Product Reviews

REVIEW: Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge


Hello, lovelies! 

I love my Beauty Blender. This palm-sized, pointed sponge is the perfect tool to apply makeup. I use it daily to apply liquid foundation, concealer, and blush. 

The Packaging

The sponge comes in a circular, lightweight plastic case. This is an ideal package to transport my Beauty Blender sponge. I also store it in the package to keep it clean. 

The Sponge 

This sponge is egg shaped, with a rounded base and pointed tip. It has a soft, pliable texture. The Beauty Blender I own is black and fits in my palm, but it comes in a range of colours and sizes.

How to use it?

My favorite aspect of a Beauty Blender is its versatility. The wider side of the sponge is ideal to use on larger areas of the face like the forehead, while the pointed end is percise for under the eyes, and nose. The tool can be used wet or dry. Simply run it under water, if using wet, squeeze the excess water, and apply makeup to the sponge. Dab the sponge onto the face to apply your product of choice in a patting motion. 

This is a versatile, easy to use tool to add into your makeup kit. The tool needs cleaning often, but a simple combination of soap/water will keep your sponge in top shape! 

Sephora sells the Beauty Blender in various sizes and colours. I own the Beauty Blender Pro, which retails for $28 on Sephora’s official website.

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Product Reviews

REVIEW: Fresh Beauty Soy Face Cleanser

Hello, lovelies!

I received this face cleanser as a sample from Sephora. I like to test new cleansers for a while before reviewing them to gauge how my skin reacts to the product. This product is a gentle, foaming cleanser that is suitable for all skin types.

The Packaging 

True to the product’s name, the packaging is simple and feels fresh. The lightweight, white tube makes the product portable. The white background makes the red lettering pop. The tube contains 150 mL/5 o.z. of product.

The Cleanser 

The gel formula is smooth and soft. It is transparent until you work it into a foamy lather on your face. The gel has a pleasantly cooling sensation when first applied which dissipates once lathered. It is suitable to use on a bare face or to remove makeup. I’ve used it as both a cleanser and makeup remover, and it is gentle enough for both uses.

Pros:

  • This cleanser has a pleasant, cucumber scent
  • A little product goes a long way. I apply a small, pea-sized amount to my skin.

Cons:

  • The product, for me, was not effective in clearing my blemishes
  • The cleanser is a gel product that does not foam. This is more of a personal preference, but I feel that foaming products give my skin a deeper-clean

The Verdict 

While the cleanser is gentle and doesn’t strip moisture from the skin, I have an acne-prone complexion. I did not find the product to be great in terms of cleansing but it did leave my skin soft and moisturized. If you are looking for a gentle, daily cleanser I would recommend trying this one. If you’re searching for a cleanser more suitable for blemish-prone skin with a deeper cleaning power, I’d skip it.

Fresh Beauty’s Soy Face Cleanser is available in a mini or full-sized tube. The mini tube retails for $20 while the full-sized product retails for $47. You can find this cleanser on Sephora’s official website.

Have you tried any products from FRESH Beauty before? On a side note, I created a YouTube channel this week and just uploaded my most recent Sephora haul. You can find it here! Feel free to Subscribe if you’re also on YouTube!

Tips and tricks

4 Tips to Effortlessly Apply Eyeshadow


Hello, lovelies!

Applying eyeshadow is one of my favourite steps in my makeup routine. I have a few eyeshadow palettes that I mix-and-match on a daily basis. Working with a new palette or application technique can be daunting. Here are four tips I always come back to when applying eyeshadow!

1. Create a smoky eye using just two eyeshadows 

A smoky eye can involve a more complex routine, but if you’re short on time, it doesn’t have to. Start by creating a base with a neutral eyeshadow colour or liquid concealer to even out the eyelid’s colour. Apply a darker eyeshadow to the crease, then use a rounded brush to blend the colour inward until you reach the middle of your lid.

2. Clean up excess fallout 

Eyeshadow often flakes from the lid onto the lower lash line. You can clean any excess using a makeup remover wipe, or tissue. Another quick trick is to bake your shadow. This involves applying setting powder underneath your eyes, extending to the cheekbones. This quick trick will catch any excess shadow that falls. When your eye makeup is complete, simply brush away the excess powder.

3. Highlight and darken eyeshadow in the right places 

Lighten your eyes by accentuating the brow bone and inner corner of your eyes. I often use a white or other bright shade for this. Highlighting the eyes in the right place masks imperfections and can brighten your entire look.

4. Keep dark eyeshadows to the outer corner 

If you apply eyeshadow too close to the lash line, it can make your eyes appear smaller. Keep base eyeshadow colours light, and work darker shades up into your crease and outer corner to create the appearance of a full, big eye.

Do you have any tips for applying eyeshadow? 

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3 Ways to Practice Self-Care and Avoid Burnout as a Student or Professional


Hello, lovelies!

I’m halfway through my second-last academic semester of university. As a social work student, I know that it is essential to avoid burnout by devoting time to myself. This task sometimes seems impossible with looming deadlines, a long reading list, and more. Self-care comes in many forms, and this list is just a few of the ways I implement a routine to take care of myself.

What exactly is burnout?

Burnout is essentially mental or physical collapse from becoming overworked. Burnout manifests itself in different ways. I’ve experienced physical sickness, mental exhaustion, and anxiety. By the end of a semester, for example, it manifests in me as a cold or tension headaches.

3 Ways to Avoid Burnout 

1. Clear out 

De-cluttering not only clears out your physical workspace, but it also clears out the mind. If you have a lot of items in your visual field, the brain works harder to ignore it all and focus on the task at hand. This can be tiring, and cause stress. I like to tidy up my desk daily or weekly, and arrange it so that only my calendar, laptop, planner, and a few notebooks are in my field of vision.

2. Practice positive affirmations/self-talk 

Self-talk happens to everyone. We can use these conversations we often have in our headspace to our advantage every day. It can help us feel better, reduces anxiety, and improves confidence. One simple way to implement positive affirmations is by using words like “I can” and “I will”.

3. Sleep 

Sleep is so important but often undervalued. There are times when I skimp on sleep, though I fully recognize that I shouldn’t. Sleep helps us restore memories, recharge, and improves brain function. Maintaining a solid sleep routine is beneficial to all aspects of your health/wellness. Most health experts recommend 7-9 hours of sleep per night for adults.

How do you practice self-care? 

 

Product Reviews

REVIEW: M.A.C. Fix+ Setting Spray


Hello, lovelies!

I bought this product while in Toronto and immediately added into my daily makeup routine. M.A.C.’s Fix+ is a combination setting spray and primer. I use mostly for setting my makeup but it also gives bare skin a refreshing boost.

The Packaging 

The outer package is a glittery black box. The spray comes in a lightweight bottle. It is clear and capped with a matte black top. The top of the product is slightly indented with a button you press to dispense the product, which can be adjusted to lock or unlock. It displays the M.A.C. logo.

What is it?

This product is a lightweight mist of water that contains vitamins/minerals to sooth and refresh the skin. It gives a boost of hydration while delivering a soft sheen to refresh and finish makeup.

How to use it

I hold it a few inches away from my face then spray it on. It can be used alone or to finish makeup. The spray has multiple benefits:

  • Hydrating
  • Soothes and refreshes skin
  • Finishes makeup

It provides my skin with refreshing hydration, but once it dries into my skin it sets my makeup for the entire day. I spray it over my eye/face makeup and it doesn’t budge for hours! I have not experienced any melting makeup after I’ve used the spray. I love how it acts as a double-duty makeup product.

If you’re looking for a new setting spray, or simply a refreshing mist for your skin, I’d definitely recommend MAC Fix+. It retails for $25 from M.A.C. Cosmetics official website

 

 

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Erin Angela’s 4 Favourite Fall-Inspired Lipstick Colors 


Hello, lovelies!

I already discussed popular beauty trends for fall here on the blog. It features some of the lip colours I’ll mention in this blog post. I rotate my lipstick shades of choice based on the season. With fall (and October!) officially here, I decided to showcase lipstick colours I love this season.

1. Deep burgundy 

Any shade of red or burgundy can be adapted for any season. A deep burgundy shade creates a rich, colourful canvas for light or dark makeup. This shade is the epitome of fall colours for me. My go-to shade of burgundy is M.A.C. Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in the shade Diva.

2. Eggplant 

This purple-toned pigment gives the lips a bright, fun pop of colour. This colour is slightly brighter than plum but not as intense as a rich violet. I enjoy pairing it with silver or metallic purple eye makeup and highlight. One shade I adore is Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in LUV. 



3. Brick red 

Reds are versatile enough to wear year-round. A brick red pairs well with plush scarves and boots. A brick red always reminds me of fall, and I wear it often throughout the season. While I cherish all my red shades, my must-have for fall is Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Rocksteady. 


4. Peach

This colour might be a surprising addition to my list. A bright, summery lip colour is a great way to deviate from the darker colours I have in rotation. This peachy-orange shade was created using my Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette


 Which lipstick shade do you love to wear during the fall?

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Make Up For Ever Liquid Lipstick


Hello, lovelies!

adore liquid lipstick. I own various lipstick formulas in the classic bullet style, but I always prefer the liquid version. Make Up For Ever introduced a 6-shade Artist Liquid Lipstick range this past spring. This is the first product I’ve tried from the brand, and was excited to receive a sample of the lipstick!

The Packaging 

These lipsticks come in a standard lip gloss tube. The doe-foot applicator is easy to use, and it applies the product precisely onto the lips. Despite the clear tube, the lacquered black cap and MUFE Logo add a touch of elegance. Because I own a sample of the lipstick, it is compact and lightweight.

The Formula

The lipstick is soft and creamy. It sets to a completely matte finish that is not drying on the lips. It has a soft vanilla scent, which I enjoy. The texture of this lipstick is smooth and feather-light. I do not experience any patchiness or dryness when I wear this lipstick.

The Colour 

I own the shade 105 – Rosewood. I adore the shade. It is a soft nude with pink-mauve undertones. I prefer nude lipstick shades with hints of pink or red in the undertones. It is a beautiful colour to wear with darker eyeshadow. One thing to note about the colour: Each shade dries a bit darker than it appears in the tube.

I was interested to test how long this liquid lipstick lasts on my lips compared to other brands I own. Even with eating/drinking throughout the day, it lasts 7-8 hours without smudging! It also does not flake or crack once applied.

Make Up For Ever Liquid Lipstick is available in 15 shades:

  • 101 – Cream Beige
  • 103 – Warm Beige 
  • 105 – Rosewood
  • 107 – Neutral Beige 
  • 109 – Praline 
  • 201 – Fresh Pink
  • 203 – Cold Pink 
  • 205 – Mauve Pink 
  • 207 – Raspberry 
  • 301 – Rust 
  • 401 – Red 
  • 403 – Deep Red 
  • 501 – Purple 
  • 503 – Deep Plum 
  • 505 – Blackcurrant 

This is a great, smudge-proof liquid lipstick. It retails for $25 at Sephora.