After the researching and questioning, I’m officially glad to say that I’m satisfied on settling with my Cricut Explore! It cuts soooo well and at a size of 1cm I have my own set of nail decals!
What you need…
1. The Cricut Explore depends on a computer pretty much to get the whole design and cut process going so I decided on the designs that I wanted and kept them a good size. Don’t scale it yet.
2. Upload designs onto Cricut Design Space and scale it down to a width size of approximately 0.7-1cm depending on size of nail. When ready get the Cricut to work its magic.
3. Paint nails. I used China Glaze Hologlam Don’t Be A Luna-tic.
4. Remove the nail decals and paste them onto nails. Seal with topcoat.
Voila! It’s complete!
Spending the whole of my Sunday clearing and organizing, my Cricut Explore finally has a designated place in my room. I’ve had this Sony display stand lying around which now has a proper purpose as a stand for my Cricut. Unfortunately I never really liked the stark logo and have tried to remove it countless times with no success. Now with my Cricut all set up, I wanted to test it out. I created a monogram with my initials on the vinyl I bought 2 weekends ago. Create, upload, cut… Logo problem solved! Can’t wait to create more projects soon!
I was at Parkway Parade today and decided to head to Watsons on the way to lunch to grab my go-to eyeliner Silkygirl Perfect Stay 20hr Eyeliner. Guess what? It’s on sale! Only $6.90 (usual retail price S$8.90)!!! I decided to stock up and purchased 2 blacks and 1 brown.
After trying on a bunch of different brands (ranging from S$6 to S$80), I really feel these are my fav. By the end of the day my lids tend to get a little on the oily side and these liners seem to hold pretty well. Plus for the price they are available whether regular or sale, it’s sooooo affordable.
So I heard about this upcoming eyeliner via email and since I was running out of eyeliner I thought I’d give it a try. Said to be a long-lasting, precision liner gel liner in a pen. Sounded pretty good! Plus Benefit has awesome packaging and marketing that really makes their products look yum.
Furthermore I have been using Benefit They’re Real mascara which has been a pretty awesome product. Mascara isn’t clumpy which is a major thumbs-up for me.
I purchased a piece at Sephora for S$38 on the launch day. To begin, the product construction is pretty interesting. The pen is slim and easy to grip. The tip is a soft rubber that discharges the gel with a twist effect. It took a couple of twisting to get the gel flowing and on my first application, it got some getting used to.
The result of the eyeliner was thick and bold which is perfect for night makeup. As I’m more use to thinner liner in the day, I needed a tad more control to get the right consistency for a lite effect. While the first application was rather creamy and smooth, its been already about two weeks in and it feels a little drier.
My usual test to conclude if an eyeliner is good usually comes from it’s hold throughout the day. Most eyeliners tend to smudge under the eye from the outer corners. While I wouldn’t say it was a bad smudge, there was signs of it.
As for the waterproof test that 81% claim… well… it wasn’t for me. It pretty much drained after a bath. Maybe water-resistant would be a better terminology for the product… maybe.
Another observation I noticed the day after every application is that the gel liner seems to clump out of the pen tip. The twist mechanism on the pen is far from sensitive. A little twist and nothing comes out until hours later and too much would give enuf to last you for two days which means ultimately applying it with a brush if you plan on maximizing the product instead of just cleaning it away.
The great part of Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner however is removing it at the end of the day which comes off pretty easy.
For bold eyeliner lovers, you would probably enjoy using this. But in my opinion (for someone who has applied eyeliner using the whole range of techniques) it is not exactly idiot-proof and I would not recommend this for novice eyeliner users. While I’m trying hard to love this product, I would probably return to my S$8 for Silkygirl Perfect Stay 20hr eyeliner for better control on precision and long hold.