I know like, next week is the beginning of summer and the Summer Beauty Boxes are going to be coming out pretty soon, BUT, I have some reviews of the products from the Spring Box and I'd like to share them. Typically, Vegan Cuts has sales of their boxes, this one may still be available, but if not, I'm sure you'll get another chance. They make great gifts for the vegan makeup lady in your life too, and it's never too early to think about Christmas shopping! I'm like 40% done mine already. #teamvirgo
Back on track... let's talk about some makeup!
Mascara is one of those products I am INCREDIBLY picky on. The brush has to be just right, it needs to be blacker than black, no flaking, not irritating my eyes, etc... So, how does this one by Emani stack up?
The tube is sleek and shiny. I won't lie, it's shaped a big provocatively, if you know what I mean, and when I posted this photo on my Instagram, someone commented saying they thought it was something else lol. I prefer something with more of a grip to it, because nothing is worse than dropping your mascara mid-application and getting mascara all over the place.
I'm just gonna come out and say it: I hate the brush. I prefer small thin brushes, because I have two rows of eyelashes, and it's hard to get close enough to the lid to really accentuate my lashes with a plush brush. So, I end up with some on my eyelid literally every application. I just smudge it in so it looks like smudged liner, but I would prefer not to. For me, the brush is a no-go.
In the image above, my left eye (which is on the right because of how the photo was taken) has one coat of mascara on, and the other doesn't. The formula isn't bad. It goes on smoothly, and doesn't flake. I do feel like it doesn't hold my lashes in place as well as other mascaras I've used. By the end of my workday, my curled lashes are just lashes. It's a natural mascara, so it's better for you than most other mascaras. It's a soy based mascara that's organic and contains jojoba oil, so it's meant to nourish your lashes as well. The color is Midnight, so it's nice and dark, just like I like it. I don't hate it, I just don't love it. This retails for $20, and I wouldn't buy it for that price. I've spent less on mascaras I like more.
This is actually a two for one, because I used the (insanely expensive) $29 eyeshadow brush to apply these eyeshadows too.
I want to tell you I love these, I want to, but I don't. The brush is fine, but I absolutely wouldn't pay that for an eyeshadow brush. For the palette, Impeccable doesn't even show up, despite multiple efforts to try. The other colors are neutral, and I love neutral, but they don't have a ton of pigment. And I applied them over eyeshadow primer. I'm just not totally impressed.
Considering the prices of these individually, $29 for the brush and $28 for the palette, I wouldn't purchase them personally. Just not enough color payoff for me, and again, $29 for an eyeshadow brush, no way.
I've got two more products to review. One of which I've used but I'll use again because I can't remember if I got a photo or not, and another I haven't used yet. But, I'm working on it.
Blogging is a great release for me- it takes me away from the constant routine of work and school, and I love trying new products and reviewing them. My goal is to work on blogging more , and taking better care of myself. Self-care is just as important as work and as school. <3