I have been a make up fanatic since I can remember, even when there was no makeup to be a fan of as I grew up in Cuba. There is nothing more exciting than playing with colors and textures to alter someone's look, or simply enhance their natural features. There are no words to describe it. Therefore when buying makeup, whether it is for my personal use, or for my professional makeup kit, there is always this rush of happiness and creativity that takes over. Specially when it comes to trying new products!
I recently made some necessary beauty purchases (like there’s any other kind), so I wanted to share the experience with you and capture my most sincere reaction to products I had never tried.
Living in New York City, there's no easy access to an Ulta, at least for me. There is one by Rego Park, but that is just too out of the way, so I ordered some stuff online. Right after my online "makeup retail therapy," I went to visit some friends back in Boston and we did a small trip for more makeup shopping at the Ulta in Braintree.
1. Real Techniques Sponges
These are beyond heavenly. I have to say, as of today, they have 100% replaced my Beauty Blender and they are a fraction of the price. One Beauty Blender is $20, one Real Techniques Sponge is $6.99.(The set of two is $10.99.) You can't beat that!! Ulta had a special, buy one get one free, so I stocked up. (shop here)
It is very hard to find a good brush cleaner that does everything you need. Simply clean, not soak up the brush, and dry quickly so you can use the brush again. This does all that and more for only $18. It has a wonderful delicate citrus smell and leaves the brushes feeling velvety soft. You still need to deep wash your brushes! This is just for the in-betweens, for the quick fix. The only "but" I have is that the spray has stopped working on both of my bottles, but I always transfer it to a smaller bottle for my make up kit. (shop here)
3. L'Oreal Buterfly Mascara
This mascara is just amazing. I have been using it for almost a year now after I developed an allergy to my old favorite. The way the bristles are spread out gives you the perfect separation and volume. My favorite thing about it is that you can layer, and layer, and layer, and it never gets clumpy. I paid $8.49 at Ulta, but I have paid more for it at my local drugstore.(shop here)
4. Eylure Vegas Nay Lashes
I actually don't know when these were launched, but I know it has been a while. I saw them everywhere online, so when I saw them at Ulta, I had to have them. There are four strip lashes, one individuals box, and a lash glue. I bought two of the strip lashes: Easy Elegance $5.99 and Shining Star $6.99. I haven't tried them on yet, but in the next couple of weeks I will so I can give you my feedback. (shop here)
These are amazing and extremely affordable brushes. Incredible quality for less than half the price of some of the most famous brands out there.
1. C 439 Infinity Dlx Round Buffer
This is just a short handle buffing brush. I have yet to use it, but it felt incredibly soft, so I will give you a full report on it soon. (shop here)
2. C409 Angle Definer
This one was a bit of a disapointment. It looked so perfect on the website, but the bristles on the top corner were spread out, so it defeats its purpose. I wanted it for gel liners. I’ll see what I can do with it and I’ll let you know. (shop here)
3. C438 PRO Deluxe Liner
This one was just a little thicker and bigger than what I thought, but I didn't have anything like it, so it was a great addition. I didn't like the fact the protective sleeve didn't fit, but it's not a big deal. (shop here)
4. C432 Flat Line Definer
I needed a good one of these in my collection. It has the perfect thickness, or thinness, depending on how you look at it. (shop here)
5. C463 Infinity Angle Liner
Again, this one looked smaller on the website, so I don't know how it will work for gel liner, but I am sure I will find a good use for it. You can never have too many angle brushes. (shop here)
6. C464 Infinity Oval Lip
This one looked smaller on the website as well, but it's not a big deal here. I wanted a small synthetic brush for concealer and lip, and this is exactly that. (shop here)
I have been a huge YouTube fan and supporter for a very long time, so Makeup Geek was definitely a must have. I have no idea why it took me so long to order these, but all I can say is WOW! Marlena has done such a great job with these! Unbelievable quality for only $6?!?!? I cannot wait to play with them more and order different colors. They feel incredibly soft and so pigmented, I can see why everyone is in love with them. I should have filmed a closer shot of the shadows, but we live, we learn. Now I know what to do for next time. (Shop here)
For a few months now, I would say even a year, Colourpop has gained enormous popularity on social media. Their products are remarkable and the price is a dream. The Super Shock Eyeshadows are $5 each and the Ultra Matte Lips are $6. The eyeshadows come in variety of of finishes (Satin, Matte, Metallic, Ultra-Metallic, Pearlized) and there are pressed pigments as well. I have not tried them on my eyes yet, but they feel soft and cold, and they blend easily as well. It is definitely a different texture, but I cannot wait to experiment! (Shop here)
1. Where The Light Is
I'm sorry I don't have a great picture of the swatches right now, but I will have one for the follow up post on these.
2. Ultra Matte Lips
More Better looks red in this swatch, but it's more of a dark fushia. On their website it is under their "violets" category.
So this is it!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read, or if you watched my video and just wanted general information on all the products.
Check back with me in a couple of weeks, and I will have a full report of these!
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