Sometimes, just sometimes in the world of cosmetics the stars collide; everything just seems to align and you find a product that you absolutely love. This has happened to me recently, and I have no one else to thank than Stila Cosmetics. They have been launching SO many new products that I have been using the last few weeks, but there is one front runner that I absolutely need to talk to you guys about right away. The Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector has been everything I want lately in a foundation. We will get into that in a second, but first, let's show some swatches! I am unfortunately missing one shade, but I have swatches for all the rest!
This texture is something I can only describe as ... Different. Think Maybelline bouncy blush texture. Not quite a cream, not quite a powder. It will leave an indent of you apply pressure to the product with your finger, but it doesn't feel creamy or wet at all upon application. Just as a personal thing, sometimes I can't stand the thought of putting a liquid product all over my face. Usually on days off or colder days, I really gravitate towards powder products that can be applied with a sponge.
I use the shade Light, and it is a perfect match for my quite fair skin. I really embraced my pale skin this summer, and my addiction to SPF has made sure that I have gotten zero color on my face! The product comes in a compact with a really nice sponge. Definitely one worth cleaning regularly and reusing. And, a sponge just so happens to be my favorite way to apply this. I have been trying out the brush they recommend to use with it, and to be honest I am not that wowed with it. A sponge works much better for me!
So my now combination skin absolutely loves this. On the dry patches that I still have on my skin, nothing clings or drags on application, and my skin feels comfortable throughout the day with this product on. It is an absolute dream for touch ups! It gives amazing coverage and really does blur out any imperfections! It can be patted onto the skin over a liquid foundation, or worn alone to provide medium but buildable coverage. The product retails for $38.00 CAD for 0.38oz. I will say this is not a lot of product for the price, but the performance of it makes it worth it for me. I appreciate the small plastic piece inside the compact that keeps your sponge from sitting directly on the product.
Quick note about the color range, one of my great friends Almira had a really hard time (and actually ended up not being able) to find a color match. She is Filipino and has a very warm medium-deep skin tone. All the colors went very ashy on her skin, and she couldn't find one that matched. For this reason I would definitely recommend getting color matched and not purchasing online! Matching everyone with only 5 options is tough, so there are some definite gaps in the color range.
I do need to touch up when using this product mid day. It doesn't bother me, because I love being able to quickly cover and redness and make my skin look flawless in a few seconds. It makes it worth not having to wear a liquid foundation! I do still apply concealer to my undereyes when using this product, but there are days that I will skip it. It's a great product to use to neutralize your eyelids as well.
Overall, I am super happy that I have this product. The true test will be if I will repurchase when it is gone!
Have you guys tried this new product yet? It's getting some serious mixed reviews, but I am on the love side!
This past weekend I was able to catch up with CCMA nominee Lindsay Broughton, and chat with her about her stay in Halifax, her CCMA nomination for Rising Star, and of course - her beauty must haves. For those who might be unfamiliar with Lindsay, her website is http://lindsaybroughton.com and you can also find her on YouTube! Keep reading for the full interview, and of course Lindsay's must have beauty products!
GMB: So nice to meet you Lindsay! I know you're here for the CCMA's congratulations on your nomination! How are you enjoying the East Coast?
L: Nice to meet you too! Thank you! This is actually my first time in Halifax! The humidity is killing me, seriously I don't know how you guys do it. But the people have all been so nice! I haven't had much time to actually explore the city, or try many restaurants, but it is definitely on my list of places to come back to!
GMB: Yes, the humidity is a nightmare especially when it comes to hair. As an East Coaster, you find products that help and eventually you get used to it! The first question that pops into my mind is: was singing something that you always wanted to do professionally?
L: (Laughs) Actually, no. I have always loved music, and would put The Little Mermaid on repeat and sing to all the songs when I was a child. I am sure I drove my family crazy, but it was just something that made me happy. My mother was in a country cover band, but I always had people tell me music is a "dream career" and I should be focusing on something more realistic. My plan was actually to go to Law School, but when I started uploading my music to MySpace, offers from labels started coming in, and to be honest, it was kind of an accidental career!
GMB: Did you ever work a normal job before breaking into the music industry?
L: Well, I was fortunate enough to get a record deal straight out of High School, but I used to drive the Zamboni at my local rink. I remember being at work around 5:30am and watching the Timbits hockey players wave at me through the glass. I loved it, but I am glad I don't do that anymore!
GMB: Wow, that's the most Canadian first job ever. I absolutely love watching the Timbits hockey players, they are adorable!
You're classified as not only a singer, but also a songwriter... Where do you draw your inspiration from when writing your songs?
L: Absolutely everywhere. I used to write poems frequently, but I found people just didn't connect with them. When I started songwriting, I just started writing about things that I've gone through in my life. The best songs come from within, and I feel like I connect so much more with the song when it's a personal subject. My father left when I was younger and I wrote the song "Where you gonna be?" My first album is pretty much the story of my life.
GMB: I totally agree. I feel like you can tell when an artist is singing from their heart, or singing a song that was written by somebody else! So who are your biggest country music inspirations?
L: Oh lord that's a hard one. There are so many people I could name right now. The first thing that comes to my mind are The Judds. I know it sounds cheesy, but they're a mother daughter duo, and I always think of me and my mother when I see them. I used to go up on stage with my mother when I was younger and sing into my karaoke microphone, so The Judds have always had a soft spot in my heart. Shania Twain and Garth Brooks are two others. And even Canadian talent. I have been seeing so many different showcases lately, and there is just so much talent in this country. Everytime you see someone with talent and passion, it inspires you to keep moving and improving.
GMB: Any dream collaborations you'd love to do in your career?
L: Wow, again there are so many. Of course The Judds, but also Dallas Smith. I was a fan of his from his band Default, and also a huge fan of his country music.
GMB: Lindsay do you ever feel pressure from the industry to act or to look a certain way?
L: That's a great question, no one has ever asked me that before. I mean, as a female, we are always the hardest on ourselves. I try my best to be level headed, but it's always in the back of my mind that something could be better. I have gone through media training to deal with certain situations but I have never been told something about me needs to change. I have an amazing team and wonderful people around me, I came from a good sturdy home with values and I grew up with brothers, so I know how to hold my own!
GMB: So I absolutely have to ask about your beauty routine. Everyday life and performing on stage require two very different makeup looks. Which do you prefer?
L: Honestly, I wear so much makeup on stage and for photoshoots that on my days off I barely wear anything. It's so nice to let your skin breathe. Layers and layers of makeup under hot lights night after night can really take its toll on your skin, so it's important that I take care of it the best I can.
GMB: There are three types of makeup lovers in the world. High End lovers, Drugstore lovers, and girls like me that don't care what it is as long as it looks pretty. Which one are you?
L: I like a little of everything. I'm no expert by any means at makeup, but I do love a good drugstore find. Sometimes the things you buy at Sephora are disappointing for the price point, and you'll find something better (and cheaper) in the drugstore. I recently tried a new foundation from NARS, and it creased so badly and didn't last at all on my skin. The Maybelline Superstay outperforms it for a third of the price!
GMB: When you need your makeup done for performances and shoots, do you have a professional do it, or do you do it yourself?
L: I almost always do it myself. Sometimes you don't always like what other people do, and I feel like I can get it done a lot faster when I do it myself! Sometimes at certain events they have a makeup artist ready for you, so in cases like that, you don't really have a choice.
GMB: One of my favorite questions to ask people about their beauty routine is... You have zero time to get out the door in the morning. There is 30 seconds to grab one product and put it on. What do you reach for?
L: I would say my BB Cream. I use the Aveeno one and I love it. It makes my skin look more even without looking too made up, and it has an SPF protection!
GMB: Alright, let's get into the must haves. You're travelling now, so let's see what's in your makeup bag. If you brought it with you, it must be important and reliable!
L: Okay, here it is, these are my must haves when I am travelling!
Maybelline Baby Skin
St Tropez Self Tanner
L: Thank you so much Sara, it was so nice talking to you, and I will definitely be back in Halifax soon!
So a few weeks ago, I was officially hit with the seasonal bug. The first large palette of the season arrived, and I could not be happier with it. From this point on, I am interested in nothing but holiday collections, until Boxing Day is over!
The eyeshadow palette comes with 8 trios (of the photo op formula we all know and love) and three blush shades. Let me tell you, the only way to describe these shadows is butter. They swatch like a dream, and you could create an impressive amount of looks with all of these colors.
The product itself gets 5 star ratings from me. Formula, wear time, blendability... It passed it all! The packaging however, does have a few flaws. This could have gone two ways for me, if possible to get all the product on one side of the palette, a giant mirror could have been placed on the other side, which would be a travelers dream or, even a half size mirror would have been appreciated. I find the look book that comes with the palette could have simply been placed in the box, instead of taking up all that room. The reason I take large palettes with me when I travel, is not only for a large amount of color options, but for the mirror!
This palette retails for $75CAD and is exclusive to Shoppers Drug Mart. Below is a picture of the limited Master Class palette exclusive to Sephora. What one do you prefer?
Talk Soon Guys!
Hey Everyone! So recently I was given the opportunity to try some hair extensions from a company called Irresistible Me. I was contacted by them, and they graciously let me choose some hair extensions to review. I've finally got the time to let you guys know what I thought!
The extensions that I chose were the Remy Royal Platinum Blonde 18" length, and 200g weight. (the thickest available)The extensions come as follows: (2) 1 clip pieces, (5) 2 clip pieces, (2) 3 clip pieces, and (1) large four clip piece that is triple layered for added volume. When they arrived I knew right away the blonde was perfect for the ends of my ombre, but the top definitely had to be colored. Here is a before and after piece!
As you can see, they went through quite the transformation. When I first got them, I colored the tops with a light brown. It turned the hair extensions grey, so I knew I had to do something else! I ended up filling them with a Clairol auburn shade, and then coloring with another Clairol color on top. They turned out a bit too dark, so I had to soak them in dish soap overnight. That really took the color down a few shades, and trust me when I say that these extensions have been put through the ringer. They have held up well, and I am impressed with how soft they still are. They style easily, and they hold curl really well.
Above you can see how they come packaged. I love that there is a separate pouch that gives you a first impression of the hair extensions without having to open the whole thing. This makes sure that you can return/exchange them with no problem.
Below you can see what I used to color them. They are still a bit too dark, and a little too cool toned to be a perfect match, but luckily for me, Ombre is very forgiving! The clips are very sturdy, and easy to apply. They grab onto my super fine hair with no issue, and although they are definitely heavy, they are comfortable to wear!
If you are looking for extensions to put in when you want to channel you inner Beyonce, I would definitely recommend these. If you want to wear your extensions everyday, I would opt for the sew in kind, simply for convienence.
Most of the extensions were in great condition when they arrived. I had a few that seemed to have some breakage near the top, but nothing that is noticeable when you wear them.
Below I have posted their website, if you are interested in these hair extensions, I would definitely recommend them. They were amazing with helping me choose my color, and even asked for a picture of the back of my hair to help match the correct ones. The shipping wa super fast, and I can't wait to wear these and channel my inner Beyonce!
The company also makes hair tools, and I am very interested in the curling wands!
Some blog posts might seem ridiculous. This is a safe environment for Beauty Junkies! If you bought something just because of the packaging, or you find yourself procrastinating by swatching, this is the place for you.