Beauty, Makeup

Lâncome Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara 

I finally found it! After going so long feeling ambivalent towards most mascaras, I’ve finally found one that takes my lashes from lackluster to luxurious: the Lâncome Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara. This product is available from Sephora and similar retailers for $25.

I love the tight brush with sturdy bristles in this mascara wand. They seem to comb through my lashes so well to create a dramatic (and not spidery) look. I don’t know how this formula does it, but my lashes are finally keeping a curl and staying nice all day. Typically, I would avoid using a waterproof formula daily since that can lead to damage of the lashes, but I just can’t get over this one. I think I’m going to have to try the non-waterproof formula to compare the two. Still, even with the waterproof aspect, it’s been easy to remove with my normal eye makeup remover. This truly is the best of both worlds: it lasts all day but is easy to remove. Plus, my lashes are looking fantastic.

Have you tried this mascara or the non-waterproof version? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, Makeup

Lancôme Foundation 

Well, the inevitable happened and I ran out of my Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation. While it was amazing in the beginning, I did find that the texture of the foundation changed the longer I had the bottle, so I thought I’d try something new. After scouring Sephora, I thought I’d try Lancome’s Teint Idole Ultra 24H Makeup as my next medium-to-full coverage foundation. My shade is 110 Ivoire C, which actually isn’t the lightest color for once. In fact, I was immediately impressed by the fact that this product comes in a whopping 40 shades!

When I first bought this foundation, I honestly hated it. I felt like it looked like it was just sitting on my face. My pores looked super noticeable and it just didn’t blend well. Since it’s a $47 foundation, I was really frustrated that I didn’t love it as much on my face as I had when I’d tested the texture on my hand in the store. So, I decided to try a few things with the product.

First, this product absolutely needs to be applied over a primer. I’ve tried several different primers with this foundation and  they all worked well. Ultimately, it just needs the base of a foundation to help it look more natural.

Also, this is not the kind of foundation that can be applied with your fingers or a foundation brush. When I try with my fingers, I feel like I’m just spreading it around and it’s not blending well. When I try with a foundation brush, it leaves weird streaks. However, the finish actually looks really great if you apply it with a wet beauty blender. It makes a world of difference!

So, I’ve decided that I actually really love this foundation, but only if I’m using a primer with it and applying it with a beauty blender. Still, that seems fair enough. The coverage is great and evens out my skin tone. It also really does last all day. Will I repurchase it when I’ve used it up? I’m honestly not sure. I think I’m still looking for my holy grail foundation, but I’m certainly glad that I didn’t give up on it after my initial disappointment.

Beauty, Makeup

Lancôme Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover 

I don’t typically use waterproof mascaras because I feel like I have more eyelash breakage when I do, but I do like a good waterproof eyeliner. Waterproof eye makeup can be a real burden to get completely off of your face at the end of the day. There have been so many times where I have removed my eye makeup before bed but then I still woke up looking like a raccoon because I hadn’t been thorough enough. One of my very favorite eye makeup removers is the Lancome Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover.

This makeup remover is a little bit more expensive than most. It can be purchased at Sephora for $30 for 4.3 oz. Still, I think it is worth the expense because it is just the easiest eye makeup remover to use. I apply it to a round cotton pad and I gently dab it over my eyes before rubbing very gently. Not only does it remove all of my eye makeup, I feel like I have to rub much less than I do with other formulas. There is no tugging involved, which will hopefully help me stave off crow’s feet around my eyes as the years progress.

Some people have complained that their faces felt greasy after using this product. While it does leave a slight residue around the eyes, to me it just feels moisturizing. Still, if you are sensitive about oil or if you feel like you naturally have oily eyelids, then you may not quite love this product the same way that I love this product.