Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara-A Review!

Hello, Everyone!

If you’ve been reading my posts, you know that I’m a part of Influenster, and sometimes they send me products to try and review. I am NEVER paid for these reviews, though. I just get to try out new products and let you know my thoughts!

My most recent box contained a full size Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara to try out. I received this before it even hit shelves!

The full size is .32oz and retails for $26. If you haven’t heard about this mascara, it was inspired by Marc Jacob’s first beauty memory of his mother shaving fibers from a velvet ribbon to create her own faux lashes. That is lash dedication! The wand has a traditional, bristle brush that looks similar to the hourglass wand of the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara, but not quite as large. I actually prefer the brush in the Velvet Noir mascara.

Due to Hypothyroidism/Hashimoto’s Disease, my eyelashes have thinned over the last four years, so large mascara wands tend to deposit mascara onto my eyelids during application. I experience a negligent amount, sometimes, with this wand. Tip: if you ever get mascara anywhere besides your lashes, wait until it dries before trying to remove it. Once dried, it will come right off. trying to remove it while wet will just cause a mess!

There are some crazy statistics with this mascara, such as 1800% more volume in three strokes and 300% more volume in one stroke. I don’t know what kind of nifty gadget they have that calculates those claims, but I don’t have one. What I do have, is my experience with this mascara for the last 22 days.

My lashes are blonde, so I always need mascara if I want my lashes to be visible. It is one thing I CANNOT skip. Velvet Noir is supposed to have ¬†“super-concentrated black pigment” and the “Flash Volume Complex” that creates “instant, smudge-proof length and volume in three strokes or less”. I agree that this is a super black mascara, which I love. The darker the better. I have experienced no flaking or smudging with this mascara, but I have NOT used it on my lower lashes; I use a specific mascara there. I love the Too Faced mascara, but because it is such a dry formula, it flakes. The “three strokes or less” I also find accurate. 1=Good, 2=Better, and 3=Best, in my opinion. My preference in my lashes is the more dramatic, the better! I don’t mess with falsies, so I expect my mascara to really deliver a punch. The formula in the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir is more on the wet spectrum, but it doesn’t weigh my lashes down, or cause the curl to fall. I’ve used this mascara with and without primer, and I love it either way. I love this mascara so much, I used 100 points at Sephora to pick up a deluxe sample as a back up!

(My full size tube next to the deluxe sample from Sephora)

My final thoughts on this mascara are this: I adore it! The formula isn’t too wet or too dry, which makes it pretty much perfect. It holds my curl, gives amazing volume, and doesn’t flake or smudge. Mascara is one of the most fickle things to recommend to someone. What works for me may certainly not work for you! However, if you have the opportunity, I recommend trying it! As of right now, it is still available as a 100 point perk here. This is my absolute current favorite mascara, and I fully intend on finishing this tube and diving into my small one! I wanted to include it in my December Favorites post, but I didn’t receive it until 12/22/2015, so I didn’t think it was fair. I bet it shows up in my January Favorites, though! ūüėČ

This was my favorite Influenster box, and I couldn’t wait to share how much I love this mascara!

Have you tried the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir? Will you give it a shot? Let me know what you think!

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*The above mentioned product was sent to me complimentary by Influenster, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Was it Worth the Purchase?

Hello, Everyone!

Sorry that I’ve been MIA; I had surgery to remove my gallbladder last Friday and I’ve been in recovery. Aka laying flat on my back because everything else hurts like the dickens.

Anyways, on to why you’re actually here! Recently, I posted my Sephora VIB sale haul, and today I want to share if the things I purchased were worth it. I’ve had a chance to use almost everything, so I wanted to weigh in. My purchase looked like this:

 I am just giving my opinion on the items I purchased, not the free samples that I received. The first thing is the Dior Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Awakening Blush in Petal (it only comes in one shade).

This looks very bright in the pan, which might cause my fellow pale skinned beauties to panic. Don’t panic! The “science” behind this product is to help recreate a natural flush on your cheeks based on your body’s chemistry. Yes, it’s one of those products. Dior suggests you swipe once into the pan for natural color, and twice for more intense color. I swipe twice because, as a pale girl, I look kind of dead without some color in my face. On my dry skin, this does last the entire work day for me, which from the time I put it on to the time I get home, is about 12 hours. Was it worth the purchase? I’m happy I got it on sale, and even though I do like it, I wouldn’t have purchased it at full price.

¬†Next would be the Kaplan MD Perfect Pout Lip Mask + Lip Balm Duo. I haven’t used it enough, exclusively, to be able to confirm all of it’s claims, but I do like the tingling mask and I really like the lip balm. It has an SPF of 20 (a must for me), and it on the thicker side so it stays on pretty well. I’m still on the fence on whether or not it was worth it.

¬†Then, there is the L’Occitane Cleansing And Softening Shower Oil With Almond Oil¬†and the¬†Soap & Glory Hand Food (no longer available on¬†the¬†Sephora¬†website). I have actually finished the Cleansing Oil, and will not repurchase. I know¬†many people rave about it, and I didn’t think it was bad, I just don’t think it’s worth the money. I was a nice oil, and smelled pleasant, but just didn’t leave me feeling clean enough. It was nice for a bath or shaving, though. As for the Hand Food, I actually ordered another one to have for when this one runs out. It absorbs quickly, smells nice, and actually leaves my hands moisturized.

¬†The one thing from this haul that I have NOT tried, is the Estee Lauder Little Black Primer. I’m still making my way through my Lanc√īme Cils Booster XL and using the Dior Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum¬†that was my 100 point perk this order (which is friggin amazing).

¬†The one thing was that a fail for me in this purchase, was the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer High Volume Lip Plumper¬†in Sheer Pink. I don’t have thin lips, but wouldn’t mind if they looked a little fuller, so I thought this would be a good product to try. I actually returned this product. It made my lips glossy (duh, it’s a gloss), which helps with the appearance of fullness, and it did help to plump up any lines in my lips. However, any good lip balm can do that for me. I want more for my money. The biggest turn off for me, was this caused my lips to peel and flake. Yeah, not a good look. The day I returned it to Sephora, I got a sample of the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask to repair the damage since nothing¬†I owned was getting rid of the peeling.

 

(Top picture is my lips without any product; bottom picture is ten minutes after applying the Dior Maximizer)

¬†¬†The last three items in my purchase were the Tony Moly Bbo Bbo Lip Balm in Blueberry, Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Cr√®me in Georgie Girl, and the Beauty Blender Pro. I do like the Tony Moly lip balm; it’s very moisturizing and has a nice scent. I would repurchase this one. The Marc Jacobs lipstick in Georgie Girl might be the prettiest pink lipstick that I own. And that says a lot about this lipstick. The color is beautiful, the formula is creamy and long-lasting, and it has a yummy smell. Plus the packaging is adorable, with its magnetic closure. The only bad thing I could say about this would be that I love it so much, I want more colors! I already had the Original Beauty Blender, and when it came time to replace it, I decided to go with the Pro since it was black and might not look as dingy when dirty. I already knew I loved the BB, so this was worth the purchase since it’s a repurchase. The Pro doesn’t seem as “pointy” as the original one though. It still works just fine, but I do prefer the finer tip on the original.

(Marc Jacobs Georgie Girl)

(Photo credit Sephora.com)

¬†¬†One more item! I almost forgot the Shiseido Facial Cotton! These are extremely soft and don’t leave bits of cotton on my eyes when I’m removing my eye makeup like my Kroger cotton rounds do. It’s nice not having to pick tiny fibers out of my eyes! I can use one sheet to remove eye makeup from both eyes, as opposed to two or three cotton rounds. I do think these are worth the purchase! However, I have heard of a dupe found on Amazon (cotton cloud?) that I’m interested in comparing.

¬†That’s it! I think. I plan on doing another of these posts regarding my other hauls as well, so let me know what you think! Thanks for visiting, and please subscribe!

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*All items were purchased by me and all opinions are my own

Hello, Everyone!

Sorry that I’ve been MIA; I had surgery to remove my gallbladder last Friday and I’ve been in recovery. Aka laying flat on my back because everything else hurts like the dickens.