[REVIEW] Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara – did they make it big?

lancome monsieur big mascara review by emily gets elegant

What the what? Free AND beautiful mascara?!

I’m super excited about this product because 1) I don’t own any products from Lancôme yet and 2) the packaging is SO pretty! ? Yeah, I’m a sucker for cute packaging/labeling… basically anything pink, black, or a combination thereof and I’m all over it.

Please note:
I received these products free or complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

In my Voxbox, I received the Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara, Lancôme Cils Booster XL Super Enhancing Mascara Base, and Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover. I have tried both the mascara and mascara base but not the makeup remover yet as of this posting.

First impression:

  • The mascara packaging, as mentioned above, was a sharp-looking combination of pink and black. Very feminine and sexy. The actual wand was straight and, really, there was nothing remarkable about it.
  • The mascara base comes in a compact white tube, and also has a straight wand. The actual product is white as well.

First Try-on:

I was anxious to try this out, and when I did finally, it was a great time too as I was going out to dinner. So, as instructed, I used the mascara base first which is a product type I have never tried before. It looked like white mascara on the wand. It did lengthen my lashes quite a bit.

Lancome Before After | EmilyGetsElegant.com

Then when I applied the mascara, I could tell immediately, WOW, what a difference! Even after just one stroke, it looked as if I had false lashes on. Check out my before and after photo, yo.

Another great feature of this mascara is that it dried REALLY quickly. I’m not sure if that has to do with the mascara base or just the ingredients in the mascara, but it didn’t rub on my eyelids like I usually get. Just a few seconds later and my lashes were set. Also, I did about 5-6 strokes, and I noticed there was little to NO clumping whatsoever. And the mascara base does not feel like any more weight on your lashes; both products together feel light and comfortable.

I’m not sure if this is waterproof but this mascara did not budge at all for about 5 hours until I went to remove it. I used my regular eye makeup remover from CVS, I’m going to try the Lancôme makeup remover tonight.

Overall:

I would definitely say this hits all points out of the park. 10/10. The packaging is simple, the wand is straightforward, there’s nothing crazy remarkable about the packaging. But the product itself has AMAZING results, hands-down, probably the best mascara I’ve ever tried.

What do you guys think? Have you tried it?!

Please note:
I received these products free or complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

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Must try: My Favorite Drugstore Mascara

Favorite Drugstore Mascara 2017
Favorite Drugstore Mascara 2017 | EmilyGetsElegant.com

I never liked mascara. In fact, I used to skip the step altogether. I guess one of the biggest reasons why was because it was such a pain to remove. Ugh!

But I’m realizing now that mascara and lash length is highly regarded in the beauty world.

Now, mascara is quickly becoming one of my favorite items of makeup. So much so that I now have a fast-growing collection of both drugstore and high-end products.

The wands range from long, fluffy, stiff, short, curled, mini and even hourglass-shaped. Some I love, some are OK, and some I just wear to get rid of. I have full size and trial-sized versions.

Of all the ones I’ve tried from the drugstore, the L’Oreal Voluminous Feline mascara is my current fave. The wand is straightforward and feels good in your hand. The brush is soft and doesn’t pull on your lashes. It provides great coverage and lash length. The packaging of gold/emerald is eye-catching, too, and is a nice addition to your collection. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend it! ?


Do you have a favorite drugstore mascara? Share below! I’ll happily try anything!

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[REVIEW] GlamGlow YouthMud(tm) vs. Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Mud Mask

I am a huge fan of self-pampering for relaxation, and just because. My #1 self-pampering activity has to be wearing a mud mask.

  1. It feels like spa-at-home experience
  2. Your skin gets a good, clean, tightening/brightening feeling
  3. And there’s TONS to choose from!

Which brings me to my review. I have read all the raves about GlamGlow’s YouthMudTM ($69 for full size 1.7oz, Sephora) mud mask, so I decided to buy the sample version (0.5oz) for $22. Which, to me, $22 for a mask is a bit pricey (and HELLO $70!) but I thought, what the heck, might as well try it.

Conversely, Freeman Feeling Beautiful Masks are easy on the wallet, and just as easily one of my absolute favorites. I have the Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Mask as well as Dead Sea Minerals Anti-Stress Mask and love them BOTH. So when I saw that they had a Charcoal & Black Sugar Mud Mask I SO wanted to try it and review it, immediately.

I had seen on Pinterest that these items were dupes, and being that I love cheap dupes for expensive ones, I had to try them. Last night I put GlamGlow on one side of my face, and Freeman on the other.

[REVIEW] GlamGlow YouthMud(tm) vs. Freeman’s Charcoal & Black Sugar Mud Mask

Here are the results!

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Review + Swatch: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm & Lacquer Balm

revlon colorburst
Photos taken by me. Products by Revlon.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I bought all these products myself.

I have a problem. Lipsticks, balms, lip lacquers, lip tars, lip gloss, lippies… I love them all. Plus I am on the ultimate quest to find the perfect nude lip for my skin tone. So a trip to the drugstore is incomplete without at least 1 lip product to try.

Today we’ll be talking about the Revlon Colorburst balms. I have a smattering of their matte and lacquer (glossy) balms.

They’re awesome because:

  1. Packaging: Chubby, pen-like product fits comfortably in the hand, makes it easy to hold and apply, and also the secure cap and twist-up bottom make it a nice addition to the purse. The colors of the product match well with the colors of the packaging — so you know what you’re getting.
  2. Product: Both the matte and lacquer types are in a fat, crayon-like shape. They both glide on very smooth. Color payoff is excellent, as is the buttery feeling of the product on the lips. There is some transfer due to normal eating, drinking, and daily life, but for the most part it stays vibrant throughout the day. Additionally there is a subtle, pleasant, peppermint scent on each type when you first apply.

Things to consider:

  1. Price: $9.79 at CVS Pharmacy. A little on the spicy side, but they last FOREVER.

To the swatching!

Swatching these babies was fun in that they glide on super easy. And they came off clean with one or two swipes of a cotton round with micellar water.

When you look at these colors, just keep in mind that I am probably the palest Floridian in the state (and I’m from here).

revlon colorburst balm swatches

So I have six now and I love them all. I definitely would recommend you try at least one of these for yourself! 🙂

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My take: NYX Lip Lingerie

Yup. Here I am again. Standing in the CVS Pharmacy makeup aisle checking out what’s new. I scoot over to the NYX display and am happy to see the NYX Lip Lingerie products included. There aren’t many to pick through, but I settle on what I believe to be my nude color, LIPLI11 “Baby Doll” which is a soft, pale nude color.

I like the packaging, and I know that NYX is known to have some of the best lip products, so I’m excited to try it on.

It does glide on very smoothly, very similar to its liquid soft matte lip products, which I (and pretty much everyone else) just adore. It feels creamy on the lips. I DO have to smile a bit to fill in gaps with pigment, which I find odd, but it seems to work and the finished product looks clean.

However, either I chose the wrong color for myself or what, but I really don’t like the color. I don’t know if it’s because I just have pale skin to begin with, but I am starting to really not like nude colors on myself. Maybe I just haven’t found the right nude, but I haven’t had success with it at all.

I tried to wear it. I really did. But I ended up wiping it off about 10 minutes later. Couldn’t stand the way it looked on my lips. I was washed out.

Perhaps in the future I’ll try a more reddish/pinkish color, but it just looked really weird on me. Do not recommend! (at least not that color)

My take:
Formula: *****
Color payoff: *****
Price: ***** (30% off at the time at CVS Pharmacy)

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My take: Simple Micellar Water

Simple Micellar Water review

Today I was wearing Garnier BB cream which has a light, slightly oily coverage (more on that later). I like it though because when I’m slightly tan it matches my complexion better.

Since I had light coverage on today, I thought it’d be a great time to try out my new Simple Micellar Water that I had just picked up yesterday at CVS. I had read somewhere that it works better when you have lighter coverage (I think the CVS.com website…).

Description from the Simple website:
“Simple Micellar Cleansing Water thoroughly cleanses by removing make-up, dirt, and impurities while unclogging pores. To instantly boost skin hydration by 90 percent, it is made with triple purified water, skin-loving ingredients, and multivitamins. Applied with a cotton round, Simple Micellar Cleansing Water leaves skin feeling fresh and revitalized, with no residue and no rinsing required.”

So I sat down and went through my evening routine. I took out my cotton pads and dosed an ample amount of the Micellar Water on a pad. And yes, it is just like water in its consistency.

I read the simple (no pun intended) directions and slapped that cotton on my face. I rubbed gently in circles and I could tell from my reflection and the pad itself that a LOT of  makeup was coming off.

Like all Simple products, it has no perfumes or weird chemicals. But this did have a slight scent that was pleasant. It wafted away soon after but it was nice, not distracting in any way.

My skin felt GREAT. It does feel like you’re washing your face. Though it says no need to rinse, it was hard for me to resist the urge since we’re trained basically since we’re born to wash our face. But I resisted.It has been 15 minutes now and my face feels clean, moisturized, and amazing. This could be a new favorite.Like anyone else I’m known to skip a face washing every now and then. This could change all that. It actually feels good and satisfying to clean your face like this.

My take: Love it. Try it!

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