Review: Benefit Roller Lash Mascara



I was so over the moon excited to try this mascara when I saw it launching because its every stick straight lash girls dream to have a mascara that will miraculously lift your lashes AND hold a curl all on its own. It sounded too good to be true so I did go in trying this mascara with skepticism.

What the mascara claims to do… ” It’s a roller for lashes! The eye-opening Hook ‘n’ Roll brush grabs, separates, lifts and curls.. while the instant curve setting formula holds for 12 hours.”


Packaging- Super cute with the retro hair roller concept. The brush handle has that rubbery grip so it feels really nice when you’re holding it.


Brush – This is a plastic brush that is on the smaller and slimer side. To give you an idea, it is about 1/8 of an inch shorter than the They’re Real brush. It has sharp plastic bristles that grabs on to your lashes. The application from the brush is easy and even without requiring much work.

Formulation- I would say this falls right in the middle. Not dry not wet. Your lashes are not left really hard and crispy like some mascaras do so the finish is a lot more softer. It doesn’t flake off throughout the day but it does smudge on me after a couple short hours unfortunately.

For me… the only thing it does is separates. Which doesn’t impress me that much because there are very few that doesn’t do that. Its kind of how a mascara works.. yeah…

1. It doesn’t lift my lashes
2. I curled my lashes before hand and it doesn’t hold my curls.

These two points I’m not too surprised of because there are VERY VERY few mascara that actually does that for me and I can name them on the top of my head. It is VERY hard for me to be impressed by a mascara. The following points are kind of disappointing though

3. It did not hold for 12 hours. Halfway through the day my lashes felt very limp
4. The mascara started smearing on me after hour 3 or 4? Boo!

Natural Lashes



Curled with mascara

It would’ve been amazing if this worked for me but at the same time I wasn’t expecting much because it sounded too good to be true. I haven’t had much luck with Benefits Mascaras but it might just be me because there are so many others that love it.

If you have tried this mascara what are your thoughts?

Until next time,
❤ Jess

Review: They’re Real Push Up-Liner


Hello Lovelies!

I introduce to you the latest craze and stir up in the makeup world, Benefit’s Gel Liner Pen. This isn’t just your ordinary Gel Liner, the Silicon Flexible Tip is what makes this product a standout from the rest. It’s nothing like you’ve seen before in an eyeliner pen which is why this Pen comes with an instructions manual! How many beauty products have you tried that requires an instruction manual?!


They’re Real Push-Up Liner

One thing I really do like about Benefit’s Deluxe Samples is that it is literally the actual product in Miniature form so you are really able to get a feel for how the product actually performs. I’m not going to explain how to use the pen because you can take a look for yourself in the picture below.


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Package: Very nice sturdy and nice packaging. The cap is a twist off cap so it ensures that you screw the cap on tightly preventing the product from drying out. The tip is a soft silicone so it can be easily wiped and cleaned.


IMG_0091IMG_0119Formulation/Performance : This is actually pretty dry but not too dry to the point where it dries quickly enabling you to work with the product. I haven’t experienced any smearing, smudging, flaking, or wear off throughout a 12 hour day aside from a little bit of transfer to my upper eyelid because sometimes my eyelid gets hooded. That’s still pretty amazing if you ask me.



Usability: When you twist for the product to come out the product comes out like how play-doh comes out when you push it through a shaper. If you twist too much product out then it will just break off and sit on your eyelid until you manipulate it so don’t twist up too much at a time! It was hard to use the first time because it takes some playing around and getting use to for me to actually get a grasp on how this new tool works.

Final Verdict: This is a really cool concept and convenient for those that love gel liners. It definitely is a totally different application technique unlike any others in the market right now. The color and finish of this is what I like in eyeliners which is super black and matte. I think this is going to be one of those love or hate products because if you have the patience and the ability to master this new application process then you would probably really love it compared to the brush dipping into the product then apply. If not, then you might just give up before you even give it a proper try. I can’t say that I’m in LOVE with this product and that I recommend every single one of you to run out and get this. This would be one of those product that I would include in my On-the-go makeup bag because it is gel liner without the fuss. If you’re looking around for a new gel liner then definitely give this one a try, if not then you can hold off until a Sephora friends and family sale.

Until Next Time,
❤ Jessica

June Empties: Hair and Makeup


Hello Lovelies,

Welcome back to part 2 of my empties post.

I am going to start off with makeup first because the hair stuff you’ve seen in recent post already so its really nothing new.



Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner+Serum – $10.95

Need I say more? Theres 2 of these in the trash bin right now and if that doesn’t say that I freaking love this stuff then I don’t know what does. Long lasting, smear free, easy application, great price point, very pigmented, and just overall a HG product. I will repurchase this.



Model Co Fibre LashXtend Extreme Black Lengthing Mascara – $??

I got this in my birchbox awhile ago and this mascara just does absolutely nothing for me. It didn’t lengthen or volumize much. I like it when a mascara is on the drier side but this was just way too dry. I’m not sure if I got a bad tube but I couldn’t use this anymore after like a month after the first initial use. I would not recommend this product.



Benefit They’re Real Mascara – $23.00

Don’t you just hate it when an overhyped cult favorite product just doesn’t work for you? Well, I was really excited to try this mascara because sooo many people loved it and said it was such a great product but unfortunately my stubborn asian lashes didn’t like it. If it doesn’t hold my curl very well I can look past because I have accepted the fact that it’s very hard for me to find a mascara that will actually hold my curl well. So it did lengthen and separate my lashes like it claims but it didn’t volumize, lift, or curl my lashes. It started to smudge a little after the 6 hour mark but that acceptable. Overall, this is not the mascara for me so I would not be repurchasing this.


So for the next 3 products I’m not going to say much because I have mentioned these in past post before. I will be providing the link to a more in depth review if you’re interested.


Batiste Dry Shampoo Floral and Flirty Blush – $7.99 ($5.99 in TJ Max)

Loves it and will be repurchasing (In depth review)



L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm – $5.99

Will not be repurchasing (In depth Review)



Macadamia Deep Repair Masque – $25.99

Will be repurchasing (in depth Review)

Don’t you agree that it’s one of the most rewarding feelings when you finally finish a product? You finally stuck it through to the end and now you can venture into the next new item. Although its a bittersweet moment when we have to say our farewells to some beloved products but we know that we will come together again one day when the repurchase has been made.

Until next time…

❤ Jessica



Summer Trip – Skin Care / Body Care

Part 2 of my summer trip series!

Since we have covered the Makeup department, lets move over to the skin care. When traveling you want to bring products that would work with your skin. I mean, whats worse then to have a major skin breakout during your holiday right? So trying new products out during a trip is never a good idea. Well.. I pack products that I know would work, BUT I also pack samples that I haven’t had the chance to try yet. I sound super hypocritical right now I know. When traveling, I find it so tempting and convenient to bring all those samples thats just sitting in your drawer. I mean why not? Their light and disposable after use.

SELF RESTRAINT! Find a balance. For the basics such as face wash, toner and moisturizer I would bring my usual products. I would go through my samples and see what additional things I want to try and bring those along as well. Even if your skin starts acting up after first use, you can instantly return to your trusted products.

ImageSkin care – Regular Products:

Dior Hydra Life Eye Cream

BioDerma (in the clear bottle)

Clean&Clear Acetone (shiseido bottle)

King Olive Acne Serum (Green Roller Ball)

Queene Helene Mint Julep mask & Dior Hydra Life Moisturizer (in the contact case)

Skin care – Samples to try:

L’Oreal Youth Code Dark Spot Correcting Serum

Miracle Skin Body 20

Holika Holika Water March Moisture Full Cream

Sircuit Skin Molecular Mist


SKIN CARE – Samples To Try: 

Origins Checks and Balances – foams up really nicely and feels all velvety on the skin. Can’t say if I really like it since I haven’t used it enough. Doesn’t break me out though so thats a plus!

Benefit Refined Finish Face Polish

Benefit Foamingly Clean Facial Wash – Its actually very very similar to the Origins Checks and Balance. Same texture when dispensed and same texture after lathering it up.

ImageHAIR CARE – Normally for hair and body care, I just load up on the samples. My skin and hair is rarely sensitive to new products so I am able to gorge myself in these sample heaven!

Lush Seanik Shampoo Bar – Love taking my shampoo bar for travel. Less liquids to bring! Cleanses well but it does take a couple use to get the hang of it since it does take some skills to get it up to the lather I want. You do have to bring some conditioner because since this is a clarifying shampoo your hair will need to be reconditioned which is why I bring a bunch of conditioning samples with me.

John Frieda Collection Root Awakening

Her Styler Vitamine E Hair Serum

Etude House Silk Scarf – This was mehh. Nothing too impressive.

Kerastase Reflection Chroma Riche Hair Mask – This was really nice. Used this after spending the whole day at the beach in the ocean and it just turned my hair from a knotted mess to silky smooth.

CHI Silk Infusion (in the Creative sensation bottle for travel use)

Dove Go Fresh Raspberry and Lime – Not really a hair care product but this was my shower gel sample that I got in HK last summer. It smells DELICIOUS! i wish they have this scent in the states.


BODY CARE: Other than my face sunblock, I can bring whatever I want. My biggest fear is putting regular sunblock on my face and having it clog my pores and cause breakouts.

Banana Boat Sunscreen SPF30 – I actually ended up not using this. This was just more for backup purposes because I much prefer the spray on kind that my friend brought. If you’re going to be out in the sun the whole day, opt for SPF 50+ and reapply throughout the day. Don’t want to be burnt like a tomato now do we?

Nivea Express HydrationKind of small for a lotion to bring, but theres actually quite a lot of product in there thats good for probably 3 full body uses. I don’t use it on my whole body so there was more than enough for the trip.

Shiseido Urban Environment Sunblock SPF35Surprise Surprise that this is the sunblock I would bring for my face. This is probably the only sunblock I would use on my face.

Aloe Vera Soothing Gel If you’re going to be in the sun the whole day, another thing that you must get is some type of after sun lotion that can help cool and soothe your skin. Aloe Vera is probably your best option. It feels soooo nice on the skin. It soothes and moisturizes. Great on sensitive skin types so you don’t have to worry about it irritating your skin. You will regret it if you don’t bring it.

Etude House Aloe Moistful An aloe vera for your face since I’m paranoid with using body products on the face. I just feel that products that is meant for your body is not as gentle as the ones that are meant for your face.

Bamboo UV+ Color CareA UV protection spray for your hair. Sounds perfect for being outdoors but I forgot to use it.

Episencial Soothing Cream


Everything gets placed in this little pouch. Its not that little but it sure fits a heck of a lot of products in it. One of my old roommates just came into my room and gave it to me one day. It might not be the cutest but it sure is useful. I love it! I’ve seen similar ones at TJ Maxx.


Skin care and body care are separated. Some products that I’m scare will leak or bust open is placed in the Forever 21 baggie.

ImageFolds nicely in half. Not too big not too small but fits an insane amount of stuff.