Mascara Showdown

Mascara-Showdown-HeaderIf there’s anything I don’t need with finishing off my makeup, it’s definitely mascara. I don’t know why, but it’s one of my two favourite makeup items to own/purchase. That, and of course my ultimate favourite: bronzer. As a little girl, I use to flutter my lashes at my parents friends who came over. They always complimented me on my eyelashes, and to this day when I don’t wear mascara people still compliment the ol’ lashes. K, is that weird? Enough about that.

I guess I enjoy mascara because when I do wear it, it almost looks as though I am wearing false eyelashes. To an extent, I suppose. So I thought I’d combine a few of my favourite mascaras into one post, and show you before and after photos of each one and let you be the judge on what one is your favourite.

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Buxom’s customizable eyeshadow palette

Buxom-headerBy now, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know I don’t stray too much from makeup brands, and I only recommend the companies I’ve tried and trusted. You’ll notice that I don’t stray off course with my skincare regime — and it’s why I don’t talk about it much because it could get boring for you to hear me repeat myself about how much I love philosophy products. Well, the same goes with my makeup. I love certain brands, and don’t stray from them.

Customizable-palette-buxomBuxom launched an Eyeshadow Bar which is a customizable eyeshadow palette. The eyeshadows launched in June with primer-infused luxury exclusively being sold at Sephora. To be honest, I wasn’t entirely sure what primer-infused meant. I presumed correctly and it is meant to last longer on the eyelids without using primer. Lessen the load in your makeup bag!

Buxom-Customizable-paletteLeft to right: diamond darling, designer or die, star treatment, 24kt stilettos, filthy rich, and invite only.

Buxom-eyeshadowsAs you can tell from the photo, the palette has a huge mirror, and the packaging itself is quite sturdy, so great for travel if need be.

I’m excited about the variety of colours you can choose from: 40 shades for you to mix and match, whether you want to buy the eyeshadow in singles, or 6 to slide into your own personalized palette.Although creating your own palette isn’t unique — not many companies offer customizable eyeshadows that I know of. A few renowned beauty companies like Inglot and MAC have been doing similar palettes for a while, and that’s all I know of. Buxom is one of my go-to brands for mascara (fantastic for layering on top of Make Up For Ever’s Smoky Lash) and lip glosses as I’ve spoken about on the blog before. Though it’s still exciting to try out a handful of their eyeshadows and play around with simple natural looks. Considering I don’t wear eyeshadow often, and prefer to stick to a neutral look, I asked that mild colours be sent over for me to review. The eyeshadows themselves are pigmented and didn’t crease on my naturally crease-y eyelids, so that’s a plus.  The palette is wonderful for those who have probably bought a pre-made palette in the past and only used a couple of the colours out of the whole thing. Now, you can truly customize with colours that you know you’ll get your use out of. And if you’ve used up one of the colours so much, you can easily swap it out for a new one!

Buxom-lipsI filmed a “get ready with me” youtube video featuring this palette and some lip products that I showed here, but you’ll have to wait until next week to see that one! It’s both exciting and hilarious if I do say so.

Buxom-lip-foundation-swatchI also wanted to talk a bit about the lip foundations. Hooboy, those are some pigmented lip products that doesn’t easily wash off with a bit of soap (on the arm). If you want to get the true colour of your lipstick or lipgloss, or just want a long lasting natural base colour, use these. The two on the left are lip foundations, and the two on the right are lipsticks. All natural colours, perfect for an every day look.



I went scouring on Sephora’s website, and noticed that they’ve uploaded a PDF file in case you needed inspiration on how to create certain eye looks using the Buxom eyeshadows. ‘Lacy Things’ look is probably my favourite, and I admit – some of the wild colours look really gorgeous on the eyes! Too bad I have terrible skills with application of the eyeshadows, I must go practice.

Buxom-eyeshadowDetails of palettes and eyeshadows:

Or if you prefer to have your eyeshadow palettes pre-built for you, there are 3 that you can choose from:

Disclaimer: I was sent the Buxom products for review. All opinions are my own, it would be rude to take anyone elses ;) 

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Boost your eyelashes with this mascara combo

You’ll probably love my little mascara secret as much as I do.mufe-and-buxom-layered
This mascara combo I’m about to talk to you about, will make you look like you’re wearing falsies, without the lifting and gluing things to your eyeballs. Side note: The word falsies reminds me of grandpa dentures chilling out in a glass of water by the bedside, not false eyelashes. I think falsies is a hilarious name. Continue on…

False eyelashes scare the crap out of me. Only because I’m fearful of the glue lifting off halfway through the night and making it look like there are bugs or spiders on my eyelids. I’ve seen people wear false eyelashes out, and they looked dreadful. I don’t particularly want to be one of those people.

mufe-and-buxom-mascaraSo, I’ve resorted to wearing coats of mascara. I had never heard of ever layering your mascaras until I started watching beauty videos on YouTube a few years ago. Then it dawned on me. Due to the amount of mascara I have, I should try to layer them to get a different look to my lashes. Not all mascaras are made the same, you know!

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