Trivial Pleasures and Triumphs – Or how to buy the BEST mascara CHEAPER

Ah, the small victories in life are often the sweetest, aren’t they? You know, like beating your husband on Words With Friends, getting your children to eat broccoli without sneakily dumping it in the bathroom rubbish bin and finding that perfect parking spot at Chadstone in the middle of the Christmas shopping rush…

I had one last week but could only share it with you today when the package finally arrived. I needed physical proof it was actually going to happen. And YES, here it is!!

My delivery today from Strawberry Net

My delivery today from Strawberry Net

Now, don’t get me wrong – it’s not that I’d ordered some cosmetics on-line and they arrived safely that’s the cause for celebration – although that’s always a good thing. It’s the fact that I was actually ABLE to order KEVYN AUCOIN MASCARA on-line for delivery to Australia, for the FIRST time – THAT’S the reason I’m high-fiving myself.

I’m not a big fan of spending huge amounts of cash on make-up. I love wearing the stuff, but I’m slightly resentful of the fact that it puts women behind the eight ball financially compared with blokes in a big way. Again, not blaming anyone, and it’s our own choice to wear the stuff, but some of the prices charged are ridiculous.

(But I digress – I’m not here to discuss feminist issues right now, so I’ll get back to the point.)

The point is the BEST MASCARA EVER is definitely Kevyn Aucoin’s version. If you want proof, check out the blog I wrote on Boxing Day, with added tips about how to get the LONGEST eyelashes.  ( It’s at http://wp.me/p29YsS-rf )

Up till now, the only place to buy Kevyn Aucoin mascara in Australia has been from Mecca Cosmetics. That’s a lovely store with some great products, but quite frankly, if you’ve travelled abroad, you’ll know that we pay through the nose for their wares compared with our overseas sisters. If I buy  Kevyn Aucoin mascara overseas, it’s about $25 US. Here, it costs $45.

I’ve tried many, many times in the past FIVE YEARS to purchase it on-line. I’d spend AGES filling in data and waiting to join a particular site, then source the product, order it, and sometimes even pay for it, before a BIG RED SIGN appeared on the screen, saying this particular item was BANNED from shipments to Australia. In other words, Mecca had a moratorium on the brand. A very peeving set of circumstances and a situation that repeated itself on many occasions.

Strawberry Net

Strawberry Net

BUT, last week, I hopped on to StrawberryNet.com to order my favourite FOUNDATION which is the Guerlain ‘Lingerie de Peau’ – colour Number 3 – and I thought, ‘I’ll just give that mascara one more go.’ So I typed in the order details and it came up as being for sale at $27. I pushed the right buttons and PRESTO, it was processed. I held my breath, waiting to see if I’d receive an email saying there’d been a mistake. Nope. Nothing.

 

And then today, my package arrived – proving you CAN now buy Kevyn Aucoin mascara on-line. YIPPEE!!!

Kevyn Aucoin Mascara

Kevyn Aucoin Mascara

Yes, it’s a small victory, but bloody satisfying. Now, if only I can get the kids to eat their veggies…

 

 

How to get the Longest Eyelashes

 

My new I-Pad

My new I-Pad

I was going to post this yesterday, as my Christmas gift to you, but then realised most of you would miss it, due to the fact that you’d be too busy celebrating. Far better to post it today when most of us are lazing around watching the Boxing Day cricket or reading in the sun. Or playing games on your I-phone or I-pad, and a big thank you to Fletch for my fancy new I-Pad for Christmas! This means I’ll be able to Blog more effectively with such a nifty, portable device.

 

Now back to the bit about me giving something to you – and this really is more of a girly thing – although that’s not to say men don’t want long eyelashes too, because let’s face it, the longer the lashes, the better the frame for any eyes – male or female. This is my secret tip on how to make your lashes grow longer, and if you look at the before and after photos of my lashes, you’ll see proof it really does work.

There is a small problem in that I have no medical authority to pass on this information, so please check with your doctor before taking up this advice.

I first learnt about Careprost when I was working as an MC at a charity function last year and was seated next to the keynote speaker – a young doctor who was speaking about the prevention of stroke. Not only was she smart and very attractive, I couldn’t help but stare at her eyelashes. Long, thick and dark – I could only assume she’d had extensions. Over lunch we struck up a conversation and, trying to be tactful, I asked what mascara she used. She told me the secret wasn’t her mascara, but a treatment she used nightly.

She’d been given the tip from another female doctor who, while researching glaucoma treatments, discovered a wonderful side effect of the eye-drops they were testing, was that all their patients had developed amazingly long lashes.

The product is called Careprost and can be ordered from an Indian on-line pharmacy called All Day Chemist. (www.alldaychemist.com) It costs only $11.00 and I’d recommend when first ordering, to spend the extra ONE DOLLAR buying the application brush as well. As the product is so cheap and postage isn’t, I’d also recommend buying there or four bottles at a time. The bottles are also quite small so it’s worth buying a couple at least.

3 Careprost

Careprost

Check out these before and after photos of my eyelashes as proof of the improvement.

Tom and me, more than 10 years ago

Tom and me, more than 10 years ago

This photo was taken when Tom was just a toddler and he’s now fifteen. So you would expect more than ten years ago, my lashes would have been a little bit fuller and longer than they are today.

Close-up of my lashes

Close-up of my lashes

 

 

 

 

Without make-up and mascara today

Without make-up and mascara today

 

Now here’s a shot of my lashes today – even without mascara.

 

 

With mascara today

With mascara today

 

 

With mascara, it almost looks like I’ve glued on falsies – but I haven’t.

 

 

Use Careprost nightly

Use Careprost nightly

 

It’s just a case of dipping the brush into the tiny bottle each night, and wiping the fluid along the lash line.

 

 

Applying Careprost

Applying Careprost

 

Some say you shouldn’t brush the liquid UNDER the eye, as it may cause irritation, but I do the bottom lashes as well and haven’t experienced any problems.

Overall, it will probably take a couple of months to see a difference, but it’s worth it.

 

 

I tried having eyelash extensions once and found it not only expensive, but the tendrils drop off pretty quickly – not to mention the sheer horror of having to lie still for more than an hour to have them applied. THAT drove me crazy.

There’s one more thing. I do believe the mascara I use is one of the best on the market and also contributes to the appearance of longer lashes.

mascara

Kevyn Aucoin mascara

Kevyn Aucoin mascara. It’s produced under the Kevyn Aucoin make-up line – Kevyn being a formally famous Hollywood make-up artist, renowned for his brilliance. It’s a bit more pricey here than overseas, but it’s practically impossible to buy it on-line, as Mecca have the sole rights to importing it into Australia. Which means you can only buy it at Mecca and it’s about $35.

Oh yes, and I’m also rather fond of the Kevyn Aucoin marketing strategy which spins a good philosophy.

Kevyn Aucoin advertisement

Kevyn Aucoin advertisement

So there you have it guys – my Christmas gift to you – the secret to longer lashes! Long may yours grow.