Wednesday, January 20, 2016

More Lazy Beauty Reviews.

Do ya'll read The Beauty Boomer? You should. She's hilarious and is currently working her way through a stockpile of fancy samples and reviewing them so we can save our money or not. I've also been working my way through a much smaller pile of samples and other beauty stuffs and and I have opinions. Always with the opinions.

First! I got a points perk sample of the new Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara with my recent Sephora order and I was really excited about it. It sounded so good! It promised major drama and volume and a "velvet-like" look. That last one should've been my tip-off. This stuff is lame. It's clumpy and flat looking (I guess this is the velvet part) and flaked all over the place. I'm of the opinion that some mascaras get better with a bit of age, so I'll give it another try in a week or so. First impressions weren't great, though. Meh.

I also got a teeny-tiny Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang as part of the birthday gift Sephora offers and it pleased me much more. It's not a color I would've picked but is actually pretty flattering and the finish is matte but feels creamy. I haven't tested it's longevity out yet, so I might change my mind about this. Stay tuned.

Next, I was having one of those days where anything on the internet sounded okay by me so it seemed totally reasonable to spend $4 on Onomie concealer samples. I'd never heard of the brand before but apparently it's all the thing now, combining makeup with skincare:

I am always looking for the next good thing in concealer, so I had to do it. (Your $4 gets credited back if you buy the full size which is decent of them.) First impression: these little rounds samples are a bitch to get open and a total mess no matter how careful you are. I got three shades of concealer and a packet of the illuminating eye treatment. The concealer is good! A little thin but it's nicely pigmented and goes on smoothly. It definitely brightens the under-eye area. I have no idea if it really does anything about treating dark circles but I'm of the opinion that nothing really helps with that but sleep and hydration.

I then tried the pink illuminating eye treatment on the top of my cheekbone and up along my brown bone as suggested. This stuff? Super nice. It gives a lovely sheen without being at all glittery. it apparently helps with fine lines long term but I've only used it twice so I don't know if it actually does that. Still, I liked it a lot.

My final review isn't a sample, just a product I like. My favorite eyeliner is the 24/7 line from Urban Decay because the colors are interesting and it really does stay put. However, I wear contacts and the shimmer tends to migrate into my eyes and makes them itchy. In an effort to phase them out, I've been looking for other options. I remembered that I liked a specific liquid liner from Physicians Formula and behold! I wrote about it. I dug that liner out of my stash (shut up, Marianne) and tried it again. Despite sitting in a bin for more than a year it was still good to go and still a really nice liquid liner. My skills? Tooootally suck but I'm practicing. Black liner looks a bit harsh on me so last weekend I ventured out and found the brown version:

Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner 

It's a pretty dark brown but a little more appropriate for daytime use. I like this pen because the tip is very fine, it doesn't skip, it dries quickly and stays put* all damn day. Also, it apparently makes your lashes grow longer. Hm. We'll see.

*It does not hold up when David Bowie dies but that eyeliner doesn't exist.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the link! And guess what? You guys are funny too!

    So after blackbird told me I might have a bit of a hoarding problem, (duh, there's a reason she's never set foot in my bedroom) I was ready to throw in the towel, curl up in the fetal position and mainline Ben & Jerry's. But now I feel better. Also, I'm proud that Sephora didn't sucker me into that Marc Jacobs mascara, because it looked clumpy even through my laptop screen.

    But just so you know, the news isn't good about Fresh Soy Cleaner, DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, or Cinique Black Honey nail polish. Sad trombones, all of them.