The Jewel In My Sample Box

In the middle of all the glitz and glamour of the holiday season, Sephora offers a real jewel to shoppers each year and if you blink they are out of stock!  Ask Ana my friend and co-worker.  She missed it one year but got it the next! My suggestion is to program your calendar for October 15 and become watchful for their special box of holiday samplers:  Lashstash (mascaras) Give Me Some Lip and Liner (lipsticks) and Draw the Line (Eyeliners).

I purchase these for my two daughters and me (of course!) every year.   It’s a favorite for all of us and it’s under the tree Christmas mornings waiting for my girls to arrive.  There are sample-sized and full-sized products from all of our favorites such as Kat Von D, NARS, Clinique, Dior and many many more.

One of my favorites is a pigment-packed liner from Clinique which goes by the name of High Impact Custom Black Kajal.    Its tip is very tiny and as a result I am actually able to draw my line sooo close to my lashes which I love it!  Note the name – it is a kajal liner which is somewhat different from kohl and eyeliner.

Kajal liner consists of combination of natural ingredients and soot. It is organic in nature, making it soothing for the eye and it also helps protect eyes from infections.

Kohl liner pencils are typically made from powders, pigments and waxes. They have the smooth glide of kajal, but can be as messy at times.

Eyeliner can be found in a liquid, gel or pencil form, and can be harsher on the eyes compared to kajal, since it is not generally made from organic ingredients. It doesn’t have as soft a texture compared to kohl and kajal, or that silky finish many of us like as well.

I have noticed that it doesn’t crumble or shatter into pieces when applying it. It stays put on my water line for my entire workday. And!  What I really like is the color, texture and longevity.

You never know what you will find in a sample box.  It may be just the ‘jewel’ you are looking for!

*By the way, I wrote about Boots No. 7 products last month and I wanted to give you a quick update.  Since I have only used the Youth Oil and the Triple Serum Lift and Luminate, my good friend, Linda, has taken on the task of testing their top five products for comparison.  She is a makeup artist and has worked for Lancome for several years.  Over the next month, she will rate these products and have an article in the coming weeks for us!

It doesn’t matter what you wear as long as you wear a smile. – Chibird

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