Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Younique 3D Fiber Lashes Review

Younique Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara Review

Hi lovelies! I'm so happy to do this review today on the Younique Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara.

I had heard some buzz about this mascara for a while (which I am sure by now you have too). And then to my pleasant surprise I was contacted by a lovely lady named Erinn who works with Younique, who wanted to send me some of Younique's 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara. How could I say no to that?? I happily told her yes and soon after, I received the Fiber Lashes in the mail.

Here's what I think of this 3 step lash system!

Younique Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara

Younique is a really neat and one of a kind brand that makes an array of different cosmetics. What I love about them is that their goal is to make "healthy, clean and pure cosmetics". They use state of the art ingredients and look to nature for inspiration. A lot of research and background work goes into their products. 

I don't think many realize that Younique has a lot of other things beyond the Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes (which they are most known for and it's their best seller). They have everything from lip products to foundations to brush sets.

So lets start talking about this lash system. 

The Younique Fiber Lashes comes in a sweet high quality black case with a soft velvety feel inside. It kinda looks like an eyeglasses case. There are two tubes inside. One longer tube, which is the Transplanting Gel, and a shorter tube, which is the Natural Fibers.

Moonstruck Transplanting Gel

Moonstruck Natural Fibers

The Transplanting Gel is basically just like a mascara. It has your usual-looking mascara wand and it's black in color. It contains things like collagen, beeswax, and carnauba (Brazilian Palm glue). The purpose of the Gel is to create a sticky surface for the fibers to adhere to and it also seals the fibers in once you brush them on (not to mention it adds black).

The Natural Fibers are really neat. They are made from 100% natural Green Tea. They look like little tiny black hairs. They are these little fuzzy things on a wand. I didn't know what to expect as I didn't know a lot about this product, so I was really surprised when I took the wand out of the tube and there was this fuzzy stick on the end. I was wondering how I would use this! But it's easier than you would think.

 Transplanting Gel

 Transplanting Gel Wand

 Natural Fibers

Natural Fibers Wand

See what I mean about the fuzzies-on-a-stick? It's so neat! There are bunch of little fuzzy "hairs" inside the tube and the wand picks them up.

So here is how the system works:

1. You apply a thin coat of your regular mascara and let it dry (but this step is optional)
2. You then apply an even coat of the Transplanting Gel on your lashes
3. You then immediately apply the fibers to your lashes, before the Gel has a chance to dry
4. Then for the last step, you apply another coat of the Transplanting Gel to seal in the fibers

You can repeat these steps and add more of the fibers again, and then seal them in again with the Gel, but I don't really tend to do this as it starts getting a bit clumpy to keep adding on more and more of the fibers (but that's just me).

Natural Fibers

Swatch: Transplanting Gel (sorry for the little fibers in the pic, they look like little black hairs on my hand, lovely I know! but there were some leftover fibers that the Gel picked up)

This system definitely takes practice. It needs to be mastered and it will get better each time. One thing I had to learn was to go easy when I apply the fibers. Because they tend to fall off onto your lower eye area throughout the day if you apply too many at a time. This was happening to me a lot and it still does a little bit. The key is to apply them very lightly (and make sure they are well sealed). If you want a bolder look, just seal them in with the Gel and go back in and lightly apply some more fibers (and then more Gel again to seal).

Here are my results:

I have 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara on the left eye (left to you) and a thin coat of regular mascara on the right eye

I don't feel that some of the pictures do it justice really. It kind of depends on the angle certain photos are taken at. I find it looks better in person. Anyway, here are both eyes with 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara:

Both eyes with 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara

This definitely makes your lashes really long and thick. My eyelashes are already quite long, so what I appreciate the most about this product, is the volume that it gives.

I could have gone heavier with this, but I don't like overkill and it can be easy to get carried away with this stuff, so you gotta be careful. If super-fat, thick, almost "spidery" lashes are your thing, that is perfectly fine and I think it looks great on some people. It's just not for me. I also have issues with it if I use too many fibers, so I have to be careful not to go overboard. I also prefer a more natural look I suppose. I do need some kind of comb for combing thru the lashes during this process, as it creates less chance for clumpiness.

What's awesome about all of this is that I am not a false-lash user and this is the next best thing. My issue is the glue. I won't use those kind of chemicals, especially on my eyes. This is the closest you're gonna get to false lashes. It's amazing how much these can look like falsies.

Here are some more photos of my lashes with the mascara on:

It does take a bit more time to remove this than my usual mascaras, but in my opinion, it's worth it! I just use my usual eye-makeup remover.

I didn't wear my usual liquid liner for these photos (which I feel somewhat naked without) because I didn't want to take away from the lashes at all. Also, you may notice I am not wearing any mascara on my bottom lashes - I usually don't.

This is an absolutely incredible product. However, it's not something that I would use every day. For one, because it's quite dramatic, and two, because it does take more time. But oh my goodness, I love it. I just love how it makes my lashes look.

If you are a lashes kind of girl (like me), you will be willing to take the time to apply this system. Honestly it's not majorly time-consuming (maybe in the beginning it is), but, it still does add a bit on top of what I usually do. I especially love this stuff for a special occasion or event. Anything that's extra special or allows you to get dolled up more than usual. Although I have worn this on casual days, I save it mostly for something a little more out of the ordinary.

Younique 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara

I love this stuff! I give it two big thumbs up. You really gotta give it a chance and work with it for a bit, and then it'll come like second nature. 

This stuff also really stays put. It doesn't smudge on me whatsover, and it surprisingly feels quite weightless on my lashes. One downfall is the fibers falling onto my face, but it can be avoided for the most part if you go easy on the fibers and apply them very lightly (takes practice!). It seems to be working for me.

You can get an incredible false lash look without buying lashes and glue and all of that. I completely love this product!

Be sure to check out Erinn's Younique website! She is a big sweetie and has been such a delight to chat with. If you're interested in the Fiber Lashes Mascara or anything else by Younique, check out her site HERE

Ingredients: Transplantineg Gel - water, beeswax, carnauba,, iron oxide (black), collagen, acrylates copolymer, nylon, stearic acid, propylene glycol. Natural Fibers - 100% natural green tea fibers.

Have you tried Younique's Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara? If so I would love to hear about your experience and what you think! Comment below!
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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Too Faced Glitter Glue Review

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue Eyeshadow Primer Review

Hi everyone! Today I'm reviewing a Too Faced product. One of their Shadow Insurance Eyeshadow Primers.

With the holiday season upon us and more use of sparkly shadows and glitters, I thought it would be a good time to review this Glitter Glue Primer. If you are a glitter user, you definitely need something for the glitter to hold on to so it stays put. 

Here's what I think of this primer!

Too Faced Glitter Glue

Too Faced has several different eyeshadow primers. Besides the Glitter Glue, I have the Original eyeshadow primer which I use every single time I apply my shadows. It's a staple for me and I couldn't apply my shadows without it. It prevents creasing and makes the shadows last longer and look more vibrant. I tend to usually "set" the primer with a neutral or light colored shadow to allow for easy blending in case it gets a little sticky.

There are 5 different Shadow Insurance primers:

Original - (tan colored and disappears into skin)
Champagne - (shimmering pink champagne)
Lemon Drop - (pale yellow, for concealing discoloration)
Candlelight - (golden sheen)
Glitter Glue - (tan colored, glitter bonding)

Too Faced Glitter Glue

The reason that I have always liked and preferred Too Faced's primers over other brands, is because they use better ingredients and less chemicals in their formulas, as well as some natural ingredients.

The Glitter Glue primer is very different from the other primers, because it's sole purpose is for bonding glitters to your lids. However, it still has the same crease-stopping properties and intensifies eyeshadows like the other ones.

The term "glue" kinda freaks me out, and I don't wear falsies because I'm sensitive and I'm apprehensive of the chemicals in the glue and have heard of some pretty bad reactions. But this stuff is not an adhesive like that, it's great, nothing really any different than the other products I use on my face. It's gentle and causes me no issues. As mentioned too, they use good ingredients in their primers.

Too Faced Glitter Glue

To make glitter adhere you can use regular primers, but they usually don't cut it, and you end up losing a lot of the glitter. This stuff will really make it stick. It can be used all over the lid, or just in the center, or wherever you would like the glitter.

You also don't have to use this just for for glitter. You can also apply this when you want to use a really sparkly eyeshadow, a pigment, or a shimmery shade that you want to stick on better and show up more vibrantly (and we all know about the fallout you can get with shimmery eyeshadows and pigments). Even just an ordinary eyeshadow that you really love and want to stand out more can be used on top of this.

This can be applied on your bare lid or on top of other eyeshadows. I often dab this on top of eyeshadow that is already on my lids and then dab on the glitter or sparkly shadow that I want. Basically just use this wherever you want your glitters, pigments and shadows to stand out and stay put!

 Too Faced Glitter Glue

Swatch: Glitter Glue alone, and pink glitter applied on top of Glitter Glue

I definitely recommend this primer for applying glitters to your lids. It's very gentle, very easy to remove, very lightweight (I don't even know it's on my lids). 

It's nice and creamy and blends out very well. It's waterproof and will definitely grasp on to any glitter or sparkly shadows, without any fallout, and make them look amazing. And you only need a very small amount, so this stuff will go a really long way. I love it!

You can get this glitter glue HERE

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire d'abeille, Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, Jojoba Esters, PVP, Silica, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Propylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491).

Do you have any Too Faced Shadow Insurance primers? Which one is your favorite? I'd love to know! Comment below!
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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Diorshow Extase Mascara Review

Diorshow Extase Mascara Review in Black Extase

Hi lovelies! This is my very first Dior review. I actually have never used any of Dior's makeup products before, until this Diorshow Extase Mascara.

Christian Dior is known all over the world for his fashion. But there is also skincare, fragrances and cosmetics by Dior that has quite the reputation. For as long as I can remember, I have heard that Dior mascaras are amazing. I just had to finally try one, and I got this little guy with my Sephora points (I have an obsession with getting mini-mascaras!).

Here's what I think!

Diorshow Extase Mascara

First I'll just give a little background. The Diorshow Extase Mascara is meant to really plump up your lashes "from the inside out". Inside this tube is apparently spherical shaped Black Pearl pigments which give a 3D effect to the lashes and coat the lashes one by one. They call this "Instant Oversize Volume Mascara".

The mascara is also enriched with metamorphasis powders which expand your eyelashes by 50%.

Diorshow Extase Mascara

An active ingredient has been added to the formula of this mascara. It's called SR38 Patented Ceramid, and it cares for the lashes. It reconstructs damaged lashes and makes them more shiny and supple. It helps to make your natural eyelashes more beautiful and healthy. To this I say - yes please! I am soooo in love with mascaras that also treat your lashes. These days it's become one of the top things I look for in a mascara. If you are going to buy something to define your lashes, why not get one that has some added benefits!

Diorshow Extase Mascara

I am flat out head over heels for this mascara. I am very happy with it. It's been a while since I've been really wowed by a mascara. This stuff really does make your lashes way more volumized. Volume is something I really want in a mascara because my lashes are already quite long, so I kinda have the length part down already. Most mascaras don't give me a ton of volume. But this one does. It also lengthens really well, and just makes your lashes look amazing and full. I almost sorta get a false-lash look with this.

It's also super black, which I love. It has never smudged on me. It never flakes. And as a bonus, it's easy to clean off at night. I have been using this stuff religiously since I got it. I am hooked. I honestly will be sad when it's gone!

Diorshow Extase Brush

The brush with this mascara is awesome. It's a "tiered" brush inspired by the couture dresses of House of Dior. If you look closely at the photos you will see that the brush is made up of four little balls. I find that it allows to get at every lash. I love the shape of this brush.

There are also two different types of fibers in the brush. Black Elastomer Fibers that brush and define the lashes for a widespread fringe and Gold Nylon Fibers that hold and deposit formula, coating each lash. You cannot really see the gold fibers because of the mascara coating them.

Swatch: Black Extase

Diorshow Extase Mascara

I'm sure it's quite clear that this mascara is a true winner for me. I absolutely love this stuff. Two big thumbs up. I will be using it til it's last drop. 

It makes your lashes look amazingly full and beautiful. You don't even need that many swipes to get long, thick lashes with this. I highly recommend this mascara. It's gorgeous and it also helps to make your lashes healthier over time!

You can get this mascara HERE

Ingredients: Spherical Shaped Black Pearl Pigments, Exclusive Metamorphosis Powders, SR38 Patented Ceramid

Have you tried this or any other Dior mascaras before? What did you think? And what is your all-time favorite mascara? I'd love to know! Comment below!
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