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.

- 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


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!)


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.


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

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)


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.


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.


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


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.


You can get it at www.fysikolashes.com