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Panthera Mascara

Published in: Daily Beauty

The tube of Ultraflesh Panthera Mascara ($26) I ordered from Sephora arrived today.

Not gonna lie — the cat head’s a little weird. The pointy ears hurt my fingers, and the more I stare at it, the more it starts looking less like a panther and more like my neighbor’s pitbull. Hmm.

It might come in handy as a weapon…

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It Would Be a Crime to Keep Hourglass Film Noir Mascara Away from Your Fringe

Published in: Makeup, Product Reviews

Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara

The alley grew darker the deeper she went, but she knew he came this way, the cat with the tabby fur.

She sped around a corner and almost tripped on something metal and loud, a trash can maybe. She didn’t stop. It was dark, so dark. Out of breath, her heart racing, she barely made out the silhouettes of two dogs playing cards under a fire escape before she passed them.

“Which way’d he go?” she barked, pivoting on three-inch heels.

No answer. Damn scamps. She didn’t stop, couldn’t stop, just kept running, arms flailing wildly in the dark.

“Hello!” she cried out, to nowhere, to everywhere, to him. “Please, wait!”

Still nothing. So she kept running, deeper into the night. He was here. She knew it, somewhere, the cat with the tabby fur…

At $28 the new Hourglass Film Noir Mascara is priced more like a big budget Hollywood blockbuster than art house film noir.

Available in a single shade, Onyx, a deep, dark jet black, it borrows a page (or two) from Chanel’s new $30 Inimitable Intense Mascara — sleek, sophisticated packaging, similar lash lengthening prowess and volume plumping powers; all that, and it lifts curls, keeps them lifted all day long and resists smudging, too.

What Hourglass says about Film Noir…

  • That it conditions and hydrates lashes with pro-vitamin B5
  • That polymers in the formula help it adhere to lashes while also resisting smudging and fading
  • The triple-cut, hourglass-shaped brush distributes the product across lashes while creating volume, lift and length
  • It’s free of parabens, sulfates and pthalates

While similar, Inimitable’s spiky lash look limits its flexibility. It’s also not the easiest product to layer (gets clumpy and messy after one layer).

Film Noir has the smoother formula (how smooth is it?). It’s smoother than that sweet talking ex-boyfriend who kept making excuses for not returning your Notorious B.I.G. CDs…

I’m not bitter. :)

And it doesn’t clump at all, not even after three (or more!) layers, delivering beautiful definition.


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I’m Becoming Fast Friends with Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara

Published in: Makeup, Product Reviews

chanel inimitable intense mascara review

Sometimes “quick” describes something bad…

Like the blind date I went on some years ago with the Beatles-hating dude who confessed to listening to nothing but techno music 24/7. I grew up on a steady diet of John, Paul, George and Ringo, so when he dissed Blackbird five minutes into the evening, something inside me went, “OH, HELL NO!” I faked a headache halfway through my beer and hightailed it home.

And sometimes “quick” describes something good…

Like the new Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara ($30, available in four shades), a new take on Chanel’s original Inimitable (a lengthening, curling, volumizing star!).

The O.G. version was born back in 2006. This new version 2.0 extends its predecessor’s double rainbow “all the way across the sky!” — with MORE lash drama on all fronts. Plus, because it works well even with a single layer, it’s also quick. :)

Can I get an “AMEN!” from my perpetually late/lazy makeup friends/fiends?

Whenever I’m in a hurry, deep, dark Noir hits the spot. A true black, it delivers the dramatic, spiky lash look I love.

The smooth consistency and shape of the brush head make it easy to build volume beginning at the base of the lash. A single layer delivers noticeably longer, smudge-resistant lashes with all-day curl hold.

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MAC Haute & Naughty Lash Ups the Ante (AND the Price)

Published in: MAC Makeup, Product Reviews

MAC Haute and Naughty Lash review

Edward or Jacob? Eric or Bill? Nutella or — NO! Forget it. There are some choices I’m simply not prepared to make. :)

At least now when it comes to mascara, fickle girls like me don’t have to wrestle with difficult choices. We can have our cake AND eat it too, thanks to MAC Haute & Naughty Lash ($18; available in a single shade, Haute & Naughty Black).

The disco turtleneck on the tube (see the pic below) is what MAC calls their “two-in-one dual wiper system,” and it’s one of the keys to Haute & Naughty’s success.

Unscrewing the wand from the glittery purple end loads the brush with product — LOTS of product — enough for dramatic lash volume from root to tip with just one coat.

MAC Haute and Naughty Lash review

MAC Haute and Naughty Lash review

But even if you’re more interested in lash length and separation than lash volume, you’re still in luck!

See, this thing’s a little like a Transformer… By disconnecting the wand from the hot pink extension end, the brush loads with less product, resulting in slightly thinner, yet better defined lashes.

Neat, huh?

MAC Haute and Naughty Lash review
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Bobbi Brown Denim & Roses Extreme Party Mascara: A Haiku Review

Published in: Makeup, Product Reviews

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New from Bobbi Brown
Extreme Party Mascara
Denim is the shade

It’s part of the new
Denim & Roses release
Coming out next month

Twenty-two dollars
And limited edition
In dark, blackish blue

It’s a new color
There is also one in black
(Here is a review)

bobbi brown extreme party mascara denim
After three coats of Extreme Party Mascara in Denim

That one flaked so much
Left smudges beneath my eyes
I was not a fan

This new shade’s better
No flakes or smudges in sight
I like it a lot

The blackish blue shade
It shows up on my lashes
Subtle, but pretty

Lashes look longer
Defined and separated
But lash volume lags

bobbi brown extreme party mascara denim
After three coats of Extreme Party Mascara in Denim

bobbi brown extreme party mascara denim
Nekkid lashes!

Love how light this feels
Even after many coats
Soft and not crispy

A feathery fringe
Can be had with Denim’s help
Bobbi, ya done good

MBB Rating…
B+ :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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