Skin Care

Review: Tarte Cosmetics’ Tight & Bright Clay Multi-Mask

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When I saw that Tarte was adding a face mask to their line, I didn’t know exactly what to expect but I was definitely excited. I’m still a newbie when it comes to face masks because it is so time-consuming. But what I learned with this particular face mask duo was that anything that is time-consuming for your face will have results…and I’m all for it.

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What is it: Tarte’s Tight & Bright clay mask comes with two clay masks (score!). It’s got a purple/lavender side and a gold side in the pot. I won’t lie it’s really pretty to look at! The lavender mask is a detoxifying and purifying mask that is targeted towards your T-zone to combat excess oil and tighten pores (hence the ‘Tight’ part of its name). It’s the detoxifying part of this multi-mask duo. The gold side is a firming gel mask targeted towards any dry parts of your face as well as any delicate parts (like under your eyes) that need an instant boost of brightness! Both these masks have Amazonian clay in them. The gold gel has hyaluronic acid that helps restore your skin’s natural moisture balance for a supple, soft, and energized look! You can use these two on its own or together to get the perfect at-home facial. You need to leave this mask on for 10-20 min for best results.

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The Good: My favourite part of this duo is the fact that I can use one product to target all my skin concerns all at once. This alone should be the reason why everyone should own this, if not at least try it out once. I promise, you will not be disappointed. I used them together and by themselves…but I won’t lie…I find that they work best when you use them together. I put the gold gel on my cheeks and under eye. I put the lavender on my T-zone and chin. The formula of both these masks are incredible. The gold gel is so smooth and easy to apply on your skin. It also feels really nice. The lavender mask has microbeads in them, which I find is a great way to exfoliate dead skin when I rinse it off. When I use them together, I leave it on for about 15-18 minutes. Remember how I said anything time-consuming for your face is always going to get you results? Well, let me tell you the results of this mask were incredible. My face was soft to touch and it felt super hydrated, despite using a clay mask! The brightening part brightened and the tightening part tightened (LOL) and I can’t say I was disappointed at all! My face had this gorgeous glow and I can’t see myself not incorporating this into my skincare routine going forward. Also, the packaging is super cute! I love that it’s in a pot!

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The Bad: The only downside is the price. But look at it as an investment! Also, I wish it came with a spatula or brush to apply this mask.

Overall Rating: 9/10 (You can pick yours up at any Tarte retailer, I got mine from Sephora for $52 CDN)

 

 

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Beauty

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.

(From Top to Bottom: Ruffle Trip, Embellishment, Exotic)

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

Beauty

Review: Maybelline New York’s Great Lash Mascara in Clear

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Maybelline New York’s Great Lash Mascara in clear is a cult favourite. This can be used to groom & shape your brows as well. Who doesn’t love a product that can do multiple things? Like any mascara, the wand is skinny with normal fibre bristles. The wand is perfect for separating lashes. The formula can also be layered multiple times to add volume to your lashes. As an eyebrow gel, this keeps brows in place without leaving a crunchy feeling. According to its makers, this clear gel formula is made with panthenol, which conditions your lashes and provides a natural yet polished look. It’s contact lens safe and ophthalmologist-tested. Known as North America’s favourite clear mascara, I had to give this a whirl!

My verdict?

I have no idea why I never tried this earlier (preferably in my teens). Seriously, this has to be one of the best beauty creations ever. I love that one tube of this clear mascara can be used either as a mascara or to groom my brows. As a mascara, this is phenomenal. My lashes don’t feel dry and they look super natural when I apply this. The more layers you add to your lashes, the more volume you get. I find two coats to be perfect for me! This doesn’t clump my lashes at all & it separates even the tiniest of eyelashes. As a brow gel, this is amazing. My eyebrows stay in place all day (or until I use makeup remover to remove it). The wand is skinny enough to properly groom/brush my brows into my desired shape. Also, it’s super natural looking. I love this product because of its versatility, the incredible formula & its cheap price (less than $10 CDN). You cannot go wrong with this product at all. It’s perfect for daily wear and when you are running late. I have already used two tubes of this and most of the time when I go to the drugstore to purchase this, it’s sold out (hence the cult favourite status). Maybelline, you have created a great product and I believe that everyone should own this in their makeup drawer! You can purchase this at your local drugstore or any store that sells Maybelline products.

Happy Shopping Dolls! x

Pros:

  • Separates lashes without clumping or drying
  • Lashes feel soft, not hard, doesn’t feel like you have mascara on
  • Perfect for grooming brows, keeps the shape
  • Great longevity, you need makeup remover to remove it
  • Price

Cons:

  • Nothing at all!

Rating: 10/10 (One of the best beauty products I have ever tried and I would, probably, want with me if I was stranded on an island)

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