The Beauty Files: Mascara Round Up

Sharing My Sole


I was recently organizing my make-up stash and realized I hoard 3 things:  nail polish, lip gloss and mascara.  They all feel like inexpensive thrills for a quick pick-me-up, so I am always willing to try out a new beauty product.  Since I have about a half-dozen mascaras in my drawer right now, I thought I would share what I’ve learned from my make-up hoarding experiences…  (Mascara Hoarding; Buried Alive will be coming to TLC this Fall…)



Sharing My Sole

1. Maybelline Falsies:  This is my go-to everyday mascara.  Since it’s only $7 a tube and my opthamologist recommended pitching mascara every 2-3 months, I go for this one almost every morning.  It adds a lot of volume to thin(ish) lashes.  Highly recommend for a drugstore brand.




Sharing My Sole

2. bareMinerals Flawless Definition:  I call this my va-va-voom weekend mascara.  A little pricier than a drugstore brand ($18), I like to wear this when I play up my eyes and have more time than just a quick swipe and go.  It lengthens, separates and defines lashes so you’ll want to bat your eyes all day.  Wink wink.




Sharing My Sole

3. Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System:  Whoa, this one is a mouthful.  And was a total last minute impulse purchase at the check-out counter.  Put cobwebs on my eyes to get the look of fake lashes?  Why not?!  It does work, although kind of weird…  You swipe on the mascara and then quickly follow by brushing on the “nylon fibers” (aka stuff that looks like cotton/cobwebs) and then cover it with one or two coats of the mascara.  Like I said, weird.  But my lashes DID look thicker and longer versus using regular mascara.  I wouldn’t use this every day, too much work.  But it’s fun for special occasions.




Sharing My Sole

4. Clinique High Impact Mascara:  I layer this mascara on top of everything.  I really like using two different mascaras to achieve both volume and length and this one works perfectly as a “top coat” or finishing touch on top of any mascara.  I’ve been using it as a “second coat” for years and it’s never let me down.


How about you?  What beauty products to do you hoard?  Any mascara favorites?

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  1. I love the Bare Minerals or the Bare Essentials mascaras… in particular the Buxom mascara. It is pretty great!

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  2. I am a HUGE mascara hoarder. I currently have five in rotation and would most likely have more if I was allowing myself to buy makeup right now. Maybelline and Covergirl are my favorite brands. Love that Clinique one too!

  3. I definitely own plenty of mascaras! My favorite is Loreal Carbon Black Mascara- it goes on easily, the brush is great, and the volume is incredible! Plus, taking it off is a breeze. You should try it!

  4. I love the scent (yes, scent!) of Maybelline Colossal. It smells like spring daffodils. It lengthens my lashes just right, too.

  5. This post couldn’t have come at a more perfect time- I was just thinking about how I have to get mascara but would like to try something new!

    I hadn’t thought about layering before, will definitely be playing with it now. I love bareMinerals makeup but had never put much thought into buying that brand for mascara. Thanks for the round-up!

  6. I am glad to know that I’m not the only mascara hoarder out there. As well as I do a second layer of mascara too! I thought I was weird and I was the only one that mixed mascaras like that, so thank you good letting me know I’m not the only weird one out there! 🙂