Laura Mercier: Full Blown Volume Mascara

Last month, Neiman Marcus invited the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida, which I am a founding member, to a breakfast where the various beauty lines shared information about their particular products. One of those lines was Laura Mercier. I am familiar to the name but have never had the opportunity to try one of her products, until now.

I received a trial size mascara. I was very excited to get this to finally experience a Laura Mercier product! This is the Full Blown Volume mascara and it is in black…


Mascara has always been a beauty staple for me. However, I never owned more than two at a time. To say I have expanded my horizons is putting it nicely. And though I am not fluent in knowing all that there is to know about mascara, like my friend, Clumps of Mascara, does, I’m having a great time learning!

It is without a doubt I tell you that I really, really like this mascara. It does exactly as it says it does: full blown volume. I’ve got lots of lashes and they are long. However, they don’t have volume. Laura Mercier…to the rescue!

You know that mascara brushes make or break the product. You can have the best durn formula of mascara in the world, but if your brush isn’t worth a hoot, it will not matter. Laura Mercier has taken great care, obviously, in making a brush that allows it to be one of the best ones in the industry…


This brush has a little bit of flexibility to it. And, just enough that it will move through your lashes and not just bend them. That is going to allow each lash to get coated. And this mascara builds nicely. I didn’t have any flakes, follow out or smudges during the day. It stayed put until I was ready to remove it.

Now, at $24 a tube, that’s pricey for the Vanity’s wallet. But, there is no doubt, at all, that this is a quality mascara. And, I can wholeheartedly recommend this mascara. If I wasn’t a beauty blogger, where I try a variety of beauty products, I would strongly regard this one as the staple mascara at the Vanity.

Have you tried any Laura Mercier products? Which one do you like?

Reviva Labs: Makeup Primer, Vitamin E Stick and Mascara Reviews

I got a chance to try out a few Reviva’s products. I have been interested in trying them and, had only read good things about them on other beauty blogs.

Here are the first two products…

From the left: Vitamin E Stick and Makeup Primer

Vitamin E oil is my first stop for any scars. Vitamin E can keep the tissue soft and pliable while it heals. But you don’t need to wait until you have a boo-boo to use this Vitamin E Stick. I have been using this stick for my lips, before bedtime. It’s just a nighttime ritual for me to slather on a lip conditioner. I tried the Vitamin E Stick under my eyes and even though it can help with wrinkles and dry skin, it didn’t sink in, or absorb, into my skin. I’ll keep this to use just on my lips and fresh scars, if I should get one.

The Vitamin E Stick doesn’t have any taste but, it does smell a bit medicinal. In fact, to me, it smells like fresh cut hay. 
Next, is what I’ll call the best discovery of 2012: Reviva’s Makeup Primer. This stuff is beyond awesome. 

I have a favorite high-end face primer that I have used for years. Reviva Makeup Primer rivals this one and then some. I use mineral makeup foundation so I can’t speak on how it performs with a liquid foundation. But, I do use cream highlighters and blushes and I found Reviva’s Makeup Primer to hold those creams in place all day. Yes, even in hot Florida days. This Primer applied so smoothly and felt so good on my skin.

Reviva’s Makeup Primer now has permanent residency on the Vanity.

And, I didn’t even know Reviva had makeup, much less mascara…
This mascara is hypo-allergenic and claims to balance the pH of the lashes which will avoid eye irritation. I found that this was a mascara what was easy to apply and it didn’t flake on me at all.

The applicator is easy to use to separate and coat each lash…
I found that Reviva’s mascara worked to enhance the color of my lashes but, it didn’t thicken them. So, I use this mascara for a more natural eye look.

You can find Reviva products at Ulta and Walgreens. I’m sure there are other drugstores that sell these products as well.

Have you tried any Reviva products? Any other Reviva products you’d like to recommend to me?
These products were provided to me for my review. These are my own honest opinions.

Milani Cosmetics: Runway Lashes

Many thanks to Milani Cosmetics for sponsoring the Central Florida Beauty Bloggers meeting that we had on March 10 at Cafe Tu Tu Tango in Orlando, FL.

I couldn’t wait to dig into the goodies that Milani shared with us. I was uber UBER happy to try out some new mascara. This one has my vote. Let me tell you why…

Milani Cosmetics gave me to try out, their new Runway Lashes mascara. The go-to reason for using this mascara is ‘instant volume’. This black mascara is also smudge-proof, non-clumping and is paraben-free.
What I’m seeing is results….

I love that I have long lashes. But, without any mascara, they are not very visible. I used Runway Lashes on the left side and nothing on the right. Can you see a difference?! Yeppers!

Now with my eyes closed, you can see that I do have long lashes. However, on the left, where I used Runway Lashes, you can see that my lashes have more volume to them.

And with both eyes done, I can easily say that Runway Lashes is living up to its name. There is a lot of volume and my eyes appear much wider.

And with that, I keep my decision that if I could use just one eye product, it is mascara. And Milani Cosmetics Runway Lashes is a mascara that makes me a strong believer.

Also, it made me braver. I’m amazed that I would post photos of my bare face on the Internet. And close-up, self-portraits don’t make for attractive noses. LOL. It’s just that I feel very strongly about Runway Lashes. This mascara is approved by the pink vanity.

Lash Em Product Reviews; Part 3

This post will wrap up my review of the Lash Em products. If you didn’t see the first two posts, here is the first and here is the second.

And today, I will review and share before and after photos of their mascara and lash gel/serum.

When I saw the commercials about Latisse, I’m thinking, what woman wouldn’t want thicker eyelashes? That’s what the entire industry of false eyelashes and mascara are about!

Soon after, there were the over-the-counter products and golly, they cost as much as two tickets to Disney World (that’s to say ‘a lot of money’). Still, I was wondering could these products even work?

I got my chance to find out. The product I tried is Lash Em’s Measurable Difference Lash Gel…

Let me explain about Lash Gel; think of this as a conditioner for your eyelashes. Just like hair conditioner makes your hair soft, flexible, strong and shiny; Lash Em’s Lash Gel does the same thing with your eyelashes. It doesn’t make you grow more lashes, but what it does is condition your current lashes so they become stronger, thus less breakage; thicker so they look more voluminous, and hold moisture so they are more durable and shiny.

This is my eye before I started using Lash Gel, and using 3-in-1 Bright Eye as well as Picture Perfect…

 I do not have any makeup or lotions on. The line you see at my lashes is my attempt at permanent eyeliner. (Some day I’ll do a post on this. In the meantime, don’t do it. Email me first and we can talk about it.)

My lashes are long and actually thick, considering I’m 49 when a lot of women will start to get breakage and grow less lashes. Fortunately, I don’t have a lot of wrinkles showing when I relax my face and just gently close my eyes. This is a feature I am proud to show.

After using all three products for 30 days, here is my after photo…

Yes, I know the lighting is different, I only wish I was a professional photographer. 🙂 But, there is no trick here that shows my lashes to be longer and a bit thicker. This is noticeable at the inner corner of my lash line. Many years back, my lashes grew right to the corner of my line. Can you see that they have returned?

And, my skin is brighter at the side of the bridge of my nose too. The fine lines are finer, not gone, but less noticeable. Happy blogger!

Additional thoughts on Lash Gel…it is a serum, but not thick. You apply this like a liquid eyeliner. It is applied before any makeup and you allow it to dry first. I found that when I put the Lash Gel on first, then did all my other lotions and potions, I had given Lash Gel plenty of time to dry. The instructions say you can use it once in the morning and once at bedtime. However, since I felt I wasn’t totally starting out with really bad lashes, once a day would be sufficient.

A few times, it felt like the serum was stinging my eyes. It wasn’t terrible, but it was noticeable. The serum may have ran into my eyes, as this only happened about 3 times. Other than that, it felt cool and wet. When it dried, you couldn’t see where it had been applied and it didn’t interfere with any of my eye makeup.

The directions say to apply in one stroke meaning, don’t coat it on like an eyeliner. I found it easier to apply one line from the inside corner to the middle and then, from the outer corner to the middle. At a price of $69.99, this is not a product I want to waste. (However, stay tuned and you’ll find a sweet savings.)

In conjunction with using Measurable Difference Lash Serum, I tested Lash Em’s mascara called Double Trouble Mascara…

Cutting to the chase, I reeeeeaaaallly like this mascara!

It is double-ended wand. One side is the volumizing mascara that makes the lashes thick and separates them easily. This wand brush has shorter bristles and is very flexible…

The other end is for lengthening. This brush is more like the standard wand…

First, use the volumizing end, then use the lengthening end. Here’s what I got…

This photo is using both ends and, with full eye makeup. My eyelashes are much longer. The brushes coated each lash well and there was no clumping or fallout. It even made my bottom lashes more noticeable…

I surely do not like this picture angle as it distorts the nose, however, it shows off the bottom lashes as well, and how there are hardly any wrinkles around my eye.

OK, let’s talk cost. As I mentioned above, the Lash Gel is $69.99 on Lash Em’s website. The mascara is $19.99 on the site. I see these two products at the Bed, Bath and Beyond, locally, that has the Harmon Department. That’s the ones that have all the beauty/health products. They sell the serum for $49.99 and the mascara for $16.99.

Lash Em has a special on their website, til December 30, for a set of both of these for $35. (shipping is extra) That is a savings of $54.98; more than 60% off. Very good deal.

A very good deal because I’m endorsing both of these products. Both the Lash Gel and the Mascara exceeded my expectations. I will continue to use both of these. And, I am getting in on the December special too. For a savings of almost $55, I’ll jump at that!

These products have been sent to me for my personal review and honest opinion.