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I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect mascara for some time now, and I’m not here to say that this “Holy Graal”-like quest is over, but I might have stumbled unto something good: Lancôme’s Hypnôse Doll Eyes. As the box states: “The secret behind doll lashes! A volumizing, extended and full lash fringe for a doll lash effect.”

The texture is nothing out of the ordinary, not too thick, not to thin, or too clumpy, in short, it’s something Goldilocks would approve. What is special though, is the new i-conic brush which lives up to its description being both conic, obviously, and iconic because it does provide a smooth, yet clean and thick application. The tip is perfect for small lashes and various adjustments, and the base assures you get longer and thicker lasses at the corner of your eyes, just like a retro doll.

And while we let ourselves get hypnotized by various mascaras on our way to the absolute one, here are 5 things you might not have known about the history of mascara:

• The first mascara dates back to  3400-30 B.C. when the Egyptians created it by blending kohl with crocodile dung, water and honey, and used bone and ivory as applicators.

• Victorian ladies too created their own mascara concoctions by mixing ashes with elderberry over a hot fire.

• But it was not until the 20th century that the mixture we know know as mascara was created by chemist named Eugene Rimmel, thus making his name (rimmel) synonymous with mascara in numerous languages today, including Romanian.

• Around the same time, in 1913, but across the Atlantic,  T. L. Williams invented a similar substance, only to later become the founder of Maybelline cosmetics.

• Finally, the first significant improvement occurred in 1957 with an innovation by Helena Rubinstein.

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Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes / Avon Berry Berry Nice Lipstick / Melkior Pure Seduction Nail polish

 

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