Archive | November, 2012

It’s Been a While …

20 Nov

I apologize for not posting in so long! I’ve been busy with an internship and finishing school and the list goes on.

Let me tell you that I landed a teaching job in South Korea! I fly to Korea this Friday!

I will have a blog about my adventures there (katyainkorea.wordpress.com), but I will keep up my Candy Box blog. Expect many Korean cosmetic reviews!

Thank you!

Katya ^_^

Smashbox: Limitless Liquid Liner Pen (Jet Black)

20 Nov

Store retail: $22

I purchased this liner at Sephora when I bought my D.J.V. Beautenizer. Fiberwig LX a while back. I love eyeliner pens–you get the gel eyeliner look with an easy application tip. After using the Japanese-brand K-Palette liner pen, I had high expectations.

Cons

I am not a fan of this tip. It’s fairly hard and not too flexible. The K-Palette, for example, was almost like a calligraphy brush, and the Smashbox tip feels like a stiff sponge.

This contributes to the ink not applying uniformly. If you push to hard or apply the eyeliner at a particular angle, it will leave the edges of the line darker than the center. Please see the image below to see what I mean. 

Please click on the photo to see details! Notice how the Smashbox liner has darker edges (the pressure of applying the tip causes the liner to distribute uneven.

Because of this, I always go over the Smashbox liner with my Lioele Glittering Jewel Liner (black). This helps soften the edges and makes the liner look evenly colored and bold. The Lioele liner also gives the finished look a matte appearance.

Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner Pen (Ink Black) only.

Pros

This liner completely dries in about 5 seconds–you can swipe it with your finger and it won’t smudge.

If the ink didn’t distribute uneven, I would really like the color. The ink is dark black. It looks somewhat glossy when you apply it (versus a matte finish).

Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner Pen (Ink Black) only.

I give this two and a half out of five stars.

Compared to other products for the same price/cheaper, I wouldn’t buy this again.

D.J.V. Beautenizer, Fiberwig LX

20 Nov

Store retail: $22

I bought his mascara at Sephora. It caught my eye because it said,

“This glossy, black formula contains double the fibers to lengthen lashes. As the formula goes on smoothly without clumping, it gives the appearance of naturally longer lashes and forms a film coating that prevents smudging caused by oils and perspiration.”

I actually bought this mascara a few months ago (and am just now writing the review). Just know that the photos reflect this.

Cons

This is a great mascara, but I tend to like eyelashes that look a bit more dramatic.

Before D.J.C. Beautenizer, Fiber Wig LX mascara.

After application of D.J.C. Beautenizer, Fiber Wig LX mascara. Note: This is after using product for a few months.

Pros

For those of you who like natural-looking lashes, this is a perfect mascara. The fibers in the mascara extend your lashes without looking thick or caked on. In fact, when I first used this mascara, my lashes were so long that they rubbed against my glasses!  The formula is not thick, which helps it appear natural. Also, don’t worry if mascara gets on your eyelid during application, just let it dry and then you can rub it off with a Q-Tip.

I give this four out of five stars.