Mascara that will make it look like you’re wearing falsies and the easiest eyebrow fill

This is a beauty post as I’m always looking for new products in that department and so many of you had great recommendations. On the podcast this week we talked about your comments in the Amazon posts, particularly about pottymouth pup and Not So Social butterfly putting their dogs in adorable Wonder Woman costumes, That’s around 39 minutes in! Also I mentioned in last week’s podcast, #16, that I love doing these and appreciate all the support. (That’s at minute 48. You can always fast forward within the post to the part you want to listen to.)

Mascara that will make it look like you’re wearing falsies
I found a new mascara finally! I was using L’oreal So Couture, which is only available overseas and which I still love. This L’oreal mascara, Voluminous Million, is slightly different with a different brush but it makes my lashes even longer while separating them. I have been wearing it this week and love it! My only issue is that it gets on the lower lashes more and that my eyelashes get so long they bump the top of my eyelids. I do not have an issue with it smearing or running, even after a nap. Reviewers call it “easier than false eyelashes” and “my favorite mascara.” We also talked about L’oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise, which people love too. My mom bought it and vouches for it.

An affordable beauty blender dupe people love
This is a recommendation from jkelley on Instagram. She writes “these knock off beauty blenders are the best ones I’ve tried!” Reviewers say these “don’t absorb a lot of product” like other dupes, that they’re “just as soft” as the real beauty blenders and that they’re easy to wash. They’re “high end blending sponges for a fraction of the price.”

Soft makeup brushes for more precise application and better blending
These makeup brushes with real wood handles are less than $10 for 16! You could replace all your brushes easily with this expansive set, which reviewers call “awesome,” “soft but firm,” and “such great quality.” These brushes are said not to shed and come with a handy foldout explaining the use of each. I never know what my brushes are for and just end up winging it.

Blendable makeup for flawless-looking legs without pantyhose
On one of the Amazon posts last week, joanne wrote “I have dark spots on my legs that broken blood vessels caused by too many sports when I was younger. Does anyone know of a good cream or remedy to fade these areas?” For coverup, I recommended Dermablend leg and body makeup. It’s fragrance free and comes in 12 different blendable shades. People call it “great coverage” and say it covers scars and varicose veins. One reviewer writes “If you want to have the look of hose without those evil things – this is the answer!” For a fading oil I’d like to recommend this Vitamin C serum which we’ve previously featured.

A light summer moisturizer you’ll love
Anastasia recommended this moisturizer by Caudalie called Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. It’s not the cheapest, but women rave about it, writing that it’s “very light in texture, but moisturizes well” and “absorbs completely into the skin with no residue.” It’s also said to calm redness and to work great on all skin types, including oily skin.

Tinted eyebrow fill that will change your look
Hnmmom recommended this eyebrow makeup gel called Queen of The Fill. She loves how easy and quick it is and writes “Two quick swipes and I am done doing my brows for the day.” Others say it “looks way more natural than pencil and filling” and that it’s just like Benefit “gimme brow.” LaUnica Angelina recommends the Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil!

Vanilla essential oil that will naturally keep mosquitoes away
I have not used vanilla as an insect repellent but some people swear by it and it’s supposed to be a natural insect repellent. Giddy says that she hasn’t “been bitten in years” due to using this Hana vanilla essential oil. She writes “dab it on the back of your neck, wrists, and your ankles. You’ll smell like cookies, but no bites.” I once read an interview with Jennifer Love Hewitt who said she uses vanilla as perfume!

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  1. Nina says:

    Love this Mascara! I think the best ones are “better than sex” and “they’re real” though.
    You can do more posts about make up!
    Greetings from Berlin 🙂

    • TheHufflepuffLizLemon says:

      I have used Better Than Sex and They’re Real, and love both, but then I got hooked on Lash Paradise and I’ve never switched back! I absolutely love it as much as the more expensive brands, and it doesn’t smudge with my eyes (they are almond shaped and deep set, and some mascaras can end up all over my face, even with primers), doesn’t move…just looks fantastic all day.

    • josephine says:

      Thrive liquid lash extensions is the best mascara I’ve tried, and I’ve tried a tons for my short-ish eyelashes. Doesn’t smudge at all and it comes off really easily at night with micellar water.

    • Original Jenns says:

      Love Better Than Sex mascara. Right now I’m using Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara, which is great. I also bought their eye liner, and wow – slick and black and no smudge. I have oily eyes, so not having raccoon circles by the end of the day is tough.

  2. Snowflake says:

    I so want that Dermablend. So glad you posted that. I’m very fair skinned w veins that are visible in some spots.

  3. Elise says:

    Thank you for posting about Dermablend. I am so sick of self tanner…it makes my freckles even darker. I’m going to buy some

  4. Who ARE These People? says:

    Been using L’Oreal Brow Artist X-pert and think it looks natural – wider and softer than a pencil. Goes on very quickly and then you just brush it through. I just wish it came in more colors, such as a light/medium brown.

  5. Amaryis says:

    L’oreal mascaras are the best drugstore mascaras out there!
    Voluminous classic is still my favorite although the Millions lashes is good too.

  6. Heather says:

    Amused that apparently I’ve been using my eyelash and brow brush as a blending brush all these years. (Eyelash and eyebrow brush and blending brush are mislabeled.) I’m easily amused this morning, quickly heading to bemusement. The next time I’m hammered, I’ll try the eyeliner brush to line my eyes too.

  7. launicaangelina says:

    Yep! I’m adding some items to my cart today. I had no idea about vanilla as a mosquito repellent. I live in Texas and we have had so much rain these last couple of months. The mosquitos are starting to come out now.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Good luck. You’ve really been inundated.

      I’m in Ontario, Canada and we’ve had so much rain that we’ll be buggy, too. Rain rain rain, it never stops.

  8. Esmom says:

    I’m always on the lookout for a good brow filler, as in the past 2-3 years I have developed a really unfortunate tic of pulling out my eyebrows. Trying to get a handle on it — I know it’s anxiety based — but in the meantime I have some serious sparse spots that I need to fill in every day.

    The vanilla oil brings me back to the early 90s when The Body Shop opened here and I bought their vanilla oil as a perfume. I didn’t wear it for very long because I got tired of hearing my co-workers ask who had brought in cookies, lol. I’m intrigued by the ideal of it as mosquito repellent, I have a hard time finding one that works for me. I am literally a magnet for mosquitoes, it seems. I could be with a group outside and get covered with bites while everyone else is fine.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      See #4 on the L’Oreal product.

      A lot of anxiety problems started for a lot of people 2-3 years ago. Anyone at all
      concerned about the state of the US/the world/the environment has not been
      having an easy time of it.

      I think there are treatments for this unique issue, tho & treatment is

      Good luck.

      • Celebitchy says:

        I’ve been taking CBD oil from CBDistillery (not a paid plug or anything I really like them) for pain and it’s also said to work for anxiety. It does make me tired and slower at writing though so I only take it occasionally.

      • Esmom says:

        Thanks, WATP. 🙂

      • launicaangelina says:

        I used to take Activ8 CBD from Buy Legal Meds, but just started using Green Roads (1,000 MG) and Green Roads is significantly better. I found it at a local pharmacy.

    • Deb says:

      Esmom, same here with the mosquitos. For some reason those vile little vampires love me. A couple of years ago I started looking for some natural repellent as I hate the chemical laden ones. I found several recipes online using essential oils, water, and some form of alcohol to help keep things mixed. I was skeptical but figured I had nothing to lose. I mixed up some lemon eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, water, and cheap vodka in an amber glass spray bottle. Works like a charm. I give it a good shake, spray myself down liberally, and don’t worry about what’s coming into contact with my skin. I even spray my clothes and this mix has never stained anything. I’m not crazy about the smell of lemon eucalyptus oil but it works. It doesn’t stink or anything, it’s just not really appealing to me.

      I don’t measure anything in this mix, I just add enough of the oils to the water and vodka mix so that I can smell them and that does the trick. Doesn’t take much. And I only use about a shot glass worth of vodka just because I have dry skin. I’ve been using this concoction for a couple of years and I can actually see mosquitos approach me and then run away as fast as they can.

      There’s a bunch of recipes online for mixes like this. Turns out there’s quite a few natural smells that mosquitos really, really hate. Which I didn’t know until I looked into it.

  9. Bunny says:

    Dermablend is the very best! Great suggestion.

    Our youngest asked for beauty blenders a few days ago – she’s just starting to wear makeup and loves watching YouTube makeup tutorials. I read your review and ordered her a set, buy I’ll probably hold one out for myself. 😊

  10. joanne says:

    The Dermablend sounds great. Thank you for this post. I really like these posts about products. It’s nice to have people sharing what they use and what works well.

  11. Anastasia says:

    Caudalie! Yes! I got my mom hooked on it, too. (She’s 70.) It’s so light, but effective.

    (I read this whole post holding my breath hoping I didn’t see anything I had to have. It’s too close to payday to be spending money for me, but for some reason I’m now shopping for Tarot cards! 🙂

    If anyone is looking for great bath bombs at for around $3 each (as opposed to $6-9 at Lush and elsewhere):

    It’s an independently owned small company in Michigan. I got a few from them and they’re awesome! Tonight I’m going to use another one along with that tub drain cover that was discussed here recently. I can’t wait until then!

  12. Original Jenns says:

    I just want to say I love these posts, this is such a great community idea! I make sure whenever I purchase a recommendation, I go through here so that you get the hits 🙂

  13. Lila says:

    Yay!!! I love skin and makeup stuff. Thank you for another fantastic post!

  14. Bluejeans says:

    I really recommend IT Cosmetics Superhero mascara. It’s makes your eyelashes look fab, doesn’t smudge (usually mascara can transfer under and over my eyelids for me) and washes off really easily. It’s the best one I’ve found since searching for approx 2 years after my original fave mascara was discontinued.

    I’ve used the Caudalie sorbet and I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s ok for a few days but wasn’t moisturising enough for me and my skin really dried up very quickly using it

  15. Alexandria says:

    Any affordable foundation /cc cream that has no or is low on silicones? And with spf? Thanks in advance!

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      I use Chanel CC. It’s a bit pricey, but it makes my skin look amazing! AND it has sunscreen. They’ve just reformulated, and I’ve not tried the new one yet, but I can’t imagine it’d be bad. Foundation and blusher are the things to splurge on; everything else is drug store.

      L’Oreal Voluminous and the Carbon black have Ben en my go-tos forever. Like it better than all the others (even Better Than Sex). It lasts, doesn’t smudge and STAYS until you take it off (I use Neutragena wipes or the Kirkland/Costco brands).

      For those of you with sparse eyebrows hand as a 90s girl & anfter chemo mine were *never* the same), I’d’ve used Benefits thin brow pencil, and then a bit of Gimme Brow (as well a Queen of the Fill) to “set” them.

    • Snowflake says:

      I love the IT cosmetics ones.

  16. alsf says:

    maybe a post on eco-friendly kitchen/etc stuff to go along with the Alicia Silverstein post. I would be happy to switch out more kitchen stuff, but it has to fit in a small kitchen and in my laundry bag which I hand carry to the laundromat ….

  17. Marie says:

    I hear raves about the Benefit gimme brow but the Glossier boy brow is so much better in my opinion.

  18. Anna S says:

    Love those sponges! Have been using them for a year and they’re better than the ones I used to buy at MAC.

  19. Nancypants says:

    Am I too late? I’ve been busy!

    Here are a few items I’ve recently purchased from Amazon, etc.:

    -There are the two Neutrogena products that have been advertised a lot lately, Hydro Boost and Rapid Wrinkle Repair.
    I have a lot of allergies to beauty products and these are no exception.
    My face itched and my eyes stung and burned even when I avoided the eye area, so, I’ve just been using them on my neck and chest and they do what they claim just not on my face.

    -Caudalie overnight detox oil. This stuff stinks and I don’t think it’s for all skin types.
    I noticed ladies with mild acne liked it more than those with dry skin and it really does stink.
    Not again.

    -I DO like this one: Olay Age Defying Eye Gel
    As stated, lots of allergies and this stuff is so cool and soothing to the eye area and removes any puffiness almost instantly.

    -I like a lot of L’occitane products and some faves are the Shea Butter Milk soap and the new lip balm that smells just like orange blossoms (Solidarity Balm) and no allergies.
    Also like the Shea Shower Oil. I’m not sure how it works but it goes on like oil but rinses off like soap and my shower is no worse for it. Saves time in not lotioning up after shower.

    -I want to try this Loreal mascara and I’m sure I will but with the eye sensitivity, I’ve used Maybelliene Full and Soft waterproof mascara for YEARS without problems.

    I appreciate all the brow info. I’ve had a scar since childhood. Hair doesn’t grow in a scar. I have to fill in every stinkin’ day.