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Back in 2014, I shared a review of the Artist Shadows that Make Up For Ever had just come out with after previewing them at an event. Fast forward four years later, Make Up For Ever has replaced these with the Artist Color Shadows* (C$22 / US$17 each, 2.5g or 0.08 oz), a new line which includes 121 shades, similarly named according to five different finishes: Diamond (D), Matte (M), Metallic (ME), Satin (S) and Iridescent (I). You can purchase these pan refills individually to create you own palette. The main visual difference is that the new pans are rectangular as opposed to circular to go with their Artist Color Refillable Makeup Palette magnetic system, which also works with their highlight, sculpt and blush powders. I was personally a fan of the previous formula, so I was curious to see how the new-and-improved version would compare.


I received nine of the Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadows as well as their new Step 1 Skin Equalizer Eye & Lip Primer* (C$29 / US$23, 10 mL or 0.33 oz). I previously tried their Step 1 Skin Equalizer Radiant Primer (, and had never come across a hybrid eye and lip primer - intriguing to say the least! The Artist Color Shadows are said to have up to 12 hour wear and be easily blendable. After playing with these over the last few weeks, I can advocate for their great pigmentation and workability. Despite being powders, they glide on smoothly, and have practically no powder kickback when picking up with a brush. As you can see in my latest Get Ready With Me, I used five shades to create a copper rose eye look and had no issues with product or shimmer fallout.

Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadows featured:

  • M-500 - Ivory (matte cream)
  • M-650 - Cookie (matte light brown)
  • I-528 - Pearl (iridescent frosty light champagne)
  • I-648 - Golden Fawn (iridescent champagne gold)
  • S-814 - Light Rosewood (satin dusty rose)
  • ME-728 - Copper Red (metallic deep copper)
  • ME-612 - Silver Brown (metallic light mauve taupe)
  • M-608 - Red Brown (matte deep brown)
  • D-826 - Fig (diamond burgundy purple)

Left to RightMake Up For Ever Artist Color Shadows in M-500, M-650 and I-528 - swatches below

Left to RightMake Up For Ever Artist Color Shadows in I-648, S-814 and ME728 - swatches below

Left to RightMake Up For Ever Color Shadow in ME-612, M-608 and D-826 - swatches below

Get a discount when you purchase two or more Artist Color Shadows with a magnetic palette at Sephora:

  • 2 Shadows Palette C$37 / US$29 (C$46 value / US$36 value)
  • 3 Shadows Palette C$50 / US$39 (C$68 value / US$53 value)
  • 4 Shadows Palette C$63 / US$49 (C$90 value / US$70 value)
  • 6 Shadows Palette C$77 / US$59 (C$134 value / US$104 value)


While these shadows are already quite pigmented to begin with, applying the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Eye & Lip Primer underneath makes them pop even more! The formula comes out as a cream shade out of the tube but goes on clear once spread on the lids and helps smooth out uneven texture, such as from fine lines and imperfections. Think of it as a blank canvas for your eyes that will make colours appear ultra vibrant. On the lips, it feels like a light, non-sticky and slightly oily lip balm and helps prolong wear time, smoothes out lip lines and boosts pigmentation for products applied on top. It is best applied with fingertips, concentrating a small amount at the center of the lips/lids and then working your way out. Below you can see the before (no primer) and after (with primer) of swatches of the Artist Color Shadow in S-814.

Left: Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadow in S-814 no primerRight: with primer
I personally find the new Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadows to be just as good as the original Artist Shadows, so if you have never tried them, you won't be disappointed by these either. See them in action here!

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I wanted to create a romantic look to celebrate the month of love, and filmed my transformation from start to finish! In this Get Ready With Me, I'm featuring some new products I have been loving lately - the eyeshadows I used are a dream to work with, and I seriously cannot get enough of this liquid lipstick. Even though I created this look with Valentine's Day in mind, I think it would be great for a night out or a special event, too!


I paired the blend of metallic copper, rose and brown shadows with a nude lip to make the eyes the main focus of this look.


To make the look a bit more dramatic, I opted for a black liquid liner and drew a slight wing.


I started off with a light brown as a transition shade in the crease, and applied a deep rose all over my lids. I then applied a copper red in my outer V, and followed with a matte brown in my crease, finishing off with a metallic copper gold in my inner corners. Check out my Fresh and Glowy Valentine's Day Makeup from last year for a more subtle look!


- Products Used -

Make Up For Ever Artist Color Eye Shadows* in M-650, S-814, D-826, ME-728 and M-608
Yves Rocher Eye Brow Pencil in 02 Ash Blonde*
Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color* in S116, S300 and H106 (review)
Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix Setting Spray*(review)

Valentine's Day Makeup Look | Copper Rose Eyes + Nude Lips - YouTube

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I first dabbled in some Pixi Beauty last year after trying a handful of their makeup and skincare, and after being thoroughly impressed, I was really looking forward to experiencing more of what the brand has to offer! For the past month, I have been testing out a couple of products from their Skintreats collection, namely the Glow Tonic*, Rose Caviar Essence* and Rose Flash Balm*.


As I shared in my InstaStories, the Pixi Glow Tonic (250 mL, US$29) is an exfoliating toner that I have been dying to try for years, so when this big personalized bottle of liquid amber showed up, I was over the moon - how sweet, right? It seems that anyone I came across online who mentioned the Glow Tonic was a fan, and after using it regularly for the past few weeks, I finally get it. As someone who deals with sensitive and acne-prone skin, chemical exfoliants have always been a better solution for me than their physical counterparts. The Glow Tonic contains 5% Glycolic Acid, an AHA which gently removes the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal more radiant-looking skin. Other key ingredients include aloe vera (one of my favourite natural moisturizers) and ginseng, which stimulates blood flow to skin cells and acts as a detoxifier when applied topically. I have noticed my scars lightening and my skin texture appearing more even and smooth over the short time I have been using it. All you need to do is lightly soak a cotton round and apply it on your face and neck, after cleansing and before moisturizing. The solution is alcohol-free and suitable for all skin types - I have not experienced any irritation, which is an issue I often face with toners.


I had not heard of the Pixi Rose Caviar Essence (US$24, 1.52 fl oz), and upon seeing the product I was very intrigued as it's unlike anything I have come across. The gel, serum-like formula contains visible suspended capsules of fresh rose and flower oils which are released when pressed into the skin. The formula also includes a plethora of antioxidant rich botanical oil extracts such as bergamot, macadamia, jojoba, grapeseed, olive and soybean. While I do enjoy the scent of rose, it can sometimes be a bit too powerful in certain products, but the scent in this essence is light enough for me to enjoy. After cleansing and toning your skin, simply apply a thin layer and follow up with a moisturizer - your skin will drink it right up!


Speaking of moisturizers, this is one of the Pixi Rose Flash Balm's (US$24, 1.52 fl oz) many uses. I like applying it following the Rose Caviar Essence at night and as a primer underneath my makeup, and you can even apply a thicker layer to use it as a bi-weekly mask that you can remove five minutes following application. Key ingredients include rose extract and rose flower water, olive leaf extract and witch hazel extract. I will say that the rose scent in this one is more pronounced, so that is something to keep in mind if you are sensitive to it. The balm is oil-free and glides on beautifully, so you do not to worry about a greasy residue. This is a great product to travel with as it is compact and can serve multiple skincare purposes.

Pixi Beauty is a cruelty-free brand created by Swedish-born makeup artist Petra Strand. First launched in Britain, products can be purchased online internationally.

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Natalie Loves Beauty by Natalie Loves Beauty - 1y ago

Story time: I've been meaning to film my summer empties ever since I got back from Italy over a month ago, and unfortunately the weather has just not cooperated on days I finally had time to film. This past month has actually been extremely rainy in Montreal (as in three times the normal amount of rain for this time of the year), and since I rely on natural lighting to film my videos it has been quite frustrating to say the least! I finally caught a ray of sunshine this past weekend and started setting up, and then of course the clouds came rolling in just as I was about to hit record... so I resorted to turning my ceiling light on to get me through. Lighting aside, I hope you still enjoy this video as I had lots of things to share (pun intended)!

Epic Empties | Summer 2016 Edition - YouTube

Products Mentioned:


- HAIR -

Hask Kalahari Melon Oil Color Protection Shampoo* (review)
Hask Kalahari Melon Oil Color Protection Conditioner* (review)
Hask Kalahari Melon Oil Color Protection Deep Conditioner* (review
Tresemmé Beauty Full Volume Step 1 Pre-Wash Conditioner* (review)
Tresemmé Beauty Full Volume Step 2 Shampoo* (review)
Arbonne Pure Vibrance Lustre Fortifying Shampoo* (review)
Arbonne Pure Vibrance Fortifying Crème Conditioner* (review


- MAKEUP -

Lioele Triple The Solution BB Cream (review)
La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur* (video demo) (review)
Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara*
blinc Mascara Amplified* (review)
Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Mascara* (review)
blinc Eyebrow Mousse in Light Brunette* (review)
La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Creme* (review)


- SKINCARE -

Dr. Bronner's Pure Castille Soap in Rose
Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub (review similar product) 
Paula's Choice Calm Redness Relief Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin* (review)
Paula's Choice Calm Redness Relief Serum for All Skin Types* (review)
Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash* (review)
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution (review)
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF 60* (review)
Dermalogica PowerBright TRx Pure Light SPF 50* (review)
Aesthetic Hydration Cosmetics Hydration Gen Mask*
My Beauty Diary Bulgarian White Rose Mask
Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orande Body Butter (review)
B Spa by Bon Vital Pomegranate & Açaí Berry Sugar Scrub* (review)
I Love... Vanilla & Ice Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Crème* (review)
Pearl & Daisy Veranda Lemon Verbena & Thyme 100% Natural Artisanal Soap* (review)

- RANDOM -

Now Solutions Xyliwhite Platinum Mint Toothpaste Gel (hauled)

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