Confessions of a Mascara Addict #2: L’Oréal, Manhattan, Catrice and Max Factor

Finally I got around to photograph the second installment of Confessions of a Mascara Addict. I put 6 new mascaras to the test and here are the results:



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Naked Eyes

My lashes are naturally rather straight and stubborn and a little sparse towards the corners. I am looking for a mascara that really holds a curl and emphasizes my corner lashes, makes my lashes in general really black, long and thick.


1. L’Oréal Volume Million Lashes

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Black, rubber brush, gold packaging;  this is almost a classic. I like it a lot. It holds a curl, volumizes and seperate the lashes. You can see one coat, in fact all of the pictures show one coat on my lashes. The wand is a really hard rubber brush that kind of stings when it touches the sensitive upper waterline  and the formula is perceptibly scented. The wand is a weird stumpy shape and really thick, all of those things aside though, it gives a nice result.


2. L’Oréal Miss Manga Mega Volume

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This one I am really impressed with. Super black, holds a curl and gives length and volume. It builds up really nicely. A couple of days ago I just wore two coats of this, some blush and natural lipstick and my lashes were really prominent on my face. Really thick and long and black without being clumpy. This mascara seems to have been received really controversely, some people love it, some people hate it, I count myself safely in the group of people who loves this mascara. The wand has normal bristles, is really big and flexible, it is cut in a conical shape with a sort of wave-profile along the outline. The thicker end really helps to catch the outer lashes.

3.Manhattan Ultimate Long & Curl

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I used to wear a previous version of this when I was maybe 14 or 15 and fell back in love when I picked this up when it was in offer. The formula seems to have fibres in it, which I quite like but  I know some people don’t. It makes my lashes really thick and long, doesn’t hold the curl that well but it is still pretty great. With this you have to be a bit careful that it doesn’t clump up, but I think as love as you don’t layer coat over coat on, you should be fine. This has a garden-variety mascara wand with normal bristles, if anything it is a little shorter than other brushes.

4. Manhattan X-treme Last WP

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This gives a very natural result and if you like that, this mascara is your thing. I prefer a little more oomph to my lashes so this is not really my thing. Aside from that it is not a bad product at all. The brush is long, slim and has normal bristles. It tints the lashes nice and black, holds a curl but doesn’t really volumize or lengthen.


5. Max Factor Clump Defy WP/ Covergirl Clump Crusher WP

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This is another one with a very natural result. Thankfully I got that 30% off or I would be really upset  about spending a lot of money on a mascara that I won’t wear or at least won’t wear much. This one really separates the lashes it holds the curl but the lengthening powers are not that great and it is not really volumizing. It has a slightly curved rubber brush, which generally I like but the formula just doesn’t do for me.  I am a little disappointed with this. Again, not a bad product, just not enough oomph for me.


6. Catrice Glamour Doll WP

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Out of the mascaras shown here this is by far my favorite. It lengthens, volumizes, separates and holds the curl until I take it off in the evening. I may have found a holy grail mascara here, plus at 4,45€ this is VERY affordable. I really like the slim long rubber brush, too. It allows me to apply the mascara without smudging it all over my eyelid.


Round up:

None of these mascaras irritated or stung my eyes, they are all easily removable with my bebe young care quick&clean cleansing lotion for sensitive skin. The ones that are on power rotation right now are the Glamour Doll and because I try not to use WP mascaras all the time not to dry out my lashes too much I switch it out with the Miss Manga on a regular basis.


If you still like to see some more mascara mini reviews you can read the first confessions chapter here.


Sunday Round Up #15

This week has brought a couple of new responsibilities, as my mother is at the hospital at the moment and it falls to me to keep me and my dad alive and keep the household in shape. My dad is working 10 hours a day and I really don’t want him to have to worry about food, the laundry, etc. So the first thing I am going to mention this week goes in line with all that:

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1. Cooking and baking
I have been cooking my first curry this week and it went rather well. It could have been a little more spicey but aside from that I think it was yummy. I try to stick with the low carb theory on my food as much as I can and find healthy options with loads of fresh produce and little meat. Yesterday my dad and I made red cabbage from scratch which I love and I baked a low carb cake, which turned out really chocolatey and nutty and I don’t think you would miss regular cake at all. I really want to try the low carb lemon muffin recipe I found for saturday and turn them in not so low carb lemon cupcakes for us to snack on while watching the Veronica Mars Movie, which brings me to:

2. Finishing Veronica Mars and how great this friday and saturday are going to be
I finished my Veronica Mars re-watch and I am now all sorts of ready to watch the movie on saturday with my best friends. I still can’t believe that we actually got this movie made and that it is going to be released all over the world on the 14th via vod. It will be released in selected German theaters as well and I will hopefully get to see it there, too, but that I get to share it with my besties on saturday means the world to me. Granted out of the three of us I am the Veronica Mars nerd (or marshmallow, as we like to call ourselves), Snowhoney has seen the show and likes it too and if I am informed correctly it is going to be Munderoon’s first proper contact with Veronica Mars. I already got to see the first 8 minutes of the movie and I found so many little references, which are not important generally but I know which episode they go back to and that makes me fangirl every couple of seconds over the whole thing.
On top of all this my favorite band Subway to Sally are going to release their new album on friday and I have already pre-ordered it. I hope amazon manages to deliver it on time. The little samples I got to listen to sound more than promising.

3. Eye combo of the week
In the vein of the Veronica Mars re-watch I was inspired by her make up look in the last season. She wore a very shimmery grey-brown color with a strong golden sheen. I have something similar in my collection in the essence marble mania shadow 02 let’s get twisted. I normally don’t like baked eyeshadows but this one is really soft and has great color pay off. I blended it all over the lid and through the crease (mono-smokey eye) and then I used a black pencil to draw on a smudgey half line with a slight flick. Last but not least I used my new favorite mascara the Catrice Glamour Doll Waterproof. This stuff is incredible. It holds a curl like no other and really lengthens, fans out and seperates the lashes and it removes way easier than the Max Factor False Lash Effect. I am currently working on chapter 2 of Confessions of a Mascara Addict, so more on the mascara and pictures and such on there. Hopefully I can get it up this week.

4. Empties
I finished up a pack of bebe young care cleansing wipes for dry and sensitive skin. I really like those, the bebe cleansers are the only ones that effectively remove the Max Factor FLE WP without straining lid and lashes. It just comes right off. I bought other wipes this time but I have a hunch that I will come back to the bebe ones sooner or later.
I used up another tub of the alverdy body butter and already have another one on the go. I don’t think I have to say much about these anymore.
And lastly I finished up a Mexx woman Spring Edition. I wore this to work to use it up. It was just too fruity for me and I have no idea what got me to buy it. It was by no means a bad product but it didn’t suit my taste anymore.

5. Quick Project Clean Up Update
I spend most of the evening today reducing my eyeshadow collection. I tossed all of the bad quality shadows and the dupes of better quality shadows. I still have a sizable collection but it is way less than it used to be. I also tossed a couple of blushes. Very liberating I tell ya. Mind you those were all drugstore blushes and eyeshadows, my MAC collection will remain intact. But then again I don’t have any dupes or doubles in there…

That was it for me this week. It had darkness and highlights, but as they say, we need the darkness to see the light properly. I hope you had a week with more light than darkness and now let’s move on into a productive, light-filled new week.