The Big Fringe-y

So i just returned from a weekend jaunt to New Orleans, where I searched high and low for beauty inspiration, as C and I like to do on our little journeys. Now, the Big Easy is a great town, amazing food and people, but unless some less-than-flattering dye jobs and faces painted with “WHO DAT” are a new trend (it just so happened to be Super Bowl weekend, which made for an…interesting time), then inspiration didn’t really abound. One well-stocked beauty store in the Garden District told me about their exclusive Kevyn Aucoin line, explaining it was very hard to find, and I didn’t have the heart to tell the braces-laden saleslady that anyone find it at

But anyway, of course I had to check the local Walgreens (as much as I wanted a Wal-Mart, I didnt stumble across any, though it is Louisiana, so you know there had to be one close by, dammit). Drug stores are great when visiting new cities, because I’ve found they often carry different candy bars and snack cakes (like the “hu dat” microwaveable lemon pie I bought) and sometimes, just sometimes, different makeup lines. No luck on that front, but I did finally pick up Rimmel’s The Max Volume Flash mascara that I had been eyeing for quite some time, and which promised 14x the volume with some help from our friends collagen and keratin. I tested it as soon as I got back to the hotel (shout out to International House, one of the most wonderful places I’ve ever stayed) and I can’t say my lashes become 14x what they were. Maybe 2x? That seems fair. They were definitely longer and thicker, but there were also some clumps I had to pick out. It was no DiorShow Iconic, but for $7, not a bad pick. To be fair, I don’t use eyelash curlers, so I’m sure that would intensify the look if I had. Plus it comes in a hot pink and gold tube, which, if you know me, you know I appreciate some good packaging. But if I had to recommend a Rimmel mascara, I’d have to go with the brand’s Sexy Curves mascara, which, while I hate the name, actually gives me some defined curl sans scary metal contraptions. And at a drug store price, that’s a notable achievement, no?


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