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Do you want longer lashes?

19 Sep

I’m pretty sure that most people would say yes.  So I’m excited to tell you about a new product I  just got – Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes.

“Our best selling product, 3D Fiber Lashes dramatically enhances and magnifies the appearance of your own lashes.”. Of course I was intrigued. Especially after I saw pictures of the results – but I was still skeptical. I knew someone that was having a Mascara party (online) so I decided to buy them.

First off you order online and the shipping was SUPER fast!  It comes in a lovely, sturdy case (shown above).

The instructions say to apply a thin coat of your regular mascara and then a layer of transplanting gel. Before the gel dries you take out the wand with the funny fibers all over it and apply to your lashes. Then you either finish up with the gel again or add gel and more lashes – always finishing with the transplanting gel.

Before I get to my photos here are a few things to note:

  • I wear contacts and have sensitive eyes and had no issues
  • I did have a tiny bit of flaking the first day (but that was after I wore them from 7am – 10pm) and needed more transplanting gel (last layer). The next day I had no flaking
  • They are water resistant – you can splash water on your face and they wont budge – but don’t splash water on your face and then rub your eyes vigorously.
  • They say they can be washed off with soap and water but I ended up with a flaky face when I did that. It was much easier just to use  my eye makeup remover first.

Verdict: I really like them. You get the false lash look without the weird feeling of false lashes (or the struggle to apply them and then pray they don’ t fall off). They do take a bit more time to apply (but not lots) so I might not wear them every day but will definitely  use them for a little extra oomph.

Where can you get them? Well I’m hosting a party you can either click the link here: Gimme longer lashes!

Or visit my party Facebook Page

And without further adieu – my before and after pics.

New Image2  With one coat of mascara.

New Image after With one coat of mascara plus 2 coats of fibers.(The different angle is so that you could see my lashes better – they don’t focus very well straight on). Please note that my lashes tend to clump together naturally  – its not because of the product. If I had more time this am I could have fixed them…

Review: Maybelline Volum Express The Rocket Waterproof Mascara

31 Mar
After the disaster that was the Cover Girl mascara, I decided I would give a different brand a try so I picked up Maybelline’s Volum’ Express The Rocket Mascara (the waterproof version).
The Claims: 

Now, the most explosive, beautiful lashes ever! Volum’ Express The Rocket Mascara’s patented Supersonic Brush with micro bristles loads on big, sleek volume instantly. Why you’ll love it:
  • Explosive Volume in Rocket Time!
  • 8X Bigger. Smoother. Even.
  • Our fast-glide formula keeps lashes smooth.
  • Zero clumps!

My impression:

 

  • I like that product gets scraped off the brush as you pull it out of the tube – that way you don’t end up with too much product and clumpy, goopy lashes.
  • It didn’t clump and it separated my lashes
  • It didn’t flake (much…sometimes at the end of the day there would be  a bit under my eyes but not much)
  • It IS waterproof – unlike some mascaras that claim to be waterproof but aren’t

 

I wouldn’t say it gave my lashes lots of volume – but I usually only use one or two coats of mascara. It’s a good mascara but nothing special and not the best I’ve ever used.
My verdict: Its worth giving a try but don’t expect miracles.

Review: Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation

28 Mar
I don’t buy a lot of drugstore foundations  because they frequently don’t have testers and I also find it hard to find a color that matches my skin.
When I saw the Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation I decided to give it a try. It was on sale for less than $10 and I’m always looking for a solution to my oily T-zone woes.
 
The Claim : A feather light, oil free formula with an airy mousse texture that won’t feel heavy or greasy. Delivers all day shine control and blends flawlessly for a natural looking matte finish. Minimizes the appearance of pores.
My impression:
  • It does feel very weightless when it is on. I hate feeling like I have a mask of makeup
  • It is very natural looking  and doesn’t cake
  • The squeeze tube is great and doesn’t take up a ton of space
  • You only need a tiny pea sized amount for your whole face (I like to apply it with a damp Beauty Blender for a natural look)
  • It provides medium coverage
I still get a bit of breakthrough shine on my forehead but I have yet to find something that keeps me matte all day and doesn’t’ t look like a mask. This foundation comes in 6 shades which isn’t stellar but even with my fair skin I managed to find one to match.
The Verdict: Good value and worth trying if you can find one that matches your skin tone.

Review: COVERGIRL Flamed Out Mascara

25 Mar
I was searching for a new mascara when I saw this on sale at the drugstore and was intrigued ( I think it was the shape of the brush that caught my eye).
It claimed to instantly boost volume and lift the lashes up and out. For $6 I figured I would give it a try.  Here are my thoughts:
  • The brush was terribly awkward. It didn’t reach across the whole lash line and I found I got wayyyy too much product on the brush. Even after wiping it off on the neck of the bottle it went on my lashes pretty clumpy.
  • I bought the waterproof formula but it was definitely not waterproof. If my eyes  watered even a little I would have mascara all over my under eye area.
  • It flaked terribly for me.
The verdict: This product was a major disappointment  and I wouldn’t recommend it.

Review – Cover Girl truMagic Skin Perfector

12 Feb

 I had heard of mattifying balms before but I didn’t want to shell out the money to try one when it might not even work ( I think the one I saw was $30?) When I saw the Cover Girl truMagic Skin Perfector in the drugstore I decided to give it a try and I was pleasantly surprised.

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I’ve since read many mixed reviews about this product. Most of the negative reviews have been about using it as a primer. I didn’t purchase it to use as a primer – I wanted to see how it would work to  mattify skin OVER makeup as opposed to powdering or blotting (neither of which work that well for me). You wouldn’t think a balm would mattifly your skin (can you imagine smearing lip balm on your forehead?)– but you would be wrong. This little product is amazing.  I lightly blotted my t zone and bye bye shine! Bonus – it didn’t take off my makeup or make me look cakey (like too much powder can).  The finish feels very smooth and velvety.

Now for the downside – there is no place to store the sponge that comes with it except on top of the product. Why they made it this way I have no idea. This isn’t the most hygienic option – so the best thing is to get rid of the sponge and just pat the product on with your fingers. The case is also a bit unwieldy for travel – but since I just plan to keep it in my desk at work that’s not an issue for me.

If oily areas are a trouble spot for you this is a product worth checking out.

What is all the Fuss About BB Creams?

11 Mar

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year, you have undoubtedly heard the term BB cream and have seen them springing up in stores everywhere. What exactly is BB Cream?

Originally developed in Germany and named Blemish Balm, these creams became extremely popular products in Asia. As their popularity soared in Asia ( where there name was changed to Beauty Balm) it wasn’t long before the US market picked up on the trend and voila – we have BB cream.
According to Paula Begoun “BB creams are not must-have products. Essentially, the BB creams (Beauty Balms) sold in Western countries are little more than tinted moisturizers with sunscreen. In contrast, many of the BB creams sold in Asia have thicker textures and higher levels of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for sun protection, and are intended to leave a white cast on the skin. They also are often formulated with antioxidants and skin-lightening ingredients because the marketing for these products in Asia is mostly about lightening the skin.”
Basically BB creams (and their counterparts tinted moisturizers) provide sun protection, moisture and sheer coverage.  They generally contain:
  • zinc oxide or titanium dioxide
  • anti-aging ingredients
  • moisturizers
  • Ingredients that help even out skin tone
  • Light reflecting particles to give the skin a glow
  • Silicone based ingredients to smooth out the skin and act like a primer

Some BB creams have a thicker, creamier texture; some offer a bit more coverage than standard tinted moisturizers.  Finding a BB cream that will match your skin can be difficult as many of the cremes only come in 3 shades (or less).  

The best reason to consider a BB cream is if you want more coverage than a tinted moisturizer but not as much coverage as your regular foundation. Honestly – for the price I’m just not sure it’s worth it. Most BB creams are double the price of tinted moisturizers or foundations.
The first BB cream that I tried was the Smashbox BB Cream. I used to buy the Smashbox tinted moisturizer and they replaced it with the BB cream. I was a little thrown by the price but decided to give it a try. I didn’t think it was amazing and the tube didn’t last me long at all. Factoring in the price I decided I wouldn’t repurchase it.
When I ran out I decided to see what other BB creams were out there.I only have the local drugstore in town to make purchases so I decided to try the Garnier BB cream. It had good reviews so I figured why not. Well – the reason not is that it only came in 3 colors and the lightest color was too dark and too orange for my skin. I also found the scent wayyyy too overpowering.
The next time I was at a Sephora they were featuring BB creams and I tried a whole assortment but I really didn’t think any of them were good enough to justify the exorbitant price. Finally the salesperson showed me the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (nope not BB Cream). It was a little bit more than I wanted to spend but when I put it on it felt fantastic (very smooth) and the color was an excellent match for my skin (It comes in 11 colors). It provided good coverage without feeling thick (I still cover my red spots with concealer but that’s it) and I’ve been using it for a month now and still have quite a bit left. A little goes a long way.
Overall its up to you, but I personally won’t waste any more money overpriced, over-hyped BB creams. I’ll stick to my tinted moisturizer thank-you-very-much.