EM Cosmetics Fine Liner Brow Pencil Review

Hoping I’m not too late to the party, Michelle Phan has launched another product for EM Cosmetics! I was so excited try these because as some of you may know, I love the products that she has put out since revamping EM Cosmetics (See my reviews here and here). This time it’s for brows! Here’s my full review on the EM Cosmetics Fine Liner Brow Pencil!

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What is the EM Cosmetics Fine Liner Brow Pencil?

The Fine Liner Brow Pencil is part of EM Cosmetics Brow ID Collection – which includes the fine liner brow pencil, the micro-fluff sculpting, and brow cream. The last two, I really am not used to using so I don’t think my review on those would be valid. I have been using brow pencils though, so I figured it would be good for me to compare the ones I’ve been using to this one.

Their website boasts that the Fine Liner Brow Pencil has a buildable formula, and has an oval shaped pencil which will help with mimicking the look of brow hairs. It also states that it is cruelty free.

Now let me just say that for me, brows are the hardest to do when it comes to make up. So I’m still a noob when it comes to applying brows. However, I do find that I have more control with thinner brow pencils than thicker ones.

The Packaging

I bought 2 Fine Liner Brow Pencils – one in light taupe and one in brunette. It didn’t come in the usual box that I’m used to, but with such tiny products, it’s good to know that EM Cosmetics isn’t being wasteful. It came in a black padded envelope, wrapped in black tissue paper as always.

The boxes for each Fine Liner Brow Pencil are rectangular, much like boxes for their lip products – only a bit thinner. It’s sleek, simple and classic.

Once you take out the pencils from the boxes, they are white with black trimmings and gold letterings. Cute! You get the pencil on one side, and the spoolie on the other side. 

 

Time to Try Them On!

Ok, so I typically like to go pretty light on my brows so I’ve only tried the Light Taupe. But as I don’t have a range of colors because momma don’t have the funds, I am going to let you know now that swatches are not going to be on this review.

Here are my befores and afters!  Gimme a break!

 

The Review

I figure the best way to review this is to compare my experience with other brow pencils. Before this, my holy grail was Benefit’s “Precisely, My Brow Pencil Ultra Fine Shape & Define” Pencil. 

The Amount of Product and Price

EM Cosmetics’ Fine Liner Brow Pencil has 0.001 oz of product for $18.00. Compared to Benefit which has 0.002 oz of product for $24.00. 

The Tip

EM Cosmetics has an oval tip, while Benefit’s Brow pencil has a circular tip. The oval tip helps with filling in the brows, but also helps to create the hair-like strokes depending on which angle you choose to use.

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The Formula

The formula of the Fine Liner Brow Pencil is also nice – similar to Benefit’s in that it’s not too soft, and is pretty buildable. As you can see in the pictures, the light taupe is pretty pigmented and I was able to build it up nicely to cover the patches of my eyebrow that was not there.

The Staying Power

I had it on for about 4-5 hours the day I tried it out. And I must add that I don’t usually touch my brow area, so it stayed on pretty well. It doesn’t say on the website that it’s long lasting, but it definitely stayed on pretty long.

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The Bottom Line

To be perfectly honest, I didn’t see much difference between my last favorite and the Fine Liner Brow Pencil. Benefit has twice the amount of product but EM cosmetics is 3/4 the price (so technically Benefit is cheaper).

So at this point, it’s really just really your preference. For me, I like to support Michelle Phan’s brand. But I’m also pretty practical. So I may stick to the “cheaper” alternative but will definitely not say no if I ever get them in the mail… Just saying.

 

Thanks for reading and have a great rest of the day!!

 

(All gifs are from giphy.com)

EM Cosmetics Infinite Lip Clouds Review

The EM Cosmetics Infinite Lip Clouds have been in the market for a while now. However, I have yet to write a review about it because I wasn’t blogging at the time that they came out. I did a review on the True Gloss lippies which I loved and decided to write a review on these awesome Infinite Lip Clouds as well. (Update! Review for the Fine Liner Brow Pencil here!)

Disclaimer: EM Cosmetics was kind enough to provide me these Lip Clouds to review (Thank you EM cosmetics!!). However, I am not affiliated with them, nor is this review sponsored in any way.

What are EM Cosmetics Infinite Lip Clouds?

The website claims that Infinite Lip Clouds are long wearing lip crèmes which are “light and fluffy” with “rich color payoffs.” These lippies have a matte finish, applies as a “vibrant liquid lipstick, and wears to a beautiful stain.” Michelle Phan states that she was inspired to create this formula after the beauty community requested a “non-drying liquid lipstick.”

The formula consists of blending the “line-filling properties of a lip liner with the color saturation of a liquid lipstick.” It’s also cruelty-free and vegan!

EM Cosmetics Infinite Lip Clouds Packaging

For those interested, it comes in EM Cosmetics signature black and white box. As you open the box, you see Michelle’s saying at the end of all of her youtube videos – a simple “Good luck.” The makeup is always wrapped in the classic black tissue paper.

Once you unwrap it, EM cosmetics Infinite Lip Clouds are packaged in a simple black and white cardboard box. The color and the name of the glosses are on a sticker that runs from the top of the cardboard box to the side.  The stickers are actually really easy to peel off and none of the gunk gets on the box if people care about that stuff.

Then the lip clouds. Black lids with a golden EM logo on top and see through cylindrical container. Classy and chic.

Time to Try Them On!

I have 4 out of the 9 shades. I sort of knew what colors go well with my skin so I picked the 4 that I thought would be good for me. Faded Clementine, Rose Nude, Violent Magenta, and Crimson Red.

Faded Clementine

The website describes this lip cloud as a “soft tangerine.” I would probably describe this as more of a slightly burnt orange. Not quite as dark as a burnt orange but definitely has some brownish properties to it.

 

Rose Nude

The website describes this one as a “light pink, nude.” If Aurora Pink in True Gloss had a matte version, this would be it. It has the “my lips but better” vibe to it. I love this because I can wear for an everyday look.

Crimson Red

EM Cosmetics describes this color as a “true blue-red.” Supposedly, I read somewhere that this is one of the more popular type of reds so I guess people get this more often. Not sure how it is on my skin tone, but oh well, there you go.

 

Violent Magenta

A “deep magenta” is how this lip cloud is described in their website. I picked this color because I wanted to see if I could pull off a dark matte lippie. I’m not too sure… but I definitely like the color payoff. For a more bold look, two coats actually does the job. The pictures below show how my lips look like after one coat.

 

The Review

I’ll go ahead and break it down to the promises that EM cosmetics made for these Lip Clouds. I do want to say that I usually don’t like liquid lips because most matte formulas that I’ve had are drying and just not comfortable. These… are a different story.

“Light and Fluffy… with rich color payoffs”

Yes, yes, and yes. The formula is light and fluffy. It’s like a whipped cream kind of texture. Feels very light when you put on your lips.

The color payoff is amazing. Truly, very pigmented. I sometimes expect matte formulas to be a little patchy but even the darker colored ones exceed my expectations.

“Vibrant liquid lipstick, and wears to a beautiful stain”

I mean I only have 4, but the 4 that I have are great colors. The darker colors are striking and even the one nude color I have stands out. I often think of “vibrant” as bright colors, so I don’t think that describes these Lip Clouds. Because they are matte, they are not as vibrant as say, the True Glosses. However, the colors are great and then fades into a stain on your lips as time passes.

The pictures below show you my lips without the lippie and my lips after I wiped off the Violent Magenta Shade. You can see that there’s definitely a stain effect to it. That’s with wiping it off too.

 

“Non-drying”

True story. Legit, this is not drying at all. It’s matte and my lips don’t really feel like I have anything on them. Then I smack my lips together and realize I’m still wearing a lippie – but my lips feel soft and NOT dry.

“Line-filling”

I’m not so sure about this because I still see my lip lines. However, I’m not sure if this is really a claim or if this is just how MP described her formula.

Other factors

The application. Unlike, the True Gloss, the Lip Clouds have more of that typical doe-foot applicator. Still very easy to use and I can use the tip to line my lips since I’m lazy and I don’t have lip liners.

Transfer. Most matte lippies are transfer-proof. EM Cosmetics did not claim for these Lip Clouds to be transfer-proof. There is a little transfer after it dries, but most of the color stays on the lips.

Bottom Line

I would definitely recommend EM Cosmetics Infinite Lip Clouds. For those who want a matte finish but don’t want dry lips, this is the formula for you. It’s so comfortable to wear and the color payoff is amazeballs. It’s $16 per lippie and it’s worth every dollar. Just try it and see.

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Thanks for reading and have a great rest of the day!

(all gifs are from giphy.com)

Daily Make Up Routine (Updated)

Ok, when I say “Daily Make Up Routine” I slightly lie. I definitely do not do this every day. I am lucky to be able to work from home 2-3 days a week depending on the week. But when I do go into work, this is my go-to look. When I am working from home, I brush my teeth, wash my face, put on lotion and done! =) I would do a blog on that… but you just read it. That was it!

Be warned that there’s are quite a bit of steps involved to put on my face in the morning. I mean give me a break… if I want to look like I got some sleep, I gotta spend a little bit of time to uh, as the makeup community calls it, “beat mah face.” Since this is my go-to look, I can do this in 15-17 minutes tops ;-).  That’s the fastest I can do it. Motherhood does not allow me more time most of the time because the kiddos always seem to know when I get up because they promptly call for me as I finish up “the look.”

Daily Make Up Routine

Disclaimer: I’m not affiliated with any of the products I mention. I bought all of them with my own money because well… I’m not a big shot make up guru. I wish I were sometimes… then I see the real makeup gurus and I’m like “ohhhh it’s cuz I can’t do makeup like they do. Got it…” 

Ok, so always start with a clean face. Then I put some lotion on my face because one, it’s good for your face, and two, so my makeup won’t look cakey.  Here’s my face without make up, so fresh, so clean, all moisturized and all…

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The first thing I do is put primer on. I use Lancome’s La Base Pro all over my face. Then I use Benefit’s Porefessional on the area around my nose, and my cheeks because giiiirrrllll, pores. Lately, like after 33 or something, my pores are like craters. So the primer helps make my face a little smoother. Trust me. It works.

I don’t really use foundation. Mainly because I do not have time to find my real shade plus I don’t really know how to find my real shade since my face is not the same color man. Like which part of my face do I match the shade to? I don’t know! So I use a tinted moisturizer =). It’s more forgiving even if you don’t get the exact shade because it’s not full coverage which means your face will still show through. I currently use Bare Minerals Tinted Moisturizer in “Natural 05” but I feel like it makes me look slightly yellow so I’m on a hunt for a different tinted moisturizer.

Ok! Still with me??? I put that all over my face and blend with the Beauty Blender. Then I take the Tarte Shape Tape (in Light Sand) where I need more coverage (as shown below – uhh still kind of all over my face… ha). Then I use the Beauty Blender to uhh blend it out and then I look pale as a ghost! Trust the process people… I then use Laura Mercier’s setting powder and use it to “set” under the eye to make sure the concealer doesn’t crease and make me wrinklier. Is that a word? eh…

To bring color back to my face, I use Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer to contour my face and nose and Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush to make my cheeks look alive. I use the bronzer and contour around my face and my cheeks. I start by my ears and down underneath my cheekbones. Then I use it on the sides of my forehead and on my jawline.  I also use to contour on the sides of my nose to make it look I have a nose. The blush will go right on the apple of my cheeks.

The next step is attacking my brows. I only started doing this this year. Brows apparently shape your face so I’ve been trying it for a couple of months. I use the L’Oréal Brow stylist. Following the shape of my brows, I line my brows with small strokes and then use the spooly to blend it out. I don’t really try to reshape my brows. I do not know how! So I just follow the natural shape of my brows :).

After that, the eyes.  With my fluffy eyeshadow brush I take some of the Hoola bronzer and put it all over my crease. Then I take Colourpop’s Semi Precious eyeshadow palette and use the shade  “celestial” and put it all over my lids with a flat shader brush. After that I take my fluffy eyeshadow brush again and blend out the edges. I then take a smaller eyeshadow brush and line my bottom lash line and highlight the inner corner of my eye with the same color as the lid and I also line the bottom lash line as well.

To finish the eye look, I use Emcosmetic’s Brush Tip Illustrative eyeliner and line just my top lid. Lastly, if I have time, I’ll take a highlighter brush and use Urban Decay’s Afterglow Highlighter and highlight above my cheekbones and slightly above my brows to give me an awake, dewy look. I like this highlighter because it’s subtle and not too in your face. Then for the lips, I use Revlon’s Matte Lip Balm in some mauvy color to finish off the whole look. To make my makeup last all day, I use Urban Decay’s All Nighter setting spray and spray it in a “T” and “X” motions across my face. That’s it! Done! Finito!

If I ever wake up early enough (once every 4 months or so ;-)), I’ll curl my hair and voila! Like a totally different person!

That’s it! Hope you enjoyed this step by step makeup routine! It’s a long one! But I promise it takes me 15 minutes (without the hair part) probably because I do it every day with the same colors and same exact steps. But even if it takes longer, I still would probably do this because it’s something for myself. For me, when my “face is on”, I feel a little more confident and prepared for the day because I took that extra time to myself to start my day.

What do you do to make yourself feel ready for your day?

Thanks for reading and have a great rest of the day!!

(all gifs are from giphy.com)

Spring/Summer Eye Look

Perfect for a girls night out

Disclaimer: I am not a make-up guru. I love make up and I watch youtube videos and try to imitate the art of make-up. Most of the time, I don’t get it right. But once in a while, I end up liking the end result.

Disclaimer number 2: Apparently, I’m supposed to say this when I write stuff that mentions brands of anything. So this blog is not sponsored in any way shape or form.

Ok, now that those are out of the way, sometimes, mama needs a girls night out. And sometimes I like to play with make up to set up my mood for said #gno.

So I took some inspiration from a youtuber named JaaackJack for this fun eye look. It looks nothing like what she did (hence the first disclaimer), but I did end up liking the result so here it goes.

Here I am with my “face on” already so it makes it look like i have somewhat clear skin with rosy cheeks like the elves from The Santa Clause (anyone? anyone?) 😉

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You’ll then need the following for the eyes: eye primer, pink, green, blue, green-blue, silver, tan, and a light matte eye shadows, eyeliner, mascara, and eye brow liner/filler.

First, prime your eyelids. I use a concealer usually because it does the same thing. It makes the color last and stand out better. So, for this colorful look, you definitely want to use some kind of primer. Put that baby all over your lids up to just below your eye brows.

Then I usually start with the transition shade (tan-ish shade) at my crease. Here, I used the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette in “Raw Sienna.” Using a fluffy blending brush, I started on the outer eye and went along a little bit above my eye crease, all the way to the inner corner but darker in the other corner.

Then I used “Love Letter,” the pink shade from the same palette to put in the outer corner of my eye. Here, I stayed on the crease line and outer 3rd to outer half of my eyelid. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look right after this step, the blending later will help a ton.

Next I used the Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette for the colorful part of the eye. For these, I used a flat eye shadow brush. I started with the color “Mullet” for the inner part of my eye.

Then I used “Amp” to put right next to “Mullet.”

Next, comes “Dive” to put next to “Amp” and it should also connect to “love letter” – the pink that is in the outer corner of the eye.

To make the eyes pop even more, I took “Glamrock” on a smaller brush and used it for the inner corner of my eye.

OK! Still with me? Time to blend. I took a light matte (ish) shadow (“Tempera” from Modern Renaissance Palette) on a flat brush and put it right underneath my eyebrow. Then I took a light fluffy brush, took a little bit of the pink color (again, I used “love letter” from MRP), started on my outer corner, did a few circular strokes on the outer corner and then brought the color inward right above the blues and green to blend the top of the colors together. I only did about 2 strokes inward so that the colors don’t get too muddy and focused on blending the outer corner the most.

Now it’s time to make your eye pop even more. Take the same colors you used on the upper lid and line your bottom lid, then use the pink color to blend right below the blue greens for a more finished look.

 

To finish off the eye look, I used my favorite eyeliner (currently the Illustrative Eyeliner from Emcosmetics) and lined my upper lid. I did a very thin wing because I wanted to keep the focus on the fun colors. Then I went ahead and tried to fix my brows – I used L’Oreal Brow Stylist Shape & Fill. And lastly, mascara – I used Maybelline’s The Colossal Volum’ Express. So here’s the final eye look in different lights (indoor vs. in the car vs. outdoor).

Tip I watched from youtube: To make this eye look more fierce, start with your eye look before your face makeup. Use tape and line it from the outer corner of your eye to the outer tip of your eye brow to  make the outer “V” of your eyeshadow look sharper.

Anyway, this was LOOOONG! Hope it was somewhat helpful!

Thanks for reading and have an awesome rest of the day!