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REVIEW: First Aid Beauty Coconut Water Cream

Hello, lovelies!

I recently received a sample of First Aid Beauty’s Coconut Water Cream. I was eager to integrate a new moisturizer into my skincare routine to gauge how it helped my dry skin. First Aid Beauty’s Coconut Water Cream is lightweight, and acts as a moisturizer or primer.

The Packaging

I adore how fun and whimsical this packaging is! The cream comes in a lightweight, travel-friendly jar that features a striped design with pops of pink, silver and white. The jar bears the First Aid Beauty logo and has a bright pink cover.

The Cream

The cream has a lightweight, balmy texture. It absorbs instantly into the skin without leaving any residue, and it is oil-free. The cream is translucent and airy. My skin feels soft, moisturized and refreshed once I apply the product. One aspect that I particularly enjoy is that the cream retains the texture of a primer when it dries into the skin, making it perfect to wear underneath makeup!

How to use it 

First Aid Beauty’s Coconut Water Cream is ideal to use morning or night as part of your skincare routine. Apply it evenly over clean skin. The moisturizer can be worn underneath makeup or alone.

If you’re looking for a lightweight moisturizer to introduce into your springtime makeup routine, I’d recommend First Aid Beauty’s Coconut Water Cream! The lightweight moisturizer refreshes the skin without feeling heavy or dense. This product is part of Sephora’s Hello FAB Coconut line that also includes a Priming Moisturizer, and Jelly Mask. Each jar retails for $42 at Sephora.

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3 Tips to Eliminate Shine and Help Your Makeup Last All Day

Hello, lovelies!

We’ve all had moments where the makeup we just applied has smudged or disappeared completely. There are various ways that you can prevent your skin from becoming shiny, causing makeup to smudge. Here are my top tips:

Prep your skin 

Prepping your skin with primer is important for all skin types, as it helps your makeup stay vibrant throughout the day. If your skin gets shiny, you should prime the oiliest areas of your skin with an oil-free primer. Other areas of the skin can be primed with the same product, or a primer that is not oil free, depending on what you prefer!

Apply powder, but don’t overdo it 

I often powder my entire face, but I concentrate my powder in on my forehead, cheeks, and chin to eliminate extra oil. Applying a translucent powder will control shine and oil but applying too much product may give your skin a powdery hue. I like to apply a small amount of powder with a fluffy brush before blending it into my skin.

Stick to products that are long-wearing

Products that contain oil or water may contribute to smudged, smeared or slipped makeup. Look for products that are long-wearing, water-resistant, or water-proof to prevent any creasing throughout the day.

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REVIEW: Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette

Hello, lovelies!

I collaborated with Coloured Raine Cosmetics a few months ago. They graciously sent me the Queen of Hearts Eyeshadow palette. This palette quickly became a staple in my collection – it is affordable, pigmented, and has a fantastic range of shades. If you’re interested in finding new indie makeup brands, keep on reading!

The Packaging

The packaging is stunning. The outside of the palette features a matte black cover with the brand logo embossed on it. Inside the palette are fourteen pans of eyeshadow plus a large mirror. The inside packaging features a fun, metallic gold material. The palette is lightweight and travel friendly, though the shape is slightly longer than other palettes I own.

The Formula

This palette features an array of eyeshadow formulas. Each shade is pigmented, buttery, and smooth. The matte shades are pigmented, non-chalky, and blend well. Each metallic shade has a foiled appearance. The frosted shades are pigmented and creamy.

The Shades

This palette contains 12 shades, in a mixture of matte, metallic, and frosted finishes. The shades contained within the palette include:

  • Crown – Bright white-gold
  • Royal Highness – Metallic taupe brown
  • Your Majesty – Metallic golden copper
  • Princess – Matte dusty rose
  • Empress – Matte burnt orange
  • Queen Mother – Frosted dark plum
  • Heir – Matte light beige
  • Royal Perogative – Matte medium brown
  • Noblewoman – Frosted cranberry
  • Ladyship – Matte dark berry with cooler undertones
  • Duchess – Matte dark brown with yellow undertones
  • Dethrone – Metallic deep brown

The Wear

These eyeshadows last for hours when applied to the lid! The formula does not crease, fade, or falter throughout the day. I’ve observed no patchiness or flaking with these eyeshadows.

If you’re looking for an affordable, indie makeup brand I highly recommend Coloured Raine. Every product is inexpensive and high-quality. The Queen of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette retails for $44 on Coloured Raine’s official website. As of March 26, 2020 it is on sale for $28.

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REVIEW: Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink

Hello, lovelies!

For the past few years, I have been on a never-ending hunt to find the perfect liquid lipstick. Most formulas that I’ve tried have either been too drying, not long-wearing, or crumbly. I know that the lipsticks I’m blogging about today are not new, but they are the best liquid lipstick formulas I’ve ever worn. And the best part? They’re drugstore! I recently discovered Maybelline’s SuperStay Matte Ink Lipstick line and let me tell you, they are ink-credible!

The Packaging

The packaging is sophisticated and fun. The tube has a unique square shape that features a white top that bears the Maybelline logo. The tube itself displays the colour contained within. It is lightweight and travel-friendly. The most interesting part of the packaging is the applicator – it is tear-drop shaped which allows for precise, mess-free application.

The Formula and Wear

This lipstick claims to be a 16-hour, long-wear lipstick and it absolutely lives up to the claim. Once applied to the lips, these lipsticks are smudge-proof for hours. They do not flake, feather, or falter with eating, drinking, or sleeping. The formula dries down to a matte but glossy finish. The lipstick has the wear of a matte lipstick but it still feels creamy and has tact on the lips.

The Shades Maybelline’s SuperStay Matte Ink is available in a range of 10 versatile shades:

  • Loyalist – Pale nude
  • Dreamer – Pale pastel pink
  • Lover – Dusty rose
  • Pioneer – Blue-based red
  • Heroine – Bright orange-red
  • Romantic – Neon pink
  • Creator – Bright violet
  • Believer – Eggplant purple
  • Escapist – Oxblood brown
  • Explorer – Navy blue
  • Originator – Deep purple
  • Composer – Maroon
  • Founder – Dark pink
  • Ground Breaker – Burnt orange with red undertone
  • Dancer – Vibrant red

Maybelline’s SuperStay Matte Ink is an incredibly long-wearing liquid lipstick that comes in a variety of shades from pale nudes to vibrant berry. If you are looking for a lipstick that will not budge for the day, I’d highly recommend this one! To demonstrate the incredible longevity of this liquid lipstick, I’ve worn it in the shower to test it and it did not budge. Maybelline’s SuperStay Matte Ink varies in price between drugstores, but it is available from Maybelline’s official website for $11.99 or $9.99 at most other retailers including Walmart.

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REVIEW: Urban Decay Primer Potion

Hello, lovelies!

I feel like I’m the last makeup enthusiast on the planet to try the cult-classic Primer Potion from Urban Decay. I switched the brand of primer I use on a whim last month, and I have not looked back. This product truly lives up to its claim of indestructible eyeshadow that lasts all day!

The Packaging

The primer comes in a sleek and lightweight tube. The tube bears the Urban Decay logo and has a pale purple, golden, or copper colour depending on the type of primer that you purchase. The cap features a long, flat applicator that is soft and bendable to coat the entire eyelid with product. I love that this product is travel-friendly and easy to use.

The Formula

I adore this formula! It is silky-smooth, dries quickly, and brings out my eyeshadow’s true pigment. Urban Decay’s primer is formulated with polymer technology that preps the eyelids for all-day wear and covers imperfections.

The Wear

My eyeshadow is brighter, pigmented, and long-lasting after I apply it on top of this primer. Eyeshadow does not fade or crease throughout the day. I’ve tested this eyeshadow primer while wearing both powder and cream formulas, and it has enhanced the wear of my eyeshadow with ease!

The Shades

Recently, Urban Decay released new varieties of the primer. It is now available in four varieties:

  • Original
  • Sin – Subtle pale nude shimmer
  • Eden – Matte nude
  • Caffeine – Rich warm brown matte

Urban Decay’s cult-classic Eyeshadow Primer Potion is a staple in my makeup kit. It effortlessly extends the wear of my eyeshadow for a crease-free look. Each tube of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion retails for $32 at Sephora.

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3 Unique Ways to Use Micellar Water in Your Daily Beauty Routine

Hello, lovelies!

Micellar water is a staple in my makeup kit. I typically remove my makeup with a cotton pad soaked with the water, but I recently tested a few unique ways that I can get the most out of it. Here are three unique ways I’ve used my micellar water – and you can too!

Use it as a face wash

Not only is micellar water an excellent makeup remover, but it can be substituted as a face wash in a pinch. Micellar water requires no rinsing or water. If you’re too tired or don’t have any makeup remover on hand, soak a cotton pad with micellar water and gently swipe it across your skin to remove makeup and cleanse the skin.

Use it to clean your makeup brushes 

Micellar water works wonders to clean my makeup brushes without any chemicals! I soak a cotton pad with a small amount of water after applying my makeup each day to gently clean any residue from my makeup brushes.

Refresh your skin

Fill a small bottle with micellar water, and spritz it onto your face during the day for a quick refresh. Not only will the micellar water freshen your complexion, but it will also help refresh any makeup you are wearing.

 

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REVIEW: Bite Beauty Crystal Creme Lip Crayon

Hello, lovelies!

I adore Bite Beauty. I recently bought a Crystal  Creme Shimmer Lip Crayon from Sephora and instantly enjoyed the lightweight, creamy formula that differs from the drying matte lipsticks I usually wear. Bite Beauty’s Crystal Creme Shimmer Lip Crayon is the newest addition to the brand’s range of lip crayons. Instead of a matte formula, this crayon features a fun shimmer formula that delivers sheer colour for the spring season!

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 translucent finish. I adore that this product doesn’t fade or feather with extended wear. The product dries down to a soft-focus finish that appears blurred and chic.

The Formula 

The formula is nourishing and soft. 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. Each crayon has a pearly undertone.

The Shades

Bite Beauty’s Crystal Creme Shimmer Lip Crayon is available in a range of 10 shades. Each shade has a shimmer finish. I adore the fun, whimsical names of each of these lip crayons!

  • Rose Glace – Shimmering peachy pink with rose pearl
  • Candied Guava – Shimmering apricot with gold pearl
  • Mauve Marzipan – Shimmering mauve with magenta pearl
  • Fuchsia Frosting – Shimmering hot pink with electric fuchsia pearl
  • Cherry On Top – Shimmering warm red with red pearl
  • Violet Icing – Shimmering lavender with silver and violet pearl
  • Grape Glaze – Shimmering violet with iridescent pearl
  • Cocoa Crush – Shimmering bronze with bronze pearl
  • Molten Chocolate – Shimmering cocoa plum with maroon pearl

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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3 Beauty Brands You Didn’t Know Originated From Canada

Hello, lovelies! 

As a Canadian, I have a soft spot for cosmetic brands from Canada. I reorganized my makeup storage drawer this weekend, and it inspired me to shine a spotlight on my favourite Canadian beauty brands. 

Bite Beauty 

Founded in Toronto, Bite Beauty features natural products for face and lips. The creamy lipsticks are handcrafted with both restorative and nourising benefits. I like that Bite Beauty products are crafted with natural ingredients, but still colourful and moisturizing. 

Nudestix

Nudestix are the ultimate busy-morning products. All eye, face, and lip products are formatted as crayons. The makeup range is both easy-to-use and create a flawless base. The Lip & Cheek Duo is long-lasting and creamy. The double-ended pen is lip colour, lip liner and cheek colour. 

CoverFX

This brand offers vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics. Each highlighter, concealer and foundation is customizable to fit your skintone. CoverFX was founded in Ontario. 

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REVIEW: Sephora Collection Eye Brush Set

Hello, lovelies!

I bought a new eyeshadow brush set a few months ago and wanted to test the brushes for a while before reviewing the set. The set I bought contains 4 lightweight, multipurpose brushes.

The Packaging

The brushes are packaged in a standard clear plastic box. The packaging of this product is unremarkable, but I do like how sleek and travel-friendly each brush is. The brushes have slim, matte handles in various shades of pink.

What is it?

This brush set contains four brushes to apply eyeshadow and eyeliner:

  • Crease brush
  • All-over shadow brush
  • Smudge brush
  • Liner brush

The Brushes

The quality of this brush set is surprising, given the small size of each brush. The bristles are soft, pliable and smooth on the eyelid. Each brush is small, but the size makes them ideal for precisely applying and blending eyeshadow.

Tips for using each brush

I typically use each brush for a specific type of eye makeup. The liner brush has a flat, slanted tip to apply eyeliner. I use the fluffier smudge brush to blend shadow into my lid and crease. I mainly use the all-over shadow brush to apply shades to my lid and brow bone. The smudge brush is ideal for layering darker shadows on the outer corner of my eye.

Sephora Collection Eye Brush sets are perfect if you are looking for brushes that are smaller, light and easy to use. The 4-piece set retails for $20 at Sephora.

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REVIEW: Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Lipstick

Hello, lovelies!

For the past few years, I have been on a never-ending hunt to find the perfect liquid lipstick. Most formulas that I’ve tried have either been too drying, not long-wearing, or crumbly. I know that the lipsticks I’m blogging about today are not new, but they are the best liquid lipstick formulas I’ve ever worn. And the best part? They’re drugstore! I recently discovered Maybelline’s SuperStay Matte Ink Lipstick line and let me tell you, they are ink-credible! 

The Packaging 

The packaging is sophisticated and fun. The tube has a unique square shape that features a white top that bears the Maybelline logo. The tube itself displays the colour contained within. It is lightweight and travel-friendly. The most interesting part of the packaging is the applicator – it is tear-drop shaped which allows for precise, mess-free application.

The Formula and Wear 

This lipstick claims to be a 16-hour, long-wear lipstick and it absolutely lives up to the claim. Once applied to the lips, these lipsticks are smudge-proof for hours. They do not flake, feather, or falter with eating, drinking, or sleeping. The formula dries down to a matte but glossy finish. The lipstick has the wear of a matte lipstick but it still feels creamy and has tact on the lips.

The Shades

Maybelline’s SuperStay Matte Ink is available in a range of 10 versatile shades:

  • Loyalist – Pale nude
  • Dreamer – Pale pastel pink
  • Lover – Dusty rose
  • Pioneer – Blue-based red
  • Heroine – Bright orange-red
  • Romantic – Neon pink
  • Creator – Bright violet
  • Believer – Eggplant purple
  • Escapist – Oxblood brown
  • Explorer – Navy blue
  • Originator – Deep purple
  • Composer – Maroon
  • Founder – Dark pink
  • Ground Breaker – Burnt orange with red undertone
  • Dancer – Vibrant red

Maybelline’s SuperStay Matte Ink is an incredibly long-wearing liquid lipstick that comes in a variety of shades from pale nudes to vibrant berry. If you are looking for a lipstick that will not budge for the day, I’d highly recommend this one! To demonstrate the incredible longevity of this liquid lipstick, I’ve worn it in the shower to test it and it did not budge. Maybelline’s SuperStay Matte Ink varies in price between drugstores, but it is available from Maybelline’s official website for $11.99 or $9.99 at most other retailers including Walmart.