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Maybelline Master Drama Cream Eye Pencil – Vibrant Violet

I’m usually a wooden pencil kind of makeup addict when it comes to eyeliners. In general, they haven’t done me wrong but I wanted to give something else a shot so I grabbed Maybelline Master Drama Creme Eye Pencil in Vibrant Violet.

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Maybelline Master Drama Cream Eye Pencil – Vibrant Violet ($7.99)
  • retractable pencil
  • oil free
  • smudgeproof and waterproof for 16 hours
  • safe for sensitive eyes and ophthalmologist-tested
  • contact lens safe

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Tackling My Beauty Shortcomings With Milani Liquid Liners

Happy Holidays! We all have beauty shortcomings. One of mine is winged liner. I love seeing it because it can up the ante on elaborate eyeshadows looks as well as subtle ones. One blogger who does an amazing winged liner is Mollybee at Beautsoup. She has a post about how she achieves it so check her out. I hope to get on her level one day, but to do that it’s going to take some practice. So what’s a determined makeup addict to do? Buy some liquid liners.

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The Skies Didn't Open Up: Maybelline Master Kajal Eyeliner – Charcoal Skies

Maybelline Master Kajal Eyeliner - Charcoal Skies

I started off on the wrong foot with this eyeliner. I meant to buy the Onyx Rush, a black, but I ended up coming home with Charcoal Skies, which is grey. Rather than take it back I thought I’d give it a shot anyway.

Maybelline Kajal Eyeliner - Charcoal Skies
Maybelline Kajal Eyeliner

Maybelline Master Kajal is “a whole new way to smolder: our first liner designed for an easy glide along the inside line.”(maybelline.com)

The cone shape of the Master Kajal was part of the appeal for me. I also liked that it could be put it on the waterline as well. However, after using it I didn’t like it. Continue reading The Skies Didn't Open Up: Maybelline Master Kajal Eyeliner – Charcoal Skies

For Your Consideration: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade- Dark Brown
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade ($18) Also pictured: Brush #12 ($18)

Anastasia Beverly Hills is THE name in brow grooming so when the Dipbrow came out I knew I had to have it. I went through a process of trying to guess which color was for me along with a Sephora cast member. At that time 5 shades(there’s 8 now) were available so my choices were between Dark Brown and Ebony. I landed on dark brown because it was closer to the brow powder I was already using. Continue reading For Your Consideration: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara Made My Lashes Pop…Severely

L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara
L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara ($7.99)

I purchased L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara awhile back and just wasn’t impressed. I tossed it in my mascara drawer and forgot about it. Today I decided to revisit it and found out that sometimes first impressions aren’t always the most accurate impression. This is actually great mascara.

The L’Oreal Miss Manga  in Blackest Black gave me some serious length and volume and is super black. It didn’t give me anime eyes, but it definitely defined my lashes and gave them more dimension. Continue reading L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara Made My Lashes Pop…Severely

Save Your Money: Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner

Benefit Cosmetics makes one of my favorite mascaras, They’re Real! Mascara, so when I saw that Sephora.com was offering a free mini of Benefit’s They’re Real! Push-up Liner I jumped on it. The full size They’re Real! Push-up Liner is $24 and is a gel-liner comes in a pen form. It is supposed to be long wearing, smudge-proof, and easy to use.

Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner
Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner(mini)

From Sephora.com
This eyeliner’s soft AccuFlex™ tip is custom-angled to draw an easy line. Its flat, wide guard gently pushes lashes aside to get close to lash line.

So with all that said, is it true? Kinda.

When you first open the eyeliner an orange plastic piece is in the tip of the pen that must be removed before you can use the product. Once that piece is removed you have to spin a bottom piece several times for the product to come out of the tip. When product comes out you wipe off the excess and your Benefit They’re Real Push-up Liner is ready to use. Easy peasy right? Nope.

Here’s what’s true: it’s smudge proof and you can get it close to your lashline with it. The rest is open to interpretation.

I don’t have a steady hand and it’s one of the reasons I’ve steered clear of most gel and liquid liners. Since my hand shakes a bit it, made the liner a little difficult for me to use. If your hand is steadier than mine then you may not have problem with it.

Initially it was a mess. I didn’t realize that the product needed to be flush with the tip at all times. That means you must click the pen so some product comes out and then wipe the excess away so it’s flat. Before I figured that out I was unfortunately layering liner on my lid and not in a good way. I was scared it was going to flake off, but I was able to smooth it out with the tip to make it look better.

They're Real! Push-up Liner Accu-Flex tip.
They’re Real! Push-up Liner Accu-Flex tip.

Once I figured out that I needed to keep it flush, I had to deal with the difficulty of getting a smooth application. I don’t have taut eye skin so my liner is going to skip if I attempt to line my eyes in one swipe. To deal with that, I gradually line my eyes. But that technique didn’t really work for this product. And the idea of needing to constantly click the pen and wipe away product seems tedious.

Both applied L to R: The top line is when the product is flush with the tip. The bottom is when it's not. And as you can see it almost looks like it can be flaked away.
Both applied L to R: The top line is when the product is flush with the tip. The bottom is when it’s not. And as you can see it almost looks like it can be flaked away.

The concept is cute, but this may not be it. I think that it would be a lot easier to get some gel liner and a brush to do what this product is supposed to do. It’s unfortunate because the gel-liner is nice. It’s matte and it’s not going anywhere(to remove use waterproof remover). That’s usually what one wants in a liner. The tip is soft and flexible and that helps you get close to the lashline. But that good stuff can’t trump how ho-hum I feel about this push-up liner.
Have your tried Benefit’s They’re Real Push-up Liner? Did you love it, hate it, or fall somewhere in between?

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Photo courtesy of Sephora.com Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner (full size)

Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner is available at Sephora, Ulta, and where ever Benefit products are sold.

How Do You Sharpen The L’Oreal Silkissime Pencil?

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I bought the L’Oreal Silkissime pencil a few months ago. I think it’s a good pencil for the price and I reviewed it here. I haven’t had a problem with sharpening it, but judging by my search engine results some people still have some questions about how to sharpen it. Continue reading How Do You Sharpen The L’Oreal Silkissime Pencil?