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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?

Good morning! Spending the day in Chanhassen at the MN Speech State competition – wish our kids luck! Here are this week’s currents:

What I’m reading:

  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – Finally, I get to finish the Hunger Games series! I’ve had the books in my possession for a while, but I haven’t read them because I’ve had so many books out from the library and I felt like I needed to finish those first since they had a more quickly approaching due date. I definitely have to get this series, too.

So excited to read this!

  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – I know this book has been on my list before, but as mentioned above, I haven’t been able to focus on reading books that weren’t from the library. I’m very interested to read this story as it was banned from some schools for its discussion of sexual assault – uh, hello, don’t you want your kids to be prepared? Apparently not.
  • Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti – Yes, I know this book keeps showing up on the list too, but I keep having to return it to the library before I can finish reading it. I’m waiting to get it back from the library so I can finally finish it. Still amazing!
  • Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe – I’m actually not reading this for fun, I’m summarizing this to write an article for work with a colleague – however, it’s pretty interesting! It provides a new and logical guide to teaching and preparing curriculum. Any teachers reading this should definitely check it out. I’ll try to let you know when the article is available.

Places I’m shopping:

  • Victoria’s Secret – A week ago, I went into VS to find out the amounts on my secret rewards cards (I had three). I scored $100 off! Needless to say, I was ecstatic. I stocked up on another of my favorite bra and got myself a fantastic deal on my new favorite perfume. $110 for $10. Awesome.
  • Gordman’s – I’ve been to this store once, but I must not have been in the mood to shop because I don’t remember it and it’s definitely worth remembering! I went with my friend last week and picked up a cute headband, a kitty laser toy, and an adorable new purse for only $30. We browsed around for at least half an hour and I avoided buying a lot of stuff that I wanted. I entered into a store sweepstakes, so hopefully I’ll win a $100 shopping spree there.

Come onnn, shopping spree.

  • Target – Ah, the old standby. I’m just pleased because I managed to pick up all the treats for my speech kiddies for a very low price. Nothing beats that!
  • Ulta – I found a new shampoo that I love called Giovanni Tea Tree Treat. It’s perfect for my hair if I skipped a daily shower and smells great. It’s supposedly sold at Target, but I’ve never seen it, so I go to Ulta for my shampoo needs. Plus they always have great deals!

Happenings I’m attending:

  • Speech banquet – At the end of every speech season, the team celebrates at Brackett’s Crossing Country Club with a team dinner. Seniors stand up and say a few words, a few students give their speech, and coaches hand out awards to key students. It should be a great finale to a fantastic season!
  • West Suburban Teen Clinic (WSTC) board meeting – I take notes for WSTC at their monthly board meetings. This Wednesday is their April meeting. I always enjoy going and seeing their new space, so it should be good!
  • Dinner with the family – After cool g-ma died, my mom, aunt, and I set up a monthly dinner to ensure that we would spend time together. It hasn’t happened every month due to time constraints or illness, but it does happen at least every other month. My aunt was in the hospital this month (she’s okay now) so we couldn’t have our dinner on the 6th as planned, but we’re going to have it sometime around Easter. Perhaps Easter dinner?

I'm the one with the mustache.

  • Rachel’s party – It’s my colleague’s birthday tonight! I’m invited to a dinner to celebrate. I’ve never met any of her friends, but she’s awesome, so it should be just fine.

Things I’m looking forward to:

  • Thrifting – My friend and I still haven’t gotten around to thrift shopping – I work weekdays and she works weekends, so it’s hard to find a time when we’re both free for at least a few hours. Too bad thrift shopping requires so much time and patience.
  • May and the return of my normal food budget – As I mentioned in a Foodie Friday post, I have way too much food in my house. And yet, I still spend an enormous amount of money on food. This month, I set up a strict budget for my grocery spending – which I’ve increased slightly now twice. I completely forgot when I went to Winona that I had set up the budget and went a little crazy when shopping with the boy. Oops. But May brings the return of my less restricted budget!
  • Sprummer – Yes, you read that correctly. Sprummer is the very short period in Minnesota that falls between spring and summer. Ideal temperatures, sunny, not yet humid…perfect. I can’t wait to finally get to that short-lived season.

Tulips are perhaps the best thing about sprummer.

  • Hanging out with my lovely former work friend – Tomorrow night, I’m hanging out with an old friend of mine. I haven’t seen her in forever, so I’m super excited. She’s just a ball of joy to be around and we always have fun together, so I’m really looking forward to it!

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