Do you know that game of what 3 items you would bring to a desolated island? My answer is always mascara for the first item. I know some people say drinking water or an army knife. But hey, mascara is important too, at least for me.
I would rather go out naked than not wear mascara. My lashes are very sparse and short, so for me it is a vital product to have. Recently, while traveling, I lost my make-up bag. When I got to the hotel, imagine my despair while I was trying to get ready and I had no mascara. It was late and I had a few minutes to get ready. What is a girl to do? The look of horror on my face – cue in here Macaulay Culkin’s face when he discovers he has been abandoned by his parents in Home Alone. No, as much as I am DIY gal, I didn’t concoct something MacGyver style.
I remembered about Kris Carr’sMascara Smackdown list. Right there in that list was the Physician's Formula Organic Wear Mascara, that it's available at any drugstore or supermarket. They gave it a 5 on performance. So, what is in every corner of every household or hotel (for this matter) besides a Starbucks? A Walgreens or CVS. So I run to the closest CVS and got me this mascara.
I must say I was surprised by its outstanding performance. I was thinking that it would be messy and that it wouldn’t curl my lashes or last through the night. But it surpassed all my expectations. But before I go into the details, I want to talk about the ingredients. This mascara does not contain any parabens - propylparaben and methylparaben – or the typical diazolidinyl urea, a formaldehyde-releasing ingredient normally found in mascaras that you can purchase at a drugstore. Here is the list of ingredients from the box:
Most of the ingredients score 0 in the EWG Cosmetics Database. So this is a super safe mascara to use. Back to the performance, here is a pic of my lashes, having a Minnie Mouse moment. Don’t they look long and full? I used an eye lash curler and two coats of mascara.
The curled brush helps to curl the lashes, and the long bristles help to separate them –avoiding any clumps.
My lashes were curled all night and there was no feathering. I tried it on in separate occasions, to prove its effectiveness. During yoga it smeared a bit and when I was caught in the rain, it run off down my face. It is not water proof! This takes me to removing it. You can remove it in a cinch with water and your face cleaner. No need for a special eye make-up remover.
I will definitely recommend it because it works, especially if you are transitioning into “green beauty”. The price point is between $7 - $9.95 depending on where you purchase it. You can order it here and here or go to your closest Walgreens, CVS, or supermarket.
As to the other remaining two things I will bring to the island? Sunscreen for obvious reasons; and a man. Well, someone has to fish, gather food, and open the coconuts, right?