Friday, October 3, 2014

A Real Talk Review from a Cynic: Younique 3D Fiber Lash Mascara.

I cant believe it.....



I saw all these post both loving and bashing this lash system, and yes this a "system," that I had mixed feelings about the whole thing. As a matter of fact I had been contacted a few times before and I always sweetly declined. (as nice as possible, obvi!! I aint about burning no bridges yall) I think the problem with the brand is also why its soooo popular, is its maj-A in your face social media presence.

The pure skeptic in me was.. well, skeptical. The before and afters looked to good to be true, but oh no, its the real deal my friends. I LOVE IT!!! omg. ITs really good. I just cant stop talking about it. 

So this sweetheart named Brandi reached out to me and asked if i'd like to try this for review. She really believed in the products and I decided to give it a try. She has just started uploading short videos to her Facebook, and is honestly so sweet. She's also on Instagram, and has a Younique store front. When I had questions or problems she was so helpful. 


So lets talk about this mascara. It comes in a re-useable case thats looks a lot like a eyeglasses case. Inside there are 2 tubes... oh yes you read that right yall, 2 TUBES! The long one is a transforming gel and the shorter one is the fibers.

Transforming Gel
So you can apply a coat of your mascara first, but I usually dont. So first you apply the gel, then the fibers, then the gel again. Afterwards it is very important that you comb your lashes out. I had experienced some of the fibers falling down, I asked Brandi about this and she helped out with some tips. First of all only do one eye at a time, and make sure that you coat the fibers with the gel again. 

Fibers


Out of the days I wore this, 90% of the time i didnt experience and smudging. Which leads me to believe that when it does smudge thats do to me not coating the fibers.

Ive seen some of the memes that make this mascara look craZy. You can achieve this look, if you want by applying more and more coats. Embrace your inner Drag Queen, 80's Housewife, or Tammy Fae yall. You do you. BUT all that being said, I prefer just one coat. The one coat gives me long extended lashes that are fun and flirty without the use of false lashes. I DONT DO FALSIES yall. I have a bad history with false lashes and glue. I love this so I can get that look without the falsies. 


My favorite use of this mascara system is in place of falsies. I love doing full on eye looks, and those looks look better with your big girl lashes on. My second favorite look with this is a minimal makeup, lips and lashes type day.


PROS:
1. NO Glue!!
2. (after you get the hang of it) Ease of Use
3. Portable
4. Big lashes
5. Tammy Fae Lashes
6. Easy Removal
7. Limited to No Smudging
8. No Repeatedly Purchasing Fake Lashes.

CONS:
1. Really should have come with a lash comb
2. Tammy Fae Lashes.
3. Lashes Touch My Eyeglasses.

I hope this review helps, considering it comes from someone who automatically hates errthang. lol

XoXo
Dee Dee

Friday, September 26, 2014

Dear Beauty "Guru's": An Open Letter

There's a new De-Cluttering revolution going around in the beauty community, and it makes me sick.



There has been a rash of de-cluttering videos on youtube, where a "Beauty Guru" basically goes through his or her makeup collection and gives away, throws away, or donates just buckets of makeup (most not even used or barely touched). Then a few videos later has a huge haul or a haul series, because they just "got rid of my whole collection!' 

I have two big problem with this. One is that they are feeding into the whole feeling that you can never have enough, never have the best, that theres always more to buy to make you happy. Which is not true. This deep feeling of "NEED" when it comes to makeup. We don't need makeup, we like it. We do not need to have huge collections, we like it. We do not need to have 50 blushes, we like it. I do not need to have 100 lipsticks, i like it. I've seen several of these clean outs and they are getting rid of perfectly good makeup, and then buying replacements...... #wUt. I don't understand. If you truly want to downsize absolutely good for you, but dang you couldn't make it 6 weeks before you started replacing things you've trashed?

The second thing is that these videos seem like filler videos to "have a revelation" that you have too much makeup, get rid of it, and purchasing more. So it feels like some girls are just doing this for views. Im talking about these people that have a huge subscriber base of hundred of thousand and millions, its for the views, we get it. Gotta get that Adsense money honey. Girl please its so noticeable. 

There are other people that are actually making a conscience decision to downsize and I respect that. So before you start a huge project just be honest with yourself and your followers about your reasons why you want to do it.

XoXo
Dee Dee  






My Favorite MAC Lipstick.

Its so good, i've purchased it 3 times!


Craving


If I have a signature color it is Craving from MAC. I found it 6 maybe 7 years ago from a recommendation from Emily Noel. She said she wore it a lot when she did the news. Well i was sold... It is that perfect pinky-berry. I like this one so much because so many berry colored lipstick pulls brown or red, nope not this one!! I have actually repurchased this 3 times and I will be needing a 4th anytime now. I cant recommend this one enough go check it out!

She's a Beauty.
What's your favorite Mac lipstick?? 

XoXo
Dee Dee

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Beauty Blogger Supplies: Cheap Wipes

Ok Wal-Mart got me on this one. 


The Equate Beauty Original Clean Wet Cleansing Towelettes... (woah man what a name) are an affordable and utalitarian blogging tool that you might want to check out. 

The come in a two 60 packs packaged together for your blogging pleasure. They are mildly textured to help remove makeup. 


They are lightly scented and there is another version that is for sensitive skin (they have a green strip where this one is blue). 

So for $6 you get 120 wipes for removing the swatchy swatches. The only issues I have with these is that they are not wet enough to remove MY face makeup. Although this might be different from you, because I wear long wearing 14+hours makeup. #CakeDatFaceBoo. But I LOVE THESE FOR SWATCHES!!! These are a must have for bloggers who take multiple swatches at a time!! I never run out!! 



PRO's
1. Cheap
2. Bundled pack
3. Effective for removing swatches
4. Easily accessible at your local Wally World 

CON's
1. Sticker Closure
2. Not very effective on long wearing makeup.

So I ask you, what's your favorite way of removing swatches?? 

XOXO,
Dee Dee

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Nordstrom now has the 3 new Mac collections

Nordstrom has the 3 newest Mac collections online!!!


The Marge and Mac Simpsons collection,  Studio Sculpt collection, and Artifically Wild collections are all live!!! I have already placed an order, are you planning on ordering anything??? Tell me below! 
Happy Shopping

XoXo
Dee Dee

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Zoeva 105 Luxe Highlight

Possibly the BEST highlighting brush i've ever found!! THE BEST



I recently had a friend, Frankie (luv2luv77) send me a package and it included 2 of these brushes. Frankie is an amazing friend. He sends me the best care packages!! He is truly one of the best friends ive made with the help of the internet... He has a YouTube channel. He is one of the most caring human beings i have came across. Rather it be in skin care to basics he has a wealth of information about the beauty industry. Truly a resource. So when he sent me a package and included 2 of these I knew it must be something special. Because lets face it the sign of a good brush is if you like it enough you need multiples... Can i get an AMEN!


This little guy is DA BOMB .COM .NET and .GOV it is just perfection. Im almost at a loss for words... almost so let me try to string something together here. First what Zoeva says: 


"Our ZOEVA 105 Luxe Highlight is a luxurious highlighter brush with a natural-synthetic hair blend free of dye. Supersoft and silky, it’s flame-shaped head creates instantly light-reflecting results. Be polished, be beautiful."

Its that Blend of synthetic and natural fibers that i think gives this brush a leg up on its competition. It is ULTRA and I mean ULTRA soft. If I hadn't read the description I would have said this is 100% natural hair. Its just that soft. I do prefer a natural hair brush for powder products and most things in general (with the exception of cream shadow but thats a different story). Another little thing that goes along with the natural-synethic mix is that this brush pics up the absolute perfect amount of product. And BLENDS it blends like a dream. #YouCAntBlendWithUS What Zoeva says:


Real Techniques Contour Brush, Zoeva 105 Luxe Highlight, Mac 109 Small Contour Brush


"The 105 Luxe Highlight is the perfect tool for highlighting your cheekbones, nose, cupid’s bow or cleavage. Thanks to its tapered shape this brush can also be used as a contouring tool for a beautifully defined face."

MAC 109: Natural bristles (animal products) domed top. $35
Real Techniques Contour Brush: Synthetic Fibers (vegan friendly) sharply tapered. $17.99 in a set.
Zoeva 105 Luxe Highlight: Duo Fiber (both animal & synthetic) tapered $19.50

I find that the Mac 109 can be used for powder products all over the face blush, contour, highlight, and setting powder. This brush is domed at the top and around the edges, BUT the dome on the top is practically flat with the edges being tapered around the circumference of the bristles.

The Real Techniques brush has the most severe taper out of all three. This is best used for contour and highlight in my opinion. This is also a dream with cream products.

The taper on the Zoeva brush is to die for!! It is tapered enough to serve as an excellent contour, highlight and blush! It comes to a very fine point which is great for picking up color. For contouring and highlighting I lightly dip the tip of the brush into the product and place the color on my face, then lay the brush down so the belly of the brush can blend the color out. (in?) Now for blush, this IS not my go to blush brush, but it works in a pinch. I actually like using one brush for all three it cuts down on time when im in a hurry. This is also goo for my personal 'blush philosophy' i'm always so careful about not getting blush all over the whole of my cheeks! Its all about that precision blush placement baby. I can even see using this for precise finishing powder placement. **This is very similar to the now long discontinued MAC 165** Yes if you missed out on the 165 or are searching for another one look no further!! 





PROS:
1. Ultra Soft
2. Multiple Uses
3. Doesnt Shed 
4. MAC 165 Dupe
5. White Bristles are Stain Resistant
6. Lower Price Point (around $19.50)
7. Ships (almost) Worldwide

CONS:
1. International Shipping Fee 
2. (Slightly) Shorter Handle 


In conclusion.... YOU NEED THIS BRUSH. Trust me boo, you do. The possibilities are endless. The quality is by far on the same level as MAC and a lot of Sephora Brands. The design of this brush is very sleek and Lux, it fits its name. The presentation just feels luxurious, with the black handle, silver toned ferrel, and white bristles.

XoXo
Dee Dee

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Trash Talk: Empties Would I Re-Purchase?

Sometimes you save your trash to talk about it on the internet.... YEP i'm that kind of blogger now.




So here is a look at some of the things i'm saying adu to, and tossing! YaY!

The Real Techniques brush completely separated at the ferrule. The brush hairs just came out! Now i don't plan on letting this one brush affect my feelings on the brand i still love all the brushes i have and i have many. So if this happens again i will report back, until then i stand by the company 100%.

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin! I love this stuff, I am currently using the original Primer Potion. The Urban Decay is as of right now, my holy grail eye primer. I will absolutely re-purchase this.

The Sephora by Opi Quick Dry Nail spray is kinda sad to write about since the dont make this anymore!! THE MAN ALWAYS TRYING TO HOLD ME DOWN!!!!! I loved this one in particular because it was a spritzer spray and not an aerosol. Because aerosol sprays often provoke an asthma attack. Look at Sephora solving a problem and shit then discontinuing the line..... Thanks Bae. #sarcasam.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyebrow Gel in Clear is my favorite brow gel period. I got this sample and it lasted literally 6-9 months! I have already re-purchased this. And just a tip these are regular priced at $22 for a full size but Nordstrom usually has a 2-pack during their big summer beauty event for $30 so definitely worth the investment there.

The Narciso Rodriquez for Her Eau de Toilette is everything. My perfume sample hoarding is off the chain. Lets just be honest i have a ton......  The fact that i finished these and saved them to remember to purchase is something in itself. I thoroughly enjoyed this scent and i will be ordering a full size but i am probably going to order the Eau de Parfum.

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin is lovely. I use some form of eye primer everyday and more likely than not it is from Urban Decay. I loved this one, the packaging left something to be desired but that has now been changed. There are only 2 cons to this product.... #1 they dont sell this size anymore and #2 The shimmer in this one doesn't really make this an option (for me) to place from lashline to lid. I did really enjoy just using this one on its own, as an all over color. Overall i would repurchase this but its not tat the top of my list.

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength Formula have you tried this yet? If you havent what are you doing with your life?? These come in different strengths to accommodate everyones skin type. This has the Karate Kid 'wax on, wax off' principle down to a science. Both step 1 & 2 are individually wrapped and come on little cotton pads. The best cotton pads ive ever seen! Its not they are so lux and fluffy. Its just the don't rip apart. This is an awesome exfoliating treatment that doesnt have to be washed off!!!

And that concludes this trash talk.... What have you used up in the last few months?? Anything you cant wait to buy again or anything you decided you just flat out hate and will never think about again??

Till Next Time Friends
XoXo
Dee Dee