Review: Tanya Burr Everyday Flutter False Eyelashes

Posted on November 06, 2014 under Reviews

This weekend while in Brighton, something possessed me to pick up a pair of Tanya Burr false eyelashes despite the following two facts:

  1. I am not a big falsie wearer – they’re a hassle, generally not super comfortable, and look too dramatic for my day-to-day life!
  2. I’m not Tanya Burr’s biggest fan.

However, I didn’t bring my very small lash collection over to the UK with me in September, so I thought I might as well buy a pair just in case I needed them. Plus, I suppose my curiosity about Tanya’s line got the better of me.

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I selected the “Everyday Flutter” style, because I thought half lashes would be easier to apply and more wearable for an everyday context.

Now, I was not expecting to be impressed. I mean, I didn’t think I’d hate them, but I thought that they’d just be another set of lashes.

Because it’s my style to reveal my conclusion near the beginning of the post: I love these lashes. Yes, I used the L-word. (No, not lesbian. Or lesbians.)

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In case anyone was wondering, other eye makeup: Burnout and Darkside from the Naked 3 Palette, Stila Stay All Day liquid eyeliner, Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Lashes mascara.

These half lashes are fairly long, with thin criss-crossing lashes that do make for a fluttery effect. Although they’re long, the fact that they’re not very voluminous makes them very wearable for daytime. I mean, I’m sure people know that my eyelashes aren’t naturally that good, but I don’t think they look out of place if I wear them to class to test-drive them.

Not only do they look great, they feel wonderful. Actually, they feel like nothing. At one point during my lecture, I was convinced they’d fallen off since I felt absolutely nothing. Nope – still on. Just super comfy.

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I did find them easy to apply, probably thanks to the fact that they are half lashes. There’s no inner corner to tuck – that’s what always gets me! Also, the glue that comes with it is really nice. Normally I toss the glue included with lashes since it always sucks and I have my trusty Duo, but Tanya’s glue is the perfect consistency and has a little applicator that makes it easy to apply directly and accurately onto the band. Plus, it’s shimmery – what’s not to love? The glue holds very well and dries clear, which is always nice. (A bit of eyeliner to hide the seam is still a good idea, though!)

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My own lashes (with mascara) on top; Tanya Burr Everyday Flutter lashes on bottom.

I can’t speak for the ease of application or comfort of the full strips, but I am so impressed (and surprised!) with the quality of the half strip. Next time I’m in the market for lashes I might just have to try another set in Tanya’s range.

Tanya Burr Everyday Flutter false eyelashes retail for £5.29 ($9.65) at Superdrug.

Review: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish and top coat

Posted on October 30, 2014 under Reviews

I was on vacation in upstate New York this July when I stumbled upon the newly-launched Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish. Being the type of person whose nail polish seems to chip within an hour of drying, I was intrigued. Could there actually be a DIY manicure that doesn’t involve any type of UV lamp that lasts two weeks?

That would be a hearty no.

In fact, the Miracle Gel nail polish is essentially the product of good marketing. You see, according to Sally Hansen, this is a two-step process. Step One is a base coat and nail polish in one. Step Two is the top coat, which is activated by natural light. Sally Hansen insists that these two steps must be used in conjunction with one another. So, essentially, Sally Hansen is able to guarantee an initial purchase of two products, totalling at about $20 CAD.

This sucks for the consumer not only because, well, you have to drop twenty bucks to use this product, but because if you want OMG miracle nails you only have 45 shades to choose from. I mean, that’s probably an average-sized nail polish range, but what if I told you that you could get OMG miracle nails in an unlimited colour palette?

Yes. That is a thing. Because while the Miracle Gel top coat definitely doesn’t last the advertised 14 days, it is a really good top coat. It makes my nails very shiny (as promised), and it certainly does make my nail polish last longer than it would on its own or with any other top coat I’ve tried. Yes, including Seche Vite (which I actually don’t like that much).

With this top coat, my nails go an easy 6-8 days without any chipping, and then another 3-4 with very minimal chipping. This is a long time for me, and it’s very convenient since I am lazy about my nail polish and tend not to take it off more than once a week, meaning I can continue to be lazy but not have nails that broadcast this fact to the world. Revolutionary! Thank you, Sally Hansen, for making me look like a competent and well-groomed adult!

So, what am I saying here?

The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel top coat is a product that, in my opinion, is worth the ten bucks it costs.

It is also a product that can be used over any nail polish (that I’ve tried, at least) with excellent results.

Therefore, you definitely do not need to buy both the top coat and the colour. You do not need to limit yourself to the colours in Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel range, although there are some very nice colours so don’t feel like you shouldn’t buy them if you like them.

This product is a lot of marketing (read: hype) with a not insignificant dash of impressive performance. At this point, I would say the top coat is my HG. I do have to deduct points for the bullshit marketing, and will therefore conclude that the top coat is a holy grail surrounded by a layer of hype.

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Day 6 of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel top coat over Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish in Sugar Fix. (Ironically, I found the top coat performed the worst over the step one it was meant to be used with. It got quite dull after a few days, which I didn’t experience with other polishes.)

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Day 6 of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel top coat over Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Kiwi. (This was the most chipping I experienced in all my trials!)

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Day 7 of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel top coat over Wet N Wild Fastdry nail polish in Ebony Hates Chris.

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Day 7 of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel top coat over Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear nail polish in White On.

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Day 6 of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel top coat over Joe Fresh nail polish in Lavender.

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Day 6 of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel top coat over Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear nail polish in Coin Flip.

… So, yeah, clearly the “miracle” thing isn’t an exaggeration.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel top coat retails for $10.99 CAD for 0.5 fl oz, or $21.98 CAD per fl oz.

Top 10 lipstick colours

Posted on October 27, 2014 under Lists

If you made me choose one type of makeup product to wear exclusively, I would choose lipstick. No question. I mean, I’d miss eyeshadow and eyeliner, and I might have a pang for blush and highlighter, but lipstick is all that matters to me in the grand scheme of makeup and also life.

I’ll wear pretty much any colour: from light pink to orange to deep red to witchy purple, I love it all. I mean, I love bold colours best of all, but in the end lipstick is a magical product regardless of the colour.

Today, let’s not talk about formula. Let’s talk about colour – more specifically, the 10 colours I like putting on my mouth the most, out of all the colours in the entire world. Now, I do like all these formulas too, or I wouldn’t be holding onto these products, but this post is not about that. It’s about the genius of these hues.

(Note: these were photographed on three different days in natural lighting, which means the tone varies slightly between pictures due to weather being fickle. However, these photos are a good representation of how the colours appear on my lips.)

1. MAC lipstick in Rebel

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Rebel is a colour that is singular in its beauty, in my opinion. It’s not quite a berry, not quite a purple. It reads differently on every pair of lips but looks amazing on every single person. It’s a bit wild, but still wearable. It is the perfect colour. It is my favourite forever. (Okay, fine, I’m not ready to make that commitment. But it’s amazing.)

2. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Aria

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Aria is another colour that is completely unique. I don’t know quite how to describe it; it’s almost a plum, but it’s a bit too pink for that label. I suppose “magenta” is the best word to describe it, although I still think that doesn’t quite get at the depth of this amazing shade. It’s dark, but not laughably so. It’s sort of purple, but with just the right amount of pink to balance it out. And it is glorious.

3. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick

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My love of fuchsia lip products runs deep and starts with this one. I think Lovesick is a universally-flattering colour, and so versatile. It’s bright so it’s fun, but deep enough that it’s not juvenile. It’s appropriate for every day wear, but can easily but used for a night out. (Trust. I’ve worn it out plenty of times.) If I had to pick one “power colour” for myself, this would be it.

4. Lise Watier Gourmand Velours lipstick in Cake Pop

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“Cake Pop” is a delightful colour by a delightful Canadian brand. On a scale of Barbie pink to lavender, this guy falls somewhere in the “Orchid” section – a gorgeous purple-leaning light pink. I adore this colour because it’s super interesting but still light enough that I think it makes for a good “daytime” colour for those who are concerned with these things. It can also be paired with more dramatic eye makeup if you like to focus on eyes or lips and not both. I love throwing Cake Pop on when I don’t want to be too done up but still want a colour that feels me.

5. Joe Fresh Matte Lipstick in Raspberry

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Contrary to its name, I don’t think this colour is quite a berry. It’s more of a cool-toned red that leans slightly pink. Regardless of the naming semantics, this is one of my favourite reds. I think the pink tones keep it fun and fresh. It’s a playful colour, and I like that. There’s room in my makeup collection for plenty of reds that demand to be taken seriously, but this is not that shade – and I love it for that.

6. Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss lipstick in 017

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You may have gathered from the rest of this list that I’m generally not one for more subtle lip colours. However, they do have their utility, and this guy is the closest thing I’ll get to a perfect nude. A lot of colours that are advertised as nudes are more beige-toned, which just makes me look dead. This is a natural pale pink that gives me that “I woke up like this” look – not “I didn’t wake up because I’m dead“.

7. Revlon Matte Balm in Standout

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If you’re looking for the perfect true red that’s not too dark or light, this is the one. I’m sure there are approximately 7000 other perfect true reds on the market, but this is the one I love. I’m not a red lipstick devotee (I mean, I like it, but there are SO MANY OTHER COLOURS), but every lipstick fanatic should have a perfect matte red. This is mine.

8. Lancôme Color Design lipstick in Wannabe

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This is another one of these pink lipsticks that I love. It’s not quite bright enough to count as fuchsia or pale enough to be a Barbie pink. It’s the perfect medium between the two, with a slight purple tint. This colour is Revlon Lovesick’s more mature older sister.

9. L’Oreal Extraordinnaire by Colour Riche Liquid Lipstick in Plum Adagio

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I do like a vampy lip on occasion, and a vampire would surely enjoy a deep purple that in some lights almost looks black. The glossy texture of this product complements the colour really well, in my opinion: it gives it that artificial, almost latex look. This colour is definitely not for the faint of heart, but it’s amazing if you’re inclined towards the truly dramatic.

10. OCC Lip Tar in Hoochie

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On the more wearable side of purple, Hoochie is the perfect lavender: mostly purple with just a hint of pink in the undertone. It’s still a statement (as any purple lipstick is), but it’s not nearly as dramatic as Plum Adagio. It’s so much fun to wear with colourful eyeshadow; I just think that makes it pop.