EcoTools, you so fine, you blow my mind…

Did we need another reason to love EcoTools? Not really. But I am absolutely loving the re-design of the new brush sets. Designed by environmentalist and activist, Alicia Silverstone, six newly designed EcoTools sets hit the scene last month. The bags are made from natural hemp, recycled PET, non-toxic ink, and tree-free paper. And the 6-piece brush set is my absolute favorite!

Mascara Monday: Smashbox Full Exposure mascara

I love me some Smashbox. I think they are more popular among makeup artists and industry professionals than the everyday makeup lover, but trust me, girlfriends. If you haven’t tried anything from Smashbox just yet…you’ve got to start showin’ them some love. And that would include their newest mascara.

Price: $19(from Smashbox.com)
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Inspired by the on-set technique of layering a lengthening fiber mascara over a volumizing formula, our new studio-tested mascara exposes your longest, fullest lashes. No clumps, no flakes. Just maximum-impact, scene-stealing lashes.

• 104% increase in lash volume
• 32% increase in lash length
• 34-degree increase in lash curl” (source)

The Truth: Not a bad mascara. I’m impressed.

What I Loved About It: It lasted ALL day. It doesn’t have a waterproof formula but I loved that it didn’t flake off or smudge away.

What I Didn’t Like: I would have liked a liiiiittle more volume.

Overall: I’ve tried a few Smashbox mascaras and they’ve been average at best. You know…not OMG amaziiiiing but not terrible either. I was happy to see that this mascara was closer on the OMG amaziiiiiing side. I was really impressed at how dark and lush it made my lashes with only 2 coats. And that’s not easy to do with a wand like this…

I’m not against this wand but I know that it may give some ladies a few troubles. It’s really hard to get a wand like this to breeze through the lashes. You may accidentally bump it on your lower lashline. And it’s hella hard to apply it to the lower lashes. But once you get the hang of it, I think you’ll be happy at Full Exposure’s results. I DO wish that it gave me just a little more volume but I say that about every mascara. Ha! And because the formula is a little on the thick side, 2 coats is all you’ll need. More than that will send you straight to Clumps City.

Do I recommend it?: I do! It is hereby my FAVORITE mascara from Smashbox!

Has anyone tried this mascara yet? Whatcha think?

 

 

Guest Post: Review and swatches of MAC Quite Cute collection

MAC’s latest collection Quite Cute was released earlier this month on April 7th. I have a weakness for pastels so I picked up a few things from the collection. I also picked up a Gold Deposit Mineralize Skin Finish. It’s a part of the other collection released this month from MAC, Bronze Everyday. I was almost out of my favorite foundation MAC’s Pro Longwear (NW50) so I picked up my second bottle. I am addicted to it. It lasts longer than any other foundation that I have tried. I just set it and forget it, I’m good for ten or more hours. Amazing!

Check out the pictures and swatches of my haul.