This post is first and foremost a review of Clinique’s High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara ($19.50)…
…but before we get to that, I just need to say, DUDE. Seriously, if you are not a morning person, I get it. I totally get it. Weekday mornings?! Ugh, mine are almost always rough — rough like that sketchy off-brand toilet paper El Hub always buys, even though I’ve told him about a billion times that “Charmin Ultra Soft is the only way to go.” (Note to self: stop asking that man to buy toilet paper.)
When my alarm sounds, I open my eyes and start mentally ticking off the things I want to do that day (good grief, why is that list always so hella long?!). Oftentimes, even before I get out of bed, a sense of panic has set in…
But ya know, gotta get up. Gotta get going. Can’t hide under the covers, as tempting as that sounds sometimes.
You know how it is. Some mornings you’re faced with a choice — a choice between indulging your inner grumpy goat and letting her wreak havoc, or doing everything in your power to have a GREAT FRICKIN’ DAY!
I usually shoot for the latter (not always successfully, mind you), and most of the time when things work out fairly well, I seem to have followed a morning routine very similar to this one:
- I get out of bed right when the alarm goes off, versus hitting the snooze button and falling back to sleep. If I hit the snooze, even if it’s just for 10 more minutes, I may get up feeling groggy.
- I have my first cup of coffee and quickly get a little food in my tum
- I get my booty in motion by either walking or running on the treadmill for at least 20 minutes, during which time I’ll listen to some upbeat music and/or mull over what I want to accomplish that day.
- I primp and do whatever I can to feel cute — taking a shower, fixing my hair, applying makeup (this morning I filled in my brows, applied under-eye concealer, some High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara on my upper and lower lashes, and lipgloss) and picking an outfit that isn’t likely to be 1) mistaken for workout wear or 2) ratty pajamas.
More often than not, when I follow this routine, I have a pretty good day.
How about you? What’s your “good day” morning routine like?
Now, on to Clinique’s High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara…
Clinique’s High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara has actually been on counters for a while, but I only just recently gave it a try. With its oversized brush, it’s designed for dramatic lashes with extreme thickness and volume, and safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. It’s also available in two shades — 01 Extreme Black, which is the color I’ve been wearing, and 02 Black — both available now at Clinique counters and clinique.com.
So, my natural lashes? Well, let’s just that they don’t stop traffic. They probably wouldn’t even stop a slow-moving Radio Flyer Red Wagon, LOL! They’re mediocre at best — not too long, thick, full, nor curly. Just…there.
Mascara is an everyday must for me, and the more extreme, the better. So, yeah, I was all over this stuff as soon as I read the name on the tube — Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara.
What’s the lash look?
Two or three coats deliver thick, glossy fringe, without any clumps or crispiness, but I’d be hesitant to call the look, “extreme.” More like “lush, but not dramatic. Like something I’d wear if I wanted a natural look, but FYI: my idea of natural lashes is what a drag queen would wear on her day off.
Also, it doesn’t lift a lash curl as much as I usually like, but since it isn’t billed as a lash-curling mascara, that’s no big whoop.
Staying power and removal?
As long as I don’t rub my eyes or futz with them, I get about 8-10 hours without a smudge or flake.
Removal’s also easy. I don’t even have to use a separate eye makeup remover. My regular, and always dependable, Neutrogena Gentle Cleanser and warm water does the trick.
You might like it if…
If you’re into super dramatically thick and curly lashes, you won’t find ‘em here. Extreme, it ain’t! (she said, pouting a little), but if you just want natural-looking length and thickness and a soft fringe, fringe feeling soft with a natural-looking length and thickness, I think Clinique’s High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara does a pretty good job.
Time for a quick walk!
Here are a few songs I listened to on the treadmill this morning. They really helped set a good tone for my day.
Counting Stars, by One Republic
Happy, by Pharrell Williams
Little Bird, by Annie Lennox
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Hope you’re hangin’ in there today.