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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Review: Maybelline "Big Eyes"?

Hello everyone!

As requested, today on this beautiful afternoon I'm going to sit outside and enjoy a cup of lemon water and talk about the somewhat new Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara which falls under the "falsies" category. Now, when I saw this mascara on blogs and youtube I was so excited because first, I love every Maybelline mascara I own, and one of my all time favorite mascaras is the original Falsies. There's always a point in life where you get disappointed, whether it's with people, school, work, and in my case, mascara. 

I don't really like this mascara.

If you noticed in the above statement, I didn't use the word "hate". I don't hate this mascara. I said I don't really like this mascara. If I were to rate it I'd give it a C. Being generous, I didn't add a minus sign to this letter grade. 

So you're probably wondering why I didn't rate this mascara an A or a B. But before I let you know, I just wanted to make a disclaimer and say that this is just my opinion. You're entitled to you're own opinion, but this is what happened to me when I used this mascara. 

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Big Eyes Waterproof Mascara in Very Black $7.99 at Ulta. 

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Big Eyes Waterproof Mascara in Very Black

Claims and ingredients. Click to enlarge
If you read the claims, you could probably understand why I was so excited to make this purchase! However, it didn't turn out as well as I was expecting which is probably why I ended up disappointed. The mascara went on somewhat dry and I had to apply multiple layers on my top lashes to achieve the "falsies" look that I would've gotten in 2 strokes with my original falsies. However, keep in mind that my ethnicity is Asian, and I have short, sparse lashes. For the bottom lashes, the small brush didn't collect product at all. I loved the idea of a separate brush for my lower lashes with a smaller brush, but it seemed as though no product at all was being transfered onto my lashes so no color or length was added. 

Maybelline Volum' Express the Falsies Big Eyes Waterproof Mascara upper lash brush
Maybelline Volum' Express the Falsies Big Eyes Waterproof Mascara lower lash brush
In conclusion, I was mostly upset with this product just because it did not meet my expectations.



Until Next Time,
xoxo
Vanessa

Monday, September 2, 2013

Review: Revlon Photo Ready BB Cream Skin Perfector SPF 30 in Light/Medium

Hi beautifuls!

As summer is coming to an end, I wanted to get some new beauty products that I thought would be nice for the upcoming (school) year. I did a LOT of back to school shopping for clothes, school supplies, and...this is my first week with my Mac Book Pro 13" laptop! I am so excited because I am a HUGE fan of Apple products so this laptop is a new addition to my Apple product "collection", if you will.

One of the beauty products I purchased about a week and a half ago was the Revlon Photoready BB Cream in the shade light/medium. I was going to do post this right then and there, but I wanted to give it at least a week of trial to see if I like it or not.

I purchased mine at an Ulta nearby alongside with other drugstore products so I spent a little over $30 in total so I was able to use my $3.50 off $10 purchase coupon they send me via mail, or you can go online to ulta.com to print one out! This BB cream was $10.99 and I purchased this in the shade light/medium as I noted earlier. I already have 3 drugstore BB creams: Maybelline Dream Fresh, L'Oreal Magic BB Cream, and the Cover Girl BB Cream (although this one really classified as a tinted moisturizer under the title "BB Cream"). I have a review on the Cover Girl BB Cream as well as my overview on what a BB Cream is, so if you want to read it click here. 

Revlon Photoready BB Cream in Light/Medium $10.99
The Claims:

 A lightweight, multi-benefit Beauty Balm by Revlon that combines skincare, makeup, and sunscreen into one step.



  • HYDRATES like moisturizer
  • SMOOTHES like primer
  • COVERS like foundation
  • BLURS FLAWS like concealer
  • PROTECTS with SPF 30 like sunscreen
  • Source: Ulta.com


    To be 100% honest with you, I don't think ANY BB Cream from the U.S is a "BB Cream". I think they are just multifunctional tinted moisturizers. In my opinion, the only "real" BB Creams come from Asia because theirs are true to purpose, to create a flawless complexion with skincare benefits derived from extracts, etc. However, I am glad that the drugstore in the U.S sell "BB Creams" because they are great face products (multifunctional tinted moisturizers).

    With this particular BB Cream, I did find it hydrating it is somewhat heavy. If you have oily skin like I do, this might be a turn off because it makes us Oily skin people feel even oilier. You can definitely feel this product on your skin and unfortunately it doesn't go away. However, I think this would be perfect for the winter time when my skin gets drier. 

    This didn't have a primer texture or consistency, but it did go on smoothly. It may or may not have a built in primer I do not know for sure, but this BB cream does last for a good day or so

    It does not have a foundation level coverage. It has a little more coverage than the Cover Girl tinted moisturizer/BB Cream, but it was not "foundation" coverage. It did even out my skin tone, but the redness around my nose, and some spots on my face were visible. 

    Again, like I said above, this product doesn't have high coverage, it just evens out my skintone so I wouldn't say it is "like a concealer".

    I love how this product has SPF 30 because it is additional sun protection that you might've forgotten in your skin care routine.


    Swatch, shade: Light/Medium
    The product comes out like a thick moisturizer, but not a cream. On my hand it looks fairly light, but here is how it appears once it's blended out a bit:

    Blended out
    I didn't blend it completely but I did enough so you could see how dewy it looks as well as how it blends with my skintone. I really like this because I can mix it with a darker shade, or use it during those awkward 1/2 slightly tan 1/2 pale days.

    Overall, I do like this product. I wish it was a bit lighter, but I don't mind it so much. I love how it looks on my skin, it evens everything out and makes my skin look flawless. I would purchase it again but it wouldn't be the first item on my list to go shopping for.

    8/10

    Until Next Time,
    xoxo
    Vanessa

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