CoverGirl intensify me eyeliner and super sizer mascara review

CoverGirl sent me their latest mascara and liquid eyeliner to review, and of course I was into it given my love of cat eye looks. I live and die by eyeliner and mascara.

covergirl intensify me eyeliner and super sizer mascara

It might be hard to tell from these pictures, but that mascara tube is massive.

Both of these products have unique applicators, so they’re more than meets the eye. The eyeliner is a felt tip with a flat paddle shape, almost like a duck bill, and it’s supposed to transition easily from thin to thick lines. and the Mascara has a number of very short bristle that sort of flare out at the edges.

Let’s discuss the Intensify Me! Eyeliner ($8.99) first.

The paddle shape did work for me, but I had a bit of trouble getting really sharp, precise lines with the rounded tip. I would have much preferred a pointed tip. The formula was good, though. It felt just like using a sharpie marker and it had a nice, intense black color that went on very smoothly. I found that I had to work quickly because when I took too long on one area a lot of product came out and the line ended up a bit thicker (and more uneven) than I was expecting. I worked more quickly on the second eye and had no problems. It had an ergodynamic indented rubber finger grippy part on the barrel that I got oddly excited about and it also lasted all day without smudging.

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Next we have CoverGirl’s Super Sizer Mascara ($7.49).

The idea here is that you swipe this into the roots of your lashes, then twirl the wand up the length of the lashes to distribute the product. I like the idea, although I did have a tough time getting it to distribute evenly and had some clumps to deal with, especially at the roots. At least clumps at the roots aren’t as bad as clumps at the ends. I did manage to get them mostly clear and ended up with nicely defined lashes.

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Before on the right, after on the left:
covergirl super sizer mascara before and after

I don’t know if it’s a 400% volume increase like the package says, but I think my lashes look sufficiently dramatic. What really impressed me was the way this did not smudge on me at all for the whole day. That’s all I really care about in a mascara at this point since most formulas give me raccoon eyes. Yay, CoverGirl! Smudge free for under $8.

I also have a pretty major beauty crush on their campaign star, Katy Perry, so I decided to base my look on the one she wears in the ad.
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covergirl intensify me liner look
I felt really silly holding my face in this slack jawed pose, but whatever. Authenticity.

I see now that I went way too light on the crease color for my eyes, but who cares. That dual-toned teal and black eyeliner is the star of the show and we all know it.

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Yes? Yes. I love it. Next I need to get my hair that color and we’ll be in business.

Memebox Review

I was provided a complimentary Memebox to review this month. Memebox is a Korean beauty subscription service, and I was very excited to try the service because I’ve heard really good things about Korean beauty products (especially their skincare), but didn’t know where to begin. Memebox also sells many of the boxed products directly from their site if you want a specific item, but I didn’t know any of the brands and prefered getting the curated selection regardless.

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The box itself is very cute!
memebox packaging

In case you were wondering, the company’s name is pronounced mi-mi after a traditional doll that many Korean children play with (and not meme like the viral pictures you see on reddit!).

There are four different types of Memeboxes, and prices vary depending on which you choose. The options on the website are a little daunting, but based on their description, I believe this is how the boxes break down:

4 – 8 full-size products and deluxe samples of hair, body, skin-care and makeup products (but each box is uniform and everyone receives the same box).

Memebox Special Edition:
4-8 full-size products and deluxe samples that follow a theme (trend, season, etc).

Superbox is more targeted and focuses on a specific need or is a collaboration with a specific brand.

4 – 8 full sized products and deluxe samples that are randomly selected, but curated with a focus on variety.

So this must have been a special edition box, it’s the Colorbox #2 and it focuses on ORANGE. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may know that I absolutely love orange makeup, so I was happy about this!

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memebox colorbox 2 orange edition july 2014

The box contained 4 full sized products, here are the swatches, with more detail to follow:

memebox swatches dearberry flirt lipstick tosowoong eyeliner locean eyeshadow

Dearberry Flirt Lipstick in Million Dollar Orange ($12).
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Don’t be afraid of this bold color, I think it’s actually very easy to wear! This is a color that just makes me happy when I wear it. This lipstick is fabulous, it’s very rich and moisturizing, and the color is smooth and opaque. The case is very cute, too! I can’t find a link to buy this anywhere, which makes me sad because I really like it and would love to buy this in more shades! Hopefully it will be added to the Memebox shop soon.  UPDATE! There’s a new Dearberry lipstick on the site for $8. I would highly reccomend this for a cheap, high quality lipstick that none of your friends will have.

Dearberry Today Nail Laquer ($3).
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This was a nice color, but the formula was a little streaky. I needed three coats for full coverage, and I still thought it could have been more even. For $3 it’s not bad, but it wasn’t my favorite product in the box.

L’OCEAN Eye Shadow L-29 Pastel Orange ($10).

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This is a very nice eyeshadow. The texture wasn’t hard or buttery, somewhere in the middle, but it applied well and blended nicely and you can see that the color is very vivid, even though I did not apply a primer! This is a very wearable matte orange shade.

Tosowoong Bronze Sectrum Waterproof Gel Pencil Liner #11 Sunshine ($10).

makeon sunshine orange waterproof eyeliner

This eyeliner is SO GOOD. It’s extremely vibrant, it’s smooth and glides right on and it lasts. Look at the swatch on my arm after rubbing it very thoroughly with water and a tissue. It’s still there!

makeon sunshine waterproof eyeliner memebox swatch

In fact, as I am typing this (hours later), I still see it just as bright as it was in the picture. In some places this is referered to as Tosowoong brand, but the pencil says Makeon, so look for either name. This liner is fantastic, I would strongly recommend it.

And here are a couple views of everything together:

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I also like the lip stain the Dearberry lipstick leaves behind. Look at how flattering that pretty warm pink tint is:

dearberry flirt lipstick stain

One thing I noticed was that my Memebox shipped EXTREMELY quickly. On Tuesday they told me they would be shipping it this week and it came directly from Korea by Friday! Amazing!

I really enjoyed this box, and I think my favorite product was definitely the lipstick.

If you’re interested in trying Memebox, you can receive $5 off on any order at with code AFFILIATE-0362-83QK6-AWLP through August 30, 2014. Let me know if you try it!

Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Palettes- Comfort Zone and Blue Had Me at Hello

I’m late to this party, but whatever. I did some research about the Wet n’ Wild shadows based on my October Ipsy bag, and I was pretty intrigued by some of the rave reviews WnW shadows have gotten from beauty bloggers. I’ve never even considered these shadows before due to the price, but then again, I have found a few cheap gems over the years. Unfortunately, there were also a lot of reports that WnW’s quality has recently started to decline. In the interest of “science” (because I totally don’t have a makeup shopping problem, you guys) I decided to try a few of the older palettes and see if the formulation in those had changed or if they were as good as they used to be.

I went back and forth with a few sets. I’m pretty sure the Michigan Ave. Walgreens employees have me on a list at this point because this isn’t the first time I’ve spent ages pacing back and forth in the cosmetics aisle. Regardless, it really helped seeing something like this in person, because when a product is hit or miss, I’d rather see the finish in three dimensions.

I really wanted to try the new Camera Obscura and Silent Era Film Color Icon trios, but was wary of how new they are (the new ones are getting all the bad press, after all). The color pairings were a little atypical (I was REALLY into the combination of peach and navy on Camera Obscura), so it was hard to stay away.

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I ended up sticking with two of the older palettes that have gotten consistently good reviews. I got Wet n Wild Color Icon Collection Eyeshadow in Comfort Zone 738 and Blue Had Me at Hello 737 (each $4.99). Strangely enough, these were priced a full dollar higher when I bought them in a physical Walgreen’s store, but whatever. It WAS a Walgreen’s on the Magnificent Mile, so I guess I paid for convenience. The $12 total still didn’t hurt my budget much.

So here’s Wet n Wild Color Icon Collection Eyeshadow in “Blue Had Me at Hello” ($4.99).

Wet n Wild Color Icon Collection Eyeshadow Blue Had Me at Hello

I don’t really wear a lot of blue shadow anymore (it can look a little too harsh on my pale skin), but lately I’ve been intrigued by it. Really bright and really dark colors can be iffy for drugstore makeup, so I had a few reservations about this one. STILL, some of these shades were SO pretty and it was only $5.99, so why not? The green-blue-teal color and the sparkly navy caught my eye the most, with the baby blue/aqua shade and cobalt coming in as a close second. I was skeptical about the white and both of the black shades, but again- it’s insanely inexpensive, so I can afford a few flops. The navy shade also looks like the same one from the Camera Obscura trio I was lusting after (at least it does in person if not through the crappy cell phone picture of the trios), so that helped me to decide.

Next up is the Wet n Wild Color Icon Collection Eyeshadow “Comfort Zone” palette, which coincidentally is much more in my comfort zone.

Wet n Wild Color Icon Collection Eyeshadow Comfort Zone palette

The gorgeous smoky colors and warm orange and brown tones, UGH. And don’t get me started on that duochrome burgundy-brown with teal shift! It looks a lot like an old pur minerals shadow I had called malachite, and also like a Kat Von D Shade Shifter eye shadow (On the Road) that costs three times as much as this entire 8 pan palette. People also say it’s a dupe for MAC’s “Club” eyeshadow.

Wet n Wild Color Icon Collection Eyeshadow Comfort Zone palette 738kat von d shade shifter on the roadEh? Definite dupe potential.

So how did they perform? Here be swatches!

Blues and silvers:
Wet n Wild Color Icon Collection Eyeshadow Blue Had Me at Hello swatches

The cool, navy blue sparkle? Yeah, it’s just black. There are 3 pretty much identical blacks on the blue palette, and none of them are anything spectacular (the cobalt blue ended up looking like what I thought the navy shade would be). Even so, the 5 lighter colors are pretty, so it was worth the money I spent.

Neutrals and greens:
Wet n Wild Color Icon Collection Eyeshadow Comfort Zone palette swatch

And again in the sunlight so you can see the duochrome.Wet n Wild Color Icon Collection Eyeshadow Comfort Zone palette 738 swatches

Comfort Zone only had one dud (that dark green from the right side of the palette which again, shows up as a weird black), but all of the others are very nice and super wearable.  Comfort Zone provided 7 pretty shades out of 8, so that’s still less than $1 per shade.

What I’ve learned so far from this and my Ipsy experience is that Wet ‘n’ Wild’s dark shadows are often terrible. All of the lighter colors I’ve tried are great, though!

At this point I’ve only done a full look with 4 of these 16. Here’s my face wearing all of the shades from the left side of the comfort zone palette. These stayed on ALL night with no primer, so I feel really good about their longevity. This has been a super good buy thus far. **EDIT: I’ve also posted a look featuring Blue Had Me at Hello HERE.

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I’m also wearing all four parts of Benefit Cosmetics “How To Look The Best At Everything” kit in light ($30) on my skin, Urban Decay’s Naked Flushed palette ($30) on cheeks, Nyx Glam Liner Aqua Luxe in Golden ($5.49-$3.29) along lashline,  Too Faced La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream in Marshmallow Bunny ($21) on lips with Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bare Naked layered over ($24 individually, or in a set of 4 minis for $38).

I also wore the silver and baby blue/aqua from Blue Had Me at Hello the other night and I was pleasantly surprised, but I neglected to take a picture. SORRY. I’ll keep playing with these and update you guys on my progress.

Tropical Citrus Pinup

Sometimes I chose the look and sometimes the look chooses itself. Tonight I was going for something really simple using my Nyx Glam Aqua Luxe Liner in Lagoon ($5.49), and the color was so playful that I had no choice but to make the rest of my face just as cheerful.

I paired the liner with some warm citrus and bronze shades from my BH Cosmetics 88 Color Cool Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($19.95) and finished with a coat of L’Oreal Waterproof Voluminous Volume Building Mascara ($7.99).

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In addition, I’m wearing all three shades of my Urban Decay’s Naked Flushed ($30) on cheeks and Electric Grandma OCC Lip Tar mixed with Authentic Lip Tar ($18 separately, or $49 in a set of 5 colors) on lips. Oh, and we can’t forget my crazy red, gold and black Stanley Cup nails.


Oh, and how awesome is that necklace??? Rockin’ that Miss Cleo swag.

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Review

My Stila highlighting and contour kit bit the dust and has long been discontinued (I’m sad, it was so good), so I needed a replacement.

I’ve been just using my Benefit Hoola bronzer ($28) to contour, but it’s nice to have an all-in-one kit, you know? I had a really tough time finding one that was matte enough. Shimmery bronzers don’t make a lot of sense to me when you’re going for contour, but whatever. Finally I decided on Urban Decay’s Naked Flushed ($30).

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 (Lipstick shown for scale)

I was afraid that the colors would be really intense, so I tried to only use a little bit. They were actually reasonably sheer, even on my complexion! I ended up using a normal amount of each. The texture was really nice, the application was smooth and they blended well. The highlighter is shimmery for sure, but luckily it isn’t super glittery. I can use all of these on my face without looking crazy. I particularly like how they included a blush and mirror all in the one (thin!) compact, making this a great travel option (just remember to bring your own brush). I still wish a matte highlighter was included. Matte highlighter is my secret weapon (guess I’ll have to stick with nude matte eyeshadow in the meantime).

urban decay naked flushed highlight contour swatch

For the sake of experimentation, I also used all three shades as eyeshadow and thought the resulting  natural eye was really nice. Again, good to know for traveling light. I lined with Urban Decay’s 24/7 Pencil in Ransom ($19) and finished with L’Oreal Waterproof Voluminous Volume Building Mascara ($7.99).

urban decay naked flushed review

I wanted a sheer lip, so I used just a touch of OCC Lip Tar in Lydia ($18) and covered with a layer of Tokyo Milk Dark Lip Elixir ($7 alone, or in a set with a perfume and hand cream for $16). This balm is a little waxy, but it provides a unique satin finish that I like. It’s nice to layer over a matte product when you want to moisturize but don’t want too much glossiness. I’ve tried the salted caramel and clove cigarette scents so far and really, really like them.

Fun with eyeliner shapes

Drag makeup time!

One of my favorite man-repelling passtimes is doing drag-y vintage eyeliner. Here are a couple of shapes I tried today:

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Both of these looks use Urban Decay Eyeshadow ($18) in Gravity, Last Call, and Baked, plus Urdan Decay 24/7 Pencil in flipside ($19) along the waterline. The black cream eyeliner is Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Cream Eyeliner ($10.99). I love cream liner because it’s easy to control and smudge like a pencil, but it stays like a liquid. I really like experimenting with different liner shapes, although I never stray from the wing. Maybe I need to branch out. We’ll see if I can handle it, I love cat eyes way too much.

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Sweet, Modern Pink and Emerald Valentine’s Day Makeup

I’m not a big Valentine’s Day subscriber, but I do love themed makeup. So today I did a soft pink and purple eye and modernized it with some very current, complimentary emerald green eyeliner.

sweet romantic pink makeup look

I kept the shadow light and sweet, using the pink shade from Stila’s Eye Shadow Set in Santa Monica Blvd ($12) on the whole lid and the purple from Stila’s Eyeshadow Trio in Afterhours ($20) in the crease. I lined the top lashline with Urban Decay’s 24/7 Eyeliner in Ransom ($18) and 24/7 liner in Flipside along the lower lashline and along the waterline. I used an eyeliner brush to pat the emerald green shade from the Stila Eye Shadow Trio over the lower eyeliner and finished the eyes with a coat of Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara ($20)

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The cheeks needed to be warm and flushed, so I brushed Benefit’s Hoola bronzer ($28) on my temples, across the bridge of the nose and on the outside cheekbones, then I used a bit of Nyx Powder Blush in Dusty Rose ($4.99) on the apples of my cheeks. I also toughened up the look with some blue-green-gunmetal nail polish. It’s O.P.I. Nail Laquer ($8.00) in “I Have a Herring Problem.” Incidentally, it’s the color I wore to my wedding. Maybe I am a little romantic, after all.

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