Define Your Eyes In The Summertime

The eyes are a powerful source. They can tell your emotions. Use them and open up your mind. They’re one of the most beautiful parts of your body. Mascaras are a beautiful invention to help curl and volumize your lashes! They help enhance your features! 

I told myself I would not purchase anything during COVID-19 but I already broke that rule. I’m headed to a wedding in July so I’m excited to try out my mascara and eyeliner. I’ve been using the mascara and eyeliner for a while now just to see how it’ll work. My eyes are so sensitive, it’s insane. Sometimes, what works for other people won’t work well for me. I purchased the Sephora Favorites Mini Mascara Set with Full-Size Voucher and Fenty Beauty Flypencil Longwear Pencil Eyeliner. 

During this time, I’m still wearing a face mask when going to the stores so I rarely wear a face full of makeup. Before quarantine and COVID-19, I’d wear foundation, eyeshadow, eyeliner, lip balm, blush and bronzer. Now, there’s no point in wearing all of that if no one is going to see it. Plus, I’d rather not have my face mask stained with makeup, it would make me crazy. These days, I’ve been wearing just eyeliner and mascara. I’ll wear lip color when I’m at home. Side note: If you need a good lip product that will give you a splash of color, smoothes, hydrates and has a beautiful non-overwhelming scent, check out the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Lip Pop

Okay, let’s get back on track. The mini mascara set is $28 and contains 5 mascaras, Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara Big Volume All Day Wear 01 Big Is New Black, Benefit They’re Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara in Black, Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Volume, Life & Curl Mascara Shade in Cuz I’m Black, Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara and Kat Von D Go Big Or Go Home Mascara in Trooper Black. This is the perfect mini set because it contains all of the products I’ve been meaning to try and now I can! I’d rather buy mini products to see if I like it before I commit to a full size product. 

The Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara is promised to deliver bold lash volume for up to 24 hours. It has a large brush with an ultra-creamy formula that is supposed to glide onto your lashes like silk. It’s great for wearing it all day, doesn’t flake or smudge, and doesn’t require any touch-ups. This mascara is formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. This brush has a unique shape with soft, wavy fibers. Supple waxes and polymers are integrated in the formula for bold, buildable volume and length. 

I usually put on mascara after eyeliner so I can see how it pairs together. I love it when my eyelashes have volume and length but the most important thing I’m looking for in a mascara is how long I can wear it before my eyes start watering so much to the point where clumps of mascara will seep into my eyes. 

I usually wear mascara for 8 hours because my eyes tend to water really bad. I was able to wear the Lancome mascara for 7 hours until my sensitive eyes were twitching and I started to tear up a bit. It wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle. When I first applied it, I put on however many coats until my lashes were cute, curled and lengthened. I don’t normally wear mascara so being able to feel the product on my lashes was a bit on. The product didn’t feel heavy on my lashes, very lightweight but you could still feel it. If you look really closely at your lashes, you could see a tiny clump forming at the end of your lashes. From afar, you can’t really tell but if it bothers you that there’s a clump, then keep it in mind. I didn’t constantly check in to see how my lashes were so I didn’t notice until the 7 hour mark that there were black smudges under my eyes. It wasn’t a lot of smudges formed but when I looked in the mirror, it reminded me of a raccoon. It didn’t look bad but that’s what it reminded me of. 

The Benefit They’re Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara in Black helps volumize, gives lashes length and curls. The mascara wand contains staggered bristles that grab close to the root. The tip of the wand gives you precise application and will help define all of your lashes, even the tiniest lashes will be seen. This has a jet-black, glossy, long-wearing formula so your lashes will look luxurious. On the Sephora website, the tip in using this mascara is, “Go horizontal: the staggered bristles grab close to the root, boosting length and volume.

Then go vertical: the custom-domed tip with precision bristles lift, define, and curl even your tiniest lashes.” 

When wearing the mascara, my confidence went up because my lashes were really cute! It really does lengthen the lashes. In the first 30 minutes, my eyes felt like fumes were in my eyes. My eyes felt like it was burning for a little bit I was able to wear this for 6 hours until my eyes had a burning sensation 

Out of the mascaras, I was most excited for the Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Volume. Mainly because it was Rihanna’s line after all! This mascara is promised to help expose every single one of your lashes that has an exclusive flat-to-fat brush that volumizes, lifts, lengthens and curls. This is cruelty-free and gluten-free. 

I’ve been a fan of Rihanna ever since she said, “Umbrella.” I wanted to fully support her! Unfortunately, this mascara isn’t a fan of my sensitive eyes. It went on flawlessly and loved how cute the packaging was. It made my eyes feel like it had a flirty vibe. I only wore the product for an hour and then I had to take it off. My eyes were twitching and very watery. I tried to dry it off with a tissue but that only made matters worse. My eyes were burning red but when I wiped it off with a makeup wipe, that sensation had left and I had a sigh of relief. 

The Tarte mascara will have you feeling like a natural beauty! It will lengthen your lashes without having that heavy sensation on your lashes! It’s supposed to lengthen, curl, volumnize and condition your lashes. This is a vegan mascara and is promised to be 24-hour wear smudge proof.The Olive Esters will treat, condition and protect your eyelashes. The Rice Bran Wax is a natural wax that will enhance your lash appearance and Carnauba Wax makes sure that you will have a smooth application. 

The best part about this, the product will not burn your eyes nor will it smudge. Personally, I could only wear this for 4 hours before I felt the product was seeping into my eyes. Naturally, I have watery eyes so whenever my eyes watered, I couldn’t keep my eyes open because I felt like the products were going into my eyes. I tried to dry my eyes but it didn’t work so I had to wash my face with a cleansing balm ASAP. If your eyes aren’t like mine, then this product will benefit you and you could probably wear this for much longer than I did. 

Last but not least, Kat Von D Go Big or Go Home Mascara. It’s said to be an extreme-volume, vegan mascara that doesn’t smudge, is long-wearing and powered by plant-based fats. This mascara consists of a blend of waxes from olive and sunflower oils, which is the base for the extreme volume. The Fluff brush has wavy-fibers that will give the lashes full coverage.

This went on my eyes so smoothly and didn’t bother my eyes for 10 hours! I applied this at 10 am but was going to take it off before work but I forgot. It’s very lightweight and you actually do forget you have it on. It’s not like the other mascaras where you can feel the weight of the product. It’s pretty good! 

There you have it! If you want to try out multiple products to see which works better, buy the mini versions! That way, you don’t have to waste too much money! 

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