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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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Skin Care

What’s In My Skincare Cabinet?

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Top Row

  • Neutrogena Oil-Free Makeup Remover: I’ve always gone back to using this because it’s so good! This one does a great job at removing waterproof makeup with ease.
  • Clarisonic Mia: You Can read about my thoughts on this here. But, now I use this before I apply a face mask.
  • Clinique Moisture Surge Gel: I love how moisturizing this is without being greasy. It’s great under makeup and great for daytime!
  • Tarte Frixxxtion Stick Exfoliating Cleanser: I’m on my second bottle and I can’t wait to do an in-depth review on this soon! I use this as an exfoliator 1-3 times a week.
  • Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment: This has become one of my favourite leave on face masks. I use it whenever I feel like my skin is looking dull and the results are great. This is a deluxe sample size & I’ll def will be repurchasing the full size as soon as this has been fully used.
  • Caudalie Instant Detox Mask: This does exactly what the names says…detoxifies! I use this once every 2 weeks!
  • Origins Retuxturizing Mask with Rose Clay: BEST. EVER. Here’s why! I use this once a week and it’s miraculous!
  • Origins Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores: I haven’t been using this as much but I do use it once in a while! It’s a great way to get your pores squeaky clean!
  • Boscia Luminzing Black Charcoal Peel Off Face mask: This is spectacular. I keep getting deluxe sizes of this product and I love it. I will warn you though, make sure to put a thick layer on your skin because when you peel it off…you won’t feel it as much.
  • First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask: I recently received this clear mask and I definitely am loving how light and easy to use this product is. It also makes my skin feel super soft after!

Middle Row

  • Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3: I have used this toner for years and I can’t seem to stop using it. I’m guessing this is why. I use this toner at night!
  • Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover: This whole “Take the day off” range is fantastic. I use liquid lipsticks like crazy and this one takes the makeup off while moisturizing my lips!
  • Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream: I use this in the morning and I can’t explain to you how awesome this eye cream is! You can read more about it here!
  • Mario Badescu Skincare Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater: I was NEVER into facial mists until I used this! It’s refreshing, moisturizing and smells gorgeous! I use this after the shower & after a work out!
  • LANEIGE Water Bank Eye Gel: I use this eye cream at night. It makes my under eye area feel so luxurious!
  • Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel: I have used this for years (I think this is like my 10th bottle) and I probably will never stop using this moisturizer ever. Here’s why!
  • Tarteguard SPF 30 Sunscreen: DO NOT FORGET TO USE SUNSCREEN! EVEN IN THE WINTER! I love this because it doesn’t leave a weird sunscreen residue on your face and it smells good! This also looks great under makeup.

Bottom Row

  • First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser: I just started using this and I like it so far! I still swear by the Cetaphil & Clinique cleansers but this is great for sensitive skin and doesn’t dry my face out!
  • First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads: I use this in the morning and I love how it brightens my tired skin without irritating it!
  • LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask: I love this SO much! I use it before big events and sometimes once a week!
  • Tarte Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer: I use this as a night cream! I love how moisturized my skin is in the morning and it just makes my skin look so awesome!
  • Boscia Revitalizing black Charcoal Hydration Gel: I generally use this after I step out of the shower or if my face is feeling extra dry!
  • Sunday Riley Good Genes: I got this as a sample and I love how it feels on my skin!
  • Lush Beauty Honey Lip Scrub: This is a great lip scrub and I use it about once a week and/or before a big event!
  • Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover: This is an interesting way to remove makeup! It’s a spray you spritz on your face. You let it soak and then use a cotton pad to remove your makeup. I tend to take this with me when I travel because of its ease!
  • Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Treatment: This is a life saviour whenever I get a breakout and here’s why!
  • Eye makeup Removers by Sephora and Lancome: I use these when I travel or when I’ve run out of other eye makeup removers!

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  • Cetaphil Cleanser: I use this in the morning to wash my face and I can honestly say this is one of the best affordable cleansers out there!
  • Clinique Take the day off Balm: Literally the BEST!
  • Neutrogena Makeup Remover wipes: This has been my go-to since I was like 14. It does everything it can to take off even the stubbornest of makeups!
  • Clinique Mild Facial Cleanser: I use this in the shower to wash my face! & this was one of the first ever cleanser I ever purchased and here’s why!
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Review: Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked, S1ngle & Candy Venom

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Okay, I know if you read this blog on the reg…then you’re already aware that Fenty Beauty has very quickly become my favourite beauty brand of all time. Every product I try, I am instantly impressed. From their face primer to their countour sticks and everything in between, RiRi knows whats good.

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What is it: A super slim matte lipstick that is super comfortable on the lips, long wearing, super pigmented and super weightless. I picked up the shades Spanked, S1ngle & Candy Venom. Candy Venom is a bright magenta pink (SO gorg). Spanked is a nude dusty rose colour and S1ngle is descried as a blushing nude. Can I also say, the names of these lipsticks are too good!

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The Good: Y’all my lips have never been so blessed (LOL). Seriously, I don’t think I’ve felt this way about a lipstick release in a LONG time. The formula of these lipsticks are incredible. When you apply it, it almost feels as though the lipstick is hugging your lips. It’s soft and not heavy at all. In fact, there have been times when I’ve had any of these 3 shades on and I’ve forgotten I’m wearing lipstick. The colour pay off is fantastic. One swipe and you get the colour without any fuss. For a matte lipstick, these are SUPER creamy. It’s really moisturizing and I’m all about this. The packaging is also one of my favourites, especially for travel. It’s super skinny and will fit literally anywhere without feeling bulky. Spanked is perfect for a night out with the girls or date night. S1ngle is great for work or on those days you just want something on your lips without any hassle. Candy Venom is perfect for nights out when you want to make your presence known without trying hard! These products are pretty long wearing on the lips. I’ll be honest, I don’t think it compares to Stunna Lip paint BUT these do stay on your lips for a while. You will need to reapply it but not more than maybe once (that’s all I needed to get through a whole day at work). I also want to point out the design of the lipstick itself. It’s designed to be easy to apply on your lips without needing to use a lip liner. How you ask?  Apply normally to the bottom lip and then turn the lipstick with the short end up to apply to your upper lip. Trust me it works. Lastly, the price of these lipsticks are great. $23 (CDN) is a steal for beauty brand that’s doing incredibly well!

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

Overall Rating: 10/10 (I can’t WAIT to grab more shades! You can pick yours up at your local Sephora)

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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!)

 

 

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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

 

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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)