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.

Mascara Monday: Lancôme HYPNÔSE Doll Lashes mascara

Yay! Lancôme has a new mascara. It’s been a while since we’ve seen one from one of my favorite high-end mascara brands. This mascara promises to give flirty doll-like lashes with its paraben-free formula. I know, right? Who knew Lancôme had a paraben-free mascara? Woo hoo!

 

Price: $25 at Sephora stores and Sephora.com
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: Per Sephora.com

This mascara helps create Lancôme’s most flirtatious lash look. A new, unique, cone-shaped brush provides an extremely smooth application, precisely defining even your hard-to-reach corners and lower lashes. This expert formula lifts and thickens every single lash without weighing it down. (source)

The Truth: Totally loving this one!

What I Loved About It: The wand is pretty epic. We haven’t seen one like this before. The cone-shape makes it super easy to get those corners and apply on the bottom lashes.

What I Didn’t Like: The formula didn’t seem to be as long lasting as other Lancôme mascaras.

Overall: One of the most common questions I get when it comes to Lancôme mascaras is “How does X-Lancôme mascara compare to Y-Lancôme?” Wanna know the truth? I can hardly remember Lancôme Définicils Precious Cells  from Lancôme Oscillation Intensity. Having reviewed more than 100 mascara, I tend to forget the pros and cons of many mascaras. In fact, most times, I have to search through the Mascara Bin to remember my own experiences with a mascara.Crazy, uh?

Anywhoovers , can we really talk about what surprised me most about this mascara? The fact that is comes without so many bad stuffs.

 

 

Really Lancôme? I’m not complaining but I didn’t think you had it in you. It’s hard to find a higher-end brand that omits parbens and synthetic dyes and fragrances. I’m elated! Lancôme won even more cool points with me. And it doesn’t hurt that the mascara isn’t too shabby either. I found the formula to be a little on the thick side but nothing too outrageous. I had such a fun time using the wand. It really made getting into the corners a breeze. While I am usually a 2-coat mascara applier, I pushed it to the limit and applied 3 coats. And I didn’t run into any clumps either. The formula got a little wonky but with slow and smooth strokes, you can really bring out your lashes on 3 coats. The only thing that stopped this mascara from receiving 5 out of 5 marks is because it doesn’t hold up as well as I would like it to. Granted, it’s not a waterproof mascara so it’s not its job to last for hours on end but still…

 

Bare Lashes

 


Lashes with 2 Coats of mascara


Do I recommend it?: Sure! Lancôme mascaras are on the pricey side but if you’re a higher-end lovin’ gal ,I think you’ll love this one.

Hey Lancôme lovers, have you tried this mascara yet?

 

Sonia Kashuk domed eye shadow brush kinda sorta rocks!

I’ve got enough makeup brushes. I really do. But despite having so many, I really only use the same 5-7 for my eyes and face. I’m the kind of gal that sticks with what works. But man oh, somewhere along the way I’ve accured one too many brushes.

I mean, don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining. But the neat freak in me goes nuts every time I add a new brush to the family. Such is the case with Sonia Kashuk’s Domed Eye Shadow Brush

Target beauty obsessed gals like myself know how dynamic Sonia Kashuk is and this eye shadow brush is no different. I find it to be perfect for applying and blending eyeshadow in my crease and outer-V

…as well as applying eyeshadow in that 3-mile space I’ve got above my crease and below my browbone.

It is nice and dense but still fluffy enough to distribute color. I’m a huge fan, man. Huge fan. You can get it at Target and Target.com.

Any Sonia Kashuk lovers in the house?

FOTD Friday: 32 eye shadow palette=$5 steal from e.l.f. cosmetics

I wish for many things in life. The disappearance of student loans. A beach in my backyard. And an unlimited almond milk fountain in my fridge. But more than anything, I wish for clearer skin.

I really can’t complain because my skin has had worse spells but still…how long will I have to deal with pimples and scars? Oh boo. Anywhoovers, I played around with another e.l.f. palette this week. Aren’t you proud of me? I’m doing such a better job at actually playing with makeup. Sometimes I’ll let stuff stack up for weeks at a time before I actually play, swatch and wear.

Introducing e.l.f. Essential Beauty School 32-Piece Eyeshadow Palette in Natural…



Not too shabby, uh? 32 shades for $5. I can never complain about e.l.f. because even if something REALLY isn’t what you thought it was, guess what? You only spent a buck or five. So…yeah. This palette arrived to me cracked. 😯 Totally a beauty blogger and photographers worst nightmare. I’ll be sure to be give the postman an extra stern glare the next time I see him. Or her.

But after cracking open the palette, I was pleasantly surprised.

I mean, you gotta give it up to e.l.f….they do a darn good job with color selection for their palettes. In addition to getting a wide range of neutral shades, you’ll also get a few pinks and purples in there. I wouldn’t label those as “natural” shades but I love that they’re there! The palette makes is great for taking on the go.

It’s smaller than a tablet and can easily be thrown into a purse, book bag or suitcase. Like most e.l.f. palettes, the shadows aren’t going to be insanely pigmented. But they’ll get the job done. My favorite thing about this palette is the variety of finishes you get. There are some mattes, shimmers, chunky glitter-y finishes and everything in between.

I swatched a few just to give you an idea of how many different kinds of shadows you’ll get in this palette. Can’t say I’ve seen this before in any other e.l.f. palette. Not even the 100 eye shadow palette has a chunky glitter. Wicked! I decided to crank out a quick look using one of those pretty pinks. And when I say “pretty pink”, don’t think that I actually LIKE the color pink. I really don’t. It’s probably my least favorite color of all colors. Anyone hating me yet?

I applied the pink right on the lid….

…and used a dark purple matte in the outer-V. And that was it!



Problem with some of these shades is that you REALLY have to use a nice and creamy base to get the colors to stick. And see what I’m talkin’ about in regards to my skin?

Just….ugh.

So yes, a decent palette but keep in mind that you’ll have to really work to get those shadows to show up. I don’t mind how faint they look though. Quite frankly, I think my days of insanely bold eye looks are over. Well, maybe not over. Maybe they’re in hibernation. You can get this palette exclusively at Target and Target.com.  If you’re lookin’ for more e.l.f. stuff’s check out my review of one of their Beauty Books, some of their nail polishes, a brush set and their clear mascara.

Have a wonderful weekend, beautiful ones. Let’s see if I can get to the beach again this weekend. I’m such a beach babe.

XOXO,
B

 

FOTD Friday (FOTD=face of the day) is the
weekly series where Brittany shows off a look using eye shadow.

Benefit’s Stay Don’t Stray: A new primer hits town.

If y’all haven’t noticed, I LOVE the beach. Whenever I go, I take a bag of beauty products to snap shots of. I get the BEST lighting at the beach. Then again, I’m obsessed with all things photography. Yup.

For the first time in like…3 years, I tried a new eye shadow primer. I’ve been stuck on the same two brands forever and a day and I’m glad I got to try somethin’ new. But is change a good thing?

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