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IT Cosmetics Tightliner rocks my world!

IMG_0750You know the drill, you curl your lashes, you apply a lash primer, you apply one, two, three coats of mascara.  Or maybe you use a lash enhancing product, prescription or otherwise.  We all go to great lengths **pun intended** to get the best, thickest, most luscious lashes.  What a pain!

But I have a new secret weapon!  It’s been a long kept make-up artist secret that you can make an illusion of thicker, fuller, lashes by using a black tightliner at the base of the lashes.  Tightlining is the use of an eyeliner very,very, very close to the base or at the base of your lashes, which gives you the look of a thick bed of lashes.

Now I’ve tried all sorts of products for tightlining:  Cake eyeliners; liquid eyeliners; powder eyeliners.  But all I succeeded in doing was making a mess!  I have thin, sparse, uber curly lashes.  There really isn’t anything wrong with them, but they are boring and don’t frame my eyes very well.  I’ve tried Lash Food, I’ve tried Latisse, I’ve tried primers.  They all work in their own way – sort of.  But now…

IT Cosmetics launched the Tightline Full Lash Length Black Eyelash Primer in a kit recently, and now is selling it in a duo on its own.  It’s a game-changer, as are many of the IT Cosmetics products, and it really does work.  The ultra-skinny wand helps you to coat your lashes at the root, which accentuates volume and length, and if you have sparse or missing lashes — raises hand –, the Tightline brush lays down black pigment along your entire lash line.  This fills in those sparse spots, creating a beautiful lash line and the look of an eyeliner!

I love this product.  When I use the Tightline, and then a coat of mascara, it speaks volumes.  In fact, some days, I can get away with just the tightline, which accentuates my lashes, and frames my eyes.  But why is this different from any other tightliner or primer?  In addition to the skinny wand, which really makes a difference, the wand also deposits conditioning serum from root to tip, full o peptides, collagen, proteins, biotin, nettle extract, green tea, jojoba, and vitamins.  While non prescription lash conditioners also have such ingredients, they either have a paintbrush applicator, so you can spread it on your eyelid, or a fat wand; neither of which really get to the base of the lash if you have curly Qs like I do.

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  • The one negative element of this product, is that IT jobs it off to Korea.  That really disappointed me, as I am a stickler for cosmetics that I can keep an eye on.  While the FDA doesn’t regulate the industry in the US, we do have more clarity in ingredients here, so I can keep better tabs on what is going on my body.  Fortunately, I know that IT Cosmetics as an organization is equally concerned with good for you, natural ingredients so I’m less concerned than I would otherwise be.  However, really guys?  We can’t make that here or in Canada?

The ingredients list is fairly clear, and primarily plant-based extracts:

CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF WATER, STYRENE/ACRYLATES/AMMONIUM METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER, WATER, BEESWAX, STEARIC ACID, COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, GLYCERIN, MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE, TROMETHAMINE,GLYCERYL STEARATE, HECTORITE, PHENOXYETHANOL, DIMETHICONE, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF POWDER, EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, IRON HYDROXIDE, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL, ARGININE, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, BIOTIN, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, CHOLESTEROL, EUTERPE OLERACEA FRUIT EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED COLLAGEN, HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, LAUROYL LYSINE, LECITHIN, PANTHENOL, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL,
PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) FRUIT EXTRACT, ROSA CANINA FRUIT EXTRACT, SERENOA SERRULATA FRUIT EXTRACT, CENTELLA ASIATICA MERISTEM CELL CULTURE, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, ANGELICA DAHURICA ROOT EXTRACT, ASARUM SIEBOLDI ROOT EXTRACT, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER/LEAF EXTRACT, CHRYSANTHEMUM MORIFOLIUM FLOWER EXTRACT, CNIDIUM
OFFICINALE ROOT EXTRACT, ECLIPTA PROSTRATA EXTRACT, HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES EXTRACT, JUGLANS REGIA (WALNUT) SEED EXTRACT, MORUS ALBA ROOT EXTRACT, PERSEA GRATISSIMA(AVOCADO) FRUIT EXTRACT, SAMBUCUS NIGRA FRUIT EXTRACT, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED EXTRACT, THUJA OCCIDENTALIS LEAF EXTRACT, URTICA DIOICA (NETTLE) EXTRACT, VITEX TRIFOLIA FRUIT EXTRACT, PALMITOYL HEXAPEPTIDE-12, XANTHAN GUM. MAY CONTAIN: IRON OXIDES (CI 77499).

Grade:  A-  I love this product, and will restock for sure.  The minus is for being made in Korea.

$29 for two is a bargain!

My close up sir!

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We all know that mascara can really make your eyes pop.  But do you look like a 1950s movie star?  Do you look like you just sprouted false eyelashes?

I’ve long been a fan of Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes.  While I have to say Gifted nudged LCL out of the running for my holy grail, I am happy to say that the latest incarnation, Lights, Camera, FLASHES is back in the running as the best mascara ever!

Why?  This über black, über rich mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes, illuminates, and conditions lashes and really gives them that va va voom factor.  My lashes are challenged.  With curly ques that make them curl back in on them selves, and all over, I struggle to find a mascara that doesn’t irritate my eyes, and also makes them look amazing.

Yay for Lights, Camera, Flashes!

This is a very different wand applicator, which is what Tarte claims is the unique factor in this product.  

Why is it different: This amped-up, ultra-rich black mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes, illuminates, and conditions to take lashes to the extreme. tarte’s triple black complex fuses iron oxide and mineral pigments to visibly blacken lashes for a rich, jet-black, intensified look that gives the appearance of longer lashes. It also uniquely reflects light onto lashes, creating a luminous “flashes effect.” The custom-engineered, molded, 360-degree dual-flex mascara wand combines short and long bristles for even-coated, clump-free lashes.

With the dual ended applicator, it’s easy to create thick, full lashes with the dense, soft side.  Then ,flip over the wand and comb out your lashes with the longer, firm-flex bristles.  I also love the limited edition gold packaging!

This is currently a QVC exclusive, and is available for $23, but I got mine in the last TSV (which has the next installment is due soon!)

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Image provided by Tarte

Verdict:  Love!  If you want thick, lush lashes, pick this beauty up.