2017 Product Empties

2017 Product Empties // Being LeannaHappy 2018! A few weeks late but better late then never, right?

I don’t know about you guys, but I love reading posts and watching YouTube videos featuring product empties. I love reviews of products and a product empties post is a great way to get a completely comprehensive review. I decided at the end of 2016 that I wanted to save all the products I used up throughout the year and write a post recapping everything. I wanted to share what I loved, what I didn’t love and what, if any I had repurchased. This is gonna be a long one so grab a snack and a nice cup of tea!

2017 Product Empties // Being Leanna

Hair Products

Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Hairspray

This was good, but, not my favorite. It’s a hairspray, it holds my flyaways in place and it doesn’t feel crunchy in my hair. I liked this but i’m trying to find something spectacular. Comment below with your recommendations!

Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer

I actually went through 2 or 3 of these throughout the year. I blow dry my hair every day so a heat protectant is important to me. I’ve been using this for years. I’m sure there are better options out there but for the price, this drugsore version is amazing.

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product

One of my favorite hair products. I’ve been using oils lately but I used up this little guy on vacation. It’s the perfect leave in conditioner for my fine hair that has a big tendency to tangle. 

Redken Control Addict 28

Another hairspray I tried in 2017. It has amazing hold and is fantastic for all my baby hairs but it is a bit crunchy. I repurchased but am still looking for something “wow“.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

Hands down the best dry shampoo I have ever used. This smells amazing and actually makes your hair feel clean, not just look it. I’ll be repurchasing as soon as I finish up the 8 random dry shampoo samples I have. Worth the price.

Beauty Protector Protect & Oil

As I mentioned, i’ve been using hair oils recently. My hair has been so damaged thanks to me constantly using heat on it that i’m doing what I can to keep it nourished. I got this sample in a Birchbox but I love it and will be buying the full size once i’m out of my other samples.

2017 Product Empties // Being Leanna


Olay Gentle Clean Cleansing Cloths $4.99/30

Will not be repurchasing. I hated these, they didn’t do a good job removing my makeup and they left a film which just made me want to wash my face. And, the whole reason I use makeup wipes is to not have to cleanse my face at night because I wash it in the shower in the morning and my skin dries out if it gets washed too often. 

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towlettes $4.95/25

Loved these. I’ll re-purchase them for travel but not for everyday use. They work well but I have a favorite makeup wipe that I’ll probably continue to use forever. Curious what those favorite makeup wipes are? They’re next on the list!

Various Brands (?) Makeup Cleansing Wipes $3.99

I have been buying these for years from Marshalls and TJMaxx. They are so cushion-y and they get off even the most stubborn eye makeup. They’re insanely inexpensive and they come in packs of 60. If you’ve been here any amount of time you’ve heard me mention them before. The brand always seems to change for some reason but they’re always in the lime green packaging.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner $14.00

Favorite toner. I’ve used this for years and will continue to re-purchase. I’ve been using the Pixi Glow Tonic which is also great, but I prefer the Body Shop’s toner. Something about tea tree just makes my skin happy.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Cleansing Facial Wash $14.00

Even though my skin loves the tea tree toner, it did not love the face wash. This was a great cleanser but it dried out my skin a bit too much for me to use this as a daily cleanser. It was great for breakouts but not good enough to re-purchase. 

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream $20.00

I always have a backup of this moisturizer. It’s the creamiest, smoothest, most wonderful moisturizer i’ve ever used. I love other moisturizers but nothing compares to this baby. If you haven’t tried it I highly suggest it, if you have oily skin though, maybe just save it for a winter moisturizer. 

Biotin $6.29

Enough said. I’ve taken Biotin every day for years. My nails grow like crazy and I hate to imagine how bad my hair would be without it. 

Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Water $28.00

Before I canceled my Birchbox I had tons of points to spend and this is one of the items I picked up. Holy moly is this great. I’ve been using the Garnier micellar water but the Caudalie blows that one out of the water. I already have re-purchased this in the full size. 

First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser $20.00

Another product I’ve used for years. First Aid Beauty has some of my favorite skincare products but this one might be my absolute favorite. I love a milky cleanser, and I really love a cleanser that feels hydrating. Bonus: It’s also great at breaking down mascara. 

Retinol Vitamin Enhanced Day Cream $19.99

Meh. This was okay. I accidentally purchased the day instead of the night cream. The night cream is far superior. That I’ve repurchased for years (from Marshalls/TJMaxx). It’s the perfect neck cream if you can get over the temporary old lady scent :]

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Overnight Mask $19.00

If you’re looking for a super hydrating mask, this is it. I originally purchased this to wear on a long flight and I’ve been obsessed ever since. I use this about once a week, sometimes more in the winter and it has done wonders for my skin’s hydration/radiance levels. Re-purchase for sure – if it’s still available. It’s on FAB’s website right now as Final Sale so we’ll see. 

Embryolisse Nourishing Moisturizer $16.00

This was another purchase with my points from Birchbox. It had amazing reviews but i’m not a fan. It worked okay but the packaging was so annoying to me that it’s not worth the re-purchase. I hate metal/aluminum packaging because it is too difficult to get the product out when you start to run out. 

Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum $88.00

Unfortunately this sample was too small to be able to tell if it made a difference but, I love how this felt on my skin. This serum sunk in so well that I didn’t have to wait to put my moisturizer over the top and it felt like my makeup went on smoother when I had this on. I’ll be getting at least another sample of this before committing to a full size. What are your favorite serums?

Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream $34.00

This was a great size for travel but that’s about it. I’ve tried a lot of eye creams and this one was nothing to write home about. Not going to re-purchase.

Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment $85.00

Love. Love. Love everything Sunday Riley does, except the prices. I’ve used this before so I was really thrilled to have a sample of this again. I wrote a full review of this and Luna that they sell together. Check out that post here

Clinique Repair Wear Laser Focus $49.50

Another product that wasn’t my favorite. It was also a sample size so there was no way for me to know if this was effective or not. Will not be purchasing but it wasn’t bad.

 2017 Product Empties // Being Leanna


L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion $16.99

I loved this foundation so much, it even made its way into at least 2 of my other posts. I put this foundation versus the It Cosmetics version in my This or That series (should I bring that back?) and in a post all about how to find the right foundation for you! The only reason I haven’t re-purchased this is because I have so many other foundations I want to try.

it Cosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid $38.00

Loved this as well, and it’s also featured in the two posts I linked above. Overall, I preferred the L’Oreal version but I’m absolutely loving the CC cream from it Cosmetics and will be repurchasing that once it’s empty.

Benefit Roller Lash $24.00

This was my absolute favorite mascara until recently. It stays on forever and the brush is magnificent. The short bristles get even the tiniest lashes and the longer bristles really comb out the lashes to make them super defined. I’ll re-purchase this because it lasts longer than its dupe so it’s perfect for days when I need that extra staying power.

Maybelline Lash Sensational $8.99

The aforementioned dupe for the Roller Lash! If you love Roller Lash, you’ll love this. The brush is similar, the formula is almost exactly the same, and the price is so much nicer. I’ve already got a new one that I’ve been using. Love. 

Max Factor Masterpiece Max

This was good, but nowhere near as good as the Benefit or Maybelline mascaras. No need to repurchase.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes $23.00

I wanted to love this because I’ve heard so many amazing things. But, I just didn’t. The formula was lovely but I prefer the silicone brushes, they’re more effective in my opinion. I won’t be re-purchasing this, or any bristle brush mascaras for a long time.

It’s So Big by Elizabeth Mott $20.00

Another Birchbox product. Another meh product. I did not like the brush at all, even if I was a fan of bristle brushes this one is shaped strangely, small in the middle and big on the ends, makes no sense to me. It did hold a curl well so that’s something. Definitely will not be purchasing. 

Benefit The Porefessional $31.00

If you know me or have followed this blog for long you know that this is a product I’ve sworn by for years. I have gone through endless tubes of this and I have yet to find something better. I’ve got another one going right now but I really want to find something else to try out so please, let me know some dupes for this!

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer $6.99

I’ve been using the Instant Age Rewind concealer for years and I wanted to try this out. I love it. I’ll be repurchasing it for sure. This is perfect for dark circles and red spots but not so good for acne spots. If you don’t need a spot concealer this baby is perfect. Will re-purchase.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Concealer $8.99

I’m using a brand new one of these currently and I will probably always repurchase this. The formula is great and it’s perfect for dark spots. It’s better at covering an acne spot than the Fit Me concealer but I don’t have that issue often so I love them both. 

Benefit Gimme Brow

Never thought that I’d be the kind of person who does their eyebrows – and i’ll admit I don’t do them every day. But wow, this product is amazing. I actually just went to find the link and found out that its been recalled. hmmm. Not sure if it’ll be back so please let me know your favorite brow products for us blondes!

Physicians Formula Eye Booster $10.99

My favorite liquid liner. This has an actual brush applicator which makes application really neat and precise and the added lash serum inside is a great bonus. I only tossed the one I had because it had been months and was probably nearing expiration. This lasts forever and I’ve already re-purchased. 

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil $20.00

I will probably never buy another liner for my water line. This is the only eye liner out of dozens (really) that doesn’t irritate my eyes when I tightline which is every day. I’m obsessed with how easily this glides on and how long it stays even on the moistest (SORRY!) part of the eye. If you’ve never tired this you’re severely missing out. It’s so good, that if the price doubled i’d still buy it. 

Juliette Has a Gun – MMMM 7.5ml $28.00

I have no idea how to describe perfumes but this is phenomenal. It’s on my list to buy as soon as I run out of another perfume because I have way too many as it is. Go to Sephora right now and smell it. 

Marc Jacobs Daisy 10ml $27.00

I thought i’d love this but I don’t. I love a floral perfume but I think I was turned off because everyone owns this. I’d gladly take another sample but I don’t feel the need to own this one. 

Random brand makeup sponges

Very descriptive, right? I got these for Christmas, tried them out and immediately hated them. They are not as good as more expensive sponges nor do they act very much like sponges. When dampened they just soaked up product instead of helping to blot it into my skin. Save yourself and just buy the more expensive version. You’ll notice a huge difference. In this case you get what you paid for. 

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge $10.99 (for 2)

I prefer these to the Beauty Blender. It works perfectly for applying makeup and the flat end makes getting the under eye area so much easier! I love my Beauty Blender but the size and shape of this sponge makes it worth my repurchase again and again. Plus, the price is better than a Beauty Blender. 

is anyone still there?

If so, CONGRATULATIONS! You made it to the end. This was a doozy so thanks for sticking around! I thought this post was a fantastic idea until I realized just how much i’d have to write up. Perhaps i’ll break this down into 3 posts when I do this again next year. Yes, it’s happening again whether you like it or not because I love it. It’s a great way to see what I loved and hated throughout the year so I don’t buy anything that wasn’t awesome. Hopefully it’ll serve that purpose for you too! As always, pin and share this post if you found it helpful and let me know your favorite products in the comments below!




Where Have I Been & A 30 Before 30 Update!

Home Sweet Home // Being Leanna

I’ve missed you guys!

Wow, it has been a long time since I’ve showed up here to say hello. I thought i’d take a nice summer break and here we are in mid September. I figured i’d only need a couple weeks before I wanted to come back, maybe a month or two tops and it’s been 4 whole months. Where does the time go?

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you might know that I disappeared because I bought a house! I wanted to take the time to be able to pack, move, and unpack before coming back to blogging. And then I wanted to get all settled in the new house. And now I realize that will probably take me years to be fully settled. People always say that it takes time to make a house a home but i’m very impatient and wanted everything perfect right away. I’ve learned to be more patient now that I’ve been here for three months. 

As I write this i’m sitting in my living room that only has two things hung up: a clock by the door and a huge “Home” sign that you may have seen on Instagram. They’re the only two things up in my whole house. It’ll get there. I have plenty of before and after pictures of the projects I’ve done that i’ll be writing some detailed posts about when I get the chance.

Now that i’m back, i’m not sure what my schedule will be like yet. I will be back again this week with a more detailed “what i’ve been up to post” because i’ve done more than just buy a house in the past three months. The more important reason I chose to come back today is that it’s been a year since I wrote my 30 before 30 post so i’m due for an update! 

Yes, that also means it was my 28th birthday on Sunday! So, lets see what I’ve checked off in the last year. Unfortunately, there’s still a ton more to do so I’ve got to get my butt moving this year!  

30 Before 30 // Being Leanna

30 before 30

-Go to Iceland

-Head out to the west coast

-Do a vacation to just relax, I don’t always need to be exploring

-Go ziplining flying adventures here! I did this for my 27th birthday and it was a blast! You can read about my

-Go parasailing *Almost happened, better luck next summer

-Get paid for a blog post

-Buy a house – I closed on my house June 27, 2017! I cannot wait to show you guys the before and afters!

-Go to a blogging conference or beauty con, can’t decide

-Get a promotion at work * only 6 more months of my traineeship left!

-Design my own blog template *started this but haven’t finished

-Read 50 books *about halfway there!

-Date No details :-]

-Say “yes” for a full day

-Get a new car

-Sell something I’ve made

-Learn to let things go *As much as I can anyways :-]

-Try a new workout routine, anything I haven’t tried before *I may have mentioned this but i’ve been going to Pilates consistently since April!

-Run a 5k, 10k if i’m feeling good

-Go to a concert at SPAC or Tanglewood

-Splurge on a super fancy meal/hotel/night outPhiladelphia * When I went to I treated myself to a nice dinner all by myself and it was wonderful!

-Host a dinner party once I own my own house * I hosted a kickoff party, dinner party is next on my list!

-See the northern lights

-Throw a big 30th birthday party

-Splurge on a nice clothing item or accessory

-See a NY Giants game *Going in October!!!

-Pay down my student loans as much as possible

-Ride in a hot air balloon

-Work on getting better at Italian

-Adopt a cat once I get my own house * I am now the proud momma to 2 kittens. Check out my Instagram for adorable pictures of them

-Learn to get better at communicating my feelings, i’m trying! * I’ve gotten much better at communication in general this past year but it’s still a work in progress!

What’s next?

I have definitely made a significant dent in my 30 before 30 list and I think I can do even better this year. i’ll be able to focus more on the fun stuff like riding in a hot air balloon, paying down my student loans and heading to the west coast this year! Let’s hope I can get that all done before i’m thirty. 

Be sure to keep an eye out later this week for a more detailed “What I’ve been up to” kind of post. I’ve missed you all and i’m so glad to be back. Leave a comment below so I know i’m not just talking to the void after being gone for 4 months. Whoops!


A Guide to the Space Center Houston 8

A Guide to the Space Center Houston // Being Leanna

Have you ever gotten wicked excited over something you thought would just be okay, and then it made your day? Well, that was my experience with Space Center Houston. The space center was somewhere I wanted to go while in the area but it wasn’t at the top of my list. Lets be honest, meeting JJ Watt was (didn’t happen, sadly). Because the space center is 30-45 minutes outside of Houston depending on where you’re staying, it wasn’t our biggest priority. After doing some research once we were settled in, we decided it was well worth it to spend the money, rent a car and just go! In hindsight, this might have been one of the best decisions of the whole trip, and we did a lot of awesome stuff in both San Antonio and Dallas.

So, what do you need to know about the Space Center? Keep reading to see my full guide for how to spend your day at the Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston: A Guide 

A Guide to the Space Center Houston // Being Leanna

Getting there:

1601 NASA Parkway

Houston, TX 77058

The Space Center Houston, as I mentioned, is a little ways away from Houston. It’s about a 30-45 minute drive depending on where in Houston you’re coming from. We had no car while we were there so we opted to rent a vehicle for the day. You could easily take a cab but it’d probably cost you a pretty penny. Even Uber was estimating about $45 round trip. It was easier to spend the $100 for the car for the day and then be free to explore everywhere else in the city we couldn’t easily get to on public transportation. 

A Guide to the Space Center Houston // Being Leanna


Tickets and Hours:

Adult tickets: $29.95 / Kids 4-11 $24.95 / Seniors $27.95

Alternatively, if you’ll be in Houston for longer than a day and plan on doing a lot of sightseeing, I highly recommend grabbing a CityPASS. Those are $59 for adults / $49 for kids 3-11

The hours vary depending on what time of year it is and whether or not it’s a weekday or a weekend. I highly suggest checking the website before you go. I’d aim to arrive as soon as they open for the day, it really helped save us some time in lines. 

A Guide to the Space Center Houston // Being Leanna


//Independence Plaza 

I still can’t get over how a space shuttle flew on top of an airplane. That’s insane. Now that the space shuttle is retired you can go in both! There are a lot of awesome interactive pieces in the airplane but my favorite part was how it’s all focused on education. There are so many things that show all the different types of careers there are and really encourages kids to explore those so that they can one day work at NASA. 

//Tram Tour

 This is the first thing you should do when you get to the Space Center to avoid long lines. You can book a specific time online but I found it easier to just arrive as the Space Center opens and hop in line. This is around a 90 minute tour of the NASA campus, filled with lots of stops and fun facts. You’ll get to see where real astronauts train, a whole replica of the International Space Station, and the original Mission control in all its glory. At the end of the tour you’ll see one of the Saturn V rockets and it is ginormous. At 363 feet tall and 6.2 million pounds when fully fueled it’s the tallest, heaviest and most powerful rocket we’ve ever flown. 

//Living in Space

This attraction is everything you’d think it would be. It’s a demonstration all about how the astronauts live in space. It’s about 30 minutes but the presenters are there for questions afterwards. I don’t know about you guys but all I think about is how cool no gravity is, not any of the challenges of actually living that way. You’ll learn how they cook food, sleep and yes, even how they use the restroom in space!

//Astronaut Gallery

Another amazing attraction for all ages, the space suits throughout the years. This features all different types of suits and other paraphernalia throughout the years of space exploration. You’ll learn a bit about the research that goes into the suits and how they’re designed with their specific wearer in mind. 

//Level 9 Tour

The VIP tour. If you’re really into space or just want a bit more in depth of a tour, this is for you. For $129 you and 11 others will get a 4-5 hour private tour of the NASA facilities. The admission also covers the main admission into the Space Center as well as an included lunch. 

A Guide to the Space Center Houston // Being Leanna


There is a food court available but i’d suggest waiting and eating out in town if you can. It’s typical cafeteria food, nothing bad but you can certainly get a better meal out at a restaurant. But, you cannot leave without checking out all of the astronaut food in the gift shop. Freeze Dried Ice cream is a must. 

Additionally, you can have lunch with a real astronaut! These are once a week so be sure to plan your trip around this fun event. Tickets for kids 4-11 are $39.95 and adult tickets are $69.95, this includes general admission. You do need to reserve a specific date and time but getting to spend a whole hour with a real astronaut is a once in a lifetime opportunity! 

A Guide to the Space Center Houston // Being Leanna

There you have it! A complete guide to the Space Center Houston. There are so many more attractions within the facility but the ones I mentioned are the must sees. I spent a good 4-5 hours there and you could easily spend longer if you went and saw all of the presentations and demonstrations. 

If you’re still not sold on coming to Houston, read this: 12 Reasons you Need To Visit Houston! If you have any questions at all leave them in the comments!

Question of the day: Have you been to Houston? What did you do there, tell me in the comments!


7 Tips To Help You De-Stress 17

7 Tips To Help You De-Stress

Oh hey, hi, how are you?

In case you haven’t noticed, I haven’t been around these parts for a little while. I’ll be the first to admit that I can get overwhelmed pretty easily. I can be a bit of a control freak so when things are up in the air it makes me stressed. In my last post, I mentioned that i’m in the process of buying a house. If you haven’t bought a house before, it’s pretty stressful. As someone who worked at a financial institution for 4 years, I thought I was well prepared for the process. I was not. So today, I thought i’d share how I’ve been dealing with my stress in hopes that it might help some of you through a stressful situation. 


7 Tips To Help You De-Stress

7 Tips To Help You De-Stress 

// Make a list and prioritize it

I am a huge list maker. Every day I write a to do list and it helps me so much. I really think everyone can benefit from utilizing a daily or weekly to do list. To take it a step further, I highly suggest prioritizing that list. Write things in order of importance. Things you absolutely need to get done that day, or week and put them first. The smaller, less important things can be done once you get the more important things taken care of. The benefit of making a list is that you have a visual representation of everything that needs to be accomplished. You won’t have to keep trying to remember certain things because it’ll already be written down. 

// Get out of the house

Changing up your scenery can really help to de-stress you. Go sit outside, go for a drive, get away for the weekend if you can. Fresh air can do wonders for your mood. Going up to the lake always helps my mood and stress levels but when I can’t do that I like to go for a walk or even just sit out on the back deck. I’ll take a few deep breaths and remind myself that my stress will go away, that this overwhelming feeling is brief. Try it sometime.  

7 Tips To Help You De-Stress

// Exercise 

Go take a walk, go for a run, hit up the gym or an exercise class. All the endorphins you get from working out will make you feel better. Working out also will help to distract you from whatever is on your mind. I’ve been going to pilates 2x a week and each time I’m there I completely forget about everything else that’s going on. 

// Try to get enough sleep 

Stress will keep you up at night. And then, you’ll stress about not getting enough sleep. Writing out my next day’s to do list really helps me to get to sleep a bit better at night. Getting all those ideas out of my brain before bed time allows me to fall asleep more quickly. Also, on days i’m super stressed, i’ll take Melatonin before bed time. Now, i’m not a doctor and i’m not telling you to take this, i’m merely suggesting you look into it if you have trouble sleeping. 

7 Tips To Help You De-Stress

// Do something just for yourself

I’ll admit that i’m guilty of doing things just for the blog or for Instagram. Sometimes it’s nice to just eat a meal without taking a picture or trying out a makeup or skincare product without taking pictures first. I love writing product reviews and I especially love writing travel posts but when i’m stressed its nice to just enjoy things without taking notes for a blog post or whipping out my camera. Do something just because you want to, don’t think about how you can turn it into a post. Lately, I’ve been watching a ton of YouTube. I won’t blog about it, I won’t share it on social media. I’m doing it simply because I enjoy it. 

// Pamper yourself

One of the best ways for me to de-stress is to really take the time to indulge myself with beauty stuff. Lounging with a face mask on, taking the time to really exfoliate or do a nice manicure. Those are all little things that I like to elongate to help me unwind. I wrote all about how to pamper yourself right here!!

7 Tips To Help You De-Stress

// Don’t be afraid to take a step back

This one is the most important tip! In my opinion… Sometimes the best thing to do when you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed is to cut something out. For me, that was blogging. If i’m overwhelmed I know that I need to slow down. As much as I love blogging, I know it’s something I can set aside and it’ll be there when i’m ready to pick it back up again. If there’s something extra in your life that you can set aside for a bit, do it. It’ll help you to focus more on what needs your immediate attention. 

Let me know in the comments what you do to help de-stress! I’m sure more than just I want to know about it. We all feel stressed, overwhelmed and overworked sometimes so share your experiences below!

And, as usual with my list type post all these pictures are from my Instagram! If you want to see more, be sure to follow me!

7 Tips To Help You De-Stress

This or That: Battle of the Mascaras V2 8

This or That: Battle of the Mascaras V2 // Being Leanna

This or That: Battle of the Mascaras V2!

I hope you guys like this little series I’ve been doing called This or That. I really enjoy comparing products to see what’s the best of the best. Today, i’m bringing you two new (to me) mascaras that I’ve been wearing for a month now.


Maybelline Lash Sensational $8.99

We all know and love Maybelline. In fact, my all time favorite drugstore mascara was Maybelline’s the Rocket for the longest time. Lash Sensational promises a “full fan” effect.


Pacifica Dream Big Volumizing mascara $16.00

Pacifica is a natural beauty brand that’s 100% vegan and pretty affordable. I’d say they’re right smack in between drugstore and high end prices. This was my first ever Pacifica product and I can tell you right now I’ve got a “must try” list about a mile long now.

This or That: Battle of the Mascaras V2 // Being Leanna


Maybelline: Perfectly sized, curved, plastic applicator with 10 layers of bristles in various lengths. Some short and some long. Really looks like it’ll get onto every lash. The rest of the packaging is pretty normal. Pointed on both ends, nothing spectacular.

Pacifica: Has a straight, boring tube except for the sweet unicorn design on the lid! The Pacifica applicator has uniform, plastic bristles and, with the twist of the top of the wand, the bristles contract and become more tightly lined up.

Winner: Maybelline – even though the Pacifica packaging has a unicorn. Sorry!

This or That: Battle of the Mascaras V2 // Being Leanna


Maybelline: Glides on like a dream. Only takes a few swipes. Grabs every teeny tiny lash. A bit of a wet formula. Can be messy on the eyelids (or am I the only one who still gets mascara everywhere?) Only one coat needed.

Pacifica: Glides on like a dream, gets every single lash in a few passes. Works great with just the regular wand but looks even better with the second coat. Drier formula but stickier to help coat lashes.

Winner: Pacifica, even though it does require a second coat I prefer the more dry formula.  

This or That: Battle of the Mascaras V2 // Being Leanna


Maybelline: Eyelashes for days. Every single lash is coated and fanned out perfectly. The head of the wand really helps to fan out the lashes and the formula holds a curl. Lengthens just a tad but the volume is really dramatic.

Pacifica: Really lengthens and volumizes without looking spidery. Holds a curl well but doesn’t curl the lashes itself. Because of the two coat process i’d say it’s definitely more voluminous than the Maybelline. Very dramatic without being crazy.

Winner: Maybelline – The perfect fanned out lashes just can’t be topped in my opinion.

This or That: Battle of the Mascaras V2 // Being Leanna

Length of wear

Maybelline: Great all day, no issues with this flaking. I attribute that to the wetter formula. It does wear off at the ends by the end of the day. On days I work out right after work i’ll have some smudges under my eyes.

Pacifica: Doesn’t move all day. No flaking, no fading, no smudges under the eyes. I do find that i’ll get a bit of flaking on my glasses lenses but nothing on my face.

Winner: Pacifica

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Maybelline: Easy peasy but causes a mess while you take it off. Raccoon eyes for sure. I use a micellar water on a cotton pad and this comes right off.

Pacifica: Easy peasy again to remove. Micellar water on a cotton pad and it’s gone in a few seconds. The drier formula seems to help it to make less of a mess all over my face. It sort of comes off in pieces instead of completely dissolving.

Winner: Tie!

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Overall winner?

Maybelline! But, I equally reach for both of these. On days when I just need to quickly apply and go i’ll use the Maybelline. I can usually even get away without having to curl my lashes. Every other day I grab the Pacifica. I do prefer the formula of the Pacifica mascara but the Maybelline one will dry down a bit and I know i’ll be reaching for it more and more. Plus, it’s almost half the cost! What’s not to love?


If you’re in the market for a new drugstore mascara, I highly suggest both but for $8.99 Maybelline is your best option!

If you liked this battle of the mascaras post you might also want to check out my other This or That posts:

Battle of the Blushes // Battle of the Cushion Foundations // Battle of the Bronzers // Battle of the Mascaras V1

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