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!
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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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!?
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!
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