Yes, really.  That’s the name of the new natural mascara I’m currently trying out.  It is made by Tarte and sold at Sephora, among other places.  And so far I am impressed with it. 

The other natural mascaras I had tried were no good for me.  The first one, Physician’s Formula Organic Wear, smeared too much.  The second, Almay Pure Blends, had a killer-brush.  Oh…not killer like “way cool,” killer like “will eventually require you to seek medical attention.”  And I didn’t feel like the mascara did my lashes any favors either.

So on Saturday when I was beating myself up for makeup shopping instead of focusing on Dom’s birthday, I found the Tarte line at Sephora.  I bought two items for $50.  I know, I know…it nearly killed me to pay that much.  But I was desperate.

The second item I bought was a disappointing pressed powder, which I wore for three days before determining my skin might burn completely off.  As I mentioned before, I wasn’t in the mood to shop on Saturday, so finding anything that might work with as little effort as possible was high on my priority list.  When I read on the powder box “Formulated without parabens, mineral oil, petrolatum, phthalates, SLS, or synthetic fragrance,” I thought this HAD to be a winner.  I do not know how I managed to NOT read the ingredients it DOES contain…formaldehyde, chemicals I can’t even pronounce, and nylon-12. 

Nylon-12?  What the heck is that???

The first evening that I wore the powder was Dom’s reunion party.  My eyes watered so much that my eye shadow smeared right off.  That should have been a clue, but I really kept thinking I had just gotten something in my eyes.  This goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway…I was not terribly bright on Saturday. 

I continued to wear the powder on Sunday and Monday, and by Monday night my lips hurt so badly that even my best moisturizing gloss couldn’t save them. Plus the skin around my eyes felt like it was on fire.  That’s when I decided to look closer at the ingredient list and read the horrors for which I had spent hard-earned money. 

The upside to this whole crazy story is that Sephora refunded me the $30 for the powder, no questions asked.  So I went next door to DSW and spent the cash on a new pair of shoes.  Heh, heh, heh…yeah, that’s how I roll!  🙂