REVIEW: Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara

Hello, lovelies!

I often try new mascara brands, and I was excited to receive a sample of Urban Decay’s Troublemaker Mascara. This product is a gorgeous, lengthening mascara.

The Packaging

The mascara comes in a unique, geometric tube. It is lightweight, and a kaleidoscope of color. The mascara wand contained inside features soft, rounded bristles.

The Wear

I adore this mascara! The bristles are thin, making it easy to apply the product to my lashes. This mascara applies well, but I must note that it tends to flake after multiple hours of wear. I’ve noticed that it lasts longer if I apply a primer before, and this adds extra volume to my lashes. One of my favourite aspects of the mascara is that it is easy to remove at the end of the day.

Urban Decay’s Troublemaker Mascara is a fun, unique product. It is the main mascara I use, and it is a great everyday product. This mascara retails for $24 at Sephora.

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Erin Angela’s Latest Sephora Haul

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While this post is a Sephora Haul, it will mainly focus on skincare products because I needed to replenish them all at the same time! Today I’ll the new products I’ve incorporated into my routine, plus extras I bought while in store.

GlamGlow Waterburst Hydrated Moisturizer

Before I discuss this product, I must tell you all that it smells like blue raspberry candy! I needed a new moisturizer that was lightweight and didn’t feel sticky on the skin. GlamGlow’s Waterburst Moisturizer has a unique, lightweight formula. After a few uses this moisturizer became part of my daily skincare routine.

Huda Beauty Warm Brown Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

This is a perfect travel-friendly eyeshadow palette for the summer months. I decided to add Huda Beauty’s Warm Brown Obsessions Palette to my collection after testing the warm coral, mahogany and brown shades. The small palette contains 9 shadows that are a combination of matte and shimmer finishes.

Tatcha The Deep Cleanse

I love Tatcha’s The Deep Cleanse already! I have difficulty finding skincare products to soothe my dry, acne-prone skin. This cleanser contains natural fruit extracts to remove impurities while gently exfoliating. The formula of this product is unique – it’s a gel cleanser that contains an exfoliant that doesn’t feel scratchy on my skin. I’ve combined it with GlamGlow’s Waterburst Moisturizer and my skin feels smooth, clear and silky!

What products have you recently bought from Sephora?

REVIEW: Too Faced Replenishing Primer and Setting Spray

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I recently ran out of my beloved Mac Fix+ setting spray, and searched for an alternative to use until I can restock it. I decided to try Too Faced 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray and it has been a perfect multi-purpose product to prime and set my makeup.

The Packaging

I adore how lightweight, and travel-friendly, this product is. It comes in a bottle with a nozzle to dispense the product onto the skin, meaning it is mess-free. The packaging is bubble-gum pink and bears the Too Faced logo – it is bright and fun.

What is it?

This multipurpose product is a weightless, coconut-infused water mist that primes, sets, and refreshes makeup while hydrating the skin. Because it is infused with coconut, it has a light coconut scent.

The Benefits

This product performs as both a primer and setting spray. The spray has three benefits:

Primes the skin for makeup

Sets makeup

Refreshes makeup when used during the day

How to use it

This product works similarly to my MAC Fix+ Setting Spray. Shake the product well then hold the bottle 6-8 inches away from your face. Mist the product onto your skin and let it dry. To use it as a primer, apply it to the skin before makeup. To set makeup, apply it after you’ve finished your makeup. It can also be misted onto the skin anytime throughout the day for an instant refresh.

I use this product as both a primer and setting spray. It leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed, while holding my makeup in place all day! It is a great primer/setting spray combination to use without leaving the skin feeling oily or overly dry. Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray retails for $40 at Sephora.

4 Secrets to Becoming Body-Positive That Nobody Shares

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Body positivity  is a wonderful thing, and becoming body positive is a journey that is achieved differently by every single person. I was recently inspired by ‘body positive’ posts on my Instagram feed to write a post about five little secrets to body positivity that may not be apparent, but are important to achieve a body-positive mindset.

1. Becoming body-positive does not happen overnight

Becoming body-positive is not always a quick, or easy, process. Learning to love the skin you’re in takes baby steps and you’ll repeat the process every day. You’ll have days where you’ll love your body; and other days you’ll revert to less-than-positive comments about your body. I’d like to think of myself as body positive, yet there are still days when my skin breaks out, or I’m bloated, and I think ‘Here we go again’. Body positivity is a continuum that changes daily, and that is okay.

2. It starts with changing your mindset 

Often, the struggles you have with your body stems from your mind. Finding body positivity will help you connect with yourself and your true emotions. A positive mindset will lead to positive thoughts!

3. Ditching the scale is a powerful motivator

I haven’t looked at my scale in over a month. It is a lot easier to stay attuned to your body and how you feel when you aren’t hyperaware of the number glowing on your scale. This small change is a powerful motivator to focus on how your body and skin feels, as opposed to how much you know it weighs.

4. Remember that beauty is not ‘one-size-fits-all’

Bodies come in all shapes and sizes. Beauty is achieved differently by everyone, and your beauty (and body!) is unique to you. Instead of degrading yourself for not looking like an Instagram model, focus on what makes you beautiful and gain inspiration from those around you. Beauty, and bodies, are unique to everyone!

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.

Skincare 101: A Guide to Clear Skin Based on Your Skin Type

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Skincare should be an essential component of your beauty routine. Taking care of your skin can be a daunting task if you don’t know your skin type, or the products that work best with it. Today I share my top tips to care for sensitive, oily, dry, and combination skin.

Dry Skin

If your skin is dry, it is important to avoid over washing it. Instead, you should replenish moisture in the skin. Washing your face the night before then applying a moisturizer or serum in the morning helps maintain a delicate balance between your skin’s moisture barrier.

Oily Skin

Excess oil produced by the skin can actually be beneficial! The oil produced by the skin contains antioxidants and vitamins. If you’re trying to reduce oil production without exacerbating it, a foaming cleanser will help. Applying a toner following cleanser will gently exfoliate while balancing the skin’s natural moisture.

Combination Skin

Combination skin is usually more flexible – meaning that your skincare routine often changes each season. Tips for both oily and dry skin will work if your skin is combination. A face wash containing glycolic acid will balance both the oil and dryness.

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.

REVIEW: Sephora Collection Ready to Roll Brush Set

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I upgraded my brush set a few months ago and have absolutely loved my Sephora Collection Ready to Roll Brush Set. I searched for a set that contained every brush I needed, along with being portable and lightweight. When I tested this set out in store, I immediately knew that I found the perfect brushes. Each of the 10 brushes in this set are high-quality, durable, and apply makeup flawlessly.

The Packaging

The packaging is both sleek and travel-friendly. The brushes are held in a soft, pliable black leather roll that features a cross-hatch design. A small tassel closes the brush roll and it can be rolled loosely or tight. The ‘Sephora’ logo is embossed on the roll. My favourite aspect of the packaging is that there are spaces to fit all 10 brushes, plus any additional brushes you may have. When I first began using this set, the packaging had a strong leathery smell that faded after a few days.

The Brushes

The quality of the brushes is perfection. Each brush is soft, durable and easy to use. The grip on the brush handle is sturdy and the name of each brush is embossed on it. Each brush is dense but feels light on the skin.

This set contains 10 brushes:

A powder brush

A complexion brush

Angled blush brush

Fan brush

Highlight & contour brush

Eyeshadow brush

Fluffy smudge brush

Crease brush

Concealer brush

Angled liner brush

Each brush is ideal for applying and blending makeup. I use them daily in my makeup routine, and experience zero bristle fallout. I adore the portability, ease of use and easy cleaning of this brush set. If you are looking for a full-sized set to introduce into your makeup collection, Sephora Collection Ready to Roll Brush Set retails for $88 at Sephora.

REVIEW: BareMinerals Statement Matte Liquid Lipstick

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I recently received a sample of BareMinerals Statement Matte Liquid Lipstick from Sephora. This lipstick is a long-wearing, comfortable liquid lipstick. I typically do not buy lipstick from brands such as BareMinerals or Dior, so I was quite excited to test this liquid lipstick from BareMinerals!

The Packaging 

This lipstick comes in a squared tube with a black top. The tube itself is lightweight, and bears the colour of the lipstick held inside. Similar to most liquid lipsticks, this one has a doe-foot applicator to apply lip colour evenly. The tube bears the ‘BareMinerals’ logo and it looks sleek and sophisticated.

The Wear

This lipstick dries matte, and feels very comfortable on the lips. I wear the lipstick for 4-5 hours throughout the day and it does not flake or smudge.

The Colour 

I instantly loved the colour. The sample I received was in the shade ‘Fire’, a gorgeous orange-red. The colour appears as a bright, vibrant red with orange undertones when applied to the lips.

This lipstick is available in a range of 9 shades, including:

  • Luxe – Dirty pastel pink
  • Fire – Bright orange-red
  • VIP – Crimson
  • Naughty – Oxblood-red
  • Juicy – Brick red
  • Shameless – Hot pink
  • OMG – Magenta
  • Flawless – Muted plum
  • Devious – Burgundy with a lilac undertone

BareMinerals Statement Matte Liquid Lipstick is a long-wearing, comfortable formula. I adore the colour selection and it offers shades that are versatile for day or night. This lipstick retails for $19 at Sephora.

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.