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Brand Obsession: Huda Beauty

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If you’ve read my past reviews about some of the products from Huda Beauty, then you already know how obsessed I am with what this brand has to offer. The creator behind this brand is Huda Kattan (you can read more about her on her wikipedia page).

How I heard about this brand: The Internet & Youtube. I stumbled across one of her videos years ago and I’ve been a fan ever since. In fact, she is one of my main inspirations and reason why I started blogging. She introduced her namesake makeup line with the introduction of false lashes, famously worn by Kim K.

 

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First Item Purchased: Believe it or not, it wasn’t the lashes. In fact, it wasn’t even me who made that first purchase. My mom had heard through friends in Dubai that Huda Beauty had one of the best liquid lipsticks at the time. We collectively decided to try them out and was glad when Sephora was offering the brand through their online store. I blogged all about it here.

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Favourite Item So Far: Her first eye shadow palette. Goodness, I have used that palette so much that I’m not even sure what I would do if I were to hit pan on majority of these shadows (since it is limited edition). I won’t lie though, the Golden Sands highlighter palette comes SUPER close (the highlight is b l i n d i n g).

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Why I’m Obsessing Over This Brand So Much: It’s fun. It’s relatable. It’s beautiful. You’re definitely getting your money’s worth. Everything I own is super pigmented and I’m very happy with the products.

What I’m Looking Forward To From This Brand: I haven’t tried the foundation and the primer…so there’s that. BUT, I really want Huda Beauty to come out with an eye lash kit, that has a mascara, individual false lashes and smouldering liner. I’m counting down to that!

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What Should You Get: The eyeshadow palettes! Even though her original palette was limited edition, she has come out with mini eye shadow palettes that are perfect for travel! There are 9 shades and a mirror, what more can one want! Also, if you’re going to try any of their liquid lipsticks or liners, Bombshell and Famous are my favourites! You can currently purchase these through Sephora’s website or her own website!

 

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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!
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First Impressions: Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits in Posie K, Candy K & Autumn

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I FIIIINAALLYYY got my hands on these! Seriously, these lip kits have been in demand ever since Miss Kylie Jenner tweeted about them. In this blog post, you’re going to read all about how to order Kylie Cosmetics in Canada and my first impressions of the products I ordered. Let’s just say these lip kits definitely had an impact on my daily life…and I’ve only had them for a week now (shook much?).

The Online Order Process: So when I went on to kyliecosmetics.com, I didn’t know what to expect at all. I had heard that this company could barely keep releases restocked because of the demand. In fact, these were so hard to get that fake lip kits began to circulate for crazy prices and Kylie Jenner was NOT impressed. Once on the website, I noticed the best phrase for any online shopper “Free International Shipping on orders more than $60” and that my friends is what convinced me to place an order. As I was browsing through her website (she’s got A LOT of products), I gravitated towards the matte lip kits because of the value and popularity. I picked 3 kits and proceeded to checkout. All the prices are in USD and Kylie Cosmetics won’t cover the cost of any duty fees that might occur when it reaches your destination. Since I live in Canada, I wasn’t sure if I would encounter any of that…but that didn’t stop me from ordering these! These lip kits retail for $29 USD (I ordered 3…it cost me about $100 CDN..#broke).

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The Shipping Process: Once my order went through, the kits were shipped roughly 3 days after. One thing I’m incredibly impressed with was how the Kylie Cosmetics team handles the shipping process. When your order is processed, you get notified via email. When your oder is shipped, you get notified via email with your shipping code directly linked to the postal service they use. There was one thing that kind of freaked me out when my order was shipped. Initially, the team said that my order would take anywhere from 21-28 days to reach my destination…which kind of appalled me because Canada is not THAT far away lol. Also, the Canadian dollar rate is kind of wonky so I ended up paying a lot more for these kits. So I was a little bummed out. But two weeks (exactly from my order date) later, I received an email saying your shipment has been delivered. I was so incredibly excited and shocked that I genuinely was jumping up and down (judge away).

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The Package: OHKAYYY KYLIE. These lip kits came in an all black box. When I opened the box, the Kylie Cosmetics logo was at the top of the box. The package included my 3 lip kits (duh), my shipment receipt and a post card from Kylie Jenner thanking me for purchasing these (not going to lie I know it’s probably photocopied but like…whatevs fan girl moment). I definitely love the whole idea behind the packaging!

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The Lip Kits: I purchased the lip kits in Candy K, Autumn and Posie K. Posie K won Allure’s best of 2017 lipsticks so this was a kit I really wanted. I would describe it as a mauvey nude pink. Next, I went with Candy K because the swatches online looked really pretty. Plus, I wanted a shade I could wear daily to work. I would describe this shade as the perfect nude for my skin tone. Lastly, I went with Autumn because I liked the name. No lie. That was the only reasoning behind it and I’m not disappointed at all. Autumn is like a brick browny red nude (lol). That’s the best I can describe it! All these lip kits come with the liquid lipsticks and a liner.

First impressions: I’ve had them almost a week and I’ve tried all three shades and so far I’m impressed. That’s all I’m going to say for now until I post an in-depth review in a few weeks. Stay tuned in the next few weeks for more on this.

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Overall Impressions of Kylie Cosmetics: I’m really impressed that the youngest KarJenner child knows how to run a business successfully. I also loved how easy it was to order these from Canada and I highly recommend everyone give these kits a try at some point in their life!

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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!

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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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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, Style

Best Dressed At The SAG Awards 2018

The SAG awards took place last night and you know I’m here to tell you who were best dressed celebs from last night’s red carpet!

Yara Shahidi5a652cb41c00003c00cce87b            This look was one of the best looks of the night!

Kristen Bell

24th Annual Screen Actors†Guild Awards - Arrivals  I love the colour of this dress!

Lupita N’yongo24th Annual SAG Awards - Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 21 Jan 2018Does this girl ever look terrible? LOVE!

Mandy Moore24th Annual Screen Actors†Guild Awards - Arrivals. I have a soft spot for this shade of blue and Mandy looks incredible!

Dakota Fanning24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Red Carpet This whole ensemble is SO pretty!

 

Images courtesy of People.com & Hollywoodlife.com