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Review: MAC’s Hyper Real Glow in Flash+Awe & Get It Glowin’

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When MAC finally decided to come out with highlighter palettes, I wasn’t sure of what to expect. Individually, MAC highlighters can often be a hit or a miss for me so I was a little skeptical. I finally got my hands on both of these palettes and I’m here with a review of BOTH the palettes for you!

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What is it: MAC cosmetics put out two highlighter palettes, one in a pink shade zone and the other in a gold shade zone. Each palette comes with three shades and a mirror (score, you know how much I love my palettes to always have mirrors). Hyper Real Glow in Flash+Awe is a pinky/champagne highlighter palette. Hyper Real Glow in Get it Glowin’ is a golden highlighter palette. Both palettes claim to have formulas that will work for any skin type and tone. Although, the golden palette is geared towards darker skin dolls and the pink palette is for the lighter skin dolls. You can use these shades together or individually to get the most natural glow!

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Flash+Awe Shades: Light Of The Party is a flesh toned shimmery peachy pink. Rosy Glow is a medium toned shimmer shell pink. Flash+Awe is a pale pink with silver shimmer.

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Get It Glowin’ Shades: Rosy Cheer is a rich golden bronze with fine gold shimmer. Get it Glowin’ is a peachy nude with fine gold shimmer. Gold Coasting is a champagne gold with gold shimmer.

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The Good: Okay, remember how I said I was skeptical about these palettes at the beginning of this post? Well, I was wrong. I shouldn’t have been skeptical because these highlighters are actually so good! In fact, all six shades did not disappoint! Of course, it’s up to you individually to decide which shade you want to use to highlight what…but I can safely say, each one of these shades looked radiant on my skin tone! The formula of these babies are amazing! It’s buttery soft to touch and I noticed I had zero fall out (even though MAC claims there might be some). Also, because they’re so smooth and soft, it’s incredibly easy to blend! Every time I’ve used any of these highlights, I always get asked what I’m wearing! Not only can you use this to highlight the high points of your face, you can use these as eye shadows (add fix+ and get foiled shadows!). Rosy Cheer can used to highlight your neck and legs too! Rosy Cheer is perfect to add to the centre of your lips when you’re rocking a super matte lip to add some definition. As you can see, I’m all about versatile products especially when you’re paying a pretty high price for these palettes! I love the look of these highlighters on my face. I find them to be natural and not glittery (despite having shimmer). The packaging of this product is pretty sleek! I love how I can slip it into my makeup bag if I’m traveling. All in all, both these palettes are pretty good!

(Flash+Awe Swatches)

The Bad: The price point might be a little bothersome for some. But you don’t have to get both of them, you can get one based on your skin tone!

(Get it Glowin’) 

Overall Rating: 9/10 (you can get yours at MAC for $48 a pop)

 

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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!)

 

 

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Review: Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer in Tan Sand & Light Medium

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You guys, these might be the best concealers I’ve ever used. Tarte’s Shape Tape Contour Concealers have been raved about ever since they were introduced into the beauty world!

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What is it: A full-coverage concealer that brightens and smooths your skin for a flawless matte finish! The reason why it’s called “shape tape” is because these concealers can also be used to contour and literally “shape” your face. It’s perfect for all skin types and skin tones. No matter what your skin problems are, these babies will help you achieve the makeup look you’re looking to create! In fact, they claim you don’t even need to set these concealers at all! Ingredients include mango seed and shea butters that are meant to naturally illuminate your complexion! I picked up the shade Tan Sand and Light Medium. I use Tan Sand during the summer as well as to cover any blemishes. I also use it as an eyeshadow primer and if I want to do a cut-crease look! I use Light Medium under my eyes and as an eyeshadow primer, IF I want brighter eyeshadow colours to pop!

 

The Good: Y’all. This concealer is amazing. Like I can’t even stress how amazing these are! The formula of these are so creamy. It’s easy to blend and it doesn’t feel like you have anything on! My favourite part about this product has to be the applicator wand! It’s so easy to apply that even someone who knows nothing about concealing and contouring can master it! The other thing I love about this is the fact that it doesn’t move once you’ve applied it. I’ve never had it crease! It also stays on for what seems like forever and I’m all about this! I honestly think everyone should own this concealer. It’s matte. It’s so blendable. It’s perfect. The concealers aren’t watery are very opaque without being cakey!

The Bad: N O T H I N G!

Overall Rating: 10/10 (You can get yourself one at tartecosmetics.com or your local Ulta store for $27, that’s where I got mine!)

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Review: Charlotte Tilbury’s Unisex Healthy Glow Hydrating Tint

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I think I’ve found the perfect way to get the ultimate sun-kissed look without the hassle of a self tanner courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury. When the lady at the Charlotte Tilbury counter at Holt Renfrew tried this on me, I had to do a double take. My skin looked like it was transformed into something I had never experienced before…and with that kind of result, I knew I had to have this particular product in my life!

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What is it: The Unisex Healthy Glow is described as an “all-year hydrating summer tint moisturizer”. Now, I wouldn’t really call this a tinted moisturized because it’s a one shade fits all product. When you squeeze the product out, it comes out like a moisturizer. There’s no visible “tint” but when you start working it in your face, it starts adding a tan type glow to it. It truly is magic. This product is unisex and morphs into any skin tone for the perfect natural looking glow! It’s hydrating and has natural moisturizing activates which contain a combination of moisture regulating ingredients that mimic bouncy lipids in your skin. The packaging is small enough to fit into your makeup bag! You can wear it alone or under foundation.

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The Good: Okay, remember earlier when I told you I had to do a double take when I first tried this product on? Well, I still do it every single time I use this product. The moment I blend this onto my skin, I find that my pores disappear. My skin looks like it’s got a natural glow! In fact, every time I have this on, I get complimented on how glowy my skin looks! In fact, none of the people believe me when I say it’s makeup and not my skin! I’ve used this under makeup and by itself…and personally, I prefer to use this product by itself. I find it doesn’t really do anything spectacular for my makeup if I use it as a primer but when I use it on its own, it’s like magic! My skin is smooth and even toned! The colour blends perfectly and I love this for days I don’t want to spend time on makeup. The formula itself is hydrating and really easy to use. I recommend using your fingers vs. using tools to apply it, just to get it to blend better. If you have oily skin, I suggest you set it because I did find about after 8 hours, it did crease a tiny bit! Other than that, this is a phenomenal product! You get the perfect natural glow without all the extra makeup products and that’s mainly why I love using this. A little bit goes a long way with this product. I use about 3 drops on my face to achieve the perfect glow! It does give my face a little bit of colour but nothing that’s super overwhelming or wacky! It’s really natural and very easy to blend.

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The Bad: The only thing I don’t like about this product is the fragrance. It smells like the coppertone sunscreen I used to lather on when I was younger. I hope in the future, they make it fragrance free!

Overall Rating: 9/10 (You can get yours at Charlotte Tilbury’s website or at your local Holt Renfrew cosmetics department!)

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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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First Impressions: Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits in Posie K, Candy K & Autumn

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I FIIIINAALLYYY got my hands on these! Seriously, these lip kits have been in demand ever since Miss Kylie Jenner tweeted about them. In this blog post, you’re going to read all about how to order Kylie Cosmetics in Canada and my first impressions of the products I ordered. Let’s just say these lip kits definitely had an impact on my daily life…and I’ve only had them for a week now (shook much?).

The Online Order Process: So when I went on to kyliecosmetics.com, I didn’t know what to expect at all. I had heard that this company could barely keep releases restocked because of the demand. In fact, these were so hard to get that fake lip kits began to circulate for crazy prices and Kylie Jenner was NOT impressed. Once on the website, I noticed the best phrase for any online shopper “Free International Shipping on orders more than $60” and that my friends is what convinced me to place an order. As I was browsing through her website (she’s got A LOT of products), I gravitated towards the matte lip kits because of the value and popularity. I picked 3 kits and proceeded to checkout. All the prices are in USD and Kylie Cosmetics won’t cover the cost of any duty fees that might occur when it reaches your destination. Since I live in Canada, I wasn’t sure if I would encounter any of that…but that didn’t stop me from ordering these! These lip kits retail for $29 USD (I ordered 3…it cost me about $100 CDN..#broke).

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The Shipping Process: Once my order went through, the kits were shipped roughly 3 days after. One thing I’m incredibly impressed with was how the Kylie Cosmetics team handles the shipping process. When your order is processed, you get notified via email. When your oder is shipped, you get notified via email with your shipping code directly linked to the postal service they use. There was one thing that kind of freaked me out when my order was shipped. Initially, the team said that my order would take anywhere from 21-28 days to reach my destination…which kind of appalled me because Canada is not THAT far away lol. Also, the Canadian dollar rate is kind of wonky so I ended up paying a lot more for these kits. So I was a little bummed out. But two weeks (exactly from my order date) later, I received an email saying your shipment has been delivered. I was so incredibly excited and shocked that I genuinely was jumping up and down (judge away).

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The Package: OHKAYYY KYLIE. These lip kits came in an all black box. When I opened the box, the Kylie Cosmetics logo was at the top of the box. The package included my 3 lip kits (duh), my shipment receipt and a post card from Kylie Jenner thanking me for purchasing these (not going to lie I know it’s probably photocopied but like…whatevs fan girl moment). I definitely love the whole idea behind the packaging!

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The Lip Kits: I purchased the lip kits in Candy K, Autumn and Posie K. Posie K won Allure’s best of 2017 lipsticks so this was a kit I really wanted. I would describe it as a mauvey nude pink. Next, I went with Candy K because the swatches online looked really pretty. Plus, I wanted a shade I could wear daily to work. I would describe this shade as the perfect nude for my skin tone. Lastly, I went with Autumn because I liked the name. No lie. That was the only reasoning behind it and I’m not disappointed at all. Autumn is like a brick browny red nude (lol). That’s the best I can describe it! All these lip kits come with the liquid lipsticks and a liner.

First impressions: I’ve had them almost a week and I’ve tried all three shades and so far I’m impressed. That’s all I’m going to say for now until I post an in-depth review in a few weeks. Stay tuned in the next few weeks for more on this.

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Overall Impressions of Kylie Cosmetics: I’m really impressed that the youngest KarJenner child knows how to run a business successfully. I also loved how easy it was to order these from Canada and I highly recommend everyone give these kits a try at some point in their life!

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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)