Archive for January, 2009

Mascara Series Part 20: Imju Fiberwig Tiny Sniper Mascara Review & Photos

January 30, 2009
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Imju Fiberwig Tiny Sniper Mascara ($15)

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Back of the Box

The Claim: Tiny Sniper is the same formula as the Fiberwig top-selling mascara in Japan – beating the competition with remarkable, “false eyelash-like” results. Never miss a lash with Imju Fiberwig Tiny Sniper lengthening mascara. Get a fuller look and extreme reach by catching short, thin, and hard-to-reach corner and lower lashes. Tiny Sniper has a specially designed brush, with its ultra-fine angled head and an easy-to-hold grip, to make precise application a breeze. The glossy black formula defines lashes with an abundance of fibers that easily enhances every tough-to-catch lash. The film coating has the dual effect of preventing smudging, by resisting sweat and oil, and further extending your fabulous fringe. For optimal results, use the original Fiberwig and and the Tiny Sniper together.

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The Brush: I purchased Tiny Sniper to use as a lower-lash mascara since my pitiful, virtually non-existent lower lashes can use all the help they can get, and the petite angled brush really is quite nice for that purpose. The angle is perfect for sweeping just the right amount of product along your lower lashes, but I find the shortness of the wand makes for some difficulty when you attempt to use this on your upper lashes (to capture those pesky inner and outer corner lashes). The tininess of the brush does make for great maneuverability though!

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The Formula: I really wanted to love Tiny Sniper, since everything from the clever name and packaging to the cute eyeliner-shaped tube was so appealing, but the fact that it irritated the heck out of my eyes made it a no-go for me. Don’t get me wrong-it was pretty decent at first. I applied this to both my upper and lower lashes (just so that you could see what it looked like on both) and while Tiny Sniper gave me next to no volume, I had really nice length (thanks to the fibers) and definition with a little curl, and my lower lashes, while not that much more visible post-mascara, definitely had some added length as well. The issues came about two hours later at work-something in the mascara caused my ears to start tearing, and it was all downhill from there. The moisture caused the fibers to fall off and collect underneath my eyes, and my eyes proceeded to be teary and itchy throughout the day.

I did love that this removes very easily with water, but in my opinion it removes too easily, since the slightest tearing resulted in my ending up with mascara flakies all over my face.


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Pretty Definition

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Don’t be scared by this photo! I know it’s freaky but just had to show you a side-view so that you could see my lower lashes.

The Verdict: If the original Fiberwig doesn’t irritate your eyes, then Tiny Sniper might be worth a try since the fibers provide nice definition and wonderful length, but I just couldn’t get it to work for me. I tried this several more times for the sake of experimentation, but unlike other fiber mascaras that I’ve tried, Tiny Sniper’s fibers kept falling into my eyes throughout the day , and while it never gave me raccoon eyes in that it never smudged, I just couldn’t deal with the little flakes and eye irritation. Plus the tube is seriously small for $15! But for all its detriments, I actually did kind of like it.

RATING: 3/5

RELATED POSTS:
Read Parts 1-19 of the Mascara Series here! I’ve also added a “Mascara Series” tab up top so you have easy access to it at all times!

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Surprise From Digital Angel

January 30, 2009
Scroll down to see what this looks like open–you won’t regret it!

Tape used to seal package–so cute!

The super-sweet Digital Angel totally surprised me with this package–I hadn’t been expecting it at all! I got home from work a few nights back and saw a padded envelope sealed with the cutest tape sitting on top of my desk, and promptly carried it up to my bedroom where I tore into it.

Scroll down to check out the gorgeous interior of the palette!

I’d blogged about wanting the CastleDew Diacut Eyes palette in this post in which I’d reviewed the beautifully pigmented CastleDew shadows (which also make great blushes), and I can’t believe that she remembered since I’d forgotten all about it! She also included the waterproof version of Max Factor’s Volume Couture Mascara which I’ve been wanting to try as I’ve heard it holds a curl much better than the original does.


The package was overflowing with samples from what are quickly becoming two of my favorite Korean brands, SkinFood and Etude House. I’m a HUGE sample hoarder so I’ll be adding these to my stash–I LOVE samples!


The CastleDew Diacut palette is absolutely beautiful and makes me feel like a princess! The interior houses an array of shimmery soft shadows that I can’t wait to play with. I’ll be reviewing this for you soon!

MLAB Samples Have Arrived!

January 30, 2009


I’d actually forgotten all about the free preview sample pack from M LAB that I’d signed up for nearly a month back, but look what I found sitting on my doorstep (along with a bunch of other packages that I’ll be blogging about in a day or two) last night! Well actually on top of my laptop courtesy of my mom.


The preview pack consists of eight samples:

  • Anti-Aging Cleanser (10 ml)
  • Anti-Aging Toner (10 ml)
  • Anti-Aging Blemish Control Cleanser (10 ml)
  • Anti-Aging Blemish Control Treatment (3 ml)
  • Anti-Aging Eye Cream (3 ml)
  • Anti-Aging Treatment Cream (3 ml)
  • Anti-Aging Treatment Serum (3 ml)
  • Anti-Aging Day Treatment SPF 15 (3 ml)

Not bad at all considering this was absolutely free-no shipping or anything! I haven’t actually had a chance to look at everything since I had much more important matters to attend to (namely a package from Nicole–a Nicole package is the best pick me up!) but I hope to have a chance to test everything out eventually.


Has your M LAB Preview Pack arrived yet?

New from REN: Rose Synergy O12 Restoring Facial Serum

January 30, 2009
REN Rose Synergy O12 Restoring Facial Serum ($80)
What it is formulated to do:
Ren Rose Synergy O12 Restoring Facial Serum offers jet-lagged, dehydrated, and dry skin a welcome dose of refreshment. Fight premature aging and achieve an instant, glowing softness with this advanced bio-active complex that locks in moisture, offers protection against oxidative damage, and replenishes skin with an infusion of African Ximenia oil.

What it is formulated WITHOUT: Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Petro-Chemicals

What else you need to know: This skin solution is free of T.E.A, D.E.A, glycols, and silicones

New from REN is this fabulous-sounding facial serum that I’ll hopefully be reviewing for you soon! Lately my skin has been loving oil serums such as this one–probably due to a combination of the cold and miserable winter that we’ve been having and the fact that my skin isn’t nearly as oily as it used to be a few years back. I’m thinking this will make an amazing overnight treatment for those days when my skin just needs a little something extra. Will update once I’ve had a chance to try it!

Have You Placed Your MAC Hello Kitty Pre-Order Yet?

January 29, 2009
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If you haven’t placed your MAC Hello Kitty pre-order yet and you’re eager to get in on this collection, what are you waiting for?!? The pre-orders are racking up surprisingly quickly, so if you see any items that you absolutely cannot live without I’d definitely stop by a MAC counter during the next day or so to reserve your Hello Kitty goodies for pickup on February 12th!

For more product info click HERE, and for some great images of the products click HERE.

And so you don’t have to go bouncing around the web, here’s all the product info including shade descriptions and prices:

LIPSTICKS ($14)

  • Cute Ster Sheer peachy pink with pearl
  • Big Bow Sheer bright intense blue pink
  • Fresh Brew Creamed coffee
  • Fashion Mews Sheer pale lavender
  • Strayin’ Frosty midtone mint
  • Most Popular Sheer deep berry

Lipglasses ($14)

  • Sweet Strawberry Sheer berry with blue pearl
  • Mimmy Light creamy ipnk with pink and gold pearl
  • Nice To Be Nice Sheer bright intense orange with pearl
  • Nice Kitty Sheer neon pink with blue pearl
  • She Loves Candy Pale blue pink with gold pearl
  • Fast Friends Sheer bright intense purple with pearl

Tinted Lip Conditioners ($14.50)

  • Popster Lively coral pink
  • Pink Fish Soft neutral pink

Eyeshadow x 4: Lucky Tom ($38)

  • Stylin Midtone violet blue with multi-dimensional pearl
  • Lucky Tom Dark charcoal brown with gold pearl
  • Creme Royale Yellow wheat gold
  • Pardisco Soft bright pinky coral with golden shimmer

Eyeshadow x4: Too Dolly ($38)

  • Too Dolly Frosty midtone mint
  • Stately Black Rich blue with silver sparkle
  • Yogurt Soft pale pink
  • Romping Rich magenta with pink pearl

Glitter Eye Liner (Not sure on the prices for these as I wasn’t all that interested)

  • Her Glitz Blackened gold with multi-dimensional glitter
  • Glitterpuss Orangey bronze with multi-dimensional glitter
  • Kitty Power Pink with with multi-dimensional glitter
  • Girl Groove Clear/white teal reflects and with multi-dimensional glitter

Pigment ($19.50)

  • Milk Frosty pale silvery pink
  • Deep Blue Green Rich, deep bluish green

Reflects Glitter ($19.50)

  • Reflects Blue Sparkling blue
  • Reflects Very Pink Sparkling fuchsia pink

Nail Lacquer ($11.50)

  • Something About Pink Blue pink fuchsia
  • On the Prowl Light creamy grey
  • Vestral White Creamy white

Plush Lash ($12)

  • Plushblack Black

Beauty Powder Blush ($22)

  • Fun & Games Soft orange peach
  • Tippy Midtone blue pink

Beauty Powder ($22)

  • Tahitian Sand Soft coral peach
  • Pretty Baby Soft sunny pink with gold

Lash

  • Hello Kitty Lash Half lash with overlapping hairs to emphasize outer

Accessories

  • Hello Kitty Tote ($45.00)
  • Hello Kitty Petite Makeup Bag ($22.00)
  • Hello Kitty Makeup Bag ($35.00)
  • Hello Kitty Soft Vanity Case ($55.00)
  • Hello Kitty Purse Mirror ($22.00)
  • Hello Kitty Brush Collection ($49.50)
  • Hello Kitty Mirrored Key Clip ($16.00)
  • Hello Kitty Beaded Bracelet ($34.00)
  • Hello Kitty Plush Doll ($42.00)
What’s currently on your MAC Hello Kitty must-have list?

Some More Avon Lippie Swatches

January 29, 2009

I got in a new batch of Avon lippes a week or two back, and since I’ve reviewed most of the products for you already I figured I’d just take photos and swatches to show you.

Avon Glazewear Diamonds Lipstick in Coral Goddess ($8)
(See my Glazewear Review plus swatches of Mauve Moon HERE)

Ultra Color Rich Mousse Lipstick in Very Cherry ($2.99)
(See my review of the Ultra Color Rich Mousse Lipsticks plus swatches of Delicate Pink HERE. These are currently on sale from $9 to $2.99,and I suspect that Avon is discontinuing them so please do take this opportunity to try them as they’re absolutely wonderful!)

Swatches
Top Row:
Ultra Rich Color Mousse Lipsticks in Very Cherry and Apricot Nude
Bottom Row: Glazewear Diamonds in Coral Goddess, Ultra Color Rich Lipstick in Sheer Pink

Lip Shots!

Ultra Rich Color Mousse Lipstick in Very Cherry

Ultra Rich Color Mousse Lipstick in Apricot Nude
Glazewear Diamonds Lipstick in Coral Goddess
Ultra Color Rich Lipstick in Sheer Pink

ABS Wants: Cute & Cuddly Softies!

January 28, 2009

Completely non-beauty related, but we all know I’m a BIG fan of cute things and these definitely fit the bill! I found this book/kit while browsing Amazon and it’s so seriously cute–it’s definitely on my list of things to buy when I have a little extra spending money.

Off topic but I just got my hands on Stila’s ‘The Precious Pearl Palette’ today and OMG is it beautiful. I only had a chance to play with it briefly but the shadows are pigmented, creamy, smooth, and simply stunning–plus the packaging is just perfection. If you haven’t checked this out yet for yourself, get on it! I’ll be reviewing mine sometime this week or early next week.

Sisley ‘Phyto’ Lip Shine Swatches & Mini Review

January 27, 2009
Top Row: #2 Sheet Sorbet, #3 Rose, #4 Rosewood
Middle Row: #5 Raspberry, #6 Burgundy, #7 Peach, #8 Coral
Bottom Row: #9 Cherry, #10 Toffee

I blogged about Sisley’s new ‘Phyto’ Lip Shine lipsticks ($50) last week and have been thinking about them since, so of course when I passed the display at Bergdorf I had to take a quick swatching break! The shades, albeit sheer, are deliciously fruity looking and really beautiful, and they wear amazingly well.

Upon applying Phyto Lip Shine I was seriously amazing by how feather-light the formula was. I love the look of glosses and lipsticks, but I’m also the kind of person who can’t stand the feel of anything on her lips and so I always have to scrub off whatever I’m wearing on my lips before I’ll eat or drink–but not with Phyto Lip Shin. I applied Rosewood before heading out to dinner at the romantic Cafe des Artistes, and not only were my lips seriously hydrated, but I couldn’t even tell that I was wearing anything. Nothing has ever felt so light on my lips while wearing so well.

Now the downside–and it’s pretty major! I tested these at several department stores (Bergdorf, Saks, etc.) and all of the testers had the same issue-this lipstick is very soft, and all of the testers, while still relatively new, were in the process of breaking or were completely broken at the base. Now I love a sheer, shiny, glossy lipstick as much as the next person, but for $50 I’d hope that my lipstick would hold up for really well, and unfortunately Phyto just doesn’t seem to.

That doesn’t mean I’m not tempted because I still am, but the breakage issue definitely makes me think harder about plunking down $50 for one of these.

What’s your favorite shade?

Drugstore Discoveries: Einstein Lip Therapy Hydrating Lip Cream Review

January 27, 2009
Einstein Cosmetics Lip Therapy Hydrating Lip Cream ($6)

Before I actually get to reviewing this, one little thing. I’m noticing that the website product images show this as saying “Lip Theory” whereas mine says “Lip Therapy”–I’ve had mine for quite some time so maybe they repackaged and semi-renamed this stuff? Strange!


Einstein Cosmetics’ creator, Benjamin Einstein (yes apparently that’s his real name!), was one of the creator of Hard Candy. One afternoon, while visiting his mother in California, Ben noticed that even though she didn’t wear much makeup, she had a whole box full of lip products in her bathroom, from a $0.75 Carmex to a $45 La Mer Lip Serum. Ben’s mom, like so many other people, enjoyed likable aspects of each product but each also had less desirable attributes, which made her keep buying and trying more products. So Ben decided to bring his mother’s dream lip product to life. He set out to combine all the benefits of these various concoctions into one product using the high-end ingredients he discovered in Japan.


Einstein’s Hydrating Lip Cream is an intensive moisturizing cream that hydrates lips with nano-particle technology and smooths them with yellow Vitamin C beads which gently exfoliate lips, resulting in a youthful, supple, and healthy appearance.

This stuff is basically like lotion for your lips–the consistency is thin and unexpectedly runny, much like a really really light moisturizer. It contains yellow exfoliating beads that you massage into your lips which are great for getting rid of any dead skin you may have accumulated on your lips, and overall is a pretty great product for your $6. Upon initial application you’ll notice a pleasant minty/cooling sensation that I always enjoy, and within seconds your lips will be visibly smoother, plumper, and more hydrated–better than any $30 plumper that does little to nothing in my book!


So why am I not raving about this product? Well the pot just contains so little product! Seriously when I opened mine it looked half empty which was really disappointing. I really hope that at some point Einstein Cosmetics will fill these little pots up more. All in all though I love this stuff–it easily surpasses most lip treatments that I’ve tried, and I do so enjoy its unique non-Chapstick-like consistency.

Post-Application

RATING: 4/5

Relatively New Drugstore Mascaras

January 26, 2009
CoverGirl LashBlast Luxe Shimmery Volumizing Mascara ($7.99)

Deb told me about this mascara a few days back, but unfortunately I’ve had no luck tracking it down just yet and don’t really feel like placing an order online for it. Shimmery, mascara, and pink and three things I find hard to resist! I have the original CoverGirl LashBlast (and have had it for quite some time now) but haven’t used it regularly enough to form a solid opinion on it, which is the reason that you haven’t seen a review on it just yet. I do hope to get to it soon though, and hopefully I’ll have this pretty pink tube in my hands by that time so I can review this for you as well!

Physicians Formula Organic wear® 100% Natural Origin Mascara ($9.95)

I made a quick Duane Reade stop during my lunch break the other day and had the misfortune of stumbling across yet another mascara that interested me! Seriously this seems to be happening all too often lately! So believe it or not I’ve never tried a Physicians Formula product, nor have I been all that tempted to, but the packaging of this mascara and the bristles caught my eye as I was rushing past the cosmetics aisles attempting to ignore all the fun products calling to me. The nice thing about this product is that it’s currently available for free after a mail in rebate, but the unfortunate aspect is also that it’s a mail in rebate, meaning who knows when (if ever) you’ll actually see that $9.95!