When I was in 7th grade in 1971, I was dreadfully skinny and a full head taller than all the boys in my class.  I was healthy but between a huge growth spurt and an extremely active lifestyle, I was a twig. I resembled a new born giraffe... cute only in an awkward, gangly sort of way, all knees and nose. I was actually so skinny that my parents took me to our family doctor, and he mandated that for the remainder of the school year  I wasn't to go out and play each afternoon until I polished off what I considered to be an insanely large bowl of vanilla cream topped with Hersheys' Chocolate Syrup. So, every day at 3:00 p.m,  you could find me sullenly forcing down my punitive bowl of ice cream while watching a television sitcom called "The Munsters".

There was a character on the show named Lillian Munster who was gothically beautiful, with crazy long  and thick eye lashes which she would flutter like a butterfly at her monster husband, Herman.  I would watch the sitcom mesmerized by those eye lashes, wondering if the 7th grade boys would find me more attractive if I had butterfly eyelashes, and I would count down the days until I would be allowed to wear mascara. And hopefully look more like long-lashed Lillian Munster than a skinny baby giraffe.

Thirty-plus years later, I finally found THE mascara that gives me those Lillian Munster eye lashes, and my fluttering has begun.

Blinc makes a mascara called Kiss Me mascara, and it is worth trying for all kinds of reasons.  First and foremost,  my eyelashes look longer and thicker than they have ever looked. At age 50, that is saying something.  Second, one quick coat in the mornings lasts me all day, with no running or smearing, and it doesn't flake off and irritate my eyes. Third, Kiss Me mascara comes off easily with ample amounts of warm water and one or two  "downward wipes" (not scrubbing) with my thoroughly dampened hands. No irritating mascara remover products needed, no leftover build up at the lash line....perfectly bare lashes in seconds without pulling and tugging my delicate eye area, and without breaking or pulling the lashes themselves.

This ain't your grandmothers mascara.  It goes on to form perfect little "tubes" around each lash. You can apply more than one coat if you apply it quickly (before the first coat dries) for even more length and volume, but honestly, one coat is plenty.  Be prepared for an interesting experience when you wash it off at night..... the "tubes" will slide off the lashes hollow but intact, and you will have a sink rimmed with mascara "worms".   Since removal requires a combination of warm water and slight downward pressure from your hands, it is a great mascara for those of us who are really active (read: sweaty), but I would stop short of recommending it for swimmers.

The full size mascara ($24) comes in black and brown, and there is also a companion primer and companion eyeliner product which I have not tried.  I originally bought the Kiss Me mascara in the trial size ($5), which lasted me for months, and I give trial sizes as a little "gifts" to friends who comment on my Lillian-like lashes.

Ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Acrylates Copolymer, Triethanolamine, Isopropyl Alcohol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. (May contain (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491), Ultramarines (77007), Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).