31 January 2017

Review: Too Faced Born This Way Concealer & Better Than Sex Mascara

Hey Everyone!
Last week I took two days holiday from work, mainly because I was feeling a little stressed and just needed to take some me time. My iPhone 7 decided to just stop working (*sob*!) and currently I’m still waiting for Apple to contact me telling me it’s fixed. On Thursday I decided to pop into my local Apple store in Birmingham and whilst I was there I did partake in a bit of shopping. You will be glad to know Selfridges in Birmingham now stock Too Faced cosmetics and I was super happy when I saw all the pretty packaging popping out at me in the beauty department.



So I am a little late to the party here, but Too Faced Born This Way Concealer was released I believe around Autumn 2016 and it claims to diminish the appearance of dark circles, hide your imperfections, along with creating a blur on any pesky lines, creating the illusion of being “Born This Way”.The packaging is fairly simple with a black lid and clear packaging which is fine because the product speaks for itself.  
Benefits:
  •     Creamy and easily blendable on the skin
  •     Doesn’t crease on the under-eye area
  •     Can be applied underneath or over foundation – both work just as easily
  •     Contains Alpine Rose to boost radiance and brighten the skin
  •     Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid for a smoother skin texture
  •     Infused with Coconut Water to replenish the under-eye moisture levels

Comparable to:

In my opinion this is similar in coverage to Nars Creamy Concealer, which is my ultimate favourite concealer. I do feel the Too Faced concealer is far more comfortable to wear on my skin and doesn’t look creased or dry after a full day wear, which the Nars concealer sometimes has the tendency to do. The Born This Way concealer contains 7ml of product for £20 whereas Nars Creamy Concealer is £22.50 for 6ml so you are getting an entire 1ml more for less.




Generally I have very dry skin and so I find it quite a mission to find a heavy duty concealer that won’t dry out my skin but will provide me with the coverage I need, particularly under my eyes. When I looked at the ingredients packed into this concealer, I thought it could be a good match for my dry skin type. I have to say it wears well all day, I apply it in the morning and by around 5pm it is still in place and not cracked or creased.
I apply this after I have applied my foundation, in a triangle shape under both eyes with any access used for the redness at the sides of my nose. I only have to dip the applicator in twice, one swipe for each under-eye area. You will need to set this with some form of setting powder as it is hydrating and can appear quite wet looking on the skin. To set, I used Kat Von D Lock It Translucent Powder.

Guys… it’s possible I may have found my new favourite concealer! I must add that this concealer, like all Too Faced products is cruelty free.

When it comes to mascara, I have lashes that are fairly straight and not particularly thick. At weekends I like to wear falsies but during the week I give them a rest and like a mascara that lengthens, thickens and holds a curl! Even though I'm not overly keen on the name, this mascara ticks every box. The packaging is actually fairly luxe, in a metallic pink tube, and the lid feels far more weighty than most mascara lids which creates a more stable hold I feel when applying mascara. 

Benefits:
  • Acacia Senegal Tree Extract which nourishes and locks in that curl 
  • Unique Peptides which provide the deepest black shade possible 
  • Contains film-forming polymer making it smudge proof and meaning it holds all day 
  • Vegan Friendly and Cruelty Free 

Comparable To:

I would liken this mascara to Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Mascara as it lengthens, thickens and creates volume. Too Faced Better Than Sex comes in at£19 and the Charlotte Tilbury mascara is £22, although both mascaras are actually great. This mascara always seems to be a firm favourite with YouTube beauty gurus and I can completely see why. I believe the hype! 


This mascara held up all day long and had no sign of fallout even though I applied it around 7am and took it off at around 7pm! After two coats I felt good to go and the hourglass shape of the wand means it clung to each lash, short and long. I think that this mascara is rather wet and could have the tendency of clumping, although most mascaras are very wet when they are new. When removing I used Clinique cleansing balm and found it removed extremely well and didn't seem to make as much mess as my usual mascara. 

I feel happy not wearing falsies when I have applied this mascara and think I may invest in the waterproof version ready for summer. 

Talk to you soon guys! 

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