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Makeup Monday: e.l.f. Essentials Mechanical Eyelash Curler & Other Beauty Ramblings

The eyelash curler is one of  those makeup tools that either you love or you hate. Often there's a fear of oddly crimped lashes instead of perfectly curled lashes or a fear of yanking out more than your fair share of eyelash fringe. Yes, I have accidentally pulled out a few eyelashes while sneezing with the eyelash curler in hand. Thank goodness the eyelash lost I've experienced has been very slight and usually something an extra coat of mascara will help cover up!

A little bit of lash-ology history on me. I've always been on the side of blonde and pretty fair. My natural hair color has darkened a bit over the years but is still in a realm of a dark ashy blonde. My eyebrows are naturally a shade of dark neutral blonde. Even when my hair has been dyed super blonde, I still filled my brows in and obviously black mascara is my BFF. I'm currently a auburn/brunette of sorts paired with a pixie cut - I turned in my blonde card thanks to my awesome stylist Michele at The Apprentice Salon & Training Clinic. Don't forget to receive 20% your first services with Michele with the RVAfashionista RVA Reader Deal.

So after that trip down memory lane, I'm back to our original discussion regarding lash-ology. I noticed in both of those photos that chances are my lashes aren't curled. Yes, black mascara and black liner are essentials in my makeup wardrobe but the lash curler is often the forgotten tool. I've spent good money on the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler before and it is supposedly the "Holy Grail" of eyelash curlers but didn't consider it as holy grail per se. I've also used the M.A.C. Full Eyelash Cu.rler too and Shiseido "The Makeup" Eyelash Curler too. They're all good but for the price, Shiseido is the only one that sells the replacement pads.

After poking around the beauty clearance section at Target right before Christmas I saw that they had all of their e.l.f. gift sets and stocking stuffers on clearance. The e.l.f. Essentials Mechanical Eyelash Curler was staring me in the face for a whopping 70 cents. In case you aren't familiar with e.l.f. - most of their products retail for a buck except for those in their Studio line. I've been meaning to bite the $3 bullet and purchase the e.l.f. Studio Powder Brush. Ever since I read the review on Makeup and Beauty Blog written by Katie from My Lips But Better, I've been wanting to try that brush out!

e.l.f. Mechanical Eyelash CurlerSee, I warned you there would be other beauty ramblings! But yes, back to the e.l.f. Essentials Mechanical Eyelash Curler... This is quite possibly the best eyelash curler I've found and you can't believe the MSRP of $1! Again, I was lucky enough to find mine off the clearance rack at Target for all of 70 cents. My eyelash curler did include a replacement curling pad but I'm not sure if the version you can buy online from e.l.f. includes one. Either way, for a $1 you won't feel bad if you accidentally lose it or break it. Don't forget to periodically clean your eyelash curler with a cotton swab and some rubbing alcohol to rid of any residue from your eyeliner or eyeshadow. One more thing, please DON'T curl your lashes after your mascara. You could potentially cause major lash loss and you could smudge the rest of your eye makeup from your mascara that hasn't dried yet. I personally like to apply my primer and eyeshadow, curl my lashes, and then apply my liquid liner and mascara. I rarely use a pencil liner except on the lower lashline but if you're more comfortable utilizing a pencil liner, that works too! Remember, makeup is what about works best for you and makes you feel the most comfortable!