4.20.2011

Definitely/Not Worth the Hype.


Unlike my original Not Worth the Hype post, this one will end with a few products that are worth the hype :) Don't forget, these are only my opinions based on my personal preferences and experiences with these products - it does not necessarily mean other people won't like them either.


First up is MAC Well Dressed blush. My issues with Well Dressed are that it just doesn't show up very well on me unless I really layer it. I'm sorry, but I just don't understand it. At first, I thought it was because I was too tan, but lately I been hovering around NC23-ish (not dark at all), and I still have issues with this blush showing up on my skin. In addition, I feel like once I've layered it on, the color doesn't show up on my cheeks as the same pretty, bubblegum pink it appears to be in the pan.

EOS lip balms are easily one of the most overrated lip balms ever, in my opinion. The scent I have is Summerfruit, by the way. It smells nice but it's not very moisturizing at all. The actual balm is very solid so it only applies a very thin coat to your lips with each application, and I think that's part of the reason why it wears off so quickly too. The one good thing about this product is that it makes a nice base under lipstick because it's not thick or slippery.

The last of my 'not worth the hype' products is something that only kind of deserves to be there. L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara is actually quite good, but I have a few issues with it. Firstly, I sometimes get flaking immediately after application. I'll see a tiny black dot under my eye, for example, and when I go to brush it away, it smears all over my face and I realize it was a tiny glob of wet mascara. The wand is also hit or miss. Sometimes it's fantastic and other times, it pulls out of the tube as a clumpy mess. Lastly, this mascara smudges on me, which might as well be the kiss of death for me when it comes to mascara.

Now on to the good stuff!

Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner (mine is in the shade True Black) is fantastic! It's sooo smooth and easy to apply, not too dry and not too wet, and once it's on, it lasts all day with smudging, fading, or flaking. Another great thing about this liner is that the lid screws on tightly and securely so apparently, the liner doesn't dry out before it gets used up (unlike MAC Fluidline)! 

I feel like most people either love the Urban Decay Primer Potion or they love the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I've never tried TFSI but the reason why is simple: UDPP leaves nothing to be desired for me! It does everything it claims to do and it's everything I need my eye primer to do. It provides the perfect base for eyeshadow, allows for maximum vibrancy of eyeshadow shades, and prevents creasing and fading (even on my oily lids). Others have complained that shadows are more difficult to blend over UDPP, but I haven't really had any issues with that at all.

Need I really say more about Dior Amber Diamond? I feel like any time someone asked me which makeup product I couldn't live without, what my favorite makeup product at the moment was, or what the best highlighter was, I answered with 'Amber Diamond'. Yes, it's expensive but is it worth it? In my opinion, yes. I've been using my MAC 188 to apply it in a sideways-V shape to the tops of my cheekbones and brow bone, and I'm always amazed at how gorgeous it looks. It has the perfect balance of subtlety and drama, making for an unrivalled highlight powder.

Lastly is the Urban Decay Naked Palette. The infamous Naked Palette. I know a lot of people are over this palette now, while others thought it was overrated from the beginning. For me, I definitely think it's worth the hype. Each individual eyeshadow shade is pigmented and beautiful (although there are 2 or 3 with some glittery fallout), but the reason I think this is such a stand-out product is that this one palette contains the most fantastic combination of eyeshadow shades I've ever seen. Not only are there lid, crease, outer-v, and highlight shades, but there are at least a couple choices for each. There are so many different ways to wear this palette - it's ridiculous.

Have you tried any of these products? If so, do you agree or disagree? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

56 comments:

  1. I'm with you on MAC Well Dressed - I'm paler than pale and it barely shows up on me. However I've really grown to love my EOS lipbalms after being initially underwhelmed and hated Voluminous when I first got it but now the formula's dried out a bit it's miles better!
    Great post my dear x

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  2. Great post I agree with the Naked Pallete, I love it too :-) x

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  3. I'm with you about MAC Well Dressed. I'm NW15 and I have to work at it to show up as well. Smashbox makes a way better light pink called Flush I think-WAY better.

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  4. I used to use well dressed as a highlight actually, but the colour looked gross on me:P I heard the voluminous mascara is a good dupe for YSL faux cils, and since it is my favourite i wanted to try it! I need amber diamonds already!

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  5. I got a Benefit eyeshadow primer. I really like it, it's a little bit creamy though.

    I'd love to try Urban Decay's one as I've heard a lot about it, but Urban Decay isn't available here. So disappointing!

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  6. Yay I love the hype posts :) I'm sad to see my favorite EOS lipbalm here, what did it ever do to you Tiffany?? lol I love it because it's paraben free and I find it to be moisturizing on my lips. I do agree that it makes a great base under matte lipsticks :) Ohhh Amber Diamond made the list! I swear just seeing this beauty makes my day! I also love UDPP, can never live without it!

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  7. Still haven't gotten a hold of the Naked Palette - boo. Don't have any of these products but I'll keep it in mind when I shop :) Great post!

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  8. Totally with you on the Dior Amber Diamond and the Naked Palette - LOVE <3

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  9. I definitely agree with you on the EOS Lipbalms, I think the packaging is the major reason that people have tended to gravitate toward them.

    I love Carbon Black once you let it dry out a little - maybe that will help the problem with the flaking!

    And Clinique liner - best liner I've ever bought! I also really like the Buxom cream liners, you should try them!

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  10. I LOVE UDPP, but also love TFSI. Tbh, there is no point in trying TFSI if UDPP works for you, the difference is so minimal. Have you tried layering 'Well Dressed' over a cream blush? I do that with sheer blushes to make the colours more vivid.

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  11. This has got to be my favorite post of yours so far! Amen to everything you said here! :D

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  12. LOVE NAKED PALETTE ! of course!
    I haven't tried clinique's gel liner but heard great things about it. I had same issue with Mac fluidline drying up all the time. So I didn't use it for a while. Guess what, I got another one lol So far it has been good to me.
    I use summerfruit EOS balm and I like it, I used the mint one before that and LOVED that one. Summerfruit is more smoother in my opinion. So I think I prefer that one over the mint. I have yet to try the others. I would like to try the lemon drop one next.
    UDPP I always loved but I also love my Lorac eye primer. Silky and smooth. Lasts all day just like UDPP.
    I dislike any drug store brand mascara bc it just doesn't volumize or hold the curl in my lashes ( asian lashes ) FAIL. haha
    I love my Eyeko big eyes mascara. It lengthens, no smudging, holds curl all day, easy to wash off and best part is it contains vitamins that promotes lash growth. MY HG mascara. :)

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  13. Great post.

    MAC Blush in Well Dressed would never show up on me, but it's a pretty shade on very fair skin. I've never tried the EOS lip balms, I prefer Carmex over any lip ointment I've used.

    Have you tried L'Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara? I love it.

    I like your "worth the hype" products. I'll have to check out Dior highlighting powder, but I would be in it Copper Diamond instead. I never truly liked UDPP or TFSS. lol I use Mary Kay eye primer or MAC paint pots.

    xx

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  14. I finally got the Naked Palette last month and love it!!

    Personally I don't like the UDPP at all. I prefer the TFSI. The Too Faced is more thick (but in a good way, I like that much better) and my eye shadow seems to last longer wearing that.

    Great post! =)

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  15. Great post as usual Tiffany! I actually swatched well dressed yesterday as I was looking for a pink blush but it did nothing for me. Kinda blah actually, and patchy. And Naked Palette is def not overrated, it is the best palette I’ve ever owned.

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  16. Yes! the EOS lipbalm makes my lips worse when I apply it! I would have to add Sugarbomb to not worth the hype, as it really and truly is nothing special. Sadly, I am really on the fence with Amber Diamond, and may be taking it back to Sephora. I just don't like it all that much! It's weird because most everyone else seems to love it! :(
    Naked Palette and UDPP are not over-rated and are totally worth it. I love worth it/not worth it posts!

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  17. Agreed, EOS and Carbon Black are both HUGE misses for me.

    My EOS sits on my night stand for my "evening" balm and while the container is cute...that's really where the appeal stops. I bought three flavors before the hype wore off and I came to my senses.

    Carbon Black has one MAJOR flaw for me...it is SO WET. Because of this no matter how I pull the wand out of the tube there is always gobs too much product on the applicator and I get spider eyes on the first swype. Ick.

    Love your blog!

    XO

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  18. I absolutely love the Clinique gel liner! I'm on ny second in the past two years, yeah its pretty amazing,has yet to dry out and lasts FOREVER!

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  19. I keep hearing about those EOS lip balms, but like you said, most bloggers say they are not very moisturizing. They aren't available where I live though.

    I'm currently using L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara and love it! It doesn't flake or smudge on me, but it can get clumpy, which isn't a big problem to me anyway. I do love the big wand even though it tends to get all over my lid sometimes x=

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  20. agree, while i 'like' MAC blush in well dressed (i've hit pan woo hoo) i don't love it and don't think it lives up tp the hype. there are so many other prettier ones =)
    ahhh the infamous NP, perhaps it's because i haven't seen it in person (not available in Australia -boo!) but the colors just haven't tickeled my fancy. perhaps i need to swatch it in person to get the "Ooooh I MUST HAVE" effect =)great post!
    x

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  21. I actually really like the Loreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black! It never flakes on me and gives me so much volume! Also doesn't smudge on my eyes either. I guess it really just depends on the shapes of your eyes and also your lashes.
    I think the EOS lip balms are more about packaging over anything else. Girls think it's super cute and enjoy pulling it out of their bags. I enjoy it, but wouldn't rely on it for conditioning my lips for sure.

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  22. I was just thinking about getting the EOS Lipbalm in Summerfruit, but now Im hesitant, its only like $4 though so maybe ill still give it a go! Ive tried the Voluminous mascara and it does seem to come out of the tube really thick, but it does make your lashes pretty! I think they have a wp version, that might help with the smudging?

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  23. Such a great post!!
    I have heard a lot of mixed reviews about the EOS lipblams.
    My favorite of ALL TIME is Burts Bees.
    I have used it for the past 5 years.
    Defos a GREAT lip balm.
    Another great one I found recently at is ALBA Botanicals.
    :D

    I LOVE Urban Decay's Primer Potions!!
    ALL OF THEM!!
    :D

    I passed on the Naked Palette.
    Because I have about 80% of the shadows in other palettes.
    Or bought them individually before this palette came out.
    And didn't see the point in buying the palette.
    But maybe I will........

    xx
    JordanMayTwigs.
    <3

    www.jordanmaytwigs.blogspot.com

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  24. so happy to see this. im glad im not the only one who doesn't like the voluminous. its so clumpy and extreamly flaky. up until now i just thought a had a bad tube lol

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  25. I love L'oreal Voluminous Mascara. it works really well on me. and I haven't tried the EOS lip balms, but my sister has it and she says it works really good. so now i'm not sure if i still want to buy it. maybe i will just to see for myself. GREAT POST!

    :)
    Carrie
    http://readmylifeascarrie.blogspot.com/

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  26. I decided to get the Clinique liner after your recommendation through Twitter the other day! I'm having it bought and sent here from Malaysia, and I'm getting so impatient already!

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  27. 100% agree with EOS def on my list of over hyped! Hated it. Really want to try the clinique liner! love that u have been posting so often!!

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  28. I completely agree about the EOS lipbalms! I had the green one and it was actually awful, not moisturising at all! So much better choices out there. Love your picks! x

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  29. I COMPLETELY agree about EOS and Well Dressed! I'm NC20 and Well Dressed does me no favors. Honestly it look a bit ill when I wear it because it just gives me an odd gray based pink look to my cheeks. And about EOS, though I'm impressed with "Lemon Drop," I think people confuse the novelty of the packaging with a good quality balm!

    ♥ Jessica

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  30. I haaaate L'Oreal Voluminous! So glad to see it in the miss category - thought I was the only one! I find it so gloopy and wet and so damn hard to remove because it spreads everywhere when I try to wipe it off in one clean swipe of the cotton pad... arrhghhhhh! Hate it so much!

    I also share your love of the Clinique gel liner - best. liner. ever. So easy to apply even with my crappy eyeliner brush. Love it.

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  31. I totally agree about UDPP and the Naked Palette. I'm not even a fan of brown eyeshadows and I still adore the Naked Palette and use it regularly. And I've never used Too Faced primer either because UDPP was my first and I've never had any reason to buy anything else! (Although I rarely use eyelid primer as foundation seems to work for me most of the time.)

    Still dying to dry Amber Diamond. I need to get to Sephora to admire it. =)

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  32. i def agree with you on the EOS lip balms. not worth the hype. and it made my lips severely chapped! and well dressed is pretty but i have a really hard time trying to make it show up on me as well. i have to add many layers to make it even noticeable.

    i like voluminous a lot. its not the best mascara but i like it enough to repurchase.

    i just got amber diamond for my birthday and so far i am loving it too!

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  33. I have to say I love my eos balm. I find it really moisturizing but haven't tried the summer fruit one (not that that really matters). I tried the voluminous mascara and agree that its not all its cracked up to be. At first I didn't understand the hype around the Naked palette but now I love it. I can't imagine life without it (dramatic i know). I just recently got the dior highlighter and absolutely love the glow it gives the skin. Great post as always.

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  34. It was so much fun reading all of your guys' comments! Seems like a lot of you share my distaste for the EOS lip balms and MAC Well Dressed blush :)

    @Ebru: hahaha, sorry! I know you love your EOS lip balm but it's just not for me I guess :)

    @Beauty's Bad Habit: No, not yet. Maybe I'll give that a try sometime :)

    @Julie: I liked that Eyeko mascara too!

    @StealMyHeartLove: No, I've never tried the original. I like my mascara to be really black so I just went for this one. Are they really different?

    @Sharon: Yeah, I agree it depends on your eye shape but I used to use Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume and that one doesn't smudge on me EVER!

    @Janalyn: Yeah, I bet the waterproof version wouldn't smudge but I hate how difficult waterproof mascaras can be to remove :(

    @Jordan: I just love having all of the shadows in one convenient palette but yeah, if you already have most of the colors, then it's definitely not a necessity.

    @FunnyFaceBeauty: Actually, I think some of the different flavors of the EOS have different moisturizing properties/abilities too, because a few people have told me that the Lemon Drop one is really good. Not sure though.

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  35. i totally agree about the EOS lip balm! i got it because of all the hype i heard, but it's one of the worst lip balms i've used =/

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  36. I agree about those EOS lipbalms! I bought mine when they first came out and the smell of the rubber outer coating did it for me. It over powered the actual lip balm and made the entire thing smell like plastic. I threw it out.

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  37. I have yet to see the EOS lipbalms in Canada, but they seem like pretty basic lipbalms to me in balls. I haven't tried them myself.

    Well Dressed was one of my first MAC blushes, but I am fair so it shows up enough for me.

    I like Voluminous carbon black, but I find all of the voluminous mascaras are easy to overdo and give you that porn star mascara look.

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  38. Omg I have the same EOS lip balm. Its amazing. I love the smell and taste! I never lose them because of the size/shape. Awesome investment!

    xoxo
    herdollface.blogspot.com

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  39. I toooootally agree with you on well-dressed.. I sooo don't understand the hype around it.. It's not very pigmented at all and the colour comes out waaay too pale.. Katie from Illamasqua is a similar colour but you get more product and it's wayyyyy more pigmented!

    Love this post as almost all your posts =P

    xoxo

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  40. great post! I would say that rimmels 'stay matte' foundation is not worth the hype...it looks horrible on me! so cakey and thick

    I really want to try amber diamond xoxo

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  41. i wasted $4 on that eos lip balm too. i heard such great things about it. oh well, back to carmex i go.

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  42. Oh my god I cant believe you have such bad things to say about EOS lipbalm! Its the only lipbalm in the world that will work for me! I have extremely dry, cracked, peeling lips, the second a chapstick wears off of me my lips are cracked and bleeding within secconds. I tried EOS after seeing Michele Phan promote it, and I thought it would be normal, but ever since I bought it my cracked, dry, bleeding lips are now smooth, soft, and moisturized. It works wonders on me and I can finally set aside all those medicated lipbalms, the terrible chapsticks, and have something work for once! Actually when I use it its very thick.. not thin at all like you said, and it stays on for hours with lasting results. I really think you got a dud, because thats the first complaint ive ever heard about it! I'm already on my 4th eos balm this year :).

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  43. @Delyteful Speaks: I've actually heard of Illamasqua Katie being a better version of Well Dressed also. Maybe I'll give it a try sometime :)

    @Eiryn: I don't think mine is a dud since so many people who commented before you thought the same thing about it but do you have the Summerfruit flavor? Because I know that some of the different flavors also have different formulas, so maybe there are better ones than the one I've tried :) I'm glad it works for you, though!

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  44. great blog ! i always wanted to know about the lip balm because it's so famous, but the price of the product was making me doubting.
    and i agree with the urban decay products ! i love them xoxo

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  45. Fluidline and Well Dressed are two horrible products, though I really love the M.A.C. Chromalines, they don't dry up at all! I don't agree with the UDPP, it didn't do anything for me while I love using TFSI when I do colourful looks. Otherwise M.A.C. Paints work just fine on me.

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  46. I'm really surprised that you did not get on with the EOS Summer Fruits balm - it is the only one that works on my lips!

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  47. another great post tiffany! your posts are SO helpful. i've been on the search for good gel eyeliner and i might just purchase the clinique one that you raved about. Can u do a post about your favorite brushes? would love to see it

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  48. I too LOVE Clinique's Brush on Creme Liner-the shade I have it in is Black Honey. If you love the Black you'll love this shade even more. Its different then your average brown & think it would look excellent on your skin tone!

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  49. I want the Clinique gel liner! I am going to try that once I run out of my blacktrack. Oddly enough, I've never had a blacktrack run dry on me, ever! I also LOVE the naked palette! Great post!

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  50. I've always avoided Well Dressed for the reasons you've mentioned - if it doesn't show up on you, then the poor bugger has no chance on me xD & I agree with you about EOS, although I do somewhat like it, it doesn't really *do* much.

    Love Amber Diamond & the Naked Palette, but have to say that I don't really like UDDP! Oops. It's quite watery I find.. & TFSI makes shadows last longer on me.

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  51. I've literally just done a post on the loreal mascara saying how much I love it! haha I've heard the one in the grey tube is better though? On me, well dressed gives me a pretty pink, healthy glow which I love! x

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  52. I flipped for EOS balms at first, but then I realized how AWFUL that cute packaging is in terms of portability. I like to carry a chapstick and/or lipstick in my pocket at work, and that big ol' sphere just doesn't cut it, dude. lol Totally agree with you on the raves (except the Clinique liner, because I haven't tried it - but now I want to!) - UDPP in Sin is an absolute ESSENTIAL for me! Looove the Naked palette and Amber Diamond, too (as you know!). :)

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  53. @Rachel Haha, someone else was surprised by how much I disliked them as well and said the same thing, that EOS lip balms are the only thing that works on her dry lips. Not everything works for everyone I guess, but I'm glad it works for you! :)

    @Samantha: I may do a 'revisited' one in the near future, but I've already done a my top 5 brushes post in the past, as well as a post about my favorite eye brushes. You may have to use the google search on the right to find them :)

    @MakeupMeBlush: I'll look into that shade next time. Thanks!

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  54. I love those hype posts! :) I haven't tried anything from your lists yet, I really want to try the Naked Palette and the UDPP, but they're not available here :( And we do have Sephora, but no UD... boooooo!!! x

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  55. I have to agree with you on the eos lip balm, I only really like it for its odd shape, makes it hard to lose in a bag. I also agree with you about the naked palette! I loooove it soo much and still continuously use it even after having it for over a year. I haven't even come close to hitting pan on this one! 

    Hey could you vote for me to be the next Rimmel 10? I'm Megan M. All the infos on my blog! 
    http://collegemakeupbudget.blogspot.com/

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  56. Oh man, I know this is an old post but I 100% whole heartedly agree with you about the EOS lip balms. They don't do anything for me except for, like you said, provide a good base for lipsticks. A lot of YouTubers rave about it...I just don't get it. But I have to say, I love the packaging/shape of the product, as well as the application.


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