Let’s Talk Blinc

I do not really do false lashes. I like the way they look on other people. We’ll sometimes I like the way they look on other people. Some people they look great on. Me, not so much. On occasion I have had someone else apply them and they looked okay (mostly when the individual lashes were applied rather than the full set). I have also had someone who knew what they were doing apply them and I still hated the way they looked on me.

For me they look too heavy. They also feel too heavy (even if they are light weight) and I have the tendency to either let my eyes droop to half closed or to open them wide to compensate so that I look liked I’ve just been tapped by a cattle prod. There are also several lash glues that I am allergic to which was not a fun experience.

But I do love long thick full lashes so I am always down to try out new mascaras. This particular mascara is the Blinc Ultra Volume Tubing mascara. Tubing mascaras are interesting. I find something about them absolutely fascinating. They basically wrap product around your lashes and build off the ends, creating a tube of product at the end of your lashes to lengthen them.

Admittedly they explain it better in the description so…

Blinc’s UltraVolume Tubing Mascara gives you an ultra-longwearing, buildable, false lash effect with a semi-matte finish. This tubing mascara formula is both clean & vegan. 

UltraVolume’s brush has dynamic spacing and supersoft fibers. The bristles are made of thermoplastic elastomer—meaning they’re gentler than plastic, yet still hold their combing power. It’s the ultimate control brush that lengthens lashes and achieves dramatic volume.

Our original pioneering tubing technology forms tiny water-resistant “tubes” around each individual lash. Unlike conventional mascaras, you won’t need to apply and wear the formula like a greasy paint. The tubing formula sets once it’s applied, creating tubes that bind to your lashes. Once it dries, it’s smudge proof. It can’t run, clump, or flake—even if you sweat, cry, rub your eyes, or have oily skin. 

Clinically tested to be non-irritating, UltraVolume is ideal for sensitive eyes, contact lens wearers, and active people. It’s the answer to anyone searching for a mascara whose look, hold, and ease of removal is without compromise.

The UltraVolume tubing formula has a better hold than waterproof mascaras, yet is easier to remove. You can set down the makeup remover—it won’t do the job. Simply combining lots of warm water and gentle pressure will slide the tiny tubes effortlessly off your lashes.

It’s healthier for your eyes and lashes: there’s no tint or residue left behind. No need to scrub the delicate skin around the eyes. No irritating makeup remover products needed.

Blinc

Now I have the pictures here, both with my eyes closed and open. It is pretty easy to see that it does lengthen and it does create volume. And I can say that both last all day. It is really easy to wear this mascara. And once it is in place it is smudge proof. I have actually tried it on my walks and when walking in 90 degree heat seating my skin off, I still didn’t end up with raccoon eyes. The mascara stayed in place.

no mascara left, mascara right

Removal is interesting. Regular makeup remover will still leave the Blink Ultra Volume Tubing Mascara in place. So they are right, it is pointless to reach for it. Waterproof mascara will take it off easily. I use the ultra gentle Klorane Cornflower waterproof mascara remover and it works well. You can remove it with warm water. But splashing water on your face won’t get the mascara to come off. It has to be arm water and I found it is best to soak a wash cloth in warm water and then press it gently onto your closed eyelids. Much of the product will end up on your cheeks, some will end up on your washcloth. But once warmed with water it will sort of slide off of your lashes. What I have found best is the warm water approach and then use a clean damp spoolie or eyelash comb to comb through to get the last of the mascara off of your lids.

no mascara left, mascara on the right

Remembering not to just use makeup remover is the hardest part, it is really easy to remove.

The only issue that I had with this mascara, you can actually see on the wand. Lots of product accumulates on the wand. Now this mascara is reaching the end of it’s life so it looks a little clumpier on the wand than it did when it was fresh. It still applies well but I have had it open about five months now. So it has served it’s time. It is a very good mascara and I will miss it when it is gone. I will also be picking up another tube of the Blinc Ultravolume tubing mascara soon.

Blinc Eyebrow pencils and mousse

The Big Bang with Athr Beauty

I do not use false lashes so mascara is a very important part of my makeup kit. Mostly becuase I love long full lashes but can not be trusted not to rip out my onw lashes with glue when i attempt false lashes.

So mascara. The Big Bang by Athr beauty is listed as…

This mascara truly does it all – it lengthens, strengthens, and fortifies for a fan of full, glossy, super strong lashes that won’t flake or smudge. Infused with black diamond for a lustrous shine and diamond-level strength + nourishing plant-based ingredients to prevent breakage. Just one swipe for sky-high lashes that last from dawn till dusk.

nice wand with recyclable bristles

And forever and always, all ATHR Beauty products are clean, vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without over 2700 ingredients that don’t meet our #goodvibesonly ingredient code.

I will say that it doesn’t flake and it doesn’t smudge. I will also say it lengthens, but I will say that conditionally. It lenghtens after several coats of mascara. I generally found three applications produced a nice lengthening effect. That is what I have here in these photos. Now I know what you are thinking, what’s the big deal about having to apply a couple of extra coats of mascara to achieve the results you want?

no mascara

Nothing really.

three coats of mascara

The only thing to keep in mind is that it will use up the product faster. After just a few weeks of use, I can already tell that this mascara tube is lighter. It feels far more used up than i would expect after just a few weeks of use. While it does mean that i will be able to use it before the six month time limit (I throw out mascaras after six months to ensure no eye infection. Generally I have used up at least 90% of the product by then too.) It also means it won’t make it to the six month time limit. If I relied on this mascara as my primary one, I would be replacing it far more often. And while I like their take on packaging…

THE PACKAGING: The Big Bang Mascara tube is made with 100% recycled ocean plastic + a biodegradable wand and brush. The outer box is sustainably packaging with FSC-certified paper and soy inks for full recyclability.

I find I reduce waste by not purchasing as often. So it is a trade off there. Do I like the mascara? Yes I do. Would I purchase it again? Yes I would. It is a good mascara with a good ethos. I just know it is going to run out well before I expect it because it does take several coats to achieve the lengthening.

Its that old Black Magic…With Eyeko

Eyeko London is one of those brands that I tend to think of in terms of one product. I know that sounds silly, but for the longest time they were my go to for eyeliner. I love their Skinny eyeliner and their fat eyeliner and of course their regular eyeliner.

They make fantastic eyeliner. And so as soon as i hear the name Eyeko, my brain thinks eyeliner. However, they also make other things. One of those things is mascara. I’ve been using the Eyeko Black Magic Mascara recently and I have to say it has been very impressive. And not just because of the length.

According to the site…

Designed for after-hours volume, this mascara combines drama and curl with our darkest black finish to intensify your lashes. The curvaceous brush mimics the lash line shape for 90-degree curl, and the keratin and shea butter-enhanced formula keeps lashes feeling conditioned, supple and defined. 

Eyeko London
no mascara

On the lashes it gives the length and curl that i want. I also had no trouble with any sort of flaking away and the lashes feel soft instead of stiff and heavy. It is rare that i can look at a products list of claims and go down the list and just check them off as Yes, it does exactly that. But with the Black Magic Mascara I could. And to that list I can add that if you apply it and give it a second to dry, there is also no problem with smudging.

mascara on

I really like the curve of the wand as it follows the natural bend of the lashes and coats every single lash for a fuller look.

The only place this mascara falls down is on the lower lashes. The curve that makes it so fantastic on the upper lashes makes it kind of awkward on the lower lashes. Finding the right way to turn the wand was difficult and in the end I just didn’t put mascara on the lower lashes while i used it.

And I am okay with that.

curved wand

In the end, fabulous mascara for the top lashes but skip it for the lower lashes. I enjoyed using this mascara and I am sure I will be picking it up again. I will also remember that Eyeko isn’t just for eyeliner any more.



The Make Up Bag: October 30th, 2020

The Makeup bag chosen for the week of October 24th- 30th

This week I am feeling very pleased with myself.  I chose some really good products to put in my bag this week.  First off was the Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting foundation.  I really enjoyed using it this week and will very much be picking up a replacement bottle once I work my way through this one.

The Sweater Weather Eyeshadow Palette I used this week was also good for me.  It created soft everyday looks that were super easy.  As I didn’t go out a lot this week, I didn’t need anything dramatic so this was perfect for me to try this week. 

Although sometimes when I am working by myself all week I don’t mind the overly dramatic glitter fest as no one is there to see it. Still this all matte palette worked well and after the struggle that was last week’s shadow palette, I kind of needed something quick and easy. 

My one concern was that it is so soft that a lot of my lipsticks looked off with it.  It made me feel off balance.  As though the rest of my face decided on a low makeup look, but forgot to send the memo to my lips.  So I ended up reaching for the Trestique sheer lip mini crayons.  This was their week to shine. I rotated through the colors and they gave just the right amount of pigment without being overpowering.

trèStiQue: A makeup solution for your lifestyle

I actually had two primers this week.  One was the Yensa essential glow.  After using it for the second week in a row I think I have just enough product left to get me through one more week before the tube is empty, so I will be finishing it up next week.  The second primer was the Becca Anti-fatigue Under eye primer.  I picked it up a while ago but keep forgetting it. 

Pink Haze powder on the left and under eye primer on the right, both from Becca Cosmetics

So this week I put it in my bag and remembered to try it.  My thoughts?  Don’t bother.  It is a little cooling which might help a little under the eyes but then it gets a little greasy looking. You will do better putting a stone roller in the fridge, rolling the cool stone under your eyes for a minute to take down the puffiness and then applying concealer to cover dark spots.

Speaking of concealer I went with the Instant age rewind from Maybelline.  It is one of my favorite concealers, drug store or otherwise.  It has actually out performed several much more expensive concealers to be honest and I enjoyed using it again this week.

Returning for it’s final week in my makeup bag was the wet ‘n wild liquid eyeliner.  While I will repurchase this eyeliner, for now it is completely empty and will be added to the empties bin. It made it three days out of the past week and so I rolled in the Beauty for Real Finish Line eyeliner.  It is a good mascara.  It does the job and doesn’t seep into fine lines.  It is one I will use again but it isn’t all that exciting.

the mascara wand

By contrast the Beauty for Real Mascara I rolled into my makeup bag was an absolute stunner.  Oh. My. God. I laughed at it at first because of the stubby little wand, but this was a fantastic mascara.  Seriously impressive.  It lengthened beautifully, didn’t flake or smudge and stayed on all day with no issue.  This was the hands down winner for me this week.  I was blown away by how well it performed and I look forward to using it a lot in the next six months.

I know that is probably a lot closer to my eye than anyone wants, but it gives you the gist. it was a really good week for mascara.

Becca was also represented in my powder this week as I brought out my favorite Pink Haze. As my foundation was just a hair too light for my current skin tone, the pink haze helped to warm it up a bit.  I really love this powder and love keeping it around.  Also helping the foundation tones out this week was my bronzer. 

I went with the Julep So Radiant bronzer in medium tan.  Not only did it help blend and define but the tones of this bronzer really work well with my skin.  It has just the right amount of warmth to it and there is something just neat and tidy about the square compact.  And we all know I am a sucker for a good compact.

Julep, Korean Skincare Made Simple.

While it did help with the lighter foundation, I think it may have to spend some time waiting for my tan to return as it might have been a little too much for my currently lightening skin without the too light foundation. Like my clothing, I need to do a seasonal change over with my makeup soon.

My blush this week was OFRA’s blush in Bellini.  I really enjoyed using it this week. (I know you are getting sick of hearing that phrase but this was a really good product week.). While I love OFRA highlighters, I wasn’t certain about their blushes.  I had one from the Madison Miller line and that one was just a mess. Pink powder scattered everywhere whenever I used it. 

It was a nice formula on the skin and a nice color, but my sink was a mess by the end of the week.  I don’t know if it was just that line or if there was a formula change, but this blush didn’t have that issue and I really liked how it performed over the course of the week. It is also lighter in tone and I expect I’ll be pulling it out regularly throughout the winter.

To this blush I added the Blush Highlighter Will Powder that came in my IPSY bag this month. While claiming to be a blush highlighter, it is a highlighter.  At least the shade I got was.  I liked that it is a subtle highlighter adding just a little bit of glow.  Considering my shadow palette lent itself to subtle, this week was the perfect week for this highlighter.  Its not really a surprise as I have yet to try a product from The Balm that I don’t like.  They are just all round good products.  I’m sure there are some clinkers as every company has them, but this far they haven’t appeared in my dressing table.

Finally of course was the setting pray, still the HA Spray by Timeless Skincare and still absolutely loving it. What else is there to say? And yes I am getting low on it. I have a couple of other setting sprays in my dressing table that I will start to rotate through as soon as this one is empty (and before I order a replacement. But oh yeah, I’m ordering a replacement. Incidentally Timeless skincare has a 30% off halloween sale going on right now from now until November 1st just use the code BOO2020. (I don’t get anything at all if you use the code it is just on their site and free for anyone to use while it lasts. I just happen to really like this spray – and the HA serum which isn’t surprising as the spray is a light version of the serum.)

Over all this was a fantastic week for me makeup wise.  Everything worked together and well.  There were no horror stories or product malfunctions and I was very pleased by how I looked. The stand out was the beauty for real mascara though.  It looks plain and has a stumpy wand, but man can it perform.


Testing out the Dermelect Cosmeceuticals XL Lash Volumizer Eyelash Booster Formula

While I didn’t end up using an eyeshadow palette this week, my month long trial of the Dermelect Cosmeceuticals XL Lash Volumizer Eyelash Booster Formula has come to a close so I figured, its sort of eye related, perhaps it out to go here. So while there is no eyeshadow palette review this week, her is a little something for those still interested in the eyes.

While I may not always wear a full face of makeup, I wear mascara every day and I have since about the eighth grade. I don’t use false eyelashes, I just never really felt comfortable with them.  But I love long thick lashes.  So I am always trying out new mascaras. Because of this I often worry about my lashes.  While they aren’t noticeably sparce, I fear I may damage them with products. 

When I received the Dermelect XL Lash Volumizer in a subscription box I was thrilled to try it out.  I’ve used Dermelect before and really liked their formula.  Their Self Esteem line is really good. I absolutely loved the serum designed solely for my neck. As silly as it sounds it really helped when I started to lose weight and had looser skin.  It helped tighten it back up relatively quickly which made me feel better about my weight loss and want to keep going.

But first we need to go over what to expect from the Lash Volumizer.

Unlock the potential of your lashes. Target thin, weak, brittle lashes and transform them to appear thicker, fuller and stronger. By combining a rich trio of multi-peptides, this specially formulated conditioning treatment works to bolster, moisturize and fortify the lashes with unbeatable coverage and volume.

Formulated with a strengthening trio of active multi-peptides: Sympeptide XLash- a Lipo-Oligopeptide that contributes to the enhancement of eyelash length and density, Capixyl- A Biomimetic peptide combined with a red clover extract to promote a healthier-looking appearance of stronger and thicker lashes, Widelash- a Biotinoyl Tripeptide that functions as an eyelash conditioner to successfully coat the lashes in moisture and nourishment.

Excellent for eyebrows too!

Apply once a day, at bedtime, apply to clean, dry lashes from root to tip. Allow to dry before applying any other products near the eye. Leave on to act overnight. No need to remove in morning. Can also be applied to clean, dry eyebrows.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Panthenol, Dextran, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, PVP, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 20, Benzoic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

Dermelect.com

First off, I didn’t use it on my brows. I figured I’d concentrate on my lashes as my brows are more than willing to grow on their own.

I like the thought of conditioning my lashes, especially after the things I put them through with the eyelash curler and the mascara.  It seems only right that I take care of them.  After all I treat my hair to conditioning masks after torturing it with a flat iron, so this was sort of the same.  At least in my mind.  It was like a leave in conditioner for my eye lashes.  And if they get longer and fuller during the process then even better.

So on t the lashes it went, every night for the past month. 

It is an interesting product to apply. When you open it, it oddly enough smells like eyelash glue.  Even though I don’t wear lashes, I do periodically try them out hoping that eventually I will find one I really like to wear. I am both repelled and fascinated by them in equal measure. But that is another topic, and possibly one for a therapist.

So it smells like lash glue. It even looks a little like glue on the want.  It is slightly white in color and has a thin consistency.  I thought it might turn my lashes white when applied, but it did not.  In fact I couldn’t tell any product was applied when I put it on.  I think the first couple of days I might have applied extra product as I tried to figure out if any was actually on the lashes.  Honestly the only way I could tell that the product had been applied was when I fluttered my lashes and the felt slightly damp when I closed them. Which was fine.  I applied the product, batted my eyes at myself in the mirror and then brushed my teeth.  Long before I finished brushing my teeth the lashes were dry.

the wand with product on it

I left it on overnight and let it work it’s magic.

At no time did I have any issues with eye irritation or itchiness.  While the photos were taken at the beginning of the month and the end of the month long trial, I’m not certain how much of a difference shows. I think they might be slightly longer than at the start. 

I can tell you I had less lash fall out after a week of use than I usually have with my eye lashes and they feel soft and nourished rather than having slightly dry and brittle ends.

before and afters of the Lashes with the Dermelect XL Lash Volumizer

For this alone I will be continuing to use this product even though the month long trial has ended.  Whether or not my lashes are actually longer is questionable. Perhaps in this arena they will show more improvement over a longer time, maybe sixty or ninety days.  As there is still plenty of product left in the tube, I will continue to use it and report back if there is further lash growth.

Even without the noticeable growth, there is noticeable health to the lashes and that is what may not show in the photographs but can definitely be felt in person.  And to me that is more important.  I can name at least half a dozen really good volumizing and lengthening mascaras all of which I have no problem using, but I don’t have anything to condition my lashes and make them naturally stronger and healthier.  Until now. And that is where this product shines.


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