Product Reviews

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.

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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

 

 

Product Reviews

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.

 

 

 

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Clinique Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask 


Hello, lovelies!

I received a sample of Clinique’s Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask a few weeks ago at Sephora. (That’s a mouthful, hey?) This is a gel mask that purifies and cleanses the skin. The word bubble instantly caught my eye, and I knew I had to try it.

The Packaging 

This mask is packaged in a vibrant green tube. It is lightweight and portable. The Clinique logo is stamped across the front.

The Mask 

I love this mask. It starts as a gel and begins to foam once applied to the face. My skin appeared brighter and clearer after use. 

How to use it 

Shake well and apply to clean, makeup-free skin. Leave it on for 2 minutes until it fully bubbles. It transforms from a gel to a white foam. Rinse with warm water. 

I use this mask 1-2 times per week to supplement my skin care routine. It refreshes and cleanses my skin. 

Clinique Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask retails for $34 at Sephora

 

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick


Hello, lovelies!

DISCLAIMER: I received samples of Bite Beauty’s new Liquified Lipstick and the Line and Define Lip Primer compliments of Influenster.

adore lipstick. I own 4 lipsticks from Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche line. When Influenster reached out to me to try the company’s new liquid lipstick I happily accepted! This lipstick set contains three liquid lipsticks, along with a lip primer.

The Packaging 

The lipstick tubes are square and designed like lipgloss. The top of the lipstick twists off and contains a doe-foot applicator. I like the sleek design of each lipstick tube – it is slate-grey and contains the Bite logo. Each tube has a clear slot at the bottom displaying the lipstick colour within.

The Formula 

The first thing I must mention about this lipstick is that it is not drying. It is creamy, smooth, and not sticky. The lipstick contains ingredients like coconut oil to moisturize the lips with each wear. It applies like a gloss, and dries down to a semi-matte, glossed finish.

The Colours 

I received three beautiful colours, along with a clear lip liner:

  • Demi-Glace: Chocolate with a hint of mauve
  • Eclair: Rose
  • Flambe: Bright red

The Wear 

I notice this lipstick wears longer if I do not eat or drink in between applications. If you apply it at the beginning of the day without touch-ups, it lasts 4-5 hours on the lips. It does not wear as long as matte liquid lipsticks, but the Line & Define Lip Primer helps increase longevity.

If you’re a lover of all lipstick like I am, I highly recommend adding Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquid Lipstick to your collection! Each lipstick retails for $28 at Sephora. The lip primer retails for $25.

 

 

 

Product Reviews

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.