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A while back I decided to purchase a gift set of RMS Luminizers, which included its top seller, the Living Luminizer, as well as the Magic Luminizer and a limited edition Gold Luminizer that is exclusive to the set. The Living Luminizer in particular has been extremely popular lately and always appears to be sold out. I figured I’d give them a try and see whether they were worth the hype. So did they live up to their expectations? Keep reading to find out!

Overview

As I mentioned before, I bought these RMS Luminizers as a gift set. I got all three with a brush (which I will not discuss because I never use it and find it to be of low quality) for $100 CAD from Beautylish. If I remember correctly, the Living and Magic Luminizers are available to purchase individually for about $47 CAD. The Gold Luminizer is not available individually.

The RMS Luminizers are made with castor and coconut oil and are meant to be used for more natural looks, so they provide more of a sheen rather than a glittery, metallic, highlighted look. They are packaged in little pots which may seem unhygienic to some, however because of the way they’re formulated, I believe that using your fingers is the best way to use these products.

Application & Wear

The Living and Gold Luminizers have very similar textures. They’re both very balmy, sheer, and easy to blend. The Living Luminizer is the most toned-down out of all 3 highlighters included in the set. It has an opalescent look to it once it’s blended onto the skin. The Gold Luminizer definitely reflects more of its pigment but is still very subtle.

The Magic Luminizer is quite different from the other two. Its texture is not as balmy; in fact it feels almost grainy. It has more pigment, and it’s not as easy to blend out. It’s the most intense one out of the 3, however I still wouldn’t consider it to be a blinding highlight. It looks very metallic on the skin, and in some angles it can look nice, however I really don’t like how chunky the formula is.

All three RMS Luminizers heavily swatched.

In the image below, it is clear that all of these highlighters are very sheer and natural. The Living and Gold Luminizers look and feel like a gloss more than anything, although I prefer the look of the Gold Luminizer over the Living Luminizer. I find the Living Luminizer to be too balmy and sticky for my liking. The Magic Luminizer looks the most intense, but it was difficult to blend it out and sometimes looks blotchy on the skin.

Final Thoughts

I’m quite disappointed with the RMS Luminizers. I like subtle makeup and I usually go for a subdued look, however these highlighters just didn’t wow me and were not very convenient to use either. The Living Luminizer, their best seller, almost felt like glorified Vaseline with some shimmer. The Magic Luminizer didn’t have a pleasant texture. I would recommend trying the Colourpop highlighter in Wisp for something similar with a better texture and is significantly more affordable. The only one I use on a regular basis is the Gold Luminizer, which unfortunately is not available to purchase separately.

I wouldn’t recommend these highlighters given that they are very expensive for what they are. I also think that the coconut oil has been breaking me out on my cheekbones, so that’s something to consider as well before giving into the hype.

Have you tried any of the RMS Luminizers?

What are some of your favourite natural highlighters?

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I’m not one to rush out and buy many items that were made in collaboration with beauty Youtubers, but there are some that I’m more than willing to support. PatrickStarrr is definitely one of them. I love his over-the-top aesthetic, his personality, and most of all, I love that he’s also a fellow Filipino! There were two products in his collaboration that I was mostly interested in. The first one being the Set Powder, which is probably the most popular product of the line, and the second one being a lipstick named after his mom called ‘Mamastarrr’. What are my thoughts? Keep reading to find out!

MAC x PatrickStarrr Set Powder

The PatrickStarrr Set Powder retails for $38 CAD and comes with 30 g/1.01 oz of product. It claims to be a ultra-fine translucent powder used to set makeup in place. The powder itself has a slight peachy tint to it and has somewhat of a brightening effect if used for baking. For the purpose of this review, I’ve compared the PatrickStarrr powder to my all-time favourite setting powder by Laura Mercier, which is $47 CAD and comes with the same amount of product.


Left: Laura Mercier (LM) Translucent Loose Setting Powder. Right: MAC x PatrickStarrr Set Powder Texture + Formula
Left: LM Setting Powder. Right: MAC x PatrickStarrr Set Powder

The Laura Mercier (LM) powder has a very pale yellow/beige tint to it while the PatrickStarrr powder is more peachy/pink. I find that the LM powder is more dense and smooth whereas the PatrickStarrr powder is more fine, but not as smooth.

Application & Wear

I don’t usually apply too much powder under my eyes, but I packed both of them on just for comparison’s sake. Because the LM powder has a dense texture, I could pick up more of it on a brush and apply it quite heavily with ease. The LM powder blurs out my pores very well and also sets my makeup nicely. I find that it also has a slight brightening effect if I apply it heavily. I feel like the LM powder can be slightly too drying to use during the colder months, but I like to use it anyway whenever I need to keep my makeup in place for hours at a time.


LM Setting Powder applied heavily to set concealer

The PatrickStarrr powder took a little more effort to build up powder because of it’s loose and fine texture. Because of this, I had a hard time trying to apply the powder evenly on the parts that I wanted to set. This powder brightens up the under-eye area as well, slightly more than the LM powder. It also smooths out my skin texture but it can look a bit dry and crepey if you’re not careful. Unfortunately, even when I apply this powder heavily under my eyes to bake, my concealer still creases a couple hours later.


MAC x PatrickStarrr Powder applied heavily to set concealer. Flash Test
Left: MAC x PatrickStarrr Powder. Right: LM Setting Powder.

The PatrickStarrr powder did not appear to have cause any flashback/white-cast. The LM powder is always highly recommended because it supposedly does not cause any flashback, however I find that it does give off a very slight white-cast on my skin if I don’t brush off all the powder properly (as you can see on my right eye under my eyebrow).

MAC x PatrickStarrr Lipstick in Mamastarrr

The only lipstick I picked up from the MAC x PatrickStarrr collaboration was ‘Mamastarrr’, which is a warm, muted, deeper peach/brown shade with a satin finish. I figured this would look very flattering on my skin tone and would also be appropriate for every day wear. I would’ve liked to get ‘Patrick Woo’, which is Patrick’s version of the classic ‘Ruby Woo’, however I own too many reds and never wear them.


MAC x PatrickStarrr Lipstick in ‘Mamastarrr’

The lipstick glides on beautifully across the lips – no tugging due to its creamy texture. It is opaque enough to deliver the right amount of pigment on the lips, however I like how it isn’t so opaque that it looks like I just slathered some thick paint on my lips. It didn’t sink into the lines of my lips nor did it feather. I didn’t have to use a lip liner to make this work on my skin tone. Because it has a satin formula it does transfer, however unlike some matte lipsticks, it fades evenly as it wears so it doesn’t clump up on the inside and corners of the mouth. Overall I find it to be a very flattering shade that is easy to work with.

Of course, I had to compare ‘Mamastarrr’ to all the other darker nudes in my MAC collection. I thought it would be much closer in shade to ‘Taupe’, however I think that it actually is much more comparable to ‘Persistence’. However, ‘Persistence’ has a matte finish and is slightly less pink. ‘Taupe’ is more orangey and doesn’t look as opaque as ‘Mamastarrr’. ‘Whirl’ is cooler, whereas ‘Retro’ is much more vibrant and ‘Verve’ is richer, cooler and deeper.

Final Thoughts

I’m pleased with the items I bought from Patrick’s collection. The LM powder is still my favourite, however the PatrickStarrr powder is a good option if you’re looking for something slightly more affordable for a mid-range product. I mean, it’s still a $40 powder, so please don’t think this is the best bang for your buck. I like it, however it’s just a little too powdery for my taste and I don’t like how it doesn’t keep my concealer in place for more than 2-3 hours. As for the lipsticks, I’m really glad that I picked up ‘Mamastarrr’. It’s a beautiful shade that is perfect for my every day look. Even though I have a few similar shades in my collection already, I like that it has a satin finish so that it doesn’t dry my lips out too much.

Would I recommend the products from Patrick’s line? I’m on the fence about it. The powder looked nice on my skin, however I don’t think it is anything particularly life changing. The lipstick is beautiful, but there are hundreds of similar shades out there that are probably more affordable and comes in several different textures, so it isn’t what I would call a unique product. If you want to support Patrick because you are a fan, I would say yes, go ahead and pick something up because they are good quality products. But if you’re just an average consumer looking to find the best product for a fair price, this collection isn’t one you would lose sleep over.

Have you tried anything from the MAC x PatrickStarrr collection?

Have you ever bought anything from a collaboration with a beauty influencer?

Let me know in the comments below!

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As you all know by now, I am a huge sucker for anything by NARS. One of my favourite foundations happens to be by NARS, so when I learned that they were releasing a brand new one, I immediately went to the Sephora site to get my grubby little hands on it. Unfortunately, I had to wait a couple of months before I could buy it since it was only released late last month on the Sephora website. But alas, I got it, I tried it, and now I have a review for it! If you are curious about my thoughts on this new foundation, please keep reading.

Overview

The NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation is available on the Sephora website for $60 CAD. There are 33 shades, mine being Stromboli. I noticed that this line has a few more shades than the Sheer Glow and All Day Luminous Weightless lines, meaning that more individuals can find a better match (hopefully). This makes sense given that many foundations these days are being released with extensive shade ranges, so NARS obviously made the right decision in order for them to remain competitive.

The packaging is stunning. It comes in a slim glass bottle, similar to the All Day Luminous Weightless packaging. It also comes with a pump which dispenses a small amount of product. I will get into why I appreciate this a bit later.

The foundation claims to be medium-full coverage, lightweight, longwearing (for up to 16 hours), fade-resistant, all while looking natural, smooth, and radiant.

Formula

This formula is thicker than the other NARS foundations I’ve tried. It’s creamy and can be spread out very easily. With one pump, I was able to cover half of my face and neck while achieving medium-full coverage. I was satisfied with the amount of coverage one layer gave. One thing I noticed was that this foundation really reminded me of the discontinued NARS Sheer Matte foundation, which I was a huge fan of. This is because I didn’t notice that my skin looked radiant or dewy when I first applied the foundation. In fact, I thought it looked quite matte. Despite this, it was still blendable even after it appeared to be “set”.

Application & Wear

As I mentioned previously, this foundation goes a long way. One pump of product can be blended very easily and can be stretched out as much as you’d like, all while achieving a medium coverage. I tried this foundation a few times and decided that anything more than one and a half pumps was too much for me. With two pumps, I found that it felt quite heavy on the skin even though it looked smooth and didn’t cling onto any dry patches. It looked natural on most areas of my face but if I wasn’t careful, I noticed that the areas around my mouth, nose, and between by brows looked cakey. My preferred method of application for this foundation is with a Beauty Blender rather than a brush, but that’s usually how I like to apply any foundation most of the time because I don’t really need full coverage.

I didn’t set my face with any powder (apart form the areas where I was adding bronzer) and the foundation stayed on well. The longest I wore the foundation was for a 10 hour work day. My face became more “radiant” the longer I wore it. It’s not that it looked bad, but I certainly could’ve done some blotting a couple of times throughout the day. The foundation transferred when I would touch my face, however I didn’t notice any fading. One thing I really didn’t like was how heavy the foundation felt on my skin the longer I wore it, but that was only the case when I used more than 2 pumps. In the images for this post, I only kept the foundation on for 8 hours. The foundation looked nice for the most part but it caked up quite a bit around my nose, which is something that normally doesn’t happen to me to that extent.

Bare face, no primer 1 layer of the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation in Stromboli. Used 2 pumps. Full face done Close up of foundation after finishing full face NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation in Stromboli after 8 hours of wear. Close up of NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation in Stromboli after 8 hours of wear. Shade Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in 6.0 vs Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Foundation in 290 vs NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation in Stromboli

Stromboli is described as “medium with olive undertones”. I chose Stromboli because that is the shade I had in the NARS Sheer Glow foundation, which matched me well. Unfortunately, I don’t have the Sheer Glow foundation in my collection anymore, so I compared this foundation to 2 other medium olive foundations in my collection. The Fenty Beauty foundation in the shade 290 is described as “medium to tan skin with neutral olive undertones” and the Giorgio Armani foundation in the shade 6.0 is described as “medium with golden undertones”. Compared to the Fenty foundation, the NARS foundation is lighter and looks more peachy, whereas the Giorgio Armani foundation looks slightly more neutral but has the same “depth” of colour. I thought that the NARS foundation was a good match for my skin tone at the moment. The Fenty foundation is too dark for me to use currently while the Giorgio Armani foundation is a good match.

Final Thoughts

I have mixed feelings about this foundation. On one hand, I like the shade, the finish, and how it applies. However, I’m not happy with how heavy it can feel at times and how cakey it gets around my nose. I think I will try wearing a primer underneath and use a setting spray to see if it makes a difference, however these days I don’t really like to add steps to my foundation routine. I also feel like wearing powder to set my face would make the foundation look too heavy.

I wouldn’t recommend this foundation to anyone who has oily skin as it might be a little too dewy as it wears. I would also caution those with dry skin to wear a moisturizing base before using this as it can look and feel a bit dry when it is initially applied. It’s an interesting formula, however I think this foundation needs to be babied a little too much for my liking.

Have you tried the new NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation?

Let me know your thoughts below!

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Is it just me, or does it really feel like the years just blow by the older we get? Seriously, 2017 came and went in, what felt like, a blink of an eye! I’m disappointed in how sporadically I posted throughout the year, and I truly apologize for my lack of activity on this blog. Even though it may not have seemed like it based on what I’ve shared, this year has been incredible. I had so many life changes happening, and while I don’t regret anything, I wish I was able to document it a little more with you guys. I want to commit to being a better blogger in 2018 and actually review more of what I’ve acquired, so please stay tuned for (hopefully) much more content in the new year.

To close this year off, I’m going to stick to a common tradition here in the beauty community by listing off my favourite products of 2017. Even though I got my hands on so many different products, there were a few products that really were my main squeezes throughout the year. These products were my fool-proof, go-to #1’s – and I’m almost certain that many of these also made it onto other people’s favourite lists for the year as well. If you’d like to know why I thought these products made it to my top list of the year, please keep reading!

Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Scandalust

I’ve only had this palette for a few months, however as soon as I got it I could not stop using it. The shades are perfect for the week days when I have to tone down my makeup at work, and there are also some shades I can use to make a very dramatic look. The quality of these shadows are just spectacular, and they’re also very easy to work with. But what makes it so different from all the other warm-toned palettes I have in my collection? Simply put, this palette doesn’t make things complicated for me. It has 7 shades; I know which ones I can use for a neutral look, and I know what I can use if I want something a little more edgy. Its ease of use, pleasant aesthetic, and portability is what made it one of my favourites of this year.

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Natural Black

2017 has been the year of the brow for me. I have been doing them fairly thick for the past little while, and I also played around with the shape of them. I struggled so much to get them to look the way I wanted them to (i.e. natural and thick), and as we all know, doing so is a tedious task. Cue the Hourglass brow pencil. It has been a life-saver on the days when I don’t have the time or the patience to perfect my brows, which I would say is the majority of the time. This pencil helps me to get a fuller, more natural look in under 5 minutes. The slim and long shape of the pencil really helps with cutting down the time to draw brows on. It is quite expensive however it comes with a decent amount of product, and anything that can buy time is well worth the money to me!

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiance Perfecting Pen in 3.5 Luminous Almond

I’ve always wanted to try this concealer out ever since I found out about it a few years ago. One major thing that held me back was its hefty price tag, however I decided to finally try it to see whether it was really all that and a bag of potato chips. Unfortunately for my wallet, I loved it. Although it doesn’t have the most pigmentation, it gives me just the right amount of coverage and brightness I need for an every day look. It also looks very natural and skin-like. Whenever I wear it, people never think I’m wearing makeup, and that’s the kind of look I strive for on a day-to-day basis.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Medium

I recently reviewed this product so I won’t go into too much detail, but this seriously is such a good concealer! It is creamy, extremely pigmented, blendable, and looks good whether you want a more natural look or prefer a flawless, airbrushed look. The hype machine really did good with this one y’all. 10/10 would buy again.

MAC Pro Longwear Blush in Eternal Sunshine

You know that fresh flush your face gets when you’ve had just the right amount of sun on a hot summer day? This blush is the essence of that, but in a powder form. If I could have that sunkissed flush look all days of the year, I would, hence why I can’t stop using this blush! I love how natural it looks on the skin and how much it livens up the face. Definitely an unsung hero!

Wayne Goss Brushes

I wrote a review on these brushes about a year ago, and I’m still a huge fan of them. I also bought the Air Brush from the line shortly after and it has also become a part of my daily rotation of brushes. They are a bit expensive, but they are some of the best brushes I own in terms of quality and price. I’ve been using them nonstop and they all still look and feel as perfect and soft as they were when I received them. If you are looking for some great quality natural bristle brushes, I highly recommend the ones by Wayne Goss.

Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter

This was part of my (mostly failed) Project Pan 2017, and although I didn’t finish it by the end of the year, I still managed to use up a decent amount and I still really do enjoy using it. I’m not sure why this product isn’t talked about more, it is perfect for giving your skin a luminous sheen without the sparkles and glitter. It is so easy to work with and clearly, it lasts forever!

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in 01

I received this as a sample with a Sephora order earlier this month, and I absolutely love it. Don’t let the name of this product fool you, it is absolutely not matte in the slightest. I think the best way to describe this product is the powder version of the Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter. It doesn’t have a foiled look, it has absolutely no glitter or sparkles in it, and it just gives your skin a luminous glow, all without looking powdery in the slightest. It’s more of a subtle highlight but it makes the skin look so beautiful. I love using this or the Benefit Watt’s Up on work days to brighten up my face and my mood!

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

This is another product that I’ve reviewed previously. I’m not surprised that this made my favourites list this year. This has been a foundation I’ve loved ever since I first tried it, and it’s always one that I compare other foundations to. It’s a no-frills product; I know that every time I use it, my skin will look beautiful, healthy, natural and flawless. I just wish it wasn’t so darn expensive!

NARS Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer in Casino

I just can’t give this bronzer a break, even though I’ve accumulated quite a few that I’ve liked over the past year. It isn’t the most pigmented bronzer I have, however I love it because of that. I can get fairly heavy-handed with my cheek products, and this bronzer is just so forgiving and looks natural and perfectly blended every time I use it. It’s one that I can rely on for giving my face just the right amount of colour and definition.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Bond Girl

The Matte Revolution line has definitely become one of my favourite lipstick formulations this past year. Specifically, the shade Bond Girl has become my go-to for my every day makeup looks, and for the times when I have absolutely no idea what to put on my lips. Bond Girl has the ability to transform my face into something fresh and natural yet sultry no matter what. In addition, the formula of these lipsticks are just fantastic. They are so comfortable on the lips, they aren’t drying and they wear very well throughout the day.

NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg Lip Tint in Double Decker

My makeup wish for 2018 is for NARS to bring back the Lip Tint formula and make it part of their permanent collection. This formula is my absolute holy grail for daily wear. The tint actually shows up and stays put, and the texture is so moisturizing and lightweight that it feels like you’re just wearing a lip balm. It’s not really a gloss, but it’s not a regular lip balm. It’s exactly what it says it is, a lip tint, and the most perfect one at that! I really enjoyed the shade Double Decker as it gave my lips the perfect hint of red. I really regret not purchasing the other two shades from the collection, and I’m praying to the makeup gods that this isn’t the end for this formula.

That brings us to the end of my final post for 2017! I’m so happy to have found so many great new products this year, and I’m also glad that some old favourites were able to stay at the top of my list for another year. I hope you guys enjoyed reading this! Please feel free to comment below on your favourite products from 2017. Thank you for those readers who have supported me this past year. I wish you all a happy and safe holiday and new year – I hope to have you back again in 2018!

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So after a very long break from YouTube, I’m back with a review, my first YouTube review of the Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation in the shade Sand! I hope you guys enjoy it, and please feel free to let me know what you all think about it.

TOO FACED PEACH PERFECT FOUNDATION | REVIEW + WEAR TEST - YouTube
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A couple of months ago, Glossier finally became available for Canadians to buy their products. If you’re not familiar with Glossier, it’s the epitome of minimalist beauty. All of their products cater to the “effortless but flawless” aesthetic, and they’re mostly very subtle – quite the opposite of the ubiquitous glam and glitz found on well-known Instagram beauty accounts. I’ve been really into the whole simple beauty routine lately, so I grabbed a few of Glossier’s fan favourites and tried them out for myself. Keep reading to learn more about my thoughts!

Glossier Stretch Concealer in Dark

This product is supposed to be a hydrating, buildable, and “flexible” in the sense that it is supposed to nourish the skin and make it look more supple and promote elasticity. This concealer is really great for the undereye area because that tends to be an area that gets dry and crepey easily. The coverage is quite light, and because it is so hydrating and light, it is undetectable on the skin. I’ve used this concealer to conceal some red spots on my face, and I found that it did a good job with neutralizing them but in a natural way. This is by no means a concealer that would coverage up any serious dark circles or blemishes, but on days where I just want to look a little more put together without looking like I’m wearing anything, this works great. I will say, however, that the shade range isn’t the best. I struggled between the shade Medium and Dark, but I went with Dark in the end because the shade Medium seemed too light. The jump between the shades is too great so Glossier should consider making some in-between shades. Luckily because it isn’t a very pigmented concealer, I can get away with using a darker shade, but sometimes I wish I had something a little more brightening for my undereyes.

Glossier Haloscope in Topaz

I was a little nervous when I picked this shade because I wasn’t sure if it would be too dark to use as a highlight. I didn’t go with Moonstone or Quartz because I felt like I already had some cream highlighters in my collection that were too similar to those. Luckily, Topaz worked perfectly for my skin tone. It appears to be pigmented when it’s first applied, however once it’s blended out it sheers out significantly. This highlight is very balmy and moisturizing. It has more of a sheen and wet-look rather than a shimmery, glittery highlight. Topaz in particular gives off more of a golden sheen that is very subtle. I wouldn’t recommend this to someone who likes a very intense, blinding highlight. This would work best for those who prefer something more natural and dewy as this product delivers just that.

Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk

I’ll be honest, the Cloud Paint really intimidated me when I first tried to use it. I picked the shade Dusk because I wanted something more neutral, therefore it would be less likely for me to screw it up noticeably on my face. Surprisingly, the Cloud Paint was really easy to work with. The shade is sheer but pigmented enough to show a hint of colour. It can also be spread out on the cheeks and blended without any effort. It’s slightly buildable but remains subtle no matter how much product you apply.

Glossier Boy Brow in Black

This was the product I was the most excited for. Boy Brow was the first product I heard about from Glossier, and because it was touted to be an affordable alternative to my beloved Benefit Gimme Brow, I wanted to see if it really was just as good. I picked up the shade Black and found that it suited my brows well. I think the Boy Brow gave my brows a thicker appearance and it did a good job keeping my brow hairs tamed, however I didn’t really like how much product was always on the brush. When I try to scrape off the globs of product, it makes the spout of the tube really messy and it doesn’t really get much off. In addition, for some reason I thought that the Boy Brow had some fibers in it to thicken the brows, however I don’t think that’s the case. I also wasn’t a fan of how easy it was to put a massive glob of product while combing through the brows. Honestly, I was a little disappointed with this product and I don’t think I’ll repurchase it.

Before and After

Left: Bare face. Right: Glossier Boy Brow, Stretch Concealer, Cloud Paint, and Haloscope.

As you can see from the before and after pictures, I think my makeup looks very natural – almost as if I didn’t put anything on. But my face looks more polished, in my opinion! I applied the Stretch Concealer under my eyes, around my nose, and a bit around my mouth then set it lightly with some loose powder. It’s hard to see where I applied the Haloscope (on my cheek bones, sides of forehead), but I found that it gave a very subtle golden sheen in person. The Cloud Paint gave me a beautiful faint flush of colour, which I adore, and the Boy Brow made my brows look more feathery and provided a slight tint. I did fill in my brows further with some brow powder but it’s not shown in the image above.

Final Thoughts

I really enjoy the products that I purchased, for the most part. My favourites are definitely the Cloud Paint and the Stretch concealer. My least favourite product out of the bunch is the Boy Brow, however I still like it – it just didn’t live up to my expectations.

I think Glossier as a brand would be perfect for those who prefer a more natural look and who don’t want to spend much time when applying makeup. These products can easily be applied with just your fingers, in fact they probably apply better with fingers! I usually go for these products on the days where I sleep in a little too much and I have to get to work in 15 minutes. It’s quick and easy and makes you look good enough. I’d say the hype is well deserved in this respect. However, if you’re the type of person who prefers makeup that is anything but subtle, Glossier makeup is not the brand you want to go for.

Have you tried anything my Glossier?

Let me know in the comments below!

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The other day I was invited to come into the Texture Hair Salon in Ottawa to get my hair styled by the wonderful Kelley. I had never been to Texture prior to this visit but I have heard many wonderful things about the salon, especially when it comes to colourful dye jobs.

The moment I arrived into the salon, I was immediately greeted by Kelley in a very warm and inviting manor. I really appreciated that because good customer service is always something I look for, especially in salons. Kelley sat me down at her chair and suggested a hair style involving big, voluptuous waves – it was like she read my mind! While she was doing my hair, I felt like she really took the time to get to know me and we had some wonderful conversations. I usually don’t like to have conversations while getting my hair done because I always feel awkward making small talk, but Kelley made me comfortable enough to have a pleasant and meaningful conversation that flowed very organically.

I asked Kelley a few hair care questions, and she was very helpful in addressing some of my concerns. She suggested a deep hair conditioner by Sebastian that I ended up buying, and she also suggested ways that I can keep my hair nice and healthy with minimal effort.

It took about 40 minutes to wash and style my hair, and I was very happy with the result:

If you’re looking for a very personable hair stylist with great skills, I cannot recommend Kelley enough. Even at a glance of her Instagram page, you can see so many examples of her work with styling, hair cuts, and dye jobs. If you decide to check out the Texture salon on Dalhousie or have any other experience with the salon, let me know in the comments below! And if you happen to go with Kelley, tell her I sent you!

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The one and only, Rihanna, recently released her highly anticipated makeup line, Fenty Beauty, over the past week. The hype surrounding the line is astounding, so as a makeup enthusiast myself, I absolutely had to try out one of her products to see whether the hype is well deserved. I grabbed the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation to start. Keep reading to find out my thoughts on it!

Overview

The Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation is available at Sephora and retails for $42 CAD. The foundation comes with 1.08 oz of product, which is slightly more than the standard size which foundations usually come in.  The shade range is quite extensive, coming with 40 different shades varying from pale to very deep with a multitude of undertones in each category. I picked up shade 290, which is for “medium to tan skin with neutral olive undertones”. The foundation comes in a minimal yet beautiful frosted glass bottle that comes with a pump.

Claims

According to the description on the Sephora website, the main claims this foundation makes are as follows:

  • It’s medium coverage, but can be built up to full coverage.
  • Gives skin a smooth, pore-diffused, shine-free finish
  • Resistant to sweat and humidity
  • Long-wearing
  • “Light-as-air” texture – looks like skin
Application

The foundation itself is slightly thin and runny with a bit of a gel-like texture. I used one pump of product to cover my face when using either a beauty sponge or a foundation brush, and I was left with medium coverage. Applying the foundation with a brush gave slightly more coverage with just one pump, however I noticed that the foundation caked up a little around my mouth. I achieved more of a skin-like finish using a beauty sponge.

Bare faced, no primer.

One layer of Fenty Beauty Foundation in 290. Applied with damp beauty sponge.

Finished look.

I added more coverage on some of my blemishes, and I found that the foundation built up very easily on those areas. It didn’t look cakey and it blended into the rest of the foundation nicely.

The foundation applied smoothly onto my skin easily without the use of a foundation primer. I noticed that my skin looked very smooth and that my pores were not as apparent.

The foundation dried down quickly once applied, but I found that the finish wasn’t extremely matte or drying as some other matte foundations I’ve tried. It truly is more of a demi-matte finish. One thing to note is that once the foundation dries down fully, it oxidizes slightly.

I didn’t have any issues with applying the rest of my makeup overtop of the foundation. It wasn’t necessary to use much powder to set the foundation down since it dried down so well. It gave me a very smooth base to work with.

Wear & Longevity

I tested the foundation a few times within the last week that I got it, and I have to say, it definitely has lasting power. I didn’t use primer with the foundation and I didn’t set it with a setting spray either. One of the days I stayed in my air-conditioned office, so of course it held up well. The next day, I had a BBQ at work and I was outside for a good couple of hours with the sun beaming on my face, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to see how my foundation would hold up. Surprisingly, my makeup looked great even after all the sweating and heat. It also didn’t look shiny at all, which is what I consider a miracle given how oily my skin can get in hot and humid weather.

I kept my foundation on for more than 10 hours each time I wore it, and by the time I decided to wash it off, I didn’t notice it breaking up anywhere or wearing off too badly. My pores did not look emphasized and there was minimal product settling into the fine lines around my mouth. For 10+ hours, it was looking as good as one would hope.

Shade

Fenty Beauty Foundation in 290 vs. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Stromboli vs. EX1 Foundation in F300

I decided to compare the shade I got with a couple of other olive-toned foundations in my collection. The shade 290 is slightly darker than NARS Sheer Glow in Stromboli, but the undertones appear to be similar. The EX1 Foundation, which is known for catering to olive skin tones, looks darker and slightly more neutral compared to the Fenty Beauty foundation.

I’d say that the shade 290 is a very good option for those with medium-tan skin tones with more of an olive complexion. It’s difficult to find that kind of undertone within the medium-tan shade range, so I really appreciate this!

Final Thoughts

The Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation lives up to all its claims, it’s more affordable compared to other mid-range foundations, it comes with more product than the standard foundation, has great packaging, and it comes with a spectacular shade range. With all that said, I think it’s safe to say that I absolutely would recommend this foundation to those who are interested in trying it out.

It’s a great option for those who aren’t really into heavy foundations but still want good coverage and want it to look somewhat natural. It’s easy to work with and doesn’t really require extra steps to make it look good and last throughout the day. It works well with both a brush and a beauty sponge, although I personally prefer the look of it using a sponge. Overall, it’s a really good product, and I’m so happy that Bad Gal Riri knocked it out of the park on her first attempt. I’m looking forward to trying other products in her line.

 

Have you tried anything from the Fenty Beauty line?

Let me know in the comments below!

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If you’re an avid makeup junkie, I think you’d agree with me when I say that this product needs no introduction. The Tarte Shape Tape Concealer has taken the makeup community by storm for the last few months due to its full coverage and creamy formula. Despite its popularity, it’s still only available through the Tarte website (for Canadians), so it’s not particularly accessible. Luckily, Tarte had a promotion where they were offering free shipping on all orders. I jumped at the chance to finally get my hands on this extremely hyped up product. What are my thoughts? Keep reading to find out!

Overview

The Tarte Shape Tape Concealer retails for $31 CAD and is available through the Tarte website. There are 14 shades which unfortunately doesn’t extend too far in the deeper range, but it appears that there have been some additions to the line. Hopefully this means that Tarte is willing to expand the range in the near future. I went with the shade Medium, but I was torn between that and Tan. The concealer comes with quite a bit of product, about 0.34 oz/10 mL. For comparisons sake, the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer comes with 0.22 oz/6 mL for $37 CAD.

The product is packaged in a tube with a large doefoot applicator. I don’t really mind the size, in fact, I think it’s appropriate given that it comes in a larger tube.

Formula & Application

The Tarte Shape Tape Concealer is definitely full coverage. It has a creamy texture that is slightly thick, however it blends very easily into the skin. I wasn’t expecting something as full coverage to blend so nicely! It dries down to a demi-matte finish; it’s not so matte that it makes the skin look dry, but it dries down enough that it doesn’t really crease immediately after and doesn’t require much powder to set. I really enjoyed how well it concealed my under eyes using such a minimal amount of product.

Left: No concealer. Right: Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Medium Shade comparison

L to R: Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Medium, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer in Medium

As I mentioned previously, I wasn’t exactly sure whether to get the shade Medium or Tan. Given that it is currently summer, I knew I would need a darker shade than NARS Custard but something more similar to the Becca concealer in Medium, which is currently the best match to my skintone. I’d say that that the Medium shade in the Tarte concealer matches me well enough, however I wish there were more undertones for each shade available in the range. The Medium shade for the Tarte concealer is described as “medium skin with peach undertones”, which I believe is an accurate description for the shade. Unfortunately, that’s the only undertone available for the “medium” range in the line. That’s not exactly ideal especially for a concealer that is so full coverage.

Final Thoughts

I have to say that I really do think that the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer does indeed live up to the hype. I was surprised by how easily it blended into my skin and how natural it looked while also being very full coverage. It comes with a good amount of product and you only need to use a bit to conceal any spots or discolourations. I hope Tarte decides to expand their shade range in order to accommodate more skintones and undertones, and I’m also hoping that this particular product becomes available to purchase through Sephora in the near future.

What is your favourite full coverage concealer?

Have you tried the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer or are thinking of trying it?

Let me know in the comments below!

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As much as it hurts to admit, summer in Ottawa has not been that great. The weather is very temperamental and it seems like we’re always having more of an extended spring. However, on the days when it’s actually nice outside, it gets really hot and humid. Needless to say, I’ve had an interesting time trying to figure out what to use on my skin to keep it looking nice and calm, even if the environment isn’t really cooperating. I’ve been keeping a few moisturizers in rotation to help achieve this, so if you’d like to learn more about what I’m currently using to keep my combination skin in check this summer, please keep reading.

Nivea 2-in-1 Moisturizing Primer

This product was sent to me for my consideration. I’m guessing that this product became a thing after the whole Nivea-Aftershave-Balm-As-A-Primer craze. I personally haven’t tried out that hack for myself, but after using this product, I can see why it became so popular. The Nivea 2-in-1 Moisturizing Primer has quickly become one of my favourite moisturizers to use, especially under makeup. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth, creating a perfect base for any product I decide to add on top of it. I use the formula for dry and sensitive skin, but there is also a formula for normal skin types. I was a little hesitant while trying this product for the first time because during the summer, my skin gets much more oily. Surprisingly, I didn’t find that this product made my skin any greasier. It made my skin feel perfectly moisturized, and it also kept it more matte. I highly recommend this product to anyone with combination skin, and the fact that it is only $10.95 CAD sweetens the deal a little more.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

This product has been a part of my routine for what feels like an eternity (more like 4 years). I always venture out and try to find other alternatives, but I keep coming back to this guy. Why? Because it just gets the job done without any fuss. If you have combination to oily skin and you just want a simple moisturizer that is easy to use and feels good on the skin while also keeping your oil in check, look no further. This moisturizer is also amazing for those with sensitive skin given that it doesn’t have any added fragrance, but it still has a pleasant scent. The texture of this product is lovely and I always enjoy using it. It’s a bit on the pricier side, about $34 CAD, however you get a big bottle of product which lasts a good while and it also comes with a pump, making it more hygienic to use.

MAC Strobe Cream in Goldlite

I’m so happy that MAC decided to expand their Strobe Cream line to include different undertones. The Goldlite version does such a great job at giving the skin a beautiful and subtle glow. It reflects gold unlike the original Strobe Cream which reflects pink. The consistency of the Strobe Cream is also very nice. It provides hydration but it also works well for those with combination skin in the summer months as well. It doesn’t make my skin feel greasy, and while it doesn’t exactly mattify either, it gives the skin a nice luminescence. The Strobe Cream is the most expensive product in this list at $40 CAD, which I think is quite steep, however I haven’t been able to find any suitable dupes. I’m open to any recommendations!

What is your favourite summer moisturizer?

Let me know in the comments below!

Note: The Nivea 2-in-1 Moisturizing Primer was received as a complimentary item for my consideration. In addition, I was not required to write a review on this product. I also did not receive any compensation for this review.

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