I’ve been experimenting with so many lip colors recently and one formula I felt in love with are the Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lip. This formula has been out for a while but I never tried it until recently. I have 5 of the 6 shades I received as press samples that I will be sharing today.
From L-R: Pastel Petal, Matte Beige, Au Naturelle, Really Rose & Evening Rose
The colors I have are:
Pastel Petal: pink toned beige
Matte Beige: warm natural beige
Au Naturelle: light nude peach
Really Rose: dusty rose
Evening Rose: dark dusty rose pink
Infused with rosehip oil, these MatteLast Liquid Lips are a range of extremely longwearing and comfortable lip colors with great pigment. The formula have a thin, watery consistency. They did not dry out my lips nor did they make my lips peel but I would not say they are moisturizing either. As with most liquid lipsticks they dry to a matte finish and can make the lips look just a bit wrinkly. Whenever I do wear liquid lipsticks, I always prep my lips with a balm like Fresh Sugar or Rosalena Lip balm – they just add a bit of moisture underneath and make the lips look less textured. These MatteLast Liquid Lips really do last all day and once they dry they stay put and don’t budge. I didn’t get much color transfer to cups once they were fully dried. I think the formula is great and for a liquid lip formula I give these a thumbs up. I really love the look of Evening Rose, Really Rose and Matte Beige. I do favor Evening Rose because it’s deeper and easier for me to wear color-wise. In my opinion, Pastel Petal and Matte Beige are way too similar and I cannot tell a real difference when they’re on my lips, even in swatches as you can see. However, I also find that sometimes the colors shift when they dry down and for some reason my complexion and lip color make the liquids pull differently. Lasting power is typical with these – they literally stay put all day long without budging and a little goes a long way. Of course if you do eat, then you need to reapply.
I also like the applicator on these as they make applying liquid lipstick an easy task. There is no need for a lip liner because the applicator provides the perfect amount of colour.
From L-R: Pastel Petal, Matte Beige, Au Naturelle, Really Rose & Evening Rose
Overall, I like that these are unscented and don’t dry out my lips. All five nude pink shades are very flattering/wearable and fairly comfortable for a liquid lipstick.
You can find the Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lip at Shoppers Drug Mart here in Canada or online.
When we think of Valentine’s Day we think of chocolate, teddy bears and presents! I’ve rounded up some of my favorites today for some gift ideas for the ladies and gift inspiration that any woman would adore from a special someone. So whether you’re looking for something to hint for, treat yourself with or gift to girlfriends. You can’t go wrong with any of these.
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils are some of the most hydrating lip treatments I’ve tried. Today I have three shades I want to share with you: Honey, Candy and Mint. The Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils are a plant-based lip treatment oil that is supposed to smooth and comfort the lips with high-shine and a hint of color.
These are very moisturizing, and shiny with a non-sticky formula. The oils are 100% plant-based and have a blend of hazelnut and organic jojoba oils which nourishes, smooths, and enhances lips while forming a protective layer of transparent color to help lock in moisture for deep hydration.
These are the ultimate SOS treatment for making your lips look and feel good. They are semi thick but not tacky. The texture is so comforting and what’s so great about these is that the consistency isn’t oily or heavy on your lips. They’re actually a really lightweight gloss that melts into your lips softly. I promise with consistent use of these, you won’t have dry, chapped lips. Gosh, don’t you just hate those?
–Shades 04 Candy have a unique formula that reacts to the pH of your lips, giving them a customized shade of pink, for a natural, high-shine result. It’s the brightest lip tint of the bunch.
–Shade 06 Mint has a refreshing effect of mint with instant lip plumping results. So for those in need of an extra lip plump, the Mint Lip Oil was made for you!
I love how wide the doe foot applicator is; making it super easy for an even application.
After a few hours of wearing these, my lips look and feel softer and more moisturized. It does offer instant comfort and a natural shine. The Clarins Instant Light Comfort Oils shades cater to every skintone and makeup look. What’s great about these oils is that they’re so multi-purpose. You can wear them alone, underneath or on top of lipstick.
Overall, I definitely recommend you check these out if you haven’t already. All three look similar on my lips except Candy 04 shows up a bit more pink, but I don’t think you need all of them since they’re all so sheer. I feel like these are three of the best shades although I haven’t tried the other ones. These are great for someone with dry lips, loves high gloss shine lip products and wants a no-fuss lip product.
The Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil retails for CAD $25 / US $26 and is available at Clarins and Sephora.
Earlier in August I spoke about the Canadian cosmetics line, TON Cosmetics, a brand new lipstick brand with one main goal – to help you find your perfect shade and I reviewed their entire range of nude lipsticks here. Well today, they have a new line, the REDS Collection. Just like before, you take a quick test on their website which will introduce you to your perfect lip colour match. I took the test and my perfect match was Medium Warm 2!
These lipsticks are housed in the same white and silver packaging as their initial nude shades, with the top having a pretty rhinestone jewel. Also just like the nude shades, the collection is split into 3 groups (skin tones).
The Fair Reds
Cool 2, Warm 2, Neutral 2 (L-R)
The Medium Reds
Cool 2, Warm 2, Neutral 2 (L-R)
The Dark Reds
Cool 2, Warm 2, Neutral 2 (L-R)
If you’ve read my previous review on the nudes, they are among my favorites for formulas. They have a smooth even coverage. They’re luxurious and don’t dry out my lips like some formulas do from other brands. Lasting power is pretty average, anywhere from 3-4 hours on the lips. They will stay put as long as you don’t have contact with snacks or drinks, but they don’t stay put all day long. I find I have to reapply within a few hours. They feel comfortable on the lips without being heavy. The creams have a very natural looking sheen to the finish which I love. I found all of the shades to be very pigmented and creamy with almost a satin finish to them. I did not detect any noticeable shimmers in them.
From L-R: Fair Reds (Cool2, Warm2, Net2); Medium Reds (Cool2, Warm2, Net2) & Dark Reds (Cool2, Warm2, Net2)
The only thing I have to say about these lipsticks is that I didn’t noticed a huge differences between the shades as the undertones were all too similar to see a noticeable variation among one another. The fair and medium reds were just too similar. This could just be me and how they show up on my medium olive complexion with yellow undertone.
I don’t tend to wear a lot of red lipsticks but as I mentioned, the formula of these are superb and one I know many will definitely enjoy so I recommend checking them out, especially if you’re a lover of red lippies!
They retail for CAD $19 / US $15.50 and are available online at toncosmetics.com
A few of my favorite shades… Medium Warm 2, Dark Cool & Warm 2
*This post is in collaboration with the The Body Shop and to give you the chance to win one of the 24 Days Of Beauty Advent Calendar! All opinions expressed here are my own.
The holiday season is fast approaching and I can’t believe that Christmas is literally just around the corner. Today I’m excited to share with you a great gift option from The Body Shop – The Body Shop Advent Calendar. There are 4 calendars and all perfect for any beauty lover and one to suit every budget. I’ve long being a fan of the Body Shop in particular their body butters and shower gels. This Advent Calendar, my first is beautifully packaged and contain 24 miniatures for the Christmas holiday countdown. The 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar is priced at $69 ($154 value). With 24 days of feel-good, naturally inspired discoveries, this beauty advent calendar makes a great gift idea for someone new to The Body Shop.
Every gift you buy from The Body Shop’s seasonal gift collections will help fund the Peace Play Project in Lebanon for a year, providing play and activities in a safe place for Syrian refugee children. #PLAY4PEACE
So let’s take a look at the 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar. These are great for travel and also a great way to sample new things. Expect a whole load of mini essentials inside the 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar where you’ll get a mix of body lotions, shower gels, lip butters, soaps, bath gloves for exfoliating and more. I absolutely love the body butters and hand cream.
Lip Butter Mango 10ml
Shower Gel Mango 60ml
Soap Frosted Plum 25g
Shower Gel Coconut 60ml
Shower Gel Pink Grapefruit 60ml
Soap Frosted Berries 25g
Hand Cream Coconut 30ml
Body Lotion Mango 60ml
Soap Vanilla 25g
Eye Definer Black 1.1g
Facial Cleansing Sponge
Shower Gel Strawberry 60ml
Lip Butter Shea 10ml
Gentle Eye Make Up Remover Camomile 60ml
Hand Cream Almond 30ml
Gloves Bath Red
Body Butter British Rose 50ml
Brush Brow/Lash Comb
Born Lippy Lip Balm Strawberry 10ml
Body Lotion White Musk 60ml
Glitter Dust Gold 1g
This is a versatile gift set that will work for any beauty lover. You can find the 24 Days Of Beauty Advent Calendar online at The Body Shop and at all stores.
Here are some tips and tricks on how you can prepare for the festive season using some of these goodies in the Advent Calendar!
Keep skin moisturized:
Winter can be harsh on your skin because the air dries it out, which can cause problems such as eczema and psoriasis which can flare up. Make sure to drink lots of water and moisturize using their Instant Glow Body Butter (smells so good) every day while your skin is still damp.
Exfoliate your lips:
Keep your lips looking healthy this party season by exfoliating regularly and then using their Lip Butters for soft luscious lips. Keeping a hydrating lip balm or lip butter on hand and applying often helps to moisturize your pout.
Master the smokey eye:
Grab your charcoal eyeliner or The Body Shop’s black Eye Definer and some sparkly eyeshadow for a smokey and glamourous look. Remember to blend.
Add Some Extra Glam:
Add extra glam to your look with their Glitter Dust on your cheekbones and décolletage.
To win this 24 Days Of Beauty Advent Calendar, head over to my Instagram to enter and follow the steps for a chance to win!
Milk Makeup recently release a new addition to their best-selling Blur Stick, Luminous Blur Stick. This primer is intended to give the effect of a “luminous matte skin.”
This is meant to provide both mattifying and luminizing properties, and is basically the best of both worlds. Apparently this is very similar to the original version. This new Blur Stick has a luminous matte finish with a golden pearl-infused formula to leave you with a glow, while blurring microspheres absorb oil and mattify. The blurring microsphere technology is supposed to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines so that makeup lays down better and wears longer. This silicone-free and oil-free formula goes on clear to create a golden, pearl-infused glow on all skin tones, without clogging pores.
MY THOUGHTS: This has a creamy texture and goes on very smooth. It’s easy to blend and has a gold glittery tone to it, but does indeed have a matte finish. I did notice a slight “glow” from the stick. Milk advises that you apply it after moisturizing, as you would any primer, for a flawless finish under foundation, or let the blurring effect convince you to forgo foundation. It did even out my skintone but in terms of a blurring effect, I feel like it didn’t really blur out my pores completely. I don’t have a huge pore problem and it’s usually not a concern for me but the little I do have, I could still see some of them peeking through after using this blur stick. I also couldn’t see a huge difference with makeup over it. I find that this is more noticeable on bare skin but not so much under makeup. I think this is nice to use when I’m just running out the house with no makeup as it did smooth over my complexion and give me a little bit of a healthy-looking glow. Because this is a bit drying, I suggest prepping your skin very well with moisturizer (especially if you have dry skin) since this is supposed to mattify the skin. I didn’t have any problems with it clinging to dry patches and it did sit well under makeup. I think that I will have better luck with this product in the warmer seasons. I think it depends on what you’re looking for whether or not you’ll like this product. It smells citrusy and really refreshing.
You can find the Luminous Blur Stick primer now for CAD $43 / US $36 (1 oz) at sephora.com.
What are your thoughts on this new Luminous Blur Stick?
Face Oils are amazing. Not only will it change your life, it will absolutely change your skin. Your skin will look and feel better. You will probably need less makeup. And you will probably need fewer skincare items altogether. I use face oils all year round because of my dry/combo skin but when the weather gets colder, my skin needs extra hydration and moisture. I like mixing face oils in my serums and moisturizers for both my daytime and nighttime routine. You can also use a face oil as a last step in your skincare routine. Today I want to share three facial oils I’ve been rotating on a daily basis for the last two plus months.
These oils do not contain any synthetic fragrances, parabens, phthalates, or artificial colors. All ingredients are naturally derived. They are from a skincare brand that comes to us from London, call Rosalena. I first heard of this brand through reading a couple blog posts from some of my favorite bloggers and won the Frank & Sense oil during a blogger giveaway. I was so ecstatic due to the raving reviews of how good the oils were and I must agree. All their oils are packaged in a beautiful glass bottle that comes with a little dropper.
Rock & Rose*
A natural radiance booster, enriched with vitamins to rejuvenate, illuminate and energise skin. Antioxidant rich to restore elasticity, lift, tone and brighten complexion.
This oil has powerful antioxidants to revitalize and illuminate tired and dull-looking skin. A slightly darker version of Beauty & The Beast, this oil has a floral Jasmine scent. With ingredients such as Rosehip Oil, Coenzyme Q10, Prickly Pear Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Safflower Oil, and Vitamin E, it gives a beautiful radiance and glow to the skin and really nourishes and hydrates. For my nightly skincare routine, I alternate between this one and Frank & Sense.
Beauty & The Beast*
A vitamin infused unisex oil that’s instantly absorbed into the skin, leaving it hydrated, toned, soothed and 100% shine-free. Ideal as a pre-makeup primer or a post shave calmer.
Antioxidant loaded, these bio-active ingredients are instantly absorbed, leaving skin hydrated and plump. It contains oils like Watermelon Seed, Grapeseed, Rosehip Seed, CoQ10 and Apricot Kernal. It’s a lighter yellow oil and this one I use mainly during my morning skincare routine. I find it to be the lightest of the three so it’s perfect to use daily. It’s a quickly absorbed oil that sits fine on the face underneath make-up and doesn’t leave a greasy residue like some oils do.
Frank & Sense
A multi-seasonal replenishing face oil to rehydrate, repair and nourish skin. This oil is especially effective as an after sun repair and to combat the drying effects of winter.
Of the three oils, this is my favorite because I find it more hydrating on my skin. It’s a nourishing and hydrating oil that contains organic essential oils such as Frankincense, Sandalwood Mysore, Cape Chamomile, Neroli and Rose Otto; that feed the skin and help with plumping and skin glow. The natural anti-inflammatory ingredients can tame redness, calm skin, rehydrate and repair leaving with you a healthy glow. Rich in colour and texture, this oil is slightly heavier than the other two but it leaves no residue, sinks into the skin immediately and offers a subtle herbal scent that instantly calms the mind and body.
What I like about these oils is that they sink into the skin and doesn’t leave you greasy. I highly recommend you check these out as they are by far some of the best facial oils I’ve personally used. I’ve become a huge fan of Rosalena and also adore their Goodness & Tonic Face Mist and Lip Conditioning Balm. You can check out their website here or their Instagram page to learn more about these fabulous oils!
Have you tried Rosalena Face Oils before? What’s your favorite Facial Oil?
People with wavy or curly hair are always looking for new products, tips and tricks to lock in their desired look. Whether they want to blow it straight, create looser curls or maximize their tighter coils, Maya Smith, Celebrity Hair Stylist, salon owner and creator of The Doux, the “Indie” haircare line with cult following now available at Target, is truly the master. Here she shares her best tips for girls with curls who want to revel in their natural hair and create a style they love.
Understand the battle between oil and moisture.
The first thing people must understand is that there are opposite things going on at the same time. “Due to the shape of curly haired strands, the hair tends to be under moisturized. On the other hand, the curly haired scalp can get very oily. Managing these opposite demands is the struggle of girls who wish to keep their curls. The key here is knowing how best to address both,” explains Maya who led the movement for women to transition from relaxers to natural curls.
Be gentle when washing curly hair.
According to Maya, kinky, thick, coiled textures tend to appear “tough” and strong enough to withstand heavy manipulation. “In my experience, these hair types are actually the most delicate, and should be handled with care, she recommends.”
Step One: Pick your products wisely.
Maya applied over 2 decades of research and development based on working knowledge of hair texture and listening to what people wanted. “I created The Doux SUCKA FREE Moisturizing Shampoo and FRESH RINSE Moisturizing Conditioner as the one-two step that delivers both deep cleaning plus exceptional nourishment necessary for styling.” It’s now available in Target stores and the full product line is available online at www.thedoux.com.
Step Two: Prep for shampoo.
Maya’s professional instructions for curl mastery begins with rinsing hair thoroughly with water for a minimum of 30 seconds. “This helps to eliminate any water-soluble product buildup, such as hair gel or heat protectant. It also helps you save shampoo! Assuming you’re shampooing in the shower, letting the water run over the hair in a downward motion helps prevent further tangling, and allows the hair shaft to swell and the curl pattern to fully rebound.” For those with extremely thick hair, Maya suggests separating hair into 4 sections prior to wetting the hair for increased manageability.
Once the shampoo is applied, Maya recommends light manipulation at the scalp, going from the crown of the head to the nape of the neck. “Squishing” the hair up toward the scalp is a no-no. “Shampooing this way can cause unforgivable tangling and matting. I recommend repeating the shampooing process at least once.”
Step Three: Condition and comb through like a pro.
If your scalp was properly shampooed, conditioning is easy. “This time, you’re focusing on your thirsty ends first, working upward toward the scalp. Gently detangle with a wide-toothed comb or detangling brush (our favorite is Felicia Leatherwood’s “Brush with the Best” detangling brush) before rinsing, starting at the ends, working up toward to the roots. Remember to rinse with cool water which snaps cuticles shut, locks in moisture, makes your hair shinier and reduces frizz.”
When it comes to “co-washing” or “conditioner washing” Maya equates the popular trend to washing your clothes with fabric softener. “In my experience, co-washing causes build-up on the hair, coating the cuticle and impairing the hair’s natural ability to absorb water. Oils, waxes, and product residue harden on the hair shaft, making it more brittle and less porous over time. When the hair can no longer effectively absorb water, the elasticity of the hair is compromised, leaving the hair “crunchy” and stiff, where it is more likely to break. The result is hair that feels dry and brittle, no matter what product you use to moisturize it,” explains Maya.
One of the things Maya Smith and her team of stylists are known for is their ability to restore hundreds of their clients’ curls, simply by getting them to trade in the co-wash for a gentle, pH-balanced moisturizing shampoo, like The Doux’s SUCKA FREE which properly cleanses hair of product residue. “Once you have the hair thoroughly clean it “drinks” up the necessary amount of moisture, and returns to its natural softness,” Maya clarifies.
Avoid alcohol and kick the crunch to the curb.
Styling products high in alcohol give curls a crunchy feel. They suck up every last bit of moisture. Hair spray tends to contain the most alcohol, while gels, mousses and anything that provides hold or lift come in second. “I recommend water-soluble gels that don’t feel sticky on your skin, and aerated mousses or foams that resemble beaten egg whites, to give hair fullness, control, and non-brittle curls,” Maya says.
She adds that she created The Doux so it can be used on hair that is worn curly or straight. “Our clients purchase one set of products, and apply them differently to achieve the style they want. If you’re rocking curly hair today, you’re using The Doux’s Mousse Def and Bonita Afro Balm for softness and definition, and The Light for shine. If you’re wearing a blowout, you’re still using the same products, but applying them less liberally, and using the shine mist as a heat protectant. It’s super simple and easy to follow once you’ve seen the results each of them deliver,” Maya explains.
Blow-Dry with a diffuser or hooded dryer.
Maya’s first choice for curly styles is to air dry. “If you don’t have the time to air dry then dry with a diffuser or hooded dryer on a low heat setting. A regular blow dryer nozzle disrupts the curl pattern and focuses hot air on one small section at a time while a diffuser, dries curls evenly for a full, uniform look,” she explains.
Maya recommends always applying a heat-protecting product, then flipping your head upside down using a diffuser at the roots and mid-length making sure to dry the area completely to lock in volume. “It’s important to leave the ends for last, and leave them only semi-dry. Air drying the ends is your best option.”
About Maya Smith:
Maya Smith is an International Master Stylist and Founder of The Doux Salon and haircare line now available in Target. With over two decades of styling experience Maya dedicated two decades to cracking the code on curl care, maintenance and expert styling. When it comes to caring for one’s natural hair and styling it, Maya is the best there is.
While still in high school, Maya got her hair cutting license and graduated from beauty school. Soon after graduating high school, Maya began following her passion and worked as an assistant for celebrity stylist Tracy Johnson. She learned from Johnson and progressed as a hair stylist for celebrities and entertainers. Years later the military wife would relocate to Germany, where Maya opened up her first salon The HoneyComb, a mecca for textured hair care for women from all over Europe, The UK, and as far as Africa. Maya’s unique system of textured hair styling sparked the development of The DOUX® haircare products, first launched overseas, and distributed throughout Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands.
Currently, Maya leads a carefully selected team of stylists at The DOUX® Salon in Macon, Georgia and on Christmas Eve 2017, celebrated the arrival of The DOUX® in Target stores nationwide. Maya Smith, wife, mom of 5 and savvy business woman is an example not just for women of color but for all women who believe their gifts can impact the world, striving for entrepreneurial endeavors with grace, ease and hustle.
Quite a few eyeshadow palettes launched during the holiday 2017 season. The holiday season is the perfect time to scoop up a few new palettes. It seemed like every brand was releasing numerous limited edition sets to tempt us. So many beautiful packaging, trendy hues and luxurious textures. I’m having a bit of a pull towards eyeshadows at the moment, so today, I wanted to share with you three that I’ve been loving and using quite a lot. Eyeshadow palettes are some my favourites to use, because they have such a variety of shades that can work with anyone! I have created a few looks with these palettes I’ll be sharing on my Instagram over the next couple weeks.
Natasha Denona Holiday Aeris Eyeshadow Palette 5 (US $48.00) – This is probably one of the prettiest eyeshadow palettes I own. This is a limited edition palette that features four shimmering, sparkly shades and one matte. I love the colour selection. The ice blue is just so beautiful. I don’t have anything like it in my collection. The shades are very pigmented, smooth and long-wearing. They are very easy to blend, layer and mix. Natasha Denona shadows are some of the best I’ve tried as I find the formula to be exceptional. You can use this palette not only for dramatic looks, but also for everyday looks. If you like sparkle shadows, then these are for you. This one even made my 2017 Beauty Favourites.
NARS NARSissist Wanted Eyeshadow Palette (US $59.00) – This gorgeous palette contains 12 new and primarily warm shades that feature an all-new formula. Featuring a versatile range of pale pinks, nudes, and glistening rose golds that play well on all skin tones. I love the variety of shades and textures. It has a nice mix of buttery mattes, satins, shimmers, and glittering metallic finishes; and also one of those palettes that are perfect for day or evening looks. The colors are all excellent in pigment, texture and color payoff. The mattes are smooth and the shimmers are just so beautiful. All the shades just works perfectly together!
Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette (US $65.00) – The palette features 18 richly-pigmented shades in a variety of textures such as mattes, pressed pearls, duo-chrome toppers, and one pure glitter. I found the pigmentation varied but most were pigmented and mostly blendable. The shimmering shades are much creamier than the mattes in my opinion. Since I don’t own any of her other palettes, I must say I am really enjoying this one and find that the shades are all very beautiful. I like that it has a good amount of versatility, and you could create a variety of looks with this palette. From subtle, natural looks to dramatic statements and bold glittering looks, this palette will become your new essential for all your makeup routines.
All of these palettes are still available online at Sephora and some retailers.
Here’s a look I created using the Natasha Denona Aeris palette! It’s a Copper Eye with a Pop of Blue.
Did you pick up any of these palettes? What Eyeshadow palettes are you loving lately?