Beauty

Review: MAC’s Hyper Real Glow in Flash+Awe & Get It Glowin’

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When MAC finally decided to come out with highlighter palettes, I wasn’t sure of what to expect. Individually, MAC highlighters can often be a hit or a miss for me so I was a little skeptical. I finally got my hands on both of these palettes and I’m here with a review of BOTH the palettes for you!

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What is it: MAC cosmetics put out two highlighter palettes, one in a pink shade zone and the other in a gold shade zone. Each palette comes with three shades and a mirror (score, you know how much I love my palettes to always have mirrors). Hyper Real Glow in Flash+Awe is a pinky/champagne highlighter palette. Hyper Real Glow in Get it Glowin’ is a golden highlighter palette. Both palettes claim to have formulas that will work for any skin type and tone. Although, the golden palette is geared towards darker skin dolls and the pink palette is for the lighter skin dolls. You can use these shades together or individually to get the most natural glow!

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Flash+Awe Shades: Light Of The Party is a flesh toned shimmery peachy pink. Rosy Glow is a medium toned shimmer shell pink. Flash+Awe is a pale pink with silver shimmer.

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Get It Glowin’ Shades: Rosy Cheer is a rich golden bronze with fine gold shimmer. Get it Glowin’ is a peachy nude with fine gold shimmer. Gold Coasting is a champagne gold with gold shimmer.

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The Good: Okay, remember how I said I was skeptical about these palettes at the beginning of this post? Well, I was wrong. I shouldn’t have been skeptical because these highlighters are actually so good! In fact, all six shades did not disappoint! Of course, it’s up to you individually to decide which shade you want to use to highlight what…but I can safely say, each one of these shades looked radiant on my skin tone! The formula of these babies are amazing! It’s buttery soft to touch and I noticed I had zero fall out (even though MAC claims there might be some). Also, because they’re so smooth and soft, it’s incredibly easy to blend! Every time I’ve used any of these highlights, I always get asked what I’m wearing! Not only can you use this to highlight the high points of your face, you can use these as eye shadows (add fix+ and get foiled shadows!). Rosy Cheer can used to highlight your neck and legs too! Rosy Cheer is perfect to add to the centre of your lips when you’re rocking a super matte lip to add some definition. As you can see, I’m all about versatile products especially when you’re paying a pretty high price for these palettes! I love the look of these highlighters on my face. I find them to be natural and not glittery (despite having shimmer). The packaging of this product is pretty sleek! I love how I can slip it into my makeup bag if I’m traveling. All in all, both these palettes are pretty good!

(Flash+Awe Swatches)

The Bad: The price point might be a little bothersome for some. But you don’t have to get both of them, you can get one based on your skin tone!

(Get it Glowin’) 

Overall Rating: 9/10 (you can get yours at MAC for $48 a pop)

 

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Fashion, Style

Best Dressed At The Billboard Music Awards 2018

Here are some of my favourite looks from the Billboard Music Awards! Although, this wasn’t the BEST red carpet I’ve seen…it still was fun to see all the unique celeb looks!

Janet Jackson

2018 Billboard Music Awards - Arrivals Anyone getting Carrie vibes from this look? I love how effortless chic this look is!

Darren Criss

2018 Billboard Music Awards - ArrivalsI’m a sucker for men who add their own unique twist to the plain suit. LOVE the faded baby blue on this all black look!

Demi Lovato 

Billboard Music Awards, Arrivals, Las Vegas, USA - 20 May 2018I’m all about prints this season and I love how bohemian chic Demi looks!

Shawn Mendes 

2018 Billboard Music Awards - ArrivalsGrey suits are so tough to pull off for men but Shawn makes this whole look super stylish!

Mila Kunis

Billboard Music Awards, Arrivals, Las Vegas, USA - 20 May 2018Slay, Mila! SLAY! I love everything about this outfit! and HER HAIR!

Justin Hartley

2018 Billboard Music Awards - ArrivalsYou really can’t go wrong with an all black ensemble when you look like this! 😍

Hailey Baldwin

2018 Billboard Music Awards - Arrivals, Las Vegas, USA - 20 May 2018The fit of this dress is amazing on H! Everything from the hair to accessories is gorgeous!

 

Images courtesy of Hollywoodlife.com & People.com

Beauty

Review: Esqido Unisyn Lashes in Smoke & Fire & Companion Eyelash Glue

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I’ll be honest. I have NEVER worn false eyelashes before this particular review…and I’m not even sure why. I wonder if it’s the fear of having glue on my eyes or if it’s because I predominantly wear glasses. But that’s a whole different conversation! When I first laid my eyes on these lashes by Esqido, I was in love!

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What is it: The lashes I picked are called Smoke & Fire. They’re from Esqido’s Unisyn lashes line. According to Esqido, Unisyn is the world’s first true premium synthetic false eyelashes that are made with a blend of ultra-fine synthetic fibres for an ultra-natural look. AND if you know me, then you know I love my lashes to look natural but in the most dramatic way and that’s why I went with these lashes! I also got their Companion lash glue. The lash glue is clear, latex-free and strong enough to last all day! One of my favourite things about this brand is how easy it was to choose lashes for my particular need. On their website, they have a questionnaire designed to help you find your perfect lashes!

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The Good: Oh My Goodness. I am SO glad I found these lashes in my life. I mean look at how gorgeous it looks! It was so easy to use these! They were soft yet sturdy enough to apply. Once I applied them to my eyes, they didn’t budge, didn’t irritate my eyes and felt super natural. Also, I want to mention that I wore these with AND without glasses and let me tell you: despite being super long and voluminous, they didn’t interfere with my glasses or my vision at all…SCORE! Because of that very reason, I can’t wait to continue to incorporate falsies in my life more. Also, how adorable is the packaging of this product? I love the faux marble print background! The lashes itself are super easy to store in there and are also incredibly soft! I’m also in LOVE with the lash glue! The applicator is one of my favourites and I just love how easy it was to use, especially given this was my first time using lashes! No ifs, ands or buts here at all with this glue. It dried clear, it kept my lashes on and I was able to remove it easily too! The Smoke and Fire lashes have now become my go-to lashes for a night out! I’m being insanely honest when I say this: I genuinely like wearing false lashes because of this product! I just love how it transformed my makeup look.

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

Before/After:

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I mean you can see how dramatically my look changes yet it looks SO natural! 

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Overall Rating: 10/10 (you can purchase these on their website &/or Holt Renfrew Canada!)

 

 

Beauty

Review: Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer in Tan Sand & Light Medium

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You guys, these might be the best concealers I’ve ever used. Tarte’s Shape Tape Contour Concealers have been raved about ever since they were introduced into the beauty world!

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What is it: A full-coverage concealer that brightens and smooths your skin for a flawless matte finish! The reason why it’s called “shape tape” is because these concealers can also be used to contour and literally “shape” your face. It’s perfect for all skin types and skin tones. No matter what your skin problems are, these babies will help you achieve the makeup look you’re looking to create! In fact, they claim you don’t even need to set these concealers at all! Ingredients include mango seed and shea butters that are meant to naturally illuminate your complexion! I picked up the shade Tan Sand and Light Medium. I use Tan Sand during the summer as well as to cover any blemishes. I also use it as an eyeshadow primer and if I want to do a cut-crease look! I use Light Medium under my eyes and as an eyeshadow primer, IF I want brighter eyeshadow colours to pop!

 

The Good: Y’all. This concealer is amazing. Like I can’t even stress how amazing these are! The formula of these are so creamy. It’s easy to blend and it doesn’t feel like you have anything on! My favourite part about this product has to be the applicator wand! It’s so easy to apply that even someone who knows nothing about concealing and contouring can master it! The other thing I love about this is the fact that it doesn’t move once you’ve applied it. I’ve never had it crease! It also stays on for what seems like forever and I’m all about this! I honestly think everyone should own this concealer. It’s matte. It’s so blendable. It’s perfect. The concealers aren’t watery are very opaque without being cakey!

The Bad: N O T H I N G!

Overall Rating: 10/10 (You can get yourself one at tartecosmetics.com or your local Ulta store for $27, that’s where I got mine!)

Beauty

Review: Charlotte Tilbury’s Unisex Healthy Glow Hydrating Tint

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I think I’ve found the perfect way to get the ultimate sun-kissed look without the hassle of a self tanner courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury. When the lady at the Charlotte Tilbury counter at Holt Renfrew tried this on me, I had to do a double take. My skin looked like it was transformed into something I had never experienced before…and with that kind of result, I knew I had to have this particular product in my life!

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What is it: The Unisex Healthy Glow is described as an “all-year hydrating summer tint moisturizer”. Now, I wouldn’t really call this a tinted moisturized because it’s a one shade fits all product. When you squeeze the product out, it comes out like a moisturizer. There’s no visible “tint” but when you start working it in your face, it starts adding a tan type glow to it. It truly is magic. This product is unisex and morphs into any skin tone for the perfect natural looking glow! It’s hydrating and has natural moisturizing activates which contain a combination of moisture regulating ingredients that mimic bouncy lipids in your skin. The packaging is small enough to fit into your makeup bag! You can wear it alone or under foundation.

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The Good: Okay, remember earlier when I told you I had to do a double take when I first tried this product on? Well, I still do it every single time I use this product. The moment I blend this onto my skin, I find that my pores disappear. My skin looks like it’s got a natural glow! In fact, every time I have this on, I get complimented on how glowy my skin looks! In fact, none of the people believe me when I say it’s makeup and not my skin! I’ve used this under makeup and by itself…and personally, I prefer to use this product by itself. I find it doesn’t really do anything spectacular for my makeup if I use it as a primer but when I use it on its own, it’s like magic! My skin is smooth and even toned! The colour blends perfectly and I love this for days I don’t want to spend time on makeup. The formula itself is hydrating and really easy to use. I recommend using your fingers vs. using tools to apply it, just to get it to blend better. If you have oily skin, I suggest you set it because I did find about after 8 hours, it did crease a tiny bit! Other than that, this is a phenomenal product! You get the perfect natural glow without all the extra makeup products and that’s mainly why I love using this. A little bit goes a long way with this product. I use about 3 drops on my face to achieve the perfect glow! It does give my face a little bit of colour but nothing that’s super overwhelming or wacky! It’s really natural and very easy to blend.

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The Bad: The only thing I don’t like about this product is the fragrance. It smells like the coppertone sunscreen I used to lather on when I was younger. I hope in the future, they make it fragrance free!

Overall Rating: 9/10 (You can get yours at Charlotte Tilbury’s website or at your local Holt Renfrew cosmetics department!)

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!