Too Cool for School Glam Rock Double Proof Brow in Ash Brown (02) via Tester Korea

Too Cool for School — Glam Rock Double Proof Brow in Ash Brown (02) Review

Apologies for the delay in reviewing the final Korean beauty product sent to me by one of my favorite Korean beauty online shops, Tester Korea: winter’s coming and the kids and I all got hit with a middlingly-bad bug, causing runny noses and phlegm-y throats. Ugh! We’re finally on the mend, now, and I’m personally thrilled because it means I can smell my perfume again!

So… I have reviewed my experience with Tester Korea in the past; they have a different selection of brands from a few others that I use, and their prices are very competitive. My favorite thing about them is you can request brands and products and they’ll try to get them in stock!

Today’s review is for Too Cool for School Glam Rock Double Proof Brow in Ash Brown (02).

My eyebrows are black, but also on the sparse side. To be quite honest, I tend to sort of leave them be; I’m not really keen on the very “done” brows that are in style these days, and kind of prefer the more natural look. This may mostly be due to my own laziness, though. Hehehe.

Only on occasion do I bother with filling them in with some grey brow powder… When I first started dating my now-husband in college—over twenty years ago, eep!—I literally never did anything with my brows. I mean, I wouldn’t even get strays, since I guess I kept pulling them out during high school, and eventually they never grew back. Anyway, he actually thought I plucked my eyebrows to within an inch of their lives, Marlene Dietrich-style (or did those stars actually pluck all the hairs and redraw the entire brow?). Nope! I just have pathetically sparse brows!

Marlene Dietrich
Well, my eyebrows aren’t that thin.
(I wonder what nail polish Marlene is wearing.)

These days, I normally use Clinique Brow Shaper in Charcoaled. I have usually found that if I use any kind of brown, it usually has too much red in it and ends up looking very odd against my skintone.

I was a little bit leery looking at the Too Cool for School’s Ash Brown shade, but eventually I figured that all those Korean ladies can’t be wrong! Luckily, I chose well and the Ash Brown works really nicely for my coloring, despite looking a bit too brown in the tube.

Too Cool for School Glam Rock Double Proof Brow in Ash Brown (02)

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fivezero's Topbox, October 2017

Topbox — October 2017

Canadian subscription box Topbox (referral link) is one of those things that’s so cheap that it can be hard for me to justify dropping it…but I think I’m close to being done with them, again. Each month, I am pretty underwhelmed, and I think I’d be better off just buying one or two nail polishes each month with the CA$13.56 it costs me, after tax. At least I know I’d be happy with what I got.

I mean, after last month’s 2 mL Michael Kors fragrance vial and this month’s miniscule BeneFit sample, I think they’re no longer living up to the “4 deluxe samples” promise.

Oh, and this month, I also got the option to pony up $10 for a Beauty Surprise, so I did it. ‘Cause I’m a glutton for punishment.

I’m going to give them one more month—hey, maybe I’ll actually see a Privé box I’d rather have, for once. If it’s a bust, Topbox are out for the second time.

All prices are in CA$ unless otherwise noted.

What I Got as a $10 Beauty Surprise

  • Doucce Freematic Eye Shadow Quad in Autumn Leaves (7)

Beauty Surprise Cost = CA$10 + $1.13 tax, free shipping

Item Value = US$35

What I Received in my Topbox

  • BeneFit Foolproof Brow Powder in Deep 05 (0.01 g) [CA$32 for 2 g, value: CA$0.16]
  • The Body Shop 100% Vegetarian Expert Face Masks (Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask & Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask) (2 × 5 mL) [CA$28 for 75 mL, value: CA$3.73]
  • Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender in Clear (1.2 oz) [CA$24.99 for 3.4 oz, value: CA$8.82]
  • Skin & Co Roma Truffle Therapy Essential Face Toner (30 mL) [US$27 for 200 mL, value: US$4.05]
  • Wella EIMI Perfect Me (6 mL) (freebie) [CA$19.66 for 100 mL, value: CA$1.18]

Box Cost = CA$12 + 1.56 tax, free shipping

Total Item Value = CA$0.16 + CA$3.73 + CA$8.82 + US$4.05 + CA$1.18 ≈ CA$18.95

Ahahahahahahahahahaha!

Zoolander 2, lame, Owen Wilson

The box also came with a couple of coupons. One is for 20% off the masks from The Body Shop. I think it’s a coupon. There’s no barcode or anything, just says I can “Enjoy 20% off” if I bring it in-store. Super. The second came with the Wella freebie, and gives 50% off any Wella EIMI styling product at Chatters.ca (the online code is EIMI50), and it’s valid through the end of this year.

Soooo, ignoring the fact that I have a “deluxe sample” in my box worth 16 Canadian cents—we don’t even use pennies here anymore!!!—the bulk of my box’s value lies in the Redken dry shampoo. Also, I have no full-sized items this month; all are samples.

Detailed pics follow:

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New Release: Illamasqua — Metamorph (Spring 2016)

Collection: Illamasqua 2016 Spring, Metamorph

Illamasqua‘s Spring 2016 collection is Metamorph:

Celebrating the evolution of nature and its systematic, seasonal rejuvenation, METAMORPH accentuates hyper-real skin and feral brows, embracing beauty in its most natural form.

Showcasing our finest pigments and textures, this collection unites colour and technology, providing innovative, hybrid formulas within everyday make-up essentials.

The collection includes two shades of a new nail color called Nail Veil, a “fast-drying, oxygen and water permeable translucent gloss finish varnish”. (This seems like another product catering to Muslims who want water permeable nail polish, like Inglot’s O2M Breathable Nail Enamel.)

Illamasqua Metamorph collection Spring 2016 products

The shades are a pale peach, Bamboo, and a pale pink, Breathe.

Illamasqua Nail Veil retails for £14.50.

The rest of the collection includes a Vital Palette (4 nude matte powder eyeshadows), Beyond Powders (which launch on April 21 and look similar to Hourglass Ambient Powders), Brow Build, and Masquara Gain. Happy shopping!

Topbox July 2015

Topbox (Canada) — July 2015

My second Topbox arrived yesterday, and I had high hopes because I’ve recently cancelled my Ipsy subscription, and I don’t want to be left with no subscription boxes at all, haha!

Luckily, it turned out to be a pretty decent box, and leaves me looking forward to future boxes. One great thing about the Canada-based Topbox is that it only costs CA$12, so after Ontario tax, it comes to CA$13.56. Since the Canadian dollar has been falling against the US dollar, Ipsy and Birchbox now cost now costs Canadians over CA$19! [2015-08-05: I was corrected by Natalie in the comments! Birchbox Canada charges in CAD, not USD, so it ends up costing CAD$14.95 per month. Thank you so much, Natalie!] Granted, you get 4 deluxe samples with Topbox instead of 5 with Birchbox and Ipsy.

What I Received

  • BareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara (1.5 mL sample) [MSRP CA$23 for 10 mL]
  • Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 (three 10 mL sample tubes in 3 shades) [MSRP CA$23.99 for 50 mL]
  • OFRA Universal Eyebrow Pencil (1.13 g, full-sized) [MSRP US$13 for 1.13 g]
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat (14 mL, full-sized) [MSRP CA$9.95]
  • Topbox patterned cylindrical cardboard container
  • Missha coupon for a GWP if I spend $14.99 on Missha at Topbox.ca

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Ipsy Glam Bag "Swim Into Beauty" June 2015

Ipsy — June 2015 Glam Bag “Swim Into Beauty”

My Ipsy (referral link) Glam Bag arrived yesterday, and I’m reasonably pleased with it this month! It took a few moments of considering all of the items (let’s be honest, I’m disappointed whenever there’s no nail polish or lipstick in there!), but I think I will be happy to use every product I got this month!

The item I least like is actually the bag, which is a rarity! This month’s cosmetic bag is made out of a cheap sort of foam-fabric that looks like it will pick up dust and snags really easily.

What I Received

  • IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil in Universal Taupe
  • J. Cat Beauty Liptitude Hydrating Lip Stain in Hikilicious (LLS117)
  • Lavanila The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (mini)
  • trèStiQue Mini Shadow Crayon in Kona Coffee
  • Ipsy makeup bag

Here are some photos and swatches:
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Didn’t fool anyone, I’m sure, but NYX’s April Fool’s joke is awesome

NYX’s YouTube video for their newest product, Unibrow.

LMAO! 🙂 Happy April Fool’s Day, all!

[Edit: Um, I didn’t expect to get so many hits on this page! Here’s the direct link to NYX’s product page for this item (get a load of the shade names, and the price) and I added a screenshot to the bottom of this post, for posterity. –fz @ 11:12pm EST]

NYX's Unibrow April Fool's Day 2015
Photo: nyxcosmetics.com

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