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Monthly Archives: October 2015

I don’t use this product a lot, but I feel like it’s a must have in a makeup collection.  I picked this up at Rexall for under $10 CAD, I can’t remember the price, I usually buy NYX when it’s buy one get one for 50% off.

  
This product is a soft crayon that once applied is easily blended.  I feel it’s best used as a base to help colours look more vibrant.  Above shows the same shadow colour on its own and on top of Milk.  I have also used it on my water line but it didn’t last very long.  It has creased on my oily lids so I make sure to use a primer and I use it sparingly and it works just fine.  It can really change the look of many shadows, so it’s always fun to play around with.  You will also require sharpener as these pencils do not twist up.  If you are thinking some of your shadows are looking boring, you might need this pencil in your life.


I’ve finally run out of my concealer and had this one waiting to be opened.  I bought it at Walmart for $6.97 CAD in the lightest colour 105 110 Fair.  My previous concealer was Covergirl Fresh Complexion and it was okay. 

  
This is a lightweight concealer that does not crease on me, but I do use a setting powder after applying.  I use concealer under my eyes to cover darkness and lighten up the area.  This concealer doesn’t cover darkness well but it does make my under eye area look lighter and brighter.  I have some wrinkling in my under eye area and it doesn’t enhance or hide them.  I find that because it’s such a lightweight formula that it can easily be blended away and more application would be needed.

  
I’m a little disappointed with this product because it feels and performs exactly like the Fresh Complexion concealer I was using.  I would swear they are the same product as shown below.

  
I was hoping for a little more coverage from this product, but I will use it up.  Looks like I’ll be using it for a long while because I’ve been working on the Fresh Complexion tube for months.  If you don’t need to cover dark circles or blemishes but just want to use concealer as a highlight, this might be a good option.


I have heard a lot of talk about Konjac sponges and when I saw one at Winners for $3.99 CAD, I thought it was a good opportunity to try one out.  The brand on this one is Danielle and has added bamboo charcoal in it which is supposed to detox and protect.  I’m assuming that means my face and not the sponge. 

  
It’s very lightweight and feels firm until you run it under water and then it expands and becomes soft and squishy but it doesn’t feel like a sponge.  It actually has a fairly smooth almost slippery texture.  I used it with a face wash the first time and smoothing it over my face, it really didn’t feel like it could do anything.  There was absolutely no scratching or friction when using it, but when I was finished, my face had a pinkness like I was scrubbing with something abrasive.  My skin felt very silky smooth afterwards.  It easily rinsed clean after use and it has a little thread attached so you can hang it to dry.  I’ve started using it on it’s own after my cleansing routine in the evening and before I put on make up in the morning.  I don’t know how, but my skin feels smoother after using it.  Online you can find a variety of claims of the benefits you will experience when using a product like this, I’m not sure they are all true.  My own experience is soft silky clean feeling skin, and that’s more than enough to keep me using this product for a long time.


I picked this foundation up at Rexall for $6.99 CAD and I’m surprised at how much I love it.  It’s a thick foundation that takes a bit of work, but I’ve been loving the finish and coverage.  I chose the colour 100 Ivory that matches me quite well when blended.

  
 
Application and blending is the key to getting this foundation to work properly.  I’ve been using a damp make up sponge to apply, it will feel thick at first but with some blending and patting it will dry to a matte medium to full coverage with a lightweight feel.

  
I find that this foundation keeps me looking matte for the same amount of time as all others I’ve used, so with my oily skin this is not a miracle product.  It’s the finish that I’m impressed with, it makes my skin looks flawless.  Although it claims shine control, after four hours of wear I’m a shiny mess (this is normal for me) but with some blotting and powder I can get through the day.  So even though the name is Stay Matte, it doesn’t stay matte on me but the quality of the finish and feel is what makes this a great foundation for me.


This lip treatment is something I have been using for years now.  I usually get them from the e.l.f. website for about $1.50 US.  I’ve seen them in Canada for $6.  Whenever I get those dry scaly lips that seem to just suddenly happen, I reach for it.

 
It comes in a lipstick form and is full of sugar chunks.  To use you just apply to the lips and use your finger to massage around and then wipe with a damp cloth.  Some of the chunks are huge, but they just fall away.  There is Shea butter and a variety of oils in it that leave your lips soft and smooth.  It usually does the trick for me in one or two treatments.  Because it’s in a lipstick tube, I find it easy to store with my lipsticks and easy to reach for when I need it.  This product is abrasive, so if you have sensitive lips it might not be right for you but I personally love it.


I found these sheet masks in Aerie for $3.95 each CAD.  Sheet masks can be quite pricey and I knew of the Korean brand TonyMoly so I bought four of them.  I enjoy sheet masks and a there has been a couple I have used previously where I have seen actual but temporary results.  I was excited to give this brand a try!

  
Sheet masks are made of a fibrous lightweight material and come folded up in a sealed pouch.  When you open the pouch, you have to take the mask out and it will be totally saturated with a serum or gel like product, you unfold and smooth the mask over your face.  Leave it on for however long the instructions say to do so, then take it off and smooth the rest of the product into your skin.

I chose to try the Clear Skin Rice Mask first.  It had a nice floral scent and the mask fit quite nicely on my face.  I left it in for 30 minutes and smoothed the residual product left on my face into my skin.  About an hour later, my face was still tacky and I’ve never had that before with a sheet mask.  I just washed my face with warm water and my skin felt really nice and silky smooth.  This mask claims brightening effects but I did not see any results,  so it was just a relaxing facial treat and that’s OK. 

 

There are lots of different types of masks in this line and I think the price is really good.  I don’t know if the products live up to their claims but it doesn’t really matter when you get 30 minutes to relax and pamper yourself!


My niece and I wandered into Sephora last week and were happy to find some holiday palettes were in.  We can and have spent hours in Sephora swatching make up and discussing different brands.  She mentioned that she really likes Kat Von D now, so we headed to that section.  That’s when I saw it.  Yes, the Mi Vida Loca palette was there and once I saw it in person, I knew it was coming home with me.  I initially thought it was $59, but that was the US price.  In Canada it costs a whopping $71 for 24 shadows.  Of course I did the math and it works out to $2.96 a shadow, when you look at it that way it’s a great deal.

  
This is a large palette, the shadows are inside a sleeve and is not very secure, tilt it the wrong way and it will slide out.  So far I have’t figured out a good way to store it yet.  This is really a minor problem because the shadows are so beautiful I don’t care!

  
The shadows in the inner wheel are all must have neutrals.  Lyric is a satin shimmer with a bit of a pink shift.  Skulls is a white shimmer, all of the others are matte.  The outside wheel has a spectacular array of fun bright colours.  Some matte, some shimmer and Echo has glitter.  These shadows are pigmented and buttery smooth.  A couple have a bit of streakiness but all are very blendable with little to no fall out.

  
  
  
  
I have been using this palette every day since I bought it.  If you think I’m walking around with bright green and orange eyeshadow looks, you would be very wrong.  I have been using the brights with the neutrals and have achieved some of the most beautiful wearable looks without looking like I got hit in the eye with a rainbow.  

I am so genuinely happy with this palette, it’s like I finally have the eyeshadows in my collection that I never knew I needed.  I feel like I just got a new box of crayons and I just want to use every colour.  This is a limited edition palette, so if you are interested you might want to get to Sephora fast, I think it will sell out quickly!