I have downturned eyes that often make it difficult to curl my outermost lashes and to get mascara on them. I’m generally happy with my Shiseido Lash Curler but those couple of lashes on the very outside of my eyes just don’t want to cooperate. And I have thicker lashes in the middle of my eyes that often get too much mascara on them. What to do!
Fortunately, I was given an opportunity to try out two new eye products. Let’s see if they helped.
Japonesque Heated Mini Eyelash Curler
I have never tried a heated lash curler before. I had heard about the trick of heating up the pad of a regular lash curler with a hair dryer, but truth be told, I was too lazy to try it. The idea of a heated lash curler that stays hot sounded much more appealing.
The Japonesque Heated Mini Eyelash Curler arrived a week ago, but it requires one AAA battery and I was all out. But a trip to CVS for batteries and I was all set to go. I inserted the battery into the handle chamber, pushed up the button at the midsection of the unit, and the curler began to heat up. You can control the amount of heat with the button, pushing it up all the way like I did for the most heat or midway for less heat. At full heat, it actually gets quite hot (not burning hot, but hot). So you need to be careful you don’t make it too hot, and if you do use it at the highest setting like I do, that you don’t touch your eyelid skin.
I looked for instructions on how to use it on my lashes, and there weren’t any on the package. So I just went for it! The heated wand is slightly curved. I was concerned that the curved shape would make it harder for me to use on my downturned eyes, but it was fine. I stroked the wand upward from underneath my lashes especially at the outer lashes as well as the unruly middle lashes that seem too close together. I held the wand in place till the lashes curled, and then moved on to a different part of my lashes. It took a few minutes on each eye, but I had never been able to get my lashes this curled up using a regular lash curler ever. Initially, I wondered if the curl would come out before I had a chance to apply mascara, but the curl stayed in with no problem. Wow.
The lash curler can be used either before or after applying mascara. I actually did both, and I found I got the best results that way. So I curl my lashes by sweeping up with the heated lash curler, then apply mascara and then sweep up again. I was thrilled with the results. It takes a while to get the results I’m after, but I think the extra time is definitely worth it.
If you do use the lash curler after applying mascara, the wand will need to be cleaned with a damp cloth from time to time. The directions say to remove the battery before cleaning with a soft, damp cloth.
Japonesque Heated Mini Eyelash Curler can be used with lash extensions. In fact, it is said that a heated lash curler is preferable to a traditional lash curler that puts too much pressure on lash extensions by clamping them.
Japonesque Heated Mini Eyelash Curler is priced at about $16. My curler is black, but I believe they will have a pink version for the same price. It’s sold at Ulta, dermstore.com but you can learn more on the Japonesque website. I was curious to see what other women had to say about this beauty tool, so I looked at the reviews on Ulta. The reviews were completely split. Women either loved it like I did or found it didn’t do anything for them. Go figure! I think that Japonesque should include instructions on how to use it since several of the women who didn’t like it didn’t understand how it should be used. I’m definitely satisfied with this cute heated lash curler. In fact, I’m delighted with my results!
Have you tried a heated lash curler? What were your results?
Bellimisa Masterful Eyes Mascara
I’m always on the lookout for new mascaras. Although I have several that I love, I’m sure that there will always be new ones coming onto the market that I must try. Enter Bellimisa Masterful Eyes Mascara.
Bellimisa was started by a mother and furniture refinisher/contractor who started reading makeup labels and decided she needed better, healthier options without harmful ingredients. The flagship product from the brand is Bellisima Mascara, a cruelty-free volumizing mascara without parabens, DEA/TEA, propylene glycol, or harmful preservatives.
Bellimisa describes Masterful Eyes Mascara as follows:
“lengthens, shapes, and defines your lashes, giving them an immediate volumizing effect with a water-resistant finish. Film-forming agents provide maximum quality and staying power while vitamin E and peptides keep your lashes healthy and conditioned.”
Sounds good to me!
Bellimisa Mascara has a good-sized bristled wand with a small bulge toward the middle. Because my eyes are downturned and a bit hard to apply mascara to, I’ve always wondered what’s the purpose of those bulges that a number of wands have? I don’t really need the bulge, but that’s just me. In spite of the bulge, the wand isn’t difficult to use. Though I often prefer a small, narrow wand with plastic teeth, this wand was fine especially since I was applying it to my curled lashes.
In fact, I got great length and volume with Bellimisa Mascara. I applied it to my heat curled lashes and let it dry. It is not a wet formula to begin with so that took a couple of seconds actually. Then I went back with my Japoneque Heated Lash Curler and curler my lashes some more. Then I gave my lashes a final coat with Bellimisa Mascara, and I concentrated on the tips of my lashes making my lashes extra long IMO.
I was pleased with the results. My lashes looked long, curled, with plenty of volume for me,. I was also happy to know that my mascara was not only cruelty-free but better for me. It was developed for sensitive eyes like mine, and it was easy to wear. No clumping, no flaking, long wearing.
Bellimisa Masterful Eyes Mascara has an interesting purchase strategy. You can purchase one 8 ml tube of mascara for $28. Or you can get a subscription in which you can have your Bellimisa Mascara replaced either every 30 days or 60 days for $16 with shipping included. But to make this even more appealing, readers of Never Say Die Beauty can get $2 off of a subscription, bringing the monthly price to $14! Just use the code: bblogger at checkout. Just so you know, you can cancel at any time. Because the mascara has no preservatives, replacing it on a regular basis is super important.
Bellimisa also has Natural Fiber Brow Gel, Silk (Makeup) Remover and cute pink sponges that can be added on to a subscription. Take a look at the website for more info on this new brand!
Mascara Ingredients: Aqua/water, Cera Alba/beeswax, Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) wax, Glyceryl Stearate, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil/Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Pvp, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Silica, Sorbitan Sesquiloeate, Palmitic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Phytate, Myristic Acid, Lauric Acid, Oleic Acid, Ppg-26-buteth-26, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Alcohol, Apigenin, Oleanolic Acid, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1 MAY CONTAIN (+/-): CI 77891/titanium Dioxide, CI 77491/iron Oxides, CI 77492 Iron Oxides, CI 77499 Iron Oxides