14 Mascara Reviews For The Year 2013


I couldn’t think of a caption for the above picture other than the literal ‘I love mascara’, because I really do! There is no other product that enhances the eyes more beautifully and quickly as a good coat of mascara.

No matter how awesome a job eyeshadows do to transform your eye from a plain stage to a kaleidoscopic burst of colors, nothing beats having sultry strands of eyelashes interrupting yet elevating it into a multi-dimensional picture.

I lurrrveee mascara.

It’s still 3 months before the year ends, but seeing Christmas decorations in stores in September, even before Halloween in October has arrived, makes me feel that this year is going to go by too quickly.

That’s what got me started on thinking of doing a post similar to the one I did last year – reviews on mascaras I’ve used in the year 2013! This is also a follow-up post to my makeup decluttering project.



It’s so funny that the Canmake Gokubuto Mascara did not catch my eye at all when it’s available in Singapore and I only felt inclined to buy it when Mr Mode and I were on vacation in Okinawa, Japan last year.

I loved this mascara for its darkness and relatively good smudgeproof and waterproof functions. It looks bare and boring yet pretty and girly all at once.

Canmake Gokubuto Mascara retails for SGD23.90 at most beauty stores (meaning Watsons, SASA, BHG, etc) and Amazon.




The L’Oreal Curl Impact Collagene Mascara was an impulse buy. The gold and classy packaging really called out to me and after the Canmake Gokubuto Mascara became less desirable to use, I was on the hunt for the next one. (I feel like a typical Dynasty Emperor saying this of the concubines in his harem. HAHAHA!!)

This mascara didn’t work for me. As if Asian lashes don’t already point down to begin with, the L’Oreal Curl Impact Collagene Mascara somehow made my lashes point down at the tip. Very weird, I know. Besides that, the formula was kinda ‘sticky’ – my upper and lower lashes always got stuck together.

Something in the formula irritated my eyes too. Disappointing, especially when I liked the Loreal Ultra Volume Collagene Mascara a lot.

L’Oreal Curl Impact Collagene Mascara retails for SGD26.90 at most beauty stores.



Go Bold Or Stay Nude With Maybelline Color Sensational Bold Matte & Neo Nude Lipsticks


My first ever Maybelline lipstick was in a deep shade of mahogany. And it made me look like I had barely survived from a plane crash and out of desperate hunger gobbled down a handful of poisonous berries.

I was 13 – and clueless. @_@”

And then I never owned another Maybelline lipstick in my life after that. Lol.

So I was pretty skeptical when the range of Bold Matte and Neo Nude Maybelline Color Sensational lipsticks came into my possession – hopes were low.

Now that I’ve tried them on, I must say I’m impressed with the quality of the lipsticks from these two collections, especially those in the Bold Matte range. I’ve never seen lipstick shades of such intensity coming from Maybelline before – so luminous, so bold!

Maybelline Color Sensational Bold Matte

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Bold Red  |  Vivid Coral  |  Hot Pink  |  Cheeky Coral  |  Sugar Pink

These lipsticks claim to ‘deliver superior color saturation, and hydrated with honey nectar that nourishes lips’, but they still do leave my lips dry and flake a little – not a lot, in fact, a lot less than other brands. I guess that’s the trade off for matte lipsticks. You just have to remember to exfoliate beforehand to get rid of as much dead skin as possible.