Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liners Review and Swatches

I am all about using products that make life easier.  Let’s be honest here, with technology constantly knocking on our door… don’t we want something that will offer us ease of use?  Would this be the case when it comes to makeup products?  I think so and I certainly welcome what ever is offered up.  Over the last few months I have been playing and having fun with the new Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liners and I’m not exaggerating when I say I have been having fun. lmao  I literally couldn’t figure out why they were called “Always Sharp” until doing my video review a month ago where everyone learned right along with me. lol  So – without further adieu… on to my Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liners Review.


Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liners

Available in 8 different colors, these liners retail for $20 (.009oz/0.27g) and offer a reflective glittery type look without all the fall out of actual glitter.  They are comfortable to wear on the eyes, apply smoothly like a kohl liner and offer great pigmentation.  I am also surprised by the wear I got out of the product because it offers great longevity through the day.  The metallic/shimmer finish stuck around for hours and the color lasted on my lower and upper lash line and waterline with minimal budging and no raccoon eyes.  These stay put really well and I contribute the small smudges to the fact that I naturally have watery eyes.  This is not your teeny-bopper eyeliner… while there is shimmer and sparkle, I like that it is more enhancing your eye look or your eyes than making you look like you are wearing a ton of glitter liner which is something I enjoyed the most.

So what makes these so unique?  Well, inspired by Smashbox Pros that consistently sharpen their pencils prior to using them, this pencil was designed to be the first of its kind to have a sharpener built right into its cap.  Ditch your sharpener because you will not need it for this pencil.  Each time you remove your cap – you get a nice sharp tip to create your look with.  I don’t have to twist up the bottom of the pencil or anything like that – I simply twist the cap off (make sure you twist, I almost broke the pencil several times by yanking) and you will expose a sharpened tip.  It’s magic – I swear! lol

Check out my quick video review (embedded below) as well as a demo of the product.  Looking for a laugh – tune in to the part where I figure out how the liners actually work, lol.  Click here to watch directly on YouTube.

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In the makeup look above (tutorial can be found here), I am using Smashbox’s Always Sharp 3D Liner in 3D Sparks on my lower lash line.  What I enjoy about these liners is that they are not super shimmery, but offer just the right amount of sparkle to draw attention to the eyes and in my opinion even brightening the look of the eyes just a little so it offers a subtle but dramatic effect.

Any Cons?

So – while I do enjoy using this product, there are a few cons to it.  First of all – it is a habit for me to twist a cap back on to the pencil when I’m covering it and I noticed that I can twist too many times when putting my cap back on – which can cause the cap to crack.  Second, there is no way for you to tell how much product you have left so it can be a disappointment when you reach the end of your liner and realize that nothing is left and you have to pick up a new one.  And, third – one of my pencils broke because I pushed on it too hard and it was near to impossible to get my tip sharpened again or to twist it up so that it would meet up with the sharpener for me to use it.  I don’t know what I did but I finally got the pencil to expose itself again and I was able to use my liner.

Overall – I’m still super impressed with these liners.  They have great staying power, they can smudge but for the most part they stayed in place for hours and I love the sparkle.  The concept of the pencil is great – I just wish that there was an option to be able to twist the pencil up should it break or if you need to see how much product you have left in it.  If there is a way to do so – please let me know.  I think the price point is okay, considering it is a Smashbox product.

You can purchase these four colors mentioned as well as the other four colors available at Smashbox.com, Sephora.com or Ulta.com.

Have you tried this eye liner?  If you have – what are your thoughts?  If you haven’t, would you consider it?

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HADA LABO TOKYO Replenishing Hydrator with Super Hyaluronic Acid

Skin that feels great, is hydrated and moisturized and looks fantastic… SIGN ME UP!  I have super dry skin and I also have severe Eczema so anything that keeps my skin supple and soft but also moisturized so that I do not get any Eczema flare ups is my best friend.  I have my go-to products and I still use them faithfully, but I have enjoyed adding the Hada Labo Tokyo Replenishing Hydrator to my skin care routine.  Affordable, easy to use and convenient… yup – I’m all over it.

Hada Labo Tokyo - Replenishing HydratorHada Labo Tokyo was created in Japan by Rohto Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd under the concept of “Perfect and Simple”, which promises highly effective skin care while eliminating all the unnecessary ingredients and additives.  Since its introduction in Japan in 2004, the Hada Labo brand has grown to more than 60 different products and explanded its success to several Asian countries.  This is the first Japanese skin care line to launch in the U.S. at mass retailers like Ulta.

While I only had the opportunity to try one of Hada Labo Tokyo’s products (the Replenishing Hydrator), I instantly loved the product and I’m already on my fourth bottle having received my first bottle to test run from ExpoTV.  After just one use, I was amazed at how my skin felt – quenched and soft.  I am so afraid at trying new skin care products because they can have severe affects on my Eczema and cause an irritation or flare up that can take a month to clear up.  After using this product for the last 5 months, I can honestly say I am a HUGE fan.

Hada Labo Tokyo Replenishing Hydrator

Said to boost hydration and plump fine lines, the replenishing hydrator is a product I can use daily (day and night) or when ever I feel I need a little extra boost.  I love that the product is light weight, clear and its liquid like texture is easy to apply and smooth onto the skin.  It penetrates my skin quickly, leaving it soft and moisturized all day long.  There is no scent and it is a non-sticky formula that makes it easy to apply and be on your way to start your day or hit the sheets.

Check out my video review embedded below or click here to watch it directly on YouTube.

Hada Labo Tokyo Replenishing Hydrator comes in a 1.7 fl. oz. bottle that retails on Ulta.com for $17.99.  The packaging is adorable – but I am a huge Sakura fan and love Cherry Blossoms, so that was a huge plus as well.  It comes with a pump which makes distributing the product a breeze and you always get the right amount of product each time.  I noticed while using it that I didn’t feel like I wasted a drop.

Hada Labo Tokyo Replenishing Hydrator

An instant boost of hydration infused with Super Hyaluronic Acid™. This lightweight, fast absorbing hydrator replenishes lost moisture as it combats skin dehydration, helping to prevent premature signs of aging. Skin will look and feel supple and radiant.

  1. Unique, clear liquid formula
  2. Lightweight and fast absorbing
  3. Quick, on-the-go moisture replenishment
  4. Use alone or in combination with other skin care products
  5. Can be applied over make-up
  6. Free from fragrance, parabens, dyes and mineral oils
  7. Suitable for all skin types

Hada Labo Tokyo Replenishing Hydrator

Did you watch my video review (above)?  At the end of the video I do a quick demo of how I apply the product itself.  This is an ideal skin care product for on the go as well as for travel – mainly because it is so easy to apply and not messy like a cream can be.  It’s not sticky on the fingers or on your face and soaks in so quickly, you’ll forget you just applied it.  As if all of those awesome things weren’t great enough – the product not only hydrates my skin but I also noticed a decrease in my fine lines… they didn’t completely disappear but diminished enough that I forgot I had them.

Key Ingredients:

  • Super Hyaluronic Acid (SHA): Proprietary combination of 3 types of Hyaluronic Acid. Powerful hydrator and plumper that provides multi-layer, long lasting moisture to restore and strengthen skin’s natural hydrating levels.
  • Gentle corn-derived glucose-based emollient that helps bind moisture to the skin.

Ingredients:

water, butylene glycol, glycerin, citric acid, dipropylene glycol, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, hydroxyethylcellulose, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, methylisothiazolinone, PPG-10 methyl glucose ether, sodium acetylated hyaluronate, sodium chloride, sodium citrate, sodium hyaluronate.

Hada Labo Tokyo Replenishing Hydrator

 

Overall – as if you couldn’t already tell, I’m super duper impressed with this product not only because it didn’t give me any bad reactions but because it actually worked at what it is supposed to do.  And, it’s super affordable so keeping it in my skin care routine is not a daunting task on my pocket book.  Have you tried the Hada Labo Tokyo Replenishing Hydrator before or any Hada Labo Tokyo products?  I am really interested in your thoughts.  If you haven’t, is this something you would try?

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Willa Skin Care Review – Start Young, Stay Young

I don’t often reminisce about my tween or teen years.  Honestly, I am one of those people that would NEVER go back in time to relive them again even if I had the opportunity to do so.  It was an awkward time for me, I loved school but not enough to go back to all of that and start over.  While it’s not something I think about, I definitely had fun thinking about how my skin care regimen was back then.  My mom took care of her skin so therefore she made sure I took care of mine.  She looked like she was my sister when she was in her 40s… so needless to say – since my guy friends were hitting on this MILF (is that even still a word? lol), I was busy trying to find my own identity.  But – she taught me to wash my face and moisturize and before my Grandma passed in my teens – she made sure to remind me how important taking care of yourself really was.  So when I wasn’t at the beach surfing or putting my body through heavy sun exposure – I tried my best to take care of the skin I had.  Now after years part taking in the beauty industry – I have learned that Bar Soap and lotion are not exactly the best choices for Cleanser and Moisturizer.  If I only knew 20 years ago what I know now, it would be a whole different story… but I digress.
Willa naturals

Recently I had the opportunity to try out some skin care goodies from a brand I have never heard of before – Willa Skin Care.  Willa offers a variety of products from facial cleansers, moisturizers and acne treatment as well as lip glosses and balms, lotion and SPF.  The company was founded on the thought that a mother wanted to be able to provide a cosmetic line for her then 8 year old daughter Willa that was age appropriate and offered natural skincare products that would be a type of preventative form of teaching young girls about taking care of their skin.

Our mission is to empower girls to make healthy choices with natural products so they will love the skin they’re in.

Willa Naturals Skin care

I tested out the Start Fresh foaming facial wash ($17 for 5.1 fl.oz) and the Clear Face Moisturizer ($18.50 for 1 fl.oz) first and was pretty impressed with the products.  The foaming facial wash felt really nice on the skin, cleaned off any remaining makeup I had and my skin felt fresh and clean.  I didn’t have any reactions to the product and enjoyed using it.  The Clear Face Moisturizer kept my skin hydrated without making it feel sticky or oily and I enjoyed that my skin felt very soft after the moisturizer soaked into my skin.  Both products smelled really nice – like a refreshing scent I can’t quite pin point, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Willa Lip BalmsNext I tried the Lip Balms in a pot.  I got three of them – Vera Cruz Vanilla, St. Tropez Strawberry and Miami Mango (.25 oz/7 g of product each).  The lip balms cost $10 each or you can purchase them in a Gift pack that includes all three for $26.00.  Each of them have a nice sweet scent, similar to their names – fruity like and a soft fruity flavoring.  They are each formulated to include Shea Butter and Vitamin E to help keep the lips hydrated and soft.  I love them all!  They are awesome to throw in the purse and the pot closes tightly for travel.  I didn’t experience any melting – but I haven’t given them the opportunity to do so as well.  They do have a slight sticky texture, but not enough to drive me crazy – just a little more sticky then that of say an EOS lip sphere or Baby Lips balm.  The colored ones have a light tint but if you are looking for heavy color payoff – these are not very build-able.  The tint is sheer and it’s meant for more someone in their teens, though I do enjoy using them.

Willa Lip Balms Swatches

I also tried a few other products from Willa to include:

Born to Glow – broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15 tinted shimmer body lotion – 4 fl. oz (I was unable to find this product on their website to provide cost info on it)

Fresh Face Cucumber Face Mask (sample packet) – .33oz/10g ($4.00 per packet or $42 for 12)

Take Action Acne Spot Treatment – .07 fl. oz./2.1 ml ($14.00)

I am not big on shimmer – but I think I will surely enjoy the shimmer glow the Born to Glow tinted shimmer body lotion offered.  It left me pretty glittery and some of the glitter did transfer to my clothes, but with summer just a month away – I know it will be something cute to use to keep my body moisturized and protected against the sun.  My skin did enjoy the lotion and it looks great on my shoulders when I’m wearing a tank or spaghetti strap dress.

I was only able to use the Fresh Face Cucumber Face Mask once since I only had one.  It smelled really nice, a soft cucumber scent and my skin felt rejuvenated after using it.  It includes Aloe and Witch hazel so my skin enjoyed its benefits and felt really nice after removing it.

The Take Action Acne Spot treatment wasn’t used very often since I don’t get acne or many breakouts.  I only tried it once and didn’t notice much of a difference, but I think overall that the concept is pretty cool.  It comes in a pen that you click to distribute the product and then apply to treat the area.  It didn’t feel harsh on my skin like some drug store products have in the past and I didn’t notice any dry patches in the area I left it on to treat over the course of the next week – so I think it would be great for teenage and sensitive skin.

Willa Naturals Skin care

Willa is a skin care line that I would definitely suggest to friends – regardless of their age (even if this was formulated specifically for girls in their tweens) because it offers so many natural ingredients.  Since the products are formulated without damaging chemicals – it is safe for all skin types.Willa’s products are Paraben and Sulfate Free, DEA and phthalate free, NOT tested on animals and made right here in the USA.  Their website offers travel sized options as well as gift sets that you can purchase if you want to just test out the products for yourself or buying them as a gift.

Willa products are available on their website as well as select Target stores, Drugstore.com, Amazon and a few other locations.  

Overall – I’m impressed with the products I had the opportunity to test out.  I have very sensitive skin and found that my skin loved these products.  If you are looking for a skin care line that is priced similar to that you can find in a drug store – Willa may be a little more costly than that, but if you are looking for something to help your tween or teenager get through that awkward stage we call “growing up” this definitely is something you may want to look into.  As my Grandma used to say… “it’s best to take care of your skin now then worry about it later when it is too late!”  I think this is awesome that a mother took the initiative for her daughters – the skin care line is great, but the story of how it all started… the icing on the cake.

Have a wonderful week loves!

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Happy Easter from Honey Bunny and Easter FOTD

Happy Easter Love Bugs.  I hope you all had a great and fun filled day.  I was quite excited today because my husband was able to get the day off, so we got to spend the day together as a family… Yay Us!  I figured I would share with you the makeup I rocked out today as well as a few photos from our day.  Read more to find out my Easter FOTD.

Easter FOTD

My choice of makeup today was super simple because I wanted a soft sweet look for Easter.  I only had my phone on me so all my photos were taken using my Note 2.  I am truly terrible at taking pictures of my makeup looks on a consistent basis, so I’m working on making it a point to take photos of my looks – even if only with my phone to post.  I used the following products:

Easter FOTD Products

I like to be festive for the Holidays so I pulled out my trusty bunny ears (had these for about 5 years now) and earlier in the day I dressed in a bright yellow dress.  I figured my eye makeup was perfect for the day since it was wearable but still offered a statement.

Easter 2014 FOTD

Of course, no Easter look is complete without a flower crown on your head.  I thought it was very “spring” and I got a lot of compliments on it.  Easter was a lot of fun and I enjoyed dressing up.

Easter Sunday 2014

My parents came up to spend time with the boys and I was able to get a quick camera opp with my sissy – who came up to spend a little time with us too.  The boys got to find eggs two times today, since we spend the day with both my side of the family and then later in the day with my hubby’s.  I am so lucky to be able to have these opportunities with my family – because we know that moments like this are never guaranteed and we need to really enjoy them and take advantage of them when we have them.  I’m truly blessed and had a great day.

I hope you all had a fabulous and wonderful day.  Happy Easter to all of you who celebrate it and those who do not – I wish you a fabulous Sunday!

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NYX Sunkissed Radiant Finishing Powder – Review, Demo and Swatches

NYX Sunkissed Radiant Finishing Powder

 

I am always on the hunt for blush, bronzer and highlighters.  I honestly don’t know what my fascination is with all of those, but I just have a darn addiction to makeup in general – so I just chuck it all up as such.  Most that know me know that Laura Geller’s Baked Highlighters are my favorite and I am also a huge fan of Milani, but after having the opportunity to try out NYX’s Sunkissed Radiant Finishing Powder – I have added a new favorite to my list.

Recently, NYX released a plethora of goodies for their Spring 2014 launch.  Many of these products were available for a few months now and I’ve been having fun with the NYX Sunkissed Radiant Finishing Powder for about 5 months or so and have been enjoying it.  Retailing for just $9.00 on NYX’s website and available in both Sunkissed (pictured) and Brighten – these new products are pretty cool additions to the line.  You can find these on NYXCOSMETICS.COM or on Ulta.com for about the same price and if you are lucky to find new NYX goodies in your local store – you may be able to grab one for you there too.

Check out my video below for a quick review on the product as well as a demo on how it applies so you can see what it’s all about.  You can click here to watch directly on YouTube as well.

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NYX Sunkissed Radiant Finishing Powder

Obviously from the video (if you watched it) you can tell that I’m quite smitten over this product.  First let’s talk about the cost… totally affordable right?  Then, it offers a great highlight as well as a nice bronzed look if that is what I’m going for.  If this can be achieved on my medium to dark skin – I’m truly amazed.  Most drug store products don’t offer colors deep enough to match my skintone perfectly and when it comes to highlighter, it often can appear to white and ashy when applied.  I love the fact that this powder offers a few shades in range from warm and cool with great highlighting shades that have gold light reflecting capabilities.  This not only offers me a great all over powder if I need it to be but is a great multi-tasker as I am able to highlight, contour and even add a light blush to my cheeks.

SUNKISSED
Add natural radiance to any complexion for a healthy glow with this luminous collection of bronze, rose and gold toned powders. Soft, smooth, lightweight and luxurious, this all-over powder is comfortable to wear anytime anywhere.

NYX Radiant Finishing Powder

I tried my best to get photos that would provide a sample of what the powder looked like on my skin and took the photo you see above of my cheek bones where you can see that soft glow it offers.  While on video – I love how this powder offers an almost diffused look to my cheeks, with a soft glow.  It’s really awesome considering the price tag you get.  In the photo below – I took a screen capture of my video where I demoed the product.  What I love so much about this powder is how well it captures and holds the light reflecting back so nicely.  I still have a warmth about my face, I don’t look ghostly and it doesn’t offer any flash back like other shimmery type powders can do.  The tutorial for the eye look in these photos can be found here.

NYX Sunkissed Radiant Finishing Powder

The product itself has a soft buttery like texture and while you may not be able to tell from the photos, but each shade has gold shimmer – but not enough to make you look like a disco ball while wearing the product.  When swatched, each color offers up a very bold look (i.e. the creamy white looks like a bright cream shade when swatched), but applied with a brush and blended nicely, it creates a really nice glow and highlight that looks wonderful.  Keep in mind you definitely want to blend this product well using a brush that will lightly buff the product onto the areas you are applying it to.  Because of the shimmer – you can experience a little bit of powdery fall out – but for the most part, I haven’t found that to be an issue at all and sweeping it away from your skin with a brush leaves you with a gorgeous glow.

NYX Sunkissed Radiant Finishing Powder SwatchesIn the compact, the Pink shade offers up a baby pink hue that looks almost too bright for me to pull off (just me being honest), but working with the other shades in the palette and blending them together – they all work well and compliment my skin tone nicely.  I am very impressed with the staying power that this powder offers, especially since I use it on my bare skin (no primer or foundation) and it clings well and lasts for at least 6-8 hours with normal wear.  When I use the bronzer portion of the compact on its own – I’m also super impressed that it did not oxidize on my skin, shimmery bronzers can do that to me very easily.

Overall – I think this powder is a great and affordable alternative if you are looking to add luminosity, radiance and glow (highlight) to your makeup look without a costly price tag.  Considering that it is a drugstore product and cost under $10, it reminds me of some of my higher end brands.  If you are on the hunt to try something new or if you are just a makeup lover like me that loves to sport that “glow from within” look – I definitely think this is something you should check out.  So – do you think you could give this product a try?  Are you a NYX lover like me?  I’ll be getting my hands on the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders Palette in the next few days – I can’t wait to see how this NYX Sunkissed Powder compares.

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