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Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara Review

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

Hi all! I picked up a tube of @SmashboxArtists’ Full Exposure Mascara in my FIDM class a few weeks ago. We had an amazing guest speaker come into one of my classes and she brought us FIDM beauties some goodies and I just so happened to have picked up this mascara (my absolute favorite kind of beauty product)!

I must say the tube is pretty big compared to most mascaras. I guess I shouldn’t have been so surprised at how big the wand was too haha 🙂 I’ll start off with my likes of this mascara… I like the formula for the most part. It’s got little fibers in it which give my lashes amazing length. One thing I noticed and I really liked was that unlike most other fiber mascaras, this one was overwhelmingly filled with fibers. A lot of the time, for me, the fibers don’t lay on my lashes length-wise and they end up sticking out in all different directions making my lashes stick together and look spidery. The fibers gave my lashes just the right amount of length even after a few coats.

Smashbox Full Exposure MascaraOne Coat- first day trying it (Mascara only)

Smashbox Full Exposure MascaraTwo Coats – first day trying it (Mascara only)

Smashbox Full Exposure MascaraThree coats – After about a week or so trying it (Mascara only)

The formula itself though, I’m not the biggest fan of. It’s really great at lengthening and fattening up my lashes. I definitely cannot complain about that but it does make my lashes a bit stiff. Perhaps this is what curls my lashes so well? Perhaps its what keeps them curled so well from morning to night? I’m not sure but it doesn’t really allow for much movement after it dries. Maybe it’s just my bad habit for touching my lashes throughout the day (pushing them upwards to give the curl a bit of a boost). BUT adding on to the somewhat dry factor, even though it is somewhat dry, it DOES NOT flake. I repeat DOES NOT flake. BIG plus for me. I think this would be an awesome mascara for those with stick straight lashes because it seems to hold curls more since it isn’t such a soft formula. Not something I can guaruntee since my lashes curl as I apply mascara on them but I’d love for you guys to try it out and let me know if it works better than just using waterproof mascara 🙂

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara WandThe wand compared to the size of a business card…

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara WandMascara wand in front of my lashes (bigger than my eye since it’s closer to the camera but you get the picture… its HUGE)

Now comes my big downfall of this mascara… the brush itself is HUGE. I wanna say this is one of the biggest brush I have ever seen actually haha. Having a flatter, eye area and a smaller one, this really creates an issue for me. Luckily I almost always use an index card when I put on my mascara in the morning since I”m always in a rush to get to work. The mascara (if I didn’t use an eyelid shield) would get all over my eyelids and would end up ruining my makeup. It’s kind of heartbreaking because I have grown to really like this mascara but the wand is just so hard to maneuver around my eye shape. Bristles on the brush itself are awesome though… thick and full.

The Smashbox Full Exposure definitely delivers on the lengthening and volumizing claims they make and really does make my lashes look absolutely amazing. I will say it took me a few uses to get used to it and to use up enough product to get it to the consistency I like it to be at so when you first purchase it, make sure you give it a few days before you decide if you like it or not (just like you should with any new mascara you try). Don’t be discouraged by the size of the brush or by the way I’m describing my experience to you because it may be different for you. Who knows… maybe you’ll like the formula so much that you won’t mind shielding your eyelids when applying it 🙂

You can purchase this mascara on the Smashbox website or at Sephora for $19. Great price if you ask me for a 0.38 fluid ounce tube of prestige brand mascara.

xo, June 🙂


In the Biz: Jane Angelich, CEO of @supercollar

I am always fascinate with CEO’s and their story of how they go to where they are. I discovered supercollar when researching for new pet products and I found out the CEO was Jane Angelich. She was kind enough to share with us some insight on what keeps her ticking. Check out her answers below!

Where do you live?

I live in Novato, CA which is in the Bay Area.

If there was a theme song in your life, what would it be?

The theme song of my life is, My Way (as sung by Frank Sinatra) and the final verse edited by me

I’ve lived a life that’s full
I traveled each and ev’ry highway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way

Regrets, I’ve had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way
Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way

I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried
I’ve had my fill, my share of losing
And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing
To think I did all that
And may I say, not in a shy way,
“Oh, no, oh, no, not me, I did it my way”

For what is a wo/man, what has s/he got?
If not her/himself, then s/he has naught
To say the things s/he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows and did it my way!

What advice would you give to someone who wants to do what you do?

The best advice I can give a fledgling writer is to keep writing…anything and everything you possibly can write. I practice my craft by pitching stories about my pet product company, as well as responding to requests for information on any topic that I believe I can give advice or have expertise. Some of the requests I pitch require a set number of words, usually less than I would like, and that helps keep my writing crisp and to the point. Most importantly, I look at everything I write as a building block to writing better, whether it gets printed or not.

What is the key to being a successful woman in your industry?

The key to being a successful woman in my industry is the fact that I am willing to try new things. The older I get, the less I worry about “what will other people think?” If I think it’s worth exploring, I go for it. I think that the Maya Angelou quote that follows sums it up.

What is your favorite quote?

The quote that keeps me motivated is from Maya Angelou:

“Courage allows the successful woman to fail
and learn powerful lessons
from the failure
so that in the end,
she didn’t fail at all.”

More from Jane

For over 30 years, I have been a business coach, focusing on women-owned businesses, an entrepreneur, a writer and a speaker on the topics of lifestyle and family issues. As one of CNBC’s recognized experts on work-life balance issues, I have appeared on numerous national television and radio programs.

During my years in the corporate world, I held the positions of Senior Vice President of Human Resources and member of The Gap’s nine-person Executive Committee, in San Francisco and Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources for the investment- banking firm, Salomon Brothers, in New York.

After leaving the corporate world at the age of 39, I went on to found, grow and sell several companies and my entrepreneurial successes won numerous “best of” awards.

I am currently the CEO of Bright IP Concepts, the parent company for the pet product, the supercollar®, The supercollar®, the only patented dog collar with a built-in retractable leash, was awarded 2011 Most Innovative Product of the Year by 3M and is a 2011 British Airways’ Face of Opportunity winner. It was also a 2011 semi-finalist for ABC’s Shark Tank.

The product was launched on HSN (Home Shopping Network) and has been featured in USA Today, PEOPLE Pets, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Orlando Sentinel, Baltimore Sun, Haute Dog, Pet Age, The Gadgeteer, and other top-tier publications. It was also featured on CBS on The Early Show.

In addition, I wrote a business case study about the supercollar® for George Washington University School of Business, which houses the largest women’s business case library in the world. It was selected as one of a dozen of the most popular case studies in the library and is featured as a learning tool for women throughout the world.

For over eight years, I have been a volunteer for Guide Dogs for the Blind. In 2008, I became a volunteer mentor for Mentiium Corporation, a global leader in corporate mentoring models. Menttium offers comprehensive mentoring solutions that support the development and advancement of key talent in the workplace.

I am member of the Advisory Board of Marketing Zone,

I am the mother of two sons, ages 35 and 28 and a newly minted grandmother. My second book, What’s a Mother (In-Law) to Do? 5 Essential Steps to Building a Loving Relationship with Your Son’s New Wife was released by Simon & Schuster, It is the winner of the 2009 National Best Books Awards in the category of Relationships. My short story, Five New Sets of Eyes, was released by Adams Media in 2010. I am also the In-Law Relationship columnist for

My husband and I reside in Marin County, CA with our two Labrador Retrievers, Tess and Talbot.


Sigma Beauty Kabuki Brush Kit

Sigma Kabuki Kit

Hi guysssssss! I received these new @Sigma_Beauty brushes a couple weeks ago along with their Synthetic Brush Kit. The Sigma Kabuki Brush Kit features four gorgeous brushes made with synthetic fibers for maximum high def quality makeup application without absorption into the fibers. The brushes are super soft and apply both powders and liquids really well. Since I received these brushes, I’ve been testing them out for different uses. I tend to use brushes in ways that I think benefit me most rather than what they’re really said to be used for. Luckily, Sigma gives more of guidelines on what each brush can be used for instead of cut and dry directions (like a lip brush or a contour brush).

Sigma F84 Angled Kabuki

Angled Top Kabuki – F84

I’ve been using this brush for blush just like you would with any angled brush. I’ve even tried it with a cream blush and it works really well wet or dry. Just a quick cleaning with some brush cleaner and you’re ready to switch it up between products. This angled brush is a lot of like most other angled brushes I must say. Fibers are super soft and the brush is super thick but this one will join the other many angled blush brushes I own.

Sigma F82 Round Kabuki

Round Top Kabuki – F82

Sigma says this would be a great brush for foundations (creams, liquids, or even minerals). I used it once for a light layer of foundation and it works well but I still prefer to use a duo fiber stippling brush for foundation so instead, I use this brush to apply highlighter on my cheekbones. I know, some of you may think I’m an oddball for using this brush for highlighting but hey, it works for me. The bristles are so soft I don’t find it irritating the area below my eyes and the brush applies just the right amount of highlighting powder where I need it.

Sigma F86 Tapered Kabuki

Tapered Top Kabuki – F86

This brush is probably my favorite of the four because I love the way it looks and the way it feels. Sigma says it can be used to reach all the tougher areas of your face, for contouring, highlighting, or even applying primer. I’m not really sure I’d use it to apply primer but I do like to use it to apply concealer/foundation around my nose area. Occasionally, I try to go without a face full of foundation so I like to cover the redness around my nose with one product and one brush. This would be it. The bristles get right into the space between my cheek and nose perfectly. I don’t think I would use it really for highlighting or contouring but hey, it may work for you.

Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki

Flat Top Kabuki – F80

LOVE this brush as well. Super super soft fibers. If you read my post about my Royal and Langnickel brushes before, I was looking for this exact brush that they were out of. I’ve wanted this brush with these kinds of fibers for a while now! I like to use it to buff on powder foundation and to contour my cheeks with bronzer. It puts just the right amount of bronzer on the hollows of my cheeks and is soft enough not to take off any of my foundation as I put the bronzer on. Sigma also recommends this brush for foundation and I completely agree that it’s awesome for applying foundation (liquid or powder).

Hope you guys found this helpful! This set is super versatile and make a great addition to any large brush collection you may already have. I would say it’s definitely worth the $56 for four brushes. The brushes, since I’ve used them, haven’t shed or bled color at all. You can purchase them on Sigma’s website. Keep an eye out for my next post on the Sigma Synthetic Brush Kit with their four-piece eye brush kit 🙂

xo, June 🙂

Writer’s Note: This product was sent to me for review by the brand/PR. All reviews on by myself, June Ning, are unpaid and unbiased.


So Exciiiiiiiiited for my @Image_Beauty Package!

Hi guys! Super excited for my Hot Tools hair dryer from Image Beauty to come! I’ve been in the market for a new dryer for a while and I’m finally going to get a new one! I’ve been using a regular drugstore hairdryer that’s mini in size, high powered, but ridiculously loud and ineffective for the most part. If you don’t know, I have long hair. When I say long, I mean LONGGGGGG so a good professional hair dryer is a must to keep my locks looking sleek and lush.

Image Beauty offers some awesome beauty supplies for the everyday use or for professionals from curling irons, flat irons, dryers, and much more. Can’t wait to try it out and let you know how it works 🙂 For now, check out Image Beauty for your beauty needs!

Stay tuned for my review post on the Hot Tools Ionic AC Hair Dryer!

xo, June 🙂


Lise Watier Havana All Over Baked Bronzer Review

I received @LiseWatier’s Havana All Over Baked Bronzer a few months ago to try along with a bunch of other goodies and I must say this is actually one of my favs. I own lots of bronzers so I tend to hop from product to product depending on my mood and usually whatever worked best for me the day before (hence, bad makeup day=next product) but I always circle back to products I like. I’ve been using this bronzer for a solid 2 months now (realllly long time for me). It’s really pigmented which I like. I’ve lots of bronzers and powders that don’t seem to show up no matter how many times I swipe my brush over it. I love that I don’t get the bronzer dust everywhere, you know the powder that collects on your product from swiping your brush back and forth… most likely because it’s baked so it’s super compact, unlike a normal powder. Also, this bronzer doesn’t give my face that “dirty” or “muddy” look that some bronzers do. The shimmery cream, pink, and brown swirls give me just the right amount of color without being too shimmery, orangey, or brown. It’s literally a bronzer, giving you a bronzed look.

wearing it as my contour

I use this product daily to contour my face and I have yet to encounter problems with it. The way I have found that works best for me is to apply it with an angled contour brush right under my cheek bones then blend towards the hair line and upwards (to give my cheeks a little color) with a brush like the All Over Face Brush from Bare Essentials. Apply some highlighter right above my cheekbones and I’m set.

.71 oz of product compared to the .30-40 in most bronzers

I will NEVER leave my house with cheekbones chiseled since I have such a round face. In my opinion, a complete face isn’t really complete until you’ve contoured your face so a good bronzer is a staple item in my stash. If you’re in the market for a new bronzer I definitely recommend the Lise Watier Havana All Over Baked Bronzer. I can actually say I don’t have a single bad thing to say about this product. In fact, if you’re looking for the best bang for your buck this would be it. For $35 you get SO much product. Since its baked it’s got a dome-like shape so it’s not like its in a thin pan. I’ve been using this product daily and I’ve barely flattened the top of it. Try it and let me know what you think 🙂

I checked Naimie’s website and I didn’t see it there so I think you can only get it on the Lise Watier website. Check out their other fab products too!

xo, June 🙂

Writer’s Note: This product was sent to me for review by the brand/PR. All reviews on by myself, June Ning, are unpaid and unbiased.