L’Oreal Complexion Products Review

Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer

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Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer

Price & Size: $12.95 for 0.68 oz / 19 ml

As the name suggests, this is a brightening primer.  On a good skin day, I will put this on over my sunscreen, throw on some mascara and lip tint and call it a day.

Packaging: The primer comes with a pump dispenser, which is a hygienic distribution but will lose some product in the bottom of the container.  One or two pumps is sufficient to cover my face.  Pro tip: shake the container for a few seconds before using the pump.  Sometimes if I haven’t used it for a while the product will separate.

Formula: I tend to wear BB creams and light coverage foundation so I still see the “lumi” quality coming through.  Under a medium to full coverage foundation, it loses most of its brightening quality.  While the brightening quality does offer some light diffusion which smoothes skin, it offers little pore filling or long wear properties.  I will tend to wear it over my NYX pore filler silicone based primer and under my BB cream or foundation.

My favorite thing about it is how it looks in your hand.  Living up to the word “magic” in its name, the product looks like liquid mercury or something out of Harry Potter.  I’ve included a true swatch of this product at the bottom next to the swatches from the contour palette.

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Massive Eyeliner Collection Review

Full list with links and prices at bottom of page.

Pencils are arguably the oldest and most common form of eyeliner.  It’s possible to find cream and gel formulas in pencil form, and are usually in a twist up container or a traditional pencil that needs sharpening.  Pencils provide a familiar tool and if the formula is smooth, the liner should glide on easily.  Pencil liner can be applied to the top and bottom lids, the lashline, and the waterline.  Because pencils are a familiar tool and can be applied anywhere, they tend to be best for beginners.  The only con I can think to mention is when it comes to precision.  Even a twist up pencil needs to be sharpened to stay precise, and sharpening pencils means you lose some of the product.  Even when sharpened, their precision does have a limit.  Some products are so creamy they can slide on oily skin, but I find that gel pencils don’t have this same problem for me.

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L’oreal Infallible Eyeshadow, Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara: Review + Look

I recently made an order from Drugstore.com to get birthday gifts for my good friend Lizzie Lee, and to tip my order into the free shipping zone I bought two small things for myself.  Lizzie has been recommending Neutrogena’s Healthy Volume Black/Brown Mascara to me for a while so I picked up the waterproof version (my eyes run like a faucet when I get tired).  I had read many good things about L’oreal’s Infallible 24 Hour Eyeshadow and I am always interested to try new textures so I couldn’t resist buying one for myself as well as one as a gift.  This post is a quick look and review from using the mascara and eyeshadow a few times.

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Wet n Wild Eyeshadow, Eyeliner, Bronzer + Fergie Collection Products Review

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Wet n Wild is a brand I have walked by in drug stores for years, but in my current area the selection is limitted so I had only picked up a couple products.  After spending some time on their website and acquainting myself with their awesome moto (All Access Beauty – a concept I love for a brand that sells such affordable and quality makeup) I decided I needed to give the products a try and placed an order.

Take on the Day Primer from Fergie Center Stage Collection [For my Primas]

For a $5 primer, this stuff is amazing.  I prefer it to the $7 Milani Eyeshadow Primer, which is both more runny and more yellow.  Wet n Wild’s Fergie Colleciton primer is a lighter neutral color.  As compared to the infamous Urban Decay Primer Potion, I think it is less tacky.  On days where I am lazy about my skin care routine, and thus have oilier lids, I find the Wet n Wild Primer doesn’t do as well, so for those with very oily lids it may not be a good choice.

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Love Each Other Blushes & Face Powder

The Pet Collection

During mine and Lizzie‘s first year in college, one of our friends who was still in high school stayed over at our dorm so often that we had cave-like bed space under my bed.  Subsequently, we jokingly started referring to our friend as “our pet” and later just “pet” (the nickname may also have been influenced by the amount of binge watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer we were doing).  So we decided to name our blushes after our Pet!

These blushes are silica-based, which makes them super soft and completely matte!  Kaolin clay keeps them from moving during wear without any trace of cakiness.

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Also featured: Our super soft translucent mattifying finishing powder!  Made with mattifying silica and moisturising kaolin clay, this finishing powder goes on smoothly and minimizes shine without being drying.  I like this powder on foundation, bb cream, and bare skin.

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Drug Store Baked Eyeshadows

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What is baked eyeshadow?

Baked eyeshadow are traditionally mineral eyeshadows, though many contain plenty of non-mineral ingredients.  Baked eyeshadows are made in a wet mixture, shaped into domes, and as the name suggests, baked.  They can be applied dry for a sheer glittery shadow or wet for a more metallic sheen.

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First Love Each Other Cosmetics Co. Eyeshadow Collection

Introducing… our Sensimilla Eyeshadow Collection!

Twelve beautiful mineral eyeshadows in neutrals and brights, and with the exception of our shimmery white shadow, all of these colors are perfectly matte!

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From left to right, top to bottom:

  • TRICHOMES : pearlescent white
  • DOOB : matte light beige
  • CRUTCH : matte dark beige
  • TOKE : matte taupe
  • CBD : matte rusty orange
  • 420 : matte sunshine yellow
  • STEM : matte yellow-green
  • LEAF : matte blackened green
  • PURP : matte purple with brown undertones
  • PERP : matte purple with grey undertones
  • BLUNT : matte brown with green undertones
  • BOWL : matte charcol black

INGREDIENTS : silica spheres*, titanium dioxide, cannabis sativa seed oil, and mineral pigments (iron oxides, chromium oxide, ultramarines) *Trichomes contains mica in place of silica.

We decided to use hemp oil as a binder in these shadows and have found it works wonderfully — these stay motionless and creaseless all day with a primer.  We let this ingredient choice inspire the names for this collection, including Sensimilla. Sin semilla in Spanish means “without seeds” and this collection is without any seedlike glitter!

 Of these eyeshadows, Trichomes, Doob, Crutch, Toke, CBD, 420, and Bowl are all lip safe!  Stem, Leaf, Purp, Perp, and Blunt are not.

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Almay Shadow Softies, Liquid Eyeliner, & Liquid Lip Balm Review

Almay is a company that I don’t see getting much love on the internet.  I can somewhat understand this, as they do not have the reputation or inventory of other drug store brands.  But I do think there are some undervalued products, and it has a special place in my heart.  My friend Lizzie Lee introduced me to the liquid lip balms, and for Christmas this year she gave me an Almay single eyeshadow in a beautiful mossy green!  She also has a couple posts on her blog using the Shadow Softies in Seafoam (1,2).

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Maybelline Color Tattoo By Eyestudio 24 Hour Cream Eyeshadow

The Basics

Maybelline Color Tattoos are frequently compared to the infamous Mac Paint Pots.   I don’t own any Paint Pots (yet), but I do have a Color Tattoo Obsession Collection.  So while I can’t comment on the wear of the different products, I can do some fact listing.

The Color Tattoos are $7 for 4g of product, while the Paint Pots are $20 for 5g.  So while the Color Tattoos are $1.75/g, the Paint Pots are $4/g; more than twice as much.

The ingredients in the Color Tattoos and the Paint Pots are fairly similar.  The largest difference I noted is that the Color Tattoos list a cyclopentasiloxane (a silicone emollient) as the first ingredient, and isododecane (a hydrocarbon emollient) as the second.  The Paint Pots list isododecane first and dimethicone (another silicone emollient) second.  The cost of cosmetics grade cyclopentasiloxane and dimethicone seem to fall within similar ranges (cyclopentasiloxane is $3-5/kg, dimethicone is $1-6/kg), so it’s likely Mac’s higher price tag is mostly for brand name reasons.

Someday I’ll be able to pick up some Paint Pots and do a real comparison review.  Until then, let’s focus on the Color Tattoos.

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A First Post

30 Rock: Season 2, Episode 1.
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What is the deal with my life?

I am Glynis, I am currently 22 years old, I like psycholinguistics, neuroscience, programming, the history of tattooing, and animals with antlers.  I run this blog, occasionally update this other blog, co-founded Love Each Other Cosmetics, and I just finished knitting a sweater for myself.  I also recently adopted a black and white cat, named Nettie Chanel, who likes sparkly cat toys, sleeping in baskets, and trying to eat my hair.

What is the deal with this blog?

This blog is a collection of my personal experiences and understandings of the world.  I am going to focus on neurodiversity, neuroplasticity, psychological disorders, and trauma: how these things have effected my life and how they effect the larger world.   Specifically, I’ll write about Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

My other interests will no doubt make an appearance.  Math, linguistic theory, psychology, programming, and other logic based interests provided me with just that: logic.  Basic logical reasoning was something I had not seen much of as a child.  My father would rewrite everything from household rules to history to benefit himself, but when I realized I understood these basic logical concepts, I began to live further outside the constricting confusion he built.  Along with science and math, I have found tattooing and makeup as a path to understanding human beauty and expression.  Both forms of body art can provide a sense of ownership and joy in one’s own body; something many of us could use more of!

As I said on the about page, this blog is living here temporarily as I overhaul the software on my server.  I’ll make more posts about this server, my past experiments, future plants, and possibly tutorials, but in brief: previously was running Lighttpd on a Raspberry Pi 2 running Raspbian (modified Debian); currently switching to Apache 2 on the same machine.