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‘Scara Spice

Hello, loves!

If there is one makeup item I could never live without, it’s mascara — no question about it!  I love love love lashes.

I often layer my mascaras, and I always have a few different tubes in rotation.  Today, I have a teeny little review of one of my current go-to mascaras — Maybelline’s Lash Sensational!

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I have the waterproof formula in Black Pearl, and I love it — So let’s break it down!

Claims: “Introducing Lash Sensational Black Pearl: our unique fanning brush and new liquid formula with black pearl captures and volumizes lashes from root to tip” – Maybelline’s website

Packaging: As much as I hate to admit it, a lot of times I do judge a product based on its packaging.  I love the packaging of this mascara!  It’s a sleek, fairly large tube, in soft pink (almost a rose gold) with a satin-y finish.  No complaints from me!

Wand: When it comes to mascara, it’s all about the wand.  Seriously, it’s usually what makes or breaks your lashes!  The wand on this mascara is actually pretty cool.  It’s plastic, which is what I usually prefer.  It is curved, too, which I typically don’t go for…BUT in this case, I really like it.

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Now, here’s where the wand gets interesting.  If you look closely at the above photo, you’ll see that the bristles on top are longer than the bristles on the bottom…this is not an illusion, it’s intentional!  Maybelline recommends you use the shorter bristles first, to reach the roots of your lashes, then flip the wand and use the longer bristles to fan out your lashes.  Use this trick to get the best results from the Lash Sensational!  (It actually works).

Formula: When you first use this mascara, you might notice that it seems like a very wet formula.  This will fade a little though, and will dry out a little after a few applications.  I’m not really an expert on what exactly is good or bad about any given mascara formula…but I do know that I like this one!

Results: This does wonders for my lashes.  I have a hard time deciding between length and volume, so I like mascaras that give me a little of both.  Maybelline says this formula will volumize, and it does…not a whole lot, but it definitely adds some oomph.  While this mascara doesn’t claim to lengthen, I definitely think it does that as well.  This is one of the few mascaras I actually like by itself, without layering other mascaras over or under it (a timesaver, for sure!).

One thing I really love is that this mascara keeps my lashes soft.  I can’t stand when mascara makes my lashes feel flaky or crunchy — I like them to be feathery and still feel like eyelashes!  This one definitely keeps ’em soft.

I also have to add that this keeps my lashes clump-free — a major plus!

As far as the black pearl luminosity — I’m not totally sure.  When looking closely at my lashes, I do sort of see a little bit of a luminous/pearly shine.  But I mean, they’re eyelashes…who can even really notice a slight pearly touch on your little lashes?  Honestly, if it didn’t address it on the packaging, I don’t think I would have noticed.  But it’s not a bad thing!

Last but not least, I have one tiny not-so-ideal component…it’s a little stubborn.  Definitely not the easiest to wash off.  But give it a little more effort and you’ll be good to go — not a dealbreaker in my book!  They also offer a washable formula, so I may look into trying that out!

Bottom Line: I’m a huge fan!  Definitely recommend this for anyone who likes their lashes to have length and volume, remain feathery, and be free of clumps.  I’m pretty picky about mascaras, but I really do enjoy this one.

Have you tried the Maybelline Lash Sensational?  I’d love to hear your opinions!  I’d also welcome any mascara recommendations, as I am always looking to try new ones out.

Hope you enjoyed!

XOXO,

Brenna

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Take a Brow

Hello, loves!

Today, I’ll be offering a little step-by-step how-to (or brow-to…ugh, I instantly regret typing that) guide for how I get my eyebrows in tip-top shape!

A little disclaimer: I am by no means an expert in anything beauty-related — I try to be relatively low-maintenance with my beauty routine and typically opt for drugstore makeup over high-end.  But I know what works for me, and who knows?  Maybe it’ll work for you, too!

So, let’s get into it!

1. Tweeze

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I don’t have the time or money to get my eyebrows waxed or threaded in a salon, so I tackle them all by myself!  I pluck mine pretty often, as I like to keep up with them so they don’t get too unruly — I also think it’s less painful to do a little bit at a time!  I like to use these scissor-like tweezers from Revlon.  They are available with either flat or slanted “blades” (I prefer the flat ones!) and are super easy to use.  Make sure to pluck in between your eyebrows, as well as any stray hairs underneath, but never pluck above your brows.  Also, be sure you’re not over-plucking!

2. Tame

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Next, I apply a clear mascara (usually this one from Maybelline) to keep my brows neat.  No need for a lengthy explanation here — just glide the brush along your arches from the inside to the outer edge, making sure to account for your natural arch.  Tip: brush slightly downward from the height of your arch to the end of your brow to avoid getting a rounded or flat shape.

3. Fill

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I’m not a huge fan of filling in my brows with a pencil, as I think it can sometimes make them look overdone and artificial.  Instead, I opt for this brow powder from NYX.  They offer a limited variety of shades — I use #05 Brunette — but you should be able to find one that works for you!  The key is to go slightly darker than your natural hair color, but not too dark.  Using a small angled brush, I apply the lighter shade (right) on the entirety of my brows, then add the darker color (left) from the arch to the end, just for a little dimension.  I then brush through with an eyelash & brow brush, from the inner corner to the outer.

(Note: if you’re wondering what that off-white circle in the palette that I have ignored until now is, it’s eyebrow wax!  While I’m not super into the wax in this palette, it can be substituted for the clear mascara I use.  Just apply with a small angled brush before applying the powder!)

While this NYX palette comes with tiny applicator brushes, I use larger brushes, as I think they are easier to use and give better results.  I’ve been using these ones from e.l.f.  They’re great brushes, and inexpensive — I paid $4 for both!

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Here’s a close-up of the bristles (e.l.f. Small Angled brush, left, and e.l.f. Eyelash & Brow brush, right):

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And that’s it — my everyday brow routine!  Easy enough, right?!

I hope these tips help you keep your brows lookin’ lovely.  Have any additional advice for eyebrow maintenance?  Let me know in the comments!

XOXO,

Brenna

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Four For You!

Hello, loves!

I’m back today with the second round of Four For You!  I have found myself reaching for these items nonstop throughout the past week, and I simply can’t get enough of them.

1. Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Perfume

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I have had this perfume for just a little while now, and the honeymoon phase is still going strong!  This scent is a blend of violet, sandalwood, & vanilla (according to the description on sephora.com!) and is truly magical.  Above all, it’s mature and classic, which is exactly what I want in a signature scent!

2. Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner

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I am VERY picky about eyeliner, and even when I try new ones out, I somehow always find my way back to Maybelline.  This ink pen is super user-friendly, and lasts so long without smudging!  Perfect for a sophisticated, everyday cat eye.

3. Cake Batter ChapStick

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While I tend to gravitate towards minty lip balms, there’s something about this (limited edition!) flavor that I’ve just been loving.  I’ll admit, this was a total impulse buy at the checkout line in Target, but I have absolutely no regrets!

4. Mint Swarovski Alex and Ani Bracelet

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I seriously adore this bracelet!  It’s delicate and gorgeous, and as far as I’m concerned, you can’t go wrong with this minty-blue color.  I will definitely be donning this bangle a lot during spring and summer!

So there you are — four for you, Brenn Coco, you go, Brenn Coco!

XOXO,

Brenna

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Four For You!

Hello, loves!  Here is the first feature of Brenn Coco…drumroll, please!

Four For You will (hopefully!) be a weekly feature where I select four items of any sort that I’m super into at the moment.

So, without further ado, here are Four For You! (yay for accidental rhymes)

1. Essie’s “Borrowed & Blue” Nail Color

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I picked up this nail color at the Lilly for Target pop-up shop in Bryant Park last week and I am officially obsessed!  It’s the perfect light blue that I’ve been searching for.  If you’re looking to get your hands on this polish (or rather, get this polish on your hands!) don’t wait — it’s limited edition!

2. Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub

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Okay, so I know I’m fashionably late to this party.  But seriously, I’m not at all surprised this is a holy grail item for so many people!  This scrub is super effective, lasts a really long time, and tastes so yummy.  My only regret is that I waited so long to try it!

3.  Kate Spade “Brenna” Sunglasses

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Alright, so I may be a bit biased on these based on the name alone.  But I was so hyped when my sister surprised me with these as a gift — thanks, Melissa!  As with all things from my girl Kate, they’re playful and fun, and perfect for spring!

4. Maybelline’s ColorSensational Lip Color in Petal Pink

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I actually got this product unknowingly.  I had ordered some jewelry from Baublebar during their Rebel Bloom collab with Maybelline and was sent this lipstick as a free gift!  Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised (who wouldn’t love a free lipstick?).  Truthfully, I probably never would’ve picked this out in stores, so I’m so so happy Maybelline picked it for me!

And there you have it…four for you, Brenn Coco, you go, Brenn Coco!

XOXO,

Brenna

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