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Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara

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Never in my life have I been able to wear mascara on my lower lashes. The shape of my eye pretty much ensures a very grave raccoon eye situation. I can't say I experience much angst about this condition. Such is life. I honestly didn't know I cared until I got Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara.

So this is one of those Facebook ad stalker situations. I was getting the ad for this mascara constantly until I finally caved and made the purchase. There is a sucker born every minute and when it comes to mascara, I'm a sucker. Of course I had to get past the name. It's forgivable, but the word Causemetics makes me itch and I'm not thrilled about typing it out right now.

But this mascara is something.

My inferiority complex about my eyelashes is well documented on this blog and yet my willingness to apply fake lashes has been steadily waning. Because I inevitably lose one or two of the few lashes I have during the fake lash, glue removal process and that&#…

The Controversial Ordinary

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So recently I dealt with a difficult loss. I was in pretty bad shape and after a week or so found myself looking at a truly messed up stranger in the mirror. Facebook must have known I needed a distraction because I found myself part of this new group about all things The Ordinary along with another group called FOREVER 35. Lord did I go down the rabbit hole. These were my people. Just as obsessed with skincare as I normally am. I dare say even worse.

The concept of The Ordinary is right up my alley. Individual ingredients sold separately for shockingly low prices. I'm the person who at times has purchased ingredients wholesale in bulk to make my own moisturizer. So this of course intrigued me.

Now I want to preface this by saying you really do need to do your research before buying all of The Ordinary products and slapping them on your face. This is pretty potent stuff. One poor soul posted a photo today of a nasty chemical burn on her cheek from putting a high concentrate Lactic a…

The Essence of the Korean 10 Step Regime

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Like everyone else, I fell down the rabbit hole of the infamous Korean 10 step skincare regime. I was already dabbling in Korean and Japanese skincare for a while as evidenced by this blog. The 10 step regime however was daunting. In reality, we’re not talking about 10 steps every time you wash your face. More on that later. There is some debate out there about what exactly is included in this legendary regime. I would posit there should also be some debate about who, at what age group, should partake in each step. That said here is a basic list:
Eye makeup remover (at night)Oil based cleanserFoam based cleanserExfoliating cleanserTonerEssenceSerums, also known as ampoulesEye mask or face maskEye creamMoisturizerSunscreen (in the morning)
As I mentioned, some things drop in and out on a daily basis or even depending on the time of day. Most do not exfoliate every day, you don’t need to apply sunscreen at night, and the masks are not necessarily a daily thing and certainly not a twice da…

The Best Pre-made Hydrating Japanese Lotion Mask Ever

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You have already seen me mention Japanese paper lotion masks on this blog. I love them very much. My DIY directions can be found here: Japanese Lotion Mask. It's a beautiful thing I promise. That said, I have found a pre-made version that is literally sent from heaven. Well maybe not literally, but pretty darn close. It truly is a miracle worker. I get most of my imports from Amazon and you can find it there under the name Rohto Hada-Labo Goku-jun Hyaluronic Facial Mask 20ml x 4 sheets (Japan Import).


So here's the thing. I had a difficult birthday to face this month. So I broke out my Special Night Tricks & Tips (except sleep, I didn't get enough sleep) and this mask during my prep for a Dolly Parton themed birthday party.



Take a good look at my skin in this picture folks (forgive the gigantic fake eyelashes & crazy, costume wig). Thanks to this hyaluronic mask from Hado-Lobo this 44 year old birthday girl felt a little less like Methuselah. I swear to you there is …

Laziest Girl In Town - Bioderma Crealine H2O Micellaire Solution, Sensitive Skin

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I am completely guilty of the worst 'do as I say and not as I do,' crime when it comes to skin care. I rarely wash my face before I go to bed at night. Or at least I used to be guilty of this crime before I discovered another fabulous secret from my sisters in France, micellar water.

French women cannot be bothered to wash their face. Actually, the common wisdom is that the water in France was infamously harsh, so really out of necessity they needed an alternative. I prefer however to imagine Marlene Dietrich as the Laziest Girl In Town.



Many people confuse this with makeup remover. Don't do that. This is not going to remove your water proof shellac. If you typically require an eye makeup remover, do not skip it. Micellar water simply replaces the step of water and cleanser in your routine. Which for some reason I cannot manage to do at night otherwise. I must have been a fabulous french woman in a past life.    

Anyway, oil molecules (micelles) suspended in soft water g…

Eyelash Self Improvement Project Part Deux

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When it comes to mascara I am beyond picky.  It's really my lashes that are so persnickety.  They cannot handle any weight whatsoever because they are super fine and the manufactured curl from my trusty Shu Uemera Eyelash Curler will simply not survive.  Also I am completely prone to the smeary under eye due to the shape of my eyes.  So yeah, if a mascara has any smear to it at all I am a wreck.

Also ladies and gentlemen, as you get older, gulp, your lashes get finer.  And by finer I do not mean better if you catch my drift.  So if you're getting on in age at all this is your issue too.  That heavy, thick mascara is simply your enemy.

OK, with that harshness aside, let me get down to business.  THEY'RE REAL mascara by BENEFIT is the stuff.  I've been using it for a while now and I feel amazing.  The wand is a bit tricky at first so don't be put off by that.  It's easy to over do it.  You'll find that a light touch is the way to go.  Lightly shift the bru…

Eyelash Serum Goodness

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I've mentioned several times on this blog how eyelash deficient I am.  It's bad.  They are super fine, dead straight, and face down.  I have to use an eyelash curler if I want them to make any appearance at all. Any weight on them whatsoever makes them cry timber.  So finding a lightweight mascara is imperative.  People with long, luxurious lashes make me green with envy.  To make matters worse, miss overly sensitive skin over here started to lose her lashes over the past year.  Again, notice how I switch to third person the more anxiety inducing the topic.

My left eye officially had bald patches people.  Not cute.  I was walking around bald during the day but would add false individual lashes or straight up false lashes on nights out.  Let me tell you, the lash glue wasn't helping my situation.

In an act of sheer desperation I decided to try Rapidlash.  This serum has a little liner style brush that you sweep over your lash line.  I decided to focus on that left eye si…