Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Benefit "They're Real!" Mascara

This mascara claims to "lengthen, curl, volumize, lift, and separate".  I'll comment on how each of these qualities actually measure up.  I have been using this mascara for about a month now. It is described as a jet black, and it is. I love a black mascara so this was perfect for me.

Lengthening: I would say is lengthening but not to an extreme. I have somewhat long lashes already so it didn't bother me much.
Curling/Lifting: Yes! I don't know how, but this mascara does lift and curl the lashes. Making them appear more open. It may be due to the brush (more on that later in this post)
Volumizing: This definitely adds on some volume to your lashes. But because of this, a second coat makes lashes appear "spider-like". I just pile it on wet, rather than letting it dry before the second coat and that seems to help. But even then, if you put too much the spider effect can still happen.
Separating: This one is 50/50. If you only do one coat than it does an amazing job. BUT any more than one coat the lashes start to have the opposite effect, clumping to each other. As for me, its hard to resist a second coat of mascara.

Now for the brush. The last time I used a mascara brush with plastic teeth I was underwhelmed, so I was skeptical about using this one. To my surprise this brush works very well. It seems to really help in lifting and curling my lashes. It has teeth rounded over the tip to reach each and every one of you lashes or use for lower lashes. When you first take the brush out of the tube there is an excess of mascara on the tip. Unfortunate, since its meant to use on fine lashes and that would only create clumps. This could easily be fixed by wiping it off on the tube before use.

(One coat - did not use eye lash curler)

My over all impression of this mascara is that its a good one but not fantastic. Especially for the $22 price tag. It's waterproof so its also hard to get every last bit off. As for repurchasing, I think I can find and equivalent or better at the drug store.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sugar Lip Polish by fresh.

This is a sugar scrub for your lips by fresh. It claims to leave "your skin incredibly soft and smooth". And let me tell you they're not lying! Plus it smells delicious, like brown sugar.

Retailing for $26.00 for 0.6oz, this product does not come cheap, As a matter of fact, I must have got this on sale. No way I would be able to spend that much money on this little jar I had never tried before. BUT with that being said, I would most defiantly buy this again. I have very dry lips and this works perfectly. It's my go-to for when I'm having a really bad lip day. This one jar has lasted several months, each use only reqires a tiny bit of product.

(how much I use)

First I massage the lip polish in small circles into my lips for a few sconds, just long enough to get some on my entire lips. Use a washcloth with warm water to clean lips and finish with a think lip balm or vaseline(surprisingly moisturing). And you've got incredibly soft lips!

Its best to do this first and start doing your hair or makeup after. This way your lip moisturizer will have time to soak in before you apply any lip products.
Bottom line - This product this is money well spent. One of my favorite products.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure

For my first blog I decided to review the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure. At $7.99 I was hesitant to buy this product. If I were to spend that much money on nail polish I want OPI or some other high end brand. It claims to have "5 Steps in 1 Bottle: Base Coat, Strengthener, Growth Treatment, Color and Top Coat". I still opted to use a top and base coat out of habit. I chose #660 "Pat On The Black". A deep burgundy, almost blackish shade.

This polish was completely opaque after two coats, which is good to me. I found that this polish lasts much longer than some other even more expensive polishes. Here are a few photos of the wear and tear.


I am on day 7 and this mani still looks half way decent. No chips at all and I noticed I don't have any of the  usual wear on the corners of my nails. A much longer last than all of my other polishes. I would defiantly repurchase and recommend

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Welcome To My Blog

Thanks to everyone interested in reading my blog. I plan to write about beauty & makeup products, shopping and much more! Have a wonderful day!..Or night for me :)