Thursday’s Fab Five

DC is hot, hot, hot! No really, it’s been hot af with no rain in sight. Argh. Anyway, here are some of my recent warm weather faves I’ve been reaching for on the reg!

Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen SPF 30, $9

It’s pool & beach season, which means we all need to apply, and reapply, the SPF! This is my favorite sunscreen because it’s spray, so it is easy to apply, and 30 is just enough SPF for me to get a decent tan and not burn. I reapply often especially if I’m in the water a lot, but I love that it doesn’t smell weird or give me any sticky feeling. It’s on sale at Ulta right now, so stock up for the summer! They also have Beach Defense in 70 and 100 SPF if you want to block out all signs of the sun!

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Mascara 101: Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara

Looking for your mascara to deliver unbelievable curl and length?? Well then, the Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara is certainly for you…and here’s why…
Not a day goes by where I don’t wear mascara- it’s just one of my things.  I just cannot not wear mascara.  
I’ve been blessed with super long lashes, so my #1 necessity in a great mascara is its curling ability, and hey, if it’s also great at lengthening, so be it.
Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara

Marcelle is a great brand, I’m a fan of their BB cream, bronzer, and gloss, so when I got a hold of the Xtension Plus Mascara I naturally had high hopes.  Now, as I said, length really isn’t an issue for me, so I can’t speak to whether or not it’ll really help lashes that need that length factor.  I can however speak to its amazing curl ability.  My lashes look bold and voluminous when I use this mascara…and seeing that I’ve never had issues with clumping, it’s been absolutely perfect for me since I started using it.

The formula is so light looking and feeling, which I love.  I hate when the mascara wand looks clumpy or as if it as too much product on it- the Xtension Plus wand doesn’t allow for that.  In fact the Marcelle wand is super simple and thin, I cannot stand ridiculously fancy mascara wands, I always find the wand is what’s causing the clumping, not always the formula of the mascara.

If you’re looking for a new brand of Mascara to try that isn’t too expensive, join the waitlist over at Birchbox for the Marcelle Xtension Plus
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Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara | $13
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Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

I’m a huge Smashbox fan, I love their primers, and most recently I’ve been over the top obsessed with the Full Exposure Mascara.  I never use false lashes, I’m super lucky in that I don’t need to, my lashes look crazy big just with mascara.  Since I create dramatic lash looks…basically daily…I need a mascara that’ll deliver length, volume, and curl.  Anddddd, since I use mascara daily, it’s super important for me to have some type of nourishing qualities in the mascara I’m using.  I’ve used a few in the past (I won’t name names) that’ve just completed dried out my lashes, and then I get super sad.

The Full Exposure Mascara gives amazing length and volume, and contains olive oil to help keep lashes hydrated healthy.  I also really love the wand, it covers all my lashes in one sweep, and while the formula itself for this mascara does not clump, the wand doesn’t cause any clumping either.
In terms of color, the Full Exposure Mascara is offered only in black, which is fine with me, I’ve never used any other color, and don’t plan on it either.  It’s “Jet Black” and I think the color lives up to its name just perfectly.  I do a ton of coats, just because I’m over the top like that with how my eyes look…I’m sure the average person puts about two of this on.

My one gripe, and it’s not even a big deal to me personally, is that this mascara is not waterproof.  I don’t plan on jumping into any pools with this on, but I’m just sayin’, it’s something to be aware of.  I don’t really care for waterproof mascaras, I find they really dry out my lashes and I hate the process of getting it all off.  Butttttt, I know some people are particular about their mascara staying on no matter what, so I just wanted to throw that in there.

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