Monday, May 20, 2013

Mascara MAYhem #4: Benefit BADgal Lash-- Mommy Jim Recommends

[caption id="attachment_604" align="aligncenter" width="300"]BADgal Lash by Benefit Cosmetics ($19) BADgal Lash by Benefit Cosmetics ($19)[/caption]

When I was told by my darling, and intrepidly blogging, daughter that she was going to discuss all that is mascara for this month, I couldn't help but chime in with an entry on my own holy grail product, Benefit’s BADgal Lash Waterproof ($19.00).

Having worn make-up for most of my *ahem* twenty-nine years (don’t start!), I have “road tested” hundreds of mascaras of various brands, formulations, wand-types, and colors only to be bitterly disappointed by most products that have come on the market.

Unlike in the 1970’s and 80’s when the popular go-to mascaras were by Cover Girl and Maybelline, who only had a couple of mascara options between them; today’s market is saturated with designer formulas that promise anything from longer, thicker, and fuller lashes that replicate a fluttery, yet-natural, false-lash effect.  I hate to burst your bubble, but no one mascara contains a “secret” formula that will give you eyelashes that look like you are a naturally gifted contestant on Rupaul’s Drag Race. Neither you nor I will ever look like an actress or supermodel shilling the latest lash explosions mascara with mega collagen gel-mouse (or whatever, you get the drift!).  It isn’t going to happen.


That being said, you and your lashes should not loose hope!  I have found mascara that actually is easy to apply, lasts all day, and looks good. Go figure!

[caption id="attachment_605" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Mommy Jim's Holy Grail mascara! Mommy Jim's Holy Grail mascara![/caption]


Benefit’s BADgal Lash is by far the best mascara that I have ever used. As I have discussed before on this blog, being a woman of a certainly fabulous age means that things have changed over the years. One such change has been thinning, short lashes. Though I have had a lash “growth spurt” since I started using L’Oreal’s Concentrated Lash Boosting Serum ($14.95) a few years ago, I still struggle with lashes that either won’t hold product or makes me look like I have a subdivision of spiders sitting on my eyelids. Yipes!

[caption id="attachment_606" align="aligncenter" width="300"]An unassuming wand belies the awesomeness of the formula and application. An unassuming wand belies the awesomeness of the formula and application.[/caption]


That said BADgal, a present from my darling daughter, is a gift from the make-up gods. BADgal’s traditional fiber bristle wand may, at first glance, seem nondescript, they grip and coat every lash, no matter how paltry they may be.  Also, the mascara itself clings onto my lashes and gives them a naturally volumized and lengthened appearance.  Unlike most mascaras-- high-end and drugstore-- which have a tendency to flake, shift, and settle under my eyes after only a few hours of wear, BADgal has demonstrated remarkable staying power in both bitter cold and scorching heat.

[caption id="attachment_607" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Mommy Jim's BADgal lashes in action! Mommy Jim's BADgal lashes in action![/caption]


I’m currently on my second tube and have been amazed by its performance.  If BADgal wasn’t worth it’s steep price tag, I certainly wouldn’t have shelled out for another tube nor would I be extolling its merits on my daughter’s blog.  Regardless of your age, or particular lash issue, I completely and wholeheartedly recommend this product.  BADgal is a product that I stand behind!


Save your pennies and invest in Benefit’s BADgal Lash--it will be your go-to mascara for years to come!


Until next time…


Mommy Jim

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