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Editorial Sephora Pro Palette Review

There isn’t much these days that makes me raise an eyebrow and be like YUP I need to review/buy that. Most things I buy now are original/different, or have to really blow my skirt up.

When I saw the pictures posted for the new Sephora Pro palettes on @trendmood1 I was surprised. Not because of anything in the shade range, or my particular distaste for the Sephora eyeshadow formula, but for the price. $85 for a Sephora brand palette? Are you nuts? Apparently I am, because I picked up all three to test and review to see if it was worth the price, and I will be providing reviews and comparisons for all!All Palettes.jpg

The items launched are the Cool, Warm, and Editorial. I almost missed the Editorial release, but I managed to sneak it in here too. Continue reading “Editorial Sephora Pro Palette Review”

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Underrated Products Summer 2017

The true start of Canadian summer is upon us, when the weather goes from cold enough for a jacket in the morning, and hot enough to run naked through the streets of Toronto in the afternoon.

What does that have to do with this post? Nothing. Just something I wanted to call out because I feel like running naked through the streets is wildly underrated.

With that said, here are some products I feel have been very underrated this year, or have genuinely surprised me and I find myself reaching for this summer.

Continue reading “Underrated Products Summer 2017”

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The Most Impressive Liquid Lipstick EVER

There are certain things in life that I am sure of. Some of them are listed below

  • dogs are the best
  • there is not an eye shadow palette on the planet,  I don’t immediately want to stick on my face in some fashion
  • If it’s sparkly I want to touch it
  • ABH has THE BEST liquid lipsticks on the planet.

All of these things are still true. Until today, where my world was rattled by a new liquid lipstick formula. Continue reading “The Most Impressive Liquid Lipstick EVER”

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Influenster Review- Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara

I have received a few things here and there from Influenster.ca lately, and they are honestly probably one of my favourite sites to work with for review.

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Most recently, I was sent the Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara. This item is complimentary and we are not compensated for review in anyway.

Mascara is trying for me – my lashes stick straight out like they are constantly in a competition in pointedness with my nose. It’s a strange competition and no one ever really wins. What are they pointing at? I will never know. I was interested to see where my review would go with this.

The Claims:  “Our unique fibers are sealed in 360° tubes that plump and extend lashes for mega volume and extreme length”

The Packaging: I like how this package looks, it’s sleek yet basic. However I don’t like how the packaging functions. I found it a bit difficult to maneuver the brush on my lashes, as the cap you hold, is flat and oval in shape. It was challenging to roll the brush across my lashes knowing that it was flat as a pancake. I appreciate the sentiment of trying to be different, but don’t mess with a good thing.

IMG_6544The Brush: Very much standard. The bristles aren’t plastic which is a nice change, and typically the type that works better for me. The tornado shape of the bristles make it easy to get the small lashes on the inner corner of the eye, without much required dexterity.

 

Does it stack up to the claims? In all honesty, no it did not live up to the hype. It definitly gave some length, and noticeably so as you can see from the comparison photo below, however volume was next to nothing. I found it difficult to remove, which is a positive and a negative. There was no fall out, but it did not come off with standard makeup remover and I ended up having to sleep in it, and let it wear off throughout the night. Oh… I know. Don’t need to tell me.

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Thank you so much to Revlon and Influenster for sending me this product to test out, and I look forward to more beauty items!

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Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation

If there is one brand I am always confident in buying from it’s Anastasia Beverly Hills. So when I decided I wanted to try a stick foundation it made sense in my mind to reach for ABH above all else.

Off I went to Sephora to find my shade (Ivory it would seem), albeit a bit too light I could still make it work.

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SRP: $33 CAD

Description on Sephora.ca:  This highly pigmented, buildable cream stick foundation creates a flawless, natural looking demi-matte finish. The Stick Foundation is ideal for combination and oily skin, and the lightweight, easy-to-layer foundation delivers light-to-full-coverage, depending on the method of application. It’s designed to quickly and precisely apply all-over coverage, daily touch ups, or highlight and contour with ease.

Needless to say this might be the first time I have ever felt such disappointment in ABH.

Application 3/10: I tried this foundation with the UD Optical Illusion Complexion Primer, Milk Makeup Blur Stick, and NYX Pore Filler primer. (All primers I have used with other foundations without issue.  Let me tell you that now matter HOW much I tried to make more pores disappear with this foundation I looked like a pock marked crazy pants.

I attempted to blend using a Beauty Blender – it did not budge. To the point where I had flashbacks to the Smashbox contour sticks. Round two – Sigma F80- Mild success however, still smeary and stiff.

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Not that I want to have an extreme close up of my pores on the internet, but I couldn’t do a review without showing the outcome of this foundation.

Please note how the product piles into my pores and seems streaky on my skin.

Coverage 4/10:  This did end up covering some of my redness which is important to me. However the wear time wasn’t good enough for me. I felt like it was sliding off very quickly throughout the day. I also made note of how it wore terribly through the day but anywhere I had concealer it would cling in desperation, leaving me even more patchy. IMG_6530.PNG

Overall Rating and Final Thoughts

3.5/10

I am surprised at how much I didn’t like this product. The only thing I would agree with is the price point. When pitted against other stick foundations I think its the most reasonably priced.

As you can see by the photos, this in no way gave me a flawless or dewy finish, and I returned it a few days later. I feel like I did give it a fair shake, and it just wouldn’t work for me 😦

Thanks so much for reading, and I hope everyone had a fantastic Canada Day/July 4th long weekend.

 

 

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Trash Talk- Product Empties

GUYS I DID A VIDEO – sweet lord it’s been a long time.

Check out my trash talk, where I discuss all the empties I have accumlated and my thoughts on the products. Sadly I had to throw out the empties I had worked through after this video as I am in the process of a fairly substantial move. Stay tuned for a new beauty room 🙂 Much love!

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Urban Decay Basquiat Collaboration- This is Madness

I am trying really hard not to only come here to post when I have five minutes to scatter some thoughts out of my brain and into yours, but that doesn’t seem to be working, so at this point we will have to deal with the the time I have.

Recently Urban Decay launched a press release/marketing campaign announcing their collaboration with world renowned artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. For those of you who don’t know who that is, that is completely okay. I didn’t know who he was either, until I watched She’s All That circa 1999, and they referenced his art style in relation to the main character killing herself. (deep, I know). For anyone who is actually interested in some of the history of Basquiat, please feel free to venture down the internet rabbit hole here.

One piece of background I feel like needs to actually be mentioned here, is that he is no longer on this earth. He passed from a heroine overdose in 1988. Here is an example of his art work. imgres.jpg

Interesting artwork that is for sure.

So.. here is the collab. landscape-1489589710-hbz-urban-decay-index2.jpg

Initial reaction

Omg must buy now, so new original and different! I LOVE IT.

Then I sat on it for a few days, and all I could think was, how I felt it was distasteful for UD to leverage an artist who was considered VERY edgy for his time to market a product they have launched time and time again. imgres.jpg

Look at this first palette, does it not look like a mixture of Gwen Stefani collab and Ultimate Naked Basics? You have these colours, why are we buying for packaging? There is nothing revolutionary here.

So then I thought, that second palette, THIS is where it’s at. Then I look closer at the second palette, and check out the swatches posted by trendmood, and it hits me. THIS IS JUST THE SPECTRUM PALETTE REPACKAGED. Why are they doing this to me? The torture is too much, and the reasoning is too high for me not to buy it, and not to promote it.

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Is anyone else pickingfulspectrum.jpg up what I am here? For comparisons sake, here is the full spectrum palette swatches. I can’t in my right mind look at this and think, “yes this is original, if this is not in my collection it will not be complete”. Photo Credit goes to @thefancyface. This is NOT my photo. 

All in all, before even seeing the true performance of this collection, there are just too many easy ways to dupe these shades, even from their own line. It’s just not for me.

I realize I have focused on the palettes, but let’s be real here, those are my true jam. Not to mention that blush palette can be easily duped by many of the existing blushes/palettes that you already have, and have been released by UD for years. The liners are in the same boat, Marc Jacobs, Mac, UD, KVD. It’s been done. PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP RELEASING THINGS AS LIMITED EDITION THAT ARE ALREADY IN MANY BRANDS REGULAR LINES.

/Rant.