Top 10 Must-Have Mascaras

No matter how much makeup you put on your face, mascara is one of those products that finishes off not only your eye look, but completes your entire face as well.

Below I’ve compiled my Top 10 Must-Have Mascaras.  These are the products and wands that work the best for me and my particular lashes.  Some of these I’ve used consistently for over three years or more (replacing the actual mascara itself, of course!).  Check them out and see if any of your faves made my list!

Top 10 Must-Have Mascaras

  1. Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara.  $10 gets you amazing bottom lashes to match your high-voltage upper lashes that you’ll get by using the rest of the mascaras on this list ;) Bottom Lash is awesome because the brush is tiny and gets all of those hard to reach lash areas on the top and bottom of your lids.
  2. Chanel Le Volume de Chanel.  In one coat this “snowflake brush” thickens, lengthens and curls!
  3. Too Faced Better Than Sex.  This one thickens and curls to make eyes pop!  I love to layer it over MUFE Smoky Extravagant.
  4. Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant.  If you ever needed the perfect lengthening mascara, you’ve found it right here.  This looks great on it’s own, but when you put Too Faced Better Than Sex on top the effect is amazing!
  5. MAC Plushlash in PlushBlack.  Separates, curls, thickens and lengthens.  No matter how many mascaras I love, this one always ends up being the mascara I go back to for daily use.
  6. MAC False Lashes Extreme Black.  Lengthens and curls and also looks amazing under Plushlash!
  7. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill.  The brush is thick, giving lashes a lot of oomph.  I love that this one never flakes or smudges all day.  Very long lasting!  There are several versions of this mascara, but I’ve found I like the original one the best.
  8. CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher.  It just does not clump.  When this came out bloggers even tried THIRTY coats!  Not only will it keep your lashes clump-free, but they’ll look awesome too!
  9. Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara.  I discovered this one when I was in the 2012 Allure Beauty Blogger of the Year competition.  For the purposes of the competition we were sent a huge box of products to assist in the challenges.  This mascara is one I still use to this day!
  10. Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam.  My first Rimmel product!  This came in an Influenster VoxBox and is now a staple for me.  The brush is in an hourglass shape and just does amazing things to my lashes.  Coating well for thickening, but doesn’t go clump crazy.

What is your holy grail mascara?  See what the other bloggers are loving and click the icons below!

Top 10 Favorite High-End Fall Beauty Items

It’s ridiculously difficult to pick just 10 of my favorite Fall items.  Do I center it around nails?   Palettes?  Lipsticks?  The possibilities are beyond endless here, especially since Fall beauty is my favorite!

Because of that, for this Top 10 Tuesday, I decided to gather up my top Favorite High-End Fall Beauty Items.

IMG_8620In no particular order:

  1. Benefit Rockateur Powder Blush – Pretty in the box, pretty on my face.. doesn’t get much better than that.
  2. NARS Eye Paints – You’ve heard me wax poetic about the awesomeness that is NARS Eye Paints, and since they released for Fall they’ve got to be included on this list.
  3. Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Troublant – This shade may be from Fall 2012, but it still holds a special place in my makeup drawer as the perfect glossy mauve.
  4. Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in Icone – I told you a few days ago this lippie was one of those HG, reach for me all the time type of shades.  Believe it.
  5. Armani Beauty Eyes to Kill Intense Silk Eyeshadow in Rose Popillia – I’ve just never come across anything quite like this. It’s a duochrome grey/pink shadow and is the perfect base for all things taupe (which you know I love love love).  It holds the shadows like iron and is beautiful to look at.
  6. Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner – Gel Crayon in Ro(cocoa) – All of the Highliner – Gel Crayons from MJ are fabulous, but Ro(cocoa) is that perfect bronzey brown shade that you’ll reach for every day, for almost every look.  And not just because it’s beautiful, the formula really can’t be beat.
  7. Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No.7 – Plush Shadow in The Starlet – If you don’t know about this palette by now, then I don’t even know what to say to you.  It’s the end-all-be-all of eyeshadow palettes.  Every shade is magnificent and the multitude of looks you can create will last you way past the season.
  8. Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Cognac – The perfect mauvey-raisin shade that matches up well with Chanel Troublant.  Opaque, moisturizing, glossy and not goopy.
  9. Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette in Fade In – A neutral palette with a kick.  Every trendy Fall shade is in this palette, wear it to work, smoke it out for night… it’s easy with the fabulous shades and the included brush.  I totally would have thrown in the Black Gold Waterproof Shadow Liner too… but I ran out of numbers =(
  10. Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Seduction – This quad may appear to be dupeable, but why risk it?  It’s your perfect everyday Fall eye… right there!

And, of course, a few nail polishes for good measure (which technically puts me over 10, but by now I’m sure we’re all used to seeing me bend the rules on these posts):

IMG_8630Marc Jacobs Gatsby, Laura Mercier Bewitched and Marc Jacobs Petra have really had my heart (nails?) this season.  Drool-worthy types of hotness.

I really could have went on.  Even after sharing these top picks with you I still feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface!

What are some of your top items for Fall 2013?  It doesn’t matter if they’re designer or drugstore, definitely share in the comments below and add to my shopping list!  Be sure to check out what all of the other participating bloggers chose for their lists in the links below:

Giorgio Armani 2 VENOMOUS GREEN Scarabeo Kaleidoscope Face & Eye Palette Swatches, Review & EOTD – Fall 2013

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The Giorgio Armani Scarabeo Kaleidoscope Face & Eye Palette in Venomous Green (Fall 2013) may be beautiful, but the quality was truly disappointing.  I hate giving bad reviews on anything, but I tried this palette multiple ways and just wasn’t happy with anything that came out.

IMG_3454What Nordstrom says about the Giorgio Armani Scarabeo Kaleidoscope Face & Eye Palette:

Giorgio Armani’s Face and Eye Palette is a two-in-one palette featuring everything you need to create a radiant look for your face and eyes. The satin-shadow formula delivers long-lasting color with a smudge-free finish.

The first tier features a feather-light face powder with micronized particles of Micro-Fil™ technology to illuminate your skin with a signature Armani glow.

The second tier features two matte eyeshadows in intense hues and an illuminator formulated with Color-Fil™ technology.

IMG_3425 IMG_3429 IMG_3432 IMG_3434 IMG_3441 IMG_3451IMG_3446 IMG_4881Venomous Green contains a trio of some of my favorite eye shadow shades in a chocolatey charcoal brown, a deep teal green (with the olive overspray) and an icy mint.

The shades swatch beautifully but wear on the eye is sheer and disappointing.  They went on smoothly, just without much pigment.  I also wasn’t impressed with how they blended.  Really, for the money, I expected way better.  You’re really better off taking your $88 and buying 30 palettes from Wet n Wild (was that just blasphemy?  Sorry designer lovers…).  I imagine applying the Armani palette wet obviously would make the pigment more apparent, but for the cost I’d like to be able to travel with it to use on the fly and also not ruin it with liquid.

The middle shade has an olive overspray that disappears after the first use.  Oddly, when worn, the color of the shadow remains the same regardless.

IMG_4863In the FOTD below I’m wearing the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow in 32 Gold Hercule all over the lid as my eyeshadow base.  Using the Venomous Green palette I’ve applied the teal green all over the lid, the brown lightly in the crease and the icy mint at the inner corners and to highlight.  The eye liner is Marc Jacobs Ro(cocoa) and the mascara is Too Faced Better Than Sex.

On my face I’m wearing Clinique CC Cream in Light Medium, NARS Deauville Radiant Cream Compact Foundation, IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation and the Venomous Green Palette pink blush.  For my brows I used NARS Kalamata Brow Perfector and NARS Oural Brow Gel.  On my lips is Burberry Cameo Lipstick.

IMG_4926IMG_4905The Giorgio Armani Scarabeo Kaleidoscope Face & Eye Palette retails for $88.00 and is available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Ave and the Giorgio Armani website.  This item is limited edition.


Giorgio Armani 30 ROSE POPILLIA, 32 GOLD HERCULE Eyes to Kill Intense Silk Eyeshadow Swatches & Review – Kaleidoscope Collection

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I’m an over-the-top fan of the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows.  I’ve reviewed several here and drooled over many others.  Sure, there are less expensive versions of this product, but these have that intricate look to them, and in drool-worthy, unique shades to boot.

For awhile, I’ve been able to hold off purchasing more of these.  But the six released within the Fall 2013 Kaleidoscope Collection caught my eye and there was no turning back.  All are beautiful yet some are more unique than others.  The two I chose are 30 Rose Popillia and 32 Gold Hercule.  Both of which, quality wise, are on par with what we’re all used to with the ETK Shadows (aka fabulous and long-lasting).

IMG_3736What Nordstrom says about Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Silk Eyeshadow:

This innovative hybrid texture, which is not a powder, nor a cream, acts like a smooth, lasting color film. Each shade is intensified with a second pigment for a multidimensional effect. In just one swoop, create a wet, shimmering smoky eye. Base color covers eyelid, and second pigment adds drama to the contour.

The technology: Color-Fil™, for the first time in an eyeshadow. A new high-resistance bi-polymer enables the formula to perfectly fit the color to the eyelid with cushiony suppleness, for a never-seen comfortable long wear.

IMG_3719 IMG_3725 IMG_372730 Rose Papillon is a breathtaking greyed mauve.  I’ve never seen anything similar and it’s seemingly selling out very fast.  Smooth and easy to apply and blend.  If you use it wet it becomes much more vibrant and opaque.

IMG_3748 IMG_3779(L-R: Swatched dry, blended out, swatched wet)

32 Gold Hercule is a golden olive shimmer that almost looks greyed at the edges.  It’s slightly more opaque than Rose Popillia, and can also be make more vibrant when used wet.  I’ll be using this with a look later in the week!

IMG_3743 IMG_3750(L-R: Swatched dry, blended out, swatched wet)

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows retail for $33.00 and is available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Ave and the Armani Beauty website.  Both shades featured in this post are limited edition.


Giorgio Armani 5 PLUM Smooth Silk Eye Pencil Swatches & Review

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Armani does some pretty great things with the eyes… they have one of my top five favorite mascaras and of course the Eyes to Kill Eye Shadows are a force to be reckoned with.  It’s only natural I’d migrate over to test out their eye liners, so while in New York at Sephora (yes, SEPHORA) in Times Square, I played around with the Armani Beauty and settled on #5 Plum Smoother Silk Eye Pencil.

IMG_6049What Nordstrom says about Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Eye Pencil:

Soft, versatile texture for a defined or smoky look. This silky-soft formula allows for precise, easy application and versatile looks. Use it to subtly define or to intensify your eye look. Glide the smudger over eyeliner for a sexy, smoky result. Available in a subtle palette from pale taupe to soft black.  0.04 oz.

IMG_5784IMG_6056 IMG_6060Plum is an almost flat eggplant shade.  Extremely creamy and smooth, applying without tugging and with awesome pigment.  It stays on perfectly on the top lash line, but on the waterline it will fade and migrate slightly.  I have a similar experience with MAC Kohls.

I actually bought this along with a coordinating eye palette, so look for that EOTD soon!

The Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Eye Pencil retails for $29.00 and is available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Ave and Bloomingdales.


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