Vlogmas 2018 | Week 2

Hey everyone! After a few more technical difficulties, I finally got week 2 of Vlogmas up. It’s a Christmas miracle! Watch the video below to catch up on what I’ve been up to this past week 🙂

 

Today’s vlog features some products from the Covergirl Exhibitionist line that Influenster and Covergirl sent me for free! I’ve been loving using these products, because, for me, this is all the makeup that I need to put on my face and be ready to head out the door. I talk about them in depth in the vlog, but here’s a quick rundown of all the products and my thoughts about them at a glance:

Covergirl Exhibitionist Mascara:

  • Loving how it lengthens and separates my lashes
  • Gives me decent volume
  • My only problem is that this mascara isn’t waterproof, which is the number one thing I look for in a mascara (to clarify: the mascara does come in a waterproof formula, I was just sent the one that isn’t waterproof)

Covergirl Get In Line liquid eyeliner:

  • SUPER fine tip – creating a sharp wing is super easy and achievable
  • I love that it dries down matte. Definitely a look.
  • Again, this eyeliner isn’t waterproof, so some of the product does fade off by the end of the day (especially near the corner of my eye)

Covergirl Exhibitionist Cream Lipstick – Coffee Crave

  • The perfect “your lips but better” shade for me
  • Comfortable wear all day, some touching up required (depending on how much you eat, drink or talk throughout the day LOL)

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If you try out any of these products, let me know! I would love to know how you liked (or didn’t like) them 🙂

 

Fenty Beauty Unveil Stunna Lip Paint | Review

Since Fall is officially here (even though it’s been snowing here in Calgary), it’s the perfect time to transition your makeup to more warm tones. Warm tones and nudes are my true calling in life, so you know I come fully alive at this time *drools*. It’s been a loooong time since I posted a review, but I’m super excited for this one. If you’re following Sephora or Fenty Beauty on Instagram, then you saw that Rihanna launched three more shades in the Stunna Lip Paint collection. The first colour she announced was the one that I’m reviewing for y’all today – Unveil. As soon as I saw it on IG, I went right to the Sephora website and purchased it immediately (although I kinda wish I waited because the second colour, Uncuffed, is soooo pretty too and I need it in my life). Anyways, this is the longest intro ever, keep reading if you want to know my thoughts on this product!


BASICS

  • $31.50 CAD
  • Universal chocolate brown shade

CLAIMS

  • One-stroke intensity
  • Weightless, 12 hour, soft matte wear
  • Won’t feather or transfer

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Unveil is such a beautiful chocolate brown colour. I don’t have anything like it in my lip collection, and it came at the perfect time, because I think this is the perfect fall shade. If you’re feeling bold enough, you could definitely wear this as an everyday shade. Personally, this is the kind of shade I would wear for parties or special occasions!

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

First of all… the packaging… WOW. I love anything geometric looking and clean lines, and the packaging is all of that. It feels like it’s made from high quality materials, and honestly looks like art. The doe foot applicator (if you can even call it that) is definitely interesting. It kind of looks like a small boot. If this review was solely based on packaging, then the Stunna Lip Paint would get an easy 10/10 from me.

APPLICATION

I found that when I went to apply, there was actually a lot of product on the applicator. It was almost too much product for me and I felt like it was overflowing on my lips. The formula is kind of watery/lighter than I’m used to. If you have full, plump lips, this probably won’t be a problem for you, but it’s something to watch out for if you have super thin lips.  I really liked the smaller applicator because I found that it made application more precise and I felt like I had more control over the product.

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WEAR

The pigmentation of this is crazy. It’s so deep and rich like actual chocolate. On your lips, it dries down a bit darker than what it looks like in the packaging, so it’s not a colour for the faint of heart. This is pretty comfortable on the lips once it dried down. It felt light, and I couldn’t tell there was product on my lips. It’s definitely more comfortable than some Colourpop matte liquid lipsticks that I’ve tried (still love u tho @colourpop). The Stunna Lip Paint didn’t make my lips look like a butt hole (you know what I’m talking about, right?!) and didn’t dry super chalky or flaky.

I did the kiss test, and this isn’t completely transfer proof but I will say that the amount of transfer is super minimal. Now, I didn’t use a lip liner and I put Vaseline on my lips before applying, so maybe that’s why I experienced a bit of transfer? Either way, it’s not a huge deal to me.

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So I didn’t wear this for 12 hours, but I did wear it for the majority of the day (about 8 hours?). It faded pretty drastically, but some things to take into consideration were that 1) I didn’t line my lips and 2) I ate with it on. I would say that’s pretty standard though, at least with most of the liquid lipsticks I’ve tried. I re-applied over the parts that faded, and I didn’t experience any discomfort or balling up of product (again, like many other liquid lipsticks I’ve tried). It lived up to the “no feathering” claim, which is pretty impressive, considering I didn’t use a liner with this. 

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After a day of wear

FINAL THOUGHTS

First of all, I love the colour and the packaging. It was super comfortable and enhances the look of my lips, rather than making them look deprived of hydration. I love the precision wand and found that it definitely made a difference in application because I had so much more control. With that being said, I think the applicator picks up too much product and if you aren’t aware of it, application could get messy real fast. I read over some of the one-star reviews on the Sephora website, and this was the number one complaint. It’s definitely not transfer proof, but that doesn’t bother me much because I expect that of every lip product.

Overall, I wanted to fall in love with Stunna Lip Paint, but it wasn’t revolutionary in the world of liquid lipsticks. It lived up to most of it’s claims and the colour looks great on my lips which is all I really need in a lipstick, but it didn’t blow me away. (I want to try it with a lipliner and see if I get different results. I was pretty bummed that it faded as much as it did). There isn’t a lot of colours in the collection, but since all four shades are supposed to be universally flattering, I don’t think that will be too much of a problem for anyone.

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If you’ve tried out the Stunna Lip Paint, let me know your thoughts in the comments! Did you have the same experience as me, or did you find it to be less than satisfactory? I need to know!

💖, B

Summer Favourites!

Hey everyone! I haven’t done a monthly favourites post at all this summer, so I decided to just do another collective favourites post. A lot of these items are makeup/beauty related, which is great because I feel as if it’s been a hot minute since I got to talk in depth about makeup on here! I hope everyone’s summer has been fun and eventful!

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen

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This is at the top of the list because it’s arguably the most summer essential item. I like this sunscreen because it’s SPF 110, so I know my face is going to be well protected against those harsh UVA and UVB rays. It doesn’t make my skin oily or greasy and it absorbs pretty fast. Everything I need in a good sunscreen!

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Gel Creme

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This was sent to me free from Influenster, and they couldn’t have sent it at a more perfect time! During the summer, I don’t need a moisturizer that’s thick and heavy, like I do in the winter time. This gel moisturizer still gives me the moisture that I need for the day, but it’s also super light and fast absorbing, which means that it won’t make my skin feel like it’s caked on with product! I also have to mention the packaging. It looks super cute on my vanity!

Dodo Lashes – D115

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I love these lashes from Dodo Lashes because they give me the length I want, while still looking relatively natural. I find myself wearing these out as every day lashes, but also being able to “dress them up” and wear them when I’m going out. Regardless of the scenario, these always look good! I’m definitely going to be ordering more because all their lashes are $5 – $12 and you get free shipping when you spend $30 or more! (BTW, planning on posting this look too, so keep your eyes peeled!)

I’m super stoked to announce that I have a coupon code with Dodo Lashes! If you use the code “brittney” at check out, you can save money on your already affordable lash order!!

Morphe Jaclyn Hill Palette

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I picked this up at Ulta during my trip to New York, and I was so hype about it that I felt like I could cry. I’ve been wanting the JH Palette forever, but I’m that bum bish who doesn’t like paying for shipping. I love the versatility of colors in the palette, and I feel like this has reignited a spark in me. I love playing with all the colors, and I’ve used it for both my recent MOTD posts!

Tarte Shape Tape – Medium

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Another pick up from Ulta. I wish I bought more, I love this concealer! It’s definitely full coverage, but it just makes my under eyes seem so flawless and smooth! I’ve never really used concealer before I bought this, but now I feel as if I can’t live my life without it.

I do have to say, I don’t know if I got a faulty product or something, but whenever I close the tube, concealer always squirts out from under the lid (does that make sense/does this happen to anyone else?) I hate it because I feel like I’m wasting product!!

Miniso Pink Panther Eyeliner

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This was definitely a steal, and a life changing one at that! This is one of the best eyeliners I’ve ever used, and I genuinely think I will have a hard time finding something that I like better. You can draw such a crisp wing with this, and the formula is amazing. Waterproof and lasts all day! Shoutouts to Tose for putting me on this. I’m lowkey sad that I can never find the black version, but I still do like the brown. It looks really nice with more neutral eye shadow looks, but it’s also dark and pigmented enough that you can really use it for any occasion.

What are some of your favourite products this summer? Let me know in the comments! And if you want to stay more updated on what I’m up to, follow me on Twitter and Instagram. I hope you guys will see more of me soon. Love you always!

💖, B

Does Biotin Actually Work?

Last summer, I was diagnosed with alopecia areata. Basically, this is a disease that causes my body to attack my hair follicles resulting in my hair falling out in large chunks. Specifically, I developed three large bald spots at the top of my head. If you’ve ever had to wait for an appointment with a specialist (in my case, I was waiting for an appointment with a dermatologist), you know just how painstakingly long the process is. I went to my family doctor about it at the beginning of August of last year, and didn’t actually see a dermatologist until the end of November. That’s three whole months of watching helplessly as the spots grew bigger and more of my hair started to fall out.

I didn’t have very many options available to me, so I decided to try biotin. My intention was to use it as something to offset my hair loss, not as a cure (currently, there is no known sure for alopecia!). I’m sure most of you know that biotin is supposed to promote healthy skin, hair and nails, or you’ve at least seen one Sugarbear Hair ad on Instagram or Youtube. Being the skeptic that I am, I wasn’t about to spend money on Sugarbear hair because I didn’t trust it. So I just went to my grocery store and bought straight biotin supplements.

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I bought the Jamieson Biotin supplements, and each little tablet contained 10, 000mcg of biotin. There were 45 tablets and I took one everyday until I ran out. Then I went and bought biotin gummies at a lower dosage (which I still have because I stopped taking them, so they kind of just sit on my shelf). And long story short, I didn’t notice any change in my hair. There wasn’t anything growing where the bald spots were, and I didn’t notice a change in the length or thickness of my hair either.

IMG_5825 But, I did notice that my nails were stronger and grew faster than normal. I normally wouldn’t be able to grow them out as long because they were usually brittle and broke easily. My nails in this screenshot may not look very long to some, at least in comparison to the claws I have now, but back then, this was considered a big achievement for my natural nails (so you could imagine how cheesed I was that I broke one of them).

From my personal experience, I can vouch for the positive effects biotin has on nails but it didn’t do anything to help my hair. Obviously, my circumstances were quite different from the average person, but I didn’t lose all my hair, so I expected at least some change to occur.

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Taken from: https://www.sugarbearhair.com/collections/popular-vitamins

In terms of Sugarbear Hair, I can’t speak on it because I have never tried it before. On their website, they do have a breakdown of all the ingredients in the gummies. They use more than just biotin in their gummies, so maybe the combination of ingredients helps to better promote hair growth. But I would still take this with a grain of salt. Keep in mind that while Sugarbear Hair says that their products are manufactured in facilities that use FDA approved guidelines, they aren’t actually an FDA approved product.

I asked my dermatologist about biotin at my first appointment, and he said that there hasn’t been solid, conclusive evidence and research that shows that biotin actually helps your hair. And I’m not going to lie, I did try to look for research articles using my school’s database (yes, I ACTUALLY researched this… old habits die hard) and I couldn’t find many articles that supported the use of biotin for hair growth. In fact, a lot of the ones I came across concluded that there is a lack of evidence to support healthy individuals taking biotin for hair growth, and that biotin supplementation is actually unnecessary in healthy individuals as the daily amount that we need is usually obtained through our food.

My hair is still in the process of growing back, no thanks to biotin, but from the Kenalog injections I receive from my dermatologist. My take on this is that I personally don’t think biotin products work for hair growth. I trust my own results and what has been presented in scientific research. I’m not trying to bash anyone that uses or wants to try biotin supplements. But if you want to try other options, my dermatologist told me that Rogaine works (don’t be fooled by the fact that there is a Rogaine for men and women, he said that women can use the men one, and it’s cheaper too), and there’s some evidence (not conclusive) that fexofenadine aka Allegra aka a type of allergy medicine, can help with hair growth in alopecia areata patients as well.

DISCLAIMER: Please use common sense, and don’t start popping allergy medicine like candy or start using a men’s hair growth cream, before talking to your doctor. This advice was given to me by my dermatologist because I was dealing with a disease resulting in major hair loss. Strong hair is nice, but health is wealth!

I hope this post has helped to open your eyes on this topic and I’m curious to know your thoughts on this. If you’ve ever tried Sugarbear Hair or biotin supplements, did they actually work for you?? Let me know!

💖, B

What I Got in my Radiance Voxbox!

Hey everyone! I wanted to show you all what I got in my Radiance Voxbox from Influenster and share my thoughts on each product! (In other words – a review. It’s been a hot minute. I miss this.) I’m super pumped because this could not have come at a better time. I just finished my last semester of school, and every single product I received is perfect for a much needed day of rest and recovery.

If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for Influenster! It’s a great way to connect with other like-minded people about all things beauty, fashion, food and more. It’s the first place I go to read reviews about products I want to try out, and I always make sure to leave my own honest reviews on products to help other people out. The best thing is, everyone has a chance to receive free products. Who knows, by the time Influenster’s next Voxbox launches, I may be reading one of your reviews!

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Pixi Overnight Glow Serum | Review

I’m sorry! I know this was supposed to be up on Friday, but it has been a crazy past week! (No excuses though) My days have pretty much been looking all the same. Work from morning to evening, gym for a couple hours right after work, sleep, and do it all over again the next day. I haven’t really had time to do anything leisurely, like blog or work in my bullet journal at all this month, but to be fair, I have shifted my priorities a lot, and I have less time to do “fun” things at the moment. But I’ve finally been able to sit down and write a review on the Pixi Overnight Glow Serum for you guys! I’ve been using this product this entire month, and I know a lot of you have been curious as to whether or not I liked it, so read on to find out!

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Coming Out Strong | MOTD & Colourpop Eyeshadow First Impression

One of my favourite songs on Future’s HNDRXX is his song with The Weeknd, called Coming Out Strong. This MOTD was inspired by that song, in particular by my favourite line in the song that says “They said I couldn’t reach Mars, so I turned to a star”. When I think of turning into a literal star, I think of a lot of glow and brightness, and I thought it would be fun to translate that into a makeup look. I also got a bunch of new Colourpop shadows, so I really wanted to incorporate them into this look. I haven’t done a MOTD in a while, and it was fun to use new products, as well as products I already own, but don’t use on an everyday basis. Kind of challenging, but I am so pleased with how this look turned out. If you’re curious to see how the look turned out, hit that read more!

💖, B

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Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream | Review

Happy May everyone! I feel like I haven’t done a review in a while, but I’m back with something new. It’s the Hydra-Essentiel silky cream from Clarins. As I always emphasize in all my skincare posts, the Aveeno daily moisturizing lotion is my ride or die when it comes to moisturizers, so I never really venture out and try new ones. However, I was very curious as to how I would like this one. Click the read more to see if I gave it the Brittney Stamp of Approval!

💖, B

Special thanks to Influenster and Clarins for sending me a deluxe sample of this moisturizer to try for free! 

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Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick | Review

Hey yall! I’m back with another review for Wet N Wild week. This time, it’s their new liquid lipstick, the Liquid Catsuit! Read on to see my thoughts, and let me know how well you liked it if you’ve tried this out before 🙂

💖, B

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Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder | Review

I have been waiting for these highlighters to be released in Canada for literally nine months. They have finally arrived and I managed to get my hands on one rather quickly, for a product that has been hyped up for a while now! It seemed like Wet N Wild just dumped a bunch of new products on me, and while I also wanted to buy their other new products, ya girl is saving for her trip to Mexico, so I held back and just bought the highlighter (and a liquid lipstick, which will be posted about on Friday). Read on if you want to see how well I liked it!

💖, B

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Bite Beauty: The Lip Pencil | Review

Happy reading break to my fellow uni students, and happy family day to my fellow canadians! Hope you’re all having an amazing day so far. I’m super excited to bring this post to you, as this is the first ever product that has been sent to me for reviewing purposes! Bite Beauty recently released their new line of lip pencils near the beginning of February, and I’ve been able to test them out for a good amount of time, so I’m here to bring yall a quick review!

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Sunday Riley #Squadgoals Skincare Essentials Kit | REVIEW

I bought myself the Sunday Riley Squad Goals kit as an early birthday present to myself near the end of December. I’ve always wanted to try out the Good Genes treatment, but I figured that by purchasing a kit with more products, it would allow my to try out more products for a better deal. The reason why I’ve waited so long to post this is because I wanted to use it for a couple of weeks to really give you guys as good of a review as I can! (Also just a heads up, this will be a long one, so get ready to read!)

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