I adore testing mascaras that promise long, fluttery eyelashes. I recently received a sample of Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara from Influenster and instantly fell in love with the product. This is the first mascara that I’ve tried in ages that gave me voluminous, pigmented, and fluttery eyelashes.
The packaging is sleek and sophisticated. The mascara comes in a sleek black tube that features a shiny finish. The tube bears the Marc Jacobs logo and is both lightweight and travel-friendly. I love the unique design of the mascara wand – the bristles are tightly-packed to dispense mascara onto each individual lash. This is the first mascara I’ve used where I’ve effortlessly reached the curved lashes near the corners of my eyes with ease!
I adore the formula of this mascara. It feels thick when applied to the lashes, but it does not become clumped or sticky. The mascara has a rich black pigment and it is not watery. This mascara has a unique formula – it contains the Flash Volume Complex that prevents the mascara from smudging.
I’ve worn this mascara throughout the day and it does not flake, clump, or disappear with wear. One small issue I encountered with this mascara is that the wand occasionally picks up a lot of pigment. As a result, my mascara may apply thickly but it can quickly be thinned out with a tiny amount of water.
If you are looking for a high-end mascara that packs volume, length, and pigment I would recommend Marc Jacob’s Velvet Noir Mascara! Each individual tube retails for $32 at Sephora.
I recently discovered the incredible product that is micellar water. I’ve tried both micellar waters from Marcelle and Garnier with great results! I use this product daily to remove my makeup and refresh my skin, but did you know that the cleansing product can be used in unexpected ways? Here are three other ways to use micellar water that you might not know about!
What is micellar water?
Micellar water is a cleansing product for the skin that is composed of purified water and micelles, which help pull impurities, makeup, and dirt from the skin when soaked into a cotton pad.
Unexpected Ways to Use Micellar Water
Use it as a toner
Micellar water acts as a great toner. It is a cleanser that acts similar to a toner, but it doesn’t contain the oil-stripping ingredients that are often found in toners. Micellar water can be used as a toner after you cleanse your skin and before applying the rest of your skincare products.
Use it as a makeup brush cleaner
Because micellar water removes dirt and oil on the skin, it can also do the same for makeup brushes! If you don’t have a makeup brush cleaner on hand, micellar water can replace it in a pinch. Simply switch the micellar water for where you would brush cleaner and clean your brushes as normal.
Hydrate your skin on-the-go
I regularly use micellar water if I need to refresh my skin and don’t have my trusty MAC Fix+ nearby. A small bottle of micellar water fits into purses and bags for easy transportation. The product is refreshing and works well in a pinch.
Do you use micellar water?
I’ve tried many different products and samples to maintain clear skin. Some products were ineffective, while others stopped working once my skin acclimatized to them. The products I currently use are soothing on my sensitive skin while still effective for breakouts.
1. Tarte Cosmetics Deep Dive Cleansing Gel
This brightening gel cleanser from Tarte is gentle enough to use daily to cleanse and reduce breakouts. It does not foam or leave any residue, which keeps my skin clear without clogging my pores. This cleanser is the main product I apply as part of my skin care routine.
2. GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment
I like to apply a heavy-duty cleanser once a week. GlamGlow’s Super Mud Clearing Treatment is a thicker mud mask that minimizes pores while maintaining the skin’s natural moisture. It contains active charcoal and salylic acid to lift away dirt and other skin-clogging debris. This mask refreshes my skin and decreases any blemishes I may have.
3. Clarins SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask
One skincare product I don’t use diligently is a moisturizer. On days when my skin is dry and just needs extra moisture, I apply this hydration mask from Clarins. It is a cooling, cream-gel mask that delivers hydration. While it does not cleanse or brighten my skin, it effectively hydrates and refreshes my skin. If my skin appears drier or dull this mask is the perfect product to introduce more moisture into my skin.
What skin care products are you currently using? let me know in the comments below!
One of my skin care resolutions for this year is to consistently apply moisturizer. I received a sample of Tatcha’s Water Cream Moisturizer and was eager to try it on my dry winter skin.
What is it?
This moisturizer is an oil-free water cream. It releases skin-improving Japanese nutrients and botanicals for a hydrated complexion.
The product comes in a gorgeous pale-blue container. It features the Tatcha logo in luxurious gold-writing. A gold-coloured bow sits atop the cover.
It is a lightweight, creamy moisturizer. When applied to the skin, the product dries quickly without leaving a residue. The moisturizer smells faintly of Jasmine and fresh roses.
How to use it
Gently massage the cream into the skin on your face and neck.
Tatcha’s The Water Cream is a soothing, creamy moisturizer. It retails for $82 at Sephora.
Even if you weren’t born with long, voluminous lashes, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get them with a few easy tricks. I love experimenting with new tips and ideas to apply mascara to lengthen and enhance my natural lashes. Here are my top tips to enhance eyelashes with mascara!
Twirl your mascara wand for maximum effect
Twirl your mascara wand inside the tube instead of pumping it to avoid letting excess air into the product. Pumping the wand into the tube increases the likelihood that bacteria will get into the mascara. Twirling your mascara wand inside the tube will also help dispense extra product onto the wand.
Find the best wand shape for your eyes
Not all mascara wands are one-size-fits-all. If you have monolids or a smaller eye shape, a smaller mascara wand will enable to reach all your lashes. The point of mascara is to ensure that it reaches all your lashes. If you have a smaller eye shape, look for a smaller shaped mascara wand.
Curl your lashes for 10 seconds at a time
Your eyelashes are fragile, so they should only be curled once at a time. Hold your eyelash curler on your lashes for 10 seconds to give them volume without causing them to loosen from your eyelid.
What is your favourite tip for applying mascara?
I adore products that remove my makeup gently. I’ve tried Clinique’s Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm before and it removed my makeup effortlessly. However, I did not enjoy the texture. I was quite excited when I received a sample of the Cleansing Oil to test in comparison to the makeup wipes I always use.
The product has a watery texture and is packaged in a bottle with a sleek pump. Like other Clinique products, the bottle is a chic, transparent purple that bears the brand’s logo. I like that the packaging is lightweight and mess-free. It is also composed of plastic, not glass, so it will not shatter if dropped. (I tested this fact after the bottle fell off my bathroom counter last week).
I love the texture and how easy the cleanser is to use. It feels like an oil when applied to the skin, but does not contain any actual oils. It contains oil-like ingredients plus emulsifiers to break down makeup. The product dissolves makeup the second it is applied to the skin. It leaves my skin feeling soft. I have acne-prone skin, and this cleanser is ideal for removing makeup without clogging my pores!
How to use it
Apply the cleanser to dry skin, gently massage, then rinse with water. The cleanser will lightly foam. I like to rinse my skin twice after using the product to remove any makeup residue that may be left behind. I’ve used this cleanser with both cold and warm water and noticed that warm water is the most effective to rinse away any residue.
Clinique’s Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil is a perfect makeup remover for quick, easy makeup removal. It retails for $35 at Sephora.
Sephora held its annual summer bonus sale this month. I’ve been on a no-buy from Sephora lately, but the sale was a perfect opportunity to restock some of my makeup and skincare essentials. It’s been a while since I’ve created new blog posts and I am thrilled to share my Sephora sale picks with you!
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay’s Primer Potion is a cult-classic eyeshadow primer in the makeup world. Would you be shocked to know that I’ve never tried this primer before? I’ve emptied tubes upon tubes of Too Faced Shadow Insurance but decided to switch to Urban Decay’s Primer Potion after my last tube dried out. This primer is a 24-hour-wear, nude primer that extends the life of eyeshadow without causing creasing. I am excited to compare this primer to my usual primers – stay tuned for a full review!
GlamGlow WaterBurst Moisturizer
I habitually repurchase the Waterburst Moisturizer from GlamGlow, and this product is a staple in my skincare routine. This lightweight moisturizer is ideal for my dry, acne-prone skin as it gives my skin moisture without leaving it feeling greasy. This weightless water cream moisturizer absorbs into my skin instantly and leaves it feeling soft, plump and primed for makeup.
Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray
This product was another repurchase for me. I’ve used Urban Decay’s All-Nighter Setting Spray to set my makeup for the past few years and it is a holy-grail makeup product for me. I spritz this lightweight mist onto my face after I apply makeup, and it locks everything in place for hours. I put this setting spray to the test during my last Florida vacation, and my makeup remained flawless in 40 degree weather and sunshine!