Beauty Quickie: How to Revive Your Dry Mascara

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If you have noticed the fall makeup trends you’ve probably seen bold eye colors, particularly tinted mascaras.  I love using a tinted mascara to add dimension and a unique pop of color to any look. If you’re interested, your local drugstore/Target should be carrying this limited edition Great Lash line by Maybelline (approximatley $7.00 USD per tube):

{Photo Courtesy of Beauty High}

I actually purchased the Teal shade and will most likely purchase the Purple as well. I knew I already had a tinted mascara hiding out somewhere and after some digging I found a cobalt blue shade called Baby Rocker, which is a Punk Lash Mascara from Tokidoki that I purchased a little while ago at Sephora (this line is currently discontinued).

Needless to say, this poor guy was being neglected and when I tried to use it the formula was dry, dry, dry.

Instead of chucking it (it cost $17.00), I experimented to see if there was any chance to revive this. Even if only for a few more uses.

My first thought was to try baby oil. However, you may know baby oil works great to REMOVE makeup, so I didn’t want to risk separating the formula and ruining its properties.

I thought a little harder about what would be both a great lubricant and safe for the eyes…well, eye drops, of course!

 

So, my tip to you is if your mascara has started to show signs of dryness you might want to try adding a few drops of Visine directly into the tube.

Note: If your mascara is older than 6 months or if it has developed an odor–sorry, but you might be better off tossing the item to avoid risking an eye infection. No mascara can make a red, swollen eye look better!

I started with two drops and noticed an immediate difference. I added two more and thought that was enough. You can add more if you feel it will work better.

Below you can see what a difference the Visine has made:

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Have you tried this or have your own tip for saving dry mascaras–let me know!

 

XOXO Liz Signature

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J’Adore: Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil

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{Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil}

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I’ve been a big fan of Clarins skin care products for a while now. I believe it is necessary to start with the best canvas (aka healthy skin) for your makeup to be radiant and enhance your features and I have not been let down by this product line.

When I was in college I worked briefly at Sephora and one brand clients often asked about was Clarins. I would explain my philosophy that putting effort into a solid skin care routine will ensure the best possible face. After all, makeup on blemished or tired skin tends to become a mask, rather than enhancement.

Many clients were hesitant to try it because of the price tag but after trying samples and seeing the results, they understood the quality of the products make it a worthwhile investment.

I’ve been experimenting in facial oils and surprisingly, I love them (main staple is Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil). The facial oils help balance natural face oils by sort of tricking the pores into thinking they have produced enough oil so your face won’t keep producing them,  which too much oil can clog pores and cause breakouts. I used oils during the summer and thought they would make me super greasy in the humidity, but they actually kept inflamation down and brightened my skin.

So I decided to try the Clarins version and I am loving the Lotus Face Treatment Oil. Ive been using this for about two weeks and I have noticed better retention of hydration and softening of dry patches (mainly around my nose and mouth).

Oils in general feel so luxurious and elegant, dahhhling. The Lotus oil is infused with rosemary, geranium, camomile and of course lotus extracts (100% pure plant extracts) and has a rich, earthy fragrance.  The description claims the rosemary and geranium combo helps reduce sebum production, which should mean fewer breakouts. The lotus extract is supposed to refine the skin.

I generally prefer my skin care and cosmetic products to be fragrance free; however, I rather like this fragrance. The only downside is it is strong and if you happen to dislike the fragrance in general, you might be disappointed when you apply it.

I use this as a nightly ritual after taking off makeup and washing my face I apply about three drops on my fingers. I lightly rub my fingers together to heat up the oil and apply on my face. I gently massage the oil onto my skin and allow it to absorb fully before making contact with my pillow.

I wake up with a slight glow, educed dryness and a more supple feeling (victory!). I expect this will be a savior during cold weather, which temperatures are already starting to drop!

Available: Sephora

Retail: $50.00 USD for full size (30 mL or 1 Fl. Oz.)

Have you tried this or a similar product? What are your thoughts or questions–Let me know!

XOXO Liz Signature

Best Summer Concealers Part 1: The Lightweight

 

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{Benefit Cosmetics Fake Up}

First up, we have our Lightweight concealer from Benefit Cosmetics. She’s pretty and shiny and she sure packs quite a punch!

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The Lightweight: Benefit Fake Up

{Formula} A layer of hydration surrounds a core of smooth concealer. Infused with vitamin E and apple seed extract, this will aid in moisturizing and brightening the eye area. Light, creamy texture makes for a smooth, hydrating finish. This is ideal for a natural makeup look, humid summer days (hello, heat wave!) and running to the grocery store.

{Packaging} I’m a sucker for cute package design and Benefit never disappoints in this aspect. The concealer comes in a metallic retractable lipstick tube which makes it easy to control application. Definitely deserves a spot on the vanity counter.

{Application} I prefer to swipe this on under my eyes in a gentle windshield wiper motion. For a highlighting effect, I draw the shape of an inverted triangle beneath the entire under eye area and fill this in. I use a clean ring finger to pat onto skin and blend into the inner corners and onto the eye lids. Say ‘goodbye’ to dark circles!

Tip: Streaking is scary!  This formula is very creamy. To avoid unwanted lines and to achieve a “barely there” result, blend well with clean finger or damp cosmetic sponge (I suggest sponges from Sonya Kashuk or Beauty Blender). A concealer brush may move formula around too much.

AvailableSephora
Retail price: $24.00 USD for 0.12 fl oz

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Have you tried this product? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!

Coming up next:

Concealer Collage

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