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REVIEW: Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara

Hello, lovelies!

I adore trying new mascaras, but I must admit that once I find one that I love, I tend to repurchase it again and again. Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara is one of those products. The unique brush hooks and curls each lash for voluminous length.

The Packaging

This mascara comes in a fun and beautiful tube. The glossy black tube bears the Benefit Cosmetics logo and product name in pale pink cursive. It is lightweight and travel-friendly. The outside of the mascara wand is pale pink with a geometric design. The ‘Hook and Roll’ mascara wand is slightly curved and matches the pink colour of the outside cover.

The Mascara

This mascara gives my lashes curl and volume with a single swipe. It is not clumpy or sticky when applied, and each lash is easily coated. Initially, the formula feels watery-thin and damp but it dries completely matte after a few seconds. This mascara is long-lasting and pigmented.

The Shades

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara is available in Black or Brown. Both shades are pigmented and matte.

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara is a staple in my makeup kit. The lightweight formula gives lashes length, volume and pigmentation. This is my favourite mascara to wear on a daily basis and it performs well morning or night! This mascara retails for $33 at Sephora.

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REVIEW: Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Color Paint Shadow

Hello, lovelies!

I recently tried a sample of Make Up For Ever’s Aqua XL Colour Paint Shadow, a unique cream eyeshadow. I rarely wear cream eyeshadows, so I was excited to try this one in comparison to my usual eyeshadows! This highly pigmented, creamy eyeshadow is a must-have if you want to try something a little different from your standard eyeshadows!

The Packaging 

The product comes in a lightweight triangular tube that bears the Make Up For Ever logo.  It features a black cap and a small slanted nozzle to dispense the product. The product is travel-friendly and easily fits into a handbag, tote, or makeup bag. I love that each tube is coloured differently to represent the shade of the shadow inside.

The Shadow

The shadow initially feels creamy but not oily. It dries down to a matte finish once applied to the lid and does not flake or crease throughout the day. My favourite aspect of these shadows is that the colours stay vibrant and pigmented throughout the day. I’ll admit that I was initially curious about how the formula would dry down, but was pleasantly surprised by how quickly it dried!

The Wear 

Each shadow is pigmented and wears comfortably for 10-12 hours without fading. I tested each shade I own with a eyeshadow primer base, and the shades did not budge! Because these shadows dry quickly, I would recommend placing the product exactly where you want it to sit on the eyelid. I love that each shade can be built-up to achieve the desired level of pigmentation, allowing you to create versatile eyeshadow looks.

How to Use It

I adore the ease of use with these shadows! Apply the eyeshadow in thin, sheer layers and allow each layer to dry. I’ve applied them to my eyelid with both a brush and my fingertip and have achieved consistent, vibrant colour. I have, however, noticed that the shadows appear more pigmented when applied with my fingertip.

The Shades 

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Paint Shadow is available in a variety of 19 shades:

  • M-10: Matte black
  • M-16: Matte white
  • M-20: Matte dark blue
  • M-24: Matte turquoise
  • M-52: Matte beige
  • M-56: Matte taupe
  • M-60: Matte brown
  • M-70: Matte orange
  • M-72: Matte red
  • M-82: Matte fuchsia
  • M-90: Matte purple
  • L-14: Lustrous white
  • L-22: Lustrous dark blue
  • L-30: Lustrous khaki
  • L-54: Lustrous taupe
  • I-12: Iridescent steel-grey
  • I-42: Iridescent coppery-gold
  • I-50: Iridescent warm beige
  • I-80: Iridescent pink-beige

Make Up For Ever’s Aqua XL Shadow is a unique product that is perfect cream eyeshadow! The shades are vibrantly pigmented, and the shadows are easy to apply. I adore using these eyeshadows when I’m travelling and don’t want to carry a bulkier eyeshadow palette! Each tube of eyeshadow retails for $31 at Sephora.

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REVIEW: Versace Bright Crystal Perfume

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I adore testing new fragrances. I recently received a sample of Versace’s Bright Crystal Perfume and the floral scent immediately caught my attention. The soft floral notes of magnolia, peony and lotus flower smell clean, refreshing and bright!

The Packaging 

Versace’s Bright Crystal perfume comes in a sophisticated and elegant bottle. The square shape of the clear bottle enables you to see the pale pink colour of the perfume inside. It features a unique crystal-shaped cap that feels heavy and luxurious to the touch.

The Scent 

This fragrance bursts with notes of fresh flowers. Initially, the perfume has a delightful citrus scent that fade to warmer scents of amber, musk and freesia. The combination of sweet and sensual scents blends well together and delights the senses.

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. I enjoy how the scent profile changes as the perfume is worn – it starts out citrusy and bright but dries down to a warm, softer scent. The perfume is soft yet vibrant.

Versace’s Bright Crystal is a gorgeous perfume to wear daily or for special occasions. The soft, floral fragrance is enticing, calming and sweet. If you are looking for a feminine fragrance that still has a hint of musk, I’d recommend this one! Versace’s Bright Crystal Perfume retails for $126 at Sephora.

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REVIEW: Huda Beauty New Nude Eyeshadow Palette

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Huda Beauty released a beautiful new eyeshadow palette last month. The New Nude Eyeshadow Palette is the perfect palette to create versatile nude eyeshadow looks with pops of glitter and sparkle. I adore the neutral, yet colourful, combination of shades within this palette and how the shadows can quickly transform my look from day to night!

The Packaging

The packaging of this palette is beautiful and sophisticated. The outside of the palette features a graphic of Huda Kattan’s eyes along with a monochromatic eyeshadow look. I love that the light colours used on the palette – a combination of baby pink, light beige, and peach are reminiscent of the shadows within. The palette bears the ‘Huda Beauty’ logo, features a large mirror and contains 18 shades.

The Eyeshadows

Each eyeshadow is pigmented and blends easily. The palette contains a unique mixture of versatile duo-chrome, matte, glitter, and pressed pigment finishes. I wear these shadows for 10-12 hours without experiencing any fallout. I blend the matte shadows with a brush and apply the duo-chrome and pressed pearl shadows with my finger for maximum colour payoff. The pure glitter shadows apply best with a glitter glue.

The Shades

Huda Beauty’s New Nude Eyeshadow Palette contains 18 shadows:

  • Bare – Matte cream
  • Crave – Multi-reflective pink champagne
  • Play – Matte peach
  • Fantasy – Multi-reflective rose
  • Love Bite – Matte purple with a pink undertone
  • Spanked – Matte cranberry
  • Lace – Matte pale pink
  • Daydream – Multi-reflective pale pink with silver undertone
  • Tickle – Matte salmon
  • Excite – Deep red glitter
  • Infatuated – Golden copper glitter
  • Kinky – Metallic cranberry
  • Concealed – Creamy concealer base
  • Secret – Matte burnt orange with pink base
  • Tease – Matte taupe
  • Raw – Matte warm rose
  • Charmed – Multi-reflective rose gold
  • Teddy – Matte warm caramel

Huda Beauty’s New Nude Eyeshadow Palette is versatile, eye-catching and sophisticated. It offers a combination of shadow finishes to create an array of eye looks. The palette retails for $85 at Sephora.

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REVIEW: Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon

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I adore Bite Beauty. I recently bought a Matte Creme Lip Crayon from Sephora and instantly enjoyed the lightweight, creamy formula that differs from the drying matte lipsticks I usually wear. Bite Beauty’s Matte Creme Lip Crayon is a unique product that unites the best aspects of matte and creamy lipstick!

The Packaging

The lip crayon comes in a sleek, matte black tube with the Bite Beauty logo embossed on it. It is lightweight and portable. The crayon itself has a precision tip for easy application. The crayon twists upward when the bottom of the tube is twisted, but it is not self-sharpening.

The Lip Crayon

I love the creamy texture of the lip crayon! It glides onto the lips and is highly pigmented. The lip crayon feels weightless when applied to the lips, and dries down to a demi-matte finish. I adore that this product doesn’t fade or feather with extended wear. When I wear this lip crayon with a matching lip liner shade, the longevity of the colour increases.

The Formula 

The formula is nourishing and creamy. The texture feels lightweight and comfortable. As with other Bite Beauty products, this lip crayon is formulated without parabens or sulfates. The lip crayon is water-resistant and feels smooth and hydrating on the lips.

The Shades

Bite Beauty’s Matte Creme Lip Crayon is available in an array of 23 shades:

  • Blanc – Stark white
  • Cava – Lilac beige
  • Amaretto – Peachy nude
  • Leche – Dusty pale pink
  • Glace – Dusty mauve
  • Tatin – Pink rose
  • Pink Lady – Bright pink
  • Frambroise – Vibrant rasberry-red
  • Blood Orange – Intense red with orange undertones
  • Peche – Warm peach
  • Sucre – Warm pink
  • Rose Hip – Vibrant red with blue undertones
  • Fraise – Jewel red
  • Red Velvet – Rich, deep red
  • Brandy – Muted raspberry
  • Pastille – Dusty mauve
  • Aubergine – Eggplant purple
  • Truffle – Deep brown
  • Cognac – Chocolate brown
  • Liquorice – Oxblood
  • Black Truffle – Blackened violet
  • Molasses – Rich toffee
  • Sugarcane – Pale pink

Bite Beauty’s Matte Creme Lip Crayon is a great product if you like a creamier lipstick formula. It is lightweight and feels delightful on the lips. Though it is not long-wearing, the formula is one that I favour when I’m looking for a lightweight, creamier product! Bite Beauty’s Matte Creme Lip Crayon retails for $28 at Sephora

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REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eyeshadow Palette

Hello, lovelies!

Anastasia Beverly Hills released another eyeshadow palette as a part of the brand’s 2018 holiday collection. When I first saw the colour story within this palette, I was instantly drawn to it. Unlike other palettes from the brand, this one has the most unique selection of shimmer shades, which was a key selling point for me. This is a completely cool-toned palette and ideal for creating winter-ready eyeshadow looks!

The Packaging 

Out of every Anastasia Beverly Hills palette, this one has the most beautiful packaging. The palette comes in the brand’s standard 14-pan cardboard package. Inside the palette is a dual-ended brush and the eyeshadows. This palette’s beauty comes from the gorgeous sparkly rose-gold packaging.

The Shadows 

What drew me to this palette is the cool-toned shadow selection. I love that this combination of colours is perfect for the holidays or winter in general! The matte shadows are soft and buttery. They apply easily to the eyelid and have no fallout or patchiness. Each of the shimmer shadows are pigmented, bright and smooth. I’ve applied the shimmer shadows with both a brush and my fingertips and noticed no difference in pigmentation between the two methods.

The Shades 

This palette contains a variety of smoky, bright, and glittery shades:

  • Fresh – Matte ivory
  • Pearl – Metallic pearl-white with a soft pink undertone
  • Steampunk – Metallic bronze with topaz flecks
  • Rose Quartz – Metallic soft peach with a pink shift
  • Ember – Metallic bronzed khaki
  • Bloom – Matte coral-pink
  • Birch – Matte mid-tone yellow taupe
  • Cinder – Metallic cool-tone beige taupe with gold flecks
  • Twig – Matte cool-toned taupe
  • Teak – Metallic golden-brown
  • Dystopian – Matte dark brown
  • Cyborg – Metallic silver with a violet undertone
  • Slate – Matte slate-grey
  • Noir – Matte black

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eyeshadow Palette contains an ideal combination of smoky and sparkly eyeshadow shades that are perfect for the season! I adore the versatility and wear of the shadows. If you are looking for an eyeshadow palette that is wearable for daytime, nighttime or holiday-party looks, I’d definitely recommend this one. Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Palette retails for $59 at Sephora.

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REVIEW: Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

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I love trying new products to hydrate my skin during the winter months. I recently bought a travel-sized jar of Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask and immediately incorporated it into my weekly skincare routine. I’ve loved every Laneige product I’ve tried, and this unique mask is no exception!

The Packaging 

The first word that comes to mind when I view the packaging is calming. The mask comes in a rounded jar that is a gorgeous pale blue. The jar bears the Laneige logo and is lightweight and travel-friendly. I love that it is lightweight and can be easily carried in a purse.

The Mask 

The mask is lightweight and hydrating. It feels cooling when applied to the skin and does not dry down completely. It smells faintly of fresh flowers, owing to the orange flower, rose and sandalwood that the mask is infused with. After wearing the mask overnight, my skin feels supple, smooth and hydrated. A small amount of the mask goes a long way, and you only need to apply a few dabs to the skin to achieve the full effect of the mask.

How to use it

I apply this mask 2-3 times per week. I apply it evenly to my face and leave it on overnight. I then rinse the remaining residue the next morning and apply a moisturizer to lock-in hydration from the mask. It absorbs into the skin without feeling sticky.

Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask is a unique product to add to your skincare routine. It is hydrating, easy to use, and lightweight. The mask leaves my skin soft and plump after each use. Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask retails for $33 at Sephora.

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REVIEW: Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

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I love trying new setting sprays. I usually set my makeup with MAC Fix+ but decided to try Urban Decay’s All-Nighter Setting Spray about two months ago. After one use, I knew this product would become an integral part of my makeup kit. Urban Decay’s All-Nighter Setting Spray is the main product I set my makeup with each day and I’ve completely fallen in love with it!

The Packaging 

I adore the packaging of Urban Decay’s Setting Spray! The spray comes in a round bottle with a nozzle for easy use. The packaging itself features a sleek, matte black colour with the Urban Decay logo and the product name embossed on it. I love the swirled, light purple lettering on the bottle. This bottle is lightweight and easy to travel with.

The Mist

The weightless mist feels refreshing on the skin. It is formulated with a unique Temperature Control Technology that lowers the temperature of makeup to increase its longevity. The mist does not feel heavy when spritzed onto the skin and dries down completely when applied. It is completely transparent and does not leave any residue when applied. The product has a pleasant cooling sensation when sprayed into the skin, owing to the mist’s unique Temperature Control Technology.

The Wear 

Urban Decay’s All-Nighter Setting Spray has revolutionized my makeup routine. It sets my makeup for the entire day, and my makeup does not fade or crease. Further, the product doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin! I spritz the product onto my skin in the morning and my makeup stays vibrant for 10-12 hours.

How to Use It 

Shake the bottle well before use. Hold the bottle a few inches away from the face and mist the skin 2-4 times in an X and T formation then allow to dry. I also regularly apply this product to my eyeshadow brushes before use to intensify the colour of shadows.

Urban Decay’s All-Nighter Setting Spray has revolutionized my makeup routine. The spray increases the longevity of makeup, refreshes my skin and makes my makeup look vibrant and fresh! The spray is available in multiple sizes at Sephora. The mini sized bottle retails for $19, the standard sized bottle retails for $40 and the jumbo-sized bottle retails for $50.

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REVIEW: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

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Until recently, I’d never tested the iconic Better Than Sex Mascara from Too Faced. I received a sample of the mascara at Sephora earlier this season and immediately returned to the store to buy a full-sized tube! Once I began wearing this mascara, it became a staple in my makeup kit.

The Packaging 

The mascara comes in a fun frosted-pink tube with the Too Faced logo and product name embossed into it. It is lightweight and travel-friendly. The mascara wand contained inside features compact, elongated bristles.

The Formula 

After it is is initially applied, the mascara feels very wet and sticky. Once the product dries down it feels lightweight and dries to a matte black colour. The formula is not clumpy and it is easy to apply the product to each lash.

The Wear 

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara curls my lashes easily and gives them a bold, matte black colour. The mascara wears well throughout the day, but does tend to flake with extended wear. I love that a little product goes a long way – you only need a small amount of mascara to achieve length and volume!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is a daily essential in my makeup kit! This is the only mascara I’ve worn for the last few months and it certainly does not disappoint. If you are looking for to enhance your natural lashes with mascara, I’d definitely recommend trying this mascara! Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara retails for $31 at Sephora.

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REVIEW: Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots

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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.