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!)

 

 

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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

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

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

 

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!

Mille Bobby Brown

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)

Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick in Buff & Rosewood

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When I heard that Anastasia Beverly Hills was going to launch a line of matte lipsticks (which aren’t liquid), I was beyond excited. If you know me, you already know that ABH’s liquid lipsticks are probably one of my favourite liquid lippies of all time! The bar was definitely set SUPER high for these lipsticks and I can’t wait to tell you if these exceeded my expectations or not!
What is it: As mentioned before, these are a line of matte lipstick made for people who aren’t into liquid lipstick but want the same long-lasting power as them. It’s super matte, full-pigmented and long-lasting on your lips. They retail for $23 (CDN) at Sephora (that’s where I got mine). I chose the shades Rosewood and Buff. Rosewood is described as a muted cherrywood and Buff is described as a nude salmon pink.
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The Good: So you’re probably thinking, if these lipsticks exceeded my expectations? YES. These lipsticks are fantastic. Specifically, Buff has become my go to nude shade for work. In fact, I’ve had numerous people ask me what I’m wearing on my lips whenever I have either of these two shades on! Buff is also great for days you don’t want to wear makeup but want something on your lips to add a little bit of glam in your life. Rosewood is equally gorgeous too! The formula of these lipsticks are INCREDIBLE. It’s pretty comfortable for a matte lipstick. It doesn’t dry out your lips at all. In fact, it feels like the lipstick is hugging your lips in the most gorgeous way (LOL yes I just wrote that). It’s smooth on application, which is not a surprise for ABH at all. Now these aren’t the most long-lasting lipsticks out there…especially when you compare them to the liquid lipstick line from ABH…BUT because the formula is so great, it’s not a huge downfall (for me). In a 12 hour period, I reapplied the lipstick twice, which isn’t TOO bad. The pigmentation of these lipsticks are wonderful. All the swatch pictures you’re seeing on here are only one swipe of the lipstick! The packaging is super simple and classic, which is cute! I love that ABH let the formula of the lipsticks do the talking and didn’t really make the packaging extra (lol). The price is also pretty decent. You really are getting your money’s worth with these babies. I can’t wait to pick up more shades from this line!
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The Bad: NOTHING!
Overall Rating: 10/10

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)