Nila J.'s (nilanouvelle) Beauty Product Reviews
Above average lash seperating mascara... with a few downfalls
Maybelline mascaras have long been my favorite mascaras. From picking up my first tube of "Great Lash" in high school, up to their release of "The Falsies" mascara, which is my current go-to. Imagine my excitement when I came upon "One by One" for the first time! I had high hopes for this mascara, based on how much I absolutely LOVE "The Falsies", but unfortunately, this mascara comes up a little short.
First, the wand. It's your typical rubber bristle wand that is fatter in the middle than at the two ends, which I've found is really what gives it the ability to separate lashes so well. The angle at which the little bristles sprout off the main body is more fan-like than other rubber bristle wands, and that allows the wand to really sneak in between lashes. The only drawback with with wand is the clunkiness with which it applies on bottom lashes. It's really a chubby little wand, and it's awkward to get on super fine bottom lashes. I've found myself reaching for a different mascara for my bottom lashes since switching to "One by One".
Alas, the wand is not what holds this mascara back from getting a higher rating. It's the formula of the product itself... it's VERY chemical-smelling. I've never come across a mascara that smells as strongly as this one does. From the second you pull the wand from the tube, it's overpowering. The smell alone almost makes me want to toss the whole thing out, but I won't, because honestly, it does do very well at separating and coating each lash. It's very buildable, which is something I look for in a good mascara. I purchased the "Blackest Black" shade, and it doesn't quite seem as dark as the same shade in "The Falsies" line. I wish it were!
All in all, not a great mascara, but definitely not a horrible one either. I probably will not purchase again, and will go back to "The Falsies".
I'm going to admit something here... the outer third of my right eyebrow pretty much doesn't exist. Between a chicken pox scar and an eyebrow piercing scar, the hair just has stopped growing in. And frankly, it's kind of silly looking. I always felt self conscious of it, and throughout the years I've gone between looking for an eyebrow pencil that matched my eyebrow color, to not caring and just letting it be, until I came across the Anastasia Brow Whiz pencil. This pencil matches my eyebrow color PERFECTLY, and allows me to extend my eyebrow to where it should naturally end. The spooley on the opposite end of the pencil allows one to not only brush the eyebrow into position, but also blend the pencil in with your natural brow. Another bonus? I've used this pencil a TON, and it's still going strong a year past when I purchased it. Definitely a must have for my makeup arsenal!
Great formula, reasonable price! Metro Chic is my FAVE polish shade I own! It's a great lavender grey, beautiful for autumn! Looking forward to purchasing more SOPI polishes soon :)
LOVE this moisturizer, don't love the price!
I'm still not sure whatever possessed me to purchase such an expensive moisturizer ($68 for 2.6oz. Ouch.) but I gotta admit, I really like the formula of this. It is nice and lightweight, and absorbs into the skin quickly, leaving your face feeling really soft and nicely hydrated. If the price is in your budget, or you're just feeling like you need to spoil yourself, this really is a nice moisturizer.
Carbon Black is SUPER dark, with a downside!
When I first used this, I was HOOKED. I loved how absurdly black it was! It made my lashes look so full and dark. But the more I used it, I started noticing that the formula needs some improvement... it flakes really bad :( As in, you'll notice lots of absurdly black flakes all over your cheeks. Buying a brand new tube didn't solve the flaking issue as I was hoping it would.
Great base coat!
I walked into my local Sally Beauty Supply just to browse, and happened to come across their extensive supply of nail goodies! I've been on the search for a good base coat for a couple months, not having found one I liked all that much, so I asked an employee if she could suggest one, and she literally put Orly Bonder in my hand and said it'll be the last base coat I'll ever try. Cost me about $9, which is not super horrible, but also not what I'd consider a bargain, but after having used it several times now, I have to say it's the best I've found! You can feel the rubberized formula once it's dried on your nails... it really grips the polish and keeps it put!
Love MAC lipsticks!
I bought my first MAC lipstick this summer when I went hunting for a fun, bright summer shade. Girl About Town became my signature shade for summer (though I also dabbled a bit in Vegas Volt!) and now I'm ready to go and splurge on a few more fall/winter shades! Highly recommend!
Take a look at how Girl About Town looks on me, at right!
Best summer foundation I've come across!
I picked up this foundation (in Neutral Fair) upon suggestion of a Sephora employee when I asked about a good sheer foundation/ tinted moisturizer for summer. I absolutely abhor heavy makeup during hot, humid summers, so I've been on the hunt for THE perfect lightweight foundation for about 3 summers now. This is now and forever my absolute favorite summer foundation! It gives just enough coverage to even out your skin tone with the added benefit of spf 15. Even as autumn is approaching, I still find myself gravitating toward this foundation for my everyday work makeup. I prefer to apply it with a stippling brush to maintain the sheer nature of the makeup. All in all, LOVELOVELOVE this sheer foundation!