Hey guys! I've got another Adult Toy Review for you guys today, but this one is extra exciting because the lovely people over at LELO have given me the opportunity to host a giveaway for you guys as well! Because I really love sharing the love and I've gotten so excited about really encouraging empowerment when it comes to our own sexuality as women, I'm really, really excited to share my review of the LELO MIA 2 Personal Massager* and host this giveaway!
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With a sculpted tip for accurate external stimulation, MIA 2 has a discreet lipstick design for spontaneous pleasure, whenever and wherever you like. USB Rechargeable with travel lock makes MIA 2 the ultimate travel companion. 6 vibration patterns with adjustable strength that let you find your perfect level of clitoral stimulation.
I feel like a bullet style vibrator is the perfect starting point when it comes to vibrators and I think it tends to be the first type of vibe that a lot of women buy, but that doesn't mean that it's only for beginners. The slim, inconspicuous design and ease of use makes a bullet a good go to for when you don't want to fuss with something complicated.
I love the design of the LELO MIA 2. It's slim and sleek with 2 button controls and a hidden USB connector to ease charging. The outer of the bullet is a smooth, hard plastic that doesn't have that lovely soft touch feeling of some other LELO toys I've loved, but still feels good and is incredibly easy to clean. As you can see in the photo below, it's small enough to slip into your bag without anyone being the wiser and could easily pass for a liptick tube at a glance. This is also available in sleek black, which I think I would personally prefer to the pink since it would make it even more discreet and sleek, but I have to say the pink is pretty cute.
One end is rounded tip and has the most intense vibration (obviously where the motor is located), while the other end has a flat angled tip that has a much gentler vibration. Since I prefer a more intense, targeted vibration I prefer to use the rounded tip personally, but I like that it's versatile because it would be quite easy for someone starting out with these types of toys - important for a bullet, in my opinion.
The two button controls on the side of the bullet are really easy to use. The + sign turns the toy on and holding it down will switch it into the pattern mode so that you move through the 6 vibration patterns to find the one that works for you. The + and - signs also allow you to choose the intensity that you prefer from something very gentle to something more intense. I would say that the motor in this is moderately powerful, not going to blow you away with intensity but certainly strong enough to get the job done. Like I said, I like an intense vibration so I tend to set this at it's highest setting and it find it really effective.
Overall, you guys, I think this is a fantastic bullet and a really, really great option for someone looking for a luxury bullet. While you can certainly get a bullet at a lower price point, I think that the quality and performance of this one really make the price point worth it. It's got plenty of power to get the job done and the fact that it's rechargable, waterproof, and really sleek and subtle really makes it worth it to me.
Wanna try it? Enter below for a chance to win a LELO MIA 2 Personal Massager. One winner. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents of legal age in their province or territory. Giveaway ends June 30, 2018 at 12:00AM EST.
Any regular readers of this blog know that sun protection is really important to me and one of the issues that I push pretty strongly - both here on the blog and in my real life with my friends and family. There is no question (regardless of the internet trying to create some) that the sun can be dangerous and that we need to protect ourselves from it, not just for beauty purposes but for health. A year ago today I did a super post that is filled with information about the different types of sunscreen, why it's important and the myths about it. If you're interested in reading that, you can check it out here. For the first day of summer this year, I wanted to focus on sun protection again with Live Clean, one of my forever go to brands, and I've got a sweet little GIVEAWAY for you guys as well!
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Every summer, whether I'm heading out to the beach or pool or just hanging out in my back yard, I'm making sure that I'm protected and Live Clean has consistently been a brand that I personally reach for when it comes to protecing my skin. All of their formulas are mineral (rather than chemical - check out my super post linked above if you're curious about what that means), 98% naturally derived, non-whitening, non-greasy, and easy to apply. They also have their After Sun 98% Aloe Vera, which is absolutely lovely - and sometimes necessary even for someone like me whose obsession with SPF is the stuff of legend.
Live Clean SPORT 30SPF Mineral Sunscreen Spray*
New to the line up this year are two sunscreen sprays and I really couldn't be more excited. Though I don't mind rubbing a lotion SPF into my skin, I know that there are a lot of people who find that tedious and are much more likely to use sunscreen if it's available in an easy to apply spray. A lot of the sprays I've seen have been chemical sunscreens, so I love that we're seeing more brands going the mineral route with spray formulas since that is definitely my personal preference. And this one is SOLIDLY good, you guys. It has a slightly lower SPF, which means that you will have to apply a little bit more frequently, but it's so easy to apply that I don't personally have any problem with that. Also available in their Kids formula, I think this is phenomenal and seriously affordable option!
I feel like Live Clean really gets it done when it comes to their sun protection products. They have 45SPF lotions for Sport, Baby, and Face, have recently added their Baby and Sport sprays, and also have their After Sun 98% Aloe Gel, so I feel like you're covered with this line. They're also widely available and really affordable, which I think is definitely a huge plus for families specifically. Basically, they've got everything you need for a day out in the sun.
The lovely folks over at Live Clean have been kind enough to offer another Giveaway for my readers - always exciting, right? Enter below to win 1 of 3 prize packs featuring the Live Clean FACE 45SPF Mineral Sunscreen Lotion and the Live Clean After Sun 98% Aloe Vera Gel!
Giveaway is open to Canadian residents. Must be of legal age to enter. Giveaway ends June 29, 2018 and 12:00AM.
I've always really enjoyed Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula products, so when I had the opportunity to try out some body and skin care products from Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula*, I was really excited to get my hands on them. Coconut is one of my favorite scents for body care during the summer months because it will forever make me think of being at the lake - particularly of a leave in conditioner that I used to use obsessively back in my early 20s after the beach - but it has to be done right. Anyone who loves coconut scents has to know what I mean, right?
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Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula products contain ethically and sustainably sourced Coconut Oil and Tahitian Monoï Oil, infused with Tiaré flower petals. These raw, natural ingredients deliver luxuriously rich moisturisation for decadantly pampered skin.
Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Body Lotion*
This lotion contains high levels of naturally occurring fatty acids and proteins essential to keeping skin radiant and healthy looking. Rich without being too heavy or thick, this applies really smoothly to the skin and sinks in quickly to leave skin feeling soft without any stickiness or residue, making it a perfect daytime body lotion. When I apply this, I have no issue getting dressed 2-3 minutes later. It also packs a really strong punch of hydration that really lasts and keeps my skin feeling moisturized for the promises 24 hours. And really, while this is a really solid body lotion, the best part for me is the scent. Like I said, coconut scents have to be done right Palmer's absolutely nailed it with this one. It has that rich coconut scent with the added Tahitian Monoi Oil to give a really bang on beachy coconut scent that I'm just completely enamoured of.
Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Body Oil*
Body oil has become a complete summer necessity for me - particularly this year for some reason - so this was really welcomed to my collection. This promises to deeply hydration and improve skin's radiance for 24 hours - and I love it. For me, a body oil really has to sink into the skin because I absolutely do not have time for a slimy mess all over my skin and this really does sink in fairly quickly while leaving my skin looking really hydrated and radiant. I love that it has a pump top rather than a mister because I can be targeted in my application and can even add this to the body lotion to give it a little extra boost of hydration. When it comes time to wear a little less clothes and get your skin out there, I think a body oil like this one is a great option to really give that healthy, glowing look to the skin that always looks so covetable on red carpets and lingerie models. (I'm shaking my head at myself for that one!) Added bonus, this has that same incredible scent that I love so much.
Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Luminous Hydration Facial Oil*
I know a lot of people just put straight up coconut oil on their faces, but that has never been my jam because I not only find it too heavy but it also really clogs my pores. Because this is actually a blend of 9 different oils, I find it applies a lot lighter and sinks into the skin and I haven't been struggling with clogged pores since I've been using it. (I would say, though, that if you are going to use a coconut oil product on your face, do be aware that coconut oil is comedogenic and can clog pores - the more you know!) I really, really like this facial oil - though I do think that I'll personally like it more in the colder months when I need a real extra punch of hydration because for me this is a little bit heavier than I prefer in my summer skin care routine. That said, this is a lovely oil, it sinks into the skin well, smells amazing, and leaves my skin looking and feeling really hydrated in the morning - because, yes, I do use this only at night. It's also a great oil to add in to a moisturizer. All you have to do is add a drop, mix it together, and apply to the face and you're going to get that added hydration without any heaviness.
For such affordable products, these have really impressed me. If you're into a gorgeous coconut scent and looking for solid hydrating products, I definitely think Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula is worth taking a look at!
Wanna try it? If you're over 18 and live here in Canada, enter below for a chance to win 1 of 3 prize packs containing all three of these products!
More and more, we're finally seeing drugstore brands releasing larger palettes and I really feel like it's the right time because we're also seeing huge improvements in more affordable eyeshadow formulas. Very recently, CoverGirl released two new palettes - both of them scented - and I decided without question to pick up the CoverGirl TruNaked Peach Punch Palette. I'd only ever tried one of the TruNaked palettes before, The Goldens, and I was really overall impressed with both the curation and the formula so it was a no brainer that I'd want to try out this one.
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Now, obviously this palette has taken some inspiration from the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette - always a favorite of mine - and since I have both I will get into the whether or not this is a dupe a little bit later in the review. For now, I want to talk about the curation of this palette. Because it is only 8 shades, they obviously had to pick and choose the shades for this palette and I feel like they did a good job. With four shimmer shades, three true mattes, and one matte with fine shimmers in it, I think you have a good selection of finishes and I also think that the shades that were ultimately chosen do make this palette quite versatile for being so much of exactly what it is - does that make sense? I feel like some palettes are going to stay close to one sort of vibe and not have a lot of versatility outside of that vibe and I think this is definitely one of those palettes.
If you look closely, you can see that this palette is literally divided into two quads - and I don't think that's an accident. You could easily use them as they're broken up and get really pretty looks. In fact, when you look at the right side of the palette and consider doing a really simple two shadow look using the matte shade at the end in the crease and any of the shimmery shades all over the lid, it's kind of a no brainer. With the left side of the palette, I think it would work best to build up the crease with the matte shades and then add the pink shade all over the lid for a look with more dimension. Either way, I think the way they laid out this palette was really smart - and not at all by accident.
I have to say, I really like the formula in this palette and I actually think it's an improvement on the formula in The Goldens palette. All of the shadows in this palette have a very soft, silky formula like the older palettes did, but I find that these ones are more saturated with pigment and stick to the skin better than the older ones did. To confirm this, I actually did do a look with the Goldens palette in the course of testing this and I found that I did definitely find this palette performed better. All of that being said, these shadows do still have some fallout and I would recommend using a primer to really maximize the colour payoff and staying power.
The shades in this palette don't have names unfortunately, so I'm just going to talk about them in order from left to right.
Shade 1 is a peachy cream shade that's a little too dark for the brow bone on my fair skin but works really beautifully as a transition for me. It's a little bit bunchy when swatched but applied with a brush it's really gorgeous.
Shade 2 is a gorgeous pink with a strong gold sheen that gives it more of a coral appearance when applied. It's really silky and smooth and packs onto the lid really beautifully - though I would recommend applying it wet to really get the most of the gold reflect.
Shade 3 is a deep, neutral matte brown that I think is necessary in this palette and helps make it a little bit more versatile if you're wanting to try some non-peach eye looks. It's really smooth, really pigmented, and blends out really nicely on the lids.
Shade 4 is a true peach matte base with really fine pink shimmers in it that disappear on application. This is one of those shades that, for all intents and purposes, is a matte. It's a gorgeous first crease shade and there's no doubt that you're creating a peachy look when you use this shade.
Shade 5 is a golden peach shimmer shade that is probably my personal favorite lid shade in this palette. It's got an absolutely beautiful shine to it and really brings light to the lid.The formula is really good, smooth and pigmented, but it definitely works best when packed onto the lid wet. Shade 6 is a blackened berry shimmer shade that actually does maintain some of that berry if you pack it on wet. This type of shade isn't my personal favorite, because it doesn't end up with as much punch on the lids as in the pan, but it's pretty and it has a nice formula. It actually does maintain that shine and some of that berry as long as you pack it on wet and don't blend it out too much.
Shade 7 is your absolutely necessary bronze shimmer shade - midtoned and carrying a ton of shine. For me in the summer this is the kind of shade that I reach for a lot to apply all over the lid and blend up into the crease for a tried and true summer look. The formula on this one is great - really smooth, really pigmented. No complaints.
Finally, Shade 8 is a sort of reddish brick brown matte and it's an absolute stunner. To add some really warm depth into the crease, this shade works brilliantly. I would say this does have the most fall out of any of the matte shades and does kick up when you put the brush into it, but it applies and blends really smoothly with strong pigmentation.
As you can see below, these are pretty solid colour dupes overall, but there are definitely some differences. Shade 1 is very similar but a hair darker than Peaches & Cream. Shade 2 is very similar but a hair darker and a little bit more coral than Just Peachy, which pulls a little bit more pink. Shade 3 is a little bit darker than Charmed, I'm Sure. Shade 4 is most similar to Candied Peach, but it's still quite different. Candied Peach is has a lot more orange in it and is quite a bit more bold and saturated. Shade 5 is very similar to Bellini, though it's more of a peach shade while Bellini has more pink. Shade 6 is pretty much a bang on dupe to Peach Pit, though I actually find that it holds more of the berry tones in application. Shade 7 is another pretty much bang on dupe to Caramelized both in colour and in formula. And finally, Shade 8 is really similar to Summer, which is just a little bit deeper.
Before I compare the formulas, I feel like I absolutely must compare the scents. I'm just going to be really straight up - the Sweet Peach Palette with it's peach candy scent smells a lot better to me than the Peach Punch Palette, which to me smells like.... sort of a peach scented plastic toy or sticker. There's just something extra synthetic about it to me and I can't entirely say that I enjoy it. Still, it's a cool novelty and I don't find that it lingers once applied, so I'm fine with it. It's not a selling point for me personally, though.
I feel like you can tell just from the side by side swatches that there are differences in the formulas, even though a lot of the shades are extremely similar to each other. I think the differences are a lot less noticable in the formula of the shimmer shades, which both have a very soft, smooth texture and pack a lot of punch. I do feel like you can get away with using the shimmer shades from the Sweet Peach Palette dry and get a lot more impact though. The biggest differences for me are in the matte shades. In the Sweet Peach Palette, the mattes are more pigmented and have a lot more cling to the skin than in the Peach Punch Palette. I absolutely enjoy both formulas, but I do think that Too Faced does edge out CoverGirl for me - as it should, considering the price difference.
Overall, I have to say that I'm really, really excited about both this palette and this shadow formula. I really feel like CoverGirl is stepping it up with their new rebranding and new product releases and I'm excited to see what they come out with next. For now, though, I think this is a fantastic drugstore alternative to the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette - at a much more affordable price point. It's solid in both formula and curation and I've really been enjoying using it.
The CoverGirl TruNaked Peach Punch Palette is becoming widely available now and retails for around $10-12CAD.
Hey guys! For this week's Mani Monday, I have to admit that I was in a bit of struggle. I've teamed up with Jayne and Renee yet again for some Fruit themed nails and as soon as it was decided, I knew exactly what I wanted to do... but of course, knowing what you want to do doesn't entirely mean that it's going to work out. Admittedly, I'm not the hugest fan of how either of these mani's turned out - though that's more from a technical, polish standpoint than a design standpoint since I'm still learning a lot of nail art techniques.
Still, I wanted to share what I came up with so keep reading to check it out!
As soon as the theme was Fruit, I knew that I was finally going to put the Born Pretty Store BP-L076 stamping plate to work. I was tempted to try the watermelon image, but I went for the pineapples because I knew that I could be a little bit more creative with it. Also, because there are so many different sizes of pineapple in this image, I was able to use it in a couple of different ways.
The first look I tried is this reverse stamped yellow and orange pineapple look that would have been absolutely dreamy if my top coat didn't bubble like crazy. This image really doesn't even show at all how bad the bubbling was in this mani.
Anyway, to get this look I stared with China Glaze For Audrey, which is a gorgeous Tiffany box blue shade. Because I was using Yellow Stopper to grab the reverse stamped images and it does have a cool tone to it, I added it to all four nails so that they would be uniform - hence the difference in how the polish looks on my nails and in the bottle. For the pineapples, I used Bundle Monster Straight Up Black for the stamp and filled in using a dotting tool. The polishes I used are Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Glow With It and Dreamsicle as well as essence Island Hopping. Like I said, I used Yellow Stopper for my sticky base and I finished with one coat of Cutex Quick Dry Top Coat and one coat of Seche Vive - which I think do not play well together because BUBBLES GALORE. Still, I think it's overall pretty cute!
After my little perfectionist heart couldn't handle the bubbles anymore I knew I wanted to try something else and I knew that I didn't have a lot of time - enter the holo smoosh mani and a little bit more reverse stamping.
For this look, I started with a base of Color Club Cloud Nine - basically a magical pale lavender holo - on all of my nails. Once that was dry, I applied cuticle barrier and went in to smoosh Color Club Cloud Nine, Miss Bliss, and Angel Kiss. I love a holo smoosh because you get good impact even in flat light (as picutred above) and then in full light you get such stunning rainbow (as pictured below). On most of my nails, I just straight up stamped the pineapple design using Bundle Monster Straight Up Black, but on my ring finger I decided to do some more reverse stamping using Miss Bliss and Angel Kiss along with Yellow Stopper for my sticky base. I finished this mani with a generous coat of Seche Vive. As much as like this, I feel like I liked the first look better - other than the bubble disaster.
Two things that I've definitely learned as I've been playing in the world of nail art is that 1) it doesn't always work out the way you hoped, and 2) sometimes it takes A LONG TIME to get those perfect mani's that you see online with lots of trial and error. I didn't quite have time to get it perfect on this one, but I'm not entirely mad at the mani's - and who doesn't love pineapples for the summer?
I have to say, I've definitely been trying more and more to dip my toes into trying out vinyl nail stencils recently since they're such a versatile way to create nail art. With Canada Day coming up, I definitely wanted to put together some great nail art to celebrate and I was super excited to get the chance to try out the Whats Up Nails Canadian Flag Nail Stencils* - and to share the wealth with some of my readers!
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The Whats Up Nails Canadian Flag Nail Stencils* contain 20 maple leaf stencils in two different sizes. Because you can also use the center part of the stencil as either a decal or a negative space stencil, these are definitely versatile and one package will give you a lot of mani options. I also like that when I look at these I clearly see Canada Day nail art, but I also feel like they could work really well with some warm polishes for fall nail art.
I found these incredibly easy to use, personally, and I'm still not the most proficient when it comes to using nail vinyls. They apply really easily and the edges adhere to the nails smoothly and hold well in place while you apply polish. They also remove really easily and I didn't have any issues with them tearing or lifting my base polish when I removed them. Overall, I really think that these are a phenomenal option both for the experienced nail artist as well as the nail art novice.
For this mani - pretty impactful, super easy, and very, very Canadian - I started with two coats of Crayola + Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Wild Strawberry on my first and pinkie fingers and topped them with Seche Vive Quick Dry Top Coat. For my two accent nails, I applied first one coat of Sinful Colors Snow Me White (So opaque!) and then topped it with a coat of Essie Gel Couture in Picture Perfect for a little bit of subtle shimmer. I applied a coat of Seche Vive to both nails and let it dry completely. Because I was a little bit pressed for time, I actually went the decal route with my Whats Up Nails Canadian Flag Nail Stencils and use the larger maple leaf on my middle finger and the smaller maple leaf on my ring finger. I smoothed the decals out by pressing a makeup sponge to the top of the nail so that everything was well adhered to the nail. Finally, I finished with two more coats of Seche Vive to get a really smooth, high shine finish.
Wanna try out the Whats Up Nails Canadian Flag Nail Stencils*?
The people over at Nail Polish Canada were kind enough to offer a code for a free pack of these stencils for the first 10 people to use it! Click here to head over to the Nail Polish Canada website, add the vinyls to your cart, and then use the code E3KRG5Q9Z at checkout to get your vinyls for free! Simple as that! Like I said, this code will only work for the first 10 people, so if you're interested in trying these out... Hurry!! (Hurry hard! ... Bad Canadian joke, anyone?)
Honestly, guys, I have the sneaking suspicion that in the near future I'm definitely going to be getting more and more into nail vinyls. I think my favorite thing about them is that I'm not limited by polish formula the way that I am with stamping and they leave a lot of room for creativity!
Don't forget to head over to Nail Polish Canada to be one of the 10 people to get their hands on a free set of vinyls! Good luck!
In the colder months, for me, it's all about keeping my hair sleek and polished, but as soon as the weather gets warm I'm all about beachy texture and that kind of undone, easy going look. To get that, for the past several years I've been using a salt spray to add texture and definition to the hair and to help maintain waves after drying it in a braid or bun. So clearly I was excited to try out the Harmony + Blossom Jasmine & Sea Salt Hair Mist*. I've tried a lot of salt sprays in my hair, some with great results and others not so great, so I was looking forward to seeing how this one stacked up.
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If you're unfamiliar with Harmony + Blossom, it's a female founded Canadian brand that was started to encourage women to focus on self care. Clearly all of these things are huge plusses in my book, since I love supporting women owned brands, Canadian brands, and I'm a huge advocate for taking time in your life to practice self care. As women, I think a lot of us end up focusing on our care for others more than ourselves, so it's important to set aside some time in your day to do something just for you - for me, and many other women, that can really be a beauty regimen that makes you feel good.
This naturally fragrant Jasmine Sea Salt Hair Mist will bring vitality to flat, limp hair and leave hair looking fresh and voluminous. The combination of water, jasmine floral water, and Atlantic sea salt work together to give you effortless, beach-ready waves while the Aloe Vera soothes the scalp and tames frizz.
The first thing that struck me about the Harmony + Blossom Jasmine & Sea Salt Hair Mist* (adter the beautiful branding and packaging design) was the scent. I'm a bit obsessive about the smell of the products I put in my hair and I immediately wanted to put this floral mist into my hair if only for the scent of it. This is definitely not your grandmother's floral, but it's quite a strong scent so if you don't like scented products or specifically don't like the scent of jasmine I would say this might not be for you. It is definitely for me though and I love getting a whiff of my hair throughout the day when I use this product.
One issue that I tend to have with salt spray is that it can be very drying, but I feel like the addition of the aloe to this formula helps to balance that out and I don't find this to be overly drying it my hair. That said, I do add some hydration to my hair with an oil after washing and then apply this to dry hair so that I'm getting the best of both worlds.
This product dispenses in a really fine mist and I feel like it really doesn't overwhelm the hair when applied. I like to hold it about 12-18 inches from my hair to really disperse the product and then scrunch and twist my hair between each spray to get the most texture. This definitely isn't a sticky or crunchy hair mist and once it's dry I find that it offers really lightweight light hold that gives some texture without it looking or feeling like you have product in the hair. As far as adding texture, I would say that this is sort of medium. It'll add definition to what you have but it isn't going to add a bunch of waves to straight hair or anything like that. I also thing it's important to not fuss too much with this. Apply it, work it in and then leave it alone because it is so lightweight and doesn't add a lot of hold, it can end up losing its hold once you mess with your hair too much.
Overall, I feel like this is a nice salt spray and I will definitely continue to use it throughout the summer to get that easy going texture that I love so much during the warmer months, but I don't think I would personally buy it again because this isn't the type of product that I prioritize at a luxury price point. For me, the scent is definitely my favorite thing about this because it's so delicate and lovely to me and I really enjoy that it lingers in my hair and provides a nice smell to me throughout the day. I would recommend this for someone who's looking to add texture without heaviness or overdrying, particularly someone who already has wavy or curly hair and just wants to get a little bit of definition and hold. If you're like me with pin straight hair, this definitely works best after adding some wave to the hair with braids.
Hey guys! For this week's Mani Monday, I wanted to experiment with some nail vinyls that I picked up on a whim at the dollar store. I'm also collaborating with Jayne (Cosmetic Proof) and Renee (See The World In Pink) again for this week's mani and the theme we decided to go with was purple - so for more purple nail art looks, head over and check out their blogs and social media!
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I wasn't really sure what to expect with these stencils - not only because nail supplies from the dollarstore can be pretty terrible, but also because I'm not all that experienced with using vinyls and I've struggled with them in the past. However, these actually worked really well. They adhered to the nails really evenly and removed smoothly without any issues of bleeding. Really, the only problem with these was that, like so many other cheap nail things, they're really narrow and because I have pretty wide nail beds I couldn't really do a whole handful of nails using these. Still, if you're interested in experimenting with stencils and are looking for something easily accessible and cheap, they could definitely be worth a look at.
With the theme for this week being purple, I wanted to step away from the really pastel purple nail looks I've been doing lately and go for something a little bit bolder. For my middle two fingers, I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Cherry Fast (an absolute favorite drugstore polish for me) because it dries super quickly and gives full opacity in one coat. To make sure that the stencils didn't mess up the base, I did apply a thin coat of Cutex Quick Dry Top Coat and let it dry completely before applying the stencils.
For the stenciled design and the rest of my nails, I reached for an absolutely stunning polish from Great Lakes Lacquer called In Brightness - and this polish is a stunner. It's described as a "soft purple linear holo with shifts of blue, pink, bronze, orange and green" and it's probably one of the most dynamic, interesting polishes in my entire collection. I'm actually really impressed with how well it showed up in the designs as well, because I generally need two coats for full opacity, but it's such a strong shade that it really pops. It really is polishes like this, with strong holo and such dynamic and interesting shifts to them, that really has me wanting to invest in more indie polishes.
My verdict after trying out the Sassy + Chic Nail Art Stencil Stickers from Dollar Tree is that I really should try out some more nail vinyls in the near future. I found them surprisingly easy to use and I like that I can basically use any polish in my collection for the design and don't have to rely on super pigmented polishes like I do with stamping. Can you see me stroking my curly mustache thinking about all of the things I want to buy and try?
Thanks for reading! Don't forget to head over and check out more purple nail art from Jayne and Renee as well!
Although I always think of makeup as a form of play and expression, summertime is when I'm definitely more likely to step outside of my neutral comfort zone and play with bolder, brighter colors and experiment with my makeup looks. This year, Avon has some great bright options for summer in their True Color line and I'm excited to share them with you guys.
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For Summer 2018, Avon True Color has released the Sunset Beach Face & Eye Palette*, which includes four shimmery eyeshadows and a blush, as well as the Tropical Breeze Multi-Liner Lip & Eye Pencils* available in 3 bold summer shades. I think these two releases offer some really great options for those of us who want to add some pops of colour but aren't sure about going too far into the bold and colourful.
Avon True Color Sunset Beach Face & Eye Palette*
Reg Price: $15CAD | Featuring blush and four eyeshadows, this palette makes a great pairing palette for those pops of colour and shimmer in tones that are very approachable. Though this is a compact palette, the pan sizes are quite generous with the blush containing 3.4grams of product and each eyeshadow containing 1.06grams of product. They're also all embossed with quite pretty, summery patterns into the powders themselves, which makes this a really pretty palette to look at.
The blush in Sunkissed is a lovely bright, cool toned pink that I think will be fairly universal to add a really pretty flush to the cheeks without being too much. I also personally think that the eyeshadow in Coral Reef makes a really beautiful blush and I've worn it as such a couple of times and loved the look.
The eyeshadow formula in this palette is actually really impressive to me. Sandy is a beautiful bronzey gold with a lot of glow, one of my favorite types of shades for summer eye looks. Sea Glass is a bright turquoise that really pops when applied wet and looks great as a pop of colour on the lower lash line. Coral Reef is a really lovely warm coral shade and probably my favorite in the palette because it's versatile for both eyes and cheeks. And, finally, Surfside is a deep mossy green shade that would make a gorgeous green smoky eye. The shadows are smooth and quite pigmented and I find that the pickup is quite good, though I would recommend using these with eyeshadow primer and applying them wet to get the most punch from them.
Avon True Color Tropical Breeze Multi-Liner Lip & Eye*
Reg Price: $9CAD SALE PRICE $4.99 |When I opened up these liners, I swear I was 100% intrgued. The packaging is straight up neon and I couldn't wait to see how they were going to apply. Bright liners are definitely a summer thing for me, and really the only time that I reach for pencil liners these days, and the two of the three shades in this line are so incredibly unique that I feel like Avon really stepped out of the box and went for it with this launch. Impressive!
I have to admit, the cold canary yellow of Key Lime is one that I really couldn't figure out what to do with so I haven't actually tried it yet outside of this swatch. Cool Waters is a beautiful bold blue that I personally love for the waterline during the summer and it looks really beautiful paired with Sea Glass from the Sunset Beach Palette. Finally, Strawberry Parfait is a warm pink that is probably my favorite of these three shades and perfect for a really bold summer lip look that doesn't lean too far into neon.
The formula on all three of these liners is really impressive. They're really creamy and pigmented and apply smoothly to both eyes and lips. I would say that the wear time is moderate on the ones that I tried - Cool Waters on the eyes and Strawberry Parfait on the lips - and I got a decent amount of wear but I wouldn't say that they were particularly long wearing, if that makes sense.
I have to say, I'm really, really impressed with what Avon has brought to the table with these two releases. I think the formulas are really solid - which particularly impresses me with the Sunset Beach palette since I've found that Avon eyeshadow formulas haven't been my favorite in the past - and the shades are both really bold but also really wearable (other than the yellow liner... still trying to figure out what I'm going to do with that. Overall, though, this is a really solid collection and something distinctly different for Avon.
These products are available now from your local Avon rep. Head over to Avon.ca or Avon.com for more info and to find a representative in your area!
Recently, I got to blind test out some eyeshadow palettes and there was a very clear winner from where I was standing so I really wanted to share it with you guys once I was able to unwrap it and confirm what it really was - the Rimmel Magnif'eyes Spice Edition Palette*. The Magnif'eyes palettes have been out for a while, but I hadn't ever tried them out for reasons that I'll get into a little bit later in my review, but as soon as I saw the color selection in this palette I was completely in for trying it out.
Keep reading for my full review of this palette!
I believe there are five versions of the Rimmel Magnif'eyes palettes at this point. There's the Nude, Blush, Smoke, and Color Editions along with this Spice Edition. Each palette contains 12 shadows curated to its theme. I've definitely heard this palettes talked about as dupes for the massively popular Urban Decay Naked palettes and looking at photos of the Naked Heat, I'd definitley say that this one is a very similar colour selection. I think that the similarities to the Naked palettes is actually why I hadn't ever tried any of these - I just don't like the Naked palettes, so dupes don't really appeal to me anymore. That being said, I was VERY tempted by the Naked Heat so I was happy to get to try out this much more affordable option - and not in the UD eyeshadow formula, which has just never been my favorite.
As you can see, the curation of this palette is really beautiful - and very, very similar to the Naked Heat palette. It has a good variety of matte and shimmer shadows with a good variation in depth. In fact, there's really only one thing that I would personally change about the curation of this palette and it's the white shimmer shade on the very left side of the palette. In this sea of really warm, spicy shades the white is so crisp and bright that I personally struggle to get it into an eyeshadow look without it looking just wrong. I wish they had gone for more of a creamy shade - either matte or metallic - that would have paired a little bit better with the rest of this palette.
When I'm trying out new palettes these days, there are a couple of things I'm looking for when it comes to textures. First, I want a creamy matte that isn't too thin or too thick and blends really smoothly over the lid. I feel like the drugstore is getting better and better at putting together these really beautiful matte shades these days and it's much easier to find good crease and blending shades at a more affordable price point than it used to be. The mattes is this palette are really, really beautiful. In fact, I think they may be my favorites in the drugstore at this point. They're creamy and find that balance where they're not thick, but they're also not powdery and do really stick to the skin. They blend and build really easily on me and I've been able to create some really beautiful looks using them as a foundation.
The second thing I look for when it comes to eyeshadow textures is with the shimmery and metallic shades. I've found that those really thick, dense formulas don't work for me. They look absolutely stunning in swatches but don't translate on the eye without having to do a lot of work and they end up creasing. I prefer a shadow that has the soft creaminess, but isn't as thick and picks up well with a brush, and again this formula really hits the mark for me. These shadows are super creamy and pigmented and pick up really well with a flat brush and pack onto the lid really full colour. I personally prefer to wet my brush when applying these, because I do feel like I get the most out of the shadows that way, but these also catch a lot of light and look really smooth when applied dry as well.
I feel like the swatches really underscore my one problem with the curation - that white is just too cool and too stark to go with the rest of this palette. But the next 11 shades in the palettes are all gorgeous and consistent in formula and work really well together. My only real issue with this palette is that I don't think it's as versatile as it could be - which I've actually found to be true for a lot of these really warm shadow palettes that stay very much in the same tone. Generally, you're going to end up with really similar feeling looks from this type of palette. That being said, it's a gorgeous, very much on trend look and it's one that I personally gravitate towards often.
Overall, I really, really love this palette and I think it might be one of my favorite recent drugstore finds - and it really makes me glad that I didn't go out and buy the Urban Decay Naked Heat as I was tempted to do, because this gets it done and these formulas are really bang on for my taste.
If you're in the market for a warm drugstore palette and your taste in eyeshadow formulas is similar to mine, I would 100% recommend you run out and pick this up because it's a gorgeous, afforable option that I think you'll probably love as much as I do! I believe this palette is widely available now wherever Rimmel is sold!
Thanks for reading!
*Palette was received for free.
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