NYX products

When I heard that the Micro Brow Pencil could possibly be a dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, I just had to try it out!  The Brow Wiz has been our ride or die brow pencil (read Susan’s review here) for many years. But is it possible another pencil can compare at half the price? Check out what we think!

Price: $10.00

Size: 0.003 oz

Claims: “Build full beautiful brows with our ultra-thin Micro Brow Pencil. So precise it coats even the finest hairs with color for a natural-looking finish.”

Shades available: 8 colors (Taupe, Blonde, Auburn, Chocolate, Soft Brown, Chocolate, Ash Brown, Brunette, Expresso, and Black)

Where to purchase: Ulta, or the NYX website

NYX Brow Pencil Swatches

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Every so often I come across a product that makes me question how I ever did my makeup without it. These products are so amazing that I can’t ever imagine using anything else  because they do their job so well. Cue Brow Wiz by Anastasia Beverly Hills. What did I even use to fill in my brows before Brow Wiz?? I have no idea and there’s no way I’m going back!

Price: $21.00

Size: 0.003 oz

Claims: “This ultra-slim mechanical pencil flawlessly outlines brows and fills in sparse or over-tweezed areas. Neither too soft nor too firm, the retractable tip glides effortlessly to mimic natural hair and create the illusion of texture.”

Shades available: 9 colors (Taupe, Caramel, Auburn, Medium Brown, Soft Brown, Chocolate, Dark Brown, Ebony, Granite) – see below to find your shade!

Made without: parabens, sulfates, phthalates

Where to purchase: Sephora, Ulta, or the ABH website

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Last month Too Faced came out with a waterproof version of their wildly popular Better Than Sex mascara. The original version was a fan favorite but the formula just did not work with our eyelashes. Being Asian-American women, we struggle with most mascaras because we have such straight and sparse lashes. Waterproof formulas tend to last longer and hold a curl better than their non-waterproof counterparts, so we thought the Better Than Sex Waterproof would work best for us. Therefore, we both picked it up at the recent VIB sale and couldn’t wait to to test it out!

Price: $23

Size: 0.27 oz

Claims: “Now in a waterproof formula, Better Than Sex Waterproof mascara has a collagen-fueled formula with added high-performance and water-resistant polymers for waterproof, sweat-proof, play-proof wear. The hourglass-shaped brush was designed with extra stiff bristles to maximize the performance of this carbon black, collagen-fueled formula. One coat and lashes are full and defined. Two coats and lashes are even more luscious, curled, and dramatic. Three coats and you’ve achieved your most intense, voluminous, waterproof lashes possible.”

Made without: parabens, sulfates, phthalates

Where to purchase: Sephora, Ulta, or the Too Faced website

Read our thoughts below!

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FullSizeRender-1 (1)Was there ever a time without contouring and highlighting? How did we ever do our makeup without sculpting and enhancing the depths and surfaces of our faces?! When we think of contouring, Anastasia Beverly Hills immediately comes to mind. She came out with the cream contour kit in 2015 and we’ve been obsessed ever since!

(Our ABH Powder Contour Kit review here)

Price: $40

Size: 6 shades x 0.16 oz of each


Each cream shade is removable, but refills are not available for individual purchase (yet, we hope!)

Shades available:

Michelle tried the kit in medium to tan. It included the shades:
Cream, Banana, Warm Coral, Cinnamon, Chocolate, and Ash Brown

Susan tried the kit in light to medium. It included the shades:
Fair, Neutral, Banana, Java, Light Sculpt, and Havana

It is also available in Fair and Deep.

Made without: parabens, sulfates, phthalates

Where to purchase: Sephora, Ulta, Macys, or the Anastasia Beverly Hills website.

Find out more below!

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Picture this: two women with full workloads meeting on an early Sunday afternoon to blow off a little steam by enjoying brunch with a mimosa or two. Well, that’s exactly what Susan and I didn’t do this day. Instead, we decided to attend a beauty class offered by Sephora’s team of professionals to bring you all more information about contouring and highlighting techniques.

Contouring and highlighting are makeup techniques used to enhance face shapes, bone structures, and other features. These techniques create subtle illusions to bring forward your best features while hiding and tweaking the ones you want to cover up. It’s basically makeup plastic surgery.

This was our first Sephora Beauty Class so we were unsure of what to expect, but were pleasantly surprised!

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