One might wonder why I bought the Rimmel Glam eyes mascara when I already am in love with the CG lash blast. It might seem like a waste of money.
… Well, there was a cute little crown on the mascara, and it came with a free eyeliner….
Damn gimmicks, they get me every time,
The Rimmel glam eyes does come in adorable tube. Its black with a matte black lattice and a shiny pink crown.
Inside the brush is silicone and curved.
The little spokes though are very short…. Especially compared to other Mascara’s. I have no idea why this is…
The result though, is barely done eyelashes. It does darken them, and thicken them a little. But not much. Not much at all.
The composition of the mascara is pretty good though. it’s a good dark color (sometimes black just isn’t very black), it doesn’t clump, and it only smudges minimally. It’s not waterproof, so crying/ rain does make it run some, but not terribly, and it isn’t advertised as waterproof, so really this is to be expected.
I think the issue is mostly the brush.
In the end the mascara isn’t terrible. I keep it in my car for emergencies (*laughs*). I wouldn’t buy it again.
Cover girl has never let me down when it comes to mascara, well, that it until the exact eye lights collection.
The brush design is basically the same as CG’s Lashblast. So really there are no complaints there.
But the mascara itself is Shit.
It wasn’t worth the money I paid for it.
I have Hazel eyes…. Which I know can mean pretty much anything. Technically they are blue and brown, but they come across green. So my eyes look fantastic with subtle red. I have a gorgeous liner by Sheer cover that’s subtle, but makes the green POP.
So when I bought the Eyelights in Black ruby, that’s what I was hoping for.
I didn’t expect to open it up and find a tube of red mascara.
I didn’t expect dramatic results.
But I had hoped for something.
For my whites to look just a bit whiter, and the green a bit greener….
In fact, the color, though slightly red, tends to turn ashy on my lashes.
So they end up looking like I have white primer on my lashes.
It looks wrong.
I’ve even tried putting it over/under other mascaras.
Price: $6 Until Cover Girl came out with their Lashblast mascara, this was my go to Mascara.
I think the brush design is amazing. It applies a good amount of product, while separating the lashes. The result, longer fuller lashes, with minimal clumping.
Now of course the soft silicone brushes are everywhere.
But even still I keep a tube of this around.
The mascara itself is dark, long lasting and doesn’t flake.
I find the non-waterproof version to be better than the waterproof. They seem to be equally long lasting…. But the water proof is hard to take off, even with make up remover, so I always end up with raccoon eyes when taking a shower, because there always seems to be some I missed….
Covergirl lash blast
This is my FAVORTIE mascara. I’ve used everything from wet n’ wild to Lancôme and Buxom (from Sephora). But I always always always come back to Cover girl Lash blast.
Why? It’s cheap, and it always works.
I get consistently big, beautiful lashes, with almost no clumping. With barely any smudging ( I am an eye rubber) and NO flaking!
This mascara gives as good as any of the Big name mascara’s! I was hooked on the comb mascara by Elizabeth Arden for quite a while. But CG is just as good, at nearly a quarter of the price!
In honor of my obsession with mascara, this week I'm doing All Mascara reviews! There are a number of normal back home brands, cover girl, Maybelline; including the latest gimmick, vibrating mascara! But I've tossed in a few Korean Mascara's too.
Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream - Sheer silky Skin
Price : 13500 won ($13.50)
One of the first things I did when I got to Korea was went searching for somewhere that sells Skin79. Having tried out mini’s of 4 different kinds of BB creams, I had fallen in love. And I really really wanted the full size.
To my dismay, I have unable to find anywhere that sells skin79.
So, in the meantime I’ve been using make up that gives me ok, but not amazing results.
The Cover girl tru blend foundation. It’s fine, it’s a good color, but it has no added benefits, no skin whitening, or even sun protection.
So, seeing on Lotus palace that the Precious Mineral BB cream by etude house looked approximately my color, I went out and swatched it.
To my excitement, it was an excellent match.
I’ve now been using it almost daily.
It comes in nice packaging, The tube, with a hygienic pump top and sturdy cover, so it can be stood up. A fact I appreciate.
The appearance of the packaging, while not adorable is a one up on Covergirl.
The color is good. It looks dark when first squirted, but lightens a lot when spread out. Its kind of weird how different it is when blended in.
The color is very beige, with no yellow undertones.
However if applied all over the face it does give a bit of a sallow appearance. Almost as though the base tone is grey instead of yellow. But if you’re not looking for heavy coverage all over the face, this isn’t a big issue.
It’s a thick BB cream. With a nice smooth texture, it spreads nicely and evenly. It gives good coverage I’d say medium, with a little flexibility either way. There is minimal clumping in fine lines or pores. If applied correctly, and set with loose powder it lasts all day, and is good against a light sweat.
It does wipe off pretty easy though.
Though the BB cream lists a number of benefits, I haven’t notice any affect on my skin as of yet. Except for sun protection though, I feel any other attributes are a bonus.
Most important is it’s quality as a foundation and a decent SPF level.
Still, I do love the Skin79 BB creams even more than this. So given the choice I would go for them.
However notably there is a significant price difference. The Skin79’s being listed at 3000 won ($30.00) and Etudes house Precious mineral BB is only 13500 won ($13.50) that’s a big difference….
Price: $24 US at Sephora Size: 0.45 oz Even though Benefit is a bit of a cult favorite, it’s not a favorite brand for me. The kitschy packaging is attractive but holds absolutely no appeal to me. More importantly, the products are both unappealing and in my opinion unremarkable… So other than a few star items, I don’t even bother with benefit. But I have been trying to find a good, and I mean really good highlighter for ages. When using Mineral make up, my appearance tends to dry and powdery. So adding a powder highlighter, it doesn’t’t really enhance a natural appearance. I’ve wanted a cream or liquid highlighter. And if you ever looked for one…. They not exactly easy to find. Everything is powder. After reading soooo many glowing reviews of High Beam on Sephora, I was stoked to try it..
High beam is in a clear bottle, very much like a nail polish bottle, with a similar applicator.
It’s a light pink. It applies shimmery, but not glittery.
It’s easy to apply. When applied lightly, is easily subtle enough for day, but an be applied more heavily without looking fake. Overall it gives the skin a nice dewy look without being obvious.
The only noticeable issue is its weak staying power. It wears of really quickly… Like an hour or two at best… Still, its definitely a nice product, and a wonderful alternative to powders!
If you’ve ever used one of the MAC pigments than you know what to expect from the Sheer Cover Lip to Lid Highlighters.
They are basically mineral loose powders. The selling point is the “lip to lid” factor. They can basically be used anywhere!
They come in three colors
They are very smooth, lightly pigmented, and very sparkly. The sparkles are very finely milled mica to compare it to MAC’s pigments, they aren’t nearly as pigmented. As you can see from the pictures of me using them as eye shadows, there isn’t a whole lot of color pay off...
The Bronze color is supposed to also act as a bronzer, to compete with other Mineral lines that have bronzers. But it’s so sparkly I can’t see how anyone could use it as anything more than a highlighter.
EOTD in Bronze and Peach
The peach and the pink work well as highlighters though. I actually love the peach for adding a tiny bit of sparkle to my cheeks. But I think the pink would be really nice on darker skin tones.
They can also be used as lip pigments. Just mix with any lip gloss (clear or translucent are best) then apply with a lip brush.
They work surprising well as a lip color! The colors come across as more pigmented (although they produce a frosted look); they are not too glittery on the lips. Best of all they wear really well, and once the top gloss has work off, they are kiss proof!
Seriously, the pigment smooth coats the lips (not rough or scratchy at all), so even when you kiss and eat, the pigment stays fused to the lips.
It’s really cool.
Last, but not least, my absolute favourite thing to do with the LTL’s is to use them as a lip highlighter. I take a little of the pigment (peach usually), and line the top inner bow of my lip, then dab a little in the center of my bottom lip. Then top with gloss. Or, if wearing lipstick, apply it for then the Ltl.
It gives an effect just like in magazines, and wears really well.
I don’t usually use a face mist. In fact, I don’t know anyone who does….
But since using Sheer cover, and mineral foundations, I’ve found that what I once though was completely unnecessary can actually be pretty useful.
A face mist can be used to hydrate the face before applying make up, it helps create a moist canvas so make up sticks better and lasts longer
Or to refresh dried out make up.
With drying mineral powders, a face mist works super well. When my make starts to not looks so fresh and pretty, a quick squirt and it moistens the face powder, making my make up look closer to flawless.
Although…. Since discovering BB creams I use my Mineral makeups less and less.
But it’s still nice after a long day at work, a quick spritz is kind of like a jolt of coffee, perks you up so you can make it though those last few hours.
I have an aversion to anything that smells like old lady or baby powder. And generally anything rose scented falls into one of those two categories.
But I LOVE the scent of the ‘ Morocan rose’. (That’s how it’s spelt on the bottle… I thought Moroccan had to cc’s but hey…)
It smells almost like real roses. Like I ‘ve just stuck my head into a dozen beautiful blooms.
I even chose this scent over the other, Love Hawaii. Which is coconut and tropical. And when you consider that nearly half of all my perfumes have coconut or pineapple notes, and NONE have rose, this scent has to be pretty special.