Category Archives: Eyes

Maybelline: Light In Purple Color Tattoo

Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  Maybelline New York

Product:  Color Tattoo 24hr Gel Cream

Animal Tested:  Yes

Cruelty Free:  No

Vegan:  No

Color:  85-Light In Purple

Formula:  Poor

Pigmentation:  Poor

Wear Time:  Okay

Amount of Product:  .14 oz. / 4 g

Price:  €6,95 EUR (Converts to about $9.34 USD / £5.93 GBP)

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Availability:  This color is only available in Europe.  I found mine at my local DM Drogerie here in Germany.

What I liked:  I loved how this looked in the little jar at the store.  It almost seemed to have a bit of a subtle duo-chrome effect.  It even looked promising when initially swatched it on my hand.

What I didn’t like:  The formula was not nice.  The consistency felt really slick and did not apply opaque at all.  The lilac color almost completely disappeared once it was on my eyelids.

My two cents:  I was oh so excited and full of optimism when I first laid eyes on Light In Purple, as evident from my previous post.  Sadly though, it turned out to be a huge disappointment.  Aside from looking pretty in the jar, it had absolutely no redeeming qualities.  As I mentioned above it was not like other nine Color Tattoos I that I own.  It felt really slick whereas other colors I have from the line have more of a thicker slightly more dry creamy feel in comparison.  Once it was on my eyes all that was really left behind was the shimmer.  This color can’t be built up either.

Just for the sake of being able to give a fair review I kept it on overnight.  After just three hours of wear I noticed that Light In Purple had already began it’s disappearing act.  By the time I woke up the next morning it looked as though someone had tried to remove it during the night as there was only a trace of it left in the form of the shimmer.

Sine it just didn’t seem that this would be something I would be able to make work on it’s own, I decided to give it a try as a base with my Sugarpill Heart Breaker palette since it was so sheer and by sheer I mean virtually colorless.  I didn’t even like it as a base because it’s just too shimmery and it caused my Sugarpill shadow colors to come off really strange.  Not to mention that it just does not seem to the staying power as other Color Tattoos.

I really wanted to love this, although I would have settled for liking it, but it seems that it was not meant to be.  After trying to make it work and find a use for it, I decided to return it.  For the record, I don’t take returning cosmetics lightly as it’s something I don’t like to do.  However, these little suckers are on the pricey side for a single drugstore eyeshadow in my opinion and I just could not justify keeping something that I would never use and would surely end up in the garbage.

Tips:  Just do not bother with this, it’s a complete miss.

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Sugarpill: Heart Breaker Palette

Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  Sugarpill

Product Name:  4 Color Heart Breaker Palette

Animal Tested: No

Cruelty Free:  Yes

Vegan:  Acidberry, Velocity & Mochi are but 2 AM is not

Formula:  Excellent

Pigmentation:  Excellent

Amount of Product:  4 grams / .14 oz. x 4

Price:  $34 USD

 

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Availability:  I ordered my palette from Beautylish since they had a nice little deal where they would throw in the coveted @#$%! if you purchased the Heart Breaker palette.  (I believe you can still take advantage of this special but only while supplies last.)  You can order directly from Sugarpill Cosmetics, who just happen to ship internationally.  If you live in the UK you can also find this palette as well as other Sugarpill products at Love Make Up. While Sugarpill palettes are normally £24.99 on Love Make Up, the Heart Breaker palette is currently on for £21.00.

What you get:  Acidberry – matte lime green with a slight pearl sheen.  Velocity – vibrant matte royal blue.  2 AM – matte purple with a slight pearl sheen.  Mochi – matte mint sea foam with a slight pearl sheen.

What I liked:  These shadows are so incredibly pigmented, soft and buttery in texture.  They produce very little fall out and these are one of the few eyeshadows I’ve used that have not irritated my sensitive eyes, even when used as a liner.  Each individual eyeshadow pan is monstrous in size so you’re getting some major bang for your buck as far as size and quality are concerned.  The packaging is ridiculously adorable and I love that they included a mirror that is both large enough and has enough magnification to actually make it useful.

What I didn’t like:  The only legit gripe I have is that the palettes are no longer magnetic.  In the past they were, but last June they revamped them and decided to glue them into place.  With that said though, I’m sure there was some reasoning behind the decision.

My two cents:  Let’s just say it was love at first swipe!  I had been swooning over and coveting Sugarpill shadows for ages and I am so glad that I finally took the plunge.  This palette along with the other two individual pressed shadows that I own have been nothing short of awesome.  The first two weeks I had these, I wore them exclusively.  My husband even thought they looked great and each time I bust out my Heartbreaker palette he comments on them.  Good thing I married  guy that has not only embraces but quite likes my Rainbow Brite tendencies.

Keep in mind that Sugarpill pressed eyeshadows are also available individually.  So if you’re not digging all the colors in this palette or just find palettes bulky and cumbersome there is no need to fret.

I will definitely be adding more Sugarpill to my collection.  In fact I plan to pick up the Burning Heart and Sweetheart palettes as well which are the only other two palettes available at this time.  I have read that there are some new products in the works though so I will be anxiously awaiting their release.

I could not help but mention that I have a bit of a girl crush on the company founder Amy Doan a.k.a. Shrinkle.  She saw a gap in the market and decided to pull up her boot straps, get stuck in and do something about it, all the while striving to provide her customers with a superb high quality product.  She also has the most amazing hair I have ever laid my eyes on.  If you’d like to learn more about Amy and the story behind Sugarpill then check out her interview on Beautylish.

Tips:  Prep your lids with a good quality eyeshadow base or primer to help maximize color vibrancy and wear time.

I apologize if you’re disappointed by the fact that I did not include swatches, but I did make an attempt and I just didn’t feel that I did the product justice, and felt as though it would be unfair to include them.  However, if you would like to see some great swatches that do in fact do the Heart Breaker palette justice then head over to Temptalia or Scrangie and read their thoughts as well.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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Maybelline: Falsche Wimpern Feder-Look Volum’ Express Mascara

For those of you who were wondering that translates to “False Lash Feather Look Volume Express Mascara.”  This is a product available in Germany but it is the equivalent of the Maybelline Volum’ Express The Mega Plush Mascara that is available in the US and Canada.  For the some reason Maybelline felt the need to change the name and packaging.  However, the actual mascara and the new flexible brush in both sound as though they are identical from the product descriptions.

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Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand: Maybelline New York Jade

Product Name:  Maybelline Jade Falsche Wimpern Feder-Look Volum’ Express Mascara

Type: Washable (also available in waterproof)

Color:  Glam Brown (other colors available)

Brush:  Good

Formula:  Good

Amount of Product:  9.6 mL

Price:  €12,95 Germany, $5.94 – $7.49 USD

Availability:  I purchased mine at my local DM Drogerie but I know that Müller also has this available.  Edeka and Real stores also carry Maybelline products here in Germany.  As I mentioned at the beginning of my post this is the same product as the Volum’ Express The Mega Plush Mascara in the US and Canada.  It can be found in the US at Ulta, Target, Walmart, CVS.  In Canada I think you would be able to find this at Shoppers, Walmart, and Loblaws since they all carry Maybelline products.  Unfortunately this particular mascara doesn’t appear to be available in the UK (I checked the Maybelline UK site as well as the Boots site), but please correct me if I’m wrong.

What I liked:  The brush is nice and I quite prefer it to the rubber one that was in my old CG Lash Blast mascara that this replaced (you would all be horrified to know how old that sucker was before I tossed it and replaced it).  This brush allowed me to get more separation which resulted, in my opinion, a much more natural look.  Sorry but I am not a fan of tarantula lashes ladies.  I’m sure that if you like that kind of thing, that you could certainly build this up using multiple coats to achieve that look.  I also liked the fact that although this stayed on and didn’t smudge that it was still easy to remove.

What I didn’t like:  My one complaint is that I experienced a bit of clumping.  Perhaps that can just be chalked up to the fact that I rarely use mascara and I’m probably just rubbish at applying it.

My two cents:  So far I’m loving this mascara to be honest, even in spite of the little bit of clumping I experienced.  I had previously tried three other mascaras in the past and didn’t care for any of them with the exception of my ancient CG Lash Blast and this is infinitely better.  The bristles on this brush are just amazing, although I don’t know how I feel about the allegedly flexible wand.  I mean I get the idea behind it, but I’ve not noticed any benefit to it personally but then again I don’t think it’s really all the flexible.  Maybe I got a defective one?  One other thing that I feel is worth mentioning is the fact that after wearing this for most of the day, I did experience a little flaking.  Nothing that I would consider a major problem or that would cause me to discontinue use or not repurchase in all honesty though.

Tips:  Hmm…be careful and try not to poke yourself in the eye during application.

I apologize ahead of time, but I am feeling the need to gripe about the fact that Maybelline has yet again changed a product’s name and packaging for the European market.  I first noticed that they did this when the Color Tattoo Eyeshadows were released here.  Perhaps it seems like a silly little detail to some but I personally find it annoying and totally unnecessary.  After living in three different countries now and slowly traveling my way around Europe, I rather like a little continuity in the beauty department, at least where global brands like Maybelline are concerned.

So glad I got that out of my system!  Anyhow, I am sorry for my little nail polish hiatus recently.  I’ve not been painting my nails in order to give them a bit of a break, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of an order I placed for a few items from Feel Unique, among them Nails Inc. Sweets Way from their Special Effects Sprinkles collection.  If it doesn’t arrive today, I can assure you that Feel Unique will be receiving an e-mail from yours truly.

In other news, the Captain and I will be heading down to Munich again this weekend, but this time for Oktoberfest.  We’re quite looking forward to Oktoberfest and so long as the weather cooperates, a little bicycle action as well.  So keep an eye for that next week.  In the meantime be sure to check out my Catrice Cosmetics giveaway.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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Royal & Langnickel Brushes

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This is my first attempt at reviewing brushes or any beauty tools for that matter, so I was pretty clueless as to how to go about it.  I tried my best, but please feel free to make any suggestions by commenting below.  I’d really appreciate your feedback.

 

Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  Royal & Langnickel

Collection:  S.I.L.K

 

Brush:  C500 Angled Shader

Price:  $5.39 – $5.99  USD, €6,20 Germany, £5.10 UK

Bristles:  Natural Hair

Description:  “Use to apply and blend eye shadow.  Soft natural hairs make this brush ideal for powder shadows.  The angled cut allows for maximum control.”

Overall Rating:  Good

My Two Cents:  This is one of two angled eye brushes that I own and this is definitely the nicer of the two (the other is an Eco Tools brush).   It’s fluffy and very soft.  I use this brush many different ways depending on what products I’m using and what effect I’m trying to achieve.  I have used it for applying shadow to the lid and the crease, for blending, as well as for applying a highlight to the brow bone.  I’ve not experienced any shedding and so far it has retained it’s shape after washing.

 

Brush:  BC420 Smudger

Price:  $7.19 – $7.99  USD, €8,68 Germany, £6.38 – £7.14 UK

Bristles:  Natural Hair

Description:   “Firm, gently pointed natural hair makes this brush ideal for creating the perfect smokey eye.”

Overall Rating:  Excellent

My Two Cents:  It’s super soft and gentle, not to mention that it always retains it’s shape after being washed.  The size and shape makes this perfect for use in the crease, but I also like to use it for blending.  This brush is just amazing.  In fact I love it so much that it has quickly become my favorite eye brush and I am seriously considering picking up one or two more.

 

Brush:  C440 Pointed Liner

Price:  $7.99  USD, £7.14 UK

Bristles:  Natural Hair

Description:   “This natural hair brush is ideal for both lining and filling lips or creating a full line at the base of the lash.”

Overall Rating:  Excellent

My Two Cents:  In all honesty, I don’t use this brush for either of it’s intended purposes.  Although I could see it being great for applying lip products, I feel as though it is much too thick to be of much use for applying eye liner.  This bristles of this brush are very soft and it also retained it’s shape after washing.  I  have used this for smudging color under the eye, for more precise placement of color in the crease and for adding a highlight to the inner corners of the eye.

 

Brush:  BC480 Detail Liner

Price:  $3.59 – $3.99  USD, €4,33 Germany, £3.56 UK

Bristles:  Natural Hair

Description:  “A pointed tip is perfect to create a precision line at the base of lashes.”

Overall Rating:  Okay

My Two Cents:  I think the only positive thing I can say about this brush is that the bristles of this, just like the others, are very soft.  I had high hopes for this and thought it would be great for applying gel eye liner.  Unfortunately I was very disappointed because once I washed this (which you should always do before using) it completely lost the precision pointed shape which would have made it useful.  Nothing I have tried has helped re-shape it either.  Since I have it I do try to make it work by using it to line the bottom of my eye with powder shadow.  For lack of a better word, it just kind of sucks.  So I say save your money where this one is concerned.        

 

Manufacturer Care Instructions:  Use gentle shampoo and luke warm water.  Reshape and lie flat to dry completely for best results.

 

Tips:  I have been using baby shampoo to give my brushes a good deep clean and I find that it works great.  However, I have heard that it’s best to use an actual brush cleaner to spot clean them in between deep cleaning them as well.  I plan to purchase the  MAC Brush Cleaner for this purpose but there are many other options available from higher end companies to more affordable brands.  For instance, E.L.F., Sonia Kashuk, Sally Beauty Supply, Crown Brush, Clinique and Estee Lauder all have brush cleaners available.

 

Availability:  You can purchase directly from Royal & Langnickel (they also make art brushes), as well as Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de.

 

Before deciding on Royal & Langnickel’s S.I.L.K brushes I read a lot of reviews on different brands of brushes and not once did I come across a bad review on this brand.  I have even heard that these are comparable to MAC & Sigma brushes.  As far as I’m concerned R & L make a great product and I would definitely recommend them.  Overall I have been very happy with my brushes and pleasantly surprised by the high quality of them.  So if you’re looking for good, high quality brushes that won’t break the bank then definitely give the Royal & Langnickel S.I.L.K brushes a try.  If the S.I.L.K line doesn’t appeal to you or if you’re looking for a a different type of brush be sure to check the R&L site because they have numerous brush collections ranging in price from natural to different synthetic bristles to suit your needs.  Be sure to “Like” Royal & Langnickel on Facebook to stay up to date on what’s going on and as always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

 

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OMG…Those Glasses Were Free!?!?

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A few months ago I came across a post on Luuux about this website, Coastal.com that was offering a free pair of frames complete basic prescription lenses for free.  I being the skeptic that I am thought it sounded too good to be true.  However, my curiosity got the better of me and I decided to investigate.  I dug around on the Coastal site and even chatted with a customer service representative to answer some questions I had because I thought there was surely a catch.  Well lo and behold it was not in fact too good to be true and there wasn’t a catch.  Just please be aware of the following terms and conditions that apply, which I have listed at the bottom of this post for your convenience.

So here is the deal, you head on over to Coastal.com and click the banner near the bottom of the homepage that reads “GET YOUR FIRST PAIR OF GLASSES FREE.”  From there you will be taken to the page displaying the frames they have on offer for this particular promotion.  You might be thinking, as I was initially, that there won’t be much to choose from and that what they do have won’t be very nice or cute, and you much like myself would be proven wrong.  They had and still have plenty of great frames to choose from for men, women and children.  Okay, so once you choose your frames you will be prompted to tell them how you will be using your glasses and enter your prescription information.  Please be aware that you will need your pupillary distance measurement as well, but if you don’t have it there are excellent instructions on how you can take this measurement yourself.  Once you’ve entered your prescription information then you will be prompted to make your lens selection.  As I mentioned above, Coastal throws in the standard lenses for free, although at this point it says that they are $9.95.  Rest assured though, that upon checkout that charge will disappear.  Just be sure to choose the “Standard Lens” option if you do not want incur any additional fees.  However, if you would like to you can upgrade to a higher quality lens, a sunglass lens or add one or all of the three available protective coating options at this point at an additional charge.   Perhaps you’re still skeptical, I admit I still was at this point, but once you proceed to the checkout you can finally enter the discount code FIRSTPAIRFREE and see the charge for the frame and standard lens magically disappear.  This is where you will find out the exact amount you will be charged for your insurance  fee which is based on the value of the frames you have selected and shipping fees depending on which option you chose.  Along with your glasses, you will also receive a hard case, a double ended screwdriver on a key chain for your glasses and a microfiber cleaning cloth.

I received my glasses from Coastal nearly a month ago and have been wearing and loving them ever since.  Since I had intended this pair of glasses to serve as a backup pair to my very fashion forward, pricey, carbon and lime green Etnia Barcelona frames, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the frames and even the basic lenses which I opted for.  In all honesty I wasn’t quite expecting to love these glasses anywhere near as much as I do.  In fact I have worn these more than my Etnia’s since I decided to dye my hair bright purple because the bottom half of my Etnia’s are transparent lime green and I feared my crazy hair color would transfer.  So the basic black Derek Cardigan frames I got have been a perfect solution for that.  Not to mention the fact that the particular wayfarer style  frames I chose (Derek Cardigan 7003 in black) are right on trend, so incredibly cute and comfortable, more so after I had them adjusted properly.

I also thought it was worth mentioning that my mom also took advantage of this great deal (her frames are the pretty one’s with rhinestones on the arms).  For those of you who don’t know my dear mommy, she can be rather particular about things.  That is perhaps why I remember her calling me the day her glasses arrived so well, because she too was very happy with her frames and could not believe just how nice they were.  I was astonished because I had not yet received mine at that point.  So if my mom and I were both happy with Coastal, I can’t imagine that anyone else wouldn’t be.

Last week I had read somewhere, I can’t recall where exactly, that the “First Pair Free” promo ended on August 22nd, which I was glad to find out is NOT the case.  I chatted with another one of Coastal’s customer service reps today via the live chat feature on their site and asked her when the promotion ended and her exact words were, “the First Pair Free promo is here to stay.”  Woo Hoo!  If you, or anyone you know is currently shopping around for glasses then I say head on over to Coastal and jump on this and spread the word.  You will receive a quality product, great service and super quick shipping, or at least that was my experience.  By the way, they also have an a “Back To School” promo on right now as well where you can get two frames (luxury frames excluded) for $75 which free shipping.

Although I was jazzed to get a free pair of glasses, I couldn’t help but think just how amazing this would be for anyone in serious need of new glasses that perhaps could not otherwise afford them.  Glasses are expensive at the best of times, but particularly so during this horrible economic downturn that has hit everyone so hard.  So if you’ve seen me tweet about this promo or if you’ve seen it on the Girl In The Glasses Facebook page it’s truly because I am so impressed with this company and I simply want to get the word out to those who will benefit most from this amazing offer.  Also, just for the record, I have no affiliation with Coastal, nor was I approached by them to feature their services.  All opinions expressed in this post are truly my own.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

Coastal First Pair Free Promo Terms & Conditions:

  • One free pair of glasses per customer per prescription.
  • We reserve the right to verify all prescriptions.
  • Valid for coupon eligible frames only.
  • To get your free pair apply the coupon code FIRSTPAIRFREE at the checkout.
  • 1.5 index lenses included for free.
  • Lens upgrades including: higher index lenses, progressives, Transitions, polarized and all lens coatings are available at additional cost.
  • Shipping costs may apply, which is typically $5 to $15
  • Cannot be combined with any other offers
  • Valid for residents of the United States only.
  • Coastal.com reserves the right to cancel orders that appear to be in violation of this promotion.

 

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