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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Oh do I have a review for you guys. This is one of these product reviews that excite me, because the product is exactly what I wanted it to be. The new PUR Eye Polishes caught my eye immediately, and I was not disappointed. Let's go through the run down of what we are dealing with here ...
6 metallic shades that come in the ever so popular `netting`packaging, each sold with their own silicone applicator. These products retail for just over $30.00 CAD, and can be used in a few different ways depending on the effect you want to achieve.
These polishes can be worn alone as a highly saturated color, used as a primer, or used as a top coat to add a little glitz and glam to your eye look. Upon first application I knew immediately that I prefer my fingers over the silicone brush that comes with the product. I find the silicone makes for a more patchy application, and using my fingers was so much faster.
Below I am going to post two separate photos of the swatches. The first is in regular daylight, and the second is what these shadows look like when a light hits them. Get ready to be wowed!
(From Bottom to Top: Cashmere, Satin, Silk, Velvet, Suede and Caviar.)The light takes these polishes to the next level. I am mesmerized by them everytime I swatch them! When I was testing these shadows, I wore a few different shades on different days. One of my favourite ways to wear these is to apply a light shade like Satin all over the lid, with some black liquid liner and lots of mascara. On the other hand, I recently had a holiday party to attend, and I went all out. Full fledge application of Caviar, all over the lid with a winged liner and lots of coats of mascara. I did not use a primer with this, because I knew it was going to be one of those dragging yourself home at 3AM nights. When the party started I was checking about every half hour waiting for it to crease. At some point in the night, I just stopped checking because the polish was staying rock solid on my lid. It wasn't until I got home around 3:30AM after many cocktails and lots of dancing with friends that I saw one or two extremely small creases. I could not have been more impressed with the wear time, and I was getting compliments on my eyes all night long. (You always know you`re doing something right when people tell you to stop and close your eyes so they can look!)
Satin has become my absolute go to for day to day wear, but I cannot wait to wear Velvet at some point. The texture of thee shadows is definitely fluid, and I recommend shaking the jar up well before use. They are not messy due to the net packaging that we are starting to see everywhere, and the only real advice I have is to use your fingers and not the silicone applicator to put them on. Those silicone applicators are fantastic for applying glitter to the eyes however, so don't throw it out!
These shadows get a total thumbs up from me, and they are making a wonderful addition to my makeup collection. Perfect for the Holiday Season, and the only thing can hope for is an extension in their color line!
PUR (I guess they have changed their name from Pur Minerals to just PUR) Has really been stepping up their game lately. I got a few of their products lately, and I have been happy with all of them!
I will try my best to get a haul video up for you guys at some point ... it has been a crazy month, and I haven't had the opportunity to sit down and film yet!
A few weeks ago, I picked up the Sephora Favorites Lash Stash kit. I had this giant glamorous idea of reviewing all of these for you guys, and quickly realized it will take me some time to get through all of them. So, let's think of this as an "advent" calendar of sorts. Every month or so I will keep you updated on the new mascaras, with the exception of the Roller Lash mascara by Benefit. I have already used a full tube of that and I know I love it! The first one that intrigued me the most from the kit, was the new NARS Audacious Mascara. As with all of the reviews coming your way, lets start with the product claims from the Sephora website.
What it is:
A buildable, all-in-one mascara with an exclusive, lash-catching brush that separates, lengthens, and amplifies.
What it does:
Designed with over 200 molded bristles and lengthening hooks, NARS’ lash-catching brush evenly grips and coats lashes from roots to tips. It simultaneously separates, lengthens, and amplifies, while the tapered tip finishes off the inner and outermost lashes and enhance the lower lashes. An extraordinary balance of suppleness and staying power, the uniquely fluid, first-to-market formula creates incredible volume and definition that is lightweight and long-wearing.
I will agree with a few things, but there are some definite misses for me with this product. My lashes feel very lightweight when I wear it, and smudging or flaking was not a problem. As a contact lens wearer, and someone who generally touches her eyes very frequently, this was huge. The biggest issue that I ran into with this mascara was the brush. I feel like the bristles are not packed closely enough together, and always ends up making me look like I have six spider leg lashes, not hundreds of fluttery ones. Almost every time that I applied this mascara, I had to go in with a metal lash comb to separate. (Which always ends up with mascara all over my lids, and destroying any eye shadow that I have on.) I learned some tricks the more I used it, one being to just blink on the mascara wand and never EVER wiggle the wand. Wiggling the wand will just result in way too much product being deposited, and your lashes looking something similar to a crumpled spider decoration leftover from Halloween.
I am not blaming the formula at all in this case, as it truly did not move throughout the day, and my lashes felt great. It was just the design of the brush that did not work for me. Further cementing my preference for natural bristled brushes, over plastic.
I am moving on to the next mascara in the kit, which is the Marc Jacobs. Wish me luck on this one, and as always I will keep you guys updated.
Hey Everyone! I am writing this on an actual computer which is a huge difference for me, as 99% of my blogging is done on my Iphone. Weebly has recently changed the app, and I have decided to stop trying, for fear of smashing my phone into the concrete in frustration. Everything is fine for about ten seconds, until my entire post switches to the previous post that I had written. (In this case, the Lancôme lipstick post!) Alas, the show must go on, so we will see how this goes! Sometimes I wonder if I should switch to Instagram only reviews .... Short and Sweet! Any feedback on that!?
Recently I picked up some items at Sephora, one being the newest member to the Glam Glow family Pout Mud. This two step "fizzy lip exfoliating" treatment promises to buff away dead skin, and leave your lips feeling smooth, supple and hydrated. After purchasing on a total whim (for $49.00 CAD - even though the sign said it was $32) I quickly read reviews and really got nothing but great feedback. I used the product for the first time, and thought the lip scrub to be a little too messy. Lots of wasted product, and I feel like you would go through it very quickly. It feels very refreshing, and has a strong mint essence to it (which I didn't mind at all). When you put water on the lips to rinse the product off, you feel a slight "fizzing" sensation, one that I was expecting to be more thrilling. After the product is completely rinsed off, you apply the second step, a hydrating balm, and you're all set. The balm also has a minty smell/feel to it, and its a bit oilier than I would have liked. To be honest, my lips get so dry in the colder months, that things like texture, taste and smell mean nothing to me. It could smell like gasoline and feel like hot candle wax on my lips. If it was efficient, I would use it.
This product just hasn't given me the results that I wanted. If anything, my lips are even more dried out, and definitely more flaky. Taking a few minutes out of my day to get a hot facecloth to buff away dead skin on my lips and apply a thick balm has become a routine. And whether its related or not, I now have a small blister on my bottom lip. The product says to use the exfoliator 2-3 times a week, and the balm as often as desired.
For a $49.00 price tag, I was hoping to be wowed and have my dry lips gone forever. This will be going back to Sephora tomorrow, as the VIB Rouge closed sale is from 7-9 (In Halifax Shopping Centre, don't miss it!) I am back in the same boat as before, with dry chapped lips. I recently tried a sample of Fresh lip serum, and I think I liked that ... And I already know the BITE Agave lip mask does absolutely nothing for me. Someone HELP!
Lastly, I apologize for the awkward photos ... Its really hard to photograph two super reflective balls without getting myself in the picture! I didn't think you guys would want to see me in my fuzzy robe ..
Lipstick has a special spot in my heart. It can make you look and feel like a new person with just one swipe, and it was the only makeup item that actually increased in sales during The Depression. Thankfully, the economy has improved vastly since then, but our love for lipstick has remained strong! Lancôme recently launched a new collection with 14 colors and I am absolutely in love with them.
The new L'absolue Rouge Definition retails for $36.00 CAD, and will get you 3.6g of product. The packaging is of course beautiful, black and gold and very sleek. And the magnetic closure is just the icing on the luxury cake. These lipsticks definitely have a scent, and a scent that lingers. Even after wearing them for an hour or so, you can still smell them. This isn't something that bothers me, but just be aware if you are extremely scent sensitive. The bullet is shaped to a sharp point which gives great definition to the lips, and the matte finish lasts for SO long on the lips! I was super happy with the wear time of these lipsticks, and they did not dry my lips out. I can see these accentuating dry flakes on the lips (as any matte lipstick would) so if your lips are in need of some care, exfoliate them and apply a layer of balm before your lipstick and that will help everything look more smooth and healthy.
Who is tired of me talking? Let's get into swatches!
If any of you love lipsticks and are looking for your new favorite shade, try one of these ultra pigmented, super smooth lippies! There are some absolute beautiful colors for Fall...
Till next time! XX
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?
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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!
So after some serious life searching, I have come to the conclusion that I am just not a full coverage foundation kinda gal. After recently trying (and returning) the Marc Jacobs Remarcable Foundation, I had the chance to try the new Smashbox BB water. This is a close to water formula (I say close to because it does have more thickeness to it than water, think of a very fluid serum or a thicker toner consistency) and it provides a sheer but buildable coverage that gives a lot of radiance to the skin. My shade from the entire line is Fair/Light. I still feel like it's not my perfect match, but it's the closest I could get. I feel like Smashbox colors are always very yellow based, and there isn't a large selection for people with more pink undertones. Luckily I made it work, because I do truly love this BB water! If applied in the morning, I do need to touch up mid afternoon, but the product itself wear well and does not separate on my skin!
I have tried applying this with my fingers, a damp sponge, and a brush, and I have to say I prefer my fingers or the sponge. I was surprised the first time I used it at the coverage. I suggest starting in the centre of the skin and blending outwards to get the most natural look. This formula has an SPF 30 which is fantastic and it is also oil free. I think this would be a great option for people who feel that sunscreen breaks them out. My usually dry, now combination skin loves it! I love how unlike the Marc Jacobs, it has an actual dropper, which means zero contact with the skin is needed. It will keep the product so much cleaner! Smashbox recommends starting with two drops, and building if you require more coverage. A small issue I ran into was major creasing under the eye. If you use this product under the eye, instead of a concealer, I highly suggest setting the undereye area well with a setting powder. It's an easy fix, but if you don't do it, it will be crease city! I will post swatches below, which hopefully will be helpful for anyone trying to decide on a shade. Also be aware that the packaging is glass so be careful not to drop it! Where it's not packing you can use with one hand it's definitely a risk! A tip for this is to wrap rubber bands over the bottle, this will act as a shock absorber if it slips from your hand!
This product retails for $50.00CAD, and it definitely gets my stamp of approval. I love the sheer but buildable coverage, the radiance, and the water like texture. It feels so nice and light on the skin and I will continue to wear this throughout the summer!
I am in the process of playing with the new 24 hour CC concealer and the new brow products from Smashbox! I will of course let you guys know what I think!
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Hey beauties! Welcome back to my blog! I am writing today to give you guys the low down on some new eyeliner products from Stila. I absolutely love the Stila Stay all Day liquid eyeliner, so this eyeliner definitely intrigued me when it launched. Keeping on trend with the cushion craze, these eyeliners look like your average gel eyeliner, but when opened they actually resemble my beloved Lancôme Miracle Cushion foundation. I tested out three of the six available shades, and below are my thoughts!
The pigment of these eyeliners is amazing! The black one really impressed me, but don't assume they are all made equal! I found that the purple shade was quite watery, and I found it difficult to get a solid line with the watered down formula. The other two shades I have are absolutely amazing. They apply very easily with an angled brush (Stila did release a new brush with the collection that I opted not to get) and they do not smudge what so ever! The first time I saw the taupey-good shade, my mind immedietly went to an eyeshadow base. I tried several different ways, but I found the pigment was just a little too intense and they weren't easy enough to blend out. (Understandable, as these are eyeliners, not cream shadows!) A friend of mine who has darker skin was able to use them in this way, I think it was just too stark on my super fair skin.
These eyeliners (with the exception of the purple) were exactly what I expected from Stila. They retail for $36 CAD and if you are looking for an eyeliner that has super rich pigment and is easier (in my opinion) to apply than a liquid pen style liner, definitely give these a try! I find I have a lot more control when I get to use a brush with my eyeliners. They held up absolutely all day, and to be honest, there is nothing I would change about them!
These are a part of an entire new collection from Stila. I am excited to keep trying the new products as I get my hands on them, and I of course will let you guys know what I think!
What beauty products have you been loving lately?
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So I have been testing out BB Body creams for quite some time. It has taken me longer than expected, because Halifax weather has not really been cooperating lately. It's hard to test out BB creams for the body that give you color and illuminate your skin, and then put a turtleneck on. Not impressed.
Alas, there have been a few sunny days here and there, and I have been testing out three different BB creams for the body to see what one really makes the cut.
Biotherm BB Body ($32.00) Urban Decay Beauty Balm for Body ($39.00) and Jergens BB Body ($12.99)
So these were pretty straight forward products, but they are not all created equally. There are big differences between the look you get with each of these, and I'll walk you through each of them. It actually made it near impossible to choose a favorite, because the end result is so different with each.
Biotherm definitely has the most color. If you are looking for a BB cream for your body that will give you color, and help camouflage veins or discolouration, this is the one for you. It has that beautiful Bootherm citrus smell, and it makes your skin look great. Make sure to let the product dry before dressing, and make smart choices. They say this will not move until you take it off, but you wouldn't catch me in a white jumpsuit rocking this BB cream. It has the most transfer (and the most color) of the three options. After wearing the product for about an hour, I did a paper towel swipe to test the transfer resistance. As you can see, it wasn't the best.
Not enough to completely ignore the product, but enough that it would show of you were wearing a white dress. This product is also not waterproof, so if you are looking for something a little more bulletproof, I would suggest the Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs.
Next is the Urban Decay. This cream says it will firm, blur and illuminate the skin. It has a minty smell and feels cool to the touch. Don't expect much color from this, but the shimmer it gives the skin is really beautiful. I love putting this on my shoulders when I have a dress on, or a top that shows a bit more skin. The transfer issue was almost non existent, but that's only because there really isn't much color to this product. I don't feel like this moisturizes my skin as much as it should, but it's my favorite if I am looking for a noticeable sheen to the skin.
The last one is the cheapest, being the drugstore option. The Jergens one surprised me (I bought the shade for medium to deep skin tones) and it really didn't give me much color. It didn't give me much sparkle either. But it did make my skin look immedietly more healthy, and super moisturized. The other two BB creams made people ask me what was on my skin. Nobody asked me what I had on with the Jergens, and I think that's because it just makes you look like you have great skin. The transfer was not as bad as Biotherm, but a little worse than the Urban Decay.
As you can see from the pictures, each of these BB creams has a niche. If you're looking for color, go Biotherm. If shimmer is on the top of your list, go Urban Decay. And if you just want something that looks super natural and makes your skin look new and improved, Id go with the Jergens.
To be honest, none of these were completely life changing. The Urban Decay is the only one I would repurchase (god I love shimmer!) If I lived somewhere like Florida or California, I think I would appreciate them a lot more.
Do you guys use BB creams for your body?
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It feels so good to sit down and have a few minutes to myself to write this blog. It's been a mixture of business, (bridal season is a killer) family needs (we got a new puppy!) and to be honest, it took me a long time to decide what to say for this blog post. I'll try to break it down for you the best I can. My holy grail Benefit Gimme Brow has a competitor, and let me tell you, it's tough.
First of all, let's talk specs. Benefit Gimme Brow now retails for $30.00CAD (it's gone up four dollars since it launched!) for a 3.0ml tube. It comes in two shades (Light Medium and Medium Deep) and boats a fibre gel texture that promises to adhere to not only the hair, but the skin as well. This makes it ideal for sparse brows, giving great volume very quickly.
The new Clinique Just Browsing retails for $19.00 CAD for a 2.0ml tube. While 1/3 smaller, the price difference is definitely something to raise a brow at. (Pun intended) It comes in four shades and has a mousse formula that also easily grabs onto brow hair, but also works on the skin, making it possible to create a brow tail, even if your brows aren't as long as you would like!
So right away, the price of Clinique is way more appealing. And I also appreciate the bigger range of shades. Blonde, Light Brown, Deep Brown and Black/Brown ensure that everyone has a shade match. One of the first things I said when Benefit launched Gimme Brow was "What about my auburn beauties?" The product range is lacking a warm toned color, and Clinique has totally filled that void.
Down to the actual wear of the product. I have been testing these against eachother for weeks. I had a really hard time deciding what I like better. The packaging is totally identical and they both wear all day on me. I find that both products dry out a little faster than I would like, and both allow me to build on the skin around, and the hair of my brow. The Benefit does seem to apply a bit smoother, but nothing major enough for me to make a decision based on that alone. It finally came down to a poll. And even that ended evenly. I asked ten people what brow they preferred, and each product got 5 votes.
My absolute bottom line on these brow products was so hard to reach. After considering how hard I've thought about it, price and shade range won this battle, and I will be recommending the Clinique over the Benefit solely based on price. If something is that hard to detect which is better, the answer is always the cheaper one in my opinion!
Have you tried these brow products yet? What one do you prefer?
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How is everyone doing? I have some really exciting news. Through the blur that is bridal season, I got a chance to do a collaboration with one of my favorite YouTubers, crystalis007. We did an American/Canadian makeup swap, and sent eachother some great goodies that aren't available in eachothers countries! The video haul has been posted on my YouTube channel (girlmetblush) and I wanted to put a quick post up here with swatches so you guys could better see the products that Crystal sent me! Make sure you check out the video, and Crystals video as well!
So let's be real here. I feel that this Summer has been a whomp whomp for makeup collections. Not as much color as I would have liked. Don't get me wrong, I love my neutrals, but Summer collections are the only real time that I look for bright and different colors. Thankfully, Lancôme has launched a new limited edition Hypnose Collection that gave me a few Color options! This collection is available for a limited time, and consists of two palettes ($57.00 CAD) and eight shadow sticks ($23.00 CAD)
The eyeshadow palettes are pigmented and blend very well. The only matte shade in the two palettes is the cream colored shade in the Nuit Mordorée palette. When I started using these shadows, I quickly found that I wish the layout was different. I find it hard to precisely use the shadows becaus the strips in the middle are a little too thin. The shadows also kick up a lot more powder than I would like. But alas, the blendability really made up for it. At first glance I was drawn to the Nuit Mordorée palette, but after applying them both I found I really loved the more cool toned Grège Parisien palette. These shadows lasted all day on my eyes with no eye primer, and I had no issue with creasing or fading. Lancôme palettes are always impressive when it comes to wear time, so this came to no surprise!
These shadow sticks have totally changed my thoughts about this format of shadow. They are so creamy, and one of the most long wearing formulas I have ever worked with. I have to use an oil to completely remove them, and there is absolutely no movement, smudging or fading. My favorite way of wearing these is under my bottom lash line as a smokey addition to an eye look. They work beautifully as an eye base underneath of shadows as well. They all come with a sharpener on the bottom of the pencil that allows you to sharpen the product if needed. I always try my best to strategically use the pencil to keep the point sharp, but you can only do so much with them. You do have a small window of time to blend these out before they set, and as mentioned before they are bulletproof once they set!
At $23.00 CAD these shadow sticks are an absolute steal. There are very limited quantities in stores, and this is a limited edition collection, so if you're interested make sure you check these out soon!
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I wearily write this blog post, finally feeling confident that I am used to the drugs from my tonsil surgery enough that I can write words and actually make sense to my readers.
First of all, thank you to everyone who has sent their well wishes on social media, I really appreciate it. I seem to be getting worse day by day, but my doctor said that was normal. It's nearly impossible to eat anything, so by the end of this recovery, I might not even need a contour kit to thin my face. Here's hoping .... (I digress...)
Quo has launched two limited edition contour palettes and a contour brush. The palettes are priced at $18.00 and the brush is $16.00. And of course, Quo does go on sale so there is always a chance of getting it cheaper! I chose the medium palette, as funny enough, the highlight shade in the light palette is actually darker, and the contour color was a bit too warm. I found the medium palette to be perfect, with both a matte highlight and cool contour shade. These powders are not as silky as I would like, but they still work very well. As a highlight, I prefer something that has a lot more impact, but I find myself using the lighter powder to set my undereye area. While not as soft to the touch as I would like, the powders blend well, and the colors are great for my super light skin tone.
Onto the brush. I absolutely love the width and the length of the bristles of this brush. The length of the handle is wonderful, and I have really enjoyed using it. It does have a few bristles here and there that stick out a little more than the others, and to be honest it's definitely not my softest brush. It is by no means uncomfortable to use, and just for the perfect shape of it, I say this brush it totally worth it. I have had zero problem with shedding from this brush, however the first time I washed it, I was surprised at how much black dye came from the bristles. It was intense, so definitely make sure you give this a good cleaning before putting it on your face!
The palette is by no means the silkiest, but I have gotten a lot of use out of it, and I love that it only had two colors. 99% of people don't need 6-8 color options in their contour palette, and the only negative thing I could say is the pigment isn't a rich as I would have liked. But that isn't excatly a bad thing when we are talking about contour. The colors are buildable and blendable and for $18.00 I think they are totally worth it.
As mentioned before, these items are limited edition, so if you want to get your frugal contour on, get to a Shoppers Drug Mart ASAP!
That's it folks, I hope you enjoyed this post. I really miss making videos, as soon as I can speak again and I am feeling okay I will be back on schedule!
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Hey beauties! How is it going? I hope everyone is having a better day than me today. I had to take Dexter to the vet, and anyone with a cat probably can relate to the horror of taking a cat in the car. Alas, we both survived and we are snuggled safe at home again. I wanted to blog about a new company I was introduced to a few weeks ago. SST Cosmetics is a Canadian company (love that!) and they boast healthy ingredients, taking out things like Parabens and Talc. The company is also 100% cruelty free. The 2015 Spring Collection "Quintessential" was sent my way, and I am finally ready to let you guys know what I think about the products I was able to try!
High Shine Lip Polish in "Vital": $19.95 CAD
Hydrating Lipstick in "Stripped": $19.95 CAD
Silky Eyeshadow in "Composed": $17.95 CAD
Silky Eyeshadow Combo in "Mild": $21.95 CAD
I have been playing with this collection since I got it, and to be honest, I was very nicely surprised. The first thing I applied to my skin was the eyeshadows. The eyeshadow combo in Mild is a duo of two very neutral eyeshadows. The shadow pan is divided between a matte cream shade, and a beige colored shimmer shade. I like how you get two different colors and two different textures in one pan, this has already come in handy while travelling. I will apply the matte shade all over my lids from lashline to brow bone, and use the more shimmery shade on the inner corners of the eyes to open up the eyes. The texture of the SST eyeshadows are not as silky as I am used to, however the pigment is great. The shade composed is a new favorite of mine. It blended so easily on the lid, and as always, I tested these shadows with absolutely no form of eyelid primer. I wore the shadow for over 12 hours, and I had no trace of creasing, fading, or smudging. The color looks very true to what you see in the pan. I get a lot of compliments on my eyes everytime I wear this color.
The next product I want to let you guys know about is the Hydrating Lipstick in "Stripped". Before I even start, you should know that I am not a huge fan of shimmery lipsticks. By itself, this was not something I enjoyed wearing. The color is absolutely beautiful, but the texture of a lipstick that has a lot of shimmer in it, just doesn't appeal to me. I did however continue to play with the product, and found that it looks beautiful when applied to the centre of the bottom lip. It gives a beautiful shine to the lip, and adds volume. If you are someone who does enjoy shimmer in their lip products, I am sure you would love this as your Summer nude lipstick!
The last item in the collection that I tried has become a complete new favorite of mine. The High Shine Lip Polish in "Vital" has become my new purse gloss. I have worn this almost everyday since I got it, and when it is gone, I will be repurchasing this. This shade is a mauve-y pink that is a perfect "your lips but better" color for me. I love this worn alone, and I also layer it on top of my Dior "Greige" lipliner. The texture is not too thick or sticky, and it doesn't gather in the corners of my mouth like some glosses can. I absolutely love the packaging, it comes with a doe foot applicator, but the plastic part that holds the gloss has a little give to it, so you can really squeeze out the product when it starts to run low. This is one of these products that I use so frequently, that I will repurchase for sure. If you are looking for that perfect everyday color, and you enjoy a shiny gloss that doesn't feel heavy or sticky on the lips, you should definitely try this out. It was worth getting to know the brand for this product alone. I can't say enough good things about it!
Overall, I was very happy with this brand. I would love to try some of their other lip products that don't have shimmer in them, and I definitely want some more shades of the High Shine Lip Polishes. Vital is a part of the Spring 2015 collection, so hopefully I will be able to reorder it because the color is perfect!
This brand has some beautiful products that would be good for anyone to try, but if you are someone who is interested in a paraben/chemical free line, and no animal testing is important to you, this is definitely a line you should check out!
This line is available at over 70 salons in Canada, or if you prefer, you can shop online.
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When I first saw this collection, an actual scream came out of my mouth. An audible cry, of mixed emotion... Surprise, hopefulness, happiness, excitement. All the things you feel when you see a summer collection of bright colors after the longest winter ever. I have been playing with the collection for about a week now, so let's get right into the swatches, prices, and what I think about the products!
These Aqua Glow blushes retail for $34.00 and come in 5 different shades. The packaging is truly nothing I've ever seen for a blush before, the liquid blush is protected by a mesh net that keeps it from spilling, and the cap has a protruded stopper that makes sure the product is tightly sealed when closed. (Tarte has this same packaging with their Amazonian Clay Powder Foundation) The blushes are 0.21 fl oz or 6.1ml which may not seem like a lot, but trust me when I say you don't need much of this product when you use it!
Stila recommends using your fingers or their #33 complexion brush for application, and although both of those work, nothing applies these like my small stipple brush from ELF. I found the easiest way to use the product was to pick it up from the cap, which prevents you from taking too much product. Although they may look like it, these blushes are not stains and to be frank, they did not last on my skin at all. The first day that I was testing these, I was actually able to try three different colors because the blush kept fading off. I kept trying them, because I always want to make a product work. The ultimate test was applying the shade Water Poppy (fairly heavily) before going to work at 8, and by the time 12 came around, I had people telling me I looked a little tired, and a few people asked me if I was sick. (Lack of color in your face is a nightmare when you are as pale as me!) Applying a powder on top of these does help with the staying power, but you want to make sure you find a super close match if you love the color. Rosewater is probably my favorite one, and it's a perfect match underneath of my Milani Romantic Rose blush.
I found these easy to blend, and highly recommend using a small stippling brush for application. If you forget to give the product a good shake, you will notice the formula will be a little watered down, and you won't get the true pigment. I think the color range is absolutely beautiful, but I wish these blushes had more staying power. I love makeup that I can apply in the morning, and have the same look before I wash my face at night. In a perfect world, Stila would make these kinds of blushes in a stay all day formula, being a brand that's known for long wear products, I was a bit disappointed with the wear of these.
These Stay All Day Liquid lipsticks are a different story. These are completely the other end of the scale. The staying power is wonderful (and I didn't have a repeat of the disaster that was my holiday red lip.) Read here for more on that!
These are definitely a little drying (and by little I mean don't leave the house without lip balm, you will regret it!) The colors are definitely statement makers, and my favorite is probably Bella. (Fuchsia is pretty much my neutral pink!) I would like someone to tell me who would look flattering in the color Rosa. I have tried it on so many different skin tones, and I just don't get who this is for. If you love colors like that, instagram me a picture showing me, because this color in particular has me stumped. These retail for $29.00 and I recommend applying these with a lip brush. I've always had a problem with these lipsticks giving me too much produxt on the doe foot applicator, and it will give you a lot more control if you use a lip brush!
Overall my initial excitement dwindled for this collection. The colors are absolutely beautiful, but at the end of the day, I want my blush to last and I want my lip products to be comfortable.
Have you guys seen this collection in stores yet? The blushes are really different, make sure you play with them!
Overall my initial excitement dwindled for this collection. The colors are absolutely beautiful, but at the end of the day, I want my blush to last and I want my lip products to be comfortable.
Have you guys seen this collection in stores yet? The blushes are really different, make sure you play with them!
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Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful start to your long weekend! The sun is shining and I am on a road trip to Cape Breton with one of my best friends Danah. (Sabah as the public knows her...) It's hard to believe I've lived on the East Coast for most of my life - and I've never been! I thought I would take advantage of four hours as a passenger and let you guys knows about a little kept secret in the cosmetic world. Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipsticks. These lipsticks retail for around $30CAD and they will knock your socks off. I don't hear enough about these bad boys. If you're looking for a high pigment, smooth and creamy lipstick that will blur the lines of your lips and hydrate them, this is the answer.
Three of my favorite shades (which trust me were hard to pick) are RS352, RS320 and PK307. They offer an extensive shade range, and they are a cream finish. No sparkle lingering in the fine lines of your lips with these gems. Everytime I apply one of these lipsticks, I wonder why they don't get more attention. The staying power is good, but don't expect them to last for hours and hours. Obviously the deeper shades will leave a slight stain on the lips, but with something this creamy and hydrating, I don't expect to apply this in the morning and be set for the whole day. I have never had trouble with these lipsticks travelling outside of my lipline, which is surprising given how creamy they are.
I just wanted to give them all some love. Next time you're in the market for a lipstick, give these ones a try. They are luxurious and give me everything I want from a lipstick!
Time to stop writing, blogging in a car always makes me a little queasy. Also, Sabah says I'm not paying enough attention to her. I might try and see if I can do some vlogging this weekend while in Cape Breton... How do you guys feel about that!
Enjoy the weekend lovelies! XX
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For all of you living in Canada (specifically the east coast) you know that getting that perfect sunkissed glow can be challenging - especially when you're still digging yourself out of snowbanks after what seems like the longest winter ever! Luckily, even without the glorious sunshine, us Canadians can fake that just vacationed glow and the new bronzers from Smashbox make it super easy.
Smashbox Bronze Lights come in two shades (Warm Matte and Deep Matte) and retail at $39.00 CAD for 0.29oz of powder. I use the term powder loosely, as these have the smoothest texture imaginable. As you may have heard me mention in previous posts I am not someone that wants a hard to work with bronzer. Being a fair girl, I like to find bronzers that I can use with a heavy hand to maximize the glow on my skin, without looking muddy, too dark, or cakey. All of my wishes were met with this bronzer. It blends so beautifully on the skin, and while maintaining the matte finish, it manages to give your skin that J-Lo glow without ever being sparkly.
These bronzers claim to be right hour wear, and I can say that I don't agree with that. I do find myself touching up throughout the day (usually just once) but I was quick to forgive this, as the product never looked too heavy on the skin even after reapplication. I love using this bronzer with my big fluffy bronzer brush (sadly a discontinued Smashbox brush) and the shade Warm Matte works great on my NC15ish skin tone. If you are in the market for a new bronzer, I highly recommend these beauties!
Quick tip with bronzers: If you find your bronzer looks splotchy when applying it after your liquid foundation, try using a very fine setting translucent powder inbetween. This will give the skin an even texture, and prepare it for the bronzers and blush. You will avoid having a slightly darker patch wherever you choose to place your bronzer first!
Thank you guys so much for reading, I have been away much longer than usual because I have been focusing on an amazing opportunity! I am currently in a contest for ELLE Canada, to be their first ever Beauty Vlogger! This is such a huge deal for me, and I am throwing everything I have into it! If you want to check out my video entry, the link is http://youtu.be/JKXWU5FrVjw
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I'll talk to you all very soon! XX
DiorSkin Nude Tan (Tye Dye Edition Blush in Harmony) This blush really needs no introduction. I mean, just look at it. I am going to need this ASAP, and as soon as I see this baby in stores it is mine. The packaging is perfection, and I love the shades as well. I have a feeling Dior and I will have a close relationship this summer!
Kat Von D Shade Light Eye Palette: I absolutely love the way that this palette looks, and swatches. I had my eye on the Shade Light Contour Palette however I just couldn't justify it knowing I would only use the lightest combination in the palette. Eyeshadows are fair game, and every one of these neutral shades are matte. This is right up my alley. It's in my online cart, we will see in the next few days if I take the plunge.
Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne: Can we talk about this for a minute? The name alone makes me want this. I am an ocean junkie, and I need this cologne in my life. Just listen to the description from their website... "Escape the everyday along the windswept shore. Waves breaking white, the air fresh with sea salt and spray. Alive with the mineral scent of the rugged cliffs. Mingling with the woody earthiness of sage. Lively, spirited and totally joyful."
Bite Beauty Watercolor Lip Gloss Library: My friend bought the lip gloss library last year and she talks about how much she loves it all the time. I saw this one and I want it! It has a good mix of more wearable shades and shades that I definitely don't have in my collection. it retails for $54.00CAD and is totally worth the value. Who else loves to buy things in value sets!
The Sephora 15% off sale goes until the 21st of April... What is on your Wishlist?
Talk soon! XX
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If you're reading this, you may or may not have found this post through my YouTube video talking about the newest foundation from Lancôme. Very popular in Korea already, these cushion foundations are slowly starting to trickle into the North American market.
Cushion foundations are the absolute lightest texture you will find in a foundation. It truly gives you a second skin feel, and I am totally obsessed. This cushion foundation is going to retail for $48.00 CAD and $40.00CAD for the refills. (Yay for reusable packaging - bonus points Lancôme!) They come in six shades (my shade is 02 beige rosé)
I prefer to use a buffing brush or a beauty blender with this formula for application in the morning, as I find I get better coverage from the product. Throughout the day if I want to touch up, the applicator sponge that comes with it is great. Remember to press into the skin, not rub! You will just rub the product away!
As promised, here is a before/after picture. The first picture is me with nothing on, the middle is with the Lancôme foundation and the picture on the right is the foundation and some concealer added. As you can see, they are right with their light to medium coverage claim!
I am so happy with this foundation, and I love that I can buy refills and not have to purchase all the packaging again. It has no smell, and didn't irritate my super sensitive skin at all!
Thumbs up to Lancôme! They have been killing it this season!
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It feels good to sit down with my knotty hair up in a bun, no makeup on, and a onesie on. This is what I love about blogging. No need to get fancy. Filming however is quite different. Have you guys seen my YouTube videos yet? They're new and I'm still working on them, but I am really enjoying filming so far. I have to make myself look presentable (at least from the waist up) so it's forcing me to use makeup on my days off! (Hopefully I'll see the bottom of some products this way!)
I showed you guys in a haul video, the new palette from Smashbox. It's called Crush on Blush, and is available exclusively for a limited time at Shoppers Drug Mart. It retails for $55.00 CAD, and contains four blushes, bronzer, and a highlight.
The pigmentation is great for all of these products. They are a little powdery, so make sure to tap your brush off before you apply to the face. Upon swatching, I thought the "Shimmer" shade would be a bit dark for my fair skin tone, but it works just fine. It doesn't give me the stark look of my Laura Mercier Highlight 01, but it definitely makes the light hit those cheekbones.
The wear time is really nice on these blushes too. I don't notice them fading throughout the day, and they blend really nicely. Having a few different colors to work with everytime you do your blush, allows you to mix, or do an ombre style cheek with a lighter and a deeper color.
The packaging is magnetic, and feels nice and solid. I wouldn't be nervous to travel with this, and I will be getting a lot of use out of it!
All in all, I really love this palette. Even if you already own Shimmer, I still think it's worth it. I know that these are quite limited however, so if you're interested, move quickly!
Do you think you guys will pick this up?
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I absolutely LOVE this palette. I love the packaging, the large mirror and how slim it is. It will be perfect for travel, and it gives you a nice shade range. I will state the obvious, Warm Apricot and Guava are a little too close for my liking. I wish they would have made a different color (maybe a hot pink) to give more options. Shimmer is available in the Smashbox line all the time, so keep that in mind if you already own it. The bronzer is defintely warm, and I wouldn't recommend that you contour with it. It's not shimmery, so you could get away with it if you're travelling and are in a pinch. But for daily use, Id use it more to warm the skin up than carve out my cheekbones.
It's human nature to be skeptical when things seem too good to be true. If you meet the perfect, tall, rich man who is romantic and loves his mother, you tread carefully. I've watched too many Criminal Minds episodes to fall for that. But every now and then, everything falls into place and things really are as good as they seem. This is the case for the new Shine Lover Radiant lipsticks from Lancôme. Lets start from the beginning, as this was an experience and I want to let you guys relive it.
It was a rare sunny day in Halifax. I was rushing around trying to get to my hair appointment, when I realized I was almost out of Bioderma. (Gasp! I know) I popped into a Beauty Boutique to replenish, and upon entry to the cosmetics department I was greeted with Lupita Nyong'o looking back at me in a beautiful yellow gown. The promotional signage is some of the cutest I've ever seen, and I knew that Lancôme was to thank as they made Lupita their ambassadress last year.
I tried my best to stay on track, but you all know me better than that by now. When I finally focused and pulled my eyes away from Lupita, I saw them. Gorgeous white tubes, with 12 amazing shades looking back at me. I immedietly grabbed the shade 357 Fuchsia in Paris and swatched. To be honest my first reaction was "holy hell, the pigmentation is perfect. Still skeptical, I grabbed for 340 French Sourire. It was also perfect.
Taking this as a personal challenge, I continued to swatch all 12 shades up my forearm. I was a mad woman. Out of breath and frankly a little drained, I took a step back and admitted. "There isn't one in the whole collection that isn't perfect..."
Then the application test. I won't waste any of your time - these lived up to my dreams. They apply so smoothly and give me the perfect amount of shine. The brighter and deeper shades leave a slight stain on the lip (which is an added bonus to me) and they wear evenly without leaving you with a ring around your mouth, or the buildup of product at the corners of your mouth.
My top three shades are 212 Twisted Beige, 340 French Sourire, and 120 O My Rouge. To be honest, it took me longer to decide on only three favorite shades, than it took me to write this blog post.
It rarely happens that I have no criticism for a product. The packaging, texture, shade range and wear time have all impressed me. Join me in starting a slow clap for Lancôme.
Bravo Lancôme - Bravo! You made me so proud with these little gems.
What are you guys still reading this for? Go get yourself some Shine Lovers!
Above are the first two I purchased. I still need to get a few more to be satisfied, but these were a great start!
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Women wear the wrong bra all the time, and to be honest ... I can't really help you with that. But hit up Victoria's Secret immedietly if you think you have an issue. I can however help you out with your brow bra. What is a brow bra you ask? Well, Benefit has a trio of products that will ensure that you have support, volume and lift to your brows, giving the perfect frame to your face. Listen up, take notes, and glam up your brows with these three products!
The first product you will need for your brow bra, is your underwire. This will give your brow support, and create a great base for everything that's to come. For this step, use Benefit Browzings. This powder/wax duo comes in three shades, and includes all the tools you need to make your brows look fabulous! Simply line the bottom of your brow, and fill in lightly. Starting at the inner part of your brow, use light feathering strokes to fill in any sparse areas, and if needed, use the wax side of the product to tame unruly brow hairs into place.
The second (and honestly life changing product) to use, is the Benefit Gimme Brow. This will give the brow some extra hold and volume. Think of this as your padding. Lightly stamp this product through the brow, and then brush through to finish. This comes in Light/Medium and Medium/Dark (Shoutout to Benefit to give your auburn benebabes a shade just for them!) I have used both in my own brows, and I personally prefer the look of the Light/Medium. (My obsession with ombre is real!) This product can also be used on its own, for those days that you want a quick natural brow!
For the lift of your brow bar, reach for Benefit High Brow. Pictured above is the High Brow Glow, which is more of a champagne shimmery shade, but the original High Brow is a milky pink that works amazingly on a lot of different skin tones. This waxy pencil should be applied directly under the brow, and it will give you an instant eye lift! When layered, this product can even help camouflage those pesky stray hairs in between brow shaping session. I also use this pencil on the inner corners of my eye, and on my Cupid's bow. This will instantly refresh your eyes, and waken up your look!
Support, Volume, and Lift! Three things everybody needs in a good bra! (Both lingerie and brow!)
Have you tried these three products together? Life changing!
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