Maybelline Creamy Mattes

 

Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick – $7-10 CDN

Over the years, I have warmed up to drugstore products quite a bit. I remember when I initially started blogging, I would find it offensive to think anything beneath MAC, but now things can’t be more different. I’m always on the look out for the newest drugstore launch and though I am not always impressed with what I purchase, drugstore makeup still evokes much excitement from my end. The latest product which makes me want to validate my love for budget beauty is Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick. AMAZING STUFF, YOU GUYS! So amazing that the previously obnoxious plastic-like smell present in Maybelline’s lipsticks is now easily overlooked.

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I picked out two shades; Touch of Spice & Mesmerizing Magenta, both of which I truly adore. Touch of Spice is something I literally wear every single day; a perfect neutral, a mix of mauve and brown. Mesmerizing Magenta is not fuchsia, it is actually magenta and for that reason, I love this shade too! Its that 90’s magenta; slightly hot pink, a bit of purple and a slight metallic undertone.

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LUSH R&B

 

R&B Hair Moisturizer ($22.95)

YAY! One of the best things to happen to my hair, recently. I had been previously insouciant regarding leave in conditioners as they are literally a trap for me to wash my hair a day sooner. Not this one, however! I love how it feels completely dense and rich, but does not end up looking oiled, rather moisturized and lustruous. Also it clears out the kinks in my fine, curly hair with minimum fuss. Since it is highly concentrated, a little goes a long way. Very much recommended!

LUSH R&B

T'EO Deodorant

T’eo Deodorant ($8.95)

MEH! Neither a yay or nay, but rather a meh! Made with good stuff like juniper berry, tea tree & lemongrass, this natural deodorant is better at odour control than the rest of LUSH’s offerings, but still fails to evoke more than a lukewarm nod from me. Though it is convenient to store, it is messy in application as it leaves a white residue.

New Solid Shampoo

NEW! Solid Shampoo ($11.95)

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MAC Lipliners

MAC Lip Pencil ($19 CDN)

Thanks to Kylie Jenner and her overdrawn lips, lipliners are back for good! I’m not complaining, however; my tiny pout could seriously use some help. Lipliners always help tiny lips- remember that! These have been ignored for so long that I barely felt their existence ever since I got into makeup. The only exception was when I wore red lips, who likes bleeding red lips except when its halloween and you are a vampire? Right? As with anything new, I turned to MAC to explore first. What I love the most about these is the texture, not waxy, kind of stiff actually, but still pigmented. In fact, I’d be ok wearing it with just a lip balm for a  matte look.

MAC Lip Pencils

MAC Lip Pencils

MAC Cherry Lip Liner

Cherry: I have already talked about this previously. It is the most gorgeous red liner, the truest blue based red. Pairs well with any red lipstick.

MAC Spice Lip Pencil

Spice: This is a cult favourite among bollywood actresses for that nude lip, so that’s what prompted me to get it. Perfect nude for medium-dark skintones, covers up the pigmentation in my lips completely. An everyday must have, if there was one liner I’d recommend, it would be this one!

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ColourPop Lipsticks

 

ColourPop Lippiestix 

There are numerous reasons to love ColourPop, but its refreshing to see a budget brand come up with an amazing range of unique shades and have quality like woah! My personal favourites are I <3 this, LBB & Leather. I’m not a big fan of the lighter pinks because they are just not meant for my skin-tone, but the lipsticks have fabulous quality, at a very accessible price point! 

Maybelline Colour Sensational Creamy Mattes

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Mattes 

I’m not the biggest fan of Maybelline’s lipsticks because of the “scent” these carry, it is plastic-y and obnoxious. But, but – these are worth overlooking that “scent”, in my opinion. The colours, Mesmerizing Magenta & Touch of Spice are literally my favourite lipstick of the moment and I wear Touch of Spice everyday. The feel is surprisingly moisturizing for a matte lipstick. I definitely want to pick up at least a couple more!

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L'Oreal True Match

 

L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation – $12.98 CDN

So, I did not see this one coming. This particular foundation has been around forever and I have also been blogging for almost ever. All along, I thought I was over drugstore foundations, such a snob I am. Well, I had my reasons – most don’t wear well, don’t feel good and I can’t ever find my shade. Then this happened. I think this foundation has been around for a while, but I never thought it would be this good.

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Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm

Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm – $17 CDN

Lip balms and me, we don’t usually get along. Either they are too waxy, wears off too easy, or just sit there with an obnoxious smell.  But Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm, you have my mind blown. Living in a cold, dry climate comes with its shares of problems, dry lips being one of them. I previously used clarified butter, but I ended up eating it before it got to the root of problem. Drastic times call for drastic measures…

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So, I guess I am back from my blogging hiatus and yes, I have a backlog of products to be reviewed. So, I am starting a new “feature” of flash reviews of various products. This time it would be Fresh skin-care. Fresh is a brand which has always intrigued me – they usually have a new spin on ancient ingredients, with beauty recipes from across the world. Who would not be in? Let’s roll!

Fresh Lotus Eye Gel, Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Concentrate

Fresh Lotus Eye Gel ($56 CAN)

YAY! This is a repeat purchase for me, so I guess that just sums it up. I can feel significant decrease in puffiness and under-eye bags. I love the light texture, it absorbs seamlessly into my skin. This does nothing for wrinkles, however, so it is best used coupled with an anti-wrinkle treatment, which brings us to…

Fresh Age-Delay Eye Concentrate ($100 CAN)

YAY! I decided to invest in it (hey, did you look at the price?) after a Sephora sales associate gave me a generous sample to try. It is an extremely luxurious, thick texture which surprisingly blends in easy into the skin. Does it reduce wrinkles? No, but eases the appearance. I’m one of those people who had lines under their eyes since childhood and with age, I see those lines growing up, ugh! Since I started using it, those lines are not getting bigger, so this cream is best for prevention only. A little goes a long way, but the price is still a bit ridiculous, let’s be honest!

Fresh Soy Cleanser

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser ($45 CAN)

YAY! A mild yay for this one, because it is a nice to have, not a must have. I love it for its mildness and fresh scent of cucumber. The texture is also unique; jelly-like and gooey. Gently cleanses and does not strip the face off, This is not the best product for taking makeup off, like it claims to, however.

Fresh Moisturizer

 

Fresh Rose Hydrating Gel Cream – ($49 CAN)

YAY! Divinely simple, is how I’d describe it. It is a good basic gel moisturizer, but I didn’t see any additional benefits besides the moisture and fragrance. A wholesome moisturizer which can be enjoyed by most of us out there.

 

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream – ($49 CAN)

NAY! NAY! NAY! Simple reason – it broke me out horribly. I stopped using it and my skin cleared, but I wanted to give it benefit of doubt, so I started to use it again. Humongous mistake! I still can’t figure out what exactly in it was a big culprit, but I have never had a reaction like this to anything. It is a pretty popular moisturizer, so I am guessing I am in the tiniest minority, but I would not touch it with a pole.

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Quite a few moons ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Kabuki, a world renowned Make Up Artist with help from Make Up For Ever Canada. The eyeshadows were recently launched then and the trio featured here was picked up by Kabuki, especially for yours truly. The idea was to go full on smokey and he could not have picked better colours to suit my brown eyes and olive skin. A mix of black-gold (ME 624), khaki green (ME 310) & champagne (S 642) – these eyeshadows literally made me fall back in love with eyeshadows. My absolute must have is the ME 624, a gorgeous black with a golden undertone. I love the texture – kind of a cushioned powder, which goes on well both wet and dry. The pigmentation is simply splendid – all you need is a single swipe. I have tried wearing these eyeshadows without a primer, too and I was pleasantly surprised to see how they show up and stay on the skin. At $24 CAN a pop, these are definitely a splurge, but these are not very likely to disappoint you.

For swatches and FOTD, continue reading.

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So, I guess I have a LUSH bath bomb addiction and it can not be contained and therefore, must be shared. I am battling, for what is, the worst winter of my life thus far and truth be told, it sucks. My way of combat is spending a good hour in the gym, followed by a nice, long soothing bathe, which has been bombed by LUSH Bath Bombs. I like to buy in bulk and use as my discretion, whenever I need to calm my inner chaos out. Usually it is me, bath bomb, hot water, a glass of wine and solitude. LUSH bath bombs, as a rule are moisturizing, wonderfully scented and colour your water of their corresponding shade. I usually slip in 1/2 of a bath melt with it, but bath bombs soften your water so nicely, that you won’t feel dry either way. Sometimes, bath bombs pack in special “bursting” materials like flower petals, crackling candy or paper hearts, depending on the kind of bath bomb it is. I always look out for bath bombs with such hidden surprises. The price range varies from $3.95 to $10.95 and honestly, it is an indulgence; if you are a LUSH fan like yours truly, then you’d have no problem justifying dropping this amount on a one time bath.
Honey Bee

Honey Bee Bath Bomb – $6.45

(+) deliciously sweet scent, moisturizing.

(-) kind of underwehlming

Phoenix Rising

Phoenix Rising – $6.95

(+) Purple!!!!! & stimulatingly relaxing.

(-) Smell is like wayy too strong!

Tisty Tosty

Tisty Tosty – $6.35

(+) Romantic scent and bursts out rose buds

(-) kind of blah if you are not in a romantic mood/single/lonely

For more bath bombs, click here.

MAC Taupe Lipstick

 

MAC Taupe Lipstick – CA $19

So, I have quite a brown lipstick complex – hey, I am a 90’s kid. Judge me all you want, but I have always thought it was kind of beneath me, for the lack of better words. But then I met MAC Taupe Lipstick and all was changed for the better. Brown lips are not a full on trend as of yet, but something tells me 90’s are about to make a comeback for better or for worse. I just hope that the deep wine brown lipstick is not packing its bags…

MAC Taupe Lipstick

Anyhow, Taupe is just that brown lipstick which is modern, yet still reminiscent of the 90’s brown lip. What sets it apart is that its a lighter, more muted brown. It is not overpowering, dominating or any of those things; it is plain and simple a brown lipstick with very slight peachy tones. I can see this as an extremely flattering nude for deeper skin-tones, too! What I like about this is that it is a no-brainer for me, it goes with pretty much any look – simple or dramatic.

MAC Taupe Lipstick

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DSC_8041As the title suggests, this is a travel themed makeup look. Revlon gave me an opportunity to escape to Stockholm with their new launches, and I readily accepted – I have always been a bit of a travel freak, you know! I was provided with a bunch of amazing new products to come up with a look and this is what I came up with!

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For eyes, it was the new Revlon ColorStay Shadowlinks in Onyx, as an all over lid wash and I smoked it out with a highlight colour Bone. I love the new eyeshadows, they are puny in size and big on blend-ability, with good colour pay-off. With a primer, these are some of the best drug store eyeshadows that I have tried. I also love the fact that there are a gazillion shades they come in and are very affordable at $3.99 a pop. I created a cat-eye with Revlon ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner in Black. I literally did this cat-eye in the matter of a minute or two – I’m clumsy, so I used a tape of course but the tip is super fine and precise. I finshed off with a coat of Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara – only a single coat because I didn’t want my lashes to compete with my cat-eye. For lips, it was obviously the new Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in Stockholm – more or less a staining liquid lipstick.  This probably warrants a proper review, but in short, it is a must try. I love the shade Stockholm for fall, a browned berry, which is so spot on for the vamp lip trend that is here to stay!

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If you are a Canadian resident aged over 18, you can win all of these products pictured above! Just follow me on instagram and like the picture containing the information regarding the contest. While you are at it, comment to tell me where would you like to “Jet-set” and tag a friend. That simple. Or maybe not, lol! Good luck!

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