March ipsy GlamBag Review 6/6

I finally used the tarte frxxxtion stick. This stick was the free item I got with points. It’s a small purple tube with a gold cover and the product inside is black. It is supposed to exfoliating and the product looks very smooth and shiny before its first use so I was rather skeptical of this. The directions for use are to dampen your face then use the stick in little circles and wash off, or keep on as a mask for 10 minutes. Because I hate washing my face over the sink (water and product gets everywhere) I used it in the shower. I wasn’t sure if this would wash it away too much but I got it free so I decided to go for it anyways. I wet my face and started the circles on my forehead and boy was I surprised. Though you couldn’t see them, there were small particles in the product to exfoliate. I made circles all over my face then used my fingers to scrub them in a little more and rinsed my face off. Once I rinsed my face, it felt immediately softer. The smaller exfoliating particles are what helped this. I expected next to nothing out of this face wash and got so much more.¬†For a regular 1 oz. size, it is $22 on the tarte website which is pretty pricey for me, but it worked really well and was a good use of my points.

Summing up this glambag: 66% of the items I liked. That is a bit of an unfair number because the frxxxtion stick wasn’t really part of the bag, but it is still an item I received from ipsy so I will count it. This is about normal for the GlamBags I get. It is hard to please everyone, especially in something as ever-changing and always different like make-up. Two years ago I would have never touched a liquid eyeliner because I didn’t know how to use it. Now they are all I use and I just branched out to gel because I figured I would experiment. These subscription boxes are the best for that. I only have to pay $10 and I get to play with 5 different items instead of paying $25 for one that I will end up hating. I love it. Michelle Phan, thank you.

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Facial Hair

When I say facial hair, you probably immediately think mustaches and beards. No one thinks about eyebrows. Eyebrows are much more important than people think they are. Look up “celebrities without eyebrows” on Google if you don’t believe me. It’s weird.

Eyebrows are super important to the architecture of your face. They frame it and if you have too little or too much, things start to look weird. I, like many my age, got into the bad habit of overplucking in my youth. Because of this, as I have said before, a lot of what other people see of my eyebrows is not actually my eyebrows. It is make-up. In the past, I’ve tried to grow them out again but have always gotten fed up and started plucking again before anything could grow back where I needed it. The hair grew in places I didn’t want it so I’d take my tweezers to it before anyone else could see. Right now however, I am trying my best to let everything grow as it will until graduation.

I read an article that said to properly grow your eyebrows out again, you have to leave them alone for two months. If I had found this article back in March, that would have been okay, but I need to look picture perfect for graduation so two months is just not a possibility. So far, I’ve been good and have not plucked anything. Once more unruly and unnecessary hairs start coming in though, we’ll see how well I do.

March ipsy GlamBag Review 5/6

In a previous GlamBag, I had gotten another Marc Anthony hair conditioner. This one looked a lot like the one I received in my March bag- vibrant colors, travel-sized bottle. The formula was thicker and felt more like a deep conditioner than a normal conditioner and I was right. My hair felt great after using it. This one however, the Marc Anthony True Professional Deep Repair Aloe Vera & Jasmine Oil Deep Repairing Conditioning Treatment, was not impressive. The product itself is rather thin for a deep conditioner and after my hair dried after using this product, it felt no softer and actually felt a little bit rougher or like there was residue on my hair. I’ve used it a few times since my first impression (because it is a conditioner so I’m going to use it) and every other time, it still has not impressed me. My hair has not felt any better after using this product the multiple times that I have.

I was disappointed because I liked the other so much, but I guess you can’t win them all.

Lashdance

Here’s part two to the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara vs. IT Cosmetics Superhero mascara. On Saturday, I participated in Relay for Life. My team was WUTT: Spartan Radio and our theme was the Loch Ness Monster. None of that is relevant. I did put on some mascara on Saturday however. Here’s what it looked like:

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I didn’t put on any other eye make-up.

This morning, I got up late and had to shower, and was also feeling particularly lazy so I chose to also just put on mascara. Here’s that:

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I don’t know about you, but all three times, I have felt that the IT Cosmetics Superhero mascara has done better than the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. It seems to go on better, separate better, and I think it comes off easier as well. For the travel sized IT Cosmetics Superhero mascara, which is the size that came in my GlamBag all that time ago, it is $12 at Ulta. The full sized tube is $24. The travel size of the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara is also $12, the full sized at $23.

Personally, mascara isn’t something that I feel inclined to spend that much money on because, as I said in my previous post, a lot of them are the same. I think that spending a little extra on a primer is definitely the thing to do though. Primer just adds more for the mascara to stick to so that you get more out of every swipe and that is something that I have greatly benefitted from.

Flashy Lashes

It may not seem like it, but eyelashes are very important to your make-up routine. When I am too lazy to put on all of my make-up, I will usually go with eyebrows and eyelashes because I feel like I still look more put-together with just those two elements than with nothing. That said, finding a mascara that really works for you and does what you want with your lashes can be hard. Mine are especially difficult because I have never figured out how to properly curl them with an eyelash curler and even when it seems like I have, they don’t seem to want to cooperate anyways. This means I need to find a mascara that lengthens, volumizes, and curls all at the same time.

Something that you may hear is that the mascara formula doesn’t matter, it is all about the wand. I have found that this is true to a degree. The wand (also known as a spoolie) is very important. They are all different shapes and sizes because they are meant to do different things. The formula is still important though. In a recent GlamBag review, I talked about the BellaPierre Cosmetics Volumelash Waterproof Mascara and how I was not a fan of the formula because it felt too light. This was never a problem that I has encountered before; I’d only found that mascaras were too thick and clumpy (something easily fixed with a bit of saline solution). So formula can still be an issue.

This morning, I decided to test two different mascaras I had gotten from ipsy and see which I liked better than the other. Keep in mind, this is without curling first, and with the added primer before the actual mascara application. I’ll leave this one big so you can really see it.

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On the left I am wearing Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara and on the right I am wearing IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara in Super Black. Both of these were mascaras that I really liked when I tried them, but I’d never tried to pit them against each other. They seem to have similar formulas but very different brushes. I didn’t do the greatest job of applying evenly this morning because I was in a rush, but you can still see some differences between the two. I am going to try this a few more days and report back when I have more data to go off of, but right now, I think one is definitely winning.

 

Now, because that picture is kind of weird, here’s another picture I took that you can’t see my lashes as well but you can see my wings. And they look great. Enjoy.

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YouTube Make-Up Challenges/Tags

Because I love make-up and YouTube as separate entities, I love them together twice as much. It’s just math. Out there in the World Wide Web, there are multitudes of famous and trying-to-be-famous YouTubers doing different challenge and tag videos because, if you do one and it goes viral, you’re basically golden. That’s how these things work. That said, some of my favorite videos to have come out of these challenges and tags are below.

In no particular order:

1.Moq Does My Makeup – Jenna Marbles

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2.My Boyfriend Does My Voiceover – Jenna Marbles

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3.FUNNY Husband does my Voiceover !!! – Promise Phan

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4.My Boyfriend Does My Voiceover: A Make-up Tutorial – Meg Turney

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As you can probably guess, my favorite tag to come out of these has been the “[Partner] Does My Voiceover.” If you watch any of these, you will see why. Many guys are clueless as to what any of the products that we use are so they make things up as they go along in the voiceover, much like what happens in the first video, where Jenna Marbles’ boyfriend Julien (aka Moq) does her make-up with no instruction. These women film the video and then place it in front of their significant others to record voiceover.

After watching some of these videos I asked my boyfriend whether or not he thought he would succeed in doing a voiceover for my full beauty routine. We both agreed that he would get pretty far, but he’d probably mess it up somewhere. Look out in the future, I may film it anyways.

I’m a Model

IMG_0614IMG_0615Today at 5 p.m. I’m going to be modeling for the Career Services fashion show on campus. I’m rather nervous about this because I’m awkward but I’m excited about it because I get to wear a really cute outfit from Buckle. I thought that I was going to be in something super business-y but instead, they put me in the “non-conformist” group which means I’m wearing a cute floral dress and an army green vest with black booties and a choker necklace.

I tried to make my eyeshadow match my dress a bit, using reds and pinks which are some of the accent colors on the dress. I also wanted to show off my wings because I did them pretty well today. I am also wearing a full face of make-up today, foundation, highlighter and all, including the setting spray. I remembered this time. AND my hair is also curled because it doesn’t take as long as it used to anymore and that’s really exciting for me.

My shirt says “I woke up like this” and no, no I really really did not wake up like this.