August 19, 2010

Mascaras I am loving right now - Lancôme Définicils Precious Cells, Bourjois Paris Mascara Elastic and just for fun, lash boosters from Lancôme and Jillian Dempsey for Avon!

Lancôme Définicils Precious Cells - $34 - Définicils has long been a mascara staple for me so I was excited to see it doing something new and different!  The clever little scientists at Lancôme have been spending their time studying eyelashes to find a way to make them grow better and fall out less.  All there hard work has brought us a brand new mascara that will regenerate the condition of lashes while delivering ultimate definition and lash by lash fullness.  Définicils Precious Cells contains extract from Malus Domestica- a Swiss apple variety, which was selected for its high resistance and contains a complex association of cellular structural components such as peptides, lipids and sugars that can be assimilated by cells.  As well as Madecassoside - a healing plant from Madagascar that helps strengthen and thicken lashes; and Arginine - a nourishing amino acid with conditioning properties.

4 weeks to better lashes?  Where do I sign up?!  I stopped using my most recent lash enhancer for several weeks before starting this one so I would get the full effects of the mascara.  Here's what I experienced:  my lashes look thicker, even when I'm not wearing any mascara, I don't know if that's because they are healthier but they are just more "there" if that makes any sense and they don't seem to fall out as easily or as often, even when I really scrub at my eyes to get eyeliner off.  I wouldn't say they are dramatically longer like they become when I use RapidLash, but they are more obvious looking.  It has the same great Définicils formula, although it might be slightly wetter, that I love and the brush is better with a combination of long and short bristles.  I don't find it to be a super thickening mascara so if you like big drama, this won't do it by itself - check at the bottom of my post for a solution to this.  I would say that Définicils Precious Cells is a must try mascara, especially if you are already a fan of Lancôme mascaras in general.

Bourjois Paris Mascara Elastic - $20 - suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers if you are looking for length, this is the right place to look for up to 130% extension beyond the natural length of your lashes.  Enriched with hevea and two types of polymers for length as well as gum arabic, natural waxes and vitamin E derivatives to make it good for your lashes.  The lash extending brush has two parts:  the reservoirs - to release the formula along the whole length of the lash and the bristles - to separate and visually increase the length of every single lash.

If you are looking for a mascara to give you some serious length, this is where you want to be - my lashes become almost stupidly long with this mascara!  Just remember before using to wipe the tip of the brush off on the tube opening before applying - the formula seems to cause little polymer strings to form between the brush and the tube!

A lash booster is the perfect way to turn a lengthening or defining mascara into a more volumizing one!
Lancôme Cils Booster XL - 5.5g - $27 - contains cellulose micro-fibers for a comfortable and even application.

Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional Lash Booster - 7g - $9.99 - has a gel formula with custom fibres that cling to mascara to create a full sexy look.  Available at 1-800-265-AVON or

There are different schools of thought on the right order to apply the booster with your mascara but I have found the most success by applying a layer of mascara, a layer of booster and then another layer of mascara.  You don't need any drying time between layers, by the time you apply to one eye, the other eye is ready.  If you haven't tried a lash booster in a while because you are remembering them as the super flaky, fluffy bits everywhere formula that they used to be, you are in for a pleasant surprise - they've come a long way baby!

- Lisamarie -

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