Archive | July, 2013

Attention All Fake Eyelash Lovers!

28 Jul

This is a MUST-READ for all false eyelash lovers out there, and is a huge problem that cannot be ignored. In the past I’ve posted a lot about false eyelashes and even had glue reviews but I also want to let out a huge disclaimer about lashes: the eyelash glue you’re using probably isn’t safe. In short, most glues contain formaldehyde, which is a carcinogen and causes cancer.

Upon reading this, I was surprised but it does make sense. After all, when I remove my falsies my eyes are still itchy and I spend the remainder of the day rubbing at my eyes. I guess I am allergic to the glue, as I should be. But before you start reaching for the mascara wand and good ol’ eyelash curler, keep in mind that there are organic lash glues out there that can solve this problem for us die-hard lash fans.

There aren’t many great lash glues that are formaldehyde-free on the market, but here are two approved ones that are definitely safe:

1. Georgie Beauty Winks Adhesive

Georgie Beauty Winks Adhesive is the first botanically-infused lash adhesive. It is dermatologist-tested, PETA-certified, and vegan-certified. Their formaldehyde-free glue is made from a combination of water, natural rubber latex, cellulose gum, and flower extracts. Winks Adhesive does NOT include formaldehyde, parabens, or sythetic fragrance. They also have their own lash collection, which includes plenty of different styles to choose from.

Here’s a cheat sheet of where to get Georgie Beauty products, and of course AmazonNordstrom has free shipping for those who like to shop online. The Georgie Beauty lash glue costs around $8, which is about the same price as the typical drugstore glue but is waaaaay safer.

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2. EcoTools

EcoTools does not have their own separate glue, but an hypo-allergenic glue comes with an existing pair of stunning lashes. Made from synthetic taklon and applied with a glue that is free of formaldehyde, phthalates, parabens, and latex, EcoTools is definitely worth the low price of $5.99 for one kit. You can purchase them directly here or on Amazon.

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I have yet to try either so I won’t personally comment on how great it works (I’m sure you’re also dying to know about the quality, as am I) but I am definitely going to try them out next week. Stay tuned for a future review!

 

***UPDATE: So my Georgie Winks Adhesive arrived in the mail and I have to say, at first I wasn’t completely thrilled with the product. The glue didn’t seem to stick very well and seemed very watery. However, I patiently tried again and let it dry for a longer time. Not only did it stay on all day, but it was also incredibly easy to peel off when removing them. I have definitely replaced my other lash glues for now with this one, and am so happy I found an easy solution!

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Got a Problem? It Can Be Fixed!

17 Jul

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Hi everyone! Just thought I would share this photo with you today; it’s a face map of all the imperfections that one could possibly have on their face. Anything is treatable, so do your research and get it done!

DIY: Fake Eyelash Holder

13 Jul

Has there ever been a part of your beauty routine that you disliked doing, but was so necessary? I must have my fake eyelashes, but have always HATED holding them after applying the glue and waiting for it to dry. I know you only have to wait 30 seconds or so for the glue to become “tacky”, but realistically, it takes so much longer than that! For me, it takes almost a full minute. Any girl on the go knows that a full minute is very valuable when it comes to getting ready (fast!) in the morning, so I always wished that I could somehow put the eyelash down while I worked on other parts of my face.

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A couple of days ago I was holding the lash and noticed a desk clip that I’ve had for a loong time but never found any use for. I quickly grabbed it and- lo and behold- the eyelash stayed up! Now I can apply makeup or get dressed while the lash dries on the clip. Perfect huh? Now if only I can buy another similar device so I can dry both lashes at the same time. That would take multitasking to a whole other level, but I’m up for the challenge!

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The lesson today is: don’t be afraid to be a little creative in your makeup routine. It will make getting ready more fun and possibly even save precious time.

Happy 4th of July!

4 Jul

Happy fourth! Saw these gorgeous All-American nails on Lancome’s Facebook page and couldn’t resist sharing. Enjoy your day!

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Eyelash Stacking

4 Jul

Today is definitely a very informative post- I will teach you how to get the fake eyelash look you’ve always wanted. It’s all about picking out the right lashes and knowing which pairs to stack (yes, I mean wearing two pairs of eyelashes at once!) if you have trouble finding the right kind. So let’s get right down to it.

I personally think cat-eyes look best on any girl, as they are natural (to guys anyway) yet can still enhance your look dramatically. You see, an eye is supposed to get more dramatic from the inside to out, and you should always look for lashes that are shorter on the inside and longer on the outside. It’s simple right? Unfortunately, it’s very rare to find lashes that are shaped like this. Usually falsies are made where they are longer in the middle, or just the same length throughout. That cannot possibly look natural, and does not do much to enhance the eye. Here is an example of a cat-eye lash:

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Not only do falsies have to be in the cat-eye shape, but they need volume. If the lashes are spread far apart, they won’t give you that full look, which is the whole point of fake lashes anyway.

Lastly, falsies need to be long and voluminous. Always reach for the stars and buy the longer pair, because I’ve never had a problem with lashes being too long; they’re usually too short. After awhile, you will develop an intuition where you just KNOW how the lash will look on you. Trust me. Here’s an example of perfect length, also from Forever 21’s collection:

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Now onto the fun part: eyelash stacking! I have seen all types of falsies and I’m still searching for the perfect pair (it’s similar to looking for a husband). Until then, I’ll just have to wear two. So for that glamorous night look, I like to put two strips of falsies on my eyes. I recommend putting the volumed lashes on the bottom, then the lengthy ones on top. It will look better if you literally stick the first pair onto your eye, then glue the second pair on top. This way, you will know how to guide the second pair rather than putting two pairs of ready-made lashes onto your eye. Here’s the two pairs above, stacked:

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So now that you know the secrets to getting the perfect pairs of lashes, get out there and start experimenting!