Lash Lady 

This past summer, I rediscovered an old love. Eyelash strips. I had a thing for them when I was in college; I used Ardell for a bit, and I even had a pair from M.A.C. I’ve tried eyelash extensions twice, maybe thrice. The only thing I don’t like about extensions is the fall out. In my experience, once a bunch have fallen out, a few are left and won’t come off. So, I walk around looking crazy. I understand you’re supposed to get them filled every two weeks or professionally removed, but back then I didn’t have fill or pro removal money. Now that I’m fake ballin’, I can exercise these options, but I think strips are much easier to deal with even though they can be a b*^%! to apply. Anyway, summer ’16 happened, and I became obsessed.

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Left; Top: Jackie, Monroe, Ciara. Right; Top: Dimma, Gigi, Naomi

Enter Lena Lashes. I was watching YouTuber Peakmill’s (obsessed with her, too) hair/makeup tutorial one day this past summer, and she mentioned using the brand. After I found the brand on Instagram, I quickly familiarized myself with its eyelash products. I purchased Naomi a few weeks later, and I’m here to tell you that Naomi is the truth. So bomb. In fact, it has yet to tell me a lie, so I purchased five more strips from Lena Lashes lol. It’s the perfect length and has the perfect amount of separation and fluff. Naomi complements my eye shape perfectly and I always get compliments when I’m wearing it.

Ciara is similar, but a bit too long, so I don’t wear it often. Jackie is nice. It’s more subtle and flared at the end, so it enhances the shape of my eyes. I haven’t worn Monroe, Dimma or Gigi, yet.

mascara

As for mascara, I have two favorites. I’m really into mascaras that lengthen and separate. I’m not too crazy about volume in regards to mascara. When I want volume, I tend to wear lash strips, and that’s usually for nightlife. Any other time, I have on either Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara or Maybelline Lash Discovery Mascara. These two get the job done when it comes to length and separation, especially Lash Discovery. It does a great job at making me look more awake because it really opens my lashes. It doesn’t clump, either. The Benefit one is great at length, separation and volume. I redeemed my points at Sephora and got this one in the sample size. I’m glad I chose it! I’ll be getting the full size soon. The only downside is that it clumps. This can be easily avoided if you don’t pile on too much at one time, though. When it comes to mascara, I believe it’s the brush that achieves results and not the formula. Both of these mascaras have great wands, so I get great results.

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Wearing Lena Lashes in Jackie.

These are my go-to lash products. I’m open to trying other lash brands, so if anyone has favorites, please share!

-Genevia 

Video & Product Review: Benefit ka-BROW Cream-Gel Brow Color In #5

Described as a cream-gel formula with buildable, 24-hour waterproof wear, I will say that these claims are mostly true about Benefit’s ka-BROW Cream-Gel Brow Color as I don’t keep my eyebrow makeup or any makeup on for 24 hours. So, I wouldn’t know. However, it does last for my entire workday (nine hours). My eyebrows tend to get extremely oily, so ka-BROW is #goals for combating this situation.

In just three steps, I transform my sparse eyebrows to literal eye candy. My brows are fuller and the application is a dream. I found the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz formula to be very dry and difficult to apply. The pencil didn’t glide on smoothly and it was hard to achieve feathery strokes, quickly. I even purchased ABH Dipbrow Pomade several weeks ago and hated it. Perhaps I selected the wrong color; it was way too dark and because it’s highly pigmented it made the color more intense. Even when I used soft, light strokes to fill my brows, it was still too dark. Bold, dramatic eyebrows are not my thing, so I returned it.

It helps that this product comes with a built-in angled brush, so it’s perfect for traveling and on-the-go makeup. ka-BROW is highly pigmented, so I would suggest using a very small amount.

How-to

After I brush what is left of my natural eyebrow hairs, I fill/sculpt, clean and blend. For a more detailed description of these steps and the tools I use, click here to read about how I did my eyebrows with ABH Brow Wiz. The same steps apply.

Pros 

  • Long-lasting wear
  • Oil absorbing
  • Great color payoff
  • Buildable coverage (easy to work with)
  • Convenient built-in brush
  • Waterproof
  • Sets quickly
  • Glides on like a dream
  • Light and soft formula

Cons

  • Short applicator
  • Not smudge-proof (although, not much color will transfer)

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Thanks for watching and reading!

-Genevia