Benefit: They’re Real! Push Up Liner Review and Tutorial

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

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Huge Sephora Haul Reviews!

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.


See all the crease lines?


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. 

Overall Verdict

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!



Splatter Mani: Hellooooo 80s Inspiration!

So I tried a splatter mani for the first time today, and I’m really happy with the results!


I had to do a tea bag wrap on two of my nails, as they had snagged. If you don’t know how to do one of these, scroll down beneath the pictures of the splatter mani for detailed instructions.

I wrapped two of my nails, my thumb and my ring finger on my left hand, let that dry, and then buffed each of my nails. I have a four sided buffer that is just amazing. Don’t leave home without it! Here’s a link to the one I use. You can get it at Walgreens for about $1.50.

I applied my usual base coat, Sally Hansen Double Duty Base and Top Coat, and allowed it to dry.

On my left hand, I painted my thumb, index, middle and pinky fingernails with Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Black Out. I used this color on my right hand, but only on my ring finger. While waiting for this to dry, I applied Wet n’ Wild Wild Shine Nail Color in Lavender Creme. It’s actually a pretty spot-on match for Barbie pink. It’s very bright, and goes on opaque in two coats. It’s very thin, but surprisingly durable. I got it on sale the other day to use with my gradient sunset nails, which I’ve yet to do. Shame on me.

I reapplied the polish to each nail, let dry, and then applied my Double Duty as a top coat. At this point, I thought my nails looked alright, but I decided I wasn’t quite done. I got out my nail polish thinner, OPI Nail Lacquer Thinner, which can be purchased at Ulta for around $9.00. I poured a few drops of the Lavender Creme into a small dish, and then splashed in one tiny drop of the thinner on top of it. Using a separate nail brush, I stirred it together. The thinner you make it, the less opaque it will be on your nails, although it will be much easier to get on.

I then held the brush over each finger and tapped the end of it, making the paint splash down onto my nails. A good thing to do is put Vaseline or tape over the parts of your hands/fingers that you don’t want to have covered in paint. Because I didn’t do this, I spent half a bottle of nail polish remover and about an hour cleaning up my legs, arms and hands. I’m messy. Sue me.

After this, I did the same with the Black Out nail color on the remaining nails.

I then applied another coat of Double Duty and let dry.

Here’s the finished result! What do you think?

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Okay, so to do the tea bag wrap, you need:

– A normal tea bag

– A pair of scissors

– A four sided nail buffer

– A good base coat

Alright, so you remove whatever nail polish is currently on your nail, being careful not to aggravate the break any more than it already is. Take the tea bag, and cut off the top. Remove the guts and possibly make a cup and drink that while you’re working, because yum. Also, waste is bad. Bad, bad waste. Cut a small strip out of the bag, about enough to go halfway down your nail, that will cover the whole surface. Apply your base coat to the nail, and while still wet, position the strip of tea bag across it. Push down, making sure you get any and all bubbles and wrinkles out. It might get a little messy, but that’s okay! Then apply another thin layer of top coat to kind of glue the whole thing down. When the top coat dries, take the fine grain side of your nail buffer and file in one direction all around your nail, so that any excess tea bag comes off.  Apply one more layer of top coat, and let dry completely. Then, following the numbers on your buffer, file all over the surface, so that there is no visible difference between where the tea bag is and where your nail is. Voila! Pain over the top, and your nail is repaired! It will look a little bit different than your natural nails, of course, but it’s nothing a good layer of polish can’t fix. I use this all the time and it saves my life. I work too damn hard for these pretty nails.

Fantasy Makers Glitter Liner and Confetti Review

I looooove Halloween

Not because I dress up in costumes or go to parties or any of that shit.

Because Fantasy Makers comes out! 

For those of you who don’t know, Fantasy Makers is made by Wet n’ Wild. You’ll probably recognize that as an inexpensive drugstore brand. Well, every year since just about forever, I’ve gone fucking crazy when their stuff hits the stores, because for some reason, it’s waaay the hell better than anything Wet n’ Wild normally puts out. (Hahaha, puts out.) 

They sell false eyelashes, loose glitter, black and blood red lipsticks, face paint, eyeliners, temporary tattoos, body makeup, sparkly eyeshadows, kits to give you a certain look (vampire, witch, butterfly), and this year they’re also doing nail wraps, which I am currently all over. (I have a review of Essie Sleek Stick that I need to put up sometime soon!) I haven’t found the nail wraps yet, but I did go in and spend my first little wad of dough on the Glitter Liner and Confetti, which is what they call the loose glitter (it comes in a lot of colors, but my Walgreens is cheap and stupid and only had silver). Now, for a big ass vial of loose silver glitter: Image

It only cost $1.99. WHAT.


That’s right. And it’s excellent quality as well. You can use it on your body with an adhesive gel (or by itself if you don’t mind fallout), or as an accent on your eyes, lips or even fingernails without irritation. Some people have more sensitive skin and might have a problem with it. I don’t. I don’t know anyone who has. Test it out first and make sure, guys. I don’t want my little bloggies coming up later and telling me how their once beautiful eyes have been removed because a speck of Confetti got in their little seeing globes. 

Okay, so my second purchase was the Glitter Liner. Now, I love glitter, guys. I really do. I don’t love it all over my body or my face, but used as an accent, it can be exactly what you need to make your features pop.  


I got my Glitter Liner in silver as well, and it cost me $1.00. That’s right. One effing dollar. WHY AREN’T YOU BUYING THIS SHIT RIGHT NOW GUYS?

I’ve recently become addicted to makeup tutorial videos on YouTube. Not anyone in particular, and not because I really need a how-to for my makeup. Instead, it gives me awesome ideas because frankly, after 10 years of applying my own, I’ve run out of ideas. I can’t just go around with a kickass smokey eye all the time, even if it does look nice. And it gives me ideas as to what products I would want to buy without having to trial and error them. Well, after seeing a few tutorials that showed a glitter liner being used on the top lid, I thought I’d try it for myself. 

What was done in the video (Check out for full tutorials and so I can properly give her credit) was that she used a glitter liner on her upper lid, then dabbed loose glitter over it while it was still wet, so it was SUPER sparkly. I didn’t care about anything else she did, I just wanted to recreate THAT. I mean, it makes perfect sense. Going back to elementary school, squirting Elmer’s Glue all over a piece of paper, dumping glitter on the whole thing and shaking it back off? Same thing, but on my eyeballs. 

The very first thing I did was to apply tape from the outer corner of my eyes to the end of my eyebrows. This allows for a clean line and less fall out. Then I started my actual makeup application with a primer. I actually use Wet n’ Wild’s Fergie collection primer, Take on the Day. It works just as well as any primer I’ve ever used that cost 10 times as much. It’s about $4.50 at drugstores. After applying the primer up to my brows, I used a white shadow Maybelline Chic Naturals in Vanilla and applied it to the inner corner and first third of my eye. I then took my Wet n’ Wild Spoiled Brat color palette and applied the pink shadow to the middle of my lid, blending slightly with the white. I then took a shimmery black shadow from the same color palette and applied it to the outer corner of my eye, blending up and with the pink, to soften the lines. I took my white shadow again and dusted it on along my brow bone, blending the pink and black softly at the edges. I removed the tape and took a very small, angled brush to add pink underneath my eye. I took the Fantasy Makers Glitter Liner and (the brush is great, by the way. It’s very long and thin and makes for an incredibly easy application) used it just like I would with a normal black liner across the top of my lid. Immediately afterwards, I took the Fantasy Makers Confetti and using a small, angled brush, dipped it into the glitter and applied it carefully along the glitter line. I then did the ol’, my-mascara-won’t-dry-fucking-fast-enough-so-I’m-gonna-blow-air-up-at-my-eyeballs trick. That got rid of the loose glitter that had fallen while applying. I repeated the same thing on my other eye and then added black liner on my lower lid, and mascara. 

Here’s the result:


Not bad, right? In person, they really pop and it gives me exactly what I need! 

Of course, now I’m using glitter liner for all of my eye makeup looks. 

But it’s fucking glitter!

Okay, so my verdict on Fantasy Makers Glitter Liner and Confetti is that it costs less than the value menu at McDonald’s, and it looks a lot better on you. It’s obviously not the greatest quality of anything, but it absolutely is doable, there’s no runny goop, the glitter isn’t aggravating, the application is simple, the brush is good, you get a lot for your money and it looks awesome!

There are a lot of products that they have around Halloween, and my biggest problem is that not one of those products (except for the loose glitter) will make it to next Halloween. They just don’t have a long life. Maybe February or March, if you’re lucky. But hey, that’s spring and you don’t need to vamp it up then anyways. 

Thanks for reading, guys! 

I’d love to see what you create with glitter!