Review: MAC Cosmetics’ Next To Nothing Face Colour & Powder

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If you’ve been following me on Instagram, then you already know that I’ve been using this particular foundation (it’s not marketed as a foundation…but I’m going to call it foundation lol) for the past couple weeks. You know what this means? I’ve got a new review for you, just like old times!

What is it?

It’s an ultra glowy foundation created for a no-makeup makeup look. These babies are meant to give you a radiant glow while perfecting your skin. They include special micro-light thingamajigs, which I’m sure if you go on their website you can read about…I’m here to tell you my experience with using these two products.

The liquid version of this “Next-to-nothing” face colour line is absolutely flawless. I love the way it feels on my skin. It’s balmy and smooth. I layered it with a mattifying primer and I still got a gorgeous dewey look. I’ve used these alone and I’ve paired it with other products to see what the effect would be…and it was the same: perfect. It looks like you have a filter on your face without looking caked at all. It didn’t crease nor did it become oily throughout the day. I have combination oily skin, so I was really worried about that but it was flawless (if you want to head to my Instagram, you can see the results yourself. I used NO editing tools or filters on that picture).

The powder version of it is great too! I can definitely see myself using this throughout the summer time because neither of the two (alone or combined together) felt heavy on my face. It’s lightweight and very easy to blend. In fact, it felt like it gelled with my skin! MAC recommends that you use these with synthetic brushes and/or sponges and that’s exactly what I did and the results were amazing! My face was radiant and it works really well with other makeup too (i.e. blush or contour). 

If you’re looking for a no-makeup look face product…these are it. These picture well, they look gorgeous in person, they layer really well with other products and it makes you look like you have no make up on! I will mention that the shade range is limited. I didn’t swatch these here because ultimately with foundation it comes down to what your skin can gel with. And, I can definitely say: this is a product that will work with different skin types! It smells exactly like the Fix+. But overall, I really loved the way it looked on my skin! Also, the pressed powders are definitely more pigmented than the liquid form of this product, but both are buildable (which is perfect for the summer time).

Price:  

  • Liquid: $38 (CDN)
  • Powder: $32 (CDN)

Pros:

  • Lightweight, buildable, looks pretty on skin!
  • Leaves you with the perfect radiant glow!
  • Very natural looking, doesn’t crease or cake

Cons:

  • The smell can be problematic for some
  • Not a lot of shades in the range, which is a surprise for MAC

Overall Rating: 9/10 

 

 

 

 

Review: Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette in Smoky

Hello Dolls! Hope you’re all doing great! I’ve got a few things for you in this post. Obviously, this is a review…duh! BUT I’ve also got a corresponding swatch video for you as well (you can click here, if that’s all you want to see). So without further adieu, let’s get in!

First Impressions

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When I heard that Shay Mitchell was teaming up with Smashbox to be the face of their new cover shot eyeshadow palette line, I was excited! Although, I’m sad that all these colours aren’t in ONE big palette, I’m still glad they’ve released them based on different eye trends out there. I obviously wanted to purchase the Smoky palette because I have an unhealthy obsession with jewel toned shadows. I know I say this about most things I love but I genuinely fell in love at first swatch! These babies were smooth and pigmented so I couldn’t say no!

Product Application and Formula

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If I could describe this palette in one word then it would definitely be PIGMENTED. I can’t explain to you, actually I can…when you look at the swatches, how gorgeous these shades come off! The formula is buttery smooth and it blends into one another flawlessly. I love that it has two matte basic shades in this palette. It’s not super powdery and it’s just perfect. The quality of these shadows are impeccable! The smoky palette includes everything you need to create the perfect smoky eye. I also LOVE that it has some shimmery shades, given glitter is the IT thing right now. With an amazing eye shadow primer, these shades stayed on my eyes the whole night and came off only when I used makeup remover. I will say that there was a tiny bit of fall out BUT I’m willing to let it slide because the shades are so perfectly curated and they complement each other so well.

Rating: 9.5/10

Swatches and Packaging 

I think this video speaks for itself don’t you think? BUT if you insist, I’ve also included photo swatches and a little bit about each shade here.

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  • The two big matte shades in this palette are Feature (matte milk chocolate) and Instinct (matte cream). These can be used as bases, highlights for your brows and even as a crease blending shade
  • Headline is a shimmery maroon. Hell Ya is a metallic brown and Rock Me is a metallic silver.
  • STFU is a shimmery green and probably one of my favourite shades smashbox has put out. Slayer is s matte slate grey colour and Big Night is a black with shimmery glitter.
  • The packaging is literally one of my favourites because it’s sleek, easy to carry and has a big mirror. Also, the holographic cover is literally one of the coolest covers I’ve seen!

Rating: 10/10

Price: $35 (CDN) and you can purchase it at any Smashbox retailer, I got mine at Sephora.

Final Verdict

Do I think you need this palette in your life? YES. Do I think you can achieve the easiest most gorgeous smoky eye with this palette? YES YES. Is the price incredibly reasonable? YES YES YES! Honestly, this is easily one of my favourite launches from Smashbox! If you want these gorgeous shades, I suggest you head on over and purchase this palette ASAP!

Overall Rating: 10/10

See you in the next post!

kisses,

S

 

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: Urban Decay’s Full Spectrum Palette

Happy New Year Dolls! If you didn’t check out my previous blog post, then you can do that by clicking here! Since this is officially the first blog post of 2017, I wanted to start it off with a review because this was one of the main reasons why I had started blogging altogether. As always, you can follow me on all my social media accounts by simply searching Daff Diaries or clicking the links on the right hand side of this page!

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If you’ve been an avid reader of this blog, then you already know how much I love Urban Decay as a brand. They have some of the best eye shadows out there and you will never be disappointed by any of their product launches. So when this palette first came out, like most people, I read the reviews. Now, some reviews were great and some not so much…so I figured why not give this palette a shot!

First Impressions

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I’m what you call a true Urban Decay junkie, mainly because I own practically every palette this company puts out (so loyal UD, you should send me some stuff for the promo :P). Anyways, when I saw this palette at the Urban Decay store, I picked it up merely because it was on sale. I didn’t swatch all the colours. In fact, the only colour I swatched in-store was Calavera (the bright yellow) and it was super pigmented! That alone sold it for me. So when I first swatched everything, I will say there were a few shades that were powdery but by no means was it not pigmented. Yes, UD has had better palettes but this one isn’t AS bad as some people made it seem. I will say that you can’t wear these colours daily (unless you work somewhere that requires you to). But all in all, I was satisfied with what this product was going to offer me. It has a bevy of colours that goes absolutely well with all those South Asian events I attend and I don’t really own a similar palette like this.

Product Application & Swatches

As I mentioned, there were some shades which are a little powdery, but they’re not bad. You have to make sure you use an eyeshadow base with this palette so that you avoid fall out from the powder/glitter. Other than that, you can check out the video posted here to make up your mind about the swatches. I will say this though, you can use these shadows wet and boy, are they extremely pigmented when wet. Like all Urban Decay palettes, the shadows are buttery smooth and glide on to your lids without any sort of issue (with the exception of a few powdery shades). My favourite shades in the palette have to be Blindsided, Metamorphosis and Iced. The other thing I love about this product is the fact that there are 21 eye shadow shades which work on its own or with one another. With 2017 here, I already can sense that one of the biggest trends of this year is going to be the coloured smoky eye and this palette is perfect for that!  The packaging is your typical Urban Decay packaging. It’s got a hefty size mirror and it comes with their dual sided brush (one of my favs). Majority of these shadows are extremely pigmented and I love that the most unconventional colours are one of the best ones in the palette.

Swatch Rating: 8/10 

Product Application Rating: 8/10

Packaging Rating: 10/10

Price & Availability

I bought mine at the Urban Decay store located inside Square One in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. But you can purchase this at Sephora or at any UD retailer for a cool $57 (CDN). I think it’s a steal because it is on sale right now and it’s limited edition!

Final Verdict

Do I think this is a must-have product for every single person out there? No. But do I think this is a great palette for those who love bright colours? Yes, a thousand and 1 percent. I don’t think this palette is bad at all despite having a few powdery shades.The swatches of some of the bright colours are amazing and when used wet, this is one killer palette! If you love colour, you better pick this up ASAP because it is ON SALE right now!

Overall Rating: 8/10

See you in the next post!

kisses,

S

10 Beauty Products I Obsessed Over In 2016

Hi Dolls! If you haven’t read my previous blog post, then you can do that by clicking here! With 2016 coming to a close, I wanted to share with you 10 beauty products I’ve been obsessed with this year! Seriously, what an amazing year for beauty, right? So many new products were launched and each one knocked it out of the park! So without further adieu, here are 10 beauty products I was obsessively obsessed with:

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  1. NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint: This foundation is perfect. It’s buildable, it melts into your skin and it pictures really well. Did I mention it’s got SPF too? Score.
  2. Tartelette in Bloom Palette: Tarte really hit the ball out of the park with ALL the palettes they released this year. This one, by far, is one of my favourites because you can wear the shadows as they are or wet and it looks AMAZING! It’s also got a good mixture of mattes and shimmers.
  3. Tom Ford Beauty’s Blush in Wicked: This is wickedly awesome. I’ve never loved a blush more than this particular one. You can build the colour for intensity and it looks flawless (like you actually woke up having rosy cheeks).
  4. Dior’s Diorshow Mascara: My love affair with this mascara will never end. It made my favourites list numerous times and well, it’s the best mascara my eyelashes have ever tried.
  5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown: I was never into doing my brows until I purchased this product. This is the easiest brow pencil to use and you are guaranteed to have on-fleek eye brows that look natural!
  6. Urban Decay’s Ultimate Ozone Multipurpose Lip Pencil: I did not wear any of my lipsticks this year without this as my lip primer. This thing makes the lipstick stay on what seems forever and I can’t be happier.
  7. NYX Lip Lingerie in Exotic: I don’t know why I didn’t find this product earlier but this has to be the prettiest nude lip colour on my lips. Not only does it brighten up my look but its perfect for day-time wear!
  8. Huda Beauty’s Liquid Matte Lipstick in Heartbreaker: Heartbreaker, you’ve got the best of me (yes, I’m Mariah-ing it as I type). If you’ve read my review, you already know how much I love this. This shade of red is one of the prettiest I’ve seen!
  9. Kat Von D’s Lipstick in Tijuana: Not only do I love this lipstick to bits, but this was also my most viewed blog post this year (thank you!). This bright red looks absolutely stunning and I can’t wait to keep wearing this into the new year!
  10. Black Eye Liner: Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner+NARS Larger Than Life in Vio Venito: The reason why I paired these two together was because I always wear them together. The liquid liner is one of the best I’ve ever used. The NARS liner is perfect to wear on your waterline. Making these two the perfect pair! (I also love them individually too).

See you in the next post! It’s going to be the last one for 2016 (AHH!).

kisses,

S