Cruelty-free lashes!

IMG_0688Lashes in the NY Times!

I couldn’t resist the opportunity to feature lash beauty when they’ve just been featured in Tuesday’s Science Times. So, I rounded up some of my fave cruelty-free lash products to demo for you.

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First off, lash combs. I probably spend as much time combing my lashes out after I apply mascara than I do actually applying mascara! I know this ends up removing some of the mascara I’ve just applied, but I just can’t help myself…. One of my biggest beauty fears is having clumpy lashes, and I find nothing works like these metal combed teeth. Two that I like are the Lash-Brow Groomer by Real Techniques and the Lash & Brow Enhancer by Sonia Kashuk.

Goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, be careful putting pointy metal things near your eyes.

Next up, my ELF Eyelash Curler. I’ll admit, these things scared the bejeezus out of me when I was little and saw my aunt using one on her lashes. I mean, is there a more Draconian-looking beauty tool? But, they really do make a difference opening up the eyes a bit more…. Once you get the hang of them.

bare lashes
bare lashes
curled only
curled lashes

Now for the mascaras!

I’ve chosen four of my fave cruelty-free mascaras… It’s really personal preference how you like your lashes to look, are you more interested in volume, length, or do you really want to go all out? The authors of the study reported in the Science Times piece suggest that, apparently, lashes can be “too long”. But, I like to throw caution to the wind and go for length with a bit of volume at the lash line. Per the advice of every piece I’ve ever read or heard about applying mascara, I wiggle the wand at the lash line a few times and then pull through the rest of the lashes. I also try to blink down a bit as I’m pulling the wand through. And yes, I have poked myself in the eye on more occasions than I’d like to admit.

Left: curled only, Mid: Jordana Bestlength Extreme, Right: Too Faced Lashgasm
Left: curled only, Mid: Jordana Bestlength Extreme, Right: Too Faced Lashgasm
Left: curled only, Mid: Wet n Wild Megalength, Right: Trish McEvoy Lash Curling
Left: curled only, Mid: Wet n Wild Megalength, Right: Trish McEvoy Lash Curling

Oh, one more tip I’ve learned… if you get mascara on your eyelid, especially if you’ve already put on your eye shadow, wait ‘til it dries and then just flick it off.  That way you don’t smear it all over your handiwork.

What are your cruelty-free lash faves?

*These are only my opinions, formed through my personal experience as a consumer.  I am not a medical doctor, an aesthetician, or a health/beauty professional.  There is no guarantee what effect, positive or negative, these products may have on anyone else.

**All products were purchased by me from brands that, to the best of my knowledge, are cruelty-free.

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