Trend to try: mascara stacking

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Happy Monday, everyone!

I hope your week is off to a wonderful start and you feel well-rested and energized to tackle another week. Unfortunately I only got 4 hours of sleep last night, so mascara was a complete necessity for me today in efforts to make me appear awake on the outside despite the fact that I am dead on the inside. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed was never my forte - anyone else with me?

I know I'm a bit late to the party in today's topic, but I find it so interesting that I feel it must be discussed. Within the past six months or so I've really seen a boom in the trend of mascara stacking. What is mascara stacking, you may ask? It's applying multiple layers of mascara with a layer of fibers between each layer. This is supposed to really amp up the drama of your lashes and give them a falsies effect without the hassle of applying glue and risking your entire lash hanging by a thread after a night where you indulged in a few too many cocktails. 

I was intrigued by this trend from the start because my eyelashes are really terrible. My lashes can be summed up in the 3 S's: short, straight and sparse. While I am a huge fan of falsies, it's kind of a pain to apply them when the only meaningful things I'm doing with my day are attending lecture and doing homework. However, that doesn't mean I don't want powerful, boom-in-your-face, thick and sensual lashes on the daily. For that reason, the idea of mascara stacking appealed to me greatly.

Over the summer, Nyx Cosmetics debuted their newest mascara line geared toward the mascara stacking trend. I signed up for a promotion they were holding where you could try their new mascara for free expecting to receive a small sample size to test out. But to my surprise, I received a full sized set of their mascara base and fibers! You can purchase this mascara set from Ulta for $14 which is still a steal compared to the price range of high-end mascaras. Since I received a full sized set for free my natural inclination was to believe it must suck - after all, why would they ship out that much free product to so many people? Much to my surprise, this mascara is nothing short of amazing.

The steps to applying this mascara are really quite simple: 1. apply base coat of mascara in the black tube, 2. apply coat of nylon fibers from the white tube on your lashes from root to tip while your lashes are still wet, 3. apply a final coat of mascara from the black tube to your lashes to seal the fibers in place. I like this set because the instructions are completely fool-proof. I've seen some mascara stacking sets that come with like 5 different tubes and that is far too much for early morning, sleep-deprived Haley to deal with. Additionally, I really love the fibers that Nyx includes in this set. I've read reviews of poor experiences with the fibers from other brands from people who wear contact lenses. As a blind bat myself, I feared that I would struggle with the fibers as I have really sensitive eyes and it seems that everything on the planet seems to get trapped on my contacts. However, I had absolutely no issue with Nyx's fibers. I've never experienced them falling into my eyeballs if I accidentally blink between coats. Once these babies are stuck to your lashes, they ain't budging.

The first coat of this mascara lengthens and separates my lashes like a dream, and the nylon fibers work to fill in any gaps I have in my lashes to really bulk them up. I even like to use the mascara in the black tube on its own when I'm having a more natural makeup day. The fibers also work greater with other brands/types of mascara. My eyelashes usually make me feel insanely self-conscious, to the point where I was considering getting lash extensions or stocking up on falsies to apply every day. However, this mascara stacking duo has really allowed me to push those options to the way-side and has given me hope for my natural-born lashes. 

Overall, I'd say the mascara stacking trend is a big winner for me. If you're looking to get a little more va-va-voom out of your lashes, make sure to try this trend asap!