EpicProduct!Review: CoverGirl TruMagic

CoverGirl TruMagic

Please excuse the overexcited title. This product excites me, you see. It’s CoverGirl TruMagic, and it’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen at the drugstore, so it takes a bit of explanation.

Mally Cosmetics makes a similar product, so if you’re familiar with that, feel free to skip over this description. If not, read on!

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Review: Soap & Glory Hand Food

Soap & Glory Hand Food
Today I’m talking about another product that’s become a cult favourite in the beauty community: Soap & Glory Hand Food.

It’s described as a “non-greasy, hydrating hand cream with shea butter, macadamia oil, and marshmallow”.

I’m going to go with the obvious to start: how on earth is marshmallow a desirable hand cream ingredient? Are we talking about the same thing here — the little white bitties you put in hot chocolate? Wouldn’t that make it sticky? And how do you channel that into a hand cream?

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Review: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Packaging

As I sit, enjoying a Santa’s Secret latte and trying out a new face mask this Christmas Day Eve, I thought I’d write up a quick post about a mascara I’ve been thinking about.

It’s Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. The gimmicky, sex-themed mascaras have been hitting the market lately. First was Benefit’s They’re Real mascara, which I didn’t think was super impressive — any mascara that claims that you’ll get a false-lash effect doesn’t usually meet my expectations, because frankly, my lashes suck to begin with and they’re set up for failure.

Too Faced Better Than Sex makes a bold claim as well, but it doesn’t claim a false-lash effect. Maybe that’s why I’m more impressed with it.

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Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil Light (+ where the bleep did I go?!)

Josie Maran Argan Oil Light

After a brief hiatus (during which I worked the retail pre-holiday rush — it was cray, but that’s another story), we’re now back to our regularly-scheduled programming. Over the next two weeks, posts will come about every other day, just because I don’t have access to my regular equipment and backdrops.

Anyhoo, you may recognize the Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light* from my DIY Lavender Curl Refreshing Spray post. I got it as a 100 point perk because I’m a Sephora VIB. I have to say, this is one of the better perks I’ve gotten from this program.

Anyhow, everybody and their cat knows that argan oil is a bit of a hot ingredient when it comes to skin and hair care these days. You find it in skin and body products, hair products, lip balms, cuticle oils, and even makeup. Josie Maran has made herself synonymous with it, along with MoroccanOil. I love MoroccanOil for my hair, but I’m a bit hesitant to put such a fragrant oil on my skin (I have a thing about scents in skincare products — don’t judge). The argan light is supposed to be a lighter version of argan oil that is perfect for oilier or combination skin and for very thin or fine hair. I got it for my skin, and I’ve tried it on my hair and it’s lovely! What I love about argan oil — especially this light one — is that it sinks right in and doesn’t leave my skin greasy.

Now, the full size of this is in the $50 range, so I don’t know if I’d go out and buy it right away once this one is done. I might price out regular, non-Josie-Maran pure argan oil at the health food store, because I’ve a suspicion that when it comes to Josie’s, you’re paying for the name and prestige more than the product itself.

Although I have to say, overpriced or not, the little pipette/eyedropper is awesome and I’ll probably keep the bottle to refill with whatever argan oil I do buy. It makes me feel like a scientist.

New & Exciting Products

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!

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My First Bronzer: CoverGirl Queen Collection Bronzer in 03 ‘Ebony’

CoverGirl Queen Collection Ebony Bronzer

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.

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My Eyebrow Threading Experience

My brows the day after threading, unfilled.

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!

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