If you've seen any of my blog or instagram posts over the last year, you may have noticed Colourpop Cosmetics as a constantly reoccurring theme. I love this brand, and their Lippie Stix are absolutely no exception. These lipsticks come in such a wide array of finishes and colours, there truly is something for everyone. I currently own 8 of these lipsticks, and you best believe I'll be picking up more... But for today, let's chat about the colours I currently own & all my thoughts!
Left to right: She Bad, Peachy, Lumiere, Grunge, Bitchette, LBB, Nevermind, Bull Chic
I made my first order from Colourpop just over a year ago, and have been obsessed ever since. For just $5USD each, or currently $6.70CAD they are more affordable then almost anything else on the market and I personally think they perform amazingly! The price point of their products (all cruelty free, might I add!) is just phenomenal and the quality well surpasses the low price! The packaging is good, there definitely isn't anything revolutionary about it, but I do love the long, skinny bullet these lipsticks come in. The angled end is also really nice and allows a smooth, effortless application straight from the bullet.
As you can see, I have picked up several shades, primarily in the Matte formula, and have found the performance to be great across the board. These lipsticks apply so smoothly and have amazing colour payoff. My one complaint would definitely be that they are not a true matte, as they do not fully set, but there is no shimmer or obvious sheen. I like that they don't dry down entirely as the finish is quite comfortable. Based on my one experience with the Matte X formula, it is more like a traditional matte finish.
I genuinely wear these lipsticks all the time and can't wait to add more to my collection!
Find looks featuring some of my favourite shades below:
LBB(worn here), Grunge (worn here and here), Blackout (here) and tons on my instagram!
Have you tried this product? What are your thoughts on Colourpop Lippie Stix?
I have been extremely curious about the Foreo Luna Mini 2 for quite some time, so I finally gave in and picked one up a few weeks ago. I had seen some information about this cleansing face brush online on Sephora so spent weeks researching it, trying to determine whether it was a good fit to add into my skincare routine. This tool is intended to offer a gentle yet deep clean that will not irritate the skin. There are various speed settings and a built in timer to ensure you don't over cleanse. This tool is also waterproof and recharegable. With all those features, I couldn't resist trying it out! I've spent 3 weeks using it consistently and have a few thoughts to share now! Let's dive in!
I opted to pick up this tool for a variety of reasons, but the first and most significant thing for me was the fact that this unit is made of silicone and so is extremely hygienic, perfect for my sensitive and acne prone skin. I really didn't have any interest in having to repurchase a tool like this. I like that I don't have to worry about this potentially causing breakouts for me overtime and it's so easy to keep clean! My skin is quite congested and has active acne, so I don't want to use a cleansing brush that could potentially hold onto and spread the bacteria.
The unit is fully waterproof and so can be used in the sink, shower or bath, without any risk. I love this feature because it is so easy to use in the shower after a long day when I don't particularly want to do a full cleanse standing over the sink. It only takes a minute for a full cleanse in any case, so easy even for those rushed mornings!
When I first purchased it, I was using it morning and night to deep clean as the instructions on Foreo's website suggest but I've recently opted to use it only on days when I wear makeup at the end of the day. I'm not sure as of yet if it's as effective this way, but I'm giving it a try!
Unfortunately, after weeks of using this brush with a couple different cleansers (I'm currently using NeoStrata Oil Free Cleanser with Glycolic Acid & Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash) I have not noticed any dramatic changes with the amount of acne, but do feel that my hyper pigmentation has dramatically minimized. I can't wait to keep playing and see how this really affects my breakouts. Because of the pulsations I do think it offers an effective exfoliation without being harsh whatsoever and that will definitely continue to help reduce the scarring and prevent active acne from spreading. I think after 3 months of use I can get a clearer opinion on this and will certainly update with a full review at that point!
Have you tried this tool? What are your thoughts? If you have yet to try it, do you intend on getting it soon?
After seeing countless instagram posts and Youtube videos featuring the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette I finally gave in! I know, I know, it's just another neutral palette, and we've all seen this one around a ton, but I wanted to share my thoughts on it since I've been playing around with it a lot since I picked it up.
The regular price of this palette is $59CAD. I personally think it is fairly priced as it contains 16 neutral eyeshadow shades which are all diverse and are good quality. The pigmentation and blendability of this eyeshadow formula is good, especially when it comes to the shimmery shades. As for the darker mattes, I did find them to be a little bit patchy upon swatching, but they do perform well on the eyes. The shade selection is definitely suited toward deeper shades, perfect for brown and bronze smokey eyes, but there are so many diverse combinations. There truly are endless colour combinations, especially thanks to the the addition of the a brighter shades in this collection.
Left to right - Marzipan, Candied Violet, Creme Brulee, Milk Chocolate
Left to right - Semi-Sweet, Amaretto, Cherry Cordial, Triple Fudge
Above are my favourite shades from the palette so far. One thing to note (and likely the most important) is the fact that this palette smells absolutely amazing just like sweet chocolate! It's delicious and perfect for this palette. It definitely adds to the whole experience of using this and works amazingly for the branding which I adore.
Have you tried this palette? What were your thoughts on it?
There is a definite sense of satisfaction in hitting pan on a powder makeup product. There's this feeling of accomplishment for me of feeling like I've gotten my money's worth and I'm not wasting or hoarding makeup. Which is way more complex of thoughts than it really should be. But if you're a makeup lover like myself, you'll understand why it is hard to reach the end of almost anything because I'm constantly trying new things! In order to hit pan on any product it must be a faithful favourite because I keep going back to it. These are the products I've hit pan on most recently, there aren't a ton of things to feature, but they are all good ones!
For face I've finally hit pan on Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed, this is the only Tarte blush I currently own, but I've had it in my collection nearing 4 years now. It's the perfect blush for any makeup look whatsoever so I am wearing it at least 80% of the time, and yet it has taken this long to make the smallest dent in! So pigmented and long wearing, I can't say enough good things about the formula and shade. Next up is actually a fairly new product for me, Too Faced Coca Powder Foundation in Golden Light. I've been using it exclusively since I picked it up a at the end of September and this is going quickly! The scent is amazing and the formula is smooth and offers medium coverage. I'll likely finish this up very soon. I've nearly completely used up the shade Soft Light from the NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette (review here) and have been really enjoying it, but I am looking forward to getting the chance to soon try out some new setting powders!
There are a few shades in the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone that get a lot of use from me, since I purchased it about 3 years ago. Yet it's taken me so long to finally hit pan on one shade - the Eyelid colour on the left column of the palette. I'm sure another 1-2 shades will be hitting pan shortly, so it's safe to say this is a favourite, I really recommend it for anyone, it's so affordable and great quality! Lastly there are Colourpop Super Shock Shadows in Koosh & Hanky Panky. There's no denying how much I love the formula of these as another of their shadows were featured in my last pan post here!
If you follow me on instagram, you probably already saw these featured but I wasn't able to give my full thoughts there, so I wanted to share them with you here too! It's been nearly 8 months since my last post of this kind (find my last post here) so I'm feeling pretty accomplished!
What have you recently hit pan on?
I have been seeing the Joe Fresh Eye Shadow Palette in Neutrals around on blogs and instagram for quite some time. It seemed as though everyone was very impressed by the quality of these shadows so I put it on my list of things I wanted to pick up and try for myself! A couple days ago I was in Shoppers Drug Mart and saw this guy on clearance for just $7 so I opted to pick it up and see whether it is worth the hype!
Every brand seems to have a neutral shadows palette, as they really are an essential makeup product in any collection. This palette does hit all the bases in terms of the shade and finish selection of 4 mattes and 8 shimmer shadows. The colours range from a creamy nude shade all the way to a deep black. On first glance, the colours all look quite different from one another and yet cohesive to be able to create a large variety of looks. There is a good combination of warm and cool tones that would be perfect for creating tons of looks for day or night.
When I began using this palette I found myself a little underwhelmed by the shimmer shades. As you can see in the swatches above, there is a lot of shine but not a ton of colour payoff. I really like the mattes and find they have great pigmentation however! I did use primer to enhance the colours, but perhaps a wet brush would help to get the most out of these shades. The colours are blendable and easy to work with because they aren't the most pigmented, which would make them great for beginners.
I'm definitely going to continue to play around with this palette and I know I can make it work. For the $14 regular price I do think it's a great palette as you get 12 neutrals. I do believe this is permanent as I've read a few times it's from the core collection, so I'm not entirely sure why it was marked to 50% off, but if you can snag it for that price, I definitely suggest you do!
Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts on it?!
Today I have a look that definitely has an element of drama, but is also extremely wearable for a dinner or work day. In this look I've opted to keep everything very tonal and it is very much inspired by the fall leaves with their rich warm tones. I'll admit, there isn't anything revolutionary about the technique or even the final result, but I was so happy with this look I had to share!
This look is extremely easy to create because it is simply a gradient between only 3 eyeshadows. Lots of blending is involved and that's crucial, but other than that, it's so easy to replicate. This technique of using the deepest shade on the lid, the middle shade in the crease and the lightest shade to buff it all out is extremely easy to use and can be duplicated for a variety of different colour families and combinations! As long as you blend, even unexpected colour pairings can work together, so definitely try this technique in lots of different ways!
In this look I used:
Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Mittens - a deep, warm violet - all over the lid, concentrating the colour there and no bringing it into the crease. The colour can get somewhat lost on my hooded eyes, but I feel it's best to not bring that shade too high or else the whole look can get too much.
Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Elixir - a warm terracotta - loosely in the crease, going onto the lid and also up toward the brow bone to allow for seamless transitions.
NYX Hot Singles Eyeshadow in STFU - a pure yellow - as the transition shade between my skin tone and the terracotta. This colour adds a pop to the whole look while also blending out the deeper shades.
On the lips, I went for a very metallic finish because the eyes are so matte. This look would be great with a berry, brown, nude or red, but I've opted for NYX Cosmic Metals Lip Creme in Speed of Light as it keeps this look very tonal. The finish and the shade of this lipstick are both unexpected for this season, yet I think are perfect at this time of year!
On the cheeks, nose and cupid's bow I'm using a combination of the 2 warmer shades from the City Colour Highlight Trio and love the natural glow it gives!
This season I've been finding myself so much more inspired to create interesting and unique looks than I have ever been in the past! I have lots more ideas and can't wait to keep sharing them with you! I post tons of my looks on instagram, so be sure to keep following me there for more creative inspiration!
What other colour combinations would you use to replicate this eye technique?
There really isn't a better time of year than right now to be wearing everything black. As Halloween approaches, I've been trying more creative makeup looks and colour combinations and I'm having so much fun with it! I am always drawn to black pieces for my wardrobe as it's safe and easy to pair, but I've definitely never ventured enough to try black lips before now. I'm really not certain why I even decided to buy this true black lipstick, but I've been having some fun exploring how to use it!
When it comes to using a black lipstick on my light skin, the lips are entirely the focal point. I find it's important to balance the lipstick without going to heavy but that's just my style. Bold eyes and bold lips can look awesome too!
In this look I'm using Colourpop Lippie Stix in Bull Chic which is a flat matte colour. The Colourpop matte Lippie Stix in my opinion are more of a satin finish, and I quite like that for these bold colours. The slight sheen makes it appear less harsh and is way more forgiving! I've paired this daring lip with a crisp black wing on the outer corner using Ciaté London Fierce Flicks Eyeliner. This full size product came in my ipsy bag this month and I have been so impressed by it's opacity and ease of use. I smudged it out on the centre of the lid using Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Perversion to soften the look because I prefer my makeup to look a little undone. I think the smudgy liner has this effortless style that elevates a very dramatic look and it seamlessly blends into the inner corner this way as well! Definitely a different kind of effect, but one I think I want to try more often. It's all about texture even though the shades are the same!
My original intention with this look was definitely to keep it all matte and black, but at the last minute I opted to bring some contrast and colour in with Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Telepathy, a green-gold metallic shadow that looks SO cool with black, I've used it here for a softer look as well. I think this addition elevates the whole look, but it isn't actually necessary at all, I just decided to use it for a fun twist! A frosty mint or duochrome purple would look equally as amazing too!
I think this is a great look to wear over Halloween weekend, so I'll likely be replicating it again then or trying out a new pairing with black lips. How would you wear this lipstick?
I've posted a close up and another shot of this look on my instagram because I'm obsessing over it!
What do you think about this bold look?
I love seeing empties posts! There's definitely a satisfaction in seeing a product used up, especially if you're like me and use a lot different things on an everyday basis. Recently, a ton of products came to their end all at once, so I wanted to share with you those things!
For makeup, there is definitely a theme in this collection. Nothing too interesting here but this grouping of products is a pretty good display of the hot summer we just experienced. There are 2 powder foundations I used right until the end - Kat Von D Lock-it Powder Foundation in Medium 52 and the much more affordable NYX Stay Matte but not Flat Powder Foundation in Natural. Both of these are great powder foundation options with great coverage and longevity. I honestly can't say I prefer one over but the Kat Von D offering was slightly deeper so I would apply it in the morning and the NYX was a lighter shade which I prefer for mid-day touch ups. Another product I used a lot this summer was setting sprays. 2 of which I finished were Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray and NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray, both of which lock your makeup in place so it lasts very well even through oil & sweat! I loved the Joe Fresh Illuminating Concealer in Light/Medium (read a review here) which had great coverage and is super affordable! I used up yet another NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Ash Brown which is probably my very most favourite brow product, yet have yet to repurchase, I'm trying out something new at the moment. And lastly, I completely finished a pan of NYX Cream from the Highlight & Contour Pro Palette (review of the palette here) which I have already repurchased and have popped into the palette!
For skincare and other beauty products there truly isn't a theme, it's kind of a strange collection of things but here we go! I was sent Kismet Coco Rinse and used up all the packets promptly, you can see my full thoughts here. I've already repurchased another of the NeoStrata Oil Free Gel Cleanser 4% Glycolic Acid (post here) because I am obsessed and think it's so effective for my skin! I mentioned in my last empties post that I had picked up the Garnier Micellar Water and I've already finished up 2 bottles! It's super effective and affordable, and I think it's a great alternative to other more expensive options.
The last 3 things are products I didn't find to be particularly special or impressive to me, but of course, I wanted to touch briefly on them - First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer was a decent product, but didn't do anything that made me want to repurchase it. I just finished it because I had it, simply put. The Manic Panic Hair Colour Cream in Cotton Candy Pink is a weird one to throw in here but I did use it all and it didn't really work for me at all! I was so disappointed that the colour only ever lasted about 2-5 days for me and I applied it on 3 different occasions hoping it would hold. The colour would fade before I had even washed it! So I'm hunting for a longer lasting hair colour option if there are any suggestions! And lastly after hearing raves about the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask i picked it up over a year ago and just finished it a while ago. There are more effective masks out there that don't have such a steep price tag!
What products have you finished recently? Do you have any suggestions for products I should replace these ones with?
If you're into seasonal makeup trends, you'll know that berries and reds are the rage at the moment. Let's take a break from the trends and try a few other shades that are not as traditional for this season. These colours are all perfect for fall, and best of all they are affordable ways to try something a little different!
Milani Amoire Matte Metallic Lip Creme in Matte About You is the perfect shade (and finish) as we transition from summer into autumn. The bold coral usually reserved for summer takes a fun twist with it's unique gold shift and warm undertone. Although this formula does set matte, it has so much luminosity in the finish! It would be totally wearable all year round in my opinion and I really think that you should try to rock this shade this fall as I know I'll be wearing it lots! It's so comfortable and lasts sets down matte, making it pretty much fool proof for day or night!
Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Dr. M is the most unexpected lip shade no matter the season. This deep green shade is the most experimental colour I've ever tried personally and I actually quite love it and wish I had more confidence to wear it out because it is SO COOL. The formula is a little difficult to work with or maybe it's just this shade (this is my first and only Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip - not sure why I picked out green) as it is the most extreme matte formula my lips have ever felt. A balm is definitely mandatory before application and for about 3 weeks after removal, but it is so worth it! Colourpop is so inexpensive, and offers tons of unique colours, they are my go-to because who wants to spend more then $10 on a lip product you might not use more than a handful of times?
NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme in Transylvania offers the feel of a traditional autumnal lip, while still having a hint of edge and grunge which is my kind of makeup. This shade is a deep violet with a lot of punch! I love how comfortable this formula is (I raved all about them here) and I highly recommend trying this out so you can get comfortable with a colour like this. As with the other deep shades in the Soft Matte Lip Creme line up, it can go on quite streaky, so you have to work in layers and not apply too much product at once. This colour would pair well with so many different types of looks, I can't wait to play around with it more!
I feel like I haven't done a round up type of post like this in a very long time! What other kinds of posts would you guys like to see from me? Let's chat!
What are some of your unexpected lip colour picks for fall? I can't wait to try more fun shades!
There is no denying that the embossed design of the powder products in the Physician's Formula Argan Wear line is absolutely stunning and exactly the reason I picked up these items when I saw them. Physician's Formula did an amazing job when designing these products, so I couldn't resist adding them to my collection.
I picked up the Ultra Nourishing Oil Powder in Beige and the Ultra Nourishing Argan Oil Blush in Natural. The shade selection is so limited, with only 2 shades to pick from the powder and the blush. Both of these products claim to improve skin texture and brighten dullness. I typically just roll my eyes when I see such nonsense, as these claims never impact my decision when it comes to buying makeup. The infusion of argan oil made me very curious to see how it would make the products perform and last.
With the limited colour selection, it is near impossible to be steered in the wrong direction. The shades are definitely best suited from fair to light-medium skin, as I find the pigmentation to lacking. In the swatches below, you can see how minimal the colour payoff is for both products, or can you even see the face powder, on the left? There is one darker shade in the blush, but when I saw it in store, it looked very similar. I don't think that sheer coverage is a bad thing whatsoever, and I like products that are buildable instead of packing on too much punch from the start, but I do dislike how it is only suited to a small spectrum of skin tones which is a common theme I have seen and heard with Physician's Formula as a brand.
Unfortunately, for me, the fragrance (I assume the argan oil) in these products is far too strong which really disappointed me. The blush was blendable and adds a lovely hint of glow, and the powder was nearly undetectable on my face and for these reasons, I've tried to wear them several times and the scent just lingers all day. I don't like the scent upon application, and I surely do not like it after being at work for 8 hours. I will have to pass these off to someone who isn't as sensitive to scents, and hope she gets some use out of them!
Have you tried these products? Are there other products in the line you recommend?
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! 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?