I know, I've been back to school for four weeks now, but hopefully that explains why I've taken so long to post another blog about reading, even though I have posted blogs about other stuff. Since my last reading post, I've read 8 books: Veronica Roth's Four: A Divergent Collection and the entire Harry Potter series, which I finally finished two days ago. I didn't want to do a final wrap-up post until I was all the way through the last book of the series, even though my summer break has long been over.
Spoiler warning, just in case.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
I am somewhat of a mascara junkie, and when I first heard about Younique's Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes mascara from my friend Jeannie a few months ago, I knew I had to try it. But Younique's products are only available through a representative, and I didn't know any... until now. Muahahahaha.
So, as you can see from the photo, you get two tubes in a case that is approximately sunglasses-sized. One tube (the longer one) is the Transplanting Gel. It looks like run-of-the-mill black mascara and smells a little bit like paint, but only if you hold it up to your nose to smell it (which I totally did. What? Everyone should totally smell their mascara.) I can't smell it when it's on my lashes, which I can't say about other mascaras (ick).
The shorter tube consists of Natural Fibers. It looks like itty bitty pieces of black cotton. (It's not cotton, btw - they're green tea fibers. Not that I know what green tea fibers actually are.)
I'm no stranger to to fiber mascaras, though the only other ones I've seen used white fibers. Black fibers make a whole lot more sense to me.
The instructions are as follows:
1) Apply "one thin coat" of normal mascara. Whichever kind you like. Let it dry.
2) Apply an even coat of the Transplanting Gel.
3) Apply Natural Fibers immediately.
4) Seal with another coat of Transplanting Gel.
(Repeat 3 and 4 ad infinitum, until you achieve your desired amount of lashiness.)
Yesterday, when I received this in the mail, I was already wearing two coats of UD Perversion mascara. I decided to test it out anyway:
This morning I tried it with my beloved L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly in Midnight Black, and took lots of photos. I wanted to compare the 3D Fiber Lash to another mascara because anything next to naked lashes will look different.
This is my normal mascara look, by the way - this is one coat of Voluminous Butterfly. I'm also wearing a pencil eyeliner this time instead of my liquid liner.
|3D Fiber Lash vs. L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly|
In the middle photo, it's a subtle difference, but it's there. I'd be curious to see how two coats of Voluminous Butterfly would compare (but not curious enough to walk around the rest of the day with uneven eye makeup). There's a very obvious difference in lash volume in the bottom photo.
But seriously though, you can see a marked difference. These are the L'Oreal-only (before) and the final two-coats (after) photos side by side.
I have to play around some more with my application technique (because I was applying and taking pictures really quickly with my daughter vying for my attention), but overall, I have to say I'm pretty pleased with the results. It didn't take me much longer than normal to apply the extra layers.
It's on the pricey side for $29 - I understand that it's two tubes and comes in a fancy case, but if you're not someone who adores mascara and prioritizes it in your makeup routine line I do, then I can totally understand some sticker shock. This is definitely the most expensive mascara I've ever purchased, but as someone who has searched far and wide for a dramatic lash look (that doesn't involve applying falsies), I'd definitely say the results and the ease of application make it worth the price.
Special thanks to Jeannie, PT, Tristin, and Gabriela for putting Younique on my radar.