I recently got a chance to try out L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara thanks to the gorgeous Helena over at Lipgloss Bitch. I haven’t seen this outside of Sweden and the UK but I have heard the whisper of a rumor it’s available within the US, where? I haven’t a clue but people have been lucky to get their hands on it.
I imagine I wanted the mascara for a few reasons one of which was the fact that it mimics that of Givenchy Phenonmen’Eyes Mascara. Indeed, the medieval torture device that makes up the end of this applicator proves popular in the mascara world with junkies like myself. With it’s round ball head and tiny little spikes one would wonder is it for applying to the eye area or torturing it?
Find out after the jump!
I will say I loved Givenchy Phenonmen’Eyes Mascara and the excitement of a cheaper alternative on the horizon seemed quite nice. I also loved that drugstore brands were taking risks with a unique design (even if it was a copy from a posher brand).
But where as Phenonmen’Eyes works well at lengthening, volumizing, and making lashes fuller, L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara fails, miserably. Explosion indeed, explosion of mess all over my bloody lashes.
Although the applicator is about the same size as Givenchy’s it seems the formula is the epic fail in this mascara. The applicator picks up way too much of the inky black gel like formula and proceeds to glue lashes together, clumps them up, and creates havoc in the form of a hot mess. The mascara formula is the only thing I can blame as the applicator is an exact dupe of Givenchy. The formula turns my many lashes into one uni-lash by gluing them altogether in a terrible mess of product. On the up side when applied slowly you’ll see decent results although lashes will need to be combed out to prove any worthy results with this. Applied to quickly or incorrectly and you’ll end up with mascara all over your eye and a gooey, sticky, wet mess of lashes.
As you can see in my after shot my lashes are a bit clumpy (this is after a comb through! They’d be glued together in one lash if I hadn’t combed eep!) and there is mascara all over my lash line yak. It’s impossible to apply this mascara without getting it all over the place.
The potential to create longer, fuller lashes is there but the formula is just to runny to succeed.
Overall, a complete and utter waste. Best bet is running out and splurging $28 on Givenchy, some times it pays to go the expensive route.
Final results? No likey. Bit hot mess waiting to happen.
Anyone try this?
Tell the Muse!
One of my most prized collections is that of my Jill Stuart cosmetics particularly my Jill Stuart Eye Shadow Palettes.
You’ll see why after the jump!
Jill Stuart Cosmetics have that certain beautiful packaging that makes us forget most of the makeup world and just stare in awe (and possibly drool while doing so) and excitement at the beauty that makes up this makeup. Much of the packaging is unique to anything I’ve purchased before and very, very beautiful. I’m a fan particularly of the eye shadow palettes whith house soft shimmering shades of color. I started out my collection with a single palette and soon after hauled five more. Since that time I ended up with near 20 palettes but only nine now make up my collection as various ones were handed over to friends who fell as in love with them as I did.
Although expensive and at times repetitious the brand holds a very special place in my heart. Hope you enjoyed my stash spotlight of Jill Stuart Shadow Palettes!
Like this quad?
Cargo PlantLove Eye Shadow Quad contains four full-sized Cargo PlantLove Eyeshadows. Each shadow is a shimmering, highly pigmented shade that’s organic and paraben-free!
The quad is $25 bucks at Sephora but you can steal it for….
Eep! Sephora has the quad available for a mere $5 dollars right now. Shades included are Iris (deep violet shimmer), Thyme (pale golden olive shimmer), Zinnea (copper gold shimmer), and Ginger (warm orange brown shimmer).
Quite worthy of a pick up dontcha agree? I just plopped one in my cart, might as well. Swatches and review to follow!
I already brought you a list of Cosmetic and Beauty Buys at Sephora for $10 Bucks and Under.
I thought since money is tight for many of us why not split that in half and bring a list of things you can buy for $5 bucks at Sephora!
See ‘em after the jump!
Sephora Round-A-Pout Beach Ball LipGloss
Sephora Glitter Lashes
Available in two shades this little treasure houses four separate shades of glosses to give your pout a kiss of color in coconut flavor!
Mimicking Givenchy’s Lash Sparkles
these clickable pens come Gold and Silver to tip lashes with a sparkle of fairy-like glitter!
Sephora Glitter Lipstick
Glistening color that can be worn alone or over your favorite lipstick for a sizzling, sparkly lip look!
Sephora Lip Attitude
A semi-glossy lipstick available in over 25 shades for $5 bucks!
Sephora Lacquer Nail Polish
Over 20 shades to choose from to color tips and toes at a budget price.
Sephora Luxe Noir Sliver Swirl Bag Collection
Choose from a medium cosmetic case, clutch, or pencil case in sparkling metallic silver for $5 bucks!
Sephora Lipgloss Pencil
Not willing to shell out for a Lipstick Queen Gloss Pencil? Try Sephora Lipgloss Pencils which offer lips pigmented color with a high sheen, glossy finish.
Bare Escentuals On the Spot
Mistakes happen but quick corrections are easy with these. Each cotton swab is filled with a small amount of gentle solution to provide an easy way to remove eye makeup or correct small problems. 24 for $5 bucks too so your corrections don’t have to be expensive.
Sephora Eye Makeup Remover To Go
Traveling but not willing to lug along large bottles? Snag a bottle of this eye make up remover in the small size (nearly 2oz). It’s a fav of mine because it whisks away heavy eye make up and waterproof mascara in a flash!
on 10 Lip Balm
Choose from any number of flavors and vintage style tins all for $5 bucks and under!
Sephora Mascara Fantastic Color
Available in brown only. The tube alone could get the Muse excited and hey it’s $5 bucks!
Sephora Brand Sponges
Available in several shapes and sizes these sponges are brightly colored and ideal for makeup application of any kind. Each package includes one, two, or more sponges.
Hope you enjoyed these little steals at Sephora. Use ‘em to spoil yourself with a little purchase or to tip your cart over into the free shipping zone or just because…do we need an excuse to buy makeup? I think not. Feel free to add some of your own in the comment box!
I swear it’s been years since I’ve used Clean & Clear and I almost forgot how much I loved it when I was using it. The new Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Foaming Cleanser reminded me why it was my skincare regime way back when with it’s fresh scent and ability to get my skin sparkling clean, swing! Likey!
You know what to do for the review…!
Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Foaming Cleanser is a brand new oil-free foaming cleanser. It comes in a 6 oz pump for $5.99 (I seen it at Target for $5.49) and is a foaming cleanser. I seriously have an obsession with foaming cleansers, is it me or do you feel the same way?
A pump or two will do your entire face and it’s gentle enough not to dry out skin. It has a super fresh pleasant scent plus did I mention it’s a foam? Loves it! Supposedly it even removes waterproof mascara but I can’t say as I normally remove my mascara prior to washing my face, I never trust a cleanser do it not even my beloved Shu oil.
With it’s inexpensive price tag and rich lathering formula it’s a winner for me. Muse Approved for Purchase! Likes it alot.
If you’re looking for a cheap, inexpensive cleanser that won’t break the bank, cleans your face, smells fresh and clean, and doesn’t dry your skin out or clog pores I’d say grab yourself some Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Foaming Cleanser.
Good stuff, ’nuff said (and you know what a nit picker I am about skincare so this is def one to pick up!).