FOTD: Summer’s Last Gasp

It’s officially Autumn, but don’t tell that to Mother Nature. We hit 90+ in some places here in Southern California. So I joined the weather, defined the calendar, and went for a decidedly summer look.


Armani Face Primer

Armani Maestro Fusion (#10)

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (Ginger)

Armani Blush (#10)



Armani Summer Palette:

Shimmer Peach on lids

Shimmer Brown through crease

Shimmer Champagne on inner corner

Guerlain Kohl in Brun Dore on waterline

Hourglass Film Noir Mascara


Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick in Peony

Lashing Out: Hourglass Film Noir Mascara

Falling in love with a new mascara is always a challenge for me. I’m a bit of a mascara snob, and demand a lot of performance from this product. Sometimes, I admit, my demands are a bit unreasonable. But it’s my thing… so, yeah.

When Hourglass Film Noir Mascara was recommended to me, I wasn’t very excited. I think the brand is decent… but with the exception of the primer, nothing  has really made me shout from the rooftops. And given my history with mascara, I wasn’t so sure this one would live up to my expectations.

I was wrong.

The first thing I fell in love with was the size of the brush. It’s long and thin, but still holds an ample amount of product. I’ve outgrown the large brushes with tons of product on them. I now prefer a thinner brush, because I can be very precise about placement.

Out of habit, I took a whiff of the formula. It’s not entirely unpleasant, although it doesn’t hold a candle to the rose scented wonders of Armani and YSL. It’s just my thing. I like for products to smell good, but not overly perfumey. It’s a thin line, and more companies cross it more often than not.

Now, here’s why I love it. See how my lashes look like my LASHES, and not like they’re coated in mascara? Love that! Half of those lashes aren’t even mine… they ‘created’ by the mascara. It lengthens and slightly thickens without making it look like you’ve gooped on a ton of mascara to get the job done.

And, if that’s not good enough, your lashes don’t dry crunchy. I tested it by wearing it all day, then layering another coat on top at the end of the day. Worked like a charm. MOST mascaras can’t boast this function. And although it’s not waterproof (and not entirely smudgeproof, despite company claims), it does resist regular oil production during daily wear.

Overall, I’m a fan. I can wear this mascara with nothing else on my face, and not look like I’m wearing mascara. But it’s not as Basic, as say, Shu Uemura (Mascara Basic) which used to be my former ‘go to’ bare-faced mascara. You still get a good boost of length and thickness.

You can find out more about Hourglass Film Noir Mascara HERE.

*pr sample