Wednesday, February 10, 2010

CARGO Texas Lash Mascara Review!

Cargo TexasLash Mascara

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Maximum volume mascara for Texas-sized lashes! The fat, oversized brush allows for easy application with just one coat while the unique formulation heavily coats the lashes for immediate impact high volume lashes in an instant. An innovative elastic polymer formulation that forms small tubes around the lashes creating a smudge proof barrier that is removable with warm water and gentle pressure or make-up remover and gentle pressure.

I received this little surprise in the mail last week and I've been wearing it for a few days now and I have to admit, I LOVE this mascara!!! I just logged onto makeupalley and was shocked to see that the ratings of it wasn't higher. It has an overall 3 of 5 stars based on 52 reviews.

My thoughts: First off, I didn't know this was a "tube" mascara until I took a shower and my mascara was running off my face in little "tubes" or stands. I was pretty happy about that because tubing mascaras don't smudge. I have a huge problem with mascara smudging (with the exception of my beloved CG Lash Blast). The packaging, nothing special just a basic, black tube. I love the large fluffy applicator (some people prefer a small applicator, but I prefer large wands) It applies a generous amount of product to my lashes in a short time. For me, it both lengthened and volumized my lashes. I noticed you can't wait too long to apply your second coat because it dries fairly quickly, and once your mascara is dry it makes applying more a little yucky. You may need to use a lash comb in between application because it doesn't do the best job separating. Another thing I noticed is, I don't get as much volume on my bottom lashes as I do on my top lashes which is a little odd. When I used a mascara base before application of this mascara I got more dramatic results as opposed to applying it alone. Also, one of the days I was wearing a very natural coat of Anastasia Lash Lifting Mascara and I applied TexasLash Mascara over it, my eyelashes looked so black, long and voluminous that a few people asked me if I was wearing false lashes. I will most likely be repurchasing this once I run out. I'll keep you all updated if anything changes! I'll have pictures to come.

Have you tried this mascara?

**Update: Although this is a great mascara, I don't like the fact that it is so hard to remove! The only good way of removing this mascara is under warm water in the shower. Using my Neutrogena Makeup Remover wipes do not take it off adequately and I noticed I was losing lashes because I was having lots of trouble removing it every day. I have not yet repurchased this mascara.

Disclaimer: I was sent this product for free. I was not paid for this review. These are my honest opinions from my personal experience.

NOTD: CHI Brown Sands On Maui Beaches

While I was at ULTA the other day, I picked up this nail polish from the clearance rack for $1.99 (reg. $8). I'm really liking it! It reminds me of Autumn.
I bit off all of my nails in the past couple of weeks. I'm not sure why, I haven't bitten them in years. Hence why all of my nails are funny shapes. eeek!

What's on your nails?

Anastasia Beverly Hills Line Erasing Serum Review!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Line Erasing Serum

"This lightweight serum contains a unique blend of natural hydrators, Instalift™ Goji, and an exclusive Balkan Botanical™ Infusion to improve the appearance of skin and help reduce signs of aging. Designed for all skin types, it soothes, softens, and hydrates—leaving skin brighter and smoother. Fine lines and wrinkles don't stand a chance!"
-Instalift™ Goji (Tibetan Goji Berry): Gives the appearance of reduced fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.
-Balkan Botanical™ Infusion: Helps soften, soothe, and hydrate skin.
-Sodium Hyaluronate: Delivers ideal hydration to smooth and refresh the eye area.
-Chrysin and Hydroxysuccinimide: Masks the appearance of redness while leaving the skin looking brighter and lighter.

The Line Erasing Serum ($45, 0.507 fl oz) is a fairly new product from AnastasiaThe serum is a clear, lightweight, runny liquid. It's recommended to apply the serum lightly to areas where you have wrinkles and fine lines, and dab the product in with your fingertips. 

You can use it mornings and night, but I've been only using it in the morning and I'm really liking it so far (I've been using it every day for a week). The serum absorbs quickly into the skin and instantly my under eyes feel mildly tightened. I have never felt a product actually "tighten" on my skin. It's kind of a fun sensation!

You only need the tiniest bit, a little goes a very long way. My (minimal) fine lines appear to be less visible and my under eyes feel incredibly soft to the touch (even my finger felt soft and moisturized! ha!) Not too long after my application of the serum, I look more awake. 

Its very similar to the effects Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair ($85, 1 oz) gives me, with a very similar price tag. 

Since I only tried a sample, I won't be able to tell you of the long-term results of using this product, but I was impressed with it for as long as my sample lasted. 

If you're looking into a product like this, I definitely recommend you to give this a try next time you're at ULTA or Sephora. Ask for a sample!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Korres Wild Rose Body Butter Review + 25% Off All Korres!

Korres Wild Rose Body Butter 

"Luxuriously hydrating Body Butter enriched with Shea Butter to soften, moisturize and restructure the skin.A proprietary blend of Sunflower, Almond & Avocado Oils restores skin’s elasticity and smoothness. Quince extract acts as a soothing agent to heal and nourish stressed skin. The luxurious balm can be used over the entire body. Best when applied to warm, damp skin, after bathing to lock-in moisture." - Korres

First off, this lotion is 93.9% Natural and smells amazing. It smells like fresh roses (which some may or may not like) but I really enjoy the smell. It isn't overpowering (for me). The body butter also comes in "Guava", which I heard smells really good as well. When I first heard of this product, I thought "Hmm.. body butter." and automatically thought it was going to be like a greasy, heavy cream. I typically don't like "butters" other than cocoa butter because the textures are usually so thick. The consistency of this is like a buttery, whipped lotion. Its very light and dries within a minute or two and feels wonderful. It's like no lotion I have. I never really keep up with applying lotion to my body and hands, but ever since I've had this I've been reaching for it every day. It is so moisturizing and makes my skin so soft. I love using it on my body and legs after I shower and on my hands during the day.

I am officially addicted to Korres body butter and I'm very interested in trying their lip butters. Has anyone tried them? I'd love to hear your opinions.

Furthermore, Korres was nice enough to give my readers a little gift for Valentine's day! A 25% discount + a Free Wild Rose Shower Gel with your order!! Just type in coupon code "NATTY" at checkout. This sale will extend until Valentine's Day.

Price: $29, Korres.