Review: Benefit They’re Real! Push Up Liner

Hey guys!

I thought today I would post a review of the Push Up Liner from Benefit! I know a lot of people went over this awhile back but I thought I would give my take on it too since some of my friends have been asking about it.

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Now for me, Benefit seems to be completely hit or miss. I either LOVE their stuff, or I find that some of it is way over-hyped and not at all worth the money. Let’s see how this held up.

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The applicator and Accuflex tip are supposed to be the big innovations on this product. You twist the pen to get the liner flowing, then with just a flick you can imprint the tip onto your eye to line up your wings, fill them in and BAM, you have flawless matching wings. Not so much in actual use.

The tip didnt have a large enough opening for me to be able to put a mark where I wanted my wings to be that was still noticeable on my hooded eyes. Lining my eyes was fine, but it was more of a pain than it was worth. I could have used my normal liner and it would be way faster (there is a learning curve with this but in my opinion I am not patient enough to bother).

The formula itself is very dry compared to what I was expecting. It is not as black as I was hoping for either, so I feel like most days I would end up putting a liquid liner over this anyway, which kind of defeats the purpose of using this one. The little orange piece in the photo above is supposed to be taken out and then put back in each time you use it to help keep it from drying but I think the formula is too dry in general for that to make a huge difference.

In the photo below this was my first time trying it after I got anything out. The pen is easy to maneuver, but as you can see on the lower left swatches, it can drag and be very dry, even upon first use!

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Now I get it that sometimes when you use something new, you have to click or spray it or what have you a few times to get it going. I had to click my pen OVER 50 TIMES to get this going! After a minute or so I was wondering if this was a joke, but nope, it was painfully real. I’m paying $24 to have 50+ clicks without ANYTHING coming out? I call BS on this.

The staying power was okay but once again I think this is something that the makeup world went overboard on with high expectations and the result ended up falling flat. I not only will NOT buy this again, but I will be returning the one I bought as well.

My sister does have this and loves it. She found that it stayed very well on her skin and was matte black enough for her (she is paler that I am at an NC10! and even that is a bit dark sometimes!!), but I would rather save the money and use a drugstore liner since they seem to give me the same results.

Have you tried the Benefit They’re Real! Push Up Liner? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below!!

Spring Cleaning: Blog Sale!!

Hello lovelies!

I’ve been going through my makeup because it is getting a bit out of control with some hauls I’ve had lately, so I thought that it would be a great time for a blog sale! That way I can help my makeup find a new home and you guys can get a good deal!

Here are the rules:

1. All items are first come, first served.

2. US only. Sorry!

3. Paypal only.

4. I will hold items for up to 48 hours for payment and then will go down the line for that item to the next person that wanted it.

5. No Returns or exchanges.

6. All items are authentic and I will send additional photos upon request.

7. I will send items within 3 days of cleared payment (usually much sooner) and will provide tracking info. I will also sterilize all items before shipping.

8. For shipping, I will add $3 to each order, no matter how many items. This will help me cover the Paypal charge as well as shipping costs.

 

How:

If you see something you like, email me at ClosetBeautyJunkie@gmail.com.

I will use the email time stamp to keep track of who wanted what items first. I will then send you a paypal invoice and you will have 48 hours to fulfill the payment, otherwise I will move to the next person on the list.

Happy shopping!

 

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ULTA Lip Butter in Vienna – new in packaging -$4

Bath and Body Works Liplicious in Marshmallow Cream – new in packaging  $4

Lancome Juicy Tubes in Coral Rush – trial size never used -$3

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Stila Lip Glazes – all .05 fl oz (so slightly smaller than the full size) From a set, never used. No packaging. -$8 each

From Left to right and top to bottom- Cranberry, Amaretto, Strawberry Cream, Persimmon, Passion Fruit

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Sephora Flashy Liner Waterproof in flashy violet – new in package, never used-$3 (top)

ULTA Automatic Waterproof Liner in Raisin – new in package, never used – $3 (bottom)

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils (these vary in price and condition)-From Left to Right:

  • Perversion-Never Used
  • Oil Slick – Swatched Once
  • Smoke – Swatched Once
  • Whiskey – Swatched Once
  • Roach – Never Used
  • Smog – Swatched Once
  • Scorch – Swatched Once
  • Goldmine – Swatched Once
  • Stash – Swatched Once
  • Freak – Swatched Once
  • Deep End – Never Used
  • Electric – Swatched Once
  • Chaos – Swatched Once  SOLD
  • Invasion -Swatched Once
  • Abyss – Swatched Once
  • Ultraviolet – Swatched Once
  • Lust – Swatched Once SOLD
  • Tornado – Swatched Once
  • Asphyxia – Swatched Once
  • 1999 – Used 2x, sharpened once
  • Woodstock – Swatched Once

$12.50 each for any New Unused

$11 for any Swatched or Used

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NYX Smokey Eyes Palette -Never Used, Still Sealed-$4  SOLD

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Clinique Shadow Duo and Blush Trial- Blush never used, Shadows swatched – $3

Victoria’s Secret Luminous Eye Shadow in Smolder – swatched – $5

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Bath and Body Works Forever Red Vanilla Rum 2.5 oz Eau de Parfum – Used once (sprayed 3x) -$20

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Lancome Color Design Lipstick GWP in Vintage Rose -swatched -$5

Clinique Long Last Lipstick Trial Size in Sugared Maple – swatched -$5

Model Co Party Proof Matte Lipstick in Red Velvet – Swatched, writing is smearing/rubbing off on case – $3  SOLD

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ELF Tinted Moisturizer in Porcelain -Swatched – $1.50

MAC Cosmetics Select SPF 15 Foundation in NW15 -swatched -$18

Dr Jart BB 2 Trial Sizes -one swatched, other never used. Both come together. Does not say shade but it’s the generic medium shade that they send when something isn’t customized… -$2 for both

 

**Any that say swatched have only been swatched ONCE!!

If you have any additional questions, feel free to ask in a comment below!!

Review: Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2

Hey guys!

So my goal for 2014 is to post at a minimum once a week with more varied content: swatches, vlogs, reviews, giveaways etc!

My first post of the new year is some swatches on my super pale skin for you from the UD Ocho Loco 2 eyeliner set!

Now at $59 I honestly wasn’t going to get this. I wear liner as part of my daily routine, but seriously I don’t spend that much on makeup usually. Somehow I of course found a way to justify it to myself and here we are. It comes with 8 full sized liners and a bright green Grindhouse sharpener.Five of the shades are exclusive to this set (Twice Baked, Crave, Mars, Ultraviolet, and Tornado).

They would cost $152 if you bought 8 liners separately and an additional $10 for the double sharpener. It’s like paying $7.37 each for the liners and getting the sharpener for free. Since I was looking to spice things up in my routine a bit, and I pay more than $7.37 for even drugstore liners, I decided to give this a shot.

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Packaging- The packaging as always is flawless. I always want to keep all the boxes or trays from UD and have to talk myself out of it due to lack of space. They’re so pretty and always something eye catching.

 

Formula- These are some of the best liners I have ever used. They have a serious color payoff, especially with how pale my skin is! I really just need one swipe and the color is deep and saturated. They also have really great staying power and I feel like they don’t move on me during the day- ever!

 

Shades-

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The colors swatched above are with only 1-2 passes over bare skin (no primer).

Tornado- This pretty eggplant is a nice shade to switch up my daily liner. The eggplant-y purple is great for hazel eyes and unlike some other purple liners, you don’t need to layer it on 1,000 times to get the results you want!

Ultraviolet -Less likely to be used in a daily rotation, but a great option to liven things up! It looks almost bright blue on my skin so it would be great to swipe on for a night out where I’m looking to make a big impact with minimal effort (we all have our days).

Mars- I might actually try this for days. It’s a bright green with some shimmer but it is just mossy enough where if you style it correctly, you can easily pull it off as a day look!

Deep End-This one is over the top! Probably my favorite in the bunch, it’s a turquoise metallic shimmer (a little bit of everything)! Not as easy to pull off for day, this is a great pop of color for a night out or if you wear bolder day makeup. Definitely what I was looking for to change things up for me and get me out of my night out makeup rut!

Perversion- The darkest liner I have ever owned. Period. I have to go very easy with this or I end up looking a bit goth, or I have to REALLY warm up my skintone. Otherwise, it’s best used for a sultry night out look! FABULOUS! I can’t believe how black it is every time I swipe it on.

Crave- Better for daily use than perversion, this is a black brown matte shade. It is more flattering on us pale ladies and is a great alternative to the usual black while still blending well with other colors. A great neutral for your makeup bag.

Twice Baked- This one is a medium brown with a nice added shimmer. The shimmer is gold and looks great with hazel eyes, but the finish is satin which still keeps this nice for a day look.

Roach- More coppery than the rest and the lightest brown shade in the set. This also has some shimmer in it and I love this on it’s own when I am looking for a lighter day look where I don’t look like I’m trying too hard, but still look like I’m putting in some type of effort!

 

While I may be crazy pale, these liners are a great set to transition you from day to night, no matter your skintone. They are a bargain after you talk yourself down from the $59 price tag. The color payoff also helps when trying new shades so you don’t feel like you are dragging them on or unable to see the colors as they were on the pencil itself. This set will give me some new shades to play with for day and night!

Is there another set you love from Urban Decay?

 

 

Haulin’: E.L.F.

Hey guys!

Awhile back,  ELF had an online sale where everything on their website was half off! Pretty amazing when everything’s already so cheap, right? I’m doing this haul now because online they have 50% off holiday gifts!

Most of my ELF online haul!

Okay so the picture above is most of what I got, but not all of it. By now I have some of the items scattered around my apartment, but I’ll make sure I mention and do a quick review on them all! Prices mentioned below are what I actually paid, so retail is double that for each!

Glitter Mascaras in Silver and Plum- $1 each – I was expecting a brush for an applicator on this but to my surprise it is a ridged hard plastic applicator with no bristles. It works just fine for application though and the glitter is something fun I grabbed for occasional use (I used one when I went back to my alma mater’s homecoming).

Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in Plum- $1 each- This didn’t have the color payout that I was hoping for at all. I would recommend skipping this one. The felt tip is nice for application, this just isn’t dark enough.

Shimmer Eyeliner Pencil in Twinkle Teal, Plum Passion, and Black Bandit- $.50 each!!- Again I was hoping for a little more pigment than I actually ended up with, but for 50 cents I can’t complain. These will work just fine in a pinch or when I’m going for a softer look, but don’t grab these if you are going for a dramatic look.

Mascara Primer-$1.50- I actually REALLY love this! I grabbed it on a whim, but I layer it under my Benefit They’re Real! mascara on an almost daily basis. It doesn’t clump my lashes but helps to condition them and makes them look long and luscious.

Eye Refresh-$1.50- This is another product that is just ok. The main thing that I am not a fan of is the added glitter in it. It looked like any other caffeine or antioxidant roller, but this has some fine glitter in it (I’m assuming to “brighten”). Pass.

Lip Exfoliator-$1.50- I LOVE this one! See the full review HERE.

Stipple Brush- $1.50- I haven’t used this one much but it’s very soft and I think the whole line of these brushes would be great for someone who is just starting to use makeup. Not too expensive either!

Mascara and Shadow Shield-$1.50- This is great in theory but I don’t use it much just because it’s more difficult than I thought to use both of my hands and the shield and mascara etc. This would be great for someone who is slightly more coordinated though!

Makeup Mist and Set-$1.50- Ok. The packaging is kind of bulky but other than that I don’t have much to say on this one. I am pretty partial to my MAC facial sprays.

Makeup Remover Pen-$1.50- This is another great item to grab. I use it under my eyes to clean up any smudged out of place liner.

 

Overall ELF products are a great deal anyway, and for half off I couldn’t resist! It’s the perfect brand to try out for beginners because of how small of an investment it is as well!

Review: Smashbox Studio Pop for Eyes Set

Hello lovelies!

I’m still loving the Cosmetics Company Store. If you haven’t noticed lately, I’ve been frequenting the one near me!

Here’s my newest love from there:

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From Amazon.com

I recently started using Smashbox eyeliners and I have to tell you, this might just be my HG liner. I have tried a LOT of liners. Different brands, formulas, colors, gel, kohl. liquid, you name it. A LOT. I LOVE THESE.

This kit comes with 4 small liners in Bronze Citrine, Antique Gold, Imperial, and Graphite. It also comes with a travel size Full Exposure mascara which has also come to be one of my favorite everyday mascaras.

The liners are so creamy and smudge-able, but have definite staying power. It works on my water line for tight lining or around the rest of my eyes with great color payoff.

The $57 suggested retail is a bit steep and I’d pay that for a few full sizes, but not a bunch of smaller trials. I thought of this as a good way to try a few different shades since I know I love the formula of these liners but have only used the black before.

The kit at a normal store is $24, but at CCS it is going for $17. That’s an average of $3.40 per piece! Amazingggg!

This is another item (like the one I found at Ulta), where I felt I was walking out and robbing the place!

I will post the rest of my haul later, but this is one kit that I was happy to find since there were limited for last year’s Holiday season.

What is your HG liner? Is it a Smashbox liner? Have you tried these with a different result? Sound off below!

Haulin’: The Cosmetics Company Store

I have found a new obsession and its name is the Cosmetics Company Store. I work at a chain retailer and have never heard of this store before I switched to a different location. My mall has a CCS, so out of curiosity I stopped in. I was in love and my wallet immediately began to shed tears for the amount of money that would be left behind in the store.

For those of you who don’t know what a CCS is, it is all legit makeup. It’s all Estee Lauder owned brands and the store is owned by them as well. They basically carry discontinued shades, past collections, and overstock items of brands like Bobbi Brown, Lancome, Clinique, MAC, Smashbox, Bumble & Bumble, etc. Ummm, what? AMAZING, right?

This is all stuff that I hoarded on my first trip in there, and I have more items but I’ll limit this to things from my first haul.

The one thing you need to keep in mind about CCS is that you have to go in looking for “an eyeliner” or “Clinique foundation”(or in other words to browse the different categories. If you go in looking for, let’s say, “Clinique Pore Refining Foundation in Alabaster”, you are almost guaranteed to leave disappointed. They have great items but if you go in for something super specific, they may not have the shade or exact formula you want.

So with that, let’s get rolling! I stuck with a mainly MAC kick on this trip!

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MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow in Universal Appeal

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This shadow is larger than most single shadows that I own from MAC and a little bit more fun I think. It is a brown, gold, and plum swirl. When you pick up product with your brush, you end up with a slightly shimmery brown shade that is more of a purple in some lights. It looks really good on my hazel eyes!

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MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC15

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A pretty basic MAC concealer. It does have an SPF of 35 which is more than most makeup items will have. It is very creamy and easy to use as well.

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MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Black Swan

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This is possibly my favorite item from this entire haul. It’s a black liner that goes on really smooth and can be smudged a bit. The best thing about this though is the tealish glitter that is in the liner. I LOVE it! The liner is a little bit soft, but nothing that I’m sure a few minutes in my fridge wouldn’t fix.

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MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Supremely Confident

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This one I did not personally try out, but picked it up while I was out on my haul for my sister. It was a color that she specifically asked for which they happened to have in stock (it was one of about 4 specific items she had asked me to check on, hence the note above about possibly being disappointed on specific things). It is currently still selling for full retail on the MAC website at full retail price.

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Bumble and bumble Travel Mending Set (Christmas Giftset)

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I love this and am a total B and B convert! The sizes of the bottles don’t look that big for the price, but I bought them after getting some foil packet samples of Bumble and bumble products when I placed a Sephora order a few weeks back. Just those little packets got me two uses and I have RIDICULOUSLY thick hair. Seriously, my stylist blocks out extra time to cut and color my hair because I have so much of it! Even on my crazy thick hair, I only need about a pea sized amount of this stuff and it helps to tame all of it! Love!

So you don’t have to do the math, I spent $78. These same products in another store or at MAC.com would have been $112!!

I’m not sure that I get their pricing strategy (ending everything in .25 or .75), but for how much I save when I go there, I don’t care in the slightest!

Have you ever been to a CCS? What did you think? Are you as surprised as I was that it is owned by Estee Lauder and therefore legit and not some sketchy backdoor bootleg makeup store?