not colossal, but good volume and a good waterproof formula.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Borghese Fango Ristorativo Mud Mask

Post by Rosie


Not all beauty masks do the same thing. There are masks that deep cleanse, masks that exfoliate, and masks that brighten and firm for a more youthful appearance. This little gem restores moisture and has a soothing effect on red and sensitive skin. I don't like the term "mud" mask for this product, as it a pretty "Tiffany" blue color that goes on smoothly, with no hard little grains or pellets to irritate the skin. It has a very light, pleasant scent.  

You simply apply a generous amount, leave on 5-10 minutes, and any residue easily washes off with warm water and a wash cloth or sponge. Most of the mask absorbs into your skin. There is no tightening, cracking or dry feeling.  My skin felt wonderfully rehydrated and ohhhh, so very soft! The only time it has felt this way before was after a professional facial! It is definitely a mask that I will be using frequently. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Lip Quickie: Wet n Wild Vicious Varnish Lip Stain in "Runway Red"

Post by Beth

 Wet n Wild Vicious Varnish Lip Stain in "Runway Red" is a long lasting lip stain in a flattering dark red with blue undertones.  This lip stain goes on like a gloss and is not at all drying.  I was pleased with how long it lasted, which was a good half day.  I ate and drank and it didn't fade or transfer.  Hurrah!




Sunday, March 30, 2014

MARCH MASK MADNESS: Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

Post by Brian

Back by popular demand (just kidding), here is another installment of the Dude’s Review.  This one focuses on facial masks.  You are thinking what, a guy doing a facial?  Well as stated before, do not attempt, unless you understand your guy, and your guy is secure enough to handle such things.  While I have done a few of these facial things before, at the request of my beautiful wife, she has never requested me to review them.

The mask in today’s review is the Luminizing Black Mask from Boscia.  Girls use facial masks as they understand they help keep your face clean.  Most guys keep their faces clean with soap, water and a washcloth, and that is good enough.  As stated earlier, I have tried a few masks before, and I do understand the deeper cleaning that you get from a mask.  You can honestly feel the difference. 



The Luminizing Black Mask from Boscia, was different for me, as this was one of those peel-off masks.  The other I did before were the wipe of kind.  For a mask that a guy might be encouraged to use, this one is kind of cool. It is a black mask, and yes it is black.  Just think, you can clean your pores, and pretend to be a part of Seal Team Six, or some other special operations unit putting your black tint cream on to conceal your face into the shadows of the night.

The mask goes on like a heavy cream and needs to be on for 20 minutes.  I will say, as the time goes by, and the product sets up you cannot move your face.  Having never tried this before, it was a different experience to me.



When it came time to peel it off, that did not go well for me.  Apparently I lacked the experience, or you need some kind of nails, as I could not get it to peel, so my wife had to come to the rescue.  She even had trouble getting it started.  It probably did not help that I did not shave prior to applying the mask, so the mask was sticking and not peeling off.   So we used a warm wet towel instead, and that did the trick.  (though in hindsight, I probably should not have used a white towel to remove a black color mask!)

After completely removing the mask and washing the residue off, I will say that my face felt extremely soft and very clean.  Much more so than the other types of masks that I had tired before.