made up with mer : lovely lower lashes …

March 12, 2015By stephanie

You start your day with a set of nicely coated lashes only to find a set of raccoon eyes staring back at you on a mid-morning washroom break … quick swipe under the eyes and voila raccoon eyes solved but all traces of concealer have also vanished … annoying.

I have the solution!  I swear.  It’s a good one.

MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash.  I use it on top and bottom lashes and it stays all day.  Some don’t love it on the top lashes in favour of a mascara that creates a little more drama/feather/volume but it is a must for the travelling tendencies of bottom lash mascara.  It coats well, is rich in colour and stays where you want….on your lashes!  20$ at MAC.  Try it!

made up with mer : physicians formula organic care CC curl & care mascara

January 14, 2015By DJMC

I feel like if you asked 100 women what they would want on a deserted island, many of them would say something along the line of food/water, loved ones (a bit selfish, no?) and mascara. Going out the door without mascara for many women is like going out without clothes on (and it is far, far too cold for that!).

I am not going to lie to you – I really can’t stand it when I see a packaged product with too many promises….or even too much wordiness in general. I consider myself intelligent enough to not fall at the mercy of plumed up promises for my pennies. Or, perhaps I have fallen for these promises one too many times (more likely) and have become wise to the gimmicks. All that rant said, I took one look at the Physicians Formula Organic Care CC Curl & Care Mascara and thought, “Really?” I am skeptical. It has a photo of a lash curler with a line through it, and it seems a bit dramatic to say goodbye to my beloved curler.

What I did love about the packaging is that it highlighted the fact that this product is free of harsh chemicals and has a silicone brush. To be honest, the package is pretty wordy and the promises are big. So, does it deliver? The answer is yes and no.

Packaging – A bit wordy with too many promises, but such is the standard in the industry so I will let that slide :)

Pigmentation – Nice rich black that provided good lash coverage. Defined lashes well.

Brush – Nice curl, great flexibility, easy to apply.

Does it clump? – No. This mascara goes on smooth and separates lashes well.

Does it transfer? – A tiny bit of transfer on the bottom lashes but nothing close to raccoon status.

Does it flake? – No.  I found it quite long wearing.

Price – 15.79 (or less depending on where you buy)

Where to buy – Drugstore, Grocery store or online at

Worth it? – If you are looking for a gentle mascara without harsh chemicals that is easy to apply and gives a nice natural look then yes, it is lovely.  If you are looking for a mascara to curl your lashes…. keep looking (and perhaps give up because that seems kind of impossible, no?).

Bonus – Physicians Formula does not test on animals. Love that! I would actually buy it again for that reason alone.

musings from morgan : scandaleyes retro glam mascara

June 3, 2014By DJMC

There are few products I consistently splurge on when it comes to makeup. Mascara is one of them.

If someday I’m stranded on an island with only one piece of makeup to wear, mascara will be it – I sincerely believe that it’s an essential product for every woman out there. Enhancing ones lashes just elevates natural beauty in the best way, because it’s subtle, light, and always has a positive effect. No one looks bad with amped up lashes.

As a big fan of Rimmel London, I was excited to try their Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara to see if it would compare to my usual high-end mascara. Rimmel offers super affordable options, and I don’t think I’ve ever tried something that didn’t impress me. In particular, I love their foundations (they’ve got lots of variety for various skin types, combination/oily included) and I usually have a few of their lip products on hand as well.

Having worn the mascara out a few times, I can happily report that I wasn’t let down – this is a great product at a great price point that delivers a bold lash look.

The brush is an hour-glass shape, which you can really feel going to work when applying the mascara. It helps to fan out your lashes and emphasize the outer sides of your eyes, giving that retro wide-eyed effect. I don’t think I’d go so far as to say they give a false lash look, but I would definitely agree they give natural lashes a thicker, more voluminous look.

As for the quality, I would say you get what you pay for – don’t expect super long wear, but do expect it to stay on for say, the duration of a work day. I started to experience some flaking toward the end of the day but overall, it did a good job of staying in place (perhaps because the one I tried was waterproof). It wasn’t too difficult to remove either.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this mascara if you’re looking for an affordable product that will give volume and create a bolder look. At around $6.00 a tube you really can’t go wrong! Personally, I’m going to keep it on hand for using with falsies and leave my high-end mascara for my day to day wear.

My love for Rimmel continues!

– morgan

fresh year, fresh start: the wink …

January 3, 2013By stephanie

It is no secret. The ladies love mascara. Actually, they love long lush lashes that hit there glasses when they wear them. Ask ten ladies and I bet at least six of them will tell you that if they could only bring one beauty item with them to a deserted island where they would get to make out with Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds, or some other good-looking Ryan … It would probably be mascara.

So let us not underestimate the power of a heavy lash. Here are some picks that BP is loving right now!

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Beyond Mascara

Every girl loves the look of lash extensions or fake lashes, but pull back from actually investing in extensions (it is a lifestyle choice – you have to change a bit of your routine) or wearing fakes (what if they fall off midday?). This is the next best thing. We are talking volume, separation and noticeable length. I have the sparsest, teensiest, meekest of lashes and this mascara makes me feel much much better about myself. A couple of coats does the trick for me and I see curl and lift. I love pairing this with heavily lined eyes. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Murale.

COVERGIRL Clump Crusher Mascara

I am a big fan of most of the mascaras out out there by COVERGIRL (LashBlast Luxe anyone?) and their newest is no different. Clumping is a huge problem for, oh, I don’t know, 97.5% of us and this mascara helps to eliminate such disasters. Let’s face it – just a few strokes of a sub-par mascara can lead to spider lashes in as little as three strokes. With Clump Crusher, I can get to about six strokes and still have volumized but full, tangle free lashes. The curved comb takes some getting used to if you are accustomed to brush mascaras, but it does work! Available at your favourite drugstores.

YSL Mascara Effet Faux Cils Shocking

Okay. Let’s not act like I can pronounce the name of this mascara properly and all cute … I just call it YSL’s Shocking Mascara. So much easier. Again, this mascara is all about volume for me. Volume Volume Volume. But the added bonus is the colour selection. While black is everyday all day, sometimes, when you want to go a little bare but still have the element of surprise – its in the mascara. They have this formulation in a plum, a blue and a green tint and I think its a great twist on taking on 2013’s beauty trend of emerald and blue lined eyes. If wearing liner is daunting for you … then add the colour to your mascara. Available at Murale and Holt Renfrew.

Up next: the clean and green …