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

  

 

 

 

 

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills: Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit Review & Swatches

Hey guys! 

I have a quick little review for you today! So I just have to start off by saying that I was SUPER excited for Anastasia Beverly Hills to be releasing another Glow Kit. As many of you know, the first set of her Glow Kits were unbelievably amazing and blew almost all other highlighters out of the water when it came to pigmentation & colour range. I unfortunately, himmed and hawed over purchasing one for much too long and by the time I decided I wanted to buy one, it was too late. 

I was super tempted to then purchase her Glow Kit that was released before Christmas, but I changed my mind after hearing the negative reviews & comparisons to the original Glow Kits. 

So needless to say, when I heard about the next collab Anastasia was doing with beauty vlogger, Nicole Guerriero, I could barely contain my excitement. The day Sephora released it to VIB members, I knew I had to get my hands on it before it sold out.

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As soon as I received my Glow Kit in the mail, I ripped the packaging open so quickly and was mesmerized by the beautiful metallic shades. I had heard that the shades may be a little too dark for fair skin, but after playing around with them all last night, I am in love. 

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My favourite shades to apply to the high points of my face (cheek bones, nose) would definitely be Kitty Kat ( A beautiful pinky peach shade, which I feel would be complimentary on a lot of different skin tones, Forever Lit (An intense white metallic shade that would be a beautiful inner corner highlight on the eye), & Forever Young (A metallic mauve shade, which would make a lovely blush topper). I also do really enjoy Glo Getter which I feel will be beautiful as a highlighter once I have a little more colour in the summer time or now mixed with Forever Lit. Daydream is a peachy metallic shade which I will most definitely be using as a blush topper & eye shadow as well. 143 is much too dark for me to use on my own skin as a highlighter. But I do love the shade and am excited to use it as an eye shadow, and think it would look amazing on darker skin tones. 

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It is important to understand that in a lot of highlighting/strobing/glow kits, that not every single shade may work for you and that is ok because the powders can be used elsewhere else on your face. 

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What I will say, is that these are INTENSE highlighting powders and are not for those looking for a more “glow from within” look. They are extremely pigmented, metallic, and dust on the skin beautifully – but they are not for those who are scared of having a metallic glow. 

I on the other hand, absolutely adore highlighters and anything that will add some dimension to my face. So needless to say, I am completely obsessed with this highlighting kit, and highly recommend it if you are looking to add a pop of glam to your look.

Love always,

Aleasha.

Xo.  

 

Dollar/Discount Store Makeup Challenge!

Hey Loves! 

So it has been a hot minute since I have been able to write a post, my apologies! Between my oh so relaxing vacation to Jamaica, and moving my business to Walkerton…time has been limited. But I’m so excited after 2 weeks to be back with a challenge.

In the past, I have seen some bloggers take part in a challenge where you must apply a full-face of makeup using products which can only be found at your local dollar & discount stores. Although I love my luxurious products, I thought this would be a great opportunity to test out some super affordable items & hopefully find some hidden gems along the way…and let me tell you, I was shocked! 

I went into this challenge with very low standards, assuming most items would be not so great to below average. But let me tell you, more products ended up impressing me then I would have thought. So let’s begin! 

Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation by Covergirl – $6.97

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Ok, so I may have cheated on this one just a little – but for good reason, I promise! I looked at all of the dollar/discount stores in my area (Dollarama, Looney Tooney, Giant Tiger, etc.) HOWEVER, the foundation selection was extremely limited and the cheapest foundation I could find at a dollar store ran for around $8…like really? So I checked out Wal-Mart and I was able to find this Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation from Covergirl on sale for only $6.97. So I thought, why not?

Surprisingly enough, I really did enjoy this foundation. I have heard some not so great reviews on this one in the past, but I found that it gave me a nice medium coverage and applied nicely with a beauty sponge. I will definitely use it again in the future, so all in all I consider it to be a pass.

ELF Concealer – $4 at Giant Tiger

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I’m not going to beat around the bush on this one – this concealer is just terrible. It went on streaky, blended terribly, and gave next to no coverage on my under eyes. What I look for in a concealer is a creamy base that will cover my dark circles, conceal blemishes, apply smoothly, and set without creasing. This concealer was a massive fail and even for only $4, I will go as far as saying that you would be better to go without. 

Jordana Cosmetics Pressed Powder – $5.99 at Looney Tooney

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I was skeptical of this product because most cheap pressed powders are chalky & appear patchy. This powder completely BLEW ME AWAY! As soon as I swatched it, I was amazed with the buttery consistency. It applied over the Covergirl foundation beautifully, and stayed put for several hours until it was time for me to head to bed. The only downfall was the strong perfume smell that came a long with it, but once applied I no longer noticed it. I will most definitely continue to use this powder. 

Ariposa Pro Contour Set – $3.50 at Dollarama

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As soon as I saw this palette, I knew I had to give it a try. I mean $3.50 for a contour/highlight/blush pallete? That’s completely unheard of in the makeup world. Now was this product amazing? No. But was it better than I thought it would be? For sure! The contour colour weirded me out as it appeared to have a bit of an orange undertone when swatched on my arm, but it surprisingly applied really nicely to the contours of the face. The blush was a bit powdery for my liking, but ended up blending in not too bad. The highlight was VERY white, but when blended in and used sparingly it gave sort of a nice “glow from within look”. Now do I recommend running out and purchasing this? Absolutely not, but if you have experience with blending & want to give it a whirl…why not?

Ariposa Eyeshadow Palette – $3.50 at Dollarama

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I really liked the colour layout of these shadows, and was excited to give them a try. Now for $3.50 I wasn’t expecting much – and it’s a good thing. These really sucked if I’m being completely honest. I really had to pack on the product to make it noticeable and the pigment just wasn’t there. They all swatched very patchy, and even for only $3.50 I would say don’t waste your money.

Wet n’ Wild Mega Length Mascara – $3.50 at Giant Tiger

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I loved this stuff! Wet n’ Wild always amazes me with their fantastic prices & surprisingly awesome product. The brush on this mascara worked great for getting in between my fine bottom lashes and elongating them. If you’re looking for lots of volume this probably isn’t the ideal mascara for you, but if you are looking to get your bottom lashes long without looking clumpy you will love it.  

Jordana Powder Brow Duo – $5.99 at Looney Tooney

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I haven’t used a powder brow product in a long time just because I find my Anastasia pencils & pomades are so easy to blend and so quick to use. But I ended up really enjoying this product and if you apply it with a super thin angle brush and  then blend with a spooly I think you will love it too. I highly recommend this product, not just to those on a budget but to anyone looking for a nice brow powder in general.

DON Beauty Eyelashes – $1.99 at Looney Tooney

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I love these lashes! After trimming them to fit my eye properly, I was surprised with how glam they looked. They really could pass for a high quality lash when applied correctly. 

Wet n’ Wild Lipstick – $1.50 at Dollarama

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Wet n’ Wild lip products generally perform fairly well. This lipstick was no exception – it was by no means amazing, but for $1.50 you can’t beat the price for the product. The neutral colours are great for throwing in your purse when you need the odd touch up throughout the day.

ELF Felt Tipped Eyeliner – $4 at Giant Tiger

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Elf products just did not impress me this time around. The thickness of the felt tip made it difficult to get a nice precise line with this liner and the colour pay off wasn’t great. I had to apply 3 or 4 layers just to make it appear somewhat black, and who has time for that? 

Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Kohl Eyeliner – $1.50 at Dollarama

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If you need a great pencil eyeliner & are looking to save…the Wet n’ Wild liners are a great way to go. They last throughout the day & the colours are always nice & bold. Wet n’ Wild sure did not disappoint this time around. The black kohl liner is especially impressive & really helps the eyes stand out. 

Maybelline Color Sensational High Shine Lipgloss – $3 at Dollarama

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I was surprised to find a Maybelline product at the dollar store, but I can see how it ended up there. It has been said that unpurchased drugstore makeup often goes there to die, and in this case that is the complete truth. This Lipgloss is patchy, & clumps up on top of lipsticks. After applying, I chose to wipe it off. It’s just not comfortable on the lips and clings to dry patches on the mouth. A pass for sure.  

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The final look all together, what do you guys think? I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome and will use a lot of these makeup products again. 

So there you have it, beauty on a budget! Let me know your thoughts on this challenge and if you would like to see another challenge in the future. 

Cheers! Xo. 

Aleasha. 

 

 

Decluttering My Makeup: Foundations

Hi Friends!

I’ve come up with an idea to do my own Decluttering My Makeup series within the beauty section of My Creative Peace. Each part of the series will chronicle me sorting through specific categories in my makeup collection while I decide what to keep and what to get rid of. The beauty of this new series is that I will let you know my reasoning behind the keeping or “decluttering” of each product. Hopefully this may help with some decision making the next time you take a wander down the cosmetic isle.

I thought that a great first part of the series would be to sort through my foundations. I am constantly on the lookout for a great base that will achieve a flawless look on my face. What I generally look for in a foundation is one that is one that is light/medium coverage, build-able, & long lasting.

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If there is one item in your makeup bag that you want to invest in, I highly recommend it be your foundation. You should keep in mind though that there are some pretty rad drugstore foundations out there as well. Looking through my personal collection, I found that I have quite the mixture of brands. In the spirit of keeping things positive, I have decided to begin with the foundations I will be keeping.  

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MAC Matchmaster Foundation – I love the colour of this one and I find that it blends into my skin nicely. It is a nice medium coverage foundation that is ideal for those looking to add a little extra SPF into their skincare routine. The downfall with this one is the strong scent.

MAC Pro Longwear Foundation – Not much is needed to be said about this guy if you read my 2016 Beauty Favourites post. This is my absolute Holy Grail foundation and one that I highly recommend for all skin types.

Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Foundation – It’s a beautiful lightweight water foundation that I will generally wear on my effortless makeup days. I would not recommend if you are oily, but I personally love it for my dry skin as it adds a lot of radiance and hydration.

Makeup Forever HD Foundation – Let me start off by saying …I know this is a cult favourite, but I was personally not as impressed by this foundation as I had hoped. I love Makeup Forever, but I really don’t understand the hype about this product. Is it a good foundation? Sure. But would I repurchase? Nope. I’ll be keeping it because I may use it the odd time and it’s not bad, but I’m just not blown away by it.  (PS – This is my personal opinion, If you love it…keep doing you girl!)

Milani Conceal & Perfect Foundation – This is a beautiful, affordable full coverage foundation from the drugstore. Milani went above and beyond and created a great product with this one. My only issue with this foundation is that when I’m my normal fair self, and it’s not the summer, this stuff is just too dark for me (and I own the lightest shade).

Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation – I LOVE THIS STUFF! I just purchased it about a week ago but have since used it about 3 or 4 times. It performs like a high end foundation, and really does give a nice demi- matte finish when applied with a powder.

Loreal Infallable Total Cover Foundation – I will be keeping this one because I definitely do not hate it, but I also don’t like it near as much as the Pro-Matte foundation. It is a full coverage foundation, but I find it clings to dry patches on the skin. I say purchase the Loreal Infallable Pro-Matte if you want to try an Infallible foundation.

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Loreal True Match Foundation – I don’t have too much of an opinion on this guy because I have never really used it on its own. Its main purpose in my collection is to mix with darker foundations since it is way too light for me. True Match does have an amazing colour range though, and it is one of the most popular drugstore foundations out there for teen girls.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation – Another one from my 2016 Beauty Favourites, a great medium coverage foundation.

Now on to the ones that didn’t make the cut…

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Almay Line Smoothing Foundation – I’m really not too sure why I have this. I used it once over Walkerton Homecoming weekend, and although it went on nice and smooth, it had pretty much all worn off by the end of the day. I generally never have an issue with foundation staying put.  

Cover FX Cream Foundation – I purchased this on sale, and found it was too light for my skin tone. It is a nice full coverage foundation though when applied properly, and you don’t need a lot of it. This particular shade is just not for me, so I will be giving it to a friend.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Foundation – This is  too heavy for me, it’s difficult to blend, and I don’t enjoy the gel-like consistency.

Loreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation – Definitely my least favourite of the Infallible Foundations. I like a nice lightweight foundation, but I found this one to be way too liquidy. It gave me no coverage once so ever, and felt quite pointless to apply.

Elf Flawless Finish Foundation – I bought this on a whim, and it cost me next to nothing. I ended up having high hopes because it did apply nicely, but throughout the day it made my skin look cakey.

Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation – Ok, this was literally the weirdest foundation I have ever purchased. I wanted to make this work so badly – and if you look at the bottle I did put a pretty good dint into it. But it just started doing the most bizarre things on my skin. The first time I used it I loved it, and after that it just started to bunch up and cling to any dry areas of the skin even after applying a heavy duty moisturiser & face primer.

Revlon Colorstay Foundation – I hate to be so harsh, but this is the worst foundation I have ever used in my entire life. And for a drugstore foundation it’s really not that cheap (I believe it retails for over $20 in Canada). Call me crazy, but this foundation left little particles of my skin that almost balled up and ended up being a complete mess.

Dior Star Foundation – This is a fantastic foundation that I used when my skin tone was quite a bit darker in the summer, but unfortunately the pump stopped working after a few times using it. It is unfortunate because it is Dior (not the cheapest price tag) but despite all my efforts, I just can’t get this guy working again and I can’t get the product out!

So there you have it, we made it to the end of my first blog in this particular Makeup Decluttering series.  I do ask that you  keep in mind that each product will act differently on each individual’s skin.  Like I said before, just because I dislike something doesn’t mean you won’t like it or vice versa. Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed this blog post!

What would you guys like to see me declutter next? Leave a comment and let me know!

Love always,

Aleasha. XO.

Beauty Favourites From 2016!

Hey Friends!

So I’m aware that I’m a little late for this one, as beauty favourite posts are generally done the first week of January. But I figure it will still serve helpful as lots of these products are still used in my everyday routine, and are still available in stores. 

As titled, this post will be me discussing all of my makeup favourites from the year 2016. Please note that this is a list of personal favourites which cater to my skin & the way I do my own makeup. I have lots of other product favourites in my kit that are more universal for my clients with oily, combo skin, etc. I will go through each category in order of how I apply them to the face. In some categories it was super difficult to pick one holy grail item, so I will give you 2 of my picks. Also, in a couple of categories I will give a drugstore & high end option. 

Let’s get started! First item to discuss? Face Primer!

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I had a difficult time choosing between The Porefessional by Benefit & Pore no More by dr.brandt primers. They are both very similar in what they claim to do, as both strive to minimize the look of pores & mattify the face. I think that if you have oilier skin you will probably enjoy The Porefessional more, as it tends to absorb the oils on the face a little better. I personally have dry skin however, and both work well for me if I use a super hydrating moisturizer before I apply them.

Next step – Let’s move on to Foundation. Foundation can be one of the trickiest products to fall in love with. Everyone’s skin is so different, and a foundation is such a personal item in your makeup bag.

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I have 2 favourites this year that worked for me, which are the MAC Pro Longwear foundation & the Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation. Now hands down, my MAC Pro Longwear is my absolute favourite. It gives off a nice natural finish with medium coverage, and when you top it with a great powder, it sets on the skin beautifully. 

Now my Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation is a very close second – and for the price? You can’t beat it. Now I do recommend going a shade lighter with this one as it can oxidize a bit on the skin. But it also gives off a really nice natural finish and provides light – medium coverage. 

Concealer is next on the list – and let me tell you, there were some really amazing options that came out this past year. I think every single beauty guru was a fan of the Tarte Shape Tape, but since I just received mine I’m going to stick with my 2 go-tos in 2016. My Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer was great for brightening my under eyes and concealing any darkness. I also did not find that it creased on me when set with a good powder. That being said, Maybelline is killing it with their concealers, and not just for a drugstore product but even compared to higher end items. My favourite from Maybelline is their Age Rewind Concealer. I use the Neutralizer shade, which is a nice yellowy concealer, also great for under eyes & concealing darkness.

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Now it’s important to find a good setting powder to top your face after foundation. Once again, hands down, MAC was my savior in 2016. The MAC Mineralize Skin Finish powders would keep my foundation in place from morning to night, and I rarely needed to touch up throughout the day when I was wearing them. The MAC Pro Longwear Foundation paired with the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish powder has been a match made in heaven for my skin. It provides me just the right amount of hydration while keeping me matte.

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I don’t do much bronzing on my face because I am so fair, but when I feel the need to warm up my skin a little bit – I usually gravitate towards these 2 options. The Too Faced Sweet Hearts Bronzer in the shade Sweet Tea is absolutely stunning. It does have a sheen to it, so if you are on the oilier side it may not be for you. But I find the tones suit my fair skin very nicely. The Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer is also a must have in my opinion. Besides the fact that it smells like a Pina Colada – it is so smooth and buttery (hence the name). It’s also more on the matte side for those who prefer a matte finish but still give off a little sheen which provides a “glow from within” look.

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Contouring has been all the rage now for the past couple of years, and I my absolute favourite product to create definition would be the Lise Watier Wet/Dry Powders in her sculpting trio. The middle shade has nice grey undertones that work perfectly for creating a shadow on your face without looking muddy. Now this was a limited edition product in her Fall collection, but I thought I would include it anyway as I’m sure her Spring/Summer collection will include something similar.

** UPDATE : THE TRIO IS NOW A PERMANENT PRODUCT IN HER COLLECTION! **

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Blush is the one item in your collection that you generally don’t want to be too pigmented, as it can be very difficult to blend if it is. My perfect blush is for sure the Too Faced Sweet Hearts blush in the shade Candy Glow. It has a beautiful sheen that blends onto the apples of the cheek perfectly. It also is very complimentary on different skin tones, and doesn’t take a lot of effort to make it look perfect.

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Now, Anastasia Beverly Hills completely changed the game when it comes to eye shadows this year. It’s rare that a powder formula can provide so much pigment without a primer or cream shadow base. The Modern Renaissance palette gave me life this year, and was on my recommendation list for all who asked me about investing in a new eye shadow palette. 

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I use a pencil eyeliner every day, and if I am looking for something that will blend nicely with my shadows and have lots of staying power, I always go for my liners from Lise Watier. All the colours I have tried have been phenomenal, Gold/Black and Midnight Black being 2 of my favourites.

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Liquid liners have failed me immensely this year. I think I tried every single one possible, and the only one I came across that I love was by the Sephora Brand. It dries quickly, doesn’t smudge, and is a nice semi-matte black.

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I always struggle with mascara as I have very tiny bottom lashes, which I like to make look as long as possible since I have next to none. I have had some luck with a few different ones this year, but the Tarteist mascara by Tarte was my absolute favourite. I was shocked that I liked it as much as I did since I’ve tried mascaras with a similar brush head and I have never been a fan. But this one really gets in between the lashes, separates, & elongates.

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Highlighting the high points of the face would have to be one of my favourite makeup trends from the last few seasons. I have tried several different powder & liquid illuminators and have had luck this year with quite a few. But my 2 holy grail highlighters would definitely be MAC’s Soft & Gentle, & of course no highlighter favourites list would be complete without Becca X Jaclyn Hill’s Champagne Pop. Soft & Gentle provides a beautiful luminous finish to the skin, while Champagne Pop gives off more of a high shine finish. Both are essentials in my collection.

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Next on the list is bold brows! My favourite product for personal use is my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. I jump between Dark Brown & Ebony depending on the look I am aiming for. Now unfortunately, my Brow Wiz was MIA when I was taking photos, but I’m happy to report it has been located!  The nice thing about this product is that you can create as natural or as glam of a brow as you like, and it almost always will come out flawless.

This year the lips were all about liquid lipsticks that were both bold & matte. Now I would say the key to a liquid lipstick being a favourite would be a formula that is not patchy, does not dry out the lips too much, & one that is long lasting. I have pretty much tried out every liquid lipstick formula known to mankind, and would have to say the following 3 would be my choices.

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I was surprised with how much I loved the Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks because I have not heard a ton about them. I have lots of her shades but my favourite from the collection is Soft Lilac. It’s a beautiful light violet colour, that is very complimentary and makes your teeth look super white. If I want a lipstick that will last all day with minimal touch ups, I go for this one.

At first, I was not sure how I felt about the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks because they glide on a little easier than others I had tried, and I wasn’t sure if this would leave them looking glossy. But to my surprise they really do dry matte, and they are the ones that dry out my lips the least. My favourite shade is Mother, which is a bold, bright mauve.

I love the Stila Liquid Lipstick in Baci because of its unique colour. It’s a mauve with purple & grey undertones yet it almost could be considered a nude. This is the first liquid lipstick that I’ve ever had to repurchase because of how much usage it gets. It also goes on the lips nicely and one coat usually does it.

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Now my personal favourite beauty product that I could not live without is of course my lashes. I have worn lashes almost every single day since I was in high school, and have tried almost every brand and style possible. My favourite lashes are hands down, the Siren lashes from House of Lashes.

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These lashes are so beautiful, and because they have a clear thin band, they are easy to apply. They are a glam lash, yet because of how wispy and separated they are, remain somewhat natural looking. They blend in so nicely with my own lashes, and I can use them several times on myself if I take proper care of them.  

Now last but certainly not least, just to finish everything off, my MAC Fix Plus spray. This stuff is amazing. Not only does it set the face – but it hydrates, primes, & keeps everything looking perfect. If throughout the day you are feeling like your makeup is looking a little patchy, you can spray a little of this on and it magically makes everything look seamless and perfect once again. 

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So there you have it, a list of my top beauty picks from 2016 that I will continue to love and enjoy throughout 2017. Now please keep in mind as I mentioned that everyone is different, so something I love you might hate or vice versa. But I truly believe all of the products listed above are amazing, and I highly recommend giving them a try.

Chat soon,  

Aleasha. Xo

Beauty Mistakes I Made Growing Up (That Drove My Mother Crazy)

Hey friends, thanks for stopping by! 

As you can tell from today’s title, this will be a little throwback to all of my beauty mishaps from throughout the years. What inspired me to write this post was the amount of moms I have had messaging me lately regarding their young daughters.

I have been doing some consulting with these young women teaching them makeup 101.  I even had an awesome mom host a birthday party which had me come in and teach the girls about proper makeup techniques. Because of this, I thought it would be kind of fun to take a little look back at some of my major beauty mishaps from throughout the years. Now I don’t have children so I can’t give any sort of advice from a mother’s perspective, but I can give the perspective of a once young daughter who has tried it all. It may be a new generation of teens out there; but there are some mistakes that will never change (and some that have just been replaced with others).

So let’s get started! When I mentioned this idea to my mom, she immediately blurted out “Oh my gosh Aleasha, you have to talk about the blush!”

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Right from there, I knew that this would be our starting point! I had 2 blushes growing up that were my favourites, “Rose Silk” & some super awful bright pink that I can’t remember the name of (both were by Covergirl). Now had they have been used sparingly they may not have been so bad. However, I would always take a good amount on a big fluffy brush and just pack it right on to what I thought was the apples of my cheeks.

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Who’s ready for a circus? Well I certainly was!

Now for the second mishap, I thought I would discuss the first REAL makeup I ever had in my possession. Now from a fairly young age, black pencil eyeliner was my poison of choice. I would not only line my water line, but I would make sure I had my eyes completely penciled in underneath the waterline as well. I had no bottom eyelashes until I was in grade 10, so for some reason I thought this would give the “illusion” from a far that I had bottom lashes.

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I still find this one odd because most people associate heavy black eyeliner with more of a “Goth” look. But the thing is – I was the biggest girly girl you could have ever met. For 2 years of my life I would not leave my house unless my hair was curled and I was wearing something pink. Oh and before we move on – just for the record, yes I’m aware those bangs were a bit of a mishap as well…even though my mother loved them. Ok next!

I’m going to thank my lucky stars that this next mistake lasted for only about a month. I believe this is the mishap that all girls who are interested in cosmetics must go through in life, just to make the makeup gods happy and prove you are worthy.

You guessed it…A FOUNDATION SEVERAL SHADES TOO DARK FOR YOUR SKIN!

Listen, I get the thought process that goes with this one, even though it looks awful. A lot of girls growing up have the desire to look tanned, and for some reason our teenage selves must have thought that this was a way to achieve it. Unfortunately, we must have forgotten that in turn, this made the foundation impossible to blend properly into our skin. We then also learned that cheap foundation can oxidize badly, making it appear even worse. 

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But like I said, it didn’t take me long to realize this mistake, all I had to do was take a picture of myself (as shown above). From then on, I vowed to never have an orange face again. 

Speaking of orange, this next mishap is one my mom will definitely enjoy reading about. I expect to get an “I told you so” text within the near future. I’d now like to talk to you about the lovely world of spray tanning & self tanners. Now I don’t have quite as much of an excuse for this one as I do the others, because I think I was about 20 when this lovely phase took place.

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I’m very fair, and growing up I was always super envious of girls who could achieve a beautiful tan. I started using a spray on self tanner, and at first it wasn’t so bad – until I began putting it on EVERY SINGLE DAY. Now don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of amazing self tanners out there that will give you an even & natural glow, but you must use them properly and follow the directions. I did not do either of those things, and I would layer the tan on top of itself several times to look super sun kissed. After a while I finally saw the light and realized it wasn’t really the look I had in mind, and that I looked more like Snooki circa 2010, than I did a tanned goddess.  

My final beauty mishap is one that I’m not sure my friends will ever let me live down, and one that I look back at and take full responsibility for. That would be my big, monstrous, massive hair. 

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I always liked to have volume in my mane and was big into teasing it, even in high school. But in early 2012, I took that look to a new extreme. I’m happy to say that at its biggest this mistake only lasted maybe 6 months. It’s funny though because looking back at pictures – I honestly can say I don’t ever remember it being as big as it was.

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I also find it strange because surprisingly, I would receive a lot of compliments on it. I wonder now though if people maybe were just impressed with how big I was able to get it, rather than them actually thinking it looked good. I would also like to add in a random little fact and let you know that I would get super offended when people would ask me if I was wearing a bump-it, I took my big hair THAT seriously.

Anyway, I hope you had as much fun reading this post as I did looking back into my old photo archives.

To the moms out there who read this, I hope you now feel a sense of calm and hope when it comes to your daughter’s ever emerging style.

And to my mom,

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Thanks for putting up with me and all of my weirdness for all of those years. Xo

Aleasha