Battle of the Wands

When asked, “What beauty product can’t you live without?” My answer is hands down MASCARA. To me, no makeup look is complete without several {maybe many} swipes of mascara. It opens the eyes and makes any elaborate, or everyday, eye look pop. Below are my absolute favorite drugstore and high-end mascaras. I feel all are well worth the $$$$.


Miss Manga Pumped Up Colossal Maybelline
My current favorite drugstore mascaras are Loreal’s Mega Volume Miss Manga & Maybelline’s Pumped Up Colossal. Both are made of a stickier formula, making additional coats easy and less clumpy. Your eyelashes will look fuller and longer! AND can we take a moment to admire the fabulous packaging!? Sleek and pink – yes please! Don’t let Miss Manga’s brush fool you. At first glance it looks crazy and a bit mangled, but it works sooo well! Reviews say it should build 15x the volume. Pumped up colossal tries it’s best to trump Miss Manga with a review of 16x the volume and a double shot brush that scoops up an extra shot of formula. Definitely my top two mascaras with traditional bristle brush heads.  
{Pricing: Miss Manga $7.99 & Pumped Up Colossal $7.99}


Dior Addict It-LashMac Extreme Dimension Lash

Moving on up! Let’s talk about my high-end picks. The first I’ve mentioned in numerous posts, because I find myself reaching for it day after day. The Dior Addict It-Lash is truly amazing! You can pile coat on top of coat and you won’t create “spider eyes.” The consistency of the formula is quite adhesive and the chubby plastic brush coats and separates every lash. My second high-end favorite is the MAC In Extreme Dimension Lash. As much as I’ve shopped at the MAC counter over the years, I never tried their mascara. I was always a drugstore mascara girl and didn’t understand the high price tag. Luckily one of the young ladies at MAC changed my mind. After raving about the quality, I quickly caved, and I am so glad I did! This mascara lengthens and volumizes like crazy! The formula is a whipped lightweight consistency and once you apply, it won’t budge. SERIOUSLY. I don’t use the waterproof version and the only way I can get it off is through the use of my MAC cleanse off oil.
{Pricing: Addict It-Lash $26 & In Extreme Dimension $21}

So the next time you need a shopping pick me up – OR tomorrow – try out one of my picks! You’ll fall in love with your lashes all over again.
XO Amanda