Product Reviews

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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Erin Angela’s Top 4 Eyeshadow Palettes

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Eyeshadow is a staple in my makeup collection. There are certain palettes that I gravitate towards, and create versatile eyeshadow looks with them. Here is a peek into my top four favourite eyeshadow palettes!

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam

The Soft Glam Palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills is an essential palette for neutral, smoky eyeshadow looks. I wear this palette whenever I want to create a soft smoky eye. My favourite shades in this palette are ‘Rose Gold’ and ‘Cyprus Umber’.

2. Urban Decay Born to Run

This is one of the most used palette in my collection. The combination of neutral matte shades, glittery metallics and pops of colour make this a versatile palette for every type of eye makeup look. I wear this palette a few times per week.

3. Huda Beauty Obsessions

I love travelling with my Huda Beauty Obsessions Palette! Though the palette only contains 9 eyeshadows, the orange, brown and burgundy shades enables me to create a variety of looks. I used this palette for an entire week while on vacation last month, and achieved a variety of eyeshadow combinations!

4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina

The Norvina Palette is a beautiful, cool-toned eyeshadow palette for the fall and winter seasons. I wear the mauve, lavender and shimmering shades for special occasions and daily events. I often pair the cool-toned shades with bright, bold lipstick shades.

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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.

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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.

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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: Anastasia Beverly Hills Pink Matte Lipstick Set

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I typically only wear liquid lipsticks from Anastasia Beverly Hills. However, when the brand announced release of new mini matte lipstick sets, I knew I had to try one! I bought the Pink Matte Lipstick set recently. The set of four mini lipsticks come in a variety of gorgeous pink and berry shades for summer.

The Packaging

Each lipstick is encased in a sleek bullet that features a black and metallic-gold design. The top of each bullet bears the Anastasia Beverly Hills logo. The lipsticks are lightweight, small, and travel-friendly.

The Shades

This set contains a beautiful combination of four pink shades:

Cotton Candy – Bubblegum pink

Orchid – Magenta with purple undertones

Plumeria – Deep plum

Stargazer – Bright hibiscus pink

The Wear

Before buying this set, I’d never tried a matte lipstick from Anastasia Beverly Hills. I was curious to compare the formula to the brand’s liquid lipsticks! The lipsticks glide smoothly onto the lips, and set to a matte finish that doesn’t feel drying. The formula wears for 4-5 hours without fading.

This lipstick set is a travel-friendly combination of summery colours. The size of each lipstick is small, but it is ideal for tossing into my purse each morning! Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Matte Lipstick Sets retail for $21 at Sephora. The set is also available in nude shades.

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REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer

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I’ve recently begun wearing bronzer regularly, and it adds warmth and dimension to my skin. I bought Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer shortly after release and I’ve worn it all season to sculpt my face. This bronzer is the perfect matte formula to wear throughout the spring and summer seasons!

The Packaging

The sleek compact contains the bronzer and a mirror. It is slightly weighted, which gives the product a luxurious feel. The bronzer is pressed into the compact, which means there is no fallout when it is opened. Like all Anastasia Beverly Hills products, the outside of the compact bears the ‘Anastasia Beverly Hills’ logo.

The Formula

Anastasia Beverly Hils Powder Bronzer has a matte finish. The bronzer is finely-milled, and it does not have a tacky or chunky texture. It feels soft when applied to the skin and it blends easily. A little product goes a long way, and you only need to apply a small amount to achieve full-coverage.

The Shade

I rarely shop for bronzers because it is difficult to find a shade that is not too dark for my pale skin tone. However, the shade range of Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer is ideal for a variety of skin tones. I bought the shade Rich Amber, a neutral honey. On my skin, the shade is a mid-tone brown with honey undertones.

The bronzer is available in 6 shades:

  • Cappuccino – Deep golden-brown
  • Mahogany – Rich mocha
  • Rich Amber – Neutral honey
  • Rosewood – Light golden
  • Saddle – Golden amber
  • Tawny – Light terracotta brown

Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer is a perfect product to add a subtle dimension to the cheekbones and face. I use it for contouring and it pairs beautifully with blushes and highlights. Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer retails for $36 at Sephora.

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Erin Angela’s Updated Makeup Routine for Spring and Summer

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I like to update my makeup routine each season. I’m a little late transitioning into my spring makeup, but I’ve begun wearing softer colours and wearing more lightweight products. Today I’m sharing my updated makeup routine for the spring and summer seasons!

Face

I prepped my face with Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer to create a smooth base for my makeup. I applied Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation in the shade ‘Porcelain’ to add warmth to my skin. Next, I covered blemishes with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Chantilly (this concealer has been my go-to for the past few years!). I applied bronzer along my hairline, and underneath my cheekbones. The bronzer I used for this look was Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer in the shade ”Rich Amber’. For my blush, I dusted Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush in the shade ‘Party’ across my cheeks. I completed my face makeup by applying Aurora Glow Kit as highlighter. I mixed the shades ”Lyra’ and ‘Orion’ together to create a unique combination.

Eyes

I love experimenting with bright, smoky, or glittery eyeshadow combinations. I kept my eyeshadow bright but subtle for this look using Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette. I started by blending the shades ‘Rustic’ and ‘Dusty Rose’ into my crease. I pressed ‘Sienna’ along my entire lid before adding a touch of glitter with the shade ‘Glistening’. I applied this shade to the inner half of my eyelid. I finished my eye makeup with Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara to add volume to my lashes.

Lips

I kept my lipstick soft and neutral. I applied the shade ‘Kiss’ from Anastasia Beverly Hills Nude Matte Lipstick Set. This shade is a soft nude with a peachy undertone.

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REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation is an alternative to traditional, bottled foundation formulas. I use this foundation daily in my makeup routine and it provides buildable, crease-free coverage. I adore this foundation when traveling because the product is a lightweight stick that is shaped like a lipstick bullet.

The Packaging

I love how sleek and sophisticated the packaging is. The foundation itself is encased in a tube that is shaped like lipstick. It is lightweight and features a twistable end. The tube has a glossy, black finish and bears the ‘Anastasia Beverly Hills’ logo.

The Formula 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation has a unique cream formula that dries matte but appears natural on the skin. It is highly pigmented. When you first begin to use a new foundation stick, it feels cakey and does not blend well. However, once you use the product a few times, the formula glides onto the skin and blends with little effort. The foundation covers my blemishes and does not accentuate any dry patches on my skin.

How to use it

I’ve tested this foundation with both a brush and a BeautyBlender. Achieving even coverage is easier with a brush. To use Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation, apply the product directly to the skin and blend it out with a brush. I often hydrate my skin before applying this foundation to ensure the foundation blends well.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation is a convenient, creamy alternative to traditional foundation formulas. It is ideal for travel, and allows you to create both a natural or matte skin finish. The product is available in 30 shades. The shade I own is called ‘Porcelain’ – for fair skin with cool undertones. Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation retails for $33 at Sephora.

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Sephora VIB Sale Haul: Spring Edition

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Sephora’s spring VIB sale took place from April 20-23 for members. During the sale, VIB members received 15% off all purchases, and this was a perfect opportunity for me to stock up on skincare and makeup I recently ran out of! Here’s what I picked up during the sale:

1) Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil – This cleansing oil has become my regular makeup remover. I had a few sample-sized bottles of the oil, but purchased a full-sized bottle after realizing just how often I use it! It is a gentle, effective cleanser to remove my makeup daily and lightly refresh my skin.

2) Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Primer/Setting Spray – I put a sample of Too Faced Hangover Primer in my cart after my beloved MAC Fix+ ran out. The first thing I noticed about this primer after trying it last week was the coconut scent. I like that this product acts as a primer or setting spray. I tested it as both my primer and setting spray yesterday, and it refreshed my skin while holding my makeup in place all day!

3) Bite Beauty Lip Pencil – I apply lip pencil every day. I own two shades of the lip pencil from Bite Beauty (020 + 044). The shade 020 is a beige-nude that is an excellent color to apply underneath any lipstick. I repurchased another pencil in that shade to replace the one I used up. (Plus, I love how easy it is to toss these lip pencils into my purse for touch-ups!)

4) Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Lipstick – Bend and Snap – This Too Faced lipstick purchase was an impulse-buy. I own tubes of this formula in a deep, mahogany red and a subtle lavender. One shade I do not have in my lipstick collection is a bright magenta. The shade ‘Bend and Snap’ is that exact match. The formula is lightweight and non-drying on my lips.

5) Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer – Finally, I bought a powder bronzer from Anastasia Beverly Hills. I did not have a bronzer in my collection after misplacing my favorite Too Faced compact. The bronzer from Anastasia Beverly Hills is finely-milled and provides matte coverage. I bought the shade Rich Amber, a gorgeous honey-toned color.

6) Living Proof Restore Conditioner – I received a sample of conditioner from the brand Living Proof. This conditioner renews softness and shine to damaged hair. I’ve tried the conditioner once, and my hair felt softer, bouncier and smooth.

Did you purchase anything during Sephora’s VIB Sale?