Wednesday, 18 October 2017

e.l.f mineral infused primer




Hello loves!

E.l.f is a great affordable brand with amazing products! Searching for these hits however can be a daunting task.

I've yet to find a primer that really wows me and I'm starting to wonder if I ever will. For me I've never used a primer that has actually seemed to do anything it promises. Even though I'm beginning to doubt that primers are even necessary, I'm still trying them in hopes that one day I will find one that creates that flawless base for makeup application.

The elf mineral infused primer comes in a variety of different formulas. I picked up the clear one  as I wasn't really looking for anything in regards to special skin concerns.It's a silicone based primer so when applying it it feels very greasy on the skin but dries down quickly. 
I absolutely hate saying this but I didn't notice any difference in the way my base applied or how long my makeup lasted. Overall I feel like this did nothing. I feel like I was just adding another layer of product on my skin that I didn't need. 

Elf, you are a great brand but I was so disappointed in this primer. Especially after reading rave reviews about it.

What primer would you recommend?

Bri

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Friday, 13 October 2017

A/W - Top 5 Lipsticks




Hello loves!

I adore fall and winter. The season where dark vampy lips are always an acceptable choice.
Of course looking at the above photos it's obvious I'm all about my reds opposed to the ever popular berry shades. 

These are my most worn lipsticks this time of year although it doesn't really look like it, I promise you they are. I just own a ridiculous amount of lip products.

Three of them happen to be from the Rimmel Kate Moss range of lipsticks, two of which are in the matte formula. 

 

{left to right: Kate Moss Shade 10, Kate Moss Matte 107, Kate Moss Matte 111, MAC Russian Red, Lancome Red Stiletto}

Kate Moss Shade 10 -  A perfect red. While not completely matte I wouldn't say it's creamy either. I'd call this more of a semi matte finish. I've been wearing this one quite a lot in the past couple of weeks. The great thing about the Rimmel Kate Moss lipsticks is how extremely affordable they are, retailing at about $6.99 CAD.

107 - If you haven't seen this particular color splashed across various beauty blogs, where have you been? Of course once I saw Zoella in this I had to have it, I adore her! 107 is a stunning dark berry color that is perfect for the fall. 

111 - Okay, I know this looks almost identical to shade 10 but this formula is matte and quite honestly I really don't need both but I love them both and will continue to use each of them.

MAC Russian Red - I've talked about this particular lipstick more than enough on my blog. I love it, it's by far one of my favorites in my collection.

Lancome Red Stiletto - This is the creamiest one in the bunch and again is just that perfect holiday red. I'll be honest and say this is the bottom of my top 5 mostly because I prefer a matte finish.


What's your favorite color to sport during Fall and Winter?

Bri


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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

MAC MSF




Oh hello loves!

MAC, the brand that seems to have taken a back seat over the years. I remember everyone was all about the MAC products and there were people who would verbally attack you god forbid you said anything poor about them.

I do think that now there are so many other amazing brands out there pumping out wonderfully innovative products at cheaper or similar price points as MAC which is why I believe  they're not as popular as they once were.

For me, I still adore the MAC lipsticks and their MSF natural powder in Light Plus. Anyone with dry skin knows that powders can be a scary game. 
This is the only powder I've tried thus far that doesn't cake or cling to those pesky dry patches. I use it as a setting powder just lightly dusted over my foundation and no matter what foundation I'm using at the time I've never had any issues. The best part it doesn't dry my skin out at all which is something I've never found in any other powder.

I'm still open to trying other powders but for now I must say MAC you have truly wowed me with this.


What do you use to set your foundation?

Bri

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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Garnier Clearly Brighter Moisturizer

 


 

Hello loves!

I'm always on the hunt for that holy grail moisturizer and unfortunately have yet to find it.
The Garnier Skin Active Clearly Brighter SPF 15 Daily Moisturizer while not a bad product at all fell short in terms of what I needed.    
It has an antioxidant complex of vitamin E & C which is used to help make the skin look more even toned and radiant. 
With winter well on it's way I need a much heavier formula as I found this to be a little lightweight for my parched skin. It worked well during the last of the summer months but again I wish it had a higher SPF. I believe you can buy this same moisturizer with SPF 30 which I just found out while looking at the Garnier website. 
In terms of my skin, I didn't notice a difference in the tone but it did give it a little bit of extra needed hydration. If you are sensitive to scents I would steer clear of this as it is heavily scented. I love the scent it smells like citrus and the smell alone helps to wake you up in the morning!
While not the holy grail I've been searching for I would pick it up again during summer as it was by no means a bad product.

What's your go to moisturizer for Winter?

Bri

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Thursday, 21 September 2017

LUSH - Blackberry




Hey lovelies.

I know, I've been on kind of a posting hiatus lately and for that I apologize.
I wanted to pop in and write a quick little post about the Lush bath bomb in "Blackberry."

It's a fairly simple bomb and one that I wasn't too impressed with. Maybe because the other Lush bath bombs I've tried had much more to offer in terms of excitement.
Blackberry fizzes away quickly leaving you enveloped in a sea of purple water. I found the smell to be really subtle in comparison to the rest of their range and to be honest I didn't find it to smell like berries at all. The smell of this left me feeling a bit sickly if  I'm honest. There was no exciting surprises inside like so many others. The only thing that popped in the bath was a tiny bit of paper with the word "BOOM!" on it, whilst a cute touch, I wanted more.

Sadly, I was left disappointed. I expected more from Lush.

What do you recommend from Lush?

Bri

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Rimmel - Wake Me Up Foundation



 Hello loves!

The weather here in Alberta is getting colder by the day and I'm so unprepared for winter. On the other hand fall/winter makeup is my favorite. Bring on the berry shades, dark red lips and bronzed eyes.

I ran out of foundation and bought an oldie that I've tried before. Round two however didn't give me the same results I remembered. The Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation is a medium coverage dewy finish foundation that is meant to make you look more awake. Enriched with vitamin c and "radiance pearls"  it's supposed to erase dullness and even out the skin tone erasing signs of fatigue.
The first time I used this I loved it. It's affordable and I remember thinking it made my skin look beautiful. Back when I first used this I'd only just been getting into the world of base products not really knowing what a good foundation was, now that I know more I'm not so impressed.




This foundation has shimmer in it. I like a dewy finish but that doesn't mean I want my face looking like a disco ball. It doesn't come across that way in the hand swatch but in the daylight you can certainly see the shimmer shining through on your face, it almost creates a greasy look to the skin. As it wears throughout the day it does oxidize, not terribly but enough to notice and this was something I noticed with the lightest shade in the range (100 - Ivory). Not only does it get darker with wear but it breaks up and even completely disappeared in spots on my face. By the end of the day my face looked like a patchy disaster. I wish I'd loved this as much as I did the first time I used it but unfortunately that wasn't the case. I might give the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer another chance too to see if my opinion on it has changed as well. I wrote a review on the concealer three years back and I loved it just like I loved the foundation.


What 's your go to foundation?

Bri


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Monday, 4 September 2017

Jeffree Star - Beauty Killer



Hello loves!

I've owned this palette for a while but have only just started using it recently. There is always some kind of drama surrounding Jeffree Star. I don't like him as a person but I truly believe if you go digging into anyone/any brand you are bound to find out something you don't like so if I like the products chances are I'll keep purchasing them.

I didn't purchase this, I won it in an Instagram giveaway. I never win anything so I was super excited, not to mention being Canadian ordering anything of Jeffree's site is a no no. The shipping & exchange are outrageous.

Beauty Killer contains 10 shades, 3 of which are mattes. This is not a palette for neutral lovers as there are only 3 really "neutral" shades. When I first looked at it I had an extremely difficult time trying to create a natural look for work which is why I hadn't really used it. I've taken to using it for nights out or on the weekends when the color scheme is more appropriate.



{left to right: Star Power, Princess, Violence & Rich Bitch}


{left to right: Courtney, Expensive, Confession, Vanity, China White & Black Rainbow}

A couple of the shades have a really dry texture including Star Power, Expensive and Vanity. Despite the dryness I didn't struggle when using them on the eyes. I found all the shadows applied quite pigmented but when blending some colors almost blended away which left me constantly re applying the shadow to build color. Not a quality I'm looking for in my eye shadows. The packaging is like many others on the market, it's housed in pink cardboard and contains a huge mirror inside which is always a nice touch.

Beauty Killer is an average palette with okay shades, it didn't wow me like I thought it would and I'm happy I didn't use my own money to purchase it.


What's your favorite Jeffree Star product?

Bri

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

KYSHADOW - The Bronze Palette FAKE?

Oh hello again!

Fake palettes, they're everywhere. Guys, if you plan on buying an expensive palette please do yourself a favor and purchase it straight from the source or you're liable to end up with a fake. Fake palettes are generally made with lower grade ingredients that can cause severe reactions or irritations to your skin 

I have never purchased from Kylie Cosmetics nor do I plan to in the near future. This was given to me by a co-worker as she found out it was a fake. I like having these so that I can create posts like this to show you guys what to look for if you do plan on trying to save money by buying it elsewhere like eBay. Unfortunately she didn't give me the packaging from it so I can only base my observations on the palette itself.

Note: I did take many of the points from this video as I don't own the real one to compare it to. Thank you Maricela for creating such an informative video! The fake in her video and this one though are not the same so there are still differences.

The first thing is that the tears are different colors. On the real palette in her video you can see they are much more bronze. My fake palette does not have the same color tears as hers did however the ones on mine are much more brown with a tinge of silver.


On the back if you compare it to photos of the real one the creators of this fake have completely mislabeled the top & bottom row of shadows. The bottom row is the names of the top shadows and the top row is supposed to be the shadows in the bottom. The middle one was correct though. In Marcielas video you can see that the real Kyshadow has a serial number just underneath the shades where as the fake one doesn't. I wish I would have had the real palette so that I could compare the ingredients because I imagine they aren't the same.



 Again, I'm unable to compare the shadows but please refer to Maricela's video and her swatches.  Swatches of this palette are below.



So, the colors are definitely different than the original but I don' think they're bad colors. The only scary thing with fake palettes is that you don't know what kind of ingredients are in them and if there safe for use on the skin. I have used this actually and I didn't have any irritation but please be careful with fakes and if you really want a palette, save the money and hold out for the real one because you will be much happier with your purchase than if you spend close to the same amount for something that turns out to be completely different.

I hope you guys found this useful & helpful.


Have you ever bought a fake on accident?


Bri

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Nails - Revlon Impulse


Hey loves!

I like doing nail posts but I find they all turn out quite similar. It always seems that most polishes I try perform the same way which leads to similar reviews.
Yet again, Revlon's nail polish in Impulse isn't much different than your average polish.
Impulse is a beautiful, simple purple. Perfect for anytime of the year. It lasted about four days with a top coat with minimal chipping which is actually fairly decent for a drug store polish. Most tend to chip within a day or two even the more expensive brands, I'm looking at you Essie.

What is your favorite nail color for Summer?

Bri


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Thursday, 24 August 2017

Product Regret | The WORST BB Cream


Oh hello loves.

This post is nothing like my regular content and I almost feel bad enough that I don't want to publish it but on the other hand I don't want any poor unfortunate soul picking this up.

The Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in Light. 
Where do I even begin with this product?

When it first comes out of the tube it's a thin white liquid but as you start rubbing it into your skin it oxidizes immediately! I'm not talking a little oxidization here I'm talking full blown orange.



In the above photo you can see that it looks like a normal face cream and here you can CLEARLY see the line of where I've rubbed it in. The first time I went to use this on my face the moment I saw the orange I immediately washed it off. It turned me so orange that I could be could have been cast as an oompa loompa.
It looked so horrendous that I couldn't even bear to give it a proper testing by trying it out on my face.This color is supposed to be light I can only imagine what the other tones look like.
There are so many good reviews on this and I just don't understand how it could possibly receive such high ratings?


If you've tried it and had a good experience, please let me know!

Bri



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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

*BITE: The Liquified Lipstick



The Bite Beauty Liquified Lipsticks are unlike many others on the market.
Most brands lean towards a matte finish for their liquid lipsticks. Welcome Bite, a creamy long wearing formula.

I received three shades & the lip prime and define liner courtesy of Bite Beauty & Influenster.

I'd always had an eye on Bite as they're a Canadian company and as a proud Canadian you know I was excited to find a Canadian made makeup brand! In fact, I thought at one time they had a whole collection based on maple? Correct me if I'm wrong.

I previously received a Bite X Influenster voxbox when they released the Bite Beauty Lip Liners.
See that post here.

I love a matte lip, by far my favorite way to rock my lips. Needless to say I was disappointed at first when I discovered these were far from a matte finish. Formulated to be pigmented and creamy the liquified lipsticks glide on effortlessly and keep your lips moisturized throughout the day. These are quite a thick consistency but don't gloop up on the lips which surprised me. Being such a creamy formula these will slip around if you do not use some sort of primer which is why of course when I plan on using one of these for my daily color I make sure I pair it with the line and define primer. It keeps the color locked in place through my eight hour work day. I only need to reapply once in the day after eating lunch which is to be expected with most lip products regardless of the formula.

The shades I received were Demi Glace, Eclair & Flambe.


Demi Glace: My least favorite of the colors, a dark brown.
Eclair: A beautiful rosy pink.
Flambe: My favorite of the three. I adore reds and this color is amazing!



Have you tried the Bite Liquified Lipsticks?

Bri


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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

ABH: Modern Renaissance VS Subculture












Hello loves!

I was hoping to get this post up last week but I got hit with a wicked cold that has knocked me on my ass for the past week and a half. I'm just getting over it but still have a cough that is rocking my body that I severely wish would disappear already.

Subculture hit the market about a month ago. First being released online on the ABH website, then Sephora & Ulta online and finally in Sephors stores on August 15th (the latest release).
This has been the most CONTROVERSIAL palette I've ever seen.
I first saw it pop up on my Instagram feed and was completely taken by the gorgeous and unique color scheme.

Of course owning the coveted Modern Renaissance palette I had to get my hands on this. It's said by Norvina to be the sister palette to M.R. the night to day if you will.

The color scheme is extremely unique and when looking at it there's not many easy to create looks that pop out at me but none the less I've still fallen for its beauty.





The M.R. & Subculture are both cased in velvet packaging with embossed logos. The M.R. one in white which contrasts nicely to the pink while the subculture logo is embossed in gold against a dark teal. I'll be honest I hate velvet packaging, my reason being that it's impossible to keep clean. If you get any trace of makeup on your hands or fingers and touch the palette it wont come off. Velvet may look nice but it's so far from practical. You can even see that my dog's hair even gets stuck to it and she sheds like a monster (her hair is literally everywhere!)

Where the controversy begins...the base ingredient. 
The shadows in Modern Renaissance were made with mica. The subculture shadows were made with talc which is known to be a cheaper alternative. A lot of people were upset and shocked that a brand like ABH would even use talc as an ingredient. Now, I'm no chemist and I honestly don't know the difference between using mica & talc but this was one of the things that people were quite up in arms about. 

The shadows in these palettes are not the same and I think because it's the "sister palette" people just assumed they would be which is where a lot of the controversy comes into play. They're not pressed or formulated the same nor are they made with the same ingredients so of course these shadows are going to be different. 

The shades in M.R. are softly pressed which of course leads to fall out although it's nothing compared to the fall out the shadows in Subculture. Like I said above though the shadows in Subculture are so softly pressed they're almost like pigments which is the cause of the extreme fall out. They were formulated so differently you can't truly compare the formulas to one another.

We all know and adore the M.R. It's a beginner friendly, easy to use palette with a gorgeous color scheme to boot where all the colors work wonderfully and blend beautifully with one another. I bought M.R. when it was first released and I still use it constantly and have yet to hit pan on any of the shadows and I use this almost daily. For me, this was the palette to own in 2016.

I bet you're all wondering how I feel about Subculture aren't you?
It's nothing like the Modern Renaissance and if you go in comparing it to M.R. you will hate it. I think this is the reason there are so many negative reviews surrounding it.
It's not a bad palette you just need to work with it.
I wouldn't recommend it for beginners. In fact, I had to go research a bit about color theory as there are certain colors in here that when blended together are going to come out muddy no matter what you do so beware of that. I had to stare long and hard at the color scheme before I could come up with a look as like I said before if you're not careful or don't know anything about color theory a look can go wrong very quickly. The colors aren't easily paired together so to speak.
These are EXTREMELY soft shadows so heavy handed users be warned. You only need to tap your brush very lightly into the pan and you will pick up more than enough color so be sure after every tap that you tap the excess of because these are ridiculously pigmented and it's easy to apply to much at once. 
Heed my advice, build the color slowly and blend after every application.
You need to be incredibly careful when using this palette but I believe with time, effort and practice you can create some stunning looks with these shadows.


                        













Top row swatches from left to right - Modern Renasissance { Tempura, Golden Ochre, Vermeer, Buon Fresco ♥,  Antique Bronze, Love Letter & Cypress Umber}


   

Bottom Row - Modern Renaissance {Raw Sienna, Burnt Orange, Primavera, Red Ochre, Venetian Red, Warm Taupe & Realgar}



{I apologzie for the hair in Electric, I didn't notice it when taking the photo}




                      

Top Row Swatches - Subcultre {Cube, Dawn, Destiny, Adorn, All Star, Mercury & Axis}


I absolutely L O V E cube. It's such a unique color that I've never seen before and looks amazing in the inner corner. I've yet to see anyone use it as a lid shade but I'm interested in giving it a go and seeing how it turns out! 
As you can see Mercury is much darker when swatched than it is in the pan so if you're using it on the eyes be aware of this.



Bottom Row Swatches - Subculture {Roxy, Electric, Fudge, New Wave, Untamed, Edge & Rowdy}

Roxy I found to be the softest shade in the palette and the one with the most fall out. The fall out doesn't really bother me though because you can just pick up the excess on the palette with your brush so it doesn't go to waste. I had higher hopes for Electric but if you use it wet or with your finger instead of a brush it's much more pigmented. Edge is like Mercury in terms of it swatching much darker than it is in the pan. It comes out looking like a darker mustard yellow opposed to the brighter yellow it gives off in the pan.

I haven't used Subulture that much. I've used it maybe about two or three times and you can clearly already see dents in the pans of the shadows. My Modern Renaissance has been well loved but it took a long time to see physical use in the pans. I actually got my nail caught in Roxy which is why it looks so rough in comparison to the other colors but yes because of how these are pressed I don't think the palette's going to last as long as others with hard pressed shadows. 
I've heard though that Norvina said they will be repressing/reformulating the palettes however I don't know how true that is.


Here was a look I created with Subculture, a halo eye using New Wave in the crease, Fudge in the outer and inner corners and Adorn on the lid with my new favorite inner corner highlight - cube.

Overall I like it, do I love it? 
No but I don't think it deserves the negative hype it's been receiving.



What do you guys think, have you tried it?

Bri

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Monday, 14 August 2017

Drugstore Favorites - Maybelline Fit Me Concealer






Hello everyone!
The drugstores have always had a vast selection of fantastic & affordable concealers. I think I may have found my holy grail!

I'm surprised I liked this as much as I did as I've tried both versions of the Fit Me Foundation (hydrate + smooth / matte) and wasn't really a fan of either finish. Naturally I expected to hate the corresponding concealer. Boy, was I wrong. 

It's lightweight but covers imperfections beautifully and blends effortlessly into your skin. It leaves you with a natural looking finish, not matte but not dewy either. I use this on my under eyes and the only downfall is that one coat is not quite enough to cover them but this concealer has no issues when building up for more coverage, I'd say it's buildable to about medium coverage but anything after that is prone to caking up and creasing especially in such a delicate area.

I wear this daily through my eight hour work day and have yet to notice creasing in my fine lines nor does it dry out the skin. For me because I have such dry skin I need my concealers to be light and non drying because no one wants their under eyes looking like crepes.

This is my second tube and I will continue to purchase it over and over again.


What's your ride or die concealer?

Bri

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