#GreenBeauty Expired Skincare #3

How in the world this happened I have no clue, but I was editing a new video when I found this (fully edited) video that I filmed last summer about the expired skincare and bodycare in my arsenal. Better late than never, I suppose. It’s a long one (as usual), I talk about why I couldn’t finish products (or why I didn’t want to finish them), and I hope you enjoy! Check it out on YouTube for the full info section. xx

Cat-Eyes and Review: ZuZu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner

(read: I hope you’re ready for more awkward eye shots.)
From left to right: 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara in Black Tea, Shiseido
Eyelash Curler
, RMS “un” cover-up in 11, ZuZu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner in Black Pearl

To properly show how the ZuZu performs on a given day for me, I present to you, dear reader, my daily cat-eyes. (Disclaimer: I am no makeup artist and this is just what I have found to work for me.)

For undereye darkness and eyelids priming/evening out


Then, +


I’ve mentioned my monolid before, and basically, my eyes have a built-in hood to shield from the rain. Yeah, just kidding, it’s not very effective against rain. But because of the hood, I can get away with (rather, I need to have) a thicker line of eyeliner on my top lid if I want it to make any difference for my eyes. I usually make it thick enough so it barely peeks out when my eyes are open, but the thickness depends on my mood for a given day (aka, it depends on how steady my hand is and how early I have woken up). To wing out the liner into an everyday cat-eye, I just finish off the end with a curve that is a small extension of the bottom curve of my eye. And then I walk around with my eyes almost closed for a couple minutes to let the eyeliner dry or else it’ll smudge into something crazy (fixable with jojoba oil on a Q-tip).
When my eyes are closed, you can see a bit of the sparkles that are present in this Black Pearl version. I actually didn’t mean to get sparkles; I was just looking for plain black (which is the Raven version) and accidentally grabbed this instead (This seems to becoming a daily theme because today I grabbed pudding but I was looking for yogurt instead..)–but I don’t mind the extra sparkle and it performs about the same as my previous Raven version.
The official description by ZuZu Luxe: “6 gentle and non irritating liners designed to create a dramatic finish to make eyes sparkle and shine day or night.  .1oz/3ml
Enriched with vitamins and herbal extracts to gently smooth and protect the delicate eye area. Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Our Liquid Eye Liner is Ophthalmologist Tested, Hypo Allergenic, Fragrance Free and Water Resistant.”

8 hours later…


So, suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers? From a long-time hard contact lens wearer, yes. I don’t get any irritation from this at all in my eye or on my eyelid. Given, I haven’t intentionally put it in my eye, and I never put liquid eyeliner on my waterline, so I don’t know how that is (probably a bad idea and possibly painful, I would imagine).

Water resistant? Well…I turned into a panda the last time I cried with this (and I ate all the bamboo within a 1-mile radius. Okay, okay there was no bamboo). I was also wearing the 100% Pure mascara, but then another time I cried only wearing the mascara, and I had barely any black streaks down my cheeks, so I’m blaming the eyeliner for the panda eyes… (Do you like how I test water resistance with crying? I’m such a good scientist.)

For all the rubbing that goes on with the hood from my eyes opening and closing, the eyeliner wears pretty well. From more of a distance (aka if you’re not 5 inches from my face), it looks about the same as the morning (even those silly eyelashes that I accidentally coated with the eyeliner during application), and you can’t really tell that the middle of it has worn off a bit. There is a bit of smudging up on the eyelid from my funny folding and usually some of it ends up on my undereye area as well, but it’s nothing that I can’t fix with a quick swipe of a Q-tip. If you don’t have a hooded eyelid, I would probably guess that it would wear better on you since you don’t have that constant eyelid hood action eroding away at the eyeliner. Since my eyes are small enough, I don’t usually wear liner on my lower lashline, so I can’t comment on smudging on that front.

In my last post, I promised picture evidence of how the 100% Pure mascara wears throughout the day, and these pictures are a pretty good representation of an average day for me. When my eyes are closed, you can see the curl has worn off a bit but it’s still better than my naturally super straight lashes.

In conclusion, while I wish the eyeliner would stay in perfect shape all day, with my eyelid hooding, it still wears quite well. It’s a straightforward liquid formulation with a straightforward little brush, which I do appreciate, and it easily comes off with jojoba oil, which I also appreciate.

Ingredients: Water, Sorbitol, Cetyl Alcohol, Iron Oxides, Mica, Jojoba Oil, Bentonite, Bisabolol, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Eyebright Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Cellulose Gum, Hectorite, Grapeseed Extract.

Review: 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara in Black Tea

Last summer, I switched out my Maybelline Full N’ Soft mascara for 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara in Black Tea after seeing it recommended on sites like No More Dirty Looks and Turby and John while being majorly intrigued by the fruity ingredients (I was like, “Tea for my lashes?? I love tea!!!”).

Curled vs. not curled (both un-mascara-ed)

A bit of background: I have stick-straight, Asian hair and thus stick-straight, Asian eyelashes. Thus my Shiseido eyelash curler is a bit of a lifesaver, and how my mascara looks partially depends on how well I’ve curled my lashes for the day.

A better curl day + 100% Pure mascara
An average curl day + 100% Pure mascara (plus face makeup–hence less redness)

The official description by 100% Pure: “100% natural mascara lengthens, separates, thickens and glosses lashes with fruit pigments and Black tea pigments. Lash conditioning ProVitamin B5, Vitamin E, Oat and Wheat protein conditions for healthier lashes. Gentle, all natural, good for you formula is suitable for everyone, even if you wear contacts or have sensitive eyes. Water and smudge resistant.”

Lengthens, separates, thickens, and glosses? For the most part, I would say yes. When I regularly clean the mascara wand, I get great separating without clumping (note: regularly clean your mascara brush). As for lengthening and thickening, most of the time my eyelashes post-mascara just look like my natural eyelashes but a bit better and a bit more defined. Also, I have to admit right now the mascara is at the end of its 6 month run (maybe even 7…) so during its hey days it probably was doing a bit better on the thickening front.

Suitable despite contacts or sensitive eyes? Take it from a hard contact wearer for many, many years–yes (but eyelashes in the eye still hurt like crazy–but that’s because eyelashes just don’t belong in there). Also cool–I often accidentally knock the mascara wand onto my contact during application, and any mascara residue that ends up on the contact disappears away in a couple blinks. With my old non-clean mascara, it would stay there and drive me crazy. Imagine walking around and having part of your vision randomly smudged. Absolutely infuriating.

Water and smudge resistant? Well. I have cried in this mascara, and I got the craziest panda eyes running down my face ever (okay I was also wearing eyeliner) and my mascara was completely removed via tears (and my eyeliner too. Man, my tears are strong). So, not exactly water resistant. About smudges–even when I wore non-clean, waterproof mascara, I always got smudges. With 100% Pure’s mascara, I still have to wipe away smudges under my eyes several times in the day. With that, more on background: I have silly Asian monolid eyes, so my fold folds the non-economical way such that my lashes sit under a hood of eyelid rather than over. So my silly folding may be making me more susceptible to smudging.

Romantic side view with 100% Pure mascara
More romantic side views with 100% Pure mascara plus check out that silly monolid
All in all, I have liked this mascara on a daily basis especially knowing that it is actually good for my lashes. It doesn’t do any magic tricks and it’s not like it never smudges nor does it give me crazy voluminous and lush lashes (then again, it’s not what it’s for, so no big), but it does open up my eyes and usually holds a curl for a full day (if I’ve curled well–picture evidence for this will be in the next post). Easily removed with jojoba oil at the end of the day. Just don’t have a good cry wearing this.
P.s. it smells like berries and chocolate. Yum.
Ingredients: Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Organic Green Tea), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Cera Alba (Honey Beeswax), Rubus Fruticosus Fruit Extract (Blackberry Extract), Ribes Nigrum Fruit Extract (Blackcurrant Extract), Rubus Idaeus Fruit Extract (Raspberry Extract), Hydrolyzed Oat Protein (Oat Protein), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (Wheat Protein), Pantothenic Acid (Pro-vitamin B5), Fucus Vesiculosus Extract (Seaweed Powder), Coconut Stearic Acid (Coconut Acid), Mica, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter (Cocoa Butter), Pearl Powder, Oryza Sativa Germ Powder (Rice Powder), Theobroma Cacao Extract (Cocoa Powder), Coffea Arabica Seed Extract (Powdered Coffee Beans), Mel (Lavender Honey), Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract (Oregano Extract), Thymus Vulgaris Flower/Leaf Extract (Thyme Extract), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract (Rosemary Extract), Lavandula Angustifolia Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (Lavender Extract), Hydrastis Canadensis Extract (Goldenseal Extract)

100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

With two majors and all of the world to conquer, to me, the 9-hours-a-night sleep is a myth. (It hangs out with the Lochness Monster and the Easter Bunny.) And puffy, dry eyes are really hard to blink and keep open, especially with 8am Friday classes. 


This eye cream, while smelling fabulously (I can’t even explain how amazingly vanilla coffee bean this smells), moisturizes and controls under-eye-bag puffiness really well for me thanks to anti-inflammatory, caffeine rich green tea and de-puffing coffee beans. I can’t vouch for how it fights under-eye darkness because my dark circles are pretty hereditary, but that’s what concealer and better sleep is for. I love this eye cream and this tiny squeezy tube has lasted me amazingly long–more than 4 months now. Happy hunting for the 9-Hour Monster, and if you can’t find it, look for this eye cream in the meantime. ($19 – 1oz, $10 – 0.5oz)