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Thursday 1 November 2018

MakeUp: My Search For The Perfect Mascara …

MakeUp: My Search For The Perfect Mascara …

I have been playing with MakeUp ever since I was 14 years old.
My first Makeup was by Nutrimetics, and I wore the “Frosted Grape” Lipstick as one of my staple makeup items.

Back in the day, when modelling, you did your own Hair and MakeUp, thank goodness there are now amazing professionals that know so much about their craft, that through h.o.u.r.s. of practise, create amazing masterpieces.

My third catwalk, there were guys there too.   I was horrified to learn that we were all using the same backstage room for changing outfits.   What made it worse, is that one of the kids I went to primary school with!   I turned my back and got changed without meeting his gaze!

I have been a MakeUp Artist on many weddings, including my own 17 years ago.
My most notable wedding was for an overseas bride that booked me via the internet (16 years ago}.
I met her the day before, and to get to the wedding, I had to drive for an hour to Marahau, then caught a boat into the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park.
When the Bride went to pay me, she asked how much I had quoted, then my heart sank, as she was not very happy about that, instead she gave me a $150 tip, as her wedding had taken a whole day, and so much travel!   - Stoked much?!!!

Photos of Abel Tasman National Park sourced via Pinterest 

Interestingly, that the Duke and Duchess Of Sussex, Prince Harry and Megan visited the Abel Tasman National Park this past week, on Monday 29th October 2018, during their visit to New Zealand.

During my last 20 years as a MakeUp Artist, I have tried many Mascara’s, AND many brands!

To give you an idea of how many Mascaras I have tried, here’s my Mascara List:
Almay Intense i-color Volumizing
Almay Intense i-color Light Interplay
Almay One Coat Dial Up
Australis Fierce Eyes Volumizing
Avon Big & False Lash
Avon Big & Multiplied
Avon Extra Lasting
Avon Mega Effects
Avon Super Drama
Avon Super Extend Extreme
Avon Super Extend Eye Accents
Avon Super Extend Infantize
Avon SuperShock Max
Avon Winged Out Super Extend
Bobbi Brown Eye Opening
Bobbi Brown Smoky Eye
Covergirl Katy Kat Eye 
Lancome Fatale
L’Oreal Lash Architect 4D
L’Oreal Mega Volume Collagene24
L’Oreal Miss Manga Mega Volume
Max Factor Voluptuous False Lash Effect
Maybelline Lash Sensational
Maybelline Mega Plush Volume Express
Maybelline The Falsies
Model Co Lash
Nutrimetics NC Dramatic Lash
Nutrimetics NC Lash Impact
Nutrimetics NC Fiber Lash Enhancer
Nutrimetics Professional 4-in-1
Revlon CustomEyes
Revlon Photoready 3D Volume
Revlon Ultimate All-In-One 
Revlon Volume+Length Magnifies
Rimmel Extra Super Lashyh
Thin Lizzy All-Day Flexi
Through trial and error, and many tubes {and please don’t mention the $’s!!!}, I have narrowed my favourite Mascara down to Bobbi Brown’s “Eye Opening Mascara” in Black …

“High-drama volume and high-impact curl in the blink of an eye. The jumbo brush fans and pushes lashes up and out, while the rich, carbon-black formula intensely thickens, curls and lifts lashes all day for the ultimate eye opening effect.
Combined with CoverGirl “Katy Kat Eye Mascara” in Perry Blue …

“There’s the cat eye…and then there’s the Katy Kat Eye! Katy Kat Eye Mascara features a Sculpting Brush that sweeps lashes up and out, for full, lush voluminous lashes. Create a 360° cat eye that won’t smear, won’t smudge, but will definitely make other cats jealous!”

It may sound extreme, but for my perfect everyday look, I wear 3 coats of Bobbi Brown “Eye Opening Mascara” in Black and 2 coats of “Katy Kat Eye Mascara” in Perry Blue.

As a backstory, a couple of years ago I lost most of my EyeLashes due to stress, and had to resort to wearing fake lashes, till they grew back in!
I purchased my Lashes in bulk, at 100 pairs at a time!

Last year I purchased my “Katy Kat Eye Mascara” in Perry Blue, and when it ran dry, I stared looking around to replace it.

I tried so many shops, and online {I must have done at least 10,000 steps looking for it!!!}.
I finally located the colour I was looking for, which is a beautiful Cobalt Blue … in my original “Katy Kat Eye Mascara” in Perry Blue!!!

I couldn’t find it in New Zealand, but I did find it on an overseas website.   I needed to purchase three, 2 for me and 1 for a friend. Working out the $’s it was a better idea to buy 40 instead of 3!   Hence I have a few spare!!!
Silver haired ladies look awesome with Cobalt {Blue} Mascara on its own, also I have friend’s with light brown hair who also wears it.
However, my preference is mixing it up with the Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara.
To cover cost, I am happy to sell to friends and family @NZ$15 each, or 2 for NZ$25 + postage

Why not give this colour combo a go, you have nothing to loose, but will look oh so much more gorgeous by layering your Mascara!

EyeBrows frame the face, but EyeLashes are the window’s to our Souls.

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