Guest Post: TonyMoly Inked Cushion Gel Eyeliner

The following post is a guest review by Kara S. who currently lives in Superior, Wisconsin. Want more? Check her out on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook.


Tony Moly Inked Cushion Gel Liner Harry Potter eyeliner

I received Tony Moly Inked Cushion Eyeliner (aka Harry Potter eyeliner) from my dearest best friend Jennifer. I completely forgot that she picked this up for me, so it was a nice treat! We are both mega nerds when it comes to Harry Potter, and we both like makeup, so of course this was a no brainer.

So the first time I put it on, I didn’t realize that the brush wasn’t already in the liner, the way an inkpot works. It took me a hot second to realize that I had to unscrew the bottom.

Once I figured all that out, it took me a second to get used to the quill. As someone who usually uses drug store liquid liner pens, it was a new experience. I am pretty low maintenance, so I’m not used to washing out brushes after putting on my makeup.

Tony Moly’s description of the eyeliner is:

“Formulated to go on intense like ink and glide on light as a feather, our liquid gel-type cushion liner never skips, clumps, or drags, helping you achieve the perfect winged look. The cushion pot helps control the amount of product that is picked up and the built-in brush is designed to work perfectly with the formula so you always get an intense payoff with precision and ease.”

I wouldn’t necessarily agree with the description 100%. I had no problem with the consistency of the eyeliner, it was smooth, but the brush was really thick- too thick to have a winged look. Maybe I’m just not skilled enough with eyeliner, but I also am a former art major so I don’t think that’s the case. I like the color, and I would agree that the black was very inky. It was easy to make sure that the liner got close to/ in my lash line, so there was no gap near my eyelashes.

All in all, I love the novelty of using this, I love the richness of color, and I love how close I can get to my lashes, but I still pull out my more precise liner for a wing.

 


Are you interested in guest posting on jenrazzle.com? Send a pitch to jenrazzle@gmail.com. Thanks Kara for the wonderful review!

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First Impressions: June Small Haul

I doubt that I will be buying many products in June. I have updated my routine with new products and have recently replaced the items I use that have run out. I am also moving and don’t need to add to the stress of that. However, I did ~need~ an oil cleanser, and I have been wanting to try out two other products.

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Victoria’s Secret Weightless Body Oil: While this product isn’t AB, I read a review somewhere and really wanted to try it out. I don’t use body oil on a consistent basis though I have purchased it in the past. I used it for the first time last night and was happy with the scent, which isn’t too overwhelming and smells like summer. I also liked that I felt moisturized but didn’t feel sticky, or like I should avoid touching anything. All in all, I’m already happy with the product.

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COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner: I remember this being the first AB product I heard about. My friend purchased it as her first AB item and let me know that it was amazing. Over the last year I avoided purchasing this product because I am a big fan of Stridex in the red box, and didn’t think that it was necessary to spend more than $5 on a BHA. However, I tried to find an AHA that worked for me and wasn’t able to. I tried the St Ives pads and really disliked them and in general, I don’t really want to spend money on anything else that I won’t use. So, I am going to give this a shot and see if it helps out. If not, I’ll decant and resell.

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Heimish All Clean Balm: This was the product that I needed to purchase. I had an oil cleanser that I used last year and enjoyed, but I stopped oil cleansing sometime during the year because I realized that it was something I did not need to be doing. I don’t have a need for daily sunscreen use and I don’t use makeup all over, so double cleansing is not always something that I need to do. However, now that it’s summer, I’ve noticed that my skin is breaking out more and it seems to happen after using sunscreen on my face. I’m hoping that adding this step back in will prevent that.

I really like this product already – I haven’t actually used it, but the packaging is wonderful and the smell is incredible. I am excited to try it out.

Thats it! Have you tried any products? What are your must haves this month?

Answer: What is sheet masking?

Last summer, a friend of mine introduced me to Asian beauty. She did so by linking me to the Asian beauty subreddit and it quickly became my new obsession. Since I had been having a difficult time with my skin, I decided to take a look at the products that were available.

I’m always interested in trying something cute and new, and Asian beauty products are certainly that. I began to research products that were specifically designed to help with acne, or products that would at least not make my sensitive skin any worse than it already was.

The first thing that I did was build a basic routine. Asian beauty experts recommend waiting at least two weeks between introducing new products, so I would order a new product every two weeks on payday. The products generally range from $10-25 so it was nice to break up the spending and take advantage of Amazon Prime shipping.

One of the first products that I ordered was a set of sheet masks. If you are someone who has wondered why I post photos of myself on Snapchat or Instagram with white sheets over my face, this is the reason. Sheet masks are thin paper masks that are soaked in an “essence” that works to specifically improve one or more aspects of your skin. Some of the common skin concerns are acne, moisturizing, aging, and whitening (which really means brightening.)

My first purchase was a ten pack of the Benton Snail Bee High Content Sheet Masks. I was excited to try the masks, although I was a little worried that the mask would react with a bee allergy that I’m not 100% sure I still have. I ordered the masks and when they arrived, I thought about patch testing but decided to just throw one on my face because.. You only live once, right?

Fortunately, there was no reaction and I really loved the mask. While I will admit that I’ve never had noticeable effects from the use of a single mask, I always enjoy the relaxation time that comes after applying a fresh mask. I especially enjoyed my family’s reaction to seeing me in a mask the first time, but I was a little bit heartbroken when my dogs weren’t at all spooked my new look.

All-in-all, sheet masks are a fun adventure. It is important to find masks that work with your skin concerns, and the Asian beauty subreddit (plus the internet!) can help you find the products that are right for you.

Beauty Review: Dr. Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution Face Mask

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I was very lucky this weekend to stumble upon a real life Kbeauty store in Chicago Chinatown! I was in town with family for an event and we went to Chinatown for lunch before heading home. I kept my eye open for Kbeauty, but nothing caught my eye until just before we were leaving.

I went into a store called “Korean Beauty Store” and really loved the experience. I saw a ton of products that I have purchased during the last year, and it was neat to see some of the more “well known” products in real life. I personally love touching and smelling things, especially if I’m planning to spend money on them, so this especially exciting to me. I also enjoyed having the opportunity to chat with the salesgirl and learn about the products right then in there without having to do my own research.

Since I have more than enough products at home right now, I decided to check out a couple of new face masks. I asked for recommendations and the salesgirl suggested the Dr.Jart+ Dermask Vital Hydra Solution Deep Hydration Sheet Mask. At this point in the day I had spent several hours outside in 3 degree weather, so I figured a super moisturizing face mask couldn’t hurt and decided to take one home.

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This was my first Dr. Jart mask, and I was pretty impressed with it. I loved the smell (roses!!) and was surprised by the thin texture. It is probably the thinnest mask I have ever used, and definitely the first one that I have had to peel off of a second sheet. I was a little worried that I would tear it, but it all went very well.

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Next, I tried the mask on. This mask did not fit as well as some of the others that I have used. The thin texture allowed the mask to cling to my skin, but it did not match my eyes and mouth. I haven’t had a problem with this before and it wasn’t much of a problem this time, though it was not ideal.

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The mask in general looked a bit silly on me. I was super tired and did not work very hard to take nice pictures.

As you can see, the mask material was very thin and allowed my skin impurities to show through.

I was ready for bed after 20 minutes with the mask on. When I took it off there was still some liquid, but it felt nice and absorbed very quickly.

All in all, I enjoyed the mask and would use another one. I paid a bit too much for the product (around $6.00) but they are available at lower cost online. The Amazon link says 5 for under $15, which is a much better deal.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this mask.

Beauty Review: Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask

I received a nice sized haul from Memebox this week that included a product I’ve been wanting to try, Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Mask. This mask is featured in the top AB reddit post and it’s definitely part of the reason that I was drawn in.

The mask arrive in a cute little box with an adorable little piggie on front. I opened it up and was surprised to find a little spoon to help spread the clay. I was also surprised at the clay itself, kind of a gray sticky goo.

There isn’t a strong scent, but it does smell nice and clean. I decided to slather it on my friends face first because I wanted the bubbles to be a surprise for him. It started foaming up right away and it was fully bubbled by the time that I got the mask on my own face.

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We hung out for a while and laughed at each other. Adorable snapchat videos occured. My boyfriend joined in which made the experience 100x more fun. Also the bubbles on my cheeks foamed up enough that they started getting in my eyelashes!

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Finally we got bored of popping bubbles on each others faces and decided to wash it off. I realized that I didn’t know what to do so I did a google and found out that you pop the bubbles, add water, and rub it in for an additional two minutes.

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The texture after popping the bubbles was thick and creamy, so I will probably use less of the mask in the future. It took a while to wash off, but afterwards my skin felt super clean and amazing. I had a lot of fun with this product and will definitely use it again in the future. It’s not really something that I’ll use on a regular basis, but definitely whenever I have friends over or if I’m in the mood to play around.

If you’re interested in purchasing this mask, use this memebox referal link. It gives you 20% off!

Product Review: Elycare Konjac Sponges

One of the steps that I was super excited to add into my skincare routine was the use of a konjac sponge. Before last week, I had previously purchased and used a konjac sponge, but I recently searched multiple stores hoping to find another and left empty-handed. One night while laying in bed, I decided to order this set from Amazon.

The package magically appeared just about 12 hours after I ordered it (Wow, Amazon..) When I got home I opened it up and was really happy with what I had – three konjac sponges (charcoal, green tea, and regular) as well a hook and a thread on each one to help hang it up to dry.

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One of the reasons why I’m particularly happy with this set is that my previous konjac sponge didn’t have a string or a hook, so it never properly dried. After a while, it started getting pretty gross. I’m hoping that this set will last longer and work better since they will be able to dry properly.

I used the charcoal konjac sponge almost immediately and was really happy with the product – I don’t think the charcoal aspect of it effects the way that it works at all, but the sponge itself is very gentle yet exfoliating and makes me feel like I’m getting a deep clean. I have been using it during my second cleanse with Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash.

I can’t attribute it directly to the addition of the konjac sponge to my routine (or any of the other items that I’ve been using) but my skin seems to be breaking out less and doing better in general. My face also feels super clean after use and these sponges work better than any other material or item I’ve used during cleansing in the past. I highly recommend adding konjac sponges to your skincare routine.