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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Say 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.
tarte cosmetics tarteist™ quick dry matte lip paint in vibin
- Elizabeth Mott blending brush
- The new way I’m doing my eyebrows
1. Let’s start with the lips, shall we? I love these deep burgundy colors. 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.
2. 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.
Usually a GlamBag only has 5 products in it but I redeemed some points last month and got myself a 6th so lucky you, you get another post! (Except it’s going to be less anyways because I used multiple products in one day… we’ll see how I break it down) Today’s post is about the EYEKO Fat Brow Liner in shade Light to Medium. I received an EYEKO liner in a previous bag. It was a liquid eyeliner, not brow liner, but it was super dark and I loved it so I was excited to try this. The fact that it is in the shade “Light to Medium” didn’t catch me off guard at first because this is usually the shade I get face products in. I am a fairly light-skinned Filipina. Once it occurred to me however, that this was a product for my brows, I started to become a bit skeptical that this would work for me.
Pro-tip: When buying brow make-up, buy a shade or two lighter than your actual brow color. This way you can blend it in and layer it and make sure it’s not too dark. Even if your eyebrows are black, like mine, I promise, you want to follow this.
Because of that tip, I still decided to wait until I could try this brow liner to judge it. I’d been surprised in the past and I already ran out of my brow pomade so I was in need of something.
In the photos online, the tip of the pen is brown. My pomade is brown so this was no issue. When I opened up my product, the tip looked closer to a dark brown/black so this made me more excited, thinking it would be even closer to what I needed. When I went to try it, I started to draw my normal shape which consists of some filling in sparse areas where there is hair, and some drawing on completely new areas where there isn’t hair. In filling in the sparse areas with hair, it did a pretty nice job, but drawing on the new areas, this product was extremely light and grey, not even brown. It looked like I’d taken a graphite, #2 pencil to my eyebrows and I was not happy about that. Below is a picture of the product on my hand. I drew a new eyebrow. It is grey. Not black, not brown, grey.
Because of this and a mixture of my laziness and lack of funds, I haven’t gone out to get a new pomade, but I have started using a mixture of brown and black matte eyeshadows and I think it is working pretty well. You can tell me what you think when you see this combination in my next post.
PS Now you know that my eyebrows are a lie. Don’t tell anyone else 😉