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Whiplash Lash Curler – Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I found the perfect eyelash curler for me, it’s called Whiplash. I am so very ahead of myself here, lets start off with some history and a statement from Crave Naturals, the creators of the Whiplash Eyelash Curler.

Here is the short story from Crave Naturals on how Whiplash came to be:

“The founder and CEO of Crave Naturals was looking for the perfect eyelash curler after using so many poorly made, flimsy, hard to hold lash curlers so she tested several designs before she chose the design for Whiplash.”

Mariahs Whiplash curler
My Whiplash Curler

Features of Whiplash Eyelash Curler (quoted from the company):

100% Pinch Free
No more pinches, flinches and goosebumps from curling your lashes. Curling your eyelashes should never been painful.

Ergonomic Handle
Provides for full control and ease of use.

80%Increase in Curl
Lashes will make your eyes pop and stand out.

Closure Latch
perfect for traveling and storage in your favorite makeup bag.

Advanced Top Bar Design
fit all eye shapes and sizes, so no lashes get left behind.

Money Back Guarantee
We are so certain you will love your Whiplash, we offer a Money Back Guarantee If Not Satisfied.

My Eyes and Eyelashes: (singing to myself, “snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes…these are a few of my favorite things… “)

I’ve searched high and low for a great eyelash curler, I have hooded eyelids (heavy lids). As a result of my hooded eyes, I have been searching high and low for solutions for hooded eyes (without surgery.) The solution, for me, is anything that would help bring out my lashes so my eyes would pop.

Luckily for me I have fairly long eyelashes, however they don’t curl on their own and the hooded lids hide them to a certain extent…. my eyelids are so hooded that I had a beautiful Asian dentist once, who I admired her lash extensions on her and while we were talking about the outrageous price to have them done, she told me that “OMG, you have Asian Eyes!”

I’ve tried false eyelashes:

The old fashioned false eyelashes are hard to put on and if you have oily lids like I do you cannot depend on them to stay on at all. Nothing like wearing these strip eyelashes and having one side or another lift off the eyelid, how embarrassing and it’s only funny if you were Lucille Ball.

My Mother told me about the do it yourself false lashes that can stay on for up to 3 weeks, her nurse at the hospital had them on and they were beautiful! (Yes, even this old lady still listens to her Mother.) HOWEVER the small groups of eyelash falsies, have a downfall… you can see the adhesive and you can feel it scratching at your eyelids. They are even more difficult to put on than the old fashioned strip false eyelashes and they work best if you do not use mascara with them as it can dislodge them easily with the mascara wand. and washing off your mascara you are most likely removing the lashes, most all eye makeup removers contain oils and this acts as a solvent, removing the adhesive.

I haven’t tried having my lashes done professionally, as I mentioned above, it’s just so very expensive to have done.

After trying the above and ruling out one alternative, I came to one conclusion:

I had to try and find a eyelash curler that worked for me. And hopefully I would find one that I would actually use more often then the pinchers, that I did have.

My Personal Eyelash Curler Story (from years ago… I won’t say how many. Lol):

When I was a teenager I used my eyelash curler one day while getting ready for school and it pinched my eyelid so terrible that I forgot myself and yanked the curler away fast… the results, I pulled out most of my eyelashes on that eyelid. And for quite a while afterward I had to disguise the fact that I was walking around without eyelashes on that lid. I used eyeliner and stopped wearing my contacts for a while, hoping that no one would notice. Luckily for a teenager with low self esteem, no one ever said anything, though I am willing to bet they noticed. As a result of that experience, I have a fear of doing the same thing myself again. I have been searching for a non pinch eyelash curler ever since.

My Search for the Perfect Lash-curler:

Mariahs old eyelash curlers
My past eyelash curlers (1 to 3 from Left to Right). These are going to the eyelash curler graveyard as we speak.

Before I received my eyelash curler from Crave Naturals, I have had 3 seldom used eyelash curlers in my arsenal.

One eyelash curler was the old fashioned flimsy metal lash curlers that still pinched.

The Second lash-curler was a super small lash (width wise) curler that I could use, as long as I was careful, without pinching but took many many repeats across the eyelashes to get the whole row of lashes curled and this little item was still flimsy.

The third lash-curler was a cheap plastic folding eyelash curler, that was compact enough to travel with, but being made cheaply it could break fairly easily and it also pinches the eyelid.

Mariahs Whiplash curler and box
Isn’t this box simply wonderful. I say it’s as wonderful as the curler it self! LOVE IT!

Finally I found the perfect eyelash lash-curler:

When I received the Whiplash Lash Curler I was skeptical since I had searched, for a majority of my life, for the perfect eyelash curler, but I was more than happy to try!

The box with my Eyelash Curler in it is so cute with it’s Graphic Novel or Comic Strip looking Woman on the label, I have even kept the box and will probably display the box on a shelf with the extra rubbers in it. No, no no, not that kind of rubbers, but the kind that are used in the eyelash curler. Speaking of the rubber inserts for the curler, this beautiful eyelash curler comes with 5 extra replacement pads for this beauty! The most I had ever gotten was one with my eyelash curlers, if I got any.

I have to say I was tickled as pink as the rubber pads and handle on this beauty, knowing that it came with 5 additional rubber pads… I do think that I may squeezed too hard on the curler as I had one of the pads actually break (after several very successful uses previous).  Upon changing the rubber on this curler, I discovered that these pretty pink pads feel less cushy than the ones that were on my other lash curlers. Interestingly enough each of these little pads already comes indented in the middle where the metal curler meets up with the pad. Perhaps his indentation along with the fact that the rubber is less pliable than on other curlers was partly the cause of the breakage? I’ve been more careful ever since this happened and I haven’t had another one break on me yet.

The area you insert your fingers into is the most comfortable fit & comfortable to squeeze as compared to all other lash curlers I’ve ever tried.

Their claim that your lashes will last curled up for a long long time, is without a doubt true for me. In the past I’ve had to use my blow dryer or extra extra carefully, us my curling iron to heat up the curler (without the curling iron touching the rubber pad) to get a good curl, with this lash curler I get that extra long lasting curl without the fuss.

And most importantly I can use this curler without worries of pinching my lids, and now I have a curler that I use much more often than any other one I’ve owned.

Before I forget, for those ladies that are new to using an eyelash curler:

the best way to use them is not just once on your lashes. Start at the base of your lashes, hold for a few seconds, then go up further on the lashes and repeat, you will have better results as you then have added a nice curl throughout the lash instead of just at one portion of you lashes. 🙂

OH and hey… This Eyelash Curler is a real beauty don’t you think? What girl couldn’t resist that?

Do you have any interesting stories about using eyelash curlers? If so, please comment below, I always love to hear what you, my beauties, have to say. 🙂

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Julep Maven Monthly Box Review & Get One Box Free!

Julep Maven Freebie & Monthly Beauty Boxes Review.

To the guys reading this:  I thought that these Monthly boxes would be a great Valentines Day Gift for your sweetheart!

Hi all, I finally couldn’t resist the unique bottles of Nail Polish any longer and so I decided it was time to check out Julep’s Website online. So when I looked at Julep, I discovered the monthly Julep Maven subscription. And after reading all the information on the plan, I  decided to become a Julep Maven. This is a 3 page review of products I purchased and explanation of the Julep Maven Program, for you.

Julep Maven Subscription - first box free
Click the picture to get your Free Box as a Julep Maven

What is Julep Maven Membership all about here is information straight from Julep:

Julep Beauty’s Maven subscription box is more than just first access to the latest in beauty innovation delivered to your doorstep every month. Take a look at all the beautiful benefits you get when you become a Maven:

  • Get your Maven starter box for FREE (regularly $19.99) with the code FREEBOX
  • Get $40 of our 4-free nail polish and beauty products for just $20 and customized to your style
  • Get 20% off all regular priced items and free shipping
  • Early access to the newest Julep collection on the 20th of each month
  • Exclusive access to the Secret Store and first dibs on Mystery Boxes

So, what are you waiting for? Take the Style Quiz and get your first Maven box for FREE! Don’t forget to use FREEBOX at checkout. (Note, you will have to pay shipping on the intro box and you can cancel at any time!)


In December I signed up for Julep Maven Membership, I received my first box for free, I just paid for Shipping, which was just under $4.00! I was surprised at how fast I received my box and the full sized products contained in it… plus the surprise addition of a couple of samples to try.  The box contained so much that I was shocked, it must have contained about $60 worth of polishes, skin care and makeup.

One of the full sized products in my first box was called Blank Canvas (Mattifying Face Primer.) To tell you the truth, I worried about a Mattifying product being used on the dry areas of my combination skin. I honestly thought it was a bad choice to send to me, that is until I tried it! I couldn’t believe how my 50 year old skin got smoothed and how great my moisturizing Foundation when on so smoothly and stayed on for once, instead of soaking into my skin or accumulating in the wrinkles! I think that Blank Canvas Primer is a, wonderful product and it’s not just for those with Oily or Normal skin, it works on my combination skin… even my dry skin handles it well too! Nice to try something that I would have never even considered buying before, I love it when there is a pleasant surprise like this was!


December 2013 Julep Maven Box Full of Goodies
Click this to see the full sized image of my December Julep Maven Box.

The Kajal eye pencil that I received is call Kajal Eye Glider and it is correctly named. This two sided pencil (brown and black) goes on so smoothly it doesn’t pull at the eye. And being that it’s a Kajal it’s perfect for the waterline!

I also received Rock Star Hand Creme, this hand creme applied after washing hands, a bath or shower, really moisturizes and locked in the moisture. I love how it makes my hands look too, it makes those small wrinkles smooth out… I highly recommend applying it, like any  moisturizer to still slightly damp skin so the moisture and plumping from the water is locked in.

So that this post loads quicker, with all the large clickable pictures I have for this review, I have split this post into several pages. To see more CLICK HERE go to the next page. 🙂

Beauty Box Freebie

Beauty box freebie for you…. nail polish and more beauty related (skin care etc). Click on the picture (below, after clicking “continue reading”) to take advantage of this freebie. I just used this myself, and I cannot wait to review the beauty box I receive as a result. Please note that I did have to pay $4 ($3.99 actually) for shipping… not bad for something that is valued at $40!!!! 🙂



Julep Maven Subscription - first box free

Okay so I have an Addiction to Cosmetics… nail polish LOVE!


Hi folks, I must have a bigger collection of nail polish than I do of makeup, hard to believe but there are so many beautiful colors out there and I can’t help myself! I found these colors tonight and wanted to show them to you.

My latest finds are from Zoya … I think you all will agree these are the the most beautiful colors… okay so they have so many colors it’s hard to find a favorite. Anyway I fell in love with two colors that hadn’t gotten my attention before. Check out these two pictures (each picture now links to that colors page, thank you to a friend for the request):

Zoya Polish in the color Rocky on fingernails and in bottle. A heavenly blue color
The Color “Rocky” by Zoya, heavenly Blue!
Nail Polish in Color Bobbie from Zoya a beautiful Deep Pink on nails and in the bottle.
Zoya Nail Polish in Color Bobbie

Lex Arcoiris (glitter) Nail Polish – Review and Giveaway

Bling those Holiday Fingernails with Arcoiris (Glitter Nail Polish) from Lex!

Lex Cosmetics LogoHi all, I have had the pleasure of playing with some fantastic nail polish from Lex, Lex Arcoiris. The Arcoiris which is a fun, glitter filled polish. I feel this polish is fantastic for the upcoming Holidays, let those nails celebrate!

Look at those Lex polish bottles, I love love love the decorative tops on these bottles!

Lex bottles, how very lovelyAnd know that your health is as safe as can be with Lex polishes, why? If you haven’t read my nail polish reviews previously, I will tell you some about what I call The Terrible Triplets: these are dangerous, toxic and cancer causing ingredients: Formaldehyde, DBP and Toluene were once very popular ingredients in nail polish… more and more cosmetic companies are struggling to formulate safer nail polish. Some out there still don’t have the formula quite right, but others like Lex have been very successful in their formulation. All polishes by Lex Cosmetics are free of these dangerous toxins, so rest assured you aren’t harming your health with the use of their products.

Why are some nail polishes more successful than others in my mind?

I look for longevity of the polish on your nails, wearability, chip & crack resistance as well as length of drying time and application. With these attributes in mind, Lex has passed the test for me. I type daily and the polish lasted through my wear and tear on my nails, they didn’t chip, crack or fade in days of wear. Some glitter did let loose, but as far as glitter polish goes this is not a concern as inevitably you will lose a couple of bits here and there especially prior to top coats of clear polish.

Lex has the most “glitterific” polish I’ve ever run across! This nail polish is so thick with glitter that you must pat it on, I found it a lot of fun playing with different design ideas!

french manicure in drk blue with glitter tipsSpeaking of glitter, I do find that any glitter polish can be sharp. I’ve had some glitter polishes that during removal have put scratches on my skin around the nail bed causing irritation and small abrasions in the skin. I’d like to also warn contact lens wearers to be careful with glitter polish, I used to wear contacts and I found the glitter polishes out there hard on the lenses, no matter what you do, even after careful followup with top coats, it can have a few glitters that catch on things and even scratch lenses while you handle the lenses. If you are a contact lens wearer perhaps you can try wearing some sterile medical like gloves to handle your lenses while wearing Glitter polish, just a thought, I won’t guarantee it would work, but that maybe worth a try. Otherwise, I would say either forgo the glitter polish or place on your contacts then do your nails, taking off the polish carefully before handling your lenses again.

If you know me, you know I am a former Cosmetologist, loving anything to do with Skin, Hair and Nails… and I just love anything sparkly. Joan knows this too well about me as she asked the representative of Lex Cosmetics send me this lovely polish. And nothing says Holidays to me  like sparkle on the fingernails for the holidays. In the 80’s and 90’s I would paint my fingernails red and attach a stripe or 2 of metallic gold to the surface of my nails. As the world of nail polish has evolved into easier and a larger variety of adornments for your fingernails, so I evolved to start using easier products to get the fun celebration on my nails. In the past I have used, little gems, stars etc on my nails, the only problem is how many coats of clear polish it took to seal in these adornments so they would stay put, not catch on clothing, falling off or sharp edges exposed on the nails etc. After my application of Lex Arcoiris, I did have some catching, I needed to file the edge of my nails, after applying the polish, I filed to get some that hung at the edges off and I then followed up with 2 coats of good top coat and that helped a lot.

nail polishes on top, which are used as background colors for lex's glitter polish called Arcoiris over top. Thumb nail is done with only Lex Arcoiris.My favorite looks with this polish? the color of a bright pink, red, metallic green, metallic bronze and a deep blue as total base coverage with glitter polish over top, was fantastic. The polish by it self is fantastic over a nude nail too. The top most look for me was placing the product as a french tip on the dark blue all over the nail.


closeup number 1 of different color backgrounds with lex over top closeup number 2 of different color backgrounds with lex over top

For my experiments I used a small flower shaped punch and a small star shaped punch on some tape (I placed on a backing from some old self adhering stamps so as not to plug up my little punches with tape). This did not work, I failed to realize that the polish glitter was so heavy that the design, once the tape was pulled off was going to be distorted. However for future reference this makes a great stencil for regular nail polish to place a design on your nails… you can always try add the glitter over such a design with a Stylus (found in art supply stores not to far from the brushes and palette knives.)

Next I tried to free hand the french tip, but the glitter is so very thick that while dabbing I found I had a thick french tip and difficult to control the application area. So this is what worked for me:

thumbnail with blue polish and lex on french tip as accomplished by my french manicure techniqueInstructions for Mariah’s Lex Arcoiris Glittering French Tips.

You will need:

an old plastic lid or a coated paper or disposable plastic plate


rectangle makeup spongea sponge makeup applicator – you can use makeup wedges, or the squares/rectangles (the squares/rectangles aren’t so great for makeup application and I mistakenly picked up a bunch years ago, so not to let them go to waste this is what I used). I recommend getting the non latex type for those who have allergies.

Some Tape* – I have used both painters tape (as it’s not to sticky) -OR- Use some pre-made french manicure (rounded) sticky strips (I think I found some of these pre-made “cheats” at Sally’s Beauty years back)

*If you are using tape, you will need:

*a pair of scissors to cut the tape into a curve that will match your nail edge for the french tip look.

*a pencil or pen– to trace a curve onto the tape

For cleaning up edges of nail and cuticle (polish on them) you will need:

cleanup cuticles and edges suppliescotton ball

nail polish remover

orangewood stick (found at beauty supply stores, usually in bulk, so share with friends)

Start off with a fresh manicure, using a basecoat and then the color of your choice over the whole nail (or just basecoat if you choose to have the nude nail look with the glittery french tip).

If you’ve oops-bood (made a mistake) and get polish on your skin, it is time for clean up.

to clean up, take your orangewood stick, dip in nail polish remover (helps it stick)

take a very tiny amount of cotton off the cotton ball and stretch the cotton and twirl around end of orangewood stick. You don’t want that too thick with cotton and it can take some practice.

orangewood stick set up for cleaning up edges around the outside of the naildip your cotton tipped orangewood stick in nail polish remover and carefully remove the excess polish off the areas of skin around the nail, being careful not to get the cotton on the nail and removing polish there.


picture showing my removing cotton from orangewood stickWhen you need to change the cotton, just curl you paper towel around your cotton end of the orangewood stick, pinch and pull to get the cotton off.

Wait for your polish to be good an dry now.

preparing painters tape for my french manicure trick with thick glitter polish like Lex Arcoiris*This is for those making their own french tip stencils, peel off some tape, you can use the base of a round nail polish bottom to trace out your curve for your nails. then cut out the shape and place on your plastic lid, so it’s easily removed when needed. Some companies have ready-made french manicure like guides in adhesives, you may also use the outer edge of the punched paper hole stabilizers (the little doughnut shaped adhesive shapes that you would put over loose-leaf paper that goes into a binder).


Cut painters tape for my french manicure stencil

Tape on fingernail to prepare for french manicureWhen you are ready place strip(s) of your french tip stencil (curved tape) to the tips of your nails, leaving part of the nail exposed at the tip where you want the french tip to be.


picture of lex glitter polish called ArcoirisIt’s now time to dab out a little nail polish onto your plastic lid or plate, being ready to use you applicator right away so it doesn’t dry. You may need to dab on a little for each nail at a time from the polish so you don’t waste much.

Taking your makeup sponge dab it into your nail polish that is on the plate, I found using the edge of the square/rectangle makeup sponges works the best for controlling where the polish goes and not going past your stencil (especially the pre-made store-bought ones that are very narrow).

Take off the stencil carefully before your newly applied french tips dry, if you wait too long you may have problems removing the strip.

Once your nails are dry, follow up with a top coat or two and you are ready to show off your lovely new blinged out nails to the world!french manicure in dark blue with glitter tips

closeup of Lex on blue polish in my french nail technique If you have any questions please do ask and I will try my best to answer you. 🙂

You can not only look beautiful on the outside, but feel just is beautiful inside knowing you are helping others out with your purchases at Lex Cosmetics as a percentage of all their proceeds go to some very worthy Charities! So please check them out and consider making a purchase, and you will glow with inner and outer beauty my friends! 🙂

Disclaimer:  Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, Lex Cosmetics provided me with a free sample of this product to test. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. . All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Lex Cosmetics and me.

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