Im going to start this off completely honest. I am by no means a "runner". I have not yet entered a marathon, I am not up at the crack of dawn on a Sunday running down the street looking beautiful and not breaking a sweat. (Hands up for who hates those people!?) I am however, a fairly fit girl who wanted something for me. When I started my new job, I was greeted by beautiful women of all ages, two in particular that love to run. Both for different reasons, and the more I chatted with them, the more I realized it's more therapeutic for them than about the calorie count or the weight loss. It was a refreshing take on exercise, as I will never be the girl who adopts a serious hardcore regime. After a few (a lot) of questions, and an unexpected four kilometre walk one morning to get my car after indulging on the wine a little too much, I decided that I enjoyed the feeling of being outside and walking. How far of a stretch could running be? I was off to the store to buy the essentials to start and see what happened.
The first thing I was told by everybody who knows anything about running was that I had to invest in a good pair of shoes. It took some convincing, but I am so glad that I listened. I went to Sportchek (after having a not so great experience at a specialty running store here in Halifax) and found exactly what I was looking for. A pair of high stability sneakers, that would keep my high arches supported, and compensate for the fact that my feet are definitely inverted when I walk/run. I went with a pair of Asics, because they weren't too pricey, but they have a great reputation. I was told for a starter pair of shoes to expect a $100 price tag, and I (of course) got mine on sale for $69.99. I also picked up a Nike running belt, which houses two reusable water bottles, and a zippered pouch for whatever you're carrying. For me when I'm outside, it's my keys and my phone.
I enjoyed my first few "runs" ... I use the term in quotes because the first few times were more like a jaunt outside. A little run, a little walk... regardless it was exercise and an outlet for me to get out and clear my head. Naturally living in Nova Scotia, the weather does not always cooperate, so I have been to the gym to run the track, and I tried the treadmill route too. I much prefer to be outside, but if it has to be the gym, the track is the way to go for me. I find it very difficult to run on a treadmill without feeling nervous that I will fly off of it like one of those videos you see on Facebook.
The last thing I needed to make this a successful hobby was music. I have never been one to download music, I always listen to my music on YouTube because I'm a bit of a techie loser. But my bestie set me up with Apple Music and I haven't looked back. Any song at your fingertips, can be easily downloaded to your phone with one click, and those songs can then be played when you don't have access to wifi. (Insert the eye roll that you're all giving me, I know I'm so behind on the times)
The first time I decided I was just going to go for it, and run until I couldn't run anymore, I put my music in and started. I was timing myself out of curiosity and I ran without stopping for 7 minutes and 29 seconds. Working with women who can run 10km and full marathons without stopping, I was mildly dissapponted, but now I'm actually pretty proud of it! With work and some training I am hoping to be able to do a 5k run without stopping!
Now that I have my routine I can honestly say I am enjoying running, and I plan to get myself into a 5k run at some point during the Fall.
My advice to you? Run for the right reasons. If you enjoy yoga, or fitness classes, it might not be for you. But if you're looking for an activity that you can do basically anywhere, that's not too expensive, go ahead and give it a try! Just make sure you have some good tunes and a pair of quality sneakers that will protect your knees and feet!
Maybe I'll see you guys out there! (I'll be the one decked out in neon, sweating buckets screaming the lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody!)
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One of my favourite blog posts to read is what people are using. Any sort of products, whatever they may be interest me, but skincare has always been a soft spot for me. Lately I've been thinking that I'm in a skincare rut, and the last few days I've noticed it's not a rut at all. I've been repurchasing and using the same products for what seems like eternity and guess why? Because they work, and keep my sensitive skin happy!
Let me break down what I do for my nightly regime. Now this isn't any special add ons like masks and exfoliants - this is the daily grind. And I absolutely love every single one of these products. I'll run through them in the order that I use them!
Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Solution - If you have been a follower of mine for five minutes, you already know about my obsession with this. It removes my face and eye makeup, cleanses my skin on nights that I'm simply too tired to do the double cleanse, and leaves it feeling soft and not stripped of moisture. Lately I've been using it on a facecloth instead of using facial cotton. Not only does it create less waste, but I get a quick exfoliation nightly when I use my face cloths!
Clarisonic Mia and Philosophy Purity Cleanser- I absolutely love these two together. It doesn't give me a super foamed up cleanse, which I normally enjoy, but I love that this cleanser can be used on the eyes to get any last traces of mascara off. Great for days when waterproof mascara is a must! When using the Clarisonic, I always apply the cleanser all over my damp face with my hands first, and then go in with the Clarisonic. I find the cleanser spreads easier that way, and it's not just concentrated on the first place I put the Clarisonic down on.
Kiehls Ultra Facial Toner - This is the first toner that I have ever repurchased. I got my first taste from a deluxe sample given to me, and I wasn't long going to pick up my own bottle. I use this every night and my skin loves it. It gives my skin an extra boost of hydration, and it feels soothing as soon as I apply it. It's thick enough that I just shake some into my palm and press it into my skin, again letting go of the need for facial cotton. I find I use much less product this way, and the environment is happy to not see all that cotton being thrown away!
Kiehls Iris Extract Activating Essence Treatment- When I first started using this product, I thought it was an extra step that wasn't going to wow me. It wasn't until it got pushed to the back of the rotation and I stopped using it that I really started to appreciate what it did for my skin. It has become a great mild exfoliant for me, and the texture of my skin really improves when I am consistent with it. I am still working through a deluxe sample size, and because you only need a few drops, it has lasted forever! I also shake some of this into my palms and press it into my skin. (Don't forget to use the excess on your neck and the back of your hands!)
Khiels Midnight Recovery Concentrate- This is my third bottle of this product. The biggest difference for me when I use this, is the redness in my skin. If I am inflamed or dealing with some leftover breakouts, this magical stuff clears my skin by morning everytime. I have come to love the scent of it so much, as soon as I smell it, my body knows it's time to start winding down. It truly is a senatorial product that I will continue to use for the foreseeable future.
Shiseido Wrinkle Resist 24 Eye Cream- I don't remember ever using an eye cream that I love as much as this. The texture is so thick and hydrating, that signs on dehydration lines are diminished imwith just one use. I always tell people that eye creams are not magic. They are also one of the first things that people skip when they get lazy with their skincare. Rule number one: You can't expect anything to work while it's just sitting collecting dust on your vanity. Slathering this on at nighttime makes sure that my skin is plump and prepped for makeup the next morning, and it absolutely never fails me. If I wake up through the middle of the night, that layer of moisture is still there! I have yet to come across an eye cream that will completely rid you of all wrinkles, but this one is damn close! I apply my eye creams before my face creams, because I find I use a lot less of both that way, and I always have the tendency to slather my face cream under my eyes if I apply them first.
Clarins Multi-Activ Night- This must be my fourth of fifth jar. It got me through an entire Fall/Winter season last year and kept my dry patches at bay. It also does not irritate my sensitive skin, and it doesn't feel overly tacky. (Who wants to stick to their pillowcase at night?) It is one of the only antioxidant based creams that doesn't irritate me, and I am smitten!
Clarins Super Restorative Décolleté and Neck Concentrate- If you guys want to jump all over me and call me on my diva ways, this would be the product to do it with. But I can't help it. This immediately makes the skin on my chest look better, and it truly has helped me with the dreaded line going down the middle of my chest. I am a side sleeper tothw extreme. Not only do I sleep on my side, but I seem to want to curl into the fetal position, and the deep line that would take forever to go away in the morning is finally starting to relax. I'm a girl that's all about prevention when it comes to skincare. It is SO much easier to start a great routine earlier than it is to wait until things start to really become a problem. This has a hefty price tag, but it will continue to be by my bedside as long as I can afford it!
I know this skincare routine might look daunting, but it takes me less than five minutes to get this done and get in bed. I'm so curious to know what you guys are using! Let me know in the comments or leave your skincare regime if you're a blogger as well!
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I am ecstatic to say I am enjoying my first "long weekend" in what feels like forever. After a great sleep last night, and getting everything done this morning from laundry (even my bedding!) and making my lunch for the week, I find myself sitting down at 2pm with nothing to really do. I rarely find myself in this position, but I thought what a great time to get my first "lifestyle" post in! I thought about what has changed most in my life lately, and one of the first things that came to my mind was my wardrobe. Since leaving my old job behind, I have said goodbye to 90% of my black clothing, and I am welcoming in the Summer colours with open arms. The first few days at the office were horrible for me, because I simply wasn't organized! I found myself rapidly tearing my closet apart morning after morning, trying to figure out what colours go with what ( 7 years of wearing all black will do that to a girl) and I would always come home to a tornado of clothing to put away after work. I've started following so many amazing fashion gurus, and I have it down to a science now. I went out on one (okay seven) shopping sprees, and I got myself some basics. To avoid getting overwhelmed I packed my closet with color codes. Light pants, dark pants, shoes to go with light pants and dark pants ... countless blazers and blouses. And I have truly come to appreciate the neutral shoes. That can be another post for another day. Right now I wanted to let you guys know that if you do not already plan your outfits for the week, you must get aboard this train. Normally its a Sunday, and I will plan out five outfits jewelry and all, and put them on a hanger. All together and all ready, it is literally a matter of grabbing a hanger and putting everything on in the morning. Now that I am about a month into it, I am starting to know what works with what, and the process is just getting faster. There are a lot of other things I do to make my mornings go smoothly, but this has hands down been the biggest time (and stress) saver! I have been posting some of my outfit choices on my Instagram, and you guys seem to love it! I will continue to do so, and would love to be tagged in some of your outfits! The shopping will never rest for me, I feel like my possibilities have opened up and I am so excited to keep making outfits!
Do you guys have any major time savers in the morning? Let me know!
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Alright guys, grab a snack and let's catch up. For someone that normally has no news, or much excitement going on in her life; your girl has got some serious news. Lots has changed in my life, and it will definitely be reflecting in my writing.
Let's go back to the beginning. I had been feeling less than fulfilled in my job for some time now. Let's be very clear, I absolutely love what I do, and the people that I work with are some of the nicest people I have ever met. I truly made some lifelong friends, and I am so grateful that I was able to do it for as long as I could. That being said, retail in general can be very taxing on you. I know a lot of you probably have worked a retail job at some point or other in your life, so I will leave it at that. Besides that, I was looking for a change that could accommodate my freelancing business better, and just give me a more scheduled life. Being a Type A personality, the thought of having structure in my schedule was a complete turn on for me. And to be honest, the opportunity kind of fell in my lap. I saw a posting on Facebook for an office administrative position. Full time, benefits, Monday-Friday. Say no more! I blew the dust off my resume that I hadn't looked at in seven years and thought I would take a shot in the dark at it. Fast forward, and I have found myself in an amazing office, with a great group of women. The job itself was a huge change, but along with it came a lifestyle shift. I pack my lunches everyday, I can plan my life without having to pine over schedules, and the most fun part? I do not have to wear black every single day! After the sheer panic of having to dress myself like a presentable adult five days a week wore off, I started shopping (at the thrift stores of course) and I have built up a pretty amazing wardrobe. I caught myself taking selfies of outfits, and really putting more effort into what I wear.
So here is where the changes are stemming from. Girl Met Blush will always be about Beauty. A makeup junkie doesn't just put her highlighters and lipsticks down because she got a new job. In fact, the women in my office keep me on my toes with beauty questions and dilemmas. And I did decide to keep my old job part time. But there are so many other things I would love to chat with you guys about! Fashion, accessories, lifestyle products etc. The list is truly too long to list. As you can imagine, working full time, with a part time job plus your own business on the side can take its toll, but with my schedule under control, I am hoping to be able to post more often, both on the blog and on Instagram! I already put up a post of a few outfits I've worn, and it will only grow from there!
My readers are the reason I have been successful with this blog, some of you have been with me from the very first post! I hope this change excites you, and you are looking forward to getting to know me on a bigger platform than just beauty.
If you have any questions, as always do not hesitate to ask!
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I sit here bringing you this post from my couch, with an ice pack on my face. I've been put through the ringer once again with my skin and wanted to give you guys some tips about Chemical Peels. They are one of the best treatments that you can do, but can definitely have some side effects that aren't so pretty.
Last Wednesday, I had one of those long days that just don't seem to end. The kind of day that makes you want to get in a hot shower and scrub your entire body so hard, until the shitty day you just had runs down the drain. I took the opportunity to use a new at home peel that is going to be launching on the market very soon. It's a two step process, apply the solution to cleansed/dry skin, and a post procedure balm to use afterwards. Seems easy enough right? We are talking 25% acid base that normally would be something you would go to a professional for. The peel went great, and my skin felt amazing afterwards! I applied the balm, went to sleep and woke up with smooth and clear looking skin. Win! Everything was great, I went to work the next day, and when I got home I cleansed my skin and applied my regular skincare. The next morning, hell started. Whiteheads, swollen skin, redness for days. We are talking code red reaction.
Normally I am quick to blast products that irritate skin, but my instinct this time is telling me that it wasn't the peel that caused the reaction. I think it was my fault by putting my normal active skincare on my skin when it was still "fresh" from the peel. Nowhere in the instructions did it say to keep using the balm until your skin had a chance to heal, but I think that's where everything went wrong.
A trip to the clinic, steroid pills and a topical cream later, my skin seems to slowly be getting back to normal. This has been a life lesson for me, and should be for all of you as well! If you decide to do an at home peel, make sure you baby your skin for up to a week afterwards, wear your sun protection during the day, and make sure you use the product as directed!
Some may may say I deserve this, as we all know I have sensitive skin. I used to react to absolutely everything and I have to say my skin has become a lot more resiliant to products. Maybe this was a little too much for me, but had I continued to use the balm provided with a peel for a few days, I truly feel I would be in a much better place right now!
Have you guys ever done a chemical peel?
Sometimes a product launches that just makes me squeal with excitement. Normally these products are highlighters and blushes, but this time an eyeshadow launch gave me the best high one could ask for. The Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow collection has had me weak in the knees for the past week.
Magnificent Metals are nothing new to the brand, they had the original launch which were small potted eyeshadows that truly ended up being beautiful but difficult to work with. They were crumbly and produced a ton of fallout. Most of the shades have already been discontinued, but these new kids in town are ready to pick up the slack.
Eight shades all boast the glitter and gleam that sparkle lovers will appreciate immediately. The formula feels cooling upon application, and wore all day for me without creasing. They can be easily mixed and matched, and look amazing as an inner corner highlight. I like to use the doe foot applicator to pack the product on my lid, and then blend with my ring finger. I experienced zero fallout while applying, and only noticed a few specks of glitter that fell during wear time. All of the colours swatched incredibly well, with the exception of Gold Goddess. That was the only one that was a little patchy and harder to work with. I will stop gabbing and get to what we really want to see. The swatches!
For anyone that is looking for an inner corner highlight, Diamond Dust is for you. It's also the perfect shade to use a topper over other shades, to really give you that pop.
Where were these shadows for my New Years Eve party!? Luckily, I have an event coming up in a couple of weeks, and these will be shining front and centre!
What at do you guys think of these shadows?
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Sometimes there are products that launch that just make sense to you. Products you know you will use until they're completely gone, and not a flashy limited edition launch that you will obsess over for a week and then put it in a drawer forever to be forgotten. The new CandleGlow Sheer Perfecting Powder from Laura Mercier is just that. When I saw this in store, I was drawn to it immediately. The blurred out glowy skin on the advertisements, the sleek and classy packaging of Laura Mercier... the whole experience was intoxicating for me. I swatched it on the back of my hand, and the glow pulled me in. Not a trace of glitter or even micro shimmer. Just a reflective glow staring back at me.
This powder retails for $46.00CAD and comes in 6 shades. I of course chose the lightest shade, and it works very well on my skin. It gives me enough colour to give my skin some life, and never makes me look chalky. With the very sheer finish it gives, I can see this working well as a bronzer (obviously with a darker shade)
I think that people with dry skin will really appreciate what this powder has to offer. It does not cling to my dry patches, it sets my foundation effectively without making my skin look dull or overly matte. It definitely helps to blur out any imperfections and gives the skin a very subtle glow. Think Hourglass Ambient Powders! If you're looking to maximize the glow, you can apply with a sponge, or tap directly on the cheekbones with your fingers. For me, I will stick to using this with a fluffy brush all over my face, to take away any tackiness left over from liquid foundation application.
I have zero regrets about this purchase. I will reach for this daily, and I know I will get my use out of it! Laura Mercier has always been a solid brand for me. I will purchase her products without doing too much research, because she always nails it!
I have been on a pretty long journey to find the perfect foundation product for my skin lately. My skin is quite dry, red and it has the patience of a two year old. It can flip on a dime. The past few weeks I have been very sick, and for a few days I was convinced my nose was going to fall off because of all the Kleenex action it was getting. I was finding my current foundations (that I normally love) were just sitting on the skin too apparantly, and not flattering my skin at all. I saw this product waiting to be used in my collection and I am SO glad I opened it and started using it in my daily routine. For starters, it has SPF 25. I always use a separate sunscreen in the morning, but any added sun protection is just the cherry on top for me. The claim behind this product is that it detoxifies your skin during wear. It leaves you with a satin finish and provides light to medium coverage. (In my opinion, more leaning towards medium!)
Enriched with Acerola Seed extract, this product promotes oxygenation of the skin. Meadowsweet extract helps to keep the skin balanced, and it also has an anti-pollution complex in it. This is a rare product that I would not change a thing about. I love the squeeze tube with a pump packaging, the coverage is exactly what I want for day to day wear, and the skin loving ingredients just make it that much better. I wear this in the shade 00 Fair, and it will be a great winter match for me. This formula is fluid, and does not catch on dry patches at all, rather it makes the skin look luminous and healthy. This product has helped me get my makeup routine back on track, and I am so thankful I found it!
This is definitely the makeup I will be wearing for the next little bit. It has the ease of a BB cream, but (for me) the coverage and lasting power I would expect from a foundation. When I apply this I can't help but feel like my skin is taking a huge inhale, and exhaling all the toxins that we come into contact with daily.
What are some of your favourite winter face products?
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Before I get into this blog I wanted to say a huge thank you to all you readers out there. I was recently mentioned on Narcity as one of the 12 Beauty Bloggers you must follow, and I only have you guys to thank! If you'd like to check out the article you can click here.
Something happened to me in the Summer, and I have been keeping it mildly to myself until I was ready to shout it from the rooftops. That time has come, and I want to let you guys know about a skincare line that has truly changed my skin.
This past Summer I got an email from the PR Department at Kiehl's. They invited me to a Blogger event at the newly opened store in the Halifax Shopping Centre. Obviously my curiousity was high, as I have heard amazing things about Kiehl's, and until that store opened, I had only seen their products in airports while travelling. I had tried their hand salve, and their famous body lotion and fell in love with both.
The event was amazing, and of course I left with a bag of products to try. They gave us all personalized skin consultations and sent us home with the products that were matched to us. I remember being hesitant to try them, and it took me awhile to take the plunge. My skin is so sensitive and very reactive to most new products, and I remember I had a wedding to attend and didn't want my skin to be a mess. When I was ready I slowly introduced the products one at a time (If I started them all together and reacted, I would have no idea what did it to me!)
Let me be very clear when I say this. This skincare line is incredible. Not only did my skin not react, but visible changes have happened since I started using them. AND the big kicker, is I have repurchased them since I ran out. If there is ever a test to how much I like a product, it is when I will repurchase. I started with a fairly basic regime. Ultra Facial Cleanser, Ultra Facial Toner and Ultra Facial Cream. In the morning I would apply the Daily Reviving Concentrate, and at nighttime the Midnight Recovery Concentrate. On top of all of these, I have also been using the Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment.
I knew quickly how much I loved the products, and when I ran out of the midnight recovery concentrate, I knew I had to get my hands on it again. I added myself to their email list, and was happy to see that they frequently do promos online and I was able to get free shipping, 20% off, and my choice of four deluxe sized samples. I ordered right away, and that brought me to try the Nightly Refining Micro Peel Concentrate. That specific product is meant to accelerate the cell renewal of your skin. Similar to the effects of Glycolic Acid, but it is made with Quinoa Husk extract. I thought for sure my skin would react to that but when I woke up with nothing but clear and smooth skin, I knew I had found my skincare haven. I recently attended another event, and was lucky enough to get some other products to try. The Rare Earth Deep Cleansing Mask and the Cilantro and Orange extract mask are two of my go to's at the moment.
I still have lots to try from the brand, but I will continue to put my faith in them as nothing has disappointed me yet. I am excited to try some of their hair products soon!
Do you guys have one skincare brand in particular that you blindly trust with everything? I have a friend that is obsessed with Clarins and everything they make seems to love her ...
Can we also talk about how tomorrow is December 1st?! I am going to be posting once a day, everyday on Instagram in December to show you guys 31 products that I am absolutely loving. Both old and new!
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This makeup hiatus I have put myself on has proven to be a serious challenge. I cannot believe it is November already, and I have not broken once this entire year. The day I have been waiting for finally came, and I was able to pick up whatever I wanted with no guilt. The 20% off sale at Sephora is a big deal, as it should be. High end cosmetics rarely go on sale, so everybody should jump on the chance to get a break while they can. I like to go the extra mile and get the best value I can. My makeup motto has really become "try as much as you can for the smallest cost possible." So value sets for me are the way to go. I love when brands collaborate, and come together to make a mish-mash of products to discover and fall in love with. Im going to show you guys three different ones I picked up. The first is the biggest one I could get my hands on. Sephora Favourites: Trending Beauty's Most Coveted. It includes 12 bestselling products (5 full sized) including the nude Beauty Blender, Estee Edit Kohl Shadowstick in Black Viper, Urban Decay Vice lipstick in 714, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper and the Cover FX Enhance Click in Bubbly. The other products you get include a trial size of Becca Moonstone, Benefit Kabrow! (Shade 3) Glamglow Supermud, Laura Mercier Setting Powder/Puff, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, the Foreo Luna Play and the Tarte Marine Boosting 4 in 1 mist.
So I have mixed feelings about this set. I already have the setting powder, the facial mist, the Kabrow! and enough Beauty Blenders to blend out 20 football teams. But I was very attracted to the Becca Moonstone powder. I still have not tried that one, as Opal is usually included in sets like these. The Foreo was super intriguing as well, but I was disappointed when I saw that it only gives you up to 100 uses. I get it, they're expensive to purchase ... but still I'm bummed about it. I was also hoping there would be some sort of a kick back like $50 off if you decide to purchase the large size. I am an avid Clarisonic user, and I am just so curious to see what these little silicone gems have to offer me. There are a few things I am not really looking forward to, mainly the Urban Decay lipstick (I wish they would have put in a neutral colour instead of red) and the Kat Von D tattoo liner has never worked well for me. Then there are the things I am excited to try because I have no opinion. The Cover FX highlight stick, the GlamGlow mask and the Estee Edit kohl stick fall into that category.
Overall, these sets are always a love/hate. This retails for $90.00 CAD. If you want to purchase one thing in the set, its almost impossible to say no to the other ones tagging along. (To me at least!) I am excited to dive in and of course I will let you guys know any fails/wins!
These two smaller kits are getting me more excited than the large one. The Glow For it kit retails for $36 CAD and is 100% worth it in my opinion. You get the Becca shimmering skin perfector (liquid) in Moonstone, a Benefit Watts Up, Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops in C + Lemongrass - Radiance, Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Incandescent Strobe Light, Lancome Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter in Glowing Lights and Milk Makeup Sunshine Oil. The Sunshine Oil is actually very intriguing to me. I like the idea of the rollerball packaging, so hopefully that one doesn't disappoint me!
The Scouted by Sephora set would make a great stocking stuffer for any makeup lover. It retails for $28 CAD and features the products that were truly born and bred at Sephora. The Makeup Eraser was what made me buy this. I have been so curious about it since it launched, and if it does truly work, I am buying the full size as soon as my Makeup Hiatus is over at the end of the year. The Besame Lipstick Matches are also a cute product. It probably cost them 5 cents to make, but they still make me happy. The Grande Lips lip plumper is a perfect size for your purse and I am praying it doesn't burn too badly on my lips. The Milk mascara is a great trial size, and I am looking forward to trying that as well. And the colour of the Wander Beauty Lip/Cheek stick is up my alley as well. (Everyone can get use out of a dusty rose shade like that!)
All in all I am pretty excited with my purchases. I will be diving in this evening to see what ones are going to stand out. More details to come I am sure!
What did you guys get/going to get for the 20% sale? I love seeing what people buy this time of year. Im the crazy lady that will ask you whats in your bag at the mall!
As I sit here on a beautiful hot day, seriously considering if I should change my Facebook status to "In a Relationship" with my fan, I am dreaming of Fall fashion and pumpkin flavoured everything. Fall collections are starting to roll into stores, and I would be lying if I said I wasn't excited. I absolutely love Summer, but there is something about that first crisp morning that means a lot to me. Lise Watier as always did not disappoint. Let's dive in and talk about the limited pieces of the Chic & Rustique collection!
These are the things that always sell through first, so if they spark your interest, don't waste any time tracking them down! These shadows are the cream to powder formula that we have all come to love from Lise Watier, and I think they are a great mix of neutrals, with a few fall "pops". This palette retails for $44.00 CAD and I really have nothing bad to say about it! My only tweak that I would have made, was to include an actual brush. With the size of the palette, I think they could have done a nice double ended brush that would have made it a little more travel friendly. That being said, I am not a snob when it comes to sponge tip applicators, and you can definitely achieve a great look using them. The shadows are buttery and do not result with a lot of fallout. They do not crease on my eyelids, and that burnt reddy-orange tone is life for me right now. The colours that they chose look so great on all eye colours, and I really think anyone could use this palette.
The next product is also something that was right up my alley. The Eclat Velour Cheek and Lips is an absolutely stunning shade. During the Fall months I usually am a little more heavy handed with my eyeshadows and my eyeliners. Pairing a more bold eye look with a neutral soft cheek or lip, is a look that works for everyone! This whipped mousse texture blends onto the skin like a dream, and would work well as a base for a powder blush if you so desired. Tapped onto the lips, this gives a soft flush of peachy colour, I like to use this on top of deeper lip colours, just to give some dimension on the centre of the bottom lip. I also love the packaging. Its small, and can easily be thrown in the smallest of clutches for on the go nights. This blush/lip power duo retails for $24.00 CAD, and is limited edition for the Fall months!
Along with these limited items, Lise Watier has also launched several new eyeliners, a sculpting palette, a black/brown mascara and a blurring compact that I am excited to play with a little more. I have taken some photos/swatches of the items... If you guys would like me to review any of them individually, let me know in the comments!
If you want to check this collection out, head to your local Shoppers Drug Mart or visit their website here
Three of my favourite things about Fall are: Layering outfits with giant blanket scarves, Football and my birthday! What are three of your favourite things about Fall??
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If you are reading this blog, it's safe to say you have some sort of interest in the beauty world. And if you do, you have probably heard the buzz about Alicia Keys, and her #nomakeup movement. In a recent essay on Lenny, Alicia depicted her experience growing up and also in Hollywood, feeling the pressures of having to look a certain way, and portray a certain image in order to satisfy the unrealistic expectations of society. And let me start this by being frank, and to the point. I get it. I am by no means a Hollywood star. I don't know what it feels like to have my every move documented and I certainly am not photographed every time I leave my house. But just like any other breathing female on this planet, I too have been subjected to pressure to look a certain way and fit into a certain mold.
We are all guilty of judging other people. Get on your pedestals and claim to be perfect if you want, but we've all done it. And what better example than a red carpet Hollywood event. There are hour long TV specials after these events, where the sole purpose is to judge fashion choices, makeup artistry, and in the last few years, even nail colour choices. A sad fact that I don't think will ever change. Below is the picture of Alicia that started this whole movement. She showed up to a fashion shoot, from the gym, and the photographer insisted on shooting her in her raw beauty. And let me say, she is absolutely gorgeous.
This whole thing seems to have stemmed from a song Alicia wrote called "When a girl can't be herself" a song that's lyrics are meant to speak to women, and empower them. Make them feel that being in their 100% bare faced state, should feel amazing, and we shouldn't feel the need to pack on the makeup. One lyric that is highlighted in the essay is
"In the morning from the minute that I wake up / What if I don't want to put on all that makeup / Who says I must conceal what I'm made of / Maybe all this Maybelline is covering my self-esteem"
These lyrics were actually what made me look at this a little differently. Do I think its a good message for young girls (and grown women) to learn to embrace yourself without makeup on? Absolutely. Do I have days that I wake up and I don't feel like putting makeup on? All the time. The problem for me is that this movement is starting to push an already hot button topic, and giving "makeup shamers" a platform for more judgement towards those of us that do decide to put makeup on, whether it be a full face with falsies, or brows and mascara to run to the grocery store.
I was recently at an appointment with my family doctor. I have never seen her with a stitch of makeup on and to be completely honest I never gave it much thought. She is a doctor after all, and seeing her patients while constantly being called to the hospital to deliver babies must be tiring. I work in the beauty industry, and sometimes even I can't be bothered. She had mentioned to me in previous appointments that she chooses not to wear makeup, and that was really the end of the conversation. This particular appointment however was different. She told me that she does not support my industry, and would never want either of her daughters to pick up a piece of makeup. If people don't like who she is without makeup, then they aren't worth meeting. I have a few issues with what she said. Number one: Do not assume that just because someone works in the beauty industry, that they are shallow, vain people who would never be caught dead in public without makeup on. Number two: Who is she to try her best to keep makeup away from her daughters? They are both absolutely stunning girls, but it is only a matter of time until they express interest in it. And we all know how it goes when your parents forbid something. Thats how girls end up changing their outfits and packing on the eyeliner in the bathroom before school starts. Number three: Back to my earlier point, everybody judges. It sounds harsh, but trust me its true. First impressions are everything whether you're at a job interview, a first date, or even just meeting new people in a social setting. I have been talking to a lot of my male friends (and some of my lesbian friends) and asking what they are attracted to when they initially meet someone. I got a lot of the expected answers, a smile, a sense of humour... but almost everybody said "I like it when a woman looks like she takes pride in the way she looks" Digging a little further, I said "Oh when they have a full face of makeup on?" and the response was the same across the board. "Not a full face, but some gloss and a hairbrush go a long way" Bingo. And I completely agree. Small things can really make a difference. Now if you feel your best with cake makeup and drag lashes on, thats your prerogative - and if it makes you feel confident I say go ahead.
Another thing that I haven't even mentioned yet, are people with serious skin conditions. Vitiligo, Cystic Acne, Pregnancy Mask... the list goes on and on. Some of these people use makeup as a bit of a security blanket. To put their most confident face forward before they face this harsh world that we live in. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. As a makeup artist, I can tell you that there is no better feeling than when you're able to make someone look like the person they feel like inside. Giving a cancer patient their brows back, or covering acne that a junior high student gets bullied for everyday. Hell, even if I make an already beautiful woman feel a bit more beautiful and I put that extra "swag" in her attitude because of boosted confidence, I have done my job.
I guess the reason for the huge rant is I want to make sure everybody is remembering through this #nomakeup movement, that the people who choose to use makeup to cover, brighten, or alter their appearance are no less beautiful or brave than those who decide to go out 100% natural. Makeup is therapeutic for some people, and for others it is an outlet for their creativity. And where do I stand? I wear makeup almost everyday. And somedays I don't, but you best believe you will never catch me in public without my brows on!
What do you guys think of all of this? Are you pro #nomakeup movement, or are you pro confidence regardless of products used?
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Summer always brings great things. Longer days, patios and bronzed skin. Another thing I look forward to every year is the Lise Watier Summer Collection. For as long as I can remember, the collection has always been revolved around their HG bronzer, and this year is no exception. I have several of these bronzers, and although they are (I assume) the same product, I can never resist the packaging changes. This year was all based on Nautical inspiration, and being born in bred right beside the ocean, I had to have it. Luckily for me, Lise Watier reached out and wanted to send me a few pieces of the collection, and I have chosen two of them to feature. Along with the items I am going to tell you guys about come a couple of new core products including a deep green coloured eyeliner and three new shades of my favourite Rouge Fondant Supreme. And as always, some limited items such as liquid eyeshadows, a vibrant blue mascara, and two nail colours. If you are interested in purchasing something from the collection, they are available at Shoppers Drug Mart or you can order online here.
The bronzer from this collection is always a sold out product every year, and for good reason. It is a very flattering colour that is never orange or patchy on the skin. I love how versatile the bronzer is because I can use it if I am fully self tanned, but I can also use this bronzer when I am at my most fair. With the marbled texture, it adds a rosy glow as well as a bronzed look. I have never even come close to hitting pan on one of these babies, and I am always pleased to see the sheer size of it every year! The bronzer retails for $44.00 CAD. As for the other large palette in the collection ($55.00 CAD) I am pleased to say that I have been getting use out of this almost daily. My first reaction was very similar to what yours might be ... I will never wear that blue eyeshadow shade. I have dabbled in these shades (as some of you may know I recently had to have an emergency surgery to remove my appendix) so I really have had time to play with these colours, and I have to say even though the light blue shade doesn't swatch as smoothly as I would like, it actually looks quite nice on the eye. The navy shade has been great as an eyeliner, I always prefer a more smudgy looking liner, as opposed to a harsh line, and the colour really helps pop the whites of your eyes. The neutral tones in this palette are really what sold me. The buttery matte brown shade (which can also be used as a brow powder!) became a fast favourite, and the taupes and purple shades look stunning on the eye! I have gotten so many compliments while wearing this palette, and I am able to complete an eye look without reaching for a separate palette. The blush that lives in the middle of the palette was also a great choice. I have tried this on many different skin tones, and it seems to be one of those unicorn shades that looks nice on everyone! I was satisfied with the pigment and the blendability, and the soft peachy shade pairs well with any colour combination you could come up with from the palette. The packaging is very sturdy, and the mirror is fantastic. This will be in my travel bag next time I am on the road, not only for the array of product, but the giant mirror is always a bonus!
I hope you guys get a chance to check this collection out and play in store with it! It definitely brightened up my recovery process, and I will be using these all summer!
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If you guys follow my YouTube channel (GirlMetBlush) you probably already know that I have never actually tried a Sigma brush. It's mind boggling I know, but I always saw influencers from the US rave about them, and I knew that it wasn't something I could find in store in Halifax, so I never pushed to get them in my hands. Sigma was founded in 2009 and if you follow the makeup world in the least, you have definitely heard of them! (Seriously, if I had a dollar for everytime I heard someone say F80 (referring to one of their most popular face brushes) I would be rich. But sometimes when everybody is talking about something, there is good reason. And recently I was given the opportunity to try my first Sigma brush out courtesy of www.nailpolishcanada.com
I jumped at the opportunity and was sent the E45 Small Tapered Blending Brush, and I have to honestly say, I have used this everyday since it was sent to me. It is the perfect brush for so many things, I almost wish I had multiples of them. Everything from highlighting the inner corner of my eye, to smudging out shadow on my lower lash line! Not to mention it is the perfect brush to use if you are looking for the ever popular cut crease look.
The brush itself is very well made, and I wanted to hold off writing the review to see how it would handle some serious usage and washing. I have had zero issues with shedding, and the brush easily goes back to its original shape after washing. The feral is very well made, and I can tell this is a brush that I will have for years and years. For price point, these are definitely not the most expensive brushes nor the cheapest, but for the quality I think they are well worth the price. Nail Polish Canada also does free shipping within Canada on orders of $29.00 or more. They also do kits, which always end up getting you a better deal.
I wanted to put a picture down of this brush next to my favourite crease brush. The Lancome 17 has always been my soft spot for blending. Its something that I use daily for transition colours in the crease, or to go over an entire eye look. It is definitely more fluffy, which is why I welcomed the more tapered shape of the Sigma brush in my collection.
You can click right here to go directly to the Sigma selection. As soon as my make ban of 2016 is over, I will definitely be buying some of the sets they have! So excited that they offer free shipping, and I can finally get myself in the loop!
Thanks so much guys, I will talk to you soon! Also, if you have seen anything about the new Benefit Brow Collection (Launching this June!) Watch my latest video here to get all of the information!
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Hey Everyone! I wanted to sit down and just talk to you guys about things that have been happening in my life!
I have been getting SO many emails and questions about my 2016 Makeup Hiatus and I am happy to report that I have yet to break! I have done one Optimum redemption, which ended up being all things that I actually needed and nothing really wanted. Sunscreen is obviously a year round priority, so I picked up my favourite Lise Watier Sun Smart SPF 30. I needed a few other things, like my Dessange CC Treatment to cancel out any unwanted brassy tones in my hair. I also picked up a foundation (Marcelle Flawless) a concealer (NYX HD concealer in the lavender shade, and a grey eyebrow pencil from Shiseido that I needed when my hair was at full force grey! So far I am loving everything, I am working on a "What's in my everyday makeup bag post" and that should be up soon! Other than that, I have received a few gifts here and there from close friends who know I am on this hiatus, and other than that I have been going strong!
I even got through the first VIB Rouge sale at Sephora this year! I went in and got so overwhelmed I had to leave the store pronto. This resulted in me going home and quickly getting my online basket up over $500.00. I don't know where I pulled my strength from, but I took a deep breath and simply closed the app and walked away. The only thing I really regret not getting were the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops. I want those SO badly! There is also a limited edition eyeliner pencil on the Quo stand at Shoppers Drug Mart right now for $12.00 that it haunting me. It is so beautiful, I will be sure to Instagram it ASAP so you guys can pick it up if you're interested!
I also will be leaving soon to jet off to Benefit Headquarters in Toronto to see whats new there, and I am excited to say that I will be vlogging and brining you all with me for that trip!
My hair faded fairly quickly (as expected) but I have been aggressive with my protein and my hydrating treatments, so the next round should be a good step for me!
What is new with everyone else? Any launches you are dying for?? Let me know in the comments below!
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Sometimes cosmetic companies make bad decisions. Eyeshadow trios that are meant to be swiped across the lid all at once, or blushes that feel like glue on your cheeks are just a couple of examples. But sometimes, something magical happens. Companies hear your thoughts - and they do something about it. You might remember last year, Clarins had re-launched one of my favorite foundations. Everlasting foundation was fantastic, and when I found out they discontinued it I was very upset. Alas, the new Everlasting formula came and it was amazing. Much improved and everything was fine in the world. Well, Clarins has done it again. They've taken an existing product (Joli Brilliant Lipsticks) and reformulated. And once again, I am very happy with the upgrade. Let's get to the swatches, because let's be real... It's all about the colors!
Let me tell you why these lipsticks are a huge improvement over the old formula. I remember trying the old formula once before. It ended with me having glitter all over my lips, in the small cracks of my lips - and basically all around my mouth. Not cute. The colors themselves were beautiful, and yes they felt okay on the lips, but the glitter was just too much. The new formula however is way toned down when it comes to glitter. The formula is now more hydrating thanks to Organic Marsh Sampire, providing you with up to six hours of moisture. I always cringe at those claims, but the basic information is that these lipsticks are smooth, hydrating, and will not leave you with glitter cracks on your mouth! They retail for $28.00 CAD.
Another great product to look into from Clarins is their new Lip Perfecting Base. This retails for $25.00 CAD and is ideal for people that want to avoid feathering with their lipstick, and want a moisturizing base before lipstick application. This is a fantastic product to layer underneath a more matte lipstick.
What can I say Clarins? Thank you for being inside of my head and revamping the formula of these lipsticks! I love them now, Raspberry has become one of my go to colors!
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Spring is almost always my favorite time of year for Makeup launches. The return of pastel shades, softer applications and glowy skin have me frothing at the mouth, and aggressively stalking Instagram for new launches. This year is no exception - and the new Stila Aqua Glow launch has me chomping at the bit!
This foundation comes in a 30ml bottle and retails for $59.00 CAD. The self loading dropper makes for a perfect amount of foundation everytime, and the texture is amazing. The formula is very fluid, and filled with skin loving ingredients like ionized water and hyaluronic acid. Not only do you get an immediate glowing complexion thanks to the reflective pigments, but your skin will be more hydrated with continued use of this foundation. The coverage is light to medium but definitely buildable, and even with a few layers on, it never looks cakey! One of my favourite things about this foundation is even when set with powder, it keeps its glowy finish. It by no means is the longest lasting foundation out there, but with the help of primers and setting sprays, I don't feel the need to touch up throughout the day while wearing this. I wear the shade Fair/Light and I have experienced no breakouts or reactions! I am definitely a fan of this product, and I think it would make a great addition to anyone's collection who might be looking for a fresh glowy complexion for Spring!
The concealer also comes in a very serum based formula, and boasts the same skin hydrating ingredients as the foundation. I am satisfied with the coverage, however this concealer tends to crease under my eyes in a really bad way. If I use the baking method with my trusty Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Loose Powder, this problem is no longer an issue, so it's not a deal breaker for me. The color range of both products is great, and there really is something for everybody. Below I will post the shades, as you will see the lighting is completely different in this one shot for some reason, but you can still see the shades!
Again, I use the shade Fair/Light in the concealer, which retails for $35.00 CAD for 7mls of product.
Overall, I am very happy with this launch. Besides the issue of the concealer creasing under my eyes, everything else is a green light for me. Glowy skin, light/medium buildable coverage, and a great color range!
This is just the start for Stila, they are really launching some great new items, and if you've noticed they have also gone through some renovations with the look of their line. The new classy gold packaging is amazing! Goodbye to the drab cardboard packaging and hello luxury!
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Lets get real. Women (and men) have very different tastes in makeup. We have all been there when your bombshell best friend tells you that you simply HAVE to try this new makeup product, and even though it's way too expensive and you can't afford it, you take the plunge in hopes of turning into Beyonce. Only to question your best friends sanity because said product is the worst thing you've ever tried on in your life, and you ended up looking more LiLo than Queen B. This problem has been testing friendships for years, but luckily the new Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick collection has something for everybody. Ten creams and ten mattes, with a wide range of colors for every mood (even your darkest!) Lets get to the swatches, we will start with the creams!
The cream formula is my preference between the two, especially because if it's a matte look you're after, you can instantly turn any of these into a matte finish with the new (amazing) product from Smashbox called Insta-Matte. Expect to read a full blog on that product alone in the next few weeks! (Spoiler alert, it's amazing. Buy it.) these lipsticks are creamy and have the perfect amount of pigment. They last for a decent amount of time without feeling overly dry and they do not feather on my lips. I have found that my favorite way to apply is in sheer layers, slowly building the color to the intensity I want and not piling on a ton of product right from the get go.
I love the color range of the matte line, Mauve has quickly become an everyday staple for me. These lipsticks (as expected) do have a better staying power than the creams, but still do not make your lips feel like the Sahara Desert. The bold colors in this line make me feel vampy, and let's all just take a minute to talk about the elephant in the room. Yes Punked is a charcoal grey lipstick. No it does not look flattering on me, but I have sold it to so many women and on the right person, it's amazing. When my hair transformation is done and I am rocking the silver ombre, I will definitely revisit this shade!
These lipsticks retail for only $23.00 CAD which in the world of high end, is amazing. And from demure to sex kitten, there is a shade here for everyone!
What is your favorite shade from this line?
Happy Easter weekend everybody! I hope you're all enjoying your weekend and got some quality time in with those you love! This has been one of my most requested blog posts to date. Ever since the Garnier Micellar Water started popping up on my Instagram feed, people have been asking me to compare it to my beloved Bioderma. As with most products, it was launched in the US way before Canada, so I had quite the wait for it. I went to work one day, and a magical fairy (who shall be named Danah) had found it at Wal-Mart and left it in my locker. I couldn't wait to use it! I've done side by sides, and used the product alone. I am finally ready to give you all the breakdown! Let's first talk price. So Bioderma comes in two sizes (and a travel size that is only available at certain times) a 250ml ($19.95 CAD) and a 500ml ($26.95 CAD) while the Garnier is only available in an 400ml for $11.99. As always, prices vary depending on where you purchase, and both of these brands do have sales from time to time. Neither one has a fragrance added, and both rinse clean and leave no tacky feeling on the skin.
Overall, I find that the Bioderma does still remove my makeup more efficiently, and with less effort. I found myself having to work a little harder with the Garnier, especially when dealing with my eyelashes. The interesting part was, when removing my mascara I found that I had to rub a little more aggressively than I wanted to, which caused the formula to actually bubble, and left some suds on my eyelashes. This caused a small amount of irritation in my eye, which was truly my deciding factor in this. I also experienced a mild redness to the skin, with a few tiny whiteheads on the Garnier side. I prefer the Bioderma, and I truly think I will never like another Micellar water more than that one. The Garnier was okay - and if you really are on a budget it's something I would consider. But for the price difference (which isn't too alarming) I would stick with the OG Bioderma. For those long term users of Bioderma, if you were wondering if it's the same - it's not.
I will continue to use the Garnier on my neck/throat, and I use it to remove eyeshadow swatches from my arms all the time. But for my face, it's still Bioderma all the way!
What is your favorite removal process for makeup?
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Makeup trends like anything else, go through phases. Right now one of the highly popular trends are liquid lipsticks. I have dabbled in many different formulas, and let's be honest... My lips have paid the price. So many formulas tend to be drying, cakey, and simply uncomfortable to wear. Lise Watier has really impressed me with their new formula of the Baiser Satin lip products. These apply smoothly, give great opaque coverage, last for a long time on the lips, but feel very comfortable. I don't feel the need to top these with a gloss or a balm, but I have used a light lip balm underneath, and it didn't seem to have any impact on the wear of the product. These lippies retail for $28.00 CAD and will get you 6ml of product. The doe foot applicator seems to have a hole in the middle, to hold product. During application this seems to help give you an even application without having to dip back into the product several times. Short story, I love these and I definitely recommend them! Now onto the swatches...
Starting from left to right: Natural Kiss, First Kiss, Candy Kiss, Blushing Kiss, Bombshell Kiss, Red Hot Kiss, Tango Kiss, Flamingo Kiss, Wild Kiss, Bubbly Kiss, Fancy Kiss and Infernal Kiss.
What is your favorite color!?
So here I sit. I am at Life Salon and Spa in Dartmouth with two amazing stylists Robynn and Chloe making a huge change to my hair. Safe to say this is a product of not being able to buy cosmetics? I am dying for a change. My first month on a hiatus went better than expected. Only one product really sparked my eye enough to take action. Physicians Formula launched an oil based Coconut Water primer spray, and everything about it made me want it. The frosted glass bottle, the promise of hydrated, dewy skin. Mostly I loved the idea of the spray bottle. I really enjoyed the Smashbox Primer Water last year, so add a little bit of oil and I was fair game. My friend Danah actually ended up buying it for me, and we swapped for a Benefit concealer that I already had. Needless to say, my skin reacted horribly to the product, and instead of sweet coconut, it smelled like raunchy vinegar. That'll learn me. So far, I am staying strong and the 20% off sale at Sephora is coming before you know it... (It's usually in April!)
You guys have been great with your emails and comments keeping me strong! I can't wait for you all to see my hair transformation. Of course I will keep you updated!
This is an exciting one you guys. Nothing brightens up a winter day than the arrival of a Spring Makeup Collection. Canadian icon Lise Watier did not disappoint with her Variations de Nude assortment. Shadows, blush, contour sticks, dual ended brow products, balms ... There is something here for everyone. Let's get into it! Swatches, prices... Everything!
The first thing I grabbed when I saw this collection were the balms. All I could think of, was finding my high end match for my all time favourite Baby Lips in Cherry Me. And I was right. These balms are so smooth and hydrating, and give me a great wash of color without being too high maintenance. I wish they had more of a pointed tip, instead of the rounded tip, because it would give a more precise application, but that is by no means a deal breaker for me! These balms come in three shades, and retail for $20.00 CAD.
The next thing that grabbed my eye was the large eyeshadow palette. I was so happy to learn that this is highlighted in the Spring collection, but it will be a permanent product in the Lise Watier line. It retails for $65.00 CAD, and contains 12 shadows. There is an assortment of matte and shimmer shades, and one particular shade that has captured my heart.
See the second last shade on the top row? That mustard seed shade? Where has that BEEN all my life. It's seriously my new obsession, and I can honestly say I don't have any shade close to that in my embarrassingly large makeup collection. These shadows were interesting to me. They apply to the eye beautifully. They blend well, and keep their color pretty true to pan. However when I went to swatch them, I had trouble getting a solid swatch without streaks. Not sure why this happened, as I loved the application on my eyes. I think anyone could get lots of use out of this palette. The giant mirror and even the double ended brush that comes with it is great quality. I think this was a great move for Lise Watier and this palette is worth it to me even just for the that beloved shade of mine. (That color in the crease on a brown eyed woman!? Stop, I can't handle it! So beautiful!)
The double ended brow product has also really worked for me. The brush is very Gimme Brow-esque, and definitely contains the small fibres that are going to give you a fuller brow. I got great filling and also great hold from the product. The hidden star is the other end though. The brow highlighting pencils are fantastic. They are the perfect shape to get under that brow and really shape everything and give a beautiful crisp brow, while highlighting and lifting the eye. These retail for $33.00 CAD, and compared to other products on the market, totally worth it for the product that you get. Available in two shades, this is something you will want to see in store before committing to it!
The Pro Contour stick is another product I think a lot of people are going to be intrigued by. There are a few things right off the bat that I would change about this product. Number one, the packaging. I'm not a fan of the super chubby format while contouring, as I find it a little messy and I prefer a skinnier stick. (Shoutout to my favourite Smashbox Contour Sticks!) This isn't the worst thing that could happen, as I can easily pick up the product on a slim brush and apply that way. The sponge on the other end is a great idea, but I still prefer using my Beauty Blender, since it's much easier to clean. The sponge tip would be great when travelling though. The thing I am the most picky about is color, and I have to say this one works on my skin. It didn't look orange, and gave the illusion of a natural shadow. As normal, it looks terrifying when you apply, but once blended you are left with a natural looking contour. This product retails for $28.00 CAD and is limited edition.
Of course I left the blush for last. The packaging and presentation is absolutely beautiful. I had a few emotions when playing with this product for the first time. Upon swatching I was slightly disappointed that it didn't have a heavier pigment. But after playing with it more and applying it, I realized it's actually a beautiful blush. I think if you have a deeper skin tone, this would make a great blush topper to give a bit of a glow, but on my fair skin I have to say it looks very pretty. An easy blush to apply, you can throw this on super quickly and be out the door. This retails for $35.00 and will be limited edition.
There is also a liquid liner highlighted in this collection that I didn't receive. It is a dark brown shade that shows true to color. Those who have used the older brown liner from Lise Watier will know it runs a bit red, so this new formula is a welcome addition to the lineup! It will be permanent and it retails for $22.00!
This is the first Spring collection I have really dig into this year! What are you guys excited about? I am dying to get the new Dior highlight from their collection. That will have to be an Optimum purchase so I don't break my cosmetic ban!
Hello Everyone, Happy New Year! I hope you all had a firework filled end to 2015. Hard to believe that 2016 is here already, but I am ready to take it by the horns, and rule like a boss! Being that it is now January 1st, today marks the official start of my Cosmetic Hiatus of 2016. I spoke about this briefly in my last YouTube video (check it out here if you missed it! youtu.be/uzpBIPY1kKg )
Now before you all freak out, and call me crazy for this idea, let me explain a little bit. Number one, I work in the Cosmetic Industry full time, and I am blessed enough to have a lot of makeup sent my way from people and companies to try. There will still be a steady flow of products coming my way throughout the year. I also have a very large makeup collection, of things I need to use more often, but also brand new items that haven't been used yet. I will continue to do reviews, favorites/unfavorites throughout the year! As with any large life change, there has to be exceptions, and I want to let you guys know what they are, and also have a written history of the rules for myself to reference back to during the hard times that are definitely going to come this year. Bullet Point being my favorite, lets get into it!
There will be absolutely no cosmetic purchases in the year of 2016, with exception of:
1.) Freelance Kit Purchases (These items are for my professional kit, which constantly needs restocking)
2.) Staple products such as: Bioderma, Elnett Hairspray, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, Skin Fix Daily Lotion (or CeraVe Moisturizing Cream) Sunscreen, and Shampoo/Conditioning products are excluded from the hiatus, as these are products I use exclusively, and cannot be without them.
3.) The two VIB Rouge sales in April and November are fair game. This will be two opportunities for me to get items I have been dying to try at a discounted rate. Also, the spend $50.00 get $25.00 off coupon given in December from Sephora will be used as well.
4.) Any gift cards, money, or Optimum points given to me throughout the year may be used towards the purchase of cosmetics. As long as I myself am not spending any money, no problem.
If at any point in the first six months, I decide this hiatus is simply too much, at the six month mark, this will change from a full on hiatus, to a $50.00 monthly spending limit.
This is going to be a challenge for me, I am not naïve to just how much money I spend in a year on cosmetic products. I am looking forward to the last day of 2016, where I can have a look at my savings and finances, and (hopefully) feel the satisfaction from this journey!
I will be updating you guys sporadically on my progress, and how I am feeling! Day 1 so far is not bad, I am about 14 hours in, and I feel confident. There have already been a few new products launched (looking at you Smashbox Primer Oil) that have sparked my interest, but all I can do is go to my stash of unopened product, crack a seal and hope that satisfies my craving!
One of my favorite books, The Frugalista Files by Natalie P. McNeal was pulled off my bookshelf today, and I will be keeping that close. Its a great book for any woman that is trying to stop buying ridiculous things that they don't need, in order to save some money for the future! She inspires me a lot and I always feel recharged after reading a chapter or two.
So that's all for today folks. Day 1 and going strong! I encourage you if you are someone who spends way too much on something (whether it be makeup, clothing, food) to join me on this! Even if you want to go a month or two, we can support each other through it! This is also my official cry to all of my girlfriends, to pass along the products that don't work for you, in hopes that they will for me!
What do you guys think? Any advice for me?
Anyone around my age that grew up listening to Gwen Stefani when she was in No Doubt, knows that she was the ultimate "bad ass" girl. I remember seeing her with braces and pink hair and being so inspired that she truly didn't seem to care what other people thought of her. She definitely had a part in my upbringing, so when I saw that she collaborated with one of my favourite brands Urban Decay, I knew I was on board!
The first thing that needs to be said about this palette, is there are a lot of light colors. The balance of light, medium and dark shade is not there. For me personally, it doesn't bother me as I love these shimmery lighter shades on my lids. Zone is a great transition shade, as is Anaheim. I suspect I will hit pan on those shades first. Bathwater, Baby, Steady and Pop are all beautiful shades that swept across the lid alone, make for a beautiful (and fast!) eye look. I have noticed a bit of fall out with the darker shades, nothing that has caused me any trauma, as I always do my eyes first when using more pigmented colors. I was blown away by the 1987 shade. The gold pigment in that is unlike any shadow I have in my collection. The blackout shade also did not disappoint. It takes a little longer to blend than some other shadows, but the finished look is worth it. I am also getting a lot of use out of it for setting my eyeliner. I have no complaints about the wear time of these shadows, and have never experienced any creasing with them. I was also pleasantly surprised to find out that the shadows look very true to the pan, and you don't end up looking like you just have one dark shade on.
The packaging really needs no praise, as it is absolutely stunning. It feels very well built, and the mirror is a perfect one for travelling. I could not be happier with it. The palette retails for $70.00CAD and is available at Sephora, (some) Shoppers Drug Mart and at www.urbandecay.ca
If you are someone like me that for the most part wears neutral shades but sometimes wants the option of a splash of color, I think you will really enjoy this palette. Below I posted the swatches of the product. Keep in mind that these are all swatched the same with no primer. I rub the shadow for about three seconds and do one swipe with it on the skin.
Have you guys picked up this palette yet? I think it would be a great Christmas gift! I can`t stop looking at how saturated that black shade is!
I will chat with you guys soon!
Happy Holidays everyone! I wanted to make sure I got this post up for two reasons today. I have the entire morning to myself (rare) and the photo that I took for this post has a reindeer background that I feel is not going to be as festive in January. The Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara was the next on the chopping block from my Sephora Favourites Lash Stash kit. My best friend absolutely LOVES this mascara, and after hearing her rave about it over and over I couldn't wait to put it to the test! As always, lets look at what the claims are from this product (taken from the Sephora website!)
What it is:
A lash-expanding, ultra volumizing mascara designed to deliver high-drama lashes.
What it does:
Get full lashes that make eyes pop with this water-based mascara formula from Marc Jacobs. It incorporates a special size-increasing blend of rice bran, bayberry, carob, and African acacia tree extracts for maximum lash-expanding impact. The essential oils deeply condition lashes, while vitamins B5 and C strengthen and hold them in place for even longer wear. The innovative double brush features an advanced design that's formed by stitching together two different brushes: one for enhanced lash separation, and another for mega-volume and curl. Together, the full-body mascara formula and dual brush design lengthen, curl, define, and volumize lashes so that they’re longer, louder, and blacquer than ever before.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
What else you need to know:
“From the packaging, to the actual formula, to the application—it’s deliciously thick and luxurious.”—Marc Jacobs
So as a consumer, after reading that description, I was very excited for the brush. You can throw ingredients at me all day long, but lets be honest ... Most of us don't know why rice bran and carob would be good for our lashes, A double brush that separates and gives volume? That I can get on board with. Funny enough, the brush is what made me not like this mascara. I found that it was very hard to transfer the product from the wand to my lashes. Instead of being able to simply blink down on the wand, I had to almost tease my lashes back and forth in order for the product to transfer. Which of course, ended in spider lashes that were clumped and looked tangled. Because it didn't deposit a lot of product on my lashes, I did enjoy this on my bottom lashes, however the formula still smudged on me. I experienced no flaking, but my lower lashline would just continually get smokier and smokier through the day. I would not repurchase this full size, as I have been more impressed with some drugstore mascaras. For those of you wondering, my best friend and I are okay after this experience. It's rare that we disagree on products, but when it happens, it is fierce!
How have you guys been? Any New Years resolutions that you're making for 2016? I have a giant one that I am going to do a video on soon...
I have moved on to the Buxom mascara in the Lash Stash kit, and as always, I will let you know next month what I think of it!
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