Sephora Favorites Brow Raising Brow Wardrobe

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Sephora Favorites Brow Raising Brow Wardrobe is a recent limited edition release to their Sephora Favorites. This boxed set is available in two shades: Light/Medium and Medium/Dark. The Sephora Favorites Brow Raising Brow Wardrobe is available at all Sephora locations (even those inside JCPenney) and retails for $40.00.

I have purchased many a Sephora Favorites set but none have come close to the value of the Sephora Favorites Brow Raising Brow Wardrobe. Five of the items included in this set are full sized. That’s right! Five full sized brow products! This kit contains everything you’ll need to get your perfect brow for $40.

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There are some items in this set that I’ve used before. I’ve raved about Anastasia’s Brow Wiz for what seems like forever. I have not found any brow pencil that comes close to this one. It’s pigmented and creamy (always store the pencil upright with the product facing down). Anastasia’s Brow Gel is equally as fabulous and a long time fave of mine too. These two products alone are what drove me to buy the set.

I’ve used Benefit’s High Brow before and even though I no longer support the company thanks to their ridiculous Bon Qui Qui campaign. I will say that High Brow is a really good pencil highlighter. It’s natural looking, creamy and easy to apply. You can use it under your brow or anywhere else you want a natural highlight. It might come off as ashy on those of us with darker skin tones.

Top to Bottom: Kat Von D Tattoo Brow in Medium Brown, Smashbox Brow Tech Glossy Stick in Brunette, Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown and Benefit High Brow.

Top to Bottom: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown, Smashbox Brow Tech Glossy Stick in Brunette, Kat Von D Tattoo Brow in Medium Brown and Benefit High Brow.

There are two items that are new to me in the Sephora Favorites Brow Raising Brow Wardrobe: Kat Von D Tattoo Brow and the Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick. A gloss stick for your brows?!?! I know! I had the same reaction. The truth is that there are those of us who have a natural sheen to their brows and using Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick in conjunction with your normal routine adds a “natural” look to your penciled in brow. This product is very easy to use and can be used in place of a brow wax to keep your brows in place. Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick dries down and stays put. It is not necessarily water proof and will stay put as long as you don’t fiddle with your brows much.

The other new item for me in this set is the Kat Von D Tattoo Brow. I like to use this brow pen to create individual brow hairs. Especially where my brows begin. Kat Von D Tattoo Brow is very long wearing and water proof. Medium Brown can be used to lighten up the darker tone of the Brow Wiz in Dark Brown. This is the item I use the least in the kit. That doesn’t mean it’s not good, it’s just not an item I reach for often

Tweezers and a small mirror round out the Sephora Favorites Brow Raising Brow Wardrobe. While the kits only come in two shade selections I found the Medium/Dark set transitioned well from my lighter auburn summer shade to my nearly black tresses I have now. You can customize the set a bit more by using a brow powder that better compliments your current hair color.

If you’re a brow fanatic like I am, this is the Sephora Favorites Brow Raising Brow Wardrobe for you. At $40 you’re getting $100 worth of products. This is a beauty bargain from a store that rarely has them. I suggest grabbing Sephora Favorites Brow Raising Brow Wardrobe now before their VIB sale begins this month.

XOXO

Ashley

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Beauty Picks for Fall 2014

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The fall is one of my favorite seasons. Yeah, towards the end when everything is dead it can be depressing but the transition of colors, fall flowers, the scents, flavors, the weather… I just LOVE Fall. Unlike the other three beauty seasons, fall tends to get the least amount of love because the Holiday collections usually launch within a month of fall actually settling in and the shift focuses to the Holiday deals and steals. Before the holidays take over our lives pick up some of my Fall 2014 Beauty Picks and enjoy everything that the fall has to offer. ebblo fall 2014 picks 1.) LORAC Pro 2 Palette $42.00 – I have already raved about this and the Pro 2 is the perfect collection of neutrals and jewel tones for Fall 2014 with the added extra bonus of a mini eye shadow primer as well. A budget friendly alternative would be the Wet n Wild Limited Edition Fall 2014 Melrose palettes. 2.) Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick $44.oo – I rave about this every month and the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick is the BUSINESS. I can fake trained estheticians when wearing this foundation that is how much it mimics actual skin. It is long wearing but emollient enough to not dry your skin out as the air gets drier. This foundation stick wears/covers well on its own, is easy to apply and has INSANE lasting power when paired with a primer/setting spray. 3.) Make Up Forever Mist & Fix $12.00-$29.00- This is a recent discovery of mine and I have been reaching for it more than my trusted MAC Fix+. The fall is a transitional season so depending on where you live experiencing summer like weather into November can be expected. Make Up Forever Mist& Fix will set your makeup for the humid days and it will also add some moisture to your skin on drier days. You can get a travel sized bottle for $12! 4.) Serenity + Scott Powder Foundation $26.00 – If you prefer a powder foundation this is going to be your holy grail. The Serenity + Scott Powder Foundation applies beautifully, looks like skin, doesn’t cling to dry skin and it is available in a variety of shades. This is hands down my favorite powder foundation and I typically don’t like them. 5.) Too Faced Cosmetics Melted Berry $21.00 – Berry and red shades are hot for Fall 2014. Melted Berry is hands down my favorite dark lippie of the moment. It is long wearing, doesn’t bleed, glossy, not drying on my lips and leaves a very pretty stain behind. Pro Tip for wearing a dramatic lip: If you have drier lips, exfoliate your lips first and then follow with a light layer of lip balm before you apply your makeup. By the time you’re ready to do your lips they will be hydrated and ready for color. Also, darker colors should also be applied with a lip brush. 6.) Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliners $3.99 – Waterproof, available in a staggering amount of colors, easy to apply, easy to find and affordable. What’s not to love about the Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal Eyeliners. Optimal colors for fall: Black, Brown, Purple, Taupe, Nude and Deep Blue. 7.) Milani Eye Primer $5.99 – This is the best eyeshadow primer on the market right now if you ask me. If you’re going to be rocking some funky Halloween makeup, on trend smoky eyes, graphic liner, etc Milani’s Eyeshadow Primer is going to be your new best friend. Pro Tip: If your foundation/concealer is creasing no matter what you do, try a little bit of eyeshadow primer underneath your foundation/concealer. What are your go to beauty products for the fall? Is there any Fall 2014 beauty trend you are just dying to try? Ashley

City Color Intense Blush Quad Collection 1

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City Color’s Intense Blush Quads come in four different collections, for the purpose of this review I purchased Collection One. Each palette contains four blushes (each .10 OZ) and retails for $5.99. I am not exactly sure where you purchase the City Color collection other than their website, which unfortunately does not have a store locator. I purchased this palette at my local Five Below for $4.99. The store  had two of the four Intense Blush Quads (Collection One & Two), some lip products and their Sunkissed Trio (which I also bought). These City Color items were mixed in with their LA Colors items.

I have heard nothing but great things about City Color’s blushes. I received one a few months ago in an Ipsy Glam Bag but I ended up giving it away to a bridal client who really loved the shade. When I saw the Intense Blush Quads at my local Five Below for roughly $5 I was all over it. I grabbed Collection One which contains four varying shades of pink. It was calling to me from the shelves. What really drew my eyes is that all four blushes in the Intense Blush Quad Collection One appeared matte.

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The very first thing I noticed about the Intense Blush Quad Collection One upon opening it is the scent of the blushes. There is a definite “cheap makeup” smell that is very evident. Fortunately this does not translate upon application. All four shades included are indeed very matte. You are getting a cool toned fuchsia, a cool toned Barbie pink, a warm toned dusty rose and a warm toned golden pink. The blushes are housed in very sturdy packaging, making these great to travel with if you choose to do so.

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Swatched in the same order they appear in the pan from L to R. The blushes do not have individual names.

Now, onto what everyone really wants to know: payoff and performance! Color payoff is spectacular! All four are in the intensely pigmented department. You definitely need a light hand when applying the Intense Blush Quad in Collection One. The formula is a tad bit powdery but they are very soft, easy to apply and blend out. Each of the four shades wore a good six hours on primed/foundation skin, with fading after the sixth hours but not completely ever going away until I washed them off.

I think the City Color Intense Blush Quad in Collection One is fabulous.  Intense pigmentation, matte, long wearing AND affordable? The City Color Intense Blush Quad in Collection One is a drugstore bargain if you’re into bold blush, a fan of pink OR are darker skin tone. Have you tried anything from City Color Cosmetics? If so, let me know what you recommend in the comments section below.

Ashley

Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner

ebblog benefit they're real push-up Benefit’s They’re Real Push-Up Liner is their latest edition to the “They’re Real” line. It contains .04 oz of product and it retails for $24.00. The Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner has not yet been released. It is expected to hit Benefit’s site on June 27th, 2014 and Benefit counters/retailers shortly after. I had completely sworn off Benefit Cosmetics new “gimmicky” releases. I’m not going to lie, the marketing behind Benefit’s latest release totally sold me on buying the They’re Real Push-Up Liner. I’ve seen it in a few YouTube videos, I saw Benefit’s “police” themed ads for it, I TOTALLY succumbed to the “hype” surrounding They’re Real Push-Up Liner. What can I say? I am human. Benefit’s They’re Real Push-Up Liner is a rather interesting liner. This is NOT your typical liner pen. It is pen shaped with a rubber “AccuFlex” tip that is designed to “hug the lash line” and deposit just the right amount of black eyeliner. The actual eyeliner housed inside the pen is a gel liner (and not liquid!). To dispense the product there is a twist dispenser located at the bottom of They’re Real Push-Up Liner. To use it you only need to twist it “once” and then rest the AccuFlex tip on the base of your lashes and slowly guide along your lashline. You can start from your inner or outer corner.

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The AccuFlex Tip from Benefit’s They’re Real Push-Up Liner

While applying Benefit’s They’re Real Push-Up Liner sounds simple enough, there is a bit of a learning curve. Finding the right way to apply this liner will vary by person. The AccuFlex tip is comfortable and it doesn’t drag across my lids. The gel liner is VERY dry, when applying this across my lashline I did have to touch up the spots where I had some gaps in the liner when wearing the They’re Real alone. When wore over a powder/cream shadow it was almost IMPOSSIBLE to apply, the gel liner is so dry it would not apply at all on top of any shadow product. It became a dry, chunky mess. Once set on my bare eye, I found the liner to be budge proof and on my eyes water proof. It wore for a good 8 hours without any noticeable fading on my oily eyelids and then started to fade around hour 9 or so. They’re Real Push-Up Liner was easy to remove and it did not stain the skin. While it excels at making a nice thick line and winger liner on bare skin it is almost impossible to create a thinner, more natural looking line along the lashline.

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In this swatch you can see how dry the liner is. This is swatched on bare skin.

Benefit’s latest gimmick is a beauty flop. There are much creamier, easier to apply gel liners out there. My pick would be Essence Gel Eyeliners which are available at a a fraction of the cost ($3.99). Will you be trying Benefit’s They’re Real Push Up Liner? What type of eyeliner do you like? Comment below! Ashley

Benefit’s The POREfessional Agent Zero Shine

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Benefit’s POREfessional Agent Zero Shine is a recent addition to Benefit’s permanent line of products. It is the second product in their POREfessional line and is designed to work in tandem with their original POREfessional Primer.  The POREfessional Agent Zero Shine contains .24 OZ and retails for $30.00. This product is widely available at Benefit retailers nation wide. Benefit reccomends that you can wear this on your own in conjunction with their POREfessional primer or over your own makeup.  They also promise that the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine will give you smoother than smooth skin and that it will help you in your war on shine.

I think out of all the mid to high end beauty brands, Benefit is the most notorious when it comes to gimmicky products and POREfessional Agent Zero Shine is yet another addition to their gimmicky line of beauty products. I don’t completely dislike this product but I am not exactly thrilled with it either. POREfessional Agent Zero Shine is designed to blur the appearance of pores and to keep oily skin at bay. While this does a great job at instantly blurring imperfections and instantly mattifying it does nothing to really control oil. I find myself  as oily as ever when I use this product on it’s own and I’m not even a super oily person! Unforutnately the “blurring” effect suffers from the same lack of longevity, with my pores becoming visible within 2 hours. I was having to reapply The POREfessional Agent Zero Shine every 2-3 hours when I wore it over my foundation which is a no-no for me. My foundation/concealer generally lasts all day on me until I remove it when I use my normal face powder. I might get a little shiny on my nose around hour 7 or 8 but nothing super noticeable and that is usually only in the hotter,humid days of Summer.

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The actual product is a loose powder that has a fleshy peach tone to it. POREfessional Agent Zero Shine blends into my skin imparting no visible color or coverage and it is a very finely milled, easy to blend formula. While this is not the longest lasting product on the market in terms of blurring and oil control it is an excellent INSTANT refresher. About to take that all important selfie? Maybe a graduation photo? Apply this to places where you’ll need some touch up or instant blurring and voila! You’re picture ready. And that is where POREfessional Agent Zero Shine really “shines” (pardon the pun!). The packaging of this product is compact enough to carry and the sifter with a controlled flow will make sure you’re not spilling loose powder everywhere.

It might seem like am I am about to sing the praises of the packaging but…. The packaging stinks! The product is housed in a tube, to get the desired product out you have to twist off the cap, open the sifter, sprinkle out the desired amount into the cap, unscrew the brush which is housed on the bottom of the package and then apply to your face. By the way the brush is SO small it’s ridiculous, it is not as large it appears in Agent Zero Shine’s promotional images. Who’s face am I going to powder with this brush? Barbie’s? Also, the shape of the brush is domed, which is generally not the best for applying a loose powder and it’s pretty scratchy. There is no mirror, which to me is a must for a product that is intended for me to carry around for touch ups. While POREfessional Agent Zero Shine excels as an instant refresher the packaging makes it extremely difficult to use in a pinch. For me, I have to carry a larger, fluffier brush, sprinkle the powder onto my brush, tap my brush to make sure I don’t get powder everywhere before I even touch my face with it and then apply. And while I thank you Benefit for the sifter and the ability to close the tube off so I don’t have a powder party in my purse, the packaging on the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine is a total fail for me.

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Benefit please, please make this in a pressed form, with a mirror and a fluffy pouf.  Address the actual longevity issues and then I believe your POREfessional Agent Zero Shine  will be great. For now, there are better options at this price point that will give you the same instant results, that will last longer and are not housed in gimmicky packaging.  For me, Benefit’s POREfessional Agent Zero Shine is NOT the 007 of the makeup world. Have you tried this? What are your thought? Let me know below.

Ashley