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Beauty Reviews: Lash-Enhancing Serum, Malin + Goetz Cleanser, Kevyn Aucoin Contour Book, Ouidad Multi-Use Curl Treatment…

Welcome! We’re excited to bring you another round of beauty reviews, this time going further in-depth on eyelash serums, testing out the new Kevyn Aucoin contour, sculpt, and highlight book, sharing our favorite curl-enhancing hair products from Ouidad, and our first impressions on Malin + Goetz Face Cleanser + Moisturizer.

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1. Eyelash Serums

If you’re looking for an alternative to spending $$$ on lash serums, I think you’ll be surprised by the variety of offerings now on the market. A quick Google search yields dozens of different brands and price points, but what’s the difference? Can I trust the effectiveness of XYZ brand?

So, I did some further digging. From what I’ve gathered, all products promote the following ingredients: vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids to promote hair growth, hydration and nourishment.

If you tuned in to our last round of Beauty Reviews, you’ll know we’ve been trying out SkyOrganics Castor Oil.

Pros: 100% natural and organic. Promotes overall hair growth, including nourishment and hydration (meaning you can use it for a variety of purposes, to grow stronger and longer eyelashes, brows and hair). The best part? It’s currently only $15.95!

Cons: The product itself is sticky and can get runny, so be careful to apply only a tiny amount to avoid a sticky mess.
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Among eyelash-enhacing products on Sephora.com, GrandeCosmetics GrandeLASH rises to the top with the highest volume of positive reviews. We have a lot of positive things to say about the product as well. (Although, be sure to read the reviews before making a purchase, because if you have sensitive skin and are prone to “staining” you may well want to consider a more natural product).

Pros: Easy / slick application, attractive packaging + easy to pack, has landed several “best of beauty” awards (so critics say it’s really something!).

Cons: I’m afraid it won’t last very long! We’ll see…

What about neuLASH? Is it really the best? Worth $95 per 0.1oz?

Ok, I haven’t actually tried this product (it’s been in and out of my Nordstrom shopping cart multiple times over the past few years though), but I just haven’t been able to bring myself to shell out this kind of cash on a cosmetic product. Would love to hear your POV on it in the comments though!

neuLASH promotes the following key ingredients: Sodium hyaluronate (for hydration, softness, elasticity, and shine) + Panthenol (for moisture, flexibility, durability) + pumpkin seed extract (nourishment + “leaving them luxurious”).

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Moral of the story…

You probably can’t go wrong with any of the above options (unless you have sensitive skin or have had issues with staining in the past). The ingredients lists and price points are quite different, but from the reviews, the results are similar and most consumers are pleased with the products.

2. Kevyn Aucoin “The Contour Book The Art of Sculpting + Defining Volume II”

An all in one contour, sculpt and highlighting palette for face and eyes.

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First impressions: This product is luxe and really pretty. There’s just something about the high end look + feel that makes using it an even more elevated experience. This product combines both cream and powder products inside, and comes with an in-depth guide how-to guide that includes detailed steps and easy-to-follow illustrations.

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I know I need a lot of practice in this department (I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again!). Kevyn recommends practicing at home in daylight to make it easier to check your progress. The tutorial videos found on this product page can be a huge help, too.

“Dark colors shade and make areas recede, Light colors highlight and make things come forward” – Kevyn Aucoin.

The Contour Book Volume 2 is exclusively available at Sephora. for $65.00 ($226.00 value).

3. Ouidad Curl-Enhancing Hair Products

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Ok, it took me forever to figure out how to pronounce this one (“Oui” like the French “yes” + “dahd” like “odd” with a “D”).

I’ve been saying “yes” to embracing my curls/waves the past few years, and Ouidad products have been key in keeping my hair looking neat + tidy as opposed to frizzy and unmanageable.

Whether you have classic curls, tight curls, loose curls, or kinky curls, Ouidad has shampoo, conditioner, and styling products suited to your curl type.

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The latest product from the Ouidad line I’ve tried is the Mongongo Oil Multi-Use Curl Treatment. It helps heal split ends (lifesaver!), while adding softness and shine. It can be used in the shower, or on dry hair. So far, I’ve only used it on dry hair as a leave-in (hello, shine!), but I plan to try these other uses as well:

As a conditioner: Pair a quarter-sized amount of Mongongo Oil with a drop of water in your hand. Work into wet hair and leave on for 3-5 minutes. Rinse.

As a heat protectant: Apply before heat styling to protect and help speed up drying time.

As a finisher: Warm a few drops between palms and apply throughout hair (focusing on ends) for frizz control and shine.

Talk about a multi-tasker!  Shop Ouidad at ULTA, Sephora or Nordstrom.

4. Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser + Vitamin E Face Moisturizer

Bestselling Cleanser + Moisturizer for balanced skin 

So fresh and so clean clean! I love the apothecary, back-to-basics vibe of this product line. Also, the functionality: Deeply cleanse sensitive skin with just a dime-sized amount of product. Works to remove makeup, too (no need for multiple steps + products, which I love).

The lightweight moisturizing lotion is also great for all skin types, including sensitive skin. The founders note it also works in place of aftershave (so this multi-use product is certainly worth sharing!).

This is my first foray into the Malin + Goetz product line, but I’m certainly not disappointed. In addition to high-quality, effective products, the fact that the products are made in the USA (through local, small, family-run businesses) makes me even more loyal to this brand.

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Thanks for tuning in to another round of “random beauty reviews.” Let us know in the comments below what else you’re interested in hearing about!

What We’re Into Right Now: Spring Skincare + Beauty

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You’ve heard us rave about Glossier (and soon we’ll review their latest product, Cloud Paint), but we have some new additions to our skincare and beauty routine to share, too:

Anti-Aging
Each March we’re reminded that our birthdays are just around the corner and that, well, we are aging whether we like it or not. Recently we’ve been introduced to some high-end wrinkle reducing, fine line minimizing, and preventative skincare products. We’ve been especially impressed by these three from Kate Somerville, Doll Face Beauty, and Fleur de Sante. Open to additional recommendations, too! For each of the following, a free sample was provided for review. Opinions are our own.

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Wrinkle Warrior gets two thumbs up! After reviewing this complimentary product, we’re excited to experience more from the Kate Somerville product line. To shop this product and others from the lineup, visit: kateso.co/Wrinkle_Warrior.

Doll Face Beauty
In this same category, we’re also super impressed with Doll Face DEFEND.

From the moment we opened the package we knew this was something special. There’s comfort in hearing that “eventually every Doll Face will see some early signs of aging,” and realizing that it happens to all of us. Thanks to Doll Face Beauty, there’s a new way to cheat nature and fight the signs of aging – it’s called DEFEND Intensive Age Defense.

Fleur de Sante
It was last March that I tried my first rose-infused beauty product – the Rose Face Mask from Fresh. I was intrigued by the ingredient originally, and have noticed it’s been popping up everywhere lately! Am I the only one who’s finding that some of the best beauty products are made with actual roses? 🌹 It’s scientifically proven to produce results, plus makes me all the more confident in doing what’s best for my skin (the alternative is, of course, chemicals).

This Intense Smooth Fine Line Minimizing Serum is from @fleurdesante and not only makes a gorgeous addition to the medicine cabinet, but appears to contain high quality ingredients and produce results. What more could you ask for?

And if you’re into the roses thing, also check out Glossier Soothing Face Mist (made with Rosewater) and/or Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater.

Lather Inc.
Next in the lineup, Lather. This line of holistic skincare products comes with some unique natural ingredient combos, like grapefruit + juniper and bamboo + lemongrass. We’re especially smitten with their Sea Kelp + Ginseng All-Over Mask (and yes, it can go “all over” – body, face, or even your hair). 
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If you’re into essential oils, you’ll love Lather products.

Sky Organics
If you’re into essential oils and DIY projects, you’ll really love Sky Organics. First, read up on the benefits of body care through natural nutrients. Next, decide which products are right for you and then read up on how you can make them yourself! You’ll likely pick a carrier oil and at least one essential oil (we love the freshly peeled scent of Organic Sweet Orange).

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For multi-purpose recipes and ideas for using your Carriers + Oils (and other ingredients, should you choose them), visit the Sky Organics Blog. I wrongly assumed one needed a chemistry degree to make hair masks, scalp treatments, and body butter, but I will be trying all 3 recipes out shortly. Follow along on TheJCRGirls Insta Stories!

Wander Beauty
Wander down the beauty aisle at Sephora at you’ll likely spot an up-and-coming cult fave, Wander Beauty. We gave the On-the-Glow Blush and Illuminator a spin, and we love the multitasking nature of this tool (not to mention the beautiful packaging!). The On-the-Glow Blush and Illuminator can be worn over 10 ways on the face, lips, eyes, and body. It’s perfect for gals on the go, and we love using it to refresh blush and highlights around the eyes between work and evening plans.

Shown here: Coral Rose / Nude Glow.

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Have you caught on to the Korean beauty craze? We just started exploring Korean products that are not available in the U.S., and have to say, there’s quite a few interesting lines worth exploring! For starters, check out the “Trending” section on Sephora.com to see a plethora of Double-Cleansing Oils, Watery Creams (we LOVE  Belief), Pre-Saturated Sheet Masks, and more. If you’re ready to take things a step further, a service called ShopandBox can help you shop for cult faves only available abroad, and then box them up and send them to you in a matter of days. ShopandBox is a global personal shopping service and they pair you with a “Boxer” to help you purchase the items you’re seeking.

Boxer Jess helped us find a few products we were interested in, including this Pantone Color of the Year Eye Palette, and then ship them to the U.S. for us to enjoy (along with several fun samples!).

Jess also recommended we test out a few of her favorite masks, and we’re excited to share details and results in an upcoming post.

What are your favorite beauty finds lately? Please share in the comments below or on Instagram – @TheJCRGirls.