Mascara and the 12 hour game

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Today, I want to talk to you about the business woman’s worst nightmare, raccoon eyes. We have all had them. They are the bane of my existence. I used to hate going to the bathroom at lunch time and seeing the dark circles from my mascara under my eyes. Come on! No one has time to redo concealer and try to fix that mess!

Below, I will show you a couple of my favorite mascara’s that are my tried and true! I use them every day and if I don’t, I have a tip that will allow you to use any mascara you want with similar results. So let’s get started!


For upper lashes, I use Benefit Roller Lash. I found this gem at my local Ulta while shopping their “mini’s” section. It gets me every time, but this time – it was a good one. This is available in black or brown. You can buy it at ULTA, Sephora, and online.

The great thing about this mascara is the wand. The application brush is curved and gives your lashes a great lift when applying. I don’t use a lash curler when I use this product because it does all the work the curler would do and more. When the product is applied, it acts as a glue for the lashes and keeps them lifted while added color depth.

MAC Cosmetics Extended Play Lash

Now that we have our upper lashes taken care of, we need to talk about the lowers. In all realty, how many of you did your makeup for years without ever putting mascara on your lower lashes? ME!! I never realized the impact that putting mascara on your lower lashes can have. One of the beauties is that it widens your eyes and adds a doll effect without any falsies and asks a whole new appeal to your makeup!

In order to use lower lash mascara, you want to make sure you have a good quality product that will not transfer. The transfer is what can create the raccoon effect that we are trying to avoid.

MAC Cosmetics makes a great lower lash mascara. Their Extended Play Lash and also their Extended Play Giga Lash are what I use everyday. This product is truly transforming and is best suited for the lower lashes. This comes in black and their website states the mascara can last up to 16 hours. Whoa!

I love that the applicator has many bristles to be able to get those thin and tiny lashes on the lower lash line. I have no issues using it and knowing that all those lashes are being coated each time I touch the applicator to my lash line.

You can click on the pictures below to get your order in at MAC’s website OR you can visit an ULTA store near you. ULTA just started carrying MAC products and it has been a blessing! I can earn my ULTA points while shopping for my favorite MAC products.

Morphe Brush 496 & Powder

If you have a die hard Mascara that gives you the volume you have been trying to get or there is one that has the color you would like but they are just not lasting the 12 hours you need them to, I have a way to solve your problems.

I have found that by using a small fan brush and translucent powder on your lashes before applying mascara, you can endure the 12 hour day!

“Powder near my eyeballs?”… I know that is what you are thinking. Don’t worry, I thought it was crazy at first but it has been amazing! I usually close my eyes and apply the powder on my top lashes first. You can apply them to the top of the upper lashes and the bottom of the upper lashes while they are closed. I am crazy and keep my eyes open but I have done this trick so many times, I am used to a little powder in my eyes. Once the powder is on, apply your mascara like normal.

One key thing to remember is that you don’t have to coat and cake the powder on the brush. The first photo below is what the brush looks like right before I use it on my lashes. Notice that there is barely any product to the naked eye. In all essence, you only need a small amount of product to absorb the oils in your lashes and on your lids while clinging to the mascara product you are applying.

I did not put a specific powder in my post. The reason is that you can use any of your favorite translucent powders for this beauty tip. Honestly, I use whatever product I am baking my under-eyes with and that changes daily.

The brush is only $3 on Morphe’s website. They are also available in ULTA stores. Click on the photos below to get your eyelash brush! Leave me a comment if you try this and what your results are!

I hope you enjoyed my Boss Beauty tip and products to help combat the 12 hour game we face as business women. Go try out these new products and/or give my powder trick a try!

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~Shiney Kay ✨

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