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Monday, June 12, 2017

Maybelline Lasting Drama gel eyeliner | Review

This post was written back in 2016 and since then I've used up this product as much as I could. I also remembered it had dried up by the start of 2017,  hence the lack of swatches in this post. I haven't been much into wearing gel eyeliner unless it's a pencil, so I haven't repurchased the item to swatch it. If you don't mind any of this, you can continue to the review.

Remember when I started wearing eyeliner back in 2011? I was so into the e.l.f. studio gel eyeliner. Somewhere along the line, I’ve fallen off from gel eyeliners, trying to find the perfect liquid eyeliner to get a cat eye, or using pencil versions. Too often I’ve bypassed this Maybelline gel eye liner in stores and wondered how well it worked.

The Maybelline Lasting Drama gel eyeliner is a smooth, highly pigmented liner product, which makes it ridiculously easily to make the perfect winged liner, even with the brush provided. I was truly shocked by the ease at which the gel liner glided onto my eyes, and the simplest flick at the ends gave a to-die-for cat eye.  This product was $20BDS in a beauty supply store, but I’m certain that Collin’s Pharmacy has it cheaper. The only problem may be availability since I can see why this flies off the shelf!

This product claims to be smudge-proof as well, and although I love how easy it is to apply, I’d have to say they’re lying about that.  Even after I have left the product to set on its own for more than an hour, I’ve realised that touching the liner will take some product off. I have my doubts about rubbing my eye while wearing this gel eyeliner, because I may end up looking like a racoon.

On the plus side, I’ve tried this very near to my waterline and my eyes do not react badly to it, i.e. running water like a burst pipe. In terms of being waterproof, I have to do more testing, as I didn’t want to look like a goon at the beach if this happened to fail. But in Barbados’ humidity, it lasts! All day… and night too!

I can see this product lasting me while because a little goes a long way, nevermind that the pot looks so tiny. A mere 3g of product fits in this glass jar. But at least the packaging is concise. The cap locks off tightly to prevent the gel liner from drying out.

I would suggest, as Maybelline did, to clean your brush after every use because this gel eyeliner is no joke when it dries. It will stick to your brush’s bristles and stiffen them for the next use.


  • Great pigmentation
  • Affordable compared to department store brands
  • Glides on smoothly
  • Brush provided is great for beginners
  • Lasts very long on eyes
  • No fragrance
  • Does not irritate my eyes


  • Availability
  • Never truly sets
  • May smudge if eyes are rubbed
  • Must clean brush after every use, dries and clumps.

Product specifications:

  • Available in 4 colours: Blackest Black, Brown, Charcoal, Eggplant
  • What Maybelline says:
    Get the precision & intense color of a liquid liner in a smudgeproof, waterproof gel formula by Maybelline. 24 hour wear. Brush applicator included.
    1. DIP tip of brush into gel formula and wipe off excess on rim of jar.
    2. GLIDE brush in small strokes across lash line.
    3. CONTINUE to build line, until desired intensity is achieved.
    After each use, wipe brush clean with dry tissue and close cap tightly. Ophthalmologist tested. Safe for sensitive eyes. Contact lens safe.
  • Product size: 0.106 oz/ 3g
  • Ingredients:
    • Cyclopentasiloxane, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Ceresin, Isodecane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Caprylyl Methicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica Silycate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Propylene Carbonate, Candelilla Wax, Caprylyl Glycol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Tin Oxide, May Contain (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510)

The Raw Sugar

I could live on this gel eyeliner, and I really wonder why I hadn’t tried it earlier. It’s a big step up from the e.l.f. Studio cream liner, so if you liked that, you’ll love this! I’d say set this gel eyeliner with a powder eyeshadow of a similar colour though. Just to make sure the product ain’t going anywhere.

Where to Purchase:
Collin’s Pharmacy, Massy Supermarkets, iMart, Beauty Supply stores (Barbados); Drugstores, ULTA, Maybelline.com

Disclaimer: This product was purchased with my money. Opinions are my own.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

5 Simple Steps for growing your Skin Care routine in your Twenties

You know way back in secondary school (high school for our international readers) when you were going through puberty and your whole body changed? I remember lots of people I know having struggles with Acne, always trying different products to control some crazy breakouts. I remember thinking I was pretty lucky to not have that stress. But more recently, I've concluded that I might have  just been a late bloomer. Or maybe it's just the stress of getting older. Either way, in your twenties it's important to build a skincare regime that is able to control acne, keep your skin moist and well protected.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

European Holiday and blogging updates!

Hey all! It's always too long between my posts, and I really have to apologise for that. Let's just say I've been out living this summer, trying not to be too tethered to my devices. I will have to improve my time management skills for working, posting videos and blogging again. Anyhow, I wanted to share a couple videos from my recent vacation with you guys.

Friday, June 24, 2016

June Beauty Favourites! | Throwback post

Sooo.... I was browsing through my drafted posts, thinking about what I'd update the blog with and I came across this post that I had wrote last year (2015). I'll also be posting a more recent favourites post for this June, and it's quite interesting to see the differences between years. Anyway, let's get into it. (My apologies about the photos, since I no longer have many of these products, or didn't get around to taking the photos some time ago. But I used retail photos for most of them.)

Sunday, June 12, 2016

New Ban.do 2016-2017 Planner! | Overview

Hey lovelies! I filmed an in-depth overview of my new ban.do 2016-2017 17-month planner. I picked up the medium planner in the pattern "Magic Hour", and seriously, in comparison to the other patterns (with words and florals), I found this to be simplistic and chic enough to suit me.

Along with this planner, I also picked up some stationery from the ban.do site, some of which are currently on sale! I you are interested in see how I layout my planner, plan with me videos or tips for staying organised, please let me know!

I also picked up:
Sticky note set - Blah Blah Blah
Sticky note set- Straight up Magic 
Ban.do Sticker book part two

Disclaimer: This video is not sponsored. I purchased all these goodies with my own money.

#throwbackpost It’s Judy Time Palette | Swatches & Review

In 2012 I started watching ItsJudysLife vlogs and eventually I fell in love with her makeup channel and her First impression reviews. So when she came out with the It’s Judy Time palette with BH Cosmetics, I was totally fan-girling over it. However when it first came out, I was just a broke student haha, so I couldn't purchase it then. After some time BH cosmetics had some sales on this palette (as well as others) and I decided last December to finally get it at a 2 –for-1 deal (I got my bff one for Christmas). What sold me was the colours and versatility as well as the fact that it was going to be “gone” after December 2014. SO… was it worth the hype?

Heck yah! I make an effort to wear this palette everyday to work because the shades are so flattering and easy to use. I’ve tried it with my fingers, brushes, with primer, without primer and I’ve always impressed by the results!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Eucerin Dermopurifyer Cleanser | Review

You may have seen me talk about this product in a haul video back in April, and how I was my second bottle of this miracle product. I've been using the Eucerin Dermopurifyer cleanser from since October last year, and the three best things about it is that it's affordable, gentle yet keeps breakouts at bay. The not so great thing about it is the misleading marketing garb.

Now as I've already said, this cleanser works to keep my skin clean and mostly free of acne breakouts. It doesn't dry my skin out or leave it with that tight feeling some more harsh acne cleansers do. I tend to use the Dermopurifyer with my L'Oreal Scrublet which gives a good gentle exfoliation, and I've even used this product to clean my Real Techniques Blending sponge for daily use.

The Dermopurifyer is a colourless,fragrance-free gel which produces a lot of suds and effectively cleanses off my daily makeup as well. I also use this in the morning, unless I choose to switch it up with the Biore Pore Unclogging scrub. Eucerin has prided themselves in making a product without fragrance and soap. But...here's where I got a bit confused.

When I first purchased this product and up to the point of the haul in April, the use of the term "ampho-tensides" on the bottle made this seem "revolutionary". Not that I only purchase based on marketing labels on products, but it honestly made me very curious. At first, trying to be smart with my knowledge of Chemistry, I assumed this was the small amount of salicylic acid it contained in its formula, but at the same time, I was conflicted by the term and other ingredients since ampho- (more specifically amphoteric) refers to a substance that can be both positively- and negatively-charged, or can react with acids AND bases. Salicylic acid is definitely not amphoteric. (It reacts with bases or negatively charged ions.)

In researching this mysterious "ampho-tenside" further, I found abstracts of medical journals, but no real information about it. Until I broke apart the word and realised this fancy "ampho-tenside" was simply referring to detergent (surfactants).

I'm absolutely picky about my skincare products, especially one which is affordable and works, but they call this a "soap-free" formula and instead have replaced soap with detergent. I'm not sure if that's necessarily for the better. Sodium Cocoamphoacetate and  Sodium Laureth Sulfate are the detergents Eucerin uses in this product. In their defence, it's primarily Sodium Cocoamphoacetate which is coconut oil derived, and if you have irritation with SLS you may be okay using this product since there are lower concentrations than most cleansers.


  • Affordable
  • Foams well
  • Effective at keeping acne breakouts under control
  • Gentle cleansing
  • Does not leave skin feeling stripped or dry
  • Removes foundation and other makeup
  • Soap-free
  • Fragrance-free


  • Slightly misleading marketing claims

Product Specifications

Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Cleanser is a daily-use, soap-free and fragrance-free formula for gentle, yet effective, cleaning for impure and acne-prone skin. Containing 6% Ampho-tensides, it eliminates excess sebum (serbboreah) while removing dirt and makeup. Its anti-bacterial properties rid skin of bacteria and inhibit bacterial reproduction and, as it is non-comedogenic, it won’t clog pores.
  • Volume: 200mL
  • Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Salicylic Acid

The Raw Sugar

I must say though, the labelling had me a bit lost sadly. But would I repurchase this product knowing what I do now? YES! It's $12.10BDS, which is very affordable for a liquid cleanser which is gentle yet effective.

Where to purchase: Collin's Pharmacy, Boots (UK), Amazon.com

Disclaimer: This product was purchased with my money. Opinions are my own.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Reflections on 2015

Seasons greetings to all! I hope that you've had a great Christmas season!

I just wanted to pop in and share a couple videos I recorded in December. Yes, I finally am recording again! YAY! I am going to definitely keep this up *crosses fingers*.

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