Make up and beauty

Mascara – when it’s time to say goodbye


Okay so I have a bit of a problem when it comes to mascara…. I want to literally #BuyAllTheMascara! Buying all the mascara may not be the worst thing in the world, but opening them all around the same time, that’s a bit silly.

Why? Well mascara literally has the shortest lifespan of all our makeup products. Apparently a mere 6 months. I think I’ve even read that you should toss after 90 days…..hello?? Hell no….I am never tossing my mascara after 90 days.Apparently once it becomes clumpy, it becomes a breeding ground for all sort of nasty bacteria which I assume, is not so good, being THAT close to our eyes. I do not have enough eyelashes to finish all my mascara in 6 months. 

Generally I like to stick to the 6 month rule, unless I’m obsessed with the mascara and I know it hasn’t been used much, I do try to push it to 7….8….9 months. My mascara however, is out to get me. Very soon after 6 months, I start developing itchy eyes when I wear mascara that should have been tossed 🙁 Usually I assume on day 1 it’s allergies, by day 2 the itching becomes unbearable and I pour jugs of eye drops into my eyes….by day 3 it hits me….my mascara *insert weepy mascara stained face* That is exactly what happened this week when I started using my beloved Roller Lash mascara again. I then frantically went to track down my purchase history online and discovered that I had purchased this mascara in September 2015 and I probably opened it around November… making is about 9 months old now 🙁  

So a farewell tribute to my beloved Roller Lash…..

Goodbye my lover.
Goodbye my friend.
You have been the one.
You have been the one for me.

The reason for this overly dramatic post, is that I think some people don’t know that makeup has an expiration date. Heck some of my friends (I won’t name and shame, but your name starts with a D…ha ha) don’t even know they need to wash their makeup brushes!  ( THE HORROR…and we will address that in another post…) Not everybody has sensitive eyes and can use their makeup for much longer periods…lucky you…I however am not that lucky. So if you are developing seriously itchy eyes, your mascara may be the culprit.

Okay so I’m off to plan how I can use the rest of all of my mascara within the next 4 days before they too take me to eye Armageddon…… Hopefully I’ll stop being so impulsive and maybe have about 3 mascaras in rotation going forward.

My top 3 mascaras based on what I currently have are:

L’Oreal False Lash Superstar (Red carpet black)

I’ve raved about this mascara previously on a favorites post. I love that it has this lash building fiber on the one side and then the actual mascara on the other side. It adds lashes your mamma didn’t give you and it’s super black and dramatic. Love. Love. Love.

Benefit’s Roller Lash

The wand on this mascara is fantastic and unlike any other. It literally grabs and coats every single lash and adds length and volume, but not in a supersized sort of way. Your lashes aren’t chunky with the layers of volume. I also find you can do 2 to 3 coats and it doesn’t get clumpy at all. This is great for a natural look with just one coat, or add more coats to great some more volume.

L’Oreal So Couture Lashes

I bought this mascara a while ago, but never used it. No idea why, because one day I grabbed it in a rush and I quite like this. The formula is a bit thick and I find it doesn’t add loads of length, but this does add volume. I feel like I have double the amount of lashes after using this. This is a chunky volume sort of mascara. (I swear these words make sense in my head.)

Next, I’m keen to try the Telescopic mascara by L’Oreal and then also the Lash Sensational one by Maybelline, though I’ve seen mixed reviews on the latter. Do you replace your mascara regularly or is it something that doesn’t bother you? What is your all time favourite mascara?

I’m Simone, a mom of 3, a wife...obsessed with my family, makeup and books!


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