Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Maybelline The Rocket Volu'm Express Mascara - Review

First Look

I have the washable formula and in the blackest black colour. This also comes in the waterproof formula. I  have noticed that the washable formula has the pink bristle wand and the waterproof has the blue bristle wand. So it is pretty easy to point out the different colour packaging. This retails for about 7$ (Canadian Dollar) at Walmart.


"Explosive volume, even from root to tip" - on the packaging

"Explosive lashes, the formula loads on big, sleek volume instantly, 8x bigger, smoother. Keeps lashes smooth, fast glide formula. Zero clumps"

Supersonic brush (plastic bristle brush), pink inner with translucent bristles

My thoughts (Reality)

First of all, I love the packaging. It's so colourful and pretty and I actually really like the combination of blue and pink that is going on. I also really like the wand. It has the pink cord with translucent bristles. Unfortunately, when you actually dip the brush into the tube, you can't see the prettiness! ha ha

The brush is actually plastic bristles, which is one of my favourite type of brushes when it comes to mascara, obviously! I just prefer the plastic bristles more than the typical mascara wands that have actual brush hair, is that what they are called? I am not even sure but moving on!

Brush Comparison
Top: Cover Girl Lashblast Volume Blasting Mascara
Bottom: Maybelline The Rocket Volu'm Express Mascara 

As you can see in the picture above, the two brushes look pretty much the same even though they are from different brands. The brush of CG mascara is more of a rectangle shape but as in the Maybelline mascara, the brush is more rounded kind of, but I am not sure if that will make any difference in the whole application of the mascara and all that.

Brush Comparison
Top: Cover Girl Lashblast Volume Blasting Mascara
Bottom: Maybelline The Rocket Volu'm Express Mascara 

In these two pictures, you  can see how the brush is shaped and also compare it to the CG mascara in a closer shot.
Brush Comparison
Top: Cover Girl Lashblast Volume Blasting Mascara
Bottom: Maybelline The Rocket Volu'm Express Mascara 

I personally, like my mascara to be very separating. I do not like the look of clumpy lashes after mascara is applied and I like a little volume but volumizing mascaras tend to give the most clump to my lashes so those are not really an option for me. After all, I guess we could say that the thing I look for in a mascara is separation, length, and a little volume.

I don't have the most longest and fullest lashes of all time, but I would say mines are pretty good. My lashes are pretty long, but I have seen way longer, trust me. ha ha ..and also they are pretty full and I'll say again, I have seen way fuller lashes.



I find that when I applied this mascara, I had to be careful with it. One of the first things I noticed was that this mascara can get clumpy and that can happen fast. I usually work with my mascara for a little bit but with this one, I had to be quick and after applying it, I kind of needed to go over my lashes with a clean mascara wand, type thingy to separate my lashes to the way I like them.

During the day, this mascara did not flake on me or smudge and I had the washable formula. I know mascaras tend to smudge on some people but I have never had that problem. Sometimes mascaras tend to flake on me and land on top of my cheekbones and under my eyes but I did not have such a problem with this mascara.

Taking this mascara was not hard at all. As usual, I used my eye makeup remover and it got removed as easily as any other mascara I use.

Things I liked and didn't like about this mascara

First of all, I LOVE the packaging. My favourite colour is blue and the packaging of this mascara could not get any better!! I love the plastic brush that it has and that was the first thing I saw and made me buy it. I like the look of it that it gives my lashes but I should say this is not my all time favourite, holy grail mascara for me since I do have to work with it a little to get the desired look. So this brings me to the parts that I don't really enjoy about this mascara. Well, first of all, this mascara can get clumpy in the first application. I would not even bother a second coat of it. But if you like a clumpy look then this might work for you. But for my personal likings, this is on the clumpy side.

I will definitely still use this mascara and finish it up but I am not sure if I will repurchase it. Maybe I would because of the pretty packaging??

So over all, I like this mascara and I will recommend it to those who don't mind a little clump on their lashes, or a lot of clump if that is what you prefer!! ha ha

Have you tried this mascara? What are your thoughts on it?

love, Dina

Friday, May 3, 2013

NOTD : OPI "A Butterfly Moment"

"Mariah Carey by OPI Collection 2013"
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Peachy pinky-nude with golden shimmer

"A Butterfly moment" is a tan, pinkish nude with soft golden shimmer that can be seen depending on the lighting. I think this is the perfect nude shade that is classy and perfect for everyday. The pink/ tan shade is very delicate and pretty and goes well with anything in your wardrobe in my opinion. This polish has a frost finish to it which can look as a pearly pink with golden shimmer. Depending on the light, a golden glow can be seen and also the sheen in this polish gives it life, if you know what I mean.

Some neutral shades can come off as somewhat flat, but that is not the case with this polish.

I think this polish is the perfect office/work friendly neutral shade.

One thing I would like to add is that I think this polish can tend to look different on different skin tones. So I think you should keep that in mind before trying this polish, because I have seen some people who

Formula, application & finish

This polish went on as if it was a thick polish but the actual formula is more on the watery side.

First coat of this polish on your nails can look a little sheer sometimes and depending on how much there is product on the brush when it is being applied. Second coat of this polish and it fully covers the nails perfectly.

This polish has a nice formula, not way too hard to work with.


When removing this nail polish, I had absolutely no trouble. It comes off very easily and it does not need any hard work to get it off.

  • Low maintenance, goes well with any colour of clothing
  • Appropriate for any occasion, work friendly
  • Makes the nails and fingers look long (this might not work for those who already have long nails/fingers.)

  • It could clash and not look so good with some certain skin tones, basically like foundation, it needs the right skin-tone to look good on the nails.


Looking at all the facts and everything all together, I think this is a great polish. I absolutely love it and I think it  will definitely be in one of my top nail polish picks. The fact that it is a neutral but at the same time looks pretty and not too flat on the nails is great. Also, it looks very clean and fresh on the nails and I think this can be worn any time of the year. It really doesn't have a time limit as the colour goes but you know, it still depends on the person who is wearing it!

What is your favourite neutral nail polish?

Love, Dina
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