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Review: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Natural Beauty

11 Feb

Hello everyone! A Tarte blush review today I only have two of Tarte’s blushes and would love to get more but they are pretty pricey in Canada. Anyways, onto the review!

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My apologizes for the upside-down photo of the back of the blush.

Description: A reddened pink matte blush. Able to withstand 12-hours wear and has oil-controlling properties due to the Amazonian clay used.

Review: I must mention that I don’t own a blush this shade and was extremely excited to try this out. The formula is dense but a brush picks up color easily. It is extremely pigmented so having a light hand on this product is recommended. There was no discernable scent to the blush. As for wear time it actually varied with the base products that I used. If I used a matte foundation then it stuck around for 10 hours but if I wore a dewy foundation or tinted moisturizer it only lasted 8 hours. Trivial as wear time and fading isn’t really a point that I care about but it was pretty good for lasting power. I feel for girls whose skin is oilier might find that this lasts only abotu 8 hours but that’s still very good for a blush. The outside packaging matches what the inside looks like which is pretty easy to figure out which blush shade it is which is a bonus when you have all similar packaging and can’t tell what blush you’ve picked out.

Cost: $26USD/$31CDN

Where to buy: Sephora or at tartecosmetics.com

Would I recommend this product? I totally would these blushes are awesome and would love to pick up more.

Review: MAC Archie’s Girls Lipglass in Kiss & Don’t Tell, and Strawberry Malt

6 Feb

Hello everyone! A MAC post for today as my package came in from them today. I was extremely excited to try out these lip glosses as I actually have never purchased or tried MAC lip glosses before. Since I am on a budget I only purchased the two items I thought I would get the most use out of… and I chose some pretty bright shades.

With the pictures you can see that both lip glosses are pretty pigmented, fun and bright. Kiss& Don’t Tell is a bright creamy coral shade that leans a little more on the orange side on my skintone while Strawberry Malt is a bright red with red micro shimmers and looks like a maraschino cherry on your lips. The lasting power was actually pretty good they lasted around 3 hours and the texture was a new smooth glide though a bit sticky on the lips. These retail for $20CDN and is available for a limited time.

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Review: Integrate Eyebrow and Nose Powder

27 Feb

Hello everyone! So a blog post on a really good brow product that I love. I only have two brow products but both will last me for some time but today’s brow product comes from Japan.

Description: An everyday brow product that works well with you. Swatches were done with one swipe.

Review: I reviewed a brow powder before from Clinique (which I hated details here) and this one is much better. The light flesh shade is actually used as a contour on the sides of the nose bridge to imitate/ provide an illusion of a higher nose bridge. The other two shades are used for the brow the golden at the front and the brown at the end (evidently). The powders themselves are very soft and easy to use and I found that the applicator that comes with the compact makes the usage very simple and easy. It is pigmented (as you can tell from the swatch) but blends easily on the brows as in it becomes one with your brows. Packaging is simple but works great and I love how small it is (hooray for not taking up too much space in my makeup storage). Overall, I think this is a great brow powder that will last me for quite some time.

Cost: $15-20USD @ online sites (ebay.ca)

Would I recommend this product? I would it is a really great powder for the brows and the fact that the lightest shade can be used as a nose contour makes this a great multitasker. If you dislike the wait time associated with air mail it’s not worth it for you but this is one of my favourites.

Review: Benefit Girl Meets Pearl

17 Feb

Hello everyone! Another mini-sized product from Benefit is going to be reviewed today. I’ve recently been loving the brand as they release out such great sets. This sample came from a Christmas set and I also have another one waiting to be used from the new Porefessionally Pretty set.

Description: For a healthy glow reach for the Girl who Meets Pearls for the first time. A golden pink cream to enhance and luminize the skin.

Review: Since I got the sample sized version of this (two of them actually) I just like how it dispenses the right amount of product but when I went to go try ou the full sized version I didn’t like how it dispensed the product. A quick Google search will bring up photos of this glue stick in which the product is dispensed through the top with a screen of sorts. I feel as though the packaging made sure to dispense a lot product and you couldn’t really control the amoun that you want. The product itself gives your skin a really nice glow that isn’t too glittery nor does it seem fake like High beam does on my face. As for the texture of the cream it is very smooth, blendable and just seems to glide across the skin. I use this mainly as a highlighter for my face but sometimes I mix it with my foundation to create a glowy dewy look without looking too oily. I love this product but the packaging and price puts me off purchasing another one well, I always have sample sizes to work through.

Cost: Full-sized $34CDN @ Sephora or Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques

Would I recommend this product? I would this is a really nice highlighter for the skin

Review: Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Skin Protectorant

10 Jan

Hello everyone! A must have for dry Canadian weather for me especially since we’ve had a weird winter… but it was really windy today and this product came handy.

Description: (taken off the packaging) Smoothes and softens skin. Protects agains and helps alleviate symptoms of chapping, peeling, and windburn due to dryness from exposure from the elements.

Review: I want to mention why I bought this product even though you don’t get much for the price (50 mL). The cream was purchased because I am once again using Tretinoin/Vitamin A cream which essentially allows the skin to exfoliate faster and due to the faster exfoliation I get lots of dead skin cells still attached to my skin but doesn’t want to come off. Leaving these weird white hanging things off my face (my mom once thought I had a white beard). So this cream has helped with the hanging dead things by temporarily glueing it back together with my normal skin. But I digress so let’s get going on the review.
This has a really intense herbal scent I couldn’t stand it the first time I used it but now I’m all like meh. But warning to those who are sensitive to scents this is REALLY strong. The packaging is very classy (as expected of Elizabeth Arden I suppose) though when you finish up a tube you gotta cut open the tube to get everything out (stuff this expensive needs to be used ALL up). The texture is like thick vaseline that takes some time to spread evenly across your face. I use a little bit to spread across my face and put more on areas that are flaking extremely bad. This does not work well under makeup but it works nicely on top of makeup (the sticky base just makes everything stick and not blend very well). I really like this product for living up to it’s claims. Overall, this has made my life a lot nicer without having to worry about people seeing dead flaky skin.

Cost: $25CDN @ Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique or any counters within The Bay or Sears or online

Would I recommend this product? I would for those who live in cold climates and those who are suffering from dry flaky skin.

Review: Dior Addikt Lipstick in 422 Tokyo

29 Jul

Hello everyone! Another high-end post today I think I’m on a high end makeup kick… anyways, onto the review.

Product Description: This lipstick is described as a hydrating lip color and has a hydrating and voluminzing property while giving color and high gloss shine. 422 Tokyo is described as a sheer peachy pink.

Review: First off, packaging. The packaging is pretty dense and has a heavy weight to it (the weight of luxury?) and the end opens up with a doorknob type feature at the bottom of the tube. The outside sports a nice shiny effect with multi color reflections and has Dior raised on the edge on one side. Absolutely gorgeous and stunning for lipstick packaging. The formula is a pretty good formula it does provide a nice sheen to your lips and is a pretty shade. I think the peachy pink shades work well for most skintones and it does have some micro shimmers in it. There is no scent to them and for complaints I surprisingly don’t have any (and it’s not like I don’t have any because of the brand/luxury of it). A great lipstick for those willing to spend money on it (my wallet practically died).

Cost: $28USD /$31CDN @ Sephora or Dior counters

Would I recommend this product? Yes I would totally recommend this product for those who are interested in the formula and are willing to spend a good amount of money on their lipstick. I will totally repurchase this lipsitck line whenever I find some money or win the lottery.

Review: Quo Total Face Perfection Primer

7 Jun

Whoo, it’s been a while since I posted up a review post… thankfully I haven’t forgotten the format of these posts. Hooray for remembering but here we go!

Review: Quo is a Canadian brand for those who are unaware and is only available at Shoppers Drug Mart. A primer is used before foundation to set a adhering base and to smooth out skin tone. Some primers are used to enhance the skin such as making it radient or colour correcting. This primer is only meant for keeping foundation on longer and even if I wore this on its own it really does have no effect. When I use this primer I notice that my base makeup stays on longer than without the primer give or take a few hours. It is a clear gel-like consistency and feels very smooth to the touch making it hard to determine which part of your face that you forgot to rub the primer into. Half a pump is enough for a full face also including the neck. I know that this will last a while before I have to go buy a new one. A pretty decent primer that doesn’t break me out like Smashbox Photofinish did.

Cost: $21.00 CDN only available at Shoppers Drug Mart. (*tip: for those buying wait until they have sales which is very often)

Would I recommend this product? I would recommend this product for those who are in Canada or live in Canada as it is a Canada exclusive product (how many times did I have to write Canada?). But there are other cheaper alternatives (Rimmel Fix&Perfect Primer) out on the market and this step isn’t really needed if you don’t need your makeup to last throughout the entire day.