The Best Black Eyeliners Ever!

Black eyeliners

So I’m not gonna lie…I am pretty boring in the eyeliner world. And it’s not because I work some professional job or that I consider myself to be Mrs. Conservative. Naw. I just really love black eyeliner. I wear it everyday and very rarely will I wear another color. Do I love emerald greens, bright blues and royal purples on my eyes? Yeeeep. But black liner is staple, girl. It just is. This edition of the Makeup Wars, us gals are sharing some of our favorite black eyeliners. I thought I’d stick with my faithful Urban Decay Zero, but really I’ve tried a TON of black eyeliners that I’ve loved.

 

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They are far from cheap but I can’t get enough of Urban Decay’s pencil eyeliners. Especially that Zero. For some reason, my eyes have gotten really sensitive over the years and the only pencil that I KNOW won’t leave me tearing up is Zero. Oh, and it doesn’t budge. At all. I’ve purchased and repurchased this pencil so many times. Like, you don’t even want to know how many times…

 

Physicians Formula trio

So they suck in the foundation diversity game, but Physicans Formula makes some realllllly nice eyeliners. Their liquid and pencil eyeliners are pretty cool, but really its their dark and smooth Kohl eyeliner pencil that just makes me go gaga. I can’t get enough of it for when I really want to smoke out my eyes.

Maybelline really gave us a gem when they put put their Eye Studio Ink Pen Eyeliner. The Black version of this liquid eyeliner pencil is spectacular.

A few years back, NYX gave us an entire collection of black liners that I couldn’t get enough of. They were so cool to give us these because each liner has a different formula. Everything from matte to sattin and liquid, NYX had us covered on the black liners front.

When I really want some pop to my upper lashline, I love Essence’s Metallic black eyeliner. It has just a very small amount of shimmer that really makes the eyes stand out. And it’s only $1.99 and does darn good around water and sweaty situations.

Urban Decay Perversion bottle

I did a review on Urban Decay’s Perversion cream liner and I still loving that baby from the moon and back. Other runner ups are Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Cream in Shade 27 and the cult fave MAC Blacktrack gel liner.

And let’s not forget Milani as they are always there to give us budget-friendly sturdy liners in all shapes and sizes.

 

Milani Eye Tech Liquid Liner

 

I could really go on and on, but I’ll stop here and let my girls share with you some of their favorite black eyeliners…


The best black eyeliners
 

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Get Some Physicians Formula In Your Life!

Hey girls, hey! So about that #PFHealthyGlamour Twitter party last week… Did you go? I did and oh my heavens, if that party was in a real club, the roof would have been on fire. I’m not even kiddin’. We would have all been bumping into each other and spilling our drinks on strangers. It was a packed house but what an awesome party it was.

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Tips from Joanna were flowin’ left and right and many lucky ladies left $50 richer. It was a grand time. Through Beauty Stat, I got the opportunity to work with Physicians Formula and I was sent a whole box of awesome goodies.


Physicians Formula products

I am no stranger to the brand. In fact, I’ve reviewed several of their mascaras, some of their lippies and their blushes. I do think they could plump up their availability of darker shades. But hey, I’m confident that in the next few years, we’ll see more “true” darker hues from them. In the meantime, I am head over heels in love with their Nude Wear blushes.

Physicans Formula Nude Wear blush

Physicians Formula Nude Wear

They call it “Nude Wear” because after you’ve applied these blushes, you can barely spot them on your cheeks. You’re left with a very subtle and beautiful glow. And yes, girl…I can attest to this.

Physicians Formula blush

They’ve got a similar effect in a palette form that can be used on both the face and eyes.

Physicians Formula eyeshadow palette

This Warm Nude Shimmer Strips All-In-1 Custom Palette may be a bit too shimmery for the office, but it is fantastic for date night or Girl’s Night Out.

Physicians Formula Shimmer palette

And for my girls who like intense and sultry eyes, I’m thinkin’ you’ll love the Sexy Booster Ooh La La Eyes Trio.

Physicians Formula eyes

Physicians Formula trio

Included is an eyeliner pencil, felt-tip eyeliner and kohl eyeliner. When layered with the Va Va Voom Volume mascara, this results in the perfect sexy eye look…

Physicians Formula mascara

Physicians Formula eyeliner

Fabulous, right? Yessss! Physicians Formula is doing fantastic things and if you head on over to Target stores and Target.com from now until May 24th, you can score some serious buy 1, get 1 FREE deals. Stock up now!

 

 

This is a sponsored post brought to you by BeautyStat.com (#bstat) and Physicians Formula. While I was compensated to do this post, all thoughts are my own. 

How To Create A Mascara Cocktail

One product women have a big love/hate relationship is mascara. We love it because of its seemingly magical powers to make our eyes look more open and awake. We hate it because if we choose the wrong formula we can end up with raccoon eyes. Love it or hate it, mascara is a must in nearly everyone’s beauty arsenal. If I find a formula that isn’t quite perfect for me on its own, I don’t toss it, I create a mascara cocktail!

Mascara cocktails involve using two different formulas on the lashes. When paired together, the result is so satisfying that you are nearly drunk with joy at the masterpiece you’ve created. My lashes never go naked, and when I get bored, I test out new ways to maximize my mascara stash.

Here are some favorite cocktail combos:

Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara + Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes!

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These are actually two mascaras that I really like solo. However, when paired together, well…that’s when the magic happens. Gifted, is great at adding volume and some length, but Lights, Camera, Lashes! is like a push up bra for your lashes. It gives them curl, and an added lift that Gifted doesn’t. When paired together, the two create the perfect mascara look.

Urban Decay Cannonball + Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara

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Cannonball is a waterproof formula, and because of this, it will hold a curl well when paired with a lash curler. However, Supercurl, which features a curved wand, actually curls the lashes on its own sans separate curling device. Cannonball is a light gel formula which makes it ideal for layering. Together, this dynamic duo will give you curled, lifted and waterproof lashes. Just be sure to use Cannonball as your final coat to reap the waterproof benefits.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara in Black + Ecco Bella FlowerColor Natural Mascara in Brown

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A trick I love to wear to make my eyes look really open and awake is using black mascara on my top lashes, and a brown one on the bottom. You could actually use this technique with any black & brown mascara, but this is the combo I tend to use most. Stila Stay All Day gives the most amazing volume to those with sparse lashes. The wand comes with a unique brush/comb combo that lets you load up the product, and then comb through to separate and lift your lashes. It’s really hard to find good brown mascara, and Ecco Bella is the best I’ve found. While it isn’t fully waterproof, it is water resistant, which means no smudging, unless of course you are going deep sea diving.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Lash Boosting Mascara in Black + Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin FakeOut Mascara in Ultra Black

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This is the newest of my cocktail creations. Physicians Formula Lash Boosting Mascara is the first drugstore formula that did my lashes right. On its own it adds amazing length; I mean truly impressive insane kind of length. I think this is probably the most underrated drugstore mascara out there. When I first tried FakeOut, I didn’t see a big difference between this formula and the Lash Boosting formula. However, after I paired them together is when the fireworks happened. FakeOut is a fiber mascara, and the first that I’ve worn that hasn’t irritated my contact lenses. The lengthening combo of the Lash Boosting formula plus the added fibers from FakeOut created the most fabulous false lash like
effect. Plus, all of the ingredients are natural!

So if you ever find yourself unhappy with a tube of mascara you purchased, don’t toss it! Try pairing it with a different formula and mix up your own mascara masterpiece! I don’t ever recommend physically mixing the formulas in the tube. Simply layer the two different formulas; apply a coat of one formula to your lashes, followed by a coat of the other until you reach the desired look. Remember when using a waterproof formula, you should always end with the waterproof one as your final step.

What are your favorite mascara combos?

More about Lisa:
Liza N. Chung is cruelty-free beauty blogger and makeup artist in Connecticut. Using only synthetic makeup brushes, she works to raise awareness about animal testing in the cosmetics industry. Her makeup area of specialty is weddings and special events. After working for various cosmetic brands and working as a teen model, she found her place behind the scenes helping people look and feel their best. Visit Lisa’s blog and follow her on Twitter.

Mascara Monday: Physicians Formula Organic wear 100% Natural Lash Boosting mascara

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It’s been a very long time since I’ve reviewed something from Physicians Formula. I think the last thing I featured was their amaziiiiiing and super cool lipgloss that lights up. And I am still using it. I’m serious. It is currently taking up residency in my makeup bag. I know how to be a faithful makeup user. Hmm mmmm. Anywho, they’ve got a a new mascara on the scene and I’ve had my up’s and down’s with PF’s mascara’s. Let’s see where this one stands…

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Price: $9.95 at drugstores and at PhysiciansFormula.com
Packaging (brush wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What It Claims: Per packaging…

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The Truth: It kinda sucks. I know, I know. I hate to say it but y’all want me to be honest, don’t you?

What I Loved About It: I also adore PF’s packaging. Especially their mascaras. So cute, right?

What I Didn’t Like: It’s like a lot of PF mascaras in that a few hours after you apply it, it just disappears. Freaky.

Overall: Oh boy. Let’s go ahead and get this over with. Reviewing this mascara will be like quickly ripping a band-aid off. I just want it to be quick. First, let’s talk about about some of the awesome qualities and claims about this mascara. Ready? According to PhysiciansFormula.com, this mascara rocks because of the following reasons:

-Hypoallergenic. Fragrance free. Ophthalmologist approved. Gluten Free.
-100% of the Total Ingredients are from Natural Origin.
-44% of the Total Ingredients are from Organic Farming.
-100% saw enhanced lashes INSTANLY!
-1st Ever 100% Natural Lash Boosting formula enhances the appearance of lash length, thickness and volume for dramatic lashes instantly and long-term.

100% out of how many? These are the questions I have when I see percentages. But anyway…those are some serious claims, uh? I’ve got to give it up to Physicians Formula because when it comes to omitting a ton of yucky stuff from their products, they’re good at that. If, of course, you care about that sort of thing. But when it comes to performance this mascara sucks and that makes me sad. I can blame part of the suck-age on the wand.

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No, it’s not horrible and yes, I’ve seen worse and it’s not its size that bothers me. It’s those super itty bitty teeny tiny bristles. They are SO small. Ridiculously small. Even if you’ve got super long lashes, getting this wand to the base of your lashes will be quite the challenge. And it’s a time-consuming challenge that many of us who like to spend no more than 10 minutes on their makeup have no time for. If you can manage to coat those lashes with mascara, you’re left with a wee of thickness to the lashes. And just a wee bit. Lengthening was meh and I saw a little more volumizing. Enough volumizing to make me nod me head and say, “Hmm. Not bad.”

Hours later, though, I’d glance in the mirror and notice that I didn’t have no any mascara. None. The mascara simply did a disappearing act. This doesn’t surprise me. It has happened before with many natural mascaras. They aren’t always the best with longevity. I’m not sure what ingredient(s) it is that helps mascaras stay around longer but without it, wearing a mascara is almost point-less. I’ve experienced natural mascaras that actually stick around longer than a few hours without flaking or smudging away but I can’t say the same about this baby.

It’s a shame too because gosh…ain’t it cute?

 

Bare Lashes

 

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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Nope. It simply won’t stick around. And I’m pretty sure it would do worse in super hot and sticky environments.

 

Any natural mascara lovers in the house? Have you ever experienced this before?


Physicians Formula pH Powered Lip Gloss. The gloss for big kids!

Lipgloss lovers and big kids, you’re going to love this one. Physicians Formula recently put out these pH Matchmaker pH Powered Lip Glosses and ohmigoodness, I can’t get enough of them. Yeah, I know they weren’t the first ones to come out with a lipgloss like this, but this may very well be my favorite.

First, let’s see what PF says about what makes this gloss awesome.

-1st Ever Lip Gloss with pH Power Complex transforms into your perfectly personalized hue.
-Hypoallergenic. Fragrance free. Paraben free. Dermatologist approved.
-Fluorescein Based Dye-senses the pH level of your skin & adjusts within 60 seconds to create your perfect lip color.

Okay, I’ll be honest – I think most of the claims are pretty gimmicky. I don’t think the gloss changes hues because of my pH level. It’ll change colors on a white sheet of paper. The gloss goes on with just a bit of a light pink shade to it and then it changes to a beautiful shade of bright pink. But I don’t think it has anything to do with my pH level. Then again, I’m a skeptic so I could be totally wrong. Ha!

But what’s NOT to love about this gloss? Formula-wise it’s realllly nice. It’s got a non-tacky formula and it feels and looks nice on the lippies.

The 10-hour wear time and dead on. In fact, even when the shine goes away, what you’re left with is a bit of a stain. Which I like! And there’s a mirror on the side…

Which comes in handy when you don’t feel like pulling out your compact.

But let’s get to the best part. This bad boy has a light built-in. With the press of the button…

…a light illuminates.

Awesome, right? And it’s BRIGHT! This lipgloss can easily double as a flashlight. No lie.

I’m impressed. Even though I’ve seen lipglosses like this before but this one rocks because the shade is so complimentary. There’s a Light Pink shade but something tells me that I wouldn’t like it as much as I like this one.

You can get this lippie from drugstores, Ulta and online for $9.99. And yeah, that’s a bit steep for a lipgloss, but considering you get a zombie blocking light on it, I think it’s well worth it. ;)