High End Makeup For Less?!

Hey guys!

I thought I would do a fun post on something interesting I did a couple of weeks ago. I happened to come across some YouTube videos recently of beauty gurus finding high-end makeup for a discounted price at places like Marshalls, TJ MAXX & Winners and share with you all of the deals I came across!

First off let’s start with some makeup bargain hunting tips…

  1. Always check the product before you buy to make sure it hasn’t been messed with, touched, or swatched. Often at places like Marshalls, TJ MAXX, & Winners people will go ahead and test out the product without buying it – so make sure it has not been touched. Buying makeup that has been used is a HUGE no no. If the product is in one of those locked plastic boxes, simply ask at the cash for them to open it to make sure before purchasing.
  2. Keep your phone handy! It is important to make sure you are actually getting a deal on the makeup or beauty products that you are buying. I like to keep my Sephora & Ulta apps ready to go at all times so that I can do a quick price check on what I find. Quite often, the stores will get items that are already on sale at Sephora or on the company’s website, so always do a cross reference.
  3. Plan a day where you can visit multiple locations! On the day I went I visited 3 Marshalls, 2 Winners, & a Homesense which allowed me to score some deals and find different items at different locations.

Let’s get to the finds!

NARS Narsissist Hardwired Eye Kit – $27 (on sale) at Marshalls

Listed online at narscosmetics.com for $59

SAVINGS = $32 


I was really excited to come across this NARS kit as I have not seen NARS at a Winners or Marshalls before. The kit included a 6 shade palette, an eyeliner, and a little brush. For only $27 I was nervous that it had maybe been tampered with, but upon further inspection before buying – I was happy to see that the package had never been opened or touched. The palette was definitely created to acheive a smokey look – but I wasn’t a huge fan of the green in the palette as it appeared on the lid to be more grey once applied. The shadow formula wasn’t bad – but I would have hoped for a little more pigment considering it was from NARS. I plan to keep playing with it, and for only $27 I don’t mind testing it out a little more.

I really loved the eyeliner that was included in the kit and I will for sure continue to use it. It is a very beautiful creamy brown that glides on the eye nicely. (So sorry I forgot to swatch!) 

Marc Jacobs Perfection Powder – $24.99 at Marshalls

Listed online at Sephora.com for $58

SAVINGS = $33 


As mentioned in other blog posts, I adore Marc Jacobs’ beauty products so I was excited to come across this powder. I am not always a huge fan of pressed translucent powders, or white translucent powders in general – but I was surprised to like this product! I would not recommend this for oily skin unless you are only using it for touch ups during the day because it is so light weight. But on my own skin – I really liked it! It gave my face a nice silky finish.

Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop Lipsticks- $12.99 each at Marshalls

Listed online at Sephora.com for $35 each

SAVINGS = $22 each


Photographed above from top to bottom – ( Headliner, Heartbreaker, Wham).


Once again – another Marc Jacobs find…score! I was able to find the Kiss Pop Lipsticks in 3 different colours (Wham, Heartbreaker, & Headliner). These long lasting lipsticks are fantastic with a very pretty, matte finish. They last an insane amount of time, are hydrating, and pack on great colour.

Cargo Cosmetics Getaway Palette – $11 (on sale) at Marshalls

Listed online at cargocosmetics.com for $34

SAVINGS = $23 

Technically the savings on this one are a little more since the $34 price tag is in USD (they didn’t have a CDN option). Cargo shadows are always a nice option to start with. I personally find them to be a little more powdery than I normally like, but if you don’t mind working with fallout you will be good to go. I wish the colours in this particular palette were a little brighter (personal preference) , but for $11 it is pretty great!


Pictured above wearing some shades from the Cargo palette. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick – $9.99 each at Winners

Listed online at Sephora.com for $26 each

SAVINGS = $16 each


Shown above: Sugar Plum

Anastasia liquid lipsticks are my absolute favourite and I have a ton in my collection! I was surprised to find the shades Ashton, Madison, & Sugar Plum while on my travels. Sugar plum I believe was from this years holiday collection and it is now discontinued, but it is a beautiful fuchsia shade with iridescent purples in it. Ashton is a matte midtone brown that doesn’t really suit my skintone, but I picked it up for a friend. Madison is a berry magenta/purple. Anastasia has one of the best formulas for a liquid lip!

Butter London Blush Clutch – $12.99 at Marshalls

Listed online at Ulta.com for $50.35

SAVINGS = $37.36


It’s always fun to come across some new brands on your searches as well! I had never tried anything from Butter London but I will definitely purchase more if I come across some. These blushes glide beautifully on the cheeks, and the shades are flattering for a lot of different skin tones. I like to swirl all 3 together when wearing. Also – I am OBSESSED with the little On the Glow pen the kit includes! It is a beautiful champagne/rose pigment shade on a little sponge applicator. It is perfect for adding a little highlight to the corners on your inner eye, I have been using it almost everyday. It was a great little surprise!

Algenist Reveal Concentrated Luminizing Drops – $14.99 at Marshalls

Listed online at Sephora.com for $50




 I purchased the drops in the shade Champagne, they are great to add to your foundation to add a little luminosity! You can also use these on the apples of your cheeks like your would a powder highlight for an even dewier shine.

Huda Beauty Lip Strobe – $9.99 at Homesense

Listed online at Sephora.com for $23



I never would have thought to look at Homesense for beauty products, especially a great brand like Huda! This lip strobe is very pretty and is great on the center of your lip to add a pop of sparkle and some extra dimension. (Once again – I forgot to take my own photo of this one! We will blame it on lack of sleep! haha) 

Makeup Forever Artistic Palette- $16 (on sale) at Marshalls

Listed online for ?



Unfortunately I was unable to find a price for this particular palette from Makeup Forever. All 9 shades are very sparkly and have a lot of fallout – I would not recommend picking this one up if you see it. 

Anastasia Contour Cream Kit- $24.99 at Winners 

Listed online at Sephora.com for $52



I decided to pick up one of the Anastasia Contour Cream kits even though I already have one because the savings on this product were great. If you are in need of a blendable, creamy contour kit and can come across one of these I would for sure recommend it. I also picked up a few for some friends who I knew would love it. Always good to keep friends in mind while you’re on the hunt for makeup in case you find something you love for a good deal.

TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL Egg Mousse Pack (Mask) – $9.99 at Winners

Listed online at Sephora.com for $25


The Egg Mouse Pack is for sure and easy & fun way to do a quick mask while in the shower or bath tub. I’m not sure it has many long term benefits for the skin, but things do look plumper and hydrated right after use. I wouldn’t run out and grab it – but I will use until it is empty. 

5 Couleurs Eyeshadow – $26 at Marshalls 

Listed online at Sephora.com for $72 

SAVINGS = $46 


Pictured above wearing shades from the palette. 

Ok guys here is the big savings winner of them day! At Marshalls I came across a little Dior palette that had been marked down to $26, and is listed online for $72. I quickly scooped it up and was excited to try it. Overall the colours are pretty neutral and are a bit boring – but the shadow quality is nice, smooth and easy to blend. 

I hope you all enjoyed these deals, it’s fun to go on a treasure hunt every once in a while! Enjoy your day, I hope it is as wonderful as you are. 










Current Beauty Favourites! April 2018

Hey guys! 

So I thought I would give you an updated list on somebeauty products that I have been using constantly lately along with prices & swatches. Please note all prices are Canadian and listed beside product. 

Fenty Beauty – Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation – $42 (Sephora)


There has been so much hype surrounding Rhianna’s Fenty Beauty line, and for good reason. I am now on my second bottle of the foundation and love the blendable, light weight, full coverage formula. You are almost guaranteed to find your perfect shade within the range as well since there is 40 shades in the line. For a more light weight look I use a beauty sponge, but if I am wanting more coverage I will use a stippling brush. 

The formula does dry rather quickly, so it is important to work faster with this product than you would need to with most foundations. Also, it is very matte and very little powder is needed to set the product unless you are extremely oily. I myself have dry skin, so I was a little hesitant but I do not find that it clings to any dry patches on my skin or that it drys me out at all. It has become my go to foundation! 


Catrice Cosmetics – Liquid Camouflage Concealer – $7.65 (Ulta)


I don’t generally switch up my concealers too often, but I had heard some great reviews on this product so I thought I would give it a shot. Some pros to this products are that it doesn’t seem to crease, it has great buildable coverage, and the price point is fantastic. The one major con is that the colour selection completely sucks, and there are only 3 shades to choose from. In this day and age, I can’t believe companies still think that it is OK to release such an incredibly limited shade range. However it is a great formula if you are able to find your shade and the product has so much potential. Catrice however needs to step up and improve on their shade range if they wish to make this a bestselling product. 


Laura Gellar – Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in “Charming Pink”- $33.22 (Ulta)


The price is a little steep for this product considering Maybelline Master Chrome just came out with a very similar shade – but I do absolutely adore this product. It glides beautifully on the cheek bones and has great colour payoff without looking cheap. It can be very blinding if you are too heavy handed, so just be careful unless that is the look you are going for. 


Marc Jacobs – High Liner Gel Eye Crayon in “Earth(quake) – $31 (Sephora)


The Marc Jacobs Eyeliners are my favourite and although I have several colours, the colour Earth(quake) has been top shelf in my beauty routine lately. Not only do these not run, but they pack on intense colour and glide on the eye easily. Hands down this is one of the best eyeliners on the market.


Tarte – Maneater Mascara – $30 (Tarte)


Now do I think it is necessary to spend $30 on a mascara? Absolutely not – there are so many affordable, great options out there for your lashes.  However Tarte does often have sales on their website, and I do love this mascara for separating my teeny tiny bottom lashes. 

Urban Decay – Heavy Metal Liquid Glitter Eyeliner in “Midnight Cowboy” – $23 (Sephora)


If  you are looking for an intense glittery liner to add some sparkle to your look, this product will be your new best friend. I love to add it to the corner of my eye to give an extra little pop of sparkle. Something great about it to is that it dries quite quickly so you shouldn’t have to worry about it ruining your look if you blink too quickly, or if make an accident while applying it. 



Pictured above wearing Urban Decay’s “Midnight Cowboy” in corner of eye.

Benefit Cosmetics – POREfessional Pearl Primer – $42 (Sephora) 

An interesting take on the original pore filling primer from Benefit, the Pearl Primer is supposed to add a little extra luminosity to the skin before applying your foundation. I’m not too convinced about it adding much luminosity as you are going ahead and then covering it up with your foundation, but I do love this product. It fills in pores, and has a little more slip to it than the original POREfessional which makes it a little nicer for those with dry skin. 

Marc Jacobs – Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette – $64 (Sephora)


I am so obsessed with these eye shadows, as both the matte & shimmer shades pack on a lot of colour, while still blending beautifully with very little fallout. They are a little pricier than most palettes however they are definitely worth the extra cost. 

Nars – Velvet Lip Glide – $34 (Sephora)


This is one of those products in which the formula can change from colour to colour so the only ones I am recommending are “Stripped” & “Roseland”. This product is a hybrid between a gloss & a lipstick and they are great to add some shine to your lips. I have a few other shades but I don’t find that they glide on as nicely as these two. 


Pictured above wearing “Stripped” on lips. 

Nudestix – Magnetic Eye Color “Fig”- $28 (Sephora)


Nudestix is a great Canadian brand that make different products all in a stick form. I love using the colour “Fig” under my eye and smudging it out before adding some eyeliner.


I hope you enjoyed this quick review on some of my current beauty favourites. Let me know below if you have tried any of these, and other products you are currently loving. 










A Look at Kylie Cosmetics

Hey guys!


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)  


Original Kylie Lip Kit (Kourt K) – Matte Formula 


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) 


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. 


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)


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.  


Skinny Dip Face Duo ($34)


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. 


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


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. 


Blush “Virginity”  ($20)


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. 


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

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



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. 



Kyshadow The Burgundy Palette ($42)


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. 


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.


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)


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. 


Where The Night Is Collection – $5 USD each.


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. 


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


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. 


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. 


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! 






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. 


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. 



SUPER SHOCK BLUSH in Prenup – $8.00 USD. 


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! 





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. 



ULTRA MATTE LIP (Liquid Lipstick) – $6 


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. 


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


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. 


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! 


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. 



Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter – $12.99


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!


Master Bronze – Bronze & Highlight Kit – $15.99


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.


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


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.


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


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


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.

IMG_1642(Photographed above wearing The City Mini Urban Jungle Palette, Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip gloss in Sassy, Fit Me Loose Powder, Studio Chrome Highlight, & Blush Kit (see review below for blush kit). 


Master Prime Blur & Smooth Primer – $12.99


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


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.


Fit Me Set & Smooth Powder – $7.99


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


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


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!


Master Blush Colour & Hightlight Kit – $15.99


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. 


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


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.  




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.



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. 


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. 



Colortattoo Cream Gel Eyeshadow – $8.99 each


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.


Expert Wear Eye Shadow – $6.99 each


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. 


IMG_1841Pictured above: Wearing NY Silver on the lid. 

Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner – $11.99


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


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. 


Great Lash Water Proof Mascara – $6.99


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.


Color Sensational Lipsticks – $9.99


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. 




Color Jolt Lip Paint – $11.99 


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. 


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. 


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 








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. 


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).


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. 


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)


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)


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.


^ 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! 


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! 



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



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. 


Pictured above, a look I created using the palette. 

Lipstick in Shy Girl



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



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…


PhotoFocus Foundation – $7.99 CAN. 


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.


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. 


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


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. 


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. 


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. 


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). 


^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.


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. 


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. 


 *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. 


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.



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.


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. 


 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. 


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)


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.  


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


 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.