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'Sea'- inspired LOTD

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Happy Labour Day to those in the U.S.! Sadly, summer is rapidly coming to an end.  It is already getting cool at night here in NYC. Le sigh….

Here’s a quick LOTD that I wore this weekend, matte grey with a pop of shimmery, royal sea blue.

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LOTD: Sultry summer green!

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Hey, it’s Friday!!!!!! 🙂

I felt like doing something a little sultry using M.A.C.’s Dark Indulgence MES and here is what I came up with!

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Review time!!! Lancome's Hypnose Drama!!!

Lancome Hypnose Drama

I have been coveting this mascara for months now!  I had to try out Givenchy’s Phenom’Eyes first, which is amazing, and is often compared to the new Hypnose Drama.  I purchased it at Sephora.

So, what’s my opinion…..

I love this mascara!! It baaad!!!!!!   They once again have made a gem.  I got super volumunious, fringey lashes.  Like wearing thick, fanned-out false lashes!!! Love!  It definitely brought the drama.

The Technology

This mascara features an S-shaped brushed dipped in a complex containing saturated waxes and rich, intense, deep black pigments.  It also contains Pro-Vitamin B5, which helps condition the lashes.  So the formula is designed to coat each lash to instantly thicken them.

The S-shaped brush

The brush is the main feature of this product.  This is where you get your mega volume.  To maximize its full benefit, Lancome advises that you first use the mascara with curved, U-shaped part of the brush facing down.  This allows you to brush the lashes following the natural curve of the eyelid and eyelashes.  It deposits the pigments and gives volume that you can build on.  Then flip the brush over so that the U-shaped part curves up.  This is what fans out the lashes, and separates giving you full flirty lashes!!!! 🙂

Bare Lashes!

With a couple of coats!

It’s not super lengthening, but I think with the volume and the fanned out effect it creates, you won’t miss it at all!!!!  It clumps after about 3 coats but by then, your lashes look pretty dramatic.  I did not have any problems with flaking or smudging.  It lasts all day and comes off with eye makeup remover.

This is a must try and this will be in heavy rotation….along with my Givenchy and Lash Stiletto.

Coincidently, I compared this product to the newer Maybelline Lash Stiletto Voluminous.

Lash Stiletto Voluptuous vs. Hypnose Drama

They both have similar S-shaped brushes and both promise volume, but I felt that the L.S. Voluminous fell short.  The results that it produced were no different to the original Lash Stiletto (which is supposed to provide length).  Did not give me the volume that I expected.  I was disappointed especially since I love my original L.S.!

The one thing that may bother some people is that you have to take your time with this mascara, no applying it running out the door, no applying it stuck in traffic.  Your lashes will love your for it!!!!

Lancome Hypnose Drama, side view

Overall Rating: A!

This is available from Lancome and Sephora.

Laters!!!

FTC Disclosure:  All products mentioned were purchased by me, Noire Tropical Beauty.  For more information on my disclosure policy, please check out my disclosure page.

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Volume Alert!: Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes Mascara Review

Hey ladies!!

So almost a year after this mascara launched, I finally caved and bought it!  I’m always in search of the ultimate mascara and I had heard a lot of great things about this one.

The Claim

Givenchy promises a mascara that can grip even the tiniest lash from the roots, separating and curling to give a fanned-out, panoramic effect.

The Description


The most striking feature is the wand.  Usually wands are cylindrical or conical in shape but Givenchy came out with a revolutionary, spherical shaped wand. The sphere is covered in short, fine but firm bristles.

The other thing that drew me into the mascara was the colour.  Since I am dark-skinned, I love wearing the blackest, deepest mascara and liner I could find and this one is certainly black! On first application the Phenomen’Black colour was very black and very shiny, another plus.

The mascara comes with a little instruction booklet and it directs you to use the brush vertically, horizontally and diagonally to draw the lashes out in multiple directions for that panoramic effect.

The Verdict

Eyes without mascara

With 2 coats of mascara

I found this mascara to be easy to use and made my lashes stand out.  Especially on my tiny, almost non-existant lower lashes.  I was very impressed with how well-defined each lash was and how black it made my lashes.  The length was incredible and I looked like I was wearing falsies.  I also found that the volume was really good as it nicely thickened my lashes.  I got a bit of a curl but I did not think that they were super curly.  I don’t care as much for curly lashes so this gave just enough.  I got used to using this newly-shaped wand very easily and I have been wearing this mascara just about everyday, on the top lashes alone. With this mascara, I reserve the lower lashes for night-time because the effect is so dramatic.  In the photo I have 2 coats of mascara, and I found little to no clumping, my lashes were still soft and very little smudging even after a loooong workout at the gym!!

I would recommend this mascara to anyone looking for some eye drama.  The only drawback is of course the price. At $28, its is not in the reach for a lot of people, but I think this is well worth it as I have found few mascaras that give this kind of effect!!

Rating: 9 out of 10 stars

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