Influenster Makeup Product Review (3 of 4): New York color liquid lip shine & Garden Botanika lash primer (Click to COMMENT…)
In terms of makeup products, all Influenster’s received the New York color liquid lip shine in their voxbox. The personally am not a lip gloss girl, because I prefer a matte lip. But I really liked the fact that this lip gloss was in a nude color. I also liked the fact that the lip gloss consistency was not sticky or drying. I found that by putting on a lip gloss over the top of my lip stick, my lips stayed moisturized for a much longer period of time and I did not have to keep reapplying lip balm and/or lip stick. I do not have much experience wearing lip gloss thus far, but I think it is a great lip gloss for $2 (retails at drug stores, Walmart, etc… for ~$2).
Included in my voxbox was a card that listed and briefly described the items in the box. On the back of the card there was a list of 3 extra products, such that some (active and college students) Influensters were selected to try out 1 of the 3 extra products. The 3 products included: Xout wash-in treatment (acne prevention face wash), Garden Botanika lash primer, and Garden Botanika heart fragrance sample. I was happily surprised that I received the Garden Botanika lash primer because I just purchased the lash primer by Tarte a month ago. I was interested to see what makes one lash primer better/different from another lash primer, or if there was a difference at all. The Tarte lash primer has a long and short bristled wand (similar to a lengthening mascara wand), where as the Garden Botanika primer has a short and long bristled wand (similar to a volumizing mascara wand). The consistency of the primer seemed similar to the touch and smoothness of application on the lashes.
I found that the brush of the lash primer seemed to make the difference in terms of how my lashes looked after applying mascara. The Tarte lash primer made my lashes look much longer because the shorter bristle wand was able to catch the tips of my lashes, thus in turn allowing the mascara wand to apply more product on the tips of the lashes. However the longer bristle wand (Garden Botanika) applied more product to the base (but could not catch the tips) of my lashes, thus allowing for a more volumized lash look with mascara. I personally like a more lengthening lash look, but the volumizing look is slowly growing on me. I actually use both primers to achieve longer looking and more volumized lashes. I also find that both primers have made my lashes feel a lot softer and moisturized. I will always use a lash primer, I think they are a must have when wearing mascara. In addition, both primers did not flake during the day. The Garden Botanika lash primer retails for about $11, whereas the Tarte lash primer retails for twice as much at $22.