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Review: Holika Holika Midnight Owl Blush Shade 02

26 Jun

Hello everyone! Another cute blush review today I obviously can’t have enough cute items in my makeup collection.

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Description: A light pink highlighting blush.

Review: Don’t you just love the design of this blush? It’s so cute I can’t stop staring at it when I actually work up the courage to use it. This is really really sparkly which has it’s own merit but for those who have large pores this might not be for you. As you can tell in the swatches each one of the shades is really pigmented (except for the green… I think they don’t want you to look like an alien) and the fantastic bit is that all of them are shimmery! This goes on the cheeks really well but it doesn’t stay on your cheek for very long. I find that I can blend this off my face unless I use a really sticky BB cream or foundation without setting with powder then it sticks around. Wear time really is only 4 hours, close to 5 hours if you set with a finishing mist. That is the sad reality of this beautiful blush it isn’t up to par for an everyday look. On the bright side it looks fantastic on the cheeks in both real life and photography. Overall, a cute blush but you shouldn’t run off to get one yourself.

Cost:$18-20CDN @ ebay.ca

Would I recommend this product? I would recommend this for those who really love a novelty product

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Review: Too Faced Natural Face palette

13 Feb

Hello everyone! A fun review today on Too Faced’s Natural Face palette and to clarify this is the first on that they came out with and not the new one that was released with nice packaging (that palette is a little darker than this palette).

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Description: An all-in-one face palette to complete the natural look on your face. The palette contains a light bronzer, rose cream blush, light peachy pink blush, a concealer, pinky cream luminizer and a light cream brightener.

Review: I have been eyeing this palette since it came out in I believe Spring 2011 and was very excited to try it out. Unfortunately, it didn’t meet my expectations. First off the color selection is very limited only those with a light to medium skintone can actually use the palette. Women of Color would have difficulty getting the actual products to work for them especially the concealer and brightener shade. Second the pigmentation was… very poor. I thought that Too Faced’s face products would be good because their eyeshadows are well-pigmented and is silky smooth and easy to blend. Not so with this face palette while doing a finger swatch everything looked very vibrant and pigmented but when applied with a brush it was barely seen on my skin. The only product in this that worked as it was intended was the cream blush and the luminizer. The blush barely showed up on my skin and when I did pile it on all that appeared was the shimmers in the blush though it was extremely smooth. The concealer and brightener did little to my skin when blended out it was as if it was never there and did not cover anything at all. A pet peeve of mine is actually having cream and powder products together as the cream products tend to “collect” powder dust. Overall, this is not a product that worked well for me and to pay $48CDN for only two products that work is just too much.

Cost: $39USD/$48CDN

Where to buy: Sephora.com, TooFacedCosmetics.com

Would I recommend this product? Not unless you are super pale and enjoy using barely there products.

Review: MAC Year of the Snake Collection Eyeshadows

6 Feb

Hello everyone! So for Lunar New Year/Chinese New Years this year MAC decided to release out a collection for the zodiac animal this year which happens to be the snake. I don’t really like snakes too much but the designs for this was pretty cool. Anyways, a majority of the collection are permanent items so I only picked up three eyeshadows I thought I would use the most.

These shadows are larger than the regular eyeshadows and obviously will have more product in it. The shades that I picked up was Once upon a Time (veluxe pearl cream white), Aztec Brick (veluxe pearl bronze), and lastly the infamous Carbon (matte black). I really like the veluxe pearl formula they are very creamy and blend exceptionally well on the eyes the pigmentation was pretty good for both veluxe pearl eyeshadows. As for Carbon can you believe that I have never tried this color before? It is a dark black which was a bit of a pain to blend and it isn’t the most pigmented black I own but it is nice for an easy smokey eye that isn’t too intense. In the photos below I compared it to the other black eyeshadows I own. These shadows will definitely last quite some time even if I did use them everyday. Since these eyeshadows are larger then the regular ones they are $25CDN each (regular contains 0.04 grams while these ones contain 0.1 grams of product).  Please note that these eyeshadows are only available on the MAC website.

IMG_1252IMG_1254 How awesome is the packaging? It’s just a sleeve but it’s pretty cool.

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IMG_1256 The shadows

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IMG_1268 Swatches: MAC Ricepaper, Once Upon a time, Jaunty – none that are similar

IMG_1263 Swatches: MAC Aztec Brick, Maybelline Copper Chic Quad 3rd shade, MAC Mulch (definitely not similar)

IMG_1272 Swatches: MAC Carbon, Wet ‘n Wild Blue had me at Hello black, Urban Decay Vice Palette Black Market, Urban Decay Naked 2 Blackout

Review: Physician’s Formula Season-to-Season Bronzer

28 Mar

Hello everyone! Hooray Spring is coming soon and now I can seriously layer on bronzer for the sought after sun-kissed glow without worrying about skin cancer.


(Top = whole bronzer, L-R: Winter, Spring, Fall, Summer and Middle ball of sparkly stuff)

Description: Wanna look like you have a faux tan everyday of the year? Well this is for you! Four customizable shades for the perfect bronzer look. Swatches were done with one swipe.

Review: Man, this was a pretty pricey bronzer I have to say especially for drugstore. I’ve never actually seen this on sale so those who really want to pick it up just be prepared to pay a bit for it. I personally do enjoy how this bronzer was promoting four different shades for all seasons. It’s a great concept and is sure to be  a hit all year round. Unfortunately there are somethings that are not so good about it. The colors are great they aren’t an Oompa-loompa orange so that’s always nice. All the colors are very pigmented but there is glitter throughout the entire product especially in the center with a little anchor like thing it is just shimmer to add to your face. It blends out easily though and the packaging is quite sturdy even though it’s a little too big for my liking it still works. Staying power was around 5-6 hours without any touch ups which is nice. Now for the unfortunate part of this bronzer, the scent. I smells very intensely of fake flowers and it’s not a pleasant scent I could even smell it after I put it on my face. So for those who have sensitive skin the scent can be a bit irritating on the skin. Also the amount of glitter/shimmers put into the product is a bit off putting I love my shimmer but not when it’ll make me look like a glitter bomb. Overall, I think it’s a nice bronzer with a great concept but the scent and shimmer is very off-putting for me. I won’t repurchase but it’s not a bad product per say.

Cost: $21.99CDN @ Shoppers Drug Mart

Would I recommend this product? I would for those who love shimmery bronzers, enjoy floral scents or do not mind scents in their cosmetics. Everyone else who hates shimmer and intense scents I would recommend to stay far far away from this product.

Review: Maybelline Singles

10 Feb

Hello everyone! A single eyeshadow review from Maybelline and I only got two of them they aren’t much variety of shades available so I just stuck with two I thought I would enjoy/get the most use out of.

Description: Smooth, pigmented shadows for an everyday look. Linen is an beige-champagne with white shimmer, and Tapestry Taupe is a cool-toned mid-tone brown with brown shimmer.

Review: I just want to point out that I have never ever tried a taupe shade before (yes gasp in shock) so I thought why not. I was very surprised at how pigmented they are with one swipe I got the color that you see on the back of my hand. They are smooth, pigmented and blend very easily on the lids. Packaging leave much to be desired it just sits kinda awkward in my eye makeup drawer due to the awkward length. But the product is great so I won’t complain much about it. I like that you can use Linen as a powder highlighter as well a big plus for multi-tasking makeup. Overall, really good eyeshadows I would love to try other shades that Maybelline has in this format.

Cost: $5-8CDN @ various drugstores and superstores

Would I recommend this product? I would these are great everyday shades and I’d like to get some more shades just to see if the formulation is the same for all the other colors.

Review: Maybelline EyeStudio Quad in Spirited Seas

6 Feb

Hello everyone! Since it’s Spring (not official but getting close) I thought I would pull out all the brights that I have. This quad is more of a summer theme but paired with warm and pastel shades it’s great. I love it so much that I’ve practically hit pan on each shade! (Please note that I have had this quad for 1 and a half years now)

Description: A tantalizing quad for spirited seapeople! The shades are a peachy champagne, a frosty light blue, deeper gray-blue, and a shimmering bronze.

Review: First I gotta apologize for putting this off for a really long time… it took me a year and a half to get this review up. Shame on me but hey it’s finally here! Onto the review! This quad is great in a sense that it has very summery shades the blues and the bronze work really well together. Pigmentation is pretty good I found that the texture of the shadows were in general very creamy and easy to blend. But the shade that I had most difficulty with was the third shade the dark gray-blue. It wasn’t as smooth to apply nor as pigmented and I felt that the blue didn’t work well with my skintone. Other than the dud of a blue the rest of the shades were great. Packaging isn’t the most sturdy but it is small and fits well in my drawer of eye makeup. I wouldn’t repurchase due to the fallout with the baby blue and bronze shade (perhaps because it was really creamy). Overall, a very nice quad from Maybelline and standards have gotten kinda high for drugstore eyeshadows.

Cost: $6-9CDN @ various drugstores and supermarkets

Would I recommend this product? I would as it is a very good quad for those who love their summer blues and great for those who love pigmented creamy eyeshadows but would tell others to avoid if you don’t like spending more than 3 minutes on your eye makeup.

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.