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“Summa Soaka” Series: The Best 9 Waterproof Makeup Brands for Eyes To Have

Welcome to the first installment of the “Summa Soaka” Series! Here, the focus is waterproof makeup! Pretty much every beauty brand has at least one waterproof or water resistant product, which is usually a mascara. The next upcoming posts will highlight brands that do much more that that. Some of these lines have entire collections dedicated to waterproof makeup. These options are great for brides, those who live in hot and humid weather or if you are going to Carnival in Trinidad or Brazil!

In this post, I will discuss the brands that offer the best waterproof eye products. Check out the video and all products mentioned are listed below.

“Summa Soaka” –  Waterproof Makeup for Eyes – Video

“Summa Soaka” – Waterproof Makeup for Eyes – Product Details

Make Up For Ever

waterproof makeup for eyes MUFE

M.A.C

Urban Decay

Cargo Cosmetics

Kat Von D Beauty

waterproof makeup for eyes KvD

Ardency Inn

L’Oreal USA

Anastasia Beverly Hills

Danessa Myricks Beauty

**Bonus!**

Sephora Collection

Let me know in the comments what are your favourite waterproof/water-resistant eye products!

Stay tuned for the new videos in this series!

“Summa Soaka” Series Posts

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How To Do: An easy summer smokey eye makeup tutorial

In one of my more recent videos, I wore a very simple, soft smokey eye. The smokey eye. One of the, maybe the most popularly requested eye look. It evokes a certain mysteriousness and sexiness. It can take many forms, use a variety of colours, not just black. This one is going to be simple and slightly smokey. A rose gold inspired, summer smokey eye makeup tutorial. Great for daytime, when you want just a little sumthin sumthin! It also works as a summertime look when you don’t want so much intensity. I used neutral colours with golds, but you can greens, navys, purple, be creative!

A smokey eye makeup look does not have to include black - use navy, green, brows...be creative! Click To Tweet

All the products are listed below and so is the video tutorial!

Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial – Video

 

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5 ways to effectively remove your makeup that you should know

There are tons of reviews and articles online about makeup application. What products to use, what brushes to buy, how to apply it. But what are you to do when you have come home, exhausted and need to take that makeup off? What do we use? Makeup removal should be your first step of your skincare routine. That leftover foundation will block or affect the efficacy of any serum, hydrator, antioxidant that you use. Nowadays, in the US, folks are using more and more long wearing, richly pigmented, heavy duty or waterproof makeup and sometimes your regular cleanser just doesn’t cut it. I like to get rid of that first layer of product so that my cleansers would be more effective and deep cleaning. So in this post, I will be discussing 4 different types of makeup removers. I even include an extra makeup removal tip! So that is really 5 ways to remove your makeup.

So this post and video will only cover removal methods for regular consumer makeup products. Special effects, theatrical and other alcohol/silicone based makeup are excluded.

Check out my video on makeup removers

Details mentioned in the Makeup Removers video
  1. Balms/Cleansing Oils Makeup Removers

These do a great job in breaking down pigments, long wearing makeup and even sunscreen. Does this without drying the skin and can be used on all skin types.

Examples

2. Micellar Water Makeup Removers

Makeup Removers Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution

Image via Bioderma – Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution

 

Made famous in the US by French brands. Water like consistency and actually contain mild surfactants/cleansers. Good to use if looking for a one step process

Examples

* Not a makeup remover but a clarifying cleanser for hair! –My DevaCurl Buildup Buster Micellar Cleansing Serum

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How to get: Rihanna makeup from ‘Wild Thoughts’ – bold eyes & red lips

 

I have a love-hate thing with Rihanna. I still don’t think she has a great voice, but her songwriters? Boss! And I love her take no prisoners attitude.  She lives her life on her own terms and I can roll with that! She recently appears in a new hit, in collaboration with DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller. DJ Khaled sampled a portion of the song ‘Maria Maria’ by Carlos Santana. But RiRi and crew flipped it, Caribbeanised it and made it fresh again. The video is fire! Rihanna’s makeup is fire! Reminds me a lot of a few of her other videos featuring Jamaican/Caribbean dancehall scenes. It took me a long time to figure out what she was saying – ‘Wha Wha Wha Tho’ – that’s what I heard.

This post is about one of her hottest looks.

Rihanna Makeup Wild Thoughts

The one with her wearing that sexy emerald green see-through ruffled dress, turquoise eyes and a red lip. This is an example doing a bold eye and a bold lip with much success. Don’t make the look too complicated or involved.

I had fun with this look. I used a mix of drugstore and more expensive makeup. And of course there is a video with the exact steps!

Look at that highlight from SonjdraDeluxe & Melanie Mills Hollywood! **Peach Deluxe**

 

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How to use: Glossier review and video on dark skin

Glossier. This brand has been on my radar for a few months now. They appear to have positioned themselves as a minimalist brand. Products to give a fresh, just-came-from-the-gym look. Basically makeup for non-makeup wearers. You won’t find any heavy duty coverage or stuff to bake with.  I have been anxious to do a Glossier review for a while.

Glossier is a New York City based brand with a showroom in Lower Manhattan. So of course your girl had to pay a visit! I still love to go into a store to touch the products. On a rainy day (which has been quite the norm in NYC these days), I made my way to the Glossier showroom on the penthouse level on Lafayette Street. A very bright space with stations where you can test out all their products.

I decided to pick up one of their best selling products, the Glossier Boy Brow in Black. This is their darkest shade and it is really a soft, grayish black with a hint of brown. I also picked up one of their newer products, the Glossier Cloud Paint in Haze.  All Glossier products come in a handy, TSA-friendly pink bubble wrap pouch and some stickers.

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Pouch that comes with your purchase!

  • For the Glossier Review: Boy Brow in Black, click here
  • For the Glossier Review: Cloud Paint in Haze, click here
  • For the Glossier Review: Video!, click here

Or just keep scrolling below!

Glossier Review: Product Details
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Outer packaging, Glossier Boy Brow

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Inspired by hair waxes and pomades


Boy Brow in Black

Boy Brow is described by Glossier as a ‘creamy wax formula inspired by traditional hair pomade that does not stiffen or flake”. It comes with a short, small spoolie brush. This product contains both beeswax and carnauba wax which provides the hold, an emollient made from olive oil (Oleic Acid) that provides conditioning. It also contains a collagen derivative that nourishes and conditions the hair and lecithin which gives the formula smoothness and a subtle sheen. The Black shade is soft black and it does very slightly darken my brow hair. It also slightly thickens the hair as well.

Packaging

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Primary packaging

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The small brush

Boy Brow comes in a small white tube and with a short, fat spoolie. The cap has a chrome-like finish. It contains 0.11 oz which is less than your average brow gel product. Even though it has a small size, I had no difficulty using the product.

Method of Application

Use like a typical mascara/brow product. Wipe the excess product off the tip of the brush before applying to eyebrows. Use light strokes to shape and colour the hair.

Results/Conclusion

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On my eyebrow

I liked this product. Slightly darkened my eyebrows which made them look more pronounced without having to “draw in” or imitate brow hairs. My brows felt soft, not crunchy or stiff and they were kept in place all day. Even in hot weather. If you are looking for dramatic sculpting of the brow, this is not the product. It is a more natural effect. There is a lot of hype around this product, as a matter of fact it is their number # 1 selling item. Is this the more revolutionary, earth-shattering product? No, but it performs quite well and it is definitely worth trying out. It’s effortless and natural looking, especially in the age of the ‘Instagram eyebrow’. If there was a gripe, it would be the price. Not expensive but it is not drugstore level (it has not marketed itself as a drugstore brand). At US$16, it is priced in the mid-range and some may think its price does not match the quantity that you get. But this performed well, I don’t have to worry about my brow hairs breaking off and I will buy this again.


Cloud Paint in Haze

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Outer packaging

Cloud Paint is a gel-cream formula that is seamless, sheer and buildable. This is a really good description. It definitely has a very smooth, gel like texture and is almost translucent in quality. It reminds me of the Benefit Benetint. Especially the Haze shade. It also contains collagen which helps the skin retain water and therefore plumps up the skin. Haze is a deep raspberry colour, that is cool-toned.

Packaging

Cloud Paint comes in a white, soft, flexible plastic tube with an octogonal screw cap. The brand name Glossier, the cap and the top inch of the tube is coloured in the colour of product. So Haze has a deep pink/fuschia colour. The tube opening is small but you can extrude too much product if you squeeze on the tube too forcefully. It contains 0.33 fl.oz/10ml of product. I have a preference for a needle-nosed opening/dispenser but that is totally personal.

Method of Application

Start with small amount of product. Pea-sized. I use my fingers to apply product and that works very well. The thin formula applies smoothly and melts into the skin. This makes it buildable.

Results/Conclusion

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Swatch – Bottom: Straight from tube; Top: Blended out

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On my cheek!

You know I love a cream blush. So this is right up my alley. Haze is pigmented but the other three colours, I felt, were not pigmented enough or too ashy/pastel for dark skin which is why I only picked up Haze. Due to the formula of the product, I found myself applying what I would consider a lot of the product to get an intense pigmentation. I don’t think that is the pigmentation, but rather the texture so that it is readily absorbed, especially on my dry skin. This product would be ideal for the person afraid of blush or looking for a natural, colour-from-within effect. It leaves a skin-like, satin finish so it would be great for all skin types, including oily skin. It also is the only one of the four colours that I think is suitable for all skin tones, including very dark skin. At $US18, I think this is worth it. Quite frankly, who ever really goes through an entire blush? I have been wearing this a lot recently. I would recommend that Glossier change the colours to the other shades to make it more wearable for medium to dark POC. After wearing this all day, there was some fading but it was still visible. Try it, but if you are looking for some in your face colour, this would not be the product.

Availability

Online at glossier.com or at their NYC Showroom @ 123 Lafayette Street, Penthouse, New York, NY 10013.


Glossier Review: Video

If you want to see these products in action, here’s the video!

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