NARS Mini Monoi Body Glow and Body Glow II Set ($35) contains 1 oz. sizes of each. The full-size (3.9 oz.) costs $59 each, so this is definitely a good value set–especially if all you’ve wanted to do is try it. Let me tell you, I’ve lusted after this set forever. There’s just something about it that has appealed to me, so I was really happy to snag the set at a mere $35 instead of $98 (a limited edition set of the full-size bottles).
Body Glow is the one that’s a warm, bronzy-gold color. It’s designed to accentuate your natural tan or give you a little extra glam for your gams. Body Glow II is Monoi de Tahiti oil in a lightweight formula that also helps moisturizer your skin and can be used daily.
First, let’s talk about Body Glow (the bronzy one). I wouldn’t classify it as a self-tanner, because it really doesn’t attempt to tan you for days at a time. It’s a bronzy oil that will warm your skin up with a little color and shimmer. What I love about it is that it dries quickly–you don’t have to walk around the house for a half hour to an hour before you can get dressed. Just be sure to wait though, because when it is wet, it can stain your clothes. The scent of the tropical oil lasts forever, and it’s definitely potent!
Body Glow II does sink in and absorb pretty quickly, and it leaves a nice sheen behind, so it can work as a daily moisturizer if you’re looking for one. I found that the scent of this one didn’t linger as long as Body Glow, and I really don’t have the foggiest idea as to why that is. Nevertheless, for those not looking for color but still want to draw attention to their legs, this isn’t a bad choice.
All in all, this set is great for summertime. It’s not really worth using during the wintertime, because there’s just not much time where you can show off your glowy parts, you know? For the price tag of the full size bottles, you better believe I want to show ‘em off! As far as usage goes, I think you can easily get these mini bottles to last through at least one summer, since you don’t need much per application.
I don’t think I will be repurchasing, though, because I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to monoi-scented products–this is the second product with “monoi” mentioned in it that’s caused me to sneeze up and down the hallway instantaneously. So unfortunately for me, I’ll have to pass on this, but hopefully you’ll give it a shot, for those of you blessed without allergies
Lush Coalface Cleanser ($10.95 for 3.5 oz.) is a solid bar that has licorice root as its main ingredient (supposed to help the skin “heal naturally”) and powdered charcoal to exfoliate the skin. The first noticeable characteristic of this product is it has a distinct smell. I couldn’t quite tell you what it is, but I know some find it unpleasant–it’s kind of like out in the woods, around the campfire kind of scent. I’m not one of them, but it’s not a scent that I’m going ga-ga over either! Regardless, the scent doesn’t linger–it rinses off as soon as the product does.
I find Coalface to work really well at reducing acne breakouts. It’s great for oily skin, especially because it can be a little drying on the skin. If you find it drying, make sure to follow-up with a good moisturizer or try a toner. Coalface gives me that “squeaky clean” feeling at the end, which is not really my bag, but often I follow with Sweet Japanese Girl so that “squeaky clean” feeling is minimal. The product lathers up really well, and the gritty charcoal powder bits are rough enough to really get your scrub on.
Overall, I really like this product, and it’s definitely part of my shower time routine! Have you tried Coalface?
POP Beauty’s Cat Eyes ($16.00) is an eye crayon that’s angled and shaped to help streamline the cat eye lining process. It comes in three colors: Black Onyx, Black Dahlia, and Black Olive. I tried out Black Onyx, because it’s a classic cat eye color, so how could I lose? I really liked the intensity of the black–it wasn’t super, super black (which I do love when the mood strikes), but for my upper lash line, sometimes a black that’s pigmented and dark, but not ultra rich is much better. I often want the shadows to stand out, not my liner, so it’s a nice option to have at your disposal.
When it came to actual application, I did find that it helped make the process easier, because of the way the liner was shaped. It is angled just right, and because it is crayon, you don’t have to worry about dipping a brush into gel liner or going back for more liquid liner. It’s right there! I didn’t feel like it went on as smooth as I would like (I had a little skipping), but perhaps if I had warmed the pencil up a bit more, it would have worked better.
If you want a really thin line, this product is probably not for that. The crayon is thick enough to generate a good cat eye, but you won’t be able to get a very thin and precise line with it, just because it is designed to be a certain thickness. Otherwise, I think this is a nice way to introduce yourself to the motions of getting the cat eye down pat. It’s a lot more forgiving than liquid liner, that’s for sure!
In comparison to MAC’s Penultimate Liner, which is supposed to help make lining easier as well, I find this easier to do than Penultimate. Penultimate is much more like a liquid liner than a pencil liner, so the two have different finishes and will look different in the end. Penultimate is not as forgiving, and I find it’s all too easy to make an “oops” with it. But like I said, POP’s is a crayon, so it gives you the look of pencil liner, whereas Penultimate is similar to liquid liner.