Monday, June 18, 2018

REVIEW: Karity Brow Goals

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Longevity - 5 (excellent)
Ease of Use - 5 (excellent)
Wear - 5 (excellent)
Overall:



This is my die hard new favorite brow product. I'm hooked you guys. Let me dive right into why. The packaging is sturdy, luxurious, and functional. I hate when caps are really loose and bound to just fall apart, but these are not that way. A little goes a super long way. Everything is perfectly pigmented, so it's not heavy on color but it is enough and it's buildable. Once I put it on, it seriously didn't budge all day even through my sweating!

But my favorite thing about this is the ingenuity and versatility. This product has three parts. A twist up crayon or pencil, a powder (on a firm stippling sponge) and a spooli. You usually only see any two of these on a single product. You get all three, in a functional and sleek package with perfect color matching. Who could ask for more? Karity did. They said they wanted this to be affordable, so you get it all for only $12. When affordable products that are multinational and make your life easier come around, you have to hop on the bandwagon.


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What False Eyelash Brands Do You Like?

There are a million brands of false eyelashes out there. They have different gimmicks and different price points. I use a lot of different lashes both on myself and my clients. Everyone needs something different, so it doesn't make sense for me to only carry one thing. BUT there are some guidelines I use to pick my lashes to ensure quality. I am going to go through the three things I look for below.


1 - Cruelty and Mink free

A LOT of false lashes are made with mink. I am against mink farming. Minks do not provide a lot of meat for consumption or anything of that sort, and those that farm mink so for the almost exclusive purpose of selling their pelts. I am not a supporter of that. Some lashes say they are cruelty free and made with mink, but I don't buy it. HOW would they get the mink fur without killing a mink? And those minks come form mink farms. Some justify it saying they use "scraps" and don't purchase their own from farmers, but it is still partaking and I'm not a fan. I'd rather use synthetic hair, but generally my lashes use human hair.

2 - The Band
Lashes all have a different band. The 4 above are the most common. 1 depicts a full black band. Lash 2 shows a Demi-Band. 3 has what I call a Fan Lash Band. 4 has a fine band. To me the finer and less black and thick the band is the better. The thicker bands are harder to manipulate as well as to blend in with your makeup to make them look natural.

3 - Strands

Are the strands course? Are the thick? Do they look like plastic? Do they feel soft? Do they blend? I like lashes that look real, not fake. Below are two sets of lashes. They both have a stiletto pointed kind of look. Both are dramatic. BUT one has a wispy and natural feel to them, the others are plastic and cheap looking.


Some of my favorite brands of lashes are Ardell and Kara. I am not one for brands like House of Lashes because I simply don't see the necessity to spend $10+ on a single use item. However their lashes are very high quality.

Now don't forget the glue! I have tried SO MANY lash glues and my favorite is the Duo brand. Their packaging touts that they are #1 lash glue brand world wide and I believe it. I'm not sure you can do better honestly. It's gentle, easy to take off, dries quickly, I am not sure what else I could want in a glue. It also dries clear and doesn't get goopy on the lids.



Saturday, June 16, 2018

REVIEW: Sonia Roselli SexAPeel

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Scent - 4 (very good)
Exfoliation - 5 (excellent)
Gentleness - 5 (excellent)
Overall:


I have been super impressed by this product. Sonia Roselli is a respected makeup artist and so when she started coming out with her own line of products there was a lot of buzz. I have been using this for some time now but for some reason never reviewed it. Let's start with the packaging. It comes in a sleek pearlized bottle that is sturdy, functional and sexy. The simple writing is elegant and high end looking. The nozzle itself has the capacity to be "on" or "off" so that you don't accidentally spray it and it makes it ideal for travel. The scent is almost nonexistent, but what is there is very pleasant. It has a rose-like fragrance, but just a hint.

The formula itself is perfection. This is a chemical exfoliant. Usually we use scrubs that are harsh on our skin and can cause micro-fissures as well as inflammation, which is not ideal before a makeup application. This squirts out as a liquid and using a cotton round your can apply it and work it in in small circular motions to help slough off dead skin. It's gentle and incredibly effective. It works great for dry skin like mine, because it doesn't dry it out further. This is seriously a must have.




Thursday, June 14, 2018

REVIEW:

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Length - 3 (average)
Flake Free - 0 (awful)
Volume - 3 (average)
Clump - 2 (not good)
Overall:


I wanted so badly to love this mascara. I am a fan of Tarte's other mascara so I hoped to be a fan of this too. The packaging is AMAZING. It's sleek, fun, creative, different, but still high end and luxurious looking. The issues all lie in the formulas.

It adds length but not a noteworthy amount. It adds volume, but once again, not a note worthy amount. It clumps for sure. It's not all the time every lash, but at least s out of 3 times I wear it I have some clumping happening, and it's frustrating. But the worst part? The flaking. It flaked all over my face. I basically wasn't wearing mascara by the end of the day (at least not on my lashes). Primers and sealers helped but didn't solve the issue. I do not recommend this product overall. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

BRAND BREAKDOWN: Karity

The Story:
The founder of Karity is named Isaac Rami. He says that hen his wife sent him to pick up a few things for her at a local beauty counter that he had some serious sticker shock. His sotry goes that he went home and as determined to find out why these products cost so much. He realized that these products cost so much because of the cost of traditional marketing, celebrity endorsements, sales agents, wholesale markups and then retail markups. He decided that he could create a beauty brand that had high quality products and deliver them for a super affordable cost but cutting out the middle man and growing organically. 


The Brand: 
Karity 21 Shadow Palette in Matte

Karity (which is the maiden name of the founder's wife), is rapidly growing, but still new. It has a limited amount of available products, but new ones are in development and quickly being added. The brand is supposed to offer high end and sleek packaging with quality products for a super affordable price. Their products are cruelty free and they currently pledge to donate to help feed an animal for every palette sold. It looks like their promise is to feed one animal for every palette through their local shelters. However the brand intriguingly states that they plan to change their charitable contributions every year to a different focus, so I am interested to see what might come up next.  


The Products:

Karity is a small and fast growing brand. They only have a handful of products so I will go over the few I have personally tried.

The Karity Lip Lock is the businesses major viral item. It boasts to be a comfortable matte liquid lipstick that lasts all day for $6. Seems to goo to be true? I had to try it. In three words? I love it. It lasts all day, its comfortable and it's incredibly pigmented. You can get a more detailed review here
 

The concealer palette surprised me as soon as I tried it. I picked it up with low hopes because I was paying for shipping to try the Lip Lock, so I might as well try this right? I had been looking for a new concealer palette. This is highly pigmented. It doesn't crease and it has a buildable coverage. You can see my full review by clicking here.  

The Eye Shadows were (I believe) the companies launch product. They have a few palettes (from neutral schemes, some fun mixed palettes and some bolder arrays) as well as eye shadow singles. They also sell refillable "travel chambers" which are basically empty metal palettes. These are pigmented, silky and honestly of the quality that I see from major prestige brands like MAC, Anastasia Beverly Hills and others, but it's $4 per pan as opposed to $12+. I do wish that the shadow palettes had tins that were compatible with magnetic palettes like their singles do, but hopefully that will change in the future. You can see a more detailed review here.

The last thing I have personally tried from Karity is a couple of makeup brushes. I do not have a separate review for these. I bought the Angled Eyeliner Brush (E22) and the Small Contour Brush (F21). They are soft and they are sturdy. I didn't have a lot of loose fibers even after being washed several times. Both have been added to my prokit. I actually like the Angled Eyeliner Brush better than the MAC Synthetic Angled Brow Brush 208, which is a $20 brush while the Karity is a $3 brush. 


My Take:

I am overall stoked for this brand. I truly feel that their products are thus far very high quality and affordable. I am floored by it to be honest. It's not just a one hit wonder item, but a full line. I just put in my second order and I am stoked to try out their new brow products, eye shadow primer, and makeup removal wipes. I think this company is making a splash in the beauty industry and with their low shipping prices, I encourage you try them out too. 


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I do not own the rights to any of these images or pictures. all opinions are my own and do not reflect the general public's or everyone's. 









Sunday, June 10, 2018

REVIEW: Redken Pillow Proof Dry Shampoo

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Scent - 2 (not very good)
Application - 3 (average)
Lasting Effect - 5 (excellent)
Feeling on the Hair - 3 (average)
Overall:



I am not a huge fan of this product overall. It smells like powder and aerosol, not pleasant at all. It absorbs the oils on your hair really well, but tends to be kind of white and ashy looking. The effects of it last all day which is a definite bonus, but it does dry out the area that you spray it on and makes your hair feel stiff. It's just not worth the price point for something that performs like a cheap product.

Friday, June 8, 2018

REVIEW: Karity Concealer

Packaging - 3 (average)
Shade Range - 4 (very good)
Pigmentation - 5 (excellent)
Wear - 5 (excellent)
Texture - 5 (excellent)
Overall:
 

I was pleasantly surprised by this palette. I kind of got it on a whim, I have been looking for a decent concealer palette for a while. I have a concealer that I use for myself, but I needed on for my pro kit. All that I had tried were either to soft and creamy (so they would wear off quickly) or simply didn't cover without 60 layers of product. Karity claims to be pro quality at a low price point (which a lot of brands do) and when I was buying their lip lock and their eye shadow I decided to grab this too. Why not right?

So let's start with the packaging. It's nothing special for sure. It's your standard cardboard packaging, but it does look nice and sleek which I like. The biggest bummer to me with the packaging is that when I depotted it (which was super easy to do with it's cardboard packaging) I found that the metal tins the concealer are in are not compatible with a magnetic palette. This was odd to me because their eye shadow singles are compatible with magnetic palettes and they sell their own empty palettes themselves. So why not all of their products work with them, I have no idea.

The shade range is really good. It's actually better than pictured. It has a white, yellow and pink adjuster. It has  super fair, light, medium and dark rows of shades each with a warm, neutral and pink undertone. The dark shades are darker in real life than pictured. The thing that took them down to a four is I would have liked to have seen a black adjuster for super dark skin. This is worth a full point to me because inclusiveness matters.

These are super pigmented, I was really surprised by the formula's quality. It is creamy but not heavy, it has buildable coverage and I am just a general fan. It lasts all day, application is smooth, and I have so few complaints about the actual formula or wear. And at only $24, I'm not sure you can beat this palette to be honest (which breaks it down to $1.67 each).


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