Mascara Diaries

Maybe I am stating the obvious but I’m going to state it anyway: over the years my makeup preferences and style has changed. In some ways, it has been a subtle shift as my tastes have evolved. In other ways, it’s been a complete and total transformation (I can’t believe there was a time I didn’t fill in my eyebrows…). I was thinking recently about how I used to do my makeup in high school compared to college and then compared to now, and one thing that stood out was that I always had one “go-to” mascara during each phase. Unlike eyeshadow or lipstick where having multiple colors and formulas makes sense, in my mind, you really only need one mascara at a time. Which means there are longs periods where I was wholly devoted to one mascara. Convinced nothing else will compare. Of course, eventually, I start throwing around the idea of trying something new. And what I’ve noticed is each time I find a new “holy grail” mascara that becomes a staple on my vanity, it coincides with a new approach I have to makeup. As I was realizing this, I thought it would be fun to do a blog post on all my previous (and my current!) favorite mascaras and how that one product correlated with the makeup phase I was in.

Maybelline Great Lash: I feel like everyone when they first start wearing makeup buys this mascara. The green cap and pink bottle are so iconic and always make me think of being a teenager. So, in my mind, this mascara makes it my “new to makeup phase”. I used this mascara throughout high school and into college, for one reason really: it’s what my mom wore! At this time I wasn’t really into makeup aside from just the basics. The idea of walking the beauty aisles and picking a new mascara from the overwhelming amount of options was not something I even considered.

Loreal Paris Telescopic Mascara in Carbon Black: This mascara will always have a soft spot in my heart because it’s the first one I picked up when I started watching beauty youtube videos. This was Kathleen Lights drugstore mascara of choice at the time and she was the first beauty guru I truly loved (and still do!). I bought this at Ulta on her recommendation and immediately fell in love. It lengthened my lash so much and *never* clumped. This mascara was definitely part of my “newly into makeup” phase.

Too Faced Better Than Sex: Ah yes, the iconic mascara that everyone raves about. As my makeup interest solidified, I knew I needed this mascara in my life. Which means I’ll call this my “bandwagon makeup phase”. It was the ultimate holy grail mascara for anyone shopping at Sephora it seemed like. That, and I’ve always been a name brand bitch at heart. This phase didn’t last long because what I discovered was that I need a new mascara every 2 months or so which means I will be sticking to drugstore prices thankyouverymuch. But for a hot minute there, I was caught up in the hype of this pretty pink tube and thought I would never let it go. Luckily (for my wallet), reality set it!

Loreal Paris Original Voluminous: This is widely known as the ultimate dupe for the Better Than Sex mascara. And since I had already decided my current ~money~ situation would not be happy with buying that one every couple months, I decided to give this a go. And yes, the internet is correct: it’s pretty much the exact same formula for half the price. I’m gonna describe my time with this mascara as my “glam makeup phase” because this was when I really started getting into doing a full face of makeup every day (and loving it!). While it does give incredible volume, I discovered I’m more of a lengthening mascara gal. Plus, I started doing more of natural makeup everyday and don’t like how this mascara looks on me without the works.

Maybelline Lash Sensational: Do you really know what phase you are in when you are in it? I would argue no. You need hindsight and distance to identify a phase in your life. Which is why I will call this mascara part of my “current makeup phase”. I have tried several other mascaras during the past year and a half to see if they measure up, and nope. I just keep coming back to this one. I talked about it a bit in my last post. But to sum it up again: it keeps my lashes long, curled, separated and doesn’t clump.

What are your previous fave mascaras? Do they represent different times in your life? I’d love to know in the comments!

Also – as I was adding the photos to this post I realized my CC Cream has been well loved for quite a while now! I did just purchase something new and a review will be coming soon so stay tuned 🙂

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