Review: NYX Micro Brow Pencil

Hello beauties! Today I’m sharing with you my thoughts on the NYX Micro Brow Pencil. There are 8 shades to select from, and it seems like there is a good color selection. I picked the shade Ash Brown, which seems to be a pretty good match for my brows. I’ve read that this is a dupe for the Anastasia Brow Wiz, and I can definitely see the resemblance in terms of packaging. This is my first retractable brow pencil, but I’ve tried pretty much everything else in terms of brow products (regular pencils, pomade, powder, gel). I thought it would be convenient to have something I don’t have to sharpen, plus it has a great spoolie on one end.

NYX Website

• What it is: A micro mechanical brow pencil that shapes, defines and fills in sparse brows for a natural look.
• What it does: Create a more defined brow by filling in areas that may be sparse or over-tweezed.
• Why we love it: The super-skinny tip draws ultra fine lines, allowing you to create the look of natural brow hairs.
• How to use: Use short strokes to define the brow and fill in any sparse areas then soften edges using the spoolie end.

 Swatches

Ash Brown swatch

Shade: Ash Brown. This is a fairly neutral medium brown shade.
Packaging: One end contains the brow pencil and the other contains the spoolie. Both are protected by their own caps.
Texture: This has a somewhat dry texture.
Pigmentation: I feel that you have to press somewhat firmly to get the most pigment, otherwise a light touch gives off soft color. I think this is nice because you can customize how natural or bold you want your eyebrows to look.
Application: Since the pencil tip is so small, you can get very precise with this pencil. The one thing about this is that it takes me much longer to fill in my brows with this compared to my other brow products. I also feel like I need to twist it up for more product often, since the tip is so tiny.
Wear: This wears really well throughout the day with minimal fading or migrating. I think the drier texture helps with its staying power.
Overall Thoughts: I think this is a solid brow product, although I’m still working on my speed while filling my brows in with this. I like how its easy to get a natural or heavy eyebrow look using this.
Have you tried the NYX Micro Brow pencil? What’s your favorite brow product to use? I’m fond of the Maybelline Brow Precise pencil and Anastasia Dipbrow.
As always, thanks for reading! 🙂
xo Sandy

Summer Walmart Beauty Box

Hi my lovelies! Today I’m sharing with you the latest Walmart Beauty Box for summer. If you’re not familiar with the Walmart beauty box, it is a quarterly box of beauty related samples that is free with $5 shipping. There are sometimes full-sized items in the boxes too. This is the fourth box I’ve received so far. Keep reading to find out what I got!

What I Got

St Ives Green Tea Scrub 

Clear Complete Care Anti-Dandruff shampoo

Dove Go Fresh Revitalize body wash

NYC Liquid Lipshine (Fashion Ave Fuchsia, full size)

Nivea Moisturizing Cream

Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport Sunscreen Lotion (spf 70)

You & I One Direction fragrance sample

Jergens Natural Glow moisurizer

Ecotools, Real Techniques, Essential Tools $2 coupons

Overall Thoughts

So there was one full sized item in this season’s box and the rest are sample sizes. I have tried the NYC Liquid Lipshines before and think they are pretty good glosses with good pigmentation, so I’m pleased to get a new shade but I also wish it was something I’ve never tried before. The St Ives Green Tea scrub is also something I’ve tried before and liked, so I’ll definitely use this up. I think the only reason I didn’t repurchase it is because I thought it was pricy for the amount of product you get. The Dove bodywash is a repeat item, I also got it in my Spring box. Not cool! I’m not particularly excited by the perfume sample, the Jergens foil packets, or the Nivea moisturizing cream. I’m a fan of Clear shampoos but I also have a few other shampoo samples of theirs to use up as well. The sunscreen sample will come in handy when I travel in a few weeks, so that’s nice. Overall, I’m not excited by this season’s box at all. It’s probably the most bleh box of theirs I have received so far. I’m not saying that all the products are bad or I won’t use them, but I’m just not impressed.

Are you subscribed to the Walmart beauty box? Did you get the same stuff as I did?

As always thank you so much for reading! 🙂

xo Sandy

This Week’s Makeup Win & Makeup Fail

Hi everyone! I hope everyone’s week is going well. I thought I would do a nice, casual post today just to catch up with you all. This week I have a high point and a low point related to my makeup collection that I thought would be fun to share with you.

Makeup Win  I won a giveaway! Shout out to Stacey of The Bambi Eyes for having this giveaway! I won two Colourpop eyeshadows, and these are the first Colourpop products I’ve ever gotten. Woohoo! 🙂 I received the shades Play (matte) and Desert (Satin). They are beautiful, I can’t wait to play with them!

Makeup Fail Ok, so I should have see this one coming. I kept my Tartelette palette in a spot where I kept knocking it over on accident-I think it fell a few times and each time it was fine. Until it wasn’t. I finally decided to move it to a safer spot, and the next time I grabbed it to use, black eyeshadow poured out. I guess the last time it fell did it in. The worst part was the way I opened it at an angle let most of the powder fall down to the floor, otherwise I would have been able to rescue more of it. Womp womp 😦 I pressed what I could back together with rubbing alcohol. Honestly I rarely reach for black eyeshadows and I have plenty of matte black shadows in other palettes, but it’s still sad. My poor little Tartelette! Ok I’ll stop being dramatic haha.

That’s it for today, I hope you enjoyed my makeup win and fail 🙂 What has been your biggest makeup tragedy? Broken shadows? Melted lipsticks? Broken foundation bottle? I would love to know!

xo Sandy

Review: Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask

Hi everyone! Ugh it’s Monday again! Today I have a quick review on the Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask, which I received a sample of in this month’s Birchbox.

Bliss Website 

This oxygen rejuvenating mask was engineered to mimic the effects of our spa’s famous triple oxygen treatment facial in minutes, this miracle worker instantly delivers a shot of oxygen, a powerhouse form of vitamin C, time-released antioxidants, and a moisture fix to spiff up your complexion when it’s looking and feeling lackluster.

  • Instantly brightens, detoxifies and refreshes skin for a youthful, glowing complexion with skin brightening technology

  • It’s like a breath of fresh air for your face

Scent: This has a citrus-y scent, it’s really quite pleasant!

Consistency: This is a light orange gel with some faint shimmer.

Mask straight from the tube


Mask after blending


Mask applied to my face

Application: The directions are to massage onto damp skin until a froth forms, and to wait 5 minutes before rinsing off. I did just that. It began to foam up as soon as I started to rub it onto my skin. The consistency of the foam sort of reminded me of shaving cream, haha! I let it sit on my skin for 5 minutes, and as it sat on my skin the foam started to pop (or deflate? Not sure how do describe it), which made my skin feel tingly. Eventually all the foam absorbed into my skin, making it feel tight.

Results: Like I just mentioned, the mask made my skin feel tighter. It also looked brighter after using it. It did not break my skin out.

Overall Thoughts: I enjoyed using this mask and I will continue to use up my sample. The full size is $54 though, ouch! So I don’t think I would pick up the full size after using up the sample, it’s just way out of my price range.

Have you tried this mask before? What were your thoughts?

Thank you for reading! 🙂

xo Sandy

Sigma Brush Dupes? BS-MALL Premium Synthetic Kabuki Makeup Brush Set

Source: amazon.com

Hi my loves! I bought this 10 piece brush set off Amazon a few months ago, so I thought I would go ahead and share my thoughts on it! It was only around $10-11 when I bought it then, but now it’s only around $7! Do the brushes remind you of anything or look familiar…?

That’s right, they look just like the Sigma Kabuki brush set! I’ve seen a few dupes of the Sigma Kabuki brush set from different brands and even from generic brands on Amazon. I figured for around $10, it wouldn’t hurt to try the BS-MALL Synthetic Kabuki Brush Set. Especially since that Sigma set retails for $162!

Source: amazon.com

The picture above gives a nice description of what each brush is for. I’ve been using some of the concealer brushes for blending out eyeshadows, and they have been working quite nicely for that. My favorite brush has to be the Flat Angled brush (#4)- its perfect for blending out foundation given its angled shape, and its also one of the best brushes I have for applying powder foundation since its quite dense. All of the face brushes are fairly dense, with the exception of the angled brush (#2), which makes sense given its suggested use for blush/bronzer. All of the small brushes are fairly fluffy and not dense, except for the small tapered brush (#6), which is pretty dense.

All of the brushes are very soft, and I only experienced some minor shedding when I first got them and washed them. I’ve washed them several times since then and have not noticed any shedding. The brush handles are a bit on the cheap side, and I’ve noticed that one of them is not glued together properly as its somewhat loose. I don’t mind too much since its easily fixable with glue.

Sigma F80 vs BS-MALL Flat Foundation Brush
Now, in terms of comparing these brushes to the Sigma ones, I only have one brush to compare to the ones in this set. I have the Sigma F80 flat top kabuki brush. Its counterpart in the BS-MALL brush set is definitely less dense compared to the Sigma one. The density of the SIgma brush helps give fuller coverage compared to the BS-MALL one, but they both do about the same in terms of blending.

Overall 

I think this brush set is a great deal! They are all very soft, don’t shed, and are so affordable! Sure, the brush handles are a bit cheap but otherwise they are good. Have you tried this brush set?

June Birchbox

Hi my dears! A couple weeks ago there was a code for a $1 Birchbox, so I figured I’d go ahead and sign up! I’ve signed up for Birchbox once before but cancelled after the one box. I’ve tried to stay away from monthly beauty product subscriptions since I do a good job of buying my own beauty/makeup, and I know half the time I won’t even use the samples. But since it was such a good deal, I decided to sign up again to try Birchbox. Keep reading to find out what I got and whether I’ll continue the subscription!

Products

Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow This can be used as alone or as a base apparently. It’s a bit dark when it comes out but it blends away into my skin fine. It’s not very pigmented as far as I can tell, and I can detect a little bit of fine shimmer when its blended in. I can definitely see this giving off a glow.

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo Such a cute little dry shampoo! I love using dry shampoo so I’ll definitely use this up. It smells pretty good and it’s got a powerful spray.Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner This is a lovely turquoise blue shade, perfect for summer! I’m intrigued by the waterproof claim.      Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask The directions on this say to apply to damp skin, wait 5 minutes until a froth forms, and then rinse off. I can’t say I’ve ever tried a face mask like this before so I’m definitely curious to see how it works. 

COOLA SPF 50 Sport-Mango Now that it’s summer you can never have enough sunscreen! This moisturizer smells yummy too, so I’m looking forward to using it. I like that it has such a high SPF.

Emi Jay Hair Tie A cute little extra hair tie. We’ll see how well this works in my hair, it doesn’t feel like it will stretch enough to wrap around twice.

Swatches

Marcelle BB Cresm Golden Glow (blended out)

Marcelle Eyeliner (Blue Lagoon)

Overall Thoughts

I feel like I’m pretty satisfied with the contents of the box-I think I’ll get use out of everything that was in there. However, I won’t be continuing the subscription, simply because I don’t want to accumulate more samples every month. Also, if I were to subscribe to any monthly subscription, it would most likely be Ipsy.

What beauty boxes are you subscribed to, and are you satisfied with them?

Thank you so much for reading! 🙂

xo Sandy

 

Memorial Day Haul: ELF & NYX

So when the Memorial Day sales rolled around, I did some major hauling. ELF had a 40% off sale and NYX had a 30% off sale online, and I did some damage. I ended up getting tons of brushes from ELF but not as much makeup. They were out of two things I wanted- the blush palette in Dark and their new brow pencils. From NYX I only hauled a few things, stuff I have been eyeing for awhile. Keep reading to see what I got!

ELF Haul

Products

  • HD Mattifying Balm: I can get such an oily t-zone sometimes so I hope this can help with that!
  • Baked Highlighter- Blush Gems: Love the rosy gold shade, although the texture isn’t as smooth as I would like.
  • Lip Exfoliator: My lips have been flaky lately and this seems to be a well-liked product for that.
  • Lip Lock Pencil: I thought this would be a nice lip primer.
  • Matte Lip Colors-Natural and Tea Rose: I was curious to try these Matte lip colors and I’m glad I did, they are so pretty!
  • Nourishing Cuticle Pen
  • Studio Fan Brush: I decided I needed a proper highlighting brush, this one is a little too floppy though.
  • Essential Lip Defining Brush: This will be great for liquid lipsticks that can be messy to apply straight from the tube (looking at you Stila Liquid Lipsticks!)
  • Studio Eyebrow Duo Brush
  • Essential Eyeshadow Brush: A repurchase, can’t have too many of these! Although it is annoying how inconsistent the brush sizes are, I have 3 and they are all a little different from each other.
  • Essential Blending Eye Brush: Another repurchase, great for the crease.
  • Studio Contouring Brush: I was particularly excited for this dupe of the Nars Ita brush!
  • Essential Concealer Brush: I’ll use this to clean up nail polish around my nails.
  • Studio Slanted Eyeliner Brush
  • Essential Eye Crease Brush

NYX Haul

Products

  • High Voltage Lipstick- Flutter Kiss: A very pretty MLBB shade.
  • Intense Butter Gloss- Spice Cake: Love this purple/berry shade! So fun.
  • Butter Gloss- Creme Brulee: A nice creamy pink shade.
  • HD Blush- Taupe: I originally wanted the regular blush shade in Taupe but they were sold out, so I picked this instead. I hope it will be good for contouring!
  • Micro Brow Pencil- Ash Brown: A lot of people say that this is a dupe for the Anastasia Brow Wiz so I was curious to try it. It will also be my only retractable brow pencil so that will be nice. It’s a pretty good color match too.

Swatches

L to R: ELF Natural, ELF Tea Rose, NYX Flutter Kiss, NYX Creme Brulee, NYX Spice Cake

L to R: NYX Micro Brow Pencil ‘Ash Brown’, NYX HD Blush ‘Taupe’, ELF Baked Highlighter ‘Blush Gems’

That’s everything! As you can see, I’m practically swimming in new stuff. Let me know what you would like to see reviews on! 🙂

Thanks for reading!

xo Sandy

FOTD Soft Purple Smokey Eyes & Nude Lips

Hi everyone, happy Friday! Today’s post is a quick FOTD. I used the Morphe Brushes Jaclyn Hill Favorites palette on my eyes to create a soft purple smoky eye, and used Milani Nude Creme with NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair to create a pinky nude lip.

Products Used

 Eyeshadows: Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette

Eyebrows: Anastasia Dip Brow

Mascara: Maybelline Lash Sensational & Covergirl Full Bloom

False lashes: Kiss SS02

Liquid Liner: Jordana Cat Eyes Liquid liner

Foundation: Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous mixed with Physician’s Formula Youthful Wear Serum

Powder: Maybelline Dream Wonder powder

Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me

Blush: ELF Blush Palette (Light)

Bronzer: Tarte Park Avenue Princess and NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette

Highlight: Mary Lou-manizer

Lips: Milani Nude Creme topped with NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair

That’s it, I hope you have a fantastic weekend! 🙂

xo Sandy

May Favorites

Hello my dears! Today I’m sharing with you my favorite beauty items from May.

Morphe Brushes Jaclyn Hill Favorites Eyeshadow Palette: I’ve loved experimenting with all the shades in this palette! It’s definitely the largest palette I have and all the colors are so pretty. The quality is pretty good as well.

NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette: After struggling a bit with the contour shades, I’ve finally figured out how to make them work for me! The key is to use a light hand and a stipple brush in order to blend them out easily. I’ve loved using the taupe shade to contour and the yellow or cream matte shade to set my undereye concealer.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (Fair) After hearing so much about this concealer I finally bought it, and of course I love it. I think it beats out my Instant Age Rewind Concealer! It’s just so creamy and brightening.

Mascara Combo: Maybelline Lash Sensational & Covergirl Full Lash Bloom mascaras: Shout out to Bree of Always, Bree for this mascara combo! I read about it on her blog and it made her lashes look so great! It works really well for me too- I apply a coat of the Lash Sensational first to build volume, and then lengthen with the Full Lash Bloom.

Left: Jordana Easyliner Sedona Red Right: Milani Matte Passion

Lip Combo: Jordana Easyliner Sedona Red & Milani Matte Passion lipstick: Matte Passion has been such a fun color to wear out. I pair it with Sedona Red because it’s the most similar lip liner color I have to it, even though it’s much less orange and more red than Matte Passion. It works out though, because it adds some definition to my lips.

And that’s all! Do you have a favorite mascara or lip combo? Just one never seems to do it for me haha 🙂

Thank you so much for reading!

xo Sandy