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)

 

 

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Review: Fenty Beauty by Rihanna’s Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored

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Y’all, I cannot even. This is my THIRD Fenty Beauty product review and I can’t even explain to you how much I’m falling in love. Fenty Beauty might be the first brand in a long time that’s won me over completely. With every new product I try, I fall in love even more.

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What is it: When Riri says she’s going to give you a universal red lipstick which works with every skin tone, she seriously delivers! This baby is a bright red liquid lipstick that flatters every single skin tone. No kidding at all. It’s weightless and long wearing with a soft matte finish. I’m really glad that Rihanna decided to release this shade first from her Stunna lip paint line…because it truly is a stunner (okay, that was even too cheesy for me to say I must admit). But seriously, the packaging is very similar to Christian Louboutin’s nail polish bottles and I love every single thing about it.

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The Good: Oh my goodness gracious. CAN WE TAKE A MOMENT. I bought this without swatching the shade because I figured if Rihanna is telling me that this shade will work for me, then it completely will (also, let’s not forget she was the OG ambassador for Rubywoo, which is MAC’s version of the universal red). The moment I tried it on, I was mesmerized…not by the colour but by how smoothly the applicator glided on my lips. Not to mention how opaque the colour was on one swipe. In fact, this picture here (PS why aren’t you following me on IG yet?) is prime example of what one swatch of Rihanna’s stunna lip paint looks like after I’ve eaten, drank and had it on for probably around 4-5 hours. The formula is exactly like lip paint. It’s weightless gliding on and when it’s on your lips, which is always a huge plus point with liquid lipsticks. Another thing I noticed was how it didn’t dry my lips out at all. When applied, the shade did take a minute to dry on my lips but that’s expected with all liquid lipsticks! As I mentioned, you only really need one swipe of this product to get its true colour. The bright red shade is gorgeous and great for this holiday season! The applicator is an interesting design and it definitely works! I’m looking forward to Riri bringing out more shades to this line!

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The Bad: There wasn’t anything majorly wrong with this product…but I will let you know: With all liquid lipsticks, these products can’t be applied super quickly. In fact, the application process requires a teeny bit of time but by no means does it overshadow the amazingness of this product!

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Overall Rating: 10/10 (pick it up at Sephora or Fentybeauty.com for $30 CDN)

 

 

Favourite Looks From the AMAs 2017

AHH! Although I missed watching the AMAs this year, I did get a chance to look through all the fashion! Here are 6 of my favourite looks from the red carpet! All pic credits belong to HollywoodLife.com!

Selena GomezAmerican Music Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 19 Nov 2017I’m all about this new Selena. The subtle yet super edgy look is working on Sel.

Nial HoranAmerican Music Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 19 Nov 2017 Okay, readers of this blog already know how I feel about men wearing unique suits…I’m all about it.

Kathryn HahnAmerican Music Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 19 Nov 2017  I love everything about this, from the colour of this dress to her hair and makeup: FLAWLESS.

Nick JonasAmerican Music Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 19 Nov 2017 All the heart eyed emojis here.

Kelly Clarkson2017 American Music Awards - Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 19 Nov 2017 I’m all about the sequins here…and can we talk about her flawless makeup?

Shawn Mendes

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  He is so DREAMY. I’m loving the printed blazer.

Review: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella & Dragon Girl

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These lip pencils have been a cult favourite for years and when I got my hands on them, I completely understand why. NARS is one of my favourite makeup brands because of how much the brand values quality over quantity.

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What is it: These two lip pencils are from NARS’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil line. It’s essentially a matte lipstick in the form of a pencil. I picked up the shade Dragon Girl, which supposedly Taylor Swift swears by, and I was given Cruella, a deluxe sample size. Dragon Girl is a bright poppy red and Cruella is a Scarlett red. These retail for $33 (CDN) and can be picked up at any NARS retailers (mine’s from Sephora).

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The Good: I now know why Taylor Swift swears by Dragon Girl. That red is probably one of the most gorgeous reds I’ve ever used. The staying power of these lip pencils are incredible. Both these shades stayed on my lips until I used makeup remover to remove it and I can’t be any happier! These pencils are SO pigmented. The colour you see is the colour you get. The finish isn’t completely matte but it’s matte with a hint of sheen (if that even makes sense). I love that it’s not the size of a lip liner pencil and is a little bit bigger…making it perfect for applying all over your lips with ease. The formula is incredibly smooth and does not dry out your lips at all. I’ve used these shades alone, I’ve paired them with one another and I’ve paired them with other lip products….and I wasn’t disappointed at all. Cruella and Dragon Girl are so different from one another, so when you pair them together…you are left with a unique red shade and I am all for it! These shades felt so light on my lips, that I forgot I had red lips on (lol).

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The Bad: The only downside with this product is the fact that you have to sharpen it. I am hoping at some point NARS comes out with a retractable version of these lip pencils because sharpening them is a little hard (make sure you use a legit jumbo sharpener for makeup products). Other than that, nothing was terrible about this product.

Overall Rating: 9.5/10 

Review: Fenty Beauty Match Stix Trio in Tan (Truffle, Caramel & Rum)

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I, along with the world, am slowly falling in love with practically every product that’s in Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line. When I saw that Fenty Beauty had a curated “contour” kit, I just couldn’t resist and had to see what it was all about!

 

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What is it: This cream-to-powder contour kit includes everything you need for the perfect contour. Fenty Beauty came out with 4 curated skin tone shade kits and I picked up the shade Tan because it seemed like it would work for my skin tone. The kit includes a Matte contour match stix in Truffle, a matte Concealer match stix in Caramel and a Shimmer highlight stix in Rum. All three of the “stix” are full-sized and are retractable. In addition to all that, they’re also magnetic, which makes it perfect for traveling!

 

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The Good: OKAY. THE FORMULA OF THIS PRODUCT IS EPIC. Yes, I needed to write all of that in caps to get my point across. No, seriously, the formula is amazing. It’s creamy enough to blend extremely well on to your skin but hard enough for it to not break off (hmm KKW needs to learn a thing or two from this range). Not only does this blend extremely well, it’s also buildable…which makes contouring super easy for newbies. The highlighting shade is SO pretty and you can definitely wear it as an eyeshadow too (bonus points for versatility). The longevity of these products are great! It definitely stayed on my face without any movement until I used makeup remover to take it off. It wasn’t cakey and I love how all three shades go so well with one another. And can we talk about the packaging? The fact that it’s magnetic is what sold it for me because I tend to lose products when I travel and *hopefully* I won’t now that they’re all stuck together (lol). Also, these stix are SO pigmented. You only need one swipe of this to do the work for you!

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The Bad: One of the only things I had a teeny issue with is the shade Caramel. Now, for me, it’s pretty much the same skin tone…so if you’re looking to have a brighter under eye look, then this is not going to do it. But needless to say, as a concealer to cover up acne or scars, this was great!

Overall Rating: 10/10 ($67 CDN at Sephora….the price is totally worth it)

 

Review: Bumble and Bumble BB. Repair, All-Style and Don’t Blow It Blow Dry Creams

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Bumble and Bumble has become one of my favourite hair care lines. My hair feels and looks so good after using majority of their products and I couldn’t be happier! These hair creams have been life changing for my hair and I’m about to tell you why.

What is it

BB. Don’t Blow it (H)Air Styler: Want pretty hair without using heat? Then this is for you! This hair cream is specifically meant for when you air dry your hair. With the use of NO heat, this cream enhances hair’s texture and body for the perfect air-dried hair.

BB. Repair Blow Dry: Looking to reverse damaged hair problems? Then this serum infused blow dry cream is going to be your best friend! Repair damaged hair while using heat to blow dry with this cream. It’s meant to heal split ends, be a heat protectant and soften your hair to give you a healthy blow dry!

BB. All-Style Blow Dry: This hair cream does it all, including extending the life of your blow dry and I’m all for it. It’s supposed to fight frizz, protect against heat damage and help add body! It’s also suitable for ALL hair types!

The Good

BB. Don’t Blow it (H)Air Styler: I love how this hair cream smells! It’s not overpowering at all and leaves my hair feeling super soft. The cream isn’t heavy and a little bit of this product goes a long way. My hair had a little bit of texture after I used it.

BB. Repair Blow Dry: Oh. Em. Gee. I ended up buying the full size of this product because I loved the sample size SO much. I used this throughout my vacation and I can’t tell you how gorgeous my hair felt! My hair felt healthy and smelled so good!

BB. All-Style Blow Dry: I swear by this product. Like you don’t understand…I will always use this product whenever I’m about to blow dry my hair because not only does it do everything it claims to do but your hairstyle lasts literally until your next wash! It doesn’t leave your hair greasy nor is it a heavy product. This is what I call the perfect blow-dry cream!

The Bad

BB. Don’t Blow it (H)Air Styler: I really wanted to love this product as much as the other two creams…but I just didn’t see it do anything more than giving me a little bit of texture. I air dry my hair more than I blow dry it so whenever I end up using this, I do like how my hair turns out but I don’t love it.

BB. Repair Blow Dry: Nothing. At. All.

BB. All-Style Blow Dry: Nothing. At. All.

Overall Rating 

BB. Don’t Blow it (H)Air Styler: 7.5/10

BB. Repair Blow Dry: 10/10

BB. All-Style Blow Dry: 10/10

You can pick these up at Sephora for $37 (CDN).

Review: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer

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When Rihanna comes out with a makeup line, you know it’s going to be epic in every way possible. This is the first ever makeup line that I’ve bought right on release day and I can’t say I’m disappointed at all. When I read about this primer, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!

What is it: This particular product is a priming base that smooths your skin for perfect foundation application. It’s shine stopping, pore-diffusing and moisturizing. And as you can tell by the title, it’s supposed to give you an instant retouch effect that helps your makeup stay on longer.

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The Good: I’ve been using this since the day it arrived on my doorstep and I can definitely say it’s become one of my favourite go-to primers. One of the main reasons why I’m loving this, especially with the seasons changing, is the fact that it’s super moisturizing without being greasy or leaving any sort of residue on your face. The texture is very similar to Clinique’s Dramatically moisturizing gel and we all know how much I love that. It seeps on to your skin right away! Another HUGE plus point for this primer is that it leaves no sort of “white” cast on your face. I mean when Rihanna said she wanted to create an all-inclusive beauty range, she was not kidding. This will work for practically any skin tone. As for the priming aspect of it, my foundation (no matter which one I used) glided on perfectly. My pores weren’t as visible and it just felt really good on my face (lol). Also, my makeup stayed put throughout the whole day!

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The Bad: OKAY. I hate to say this but WHY IS THIS IN A GLASS BOTTLE? That is literally the only negative part about this product. I am a natural-born klutz so I already know that when I’ll travel with this, I’m going to crack the bottle or something. But other than that, this is the perfect primer. Yes. You read that right. Perfect. Primer.

Overall Rating: 9.5/10 ($40 CDN at Sephora)