When I heard about Kismet Essentials Coco Rinse, I found myself excited and curious to bring oil pulling into my morning routine. I read a lot about the brand, and a lot about the product because I have tried oil pulling in the past, and loved it in theory, but just couldn't keep myself committed. The convenient packets that Kismet provides and minty flavour seemed to be better upgrades my previous experiences with oil pulling and so I opted to give the kit a try!
Oil pulling is most effective when done in the morning before any eating or drinking or even brushing your teeth, so for 2 weeks, it was the first thing I would do in my morning routine. The packets make it easy to know exactly how much product to use and allow you to warm the oil under water or between your hands to liquify it which makes the oil so much easier to use! Coco Rinse features a cool mint flavour, which tastes like your mouth is getting clean right from the first moment! I think the addition of mint is ingenious because it makes oil pulling feel like the standard oral care products we are so used to.
Coco Rinse great because of the upgrades they have given the traditional oil pulling method and yet still retains all the amazing benefits coconut oil provides. Fresher breath, whiter teeth, a cleaner mouth and healthier gums are just a handful of the benefits and you can read more of them here. Not only is this an effective and innovative oil pulling kit, it also is so well packaged and branded and it makes oil pulling more approachable for everyone.
If you've been curious about oil pulling, or have tried it in the past, but didn't enjoy the taste or consistency, definitely give this kit a try! Visit their website to find out where to get your hands on it! After using it for 2 weeks, I have found my teeth to be whiter and my smile looks brighter! I love that I can get clean teeth and fresh breath while I'm in the shower or curling my hair or reading a book.
Have you tried this kit? Please let me know your thoughts below!
As someone who struggles a lot with acne and uneven skin, I am constantly checking out skincare products and ingredients, hoping that they will help to reduce my break outs. A few months ago, I discovered the new NeoStrata offerings that contain glycolic acid as the main ingredient and opted to pick up the Oil Free Gel Cleanser. I had heard lots of things about glycolic acid in the past, but it was not an ingredient I had ever tried in my own skincare routine. I had often heard the term "chemical exfoliant" associated with the ingredient, but didn't entirely know what that meant until I had the chance to use it myself! This acid effectively removes dead skin cells, in turn making the skin appear more fresh and feel less congested. I found that my skin felt so clean after using the cleanser, and so after a few short weeks, I ended up adding the Cleansing Foaming Water and Glycolic Renewal Smoothing Lotion into my skincare routine. These products have been working wonders to keep my skin clean and combat breakouts! I've found this range to be very effective in my nighttime skincare routine, and am so pleased to finally feel like my acne is under control!
Have you tried these products? What items from this range do you recommend?
The All Nighter Liquid Foundation, the newest foundation launch from Urban Decay, had me very curious as soon as it hit the market, so of course I had to pick it up and give it a try! This formula makes some major claims that seemed to suit for my uneven, slightly oily and quite sensitive skin. Phrases like "modern matte" and "3 times the pigment" were all I needed to hear to be convinced that this was the foundation for me! I've now been trialling and testing it for 2 weeks, so I've definitely got a lot of thoughts on this formula. This is going to be a bit of a rambly post.
With 24 shades, there's a certainly a close match for everyone! The shades seem to be either quite yellow or pink, with little neutrals in the selection. After swatching a few shades, I opted to pick up 3.5 (above) which is actually a cool undertone when first applied, but it does oxidize to a more neutral shade. So be weary of that when picking out a shade, it will change! I was very happy to have walked around the store with 3 different swatches on my arm before making my final choice.
When it comes to application, I have found that it is best applied with a damp Beauty Blender as the formula is a little too dry to work into the skin with a brush. Mixed with moisturizer it does apply better with a brush, but that does sheer out the coverage and diminish the longevity of wear time. I have tried it with and without a few different primers, but haven't found there to be any dramatic benefit to using one with this formula.
As for all it's claims relating to coverage, they are so true! In the after picture here I have concealer under my eyes, but nothing on my spots! It is full coverage, but doesn't look too much, if you know what I mean. Generally, there is no need to build this formula, but you can add a light layer on those areas that are more pigmented for maximum coverage.
The longevity is great and I find that it requires fewer touch ups than most liquid foundations I've used in the past. I don't have issues with the product shifting or disappearing off my face whatsoever, but oils do still come to the surface, which I don't mind at all. I'm curious to see how this holds up in the colder months, and will definitely have to do an update then!
Overall, it's a great base for those of us with lots of pigmentation, redness or acne as it covers everything up in one easy step and lasts very well. A definite favourite of mine so far!
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this liquid foundation if you've given it a try too!
The metallic lip trend has come like a wave so quickly only in recent months. I've been curious about trying the trend (even though I'm definitely a matte lips lover) but after seeing the NYX Cosmetics Cosmic Metals Lip Creams on the brand's website about 6 weeks ago, I've been on the hunt for this new offering. The high shine, opaque coverage, bold colour claims sounded so amazing. NYX is a brand I know I can trust as their products are generally very good and are always affordable.
Above left to right: Speed of Light, Solar Energy, Fuchsia Fusion and Asteroid Aura
With 11 shades available, there really is something for everyone. There are some adventurous and futuristic colours available (like olive green and dark grey) but I opted to pick up the shades I personally consider to be more wearable so I can get the most use out of these products. And it's safe to say I'm happy with my choices as I am in love with all 4 of the colours. Speed of Light an ultra-metallic copper (although NYX describes it as rose gold) which pairs with a bold dramatic eye or minimal makeup look. I'm low-key obsessing over this shade. It's my favourite by far. Solar Energy is a true orange with a coral shift. Fuchsia Fusion is likely going to be a favourite in this group because it's a true hot pink that seriously pops with it's purple undertone. And finally Asteroid Aura is the most bold shade of my selection as it is a bright purple.
Above: Asteroid Aura on the perimeter of the mouth and Fuchsia Fusion on the inside for extra dimension and a fuller looking lip!
The pigment is so rich with these lip creams, with an even shiny finish in one swipe. These are a cream formula, and so never feel like they fully set, but do feel comfortable without being too sticky or slippy either. I personally would not recommend these for drinking and eating as the product transfers easily, yet leaves behind the glitter, and will require lots of touch ups. Reapplication is easy, but these can't be built up with more than 2 layers without looking (and feeling) thick.
Overall, I am very happy with this new launch from NYX! For only $10 CAD each, the metallic lip trend is affordable and approachable for everyone! This unique formula allows everyone the ability to create a very fun look, perfect as we approach Halloween and the festive season.
Have you tried these metallic lipsticks yet? What colours should I pick up next?
I'm finding myself very inspired by deep, rich colours at the moment when it comes to makeup. This look is great for the transition between summer and fall, leaning slightly berry but still feeling fresh. The gold liner and yellow inner corner keep this look light, but perfectly compliment the deep crease tone.
My favourite part of this eye is the gold liner. The colour and opacity are gorgeous, but upon application I realized that it needed a little bit more depth so I created a very minimal double winged liner to amp it up. That small addition totally amped up the impact of this eye. The rest is very hazy and smokey which allows the pure yellow to transition into this deep cranberry shade.
The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer
NYX Hot Singles Eyeshadow in STFU
NYX Mauve N'Out Blush
The Balm Matte Kumar Eyeshadow (sample)
NYX Glam Aqua Luxe Liner in 24 Karat
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Dark Brown
Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 104
Aren't those shades just perfect together?! It's something bold and experimental without being too OTT in my opinion. I am so happy with the result of this look and can imagine I will be wearing it lots! It's quite simple to achieve and can be changed up for any colour palette!
What are your favourites for autumnal makeup looks?
There are some things you can always rely on Colourpop for - fun colours and a good price. Like all of their products I have tried, the Creme Gel Liners totally live up to that! The brand offers an array of bold, unique colours as well as essential neutrals in their Creme Gel Liner formula for just $5 USD or about $6.60 CAD at the moment [insert crying face] per pencil. Although the conversion to CAD at the moment is so dramatic, these liners are still significantly less the price of a lot of drugstore brand liners cost now! I currently have 5 shades from the line up - Zulu (pastel sea foam green), HoneyDude (warm nude), Exit (true white), Boots (hot pink) and No Shame (blackened violet) - all of which are fun, pigmented and creamy shades.
In this look I've created a gradient using No Shame, Boots and Exit, and HoneyDude in the waterline. To see Zulu in action, check out this post.
These liners are very creamy which makes them easy to apply and blend without tugging on application. However, it makes the actual product very prone to breaking, so be very aware not too press to firmly or to advance the liner too much. They glide onto the eyes effortlessly, so there really is no need to be harsh. You don't have a ton of time to smudge them around, so be sure to work fairly quickly because these set and do not budge! I am very grateful for that, as most formulas tend to slip and slide on my waterline and lids.
Above you can see just how saturated and vivid these colours are! Left to right I've swatched - Zulu, HoneyDude, Exit, Boots and No Shame. I admire that Colourpop releases adventurous shades that I don't see from other lines. And for such a great price point, why not try colours out of your comfort zone?!
I am looking forward to trying out more shades, I am especially interested in some of the metallics for something different. If you've tried these colours, or any others, please let me know your thoughts!
This is a colour I couldn't resist. I loved the look of the vibrant red colour on the bottom of the bullet and when I filled it over to see the name, Neon Red, I just knew I needed to bring this colour home. It is just the kind of colour I have been missing from my lipstick collection, I don't have anything else like it! This colour is so bold and definitely grabs attention. There's something so contemporary about it, this red does not feel like a classic shade at all because of it's vibrancy. This shade is not for those who are colour shy! It is a warm red, with just the slightest hint of orange.
At Shopper's Drug Mart, unfortunately there aren't testers for the shades of Joe Fresh Beauty, so I purchased this simply based on the swatch at the bottom of the tube - and thankfully it is so accurate! I got exactly the colour I was expecting. As for the formula, it's quite different than I anticipated. This is labelled as a matte formula, when in fact it is more of a satin. In these photos, it's obvious how much sheen there is in the finish. It never truly sets or dries, which means lots of maintenance and for someone like me, lots of worry whether it's sitting still on my lips or somehow wandered across my chin or cheeks (it's happened too many times before)!
I still really love it, even though the formula is very slippy. I'm curious to see whether the formula differs between colours or if this is what they are all like. The glossy look makes this shade more wearable as it's more forgiving! Sheered out, it creates a totally new look for this shade and it's so beautiful and effortless for both lips and cheeks actually! I love the colour so much and how versatile this product can be, so the price tag of $10 seems pretty fair to me.
PS I know I am having a bit of a lipstick moment. I can't seem to stop posting about lip colours and I'm not even sorry about it!
Have you tried this bright red colour? If you've tried other colours from the range, I'd love to hear your thoughts too!
The Electric Pressed Pigment Palette by Urban Decay features 10 bold, saturated, unique pressed pigment shadows. The range of colours contained in this palette are so diverse so there are endless ways to combine the shades with one another or alongside any other eyeshadows. These are very vibrant colours, so definitely not for the average everyday look, but for $50 for 10 stunning shadows, (hello, that's only $5 a piece - cheaper than ColourPop with the CAD exchange) this palette really is worth picking up and having in your makeup collection, no matter how often you reach for these kinds of shades. Personally, I did not anticipate I would use it as often as I do, so it's been a great surprise and it truly has given me the opportunity to think more creatively. This is definitely an underrated palette - I know it's been on the market for quite some time, but I am honestly surprised I haven't seen more people talk about it over the years!
How amazing is the packing though? The bold colours on the front just make me want to bathe myself in colour every time I reach for it. The case is very sturdy with a magnetic closure, inside there is a double ended brush a most importantly a HUGE mirror!
As I mentioned, there are 10 colours in this palette, 8 of which are exclusive to this collection, and the other 2 are re-releases from previous limited edition palettes by Urban Decay. For the most part, these colours are shimmery, but there is still a variety of different textures. Urban Decay was really on the ball when they came out with this palette. These are pressed pigments, so I think it is understandable that there is some fallout on application occasionally. Savage and Chaos are the only 2 that are lacking the super rich pigmentation I was expecting, however they still preform unbelievably well! The colours in all their glory, are swatched below:
Because they are pressed pigments, these colours can be used as eyeshadow, liner or blush. I've even used Revolt over lipsticks to create a metallic look just for fun and loved the result! This palette just means playtime and experimentation, so go ahead and try things out of the norm!
I have had this gorgeous palette for about 2 months now, so have had a lot of opportunity to really play around and experiment with all the colours. Only now do I feel like I can accurately review it, even though it has been in my possession for quite some time. In the last 2 months I have done so many experimental looks trying to see just what this palette is capable of - and believe me, the possibilities are unlimited! I've already featured some of the looks here and here and can't wait to share more!
Do you have this palette or will you be picking it up?
As you may already been able to tell, I'm having a serious moment for bold lip products! A lot of my recent instagram & blog posts have been focused on the lips more than anything else. It's been lots of fun experimenting with how to style and pair unconventional colours. ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Marshmallow is no exception to this trend I'm on at the moment.
Marshmallow is described as a greyed-out lavender, and that's pretty accurate if you ask me. It is a cool toned, pale purple definitely leaning more grey - a very unique shade that I think is unlike anything else on the market. And for only $7.75 ($6 USD) it really is cheaper than almost anything else. The fact that it pulls quite grey makes it very easy to pair with so many different colours and is suitable for all year round, I think it is an amazing summery shade or a refreshing tone for winter.
Needless to say, ColourPop done good with this shade. It's so unique and pretty flattering considering what a crazy colour it really is! The formula is so comfortable and lasts well! I wore this one for 4 hours before taking it off, it didn't really seem to set, but being that it is a satin formula, I didn't expect that at all. It's comfortable and eye catching and fun, and that's just about all I could ever ask for!
The easiest way to pair a bold lip is to go with something fairly simple on the eyes, and I've done just that in this look. It was created using minimal but effective products. Both the upper and lower lash lines are quite smudgy and blown out, with loaded up lashes, but nothing heavy, bringing the all the attention to those bold lips! I actually filmed a kind of get ready with me style video on this, so stay tuned for that for all the products & techniques used!
I do want to experiment with more dramatic looks using this lippie in the future for sure. Any recommendations on shadows or products to pair this lippie with? Please let me know or leave links to ways you've used this shade if you own it too!
Well it is no secret that I am obsessed with the formula of NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. Nope, it is not a secret at all. I have written about them here many times, posted about them on my instagram and even mentioned them in my current faves video a few weeks ago!
About 2 weeks ago I found myself wandering through a new Shopper's Drug Mart and noticed that they actually carried a larger selection of shades than the Shopper's I frequent (yes, I go there a lot) which were a bolder and more diverse than the shades I have seen most often, so I picked up 2 new additions and I still want more, let's be honest!
Left to right: Moscow, Ibiza, Stockholm, Milan, San Paulo
The formula is so creamy, rich and easy to work with. These lip colours set and last a long time and are very easy to reapply and layer. I seriously cannot get enough of this formula, as it's so comfortable, yet long lasting and truly matte. The colour applies evenly (only the deep shade Moscow requires 2 layers to get full opacity) and the shades are so gorgeous. There is some serious magic in these tubes, I'm telling you! I own 5 different shades at the moment, and have my eyes on a few more which will be mine in time.
Have you tried this formula? What are your thoughts?
These 4 cleansing products have been on rotation in my cleansing routine for the last few weeks. My skin is looking pretty good (much, much better than in the past) and I must say I'm attributing a lot of that to all these products.
There are 2 makeup removing cleansers in this round up however these cleansers are very different from one another. Makeup removing is the first step in my makeup routine each night and is so very important to achieve clean skin! First up I have been using the Garnier Micellar All-in-One Cleansing Water to remove eye and face makeup pretty much everyday. It is so gentle, and honestly acts as effectively as the much more expensive alternative, Bioderma Crealine H2O, my previous favourite micellar water. I love this product because it is so easy to work with - just soak a cotton pad and swipe over the entire face for makeup to just melt away! It's prefect for days with less makeup, or let's be honest when I'm feeling like doing the bare minimum skincare at the end of a long day.
The next makeup remover is Shisedo Perfect Cleansing Oil, which I'm enjoying, but truly not loving. It is gentle and does remove my makeup, but it hurts my eyes, and other oils I've used in the past did not do that at all. I do like that it leaves my skin feeling clean but never oily or stripped. I just want to be able to use it around my eyes and not get as irritated as I do. It really probably could work for less sensitive people, as I've only ready good things, so it's obviously my flaw and not the product!
My everyday, morning and night cleanser is NeoStrata Oil Free Gel Cleansing, which I truly think is the sole product that is really has been helping my skin. It cleanses my skin so throughly without leaving my ski ever feeling stripped or too dry, like other cleansers can. I love the fact that it contains glycolic acid too! It's a completely underrated product that I just can't get enough of. I definitely want to try more products from this line.
Lastly we have the most recent addition to my cleansers, Yes to Tomatoes Daily Pore Scrub, which is not so much a cleanser as it is a treatment, but I thought was fitting for this round up regardless. This is a product I use very rarely, but I do get the desire for a physical exfoliant from time to time so this is a good solution to that need. I love that although the particles are quite large, there are actually very few of them and it is not a harsh scrub at all. Better yet, these are not microbeads!
What are your current favourite cleansing products?!
So I've now worn this look twice because I absolutely am in love with this unexpected colour combination. Bold sea foam green in the waterline pairs effortlessly with the bright gold on the lid and in the inner corner. The whole look is tied together with the lips, crease and cheeks as they all have a brown, dusty pink shade. These are all such rich tones, yet pair so perfectly together, and feels seasonal without being a standard summer look.
This makeup look is quite ColourPop heavy, as I made a recent order and am playing around with the new additions still (and just generally have a ColourPop obsession). When I ordered these items, I didn't know how perfectly they would work together, so it was a bit of a happy accident.
The star of the show in my opinion is the colour in the waterline, ColourPop Creme Gel Liner in Zulu, which brightens my eyes and this placement makes wearing a bold colour super simple to incorporate into any look! This colour would definitely look amazing on all eye colours and pair with so many neutral shadow shades. I've created a halo shape placement on the lid, and mimicked that on the lower lash line using Makeup Forever Artist Shadow in M-600 on the inner and outer portion as well as in the crease. This colour diffuses so effortlessly and perfectly that there is no need to use a transition shade. On the centre of the lid, inner corner and centre of the lower lash line, I've gone for ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Telepathy to bring a lot of light and super shine to contrast the matte brown pink. Several coats of Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara finish off the entire look. Lashes are not necessary when using this mascara! No contour or bronzer in this look, just Benefit Dallas Blush in a bronzer/contour/blush placement. This shade is great for sculpting without sculpting, you know what I mean?
Don't these shades just look so amazing together?! I personally think they look regal, yet extremely playful. I just want to keep using these colours in different ways because they compliment one another so perfectly!
What do you think about this look? Please let me know in the comments!