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.

DSC04348 Dubai, Fling, 24K, Rose Gold, Trust Fund

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: Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Quickie Contour Stick

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So if you read my post last month, then you already know how excited I have been to try Benefit’s Hoola Quickie contour stick. Seriously, I am not by any means an expert at contouring. In fact, I still don’t understand how it works. I won’t lie though, I have tried it out at different events because of this very product but I’ve never really been able to master it…until I tried THIS product.

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Benefit’s Hoola bronzer is a cult favourite. Anyone and everyone that knows anything about makeup has heard of that particular bronzer. When they decided to come out with a cream-stick version of it, I was beyond excited to try it. It’s a cream-to-powder formula which means that it goes on like a cream and it dries as a powder. Since it’s in a form of a stick, you just have to line the areas you’re trying to contour (hence the quickie part of the name) and blend either using your fingers, a brush or the Beauty Blender.

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This soft matte bronzer has been one of my favourite products to try. I have to say when I tried this to contour my cheekbones, nose and jaw line…it worked like a charm. Never has a contour looked so natural in my life. It’s super bendable and the packaging is super cute. There’s no fragrance to it and I loved how easy it was to use. You can definitely build up the formula and layer with other products, if you’re looking to look super sculpted.

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However, there is ONE slight issue. In a world where there are tons of different skin tones, I can’t see this working for my dolls that have a darker skin tone. In fact, it doesn’t really show up A LOT on my skin, unless I layer or build. But I like to use this for a natural looking contour, so it works out in my case. Although, I will mention…when I wanted to see if this can give me that Kardashian look, I found I was using a lot more product than any of my other bronzer/contour powder.

With everything being said, I do think this is a really good product Benefit has put out. Those who love the original boxed powders are going to absolutely love this because it’s easy to use, looks very natural and it’s very easy to build. Plus, it looks SO cute on your makeup counter. This product retails for $38 (CDN) at any Benefit counter!

Pros:

  • Cream stick dries to a powder
  • Doesn’t irritate skin
  • Soft Matte bronzer/contour, doesn’t look shiny
  • Buildable and blends really easy

Cons:

  • Shade might be a little to light for darker skin tones
  • You do end up using a lot of product if you have mid range skin tone

Rating: 8.5/10

 

Review: Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner in OG Lolita

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When I heard that Kat Von D FINALLY decided to introduce lip liners in her coveted makeup line, I was ecstatic! I’m completely obsessed with her liquid liners and lipsticks, so picking this baby up during the Sephora spring sale was on my to do list!

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I love wearing lip liners by themselves, especially in the summer because it’s a super simple way to give your lips a stained-lips look. I decided to pick up the shade “OG Lolita” because the lipstick version of this shade is probably one of my favourite to wear. It looked pretty online and I figured you can’t go wrong.

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What I love about the packaging of this product is the fact that I don’t have to sharpen the lip liner to get more product, all I have to do is twist it (I’m all about the easy way out with makeup). The colour of the shade resembles the colour of the lip liner packaging, which is also pretty awesome because if you’re on the go, you don’t have to waste time reading the package for the names or shades.

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When I first saw this in the flesh, I loved everything about it instantly. I promise I’m not being biased because this is genuinely one of the best lip liners I’ve ever tried. This product states that it’s 24 hour wear, water-resistant and super weightless when on your lips. It’s supposed to be super comfortable and not drying at all, so that you can wear it by itself or layer with other products.

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When I swatched this product, I was floored by how smooth it felt. It glided on my lips so smoothly and it didn’t dry them out. When I layered it with the Lolita lipstick, I was astonished by how gorgeous it looked together! Hit up my Instagram for pics (shameless promo). The shade is a matte dusty rose, which is a gorgeous nude for me! What I loved about this the most is the fact that I did everything throughout my day and NOTHING moved. The shade stayed intact and I didn’t even feel the need to apply lip balm. I’m so impressed by this particular shade that I cannot wait to pick up more of her other shades, she’s got like 30 of them to choose from! The colour is SO pigmented. If you need a new lip liner, THIS IS IT! It retails for $22 (CDN), which is a pretty decent price for the quality of product you’re getting!

Pros:

  • Weightless
  • Matte, pigmented
  • Smooth, not drying at all
  • Great price
  • 24 hour wear, water-resistant
  • Long-wearing, doesn’t move from your lips until you use makeup remover

Cons:

  • NONE

Rating: 10/10 

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