Amaterasu Liquid Brow Liner

Amaterasu Beauty is a Canadian indie cosmetics brand, formulating eye pencils, brow pencils, mascara and face powder that are made in Japan. The liquid brow liner claims to be easy to use, waterproof, smudge-proof, sweat-proof and to last 24 hours in all conditions (hot weather, intense workout). The pencil has a microfiber brush to fill, shape and define brows and goes on sheer, but is easily buildable to a more opaque look.

Ingredients: Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Acrylates Copolymer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Diethylhexyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate, Alcohol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain (┬▒): CI 17200, CI 19140, CI 42090. Paraben and Phthalate Free

Directions: Store pencil on its side for optimum ink flow. Blot oil and/or powder eyebrow area before applying. Shake before use. Apply using short strokes and reapply to desired opacity. For a more dramatic brow, let dry for a few seconds between applications and layer.

The brow liners come in four colors; brunette (cool color for black/dark brown hair), cocoa (medium brown/warm dark brown hair), chestnut (auburn/honey brown/strawberry blonde hair) and taupe (cool tone for ashy blonde/gray hair). A color was difficult to choose based on the swatches on the website; all the colors look like shades of gray to me. I ordered brunette as I have very dark brown hair; this turned out to be maybe slightly too cool for me and I think I will try the cocoa next time, maybe layering with the brunette.

Above is the color brunette (my camera shows the color much warmer than it actually is) applied with a very light hand to get hair-like strokes. The color is very sheer and bleeds a little on the skin, so I find it a bit difficult to get hair width strokes, particularly since it needs to be layered (I am also not great at applying makeup). The tip of the pen is quite flexible as well.

I have thin brows after years of over-tweezing that are sparse at the inner and outer edges and lack definition. Before applying the liquid brow liner, I powdered the eyebrow area using Shiseido Synchro Skin Loose Powder and used two to three layers of the brow liner, applying lightly using short strokes.

Above are before and after 12 hours in warm weather and after a medium intensity workout. I have oily skin (as seen in the 12-hour photo) and have a bad habit of frequently touching my face. This is by far the easiest brow liner to use; I am not too sure why this is, but I think the brows turned out really well considering I rarely wear makeup and am not too good at applying. There was a bit of fade at 12 hours, however, no smudging and the brows still looked quite good. I have more confidence and look a little younger when I wear this brow liner. Since the color is sheer and can be layered, the brows are customizable for a natural or more dramatic look and I usually wear the brow liner with no other makeup on my face. However, since the color is sheer and needs to be layered for darker brows, getting hair-like strokes is difficult.

As above, one thing I noticed is that every time I apply, little microfibers come loose at the tip of the pen.

Liquid brow liners often have an issue drying out after a couple months. This liquid brow liner has been opened for 6 months thus far and still looks and feels the same with no drying.

The Amaterasu Liquid Brow Liner is great and easy to use. This is a favorite and I will continue to purchase.

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Indeed Laboratories Peptalash II Review

Peptalash II from Indeed Laboratories is a lash lengthening treatment that claims to repair breakage, lengthen, strengthen and thicken eyelashes, giving lashes three times the volume in 15 days.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua / Eau), Glycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17, Biotonyl Tripeptide-1, N-prolyl Palmitoyl Tripeptide-56 Acetate, 1,2-hexanediol, Polysorbate 20, Lactitol, Xylitol, Troxerutin, Pentylene Glycol, Panthenol, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Lecithin, Sodium Benzoate, Benzoic Acid, Citric Acid

Going over some key ingredients, Peptalash contains stem cells from the Swiss apple that slows follicle aging allowing for longer lashes; a lipo-oligopeptide that stimulates keratin, thickening and lengthening the lashes; Widelash, a peptide that conditions the lashes for length, strength and fullness; panthenol that moisturizes and conditions the eyelash; Hairspa for moisture; and a tetrapeptide to reduce vertical lines and crow’s feet. I thought the inclusion of this tetrapeptide was odd as Peptalash is to be applied to the lash line, but I guess might be useful for crepiness at the lash line or when extended to the outer corners of the eyes.

Directions: Twist the pen applicator and apply a small amount of Peptalash II to upper and lower lash line morning and evening. Indeed Labs recommends following with their eye cream, Eysillix II, which I also purchased and will post the review soon.

Peptalash has a clear liquid formula with a fine pen tip applicator that is easy to apply to the lash line. The green top twists and the product moves to the tip of the pen. Quite often I would have to twist the top 3 or 4 times to get anything out, then sometimes getting too much product, and sometimes twisting once would give too much product, with drops falling into the sink or into my eye.

I have short, thin lashes that grow a bit downward. For a review of other lash lengthening products I’ve tried, click here and here. I used Peptalash for 2-1/2 months twice a day, morning and evening, and the product ran out at that time (there were some wasted drops as mentioned above).

Because of how my lashes grow, results are a bit difficult to see in the photos. In the mirror, I noticed my bottom eyelashes were quite a bit longer; the top not particularly, maybe a bit of subtle length. I wouldn’t say I had 3 times increased volume as claimed, though in the photos, my top lashes perhaps look a bit thicker and no increased volume of my bottom lashes.

At about 2 months, 2 weeks before I ran out of product, the bottom lashes on the outer half of my right eye were very noticeably suddenly short, I gather due to breakage (maybe part of the reason my lashes are always short); Peptalash also claims to strengthen the lashes and reduce breakage, so perhaps not living up to this claim.

I got better results using the lash serum from BioBliss, however, at about 3 times the price.

Indeed Laboratories’ Peptalash II gives okay results; I was impressed with the length on my bottom lashes, however, it does not really perform as claimed; the price is good though to give it a try. I will not repurchase, instead maybe opting for argan or squalane oil for nourishing and conditioning; hopefully if my lashes are moisturized, I can prevent some breakage.

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BioBliss Lash and Brow Booster Serum Review

BioBliss is Prairie Bliss Botanical’s science skincare line. Prairie Bliss is a small Canadian spa and skincare company offering all natural and organic products. I’ve also used the Caffeine Fix Eye Serum and U-Fresh Mist from this company. Since trying B Beauty’s Eye Lash Enhancer and not seeing the results I wanted, I purchased the BioBliss Lash and Brow Booster Serum.

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The Prairie Bliss website lists the ingredients; however, it is a hover list and has a copyright label, so I’m not sure I’d be allowed to list it fully here. Please see their website for a full list of ingredients. I’ll go through the primary ingredients though. The two active ingredients are peptides; myristoyl pentapeptide-17 and myristoyl hexapeptide-16. The pentapeptide enhances keratin production, thus creating lengthening and thickening of the lashes. The hexapeptide also stimulates keratin and makes lashes appear thicker, longer and stronger. Apparently these two peptides, when used together, make lashes grow 25% longer. The other primary ingredient listed is castor oil. Castor oil is anecdotally touted as a hair growth miracle all over the internet. I have doubts about castor oil growing hair; this is the first ingredient in the B Beauty Eyelash Enhancer, which didn’t lengthen my lashes.  However, I have been trying castor oil as a weekly hair oil treatment. The BioBliss Lash Serum includes other oils and vitamins.

This product claims to lengthen and thicken lashes with visible results in 2-4 weeks and best results in 6-8 weeks. This is to be applied on clean eyes at the root of the upper eyelash once daily. This can also be used on eyebrows. As with most eye products, it should be used within 3 months.

I have short eyelashes that seem to grow straight out with no curl. Due to over-tweezing my eyebrows years ago, they are thin and some of the hair follicles are likely dead (I don’t expect anything to revive dead hair follicles).

I applied this to my eyelid at the root of the eyelashes with the small brush and also applied it to the root of my eyebrows in the evening. The product itself is white and has a bit of a medicinal smell. It is not irritating. About three weeks in I started noticing results; my eyelashes were a little longer. I didn’t see any change to my eyebrows though.

I used the product for 8 weeks, and definitely noticed results in the mirror as I applied the product close to the end of the 8 weeks. I thought the eyelashes looked longer, but I didn’t notice any increase in thickness. In the photos the results were harder to see.

The top photos are before and the bottom photos are after 8 weeks’ use. Zooming in on the photos, I’m not sure I can see too much difference in the length looking at the front of the eye (a bit surprising since I could definitely tell there was lengthening as I applied the serum towards the end of the review); however, the side profile definitely shows lengthening. I can also see the lashes are a bit thicker especially towards the root. It looks like I might have some graying on some eyelashes and on the after photos the coloring looks better and the lashes look stronger and healthier.

Something I want to note is that the company recommends this be used by 3 months due to bacteria buildup. This is pretty standard with products used around the eyes (mascara, eyeliner, eye drops etc.). The bottle contains 10 mL of product. I used this for 2 months on my upper eyelashes and my eyebrows, and the product was only a quarter gone at the end of the 2 months. The product could easily be half the size.

I’d likely purchase again. I was hoping for more length, but perhaps with the way my eyelashes grow straight out, the length is harder to see. There are definite results with the eyelashes looking healthier and thicker. I was also hoping for at least thickening of the eyebrows as well. I might look for another product with the same active peptides in it; whether a product does what it claims depends on the concentration of actives used. There have been good, proven results with products containing prostaglandins, but I’m a bit reluctant to try these based on side effects.

B True Beauty Eyelash Enhancer Review

B True Beauty is a company that uses 100% all natural and certified organic ingredients and uses packaging that is recyclable, natural and biodegradable. The Eyelash Enhancer uses 100% organic ingredients and claims to enhance and accelerate the length of the eyelashes where you can start seeing results in as little as 7 days. In addition, this product is formulated to condition, thicken and fortify the eyelashes. It can be used on eyebrows as well.

The product comes in a tube with a mascara-like wand that you brush onto clean eyelashes like you would mascara; to be used in the evening. It can be used for people with sensitive eyes and those who wear contact lenses. The tube should last 6 months.

Ingredients: Certified Organic Castor Oil, Certified Organic Argan Oil, Certified Organic Aloe Vera Oil, Certified Organic Rosehip Seed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Certified Organic Vitamin E Oil, Certified Organic Lavender Oil, Certified Organic Lemon Oil.

The first ingredient is castor oil which has been touted as a go-to natural hair growth ingredient with anecdotal positive results. I couldn’t find any actual scientific articles, however. It seems it might contribute to scalp health which in turn can lead to healthier looking hair. Then there are other plant oils – argan, aloe vera, rosehip seed, apricot kernel and vitamin E. These oils provide omega fatty acids, moisture, conditioning and nourishment to hair and skin. The last two ingredients are lavender and lemon essential oils. I’ve read that these essential oils contribute to scalp health and therefore hair growth. This might translate in a similar way to health of the eyelids at the root of the eyelash.

I have short, thin eyelashes and B True Beauty Eyelash Enhancer is the first lash lengthening product I’ve tried. It is a thin, pale yellow oil. The smell is a bit like pine needles; it smells like it would be irritating to the eye (I didn’t find this to be the case, however). Small beads of oil stick to the eyelashes and get on the eyelids as well. I used this product for 4 to 5 months. I didn’t see any lengthening or thickening of my eyelashes, but I was surprised to see they looked healthier, more moisturized and smoother. Mascara seemed to apply better and my eyelashes looked nicer in mascara than previous. It didn’t occur to me until trying this product that like hair, eyelashes and eyebrows need to be nurtured and moisturized especially with the stress of eyebrows being waxed and tweezed and eyelashes being coated with mascara.

While this didn’t lengthen or thicken the eyelashes, it did make my eyelashes look healthier and more moisturized. I’ve just started using marula oil (from The Ordinary) on my hair and feel like I might get similar results using it on my eyelashes as well (at a fraction of the cost).

I’ve since bought Lash and Brow Booster Serum, a new product in the medical skincare line, BioBliss, from Prairie Bliss Botanicals. I’ll be using this on my eyebrows and eyelashes, so keep an eye out for that review in a few months’ time.