Review: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella & Dragon Girl

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These lip pencils have been a cult favourite for years and when I got my hands on them, I completely understand why. NARS is one of my favourite makeup brands because of how much the brand values quality over quantity.

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What is it: These two lip pencils are from NARS’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil line. It’s essentially a matte lipstick in the form of a pencil. I picked up the shade Dragon Girl, which supposedly Taylor Swift swears by, and I was given Cruella, a deluxe sample size. Dragon Girl is a bright poppy red and Cruella is a Scarlett red. These retail for $33 (CDN) and can be picked up at any NARS retailers (mine’s from Sephora).

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The Good: I now know why Taylor Swift swears by Dragon Girl. That red is probably one of the most gorgeous reds I’ve ever used. The staying power of these lip pencils are incredible. Both these shades stayed on my lips until I used makeup remover to remove it and I can’t be any happier! These pencils are SO pigmented. The colour you see is the colour you get. The finish isn’t completely matte but it’s matte with a hint of sheen (if that even makes sense). I love that it’s not the size of a lip liner pencil and is a little bit bigger…making it perfect for applying all over your lips with ease. The formula is incredibly smooth and does not dry out your lips at all. I’ve used these shades alone, I’ve paired them with one another and I’ve paired them with other lip products….and I wasn’t disappointed at all. Cruella and Dragon Girl are so different from one another, so when you pair them together…you are left with a unique red shade and I am all for it! These shades felt so light on my lips, that I forgot I had red lips on (lol).

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The Bad: The only downside with this product is the fact that you have to sharpen it. I am hoping at some point NARS comes out with a retractable version of these lip pencils because sharpening them is a little hard (make sure you use a legit jumbo sharpener for makeup products). Other than that, nothing was terrible about this product.

Overall Rating: 9.5/10 

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Review: Fenty Beauty Match Stix Trio in Tan (Truffle, Caramel & Rum)

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I, along with the world, am slowly falling in love with practically every product that’s in Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line. When I saw that Fenty Beauty had a curated “contour” kit, I just couldn’t resist and had to see what it was all about!

 

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What is it: This cream-to-powder contour kit includes everything you need for the perfect contour. Fenty Beauty came out with 4 curated skin tone shade kits and I picked up the shade Tan because it seemed like it would work for my skin tone. The kit includes a Matte contour match stix in Truffle, a matte Concealer match stix in Caramel and a Shimmer highlight stix in Rum. All three of the “stix” are full-sized and are retractable. In addition to all that, they’re also magnetic, which makes it perfect for traveling!

 

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The Good: OKAY. THE FORMULA OF THIS PRODUCT IS EPIC. Yes, I needed to write all of that in caps to get my point across. No, seriously, the formula is amazing. It’s creamy enough to blend extremely well on to your skin but hard enough for it to not break off (hmm KKW needs to learn a thing or two from this range). Not only does this blend extremely well, it’s also buildable…which makes contouring super easy for newbies. The highlighting shade is SO pretty and you can definitely wear it as an eyeshadow too (bonus points for versatility). The longevity of these products are great! It definitely stayed on my face without any movement until I used makeup remover to take it off. It wasn’t cakey and I love how all three shades go so well with one another. And can we talk about the packaging? The fact that it’s magnetic is what sold it for me because I tend to lose products when I travel and *hopefully* I won’t now that they’re all stuck together (lol). Also, these stix are SO pigmented. You only need one swipe of this to do the work for you!

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The Bad: One of the only things I had a teeny issue with is the shade Caramel. Now, for me, it’s pretty much the same skin tone…so if you’re looking to have a brighter under eye look, then this is not going to do it. But needless to say, as a concealer to cover up acne or scars, this was great!

Overall Rating: 10/10 ($67 CDN at Sephora….the price is totally worth it)

 

Review: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer

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When Rihanna comes out with a makeup line, you know it’s going to be epic in every way possible. This is the first ever makeup line that I’ve bought right on release day and I can’t say I’m disappointed at all. When I read about this primer, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!

What is it: This particular product is a priming base that smooths your skin for perfect foundation application. It’s shine stopping, pore-diffusing and moisturizing. And as you can tell by the title, it’s supposed to give you an instant retouch effect that helps your makeup stay on longer.

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The Good: I’ve been using this since the day it arrived on my doorstep and I can definitely say it’s become one of my favourite go-to primers. One of the main reasons why I’m loving this, especially with the seasons changing, is the fact that it’s super moisturizing without being greasy or leaving any sort of residue on your face. The texture is very similar to Clinique’s Dramatically moisturizing gel and we all know how much I love that. It seeps on to your skin right away! Another HUGE plus point for this primer is that it leaves no sort of “white” cast on your face. I mean when Rihanna said she wanted to create an all-inclusive beauty range, she was not kidding. This will work for practically any skin tone. As for the priming aspect of it, my foundation (no matter which one I used) glided on perfectly. My pores weren’t as visible and it just felt really good on my face (lol). Also, my makeup stayed put throughout the whole day!

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The Bad: OKAY. I hate to say this but WHY IS THIS IN A GLASS BOTTLE? That is literally the only negative part about this product. I am a natural-born klutz so I already know that when I’ll travel with this, I’m going to crack the bottle or something. But other than that, this is the perfect primer. Yes. You read that right. Perfect. Primer.

Overall Rating: 9.5/10 ($40 CDN at Sephora)

 

My Favourite Contour Palettes

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I will be the first one to admit that I cannot contour properly. You’ll always find me making fishy faces or staring at my Instagram feed trying to figure out how to perfectly contour. But what I will say is these 5 palettes have helped me big time. I know I’m SO late to the contouring game (but honestly, who FOLLOWS trends right? It’s all about making them) but here are 5 of my favourite contour palettes that work best for a novice like me!

  1. Sleek Makeup’s Cream Contour Kit in Medium: I picked this up at Ulta and I am in love with how simple and easy it is to use. It’s also the cheapest palette out of these and my wallet cannot be any happier!
  2. Urban Decay’s Shape Shifter in Medium Dark: This impulse buy ended up being one of my favourite UD purchases in a long time. This is perfect for travel because it has both cream and powder contour shades plus a gorgeous highlight shade!
  3. Kat Von D’s Shade+Light Palette: This is the holy grail of contour products. These powders feel like butter and blend perfectly on your skin. You can also use the lighter shades to bake!
  4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Medium to Tan: This was one of my first ever contour palettes I had ever purchased and I always go back to it. I love that it’s buildable and perfect for my skin tone!
  5. NARS Contour Blush in Paloma: This one is my favourite for everyday mainly because it’s super simple to use and it looks like I contoured without even trying (that’s how you’re supposed to rock this trend right? lolz).

 

Review: Lush Lip Scrub In Honey

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Whenever I walk into a Lush store, I’m overwhelmed with excitement! Although, I will be the first one to admit that I didn’t know much about Lush until a friend urged me to go and check out their soaps. Once I went inside, I was intrigued with everything these natural/handmade/organic products had to offer. This particular product had been on my list to try out and boy am I glad I did.

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What is it: This is a handmade lip scrub. I picked up the Honey flavour because it smelled oh so yummy. This pot is filled with castor sugar crystals mixed in with honey, white chocolate (yes you read that right), vanilla and jojoba oil as well as tingly mint. It’s  meant to flake all the dead & dry skin off your lips while leaving them super soft and smooth.

How it works: This isn’t just your average lip scrub. Nope. Not at all. It’s edible. Seriously. I mean you can’t eat it in spoonfuls but you can def lick the excess off your lips (it says so on the bottle, I’m not making this up). This is probably because all the products used in this are natural. With a Q-tip (you can use your fingers too), I take a pea size amount and apply it to my lips. Depending on the severity of my lips (winter is brutal), I either use the Q tip or my lips to spread the sugar crystals around to “flake” off the dead skin. The best thing about this product is there’s no need to rinse…you just lick your lips off (LOL)….or you can apply lip balm after…whatever floats your boat.

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The Good: I love the size of this product. You get so much in a tiny pot and you don’t even need to use a lot of the product. The texture of this product is pretty good. The sugar crystals don’t melt upon touch and stays in tact on your lips until you begin to “scrub”. It’s super gentle, which is a HUGE plus point especially for sensitive lips. It’s really easy to work with and there’s no fallout. Although the product is edible, I haven’t tried to eat it nor have I licked it despite it smelling oh so good! The scrub did what it said it would do, which is good!

The Bad: With everything being said…unfortunately, this wasn’t like a life changing product for my lips. It’s nice, don’t get me wrong, but I felt like it was pretty average. After I took off the lip scrub, my lips weren’t over the top moisturized and I definitely had to apply lip balm…but that was literally the only downside to it. Nonetheless, this isn’t a horrible product at all. The price of this is $10.95(CDN) and you can pick it up at any Lush store or online.

Rating: 7.5/10

Review: NYX Lip Lingerie in Embellishment (02), Ruffle Trim (04), & Exotic (12)

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NYX is slowly starting to become my go-to brand for my everyday makeup looks. Not only is the brand ridiculously affordable, it also offers a diverse range of products, colours and finishes (which is a plus point for every makeup junkie). When I went into the store and swatched some of the colours from the NYX Lip Lingerie line I was stunned at the quality of product for its price! To me, this range of lippies are all nude shades that can suit any and every skintone (woohoo!).

What is it: NYX’s Lip Lingerie line are a range of matte liquid lipsticks that have incredible colour pay off while moisturizing your lips. It’s long-lasting and the shades range from super light nudes to super dark nudes. I picked up three shades called Exotic, Embellishment and Ruffle Trim. Although, I wanted to pick up more…I realized that these three shades were super unique compared to what I had already owned. Exotic is a pretty flesh-tone pink nude. Embellishment is a purpley mauve and Ruffle Trim is a light dusty rose (so pretty). The packaging is cute and pretty average as well as the applicator is a flatter blush.

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The Good: OH. EM. G. I am in love. And I know if you’re an avid reader of this blog (thank you!), you know that liquid lipsticks are literally my domain. I’ve tried most of them out there and every time I’m either extremely impressed or extremely disappointed. And this particular range extremely impressed me. These shades are probably my most used liquid lipsticks to right now. This is mainly because not only can you rock these during your dolled up days but you can also rock these on its own on a no makeup day and still look great while remaining sublte! The formula of these liquid lippies are amazing. It feels creamy/moussey when you first apply but it dries super quick to a matte finish. It’s moisturizing and doesn’t leave your lips looking flakey at all. The colour pay off is incredible. You can wear these alone or pair them with other lipsticks to create unique to you shades (bonus!). It’s not greasy despite being creamy and I love how nice it looked on my lips. The longevity of this product is good. During a full work day, I had to reapply it only once…which is not bad at all! The highlight of this product is its incredibly affordable price. At $9(CDN), you are getting MORE than your money’s worth and I’m totally happy with that!

The Bad: Nothing. Nothing at all.

Overall Rating: 10/10

Review: Chanel Rouge Double Intensité Ultra Wear Lip Colour In Soft Rose (48)

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you already know my obsession with Chanel’s beauty products. Even though it’s super expensive (goodbye early retirement), Chanel’s beauty line is probably one of the nicest luxury beauty lines out there. When I heard that they were releasing a lip duo, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!

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What is it: This long-wearing doubled ended lip product has a liquid lipstick on one end and a lip gloss on the other. They can be used individually or together, depending on what lip look you are going for. The shade I picked up is called Soft Rose, which is a dusty rose/mauve with a hint of shimmer. It’s a satin finish when worn alone. The packaging is really pretty. The black pot holds the gloss and the coloured part holds the liquid lipstick (duh lolz). The applicator’s base is gold. The liquid lip applicator is your typical liquid lipstick applicator and the gloss applicator is a brush (which I love!).

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The Good: UHM. When Chanel says they’re giving you a long wearing lipstick/gloss duo, they definitely mean it times a million. My lip look did not budge or smudge or do anything other than stay on perfectly well. I tried using the liquid lipstick alone and even on its own, the lipstick did not fade at all. I also wore the gloss on its own and the same thing. NOTHING MOVED. I loved how easy it was to wear and can we take a moment and appreciate the smell of this product? I’m assuming if Chanel ever decided to sell chocolates, this is what it would smell like. The opacity of the liquid lipstick was really good. You can build up the intensity or you can wear it as a stain alone. The lip gloss is not sticky and just perfect. The lip shades look great on its own or with the gloss. Like I mentioned, this lip product stayed on for a lot longer than I thought and because I was super curious to see if it would last all night long…I ended up going to bed with this product on and there was no transfer on my bedding or pillow. Also, did I mention this DOES NOT MOVE OR BUDGE? I had to use warm water and makeup remover to remove it!

The Bad: I will say that the price point might be the biggest drawback. If you’re looking to invest in a GOOD lip product, then this is definitely it. You truly are going to get your money’s worth with this one. Remember, you’re getting a liquid lipstick and a gloss in one! So totes worth it!

Where you can get it: I picked up mine from the Chanel counter at The Hudson’s Bay (hello points!) for $45 (CDN).

Rating: 10/10