Luxury Skincare: Hits & Misses

Hey guys! 

I’ve been trying out some new skincare products recently, some of which I am completely OBSESSED with. There are also couple that are just kind of meh. A lot of us often forget that skincare should be our #1 priority in our beauty routine. As you age it won’t matter how expensive or great your makeup is unless you have put as much thought into your skincare routine. 

*All prices listed below are in Canadian Dollars.* 

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Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm – $38 CAN. 

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How I ever survived without this stuff before is a complete mystery to me. It has a similar texture to cocunut oil, and when massaged onto a full face of glam makeup it will completely melt everything off. The trick is to rub a quarter-sized amount all over your face, and remove with a dampened cloth. There is literally NOTHING left on my face after using this product, and it leaves my skin feeling super hydrated and does not dry me out. I highly recommend it especially if you are a regular makeup wearer. 

Boscia Tsubaki Swirl Two Part Gel & Cream Deep Hydration Moisturizer – $50 (Sephora) 2 oz. 

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I had heard great things about this moisturizer so I decided to give it a try. I am always on the market for a super hydrating moisturizer for my dry skin. I enjoyed this product, but my gripe about it is that you can’t wear silicone based (pore filling) primers with it as it will ball up on the skin. I believe this is because of the gel part within the the product, as I have had this happen before with other gel moisturizers. I do however like it for makeup free days – but those are few and far between for me. It just does not mesh well with my Benefit Pore-fessional primer so I will not be repurchasing.

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Olehenriksen Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer – $48 (Sephora) 1.7 oz. 

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I purchased this moisturizer because of the following claims it made: 

– Dryness
– Dark spots and uneven skin tone
– Dullness and uneven texture

I personally did not continue usage of this product after a few times because it just was not hydrating enough for my skin. I gave it to my mom to try as she doesn’t really have super dry skin like mine, and she even found that it didn’t moisturize her skin enough either. So as for the dark spots, uneven skin tone, etc. I didn’t use the product long enough to see if it would help with those aspects of my skin. But for me it’s definitely a pass.

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector – $64 (Sephora) 1 oz. 

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I was recommended this product by a friend, so I thought I would give it a try. I have a couple little dark spots on my under eyes and I was hoping it would lighten them up. I used it all over the face in hopes of prevention for future dark spots as well. Personally I did not like this serum at all. Not only did it not help my dark spots (which are fairly little  & light to begin with) but it also broke me out. I sucked it up and used it religiously, just to give it a fair chance. But I will not be repurchasing. 

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil – $70 (0.5 oz.) $135 (1 oz.) – (Sephora)

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So let’s just point out the obvious, yes this stuff is expensive. But if you want something to completely transform your skins texture and overall appearance this is the product for you. This oil has changed my skin so much for the better, as I was having an issue with little bumps/texture on my forehead that were driving me nuts. Using it at night partnered with the Good Genes product that I’m going to speak about next, was a total game changer for me. Also – a little goes a long way so it will last you a long time. I also noticed the difference fairly quickly. 

Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment – $135 (1 oz.) $200 (1.7 oz.) – (Sephora)

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If you are not familiar with lactic acid, let me just give you a quick little crash course. Lactic acid is used in products to dramatically change the texture of skin overtime and improve the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles within minutes by plumping the skin. I use the lactic acid treatment in the evening a few minutes after applying the Luna oil, and in the morning before applying my moisturizer. I am a huge fan of the Sunday Riley products, as I feel like they truly improve skin and make noticeable changes. Spending more money doesn’t always guarantee results, but in this case I certainly believe it to be true. 

I hope you enjoyed my review on these skincare products, and the tips given with each one. Remember – skin is super personal, so just because I don’t like something doesn’t me you won’t as well. Always read the claims on products, and look up reviews like this one to ensure it is what you are looking for. A lot of company’s also have great return policies if you don’t like an item you purchase, so always check up on those as well.

Have a FANTASTIC weekend! 

Aleasha. Xo. 

 

 

 

Some New Drugstore Makeup

Hey guys!

So good news, the drugstore is filled with lots of fun, new makeup for the summer season. So let’s jump right into a few I have tried… 

*Please keep in mind prices on products vary depending on place of purchase.* 

L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara – $10.96 – $13.99 CAN. 

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A lot of people have stated that this is a dupe for the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, which in my opinion would probably be a good comparison. It’s no secret that they clearly took inspiration from the packaging (notice the similarities).

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The wand & formula are also pretty comparable. I think this is a great mascara for those with fairly long, voluminous lashes to begin with. I like it for my top lashes as it does last very well throughout the day, but I personally need a little more of a comb wand to get into my teeny tiny bottom lashes. I also don’t find that the formula dries & crumbles off throughout the day which is a plus! 

L’oreal Pro-Glow Concealer – Retails around $11.99 CAN. 

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This concealer is a bit of a disappointment, although I shouldn’t have been that surprised considering I wasn’t a fan of the PRO-GLOW Foundation. I don’t know how they can call this a concealer, it is so sheer that it hardly conceals anything (especially dark under eye circles) . Now it does blend out nicely, and I like the applicator but that’s not enough to make this worth purchasing. It could be good for highlighting and contouring certain areas of the face, but the shade range could use some improvement.

Covergirl Vitalist Elixir Foundation – $13.97 CAN. (Walmart) – $17.99 CAN. (Shoppers Drug-Mart)

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I was surprised by this foundation because I ended up really enjoying it after a few wears. It lasted throughout the day nicely on my skin, and wore comfortably until the very end of the day when I did find my skin felt a little itchy and ready to have my makeup taken off. It has a strong smell, that I didn’t mind but if you are sensitive to scents you may not like it. The shade range is alright but could definitely use a couple of shades on both the darker and lighter ends. The downfall to this foundation is that I can only where it when I have some self tanner on as it does oxidize (foundation gets darker when comes into contact with air/different products) on my skin a bit, but when matched correctly I do like the look of it. It is on the dewier side so if you have very oily skin, I would avoid. The packaging is really nice, and it’s always nice when a product comes with a pump as it keeps everything nice and sanitary.  

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink – $11.99 CAN. (Maybelline Website)

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The Super Stay Matte Ink’s are a new liquid lipstick formula from Maybelline. I purchased the shade “Loyalist” which is a really pretty peachy/pink nude colour. I always struggle to find a matte liquid lip in a nude. I find nudes always seem to turn darker on my lips for whatever reason. I really loved this colour because it did stay the exact same on my lip as it appeared when swatched.

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^ Apologies for the messy ponytail! eeeek. 

The formula isn’t bad but I definitely found it to be a bit drying, and I did need to touch up throughout the day. Although I wasn’t a fan of its lasting power, after eating a salad with an oil-based dressing, the lipstick was almost completely gone. I will continue to use though as I found the colour to be very flattering.  

I was going to include the new Revlon Colorstay Creme Eye shadows in this review, but since I purchased 7 of the shades I figured I will do a separate post on them. I hope you enjoyed this quick little review. I will be back soon with some more beauty related posts.

Aleasha. Xo.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAC Cosmetics Review: The Fruity Juicy Collection

Hey guys! 

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I have a quick little review here for you on the new MAC Fruity Juicy Collection. I just have to start off by saying that I completely adore the packaging on this collection. As soon as I saw it, I automatically thought of tropical, summery goodness! 

Pearl Matte Face Powder in Oh My, Passion! 

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This face powder is truly unique and is in a ballpark of its own. The colours blend beautifully when swirled together and create a super unique peachy, light coral with a yellow/gold sheen. I was unsure at first of how it would look as a blush, but I am loving how flawless it looks when blended into the apples of the cheeks. 

Eyeshadow X 6 in Fruit A La LA

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MAC eyeshadows can be so hit or miss, they are either amazing or they lack the pigmentation I look for to create a fun look. I really enjoyed the colour selection in this particular palette, and found that for the most part I enjoyed using it. The bright fuchsia & orange shades were a little hard to blend but I had good colour payoff. I hated the glittery shade in the middle at first, as I found it had no pigmentation and was just a powdery mess. But when paired with my MAC paint pot (an eyeshadow cream base)  the second time around, I enjoyed it all over the lid and found it to be quite pretty. 

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Pictured above, a look I created using the palette. 

Lipstick in Shy Girl

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I had been looking for a new Cremesheen nude lipstick as I was beginning to become bored with all of the drying liquid lipsticks lately. I really enjoyed this shade as I found it to be very moisturizing on the lips, and a very comfortable, easy wear. It reminded me a lot of MAC’s Pure Zen which has always been an original favourite of mine. 

Cremesheen Glass in CHA-CHA-CHA

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This is a classic MAC Lipglass. If you are not familiar with the formula, they are quite sticky and thick. I don’t personally like to wear them over top of lipsticks as I find it just gets a little too thick and clumpy. I enjoy the formula though for wearing on its own, and enjoy this particular nudey/pink shade a lot especially for an easy summer makeup day. 

Have a fantastic weekend! 

Aleasha. XO. 

DIY: 3D Paper Plants

For my most recent window display at A Delicate Edge, I decided to go with something super fresh and summery. I have been so into greenery this season so I went with a super trendy succulent/cacti theme. For the theme, I made some really easy to create 3D paper plants. If you would like to learn how I made these, keep reading. 

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WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Green Card Stock/Bristol Board

Hot Glue & Gun

Pots

Recycled Paper/Tissue (To hold up plant) 

Paint/Brushes or Sponges

Pink or Coloured Card Stock 

Step One: 

Draw a shape on a piece of green card stock that you want to make 3D (ex. a cactus shape). Then cut it out. 

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Step Two:

Trace the shape onto another piece of green card stock, and once again cut out the same shape. 

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Step Three: 

Slit the TOP part down to the middle on one of the shapes, and then proceed to slit the BOTTOM part up to the middle of the other shape you traced. 

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Step Four: 

Slide together, and hot glue the ends of each slit with the other to make sure they stay in tact. PS. If you are making the round cacti as pictured on the left in photo at the beginning, you can pick which parts you want to be 3D. The parts you want to be 3D are the parts you will want to trace and have 2 parts to slide together. The round shapes on top of the plant you can just cut one and slit, and slide onto the plant in whichever placement you like. 

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Step Five:

Put in a pot, and use recycled paper/tissue to help stand the plants up. Proceed to paint spikes or leaf veins on your plant depending on which type you want to make. 

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OPTIONAL: Use pink card stock to fold into little accordion shapes and hot glue on the plant. You can also use little pieces of pink tissue to form little flowers as well. 

Good luck & have fun!

Aleasha 

 

 

Drugstore Brand Review: WET N WILD

Hey Guys! 

I hope you all had an absolutely fabulous long weekend, I thought I would start the week off by presenting to you a drugstore brand review on Wet n Wild. As many of you know, Wet n Wild is probably one of the most affordable brands available at the drugstore – which sometimes leads to thoughts that it doesn’t perform well. But if you are active in the beauty community, I’m sure you have heard that Wet n Wild has become known now as being one of the best brands to dupe luxury products, for a fantastic price tag. Here is my review on several of their products…

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PhotoFocus Foundation – $7.99 CAN. 

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This product has gained a lot of buzz lately. It is a medium coverage foundation that does blend beautifully into the skin, and it has a decent colour selection (when it is in stock). Now I wasn’t as blown away by this as a lot of beauty fans were, I found that throughout the day on my dry skin it did move around on my face a little and begin to look a little patchy around dry areas. I do believe though that it would perform well on oily skin, and is all in all a great affordable option at the drugstore. I do wish it had a pump though, and I’m not a fan of the smell as it legitimately smells like straight up paint.

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MegGlo Contouring Palette in Dulce De Leche  – $5.99 CAN.

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Bottom line, this product is amazing. I have been reaching for it almost everyday over a lot of my high end products, and it reminds me a lot of the Marc Jacobs powders. I use the light side to set my under eye concealer, and the dark side to contour and bronze up my skin. It is a fantastic product, with an even better price tag. 

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Color Icon Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana – $4.99 CAN. 

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I do really enjoy this bronzer, although it is not quite as smooth as the powders in their contour palette -I do however think that it is a great affordable option. It does come in a couple of different shades, mine being the lighter one. It has a bit of a sheen to it which I do enjoy, but if you are a matte girl this probably wouldn’t be your cup of tea. 

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MegGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Pedals – $5.99 CAN. 

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This product started out as limited edition, but because of it’s success it became a permanent piece in their collection. This is hands down the best highlighter available at the drugstore in my opinion, it blends beautifully into the skin and gives off an intense glow. I have the shade “Precious Petals” which is the lighter of the 2, and is a golden/champagne colour. There is also a shade called “Crown Of My Canopy” which is too dark for my skin tone, but would be beautiful on those with darker skin as it is a gorgeous rose gold/bronze shade. 

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MegaGlo Illuminating Palette in Catwalk Pink – $5.99 CAN. 

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Considering how much I loved their other highlighting powder, this product was a bit of a disappointment. It was a little too glittery for my liking, and a bit chalky. It also doesn’t blend very well, so I would probably pass on this product. 

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Color Icon Blushers – $4.99 CAN. 

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I have the shades Mellow Wine (An intense peachy coral shade), Pearlescent Pink (A pinky coral shade with golden undertones), & Rose Champagne (A champagne sheen). 

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^Pictured above from left to right…Pearlescent Pink, Mellow Wine, Rose Champagne.

My two favourite’s are most definitely Mellow Wine & Pealescent Pink. Rose champagne I would say is more of a blush topper as it isn’t a very pigmented shade. I absolutely adore Pearlescent Pink, and would say it’s a great dupe for Nars’ Orgasm. I’ll even go as far as saying that I may even like it better than Nars blush as I find it is easier to blend, therefor making it quicker to apply. 

Color Icon Ombre Blush in The Princess Daiquiris – $5.99 CAN.

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I wasn’t sure how this one would apply, as it looked quite light when swatched. However, if you are looking for a light blush that will just give you a little pinch of colour, and a little glow to your skin – this is a great option. It blends nicely into the skin as well. 

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Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in Silent Treatment- $3.49 

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I really wish I could find more of these trios, but I’m having a little bit of a difficult time finding them in Ontario. If you come across these however, make sure you pick them up. They are such a great price for the quality of eye shadow you get. They blend nicely, and are not at all patchy. They also are very user friendly if you have a difficult time knowing where to apply shadow shades. 

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 *Sidenote: I am not a fan of the Stay Wild Glitter Eyeshadow Trios. They have a thick spray over of glitter, and the powders are quite scratchy. Stick to the classic trios.*

Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection in Poster Child – $5.99 CAN. 

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The Eyeshadow Collection palettes are a great price and for the most part are the same formulas as used in the trios. I love the “Poster Child” palette I have, with the exception of the 2 blue shades which I find a little patchy, but even without those two shades you are still getting great shadows for a fantastic price.

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Now unfortunately, I do not believe Poster Child is available anymore, but I have tried the other Eyeshadow Collection Palettes in the past and they are all great and I would highly recommend. I especially love their “Comfort Zone” Palette (pictured below) which was MIA when I was writing this blog.

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Au Natural Palette in Nude Awakening – $7.99 CAN.

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Surprisingly, I’m not a huge fan of this palette. At first glance, the shades look lovely – but I don’t feel the quality is on par with other Wet n Wild palettes I have tried. They aren’t the worst thing, but I wouldn’t recommend running out and purchasing them as they are not super duper pigmented, and are a little bit patchy. 

MegaLength Mascara – $3.99 CAN. 

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 I’m going to keep this short, because I have talked about this mascara before. But I love this one as it gets in my tiny little bottom lashes and lengthens without being clumpy. I’ve repurchased this product on a couple of different occasions.  

Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipsticks – $6.99 CAN. 

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Shades in my collection (As pictured in above photo, in order):

-Missy and Fierce (A bright cherry red)

– Give Me Mocha (A true brown)

-Nice To Fuchsia (A beautiful bright fuchsia/pink)  

-Berry Recognize (A deep pinky/berry shade)

-Rebel Rose (A pretty mauve)

– Nudie Patootie (A light nude, good for the center of the lip)

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These lipsticks have exceptional pigmentation and dry down to a true matte while still being comfortable on the lips. I have been reaching for them a ton lately, and honestly for the price – you can’t beat them. They perform just as well if not better than some of my other high end liquid lipsticks and remind me a lot of the Anastasia formula.  

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I enjoyed all of the shades I purchased, however I did find “Give Me Mocha” to be a little sheer, but with a second coat it seemed to work nicely. In the swatch picture I didn’t wait for the shades to dry down, but I assure you they do dry down to be a matte lip shade. 

PhotoFocus Setting Spray – $5.99

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 This spray is pretty darn awesome, I don’t understand how they can make such a great product for such a low price. I reach for it just as much as my Urban Decay All Nigher to be honest. If you want your makeup to stay put and you’re on a budget, this product is probably going to be your new favourite. Downfall – the smell isn’t great, but once it’s on you don’t smell it anymore. 

 So there you have it, a full review on Wet n Wild! Leave a comment if you enjoyed, and we will talk soon! 

Aleasha. Xo. 

SIDE NOTE to Canadians: Wet n Wild can be difficult to find right now but it is becoming more prevalent in a lot of stores. I suspect it will be in a lot more drugstores within the next little bit. At the moment though, I purchase all my Wet n Wild from Rexall, Wal-Mart’s in the city which usually have a great selection, & Well.ca. My favourite place to purchase is Well.ca because they ship quickly, and if you spend over $35 you receive free shipping. I’m also super impressed with their customer service, as two of the products I received had been shattered in the mail. I sent a picture and there was no hassle, the next day they had the new product sent out to me.

 

The Pros & Cons Of Being An Emotional Sponge

Do you find yourself constantly absorbing the energy of others? Whether someone is happy, sad, excited, or angry, does it affect your own mood even though the situation may not have a whole heck of a lot to do with you? Well my friend, you may be what my mother recently described myself as – an emotional sponge. 

So what is an emotional sponge? Basically, you could describe it as being someone who is easily influenced by the positive or negative energy of others. I personally never really realized it, but incredibly enough, now that I do…it’s amazing to witness how easily your own mood can change depending on what others are experiencing.

My mom told me that the first time she really noticed it with me was when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I guess we were in a mall somewhere in the city eating lunch in a food court when a homeless man came in and sat at a table beside ours. She said that I immediately became very quiet & she could tell that I was upset. I then whispered to her that “He looked sad, so I should just pretend to drop a $5 bill and maybe he would see it and keep it.”

Now like I said – I don’t really remember it that much but she said that I proceeded to get very upset once we left the food court and cry my eyes out in the car ride on the way home. It’s funny how our little brains work when we are young. Now fast-forward 17 years or so later, I have learned that although absorbing the energy of others can be overwhelming at times, that it is a huge blessing. To those who also find themselves in a similar position, just think about the pros…

You Rarely Get Jealous:

The great thing about being an emotional sponge is that when something good happens to somebody, whether it be in their personal or professional life, you are almost always genuinely happy for them. I can honestly say that when others are happy & excited about something in their lives, very rarely do I ever get a jealous thought or think “hmmmm I wish that was me.”

You’re Empathetic:

Now there can be 2 sides to this. When someone else is sad it can obviously put a damper on your own mood as things can weigh heavy on your own heart because you are feeling their emotions so strongly. But the beautiful thing about being an empath is that you are generally a good listener. You are invested in other people’s hardships and feel the need to help without constantly giving needless advice & comparing their experiences to your own.

You’re Intuitive:

The beauty of being an emotional sponge is that you often have your intuition tweaked to perfection. You are very conscious of the different things that you say and do to people because you always analyze how you would respond in that situation. You often overthink, which can get extremely exhausting. But your heart is happy knowing that you did your best to make other’s feel empowered.

 

This was the first blog I have written so far that I was constantly going back and erasing things, it was hard to put into the right words. So, I hope that you were able to find some sort of peace within this article if you too feel this way. Make sure to always try and ensure that your own heart is happy before concerning yourself as much with others, but continue to be who you are….an empathetic, intuitive, & unique individual.

Aleasha. Xo. 

NEW AT SEPHORA – Hits & Misses

Hi guys!

So for the past month or so, I’ve been giving some new products from Sephora a try so that I could let you know if they were worth the price tag or not. Quite often (I know I’m guilty of this) we get caught up in the hype & pretty packaging surrounding new releases. So let’s see if these picks made the cut! 

Stellar Cosmic Blush (Flare) – C$30

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Stellar is a new line exclusive to Sephora, so I was intrigued when I came across a line on the site that I had yet to hear of. I will start off by saying that the packaging on this blush is pretty plain & flimsy (not what I would expect for $30). But the blush inside was stunning, and has quickly become one I use on a daily basis. It is a beautiful, natural looking blush that can be built up if you want to pack on more colour. Flare is a pinky/coral colour with gold throughout the formula, and I would say it compares to Nars’ orgasm. 

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Stellar Cosmic Powder – C$36 

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Once again, the packaging is not very impressive on this product, I also found it to be quite messy. Now the powder itself is beautiful, & very finely milled. It glides over top of creams & powders nicely, and does mattify the face well. But you only get .28 oz which is not very much product. (You get a full 1 oz in a Laura Mercier powder to compare, and it’s only $11 more). So not much bang for your buck. Hopefully as the company grows, their packaging will improve which can maybe justify the price tag more. 

Milk Blur Stick – C$43

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This product claims to do the following: 

“Blur Stick minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines on every skin tone for an invisible, smooth, matte finish. Use it as a primer for a smooth finish and to lock in your makeup. This stick is free of silicone, and it will not clog pores.”

I’m still very up in the air when it comes to my opinion on this product. Some foundations I found had little lasting power when paired with this product. I also found that on my dry skin it would cling to dry patches when gliding over the skin, and felt a little like I was dragging a glue stick across my face. The more I played with it though, I found massaging it into the face did help. But still, I’m not completely sold. I will continue to use it but I do feel like it would be more beneficial on someone with oily skin. I will say though that it did help to conceal pores. 

Natasha Denona Foundation x – $58

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This foundation claims to be the following: 

“A long-lasting, full-coverage, radiant foundation that doesn’t set into fine lines and leaves the skin with a naturally radiant, flawless finish.”

Let’s just break these claims down. Is this long-lasting? No. Is it full-coverage? It attempts to be, but is a bit clumpy. Does it set into fine lines? YES YES YES. That was one of my biggest problems with this foundation. Does it have a natural, flawless finish? No, it clings to imperfections, and takes a lot of time to blend into the skin so that it does not look like you’ve caked on a face of foundation. If you couldn’t already tell, I don’t like this one. I will continue to play with it and see if there are any different methods of applying it that could help it perform better since it was pricier, but I would not recommend. 

Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer – C$37

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I quite simply love this concealer. It’s full-coverage, creamy, doesn’t crease, & blends into the skin beautifully with a beauty blender. A+ from me! Not much else I can say, except that I HIGHLY recommend to all skin types.

Makeup Forever Star Lit Powder (13 Ivory) – C$25

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This powder is one of the most stunning loose pigments I have ever used. The amount of punch it packs with the littlest amount of product is absolutely insane. It’s super intense without being too “glittery”, and is beautiful as an inner corner eye highlight, a cheek highlight, or a shadow. I will most definitely be purchasing more shades.  

Makeup Forever Star Lit Liquid (Pink Beige) – $30

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I’ve always been a bigger fan of powders than I have been of liquids when it comes to highlighting products, and I feel the same when it comes to the star lit products. I just find this particular one to be too glittery & chunky. It does have some amazing pigment, but it’s difficult to blend out and I strongly dislike it as a cheek highlight. On the eyes it’s ok, But wouldn’t be something I’d recommend as the formula just misses the mark for me. 

Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter – $39

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I don’t understand the low star rating for this on the Sephora website, I completely adore this product! I debated including it because I only received it a few days ago, but I have used it everyday since. It’s stunning, and super metallic on the cheek bones. Not to mention, it smells amazing. It glides on the skin perfectly when paired with a fan brush and lasts all day. I personally enjoy swirling all of the colours together, which creates a unique shade of highlight. 

Benefit Galifornia Blush – $38

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This golden pink blush would be super flattering on a lot of different skin tones. It just blends into the skin so perfectly, and has a seamless finish while still making a statement. The packaging of course is amazing, as Benefit always kills it in that department, but the product inside is even more amazing. I think they really hit a home run with this one, and I can see it becoming a favourite within the beauty community. Benefit certainly knows what they are doing when it comes to their powders, and this product is no exception. 

Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Lipstick (Metallic Finish) – C$28

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I should reiterate something, and that is that a liquid lipstick does not have to be super drying & matte which is what a lot of people generally consider the standard for most formulas. A lot of companies have been experimenting with metallic finishes this season, one of which is Smashbox. 

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I purchased the shades “Mauve Squad” & “Foiled Brat”. I really enjoyed these products, but I have to say that I would consider them more of a lip cream than a lipstick. They are extremely pigmented & metallic but they don’t have the staying power compared to a lot of other liquid lipsticks and they are quite sticky. None the less, I do really like these especially Foiled Brat (darker shade), and I would recommend that shade as it is super unique. I like Mauve Squad as well but feel as though it is more of a highly pigmented, lip gloss. I look forward to trying out more of the deeper shades. 

Glam Glow GLOWSETTER Makeup Setting Spray – C$39

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The mister on this spray is probably one of the best ones I have tried. It sprays out so evenly, and doesn’t produce little droplets which can ruin your face. The product inside is decent, but isn’t the best I have tried. It’s a hydrating setting spray, & can be used throughout the day to give your face a refreshing spritz. I still prefer my MAC Fix Plus and will continue to rely on it. I probably wouldn’t repurchase the GlowSetter, but I will use it up until it’s gone.

Enjoy your weekend! xo 

Aleasha

 

 

So your daughter wants a tattoo?

Before I even begin this post, I want to reiterate something which I had spoken about in a past post when it comes to giving advice to your daughter – I am not a mother. My opinion is one that is solely based off my experience as a daughter. These pointers are ones that while looking back could have possibly been useful advice to my mother, who basically had a heart attack each time I came home with a new piece of ink.

Now I am by no means an expert when it comes to tattoos, I only have 4 of them, 2 of which are quite large (on my ribs, & thigh) and 2 which are smaller (wrist & neck). Growing up I was not a girl you would have expected to ever want to permanently mark her body. In grade 9 I was still watching high school musical, throughout high school I worked at a seniors home, I rarely went out to party before college, and I was an ambassador for the town in my 12th year of school – pretty much the face of innocence (ok well kind of). I say this because for whatever reason, people seem to associate tattoos with more of a rebellious lifestyle, which is quite unfair and untrue to say the least.

I never really had an interest in tattoos, that was until I experienced something in my teens which made the urge of inking myself very strong. I lost a close friend right after I had turned 17, and I wanted to get something in memory of him. I was shocked when my mother didn’t shut the idea down automatically – that was until we started discussing the ideas. Because I was only 17, she would have had to sign and give permission for me, and we were both on completely different pages when it came to size and placement. I of course wanted it to be about the size of the palm of my hand, she wanted it to be about the size of a dime, and preferably in a spot where it could be hidden. She was very understanding and supportive when it came to the reasoning behind the tattoo. But, she grew up in a time and a house hold where people with tattoos were usually just bikers & bad asses … and not her baby girl. Eventually we came to a decision that I would wait. This way I could be 100% sure of the placement and size. Although I hate to admit it – I’m super glad I decided to wait until I was a little bit older and had a little more time to think.

A few years went by, and I was now 20 years old and really wanting my first tattoo. I still had not come up with an exact idea when it came to the tattoo I wanted in memory of my friend, but I knew eventually I would and I was ok with waiting. I had always been very into quotes, song lyrics, etc. And one of my favourite quotes was one by Charlie Chaplin that went as so, “Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles.” It was kind of a reflection of how I had been feeling at that point in my life, and I always looked at tattoos as being a part of a diary but on your body. Now I totally understand the irony in this quote (yes I know a tattoo is pretty permanent) but I loved the quote so much, and I didn’t care. And I mean there’s always laser, right? So seriously, NOTHING is permanent.

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Now you can bet your bottom dollar that my mother was upset. She cried, offered me cash not to get it done, and called me before my session begging me to change my mind. However after 5 & a half hours of pain, I called her and let her know how happy I was with it. It was a surprisingly emotional experience. And after she saw it, although it was bigger than she had expected – she ended up liking it. The next day she even offered to take me shopping to find dresses that would “show it off”.  That part still makes me laugh.

I waited about 2 years before getting my next one, and thought very hard about its placement, and content. I ended up getting the lyrics from a Lord of the Rings song that my mother & I used to play on the piano/violin, and that also meant a lot to me as the lyrics reminded me of my friend I had lost when I was young. It says, “In Dreams We Meet Again” and has a green spider flower for my friend, because his favourite colour was green, and a pink rose beside it.

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After that, I had 2 more ideas in my head that I knew for sure I wanted. And I waited about a year in between each. The next was my mother’s handwriting which said “Blue sky day.” It was our secret saying we had when I was in college, and we would be speaking on the phone. If she wanted to know if I was having an alright day, she would ask me, “Is it a blue sky day?”. Which was our special little code for meaning it was a good day. Now you may be wondering – how did I get my mom to physically write it out without becoming suspicious. Well truth is, I lied. And no I don’t feel that bad about it, I told her I needed her to write it for a “craft” I was making for her for Christmas – and well I think she secretly knew I was being dishonest. That was the one tattoo I think that she kind of laughed about because she knew I had tricked her, or at least in my mind I think I kind of did.

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My latest one was a cross on the back of my neck, which I kept secret for a couple months before telling her – and well she kind of just rolled her eyes and said “that better be the last one.” Now will it be my last? I think for now, but I change my mind on a regular basis so who knows!

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Now as people say – yes tattoos can get addicting. And I think that is something you really need to talk to your kids about, because it could get to a point where they end up getting something they may regret. Trust me, I know a lot of people my age, who have tats they regret already (and I’m only 24 turning 25). However at the end of the day, if they want one bad enough – whether it is for a special meaning, or simply for art, truth is that they are probably going to get one once they are old enough. Now when it comes to signing for your son or daughter who is underage, my personal opinion would probably be to not. Like I said, I’m not a parent but when I think back to being 16 and where I wanted a tattoo, and the size, I’m so happy my mother talked me out of it. I think your best bet, would be to take your son or daughter seriously when they are underage and wanting a tattoo. I know I thought longer & harder about my decision because my mom didn’t shut me down without hearing me out. Talk to them also about the importance of getting a tattoo in a legitimate shop, where professionalism & sanitization are top priorities.  

On the flip side, as a daughter (or son for that matter), it is also important to hear your parents out. I know my mother’s biggest fear was that I would get something I was going to regret, or not be happy with. It is so important when you’re considering getting a tattoo, that you seek out lots of potential artists to check out their work, and that you strongly communicate your ideas and thoughts with them. Always make sure you have a clear and concise idea beforehand, and make sure their final sketch is something you are comfortable with. Also realize that you should be taking their ideas and professional opinion into strong consideration – as they have much more experience with placement, size, colours, etc. than you do.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed this post or even found it helpful in some way.

 

Aleasha. Xo.

HOT or NOT? Pixi by Petra!

I was recently  intrigued to see the new Pixi by Petra display at my Local Shoppers Drug Mart. I had heard a bit about the brand from different beauty gurus & Youtubers over the years, and I believe it has been being sold at Target in the States for a while now. The brand was started by creator, Petra Strand over 10 years ago and is said to help enhance a women’s natural beauty.

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I decided to pick up some of the makeup products from my local Shoppers, and put them to the test. At first glance – I enjoyed the look of the packaging. It was very clean & fresh and the display had me interested from the moment I noticed it. 

Now I purchased these items about 3 weeks ago and have been using them in many different ways, with different looks ever since so that I could get a full understanding of the product range. Unfortunately I have since lost my receipt – so I will be referring to the prices off of the Pixi website by converting from US prices or remembering by memory. So please note prices could fluctuate either way by a few dollars.  

Book of Beauty – Contour Creator $32 Canadian. 

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Now I’m going to be honest, when it comes to my personal collection and not my pro kit, I am totally over the idea of “contour kits”. They work great in my professional makeup life, but for your own personal use…they are kind of a waste in my opinion. A contour kit must be universal for lots of different skin tones – so for personal use you usually only end up using a few shades and leaving the others. So in a way you are just wasting your money when you could be purchasing your own personal shades in just one or two pans. Now the contour powders in this kit are nice – but like I said I really only use the middle contour shade as I find the other two a little too warm toned for my complexion. If you have more of an olive skin tone, you may enjoy it more. I find the highlighting powders a little bit chalky for my liking, but I do like the middle shade for setting my under eye concealer. Overall, I probably would not recommend this contour kit. I feel like since it is $32 Canadian that you are almost getting up into the higher end price range. And if you save an extra $20 you could purchase an Anastasia contour kit where the pans are refillable, making it a little more versatile. Or do as I do, and simply purchase your own custom shades in individual pans. 

Natural Brow Duo – $20 Canadian.

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$20 for a brow pencil at the drugstore is definitely up there considering you can purchase an Anastasia Brow Wiz at Sephora for $27 or a L’oreal Brow Stylist (a favourite of mine) for around $10 at the drugstore. You do have to take into consideration that the Natural Brow Duo does include a gel though, so you are getting a bit more bang for your buck. After trying this brow pencil/gel duo though, I fell completely in love. I find that I have been reaching for it a lot over the past 3 weeks, just as much as my Brow Wiz in fact. And not just for the sake of testing out the product, but because I really do love it. A hot product in my books for sure! Keep in mind though it is a thicker, triangular shape so it may not be ideal for beginners.

Endless Silky Eye Pencil in BronzeBeam – $16 Canadian.

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I’m just going to start off by saying I’m in love with this pencil liner. It’s creamy, it’s pigmented, it goes on smoothly, & doesn’t smudge. I would even go as far as to compare the formula to that of Marc Jacobs. Definitely one of my favourites from the line.   

Lash Line Ink in Black Silk – TBD. 

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Now I’m generally not a fan of felt tipped pen liners, as I find they mix with shadow and end up applying unevenly. They also tend to dry out quite quickly. Now I will say that at first I enjoyed this liner as it made a nice wing. But once again like almost all of my other felt tipped liners, it stopped working after one or two uses. I would pass on this one for sure, it also has a bit of a shiny finish which I am personally not really into.

 Mesmerizing Mineral Palette – $16 Canadian. 

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I am dreading writing this particular part of the review because these were probably the most disappointing products for me. I purchased both Plum Quartz & Opal Glow. At first touch, these felt incredibly buttery. But the amount of fallout in both palettes was insane. They are a lot more powdery then I had hoped, and honestly I will never use either again. I first tried Opal Glow, and basically all the colours looked the exact same on the eye even with a base (chalky, powdery, lots of fallout, patchy, need I say more?). I had a little bit of hope left for the Plum Quartz Palette, as I can usually make these types of shades work even if they aren’t the best formulation. But seriously, WHERE IS THE PIGMENT IN THESE? There is next to none – the amount of building up I had to do to even get a remote amount of colour on the eye was insane. Hands down, a hard pass.

Lip Contour Liner in Natural Rose – $16 Canadian. 

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I didn’t at all mind this lip liner, and the colour I find to be nice and versatile. If you like a creamy lip liner with lots of slip to it, you may enjoy this a lot. If you prefer more of a stiffer pencil with a bit more pigment, this probably is not for you. Overall I liked it, I probably won’t repurchase but I will continue to use this one. 

Mattelustre Lipstick in Bitten Rose – $16 Canadian. 

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I loved this lipstick! What a refresher from the drying, matte liquid lipstick trend we have all fallen in love with. Now is this formula completely matte? No, but it does dry down to a demi matte finish and it is very comfortable on the lips. I also was extremely impressed with the lasting power it had, and that it did not cling to any dry patches, lots of pigment as well. I will be buying more shades for sure. 

Makeup Misting Fix – Around $20 Canadian. 

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I will start off with this one by saying that if you are not a fan of rose scents, this product is not for you as it is infused with rose water & green tea. I am personally a fan of this product and would probably compare it to MAC Fix Plus when it comes to setting makeup & refreshing your look throughout the day. I would not use it to dampen a beauty blender, and wouldn’t say it’s as good at refreshing makeup after long wear times as Fix Plus, but I do like this product to set makeup – and I will continue to use. 

Thanks so much for reading today’s post! Like I have said before, makeup is super personal so just because I don’t enjoy something doesn’t me you won’t. Always give things a try, play with testers, & take into consideration your skin type.

Aleasha. Xo. 

 

Current Drugstore Beauty Favourites

In the past few years, drugstore makeup as a whole has upped its game. Saving a buck here and there is always a plus! Here are some affordable beauty products that I have been completely obsessing over lately. 

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation 

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I spoke about this foundation briefly in my Decluttering Series, but I would like to take a moment to remind you how beautiful it is. If you are looking for an impressive, affordable foundation with a demi matte finish, this is definitely the one for you. It provides a wonderful medium coverage finish that is buildable, and it blends into the skin nicely when paired with a beauty blender or densely packed brush. I recommend this foundation for all skin types as I find even with it’s matte finish, that it still does a good job at hydrating my own dry skin .

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

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This is a favourite among the beauty community because it is such a great formula for such an incredible price tag. The Fit Me concealer is known for providing a fairly full coverage to the under eyes, while still looking natural. It doesn’t crease when set with a good powder, and blends out well with a beauty blender after applying foundation. PS. It’s a pretty good dupe for the Nars Radiant Creamy concealer when it comes to the coverage/formula.

CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Powder & CoverGirl Advanced Radiance Pressed Powder

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I’m not to sure what CoverGirl has been doing to improve their powder formulas lately, but whatever it is – I love it. I absolutely adore the Outlast All-Day powder for setting my foundation, and I can honestly say that it is all I have been using to set my face for the past 3 weeks or so. It does a great job at mattifying skin and it keeps things put. 

I don’t use the Advanced Radiance powder for setting my foundation, but I love it for setting concealer under my eyes. It doesn’t crease, and it really helps to brighten up those dark under eye circles. 

Physicans Formula Matte Sculpting Bronze Booster Trio

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As you can see, the vanilla coloured shade at the top has been another favourite for setting my under eye concealer and I enjoy it more than a lot of the vanilla/banana shades in my more expensive palettes. The center colour is the perfect shade for me to contour with as it really helps to add definition, carve out my cheek bones, & it has the perfect amount of grey as an undertone. Since I am so fair, the cooler tone in this shade really compliments my skin nicely. I’m a huge fan of the buttery formula as well!  I don’t use the bottom shade much however as it is a little to warm toned for my own skin. 

Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow

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I have heard a lot of mixed reviews about this product, especially this shade. But I personally think it performs beautifully as a blush topper. Also if I use a fan brush and focus it on the bottom three shades, it makes a beautiful highlight when applied above my cheek bones, and on my cupids bow  (right above the center of my lip). Good highlighters from the drugstore are few & far between, so this is definitely one of my top affordable favourites.

L’oreal Infallible Lip Paints

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These are pretty new on the market and I really enjoy them. They are not meant to be a matte liquid lip, and are instead a lip cream. They don’t dry down completely matte and once they are applied you have some time to touch up unlike matte liquid lipsticks. My personal favourite shades are “Taupeless” & “Spicy Blush”. I have been reaching for Spicy Blush on a regular basis as it is an easy pinky nude that is flattering with a lot of different looks & it keeps the lips fairly hydrated. Taupeless is a unique lavender/taupe shade with a grey undertone that is quite sheer with only one coat, but you can build it up to get a lot more colour payoff.

So there are my current favourites from the drugstore! I am constantly testing out new makeup, trying to figure out the best that is out there. So,  when I find myself reaching foe these more affordable items – I’m always happy to share in order to help you SAVE!

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Enjoy your evening! 🙂 

Aleasha