Product Reviews

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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Tips and tricks

3 Tips You Need To Know If You Have Acne-Prone Skin

Hello, lovelies!

If you suffer from acne, it can seem impossible to control. I’ve had acne-prone skin for ages and have tried various methods of combatting my combination skin. I’ve tried various tricks but here are the top three tips I use to combat acne-prone skin!

Avoid over-drying your skin

Many products meant to combat acne are over-drying, and this can trigger oil production. To ensure your skin retains moisture it is best to avoid alcohol-based products and moisturize immediately after cleansing.

Clean your makeup brushes

Cleaning makeup brushes regularly is an essential step if you have acne-prone skin. Makeup brushes can harbour dirt and bacteria which may exacerbate breakouts. Brushes should be washed once a week with a gentle brush cleanser or shampoo.

Examine your haircare products

Until recently, I had no idea that my haircare products were contributing to frequent breakouts on my forehead, cheeks and neck. Check the list on your shampoo or other haircare products for aggravating ingredients and adjust your routine accordingly to reduce breakouts.

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Erin Angela’s January 2019 Sephora Haul

Hello, lovelies!

Last month I received a few gift cards from Sephora. I’ve been eyeing more eyeshadow products from Tarte and that prompted me to place an online order. After testing all the products in my order, I’m excited to share this haul with you!

Tarte Mermaid Shine Metallic Sea Glass Eyeshadow Set

Once this eyeshadow set arrived in the mail, I swatched it immediately. The set of four eyeshadows has a unique liquid-to-powder formula that feels divine on the eyes! Each shade is sparkly and pigmented.

Milk Makeup Matcha Detoxifying Face Mask

I decided to try a new face mask and added the Matcha Detofixying Mask from Milk Makeup into my basket. I’m eager to add this to my skincare routine. I used it for the first time today and my skin is brighter, smooth, and refreshed.

Urban Decay Quick Fix Complexion Prep Priming Spray

This hydrating priming spray helps invigorate and prep my skin for makeup application. The spray-bottle format allows for better hydration than a traditional primer, and my skin feels dewier and makeup applies smoother.

Sephora Collection Lash Curler

I’ve never tried an eyelash curler before and was curious to test one! I bought a gorgeous gold-coloured lash curler from Sephora’s own brand, and it is easy to use while giving my lashes extra volume.

Product Reviews

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.

Tips and tricks

3 Natural Ways to Remove Makeup At the End of the Day

Hello, lovelies!

Just as you apply makeup each morning, you need to remove it at the end of the day. But did you know that finding a good makeup remover doesn’t have to be costly? Here are three inexpensive ways to remove your makeup!

Coconut or olive oil

Oil dissolves oil. The basic idea behind dissolving your makeup with an oil is that it will mix with the oils in the makeup to remove it. Apply a small amount of coconut or olive oil to a cotton pad and gently wipe your face. Once makeup has dissolved, rinse with water to clean the skin.

Create a cucumber cleanser

Toss a cucumber slice into the blender to create a paste before mixing it with olive oil. This method will remove makeup while the cooling agents in the cucumber will reduce puffiness.

Craft a DIY makeup wipe

Combine aloe vera, witch hazel, liquid soap and coconut oil in a jar before shaking well. Stack round cotton pads into the jar and shake to coat them.

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3 Makeup Products I’m Trying to Use Up in 2019

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I’ll admit it, I am a collector of makeup. My makeup shelf (yes, I have one of those!) is cluttered with numerous palettes, jars, and sticks of products. I’ve owned many products for a while, and plan to fully pan some of my beloved makeup products in 2019!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

This is the first eyeshadow palettes released by Anastasia Beverly Hills, and one of the first products that ignited my makeup obsession. I have reached pan on only two shades, and plan to declutter this palette from my collection before the year’s end.

Glam Glow Water Burst Moisturizer

Glam Glow’s Water Burst Moisturizer is a staple in my skincare routine, but to me, the jar lasts forever. I am hoping that panning this moisturizer will be a quick process – I made a significant dent in this product before 2019 began and I apply it to my skin daily.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter

I own two sample-sized highlighters from Becca, and am incredibly tempted to buy more. I recently fell back in love with Becca’s iconic Opal Highlighter. I plan to wear it more often this year, and of course, use the entire product before I buy another shiny highlighter!

Are there any products you are planning to ‘pan’ or use up this year? Let me know in the comments!

Tips and tricks

3 Tips to Take Better Blog Photos in the Winter

Hello, lovelies!

Blogging in the winter is tough. Shorter days bring less daylight, and reduced hours to take bright, well-lit photos for a blog post. Today I’ve gathered my top tips for taking better blog photos in the winter. If you’re in the same boat, keep on reading!

Utilize the help of apps

There are many apps available to enhance the natural light in your photos. I often brighten dark photos with the help of apps like Lightroom.

Timing is key

Whenever possible, it is better to take photos in natural light. The sun is often at its highest point by midday, and this translates to the brightest light available for the day. With this in mind, pay attention to locations that have the brightest light to achieve the best photos.

Pay attention to the backgrounds

I love using bright, white backgrounds for product photography and flat lays. White backgrounds make objects appear brighter by reflecting light.

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I Switched My Fancy Cleanser for Makeup Wipes and This is What Happened

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I adore makeup wipes. I use them frequently to remove makeup and gently cleanse the skin. I began to wonder how my skin would react if I only used makeup remover wipes for a week, and ditched my cleanser.

Background

My skincare routine is fairly complex. I’ve relied on Tatcha’s The Deep Cleanse to ensure that my skin remains clear for ages, so I was apprehensive to take my makeup remover wipes to the test. The makeup remover wipes that I use nightly are from Costco – Kirkland Signature Daily Face Towelettes. With a new batch of wipes in hand, I began the challenge.

The Results

On the first day, my skin felt hydrated owing to the moisture in the wipes, but I didn’t feel like they actually did anything to benefit my skin. By the third day I noticed extra texture around my chin, cheeks and nose but my skin felt soft and radiant. At the end of the week, to my surprise, my breakouts did not increase yet my skin remained smooth. Despite my apprehension, the makeup wipes actually didn’t disrupt my skin!

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Inside Erin Angela’s 5-Minute Beauty Routine for Busy Mornings

Hello, lovelies!

We all have mornings where there’s simply no time to complete a full makeup routine. On these types of mornings, I simplify my makeup routine. This simplified routine still feels polished, but takes less than five minutes to complete!

Face

I apply moisturizer every morning, regardless of how rushed I may be. Moisturizer gives my skin a boost of hydration and brightens my complexion. The main moisturizer in my routine is GlamGlow’s WaterBurst Moisturizer – it is lightweight and leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed. I complete my face makeup with a few swipes of concealer. The concealer I love right now is Tarte’s Creaseless Concealer.

Eyes

A simple winged eyeliner does wonders to widen and brighten my eyes. I apply Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner because it is waterproof and lasts all day. I then apply two coats of mascara to lengthen my lashes.

Lips

Lipstick is a staple in my daily makeup routine. On days when I am wearing minimal makeup, I apply a brightly coloured shade. Two shades that I wear regularly are Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sarafine, a gorgeous deep red.

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon

Hello, lovelies!

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