Monday, June 29, 2015

Mac Summer Lipstick Haul

Mac Summer Lipstick Haul

Okay so I may have gone a liiiiiiiiiittle bit cray at Mac on pay day. I started my addiction with Mac lipsticks not that long ago and now I'm lusting after a zillion shades that I'm slowly (eee maybe not that slowly) ticking off my wishlist and adding to my collection. In my defence, I feel like my lipstick collection is really heavy in the mauve/browny nude shades and really low in summery colours, so I needed to pick up a few to restore the balance right?

Mac Summer Lipstick Haul

As you can see, the shades I picked up are Lady Danger, Coral Bliss, All Fired Up, and Ruby Woo.

Mac Lady Danger Swatch

Lady Danger is a Matte formula that can be best described as an orange toned red. Because the colour pulls so much orange it looks amazing on warm and tanned skin tones, making it the perfect summer red shade. Right now I feel like I'm a little too fair to pull this off, so I've been pairing it with Mac's Cherry liner to pull out a little more red and make it more wearable on my skin tone. But in a few weeks when I hopefully have a little bit more colour, this is going to be my go-to.

Mac Coral Bliss Swatch

Coral Bliss is a Cremesheen formula which means it's sheer, moisturizing, and slightly glossy. Both the colour and the formula are completely outside of my comfort zone, but I wanted a summery everyday colour that I could easily throw on and that would go with a lot of different makeup looks. This colour is beeeeautiful. It's a coral shade but it isn't neon in the slightest and since it has so much pink it's very wearable, especially on my fair skin tone. I know that this is going to look even better when I have a bit of a tan and eeee I just love it.

Mac All Fired Up Swatch

All Fired Up is a Retro Matte formula which means it's extremely matte and drying, but it literally will not budge from your lips. It's a bright pinky red shade that doesn't bleed or feather, and it's one of those colours that looks good on virtually any skin tone. If you're looking for something bold but still summery, this needs to be your choice. This is actually a repurchase for me because I lost my last one, so that goes to show how much I'm in love with it. For a full review check out my post on All Fired Up here.

Mac Ruby Woo Swatch
Last but not least, Ruby Woo is a cult classic and for a good reason. It's a beautiful cool toned red that flatters every skin tone, and it's Retro Matte formula ensures that it'll stay on your lips all day long without getting on your teeth or ending up all over your face halfway through the day. Even though this isn't technically a summer inspired colour, it's a shade you can wear all year long making it a staple in every girl's makeup collection (at least that's what I convince myself when purchasing four shades at once...).

Mac Coral Bliss, Lady Danger, All Fired Up, Ruby Woo Swatch

Swatches from top to bottom: Coral Bliss, Lady Danger, All Fired Up, Ruby Woo.

Another great summer shade I picked up recently is Flat Out Fabulous. To see a full review/swatches check out my post here.

Do you own any of these shades?


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Blackheads Be Gone? La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ vs. Avene Cleanance Expert

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ vs. Avene Cleanance Expert

I'm going to start off by saying I have the weirdest skin type ever. I have the driest skin in the world that always peels and flakes BUT I'm also prone to blackheads/whiteheads on my nose. YUM. I read somewhere that blackheads are usually caused by an overproduction of oil, which just doesn't make any sense to me based on my skin because it looks and feels the complete opposite of oily. Anyway, I've been on the hunt for years for a moisturizer that will clear my skin, but also keep it hydrated without clogging my pores. I've read rave reviews about the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo and the Avene Cleanance Expert so I bought them both and used them one at a time over a period of a few months. I've used them both up completely so I'd say I have a pretty accurate idea about how well they work (for me at least) and how they compare to one another. So if you're interested to see which one worked better keep on reading!

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ vs. Avene Cleanance Expert

The La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ is a moisturizer with a gel like consistency that claims it's effective in reducing breakouts and eliminating blackheads. When I first started using this it dried my skin out like crazy, but after a few weeks of use my skin sort of adjusted and I was able to use it as a standalone moisturizer most of the time. For days my skin was especially dry, I would use this underneath a more hydrating moisturizer and that seemed to work fine.

Despite the fact that it's a little drying, I loooove this product. During the few months that I was using it I had zero breakouts aside from the minor pimple here and there. Whenever I would feel a blemish coming on this moisturizer would zap it right away and prevent it from fully forming. When a blemish rarely would appear, this product helped it shrink in size without the annoying flaking that a lot of acne products cause. Hooooooooowever... this did pretty much nothing for my blackheads. I guess it might have eliminated them a little bit, and it definitely did make the size of my pores appear smaller because my skin looked healthier overall, but the results weren't effective enough to make me happy. Would I buy this product again? Probably, but if you're looking for a blackhead miracle cure this isn't it.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ vs. Avene Cleanance Expert

As you can see from the picture above the Avene Cleanance Expert has similar claims to the Effaclar Duo+, but it focuses more so on the removal of blackheads which was obviously something that screamed out to me. Unlike the Effaclar Duo+, this isn't a gel and it looks like your typical creamy moisturizer. Since the consistency is different I expected it to be a little more hydrating, but my skin around my nose peeled like crazy for pretty much the entire time I used this product. In terms of breakouts, I broke out a little bit more while using this than I did when using the Effaclar Duo+. I found that it did help prevent blemishes and it quickly healed the ones that were already there, but in a drying way if that makes sense? A better way to describe it is that instead of shrinking the blemishes, it would dry them out leaving my skin really really flakey in areas I had spots or even spots that were barely formed. Hopefully that's clear and I'm not completely rambling! Like the Effaclar Duo+ this did nothing for my blackheads either.

Put really simply, both products are good, and if you have normal/oily skin you'll be able to use both as a moisturizer on it's own without any problems. If you have acne prone skin, both will help eliminate your breakouts but neither will significantly get rid of your blackheads. All in all, the Effaclar Duo+ is better, but for $10 more the results might not be THAT much better than the Avene Cleanance Expert.

Do you have any recommendations for products to eliminate blackheads? If you do, GIMME GIMME.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Kat Von D's Studded Kiss Lipstick vs. Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick vs. Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Hi everyone!! The weather was somewhat warm and sunny today (it's raining now... AGAIN. ARGH) so I could finally take some pictures and get a few posts together! Does anyone else feel really guilty when they don't have posts up for a few days? I also just got a new camera and I'm waiting for my filters to come in the mail so the photography game up in here is about to get a lot better (I hope). Anyway, enough of my rant and on to today's post!

Kat Von D lip products are insanely hyped in the beauty world, particularly the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks. If you shop at Sephora you know that the shade Lolita is always sold out in stores and online, so when I saw it at my local Sephora the other day I had to pick it up to see what all the fuss was about. Instead of just testing out the formula of the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, I wanted to compare it to the Studded Lipstick and see which one I preferred.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick vs. Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

First I'll start off with the liquid lipstick. I know there's been some controversy over the shade Lolita because a bad batch went out that was straight up brown, but the shade I picked up is a beautiful rosy nude. Granted the shade does have strong brown undertones but on my fair skin it looks more like a muted version of Maybelline's Touch of Spice, and it's a little rosier than Mac's Velvet Teddy. The applicator on this liquid lipstick is genius and the best I've found so far. It's small and picks up the perfect amount of product, so it isn't too difficult to be precise especially if you're a beginner. I found the colour to apply relatively evenly, and I only needed one coat to fully cover my lips.

After about 3 hours of talking and drinking coffee the colour started to wear out in the center of my lips. It wasn't too terrible because the colour is fairly close to my natural lip colour, but it would have been a lot more noticeable if it were a darker or brighter shade. I think this might have been because I was instinctively licking my lips a lot because it was so drying, so I feel like if I applied lip balm an hour or so before application I wouldn't have been doing that and it would have lasted a lot longer on my lips.

Kat Von D Lolita and Kat Von D Bauhau5 Swatch

The shade of the Studded Lipstick I picked up is Bauhau5 which is the most beautiful berry shade ever. I'm going to be wearing it nonstop in the Fall/Winter and eeeeee I'm just so in love with it. The formula reminds me a lot of Mac's Retro Matte finish in terms of the smell (amazing vanilla), and how drying/matte it is. Don't get me wrong, I love Retro Matte finishes so this could be a bad/good thing depending on your preferences. It lasted about the same time as the liquid lipstick did before it started to wear in the center of my lips, but reapplication was smooth and it didn't look patchy or uneven. Even though it was really drying, it didn't emphasize any dry patches but I did exfoliate and moisturize my lips beforehand, so make sure you really prep before application.

Overall, I think I like the Studded Lipsticks a little bit more, but that's only because I tend to lean towards regular lipsticks vs. liquid lipsticks in general. If you love liquid lipsticks, you'll love Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, and if you prefer lipsticks that are creamy and moisturizing rather than super matte and drying you won't like Kat Von D's Studded Lipsticks.

Have you tried either of these products?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wednesday's Weekly Roundup #5

Hi guys! First off I just want to apologize for being such a crap blogger lately. It's been raining nonstop for over a week now so I haven't been able to take any photos, but I promise I have a ton of new content coming up soon! Anyway, here's a bit of what I've been loving this week:

Shania Twain: I know, such a weird favourite but I rediscovered my love of Shania at her concert a few days ago. I bought cheap tickets off Stubhub just for something to do on a Thursday and ended up having so much fun! Since my boyfriend fractured his kneecap and is on crutches, we got relocated to SECOND FREAKING ROW. Such an awesome experience!!

Milani Rose Powder Blush: I won't go too much into detail because I wrote a full post on this product here, but I've been using this blush nonstop when I want a bit of colour on my cheeks that still looks natural. Plus, the packaging is worth mentioning on its own because it's so gorgeous.

Bath and Body Works 3-Wick Candle in Watermelon Lemonade: I've been burning this candle every single day this week. It smells exactly how it sounds, summery and sweet but not tooooo sweet. Heaven heaven heaven.

Steve Madden D-Band Leather Sandals: I contemplated buying this pair of sandals for a really long time at the store and decided not to get them, but I've been second guessing that decision and I can't make up my mind! What do you guys think?

NYX Matte Lipstick: I bought a couple new shades of this amazing drugstore lipstick not too long ago (which I mentioned in my haul here) and I've been loving them. The shade Bloody Mary has been my go to pinky red for nights I want a bold but still summery look.

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water: I recently picked this up because I ran out of my L'Oreal version and it's been working great! It takes off every stitch of my makeup and it's been really gentle on my skin. Stay tuned for a full review up soon.

Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot: I saved the best for last!!!!!! The Princess Diaries was my absolute favourite book series as a tween/teenager and I've missed Mia and her shenanigans! Meg Cabot finally came out with a new book to add to the series, but this time it's geared towards adults and it's amazing so far. Same humour and wit as the original series but a tad more grown up. I really hope she continues on with these!

What have you been loving this week?

Friday, June 12, 2015

Battle of the Drugstore Liquid Liners

Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner vs. L'Oreal Infalliable The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner

A while back I wrote a rave review on the Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Ink Pen Eyelinerbuuuuuut about a month into using it I was really disappointed. If I did a cat eye it would be smudged off by the end of the day, and the tip quickly became fuzzy and impossible to use so I would have to apply my lines using the sides of the applicator. Recently I picked up the L'Oreal Infalliable The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner and I've been using it for a few weeks now, so I thought I would do a comparison to help you all figure out which you should try next time you're at the drugstore!

Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner vs. L'Oreal Infalliable The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner

The L'Oreal Infalliable Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner has, like the name says, a super slim felt tip that makes application really easy. It's pretty precise if you're looking to get a sharp cat eye or a thin line, but not as precise as Kat Von D's Ink Liner.  It doesn't have a matte finish, but it isn't overly glossy either which I love. So far, it's lasted me an entire day without any smudging but you have to be really careful you don't touch your eye otherwise it definitely will. It's also not waterproof by any means. Even just a little bit of water will leave this running down your face, which could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your preferences because removing it is incredibly easy! Overall, for the price it's a really good liquid liner as long as you know you won't be in the water or if you're not prone to accidentally rubbing your eyes.

Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner vs. L'Oreal Infalliable The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner

Ah the Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner. If you look at this photo and compare it to the photo I originally took when I first purchased it, you can see how fuzzy the felt tip has become in such a short period of time. When I first used it brand new, it had a lot of similarities to L'Oreal's version in that it isn't matte but not overly glossy, it isn't waterproof, and (at the time) it didn't smudge. One major difference is that I found it isn't nearly as precise, probably because the applicator is just a little bit thicker. Like I said before, all the things I loved about this liner vanished after a few weeks of use because the formula and applicator quickly went to crap. It seemed to never fully dry on my eyelids so it would smudge really easily, and application took forever because the tip was completely dry. Maybe I got a bad version, or somehow didn't screw the lid on tight enough, but I would recommend the L'Oreal version over this hands down.

Have you tried either of these liners?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

NYX High Voltage Lipsticks | My Thoughts

NYX High Voltage Lipsticks in Stone and Flutter Kiss

I mentioned a little while ago in my NYX Haul that two of the most recent additions to my lipstick collection are the NYX High Voltage Lipsticks in Stone and Flutter Kiss. I've used them a lot since purchasing them so I could get a really good idea about how well they wear, their pigmentation, what they pair well with, etc etc etc. I'm a HUGE fan of NYX products so my expectations were pretty high, but at the same time I didn't do much research on them before picking them up so I had zero idea what they would be like.

First, it might be obvious but these are not matte by any means. They have a very creamy formula that keeps the lips moisturized throughout the day, but they're pretty shiny looking and transfer a lot. When I say transfer I don't mean that they slide around on your face and 10 seconds after application it'll be on your cheek, but if you eat/drink/kiss it will come off. I also found that it didn't leave a stain, but that might be because I purchased two of the lighter shades, so this might not be true for the entire range.

NYX High Voltage Lipstick in Stone

Let's start with the colour Stone. Stone is browny nude that I was really excited about. It's a beautiful colour, but it almost has a bit of a grey undertone when applied to my lips so it washes me out a little bit. I've been trying it paired with mauve or pink lip liners and it looks gorgeous and so much more flattering. When I'm not in the mood to rock a matte lip or my lips are feeling really dry, this is what I've been turning to. It has good pigmentation (you might need to layer it on a few times if you have really pigmented lips though), it looks great with cool toned eyeshadows, and it fades completely evenly throughout the day so you won't end up looking like you're wearing only lip liner (we've all been there right?!).

NYX High Voltage Lipstick in Flutter Kiss

Next is Flutter Kiss, which is a stunning shade that I've been completely in love with. If you're as obsessed with Mac Soar Liner as I am and you're looking for something new to pair it with, you NEED this. It deepens the colour but adds a little bit of shine, so when I wear the combo my lips look so plump and hydrated. On it's own it's darker than an MLBB shade because my skin is so fair, so if you're fair and looking for a deep mauve shade, or if you have a darker skin tone, this would be absolutely perfect for you. The formula is consistent with Stone because it doesn't last forever on the lips, but it fades evenly and you'll actually enjoy touchups because it feels so moisturizing.

NYX High Voltage Lipsticks in Stone and Flutter Kiss

Here is Stone (top) and Flutter Kiss (bottom) swatched so you can see the pigmentation. The colours look a lot deeper on the lips than in the tube, so I would take that into consideration if you're trying to decide what shades to pick up. My only complaint is that the packaging gets SO dirty. Because the lid is clear, somehow lipstick gets all up in there and it ain't cute, but it's a small price to pay for how great these are.

Overall, if you're looking for moisturizing lipstick from the drugstore that you don't mind touching up throughout the day, get these!

Have you tried the NYX High Voltage Lipsticks?

Friday, June 5, 2015

A Must Have Blush for Spring

Milani Rose Powder Blush in Tea Rose Review
For years the only blush I've ever worn is Nars Orgasm. When I first started getting into high end makeup it was a product that hit cult status and everyone was talking about how amazing it was (and they still are). Personally, I just don't really get the hype. It's a little too red for my fair skin and too glittery for my taste. Despite my meh attitude towards it I wanted to use it up without realizing that it takes FOREVER to use up a blush. Is it even possible? So I finally gave up and took a poke around the drugstore for something that might get me excited about blushes again. This Milani Rose Powder Blush is so freaking beautiful.

Milani Rose Powder Blush in Tea Rose Review
The colour I picked up is Tea Rose, which is a beautiful soft pink that screams Spring to me. Originally I had my heart set on Coral Cove but it was sold out, which was probably a blessing in disguise because I'm in love with this colour!!!!! It's really pigmented so I have to be careful if I haven't self-tanned, but it gives my cheeks a really nice pop of colour and because it isn't too bright the risk of looking like a clown because of applying too much is pretty minimal. One of my favourite things about it is that there's no hint of sparkle or glitter in it, so it looks completely natural. I'm in love.

Can we just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful the design is? I almost don't want to use it because I want the rose to stay intact forever. Ahhhh so gorgeous. Now I need all the shades! Why do I do this to myself...

What's your favourite Spring blush?

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wednesday's Weekly Roundup #4

What I'm loving this week:

H&M Home: As you can see from my last few posts I've fallen in love with a marble plate I found at H&M Home and I'm going to photograph it to death. If you live in Canada you know how frustrating it is to not have H&M Home because they carry the cuuuuuuutest things and you can't even order them online from the UK or the US! West Edmonton Mall is the only mall in Canada that I know of that carries the home items and since I'm here for the summer I need to take advantage and buy everything to bring home with me. A few things I've been loving are these cute little pineapple candles and this marble cheese platter.

NYX Prismatic Eyeshadow in Frostbite: In my last post I talked about how amazing this eyeshadow is and I've been wearing it like crazy since I bought it. It's a beautiful icy blue that's white based so it looks amazing as an inner corner highlight. When I wear it my boyfriend calls me "fancy" which in boy talk is a big compliment (I think/hope). I want every single shade!

L'Oreal Lumi Foundation in C3: I raved about this foundation here a while back and I still can't get enough of it. It's perfect for my dry skin because it gives my skin a beautiful glow while still giving me the perfect amount of coverage. The packaging is beautiful, especially for the drugstore, and it's something I know I'll repurchase over and over.

Smoothies: I know I know such a random thing to add to my favourites but I just bought a blender and making smoothies is my favourite nighttime snack (other than cherry blasters or chocolate and peanut butter). When I really want to indulge I blend together a frozen banana, a bit of chocolate milk, ice, and a teaspoon of peanut butter and it's SO FREAKING GOOD. It tastes like a milkshake but without all the cream and calories! Okay there's still a little bit of calories but I'm going to convince myself it's healthy. I may or may not have just taken a break from writing this post to go make one.

Real Techniques Blush Brush: I featured this in my post here and I'm still in love with it. I'm not sure what it is that makes it apply my blush so nicely, but it's pretty and soft and cheap. What more can you ask for really?

Forever 21 Donut Coin Purse: I'm basically an old lady because I carry around coin purses with me all the time, but this one is so cute!

Essie Nail Polish in Mod Square: I just gave myself an at-home pedicure (granted a really crappy one) and I used this shade! It's an electric barbie pink that everyone needs in their life.

What have you been loving this week?
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