CVS ran a really great sale on their website this past week: 30% off sitewide and free shipping with no minimum purchase.
As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, I’ve known for awhile that dimethicone is an ingredient that clogs my pores and exacerbates my eczema and dryness so I want to cut it out completely from my skincare and makeup routine. That’s my New Year’s resolution for 2017. I’d been researching budget friendly dimethicone-free skincare products that are available at the drugstore, so this sale came at the perfect time since I had already found a few products that interested me.
I hope all my American readers had a great Thanksgiving. Mine went well and I scored some really great Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals which made this Thanksgiving all the sweeter. It seems like a lot of retailers rolled out their promos and sales much earlier this year compared to years past. In fact, some of my orders have shipped or have already arrived at my doorstep.
Revlon ColorStay Crème Eye Shadow – Praline
Revlon recently came out with a new collection of crème eye shadows. I only saw four or five neutral shades in a special display at CVS but if you check Revlon’s website it seems like they’ll be rolling out even more shades soon. I picked up Praline, a beige pink with a shimmery finish and it was $8.49 which is about the same price as Maybelline’s Color Tattoos.
It’s been months since I last shared a nail polish on my blog but when I find a formula and color I like I tend to stick with it. I’ve tried all sorts of brands from Deborah Lippmann and Zoya to drugstore brands like OPI, Essie and Revlon but the formula that I like the best for its performance and value is NYC’s Quick Dry nail polishes. Everyone’s nails are different but there’s just something about NYC Quick Dry that works for me. They make great colors and usually come out with interesting limited edition collections, they wear really well on my nails, and they’re inexpensive.
Over the years I’ve tried lots of other cheap nail polishes, Sinful Colors being one of the cheapest if not the cheapest brand available at the drugstore and, truth be told, Sinful Colors makes a ton of beautiful colors. I so wish they worked as well for me as they do for others but their nail polishes chip really easily and are more often than not streaky on me. Last month I received an Influenster Flawless Voxbox and one of the items included for me to test was a Sinful Colors nail polish in the shade Miss Klaws from their Kylie Jenner Trend Matters Pure Satin Mattes Professional Nail Color Collection. Of course, based on past experience I wasn’t expecting much from this particular nail polish.
I would describe Miss Klaws as matte berry/burgundy pink. It’s deeper than a fuchsia in person and has hints of wine. The first coat went on a little patchy but two coats gave me an opaque and smooth finish. That came as a pleasant surprise because most of the Sinful Colors nail polishes I’ve tried go on kind of unevenly and streaky, even with three coats. Miss Klaws looked very matte on Day 1 of application but I noticed by Day 3 it started to look shiny like a traditional creme finish nail polish. That seems to be normal at least for matte nail polishes I’ve used before but admittedly I haven’t used many matte nail polishes; I usually go for a creme finish. I suspect if you’re someone who works with their hands a lot for tasks such as cooking/baking or you use a lot of hand moisturizer, you might lose the matte-ness of Miss Klaw even sooner. I saw major signs of chipping by Day 4 (that’s without a top coat) which is better than a lot of Sinful Colors nail polishes I’ve used before. With those I saw chipping on Day 2 or 3, so an extra day or two of wear is pretty dang good.
Prior to trying Miss Klaws I had planned on chucking it as soon as I’d finish testing it because I thought it was going to be like those crappy Sinful Colors nail polishes I’d use in the past. The formula still doesn’t amaze me but I love vivid reds and pinks like this and I think with a protective top coat — I have a matte NYC top coat that I think I’ll use — I just might be able to extend the wear time. I think I’ll keep it for now.
I received the new CoverGirl So Lashy! blast PRO mascara last month as part of an Influenster Voxbox to test for free and while I’m always thankful to be selected to join Influenster campaigns I wish they would consider letting participants choose between washable and waterproof mascara formulas. This isn’t the first mascara I’ve ever been asked to test a mascara and yet not once in all these years have I ever been sent a waterproof mascara. I have extremely watery eyes and personally I always buy waterproof mascaras because (1) they don’t give me raccoon eyes and (2) they hold a curl better. Regardless, I still enjoying testing new mascaras, waterproof or not, if only to try an innovative new wand but it’s something I can only test at home; I don’t feel confident in their ability to hold up against my teary eyes in public.
I’ve been testing the CoverGirl So Lashy! blast PRO mascara in the Extreme Black color everyday for the past month at home and these are my thoughts: