My Reviews of Your Reviews

I love it when I do a product review on this blog because I get the most wonderful comments. I find out different ways to use the product, places to get it cheaper, and I also get suggestions for other products based upon what I wrote.

In my last post about beauty products, the comments were amazing and I got so many ideas on what to purchase when my current stash ran out.

I was currently switching between DiorShowir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B001GMANIK and Maybelline Falsiesir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B003I6O5RC for my mascara. I didn’t like Falsiesir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B003I6O5RC (very wet, didn’t hold curl, smudged easily) but wanted to use it up; I was keeping my beloved DiorShowir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B001GMANIK for special occasions. Reader Jil had a suggestion:

Hyperlash Mascara by Smashboxir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B0037MOQ3A!!! Finally, a mascara that lasts all day, doesn't flake, doesn't rub off, doesn't irritate my contact-wearing eyes, makes my eyelashes look like they go on for days, water-resistant but not water-proof, doesn't clump when you use the brush/comb it comes with. I love this mascara. It's pricier than the pharmacy but lasts forever and is WELL worth it.


Allie, maybe you should try it. Just about the same price as your Dior (a little less), but doesn't dry out and lasts forever.

When my DiorShowir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B001GMANIK ran out, I decided to get a tube of Smashbox Hyperlashir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B0037MOQ3A. I didn’t open it for the lonest time, trying to get my money’s worth from Maybelline Falsiesir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B003I6O5RC. I finally gave up on that and opened up the Hyperlash.

I really like it. It has a very stiff short brush – more like a round comb than a brush. It makes it really easy to get to the roots and separate your lashes. They always say to wriggle your brush as you paint your lashes but it’s often hard to see if you’re doing it with big fat caterpillar brushes; it’s easy to do it without a mess with the Hyperlashir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B0037MOQ3A brush.

 

The color stays all day, I don’t get raccoon eyes by 5pm. No flaking into my eyes, no irritation. It doesn’t give me drag queen lashes, but it’s a great choice for day and doesn’t get grody when I layer. I don’t know if it can replace DiorShow’sir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B001GMANIK place in my heart, but it’s by far one of the best mascaras I have ever tried!
Thanks Jil!
April D had a TON of great product suggestions, some that I too love and others I had never heard of. One really piqued my interest:

Highlighter: TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizerir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B002FXJEKW. I put this on the inner corners of my eyes, on top of my cheek bones, and in the bow of my upper lip. A makeup artist asked me how I got my skin to “glow,” and this, blended in with some Bare Minerals Clear Radiance, is my trick.

As I get older, I see how my skin has lost its dewy glow. I have tried a ton of highlighters over the years – some hardly make an impact, some make me look like a disco ball. I was currently using a matte ivory in the corners of my eyes and wanted something that looked a bit more dewy; I also was looking for something that was easy, could be used in many ways, but still look realistic for the workplace. TheBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer ir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B002FXJEKWsounded like a good choice.

 

thebalm mary
Love love LOVE this stuff! The packaging reminded me of Benefit with it’s witty cartoon and message, however I was terrified when I opened the compact and saw a very shimmery, shiny gold creamy powder.

All fear disappeared when I actually tried this productir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B002FXJEKW. I adored the creamy yet powdery finish – it blended great into my skin without getting weird in my fine lines. I have literally worn this product every day since purchase. I put it in the inner corners of my eyes, my brow bones, on my cheekbones, and the bow of my upper lip. It really doesn’t look as though I am wearing anything, just that my skin looks happier.

I found I cold control the amount of shimmer – a light touch was perfect for weekends, a bit more for work, another layer for a night out. On weekends I will wear TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizerir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B002FXJEKW, concealer, mascara and tinted lip balm and feel finished. For work days I put Manizerir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B002FXJEKW on after concealer but before foundation so it gives a glow without being too intense. I have even mixed some with my lip gloss for a shimmery evening look.

Thanks April!

Because of you readers, I have learned about so many beauty products, clothing companies like Boden and CAbi, and even Sofft shoes – the only shoes I found to be comfortable and cute in my last trimester and right after having Emerson. Thank you, and keep those suggestions coming!

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8 Comments

  1. April D
    August 9, 2011 / 11:21 pm

    What Jil said about the teenager thing. 🙂

  2. March 24, 2011 / 6:27 pm

    OK time to feel like a teenager again for a second. AHHH SHE MENTIONED ME!! Ok enough of that. I’m glad you like it. I have shared that one with everyone I know. I love the brush too! So different. I have to say I love your reviews, not only are they honest and straight forward, but they introduce me to new stuff all the time.

  3. March 24, 2011 / 6:27 pm

    I am a Dior Show addict too! Last time I went to buy one the SA talked me into trying the new version – silver tube something like extise?? Anyway the brush was so stubby it smudged all over and I ended up having to take out the brush from my old tube (which didnt fit enough to close it) but I didnt want to waste all that money. So I have now gone dutifully back to the original! I do get the Show Blackout in Waterproof when I need it for holidays etc which is good too.
    A highlighter I like is Benefit Highbeem sounds similar to the one you got, they are just lovely for dewy skin. x

  4. March 22, 2011 / 4:07 am

    I was very impressed with the SKII Facial Treatment Essence (http://www.geocities.jp/hongkong_skii/index_e.htm), enough so that I have continued to use the product daily as part of my skin care routine after the test period. It’s a luxury purchase to be sure, but this is one of the best products that can really make a significant difference in your skin, and so worth every penny.

    I applied the treatment each morning and evening after cleansing my skin and before moisturizer/primer and then makeup. Within just a few days I could see that my skin was much more supple and smooth – particularly in the t-zone. After about two weeks, I loved the beautiful glow my skin had – even without makeup.

  5. March 22, 2011 / 2:19 am

    OK time to feel like a teenager again for a second. AHHH SHE MENTIONED ME!! Ok enough of that. I’m glad you like it. I have shared that one with everyone I know. I love the brush too! So different. I have to say I love your reviews, not only are they honest and straight forward, but they introduce me to new stuff all the time.

  6. March 21, 2011 / 11:50 pm

    Gosh I used to love Dior Show. I’m strictly loyal to Covergirl Last Blast now. I love the brush!

  7. March 21, 2011 / 10:13 pm

    I am a Dior Show addict too! Last time I went to buy one the SA talked me into trying the new version – silver tube something like extise?? Anyway the brush was so stubby it smudged all over and I ended up having to take out the brush from my old tube (which didnt fit enough to close it) but I didnt want to waste all that money. So I have now gone dutifully back to the original! I do get the Show Blackout in Waterproof when I need it for holidays etc which is good too.
    A highlighter I like is Benefit Highbeem sounds similar to the one you got, they are just lovely for dewy skin. x

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