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,


Crazy Jess 💋


Sephora & Target Beauty Haul 

So I went shopping Saturday and got a few beauty items. I got some good deals too which was even better!

At Sephora I found the Tarte Lip Surgence lip pencils were 50% off so I got two of them. One in a hot pink color and one in a nude color. (Note: not sure the actual color names as I already threw the boxes away and don’t see the color names on the tubes)😕

Anyway, they were a good deal so I don’t feel bad and you can’t have enough lip pencils and liners!  These are really good and more affordable than the Bobbi Brown ones that I’m obsessed with. Speaking of which…

 I got another Bobbi Brown art stick  while I was at Sephora in a bright red color (Harlow Red) because I just recently started wearing red. I’ve always been a nude, mauve or hot pink kind of girl.  Ughhh I’m  So in love with these damn Art Sticks!  Luckily for me there aren’t a lot of color options available so I’m officially done with buying these!  I swear!!! 😉

The last item I got at Sephora, which I mentioned in my Ipsy May 2016 video, was one of the Lancôme Juicy Shakers everyone is talking about. I’m absolutely obsessed!!!  My lips feel so amazing after using this stuff. Super moisturized and soft!  I love it and if you haven’t tried it you need to!  I am super impressed with it. 

The last find I got at Target. I had a gift card to use and found the Pacifica facial cleanser was on sale so I used that and bought it. My thinking was that if it sucked I wouldn’t feel too bad about spending the money on it. So far so good. I like it, it cleanses well but burns if you get it in your eye!  So be careful. It also has a weird smell to. Kind of like patchouli which I absolutely loathe!  But I do think it does a good job cleansing and my skin feels great after using it. I guess I will use it up and see how I feel.  Not sure if I would repurchase or not. I think I still like my Aveeno and my Olay Botanicals more but I just started using it so we shall see!

What have you purchased lately?  Any new items you are in love with I should try?  Anything new you have tried that was not worth it?  Comment below!  

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Until next time,


Crazy Jess