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Spring Eyes 7 Days 7 Ways-Day 1: Spring Garden Smoky Eyes

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There’s nothing like an assignment to get you out of a rut!  As a Harper’s Bazaar Style Ambassador, I’m often given beauty products to review and write about.  Some great, some not so great.  This one they sent me definitely has the potential to be in the “great” category!

I was sent one of the new Physician’s Formula Va Va Voom Mascaras and to be honest, it sat on my desk for a week and a half.  For starters, it was WAY too hot here in San Diego to even think about make-up.  Triple digit temperatures, single digit humidity (which wreaks havoc on older/drier skin) and then add our lovely firestorms to the mix, and let’s just say I had other things going on.

But this morning I decided to look up the details of my assignment and realized, “Oh CRAP!!!  The first installment is due TOMORROW!!!”  I had been lounging on the couch in my pajamas watching trash tv (you know the kind!  lol).  Hair was a shaggy, ratty disaster.  Yeah, it wasn’t pretty.  And truth-be-told, I had been like that pretty much all week.  Momma definitely needed some motivation.

So, what does one do when facing a deadline?  Cheat it and do something quick and easy?  Of course not!  I decided that the only way that I could demonstrate a killer new mascara was to start with a new hair cut.  Makes total sense, right!

An adorable haircut later and I was ready to complete my assignment.  I hadn’t done a 7 Days/7 Ways Challenge in a while (and being I was in a beauty rut), it seemed like the perfect thing to do!

Day One starts with a spring garden smoky eye.  I wanted a little bit more dramatic eye since I was going to have Va Va Voom lashes, but with it being spring out (and hot already), I didn’t want to look like a melted mess.  I used a shimmery neutral taupe eye shadow all over for a base, used a light green on my mobile eye lid and under the lower lashes.  Added a dark green to the crease.  Used a black eye pencil all the way around but toned the harshness of it down by topping/setting it with the dark green eye shadow.  Some light purple in the middle of the mobile lid and a shimmery white under the brows to highlight and I was ready for my mascara.

Now, the first thing that I always notice about mascara is the smell.  I’ve had some that worked fabulously, but smelled so bad that there was no way I would ever use them.  This one definitely takes the cake in terms of fragrance and that cake is a vanilla and chocolate one!  With scents of warm vanilla and cocoa extract, the mascara smells like you just walked into Godiva.  And the scent doesn’t dissipate after you put it on.  I’ve had it on for almost an hour and can still smell the seductive sweetness of it.

The second thing I usually care about with mascara is the packaging.  I know I’m weird, but I want things that are going to look and feel gorgeous in my hand.  And let me just say, “WOW!”  A nice rich, sexy red (not too tomato or bright), it has black velvet swirls and lace all over it giving it a beautifully tactile feel.  Combine that with an adorable silver stilleto charm tied around it and it’s downright sexy and adorable at the same time.

And now you’re saying, “But Jeanette, does it work?”  While I’m generally not a fan of those spiky, rubbery wands, this one’s not too bad.  I’ve actually poked my eyes with other brands, but this one combines the classic shape of a volumizing mascara brush with the new spiky bristles.  The formula is thick, but not dry or flaky.  It did require two coats, but those two coats definitely gave me the voluptuous volume, luscious length and gorgeous curves that the packaging claimed.  And I didn’t even need to use an eyelash comb.  The few clumps I had, the ingenious brush easily took care of.

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(photo from http://www.imabeautygeek.com)

So, do I like the new Physician’s Formula Va Va Voom Mascara?  Yes.  Do I LOVE it?  Not sure, but I’ve got 6 more days of playing with it to find out!

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