I launched Martinis and Mascara four years ago at a time when I was on a quest to discover how to transform my puny lashes. They had literally fallen out due to stress and I was on a mission to find the best way to bring them back to life. (In case you missed it – the best thing to do is treat them with Latisse, decorate with a killer mascara, and strategically place eyeshadow around the lash line to create the illusion of a full set.)
Over the years I’ve tested and reviewed a TON of products, but it takes a seriously high quality mascara to earn blog placement. It’s in the title after all, so if I’m endorsing a mascara it’s because I truly love it and it has passed the Martinis and Mascara test.
I’m happy to share that Benefit’s mascaras check all of my boxes! (Big thanks to my friends at Benefit for sending me a giant version of one of my favs to help me celebrate Martinis and Mascara’s anniversary in a big way!)
Read on for my ode to my favorite Benefit mascaras and definitely try these babies out if you haven’t yet…
This long-lasting mascara provides bigger, bolder lashes in a variety of shades. I adore the Beyond Blue shade and love to sport it on my bottom lashes in the springtime (or whenever I want a bright pop of color). The specially designed molded rubber brush offers serious control and effortless application, allowing you to coat all of those hard to reach lashes. It’s one of the classics that remain in makeup kit on a regular basis.
This is the perfect smoldering mascara to pair with a smokey eye. The thick black formula a little more flexible than my other two Benefit favs, so it has more of a soft feel. It’s super sexy especially when combined with a blended set of smokey grays and black shadows. Keep this one on deck for your next night out!
Last but certainly not least, Benefit Roller Lash Curling Mascara quickly skyrocketed to the top of my favorites list soon after its release last year. Roller Lash is now is my everyday go-to mascara. It does an incredible job of lifting and curling to really open up the eye and make your peepers pop. The “hook ‘n roll” molded brush separates while the formula coats lashes for up to 12 hours. It is perfection.
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If you follow me on social, you may have noticed Martinis and Mascara has been in the news recently. I’m very proud of this coverage in particular because of the message behind it.
Early last week, I ended up in this Seventeen mag article celebrating Target’s #NoFOMO campaign. This campaign is all about banishing body shame and not being afraid of missing out on life’s awesome activities because of our insecurities. I was immediately sold on the idea when I was first approached to partner with Target on this. I posed in my bathing suit (it’s this one, btw!) in the snow to show girls of all shapes and sizes that they shouldn’t be afraid of showing off their bodies!
The Daily Mail also covered the #NoFOMO campaign, continuing to spread awareness of this awesome trend. I’m thrilled to be part of this movement and I have heard so many positive comments from those who have been inspired to embrace their bodies because of this conversation. I think it’s an important one for women to embrace who they are (inside and out) and not apologize for being a certain size. I’ve embraced who I am – and let me tell you – it feels awesome.
With that, I want to make something very clear. Being pro “curve” or “plus” or “voluptuous” or whatever we want to call it, does not mean that I am anti-thin. (Just like being a feminist does not mean you’re anti-men, it means you believe women deserve equal treatment. No more, no less.)
When I say I’m celebrating all bodies – I mean all bodies. ALL WOMEN should be free to feel comfortable in their own skin and experience life to the fullest without fear of judgement from others. And just because I’m a busty size 12, that doesn’t mean I can’t celebrate my smaller chested skinny friends. Skinny shaming is just as bad as fat shaming. We are all beautiful and we need to lift each other up.
Speaking of which, if you’re in need of a confidence boost, I encourage you to read this recent Huffington Post piece on what real women say gives them confidence. In it, I share some of my tips for keeping my self-esteem levels in check. (Spoiler alert: My strategy involves talking to myself. I promise it works.)
Lastly, on this International Women’s Day, I encourage everyone to take a good long look in the mirror and tell yourself you’re fucking beautiful. Because you are.
In case you missed it, I got to play hair model for Christian Siriano’s NYFW hair test last week! I got an exclusive sneak peek at the look in real time when hair designer Anthony Cole taught the Sebastian Professional Top Artist team how to create this epic look using my hair.
Christian Siriano’s FW’16 collection credits artist Sheila Hicks’ “Art of the Yarn” exhibit as inspiration. The designer became inspired by the different techniques of knitting and weaving in fabrications.
Following Christian’s inspiration, Anthony mirrored his vision with a unique braided look, creating an androgynous style with a touch of softness.
“I wanted the style to emulate Christian’s collection and vision. We added the androgynous feel with the hard part, but kept the look soft using braids. The back is feminine, keeping the softness throughout the style,” Anthony said.
Take an off-centered section starting from half inch to 1 inch past the crown of the head and tuck it away. On the left side, starting from the temple, take a diagonal section all the way from the temple to the nape of the neck and tuck away.
Brush the remaining hair into a side part and put into a temporary ponytail while creating your 2-strand braid at the part and at the temple using Sebastian Eruptek.
Fasten both braids at the bottom, leaving them loose.
Remove temporary ponytail and brush hair, as if you would pony everything together (including the 2 braids). Then take 4-strand sections making a woven 4-strand braid all the way through and fasten at the bottom.
Rub Sebastian Eruptek onto the braid and open it up and achieve explosive texture and expansive volume in the look. Make the braid flat and wide to give it a woven, dry look. Finish with Sebastian Zero-Gravity and over lay Sebastian Shine Shaker for a soft shine.
And here’s the finished look in action on the runway!
I seriously can’t believe it’s been four entire years now since I first launched Martinis and Mascara.
Thank you all so much for reading and following in this journey of mine! I could not do this without my amazing followers and friends, so cheers to all of you reading this who have made this possible for me. I’m raising a glass to you today!
To further commemorate this momentous occasion, I propose a toast with one of my favorite martinis – the Ruby Drop! This shimmering red ‘tini features my fav new liqueur, Viniq. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to kick off the Martinis and Mascara blogiversary celebration.
This Ruby Drop tastes like red berries with a hint of citrus that finishes smooth and makes for a perfect combination after a long day of workin’ it. Or in my case, 4 years of workin’ it. 😉
Won’t you join me in raising a glass? Read on below for details on how to whip up your own!
1.5 oz. Viniq Ruby
1.5 oz. New Amsterdam® Citron Vodka
.75 oz. lemon juice
.5 oz. triple sec
Pour vodka, lemon, and triple sec into a shaker, shake with ice. Strain into a martini glass and enjoy.
This delish cocktail recipe marks the first of many blogiversary posts over the next week, so stay tuned for much more celebrating. In the meantime, cheers!
[This post was sponsored by Viniq, but all opinions are my own.]