MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Step 1 Skin Equalizer in Radiant Peach – $43 CDN
I am definitely not a primer person, let me come clean. I am however, an out and out brightening aficionado. Assign the word “brightening” on a piece of wood and I would be tempted to buy it. So, comes into the picture, MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Step 1 Skin Equalizer in Radiant Peach – meant as a brightening primer for medium to tan skin-tones and there I was with it, of course!
My previous issues with primers is that sure, they elongate the wear of my base, but usually end up as another layer of product on my skin. On an every day basis, who needs that? This one however, sits super light and gets absorbed into the skin more or less like a moisturizer. Does not feel sticky or greasy. The colour, peach, is fantastic for counteracting any dark shadows in the skin and definitely brings a slight glow in terms of colouring, not in terms of texture. I do not have any other issues with my skin, so I can not possibly evaluate how it works with issues such as enlarged pores and such, but it does a fantastically subtle job of brightening on the skin. Sometimes I like to skip foundation all together and just wear it as is. It works well with both powder and liquid foundations. The packaging is sleek and is fantastic for counteracting any wastage of the product, given its precise needle like opening.
Just saying a quick hello and checking in with a not so pic heavy post. The amount of products I am hoarding and the pile that is yet to be reviewed is building up and up. So, in my attempt to quickly review and see ‘em off, I present to you, YAY OR NAY: The Dry Shampoo Edition! I earnestly believe that I am one of the best candidates to test out the dry shampoos out there as I do not wash my hair until the fourth day and my hair is the darkest variation of brown, almost black but not quite. So, I took these beauties for a drive to check which one would survive my test. Let’s roll!
Dove Refresh + Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo ($3.47 CDN): NAY! I bought this as an impulse purchase at my local drugstore and remained underwhelmed by it. Sweet smelling and oversized, it does not do much for oily roots. It is good to whiff on the second day but for my slightly oily third day mane, it does not do much. It does not leave a white residue, dries fast and feels cooling, but is not potent enough to win over the oil. I shall pass.
Ciate Liquid Velvet Matte Lip Slick – Swoon, Diva & Sass Pot ($22 CDN)
Liquid lipstick is my favourite trend of the moment. What’s not to love about opaque lip colour with application of a gloss? So, when I got a PR pitch from Ciate announcing their new makeup line, I couldn’t hold my excitement for the new Liquid Velvet Matte Lip Slicks; they just had me at hello!
I wish I could say my excitement continued after I tried these on, but unfortunately it soon evaporated quicker than H2O! The problem literally started with the application, the colour feathers a heck lot right away and truth be told, this is the biggest tiff I share with this product. Also the lipsticks, especially, Swoon & Sass Pot disappear with a couple of hours of application, hardly what I expect from a liquid lipstick which claims to be long-lasting. Even wearing with a lip-liner and primer does not help elongate the wear. From my experience with these, I found the wear extremely drying and these do give that whole wrinkled look on the lips, which I am not a huge fan of. Having said all of that, the pigmentation is beautiful and the packaging is ridiculously cute. Only if these wore better on me, I would be a fan!
MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Sculpting Duo in Golden ($45 Cdn)
Contouring is the new big thing; everybody and their grandma are doing it. Ok, maybe not the grannies, but for better or for worse, Kardashians have made contouring a mainstream trend. Bigger brands are soon catching on to the trend and availing us of products that make the darn job so much easier. Enter Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo in Golden; a contouring and highlighting compact which will give you that infamous JLO glow faster than you can name all the Kardashians.
First things first, I love Urban Decay’s Eyeliners; Zero 24/7 Glide-On Pencil was the first eyeliner that I ever fell in love with. Of all the things Urban Decay does right, I still believe that it does eyeliners the best. So, I bring to you today, three of UD’s finest eyeliners, all three of which I truly love!
Urban Decay Perversion 24/7 Glide-On Pencil is easily the blackest, creamiest eyeliner I own. I didn’t buy into the fuss when this initially launched, like years ago – well, I should have! This is a bullet-proof eyeliner which does not budge or move and is perfect for the waterline, too.
Sephora Collection Color Lip Last – $16 CDN
If you haven’t heard of these and consider yourself a lipstick lover, let me break it to you; you are missing out, big time! Often overlooked by the amazing collection of brands that Sephora houses, these are hidden gems, waiting to be unearthed. What really drew me to these lipsticks was a single swatch of the shade “Elegant in Brown” – a deep vampy shade. The formula is full of pigment and a smooth glaze to it, which makes the formula very effortless to wear. The lipstick also has a slight, extremely pleasant scent to it; kind of like strawberry shortcake, but I can’t exactly put a finger on it. The only issue I have with these is that the formula is inconsistent; it goes from matte to a full on cream and to something in between, depending on the shade. And unfortunately it does not provide a 10 hour wear as it claims, I would say about 2-3 hours, at most. The shades I bought, I absolutely love as they are all unique; Rose Bouquet is a reddish light pink, perfect day colour, Daring Pink – a deeper red-pink hybrid & Elegant in Brown, which is a dupe for MAC’s Diva lipstick, but slightly better than the latter.
Elegant in Brown, Daring Pink & Rose Bouquet
Annabelle Biggy Bronzer in Dark Gold ($11.95), Blushon in Rosebud ($7.95) & Lipsies in Cherry & Fruit Punch ($4.95)
Let me be completely honest and let me just get straight to the point; this is the best bronzer from drugstore that I have tried. Easy to blend, full of luminous sheen and pigmented just right – this one is clearly a winner! If you are of medium-dark skin tone like me, you would know; finding a decent coloured bronzer is a constant struggle. If it is too dark, you look muddy, if it is on the lighter side, it gets lost on you and heaven forbid if it is glittery, you look like a disco-ball. I love how it is dark enough with a strong golden undertone and sheen, not frost! And what’s even better is that it is all that, while being super easy on the wallet!
LUSH’s solid shampoos have always struck a chord with me. They do what a shampoo does, all while looking cute, giving a great bang for your buck and being good for the environment. If you have been reading the blog since its inception, you would know I have reviewed pretty much all of these. So, when LUSH released six (!) new solid shampoos to their already, pretty amazing line, I literally squealed as I read the press release!
Copperhead Solid Shampoo ($11.95)
Especially meant for darker/henna treated hair, to help retain colour and moisturize, Copperhead piqued my interest in about two seconds (give or take a nano in between)! As someone who does henna on her hair, very irregularly, anything that will help elongate the colour is a more than welcome guest in bathroom. It is also supposed to be moisturizing, as henna can be slightly drying on the hair. It definitely is moisturizing, but I am not entirely sold on the protecting the colour part. It does, however, give a lot of shine to my hair. The imprint on the shampoo, is like art in your bathroom shelf. Can’t resist!
MAC Amber Times Nine – $48 CDN
Palettes have been all the rage for a while now and seems like MAC finally caught up with the trend and no, no one is upset about it. What is different about the “times nine” palette series is that the eyeshadows are tiny, basically, the nine eyeshadows here are equal to a typical MAC quad. So if you are someone who rarely hits pan on eyeshadow, this is exactly what you need. The palette in question, Amber Times Nine, is a well edited neutral palette, with nine shades of neutrals ranging from pale champagne to a brown-black with golden specks.
So, 50 Shades of Grey, not exactly my idea anything respectable, really; therefore, I will refrain from speaking about how I feel about the novel and the film, neither of which found a consumer in me. I will, however, write a lot of wonderful things about the makeup collection courtesy of Make Up For Ever.
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow palette in I-514, ME-612, S-556, I-625
If you follow my blog and instagram, you would know that I am a huge admirer of Make Up For Ever’s eyeshadows. This quad is no exception, either. All of the shades impart flawless pigmentation, provide smooth application and blendability. I love how usable and versatile the shades are, albeit they are closer to the grey theme.
Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner
The easiest way for me to describe this liner is flawless cat eye in about three seconds. I love the tip and the control provided by it. The colour is perfect jet black. I really don’t have much else to say.
Clarins Garden Escape Palette – $44 CDN
Icy pinks and pastel greens; not exactly my idea of perfection on my lids!
These eyeshadows, however, begged to differ. You see, if the application is so buttery smooth, it is not difficult for ‘em eyeshadows to flatter a skin tone not exactly meant from them, at least traditionally. So, sparks flew and I fell in love with this palette. With a primer, these last pretty well through the day. And did I tell you, these blend like a dream? Basically, what I am saying is, this is totally worth checking into, even if you think these shades are not meant for you. This palette is definitely my find of Spring 2015; functional, pretty and all of that while being pastel.
As a permanent non-believer of Valentine’s Day and an abiding believer of fabulous bath stuff, the best part about Valentine’s Day is undeniably the amazing collections that come courtesy of LUSH! Full of aphrodisiacs and creative shapes, these are bound to blow your mind and steal your heart!
Floating Flower Bath Bomb* – $6.95
Jasmine aficionados raise your hands and rush to your nearest LUSH store and grab this one if you still can (it’s sold out on the website!). This one is the most abundantly lush way to have a little pocket of jasmine. Before I put it to use, it laid on my bedside drawer and my entire room smelled as if it were a jasmine garden; basically my version of heaven. Though it is not mentioned, it felt to me as if it was a bubble-bathbomb because it resulted in a bit of a foam along with the beautifully tricoloured water. A must have out of the entire collection!
Heart Throb Bubbleroon – $8.95
One of the most delicately scented, moisturizing baths of the year, you guys! Slightly floral with the hints of ylang-ylang & geranium and completely skin softening with shea butter, this is another must have! I love how it leaves a colour to your bath and crumbles easily with no fuss with the right amount of bubbles!
Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar* – $7.95