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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About Me

What’s In My Makeup Bag: Winter Edition

Hello, lovelies!

I incorporate products into my makeup routine each winter that are hydrating, pigmented and bright. I love lipstick shades that are bold, eyeshadow that is sparkly, and skincare products that hydrate. Here’s a peek into my winter makeup bag!

MAC Matte Lipstick in Diva

A dark, vampy lipstick shade is a staple in my makeup bag during winter. I adore MAC’s Lipstick in the shade ‘Diva’ because it is a beautiful mulberry-red that pairs effortlessly with a smoky eye or a no-makeup look.

Caudalie Vinosource Serum

I suffer from extra-dry skin each winter. I recently incorporated Caudalie’s Vinosource Serum into my skincare routine to give my skin extra moisture. I apply the serum each morning, and have noticed a dramatic improvement in the level of moisture in my skin!

Tarte Sea Glass Eyeshadow Set

When I think of wintery eyeshadow, the word ‘sparkle’ always comes to mind. This eyeshadow set from Tarte features four lustrous liquid eyeshadow shades that are ultra-reflective. I adore wearing these eyeshadows when I want a makeup look with extra pop!

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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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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.

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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.

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