Second Chances for Mascara

Out of the mascaras I’ve tried so far, there were a handful that didn’t make the cut.  I won’t even use them in the rotation until they’re gone, let alone buy them.  Before I throw them away, a drastic step when they came from a $50 sample pack, I wanted to give them a second chance.  I suffered through half the week with raccoon eyes, all to give them a fair shake.  And to give you some truly horrendous pictures.  Enjoy!

Urban Decay Perversion $22

My original review is HERE and the second time around yielded very similar results.  Notice the chic black eye look on the left.  Yeah, no.  Not happening.  This picture was taken at 12:44PM – that’s 6 hours of wear.  I have no idea when it started to look like I had gone swimming, as I was in meetings all morning.  Imagine getting out of meeting with people to find you look like THIS.  It’s like finding your fly unzipped hours after you went to the bathroom.  Not good.  Needless to say, this mascara is now in the trash.

Urban Decay Perversion


Josie Maran Argan Oil Mascara $22

I briefly mentioned the raccoon eyes from this one in my first review, but I thought that the benefits outweighed the melting effects.  It’s really dark, pigmented black.  A softer formula.  Natural!  But, upon wearing it a few more times I moved it to the discard pile.  I liked the idea of this more than the actual product.  This picture was taken at 4pm, so it did last longer than the other two.


YSL Mascara Volume Effect Faux Baby Doll $30

I thought this one was more of a winner.  Maybe I was just super disoriented from the dentist that day.  I don’t even remember what made me take it out of rotation.  Given the lack of jarring memories, it definitely deserved a second chance.  I didn’t want to hold a grudge.  Turns out, raccoon eyes strike again!  Picture taken at 11:20AM, 5 hours after application.


God the lighting in the bathroom at work is AWFUL – I won’t do this to you again.

That’s that.  I don’t give third chances.  Unless they’re in next year’s LashStash.

Also – I swear I don’t look like this when I leave the house in the morning!!



Mascara Monday – Josie Maran Argan Black Oil Mascara

This is the one mascara out of the LashStash that I’ve been looking forward to most.  I’ve already tried at one time or another most of the ones in the box, and I knew that I really liked at least a few of them.  But this one is brand new to me and the much hyped argan oil had me intrigued.  Josie Maran - Argan Black Oil Mascara

The packaging is a beautiful teal and pink and black.  Maybe it’s because of the “oil” in the name, but I thought this product fell more on the natural end of things (a la Tarte), and sure enough Sephora’s description says “highly effective and natural” so that’s some really good subconscious marketing.  It retails for $22, so it’s well within the range of what I’m willing to spend on mascara.

After extensive research on argan oil (i.e. reading wikipedia), I’ve learned that it comes from a tree in Morocco where they cook with it, drizzle it on bread, etc.  According to Sephora and Josie Maran, argan oil is a moisturizer for skin and hair, can treat acne, and has “conditioning, healing and antiaging properties.”  This is starting to sound like some panacea bullshit no better than olive oil that companies are exploiting to make a lot of money (which, to be fair, is what companies are supposed to do).  However, argan oil production has had some social and environmental benefits in providing work and an income to the women in the area and preventing deforestation of argan trees (the oil comes from the nuts).  Even if I don’t believe in all of the benefits, it sounds like a solid product.

It is really dark black and feels much softer than most mascaras.  I expected a feathery lash, and it did get a little clumpy and spidery:


on day I’ll figure out how to not turn or tilt my head when taking pictures

I’ve also been trying to wear lipstick more or, really, reapply it more.  I put it on almost every day, but after my first cup of coffee it has completely transferred from lips to lid.  Today I’m wearing CoverGirl Lipperfection Jumbo Gloss Bomb in Frosted Cherry Twist ($7.99), which looks suspiciously similar to Clinique’s Chubby Sticks which retail for $17.

Time lapse – it’s now 1:30 in the afternoon and I saw myself in the mirror.  Raccoon eyes, but not so bad that they couldn’t be wiped off easily.  The verdict, as with most things, is “fine.”  I won’t throw away the mascara, but I probably won’t buy it.