Product Reviews

REVIEW: Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots

Hello, lovelies!

With the holiday season approaching, I like to introduce extra glitter into my makeup routine. I bought a few shades of Tarte’s Chrome Paint Shadow Pots recently, and they have transformed my eyeshadow looks!

The Packaging

The packaging of these eyeshadows feels luxurious. The shadow is packed into a round transparent pot. I love that this displays the vibrant colour of the shadow inside. The cover of the pot is a gorgeous metallic-gold. Each shadow fits into the palm of the hand and is ideal for travel!

The Formula

Each shadow is composed of pearl pigments that give it a shiny, colourful finish. The shadow feels creamy to the touch and blend easily. After applying the shadow to the lid, it has a beautiful foiled appearance.

The Wear

I did notice a small amount of fallout when wearing these pigments, owing to the looseness of them. Once I applied them with a wet brush, they stayed vibrant and colourful for hours.

How to Use Them

I’d recommend applying Tarte’s Chrome Paint Shadow Pots with a wet brush for maximum pigmentation. They can also be applied with the fingertips for an intense colour.

The Shades

I adore the range of bright colours in this collection! There are 8 shades in total:

  • Park Ave Princess – Metallic bronze
  • Fire Dancer – Metallic burgundy
  • Martini – Metallic bronzed olive
  • Top Yacht – Metallic champagne
  • Steel the Show – Metallic steel navy
  • Beach Bae – Metallic copper
  • Sun Drenched – Metallic bronze champagne
  • Frose – Metallic rose gold

Tarte’s Chrome Paint Shadow Pots are a beautiful addition to your eyeshadow collection if you want a burst of pigmented glitter in your eyeshadow looks! I love the wear, pigmentation and longevity of these beautiful eyeshadow toppers. Each single shadow pot retails for $27 at Sephora.

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REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette

Hello, lovelies!

I adore spring and the bright hues that the season is associated with. Anastasia Beverly Hills recently released a new palette that truly represents the season – filled with bold pops of magenta, golden yellow and teal. This unique colour combination instantly drew me to the palette. I typically never wear bold eyeshadow colours, but I knew that the Riviera Eyeshadow Palette would be an exception!

The Packaging 

The eyeshadow comes in a sleek, fun package. Like other Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palettes, the package features 14 pans of shadow, a dual-ended brush and a large mirror. One major difference in this package is the material that is composed of. Traditionally, Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palettes have a soft, velvety cover but the Riviera Eyeshadow Palette is composed of a canvas material. The outer package has a unique nautical stripe design with alternating stripes of blue and white. The package bears the Anastasia Beverly Hills logo and the word ‘Riviera’ in gorgeous gold lettering.

The Shadows

This palette contains a combination of mattes, metallics, and pressed pigments. The matte shadows are soft and buttery. They apply easily to the eyelid and have no fallout or patchiness. Each of the metallic shadows are pigmented, bright and smooth. I’ve applied the shimmer shadows with both a brush and my fingertips and noticed no difference in pigmentation between the two methods. The pressed pigment shadows are soft, but blend easily without fallout.

The Shades

Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette contains 14 shades that range from hot pink to aquamarine:

  • Sails – Matte white
  • Yacht – Duo-chrome mauve-taupe with a violet undertone
  • Seychelles – Metallic aquamarine
  • Palermo – Metallic jewel pink
  • Seaside – Duo chrome silver with a blue shift
  • Inheritance – Metallic gold
  • Mediterranean – Metallic sky blue
  • Estate – Matte peach with a pink undertone
  • Cabana – Matte birch-mustard
  • Coastline – Matte pastel soft peach
  • Bahamas – Matte bright hot pink
  • Monte Carlo – Matte cool pink
  • Cannes – Matte bright violet purple
  • Palm – Matte chocolate brown

The Wear 

Each eyeshadow blends easily and stays vibrantly pigmented when applied to the lid. There is no fallout from the eyeshadows and they wear without fading for hours. One thing that I quickly noticed about the shade Bahamas is that it sometimes stained my eyelid, but otherwise I had no issues with any of the eyeshadows!

If you are looking for a bright, fun eyeshadow collection for the spring and summer months, I’d highly recommend Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette! Each palette retails for $59 at Sephora.

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Tips and tricks

3 Tips to Create a Perfect Smoky Eye and Mistakes You’re Probably Making

Hello, lovelies!

A smoky eye can appear tricky to master, but there are a few simple tips you can implement to craft an edgy look. Here are my favourite tips to help you create a perfect smoky eye!

1. Clean up your lines

Applying dark eyeshadow is often messy. To avoid smudging impacting the rest of your makeup, apply your eye makeup first to clean up any fallout. I like to use makeup remover or a Q-tip to clean up my lower lash line after applying eyeshadow.

2. Play with colours

A smoky eye doesn’t have to consist of black or grey eyeshadow. Try experimenting with rich, dark colours like plum, bronze, or brown to elevate your eye makeup.

3. Apply primer to stay smudge-free

Primer is a lifesaver when I create a smoky eye. Applying primer to your eyelids will ensure that dark shadow stays in place, and won’t crease.

What is your favourite tip to create a smoky eye?

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3 Tips to Enhance Your Lashes

Hello, lovelies!

Even if you weren’t born with long, voluminous lashes, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get them with a few easy tricks. I love experimenting with new tips and ideas to apply mascara to lengthen and enhance my natural lashes. Here are my top tips to enhance eyelashes with mascara!

Twirl your mascara wand for maximum effect 

Twirl your mascara wand inside the tube instead of pumping it to avoid letting excess air into the product. Pumping the wand into the tube increases the likelihood that bacteria will get into the mascara. Twirling your mascara wand inside the tube will also help dispense extra product onto the wand.

Find the best wand shape for your eyes

Not all mascara wands are one-size-fits-all. If you have monolids or a smaller eye shape, a smaller mascara wand will enable to reach all your lashes. The point of mascara is to ensure that it reaches all your lashes. If you have a smaller eye shape, look for a smaller shaped mascara wand.

Curl your lashes for 10 seconds at a time 

Your eyelashes are fragile, so they should only be curled once at a time. Hold your eyelash curler on your lashes for 10 seconds to give them volume without causing them to loosen from your eyelid.

What is your favourite tip for applying mascara?

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REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

Hello, lovelies!

It’s taken me ages to finally try an Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow product. After my beloved Benefit Gimme Brow gel ran dry, I purchased an Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz upon recommendation from Sephora. After one use, I loved the pigmented pencil and it became a regular product in my daily makeup routine!

The Packaging 

The long, slender pencil features a unique dual end that houses the brow product and a lightweight brush. The pencil is lightweight and travel-friendly. It bears the Anastasia Beverly Hills logo and is a glossy black shade that is reminiscent of most Anastasia Beverly Hills packaging.

The Pencil

Initially, the pencil felt incredibly thin and shaky. Once I opened the cap and tried the pencil on my brows, I realized that I was so wrong. The thin, waxy texture of the pencil helps keep brows in place while the tip is precise enough to achieve quick strokes. I love that this pencil shades my brows while retaining the soft appearance of my natural brows. I never have overdrawn or thinned brows after I use this pencil.

The Shades

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz is available in a range of 10 diverse shades. I own the shade Medium Brown. Other shades include:

  • Blonde
  • Taupe
  • Caramel
  • Auburn
  • Soft Brown
  • Medium Brown
  • Chocolate
  • Dark Brown
  • Ebony
  • Granite

Whether you’re interested in achieving a pigmented, intense brow look or a natural softness, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz can achieve it! The brow product is easy to use and travel-friendly. It quickly became my go-to brow product after I tried it for the first time! Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz retails for $27 at Sephora.

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REVIEW: Sephora Collection Eyelash Curler

Hello, lovelies!

I recently tried an eyelash curler for the first time and instantly fell in love. I typically only wear mascara on my lashes without curling them, but decided to add a curler to my last Sephora order. This lightweight eyelash curler from Sephora Collection gives my lashes instant volume and lift!

The Packaging

I gravitated toward this eyelash curler once I saw the beautiful golden colour. The lash curler has a shiny chrome finish. The curler is lightweight and travel friendly. My favourite aspect of the curler is the pink silicone pad that comfortably sits between each lash and the outside of the curler. The eyelash curler is slightly curved which gives more flexibility to curl every lash.

The Results

I decided to try this lash curler for a few weeks before I reviewed it. My eyelashes are long without curling, but this curler gives them extra volume! I quickly noticed that it became easier to coat each lash with mascara after they were curled. The curler is ergonomic and lightweight. These two characteristics made the curler easy to rotate to capture all my lashes.

If you’re interested in a lightweight, inexpensive eyelash curler I’d recommend this one from Sephora! The Lash Craft curler gives my lashes length, volume and curl with little effort. Sephora Collection Lash Craft Curler retails for $19 at Sephora.

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Tips and tricks

3 Eyeshadow Tips That Will Change Your Routine

Hello, lovelies!

Eyeshadow can be intimidating for even the most advanced makeup artists. Knowing how to use the product can help you apply it effortlessly. Here are three unique tips to help you achieve a flawless eyeshadow look!

Make eyeshadow shades more vibrant with a white base

Apply a white base before eyeshadow to make the hue pop. Blend the white shade all over your eyelid before applying other colours for vibrancy.

Easily fix broken eyeshadow

Has your favourite eyeshadow palette broken? To fix any broken eyeshadows, apply a fee drops of rubbing alcohol to the broken eyeshadow, mix it, and smooth the eyeshadow with a small spoon before pressing it flat. Allow it to dry for a brand-new look!

Reduce eyeshadow fallout

My favourite trick to reduce fallout is to do my eye makeup first. If there is any fallout, I can quickly clean it without disturbing the rest of my makeup!

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