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Do you know what I hate? Clumpy lashes. You know what I mean; you swipe on your mascara only to find chunks of lashes that stick together. I’ll admit I’ve done some silly things to get separation, like taking pointed end tweezers to them to pry my lashes apart. The new COVERGIRL Total Tease Mascara promises long, refined lashes, so I knew I had to try it out.

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The mascara, which is available in a few black + brown shades and a deep blue, does a good job of getting in close to the lashes for full coverage. The wand it dual-sided; half features a plastic, spiked brush for even coverage and the other side has a unique detailing tip with longer bristles so you can really separate and “tease” the lashes to their full length potential. I’ll be honest, the first few times I used this mascara the detailing tip freaked me out a bit. I could see it in front of my eye while I was brushing the mascara on, but I quickly got used to it.

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In terms of the formula, it nicely coats the lashes and does provide nice lengthening results. You should see some of the pictures I tried to take – my lashes are so long that they actually curl at the top where the hit my eyelid! I love that aspect, but I would have loved to see a bit more volume and fullness. I already have pretty decent length so fullness is something I really like to see in my mascara. If you’re looking for a lengthening mascara though, this is a really great, affordable option; I get results similar to those that I see with Benefit’s Rollerlash Mascara.

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When it comes to separation, I found that the classic mascara applicator side of the brush does a really good job on its own of fully coating and separating the lashes, but of course you do end up with small areas where the lashes can slightly clump together. The detailing tip, once you get used to it, does a really great job of separating and spacing out the lashes to help increase fullness of the lashes and give them a more defined look. I also found that this mascara has really great wear time. I can throw it on in the morning and it’s still in place at the end of the day without any flaking or traveling.

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Have you tried the COVERGIRL Total Tease Mascara yet? Will you be giving it a try?

 


Disclaimer: This post contains PR samples sent for editorial review, but as always all opinions are 100% my own! xo

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Feel like you would rather be living in a fairy tale? These perfect product picks will help you embrace your inner unicorn-loving princess in the prettiest way possible.

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The Tarte Magic Wands Brush Set contains four perfectly twirled brushes that are as pretty as they are useful. The unicorn horn-shaped golden handles and colourful brush heads are too cute, as if anyone really needs another excuse to buy more brushes.

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Tired of being the girl next door? Take your look from sweet to sexy with these tips on your next night out:

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Change your locks. Add a bit of colour to your hair with L’Oreal Professionnel Hairchalk ($25, available at salons). Try throwing a fun colour like pink or red into your hair. If you’re not ready to commit to a bold shade, this washes out after about 2 shampoos, so you can go a little wild without permanent colour.  A bit of colour on the lower layers of your hair makes for a trendy surprise.

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As you may have noticed, makeup this spring is all about colour; adding bright pops of it into your look is a really easy way to update for the new season and freshen up. The new L’Oreal Paris Infallible Paints Lip are a surefire way to inject a little more of this springtime trend into your look without having to go too far out of your comfort zone.

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Available in a variety of shades ranging from deep plums to neutral nudes to popping pinks, with a side of bold (there’s a killer navy shade available, not pictured here), they’ve created a really nice selection of shades to flatter different styles and skintones. I’ve personally been on a bit of a nude kick and have been loving lip shades with a bit of a dusty rose feel, so Nude Star (312) has been a favourite of mine. When I feel like being a bit bolder, I also like to swipe a bit of Sultry Sangria (326) on.

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The lip paints come with a curved applicator with a bit of a pointed tip, so application is really comfortable and it’s easy to perfect your lines. I’m a big fan of the formulation of these; they’re creamy and soft, so your lips never feel dried out. They have a soft, slightly shiny finish that gives the lips a bit of a plump look.

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Another win with these comes with their pigmentation. The colour is exactly what you would expect from looking at the tubes, and they provide really strong colour that blends easily. Some of the darker shades can be a bit streaky if you apply a little heavily, but they can be easily blended by patting with your finger or a tissue.

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L’Oreal Paris Infallible Paints Lip Swatches from L-R: Lilac Lust, Violet Twist, Bewitching Bordeau, Taupeless, Nude Star, Spicy Blush, Wild Rose, Fearless Fuchsia, Cool Coral, Orange Envy, DIY Red, Sultry Sangria

Will you be trying any of the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Paints Lip out? What shades are you drawn to?


Disclaimer: This post contains PR samples sent for editorial consideration, but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo

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There’s nothing quite like that feeling you get when you dive into a new palette, am I right? I recently received the Stila Matte ‘N Metal Eye Shadow Palette and couldn’t wait to get into it.

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I’m a big fan of combining matte and shimmery shades in an eye look, so this palette instantly gave me a good feeling. It’s also a really nice all-encompassing palette with more neutral shades that cover a range of shadows; cool pewters, warm rosy shades and sunny bronze hues all fit together into this 12 shade palette, allowing for you to mix and match depending on your mood.

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The top two rows of shadows are all matte, while the bottom two rows have a shimmery finish. The matte shadows apply really smoothly, though I was a little disappointed with the shades in the top row; they didn’t have very much pigmentation and didn’t show up very well on my skin, either wet or dry (as you’ll see in the following swatches). The second row did have a lot more colour to it, and these shadows make for a great base shade. The shimmery shades are so rich and pigmented that I don’t really mind all that much. They look gorgeous on, and when applied wet, the colour is so metallic and bold that it’s hard to look away.

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First column, applied dry on left and wet on right. From L-R: Vintage, Fringe, Bohemian, Smolder

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Second column, applied dry on left and wet on right. From L-R: Velvet, Suede, Retro, Sizzle

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Third column, applied dry on left and wet on right. From L-R: Feathered, Velour, Sequin, Flare

The palettes were also designed to make creating an eye look really simple. Follow the columns for a set of four shadows that come together for a harmonious look, and adjust intensity as you see fit. The bottom shades also make a great liner with a ton of impact, especially when applied wet!

What do you think of the Stila Matte ‘N Metal Eye Shadow Palette?


Disclaimer: This post contains PR samples sent for editorial consideration, but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo

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