gel liner

Review: They’re Real Push Up-Liner

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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?!

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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.

 

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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

Summer Picks

Since summer is in full swing, let me share with you some summer products that I have been reaching for the most and items in the general category that is a must have for the summer season.

What do I look for in products I use in the summer?

It must be light weight, smudge proof, and long lasting.

FACE: Skin79 Super BB Triple Functions -Whitening

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OK, so Summer = Tinted Moisturizer.At least thats what I think. And for me, BB Cream is pretty much a tinted moisturizer but better. (Don’t think I need to go on about what a BB cream is since you can easily google it and you’ll get TONS of information on it.)  This one that I have has higher coverage than usual tinted moisturizer. SPF25 (protects against UVB  – causes sunburn) PA ++ (protects against UVA- causes premature aging, sunspots, skin cancer) Many Asian skin care products have PA protection levels (more + the better) and the Western markets are starting to introduce it. Best to look for products with both SPF and PA protection.  The color straight out of the pump is a bit gray but after you blend it out, it matches my skin tone perfectly. (about Mac NC25-30) Given I am quite pale, so I don’t think that this will work for people who have darker skin tones. This lasts about 7-8 hours before the coverage starts fading but considering that this is a BB cream I find that to be perfectly acceptable. I can’t say that this is great at oil control though. I don’t have the most oiliest skin, but a couple hours in I do see that my face gets a bit shiny, so for my oily friends, you probably will need to use a oil control primer.

EYES: Estee Laudeer Double Wear Stay-in Place Shadow Creme
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I absolutely love cream shadows. The Estee Laudeer ones are one of my favorites. I have a couple of these andtheir all quite the same across the board. Creamy and blendable. Does not dry out as fast as the MAC Paint Pots. actually none of the ones I own has ever driedout.  I mostly use these as a primer. But for the summer, I also use these just as shadows. After blending this out, it comes out quite sheer but the color is still there. I love shimmery champagne colors and this Golden Sands is a nice eye brightening color for a natural look.

EYES: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner- Twilight Night Shimmer Ink

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Compared to the Physicians Formula Liquid Liner

Pairing with the Golden Sands, is this Bobbi Brown Gel Liner. This color isn’t jet black so its softer and more natural. I love gel liner because it creates a softer look than a liquid liner. There is no smudging, smearing, melting, or any of it with this liner. I’ve had it on for about 12 hours and it still looks the same as when it was first applied in the morning. There is a bit of shimmer and its really pretty after applied. Its not too overly glittery, its very subtle. The shimmer doesn’t fall out and make your face look like a disco ball or anything.

EYES: Majolica Majorca Lash Enamel Glamour Volume On
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BEST Mascara ever! Not a mascara that I would use everyday though. Why? Because it doesn’t budge. Isn’t that suppose to be a good thing? Well it is, until when it comes time to remove your makeup. It takes double the time to remove my eye makeup than usual if I have this on. Proving, that if your looking for a mascara that holds a curl, adds volumes, and lengthen then this is your go to mascara! I have worn it for 24 hrs before, unintentionally! And my lashes looked the same as when I first applied it. This is probably the ONLY mascara that will hold my curls and not have it droop one bit. Not even a little. Amazing (: (Majolica Majorca is the drugstore line of Shiseido.. no wonder right?)

CHEEKS: Gilly Hicks – Hydrangea

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The ultimate goal of most people during the summer is getting tanned. For those that don’t go out very much, will try and fake that tan. A blush that is a bit darker can give the illusion of tanner, more golden skin. Hydrangea has that more tanner blush color. This blush is my first and only Gilly Hicks beauty product. I remember just picking it up to try during one of their crazy sales. For those that don’t know, Gilly Hicks is the lingerie store of Abercrombie & Fitch. This isn’t super pigmented so it makes it really easy to use (meaning you won’t overdo it) Blendable and buildable .

LIPS: Maybelline – Baby Lips

We all know that sunscreen is needed whenever we go out in the sun. We all apply it on our face and body but a lot of time we forget to protect our lips. Lip balm doesnt’ just help with preventing our lips from getting chapped, but it can also protect it from the sun. Getting a sunburn on our back or arm hurts already, imagine getting your lips burned! Definitely something we don’t want. So when buying a lip balm, make sure to get one with some type of SPF. Baby Lips by Maybelline is a great one. It has SPF 20 and its inexpensive! About $3-4. They have so many different colors and “flavors”? The one that I have is the Melon Mania and oh goodness, it smells delicious! I’m not even a fruity scent girl, but this one really does make you want to slather more on. It also gives you a little bit of color payoff with a bit of glossiness to it.