Makeup Monday: Benefit They’re Real! Push Up Liner Review

Hello there my geeks! I’ve been dying to try out the new Benefit They’re Real! Push Up Liner* ever since it was released. And, as a beauty blogger I felt it was my duty to purchase and review it for you guys….for some reason I feel like us beauty bloggers use that as an excuse to buy new beauty items way too often…. ;)

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This gel liner pen is supposed to give you all of the benefits (see what I did there…eyyyy???….no?…moving on) of a gel liner combined with a liquid liner pen. To have the great texture, color and matte look & feel of a gel liner, but the ease of use and crisp lines of a liquid liner. According to the packaging,

It’s the FIRST EVER lash-hugging gel liner pen! The custom AccuFlex tip HUGS your lashline for bigger-looking eyes in seconds. The closer the line, the bigger the eye!

Advertised Benefits & Features:

  • 91% said it was long-wearing**
  • 81% said it was waterproof**
  • 86% said it hugged the lashline**
  • 84% said eyes looked visibly larger
  • Custom soft, angled tip gets the matte black, smudge-proof liner close to your lashline
  • **results observed in a consumer panel survey

For a list of ingredients, scroll down to the bottom of the post.

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The liner pen itself has a beautiful, sleek, black design. The bottom twists to dispense the product, and the cap twists off of the pen. I liked this since it means that if it’s in your makeup bag or purse you never have to worry about the lid falling off and the product drying out. Remove the cap and you’ll find the fancy AccuFlex Tip…

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The tip is made out of a soft, almost spongy material, but still manages to hold firm to draw nice even & straight lines. It’s also designed to keep your lashes out of your way to be able to get as close to the lashline as possible. I always have a problem getting close to my lashline since my eyelashes are fairly long, so I was excited to see how well this feature would work.

Before using the pen you should look over the tips they’ve listed on a slip of paper included in the box for best usage.

  1. Prep the Pen: For first-time use, remove the AccuFlex tip protector (that’s the little orange thing sticking out of your pen) & discard. Activate they’re real! push-up liner by twisting the base around until gel is delivered to the tip
  2. “Push Up” The Gel Liner: For daily use, just twist the base once for both eyes
  3. Hug Your Lashes…Every Time!: Resting the AccuFlex tip on the base of your lashes, slowly guide along your lashline from either the inner or outer corner. The angled AccuFlex tip works both ways.
  4. Looks You’ll Love…For Real

And the tricks…

  1. Put Your Stamp On It!: “Stamp” along the lashline for total control…and a straight line every time. Go steady!
  2. Double the Real!: Wear they’re real! push-up liner AND they’re real! mascara together for beyond longer lashes AND bigger-looking eyes.

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Ok, so I think it’s safe to say that I LOVE THIS LINER! The first eye didn’t go very smoothly, but I’ll chock that up to not being sure how to use it best. The second eye went much smoother, as I knew how the pen and liner gel would behave. It was super easy to get great, clean, crisp, even lines. And even easier to get it right up next to my lashline!!!

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I feel like it literally only took me 2 minutes (3 tops) to do each eye! Sure I don’t feel like I couldn’t get both eyes to match perfectly, but I can never do that on the best of days lol. As you can see, or rather as you *can’t* see, there is no space between the liner and my lashes, which is fantastic! The formula was nice, obviously a gel texture. I’d have to say that I would’ve preferred it to be a little thinner and a bit closer to a liquid formula, because I feel like it would make it a bit easier to put on.

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This eyeliner made me one of the most vain and creatures on the planet for a day when I used it…it made me said when I had to remove it to go to bed. And, I found that it never smudged or ran throughout the day, and in fact took a little bit of effort to remove with my Almay Makeup Remover Pads. Now, as for the price… I bought this from Ulta for $24. Considering how well it works, I’m ok with the price. :)

Conclusion

I am honestly obsessed with this eyeliner. Never before has it been so easy for me to put on my liner and get such beautiful crisp lines and to be able to get a winged look so quickly. It’s easy to use, long-lasting, and the color is fantastic. While I do wish the formula was a bit thinner and closer to that of a liquid liner, I don’t find it that much of a let down to have an effect on my overall opinion of the product. For me, it’s well worth the $24 I paid to have such great liner every day, any day, all day.

The Beautiful Geek Rating: 5 of 5 stars

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What about you guys? Have you tried the Benefit they’re Real! push-up liner yet? What are your thoughts on the product? Do you have a liner that you prefer? Let me know in the comments below!

till next post, Katie

*all of the items reviewed in this post were purchased by me. i am not being compensated in any way/shape/form by Benefit or anyone else to review these products. for more information see my disclosure + policies page*

Ingredients: isododecane, destrin palmitate, polymethylsilsesquioxane, synthetic fluorphlogopite, trimethylsiloxysilicate, ethylhexyl palmitate, dimethicone, phenoxyethanol, disodium stearoyl glutamate, aluminum hydroxide, silica, yellow 5, yellow 5 lake, blue 1 lake, ultramarines, bismuth oxychloride, chromium oxide greens, chromium hydroxide green, iron oxides, ferric ferrocyanide, ferric ammonium ferrocyanide, manganese violet, titanium dioxide

Mani Monday: Anti-Chipping Tips

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we all lived in a perfect world where we didn’t have to work or wash dishes and our nail polish never chipped? Unfortunately we don’t, but here are some ways that can help prevent chipping!

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  • always wipe down your nails with polish remover prior to applying polish to remove any oils from your nail beds & cuticles. this helps your polish adhere better to the nail
  • make sure to bring your polish across the tips of your nails
  • always always ALWAYS use a top coat (and use it over the tips of your nails too). it also helps if you reapply the top coat every few days to keep that protective layer nice and strong
  • a rounded nail shape is less likely to chip than a squared nail, as there aren’t any rough or sharp edges to catch on things and risk bending your nails, which is a huge reason polish chips
  • shorter nails are less prone to chipping than longer nails
  • in the event you do notice a chip, NEVER pick at it! all you have to do is go over it with some polish, let dry and add a top coat!
  • use a decent quality top coat. even if you’re using a 99 cent polish, a quality top coat can make all the difference. I’ve had pretty good luck using ORLY Nail Defense Top Coat (though a coat of OPI polish does last longer than say a coat of Wet n Wild Wild Shine polish).

Those are my tips to keeping your mani chip-free. Let me know in the comments below what you do to help resist chipping polish!

till next post, Katie

Mani Monday: Nude Floral Nails

Hello everyone and welcome to another nail tutorial! My nails have recently decided that they’re going to peel and break easily, so lately I’ve been trying to come up with more designs for short nails, because I believe that even if you don’t have long nails you deserve to have pretty nails. Here’s a cute and simple design that can work for short or long nails. And what’s even better about this look? If you don’t have a dotting tool or striping brush, you can use a toothpick to get the same great results! :)

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Of course, you can easily substitute any (or all) of the colors for ones that you prefer or have on hand. That’s what’s great about nail art, it’s so versatile and easy to change at any time. The occasional plain coat of polish is always great though, and sometimes even a better statement than having a design on your nails at all!

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So what do you guys think? I hope you enjoyed this week’s tutorial. If you have any questions or comments don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. Have suggestions for future designs? Shoot me a message via the Contact Page or leave a comment below!

till next post, Katie

 

Makeup Monday: BareSkin Serum Foundation Review

So here we go, my first makeup post! I’m excited, are you? Today I’ll be reviewing BareMinerals’ newest foundation, the BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation.*

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According to BareMinerals, this foundation is a clinically proven tone-correcting mineral foundation and brightening serum in one. It’s ultra thin and provides buildable coverage.

Advertised Benefits:

  • famous no-makeup look and feel
  • skin-loving formula. no silicone. no oil. no parabens. no fragrance. hypoallergenic. non-comedogenic. dermatologist tested.
  • clinically proven to improve the appearance of dark spots, skin brightness and texture.
  • coconut-derived base with jojoba-coated mineral pigments and non-chemical broad spectrum SPF 20
  • supercharged lilac plant stem cells and vitamin C help to reveal brighter, more even-toned skin
  • ultra-thin, silky texture-one to two weightless drops naturally transform, soften and smooth your complexion

For a list of ingredients, scroll down to the bottom of the post. Now, let’s see how well this foundation works eh? To use, you need to shake up the foundation really well, then add one or two drops onto the BareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush* and buff onto your skin in circular motions. After that you can add more to get even more coverage.

Here we have a before…you’ll notice the uneven skin tone & a couple of minor blemishes, scattered freckles and a wee bit of my dark under-eye circles. EEK!

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And here is the after view…

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The uneven coloration is nearly gone, the blemishes are muted out and just in need of some extra concealer on the worst ones, most of my freckles have disappeared, and even the dark color under my eye has lightened up dramatically! [NOTE: I used 2 drops of the foundation] So how does the foundation actually stand up to the advertised benefits? Let’s see:

  1. No makeup look/feel: Yes. I can put this on, look in the mirror and touch my face without feeling like I’ve got a mask on all day. It also doesn’t sink into any pores or wrinkles through the day, so my face looks flawless until I come home and take off my makeup.
  2. Skin loving formula/proven to improve the appearance of dark spots & skin brightness/texture: After using it for about a month, I’ve noticed that my skin feels softer & seems a bit brighter. It also doesn’t smell funny, and while it doesn’t have a fragrance added, it does smell pleasant (IMO though, others may disagree)
  3. Broad Spectrum SPF 20/Lilac stem cells & vitamin C helps make skin brighter and more even-toned: Yes. Again, my face feels softer, looks brighter, and I’m not seeing as much discoloration (and less discoloration means I can use less coverage too!)
  4. Ultra-thin, silky texture: the foundation has a great formula. It doesn’t get stuck in crevasses, it doesn’t get cakey, and well…it basically feels like you don’t have makeup on. :)

Here’s a “swatch shot” if you will. You can see that it isn’t super runny, as it sits nicely in a little glob on my hand, waiting to be blended in. Also, just for those who are wondering, the shade I use is called Bare Linen 03, but you’ll also be glad to know that this foundation comes in 20 different shades!

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Ok, so we’ve seen the advertised benefits and the actual benefits. We saw first hand how well it covered freckles, blemishes, dark spots and uneven skin tone. Let’s talk prices.

The foundation comes in a 1 oz bottle, and costs $29 at Ulta. I know, it seems like a lot for only 1 oz. of product. But remember that you’re only using 1-2 drops, maybe 3-4 if you need extra coverage. A little bit of this stuff goes a loooooong way guys! I’ve had mine for about a month and it hardly feels any lighter than when I got it, and this is from me using it nearly every single day since purchasing it. (yeah, that’s how much I love it…I use it daily!) Then there’s the brush. I’m sure you could use a liquid foundation brush or some other brush, but I didn’t even have a liquid brush so I went ahead and bought the Perfecting Face Brush, which is $28 at Ulta. Ok, so together both are about $60. But let me tell you….it’s worth it!

Conclusion

I absolutely love this foundation. I have never had a single beauty product in my life before that I 100% wanted to use every single day (and actually do), but this product is the exception I guess. From my experience, it covers well, lasts all day, and most importantly, it feels like I don’t even have any makeup on. And hey, for $30 it’s a pretty good quality product. :)

The Beautiful Geek Rating: 5 of 5 stars

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What do you guys think? Anyone else try the BareMinerals BareSkin Foundation yet? Let me know in the comments below what you thought, or what your favorite foundation is!

till next post, Katie

*all of the items reviewed in this post were purchased by me. i am not being compensated in any way/shape/form by BareMinerals or anyone else to review these products. for more information see my disclosure + policies page*

Ingredients: titanium dioxide 11.0%, caprylic/capric triglyceride, coconut alkanes, silica, stearalkonium, hectorite, lecithin, glycerin, maltodextrin, coco-caprylate/caprate, jojoba esters, propylene carbonate, tocopheryl acetate, soil minerals/syringa vulgaris (lilac) leaf cell culture extract, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, sodium hyaluronate, phenoxyethanol, mica, iron oxides.

Vampire Counts: Black Knights & the Wight King

So I decided to see how I liked painting some of the Vampire Count models…let’s just say I never want to paint skeletons again. Ever. But, nevertheless, here are the figures I painted. I used Citadel brand paints & primer, which you can order online or at a Games Workshop store. There are also some comic book shops out there that sell Citadel paints and Warhammer figures. I don’t remember which paints I ended up using, but in the future I will make sure to keep a listing of the paints I used.

Below we have the only decent picture of the Wight King,

And next up a group shot of my Black Knights:

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They’re the same color scheme as the Wight King, with silver & bronze armor and purple fabric pieces. Now for some close(ish) ups! First you’ve got a semi-nice view of their leader, and you can also see the flag-bearer and trumpeteer (?) as well:

And here we have the flag-bearer and a spearsman. Unfortunately I accidentally broke the tip of his spear off, and wasn’t going to bother trying to glue the bugger back on (it was a pain enough having to paint that piece of plastic, nevermind the thought of gluing it back in place).

Last but not least the other spearsman (spear in tact lol) and the trumpeteer. I know the latter is kind of out of focus, but I’m still in the process of learning how to get the best images out of my iPhone until I can find and purchase a decent camera to do my photography.

So what do ya’ll think? I’m actually quite proud of the highlighting work I managed to get done on the skeleton horses, though I didn’t do half as well on the fabric… :/

till next post, Katie