Maybelline — Volum’Express The Colossal Chaotic Lash! Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black

I’m going to totally pan a product today, so I’ll start off by raving about Stranger Things, the new Netflix series that I started and finished last week. I am not much of a marathoner when it comes to television series (well, to be honest, not much when it comes to actual marathons, either!); the last thing I marathoned was Luther Series 4 last month, which is a cheat since it was only two episodes. Ha! (I cannot recommend the whole series enough if you like dark and disturbing shows. And Idris Elba. So you get two raves in one post.)

Stranger Things is a hybrid sci-fi/horror period piece that’s a total throwback to a slew of 1980s movies (I counted references and homages to E.T., Stand by Me, Aliens, Carrie, Poltergeist, and The Empire Strikes Back, just off the top of my head). Even its poster looks the part, i.e. like it was illustrated by Drew Struzan (it was actually done by Kyle Lambert) and the title treatment wouldn’t look out of place on a Stephen King book cover. The series also includes 80s stars Winona Ryder and Matthew Modine, to amplify the retro feel.

Netflix's Stranger Things poster art by Kyle Lambert
Netflix’s Stranger Things poster art by Kyle Lambert.
Image: kylelambert.com

Even if you’re not much of a sci-fi or horror buff, Stranger Things is still worth watching since it’s well written and has incredibly impressive young talent. All of the series’ young stars are phenomenally good, and even the teens are pretty solid. Grown-ups Winona Ryder and David Harbour are fantastic. (Matthew Modine, sadly, has a smaller and fairly one-dimensional role.) This is absolutely my favorite Netflix series, so far, and I’m looking forward to the second season!

And now, onto the rant. It’s a Maybelline product, and let’s be honest, there’s something quintessentially 80s about Maybelline, isn’t there? Maybe it’s just me. Heh. Firstly, the product name is ludicrously long: Volum’Express The Colossal Chaotic Lash! Seriously. Just stop.

I bought it solely because it received good reviews on MUA, even from people who have the same kind of lashes I have: short and super-straight lashes that uncurl with regular, water-based mascaras. Well, that unfortunately didn’t work out so well for me. MUA, you have failed me!

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Maybelline Colorama 5 Day Nail Color in Sunrise Sensation, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Maybelline — Sunrise Sensation (Colorama 5 Day Nail Color)

Brand: Maybelline

In my last Maybelline nail polish post, I wrote this:

Back in the early 2000s, and possibly the late 90s, as well, Maybelline nail polishes came in these cute, squat little bottles. No matter what line it was (Express Finish, Wet Shine, Wet Shine Diamonds, and so on), this was the bottle. The exception was, if I recall correctly, Colorama polishes, which came in teeny and hilarious looking bottles with little dunce caps. And you know what? Maybelline nail polishes totally rocked back then. They were some of the best nail polishes in the drugstore, for my money. Apart from Express Finish—those were kind of crap, albeit with some awesome colors.

Last month, I dug out some boxes of my drugstore oldies. Can you recognize any of the brands?

fivezero's stash of old drugstore nail polish

Yup, some of those little white/grey dunce caps belong to Maybelline Coloramas. So, today, I have another old Maybelline for Throwback Thursday, this time from the adorable Colorama line.

Maybelline Colorama 5 Day Nail Color in Sunrise Sensation, bottle

Sunrise Sensation is a coral tangerine with silvery, frosty, microglitter. It’s very fun for summer, though I understand if you’re not totally on board with frost finishes.

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Quick Photo — A Peek at Some of My Old Nail Polish

I haven’t opened either of these large shoeboxes in a very long time: they house a bunch of my older (pre-2010) drugstore nail polishes. I’m in the process of assembling some newly-acquired IKEA HELMER file cabinets which will become new homes for my polishes that currently reside in various boxes and bins.

I took a couple of shots of these boxes today. Recognize anything? And, yes, there are some StreetWears in that mostly-Revlon box!

fivezero's drugstore nail polish stash, mostly Revlon

fivezero's drugstore nail polish stash, mostly L'Oréal, Maybelline, Mary Kay, CoverGirl, Max Factor, Rimmel, Sally Girl, FingerPaints

P.S. The five Revlons in the featured image at the very top are new to me; I’ll be posting about that haul, shortly!

Haulage! Makeup on the Cheap (Late 2015)

Late last year, I hauled a little more nail polish—and makeup— than I’d let on here. There’s no real rhyme or reason: I’m just sharing a bunch of cheapies that I picked up and haven’t yet shown to you guys!

ALMAY Lipstick, Lipgloss, Eyeshadow, Eyeliner, and Foundation! Honest to goodness, I cannot remember the last time I purchased any makeup from drugstore stalwart Almay (who, incidentally, are owned by Revlon). The brand just seems so boring, doesn’t it? I did have some Almay nail polishes way back in the 90s—they weren’t very good, but the shimmery nude shades they offered were gorgeous—and I may have tried a random product here and there, but I can’t recall any other specifics. The sole reason I hauled Almay late last year was because my local Shoppers Drug Mart was clearancing the brand! Like, crazy cheap (ahem, for Canada).

  • Clear Complexion Makeup (CA$4.25) in 300 Naked
  • Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm (CA$2.62) in 950 Truffle Kiss
  • Eyeliner Pencil (CA$2.62) in 205 Black
  • Intense i-Color All Day Wear Powder Shadows (CA$3.12) in:
    • 105 Everyday Neutrals (Brown Eyes)
    • 125 Party Brights (Brown Eyes)
    • 140 Party Brights (Green Eyes)
  • Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks (CA$2.62) in:
    • 10 Berry (Light) [not pictured]
    • 20 Pink (Light) [not pictured]
    • 30 Nude (Light)
    • 50 Berry (Light/Medium)
    • 60 Pink (Light/Medium)
    • 70 Nude (Light/Medium)
    • 80 Red (Light/Medium)
    • 90 Berry (Medium)
    • 100 Pink (Medium)
    • 110 Nude (Medium)
    • 120 Red (Medium)

I despise the awkward numbering/naming systems they use for the eyeshadow and lipstick. I think this lack of imagination really contributes to Almay’s staid reputation, in my mind—not that this seems to affect the product quality! I’ve been using the Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick in 80 Red (Light-Medium), and even though I’m not into the whole balmy lipstick thing, I think this is a really nice, dummy-proof red lipstick and I prefer it to the comparable Revlon and Maybelline products I’ve tried, which seem waxier to me. I feel like the Almay Butter Kiss Lipstick is just about up there with the Clinique Butter Shine Lipsticks. The Clear Complexion Makeup is also super nice—I think I might actually prefer it to my current favorite drugstore foundation, Revlon Nearly Naked in Nude! 300 Naked is a better skintone match for me, and it has a pump dispenser that the Revlon should really adopt. Ahh, thank goodness this product is still being carried by the Rexall near me. I probably won’t be able to pick it up again for $4 a bottle, though.Read More »

Empties for Winter 2015/2016

Here is my list of empties for Winter 2015/2016 (Dec., Jan., and Feb.). All prices are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise specified.

All Things Jill Lovin’ That Lanolin Cuticle Gel. I bought this last January on sale for $5.24 (reg. $6.99) at Well.ca. It’s a local Canadian brand, so I thought it’d be nice to try it out. Unfortunately, I never noticed that it did anything much for my cuticles that a regular moisturizer wouldn’t have done, and I wasn’t a huge fan of the slightly tacky feel of the lanolin gel. A year on, the consistency has turned so it’s stickier—time to toss.

All Things Jill Lovin' That Lanolin Cuticle Gel

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Drugstore Haulage, GOSH, Sally Hansen, Nubar nail polish

Haulage! My Drugstore Purchases for Summer 2015

As we are entering the fall months on this last day of August—though fall doesn’t technically begin here in Canada until September 23—I thought it would be a very responsible idea to enter a low-buy for the upcoming season. After all, you gotta start saving money for those post-holiday deals, right?

Plus, the Canadian dollar is so weak at the moment, and prices are slowly going up. We’re down to 75¢ to the US dollar, guys! It hasn’t been this low since the 90s, I think.

So I have resolved to “shop my stash” and stop buying so much bloody nail polish until December.

To get myself in the mood to do so, here’s a roundup of my drugstore purchases since about June (that’s about three months, but doesn’t include my last Shoppers Optimum Points haul, since that was basically free).

Also, I just want to add that everything here was purchased on sale at either Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, or Well.ca.

Retail is for suckers, Kramer, Seinfeld
“Retail is for suckers.” —Seinfeld

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Haulage! All Cosmetics Wholesale — butter LONDON, Essie, & more

It can be really hard for me to resist a deal, especially when it’s on a product that I can’t typically get at such a good discount, so naturally, All Cosmetics Wholesale (hereafter, “ACW”) is a site I haul from once or twice a year! I’m not affiliated with the site in any way; I’ve just had good experiences with them and wanted to share my latest haul.

OK, it’s not actually my latest haul, because I ordered it in May. The problem is that ACW is based in the US and does not ship materials like nail polish internationally. What’s a nail-polish-deal-seeking girl gonna do? Have the US-based relatives bring it up, of course!

At the time ACW was offering 20% off an order, and I noticed a ton of butter LONDON and Essie nail polishes listed, so I hauled.

Bonus: at the time that I ordered, the Canadian dollar hadn’t dropped as badly yet, so overall I got some pretty sweet deals!

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