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Review: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara

This is a review of the L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara.


This mascara has a really interesting wand. It is smaller at the tip and wider at the base, but only on one side.


The wand is supposed to be used so that the tip is faced toward your nose. The larger side of the wand is supposed to catch your lashes and make them longer, effectively giving you a cat eye effect.



What it does: (from L’Oreal’s website)

Stretch and extend your lashes like wings! Introducing Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, one of L’Oréal Paris most-exciting mascara innovations, yet. It’s revolutionary Butterfly Brush with asymmetrical lash line shape extends and lifts outer corner lashes to give you a winged-out effect, instantly volumizing lashes at the roots and stretching lashes outward. The unique Cocoon Fibers instantly wrap lashes in a soft, delicate veil to create silky, spectacular lashes that flutter.

Price: varies. Ulta lists this product for $8.99


What I thought:

I really expected this to be a gimmicky mascara.  What in the world was going on with this wand? I don’t like mascara wands which are not symmetrical, because I like doing both my right and left eye with my dominant hand. On top of this, I had to hold this wand ensuring that the side with the long comb was always facing up.  All of this was too much of a hassle for me.

After using this for a few weeks, I felt that the mascara itself was OK.  It made my eyelashes look longer, and they became side swept.

However, this mascara smudged under my eyes. Smudging is the biggest no-no I have for mascara.  I would deal with the hassle if only it didn’t smudge!


Would I repurchase?  No. 


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xoxo, K

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Review: Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Light

This is a review of the Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Light, which I picked up on one of my trips to the US.


When this product was first released, it was a limited edition product. I searched around for it after reading many reviews online.

When I first tried the product, I was unfortunately disappointed. The product did not blend well into my skin, and also did not absorb well.

I tried it again recently with a makeup sponge, and it works much better! Previously, I tried using a stippling brush or my fingers, but the product was just too liquidy.  I found that using a sponge absorbs enough liquid to make it easy to use.


What it does: (from the Revlon website)

The iconic skin illuminator is now better than ever. Banish dullness and even out skin with light capturing crystals and photochromatic pigments for a lit-from-within look.

• Wear alone to highlight and brighten
• Mix with or wear over foundation to banish dullness and even out skin tone
• Available in 4 luminous shades

Price: Varies. I found it around $6.50.

Availability: Revlon is widely available in US drugstores, supermarkets, and discount stores.


What I thought: 

This product gives me a subtle highlight. The liquid itself is shimmery, but I get a subtle highlight because I use a sponge to apply it.  I found that I like using powder or cream highlighters better than liquid ones!


Would I repurchase? No


Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Nars Orgasm blush

After I bought the NARS Orgasm blush, I debated whether or not I should write a review.  Why write a review of a famous, well-loved product?

I have quite a few pinky-peachy blushes with shimmer which are considered drugstore dupes of the NARS Orgasm. So why did I buy this in the first place? Because I wanted to know why people still prefer the higher priced original, even though there are so many other products with a similar color and finish.

What it does: (from Sephora’s website)

NARS Blush offers a range of translucent, natural shades, each with a subtle pink for a natural-looking blush undertone to highlight the complexion. Designed to be worn alone or layered together for more depth, it provides a healthy glow that flatters any skintone.

Orgasm Blush gives cheeks a perfect pinky-peach flush and subtly highlights with accents of golden shimmer. The perennially pleasing, universally flattering shade is repeatedly a makeup artist and beauty editor favorite. 


Price: $30

Availability: This and other NARS blushes are available on the NARS website, Sephora, and other high end department stores such as Bloomingdales and Nordstrom

Shade: Orgasm is a pinky peach color with a strong golden shimmer


What I thought:

If you’ve got a warm undertone like me, pinky-peach blushes are flattering.  The shimmer, however, is a matter of personal preference. I liked how the shimmer looked on me, but I felt it was too strong when I put on a lot of this blush.

The difference for me between this blush and the drugstore dupes was the application and lasting power. This blush was one of the least powdery blushes I own, and did not kick up much additional powder when I was applying it. Also, it lasted on my skin well over 8 hours, even though blush usually is one of the first thing that fades for me.


Would I repurchase? Yes, now I understand why it’s so well loved. I also am interested to buy other blushes from NARS as well.


Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Giorgio Armani Black Ecstasy Mascara

This is a review of the Giorgio Armani Black Ecstasy mascara.

As a rule, I don’t purchase high end mascaras.  Because I like to throw out my mascaras after 2-3 months, I don’t find high end mascaras to be worth it.  There are a lot of great mascaras at the drugstore!

However, I received a sample of this mascara, and I have to say that it is a great product!





What it does: (from the Sephora website)

Black Ecstasy features a lightweight formula and unique brush that achieve the ultimate volume, length, and curl in a flash. The cylindrical, multidirectional brush is designed to capture and coat every lash. Formulated with four patented, multi-effect waxes for seamless application, this mascara is formulated with exclusive color-boosting polymers to coat lashes with intense black pigment


Price: $32

Brush:  This product had a natural bristle wand. The claim implies that the wand is special, but the wand on the sample was rather normal.

Availability: This product is available at Sephora, Nordstrom, and the Armani website.


What I thought:

This product gave me full, thick lashes with minimal clumping. I liked how my lashes looked after I used this product.  I read that some bloggers experienced flaking, but I did not have any smudging or flaking after wearing this product.  I can’t tell you if the claim about black pigment is true or not since I already have black eyelashes! (but seriously, are there “black” mascaras out there which are not really that black? I can never tell the difference)


Would I (re)purchase?  Maybe.  While I liked this mascara, I really don’t know if it is worth $32, which would buy me 2-3 mascaras at the drugstore.


Have you tried any high end mascaras lately?


xoxo, K

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Review: Maybelline Volum Express The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara

This is a review of the Maybelline Volum Express The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara. This is a new mascara in the Maybelline Volum Express line, and I picked it up when I went to the US.


What it does: (from the Maybelline website)
Lashes so lifted, so dramatic. Dare to get the Push Up Effect.  Push up cup brush with cup-shaped bristles scoops and lifts lashes. New creamy plumping formula delivers instant volume and holds lift in place


Price: The price will vary, as with all US drugstore products. A quick google search said $9.50


Availability: This and other Maybelline products are widely available in the US, in drugstores and discount stores.



This mascara has a rubber bristle brush. The bristles are widely spaced, which reminded me of the claim saying they were “cup shaped bristles”. The wand is fairly thin and easy to maneuver around my eyes.



What I thought: This mascara deposited A LOT of mascara on my lashes. Because the bristles are widely spaced, a lot of mascara sticks to the wand and is transferred to my lashes. Even after a month of using it, this mascara made my lashes very clumpy.

I started wiping the wand before using it, in order to remove some of the excess mascara. Even with less mascara on the wand, I found that I had smudging under my eyes.


Would I repurchase?  No. This mascara was clumpy and smudgy, and did not work for me.


In general, Maybelline mascaras work pretty well for me, so I was disappointed with this one!


Hope you enjoyed this review!


xoxo, K

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