Makeup By Marla: Marvellous mascaras

Friends often ask me what my top mascara picks are. I therefore decided to give you a rundown of my all time faves. I will be cautious and say that mascara is a very personal type of makeup item in that some formulas may be terrific on one person while someone else may find the product just…”meh”. Therefore if you try one of my following product suggestions and don’t love it as much as I do please don’t “LASH” out at me….(couldn’t resist…pun fun).

My all-time Holy Grail mascara is without a doubt Phenomenon ‘Eyes by Givenchy. It is a mascara which has a unique spherical brush which I have nicknamed “The Ball”. Once you get the hang of using this 360° brush without injuring yourself, you will notice that it literally picks up every lash and coats even the tiniest ones with a great lengthening formula. This mascara also curls your lashes and doesn’t smudge or budge!

I just adore Better Than Sex mascara by Too Faced. I do prefer the regular formula to waterproof though as I have found prolonged use of waterproof mascaras in general compromise the condition of my lashes . This product’s hourglass brush is inspired by the curves of a woman’s body and with two coats gives intense volume and curl that lasts for hours.

I am a fan of Full Exposure mascara by Smashbox. This fiber enhanced formula is non irritating to eyes and creates length and volume while conditioning lashes.

Roller Lash by Benefit features a patented “Hook 'N' Roll” brush inspired by the design of hair rollers with bristles that provide lift and give super curl when applied with a grab and swirl motion. The formula may not appeal to everyone as once applied, your final lash look will be crispy not wispy. If you like a spider effect lash you will love the curl payoff!

Hypnôse Lash-by-Lash mascara by Lancôme is my go-to everyday volumizing mascara because it has a low wax content leaving my lashes more flexible and lowering the risk of their damage and breakage. One negative… FLAKE ALERT with prolonged wear!

My all-time favorite drugstore mascara is L'Oréal Voluminous Original in #310 Blackest Black. This baby truly delivers its promise of 5 x fuller lashes.  One coat will give you full coverage for daytime wear. A second coat and your ready for a night out.  CAUTION:… three coats and the dreaded Clumposaurus will rear his ugly head!

My favorite Great Lash mascara by Maybelline is their washable version “Lots of Lashes” as it has the cutest heart-shaped brush that helps you get to every lash including those tiny corner cuties. Guaranteed VA VA VOLUME!


I sadly have to let you know that I was displeased with the new Covergirl Total Tease mascara. The wand has a teasing comb on one side and a comb on the other and I had to constantly ensure I was using the correct side to apply the product. When I tried to tease my lashes, the teasing tip was sadly not taut enough to comb through them. Excellent concept, but poor execution when designing this wand!  If that wasn’t bad enough, to make matters worse, the formula began to burn when a bit went into the corner of my eye during this arduous application. Thank goodness I was able to use a little trick I came up with to stop my eye tearing and my mascara completely smudging! What is that trick you ask? Check back here soon as I will share this and several of my other personal makeup tricks and discoveries in a future blog.

Until next time dear readers, remember you are gorgeous and Rock your Beauty!

Marla xxx

Marla Overland BSW, PSW is a Professional Social Worker in practice for over 30 years in the Public Health Care system and privately. Marla has also been a long-standing, avid follower of makeup and beauty trends and enjoys to share her suggestions and beauty world scoops with friends and readers of her online blog.