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Applying Mascara to Eyelashes Photo

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Last week, Jasmin covered Sephora's Waterproof Mascara kit with three different products to boost, condition and thicken your lashes. With the help of things like rice bran wax and olive esters, Sephora claims their Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 natural mascara by Tarte will not only lengthen and thicken your lashes but it will also condition them while you work. We took their challenge.

Lights, Camera Lashes! is called a 4-in-1 mascara because it is claimed to "1. lengthen, 2. curl, 3. volumize and 4. condition" your lashes while you are partying, working or just making your way out in this big old world. The "new" ingredients are supposedly what makes the difference. Rice bran wax helps lengthen lashes, carnauba wax extends and coats lashes; provitamin B is added to thicken and nourish the lashes; olive esters condition the lashes and finally mineral pigments are what give it its color. The mascara was given Sephora's Natural Seal, meaning that it passes an internal set of standards and doesn't contain any items on their "bad" list.

Here's what the mascara doesn't have: "paraben-free; petro-chemical free; phthalate free; sulfate free; synthetic fragrance free; oil free; gluten free; triclosan free; dye free; talc free; MEA/DEA/TEA free; Formaldehyde donor free; cruelty free; GMO free; PPG free; clinically and dermatologist tested." That certainly makes you do a double take and wonder what a "conventional" mascara is made from. The packaging, while "cute" as purple, shiny faux alligator skin, is a bit on the over-packaging side. For a "natural" mascara, it would have been nice to see some sort of biodegradable or reusable container.

I tried this mascara out recently and I must say that I definitely noticed a difference. I typically use "eco-friendly" mascaras and compared with those, this definitely made my lashes thicker, though I'm not sure it it did anything to lengthen them. I didn't realize that the mascara was supposed to do anything special when I tried it on, but did notice that it was way thicker and heavier than what I was used to. It was so dramatic that it was almost a shock and I had to get a lash brush to separate and tame my lashes. The mascara also stayed on through the night while I was out runnig around and I didn't have to worry about raccoon eyes, which was a nice bonus. Taking the mascara off, was not too much trouble, it clumped a little, but came off easily with a little soap and water. I would definitely use it again, and if it conditions my lashes with repeated use then so be it.

Unfortunately, long, thick lashes don't come cheap and they don't last for long. You can get the natural mascara by Tarte in black at Sephora counters for $18USD for a limited time. :Sephora

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