Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara

Price: $6.29 on Target.com Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5 Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “Innovative formula and precision brush design lengthen and separate each lash for high-definition, all-day wear. Wheat protein strengthens and defines without clumping or flaking. Vitamin E conditions and nourishes for soft, flexible lashes. Panthenol prevents your lashes from becoming dry and brittle.” (source)

The Truth: Divaz, I think I like many of the other Volum’ Express mascaras better.

What I Loved About It: I can see how many will really like the lightweight formula. It’s perfect for those with sensitive eyes.

What I Didn’t Like: The flexible wand just isn’t cutting it, bro.

Overall: If I didn’t have a blog that was based on mascara I would have stopped reviewing Maybelline mascaras a long time ago. Why? Because The Urban Decay and Lancome Définicils Waterproof are two of my favorite mascaras EVER. And I think I’ve had enough mascaras from the Volum’ Express line. I really think Maybelline should kepp up the good work, until the right mascara comes alone. BUT at least this mascara got some credit. According to Maybelline, this is the first ‘gel mousse’ mascara to hit the market. At first I was like “okay, Maybelline! COVERGIRL NatureLuxe was first!” But after further research, I’ve discovered that COVERGIRL calls NatureLuxe a ‘mousse’ mascara. Not gel mousse.

I’ll go ahead and say it, I’m not a fan of this formula. And not because it isn’t effective but because it’s almost impossible to get insanely volumized lashes from these mousse-y formulas. And I get it: not everyone needs insanely volumized lashes, but divaz I do. Any mascaras that give me less than performance make me frustrated. True story.

The good news… despite this mascara not being ideal for me and my needs, it works well if you’re a fan of separation and soft lashes.

Despite it not being one of my favorite, there are several great things about this kind of formula. The consistency looks a lot like most mascara formulas so it’s likely that you won’t notice any difference until you begin applying it to your lashes. For one, the consistency is nice. It isn’t goopy, super thick or watery. It’s nice and makes applying to the lashes easy. I had a hard time noticing much of anything after just one coat. It took three coats for me to really see a difference in my lashes. That’s the thing about this gel mousse formula; because it isn’t heavy, you may find yourself staring in mirror wondering where the mascara you just applied went. It’s there! It’s just soft and faint. This kind of mascara is a makeup minimalist’s best friend. I also found it to be an ideal mascara for those who have sensitive and watery eyes. Because the formula is so lightweight, I didn’t have to worry about any flaking. Which is a huge plus. I could rub my eyes and not have to worry about any mascara particles droppin’ in ‘em.

I typically wear 2 coats of mascara with this one but pushed it to the limit with 3 just to see where I could take it. It thickens up a bit but still not where I’d want it to be.

It’s not a bad mascara!

7 Tips Coloring Gray Hair

 

Whether you’re trying to cover up grey roots, all-grey hair or salt and pepper colored hair, trying to hide your grey can be very challenging. Many women and men think they only have the option of using an at-home all-over color dye from brands like Clairol, but the truth is there are several options for trying to cover gray hair.

How to Best Color, Style & Care for Your Silver Mane

 

 

 

Use Highlights To Hide Gray Hair:Many people don’t realize they can use highlights to help hide their gray or silver hair. Because gray hair often has an ash tone to it, some people can get heavy highlights and the gray will blend in effortlessly. Those who have premature gray hairs popping up often choosing this option, as it allows them to look youthful while covering the gray patches. Remember, often premature gray hair is a genetic issue, not just an issue for old people! Highlights often allow you to go longer in between your regrowth touchups, as well.

  • Use Low Lights to Cover Gray:While low lights aren’t nearly as commonly used or popular as highlights, they work brilliantly to cover up small areas of gray hair. Low lights are pretty much reverse highlights, where the procedure is the same but the color tint used is darker than your natural hair color. This allows you to get rid of your gray, without having to dye all of your hair and is also great for long or short hair.
  • All Over Dying Products for All Over Gray Coverage:If you have white hair all over your head or have so much you’d rather just dye all of it, choosing an all-over dying product might be best. Most often, it’s best to look for permanent (not temporary) dye, to ensure your gray gets maximum coverage results. If you’re experiencing any type of hair loss, going darker with an all-over dye can also often give the illusion of having thicker hair.
  • Tinted Shampoos for Small Areas of Gray:If you’re dealing with smaller areas of gray hair, you might be able to use tinted shampoos to help you cover your gray. These shampoos are only temporary coloring agents, but if you use them on a daily basis you likely won’t have to worry about maintaining your color. It will be a part of your everyday routine!
  • Try a Different Part in Between Dye Jobs:Use your hairline to your advantage! If your gray hairs are showing up mostly in your usual hair part, consider putting a zig zag part in your hair until you can get them touched up. This confuses the eye and can often camouflage your grays.
  • Accessorize that Silver Hair:Think about hair accessories. If even creating a new part doesn’t really hide your grays, think about wearing an adorable hat or hair scarf for the day. This is not a long term option, but it can help you out when you’re in a pinch!
  • Change Your Products:Aging doesn’t only wreck havoc on your body, but it can also cause changes in your hair. It’s important to reassess your hair as you age, which can mean you might need to change your hair products to match your changing hair characteristics. For instance, your hair may become more brittle, requiring you to use a more conditioning shampoo than you needed in the past. To get the best results with your hair, you’ll need to constantly be aware of its condition.

Sometimes you don’t have time to  cover your gray roots, but you might need a quick trick to disguise them for  the moment. If you want to style your hair to cover gray hairs quickly, use  these helpful tips!