Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner Gel

Gel Eyeliner, what’s so special about that? Join me for a quick review of Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner Gel Crayon.As usual this post will talk about the actual product, the packaging, and a few helpful usage tips.

I really like gel liner pencils in comparison to plain pencils. So many pain points are alleviated. This gel liner is unique and different because of: the finish, which is matte, formula so creamy dreamy, and intense pigmentations. Most gel eyeliners have a satin finish but have a much more light reflective sheen than standard pencil liner. The Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner Gel Crayon, practically melts, on to the eye and is totally matte. No tugging and struggling to apply. I seriously didn’t realize what I was missing when it came to high-end eyeliner. I confidently say to you, I loved using this.

Packaging is half the fun of blogging about make up, so here are the details. These arrived in a stylish but sturdy shiny black paper box. And upon opening it, there were 2 matter silver highliner crayons. I think they look like very slim cigar tubes.

Really very masculine design, but still attractive. The color of the crayon is indicated by a color swatch on the stick. It is very true to color. And to dispense more crayon for use, just turn the bottom.

The crayon has some many good uses. So let’s wrap up with a few ideas to inspire you on how you would use this eyeliner.

I think my favorite way to wear this is as a winged eyeliner. Simply the basic way the product was meant to be worn. Another awesome way to wear Highliner gel is to apply it to the outer V of the eye and smudge and blend until you get a soft smoky spot light effect. If you have the place to go, you can always opt for the graphic eyeliner Highliner look, aka a cut crease from the 70’s.


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Oasis Vox Box

The hot summer has me searching for a beautiful Oasis. I’ve got a virtual Oasis on influenster to take my mind off the grind. Influenster recently sent me an Oasis Vox Box,and I would love to share about it with you, but pardon my empty snack wrappers. I ate them all before I found out I was a top influenster and could score up a BONUS badge.

This box was the best box I have received. It had items that I really would prefer to receive. Here is the list of goodies. 2 of the 4 Vera Wang embrace scents. I tried the refreshing Rose and Vanilla as well as the Periwinkle and Iris. The new Vitalist Healthy Elixer Foundation from CoverGirl and a sample size bottle of EVA New York 10 in 1 hair primer. The Oasis Vox Box, also had some fun snacks 3 flavors of Welch’s Fruit Rolls and a PB and J flavor Aloha bar. Last but certainly not the least, Oasis Vox box featured Evolution cold pressed juice.

Following the same style as my last Vox entry, I’ll give you a short and sweet play by play of my experience with each product below.

VERA WANG EMBRACE FRAGRANCE

Rose and Vanilla- I loved how this fragrance was able to capture the scent of fresh-cut roses. I was impressed with the very light notes of vanilla and a noticeable hint of mandarin orange. This light vanilla touch actually made me feel the fragrance was tastefully made. Personally the scent is perfect for the office or any day event that you should be mindful of the sensitivity of others. I even think this is the perfect active fragrance for a woman.

Periwinkle and Iris- I am so impressed with this particular scent. It is definitely impactful. And a little goes along way with this scent. Again I feel this scent reminded me of sandalwood but it’s not in the bottle. This scent is wonderfully exotic, but not overtly intoxicating. However it is a very distinct very deep scent that others will certainly smell. Be polite if you wear this to work as too much of this would certainly overwhelm. I confidently say wear as much as you like on the weekend. I could see myself buying this fragrance.

EVA NEW YORK 10 in 1 HAIR PRIMER

I am so confused by this product. It has an amazing scent, but I just didn’t notice any of the claimed benefits except when I used it as a styling aide for my natural wavy curly hair. If they offered this product as a hair deodorant or refreshing spray I could see myself buying it. But as a hair primer It confused me.

VITALIST HEALTHY ELIXER FOUNDATION

This foundation is Cover Girl-A-made-zing. I loved everything about this foundation. Wear a thin layer or build it up to full coverage with a brush or blender sponge. This bottle makes me want to wear full glam make up every day. I never had a dry patch. I do highly recommend wearing a primer with this as I personally felt better coverage with vs without. Zero oxidation issue, but I am not oily. Grabs great on to primer. A little goes along way. Easy to blend, and my favorite part easy to remove. I can definitely see this foundation as a staple in my bag.
Here are a few pictures so you can see why I loved this foundation so much.

Here is a link to check out Vitalist Healthy Elixer Foundation

Now those snacks.

WELCH’S FRUIT ROLLS
These were so soft. I really like how the rolls are made of real fruit and you can see it for your self when you unroll them. They are packed with vitamin c, so definitely a fun treat to find on an Oasis. I really loved the tropical punch and strawberry. I shared the berry roll with my colleague, and they really liked it.

ALOHA BAR

I would like to try a different flavor because this was awful. And I hope to remember them with better feeling than this bar gave me.

SUPER GREEN- EVOLUTION COLD PRESSED JUICE

This is an amazing flavor when it comes to green juice. It’s sweet and not overtly citrus or fishy/butter. When I go on my green juice binges, I must have one everyday. This one is perfect in texture as well. It looks delicious because it is.

NOTE: All opinions are my own. I received this box and all of the products in it complimentary of the brands via Influenster.

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Flower Beauty Glisten Up Highlighter Chubby

Finally its Summer again. That time of year you can take your make up off, and be so on trend and looking perfect for anywhere. And right now I have got to share this swooning worthy, Highlighter. Have you heard the buzz about FLOWER BEAUTY? Flower Beauty may be a really young brand, but the quality and sense of style exudes years of experience. Flower Beauty can be found at Wal-Mart. A lot of my girl friends have almost unanimously shared they want to know some products they can find that have quality performance, but won’t require an entire paycheck to purchase them. And so I ask you. Are you in love with that intense, bright, glowing highlight? Then this review is for you!

Let’s talk packaging, product, and a few tips on how to use this Highlighter.

Glisten Up really is the perfect name for this chubby. Flower beauty’s message of style translates to Make up is to enhance the beauty that is your. And very roughly don’t let make up wear you. You get the picture. So with that in mind the chubby is kind of small in size. But the ideal usage would really have this stick lasting a long time. I still think it should be bigger. The packaging is demure, yet simple. Really nothing fancy but this tube is very attractive. On the plus side,I think your money is going into product and not an overtly bulky package.

Aside from a simple package, the styling opportunities this chubby can achieve are anything but simple. I adore the finished look I get using this Highlighter. The palest flush of pink and the most shimmering glints of gold, just take me to all kinds of creative places. In the photo below I provided 2 swatches of Glisten Up. One swatch is with the product blended and the other swatch showing the buildable intensity that is easily achieved.

High intensity swatch

Blended natural Glisten swatch.

I did all of the swatches with flash so you can get a strong feel for the intensity of the light reflection a.k.a highlight.

Let’s wrap up this review with a few tips on using Glisten Up.

1) hold the stick like a pencil and draw the Highlighter on to your face.

2) if not a huge fan of intense highlighting. Simply use the tips of you fingers palm side of course and gently tap and Pat the edges of the line of demarcation. This is called blurring or blending. Final results will yield a softened natural illumination to the skin.
3) To get that Instagram glam. I apply Glisten up where I’d place Highlighter and I keep applying untill I get the desired effect. Very lightly blend any harsh lines and set with a highlight powder.
4) This is awesome for eye shadow too, and is the perfect illumination tool. I constantly wear just Glisten up on cheeks, eyes, and forehead, and I just feel incredibly glowy.

Special thanks to the girls on Facebook who shared their thoughts. All opinions are my own.

Let me know what you think about this review or if you have any questions about my experience with this product in the comments below. To find Glisten UpChubby Highlighter click on any Underlined Glisten Up.

Here is the shade name of the chubby featured in this post.

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Total Tease Mascara

Do you know that feeling ; the one you get when you find an amazing mascara? Total Tease Mascarahas me so lash confident I threw away my “old” stockpile. Yes! That is some serious results. Cover Girl sent me this mascara, and I want to share my thoughts. Join me for this post as I discuss my experience.

I will cover the following topics in regards to Total Tease Mascara: packaging, wand, and a few tips on how to use this mascara.

Diving right into the packaging for this product is easy. The mascara comes in a matte black tube with a pink lid. The lid is shaped similar to the wand inside the tube. I definitely prefer the long tube style versus the jumbo tubes. The wand is pink and when dipped into the mascaraappears all black. I think the wand tip is silicon or something with a slight flexibility. Bottom line is nothing fancy, just a straight up mascara tube. Personally I think it is very ordinary, but it maybe why Total Tease Mascara is so affordable.

Now the main attraction the Total Tease Mascara wand.

As mentioned before, this wand is pink and the tip is just so positively different.
I want to point out, this wand seems to have 3 different Combs. Short teeth,long teeth, and this extra long special detail teeth at the edge of the wand tip.
I will say it took a couple of times of use to catch on to using this wand. But now that I got it, I may never go back to a brush wand again. That was short was it not? Hehehe!

I am one who understands that everyone applies make up in a way that suits them . So the next point of discussion is how I personally use this mascara and wand.

Step 1) pull out wand
Step 2) Apply to lashes by lightly rotating the wand.
Step 3) use the comb to spot define. Like inner corners and outer eye lashes.

That’s everything, tips, deets, and one last thing. This formula pictured here is actually non-waterproof.
I actually have little run and the mascara dries quickly from application to dry. I threw away like 3 different brands of mascara after trying this. The good news is I believe there is a Waterproof formula. I will be sticking with this washable version. I am so glad to have a mascara that really suits my ideals of perfect mascara. I want to conclude with the following: This mascara is worth having. Easy to apply, and great results after application.

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I received this product complimentary from Cover Girl Insiders.

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Smoldering Eyes

When the fire of my eyeliner is just hot khols, after a night of so much fun, I crashed without removing my eyeliner, my brain is like “o my gosh smoldering , I look so good.” Then my brain is like why can’t I look this good when I do my make up fresh?!? Well I have learned the trick, the technique. This post is going to be a tutorial on how to do the basic smoldering eye.

You will need:

Kajal type eyeliner.
The 2 currently on my make up bag are MAC technakhol waterproof kajal or Rimmel London scandal eyes waterproof gel pencil kajal eyeliner.

smudge Tip or cotton swab

Mascara

Optional: eyeshadow primer

I start my look with a clean face and bare eyelids. Normally I would recommend an eyeshadow primer,but I am feeding my skin with avocado oil today. But I will use that oil to ease smudging and to our advantage. Please note if you are going to amplify this look you’ll want primer, but if you want that soft I woke up born with it look, you can skip it.

Step 1: Line your eyes, by following the natural shape of the eye . I do recommend lining into the lash line as well.

For a natural look, just use a fine line. Line into the lash line and barely but on the lid.

Step 2: Take the smudge tip or cotton swab and start smudging that black line. Personally am in the market for a smudge tip, meanwhile, I use a cotton swab and with tiny tight circular motions I smudge and diffuse the harsh black line.

Today I was really oily, but I have on no foundation, no eyeshadow primer.

It is desired that the kajal will gently stain your eyelid, creating naturally lined and deep-set eyes kind of look.

Kajals and khols are best for smudging and to can make your own, if you have an ancient recipe.

This is with a matte finish. I used my mac technakhol pencil. Visit my post titled Tribal or Doodle for more on today’s eyeliner.

Step 3: Add mascara

That’s it. Eyes done. Now you can start your flawless foundation routine, spend hours trying to decide if falsies are necessary or just head to the kitchen for food.

This look was achieved with Rimmel Scandal Eyes waterproof gel kajal. Additionally I have flawless foundation, brows filled, contour, highlights, mascara, matte lips. I’m amped.

Now that you have the basic smoldering eye down, you can amplify the look by adding smoking eyeshadow and falsies for glam. I like keeping it basic on lazy days for an anytime, any where kind of application.

Just 3 products on my face. Eyeliner, mascara, and creme highlighter.

Tip: To additional amplify this look smudge your lower line for definite smoking drama.

Comment below with your tips for smudging and your favorite kajal. Any questions are welcome. Share your recreation on Facebook and instagram. While you’re at it, like, friend and follow me. Feel free to subscribe to my blog. Hugs

Featured Products
Kajal Eye Liner-Rimmel London ScandalEyes Gel Eyeliner Pencil khol/kajal Waterproof

Khol-MAC Technakhol

Mascara Cover Girl Total Tease Mascara

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Almay Healthyglow Foundation

Wait no longer beauties the test is wrapped up and I’m ready to weigh in on Almay Healthyglow gradual self tanning foundation.

As usual I’ll review the following points: packaging, product, and results.

Almay Healthyglow Foundation packaging seems to be an engineering marvel. The bottle is a double barrel encased in one large container, with a push-button pump. I heard a lot of noise about how this pump is faulty, but after testing this for myself, i only have 2 things to say about it. 1) Every woman and her mother knows to shake a bottle of liquid foundation before use. 2) the instructions say to tap bottle vigorously before use. My common sences told me I bet this thick liquid needs a warm up. I personally gently warmed the bottle with my hands,and tapped the bottle like I needed stress relief. There were no uneven product distribution issues. Another fun fact about this packaging is that the bottle lid is the same skin tone as the liquid inside.

Jumping into product. The portion size coming from the pump is huge. And if you use Almay Healthyglow as suggested by the bottle, you’ll hit medium coverage in one use.

Full Pump of Almay Healthyglow Foundation in shade 100-LIGHT

When you pump the product out into your hand, as shown above, you will see both products pump into your hand. And you will be looking at foundation and gradual self tanner. Simply mix the two and apply just like any other foundation. Personally I only used a half pump and got the coverage I was looking for. I applied the foundation with my fingers and with a damp beauty sponge.

The feel of this foundation, to me, is moisturizing. Surprisingly the foundation feels so flexible on my face. HealthyGlow Foundation looks like skin. Maybe all the SPF gives it an amazing texture, but it’s perfect on dry skin. You can set it, you can use primers, and setting sprays. I layered on creme contour, liquid highlighter, highlighter powder blush, bronzer.

Just what you’ve been waiting for my test results.

After just 3days of daily wear I had the most luminous, glowing skin, I have ever had. Seriously I was thinking to myself,”finally all that skin care was paying off.” But it was the foundation.

My make up free face glowing and I think my skintone seemed very subtly deeper after a week of continuous use.[/caption

Additionally when wearing this foundation I perceived I had this golden glow that those high-end beach models have. That kind of glow is usually created with reflectors and maybe Photoshop, but Almay put it in a bottle. This is one of the best drug store foundations I have ever used.

[caption id="attachment_254" align="alignnone" width="248"] Everyday natural make up look, featuring Almay Healthyglow Foundation


Amped up loom featuring Almay Healthyglow Foundation

In conclusion, this Almay Healthyglow Foundation is amazing. The light shades favor yellow undertones, and I wish they had one shade in fair or very fair. It’s perfect for dry skin. The foundation preformed well. It can last at least 6-8 hrs or longer with touch ups. I could see myself buying this again and will certainly be wearing it all summer or untill the bottle runs out! In fact I’ll be giving away a bottle along with a few other goodies on instagram, so stay tuned to my social media channels for deets. Please remember to subscribe to my blog, comment on this post and share.

Special Note:
I received this product on compliments for sharing my honest opinion.

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This post was updated due to technical difficulties.

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