Crazy Jess | #TopFive | Mascaras 👁 

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In fact, I’m working on it so much so that I decided that I’m finally going to start my #TopFive series I’ve been planning on starting for like ever at this point but #life and #motherhood got in the way of that.  Now is as good a time as any.   

So, what do I mean by “Top Five Series” you may be thinking.  Well, basically I decided I would start a series each month were I would share my top five of random items/products/things etc.

For this month’s installment of the #TopFiveSeries I decided to start with my #TopFiveMascaras of all time.

Why mascaras you might be thinking?   Good question.  I chose to start with that topic because it’s one of the top questions I get from people regarding my makeup looks, even from strangers in public, holding a close second to the other frequent question I get which is “what kind of contacts are you wearing, because your eyes are sooo green they can’t be natural”.

Yes Susan they are real.  God gave them to me and no I’m not lying to you.  (Sidenote: I legit had a lady in public argue with me and tell me I was lying that this is my natural eye color…because out of all the things to lie about regarding my appearance my eye color would be the one I’d choose lol 😂)

So where was I?   Oh yeah, my top five mascaras.

These are legit my top five and I have all five on hand ALWAYS!   They range from high end to drug store brand and they are all worth the money.   I always get them in the color black or whatever the darkest color they have available is.   

In no particular order here we go…

By the way, I’m not going to write a thesis here on Mascara and highlight the pros and cons of each individually because that is just wayyy tooo much info. Just trust me if you want major volume you will like these 😉

1) IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara


💰 Price: $24.00

🛍 Where to buy: Ulta

 

2) Benefit They’re Real Mascara


💰 Price: $25.00

🛍 Where to buy: Ulta

 

3) L’Oréal Lash Paradise


💰 Price: $9.99 (usually but you can get on sale & use coupons to get it even cheaper)

🛍 Where to buy: any drugstore, Wal-Mart or Target and also available at Ulta 

Note: this is a drug store dupe for the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and I quite honestly think this one is in fact BETTER than the Too Faced BTS and is obviously much more affordable.

 

4) Maybelline Lash Sensational


💰 Price: $8.99 (usually but you can get on sale & use coupons to get it even cheaper)

🛍 Where to buy: any drugstore, Wal-Mart or Target and also available at Ulta
5) Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir


💰 Price: $26.00

🛍 Where to buy: Sephora
So why these five?   Well in short they are all amazing and let me tell you I’ve tried ALL the mascaras.   Well maybe not all of them but darn near close and out of all the many mascaras I have purchased, these are the ones I consistently repurchase over and over again.

They work for me because they each give me dramatic volume, are buildable, don’t flake, aren’t too watery, and don’t give me “tarantula eyes” either.  I can wear them each by themselves or I can wear a layer of one and finish with a top coat or two of another and it always looks good. 

I consistently get compliments on my mascara/eyelashes or people ask me what false eyelashes I’m wearing (I don’t do false lashes FYI) and there is never any consistency in exactly what combination of these five I’m wearing on any given day when I get said compliments or questions so they all without fail work for me and for now are my must-have top five.  

What is your favorite mascara?   Have you tried any of these?  What did you think of them?   Comment below and let me know!

Until next time,

XOXO 

Crazy Jess 💋

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L’Oréal Infallible Eye Shadows

86174f63-be36-4c1c-9c7f-864d57e4464d-jpg-w960Welcome back peeps!  For today’s’ post I wanted to mention my obsession with the affordable L’Oréal Infallible individual eye shadows. I recently found one on clearance at Target and I had a coupon (naturally) so I decided to give it a try.  After using it the first time I was instantly in love.

When I recently become a foster mom I don’t have the time to get ready like I used to because I was on a demanding three year old’s schedule not mine.  Because of that, I perfected the art form of putting on a full face of makeup in 10 minutes or less as quickly as possible with whatever products I could quickly grab.  Some days this get ready as fast as you can beauty routine turned out great, other days I didn’t look quite as much of a hot mess and at least looked half-way put together.  If you are interested I put together a video of this get ready as fast as you can beauty routine.  Check it out on my YouTube channel below!

So back to the eyes hadows…  They are buttery smooth and go on so easily. They are very pigmented and the ones with shimmer aren’t overly shimmery which I like as well. What I mean by that is that it doesn’t look like I’m on my way to a Ke$ha concert when I wear them. I’m 33 and too old for that mess.  I also like that I can apply them with any number of my eye shadow brushes easily OR I can just use a clean finger and gently apply them.

After quickly becoming obsessed with the first shade I purchased on clearance from Target, I started stocking up with whatever colors I could find that were on sale and that would work for my skin tone.  All of my shades have been purchased at Target or Ulta so far as that is where I have been able to score the best deals.

So far I have:

#892 Amber Rush

#890 Bronzed Taupe

#556 Smoldering Plum

#899 Endless Pearl

Here are some swatches of them on my arm:


These are in order from left to right (amber rush on the far left and endless pearl on the far right). The flash was on so they look more sparkly and glittery than they really are.

I really love these eye shadows.  Since they are super affordable and can be found at any drug store or major retailer (Walmart/Target etc) it doesn’t hurt to give them a try if you haven’t already.  If you have tried them however, what did you think? What are your favorite shades?  Comment below and let me know!

Until next time,

XOXO

Crazy Jess 😘

Photo sourced from http://www.Ulta.com where you can purchase these amazing shadows!

Drugstore Haul 

Today I made a quick stop by one of our local Rite Aid drugstores to check out the sale I saw online starting today for Loreal cosmetics. I saw an ad that said they were 40% off. I figured that either everything would be gone or that it would be for select items only. 

To my surprise it included everything except clearance items. That was super exciting because I had a lot of Loreal coupons!  

So here is what I got and the price I paid after sale price and coupon added:

Voluminous Super Star Red Carpet Black Mascara ($5.49)

Loreal La Palette Nude 1 eyeshadow palette.  ($8.99)

Loreal Infallible Matte-Mattic eyeliner in color Matte Navy Blue ($4.39)

Loreal Infallible 18hr Foundation in color 602 Soft Ivory ($5.49) 

Loreal True Match Lumi Cushion Illuminous Foundation in color N2 Classic Ivory ($8.19)

Loreal True Match Blush in color Rosy Outlook ($5.59)

Loreal True Match powder in color N1 Soft Ivory ($5.59)

So far I have only tried the eyeshadow. It blends well and the shades are very nice for a neutral eye. The only negative is that the provided double ended eyeshadow brush is total crap. It’s so cheap that they shouldn’t have even included it at all. But maybe I’m being too critical. If someone pays full retail for these palettes ($18.99) they should at least get a better quality eyeshadow brush with purchase in my opinion. 

So what do you think of these Loreal products?  Is the Lumi Cushion foundation really as great as everyone says it is?  

Until next time,

Xoxo,

Crazy Jess