*** GIVEAWAY DETAILS AT THE END OF THIS POST! ***
If you follow me on social media, you may have seen that @mascara_mum recently sent me this Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara in the mail as a thank you for putting a smile on her face with my posts! Wow, so generous...she definitely put a smile on MY face because mascara is my favorite makeup product!
My first impression of the product was good because it was like no other mascara I'd seen before. It came in this beautiful case and had two wands inside. I'd never heard of Younique products... what a cute, clever name!
I looked online to see how to apply it and found her instructional videos on how to apply and remove it. It's completely waterproof... but comes off easily with any cleanser! I never buy waterproof mascara because it's so hard to remove completely...so I was skeptical. I do use false lashes on very special occasions because I love how big they make my eyes look, but I think they are difficult to apply. If these can give me that look anytime I want, I'm in! Here goes...
First, I put it on one eye to see the difference. Wow. Huge difference.
You first apply the "transplanting gel", coating all the lashes on one eye (I just did my top lashes). While the gel is still wet and sticky, you immediately follow with the "natural lash fibers"... applying halfway up the lash to the tips. It looks a little "feathery" at first as the fibers attach, but it will smooth out. That's because they are actually tiny fibers being attached to lengthen and go beyond your natural lashes! Take an up close look...
Follow with one more coat of gel to set it. If you're satisfied, you're done! If you want a more dramatic effect, keep going and apply as many coats, alternating gel and lash, until you achieve the look you want! I put a little gel on my lower lashes to give them a subtle look...I just like the lower lashes enhanced, not longer, but you could put the fibers on the bottom too if you like. Tip: Hold both tubes in one hand and apply with the other hand. Recap as you go so you don't mix up the tubes! This gives a crazy cool false lash look and they are very black! It's fun...lash galore!
I mentioned earlier that mascara is my favorite makeup product. I actually don't wear a lot of makeup. If I'm just running errands, my "go to" is some powder for shine, some mascara on my lashes... and lip gloss. I think mascara makes the biggest difference, for me, to feel "done"...it makes my eyes look a lot bigger. I love this t-shirt that I've seen on Pinterest a few times...there are days I can relate;)
So what else do I use? If I'm spending a little more time on myself or going somewhere special, I use bareMinerals Complexion Rescue foundation (yes, I did a blog post about it too!). It's the lightest, most hydrating, foundation that I've tried. It smooths out my complexion...without a heavy, cakey feel. I love it. I also might do a little contouring with eyeshadow under my brow bone with a darker color to create more depth on my eyelids. (I learned that trick from one of my favorite people in the world, Stevie Nicks...she has always done that trick;) I love highlighter too. I use Benefit Cosmetics Watt's Up! which creates a beautiful glow to my cheekbones, brow bone and bridge of my nose. It looks really natural compared to others I've tried. Ok, I'm getting off on a tangent here...back to the mascara.
The big test was to see how my husband liked it. I came out and blinked at him a few times and asked him what he thought. He loved it. He said it looks like I have false lashes on...but better. He definitely thought it made my eyes look bigger. :) Good, must be husband approved!
I've used one other drug store brand "fiber" mascara before. It was a while ago, so I don't remember the brand, but it came in one tube that was double ended...one wand on each end. The first step coat went on white and then the second coat was black, which was strange. All I remember is I didn't really like it.
So, the next tests for me were... Is it really waterproof? and Does it come off easily? Yes, and yes. I splashed my face with water a few times and it didn't budge. I rubbed my eyes a little while wet and it started to smudge a bit, but not a lot. I proceeded to wash with my regular cleanser that suds up as I normally would. It came off so easily. It didn't take any more effort than regular mascara and left NO residue. That's a first for me with waterproof mascara. :)
So, the final test for me was the ingredients, of course. Being the health advocate I am... I always look at ingredients, not only in my food but in my products too. I was very pleasantly surprised. There are no junky ingredients in this. The 100% Natural Fibers are actually taken from Green Tea! The Transplanting Gel has ingredients like water, beeswax and collagen. The black color comes from Iron Oxide which is a natural-occurring mineral, giving the gel it's striking black color.
Oh, and in case you're wondering... I decided to review this mascara because I loved the product. I only review product that I love, use and would recommend to you. I in not way am being compensated for this review. I know some bloggers are compensated for writing positive reviews, so I want to take a moment to make that clear;)
I have close personal friends who have gotten eyelash extensions, but they're difficult to maintain. I've gotten my eyelashes dyed black before. I loved it, but it didn't last long. I'm excited about this fun product that can help boost women's confidence. The woman who sells this told me that since she's been using this product, she's started wearing more dresses! That's fantastic! It shows how little things that make us feel pretty can make a big impact on our lives.
I'm excited to have this product to play with. SO EXCITED....that I contacted the person who sent it to me and we have partnered up to do an Instagram GIVEAWAY.. for one lucky winner to win this product...along with a few other goodies!!! She is going to donate the product and I am going to host the giveaway!! Maybe that winner will be you! Keep an EYE on us over on Instagram! HERE'S HOW TO ENTER:
- Go to Instagram... follow @happywifestyle and @mascara_mum.
- Look for this pic on my page:
- Repost this pic (by screenshot or regram app) with the "#HWSLashes" hashtag so I can see your entry. (Don't forget to tag me if your account is private or I won't see it)
- Enter as many times as you like, limit once per day.
- Extra karma points for tagging friends in the comment section of the pic that you think would like to enter! Thanks for helping spread the word as this is my very first giveaway! :)
Details of giveaway: Only open to US residents. Only enter on Instagram. This contest will be open until Sat April 18, 2015 at 9pm PT. Winner will be announced the following day on Instagram. Good luck!!
Can't wait? Want to transform your lashes from "okay" to "oh, wow!"... you can learn more and find the product, among others, at mascaramum.com. It sells for $29. I hope you've enjoyed this review! Have a fantastic weekend! :)
FYI ---Yes, these photos have been touched up. Airbrushing does wonders to skin and is a girl's best friend when posting a "close up" at 43 years old, so bear with me... LOL! But the lashes are NOT TOUCHED UP and I focused on the eyes to make that area stand out.