When All Health Breaks Loose…
I am quite the diva when it comes to makeup and skincare products; and due to having tried a wealth of products, some of which were investments that I wish I never bothered with, others surprising, and the rest, well, “meh”. In this section, I will post my personal reviews on different types of specific makeup products (i.e. foundation, eyeliner, eyeshadow and the brand names/types of each [i.e. color]) and skincare products that I still purchase because I have yet to perfect making my own at home (i.e. face wash, body soap, etc.). I’ll post pictures of these culprits as well.
“Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum: So Far, This Shit Really Works!“
For starters, I am REALLY not into advocating for products that I don’t think work or ones that are “just okay”. But in all honesty, you need to hear me out on this–I think that after X amounts of eyelash growth products I’ve experimented with that this eyelash growth serum by Fysiko truly works. Prior to trying Fysiko, I had tried Ardell’s line of eyelash growth serum; I was somewhat pleased, & in fact purchased it again, but not overly ecstatic with my results. Once Influenster gave me the opportunity to test out this product for free, I was ecstatic! But also not overly optimistic–I was fearful of getting my hopes up but now…I am not afraid to do so! Here is why:
I am horrible at taking pictures of my naked eyes–but the photo on the top is from when I first started using the product which I began doing so on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013. Like I’ve said one too many times, you have to use the product daily for 16 weeks to see full results…I’m only 3 & 1/2 weeks in & I’m pretty damn well pleased! I’ll be batting my long lashes and eventual Kat Von D. brows to you in no time, nutrisassies.
*Please keep in mind that I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. I would like to add that if this product was not working, then I sincerely would not recommend it. If you are capable of investing in this product and want to give it a shot, then I highly recommend it! Or if you are willing to save up your pennies…I still recommend giving this product a shot .
“Liquid Eyeliner Woes: Brand Name Doesn’t Mean A Thing.“
Finally, folks! Welcome to the beginning (but probably never-ending!) of my “Beauty Buffs” section! For those of you who know me well, my makeup collection is…obnoxious. And oh, when it comes to products, I pretty much have tried anything and everything.
When it comes to pencil eyeliner, it’s a relationship where the saying “it’s not you, it’s me” is the sincere truth. I just don’t care for pencil eyeliner! I think it looks nice whenever you can find one that actually lasts all day and doesn’t smudge, but I just love the “security” of a liquid eyeliner. You can find good ones that last through tears and sweat, but as of lately I cannot find one who does that AND looks blacker than black. I know it’s not a “natural” look at all, but for me, makeup is so much fun. Some people paint on canvases, and I like to paint just as much–but on my face instead . Makeup for me is a way to express myself and my personality. It’s also a comfort thing–it’s gotten to a point where if I go out in public without makeup, I don’t feel like my true self. That’s probably sad and depressing and totally opposite of how I should view myself, but I guess I feel like my hobby has kind of become a part of me. Whether or not that’s weird or abnormal, I don’t care because that’s beside the point. THE POINT IS is that I’ve been trying my darndest to find the most black, long-lasting liquid eyeliner around. And saying that “I love M.A.C.” is a major understatement. I still remember the first time I encountered that glorious brand. I was 13 visiting my dad in Milwaukee. We went into Macy’s or some department store (so it wasn’t M.A.C. specific, at least I’m pretty sure) and I remember seeing that cosmetics stand–such a classic look with so much fire and passion, I JUST HAD TO STOP IN. Wow, way to give in to marketing ploys, Grace…anyway…since then, now being 23, that means I’ve had a 10-year love affair with this brand. I trust it more than my extended relatives. Noting this and after getting the chance to go up to the Twin Cities (Minneapolis, Minnesoter) to drop off one of my siblings at the airport who had come to visit, we had time to check out the Mall of America which means I had a personal date with the M.A.C. store. I told the sales associate of my issue, and this is what she suggested to me–and these are my verdicts:
M.A.C. Superslick Liquid Eyeliner
M.A.C.’s Website’s Description: ”A liquid liner so slick it almost describes itself. Water-based, water resistant, quick and precise to apply. Dries in 15 seconds to provide a sleek, longwearing, wet-look, no-smudge line. The superior no-fuss, no-wobble application lies in the “magic tip” of the easy-to-control dip-stick applicator.”
Sorry, M.A.C. — I love you but this one was a flop for me. I’ll be trying something else from another line next time. If that one also makes me a sad panda, then I will return to you as a rebound.
“Eye Love You, I Really, Really Do. You’re Better Than Ice Cream.“
We’ve all been in relationships that are emotionally abusive…eye-creams has been one of them; “you and I are working well together” “wait, NO, NO WE ARE NOT WORKING OUT“, “I thought you cared about me!“, “you are just a waste of my money and my time!” …etc. . Here are some of my past eye-cream relationships:
Some of these probably make you think, “okay, well, that’s weird but I kind of get it”…but what might be on your mind moreso is ”what the hell is manuka honey?” Well the discovery didn’t happen on my own; my grandma was talking to me around the holidays of how she had a friend from New Zealand who brought as a gift to her this awesome type of hand cream. Unfortunately she used it all up and was pretty torn that she didn’t have any left. Gramcakes is in her older age and her computer is from the stone age so I decided to do some research on Amazon and get her that for Xmas. The is so light and hydrating, I really recommend it! If I didn’t have like…5+ bottles of lotion laying around, then I probably would have bought some for myself as well.
Anyway, as we’re all aware, whenever you check out a product on Amazon or pretty much any other site, often times they show you similar products that they have. I was almost out of my Estee Lauder eye cream and was on the prowl for a new eye cream, so I clicked on over to this by a company called “Wild Ferns” and decided to give it a try. After about 3 and 1/2 months of use, here are my verdicts:
Though a great product overall, I do not think that I’ll be pulling a Daft Punk by celebrating it one more time but solely for finance’s sake. I realize that $13 every few months isn’t all that bad, but since my manuka honey eye cream has been gone I’ve resorted back to coconut oil in the evenings and grapeseed oil in the mornings, both of which are exceptionally hydrating . Minus the fact that the oil can get stuck between my lashes and make things look a little blurry on seldom occasion they both work out just fine. I also decided to purchase actual manuka honey in an attempt to make my own eye cream sometime; but for now I just take a little bit of that with some all natural peanut butter and omg…yum. (I bought mine from the local food co-op in town for $17. If you are interested in purchasing manuka honey, try going to a co-op or health/wellness store in town first to see if it is something that they already have available or if it is a product that they could order for you. Odds are it’d be cheaper from them than from Amazon. Otherwise if you cannot find manuka honey in your area, that is listed on Amazon for a few bucks more. Check out the product description and some of the customer reviews to get some additional input.)
Everyone has their facial flaws and their weighty woes, but regardless, I truly believe that a healthy diet and organic, natural skin care regimen can help reduce the visibility of my dark under eye circles and constant tired-look without having to buy some fancy shmancy cream that tells me otherwise . Manuka honey is known to have very beneficial medicinal properties which makes it great for consumption and topical purposes. I found this page that lists some of that information, so to check it out if you’re interested!
Hopefully you found this information useful. And if not, well, then at least you learned something new . And if you didn’t learn something new…well then you can pat yourself on the back for knowing all kinds of awesome shit!