Beauty

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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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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Fashion, Style

Best Dressed At The Oscars 2018

Here are my favourite looks from last night’s Oscars! Do you agree? Disagree? Let me know!

Jennifer Garner90th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals Hands down this is Jen’s BEST red carpet look EVER. The gorgeous shade of this gown, her flawless hair and beautiful makeup is everything.

Taraji P. Henson90th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals Basically, I want to be Taraji. I loved everything about this from head to toe. The lipstick shade is probably my favourite beauty look from the Oscars this year.

Allison JanneyDXexBL9W4AQTQhUShe came to win. My favourite part about this whole look is the sleeves! I love that she kept the hair and makeup simple.

Helen MirrenHelen-Mirren  I love how clean and fresh this whole look is. Plus, the jewels are to die for!

ZendayaZendaya  I want this dress. Zendaya’s style choices are the best in Hollywood right now and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for this young starlet!

Molly Sims90th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals Okayyy. I am slowly starting to fall in love with the dusty grey dresses. I love a bedazzled gown! My only wish was Molly wore a darker lip…but otherwise this was great!

Greta GerwigGreta-Gerwig  Mustard yellow is a thing. And I’m all about this. I love how this whole look is styled. From her makeup to her hair to her jewelry…it’s perfect!

Emma Stone90th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals This is a gorgeous way to wear a tux at the Oscars. I love everything about this!

 

Images courtesy of People.com & VanityFair.com

Beauty

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!

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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

Beauty

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
Skin Care

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)