Review: Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel (Black)

This review will be short because there’s not much to say about Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel except that: IT IS AMAZING!!!  Based on staying power and color intensity, this is the ultimate gel liner and it is the best out of Bobbi Brown, MAC and Stila (in my honest opinion).
With that being said, I will say this gel liner is not good for smudging or creating a smokey eye look. This is because it dries quickly, therefore making it difficult to smudge out.
However, if you are looking for a gel liner that you can use for precise lines on your lids, lash line and both water lines that will last all day and night, this is exactly what you are looking for. If I use Inglots gel liner for when I go to a club, I have full confidence that I won’t have eyeliner smudged under my eyes.
Once, I even cried after putting on my full face of makeup, including this eyeliner, and my makeup didn’t run at all. My friend even said she was amazed that I was crying but no makeup was running. lol! Then the next day, my other friend went to buy it also because she was impressed!
One thing that I don’t like but is preventable, if you’re not careful and you get the liner on your eyelashes, it dries as if you had thick mascara on and it’s hard to use my eyelash curler. If I’m careful about applying the liner without getting it on my lashes, it’s fine.
The color is VERY black and intense, which I love. The texture of the liner in the pot is dry to begin with so you don’t have much working time. I scoop out some product with the other end of my eyeliner brush and put it on the back of my hand. I hope to prolong the life of the eyeliner that way.
And to add yet another pro to the list, the liner comes off just fine with a good eye makeup remover. I use Lancome Bi-Facil and it works wonders!
You can purchase this at an Inglot store (I purchased mine in Las Vegas) or on their website for $12.00. They have (20) other colors, how exciting! I would love to try purple, blue and brown.

♥ Tinna

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On The Hunt For a Tinted Moisturizer

So…I know I made a post about DIY tinted moisturizers…but I’ve decided to hunt for a good tinted moisturizer of the premade variety ;). I like foundation but I really only need the coverage of a tinted moisturizer and it would be better suited for the summer.
I am looking for the following qualities in my future tinted moisturizer: good coverage relative to a tinted moisturizer, preferably oil-free, color range that includes yellow undertones to match my skin, contains antioxidants, has some spf, doesn’t oxidize too much, has decent wear time (at least 8 hours). 7 qualities..is that a lot? It may be asking for too much.
After some online research, I picked a few that I want to try out: Laura Mercier Oil-Free (I already have this one but it is too dark), Bobbi Brown Oil-Free, Shiseido Tinted Moisture, Tarte Smooth Operator, Chantecaille Just Skin, Revive and La Mer. The last three are expensive and not sold in a Nordstrom that is close to me so I have to wait a bit before I can get those samples. I’ll try to pick up a sample of Tarte this weekend.
At Nordstrom, I was able to pick up samples of Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer in Bisque, Bobbi Brown Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer in Light and Shiseido Tinted Moisture in Medium. I will be testing these out and keeping track of my thoughts on each as it wears throughout the day. 
At the end of this trial I hope to be able to select one that I really love!

♥ Tinna

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Quick Review: Clarisonic Mia

I’m one of the very, very few who won’t rave about the Clarisonic Mia.
What I like:   I feel as though I really clean my skin and get all my makeup off when I use my Clarisonic Mia.
What I don’t like:   It hasn’t cleared up my skin like many reviewers state it does. It’s really expensive for something that doesn’t do much for my skin.
How I use it:   I use this about 3 times a week, as I feel using it every day was too much for my sensitive skin. I use it either with Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta face wash or Philosophy Purity So Simple. Then I follow the directions.
Conclusion:   For me, personally, I found this to be overrated and not worth the purchase. I will keep using it since I bought it but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it unless you had $150 to drop. Although, I did purchase this for 20% off from skinstore.com
It seems to work for most people, but not for me! Do you use one and do you love it?

♥ Tinna

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What’s in my makeup bag?

I realize I have way too much stuff in the makeup bag that I keep in my purse. I try to condense it but I always think, “What if I need it?!”

Starting from the gold compact and going clockwise..

  1. Jane Iredale Purepressed Base SPF 20 (for sunscreen purposes)
  2. Advil and Claritin
  3. Jane Iredale Pommisst (to spray off the powdery look from the mineral powder)
  4. Boscia oil blotting sheets
  5. Carmex Moisture Plus, no color
  6. Carmex Moisture Plus, pink
  7. Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick, Rose Blush
  8. Dior Ultra Addict Lip Gloss
  9. Aquaphor
  10. Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes eyeliner
  11. Sumita eyebrow pencil
  12. L’oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner
  13. Eve Pearl Liquid Eyeliner
  14. Milani Liquif’eye pencil, Brown
  15. Issey Miyake roller ball perfume
  16. Sigma Miss Taylor flat top kabuki brush (for the mineral powder)
I have 5 lip products and 5 eye products, lol..I can’t bear to take any of them out though! I purchased the polka dot makeup bag from Walmart.
♥ Tinna
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Haul and First Impressions: CHANEL UV Essentiel Multi-Protection Daily UV Care SPF 50

I’m extremely diligent about daily sun protection, rain or shine. I’m concerned about getting darker, getting wrinkles and getting sun damage.
I considered Clarins UV Plus Day Screen High Protection SPF 40 my holy grail daily sunscreen for at least a year. It’s really lightweight, applies so smoothly and its active ingredient was a physical sunblock instead of a chemical sunblock.
Recently, I discovered this great website by The Skin Cancer Foundation that explains the different UV rays and which ingredients effectively block which UV ray. After seeing this, I realized Clarins wasn’t giving me the full protection I wanted, which was against UVA1, UVB and UVA2. Clarins’ active ingredient was Titanium Dioxide, which protects against UVB and UVA2 (per the website linked about), but it doesn’t protect against UVA1 which causes wrinkles.
I tried La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizer but it didn’t work out for me as it was too rich and caused my forehead to break out (read my review here).
I knew what I wanted in my sunscreen: matte finish, lightweight, no white cast, broad-spectrum protection, doesn’t break me out, physical blockers. With so many sunscreens out there, where was I going to find this product???
I luckily stumbled across CHANEL UV Essentiel Multi-Protection Daily UV Care SPF50. I’ve only used it one day so far but so far I love the consistency and its protection. One thing that I still need to see is if this product breaks me out. I plan to wear this on a daily basis unless I’m participating in an outdoor activity such as hiking or snowboarding. Then I use either Neutrogena Dry Touch or La Roche-Posay (a different one) sunscreen.
Texture, Fragrance, Packaging:    The texture is soo light and watery, it’s awesome. You have to shake well before pouring any of the sunscreen out or else it won’t be mixed properly like in my picture below. It applies very smoothly and I don’t detect much of a white cast. The fragrance is so lovely. I’m not sensitive to fragrances or smells so it may bother one who is sensitive. The packaging is so cute (aka TINY). It’s shaped like the Vitalumiere Aqua foundation and I find the white bottle to be very elegant and beautiful.
This video shows how light the sunscreen is (my first video! lol):

How I apply it:   I shake it well, pour it onto my fingers, rub together then apply it on my face. I apply this right after washing my face and applying serum. Today I didn’t apply moisturizer before putting on my foundation but I think I’m going to need to apply moisturizer because the alcohol in the sunscreen makes my skin a little dry. **I apply sunscreen under all other products except for my serum. Some people may recommend otherwise but I picked up this tip from Dr. Neil Schultz on YouTube and I think I’m getting the most protection this way.**
Ingredients:    The active ingredients are Octinoxate (UVB), Titanium Dioxide (UVB, UVA2) and Zinc Oxide (UVB, UVA1, UVA2). The Nordstrom sticker covers up the other ingredients but do note there’s alcohol and silicones in this product.
First Impression:   Overall, I really like this sunscreen. It’s expensive but it has all the qualities that I was looking for in a sunscreen. I recommend this if you have oily skin, are not sensitive to fragrance and prefer physical blockers. Because this is a little drying, I do not recommend this if you have dry skin. I will update this post if I find that the sunscreen is breaking me out.
Where to buy:   You can purchase this for $52 (1 oz only, eek) at any department store that sells CHANEL.

So small!!!

♥ Tinna

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Haul and First Impressions: Hard Candy Glamoflauge

This isn’t a full review..
I went to Wal-Mart to pick up Hard Candy Glamoflauge. I’ve been seeing it around on the beauty blogosphere and I was really interested in the concealer pen that comes with it. There were only 3 left, 1 “Light” and 2 “Tan” so I bought both “Light” and “Tan”. I’m going to pick up “Medium” whenever I can catch it in stock. 
In the store, I swatched “Tan” and rubbed it into the back of my hand. It was really creamy, very pigmented and not sticky. “Tan” wasn’t all that much darker than my skin (NC30). I think if I mix a tiny bit of “Light” with “Tan”, the color will work out okay. I still have to try it on my face.

Photo taken in bright sunlight

In the picture below, you can see that “Light” and “Tan” have different consistencies from each other, which worries me. I don’t know which one is the right consistency, if it’s supposed to be water-y like “Light” or creamy like “Tan”. My best guess is that “Tan” is how it should be.

Photo taken outside in natural light, no flash.

I’ve been wanting a concealer pencil to line the outside of my lips to clean the outline. “Light” is too light and “Tan” is too tan so I’ll have to wait to use the “Medium” pencil when I purchase it. I have read that people use the pencil to line their lower water line. I’ll definitely try that with the “Light” pencil.
I still have to test this concealer out on my face, under my eyes and on tattoos. I did a quick test to see how well the concealer would cover up a bright red scar I have on my knuckle. It covered well.

I’m pretty impressed at this product. It’s very pigmented and I love that it comes with a pencil.
Plus..this is only $6 at Wal-Mart! I have no qualms about purchasing all colors to try them out.

 

**Update 6/1/11 – I found that you can order “Tan” and “Medium” online at walmart.com and it’s free shipping! For some reason, “Light” isn’t available.**

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D-I-Y Tinted Moisturizer

Out of nowhere, I thought..why not make a DIY tinted moisturizer? I figured this was a good way to use up my two Sally Hansen foundations (review here) but have less coverage when I wear it.

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