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Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover Review & Photo


Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover ($5.79 for 3.8 fl. oz.) is a dual-phase remover, which means there are two layers of product and once the bottle is shaken, it can be used.  You can put a little bit on a cotton pad or cotton cloth, then press against the eye area, and gently swipe away the makeup.  Whenever I use a product like this, I like to press against the lid, wait a couple of seconds (not long at all, just not instantly attempting to remove), and then proceed to remove.  This remover nearly removes all traces of eye makeup for me, but it does struggle a bit against waterproof mascara.

I found that it can and will remove waterproof and long-wearing products, but if you’re wearing a full eye of makeup, you’re going to need to go back a second time and focus on removing the waterproof mascara.  It seems to take a little longer for the remover to breakdown waterproof mascara, and I’ve been able to eliminate the second step if I press the cotton pad against the lashes for about 5-10 seconds and then move to the eyelid.  I also like dipping a cotton swab in this formula and rolling it along the lash line to get every last trace of eyeliner off (it’s more effective than rubbing a cotton pad against the lash line, which often causes excess remover to get into the eye).  This can also work to remove lipstick and lipgloss (if I have bolder lip color or thick lipgloss on, I always remove lip products separate!).

Despite the claim “no oily residue,” there is a definite oily film left behind.  It’s not a full-on oiliness, akin to that of using jojoba or olive oil as a remover, but there’s something there.  On the flip side, it is better than a tight post-cleanse feeling that can often leave skin feeling stretched and dry.  I’m not bothered enough by it that I feel a second cleanse is necessary, but I suspect that some will.  I would recommend this product as an eye or lip makeup remover followed by a facial cleanser.

Beautiful Beginnings with MAC

Beautiful Beginnings with MAC

What was the first MAC product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first MAC product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer: MAC was the first brand I fell in love with, and the love affair lasted for a few years, but it has waned over the past few years. There are still a lot of amazing MAC products, both past and present, but there are so many other brands in the sphere, it’s hard to stay loyal! I remember really getting into MAC around the time they launched the Madame B. collection. My favorite collection–still–was MAC Moonbathe.

Share your first time experiences with MAC in the comments! 🙂

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Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism Collection for Spring/Summer 2012


Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism Collection for Spring/Summer 2012

Human Fundamentalism is an explosion of your alter ego. It’s becoming who you are and not who you’re told to be. Beauty isn’t conformity, but the fundamental human desire to express your inner self on the outside. To rise above mainstream limitations and exist in a world where individuality is received with celebration not derision, and breaking the mould is a sign of strength not instability.

We stand for freedom of expression, embracing our glorious imperfections and showing the world we’re not ordinary but extraordinary, even if society refuses to accept it. We’re beyond conformity. Beyond control. Beyond hiding who we really are. We are not a religion, but the singular opposite. We are Illamasqua.

“Human Fundamentalism is the unique spirit and fundamental human drive for individuality. It’s a belief, a movement and an emotion. A connection with the spirit of the age and its global motifs. You are your own human hybrid, a unique nomad of street cultures and global trends.” — Alex Box, Illamasqua Creative Director.

Get ready for a startling celebration of humanity’s connection with colour. Introducing the Human Fundamentalism collection, where blinding flashes of pigment provide a sharp contrast to neutral tones, creating a saturated palette that catapults your alter ego to new levels of self-expression. Mix contrasting textures to express your true self, spiraling from rich metallic to pale matte shades. This is nonconformity at its most fundamental. At its unpredictable best.

”Human Fundamentalism to me is physical expression of your self-belief, sharing your opinions with colour that shape the narrative of your thoughts and inner self. It is a statement of conviction and colour confidence, it states, this is me and now see what I see, be tinted by how I express colour and behold an oblivion to social convention and constraints.” — David Horne, Illamasqua Director of New Product Development.

Fundamental Palette ($42.50)

The Fundamental Palette is a playground for self-expression. Experiment with contrasting textures, from glistening Liquid Metal in molten pewter to matt Cream Pigment in mint green, to express every inch of your alter ego. Coupled with two vibrant Powder Eye Shadows in Hype (Bold Yellow) and Inception (Rich Violet) this palette demands bold levels of nonconformity.

Neutral Palette ($42.50)

Create sculpted highlights and stark contours anywhere on your face and body with these four fundamental Powder Shadows. From new matt shades in Stealth (Creamy Buttermilk), Wolf (Chocolate Brown) and Vintage (Antiqued Gold) – a shade exclusive to this palette – to the glistening metallic accents of Obsidian (Rich Black), express your inner light and darkness in a rich riotous glamour.

Precision Ink ($27.50)

Precision Ink in pure white Scribe is the ultimate anti-liner. Subvert expectations and highlight the unconventional, creating white-lined eyes and white-out brows with Precision Ink’s super-fine tip. Waterproof and extremely long-lasting, Precision Ink also makes the perfect nail art pen. Simply apply then seal with Illamasqua Top Coat for nails that transcend conformity.

Nail Varnish ($14.00)

  • Stance Bright mauve
  • Nomad Bright jade

Lipstick ($22.00)

  • Box Deep scarlet red (Matte)
  • Apocalips Teal (EU only) (Matte)

Intense Lipgloss ($20.00)

  • Fierce Bright blue purple

Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00)

  • Burst Blue green
  • Pivot Yellow green
  • Cancan Lilac purple
  • Sex Pure white
  • Obsidian Rich black (EU only)
  • Vernau Yellow ochre (EU only)

availability: March 15th @ illamasqua.com, March 20th @ sephora.com

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This Week’s Sales for March 12th, 2012


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  • EBATES:  drugstore.com (12%), Murad (11%), philosophy (10%), Sephora (8%)
  • FAB:  Victoria’s Lavender (3/13)
  • GILT:  Make Up For Ever (Gilt City) (3/12)
  • HAUTELOOK: NYX Cosmetics (3/12), RapidLash (3/12), Eve Pearl (3/13), Alterna (3/13), Ricky’s NYC (3/14), Mica Beauty (3/14), Premiere Dead Sea Products (3/15), NEO Hair Tools (3/15), Amal Oils (3/16), Crown Brush (3/16), VIOlight (3/16)
  • IDEELI:  Michael Todd Cosmetics (3/12)
  • MRREBATES:  Proactiv (25%), Sheer Cover (25%), Murad (18%), Too Faced (12%), The Body Shop (10%), Folica (10%), SkinStore (10%), Drugstore.com (10%), Beauty.com (10%), Sally Beauty Supply (10%), DermStore (10%), CLinique (8%), Bliss (8%), ULTA (8%)
  • MYHABIT: Studio Gear (3/12), 360 Skincare (3/14)
  • Rue La La:  Tweezerman (3/12)

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  • SKINSTORE.COM:  20% off select gift ideas under $200 with code NEW2012, expiration unknown.
  • TARTE: Free shipping on $40+ orders.
  • THE BODY SHOP (USA): Buy 2, get 1 free on all skincare, expires 3/29.
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