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I think I must be addicted to makeup now. No, I`m addicted to sales and bargains. Haha, but who isn`t? Around Christmasttime, I had ordered some beauty bundles for gifts off of http://drugstore.com, and I had found a 20% off coupon as well as 8% back from http://mrrebates.com. http://Drugstore.com also has a rewards program where you can earn 5% back off of every order and whatever you accumulate you can redeem during a calendar quarter. I believe the next redemption period is early April.
So there have been a few cosmetics items that I have been eyeing and I had wanted to use the http://drugstore.com dollars I had earned a couple of months ago. I had also used a coupon for $5 off if you spend $40. Basically, they really got me with all their mumbo jumbo.
This was probably the main reason for my order. The kit includes:
Voluminous False Lashes Mascara 0.34 oz
Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner 0.087 oz., Black
I`m glad this kit came with a sharpener, because I don`t know how else I would sharpen a pencil of this size. Also, it`s very nice that the Sharpener is made in Germany & the Smoldering Eyeliner is made in the Czech Republic. I just think it`s interesting since L`oreal USA is based in NY and L`oreal Paris obviously in Paris and even more amused that they don`t say made in China like 90% of the world`s products do, lol.
Now, I`ve already thrown the box away. I kind of wish I didn`t because there might have been some information that could be useful to me now.
Since I`m kind of neurotic and anal, I noticed that the sticker on the bottom of the mascara says 270 Blackest Black. (I had to really squint to read it, and if I squint any more, I may go blind.) However, if you look at the picture above, it says 277 Blackest Black. I know it doesn`t matter, because when you put it on, nobody ever notices that there is a different shade of black. I just find it annoying that items like these don`t just come in one shade of black.
Also, I don`t know if the packaging of the mascara is just different for this kit, but written on the mascara is: Voluminous False Lashes Faux Cils, whereas all the other ones not in the kit read Voluminous False Fiber Lashes. That kind of annoys me, because I`m pretty sure they are one and the same, but now it leaves me the tiniest bit skeptical of if this is supposed to be the mascara with fibers in it, which is the whole reason why I purchased this bundle, that and the fact that the bundle was under $13, when the mascara and the eyeliner are both about $9 if you purchase them alone.
One thing I`m quite sure about the mascara is that it is not the waterproof kind. I guess that`s okay with me, since I don`t wear makeup in water or when it rains, et cetera. Plus, I don`t want to struggle with taking it off.
Also, there are no discrepancies in the eyeliner as far as I know, so that one must be the only black they have? Unless, there`s a "Blackest Black" for that too. -_-
For now, I`m trying to use up my other mascaras and eyeliners before I open either one. Then, I`ll try these out and see if they actually perform like fiber mascaras and kajal eyeliners. (How would I know anyway? I`ve never tried either kind.) I just bought it because the bundle was a good bargain and it was on sale!
Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips - 240 Check it Out (Houndstooth Print)
I just bought this, because it was on sale. I guess I was interested in trying out more prints, even though I already own it in 360 Laced Up and I haven`t even tried it yet. Shame on me.
Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp Candy Bar - Milk Chocolate (YUM)
I`m eating one right now as I type this. (Actually I just finished it.) I don`t think this is a pro-health food item, because it doesn`t contain any vital ingredients that people actually need, but it`s decent and tastes great for 110 calories and 1 g of Dietary Fiber. (I think I`m going to have a separate blog post about low-cal foods versus foods that are actually healthy/healthful for you.)
I`ve also tried the Skinny Cow ice cream bars & ice cream sandwiches and those taste great too. I`d buy them just as a dessert item for the taste, and the low calorie benefit is just an added plus. Of course, I only buy them when they`re on sale, because we don`t need sweets to survive. hehe
L`oreal Infallible Eyeshadow - Midnight Blue
I tried this recently. I don`t know if maybe my eyeshadow brush just sucks, but I found it to be quite chalky, but it`s a little bit better if applied with my finger. Although I use the same brush with other eyeshadows, and it`s usually just fine. I just really like the color navy blue. I heard that the lighter colors of this line are actually the best ones, but I don`t think I`ll be purchasing any more of them. Since they`re powdery and come with a plug that you`re supposed to use for pressing and keeping it lasting longer, you can`t put them in a palette, and I don`t like to have a lot of single eyeshadows lying around.
Maybe it`ll be better if I use a primer or base, since I lazily did not use either one.
Milani Liquif`Eye Metallic Eye Liner Pencil - 01 Black
I recently realized that I have this eyeliner in brown & blue, but not black, so I wanted to get it in black as well, It`s great for the waterline, since most eyeliners don`t show up on my waterline. I don`t know why they`re called Metallic Eye Liners, since there`s nothing metallic about them. I guess the non-neutral colored ones have some shimmer to them.
Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil - 040 Purple Passion
Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil - 011 Sable Brown
These eyeliners suck. I`ve been hearing a lot of talk about kajal eyeliners being good for showing up well on the waterline for more intense opacity. These are just your run-of the mill, average (I`m leaning towards below average) eyeliners. They go better above your lashline and I think that`s about all they`re really good for. The colors are pretty though. I just bought them because they were cheap (about $2) and they were buy 2, get $1 off. They brought me to $40, so I was able to use the $5 off.
I think of all the things I bought, I`m happiest with the Skinny Cow bars. I`m tempted to eat another one, but I should get dinner ready instead.