REVIEW: Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

For quite some time, I ignored the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara because it seemed gimmicky and a waste of money. Out of sheer randomness, I purchased the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara out of curiosity and was pleasantly surprised with its performance. As a “mascara with a brush specifically designed for coating the bottom lashes,” it seems really insignificant, but it’s truly life changing and absolutely necessary. Normally, I wait until the end of the post to say this…but I highly recommend this product and it may just change your makeup life. :)

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“This mascara’s brush was engineered to grasp even the tiniest of bottom lashes; its expert formula resists pesky smears.” It’s super teeny tiny, much like the Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow. The brush is super itty bitty but perfect for getting the bottom lashes and coating it with mascara. It doesn’t smear, budge, or run long the lashline; yet, it plumps and volumizes the lashline — almost as if you’re wearing eyeliner for definition. It may seem like a product you can skip, but it makes a big difference in opening up your eyes and giving an extra oomph to your eye makeup.

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For some, I can see why this product may not be necessary. But, for me, as an Asian, every lash counts when it comes to eye makeup. This product really helps to emphasize the lash line and doesn’t smudge at all. I highly recommend this for your every day makeup — whether you’re just applying every day makeup or a out-on-the-town makeup.

Made in Japan.
Product contains 0.07 oz.
Retails for $10.00 USD.

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REVIEW: Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara

It’s very rare that I try non-Japanese mascaras — and, it’s simply because I need a hardcore mascara that will hold my curl way, way up. Pretty much all American mascaras won’t hold my lash-curl the way I like, and nothing annoys me more than droopy (yet heavily-mascara’ed) lashes that smudge. I decided to try the Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara after seeing it featured in From Head To Toe’s YouTube video called “Mascara 101: Tips for Short, Straight Lashes.” I’m sorry, but American waterproof formulas are not as crazy as the Japanese ones, so I was wary when I purchased the Cannonball mascara.

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Now, even though this is an Urban Decay mascara and it can be assumed that this is standard American waterproof mascara, the Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara is made in Japan. So, maybe I’m cheating a bit. LOL. It is described as a “lightweight, waterproof, gel-formula mascara,” and claims to have been “rigorously field-tested in the ocean as well as the sweat-drenched gym.” Like standard Japanese mascaras, Sephora’s website states that this “exclusive Japanese formula refuses to budge,” and that the “special microcrystalline wax works with the dense, fuzzy brush to increase seductive length and volume, without ever flaking off and compromising your lashes’ natural feathery texture.”

On that note, I’d agree that the mascara’s formula is lighteweight and decently waterproof (although not as hardcore as the Kiss Me Heroine Volume and Curl Mascara, the Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister Mascara, or the Fasio Hyper-Stay Mascara Magne-Plus Curl Long). The formula of Cannonball is gel-like and is a little gloopy upon the first application. But a little gloop never hurt because it helps sparse lashes look beefed up with some volume. This mascara is indeed long-lasting, smudge-proof, and does hold my lash curl to my liking. So, in this sense, the Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara does pass my initial test to a certain extent.

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However, the formula does dry out my lashes — and when you don’t have a lot of lashes to begin with, every piece of it counts. I’d suggest wearing a base underneath this mascara, just to help your lashes out a bit. Also, even though my lashes were held up by this mascara, it didn’t stay up as curled as I would like. I supplemented the mascara with the Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash Bone Black Fiber mascara base to help the performance and longevity.

So, yes, while the Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara does perform better than most Western waterproof mascaras, Japanese mascaras are still number one in my book. And, while the Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara did pass initial tests, it still needed the help of a hardcore base like the Shiseido’s Majolica Majorca Lash Bone Black Fiber mascara base. In the end, I feel that it’s great for everyone, simply because this mascara worked on my sparse, thin, Asian lashes, LOL.

Made in Japan.
Filled in China.
Retails for $20.00 USD.
Color: Black only

REVIEW: Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash Bone Black Fiber (Eyelash Mascara Base)

For nearly a decade, I’ve been committed to the Shiseido mascara base. Not only does it hold my lashes up in its curl, but it’s also hydrating so my lashes don’t get damaged any further. I use hard-core Japanese mascara every day — rain or shine — or, whether I’m sick or not, lol. Also, removing the mascara is a process in itself, so I need all the conditioning help I can get. Recently, I decided to try the Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash Bone Black Fiber base just out of curiosity. I wasn’t expecting much, but since I’m such a fan of the Majolica Majorca mascaras, I figured I could give this a try.

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Like all MJ products, this base is quite hard-core (if not more). It means some serious business — curl-holding power and lash separation is amazing. On top of that, the black fibers within the base attaches itself onto the lashes and helps the mascara do its job. It’s not as messy as I thought it was going to be, and the primer blends in well with the mascara I apply over top of it. The reason I say this is because, in my past experience, mascaras or primers that include “fibers” always drop down onto my face and get into my eyes. This one doesn’t do this so it’s more comfortable to use.

However, more than the MJ mascara, this stuff is seriously difficult to remove. Even with the most heavy-duty eye makeup remover AND cleansing oil, it takes a lot of work to take off at the end of the day. I also noticed that the vigorous removal process has caused many lashes to fall out during the process. And, as a person with sparse lashes to begin with, every lash counts for me so I can’t afford to lose any more.

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Because of this, I’m often hesitant to use this, unless I know that I really need help — like, if I’m going to be outdoors a lot or I’m going to go to the pool or something. For every day purposes, I still prefer my Shiseido mascara base over this just as a precaution and also out of mere comfort. Also, because I’ve been using it for so long, I feel like the relationship has already been established, and I find it difficult to part ways with the Shiseido base, lol.

I’d recommend the Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash Bone Black Fiber base, but be prepared for some pain-in-the-ass removal process at the end of the day. If you’ve got thin, sparse lashes to begin with that have trouble curling, this would be a great option. But, before all else, try the Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base first because you won’t be disappointed.

Item purchased on eBay.
Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base retails for $24.00 USD.

REVIEW: Fasio Hyper-Stay Mascara Magne-Plus Curl Long

As you all may already know, I’m a devoted Japanese mascara user because they hold the curl all day. With American brands, no matter how much they claim to be waterproof, the curl NEVER stays — so I lost hope a long time ago. This is my second Fasio mascara, with the Ultra Curl Lock Mascara being the first. I like this brand very much.

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I haven’t been using the Majolica Majorca mascara in nearly a year since I’ve been trying out various other Japanese brands. I order all mine from Ebay and I’ve had no problems with the order or shipment. Because I was dedicated to Majolica Majorca for years, it was difficult to break away briefly; but, I’m thoroughly enjoying all the new brands. Fasio follows the same principles — in terms of mascara requirements. Above all, holding the curl is most important for me.

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Normally, I’m not a fan of mascara brushes that are like combs because I feel that it lacks volume. However, this comb has tiny teeth that line up nicely — making sure to grab each and every eyelash. You don’t get uncoated gaps like with comb wands. The comb-shaped brush lifts the eyelashes from the base, defining each and every lash and really opens up your eyes because of all the lift action. It’s clump free and includes “curl-setting polymers” that attach firmly to each individual eyelash to maintain perfectly curled lashes.

This particular mascara has tons of fibers. If you don’t care for fibrous mascaras, this may not be for you. The fibers are small and thin and hardly noticeable, however. As the fibers attach to the lashes, you’ll create a wonder illusion of long, luscious lashes with just one coat. As with all Japanese mascaras, this is extremely powerful and will hold you curl in any weather and in any other situations. No amount of rain or tears will make this mascara run, smudge, wear off, or break the curl.

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I wish I had regular access to Japanese mascaras, but for now, I’m okay with eBay. I highly recommend this mascara, and will always recommend Japanese mascaras to other Asians with short, spars, and stumpy lashes. Just applying the right mascara can do wonders. :)

REVIEW: Kiss Me Heroine Volume and Curl Mascara

Since experimenting outside of my trusty Majorica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus mascara, I’ve tried and reviewed various Japanese mascaras on this blog. I do it rarely because I’m notoriously picky about mascara because I’ve been cursed with short, sparse, Asian lashes! For me, it’s important that I get LIFT and CURL before I get length and volume. Most Western mascaras will make my lashes droop and fall down after curling – no matter how fancy the mascara is. Before applying any mascara, I always use the Shiseido mascara base – which has worked wonders and has protected my lashes from harsh, drying, waterproof formulas.

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My newest obsession is the Kiss Me Heroine Volume and Curl Mascara that I recently picked up at an Asian grocery chain. Honestly, ordering it on eBay probably would’ve been a cheaper option, but I wanted it right then and there rather than waiting for it to come in the mail! :) I opted for the volume and curl option rather than the lengthen and curl. In my experience, Japanese mascaras that have “lengthen and curl” in its title will do just that and nothing more. I always have to layer on another mascara for more oomph.

The Kiss Me Heroine Volume and Curl Mascara is great and has temporarily replaced my current Japanese mascara – the Fasio Curl Lock Mascara. The wand of the Kiss Me mascara is tapered and much more manageable because it’s thin and small – albeit it does not spare any bristles. For Asians, when you don’t have a lot of actual lashes to work with, attempting to maneuver a big, fat, dense brush is frustrating because it will only end up transferring product onto the lids and beyond. The concentrated brush is the best feature of this mascara.

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The formula is what makes this mascara – obviously. The glossy black finish is pretty but not in an obnoxious way. It holds the curl immensely through rain or shine, and doesn’t smudge or flake off throughout the day. Occasionally, I will still layer a mascara on top if I feel like it, but the volume this mascara provides is still good – although it can get clumpy if you’re not careful. The formula is initially wet on application but dries quickly – I assume to capture the angle of the curl, lol.

Like ALL curl-holding Japanese mascaras, this is difficult to remove. I believe Kiss Me sells a separate remover for this high-power mascara, but if you’re unable to get a hold of one (like me), I suggest using Lancome Bi-Facil or the Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover and following it with a cleansing oil.

I highly recommend this, especially if you need a mascara that holds the curl. If there isn’t an Asian market around you and your store doesn’t carry beauty products, I suggest hunting it down via eBay because there’s some reliable sellers who carry this product!

Made in Japan.

Recent Eye Routine: The “Smudgey” Look

Very rarely do I purposely try to look messy or “smudgey” – in this case – however, as of late, I’ve been going for the effortless look. The funny thing about looking effortless is that it takes so long to make it look like you just threw any particular look together.

Remember all that marketing geared towards the “bedhead” look, yet it took so many products and time to achieve it? And, weird how all the tutorials out there for “natural makeup” takes just as long as a dramatic look? Well, this is no different. :)

My smudgey look is still structured because I don’t want to look like I’ve partied all night, then slept in my makeup, and then walked around in public the next day. “Smudgey” to me revolves around the idea of using cream products to get the look down, and then using powder products to lock it in place. After all, we don’t want the look to continue smudging throughout the day.

My tools:
-MAC eyeshadow “Jest”
-MAC eyeshadow “Satin Taupe”
-MAC eyeshadow “Charcoal Brown”
-KOJI eyelash curler
-Shiseido mascara base + Majorilca Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus mascara + L’oreal Voluminous mascara
-Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color in “Cocoa”

The look itself was very simple – and the key to it all is blending everything sloppily.

First, I applied Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color in “Cocoa” and blended it in with my fingers. I concentrated most of the color in the outer corners, then added MAC “Satin Taupe” over everything covering my entire eyelid. While that sets, I take the “Cocoa” and line my lower lashline smudging it before it dries. MAC “Jest” is a peachy pearlescent shade that I like to apply in the inner corners to brighten the look – that way it still looks somewhat put together. I blend MAC “Charcoal Brown” in the crease line to fade the top portion of the color, so that it doesn’t have a stark line.

Lastly, I curl my lashes and apply my base and mascara. After it dries, I used L’oreal Voluminous mascara to add clumpy volume. The clumps are intentional and add drama to the look. I kept my eyebrows light because I felt that my eye look was already drawing enough attention for the most part. I personally think this is a great look to wear with a messy top knot bun, denim cuffed shorts, and a loose top. It’s an effortless-looking look that is still fun and dramatic, yet unsloppy. There is a fine line between intentional sloppy and hot mess, right?

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)