Since moving into my tiny apartment, Gracie Cat and I have entered a daily struggle with trying to keep her entertained. Apparently the toys that were good enough back in Ohio no longer suit her now that she’s a big city kitty (such a snob), so she has started going after my stuff.
Her favorite past time is to wait until my apartment is pitch black and I’m trying to sleep, then jump up on the table/desk/vanity space and try to knock everything onto the floor. Not only do I wake up to all my stuff on the floor— pens, pony-tails, paper, make-up brushes— but I am constantly woken by the sounds of things hitting my floor. I bet my downstairs neighbors love me.
It started with my beauty blender, which she promptly ruined by biting and clawing it, and running it over every dusty surface of my tiny apartment. Then, she graduated to the big dogs: my gel eyeliner pot.
And let me tell you, you don’t know terrifying until a tiny glass make-up pot falls from 4 feet up and lands on a wood floor at 4am. I thought someone was breaking down my front door.
What was really impressive is that she managed to get the lid off the pot, dye her little white paws black, and smear it over the floor. Because Gracie doesn’t do anything half-assed, that’s for sure.
And this was basically a long-winded way of saying that I needed a few things from Ulta, and then accidentally went hog-wild. Beauty rewards points, a $10 off coupon, free shipping advertisement, and a sale on NYX products will do that to ya, I guess.
First of all I replaced my beauty blender, the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and my eyeliner: L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24HR Lacquer Intense Gel Eyeliner in “blackest black”. It’s my first gel liner— well, this pot is technically the second, thanks Gracie— and although I like the product, the brush needs some work. It would be much better if it came with an angled brush for a more precise line, as opposed to the rinky-dink little one it comes with.
Then came the new products: NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette, NYX Control Freak Eye Brow Gel in “clear” and the NYX Vinyl Liquid Liner.
All I’m going to say at the moment is that I am loving the contour palette. I’m going to do a full review on it this week, so watch for that if you’re interested.
Unfortunately, I’m not too tickled by the liner. I thought I’d like the skinny brush, but I find it a little hard to control. I have yet to figure out how to get a crisp line with it. But after it dries, it does stay put all day though, and stays perfectly black, which is great.
And finally, the brow gel. I’m #blessed with thick eyebrows, so I’ve never felt the need to invest in a specific brow product. Though I try to keep the them trimmed and shaped, I have a problem with my eyebrows staying in shape during the day. They always tend to go crazy and I look like I have rocker-hair eyebrows. I really like this brow gel, as it keeps them in place, but doesn’t feel like I have a thick coat of goop on. I use the spoolie applicator to kind of brush them out, then set them in the place I want. It does feel like it sort of wears off by the end of the day, but my eyebrows still don’t move. I may want to try a tinted brow gel next, but this is definitely working for me at the moment.
I picked the “surprise me” option for the samples, and got a little bit of Benefit Cosmetics the POREfessional with my order. I know I’m super late to the party on this one, but holy crap. I’m in love. I have dark pores on the apples of my cheeks and on my nose, and it’s literally like someone airbrushed them away with this primer. I’m in love. I may marry it, who knows. I do know I’m getting a full size of it next time I am able to. Sh*ts like magic.
And that’s it. I am already mentally planning out my next beauty haul– some new eye brushes, which I think I desperately need (ya know, along with food and rent).
If you have any brush recommendations, let me know!