my #1 mascara secret

recently (as in two days ago) i decided to take a break from lash extensions. gasp! i know. it's almost like i'm naked. it sure feels that way. but my natural lashes, and my bank account, needed a break. 

and the only thing that made me feel okay about taking them off is knowing that i had this secret weapon available.

except that i couldn't find it. anywhere.

i tore apart my bathroom, my husband's bathroom, every spare makeup bag i own and all of my luggage. no luck. i'd lost it. both figuratively and literally. hehe.

so what's a girl to do? of course, go to the source. back to nordstrom, to find my secret weapon. 

imagine my horror when i saw this!!!

insert horror movie soundtrack!!!

apparently nordstrom stopped carrying this secret weapon of mine a while back. life as i knew it was over.

but then i remembered my saving grace. my one stop shop where i can (usually) find anything, and get it cheaper and faster and delivered to my door for free.

not only did i find my dear secret weapon on amazon, it of course was on sale. and it of course is going to show up on my doorstep tomorrow. 

so without further ado, here is my #1 mascara secret weapon. the big gun of all big guns. the SHU UEMURA EYELASH CURLER. if you don't own this, and you don't have lash extensions, YOU NEED THIS. just trust me. 

i promise on everything i adore that this is no ordinary lash curler. it will, i repeat, it WILL make your lashes look 1million times better than they ever have with any other lash curler. 


and why did i name this my #1 mascara secret? because it will make any mascara the bomb diggity. and i know mascara is debatable and subjective to the user and we could be here ALL DAY LONG debating the best mascara of all time. but this eyelash curler, it just IS the best. and so whatever your cant-live-without mascara is, it needs this secret weapon lash curler to be its partner in crime.

and by the way, in case you are looking for a mascara recommendation, here are my faves:

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara, Blackest Black, 0.3 Fluid Ounce 

Benefit Cosmetics They'Re Real! Mascara

Maybelline New York The Falsies Volum' Express Washable Mascara, Blackest Black, 0.25 Fluid Ounce 

now. go get yourself your own secret weapon lash curler. and a new tube of mascara. and show me your lashes on insta or facebook if you try them out!


update: a couple people have voiced concern over the reviews on amazon that claim this could be a “fake.” i totally get it, that sounds scary. honestly, it doesn't worry me much because it has 108/136 5-star reviews, and they clearly show in the picture how to tell whether you're getting a fake. having said that, if you want to buy direct, you can get it from yes style, but it will cost you $28 instead of $17. i already placed my amazon order, and since i used my shu uemura lash curler for years i will be able to tell right away if it's a fake. i'll post another update when i get mine!

Corrine Stokoe

Corrine Stokoe is a blogger, podcaster and content creator behind the brand Mint Arrow. She and her husband Neil live in South Orange County with their 3 little girls and baby boy, she runs her blog and business with 7 team members, where they find the best daily deals and share favorite finds in fashion and beauty. They also run a podcast called Mint Arrow Messages. Mint Arrow has been featured in Forbes, Women's Wear Daily, Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal, AdWeek and Allure. Corrine is passionate about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ as often as she can and teaching others to use social media for good.

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  1. Ok, since reading this post I decided I should bust out my old eyelash curler and give it a whirl as it hasn't been used in years. I know it's not "the one" you suggest, but my husband would crap a brick if I paid $20 for an eyelash curler… And I'm lovin your mascara suggestions. I've always used L'Oreal but recently discovered some good Maybelline ones. I

    1. haha heather! your comment cracked me up. sorry it took me a while to respond. i will see what i can do about getting a video tutorial whipped up for you on this! 🙂

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