Today I came home to a little parcel from BeautyJoint.com. I have purchased things from this website many times and am always happy with the prices, as well as the shipping cost and the shipping speed.
This haul was a very exciting one because I’d purchased a bunch of things that I have been meaning to try for a while. Namely, the Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara, the Elf Studio High Definition Undereye Setting Powder, the DUO Eyelash glue, the Elf Studio Eyebrow Kit, the Jordana Fabuliner Liquid Liner, and the LA Girl Pro Concealer. Note, I didn’t get the Chi Chi BB Cream in the photo above from BeautyJoint but I did buy it on the same day!
I have read and heard amazing things about all of these products and bought them on reccommendations. In this blog I’ll briefly review all of the BeautyJoint products. In the photo above I’m wearing all of the products that I received in my haul (except the Duo glue) so you can see how they come out. I will save the Chi Chi BB Cream review for after I’ve worn it all day!
1. Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara
JORDANA BEST LASH MASCARA IS AMAZING. It needs to be written in caps lock and flown on banners from rooftops all across the world. This mascara compares to nearly every high-end mascara I’ve ever tried, and it’s much better than some of them too. At less than $4 US, it’s also a lot cheaper.
I first heard Arna over on Arna Alayne talking about this mascara in a “Top Make Up Products” Video and made a mental note to pick some up. I’ve only mascara-d one eye in the above photo so you can see the effect. The effect is possibly clearer in the first photo in this post. The mascara is amazing though – highly recommend to everyone!
2. Elf Studio High Definition Undereye Setting Powder
Another one I heard about on YouTube on Shaaanxo’s “Best of 2013” video. I was very impressed by this powder! The pigment is extremely fine, which is what you need with an undereye powder, and it is quite brightening and sheer too so it makes you look more awake. The packaging is solid and easy to use too, which is not always the case with lower-cost items.
I put this on about four hours ago and checking in the mirror just now I can see that my undereye concealer has not creased or budged at all! I’m beginning to think that this might become a staple product in my beauty arsenal. Very impressed and highly recommended.
3. DUO Eyelash glue
It’s glue. You use it to stick on your fake eyelashes. It bonds well, it doesn’t smell too bad, and dries clear. It’s hard to get off your lashes afterwards but that’s nothing a good make-up remover won’t fix.
If you’ve never tried Duo and you need a lash glue I don’t think you have many options – either keep using the terrible little vials of glue they sometimes include with your lashes, or get Duo glue or Ardell’s LashGrip. Eyelash glue isn’t a particularly exciting thing to buy and in my experience both Duo and LashGrip seem to have been created relatively equal.
4. Elf Studio Eyebrow Kit
Now this, unlike lash glue, is something to get excited about. As a blonde, I often find it hard to get a natural-looking brow colour with the powders, pencils and waxes that are out there. The Rimmel pencils are too red for me, and the Topshop ones are a little too dark. The Elf Studio Eyebrow Kit in Ash, however, is just right.
I used these two brushes with the kit instead of the flimsy applicator that they supply you with (Make Up 101: the applicator included in your make up will probably be crappy and should be used only in an emergency). The Elf Studio Eyebrow wax is very pale and the powder in the brow kit is also quite pale, but matches my eyebrows perfectly.
This means that I get a nice, natural-looking brow colour for lighter daytime make up without too much hassle. Please excuse my chipped polish!
5. Jordana Fabuliner Liquid Liner
For something designed to be applied to one’s eyelids, this liner was awfully needle-like. Some of my other pen-style liners have had fine-tip brush applicators so that they don’t poke your eye out, but weirdly, this one doesn’t have the same kind of applicator. It’s like using a very small, very firm, pointy Crayola marker to draw on your eye make up.
I found it much harder than usual to get my left eye even but I think that it will become easier as I get more used to the product. I probably wouldn’t buy this again, but I don’t regret buying it either.
6. LA Girl Pro Concealer
I was expecting this to provide higher coverage. It didn’t provide a low coverage, but perhaps I’d just over-hyped it in my head. In saying that, it is still a very good concealer and I would probably purchase it again. I do like the little brush applicator as it’s easier to apply precisely and you don’t waste half the product squeezing it out on your finger or losing it on a brush beforehand.
It’s also a very good colour. Often I find it difficult to get a pale enough concealer, and the colour range that LA Girl have in these concealers is impressive, particularly for the price. I would recommend this to a friend, especially if they were looking for a low-cost alternative to a higher end product, or if they had a very pale or very dark skin tone.
Overall, I’m ecstatic about the great products that I’ve ended up with here. I think I’ve found something of a Holy Grail mascara with the Jordana Best Lash Extreme mascara, and the Elf Studio Eyebrow Kit and High Definition Undereye Setting powder are also amazing finds. The best part about it is that they were all so well-priced!
Do you have any drugstore staples or favourites? What are they?