Lash Love

Mascara can be challenging.

As a teenager, you learn, and eventually master, how to apply mascara. You practice different techniques (and different colors, if you were a child of the 80’s like me.) Do you do both eyes with your dominant hand, or learn to use a hand for each eye? Do you prefer one coat or two? How do you prevent clumps? How do you wash it away at the end of the night?

On top of all that, for someone like me who has oily skin, the holy grail was finding a mascara that didn’t smudge under my eyes halfway through the day. I tried so many different kinds, and was willing to pay top dollar for a mascara that would work for me, but I was always disappointed. Then in Germany, I finally found it. Annayake brand, from France. It cost a fortune but was worth every penny (or Euro, I should say). I was ecstatic. But when we moved back to the US, I found out you can’t get it here. Aaaarrrgghhhh!

I tried some pricey brands from Ulta, but wasn’t impressed. Then a friend told me she sold MaryKay, so I thought I’d give it a try. What did I have to lose? And hallelujah, I FOUND IT!

Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara.


Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara


It’s not pricey, it’s not fancy, but it’s the bomb.

How much do I love this mascara?


So much that I continued to use this tube even after my dog destroyed it.

So much that I tore our b&b room apart looking for a misplaced one (turns out it had fallen out in the car).

So much that I keep an extra tube on hand, because you can’t just buy it at the store when you are in a pinch. You need to order it from a Mary Kay rep. (If you don’t have one already, I’d be happy to hook you up with my awesome Mary Kay rep.)

To increase the lash love even more — add a drop of Lavender Essential Oil* to your mascara (and then move the wand around to mix it in well.) It will make your lashes thicker and fuller, help your mascara to go on more smoothly, and keep the tube from getting clumpy over time. What’s not to love?

*always use pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. Know the source.

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