Review: Armani Eye Tints

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armanieyetintsIt’s a good thing I had a scroll back through the photos in my blog folder, because I realized I forgot to do a post on the Armani Eye Tints! I have two of these: #6 Green Iron and #4 Emeraude. Green Iron is an olive/khaki shade with golden shimmer, and Emeraude is a blackened emerald green. (Think MAC Club on steroids.)

These are liquid/cream shadows that you apply with a doe foot applicator. I find them to be creamy, blendable and long-lasting. I also find these shadows to be fairly versatile, as they can be worn alone or under/over powder shadows. You can also play with the intensity. They go on quite bold, but can easily be sheered out for a subtle smokey look. I think Green Iron is my favourite. Emeraude is bolder, darker and harder to wear. I’ve taken to using it as a liner.

There are a lot of gorgeous neutrals available in this line, but I went for a couple of shades that are different than anything else I have.

Seen any good tutorials using these shades? Post them in the comments. I’m eager for ideas.

Review: Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Shadow in “Bette”

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Brand new for summer, Charlotte Tilbury has come out with six stuCTBettenning cream shadows inspired by beauty icons known for their mesmerizing eyes. I saw the promo videos for these on Charlotte’s YouTube channel and decided I really needed one of these in my life, so I placed an order from Beautylish Boutiques. Finally, a company that will ship Charlotte Tilbury products to Canada!

You can tell this is a popular product, because most of the shades were sold out on Beautylish. I was actually grateful for that, because there were two shades that I wanted, and I couldn’t decide which one to get, so the fact that one of the shades was sold out made my decision easy. I ended up getting the shade “Bette” inspired by the “bedroom eyes of Bette Davis.” It’s a golden amber shade with multidimensional shimmer, and it is DIVINE! It’s the perfect shade for summer.
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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: Revlon PhotoReady Eye Primer + Brightener

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I love a good peachy correcter for the under-eye area. I find they cancel out some of the darkness and help hydrate the delicate under-eye skin so my concealer goes on smoother and has better coverage. Lately, I’ve been using this one from Revlon:

revlonbrightenerThis one is touted as a primer and brightener. I can’t see this working as a primer, and I haven’t even bothered trying it for that. Unless you have really dry lids and don’t find that your eye makeup creases, then this is strictly a brightening correcter for dark circles.
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Drugstore Brand Goes High Brow: GOSH Defining Brow Gel

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Remember the days when you were lucky if you could even find a decent brow pencil at the goshbrowgeldrugstore? Most brands, if they even had a dedicated brow product, only offered three shades that didn’t work for most people. I think the first dedicated brow product I ever bought was one of the Revlon Brow Fantasy pencils, and it was too dark and too red for me. Bad, bad, bad!

Thank goodness those days are gone! After noticing that Lisa Eldridge frequently uses a brow powder palette from GOSH, I decided to check out the GOSH display at my local Shopper’s Drug Mart. Wowza! The palette was not the only brow product on offer. I was also pleased to discover that they have brow pencils and gels, all in brow-worthy shades.

I picked up the Defining Brow Gel in Shade 3, “Grey Brown.” Consider me a brow gel convert! This stuff rocks. The shade is perfect (they also have a clear version if you’re not into the tinted ones). The wand dispenses the perfect amount of product, and the formula is smooth and light. I’ve always steered clear of brow gels, because I was worried they’d be too thick and gloopy and turn my brows into crunchy caterpillars. I couldn’t have been more wrong. This gel gives me fuller, more defined brows that look totally natural. I can almost get away without having to fill them in. I still use a bit of powder to fill in the front part of the brows, but the gel takes care of the rest. I’m so impressed, I think I might go back and get the matching pencil…