November Get it or Forget it

Chris:

Hey y’all! It The holidays are here! I hope some of these posts provided good gift ideas (for self or others!) – we are here to help. And on that note, let us commence.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Makeup sponge

Okay, before we proceed, let’s take a moment to bask in the glory that is this:

TNL with PIXIWOO at IMATS!!

UHHHHH YAH! If you missed this whole thing, check out our IMATS 2014 post. But do that after you read this one, of course. You have tons of time, and your TNL gals aint goin’ anywhere.

Ok so onto their makeup sponge. If you know anything about us, TNL loves the beautyblender. We rant and rave about it any chance we get. But seeing as I love the Real Techniques brushes I own, and high off meeting the sisters – I bought the sponge at IMATS.

RT Miracle sponge

What’s so special about the RT sponge, you ask? Well, they answered:

  • Rounded sides blend large areas of the face with a repeated dabbing or “stippling” motion.
  • Precision tip covers blemishes and imperfections.
  • Flat edge for the contours around the eyes and nose.

I like to apply my foundation with my bb; with the combined dabbing and small strokes (or stippling) it always gives a nice finish, leaving your foundation evenly applied and natural-looking. So this meant I’d try with the RT sponge.

It expands the same way the bb does:

RT Miracle sponge.

The Miracle sponge evenly applies the foundation for a flawless and natural finish. And might I add, it does so in no time at all, blending like a champ without ever looking streaky (I use liquid foundation). I especially like the option of the flat edge and find that I tend to use it on my entire face. That is for no particular reason other than personal preference. Speaking of that flat edge, I get a more precise finish all around my eyebrows – even more precise than using the pointed tip like I would have to with the bb. I even find that I like the look of my finished brows now more than I used to.

 Chris results using Real Techniques make up sponge

Love!

Here are a couple more pluses:

  • It cleans easy with just some warm water and soap. The instructions say to clean every few uses, and you listen when Pixiwoo speaks!
  • It is a fraction of the cost of the beautyblender, and you get the same great – dare I say better –  results. I paid $10 for the sponge ($6 online DUDE!) whereas the bb usually goes for about $26 (eep). I actually wished I’d bought another RT makeup sponge as opposed to the 2 for 1 bb’s while I was at IMATS! But that’s okay, I won’t be breaking the bank when I’m ready to replace this one.

For this I say: GET IT!

MAC Cosmetics All-Blending sponge

Sponge wars! For my girl chynaberry 🙂

I purchased the MAC sponge at the sale with all the excitement that would accompany anything MAC. Here’s how they describe it:

An ultra-soft, latex-free NBR sponge shaped for a more controlled and flawless application of cream and liquid foundations and makeup products. An updated coral version of our Flat Oval Foundation sponge.

MAC All Blending sponge (1) MAC All Blending sponge (2)

*Googles NBR sponge*… Ah synthetic rubber. Or something.

At any rate, I thought for sure this would be a hit. After all, MAC can’t get something this simple wrong, can they?

Well… I thought: ‘well it’s a sponge, I have to wet it right?’

Hmmm… I first tried it damp to apply my liquid Estee Lauder foundation, and did not like what was happening at all. It was streaky, and the more I dabbed and stippled, the streakier it got. By the time it looked blended, I had wiped off most of the foundation. I also tried it dry and most of the foundation was absorbed into the sponge as soon as it touched my face, so it was wasteful to use it that way. I now use the sponge only to apply Milk of magnesia when I’m priming my face, and for nothing else. Basically, what I’m saying is: I have to use it since I already own it. It doesn’t get clean very easily, either. I’m guessing something to do with the NBR business.

It retails for $10 so at least the price isn’t bad. If you use and like this sponge, please comment below. But for me I say FORGET IT!

Ash:

Where did this year go? I solemnly swear never to roll my eyes again when a blogger or YouTuber says that the month flew by and they can’t believe it is already time for monthly favourites. I get it.

 Sephora Formula X Nail Polish in Obsessed

I am a creature of habit. I stick to what I like, which tends to be neutrals. That explains why I own precisely 627 brown eye shadows and 80 percent of my wardrobe is black. When it comes to my nails, I pretty much like three kinds of shades: nude, red and dark berry/blacks. If you see me, chances are very high that one of these are on my nails. If not , you caught me on a wild day. This time of year , it is the berry black colours that have my full attention. This goes not just for nails, but also clothes and lip colours. I love me some oxblood. I have some absolute ride or die favourite nail colours in this hue. Essie’s Wicked and OPI Lincoln Park After Dark are definite Fall and Winter staples, but I just can’t stop hunting for other options.

Basically, this is me:

Theyre not the same!

So, when I picked up the Formula X nail polish in Obsessed from Sephora, I was excited to add it to my collection and give it a try.

If you are unfamiliar with Formula X polishes, here is their claim:

“Imagine a nail polish that surpasses all your expectations. Imagine intense color saturation, brilliant shine, and high-endurance finishes all in one bottle. Now meet Formula X, and watch your highest standards become reality.  The formula X philosophy is PERFORMANCE X PLAY.  It exists at the crossroads of technology and beauty, efficiency and fun. Our groundbreaking no compromise formula delivers the ultimate super talent nail colour, while our breathtaking array of shades and effects provides endless inspiration. Now you can finally have it all.”

Well, I don’t know about you but it sounds fantastic to me. I tried one of the Formula X colours when the line first came out and I don’t remember being particularly impressed. But, I firmly believe that the lasting power of male polishes has something to do with shaved rather than individual brands. I swear some colours just last longer than others.

So what did I think of this hue and formula? The name is fitting because I am obsessed. I really love the just-dark-enough berry wine on my nails and it has been my go to this month. I find the polish easy to work with and it only requires two thin coats for an opaque streak free finish. Even better, the polish is long wearing. The picture below was taken after six days. Not a chip to be seen!

Formula X in Obsessed

The Formula X polishes retail for $13 at Sephora stores. This is a bit on the pricy side for nail polish but I don’t mind shelling out the moola for a high performance. long lasting colour I love.  GET IT!

ESQUIDO Lashes in Voila

I have been taking a break from doing my favourite Lash Lift for a few reasons. I am giving my lashes a break, they always drop to a wonky state after about four weeks, and my very favourite lash technician  ( and the only one to ever lift my incredibly finicky eyelashes to my liking) has moved on from Mync to bigger and better things.

So , I am back to experimenting with lotions and potions. Which means more mascara logs in the near future!

So, at IMATS this year the Esqido lash booth caught my eye. I am not usually a fan of falsies. I absolutely love the way some sets look, but I find them a royal pain in the booty to work with. I got to chatting with the Esqido representative who showed me the super thin and light band on their mink lash sets.

Mink lashes are super light and wispy and I love the way they look on the eye.The lashes are handcrafted from the finest responsibly sourced mink fur. Esqido fur is collected from the natural shedding/molting cycles of the mink animal, which are then sterilized to ensure that they are hypoallergenic and suitable for wear.

Here is what Esqido has to say abut their lashes”

“Esqido mink lashes are easy to apply, naturally soft with a subtle glossy sheen, and virtually indistinguishable from human eyelashes. They are made free from any kind of dyes, leaving a natural black-brown finish. Each individual strand is ultra-soft, lightweight and stay beautifully curled. The result – the most naturally alluring and luxurious lashes you will ever experience.”

When the rep recommended a pair of their Voila lashes for my eye shape, I couldn’t resist.

“This style is specially designed for ladies who lust after a full and voluminous look. The luscious strands gradate outwards in length, with an additional layer of criss-crossed fur throughout the entire soft cotton band. Steal the show with this absolutely irresistible pair of mink lashes.”

Esqido lashes are usually $49 if purchased on their website. The IMATS show proce for the lashes was $25, so I picked up a pair.

I find the lashes much easier to work with than others I have tries in the last. The thin flat band is very easy to apply adhesive on, and one applied they feel light and undetectable.

I also really love the packaging. The box is perfect for storing the lashes in between uses.

Esquido Voila

Esqido claims that their lashes can be used up to 25 times. They suggest using without mascara and handling very carefully to prolong the life of the lashes. Some shedding is normal. However, I found that my lashes shed excessively after only one wear.

Here are my unworn lashes:

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And here , after one wear you can see that there is even a noticeable chunk of hairs missing from the lash on the right of the picture. I realize shedding will happen , but if they are shedding at that rate , there is no way these lashes will last me 25 wears.

Esqido Voila after 2 wears

I absolutely love the look of the Voila lashes on. They are dramatic yet natural.

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Please enjoy this ridiculous picture where I am clearly about to burst in to a fit of laughter, but you can see the lashes better!

 

EsquidoVoilaLashes

 

I really love the Esqido Voila lashes. They are easy to work with, flattering and comfortable to wear. They are quite expensive for lashes at about $50 regular a pop. I could somehow rationalize this if they really did last the suggested 25 wears. However, with the way my set are looking after only a couple of wears I am going to have to unfortunately suggest you FORGET IT!

 

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4 thoughts on “November Get it or Forget it

  1. ChynaBerry here! lol. I like the MAC sponge – I wet it with warm water and squeeze it out. I use it to apply my Estee Lauder Double Wear – I just dab at the foundation (aka POUNCE!) and never swipe. I find it gives me good coverage with no streaking! It’s 100x better than any brush but I can’t compare it to any other sponges as I’ve only tried one other – a generic copy-cat beauty blender from Winners. Meh.

  2. I think it’s true with nail polish that you get what you pay for – I have all kinds of cheaper bottles and sometimes my nails get chippy after just one day. The fact that Ash wore the same colour for 6 days straight counts as a nail polish marathon, so I’m sold on the Formula X! Thank you Chris for the bb review too – I might have to check that out since I recently started using a liquid foundation and don’t really like applying it with a brush like I normally do…the bb might be just the thing!

    1. Hi Seph! Another weird thing Im finding helpful is that I filed my nails oval instead of square. I swear they are breaking and chipping less since I did it!

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