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A couple of weeks ago, I posted a product review of Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. As promised, here is another review of one of my favorite products.

Again, as a disclaimer, no companies have asked me to review their products.

Victoria’s Secret has been around for years. The name is known in virtually every household as the dirty little secret lingerie and bra shop. They also, however, have a fabulous makeup line. Although I only use a couple of their makeup products, such as VS lip gloss in Tempt (shade no longer offered but similar to Intimate) and VS eyeshadow in Procrastination (shade no longer offered but similar to Luxe), I am a hardcore fan of their VS Makeup High-definition Mascara.

PS - VS actually stands for their Very Sexy brand, not Victoria's Secret.

Of all of my makeup products, my VS mascara is the one product that I will not go without. I love drawing attention to my eyes since I feel that they’re a strong feature of mine, and this mascara does that perfectly without looking tacky. Since my lashes can be fine and lighter in color, adding a black mascara really makes my eyes pop. It’s also the only mascara that I’ve found that looks dramatic without being too much – and believe me, since mascara is my number one makeup product, I’ve tried a few. On the other hand, most mascaras on the cheaper end often are much too light for my taste and end up getting severely clumpy within a couple of months. Even high-end mascara, such as Stila, just don’t stand up to VS mascara for me.

Okay, so she's wearing false eye lashes - but still, the stuff works.

Onto the negatives. Many mascara aficianados such as myself know that mascara typically only lasts about three months before it gets too clumpy to work properly. Yes, really. Don’t tell me that you can make your mascara last a year – you get massive clumps in your eyelashes and you know it. Mascara was designed to be as finicky as a colicky infant. Sadly, VS mascara is no different – in three months or so, I get clumps that will not go away and it has to be replaced. It does, however, make me feel slightly better about the recently reduced amount of mascara I get in a tube – to be fair, I wouldn’t have really used up the larger tube anyway. Additionally, VS currently only offers their VS Makeup mascaras in Blackest Black. That isn’t a big deal for me because I only wear black mascara, but that perhaps wouldn’t work so well for someone needing mascara with a brown tint. They do have varying mascara colors in their Beauty Rush line, usually found near the registers.

Also, I should note that VS did recently expand their VS Makeup mascara line to include other types of mascara, including Triple Drama, Extra-Lengthening, and Voluptuous in both regular and waterproof. You could certainly try those out as well, but my recommendation stays for the High-definition Mascara, hands down.

Are you a diehard fan for any particular mascara? Have you had any negative experiences with mascara?


This isn’t actually a call for help. I’m a Mary Kay consultant (technically – I buy once a year) and putting on makeup is what I am good at regarding my appearance. I’m planning on putting an order in, though (comment if you want to order and I’ll get in touch with you!), and I wanted to highlight a few bold, new choices I’m making.

1. Foundation – I always get the Medium Liquid Foundation in Ivory 104. I’m tried using the Mineral Powder Foundation, but I’ve found it doesn’t cover my rosiness very well and so I only use it after the shower or right after putting lotion on (my mom loves it, though, so don’t rely on only my experience). I prefer the liquid foundation because it provides better coverage for my skin tone. I apply with a foundation brush that I picked up for a few bucks at Target and clean with a Sephora spray once every few months because I’m lazy. I’ve had it for over a year and that method still works perfectly for me. My only qualm? My face is naturally very rosy and the foundation doesn’t do much to cover that up after an hour.

2. Eyes – Here’s where the fun starts for me. I have pretty eyes, so I love making them stand out. I’ve found a few color palettes that blend perfectly together – thank you, Mary Kay! Generally, I stick with browns and pinks, but I want to start experimenting with bolder color choices since I’m trying to bring more color into my look. Because of this, I’m thinking about adding the following eyeshadows to my collection: peacock clue, emerald, and silver satin. I’m also considering adding some cream eye colors to my makeup drawer. Right now I use a cheap black eye pencil, and it works just fine, although I may add more colors to the mix there as well with the MK Weekender collection or other pencils. I ALWAYS use mascara – it’s what really makes my eyes pop. I’ve tried a lot of different brands, but I still prefer Victoria’s Secret High-Definition Mascara over all others.

3. Lips – I always use Burt’s Bees chapstick (no petrolatum), but I usually also use a lipstick or a gloss as well. The problem is that my color also seems to wear off quickly, probably because I drink a lot of liquids and don’t reapply. I always go lighter pink colors because that’s what I know looks good with my skin tone, but I think this time I’m going to try going for a bolder lip color. In the upcoming order, I plan to get Berry Sparkle lip gloss, possibly Raspberry Ice liquid lip color, and a darker lipstick such as Apple Berry. Hopefully it looks good!

4. Cheeks – Again, since I have rosy skin, I tend to stick to lighter blushes. This isn’t something I plan to stray from – if anything, I’d pick up a peachy tone. The one thing I’ve learned about blushes is I’ve gone too light because I’ve been afraid of looking like a clown, but blushes rarely look as dark or bold as they look in the compact.

Do you have any makeup questions? What are your favorite makeup looks?

Thanks to the ever-fresh posts of Kate, I found a group blog post to contribute to (read Kate’s FBFF here and others here). This week, the questions are all about beauty products. As a Mary Kay rep. and long-time makeup fan, I know a thing or two about beauty products. 🙂

1. What’s your favorite drug store makeup product and your favorite higher-end product? I’ll be honest – I almost never buy drugstore makeup anymore. I used to shop there exclusively because it’s cheaper, but I’ve found some pretty fantastic higher-end makeup – plus if I get it through Mary Kay, I often get it at a discounted price! I do live by Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, though – it’s petrolatum-free. On the higher end of makeup, my favorite product is my Victoria’s Secret mascara. At $12.00 a tube, replaced every 3-6 months, I better damn well like it. I’ve tried other high-end mascaras, but nothing seems to accentuate my lashes as well.

2. Is there one type of product that is your go-to, can’t live without? Unless I foresee mass amounts of crying during the day, I always wear mascara. I also almost always wear some kind of cover-up, whether that be foundation (standard) or powder foundation (occasional).

3. What’s the best hair product you’ve ever used? I love testing out different shampoos/conditioners. My biggest challenge with hair products is that my hair soaks up every bit of moisture that it can get, so I use up fancy (read: expensive) shampoos/conditioners quickly. Right now, my scalp is quite dry, so I’ve become a huge fan of Giovanni’s Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo. Smells great, too! 

4. Fess up, what’s the worst beauty look you’ve tried to rock and look back at now with a little shame or apprehension that you actually did that? I’ve tried out a few different things that didn’t work out incredibly well, but I would say the worst I’ve done was when I dyed my hair black for a Halloween costume. I have fair, rosy skin and black does NOT go well with my skin tone. See?

I look like Edward Scissorhands. That was not my costume.

Although I used a semi-permanent dye, because I had already dyed my hair in the past, it wouldn’t come out.  I eventually had to go to a salon where the brilliant stylist stripped the black out of sections and dyed those sections dark brown to help me transition back to a better color. That actually looked lovely!

Yay for smart colorists!

5. When it comes to beauty products, we all use the same basic products. What do you use that helps show off your personal flare and personality? If I’m getting dressed up to go out, I like to style up my eyes. My eyes are one of my best features, so I like to make those really stand out – hence the importance of mascara. 🙂

What are your must-have beauty products?

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