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REVIEW: Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots

Hello, lovelies!

With the holiday season approaching, I like to introduce extra glitter into my makeup routine. I bought a few shades of Tarte’s Chrome Paint Shadow Pots recently, and they have transformed my eyeshadow looks!

The Packaging

The packaging of these eyeshadows feels luxurious. The shadow is packed into a round transparent pot. I love that this displays the vibrant colour of the shadow inside. The cover of the pot is a gorgeous metallic-gold. Each shadow fits into the palm of the hand and is ideal for travel!

The Formula

Each shadow is composed of pearl pigments that give it a shiny, colourful finish. The shadow feels creamy to the touch and blend easily. After applying the shadow to the lid, it has a beautiful foiled appearance.

The Wear

I did notice a small amount of fallout when wearing these pigments, owing to the looseness of them. Once I applied them with a wet brush, they stayed vibrant and colourful for hours.

How to Use Them

I’d recommend applying Tarte’s Chrome Paint Shadow Pots with a wet brush for maximum pigmentation. They can also be applied with the fingertips for an intense colour.

The Shades

I adore the range of bright colours in this collection! There are 8 shades in total:

  • Park Ave Princess – Metallic bronze
  • Fire Dancer – Metallic burgundy
  • Martini – Metallic bronzed olive
  • Top Yacht – Metallic champagne
  • Steel the Show – Metallic steel navy
  • Beach Bae – Metallic copper
  • Sun Drenched – Metallic bronze champagne
  • Frose – Metallic rose gold

Tarte’s Chrome Paint Shadow Pots are a beautiful addition to your eyeshadow collection if you want a burst of pigmented glitter in your eyeshadow looks! I love the wear, pigmentation and longevity of these beautiful eyeshadow toppers. Each single shadow pot retails for $27 at Sephora.

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REVIEW: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Hello, lovelies!

With colder weather approaching, I like to incorporate products into my daily routine to moisturize my lips. I’ve always loved Laneige products and couldn’t wait to try the Lip Sleeping Mask after I bought it at Sephora last month.

The Packaging

The packaging of this lip mask is fun, travel-friendly and eye-catching. The lip mask comes in a rounded jar that fits in the palm of your hand. The jar itself is a gorgeous pale pink and bears the Laneige logo. It is lightweight and can be easily carried in a purse, makeup bag, or even your pocket!

The Mask

One of my favourite aspects of this lip mask is the texture of the mask. It feels like a balm, and it is soft to the touch. When applied to the lips, the mask feels moisturizing, lightweight and buttery-soft. It doesn’t feel heavy or sticky after it is applied. It smells faintly of fresh berries, owing to the raspberry, strawberry, blueberry and cranberry extracts packed into the mask. After wearing this mask both morning and overnight, my lips were soft, plump and smooth.

How to use it

I usually apply this mask in the morning and evening as a part of my skincare routine. The full-sized jar comes with an applicator to apply the product. I have a travel-sized jar and apply it with my fingertips. Simply apply the product to the lips and let it absorb. I love that it does not need to be rinsed off. I apply it to my lips and let it do the work!

Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask is a wonderful product to keep the lips smooth, hydrated and plump. This mask is perfect to travel with, and can be applied morning or night. I love applying it daily as part of my skincare routine. Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask retails for $24 at Sephora.

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REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette

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When I first saw the layout for Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette, I was instantly drawn to the cool-toned combination of purple, golden, and ruby shades. Most other eyeshadow palettes I own are warm-toned but I was very excited to add these cool shadows into my collection!

The Packaging

My favourite aspect of this packaging is the gorgeous pale purple colour. It is whimsical and delightful. The palette itself is has this pale purple colour with the word ‘Norvina’ stamped in white lettering across the front. This palette contains 14 eyeshadow palettes and a dual-ended brush like its predecessors.

The Shadows

These shadows are buttery-soft, smooth, and apply without any fallout. Each shadow is pigmented. This palette contains a combination of shimmer, duo-chrome and matte shadows. The shimmer shadows are bright while the mattes are bold. Each shadow in the palette blends well without creasing.

The Shades

Each shade in the palette is versatile for daytime or nighttime wear. The shades within the Norvina palette include:

  • Dreamer – Metallic pink champagne
  • Base – Matte eggshell
  • Summer – Metallic golden
  • Soul – Matte wisteria
  • Wild Child – Duo-chrome frosty pink
  • Incense – Matte terracotta
  • Rose Gold – Metallic rosewood
  • Love – Matte cool-toned pink
  • Celestial – Duo-chrome plum with a violet shift
  • Volatile – Matte charcoal with a warm brown shift
  • Dazzling – Duo-chrome bronze
  • Eccentric – Matte burnt orange
  • Drama – Duo-chrome aubergine
  • Passion – Matte deep ruby

The Wear

These shadows remain bright and pigmented while wearing them. They do not fade or crease throughout the day, and I did not notice any fallout when applying each of these shadows! I love that I can create a variety of smoky, bright, or cool-toned eyeshadow looks with this palette. The addition of purple-toned eyeshadows gives the palette a unique colour combination.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina palette retails for $55 at Sephora.

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REVIEW: Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liner

Hello, lovelies!

I adore lip liner. After losing more than one lip liner recently, I purchased a new one from Smashbox. I was excited to try a creamy liner, and this one packs incredible staying power when applied!

The Packaging

Smashbox’s Always Sharp Lip Liner is lightweight and easy to use. The liner is formatted like a pencil, and has a cap that self-sharpens when twisted into place. The liner is sophisticated and bears the ‘Smashbox’ logo.

The Lip Liner

The lip liner is creamy and long-wearing. Because it is a self-sharpening lip liner, it automatically sharpens each time the cap is closed. Unlike pencil lip liners, this one does not tug when I apply it to my lips. It dries down without feeling crumbly or tacky.

How to use it

To sharpen the lip liner, twist the cap closed until it clicks. To apply the lip liner, trace along the lines of your lip to achieve the desired pigment.

The Shades

I love the diverse shade range of these lip liners! This liner is available in a range of 15 shades:

  • Nude Dark – Deep chestnut
  • Nude Medium – Medium beige
  • Nude Light – Beige pink
  • Audition – Neutral rose
  • Safe Word – Rose nude
  • Rosebud – Mauve pink
  • Stylist – Rose
  • Crimson – True blue-red
  • Figgy – Red grape
  • Fireball – Bright orange red
  • Pinch Me – Bright coral
  • Screen Queen – Burgundy-red
  • Violet – Berry
  • Plum Role – Dark plum
  • Punked – Deep grey
  • Nude Fair – Light pink

Smashbox’s Always Sharp Lip Liner is a perfect alternative to traditional lip liner formulas if you want a creamy liner that doesn’t dry out the lips. I love wearing this product daily to increase the longevity of my lipstick! Each liner retails for $26 at Sephora.

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REVIEW: Caudalie Instant Detox Mask

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I recently received a sample of the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask from Sephora. While my skincare routine is fairly regimented, I enjoy trying new masks to clarify and detoxify my skin. This mask contains a variety of natural ingredients to clean the pores and reduce excess oil.

The Packaging

This packaging is quite earth-toned and soothing. The mask comes in a mint-green tube that bears the Caudalie logo and a floral design. This tube is lightweight and travel-friendly. My favourite aspect of the packaging is that the mask can be dispensed onto my palm without placing my fingers into the product.

The Mask

The first thing I noticed about this mask was its beautiful pale pink colour. This mask has a gritty texture that feels deep-cleaning when applied to the skin. It contains grape marc to detofixy, pink clay and coffee to absorb dirt and excess oil, and papaya to brighten. These natural ingredients feel soothing and non-irritating on the skin. After using this mask, my skin felt clearer, brighter and smooth.

How to use it

I like to use this mask 1-2 times per week. I apply a thin layer to my skin, leave it on for 5-10 minutes then rinse.

Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask worked well to clear my skin, and did not feel chalky or tight like other masks I’ve tried. If you’re looking for a soothing mask to add into your skincare routine, I’d recommend this one! Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask retails for $47 at Sephora.

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REVIEW: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

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I bought a travel-sized jar of Laura Mercier’s iconic setting powder at Sephora during the summer. After only one use, this powder became a staple in my makeup kit when setting my makeup! This is the first loose setting powder I’ve tried, and I was interested to see how it performed compared to alternatives!

The Packaging

The packaging feels luxurious. The powder comes in a rounded jar that has small openings in the top to dispense the powder. The oak-brown lid contains the Laura Mercier logo. I love this packaging design – the powder dispenses easily and precisely.

The Powder

This powder is incredible. It is translucent, and is not scented or coloured – perfect for my acne prone skin! It is finely-milled and feels soft when blended into the skin. It does not feel heavy on the skin and sets my makeup for the day.

The Wear

This powder wears comfortably throughout the day. It feels weightless on the skin, and doesn’t crease. I’ve worn it comfortably for 12-14 hours without experiencing any fallout or fading.

If you are looking for a translucent setting powder to set makeup (especially foundation!) I’d recommend Laura Mercier’s Translucent Setting Powder. It retails for $48 at Sephora,

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REVIEW: Chloe Nomade Perfume

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I received a sample of Chloe’s Nomade Perfume while placing my latest Sephora order. I don’t buy new perfumes often, but this perfume is one of the best that I’ve sampled recently! The warm floral notes of the fragrance are soft and pleasant.

The Packaging 

Chloe’s Nomade Perfume comes in an elegant rounded bottle that is reminiscent of a hexagon shape. It features a golden cap that glistens when it catches the light. The transparent bottle is made of glass and the light rose-gold colour of the perfume is visible.

The Scent

This perfume bursts with soft scents of freesia and plum. It has a slightly musky undertone when it dries down, but smells sweet when initially applied. The scent is reminiscent of a bouquet of fresh flowers but I can detect a hint of cinnamon in the fragrance. This combination blends together well.

The Wear 

When this perfume dries onto the skin, it stays vibrant and scented for 3-4 hours. The scent does not last for an entire day, but that is typical of most fragrances. One aspect of the perfume that I adore is the wearability – it is soft enough to wear everyday.

Chloe’s Nomad Perfume is a beautiful fragrance to wear everyday or for special occasions. It is soft, bright, and floral. If you’re looking for a perfume that combines sweet and spiced, I’d recommend this one! Chloe’s Nomad Perfume retails for $154 at Sephora. Smaller bottles of perfume are available, priced at $86 or $122.

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REVIEW: MAC Prep+Prime Skin Base

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I received a sample of MAC’s Prep+Prime Skin Base with purchase over the summer, and I was very excited to try a gel lotion primer. This product is a unique lotion that evens out skin redness and discolouration while adding radiance. I replaced my moisturizer and primer with this product to test it and loved the results!

The Packaging

This product is sleek and lightweight. The product is packaged inside a bottle that mimics an aerosol can, however the nozzle functions similar to a pump. It features the MAC logo and contains 30 ml of product. My favourite aspect of the packaging is the multi-coloured shimmering particles on the bottle that results in a glittering effect when the bottle is turned.

The Product

The primer itself is white but has small golden flecks in it. It feels very lightweight and soft when applied to the skin, drying down without feeling sticky. This primer gave my skin a luminous glow underneath my makeup.

How to use it

I like that this product is easy to apply and dries down quickly. To apply, smooth the product over your face after moisturizing. The product can be applied with the fingertips, a brush, or a sponge.

MAC’s Prep+Prime Skin is a unique primer that evens out skin tone, provides a glowing radiance to the complexion, and feels soft to the touch. I enjoyed trying this product as a primer and it is quite unique compared to other primers that I’ve tried! MAC’s Prep+Prime Skin retails for $31 on MAC’s official website.

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REVIEW: Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette

Hello, lovelies!

Urban Decay released a new eyeshadow palette earlier this summer called Born to Run. This palette has been an essential component of my makeup collection and it’s enabled me to create an array of eyeshadow looks – from soft to smoky to colourful. I wanted to test this palette for a few months before reviewing it and it’s definitely been a worthwhile purchase!

The Packaging

The packaging of this palette is beautiful! The palette is sleek and compact but it feels heavy when held. The outside of the palette features a collection of photographs from destinations including a tropical beach, Paris, London’s Big Ben clock, and a forest. This collection of photographs truly represents the ‘born to run’ theme of the palette. The inside of the palette includes a large mirror and an array of 21 eyeshadows.

The Formula 

Each eyeshadow is creamy, easy-to-blend and pigmented. There is no fallout present with these shadows and they can be applied dry or with a damp brush to intensify the pigment. This palette contains a combination of matte and metallic shadows.

The Shades 

The shade range in this palette is versatile, ranging from matte coral to shimmery bronze, grey, pink and forest-green. Shades within this palette include:

  • Breakaway – Warm ivory shimmer
  • Stranded – Pale gold with a rose shimmer
  • Blaze – Light metallic gold with a peachy undertone
  • Weekender – Matte beige
  • Still Shot – Matte coral
  • Riff – Matte brown with a nude undertone
  • Good As Gone – Dark brown with a iridescent micro-shimmer
  • Hell Ride – Matte fuchsia
  • Baja – Matte brunt orange
  • Accelerate – Metallic coppery-red
  • Guilt Trip – Grape-purple with shimmer
  • Ignite – Metallic rose-gold with copper undertones
  • Smog – Deep copper bronze with shimmer
  • Wanderlust – Forest green with gold micro-shimmer
  • Wildheart – Matte bright fuchsia
  • Punk – Brown with red-copper undertones
  • Double Life – Metallic rust
  • Jet – Shimmering black
  • Drift – Satin charcoal with silver micro-shimmer
  • Radio – Satin teal-blue with micro-shimmer
  • Big Sky – Frosted green shimmer with gold sparkle

The Wear

When each shadow is applied to the lid, it wears comfortably and doesn’t crease, fade, or flake throughout the day. I’ve worn these shadows for 10-12 hours without experiencing any smudging or flaking. I love that the shadows within this palette are wearable for everyday looks, or bold for a night time look.

Urban Decay’s Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette is a great palette if you are looking for a versatile collection of shades, or a palette that is travel-friendly. It retails for $59 at Sephora.

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REVIEW: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Hello, lovelies!

I typically set my makeup with a setting spray, but wanted to try a setting powder to use on areas of my face that become oily throughout the day. I picked up a travel-sized container of Laura Mercier’s iconic Loose Setting Powder. After only one use, it became a staple in my makeup kit!

The Packaging

The packaging is sleek and sophisticated. The powder is held in a circular jar with small holes vented in the cover to dispense the powder. The jar is embossed with a cedar-coloured cover that bears the ‘Laura Mercier’ logo. The jar feels slightly heavy, which makes the product feel luxurious. Each jar comes with a small, soft puff to apply the powder.

The Powder

The powder feels like a dream when applied to the skin! It is finely-milled and silky to the touch. It blends into the skin seamlessly and does not leave any residue when applied. The powder becomes translucent when blended into the skin and does not appear caky or dry.

How to use it

I like to apply this powder with a fluffy brush. I dip a brush into the small vented holes in the cover, and shake slightly to dispense the product. I sweep it into my skin and blend to set my makeup. If you are new to loose setting powder, I’d recommend tapping off excess powder from your brush or puff then pressing it into the skin using a soft rolling motion.

Laura Mercier’s Loose Setting Powder is a wonderful product to set makeup, reduce shine, and ‘baking’ foundation underneath the eyes. This is my favourite setting powder to use on a daily basis. Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder retails for $48 at Sephora.