Monday, March 14, 2011

A Tube of Disappointment

If it sounds perfect, then *insert cliche here.* Yup, pretty much. It it sounds perfect, then expect to be disappointed because perfection, it is not. And so I present to you, Rimmel's Glam' Eyes Day 2 Night mascara (Volume and Length).

Several months ago, Rimmel released this mascara that claims to give you the option of length or volume, all in one tube. AH! PERFECT! One tube of mascara that offers two different looks?! That is crazy-talk. I immediately jumped on board. Unfortunately, I experienced lackluster results with this mascara, and I gave myself time fall in love with it, but my heart and lashes were cold.

Yes, the mascara provided length if you looked really close with a 100x magnifying glass. Sure, it also provided volume, but it also brought on clumps, which the packaging claims it doesn't do. Before I get into the details of the mascara, let me get into the gimmick behind this tube of mascara.

The tube contains one formula and one brush. However, there are two different wand handles. The handle for "length" (pink) is really the core brush. The wand isn't sturdy, and the handle is small, and it is difficult to get a good grip on it. The distinction between this and the "volume" brush is that the "length" brush goes through two stoppers to take off the excess mascara. Viola, there is your length. The first stopper is the regular stopper in the tube, and the second stopper is the hollow wand that is attached to the "volume" wand (I took pictures because it is difficult to describe).

The "volume" wand (the black handle) is just the "length" wand inside the "volume" wand, which means that the brush one goes through one stopper. Well, guess what. The stopper does a really crap job at removing the excess mascara. Here is the other catch, the formula is very thick. So, in order to use the "volume" wand, I have to remove the excess mascara with a tissue, which is what I call high maintenance.

I used this mascara for one month, and I just got more frustrated with it. I finally quit using it, and I have found a mascara that I really like, which happens to also be Rimmel (Max Volume Flash mascara. Great stuff. Review will come soon.). I got really frustrated with this mascara because neither of the claims worked. The "length" option really didn't come true. When I applied the mascara for length, it looked like I just swiped one coat of a regular, cheap mascara. I would have to swipe one a lot of coats to get noticeable length.

And Volume, I don't even want to talk about it. It was just clumpy, and the whole brush coming out with a ton of mascara was a turn off.

Let me be eloquent in describing this mascara: boo hiss. Save your money, and don't buy this mascara. Your wallet will be very happy.

Rating:
0 out of 1 Happy Wallets
Price: $7 to $8
Where: Drugstores, Walmart, Target

Pics
See the two handles. the pink one is "length," and the black one is "volume."


Regular spiral brush. Kind of reminds me of the drab Great Lash brush.


See, the "length" wand is the core wand, and the "volume" wand is hollow and serves as a stopper for the length.


And the "volume" brush. Blah, blah, blah



Sunday, March 6, 2011

But Officer, that bumper sticker was just so funny!

I have to admit, sometimes I am a distracted driver. I am driving along, and then all of the sudden I see a car in front of me, and the back is covered in bumper stickers, and I just have to read what they say. I have caught myself speeding up to get closer to the car so that I can read the bumper sticker, or I will kind of pray that the car stops in front of me at a stop light. There are some times when I have a very tiny, and thankfully resistible, desire to follow a car just to I can read how much the driver hates something, or how much they love love, or how TV is the devil, or how beds are meant to be broken, or how the car the driver has in a transformer.

Really, I love to read bumper stickers. Ironically, right now, I don't have a bumper sticker on my car. However, recently, I got the opportunity to get the best bumper sticker to display, and I hope it stops traffic without causing an accident.

Several months ago, a representative from Build-A-Sign.com emailed me and asked if I was interested in making some bumper stickers. I figured it would be a fun experience, and seriously, the best bumper sticker is the personalized bumper sticker.

The process was remarkably easy to do. I went onto the site, www.buildasign.com, and selected the bumper sticker section. Then I selected the template that I found most appealing and started to customize it (at no additional cost), and there are templates galore. I was able to alter the colors, the graphics, and the font. I liked that I could also alter the size of the graphics and font. In addition, there is an option to completely create your own bumper sticker from scratch. I liked that there was a wide variety of style and graphics options. I also liked that once I chose a style, I wasn't overwhelmed with color or font (there is a nice amount of fonts, but it isn't so much that you can't decide). It made it user-friendly for a novice like me.

As I played around with the appearance of the bumper sticker, I was able to see the proof online. The proof is a larger image of the sticker, but it isn't the full size. However, you can see the details to ensure you captured everything you desired.

Once I finalized the sticker, I checked out the prices. For 1 bumper sticker, you pay $2.99 and the price for each bumper sticker goes down as the quantity increases; so if you order 10, the price per sticker drops to $2.50 (these prices are for a 3x10 sticker) and so on. The company also offers free shipping on bumper stickers. I searched around for other prices for customizable prices, these prices are really reasonable.

I had a great experience with customer service. Now, I know that my experience was different from the paying customer since I got the bumper stickers for free, but I kept this in mind before I agreed to receive the bumper stickers. So, I searched online for reviews, and I found a lot of rave reviews for the customer service, and the BBB gave the company an A. So I felt confident in trying out the company and the product.

I received the product in a week and a half, and I was pleased with the end result. I can't wait to put this sticker on my car, and I am considering putting in an another order (that I will pay for) for my mark. business.

So, why did I ultimately decide to review this company even though it isn't makeup related? Well, I know that a lot of people are interested in starting their own business and this is a great way to get the word out. I also know that a lot of people like to express their ideas, and bumper sticker are always a fun form to do so.

Oh, and if you aren't into bumper stickers, you can also get magnetic signs, banners, license plates, and so forth. Buildasign.com offers a lot of options. If you are interested, be sure to click on the link on the side bar.

And, if you are interested in scoring one of my awesome happy face, happy wallet bumper stickers, just email me at happyfacehappywallet@gmail.com. I am more than happy to share and mail one out to you.


More makeup reviews to come.


Note: I received the bumper stickers free to try out the product. I am not getting compensated for the review, nor for link clicks. My opinion is honest, and based on my experience.