A Look at Kylie Cosmetics

Hey guys!

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I hope you all had a fantastic rest of your summer, crazy to think how quickly the last few months have gone by. It has been a while since I have had a chance to sit down and do a blog post, but let me tell you there are some AMAZING cosmetic products out at the moment and I can not wait to dive into all of them. For now though, I thought I would start by giving you some insight on the very popular Kylie Cosmetics. 

Kylie Cosmetics has been one of the quickest growing beauty lines to come about in the last 2 years, and is estimated to be a $1 billion dollar company by the year 2022. Kylie Jenner started out with her “Kylie Lip Kits” which were a liquid lip/liner combo, and then quickly moved on to shadows, face products, and specialty collections.

 Kylie Lip Kit & Liquid Lip Collections

($29 for Lip Kit, $17 For Liquid Lipstick, $14 for Lip Liner)  

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Original Kylie Lip Kit (Kourt K) – Matte Formula 

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Overall I am a big fan of the original matte formula as it is long lasting, and glides on the lips smoothly. It can be quite drying throughout the day so it is important to prep your lips by hydrating & exfoliating before hand. The darker colours can stain so if that is an issue for you just keep it in mind. As for the liner, it is very creamy – which will make the product go on the lips nicely but may result in it being not as long lasting. I’ve never found it necessary to line my lips with a liquid lipstick (if it is matte) so I would recommend just purchasing the liquid lip instead of the kit. 

(Swatched below with KOKO Collection)

The KOKO Collection Matte Lips ($17 each) 

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I purchased the KOKO collection when it was still available in the 4 pack kit which included the 3 matte shades (Gorg, Okurrr, Khlo$) and the Damn Gina gloss. Now you are able to purchase the collection in separates along with 4 new colours in a kit. I loved all of the shades I purchased, and was happy to see that they kept their original matte formula in the three liquid lips. I especially love the shade “Okurrr” as it is a unique red/pink colour that stands out and makes a statement. “Gorg” is beautiful but tends to dry a little dark on my lips, so I usually wear it when I’m not as pale. “Khlo$” is a great warm nude that would compliment a lot of different skin tones. 

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Pictured above wearing the colour “Okurrr” 

Also included was the Damn Gina gloss which I could unfortunately not seem to find when I was taking photos. Damn Gina ($15 on it’s own) is a beautiful, lustrous gloss with lots of shimmer flecks. It is stunning on it’s own or topped on another shade.

damnSend Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick ($45)

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As of right now, this 4 pack of the velvet lipsticks is currently sold out, but I thought that I would give you an overview in case you are thinking of purchasing another colour in this formula. I imagined that I would be in love with this formula because unlike the matte shades, it does not completely dry down and formulas with a bit of a slip are usually easier to work with, boy was I ever wrong! I strongly disliked these velvet lipsticks. Although it continued to have some slip throughout the day which was nice, it settled into every single fine line on my lips making it super unflattering. Even though it didn’t completely dry down, I felt that it made my lips look very dry and cakey.  

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Skinny Dip Face Duo ($34)

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The face duo includes a very light warm bronze shade, and a gold/champagne highlighter. The bronzer has a little gold fleck to it but goes go on mostly matte. I was surprised at how light it is, and although I liked it I didn’t absolutely love it. For being so light, it took a bit of extra time to blend and anyone with even a tinge darker skin tone than myself (I’m quite fair) I think it would be too light. I love the highlighter however as it is very in your face, and blends into the skin nicely. I think overall it would be a nice shade as well for a lot of different skin tones. 

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The Birthday Collection  “Queen” Ultra Glow Highlighter ($14)

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Let’s just get to the point, I really do not like this product as a highlighter. It is basically just light pink glitter and it does not blend well at all. I have experimented with it a bit on the eyes and I like it for that, but I don’t understand how it is meant to be a face highlight. It just looks like chunks of glitter on your face. Now I have heard some amazing things about the loose highlighters, so I’m thinking it may just be this shade. 

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Blush “Virginity”  ($20)

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Now is this the best blush on the market? Absolutely not, and I think that for the price you could find something just as good if not better for a cheaper price point. I do really like it though and I will continue to use. It is a nice bright, matte pink and although it doesn’t swatch well – it blends into the cheeks nicely. It isn’t super duper pigmented, but I personally don’t mind that in a blush because it can be easier to blend and build the product up if it doesn’t go on the cheeks so intensely. 

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Pictured above wearing the Kylie Blush in the shade “Virginity”

The Birthday Collection I Want It All Palette ($54)

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This is probably my favourite item that I have purchased from Kylie Cosmetics. The palette includes 9 shadows, a blush, and a highlight making it a great value. I adore the shadow shades in this palette and have been reaching for it a bunch since there are great shades included to make many different eye looks. Each shade is highly pigmented & blendable but somehow there is little fall out which is always a plus. The blush I could live without, but it’s a pretty colour and the formula is the same as the blush I spoke on above. The highlighter in the kit is stunning, and gives off a pinky/champagne glow that is super vibrant and healthy looking. The packaging in also super cute. 

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Kyshadow The Burgundy Palette ($42)

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I was surprised how much I loved these shadows! Like the shadows above, they blend well & have great pigmentation. The shades are beautiful although I would prefer another highlighting shade – and for the price of the palette I’m surprised it does not include a mirror. But overall, I really like it and find myself using it fairly frequently. 

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I hope you enjoyed this overview of items I have tried from the brand. I’m sure I will be testing more out in the future, and I look forward to new collections and launches. Leave a comment below on your thoughts of the products and if you have tried any.

Aleasha Xo  

A look at Colourpop – Brand Review

So let’s start off by addressing the fact that yes, I have done a ton of makeup reviews lately. Summertime always has some amazing releases in the land of beauty, but I will be coming at you guys with a Storytime in the next little while!

So this next blog is a review on some products from Colourpop which I have been putting to the test over the last month or so.

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In case you aren’t familiar with the brand, Colourpop was started in 2014 by Seed Beauty, and quickly took the beauty community by storm with their unique formulations and affordable price tag. Ready to take a look? Here we go! Keep in mind if you are in Canada like myself, these prices will be listed in USD. Colourpop offers Free Shipping on International orders, but I had to pay about $25 CAN in duty charges when it was delivered.

SUPER SHOCK SHADOWS -$5 each USD/Bundle Deals Listed Below On Kits

Bottom line, these are freaking amazing and they have become my everyday go to shadows. They are a cream/powder hybrid which almost feels bouncy to the touch. Because of it’s unique formula, you avoid fallout with these shadows and they pack on bold colour super effortlessly. There are a few different finishes available including a matte, glitter, satin, & a pearl. I highly recommend these shadows, especially if you are looking to speed up your eye routine in the morning. I personally find these apply best with your fingers, but if you are wanting to use a brush  I like to use one that is meant for concealer since the flat tip deposits more product.

Sometimes within products, each colour can vary slightly in quality. The nice thing about the super shock shadows is that they all are fantastic across the board. The shadows I’m about to show you were sold as both individual shadows, or in a kit. You often get a better deal if you purchase the kits, but you can also purchase individually as well.

Where The Light Is Collection – $18.00 USD (or $5 each)

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I  love this Kathleen Lights collab, these colours pair so well together and create a fantastic everyday look. As you can see, I use the shade “Glow” a ton as it as great to create a base all over the lid and under the brow. The Shades “KathleenLights” & “Cornelius” look  stunning with just a quick pat on the lid. I often blend Cornelius more into the crease and then pat KathleenLights or Blaze on top. Blaze is perfect for under the eye as well. 

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Where The Night Is Collection – $5 USD each.

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Unfortunately you can no longer purchase these as a set, but you can purchase them all individually with the exception of Porter. Midnight is an absolute standout for me and I enjoy using it to line my under eye with a small shadow brush, it really packs on the pigment. Telepathy & Weenie are both beautiful, unique shades and look great packed on the eyelid. Telepathy is especially unique as it can look more gold from certain angles and then be more of a chartreuse green the next time you go to look at it. 

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Mile High Shadow Kit – Set currently on sale for $20.00 USD ($5 each) 

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This shadow kit was a great deal as you were basically getting 2 free Super Shock shadows if you bought the 6 pack, however each shade is available in their permanent collection individually. 

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Once again all of the shades in this collection were outstanding but I would have to say the absolute standout would be “Mittens”. It is such a beautiful colour to line the under eye and use on the lid to create a warm smoky look. “So Quiche” is very different as it is an olive colour but when you turn in certain directions there is a violet sheen to it. “Lala” is great for everyday to pat on the lid as well and is one that I have been using a lot. 

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Pictured above wearing a complete Super Shock Shadow look that took all of 2 minutes! Midnight under eyes used as a liner, Glow as a brow bown highlight, Lala & a tiny bit of  Nillionaire on lid. 

I also love to add a pop of colour on the lid with the shades Lace & Donna. Their bright shades are incredible and look amazing on the eye. You can add a a fun pop of colour if you use these below your eyeliner to line your undereye. Mix and match and have fun! 

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PRESSED POWDER SHADOWS – $5 each

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The shades I purchased from their pressed powder collection are now discontinued, but I figured I would still give you a review of the overall formula. The matte shades do have a lot of kick back which often comes from highly pigmented formulas. So they can be a bit messy and create a lot of fallout. But if you do your face makeup last you should be just fine. I really enjoy the matte shades and find they blend really beautifully, and they have a great colour selection. The metallic shade was stunning and took very little effort to build up especially when made wet with a Fix Plus or setting spray. A lot of their 4 kit pressed powder shadows are currently on for $12 (regular $18) so you are getting a great deal if you purchase the quad. 

CREME GEL EYELINER PENCIL in Mr. Bing – $5.00 USD

I’ve heard mixed reviews on these liners but I personally really like them. Mr.Bing is a beautiful retractable, warm brown that does not transfer, and lasts for most of the day. I wouldn’t say it is my very favourite or compare it to my Marc Jacobs liner or anything, but I do really like it. It is a matte finish that creamy yet still is a bit stiff which allows the pencil to glide on the waterline/under eye smoothly and gently.  I will for sure continue to use. 

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SUPER SHOCK BLUSH in Prenup – $8.00 USD. 

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This was the product that I was most nervous about as anything cream related just usually doesn’t work on my cheeks and I always prefer a straight powder. I was amazed by this blush, and wore it almost everyday for 3 weeks straight. The colour “Prenup” is like a mid-toned mauve/pink, and it adds such a nice glow of colour while complimenting the apples of the cheeks. The formula is pretty much the same to the Super Shock shadows being that it is a cream/powder hybrid. I like to use a blush brush to apply this and then almost “bounce” it on my cheeks, and that way it disperses the perfect amount of colour.  I can not wait to purchase more of  these shades! 

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SUPER SHOCK HIGHLIGHTER in Lunch Money – $8.00 USD

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This was the only product I didn’t really love from what I purchased. It is pretty and  looked nice when I blended it in with my finger tips after using a fan brush, but for the amount of effort it took I’ll stick to my straight powder highlights. 

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ULTRA MATTE LIP (Liquid Lipstick) – $6 

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The ultra matte liquid lipsticks go on smoothly, dry down matte, and are pretty opaque with one swipe.  I purchased 2 shades (Lumiere 2 & Donut) and although they were a little drying, I did like them. I wasn’t so much of a fan of Donut as I was Lumiere 2 since Donut seemed to crackle just the ever so slightest on me. Donut was also a little more orange than I had anticipated. Lumiere 2 ended up drying down a lot darker than I expected but I still liked the colour and will continued to use it. It did last for most of the day and needed minimal touch ups. If you enjoy the Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits, you will most likely be a fan of this formula as it is a sister company to the brand and feels very similar. 

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Pictured above wearing Ultra Matte Lip In Lumiere 2, Super Shock Blush in Prenup, Super Shock shadows (Truth, Cornelius, & Blaze).

LIPPIE STIX – $5

So for the Lippie Stix I purchased the shade Aquarius, which I absolutely adored. It is such a creamy formula that looks so healthy on the lips. It is hydrating and has a creamy finish. Aquarius is a beautiful pinky/nude shade that I am so sad to have lost so I was unable to do a swatch it for you guys. I will insert a photo off of the Colourpop website below. 

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I also received a mini Lippie Stick in the shade Cookie which was a gorgeous warm peachy nude shade. The problem with the mini size was that the lipstick itself broke off and fell on the ground so I no longer have it either. So although I do not have any swatches now from the Lippie Stix, I will insert a photo below of myself wearing the shade Cookie. I love these and can’t wait to order some more! 

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Pictured above wearing a Lippie Stix in the shade Cookie, Super Shock blush in Prenup, and Super Shock Eye Shadows (Glow under the brow, KathleenLight on lid,  Porter under the eye). 

Thank you so much for checking out this brand review, enjoy your weekend! 

P.S Happy ordering!  🙂

Aleasha xo 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maybelline Brand Review Including New Launches!

Hey guys!

If you follow anyone in the beauty community, chances are you may have heard lots of hype about some new Maybelline products now on the market. I was able to grab the new items which then inspired me to go through all of my drawers and pull out all of my Maybelline products to do a full on brand review! Now – there is A LOT here to review, so I will try my best to keep my main points the focus and not ramble on for too long! I will start with the “new releases” and then move on to face, eyes, & lips.

Please note all prices are Canadian, and are the MSRP from the Maybelline website. 

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NEW LAUNCHES

Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter – $12.99

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Good drugstore highlighters are few and far between, and Maybelline hit a home run with this product. It is a blinding gold highlight that applies beautifully to the face and performs like a high end powder. I was afraid it would be too gold for my skin tone, but luckily I found it to still be quite complimentary. If you are super fair though you may not love it, but light/medium – deep skin tones will do well with it.  If I had one complaint it would be that I wish there was more than one shade (Molten Gold) but I have faith that this may happen in the future!

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Master Bronze – Bronze & Highlight Kit – $15.99

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I really do like this bronzer kit for warming up the face and adding dimension with the highlight. I wouldn’t say they are the absolute best available at the drugstore, but if you are on a budget and needing some warm toned bronzers along with a highlight option, you may really enjoy this. The highlight is quite nice – and the bronzers do go on smoothly so I will continue to use. I really like swirling the 2 bronzers with the deeper highlight to warm up the face. I then go in with the deeper shade to contour. If you are lighter skinned though like me, make sure you use a light hand with the deep shade.

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The City Mini Palette in “Urban Jungle” – $14.99

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There are 4 options in the city mini palettes, but the one I had heard the least amount about was the Urban Jungle city mini. For that reason I decided to pick it up and give it a try. The palettes are nicely packaged and include 6 different shades. Overall, I did like using this palette, and I especially liked the dark black with gold shimmer and the other darker shades. I found that in order to get the yellow/gold shade as intense as I wanted it to be I had to use some Mac Fix Plus. I also didn’t love all of the chunky micro glitter in the shade on the top right. I have heard awesome reviews on the Rooftop Bronzes City Mini palette if you are looking for some more neutral tones. These are definitely a huge improvement from their “The Nudes” palettes which in my opinion all lacked pigmentation, and were not very blendable.

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Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Gloss in “Sassy” – $10.99

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I loved this super pigmented high shine gloss. It was so intense I’d almost consider it more of a liquid lipstick. You will need to line your lips with this shade, and most likely any of the other bright ones. It had great lasting power as well. Very impressed!

Fit Me Loose Setting Powder – $10.99

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This is one of my absolute new favourite products from the drugstore. It has been a while since I have came across a really nice loose finishing powder (drugstore or high end) and I am so impressed with this one. I don’t like using it to bake under the eyes, but as an overall face setting powder I think it is fantastic especially for the price! It provides me with a nice matte finish, yet it still gives life to the skin. It also has a pretty good colour range that loose powders for some reason don’t always have.

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FACE

Master Prime Blur & Smooth Primer – $12.99

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This primer has an odd consistency compared to most “blurring” primers as it appears to be more of a moisturizer. I for sure do not hate this product – but I also am not in love with it as I’m not convinced it helps a ton with the longevity of my makeup. I find it does work better though if you “press” it into your skin as opposed to just rubbing it on your skin. I use it the odd time, but I am still going to continue to look for a good blurring primer from the drugstore.

Dream Cushion Foundation – $18.99

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The downfall with all cushion foundations is that they are always more expensive than what you get in a bottle – and you get less product. I love this foundation though for when I am in a hurry & really like applying it with a dampened beauty blender. It gives a medium coverage look, that is very buildable and hydrating.

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Fit Me Set & Smooth Powder – $7.99

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Overall this pressed powder does a pretty decent job. I’m not obsessed with it, but if you are on a budget and are looking for a mattifying pressed powder this would definitely get the job done when applied with a fluffy brush over foundation. You will most likely need to touch up throughout the day if you are a bit oily, but I do like it for normal – dry skin (also recommended on packaging for those skin types). If you are looking for a more natural/flawless finish, I would for sure say go with the loose powder version mentioned above.

SuperStay Better Skin Powder – $14.99

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This product was not one that I loved (Sorry I couldn’t seem to find it in my drawer to swatch when taking photos). I found that it clung to my dry patches and looked super powdery on my skin. It was ok for the odd touch up, but I would pass on this one. It does have salicylic acid in it which can dry out the skin, so if you are oily and struggle with acne you may enjoy it. 

Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation – $10.99

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This is my new favourite drugstore foundation, it reminds me a lot of my Mac Pro Longwear. I find myself reaching for this one a lot lately as it stays put throughout the day, doesn’t oxidize, and even though it is recommended for those with normal-oily skin, I still find it does wonders for my dry skin. It is a medium coverage foundation with a more natural finish, and blends very nicely into the skin when used with a beauty blender or makeup sponge. I do wish it had a pump for sanitary reasons, but it is such a great price and you so often can get it for $6.95 at Wal-Mart when it goes on sale!

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Master Blush Colour & Hightlight Kit – $15.99

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I’ve never really had many blushes from Maybelline since none have really ever appealed much to me, but I decided to give the blush palette a try for the sake of the review. I was really surprised at how much I liked it. The highlight is nice along with the colour selection. All of the shades have a nice soft texture with the exception of the mauve in the center, but I will definitely continue to use. If you are looking for a few different shades and a highlight I think this is a great affordable option. 

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Master Hi-Lighting Blush – (Nude & Coral) – $14.99 

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This formula is a hybrid between a blush and a highlight they are nice to use as a blush topper. I even will use the nude shade just as a highlight on it’s own, but to use just as a blush I think it would be too light. They swirl together really beautifully and look great as on top of blush. I think for the price you could probably skip it and just use a Milani blush (I love Luminoso & Bellini) that just has a sheen within it, but they are a nice product.  

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CONCEALERS

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Fit Me Concealer – $9.99

I’ve talked about them before so I will keep this short & sweet. Maybelline does concealer better than anyone else at the drugstore. This one is creamy with great coverage and blends beautifully under the eyes. I also like using darker shades for contouring. 

 Instant Age Rewind Concealer Neutralizer – $12.99 

Once again, I’ve talked about this one before. I think I may even like it a *tiny* bit more than the Fit Me concealer I mentioned above. The texture is similar in my opinion to Tarte’ Shape Tape, and it gives great coverage for dark undereyes.

Super Skin Better Stay Concealer – $10.99

I really like this one just not as much as the above 2 I mentioned. It has salicylic acid in the formula so it would be great to apply on top of blemishes since it helps with breakouts. Also it is still nice under the eyes! 

Master Conceal Concealer – $11.99

This one is just OK in my opinion, but it was a bit of a disappointment. I thought from the texture that it would be a little more full coverage to cover up dark circles, but it blended out quite thin. It also did crease a little on the under eyes.

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Master Contour in Light – $14.99 

I usually am not a huge fan of cream products, and this one was no exception. I really loved the shade of the contour which was my reason for purchasing but I hate how the contour & highlight are made into one as it is easy to get contour in your highlight and vice versa. I also find the formula to be a little greasy. I would pass on this one. 

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Master Strobing Stick in Light Iridescent – $12.99  

This looks beautiful swatched, but once again I just do not like the product. When blending it out the product pretty much disappears and it kind of just feels like you are swiping  a glue stick across your face. 

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EYES 

Colortattoo Cream Gel Eyeshadow – $8.99 each

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I have a ton of shades in these, some that I seem to have misplaced but I really love them. Both the sheens and the mattes are great as an eyeshadow base (similiar to a Mac Paint Pot) or on top of the lid as a pop of colour. My favourite shades are for sure Bad To The Bronze & Barely Branded. I highly recommend! Just make sure you put the lids on tightly after use as they tend to dry out very quickly if not.

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Expert Wear Eye Shadow – $6.99 each

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So here is the thing with these shadows, some are amazing and some are a total and complete fail. The absolute standouts for me are NY Silver (MY FAVOURITE), Nude Glow, & Made for Mocha. Linen is ok if you are looking for a simple base shade, and Humdrum plum is pretty good just not as great as the others. Vanilla is not good, it is scratchy, powdery, and does not blend nicely with other shadows. These are nice if you are looking for a few standout shades like the ones I loved that I mentioned. But, if you like experimenting with a lot of different looks, they’re not super practical. 

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Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner – $11.99

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This is the best gel liner I have ever used (high-end or drugstore)! It is a beautiful matte black that stays put, glides on beautifully, and it assists in creating a great wing when paired with a nice angled brush. High-end gel/cream liners just have never impressed me and I find quite often that they are almost ALWAYS too creamy or are not pigmented enough. 

Eye Studio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil – $11.99

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Now, I had the shade glazed toffee and it was my absolute favourite brown liner. But, my nephew unfortunately got into it and that was the end of that one. I have tried Smooth Charcoal but I didn’t find it lasted as long on the eye as Glazed Toffee and it seemed to disappear. Sometimes within formulas colours can be a little different, and I have not heard the best reviews on the other shades either. 

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Great Lash Water Proof Mascara – $6.99

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This product is a drugstore classic, and I think almost everybody has used it atleast once. Now the formula is fantastic, but the brush is just too natural for me. If I’m not wearing false lashes, I try my best to get as close of a false lash look as I can and this brush just doesn’t do it for me and my taste. I use this on clients all of the time since I can only use disposable brushes anyway for sanitary reasons, and the mascara stays put all day.

 LIPS 

Color Sensational Lipsticks – $9.99

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Within their color sensational range there are a few different finishes from sheens to mattes. Honestly, Maybelline is one of the best when it comes to drugstore lip products, my favourite formula is the creamy mattes (not 100% matte, but a nice natural finish) but I really enjoy them all. You can always find these on sale in the flyers, often making them an even better price. Below are photographs of the shades I have in my collection, with the formula labeled as well. 

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Color Jolt Lip Paint – $11.99 

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These are pretty nice I must admit, but I think I like the L’oreal Infallible lip paints just a tad bit more. I find the darker shades tend to bleed a little too much for my liking, and with a product like this I just prefer not to wear a lip liner. They do have some beautiful colours though, and they are quite moisturizing but I just don’t find they last as long as I would like them too. Now the glitter shine shot on the other hand is absolutely stunning, and a really special product. I’ve never seen something so intensely metallic from the drugstore. If you are looking for an affordable lip topper to pop your lip colour I really recommend it. 

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Color Sensational Pencil Lip Liner – $8.99

I personally prefer retractable lip liners, as I find they tend to be a little creamier and easier to work with. I found this formula to be scratchy, and a bit hard to apply. 

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So there you have it! A full review on lots of Maybelline products, I apologize if you found this one to be a little longer than my normal entries, but I wanted to make sure you had a full look at the line. Of course I don’t have every single product from Maybelline, but all in all I think if you are looking to get a good look at the line this is a great source for you to review. Maybelline has really stepped up their game lately, I am so excited about the new launches and hope there are even more to come. 

Enjoy your evening! Xo 

Aleasha 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

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.

 

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

 

 

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