REVIEW: GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment Mask

Hello, lovelies!

I enjoy using face masks 1-2 times per week to supplement my skin care routine. GlamGlow’s Super Mud Clearing Treatment is a mask that is fully effective for clearing my pores and minimizing breakouts. I initially received a sample of the product, but later returned to Sephora for a larger container.

The Packaging

This mask comes in a starry, white and silver jar. The reflective surface is fun and aesthetically-pleasing. It features the GlamGlow logo and a description of the jar’s contents.

The Mask

I love how this mask works! When first applied to the face, it is sticky and retains the texture of a charcoal mask. As it dries, the texture changes to a clay. It does not fully transform into a clay texture – any black patches that remain are areas where the mask works to clear excess oil!

How to use it

I gently clean my skin before I apply the mask. I apply it to moist skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with warm water. An important thing to note about this mask is that if you have sensitive skin, your skin may appear quite red after the mask is initially rinsed. My skin appeared red and blotchy for a few moments after I rinsed the mask, but it quickly calmed to leave my skin soft and clear!

GlamGlow’s SuperMud Clearing Treatment is a great product if you’re looking for a mask to clear and soothe acne. I incorporated it into my weekly routine about 1-2 months ago and noticed results within the first week of use.

This mask retails for $69 at Sephora. It is also available in a travel-sized container for $24.

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REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette

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The Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette is a dream for lipstick lovers. I bought this palette after searching a specific red lipstick that I envisioned, but could not find in an actual lipstick. This 18-well palette contains a mixture of primary and secondary colors to create your own lip colors.

The Packaging 

The packaging is simple and clean. The palette itself features wells that each of the lip colors lay in. It is encased in hard plastic with a transparent cover. A bonus of this palette is that it includes a spatula/brush combination to apply lip color. The palette also includes a metallic plate to mix colors onto.

What is it?

This product is a palette that contains a combination of 18 lip colors. It contains 6 primary shades and 12 secondary shades. Each primary shade serves a specific function when mixing it to other shades in the palette:

  • Primary 1 (White) – Add to lip color to lighten and enhance the lips
  • Primary 2 (Black) – Add to lip color to deepen and contour the lips
  • Primary 3 (Red) – Add to lip color to warm the shade
  • Primary 4 (Yellow) – Add to neutralize berry shades or to warm pink shades
  • Primary 5 (Blue) – Add to lip color to cool peachy or coral shades

Outside of those primary colors, the palette contains a selection of secondary colours. These shades are not named, but instead, numbered:

  • #1: Peachy-pink
  • #2: Red oak brown
  • #3: Burnt orange
  • #4: Sandy brown
  • #5: Muted berry
  • #6: Mahogany brown
  • #7: Vibrant coral with red undertones
  • #8: Warm brown
  • #9: Bright purple
  • #10: Deep berry
  • #11: Tan
  • #12: Bright pink
  • #13: Blackened berry

Here are three looks I created using the lip palette:

The Verdict 

Each lipstick has a creamy texture with a satin finish. They settle into a semi-matte finish once dried onto the lips but are not overly drying. The shades are pigmented and easy to work with. Because of the semi-matte texture, lip color will not be transfer-proof. This is a great product to add into your collection if love lipstick and wish to create a variety of colors. However, this product is not easy to transport, making mid-day touchups difficult. Overall, it is the perfect palette to use as a creative outlet for lipstick!

The Anastasia Beverly Hills lip palette retails for $62 at Sephora.

REVIEW: Too Faced Under the Kissletoe Liquid Lipstick Set

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During the Sephora V.I.B. Sale I picked up a new mini lipstick set from Too Faced Cosmetics. This collection features 4 liquid lipsticks, each sampling the brand’s different formulas. I’ve only tried the Melted Matte formula, so I was excited to test other formulas in the lipstick collection!

The Packaging 

This set is part of Too Faced Cosmetics Holiday 2017 Collection. The four lipsticks are encased in sparkly, pink plastic. Each lipstick shade is visible through a small panel in the outer case. This is a fun package that reminds me of Christmastime. The Melted Matte and Melted formulas each have different types of tubes, so I will discuss both of them: The Melted Matte lipstick come in a clear glass tube that displays the lipstick colour within. It has a doe foot applicator to comfortably coat the lips with colour. Each Melted lipstick comes in a triangular tube with a soft applicator that is attached to the tube. Both applicators are soft and coat the lips evenly.

The Colours 

love the diverse shade choices in this collection. The selection of nude, deep red, and pink shades make it easy coordinate the colours to my outfits. The four shades included in the set are:

  • Chihuahua -Dusty mauve
  • Chocolate Honey – Light brown-nude
  •  Hopeless Romantic – Nude with a hint of pink
  •  Drop Dead Red – Deep mulberry-wine

The Wear 

Both the shades Chihuahua and Chocolate Honey are satin finishes. They do not wear for a long time on the lips, but they are soft, smooth, and non-drying. The shade Drop Dead Red dries into the lips with a burst of colour. (As a note, I wrote this shade last week and it left my lips with a muted red undertone. It stayed on my lips for about 7-8 hours). The shade Hopeless Romantic wears for 4-5 hours without fading.

This is a fun lipstick set to gift someone as a stocking stuffer. If you are interested in trying a selection of Too Faced lipsticks, I also recommend this set!

Too Faced Under the Kissletoe liquid lipstick set retails for $32 at Sephora.

REVIEW: Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate

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With winter approaching, I like rotating a new moisturizer in my skincare routine. I received a sample of Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate during a trip to Sephora. This moisturizer is hydrating and soothing on my skin. The unique formula immediately added a boost of hydration to my face.

The Packaging 

I’ve always been a fan of Clinique’s tidy, sophisticated packaging. That quality shines through with this product. The moisturizer itself comes in a cylindrical, sleek tube. It is clear to show the fun pink-colored gel inside. My favourite aspect of the package is the pump-dispenser. It is an ideal format for releasing a small amount of product without creating a mess.

The Product 

This product is a water gel that delivers a boost of moisture to the skin. I sometimes hesitate to use water gel formulas, but this one suits my dry skin. It has a smooth texture that cools once it touches my face, similar to a serum. The lightweight gel doesn’t add heaviness to my skin and feels rather light once it dries. An added bonus of this product is that it is fragrance-free. If you have sensitive skin like I do, fragrance can be an irritant.

How to use it 

I cleanse my skin before applying the product. It is ideal for morning or night use, depending on your skincare routine. I dot a small amount on my skin and gently massage it in. Due to the hydration it contains, you only need to use a little product to refresh your entire face.

Clinique Moisture Surge Supercharged Concentrate retails for $17 (for the smaller size) or the full-size is $46  at Sephora.

REVIEW: Sephora Collection Triple-Action Cleansing Water

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Micellar cleansing water helps draw dirt and impurities from the skin while gently cleansing it. I bought a bottle of Sephora Collection Triple Action Cleansing Water to substitute my regular makeup remover. I use it mainly for that purpose, but was pleasantly surprised with it’s other benefits!

The Packaging 

The product comes in a large, transparent bottle that is lightweight. The cap features a push-top with a hole for dispensing the product. One thing to note about the cap is that it is easy to spill excess cleanser unless it is tightly closed. Despite the size of the bottle, it is easy to transport when I am on-the-go. The product features the Sephora logo, and is simple and clean.

The Product 

The first thing I notice when I opened this product was the fresh, grassy scent. This light fragrance is refreshing to use at the end of each day. I dispense the cleanser onto a cotton ball to remove makeup. While it does not remove all my makeup in one swipe, it does effectively remove it well. Once my makeup is removed my skin feels refreshed and lightly hydrated. My skin is sensitive and I was initially hesitant to use the product because some makeup removers tend to cause irritation on my skin. After 1-2 uses of this cleansing water, I did not experience any breakouts.

The Benefits

Like the name suggests, this cleansing water deliver specific benefits:

  • Cleanses the skin to remove makeup, oil and impurities
  • Formulated with Hydrosenn+, a natural ingredient that hydrates the skin

How to use it

Open the lid and dispense the product onto a cotton ball or tissue. Gently wipe your face, eyes, and lips to remove makeup. This requires no rinsing.

This product works well as a gentle, effective makeup remover. I like to supplement with my regular makeup-remover wipes to give my skin a refreshing cleanse.

Sephora Collection Triple Action Cleansing Water retails for $15 at Sephora.

REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette 


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When Anastasia Beverly Hills announced the launch of a new eyeshadow palette, the colour selection drew me in. The palette is filled with a mix of unique colours – mustard yellow, teal, and dark purple. I read a lot of mixed reviews before buying the palette myself, and despite the negative ones, I’m so glad I did!

The Packaging

Subculture contains the same type of cardboard packaging as its predecessor, the Modern Renaissance palette. The outer cover of the palette features teal velvet with the word ‘Subculture’ and Anastasia Beverly Hills logo in yellow lettering. The colour combination of teal and yellow is eye-catching and elegant. Inside the palette are 12 wells filled with eyeshadow, and a generously-sized mirror. This palette comes with a dual-ended brush, one side for blending and the other for packing shadow onto the lid. I personally do not prefer the brush’s rough texture.

The Shadows 

This palette contains 14 shadows, with a mix of matte and shimmer colours. Each colour in the palette is unique.

Shadows:

  • Roxy – Matte muted coral
  • Electric – Duo chrome lime with gold reflect
  • Fudge – Matte chocolate-brown
  • New Wave – Matte citron orange
  • Untamed – Matte deep green
  • Edge – Matte gold-mustard
  • Rowdy – Matte deep purple
  • Axis – Matte teal
  • Mercury – Matte grey with a hint of lavender
  • All Star – Matte wine
  • Adorn – Bronze with chunky gold flecks
  • Destiny – Matte sage green
  • Dawn – Matte sand
  • Cube – Duo-chrome pink pearl

How do the shadows perform? 

Each shadow in this palette is very pigmented. Most of the matte shades are slightly powdery, but once I apply to the lid, the colour payoff is strong. I quickly noticed that the easiest way to work with this palette is to softly tap your brush into the shadow to pick up pigment. You only need to a small amount to achieve a rich, intense colour. Some of the shadows blend easier than others but overall they are not difficult to work with. I do not experience any fading or creasing when I apply shadows from Subculture and set with a setting spray.

Here are three looks I created with using the Subculture Palette:

Shadows used: Cube on the lid, Rowdy in the mid-outer corner. I deepened the outer corner using Mercury. 

Shadows used: I applied Destiny to the entire lid, and deepened my crease with Untamed.


Shadows used: I applied Cube and Roxy as base eyeshadows. I then applied Dawn and New Wave to add depth. 

 

Overall, I am impressed with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette. While it does require a little more creativity and patience to use, the eyeshadows are beautiful and provide a rich colour payoff. I’ve easily integrated it into my daily makeup routine and use it to create unique day or night eyeshadow looks!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette retails for $55 at Sephora. It is also available on Anastasia Beverly Hills official website.

REVIEW: Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge


Hello, lovelies! 

I love my Beauty Blender. This palm-sized, pointed sponge is the perfect tool to apply makeup. I use it daily to apply liquid foundation, concealer, and blush. 

The Packaging

The sponge comes in a circular, lightweight plastic case. This is an ideal package to transport my Beauty Blender sponge. I also store it in the package to keep it clean. 

The Sponge 

This sponge is egg shaped, with a rounded base and pointed tip. It has a soft, pliable texture. The Beauty Blender I own is black and fits in my palm, but it comes in a range of colours and sizes.

How to use it?

My favorite aspect of a Beauty Blender is its versatility. The wider side of the sponge is ideal to use on larger areas of the face like the forehead, while the pointed end is percise for under the eyes, and nose. The tool can be used wet or dry. Simply run it under water, if using wet, squeeze the excess water, and apply makeup to the sponge. Dab the sponge onto the face to apply your product of choice in a patting motion. 

This is a versatile, easy to use tool to add into your makeup kit. The tool needs cleaning often, but a simple combination of soap/water will keep your sponge in top shape! 

Sephora sells the Beauty Blender in various sizes and colours. I own the Beauty Blender Pro, which retails for $28 on Sephora’s official website.