I Like Big Lashes… I Cannot Lie.


Every woman has her “thing.” Mine happens to be brows and lashes.

Big Lashes

The quest for long, beautiful, lush eyelashes was not an easy feat. I have spent money—lots and lots of money—on expensive mascaras that provided minimal results. I’ve sported “spider” lashes, “clown” lashes and “what was the point of putting on mascara” lashes. I may be chased out of town, but Mary Kay, Younique and Benefit have yet to hold a candle to the store-bought mascara that has become one of my daily essentials. 

No need for extensions or fakes here because I have found THE secret to great lashes, and that secret is L’Oreal. I do not work for L’Oreal and this is not a sponsored post. You’ll simply have to believe me when I tell you that I love, love, love, fancy, expensive make-up. But why pay more when $7.99 beats out even the most prestigious brands? (I will say that Clinique “black” beats out the competition in terms of high-definition color and sometimes, I will use a coat just for the rich color.)

I do not wear fake eyelashes. I do not have extensions, and my eyelashes were not some ancestral gift. Quite simply, I have spent a lot of time mastering the art of mascara application.  

I like Big Lashes and I cannot lie…


I use Vaseline as eye make-up remover and put a light coat on my eyelashes and brows at night. (I have read that Jennifer Aniston also does this if I am not proof enough)


  1. I do 5-6 coats of Voluminous Blackest Black mascara on the tips of my eyelashes. Be sure to let each coat dry before applying more mascara.

TIP: Softly push the lashes towards your nose—this makes your eyes appear bigger. 

  1. Once I have coated just the tips to my satisfaction, I use a kohl or gel eyeliner just along the water line of my top lashes. This makes your eyes POP!
  2. I then do about 3 coats of mascara, holding the brush at the base and pushing it up past the tips. Remember to allow each coat to dry.
  3. Finally, I do a coat of waterproof mascara. This step is optional, but I seem to cry everyday so for me it is a necessity. 
  4. Voila! Screw the $30 mascara.

Things to note:

I have tried the really expensive mascaras using this method and they still don’t work as well as the drug store L’Oreal Voluminous.

My lashes are not better than yours. I just spend a few minutes each day to make them look better than yours. 

This is not a sponsored post, but I am open to free mascara for life if any of the executives at L’Oreal want to give me a call.

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After growing up in this city and as a Colorado native, Crystal has a deep love for these mountains, especially 'that mountain' and cherishes our symphonic sunsets. When she is not playing in our purple mountain backyard, teaching high school, taking classes at the University of Denver or happily engaged in the daily banalities, Crystal enjoys any excuse to dress up; She likes to go to the theater, laugh at comedy clubs, and of course, she loves girls’ nights out (regardless if that is with her girlfriends or her daughters.) She listens to old school rap, 90’s music or songs a little too ‘dramatic’ while lifting weights, and country music while cooking/baking. Although the mountains are her home, she is more of a sunshine and water kind of girl; summer is her absolute favorite season. She is the single mama to her two darling daughters. The three of them spend their time engrossed in dance parties, reading one more story and they always find the time to cuddle and laugh about everything and absolutely nothing. She is excited to share glimpses of her life with you. She assures you that by no means is she perfect; she is simply a mother trying to fiercely love her children, her people and her community. Oh, and of course—GO Pioneers, Broncos, Rockies, Avalanche, Nuggets and Sky Sox!