I would like to start this article with an anecdote from my tortured youth.
When I was little, women would always come up to me and, after congratulating my mom on my god given beauty, they would always say “Oh my god, your LASHES! I would kill to have long, natural lashes like you.” I would sit there and humbly soak it in, plotting, knowing it would make great ammunition years later when writing this article.
It’s not like I had anything to do with my lashes, I suppose I have good genes to thank for that. So thanks, genes! The constant envy of grown women everywhere gave me an early appreciation for my beautiful, coveted lashes. I don’t do much with my eyes, but every so often, I like to throw a little bit of mascara on before I go out. I figure if you can take a good thing and make it better, then why not?! Usually I just use a clear mascara (which Natalie
would kill me for saying) but I’ve found something new that I am head over heels for and you should be too.
Let me introduce you to Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Mascara.
For the ride or die beauty crew, its full name is "Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Effet Faux Cils Baby Doll" but that's a damn mouthful. YSL already has a fantastic line up of mascaras, and this is a great addition. It promises volume, definition, lash-by-lash separation, and 24 hour wear, which are all pretty standard perks of a luxe mascara, but some of them fall short. Not this one.
The effects of Babydoll Mascara are immediate. It goes on pretty thick, but not thick enough to get clumpy (I really hate that word but we’re talking about mascara here). The brush is plastic with tiny little spikes that are good for catching and applying product to every lash from your longest to your shortest. The brush is pretty skinny and the little brush teeth are short, so you can really get in and make sure the base of your lashes is blacked out and coated in mascara, and then pull the want up and out, giving your lashes length and volume.
It starts out as a very wet mascara, which some of you are going to hate, but I rather like because I feel like you get better coverage with less product. It’s almost like you’re painting on thin coats instead of trying to over apply a thicker formula, which can lead to….clumping *shudder*.
This mascara is bananas, trust me. The length you get from just quickly combing it on is amazing. The first time I took this mascara for a spin, I was getting ready for a concert. I was in a hurry so I wasn’t paying much attention to what I was doing. Pro Tip: It’s always good to be flippant and careless when jamming a sharp wand insanely close to your eyes. I leaned in close to my bathroom mirror and applied the first coat. Immediately, my lashes looked longer, thicker, amazing.
“WHOA,” I said to myself, apparently out loud.
“Is everything OK up there?” My boyfriend asked from downstairs. Like, what was I supposed to say? “EVERYTHING’S FINE, HONEY, I JUST TRIED OUT THIS MASCARA AND IT’S AMAZING.”
Do you want to see a before and after?
Here are my normal lashes. I feel like looking up showcases them more, and also makes me look like a baby deer so that's what's going on there.
My apartment has atrocious lighting, sorry my head looks like a toe.
And here I am wearing YSL Baby Doll.
I may be looking a little unkempt but those LASHES!
YSL Baby Doll comes in black, brown, blue and purple. Grab it at your local YSL counter or at Sephora for $30.
Another product that I’ve recently discovered and taken a liking to is the 3-Way Lash Lining Tool from Too Faced.
It’s a three-pronged felt tipped eye lining pen. It reminds me of a teeny little trident
or that pitchfork
in American Gothic. That reference was reaching, you but see where I’m going.
So the 3-Way Lash Lining tool is great for 3 things:
Lash Emphasizing –- Take the pen and dot between your lashes to subtly make them look thicker and fuller.
Tight Lining -– Drawing a precise line along your water line.
Eye Lining -– The applicator is great for lining your lashes and even creating the perfect cat eye.
It’s not your typical lining pen. Instead of coming to a tip, it’s flat and comes to three even tips. The length of the applicator is great, I found that it made it easier to apply because the end makes it feel like a flat permanent marker, instead of a point. The fluid dries down quickly, but it does give you a couple seconds to wipe away any mistakes before it’s permanent. But once it’s there, it’s there to stay.
I like this product the most for simply emphasizing my lashes. I didn’t realize what a difference a couple of dots in your lash line could make. I also highly recommend it for cat eyes because the tip is precise enough to take you from one small, crisp line, to something bigger, and even achieve the perfect little flick of your cat eye!
What mascara do you swear by? Which ones should I try? How often do you use eyeliner? What was your favorite part of the VMAs last night? Tell me everything in the comments!
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