HOT OR NOT : TONY MOLY HAUL

I’m sorry if I’ve really been piling on the beauty posts but I haven’t had the time to properly sit at a restaurant while I sort out the anxiety levels my final papers are giving me. Regardless of being swamped by textbooks and revision notes, I’m really keen on giving you my thoughts on some of the products I got when I visited the Tony Moly grand opening a couple of weeks ago. If you haven’t seen that post, click here!

WHAT I DIDN’T TRY 

I didn’t get a lot of things, only a few make-up items and loads of sheet masks. I’ve only used one of the few sheet masks I got and I feel like sheet masks are just sheet masks, I don’t usually notice anything magical about them but they’re a good way to relax and have a mini spa session! I didn’t try any of the Goat’s Milk skincare range because all of them had fragrance in it and I don’t want to freak my skin out with any funky ingredients so I gave them away. I haven’t tried the Egg Nose Pack, which is essentially a nose strip to clear your pores.

WHAT I TRIED

EYETONE MATTE SINGLE EYESHADOWS

What I did try first were the single eyeshadows that I got. These are the Eyetone Matte collection, I got a few neutral shades just because I think I would get some use of them more than if I got any funky shades. They have a Glitter collection but they seemed a bit chalky when I swatched them in the store so I gave them a pass.

From left to right, I have M08, M07, M06 and M11. I thought M08 was a black shadow but now that I’m seeing it in front of me, it’s actually a dark dark brown. M11 seems like a light mauve pink but it’s actually pretty Barbie looking. M06 looks like that perfect warm beige transition shade but it’s more cool toned and peachy on the skin.

I used these shadows when I had that faculty dinner I blogged about a couple of weekends ago. When I got home from the grand opening, I quickly swatched these colors on my arm and they seemed poorly pigmented but when I used them on my eyes with a brush, they’re really not that bad! They are super soft and buttery so you can imagine how easy to blend these shadows are. I used M06 as a transition shade, M07 & M11 in the crease and M08 in the outer corners to smoke things out. I have to say, I’m not too impressed with these shadows just because they look different on the skin than they do in the pan. My least favourite shade is M11. When I saw M11, I thought it was gonna look really strong and pretty in the crease to give it that pinkish halo look but it was really more Barbie pink than I thought so I eventually opted for my MAC Sea Me Hear Me blush.

Also, may I point out that the packaging is horrible. It’s cute and has a really nice aesthetic but I cannot imagine travelling with these. They don’t have magnets or clasps to them, totally unsecure. I’ve travelled with a Runway shadow before which has a clasp and it broke and went everywhere in my make-up bag so I can imagine the same would happen with these, considering that they’re buttery and soft.

Does this get the job done? Yes. Would I buy it again? No.

PRO CURLING MASCARA

Another make-up item that I tried is this mascara. I picked up this mascara on a whim, I needed to get one more thing and I thought, meh why not just get this one. I didn’t expect much from it but I ended up really liking it and I’ve been wearing it every day, which is pretty bizarre, knowing that I never wear eye make-up on a daily basis. This mascara curls my lashes so well. I can’t say if it lengthens much because I already have long lashes. You can really layer this on and it wouldn’t look clumpy at all. I do go in with a lash brush after using it just to be safe (I hate spider lashes). It doesn’t hold onto your lashes for long so if you’re looking for mascara that would really hold your lashes for the entire day, this is not the one. I carry an eyelash curler with me when I think I’ll be out all day or if I don’t have an eyelash curler, I push my lashes upwards with my finger.

Another drawback is that this mascara isn’t waterproof. So, if you have oily eyelids or you’re sweating in the gym and running in the rain, stay far far away from this product. I do like the fact that it isn’t waterproof though. This makes it easy to remove during the day, when I’m about to do my prayers and during the night when I’m too tired to bother about skincare. AND I can save on make-up remover!

Does this get the job done? Yes. Would I buy it again? Yes.

EGG PORE BLACKHEAD STEAM BALM 

I got this without knowing what it would do, how it would work and what people think about it. Before I used this, I did go on Youtube to find a tutorial and a review and let’s just say, the reviews weren’t too nice. So, I went in with really low expectations.

What this product promises to do is to remove any blackheads and impurities that you have in your skin. What you need to do is take the product and rub it onto your problematic area for 2-5 minutes. I went for a full five and I don’t have much thoughts on it. The texture of this very gel-like, similar to a fresh egg white. It has tiny little particles which is supposed to help scrub your blackheads out of your skin. When you scrub it into your skin, it foams up and turns into a very smooth foam, like an aftershave foam or something. When I washed it off with water, I didn’t see much of a difference. I did hear someone say she saw results after a month of using this but I don’t think I would care to wait that long. The results aren’t as satisfying as a normal pore strip so don’t expect it.

Does this get the job done? Not really. Would I buy it again? No.

Talk again soon,
Hani Lutfi

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