Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof, in Signature Violet


What I am looking for in a waterproof mascara: I usually use a waterproof mascara for when I know I am going to be in a wet environment and dont want mascara all over my face. I prefer a colored waterproof mascara when going to the beach or pool because I dont feel its is appropriate or necessary to wear any other eye makeup to these places.  A mascara in a subtle color which enhances your eye color will make your eyes stand out without eyeliner or eyeshadow on. (Purple brings out golden eyes and can bring out the warmth in blue and green eyes, Plum or red based browns enhance blue and green eyes, Greens and blues look great on brown eyes, Navy and dark blue will make the whites of your eyes brighter).  I want something that isn’t brittle on my eyelashes (which many are) and will withstand a day at the pool.  I want the mascara to give my eyelashes a bit of length and volume while not looking overdone at the beach or pool.

My lash type and concerns: I have long, stick straight lashes which could use a bit of definition and volume.  My skin can be oily and I use oil based moisturizers so under eye smudging can be a problem.  In addition, I need my mascara to hold a curl well.

The Product (as stated on their website): MASCARA VOLUME EFFET FAUX CILS WATERPROOF for a dramatic false lash effect now available in a waterproof formula. The unique brush is designed to work specifically with the new formula for to maximize lash volume and 24-hour hold.

Ingredient list: (I found this on Sephora.com.  Its for the black version because they dont sell the violet color and I threw the box away when I purchased this product, before I decided to review it for the blog.  This is the most reliable list of ingredients I have found)

Charcoal Black

Isododecane, Cera Alba / Beeswax, Copernicia Cerifera Cera / Carnauba Wax, Disteardimonium, Hectorite, Aqua / Water, Allyl Stearate/Va Copolymer, Oryza Sativa Cera / Rice Bran Wax, Paraffin, Alcohol Denat, Polyvinyl Laurate, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer, Propylene Carbonate, Talc Synthetic Beeswax, Ethylenediamine/Stearyl Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, Peg-30 Glyceryl, Stearate, Silica, Parfum / Fragrance, Candelilla Cera / Candelilla Wax, Panthenol. May Contain: Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 / Iron Oxides, Ci 77007 / Ultramarines, Mica, Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide Ci 75470 / Carmine, Ci 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide.

My thoughts: The Ingredients, although not all natural, are of pretty good quality. The wax in the ingredients keeps my lashes soft and plush, while the mascara stayed in place all day no matter what.   The violet color really brightens up my eyes and seems to make them glow. I remove it gently with a bit of jojoba or coconut oil and then wipe away with a cotton ball and rinse. The formula is wet and goes on wet but, my lashes stay curled and in place.   If you have used the non waterproof version of this mascara, please note that this brush is thinner and I feel that the mascara does not apply the same. for instance, the look is less dramatic but still buildable.

YSL Effet Faux Cils Waterproof VioletYSL Effet Faux Cils Waterproof Violet 3


– Leaves lashes flexible and soft for a waterproof mascara

– Violet color seems to make my blue eyes glow.  Comes in several subtle, yet eye enhancing colors.

– Does not flake or smudge

– Is very waterproof

– Buildable


– May be difficult to remove

– Not the same as the Effet Faux Cils regular formula

– May not create enough volume for those who like a really intense look

– $30 price tag may be considered steep

Overall: This is my new favorite waterproof mascara. I was using Chanel Inimitable Waterproof mascara, but it started smudging on my sometimes oily skin.  This, on the other hand, stays in place all day. It really enhances my eyes so I can wear minimal makeup but still look great at the beach or by the pool.  I love that it leaves my lashes soft and flexible so I know its not drying out my lashes.  The gold tube of this signature YSL packaging makes this product feel luxurious to use. I would recommend anyone looking for a good waterproof mascara to try this in any color of their choice.

(Available at Nordstrom; $30)


Tarte BB tinted treatment 12-hour primer

“BB tinted treatment 12-hour primer
Broad Spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen”Image

What I am looking for in a BB cream:  When testing and purchasing a BB cream I look for a product that provides moisture, even skin texture and tone, with sunscreen and skincare benefits.  I want something that will let me use less products in my morning routine, especially in the summer when I dont want a bunch of layers on my face.

My skin type: Combination (Oily in t-zone, dry in cheek area)

My skin concerns: Controlling oil without drying skin, keeping my skin youthful and radient, minimizing pores, evening skin tone.

The Product (as stated on their website): 

“Indulge your skin with tarte’s innovative BB tinted treatment primer, a powerful multi-tasker that works as a primer, moisturizer, light foundation, anti-aging treatment and sunscreen to give you a youthful-looking glow.

Product Performance: Indulge and nourish your skin with tarte’s innovative BB tinted treatment which offers multiple skincare and makeup benefits in one eco-chic tube. This powerfully pure formula not only works as a skin-soothing treatment, but as a moisturizer, sunscreen, primer and foundation that visibly improves skin’s overall appearance for a youthful-looking glow. This 12-hour longwear, anti-aging, oil-free tinted treatment primer offers light-to-medium buildable coverage that helps even skin tone and conceals discoloration, acne and other skin imperfections. The creamy, silky formula goes on smooth, hydrates skin and blends easily leaving you with a natural, flawless finish while the broad-spectrum, chemical-free SPF 30 offers ideal protection from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays.

Powered By: tripleB complex: a proprietary blend of natural diamond powder, plants and lipoamino acids that diffuses light and minimizes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores while improving the appearance of skin luminosity

Broad-spectrum, chemical-free SPF 30 offers ideal protection from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays.”

Ingredient list: (from their website)

1 oz/ 30ml

Active Ingredients: titanium dioxide 4.55%, zinc oxide 3.50%

Fair Inactive Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, isododecane, mica, polysilicone-11, polymethylsilsesquioxane, hexyl laurate, PEG-10 dimethicone, polyglyceryl-4 isostearate, stearic acid, cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 dimethicone, alumina, triethoxycaprylylsilane, dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline, diamond powder, iron oxides.
Light Inactive Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, isododecane, polysilicone-11, mica, polymethylsilsesquioxane, hexyl laurate, PEG-10 dimethicone, polyglyceryl-4 isostearate, stearic acid, cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 dimethicone, alumina, triethoxycaprylylsilane, dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline, diamond powder, iron oxides.
Medium Inactive Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, isododecane, polysilicone-11, mica, polymethylsilsesquioxane, hexyl laurate, PEG-10 dimethicone, polyglyceryl-4 isostearate, stearic acid, cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 dimethicone, alumina, triethoxycaprylylsilane, dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline, diamond powder, iron oxides.
Deep Inactive Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, isododecane, polysilicone-11, mica, polymethylsilsesquioxane, hexyl laurate, PEG-10 dimethicone, polyglyceryl-4 isostearate, stearic acid, cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 dimethicone, alumina, triethoxycaprylylsilane, dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline, diamond powder, iron oxides.

formulated without parabens, formulated without mineral oil, formulated without  phthalates, formulated without sodium lauryl sulfates, formulated without synthetic fragrances, formulated without gluten.

My thoughts:  I love Tarte cosmetics; Their ingredients are safe, their products work, and they have an amazing color selection. Therefore, I was really looking forward to trying their BB cream, as I have been on the hunt for the perfect BB cream for a while now and loved the idea of one with mostly natural ingredients from a brand I enjoy.

I tried the “Light” shade out of the four shades they offer (Fair, Light, Medium, and Dark). In the morning after washing my face I used the BB cream without  a moisturizer or a sunscreen underneath, as this was supposed to provide those benefits in addition to coverage.  Immediately I was put off by how “siliconey” (Yes, I just made up this word) this product felt.   I should have known it was going to be a silicone bomb based on the fact that it is called a BB primer, but the silicone texture of this product actually left my skin looking and feeling more dry than before I put it on.   Throughout the day my skin felt semi dry, even in the T-zone.  I also noticed some flakeyness.  The good news was that I didnt have any oil in the t-zone area all day, but the dryness of the product left my skin looking a bit aged, and as stated before, flakey.  From the distance my skin looked flawless, because the product did smooth out my pores and evened my skin tone without looking matte.  But, the dryness make my skin look horrible when looked at closer.

Sometimes heavy silicone products break me out, but this did not break me out after a few uses.  The product did last all day, and the color blended well with my light to medium light skin tone.  The formula from a distance left my skin looking natural and not dewy nor matte.


– Leaves a great finish

– Good for a light to medium-light coverage

– Is also a primer which smooths out pores

– Ingredients are better than other comparable products (even though they are not all natural)

– Did not make me oily

– Did not break me out

– The colors seem to blend well


– Leaves skin dry, flakey and aged looking

– Is loaded with silicones (all BB creams I have tried have silicones but this had a lot more)*

Overall:  I would not recommend this to those who are looking to wear only this product, as I felt I needed a moisturizer underneath, even with my oily t zone.  Worn with some sort of moisturizer on those who do not have dry skin, this product may be a good option for a natural look with semi-natural ingredients. In addition, this product may do well in wet and humid environments.

*Note: I tend to avoid skin and hair products with silicones. I will cover the details of why in another post.

Chanel Inimitable Waterproof mascara in Nior

On my hunt for a great waterproof mascara I finally came across this beauty.  I have tried the Inimitable Intense regular mascara and loved it, but I felt I could get the same look from another mascara I already owned, so it took me a while to try this waterproof version of the inimitable mascara.

Chanel is known for quality, luxury and being the best of the best in many aspects, and this mascara is no exception.  It does everything I want from a daytime mascara, it lengthens, it adds volume, it separates and its buildable so you have control over how dramatic your lashes look. One coat gives a nice defined semi natural look, and with 2 coats it looks I am wearing falsies.  The look is not Drag-queen drama, just a lush lash look.



– Separates for feathery lashes

– adds a good amount of volume (may not be a good evening mascara for those who love lots of volume)

– leaves lashes soft

– easy to remove with an oil based remover

– waterproof for the beach or pool


– Price may be an issue for some at $30 a tube

– If you love lots of drama, and the most intense lashes possible, this may not be for you. The inimitable intense is more dramatic, but does not come in waterproof.  With that said, you can build this up for a false lash look.

Overall, I have found my perfect waterproof mascara for the summer.  I will probably use a different mascara for special events to get a more dramatic look, as I do love a super dramatic lashes in the evening.

(In the photos below I am only wearing a bit of liner on my waterline and the mascara)

Update: I stopped using this mascara because it would smudge by the end of the day due to my oily skin.  I would find black smudges on my brow bone and lower eyelid.  It really is too bad because everything else was so wonderful with this mascara.


Yves Saint Laurent Singulier Nuit Blanche waterproof mascara in #3 Vibrant plum

(photo from sephora.com)

It seems lately all my reviews have been pretty negative, and unfortunately this review is no different. There are actually more products I like than dislike, it just seems like several of my latest purchases have been a miss. Fear not readers I have some exciting posts coming up about some products I love, and I will be having a friend contribute to reviewing items and sharing her views right here on my blog. But in the mean time let me get one more disappointment off my chest.

I purchased this product because last year in the summer I loved my YSL waterproof mascara that I had purchased. But unfortunately that mascara was discontinued, and I was left with a choice between this one and the effet faux cils in waterproof. I knew I should have gone with the latter choice, but I was tempted by the rich plum color that the Singulier came in. (Plum color on the eyes really enhances blue eyes, where as violet will bring out gold color in eyes, and blues and greens will make brown eyes sparkle)

This wasn’t a horrible mascara, it just didn’t do my lashes much justice. The pros of this mascara were that it holds a curl beautifully even though it goes on wet. Whatever shape of curl I achieved with an eyelash curler is the sharp it would stay all day with this mascara. Another good thing is that it was truly waterproof. It could stay on through anything and did not smudge on my oily skin. In fact when applying it was a pain to clean up any smudges. Also the color was beautiful. As far as the cons and reason I returned this mascara, because of the highly waterproof formula, even with using oil to remove the mascara it seemed near impossible to remove. I don’t recall having this problem with my other waterproof mascara from YSL. Also one of the reasons I loved my old YSL waterproof mascara was the soft feel my lashes had when using it instead of a brittle feel that waterproof mascara usually gives. But this mascara was more stiff on my lashes. Also the brush I felt gave an inconsistent application. Sometimes I would apply this and think “not bad” and other times my lashes would end up all clumped together. I think this is because the space between the bristles holds too much product. I also noticed some lash fall out and breakage, however I must also state I have been playing around with some different eyelash curlers so it may not be the fault of the mascara, I will keep you updated on that. But I only noticed it since I have been testing this mascara which is why I mention it.

The brush is made of plastic comb like bristles in a spiral pattern. The brush seems really cool, but it takes too much work to get to look decent, and applies inconsistently. For a high end mascara I don’t want to have to work so hard for great lashes.

Dior New Look Mascara Review


When ordering my latest batch of products from sephora, I cashed in 100 sephora beauty points to get a Deluxe sample of Dior New Look mascara in black. I wanted to try it for a week before reviewing it for you but it was so disappointing I barely got passed 2 days.

First of all, if you are a sephora Beauty Insider please don’t waste your 100 points on this. This is a cheap tiny snap on/off cap mascara sample that you can get for free at your closest Dior counter. If you want to try this mascara and don’t live near a department store or sephora then Maybe this may be worth the 100 points, but really Sephora should have given this as a free Sample because there is nothing Deluxe about this sample size.

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Second the mascara itself made my lashes long but clumped together after 1 coat. The formula is wet and thick and weighed my lashes down. Also at the end of the day the mascara was smudged all over my eyelid. This product did get many positive reviews on Sephora.com and maybe it may work for some people, but it seems like a hit or miss. I personally thought it was one of the worst high end mascaras I have ever tried.


Karuna brightening mask from my April beauty army box

Here is the information for the product I reviewed from my Beauty Army Box. I got this information from the Beauty Army web site.
It’s $28 for a pack of 4 which is supposed to be a months supply. That means $7 a mask.

Mission: Revealing & Enlightening

Solution: Grapefruit Seed Extract deflects environmental toxins from the skin, while rare Asian plant extracts help to create a fresher-looking, smoother-feeling complexion.

Karuna eye masks contain a custom-blended beauty boost. Plant extracts, peptides, and anti-oxidants bring care and compassion to all skin types with a feeling of hydration, nourishment and renewal.

Delivery: All-natural fiber cloth retains 50% more moisture than synthetics, helping pores to fully absorb the paraben-free beneficial ingredients. Made from bio-degradable wood pulp, our cloth is truly a green and luxurious alternative.

Product Size: 4 individually wrapped masks, or 1 month’s supply

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Morus Bombycis Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum)

For my video about the beauty army box and what came in it click here

After about 20min the product dried/absorbed into my skin to a nice smooth soft finish. I did not rinse the product off my face before I went to sleep and woke up to soft yet slightly flaky skin. I don’t think I will purchase this product, but may look into other masks from this brand. Maybe the flakiness was just because this wasn’t right for my skin type, but I will say its worth trying for yourself. The quality of this product is very good and it’s very therapeutic while the mask is on the skin.

Update Note: the company was kind enough to respond and let me know that the flakiness was just the dried gel based serum, which makes sense because my skin felt soft and fresh, not dry.

Guerlain by Pucci kohl kajal liner


If you didn’t already know I have a thing for middle eastern and far eastern inspired products (think Morocco to India, Pre biblical times to now) and Kajal and powder kohl liners are a perfect example of that. Different variations have been used dating back from Mesopotamia and Egypt, and are still used in the middle east, India, Pakistan, and many other regions. It gives eyes that sultry cat like look, and is said to protect eyes from ailments. In India they use it as early as on infants to protect the infant and it’s eyes.

Lining the waterline has been a pretty popular makeup technique in the western world in the last 10 years and has been used by makeup artists to intensify the eyes for even longer. However very few company’s make liners for the waterline that mimic the ancient traditions of these culture that have been doing this for centuries. Guerlain is on of the few brands that has both loose and stick form kohls and kajals that mimic the ancient form and application of of these liners. The formulas are different, but that is not a bad thing as many of the traditional kajals contained lead.

I am in love with Guerlain’s loose kohl powders that come with a wand applicator and look like something straight from ancient Persia. I have also been meaning to get their kohl kajal stick in Black as it is suck a creamy intense black formula andy love the cone stick design which is what you would see if you were to buy some kajal from the other side of the world. However for summer, back is too intense so I ordered the blue limited edition Pucci one from Sephora’s website. (pictured above) which actually turned out to be a Violet blue much like the Clarins one I reviewed a week ago.

Also like the Clarins kohl kajal I was highly disappointed with this product. This product also wouldn’t apply to the waterline at all. It wasn’t as creamy as the black, and was only good for lining the lash line. However, even for lining the lash line it would smudge to easy, and a nice pencil or powder liner would be better for that task. So unfortunately this too will go back to Sephora.

Oh, and one last note: I mentioned that the clarins kohl kajal had castor oil in it which is good for lash growth. This guerlain formula does not contain castor oil. Just thought I would mention that.

Beauty Army, April/may subscription

Some of you may have heard of the monthly beauty sample subscription services where you pay a monthly fee and receive deluxe and full size beauty samples to try every month in the mail. They are a great way to try new products without spending a lot of money. The video below describes my samples from the beauty army subscription service. This is my first shipment from them and the delivery date varies for everyone. I will be picking my products at the end of the month and they will come at the beginning of the next month. So my April picks came in may. Enjoy.

To get your own subscription use this link to sign up.
Beauty Army

Click here to see my review for the Karuna mask

Clarins kohl kajal liner in violet


I have been wanting this product since I first saw promos for Clarins summer 2012 collection. I finally went to my local Nordstrom and picked up this eyeliner based on ancient middle Eastern and far eastern makeup traditions. I bought the violet color, and was highly disappointed. I bought it to give my waterline a smoldering yet colorful look and the product failed to apply to the waterline smoothly and was all smudged in the wrong places within an hour. I do not recommend this. Product for the waterline, however if you are looking for a smudgable product for the lash line for a smokey look you may like this. In addition it contains castor oil which is said to help grow lashes. I give it a 5-6 out of 10.