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Product Review: Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara


This is the mascara with the crazy wand. It’s curvaceous. And it makes your lashes curvy, too.

According to Rimmel:

Exclusive brush design curves IN to maximize lash loading, curves OUT to curl and de-clump each lash for a complete curved look. Lashes look lusciously curled, plumped and defined.

Sexy Curves only comes in two colors: black and extreme black.

This is not a subtle mascara. It creates dramatic lashes. The formula is creamy and loaded with pigment. You should see how dark it is when you wash it off.

So, if you need to wake up your look, try Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara. I got mine at Walgreen’s on sale for $7.00.

Do We Really Need Drugs for Our Eyelashes?

brooke-shieldsHave you seen the commercials with Brooke Shields applying Latisse to her eyelids so she can grow fuller, longer lashes?

Wasn’t she a supermodel? Does she really need help in the beauty department? Has she read the side effects?

Latisse, according to the fine print in the commercial, can cause your eyelids to darken or turn yellow. And that’s not all. It can also cause unwanted hair to grow on other places on your eyelid. Yuk!

Save your money and your eyelids. Try mascara. It’s been working for women for decades.

For help choosing the mascara that is right for you, read Grace Magazine’s 10-part series called Mascara Wars.

We can’t legally buy pot in the U.S., but you can get any kind of prescription drug you want. Side effects are your free gift with purchase.

Mascara Wars: Wrap-Up


After testing ten very different mascaras, my beauty life has been changed. I’m not exaggerating. I’ve always used drugstore brands of mascara thinking they were no different than any of the more expensive kinds. I was very wrong.

I would never buy foundation or powder in a drugstore, but I have no problem buying inexpensive lip gloss or nail polish. I had no idea that a pricier mascara could be so much better.

My mascara of the last few years has been Cover Girl’s Fantastic Lash. I’ve been using it since Maybelline discontinued my previous favorite which was Lash by Lash. I’ve never liked Great Lash, couldn’t stand the smell, the brush, or the look.

I’ve been perfectly happy with Fantastic Lash until this experiment made me discover a whole new world of eye lash happiness.

So, onto the results.

I found myself reaching for Korres Deep Colour Mascara as the first mascara I wanted to wear again. And then the next day, I reached for it again. It is my clear favorite. The brush is full yet tapered and pointy to get into the corners. The formula goes on dark without clumping and without getting too thick. It made my lashes very long without becoming heavy. And it held the curl all day until I was ready to remove it. My lashes are naturally long and I have a tendency to get mascara all over my eyelid when I apply it so I aways put on my masacara before my eyeshadow. This way I can correct my sloppiness. So I like a mascara that doesn’t stain the skin too much when I try to remove my mishaps. Korres comes off cleanly.

My runner-up is Smashbox Bionic Mascara. It also went on easily and looked professional. My only problem was that it was difficult to remove.

Sephora Atomic Mascara was also very nice and very quick to apply. But I was a little put off by the very spiky brush. Makeup Forever Smoky Lash was also a keeper. It made my lashes long and curled without being overly dramatic.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes started out okay but didn’t have staying power. Urban Decay Big Fatty could use a better brush design. The mascara itself gave a soft effect but the brush made it difficult to apply. I also found the packaging off-putting.

I thought some of the mascaras were strange. DuWop’s Lash Venom had fibers in the formula that didn’t really achieve anything. I think they were supposed to bond themselves to my lashes and make them artificially longer. But it just didn’t work.

I’m all for innovation as long as it accomplishes something. Too Faced Lash Injection Pin Point Mascara was a very different experience but the crazy formula worked. It wrapped my lashes in tiny tubes which were strange at first, but I really liked the look. I had the opposite reaction to Cargo TexasLash, however, which also tried to create tiny tubes but didn’t have the same dramatic effect.

Vincent Longo The Curl was the first mascara I tried and I was very disappointed. I can’t help but think the sample was a reject. There didn’t seem to be anything in the tube.

I hope my experiments inspire you to lash out.

Mascara Wars: Day 10 – Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes


Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara

Color: Rich Black

Brush: Medium-sized brush with densely-packed stiff bristles.

Consistency: Medium weight.

Application: Goes on easily in one coat without clumping.

How It Looks: Makes lashes long, thick and dark. A little heavy.

Removal: Easy.

Reaction: Pleased but not overjoyed.

Notes: This mascara goes on very easily. But my lashes didn’t stay lifted the whole day. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t the best of the bunch.

Mascara Wars: Day 9 – Smashbox Bionic Mascara


Smashbox Bionic Mascara

Color: Jet Black (rich black)

Brush: A full brush with spiky bristles.

Consistency: Thick but not clumpy.

Application: Works very quickly, color is deep, deep black. Brush has stiff bristles that really get in there to separate.

How It Looks: Lashes look extremely black, long and curled. Very dramatic.

Removal: Difficult. Water-resistant formula tooks several washings to remove. I washed twice with Bliss Lid and Lash Wash, then resorted to soap.

Reaction: Dazzled.

Notes: This is professional-strength mascara but it was very easy to use. Definitely a keeper.

Mascara Wars: Day 8 – DuWop Lash Venom


DuWop Lash Venom Mascara

Color: Black

Brush: A mini yet fuffy brush.

Consistency: Dry, almost powdery, with tiny fibers in the mix.

Application: Takes forever to apply, the little fibers are supposed to build up lashes but do not.

How It Looks: Lashes remained short but with deep color. The funny thing is, I sort of liked the way it looked. My lashes were not at all long, but they were extremely dark. It was like having a subtle smoky eye look.

Removal: Easy.

Reaction: Baffled.

Notes: This has been the strangest of the mascaras. I wouldn’t want this look everyday, but I wouldn’t mind switching it up once in a while.

Mascara Wars: Day 7 – Korres Deep Colour

Korres Deep Colour Mascara

Korres Deep Colour Mascara

Color: Rich Black

Brush: A slim compact pointed brush that offer great

Consistency: Medium.

Application: Goes on quick, even, smooth, and clean.

How It Looks: Long, glossy, curled, healthy-looking lashes.

Removal: Easy.

Reaction: In love.

Notes: This has been the least expensive and best-performing mascara of the bunch so far. Korres is a homeopathic formula that uses natural ingredients.

Mascara Wars: Day 6 – Urban Decay Big Fatty

Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara

Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara

Color: Black

Brush: A big brush full of soft bristles that comes to a point at the tip.

Consistency: Light.

Application: Goes on skimpy, lashes get heavy before they get long. In fact, they never get long.

How It Looks: Not as dramatic as the company expects. I achieved a soft daytime look.

Removal: Easy.

Reaction: Bored.

Notes: The mascara itself was a deep rich glossy black. I think it would be helped by a smaller brush that offered more control.

Mascara Wars: Day 5 – Cargo TexasLash

Cargo TexasLash Mascara

Cargo TexasLash Mascara

Color: Rich Black

Brush: A big soft brush with lots of bristles.

Consistency: Light.

Application: Goes on very light, takes a while to work up to the desired look.

How It Looks: Not very exciting. My lashes looked average, no different from any drugstore mascara.

Removal: It took two washings to get it all off. It came off in flakes.

Reaction: Underwhelmed.

Notes: This is another one of those mascaras that tries to create tuny tubes around each lash. But it doesn’t work nearly as well as Too Faced.

Mascara Wars: Day 4 – Too Faced Lash Injection Pin Point

Too Faced Lash Injection Pin Point Mascara

Too Faced Lash Injection Pin Point Mascara

Color: Black

Brush: A tiny detailed brush with great control.

Consistency: Light.

Application: Use the tip of the wand to apply mascara and the brush to separate, lengthen, define and curl.

How It Looks: Super long, curled lashes without too much of a made up look. Really nice.

Removal: Difficult at first until you understand how it works. It comes off in little tiny tubes.

Reaction: Bowled over.

Notes: Not like any mascara I’ve tried before. Each lash gets wrapped in a tiny tube of mascara that won’t smudge or run. It stays put all day. So modern.