Review: Jordana Cat Eye Liner

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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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. 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 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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Girl In A Band

I finished reading Kim Gordon’s autobiography and was left pleasantly surprised by the word’s of  a frontwoman whose band I listened to but really knew nothing about.

Kim Gordon has always been edgy, cool, daring and strong in my opinion. To read about her upbringing and how she came to make music out of her insecurities, her emotions, and her fears was powerful. She describes how she came into her own, the journey it took to figure herself out. From being a popular California girl to feeling lost and rejected by New York’s 80s art scene to fleeing to a quaint suburban home to escape rockdom. How her relationship with her paranoid schizophrenic brother and her absent minded but well meaning father came to mold her future relationships with men, especially her ex-husband Thurston. She goes deep into details about her life with family, friends, fellow musicians and lovers, and she’s painfully honest about the music scene then and now.ZZZ005508-VX

I couldn’t put the book down, every page was better than the one before it. What I loved and admired the most was that the book, the story of her life, was about Sonic Youth all along. How her growing up influenced the type of music she would make, how the things around inspired the lyrics she wrote, about what it was like when your bandmate also happened to be your husband, and what it really felt like to be a frontwoman during an era when rock was controlled and ran by men. To be a girl in a band.

If you’re into rock and roll and its history, you’ll find this book to be a great read. Sonic Youth was around for about 30 years and met and worked with so many prominent music artists from the 70s to the 90s. But if you’re a young woman like I am who is always looking to grow and continuously find yourself not only through your own experiences but by being uplifted through the words and actions of strong women then this book proved to be excellent and motivational.

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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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Review: Nip + Fab Viper Venom Wrinkle Fix

I mentioned Nip + Fab’s Viper Venom in my most recent skincare post but hadn’t been using it long enough to go into detail about how the product works for me. Now I’ve been using it consistently for about two months and I love this! I’d been wanting to try it for some time before I actually bought but because Kylie Jenner had been promoting it on her instagram, it was sold out every time I walked into Ulta. It was a while before I got my hands on it and truth be told, I found Nip + Fab at my local GNC.

2255954Ulta’s website describes it as “a revolutionary skin refining serum with innovative LIFTONIN-XPRESS + SYN-AKE to help visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines + wrinkles. Wrinkle Blur Technology softens the appearance of imperfections for a naturally smoother + more even looking complexion.” Essentially, it’s an anti-wrinkle serum. This stuff works. I apply it in the morning and at night after my face wash routine. The packaging says to apply the Viper Venom before your moisturizing but honestly sometimes I’ll pat my tamanu oil on first and then the serum after the oil’s set in.

I put the wrinkle fix around my eye area, on my laugh and these little creases on my forehead. I work with tiny dots on each area so that I can keep adding on as opposed to using too much. Over time I’ve noticed that my laugh lines are definitely less visible, as are the lines on my forehead. My eye appears to be “smoother”. You can feel it work about a minute or so because the skin you apply it to will start to feel sticky and slightly stiff. Aside from it’s positive results, it’s available at an affordable. It’s $19.99 at Ulta (currently on sale – $16.99!), GNC, and the Nip + Fab website. Unlike most anti-wrinkle products, you don’t have to break your bank for this one. Can’t get any better than that!

I haven’t tried any other products from Nip + Fab but after seeing how well the Viper Venom has been working for me, I’m open and eager to whatever else the brand has to offer. I’d recommend the wrinkle fix to both someone who’s new to anti-wrinkle serums and to anyone who’s tried several gels, creams, etc. and can’t seem to find anything that works. Give Nip + Fab’s Viper Venom a try because you get more for your buck with this little gem.

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Review: Mountain Rose Herbs

IMAG1935I received the tamanu oil I ordered from Mountain Rose Herbs and I wanted to review my experience on the site. I’d read good things online about the site and wanted to see if they sold tamanu oil for cheaper than the $37/1 oz I was previously paying. Not only was it cheaper to buy 2 oz but for the $37 I was spending before, I could actually get 16 oz of tamanu oil from Mountain Rose Herbs. The site itself is neatly organized and categorized. Mountain Rose Herbs offers an assortment of ingredients, teas, home goods, bath and body products, amongst many other things. The business operates out of Oregon and the site lists all their certifications. They’ll send you a free catalog and you can sign up for their newsletter that will you inform of new products, monthly specials, and invites to events held by Mountain Rose Herbs and other awesome things.

Based on other reviews, shipping can take anywhere from a few days to two weeks, depending on product inventory. I was fortunate to receive my tamanu oil within a couple days. The box it arrives in has the company’s logo on it and inside, the glass bottle was tightly packaged to ensure I’d get it in one piece. There’s a sheet of paper in the box with the month’s specials and a recipe on the other side. At the bottom of the box there’s a sticker attached with a Thank You and it lists the recycle-ability of all the stuff your product came packaged in. IMAG1938

The bottle itself has a label wrapped around it with the name of the product and business logo. The side of the label has info on the product. I replaced the original cap of the bottle with the dropper that came on the other bottle of tamanu oil I used up, I was glad it fit because it’s my preferred method of application. Packaging and attention to detail is important to me. I love how Mountain Rose Herbs represents its image. I think the company makes a great effort to keep its stuff natural and organic, as well as environmentally friendly. Their prices are so reasonable and they make it easy for customers to leanr about the brand and reach them for customer assistance. I’ll definitely be reordering and looking to see what other products I can benefit from on the site. Good thing I signed up for the newsletter!

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Review: Melt Cosmetics lipstick in Space Cake

Melt Cosmetics is a vegan brand that offers lipsticks and, most recently, eye shadows. I bought Space Cake, a grey lipstick, a few months back and only just wore it for the first time this past weekend. I was out for about 4-5 hours that night and chose to not reapply to see how the product held up. For starters, it’s a matte black packaging which I like and the lipstick has a very light but pleasant scent. Sort of vanilla, if I had to guess. As mentioned, the shade is grey but it has a slight blue undertone so I chose to line my lips with a pale blue lip liner then fill it in so when I applied Space Cake on top, the color was slightly altered. Now on to the feel and wear of the product. It’s not 100% matte but it’s not shiny or glossy either. I say it borders a matte and creamy finish. A definite plus is that it didn’t dry my lips out. It has an awesome color pay off as well BUT I definitely recommend wearing this with a lip liner to prevent bleeding and just help it last longer. Now that being said, this is not transfer-resistant. This is not transfer-resistant. If you are eating, drinking, or kissing, the color will rub off. I did all three that night and could see traces of Space Cake on my napkins, straw, food, etc. This is also not like a lip stain consistency which will leave some sort of color on the lip after wiping off. So by the end of the night, my lips were just my natural tone outlined by the pale blue lip liner. Not a good look. Reminder: I chose to not touch up all night. For next time, touching up will not be optional but a definite necessity if I want this to last. Overall, the color is unique, the color payoff was great and the consistency didn’t leave my lips dry or flaky. The only real downside is that it’s not transfer-proof. Better not to forget or leave the tube at home as you’ll need to touch up throughout the day or limit your lip activity as to make the color last.

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