Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Make Up Review: Lash Genius by Anastasia of Beverly Hills

I was sent this brand new product called Lash Genius from Anastasia of Beverly Hills. What it is is a top coat which waterproofs your favourite mascara so you don't have to worry about looking like the girl from The Ring after a rainy day. I don't usually wear waterproof mascara for two reasons: it's always flaky and difficult to remove. Thus, I don't find it practical for everyday use and never bother buying an extra tube for those occasions when I know I'll cry (i.e. funerals, graduations, weddings, viewings of Forrest Gump, finding out I got an F on my midterm, etc.). So when Anastasia of Beverly Hills asked to send me a tube of their newest eyelash elixir, I wasn't too excited. It really just meant that I'd have to find an excuse to cry in order to test it out. Keep reading for some way-too-close-up photos of my face and also what I thought of the product.

The topcoat is gooey and semi-opaque when it comes out of the tube, but it goes on & dries perfectly clear. It isn't too sticky (meaning, my eyes didn't get glued together) but I wasn't ever really sure that it was on my lashes and covering them fully.

I wore it out to see the new movie Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, anticipating one of those romantic-comedy-drama-tear jerkers. Not a single tear was cried and I left the cinema bone dry. In desperation to get some moisture in my eyes, I ran on home and plopped in front of the TV to watch The Cove. I think it's probably a good sign when you can't find anything to cry about except a heartfelt movie, but yet in this situation, I was desperate! The Cove did the trick and I started tearing up almost immediately. For those who have not seen the documentary, grab a tube of Lash Genius and check it out!

After the movie ended and I watched the credits all the way through just to make sure my tears were spent, I ran to the mirror to check out the damage. Na-da! My face, though red and blotchy, was free of the usual streaky black and my eyelashes weren't stuck together. Yes, a success!
Before I settled into bed, I splashed the shenanigans out of my face with water, both hot and cold. My mascara didn't budge. I started to get worried that my "natural" make up removers (Vitamin E Oil, Jojoba Oil, or Olive Oil) wouldn't do the trick to get this stuff off, and I'd need to run to the store and buy something commercial. I squirted a bit of Vitamin E onto a cotton ball and started scrubbing away. Nothing. I kept working at it and eventually mascara started rubbing onto the cotton. Removing the mascara wasn't as easy as usual and I had to rub quite a bit, working the oil into my lashes. Once in the shower, the rest of the mascara slid off with some water.

(Yes, these work as make up removers! Even for Lash Genius!)

Overall, I'm really happy with the product. It worked a charm. In the future, I won't be quite so panicky about my appearance after a public break down. I think it will also be useful this summer if I head to the beach (unlikely) or get pushed into a pool (likely). You can find Anastasia of Beverly Hills here. Thanks for letting me try out Lash Genius!


SafiyaMarie said...

i love your method of testing out this product! It sounds amazing, and perfect for my end of year prom where im sure there will be lots of tears as we're all off to university!


Anonymous said...

How do you get the products that you test? The way you write makes it sound like you get to try them out for free.

chloe said...

yes, sometimes companies contact me & ask me to try out their products! If I pay for the product, then I'll specifically note it ;)