Skin Care

Review: First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

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First Aid Beauty has been raved about for a while now and even though I heard a lot about it, I had never tried any of their products! So when I saw that Sephora’s 500 pt gift set was a First Aid Beauty Skin care set, I jumped quickly to give them a try! One of the products in the gift set was this particular product. After using 10 pads of this, I knew I had to buy the full size!

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What is it: This is a daily treatment pad that contains lactic and glycolic acids to exfoliate, tone and brighten all skin types. This has been created for people who are looking to improve dullness in their skin as well as uneven skin tone. You can use this twice a day or once a day. It’s completely up to you! The formula also includes cucumber and Indian gooseberry, which targets toning your skin. It also has lemon peel and liquorice root for a bright glowy complexion! Not only does it target uneven skin tone, it also helps improve skin’s texture! It’s safe to use for sensitive skin!

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The Good: OMG. This has improved the texture of my skin overnight. Like not even kidding. Initially, I was worried that it might break me out but it did nothing of that sort. After two weeks of using it day and night, I found the dark spots around my mouth start to fade. It was not drastic but I could definitely see a difference. My skin felt brighter and healthier. I found that this layered with other skin products and makeup so well! The smell isn’t overpowering and these pads are SO easy to use. I use the exfoliating part to wipe first and then with the smooth side I do one last swipe. I just loved how it made my skin feel! I’m on my second container now!

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The Bad: Nothing!

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Overall Rating: 9/10 ($37 for 60 pads & $18.50 for 28 pads, I got mine at Sephora)

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Beauty

Review: Esqido Gel Eyeliner in Black & Brown

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When Esqido sent me these babies to try out, I was so excited! If you have been long time readers of this blog, then you already know how obsessed I am with eyeliners! Seriously. I cannot go anywhere without some sort of eyeliner on my lids or waterline!

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What is it: These eyeliners are gel eyeliners that come in two shades: Black and Brown. It is pigmented, silky smooth and comes in the form of a retractable and sharpenable pen! One of my favourite things about these liners are the fact they come with an air-tight silicon ring closure around the top of the pencil. This helps the liner not dry out and last long! The pencils also come with a built-in sharpener attached at the bottom of the pencil! You can buy these online on Esqido’s website for $16 a pop (be sure to visit their website soon because they’re having a promo for these liners where you can get them both for the price of one!).

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The Pros: Let’s talk about how gel liners are literally the best thing ever created on this planet. Gel liners are perfect for everyday use because they glide on smooth and are extremely easy to use. Although, the down side to gel liners are that they tend to dry out a lot sooner than most eyeliners. This is NOT the case with Esqido’s liners. I have never been SO impressed with a gel liner! Even though these were sent to me, I can definitely tell you that I will hundred percent purchase these once I’m done using the two colours. The formula of these are incredible! It’s smooth, soft and super pigmented! One of the main reasons why I love these so much is because they lasted all day and all night on my eyes without smudging at all! I used them on my waterline and it stayed put! One swipe is all you need for these because they are incredibly pigmented. Also, I love that it’s retractable, making it easy to use when you’re traveling! If you want a precise tip all the time, you can use the sharpener attached at the bottom of the pencil (it’s SOO easy to use). These also pair well with ANY make up looks and false lashes! Another thing I loved about this was that it blended super well when I was doing a smoky eye look. This didn’t irritate my eyes nor did it dry out! Seriously, if you’re in the market to try a good gel liner this is it! They’re also matte. It definitely was waterproof because I wore these to a wedding last weekend and it did NOT smudge through the tears.

The Cons: GIVE ME MORE COLOURS! Currently, it is only available in Brown and Black but I can’t wait for bold colours, Esqido make this happen!!

Overall Rating: 10/10

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You can purchase yours here!

Beauty

Review: Esqido Unisyn Lashes in Smoke & Fire & Companion Eyelash Glue

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I’ll be honest. I have NEVER worn false eyelashes before this particular review…and I’m not even sure why. I wonder if it’s the fear of having glue on my eyes or if it’s because I predominantly wear glasses. But that’s a whole different conversation! When I first laid my eyes on these lashes by Esqido, I was in love!

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What is it: The lashes I picked are called Smoke & Fire. They’re from Esqido’s Unisyn lashes line. According to Esqido, Unisyn is the world’s first true premium synthetic false eyelashes that are made with a blend of ultra-fine synthetic fibres for an ultra-natural look. AND if you know me, then you know I love my lashes to look natural but in the most dramatic way and that’s why I went with these lashes! I also got their Companion lash glue. The lash glue is clear, latex-free and strong enough to last all day! One of my favourite things about this brand is how easy it was to choose lashes for my particular need. On their website, they have a questionnaire designed to help you find your perfect lashes!

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The Good: Oh My Goodness. I am SO glad I found these lashes in my life. I mean look at how gorgeous it looks! It was so easy to use these! They were soft yet sturdy enough to apply. Once I applied them to my eyes, they didn’t budge, didn’t irritate my eyes and felt super natural. Also, I want to mention that I wore these with AND without glasses and let me tell you: despite being super long and voluminous, they didn’t interfere with my glasses or my vision at all…SCORE! Because of that very reason, I can’t wait to continue to incorporate falsies in my life more. Also, how adorable is the packaging of this product? I love the faux marble print background! The lashes itself are super easy to store in there and are also incredibly soft! I’m also in LOVE with the lash glue! The applicator is one of my favourites and I just love how easy it was to use, especially given this was my first time using lashes! No ifs, ands or buts here at all with this glue. It dried clear, it kept my lashes on and I was able to remove it easily too! The Smoke and Fire lashes have now become my go-to lashes for a night out! I’m being insanely honest when I say this: I genuinely like wearing false lashes because of this product! I just love how it transformed my makeup look.

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The Bad: N-O-T-H-I-N-G!

Before/After:

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I mean you can see how dramatically my look changes yet it looks SO natural! 

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Overall Rating: 10/10 (you can purchase these on their website &/or Holt Renfrew Canada!)

 

 

Beauty

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

 

Beauty

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)

 

Beauty

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)

 

Hair

Review: Bumble and Bumble’s BB. Thickening Hairspray

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What is it: When I came across this product, I wasn’t sure what to expect. A setting spray that adds volume to your hair instantly? Count me in! This hairspray, for all hair types, lifts and holds your hairstyle. According to its makers, it can be used for blow-drying, setting, protecting from heat, adding volume, controlling, and finishing any style! You can use it on its own or you can pair it up with different hair products.

How I use it: After I get out of the shower, I leave my hair in a towel for about 20 minutes…to dry off any excess water. Then I use spray this evenly throughout my hair (while damp) making sure I get it on my roots more because obviously that’s where I want my hair to lift (lol). Once I’ve done that, I use a round brush and blow dry my hair. Once I’m done, I lightly spray this to set everything.

The Good: OKAY. DO YOU WANT MANAGEABLE THICK HAIR? THEN THIS IS IT. Honestly, my hair gets thicker whenever I use this product. The volume I get with this product is insane! This is my go-to for whenever I need extra volume for big-ticket events in my life. This has NEVER failed me. I can literally feel my hair expanding (if that’s even a thing) when I’m blow drying it. I love that this mist is light and can be paired up with any other hair product. It doesn’t feel heavy and the fragrance isn’t over powering. You can pick this up at Sephora for $33 (CDN) and I guarantee you it’s worth it. Every single claim this makes is true. It’s not sticky and doesn’t make your hair crunchy. Your hair remains soft to touch. Seriously, I can’t imagine doing my hair without using this product.

The Bad: N-O-T-H-I-N-G.

Rating: 10/10