Beauty Dish

February 29, 2016

If pairing food and makeup together is wrong, I don't want to be right. Donuts and lashes happen to be two of my favorite things and I figured they needed to be together in this post - at least in the photography sense. No, I don't usually make a habit of eating donuts while tending to my eyelashes. But I do enjoy eating donuts of all varieties almost as much as I love answering the questions I frequently get about my lashes. All of the products in this post are ones that I am genuinely obsessed with - some of which I have been using for 5+ years - and they have all featured on the blog at one time or another. But the lash questions keep coming and thus, I wanted to bring all my favorites together today and go over again what makes them so great in my opinion.


neuLASH ($95-150): as much as I love (love, love, love) thick, long, luscious eyelashes, I have yet to try getting lash extensions. I’m sure someday I will succumb to the expensive habit that yields the best transformative results – but till then I’ll continue to use neuLASH. I’ve been using this growth serum since 2011 and continue to see results without any weird side effects (like discoloration or irritation). Yes: if you stop using it consistently the length and fullness will gradually subside. But if you are diligent about using it every night (especially for the first three months) you will see amazing results that will have people asking you if your lashes are extensions. Using it is super easy…just use the small brush applicator to glide the clear formula to the base of your upper eyelashes. It dries fairly quickly and then you go to bed and forget about it. Repeat. The price tag seems hefty but the larger size tube will last several months and when you compare the cost to that of extensions there is no contest in the savings!

Givenchy Mister Lash Booster ($32): I’ve been using Mister Lash Booster for almost exactly a year and it’s been a game-changer (especially when used in conjunction with neuLASH). It’s described as the three-in-one formula that nourishes and strengthens lashes, acts as a primer, and can stand alone as a clear mascara. After reading tons of the reviews on it’s growth, thickening, and strengthening results I started using it at night right after neuLASH and saw nearly immediate (think next morning) payoff. The application is different in that the specialized applicator is flat with small rubber bristles – a twist of the bottom of the tube sends the formula through the top of the applicator and you massage the small bristles from root to tip along the upper lash line and then along the bottom lashes. It sounds much more complicated than it is (I promise that if Sally and I can figure it out, you can too). The massage action is suppose to be the key to the product’s results but I think it’s consistent use that will have you seeing thicker, stronger, longer lashes. One tube should last you about two months – at least that’s what I’ve seen with mine – but less if you use during the day along with at night.

Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara ($5.69): truthfully, mascara and I have a love/hate relationship. I love that it makes my lashes look longer and thicker but I hate that it gets on my upper eyelid and sometimes on my under-eye area. Try to and minimize the amount of transfer that happens (those dumb black smudges I was just talking about) I strictly use waterproof mascara formulas. I love less smudging but I hate that I have to use remover to take it off before washing my face. After trying tons and tons of various waterproof formulas, Maybelline’s Mega Plush has remained my very favorite. As Maybelline’s first gel-mousse formula it has almost half the amount of hard waxes of typical mascaras so lashes don’t have a stiff, brittle look or feel. I love how it glides on without clumping and can have a light/natural feel or be built up with multiple coats for a thicker, fuller look. I use it on my top lashes and although I sometimes see transfer (usually if I’m applying in a humid spot) I never, ever have an issue with flaking. The price makes it such that I replace as soon as I notice dryness – which is about every 4-5 weeks depending on how much I am using it (I try not to wear mascara every day!).

Estée Lauder Little Black Primer ($24): after years of putting mascara on my top and bottom lashes, I took a long break from putting anything on my lower lashes because it was starting to look like too much with how long both my upper and lower lashes were getting. But I was starting to miss the added dimension I got from the bit of tint and thickness on my bottom fringe. On a whim, I tried putting Estée Lauder Little Black Primer on my lower lashes because the formula is so nice and light I figured it wouldn’t be too overpowering. I was right! The product is designed to be a tinted, waterproof primer that can be used on its own, layered under a favorite mascara for added volume, or on top of a mascara for a waterproof seal. I typically only put it on my bottom lashes (the teeny tiny brush makes it ideal for getting right up to the root) and love what it’s done for my lash game. And of course, I wouldn’t be using it if it caused any smudges or flaking. The only downside is that like my other waterproof formulas, it has to be removed with…remover. For that job my favorites are this and this.

Maybelline Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara ($7.49): so I love my Mega Plush – it really is the best – but when I want BAM! lashes instantly and don’t want to spend the time applying coat, after coat, after coat I use Maybelline’s Falsies Push Up Drama. A few wiggles across the upper lash line from root to tip and it looks like I have on a strip of false lashes. I guess that’s where they got the name from? Just a fair warning if you decide to try Falsies: it is a thick formula so applying slowly and carefully is best if you want to avoid getting it everywhere or having your lashes clump. The brush helps with separation but I sometimes follow behind with a safety pin to get the best look possible (I know, I know – this is absurd but I’m very careful and vain and I just don’t mind the extra effort). This is the stuff I wear when I shoot blog photos and for nights out.

Tarte Eyelash Curler ($16): mascara is nothing if it’s not used on already-curled lashes. I never believe formulas that promise curl without the help of a tool – I just don’t get how that could be possible and have never seen it happen myself – so prepping with a curler is the easiest way to get an eye-opening that will stay put once you follow with mascara. I haven’t tried every lash curler out there but I have tried several that promise to be the best and have found that Tarte’s Eyelash Curler actually is the best. Why you ask? It gives an actual curl – not an “L” shaped crimp – with just one or two light pumps. It’s great quality – meaning you can travel with it, use it everyday, and generally do your best to use and abuse it and it will stand up to wear and tear. I’ve replaced mine once in three years and have no complaints.

  1. I bought the GIVENchy booster because of you and I really saw results. I really want to buy neulash (and totaly should have during the nordstrom sale) but i haven’t pulled the trigger yet. your beauty dish and current vibes posts are my favorite, keep up the great posts!

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