Yet another wrap-up post of quick reviews on products I've been using lately, or have been using for some time and am only now getting around to blogging about them.
Batiste Coloured Dry Shampoo in Dark/Deep Brown: My first-ever miss with Batiste's dry shampoo. You know how much I love the normal version (post) but this one with dark pigment is a complete mess. When you spray it into your hair, it actually shows up gray and not the brown color I was expecting. I left it in to work, as usual, but then went to rub it out which is where the trouble really began. This formula is a bit tacky in the hair--not at all pleasant to feel on the scalp and even more uncomfortable to work through with your fingers. As you shake the product out, little black powdery particles fly all over the place, and you'll quickly find how much they love sticking to your foundation. Their regular dry shampoo is a bit messy (wear a black T-shirt while rubbing it out to see what I mean), but I've never found that it sticks to my face. This colored version also has a weird smell to it--a far cry from the fresh floral scent of my beloved Blush! I definitely won't be repurchasing this, as I'm having a hard enough time forcing myself to use it up.
Freeman Facial Peel-Off Cucumber Mask: I know, I know. Everyone and their mother has already blogged and vlogged about this product to death, so I'll make it quick: incredibly fun to play with and remove (it really does come off in one piece!) but doesn't seem to do much for my skin, aside from a bit of temporary softening. There that wasn't too bad, was it?
Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus: Everyone loves this mousse, so I was really surprised to find how much I dislike this. No matter how little I use, or how much I go over my hair with a dryer, this product leaves me with sticky, hard-to-move hair--like I've raked a really strong gel through and only washed it out a little. Moreover, it doesn't give me much volume, though I think that's because of how inflexible and heavy it makes my roots. I've tried using this a whole bunch of different ways and still haven't found any success, so it'll be going to any of my friends who would like it!
Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner: I don't have the patience to fuss with gel eyeliner every day (a swipe of pencil or even liquid is much quicker) but when I feel like spending a bit more time on my makeup, this liner gives me the blackest, long-lasting definition. Despite my severely oily lids, it doesn't smear or smudge and even if I get a terrible itch right where I have some liner on, a quick scratch won't ruin it, though it might lift a bit of the color intensity. I do have to wait to curl my eyelashes after using this, but once the liner has set, it's really not going anywhere.
Sonia Kashuk Angled Eyeliner Brush: This little thing has absolutely changed the way I use the aforementioned gel eyeliner. I used to be a bit scared of cream/gel liners, because with most poorly designed brushes, you can't see what you're doing, but the small bend in this brush's farrel means that you can. It's perfectly genius and very well suited for less coordinated people like myself or anyone just beginning to work with eyeliner.
Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Brunette: I've had to go for warmer, browner brows to match my new hair color, and this delivers the perfect hue for that. I really like the brush's size, as the tip is perfect for edges and tail ends, and the fatter midsection is good for brushing through, but the formula dries a bit stiff for me. I'm used to my clear Maybelline Great Lash or the NYX Eyebrow Shaper wax pencil, both of which leave my brows still touchable, though with more shape. The Anastasia gel doesn't leave my brows "hard", but they're shellacked to the point of near-crispiness. It's definitely not something you'd notice otherwise, but any time I touch my brows with this on, I tend to wince a little.
I've been playing with some new drugstore makeup so reviews on those items will be up soon! I would've included them here, but I have a lot more to say on those products, so they're getting their own posts!