I know it's been years since this product launched and the hype has definitely faded, however I recently decided to give the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade a try for myself. I was not drawn to it in the past as I used to see it being used for very dramatic looking brows. But after seeing it used to create more natural brow style, I was curious. For $23 it is fairly expensive, but definitely worth the pricetag because I have yet to find anything else quite like it!
With a line up of 11 shades, the colour selection is very impressive. We often find brow products available in a handful of options, but as always, ABH knows brows best. The vast selection of shades means there is a near perfect match for everyone. I opted for a shade that is significantly lighter than my natural brow hairs - Taupe - to give the more full, unstructured shape I am after for my brows. I'm so happy with the result this shade gives, as there is not a discernible trace of product. And I'm all about that look at the moment! I could definitely see myself picking up a shade or two darker to create more bold brows for a different style and technique.
This pomade is easy to apply with an angled liner brush. It can be easy to go over board, so a spooly is definitely be handy, and the result is flawless! My brows last easily 12 hours with this product without smudging or fading and they are waterproof just to top it all off! I'm very happy to have picked this up, and would suggest that everyone give it a go because there are many ways to use this versatile brow product.
Have you tried the ABH Dip Brow Pomade? What are your thoughts on it?!
The Pacifica Daydreamer Roll-On Trio contains 3 of the brands gorgeous perfumes. As with all of their products, these perfumes are vegan & cruelty free which is what initially drew me to this pack, but the unique scents are really what makes them amazing! For $19USD ($25CAD) you get to try 3 .33oz rollerballs of delicious, unique fragrances, all wrapped up in a gorgeous package, which is always to be expected of Pacifica!
I had been looking at the Pacifica perfumes for quite some time over the past few months as I ran out of my much loved MAC Turquatic Perfume and will not be repurchasing it. Unfortunately Pacifica is not very accessible here for me, so I was hesitant to purchase and commit to a specific scent. So when I discovered the variety of trios that they offer, I was excited and found that this one looked like it would suit my personal taste best. It contains 3 delicious scents: Tuscan Blood Orange, Indian Coconut Nectar, and Tahitian Gardenia
Tuscan Blood Orange is described as sparkling orange, mandarin and raspberry. And that is truly what it is. It smells a little sweet but mostly fresh and oh-so delicious! This scent leans a little feminine with the addition of berry, but it will be absolutely perfect for some freshness come summertime!
Indian Coconut Nectar is described as a sultry blend of coconut & creamy vanilla. It has a true vanilla scent, not artificial in the slightest, that is perfectly blended with coconut. I love coconut scents, so this really has my heart. It has a warm, comforting and totally intoxicating scent. I'll be wearing this as the cold months continue! I think pairing it with Tuscan Blood Orange in the spring will be so delicious as well!
Tahitian Gardenia is described as a slightly citrusy aroma with jasmine, sweet orange and tea leaves. I honestly don't know if I distinctly smell any of those, but the mix is beautiful. It is definitely the most herbal of the 3, which is likely the tea aspect. This is probably the scent I will be reaching for least often, but I think it will be perfect come those hot summer days for an instant refresh!
This trio (or any of the other scent combinations) would make a great gift for someone you love or for yourself! It's a great way to feel luxurious and get to try out your options without spending a ton of money, and that's why I'm always drawn to value packs like this. This brand is amazing and definitely one to check out if you have not!
Have you tried any of the Pacifica scents? Please let me know your thoughts and suggestions! :)
I've been seeking a full coverage liquid foundation suited to my pale winter skin. Maybe I've been in denial or just too lazy (how about both) to get something not as dark as other products in my collection, but when the time came that I finally decided to get something new, I opted for the Cover FX Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation in the shade N30. After having used it for a while now, I wanted to share my thoughts with you!
What appealed to me about this product is the claims that it is a medium to full coverage formula and contains lots of skincare ingredients. There are so many amazing things that this product is formulated with and what's even better is what it's formulated without. There are no nasty, scary ingredients here - no animal testing and no animal products - I like! I'm drawn to everything that this brand is about, so it was definitely time for me to see how their formulas perform and I can't wait to try more!
I love the simplistic packaging from the branding to the function. The squeeze tube is perfect for me day to day. It feels durable, easy to use and travel with and like I'm going to be able to get every last drop out of the container. I have now tried to apply this product a variety of different ways, but I have come to learn that the package knows best - a brush or fingers are definitely preferred. This is water based and so a damp sponge just absorbs the product and does not effectively allow you to build up any coverage. I've come to find I prefer the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush for a buildable coverage!
Just look at the before & after - the coverage that the Cover FX Natural Finish Oil-Free Foundation offers is definitely a full to medium. It also offers a slight luminosity to the skin, which I prefer to mattify with powder after application, but have not here to accurately show the coverage without additional products.
At the moment, my skin is quite normal (it is not oily, nor is it dry) but it is breaking out very badly as I have yet to get that situation under control. I also have pretty severe scarring and hyper pigmentation left from old spots, and although I don't necessarily think I need something full coverage everyday, it's nice to have it to hand. This product definitely gives it to me in terms of coverage, and I never seek anything more than the uniform base it offers. Coverage can definitely be amped up with a powder foundation, which I have done a few times, and I love the way this looks under those kinds of products, just as much as a translucent powder. If you have oily skin, I don't know what this will co-operate with you, as it definitely needs to be set. I look forward to testing it out more come the hot summer months to see how it performs then!
Overall, there are lots of amazing things I can say about this product. The coverage, the shade range and the ethics behind this brand all are amazing things that I always seek. I think all the positives are what makes this product completely worth trying if you have not yet - even with it's somewhat steep price tag of $46CAD
Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts?!
Happy weekend! I was doing a more simple makeup look from what I usually feature here on my blog, so I thought I would sit down and show you the process. This is terrifying, but let's see how it goes! I just grabbed a makeup bag filled with lots of my favourite products and took some time to play around. I hope you enjoy! Please leave a comment to let me know what you think!
I definitely learned there is way more strategy to filming than I had anticipated, so this video is definitely a little bit all over the place and could be improved 1000 times. But I just wanted to get it out there and get the ball rolling. I have a few more video ideas lined up that I hope you'll like too!
I was kindly sent some items from Raspberry Mint to try so I could share my thoughts with you all! This brand really caught my eye because they are Canadian-based and offer products with amazing, natural ingredients. They are also certified cruelty-free which makes me very happy as a consumer, and I love sharing brands with amazing ethical stances like Raspberry Mint. After having these for about a month now, I've been able to give them a fair try and can't wait to tell you all my thoughts!
When my items arrived in the mail, I was so happy to see the quality packaging with it's simple and utilitarian styling. The products were both well sealed, and I know this may not be notable usually, but for a small company that just launched, I was so happy to see the effort and thought was there! I received 2 items, but the Dead Sea Mineral Mud Mask (available here) was the one I was most excited about because it claims to remove toxins & impurities while toning & tightening. The claims of this mask seemed so vast and effective, I knew that my troublesome, acne prone skin would love the benefits! Since receiving this product, I have used it a couple times and did find the tightening properties to reign quite true. My acne is so stubborn, so unfortunately I have yet to see any benefits in that regard. I would be interested to try this as a spot treatment however, to get a better idea of it's clarifying properties!
This massive tin contains a whopping 90 grams of the Diva Night Repair for Lips (available here). This product has a lots of amazing ingredients and a gorgeous cherry-cola type of scent that I was pleasantly surprised by! This tin is going to last me absolutely forever because a small amount goes quite far, the oils seem to melt the moment you touch the product and so it smooths over and coats the lips so easily! Although it is marketed for use overnight, I actually prefer to apply it when I am beginning to apply my makeup so that it absorbs into my lips by the time I apply lipstick. It's not too thick or rich and so wipes off easily and sinks in quickly!
This is a new brand that has quickly determined their target demographic and their niche so I am so excited to share them with you! I really respect that they have opted to provide cruelty-free products with quality ingredients and packaging. We need exciting up-and-coming Canadian brands like this! The branding choices do leave a little to be desired, but I think that will come with time. I love that their website is easy to use and I'm really excited to see what this brand will do in the future!
Shop their full selection of amazing items at: http://www.raspberrymint.ca/ and please let me know what you think of this brand!
Since making the switch to cruelty-free purchasing, the one thing I have been struggling finding is a good mascara. There are lots of formulas I like and can use, but in the past 6 months or so, nothing has really stood out to me. But then, I received the Pacifica Stellar Gaze Mascara as a Christmas gift, I have not looked back! This formula seems to offer me so much of what I want from a mascara with it's deep black colour, length and volume and good lasting power!
Pacifica is a brand that unfortunately I have had little introduction to in the past. I bought one lip balm by the brand about 3 years ago and that's the extent of it, but I had been looking into them for perfumes and skincare for a while before I was gifted this mascara from my sister over the holidays! The brand really drew me in because it is vegan and cruelty free and I had seen Rhian from WifeLife talking about the brand a fair amount. Unfortunately this brand is not very accessible here in Canada, but I am so grateful that my sister found this and surprised me with it! Side note: I've already placed an order with them and can't wait to try out more goodies!
This formula really does it all. I often run into issues with formulas getting too heavy that my lashes are weighed down and can't hold a curl, but that doesn't happen with this formula. It does transfer just a little onto my upper lid which is a constant struggle with my hooded eyes, but that means my lashes are staying nice & curled so I can completely over look that. This formula is not waterproof, which would prevent that smudging, but I don't think they offer a waterproof version. I'm obsessed with how black this shade, Supernova, is! It is so rich and offers a ton of impact and drama.
The packaging is just way too adorable to resist as a bonus! I love the white tube with line drawings and the gold accents on the box. It looks to me like Pacifica really tends to have a lot of fun with their packaging, which I think is nice as lots of vegan brands keep things quite simplistic and minimal. The only thing about this product I think could be improved upon is the wand, which is a little too fibrous and plush for my personal preference. As I have quite small eyes, I find this type of want is too difficult to control and can often make a little bit of a mess. However, I would be very curious to try out more of Pacifica's mascaras because this formula performs so well and their other brushes look to be more my preferred style.
Have you tried this mascara? Have you tried anything from Pacifica? Let's chat more about the brand below! I want more recommendations of fun things to try!
What a gorgeous palette! The Makeup Geek x Kathleen Lights Highlighter palette (available here) features 3 diverse highlighter shades that are made to be suitable for all skin tones. After having this palette in my collection for about a month, I've had a lot of time to trial and play. I've been reaching for this exclusively ever since it arrived in the mail! It is my first ever Makeup Geek product in my collection, and I already can't wait to try more! But for now, let's chat about this palette!
I love both Makeup Geek & Kathleen Lights' YouTube channels, so once this product was launched, I had seen it quite a lot. I honestly didn't think it was something I needed to add to my collection at first, as much as the packaging and shade range drew me in. After seeing this collaboration highlighter palette talked about all over the internet for what seemed like months, I decided one day to just bite the bullet and pick it up! It is limited edition, and so if you are curious about it too, I would definitely suggest to buy it sooner than later (am I enabling?) Do keep in mind that although it is $39USD the conversion to CAD is steep - about $52! Which is an awful lot for 3 highlighters. Factor in shipping, I paid $61 to get this palette in my hands.
Price aside, I do totally think it is worth it if you are so inclined to spend that on a palette. I 50% justified the price because the purchase was obviously for research purposes, but also because I don't own many highlighters in my collection. This palette just about doubled my highlighter selection! Which I think makes it a great way to look at buying palettes instead on individual pans.
Left to right: Nightlight, Starlight, Sunlight - so much pigment and shine!
There were so many mixed reviews on the colour selections with many people saying the colours were too dark or too pigmented for many skin tones. I think the array of shades and inclusivity of the selection is what sets this palette apart. I don't thin that's a con whatsoever. I think that this diversity of colours actually gives the opportunity to experiment and try new things. I've been enjoying mixing colours together, using these as eyeshadows and trying different uses. The rosy pink shade, Starlight, actually is an amazing blush-topper kind of product to use in place of the standard highlighter placement. Nightlight & Sunlight mix together well to create a glow overtop of an all-over bronzed look.
Isn't the fun in makeup the opportunity to experiment and try new things? This palette allows that for me. On my light skin, I can't wear the coppery bronze shade, Sunlight, on it's own, but I make it work for me in ways I have never tried before. I truly think that every skin tone can use the shades in this palette and make it work for them! These shades blend and pair so well that you immediately see how much care went into this product.
This palette was Makeup Geek's first highlighter product, and it's a good one! They really did an amazing job from packaging, to shade selection, to formula. This collaboration was so well executed and was a great introduction to the brand for me. Makeup Geek has now released a full range of highlighters since this was launched, and again, I am seeing mixed reviews. I am curious to try them out myself though!
Of course, I can't help but say it - Happy New Year, everyone! I can't believe that it's already 2017. I have lots of big ideas and aspirations for this New Year, and I hope you'll stick with my through it! Ever since my 25th birthday in November, I've been really itching for some changes and I'm making them slowly, so I really can't wait to see how much healthier and happier I can be in 2017!
Have you tried this palette? Will you be buying it before it is no longer available?
When I saw Ofra Liquid Lipsticks on sale for 50% off for Black Friday I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try out some of their much raved formula. I had been coveting Miami Fever for quite some time and this was the perfect time to add it to my collection. Because of the amazing discount, I decided to add the shade Fifth Ave to my cart - for research purchases, obviously not impulsive at all. I justified it by telling myself I got this warm metallic gold basically for free because both lipsticks were half price. The things we tell ourselves...
Yes, I know this shade is not for everyone. It's likely not for most, but I was intrigued and sometimes I want to try crazy makeup because what's the fun in doing "safe" looks? It's just makeup, you can wash it off and give it away if it doesn't work.
I had never ventured to try this brand because at $26.54 CAD each these are pretty pricey for liquid lipsticks. Ofra is an indie brand though, they don't test on animals and use quality ingredients. Their products are so raved about, so they must be worth the price tag. One major con about online exclusive brands, like Ofra, is that you can't see colours in person before buying. Which can be tough when you have to fork out a higher price and shipping fees.
I was expecting this colour to be more a little brighter and less orange than it is in real life. On their website it looks more yellow in my opinion. But I actually am very happy it has a warmer tone to it because it makes this shade more wearable. As you can see above, the metallic finish does seem to really emphasize the lines in my not-so-plump lips. Which is really unfortunate, but let's bash my lips and not the formula in this instance because it performed much better when I swatched it on my hand.
I personally think that this would be a fun party or clubbing lipstick. In direct light it looks very gold, but in less light it reads as a metallic nude and I'm a huge fan of that. I think it would create a lot of interest and depth for any look! I'm quite happy I decided to purchase this lippie on a whim when I picked up Miami Fever (here's a look where I wore that shade) because it is so unlike anything else in my makeup collection. I think it would be gorgeous used in the centre of the lips on top of a burgundy or brown lipstick to create fullness and depth! There's a few different gold lip toppers and glosses on the market now as well, so there are lots of ways to explore this unique shade!
Would you wear a bold gold shade like this? Have you tried this one in particular? Let's chat!
Last month, I spotted this Annabelle Gift Bag and couldn't resist picking it up! Annabelle is a Canadian brand that I've unfortunately never really tried much of. So when I saw this set which contains 5 full-sized products all packaged in a cute makeup bag, I knew it would be the perfect introduction to the brand! I haven't seen it on their website or even on any social media, so I don't know how accessible this is as a set, but the majority of these products are available independently so I thought I'd share my thoughts on the contents anyways!
This bag includes the following 5 full-sized products for around $20, which is an amazing value!
Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette - $12.95
BigShow Lip Shine in Whisper - $9.95
TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayon in Barely There - $9.95
Brow Show Eyebrow Shaping Gel in Light Medium (not available on their website)
Glitterama Liquid Eyeliner in Solar Flare - $8.95
Swatches of all 10 shades in the Smokey Nudes Palette
This kit is a great introduction to the brand, and contains great products perfectly wrapped for a fun gift for a makeup lover or someone who is just beginning to use makeup. I love that the products are festive and yet totally wearable, so this is definitely worth picking up if you happen to spot it at your Shopper's Drug Mart!
Will you be picking up this makeup bag? Have you tried any of the products it includes?
I got some great feedback when I posted this glitter cut crease look on my instagram last week, so today I want to share the products that I've used to create this look. It was my very first attempt at a glitter cut crease and I loved the result! I definitely could have made the look more dramatic and heavy, but this is the softer version of the dramatic cut crease trend, which makes it more wearable, and easier to achieve. This would be absolutely perfect for holiday parties over Christmas & the New Year, and I'll likely be wearing it at least once more this season. You could add a lid shade, or loose glitter to really amp this up as well.
For all of the shadows, I've used the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette (review here) because I'm genuinely obsessed and actually cannot stop reaching for this gorgeous palette! The glitter crease is a combination of 2 great drugstore glitter options - NYX Liquid Crystal Liner in Crystal Hip, layered on top of Annabelle Glitterama in Solar Flare. It did take some building and layering with both of these liners as that always seems to be the case with these kinds of products, but I love the dimension it has layering these two. I went in using my trusty Ciate London Fierce Flicks for this intense black wing, and brought it up to nearly meet the crease in order to really pull the look together. Lots of lashes (as always) complete this look, and here I am not wearing any falsies, but I do have 2-3 coats of The Balm Mad Lash Black Mascara for an intense, dramatic deep black result. False lashes would be a good addition to this look, however with my hooded eyes, I think the glitter crease would be totally hidden with my eyes open.
I've opted to pair the look with a rich terracotta lip, here I'm using Ofra Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Miami Fever for something a little unique, just because I always like to keep things a little unpredictable. Plus I love this orange-red with gold it feels festive without being too obvious. And that, I'm totally into!
Brow realness. They are getting out of control, and I hate to admit that I've yet to give them a clean up even still. Kinda into the untamed brow at the moment, so I have mixed feelings. It was not my intention to photograph this look because I was experimenting for the first time, but you know, if there's no photo evidence, did it even happen? #bloggerlife
A little bit of definition in the crease with a simple glitter liner, a bold black wing and heavy lashes are all you need to create this look! It's actually extremely simple, yet so effective. For the cheeks I've opted for a minimal contour to tie everything together, but not to overpower. No blush or highlight for me today. I wanted to avoid having this look too "done" because that is my personal taste, however, a golden highlight would bring a lot more glamour to this look, and that's likely how I'll be rocking it next time!
Would you wear this kind of makeup look this holiday season? I can't wait to try it again!
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?