Review: Huda Beauty Textured Shadows Palette, Rose Gold Edition

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Huda Beauty’s first ever eye shadow palette has been one of the most coveted beauty items ever seen on Instagram. Trust me. It’s sold out almost every time it’s restocked and in this blog post, I’m going to tell you why. I own a bevy of eye shadow palettes and I don’t think I’ve ever come across something like this in a long time. I’m not going to tell you all the amazing things the creator of this palette has done, you can wikipedia that…what I will tell you is why this palette needs to be in your life.

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This eye shadow palette contains 6 3D metal shades, 2 chromatic pressed pearl shadows, and 10 matte shadows…which brings you to a total of 18 shadows. 3D metal shades are basically glitter cream shadows. They’re extremely pigmented because of the glitter and are best applied with your fingers. The chromatic shades are micro glitter shadows with a pearly/sheeny finish, also super pigmented. The matte shadows are probably one of my favourites I’ve ever come across. The shades are just too beautiful and are SO pigmented.

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DSC04353 Angelic, #Blessed, Bossy, Flamingo, Shy

DSC04355  Bae, Moon Dust, Black Truffle, Suede

DSC04359 Coco, Maneater, Henna, Sandalwood

The formula of the shadows are incredible. They’re buildable, they go smoothly on your lids and I didn’t notice a whole lot of fall out (especially the glitters). The colour pay off is amazing. They’re just so gorgeous. One of my favourite things about this palette is the names for each of these shades. The versatility of this palette is great. You can use it during the day or night. The packaging of this product is interesting and reminds me of Stila’s packaging. It has no mirror but just a magnetic clear flap covering it. It’s sleek and super easy to put into your makeup kit.

There is probably one MAJOR downside to this palette and that’s the luxurious price of $85 (CDN). I can understand that this is and will be a huge factor for a lot of people who are contemplating purchasing this palette but what you need to think about when purchasing this is the following: How often will I use this in comparison to my other palettes? I find a lot of the time this is what helps me decide if I really need an eye shadow palette in my kit. With all of that being said, I do think it is worth the money and the hype. You get a range of shadows that do multiple things and that alone sold it for me. You can pick this up online at Sephora for $85 (CDN)!

Pros:

  • Buildable
  • Amazing colour pay off
  • Range of shades is amazing
  • No major fall out, especially from the glitters

Cons:

  • Price
  • No mirror

Rating: 9.5/10 

 

Review: Bumble & Bumble’s Invisible Hair Oil

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Hello Dolls! Hope you’re having a great day today! If you haven’t read my previous post, then you can do so by clicking right here. Make sure you follow me on all my social media accounts listed at the top of this page! In this post, I’m going review one of my favourite hair oils I’ve been obsessed with for the last little while. This particular product made my favourite winter care items list and I can’t begin to stress how amazing it really is!

First Impressions

I bought this bottle on a whim at Sephora because that’s literally how I roll sometimes. I didn’t read any previous reviews nor did I read what it does other than the fact that it’s an “invisible” hair oil that is supposed to soften your hair and I was sold just based on that. So when I first used it, I put one pump all over my hair before I air-dried it. I was blown away at the fact that a little bit of oil softened my whole head of hair! Also, it smells so GOOD!

Product Formula and Feel

This oil isn’t oily at all. It feels like a dry oil (I don’t know how else to explain it). There’s no residue nor does it make your hair super oily. As I mentioned, a little goes a long way and you do not need to use a lot of this product, which is great. I found one pump of this was good for my long hair! It smells great. Like wonderful. Like I just want to inhale it all day. lolz. My favourite part of this product is the fact that not only does it soften your hair but it nourishes it without feeling oily. It also tames flyaways and de-frizzes it. Also, I find that it’s SO weightless that it doesn’t even feel like you have oil in your hair. Which I guess makes sense given it’s an “invisible” hair oil. I have thick straight  colour treated hair and it works fine for me. I also love that it adds a subtle bit of shine (especially if you’re going for a polished sleek look). It’s acts as a heat protectant and it has UVA/B filters (perf). Honestly, this is one of the best multitasking hair product I have ever used!

Product Formula, Result & Feel Rating: 10/10

Price, availability & accessibility

You can pick this bottle up for $50 (CDN) at Sephora. Yes, I know it’s a hefty price but you don’t need to use a lot at all. I’m not even half way done my bottle and I’ve had it for a while and I use it often.

Final Verdict

My hair has never been happier! I am absolutely in love with this product not because it does everything it says it will but because it’s so hassle free and easy to use! This is definitely worth every penny!

Overall Rating: 10/10

See you in the next post!

kisses,

S

 

Review: The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Cleansing Facial Wipes

Hello Dolls! If you haven’t checked out my previous post, you can do so by clicking right here! I’m back again with a new review (and anotha 1)!

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First Impressions, Product Feel & Thoughts

I had never heard of this product until I stepped foot inside The Body shop. In fact, I only picked this up because the whole store was buy 3 products for $33(CDN) and I needed a third product. The reason why I picked it up was because it smelled nice and I needed quick moisturizing cleansing wipes, which I can use on lazy days (which is often tbh). I gravitated towards this because it was pink, had Vitamin E and seemed pretty simple to use. So, when I got home…I used it immediately and I was extremely surprised. To me, this product was just a generic bunch of cleansing wipes I can use when I run out of my fav but AFTER I used it, I was shocked at how much I began to love it. It removed makeup flawlessly without irritating my skin and it left my skin super moisturized, which is perfect for the winter time. The formula in these wipes are meant to smooth out your skin and it def did do that at first use. It’s perfect for all skin types and it’s super gentle. According to the packaging, it’s supposed to cleanse, tone and moisturize all at one go. Although, I didn’t really see much of a “toning” effect. It did do everything else pretty well and I’m def going to repurchase this once I’m done. The packaging is your typical makeup towelette packaging and it’s pink (!!!).

Product Formula: 10/10

Packaging: 10/10

Product Result: 9/10

Price, Availability, Accessibility

As I mentioned, I got this part of a deal in-store 3 for $33 (CDN) but it retails for $16 for 25 towelettes. You can purchase this at The Body Shop!

Final Verdict

I will be the first one to admit, I underestimated this product immensely. I didn’t think it would be up to par with my Clinique wipes, but these are as good as them. I am definitely repurchasing this product not because it does the job well but because my skin felt so soft and smooth after that I didn’t even need to use a moisturizer (especially on those lazy nights you want to jump into bed).

Overall Rating: 9.5/10 (only because it claimed to tone your skin and I didn’t really see that but other than that this product is flawless)

See you in the next post!

kisses,

S

Review: Kat Von D’s Shade+Light Contour Palette

Hello Dolls! If you haven’t checked out my previous post, then you can do so by clicking right here. As always, make sure to follow me on all my socials by simply searching Daff Diaries or clicking the links on the right hand side of this page! So without further adieu, I give you my review on this raved about palette!

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First Impressions

If you’ve been an avid reader of this blog, then you’re already aware of the fact that Kat Von D makes some seriously amazing beauty products (hello, this one’s my all time fav). So, it was only natural that I would want to try this beauty line’s contour palette…especially, given that contouring is and always will be a beauty trend no matter what (thank you Kardashians). When I first saw this palette and swatched it, I fell in love with the fact that both the “shades” and “lights” were matte. The “shades” are the equivalent to the darker contour shades and the “lights” are the matte highlight shades (ain’t that cute?). Also, I love that she includes a How-to-guide in this packaging for newbies like me (bonus). Overall, I was very very VERY impressed when I first saw and tried this product. The names of these shades are pretty Kat Von D like (if you’re familiar with her products). One of my favourite things I noticed was the fact that all the colours in here were natural looking.

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Product Application & Formula

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The formula has to be one of the best I have ever used, especially for a powder. Seriously, it feels smooth and it’s super easy to blend. You can use a Beauty Blender or a brush and this looks flawless on your skin. One of the biggest pros of this product is the fact that it’s universally flattering for all skin tones. In fact, all the colours included in this palette will work with any skin tone because they’re natural looking shades (depending when the light hits you where). It’s easy to use and I found that I could combine the shades together without it looking cakey on my skin (woohoo). Theyre super buildable and it doesn’t irritate your skin! The best part about this product is that you don’t need a lot of it and it swatches incredibly well (scroll below). Every single shade is extremely opaque and gorgeous!  Along with being the perfect formula, the packaging is also nice. It’s got a ginormous mirror and the size is not super big, so you can travel with it.

Product Formula: 10/10

Product Application: 10/10

Swatches

Can you say GORGEOUS?

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Price, Availability & Accessibility

You can pick yours up at Sephora for $55 (CDN).

Final Verdict

This has to be one of my most used contour palettes ever. It’s easy to use. It looks extremely natural and never cakey. It’s worth every single dime and I’m convinced that I will be repurchasing this product once I hit pan! The palette isn’t intimidating at all for newbies. You can use and combine these shades to get the perfect contour!

Overall Rating: 10/10

See you in the next post!

kisses,

S

 

Review: Huda Beauty’s Liquid Matte Lipstick

Hi Dolls! If you haven’t read my last post, then you can do so by clicking right here! Also, make sure to follow me on all my socials by simply searching ‘DaffDiaries’ (or you can click on the links on the right hand side of this page).

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Okay, y’all been waiting for this one I know. I FINALLY got my hands on these liquid matte lipsticks by Huda Beauty! If you don’t know who she is or her brand, then you can just google it and find out how much of a mogul she has become (seriously that girl has built an epic brand…slay!). These matte liquid lipsticks were one of the products launched and I must say, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these.

First Impressions

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Can we please talk about how pretty the boxes are? Unlike other liquid lipsticks, these come in a slide out box (hope that makes sense). As you can see, the shade of the lipstick is labelled on the side with the colour name. On top of the box, you see lips with that exact lip shade on; biting on to the lipstick (talk about a beautiful illusion…so cool).  Not only that, the box has all her social media accounts listed (I mean she did become famous because of that). The lipstick bottle is frosted and has the logo on it. The brush applicator is just like any other liquid lipstick applicator.

Rating of packaging: 10/10

Product Formula

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I’ve tried many liquid lipsticks and let me tell you how impressed I am by these babies. Seriously, the consistency of these liquid lippies aren’t super thick yet when you apply them to your lips, it’s super pigmented. You do have to wait about 30-45 seconds for it to dry on your lips, which is not an issue because once it’s dry, there’s literally no transfer of colour anywhere. I wore each of the shades I’m going to mention for more than a few hours and believe me, I purposely did everything possible to see if these lipsticks would budge. I was astonished. Nothing came off. Nothing faded. It literally felt like magic on my lips. I ate an entire buffet meal, drank tons of coffee and bit my lip a few times…and NOTHING CAME OFF!!!!!! I love the vanilla-ish scent (very reminiscent of MAC) but that’s just an added bonus. So the main question you’re probably dying to ask me as you read this is: Did it dry out your lips? No BUT I did layer it on lip balm…so I’m not sure if that made a difference. It felt really comfortable on my lips and I didn’t need to reapply lip balm or even the lipstick.

Rating of formula: 10/1o

Product Application

Applying it was super easy. It’s exactly like how you would apply any other liquid lipstick. I do have one tip though, I tend to quickly apply my lipsticks (no matter the product) and with this one I felt like I needed to take an extra minute or two to make sure I filled my lips properly (mind you, I didn’t use a lip liner). I will say this though, you do not need more than ONE coat of this on your lips to get the true lipstick colour. One issue I encountered was the fact that after I applied this for the FIRST time, I didn’t wait the 30-45 seconds and found traces of the lipstick on my teeth (ew, no one likes that…I do have a hack for this…which I’ll share soon).

Rating: 9/10

Swatches

I made this nifty video to show you the swatches but I also included the pics here. I’m going to breakdown each shade and give a rating based on the pigmentation only. Also, can I point out the fact that these liquid lipsticks (er rather every Huda Beauty product out there) have such adorable names! Also, as the name suggests, all of these liquid lipsticks are matte. Even though when you swatch them on your lips, it looks a bit satiny…it dries to a matte finish.

Heartbreaker: It’s a bright red. I absolutely love this one the most. Online, it looked like your typical red but it’s a bright red and this looks really nice on my skin tone.             Rating: 10/10

Bombshell: This is your typical pinkish nude. I’d say this one is the same shade of my lips but a tad bit lighter, which makes this perfect for the workplace. With this particular one, I found that it faded a TINY bit after the 10 hour mark. Rating: 9.5/10

Famous: This one’s a dark plummy red. I’d say if you’re looking for the perfect dark pout, then this is it. With one swipe, I got the perfect dark pout I’ve always wanted.            Rating: 10/10

Trophy Wife: It’s a perfect dusty rosey mauve (woah loads of descriptions). I just love everything about this shade and I find that this looks amazing on any skin tone.       Rating: 10/10

Cheerleader: I think the best way to describe this as a blood-red. It’s beautiful and just your gorgeous everyday red! Rating: 10/10

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Price, Availability & Accessibility

These are only available online on Sephora or her own website for a cool $26 a pop (CDN). These are easily accessible through Sephora (I had them 4 days after I ordered them). I think the price is absolutely worth it for these shades. I can’t wait to order more in the future.

Final Verdict

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LOVE LOVE LOVE (I mean if you’ve made it this far in my review, then you already know I love these). If you’re looking for a gift for your friends or even yourself, then these are it! Also, this is a great addition to any lipstick lovers lipstick closet!

Overall rating: 10/10

See you in the next post!

kisses (currently wearing Heartbreaker as I write this),

S

Review: Origins’ GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream Review

Hi Dolls! Are you in the market for a new eye cream? Something that’ll wake your tired eyes up? Well fear not, Origins has you covered…duh! Watch my video for an in-depth review on this eye cream! Also, don’t forget to follow me on all my socials!

Pros:

  • Wakes tired eyes
  • Gets rid of dullness, puffiness and dark circles
  • Light fragrance wakes you up, not over-powering
  • Seeps into skin and leaves no residue!
  • Perfect for all skin types

Cons:

  • Price

Rating: 10/10 (It has coffee, you already know I’m going to like it because of that…but it really does everything it claims to do!)

Review: Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick in Tijuana

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Woah! Look at me back with my first review of this year (okay, I’m clearly way too excited on this gloomy Monday). If you’ve been following this blog since day 1, then you already know that Kat Von D’s makeup line has quickly become one of my favourite brands. I’ve obsessed over her studded lipstick collection ever since it’s been out. This particular one was a new shade that I hadn’t seen in her collection line before, so of course I had to go ahead and pick it up to try it out.

What is it?

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Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick in Tijuana is described as a vibrant Spanish red. It’s matte, it’s bold and it’s supposed to be long-lasting on your lips without drying them out. Like all of Kat Von D’s Studded lippies, this one is a hybrid lipstick formulated with Colour Cushion Technology (Say what? Basically, long-lasting wear+one swipe payoff+velvet touch comfort). It also has a light Crème Brule fragrance to it. It’s formulated without parabens, sulfates, & phthalates (if that’s something that’s uber important for you). Along with all that jazz, it’s formula is infused with vitamins A, C, & E. Not to mention that the casing of this lipstick is actually “studded”.

How long did I use it for?

Roughly two months and counting.

First Impressions & thoughts?

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As I mentioned earlier, when I saw the colour, I fell in love. I really hadn’t seen this kind of red being offered from Kat Von D before so I HAD to try it out. It’s not an orange-red but a bright vibrant red (does that description even make sense? Just look at the swatches and you’ll know what I’m saying). The first swipe on my lips was incredible. I got opaque colour without any fuss. Also, the colour seemed to light up my face! It also lasted pretty much the entire night until I took it off with my makeup eraser (shameless review plug).

My verdict?

First of all, the lipsticks in Kat Von D’s lipstick line are incredible. Tijuana did not disappoint me at all. Every single claim made (which you can read in the ‘What is it?’ heading) is completely true except for the part where it says “it won’t dry your lips out”. I tried it without lip balm and found that my lips felt like they were drying a tincy wincy bit (which was never the case with the previous shade I reviewed). BUT…when I layered it with a lip balm, it was the perfect red and formula for me. My lips were hydrated and the lipstick itself stayed on my lips all night long. I can see this being an issue for a few people but for me it was something minor, which kind of took a backseat because I was in love with the colour and how it looked on me. Also, can I mention that it smells delish?

Price & Where can you buy it?

$26 (CDN) at Sephora.

Would I repurchase it?

Most probably. Just because of the colour!

Pros:

  • Incredible colour payoff
  • Smells like vanilla
  • Gorgeous matte colour

Cons:

  • I recommend wearing a lip balm under it, just so your lips are a little hydrated.

Overall Rating: 8.5/10 (This really is a great lipstick! The reason why I deducted a point and a half was purely because you have to layer it with a lip balm for it to not dry out your lips. Otherwise, the colour pay off of this lippie is incredible!)

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