Bret Michaels Eyelashes

So I’ve accomplished growing my lashes long and full. But they’re blonde and by blonde I mean basically transparent. I’m one of the fortunate toe heads of the world which wonderfully means I don’t need to spend a fortune on salon visits but on the flip side I’ve been drawing on my eyebrows since I was like 12. I even had them tattooed at one point – they faded – it was pretty cool for a few years though. (This might explain some of my life long obsession with eyebrows.)  I always longed to be one of those blondes who had gorgeous dark natural brows.

Ahhhh Kate you have such lovely dark eyebrows.

Ahhhh Kate you have such lovely dark eyebrows.

A while back I had the opportunity to go to seven Bret Michaels concerts in a 2 week period. Yep SEVEN – TWO WEEKS, all VIP, all alone (except for one) & totally sober – Praise The Lord!

Bret & Me

Bret & Me

Prior to one of the concerts I went for eyelash extensions. The first place I went to was a chop shop of extensions that made my eyes water for like two days and they were SOOOO painful. I realized something was wrong (duh – haha) so I went to a new place a few states away to get them fixed. The girls there were Amazing! and I went back a few times for the fills, until it became too difficult to get there in a timely manner due to my work schedule of traveling and I got tired of eyelashes falling out, I actually kinda missed my mascara, and I really wanted to head towards a simpler lifestyle rather than one where I’ve got extensions on my eyeballs.

Lovely Lash Extensions - they were pretty!

Lovely Lash Extensions – they were pretty!

When I got the false lashes off my real eyelashes were ruined! Not because of anything other than a few months of having extensions.  I look like a different person w/o makeup so I knew that going sans mascara for however long it took eyelashes to grow wasn’t gonna cut it.  But I’ve also tried a few of the growth serums in the past that didn’t work a spits worth.  So I knew I was gonna have to get the name brand stuff – but that’s expensive and I’m a bargain shopper.  So I did my research and came up with a site called All Day Chemist.  In a few words – THEY ROCK!  Better customer service than you’ll find in most US call centers AND the price is unbeatable.  Not to mention a bottle that is ‘supposed’ to last a month lasts me like 4 so that’s like a quadruple bonus.

   But now here’s the thing – I can’t find a mascara that’s suited for my long lovely lashes. I get a new favorite that’ll last for one or two tubes worth and then I decide it drys out too fast (possibly made worse by my constant traveling?), or it starts clumping to quickly, or it makes my lashes look scary.

I’ve had several favorites over the past couple years – and I’ve had several that promptly ended up into my ‘I’m just going to put you in this makeup bag and maybe retrieve you later to use again, but really I know you’re going to live here for 11 months till I can throw you away because you went bad and not because I didn’t like you in the first place.’

*First I loved Tarte gifted Amazonian clay smart mascara but it got dry
*Then I loved Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara but it got clumpy
*Next I moved to Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara but it gets kinda thick (however the waterproof is NOT gonna come off ever)
*Recently I’ve been using Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara that was free for my Birthday from Sephora, but after this morning I’ve decided it’s scary looking
*I have my ULTA birthday gift Calvin Klein CK One Color Mascara at home yet to try but really am I supposed to think that I’ll be impressed with a guy’s mascara famous for his underwear ads and ubiquitous 90’s cologne?

So here’s where I’m at now – googling and reading reviews of yet another 10 mascaras. I’m sure three of them will be immediately booted because of the skinny, vibrating, flimsy, *whatever* brushes. But when I find my next favorite I’ll be sure to share what it is!

Has anyone ever used a brown sharpie? Sometimes I wonder if that’d work. . .


As always here are my loved links:

All Day Chemist –  (I’m not a Dr. – don’t take my advice as professional – and order from India [or anywhere] at your own risk.)

All above mentioned mascaras can be purchased directly from the links above or at Sephora and / or ULTA.  Both of these stores offer fantastic frequent shopper clubs that are not only *FREE* but you also get goodies during your birthday month!  All the mascaras I mentioned are also GREAT products that I would still recommend although they’re not currently on my favorites list.

Martha Stewart Meatballs

Here we go. . .

I called Martha Stewart months ago.  I’ve called a few times – not Martha herself but her Editors Hour on Sirius XM.  (I HIGHLY suggest Sirius XM if you’re in the car for more than 47 minutes a day.)

*In fact if you’re one of those people who resolved to waste money on a monthly subscription to something in an attempt to make you feel better about yourself all while not fulfilling the obligation you’ve made in your head resulting in actually feeling worse about yourself Sirius XM is a great place to put your money.  AND in your 47 minutes each day you can listen to 5.73 minutes of uplifting Jesus music,  4.22 minutes of coffeehouse sounds, 12.8 minutes of Dr. Laura teaching you how to be a grown up, 1.3 minutes of the animal psychic lady,  3.9 minutes of your choice of  feminist working moms who date WAY too much, 7 minutes of sports, 6 minutes of 50’s music, and pull into the driveway with your last 6.05 minutes of 80’s rock.  BAM!!!! You just accomplished way more than you did at the gym.  Next up put on some sneakers and run to each office / bathroom / water cooler / break room throughout the day.*

So the first time I called Martha I called to talk about eyebrows with Ramy from Ramy Cosmetics.  Eyebrows have always been my favorite thing on a face dating back to preschool when my best friend had super lush dark eyebrows that any 4 year old would be jealous of.

Then the last time I called it was to speak about a mutual disgust of pumpkin spice everything, and also give a shout out to Dukes Mayo, plus throw around an idea for pumpkin corn relish.  If it appears in Martha Stewart Living it was most likely my idea.

Then there was the Meatball time.  Daniel Holzman & Michael Chernow from The Meatball Shop were on and someone suggested a game of us listeners counting the times they said ‘balls’.  Anyone who has known me for more than 1 flight of stairs can tell you that I count things – 19.  This was like giving me a big ole counting game!!!!! Whoop-DE-DO!!!

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My winning tally mark page / my other ‘look up’ notes for the day.

The guys were so impressed with my skills at the game that they upped the prize from a The Meatball Shop cookbook to a variety of goodies from the Martha Stewart closet. (I had a pic of The Meatball Shop cookbook – but deleted it.  You can check it out here:


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Martha Stewart goodies included: Martha’s new One Pot cookbook – signed. Two red tennis balls from the Martha Stewart pets line, a wooden spoon, measuring cups and measuring spoons, and an adorable oven mitt. Along with a hand scribed post card / thank you note.

*I drive for my job – I’m in marketing and usually I’m in the car for about 7ish hours a day.  This particular day was a seeming long drive where I tend to get a little bored and at the same time have spotty service because I’m in the middle of not-a-populated-area.  In face I dropped the call after the fact and had to call back to ensure I got my goodies, which I did.*

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Me. Driving.

Since it was such a fun phone call I went back out to my car and taped the replay of Martha that evening to share.  Thus Blu July was born.  (Actually Blu July was born lots of years ago as a personal shopping business before people in my hometown knew they needed a personal shopping business.)  So now for all of you to hear and learn the proper way to count things, which is much attributed to my older brothers, here I am winning the Martha Stewart Meatballs game.

You can order Martha Stewarts One Pot cookbook from Amazon here:

Check out Ramy Cosmetics & all his eyebrow knowledge here:

Get your New Year off to a great start with Sirius here:

*Other than the things mentioned, I haven’t received any gifts or money for my opinions of people and products mentioned in this blog.  However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t give me a free month of Sirius or pay my my remaining month at the gym.*