Pür Minerals will always be one of my favourite mineral makeup lines. Their 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder is one of my favourite powder foundations actually. I’ve been using it forever. It’s the fastest way to a flawless makeup. But I’ve never really tried much else from the line, which I think was a BIG mistake.

The Pür Minerals Love Your Selfie Palette($49) is freakin’ AMAZING.

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Pür Minerals Love Your Selfie Palette

The Pür Minerals Love Your Selfie is a travel-friendly kit that’s filled with everything you need to get a picture perfect makeup look. Inside the palette are eight limited edition eyes shadow shades, a lip gloss, mascara, and three face powders-a bronzer, blush and highlighter. What else do you need?

Pür Minerals Love Your Selfie Palette

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Pür Minerals Love Your Selfie

Eyeshadow Swatchy Time!

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Pür Minerals Love Your Selfie

Shades from left to right: Exposure, Fade, Filter, Photobomb, Flash, Capture, Sepia, Closeup

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The eyeshadows are pretty great! There’s a nice mix of mattes and shimmers in the palette. The only shade I had some problem with was Photobomb, the purple one, and that’s because there’s glitters in it. I think it’s better used as a liner. Everything else blends nicely and stays put over a primer all day. I love the shades too, as they’re all so easy to wear. This is going to be my permanent travel palette from now on. Yup.

You get a deluxe sample size of the Pür Minerals Big Look Mascara too.

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Pür Minerals Big Look Mascara

I like it! It’s got Argan Oil in it, so it leaves your lashes nice and soft. It gives nice definition, and the brush I like too-it’s one of those spiky silicone wands, but it’s doesn’t hurt at all. It stays put on me too, with no smudging. AND it doesn’t sting or hurt my eyes when I remove it. I’m going to get a full-size one as soon as I’m finished with this one for sure.

The palette also contains face products too, so it’s Face and Lips Swatchy Time!

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Mineral Glow Bronzer, Chateau Cheeks Blush In Savvy, Afterglow illuminating Powder, and  in Exposed

The Pür Minerals Mineral Glow Bronzer is wow! I’ve tried this bronzer before, but it’s a lot prettier than I remember it being! It’s really natural looking, and makes an amazing contour too. The Chateau Cheeks Blush In Savvy is a warm pink that goes with everything and looks really pretty on the cheeks. And the Afterglow Illuminating Powder is one of the best highlighters I’ve tried in a long time! It doesn’t emphasize any fine lines or wrinkles and gives a really pretty, natural looking highlight. Last, there’s a full size of the Chateau Kisses Lip Gloss in Exposed, which is a great, neutral rose gloss that’s quite pigmented. And it’s not sticky at all. I don’t do sticky glosses at all. It’s really moisturizing too! It’s an anti-aging gloss, with Resveratrox from Bordeaux grapes to help reduce lip lines and wrinkles, and also plumps up your lips(no tingle plumping though).

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Wearing and loving the Pür Minerals Love Your Selfie palette

I really, REALLY love this palette! It’s simple and I’m all about simple lately. I’ve been getting rid of a lot of makeup that I just don’t use, but this palette is staying with me. It’s just too awesome, and I know I’ll use it a lot, especially when I travel. I think the Pür Minerals Love Your Selfie is a palette that’s worth getting if :

1. You’re interested in trying the best that Pür Minerals has to offer

2. Need a great travel makeup palette, because this is IT

3. You love Pür Minerals

4: Because there’s a really awesome Instagram Contest you can enter if you get it!

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In Canada you can find Pür Minerals at Shopper’s Drug Marts, and on The Shopping Channel too! In the USA you can order online at www.purminerals.com or find them at Ulta.

What’s your favourite travel makeup palette? Have you tried anything from Pür Minerals? What else should I try that’s good?

Let’s talk about STUFF. Stuff I’m liking? Beauty and other STUFF…you know STUFF. Because stuff is LIFE, right? Or is LIFE stuff? Guess it depends what side of the stuff you live on  😛

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I’ve been skipping Zumba for the last week and a half, because my fave instructor took holidays. And hey…that’s all cool, ’cause I mean she’s a person and has to live outside of Zumba…but UGGGGH…I hate Zumba subs. You get used to an instructor’s style and choreography BIG time…a sub is just Zumba FAIL for me. So instead of taking a Zumba class I’ll regret, I choose to go for a good, brisk over an hour walk with the hubby and avoid Zumba disappointment. Zumba disappointment can sting you for YEARS people. 😛 Ok, ok…maybe weeks, but it FEELS like years I swear! I love going for a walk on the trails by our house. We usually go for about 7.5 km and it feels good!
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Wild raspberries grow along our walking trail, which amazes me! They’re so SMALL compared to what you buy in store! WHAT is up with THAT?! Are grocery store raspberries mutants? Still doesn’t stop people from collecting these tiny morsels haha! We always see people foraging for berries on our walks.

I got a new mascara, Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Black Honey. MAN, I wish Clinique would just drop the whole CHUBBY, FATTENING SCHTICK. It kind of sickens me to be honest…but not enough yet to ignore them, but keep it up dudes…TRY ME. My chubby ass DON’T care what brand I put on my face since it’s around 3 feet away…  😀  😀

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Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Black Honey

The mascara wand is your typical plastic many-sized bristles that seems to be the norm these days. I actually don’t mind the brush so much as the formula…it’s REALLY wet. And I’m usually a HUGE fan of Clinique mascara formulas, so this one is like a huge WTF moment for me. Not that I hate it…it’s just really wet, and the brush is all sloppy and covered in so much mascara that it scares me. I have to wipe off a LOT of product on a kleenex before going to my eye, and I kind of hate when I have to do that with a mascara. I feel like I’m wasting so much product.

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Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Black Honey

Here’s a skin SWATCHY TIME of the shade:

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Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Black Honey

NICE, right? But eh-it’s not really all that FATTENING..and I’m a fat girl, so TRUST ME…I know fat when I see it!

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Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Black Honey

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Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Black Honey

Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Black Honey is ok? But it’s not WOW. It gives great separation and length to my lashes, but it’s nothing to get all excited about. The colour is what saves it for me. I adore the shade. Clinique could write BLACK HONEY on friggin’ toilet paper and I’d be all over it like a bad cold. Black Honey was my first “grown-up lipstick” so I always have a tube in my my purse because 1: NOSTALGIA, and 2: It’s the lipstick they used on Liv Tyler for Arwen in LOTR(Lord Of The Rings in case you aren’t all up with the abbreviations) and…HELLOooooo- who doesn’t want Arwen Lips? Anyways, Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Black Honey will probably get loads better for me as the tube dries up a bit…I like my mascaras at a certain wetness level…which is about 3 weeks in for wet ones like this.

I wasn’t going to buy these Two Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blushes($32), but Marky really wanted one, so like a good mama, I ordered one for her…and one for me…you know… for BLUSH SCIENCE… 😛

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Two Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blushes in Love Hangover, How Deep Is Your Love

Everybody keeps raving about the packaging on these, and I don’t get why? Is it the bunny imprint? The heart shape? So what? Wow, jaded beauty junkie or what, hey?  😀

Swatchy Time!

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Two Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blushes in Love Hangover, How Deep Is Your Love

They’re both basically the same shade, a watermelon pink, just one is more shiny than the other. Marky likes shiny EVERYTHING, while old me prefers things to be not so shiny these days. But WOW. These are some seriously pigmented blushes! A little too much for us pale folks here at Beauty Reflections!

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Too Faced How Deep Is Your Love

I’m wearing How Deep Is Your Love in that pic, and I’m telling you it was a barely DIP and then a hand brush before this puppy went onto my chubby cheeks. These blushes are truly made for darker skin tones than mine, which is about NC15 on a good day lately…sunscreen works! I’m so pale right now in the middle of summer and LOVE it. Hard to find a foundation that matches well lately…and it’s weirdly invigorating and making me feel all YOUNG again!  Anyways, the 16-hour wear time is full of SHITE…these are pretty average wearing for a blush I find…a good 8 hours and fading happens after that. Then again, maybe if I could actually wear MORE than a smidgen on my pale face in one go…well, that might make a difference in wear time. MAYBE. The shades are really pretty though! I like Too Faced Blushes.

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Roast beef, caramelized onions, and a tiny bit of blue cheese quesadilla drizzled with some Nonna Pia’s balsamic glaze is SO GOOD. I got this flavour and the plain one-at Costco, but I’ve seen them sold at grocery stores as well. WORTH IT. Makes your sandwiches an experience!

LOOKY AT THIS BEAST OF A MACHINE!
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Yup! I gotta a SNOWBLOWER! It was a cheap, used buy …but I’m so freaking excited for the snow to really start to fly here and USE it! I call it HUSQY (Husqvarna Snow Blower is the brand) for short…and I love him like the son I never had… 😛

A lot of you really liked my Instagram Post of my Grilled Lemon-Basil Tofu Burgers.

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There were so GOOD! And here’s the link to the recipe. Safe to say it’s a new dinner staple at our house. I’m trying to incorporate more meatless yums here, so if you have any recipes, lead me to them! I used to be a vegetarian when I was in my 20s, but I can’t commit fully to it now, being anemic and all. But I do want to eat less meat and more veggies. Goals. Gotta have them, right?

Last day of July can you believe it? Happy Friday everyone! And Happy Long Weekend my fellow Canadians! What stuff have you been liking lately? 

Happy Friday everyone! How was your week? Mine was pretty fabulous, for the most part! The only glitch in my week was this abomination:

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NOT an April Fool’s Joke!

 

Happy April, right? Ugh. And it’s been chilly ever since the snow fell on April 1st, so it’s STILL on the ground. I hope it goes away soon!

Last weekend I was bored and by myself, so I finally decided to start watching Downton Abbey on Netflix.

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OBSESSED. Why haven’t I been watching this the whole time?!! I’m fascinated with these snobby aristocrats and servants. Do you watch it? I’m kinda sad they’ve announced that the 6th season will be the last.

Monique is one of my dearest and oldest friends, and she and her partner Mike keep sending me more photos of Buster the cat. They also got a buddy for Buster! Meet Charlie!

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Buster is not amused

Buster is not amused. 😛

HAHA that FACE Buster makes-CRACKS ME UP every time! Actually, he doesn’t mind Charlie and puts up with his antics. Even Buster needs a buddy! 😛

I finally, FINALLY got my hands on NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anna!

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anna

 

I’ve been searching for Anna for months I tell ya’. Every counter around me and in Calgary was always sold out. So, when I saw it pop up back in stock on TheBay.com I ordered it! And FYI, you can now order Burberry Cosmetics and MAC from The Bay as well, which can be dangerous haha!

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anna

 

I love it! It’s everything I was hoping it’d be-the perfect smoky rose lipstick! So wearable and would flatter a lot of skin tones for sure. If you happen to spot it, scoop it up! I can’t say enough good things about the NARS Audacious formula: one swipe opaque pigmentation, smooth, comfortable to wear, lasts forever and wears off beautifully!

Make Up Forever came out with a new mascara and it’s really, really good! This is one of the BEST mascaras I’ve tried in a long, long time!

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Make Up Forever Smoky Stretch Lengthening and Defining Mascara

 

Make Up Forever Smoky Stretch Lengthening and Defining Mascara($28) is formulated with a Flex Control Complex, which lengthens lashes and giving them definition and separation at the same time.

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Make Up Forever Smoky Stretch Lengthening and Defining Mascara

The plastic comb brush is designed to grip lashes at their base and comb through each and every lash. And yup, it sure does! And it feels good too! It doesn’t hurt like other spiky mascaras wands.

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Make Up Forever Smoky Stretch Lengthening and Defining Mascara

Make Up Forever Smoky Stretch Lengthening and Defining Mascara is the mascara I was wearing in my last post about the Givenchy Le Rouge-à-Porter lipstick where a couple of you commented about my lashes. This is why they looked so good!

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Make Up Forever Smoky Stretch Lengthening and Defining Mascara

Make Up Forever Smoky Stretch Lengthening and Defining Mascara gives my lashes amazing length and separation. It’s a perfect formula for me, just wet enough so that I can keep building up layers, but doesn’t take long to dry. It doesn’t flake or smudge and stays put all day. It’s a really great mascara and I highly recommend it!

Marky posted her portfolio online if you’d like to see my kid’s awesome work! She’s still waiting to hear if she got an internship, so keep your fingers crossed for her!

And oh yeah! HAVE A HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE! I hope The Easter Bunny brings you lots of this:

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AND that basket full of lipsticks we talked about the other day!

How was YOUR week? Did you do anything fun? Finally get your hands on a makeup item you’ve been stalking for months? 😛 Or something that made you smile? 🙂  Any plans for Easter?

You know me-I’ll try any mascara! I’m game! Mascara is one product that I change all the time. Sure, I have a few favourites, but some of them are too expensive to keep repurchasing. Personally, I don’t like to spend more than $10 on a mascara since I do go through them quickly. This new Avon Super Extend Winged Out Mascara is exactly my kind of mascara!

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Avon Super Extend Winged Out Mascara

Avon Super Extend Winged Out Mascara($9.99) has a feather-inspired brush that has hundreds of fine filigree bristles that really grab every lash you have. And because it’s tapered, it’s really lifts lashes up and out.

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Avon Super Extend Winged Out Mascara

It’s pretty spiky-not gonna lie-and you really can feel this brush grabbing every lash. Avon Super Extend Winged Out Mascara has lengthening fibers that wrap and lift each individual lash giving you a really long, fluttery lashy look.

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before

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After with Avon Super Extend Winged Out Mascara

I really like the formula of Avon Super Extend Winged Out Mascara! It’s not too wet, not too dry, and really separates my lashes without getting clumpy. It layers well too, as I like to keep applying mascara to get the length I like. My lashes look long and fluttery, just the way I like my lashes to look! See how the brush even gets the outer corner lashes too-my eyes are surrounded my lashes which is pretty cool! I’m wearing Blackest Black, which like Nigel Tufnel(This is Spinal Tap) said: It’s like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none…. 😛 I love my mascaras to be really black like this, but it also comes in Brown-Black and Black if this is too much for you. I’ve even tested Avon Super Extend Winged Out Mascara at the gym, and it stay put through a sweaty workout and doesn’t flake either. It reminds me of a pretty expensive mascara by a brand found at Sephora that starts with a B…and the name implies that your lashes aren’t fake…didya’ guess it? Yup, it’s pretty much like that one, except it’s at least $20 cheaper. Thank you Avon!

You can get Avon Super Extend Winged Out Mascara from your local Avon Rep, or online at www.avon.ca.

Have you tried a new budget mascara that reminded you of a more expensive one? What’s your price limit for mascara? Or does it not matter to you as long as it delivers? 

AHHHH, KATY PERRY…. If only I BELIEVED YOUR LASHES REALLY GROW TO LOOK LIKE THIS…

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CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara

Mascara ads are the WORST, right? RIGHT. Makes me so angry, and I have good lashes so with those of you that don’t, I can only imagine the distrust you must experience seeing these kinds of ads. We all know that Katy HAS to be wearing false lashes in the ad. Like DUH. I mean look at the feathery fullness she has going on. Hardly anybody is BORN WITH IT MAYBELLINE.

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CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara

So! New CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara apparently has a petal-shaped folded brush with two separate bristle lengths to align and coat every lashes evenly for full separated lashes.

You can see the different bristle lengths.

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CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara

And here. But Petal? I don’t see it? Do you? Maybe? Another angle?

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CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara

The bristles are pretty spiky and grab every lash really well, with some pain btw. NO PAIN, NO LASH GAIN I guess! What’s different about CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara is that it has a mousse formula and the bristles flex, so that means you get lotsa’ volume with soft lashes. No stiff, crispy lashes with this one!

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CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara

Like most CoverGirl mascaras, I find the formula of CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara really bulidable with no clumping. You really have that smooth formula down pat CoverGirl, hey? You can keep piling on their mascaras with no fear of clumping. And I like that.

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CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara

CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara kind of DOES give you lashes that look like they bloom and grow like soft pretty petals all in a row, hey? OK. I get it now. I get the tagline hahaha. BUT it takes lotsa layers that’s for sure. This is not a one-coat WOW I GOT LASHES kinda’ mascara. It takes time. And effort. Even for me. It’s a lot like Clump Crusher to be honest? Just all pink instead of green.

It’s nice though! And worth a shot if CoverGirl Mascaras work for you! They work decently for me, but I can get loads more length and volume from other mascaras to be honest. Still, it stays put! Doesn’t flake or smudge! So a pretty good deal on sale at the drugstore and worth a pick-up in my opinion.

Have you tried CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara yet? What’s your favourite Drugstore Mascara brand? Mine would be CoverGirl! Their mascaras are always solid. But honestly, I wonder…is this just the Clump Crusher Formula in a pink container? I think maybe yes…

*product received because I’m a proud Beauty United Blogger, damn straight. And all these words? Are mine. Like they have time to tell me what to write. It’s P&G people. And like I’d even listen HA if they tried. Can’t buy me with a tube of mascara…it takes maybe THREE tubes LOL. 😛  AHAHAHAHAHA…ahem. 😀

Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara($6.99 right now on sale) promises big bold lashes with 5X the volume.

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Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara

I love the packaging actually. It’s quite chic with the bordeaux tip. Fancy! Gives it that little bit of somethin’somethin’, ya know?

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Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara

Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara has a unique formula with collagen, amino acids, and proteins, in a micro-emulsion crème-gel. It’s plumping technology to make your lashes BIG. DARING. 😛

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Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara

I love the curved brush with multi-level wedge-shaped bristles. I really like curved mascara brushes as I find they do a great job of lifting up my lashes. I don’t really use a lash curler truth be told. Sometimes I do, but I forget most days. And I really can’t be bothered as I find it doesn’t really make much of a difference for me. I can usually get my lashes to lift up fine with mascara. Guess I’m lucky!

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Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara

The formula of Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara is wet, and slightly buildable. You can’t keep piling it on like I like to do, otherwise you can get lashes sticking together. But it does a pretty great job at making your lashes BIG & DARING, hey?

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Avon Big and Daring Volume Mascara is a 24-hour wear mascara, meaning it’s great if you need to have your mascara on forEVER. It would be a great vacation-to-a-hot-humid-place mascara, because WOW this stuff doesn’t budge. It’s definitely ZAMB material(Zombie Apocalypse Makeup Bag-in case you forgot LOL).If you’re gonna wear this mascara you definitely need an oil-based remover and plenty of cotton pads handy. If it wasn’t so hard to take off, I’d actually use it more. But because my eyes are so sensitive to eye makeup removers, especially all oil-based ones, it’s a no-no for me. If you need a mascara to last and last, you might want to check it out.

Find it now on www.avon.ca!

Do you use an eyelash curler every day? 

*product sent by PR for review, thoughts are mine as always!

Oh yeah, here comes ANOTHER Lancome Grandiôse Mascara review coming at ya’ from WAYYYYY down upon the Swanee River! Far, Far, away [emoji music] [emoji music]

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Lancome Grandiose Mascara

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. I like to sing! And I know, I know. It’s the mascara of the moment isn’t it? Maybe even makeup product of the moment too? Pretty hyped up yup. And it’s probably the LAST review you want to read again since you’ve already read about 20 of them yesterday. I promise to try to bring something a little different for ya, ok?

Ok, first I think this time the hype is sort of  justified. Not completely, but it’s pretty freakin’ good stuff.

Second, Lancome Grandiose Mascara is a thing of beauty. I mean just LOOK [emoji eyes] at it! Here’s my beauty shot for ya’ so you can feast your eyes upon the shmexxy:

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Lancome Grandiose Mascara

If that’s not a shmexxy mascara, then I don’t know what is. But pretty packaging aside, it’s what’s inside that counts!

It’s all about this Swan Neck Wand. And oh yeah baby, Lancome Trade Marked that word “Swan Neck”. It’s theirs now. Don’t forget that next time you wanna use the word. 😛 You should probably ask Lancome’s permission.

 

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Lancome Grandiose Mascara

Lancome Grandiose Mascara is supposed to be a triple threat mascara and give length, lift, and volume to all lashes. ALL of ’em. The Swan Neck Wand works with the shape of your face which made for the easiest application of a mascara I’ve tried in a long time. You can get closer to your eye and the brush doesn’t get in the way, plus you can angle it with just a tilt of your hand so you can reach every last lash and get right into those inner corners. I sometimes have a problem with getting mascara on my cheek bones when I apply to the outer corners(mascara on the wand will touch my cheek bone and BAZINGA! ruined blush), but not with Lancome Grandiose. That swan neck gives me ample space to keep my cheek bones clear of mascara. Also, I’m horrible at applying mascara to my lower lashes, always mucking it up and getting mascara all over the place. Again, with Lancome Grandiose I can angle the wand because of the swan neck so that doesn’t happen anymore. It’s pretty brilliant actually.

 

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Lancome Grandiose Mascara

When you twist your mascara open, the curve mixes the mascara too, kind of like a dough hook on your KitrchenAid Mixer. Yeah, that’s right. I just compared this mascara wand to a dough hook. Bet no other beauty blogger who has reviewed Lancome Grandiose Mascara has done THAT.  😀  THERE’S your something different. 😀

 

The curve of the wand mixes the mascara with each twist open, and that actually makes the formula stay fresh longer. The plastic elastomer brush is very toothy, with smaller and longer bristles to coat even short lashes. And it’s not a huge wand THANK YOU LANCOME. It’s smaller for a mascara brush these days, but because of the Swan Neck Wand, it doesn’t take longer to apply your mascara. In fact, I think it’s quicker! Lancome Grandiose Mascara contains rose cell extract, to moisturize and smooth lashes. It’s really black and glossy, almost clump free upon application, although quite wet. It’s very buildable because of that wetness, but I do find that you can get some on your lids because of the wetness. I think that once it’s been used for a couple of weeks, it’ll become the perfect consistency though. That’s why I prefer my mascaras to be on the wet side at first.

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Lancome Grandiose Mascara

And on both eyes:

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Lancome Grandiose Mascara

Lancome Grandiose Mascara gives LOADS of length and really fans out the lashes beautifully! I can get my lashes to be ridiculously long with this mascara. In fact, the days I wore this testing I was annoyed because my lashes kept touching my glasses all day long. 😛 It gives decent volume too-my lashes look a it thicker I guess, but I’d like a bit more volume if I’m being honest. But again, I think in a couple of weeks that’s what I’ll get from it.

It stays put all day with no smearing, no smudging, no flaking either. And it’s not hard to take off at the end of the day either.

It’s a little on the expensive side at $35 Canadian. I like it and all, but sheesh to be honest I don’t think I can justify paying that much for mascara every 3 months. I say it’s worth a try though, at least once in your life. It’s a lovely new mascara, with a neat design that I think you need to experience for yourself!

Whaddaya’ think? Will you be Swan Necking soon too? Or not?

*product sent by PR for review, thoughts as always are mine, especially the dough hook comparison. I’m gonna trade mark THAT word for mascara talks.