May 29, 2011

The Mascara Chronicles (part 3)


For today's post we will be taking a peeksie at Sephora Lash Stretcher mascara. 

The manufacturer claims:

Sephora Brand Lash Stretcher is like false lashes in a tube. This innovative formula places fibers at the top of your natural lashes, creating epic effects. A patented, curved brush lifts and curls the lashes for a wow-worthy, wide-eyed look.

The product:



Like a dummyface, I photographed the brush on this one from the least helpful angle. It's about the same circumference from bottom to top, but it curves. It's not all that innovative, but I do usually like curved brushes better. I found the applicator pulled out enough product at once to complete one "coat" on each side without having a lot of excess or clumps of product on the brush.


My initial application resulted in nicely coated and colored lashes. I do think I saw an improvement in length and width. There was no clumping and it took little effort to get my lashes separated and looking as you see,


After a good 12 hours of wear, I saw little change in how my lashes looked from the beginning of the day. I honestly can't remember what I did the day I took these pictures, but it was likely a full day of work and then out for the evening for dinner and shopping. As I cut up the bottom of my foot pretty bad a few weeks back, I am yet to be able to take any of these mascaras for a gym test. 

My conclusion:

I'm not sure I would call my results "false lashes," but then again I don't think any mascara on natural lashes will ever make me think falsies. The results were most definitely dramatic and pleasing, though, and it does definitely produce a wide-eyed effect to complete your look (or in my case most days, it's IS the entire look, lol) I also am not sure about this whole fiber placement thing, it applies just like any other "normal" mascara (meaning it's not like a tubing mascara or anything like that) 

Lash Stretcher mascara is currently available through Sephora at $15 for a full size tube. The one I have came in one of their sampler sets. I don't see such a size is available for sale alone, nor does their current sampler look like it has this particular formula in it. If you're interested, though, keep an eye out as they change what comes in the samplers all the time. 

May 25, 2011

Candy Yum Yum dupe? You tell me

Thanks to MAC only making 15 tubes of Candy Yum Yum lipstick for their recent-ish Quite Cute launch (I kid, they probably made a good 30), I of course missed out. Without getting into my frustration of perching at the computer every time there is a launch (we won't talk about how many all nighters I pulled to get 2 Pink Fridays...), I realized I needed this color in my life. Or at least something like it. Someone on Livejournal mentioned that Maybelline Fuchsia Fever looked like a good dupe. Do I know for sure? Of course not, I don't have one to compare it to *grumble grumble* BUT I know a few of you guys do (and who better to trust with an opinion than my favorite "strangers" from the internet!) What do you think?





I hate when lipstick does this between your lips, but didn't get very many good pictures otherwise.



Candy Yum Yum dupe or not, I do actually like this lipstick a lot. It applies smoothly and covers very opaquely. I can't attest to wear time because I honestly am yet to find ANY lip product that is my match. If I make it from home to work, it's a good day. I don't mind reapplying, though, so it's cool. My one gripe with this lipstick is that Maybelline doesn't seal their products and send along some testers, these just pop open and there the product is. I nabbed one from the middle of the display hoping most people don't reach there. It looked untested to me, but I still gave it a spritz of alcohol when I got home. I was never such a germaphobe until I met my boyfriend. Now I annoy even myself.

May 22, 2011

FOTD (Giving Kiss My Sass a real trial)

A couple of weeks back I posted my Kiss My Sass order and thoughts on the different items/colors. This weekend I finally got to give them a real shot and have to say that I'm liking what I see (btw please ignore the injury visible in the second picture. That's what happens when you go to reach under the sink and forget to allow extra clearance for your fivehead.)





Face

  • NARS Deauville Sheer Glow Foundation
  • Make Up For Ever HD Powder mixed with Meow Mineral Foundation (to set)
  • Kiss My Sass Violetta Blush
  • Bobbi Brown Platinum Pink Shimmer Brick

Eyes

  • LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer
  • Kiss My Sass Tea Rose Eyeshadow
  • Kiss My Sass Reign Over Me Eyeshadow
  • Kiss My Sass Jar of Hearts Eyeshadow
  • Make Up For Ever 302 (turquoise) Diamond Eyeshadow
  • Stila Sequins Sparkle Liquid Eyeliner
  • MAC Redhead Mineralize Skinfinish (brows)
  • Sephora Lash Stretcher Mascara

Lips
  • OCC Hush Liptar

It was a really nice weekend (weather wise. no rain!) Matt and I went to Rhode Island to this really nice park and walked around. There was a wedding there. We always seem to crash weddings wherever we decide to go for walks. Oh and last night I watched Mean Girls thanks to a little inspiration from the lovely chalkdustandboots. Then of course my friend and I spent the morning going back and forth with these:




You go Glen Coco!

May 19, 2011

NOTD and Nonsense


It's Thursday, Thursday, gotta get down on Thursday! Actually there will no be getting down. I may get up and go find something for dinner in a bit, but I suppose that's not the kind of action Rebecca Black was looking for. 


I picked up OPI's new silver shatter polish this past weekend (among other things at Ulta) From looking at the bottle I was worried there would be too much shimmer in the silver for my taste. When I got it home and started holding it up against other polishes, though, I think I found a few that will work with it. This time around I paired it up with China Glaze's Purple Panic and am digging the results.





For this part of the post I am actually taking you back earlier in the evening before I bought the new shatter polish. I was getting ready to leave (and running late) when I started to wonder... Do I have time for an experiment? There's always time for science!






Nope. Still can't touch my nose with my tongue. I also can't tie a cherry stem in my mouth, bend my hand back to my wrist or any of those other odd body tricks. I honestly don't think I have any hidden talents whatsoever, which was more of a bummer when I was younger. I reeeeeeally wanted to go on Nickelodeon's Figure It Out.

May 17, 2011

The Mascara Chronicles (part 2)


The second mascara I would like to talk about is one that I have heard much raving about, BADgal Lash Mascara. This is actually the second time I have procured a tube of this same mascara (previously was a couple of years back), so I am superduper confident in my results on this one. 

The manufacturer claims:

"Sexy", sultry, pure unadulterated black mascara for full, voluminous lashes. It's as BAD as you want to be!"
"Famously big, bodacious brush coats lashes with our super black formula."

The product:



Another very typical brush. The bristles are a little wide-set, guessing for separation purposes. I did not find this wand had too much product when pulled from the tube, perhaps even verging on not enough product.


My initial application resulted in decently separated lashes, though it took a lot of effort to get enough product on to thoroughly coat all of my lashes. The formula was extremely dry in my opinion and looked a little flakey.


This picture is after only about 8 hours, not nearly as long as the first mascara tested. There was also nothing odd like napping. This was a straight up day at work and then photo when I got home. I think a lot of the product wound up flaking off during the day. There was no melting/smudging under my eyes,  it was definitely just flaked off. I wound up putting on another mascara for the remainder of the night. 

My conclusion:

This is the second time I have purchased this mascara and found it to be dry dry dry. Initial application isn't the worst ever, but I don't find this formula wears well at all and have no idea what the hype is about. I might save it for when I go to the gym and only need my mascara to last an hour or two and for it to be subtle. I might just bin it. 

While my mascara is a mini from one of the Sephora samplers, you can buy full versions from Benefit for $19.00 or from Sephora for $19.00. You can also get your very own mini from Sephora for $9.00. 

May 14, 2011

The Mascara Chronicles (part 1)



I decided to do a new "feature" for this blog to both showcase my love of mascara (it's my #1 most needed beauty product) and share with you my thoughts on different formulas. I've been buying a lot of the mascara samplers from Sephora just so I can try a little of everything. Each post will look at the same aspects of each mascara tried. Hopefully this will help some of you who haven't been able to find your own favorite!

I will start by explaining a little about my own lashes. My upper lashes are fairly long and have a decent curl, but they are very light compared to my hair. From a distance, I've been told I almost look like I don't have lashes (or eyebrows, but that's another story) My lower lashes I do not usually put makeup on or acknowledge. I was born with a clump of lashes missing under one eye and because of the unevenness, I actually appreciate having "invisilashes" on the bottom. Mascaras that fit my bill would need to darken, add a little thickness and last my whole day (because I'm too lazy to reapply) Here are my lashes post shower, pre-makeup:


Now on to the first mascara I want to review, Korres Abyssinia Oil Volumizing Mascara.

The manufacturer claims:

"Volumizing mascara with Abyssinia Oil, for lush, incredible dramatic look."

The product:



The wand on this mascara is fairly small, but shape wise is the typical shape (fluffs out in the middle and tapers at the end) I found this wand did not hold excessive product when pulled out of the tube, nor did it hold too little. I usually go back for more product between eyes and that was the case with this wand.


My initial results were definitely darker, lengthened, more dramatic lashes. There was no noticeable clumping. I did not need to go back over my lashes with my metal lash comb (sometimes it is needed to get off excess product or separate where the formula caused clumping)


This second photo is after about 18 hours of wear. At no point did I touch up/reapply this mascara. I really wanted to check its staying power as I often will work a full day and then go right out for the night from work. There is no time to touch up, so I am in need of something that will get some serious wear time. I believe this particular formula did a fantastic job and, to me, looks just the same as when I first applied it. I will also say that I took a nap in this mascara and did not wind up with any transfer under my eyes.

My conclusion:

I would definitely recommend this mascara. I do find it lives up to the manufacturer claims and the fact that Korres is a brand that boasts natural formulations makes me feel like this is a "healthy" product for my lashes. I did not have any breakage that I could tell while using this product. 

Currently you can buy this mascara through the Korres website for $7 for the mini or through Sephora for $20 for a full-size (though it looks like they're only carrying brown, mine was black)


May 10, 2011

Kiss My Sass - Review

A couple of posts back, I mentioned ordering some samples from Kiss My Sass Cosmetics. I finally got a chance to really look at the colors and swatch them. Here are my impressions so far:


All the powder products came in jars with sifters. My personal preference is, "Death to sifters." That's just me, though. They're easy enough to pry out. 


Tea Rose eyeshadow - this is a very pretty melon color with some peachy shimmer


Tattoo Shop eyeshadow - this is a blackened purple with lots and lots of purple shimmer


Jar of Hearts eyeshadow - this is a pale pale pink (baby pink?) with matching pale pink shimmer


Reign Over Me eyeshadow - this looks more purple to me than the blue it came out in the pictures as. the shimmer looks to be both pink and purple


Violetta blush - pretty straightforward matte pinkish purple blush


Glisten highlighter - semi-sheer peachy highlighter with a little peach sparkle


Grape lipgloss - the name says it all. it even smells super grapey (like candy) I don't see it's actually for sale on the site, this one was a freebie


All of the above swatched in the same order as listed. 


From the swatches, I have no issues with any of the powders. I think the color of the gloss is great, but the smell is reaaaally strong (I'm a subtle scents kinda gal) I'm excited to have time to use them and perhaps go back for more!

May 8, 2011

FOTD (Lime and Raspberry Recreation)

The lovely Cora of Vintage or Tacky did a wonderful purple and green look the other day and I have been doing my own version the last few days. Thursday I did a more vampy version with deep lips and then yesterday I think I did a little more intense on the "raspberry" on the eyes. I'm not in love with how it works on me, but it was definitely different and I got to use green which is one of the colors that doesn't get much love.