While the first quarter of 2017 may be done, I am still sorting through my 2016 holiday haul. Naturally, beauty-loving friends went a little Black Friday gaga and pooled our US purchases for shipping to Manila. The first of my buys making a debut for review here is the Intro to Tarte Deluxe Discovery Set (USD 10). *Note that this is a limited edition set for Black Friday that is no longer being sold, but there are resellers still offering this set.
Tarte Intro to Tarte
Quick Specs: Mascara 4 ml / 0.13 fl oz manufactured in Italy and assembled in Taiwan ; lipstick 1 g / 0.035 oz made in Italy ; blush 1.5 g / 0.05 oz made in China
The first time I was really and truly wowed at the prowess of a mascara was when I got my hands on a tube of Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies. I’ve been a Volum’ Express since their first few editions were released, and I always loved how it didn’t take much effort to get noticeable length and volume. Then The Falsies changed the game with unprecedented levels (at the time) of luscious lashes for less, and I went through about 3 repurchases of the beloved stuff.
Now, the beloved line is back at it again with Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Volum’ Express Waterproof Mascara in Very Black (USD 8.49). (Cue Celine Dion’s It’s All Coming Back to Me Now.)
Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Mascara
Quick Specs: 9.5 ml / 0.32 fl oz ; made in USA ; ophthalmologist tested
New Year, New Stash! The holidays may bring about brand new beauty loot, but I’m not forgetting to use up all the stuff I already have. Without further ado, here are my December empties:
The Face Shop Rice Ceramide Toner and Too Cool for School Morocco Ghassoul Cleanser
The year is coming to a close, and I find myself already thinking about my beauty goals for 2017. For 2016, I was all about highlighting/contouring and picking up bronzer for the first time (review later!), but I want to ring in the new year with a renewed dedication to eyes. Admittedly, I have been sticking to bold lips to make a quick job of it, but I want to put more time towards learning new ways to define eyes. And so I set about to start practicing with the help of Eye of Horus Easy on the Eyes Glamourbox (PHP 1,290) and the new Eye of Horus Bio Lash Lift Mascara (PHP 1,150).
What’s New From Eye of Horus
Believe it or not, this isn’t the first time I’ve gotten my hands on some colored mascara. Back when I was in high school and wasn’t even documenting my beauty buys yet, I had a drugstore tube of blue mascara that I loved to bits. I didn’t even have a concept of beauty product criteria yet, so I don’t remember if it could hold a curl or volumize. So here’s another go at colored mascara—now that it’s hot again!—in the form of Covergirl Katy Kat Eye Mascara in Perry Blue (PHP450).
Quick Specs: 10.5 ml / 0.35 fl oz ; made in USA