Beauty Review · Maybelline

Maybelline Tattoo Studio Brow Gel – Review Time

Anytime I see a new brow product, I get excited. As a girl with eyebrows much lighter than her natural hair color, I’m always trying to find something that will not only tame the brows, but fill and color them. I am looking for the American Ninja Warrior of brow products.

I’ve been catching up with some episodes of ANW lately so I’m feeling a bit energetic going into this post.

Anyways, I came across the Maybelline Tattoo Studio Brow Gel in Walgreens a few weeks back and decided to purchase it in the color Soft Brown. I believe I paid something like $9.99, but I see on the Maybelline website it’s recommended price is $12.99, however it’s also going for $9.99 on Amazon. So you got price options. The website claims that you can fill and color your brows and once the product dries, you get all day color, shape and hold.

So, right off the bat, I’m going to tell you something the website does NOT mention, however, is listed in tiny print on the tube (maybe on the box as well, but I threw it away), which is:

CAUTION: FLAMMABLE UNTIL DRY. DO NOT USE NEAR FIRE, FLAME OR HEAT.

Ok, so you can read the ingredient list here for your self, but needless to say, don’t light any candles or straighten your hair while the product is fresh.

Thoughts of smoking eyebrows aside, I have additional mixed feelings about this product, so let me lay out the good and the bad, cause I feel like I already told you about the (potential) ugly above.

The Good

  • There is a lot of color pay off. Since it’s not a crayon or a pomade, but rather a creamy liquid, it’s pretty pigmented. It’s very reminiscent of the WunderBrow formula, which I am a big fan of actually. There is a domed shaped velour type of applicator, with some fibers sticking out that are there, I assume, to help create a natural eyebrow look.
  • Once the product dries, it is budge proof. Seriously, nothing is going to smear off or fade. Since the weather is still kind of cold here, I didn’t test it out in the pool or beach, but I did do a quick water splash test and didn’t see anything budge, so I’m fairly confident it will stick around on beach days as well.
  • It’s easy to remove. Despite it being waterproof, it went off easily using a foaming cleanser and didn’t leave any visible color or tint on the skin or brows.

The Bad

  • It takes forever to dry! Initially, I thought it was because I may have gone in too thick with the product and that’s why it felt sticky to the touch 20 minutes after I applied it, but the second time, I definitely used a lighter hand, and didn’t think it made much of a difference
  • Once it dries, it leaves your brows feeling a little waxy. Maybe waxy is not the right word, but it’s not crunchy and not wet, but sort of coated. I hope you know what I  mean.
  • The applicator shape makes it a little difficult to sculpt your brows. Since it has a rounded tip, you have to be very delicate when carving out the tail of your eyebrows, particularly if they are not thick to begin with, or consider dipping an angled brush in the product and using that to create a sharper line.
  • Oh yeah….and it’s freaking flammable!

Anyone else try this out? If so, leave me some tips in the comments below on how you use it.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

PS – Amazon links above are affiliated, so if you choose to purchase the products above, I will make a slight commissions.

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Beauty Favorites

Monthly Faves – February 2018

Where did February go? I can’t say that I am sad to see it gone as it was a particularly hectic month for me, however, I blinked and now it’s March.

That’s ok because now I get talk to you fine folks about what products really made me smile this month and had me reaching for them time and time again.

Face

Baked Foundation in Light from Antonym Cosmetics. It’s funny because when I first reviewed this powder foundation, I liked it, but not necessarily as a foundation, but more as a face powder. I didn’t think it provided enough coverage, but I realized that I was using it incorrectly. When I first tried it, I was just picking it up with the brush and sweeping it across my face. All that did was thin the powder out and really just control the oils, but not really cover anything. However, when I used a denser brush, swirled it against the pan and pressed and buffed in circles into the skin, this made a world of difference. I then spritzed my face with some setting spray, allowing the foundation to sink in and, although didn’t give me anywhere near full coverage, I was totally comfortable with the look. Somewhere between light and medium and just right for a natural everyday look.

Baked Blush in Peach from Antomym Cosmetics. Another product from Antonym that I underestimated. The peach color looks deceivingly light on the pan and I got the impression that I was going to have use lot’s of it to make it show up against my fair skin. However, the first time I used it, I went balls to the wall with this color on my cheeks and immediately regretted it. Do not be deceived. This color is definitely not a light weight. A simple swish with a brush and some light blending and you got yourself some perfectly peach cheeks with just a hint of shimmer.

Ofra Blush Gadot Refill (BoxyCharm).  Now this is what I call a multitasker. I have used this as a blush, in my crease, on my lids and smudged on the lower lid. I find this earthy peachy tan color to be absolute perfection. It blends beautifully and gives you just the healthiest glow. I feel like this is the perfect color to get me in the mood for spring and summer, but let’s face it, I’ll probably use it year round. There are perks to living in Florida, ya’ll!

Eyes

Colourpop Crème Gel Liner in Mr. Bing. I have put this eyeliner in and out of my Colourpop cart like 10 times in the last year, however, it wasn’t until January, when there was a 20% off sale, that I finally bought it. I heard Kathleen Lights recommend it in one of her videos saying that it was the perfect brown for her green eyes, so decided to just hit submit. Oh My Gosh! This really is the nicest brown eyeliner I own. It’s rich, but definitely not too dark and has the slightest tinge of burgundy, which really does make my blue/green eyes pop. I’ve always been a fan of the Coloupop Crème Gel formula, so nothing to new to say about that, but the color…WOW!

Lips

Colourpop Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick in Dreamy. Another Kathleen Lights recommendation that comes straight from her latest collaboration and, technically, shouldn’t be anywhere near this list because it has a slight cheesy like smell to it. Seriously, I wonder if I got a bad one or if all of them have the same scent to them, however, I am willing to excuse the cheesy feet smell because this really is my Dream color. It’s literally the same color as the Ofra blush, but in liquid form and it applies evenly, almost in one swipe and lasts all day. I kid you not. I applied this the other day before a meeting at 8am. Had breakfast, 2 cups of coffee, talked, ate lunch, drank a coke, talked some more and this color was still going strong. I then went to have drinks with my co-workers at 5pm and only around 7:30pm, did I see some dramatic fade. I never once re-applied my lipstick. But you want to know the BIG KICKER? It’s not uncomfortable or particularly drying. I didn’t find myself licking my lips or reaching for some lip balm. Can’t wait to see if all the Ultra Satin formula’s are the same.

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lipstick in Blush Basin. I know, I know. You must be sick of all the peach in this list, but I can’t help it. I love me that juicy fruit and it’s gorgeous pinky orange color. This lipstick has more of a pinky nude color that is good on it’s own or even layered over a lip liner. In fact, if I didn’t find the above mentioned Colourpop liquid lipstick so comfortable and long lasting, I would layer it over that one to revive the color. Needless to say, the formula is also super moisturizing and lightweight. However, I feel that you need 2 layers to make the color pop and, since it is a cream lipstick, you will need to reapply. That doesn’t bother me at all, but just letting you all know.

Whew! I feel like I had a lot to say this month and I didn’t even include any eyeshadows!

I hope you all enjoyed my picks and see you next month.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

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Palette of the Month · Too Faced

March Palette of the Month – TooFaced Sweet Peach

I am officially on Low-Buy for the next few months. To be honest, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the new stuff coming out, that I just want to take a moment to enjoy the things I have and not always worry about what I want to buy. I mean, I have a lot of nice things, particularly palettes, so I have decided to nominate a Palette of the Month.

The Palette of the Month (POTM) will be one that I currently have in inventory and that I will create at least 2 looks each week for a total of 8 looks a month. I can pull additional colors from other palettes or eyeshadows if necessary as the goal is not to limit myself to just using this palette, but to use what I have and not fall into an endless cycle of buying things I don’t need. At the end of the month, I will create a post showcasing all, if not the favorite, looks I created.

For March, I was taking a look at my collection and all the way in the back of the shelf, I saw my Too Faced Sweet Peach palette sitting there all lonely and neglected. I dug it out and, well was first hit by that powerful fake peach smell, but once that faded, I literally began to mentally create eye looks. This palette really speaks to me because as blue/green eyed girl, I feel like the colors really bring out my eyes. Also, I am way more comfortable working with neutral warm shades that a whole lot of bright colors.

Not that this palette prohibits creativity in any way. We have some nice dark plum and mossy shimmery green colors along with some bright peaches and corals that I’m sure will get my creative juices flowing.

So, seeing as this is the beginning of the month, the clock starts now. Make sure to check back at the end to see what I was able to create. Did I stick to some tried and true looks or did I go a bit out of my comfort zone? Send me any pics or links to tutorials for me to check out. I am a tutorial FREAK!

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza