Review: By Terry Ombre Black Star “Color Fix” Cream Eye Shadow

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File this one under “YouTube made me buy it.” A couple of beauty vloggers I follow have repeatedly raved about the Ombre Black Star cream shadow sticks from By Terry. So, when I placed an order from Beautylish Boutiques to get myself some Charlotte Tilbury goodies, I threw one of these in my cart as well, because I just had to see what all the fuss was about.

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By Terry Ombre Black Star “Color Fix” Cream Shadow in #4 Bronze Moon

Now, after hearing Lily Pebbles and Viviannadoesmakeup describe this product, I was expecting heavenly choirs and weeping unicorns upon application. And…I just don’t see what all the fuss is about. Don’t get me wrong, this is a beautiful product. It’s smooth and creamy, it has a nice shimmer that creates an almost glossy effect on the eye, it blends pretty easily and it’s a great option for when you want to look polished and don’t have a lot of time.

BUT, it’s not really any more special than some other cream shadow sticks I’ve tried. In terms of how it applies and how it looks on the eye, it’s nearly identical to the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks, which I also love. The one key difference is wear time. The By Terry version is darn near bulletproof. It lasts right until bedtime (14+ hours) without creasing, whereas the Laura Mercier ones last about 9-10 hours before minor creasing occurs.

The verdict? It’s a lovely product that I will enjoy using, but I won’t be rushing out to buy another one, because there are similar products available that are far less expensive.

Review: The Super Sizer by CoverGirl

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Someone at CoverGirl has figured out that all they need to do to get me to buy a new mascara is put it in a brightly coloured tube and place it in front of a Katy Perry poster. Seriously, that’s all it took to get me to try the Full Lash Bloom, which I reviewed here. And the same tactics suckered me into buying the latest addition to the Lash Blast line: The Super Sizer.

supersizerThe Super Sizer claims to give you “400% more corner-to-corner volume for full, fanned out lashes.” The wand on this one is a bit of a departure from the rest of the Lash Blast line. Dubbed a “Lash Styler,” it’s more of a two-sided comb than a typical brush, and there is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to application. The directions say to twirl the wand as you apply. My sister said that method worked for her, but I found it made my lashes clump together. I have more success when I just place the teeth of the comb at the roots of my lashes and slowly paint on the product in little upward stokes. You can also use the wand vertically to really get into the lashes and separate them.
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Review: Becca Ombre Nudes Palette

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I’d been stalking this palette online for months before I finally decided to buy it. Or rather, I got my sister to decide for me because I just couldn’t. I kept going back and forth, putting it in my cart on Sephora.com and then taking it back out. On the one hand, I had read several positive reviews and really liked the looks of the shades. But on the other hand, did I really need another basic nudes palette in my life?

beccanudesIf you enjoy a hazy, brown smokey eye that’s not too warm and not too dark, then you will likely find a place for this palette in your routine. I’ve used it several times since I got it, and I really do enjoy it.  Read on for swatches and my specific thoughts on this palette.

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YouTube Made Me Buy It…

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I’ve been dialed into the YouTube beauty community for many years. It’s really cool to see how some of the channels I follow have grown and developed over the years. One thing that hasn’t changed though….the videos I watch make me wanna buy stuff real bad.

Here are some of my most recent purchases that were 100% YouTube driven:

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1) COLAB Dry Shampoo – Sheer Invisible in Rio Tropical

This is fashion model/blogger/vlogger Ruth Crilly’s dry shampoo. I watch her channel and read her blog religiously. (Check her out if you haven’t already. Her channel is called AModelRecommends). I’ve seen Ruth plugging this product lately and just kind of assumed that it wouldn’t be available in Canada (Ruth is based in the UK). I nearly squealed with glee when I found a display of these dry shampoos in the middle of Save-On-Foods the other day. I chose the sheer invisible formula in the RIO tropical scent. This has dethroned Batiste as my fave dry shampoo. It’s lighter and has a softer, fresher scent. It freshens up my second day roots without weighing my hair down, and it doesn’t leave a white cast unless I spray too close to the hair.

2) realTechniques Sculpting Brush

Really, all of my realTechniques brushes belong in the “YouTube made me buy it” category, but this one in particular stands out, because it’s not a brush I would normally go for. I’ve seen the Pixiwoo sisters using this brush for applying contour and for blending in liquid foundation…and I don’t do either of those things. I NEVER wear contour, and I’m pretty committed to my BeautyBlender when it comes to applying foundation. Instead, I’ve been using it to apply highlighter and certain blushes. It works really well with the NARS Dual Intensity Blush.

3) L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara

I watched two different YouTube interviews with renowned makeup artist Val Garland. In both interviews she mentioned this mascara as a personal favourite. She kept calling it “Miss Mango,” which made me smile. So, against my better judgement, I decided to give it a try. I’ve never really got on with L’Oreal mascaras. I’ve tried a few different ones from the Voluminous line, including the original, and found them to be clumpy, dry and flaky. This one is…clumpy, dry and flaky. The clumpiness I can forgive, because it’s supposed to mimic the dolly-eyed look of manga characters. Clumpy can be a look. I get it. The dry and flaky part, however, is a deal-breaker for me. Those flakes dropping into my eyes all day long lead to irritation, not to mention smudging underneath my eyes. Not cute.

Ah well, two out of three ain’t bad, right? What has YouTube made you buy? Answer in the comments.

Review: Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows

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mufeartistA couple of weeks ago my sister went to Vancouver and brought me back a couple of the Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows. These are amazing! The shades she picked out are D-826 (left), and ME-728 (right). These shadows are available in a ton of different shades and finishes. D-826 is described on Sephora as a “Fig” and has a diamond finish. In other words, it’s sparkly. Very sparkly. ME-728 is a “Copper Red” with a metallic finish. It’s shiny. Very shiny. I almost couldn’t believe the richness and intensity when I first swatched these. The metallic one in particular is INSANE. I love ’em both, but the coppery metallic ME-728 is my favourite. I find myself dabbing it over top of darker brown shadows to add dimension and a bit more drama to a basic brown smokey eye. These two shades also look nice paired together. I did a smokey look with the fig shade and then put a dab of the copper on top.

You do need to make sure you tap your brush off when using the diamond finish ones. I forgot to once and ended up with a bit of fallout. Nothing major though.

I’m curious to see what other shades and finishes are in this line. Next time I’m in Sephora, I will be swatching more of these…and a couple will probably come home with me.

Click through to see swatches.

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