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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?

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