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Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer 2018 Collection Review & Swatches

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer 2018

BRING THE HEAT

Summer launches always make me feel really happy because it’s a fun reminder that warm days are soon approaching. I’m ready to trade in our 6-month long winter for that warm weather, baby!

Today I’ve got some new bits from Estee Lauder to share with y’all. I love Estee Lauder’s summer releases! Especially their Bronze Goddess Line.

All I want to be is a Bronze Goddess! I used to be really tan as a kid but as I discovered ~the internet~ I spent all my days indoors and reverted back to my natural pale skin tone (lol)

I long to achieve that bronzey, glowy skin that is plastered all over my Instagram feed. One day I’ll get it. I’m going to try making an effort to tan a bit this summer, or try out some fake tanning products…

Anyway, what do we have here?

The Estee Lauder Summer 2018 Collection!

I’ll be introducing 4 new items to the collection today:

  • Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee
  • Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Cooling Body Gelee
  • Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess The Summer Look Palette
  • Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Paint On Liquid Lipstick

Let’s take a closer look…

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First Impressions – Makeup, Skincare and Hair Products!

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NEW BITS & BOBS

Hi friends!!

Over the past little while, a few new bits have landed on my doorstep, as well some new products I’ve picked up! I thought I’d put together a little first impressions now that I’ve been using these products for the past month or so.

October was my month experimenting with the smoky eye! To be honest, I wasn’t really sure how much I was going to like it – I’ve always leaned towards more natural, neutral tones when I do my eye makeup. However, two eyeshadow palettes really worked me into the smoky look…

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Effortless French Beauty ft. Guerlain

SIMPLY ICONIC

When I say Iconic French Beauty House, what do you think of? For me, Guerlain springs to mind. I remember seeing the little pot of Guerlain Météorites sitting on top of the washroom counter when I was little, that where my mom had placed just out of my reach. When she wasn’t around, I’d climb up on the counter and use the puff she kept inside the tin to pat my face. I learned to love the sweet scent of violets that Guerlain uses to fragrance their products.

So I’m sure you understand my excitement when Guerlain invited me to their fall beauty masterclass! Hosted by Guerlain International Beauty Artist, Maxime Poulin, we learned about the autumn trends and new Guerlain launches. I’m partnering with illustrator (and bff) Emily Beaton to feature some of her illustrations.

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A Late Summer Sephora Haul

Hello lovelies!

I’m laughing as I write this post because as of right now, it’s early August, and I know this post won’t go up til the end of the early to mid September. Why, you ask? Because the end of August is my birthday, and I always hold off ordering from Sephora in July because I want the Sephora birthday gift.

That means I spend the whole of July restlessly surfing the Sephora site and app and adding things to my basket. Come August 1st, I slam dat checkout button! It also helped that eBates was at 8% cash back. eBates as a affiliate program where you can get cash back on your purchases from different retailers – I always use it when shopping from Sephora because you get money back!

Check it out here.

So here is a haul in two parts – enjoy.

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What’s In My Makeup Bag

What’s in my Makeup Bag – Glow Edition

Heeeeelllo lovelies! How’s it goin?

I typically do a makeup bag shakeup ever week or two so I can cycle through my collection and switch up my products… However I’ve been wearing a few products almost daily and wanted to share my current ride-or-die faves! These products are my go-to’s for my daily morning makeup routine, that keeps me glowing and looking put together during the work day.

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The Face Shop Disney Mickey Collection

Hello lovelies! I’m a huge fan of Disney movies – most recently I’ve developed a small obsession with the new live action Beauty and the Beast film (I’ve seen it 4 times!) But of course, I also love the classic cartoons as well, Minnie is one of my favourite characters. The Face Shop partnered up with Disney for their latest collection featuring Mickey Mouse, which I’m super excited to show you today. It includes lip tints, a palette, mascara, and eyeliner!

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Glossier in Canada | Glossier Haul, Review, and Recommendations!

Hello lovelies!

I finally got my hands on some Glossier bits! I’ve heard some of my favourite beauty bloggers rant and rave about the magic of Glossier for ages. It’s simple, it makes your skin look amazing, the packaging cute…. etc etc etc. The idea of a basic, no-frills products stood out to me, and I wanted to try it out for myself.

As if I needed any more makeup… however, I reasoned with myself because Glossier prides their products on the notion of “skincare first, makeup second,” which really aligns with my approach to beauty products!

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Ipsy Generation Beauty | Creator Swag Bag 2017

Hello lovelies!

This past weekend was Ipsy’s Generation Beauty, a weekend-long makeup and beauty event founded by Michelle Phan for beauty lovers to network, meet their favourite brands, and get a ton of free stuff! (I say “free”, but I think the regular attendee badge was about $100?) I was fortunate enough to qualify for Ipsy’s Generation Beauty as a creator. Keep reading to see what we received….

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Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Glow Instant Look In A Palette

 

Hello lovelies!

I started my internship on a full time basis this week (woo!) Unfortunately for me, I have to correct my student sleep schedule (aka 4AM-12PM…or later lol :x) to fit in with the real world. I always sleep in until the last possible minute, do my makeup in a flurry, and then rush out the door. Fortunately for me, Charlotte Tilbury has created the Instant Look In A Palette, all for the woman on the go! The newest release, the #GLOWMO palette, is a dream come true. Let’s take a look at this thing of beauty!

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Sephora VIB haul

Hello lovelies!

Jumping back into the swing of blogging after a hectic few weeks. I might do a personal update post later… still trying to decide because I’m so exhausted from trying to correct my sleep schedule. The 9-5 really wrecks the college student body, lemme tell ya.

Anyway, today’s post is a long one.  What did you pick up during the Sephora VIB sale? Can you believe that I held out on ordering between February to April (self control, amirite?) 15% isn’t even much either (basically the cost of tax,) but Sephora hardly has any sales so in the end, it was worth it.

Enough rambling – let’s do this!

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New Releases – Spring Makeup & Skincare

Ah spring! The snow is melting, the days are getting warmer, and…a flood of new beauty releases! I like adjusting my makeup and skincare regime to suit the changing weather, as I tend to veer away from heavier skincare and makeup. I’ve got a few fresh new Spring products to share with you today- both skincare and makeup! Let’s take a look 😀

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Brand Spotlight: Rouge Bunny Rouge

Rouge Bunny Rouge Review

Rouge Bunny Rouge

I’ve got a fun one for you today. I was recently sent some goodies from Rouge Bunny Rouge to try out! I had previously heard of the brand through European youtubers, as the brand is based in Germany. I’ve heard such wonderful things about the brand – almost everyone raves about it! I’ve got a few bits to review for you today. Let’s take a closer look!

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Pixi By Petra Beauty Launch

Hello lovelies! I have a very exciting event recap for you today. Pixi was a brand that flitted through the Canadian market in the blink of an eye on the wings of now-gone Target stores. However, I come bearing good news for us Canadian gals – Pixi is back and here to stay at Shoppers Drug Mart! A few weeks ago Emily and I were fortunate enough to attend the Toronto launch of Pixi by Petra. Keep reading for a rundown of Pixi goodness (spoiler alert: I love everything!)

Emily and I took a train downtown and Ubered our way to the launch, through the craziest sleet/freezing rain/ wind storm we’ve had this season! However when we got inside, we were greeted with a table filled with Pixi goodness! Everything from skincare, facial mists, lipsticks, contour palettes, and base products.

The Canadian range is missing a few influencer collaborations (such as the coveted Pixi x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse,) but I hope they will make their way over soon!

We were led to the table and tried out the products while Pixi global spokesperson Amanda Bell showed us her favourites. I have a few items to show you today!

Pixi SkinTreats and Skincare Line

You guys know I absolutely love skincare! It’s probably my favourite element of my beauty routine. After all, a clean base leads to smoother makeup application!

I was so excited to try out their skincare range because I often hear British youtubers like Anna and Lily raving about certain products.

The Pixi Peel & Polish is an intense exfoliator – “resurfacing concentrate” with natural fruit enzymes. The lactic acid gently exfoliates, cellulose peels & sugar extracts polishes, lifting away dullness revealing brighter skin. The exfoliating particles are fine but intense, and you can really feel it scrubbing all the dead skin cells away! It doesn’t feel abrasive and does a great job. I use this every 3 days.

I love sleep masks – the Laneige Sleeping Mask was my holy grail. I recently just ran out, to which ~ praise the skincare gods~ the Pixi Nourishing Sleeping Mask came into my life. It has a slightly creamier texture than the Laneige mask, and comes in a handy squeeze tube.

The formula is rich in fruit & flower oils to soothe, arginine to strengthen, and hyaluronic acid to plump! It has a lovely floral scent that I can’t get enough of.

I’ve never really used eye treatments before, but I was intrigued when I saw the Pixi 24K Eye Elixir. It contains collagens and peptides to decrease the look of fine lines under the eyes. I store it in the fridge and I love the cooling sensation on the skin!

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The Cult Product


The Pixi Glow Tonic is a cult skincare product that I’ve heard bloggers raving about for ages. It’s a soothing toner that contains 5% glycolic acid,which exfoliates, brightens and smoothes skin. It has the most gorgeous scent – a cross betweet floral, ginseng, and aloe vera! I apply a small amount to a cotton pad and swipe it all over my face. It feels so soothing, and I love applying it immediately after cleansing.

Did somebody say…facial mist?


I LOVE FACIAL MISTS. You could say I’m an addict now. They feel so refreshing and soothing on the skin, and I’ve made it my mission to try as many as possible. The Pixi Vitamin Wakeup Mist has a gorgeous floral scent! The orange blossom water base is blended with skin-loving citrus fruit extracts, lavendar, and arginine. The spray isn’t quite as fine as I’m used to, but does the job nonetheless!

 

The Holy Book of Contour


The Pixi Book of Beauty Contour Creator caught my eye with its 6 gorgeous shades! My favourites are the highlighting shades, the sparkly light pink blush, and the lightest contour shade.

The blush is such a beautiful shade, and the middle highlighting hue is perfect for setting my concealer. I haven’t really touched the middle or darker contouring shades, but I’ll likely be using them as eyeshadows.

Overall, this is a very handy travel kit!

Time To Prime


Finally, the last two makeup items: Pixi Flawless and Poreless Primer. It lasts forever, you only need to use a dab of it on each side of your face and it leaves it looking flawless with a glow. The primer offers a light wash of colour with a slight peachy pink undertone, but you can definitely sheer it out and layer your foundation over top. It evens out the complexion and allows me to apply less foundation, as well as prolonging my  makeup to last all day!


This pencil was the perfect consistency.


I never really use eyeliner pencils anymore – you guys know I’m all about those liquid liners! I was happily surprised when I swatched the Pixi Silky Eye Pen though, because it was so smooth and glided effortlessly across the skin. It was soft, but not too soft if you catch my drift. I find that sometimes some pencils break easily at the tip, but this pencil was the perfect consistency.


What do you guys think?


I’m absolutely in love with Pixi and I’m so glad it’s available once again for us Canadian gals – you can find the brand at your local Shoppers Drug Mart. I really want to try out their mud masks and cleaners, as well as their hydrating milky mist! Ooh, and their rose products, the scent is absolutely divine.

Be sure to snap them up when you see them because the Pixi displays often sell out!

Have you tried this brand before? Do you have a favourite Pixi product? Are there any products you’d like to try out?

*This post features press samples. A big thank you to the Pixi team for inviting me to this event! 

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks & Matte Creme Lip Crayons

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Swatches and Review

Hello everyone! Now I’m sure you all know by now that I’m an absolute lipstick fiend – I absolutely love my lip products! I’ve been a fan of Bite Beauty products for ages now, ever since I got my hands on two gorgeous orange toned Amuse Bouche lipsticks in the shades Gingersnap and Sweet Cream (which I reviewed here). So you can imagine that it was a dream come true when the little Bite Beauty fairy dropped off some goodies in my mailbox, including a selection of the Amuse Bouche line, Matte Creme lip crayons, and the 2016 Mauvember shade!

Keep reading for my review and swatches!

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Smashbox Photo Matte Eye Palette & Mascara Review & Swatches

Enhance Your Eyes With Smashbox Cosmetics

I’ve heard many a blogger sing praises about Smashbox products, from their holy-grail primers to their coveted lip products. It’s a brand that I’ve known about for ages, but haven’t really experimented with. I’ve received sample sizes of their eye and face primers through Sephora and ispy Glam Bags, which I absolutely loved but eventually lost because the travel tubes were so tiny.

I think I may have just died and gone to heaven when the mail man knocked on my door and presented me with a of Smashbox goodies! Today I’ll be reviewing some of their most recent eye launches, including the Photo Matte Eyes Eyeshadow Palette and a selection of their most popular mascaras!

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COVERGIRL x Katy Perry | Demi Matte Lipstick Collection (Review + Swatches!)

 

COVERGIRL x Katy Perry – Demi Matte Lipstick Collection

Back in March, I was invited to attended the Toronto launch of the Covergirl x Katy Perry lipstick collection! Matte lipsticks are all the rage these days, however many women find that mattes can be incredibly drying! Covergirl’s demi-matte lipstick range claims to offer the coveted matte lip look whilst retaining moisture within a creamy and moisturizing formula.

A wonderful little box full of goodies arrived at my door containing the full set of Katy Perry’s collaboration with the brand. This collection contains 11 demi-matte lipsticks and two mascaras. Keep reading to see swatches of the entire line, as well as my review of the colours and formula!

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A Look At Spring 2016 Releases | Estee Lauder & Aerin

A few little goodies…

…appeared at my doorstep the other day.

I’ve been transitioning my makeup to reflect the warmer weather – glowy skin, subtle bronze, and colourful lips are making their way into my makeup bag. I’ve also been switching up my fragrances (think light, floral, and airy – hello chloe!) I thought I would showcase these items because they totally capture spring/summer makeup trends!

Let’s take a look at the spring/summer releases for Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess collection, as well as a new Aerin fragrance!

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GenBeauty Toronto 2016 | Event Recap + Creator Party

 

Generation Beauty Toronto 2016

Generation Beauty (or rather, GenBeauty), was held on May 14-15 at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre. You may recognize the venue, as it is the same hall that Fan Expo Canada is held!

GenBeauty was founded by Youtube Star and ipsy creator Michelle Phan. It’s not so much a convention (like I originally though – more on that later), but a gathering of brands, beauty content creators, and their audiences. This was their first time holding a GenBeauty event in Toronto, let alone Canada. There have been other events held in New York and Los Angeles, and it was nice to see the online beauty community expand into Canada.

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Spring Lipstick Edit

The Spring Lipstick Edit

Spring is here and in full bloom. You know what that means – a full lipstick rotation! Out with the mauves and deep reds and in with the bright and peachy! You guys probably already know that I’m completely predictable with my lip colours. I find out my faves and stick to them!

If you’re looking for a new peach or coral shade to try out, think of this as a guide. These are some of my favourite light and peachy shades for spring and summer! Perfect for everyday use, the workplaces, and sunny summer days.

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What’s In My Makeup Bag; April

You know the saying…

April showers…windy days, frost, and spontaneous snow bring May flowers! The weather last month was absolutely horrible – every so often the sun came out and flirted with us before disappearing behind a screen of clouds and snow. April has come and gone, and it’s time for me to share my monthly makeup essentials. I almost forgot about this post (as I usually post it at the beginning of the following month), but better late than never, right?

If my April makeup had a theme, it would likely be “Dependable Basics”. Read on to find out more…

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#BrowsOnFleek | Fave Brow Products

Ooh gurl, your brows are on fleeeeeek!

Or at least, I’d like to hope! My brow journey has been a rough one. My early teen years saw them plucked to a curved thin line – Myspace scene kid aesthetic anyone? (Those photos will never see the light of day.) I manged to grow them out a bit but the stress of university introduced a little trich tick, where I pulled out almost half of my eyebrow hairs in order to cope. Finally, I feel like I’m at a place where I’m relatively happy with my brows, both in thickness and in shape.  I’ve tried out a plethora of brow products these past few years and I’m here to share my secrets.

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Sephora Favorites – Bronze Bares All 2016 | Review + Swatches

Summer Glow… In A Box!

 
Sephora Favorites are some of my favourite makeup kits – they’re a great way to try out a curated line of their most popular items…through a selection of deluxe sample and full sized products! I was scouring the Sephora website when I spotted their Sephora Favourites 2016 Bronze Bares-All set!
This 8 piece kit contains a range of products suited to give you that bronzey summer glow we’re all looking for. (I’m super pale, and I’m hoping to tan a bit this summer…this kit is perfect!) I don’t own any of the products in this kit, and I figured this kit would be the perfect opportunity. Eight items for $48… That works out to be about $6 per item!!! SIX DOLLARS!! For a mini Nars bronzer and a Becca Highlighter? Yes please!!
Let’s take a closer look at my review and swatches of the Sephora Favourites 2016 Bronze Bares-All set! 😀

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The Estee Edit Launch Party

#BeautyAttitudes

About two weeks ago, Sperrens and I were invited to the Toronto launch of The Estee Edit! As you may have heard, The Estee Edit is part of the Estee Lauder line, but with a fresher and more trendy approach! We walked down to The Distillery District (which I had surprisingly never been to – it’s so rustic and cute!) The launch was actually held at a venue called Airship 37. The room we were in was chic and modern looking, decorated with white couches and blue lighting, totally on par with the brand’s look!

There were makeup stations set up in the middle of the room to play with the products…

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Sephora VIB Sale 2016; What I Picked Up!

It’s that tiiiiiime again…

…Sephora spring sale! As per the usual spring event, VIBs had 15% off their purchases. Unfortunately for us Canadians, this pretty much just covers tax (13% in Ontario). Woo, no tax and 2% off! What’s a steal! I’ll take any type of discount I can get though – I used this opportunity to stock up on some items that are going to run out between now and the next sale.

I used ebates for the current 4% cash back – seriously, if you’re not already doing this, get started! You use the site’s affiliate links and get cash back through online purchases! It’s great – check it out here! 😀

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Gingersnap

I literally just did a post about my first Bite Beauty purchase – Amuse Bouche lipstick in Sweet Cream (which you can read about here). I’m completely addicted to the formula – it’s so creamy and longlasting, and fades to a matte finish. It’s a brighter peach colour compared to Sweet Cream, which is a bit deeper and red-toned.

I had $15 left on my gift card so I figured I may as well get Gingersnap since it’s the perfect summer peach! So I only really had to pay $14 for another Amuse Bouche! Awww yeeeeea.

Swipe on bold, creamy lip color with Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche. Created and crafted by hand, Bite’s small batch, low-heat process preserves a balanced blend of lip-quenching nutrients, vitamins, and omega oils that are essential for achieving healthy-looking lips. Made with 12 edible oils and triple milled pigments, this lipstick provides saturated lip color with weightless coverage and a citrus flavor made from fresh pressed fruit. 


Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray

I’ve been using the UD Makeup Setting Sprays for years now! I’ve only used Deslick and I’m running low on my current bottle of All Nighter. I decided to try out Chill, which seems like it’ll work well for the summer! One bottle will last me for a very long time, so I only ever buy it on sale. I find that all of the UD setting sprays are quite similar, but this one has a cooling effect on the skin, very refreshing.

To stop makeup meltdown, just Chill. Perfect for drier or combination skin, Chill mists on to keep makeup from smudging or settling into fine lines. Temperature Control Technology actually chills the surface of your makeup to keep it looking gorgeously just-applied for up to 12 hours.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

My holy grail face cream. The Ultra Repair Cream is amazing. It repairs and hydrates my dry skin super quickly, and works especially well during the winter months. I would have bought the larger tube but it was sold out, and I hate the tub designs. If you suffer from dry/chapped skin, this is a life saver!


Chloe Love Story Eat De Parfum Rollerball

Chloe scents are so lovely and romantic. My previous rollerball – the Chloe original scent- is almost finished, and I absolutely needed to pick up another one! Love Story seems a bit stronger than the original, and a bit sweeter. The rollerball format is more convenient as I keep one as a permanent resident in my purse, great for touchups and on the go.

Floral, fresh, and sexy, Love Story is the new unforgettable essence of seduction from Chloé. Orange flower oil opens the fragrance with a radiant, luminous, and intoxicating characteristic like the flush of new love. The seductive and joyful scent of stephanotis jasmine, often used in wedding bouquets, gives the fragrance its heart. Finally the scent is grounded by the sensual diffusion, strength, and freshness of cedarwood, creating a unified and complex base that endures. 

I also decided to redeem some of my VIB points for a mini Lancome Bi-Facil Double Action Eye & Makeup Remover (great for travel), and the Minnie Mouse tote bag for the Sephora collaboration! I don’t really wear tote bags too often but the design is super cute and I figured it would be good to use as a grocery bag or something!

Aaaand finally, here are the three samples I picked up! I’m particularly interested in the Darphin oil as I love to try out new skincare and serums, especially floral scented ones!

I bought less than I originally planned – the Anastasia contour kit sat in my cart for a while until I finally convinced myself that I wasn’t going to get full value from it. (I was thinking more for cosplay purposes, but I’m still not sure. Still trying to decide, but if I do get it, it’ll likely be when ebates is at 8% cash back!) I also thought about getting the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation for something a bit higher coverage, but I’ll probably get that from The Bay when they have a free gift with purchase offer!

Did you pick up any goodies during the Sephora spring sale?

Bite Beauty | Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Sweet Cream & Gingersnap

The Formula That’s Been On Everyone’s Lips

First of all – apologies for the silence this week! I caught the flu and was promptly out of service for a few days. I’m still recovering (the lingering coughs are the worst!!) but posting will go back on schedule! 🙂

Ever since the Amuse Bouche formula lauched as part of Bite’s mega overhaul and reformulation of the Luminous Creme line, I’ve been lusting. Lusting haaaard. So many wonderful colours, such difficult decisions! I had $40 left on a gift card and decided the pick it up during the VIB sale – the 15% off ended up coming to about $28. Still a lot for a lipstick, but spoiler alert I’m in love!

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Haulin’ Five New Faves

Out Shopping… (again)

I’ve picked up a few products which I’ve really been loving lately – a little mix of skincare and makeup! The drug store has really been killin’  it lately! It makes me happy that more budget friendly brands are stepping up their skincare and makeup game, making ~beauty more accessible for all~.

It’s a very skincare focused haul this time.. let’s jump right in!


Dove Dry Deodorant Spray (Original)

Aerosol deodorants and only recently becoming a thing here in Canada. When I lived in the UK, I noticed that deodorants were primarily sprays, and I liked them a lot better than the stick types; my favourite was the Dove Pomegranate spray! However when I tried it out, it seemed to smell different than I last remembered. The original scent is soft (kind of like baby powder), dries quickly, and claims to have 48hr protection.

Nivea Men After Shave Balm

This was another youtube impulse purchase. I’ve been loving NikkiTutorials recently, and she often uses this after shave balm as a primer! I never really use primers (sometimes they feel to siliconey for me), but it was on sale for $6 at Loblaws so I figured why not? It’s a liquidy lotion texture when first applied, but dries quickly and leaves a slightly tacky surface that works well as a makeup base! It does leave behind a ~manly~ scent that definitely lingers for a bit (maybe an hour or so?). It’s not too strong but I’m quite sensitive to scents and I kept picking it up after I had finished my makeup. A great budget primer!

Caolion Pore Tightening Memory Sleeping Pact

I’m going to be real here – the appearance and texture looks like mucus. It’s a weird jelly consistency that’s hard to describe, and it has a slightly herbal scent. But it feels so good on the skin! It’s an ultra moisturizing sleeping mask that makes your face feel all cool and tingly. Read my full review here!

Bare Minerals Original Powder Foundation in Fairly Light.

This was given to me by a friend who originally bought it for herself but didn’t like how it looked on her. Luckily… I love it! I like powder foundations, and I’m almost finished my little pot of the Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Powder Foundation (which I own in Ivory, but it’s a shade too light for me right now.) This Bare Minerals formula is medium coverage and feels invisible on the skin. I’ve never tried any Bare Minerals before but I think I can say that I’m in love! This is the original formula, which gives your skin a satiny finish (not completely matte.)

Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara

An oldie but a goodie. I tossed a bunch of mascaras last week so I decided to go back to one of my favourites as a teen! The wand is long and stiff, and works fabulously to lengthen and volumize my lashes. The waterproof formula holds a curl, and any mascara that manages to keep my straight-ass iron filings for lashes in place is a winner in my book.

Have you tried out any of these products? The Nivea After Shave Balm is a real steal of a deal if you can get past the man-deodorant scent! Raid your boyfriend’s washroom cabinets because you might already have this lying around! 😉 Luckily, I absolutely love colognes and after-shave smells so I can’t get enough of this, especially for $6!

What’s In My Makeup Bag; March

Light & Fresh

March was not a particularly adventurous makeup month. The month came in like a lion, and it looks like it’ll be going out like one as well! The weather was crazy, along with my skin. March was all about soft neutral colours and a light base, along with a focus on skincare. Here are some items that really stood out to me!

Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask

Laneige really saved my skin this month! This mask smells like strawberry pocky (aka absolutely mouthwatering delicious! I have no idea how they nailed this scent so well!) It’s a thin, creamy, lotiony mask that I like to put one during a soak in the bath. Read my full review here!

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

Whaaaat? Another Laneige mask? Of course, I had to fit in another product from my favourite skincare brand! This light gel mask is the perfect sleeping mask. It absorbs quickly, smells fantastic, and most importantly calms and hydrates the skin. This was also featured in my post about Laneige 2016 releases, and is also one of the brand’s most popular items!

Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Eyeshadow Palette

I blame Desi Perkins for this one – her snapchats whilst on vacation with Tarte in Hawaii seriously captured my heart! She swatched these and the shades looked gorgeous – I snapped them up when they were on VIB preorder! This is the perfect combination of spring and summer inspired shimmery neutral shades. *happy tear* I swatched and reviewed it here! It’s a bit more warm toned than my Naked 2 palette, which I think works better for me in the summer months.

Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Water Foundation

As of right now, I’ve been mixing this foundation with a drop of my Armani Luminous Silk foundation… It’s a shade too dark for me (*pale neck problems*) but it’ll work really well in the summer time when I’ve tanned a bit! The formula is really nice and light, but the dropper packaging has proven to be quite messy…

Estee Lauder Pore Vanishing Stick

This stick has lived in my makeup bag ever since it arrived at my doorstep last month! Bye bye pores, seeya never.  Read my review here!

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in 150 Neutralizer

My foolproof neutral concealer. Some days I’ll use this and nothing else! It’s light and concealing without looking cakey, and it lasts all day!

Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow in Bad To The Bronze

Still a fail proof base! It has worked very well with the Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Eyeshadow palette!

Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain in Tangerine Ink

These lip stains were on the sale section of the Sephora website, so I had to snap up a few more colours (although most were sold out.) I’m pretty sure Sephora has repackaged them in clear tubes, which looks much cheaper and not as luxe as the black tube. Tangerine Ink is a lovely neutral orange-toned shade!

MAC Archie’s Girls Blush in Cream Soda

The almighty holy grail blush that I love love loveeeee!! I could ramble on for ages, but instead, you can just read my blog review here. The absolute perfect neutral coral powder blush.
What products have you been loving this month? I’m pretty sure that Sephora has their VIB sale in April so I’ll have lots of new goodies to feature! Things on my ~list~ include the beauty blender and a new full coverage foundation for con season… I’m thinking Make Up Forever or Kat Von D!

xox,

Sachie
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*This post contains press samples, but as always it’s 100% my honest opinion

March 2016 – Glossybox Review

Glossybox – March 2016 

The March Glossybox had a pretty good selection – I loved 3/5 products that were included! Great brands too – Too Faced, Luxie Brushes, and Eyeko! I love it when boxes include a nice variety of items and sizes, ranging from full size to travel size!

Let’s take a look inside…

I Love … Coconut & Cream Super Soft Hand Lotion
Hmmm, I’m quite conflicted with this one. It’s a full size bottle which is good, and the lotion itself isn’t greasy or oily. The scent is just… so strong! It carries a very sweet and strong creamy coconut fragrance, Probably a little better for the summer months!

Luxie Angled Face Brush
A super soft angled face brush. I actually got one of these brushes a while ago in an ipsy bag! It has super soft bristles and I never experienced any fallout. It’s my favourite brush for applying blush because it fits perfectly on my cheek!

Vine Vera Resveratrol Merlot Moisture Day Cream (x2 Samples)
I have never heard of this brand before. The Glossybox included to deluxe sample pots! I actually gave this to my mom because I’m at a point where I’m happy with my skincare regime, and I know what works for me!

Eyeko That’s Where I Draw The Line Liquid Eyeliner Pen
Finally, an Eyeko product! I’ve never tried Eyeko before, since it’s not really a brand that is widely carried in Canada. This is the Alexa Chung (aka my queen) collaboration, featuring an inky black liquid eyeliner pen with a felt nib. Very good for drawing on wings!

Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick in Chihuahua
Probably the most exciting item in the entire box. I’ve tested some of the shades in Sephora but couldn’t bring myself to drop another $25 on a lipstick. Fortunately, one appeared in my Glossybox! It’s about half the size of a regular tube. The shade ‘Chihuahua’ is described as a dusty mauve. I’m going to be annoying and say it’s very ‘Kylie Jenner’, aka perfect for me.

What are your thoughts on the March Glossybox? 



*This post contains press samples, but as always it’s 100% my honest opinion

MAC – Archie’s Girls Blush in Cream Soda (2013 LE)

Betty, Betty, Betty…

In 2013, I remember passing by the MAC store in my local mall. At this point I was just getting into makeup, and the MAC store seemed much too intimidating for me. At least in Sephora, I could walk around and swatch till my heart’s content without much fear of a makeup artist asking me if I needed help. The outside of the store was decorated with images promoting their Archie’s Girls collection launch!

I remember seeing the displays and wanting to go inside, but at this point I was still learning makeup basics and $30+ for a blush seemed insane…. (Little did past me know that I’d happily drop that and probably more… Whoops!) I love Archie comics. I’ve been collecting issues ever since I was a preteen – I used to raid garage sales over the summer in search of Archies, Jugheads, and Betty & Veronicas… my hunts were usually quite successful! As a result, I have a box of comics stored away in storage somewhere.

For the past year or so, I’ve been looking on r/makeupexchange for MAC Archie’s Girls releases. The 2013 collection was limited edition, and I had very little hope that I was going to find one. Fortunately, somebody was selling 2 (!!!) slightly swatched MAC blushes in Cream Soda. The exchange rate meant that it cost much more than I would have liked, but in the end, I finally got my dream blush – and my first MAC product!

 

MAC – Archie’s Girls Blush in Cream Soda (2013 LE)

Cream soda is described as a neutral peach. I ABSOLUTELY LOOOOVE THIS. This is my ideal blush colour! It’s a matte peach that has medium coverage. This colour works so wonderfully with my skin tone. It’s a little bit powdery during application, so a soft hand is the trick! You could go a little overboard with this blush and it wouldn’t even look too noticeable because the colour is so natural looking.

It isn’t really that noticeable. It’s the perfect blush for adding a flush of colour without being too bright. The perfect everyday blush.

Unfortunately, my love affair with this blush seems to be quite starcrossed. Why did this shade have to be limited edition? There seem to be some close dupes on Temptalia, but everything about this blush (down to the packaging – Betty being a cutie), is just so perfect!

If anyone has an extra, I’d be willing to buy it off you just so I have backups 🙂

Are there any limited edition collections you wished you hadn’t missed out on?

xox,

Sachie

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Beachy & Bright Makeup ft. Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea

Rainforest Of The Sea

This is the first time I’ve ever done a feature for a certain makeup look that I’ve done. I really liked how my makeup turned out for my most recent video (an unboxing of Loot Crate Anime Box), and somehow remembered to take actual detail photos after filming the video!

My favourite style of makeup is neutral shimmery tones on the eyes, winged liner, long lashes, and coral cheeks / lips.

I’ve been loving Tarte Products recently, especially their new Rainforest Of The Sea Collection! It’s just so beautiful. Tarte has quickly risen to the top of my list of favourite makeup brands.

Makeup Products Used

Base:

  • Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Water Foundation in Fair – Light mixed with a drop of Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 2, to lighten the shade a tiny bit.
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation in Fair Honey (review here)
  • Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in 150 Neutralizer
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Eyes

  • Puffy 3-Tone Violet Circle Lenses (15mm) – (review here)
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette in Mermaid (lid), Starfish (crease), and Reef (outer V) –  (review here)
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper (for wings and drawing on bottom lashes because I basically don’t have any)
  • L’Oreal Miss Manga Rock mascara

Brows

  • L’Oreal Brow Stylist Pencil in Brunette
  • L’Oreal Brow Plumper mascara in Brunette

Cheek / Contour

  • MAC Archie’s Girls blush in Cream Soda (review coming soon!)
  • Tarte Park Princess Ave bronzer

Lips

  • Sephora Collection Rouge Infusion Oil Lip Stain in Tangerine Stain (but it had kinda rubbed off by the end of the video)
So recently, my eyelids have been really puffy in the morning. Not sure why, maybe the allergy season is starting up a bit early? It’s really annoying because one of my eyelids stretched out a bit and created a weird triple fold, making one eye look noticeably larger than the other due to the larger lid space. I have lots of folds on my eyelids, so I used a bit of my favourite lash glue (a brand called ‘Magic’, I got it on Pinkicon but it seems they don’t carry it any more). It comes with a little brush so application is easier. I paint on the glue where I want my new crease to be and gently push in the skin with my double eyelid stick thing.
You cans see the makeup in action here 😉

I also used my current favourite, holy grail peach blush – MAC Archie’s Girls blush in Cream Soda. Yes, I’ve only had it for a week. Yes, it is holy grail. Look out for a review post heading your way soon!


Tarte – Rainforest Of The Sea Eye Shadow Palette Review + Swatches

Tarte – The Ultimate Beachy Summer Eye Shadow Palette

Tarte is one of my absolute favourite beauty brands – a perfect mix of cute packaging and quality long lasting products. I’ve raved about the Rainforest After Dark palette and Airbrush Powder foundations in the past – you can read my reviews here and here! I only recently discovered the Rainforest Of The Sea collection – Desi Perkin’s snapchats and vlogs started it all when Tarte took a group of ambassadors of youtubers to Hawaii! (So lucky!)
Also, can you tell I love those little paper sqwiggly things for background textures? 😉

The packaging is gorgeous – inspired by the Rainforest and tropics, this palette is covered in gold, purple, and blue designs! The shadows are laid out in a pinwheel formation.

Rainforest of the Sea vs Rainforest After Dark

I own another pinwheel palette from Tarte, so I figured I would do a comparison! The Rainforest After Dark palette is one of my favourite palettes, and is definitely one of my travel essentials (which you can read about here!) It features six shadows, a highlighter, bronzer, and blush. It is slightly more solid and a big larger than the Sea palette.

The Sea palette is a bit smaller, and contains eight eye shadows. I wish the Sea palette had included at least a little blush or something! The Rainforest of the Sea palette is $41 CAD on Sephora, whereas the After Dark palette is $48 CAD. If you’re looking for value, go for the After Dark. If you want to become a mermaid this summer, go for the Sea!

Review & Swatches

The color selection for the Rainforest of the Sea palette is absolutely beautiful! All the right shades for a perfect glowy spring / summer look. I’m gonna be using the heck out of this! It features six shimmery/satin-finish shades, with two light coloured mattes.

8 x 0.05 oz Eye shadowclockwise from top

Seashell – shimmery rosy pink
Wave – soft oyster grey
Abyss – cool tone dark brown
Reef – copper
Starfish – golden bronze
Cove – matte tan
Sand – matte ivory
Mermaid – antique gold

Formula:

Everyone has been raving about this palette – it got an A on Temptalia! The eye shadows are soft and workable, and have absolutely beautiful colour payoff. The swatches above are on top of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion as I always wear a primer under eye shadows! 

Overall…

I absolutely love this palette! A little pricy, yes, but it’s essentially a selection of eye shadows that I wear on a daily basis. Admittedly, the packaging did play a big part in my initial obsession. The palettes were available for early access for VIBs so I snapped one up when the dreaded “Only a few left” noticed popped up… Only to find the “out of stock” button there right after I placed my order! I guess I was super lucky… This also happened when I bought the After Dark palette! The Tarte gods must be watching me…

Right now my favourite colours are mermaid and starfish! Subtle shimmery gold lids are my faaaaaveeee.

I would love to try out some more things from this line but I’ll let me wallet take a breather for a little bit. The Tarte Rain Forest of the Sea Water Foundation is next on my list, but I’ll pick that up later in spring/summer so it won’t be completely useless after I start tanning, because I tan quite drastically lol… 
What are your thoughts? Are you also completely in love? Any plans to pick up this palette?

xox,

Sachie

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What’s In My Makeup Bag; February

All About That Base 

The winter seasons always shake up my makeup routine – I have to compensate for the fact that my skin will be super dry and no amount of green concealer will fix my drippy red nose. I opted to skip out on foundation most days unless going out and interacting with the real world – I didn’t really feel like including it since I’ve only been using one foundation since November (Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 2), so if my posts are sans foundation, it’s likely going to be that.

Here are some items that have been living in my makeup bag during the month of February. The makeup bag is from The Face Shop, which was for a sample bag I think!

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

I cannot talk about this enough – I think it may just be my holy grail moisturizer! Unscented and quick absorbing, this moisturizer works to rehydrate and rejuvinate the skin. This definitely cured the dry patches on my face, and has been a complete saviour during these cold winter months,

The Estee Edit Pore Vanishing Stick*

I’ll admit, I don’t like liquid primers that much – I don’t really feel like they do much for me? If anything, it just feels like I’m caking on more makeup. This stick, however, feels ultra-lightweight and non-greasy on the skin. It quickly conceals the look of pores. Read my review here!

The Estee Edit – Beam Team Hydrate & Glow Illuminator*

I’ve been loving this as a highlight on my (non-existent) cheekbones! It creates a subtle glint on the cheeks, and doesn’t look too glittery or overpowering. Read my review here!

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in 150 Neutralizer

My mom originally bought this but it turned out to be too light for her skintone – luckily for me, it seems to be a perfect match! It has been my everyday concealer, super easy to slap on and dash out the door. Does an okay joy of concealing the redness around my nose, so I’m not complaining.

The Estee Edit Flash Photo Transulent Powder Compact*

The blue tint of the powder really threw me off at first because I thought I was going to look ashy – turns out that it’s actually the ideal powder compact that I’ve been looking for! It has a super silky formula and works just as well as my Bombshell Cosmetics loose setting powder to set my undereye area. Read my review here!

Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow in Bad To The Bronze

I’m super super late on the whole cream eyeshadow trend, and I’m totally in love! $6.99 at Walmart, so there’s no way you can go wrong. For some reason I thought that this was going to swatch as a dark brown, but it’s a light metallic chocolate colour. Very nice for a sheer wash across the lids, especially as a base for another metallic eyeshadow…

The Balm Fit Eyeshadow (sample)

I received this ages ago in an Ipsy bag and decided to reach for it, which led to another month of gold eyelids. (Yeehaaaawwww). This shade is called Fit, and is a sample from The Balm’s Nude Dude eyeshadow palette (which I neeeed, but not really because I have so many similar colours already….)

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Mad Max Brown

My holy grail eyeliner! I’ve been loving the brown for a softer look. I think I need to pick up another one because it’s running a bit dry…

L’Oreal Brow Plumper 

I’m so happy I finally found a brow gel that works for me! I like that the brush is thinner and more controlled, unlike the Maybelline brow gel I tried a while back that had the weird round brush? The fibres in the L’Oreal gel beef up my brows whilst still looking natural.

Burberry Fresh Glow Highlighting Pen in No. 01

For the days where I want a ~fresh sheer glow~ across my eyelids! I almost always use this as an eye product because it’s so easy to use. Very quick and low maintenance, great for those days where you don’t want to put on much eye makeup, and a few swipes on the top of  the cheeks makes for a light highlight.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Rush

I had a sad moment with this when I was getting ready in the morning, forgot to twist down the lipstick, and stuck the cap on… RIP the pretty bullet shape. It’s a thick and glossy pink mauve lipstick that is super hydrating and sits comfortably on the lips.

What products have you been loving this month? I predict that March is going to include a lot of Tarte….. I just ordered a few bits from the newly released Rainforest of the Sea collection, so you’ll be seeing those on the blog soon!

xox,

Sachie

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The Estee Edit – Eye Shadow Palette, Pore Vanishing Stick, Powder, and Lipstick!

The Estee Edit

I have another installment of Estee Edit products to show you! Another package landed in my PO box featuring the Kendall Jenner Edit Eyeshadow Palette, Flash Photo Powder, Pore Vanishing Stick, and my new lip love, the BARest Lip Color!

 

The Estee Edit (#beautyattitudes) is a new beauty line from Estee Lauder – the whole essence of the brand focuses on being fun, trendy, and fresh! It will be released exclusively at Sephora in March. I used quite a few Estee Edit products for this look!

Primer: The Estee Edit Pore Vanishing Stick
Highlighter: The Estee Edit Beam and Glow
Powder: The Estee Edit Flash Photo Transulent Powder
Eyeshadow: The Estee Edit The Edit Eyeshadow Palette
Lips: The Estee Edit BARest Lip Color in 05 In The Buff

 

The Estee Edit – Pore Vanishing Stick

I was really intrigued by this product – every pore reducing primer I have ever used has come in a tube. The Pore Vanishing Stick formula is solid, and features a clear solid primer with a beige center, which means that it works with every skin tone! The stick formula allows concise control, to dot the stick all over the areas where you want your pores to ~vanish~. It is targeted towards those with oily-combination skin, however it applied well on my dry skin.
It feels silky to the touch when applied, and does dramatically reduce the size of my pores! I applied it before makeup.
Pore Vanishing Stick blurs the look of pores, creates an even skintone, and minimizes shine and oil—sans mess or fuss. The dual-action, convenient stick contains a tinted inner core to help assure the formula is universal for all skintones, and is surrounded by an outer ring that shuts down shine with oil-absorbing powders. Use it alone for a naturally flawless look, or apply it either under or over your makeup for a velvety smooth finish. 
 

 

 

 

The Estee Edit – Flash Photo Powder

Yeeesssss – my powder prayers have been answered! I’ve been using the Bombshell Cosmetics transulent powder, and as much as I love it, it’s just super messy to carry around! It spills everywhere and the stopper broke so powder flies everywhere. The Estee Edit Flash Photo Powder is super finely milled – almost like a pressed version of a fine transulent setting powder!

The powder itself is tinted a light blue – an oil-absorbing, translucent, blue-hued powder that brightens your skin. The packaging has a nice, solid shape. but must be applied with a separate brush as there is no brush or sponge compartment. The blue hue has a similar idea to the Flash Lip Gloss (read my review here), in order to make your makeup look photo ready!

Always be ready for the camera with Flash Photo Powder. This translucent, blue powder brightens your skin so you’re always ready for a flash. Brightening blue pigments leave your complexion camera-ready with illumination for the look of flawless skin.

 

 

 

 

The Estee Edit – The BARest Lip Color – 05 In The Buff

I’m just going to say this up front – I love this lipstick. I’m quite a lipstick junkie and I have many similar neutral pink and nude shades, but this has definitely jumped to the top of my list. The shade, In The Buff, is the perfect warm brown-pink shade. It looks very very similar, quite possibly a dupe, of Charlotte Tilbury’s Stoned Rose KISSING Lipstick (but $13 cheaper and a slight more warm pink!)

It looks a bit intimidating in the bullet, especially if you’re like me and don’t wear dark colours. However, it applies quite a bit more sheer. Colour is buildable and the formula is so creamy and lovely. The BARest Lip Color is a nude lip formula that’s a lipstick and lip balm hybrid.

It’s a glossy browned rose shade – ultra moisturizing and not sticky at all. Color stays on for hours and fades evenly. It’s a safe bet if you want to jump on that 90s brown lip trend without going too brown. 

The Barest Lip Color cushions your lips with a luxurious feel and nude color. Muru muru butter helps hydrate and real flower petal waxes from rose, jasmine, and lavender create a silky texture.

 

 

 

The Estee Edit – The Edit Eyeshadow Palette ft. Kendall Jenner

The Edit eye shadow palette is The Estee Edit’s collaborative palette with curator and spokesmodel, Kendall Jenner. Super hip colours with a mix of mattes and glitters, this palette features a selection of hues that the Kardasian star loves to wear (including her favourite colour – purple!). Each one of the pans is split in half, with two complimenting shades.

According to the Sephora website, the two shimmers (gold and silver) on the left side sparkle and glow under black light! That’s pretty cool, especially for a night out at a club, bar, or glow in the dark mini-gold / bowling! Hehehe.

Use these fourteen shades to shape, highlight, and transform your eyes with satin, pearl, and sparkle finishes. Plus, The Edit EyeShadow Palette has two shade transformers with Black Light Technology for a glistening glow-in-the-dark effect. Use the transformer shades on top of any shadow for extra shimmer during the day and a look that turns up the intensity under black light. All shadows in the eye shadow palette are brush and fingertip friendly. 

I created a look using the second shadow from the left on the top row – the bronzey and copper shades. I patted some of the gold shimmer on top for a pretty wash of colour!

 

 

I’m loving the Estee Edit!

It’s so fresh and cool, and the collection is to dieeee for. I definitely need to get my hands on some more of the BARest Lip Colors – the formula is just so nice and creamy and the colour payoff is fantastic, especially for the nude/brown trend that’s blowing up at the moment!



You can read my review for Beam Team, White Mud Mask, & Flash Lip Gloss here.

I’ve also reviewed the Metalishadow and Kohl stick here!

Are there any items you’d like to try out? What are your thoughts about the collection so far?

xox,

Sachie

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My Travel Carry-On Essentials / Fjallraven Kanken

I’ve got a case of wanderlust.

It seems like almost all of my favourite bloggers and vloggers seem to be on vacation! I’ve been hardcore dreaming about my next trip. I can only really afford to go on one trip a year at the moment – Los Angeles in July for Anime Expo, but that’s more of a networking trip if anything. Matt and I have been talking about doing a few little trips within the province and possibly in the States, which has gotten me all excited for traveling again. Today, I’d love to share some of my carry-on essentials when I go on long trips, whether it be by train, plane, or bus!

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The Estee Edit – Beam Team, White Mud Mask, & Flash Lip Gloss Review + Swatches

The Estee Edit

Today I’ll be showing you some of The Estee Edit‘s new face and lip products! I previously reviewed the Metalishadow Creme + Powder in Scarlet Eclipse, and the EDGiest Kohl Shadowstick in last week’s post, which you can read about here!

Surprisingly enough, I have never really tried out Estee Lauder products. It’s one of my mother’s favourite brands, and our upstairs bathroom is dotted with Estee Products! The packaging always seemed so luxe, and the price point was quite high for my student budget. However, The Estee Edit (#beautyattitudes) is a new beauty line from Estee Lauder – the whole essence of the brand focuses on being fun, trendy, and fresh! I’m loving it so far. I haven’t seen many other reviews or swatches on the internet yet, so I’m very excited to give you an early look into this line. It will be released exclusively at Sephora in March.

 

 

The Estee Edit White Mud Exfoliating Scrub + Mask

This is an exfoliating cleanser, scrub, and mask that comes housed in a plastic white squeeze bottle. It has the same sprayed silver design with blue accents as the rest of the packaging. It’s a white cream with mini exfoliating beads. It has a soft, clean, floral scent which reminds me of spa treatments.

Made with White Porcelain Clay and Jojoba beads, for dual -action detoxing and pore-refining. Can be used as a daily wash-off scrub, and twice weekly as a 10 minute purifying facial.
Instructions: Gently massage onto clean skin in circles, leave on 5 minutes and rinse.

As a scrub / face wash:  It comes out of the bottle looking like a clay formula, but becomes more like a cream when water is added. The texture is smooth with very small microbeads – definitely a lot more gentle than other exfoliating scrubs that I’ve used in the past. Leaves skin feeling soft but not dried out.

As a mask: I left this mask on for about ten minutes – I didn’t apply it too thickly and I really scrubbed it in. After ten minutes, the mask was dry, but not tightening or uncomfortable. Again, it left my face feeling really soft after I washed it off. The floral scent lingered and it was super nice!

Find it on Sephora for $44 CAD.

 

The Estee Edit Beam Team Hydrate + Glow

Beam Team is a hydrating glow cream – my first impression was that it was a super glowy primer or liquid illuminator – I would compare it to Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector. When applied, it reveals a golden glowy finish on the skin. This would be perfect mixed in with foundation during the summer months for that ~bronzey sun kissed glow~!!
The interesting part about this is it’s a two part product – you have the liquid illuminator in the actual tube, and in the cap you’ll find a flip out mirror and cream concentrate. It’s a very similar shade to the actual cream, but a slight bit more bronze. It’s great for highlighting cheekbones, brow bones, and any other areas you want to catch a bit more sun!
 

 

 

Beam Team Hydrate + Glow is a double-duty double-decker—hydration with two levels of illumination in one product. It’s a complexion hybrid, meaning it creates an instant change in how your skin looks while simultaneously delivering skin care ingredients. The tube holds an amazing, illuminating moisturizer with hyaluronic acid that gives an instant glow. Plus, the touch-on concentrate under the cap gives you a high-impact shimmer.

As you can see in the swatches,  it’s very glowy! I haven’t had a chance to mix this into my foundation yet as I’m more of a fan of a matte/satin finish base, but the cream highlighter is lovely to use. It gives the most subtle, natural glow. And it has an absolutely gorgeous vanilla and floral scent!

Find it on Sephora – $55 CAD.

The Estee Edit Flash Photo Gloss 

This is a thick, luxurious gloss with a subtle blue microshimmer – hard to catch on camera but you can kinda see it in the flash photo. In the tube, it’s looks almost white with a blue-purple duochrome tinge. In daylight, it looks like a natural clear gloss. In flash photos and direct lighting, it creates a subtle yet noticeable extra dimension to the lips!
It’s thick and a bit sticky, but does not come off easily! It feels ultra moisturizing on the lips. It is also fragranced with a super yummy vanilla scent.

A high-tech gloss with a cool blue tint to highlight the white of teeth. This innovative gloss features cool blue shade that emphasizes the white in your smile. Infused with an addictive vanilla scent, it creates a photo-ready, high-shine finish that can be worn alone or layered over your favorite lipstick.

Right now, the Estee Edit line is listed on Sephora Canada‘s website, but the preview is only available for VIBs and VIB Rouges!
If you haven’t already, you can check out my review of the other Estee Edit products, including the Metalishadow Creme + Powder in Scarlet Eclipse, and the EDGiest Kohl Shadowstick.
Which items are you looking forward to the most? 🙂
xox,

Sachie

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*This post contains press samples, but as always it’s 100% my honest opinion

The Estee Edit – Eye Shadow Reviews + Swatches

 

The Estee Edit

I was beyond excited when this lovely package from The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder showed up on my doorstep!

The Estee Edit (#beautyattitudes) is a new beauty line from Estee Lauder – the whole essence of the brand focuses on being fun, trendy, and fresh! I’m loving it so far. I haven’t seen many other reviews or swatches on the internet yet, so I’m very excited to give you an early look into this line. It will be released exclusively at Sephora in March. I remember seeing a big poster at Sephora a few months ago featuring Kendall Jenner and Irene Kim but I didn’t really know what it was about.

Metalishadow Creme + Powder in Scarlet Eclipse / with swatches – $29 CAD

Find it here.

This is a cream eyeshadow and loose pigment duo. The packaging is pretty cute! Plastic white casing with a sprayed foil effect. Here’s the shade Scarlet eclipse – the top lid flips up to reveal a deep scarlet red cream eyeshadow, which can be used as a stand alone colour, a base, or a liner. The bottom section can be unscrewed to reveal a glittery antique gold pigment, which works fabulously as an all-over lid colour.

The cream colour is very pigmented, and is quite pigmented – it almost feels like a lip product? It does stain the skin though, so make sure to wear a primer or something underneath. I like using this as a colourful eyeliner because it’s a deep red and can be quite wearable! I’m not one for bright or crazy colours, so this works well for me.

The foil shadow applies quite sheerly by itself – it’s more of a glitter than a microshimmer. It’s an antique gold, copper colour. You can achieve a shiny foil effect by using a primer or glitter adhesive underneath for full impact!

The ultimate cream shadow with metal mix power for knock out eyes! Intense depth and the flashiest foil finish. Wear loose metal powder over highly pigmented cream shadow or alone on face and eyes.
Available in 3 Shades: Black Star, Aquanova, and Scarlet Eclipse.

 

 

The EDGIest Kohl Shadowstick in Black Viper / with swatches.

I don’t own too many eye shadow sticks – I own the Burberry highlighter which I absolutely love using on my lid, but that’s about it! This was my first time experimenting with a black shadow stick, and here’s my attempt at a lower kohl lined smoky look.

The shadow stick is very easy to use – simply twist up, scribble on the lid, and smudge out!
It should be noted that the shade Violet Taboo cannot be worn on the waterline.

24 hour wear, shadow and liner in one. Won’t budge, transfer, or fade and it can be worn on the waterline.* The EDGIest Kohl Shadow Stick does it all!
Available in 10 shades: Black Viper, Frost Bite, Guilt, Twisted, Jaded, Royal Scandal, Iced, Grounded, Spiced, Violet Taboo*

*THIS SHADE CANNOT BE WORN ON THE WATERLINE. I’m not exactly sure why, but this is stated on the product info sheet!

 

My take on the eye look…

Product list:

  • Estee Edit Metalishadow Scarlet Eclipse cream as liner, and foil glitter all over lid.
  • Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, Primal and Undone in crease and outer V.
  • Estee Edit The EDGIest Kohl Shadowstick in Black Viper on waterline.
  • Benefit They’re Real Mascara
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper to draw on some bottom lashes.

Aaaand here’s my full face look! I paired this with Sephora’s Rouge Infusion Lip Stain in Ruby Extract, which matched the eye colour quite closely! A fun vampy look!

I absolutely love these two products from The Estee Edit – can’t wait to see what other products will be offered when the line officially releases! Stay tuned next week for a another look at #theesteeedit line – the Beam Team Hydrate and Glow, Flash Photo Gloss, and White Mud Exfoliating Scrub and Mask!

xox,

Sachie

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*This post contains press samples, but as always it’s 100% my honest opinion

Budget Find: Affordable, High Quality Makeup Brushes!

Hello lovelies!

Are you on team brush, team sponge, or team fingers? I’ve switched up my makeup application tools numerous times throughout the years, and have always fallen back on my trusty brushes. (There’s something about dabbing my face a million times with a sponge that just seems so… boring?)

A while ago, I stumbled across a blog post featuring budget ebay buys. (I can’t remember where the actual post is, but if I happen to locate it, I’ll update this post!) It featured an 8-piece brush set. I’ve owned the same set for quite a while, mainly Real Techniques, and was out on the market for a few more brushes!

I figured I would share this with you guys, because I really like the quality of this set, and it’s so affordable! My heart sinks every time I see an individual brush priced at $40+… I could be buying new makeup instead!

This kit was only… $8.33! However, the price has decreased so it’s only about $7.33 CAD, or $5.25 USD! 
Honestly, what a steal! The fibres are really soft, densely packed, and work extremely well in blending and applying makeup. 

The kit includes…

  • Flat foundation brush
  • Flat nose shadow brush
  • Angled foundation brush
  • Eye shader brush
  • Pointed foundation brush
  • Nose shadow
  • Round foundation brush
  • Nose shadow/shader brush.

I can’t really think of any downsides, other than the face that shipping took about a month, which is pretty standard of items shipping from Asia to Canada. I wish the gold wasn’t a bright yellow, but I’ve seen similar sets on ebay which are silver and rose gold!

I’ve been using the brush on the far left to apply my Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Powder Foundation (which I reviewed here). It picks up the powder better than the Real Techniques Expert Face brush, and the Buffing Brush. I’ve also been using the pointed face brush (fourth on the left) to apply setting powder under my eyes as the shape grants easy control.

I had no issues with shedding or brush fall out, which was what I was most worried about. I gently wash my brushes with Doctor Bronner’s Rose Liquid Soap and leave them overnight to dry. The bristles keep their shape, and return to a dense yet fluffy texture when dry!

I would definitely recommend these to anyone who wants to try out some affordable, high quality brushes, but doesn’t want to pay a premium for fancy brand names. This would be a great set to try out if you’re new to makeup, or want to add to your brush kit! 🙂 They’ve been kitty approved, haha!

You can find the brushes here for $5.25 USD.

xox,


Sachie

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5 Beautiful Lipsticks for Valentine’s Day ft. Charlotte Tilbury, Urban Decay, and more!

I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited for Valentine’s Day! I finally have someone to leave kiss marks on this year (heh heh heh). A lipstick post is in order, of course, to show off some of my current favourite lip products.

I have seen countless Valentine’s day makeup tutorials and blog posts featuring a bright red or pink lip. I’ve never been a fan – I feel like bright, bold colours emphasize my small, round lips. This doesn’t mean that I dislike my lip shape, but I would rather focus the attention on my eyes.

Here are five shades that I’ve been loving at the moment! I’ve been swapping these in and out for the past little while and I can’t get enough.


From left to right:
Covergirl lipstick in 295 Succulent Cherry
Kat Von D Studded Lipstick in Lovecraft
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Amazing Grace
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Rusk
Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain in Strawberry Tint

Covergirl Succulent Cherry / Charlotte Tilbury Amazing Grace/ Kat Von D Lovecraft / Urban Decay Rusk

Swatches

One of my first lip loves during my journey into makeup obsession was Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain. Despite the mediocre reviews on the Sephora website, it remains one of my favourite lip products! It’s an inky lip stain in the shade Strawberry Tint – a muted berry red. The formula applies and dries smoothly, leaving a pretty stain that feels almost invisible on the lips.

On the odd day that I do decide to wear a red lip, I reach for my Covergirl Colorlicious lipstick in 295 Succulent Cherry. It’s a warm tomato, brick red. It applies with a sheer to medium coverage with a glossy finish. The formula is like a mid point between a balm and a lipstick. Most of the time I use it as a stain. A great colour for girls with neutral and warm skin tones!

Sephora / Covergirl / Charlotte Tilbury / Kat Von D / Urban Decay

In previous posts, I mentioned that I had spent weeks tracking down the Kat Von D Studded Lipstick in Lovecraft… such is the struggle when you fall in love with a cult beauty fave! It’s a cool toned mauve in a comfortable matte finish, which was surprising because prior to discovering this beauty, I didn’t think I liked matte or cool toned lipsticks. Lasts for ages on the lips, and doesn’t feel super drying as some mattes do. Also kiss proof!

I blame the British beauty vloggers for this one – Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Amazing Grace. I originally walked in the store for the shade Sexy Sienna, but decided that I owned too many orange shades and needed a berry hue in my life. This CT lipstick has the loveliest and softest matte finish on the lips – it doesn’t feel as dry as the Kat Von D studded lipsticks, but has incredible staying power. A beautiful berry shade that leaves behind a lovely stain.

And finally, my current lipstick love… the Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Rusk. I’ve been searching for the perfect everyday browny pink shade. The formula is creamy and long lasting, and feels oh so lovely on the lips. Plus, the packaging! The metal case feels weighty and luxurious, and the cap actually stays on. (I’m looking at you, KVD!)

I’m pretty sure I’ll be kissing in Rusk this Valentine’s Day, but that’s still yet to be decided! 😉

What are some of your favourite lipstick shades? Have you tried any of the ones above?

xox,

Sachie

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My Top 5 Foundations – 2015

Hello lovelies!

Finding the perfect foundation has always been a struggle for me. I tan quite easily, so my foundation shades keep changing. Over the past year alone, my skin type has changed from acne-prone, to oily, to combination, and now normal… So, I’m always on the look out for something that will work! I’ve included BB creams in my favourites.

About my current skin tone & texture: My skin is combination (oily t-zone, dry towards the outside of my face.) My skin tone is quite light with peach undertones. I tend to go for more neutral or yellow toned foundations… Pink foundations are too cool for my skin and sometimes give my face a bit of a grey cast…

I don’t typically use foundation, but I sometimes use a teeny bit of Benefit’s Porefessional around my nose and on my cheeks where my pores may look a little bit bigger. This sample size has lasted me forever!

The everyday favourite…

The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is my current everyday favourite. This foundation is such a dream. Living up to its name, this foundation gives a glowy, silky semi-matte finish that lasts all day.It feels super lightweight and has buildable coverage, meaning you can easily layer the foundation without it building up and feeling cakey. It has a very thin, fairly watery formula.
The glass bottle has a little weight to it and feels very luxurious. It has a pump as well which disperses the perfect pea-sized amount! It feels lovely on the skin when set with a bit of translucent powder. I am currently wearing the shade 2, which is for fair skin with neutral undertones… It matches my skin-tone perfectly, and the finish is natural enough where I can pop a bit on without any other makeup and it looks like I’m not wearing any!

Of all my foundation picks, this is by far the most expensive. It retails on Sephora for $66, which I think is very pricy for a foundation. Fortunately, I bought it for -20% off during their friends/family event, where one of my fellow CBBers sent me a discount code! This is definitely a gorgeous foundation if you’re looking to invest in a good one – I personally think a good makeup base can make the rest of your makeup look so much better!

The everyday BB cream pick…

I’ve tried a ton of Korean BB creams, and I’ve finally found my favourite! Missha’s Perfect Cover BB Cream is a medium coverage BB cream with a dewy finish. I really like how this feels on the skin, and works really well for me on those days when my skin is feeling a bit drier. During the winter, my skin gets super pale and this gets a little dark, so I can only wear  this during spring/summer! I wear no. 21 light beige… I wish there was a slightly lighter version, then it would be perfect! I have found that this BB cream mixes well with other foundations in order to create a perfect colour match.

It’s quite long lasting, but it can cause me to look a bit shiny as the day goes on. Best to set with a translucent powder.

The mineral powder foundation…

When my skin was going through a bit of a rebellious stage this past spring/summer , Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Powder Foundation helped calm it down. I actually did a review of this, which you can read about here.
Basically, my skin wasn’t reacting very nicely to foundations or BB creams – it seemed as though any type of cream that was applied to my skin caused me to break out! It wasn’t helping that temperatures were rising and I was starting to sweat more. After watching one of Estee Lalonde’s reviews, I decided to try out mineral makeup. This mineral foundation is a finely milled powder that comes in a pot, covered by thin netting to ensure product doesn’t spill out everywhere. I apply it with the Real Techniques buffing brush.
I wear this in the palest shade, fair honey, meaning I can only wear it in the spring and early summer months before my skin begins to tan. This powder doesn’t look too powdery on the skin; it looks great when it is set with a setting spray! It also looks better on the face as the day progresses and the face’s natural oils are absorbed by the powder.

The cosplayer’s choice…

When I’m cosplaying, I tend to choose a heavier base with full coverage and high pigmentation. The idea behind this is to choose makeup that will photograph well and last the entire day. I love using the Lioele Triple the Solution BB cream during conventions!
It’s a high coverage formula with a creamy texture. This formula has high SPF, which contradicts what I’ve heard many say in regards to photographing with a white-cast. When I’m at a convention, I’m often outside a good portion of the time, and any additional sun production is gladly welcomed.
It has a dewy finish, which I always set with a mattifying powder. This BB has a very creamy formula, therefore my face sometimes looks a bit shiny after a few hours… It also tends to oxidize a shade too dark for me, so I’ll bring it down my neck and set it with a lighter powder to balance everything out.  The packaging is great – a tube with a handy pump.

The drugstore pick…

I’ve got to include a drugstore pick on my list! Unfortunately, I’ve really struggled with drugstore foundations. The shades are always way too orange for me! This summer I went to a makeup warehouse sale and picked up this Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation on a whim. I had heard some Youtube beauty gurus mention this in their drugstore picks, and decided to try it out.
This is my summer foundation for when I am at my most tan. It’s medium coverage with a semi-dewy finish, and doesn’t feel cakey. During the summer, I wear the shade 04 Shell, and the colour match is pretty close to how tanned my face gets.

Hold down the fort…

On most days, I’ll set my base with a setting spray! I just finished my Urban Decay Deslick Setting Spray, so I decided to pick up another during the Sephora 20% off VIB sale! A friend recommended the All Nighter setting spray after I told her that my makeup had the tendency to rub off near my nose and chin. I’ll be testing it out a bit more but I think the general consensus around these setting sprays is that they’re pretty darn great.

There ya go – my top 5 foundation picks! I’m absolutely in love with the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk though… I’m thinking about getting a slightly darker shade for the summer when I finish the other foundations…

What are some of your favourite base products?

xox,

Sachie

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H&M Beauty Preview!

Hello lovelies! H&M kindly sent over some goodies from their new beauty line for me to play around with. For those of you who didn’t already know, H&M has opened a new beauty department, located in Toronto’s Eatons Centre. You can read all about it when I stopped by last week!

Let’s start with the eyes.

Smoky Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

H&M has released a series of eyeshadow palettes. I received the Smoky Nudes palette, composed of 9 neutral shades. These include matte, satin, and shimmer finishes.

From left to right. 
A is a creamy matte white. B is a satin finish pink toned cream. C is a mattem purple-toned taupe.
D is a satin finish dark chocolate brown. E is a peach-champagne glitter. F is a matte cool ton-ed tape.
G is basically a satin finish version of F. H is a satin finish, cool toned grey-brown. I is a matte brown-black.

The consistency of these eyeshadows are quite powdering and very finely milled. I primed my wrist with Maybelline’s Baby Skin primer for these swatches and the colour wasn’t quite opaque, but had a pretty good colour payoff. I’m sure the colour would show up truer with a proper eyeshadow base underneath.

Pure Radiance Powder Blusher

Probably one of my favourite items that I received! It’s a powder blush in the shade Apricot. It’s a beautiful peachy shade. When worn, it gives a lovely, naturally sheer wash of colour on the cheeks.

The packaging does not include a puff or mirror, and the case is plastic, which makes it quite prone to scratching. However, the case is a lovely glossy black and the colour inside is beautiful!

True Matte Finishing Powder

This finishing powder is aimed towards shine control, and offers a natural matte, cashmere finish. I received the shade Warm Beige, which was unfortunately too dark for my skin tone. It was, however, the perfect shade for my mom! The powder itself is quite finely milled and feels light on the skin. She struggles from oiliness on her face, and liked how the powder naturally absorbed the shine.

The packaging is glossy and black, just like the blush. This compact comes with a mirror, but does not include a puff or brush.

Cream Lipstick

Next up, the lipstick. Candy Apple is a glossy, warm toned orange-red that would be flattering on almost all skintones! I was a bit apprehensive at first because I don’t typically do bright reds, but the orange tones won me over.

The formula is soft and extremely creamy – it feels as though its melting onto your lips!  The result is a bright, high shine orange-red. It also leaves behind a very pretty stain, which looks quite natural when a little bit is dabbed onto the lips!

I absolutely love this shade! It’s a nice dramatic red lip which suits my skin tone very well. I can see myself wearing this quite often in the holiday months, as well as during the summer! It’s a year-round classic red lip.

Nail Polish

Finally, the nail polish. This is an iridescent white colour called December Dawn. In different lights, it appears to have a pink and green sheen. It’s more like a glittery top coat and would take many different layers in order to build up opacity, so I layered two coats over two coats of Essie’s Vanity Fairest (a milky pink polish with glitter, topped with Sally Hansen’s Diamond Top Coat.

Which item was your favourite?  Have you tried any of the H&M Beauty items? You can read more about the H&M Beauty department in my previous blog post. 

Thanks for reading!

xox,

Sachie

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A Look at Burberry Beauty

Hello lovelies,

In my last post, I mentioned that I had the opportunity to check out Burberry‘s new booth at Sephora in Square One! Burberry has many new items, including lip products, glowing bases, blushes, highlighters…you name it! A truly gorgeous line – you can read my post on the experience here!

I was given a few goodies to try out!

Burberry Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen in No.01 Nude Radiance
Burberry Face Contour in No. 01 Medium
Burberry Iconic Nail Polish in No. 299 Poppy Black
Burberry Lip Velvet Soft Matte Lip Colour in No. 437 Oxblood

First – the Fresh Contour Pen. Contour creates soft shadows to enhance, define and sculpt the face for a professional result. The creamy, lightweight texture blends seamlessly to a subtle natural shadow. It has a very creamy texture. The package also includes a face chart with simple instructions on how to create the perfect sculpted look.

It looks quite dark (and intimidating, especially for someone with pale skin like me). However, it blends out to quite a sheer finish, so you can layer the product and control how dark you want your contour to be. You can blend the contour stick out even more than in the swatch above!

Next, the Fresh Glow Pen in No.01 Nude Radiance. Currently, only one shade is available. This goes hand in hand with the other glowy bases that Burberry offers. It’s an effortless, glow-to-go pen to boost radiance with precision highlights when and where you need them.

 It reminds me of the Benefit Watt’s up highlighter except a lot more creamy and less…shiny? This finish is much more natural that you can really blend out. Like the contour stick, the highlighter comes with a face chart explaining how to create an effortless highlight.

Burberry Nail Polish in Poppy Black – Oh man, I haven’t worn black nail polish in forever. First though, I’ve got to point out this gorgeous packaging! I love the checked design that is etched into the cap. When I first saw the packaging, I thought there was only a tiny amount of polish and a massive cap! Don’t worry, as the rest of the polish is just hiding under the cap.

This nail polish has great coverage – basically one coat for an opaque, glossy finish. I feel like the price point is a bit steep at $23 – however, if you’re looking to own a gorgeous, high end nail polish…this is for you. There are more colours in this range as well.

Finally, my favourite item so far…

Burberry Lip Velvet soft matte lip colour in No. 437 Oxblood. This! This colour! Oxblood is a gorgeous wine colour lipstick with a velvety matte finish. I love the texture of this lipstick! As you may already know, I’m in love with Kat Von D’s Studded Lipstick. I’ve fallen in love with matte finishes! KVD’s formula’s can be quite drying.

When I first applied this, it felt more like a cream finish! It took me off guard because I was expecting a more dry, matte finish. After about a minute, the formula set. It’s got a matte finish, but it will rub off. It’s got a lovely stain to it though, so you won’t have to worry about a dark line around your lips.

I don’t typically wear bold lipsticks like above (only when I’m feeling adventurous, hehe), but I’ve been wearing it as a stain – gently patted into the lips for a lighter finish. It’s time that I break away from my safety net of oranges and corals and start pulling out the wines and berries for fall!

What are your thoughts? Have you tried any of Burberry’s beauty products? Is there anything you’d be excited to try?

Thanks for reading!

xox,

Sachie

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Introducing…Burberry at Sephora Canada!

Hello lovelies!

I recently had the pleasure of previewing the new Burberry counter at Sephora in Square One! Burberry has now joined the Sephora family, offering a wide range of gorgeous and classic beauty products. The collection includes a wide range of foundations, powders, lip products, and cheek products, as well as the Autumn 2015 limited edition collection.

I got to play around with some of the products in the store, as well as getting my makeup done by the Burberry makeup artist!

Just in case you’re wondering, lots of samples were missing from the counter because makeup artists were demonstrating them on people!

The Burberry beauty collection was primarily focused on their gorgeous base products. Based on their iconic trench coats, the base makeup and foundations are fresh, effortless, waterproof, and light to wear. The Burberry Cashmere foundation comes in 14 different shades! Effortlessly buildable and blendable, the creamy texture melts on to the skin for a soft-matte finish and lightweight, weatherproof result. For reference, the MUA used No.20 Ochre on my skin. She also used the Face Contour Pen to contour my nose, cheekbones, and jaw, followed by the Fresh Glow Pen to add a soft highlight.

The foundation was so lightweight and comfortable, yet had a great medium amount of coverage! Definitely less noticeable than my current Revlon Nearly Naked foundation, which has a creamier texture.

 These Effortless Kohl  Eyeliners were really nice – super pigmented and were incredibly smooth to swatch. The makeup artist used a gold/ smoky green colour and it was incredibly flattering! 

Quite a large selection of lip products. Burberry offers two different types of lipsticks – the Burberry Kisses Satin Finish lipstick, and the Lip Velvet Soft Matte lipstick. Very nice finishes and again, very pigmented. The satin and matte finishes were not drying on the lips. The mattes have some great colours for autumn! Also a great selection of glosses for a high shine finish – Burberry Kisses gloss and First Kiss lip gloss,

Absolutely in love with these cream blushes. These Lip and Cheek Bloom pots have a lovely, almost moussey consistency. When applied to the cheeks, they become a soft powder. The colours look quite bright but apply sheerly and have very buildable coverage. The orange one is right up my alley! The MUA applied No.5 Peony (bottom left) to my cheeks, and it was a very pretty colour!

 The Autumn/Winter 2015 runway collection had a very military / camoflauge theme. Lots of greens, khakis, nudes, and champagnes. The runway eyeshadow palette was inspired by the Burberry Bucket Bag in camouflage suede, and the three eye colours can be applied as single shades or combined to create a bohemian smokey eye effect.

 There were also eyeshadow quads inspired by some of Burberry’s iconic runway looks. I personally love the set in the middle – those rosy shades are gorgeous!

Needless to say, I’m absolutely in love with Burberry products. I’d love to try out more of the base colours, and their concealer! The MUA used a creamy and pigmented concealer with a sponge applicator to spot conceal and I loved the texture – must check that out next time I’m at Sephora.

 I was given a few try out for myself…

What are your thoughts? Have you tried any of Burberry’s beauty products? Is there anything you’d be excited to try? You can also purchase Burberry products on Sephora’s online store

Thanks for reading!

xox,

Sachie

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H&M Beauty @ Eaton’s Centre

Hello lovelies!

Recently, H&M has entered the beauty market. Many of their department stores are introducing a beauty section, complete with foundations, blushes, body products, and more. This department will include over 700 different makeup products, with seasonal and limited edition products! I was at Eaton’s Centre  in Toronto earlier today and decided to drop by to check it out for myself!

Apologies in advance for the spotty photo quality… I took all of the photos on my phone!

I had a meeting this morning so I went to Starbucks and got a chai tea latte with soy! The new seasonal cup designs are really nice. I can’t wait til they bring out the holiday flavours again… Chestnut praline lattes are the absolute best!

So H&M really upped their game! The H&M in Eatons is under construction and the store itself looks like a bit of a mess, especially since they moved a good chunk of their men’s section into an H&M Men’s standalone store on the second floor. The beauty section is located on the 2nd floor towards the cashier.

They are offering items such as bath and body products, as well as towels and cleansing cloths.

They also have a few different makeup bags available for purchase.

You will also find candles and other scented items. Prices are comparable to Loblaw’s/ Superstore’s home section prices.

The setup for the makeup booths remind me of Sephora, with large bright shelves and a sample of every product are displayed. This booth carried powdered blushes, cream blushes, illuminators, and powder puffs. Each of the shelves was neat and full stocked, but that’s probably just because the booth opened up about a week ago. Hopefully it doesn’t turn into a disaster zone.

Many different lip pencils, crayons, creams, and lipsticks on display. H&M offers quite a large variety of shades. I can’t tell you about the pigmentation or colour payoff as I didn’t try any on my lips, but I did swatch a few colours and they all seemed good to me! I’m pretty sure that most of the lipsticks had a glossy finish though.

Haha, you can see me sipping on my drink in this photo! H&M had a fully loaded nail section with an Essie-esque selection of colours. Not sure about the quality. Packaging wasn’t too glamorous but the bottles had a nice shape. Definitely nice if you’re looking for a very specific colour, I’m sure there are lots of great dupes here.

H&M also carried a huge selection of foundation shades, which is nice! Each foundation had a corresponding powder foundation. They also offered concealers, as well as base quads and correctors.

Eyeshadows galore! Each of these individual shades came in it’s own small compact. They are quite decently sized, with each pan being slightly larger than a toonie. I swatched one of the glittery shades and the glitter chunks were quite large compared to micro shimmers.

I believe there was also a section with eye shadow palettes too!

They also carried a good selection of brushes. There were lots of different types, ranging from small detailer brushes, eye shadow, contour, and base brushes.

The pricing for these items are comparable to mid – higher end drugstore brands. Think L’Oreal – Revlon price range.

What are your thoughts? Have you tried any of H&M’s new beauty products? Is it something you would be interested in?

Thanks for reading!

xox,

Sachie

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Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipsticks Review + Swatches| Donut, Bumble, Ouiji, & Avenue

Hello lovelies!

Matte matte matte – I’m all about the matte lipsticks recently. After my love affair with Kat Von D’s Studded Lipstick in Lovecraft (which I honestly don’t shut up about), I’ve been addicted to matte lips. I don’t like the sticky or wet feeling from glosses, lipsticks often smudge off… Luckily, my friend Jen told me about the Colourpop Ultra-Matte Lipsticks!

 Colourpop Ultra Matte liquid lipsticks are exactly what the name implies – they’re a liquid lipstick foruma that dries suuuper matte on the lips. Not satin ~KVD studded lipstick~ matte, no, I’m talkin dry lips. Buuuuut, the forumula is intensely pigmented.

 I picked up four colours – donut, ouiji, bumble, and avenue! They retail for about $6 USD each, and definitely give you a bang for your buck! I haven’t found too many matte lip products in the drugstore that come in colours that I like. Colourpop has a wide selection of colours to choose from!

Donut is a bright peachy shade. Ouiji is a bright coral red. Bumble is a dusty warm terracotta. Avenue is a deep yellow red. Each of these swatches were swiped 1-2 times, so you can see the amount of colour payoff you get!
A closer look at the swatches! (Upper: Ouiji, lower: Donut)

I’ve been wearing Donut the most. It’s bright, but not crazy bright. It’s a fun pop of colour which seems more appropriate for day time! Ouiji was a super fun bright colour for summer, or nights out.

(Upper: Avenue, lower: Bumble)
Bumble is a nice muted shade for fall, I’m sure I’ll be wearing it a lot! I don’t have many dark lipsticks so I picked up Avenue. I have a rimmel lipstick that’s around the same colour, except it always rubs off super quickly and I’m left with a drag queen-esque border around my lip line.
These are quite drying so make sure to exfoliate your lips before wearing them! 

I know many people (including myself) thought that Donut and Bumble looked quite similar on the website. I tried to compare in people swatches but couldn’t find a good comparison, so here you go! I’d swatch Solow too but I don’t own it, but I think Solo is more mauvey.
Hope these swatches helped! It’s hard to blend after the formula dries, and these liquid lipsticks dry fast! Also, it takes forever to take off (so much staining) so make sure you have a good makeup remover at the end of the day.
Have you tried any Colourpop products before? Which one is your favourite? 

Thanks for reading!

xox,

Sachie

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Whats in my makeup bag? | ft. Revlon, Urban Decay, and NYC

Heya lovelies!

I recently got a new makeup bag, so I thought I’d share some of the products which I’ve been wearing on a daily basis!

My new cosmetic pouch is a cute watermelon pink one from eBay. It’s really nice quality – I don’t mind as much if it get’s dirty (which is inevitable). It’s in the colour “watermelon pink” and has stitched details all across the front! It’s medium sized but can fit everything I need, minus the Naked 2 palette.

So… the contents!

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – I recently sold my almost-new Naked 3 on r/makeupexchange and finally bought the Naked 2! I had a 10% off VIB coupon so I figured now was as good as a time to get it.

I’ve been loving the shades YDK, Chopper, Suspect, and Pistol. As opposed to the other Naked palettes, where I’ve been partial to a few shades and didn’t touch the others, I’ve been using all of the Naked 2 shades! Absolutely in love. I think my thirst for eye shadow palettes has been quenched!

Tarte Park Avenue Princess bronzer – deluxe sample size. I got this in a previous Ipsy bag! It’s a deluxe sample of their Park Ave Princess bronzer. However, I have the same bronzer in my Rainforest After Dark palette and this sample looks slightly more shimmery? Maybe satin finish? Either way, it’s not the same. I’ve been using it every day and haven’t seemed to scratch the surface. It’s more cool toned than my NYC sunny bronzer and I like the way it looks on my skin.

Chloe Eau De Parfum – my little Chloe rollerball that goes everywhere with me! I’m pretty sure it’s my ~signature scent~. I’ve only got about a third left and I love the clear, simplistic packaging!

I recently went to a makeup warehouse sale and picked up this Revlon Nearly Naked foundation for only $4! What a steal. The warehouse lighting was kind of dodgy but I took a chance and bought 130 Shell. Luckily, it suits my skin tone perfectly!

The bottle is made of glass and does not have a pump….Ugh. I hate this style of packaging. Too much foundation pours out and it gets really messy! 🙁 I’d rather have plastic packaging and a pump top instead of glass!

Urban Decay Primer Potion mini – a sample from a sephora order. Helps my eyeshadow last longer!

Anastasia Beverly Hill Dip Brow Pomade in soft brown – a cool toned medium brown which is waterproof and lasts all day! I apply it with an angled brush.

Aveeno Positively Radiant CC Eye Cream – you can read my full review here, but I like using it as a BB cream mini! I use it everywhere as a light concealer to touch up with instead of just using it on the eyes.

And finally, my Kat Von D Studded Lipstick in Lovecraft. This is a mini version from a 100 point perk from Sephora, and I fell in love with the colour! It took a tonne of hunting around, calling 7 Sephoras until I found a full size in stock! But for now I’m using up my mini. 🙂

Those are some of the items that I’ve been loving recently!

Have you tried any of these items? What do you carry in your cosmetic bag? Do you have any holy grail items?

Thanks for reading!

xox,

Sachie

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