It’s officially summer as of today, and I say officially because where I live it’s been summer for weeks already… not that I’m complaining, I’m one of those strange creatures that are pretty much unaffected by deadly heat, in fact, I feel like starting a million things and projects… however, finishing what I start is another story. Anyway, on to the reviews!
Diadermine eye makeup remover
This is the makeup remover I typically have in my bathroom cabinet, and it’s been that way for centuries, mainly because I’ve nabbed it more than once in a 2-for-the-price-of-1 set (it usually costs about 2 or 3€ IIRC, and it’s easy to find it at a discount), and it lasts a long time even with frequent use.
As for the brand itself, even though it was originally French-born, it currently belongs to German manufacturers Schwarzkopf & Henkel; so, made in the EU, and as such subject to its’ safety and (non) animal testing regulations.
This product is labeled as “hypoallergenic”, “ophtalmologically tested” and “suitable for contact lens wearers”; I wear contacts daily and this product does work perfectly fine for me, but then I don’t have any sensitivities or allergy issues, and I think that labeling a product as “hypoallergenic” doesn’t really mean much, since each skin’s different and can react to a variety of things.
In any case, I like the Diadermine eye makeup remover because it does everything I ask of it without giving me any cause for complaint: it removes whatever trace is left from creams, powders, and city air filth left after double cleansing at the end of the day, without leaving a sticky film on skin, drying my skin in colder weather, or stinging/irritating my eyes.
However, as a stand-alone makeup remover, not as a complementary step after a proper cleansing, I can only see it working for someone who uses little or no products at all, not for inveterate eye makeup wearers like me: it is quite, quite weak, and not very effective at removing liner and/or mascara, at least not without a lot of rubbing, which increases the risk of irritation.
My rating: 4 points. It’s useful and it’s nice to use, though not the most terribly exciting addition to a beauty routine.
Prestige Cosmetics Total Intensity Eyeliner
I spoke about these liners at length in a previous post, and there isn’t really much to add to that (aside from the swatches shown below); I’m as hooked on this product as when I began using them, despite a couple of defects that have been bothering me with more continued use.
One of these is that the nib is SO soft and creamy, it wears down in no time: two applications and the pencil needs sharpening… and that is precisely the main weakness in this product for me: this resin pencil is just a pain to sharpen – you need to be very careful not to break off the nib, and it really can’t be shaved to a sharp point, because the mine will break off.
I’ve always preferred regular liner pencils over twist-up ones, but now I understand those users who favor the latter over pencil liners that need to be sharpened; definitely do not recommend if you’re #TeamTwistUp, this one is just going to bring you frustration.
Even with this, I love this product so much, because it’s such a pleasure to apply and to wear, and the colors are so pretty, pigmented, and durable, I picked up two new ones to wear in summer, this time in navy blue and turquoise.
LWL-04 “fierce blue” is a deep, satiny dark blue that is just perfect for anyone who finds true black just too harsh on their features; that’s not so for me, in my case I chose this as an alternative to my usual black liner, and I find it looks lovely with my brown eyes.
LWL-10 “lively turquoise” on the other hand, is just that, a pretty turquoise with a satin finish; I couldn’t resist, even though it’s not something I’d wear it on its own, because I normally prefer darker colors to emphasize the lash line, but I love in combination with another color; I even feel a bit like Liz Taylor’s Cleopatra with a dash of this turquoise (ah, summer dreams… 😛 )
My rating: I thought about taking off a half-point or so, given the issues mentioned… but the thing is, this is still one of my favorite, most frequently used and enjoyed products in my stash… so I’m going to leave the same 5 points I gave it last time.
1 point: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me, or even paid me to wear it.
2 points: I didn’t finish the container and it’s very unlikely I’d buy this again. It might work for you, but it does nothing for me.
3 points: Meh. I’ll use up my jar/tube, but I don’t think I’d buy again. It might work for you, but it doesn’t do much for me.
4 points: I like it. It’s nice and does its job. I might buy this again, if I find nothing I like better.
5 points: I love it! It does its job very well, I find it a pleasure to use, and it’s earned its place in my beauty routine.
A touch of excess…
If you forgive the digression, this blue-themed post reminded me of one of my favorite looks EVAR, which I just have to share…
The off-the-shoulder cape/train! The legs! The strappy sandals! The turban, the makeup, the royal blue velvet… there is nothing, nothing in this look that I don’t like. I’ve been fascinated with this ultra-glam, decadent look of the Lady since I saw it years ago… I adore the “all right, Mr. De Mille, I’m ready for my closeup” thing she has going on here.
This, by the way, is the aesthetic opposite of me lately, as my earnest attempts to look and feel amazing run into the reality of long, hot days… I try to get my hair in a cute messy bun, and invariably end up looking like a messy, crazy, hairy bat out of hell… I’m just thirsty for some glamour.
And, being that today’s the official start of summer, and World Music Day too…