Creamy. Pigmented. Nice hold. Handy packaging. Great shade. Those are a few words to describe this eyebrow pencil from Benefit cosmetics. It's dreamy!
I'm not sure I know why I use this, I don't really need it- at least I don't think. My eyebrows are full and dark; as a matter of fact they look eerily much like snails placed on my forehead. I'm not entirely sure when I started to fill in my brows, but I like it. I'm a bit too lazy to use it everyday, but there must be some plus sides of having snails on my face. I don't apply a lot of product when I manage to pull myself together and make an effort. A little goes a long way, and I only really need a shadow. But I use it too because it's fun to draw on one's face.
The colour I have the darkest (brown), which I believe will flatter people of Asian ethnicity, just because it looks so natural with black hair. Considering my natural eyebrows are jet-black, the pencil gives my brows a more soft and thus a more kind/ or sweet look.
The box it comes in is adorable, as with all Benefit make up. The design of the pencil is superb too, with a spoolie- a perfect tool to blend the product with the hairs. It stays put after application, which is effortless. The price is $$$, but not crazy pricey like Chanel, or Dior, or some other stupidly overpriced luxurious goodie. I'm impressed.
Matching jewelry has always been something that I've associated with grown ups, old movies and ladies of high standards. Or women with a keen sense of fashion. I finally faced my fears of looking ridiculous abiding to the trend, and got me a pair. It's a necklace and bracelet from &Otherstories (I promise you, I DO shop at other places). What I like about this set is that even though the metal and chain is similar, the bracelet is a bit bulkier, which makes it seem a little different from its counterpart. The quality is decent and the price isn't too bad either actually. Also, on the necklace there is actually a glossy pink finish on the other side of the plate, but as I decided pink wasn't my colour I'd just wear it like shown below. This is what some might call customizing.
Obsessed. I use it every single day. "Screw contouring, as long as I have my high lighter" is what it's come to. I don't know why I waited this long to get it (well, other than perhaps having enough make up to last me a lifetime). I finally caved in when I could argue that I could get it at a discount and that all of my high lighters have a pink undertone and most of them are liquid. It amazes me how good I've become at convincing myself. But in this case I really don't regret it! The product lived up to all of my expectations and exceeded them!
I'm talking The Balm's high lighter/luminiser: Mary-Lou Manizer. It's this gorgeous compact with the most lush shade of light gold. Ever. It reminds me of a halo. I dare say that it's a passable shade for all skin tones, ranging from deep to very fair. It looks natural and fakes a super healthy complexion. The pigmentation is to die for, no cringe-worthy heavy swatches is needed; you barely have to touch the product with your fingers or preferred weapon of use- brushes, ladies, brushes. Keep it civil- to be able to swipe a piece of heaven across your face. How brilliant is that. I'm very, very impressed. You can see the pigmentation on a picture below, comparing a heavy and light swatch next to one another.
The packaging is awesome too, as is all packaging from The Balm. The word play, pictures and concept of each of their make up products are well thought through. Also, Matt(e) can finally have some company in my make up bag haha.
I did read and hear that the powder is likely to break if you bring this baby along with you in your bag, which really doesn't surprise me, as it is super finely milled. It hasn't happened for me (yet!) but just be aware of this factor. Other than that, the compact is nice. It's fun to look at, it's sleek enough for my liking and the mirror is a nice finishing touch.
I'd recommend this to heaven and Earth. It's so affordable too. And really, if I had known I'd be this fond of it, I would definitely have picked it up at full price!
There is no excuse. And it's actually quite fun. I'm glad I insisted on starting. I've really been trying to go as much as possible, also on days when I have to go to work. I'm kind of proud of myself haha! Let's hope to see some results, yeah? Oh, and the card looks so boss.
"There is a story about the Greek gods. They were bored, so they invented
human beings; but they were still bored, so they invented love. Then
they weren't bored any longer, and they decided to try love for
themselves. And finally they invented laughter, so they could stand it."
As most girls (and guys) that are in love with fashion and beauty, I wear polishes most the time. The main thing that sets me apart form my fellow nail polishers is that I wear it as a protective shield rather than a fashion statement haha. My job requires subjecting my poor finger tips to stress many hours at a time and as a result they flake and break on me- and I consider myself having very thick and durable nails! Alas, but such is life. I'm interested in keeping my nails healthier whilst sporting all the shades under the sun, but I just can't be be bothered using 193 products every single time I paint my tips; that's why this product is super handy dandy for one as I.
It's Sally Hansen's Diamond Shine Base & Top Coat which ensures a protective layer between my naked nails and the harsh colours I put on top. Very ideal for me as I like dark hues of purple, blue, and red which are all colours that tend towards discolouring your poor nails. It being a top coat as well is a plus as it lessens the drying time and extends the life of the polish by keeping chipping and other disasters afar.
This product is nice, but not ah-maaazing. It's beauty on a budget that does its job. the packaging is fun and the silver makes it easy to spot in the vast sea of bottles in my drawer. I would definitely recommend it (as have happened) but I think my lack of enthusiasm stems from me severely lacking knowledge when it comes to nail products and beauty alike, rather than any short comings this products may have. I just like painting my nails.