Maybelline Brow Drama VoxBox #MNYBrows

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A few weeks ago, Influenster sent me the Maybelline Brow Drama VoxBox. I just got around to testing the awesome eyebrow products in the box, which are the Shaping Chalk Powder and Brow Precise Micro Pencil by Maybelline New York. Both products are in the shade Deep Brown.

As someone with thick eyebrows, I tend to spend a lot of time during my normal makeup routine trying to make sure that my brows look normal. And by normal, I mean sans noticeable eyebrow hair gaps (ho do those even end up happening?!) and not sticking out every which way.

I’ve only ever used eyebrow gels and pencils that can be sharpened, so this chalk powder and retractable pencil experience was very new to me.

Here’s what my eyebrows look like without any product (they are combed though, so as not to scare you away):

Before using either Maybelline eyebrow product. Notice the awkward unevenness on my right eyebrow -__-

I used the Shaping Chalk Powder first, and I was very impressed at how well it worked. At first I started to panic because I felt like the powder would make a mess. Then once I swept it over my brows, the color looked waaaayyyy too light.

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However, it started to blend in a couple of seconds and I actually kind of liked how natural it looked!

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My eyebrows after using Maybelline Brow Drama Shaping Chalk Powder

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Next up was the Brow Precise Micro Pencil. It comes with an eyebrow comb on one end and the pencil on the other. I wasn’t too impressed with the eyebrow comb because I felt that it didn’t really help tame my brows enough. The pencil does live up to its name though!

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My eyebrows after using Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Pencil

The pencil’s thinness made it very easy to fill in any gaps in my eyebrows. I felt way more comfortable using this product as opposed to the shaping chalk.

Overall, I’d recommend the Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Pencil to anyone who deals with sparseness or gaps in their eyebrows on a regular basis. If you’re going for a more natural look, the Maybelline Brow Drama Shaping Chalk Powder is the way to go.

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Ivy VoxBox Review

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Back again with a new VoxBox!

I was super excited when I opened the Ivy VoxBox I got from Influenster a few weeks ago. I’ve been getting a lot of customized boxes from them the last few times, so this was a pleasant little mix of random products. There was even some candy thrown in!

This VoxBox contained Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers, two ChapStick DUOs (one in berry sorbet shimmer and another in refreshing watermelon + strawberry kiwi), a Nubian Heritage African Black Soap Facial Cleansing Bar Soap, a Gillette Venus Swirl, and 7th Heaven Foot Soak & Lotion. Very exciting.

Let’s get to the review, shall we?

1. Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers. I ate them all in one shot last week and then I felt guilty. They were just so good. The perfect amount of sour, in my opinion.

2. ChapStick DUO, berry sorbet shimmer & refreshing watermelon + strawberry kiwi. Okay, these are the coolest thing ever. I love the refreshing watermelon! You can attach these to other flavors to make the DUO, which I love because you can carry two flavors along in your makeup bag at once. They smell freaking amazeballs and provide a ton of moisture.

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I stuck refreshing watermelon and strawberry kiwi together, then opted to put the former on my lips. Tastes DELISH.

3. Nubian Heritage African Black Soap Facial Cleansing Bar Soap. I’ve heard really great things about this brand, so I’m excited to try this face soap when I’m done with my current tube of Olay Facial Foaming Cleanser. Continue reading

e.l.f. VoxBox Review

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A few weeks ago I got an e.l.f. VoxBox in the mail, and I just got around to playing with the products inside. I was sent 6 products: a Hydrating Bubble Mask, Lip Exfoliator, Mineral Infused Face Primer, Baked Highlighter and Bronzer in the shade Bronze Glow, and Matte Lip Color in the shade Wine.

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As a longtime e.l.f. Cosmetics fan, I was super excited to try all of these along with the makeup I use regularly. Here’s what I thought of all the products:

Hydrating Bubble Mask: I started out with this one to give my face a little bit of oompf, as I haven’t used a mask in a while, moreover, I’d never used a bubble mask. They’re all the rage right now, and rightfully so. My skin feels so nice! It was a bit weird with the bubbles dissolving so quickly as I was reading the instructions on the package but I do like the mask. I’ll definitely try to use this once a week.

Lip Exfoliator: Followed the Hydrating Bubble Mask up with this product. I’ve only ever done homemade lip scrubs made with sugar and honey, so this was very odd to me. I felt like I was putting on lip balm. As with the bubble mask, the result was great but the process was weird. Looks like I won’t be needing to make my own lip scrub for a while!

Mineral Infused Face Primer: Moving on to the stuff that actually stays on my face. I only use primer for my eyeshadow, but I have been meaning to find a nice face primer to use daily. I love that this is a clear primer! It definitely does its job well, in my opinion.

Baked Highlighter and Bronzer, Bronze Glow: I don’t use highlighter or bronzer, so I was debating if I should use it to complete my look for this post. I think the one I was sent is too shiny for my liking. I probably won’t use it ever again.

Matte Lip Color, Wine: LOVE THIS! It’s the perfect shade for a subtle red lip stain. I’m definitely buying another once this one finishes. Also, how cool is the sharpener on this?!

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Aaaannnndddd here’s my finished face:

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Overall, I think I’ve fallen hard for the Primer and the Matte Lip Color. Can’t wait to put them on again for work tomorrow!

 

Influenster Maybelline #BetterSkinPowder Review

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A few weeks ago while I was moving to NYC and still trying to set up my loft bed, my parents brought over my customized Maybelline #BetterSkinPowder Influenster box.

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I got the shade 80, known as Rich Tan, because my current L’Oréal True Match foundation powder is Classic Tan (N7). They sounded and looked similar so I took the chance.

Here’s my face with my L’Oréal True Match Classic Tan:

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And here it is with the Maybelline Better Skin Powder shade Rich Tan:

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The Maybelline Better Skin Powder Shade Rich Tan is definitely a bit of a lighter color than my L’Oréal True Match in Classic Tan. It doesn’t bother me though! My skin tone looks even with both. That’s really all I can ask for.

What do you guys think? L’Oréal or Maybelline?

Gallery Mondays: Her Conference 2016 at Old Slip

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Over the weekend I attended Her Conference 2016 at Old Slip in the Financial District of NYC. The building is super lavish, complete with auditorium space, conference rooms, and a dining hall.

At check in, I noticed these rectangular blocks of abstract art lined up in an interesting pattern on the wall. They all seem to follow the rule of thirds, with each painting pulling your attention upward diagonally from the bottom right to the top left.

I found the three with the red dots on them most appealing.

Enjoy a mini collage of photos from Her Conference 2016 featuring Windsor Western, ULTA, Rebecca Minkoff, and more!

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Fan Art Fridays: Kylie Jenner

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I got some amazing news this week from Influenster about a new sponsored post!

No, it’s not the Kylie Jenner lip kits, but it’s just as exciting: I’m getting the chance to review Kylie Jenner’s Sinful Colors nail polish collection called Trend Matters!

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In honor of this, I’m dedicating this week’s Fan Art Fridays to Kylie. Yashinss on Instagram drew her with a crown and extra volumized lashes, which I love.

I cannot wait to get my box full of her nail polish!

View the original fan art here.

Influenster #GlamVoxbox Review

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A new season, a new Influenster VoxBox!

Before I left NYC for Austin this month, my Glam VoxBox from Influenster arrived at my house. Except, the mailman stuck it in between the two garbage pails on the patio instead of ringing the doorbell and handing it to me like he’s supposed to.

Sigh.

Anyway, this Glam VoxBox came with some awesome goodies for me to pamper myself with. I got a lovely Gillette Venus Swirl Razor, Olay Violet Swirl shaving gel, Q-tips cotton rounds, Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak dry shampoo, three Shea Moisture face products, and Cutex nail polish remover pads.

So let’s get reviewing!

1. Gillette Venus Swirl Razor. I’m totally hype about this razor! I’ve used disposable Venus razors before, so I’m really looking forward to my first shave of the spring season. The only con to this razor is the price of the cartridges. The cost about $20 for four replacement heads! I almost wish Influenster had sent me a pack of cartridges instead of shaving gel!

2. Olay Violet Swirl Shaving Gel. I’ve only ever used shaving cream, and lately Irish Spring soap because the thickness of the cream makes shaving my legs take twice as long. However, I did try the gel with a disposable razor on one patch of my leg and it did a pretty good job. See below for a picture of the gel’s consistency. I’m not jazzed about the hand soap smell, though.

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3. Q-tips Cotton Rounds. As a child I used cotton rounds for things like removing makeup with astringent or nail polish. They’re way better than cotton balls so I’m happy.

4. Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak. I’m very disappointed with this product. I’ve been wanting to try dry shampoo for so long and my excitement was wasted on Not Your Mother’s. It’s unscented, so my hair still smells like it hasn’t been washed for three days. My hair also still feels oily and itchy. Ugh.

5. Shea Moisture Face Products. I’ve heard amazing things about Shea Moisture’s hair products, so I had high expectations for these face packets. I got a facial wash & scrub, anti-aging moisturizer and an anti-aging facial mask. All three packets contain frankincense and myrth. Although I’m not particularly fond of those scents, the anti-aging mask goes on clear and isn’t strongly fragrant. My face has been breaking out like crazy, so maybe this will help it relax.

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Can you tell that I’m wearing the Shea Moisture Anti-Aging Facial Mask? #NoMakeupSelfie

6. Cutex Nail Polish Remover Pads. I’ve been wearing nail strips again so I didn’t get to try these, but I’m sure they’re super convenient. I always make a mess when I accidentally knock over the bottle nail polish remover. Thank. You. Cutex.

By far, my favorites in this Glam Voxbox are the Gillette Venus Swirl Razor and the Shea Moisture face products. Off to pamper myself!