I Accidentally Bought Teal Mascara, But I'm Gonna Make It Work

SPOILER ALERT: This ends in a Space Jam dance party.
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SPOILER ALERT: This ends in a Space Jam dance party.

I know. You're all saying, “How the hell do you accidently buy a teal mascara?”

Well, my friends, it’s actually quite easy.

I was taking a stroll through the cosmetic section of my corner drugstore where I saw a display of Quo Pump Up The Volume mascara for $7.50. This is pretty sweet mascara--a Canadian exclusive!--that usually sells for about $22. So I picked one up and threw it in my basket.

“I’m essentially saving money spending so little on good mascara,” I thought to myself proudly.

When I got it home, I excitedly unwrapped the package (new makeup gives me a natural high) pulled the brush out of the tube, and... it was bright blue.

It didn't smell bad, despite my "this smells bad" expression.

It didn't smell bad, despite my "this smells bad" expression.

Now the sale price made so much sense! I can’t take it back because it is out of its packaging, so I am determined to make it work by channeling ‘90s.

I made sure to get a solid ‘90s Songza playlist spinning. I let all my insecurities slip away as I was transported back to the time of plastic jackets, Dep gel and baby blue lipstick.

I started with my regular eye shadow base of MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study. Most days I just wear this and eyeliner, but it also helps hold and keep eyeshadow shimmery when I do decide to wear it.

After that, I added a layer of this Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow in Cosmic Trip. I layered it on with my finger so it was nice and bright.

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I highlighted the crease of my eye with MAC Sub Blonde Eyeshadow with a rounded smudge brush. This is my favorite eyeshadow for summer, but this particular shade is discontinued because it was a limited run--but can be found on eBay if need be. However, MAC has a similar shade called Chrome Yellow that will have the same effect, if not brighter.

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Next, I used my Gold Dust Party Powder from a Passion Party (do you have those in the US or are Passion Parties a Canadian thing?). I like to think of it as classy body glitter, if there is such a thing. You have to be really careful with this stuff because it has a tendency to go EVERYWHERE. I used a thick eye makeup brush to dab a bit under my eyes and under my brows to add a bit more sparkle. Go ahead and throw a bit on your arms, legs and chest while you’re at it!

Time to get cray, guys! I applied that teal mascara like there was no tomorrow! It lives up to its name, lengthening and thickening eyelashes with each coat. However, the color is not too in-your-face. It is more a fun subtle hint of blue.

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I think blue and orange are the quintessential 90s color combo, so I tried out Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous with some gloss over top.

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I must admit that I had a lot of fun with this look. I even wore it out for a birthday party this past weekend. The ‘90s homage was totally appreciated and entirely acceptable because we ended up having a Space Jam dance party.

Have you ever made a startling makeup purchase? Did you make it work for you, or did it just sit in the bottom of your makeup drawer?