Beauty

Review: NYX Vivid Brights in Vivid Envy & Vivid Sapphire

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I’m a sucker for coloured liquid liners. Something about the bright pop of colour just does it for me! When I was at the NYX Cosmetics store, I picked these two shades up on whim. In my head, I was thinking that it’s okay if these liners don’t work out because they were only $10 each. I mean could these really be as bright and vivid as the bottle claimed?

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What is it: As I mentioned, these are bright coloured liquid liners that are supposed to give you intense colour payoff all while remaining long wearing. I picked up the shades Vivid Envy and Vivid Sapphire. Vivid Envy is a gorgeous bright green. Vivid Sapphire is an intense bright blue. It’s not in a pen format but rather a wand (when you see the picture you’ll understand what I mean). It’s pretty simple to use, even if you’re not comfortable using liquid liners. The applicator is perfect for making thin or thick lines with ease! It retails for $10 (CDN).

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The Good: I have never been this impressed by a liquid liner. Especially one that is under $15. Let me first begin by saying how pigmented these liners are. The above picture is only one swipe of the colour. I took it before it dried so I can show you how pigmented the colours are. The formula of these are super creamy and easy to apply onto your lids. I found that it didn’t dry super fast but it wasn’t slow either. Once it was dry, the liner was matte and bright…just like its name! It was easy to use the wand to apply the liner and I was able to make my lines as thick or thin as I wanted. Another impressive quality of these liners are the fact that I was able to use it on my lower lash line and it didn’t irritate my eyes. This product is also super long wearing. My eyeliner didn’t move until I used makeup remover to remove it!

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The Bad: N O T H I N G!

Overall Rating: 10/10

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Skin Care

What’s In My Skincare Cabinet?

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Top Row

  • Neutrogena Oil-Free Makeup Remover: I’ve always gone back to using this because it’s so good! This one does a great job at removing waterproof makeup with ease.
  • Clarisonic Mia: You Can read about my thoughts on this here. But, now I use this before I apply a face mask.
  • Clinique Moisture Surge Gel: I love how moisturizing this is without being greasy. It’s great under makeup and great for daytime!
  • Tarte Frixxxtion Stick Exfoliating Cleanser: I’m on my second bottle and I can’t wait to do an in-depth review on this soon! I use this as an exfoliator 1-3 times a week.
  • Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment: This has become one of my favourite leave on face masks. I use it whenever I feel like my skin is looking dull and the results are great. This is a deluxe sample size & I’ll def will be repurchasing the full size as soon as this has been fully used.
  • Caudalie Instant Detox Mask: This does exactly what the names says…detoxifies! I use this once every 2 weeks!
  • Origins Retuxturizing Mask with Rose Clay: BEST. EVER. Here’s why! I use this once a week and it’s miraculous!
  • Origins Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores: I haven’t been using this as much but I do use it once in a while! It’s a great way to get your pores squeaky clean!
  • Boscia Luminzing Black Charcoal Peel Off Face mask: This is spectacular. I keep getting deluxe sizes of this product and I love it. I will warn you though, make sure to put a thick layer on your skin because when you peel it off…you won’t feel it as much.
  • First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask: I recently received this clear mask and I definitely am loving how light and easy to use this product is. It also makes my skin feel super soft after!

Middle Row

  • Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3: I have used this toner for years and I can’t seem to stop using it. I’m guessing this is why. I use this toner at night!
  • Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover: This whole “Take the day off” range is fantastic. I use liquid lipsticks like crazy and this one takes the makeup off while moisturizing my lips!
  • Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream: I use this in the morning and I can’t explain to you how awesome this eye cream is! You can read more about it here!
  • Mario Badescu Skincare Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater: I was NEVER into facial mists until I used this! It’s refreshing, moisturizing and smells gorgeous! I use this after the shower & after a work out!
  • LANEIGE Water Bank Eye Gel: I use this eye cream at night. It makes my under eye area feel so luxurious!
  • Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel: I have used this for years (I think this is like my 10th bottle) and I probably will never stop using this moisturizer ever. Here’s why!
  • Tarteguard SPF 30 Sunscreen: DO NOT FORGET TO USE SUNSCREEN! EVEN IN THE WINTER! I love this because it doesn’t leave a weird sunscreen residue on your face and it smells good! This also looks great under makeup.

Bottom Row

  • First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser: I just started using this and I like it so far! I still swear by the Cetaphil & Clinique cleansers but this is great for sensitive skin and doesn’t dry my face out!
  • First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads: I use this in the morning and I love how it brightens my tired skin without irritating it!
  • LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask: I love this SO much! I use it before big events and sometimes once a week!
  • Tarte Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer: I use this as a night cream! I love how moisturized my skin is in the morning and it just makes my skin look so awesome!
  • Boscia Revitalizing black Charcoal Hydration Gel: I generally use this after I step out of the shower or if my face is feeling extra dry!
  • Sunday Riley Good Genes: I got this as a sample and I love how it feels on my skin!
  • Lush Beauty Honey Lip Scrub: This is a great lip scrub and I use it about once a week and/or before a big event!
  • Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover: This is an interesting way to remove makeup! It’s a spray you spritz on your face. You let it soak and then use a cotton pad to remove your makeup. I tend to take this with me when I travel because of its ease!
  • Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Treatment: This is a life saviour whenever I get a breakout and here’s why!
  • Eye makeup Removers by Sephora and Lancome: I use these when I travel or when I’ve run out of other eye makeup removers!

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  • Cetaphil Cleanser: I use this in the morning to wash my face and I can honestly say this is one of the best affordable cleansers out there!
  • Clinique Take the day off Balm: Literally the BEST!
  • Neutrogena Makeup Remover wipes: This has been my go-to since I was like 14. It does everything it can to take off even the stubbornest of makeups!
  • Clinique Mild Facial Cleanser: I use this in the shower to wash my face! & this was one of the first ever cleanser I ever purchased and here’s why!
Beauty

Review: Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked, S1ngle & Candy Venom

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Okay, I know if you read this blog on the reg…then you’re already aware that Fenty Beauty has very quickly become my favourite beauty brand of all time. Every product I try, I am instantly impressed. From their face primer to their countour sticks and everything in between, RiRi knows whats good.

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What is it: A super slim matte lipstick that is super comfortable on the lips, long wearing, super pigmented and super weightless. I picked up the shades Spanked, S1ngle & Candy Venom. Candy Venom is a bright magenta pink (SO gorg). Spanked is a nude dusty rose colour and S1ngle is descried as a blushing nude. Can I also say, the names of these lipsticks are too good!

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The Good: Y’all my lips have never been so blessed (LOL). Seriously, I don’t think I’ve felt this way about a lipstick release in a LONG time. The formula of these lipsticks are incredible. When you apply it, it almost feels as though the lipstick is hugging your lips. It’s soft and not heavy at all. In fact, there have been times when I’ve had any of these 3 shades on and I’ve forgotten I’m wearing lipstick. The colour pay off is fantastic. One swipe and you get the colour without any fuss. For a matte lipstick, these are SUPER creamy. It’s really moisturizing and I’m all about this. The packaging is also one of my favourites, especially for travel. It’s super skinny and will fit literally anywhere without feeling bulky. Spanked is perfect for a night out with the girls or date night. S1ngle is great for work or on those days you just want something on your lips without any hassle. Candy Venom is perfect for nights out when you want to make your presence known without trying hard! These products are pretty long wearing on the lips. I’ll be honest, I don’t think it compares to Stunna Lip paint BUT these do stay on your lips for a while. You will need to reapply it but not more than maybe once (that’s all I needed to get through a whole day at work). I also want to point out the design of the lipstick itself. It’s designed to be easy to apply on your lips without needing to use a lip liner. How you ask?  Apply normally to the bottom lip and then turn the lipstick with the short end up to apply to your upper lip. Trust me it works. Lastly, the price of these lipsticks are great. $23 (CDN) is a steal for beauty brand that’s doing incredibly well!

fullsizeoutput_9db Spanked, S1ngle & Candy Venom (from left to right)

The Bad: N-O-T-H-I-N-G!

Overall Rating: 10/10 (I can’t WAIT to grab more shades! You can pick yours up at your local Sephora)

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Beauty

Review: Stila Cosmetics Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Kitten Karma and Rose Gold Retro

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I honestly believe that whenever you’re making an entrance, glitter bombs should go off (I can dream right?). Anyways, enough about my glitter dreams…this post is all about Stila Cosmetics’ Glitter & Glow liquid shadows. Read on to find out!

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What is it: The best way to describe this is this: This is liquid glitter in a bottle. I picked up the shades Kitten Karma and Rose Gold Retro. Kitten Karma is filled with champagne, copper and silver glitter. Rose Gold Retro is a mixture between rose gold (duh!) and silver glitter specks. These babies are meant to sparkle your eyelids without being troublesome. Stila describes it as a perfect blend of pearl and glitter to leach your lids with incredible luster and shimmer. It doesn’t promise NO fallout, but it does say that you can expect minimal fallout.

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The Good: My glitter dreams are coming true. If you want the PERFECT halo eye, this is THE only product for you. Kitten Karma is officially my favourite shade of glitter (yes I know I just called glitter a shade). I have never seen such a perfect champagne colour in my life! Rose Gold Retro is beautiful too. In fact, even though I love Kitten Karma, I’ve used Rose Gold Retro more and I’m incredibly impressed. The formula of these are fantastic. I find that with a lot of glitter eyeshadows tend to be chunky…but not these! The formula is so smooth! It’s super lightweight on your eyes, there isn’t a grainy texture. When I apply it, it glides on. It doesn’t dry instantly BUT when it does, blending other shadows around it is a breeze! Nothing moves! I’ll get into the fallout in the next part of this post (keep reading). These retail for $31 CDN and I am not going to lie, I can’t wait to pick up some of the more bold and bright colours! These eyeshadows are SO pigmented and no matter how much you build on the colour, it doesn’t feel heavy nor chunky! The applicator is super soft and very easy to maneuver.

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The bad: Okay, this is not the worst thing but this product does have fallout. It’s not a lot compared to others but there is a little bit. I find that the best way to avoid any fallout from these is to apply an eye mask while you do your eyes (or you can tape half of a cotton round). But other than that, nothing was wrong with these. In fact, this doesn’t affect my overall rating of these products!

The swatches are below in normal light, flash and direct daylight. The top shade is Rose Gold Retro & the bottom is Kitten Karma. Scroll down below to see my overall rating!

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Overall Rating: 9/10 (pick yours up at a Stila retailer. I got mine from Ulta!)

 

 

Fashion, Lifestyle

Best Dressed At The Grammy Awards 2018

Did you check out the Grammy Awards last night? You know I did! Here are all my favourite looks from last night!

Beyoncé beyonce-grammys-2018-3 Let us all learn something about personal style from Queen B. Slay.

Logic & Jessica AndreaGettyImages-911522148_master.nocrop.w515.h670.2x The cutest couple and also one of the best dressed (duh). I love that these two are all about fun!

Hailee Steinfeld GettyImages-911499234_master.nocrop.w447.h670.2x This outfit would’ve been SO boring if it wasn’t for the holographic purple boots. Way to go Hailee. This is how one makes a style statement.

Trevor Noah60th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals I’m all about men trying different printed jackets and Trevor looks incredibly handsome in this ensemble!

Lana Del Reylana-del-ray-grammy-awards-2018 She literally looks like she stepped out of heaven. What makes this whole ethereal outfit even more angelic is the star halo on her head. It just goes and isn’t extra at all!

Zayn Malik60th Annual GRAMMY Awards - ArrivalsI mean when you’re this good-looking, you can wear a garbage bag and still make it work on a red carpet. I love that Zayn didn’t wear a conventionally boring black suit. Also, those socks doeeee!

Rita Ora60th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet I love a classic black gown on a red carpet. Her hair and makeup is what makes this whole outfit gorgeous!

Chrissy Teigen & John Legend GettyImages-911508014_master.nocrop.w445.h670.2x Again, one of my favourite red carpet duos. These two never disappoint and I’m all about this sparkly gown. Also, you already know how I feel about bow ties.

Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals Pulling an all white suit ensemble is tough, but Donald Glover/Childish Gambino does it with such ease! Again, that bow tie…so cute!

Alessia Caraalessia-cara-grammy-awards-2018 I love Alessia’s “I-don’t-care-about-heels” attitude. Alessia stays true to her personal unique style by making fashion comfy…and I’m all about it.

Thomas Rhett & Lauren AkinsGettyImages-911498198_master.nocrop.w461.h670.2x I love when couples coordinate outfits at these events. Something just screams “be jealous we’re adorbs”. These two look adorable!

Anna Kendrick60th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals Anna has been killing the red carpet style game lately! I am dying to recreate this outfit solely because it looks so chic and gorgeous!

 

Images courtesy of People.com, Hollywoodlife.com & Huffingtonpost.com

Beauty

Review: MILK MAKEUP Blur Stick

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When I tried this at Sephora, I was stunned. I mean, if it can make my hand look like it had an instagram filter on it, then it for sure will do wonders for my face….right?

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What is it: This blur-stick by Milk Makeup is exactly what it says it is…a blur stick. It’s a silicone free solid that is meant to minimize the appearance of fine lines, pores and any imperfections. As the creators say, it gives you a smooth invisible matte finish on every skin tone. You can use it as a primer. It’s colourless and a universal face filter. It’s oil-free as well, making it perfect for combination oily skin. You can purchase it at Sephora for $43 (CDN).

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The Good: So when I tried this on my face the first time, I noticed something. The stick wasn’t creamy at all. In fact, it was a lot drier than I thought. So you definitely need to warm the product up on your hands before you apply on your face. I love the idea of the primer/blur stick being a stick because it’s super easy to apply. When I applied it on my face, I saw that it definitely did blur it out for a soft focus finish. It didn’t completely eliminate my pores but I mean I haven’t come across a product that does that completely yet (do you guys know any?). This product is good on its own…but I have combination oily skin, so it worked for me. I love pairing it with the Benefit Porefessional and then wearing a foundation on top. I found that it gave me the best “air brush” results. I love the packaging and the whole concept of this product.

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The Bad: I’m not sure how anyone with dry skin will be able to make this work because it definitely was not creamy. If you just apply it straight from the stick (without warming it), then your makeup will cake because the formula is super dry. If you have oily skin, then this primer is for you! Other than that, I wouldn’t tell anyone to write this product off just yet. I have combination oily skin and it worked fine for me. This is a product you definitely want to try at some point but you won’t be completely missing out if you don’t want to (LOL).

Overall Rating: 8/10

 

Fashion, Style

Best Dressed At The Golden Globes 2018

Although I missed a portion of the Golden Globes last night, I must say that watching all the women (and men) dressed in black was my favourite thing to see ever. It was fun to see everyone accessorize and bring their own unique style into wearing black. If you want to know why black was the unofficial dress code, you can click here to read more. But without further adieu, here are my favourite looks from last night!

Katherine Langford75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 07 Jan 2018I love how flowy this gown is & can we talk about the gorgeous embellishments? This is probably my favourite black dress of the night!

Issa Rae75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 07 Jan 2018 OHKAYYY. Issa is slaying…and I love the emerald necklace!

Shailene Woodley NBC's "75th Annual Golden Globe Awards" - Red Carpet Arrivals I love Shailene’s take on how to wear black. The shimmery silver detail makes this outfit even more stunning!

Penelope Cruz75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 07 Jan 2018 I’m in love with this dress. It’s classy, it’s gorgeous, it’s pure perfection!

Margot Robbie75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 07 Jan 2018 I’m all about the details on this gown. This is how one should wear black and still have their unique style attached to it.

Elisabeth Moss75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 07 Jan 2018 I love the collar on this dress. It’s so chic and classy!

Claire Foy75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 07 Jan 2018 This is SO fierce. The red lips. The stylish pant-suit. The minimal jewels. I’m all about this.

Kerry WashingtonNBC's "75th Annual Golden Globe Awards" - Red Carpet Arrivals I love this shimmer dress. BUT what makes this look so stylish are the shoes. SO beautiful!

Mandy Moore75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 07 Jan 2018AHH I LOVE THE RED WAISTBAND! Mandy looks stunning in this whole look. Everything from her hair to her makeup is flawless!

Gal Gadotrs_634x1024-180107164918-634-red-carpet-fashion-2018-golden-globe-awards-gal-gadot Wonder Woman looks wonderful in this attire. I love the cropped jacket!

Zoe Kravitz75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 07 Jan 2018The emerald statement earrings are gorgeous! This column dress is beautiful!

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This dress is GORGEOUS. The shoes are perfect! The hair and makeup are so stylish! Way to go!

 

(Images courtesy of people.com & Hollywoodlife.com)