You may have seen Penelope Cruz in the ads for L’Oreal’s newest mascara. I confess, I have a total girl-crush on her and I’d love to be as much of a bombshell as she is (with my blonde hair and see-though pale skin, I’ve accepted that this is probably not happening for me). I was excited when I received the L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara as a stocking stuffer this year, because at least if I can’t be tan and have a sexy accent, I might as well have luscious lashes, right?

This mascara is working pretty well for me so far. I have to say that I was a little skeptical of the brush at first… it is just a little spiky ball on the end of the wand. When I used it for the first time though, I was amazed! The size of the applicator is perfect for not only coating the middle of my lashes, but also easily grabs the corner lashes. It makes them look so long and lovely that one coat is plenty to last all day.

The only downside to this product is that because of the shape of the applicator, the area around the top of the tube gets really messy, causing the brush to get clumpy if you don’t clean it off. This is easily fixed by quickly wiping the top of the tub with a tissue before you put the wand back in. You can get it at almost any drugstore for around $10.