Thursday, October 14, 2010

Product Review: Maybelline Ultimate Length Lash Stiletto Waterproof Mascara


The worst thing about this mascara is its long-ass name.

Some background: Remember, a while back, I mentioned a bad haircut? Well I'm pretty sure that the lady didn't just trim the hair on top of my head, if you know what I mean. When I was applying mascara the day after I got my hair cut, I noticed that a few lashes on my right eyelid were MUCH shorter than the others, and they stopped short as if they had been cut in one snip. So I need some serious lengthening mascara (to make the little guys look longer, but also boost all the lashes together).

I asked Richie's cousin* what she wears because, in true dental hygienist fashion, her lashes are always SO LONG (seriously-- dental hygienists must have some sort of pact or secret about how to have the longest lashes ever because every single one I've ever had has had some mondo lashes). She said she recently jumped over to designer mascara, but recommended buying something at the drugstore that boasts lash lengthening because "they actually do work."

So, based on curiosity and price, I went for Maybelline Ultimate Length Lash Stiletto Waterproof Mascara.

Here's what Maybelline says on their website:

Why You'll Love It: The only mascara that does for lashes what stilettos do for legs.

  • The Grip & Extend brush grasps each lash and coats from every angle
  • Elastic formula stretches lashes for provocative length
  • Pro-Vitamin B-5 formula conditions and smoothes for black-patent shine
  • Contact lens safe and Ophthalmologist tested
  • Waterproof

Here's what I say:
  •  It works. I especially love when my lashes on the outside ends are extra long, and this stuff does exactly that.
  • The brush has thinner bristles, which makes it easier to apply. I don't get smudges on my eyelids quite as much as I used to.
  • The waterproof factor is there, but not as much as other brands I've used in the past.
  • Before switching over, I would shed some eyelashes whenever I removed my makeup. Maybe it's the Pro-Vitamin B-5 formula, because I don't shed as much anymore. My lashes feel much stronger. 
So all in all, I'm a believer! When it's time for a new tube in around December, I know I'll be tempted to buy another one, but I think I'll continue my search/experiment and try another lengthening one. Ooh, or maybe a volumizing one!!

Any suggestions??

*I guess she's my cousin now, too. Whoa.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Nine West

I just bought the Emily bag from Nine West (see previous post) on my lunch break! I went to the store to return a pair of leggings (that I bought at full price, completely forgetting that I had a $10 off coupon in my wallet). Before going to grab the exact same pair of leggings to then buy with the coupon, I thought, "Let me see if the purse I've been coveting is 1) still here and 2) more on sale than it was last week."

And sure enough, it was 50% off AND I was able to use that $10 off coupon on it!!! That's right. A $90 purse for $35.

I can live without leggings.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

"I covet."

So along with fly (and supportive) walking shoes, I've been coveting and searching for some other material possessions lately. Maybe, if I announce them here, some company will decide to send me one of the things below in exchange for a review*....or my mom will know what to get me for Christmas. Hi Mom!

Black pumps.
[Vince Camuto at]

I have a pair of patent leather black pumps that I've had for...ever. I got them from Payless, and I love them. But they're getting scuffed beyond repair, and the lining of one shoe has come up and I can't seem to glue it back down. It sticks to my foot when I don't wear stockings.

A fold-over or convertible handbag.
[Nine West, "Emily"]

My purses are either funny sizes (for every day handbagging), falling apart, or too heavy. My favorite purse is GORGEOUS and has so many compartments, but it is SO HEAVY. Even when there's barely anything in it, my shoulder still gets tired of supporting it.  I fell in love with the bag above, but it's just not on sale enough for me!

Statement necklace.
[ -- they have a "statement necklace" section. This one is $468.00]

I have a couple statement necklaces, but as they, um, make statements, I don't wear them very often. I'd like more so that I can make different statements with my neck more regularly.

*Yes, I know the FTC just posted regulations against that.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Vamp President

The other night, I came up with the most brilliant Halloween costume ever:

[photo touched up by ME! ...I don't have photoshop]

Joe Bitin', the vampire Vice President.

That is all.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

My Feet

Why are walking shoes so ugly??!!

In the summer of 2004, I injured my foot (can't remember which one) by walking too much/too hard in flip flops. I was forced to buy sneakers that were more supportive of the sides of my feet. I ended up finding some cute ones (that worked well with my summer work uniform-- I was voted one of the Best Dressed at the end of the summer), but my feet were always so hot! I want my feet to breathe!!!

So anyway, the foot healed (or heeled...get it?!), and I went back to my old ways.

But this past July, I did it again. I walked all over the great city of Philadelphia in a pair of flip flops and really hurt my left foot. This time, the bottom of it. It hurt to walk, no matter what shoes I was wearing (oh, except for high heels, oddly, which worked out, because that's what I wear to work. But it was weird putting on high heels to go everywhere. I felt so Mexican.*)

My foot has since healed again, but I now only wear flip flops very short distances (to the trash can, the mailbox, etc.). When Richie and I go for walks, I wear my running shoes, but what am I supposed to wear when I'm not walking for fitness? And I'm likely wearing a dress or skirt? (I rarely wear pants.)

The day before we got married, we walked all over Manhattan. My feet (well, mostly my knees) KILLED because I was wearing these:

...perfect for some things, so bad for most (like walking). How was it okay for basketball players to wear these back in the day?? So the search began for shoes that were 1) comfortable, 2) supportive, and 3) stylish. Since I had some success back in 2004, I didn't think it would be that hard. But man oh man, it might be impossible.

*I say this because women in my family (and other Mexican women I know/have heard of) wear heels/get dressed up every time they leave the house. I gotta respect it, but think they're crazy at the same time.