Happy Wednesday everyone!! This weekend I had the pleasure of going to NYC with a dear dear dear friend of mine and after spending the day walking around some beautiful inspiring pieces of art, creating art of our own, being in that beautiful city we both call home, eating delicious food, having coffee and tea, walking around Bryant Park shops and finally feeling more hopeful and inspired we stopped into Duane Reade…
Now I was super excited she wanted to go to Duane Reade specifically because I know they sell Soap & Glory beauty products not just skin care… Needless to say I had an entirely different idea of what this post would be.
I was so super surprised to see that they sell The Balm Cosmetics… Which is a brand EVERYONE talks about but I have never been able to get my hands on it!! Well, today that is all different. And I have to say I am in love with everything I purchased.
Let’s start from left to right, quick disclaimer they were more expensive than I expected. Everything was under $20 but under $20 by like 2 or three dollars… But so far I am overall extremely pleased and impressed with how well these products last during the day.
This is their “The Schwing” eyeliner. It is super black, super fine and lasts all day. It did not budge on me at all and didn’t end up under my eye either. The brush is felt tip so it is super easy to apply and get a really precise line with! I’m super happy with it, and it reminds me of a cheaper version of the 24Hr Liner from Elizabeth Arden (which I also love but it’s pricey). Side note, I wish I did not have hands that constantly shake… My swatches always look so bad! Haha! Sorry for the crap eyeliner swatch!
Next up their “What’s Your Type Black Mascara” which could also be called “Tall Dark and Handsome” their packaging wasn’t super clear… But regardless it’s a plastic wand and doesn’t specifically say that it’s volumizing, and I wouldn’t say it’s the best volumizing mascara I have ever used but it’s actually not bad! It does get a bit clumpy, but I am a fan of that, it does a nice job at lengthening as well! I really am enjoying using this!! It doesn’t smudge or flake and holds a curl pretty okay considering none of their mascaras are waterproof (and we all know I love me some waterproof mascara). And my word does it come off at the end of the day like a dream!! I’m always jealous of people with gorgeous lashes that are regular formulas and how easy they have it when they take their makeup off at the end of the day haha!
And finally it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t pick up a lip product. Especially from a brand that gets so highly rated on their liquid lipsticks!! This is their “Meet Matt(e) Hughes” Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade “Committed” which is their only nude shade. It’s a little more pink than I would like, but it’s super comfortable to wear, lasts really really well on the lips and smells to me, like Thin Mints the Girl Scout Cookie. So all in all, super pleased with this!
And that’s that! As usual spent more than I intended but I got distracted like always and now have new makeup to play with!
Until next time,