Saturday, May 28, 2011

Shiseido Nourising Mascara Base

If you have been reading my previous posts, I am in search for my HG mascara that will give me volume, and hold a curl since my lashes are naturally droopy. I've been searching on youtube on mascara reviews and I stumbled upon a video review of this base. I haven't heard a bad review of it so I decided to buy one at Sephora. I got it at SR135 thats $35. I know Sephora in the US sells it for only $23. :( I hate everything is way overpriced here in Saudi.  

What it claims: (from the website)

・Intensifies Volume, Length and Curl.
・Conditions and Make Lashes More Supple.
・Provides Elegant Glossy Finish When Worn Alone.


The product has a gel-like consistency. I love how the brush is small and is stiff enough to comb through & separate my lashes.

Here is a photo of my bare lashes curled with an eyelash curler

Here is a photo of my lashes WITHOUT the primer but with SEPHORA LASH PLUMPER MASCARA. (review of this product here.)

And here is a photo of my lashes WITH Shiseido Nourising Mascara Base AND Sephora Lash Plumper.

See how much of a difference it makes?  It held my curl and separated my lashes really well. It was a lil "spider legs" looking in this photo cause the sephora mascara was so bad at separating the lashes.

  • It's awesome at holding the curl even on humid days.
  • It isn't the usual white primers that when you missed a spot when applying your black mascara, you can see the white stuff.
  • The wand is small so it's easy to apply.
  • The brush isn't too soft so it separates the lashes.
  • I noticed that it helped my mascara stay in place and didn't experience any smudging. 

  • When worn alone, it didn't provide a glossy finish like the product description claimed cause it didn't really apply transparent. It is better though than the usual primers with white finish. 
  • I got it for $35! Most expensive mascara primer I've ever tried!
 I can't believe it took me this long to discover this primer, this will definitely be one of my HG products! Now I can use washable mascaras and not worry about my lashes not holding the curl since ALL the washable mascaras I've tried weight down my lashes. I will definitely repurchase this product! :)

Have you tried any mascara primers lately? What are your favorites? Please share. :)


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

FOTD - Navy blue & copper *updated*

I was bored and thought of doing a combination of navy blue and rustic brown. It was my first time doing this look and i was really happy on how it turned out. I will be posting the products i used on my next post cause i gotta do some errands today i just wanted to do this quick post and share to u guys my fotd. :) ciao!

Here are the products I used for this look: 

Clinique skin glow foundation G08
MAC stereo rose (blush)
Too faced bronzer chocolate soleil (contour)

Nyx jumpo pencil electric blue (base for the blue e/s)
Lancome the new blue (navy blue)
The body shop haute chocolate (crease)
The body shop vintage apricot (outer crease)
The body shop new nude (brow bone)
Nyx chrome e/s in oatmeal (inner corners)
Rimmel exaggerate waterproof eye definer in noir
Maybelline turbo boost volum express waterproof mascara

MAC Faux

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Searching for the best mascara: Part 2 (Maybelline mascaras - XXL Curl Power & The Collosal Volum' Express

Here's the 2nd part of my mascara review. If you want to view the 1st part click here.

Bare lashes, curled with an eyelash curler.

Maybelline mascaras: XXL Curl Power & The Colossal Volum' Express (both washable)

XXL Curl Power's wands

I like how the wands are curved it made me easier to apply mascara it fits perfectly on how the eyes are curved.

1 coat:

My lashes looked better without mascara! As soon as I applied the primer, my lashes lost the curl immediately. I hate mascara's that doesn't hold the curl. I don't like re-curling my lashes with mascara on cause it leaves that eyelash curler mark on and it doesn't look naturally curled. However I did find that this mascara have me volume but when I put more than 2 coats my lashes will start to clump.

Maybelline Collosal's wand

Again, this mascara didn't hold my curl. I think ALL washable mascaras will do this to my lashes. I tried diorshow & ysl both didn't work for me. The product description says it's suppose to give you more volume but I don't think it did & it didn't separate well.

I'm still on the hunt for my HG mascara so stay tuned to my next posts.. :)

Friday, May 20, 2011

NARS haul + EOTD

Last wednesday I stopped by sephora and bought a few items for NARS. 

Got 2 of the 9941 artist palette, 1 for me and for my mom. I think I got my makeup addiction from her. She used to be a flight attendant, went to different countries, loved signature makeup. She gave my my first ever MAC studio fix powder, shu uemura lash curler, and benefit benetint when I was in high school. 

colors that are in the palette are:

Eye Shadows
  • India Song (soft butter yellow with a hint of shimmer)
  • Night Star (sheer peach with gold pearls)
  • Night Clubbing (black with gold pearls)
  • Ondine (plum with gold shimmer)
  • Honolulu Honey (satin flesh toned beige)
  • Dolce Vita (sheer dusty rose)
  • Gipsy (sheer warm berry)
  • Trans Siberian (semi matte ruby rose)
The Multiples
  • Copacabana (glistening pearl)
  • Malibu (pinkish brown)

also got the balance foundation in Santa Fe, single e/s in baby girl, fathom, and duo e/s in cordura.

I wore the e/s on the palette last night at my husband's basketball victory party. I was able to take a photo of the eye makeup last night AFTER the party so the makeup doesn't look so clean and nice anymore. 

This was after 10 hrs! I was glad on how the e/s held up since it was super hot & humid outside! Just imagine the desert heat! I was sweatin all over the place my top was covert in sweat!

Products used on eyes:
MAC Soft Ochre paint pot (base)
NARS Ondine (applied on the lid)
NARS Night Clubbing (crease)
MAC All That Glitters (above the crease)
NARS Night Star (brow bone & inner corners)
ELF Falsies
Maybelline gel liner
Rimmel waterproof black eyeliner (waterline)

Monday, May 16, 2011

NYX Haul + MAC Ruby Woo

Last weekend we went to Bahrain to watch a movie cause we don't have cinemas here in Saudi. We saw the movie Thor, it was my first time to see Chris Hemsworth and omg I have the biggest crush on him now! :) After watching the movie we went shopping at Bahrain City Center and I stopped by MAC to check if they had sheen supreme but they were all sold out! :( Then the sales lady told me that the collection wasn't limited edition and I was surprised cause I didn't know that but I was really happy to know that the L/S are permanent! Wohoo! I wanted to get 4 shades from that collection. Then I stopped by NYX and grabbed these few items.

Black Label L/S Berry, Hot Tamale, blush in Spice, nail colors in Cloud 9, the silver glitter one didn't have a name, eye pencils in Sky Glitter & Lavender Glitter.

here are the swatches:
Berry, Hot Tamale, Spice, Lavender Glitter, Sky Glitter

The pencils are labeled "eyebrow pencils" and I don't know why cause I don't think anyone will put glitter pastels pencils on their brows =/

NOTD - Cloud 9

Tried the eye pencil Sky today. Paired it with a neutral eye and red lips. I used MAC Ruby Woo it's the only MAC red l/s I own cause I don't think it's practical spending on MAC if I can find a shade or red l/s on other cheaper brands. I only buy MAC if there are colors that I really really want & couldn't find a dupe on cheaper brands.

Cam whored with my baby girl today :)

I posted this photo on fb and a lot of my friends asked me what l/s I was wearing. I love this shade so much it's a matte red and I think it would look good on any skin tone. The only thing I hate is the way it feels when I'm putting it on, it feels so dry and it drags my lips unlike some other matte lipstick where it applies smooth.

If you have any questions about the products I posted today feel free to email me at cinnamonsugar24 (at) gmail or message me on twitter seenamonshugar . Have a great day! :)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Searching for the best mascara: Part 1 (Sephora and Too Faced Lash Injection)

Voluminous, dark, long, and curled lashes. These are the perfect lashes most women want to have. Most women or maybe all women don't naturally have these lashes but it can be achieved by the help of a good lash curler and a good mascara.

I personally have long lashes but they're really thin and they all hang down. Finding the right mascara for me is a pain since all the washable ones I've tried ALWAYS weigh down my lashes. The only formula that works for me are waterproof mascaras but they're so hard to get off and I've noticed that my lashes became thinner maybe because I always have trouble getting it off and most of the time some of my lashes gets pulled out.

I will be sharing to you ladies, my hunt for my HG (holy grail) mascara. These will be series of posts on mascaras I've tried or currently use.

Here's a photo of my bare lashes curled using my Shu Uemura lash curler.

Sephora Lash Plumper (washable) $12

What I don't like:
  • weighed my lashes down
  • applicator was too soft and didn't separate my lashes well
What I like:
  • it's black (couldn't think of anything good about this product LOL)

Too Faced Lash Injection (washable) $21

What I don't like:
  • it weighed down my lashes (see how washable mascaras do to my lashes? makes my eyes look sad)
What I like:
  • it did separate my lashes more compared to the sephora one
  • it has a lemony scent. some may find it too strong but i love how it smells!
  • it's also black LOL

Obviously, both mascaras didn't work for me. Now I don't know what to do with them since I don't want to waste them and just throw them away. =/ Just to be clear, these mascaras may not work for me, but might work for others. :)

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