I also use L'Oreal Voluminous mascara. I've tried a few upscale mascara brands, but I just can't see any difference between the drugstore and luxury mascaras. There's just some make-up that I can't see paying more for and mascara is one.
Recently, I've stopped curling my lashes, which I know every make-up artist says is super important. I have straight lashes with kind of a hooded lid and it's impossible to keep my lashes curled, regardless of what kind of curler I use or if I curl before or after mascara. It just doesn't work for me, so I stopped and my lashes seem thicker for it. Maybe I was pulling a few out with the curling.
I take all my make-up off with Equate make-up removing wipes. They're quilted wipes with make-up remover in them and they really take all mine off. I don't ever use waterproof mascara (which I've heard helps curl stay in the lash, but it's too hard for me to take off and I don't care for it), so the wipes take my make-up off just fine. I stopped using liquid eye-make up remover because I can get everything off with the wipes and I had to use a ton of liquid remover compared to just one wipe. I did like the Lancome Bi-Facil Double Action eye make-up remover when I used liquid remover, though. It was just too pricey for the amount I had to use each time at $26 a bottle.