Essence’s $1.49 metallic eyeliner. Rocks or flops?

Well, well, well…what have we here? Another affordable wonder from Essence, uh? I have totally fallen in love with this brand and their metallic eye pencils are no exception. And check this out, these pencils are only..wait for it…$1.49.

Yeahhhh buddy! I’ve been wearing these for a few weeks but wanted to take them to the beach for a mini photo shoot and to see how well they held up in the waves. When you come across an eyeliner pencil as cheap as this, you kinda hope that it’s all that and more. At least I do. My first thought is, “Gee wilikers, I certainly hope that this is better than my current overpriced eyeliner. Then I can retire it and only wear cheap eyeliners for the rest of my life.” A little overly dramatic, I know but I think about these things. Will these eyeliners have me saying buh bye to my Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners? Not quite. But will I keep them on standby? Fer sure!

(l-r) Heavy Metal, Black Knight, Green Day

 

I found these pencils to be intensely pigmented making them ideal for wear on the waterline and lower lashline. Essence doesn’t say that they are waterproof but they held up with all day wear and 3 hours of beach play .

Not bad, yo…not bad at all. If you’re in the market for some new eyeliners, try these. Even if you don’t like them (which I think is highly unlikely), you’re not spending your savings on purchasing them.

Wipeouuuut!

Essence is somethin’ else, I tell ya. Everything I’ve tried from them—I’ve loved. How can this be? You can get these liners at Ulta.

Mascara Monday: Rimmel Volume Accelerator mascara

Anything that starts with Rimmel and ends in Accelerator gets me just a liiiittle excited. Remember Rimmel Lash Accelerator? That mascara not only held a special place in my heart because it was my 100th review but also because, um…it was an amazing mascara. And I do mean amazing! I loved it so much that I ended up giving away 10 of them.  Will its volume promising sister give me the same results?

Price: $8.99
Packaging (brush wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What It Claims: Per the packaging…

The Truth: What the heck, Rimmel? This is not good. This isn’t good at all.

What I Loved About It: Even though the application sucked, it did okay with lasting all day.

What I Didn’t Like: The formula was far too watery.

Overall: Oh no. I didn’t want to NOT like this mascara. I had such high hopes considering Rimmel LASH Accelerator was one dynamite mascara. Surely the sequel would be just as good, right? Wrong. Even if it’s volume, length or both that you seek, you’re better off getting it from either Lash Accelerator or Extra WOW Lash mascaras. It’s just that simple. There were many attributes that made this mascara fail for me. First let’s get on the oopy goopy formula.

I found the formula to be extremely watery. I mean, reallllly watery. It was one of the most wateriest (wait, is that a word?) mascaras that I’ve ever used. Just like a mascara that has a thick formula, application can be extremely tricky and sometimes impossible. Watery mascaras can result in the formula seeping in your eyes, and if you have sensitive eyes, you may endure burning and/or eye irritation. Not cool, uh? Lucky I didn’t experience any of those, but I found it tough to apply the mascara. It took for ever to completely coat the lashes and when I did, I barely noticed. Then there was the tube.

‘elllo doooown thereeeee. I call the super large holes in mascaras the dreaded Black Abyss. This is what happens when there is no stopper in the packaging. This can be a chronic case in ALL Rimmel Volume Accelerator mascaras  or perhaps just the one that I have. Either way, it isn’t pleasant and it can be a bit on the unsanitary side as every time I dipped the wand in the tube, I had to remove it and widp off the residue. Yucky. And then there’s the wand…

It’s just…massive. Wands like these are just so unfriendly. Guys and gals with smaller lashes and lids will struggle with trying to get the inner corners. Every time I tried to apply it, I ended up getting a mess load of mascara on my lower lashline . I spent a lot of time cleaning up after application. And so even after you’ve gotten past the watery formula, Black Abyss and massive wand, the mascara won’t provide the kind of volume you would expect having gone through all of that work. It will look mediocre at best. And that boys and girls makes me sad. :(

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 2 coats

Do I recommend it?: Nope. If you’ve got a volume mascara that you already like, stick with that. Or, if you really want to try it, catch it when it’s on sale.

Have you tried any of the mascaras in the Accelerator line? What do you think about ‘em?

FOTD Friday: Blue Moon on the beach

So guess who actually put on makeup? Me! It’s been forever and I day since I put on eyeshadow. I don’t know what it is about makeup that has me obsessed  with writing and reading about it but not always wearing it. I mean, if you caught me in the streets, you wouldn’t even think I’ve been running a beauty blog for over 4 years. I am definitely not a walking advertisement for my blog. Which can be a good or bad thing.

Still. I don’t want to NOT wear makeup so often to the point where I forget how to actually apply it. That would be sad. And so I found these two shells on the beach and decided to scoop ‘em up.

Do you see them?

 

Look a little closer….

 

 WOW! Don’t you wish every beach had eyeshadows poppin’ out of the sand?

I do. These pretty shells shadows are essence’s colour and shine eyeshadows. By the way, when I typed colour I actually said it in a British accent. 8)

Anywhoovers, at first swatch I found these shadows to be super pigmented and quite attractive.

(l-r) Blue Moon, Joyride to Jupiter

But just how well will they wear on the lid? I used Blue Moon and I didn’t have to do much work to get it to show up. It was anything but sheer. Not bad ‘at all. For the lippies, I used Stila Lipglaze in Foxy with MAC’s Vino lipliner.

Blu Moo shows up well in low light too.

You know you have too many tattoos when you spot one and say, “Oh wow, I forgot about you!” I spotted that tat on my wrist and memories flooded my mind.

Oh…before I float away again, Polo says hi.

 He’s not too bad. When he’s not running around like a maniac, he is quite delightful. Remember, I’ve never had a pet so this owning a cat thing is major for me. Keep the advice comin’!

Oh! You can grab those essence eyeshadows from Ulta and Ulta.com for a smooth $2.99 a pop. Check out some more of my essence reviews. This is hands down one of my favorite drugstore brands.

Ciao for now, darlings. Enjoy the weekend!!

 

P.S.

You would think that I would have noticed my missing earring in those pictures. Nope. Didn’t notice until I posted these pics. I am such a clump of mascara. 8)

 

 

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Create a Lancôme Hypnose Doll Lashes avatar!

Okay, so technically I’ve already reviewed Lancôme’s Hypnose Doll Lashes mascara but when Glam asked me to highlight it and showcase the Doll Avatar app, I just HAD to re-review it. For the most part, Lancôme can do no wrong when it comes to mascaras. A good portion of the Lancôme’s mascaras that I have reviewed have high ratings and Hypnose Doll Lashes is one of ‘em. I mean honestly…what’s NOT to love about this mascara? The brush not only allows you to get those pesky and teeny tiny lashes, but the formula is superb and lasts throughout the day. Granted not as long as I’d like it to but  good enough. The latter is totally important for a gal like me who doesn’t even entertain the idea of keeping mascaras in her makeup bag for re-applying throughout the day.

This is also one of my favorite Lancôme mascaras simply because it omits parabens and synthetic fragrances and dyes. While I try to review whatever the Clumps kids ask me to, my preference is brands that are conscious enough to keep the bad stuffs out. 3 cheers for Lancôme! Oh! And if you’re on Facebook (because let’s face it…you are, ha!) check out the Hypnose Doll Lashes app. With a few clicks, you can create  funky lil’ avatar.

I can’t say mine looks anything like me but they didn’t have loc’d hair as hair option. Still…give it a whirl. It brought me back to my  playing doll house days. Fun fun fuuuuun!

Have you tried Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes mascara yet? Are you lovin’ it?

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The 1st Doll Lash Look by Lancôme: a volumized, full lash fringe for a wide-eye look. Lancôme’s most flirtatious mascara lifts, thickens and precisely defines even hard-to-reach corners and lower
lashes beautifully. Visit Lancome’s Facebook page to create your own Doll avatar.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Lancôme via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Lancôme.

 

Mascara Monday: Clinique High Definition Lashes Brush Then Comb mascara

Have y’all heard about this mascara or am I the only loser late to the party? I was browsing Clinique’s site one day only to come across this little gem. And don’t you just love how blunt the name of the mascara is. Forget all the frilly adjectives here, folx. Clinique straight up told us ‘You brush, then comb’. I am lovin’ the keep it real-ness. But is the mascara just as straight up? Let’s find ouuuuut.

Price: $14.50 from Clinique.com and Clinique counters
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: Now brush, comb. Create. Brush-side coats with dramatic colour. Comb-side separates to perfection. Transforms each and every lash with extreme length and definition. Ophthalmologist tested. (source)

The Truth: Seriously Clinique…this is why you rock.

What I Loved About It: This one is easy. The wand, the wand, the wand!!

What I Didn’t Like: I don’t even have any complaints. I’m just…shocked and amazed. Well, I take that back. The formula is a little on the thick side.

Overall: I love reviewing mascaras with supe cool wands. A wand can often make or break a mascara’s performance. Even if you’ve got the best formula dumped inside a gorgeous tube, if the wand is the pits, chances are the mascara will suck. Unfair, I know but that’s just how it is in the mascara game.

Clinique has ingeniously combined the best of both worlds of a wand, a brush and a comb. I like both. I thought the comb-like wand on Maybelline Lash Sylist (RIP) was great. To see a comb incorporated alongside a brush is just like…OMG, amazing!

And the #1 reason why I’m so giddy about this mascara wand is because I think it incredibly diverse. If you have issues applying mascara mascara with a traditional wand, the comb is just a turn of the wrist away. Do I agree with the brush first and then comb secondly aspect? Why…yes, I do! Brushing the lashes first allows you gently coat and elongate them. Combing them afterwards then allows you to separate evenly. Have you ever had a mascara that gave great volume and length but after a coat or two, it was a hot clumpy mess? I run into that problem quite frequently. And what sucks more is when you try to sort out the clumps, you’re left with a mess so big that you’re better off removing the mascara and starting over. Clinique High Definition allows you to comb through the clumps (should you have them) and elongate your lashes even more. It’s perfect!

I did find the formula of the mascara a bit on the thick side but nothing that the comb can’t tweak. A thick formula can also lead to flakiness and hard lashes, but surprisingly I didn’t run into those issues.

 

Bare Lashes


 1 coat using the brush


Combed after brush

 

 

….and all together now.

 

 

Do I recommend it?: Oh yeah! Especially if you have wonky lashes that need some straightening out. This mascara is perfect for the job.

 

Am I the only crazy gal that is just now discovering this mascara? Have you tried it yet?

tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless Concealer really doesn’t crease!

Concealer. I love that stuff. I seriously want to hug the person or team of folx that invented concealer. Concealer is the reason why I’ve never felt the need to wear foundations. If you can find a good concealer that can cover up discoloration on a few spots on your face, who needs foundation?

Okay, let me back up…I don’t mean it like that. Foundations can be great. But for a gal who lives in super hot Florida with bipolar acne-prone skin, foundation is hardly ever my first pick when I’m beautifying in the morning. Concealers, however…I loves ‘em! I am an enormous fan CoverFXs concealer but lately I’ve been playing around with tarte’s Marajuca Creaseless Concealer.

Now before you get TOO excited, I must warn you that this concealer is currently only available through QVC by purchasing the tarte Glow Your Way To Gorgeous 8-pc Maracuja & Clay Collection. The collection retails for $54.96 which would normally have me screaming, “OMG, that’s SO much money…” but you get so much in that collection that is totally worth your pretty pennies. But let’s rap on the concealer…

For now, the concealer only comes in 3 shades; Medium, Tan and Deep. While I know it hasn’t officially been released by itself, I certainly hope that tarte gives us more shade options. I’d love to see something a little lighter than Medium and a shade darker than Deep. For reference, I am MAC NW45 and while the concealer works great for me under the eyes, me thinks my even more richly hued gals (thanks for that term, Sam Fine!) will be happier with something darker than Deep.  While most concealer-wearers wear for their concealer to be lighter than their complexions, I actually like for my concealers to be as close to my complexion as possible. Deep isn’t quite there for me.

Buuuut when it comes to brightening up the under-eye area, it does a phenomenal job. I don’t know if it’s age, stress or lack of sleep (probably all 3, ha!) but the area under my eyes have been darker than I’d like. A few dots of this concealer…

And a gentle sweep to blend it in a bit…

 Equals concealed under the eye areas. I can dig it. I dusted my favorite and staple tarte bronzer all over and loved the results. I was happy to see that the Creaseless-ness of the concealer is dead on. I didn’t experience any creasing whatsoever. Mind you, this was with a good 12+ hours of wear time. Like all tarte products, this concealer is paraben-free and free of synthetic ingredients and fragrances. It also includes that wonderful maracuja oil and I can’t wait for it to be released as a solo product.

Do you think you’ll be purchasing a concealer from tarte when it gets released? Whatcha think?

 

Clinique’s 8 hr-lid smoothie feels amazing. But does it last?

 

Anything that has the word “smoothie” in it makes me ridiculously happy. Y’all know how much I loooove smothies, don’t you? It was my love for smoothies that had me all giddy about Clinique’s new Lid Smoothie Antioxidant 8-Hour Eye Colour. They are certainly cute enough to be all that and more, uh?

I love anything that allows me to look polished without doing too much work. Clinique describes these Lid Smoothies as…

“Creamy, crease-resistant eye colour wears for 8 hours. Instantly cools thanks to a unique applicator. Nourishing ingredients coax fine lid lines into a blanket of smoothness. Antioxidants help protect eye-area skin.” (source) 

Okay, so I’m not having to battle fine lines (not yet, at least) but I could so using nourishing properties on the lids. Every little bit helps when your skin is drier than the Sahara in the middle of summer. More than the product itself, I absolutely loved the applicator of these Lid Smoothies.

 

 

What looks to be a simple spout that emits smoothie goodness is actually a chrome’d out spout. Is chrome’d out a word? Not exactly but  I’m a fan of creating new words as needed. 8) I absolutely love the metal applicator of these things. They feel fantastic on the lids. I’ve never seen anything like this and I can only hope that other brands pick up this idea and do something similar. I would also love to see these on lip balms. Ohmigoodness, can you imagine using a chrome’d out applicator to apply a gloss on a hot day? Cool, uh? So yes. Clinique gets major cool points from me. This applicator is a total winner. While I was only able to check out 5 Lid Smoothies, there are 12 of ‘em. Most shades seemed to be a bit pastel-y. Shades like Bit O’ Honey and Cashew Later are perfect as primers as their colors will work great for applying darker eyeshadow colors without changing the colors too much. Then you’ve got shades like Impromtu-Blue and Currant Affair  which will be perfect for layering blue and purple shadows on top of. They have the potential to bring out the color intensity and pay-off.

(from l-r)

Currant Affair, Born Freesia, Cute-cumber, Pinkgo Biloba, Bit O’ Honey

 

While I’ve got super oily lids, a good creamy eyeshadow base gives me the opportunity to be lazy enough to throw it on the lid and move on and chic enough look like I spent 20 minutes doing my eyes. They are perfect for busy beauties on the go. But unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get 8-hours of wear-time with these kids.

Which made me SO sad. I tried wearing these two ways; by themselves and with an eye shadow on top of them. Both tests resulted in creasing within a few hours. Boo and double boo. I was hoping for more longevity but nope, I didn’t get it. That said, while pretty and practical, these aren’t the best for ladies looking to wear their eyeshadow and have it not budge all day. I would also like to see more shades with different finishes. These may do 10x better in a matte finish. If you’re in the mood to try something new from Clinique and don’t require long-lasting eyeshadow bases and shadows, then give these a whirl. Otherwise, if you’re like me and have super oily lids, these smoothies may not be up your alley.

That’s the bad news. But the good news is, green smoothies CAN be up your alley. Woo hoo!

You can buy these 8-hr Lid Smoothies from Clinique.com and at Clinique counters for $19.50.

Maybelline’s new wicked cream pencil!

Yours truly needed a black eyeliner and can I be honest? I am quite the eyeliner snob. While I’ll try almost any brand, I really only stick with Urban Decay’s eyeliners for everyday use. They just haven’t failed me. But alas my laziness and cheapness has prevented me from driving to Sephora and spending almost $20 on said eyeliner. Instead, a recent stroll through Walgreens had me swooping up Maybelline’s newest eyeliner. After all, it was only a good $7 or so.



These kids come in 6 shades; ranging from a gray, to a purple, silver, gold, blue and black. I so meant to grab the black (Midnight Master) but ended up with the Gray (Coal Commander) instead. Opps. I suppose the gray cap was a ringer, uh? I know. I’m so smart.

So yeah, Coal Commander is little grayer than I’d like. See how much darker Urban Decay’s Zero is compared to Coal Commander?

I’m one of those Must.have.dark.eyes kinda gals. For no reason in particular. I just feel like the darker the line, the more awake and sultry I look. *bats lashes* Funny thing about this liner though…when I applied one eye with Coal Commander and the other with what was left of my Urban Decay Zero, from far away, I couldn’t tell which eye had which. Can you tell?

The right eye (your right) is rockin’ Coal Commander. So despite my “I wanted black, not gray.” whines, I wasn’t too disappointed at CC’s payoff on the waterline. As you get closer, you can see a bit of shimmery sparkles in there.

My poor eyes can only do matte liners on the waterline. Anything with a sparkle or shimmer to it has me itching like mad. Coal Commander was no exception. For the sake of beauty reviews, though, I kept the liner on just to see how well it would hold up throughout the day. It did…really well! It lasted from 7:00 a.m. through a hardcore lunch break workout and right on through post-work meetings. Impressive, uh? Not a bad eyeliner if you’re in the need for a new one. Because of my super sensitive waterline area, I won’t be using it there anymore but I’l definitely be applying it on the lower lashline.

Way to go, Maybelline. Way 2 go!! Get more deets about this liner on Maybelline’s website. Oh! And watch the vid too.