Get ready for some science, girls! The latest buzz in beauty and skincare products surrounds nanotechnology, which basically means the manipulation of extremely small particles. The idea is, teeny tiny ingredients can get deeper into the skin, contact more skin layers, and work faster.
I added this category just for this mascara because it made me mad. Don’t get me wrong: the tube is pretty and high-fashionish, shiny black with silver accents and that name-in-lights Max Factor logo. The problem is, they did this thing companies are doing now where they pack the brush outside of the tube, presumably to show off their patent pending iFx brush. Nothing wrong with that – except for that the cheap cardboard casing it comes in makes it difficult to remove the brush without damaging it. I literally bent the brush trying to get it out of the package. Thus, I had to ruin my mascara before I got to use it but after it was unreturnable.
Eh, it lengthened all right. My lashes didn’t climb to new heights, but they got a decent amount of length.
We girls are told from a young age not to apply mascara to our lower eyelashes for a multitude of reasons:
“It’ll cast a shadow on your face!”
“Your makeup will look too heavy!”
“It makes lower lashes look spidery and gross!”
I love the idea of not having to ever wear foundation (even if it’s Chanel), so I’m naturally attracted to using a tinted moisturizer as a base for everyday. I’d tried Clinique City Block before and loved it, so I thought I might be able to cheat and nab the drugstore version. I bought it in Beige, and it worked great – felt silky to apply and looked matte, refreshing since my City Block’s very shimmery. However…the other shoe had yet to drop.
Here’s the negative stuff: unfortunately, after only having it for a couple of weeks, the tinted moisturizer started to congeal and get crumbly. Eww!! Worse, it began looking streaky and the color changed to a slightly darker shade. Ugh. Maybe it was an older product that the drugstore should have taken off the shelves, but I’m not impressed with any product that gets old and gross that quickly.
The verdict: 4/10– sure, it started out fine, but the negatives outweighed the positives on this one.
Milani Tinted Moisturizer sells at Amazon for $4.43, if you want to chance it.
A full ballet-style bun is a perfect hairstyle for nearly any occasion – prom, your wedding or just a weekend shopping trip. Plus, the basic bun is way easier than you think to make. Here’s how to style it yourself so you get a full, thick ballerina bun:
1. Pull your dry hair back into a ponytail positioned wherever you’d like the base of the bun to fall. (This is where you get to play – you can go as low as the nape of your neck or, my favorite, pull it straight up out of the top of your head and get a big poofy ball up there like the girl in the pic above.) Use a little Frizz-Ease or Garnier Sleek n’ Shine to tame flyaways; this look is sleek.