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 Review · Mascara · Maybelline

Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara – Review

In my quest to find a replacement for my beloved Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl Mascara, I have gone through quite a few duds.

Anyone remember, Covergirl’s Peacock Flare Debacle of 2017? (Shudder)

It’s not that I am super picky, it’s just that I have needs. In fact, I have 3 very specific needs:

  1. It cannot make my lashes clumpy. I HATE clumpy lashes! I don’t know if I am dating myself here, but every time I think of clumpy lashes, I think of Tammy Faye Baker crying on TV about “the children”.
  2. I need volume. Like lot’s of it. I actually have decently long lashes. You wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at them because they are blond (read: transparent). What I don’t have is enough of them.  It’s like my lashes are the Vin Diesel of eyes. Pretty to look at, but no hair.
  3. I want feathery, curled lashes. I literally want my lashes to  create unexpected gusts of wind when I blink.

I know what you are thinking. Why don’t you just wear fake lashes? Well, to start with, I don’t know how to apply them and the few times I have attempted to wear them have ended up with me throwing them on the floor and then taking it out on my husband and children for no apparent reason. I’d like to keep the emotional trauma to a minimum in my house.

So, my quest continues and took me to Maybelline. They have a new line called Total Temptation, which includes a mascara. The packaging is reminiscent of their collaboration with Gigi Hadid because it’s that pinky nude that other brands, like KKW and Fenty, also came out with this year. The difference, is that Maybelline incorporated some black to separate it from the multitude. I actually like the packaging. I mean the color is quite unoriginal, but there is a flat side to the applicator which I find makes it really comfortable to open and close the tube. Sometimes it’s the little things that impress me.

However, the winner for me is the brush. It actually has bristles! I find so many mascaras now a days are using rubber bristles, which I DETEST. I feel like they contribute to the clump. Bristles typically are packed tighter and are able to thicken and lengthen. The wand is also tilted at the end where the brush is located, which I suppose is to make it easier to get into the inner corner of your eye, but I really don’t find necessary.

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The brush is not curved, which immediately tells me this isn’t going to do much curling, but I found that it did a decent job in creating volume. When I did that little jiggle from the root and worked the brush up, it didn’t clump at the base like the Covergirl Peacock Flare, and did spread the products to the tips. However, what it does FANTASTICALLY is lengthen those suckers. I mean, they looked so long that the tips of my lashes touched just under my brow bone and left some color.  Check out my Instagram Highlights under Mascara Game to see what I am talking about. The length is NO JOKE!

The mascara lasted all day and I didn’t see any flaking or smudging at all. To be honest, this would be the perfect mascara, except that I feel like this is more for lengthening than volumizing. If you have a healthy set of lashes, then run to the store and grab yourself a tube.  However, if you are part of the 3 Lashes Club like me, then you might want to rethink it and continue the search. I feel like although it did provide some volume to my lashes, it wasn’t enough to offset how long they make them look and if you are short on them, then it does sort of accentuate the lack of lashes because they just look like spiky strings just hanging out on your eyeball.

Does that make sense?

Also, I am going to say that this was not a waterproof mascara, yet I still had to go in and use up 4 cotton pads of Micellar water to get everything off. It did not want release itself and was holding on to my lashes for dear life.

BONUS REVIEW: I also purchased the Total Temptation Brow Definer in Soft Brown. I’m more of a brow pomade kind of girl as my brows don’t just need to be filled, but practically colored in, and I found the formula to be creamy and long lasting. I still prefer the pomade because it helps to keep my brows in place and with this pencil, I have to use a brow gel, but it works great in a pinch when I just need to create an illusion of brows before I leave the house.

Let me know if you have any other mascaras you want me to try out. I’m always on the hunt.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

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Maybelline – Python Metallic Lip Kit Review

I was perusing Amazon a few weeks back, looking for some new mascara’s to try out, and as I am scrolling, happily adding stuff to my cart that eventually will sit there for a few days until it gets downgraded to Saved for Later and then eventually Removed (we all do that, right?), I come across this Maybelline Python Metallic Lip Kit. I stop scrolling as I have never heard of this product and my first thought is that it must be something either that has not yet hit the drugstore shelves or maybe is an older product.

There are 6 color combinations to choose from, ranging from pinky nude to an edgy blue. Seeing as I am a red lip kind of girl, I begin eyeing the color Passionate and, of course, add it to my cart. Low and behold, it passes muster and I actually end up purchasing it.

I don’t know what I was expecting, but when it arrived 2 days later, I was immediately disappointed for the following reasons:

  1. It’s freaking tiny! The kit is about the size of a single eyeshadow compact, and contains .06 oz of lip color and .04 oz of metallic powder (More on that later).
  2. It came broken! The metallic powder crumbled and when I opened the Amazon box, it was all over the place. The good news is that I was able to press some of it back, but still, that’s a bummer. Amazon did give me a full refund for it AND I didn’t have to return it, which was freaking AWESOME!!

So, based on the above, I am going to preface the rest of this post by saying that the best thing about this product is that I basically got it for free. As I mentioned above, the kit is tiny. I initially paid $9.99 for this and I truly don’t know if it’s worth the price. Mostly, because I am little confused on what it’s true purpose is, but also because the products execution is kind of crappy.

The lip color, although very pigmented, actually feels more like a balm when you put it on, which I don’t have any general  objections to, but I was expecting something slightly creamier. It doesn’t necessarily glide on effortlessly.

The metallic powder actually feels mousse-like, so when I was pressing the product back in it actually melded quite nicely into place. When you apply it on top of the balm and rub your lips together, it does have a powdery feel to it. The problem with the metallic powder is that it takes quite a bit of product to make your lips shimmer. I feel like you will go through it quite faster than the balm, which really does not require a lot of product to show up.

I actually really like the balm. I like to go into it with a light hand and it gives me a nice wash of lip color that looks like you have naturally berry tinted lips. Since it is a balm and not a lip tint, the downside is that it’s not a very lasting look, which means you have to reapply throughout the day. Which leads me to my CHIEF complaint, the fact that the easiest and least troublesome method of applying this for me is with my fingers and that SUCKS BALLS because then you have to constantly carry around makeup wipes to remove the product from your hands. You could technically apply it with a lip brush, but I just don’t want to.

I mean, I’m a mom. A HOT MESS MOM to be exact. I carry so much crap with me already, I really don’t want to carry something else that is going to get lost at the bottom of my purse and I’ll pick it out like 3 months later when I am looking for a receipt or something.

(Reaches for glass of wine to calm down)

The metallic powder is quite forgettable, in my opinion. I don’t like the powdery feel on my lips and I really don’t think it’s revolutionary in any way. If I was going to go for a metallic lip, I would prefer to use  Tattoo Junkee’s Metallic Lip Paint because the formula is already metallic, long-lasting and virtually transfer proof. In addition, it comes with a small pot of glitter to make it pop even more if you want, although I don’t find it to be necessary.

So am I missing something here, friends? Did anyone else try this and not end up as confused as to what they hell it’s supposed to be? Why the heck is it even called Python? Am I even using this product correctly? If so, please enlighten me in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

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Maybelline City Chic Mini Palette – Smokey Eye Look

Anyone out there a little hesitant to work with dark colors?

(Raises hand sheepishly)

I’m going to admit that I tend to stay away from dark colors. You see, I’m not a make up artist and I believe it takes a certain amount of talent and hand eye coordination Wait! Scratch that. It’s not like we are playing volleyball. Or are we? Regardless, I possess neither to create a good smokey eye. Every time I attempt to create a dark eye it ends looking really muddy and kind of like I just didn’t get a good nights sleep.

That doesn’t mean I don’t like to try, so when I saw that the Maybelline City Mini palettes were on sale this week at Target for $7.99, I decided to give these puppies a try. I could have opted for a warm neutral one, but I was feeling adventurous! So when I saw this tiny palette with rich blue, purple and silver shades, I was like “Why not?”

I am going to admit that I decided to give this palette a whirl on a really random Wednesday when I had nothing planned and wasn’t actually leaving the house just so I wouldn’t have to commit to this look when I actually had to socialize with people, but don’t hold that against me. I’m working on my confidence.

I decided to start with the taupe-y color in the middle and apply that on the crease and just a little above. After blending that in, I dipped into that royal purple shade and added that to the crease and the outer V. It’s not particularly dark upon application, but it is buildable. My one concern was that after building it, the purple looked more black than purple.

I then picked up the silver glittery shade and tapped that onto the center of the lid with my finger and worked it to the inner corner. It was lovely and vibrant, but Holy Fallout, Batman! I looked like I cried glitter! It’s ok, nothing that a little swipe (or two) of a powder brush couldn’t fix.

I did decide that the outer V needed just a tad bit of definition, so I got a pencil brush and applied a bit of the black shade and blended it up to get a slight cat eye. I then dipped into the blue and smoked the lower lash and then with the same pencil brush I used with the black, deepened the outer lower lash a bit and dragged that up a bit to connect help shape the “ cat eye” a bit.

Overall I was pleased with my work and I didn’t look like Edward Scissorhands!

Score!!

Also, what do you guys think of my natural hair? Trying to learn to love my curls, but there is an insane amount of mousse up in that birds nest to tame the frizz.

Thank goodness we have been having cooler days and humidity has been low. I need all the help from Mother Nature I can get.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza