As a lover of all things beauty, I keep my eyes open for new launches. I don’t like to buy items right away, because that’s when I tend to regret the products the most. Like some kind of makeup-crazed lion, I like to lie in wait of the inevitable onslaught of YouTube and blog reviews (check the links in the sidebar for my trusted sources!). Nonetheless, I still get excited about the products when they’re launched and in the starting stages of release. Here are a few I’m currently excited about!
As some of you may know, I love nail art. I’m just getting back into it, and the holidays such a fun time for it. Gingerbread men, Santa, reindeer, Christmas trees, snowflakes, and snowmen — the opportunities are endless!
Recently, my complexion’s been looking a little blah. It’s because winter is the worst and despite my MegaBright and Never A Dull Moment usage, I still can’t shake it.
In any case, I’ve been wanting a bronzer of some sort to warm it up. I needed a bronzer that’s darker than I am, which as it turns out, is not easy to find (even with my pale winter skin). I wasn’t 100% set on it being designated as a bronzer, either; I was willing to use a brown-toned blush, or even a face powder that’s a few shades darker than I am. But I couldn’t find any of those that were reasonably priced, either.
Then I remembered the CoverGirl Queen Collection.
As a fan of the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, I was excited to hear they were releasing more jumbo pencil format lip products: Revlon Matte Balms and Lacquer Balms. These ones don’t claim to be a stain, but their big draw is that there are new finishes: a velvety matte and a super lustrous lacquer.
I’m relatively new to the world of eyebrow upkeep. It was only a year or two that I got my brows waxed for the first time. Then I moved, and didn’t bother finding someone to do them for me. It wasn’t until this past summer that I started going to get them waxed regularly, every 4-6 weeks.
I always thought that I didn’t have enough eyebrow hair to warrant removing any, but as it turns out, shaping my brows (and filling them in) a little has resulted in it looking like I’m browier than I actually am.
My brows were in desperate need of some attention, and there’s a new threading brow bar called Kurves at the mall where I work. So after my shift a few days ago, I headed over and got my brows threaded for the very first time!
CoverGirl has finally delved into the world of fibre mascaras, and let me tell you, they’ve done it right.
Expanding on their ever-growing Lashblast range, this spring they brought out the Clump Crusher. The big draw with this mascara was that the little rubbery spokes (is that what they’re called?) of the brush were spaced closer together than the average mascara clump, making clumps physically impossible. (If that’s not a practical use of math and science, I don’t know what is.)
Anyway, I tried the original Clump Crusher and loved it. It defined my lashes, added volume, and was just generally lovely. However, it wasn’t the best in the length department, and I felt the need to layer a fibre mascara (namely Maybelline Illegal Lengths) on top of it.
With Clump Crusher Extensions, they’ve kept the epic brush but tweaked the formula. The fibres in the mascara are so tiny that you can barely see them clinging to the brush (I can pick one out in the photo above). When you apply it, it adds some serious length to lashes and is fantastic at separating.
The first time I used this, I chucked my old Maybelline Illegal Lengths in the trash (it was due to be ditched anyway, but I was that impressed with this new mascara!). The Maybelline fibre mascara adds length, but sometimes if you try to build the tips too much, you end up with weird, twiggy, spidery lashes. (I’ve experienced this problem with the Imju Fiberwig Mascara too, which I still loved for a very long time). CoverGirl’s amazing Clump Crusher brush and teeny, tiny fibres do away with the twig-spider-leg look and makes lashes look long, separated, and…human.
The only thing is that the formula seems to have suffered in the volume department, but I’m willing to sacrifice that for the crazy length and separation. I’m just loving it.
And I picked it up for $8 on sale! Whee!
If you’re on the hunt for an awesome new mascara to try, CoverGirl Clump Crusher Extensions is pretty fantastic and definitely worth a try!
My skin’s been super dry of late. Of course my summery skincare products just weren’t cutting it (bye bye, oil-free moisturizers…). Even my fall/transition-y moisturizer was leaving my skin lacking hydration.
Exam season is upon us (us being college and university students in Canada and some parts of the US), so I thought I’d make a little post of some of the products I reach for regularly when I’m stressed and sleep-deprived.
This doesn’t have to be just for students, either; anyone can use these products, any time. They’re all tried in the most rigorous of conditions, so you can be confident that they work!
Today’s post is about an oft-overlooked step in a beauty routine: setting spray.
Now, setting spray does not replace a setting powder. Rather, it’s a final step that sets everything you put on your face — foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer, eyeshadow, mascara, all of it.