Review: MAC Cosmetics’ Basic Bitch Eyeshadow Palette

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I bet you’re thinking…why did MAC just name a palette Basic Bitch? Don’t worry, I thought the same thing too. As a part of MAC’s Girls line, MAC released 6 limited edition “personality” eye shadow palettes. I will be reviewing 3 of the 6 palettes and this is the most talked about one….the Basic Bitch palette.

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What’s in the palette: This palette is filled with 8 eye shadows, which range from shimmers to mattes, and a highlighter. This palette is filled with greys, plums and purples…perfect for a smoky eye! The highlighter in Love this bitch (lolz) is a frosted baby pink highlighter. Sly Girl & Tattle-Tale (probably two of my favourite shimmer shades by MAC) are micro-glitter shimmering shades. Hell in Heels & Gameplayer are your creamy mattes. Me, Me, Me, Ms. Personality, Big White Lie and Text Me Later are satin shades. The packaging is pretty sleek and includes a mirror.

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The Good: Even past the controversy, I love everything about this palette. Majority of the shades are gorgeous on my lids and the names are super fun! I’m assuming MAC believes that the average basic bitch (I feel so strange writing the B word on my very G rated blog, but you know that’s life) is one that wants to have a smoky eye all the time. The formula of these shadows and the one highlighter are super-duper silky smooth. It wasn’t powdery when I swatched them and I loved how they just glided on without any fuss. The opacity is pretty decent, although some shades require you to pack on the shadow, majority of the shades are pretty opaque.

The Bad: So you can probably tell by the swatches that the colour pay off isn’t the best for some of the shades in this palette. BUT I will say the shades which didn’t have full opacity on first swatch, were super opaque when I spritzed my shadow brush with Fix+ to foil the shadows. They looked incredibly gorgeous. But aside from that, this palette is pretty awesome! I can see the name of this palette being an issue for a few and I wish the name wasn’t SO big on the palette.

Where you can get it: Any MAC retailer or MAC store for $48 (CDN).

Rating: 8.5/10

(PS I’m also reviewing Fashion Fanatic & Prissy Princess)

 

Review: Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner in OG Lolita

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When I heard that Kat Von D FINALLY decided to introduce lip liners in her coveted makeup line, I was ecstatic! I’m completely obsessed with her liquid liners and lipsticks, so picking this baby up during the Sephora spring sale was on my to do list!

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I love wearing lip liners by themselves, especially in the summer because it’s a super simple way to give your lips a stained-lips look. I decided to pick up the shade “OG Lolita” because the lipstick version of this shade is probably one of my favourite to wear. It looked pretty online and I figured you can’t go wrong.

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What I love about the packaging of this product is the fact that I don’t have to sharpen the lip liner to get more product, all I have to do is twist it (I’m all about the easy way out with makeup). The colour of the shade resembles the colour of the lip liner packaging, which is also pretty awesome because if you’re on the go, you don’t have to waste time reading the package for the names or shades.

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When I first saw this in the flesh, I loved everything about it instantly. I promise I’m not being biased because this is genuinely one of the best lip liners I’ve ever tried. This product states that it’s 24 hour wear, water-resistant and super weightless when on your lips. It’s supposed to be super comfortable and not drying at all, so that you can wear it by itself or layer with other products.

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When I swatched this product, I was floored by how smooth it felt. It glided on my lips so smoothly and it didn’t dry them out. When I layered it with the Lolita lipstick, I was astonished by how gorgeous it looked together! Hit up my Instagram for pics (shameless promo). The shade is a matte dusty rose, which is a gorgeous nude for me! What I loved about this the most is the fact that I did everything throughout my day and NOTHING moved. The shade stayed intact and I didn’t even feel the need to apply lip balm. I’m so impressed by this particular shade that I cannot wait to pick up more of her other shades, she’s got like 30 of them to choose from! The colour is SO pigmented. If you need a new lip liner, THIS IS IT! It retails for $22 (CDN), which is a pretty decent price for the quality of product you’re getting!

Pros:

  • Weightless
  • Matte, pigmented
  • Smooth, not drying at all
  • Great price
  • 24 hour wear, water-resistant
  • Long-wearing, doesn’t move from your lips until you use makeup remover

Cons:

  • NONE

Rating: 10/10 

Netflix & Chill

Trying to find a show to binge watch on your sick days (or just to fill free time lolz)? I’ve got you covered. Here are some of my favourite shows to binge watch or even re-watch on Netflix:

Riverdale

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This show is a dark twist on the Archie comics and I love every bit of it. It’s crazy, it’s funny, and I love Veronica’s style!

13 Reasons Why

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Captivating plot and phenomenal acting by the whole cast! Also, the soundtrack is awesome! And, you literally want to give Clay a hug…all the time.

The Mindy Project

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No show has been more relatable for me than this one. Mindy’s hilarious one liners and her need to excel at everything is so hilarious to watch!

Master of None

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Okay, Aziz Ansari’s depiction of love on this show is hilarious. He’s cute and funny….is he single IRL?

The Crown

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A show depicting Queen Elizabeth’s reign from the beginning? Sign me up! Seriously, this is so addictive! And allllll those crowns are gorgeous!

Stranger Things

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This show follows a group of kids that are basically living D&D in real life. Also, I have a newfound love for eggos.

Bill Nye Saves The World

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I literally relived my childhood watching this on Netflix. Billlll Nyyyeee The Sciencee guyyyy…Bill Bill Bill (okay I will stop now).

House Of Cards

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I watched the first season in 13 hours and I haven’t stopped! Frank Underwood is a seriously deranged genius.

Gilmore Girls

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Honestly, who doesn’t want to move to Stars Hollow and drink coffee at Luke’s? I literally watch an episode whenever I have free time…because why not.

Girlboss

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A show about self-discovery and a twenty-something girl boss living her dream? Count me in. Also, the vintage fashion on this show is amazeballs.

Friends

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This show NEVER fails to make me laugh. Seriously. If you’re having a sucky day, this is the show you need to watch.

Chasing Cameron

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This reality show about a social media star is so addictively hilarious that I watched 4 episodes in one sitting. No lie. Can someone please give Taylor his diem!! lolz

GIFs courtesy of Giphy

Review: Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette in Smoky

Hello Dolls! Hope you’re all doing great! I’ve got a few things for you in this post. Obviously, this is a review…duh! BUT I’ve also got a corresponding swatch video for you as well (you can click here, if that’s all you want to see). So without further adieu, let’s get in!

First Impressions

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When I heard that Shay Mitchell was teaming up with Smashbox to be the face of their new cover shot eyeshadow palette line, I was excited! Although, I’m sad that all these colours aren’t in ONE big palette, I’m still glad they’ve released them based on different eye trends out there. I obviously wanted to purchase the Smoky palette because I have an unhealthy obsession with jewel toned shadows. I know I say this about most things I love but I genuinely fell in love at first swatch! These babies were smooth and pigmented so I couldn’t say no!

Product Application and Formula

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If I could describe this palette in one word then it would definitely be PIGMENTED. I can’t explain to you, actually I can…when you look at the swatches, how gorgeous these shades come off! The formula is buttery smooth and it blends into one another flawlessly. I love that it has two matte basic shades in this palette. It’s not super powdery and it’s just perfect. The quality of these shadows are impeccable! The smoky palette includes everything you need to create the perfect smoky eye. I also LOVE that it has some shimmery shades, given glitter is the IT thing right now. With an amazing eye shadow primer, these shades stayed on my eyes the whole night and came off only when I used makeup remover. I will say that there was a tiny bit of fall out BUT I’m willing to let it slide because the shades are so perfectly curated and they complement each other so well.

Rating: 9.5/10

Swatches and Packaging 

I think this video speaks for itself don’t you think? BUT if you insist, I’ve also included photo swatches and a little bit about each shade here.

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  • The two big matte shades in this palette are Feature (matte milk chocolate) and Instinct (matte cream). These can be used as bases, highlights for your brows and even as a crease blending shade
  • Headline is a shimmery maroon. Hell Ya is a metallic brown and Rock Me is a metallic silver.
  • STFU is a shimmery green and probably one of my favourite shades smashbox has put out. Slayer is s matte slate grey colour and Big Night is a black with shimmery glitter.
  • The packaging is literally one of my favourites because it’s sleek, easy to carry and has a big mirror. Also, the holographic cover is literally one of the coolest covers I’ve seen!

Rating: 10/10

Price: $35 (CDN) and you can purchase it at any Smashbox retailer, I got mine at Sephora.

Final Verdict

Do I think you need this palette in your life? YES. Do I think you can achieve the easiest most gorgeous smoky eye with this palette? YES YES. Is the price incredibly reasonable? YES YES YES! Honestly, this is easily one of my favourite launches from Smashbox! If you want these gorgeous shades, I suggest you head on over and purchase this palette ASAP!

Overall Rating: 10/10

See you in the next post!

kisses,

S

 

Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Liquid Lipstick

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Hello Dolls! Hope you’re having an awesome day! If you haven’t checked out my previous post, make sure you do by clicking right here. And as always, follow me on all my socials listed at the top of this page. In this post, I’m finally bringing you a review (it’s been a minute) of one of my favourite liquid lipstick brands. Anastasia Beverly Hills changed the liquid lipstick game, when they released these babies. They’re practically always sold out and these are the ones I’ve been able to get my hands on. So without further adieu…

First Impressions

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Remember when I said this was one of my favourite makeup brands ever? Well these products are one of the main reasons why. Initially, I picked these up because the Sephora worker suggested I try “Carina”, since I was in the market for finding a bright pink lipstick. As always, I fell in love with first swatch and decided to pick up 3 more shades I was dying to try. They were Dusty Rose, Catnip and Kathryn (more on the shades individually below). Not only do these swatch well but they feel great on your lips too!

Product Formula, Application, Packaging and Swatches

The formula of this product is incredibly awesome. Like I cannot even explain to you how great these feel on your lips. They keep your lips moisturized and they dry incredibly quickly on your lips. They also stay put. That means it’s food, smudge, drink, kiss, etc. proof and you know how much I love products that doesn’t require me to reapply them. I’ve had these babies on for HOURS and never had to reapply them once. And I’m not speaking just for one shade but ALL four of these shades. The product application is simple and just like your typical liquid lipstick. The applicator is generic, so nothing surprising there. The packaging is also pretty generic, so nothing too extravagant. Which is fine because I’m always more interested in what the product does versus what it looks like. Let’s break down the individual shades. They’re all matte and they look gorgeous.

  • Kathryn: I think the best way I can describe this is a brick reddish-brown.
  • Dusty Rose: Pretty much the same as its namesake. It’s a dusty rose nude.
  • Carina: Literally one of my favourite shades ever. A bright watermelon pink
  • Catnip: A mauvey plummy nude.

Each one of these shades swatch incredibly well. In fact, every swatch you see below is just one swipe of the colour. All four of these shades are my most worn lipsticks ever. Below you’ll see the picture of the shades without and with flash:

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Availability, Accessibility and Price

You can pick yours up at Sephora or any Anastasia Beverly Hills retailers for $26 (CDN)!

Overall Rating

I am in love with all these shades and can’t wait to add more colours to my kit! The price is great, the swatches are super pigmented and they feel super natural on your lips. I mean what more can you ask for?

Overall Rating: 10/10

See you in the next post!

kisses,

S

 

 

The Best Dressed At The SAG Awards 2017

Hello Dolls! Hope you’re having an awesome day despite all the crazy drama going on in the world. It’s Monday and I know I usually do my motivational Monday post but it’s award season! Last night, the Screen Actor’s Guild awards took place and I have to say almost every single one, men and women, were dressed in their best. Below you will find my favourite looks from last night!

Emily Bluntemily-blunt-sag-awards-20171Insert allllll the heart emojis right here. Emily Blunt looked stunning last night in this boho chic look. I mean this is how you make Coachella look couture!

Sofia Vergarasofia-vergara-sag-awards-2017-ftrThis is how you rock a ballerina inspired look at the SAG awards or any red carpet for that matter. The shoes are perfect. The hair is perfect. The makeup is perfect. Everything is perf.

Sophia Bush
sophia-bush-sag-awards-2017I’m a HUGE OTH fan (shout outs to everyone who knows what I’m talking about). So when I see a hint of Brooke in Sophia’s OOTN, I literally die! Not only do I love the fact that it’s asymmetrical and hot pink but she had pink eye shadow to match! Gorgeous.

Kerry Washington588e8e3117000030001d108eThere is nothing scandalous about this amazing outfit Kerry is rocking (see what I did). Okay. Anyways, the embellishments are beautiful and I love that it’s off the shoulder. Also, does her makeup ever look bad?!

Taraji P. HensonThe 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 29 Jan 2017I bae-sically want to be in this outfit forever. Well, if I looked like her. The colour, the cut, the embellishment, the hair, the makeup, the…everything is gorgeous from head to toe. Also, LOVE the bow.

See you in the next post!

kisses,

S

(pics courtesy of Hollywoodlife.com)

5 Times Ryan Reynolds Slayed His Style Game

Hello Dolls! Hope you’re having a swell day! If you didn’t check out my previous post, then you can do so by clicking here. As always, make sure you follow me on all my social media accounts, listed on the top bar of this page. Today’s post is all about hottie Ryan Reynolds’ effortless style. It’s hard for some men to experiment with different kinds of style but Ryan shows them all how it’s done. Seriously, this man can style sweats in the most fashionable way possible. He also cleans up really well at formal events, making him the ultimate style bae of my dreams (if he wasn’t married to Blake, I’d def try to steal him…lolz). Anyways, I’ll stop boring you with my obsessive comments about Ryan and show you 5 of my favourite looks he’s worn!

6a04ad15300f5b3cbf5815abd6271b06Ryan’s all about that hot lumberjack Canadian swag here, obvi cuz he’s Canadian. Duh. (kay I’ll stop)

6be16e22f3ee14fe9b9e4cbd5e8dbdb2Remember how I said he cleans up well? This is pure proof of that. Not only does he break all norms by wearing a tan coloured suit here, but he looks adorbs doing so 😍

309f83a306cda05dbd649c27a894a3daCan all men around me dress like this? Mr. Reynolds makes this layered outfit look absolutely flawless.

861c81af0a5b402a3c683f7f8972ca17My heart flutters by just looking at this picture. He’s hot yes, but his outfit just enhances his hotness more. Plus, I love men in glasses. 😍

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See you in the next post!

kisses,

S