Monday, June 27, 2011

Review [3]: Prestige My Biggest Lashes

The Product:   Prestige Cosmetics My Biggest Lashes Big Lash Effect Mascara

Price/Amount:   $6~7 at, Ulta, & drugstores. Net Wt 0.46 fl oz e 13.6 ml

Colors:   MBG-01 Very Black, MBG-02 Black Brown

Claim:   "Your thickest, longest, biggest lashes ever! Instant dramatic volume and length with just one coat. Anti-clump, anti-flake, anti-smudge."  (quoted directly from

Top Lashes: One coat of mascara. Bottom Lashes: no mascara.

 Top Lashes: Two coats of mascara. Bottom Lashes: one coat of mascara.

Top Lashes: Two coats of mascara. Bottom Lashes: one coat of mascara.

I will start off my saying that I'm sorry I didn't take a picture of my bare lashes, I completely forgot!  As you can see in the pictures above, it lengthens my lashes nicely and adds some volume with 2 coats. I will make note that if you have smokey eye makeup on, the lashes don't have enough volume for my taste and get a bit lost in the look (this is the case for me). 

The tips of my lashes seem a big clumpy in the picture with 2 coats, & the reason for this is because I took these pictures right before I threw it out for being quite dried out (I'd been using it for over 6 months). With a fresh tube, this does not happen.

The way I apply this mascara: with the first coat, I apply an even coat through the length of the lashes (from the front & from behind the lashes) making sure I get enough onto the very base as well. I then apply a second layer from the front of the lashes, mostly on the bottom half of the lashes to bulk up the volume there.

To sum it up, this is my favorite mascara that I've used within the last year+, but I wouldn't say it's a holy grail as it doesn't give enough volume for all kinds of eye looks.

xxx Mayumi

Friday, June 10, 2011

Shopping Bag [10]: New Bracelets

I wear these 3 together on my right arm but for photo-taking purposes, they are on the left arm here.

Faux leather cord + medallion bracelet from H&M ($3.50)

 Sterling silver link bracelet ($25) & mother-of-pearl stretch bracelet ($9)
I picked these up at the annual U-District Street Fair a couple weeks back.

xxx Mayumi

Mani: [Caitlin]

The Polish:   Zoya "Caitlin" from the Intimates Collection

Number of coats:   base coat + 2 coats "Caitlin" + 1 coat Sally Hansen "Strobe Light" + Seche Vite topcoat

Color description from Zoya website:   "Zoya Nail Polish in Caitlin can be best described as: Smoky purple-tinged medium gray with smooth, opaque creme finish. Sultry, mysterious and impossibly chic, a shade that will have everyone intrigued."

My take on the polish:   I would call this a cool-toned medium purple color with a tinge of gray to it (i.e. more purple than gray). Creme finish that is opaque with 1 coat if applied very carefully, but I applied 2 quick coats. I don't recall having problems with streaking or other difficulties in the application process, although the brush on Zoya polishes aren't my favorite. I'll also add that the color dries a it darker than it appears in the bottle.

Formula:   Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Sterikonium Hectroite, Acrylates Copolymer, Styrene/ Acrylates Copolymer.
Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate and Camphor Free.

Price:   apprx. $7 ~ $8

Amount: 0.5 fl. oz. / 15ml

Availability:, Ulta stores

xxx Mayumi