Friday, February 27, 2015

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion | My Thoughts

I'm the type of person who loves to try new products, so usually when one thing runs out I replace it with something new and hopefully better. Every once in a while though a product amazes me so much that I enter a super committed relationship with it and promise to be true to it forever. In other words, Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion is my primer husband.

I first tried this product a few years back when it came as a sample with my Naked palette, and I was blown away. First, it comes in this really cute purple packaging that always stays nice and clean. You know those makeup containers that look so beautiful when you buy them but a few months in get all dirty and ugly looking? (Nars.....) this won't do that. Second and most importantly, this stuff does exactly what it promises to do and more.

A tiny amount of this blends into the shade of your skin perfectly while masking any eyelid imperfections (redness, veins, etc.). It ups the intensity of your eyeshadow colour, and eyeshadow won't fade or crease until you take it off. I've done my makeup for a night out, danced all night, came home and fell asleep with my makeup on (I know I know I suck) and have had my roommates tell me in the morning that my makeup looks the same as it did before the night began. This stuff is THAT good. Back in high school when I had no idea what I was doing with my makeup I used to wear this cheap drugstore eyeshadow every day, and by the time I would get home it would be all gone except for a dark brown line on each crease. I wish I could go back in time and shake high school me (and while I'm at it maybe tell her that side bangs looked really awful on her). 

Okay I'm blabbing. Here's how the primer looks when applied but not blended, so it's kind of a shimmery nude. The size photographed here is 0.20 oz, so it's the "mini" version and only $14. With daily use a tube of this stuff lasts me at least a year because you only need the tiniest bit for it to work its magic. There are also three other versions of this product-- an anti-aging version, and two colours called Sin and Eden which apparently have more of a pigment to them so they can be used as an eyeshadow or highlighter on its own. I haven't used any of those, but they definitely sound worth trying.

Have you tried Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion?


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bioderma Sensibio H20 | Review

After reading tons of rave reviews about this product I was so excited to finally get a sample of it. I'm a complete newbie to micellar water so for those of who you don't know what this is I'll try to explain the best way I can. Basically this product is a chemical free, non-rinse and soap-free cleanser, meaning it will completely remove all of your makeup without the need for water. This makes it perfect for travel or when you're in places without quick access to a sink.

I was skeptical that this product would work for me because I wear waterproof makeup, but I was honestly pretty blown away by how powerful this stuff is. After soaking one cotton pad it completely removed every trace of my makeup better than most eye makeup removers can. I felt like I was just cleansing my face with water--no bubbles, no smell, no burning in my eyes... this stuff is awesome.

I've read a bunch of articles that claim it is especially good for people with acne-prone or dry skin (my skin is always SO dry and I get pimples here and there) because it keeps the skin's natural moisture barrier in balance, so I'm really excited to see if it makes a difference on my skin in the long run.

Bioderma Sensibio H20 retails for about $30 at the drugstore. So even though I'm in love with it I'm going to be on the lookout for a cheaper (but hopefully) equally effective option. 

Have you tried Bioderma Sensibio H20? Tell me what you think!


Monday, February 23, 2015

Mini Target Haul

For those of you who don't know, Target is closing down for good in Canada :(:( This is so depressing to me because I love Target. I always get so many great deals on electronics and little things. One of my favourite parts about it is that it's never really busy, which I guess in retrospect makes sense since it hasn't been doing so well. Since they're closing down they're having a liquidation sale, which is basically a way to sell everything and pay off whatever debt they have. On the first day of the sale I lined up at 7am to try and get a good deal on an iPad for my boyfriend's birthday but the sales were HORRIBLE. Anything worth buying was only 5-10% off, and everyone in the store was complaining (it doesn't help that we had all been waiting in the cold for an hour so most of us were already cranky). Anyway, I heard that they reduced most things by 20-50% off recently so I decided to give the sale another chance.

Vaseline Spray & Go Aloe Fresh Moisturizer: The first thing I picked up was this moisturizer.  I've had my eye on this product for a while, but I have way too many moisturizers and body butters so I tried to be smart and save my money. BUT Target had this on sale for about $5 which I convinced myself was too good a bargain to pass up. I'm sooooo happy I bought this. It smells so nice and fresh, and it absorbs into the skin almost instantly. It definitely isn't the strongest moisturizer I've ever used, but it's perfect for when you've just gotten out of the shower and are too lazy to do the full moisturizing routine.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick // Lovers Coral: Next I bought this Revlon lipstick for about $5. I have this lipstick in Black Cherry so I already know I like the formula and wear of this product. The colour is a really nice pinky coral, and I have a feeling it'll look really good with a tan (I can't say for sure because I'm glowing white right now).

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri // Sonic Boom: I've always really liked instant dry nail polishes because I am way too lazy to ever wait for my nails to finish drying. I'll either accidentally run my fingers through my hair or eat a bag of chips.... it never turns out well and then I end up taking it all off. This product isn't the most long lasting nail polish in the world, but I usually change my nail polish colour too often to care. This nail polish rang in at $2.44 which is a steal.

L'Oreal Color Riche Le Sourcil Eyebrow Pencil: Recently I went on a bit of a plucking spree because I made the mistake of using one of those awful magnifying mirrors and my eyebrows turned out... well, ugly is the only word I can think of to describe them. This eyebrow pencil is really soft and natural looking and I love how it comes with a little eyebrow brush. Its lasting power has been very decent from what I can tell (unlike many pencils that just rub right off).

What do you think of my purchases? Have you found any good deals at Target recently?


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter: Candy Apple and Raspberry Pie | Review

Today I'm reviewing one of the most hyped drugstore products of all time. Chances are you already own a shade, but for those of you who don't what are you waiting for??? These lip butters come in 20 different shades, ranging from sheer tinted balms to highly pigmented lip colours. Some of the ingredients include mango, shea, and cocoa butter and Revlon claims they'll increase the moisture of your lips by 156%. I don't know about 156%, but wearing this product doesn't leave my lips chapped or feeling dry throughout the day. They don't have the strongest lasting power (I usually reapply every few hours) but they don't fade patchy and they'll leave a subtle stain.

I only own two shades right now, but that's just because I've lost three on nights out where they've fallen out of my purse :( (How often does this happen to you guys?? I need to stop bringing makeup out with me). Candy Apple is a bright red with a bit of an orange tint, and Raspberry Pie (my favourite) is a deep berry colour.

If you find these shades a little too pigmented for everyday use, you can dab them on lightly and they work great as a stain.

What do you think of Revlon Lip Butters?


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Maybelline Colossal Cat Eye Mascara | Review

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When it comes to mascara, I truly believe it can make or break your beauty routine. Too often have I masterly applied my eyeshadow and eyeliner, only to have my look ruined by clumpy, wet lashes. With all the different brands on the market it can become quite overwhelming to find a mascara that lengthens and thickens, without clumping or transferring on to your eyelids. I recently purchased Maybelline's Volum' Express Colossal Cat Eyes mascara, and was immediately impressed. More attractive than the very reasonable price of $5.99, is the adorable cheetah-print wand with a 'claw' brush.

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This mascara coats lashes perfectly in one swipe, and layers wonderfully for a dramatic 'cat eye' look. I rarely purchase mascara with a curved brush, but I was amazed how it gripped and coated the tiny lashes in the outer corner, really delivering the 'spiked' lashes it advertises. After a couple coats I was left with thick, clump-free lashes that could stand alone without any other makeup. 

Here's how my eyes look before and after applying this mascara. For such a cheap price it's definitely worth a try. You can pick this mascara up at Wal Mart, Target, or virtually any drugstore.

Have you tried this mascara? Let me know how if it has or hasn't worked for you!


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Winter 2015 Essentials

(This is my first blog post ever.... eee!!! So exciting!!!!)

I live in Ontario and the winters here are brutal and make everything dry, so I'm always on the lookout for products that make this weather a little more bearable. Here are a list of my go-to products that I have and will continue to repurchase over and over.

1. Essie Nail Polish: In the summer I usually go for bright shades, but in the winter I tend to stick to dark colours (black, red, navy blue, etc.). Essie is one of my favourites not only because the packaging is so cute but because it actually lasts on my nails for about a week and isn't too difficult to remove.

2. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub: No matter what moisturizer I use on my face in the winter, I get flaky skin around my nose and forehead. This scrub helps remove dead skin while preventing fresh skin from flaking (plus it's cheap and smells really good!).

3. Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose: This is the best smelling lip chap I have ever used. It smells like pink lemonade and goes on like butter. Since this lip chap comes in a tin and doesn't have any tint I usually use it before bed.

4. Dior Addict Lip Glow: This is my favourite lip product of all time. It took me forever to get around to buying this because of the steep price tag ($37 at Sephora) but I finally bit the bullet recently and I'm so glad I did. The packaging is stunning, it's moisturizing but not sticky, and leaves the most beautiful colour behind (a your lip but better sort of colour--even my boyfriend notices).

5. Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter: My lips are almost always dry in the winter which makes it impossible for me to wear most lipsticks. This lipstick is my favourite because it feels like a lip balm but has a beautiful and long lasting colour. My favourite shade right now is Raspberry Pie.

6. Nivea Firming Body Lotion: This is my favourite body moisturizer right now. It's thick, doesn't really have a smell to it, and absorbs really quickly into the skin. I've noticed a dramatic difference in the look and feel of my skin since using this product, and it leaves a nice glow for hours. I can't say for sure if it actually firms my skin (I'm young and relatively active) but it definitely improves its appearance. The fact that they sell this at Costco in a giant pump is a huge plus!

7. St. Tropez Self-Tanning Mousse: I discovered this product last year and I've been in love with it ever since. I've tried a million self-tanners and I always go back to this one because it doesn't leave a lingering smell, it isn't streaky, it fades gradually, and it actually makes me tan! I think we can all agree having a tan gives you confidence and makes you feel about ten pounds thinner, so to me it's worth the price.

8. EOS Everyday Hand Lotion in Berry Blossom: I've never really been a big hand cream girl but a few weeks ago I was walking to class and noticed my hands were bleeding because they were so dry and cracked. I bought this mostly because of the packaging (it's thin, sturdy, and can fit into the tiniest bag or wallet) but the formula has won me over. It's light, moisturizing, and smells so nice. My friends ask to borrow it all the time. (Note: I just found this at Dollarama for $2!!!).

9. Maybelline Falsies Waterproof Mascara: Waterproof mascara gets a lot of heat because it's harder to remove than regular mascara, some say it isn't good for your lashes, etc. but it's a must for me in the winter. I've been the girl that walked into class with raccoon eyes because it started to snow in the middle of my walk to school, and I don't want to be that girl ever again. Falsies is a great option for girls with short lashes because it isn't clumpy and it creates these fibres that cling to the lashes to make them look much longer. The only downside to this mascara is that it's difficult to remove, and I've had lash fallout because of it.

10. Moroccan Oil: If I had to use one hair product for the rest of my life it would be Moroccan oil hands down. This product has completely changed my hair. I used to have hair that wouldn't grow past a certain length, but ever since I've started using this on a daily basis my hair grows insanely fast (until recently my hair was down to my waist!). It smells amazing and the smell lingers in my hair all day long. I've never had any problems with residue or build up, and instead I'm left with healthy, shiny, hair. I'm going to need to review this product in full because I'm so obsessed with it.

11. Moroccan Oil Restorative Hair Mask: The same for Moroccan oil can be said about this product, except I only use this hair mask about once a week. It's the perfect product to restore hair after a week or so of heat damage. I usually leave it in for about a half an hour and rinse, and when I do I have zero tangles and my hair is infinitely softer. On days I use this mask I find that my hair is resistant to static that is generally unavoidable in cold temperatures.

12. Vaseline: This is the cheapest and most effective moisturizer out there. While I wouldn't use this on my face on a daily basis, it's perfect for dry areas like the elbows and around the nose. Apparently Jennifer Aniston uses Vaseline under her eyes every morning and night... so enough said.

13. Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Treatment Mask: I just discovered this product recently and it's easily become my favourite face mask. Each mask is pre-moistened and sealed in individual packages, so all you have to do is take it out and place it on your face. I let it sit for about 20 minutes and then rub in the remaining serum. It leaves my skin glowing and soft, and makeup applied afterwards looks so much better. (Warning: You will look like a serial killer when you wear this product, so if you're like me you should take lots of pictures and send them to your friends to scare them)

What are your favourite products in the winter? Have you tried any of the ones I've mentioned? Let me know in the comments!


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