January Favourites!

It has been a long time since I’ve made a monthly favourite post! But I’m back (and I’m better, want you bad as everrrrr…. jk). This will contain some favourites that I’ve been using the entire month, and some that I have been loving for the past couple months, but have never actually spoken about yet. So sit back, get your scrolling finger ready, and let’s go through my favourites of this month!

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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!

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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 🙂

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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!

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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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Milani Conceal & Perfect Foundation Review

I just realized that it’s been a loong time since I’ve actually reviewed a product. I’ve been doing so many first impressions, but I feel like you cant use first impressions to base your opinion on a product. So I’m back with a new review! As you can read in the title, it’s on the Milani Conceal & Perfect Foundation. I’ve heard really good things about this foundation and I’ve always been meaning to try it and now I’ve had the chance to (you might remember that I said I wasn’t going to be spending any money on makeup that I don’t need until 2017, but I actually ran out of foundation, so I needed a new one)

THE BASICS

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I got the colour 06 – Sand Beige

  • $12.88 CAD
  • Glass packaging with a pump
  • 8 shades
  • 1 fl. oz

CLAIMS

  • Medium to full coverage
  • Lightweight, oil-free formula
  • Long wearing, water-resisting and sweat-proof

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The colours range from 01 to 09 but for some reason there’s no 08? Like it goes from 01 to 07, skips 08 and then goes to 09. So technically there are only 8 shades in the range, which is good but there are no options for people with darker skin.

The foundation itself is quite thick and kind of reminds me of Kat Von D’s Lock-It Tattoo foundation. However when applied on the face, I didn’t find it to feel thick. It actually feels pretty light and like it’s your natural skin. It sets pretty quickly to a natural matte finish, but you do not look flat. I applied less than I normally would with other foundations because of the full coverage claim and found that it didn’t impact the coverage. You don’t need a lot to cover your face. Coverage is definitely buildable but the good thing about this foundation is that I found it to be full coverage on the first application. I added another layer and it was very full coverage, but since the formula is quite light, you can achieve the full coverage look without feeling or looking cakey. It covered up my dark circles and redness perfectly and I didn’t feel like I needed to take the extra step of putting on concealer to conceal any little spots (I did it anyways though LOL) This was a perfect colour match for me.

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This is not flash friendly. I was taking a picture for my Brown and Gold Halo eye MOTD  and I didn’t include this picture because I am literally two different colours. It looks much more normal in person, I swear. I don’t know why it does that though because there’s no SPF in this foundation. LOL I’M ACTUALLY CRINGING LOOKING AT THIS PICTURE.

I wore this foundation to school, and since I didn’t use concealer, I didn’t bake or anything. To set the foundation, I just used the Urban Decay De-slick spray, but I found that my nose and the area around it were a bit shiny at the end of the day. Not extremely shiny, but there was no hiding the fact that I was oily. If you carry blotting sheets around with you on the regular, then just setting the foundation it with a good setting spray could definitely be an option for you, but for those of you who are a bit more oily (like myself) I would suggest using a powder before your setting spray, just to be on the safe side.

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Poor quality picture but look how nice my skin is looking! And how cute we are!

I also wore this foundation to The 1975 concert and surprisingly enough, it wore pretty well throughout. I was jumping around and sweating and at the end of the night, there was no visible spots where my foundation had come off. You could still see my highlight and contour at the end of the night AND there was no visible signs of excess oil, which to me is CRAZY. It stayed in tact and still looked pretty good from far away. When I inspected my face up close though, you could kind of see that it was starting to kind of separate. Keep in mind that by the end of the day, I had the foundation on for about 12-ish hours because I had work in the morning before the concert and didn’t reapply my makeup for the concert, so I think the separation was probably just due to the fact that I had the foundation on literally all day.

FINAL THOUGHTS

All in all, I am blown away by this foundation. I think it might be my new favourite! I absolutely love the fact that although it’s a full coverage foundation, it’s a very natural finish. I’m not too oily but I’m also not extremely matte to the point where my face looks flat and lifeless. I would say that this foundation lives up to all it’s claims and is definitely worth every penny you pay for this. I’ve never tried any high end foundations, so I can’t really suggest what this could be a dupe for, but I feel like I don’t need to try a high end foundation any time soon because Milani really nailed pretty much everything about this foundation. I love it! 10/10!!

If you end up trying this out, let me know how it works for you. I am pretty sure you won’t be disappointed! Have a good rest of your day 🙂

đź’–, B

essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara Review

I have been on the hunt for an eyebrow gel for a long time. The problem with my brows is that they tend to droop because the hairs are relatively long. So even if I’ve defined the shape of my brows with my products, throughout the day, you will see some hairs falling out of formation!!!! (If that makes sense LOL). I’ve tried a couple brow gels before but there was never one brow gel that I really liked. I was at Superstore recently and when I got to the Essence shelf, which I always have to stop at, even though they never have any new products at my Superstore, the Make Me Brow eyebrow mascara caught my eye. It claims that it colours, fills and shapes your brows and contains fibers for naturally fuller looking brows. And ya girl is all about cutting corners and killing three birds with one stone! So I decided to pick it up. I’ve also heard about other products that have fibers in it for fuller looking brows or eyelashes, so I was curious to see if it would actually work. There were only two options for colors – blondy brows and browny brows – so I obviously went for browny brows. It was also only $3! Whatta steal.

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In the picture above, the top photo is my natural brow with no product in it, and the bottom photo is my brow with just the eyebrow mascara in it. As you can see, the brow mascara doesn’t give you a crisp, defined brow, but it does make your eyebrow look naturally full because of the dark colour and the added fibres. I think the people who would really benefit from using this product on it’s own are people who want a very natural looking brow or for people in a rush. If you’re going to run errands or going on a trip and want something quick and easy this would be perfect. This would also be a really good product for those just starting out with makeup or people who are intimidated by doing their eyebrows. This product is a really good for helping you ease into doing brows and it’s very hard to mess up using this because the pigmentation is very light.

Although this product is meant to be used alone, I personally prefer dark, uniform eyebrows, so using just this brow mascara isn’t something I would do on a day to day basis. As I mentioned though, it is a really good brow gel. My brow hairs tend to get long and kinda droopy if I don’t set them with something, and this is perfect for me. I apply it with a very light hand and very gentle strokes to avoid build up. It dries matte and doesn’t make your eyebrows feel hard or crusty throughout the day, unlike other brow gels I’ve tried, so it’s a really natural finishing touch. In terms of the fibers giving you fuller looking brows… meh. You do get fuller brows but it isn’t like a CRAZY difference.

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Pros

  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Very easy to use and really good for beginners
  • True to it’s claims (colours, fills and shapes your brows)
  • Perfect for people who want a natural look
  • Does a very good job at keeping your brows in place

Cons

  • Only comes in two colours – blonde and brown (however, essence does have a clear brow gel / mascara so if these colors don’t work for you, that’s another option you have)

All in all I really like this product. I think it’s so easy to use, very inexpensive and does a really good job of keeping your brows in place and making them look naturally enhanced. I think anyone can use this product and be satisfied with their result! Try it out, let me know what you think of it and hopefully you won’t be disappointed 🙂

đź’–, B

MOTD / Review ft. Essence

Today’s MOTD is also going to be a review of Essence’s How To Make Nude Eyes make up box.

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I bought this on a whim at Superstore for $10. I’ve never heard of Essence before, and the packaging of all the products definitely stood out to me. I would compare it to being like Benefit’s little cousin. I took my time looking at all the products they had laid out, and with some convincing from my friends (let’s be real, I already wanted to get it, I just needed someone to tell me I should), I decided on the How to make Nude Eyes make up box.

IMG_8577.jpgIt comes with six shimmer shades, a double ended applicator brush and also two “look” cards. The look cards are basically a guide you can follow to achieve an everyday look or a night time look (which the box refers to as an “everyday beauty look” and an “eyes night out look” LOL) using the shadows in the box. To be honest, I was a bit unsure about the fact that all these shadows have shimmer in them. Mainly because I keep telling myself that if I use only shimmer eyeshadow, my eyes are gonna look like a disco ball and be reflecting light everywhere. But the shimmer in these shadows give your eyes a gentle glow and you definitely do not look like a disco ball haha.

When I was applying the shadows, I found that they were not very pigmented. I don’t know if this was because of the formula itself, or just the fact that they were shimmery shadows. I found that, for the lighter shades especially, I had to really pack the product onto the brush and on my lid to get the intensity I desired, and even then, it didn’t stand out as much as I wanted it to. However, these were super blendable. All the colours just look so seamless on your eye when you’re done blending, and the end result is really pretty. It also didn’t create fall out, on my face or in the box.

Overall I think this is a decent product. Definitely good for beginners, but the sheerness of these shadows frustrates me a bit. I wish there was at least one or two matte shades, but I really do like the colours in the box. You get a good amount of product, but I think for the price, you might be able to find something a bit more pigmented that would really be worth your money. I would give it a solid 7/10, but I would not repurchase this again.

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Reasons why I hate HD cameras: you see everything. EVERYTHING.

So I recreated the “everyday beauty look” today. Eye light beige on the entire eyelid to the browbone, Go for gold in the crease, An eye on apricot on the inner eyelid and blended into the crease and Team nude on the outer half of the lash line.
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I wore this exact look at work yesterday, but used Cream from the Lorac Pro palette (which is just a matte cream shadow) as a base instead of Eye Light Beige from the box and I found that the colours stood out so much better, and you could see how nice the colours transitioned into one another. I was helping this woman in the fitting room and she stopped me to say that I had beautiful eyes and if you know me, you know how much I love when people, especially strangers, compliment my makeup. Mainly because they aren’t forced to say you look nice, like a friend or boyfriend might have to (but I have drilled it into everyone’s minds to spare me the trouble and just tell me when something doesn’t look right, so that I’m not walking around thinking I’m on fleek when there’s actually something off about my makeup. But that’s a different story.)

Anyways, I hope you guys had a good and relaxing weekend. Mine was stressful to be honest with you, but the past is the past. Hope yall have a good rest of your week, and as always, thanks for taking time out to read this!

đź’–, B

 

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick Review

One day, as I was getting ready, I decided I wanted to try a different colour of lipstick. So I opened my makeup drawer and realized I don’t have much variety when it comes to my lipstick collection. With the exception of my everyday lipstick (Teddy Bare by Milani), the only other colours of lipstick I own are shades of bright and dark red and I took that as a sign that I should probably go buy more lipstick (any excuse to buy makeup is a good excuse for me LOL). I’m usually the kind of person who frequents the drugstore for makeup, but I just finished school and I did really well this semester so I decided to treat myself and go to Sephora. I’m on the website pretty much everyday anyways, so the Too Faced Melted Matte liquid lipstick was already on my radar.

I’m not gonna lie, the first thing that caught my eye were the names of the lipsticks. I seriously told all my friends that I needed this entire collection because I swear every single shade name related to me in one way or another . Okay well not every single shade name, but I made them relate to me somehow. Queen B though?! That’s me! I need that in my life, just for the name alone ugh. I’m so extra, I apologize. Let me get to the actual review LOL. (PS scroll down to see a full list of colours and names!)

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THE BASICS

  • $25 CAD
  • 16 shades
  • 7mL / 0.23 fl. oz.
  • On the Sephora website, most of the shades are sold out so your best bet is to go in stores, I found that there was more selection that way

CLAIMS

  • Rich, full, kissable color that doesn’t shrivel or crack
  • Gives your lips a plumping, smoothing effect
  • Light weight and long wearing formula

 

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