you-nique Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lash Review

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*These Strips were sent to me for my unbiased review*

Although this is my sister that sent this to me to review she sent it to me knowing I would give my honest review either way, even if she is family. I spend a lot of time researching the best make up so that I don’t buy crap and waste my money. As always I can assure you that this is my unbiased and 100% honest review. 

I had ordered the Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes I guess about a year ago now through a friend that was having an online party.  I am a sucker for mascara and I will try anything that says it gives you longer or fuller lashes. Mine are naturally longer just very blond, I love to make my lashes appear fuller and longer without looking fake so I figured let me try this.

The old formula was very messy to say the least. I also was kind of skeptical when the old instructions stated for me to spend almost $30 to then still have to use my own mascara as the base… uh what? IMG_7566

The old instructions were as follows:

  1. Use your mascara
  2. Once dry, apply the Transplanting gel
  3. While still wet apply the fiber lashes
  4. Seal in by applying the transplanting gel again

Not too many steps but still a pain in neck. I’m not gonna lie, I am getting a little older so my beauty routine consists of more than it used to.. I now need concealer for under my eyes for the bags and dark circles, more and more red spots or acne spots, pore concealer for the lines and more visible pores. Using my already $20 mascara then a gel then the fiber lashes then the gel once dry was just too much. I never ended up using it every day. It got used a couple of times and then stayed in my drawer.  It also didn’t help that the case was enormous and hard to keep in my make up bag

All in all my review of the old process, packaging, and formula is as follows:

Pros:

-Does make lashes appear longer and fuller

Cons:

-Time consuming, too many steps

-Messy – I would have fibers fall out on my cheeks while I was applying and later once I blinked throughout the day with them falling off

-Large packaging – not easy to transport with other make up

-Price, too pricey for me to justify if I also have to use my own mascara.


Now, for the NEW formula and NEW packaging!

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This packaging as you can tell is much smaller, the bottles are slightly longer however now they come in this nice pouch instead of an almost eye glass case, making it much easier to transport. Let’s see how the new formula matches up..

My first impression already is that I am much more excited to try these, I love the bottles, I love the smaller bag to travel. I especially love that there is a window to see the product and how much is left! Why didn’t other companies think of this!!

The instructions for the new formula are slightly less annoying and less steps

  1. Apply the transplanting gel
  2. Apply the fiber lashes
  3. Seal again by applying the transplanting gel

Although this is only one less step, it already makes me feel more at ease, if it works because I don’t have to use my own mascara. This product could essentially replace my mascara. Let’s see how it does put to the test.

This is me without mascara

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I then applied one coat of the 3D fiber lashes. Transplanting gel, lashes, then gel again. One eye at a time

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You can already see the fullness that it gives

Here is two coats- Transplanting gel – lashes – transplanting gel – let dry – process once more

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You can see the slight increase in length and fullness

Here’s the close up

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I think that the two coat is more for an evening look or a special event, not time worthy to attempt every day… unless of course you have that kind of time then by all means.. lol

Finally, for a glasses wearer there is nothing worse than doing your make up only for you not to be able to see it through the glasses, that is such an annoyance. I am happy to report that the lashes are full and long still through the frames!

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Again there was not a huge huge difference in the one to two coats so I am more than certain that with the one coat the lashes would still appear just as long and as full with one coat for us glasses wearers.

Here is a reference of what regular mascara does for my lashes now that you have seen the 3D Fiber lashes

This is an older picture (hence my old watermark) but still the same mascara I wear today 

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As you can see they appear long but not necessarily full at all

Here is a collage of all of the looks

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Overall my review of the new and improved younique Moonstruck 3D Fiber lashes is as follows:

Pros:

-Less time needed – by this mascara replacing your mascara rather than being an added step

-More cost effective again not having to use your own mascara first

         -Could potentially replace your mascara altogether

-Smaller case making easier to transport

-Much less messy, I didn’t have any fibers fall on my cheeks as I did with the old formula (both immediately and later on in the day)

-The windows on the bottle allow you to see how much you are using and know when it’s empty not like most beauty products.

-Pictures prove makes your lashes truly longer and fuller

Cons:

Honestly I don’t think there are any with the new formula. I was very happy with it

The new formula can be purchased for $29 or if you have an online or in house party you could earn it for free! (See below for Party info)

My sister sells through her website at Lashalotwithmissy.com or you can message her on facebook to be added to her facebook group. On her page she does make up videos and tutorials provides up to date info on the newest products. She reviews and posts the products so you can see them first hand before purchasing. Be sure to tell her you found her site through Mae’s Beauty 😉

Their improved website makes it easier to track your party points and know how much free product you have earned towards your 3D Fiber Lashes or the long list of other make up and beauty products they sell. Regardless of your area* (check out their shipping page) if you are interested in having an online party message Marissa and she will help you to earn points toward whatever make up it is that you desire from their site even if this mascara isn’t for you!

younique I hope you enjoyed my review of these lashes. I am much more excited to use these every day rather than my mascara especially seeing how it matches up next to one another. Please do check out her site to see the other products that younique has to offer.

NAILMATES Review

A few weeks ago I was sent this new product from NAILMATES to try out. There are all sorts of products out there geared toward the removal or easy use of Glitter and/or Gel polish and that’s what this product is. The website lists the product as:

For quick & easy removal of gel polish and nail treatments.

  • Comfortable & REUSABLE
  • Better than foils or soaking dishes
  • Users can QUICKLY & EASILY remove polish from all nails at once
  • Caps & Removal Pads stay in place so user can do other things
  • Pack includes 10 REUSABLE NAILMate caps, 20 removal pads, 1 nail file.

Nail Mates promises no dripping because of their special pad,  it allows for you to do other things while waiting. They also claim to work better than foil because it allows less evaporation with the rubber caps. The caps and pads were specially designed for removing gel polish, however as I don’t use that, I figured it would be perfect for glitter since that’s always a sore subject in the polish world… Glitter Removal ugg!

*This PR product was sent to me for my unbiased review*

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(So I totally stole this picture from Nicole at Polish Me, Please! Be sure to check out her review on these!! – I forgot to take a picture of the bag and applicators while still pretty before I used :/ )

The package comes with the rubber caps and the sponge applicators.

  • You are to simply gently apply NP Remover to the sponges ( damply.. be careful to not soak them )
  • Then place the sponge on your nail and put the cap on your nail, or put the sponge in the cap and put your finger in.

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I had them on for about 5-10 minutes I was honestly doing other things so I can’t be certain but it was no more than 10 minutes which is about what you would do with foil anyway. Once I removed the caps there was a little to rub off with the sponge but the majority was on the pad! Oh and I must say that I use Non-Acetone for ALL my polish so this may go quicker with Acetone, I know a lot of people use straight Acetone for glitter.

I’m not gonna lie.. I did not think this product would work, so many companies have tried things and have failed but I really liked these. This absolutely allowed me to do other things without feeling like I am going to drip all over like when I do use foil. It did the job for me rather than going through about 20 cotton balls that rip to shreds trying to take of glitter. It made it much easier..

My pads were also not so bad and didn’t harden up like my cotton balls do once I’ve used them; So I can flip them or reuse these a couple of times. I definitely feel this is a product for the Glitter and/or Gel user.

If you wanna try these out for yourself and see what you think, you can purchase them here.

The original Nailmates is $14.00

Removal Pads Refill 30 count is $5.95

and Removal pads refill of 200 is only $14.95

Right now they are running a special too :

20! ADDITIONAL REMOVAL PADS WITH ONLINE PURCHASE! That’s a total of 40 pads

 

So, is this a big pet peeve for you too, removing gel or glitter? If so, would you try this product or have you already? Let me know what you thought or what you think if you end up trying. 🙂

NOTD 168 – Lacey

Hey guys! So last night we had our Annual Halloween party, at our house, with our family. Don was Superman with Tempest as his Wonder Woman  sidekick and then I was Bat Girl with Blizzard as Robin, my sidekick! We had such a blast and the dogs were so good!

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Well on to my nails for today, this is two coats of ‘China Glaze – Liquid Leather’ and on my index and pinky finger is two coats of ‘Avon – Cosmic’. I then took these black lace stickers that I got from the Born Pretty Store.

These nail art stickers were sent to me to review for my unbiased review

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These stickers are super easy to use and a good price, they are $5.23 There are a couple of different other designs beyond these. They basically just get applied to dry polish and cut to fit, I then applied top coat and voila!

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If you are interested in purchasing these stickers or anything else from the Born Pretty Store, don’t forget about my coupon exclusively for Mae’s Beauty Followers,

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Alright guys, stay tuned for my purple nails later in the week 🙂

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CLEAR Scalp & Hair Therapy Review

For those of you that read my VoxBox post , you saw that I received a shampoo and a conditioner sample of “CLEAR’s (new) Scalp & Hair Therapy Total Care” line. The website says “Formulated with an advanced moisture complex or vitamins and nutrients, gently cleanses and nourishes and helps restore scalp’s natural moisture balance.” The back of  the bottle also reads “Stronger, more beautiful hair in just 7 days” Well it’s been 8 so let’s see how it held up.

What I love:

  • I love that it has somewhat of a fragrance, not an overpowering fragrance, a more mild one. I don’t like products (body and hair) that do not have smells. This is one of those shampoos that leaves your hair smelling light and fresh still at the end of the day, you still smell that “shampoo hair”.
  • I blow dry, then straighten my hair every day for work… I know. Bad, Bad! Some days I go in with wet hair and clip don’t worry… In any event on the days that I do my hair, I use “It’s a 10’s Miracle leave in plus Keratin”  before I straighten. I have very wavy hair and this tames it, without making my hair greasy and helps to soften and tame the frizz as well. I can tell you that while trying this new shampoo/conditioner duo I have not used any products and what a difference, in a good way! It has been over a week now without other products and my hair feels soo silky, smooth, and not frizzy at all.
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Scalp Review:

I was a little bit skeptical at the directions. The directions say to massage the conditioner into your scalp and all throughout your hair. Now I honestly have never read directions to shampoo or conditioner before, to me it’s just one of those things I guess I take for granted. With that being said, I do not know if other conditioners have the same instructions or not. What I do know is that any beauty article that I have read especially for people with greasier hair, they say Not to put all the way up to your scalp, just your tips and middle of hair. This product even though I was massaging all throughout did not make my hair greasy at all. I also felt that my hair felt stronger just in that short time.

What I dislike: None.

Overall: so far in the trial period I would give this product an 8/10, only because sometimes when you test out a product and then buy the product and continue the prolonged use, you may find different results, however I don’t think this is one of those products. My hair was never weak I always had healthy hair, but I still could notice a difference in the strength and the shine using this product.

Where to Purchase: SOAP.com, Walmart, CVS, Drugstore.com, Walgreens, Target, Amazon.com 

The price: The price on my VoxBox says $4.99-$5.99 for 12.7oz and 12.9oz bottles. Prices may vary so please check your local listings and above sites.

*Disclaimer: this product was given to me review however the opinions are solely my own.

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Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color Review – NOTD 50

For those of you that read my Influenster Vox Box Post yesterday, you saw that I was a lucky Influenster and got picked to receive the Summer 2012 box. In it, I received some awesome products that I just cannot wait to try, but of course the nail polish came first. I got “Sally Hansen’s Magnetic Nail Color in Graphite Gravity”. I have used Layla’s Magneffect product before so I will be comparing it to that a bit and giving you my honest opinion

*Disclaimer: this product was given to me review however the opinions are solely my own.

As with the other Polish brands that have done the Magnetic lines, it comes in many colors, “Golden Conduct, Polar Purple, Silver Elements, Kinetic Copper, Red-y Response, Ionic Indigo, Electric Emerald, and Graphite Gravity”

I also received one of my stamping plates (Hello Kitty) in the mail, that I had ordered last week from Amazon. So I decided to incorporate that also into this look/post.

So, as I said I have tried the Layla Magneffect nail polish and one of the things I liked about the Sally Hansen one was, that the directions differed. The Sally Hansen one wants you to paint a thin coat of polish on all ten nails (or in my case, 8) and let it dry. Then paint a thicker coat one by one, and hold the cap with the magnetic strip over your finger (there is even a little guide for your finger) for 10 seconds and voila you have your magnetic design.

The formula was thick which was to be expected but certainly not a downer, not hard to work with at all, I didn’t think. I liked that it instructed you paint that thin coat first as with the Layla (unless I did it wrong) when you held the magnet cap over the polish, it tended to pull the polish so much to make the design that it looked like you didn’t have polish on in some spots. With the Sally Hansen one I did not have that at all. 😀

Another pleasant surprise was, that the bottle was like a darkish silver color, I thought that when I held the magnet that the design would be white, I was pleased to see that it actually turned black and pulled the silver to make the design. I liked the polish much better that way. There is another color however that looks like it is silver with the whitish design if that is more your style.

I would for sure, purchase this in other colors, especially for the price, it was a great product, was easy to work with, so long as you don’t accidentally hold the magnet too close that it hits the strip and you get a chip. :/ but that is with any polish or magnetic polish.

I painted “Sonia Kashuk’s – Dream of Genie” on my ring fingers for accent. I used “Sinful Colors Blackest Black” for the Hello Kitty Nail Stamp.

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Summer 2012 VoxBox

Influenster is a website that bloggers can sign up for to review products, earn badges, and possibly be picked for a VoxBox. If you are a lucky enough to to be picked they ask that you take pictures of the products, honestly review them on your blogs, YouTube videos etc, and then, finally you will be asked to complete a survey about those products. The companies have signed up to have you test out the products, review them, and get the word out on up and coming new products.

The Summer 2012 box included:

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30: $8.99 for 6oz bottle, Available in SPF 12, 30, and 50. “With this ultra-luxurious hydrating silk ribbons, Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration lotion Sunscreen nourishes an pampers skin while providing broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, and 12-hour moisturization when out in the sun.”

Tampax and Always Radiant Collection: prices vary per box “Tampax and Always have come together to premiere the all-new, stylish Radiant Collection, a complete offering of premium tampons, pads, liners and wipes that meets all of a woman’s feminine care needs. With designer packaging and wrappers, these products are must-have accessories for that time of the month.” (It will be a while before I review these, as I am on Seasonique and I’ve got almost two months to go)

Quaker Soft Baked Bar in Banana Nut Bread: $3.29 for package of bars “Made with real bananas and almonds, Quaker Soft Bars in Banana Nut Bread flavor have tasty ingredients to help provide fuel to start your day. 5g Fiber, 20% of daily value of 5 B Vitamins and 6g of protein!

Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color: $9.99 “NEW! Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color is summer’s hottest nail trend that allows you to create a gorgeous 1-D nail art effect in just seconds! This unique formula was specially developed with metallic particles – just hold the built-in magnet over wet polish to reveal a unique design on the nail.”

 Sally Hansen Nails and Cuticles Hand Cre’me: $5.99 for full size bottle. “Made with shea butter, the Sally Hansen Nails and Cuticles Cre’me softens hands, smooths cuticles and conditions nails. Active Moisture Complex formula with Ceramides helps to lock in nutrients so hands maintain their ideal moisture level. Offers 24 hour moisture and lasts through hand washings!

Based on demographics, select Influensters also receive: 

CLEAR SCALP & HAIR BEAUTY THERAPY: $4.99-$5.99 for 12.7oz and 12.9oz bottles. “Did you know 99% of hair’s natural strength comes from the scalp? Introducing CLEAR SCALP & HAIR BEAUTY THERAPY, a new line of shampoos and conditioners that nourish the scalp, and create that right foundation for strong, beautiful hair from root to tip. Wash your way to stronger hair in just 7 days!”

I am so excited to try all of these products, I have already done the nail polish of course! I will review that for you tomorrow. Be on the look out for the rest of the product reviews.

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Jamberry Removal

Well… Just as I suspected… I couldn’t leave the Jamberry strips on my nails for very long, or at least not as long as they say they are supposed to last. They are said to be able to stay on for roughly 2 weeks on your hands depending on your nail growth. I kept the Jamberry’s on my nails for 6 whole days! I know to some of you that may not sound like long, but they were starting to drive me crazy with boredom. It has nothing to do with the shields themselves, polish drives me to boredom too.

I do however in the meantime for you have a picture of my friend Gina’s toes. She did these on her toes the day that she got them and has had them on for 2 weeks, 4 days and counting. This picture was taken yesterday, and as you can see, even after 2 weeks and 4 days, they are still looking brand new. She loves them!

 

I pulled the below Removal process right from the Jamberry website

Quick Removal Process:Heat the shields with a blow dryer for 15 seconds. Then break the seal by getting under the edge of the shield with your opposite thumb nail. Slowly peel the shield from side to side. If the Nail Shields are not peeling easily or the adhesive is still bonded to the nail bed then follow the Gentle Removal Process.

Gentle Removal Process: Soak the Nail Shields in nail polish remover for 20-30 seconds and gently rub them off. Soaking will break down the adhesive bond and allow them to easily slide of the nail bed.

Overall in the 6 days that I wore these, I had no lifting, no scuffing, no peeling or cracking. All in all, I think the idea of this product, the way that it works, the way that it’s made, and the designs are just simply fabulous. They are just not made for MY hands. I will do them on my toes shortly as I tend to keep polish on them no problem for easily 2-3 weeks, until I need to do another Pedicure.

If you are Interested in purchasing a set or two of these, please see my Jamberry Shield Post here and here, for prices and shipping info. Once again here is Doreen’s contact info:

Name:Doreen Fooder

Email:NailShields@hotmail.com

Phone:856-723-0116

Website:Nailshields.jamberrynails.net

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