Mascara Monday – Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes So Purple!

I do love a purple mascara, so when I saw Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes So Purple! I had to try it.


Nice curved tube is easy to hold



Nicely angled brush to really get the corner lashes



The mascara has a weird flowery scent. I’m not a fan but the cat seemed to like it.

Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes So Purple! is all style and no substance – the product inside isn’t very wet, thus does not give much length or volume. I do like the brush shape since it gets to every lash. The color dries down to a nice subtle purple so it’s not over-the-top, but without much ooomph, I’m just wearing it for a no-makeup makeup look.


Facial Friday – Michael Todd True Organics KNU Anti-aging Facelift Cream

Happy Friday!
Today’s skin care review of is for Michael Todd True Organics KNU Anti-aging Facelift Cream. I initially reviewed it in January. At that time, I did not like it at all, but decided to keep using it because of the encouraging reviews on the Michael Todd website.

Well, I still kind of hate it. I’ve been using it for two months now, and my opinion has not improved. This cream leaves my skin tight and not at all moisturized.

My other problem with this cream is one of the ingredients is Snail Secretion Filtrate. I should have checked the ingredients before I purchased it. The website claims that Michael Todd Organics is cruelty-free because there is no animal testing for their products or ingredients, but how can that be if there are animal ingredients? Not cool.

Definitely not something I would repurchase, although I still really like the toner and face wash.


Mascara Monday – Benefit they’re real!

Is it Monday again? Where does the weekend go?!

After a very early start this morning, I decided to try Benefit they’re real! mascara that was part of my Sephora birthday gift. Long, lush, lashes are the perfect wake-me-up.

Benefit birthday

Benefit birthday

From the Benefit website:

They’re real! lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts & separates. Our jet black, long-wearing formula won’t smudge or dry out. A specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had!

What else you need to know:
saw dramatic length & volume*
90% saw base-to-tip curl*
94% saw visible lift*
100% saw long-wearing results*
*Results observed in a consumer panel survey

The photo of the brush on the box and the website makes it seem as if there are bristles on the very end of the wand, probably to reach even teeny-tiny lashes to increase volume –

Benefit Box

But as you can see, that wasn’t quite the case for my sample –

Benefit brush

Unfortuately, this mascara did not light a fire for me. With just one coat, my lashes are clumpy. A second coat and my lashes seem spiky. Not a good look for me. I do not think I will use this sample again, never mind making a purchase. Benefit’s website is pretty confusing about its cruelty-free stance, but because this line is sold in China, I’ll have to assume it isn’t.

Have you tried they’re real!? Or any other Benefit mascara?


Mascara Monday – Lancome Definicils

I bought Lancome Definicils because I had a Sephora gift card to burn, and I needed a brown mascara, so I thought – why not? I remember using and liking this mascara when I was in my early 20s.

I feel kind of meh about this now, though. Definicils is definitely a nice mascara, that delivers noticeable length, but for $27 I suppose I expected some kind of miracle. This does not perform better than either of the other mascaras that I reviewed for Mascara Monday, both of which are cheaper and cruelty-free.

I will use up the tube I have, but I will not repurchase. Do you have any recommendations for a cruelty-free brown mascara? Why is this such an elusive product??



Skincare Review – Michael Todd True Organics

I haven’t seen many reviews on Michael Todd True Organics skincare, so I hope this post helps anyone who might be thinking about making a purchase.

I’d only read glowing reviews about this line of products on Meg’s Makeup, so when I saw an anti-acne regimen on Groupon, I had to try it out. A few days later I saw another Michael Todd cream on Groupon so I bought that too.

Here are the products I have been using:

  • Charcoal Detox Cleanser This isn’t bad. It doesn’t strip or dry my skin and removes all my makeup.
  • Organic Lemon AHA + DMAE toner I like this toner. It has a nice scent and makes my skin tingle, which I think means it’s working. I don’t typically use toner so I sometimes forget this step.
  • Moisture Lite Lotion This lotion is not moisturizing enough to use at night during the winter, and because it doesn’t have SPF, I dare not use it in the morning after the AHA toner. I will probably try it again in the summer as a night lotion. It has a nice scent, similar to the toner. The packaging is awful though – I can’t control how much I dispense since it’s a pump, and the bottle is opaque so I don’t know how much is left.
  • Intensive Organic Cream Eye Treatment (seems to have been discontinued) It’s a basic eye cream with a nice texture. It absorbs rather quickly which I really like.
  • Kaolin Clay extreme detoxifying facial mask This mask is pretty powerful. It stings upon application and leaves my skin ruddy when I wash it off, but in the morning my face feels smoother. I absolutely detest the packaging though. It’s terribly frustrating to get product out of the pump. I thought it would be easier after the first use, but no, I still have to whack on the pump 8-10 times before anything is dispensed. It’s the same pump as the Moisture Light Lotion.
  • KNU Anti-Aging Face Lift (purchased from Groupon separately) I might actually hate this cream. It leaves my skin tight and dry. I’ve tried adding a drop of Lucy Minerals Sweet Dreams Ambrosia to it for some moisture, but it doesn’t make a difference.
    But! This review has encouraged me to keep trying it. I will update after two weeks.
    Edit: My updated review is HERE.

My overall opinion of Michael Todd True Organics is that it’s just okay. The anti-acne regimen was $44 ($218 value), and the face lift cream was $25 ($150 list price). For the Groupon rates, I’m glad I gave this line a try, but I’m not really impressed. The products aren’t terrible by any means, but the list prices are outrageous. The pump packaging on the mask and lotion is a huge negative, even though the product inside is perfectly adequate.

Have you tried Michael Todd True Organics?