I received this perfume as a Christmas gift a couple of years ago and amazingly enough, I still have a bit left, considering the fact that I use it quite frequently and do multiple squirts. I first smelt it in a magazine and was instantly hooked. When I had one of my own, I couldn't stop smelling it because it's so intoxicating. The smell itself is a floral scent that's very clean, light, and fresh. What's nice about it is that even if you apply a lot of perfume (which I do, because I'm self-conscious about always smelling fresh), it never becomes overpowering or suffocating to you or anyone else in the room. I always receive compliments that I smell very good and people usually ask what I'm using. I've all ready hooked two of my friends onto this perfume and they love it, just as much as I do. I've been told it's my signature scent because it mixes well with my skin and body chemistry (perfume smells different on different people). The packaging is better than most brands because even when you hit the bottom of the bottle, you can still manage to use up the extra, without wasting it. It's expensive for sure, but then again, most designer perfumes are. You can always buy the roller ball version, which is affordable and still contains a great amount of product. A lot of people overlook this perfume because it's not the newest one on the market right now, but it's worth giving it a shot. It's a true classic that could fit into any girl's wardrobe.
When I was at my local MAC store, I was looking for a reddish purple eye shadow that was on the darker side because that's one of the colors that really made my eyes pop (I used Stila Poise, but was disappointed with the longevity. It fades within an hour on my eyes, even with primer). I also was looking for a black shadow because most of what I owned were brights and lighter neutrals. Beauty marked automatically stuck out to me because of the intense black with reddish purple sparkles. I swatched it and loved the color, so along with some of the other shadows I purchased, this one came home with me. It's also the one I was most excited to use and it doesn't disappoint. Does it come out as a black? Not on me, it didn't. It was more of darker gray or soft black, rather than a pure black. That doesn't bother me because it made it more versatile to use. I've used it as an overall eye shadow, an eyeliner, and in the v and crease of the eye to create more depth to my eyelids. I find it's very easy to apply and unlike some other brands, the sparkles don't end up on your face after application. At first, I wasn't so wild about the color, but now that I've learned different techniques as to how to apply it, it's probably the eye shadow I use most frequently. You can layer it on top of your eyeliner, which intensifies the color and also makes the reddish purple sparkles brighten up your eyes, without look garish. I've also used it with other eye shadows and seen success. For example, I've used it with BeneFit Get figgy cream shadow (a brownish purple) and was told that my eye makeup was applied perfectly and made my eyes look amazing. I've also used it with other MAC eye shadows, such as Crystal, Satellite Dreams, and Fig 1 (all three of these either have purple undertones or are purple shadows in themselves) and it only enhanced my eyes, rather than detract from them. You can also control the intensity of the shadow, so you can be more muted or more dramatic, depending on what you're going for. Originally, I wanted to buy the MAC indian ink shadow, but since it's a pro shade, I was unable to purchase it. Beauty marked is a great substitute and if anything, it's probably a lot better than Indian Ink, because for the most part, I like my shadows to have shimmer, rather than be matte. I bought a single shadow without a case, so it was pretty reasonable in terms of price for a department store brand. Overall, it's a great shadow and I'm glad I bought it. I think this could flatter almost any eye color and a fun way to punch up your makeup, without going over the top. Definitely great for smoky eyes. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone, whose looking for a darker shadow with a bit of flair to it.
Eyeliner -Too Faced - Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner
xmakemeoverx 10/19/2011 2:57:00 PM
I've finally found an eyeliner that does what I want it to do. For starters, I'm very picky, when it comes to eyeliner. I have to be able to use it on my inner rim and lower lash line. If I can have it on my upper lash line, that's a miracle in itself. I want it to be soft enough, so I can glide it across my eye, without any tugging, but I don't want a kohl formula because I find them to be too messy. I want to be able to smudge it to soften the line, but I'd like it to stay put for the day, so I don't have to retouch it. I'd like the color to be true to what it says it's supposed to be and for me, I like rich, dark liners that really show up on your eyes and intensify them. Too Faced delivers on each count. I bought the black orchid color (basically, a blackened plum) and it's by far the exact purple I was looking for, one that isn't bright or too light. I usually wear black eyeliner, but I decided to try a purple liner because purple is the most flattering color on my eyes. This liner is nice and dark, but you can decide what level of intensity you want, whether it's more of a natural look or a dramatic one. It glides onto the eyes and I'm even able to use it on my upper lash line, which is a feat in itself. I can also smudge it, without it becoming messy or faded to the point you can't tell that you even applied eyeliner. It has a very lasting staying power. I've had it on, while working out (biking, sweaty zumba classes, and all) and even when I'm in the shower. It actually helps my mascara last longer because I don't wear waterproof mascara. The downside(s) of this eyeliner is that I don't like the smudger. It rubbery, rough, and doesn't really smudge the line evenly. Instead, I use a smudge brush, which you can buy anywhere, and that works like a charm. The other thing about the eyeliner that's annoying is that you have to sharpen it pretty frequently, even if you're someone who doesn't wear much eyeliner. It takes a while to get a nice point, once you're sharpening it, so more product is wasted :( However, the benefits definitely outweigh the negatives, so I'll definitely be repurchasing it. Best eyeliner I've ever used. I may have to buy it in other colors next time I'm at Sephora :)
Mascara -Almay - Intense i-color w/ Light Interplay Technology
xmakemeoverx 9/26/2011 10:22:00 PM
Now while I've found some decent mascaras at the drugstore, I still like to check out other brands and styles, just to see if they work for me and so I have some variety in my choice of mascaras. I've been through many of the different drugstore brands, but I hadn't tried Almay yet. Typically, Almay is a brand that I don't really check out because of the price and the fact that most of the products have been disappointments for me in the past. I read some positive reviews about this mascara, so I decided to give it a shot. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to the hype and if anything, was harsh on my eyelashes. The formula: I found it to be very dry and a type of mascara that you couldn't layer coats on to my lashes. I've used dry formulas before, but this one would only clump and tangle my eyelashes, if I attempted to add more than one coat. Because it was so dry, it was a pain to remove, even though it's not waterproof. If anything, I lost a couple of lashes in the process of removal, and I was gentle. I've used dry formuals before, such as some of the Maybelline mascaras, but they were easy to remove and also gave me some benefits in the process, while this one didn't seem to do much of anything for me. The packaging: While the container was pretty, I found the brush to be too big and hard to manuever, without poking my eyes out. I like big brushes as well, but this one just seemed unnecessarily large, even for someone who has bigger eyes. The results: Mostly, my lashes ended up clumpy and hard to fix, even with a lash comb. They also felt brittle after applying the formula, which is hard to ignore if you can feel your mascara weighing down your lashes. My eyes did seem brighter after using this product (I didn't buy it for the light interplay because I find that a gimmick and just a way to distinguish the mascara from the rest of the pack) and it also held a nice curl (great for someone like me who has straight lashes), but overall, it didn't sway me enough to keep it. Maybe this would work for someone who likes drier formulas and all ready has nice, thick lashes that don't need more than one coat, but this didn't work for my basic needs. Now I can at least check this off my list for mascaras to try. Onto the next one.
Gold eye shadows have always been a hit or miss for me because they usually have so much yellow in them that it doesn't flatter my skin tone. I've used Urban Decay's half baked eye shadow and that looked fine, but it wasn't spectacular. It flattered my friend more because the gold was a nice contrast with her light blue eyes. When I was at the MAC store, this color was highly recommended because it's an easy neutral that can easily transition from day to night. It's also a shadow that can flatter warm and cool tone skins. I'll admit I was more jazzed about my satin taupe shadow more so than this and even though that's still the case, this color certainly didn't disappoint. Retrospeck is a soft light gold with hints of pearl to it, which makes the color less yellow (something I try to avoid), therefore meshing well with my skin tone. It's a satiny finish and can easily be built up, if you're looking for a more dramatic look. It's also an easy neutral that can be used for a more natural look, if you're someone who doesn't like to wear too much eye makeup or a color to use to brighten your eyes. I use it on my lids and in the crease, when I'm wearing a lighter color eye shadow. If anything, it brings out a warmth in my eye color that doesn't usually appear when I'm wearing other colors. It's a good staple for anyone to have in their makeup stash. While it's not my favorite shadow that I own, it certainly does its job of making my eyes appear larger and giving them a depth, without having to pile on a lot of the product. It's definitely worth trying for anyone that's looking for a gold that's more on the subtle side.
This is by far my favorite neutral shadow that I own. Usually, browns don't do much for my eyes, but this one really makes them sparkle and pop, like no other. This is a taupe (a color that isn't meant for my cool toned skin because usually there's too much yellow in it), but a taupe that has purple (by far the best color for my eyes) undertones in it, that many people mistake it for a purple eye shadow, rather than a brown. It's a color that I use on my lid and on the crease. When I wear it on my lid, I don't need any other colors to go with it because the eye shadow is bold enough, but also subtle enough, that I could wear it to a job interview or as a soft day look. When I wear it on my crease, it can work with many different neutral shadows, but it can also be worn with brighter colorful shadows, without looking out of place. The pigmentation is awesome because just one coat is enough to make my eyes noticeable. Plus, it blends so easily that I don't need to spend too much time on my makeup, if I'm in a rush. It's a very versatile shadow and I'm glad that I picked it out. It's definitely worth the money because you're getting plenty of shadow to work with, so it'll last a long period of time. I haven't found another shade from other brands that match this shadow, so I'll definitely be repurchasing this baby. I'd recommend it for people with cool tone skin and also for any eye color as well. It'll look different on any eye color, but if anything, it'll bring out the subtleties in an eye color, such as flecks that usually go unnoticed to the naked eye, such as bringing out the yellow and green flecks in my eyes. So, give this one a try. You won't be disappointed.
Mascara -Maybelline - Volum Express The Falsies Flared
xmakemeoverx 9/20/2011 11:35:00 AM
I've been interested in trying the falsies mascara for a while now. Maybe I've just been lured by the pretty magenta packaging, who knows... I've used the colossal volume express before (the one in the yellow tube) and I thought it was decent, so I thought that I might like the falsies. There were a few kinds to choose from and I decided to try the flared version because it would flatter my eyelashes the most, fanning them out, and making my eyes appear larger. Now this isn't a bad mascara by any means. I've used much, much worse. However, this mascara just didn't cut it for me. First off, I had to get used to the brush that was flexible and didn't always stay in place, like the typical mascaras out there. I usually do a motion that requires rolling up the mascara wand from the base of the lashes to the tip to give my lashes more of a curl, since they're naturally straight. This typically works with most mascaras, except for this one. I was trying to figure out what way to do it, but in the end, it didn't produce the results I wanted. No matter how many times I layered the coats, my lashes remained very natural and didn't have va-va- voom quality that I like in a mascara. I have nothing against mascaras that give you more of a natural look (I really like Maybelline full n' soft, for example), but this one barely distributed product to my lashes AND tangled them up, which made it harder to comb out and separate them. I didn't get the results I wanted after trying it a couple times, so I decided to return it. I may come back to the line and try one of the other ones (black drama or the original), but for now, I think I'm going to try other brands and see what they have to offer.
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero
xmakemeoverx 8/8/2011 12:05:00 PM
I've heard so many raves and praise over this eyeliner for all of the qualities that you'd want in an eyeliner. Because of this and the reviews I've seen here and on other sites, I thought I'd give this one a try. The last eyeliner I used by L'oreal was too messy and smudged everywhere. I wanted something that wasn't too hard, but also wouldn't start fading or giving me the raccoon eyed look come midday. In the past, I tried another Urban Decay eyeliner in 1999, and that eyeliner disappointed me because it barely showed up and was hard to apply on the upper lash line. However, it worked great on the lower lash line (and also remained water resistant on a day at the beach) and since that's where I primarily apply eyeliner, I thought that Zero might work out for me better. 'll start off with the packaging. Zero's packaging isn't bad, however the tip seems to become dull very quickly, so I have to sharpen it quite often to give it a point of some kind. That definitely makes the eyeliner pencil shorter and not last as long. Now onto the actual formula. The eyeliner says that it's waterproof and will stay on for hours. Also, it talks about being easy to apply and not tugging on the eyelid when doing so. Well, I'll give it this. It doesn't tug on my eyes when applying it. I use it primarily on the inner rim of my upper lashes to make my lashes appear fuller and thicker and lower lash line. I rarely use eyeliner on the upper lash line, so I'm not judging it based on that. It does seem to work in both areas that I typically apply liner. You can smudge it, but I recommend doing it right after you apply it because that's when it's the softest and the darkest, so you'll get the best effect. As for it being waterproof, the jury's still out on that. It fades throughout the day and smudges if it's near any form of humidity or if your eyes water at all. It doesn't give you raccoon eyes per say, but the staying power just isn't there. I even wore a small amount to the beach, along with a waterproof mascara, and while the mascara stayed on, the eyeliner smudged slightly and faded after being in the water. Because of this, it only passes in one of the categories and sadly, I'm looking for an eyeliner that lasts throughout the day, without smudging or fading in the intensity of the original color. It retails for around $16-18 dollars and though I was lucky to receive it as a gift, I don't think I'd repurchase it because of the high price and also the fact that it doesn't give me exactly what I'm looking for. So far, it's surpassed the drugstore eyeliners I've tried and also many of the designer brands (Stila, MAC, Clinique), but there are so many pencil eyeliners out there that I don't want to limit myself to one that is decent, but not exactly what I want in an eyeliner. So, I'll keep on searching, but while I do, I'd say give this eyeliner a shot. It actually has some good qualities that would satisfy many people that aren't looking for a waterproof formula or a hard pencil liner. Worse comes to worse, you can return it. It's worth trying it, considering all the hype and the followers it has.
Mascara -Maybelline - Full 'N Soft Mascara Waterproof
xmakemeoverx 8/8/2011 11:48:00 AM
While I thought the original full n' soft (non-waterproof) was a decent mascara that held up the end of its bargain, full n' soft waterproof tops that. I've worn this mascara on its own or over another mascara and each time, it's been a success. When I've worn it on its own, it defines my lashes and gives them some length and volume. Not a knock out effect, but a natural look that's good for when you're going to do something active. I wore this mascara to the beach and even though I was swimming and submerging my head underwater multiple times, the mascara still didn't run or flake off. My eyelashes still looked the exact same as they did before I went in the water. This mascara is clump free and really glides onto any type of lashes, so you don't have to spend so much time using a comb to separate them. When I used this mascara over another mascara (this one was L'oreal Voluminous with a curved brush, non-waterproof), it helped make my lashes appear even longer, gave them more volume, held a curl, and... the best part, removed any clumps that the L'oreal mascara gave me, without any mess or flaking. This mascara is seriously a lifesaver and can be applied over any mascara, whether the formula is wet or dry. Now the actual mascara is on the dry side (at least to me) and has a nice, big synthetic, spoon brush for application. Personally, I like synthetic brushes over the plastic bristles because they don't hurt my eyelashes when I apply the mascara. There isn't too much product on the brush, so you don't even need to wipe any off on a tissue to apply it. You just open it up and put it on, nothing more, nothing less. It's definitely one of the better mascaras I've seen on the market. Plus, maybelline is always have deals, so you can probably get it for a reasonable price (mine only cost $4). I'll be interested in re-trying the L'oreal Voluminous waterproof at some point, but for now this stuff works and I plan to keep using it until it's completely dried out.
Hair Color -John Frieda - luminous color glaze in brilliant brunette
xmakemeoverx 8/4/2011 4:15:00 PM
I decided to buy a color glaze because my hair tends to look dull, since I dye it so much. Also, my hair is on the drier side, so using a glaze would soften it a bit. I was trying to decide between the brunette color glaze or the clear one, but I chose the brunette since my hair is technically brown (red-brown, but close enough) and it would only deepen the tones of my hair. It's very easy to use. All you do is shampoo and condition your hair, then once you're done, put the glaze in, It's very gentle, doesn't stain, and you only need to keep it in for a minimum of three minutes. Then you just wash it out and you're all done. At first, I wondered if it was helping my hair because the first couple times I used it, it made my hair look greasy, rather than glossy and shiny, but after using it for a couple of weeks, I can tell you that I have seen some improvement with the texture of my hair. It's much softer when it's drying and also makes my hair appear healthy and shiny, without losing any of the depth of my hair color. It's not super cheap, but they do have deals on this product (which is what happened when I bought it at CVS) and also you only need to use a small amount (for me it's a dime size, since I have short hair, but it's probably more so for longer hair) to get the results you want, so it lasts a long time. I'd say give it a shot. It's not too intimidating for people who don't dye their hair or people who dye their hair strictly at a salon and if it doesn't work for you, then you can always return it. What do you have to lose?
When I first heard about this product, I was excited to give it a try. Something you should know in advance is that I've never dyed my own hair before. I've always gone to the salon for my hair color and while they do an amazing job, I just can't afford to spend over $100 on having my hair dyed every 4-6 weeks. The reason I was interested in this product is because it looks so easy to use. Basically, it comes with a container with a clear mixture all ready inside of it, hair dye, a pump, a pair of gloves, and a conditioner to use after coloring. You add the hair dye into the bottle and you tilt the bottle a few times (DON'T SHAKE IT! It'll ruin the process of creating the foam). Afterwards, put the gloves on and remove the cap, so you can put the pump on instead. Once the pump is on, squeeze the middle of the bottle (don't usual the actual pump. It's confusing in that respect) and out of the pump will come a foam mixture that you lather all over your hair like you're using shampoo. If you do it correctly, it's not a very messy process. The foam stays in your hair and doesn't start dripping all over the floor. It's easy to remove the dye from your skin and other surfaces by using a wash cloth. They say you should use the entire bottle if your hair is long and 2/3 of the bottle if it's shorter. Now, I have short hair, but I didn't end up using 2/3 of the bottle. No matter what the length of your hair is and the texture, you probably won't need the entire bottle. If anything, you'll have a little extra left over (and I actually used the left over dye just recently and had no problem achieving the results I wanted). You'll have to wait about 20-30 minutes, depending on your hair type, length, and if you're trying to hide a few gray hairs, but once it's ready, you can just wash it out of your hair. Now a few things to keep in mind when using this product: -The product is drying to the hair, such as all hair dye. However, once you apply the conditioner to your hair, you end up with soft, smooth, and shiny hair that you want to touch. The conditioner is key. It really works and it doesn't create build up or fade the newly dyed hair. -Whatever color you choose, remember that the color will appear much darker than it does on the book. Now I used the dark red brown color and it came out much darker than I expected, a very deep brown with red pigments glimmering in the light. Personally, I like the fact that it's darker because I like having dark hair, but for anyone who is looking for something on the lighter side, just be aware of this fact. If anything, go a shade lighter, just so you won't end up with darker hair than you'd like. -It doesn't have a strong smell like typical dyes and is much gentler on the scalp and skin when applied. If you're cautious, do the skin test, but I didn't (since I've been having my hair colored since high school) and I had no problems whatsoever. -It comes in a variety of colors, from reds to blondes to browns to almost black. If you're looking for a blonde or brown shade, you're in luck and will probably be able to find it anywhere. However if you want a shade of red (which is what I want), it's harder to find. I'd say CVS and Walgreens have it for sure, so I'd look there, if I were you. -It lasts a little over three weeks typically, sometimes longer, depending on your hair type. If you're someone who swims and washes their hair quite frequently though, it'll fade much faster. -Price wise it's typically around $10-14 bucks. However when I was at Walgreens, they have manufacturer coupons that you can use to get $2 off the original price of the product (these coupons may also be on the John Frieda website as well). I took a bunch of them and I've only had to pay $9.99, instead of the regular $11.99. Depending on where you live, you can probably get it cheaper for that. Overall, it's a great product that does its job. Is it as good as a salon dye job? No, but it certainly can pass for it. Most people don't realize it's from the drugstore. Many people may find it expensive for a drugstore hair dye, but if I'm comparing it to a salon, I'd say it's quite reasonable. I like the fact that this a low-maintenance process to making my hair look fabulous. It's definitely worth it. I've all ready repurchased it too, so I'm going to be coloring my hair at home from now on.
Hair Color -Clairol - Nice 'n Easy - Root Touch Up
xmakemeoverx 5/25/2011 9:53:00 AM
I've been looking to cover my roots, but I didn't want to spend all my money at the salon just to even out my roots, since the rest of my color had stayed in otherwise. This is my first time using a drugstore/at home hair coloring product, so I didn't know what to expect. The directions are very straight-forward and easy to follow. The application process is effortless, just mix the two bottles together in a bowl with the comb and then comb it onto your roots and any other small areas that need a touch-up. It took 10 minutes for the color to saturate on my roots, but depending on your hair type and what you're trying to cover (note: I wasn't covering grays), that could vary. Once the color was absorbed into my hair, it took a very short time to wash out (5 minutes or so) and nothing was left stained in the process, including parts of my face where the dye landed by accident. The color I chose, dark auburn/dark red-brown, matched my hair perfectly, although I got my hair done at the salon. The results last up to a few weeks for me and since I was left with so much product, I didn't have to go out and buy more, saving me lots of cash. By the way, the product costs a little under $8 and there's usually discount coupons that you can find for it, so it's definitely worth the money. I recommend trying it, if you only need to cover up your roots. It saves a lot of time and a lot of hassle, take it from me. When I run out, I'll definitely be repurchasing!
Moisturizers -Philosophy - On a Clear Day Oil-Free Moisturizer
xmakemeoverx 5/2/2011 5:32:00 PM
I got a sample size of this moisturizer and to begin with, it's not really formulated for my skin type. My skin is on the normal side and tends to become dry and/ or dehydrated very easily. This moisturizer was specifically for normal to oily skin types. I gave it a shot because I do have normal skin, plus I liked the fact there was an SPF in it (SPF 30), so I could protect my skin, without having to slather on sunscreen. I've tried it a few times, but it ended up giving me bad acne on my forehead (due to the fact that my skin needs some free-flowing oil or it'll become dehydrated and create a barrier where the oil is trapped and causes acne) . I used to get this type of acne when I was younger and in high school, not so much anymore. The smell was off-putting, but not unbearable. It comes in a compact, easy to use container, and while that's a good quality, I'd rather have healthy, clear skin in the end. I think this product would be very beneficial for someone with oily skin, but on other types (normal to dry types) I'd beware. It really doesn't provide the moisture that you need.
I've been wanting to try this product for a long time, but unfortunately it hasn't lived up to my expectations. There were some promising qualities, but there were also some negatives that made using this product next to impossible for me. First off, I'm more interested in using a lip stain than a cheek stain. My blush tends to stay on all day long (I also have a natural flush of color as well, I almost don't need blush) so I don't really need a long-lasting stain for that. I did try it on my cheeks and while it's a pretty color, it's also very drying to my skin. It's definitely long-lasting and gives you a nice natural rosy glow, but the fact that it made my skin flaky is a major turn off for me. No amount of moisturizer can really cover that up. I mainly wanted to use benetint as a lip stain and the color is absolutely gorgeous. It's a nice rosy pink that naturally darkens your lips without making them look too dramatic (good for people who don't like wearing lots of makeup, the natural look, or if you're sporting more dramatic eye makeup). While the color is great, the staying-power is lacking. I apply the color on my lips and it completely disappears once I eat, drink, or have my lips touch anything. I don't mind reapplying, but the benetint comes in such an inconvenient container (it's basically a nail polish container with a small brush applicator, good for lips, not so much for bigger areas such as the cheeks) that bringing it with me on the go isn't so easy. Besides the actual container, the product is watery and stains very easily (just not on the places you want it to stain). I had to keep it in a plastic bag just so it wouldn't stain my purse or my other makeup products. Overall, it's just not worth it when I can buy a lip stain that you actually take with you on the go, without worrying if it's going to spill or not. It's worth trying out, but in the end it's not worth the hefty price tag. I found a better product now and I think I'm going to ditch the benetint. I'd rather work with something more compact and less watery than what I received.
I received this mascara as a free gift from Clinique so I'm using the sample size product. Now since the product is smaller, it's bound to be slightly different than the original, but I'm reviewing the one that I have. Some information about my lashes. They're dark brown, naturally on the longer side, straight, and have some gaps. Now this mascara promises double the volume and double the lashes and after using this a few times, I don't think it delivers what it says it's supposed to do. It didn't make my lashes appear voluminous, however it did give them a slight curl so that was a nice surprise. It also made my lashes appear longer, making my eyes pop, so that was another positive for this mascara. The color is a soft black that stays wet much longer than the average mascara so it's easy to add extra coats. The brush was long and thin so it's hard to see how it could give your lashes volume unless you all ready have lashes that are thick and luscious. I find this to be a very natural mascara so if you're looking for something that isn't too dramatic then this mascara could be just what you're looking for. Something about this mascara that bothers me is that it tangles up my lashes together that it's hard to separate them, even with my mascara comb. I don't know if this effect has happened with anyone else but no matter how I've applied it, I've had this problem almost each time. Also, I don't like spending big bucks on mascara since it dries out so quickly and lasts for such a short amount of time as it is. It has to be really good stuff for me to spend the money and in this case, while this mascara is decent (by no means terrible), I wouldn't repurchase it. I'm still looking for my HG mascara and sorry, but this one isn't it.