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Coastal Scents Spring Fling Sale: 30% of All Palettes!
Click here for the sale page!
If you missed the last round of sales, here’s another one for you! And even though they say 30%, some palettes like the 88 Original and the Warm, are almost 50% off, so do take a close look at individual items.
@urbadhabit Of course they are! Coastalscents was one of the first sites to make OEM palettes like these famous, and I’ve bought makeup and brushes from them for years, so don’t worry about them not being legit. They aren’t a fly-by-night ebay seller.
Napolitan Ice-Cream Eye Tutorial: Cream, Pink, and Brown Matte BH Cosmetic Pan Eyeshadows
This is the first time I’m trying out BH Cosmetics, and I read good things about some of their affordable individual matte shadows (they’re an amazing $0.98 per 26mm MAC-sized pan!), so I’m doing a look using all matte shades. Usually, metallics tend to be pretty good quality, so the real test is usually the matte shades.
And so far so good! The finished look has a very velvety, soft-focus finish which would be good if you have dry skin or lines around your lids. This is also a good texture for work or school, as you can get away with more colors when you’re using matte textures.
Just make sure you apply a good eye shadow base so the pigments will adhere to your lids properly, since they tend to fade or dust off easily.
Step 1: Pack a dark brown to the outer 1/3 of the lids, and run it along the outer half of the lower lash line as well.
Step 2: In the center of the lids, pack on a bright medium pink matte shadow. Here, I found using my fingers allowed me to get the color on more intensely, but if you want to do that, make sure your fingers are clean and oil free or you could ruin your matte shadows.
Step 3: To finish, I applied a soft pale ivory-taupe to the inner corners of the lids, and then used a fluffy blending brush to apply the first deep brown shadow along the socket line, fading inwards. This gives definition and contour. [Tip: Matte shades are pretty good for defining the socket line if you have hooded or mono-lids.]
Step 4: Along the upper and lower lash line, I ran a metallic brown pencil (any brand will do) for some definition. Then I finished by curling lashes and applying black mascara.
I’m testing Thierry Mugler’s Metamorphose mascara and I have to say I’m really impressed with it so far. The annoying thing is that I got this tube free in a fragrance coffret and I can’t replace it when I run out. Bleh.
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I’m still considering which sets I want to get, but I’ll be placing an order soon. The team has been quite responsive and professional in my communications with them, and they’ve been operating for awhile, with all the requisite site systems and communications channels set up, so I definitely don’t get any sense that there’s anything shady about them.
(I’d say you need to be more wary if the shops are on eBay, etc. A scam/counterfeit-goods site generally does not last long enough to warrant setting up active and regularly-updated Tumblr, Youtube, Facebook, etc accounts and getting legitimate encryption for their site.)
Also, I originally heard about beflurt.com from Emilynoel83 on Youtube who recommended the site in one of her recent videos on budget makeup, so you be the judge on that!
If you’re still not sure, I’d recommend giving them a call at (877)717-0576 [Mon - Fri, 9AM - 6PM PST]. I’m sure they’d be happy to respond to your queries!
5 Recommended Drugstore Mascaras (plus an amazing lash primer)
What are your top 5 mascaras for under $12? thanks. :)
It was harder than expected to nail down 5 mascaras under US$12 specifically, as prices vary so much internationally, so I will just stick to recommending drugstore mascaras that I’ve personally tried and loved over the years.
If these happen to cost more then US$12 where you are located (like me), I’m sorry about that!
1. L’oreal Voluminous: You’ve heard it before. This is the drugstore version of Dior Show mascara with a smaller, easier-to-handle brush. I stockpile this (both the regular and Carbon Black versions) because they’re not sold in many parts of Asia, and I can’t imagine not having this mascara. Some people find it clumpy but I’ve never had any issues. These are my absolute favorite for giving fluffy, feathery, full lashes that don’t look like burnt-twigs.
2. Rimmel Glam Eyes Mascara (non-waterproof in pink tube)
This works quite like Rimmel Sexy Curves, but is a bit better for people with sparser lashes. Separates and builds quite quickly for a more dramatic look, but I find it does not give the wispy “born-with-it” lashes L’oreal Voluminous gives me.
Many people either love or hate this. I’ve found people who hate it haven’t quite gotten the knack of working with it. You can use the Step 1 brush as a primer and then layer on Step 2 for killer volume, but the way I personally like to use it is actually to apply Step 2 FIRST, and then separate and sweep off clumps with the Step 1 brush. This is like L’oreal Voluminous on steroids.
4. Revlon Grow Luscious (Original)
This dried out very fast for me, which is my only beef with the formula. I did enjoy it very much, as it also gives you feathery, natural-looking lashes. The bonus is that it conditions them as well, but I wouldn’t say it actually makes your lashes GROW longer. The brush is quite similar to Dior Show but if you have problems with keeping mascara off your lids, then this mascara is not for you as it’s huge and dense. But for many people outside of the US and UK, Revlon Grow Luscious is available and Voluminous is not.
5. Shiseido Lash Expander Frame Plus
This fiber mascara lengthens by applying tiny fibers onto the tips of your natural lashes and creates natural-looking temporary extensions. As someone who HATES the look of clumpy or obviously unnatural lashes, this was a staple before I got into Bourjois and L’oreal mascaras. I did not list it as part of the main list because outside of Japan (and occasionally on eBay), the mascara costs an arm and a leg. In Japan, it only costs about US$10 while local buyers in Singapore have to shell out a ridiculous US$20-21 (SGD$25.90), which is the price of high-end mascaras in the West.
But this mascara is for a specific purpose; building believable length. If you have sparse lashes and need volume, this will not do it for you.
PLUS!! Lash Primer of choice:
Ardell Brow & Lash Growth Accelerator
It might sound unlikely but this coats your lashes and works as the best primer if you don’t like those chalky-white lash primers that give you lash tips that go helter-skelter. It protects and conditions your lashes, works as a primer, AND costs US$2. (It’s more expensive than that in other parts of the world, but still incredibly cheap.)
An important thing is to make sure that you get a tube that is cloudy white; not yellowish or orange as those would have “turned”. Sometimes drugstores don’t get rid of old stock, so it’s important to be careful when it comes to products that go on your eyes and skin.
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