I'm so grateful that the Lipstick League has decided to ask what's the most you've ever paid for a mascara (and was it worth it)? If we had to think about how much we've spent in The Quest For The Best Mascara, that would mean M-A-T-H. #fourletterword
I have so many drugstore-mascara loves, and you know which is my favourite right now. But I once, years ago before I got into this writing-about-beauty-stuff business, splurged on a Lancôme Définicils mascara. And I hated it. Did nothing for my wimpy, wispy, short-short lashes and very rudely transferred itself to my lids too.
When I got into this writing-about-beauty-stuff business, back in 2000-something for Canadian Living magazine, I started to get PR samples to try; it carried on into this Beautygeeks gig. (Aside: I don't like talking about PR samples because it smacks of I-get-free-stuff-and-you-don't bragging, but it's something we have to do now... ugh.) As a result, I've tried several mascaras more expensive than that one. And what do I buy? Drugstore.
Except I have re-upped on the Lancôme Grandiôse "swan-neck" mascara ($36 CAD and $32 USD at sephora.com), which I reviewed here with a weird little video. Yes, I paid money for it because I love it, a lot. It is hella-expensive, though – more than $40 CAD after tax – so I'm not likely to spend that again when my Maybelline Lash Sensational Full Fan Effect is so much less bruising on my budget.
Aaand of course now writing about it makes me long for a new Lancôme Grandiose mascara... sheesh. Maybe if I can go one full month without taking an Uber, I'll deserve that treat. Or maybe a week without Uber?
lipstick league links of the week
EauMG can’t travel without shopping for beauty products. Victoria went to Mexico and here’s her haul: mamey mascara, orange blossom colognes and more!
Gouldylox's best of beauty November list is live and you'll never believe what's missing... (hint, the reviews aren't so hot on most of the them, anyway).
My Beauty Bunny Tired of the matte lip trend? Check out these super yummy NARS Velvet Lip Glides.
Nouveau Cheap The Fall 2016 Sephora VIB Sale is coming (very) soon. Not sure where to start? Need some tips about how to maximize your savings? Here you go!
Olive & Ivy There have been very mixed reviews on the Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case, so of course Chelsea had to try it out for herself! Was it a hit or miss?
Phyrra Makeup Regrets? We all have them. Find out about Courtney's latest Disappointing Beauty Products I Regret Buying!
Prime Beauty is trippin' over the Marc Jacobs Object of Desire Face and Eye Palette! The packaging can double as a clutch!
we heart this Everyone knows Urban Decay is the gold standard for sparkle. Check out the product that has upped their shimmer game even more.
Beautygeeks The more I learn about psoriatic arthritis, the more my heart breaks for anyone who struggles with it every day. Early detection is key, but most people don’t even know that psoriasis and arthritis are linked, let alone that they’re at risk.
Blushing Noir Holiday gift giving can be more stressful than it needs to be. In a new series I’ll be sharing a few gift ideas that will help you shop a lot more easily. First up: Shopping for the Planner Girl!
Clumps of Mascara Bring in the holiday collections! Brittney doesn’t have her eyes on many, but she's swooning over ZOYA’s Enchanted Holiday collection.
(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)
EauMG is Currently Craving: N°5 L’EAU. Change can be good. And this new perfume is the perfect example. This update is a sheerer version, but hasn’t lost any of that velvety-ness that Victoria associates with classic N°5.
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Now confess: what's the most $ you've thrown at a new mascara?