Clean beauty has really taken off in recent years for good reason. With the planet changing at record speed, consumers want to put their money where their mouth is. I recently had the chance to check out Bloom Beauty (1625 Bayview Ave. in Toronto), a boutique that provides both clean beauty services and products for sale. I can’t wait to show you the space!
The first thing I noticed when stepping in the store was how on point the decor was. The display shelves, product counters and chairs looked super chic and inviting. The upper floor area has all the products for sale. Bloom Beauty has a very generous supply of clean beauty brands.
Lily Lolo display
Some of the great brands at Bloom Beauty
Something I was really impressed with was the amount of products and brands. For example Coola. I know more and more the sunscreen brands is more readily present in Canada, but Bloom had a really decent supply. Prices in general I would say are fair for the brands there. I think they’d be definitely comparable, but you won’t find a ton of ‘drugstore’ (even though drugstore has become a lot more luxe-y) prices here.
Another really cool thing about this place is that they sell more than just makeup and beauty items. They also sell re-usable straws (above), water bottles, underwear, sunglasses, makeup bags and more. This place really has a boutique feel that you can find hidden treasures around the place.
So the other aspect of Bloom Beauty is the clean beauty services. They offer facials, sugaring, makeup application and more. During the preview event, Maria (Pink Petals) and I were treated to a mini facial using Indie Lee products (which were pretty prominently featured throughout the event). I was super impressed with the aesthetician’s calming hands and the products. I actually really noticed a refreshed difference in my skin! It was such a nice feeling! The only thing is that as the services are done in the basement (which they’ve really revamped to look as pretty as the main floor) meaning that there is a bit of creaking as people walk upstairs. I didn’t mind too much though, but I was talking to the aesthetician quite a bit. :p
Bloom Beauty was kind enough to provide a very generous array of products featured in their store to try out! I also loved the facial so much that I ended up picking up for myself the Indie Lee Discovery Kit which includes a lot of the products they used on me! I probably won’t be able to replicate the spa like feel, but a girl can try.
Bloom Beauty is giving a very generous offer to my readers! You can get 25% your first beauty service by either mentioning the code @imnotabeautyg25 or just my name. If you’ve been looking for a facial or a wax, definitely consider this place to save a bit of money!
Thanks so much for reading! Have a great day! Let me know if you end up checking out Bloom Beauty!
I was recently sent a whole wack of (relatively) new Almay products, and I’ve been playing with them for the last couple of days! Wanted to show you what was worth the money, and things that I wasn’t too thrilled with. The collection of these products definitely have a ‘festival’ vibe in my opinion, with metallics and glitters! I’m super excited to show you what’s what!
Almay Smokey Eye Trios
I got two to try, Coppery Blaze and Mulberry Moonlight. These are pretty typical drugstore palettes with a lid, crease and then brow bone highlight. All in all, the pigmentation wasn’t amazing. I like the colour selection and the depth of the palettes, but they just don’t deliver the colour payoff that I now expect from drugstore products. The colours I can mostly see myself using on a regular basis are the crease colours. I was able to get some pretty decent pigmentation off of those.
Almay Shadow Squad
Unfortunately another disappointment was the Almay Shadow Squad. I’m not sure if it was just just the colours I received, but I can’t see myself integrating these into my regular routine. Even if you usually go for the more ‘natural’ makeup look, these just don’t have the pigmentation to stand on their own. Even if you’re interested in these shades, I feel like these are the ones that are popped into palettes so you shouldn’t have any issues finding them.
Less is More
Velvet Foil Cream Eyeshadow
So to lighten the mood after those two disappointments, I have one where you need to run out to get ASAP. Cream eyeshadows are coming out from every major brand, but I have to say, the Almay ones really impressed me. The Velvet Foil Cream eyeshadows are in a cute little paint squeeze tube. The pigmentation on these is unreal and super shimmery. I really love the finish off of these. You have to let them dry all the way though cause they will transfer!
Cupid Glaze – Golden Vibes – Ruby Glam – Lunar Disco
Make Them Jelly
Next up is the Make Them Jelly highlighter. A cute concept, the highlighter is in a jelly-like consistency. Unfortunately, I don’t really love the execution of this. Since it’s such a true jelly consistency, it’s hard to really blend in without the product beading up. The colour is nice, but I also don’t really love the noticeable glitter. I would definitely say these product seems like a more ‘kiddy’ makeup product.
24k Dreams – Unicorn Light
Last but not least is the Goddess Gloss. I’ve tried this in the past actually and really loved the finish and pigmentation. I love how you can wear it alone or as a topper. It’s not super sticky gloss either and I ‘m super happy to have more to add to my collection! Definitely would recommend these as well if you fancy any of the colours!
Fairy – Cosmic – Flame
Using some of these products I also created a look with the lot.
On my eyes I have the Velvet Foil in Cupids Glaze and the crease is the middle Coppery Blaze trio. Unicorn Light is the highlight on my cheeks and on the lips is Goddess Gloss in Fairy!
All in all, I would say that the Velvet Foils and the Goddess Gloss should be items you should be checking out!
Dr. Belmeur has been a fave since I first tried it a couple of years ago. At the time I was dealing with combo-oily skin. In the last couple of months I have noticed my skin has changed! My T-zone has been a lot less oily and I’ve been dealing with drier skin in general. I thought I would give my review/ comparison on the two different lines of Dr. Belmeur: Clarifying (oily/combo skin) and Daily Repair (for normal – dry skin).
The Clarifying one, the Bubble Foam Cleanser, is a fav cleanser for me. It comes in a pump top which dispenses a frothy bubble consistency. This cleanser really makes my skin feel clean without make it feel stripped. Definitely a fav in my collection.
On the other hand, the Daily Repair one, the Foam Cleanser, wasn’t as big of a hit for me. It comes out in a gel consistency that then froths up into a foam. I did feel that this had a more ‘moisturizing’ feel on the skin, but I noticed that this leaves a bit of a film on my skin. It’s almost like I wasn’t able to get all the cleanser off my face which was a bit annoying.
Even though I did feel a bit of relief from my dry facial skin with the Daily Repair Foam Cleanser, I would definitely recommend the Bubble Foam Cleanser. It doesn’t feel like it strips my skin when it’s especially dry, so this is definitely my choice.
Next up is toners. To tell you the truth I wasn’t really able to tell the difference between the two toners. I don’t know if it was just me trying to find differences but the Daily Repair toner seemed to leave my face a bit more soft? But not really anything of a difference at all.
If you’re looking for a toner in general though, I think both of these are pretty good options. They just remove that extra layer of ‘ick’ that can be left behind after you cleanse your skin. Definitely a refreshing feeling!
Last but not least is the creams! The Clarifying Moisturizer is a gel-like consistency and very light. It gives a refreshing feel to the skin without weighing it down. Definitely a great moisturizer for everyday use!
Cica Recovery Cream – Clarifying Moisturizer
The Cica Recovery Cream on the other hand has a balm-like consistency. During the harsh winter season I was using this a lot more because my face was getting a lot more flaky. I think this really helped maintain the moisture in my skin. I don’t think i’ll be using this in the summer months just because it’s a lot heavier. If you have issues with dry skin, I would definitely give this cream a go. It definitely provided me some relief!
For these two I think I would definitely pick based on your concern! Or even weather related skin feelings. The Clarifying Moisturizer is great as a light and refreshing pick me up, where as the Cica Recovery Cream if you need some relief of your dry skin!
I’ve been a fan of Dr. Belmeur for awhile and that love continues! If you want no-fuss skincare that makes you feel refreshed and clean, I would definitely recommend Dr. Belmeur!
Hope that helps if you were looking at some comparison between the two lines! Thanks for reading! Have a great day!
It’s that time of year again!! The One of a Kind show is a twice-yearly held exhibition of all things handmade, local, and much more! This is my third show with the spring show last year being my first time. I managed to check out the show on the first day and was very grateful to be invited to the media breakfast! I have tons of pics from the show along with what I picked up!
This year’s spring show had the theme of fruit. The entrance is beautifully decorated with tons of items from the artisans who were vying to win the Exhibitor Competition. There were tons of really great items that fit the theme perfectly!
The Media Breakfast was held in the centre court with an incredible spread from Mira Mira. The display was incredible with a lot of variety. I really liked everything I tried.
After breakfast was complete, with Nancy from Freon Collective and Madeline from Classically Contemporary, we hit up the show. It was really nice to really shop and take my time. All the other times I’ve been it was so so busy so some booths I wasn’t able to check out as much as I would have liked! The aesthetic of the One of a Kind show is always so nice. They have ‘neighborhoods’ with different artisans grouped together by specialty (food, fashion, etc.). I’m very excited to show you what I picked up at the show!
The Heritage Bee Co.
The first booth we really got into was The Heritage Bee Co. Their booth was so brightly lit and the products displayed so nicely! We had a really nice conversation with the owners Jeff and Debbie. They described their hives and the products. You could really tell the passion they felt for beekeeping!
They very kindly gifted us their Seed Bombs. In the adorable bag, it’s a ‘throw and grow’ concept that contains bee-friendly wildflowers for your backyard or a planter! I can’t wait to put this in my new backyard! It’ll be our first plants!! The Heritage Bee Co. also hosts parties for corporate or other groups where they actually take you out to the field and show you all about the honey extraction process. Dream come true actually as I’ve been so curious about beekeeping. I can’t wait to look into their tours and parties!!
A booth that I frequent each time while at the show is Crywolf. I’ve purchased their iron on patches in the past and really love their cute graphics. This time I knew exactly what I wanted. I’ve been needing a mousepad for awhile and knew that Crywolf had some really nice ones. I ended up getting the Toronto Blue Jay Mousepad . Too cute eh? Perfect for my home office!
Together Ceramics is the combination of Catamola Ceramics and Greg Voisin Pottery. I’ve already purchased from Catamola in the past (a beautiful flat ceramic that I frequently use in flatlays). What pulled me in was the huge variety of mugs that were on display from Greg Voisin. There was just the CUTEST cat mug that I had to get. As a recent new cat momma, I was on the hunt for cute cat related items! Big plus is that it’s dishwaser and microwave safe!
Blazing Bombs had the cutest set up ever. They had these mini bath bombs on deal for 3 for $5 which I thought was a great price. The scents were absolutely intoxicating!! I had trouble picking just three. I can’t wait to try these. I have very high hopes with just how beautiful the scents smelled in the containers!! Bath time is in my future very soon!
Next up is Boundlove operated by Amelia (she was so nice to chat a bit with)! Pretty much every time I head to the One of a Kind show I need to pick up some sort of cute card stock. Her style instantly brought me in and I was hooked! I ended up getting a print (to use for flatlays) and greeting cards! I’m definitely looking into also getting a print of my new kitty Pebble! Her animal prints are unreal!
Last but not least is the gift that was provided at the media breakfast. Uppdoo is a Toronto based leather, handbag and accessory designer. The coin purse that we were gifted is absolutely adorable! I love the little fringe at the zipper and vibrant spring colour! We stopped by their booth and the bags are so beautiful. If you’re looking for something unique and beautifully made I would definitely give them a visit!
And that’s everything that I picked up from the show! You still have time to check it out!! There’s one last day to the One of a Kind show, March 31st. It’s being held at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place. I love this show and I always find unique and beautifully crafted items!
We’ve got a new player in the skincare game, and they’re making a splash already! The Inkey List is a British skincare brand whose aim is to break down the confusing jargon that is the skincare industry. Their prices are affordable, packaging clean, and ingredients simple. Remind you of another brand on the market? I was lucky enough to get a few products to try out. How does The Inkey List compare to The Ordinary?
Price and Accessibility
A refreshing part of The Inkey List is the great price point. A lot of skincare products out there are priced out of the average consumer’s budget. No product exceeds $15 with the average product around $10. The products can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart which makes it super accessible.
The Ordinary has a pretty similar price point with the average price point around $8. Just a tad cheaper than The Inkey List, but not by much. You can get The Ordinary at Sephora, and at the actual brand stores.
Both The Inkey List and The Ordinary have pretty simple packaging which match the ethos of the brands. The big difference though is that The Inkey List does not use any droppers whereas The Ordinary almost exclusively use droppers or liquid products. Also, The Inkey List products are in plastic containers versus glass bottles with the Ordinary.
For me personally this was neither here nor there. I would say The Inkey List would be easier to travel with just because of the plastic bottles. Otherwise, both work fine just being used at home.
Ease of Use
Both companies have the goal of breaking down the complications of skincare to the base and worthwhile ingredients. I would say that The Inkey List does a bit better job of this. Their packaging explains in laments terms of what the product will add to your routine, and how best to use it. The Ordinary does this as well, but can get a bit technical at times. If you want something just quick and dirty, The Inkey List might be best.
Integration into Routine?
Now that I’ve tried both brands, (and for some significant amount of time) how did I actually use them and did I like them?
You can see some of the products I have in The Ordinary in my old blog post here. In general they were pretty easy to integrate. The Ordinary products usually integrate different solutions and suspensions (from what I know of). The Inkey List may do this too, but it solely focuses on the main product. For example, The Inkey List has Vitamin C. The Ordinary has many different types of Vitamin C with different spheres and other suspensions.
I didn’t really notice one being more effective than the other and they integrated into my routine similarly. I would say for both though, for the regular consumer, there’s quite a bit of work in mixing serums, toners, and more. All of these products in my opinion are best in a wholesome skin care routine. For example, when I would use the Glycolic Acid then the Hyaluronic Acid I needed a good cleanser and moisturizer outside of the pure and simple ingredients.
The pull for both of these brands is that they are simple and easy to integrate. For me personally, I’m pretty lazy with my skincare. My preference is to use a single serum versus many at once to achieve the same results.
So all in all, I would say The Inkey List and The Ordinary are pretty similar. Currently you’ll get a lot more variety with The Ordinary, but true to it’s name, The Inkey List has a focused look with products to integrate into your routine.
Just to end off this versus, here are a quick review of some items I’ve been trying out from The Inkey List
Hyaluronic Acid: I would highly recommend this product, it was a fav of mine out of everything I tried. It gives my skin a clean and refreshed feeling. I think this would probably work for all skin types. It’s used as a hydrator for the skin.
Vitamin C: This did work to brighten my skin, but I noticed it would actually have an oxidizing smell when I used this. The scent would stay on my face and I ended up being able to smell it throughout the day. This Vitamin C is a creamy serum so it doesn’t have the particular stickiness that a lot of other Vitamin C has. Due to the scent though, I don’t know if I’d continue using it.
Retinol: This was definitely one of the nicer retinols I’ve used. Retinol in general feels a bit heavy on the skin, but this one did sink into my skin nicely. I’m not able to test really the anti-aging claims, but this did provide my skin great moisture
Glycolic Acid: Another nice product. I didn’t notice a huge difference in my skin, but I liked using this after I have a particularly heavy makeup day. It did make my face feel refreshed, but definitely felt the need for moisture right after use.
And there we have my little breakdown of the two brands! Hope that was helpful!
Custom palettes are always a hit for me. I feel like I end up using pretty specific colours for my eyeshadows so being able to pick exactly what I want is very appealing. In the fall, Mary Kay launched their Chromafusion line. Mary Kay markets these shadows as 12 hour wear which is pretty impressive. I had the lucky chance to check out ALL the colours in the collection and I picked my favs.
Out of the collection I picked 2 blushes, 1 bronzer, 1 highlighter, and 22 shadows I tried to do each horizontal line with a cohesive theme. In general, I’m super pleased with the colours that made it into my palette.
Line #1: Chai Latte Look-a-Like
Moonstone – Gold Status – Golden Mauve – Cinnabar – Hot Fudge – Mahogany – Shiny Penny
My first line is one of my favs. One of the most boring, but I’ll take it. This reminds me so much of one of the Maybelline quads I used to love, Chai Latte. I’m sure you used have that one too! I love the pigmentation on the brown and taupe. The shimmers are so nice as a base too! I’ve been using this line a lot and really liking it!
I’m obsessed with Soft Heather. It looks so similar to Buon Fresco in the ABH Modern Renaissance. I love this whole line obviously though. I’ve been more and more leaning towards pink hued shadows and this really highlights that recent trend for me.
This is more of a ‘colours I’m attracted to’ versus ‘colours I wear on a daily basis’. I honestly can’t stop looking at Emerald Noir, isn’t it just stunning? I would love to use more greens in my routine, and this line definitely helps me accomplish that!
Line #4 Midnight Sky
Candlelight – Rose Gold – Evening Navy – Shadow
This one I mixed two shimmers with two mattes. Evening Navy is completely unique in my collection and the pigmentation on that one! Wooo! Also another unique colour is Shadow. I don’t have a lot of blue toned greys either!
Shy Blush – Juicy Peach – Glazed – Latte
I really like the face powders on these too. I lean towards the soft pinks, but also really love peach blushes! The highlight and the contour are also nice for a full look!
Wineberry – Crystalline
There is also a mini palette. This little baby one can fit 4 shadows or like I’ve done, a blush and shadow. It’s unrealistic for me to take a quad really on the go with me, so I decided on a blush and an eyeshadow as a highlight! Both very pretty colours!
I have a post today that’s been months in the making! I was sent some Elizabeth Grant products back in the summer to try out and I’ve been using them on and off since then. Elizabeth Grant is an interesting brand for me. It’s one that I’ve heard of for a long time, but never really looked into the products or offerings. I had never heard of the Wonder Effect line before, so I was very interested to try it out!
The Wonder Effect line targets fine lines, dryness and dark spots. The line features the Elizabeth Grant combination called Torricelumn. Retinol and glycolic acid are also features in the products! I was hesitant with trying the products as the main feature of the Wonder Effect and other Elizabeth Grant products are the anti-aging properties. Even though I wasn’t able to properly test these claims, I was actually quite impressed with the other claims targeting dark spots, dryness, and large pores!
Wonder Effect Triple Action Cleanser
The Wonder Effect Triple Action Cleanser is a thin but creamy formulation. It contains glycolic, salicylic, and citric acid. I really like how light this feels on the skin, it doesn’t foam much which is fine with me. My skin feels cleansed without being stripped, and just overall refreshed. I don’t love the bottle (a bit utilitarian) but this wasn’t the same one as on the site so maybe it was updated! Overall a very solid cleanser and I can see myself using this up completely!
Wonder Effect Toner
Next up is toner! Another very solid product in the line. I did notice that after cleansing, using this made my skin feel a bit tighter and drier than other toners I’ve used. With moisturizer right after, this didn’t make me fuss too much. What I do really like about this toner is that it does feel like really deep down cleansing. It really helps to get that last bit of makeup or dirt on the skin surface which I can always see on the cotton pad (yuck, but yes!)
Wonder Effect Detoxifying Mask
The Detoxifying Mask was the only product that I wasn’t in love with. This mask has an interesting consistency, it’s almost like a cream. I didn’t notice a difference in my skin that I did with the other products in this line. I noticed actually that my skin felt a bit tingly afterwards which was a strange sensation. I have pretty rough and tumble skin, with me not feeling the Drunk Elephant Baby Facial. That was one of the reasons I was so surprised that this had made my skin feel tingly!
Wonder Effect Night Wonder Concentrate
I’ve saved the best for last. I really really love the Wonder Effect Night Wonder Concentrate! First i’ll comment on the bottle. I love the star design and the gold accents. Very pretty in my beauty room! This has been one of my more consistent night serums and I have noticed a difference. I notice that my skin feels very smooth and plump in the morning. It helps to keep my pores at bay, but also doesn’t completely strip my skin of natural oils. Out of the products featured from this line, I would definitely recommend this night serum! It makes my skin feel fresh and light!
And there we have some products int he Wonder Effect line from Elizabeth Grant. Overall I’m impressed with the products and they’ve definitely been integrated in my skincare routine!
Happy New Year!! Here’s to the ending of 2018 and we’ve already zoomed right into 2019. Here begins three months of me writing 2018 on everything, amirite? Anyways, today I have a skincare haul which I made at the very end of 2018 which actually secured my Rouge status for another year. Eek!
IT Cosmetics IT’s Your Secret to Confident Skin
I’ve had my eye on this set for awhile. I was going to buy it Black Friday, until I realized that this set wasn’t available in Canada? I found it again during Boxing Day so I snapped it up. I haven’t tried any skincare from It Cosmetics, but I’ve been so impressed with their makeup that I definitely have high expectations!
Sunday Riley Knock Out Set
I know, I know, I’ve heard the news too. Sunday Riley has been some getting some major bad press after it blew up on Reddit that the brand was getting their employees to write reviews on Sephora. That’s totally not okay and I think it’s unfortunate because the products I’ve used from Sunday Riley I’ve liked. This was another Boxing Day ‘sale’ pick up, the Knock Out Set. I’ve actually started using the Ceramic Slip cleanser and the U.F.O serum. I’m liking both in combination so far! It feels super clarifying which is exactly what my skin needs right now.
Ouai x Summer Fridays
Another set I was looking into was this Ouai and Summer Friday collab. I’ve tried the Ouai hair mask already and knew that I liked it. Summer Fridays is a brand I’m not all too familiar with, but I’ve heard some HYPE. I’m excited to try the mask out. This kit is too cute with the headband! Definitely will make use out of it!
Glow Recipe Watermelon Holiday Set
I’ve seen Glow Recipe around, but never really looked into it. This kit just looked so cute and it was a total impulse buy. The bag the Watermelon Holiday Kit comes with is so extra but I actually think I might use it eventually. It’s giving me all the Legally Blonde – ’90s vibes. I’ve used the sleeping mask so far and I’m impressed. It definitely smells like watermelon juice. I love how sweet it smells, but not sickly! I’m so excited to try the jelly sheet mask!!
And there are the four skincare kits I bought just before the new year! Already starting to break into everything and can’t wait to share my favs soon!
I can’t believe today is the last day of 2018! The year seemed to just fly by! There were a lot of exciting things that happened both for my blog and personally. I just recently celebrated my 5th year of blogging, 1k followers on instagram, and 1 year at my job. I got to continue to work with amazing brands and try out some great PR samples! Today I have a round of up of some of my favourite discoveries of 2018. Some of these might not be new as of this year, but new to me!
JLo x Inglot Collection*
This spring, one of my fav brands Inglot teamed up with JLo to create a collection. This was really big as Inglot isn’t the most well known brands out there. The quality and ingredients of their products are top notch and I’ve been very impressed. I was really happy to see the brand get some well deserved attention. The full collection includes eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick and more. I have more info on the collection in this post. I’ve loved all of the products I’ve tried but I picked out two standouts for me. One of them I believe is a repackaged product that Inglot already had but wanted to rave about it as well.
The JLo x Inglot Livin the Highlight is a loose powder highlight that I’ve been OBSESSED with. This is not a highlighter for the faint of heart. What I love about it is that it’s super punchy with glitter but not too glittery if that makes sense. When blended, it gives that wet highlight look that I’ve been digging. I would highly recommend this highlight! I have swatches in this post if you’re interested.
The other JLo x Inglot collection product is the Brow Liner Gel in Truffle. I think this is the item repackaged, being the AMC Brow Liner Gel in I think shade 20. What I love about this is how extremely creamy the formula is. You don’t need too much and it draws very evenly on the brow! I like this better than the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Dipbrow so I can see the Inglot one finding a permanent place in my collection!
If you’re interested, I actually have a 10% off Affiliate Code with Inglot. Enter IMNOTABEAUTYG10 for 10% off your purchase! This code also works on GetDollied which sells Inglot along with other brands such as Lit Cosmetics, The Balm and Suva Beauty!
It Cosmetics Superhero Liner
I have been very faithful to my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. It’s been a favourite of mine for years and I’m always skeptical to try new liners. The It Cosmetics Superhero Liner fits the bill for liners that I love though. Liquid, super black and a BRUSH TIP! I hate felt tip liners! I’m super impressed with the It Cosmetics Liner and have been using it quite a bit this year. It’s waterproof and smudgeproof. I do notice that there is a tiny bit of transfer in the outer corner of my eyes, but that’s expected with all liners for me (I think my eye shape). I can definitely see myself using this liner up and repurchasing!
Hard Candy Look Pro Earthy Vixen*
An unexpected surprise for me was the Hard Candy Look Pro Earthy Vixen palette. For drugstore (and affordable drugstore I must say), the quality of these shadows are great. I’ve been using this quite a bit and really loving it. If you’re looking for a palette with major colour payoff for an amazing price, you’d be hard pressed to find another palette that fits the bill!! You can check out full swatches of this palette in my blog post here.
Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Vault Palette in Ring the Alarm
Another winner for me is the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Vault palette in Ring the Alarm. When my friend Leah brought this back from the States for me, I was so excited. I love the original Jaclyn Hill palette and this one delivers as well. It’s been a warm toned year for me and this palette has filled all my raspberry, dark cherry and bronze dreams!
Stila Shimmer and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Cloud*
I finally got a chance to try the Stila liquid eyeshadows and I’m in love. The Stila Shimmer and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Cloud is a beautiful eyeshadow that provides a really pretty pop to the eyes. It’s easy to apply and really gives a pretty look! I can definitely see myself looking into more of these in the new year!
Huda Beauty Overachiever Concealer
When this first came out, the Huda Beauty Overachiever Concealer was getting a lot of hype. The shade range is decent and I was hearing that the coverage was amazing. I have TERRIBLE eye bags and dark circles so I thought I’d give this a try. I’m very impressed! It goes on smooth, pigmentation is high, and it doesn’t settle into lines. I love that it also has a metal tip to cool the undereye area. Definitely would recommend this concealer!
Laneige Firming Sleeping Mask*
I always love trying new leave-on night masks just because they are so low maintenance. One I’ve been turning to more and more is the Laneige Firming Sleeping Mask. I love the ‘jelly’ feel of this mask in the jar. It goes on very smooth and I can feel my skin really soaking it up. My skin feels refreshed and moisturized in the morning! If you’re low maintenance like me and just want that pick me up for your skin, try this sleeping mask out!
Bite Beauty Scorpio and Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Matte in Superstar Brown*
I’ve actually stepped back from lipstick….sort of! I feel like I have so many in my collection, I tried to make an effort to use some up. Two new additions to my collection though were very much welcome! The Bite Beauty Scorpio lipstick is a beautiful bright orange coral. It was the perfect birthday gift for myself, with Scorpio being my astrological sign and loving bright reds and oranges! I’ve gotten a lot of use out of this one this holiday season!
A surprise for me was the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Matte in Superstar Brown. As described in this full face of Revlon post here, I don’t have any browns in my collection just because they just seem so dated. This one surprised me a lot by how much I like it! The formula itself is smooth and the pigmentation is good. It’s more of a nude brown that’s so wearable! Colour me impressed!
And those are my top picks of 2018! I’ll end off with a shot of me wearing most of the products mentioned!
Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best for 2019!
Hi folks! Hope everyone is having a great holiday season! I was recently sent a surprise package that contained the whole collection of the fairly new Hard Candy Glitteratzi Press and Play lip colours. When I first saw these floating around social media I was so curious about them. The lip colour applies matte but with a press of your lips, it’s supposed to turn to glitter. I’m all about glitter, especially during the holiday season, so I couldn’t wait to try these out. I have full swatches of all the colours too!
The Hard Candy Glitteratzi Press and Play lip colours come in seven bright and vibrant shades. There is only one semi nude shade and the rest are very bold which I love. Packaging-wise, I think they’re super cute. It has a clear plastic tube to show the colour with a studded ombre lid which really stands out in my collection.
When first applying these, I was impressed with how comfortable they are. They go on extremely pigmented and smooth. They make it very clear that you’re supposed to wait for the lip colour to dry before pressing your lips together. I heeded the advice, but the press of my lips had varying degrees of glitter success.
I noticed for almost all the shades, after pressing my lips together, the product picked up, creating patches. You can definitely see this in my swatch of Dazzle. I definitely waited for my lips to dry, but still had this occur. My lips are always dry and try and wear a balm underneath my lip products. This might be the cause of the patchy-ness of some of the colours.
I used these without a balm underneath, and still had a bit of lift, but not as much when my lips were fully moisturized. This is a bit of a double edged sword though…since my lips are like the Sahara Desert, would I prefer my lips to peel or get patchy? Tough to tell…
Something else you might be wondering is if this is a dupe for the Ciate Glitter Flips. At time, the Glitter Flips were one of the hottest things you were hearing about in the beauty world. Today, they are actually on sale. I do own one which I could compare to these Glitteratzi Press and Plays. I would not say that these would be a dupe for the Glitter Flips. As you could see in the swatches above, I wasn’t able to get a true glitter lip after pressing my lips together. With the Glitter Flips, you’re getting a true punchy GLITTER. The Glitteratzi Press and Plays are more of a metallic look.
With all that being said, I would say that I do enjoy these. I find it unfortunate that they were marketed as a glitter flip lip (I guess for the novelty of it). If these were marketed as a metallic lip, I would be head over heels. The pigmentation is unreal and the glitter (even without pressing) leaves a super pretty sheen on the lips. The formula is comfortable and I’ve worn Charm to multiple Christmas parties looking super fabulous. If you get past the novelty and don’t expect a Ciate Glitter Flip, I think these are worth having in your collection if you like any of the colours. For around $8 CAD for one of these, I think it’s worth the money.
Hope you were able to find this helpful if you were thinking of picking up one of these! Thanks so much for reading! Have a great day!