One of the truths about turning fifty is that our bodies evolve. Some changes we can – the Universe willing – control with exercise, diet and getting enough sleep. But, the reality is that it is very difficult to control, at least in my experience, the changes to our hair.
I’m not just talking about the hair on my head: I’ve addressed that issue with a shorter cut and highlights. I am, however, currently quite concerned about the hair on my face.
I was blessed with my Nana’s eyebrows which, until recently, had to be waxed routinely or provoke the return of the sinister unibrow.
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Shockingly, since I’ve reached Club 50 status, my eyebrows have beat a hasty retreat for no apparent reason. A gal pal suggested that I seek professional assistance; perhaps an eyebrow pencil would do the trick?
Per my girlfriend’s urging, I sought out the sage counsel of the gal at the cosmetics counter. This wise and trusted beauty expert noted that she had just the thing for my eyebrows, and while we were at it we should also address my skimpy eyelashes.
Great, thanks, wait… what?!
My eyelashes?! Da Hell? My eyelashes are fine, thank you very much…
Hmm… maybe not.
I’ve basically been wearing the same mascara for five years – if it ain’t broke, don’ fix it. I loved the Kiehl’s brand of mineral mascara but they up and discontinued it back in 2009 – GRRR. I found a new mascara that I thought was working, until the recent “you’ve got skimpy eyelashes” debacle.
So began my efforts to find a new miracle mascara that would give me back my pre-fifth decade lashes. I’ve discovered a great big wide world of mascara options out there: lengthening, thickening, volumizing, curling. There’s smudge-proof and water-proof and lash defining. More colors than I could ever imagine – purple, really? I even discovered this YouTube video that details “How to Apply Mascara Like a Pro” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InA8Xbg-hvo
I’ve been quite surprised by the wide range of costs for mascara. I’m not a cheapskate when it comes to beauty products, but I also don’t believe in going broke to look good.
So my friends, this is where I would like and need your help:
I narrowed down my search to three mascaras of varying expense – let’s say low, medium and high costs. I applied two coats of each and the results are featured in the pictures below:
LET THE VOTING BEGIN!
In the comments section below, please leave your vote for the best option/choice. I promise to total up the votes before the next post and let everyone know which mascara won and the cost. If you think there is no noticeable difference, that’s important too! By the way, I’m not receiving any compensation from any of the three mascara companies – I’m just looking for your advice and opinions.
Just a fun little experiment – thanks for the help!
While you’re here, another question: what’s your favorite beauty product and why?
**UPDATE: We have a winner! Almost all voted for mascara #3 – which was the in the middle expense-wise (#1 was the cheapest and #2 the most expensive). #3 was Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara – Black. It usually runs about $16. Thanks for all the helpful advice! **