Product Reviews

REVIEW: Tarte Cosmetics Creaseless Concealer

Hello, lovelies!

When my beloved Nars Concealer ran dry, I wanted to try a new brand of concealer. I’ve wanted to try Tarte Cosmetics Shape Tape Concealer for a long time but it’s never been available at Sephora. When Sephora recently began to carry a the new Tarte Cosmetics Creaseless Concealer I was excited to try it! I’ve been using the ‘creaseless’ concealer every day since I bought it, and the product absolutely lives up to its name!

The Packaging 

I love the colour scheme and design of this concealer’s packaging. The outside of the concealer features a purple cover with a gorgeous metallic and pink design. The concealer itself comes in a long, cylindrical tube that has a doe-foot applicator. It is lightweight and travel-friendly.

The Formula 

This concealer is full-coverage and long-wearing. It feels creamy and slightly sticky when first applied to the skin, but once it dries, it feels weightless on the skin. The concealer does not cake onto the skin and blends without leaving patches. The formula is water-proof, which makes it ideal to use on warm summer days! This concealer wears comfortably throughout the day and doesn’t budge until I remove it with a makeup remover.

The Shades 

Tarte’s Creaseless Concealer is available in a range of 30 shades. I own the shade 10B which is a fair beige with cool undertones.

Tarte’s Creaseless Concealer is a great product if you’re looking for a concealer that is full-coverage, waterproof and lightweight. It retails for $32 at Sephora.

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Tips and tricks

3 Tips to Eliminate Shine and Help Your Makeup Last All Day

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We’ve all had moments where the makeup we just applied has smudged or disappeared completely. There are various ways that you can prevent your skin from becoming shiny, causing makeup to smudge. Here are my top tips:

1. Prep your skin 

Prepping your skin with primer is important for all skin types, as it helps your makeup stay vibrant throughout the day. If your skin gets shiny, you should prime the oiliest areas of your skin with an oil-free primer. Other areas of the skin can be primed with the same product, or a primer that is not oil free, depending on what you prefer!

2. Apply powder, but don’t overdo it 

I often powder my entire face, but I concentrate my powder in on my forehead, cheeks, and chin to eliminate extra oil. Applying a translucent powder will control shine and oil but applying too much product may give your skin a powdery hue. I like to apply a small amount of powder with a fluffy brush before blending it into my skin.

3. Stick to products that are long-wearing

Products that contain oil or water may contribute to smudged, smeared or slipped makeup. Look for products that are long-wearing, water-resistant, or water-proof to prevent any creasing throughout the day.

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3 Looks, 1 Palette: Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette

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I bought the Norvina eyeshadow palette while placing my latest Sephora order, and decided to create three different eyeshadow looks with the palette, similar to the post I wrote featuring Urban Decay’s Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette. Here’s a breakdown of how I created each look!

Look #1

After applying eyeshadow primer, I buffed the shade Incense into my crease. This shade is a matte dusty terracotta that appears as a deep tan colour on the lid. I applied the shade Soul, a matte lilac to my entire lid. Next, I deepened my inner corner with another sweep of the shade Soul. To complete the look, I pressed the shade Drama across my entire lid. Drama is a duo-chrome aubergine. It appears as a beautiful eggplant-purple on the lid.

Look #2

First, I swept the shade Base across my entire lid. For my crease colours, I blended the shades Volatile and Incense together. I pressed the terracotta-red shade Passion into my outer corner. I added the shimmering gold shade Summer to my inner corner and blended it into the crease. Finally, I deepened the outer corner with another sweep of the shade Passion.

Look #3

I began this look by placing the shade ‘Love’ into my crease to use as a transition shade. This shade is a beautiful blush pink. Next, I picked up the shade Passion and blended it into my crease. I placed this shade slightly lower than the shade ‘Love’. Next, I buffed the shade ‘Dazzling’ across my entire lid. Finally, to add extra sparkly, I pressed the shade ‘Wild Child’ – a frosty pink – into the centre of my lid and blended it out.

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dream Glow Kit

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I own numerous Glow Kits from Anastasia Beverly Hills, and knew I wanted to add the Dream Glow Kit to my collection when it launched earlier this summer. The palette features six iridescent, beautiful highlighters that are reminiscent of fairy dust. I’ve been testing this palette throughout the season, and today I’ll share my review!

The Packaging 

The outside of the palette features a shiny silver cover that reflects a kaleidoscope of colour in the light. Like other glow kits from the brand, this one bears the Anastasia Beverly Hills logo and the word Dream in metallic lettering. It is lightweight and portable. Inside, the palette contains six large pans filled with the highlighter.

The Formula

I love the formula of the Dream Glow Kit! Each highlighter is buttery, pigmented, and smooth. Each highlighter contains a small amount of glitter, but it does not appear chunky or overly sparkly on the skin. On my skin, each highlighter has a slightly pink reflect.

The Shades 

The Dream Glow Kit contains six iridescent highlighters in a range of buttery finishes. The shades included are:

  • Etheral – Cool-toned lavender duo-chrome with a blue sparkle
  • Sunshine – Gold with a lavender shift
  • Unicorn – Pink sparkle with a lavender undertone
  • Wish – Pearly silver
  • Regal – Peach with a combination of blue, pink, and gold sparkle
  • Magic – Cool silver with a cluster of red, blue, and pink sparkle

How to use it

I adore the versatility of this glow kit! I wear it as eyeshadow, highlighter, and a lipstick topper. It can be applied to the skin wet or dry. Simply dip your brush into the highlighter pan and sweep it across the skin to achieve a metallic glow. I enjoy wearing the shades as highlight and eyeshadow.

If you’re looking for an iridescent, beautiful highlighter I’d recommend trying Anastasia Beverly Hills Dream Glow Kit! The highlighter retails for $59 at Sephora.

Tips and tricks

3 Tips to Help You Get a Better Night’s Sleep with FitBit

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Your Fitbit has a variety of features to help you track sleep and activity. The sleep tracker function continuously evolves, and you are now able to track hours slept or set bedtime reminders. Here are three ways that you can get a better night’s sleep with Fitbit.

1. Set a sleep goal

Developing a consistent sleep schedule will improve your sleep and overall health. Your Fitbit allows you to set a sleep goal, and the target times that you want to sleep and wake.

2. Get sleep insights

This is one of my favourite Fitbit features! Sleep Insights are personalized guidance and recommendations based on how your habits impact your sleep. For example, my Fitbit often reminds me to reduce caffeine intake before bedtime to improve the quality of my sleep.

3. Use your device’s alarm

Most devices have an option to set a silent alarm. At the specified time, your Fitbit will gently vibrate and light up, providing you with a gentle, quiet alarm.

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August 2018 Sephora Haul

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After receiving Sephora gift cards for my birthday earlier this month, I was excited to try some new products. I’ll share the items I ordered, and a little bit about my online ordering experience!

My Online Ordering Experience

This was the first time I’ve ordered products from Sephora’s website. To my delight, my ordering and shipping experience was quick and easy! I placed my order on a Sunday evening and my package arrived in the mail on Wednesday afternoon. I would definitely order online again.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette

The main reason I placed a Sephora order was to purchase Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina eyeshadow palette. This palette is the newest in the brand’s collection, and it contains a beautiful combination of pastel, bold and shimmering shades. After two uses, I enjoy how pigmented and blendable the shadows are.

Tarte Hamptons Weekender Contour Palette

I don’t own any palettes that contains a blush, bronzer and highlighter. I decided to pick up the Hamptons Weekender Palette from Tarte, which is a blush, bronzer, and highlight palette. The pans are small but the products are quite pigmented. It will be an ideal product to travel with next month. I tested each shade in the palette yesterday and love it already.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

I love this cult-favourite setting powder from Laura Mercier! I ordered a travel-sized version of the translucent powder to try, and it effortlessly sets my makeup without leaving shine or residue. It feels silky and also brightens underneath my eyes.

Olehenriksen Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer Sample

I’m quite excited to try this moisturizer from Olehenriksen! It’s a whipped, antioxidant-rich moisturizer that moisturizes, reduces dark spots and delivers radiance.

Caudalie Instant Detox Mask Sample

I’ve always wanted to try a mask from Caudalie. The Instant Detox Mask is clay-based to reduce oil and detoxify. I like rotating clay masks into my skincare routine and will fully review this mask soon!

Chloe Perfume Sample

This travel-sized perfume is from Chloe’s Nomad collection. It contains warm floral notes, and hints of freesia. The scent is soft and floral.

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

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I recently received a sample of Urban Decay’s Perversion Mascara with purchase at Sephora. I loved the sample of Urban Decay’s Troublemaker Mascara that I received earlier this summer and was excited to compare the two! Urban Decay’s Perversion Mascara is creamy and volumizing while adding beautiful length to the lashes.

The Packaging

The mascara is packaged in a sleek black tube that bears the Urban Decay logo and the name of the mascara. It is lightweight and sophisticated. The purple lettering on the tube provides great contrast to the matte black colour of the tube.

The Formula

This mascara has a creamy formula, and the texture of the product feels comfortable on the lashes. It does not clump or smudge once applied. The mascara contains a blend of amino acids to stimulate lash growth, and honey to nourish the lashes. Unlike some mascaras that I’ve tried, Urban Decay’s Perversion Mascara does not become flaky with wear. My favourite aspect of this mascara is that it only takes one coat to give my lashes volume and colour.

Urban Decay’s Perversion Mascara is available in a standard black shade. I’ve already begun using this mascara daily, and adore the results. It retails for $30 at Sephora.

Tips and tricks

3 Ways to Get the Perfect Summer Glow with Highlighter

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Highlighter is a perfect product to add a fresh, glowing finish to your skin. I love applying it in the summertime to enhance my tan. Here are three ways to achieve a summer glow with your favourite highlighter.

1. Apply your highlighter with the right tools

Highlight formulas are typically cream-based, powder-based or liquid. Each formula should be applied with a different tool to achieve a luminous finish. If you’re using a cream formula, it is best to warm the product with your fingertips then apply. Powder formulas apply smoothly with a fluffy or fan brush. If you have a liquid formula, press it into the skin with a damp beauty blender.

2. Apply your highlight strategically

Dab highlighter to your cheekbones, Cupid’s bow, and brow bone to achieve a highlight that will catch the light. If you don’t have your favourite highlight on hand, a dab of coconut oil applied to those places will do the trick!

3. Use powder to counteract too much shine 

Getting glitter-happy with your favourite highlighter happens to all of us. To tone-down an abundance of highlighter, dust contour powder over your highlighter for a subtle glow. Alternatively, you can also dust a dry brush across the skin after applying highlighter.

What are your favourite tips to achieve a summer glow? 

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I Swapped My Moisturizer for Maracuja Oil for a Week

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I recently received a sample of Tarte Cosmetics Maracuja Oil with purchase at Sephora. Maracuja oil is derived from the maracuja fruit, and contains vitamin C and essential fatty acids to moisturize and heal acne-prone skin. I decided to replace my usual moisturizer with maracuja oil for a week to find out how it would react with my dry, acne-prone skin.

How I used the maracuja oil 

I applied the maracuja oil each morning after cleansing my skin. Instead of applying my usual moisturizer, I let a few drops of maracuja oil dry into my skin. I applied the oil for seven days without using other moisturizing products in my skincare routine to determine the performance of the product.

The Results

After testing Tarte’s Maracuja Oil, I have mixed feelings. The oil felt soft and smooth on my skin. On days when the weather was warmer, the oil left a slight sheen on my skin – it absorbed, but not fully. About halfway through my moisturizer switch I noticed that my skin began to breakout. My skin is typically acne-prone, and while maracuja oil is helpful to heal acne, I believe that it added too much oil to my skin. Overall, if you have dry skin, I would recommend trying maracuja oil. For those of you with dry, acne-prone skin I would recommend testing the oil for 1-2 days to observe whether the oil may contribute to further breakouts. While I was excited to try an oil in my skincare routine, this challenge did not agree with my skin.

Have you ever tried a maracuja oil? What were your results? 

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Dr. Brandt Pore Refiner Primer

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I recently received a sample of Dr. Brandt Skincare’s Pore Refiner Primer with purchase at Sephora. I’ve used my beloved Smashbox primer for close to two years, so I was excited to try a new brand! This primer is useful for minimizing pores while creating a smooth base for makeup.

The Packaging

This product has a sleek and sophisticated appearance. The primer is packaged in a silver tube that bears the Dr. Brandt logo. I like that is lightweight, travel-friendly, and easy to use.

The Primer

The primer itself is tan-coloured with a faint silicone scent. when I first dispensed the primer, I feared that the product would appear tinted on my skin. To my delight, it applies translucent on the skin. It is lightweight and feels silky when applied. This is a great primer that smoothes, mattifies, and blurs imperfections. I love that this primer gives the added benefit of blurring imperfections while it primes. I have combination skin, and this primer helped to minimize my pores while reducing shine in my skin.

Overall, Dr. Brandt’s Pore Refiner Primer is a great primer to try if you are looking for a product that primes, reduces shine, and creates a matte effect on the skin. It retails for $55 at Sephora.