Influenster is back! October 16, 2012
Blinc Tubing Mascara – Review July 10, 2012
Today I bring you the blinc tubing mascara that I received in my May Total Beauty Box. This mascara is a polymer that coats your lashes all the way around with a tube and is supposed to stay on all day even if you go swimming, cry, or workout.
This sounds like a revolutionary product….does it hold up?
I’m Back! and I’ve got Mascara – Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Lashes November 27, 2011
I am now officially married! Hurray. Jared and I have been together for about 3 years and we tied the knot on 11-11-11 on a cruise ship. For the special occasion I wanted special eyes (more on that later) so I figured I’d invest in a super nice mascara that I’ve been lusting after. About a day before I left to go to Texas for the wedding, my doll eyes kit arrived (lash primer, mascara, and liquid liner), so I just grabbed it and brought it with me without trying it. Remember how I liked Lancôme Hypnôse Drama? I figured this would be just as good if not better. I was smart and brought two other mascaras I’ve used and liked before just in case this was not the miracle eye I’ve been looking for.
Did I end up wearing it for the wedding? no – and here is why.
Make Up For Ever HD concealer review October 25, 2011
Do you ever have those mornings where the area under your eyes looks like Grimace sat on them and left some of his purple behind? Since my LASIK procedure a few months ago I have had more problems with tired looking and feeling eyes than ever before. I’ve started using eye creams daily and that has helped a bit but I still get these purple bags. Yep I get that they are not as bad as some people get – but it still bugs me. So what do I do? I put some concealer there and hope no one else notices! As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve got a stash I keep at work. Currently in that stash is the Make Up For Ever HD concealer. I bought this one because I’ve always heard that you should use a concealer that is lighter than your own skin color. Well, I’m super pasty – like bad, so it was difficult finding a concealer that light colored. Additionally my skin has a slight pink tint so yellow based products usually make me look ill - Make Up For Ever HD concealer came in the color I needed so I snatched it up!
Anastasia Illumin8 with Youghful Synergy™ Review October 20, 2011
Today I bring you the Anastasia Illumin8 with Youghful Synergy™ palette. I chose palette number 1 when I bought this product. The colors really seemed to be more me than the other palettes – also they had more colors as some of the palettes “duo” space only held one color. Anyway this palette holds 8 different colors. Starting from left to right there are (my descriptions – there are no names on the packaging): Matte Beige, Shimmery Beige, Shimmery Dusty Rose, Shimmery Brownish Burgundy, Shimmery Pepto Bismal Pink, Shimmery dusty brown, Shimmery lavendar, and Shimmery eggplant. None of the Shimmers are incredibly shiny – though the beige does come the closest.
Lets see if I liked it and how much.
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Gel Cream Liner Review October 7, 2011
My favorite drug store brand remains Physicians Formula. I have been using today’s product for months now, but not talked about it too much. It is the Shimmer Strips custom eye enhancing gel cream liner for Green Eyes.
What is it, you ask? It is a set of 3 cream/gel eye liners that compliment your eye color – so you buy the set for the color your eyes are (green, blue, brown, hazel). My eyes (as you’ve probably noticed from the mascara comparisons) are green – so I bought the green set.
This particular set has three colors, matte green, matte purple, and black with green sparkles – very subtle sparkles. They come in three little pots that have caps that allow them to attach to each other – I consider them lego’s for adults. Some people have siad they have trouble getting these apart, but truly, you just pull really hard and they come off – you won’t break anything (you can also try prying with a screwdriver or butter knife).
Unlike many stack-able potted products these each have their own caps instead of using the bottom of the next product as a cap, which allows you to throw just one in your purse or keep them all together – whichever you want.
Diorshow Blackout Waterproof Mascara – Review October 6, 2011
Today I bring you the first “high-end” mascara I ever bought. I’m nearing its expiration date and I wanted to share how awesome it is before I have to throw it out! When I took the makeup lessons I referred to in previous posts I also went on a personal shopping trip with the instructor. She told me that if I was to buy just one thing that day it should be this mascara.
Did I end up agreeing?
Physicians Formula Organic 2-in-1 Bronzer & Blush Review September 24, 2011
Should I start with pro’s or con’s? Should I start with the packaging or the product?
Lets do the good stuff first. The Bronzer is an awesome formula that is really smooth and not chalky. It comes out of the palette evenly and applies to the face the same way. It is a very nice camel color and I use it for contouring on my cheeks.
The Blush is a nice rosy color that gives me a very natural flushed look. I use it mostly on the apples of my cheeks.
Also, when they are blended together they are a nice warm sun kissed look.
Onto the not-so-good good. The packaging is atrocious! It is this paper covered cardboard thing. As you can see after some use it ends up looking quite dingy. It looks like I’ve never washed my hands before using it (and believe me, I do wash my hands frequently). So on the top side are the colors and below is a mirror and a brush. Both have a clear plastic window. The window gets really grubby looking – especially on the brush side. The mirror isn’t really usable since it is exactly opposite the colors, and again if you use the brush it gets horribly distorted. The brush is poor to mediocre but I used it for awhile before realizing how great a good brush feels.
Now the negatives about the two colors…The blush ends up being a little granular after a number of uses. It feels like there are tiny pebbles inside it. If you look at the close up you will see them. The colors are also not very pigmented at all. It takes a lot of product to get any color pay-off.
All I’ve got on is mascara, eyebrow powder, and tinted moisturizer and the blush and bronzer. It gives you a good idea of what it does on a completely clean palette.
It is good enough for me to not feel the need to go buy something to replace it, but I won’t buy this one again.
What’s your favorite Physician’s Formula product?
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Lancôme free gift with purchase review of “Pinks” palette September 21, 2011
As I discussed in my previous post, I took advantage of Macy’s “Free gift with Lancôme purchase” last month and got a load of awesome samples. Today I’ll share the “Pinks” palette.
This palette has four different colors, three of which are available in Lancôme’s
color design singles line*. The four colors are (top left to bottom right) Designer*, Pink Pearls*, Lava and Exhibition*. The color design singles are each 0.042 oz, and in this palette each is 0.03 oz for a total of 0.12 oz – so these get pretty close to full size products. As with all of the Lancôme products I’ve tried before, each of these is smooth and nicely pigmented.
I find it amusing that “Pink Pearls” is actually the only matte color in the entire set – you’d think that something with the pearl name would have a sheen. Anyway, that one is the color of cotton candy. Exhibition sounds like such a gaudy name but it is actually just a nice dusty rose shadow with a light sheen. Designer is supposedly a metallic green, but it just seems like a standard shimmer to me. Finally, Lava is a dark pinkish brown that is a shimmer. This is my least favorite color in the set, but I still like it.
Tarte Mascara – Lights, Camera, Splashes! – Review September 18, 2011
Today we’ll be looking at Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Splashes! mascara. Since I never use up my mascaras before they need to be discarded I ordered Sephora’s Give Me Some Lash set which gave me 6 mascaras and a primer. I recently opened this one up and have been using it occasionally.