30 July 2013

Fysiko Lash Growth Serum + My Favorite Mascara

A match made in eyelash heaven.  I am loving the Fysiko Lash Growth Serum.  It has given me the ability to get away with mascara only eye looks.  Which is something I've always want to be able to do.  Secret goal - Check!  Now.  Growth serum alone does not buxom lashes make.  So I need an assist from Benefit They're Real Mascara - a quick curl and two to ten coats later and thick, luscious, fluttery lashes are yours to behold!  Seriously, my lashes have never looked this good.  Ever.  And I am in love with both Fysiko and the Benefit Mascara!

PICTURES - THEY SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.

Oh Momma! Check this out.

Literally, concealer and mascara.  That's it.  Fabulous!
 What's nice about the serum, is that the awkward shortened section of my lashes that I was concerned about it my last update grew in beautifully.  The lashes are just as long and lush as the others.  Finally, I am seeing the thickening effect of the serum as well.  Before the length was immediately noticeable, but the thickness was lacking.  I'm here to say, that's no longer the case.  Now, if they'd just darken up a wee bit, we'd be in bidness!

Bonus Eyeball!  See it all looks even and grown in!

25 June 2013

FOTD + Fysiko Eye Lash Growth Serum Update


Part I 


So maybe revers-i-bangs aren't as cool as I thought.

When it's hot I don't fuss with too much overcomplicated makeup (says the girl who is wearing 3 mascaras), but I do like to look like the sun and the temperature haven't kicked my ass.  Enter in The Body Shop's All in One Face Base, when worn over the Tea Trea Pore Minimizer and the Vitamin C Moisturizer with SPF 30, this versatile powder wears like iron.  It sticks to my face, it stays on my face, blurs imperfections and can be layered for extra coverage.  Because it's a powder, as the day wears on, it doesn't slide off and keeps the mid-day greasies away.  I love it.
FOTD PRODUCTS

- The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimizer
- The Body Shop All-in-One Face Base - Shade 045 (great color match)
- MAC Pro-longwear concealer  - NW25 (another longwearing, non-melting summertime staple)
- NYX Matte Bronzer - Medium (A fave of mine!)
- Tarte Lip and Cheek Stain in Flushed (a great, unversally flattering shade of red)
- Clinique High Definition Lashes Mascara (length, seperation, definition)
- Cover Girl Lash Blast (to hulk the lashes out)
- The Body Shop Waterproof Big & Curvy Mascara (to set the curl, and keep the lashes from smudging off your face)
- MAC Sounds Like Noise Lipstick (smooshed into the lips and blotted away for a faint orange stain)

Part II

My Lashes + Fysiko+Lash Curlers+3 Mascaras = These new lashes!
The second month of testing this serum out is coming to an end, and I have successfully managed to re-incorporate the product into my regime as the burning/ morning eye irritation has seemed to abated.  I have definitely noticed longer, more fluttery lashes, especially in the inner corners (which I manipulate to my advantage with my excessive use of mascara), but not really any thicker or darker lashes.  Later this month, I am going to attempt to tint them once the section where they were sparse grows in, and see if I can get away with less mascara with my newly darkened lashes. I have also just started using this on a section of my brows that became bald due an unfortunate waxing incident, and it has helped the area become less patchy looking, but I've only used it for a week.  Overall, I'm still satisfied with the product.  I think that it's helping my lashes grow in thicker and is supporting the natural lash growth cycle! 

Yes, somehow an entire section of my lashes are shorter than the other.  I have yet to figure out why.
 I do have one conundrum with this product - this is more of an afterthought - you're not recommended to use this product on the lower lashline, so how do you reconcile the difference in lushness between your top and bottom lashes? I'm assuming a wee bit of the product transfers from top to bottom, especially at night if you have your eyes closed.... however, it doesn't bridge the gap created by boosting only your top lashes.  In the spirit of inquiry, I used the product on my lower lashes and the irritation I had previously experienced re-appeared with a red and itchy vengeance.  So I don't recommend ignoring the usage guidelines on that.  But I'm still left a bit confused.  Oh well, I've never been one for bottom lash looks anyway.
The Fysiko Lash Growth Serum was a product provided from Influenster for me to test for 16 weeks from Fysiko, in exchange for four blog posts.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and are unique to me.

12 June 2013

10 Beauty Hacks to Make Your Life Simpler



HACK 1

Swish with 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (DO NOT SWALLOW) for a minute before brushing and wake up with brighter teeth.  For an extra pearly level up, mix a tiny bit of Baking Soda with your toothpaste and brush away (this step not recommended for people with overly sensitive teeth).

HACK 2

Greasy hair? Soak it up with baby powder or talcum powder. The night before dust the powder onto your roots, shake through.  In the morning brush as usual, to get rid of extra powder and style.  Want extra volume? Mix cornstarch into the talc for extra boost.

HACK 3

Messy manicurist? Put a layer of vaseline around the edges of your nail/ cuticle, paint as usual.  When dry, wash the vaseline off.  Perfect manicure, and moisturized cuticles.

HACK 4

Notice bleach spots on your black shirt and you're already at work.  Sneak to the bathroom with a black sharpie and color the spots in.  Voila! Black shirt is now black again.

HACK 5

Out of your favorite body scrub?  Mix olive oil, honey, and equal parts sugar/ salt.  Scrub into the skin, let the olive oil linger to moisturize before rinsing/ washing off.

HACK 6

This is for the more brave.  Wax your own eyebrows with an at home stripless wax, for an in between waxing touch up, take a tiny bit of wax and smooth under the arch of the brow, let it harden and rip off.  When self waxing, be more conservative in the placement of the wax.  You can always take more away later, but it's a bitch to grow them back.

HACK 7

Favorite lipstick a little too full on for summer?  Melt a tiny bit of the lipstick in the microwave and pour liquid into a new clear lipgloss/ balm tube, mix and check color.  Keep adding melted lipstick until the desired opacity is reached.  Bam.  A perfect, portable custom liplgoss color.

HACK 8

Having trouble getting your cat eye flick?  Take a piece of tape and angle it from the outer corner of the eye toward the brow, draw on your cat liner, using the tape as a guide.  Peel off, for your precise wing.

HACK 9

The perfect mascara layering trick for bold lashes.  Curl lashes, apply one thin coat of waterproof mascara to set curl. Follow up with two coats of a volumizing mascara.  Then while the volumizing mascara is still tacky, hit the tips of the lashes with a lengthening mascara.  Concentrate more of the volumizing mascara on the outer corner, and the lengthening a bit more on the inner corners.  (Okay - so this hack doesn't make your life simpler, but trust me, it works!)

HACK 10

Use sunscreen now - save on anti-aging beauty products later. 

Random I know, but I use all of these on the regular.  And they are totally worth it!
 

03 June 2013

FOTD - The Glossy Minimalist

Lately, I've come way off from wearing a ton of makeup, because I just haven't felt it was necessary or felt the deep-seated need to play with my stash.  So I took a break from makeup, an amicable separation if you will.  And while I may have pared down what I put on my face, I haven't pared down the style in which I do so.  This look is sort of a play on that minimalism, but incorporating an eyegloss as a fun and grungy texture on the lids.

THE LOOK

Forgive the giantness of my nose.  Even as I get smaller, it only gets egregiously bigger.
 WHAT I USED

Ok, so fairly streamlined.


- Neutrogena Shine Control Powder
- MAC Pro-Longwear Concealer in NW25
- Tarte Natural Cheek Stain in Tickled
- Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream in Light/ Medium
- MAC Gloss Creme
- The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 03: Medium Matte
- Clinique High Definition Lashes Mascara
- Sephora Outrageous Volume Mascara
- The Body Shop Aloe Lip Care (Not Pictured)

HOW TO GET THE LOOK

Concealer + Mascara + Eyegloss = Interesting and pretty eyemakeup.

1) Apply your base all over with a foundation brush.  You want Light coverage as this is supposed to be more about your skin looking like skin rather than makeup.

2) Apply concealer to your under-eye and eyelid area, blending down towards the cheekbone.

3) Apply cheekstain to apples of the the cheek and subtly work it back towards the hairline.

4) Contour lightly using bronzer.

5) Set face with mattifying powder.

6) Apply one coat of lengthening mascara, followed by a coat of volumizing mascara.  Repeat this cycle until a desired bulky lash look is achieved.  Also, if it's slapdash looking, the better, when you put the eyegloss on kind helps everything blend and look cool.

7) Using a synthetic bristled small, flat brush, pat the eyegloss on the lid. Using a tiiiny amount, start above the pupil and work outward, never blending the product above the crease or onto the lower lashline.  Don't blink for a few minutes while it sets up.

8) Apply lip balm, and pat the tiniest amount of foundation into it, to mute your lips.  The use of foundation will also make them appear slightly fuller.

REMEMBER: Eyegloss is meant to look grungy.  And by keeping everything else so muted, the unusual makeup accentuates your eyes without looking too overdone/ made up.


 

02 June 2013

Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum Month 1 Update

I took a survey from Influenster Vox, as a result, I was selected to try the Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum for 16 weeks and blog my experience.  As per the agreement in the quiz I took, I agreed to provide at least four blog posts about the product.  This is blog post one.


WHAT IS IT?

Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum is an all natural serum designed to help grow and maintain longer, fuller looking eyelashes in 16 weeks.  You put a thin line of serum on your lash line 1-2x day for 16 weeks and your lashes should "grow". If using other cosmetics on top, wait 15 minutes for it to fully dry before continuing with your routine. This product was developed by a dermatologist.

FYS-I- WHAT?

Pronounced Fi-zi-ko' - Fysiko means "natural" in Greek.

SO... WHAT MAKES IT WORK?

A proprietary blend of ingredients - but mainly Sodium Hyaluronate and Methylamido Dihydro Norafloprostal.  The others are conditioning ingredients to maintain a nicer, supple-r appearnce of the lash.  The Hyaluronate is essentially hyaluronic acid, a chemical that holds moisture to the lash/ skin by pulling it from it's surroundings.  The extra water causes the hairshaft to appear thicker.  The Norafloprostal is an ingredient designed to support the follicle during the growth phase of the hair shaft.
HAVE I EXPERIENCED ANY SIDE EFFECTS?

Yes. Mild ones. I choose to use the serum at night when I go to bed, and for the first two to three weeks of use, I would wake up in the AM with red/ irritated eyes.  Something which the instructions with the product warn you about.  It was persistent, to the point where I discontinued the use of the product daily and rotated it's use every other day.  But now the irritation seems to have gone away.

WHAT WERE YOUR LASHES LIKE PRIOR TO THIS?

My eyelashes are well documented on this blog, most of my makeup endeavours revolve around getting the longest, fakest looking lashes possible.  Just search "Mascara" in the labels.  I consider them to be on the longer side, with a definite curl.  However, they are fine and virtually colorless.  Without mascara  I look like I have no eyelashes.  So for the sake of this experiment, I will evaluate this product with Mascara.
SO WHAT DO THEY LOOK LIKE NOW?


The creasing is intentional, I have eyegloss on.  Mascara is Clinique High Definition Lashes layered with Sephora Outrageous Volume Mascara.

I see the most difference on the lashes on the inner corner of my eye, they've grown the most so far.

NOTICED ANYTHING DIFFERENT?

Honestly, yes.  They're longer, and there appears to be slightly more of them than usual. They aren't really any thicker than normal.  Just more dense in appearance along the lashline. At this point, I think it's a fair result.

WHERE CAN I GET IT?

You can get it at www.fysikolashes.com

15 February 2013

Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report

  

Lola of Lola's Secret Beauty Blog showcases how she stores her lip products in a special by request post.

Rachel from Rachel's Makeup and Skincare tries out La Licious Bath and Body Collection in their new Valentine's Day Scent and finds she is in love!

Olivia of The Unknown Beauty Blog has a fabulous giveaway featuring Luscious Argan Oil products from Eden Allure!

Rola's Fountain of Youth is now on Instagram, go see what she has been loving and doing lately!

Lindsay of The Beauty Think Tank shows off an oldie but a goodie in MAC Illegal Purple nailpolish, perfect vampy tips for Valentine's Day!

If you would like to be featured in a future Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report, please e-mail Lindsay at beautythinktank(at)gmail(dot)com!


11 February 2013

NOTD MAC Illegal Purple

From the '08 Cult of Cherry release. An oldie but a goody! 3 coats of color and topped with Seche Vite. Nothing says Valentine's like Vampy nails!

09 February 2013

Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report


Lola of Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has a Dupe Alert! for Burberry's Lip Glow in Pink Sweet Pea.

Olivia of The Unknown Beauty Blog has an excellent step by step tutorial for applying eyeshadow with emphasis on contouring!

Elizabeth of Love.Life.Beauty reviews Origins High-Potency Night-a-mins cream.

Harriet at Little Miss Student Beauty tells us her favourite lipsticks for Valentines Day!
 
Rachel from Rachel's Makeup and Skincare has information on Step-Up gifts being offered at next week's Barney's Love Yourself Beauty Bag Event.

Lindsay at The Beauty Think Tank shares her opinion of the Physicians Formula BB 3-in-1 Beauty Balm Concealer.

If you would like to be featured on a future Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report, please contact Lindsay at beautythinktank(at)gmail(dot)com.

07 February 2013

The Promised UD Naked Basics FOTD

Two of my lovely, lovely readers wanted to see the look I described in my review of the UD Naked Basics Palette.  So this post is for Brelki and Marilyn! Thanks for commenting and reading the Think Tank ladies!


Here you can see that the lid color is neutralized by Foxy, and that Naked2 and Faint give a subtle shadow to the crease.  Also, Virgin is under the tail end of my brow, hopefully, giving it a smidgen of lift.


In this shot, I used WOS to brighten the inner eye area and make the eye look more awake.  Virgin is in there as well, but I didn't use flash for this shot, was just front lit using Daylight CFL, so you can't really pick it up.  For the most part I use this palette because it's subtle and I can do quick, corrective makeup and just make the eye area look better.

Other Mentionables:
- MAC Dark Devotion Fluidline
- UD Big Fatty Mascara
- PF 3-in-1 Beauty Balm Concealer in Light/ Medium
- L'Oreal Color Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Berry Persistent

06 February 2013

Physicians Formual Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Concealer

Anyone catch the redundancy in the title?


Descriptions, straight from the Physicians Formula website:
  •  Brush on this miracle cream to instantly diminish the appearance of: Dark Circles, Puffiness, Imperfections, Blemishes, Redness, and Uneven Skin Tone.
  • Super BB Concealer is your super tool for targeted application and was designed to perfectly complement the Super BB Cream & Powder.
Sometimes, I'm just a sucker with good intentions looking for a product that delivers in a world full of too good to be true.  It's truly my inclination to want to like things.  I swear.  In fact, I was totally going to buy the new Revlon Nearly Naked Powder, when I saw this Physicians Formula duster in Rite Aid (another place I haunt, much like Sephora), and it had the concealer above.  I was intrigued by the pen style packaging, taken with the holographic details, and sold with the $3 off coupon taped so conveniently to the box (no rebate needed for this one!).  But alas, it was not to be.

For the record, this is with the light-medium concealer on.
I guess, it's sort of unfair to judge a concealer like this, when my dark circle's are truly beasts of savage reknown, but I mean pictures don't lie.  For my under-eye area, it just doesn't work.  Which is a shame, because that is the entire reason I purchased the Super BB Concealer.  It's also sort of flagrantly ignores the claims of the packaging, which says that it conceals Dark Circles and Puffiness.

However, I think this product does have it's merits, and I think it could work as a concealer/ under eye brightener for those whose dark circles are less tragic than my own.  The actual concealer delivery system is a brush tipped pen, that is great for getting into the inner corner and under eye areas.  Additionally, the texture of the product is like a thickened MAC Face & Body foundation, so it does have some coverage.  Overall, I think the pigmentation could be better, but the color match for the light/medium pen was really good.  It's just not enough to be a true concealer.  On the face it's ok for covering small blemishes, but it wears off rather quickly.  It has all the makings of greatness, I guess it just needs to mature a bit, or maybe to truly make it work I need to use it with the other two products in the range.  But that seems sort of a pain in the ass, because I already have products I like much better - I'm just lacking a concealer.

This is available wherever Physician's Formula is sold.  At Rite Aid the boxes have a $3 manufacturer's coupon taped to the box, which is redeemable at the register.  Rite Aid is also offering a $5 Plus Up reward on your wellness card with any cumulative purchase(s) of Physicians Formula totaling $15.