A couple of mascara discoveries

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I learned about Kiss Me Heroine Make Long And Curl Mascara in this fun article about the best Japanese drugstore finds you can buy on Amazon, and had to bite. It turns out that most American mascaras are not a true black, but rather a sort of grey-black, and that Kiss Me Heroine is the blackest of the black. It took forever to arrive, but when I tried it yesterday, I was amazed: yes, it truly is a very black black, but it also extends and curls like nobody’s business.

Here’s the mascara I’ve been using—and adoring—for the past couple of months, ever since one of the ladies behind the counter at Bigelow told me it was her favorite in the store: Rilastil Cosmetic Camouflage. It comes with a very thin wand, which helps deliver blessedly clump-free lashes, and if you hang in there and apply a few layers, it looks really pretty and a touch dramatic.

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    Heather
    6 Jun 2017
    8:05am

    I just got some Nivea face sunscreen (a Japanese variety not available in the US) from Amazon, and it’s amazing. By the time it arrived I’d forgotten I’d ordered it, so it felt like a real treat. Love that this stuff is so accessible.

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      Viajera
      6 Jun 2017
      10:40am

      Heather! Tell me more! Is it mineral or a chemical one, or both? What’s the texture like? and if you still like it… what’s the name? Any downsides? Sunscreen is always a problem somehow. Anyhow, just if you get a chance…

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        Heather
        6 Jun 2017
        12:21pm

        I don’t know if it’s mineral or chemical, but I do know that it works! It’s a gel, but not an alcohol-heavy gel that burns your skin/eyes. I’ve actually been using it as a regular moisturizer (lightweight for Summer). It is nongreasy and does NOT turn your face white. In my book, the Platonic ideal of face sunscreen. Here is the link: https://a.co/1mTLgDU

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          DeDe
          6 Jun 2017
          1:34pm

          Thank you times a million for this! I’m super fair-skinned, so sunscreen is pretty much mandatory for me, but all the ones I’ve tried on my face over the years just completely screw it up. Can’t wait to see if this is The One!!

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    Christine
    6 Jun 2017
    8:42am

    Thanks, Kim! By the way, the article link also goes to the mascara page on Amazon.

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    Lesa
    6 Jun 2017
    9:19am

    I’ve been looking for a new mascara, but I don’t think either of these are going to work for me. With my fair skin, black (even gray-black) looks harsh and just wrong. What ever happened to brown-black?

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      Heather
      6 Jun 2017
      12:22pm

      I can occasionally find brown-black at The Body Shop and a few drugstore brands (maybe Almay?). I agree, that’s the best color for the fair-skinned.

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    nette
    6 Jun 2017
    10:16am

    I fell foe the Kiss Me Heroine from that article too. It looks great but is like cement when it comes to taking it off!

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    Amy in StL
    6 Jun 2017
    10:57am

    Chanel makes a great mascara which doesn’t run even when I’m sweating to death because I’m pulling vines off my raspberries or mowing the lawn at a fast clip trying to beat sunset. I think it’s the volumizing one. Lesa, it comes in brown black and a blue black which I love to make my eyes look more awake and white. I hate mascaras that drip or smear once they get wet and waterproof mascaras just are too harsh for my lashes.

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      lesa
      6 Jun 2017
      6:12pm

      Thanks, Amy — I’ll check it out!
      For Heather, Almay was always my go-to, but I can’t find their classic “One Coat” anymore. They seem to have discontinued it, or maybe just changed the packaging.

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      Laurel
      7 Jun 2017
      3:19am

      Tubing mascara is the way to go, it stays on until you wash it off with warm water. It can be hard to identify which ones are tubing though. Clinique have a couple.

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    sharon
    7 Jun 2017
    7:22pm

    recently you also recommended Better than Sex mascara.. I’ve tried that and I like it..how is this one different/better?

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      KimFrance
      8 Jun 2017
      12:43pm

      I still think Better Than Sex is really good, but the Rilastil goes on much lighter and it’s much easier to avoid clumps. You do have to apply more layers, though.

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