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National Lash Day 2021
National Lash Day is Februray 19th. While it may be a made-up holiday in the makeup community, now more than ever, our lashes truly deserve the spotlight. As of right now, wearing a face mask is still essential due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means most of us are forgoing our makeup in public, with only our eyes to showcase to the world. So for National Lash Day 2021 (and the foreseeable future), I wanted to share some of my favorite lash products that have made an impact on my everyday eye look.
A Note on Sustainability
Let’s face it- empty mascara packaging isn’t really sustainable. They’re near impossible to refashion as a whole, are not refillable, and are not typically recyclable either. However, there are ways in which you can put your empty packaging to good use. In order to get the most out of your wands and tubes, here’s a quick list of ways you can reuse them:
1.) Donate your wands to the nonprofit organization wands for wildlife. This wildlife organization reuses old mascara wands that would likely end up in landfills to remove harmful larvae and fly eggs from the fur of animals entering rehabilitation.
2.) Spray some (non-aerosol) cruelty-free hairspray onto the wand to tame flyaways. For an eco-friendly non-aerosol hairspray, I recommend using Pacifica’s Vegan Collagen Hairspray. Want to lay down your ends? Brush a little cruelty-free pomade where you need it. My favorite is the Verb Sculpting Clay.
3.) Clean around small hard to reach areas, such as the corners and edges of your faucets.
Be sure to check back soon for a comprehensive guide on how to sustainably reuse empty mascara packaging! Without further ado, let’s get started.
Stellar Gaze Mascara
I’d like to kick off this National Lash Day 2021 celebration by sharing my most recent lash discovery: the Stellar Gaze Mascara by Pacifica. This mascara has been my everyday go-to lately because of its clean ingredients and high performance. Ingredients include rice protein (a natural source of Vitamin E) Vitamin B, & Coconut Oil. Its smooth creamy formula applies beautifully and is surprisingly buildable, a true rarity in mascaras.
Limitless Lash Mascara
For me, the Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara seems to check off nearly all of the boxes when it comes to an ideal mascara. It lengthens & curls my lashes in just a single coat. It’s no wonder that this mascara won numerous awards between Allure and Glamour. If you’re looking for most oomph for eyes, then the Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara needs to be in your cart right now. The only downfall? A rather long list of ingredients.
The Big Clean Mascara
I love big fluffy lashes. So naturally, when I am looking for extra volume, The Big Clean Mascara by Kosas is the ticket. It contains conditioning Castor Oil, Provitamin B5, & Biotinyl Tripeptide-1. These key ingredients promote growth and prevent lash breakage that often results from using mascara. This mascara also won a Refinery29 Beauty Innovator Award in 2020.
GrandeDRAMA Intense Thickening Mascara
If you want thicker lashes, say hello to this thickening mascara from Grande Cosmetics. Not intended for a natural eye look, this mascara will instantly give your lashes a thicker and fuller appearance. It’s flake proof and buildable. The formula is also not clumpy and applies like a dream. Couple this with their Lash Fix-It Kit and you’ll have the most gorgeous lashes for National Lash Day 2021.
12 Hour Mascara + Primer Duo
This 12 hour mascara and primer from PYT is a product I regularly reach for, largely in part for not only its longevity but for its über clean ingredient list. PYT cosmetics is centered around a philosophy of clean, simple, and multi-use products. The mascara primer preps your lashes for the long day ahead, and also can set your brows in place as a clear brow gel too.
Great mascara isn’t the only product worth celebrating on National Lash Day. Like having a good skincare routine will make your makeup appear more flawless, good eyelash care will allow your mascara to perform even better. Here are some lash serum products that are sure to give you healthy, full eyelashes.
Gro+ Advanced Lash Serum
Vegamour recently entered my radar through numerous online ads that began surfacing on social media. Their products intrigued me, and then I stumbled across their Gro+ Advanced Lash Serum. Formulated with full-spectrum CBD, it guarantees full lush lashes in 3 months or your money back. Vegamour also sells another 4.5 star lash serum as well.
Lash Fix-It Kit
The Lash Fix-It Kit by Grande Cosmetics is another highly rated lash serum. Now it’s easier than ever to grow longer, thicker lashes in as little as 4 weeks. First, apply the GrandeLASH-MD Lash Enhancing Serum on your lash line. Follow up by applying the GrandeREPAIR Leave-In Lash Conditioner through your lashes to deeply condition lashes & protect against breakage.
Cruelty-Free Vegan False Lashes
I am a firm believer that discovering 100% cruelty-free brands is both easy and fun, especially on Mind Over Mango. Believe it or not, though, discovering brands that sell 100% vegan eyelashes is not. Some brands, like Ardell, sell vegan lashes. However, they also sell lashes made of human hair. The human hair trade is known to be unethical, degrading, and cruel. Therefore, I believe that it’s important to refrain from purchasing false lashes that contain mink, silk, or human hair.
Tarteist PRO Cruelty-Free Lashes
As I said, it’s no easy task finding a company that sells 100% vegan lashes. However, Tarte is really coming in clutch. Their Tarteist™ PRO Cruelty-Free Lashes are made with 100% safe synthetic fibers. Choose from 10 vegan false lash styles to customize your look. Pair it with a swipe of the Tarte Big Ego™ Vegan Mascara for the ultimate vegan National Lash Day 2021.
New Clean Beauty Routine
The past year has really thrown a bit of a wrench into our daily beauty routines. Gone are the full faces of foundation, dazzling lip products, and our favorite bronzers. While we can sometimes squeeze in times where they might be more practical, what this past year has really shown us is how to adapt to emphasize our now most apparent feature: our eyes. For National Lash Day 2021 and beyond, I hope these cruelty-free & clean beauty eye products help to shape your new daily makeup routine in a positive manner. So condition those lashes, swipe a few pumps of mascara, and leave your home feeling beautiful and bold. Just don’t forget the face mask.
Discover more cruelty-free & clean beauty brands on our Cruelty-Free Company Directory today.