Monthly Archives: June 2011

Telescopic Explosion Mascara by L’Oreal

I have mixed feelings about this mascara because while its wand is formulated in a way that makes it easy for me to reach those stubborn lashes at the corners of my eyes, I don’t feel I have enough control over how I apply the mascara. The wand makes it difficult for me to control how much mascara I apply on to my lashes and I often end up applying too little or too much, sometimes giving my lashes that dreaded clumpy look we all try to avoid. I have been wanting to buy the Telescopic Explosion Mascara by L’Oreal for quite some time but I kept putting the matter off because I wasn’t sure if it would be worth it. Well, in my recent travel to Prague, I found the mascara at a beauty store for 50 % off so I thought…why not? If I don’t like it, I won’t be that sorry I bought it. In all honesty, I wouldn’t buy it again and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone else but everyone’s different and everyone’s eyelashes are different so what doesn’t work for me might work for someone else.

Have any of you tried this mascara? What are your thoughts on it?

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Get a little lippy.

Hello again my fellow beauty junkies.

So, for this post, I have decided to share with you my most preferred brands of makeup when it comes to lipstick. Every beauty junkie needs to get a little lippy from time to time – in a good way, of course. Without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the brands I turn to when I want to get lippy:

Maybelline:
Ever since I started wearing makeup, I’ve been using Maybelline lipsticks.  My favorite line of Maybelline lipsticks are the Moisture Extreme lipsticks by Maybelline New York. There’s just something about the way these lipsticks glide on (so smoothly) that make them some of my all time favorites when it comes to getting lippy. I also love that subtle sheen to the colors that makes lips look that much more luscious and juicy. Also, they are available in a wide variety of colors and their moisturizing properties are great for people who suffer from constantly dry lips (like me.) Last, but certainly not least, they are totally wallet and budget-friendly!

Revlon:
Well, of course I was going to mention Revlon in this post at some point. How can I not? I’m obsessed with this makeup brand. My favorite lines of Revlon lipsticks are the Revlon Matte lipsticks, Revlon Colorburst lipsticks and the Revlon Colorstay Soft & Smooth Lipcolor lipsticks. The Revlon Matte lipsticks are great for those that like lipsticks with a matte finish…need I say more? They apply very nicely, are decently pigmented and can last on the lips for hours if there is not a lot of eating or drinking involved. The Revlon Colorburst lipsticks are very similar to the Revlon Matte lipsticks in texture but they have a slightly creamy finish and are a little more pigmented. The Revlon Colorstay Soft & Smooth possess all the qualities of the two former types of lipsticks and they last a little longer on the lips – so that’s a great plus. Again, this is a brand of makeup that is also wallet-friendly and convenient for budget-shoppers.

Rimmel London:
What can I say? I’m a sucker for drugstore brands. Rimmel has also been one of those makeup brands that I started off with in my teenage years of trying to beautify myself. It has been there for me through thick and thin. My favorite line of Rimmel London lipsticks is the Lasting Finish Intense Wear Lipsticks and lemme tell ya, these lipsticks do exactly what their title says: they go on intensely and last for hours. Very well pigmented with a nice semi-matte finish, these are great lipsticks for nightlife lovers that like to party a lot without having their lipstick disappear within the first hour.

MAC:
Don’t worry, I didn’t forget the Holy Grail of lipstick brands, I just didn’t want to start with the obvious. I mean, one of the first brands that people refer to when it comes to makeup is MAC – and for good reason – but I also wanted to share my thoughts with you on the other brands out there. Other than the blushers and eyeshadows, the lipsticks are my favorite products from MAC. Their consistency, their texture and their application is just….sublime. Even though my lips tend to get dry easily, my favorite line of MAC lipsticks are those with the Matte Finish because they are so richly pigmented that one gentle swipe of them on the lips is usually enough to get lippy in a really obvious way. While MAC lipsticks may not be your wallet’s best friend if you are on a budget, buying one or two of them once in a while won’t create such a huge dent.

Michael Todd:
I am not sure if this brand of makeup is available in the United Arab Emirates because I purchased some of its lipsticks on the internet. I know the brand is available in the US and the UK but that’s about it. If it is available anywhere else, please do let me know! My favorite line of lipsticks from Michael Todd is its Creme Lipsticks – they’re long-lasting, they apply very nicely and smoothly and they’re richly pigmented. Their pricing is just a bit more expensive than that of MAC’s lipsticks but with quality that is good enough to be a worthy rival, if you’re the kind of gal that doesn’t mind splurging on her makeup purchases, you won’t be sorry you put your bucks on Michael Todd’s Creme Lipsticks.

NYX:
One of my favorite drugstore makeup brands, NYX has been faithful to me for a long time and is purely awesome in so many ways. My favorite lines of NYX lipsticks are the Round Lipsticks and the Matte Lipsticks. The NYX Round lipsticks are wonderfully pigmented with just the right amount of moisture and creaminess to them (not too creamy, not too dry) and deliver a very nice, smooth and half matte/half velvety finish…if that even makes sense. I find them to be great for both daily casual and occasional evening wear. The NYX Matte lipsticks apply smoothly with a finish that is just as they are described. Very richly and intensely pigmented, these lipsticks are for you gals that like to be flashy when they wanna get lippy. Go ahead and add some vibrant color to your lippiness with these babies.

So, what are your favorite brands and types of lipsticks? Feel free to let me in on how you like to get lippy, I’d love to hear from you 😉

Eyeshadow Primers 101

This is a mini review on the different brands of eyeshadow primers I have purchased and used over the last few years. I’m not going to go into detail because there are quite a few primers I’m going to talk about, I’ll just be discussing the key points concerning the pros or cons of each product. Finally, I will be reviewing each item in no particular order!

1) Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion:

I’ve actually purchased and used this primer in its original version and the “Sin” version. They both feel and work the same way, in my opinion, with the only difference being the color of the primer. The UDPP in Sin has a sheer and shimmery pinkish-copper color to it and can also be used on the eyelid alone if you want a barely there frosty eyeshadow look. While I think this eyeshadow primer does help eyeshadow stay on longer than average, I don’t find it to be the “best” primer for me because my eyeshadow does still end up creasing after a few hours. The space on my eyelides seem almost non-existent when my eyes are open so eyeshadow tends to crease easily if I’m not wearing a good eyelid primer under it.  I would recommend this primer for people who have wide spaced eyelids because it definitely does make the color of eyeshadows look more vibrant and last longer. I give this primer an 8/10.

2) Too-Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer:

This has got to be one of my favorite eyeshadow primers, ever. It’s definitely in my top 3 list of eyeshadow primers, that’s for sure. I love that it makes my eyeshadow last for ages without having to do any touch-ups. I love that it actually does prevent my eyeshadow from creasing and that it makes it look so much more pigmented. The cost of this product is ridiculously overpriced in Dubai because I buy it in London for half the price. Nevertheless, a little of the primer goes a long way so if you want to invest in something that’s top-notch in quality, you won’t be sorry with this baby. For me, it was an investment worth making. 10/10.

3) NYX Eyeshadow Base:

For a budget-friendly eyeshadow primer from a brand that’s considered to be “drugstore”, this product turned out to be a lot better than I expected. Very reasonably priced and very easy to apply. The product comes in a little jar so you can apply the primer with an eyeshadow brush or your fingers. Its soft and light-weight texture blends in so smoothly and easily that it feels like you never applied anything on your eyelid in the first place. It does a good job at making eyeshadow colors pop out and last long enough throughout the day. For me, I didn’t find it to be that effective at preventing eyeshadow from creasing but considering its price, I would purchase this item again. I like that it’s available in 3 colors: White, White Pearl and Skin Tone. I give this product an 8/10.

4) ARTDECO Eyeshadow Base:

Decently priced for a brand that’s considered to be mid to high-end. It comes in a little jar and is very easy to apply with fingers or an eyeshadow brush. Even though its color (in the jar) appears to be medium-dark beige, it applies as a very light nude beige that merges with your skin tone as you blend it in. It does a very good job at making eyeshadow last longer and preventing its creasing. I would recommend this product for people who have eyelids that tend to get oily as it has a very smooth and matte finish. I give it a 9/10.

5) Benefit Lemon Aid Color Correcting Eyelid Primer:

The first thing I’d like to say about this product is that it is NOT for people whose eyelids tend to get oily or suffer from eyeshadow creasing. My eyelids only get oily-ish in really warm climates and since I do not have wide-spaced eyelids, eyeshadows crease easily with me. I did not find this product to be very beneficial for me as an eyeshadow primer that I would use regularly. However, during cold climates, this eyeshadow does work well enough for me. Still, I wouldn’t buy it again unless I decided to move to a cold country…which won’t be happening any time soon. For the sake of being objective, though, I would give this product a 9/10 for people who suffer from dry or dry/sensitive skin. For people who have combination or oily skin…I’d give it a 6.5/10.

6) NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils:

Okay, I know what some of you may be thinking….that NYX’s jumbo eye pencils are not eyeshadow primers. Okay, they’re not labeled as eyeshadow primers but that doesn’t mean we can’t use them as eyeshadow primers! If any of you have actually tried to use one of these babies as an eyeshadow primer, then you already know what I’m talking about. For those of you who haven’t, go to the makeup store and buy at least ONE of them in a color that would work under most eyeshadows, like Milk or Cottage Cheese, and then go home and give it a try. (Or perhaps try it at the store, at least!) You might just be surprised. It really does create a good eyelid base for that eyeshadow color to stick to. Also, since it’s in a pencil-form, it makes applying it a breeze! For their pricing and effectiveness, I give those jumbo eye pencils a 9/10.

My fave LUSH goodies: they’re delushious!

Here’s a little post about my favorite LUSH products.

Soaps:
Lemslip – I find this soap to be really good for oily skin. I use it on body during the hotter days of the year because that’s when my skin tends to get kinda greasy. I can really feel the difference after using it in the shower because it leaves my skin feeling extra clean, non-greasy and smooth, plus it smells pretty darn good. Kinda like lemon, coconut and honey mixed all together.

Honey I Washed The Kids – The smell of this soap is divine. I like using it as a handsoap but it can be used on the body as well. Smells as good as honey 😉

Rock Star – This soap reminds me of vanilla and cotton candy…because that’s what it kinda smells like to me. I love using it as a handsoap.

Godmother – Smells like bubble gum! Yum! I use it as a handsoap. Must constantly remind myself not to eat it whenever I smell it…

A Ring of Roses – This soap is really good for people with dry and/or sensitive skin, in my opinion, because it’s very moisturizing and gentle on the skin. I use this soap on my body during autumn and winter because that’s when my body’s skin tends to get dry, and since it is already quite sensitive, this soap is a great option for me during cooler climates. Plus, it smells great…

Skincare:
Herbalism – This is a face cleanser for oily skin. I love this stuff and when my skin tends to get oilier than usual or starts to break out, I add Herbalism to my daily face-cleansing routine. I only use it once a day, though, because using it too often makes my skin a little dry and irritable.

Brazened Honey – This is a face mask that (I think) can be used for any skin type. However, I wouldn’t recommend it for people with dry and sensitive skin. I have oily/sensitive skin but the oiliness makes it less sensitive than skin that’s dry and sensitive. I like this face mask because it leaves my skin feeling cleansed, refreshed and very smooth. I use it 2 to 3 times a week.

You can find these products in Dubai’s LUSH stores in Mercato Mall and Deira City Centre. I’m not sure if there is a LUSH store anywhere else in Dubai. However, I’d like to add that I did buy some of these products from LUSH stores in London so not all of them may be available in Dubai’s LUSH stores but I hope they are! You can get more info about them at: www.lush.co.uk

Have any of you tried any LUSH products? What are your favorites? Feel free to let me know in a comment below, I’d love to hear from you 🙂