My apologies. The review this week is coming a bit late after a very busy weekend! I have been wanting to write a review for Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (which I will short form to BTS Mascara). I had been reading reviews and decided I would buy the Beauty Blogger Darlings kit from Sephora (because we all know I love a good kit). They're great for trying products. Mini versions help you decide whether or not a products larger counterpart is a worthy investment. I started using BTS Mascara about a month ago. I wanted to give it a solid chance. I knew people loved it, so why didn't I?
My quest for the perfect nude liner began last summer. I tried many different liners when I worked at Shoppers and finally settled on Smashbox's Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Bare. I loved it. It was smooth, creamy, and the perfect shade. However, I fell out of love with it quickly. For $23 I was shocked at how little product it came with. That was a learning lesson - to always look at how much product you are getting for your money. Most eyeliners have about .04 oz, while this one came with .01! No wonder it was so disappointing. I actually ran out of the product in the middle of making a video tutorial - and was not very good at hiding my disappointment.
So, I went back to the drawing board. Next, I tried Sephora's Long Lasting Kohl pencil in Infininte Beige. It did the trick, but felt pretty dull and was not nearly as creamy as the Smashbox Kohl liner. After that I tried Sephora's Waterproof Contour eye pencil 12H wear in Blonde Ambition. That purchase was inspired by a tutorial video of Michelle Phan's I had watched, where she used a shimmery beige pencil on her waterline. I liked it - but not for my everyday look.
Finally, I came across Rimmel's Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl liner in Nude.
When I first got into makeup I was so excited about every new product I added to my collection (that hasn't changed). I watched youtube tutorial after youtube tutorial. The one thing that became clear to me quickly was that having a well rounded makeup collection is a lovely thing. However, without the right tools you won't get very far. When I first started this blog, I wrote a post about brushes. Since then I have done a lot of homework about brushes on a budget. Without a doubt the number one budget brand is Real Techniques. The brand was created by sisters Sam and Nic Chapman. Makeup artists from the UK. Real Techniques makeup brushes have since grown in popularity and are now sold around the globe. The best part is, they are affordable. For $40 you can have all the brushes you will ever need.
Set #1 - Eye makeup starter set. This collection comes with everything you need to apply eye makeup. It comes with 5 brushes and a cute travel case! All for under $20 CAD. Inside you will find (from left to right):
Set #2 - The core collection. These 4 brushes allow you to create a flawless finish. A long with the travel case you will find (from left to right):
These brush sets can be found at Wal-Mart for $18.97 each. You cannot get much better than that! They are great quality brushes and together these two sets give you a fantastic brush collection that will allow you to create any makeup look you want! If you own these brushes let me know what you think! I'd love to hear from you.
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It is no secret. If you know me, you know I adore blush! It is one of those things I will always notice on a person. There are just so many beautiful shades out there that can help add a gorgeous glow to your everyday look.
Last week I picked up Rimmel's Stay Blushed! cheek tint in Pop of Pink. I am really loving it which was why I wanted to review it this week. I had been reading everywhere about cream blushes and how if you have nixed them from your makeup kit, you should give them another try. I was completely guilty of that. Back in 2010 I had bought Tarte cream blush sticks. I loved the colours, but when I got them home and wore them for a full day, by the end of the day I hated how they felt on my skin. Needless to say it was a waste of $45 dollars. Ouch. However, reading this article the other day I thought it was time I gave cream blush another try.
As most of you know, yesterday was International Women's Day. It was also a spend your points event at Shoppers Drug Mart. Coincidence? I think not. I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones. I am in a relationship with a fellow who whole heartedly supports my love of all things makeup. So yesterday he let me use his points to buy some products to review for all of you lovelies.
I thought I would review highlighters for this weeks Sunday review. I've had more than one request asking me about highlighting, so I was on a mission to find a drug store, as well as a higher end highlighter to review. Luckily, I've found a few new loves (is that unhealthy?) to rave to you about!
1. Physicians Formula In Natural Nude. This product found me. I didn't find it. I swear! I went to Target to get some eye drops (because my eyes were so irritated from trying contact lenses - story of my life!) and the makeup aisle happened to be before the eye drop aisle. True story. So I wandered around and stumbled upon this cute little palette. I used it all week so I could make sure that it was true love and not just lust. The thing thats so great about this product is for $15 CAD you get 4 different highlighter shades, or you can use the colours as12 gorgeous satin eyeshadow shades! I've used it as both highlighter and eyeshadow this week and I really loved it. For those of you thinking the shades of this palette are too light, don't worry, it also comes in a warm nude palette as well. One thing I did notice is this product is incredibly soft and highly pigmented. So I don't recommend using the brush it comes with as the bristles are much too firm. Instead, pinch the bristles of your blush brush so you have more control over the colours you pick up. You don't need a lot of product with this either if you're using it on your cheeks. As mentioned, it's highly pigmented and soft, so it will be easy to pick up a lot of product on you brush. You don't want too much shimmer. Just a bit. It also has a neat little mirror compartment on the bottom, with a guide that shows you where to use each colour. A great little cheat sheet for those of you who are new to highlighting.
2. Benefit's Coralista. This product had me at hello. Even it's name is beautiful. Coralista. My only regret is not thinking of that name first. I love it. Coral is a colour I can't imagine ever getting sick of. Before purchasing this product , I read many great reviews about it, so naturally I had to try it. In the summer this baby would be your go to product. Just apply a little bronzer and sweep this across your cheekbone and you'd have a gorgeous glow. Even in the winter this product has your back, adding a warm glow to our sometimes dull winter skin. One thing I quickly noticed about this product is that you cannot build the colour up like you can blush. Because of the highlight in it, the more you add, the more shimmer you will get as well. I would recommend this product to someone looking for a hint of colour and a natural looking glow. If you're after it for the colour itself, I'd suggest you purchase a similar shade of blush instead. There is a lot of product inside the neat little box it comes in. So if you make the investment ($36 CAD) make sure you're doing it for the right reasons because you're going to have it a while.
3. Revlon's Photoready Skinlights (200 Pink Light). I wanted to pick this highlighter up so I could review a product for those of you who prefer a more 'dewy' look. This product is often referenced by beauty bloggers as a 'great drugstore find'. So I thought I would give it a try. I do like it. However, I tend to prefer powder products over cream (that is just my own personal preference). It could be because my skin type is combination so I don't like to add too many liquid products to my face. If I do my makeup feels 'heavy' on my skin and I don't think you should ever 'feel' makeup. That being said, this product is light, it doesn't feel heavy on its own. In fact, if you have dry skin you might find this product is a better option for you as powder products will only draw attention to dryness. I have to admit, it does add a pretty pearl glow. For $15 CAD its a bargain as a little goes a long way with this product. I've also read about women blending this in with their foundation to add a glow to their whole face. I've yet to try that, but if any of you have, I'd love to hear how you liked it. I haven't had a chance to wear this product too much yet. I think I would like it more in the summer months as my skin tends to be lower maintenance then.
Regardless of the highlighter you choose, keep in mind that highlighter is one of those products where less is more. You can build the shimmer/glow by re applying your product until you're happy with the finished look. I know some of us have to be up before the sun, but applying makeup in a room with natural lighting is always best. If you can't do your makeup in natural light have a look in a mirror in a room with natural lighting before you head out. I always do a double take because my bathroom lighting can be misleading (and I am a blush-aholic). Highlight is similar to blush in that way. You don't want to overdo it. The last thing you need is to step outside and look like Edward in the light (click here if you don't know what I mean by that).
To sum up this week's review, I think that all three of these products work well as highlighters. However, makeup is all about personal preference. The Physicians Formula option gives you the biggest bang for your buck as it can be used as eyeshadow and as a highlighter - though it's quite shimmery. Coralista is a beautiful shimmer shade - with a pop of coral (I wouldn't call it a blush). Revlon's cream highlight gives a nice dewy glow - so if your preference is liquid products, it won't let you down.
If you own any of these products, or get a chance to try them, please let me know what you think in the comments section below. I'd love to hear from you!
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And you know what that means?
CORAL! Oh. Were you thinking something else? Warm weather perhaps? Yeah, well that too. But in addition to all great things that come with spring, my favourite colour is reintroduced into my life, and oh how I have missed it!
In perusing the blogosphere about Spring trends I have found several reviews on Bobbi Brown's Nectar and Nude collection. I have to admit, looking at it makes me smile. It is the perfect mix of bright corals and my favourite combination of shimmers and matte neutrals. Have I mentioned I love Bobbi? Because I do. My only bone to pick with Bobbi is her price point. It's usually a bit higher than most other brands.
So I thought I would look for some more affordable options that might rival the beauty of Bobbi's collection.
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I am a freelance makeup artist who works out of Waterloo. I am an Ontario qualified teacher with a passion for makeup. I love to help people look and feel their very best!