It’s been my “me-but-better” essential for years now.
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This $16 Mascara is the One Makeup Product I’ve Worn in a Month
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Social distancing has made me lazy. I used to be the sort of person who gets up two hours before work to apply a full face of makeup, curl my hair to perfection, and whip up a wholesome, nutritious breakfast to keep me fueled until lunchtime. Now, I’m lucky if I can manage to change out of my pajamas, and breakfast often slides into lunch, which consists of microwave popcorn (extra butter) and mayyyybe some nutritional yeast sprinkled on top.

I’m not sure why I stopped wearing makeup — I like to say it was an effort to learn to love my natural skin and see if my complexion improves without daily layers of concealer and foundation — but honestly, I think it was just laziness. If I don’t have to spend 25 minutes pulling myself together to be presentable in front of coworkers, I’m not going to. The only human interaction I’m getting is with my wonderfully supportive (and clueless as to whether I’m even wearing makeup or not) boyfriend, anyway.

After a few days of going makeup-free, though, I was spiraling. Who am I, after all, without my carefully compiled beauty routine? I didn’t recognize who I saw in the mirror — and I spent an embarrassing amount of time staring into the mirror, trying to figure her out. So I broke down and allowed myself one beauty indulgence. I’m not ready to step back into my full makeup routine, so I tried to whittle it down to the one thing guaranteed to make me feel more human. And that’s where I landed on Glossier Lash Slick.

I’ll fully admit that I’ve been a Glossier fan from practically day one. Name just about any Glossier product, and there’s a better-than-average chance I’ve both tried it and loved it. I was skeptical to try Lash Slick when it dropped a few years ago — after all, I’m a dramatic eyelash girl till the end, and the Glossier “natural” aesthetic shouldn’t vibe with that preference. But I bought it because, what can I say, I’m a slave 4 u, Glossier. And reader, they did it again.

What I love about Lash Slick is its, well, natural look. Two coats of the mascara and I look like myself, but with a lash tint and lift. I’m still getting volume, length, and definition, but in an actually believable, “I woke up like this” look. My mom has even commented on how well-rested and bright-eyed I look when wearing the mascara, thinking I wasn’t wearing makeup at all.

All of this is why I figured Lash Slick would be the perfect makeup for my nearly makeup-free experiment. It makes me feel like a slightly upgraded version of myself, without contrasting starkly with the rest of my cosmetic-free face. It helps me recognize myself in the mirror again, but appeals to my newfound lazy side by taking only one minute to apply.

Best of all? One tube costs only $16, far less than the prestige mascaras I’m normally dedicated to, and it lasts for months. I’ve purchased approximately five tubes throughout the years, and Lash Slick has never let me down in that time. It’s my holy grail weekend (and now, quarantine), myself-but-better makeup product.

Lash Slick Glossier
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