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Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Mini Haul Look/Review - Before & After

35 comments:
 
Hi everyone. Today I'm doing something I haven't had the guts to do ever since starting this blog, but we'll get to that in a second. First off, Ti, one of the co-founders of MakeupBee.com gave me the exciting news last week that I've been selected to represent the site as one of the Queens of Makeupbee for the month of August! I was of course incredibly flattered, but when she told me that part of my 'coronation' would include getting products to review I was more than a little excited. In fact, to put it accurately I was like AWWW YEAHHHHHH FREE SHIT IN THE MAIIIILLLLLL!


 
I received my package yesterday and in it was: Mascara Lash Plumper by Sephora, Urban Decay's Afterglow Cheek Tint, and an Aloe face mask. KaCHING! Your total today comes to AWESOME!!! So, I'm going to review these products at the end of the post but I figure pictures speak louder than words so here's me with NO makeup AT ALL followed by me wearing the products sent to me for review. Be nice.


You guys are pretty smart, I'm sure you can figure out which one is the Before and which one is the After without labels. Alright, now that the shock and awe has settled in, let's get on with the reviews...

 
SEPHORA LASH PLUMPER MASCARA ($16.00) : Sephora says ... "Fatten your flutter with this lash-plumping formula. The larger brush, with slightly tapered edges, reaches from root to tip, for truly bat-worthy volume and glamour."

MEREDITH'S REVIEW : Well, does this product do what the name suggests? Does it plump? Does it fatten your flutter? Hmm, let's look at our before and after. Uh .... YUP! I went from eyelash alopecia (not actually, I just have super light, thin eyelashes that don't show up in pictures) to an eyelash explosion in just two coats. Also, to be as honest as possible to the abilities of the product I did NOT prime or curl my lashes before applying. This stuff is like steroids for your eyelashes. I put on a total of three coats and I didn't experience any clumping or flaking which was fantastic. Honestly, I just bought some super cheap Rimmel mascara and it's going in the trash to make way for this stuff.

SCORE : 9.5/10. I'm poor as fuck so this is a bit above my price point  for mascara but if you have a big budget I'd highly recommend this product. 







URBAN DECAY AFTERGLOW GLINE-ON CHEEK TINT IN 'CRUSH' ($24.00): Sephora says ... "A sheer, buildable cheek tint that glides on effortlessly and feels truly weightless. This cheek tint can be applied on top of foundation or bare skin without that powdery, cakey effect that can result from use of powder blush."

MEREDITH'S REVIEW: As someone who always wears a finishing powder over my foundation, this isn't the most practical product for me but if you wanted to opt for a natural, dewy look sans powder (and not lose out on any pigment) this is a fantastic product. As you can see from the picture, this shade is quite pink but it is buildable so you do have control over color saturation. All in all a good quality product, just not something that fits well into my powder based makeup regime.

SCORE: 8.5/10 - Does what it says, highly pigmented, easy to apply (without powder) isn't sticky after drying but it did stain my hands a bit and I prefer powder blushes if I'm being totally honest.

I haven't used my aloe masks yet, I'm saving them for tonight after I take my makeup off but I'm definitely excited to use them so I'll let you guys know how they are. I want to say thanks again to Ti & Makeupbee for sending me these lovely products to share with you guys and look for my coronation interview to be coming in the next month. 

35 comments:

  1. I really like your make-up! Your skin looks flawless!

    hugs and kisses by Mani.
    btw. FASHION IMPERATIVE is hosting a first giveaway and I'm sure you'll like it! We would love you to take part in it!

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  2. awwww this an awsome post!!!!!!
    THANKS for sharing your reviews!
    i love the before & afters(:

    <3 BB

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  3. o0o, i really want to try that mascara!

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  4. That mascara looks interesting! =D

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  5. Congrats! And that mascara did an amazing job!!!

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  6. That mascara looks amazing, but damn is that expensive for something you gotta toss every few months! I have been wanting to try those Urban Decay cheek tints for a while. They have one for highlighting its called Sin I think, I want to try it so bad because I have been looking for a good cheek highlight. I might actaully purchase it when I have the money! Great reviews & I am looking foward to the mask review as well. And you look gorgeous without makeup!! Not in the least bit unattractive! Your goregous Meredith, inside & out!! ♥

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  7. OH WOW! This is flippin' awesome Meredith! Congrats :) I want free shit tooo lol. And wow, you look absolutely stunning without makeup on! Ronnie is mad jealous of your gorgeous face!

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  8. o love your makeup, you have amazingly perfect skin! great reviews.
    Grace xx

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  9. Thanks for the review on the make up. I'm actually about to be buying some new stuff and am looking for a good mascara. Your lashes look great, can't wait to buy this.

    erica

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  10. The transformation is awesome!! Gr8 review!!

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  11. Congrats! That's awesome!

    And wow to the mascara! I don't buy high end mascara, but I splurge every once in a while....I might have to try it!

    And your so brave showing a naked face! I think you look gorgeous with or without makeup!

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  12. The first thing I noticed was how va voom your lashes went from the before and after. WOW i'm impressed for a sephora mascara! for some reason sephora's mascaras have never appealed to me. That cheek tint looks super pretty too! Thanks for sharing and congrats!
    <3

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  13. Congrats!! I can't think of a better person for the gig! Great reviews.

    xo andrea marie
    peaceloveandreamarie.blogspot.com

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  14. Would love to try the mascara. Looks great on you.

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  15. wow you are really good with makeup!

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  16. You're beautiful without makeup, which you already know. But the transformation really highlights your skills with the makeup!

    Congrats Queen Makeupbee ;D

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  17. I really like the look :) simple but flawless face look and gorgeous lips!

    DaphYin
    http://daphyin-makeupisart.blogspot.com

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  18. aawww yeeaa!! haha your so funny, I'd feel the same way ;) & congrats! The cheek tint looks lovely with your skin!

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  19. Hi! Congratulations on being coronated a Queen! You totally deserve it! And, just so you know, you look as lovely withou make up, ok? All make up does for you is bring out your (already) great looks. :)

    As for the reviews: I loved them! And now I'm officialy craving that mascara! I'm a masacara freak (although I own just a few) and I loved the effect it gave your lashes! Bummer, I cant find it anywhere here in my city (I'm brazilian), but still, it's gorgeous! I do have long lashes, my problem is to make them bold and curly and none of my mascaras are good at that. Oh well, it is nice to see these cool stuff here in your blog, thanks!

    Hugs,
    Leonara Carulina

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  20. Congrats!!! I'd love to receive products I could test and review for free lols. You look stunning as always ;] and that mascara is amazing!

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  21. free stuff in the mail is the best thing ever! especially when its full-size!! congrats on being queen bee for the month! girl you have great skin, you don't need makeup! but i know its oh so fun to play with :-D

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  22. You're hilarious. I love reading what you write, whether it's on your own blog or if you're commenting on someone else's. I bought a sephora brand waterproof mascara that I liked the brush (it was a lot like the one you have) but it smells funny. You look amazing without makeup too, my friend. But what kind of foundation do you use?

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  23. you are so funny, I love reading your posts--your personality is WINNING honey!!! congrats on being featured and congrats on your kaCHING :))) you deserve it daahhhlingggg!!1

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  24. It looks awsome.
    Hey, you know what?
    You should make a tutorial and post it on youtube!
    People would loooooooooooove it!

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  25. Great before and after! I'm soo skint at the momeny - saving for uni. I'd love to afford this stuff haha x

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  26. Congrats GIRLIE!!!! I totally understand the broke factor... Losing my job in a few short weeks and so I won't be spending no more... Until recently I thought $9 was a lot for mascara, now that seems cheap... Crazy! Great look! I really like your reviews!

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  27. That mascara seems awesome. How did it last: did it flake? smudge? is it waterproof at all? Do you still like it now that it's been a while? I'm poor as F* too kinda, but I still buy makeup like it's my job ;D

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  28. @Jenn - I wore it for the majority of the day/night without much flaking though it does smudge a little if you rub your eye (but that's to be expected with most brands). I don't believe it's waterproof, it came off when I washed my face.

    I will definitely be rebuying when my sample runs out, that's for sure. That's the best guarantee/seal of approval I can give.

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  29. congrats! you're making such great strides (as you are probably well-aware of :D). And you are absolutely gorgeous without makeup! You should do a natural look soon.
    ~Shannon

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  30. omggg u are soo good with makeup!!! and u look beautiful with and/or without makeup!!! jealousy here!!!! =P.... tHank you soo much for commenting on my blog hun!!! I really appreciate it! I following you =]

    Alx

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  31. I love your makeup! Your face looks so flawless and the mascara has done her job. By the way you are gorgeous without makeup too.

    Hugs! :)

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  32. you are very pretty! i love your makeup as always

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  33. Could you post a tutorial on this look? Please?

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  34. Yea baby, congrats on being featured on MakeupBee, *HappyDance* ! omg I love Sephora's Lash Plumper! I have been using it for over six months now and it's my favorite!! Love your before & after look, your so naturally pretty!<3

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