Friday, August 28, 2015

NYX Cosmetics Micro Brow Pencil: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Dupe?

Ever since I discovered NYX brow products, I've been hooked.
Shown here is the micro brow pencil in black.

The pencil allows you to make thin, med, or thick strokes.
There are about 8 other shade options currently available for every hair color.
You also get a brow spoolie on the other end of the pencil for a soft look.

So here are my untamed, bushy brows. Let's make them presentable, shall we?

I'm going to start by taking the spoolie and combing through the hairs.
This makes the wild hairs that are out of place in line with your natural shape.

I like to start in the middle and trace along the natural shape.

Use light pressure when you get to the front.
You don't want to go heavy here because it can look very harsh and scary.

Use feather-like, short strokes to fill in the top arch and portion.

Don't forget to use your spoolie to soften the brows if you get heavy handed.
Taking your time is the best way to achieve the look you're going for.

If you see any bald spots, just go over that area until you are satisfied.

This part is optional but now I'm going to set my brows in place.
I love how affordable this brow gel is and how well it works.
I never have crunchy looking brows with this product. I'm in love!
I just use my finger to tap in the gel if I get too much on and...voila! Done.
It was 105 today and even in this summer heat, my brows stayed put.
I like these products equal to or even better than my brow wiz by Anastasia.

Don't forget to use your ulta coupons or points to save more $$.

NYX is doing great things for the makeup industry my friends.


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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Earth Therapeutics Precisso Beauty Blending Sponge Review

Can this possibly be an affordable dupe for the original beauty blender?

 I found this sponge at Bed Bath & Beyond for $2.99.  
It looks exactly like the beauty blender that I swear by.

Made in Korea. Non-Latex. Hypoallergenic.
This sponge is designed to apply foundation, concealer, and cream-based makeup.
It can also be used with loose powder.
When wet with lukewarm water, it expands to a larger size.

Inside the box and completely dry.

On the left, the sponge is completely dry.
On the right, the sponge has been wet and the excess water was squeezed out.
You can already see how much the sponge has expanded and it's much wider.

However, I noticed that the tip of the sponge had already begun to tear.
I was very gentle when I wet the sponge and drained the excess water out.
As you can see when I squeeze the sponge, there are a few cracks.

Before application

The sponge does feel a bit heavy and a little stiff on my skin.
I did notice that the foundation went on streaky.
Blending the product was a challenge.

After application.

My foundation looks a little uneven.
As for me, I wasn't impressed.
The quality of the sponge was terrible. One use and it was tearing apart!

Btw, I used Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.

What do you think? Have you tried this sponge?


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