Hello Lovelies! I received my Wantable makeup subscription box about a week ago, but I’ve been really swamped with work and various other things going on, so I haven’t had time to post my review yet. I need to step up … Continue reading
Hello beauties! We all know I’m a sucker for skincare, so today I’ll be doing a review on Pür Minerals Dirty Girl Detoxifying Mud Masque. Pür Minerals is a 100% cruelty-free brand that I’ve been interested in for a while, but … Continue reading
A quick review and tutorial of how to use the new Benefit Push Up Liner to create a winged eye look!
Today I’m wearing:
– Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation in Shell
– Chocolate Bar Palette on eyes
– Mirabella Highlighter in Glowing Coral
– NYX Matte Bronzer in Light
– Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown
– Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Chocolate
– Vincent Longo Concealer in Fair
– Vincent Longo Blush in Desert Rose
– Lancome Hypnose Mascara
– Kara Lashes
– Buxom Full On Lip Polish in Nicole
– Benefit They’re Real! Push Up Liner
Here’s my first ever video review/guide on MAC Pro Longwear Foundation! Let me know what you think in the comments and be sure to subscribe!
Recently, in my 7 Deadly Sins of Makeup post, I mentioned one of my favorite products is Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes in Brunette. Coming in at $39.50 on Sephora’s website, this is a higher end beauty item. However, since eyebrows are the frame for your face, I feel it’s one of, if not the most important thing to get right. After all, you wouldn’t frame the Mona Lisa with cardboard, would you?
Let’s get down to business.
I had my eye on this product for a few months, as I was looking to branch out of my norm. I used to apply my brows using a cheap, drugstore pencil, and occasionally I would set them with powder. My brows are highly arched, but they’re sparse from over plucking when I was younger. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with thin brows. There’s nothing wrong with removing them completely to draw on yourself. But lately, the trend has been to have full, luscious brows. It’s literally everywhere on the catwalks since early last year, if not even before that. As one that tries to keep up with current makeup fashion, I tried it and discovered I look much better with a full brow than with the thin, pencil lines I used to do.
I actually purchased this when I went to a Sephora skincare class in the beginning of the year, and figured I’d give it about a month of using to see if I liked it. It came highly recommended by the salesgirl, as did a lot of other products I’m slowly adding to my collection. Like me, she has porcelain skin, does her brows, and adores makeup. We have similar skin type and tone, so I trusted what she said. I got the set in Brunette.
Now the kit contains brow wax, two shades of brown powder, two highlighters, five stencils and a thin, angled brush. It all comes in a really cute black snakeskin and gold box. It has a magnetic lid, so you don’t have to worry about it popping open in your purse. There’s a small mirror, and a guideline beside it to show you the proper way to apply the products. It feels heavy, and should be durable. It’s definitely made it through banging around in my purse, being dropped on tile, and just general use without any show of wear and tear.
The first time I used this product, I hated it. I nearly returned it the same day I bought it. Or I would have, if the store hadn’t been closed for the night already. None of the stencils were right for me. The only one with an arch as high as mine was way too big for my face and made me look like the Joker. It was difficult to hold it on while applying, and I just wasn’t pleased. A few days later, I decided to try again, this time without the stencils. And oh my, am I glad I did. I used a spoolie to apply the brow wax to my hairs, getting them all moving in the same direction. This is great for me, because my hairs tend to go in wonky directions and it can be difficult to tame them. Then I took the angled brush and smoothed it over the darker brown. I applied it the way I used to do my pencil, with light, feathery strokes. It went on well, and was highly pigmented. The wax seemed to just grab at the color, making it stay where it was supposed to be and not moving at all! I used the lighter brown to fill in the tail ends, to appear more natural. Getting my brows even was a cinch, and when I finished with both, I ran the waxy spoolie over them again to set them, and put the highlighter on my brow bone. The final look was divine and I realized why everyone was absolutely raving over this kit.
Since then, I’ve ended up using the kit every time I do my eyebrows. I’ve thrown out all my old pencils, and I don’t think I’ll ever go back. The stencils are useless to me, but if you have a square or round face, or a high forehead, I think they would be great. My face is small and heart shaped, which doesn’t do well for overly dramatic eyebrows, at least not on me. They’re still bold, and definitely make a statement, though!
Packaging: 10/10 – This kit has perfectly sized packaging, everything fits in neatly. In fact, since removing the stencils, I can easily fit my tweezers and spoolie in it as well! The mirror comes in handy for touch up work on-the-go. The magnetic lid keeps it from opening unexpectedly. The whole case is well designed and seems like it will end up lasting me until I’ve finished with everything in it.
Look of Product: 10/10 – Once applied, I feel that it makes me look polished without looking unnatural. It allows the natural hair to show through, and the wax is a great consistency, that doesn’t leave you looking like you have glue keeping your brows in place, as I’ve noticed with other brow wax.
Components of Product: 7/10 – The wax has a delicate, buttery consistency that does a great job of keeping your brows in place all day. The two brown shades are wonderful, very highly pigmented and they look natural when applied. The highlighters are nice, but I tend to stick with other highlighters, as I’m more into shimmery whites. These are a beige-ish color that is a little darker than my skin tone, but I love them for a light eyeshadow. The brush does a great job of creating little strokes, and washes out easily. Being small, it allows me to get a precise line, and it’s easy to hold. I’ve heard others complain that it’s too thin, but I prefer that. I get perfect accuracy and don’t have to worry about any fallout at all. The only thing I truly dislike would be the stencils. But since there are five of them, they probably fit a variety of faces. I’m not going to toss them, however. I may end up using them or reshaping my brows so that I can use one that has a lower arch eventually.
Using Product: 9/10 – While I find this product easy and self-explanatory, I don’t feel that it’s appropriate for beginners. It could be a little bit daunting to newbie eyebrow architects, and I’d suggest for your first time, trying something a little less expensive. That way, you can get a feel for it, and use up the powder, and try different looks without fear of wasting. For me, I think it’s a breeze. I love the wax, and just wish the brush was a double-ended spoolie, like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Genius Kit has.
After Using Product: 10/10 – Having my eyebrows look like this gives me a serious confidence boost! I feel like I’ve never had them look better, and couldn’t be happier with the results. They last all day (and if I forget to wash them off, all night) without a smudge at all. I get a lot of compliments on them. This is definitely an improvement over a pencil or just using an eyeshadow.
Overall Result: 9.2/10
I would highly recommend this kit to anyone that enjoys doing their eyebrows, but is looking for that little extra something to really amp it up! I know that I’ve never been happier with how mine look, and I find myself checking out other girls’ brows when I go out, wishing I could do them with this kit! Shame on me! But when you look good, you want everyone else to look good too. This is definitely my ultimate ego boost product, and I don’t think I’ll ever be caught without it.
What do you think? What do you use for your brows? What would you like to see next? And as always, thanks for reading!
As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m a huge fan of Clinique products. However…I despise lip gloss. Loathe. Abhor. I just never saw a point once I was over the age of 13 to wear it. I can see other girls in it and it’s fine, but on me, I have large lips and tend to look like a greasy fish if I use something glossy or high shine. Also, your hair gets stuck in it. Yuck.
Last November, when I went to visit my family, my mom gave me a tube of Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss, and because I’m such a fan of Clinique (and I also can’t say no to free makeup. ever.), I figured I’d find a use for it somewhere or another. I put it into my makeup box, and there it lay, lonely and forgotten. Shunned in favor of mattes every time.
Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in Apricot
Now I live in Florida, and it’s usually very humid. I tend to have hair that doesn’t frizz often, calm cuticles, and hydrated lips. Occasionally I’ll swipe on some lip balm if I haven’t been guzzling Gatorade like normal, but on an average day, my lips are plump and smooth. No cracks, no dryness. Well, it’s been super cold lately! Like in the 30s! Which doesn’t seem like much to most people, but here, it’s drying out the air and is making my lips and cuticles die a slow and painful death.
Last night the boyfriend and I needed to go up to the store. He’s destroyed all his jeans by working at his construction job, and needed a nice pair to wear when we go out. And of course, I wanted an excuse to go to Sephora. There’s ALWAYS an excuse to go to Sephora. I did make a tiny purchase, but more on that in the next post! (It’s Tarte, so you’ll want to read it!) Ahem, I digress. I had on a full face of makeup, and it was just lovely. Except my lips. I tried Chapstick. I tried Carmex. I tried lip balms up and down. My face looked great, but I ended up actually using concealer over my lips and then a nude lipstick over the top, just to try and hide it. Ugh.
Pictured Above: My dying lips, hidden by packing on the lipstick. But on the bright side, my eyebrows are on point.
Well, as I waited for my boyfriend to get ready, I went outside to check the mail, and by the time I came back in, my lips had cracked right through the layers of stick and chap. Desperate at this point, I grabbed the Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss. I removed the other stuff I had on, and applied it over my poor, bare mouth. And then it hit me. I understood why girls love lip gloss. My lips immediately felt soothed, protected and comfortable. After about 15 minutes, the gloss soaked into my lips, making them feel smoother than they have in ages. I reapplied as it wore off, because I usually drink from a straw and I use an e-cigarette, so things tend to need to be reapplied often, it’s no fault of the gloss.
Upon application, there was absolutely zero scent. Zero taste when I accidentally licked my lips. It wasn’t overly glossy, and after sitting for a few minutes, soaked in nicely. I was able to go out and brave the cold with no additional damage! I was starting to get seriously excited about this revelation. In order to check out the full effect of Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss, I applied a fairly heavy layer before going to sleep. When I woke up this morning, I knew I had to blog this. My lips are nearly perfectly healed! I was seriously about to start globbing on Neosporin if the humidity didn’t come back soon.
Pictured Above: Still chapped, but coming back to life!
Now, Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss costs $15 on Clinique’s Website. It comes in eight different colors: Apricot, Raspberry, Grapefruit, Root Beer, Lilac, Ginger, Currant and Mango. Mine is in the Apricot shade. Which isn’t really a shade at all. When I used it, there was virtually no color deposit. Thankfully, that’s not why I was using it, but unless you’re looking for a sheer color, I’d stay away from that shade. It comes in a small, plastic tube with a just a hole and a slanted top, instead of any kind of applicator. I used one of my spare doe foot applicators the first time I used it, but then just used my finger every time after that. It has a very thick consistency. The gloss has been allergy tested.
Packaging: 8/10 – I normally despise products that come in tubes. You can’t get everything out of them, and sometimes they’ll split open in your purse and get goo everywhere. But the way the top is, I think I’ll be able to get most of the product out without having to re-pot it. Also, I doubt I’ll use this product in the summer, so the chances of it splitting open are slim.
Look of Product: 9/10 – If I’m going to apply a lip treatment, I don’t need color. You may desire more pigmentation than I do, but I preferred the sheer. It also didn’t look overly heavy on the lips, even though it felt quite thick.
Smell of Product: 10/10 – It doesn’t get any better than this. No scent. None. I love that in a product, especially one on or around my face.
Texture of Product: 10/10 – While I was initially turned off by how thick the product is, a little bit goes a long way. It doesn’t have a greasy feel to it at all, which is surprising. It applies smoothly and fills in the cracks, making your lips look whole. It’s not sticky or overpowering.
Using Product: 10/10 – Application was smooth, getting the product out wasn’t a problem, you only need a little bit.
After Using Product: 10/10 – My lips felt whole this morning. I don’t have the Sahara in the middle of my face anymore!
Overall Result: 9.5/10
This has shockingly turned into one of the highest rated products on my blog. I’m really hoping Clinique doesn’t change their formula because I believe once this tube is empty, I’ll be purchasing another for lip care first aid. The price is reasonable, especially for someone like me, who will only be using it during the winter months, or during times of incredible dryness. I can see this lasting longer than the Use By date would suggest.
What do you think? What’s your favorite gloss and why? What would you like to see next? And as always, thanks for reading!
Hello lovelies! Today I’m doing another sample review from an item I got from Sephora. The Wei Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask is something I was truly looking forward to trying out, since I’ve been very interested in skincare lately. … Continue reading
Hello lovelies! Today I’m going to post a mini review on Sally Hansen Miracle Cure Strengthener. I haven’t been feeling too great lately, I have Crohn’s Disease, which causes me to get extremely sick sometimes. I end up not being … Continue reading
Hello to my lovely followers, friends, fans and foes!
I received a huge box of stuff from Sephora today, including Murad Pore & Fine Line Minimizing Hydrator, Clinique Even Better Eyes, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Bare Minerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener in Luminous 2, Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer, Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Onyx, Stila Collage of Color, Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black, and Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume.
So of course I had to try all of it.
Most of what I got were samples, and all of the Smashbox stuff was part of their amazing Try It Kit. It’s only $19 and includes foundation primer, eyelid primer, lip gloss, mascara and a pencil eyeliner. The Bare Minerals kit was a Deluxe Sample and included a foundation powder in Golden Dark, which is obviously not my skintone, but I figured I could use it for an eyeshadow or a bronzer, and it’s a gorgeous coppery brown color. It also came with a Baby ‘Buki brush and the under eye illuminator. I suffer from awful under eye circles, so I’m really glad I picked it up! Then I got the Murad Pore & Fine Line Minimizing Hydrator, which I’ve used before, and a sample of Clinique Even Better Eyes to help out with those pesky circles.
Here’s my finished look:
It’s a fairly natural look, even if I am wearing a million different products.
Okay, so let’s start with face stuff first. I used my Yes to Tomatoes moisturizer, as usual. Next was the Murad Pore & Fine Line Minimizing Hydrator (which is stellar, by the way. If you haven’t tried it, you need to. It immediately gets rid of any little lines you have, shrinks your pores, and makes your skin look so even!) Then I applied the Clinique Even Better Eyes under both of my eyes. It applied feeling a little greasy, but after a moment, it soaked in and made the skin beneath my eyes feel much better. It felt hydrated and very non-greasy, for how the application was. It looks a bit yellow when it comes out, but goes on sheer.
Next, I used the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. This is something I’ve been really interested in. I’ve only ever used an Avon foundation primer in the past, and it gave me Oompa Loompa face. This is clear, though, which is really cool! There’s no real scent to it, just a vague memory of something chemical-y when applying. This fades fast, and the primer absorbs quickly into my skin. Then I applied my normal foundation, Revlon Photoready Airbrush in Vanilla 001 after using the primer. At first, my foundation seemed to sit on top of my skin, which is NOT a good thing. It looked totally unnatural! I decided to just let it sit for a second, like with the Clinique Even Better Eyes, and whaddyaknow? It calmed down. The foundation set really nicely with the primer, and looked far more smooth than it normally does.
After this, I used the Stroke of Light by Bare Minerals in Luminous 2 underneath each eye. This, as you can see above, has made my dark circles pretty much disappear. There aren’t any edits done to the photos I’ve included in today’s post, other than cropping. The Stroke of Light had kind of a strange applicator. It reminded me of a bubble wand from when I was a kid, only with a thin layer of fabric stretched over it. It went on smoothly, however, and I really like the look and feel of it.
Following the under eye illuminator, I applied the Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer. I had a bad feeling about it the moment I opened it up. It had a doe foot applicator, which I despise, and the product looked thick and dark. When applying, it looked chalky and matte, and before I even put anything on my lids, there were creases everywhere. There were creases in the corners of my eyes, there were creases under my eyes, there were creases inside of creases. UGH! I did my best to smooth it out and moved forward with my process.
Now it’s time to open up my Stila Collage of Color! I decided to use the Peach Poppy all over today, as I wanted to focus on a less dramatic look. The palette can be used for lips and cheeks, but I have a triple threat going on and used it as an eyeshadow too! First I put it on my cheeks. It goes on pretty sheer at first, but you can build it up so that it gives you a really nice flush. I can’t wait to try some of the other colors in the palette! Peach Poppy is an orange-y pink, and is very pigmented. It goes on so smooth and feels amazing when it’s on your cheeks.
I then set everything I had done so far with Revlon Colorstay Aqua in Light, my normal foundation powder. Everything was looking good so far!
Now I did my lips, and I usually don’t do peach colors, but I’m crazy today, so why not? First I put on the Peach Poppy, and then topped it off with the Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume. Neither the Stila nor the Smashbox were sticky on my lips, and they felt very hydrated. The color stays on well, and the Smashbox really brings out the shape of my mouth, enhancing all of the good parts! I like that it’s not so thick and goopy. I normally LOOOAAATHHE lip gloss because my hair always gets stuck in it and then I’ve got hair lines everywhere. But this doesn’t do any of that. It absorbs well and still leaves you with a kissable shine!
I then applied my eyebrows, and got ready to work on my eyes. The Smashbox eyelid primer I was convinced was crap at this point, but I wanted to keep going. I used the Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Onyx on my waterline, where it went on and STAYED on. It glides right on and smudges well, but then stays in place. I loved how dark it was, and that it’s a matte. I’m so over glittery eyeliner right now. I can definitely see this liner becoming a staple in my makeup collection. I then applied the Peach Poppy color to my poor, creased lids, and it went on in a really lovely way, even with the problems the primer was causing. (I’m so sorry, UD Primer Potion, I won’t cheat on you again!) Next, I used the Smashbox Full Exposure mascara. Now I’m really picky about mascara. I have very long lashes, and if the brush isn’t good, then I’ll end up with tangled spiders on my eyes, which sucks. Also, my eyelash curler recently took a dump on me, so I can’t curl them up right now. The mascara was okay, but I didn’t like the brush. It’s absolutely enormous. I think if I were to use the brush from my Clinique High Impact Mascara (my one true love), that I’d really like the formula they use, though. It builds nicely without getting clumps in it. After applying the mascara, I cleaned up around my eyes and added another coat of the Peach Poppy from Stila.
In the above picture, you can see that there is some creasing from the eyelid primer, but the color looks great with my pale skin and dark eyes. I think it would look really nice on people with deeper skin tones as well, it seems pretty versatile.
Clinique Even Better Eyes: 7/10 – Because it’s a product that will require time. It doesn’t provide instant results. However, after the initial greasiness fades, it makes your under eye area feel divine.
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer: 7.8/10 – Because it look and feels good, but takes a moment to settle in. Also, it comes in a tube, and I hate tubes. (To get all the product out, you always need to cut it open and transfer it to a new container.)
Bare Minerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener: 10/10 – Because I have awful, purple under eye circles, and this pretty much cleared them up completely. Even if I went without any foundation, I think I could get away with putting this on and some mascara, and I’d look like I’d had a full night’s rest. I also liked the weird applicator.
Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer: 1/10 – Because it sucks. It creased all over the place. I looked like I had raisins for eyelids. It had an awful applicator and goes on chalky. NOT recommended.
Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner: 9/10 – Because it glides on smoothly and looks great, but can end up smudging as the day wears on. It’s very dark and looks great, and I think with my Urban Decay Primer Potion, it would stay on better.
Stila Collage of Color: 9.8/10 – Because it looks gorgeous! It feels great and is super useful since you can use it on eyes, cheeks and lips. I haven’t tried the other two colors in the palette yet, but I’m sure they’ll look great too! It only gets points off for packaging. It comes in a small cardboard palette with a magnetic lid, but doesn’t come with an applicator or a mirror, which is a shame.
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara: 7/10 – Because I didn’t like the brush, but the formula is great. It builds nicely without getting clumpy, and doesn’t flake off.
Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss: 9/10 – Because it’s the only lip gloss I’ve ever liked, but it’s still a gloss. I like that it’s a nude. It enhances all the good parts and doesn’t feel sticky.
Overall, I’m really happy with my purchases. The only thing I really didn’t like was the eyelid primer. However, I actually think that it might be usable as a concealer, so I won’t bin it just yet.
The Try It Kit is a must-have, if you’ve never used Smashbox products before. It gives you a great taste of what they have to offer. Anyways, here’s a set of photos to show off the look one more time.
What do you think? Have you tried any of these? What would you like to see next?
Thanks for reading!
I visited my mom in November, as a Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday hybrid, because I knew I’d be busy with work and that there’d be nasty traffic. Anyways, she gave me a bottle of Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser to try, since I’m always on the prowl for new and exciting products. Read on to see how the Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser stood up to the challenge!
First off, let’s look at the packaging. It comes in a small, squeezable plastic tube. There is a flip top on it for easy access to product whether you’re in the shower or at your sink. Something I really like about the plastic it’s made with is that it’s got a weird texture. It’s the same texture as a lot of older lotion bottles. It’s a little bit rough, but not much at all, just so you can have a good grip on it. It says the Clinique name and what the product is. It’s very clean and simple, which I like a lot.
You’re supposed to use this as a step in a “Clinique skin care system”, but I’ve been trying a lot of products lately, and I really don’t want to commit to a whole new system of doing things when I really still love my Yes to Tomatoes moisturizer so much. I figure it probably boosts the effects of each product when you use them in combination, but probably not so noticeably that it’ll make my skin fall off if I don’t use the other steps.
Next up is usage. When I squeezed out the product the first time, I used way more than I needed. This stuff really foams up great! It has a mousse consistency and is a shimmery pale pink color. It smells just like any soap, very light and forgettable. Immediately after rinsing it off of my face, my skin feels tight and clean. I can’t smell the fragrance at all once it has been rinsed off. This works to remove basic makeup, but I still need to use my normal makeup remover cloths for my waterproof mascara.
And finally are the after effects of the product.
I have very fair, combination skin. I get redness and oily skin on and around my nose. I don’t have breakouts, really, my skin is very smooth. Occasionally I’ll get a stray pimple if I’m not being diligent about my makeup removal. (Shame on me!) I have relatively small pores, but I do get blackheads on the middle of my nose. My skin tone is uneven from top to bottom, but is still clear and bright. Using this product helps to keep my nose from getting oily as the day wears on. If I’m not using any makeup at all, then I tend to get a shine around 2pm if I wash my face with this around 8am. If I’ve applied a full face, including foundation, BB cream, setting powder and my contouring/highlighting, and I’ve washed my face in the morning, then I won’t develop any shine and my skin will stay even throughout the day. However, I’m always sure to baby it that night with a detoxifying mask to get rid of all the gunk in my skin.
Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser is an excellent face wash, and at around 20 bucks for a 5oz bottle, it’s not a bad deal. I’ve been using a travel-sized bottle for a month now, up to twice a day, but nearly always once per day (with the exception noted in the paragraph below the rankings). I’ve noticed an overall improvement in how red my nose area gets as the day wears on. My skin always feels tight and it helps my makeup to apply evenly.
Packaging: 8/10 – I like it, but a tube is still a tube. If I want to get all of the product out, I’ll have to cut it open and transfer it into another container.
Look of Product: 10/10 – I actually love the way this product looks. The shimmer is lovely and I’m a big fan of pink.
Smell of Product: 5/10 – I’m completely neutral on the smell. It’s fine how it is, but if they want to improve it, I wouldn’t mind.
Texture of Product: 9/10 – Very foamy and thick, rinses off without leaving a scummy feeling afterwards.
Using Product: 9/10 – Foams up nicely without seeming to go overboard. Dries very fast, though. If you don’t rinse it off immediately after applying, it will start to soak into your skin.
After Using Product: 8/10 – Skin feels tight and clean. Looks brighter and less red. Reduces oiliness. Sometimes makes my cheeks feel a bit too dry, and I have to really pack on the moisturizer.
I would recommend this product to anyone with oily or combination skin. If you have normal or dry skin, I would suggest finding something more hydrating. Occasionally I feel like my skin has is a bit too dry, and I use a more gentle gel cleanser for a day or two. However, I always go back to this. I wouldn’t use it more than twice a day, as it would likely begin drying out your skin.
Have you tried Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser or other Clinique cleanser products? What do you think? What did you think of my post? What would you like to see next?