My name is Dana Maye Buchmiller, pronounced "Bookmiller," and I love to write. I have a beauty and style blog, DanaMaye.com. I love finding budget beauty finds as well as thrifting. I also share posts about rocks and crystals, and my beloved puppy, Copper.
I first heard about this mascara on Taylor Wynn‘s YouTube channel, a beauty influencer that I love watching. And since I was dissatisfied with my previous mascara, I decided to take a chance. I have never tried an essence product before, so I was excited to branch out of my comfort zone.
The wand definitely looks different, compared to my previous wand. It’s longer, thinner, more curved, and has longer bristles. I wasn’t sure if the wand would work for me, but I tried it … and loved it!
Unlike the Covergirl Lash Blast mascara that I have used in the past, this wand grips my lashes and gives me that instant volume look that I’ve been waiting for. The formula is also thicker, which I think helps add to the volumizing effect. (Also keep in mind that I used a lash curler.)
I do wish that it came in black brown or even brown, but that is a minor complaint. Overall I adore this mascara and can’t get enough of it!
I love beauty sponges! I think it gives such a nice, pretty finish to my foundation or BB cream, depending on what I am using.
Now… a beauty sponge is supposed to be replaced every 3 months… my old one was probably veering into the 6 month range. So, finally, I decided to buy an 8 pack of beauty sponges from Amazon. The nice thing is that it cost me only a dollar more for 8 sponges than I paid for 2 sponges at Walmart.
It definitely gets bigger when wet, which can be good or bad depending on how much surface area you want to cover. Personally I like it. I can spread foundation quicker, and then use the narrow end for more precise application. I noticed that the sponge seemed to stay almost permanently bigger after being wet for the first time, but it may just hold onto moisture longer than my older sponge.
The material is soft and bouncy, just like it should be, and applies foundation easily. I also found that it washed well too. Thankfully I am at least in the habit of washing and rinsing after every use! (I like to use the Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser to clean it.)
Today I’m reviewing the Covergirl Last Blast Mascara. I bought this mascara because it comes in the color brown, not just brown black, which is more flattering to my skin tone. That said, it is the only aspect of the product that I like.
The thing about the wand is that the bristles are so short, that they don’t grip my lashes, so not a lot of product gets deposited. I have to do three coats just to get a semi-decent eye look. The formula doesn’t seem to do much either.
As you can see in this picture, the mascara does make my lashes darker, but it doesn’t do much in terms of length or thickness.
Overall, it’s not absolutely terrible, but I definitely don’t recommend.
Today I am reviewing Rimmel’s Stay Matte Fix & Go Setting Spray.
Sigh. This a product that I had high hopes for. It promises to mattify skin, as well extend the wear of my makeup. As far as I am concerned, it did absolutely nothing besides dry my skin out and make it feel sticky. My makeup lasted the same amount of time, and if anything, my skin looked shinier. Also, the nozzle didn’t spray evenly. I was disappointed, as other people reviewed it highly on Amazon. Unfortunately, my experience was not the same.
If you are looking for a good setting spray, I would recommend either Wet ‘N Wild’s Photo Focus Matte Setting Spray, or if you don’t mind spending a little more, Urban Decay’s All Night Setting Spray.
One of my hobbies is adult coloring! I loved coloring as a kid, and it’s fun that it’s become a thing now that I am older. I’m not the best or most creative at adult coloring, but I enjoy it all the same. It is fun and engaging.
In this first picture. I like the white space in this cherry picture, so I decided to leave it as. 🙂 My inspiration was ranier cherries that grow in Washington.
Next is a picture of sunflowers. They are my sister-in-law Katie’s favorite flower, and they remind me of her.
Here is the last page, which just finished. I thought red would be perfect for the swirly background!
And here is the coloring book I used! It is an older book, no longer in print, but there are lots of other fun ones out there!
Today’s post is about the Instant Age Rewind Eraser Multi-Use Concealer, in the shade Cool Ivory. I have heard great things about this concealer everywhere from beauty blogs to YouTube channels to Instagram influencers, so I had to try it out. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.
It does add some coverage and brightening to my eyes, but it does not cover up the darkness under my eyes, which was a bummer. It doesn’t crease under my eyes, which is a plus, but the main reason I bought it was to conceal darkness. It is supposed to be a dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape concealer, but in my view, is completely different. The Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer is super heavy duty, and completely gets rid of darkness under my eyes. It has a steeper price tag, at $27 at Ulta, but works much better. While I am tempted to buy that, I will keep searching for a good drugstore concealer.
As you can tell from the picture, I have used most of this product up, so I have a better informed opinion than in a first impressions post. Overall, it’s an okay product, but nothing special.
Today’s post is about the Milani Eye Primer. I have gone through several, and so far, this is the best drug store eye shadow primer I have managed to find. It has a nice, thin, creamy texture and goes on sheer. I do prefer primers that add a little coverage, but this one still does a good job.
It helps with making my eyeshadow colors look more vivid, and helps keep it on longer. My eyeshadow lasts about 7-9 hours without creasing when I wear this eye primer, as opposed to my usual 5-6 hours.
I wouldn’t say this eye primer works as well as Urban Decay’s Eye Primer Potion, but for the price, it is a good solid product.