I’m a dedicated Shu Uemura lash curler girl, and when mine went missing a few years back, I seriously lost my sh*t! Like, I had a full-on ballistic meltdown.
But I’m also a curious kitty who likes to meow new thangs.
This one is designed, first and foremost, for deep-set eyes (which I don’t really have) and incorporates advanced Cyberdyne Systems-like technology, like an “extreme curved band shape” for dramatic lash curls. It’s also extra large and has a long handle to help you get as close as mathematically possible to your lash lines…
Or something like that. More importantly, it comes in three colors (of course my favorite one is the one with the hot pink band), and each one includes two spare replacement pads.
“But does it work!?” she cried, clenching her fists by her sides and stomping her feet in a fresh storm puddle.
Yeah…it actually does, but it takes a little getting used to. It’s quite large, and I kept pinching my lashes on my first few tries, which could be partly due to muscle memory, since I’ve spent 10 years using Shu’s curler.
This curler nicely lifts my lashes, though — especially the ones on the ends that are inherently harder to curl — and the effect is pretty dramatic and defined. It’s a good starting point for mascara.
I’m still hooked on Shu’s curler and don’t see myself ever giving it up, but the Sephora Collection Show Curl XL is a worthy contender. It might also be the cat’s meow if you have deep-set eyes.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B/B+
HOW SCARY IS THIS CONTRAPTION?
The first time I ran the comb through my lashes, I thought of that chant from the end of A Christmas Story. “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”
Thankfully, I have not, yet.
Not as of 2:56 p.m. on February 9, 2015.
Um…so this one’s truly innovative. It’s a lash comb, but the teeth are arranged vertically, so instead of holding the handle parallel to your lash line, you hold it perpendicular.
I think it’s about a million times easier to use than conventional lash combs, like, I don’t have to hold it at weird angles. I just hold the brush above my lashes, and brush down a few times.
It’s way more intuitive and, I guess, ergonomic than old-fashioned lash combs. Definitely easier to manipulate and hold, and it separates lashes well.
Added bonus? The comb folds in half for travel-friendly convenience.
Bravo, Sephora! 🙂
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+
I’m not a hardcore contouring fan all the time, but I’ll go there on occasion.
After I got beyond the intimidation factor from this synthetic brush’s curved head, I realized that using it is, in fact, intuitive.
It fits snugly under my cheekbones and reaches right where I like to place contouring products — in this case, probably creams, as they play well with synthetic fibers — around the edges of my forehead.
I’ve started using it with the new cream BECCA Lowlight/Highlight Perfecting Palette, and I like the way it carves out my cheekbones.
The only thing is…its shape makes it a little challenging to evenly load with cream products that come in flat pans (read: most of them). I end up pressing the brush head into the pan and wiggling it side to side. Then I gently massage the brush head in the palm of my hand to saturate the soft, dense bristles.
Incidentally, I bet this will also be a good brush for applying and/or blending foundation.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B/B+
The lemming list…
On the one hand, I desperately want to tell you about the Nordstrom Instagram feed, but on the other, I’m afraid what could happen if I do.
Your lemming list could increase 10 fold! Gah!
I can’t stop thinking about this Mixed Print Fit and Flare Dress by Taylor Dresses ($148).
I love those stripes with that floral pattern. Plus, the colors! Super pretty.
It’s nowhere near warm enough to wear it yet, but oh! Soon…
Right now it’s patiently sitting in my cart, waiting for me to pull the trigger.
Also, these Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Pumps haunt my dreams…
No, really. I’ve actually dreamt about these shoes, and that’s where they’ll remain — in my dreams — BECAUSE THEY ARE $995.
If I were making it rain on a daily basis, hells yeah, I’d find a way to get these out of my dreams, and into my car (Billy Ocean ref!), but that is not the case, so for now, I must lust.
The Nordie’s feed also features yummy pictures of food from their cafes and restaurants, as well as men’s stuff, if you’re ever looking for gifts for the dudes in yo’ life.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,