It’s Day 19 of Blogmas and today’s advent calendar panel revealed a new goodie: The Sephora Universal Brow Freeze. This product appears to no longer be available, but there is still a tinted version that you can pick up for $12.
I’m kind of torn about this product. On the one hand, the waxy texture really did tame my brows and make them stay in place all day. However, it also pulled out some eyebrow hairs all three times I’ve tried it. That could definitely be a problem over time. Still, it’s an interesting and effective concept, and I’m curious what similar products are offered by other brands.
I feel like I take pretty good care of the skin underneath my eyes. I’ve been using undereye cream since I was 16, and I try to be very gentle with the skin around that area. Still, I was excited when I received the Sephora Green Tea Eye Mask which comes with two fiber patches to place underneath the eyes in order to relax and refresh the skin. This one-time use mask can be purchased from Sephora for $5.
I was surprised at how easy this product was to use. I was afraid that the small fiber patches would slide around or fall off, but they really stayed in place. I was able to move about and sit up and watch TV with these patches underneath my eyes. After about 20 minutes, I decided to remove them. I rubbed the excess product into the skin. I can’t say that anything dramatic seemed to happen for my skin. It maybe seemed a bit more moisturized but no brighter than before. I don’t tend to have puffy undereyes, but I could see how this formula would be able to help with that.
Overall, this was a fun little product because it felt luxurious to have a specific mask for under the eyes. Still, I don’t think it really did anything, so I’m not sure I can recommend it as anything other than a novelty.
Have you tried an undereye mask? What did you think?
I have always been obsessed with the dark circles under my eyes. I am always looking for a panacea that will make them disappear, but I don’t think that actually exists. So, instead I’ll try to reduce them so that I can at least cover them easily with concealer. Recently, I got a deluxe sample of the new Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream.
As far as eye creams go, this one is really affordable. It’s only $26.50 for half an ounce. I’ve been using my little sample for weeks and it’s just now starting to run out.
I think that this is a good beginner eye cream. It adds a nice amount of moisture to my skin, but I think more mature skin would probably require something a bit heavier. This is definitely not going to do anything if you have wrinkles around your eyes, but I did notice that my skin felt a little smoother under my area. I also saw that my dark circles were faded a bit. Caffeine is an ingredient in this product, and I think it does a nice job at “pep”ping up the eye area and making my eyes look more awake.
So, I think that if you’re in your twenties and you want to get started with an eye cream, this is a great, affordable choice. However, if you’re in your thirties and beyond, it may not give you the results that you want. I’m in my mid-twenties and I use something much thicker in the evening, but I do like this in the morning before I put on my undereye concealer.
I don’t typically use waterproof mascaras because I feel like I have more eyelash breakage when I do, but I do like a good waterproof eyeliner. Waterproof eye makeup can be a real burden to get completely off of your face at the end of the day. There have been so many times where I have removed my eye makeup before bed but then I still woke up looking like a raccoon because I hadn’t been thorough enough. One of my very favorite eye makeup removers is the Lancome Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover.
This makeup remover is a little bit more expensive than most. It can be purchased at Sephora for $30 for 4.3 oz. Still, I think it is worth the expense because it is just the easiest eye makeup remover to use. I apply it to a round cotton pad and I gently dab it over my eyes before rubbing very gently. Not only does it remove all of my eye makeup, I feel like I have to rub much less than I do with other formulas. There is no tugging involved, which will hopefully help me stave off crow’s feet around my eyes as the years progress.
Some people have complained that their faces felt greasy after using this product. While it does leave a slight residue around the eyes, to me it just feels moisturizing. Still, if you are sensitive about oil or if you feel like you naturally have oily eyelids, then you may not quite love this product the same way that I love this product.
My eyelashes are pretty boring. They’re thin and they don’t have much natural curl. I’m always looking for products that can enhance them, and a Sephora sales associate recently suggested that I try an eyelash primer. Due to this recommendation, I decided to pick up the Clinique Lash Building Primer recently.
I’m going to be completely honest. I wasn’t convinced that I was going to be thrilled with the effect of using a primer. Since my lashes are already so thin, I was convinced that this was just going to weigh them down further. Also, most primers are white, and this seemed a little alarming to me. Why am I supposed to lighten my lashes only to darken them again a minute later? Thankfully, the formulation is actually pretty clear. This product will only look white if you’ve applied way too much!
So, should you buy it?
Pros: This did not weigh down my lashes. It made my lashes look thicker and longer. I’ve used underneath four different mascaras, and it enhanced the overall look each time. I could definitely see the difference between using this primer and going it alone with just mascara. It also dries really quickly. I curled my eyelashes before and after using this primer, and I liked the effect most by using that method.
Cons: The product was not expensive on its own ($15.50) but it really does have to be used with actual mascara which will set you back an additional $20 typically. That adds up to about $35 on lashes alone, which can be kind of pricey. I’m curious at to whether there’s a mascara that packs in all the benefits of using a primer for just the price of one product.
Overall, I’m impressed. The sales associate was right (I’m so sorry for doubting you, Greg). I was really pleased with this product, but I’m definitely interested in trying other brands to see how they stack up next to this one.
During the Sephora semi-annual sale, I cashed in 100 beauty rewards points for a deluxe sample of the new Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara from Tarte.
I was initially afraid to try this product out because so much mascara appeared on the wand, but this formulation was great and did not result in any clumps or those weird spidery lashes. It’s also $23 (the full-size version) which is pretty standard for most mascaras at Sephora.
Pros: Like a great bra, this mascara lifts and separates. It provides amazing definition and coats lashes with dark drama. It doesn’t curl lashes when used alone, but it pairs really well with an eyelash curler. It keep the curl pretty well and lengthens the lashes too which makes the curl extra spectacular.
Cons: I only use black mascara, but my blonde friends looking for a brown mascara will be disappointed since this one only comes in black.
Overall, I think this is a great mascara. It provides way more definition than my go-to Diorshow. Some have said that this is too similar to the original bestselling Tarte mascara Light, Camera, Lashes, but I think this provides way more separation (because this brush is spikier) and keeps the curl better. I think I’ll be purchasing the full-size of this product once I’m ready for another purchase.