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Tunes Update: What I’m Listening to…

Miike Snow

I’m always in the mood to hear Miike Snow. Lush Swedish electronic pop…need I say more? See the (strange) video for one of my favorite songs, Black & Blue, here.

Ellie Goulding

I was late to the game on this one, but I’m loving her! Ellie Goulding has such a pretty, hollow voice, and I love how she manipulates it. Her singing style reminds me of Björk…she enunciates in a way that’s cute and foreign (although she’s just British). See her video for Lights here.

Bright Eyes

I’m so excited to see Bright Eyes at Austin City Limits this week! Their newest album, The People’s Key, is refreshingly similar to Lifted. I love that they still sound like the same band (and the same Connor) after so many years (with a few updates, of course). See the video for my fave song on the album, Shell Games, here.

Empire of the Sun

Ridiculous album art, right? I crack up every time I see it. But I really love Empire of the Sun’s electro-pop sound. I’m still undecided on some of the songs on the album, but the good outweigh the bad. I’m also excited to see how they will be live at Austin City Limits. See the totally ridiculous video for Walking on a Dream here, and be prepared to laugh. 🙂

Passion Pit

It’s impossible to stay in a bad mood when Passion Pit is playing. So funky and fun! See the very cool video for Sleepyhead here.

I’d love your input! What else should I be listening to?

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Three New Mascaras…

I’ve been comparing three new mascaras and thought it would be great to see the results of each, side by side. The mascaras are: Benefit’s They’re Real, Buxom’s Amplified Lash, and Urban Decay’s Lush Lash.

Here are the brushes:

Benefit, $22:

Buxom, $22:

Urban Decay, $20:

They’re similar in that all have brushes with comb bristles. Benefit’s bristles cover the tip of the brush. Buxom’s brush expands and detracts. And Urban Decay’s has a curvy, hourglass shape.

So the real question is, how do these mascaras perform? I’ll break it down coat by coat…

Benefit’s They’re Real:

One coat

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Two coats…

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Three coats…

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Overall great mascara. I like the 360 degree effect given by the unique brush and tip, but I feel like the third coat gets a little spidery. (I guess I could just stop at the second coat, but what’s the fun in that?!) This might be avoided if I applied all three coats back-to-back with no wait time in between.

Buxom’s Amplified Lash:

One coat (in expanded position)…

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Two coats (in compact position)…

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Three coats (in compact position)…

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I am a little torn about this mascara. On the one hand, I love that it’s ultra-black and dramatic. But on the other hand, it takes a really long time to dry (so even the tips of my bangs turn black and goopy), and the lashes stay flexible and bendy (as in, stick together easily) long after applying. Also, it doesn’t separate as well as I’d expect. I didn’t comb out my lashes with any of the mascaras because ideally, you shouldn’t have to comb them. And one more thing…I totally disagree with the product description for this mascara, which says that the expanded position will produce more volume and the compact position will produce more definition. With this product, it’s exactly the opposite. The expanded position will give more length and separation, while the compact position will add more thickness (product) and volume.

Urban Decay’s Lush Lash:

One coat…

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Two coats…

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Three coats…

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Lush Lash is the winner in my book. Look at how beautifully fanned out the lashes are. It’s super black and buildable without getting clumpy or spidery. I’ve also worn this on my bottom lashes and had surprisingly great results. Little-to-no smudging! And at $20, Lush Lash happens to be two dollars cheaper than the others…a huge plus.

To sum up, here are the final results:

They’re Real: (purchase here)

Benefit's They're Real --- copyright samantha daffodil

Amplified Lash: (purchase here)

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 Lush Lash: (purchase here)

Urban Decay's Lush Lash --- copyright samantha daffodil

Winner! What do you think? You can buy all three at Sephora.com.

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