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.

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.

March ipsy GlamBag Review 4/6

I did not like this product. It just wasn’t for me. The product I am talking about this time is the Neogen Coconut Milk Pure Mild Cleanser. Because of the coconut milk facial products I’d gotten in the past from Promise Organic, I was hopeful for this product to be good too. It’s not necessarily that it’s bad, it just wasn’t what I expected. The formula was very thick and kind of sticky and didn’t feel much like it cleaned my face. My face also did not feel as hydrated after use and it didn’t smell as good as the others. When it comes it cleaning products, I am usually biased towards those that are exfoliators because I can feel them doing the work. You’re not supposed to use these every day however, because they can rough up your skin too much, so on days that you’re not exfoliating but still need to clean, you use a normal cleanser. I was hoping that this would be a good off-day treatment but it looks, right now, like I’m going to have to go searching for more Promise Organic products.

March ipsy GlamBag Review 2/6 & 3/6

IMG_0597Say hello to my fully made-up face and wet hair. Most people are not me and when they have a full face of make-up on, they also make sure their hair is done too… I hardly ever do anything special with my hair anymore. Anyways, this post is about three things.

  1. tarte cosmetics tarteistâ„¢ quick dry matte lip paint in vibin

  2. Elizabeth Mott blending brush
  3. The new way I’m doing my eyebrows

1. Let’s start with the lips, shall we? I love these deep burgundy Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 1.01.37 PMcolors. I would shower myself in liquid lipsticks in this shade if I could. That said, this one surprised me. It came in a sample size, nothing new. The shade in the tube looks completely different to what it looks like on my face though. So different. It’s much lighter in the tube and less red. That said, I am not mad about what it ended up being. I love it. And it lives up to its name in being a “quick dry matte lip paint” because it did dry very quickly and very matte. A full-sized tube is $20 and while I love it, I can get a NYX liquid lipstick that is much the same for about $7.

Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 1.15.08 PM2. The Elizabeth Mott blending brush was pretty cool. For those that don’t know, a blending brush does what it sounds like, blends. You use this on your eyelids for eyeshadow blending so that you don’t have a harsh line between your eyeshadow and your face or one eyeshadow color to the next. No one wants that. Blending is very important (in every step of your make-up). Generally you want your blending brushes to be very soft and fluffy, not only because they are near the very delicate skin of your eyelid, but also because this just helps blend the color better. It sweeps it around instead of just dropping it in one place like an eyeliner brush or ever your crease brush would do. My old blending brush is from bhCosmetics, the same company that I got the colors of my eyeshadow from. It’s super fluffy but also longer than the Elizabeth Mott one meaning it sweeps around more and can therefore fan out the colors more. The Elizabeth Mott blending brush still has fluffy bristles, they’re just a little tighter knit so they keep control of the color better. I like this a lot.

3. My eyebrows are still as lovely as ever and as fake as ever. Whenever someone compliments them, I tell them that they are fake. I’m not trying to be part of the group of women that walk around looking perfect all day long pretending it’s a reality when it isn’t. Do you want to know what’s not real? All of my face. It’s all make-up. Well, most of it anyways. I do have an actual face underneath it. This took a weird turn. Back to my eyebrows. Since I am out of pomade and, as mentioned in my last post, the eyebrow liner i received from ipsy was a dud, I had to find a new way to do my eyebrows in the meantime. Enter eyeshadow. As mentioned above, I have an eyeshadow palette from bhCosmetics. What I didn’t mention is that this palette has 120 colors and shades in it and they are beautiful. To do my brows, I used a mixture of a matte brown and matte black shades and applied it like I did the pomade. Pomade is only one type of brow product, powder is another. There are specific brow powders as well that usually come with a wax to apply over it to seal it, but who needs that when I have 120 shades of eyeshadows? Granted, I only used two, but still.