Year: 2012

Product review: Wet n Wild MegaLash Clinical Serum and Mascara

I just used up a couple of these tubes, and I promised I would try to get a full-length review onto the blog to cover the pros and cons of the formulas…so, here it is! I have a love-hate relationship with Wet n Wild products, so I was really curious to see what their “clinical” mascara products would be like. After all, they’re better known for producing cheapie color cosmetics than scientifically-engineered makeup! Read on for the full review.

The product: Wet n Wild MegaLash Clinical Serum ($6.99) and Mascara ($4.99)

The claim:Continue to apply every day and night for even longer, fuller-looking lashes. In just 4 weeks see longer, thicker, fuller-looking lashes.”

I tried it: the serum: My first gripe right off the bat was the lack of a spoolie; instead, you get a wand with a stiff little brush. (The photo above is blurry, but you can vaguely see what I’m talking about.) While this brush might be great for applying the serum to your brows, it’s a disaster for applying to the lashes. More often than not, I wound up with product in my eye–and let me tell you, this stuff burns.

I have to be honest and say that while I tried taking before and after photos, I didn’t see a huge difference. However…my lashes feel a little different. They seem less brittle, and I do think perhaps they look a touch more fluttery since they’re not breaking off and falling out. But I didn’t get the length and thickness I was hoping for.

The verdict on the serum: Meh. I wouldn’t necessarily discourage you from trying this product, if you’re really really interested and catch it on sale–but I wouldn’t point it out to you, either. I’m sure it works well for some people–cosmetics often work great for some folks and not for others! But personally, I wasn’t that impressed–especially for the price–and I won’t be buying it again.

I tried it: the mascara: This is one of those products that I fell madly in love with at first, only to be let down later on. This mascara gives me great, natural-looking lashes: not too long or thick, just dark and fluttery. The tube actually has that lovely narrow design that scrapes most of the mascara off the spoolie as you pull the brush out of the tube, so you don’t wind up with lashes full of clumps. And to top it all off, despite not being waterproof, this mascara stays put pretty well and doesn’t flake or smudge away during the course of the day.

In other words: love, love, LOVE! That is…until I realized that the formula was only good for two months, maximum. After that, it turned almost gooey and rather clumpy. It no longer had the silky, cinch-to-apply consistency I loved.

The verdict on the mascara: It’s worth a try, if you like a more natural lash look and toss your mascara every 1-2 months anyway. Personally, I push mine closer to the 4-6 month mark, so while this is a fab formula, it just isn’t quite right for me, and I probably won’t be buying it again.

Do you guys like Wet n Wild products? Any mascara recommendations for me? I’m always on the lookout for new cruelty-free mascaras to try!

Accessory Friday: this too-cool detailed crossbody from ASOS

Do you ladies poke about the ASOS U.S. site very much? I just discovered it today, and immediately fell in love with this crossbody bag. I love, love, love that horse detail! Sigh.

A lot of the items on the ASOS site are above my budget, but they have a few surprising little gems…so I have a feeling I may be returning to “virtual window shop” in the future!

ASOS Horse Across Body Bag, $30.78 (was $38.70),

Random Thursdays: My Christmas Wishlist

Can you believe Christmas is just around the corner? Neither can I. I had trouble making a Christmas wishlist for the husband this year, mostly because when I want something for myself, I buy it–I don’t wait for him to buy it! But here are a few of the things I’m wishing for this year that I haven’t gotten around to purchasing for myself…

Turquoise and pink Converse All-Stars. I have a pair in black, but I’m itching for these colors too for some reason.

A yellow gown reminiscent of the one Anne Hathaway wears in the January 2013 issue of Glamour. I brought this up the other day in a post. I don’t know where I’d actually wear such a dress, but I imagine I’d be blissfully happy wearing it, wherever I went!

A shopping spree at Seriously, does it get any better than Zoya polish?
More scarves. Seriously, I cannot have enough scarves.
Gift cards to some of my favorite stores. I always tell my husband that I won’t be offended if he just gives me a gift card and sends me off to the mall for the day, but he never listens–he insists on picking out all of my gifts himself! I’m not complaining, though–he always picks out awesome gifts.
What are you guys wishing for this year? Tell me in the comments section below!

Nail Polish of the month: a holographic gold-purple

I have the loveliest nail polish for this month’s pick; it makes me immediately think of sugarplum fairies and holiday parties. It’s Zoya Daul, which was released as part of an autumn capsule collection but looks especially wintery thanks to a fine blend of gold microglitter. This polish has a holographic effect in any light.

While this polish looks dark in the bottle, it’s more of an orchid purple. The gold shimmer is almost impossible to accurately capture with a camera, but I’ve done my best. Enjoy!

Random Thursdays: My bizarre food combos…

Who’s glad that the week is almost over? Actually, mine is just beginning–but that’s okay, because I finally got some Christmas decorations up yesterday! Go me!
Okay, on to this week’s topic: bizarre food combos. I have a lot, all of which get me soundly teased…
  • Doritos and chocolate anything (syrup, sauce, pudding, ice cream) used as a dip.
  • Crackers with brick cheese and jam.
  • Crackers with brick cheese and apples.
  • Garlic bread with peanut butter or chocolate (or both) on top!
  • Pizza with pineapple and green peppers.
  • Salad with fruit in it. I’m talking mixed greens with Italian dressing and croutons, a few strips of vegetarian “chicken”, and then a serving of mandarin oranges, apples, berries, or some other type of fruit.
  • Scrambled eggs with ketchup.
  • Soft pretzels with mustard.

Sound bizarre enough for you? What bizarre food combinations do you like? Tell me in the comments section below!

Get the Look: Sofia Vergara on the November cover of Lucky magazine

One last celebrity look post for the month! Sofia Vergara showed off a sexy-meets-classic look on the November cover of Lucky magazine, and the good news is, her style is ridiculously simple to copy. In fact, you probably already have most of the elements in your closet now!

Here’s what you need: a red pencil skirt, a black camisole or bustier, a pink cardi, and killer black stiletto pumps. Oh, and a mega-watt smile, though I can’t recommend a place of purchase for that!
The finishing touch for Sofia’s smart ensemble? Her loose, touchable waves. A tight bun would give off a sexy secretary vibe, and not in a good way. The more casual hairdo–and the lack of jewelry–make this less of a costume and more of a doable date night look.

1. Scuba pencil skirt, $19.99, Charlotte Russe

2. Cropped cardigan, $13.80, Forever 21
3. Brash Kosmic platform pumps, $24.99, Payless
4. Cropped lace bustier, $6, Forever 21

Random Thursdays: My Winter Survival Items

Unfortunately for me, there is no snow here yet! Zip. Zero. Nada. We had a false alarm earlier this month, but it melted away by the weekend.

However, it is chilly here, with most nights dipping down into the twenties and the chance of freezing rain always lingering about on the edge of the weather report. Lovely! So there are some things I just can’t live without at this time of the year:

–Hand cream. My hands get super dry and chapped and having a good hand cream in my bag at all times is a must.

–Lip balm. Dry, chapped lips are no match for Dr. Bronner’s Magic Naked Lip Balm.

–Hot cocoa, tea, and coffee. I have to have a hot drink on hand at all times! I love peppermint hot cocoa and green tea, and I just tried one of the eggnog lattes from Starbucks–not bad!

–Slipper boots. My adorable Muk Luks keep my tootsies toasty no matter what!

–A pile of good books. When the weather turns grey and nasty, all I want to do is snuggle down under a blanket with a cup of tea and a good book. Who’s with me?

–A knit scarf. I have one snuggly chenille scarf hand-knit by my Grandma that I wear constantly. It’s perfect for keeping away the winter chill and it’s long enough to loop around my face if I need to!

What are your essential winter survival items? Tell me in the comments!