Month: November 2014

Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara

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Recently, most of the mascaras I have been keeping in heavy rotation have dried out and required tossing.  I had to replenish my supply and when I saw the nice bonus gift Clinique was offering, I knew it was time to revisit one of my favorite mascara brands.

I was always a fan of the High Impact Mascara so this curling version intrigued me. The brush is curved, much like the Falsies Mascara wand, but thinner.  Be warned that the formula is very wet so it can get messy quite easily, but once it dries this mascara is not going anywhere.  I like that it is long wearing and doesn’t smudge, even when I use it on my lower lashes. But, it is a bit of a challenge to get off and it flakes off very messily when confronted with eye makeup remover.

My main complaint with this mascara is that it does not layer well.  It dries very quickly and clumps up easily, which means that it does not provide as much drama as some other mascaras.  For day time use, I really like this High Impact Curling Mascara, but I think there are better formulas out there if you want really dramatic lashes.  This particular product does not lengthen or volumize as well as some of my other favorites.

-Jules

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Body Shop Honey Bronzer

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I had a Hoola Bronzer stage.  Then was the Nars Laguna obsession, followed quickly with the Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer phase.  Now, I’ve landed on The Body Shop’s Honey Bronzer in 01.

My main problem with lots of bronzers is that they tend to be too dark or too orange for my fair skin or too shimmery to use as a contour.  All the others I mentioned are great bronzers, but they have been replaced by this Honey Bronzer–my new holy grail.

It is cool enough to use as a contour and somehow warm enough to brighten up the face and give a sun-kissed look.  01 is the lightest shade they offer and is perfect for my ultra pale complexion, but they have 3 more darker shades that will work for a variety of skin tones.  The lightest, however, is perfect for those of us who are often foiled by dark bronzers that look unnatural on fair skin.

I highly recommend this powder bronzer; it’s become a staple in my makeup bag.

-Jules

Tangle Teezer

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This was supposed to solve my hair’s tangle problems.  I’ve heard other bloggers rave about it and sing it’s praises.

I have fine hair that tangles extremely easily and this contraption looked promising.  I thought it would help me be able to brush through my hair easily and maybe make brushing wet hair a little more painless.

Design wise, the Tangle Teezer is very ergonomic and comfortable to hold in your hand and maneuver through your hair.  I like that it doesn’t have a handle, but to achieve a similar effect you can simply hold your regular brush by the barrel and not the handle to get more control.

The bristles don’t seem to be groundbreaking in terms of actually alleviating tangles.

If you need a new brush, this one isn’t bad, it just isn’t fantastic either.

-Jules

Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Touch of Spice

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The formula of the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipsticks is wonderful. It is moisturizing and the color is very pigmented and does not cling to dry patches or look scary as it wears off. But, this lipstick is supposed to have a matte finish—I would say it is a satin or semi-matte finish at best. It does not really apply or dry completely matte and since it is very creamy it is hard to expect it to dry to a matte finish.

That being said, I really like the look it gives and this color is another beautiful brown-y, pink nude for the fall. Just don’t buy this expecting it to give a super matte effect.

-Jules

Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow in Inked in Pink

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I’m a fan of the formula of the Maybelline Color Tattoos, so I can’t be too hard on this product.

Bad to the Bronze is my favorite shade, and this one is no where near as high impact.

Inked in Pink is a very subtle shell pink color.  I was hoping that it would apply a little darker, but it applies as a very light shimmer with just a pink tint.

For super effortless and natural makeup this can be used alone as an all over lid shade, but it you want a more noticeable eye look I would recommend using this as a base.  The formula is kind of a cream to matte situation that blends easily, but then sets and doesn’t budge.  If you add powder shadows over top before it sets it will act as an eye shadow base and give you long wear.

Check out the Maybelline Color Tattoos, there are tons of colors, they are versatile and worth it.  There is a color for everyone.

-Jules

Roses de Chloe

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Welcome to my current everyday perfume. After receiving a Nordstrom gift card for my birthday I finally decided to spend it on this fragrance that I had been eying for quite a while.

Every time I walked through Nordstrom or Sephora I would spray it and wish that it wasn’t nearly $100. After many sample tubes and test wears of this scent, I decided to take the plunge and buy the big girl bottle.

It smells of, you guessed it, roses. There’s really not a whole lot more to say. It’s fresh and floral, which I really like because I prefer to smell clean and crisp rather than musky or warm. If you like the smell of roses you will likely enjoy this fragrance.

I am not necessarily impressed with the poignancy of the fragrance, however. With my other perfumes I sprits twice to avoid overkill and smelling like an old lady. But, with Roses de Chloe I find myself spraying it 4 times at least to get a noticeable smell. Let’s hope I’m not actually overwhelming everyone that comes into a 6-foot radius of me with a strong rose bouquet smell.

I haven’t got any complaints yet and I am wearing this literally everyday.

For the price I wouldn’t recommend this perfume, but I really cannot find any other fragrance on the market that is a pure rose scent. Until I find something comparable, this expensive, beautiful bottle will have to do.

-Jules