I need your help!

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I'm always having problems with blogger, whether it be technical or mental (like not posting, but don't worry, I'll be back next week!). Right now my theme (or template) won't let me reply on comments, and I keep thinking "I'll get to it tomorrow" repeat x infinity. I like this theme, but if this problem is big enough I'll change it. Can anyone help? If you know how to fix the problem or know of a theme garden please email me at theravingsofaninsomniac@gmail.com

Thanks so much!


NYX Eyebrow Marker | Review

1:16 PM

What it is: a brow marker
Where it is: Target stores, Ulta stores, and online
For how much: $9.75
Anything else: NYX is cruelty free and their products are hypoallergenic!

NYX is a brand that I've only tried a few products of but really want everything from. Everything's so damn cute and affordable. They started selling at Target stores a couple months ago, so I vowed to try some more products... but there aren't many products there! Anyways, I've been wanting to get my hands on a brow marker, and since they aren't too available here in the States I grabbed this as soon as I laid eyes on it.

In case you didn't know the concept of a brow marker, it's like a felt-tip eyeliner but for your brows. They're supposed to give quite a natural brow look, which is my jam. I love fluffy, natural brows. There are two shades, Medium and Deep, which is the one I'll be reviewing. NYX says, "Sculpt, fill in and enhance your natural eyebrows with our felt-tip Eyebrow Marker. The color resists smearing and smudging, and wears all day long." This marker is opthalmologically tested, paraben-free, hypoallergenic, and cruelty free.

The packaging is pretty simple, it looks like a felt-tip pen. The cap locks on securely, so no fear that the tip will dry out. The tip is actually a lot shorter than I expected, especially since eyeliners are so much longer.

This isn't very pigmented, but brow pens aren't supposed to be. The color is supposed to be quite faint, as you can see by the swatch it is. On my hand, it looks to be pretty neutral toned, but on the brows it's quite red-toned. When I remove it the cotton pad comes back as red. It's really odd. The formula is pretty great, it's smudgeproof and so long lasting, but since the tip is so precise you have to really trace over your brows, which inevitably leaves you with brows a lot fuller than expected. Brushing out does no good either since it's budgeproof, but if I apply brow gel the wand comes back red! How weird. 

Like I said earlier, I'm all for natural-looking brows. If this product was a bit more hazy and suited my hair color more I'm sure I would love it, but for now I'll just save it for any occasions where I absolutely cannot use powder. I would recommend for anyone who likes a strong brow look.

Thanks for reading! Have you tried any brow markers? Are they all as weird as this one?

How Much is my Face Worth? | Skincare

4:58 PM

Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water $12Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash $11 | Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash $5.49 | Eclos Skin Prep Cleanser $14.99St. Ives Green Tea Scrub $1 | Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner $6.99 | No7 Rapid Spot Rescue $11.99 | Burt's Bees Sensitive Eye Cream $15H2O+ Oasis Mist $17 | H2O+ Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment $36 | Nivea Soft $5.39 |

All this adds up to... $117.87!! Damn, this is high. Especially for a cheap student like myself... This stuff isn't even including the masks I use.

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