FAIRYDROPS Scandal Queen Mascara ($24) A volumizing, water- and sweat-resistant mascara with a brush so unique it is patented in Japan. This do-it-all mascara is blended with fiber to give you lush, doll-like lashes. The unique brush catches even the tiniest lashes, defines, lengthens, and provides all-day curl. FAIRYDROPS mascara was created by Japanese TV personality Aya Yasuda. Realizing that the eyes are the secret to making a great impression, she was inspired to create a new mascara wand that is now patented in Japan. The Scandal Queen formula is available exclusively in the U.S.
Fairydrops Scandal Queen mascara is better at lengthening than adding volume. Even though it did add some volume to my lashes, I didn’t notice it as much as I noticed the extra length it added. What lengthens your lashes and adds volume are the fibers/tubes in the mascara. I found it worked best if only 1 or 2 coats was used. Layer on more than that and you’ll get clumps. The formula is just too wet to layer. Because the mascara has a wet formula, it couldn’t hold a curl. The wand is very interesting. I’ve never seen a mascara wand that curved and have 3 bumps before. The design did not help combat the problem of clumping. I think it made it worse. The mascara wand would collect too much mascara. The one major thing I didn’t like about the Fairydrops Scandal Queen mascara is that the fibers/tubes flake off your lashes. By the end of the day I had tiny flakes all over my under eye and some even in my eye! Overall, I don’t think this mascara is all that great. I can find drugstore mascaras that have the fiber/tube formula that work better.
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Finley Hair Powder ($18) Finley hair powder provides a simple and effective solution for dull and oily hair in between washes. Oversleeping with no time to shower or needing a quick refresher before heading out for the evening makes Finley hair powder the perfect weapon in your beauty arsenal.
Finley Hair Powder is a dry shampoo powder. Unlike most dry shampoos that only come in one shade, usually white, Finley Hair Powder comes in 4 different shades: black, brunette, blonde, and white. You don’t have to worry about missing patches of white powder to blend, because the hair powder matches your hair color. The powder was very easy to apply. All I had to do was sprinkle the hair powder onto my oily hair, and then brush my hair to blend and distribute the powder. Finley Hair Powder did a great job of absorbing all the oil and there was no unpleasant scent. However, the hair powder did leave my hair feeling dry like I spent the whole day at the beach or in the pool. My hair was kept oil-free until my next hair wash the next day. When I washed my hair, all the powder washed out. How did I know all the powder washed out of my hair? Because I used the black hair powder, it turned the water a dark gray color. That took me by surprise; not in a bad way. I just wasn’t expecting it. Overall, Finley Hair Powder did everything it set out to do. It blended into my hair seamlessly and absorbed all the oil from my hair. I would say it it’s a pretty good dry shampoo and worth giving a try.
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Fresh Supernova Mascara ($25) Dress up your lashes with our bestselling SUPERNOVA MASCARA, which defines, thickens, lengthens, and curls in one coat. Our exclusive brush saturates each lash with glossy, jet black color, making them look dramatic, glamorous, and supernatural. An ultra-rich, nourishing formula strengthens lashes and ensures clump-free results that won’t smudge or run. Instantly creates dark, deeply-defined lashes. Conditions lashes as it colors. Exclusive, full-bristled, curved brush optimizes coverage and imparts deep, glossy color from base to ends in one coat. Superglossy, jet black finish offers ultimate definition for your eyes. No alcohol.
I really like the packaging design of this mascara. It’s so cute! I must agree that it does give a superglossy, jet black finish. I really loved the finish. But what made me return this mascara was the major smudging. Within 2 hours of wearing the Supernova mascara, my under eye area was completely blackened from the mascara. I didn’t like the idea of having to check up on my under eye area every couple of hours to make sure the mascara was still in place. It’s such a shame, because had this mascara worked out for me, it would’ve been an absolute staple in my makeup bag.
It’s that time of the year when the season starts to change. Do you know what that means? New makeup! I don’t like to use the same kinds of primer for winter and spring. I feel your skin changes as the weather changes so your makeup should change too. Every morning after I wash my face, I always moisturize. It’s important to moisturize before you put on makeup to avoid dry patches, and it’s easier to blend foundation into moisturized skin. After moisturizing, I put on my primer. I know some people feel primer is useless, but I feel primer allows the foundation to go on smoother and makes it last longer. During the fall/winter, I was using Smashbox Photo Finish Light Foundation Primer ($36). It’s great for acne-prone, sensitive, or oily skin.
Now that spring is approaching, I want a more freshed-face dewy look. A great primer for this look is Fresh Twilight Freshface Glow ($36). It is also light-weight. You can’t even tell you have it on! A little goes a long way, so a tube will last you months. I also use this as a highlighter. I love how it is not glittery like most highlighters are.
These products are very easy to find. You can buy them off the Smashbox or Fresh website. I find it best to test out the products in person before purchasing. You can find Smashbox at Sephora, Ulta, department stores, and other beauty specialty store locations. Fresh you can find at Sephora or at their store locations.