Sunday, October 19, 2014

I'm moving! New website!

I put on some big girl internet pants and switched over to a new site! It got a bit hard to manage having my YoutTube channel and completely different sounding/unrelated blog, so from now on you can conveniently find everything in one spot at www.ttsandra.com

I'll see you with some new posts very soon :) 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Notable Minis | Ole Henriksen

My love for mini samples/travel sizes of products knows no bounds. Here are three products I have been testing (after hoarding Sephora samples in bulk) that are definitely going to make it to the "full size repurchase" list. I get my Ole Henriksen fix at Sephora, but if you do not have access to that, Feel Unique has got you covered with free shipping worldwide!



What it is: a clear gel that feels cooling on the skin, to be used nightly under the eyes
What it does: has tremendously helped refine the texture of the skin around my eyes. Fine lines be gone!!


What it is: a cleansing "gelée", the next revolution in cleansers. 
What it does: It's a gel that you massage onto dry skin, it then emulsifies into an oil as you massage it in, it melts off all your makeup and rinses clean with you add water. I prefer using this with a washcloth and warm water. Skin is left feeling super clean, not dried out and silky smooth.


What it is: a lightweight moisturizer
What it does: it's packed full of antioxidants aimed to help refine skin texture and fade spots/scarring. It has a lightweight texture, sinks right into the skin and works wonderfully underneath makeup or layered over a serum at night time. 


Have you tried any of these? I highly recommend that you do. They're great for all skin types but especially efficient if you have combination/oily skin and are battling acne, any sort of scarring or texture issues.

xx

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Review: First Aid Beauty Radiance Pads

Ring the alarm! I finally found a daily face exfoliant that makes me happy! Aaaaand shock horror, it's in a pre-soaked pad format. I purchased the small jar of the First Aid Beauty Radiance Pads back in August as I was gearing up for my trip. I thought it would be more effective to have pre-soaked pads rather than carrying my bottle of exfoliating toner and a stash of cotton wool. (By the way how awesome is it when a company offers their products in travel sizes?)

Fast forward almost two months and two little jars later, I am finally ready to commit to the full size.


I love these things! They are alcohol free, loaded with glycolic, hyaluronic and lactic acid (amongst some other yummy things like aloe vera juice and cucumber water) and feel nice and refreshing on the skin. They are super gentle but effective, making them the perfect daily exfoliant. I am hesitant to use exfoliants daily when I have active breakouts but these are so nice and gentle they do not contribute to irritation whatsoever.

So, what are you waiting for? If you're in the market for something new (and effective) to add to your skincare routine, look no further.

You can pick them up at Sephora in either the 28 pack or 60 pack :)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

FFFresh Fall Face

I seem to have lost my flare for creating good titles for posts. I apologize.
This post is simple.
It's what I had on my face today! Fall is upon us and just like pumpkin spice lattes, MAC Mulch eyeshadow is coming back into heavy rotation:


Eyes: By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Brown Perfection smudged all over the lid with fingers as a base, MAC Mulch eyeshadow all over the lid, MAC Wedge and Espresso shadows in the crease. Dior Waterproof eyeliner pencil in Dark Brown, L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara.

Lips: Burberry Lip Cover in Blush

Face: YSL Teint Resist foundation, La Mer Radiant Concealer in Medium, Bourjois  Healthy Balance Powder in #53, Chanel Les Beiges Powder #40, Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Exposed.

What's your fall go-to eyeshadow? *** or are you still in summer mode? :)

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Tourist: Casual Travel Outfits & Photos

Hi!


I just got back from vacation and the past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind. I initially intended on posting outfit of the days while I was gone (I spent 7 days in Barcelona and 3 in Vienna) but the internet at our apartment in Spain was so bad, it took ages just to get 1 photo uploaded so I figured I wait it out and compile it into one post!

I was super impressed with my packing skills in this trip - I managed to fit in all my belongings in just one medium sized suitcase (no carry-on aside from a small backpack that housed my laptop and camera)!! This means that a lot of my HG wardrobe items made the cut - namely loose-fitting soft jersey tops. I had just found the perfect muscle tank prior to leaving (by LA based brand Daydreamer), bought it in black and white, and wore them a ton during my trip.

The Daydreamer LA muscle tank in black and white:


Tank: Daydreamer (link! on sale!)
Shorts: H&M (not current season)
Shoes: Puma (not current season)
Sunglasses: Chanel (Classic Cat Eye model)



Tank: Daydreamer (again! link!)
Jacket: Rag & Bone (similar here)
Leggings: adidas by Stella McCartney (link)
Crossbody: Coach (not current season)
Shoes: Puma (not current season)


Same story above, jeans are jeggings from GAP - one of my favourite pairs of jeans that I own!

I'm channeling the GAP jegging power in this shot too, paired with an asymmetrical bra by Helmut Lang (link!) and a loose T shirt from Zara:



Top and bag: H&M (I bought the bag a couple of years ago but the cropped sweater is recent)
Skirt: Aritzia (brand is Babaton, there is still a longer version of it available here)
Sandals: Italian Shoemakers (overall total granny shoe brand but I found these on a sale rack at Winners and they were too comfortable to pass up!)

I had such a wonderful vacation with two of my closest friends, and by far my favourite memory was just getting to go on ridiculously long walks to Barceloneta beach, grab a cone filled with fresh fries, soak them up with melted cheese and Spanish ham and soak up the sun/sunsets by the Mediterranean sea. 

However it's great to be back and to get in the swing of things (expect the flow of posts and videos to resume this week)
xx

Sandra

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Review: Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

I have been wanting to try this mask for a few months now and finally got the chance to buy it a few weeks ago. The Resurfacing Mask from Tata Harper is one of the stars of the brand and I was pleasantly surprised that it delivers.

Tata Harper is a Vermont-based natural skincare company with a really cool brand concept and manufacturing process (you can actually type in the batch code on each product that you own by them to find out more about when it was produced/who it was batched by, etc.), you can read more about it here but let's talk more about that mask, shall we?


Sephora carries a small selection of Tata Harper products exclusively online, the Resurfacing Mask being one of them so I ordered it as soon as my Ole Henriksen Lemon Flash peel ran out and have been trying it out for the last couple of weeks. It. Is. Awesome!

Not only is it refreshing to find a skincare product that is worth the investment (this mask retails for $55), but a natural one at that! It is beta hydroxy acid based, which means it penetrates deeper in the skin cells, provides deeper exfoliation and is more efficient on acne-prone skin than treatments that are strictly AHA based.


It has a light jelly texture and a pleasant sweet/slightly herbal scent, you smooth over a thin layer all over the face and leave it on for 20-30 minutes. The mask slightly tightens as it dries, and removes easily with warm water. I didn't do a particularly "thick" layer as the instruction suggests, and it worked just fine. The result after rinsing is instantly noticeable. My skin felt so smooth, looked more radiant and any active blemishes were calmed down. 

It's gentle (no scary tingling sensation) but if you have hyper sensitive skin I would recommend maybe just leaving it on 10-15 minutes and see how it goes.

In conclusion - this is a total win. You can find Tata Harper online at Sephora, Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter, etc. It's quite widely available for such a niche skincare brand, and it's a good thing. I'm currently using up a sample of their Resurfacing Moisturizer which is also awesome but I have to come to terms with the price tag first ($100. *gulp*) before I decide on indulging.

Have you tried this mask? If not - you should. It's incredible.

xx

Sandra

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hair Holy Grails: III

Catch up with Part 1 and Part 2 of my Hair Holy Grails series if you haven't seen those posts. In the third instalment we have quite the eclectic mix - a hair spray, a conditioner and a heat styling product:


1. Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel Conditioner

This is the best tone correcting hair product I have tried. If you have highlighted hair and want to keep the brassy tones in check, look no further. Not only does it smell amazing and conditions the hair well without making it feel greasy or weighed down, but it is incredibly rich in purple pigment which is the key to neutralizing any orange tendencies that your highlighted hair might have. Kevin Murphy is an Australian brand and can be quite hard to get a hold of (I'm lucky to go to a hair salon that stocks the products) but I have had luck finding and ordering some of the products from Amazon.



I have been using/buying this for over two years and I can't be bothered to stray. Best hairspray ever. It has a medium flexible hold, smells like heaven, doesn't weigh the hair down and boosts it with a hint of airy volume. Oh, and it also adds shine. What more can you ask for? Get it at most salons (this brand is everywhere) or on Feelunique with free worldwide shipping!


This "restructuring milk for weakened hair" does just that. You apply and massage it into damp hair, focusing on the areas of most damage, which is usually the ends. It is then heat activated so when you blow dry/use styling tools it protects those fragile bits of your hair and strengthens them through the entire styling process. It has a pleasant scent and it doesn't weigh my fine hair down at all. It has made a huge difference in the condition of my split ends. Now it doesn't fix split ends (no product no matter how magical it claims to be will ever be able to fix split ends) but it does prevent future split ends from happening, which is good enough for me!

xx

Sandra

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Birthday Shoes!

For the last four years I have had this little tradition for myself... I buy myself a nice pair of shoes for my birthday. 

This year's pair makes me incredibly happy so I thought I would share them with you:


They are the Jimmy Choo Callie T-Strap Sandals and they are perfection.

They stand tall at 120mm, but they are so easy to wear and fit right in with my arsenal of black outfits. Sigh. Happy birthday to me!

xx

Sandra

Friday, August 29, 2014

CND Vinylux Nail Polish Review

A nail polish that claims to last at least 7 days chip-free? I'm in!

I've tried several polishes/top coats that claimed to stand up to this claim in the past but this is the first one that actually delivered. The CND Vinylux system gets two pretty and polished thumbs up!


How it works is super simple: you apply two coats of the colour and follow up with a the top coat. Not only is the result nice and shiny but it also dries super fast. It dried just as fast as my regular polish with the Seche Vite top coat minus the gloopiness!

The colour I got was a timeless bright red Wildfire (I can never get sick of red nails):


And this is what it looked like after not 7 but 10 (!) days:


Aside from regrowth and minor tip wear... this stuff was incredible and it survived many dish washing episodes (I wash dishes by hand, without gloves).

Have you tried this stuff? I think it's a great alternative for women who like to change their polish more often than shellac and are looking for a fuss free at home alternative!

I was kindly gifted this set by my co-worker but am currently scouting more shades online (Amazon is my BFF).

What has been the most long lasting nail polish you have ever tried?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

3 Masks For All Your Skincare Needs

This week I'm sharing my current skincare routine over on my YouTube channel and as a supplement I thought I'd share with you the face masks that I use depending on my skin condition. These three masks are tried and true - some I've been using for over a year:


From left to right:


This is my go-to mask before any type of special occasion where I want my skin to "perk up". I use it right after I get out of the shower. It has a light gel consistency, orange in colour and smells of oranges as well. As it comes in contact with your damp skin surface, the oxygen is released and it starts frothing up. It produces a fun tingling sensation that lasts for about 5-10 minutes, then you rinse it off. It's a quick skin boost and it leaves my skin feeling plump and refreshed, perfect to use before a night out!


This is one of the best peels I have ever tried. It's intense - roughly a 20% acid mix that works hard to slough off dead skin cells and promote skin cell renewal. It contains AHAs (glycolic acid, lactic acid and fruit enzymes) and it is a clear gel consistency that you apply with the brush it comes with, leave it onto the skin for 10-15 minutes depending on your tolerance (it stings) and rinse it off. This mask is ideal if you are looking to fade hyperpigmentation and old acne scars.
I do not recommend you use this if you have active blemishes on your face, though, since it can be quite intense and irritating on those sensitive spots. On old scars, though, it's a warrior!

3. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay ($10-15 at Whole Foods or on Amazon)

This is a cheapie but a goodie. I reviewed it in depth last year in this post. It's a DIY clay mask - the box contains the clay that you mix with either water or apple cider vinegar (I prefer the latter), apply it on the face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes as it tightens and absorbs excess oils and gunk from your skin. This is a must if you have oily/combination skin and are battling blackheads. 


What are your go to face masks?

Using face masks is seriously the highlight of my week sometimes. I'm easy to please :)

xx

Sandra

Monday, August 25, 2014

Eyeliner Wins and Fails

There is no better time to test the true performance of an eyeliner than in the middle of a hot and humid summer on oily skin. Both of these eyeliners are by L'Oreal so it goes to show that even within the same brand there lie winners and losers.

Let's start with the loser(s):



The L'Oreal Super Liner (both The Super Slim and Blackbuster sizes - I liked to use these together, first the Blackbuster for the thick graphic line and then The Skinny to fine tune the outer wing)


It transferred and faded by the end of my work day (~8 hours). Boo.

The winner:

L'Oreal Lineur Intense Brush tip liner in Carbon Black


Not to be confused with the felt tip version, which sucked.

This eyeliner was awesome, I wish the brush was thinner and sharper but the formula can't be beat. This is what it looked like at the end of the day, same length of time tested as the previous liners mentioned:


You can see that my foundation is settling and looking a hot mess, but the liner is still impeccable!

I've been on a liquid liner binge lately. What are some of your favourites?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Foundation Love: By Terry Cover Expert

I sort of foreshadowed this in a FOTD post a couple of weeks ago but today I am back to tell you that the love is real. About three solid weeks of testing By Terry Cover Expert foundation I can safely say that it is my favourite foundation that I have tried yet (sorry Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and YSL Teint Resist, y'all have to step it down a notch).


It comes in a tube, which I love. It retails for $66 which is steep but on par with brands like Giorgio Armani. You actually get 35mL of product VS the traditional 30mL you usually get in foundations. I have the shade #9 Honey Beige and it is a perfect match. It's like the stars have aligned for me with this one.


It has great medium coverage without ever looking or feeling heavy on the skin, it has a velvet finish that's still "radiant from within", the colour doesn't oxidize and the lasting power is great on my oily skin. I do have to use a touch up powder after about 6 hours but it honestly fades so nicely I have zero problems touching up. I have to do that with every foundation anyways since I have quite long days. I can even get away with not powdering it and it still lasts better than some foundations that were meant to be more long lasting (*cough* Lancome Teint Idole 24hr *cough*).


It's similar to Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet in the sense that it provides that great smooth velvet finish while staying lightweight on the skin - but it has a hint more luminosity, better lasting power, it doesn't oxidize AND it isn't a nightmare on dry patches.

I seriously can't say enough good things about it. It doesn't have SPF in it which doesn't bother me since I use a separate SPF on my face anyways. The only deterrent, really, is the price and limited availability of the brand. I don't think it's physically available at any counters in Canada (I got mine at a small beauty boutique in Ann Arbor, Michigan), but if you're in the USA you can find it at Barney's and SpaceNK (select Boomingdale's locations) or you can bite the bullet and order online


Also, I have a gold medal for you if you can understand the hieroglyphics on the back of the box (AKA the ingredients list).

I cannot recommend this foundation enough if you have normal/combination/oily skin, want medium buildable coverage that looks natural but lasts all day and like a bit of a luxe treat. You won't regret it, I promise.

xx

Sandra

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Weekend Wishlist 16.08.14

Because I need another lipstick like I need a hole in the head.

Lip products are my kryptonite, people!!! Here's what's on my radar at the moment:




This is a gorgeous pale peachy nude (my favourite kind of nude!) that Rae wore in her last video and it was totally up my alley. I kinda need it and you do too. Bite Beauty just nails it in terms of lip formulas and colour selections.


I am not a fan of the original Fresh Sugar lip balm and find it quite subpar when it comes to its lip hydrating capabilities but the colour of the Tulip is a perfect everyday brightening lip shade. Perfect for days at the office where you want something on your lips that's comfortable and that puts some life into your face.


This bright mandarin orange is stunning and I can't rave about this lipstick formula enough.

4. NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Montego Bay (a rosy nude) and Tonkin (rosy brown)

I have tried both of these on numerous times at Sephora in the last couple of months and I can't decide which I want more. The conclusion is I need both. Montego Bay is a softer pink, Tonkin is more of a 90's brown nude.

What's on your wishlist this weekend? 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Best Bright Lipsticks

This post and video are an ode to one of my favourite things - bright lipsticks!


I love mostly neutral makeup but nothing can really amp up a look than throwing a bright lip in the mix. Most of my picks are matte because I find matte bright lips more eye-catching and modern (and not to mention they last longer!).



Whether accompanied by a lip liner or just dabbed on as a stain, I hope you'll find a bright lipstick in this post that strikes your interest and feel free to share your favourites with me in the comment section!

xx

Sandra

Friday, August 8, 2014

Weekend Face ft. By Terry & Kat Von D

I've been sporting this super simple "nude" look over the past few weeks, switching things up here and there and fine tuning until I have reached the perfect combination. A good base, eyeliner that's slightly dramatic on the top lash line paired with very natural blush and sheer lipstick.
This, my friends, was the combination for me. My cat eye liner didn't look ratchet and I may have found the foundation of my dreams:


Kat Von D Tattoo Liner ($19 at Sephora) has been amazing for creating a sharp and precise winged out line. The formula isn't as intense of a black as Benefit Push-up Liner but the brush gives more control so you can have a more subtle look or a more fine tuned graphic line. It's a very fine brush applicator and I'll be reviewing it in more detail next week as I get to play with it more.

L'Oréal Miss Manga mascara for a fluttery voluminous lash. No mascara/liner on the lower lashline, just a hint of Anastasia highlighting pencil in Camille. Blush has been Tarte Exposed, and a hint of Dior Incognito on the lips.

The foundation is By Terry Cover Expert ($66 at Barneys) in shade #9 Honey Beige. By Terry is a difficult brand for me to find where I live but I was lucky enough to walk into a lovely place in Ann Arbor, Michigan last weekend called Lily Grace Cosmetics where not only did I get to troll a By Terry counter but I also got to meet one of my lovely readers! Hi Madeleine!

I am so in love with the Cover Expert foundation, I even proclaimed to elope with it in a Facebook status. Sorry not sorry. It's early days of testing and I will be doing a more in depth review later on but for now I am obsessed and I have refused to wear anything else on my face this week. 

I will take a deep breath now and prance off into the sunset with my newfound makeup loves.

What makeup have you been loving this week??

xx

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara

The newest member of L'Oréal's mascara family has just become my favourite one. I'm a big fan of the Voluminous range of mascaras (my most recent love has been Voluminous Butterfly, reviewed here) so I was super excited when I saw that Miss Manga mascara hit the shelves in Canada.

It. Is. Awesome!!


It's got this cool flexible wand, brush bristles that taper slightly at the end and an amazing formula that doesn't smudge, flake or transfer on my oily eyelids...  all while still being easy to remove at night.


It's the perfect mascara for everyday use, offering good volume and length. Here is one coat on me:


Have you tried this yet? If you're a fan of fluttery, voluminous lashes, then I think it's definitely worth a try :)

xx

Sandra

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Cleansin' Wednesday: Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleanser/Mask

This product has been around on the market for a while and had always been on the back of my mind to try but for some reason it's not available at any drug store near me. On a trip to the US I popped into Ulta and here it was on the Neutrogena shelves, smiling at me.


I purchased a tube ($6.99, haaay) and went on my merry way. I've been using it for a month now and thought I'd weigh in on the experience.

The product claims to be both a cleanser and a mask. It's a pasty creamy texture with gritty particles, so it also serves as a scrub. It reminds me of tooth paste but a slightly thinner texture.


It has a slightly cooling sensation when applied on the skin. It lathers a tiny bit when mixed with water on the face and used as a cleanser. When used as a mask it claims to help balancing the skin's oil production and to keep oily skins matte for longer - I honestly couldn't tell a difference in how oily my skin got during the day. It was the same as it always is.


The scent is fruity and refreshing, and the scrub particles are very fine. It also contains salicylic acid which is great if you are acne prone. However a word of caution - if you're sensitive and acne prone, this might be too harsh as a daily cleanser. You might want to try it as a treatment once or twice a week to start. While it hasn't done miracles for my acne, I didn't expect it to. I believe that if you suffer from acne you need supplementary products that have higher concentrations of active ingredients and a simple cleanser alone can't do the trick. This is a great budget cleanser for oily skins in the summer and it's worth a try next time you're perusing the drugstore aisles for a new cleanser!

I have not seen it on the shelves at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada, but they do have it at Target, Walmart, Ulta/CVS/Walgreens in the USA, etc. You can also find it online here.

I have used cleansers from Neutrogena before and was not a big fan, but this one makes the cut!

What are your favourite drugstore cleansers?

Friday, August 1, 2014

Travel Makeup Bag Lovin'

I got this awesome new makeup bag from Hold Me and got to put it to the test a couple of weekends ago. It was love at first pack.



I love that it's easy to clean, it has a brush compartment that's neatly separated, a pocket on the sleeve and a divider. It comes in three different sizes and I chose the largest one because I'm a makeup hoarder even when I travel.

The material feels super soft and it's vegan suede. The quality is top notch and I love that it ties together which allows you to really stuff it with items orrrrr be a regular reasonable adult and not bring 10 lipsticks on vacation but I won't judge :P


Here's what I packed for a weekend trip:



I highly recommend these bags. You can get them on Amazon or directly on their website here. They come in different colours/patterns and they are handmade in the USA.

Now let's see how much I can stuff in it when I go to Spain later this month :)

xx

Sandra

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hair Holy Grails: The Sequel

A couple of weeks ago I shared some of my absolute must-haves when it comes to hair products. Click here to re-visit the post. I have long, fine hair (not a lot of it) that is colour processed. I love messy slightly wavy hair so I absolutely love using volumizing products.

However, since my hair is so fine, I have to be careful when choosing products aimed at adding volume and texture because too much product or the wrong product can weigh the hair down and make it look like a mess (the struggle is real, people).

Here is the second instalment of Hair Holy Grails. The three products I am sharing with you today have been recent loves that I have discovered over the last year and boy oh boy do I love them!


Two of them are by Oribe, which is in my mind the Rolls Royce of hair product lines. I'm a tough critic so not every product I have tried from the brand has been a winner, but these two are absolutely amazing and I will repurchase in a heartbeat - the cult favourite Dry Texturizing Spray (shown here in the travel size version) gives your hair that matte piece-y texture without weighing it down. It's also awesome for adding volume at the crown of your hair if you do any teasing. I personally don't like teasing my hair so I opt for the more airy Thick Dry Finishing Spray for a boost of volume at the roots as the very last step after styling. It's like walking through an organized wind tunnel - adds the perfect amount of airy volume without weighing my hair down.

Oh, and did I mention that both of these smell amazing? You can find Oribe at some high end hair salons, Jacob & Sebastian boutiques in Toronto, Space NK, Net-A-Porter and Neiman Marcus

Last on the dock (and in dire need of a repurchase) is my favourite clarifying shampoo in the universe, Bumble and Bumble Sunday. It gets rid of product build-up and gets my hair as clean as can be. I use it about every other week and it's like a reboot to my hair routine.

I can't recommend these enough and I would love to hear about some of your holy grail hair products in the comment section :)

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Vibes...

After a mostly relaxing weekend (read: if there was such thing as a napping championship, I would have won the trophy) I am starting off the week totally recharged and re-inspired.

I even dusted off my Pinterest account and updated some of my boards with inspiring images, namely from the fashion and home decor categories (sprinkle in some recipes here and there). Pinterest is like entering a time-sucking black hole filled with all sorts of awesome things, and sometimes those things involve cheese, bacon and carbs ^_^

Yummy recipes aside, here is my fashion inspiration for the week... my closet "cheese bacon and carbs", if you will:


I like it when the Olsen twins don't look like they're homeless. 

I hope your week is off to a great start! I will be filming my updated skincare routine video, July 2014 beauty favourites and another tutorial this week (time permitting) so catch me on YouTube for more beauty banter later on in the week.

xx

Sandra

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Benefit "They're Real!" Push-up Liner Review

I gotta hand it to Benefit's marketing team - they did an amazing job at creating buzz, hype and excitement over their new eye liner. I can't even remember the last time the beauty world got so excited about eyeliner! Sadly like with all things that get super hyped up, people have higher expectations and when those expectations are not met, they tend to be more vocal about it. This is what happened with this liner, I think, because the ladies on the Sephora website have not been very kind with their reviews.


I really like this liner. In the spectrum of non-pencil liners I prefer this over gel/cream formulas that come in the pot and that you have to use a separate brush to apply. Call me the Negative Nancy of gel eyeliners, but I just think that they're a pain in the ass and I'd choose a felt tip/brush tip liquid liner any day.

Now back to Benefit Push-up Liner - this isn't a liquid in a felt tip nor a gel with a brush. This has a gel formula in a unique angled rubberized applicator tip. The gel formula isn't as smooth and gliding like MAC Fluidline gel liner, it's more akin to a cream liner formula (like my Shu Uemura painting liner or the Smashbox cream liner). This is why I think many reviewers complain about it - the liner can skip a bit due to not gliding well against the rubber applicator. I think this is awesome for creating a graphic winged liner, so I don't mind going over a couple of times since it's what I have to do to get the line thicker anyway.



This is the easiest liner I've used when it comes to creating even graphic wings on both sides and it's due to the applicator... the angle of the applicator makes it effortless!


As for the formula - I got a solid 8 hours of wear with this without smudging or flaking. It faded a tiny bit at the end of the day but nothing super noticeable. It has a matte black finish, which I appreciate, and it was easy to remove at night with either Bioderma or an oil cleanser. 

If you're a fan of a thicker, more graphic winged line, and you suck at achieving that look using gel liner and a brush, I think that this liner is definitely worth a shot. I like different liners for different looks (a liquid can't be beat for that sophisticated super sharp cat eye, a kohl is best for smudging, etc.) and I definitely have enough room in my heart and my makeup drawer for Benefit's Push-up Liner.

You can find Benefit "They're Real" Push-up Liner at Sephora, Benefit counters worldwide and Shoppers Drug Mart (my Shoppers Beauty Boutique had a big display of them by the checkout!)

Have you tried this liner? What do you think?

xx

Sandra
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