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Sometimes I get afraid of mascaras since they’re the reason why I don’t have many lashes anymore. I use to have thick lashes and certain mascaras that I’ve used in the past caused my lash loss. So I’m pretty picky now when it comes to mascaras. But I’ve been hearing a lot of people raving about Benefit’s Bad Gal Mascara (US$19), so I decided to give it a shot.
Let’s start with the packaging.
I got the waterproof version. Its pretty slim, which I like since it can easily fit in your purse. I also like how the brush is curved unlike the regular formula. I put it next to my Sonia Kashuk spoolie brush so you can see the difference a bit. The brush makes easier for me to get in the inner corner of my eyes without poking my eye out. Its thicker outside and a little thinner inside.
When applied, it doesn’t weigh my lashes down after a few coats and doesn’t seem to clump like most waterproof mascaras would. I like how it defines, lengthens and separates my lashes as well. I love how it looks natural.
I’m sorry about the redness around my eyes. My allergies were acting up a little bit. Anyway, when wearing mascaras, my eyes tend to get irritated when I wear it all day. I’m happy to say that with this mascara, my eyes weren’t irritated at all. Though at the end of the day, I felt that my lashes were a bit dry. Maybe it might be different if a lash primer was used.
Normally, I wouldn’t use waterproof mascaras mainly because most of the ones I’ve tried always smudged on me. Plus, they’re such a pain to remove. With this mascara, I didn’t experience any smudging at all. I used my Target makeup remover (the Almay brand burned my eyelids – this Target brand worked much better!), and it removed all the mascara off my lashes. I like it and do recommend it to those who are still looking for a good waterproof mascara.
So the Naked Honey Collection came out last week in Thursday, and the whole collection was alright. I only purchased one of the high-light powders. I initially wanted the Honey Light, but then I saw Golden Nectar, and it was gorgeous. You can’t see it in the picture now because I’ve been using it since I got it, haha. But it had a real nice shimmery pearlescent finish.
I actually purchased it because of the honeycomb pattern (yes, I’m a sucker for pretty things). There was a light spray on it, so it looked super shimmery, but after you swatch it, it comes off. When you first apply it the sheen is noticeable and it gets less prominent after a few uses.
I don’t know if you could see the light sheen in my hand. I swatched it over UDPP, but my camera didn’t seem to catch it. I also swatched it on a piece of paper so you could see the color. I actually hoped it was a bit more shimmery (like at the beginning), but this can be used as bronzer too – its a really nice color. I think this color is more suitable for lighter skintones since I’m sure it’ll show up better on their skin. Medium to Dark skintones can probably uses this as a blush. Its an all-over-powder, so you can pretty much use this however you like. I used this on my eyes as well, and it looked great.
US and Canadian beauties, don’t forget about the MAC F&F Sale from tomorrow to Thursday! Happy shopping!
So I actually got this for free when Dillard’s was having this free giveaway thing months ago. Macy’s also had a giveaway with Sarah Jessica Parker’s body wash and perfume. I’ve heard some good raves about this night serum, plus some magazines have featured it as well. And since it was for free, I decided to give it a shot.
I got the free full-sized Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex (retails for US$47.50 for 1.0 oz). You are to apply the serum on your face an neck before your moisturizer and its supposed to help repair visible damage and help protect the skin from future damage. I heard that some people woke up with a “glowing” face. Its Dermatologist-tested, Ophthalmologist-tested, Fragrance-free and Non-acnegenic.
Some information on this:
Exclusive Chronolux™ Technology
Repairs the appearance of past damage. Addresses damaging effects before they become permanent. You’ll see a visible improvement in the signs of aging-specifically lines, uneven skintone and immediate hydration.
Enhanced Environmental Repair
Neutralizes up to 90%* of environmentally generated free radicals before they can affect skin’s appearance. That’s key, because environmental assaults such as UV, smoke, pollution and even emotional stress are the #1 cause of premature signs of aging. Our advanced technology repairs the appearance of damage caused by every major environmental assault.
Creates the optimal environment for repair with nature’s long-proven moisture magnet Hyaluronic Acid. Clinical tests prove skin’s levels of moisturization increase dramatically. Soothes daily irritation and builds a rich anti-oxidant reserve to help replenish skin’s natural protectants.
Think of it as “insurance” for younger, healthier-looking skin, today and tomorrow.
As you can see above, the product is pretty small. I was a little hesitant to try this since at the time my face was still breaking out. This serum didn’t make it any better.
I don’t know if you can see it on the right but, the serum is of a light peach color and goes on clear. When you apply the serum, it gives a nice colling sensation to the skin. The smell isn’t very pleasant – it had sort of a old musty smell to it. I’m a little sensitive to smells so this was a turn-off. But the good thing about this was it didn’t leave my skin dry. I woke the next day and everything seemed ok. Though I didn’t notice any “glow” or immediate change in my skin. I used for about a week and still didn’t see a change in my skin, but I started to breakout a little bit. I’m always giving products second chances, so I gave it a try for a few more days and my skin didn’t seem to get any better. So I just gave it to my boyfriend’s mother since she also got one and it seemed to work well for her. I don’t know if anyone had the same issue like me, and I think this product is better suited for more mature skin.
PROS: Gives off a cooling sensation, doesn’t leave the skin dry
CONS: Smells funky, gave me blemishes
So I made a haul post last month and I must say, this is one of my favorite moisturizers this year. My HG moisturizer is the Olay Complete. I have sensitive combination/oily skin, so I’m scared of trying new products because when my skin freaks out – it freaks out. But to my surprise, it works great for my skin – especially now since its summer. The smell is really nice – its a cross between a grape and some kind of berry. I like the formulation of this and it didn’t leave my skin oily at all. It has a mouse-like texture and feels really light. The thing I like most about it is that it absorbs into your skin pretty quick. What I love about this moisturizer as well is that it also contains dimethicone, which can be found in face primers. I usually use a face primer or my homemade mixing medium to help my mineral foundation stay on longer, but I don’t use it much anymore because my foundation lasts all day with the moisturizer alone! Some of my acne has gone away after using this as well. I totally recommend this for those who have oily skin and for those who are looking for a good moisturizer during the summer. I’m not so sure about the winter since it does absorb into the skin fairly quick and you might have reapply a few times. People with dry skin might not benefit from this moisturizer much since the consistency of it isn’t thick enough.
PROS: Lightweight, absorbs quickly, doesn’t leave your skin oily
CONS: Maybe too light for the winter, bulky packaging
Random? Yes, I’m going to talk a bit about food right now. So I was super hungry yesterday and was craving some chicken wings. I wanted to try the Atomic wings, so I bought that along with Cajun wings, and let me tell you – the Cajun wings taste so much better than Atomic. Atomic was crappy as hell. Its just chicken super drenched in all the spices you can think of. It’s not even that spicy like a lot of people has said it was. It did have a little “kick” to it, but not a “fire in the hole” flavor. My friend actually coughed a bit caused the spices were a little overwhelming, but he said it wasn’t that spicy either. My boyfriends’ dad could make a spicer chicken wing than that, haha. Aside from the spices, it had a super sour taste to it too (thank goodness I had some ranch around). So those of you who heared about Atomic wings being super hot and have yet to try it out, give it a shot. Its not so “Atomic” as people said it is.
Palette image from SMH
Okay, so I was on Stars Makeup haven to check on their single eyeshadows, because I remembered that on May 25th their would be 36 new eyeshadows – but when I went to look, it was delayed until June 1st. I got a free full size eyeshadow in “Smoke And Mirrors” and I really like it. Very smooth, pigmented and blends very well. I seriously recommend this more than the 88 palettes and the 96 palettes because if you run out – you can always buy a refill pan unlike the other palettes where when you run out of your favorite color, that’s it.
I’m writing this mini review because honestly, I’m more of a palette person now since I bought the 88 palettes. I don’t like the bulkiness of different eyeshadows and its difficult to store them since I have a small room, so I have like one storage bin for my makeup. Plus, those who like good quality makeup without making a dent in your wallet – these eyeshadows are perfect for you. I also think that SMH has good prices – though some prices were raised on certain products, but they’re still afforadble. You can get Stila, Too Faced and MAC pigment samples (even discontinued and limited edition!) as well and much more. Also, did I mention their brushes are pretty good (not to mention cheap!) and their palettes are cheaper than Coastal Scents? *smiles* They also ship internationally and its really good (about $5 bucks or so for international shipping). So do go check that out. Bye lovlies!
I rarely use L’Oréal products because I think some of their products are overpriced at times, but I saw this and wanted to try it out. But sadly, I was in for a disappointment.
I believe I bought this for 6 dollars, but don’t quote me on that because I don’t remember. You can see in the picture below that its a marker-type of eyeliner and its said to be “smudge proof and mistake proof”. Let me tell what a friend of mine would say to this, “Boo-Siet!”. This is by far the worst eyeliner I’ve ever tried.
I meant to put “feels like a marker” instead of looks like a marker, haha. Anyway, the marker is supposed to be able to produce thin as well as thick lines, but as you can see on my hand, I couldn’t really draw with it. I have a bit of a shakey hand so this eyeliner was just a bother. The tip is pretty hard and it poked me a few times as well. The pen has to lay on its side in order for the ink flow to come out smoothly. The color payoff isn’t really great either. I know the picture’s small but, if you were use the eyeliner, it would appear “see-through” and I always had to layer it. All in all, I don’t recommend this to anyone at all. The only pen-type eyeliners I do recommend are from Cover Girl and NYX.
Pigments, loose shadows – whatever you want to call them, they’re all work the same way. Apply it alone for a sheer color, apply over a shadow to add dimension or tone down a color, or use a mixing medium to intensify it. I mentioned in my first haul post that I bought NYC Sparkle Eye Dust, and now I bring you swatches and my take on them.
I bought two Sparkle Eye Dusts, one in Champagne and one in Pink Champagne. I bought them because I thought that they would be nice highlighters and they were. Champagne was a nice golden brown color and is great if you want that natural golden sheen for your lids. Pink Champagne was a nice shimmery light ruby color and I love using it to tone down and blend darker colors.
The only problem I had using these eye dusts were that they can appear flaky and chalky. So I really recommend using a good base like a cream color base or and eye shadow primer like Urban Decay Primer Potion or Too Faced Shadow Insurance if you don’t already. I’m alright with this product, but most likey I won’t be buying this again.