Category: Eyes

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: Now Waterproof!

Published in: Eyes, Guest Post, Makeup, Product Reviews, Too Faced

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Remember when Too Faced made a mascara that was “better than sex?” Well, this one is even better than that one because it’s waterproof!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara ($23) works magic in every department now — volume, length, and (now) curl.

Feeling upgraded in every way, it’s packaged in a heavy metal tube with a water-fleck texture like the one I fell in love with from the MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection (2014).

Waterproof mascara isn’t for everyone, though. For some, it means blinking away black flakes, dry crunchy lashes, and even losing a few eyelashes trying to take it off, but I think this is one of the better waterproof mascaras I’ve used, and it’s worth a try if you’re looking for a new one. This one’s now my favorite mascara for special occasions.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof

Better lashes, here I come!

too faced better than sex waterproof

too faced better than sex waterproof

Closeup of the “Better Than Sex” wand…

too faced better than sex waterproof

too faced better than sex waterproof

Bam!

So, the wand on this mascara is ridiculously huge, and my first few tries with it were super messy. I’m not sure if the wand has to be THIS big, because sometimes the product can collect into clumps on the brush.

But since I love the way it makes my lashes look, I can overlook a few messy applications. The jet-black formula really sticks to my lashes, but instead of weighing them down like the original Better Than Sex Mascara does, this one holds them in place.

Multiple layers are also possible because of the slow-drying formula.

Now, even though your waterproof lashes look amazing, what do you do with them at the end of the day?

Removing waterproof mascara

You grab Too Faced Mascara Melt Off ($17), which you swipe right onto your lashes, and the oil-infused formula conditions and literally “melts off” waterproof mascaras.

Too Faced Mascara Meltdown

Too Faced Mascara Meltdown

Too Faced Mascara Meltdown

Too Faced Mascara Melt Off applicator

The main reason I don’t wear waterproof mascara more often is because cleanup is so difficult, and even though I always use a separate waterproof eye remover, this mascara still doesn’t budge easily.

But Mascara Melt Off works great and takes less effort. I just let it sit on my lashes for a full minute before wiping off the oil and the rest of my eye makeup with a warm makeup wipe (I warm the makeup wipe by running it under hot water).

These products were made for each other, and Mascara Melt Off really works.

See you in the next!

Anna


Anna Oh


Anna is an illustrator and designer from Atlanta, GA. Her work focuses on fashion, beauty, and awesome women. A former tomboy, Anna now happily embraces all things pink, glittery, and floral scented. You can see her illustration work at www.helloannaoh.com and on Instagram.

These MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter Pens Should Really Be Called PERK+Prime! Miracle Workers

Published in: Eyes, Face, Guest Post, MAC Makeup, Makeup, Product Reviews

MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter Pens

Ta-da! Using the MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter pens ($26 each) to “pep up” my under-eyes

I’m guessing that by now you’re all getting tired of hearing me bang on about how tired I am.

But really, it’s a vicious cycle. I recently read a meme on Facebook (don’t judge me) while scrolling through my feed during the wee hours of sleeplessness with a fussy baby that read, “Parenting is the constant battle between going to bed to catch up on some sleep or staying awake to finally get some alone time.”

L-O-L, is that ever true!

Hopefully for this tired mama, MAC’s new $26 Prep+Prime Highlighter click pens can help. They’re supposed to “effectively [bring] a soft, sheer wash of colour to skin.”

But first, can we briefly pause to appreciate the shimmering — dare I say sexy? — packaging? I’m in love with these boxes and tubes…

MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters

The MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters in all their glittery packaged glory!

MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters

Out of focus (on purpose) because I love the tiny shimmers in the packaging!

Available in nine shades (including two correctors in peach and rose) to suit a wide range of skin tones, the Prep+Prime Highlighters are MAC’s answer to YSL’s eponymous Touche Eclat Stylo. Creamy and easy to apply thanks to the gentle brush head from which the product is dispensed, these highlighters do dry down quickly and oxidize slightly to a somewhat deeper tone than I’d expect based on the swatches.

Although the two shades on the right are just too deep for my complexion, any of the first three on the left would suit my skin tone, depending on what I want and need. The one called Light, for instance, is a classic highlighting concealer, while Medium would be better suited to cancel out the blue tones under my eyes.

MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters

MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters (L-R): Light, Medium, Medium Plus, Dark, Dark Deep

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These MAC Soft Serve Shadows Are Sooo My Cup of…Ice Cream!

Published in: Eyes, Guest Post, MAC Makeup, Makeup, Product Reviews

mac soft serve shadows

Wearing the MAC Soft Serve Shadows in Big Bad Blue and Put Me To Shame ($22 each, available online starting May 26, 2016; in stores June 2 through July 14)

Seriously, sparkly cream eyeshadows are my go-to shadows most mornings (if I’m wearing eyeshadow at all), and I LOVE this cushiony cream-to-powder formula. I am 100% completely onboard with these creamy new MAC Soft Serve Shadows. There are 11 of them in the new Soft Serve collection with lots of pretty shimmer!

I think you’ll love these if you also like the Dior Fusion Mono or Chanel Illusion D’Ombre cream eyeshadows because the formulas are very similar. I like applying them with my fingers because they’re easy to build up and blend, but once they set, they stay put.

Basically, these are my dream eyeshadows.

mac soft serve shadows

Aren’t these colors delicious?

The 11 shades

  • Bounce Around (Light, cool taupey silver)
  • Cushy Life (Light warm golden beige)
  • Best Make Up (Light golden highlighter)
  • Plead Gilty (Vibrant sparkling gold)
  • Quite Yummy! (Light pink)
  • So So Saucy (Mid-tone peach)
  • Put Me to Shame (Mid-tone dirty taupe)
  • Softened Up (Mid-tone warm brown)
  • Girls, Girls! (Soft pastel purple)
  • Big Bad Blue (Soft pastel blue)
  • Jealous Girl (Mint green)
mac soft serve shadows

I’ve been into keeping my favorite makeup on display lately. Anyone else into that?

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Would You Rock Pastel Brows? Introducing the MAC Soft Serve Collection Dare Hue! Brow Pencils

Published in: Eyes, Guest Post, MAC Makeup, Makeup, Product Reviews

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Introducing the new MAC Soft Serve Eyebrow Pencils!

Well…this collection is definitely outside my comfort zone. The first time I saw the new Dare Hue! Brow Pencils from the MAC Soft Serve collection ($16.50 each, available online May 26, 2016; in stores June 2 through July 14), I kept asking myself, “Are these definitely brow pencils? Because maybe these are really supposed to be eyeliners.” But, no, these are definitely brow pencils.

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The six limited edition MAC Dare Hue! Brow Pencils, part of the new MAC Soft Serve collection

These six pastel-hued eyebrow pencils are pretty impossible for me to pull off with my coloring, but I gotta hand it to MAC for totally stepping outside the box. This is the kind of crazy-unique product that I expect from MAC, and I think it’s cool that the brand is still staying true to its non-traditional roots!

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Swatches of the MAC Soft Serve Brow Pencils (top to bottom) in Frisky Fresh, Violet Infused, Pink Confetti, Blonde Not Bland, Clearly Groomed and What A Highlight.

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Rouge Bunny Rouge Masters of Texture: A Cosmetics Collection Befitting an Old World Fairy Tale

Published in: Eyes, Face, Face of the Day (FOTD), Guest Post, Lips, Rouge Bunny Rouge

Rouge Bunny Rouge Masters of Texture Collection

Wearing Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Garden Eyeshadow Palette in 086 Antigo, Loves Lights Highlighting Powder in 066 Goddess, Alchemy Long Lasting Brow Liner in 088 Antimony and Dazzling Siip Tinted Luxe Balm in 091 Pinch of Nude

Ever encounter a cosmetic brand that’s so fabulous, so excitingly enshrouded in mystery that it almost feels magical to get your hands on a few products? For me, Rouge Bunny Rouge has always been that brand.

Perhaps it’s the whimsical product names, the slight difficulty in procuring their products (I’m not certain there are counters stateside, for instance) and the dreamy colors. I almost always feel like birds should be sweeping the kitchen and braiding my hair while I apply Rouge Bunny Rouge cosmetics.

Rouge Bunny Rouge is quintessentially British — a vision of intellectual beauty, a uniquely Neo-Victorian style … [the brand is] also renowned for its fantastic world of storytelling. Elements of magic, whimsy and mystery are playfully reflected in the names of [the] products.” — Rouge Bunny Rouge

Very early on in my blogging days at Getting Cheeky (and you can tell just how early on by the photography), I managed to get my hands on the stunning shadow in Abyssinian Catbird, and the love affair began. So it was with the excitement of a love-struck fairy-tale heroine that I started playing with the Rouge Bunny Rouge Masters of Texture Makeup Collection.

Please allow for a brief pause while this makeup and classic literature lover swoons…

Rouge Bunny Rouge Masters of Texture Collection

Rouge Bunny Rouge Masters of Texture Collection, straight out of the pages of a fairy tale!

I can think of no more exquisitely packaged powders than those offered by Rouge Bunny Rouge. Housed in substantial and sleek black external packaging reminiscent of Victorian hat boxes, removal of the lid reveals a weighty black compact and sweet “RBR” monogrammed powder puff.

*swoon*

Rouge Bunny Rouge’s Loves Lights Highlighting Powder ($48) is not your average trend-driven illuminator. Finely milled to the point of feeling like a cloud, these beauties create a diaphanous, rather than overt, glow.

The brand describes the formulation of the powder as being composed of “spherical powders” which “[produce] an unusual perfecting powder with smoothing properties.” While it pained me to swatch away the ephemeral dandelion pattern on the surface of the powder, the result was well worth the temporary torture. I could verily paint myself from head to toe in 066 Goddess (an opalescent pale pink), and 067 Sweet to Touch (a gold spiked amber) pairs well with blushes of a plum hue on my complexion.

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As for the Raw Garden Shadow Palette ($55) in 086 Antigo, it’s a work of art. I’ve tried many matte shadows in my time as a beauty lover, and while I have my favorites, it’s not often that I’m this impressed… To be honest, I don’t even remember the last time I audibly said “oooh!” while swatching, but Antigo accomplished just that.

Comprised of a faintly luminous golden pearl, a pink toned mink, rich deep brown and neutral coffee, this palette is as foolproof in terms of creating looks as it is indispensable. I am fully enamored of the texture and highly recommend this particular piece in the collection. Are you a neutral shadow lover? Then run, don’t walk.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Masters of Texture Collection

Rouge Bunny Rouge Masters of Texture Powders (Left to Right): Loves Lights Highlighting Powder in 066 Goddess, Raw Garden Eyeshadow Palette in 086 Antigo and Loves Lights Highlighting Powder in 067 Sweet to Touch

Rouge Bunny Rouge Masters of Texture Collection

Rouge Bunny Rouge Loves Lights Highlighting Powder in 066 Goddess

Rouge Bunny Rouge Masters of Texture Collection

Rouge Bunny Rouge Loves Lights Highlighting Powder in 067 Sweet to Touch

Rouge Bunny Rouge Masters of Texture Collection

Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Garden Eyeshadow Palette in 086 Antigo

Rouge Bunny Rouge Masters of Texture Collection

Rouge Bunny Rouge Masters of Texture Powders (Left to Right): Loves Lights Highlighting Powder 066 Goddess, 067 Sweet to Touch, Raw Garden Eyeshadow Palette in 086 Antigo

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