Review: Jordana Cat Eye Liner

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I swear I went to Walgreen’s for ONE thing but walked out with four extra eyeliners. Because duh.

All four are Jordana liners that caught my attention as I paid at the beauty counter. They’re each a different consistency so I’ve decided to put them to the test and wear each for a week then run back here to tell you all about them.

This past week I tried out the Jordana Cat Eye Liner. It’s a liquid liner and when I first opened it I was surprised to see a brush because it looks so much like I pen I thought it was a felt tip. The brush is very tiny though and true to its name, convenient in creating a perfect cat eye look. When I began to apply it the very first thing I noticed is that the formula is very watery compared to the liners I normally use. I thought this would mean a mess on my lids but I was quickly proved wrong as the liner almost immediately dried! Now I will say that the watered down formula means that the line is not as bold in color as I’d like it to be but if you go over it two or three times you can build up the intensity.

Still having my doubts about how long this would last on my naturally oily lid, I had no high expectations. After all it only cost me about $2.49 and you know what they say: you get what you pay for. Well in this case I put my money where my mouth is because during a week’s span I’ve worn this baby out to run errands, hang out with friends, haul ass at my restaurant job and even on long 10-12 hour days, it’s held up! Not once did it transfer on my lids nor did I notice any visible fading in the color. I’ve even fallen asleep with it on (don’t judge me) and woke up to it still looking like it did when I applied it. This is such a perfect all day liner. At its price it’s also an absolute steal, and if it wasn’t for the fact that I do have to go over the lines a few times to get a blacker color then it would definitely be a 10/10 but because I can’t let it go I give it an 8/10. Still a lot more than can be said about other more expensive drugstore liners!

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Halloween Weekend: Bride of Chucky

So I know everyone is in “Happy Holidays” mode by now but I’m still not over how much I slayed as Tiffany, Chucky’s bride, for Halloween. And honestly, I’m not one for Christmas music or peppermint mochas so let’s check out how I achieved this scary good look.

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Products Used:

  • Covergirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous foundation in 120 Nude Beige, $8.99
  • LA Girl Pro Conceal in Natural, $2.49
  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour palette in shade Lazarus to contour
  • Wet n Wild Fergie highlight in Hollywood Boulevard, $4.75
  • NYC Liquid Eyeliner in Black to outline brows and lips, create beauty mark + draw out titty tattoo (filled in with a red lipstick), $2.99
  • Wet n Wild Fergie Perfect Pout Lipstick in Pagan Angel, $3.19
  • NYX Micro Brow Pencil, $9.99
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, $19
  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour palette in shades Succubus (crease) and Liberatus (brow bone), $46
  • Profound Cosmetics eyeshade trio in a purple shade (lid), $1.49
  • L’Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara, $3.90
  • Lilly Lashes in Barcelona, $8.99
  • Pixi by Petra Makeup Fixing Mist, $15

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Battle of the Liners: NYX v. NYC

Eyeliner has been my shit since I was about 14 and winging it out a la Amy Winehouse (RIP sweet soul) and it’s a makeup must have I can’t live without. From pencil to gel to liquid, I’ve tried and mastered them all over the years. These two brands provide budget friendly brush tip black liners that have been raved about in the beauty community so I put them to the test.

http://images.ulta.com/is/image/Ulta/2242377In one corner, weighing in at .05 oz, is the NYX Collection Noir Liquid Black Liner. This liner is a matte black that comes equipped with a super thin brush that creates fine lines at the flicka da wrist. I’ve gone through two tubes of this stuff. It’s super black and lasts me all day and night without flaking or smudging into the crease of my eyelids. My only wish is that the brush would be just a little bit firmer and not as flimsy so I could put a little more pressure when creating my lines. It dries quickly so if you do happen to mess up, you’ll want to move fast. On the plus side, this will last me all day long and can go out with me at night too. I love that I can easily find this at Ulta or Target for about $6-$7. I’m glad it’s so inexpensive because I will admit that with daily use this liner seems to go “bad” fast and the formula changes into a thinker consistency, making it a little harder to work with and kind of slow drying. By now I’m an eyeliner OG and don’t really care but it’s something to keep in mind if you’re not as experienced with liquid liner.

In the other corner, at .17 fl oz, is NYC Liquid https://i0.wp.com/elitedcmag.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/image.jpegEyeliner. This little guy is super cheap at $2-$3 and I found it at my local Big Lots. One thing I really enjoy about this liner is the brush. It doesn’t pick up too much product and if you don’t wipe it off on the sides of the tube it flattens out a bit which makes it that much easier to create a straight line, especially because the brush tip is a bit stiffer compared to the NYX liner. Admittedly, I was disappointed in the color pay off. I like my liner to be BLACK and I felt like it could’ve been a lot darker. I blame this on its thin and watery consistency. I’ve gone through one tube of this and wore it to work daily. I found that it did fade a little throughout the day, the fading would increase if the weather was hot and I was sweating or if my lids became a little oilier than usual. This liner is so cheap with such an ideal brush that I feel like it would be great for beginners. I think it’s also practical if you’re going to work or running errands for the day, but personally I wouldn’t recommend this for a long day or even a night out because it won’t survive on the dance floor.

The winner: NYX Collection Noir Liquid Black Liner. Its long lasting wear and incredibly black pigment won me over. If you expect as much out of an eyeliner as I do, I’d definitely spend the extra bucks on this tube because it’s not a bank breaker to start with but it’s definitely top shelf quality.

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Your Skin (But Better!)

S2526449tanding in the checkout line at Ulta a few weeks ago, I began browsing through the kiosks stuffed with traveled goodies that conveniently located near the registers to convince to spend even more money. That’s when I saw it. It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream. Travel size, of course.

I’ve heard a few YouTube beauty gurus rave about it before and figured it couldn’t hurt to pick it up. The little guy cost $15 but has proven to be worth every penny. I chose the shade Light and it’s the perfect tone for my skin, a lightweight cream in a squeeze tube. The full size comes with a pump and if it keeps working as well as it does, I’m willing to spend the $38 it costs.

It feels like you’re wearing nothing but provides more coverage than any BB cream I’ve ever used. Even more than my once beloved Color Balance BB Cream by CIRCA which I used to wear on a regular basis. It Cosmetics is not my go to with its demi matte finish and longevity. It lasts all day and keeps my face from getting oily especially when paired with  a setting or finishing powder. I apply it with a soft flat top brush when I want a lighter coverage and with clean fingers when I want a fuller coverage.

A little goes a long way with this product so if you’re not sure whether you want to shell out the cash for the full size, I recommend the travel size because it’s less than half the price and you’ll definitely get enough use out of it with enough time to decide how well it works for your skin.

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Kat Von D Shade + Light eye contour palette

I’ve never been a fan of eye shadow palettes but I’ve always been a huge fan of the tattoo artist and author, Kat Von D. Already familiarized and in love with her Ink eye liner and Studded Kiss lipsticks I decided to branch out to see what else her makeup line could offer me. When her eye contour palette made its debut, it was love at first. It was the all matte palette that offered a full set of colors I knew I’d put to good use.

The palette is divided into three quads: neutral, cool, and warm. Each quad serves one of three purposes, to define eyes, to lift eyes, and to balance eyes. The names of each individual shadow is listed at the bottom of the palette, a helpful detail. Inside the box the palette comes in, there’s a colored guide that outlines the purpose of the shades in every quad. There’s also step by step instructions as to how to best use the shadowss to achieve the look you want. You can tell there was a lot of thought put into the packaging and it is most definitely appreciated.

The shadow themselves are silky and blend like a dream. No color looks too heavy on the lid and can be built up to your liking. The base color in the cool quad called Lazarus has also proven to be perfect for contouring my face as well. The inside of the palette includes a decent sized mirror so you can take it on the go and have no problem applying your makeup.

I only see positives with this palette and though I can’t say I’m going to start racking up on eye shadow palettes, I’m confident that this particular one will become a staple within my personal makeup collection.

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Day Party Makeup

This is the makeup look I did for the Cam Con welcome20150605894690571 party last month and this photo got a lot of positive feedback so I thought I’d share the products I used for it. This is the look I do when I’ll be attending an event during the day so it’s not as heavy as a night look but it’s a little more glammed up than my everyday makeup.

Face

  • Mountain Rose Herbs tamanu oil
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay All Day foundation
  • Rimmel London Stay Matte pressed powder
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit
  • Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection highlight in Hollywood Boulevard
  • L’Oreal Infallible setting spray

Brows

  • NYX brow gel in Black
  • Sephora single eyeshadow in Must Have No. 6
  • NYX Above & Beyond full coverage concealer

Eyes

  • NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk on waterline and inner corners
  • NYX Eye Shadow Base in White on lid
  • Coastal Scents Warm Palette matte white color on lid
  • MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Quite Natural in crease
  • Coastal Scents Warm Palette light brown color in crease
  • NYX Collection Noir Matte Liquid Liner in Black
  • L’Oreal Telescopic mascara
  • Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing mascara
  • Ardell lashes in Demi Wispies cut in half

Lips

  • Rimmel London 1000 Kisses Stay On lip liner in Mauve Shimmer
  • Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipstick in Cathedral

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New Favorite Mascara Alert!

For years now I’ve been a lover of Jordana’s Best Lash Extreme Volumizing mascara and L’Oreal’s Telescopic mascara, often pairing the two for an intense look. But I’ve found a mascara that has the power of two in one and I don’t think I’ll ever use anything else again!cg_super_sizer_mascara_1

Behold Covergirl’s new Super Sizer mascara! Its wand is unique in the way that it tapers and though all its bristles are short, they’re like non existent towards the bottom if the brush. I find that the shortest of the bristles applies the product to the lashes really well while the bristles at the top of brush do a fine job of evenly distributing the product. I will say that the brush is not the best at separating lashes but that doesn’t phase me as unpopular opinion: I enjoy the look of spidery lashes. Naturally I have long, thin lashes and I like the thickness that spider lashes give that my lashes otherwise lack. So if spider lashes aren’t a look you fancy, then I don’t know how much you’ll like this mascara.

Personally, it’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a mascara. Wand and formula. It’s not too wet, not too dry. One coat gives great results and two coats result in insane lashes. The price is awesome too. I got this wonder for only $6, that’s half the price of my beloved Telescopic mascara.  I love letting you all know of when I find something great on the market and I highly recommend this if you’re into the look of bold lashes. If you have tried it, let me know what you think!

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