D.I.Y. Eye Shadow Primer

Shadow Primer

Create your own eye shadow primer at home that’s quick, easy and affordable!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp. natural chapstick/lip balm
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp. liquid foundation

Directions:

  • Soften the chapstick by either running it under hot water or by quickly (and carefully) heating it in the microwave until it is soft (not melted)
  • Combine the softened chapstick with the remaining ingredients; mix well
  • Transfer the mixture into a small container for storage (lip gloss/eye shadow pot works well)

Sephora Collection Classic All Over Shadow Brush – Large #21

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Ok–time to take a little breather from the endless D.I.Y. posts I’ve been making lately to do a review!

I’m really loving this all over shadow brush-so much that I use it daily!

I love the size of it because it allows me to cover large areas of my eyelids with one to two sweeps rather than having to do a bunch of applications using a small brush.  I actually love using this brush to do my eye shadow base since the base covers the largest area using one color.

The brush has firm yet soft bristles.  They are soft on my skin yet firm enough that I can build the level of shadow coverage that I desire.

I’ve washed this brush countless times too and have not had any issues with it.  The bristles haven’t frayed and haven’t been shedding either.

This one is a winner in my book :)

Pros:

  • Can cover a large area at once
  • Soft yet firm bristles
  • Great for building the level of shadow coverage you desire
  • Doesn’t shed (at least it hasn’t yet)

Sephora Collection Two Tone Portfolio Brush Set

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I was going away on vacation and decided that rather than hauling a ton of individual brushes along with me that a brush set would be practical.  I wasn’t worried about having a top of the line brush set because I was going to be spending a lot of time on the beach so I wasn’t worried about having perfect makeup and also didn’t want to spend a fortune on a brush set.  So I found this set on good ol’ Sephora.com.

It features 6 essential brushes that are perfect for travel and comes with a buckle snap closure black case for $44.00.

Included in this set are the following brushes:

  • Blush brush
  • Powder/complexion brush
  • Eye shadow blending brush
  • Eye shadow detail brush
  • Concealer brush
  • Retractable lip brush

This set of brushes seemed to cover all the basics for me on a simple makeup day.  I was pleased with the set when it arrived.  It’s compact and isn’t too big or bulky.  It snaps shut nicely and doesn’t bulge out so it’s great for travel and is also a great set to toss in your purse for touchups, etc.

The only brush out of this set that I use on a daily basis is the blush brush because I still haven’t gotten around to getting a new one.  I have noticed that with daily use, this brush is starting to show some wear and getting a little worn out.  The bristles are starting to flare out a little and get a frizzy appearance.

The concealer brush was a let down and I was looking forward to using that one.  With each use, I started to notice that the bristles were moving further and further out from the brush.  Then, they started to shed excessively to the point where I was left with next to no bristles and had to toss the brush all together.

Aside from that issue and the blush brush getting worn out from daily wear, the case is still nice for travel.  The other brushes are holding up well and are not shedding.  I would say that this set is good strictly for travel only and doesn’t hold up well for day to day use over a long period of time.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Covers all the basic brush needs
  • Compact
  • Great for travel
  • Nice case

Cons:

  • Not for everyday use
  • Concealer brush didn’t last long at all

Sephora Favorites Draw The Line Eyeliner Sampler

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I am a black eye liner junkie.  I’ve seen other eye liner sets for sale in the past and I normally just  don’t buy them for the point that they are normally not all black and normally have some intensely bright colors which aren’t so much for me.  So when I saw this one, I had to have it.

This 6 piece set includes (for $25.00):

  • Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner in Midnight Black (0.12 oz.)
  • Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Mat Black (0.025 oz.)
  • Buxom Insider Eyeliner in Black Jasper (0.007 oz.)
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper (0.007 oz.)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner  in Perversion (0.058 oz.)
  • Sephora Collection Waterproof Retractable Eyeliner in Glitter Black (0.011 oz.)

This set is extremely generous with the product for the price.  3 of the products are actually full size products which alone is valued at more than the cost of this set.  The Smashbox liner, Urban Decay liner and Sephora liner are all full sizes.

There is a variety of liquid, cream and pencil eyeliners in this set.

Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner: I’ve used this in the past and I’ve always liked it so I was excited that this came in this set in the full size.  It wears well and I find it lasts pretty much all day until I am ready to take it off.

Make Up Forever Aqua Eyeliner: I loved this one.  This was the first time I tried it and it’s one that I would buy in the full-size.  It applies smoothly and easily.

Buxom Insider Eyeliner: I liked this one as well.  I didn’t think it was one of the most amazing eyeliners I’ve ever tried but I also didn’t dislike it.  It’s not one that I would feel the need to buy in full-size.

Kat Von D Eyeliner: I surprisingly liked this eyeliner more than I thought I would.  It has a felt tip style applicator and I wasn’t sure how I would like that.  It applied well and I didn’t have any issues with it.  It delivered a nice dark black color.

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner: This one wasn’t a favorite of mine.  It has a nice thin applicator wand/brush, but the eyeliner itself wasn’t that great.  I found that I had to apply it a couple of times to get a nice black color. If I only applied it once, it didn’t seem to apply fully and left me looking kind of blotchy.  It also seemed to flake and peel off which is no good.

Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner:  This is a good one.  It applied smoothly and easily and I didn’t have any problems with it.  It delivered a nice deep black color.

Overall, I would buy this set again and for the price it’s really a steal.

 

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • 3 full-sized products included

Cons:

  • Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner

Sephora Favorites Glitz and Glam Party Sampler

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This 9 piece set includes (for $45.00):

  • Stila Duo Shimmer Powder in Kitten (0.09 oz.)
  • Laura Mercier Baked Eye Color in Black Karat (0.018 oz.)
  • Bare Minerals Eye Color in Good Fortune (0.02 oz.)
  • Sephora by O.P.I. Nail Color in Looks Like Rain Dear (0.125 oz.)
  • Josie Maran Gogo Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara in Black (0.11 oz.)
  • Nars Body Glow (1 oz.)
  • Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre Gold (0.17 oz.)
  • Bare Escentuals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Trail Blazer (0.15 oz.)
  • Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Starfish (0.01 oz.)
  • Clutch

I like all the products in this set but there are some that I like more than others.  First off, this is a glitz and glam set so there’s a lot of shimmer and sparkle.  Personally, I do not care to shimmer and sparkle with my makeup on a daily basis.  So with that said, these aren’t items that I would wear on a daily basis.  These are items that I would wear more on for a night out or some special occasion where my regular makeup look just won’t cut it.

Stila Duo Shimmer Powder in Kitten: These shades are cute and I feel like they are not too shimmery to the point that I couldn’t get away with incorporating them into my regular makeup routine to mix it up a little here and there.

Laura Mercier Baked Eye Color in Black Karat: This can be used wet or dry.  I feel I am more inclined to use this as an eyeliner instead of an eye shadow.  Definitely not one that I would wear daily.

Bare Minerals Eye Color in Good Fortune: I really like Bare Minerals makeup and have used a lot of their eye color in the past.  I have some other shimmery shades of theirs and I tend to use them more as an eye liner than an eye shadow.  I normally will draw a very thin fine line above my lash line or overtop of black eye liner because it doesn’t look ridiculously shimmery and it gives my eyes a little pop (especially when paired up with black liner).

Sephora by O.P.I. Nail Color in It Looks Like Rain Dear: Funny gold glittery nail color.  Once again, definitely not something that I would want on my nails for a day to day look.  (It kind of screams Christmas or New Year’s to me).

Josie Maran Gogo Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara in Black: I’ve used this mascara in the past because I got it in another boxed set or as a sample from somewhere.  I normally really like Josie’s products but this is one that I would never buy the full size of.  The last tube of it that I had seemed to dry out incredibly fast.  I don’t leave the wand out or the lid loose either so I know that it didn’t dry out because I neglected to put the lid on it correctly or forgot to put the lid on period.  This one isn’t dry (yet) but it tends to go on my lashes really heavily translating into a mess because then my lashes all clump together (as does the mascara).  So this one really isn’t a winner for me.

Nars Body Glow: I love this stuff.  Not to mention, I really love the scent of it!  It just seems very beachy and tropical to me.  It gives skin the perfect glow as well.

Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre Gold: Haven’t tried this one yet so  I can’t comment on how I like yet.

Bare Escentuals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Trail Blazer: I like this.  I like the color a lot.  I tend to look lip gloss shades that are lighter and not over the top or too bright (those just don’t seem to work on me!)  This shade suits me well and the angled wand applicator makes applying the gloss easy.  It doesn’t feel too heavy, thick or goopy.  (I don’t go overboard though with applying it because I prefer a thin layer of gloss).  It has a minty taste and tingle to it.  It’s big too….it will definitely last a while.  This is something that I would use daily.

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Starfish: Haven’t tried this one yet so I can’t comment on how I like it.

Clutch: The clutch is probably one of my favorite pieces to this set :)  It’s fun and shimmery and holds a good amount of makeup.  I was desperately in need of a new one.

I would recommend this set if you like a lot of shimmer and sparkle.  I like being able to try these products and have them on hand for when an occasion pops up and I want to incorporate some shimmer and sparkle into my makeup routine.  Like I said, since I wouldn’t normally wear these on a regular basis they will last me awhile and buying this set is much more practical for me than purchasing these items in their full sizes.

 

Pros:

  • Great set for those that want to sparkle and shine (great for a night out!)
  • Affordable
  • Opportunity to try before you buy the larger full-size products

Cons:

  • I wouldn’t wear barely any of these on a daily basis

 

 

 

Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes and Lips

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Yup….this product takes it all off all right and with that said, I would NOT recommend using this for touchups in a car.

I know I am probably one of (if not the only one) to say that I do not like this product.  (I’ve had multiple bad experiences with it, which is probably why I can’t seem to bring myself to like it.)

I will give it this; the product definitely can take makeup off….even the toughest most stubborn kinds.

The first time I attempted to use this, I was a passenger in a car, driving to an appointment.  I noticed that some of my eyeliner had moved to the inside corners of my eyes (which I hate).  So I dipped a q-tip into the makeup remover figuring that I would just quick touch up and remove the runaway eyeliner.  Well, I underestimated how much product the q-tip absorbed and when I dabbed it on the inner corner of my eye, it was like a dam broke.

I also underestimated just how greasy this product was!  It definitely got the runaway eyeliner off but it also took off all my makeup around my eye and left my with what looked like tear streaks down my face.  It also left the areas it touched feeling extremely greasy.

On separate occasions, I have had this greasy villain leak in my makeup bag onto some of my brushes.  I now know to always check and make sure my brushes are dry before doing a touchup because after this spill I didn’t and ended up with another lovely greasy makeup disaster after trying to quickly touchup my foundation.

Overall….this product just isn’t for me but I can understand why so many people do like it because it definitely removes makeup….it just tends to remove all of mine when I don’t want it too.

Pros:

  • Removes even the most stubborn types of makeup

Cons:

  • Leaves a greasy feeling residue