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April 24, 2009

Review: Maybelline XXL Curl Power Mascara

Product information from the official website:

This mascara dramatically curls and extends lashes 45° from root to tip. Patented formula gives lashes 12 hours of hold.
  • No clumps
  • Exclusive PowerCurve brush
  • Ophthalmologist tested and safe for contact lens wearers
  • Washable

Overall Rating: 1/5
Would I Repurchase?: No


- Can be found at drugstores, readily available
- Adds volume
- Color payoff is good, goes on very black

- Feels heavy and weighs lashes down
- Doesn't hold a curl
- Slightly clumpy
- Huge curvy brush makes it difficult to neatly coat inner lashes
- Not a lot of product

The idea is good. It comes with a white primer that you apply first. The primer has tiny little fibers that grab onto your lashes. Then, you apply the actual mascara.

I was very disappointed with this product. It drew me in because of everything it promised. However, it didn't deliver length or curl like it claimed. It made my lashes look clumpy and droopy. Oh well, at least I got it when Maybelline products were buy one get one free.

double ended tube

primer side

mascara side


bare lashes that stick straight down

curled with my shiseido eyelash curler

applied the primer side

applied the mascara [lashes fell]

after curling again

from a lower view.

April 20, 2009

Review: Maybelline Lash Stiletto


Product information from the official website:

The only mascara that does for lashes what stilettos do for legs.
  • The Grip & Extend brush grasps each lash and coats from every angle
  • Elastic formula stretches lashes for provocative length
  • Pro-Vitamin B-5 formula conditions and smoothes for black-patent shine
  • Contact lens safe and Ophthalmologist tested

Overall Rating: 3/5
Would I Repurchase?: No


- Can be found at most drugstores or any location that sells Maybelline cosmetics. Finding it is easy and convenient.

- Price ranges, but for the most part, it's affordable. I got it at CVS for around $8.

- Cute packaging! The tube is shaped like the heel of a stiletto.

- The wand is a good size since it's not too big. The tip of the bristles is thinner, making it easy to coat those hard to reach lashes like the inner corners.

- Never looks clumpy. No need to fear spidery lashes.

- Lashes feel soft, not stiff or crunchy.


- Doesn't lengthen as much as I expected it to.

- Weighs my lashes down.

- Doesn't hold a curl.

- Doesn't come in a waterproof formula yet.

- Has a noticable smell when you're applying it.


Lash stiletto is a decent mascara, but it's just not for me. My lashes stick straight down, so I need a mascara that will lengthen and hold a curl. I saw a bit of lengthening, but it wiped out my lash curler's work. My lashes ended up looking better bare and curled.

However, if you're fortunate enough to have lashes that don't stick straight down and want a mascara that gives a bit of length, this product might work for you.

Stiletto Shaped Tube

Close up of the wand

Bare, nakey lashes! They stick straight down :(

Curled with my Shiseido curler, yay!

After I applied the mascara. The curl fell.

It looks a bit better when I curl again after applying the mascara. But that's not really recommended because your lashes can get ripped out of you're not careful.

A close up from a lower view. As you can see, it does lengthen.
But since the curl fell, this length isn't visible at all from a straight on view.

April 19, 2009

Max Factor

So tell me why I was the only one who jumped up and down with excitement when I saw this star..


I know the "Factor" is hard to read, but it's there. Nobody really understood why I was excited. It's a makeup thing, ha. Read about him on WIKIPEDIA if you don't know :]

April 17, 2009

High-End Products In Other Places?

I've always seen salon hair products at places like CVS and Walmart. Redken, Bedhead, Matrix, etc. However, I've heard that those products are sometimes not as good as it should be because it's diluted or something. Most of the time, the price is the same as salons or Ulta sells them. So I don't really bother buying them anyway.

But lately I've been seeing more high end cosmetics and skincare in new places. Weird, right? Just thought I would share.

Sorry the pictures are so blurry. I was trying to be discreet with my phone, ha. These pictures were actually taken a longgg time ago. I've also seen things like Bare Minerals kits at Target.


Stila: Shape Up Your Face $9.97

Bobbi Brown Pink Shimmer Brick Set $31.99

Messy display for MAC shadows, haha.
Everytime women walked by, they would glance at the display. After passing
it, they would do a double take, realize it was MAC, and take a look.

MAC Matte2 Eyeshadow $11.49
(they had newly minted, hand written, poison pen, copper plate, mellow mauve)


Middle row has Origins, bottom row has Kiehls.

Clearance section.. do you see what I see?

Philosophy 3-in-1 in Sugar Cookie

April 14, 2009

CVS Haul

For Lent, I gave up spending my money on makeup. Since buying was a no-no, I wasn't able to get a mascara for a while. The mascara I was using was like.. 5 months old. Yuck, haha. Now that Lent is over and I'm FREEEEE, I went to CVS. I've found a few mascaras that I like. But with so many mascaras out there, I wanted to try out some new ones. I picked up Lash Stiletto and XXL Curl Power since Maybelline was buy 1 get 1 free. When I got home I took off my makeup, curled my lashes, and tried out both mascaras. So far, I like the lash stiletto. I'm not liking the xxl curl power though. Maybe I'll take pictures one day and do a review.

XXL Curl Power, Lash Stiletto, Beeswax Lip Balm

Maybelline Lash Stiletto

Maybelline Lash Stiletto Brush

Maybelline XXL Curl Power

Maybelline XXL Curl Power Primer Brush

Maybelline XXL Curl Power Mascara Brush