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Have you ever walked by something then suddenly took a few steps backwards to see what it was?  That was me with this product!  This was new to me and I had heard nothing about it.  I picked up the colour 105 Gel-Ful for about $8 CAD.  My first thought was how similar it looked to Too Faced Melted Lipsticks.

The squeeze tube brings the lipstick up through the sponge tip applicator.  It is a bit stiff, but it applied the lipstick quite nicely.  I needed two coats for full opacity.  The website suggests you blot after application, but if you don’t put too much on, there is really no need to.  

This is not a long wearing product, but it did manage hold some colour through a coffee and later some lunch.  Touch ups are easy and does not build up or flake.  There was a handful of odd colours to choose from ranging from brown to blue, bright purples and some reds.  This one was the only one I would consider nude and it leans more on the warm peach side.  This colour is also quite different from the colour of the tube which looks a little more pink mauve.  It’s a nice lipstick, it’s comfortable and it wears well, you can’t ask for more than that!


Impulse buy.  I saw it and I decided I needed to try it.  I picked up the colour Deep Blue for $9.97 at Walmart.  I’ve been looking for a good mascara lately and I’m not finding what I want, I was hoping this one was a game changer for me.

The colour Deep Blue was quite a bit lighter than I thought it might be and I immediately thought I had made a mistake.  It actually dries quite a bit darker without losing the blue colour.  I love it!  The scary wand was something I thought I might have to work with, but I managed to get long lashes on the first try, I was quite impressed!  I don’t use the small bristles on the opposite side of the brush, but I think it would be handy if you had some hard to reach lashes.  I did not get the waterproof version and the mascara stayed on all day without smudging, I did have some slight flaking though.  I started using it with a primer and I’ve had no flaking since.  I like the length I get with this mascara and I also really like the wand, it’s working quite well for me and I have not reached for another mascara since buying this one.  I finally feel like I’ve found a mascara that gives me exactly the look I want, long lashes without clumps and I really like the fact that it’s blue as well!

I had heard some good things about this mascara and decided to give it a try.  I picked it up for $6.97 CAD at Walmart in the colour black.  My lashes have seemed on the short side lately and I have been having problems getting the length I want using some mascaras.

I tend to favour rubber bristle brushes and one on the thinner side and this one has both, but it also has an odd placement of the bristles as well.  The bristles are concentrated on two sides and the application of the product requires a twirling motion to get the length.  There is a learning curve with this mascara.  My first application, I obviously didn’t twirl enough and ended up with stubby black eyelashes.  Each time I used it, I progressively got the length and I also jabbed myself in the eye and and would get mascara on my eyelid and thin lines from the bristles on my upper waterline.  I kept at it and over a few weeks, I think I have the application down pat now.  I seem to have to really work on the application and it takes me more time than I want to spend putting on mascara.  The twirling motion tends to place a lot of product at the base of the lashes, which yes, does make your lashes look thicker, but I still don’t get the length I desire.  The mascara wears very well, I’ve had no smudging or smearing and absolutely no flaking.  Taking it off is easy, I just use a wet facecloth and it comes off easily without tugging at my lashes.  For me, this is an okay mascara, it’s just not giving me the look I want for all the work needed to apply it.  

I picked this up at Meijer in the US for $6.19 USD.  I’ve been using it with the CoverGirl Clean Matte BB Cream  and the CoverGirl Clean Oil Control Foundation.  I bought the colour 535 medium light.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate a good pressed powder compact.  It’s portable, has a solid click when you close it, it has a puff pad included with room inside for it to fit nicely and it has a mirror.  CoverGirl knows how to do an economical compact!  I’ve been using it with a brush after my initial foundation application and then using the puff for touch ups throughout the day.  The colour seems dark when swatched, but blends out nicely to an almost translucent finish with a hint of colour.  The powder itself is not the luxurious soft and smooth texture that I love, but it certainly is not rough.  I really like that there is no fragrance as well.  This is a good powder that helps mattify oily skin, it’s made me want to have a second look at some of the CoverGirl compacts because this is the first one I’ve tried in many years and I like it!

I had heard so many wonderful reviews about this BB Cream, I had to try it.  I picked it up at Meijer in the US for $7.29 USD.  This BB cream is marketed for oily skin gals like myself and I picked up the colour light medium to match my skin when I get a little bit of a tan or use self tanner.

This BB cream gives a good medium coverage, I have to sheer it out some with a sponge and this might be the reason I’ve not had good luck with it.  Although it looks great just after application, I start to get oily almost immediately and I am constantly blotting and powdering the whole day through.  I always think of BB creams as having a bit lighter coverage, but to me this is a foundation.  By the end of the day, my face does not look or feel good and I can’t wait to get it off my face.  Whatever the reason, if it’s the formula or user error, I think this is one is just not for me.

I might be the only person on the planet who is not a fan of this mascara.  I picked up the color black at Walmart for $8.47 CAD in the water resistant formula.  This mascara comes with a silicone curved wand that has some flexibility.

This mascara is indeed free of clumps, but I also found it free of volume as well.  I have to put many coats on to get some very minimal volume.  It’s a perfect mascara if you like a very natural look and it does separate the lashes very well but I had to work to get some length.  The wand flexes a bit and I find it difficult to work with wands that do this.  I experienced flaking by the end of the day but no smudges.  Removal was easy with micellar water.  This mascara comes very highly rated but it just didn’t work well for me and sometimes that happens.

I found this at Walmart for $7.97 CAD and it didn’t take any time for me to decide I needed to try it.  My first thought was how it reminded me of Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment.  I picked up the colour Candy.

This is a vitamin infused sheer lip balm and once I put it on, it certainly feels similar to Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment for about a third of the price.  It glides on with a buildable wash of colour.  It feels very emollient on the lips and what surprised me the most is how long it stays on.  The colour also has some staying power, I ate and drank and afterwards there was still a hint of colour there.  I can’t describe the scent, I want to say sweet citrus.  

The product comes sealed, but the sticker on the bottom of the lip balm that I bought accurately described the colour inside.  With ingredients like grape seed oil and avocado butter I think this is a perfect product for the colder weather, your lips will be moisturized and look good too!