Love It or Lose It: Essence Volume & Stylist Lash Extension Mascara

When I first saw this mascara I knew I had to buy it. Lash fibers, 18 hour wear and under $5, seemed way to go to pass over.I’ve used it since about last month and I think I am finally ready to pass judgement.

This mascara has fibers in it,you can definitely see them in the close up shot.
I have to say, I have had it for over a month and the formula has thickened up a lot. It was almost like water at first so I definitely prefer it thicker.
PROS: It is really lengthening, I love how black it is. I was a bit skeptical about the applicator, it has an oval shape, bigger in the middle,but with a bit of practice as able to make it work well foe me. It It lasted a full 8 hour shift and is easy to remove.

CONS: I like that it has fibers but it might be a problem if you have sensitive eyes or wear contacts as they might fall into your eyes, although is never happened to me. You can not wear just one layer, the fibers will look patchy and uneven wich is not great if you are in a rush. I find i have to clean the want every few application or it can be very clumpy, bit this is pretty minor. Essence mascaras in general usually dry out quicker but for that price I really don’t care and it’s good practice to have a fresh one frequently anyways.

Lasting power: 8/10 it lasted my full shift but not 18 hours. Still better then some of my higher cost ones.

Price point: 10/10 under $5 for a mascara even at the drugstore is great!

Ease of application: 6/10 the wand and fiber clumpyness were hardest things for me as I found got worse near the end of the month.

Crulety free: Yes

Love it or Lose it: Love it but won’t be re buying it. Over all this was a hit for the price, but I have 7 other mascara tubes to use so I not in need of replacing it.

Do you have any mascaras you love?


Converting To Cruelty Free by 2019

Animal testing has been on my mind lately. I sat down and really looked at my makeup collection and I have come to realize my favorite products are actually made by companies that test on animals.

It has taken me years to find products that work with my skin. I have lots of unopened products that sadly can’t be returned and being on a budget I can’t just throw them out so I will be using them up. However, I am going to use everything up and find replacements that are cruelty-free.

My aim, for the end of 2018, is to have found replacements for a lot of my animal cruelty products. It may seem like a while but I think swapping out products for other brands will be a lot of trial and error + the time it will take me to actually use up my remaining products. Not many foundations work with my skin at all and I think this is going to be the biggest issue. Another issue is going to be finding products that are truly 100% cruelty-free, there are a lot of lists out there and a lot of labels on packaging, but some lists haven’t been updated In years and some brands don’t advertise the product is cruelty-free.

I do really wish that I was less selfish and that I could easily just throw away or stop using products that are tested on animals, but at the moment that just isn’t an option for me, maybe in the future, I will be able to do a massive purge.

The main products that I want to swap out are the foundation, eyeliner, mascara, and eyeshadows. I currently by chance have a few cruelty free products that I love and I hope to be able to branch more into those brands and find some new beauty favorites!

I will update as I try out new products and keep track of how much of my makeup has been swapped out.


New Blog Design + Social Media+ Updates!

I hope you’re having a fantastic week. ❤ Today, I have some great news to share!!

The last few months have been so crazy for me that blogging really took the back burner for a while. It was throughout most of the winter/spring that I would occasionally write something, but the priority just wasn’t there. I knew a hiatus was the right thing to do, because most of those days, there wasn’t enough time or energy left for even just an update, so it wasn’t enjoyable for me anymore, at least for the time. While I never took an official “break” from posting at that time, I certainly felt disconnected from the community, and from my own site, as well.

However, today’s post is a small celebration of a shift motivation. I’m at the point now where I can post consistently, which I’m truly excited about! I am going to be posting a wider range of content, and to mark this change I have not only updated my layout, but also my blog description. My blog will no longer be limited to beauty posts. I won’t lie it will probably still be predominantly beauty post, but it will now include anything I am interested in writing about trips, food, hobbies etc.

I have removed all of my old posts, I just didn’t feel good about a lot of what I posted (low-quality photos, rushed posts and inconsistent rating system.)and since this is my re-motivated, revamped blog I figured I may as well give my self a chance to love everything I post with a fresh start!

Now for the social media updates! I just started some new things, firstly a Facebook page for this blog! I am super excited and hope to connect with everyone I can on Facebook! It should be fun!

My Facebook page (Glitter & Gloss Blog)

  • Thank you so much to all of those who have supported me so far in my blogging journey ❤

My Instagram Account (

  • This is more of a look into my life, my Instagram will be more for posting things at the moment and more for posting things you may not see on the blog or behind the scenes❤

My Twitter Account (@Simply_Mellie)

  • This is not new, but I have started to use it more frequently ❤

I am super excited for this fresh start! New content will start Monday! In the meantime, I will be working on tweaking the layout just to fine tune it before the official first post on the relaunch of Glitter & Gloss!