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Product Review - Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Royal Blue

2017-05-16 13:30:33 karenmsmith77

Maybelline Great Lash Blue VoxBox

Influenster recently sent the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Royal Blue to me for free in a VoxBox for testing. I also received the Maybelline Unstoppable Mechanical Eyeliner Pencil, but for the purpose of this review I will only be talking about the Mascara.

I was really happy to find out that I was receiving this Mascara. I actually had been wanting to try a blue mascara and was about to go purchase one, so it was certainly convenient timing. It arrived it super cute packaging. It was certainly the cutest packaging out of all of the vox boxes I have ever had. And seriously, who isn’t a sucker for cute packaging?

Maybelline Great Lash Blue VoxBox

I will say up front that overall I just don’t think this product works for me. That’s not saying its a bad product or that it won’t work for someone else, but it didn’t work well for me. It did have some good points, but they were outweighed by the bad.

Here is what I liked about it:

I loved the rubber brush and its shorter bristles.

I also really loved the brilliant blue color of the product.

Here is what I didn’t like:

The formula was extremely runny. It was so runny that several times I ended up getting it in my eye.

It isn’t water proof. This is not normally a big deal for me. One of my favorite mascaras is not water proof, but this only took a tiny drop of water and I had runny blue mascara everywhere.

While I loved the color that was in the bottle, it did not show on my own lashes even with several coats. I tried it several different ways, and even with primers the best I could hope for is that you would catch a hint of blue. You will see better what I am talking about in the various pictures below.

Close Up of my eyelashes before and after application ofthe Great Lash Blue Mascara

I wanted to include at least one close up of the before and after application of the Great Lash Mascara. The after is with three coats of mascara, which is what I typically would do with the average mascara I would use. I just didn’t feel it covered my eyelashes well enough.  But I did try using more in some of the looks I did.

I did see pictures of other people who had vibrant blue on their lashes. Most of them had lighter hair color than me, so I have to wonder if that played a part in it even with the primers. I also saw some who had vibrant blue eyelashes, but their eyelashes looked horrific and cakey. You just knew that in order to achieve that look they did 10+ coats.

I can speculate as to why this didn’t work for me and did for others all I want, but at the end of the day all I can do is go on how it worked for me. And honestly I would never feel comfortable recommending this to someone else. But if you want to try a Maybelline product that I would highly recommend, take look at my review of the Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Lipstick.

If you are interested in finding out more about what products I used in my makeup looks, make sure to follow me on Instagram. All of these pictures have been posted there already. I always try to include a list of products used on my Instagram feed.

Tell me in the comments below if you have tried the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. Did you try the original or this Royal Blue color? What did you think?

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Product Review - Five Piece Makeup Sponge Set by Fairyland

2017-04-13 13:42:24 karenmsmith77


Over the last couple of weeks I have been trying out some new makeup sponges. What I have been trying is the five piece set from Fairyland. In this set you receive three blending sponged and two of the new silicone sponges. And this is currently selling for $16.99 on Amazon.

Blender sponge and silicone sponge still in their plastic pack from fairyland

As you can see they were each sent in individual resealable bags. I thought this was a nice that they were individually wrapped like this. It makes it convenient to travel with too. I think most of you are familiar with how to use a blending sponge at this point, so most of this review is going to focus on the silicone sponge and how to best use it.

Blender sponge from fairyland

First let me tell you briefly about the sponge blender that was included in the set. As I said you get three of them in this set from Fairyland. This is not the name brand Beauty Blender, let me point that out just in case anyone was confused. It is the same color and similar shape and size. As far as softness goes on initial use it was very stiff. However, Fairyland mentions on their Amazon page that they soften up after initial use if you wet them. I can honestly say they have gotten a little softer each time I have used them. I still don’t think I would say it’s quite as soft as the name brand, but it is close after four uses. Application is as you would expect with a blending sponge. I think overall for the price this is a great alternative.

Silicone sponge from Fairyland

I felt like since the silicone sponge was so new on the market there was a bit of a learning curve for me. I certainly had heard a lot about it, and had seen some mini clips of people using it. However I did not want to go watch any tutorials or reviews until after I tried it myself a time or two.

I made this short video demonstrating how to use the silicone sponge. Forgive the weird makeup faces, you know you do it too.

Over the last couple of weeks I had the time to experiment with the silicone sponge quite a bit. I tried it with different foundations and under different circumstances and I think I have some tips that may help you out.

Do’s

  •  Use with matte and satin finish foundations
  •  Apply makeup in small amounts a little at a time directly to the silicone sponge
  •  Apply using a circular motion to spread the makeup on your face
  •  Use a patting motion to blend after you makeup is on
  •  Use a primer for your best results

Don’ts

  •  Use this with a dewy finish foundation.
  •  Use this if you have put on face oil prior to applying foundation
  •  Mix oil with you foundation you are applying

Overall I will say, I think this is probably going to be a better tool for people who have normal to oily skin. If you have dry skin you can still make it work like I did if you are using a satin finish foundation and are not adding any face oil to the mix.

The first couple of times I tried the silicone sponge out I had tried it with my current favorite foundations and it didn’t turn out well. I wasn’t sure if I was doing something wrong or what. That’s when I started watching other people and noticed the difference between who was having success and who wasn’t. My current foundations are very dewy finishes with oils in them. So the one you see me using in the video is a Satin finish.

My finished makeup after using the silicone sponge from Fairland

This is how my completed makeup turned out after the video. I thought it did do a wonderful job with the satin finish foundation. You may still need to use a blending sponge or your fingers to get around the crevices of your nose or around your eyes after application. And the big selling feature I think everyone is after with the silicone sponge, using less product. I can honestly say, yes I was able to use less product and get more coverage while using the silicone sponge.

If you are interested in trying this for yourself you can find this set through Fairyland’s Amazon page.

The set used for this review was sold to me at a discount for review purposes, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Tell me in the comments below if you have tried the silicone sponge yet, and what you thought about it

 

 
 
 

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Top Ten - Lip Balms, Oils, and Treatments

2017-02-28 15:15:38 karenmsmith77

Top ten lip balms, oils, and tretments

Welcome to the second list in this series. If you missed the first one and want to check it out, it was my Top Ten – Liquid Foundations and BB Creams For Dry and/or Textured Skin. I will always try to link the previous list at the top of the page so there is a way to go back and check them all out.

These are in no specific order. It is just a list of ten favorites.

 

1. Wild Rose Herbs – Catnip Natural Lip Balm

Wild Rose Catnip Natural Lip Balm

I first got to try this Catnip lip balm from Wild Rose Herbs when I was getting the Cat Lady Box subscription. It really is an amazing lip balm, that I just recently finished using. I plan on repurchasing along with some of their other products I want to try. Their lip balms are all natural, GMO free, vegetarian, and cruelty free. And if there is any doubt about this containing real catnip, just put some on while around your cat. Aggressive cat kisses may ensue.

2. Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

This lip mask from Bite beauty is essentially like thick moisturizer made for your lips. You can use it day or night, but my favorite way to use it is to put it on right before I got to sleep and let some moisture sink into my lips.

3. Alba Botanica Hawaiian Pineapple Quench Lip Balm

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Pineapple Quench Lip Balm

This particular scent/flavor can be difficult to find certain times of the year, but it is worth it. Very moisturizing with several oils in it. Every time you apply it feels like a little bit of summer on your lips.

4. Alba Botanica Coconut Cream Lip Balm

Alba Botanica Coconut Cream Lip Balm

The coconut cream scent/flavor from Alba is easier to find at your local pharmacies and stores year round than the previous one mentioned. I don’t find this variety to be quite as moisturizing feeling, but its close. And since I can find it in a pinch its nice to have.

5. Lancome Juicy Shaker

Lancome Juicy Shaker

The Lacome Juicy Shakers look like something from Korea, and work as well too. The all too cute packaging is meant to look like a cocktail shaker, get it – Juicy Shaker. Don’t let the cutesy packaging fool you into thinking this isn’t a serious product. It is by far one of the best lip oils I have ever tried. While many of the other come across like a slightly oily lip gloss, the Juicy Shakers are all oil with a slight tint to them. Super hydrating and very healing feeling. I have several already. Just don’t expect much color out of the lighter tones.

6. e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator elf lip exfoliator original

If you just need a little something to help take the dead skin off your lips and you don’t want to break the bank to do it, this lip exfoliator from elf is what you want. Its smells and feels just like the brown sugar lip scrub you can make home made (There are hundreds of recipes on Pinterest). Only this one is way more convenient and less messy. And because it is elf, it’s totally affordable and easy to find both online and in stores.

7. Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy

Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy

This lip serum from Fresh is a great quick fix when you have some mild texture on your lips and you want to smooth them out before applying a lipstick. I wouldn’t use this on extremely chapped lips, at least not for a last minute fix.

8. Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment and Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15

Fresh Sugar Lip Collection

Another great product from Fresh is the Lip Treatments, which are essentially their version of a lip balm. But these aren’t any regular lip balm. No matter whether you are getting the clear advanced treatment or one of the tinted treatments with SPF, they all go on feeling like butter.

9. Kaplan MD Lip 20 Mask

Kaplan MD Lip 20 Mask

If I had to pick a favorite off of the whole list, this Lip Mask from Kaplan MD would be it. Even though it is the priciest item on the list, it by all means is worth the price tag. I have only gotten to try this and the next item on the list a few times from a sample, but that was enough to convince me to order it now. I have struggled with severely chapped lips and a lot texture for many years. That is  really hard to deal with for someone like me who is a lipstick junkie. This is the one and only product that not only help with the texture, it completely smoothed my lips and left them that way for several days after. I feel like calling it a mask is a little odd though. Its nothing like the agave lip mask from Bite Beauty where you leave it on. This you have to time and take it back off, then follow with the next product.

10. Kaplan MD Lip 20 Balm Ultra Hydrating Treatment +SPF

Kaplan MD Lip 20 Balm Ultra Hydrating Treatment +SPF

This is the lip balm and follow up product from Kaplan MD. I have only tried using the two products together since that is how they recommend using it, and I had them perfectly portioned together in a sample. But it certainly did feel amazing on the lips. This is also slightly on the pricey side like the lip mask, but worth it. If you find it hard to invest in these two products without trying first they do offer a smaller travel version sold together at Sephora for significantly less. You can find that here.

 

Please remember to not take these list too seriously. This is just one persons opinion, and its based on my personal experiences. If the products you love don’t make my list it is not a personal attack against those products. I would love to hear in the comments below what your favorite lip product is.

 

 

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Product Review - Sela Pore Cleaner

2017-02-12 07:11:35 karenmsmith77


I recently got the Sela Pore Cleaner to try out. You may not be familiar with the name, but you may have seen a video of a similar product going around social media. The video shows a woman using a pore cleaner on her nose and it suctioning all sorts of white heads and black heads, and just all the leftover junk you don’t want in your pores.

Ever since I saw that video I have been a little obsessed with the idea of getting one, but I also knew that if I was going to spend the money on a pore cleaner it had to meet certain criteria. Here is what I was looking for:

  • Cordless
  • Rechargeable
  • Easy to clean
  • Easy to use

The one from Sela really hit all those marks for me. So when I was given the chance to purchase it at a discount for review purposes I jumped at the chance.

It came in packaged nicely, no worries about it being damaged during shipping.

Sela Pore Cleaner

And here is what you get with it:

  • 1 Pore cleaning unit
  • 4 Tips
  • 1 Charging cable
  • 1 Instruction manual
  • Pack of replacement rings
  • Pack of replacement filters

Everything that comes with the Sela Pore Cleaner

They give you a few tips of things to do before you use it for the first time. Here is what they suggest:

  • For the first time to use the tool, please apply it on the hand or neck to adapt to the operating and suctioning.
  • Please clean the nozzle before and after use.
  • For best results, we recommend you treat your skin with facial steamer or heated towel for 3~5 minutes that helps to open the pores before removing the blackhead.
  • Our product has a stronger suction than other’s, so please DO NOT keeping or staying the nozzle on the skin for long time, just move it around gently, otherwise it may hurt the skin or leave bruise.
  • After the treatment, use the iced facial sheet mask or cold water to calm the skin and close the pores, in order to avoid infection please do not touch the skin with your hands.
  •  DO NOT use the tool on same place too much, up to once per week. Please stop using the tool if any adverse reactions occur.

So I actually tested the pore cleaner out a couple of times. I decided to try it once as instructed and once without the steam to open my pores. I wanted to see how much of a difference that part would make. I only used two of the tips, the small round tip and the thin oval tip.

Here is just a short video clip of me using the actual pore cleaner. This is from the time I used the steam prior to use.

As you can see in the video there is quite a bit of suction, and that is not even the highest setting. I did get something out of my pores both times, but both times were about the same amount. And it wasn’t much, at least not like what is shown in the video I referenced earlier. Now my thought for this is that 1. I have dry skin that isn’t super prone to acne. and 2. I do double cleanse (sometimes triple cleanse) and doing the 8 step Korean skin care routine every night, it probably doesn’t leave me with a huge amount to clean out of my pores like most people would have.

I also washed my face before using this, who know what happened in the video that is floating around. I did get things out of my pores, so I know it worked. I feel like I want to keep playing around with this. I definitely want to try out the tip that is for microdermabrasion on myself. And I would like to see if one my oily skin, acne prone friend will let me experiment on them a bit.

Once I have had more time to experiment I will either do anther blog post or talk about it on one of my social media accounts. If you would like to try this yourself, you can find the Sela Pore Cleaner on Amazon. It sells for $49.99, and if you want one I suggest getting it soon as they don’t have many left.

Tell me in the comments below if you have tried one of these pore cleaners before. If so, which one did you buy?
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Top Ten - Liquid Foundations and BB Creams For Dry and/or Textured Skin

2017-02-07 14:10:03 karenmsmith77

You know I love a series here on the blog. So here is another series, Top Ten. For right now I will be sticking to various beauty and skin care favorites. I will see after I get finishes with everything if I want to move on to another area. Only time will tell.

Top Ten Liquid Foundations and BB Creams

As you can tell by the title of this post, our first Top Ten will be Liquid Foundations and BB Creams for Dry and/or Textured Skin. I wanted to make sure I covered this because I always seem to have a hard time finding information on the face products for dry skin.

These won’t be in any particular order of favor, just a list of ten. I have decided to mix both liquid foundations and BB Creams because they serve a similar purpose, just a different amount of coverage. This is probably going to be the only makeup list where you won’t find any drugstore picks, though there is definitely at least one option that is priced like a drugstore brand. While I certainly like drugstore brands for a lot of things, there are only a couple that don’t contain a derivative or chemical twin of Balsam Of Peru, and unfortunately I don’t find them to be great on my dry textured skin.

1. boscia B.B. Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 27 PA++

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This probably has the least amount of coverage out of all of the ones I am including on this list. This is one of a couple that I like for good skin days and I just want to go really casual, but I want more than bare skin. I have heard some people complain that this has shimmer in it. Don’t be concerned if you see this in yours. What you are actually seeing is the physical sunscreen that is used. Once the product is applied to your skin it is no longer noticeable.

2. Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15

Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15

As funny as this may sound, this is the foundation that got away. And I will explain. I had received some samples of this awhile back. None of the shades on the sample card matched me, but there was one close enough that I gave it try since I wasn’t really going anywhere that day. I loved the way this one wore and made my skin feel. And if you read up on this foundation you will find it has almost skin care like qualities. Top it off with a price that isn’t bad. I was excited to find a color match. I made my way to Sephora the next week and promptly found out that Clinique just does not make shades that matches me. But I honestly still wanted to include this in the list for all you ladies who have more of a red undertone to your skin. It really impressed me that much, someone should be wearing it.

3. Baviphat Urban Dollkiss All in One A to Z Cream

Baviphat Urban Dollkiss All in One A to Z Cream

This is the most economical choice out of the group selling for just $12.00. Out of all of the BB Creams that made the list, this has the most coverage. Maybe it’s because this is more than just a BB Cream. It is a multi-function all in one cream base, acts as BB, CC and primer. I even use this sometimes as an under eye concealer.

4. Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super–Charged Oil–Free Foundation

Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super–Charged Oil–Free Foundation

This is the one with the most coverage on my list. It is listed as a medium coverage, however I feel it is closer to full coverage. This one works well on dry skin, but not as well on textured skin. It won’t settle in fine lines, so it also works well for aging skin.

5. Hourglass Illusion® Hyaluronic Skin Tint

Hourglass Illusion® Hyaluronic Skin Tint

If you love all things Hyaluronic Acid like I do, you may fall in love with this foundation. It behaves like a BB Cream with the coverage of a foundation. Great for mature and dry skin. It has that great cooling sensation that you get with any product with Hyaluronic Acid. And like all products from Hourglass it is fragrance free and made without the harsh chemicals.

6. Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45

Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45

There are four different Dr. Jart+ BB Cream formulas. This is one of the two that I have on this list. This is the most moisturizing formula they have, and it will leave you with a dewy look. I really love the dewy look, but this one I always feel I have to use a setting powder with or it will transfer.

7. Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm

Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm

The second BB Cream I like from Dr. Jart+ is this Black Label One. Almost as moisturizing, but the finish isn’t quite as dewy. This one is recommended for normal or combination skin, but I feel like it works just as well on my dry skin. I never feel like I have to use a setting powder with this one, but when I do I still don’t feel like I look dry.

8. stila Aqua Glow Serum Foundation

stila Aqua Glow Serum Foundation

This gives you the dewiest look possible and a head start on highlight. This one always wears perfectly on my dry skin. In a lot of ways I would say my skin might even look better after wearing it. The cap which doubles as a dropper has a learning curve to it, but it’s not too hard to figure out. This is one of the more expensive ones on the list, but from my perspective it is worth the price.

9. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

This gives the most natural looking skin out of the foundations that I have listed. It has sheer to buildable coverage, hence the Sheer part of the name. Now since it has the Glow in the name you might think it will have a radiant dewy finish like the stila foundation, but it does not. The foundation is more of a Satin. There is a glow but it is very subtle.

10. Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid

Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid

This one also has a dewy radiant finish, but it is somewhere in between the NARS foundation and the stila one. As you can see this foundation won the Best of Beauty Award from allure last year. I think out of all the foundation choices, this one has the potential to work with the most skin types.

 

Let me know in the comments below what your favorite foundation is. And let me know what you would like me to push to the front of the line for this top ten series.

 

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