Performance foundation, lash fibers and a precise brow pencil
DIY Car Ramp for kids
I popped in Ulta last week to do a return, and picked up some new (to me) products!
I’ve received a few requests regarding Benefit’s new brow products, was very enticed by the bareMinerals Bare Pro foundation, and had hopes that the NYX Double Stacked mascara + fibers could compete with my all-time favorite but pricey Cherry Blooms lash fibers.
So, here is my initial take on each of these!
First, let’s start with the most impressive of the bunch and that is Benefit’s Precisely, My Brow Pencil in shade 1. The color is a touch warm compared to my perfect “platinum blonde” shade from Hourglass Arch Brow Pencil, but I loved the very tiny pencil. It was, perhaps, the tiniest pencil I’ve ever used for my brows. It took a little coaxing to start seeing the product show up on my brows, but once it did it created the most natural looking brows–which is always my goal.
It has a spoolie on the other end, to soften any hard strokes from the pencil, and it’s a winner for me. I want to try using this to establish the shape for my brows, and then finish with a few strokes of Arch to deepen the color and add a bit more definition to the brows next!
I love the way bareMinerals original foundation looks on my skin, and I especially love it in the summertime when I don’t want my makeup to feel heavy. I hate loose powder, though, so I tried the pressed original foundation. I didn’t love the finish as much, so I was intrigued by the bare Pro line in a pressed powder from bareMinerals. It claims to be formulated for “performance” and also a pretty full coverage.
I did not buy the brush to go with it, as I have an abundance already, but I used a flat kabuki brush to apply the powder. The finish was beautiful, full, but didn’t feel heavy on my skin. I have to say I really liked it. I need to give it a few wears, in different circumstances, to develop my true feelings about it, but my initial reaction was positive.
My mom looked at me the other day, tilted her head, and said asked if I was wearing false eyelashes. I said no, and that I was using the Cherry Bloom lash fibers (like I do every day!). Those add so much length to my lashes that I almost feel “naked” without them.
Historically, I just pair the fibers with whatever my favorite mascara is at the time, but for this review I used both the mascara and fibers that came in the kit.
I didn’t like that the fibers were white, but they adhered well and were easily coated with mascara. I didn’t experience any flaking, and they definitely added nice length!
I’d like to try using them with Lights, Camera, Lashes to see what kind of impact I can get from them that way next.
I also picked up a lipstick that was a horrific color on me, so that’s going to go back next time I’m out. I’m really pleased with these three products, and recommend them if you are in the market!
I shot these on a cloudy day so I needed my lights (artificial light), so that’s why my hair looks neon yellow. Any photographers have tips to avoid that?!