Shayna Wiwierski is a magazine editor by day, fitness instructor, freelance writer/editor, and beauty blogger by night. Never shy in front of the camera, this Winnipegger started A Pop of Colour in 2011, a beauty and lifestyle blog, and her love of cosmetics soon became a full-on obsession that led to a cosmetic hoarding problem.
Although you don’t usually see these items on the face, they are necessities for keeping your makeup in tip-top shape. It’s funny because probably like 15 to 20 years ago primers weren’t a thing. Makeup was basic and you could get away with like five products. Nowadays, it takes like 15 different products to do a full face of makeup.
I use primers everyday, whether it’s a foundation primer or an eyeshadow one. These products help keep my other makeup items in check and look more flawless. Without them, my eye and face makeup would start to wear away earlier throughout the day. I have a lot of foundation primers, as well as a few different eyeshadow ones, but lately drugstore brands have been releasing their own formulas, which is great for the wallet. Foundation primers can be quite pricey (usually as much – if not more – than a foundation), so having affordable options is a necessity.
Thankfully CoverGirl has you covered.
Remember how I was saying that they recently introduced a number of new products to their line up? Well, that includes – you guessed it – primers as well. I have already chatted about their new Base Business foundation primers, but as a refresher, these primers are specially formulated to deliver specific benefits to your skin’s unique needs. There’s four different ones in the collection, Skin Smoothing (clear/white) to visibly smooth skin for the perfect canvas; Colour Neutralizing (green) to neutralize the appearance of redness and help to correct uneven skin tone; Pore Minimizing (purple) to reduce and blur pores and mattify the skin; and Illuminating (peach) to illuminate and hydrate to enhance skin’s radiant appearance thanks to pearl pigments.
CoverGirl hooked me up with the Pore Minimizing one and I’ve been using it pretty much non stop since I got it. Pores aren’t really an issue for me, but I do have to admit that it goes on really smoothly and adheres to my skin nicely. This product preps my skin perfectly for foundation, and as you can see in the photos below (the right-hand side of my face has the primer and the left doesn’t), my foundation was still looking nice even after eight hours of wear.
Foundation primers are pretty widely available from lots of brands nowadays, but something a little rarer are eyeshadow primers. I was so happy to hear that Covergirl came out with a clear primer for the lids, the Lid Lock Up eyeshadow primer. The doe-foot applicator gives your eyeshadow all-day, crease-proof wear so you don’t have to worry about your eye makeup fading away. This goes on white but blends out clear so you can use it with any shadow colour. The primer really does make a difference as it helps to maximize the wear and intensity of your shadow. Check out the photos below, the right eye has the primer and the left doesn’t and there is a clear difference after eight hours of wear. Even after application, you can tell that the eye that has the primer makes the shadow look more luminous and intense, whereas the other one makes it look dull.
Too Faced and Urban Decay are known for their eyeshadow primers, but if you are looking for an affordable option, CoverGirl has you covered. I think out of everything they have released lately, I was definitely the most excited for this product since it’s something you don’t often see a drugstore brand releasing.
Finally, if you want to up your lash game, apply a coat of their Lash Blast Amplify Primer to help maximize the results of your mascara. This white mascara adds length and thickness to your lashes, while also making them feel conditioned over time. It contains a conditioning formula that features micro-fibres, as well as argan, jojoba, and coconut oils.
Like I said, when it comes to priming products, usually drugstore brands aren’t the first brands you would think of, but I love how CoverGirl has expanded their arsenal of products to include these items. You can have the most expensive foundation and a million eyeshadow palettes, but primers really help those products shine.
Have you tried CoverGirl’s new priming products
Have you tried Covergirl TruBlend Matte Made Foundation yet?
At the end of May I celebrated my 30th birthday, and although I have a trip planned with a bunch of girlfriends to celebrate it in September, I really wanted to get away for at least a weekend to commemorate this milestone birthday. Thankfully, Lincoln hooked me up with the 2018 MKZ Hybrid to take the car to Kenora and also partake in some fun activities while I was there.
I’ve driven the MKZ previously, but this was my first time driving the hybrid version. It drove pretty much the same, however, it is a very quiet car (thanks to it being a hybrid), and the gas mileage on it was amazing (seriously, the tank lasted a six days, including highway travel to and from Kenora). I have so many favourite features from the MKZ that were the same this time around, including the giant moonroof, which retracts back all the way, letting in that fresh Lake of the Woods air. The panoramic glass is actually the largest opening among sedans on the market, and although it’s awesome to have all that open-air space the glass actually retracts back to cover half the back window. I love the feature, but think it’s strange that it covers the back window, since it’s a necessity for driving. I found this odd the last time I drove this car as well and it’s not a huge deal, but I’m still very curious to know why Lincoln designed the car this way.
Other than the moonroof, the two hours there and back were a comfortable ride thanks to the multi-contour front seats with Active Motion, which cooled them and massaged us as we drove (a must for road trips!). The leather-trimmed seats were also super luxurious to sit in and incredibly comfortable there and back.
Now I know I always chat about it, but the stereo system and entertainment unit was top notch since the GPS took us straight to the Clarion Lakeside Inn and Conference Centre, as well as told us in real time how much driving time we had left. We listened to tunes courtesy of Sirius XM all the way there and back as well (my top picks are Hit 1, Venus, and BPM).
As for what we actually did in Kenora (aside from drive of course!). We got in around 9 p.m. on Friday night and checked into our hotel, which overlooked the lake and had this awesome large deck to sit out on the water and enjoy the scenery. Then we walked over to The Boathouse to have some appies before calling it a night. The next day, we drove to the Harbourfront, where we boarded a float plane to take us around Lake of the Woods on a sightseeing flight. This was definitely the smallest plane I’ve every been on (seats four people, including the pilot) and went up about 1,000 feet. There are a lot of really large cottages in the area, so it was super cool to get a bird’s eye view of the region, as well as really appreciate the beauty that this area of Canada offers. They call it Lake of the Woods because there are so many islands in this region and by land you can obviously see them but don’t really notice how many there truly are. From the sky is a different story and it was incredible to see the area from up top.
After the floatplane, we walked around Kenora and took in the beautiful weather before heading back to the hotel, picking up a pizza, and chilling on the dock watching the sunset. The next day we loaded up the car and drove back to the city since it was Father’s Day.
Other features of the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid that I loved were the little lighting features that made the car super exciting walking up to. When you approach the MKZ with the keys, the Lincoln logo welcome mat illuminates on the ground and the door handles light up. This is totally one of those features that doesn’t really do much for the use of the car, but is so luxurious and special and it really does add that wow factor to the whole package.
Driving on the highway was also a breeze thanks to the available 30L GTDI twin-turbocharged engine, which produces up to 400 horsepower, and made passing other cars on the highway less stressful. I also loved the lane-keeping system, which alerts you via steering wheel vibrations if you’re starting to drift (not that I drifted, but we did see a deer on the side of the highway which I got excited about ;).
I always get so excited to drive the Lincoln vehicles since I know the standard for the cars is quite high. There’s nothing like getting into a luxury car and exploring all the features and the same was the case for the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Like I said, I have driven the car before, but this time around I really couldn’t get over how well the gas mileage was on this. I used to have a Civic Hybrid back in the day and I although he gas mileage on that was good as well, I found the driving to lagging when I went to accelerate. You don’t get that in the MKZ, it drives so well that you wouldn’t even realize that it’s a hybrid.
Have you driven a hybrid vehicle before?
Huge thank you to Ford Canada and Lincoln for loaning me the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid for the week. Ford Canada paid for my travel expenses on this trip.
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As much as I love my matte liquid lipsticks, sometimes it’s nice to just wear a sheer wash of colour packed with moisture.
If this sounds like something up your alley, then you’ll definitely have to check out L’Oreal Paris’ new Colour Riche Shine lipsticks. These lipsticks, available in 12 shades, deliver a medium wash of colour with a glossy finish. Each one is infused with oil for an incredibly comfortable wear. They also offer up a hydrating and lasting shine effect that gives you a wash of colour. Honestly, these are just so perfect for summer.
L’Oreal was super kind and sent me all 12, housed in the cutest acrylic box. Each lipstick features a clear case that makes it super luxe to carry. When I first saw the shades I was a little discouraged since a lot of them are bold colours, however, when I got to swatching, it turns out the colour you see in the stick is a lot more pigmented than it will actually appear. For instance, Gleaning Plum is a deep purple, however, it gives you pretty berry colour on the lips.
If you’re a fan of other oil-enriched lipsticks (such as the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-in-Stick lipsticks), then I think you’ll really like these (plus, they are way more affordable!). I thought I would be favouriting the lighter colours the most, but the reds and hot pinks are really gravitating towards me since they gives you such a beautiful wash of pigment.
Since summer often means moisture, I definitely recommend picking up a shade from this line to toss in your purse or beach bag this summer. It’s so easy to just grab this and slather it on. Plus it keeps your lips moisturized for hours, so definite win-win!
Will you be trying out any shades from L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Shine lipstick collection?
Please note, I received this product from PR. All opinions are my own.
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Ever do your makeup in your bathroom, think you look fly as hell, and then leave and take a look at yourself and natural lighting and it looks like you’re wearing too much makeup or your foundation doesn’t match the rest of your body? That happens to me all the time.
My bathroom lighting is yellow-toned, so although I think I look great while I’m applying my makeup, once I leave, I notice that I didn’t do as great a job as I thought I did. To rectify this situation, I’ve started to do my makeup with a hand mirror in front of a window so I can work with natural lighting, but when it gets dark it’s kinda tough to do this.
I’ve always wanted one of those portable mirrors that have an LED light on them, but I often find them too expensive. Well, I was recently approached by Canadian-based online retailer, Fancii & Co., which specializes in in-demand beauty tools that won’t break the bank, to try out some of their products and I jumped at the chance to give their Tria – Trifold Vanity Mirror a shot.
I’ve seen these before, often sent out by brands with their logos on them, and have always wanted one, not only for home use, but also travel (I have some girls trips coming up, so this way I won’t have to wait in line for the bathroom mirror). The Tria- Trifold Vanity Mirror features a large mirror in the centre and then two wings that open up to a 1x, 5x, and 10x magnification. Best of all, it has touch-sensor button for natural daylight colour-correct LED lights, so I don’t have to set up shop in front of a window anymore.
Ever since I got this mirror, I have been pretty much obsessed with applying my makeup in front of it. Also, the lighting on it is perfect for getting rid of any unwanted facial hair since the lighting really highlights those little hairs that you normally wouldn’t notice until you’re outside in the sunshine (and then you feel self-conscious since you think everyone is staring at them… okay, maybe that’s just me). This mirror is battery operated or comes with a USB cord to power up and the illumination can be adjusted by just holding down the button on the mirror, so if you want it brighter or dimmer, you can do that.
Since it is 11.5-inches tall and 13-inches wide, it is perfect for travel. The mirror part is also detachable from the base so it’s easy to store. The base also has an organizer base, so you can keep your everyday makeup items in it. Fancii also has a number of other mirrors on their site (as well as facial cleansing brushes, hair straighteners, etc.), but I really love this one since it has the magnification on it (perfect for tweezing your eyebrows, applying false lashes, winged liner, etc.).
Best part of all is that it retails for C$45.99 (for comparison, this one from Simple Human is $500). Like I said, I’ve always wanted one of these mirrors, but I’m so happy that I held out to pick one up. I travel often, so I think this would be great to toss into my suitcase for trips where I’m putting more effort into my makeup (vacation versus work travel). Also, like I said, that dreaded bathroom light is not good matching my foundation to my neck, so this has definitely come in handy. I also love how they are a Canadian company, and their products shipped fast and was delivered through Amazon (not sure if all their products are shipping from Amazon).
If you are looking for a vanity mirror, then definitely check them out.
What kind of lighting do you use to apply your makeup?
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I’ve always been a huge fan of CoverGirl foundations. Case in point, recently I’ve been travelling with their Vitalist Elixir foundation instead of my $50 ones from Sephora since I find it just gives me an amazing coverage and I love the skincare benefits in it.
I chatted about CoverGirl’s new branding and products last week but I had to do a dedicated post to the new TruBlend Matte Made Foundation since CG is really proud of their new innovation, and with good reason. Typically foundations have the tendency to only come in 12 or so shades, most of which lean more towards peach, yellow, or olive skin tones. This isn’t the case with this one. The brand came out with a staggering 40 shades (including 26 new shades) categorized into four categories (light, medium, tan, and deep).
This foundation provides medium-to-full coverage that gives you a flawless, naturally matte appearance. It also is comfortable to wear, minimizes pores, control oils, and is transfer resistant (we’ll get more into that in a second).
I was provided with three shades of this foundation, M10 (Golden Natural), M30 (Honey), and M40 (Warm Nude). Since I am quite pale without a tan, I’ve been using M10 and find that it suits my skin perfectly. It is very lightweight on the face and absorbs into my skin quite nicely (in that it doesn’t just sit on top of the skin, like some of my other foundations do). It has a flex-hold technology (PVP), that creates a strong, yet flexible film that’s comfortable on skin. Considering it gives you a medium-to-full coverage, it doesn’t go on heavy.
Now CoverGirl says its transfer-proof, which is a very high claim. I took it to the test and applied the foundation then put on a white top, making sure to brush the collar across my face. There was some colour on the shirt, but not as much as other foundations would give you. That would be pretty incredible technology if a foundation could truly do that without getting your clothes dirty.
I chatted about this in my last CoverGirl post, but I really do love this foundation. It goes on so light and gives you a nice airbrush effect that makes your skin look smooth and flawless. If you suffer from redness or blemishes, then I would definitely try this out. The best part is that it’s C$13.99 (SRP), which is much lower than other drugstore foundations (and you can probably find it on sale as well).
To find you perfect shade, CoverGirl recommends the following:
You have a neutral undertone if the veins on your wrist are blue/green, both gold and silver jewelry suit you; and your skin tone appears olive. You have a warm undertone if the veins on your wrist are green/olive; gold jewelry suits you best; your skin tone appears yellow or gold; you tan easily; if so, choose a peach or yellow-based foundation. You have a cool undertone if the veins on your wrist are blue/purple; silver jewelry suits you best; you are pink or beige skin toned; you get sunburned easily; if you choose a pink-based foundation.
To go with the foundation, I highly recommend some of their other new products, the TruBlend Base Business Primer (I have the pore minimizing one – the purple one), as well as the TruBlend It’s Lit Concealer.
I paired the TruBlend It’s Lit Concealer in the photos above and below and love how it pairs with the foundation. It provides coverage, as well as radiance and brightening. The concealer is available in seven shades – fair, light, medium, light/medium, medium, medium/deep, and deep), and each shade was formulated with increased chroma and pearlescent pigments to combat dullness, enhance brightness, and conceal imperfections. I will say that it’s not the heaviest concealer I own, but it’s very light on the skin, meaning that it absorbs well and doesn’t look or feel cakey.
If you are looking for a new foundation, I would highly recommend taking a look at TruBlend Matte Made. If you have a darker skin tone, I would definitely recommend checking this out, since the colours do go quite deep. CoverGirl, you did it again, kudos!
Have you tried Covergirl TruBlend Matte Made Foundation yet?
If there is one CC cream that is getting all the hype, it’s the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream.
You guys know I have been a huge fan of IT Cosmetics since I basically started this blog back in 2011. I have loads of products from them, however since they were sold to L’Oreal I have been pretty much out of the loop until this year. The one product I did hear about though was their famed CC cream.
The Your Skin But Better CC Cream is a colour-correcting full-coverage cream and anti-aging hydrating serum. Oh, and then top that off with SPF 50. Sounds like the ideal face product, right? Available in seven different shades, this product is clinically shown to give you 179% of skin hydration, smooth skin texture, and enhance skin brightness. It’s colour-correcting formula doesn’t crease and blurs out skin imperfections. It also is infused with an advanced anti-aging serum that is made of hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and vitamins A,B,C, and E to minimize the look of wrinkles, pores, and give you more radiant skin. So basically it’s the best product ever.
When it comes to BB and CC creams, I tend to reach for these often when I don’t feel like wearing something heavy on my face but still want a bit of coverage. Since these products tend to have an SPF in them, they are most ideal for summer days at the pool or beach (or really anytime you know you will be spending a lot of time outdoors). This CC cream takes it further since it provides full coverage, which is quite rare of this kind of product, and really does provide a more flawless finish than its other counterparts on the market.
IT Cosmetics is known for infusing their items with skincare and this is no different. The CC cream applies wonderfully and makes my skin look and feel flawless. I got the shade Medium, which is their most popular. I do have to admit that I thought it would be a little lighter in tone, but it’ll be perfect for my tanned skin this summer.
Overall, the hype is so real with this one. If you aren’t a foundation person, then I would definitely recommend this. If you are planning a vacation or will be spending a lot of time outdoors this summer but don’t want anything heavy on the face, then I recommend this. Basically, I recommend this product on any instance, it’s just that good. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a total foundation girl, but sometimes it’s nice to give my skin a break and wear something lighter. Skincare benefits and sun factor included, well, it doesn’t get any better than this.
Have you tried IT Cosmetics’ CC cream? What are your thoughts?
Please note, product sent by PR, all opinions are my own.
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I’ve mentioned about this before on here, but a couple years ago CoverGirl got sold from P&G to Coty and along with it came a makeover for the brand. You may have noticed that their packaging got a revamp, the font is a little different, there are more CoverGirls on the docket (including the beauty brand’s first ever male spokesperson, James Charles). Also new is their “I Am What I Makeup” slogan.
I was super fortunate to attend CoverGirl’s relaunch party in Toronto last week where we got to play around with their new Tru Blend Matte Made foundation, sip on cocktails, take some selfies, and learn all about the rebrand. Since that famed “Easy, Breezy, Beautiful” slogan is not so easy breezy for all, Covergirl executive Ukonwa Ojo mentioned to the crowd that people no longer strive for a singular standard of beauty, but use makeup as a tool for self-expression and personal transformation. Thus, “I am what I makeup” better encapsulates the vision of the brand going forward, in that it’s positive, creative, and inclusive.
I do love the new slogan, but I do have to admit that the OG is so classic that it’s going to take a while for me to associate this new one with the drugstore beauty brand. But hey, growth is good.
Anyways, onto the new packaging and products. Their new branding has slowly been making its way onto store shelves and when I got to my hotel room in Toronto I was greeted with a gift bag of new stuff. In the bag was their new Lash Blast Flourish mascara (which I had previously reviewed), their TruNaked Peach Punch eyeshadow palette (which smells like peaches FYI), the TruBlend Base Business Pore Minimizing primer (also comes in Illuminating, Skin Smoothing, and Color Neutralizing), a Melting Pout Matte Liquid Lipstick, the Get In Line Liquid Eyeliner, a gel pot liner, the Tru Blend It’s Lit Concealer, and a couple of the Tru Blend Matte Made foundations.
Along with promoting the new rebrand, the star of the show was definitely their new foundation. I am already a fan of the original Tru Blend so I was excited to try out the Matte Made version.
This new foundation is offered up in 40 shades, categorized by Light, Medium, Tan, and Deep. The shade range on this line is truly phenomenal as Covergirl actually added 26 new shades to the family. The formula is medium-to-full coverage and like the name suggests, gives you a matte appearance (they also claim that it doesn’t transfer on white, so I’m excited to take the test).
We were shade matched at the event and I walked away with M30, which to be honest, matched my self-tanned skin perfectly, but wouldn’t really suit me for how my skin actually looks (M10 would be the closest of the three pictured below). Typically the shade range on drugstore foundations aren’t as high as 40 colours, so this is huge news that CoverGirl came out with these as you will certainly be able to find a colour to match your skin tone. I’m still currently testing these and plan on doing a more thorough review coming soon, but so far I am really impressed with how well this foundation performs and holds up.
In the photo above I’m wearing the new peach eyeshadow palette, the gel pot liner, the primer, the foundation, and the concealer. I absolutely love everything, however, I do wish that the gel pot liner went on more pigmented. I found I had to go over the line a few times as I like my line to look really black.
I’ve always been a huge fan of CoverGirl, so although it did take some getting used to when I saw their new logo, I’m loving the direction that the brand is taking. I’ve mentioned it before, but prior to me becoming a blogger, I always associated the brand with being “mom makeup”. My thoughts on this have definitely changed over the years, and now with the revamp, they are definitely including everyone, no matter the age, gender, or ethnicity. Kudos CoverGirl, keep doing what you’re doing!
What are your thoughts on the CoverGirl rebrand and new slogan?
Please note, I received this product for review. All opinions are my own.
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Although I do get a lot of skincare products, sometimes I hear so much hype that I have to try something out myself and see what it’s all about. Such is the case with Drunk Elephant skincare.
You may have seen their stuff in your local Sephora, but this Houston, Texas-based brand is committed to using only clean ingredients that either directly benefit the skin’s health, or support the integrity and effectiveness of their formulations. They choose their ingredients based on its safety and bio-compatibility and they don’t include any silicones, chemical screens, sensitizing colorants/perfumes, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), essential oils, or drying ingredients. What you get is really good skincare that is appropriate for every skintype.
Since I have a pretty lengthy skincare routine I wanted to get the full effect of the products and chose to use one of the cleansers, a serum, a moisturizer, and an eyecream.
I start my routine with their Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser (C$42), which is a jelly cleanser that removes makeup, excess oil, pollution, and other gross stuff from the day (or night). For nighttime I pair this with my FOREO Luna 2 to get a deep clean, and for the day I just use it with my bare hands. I find it does a nice job of washing my face, but definitely prefer it with a cleanser brush as it washes the skin much more thoroughly. It is very gentle, but doesn’t lather much, which to me, I’m a big fan of a little lather, but as long as it’s doing a good job, that factor doesn’t make or break how much I enjoy a cleanser. I also want to note that since it is a jelly, I do have to be careful that it doesn’t slip out of my hands into the sink, thus wasting product.
After I’m done cleansing, I use my usual toner, then go in with the Shaba Complex Eye Serum (C$72). Drunk Elephant has a couple different eye serums, but this one is formulated to take on major signs of aging around and under the eyes, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage. It contents potent doses of black tea ferment and copper peptides that work together to support a smoother, younger appearance, as well as slow down the signs of aging. I love the packaging on this since you twist the top for the dispenser part to appear (same with their C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream). Although they call this a serum, it does look like a cream and a little goes a long way. The formula is nice and gentle and absorbs quickly into the skin. I don’t have any real problems with my undereyes (unless I smile, fine lines appear). I haven’t really noticed a difference with this, but that’s a good thing as I haven’t noticed my eye area getting worse. This keeps my skin nice and calm (no puffiness here), and my eyes look youthful and alert.
Next up is their Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil (C$90), which I apply at night before my moisturizer. This oil is high in antioxidants and rich in Omegas 6 and 9 to moisturize, rejuvenate, and nourish skin. It actually comes straight from the marula fruit, so it remains in its purest form. After applying a drop or two, skin feels moisturized, rejuvenated, fresh, and nourished. Since this is an oil, I only apply this at night since I found my makeup would tend to slide throughout the day (although DE does recommend it for day and night, it just didn’t work for daytime use for me). By the time morning comes, this product is fully absorbed into my skin and my face feels ready for the day ahead.
Finally, my last step is using the Protini Polypeptide Cream (C$84) at night. This is a protein shake for your face as it combines an array of signal peptides, growth factors, supportive amino acids, and pygmy waterlily for improvement in your skin’s tone, texture, and firmness. Drunk Elephant says that this formula will give you younger, revived-looking skin and lines, wrinkles, and signs of sun damage appear reduced. I only use this at night, however, you can definitely use it during the day as well (I have too much skincare to use so I switch it up during the day). The packaging on this is cool since you press the top down for the product to appear. The cream feels incredibly moisturizing and refreshing on the skin. I also find that a little goes a long way since it tends to spread out nicely.
The combination of these products were a lifesaver when I got back from New York City last month. For some reason when I was out there my skin felt dry and bumpy, so when I got back I really put a lot of time and effort into getting it back to tip-top shape. After a few days of using these products, my skin was feeling more revived and energized, and the gross texture soon went away.
Aside from how well the products work, I do have to say that I love the packaging. Some of these containers are super unique and the fun colours and branding totally pop in my medicine cabinet. Of course, if you are investing money into your skincare routine, the packaging shouldn’t be a selling factor, but I’m a sucker for bright colours and cool things, so I’m totally digging it.
When it comes to skincare, the price will usually set you back, which is the case with these products (although they do offer smaller versions for less money than what I mentioned in this post). I’ve tried a lot of products from a lot of brands, but so far I’ve really been enjoying what Drunk Elephant has to offer up. I also like how their products are made in the United States, not mass produced in some Asian factory (not that there’s anything wrong with that, as we all know, Korean beauty is huge), but since they really seem to be about their philosophy, it’s nice to see that they don’t compromise on ingredients.
Next time you’re in Sephora and looking for some new skincare items, I would definitely recommend giving them a look. The best part about Sephora is that they will give you samples if you ask, so if you don’t want to invest in a C$84 moisturizer just yet, you can ask to try it out first.
Have you tried Drunk Elephant skincare? What are your favourite items?
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Tarte is one of those brands that consistently just does it right every time.
I’ve been using the Tartlette In Bloom eyeshadow palette (C$60) consistency since I got it a couple years ago. The bestselling palette contains 12 shadows, everything from brightening matte colours to micro shimmer shades. There’s soft nudes, shimmery coppers, browns, you name it. Since there are nine mattes and three shimmers in here, you get the perfect assortment of colours and formulas, which make this one an all-star product. In fact, it’s usually the palette I reach for the most when it comes to travelling. The shade range coupled with the fact that it’s nice and slim (with a good-sized mirror), makes it super handy to toss in your makeup bag for that dream vacation.
Since I love the In Bloom palette so much I was so excited to receive the other two palettes in the Tartelette family, the Amazonian Clay Matte Palette, and the Toasted Eyeshadow Palette (both C$60 each).
The original Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette contains 12 matte eyeshadows in cool and warm tones. Like In Bloom, there are 12 shades in here, organized into rows which let you create three easy looks or mix and match to create a custom eyeshadow look. Although it’s always good to have a selection of different formulas in your collection, I do feel like everyone should have a strictly matte one in their collection since the matte formula is so integral in an eyeshadow look. This particular palette is full of basic colours that can create any eye look. Since these palettes use their Amazonian Clay eyeshadows, each shade is infused with vitamin E and mineral pigments.
Finally, for the newest one the bunch, Toasted came out last year I believe and features 12 all-new warm shades. This one leans more towards oranges, browns, and coppers, but is the perfect going-out palette. Like the other two Tartelette palettes, each row is organized into three different looks and if you’re into smoky, then you need to pick this up. There are seven mattes and five shimmers in here, making it easy to do that person crimson smoky eye that will sure to have anyone commenting on your eye colour (I had so many people mention how blue my eyes are when I wore this). As someone who regularly wears a shimmery cream on my lid, a burnt orange in my crease as the transition, and a matte brown in my crease, this one is right up my alley. I’m wearing this palette in the photo below.
All three Tartelette palettes feature a creamy formula that glides on the lids and really it just comes down to what you’re going to be using the palettes for. In Bloom is the perfect everyday palette, Toasted is the party palette, and the original Tartelette is great to have in your collection since it’s all matte. I’m kinda obsessed with all three, so I don’t really have a favourite (although again, I have been using In Bloom for years and it’s still one of my absolute faves out of every palette I own).
I know that it’s tough choosing which palette is right for you (out of every brand there is on the market), but if you’re in the market for a new shadow palette, then definitely look at the Tartelette palettes, you will not be disappointed.
Do you own any of the Tartelette eyeshadow palettes? Which one is your favourite?
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I probably have a million styling products. Okay, a million is kinda an exaggeration, but I have a lot.
Usually when I wash my hair I use at least three different styling products, a split-end tamer, a serum, and some other spray or serum that has to do with colour, adds volumizing, sleeks hair, etc. Lately I’ve been loving Marc Anthony Haircare’s different styling cocktails.
Since multi-use products are always a good idea, the Canadian beauty brand has a collection of different serums that target different hair concerns. Whether that be adding volume, smoothing, defining and defrizzing, texture and volume, or sleek and straight. These dual ended products combine two products in one package which you can mix and match or just use the one formula.
I received the Volume Cocktail, which adds thick and full volume to hair, awhile ago and I’ve been using it pretty much non-stop ever since. This dual-chamber formula combines a volumizing cream with a roof-lifting souffle for full hair that doesn’t fall flat. Like I said, you can open both chambers to combine the product, or keep one shut to use just one.
Other cocktails include the Sleek & Straight Smoothing Cocktail, which has a glossing lotion and a smoothing cream; the Curl Cocktail for defining & defrizzing, which has a defrizzing curl cream with enhancing curl lotion to define thick curls without drying them out; and the Texture & Volume Beach Wave Cocktail, which is a lightweight volumizing lotion and texture cream for full volume, textured waves with shine.
I received all of the different cocktails aside from the beach waves one and absolutely love them. Although the formula is incredible, I love the simplicity of the product since it’s two in one that you can use either on its own or mix together. Of course if you pick up multiple formulas then you can mix and match them to create a styling product that is truly tailored to your hair.
No matter what formula you pick up, you can’t go wrong with these. They are also super affordable at around $10 per bottle depending on where you shop. I will note that these are on sale right now at London Drugs for C$3.99, so if you’re interested in them, now is the time to buy!
Have you tried any of the Marc Anthony haircare styling cocktails?
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