Product Reviews

REVIEW: Fresh Beauty Soy Face Cleanser

Hello, lovelies!

I received this face cleanser as a sample from Sephora. I like to test new cleansers for a while before reviewing them to gauge how my skin reacts to the product. This product is a gentle, foaming cleanser that is suitable for all skin types.

The Packaging 

True to the product’s name, the packaging is simple and feels fresh. The lightweight, white tube makes the product portable. The white background makes the red lettering pop. The tube contains 150 mL/5 o.z. of product.

The Cleanser 

The gel formula is smooth and soft. It is transparent until you work it into a foamy lather on your face. The gel has a pleasantly cooling sensation when first applied which dissipates once lathered. It is suitable to use on a bare face or to remove makeup. I’ve used it as both a cleanser and makeup remover, and it is gentle enough for both uses.

Pros:

  • This cleanser has a pleasant, cucumber scent
  • A little product goes a long way. I apply a small, pea-sized amount to my skin.

Cons:

  • The product, for me, was not effective in clearing my blemishes
  • The cleanser is a gel product that does not foam. This is more of a personal preference, but I feel that foaming products give my skin a deeper-clean

The Verdict 

While the cleanser is gentle and doesn’t strip moisture from the skin, I have an acne-prone complexion. I did not find the product to be great in terms of cleansing but it did leave my skin soft and moisturized. If you are looking for a gentle, daily cleanser I would recommend trying this one. If you’re searching for a cleanser more suitable for blemish-prone skin with a deeper cleaning power, I’d skip it.

Fresh Beauty’s Soy Face Cleanser is available in a mini or full-sized tube. The mini tube retails for $20 while the full-sized product retails for $47. You can find this cleanser on Sephora’s official website.

Have you tried any products from FRESH Beauty before? On a side note, I created a YouTube channel this week and just uploaded my most recent Sephora haul. You can find it here! Feel free to Subscribe if you’re also on YouTube!

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REVIEW: M.A.C. Fix+ Setting Spray


Hello, lovelies!

I bought this product while in Toronto and immediately added into my daily makeup routine. M.A.C.’s Fix+ is a combination setting spray and primer. I use mostly for setting my makeup but it also gives bare skin a refreshing boost.

The Packaging 

The outer package is a glittery black box. The spray comes in a lightweight bottle. It is clear and capped with a matte black top. The top of the product is slightly indented with a button you press to dispense the product, which can be adjusted to lock or unlock. It displays the M.A.C. logo.

What is it?

This product is a lightweight mist of water that contains vitamins/minerals to sooth and refresh the skin. It gives a boost of hydration while delivering a soft sheen to refresh and finish makeup.

How to use it

I hold it a few inches away from my face then spray it on. It can be used alone or to finish makeup. The spray has multiple benefits:

  • Hydrating
  • Soothes and refreshes skin
  • Finishes makeup

It provides my skin with refreshing hydration, but once it dries into my skin it sets my makeup for the entire day. I spray it over my eye/face makeup and it doesn’t budge for hours! I have not experienced any melting makeup after I’ve used the spray. I love how it acts as a double-duty makeup product.

If you’re looking for a new setting spray, or simply a refreshing mist for your skin, I’d definitely recommend MAC Fix+. It retails for $25 from M.A.C. Cosmetics official website

 

 

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REVIEW: Make Up For Ever Liquid Lipstick


Hello, lovelies!

adore liquid lipstick. I own various lipstick formulas in the classic bullet style, but I always prefer the liquid version. Make Up For Ever introduced a 6-shade Artist Liquid Lipstick range this past spring. This is the first product I’ve tried from the brand, and was excited to receive a sample of the lipstick!

The Packaging 

These lipsticks come in a standard lip gloss tube. The doe-foot applicator is easy to use, and it applies the product precisely onto the lips. Despite the clear tube, the lacquered black cap and MUFE Logo add a touch of elegance. Because I own a sample of the lipstick, it is compact and lightweight.

The Formula

The lipstick is soft and creamy. It sets to a completely matte finish that is not drying on the lips. It has a soft vanilla scent, which I enjoy. The texture of this lipstick is smooth and feather-light. I do not experience any patchiness or dryness when I wear this lipstick.

The Colour 

I own the shade 105 – Rosewood. I adore the shade. It is a soft nude with pink-mauve undertones. I prefer nude lipstick shades with hints of pink or red in the undertones. It is a beautiful colour to wear with darker eyeshadow. One thing to note about the colour: Each shade dries a bit darker than it appears in the tube.

I was interested to test how long this liquid lipstick lasts on my lips compared to other brands I own. Even with eating/drinking throughout the day, it lasts 7-8 hours without smudging! It also does not flake or crack once applied.

Make Up For Ever Liquid Lipstick is available in 15 shades:

  • 101 – Cream Beige
  • 103 – Warm Beige 
  • 105 – Rosewood
  • 107 – Neutral Beige 
  • 109 – Praline 
  • 201 – Fresh Pink
  • 203 – Cold Pink 
  • 205 – Mauve Pink 
  • 207 – Raspberry 
  • 301 – Rust 
  • 401 – Red 
  • 403 – Deep Red 
  • 501 – Purple 
  • 503 – Deep Plum 
  • 505 – Blackcurrant 

This is a great, smudge-proof liquid lipstick. It retails for $25 at Sephora.

 

 

 

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REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel


Hello, lovelies!

I received a sample of Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel during a recent Sephora trip. This is the first product I’ve used to keep my eyebrows tidy between waxing appointments. This gel helps set and define brows.

The Packaging 

This product is lightweight and shaped like a mascara tube. The cap holds a mascara wand with tightly-packed bristles to apply the gel with. The bottom of the tube contains the clear gel. I like the sophistication of the product – it is chrome-coloured and contains the Anastasia Beverly Hills logo.

The Product 

I like that this product is clear. I apply it underneath my brow pencil and it sets the colour all day! It is smooth and doesn’t clump. It contains botanical and essential oils like camomile to condition hairs. The product does leave my brows slightly stiff after drying but this is compensated by the longevity of the product. The effect is natural-looking and it suits all eyebrow colours.

How to Use 

Apply desired brow product. Withdraw the wand from the tube and wipe off any excess product. Apply gel in short, upward strokes.

This is a perfect product to complete my eyebrow look. The gel keeps my brows full while still looking tidy. I pair it with Benefit Cosmetic’s Gimme Brow and it sets the product without fuss.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel retails for $29 at Sephora.

 

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REVIEW: Kat Von D Saint and Sinner Perfume


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DISCLAIMER: I received samples of Kat Von D Saint and Sinner fragrances from Influenster for testing purposes. 

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that I adore Kat Von D products. I own multiple products from her collection, including the Tattoo Liner, Lock-It Foundation, and Everlasting Liquid Lipstick. When Influenster reached out to me to test Kat’s new Saint & Sinner perfume I gladly accepted.

The Packaging 

Both perfumes are uniquely packaged. The outer boxes containing the perfume contain a swirling, gothic design with the Kat Von D logo written on the front. The Saint perfume comes in a white box, with the word Saint written in gothic, white script. The Sinner perfume comes in a black box with the word Sinner written in the same script. This design is edgy, yet chic.

Each perfume bottle is elegant and classic. The bottle tops are rounded and ribbed. Both bottles carry the same colour palette as the outer packaging.

The Scents 

I will breakdown both scents separately for the purposes of this review:

Saint:

This scent is my favourite of the two. It is floral with hints of musk. The scent profile contains jasmine with hints of vanilla, sandalwood and caramel. Saint smells caramel-sweet when first applied to the skin, then dries down to a soft, bright vanilla.

Sinner:

Sinner is noticeably muskier than it’s sister scent. The scent profile is reminiscent of pungent spice. Key fragrance notes in this perfume include wood and cinnamon. Sinner smells lemony with hints of spice when first applied to the skin. It dries down to a musky-cinnamon.

How I Use It 

Because each bottle is sample-sized, it does not contain a sprayer component. I gently pour the fragrance onto my neck, behind my ears, and onto each wrist. Each scent lasts for 3-4 hours after initial application.

Each scent retails from Sephora or KatVonDBeauty.com The full-sized bottle (3.4 oz/100mL) retails for $115, while the smaller bottle (1.7 oz/50mL) costs $88. This perfume is also available in a roller-ball format for $30.

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REVIEW: Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara


Hello, lovelies!

I recieved a sample of Revlon’s Mega Multiplier Mascara from Influenster for review. This mascara promises to deliver an oversized lash look with no clumping or flaking. I enjoy finding new mascaras, and testing this one was no exception!

The Packaging

I’d like to start by noting that this mascara tube is very lightweight. It is slim and sleek. The mascara wand is enclosed in a blue cover. The mascara is in a black tube with the word Revlon written across it.

The Mascara

I love this mascara. It lengthens and coats my lashes with a single swipe. Each bristle is tightly packed, allowing mascara to dispense onto the wand with ease. The formula is light and airy. This mascara is matte black in colour.

The Application

Revlon’s Mega Multiplier Mascara applies smoothly. I coat my lashes fully with one swipe. It applies evenly and gives my lashes length and definition. One aspect in particular I enjoy is how well the mascara dispenses on my lashes. It coats my lash from base to tip completely. It is both smudge-proof and does not flake.  I remove the mascara with makeup remover each evening. Once I apply the product, it stays on my lashes until I remove it.

This is one drugstore mascara I will definitely re-purchase! It retails from Revlon’s official website or your local drugstore for $7.98

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REVIEW: Kate Spade Cedar Street Harmony Handbag


Hello, lovelies!

I recieved a new Kate Spade handbag as a birthday present. This handbag is a Cedar Street Harmony, which is medium-sized. Since buying my first Kate Spade accessory last year, the brand instantly became a favourite of mine. Other handbags I own are small. I was delighted to find a handbag with enough room for daily use in the office and when travelling.

The Packaging

The handbag came in Kate Spade’s signature package. This package is a purple and white bag with a purple spade and the words “Kate Spade” embossed into it. Kate Spade packaging is lightweight.

The Handbag

The handbag itself is composed of a beautiful cross-hatched Saffino leather. This is a high-quality leather that is waterproof. It is salmon-coloured. The handbag has a dual strap. The Kate Spade New York logo is embossed into a gold plate on the handbag. The inside of the handbag features the brand’s custom woven spade dot lining. I adore the zippered inside lining plus two inside pockets. It provides a convenient place to store my cellphone and lipstick.

I typically shy away from tote bags. They are often heavy and cumbersome, but this one is not. I immediately noticed how lightweight this handbag is. It is also durable.

A Kate Spade Cedar Street Harmony handbag typically retails for $228. It is currently on-sale for $136 from Kate Spade’s official website. It is available as a tote or a cross-body handbag.