Product Reviews

REVIEW: Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Blush 


Hello, lovelies!

I recieved a sample of Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Blush during a recent Sephora trip. I use my NARS blush religiously, and was excited to try a new brand. This blush is a beautiful pale pink.

The Packaging

I adore how lightweight this blush package is. The glossy pink compact features Tarte’s logo. Inside the compact is the pressed blush. The blush is texturized with ridges. The compact colour matches the blush inside.

The Colour 

I own the shade Risque. It is a pale pink with nude undertones. When applied to the cheeks, it gives the skin a soft pink flush.

The Formula

A little product goes a long way. I am light-handed when I apply this blush. It is infused with Amazonian clay. This clay is harvested from the Amazon river then baked into the blush formula. This blush is powdery but soft to the touch. The colour is richly pigmented.

The Wear

I adore the wear time of Tarte blushes. It does not settle into my pores and stays pigmented for hours. I typically remove it after 8 hours of wear without any fade.

Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush comes in a range of 13 shades:

  •  Paarty – Deep pink
  • Exposed – Nude
  • Sensual – Golden nude
  • Seduce – Rosy nude
  • Risque – Peachy nude
  • Dazzled – Soft rose
  • Dollface – Light pink
  • Blissful – Bright rose
  • Captivating – Bright peach
  • Glisten – Peach-pink with shimmer
  • Natural Beauty – Muted strawberry red
  • Blushing Bride – Plum-rose

Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Blush retails for $35 at Sephora 

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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.

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REVIEW: Sephora Collection Colorful Waterproof Eyeliner 


Hello, lovelies! 

My beloved Kat Von D Tattoo Liner ran out last week. I prefer liquid liners, and scoped my local Sephora for a replacement. I found a waterproof liner from Sephora’s signature collection. It is matte black and waterproof. I was sold. 

The Packaging

This eyeliner comes in a triangular container. The brush, slim and pointed, is attached to the cover. Each container of this eyeliner is reflective of its colour. 

The Shade 

I tend to favor black eyeliner. This shade is an inky black that dries to a matte finish. It is called Black Lace

Sephora Collection Waterproof Eyeliner comes in 6 shades:

  • Starry Sky – Glitter Black
  • Black Lace – Matte Black
  • Surfin’ USA – Shimmery Turquoise 
  • Sailor Kiss – Matte Navy Blue
  • Animal Instinct – Glitter Olive Green
  • French Riviera – Golden Glitter

The Wear 

I test a waterproof eyeliner bases on how long it lasts without fading. Sephora Collection’s eyeliner wears comfortably for 6-8 hours without requiring a touch-up. It dries onto my lid within a few seconds of applying it. 

I often stick to pure black eyeliner. After buying this one, I’m tempted to venture into the colorful shades offered in the collection! 

Sephora Collection Colorful Waterproof Eyeliner retails for $7 at Sephora

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REVIEW: MAC Matte Lipstick in Diva 


Hello, lovelies!

When I walk into a MAC store, I’m a girl on a mission. I’ve had a specific lipstick colour in my mind for months, and have not located it at my local Sephora. I visited a MAC store during my recent Toronto trip. I found the colour within a few minutes of entering the store. This colour is Diva – a deep red-burgundy.

The Packaging 

This lipstick comes in MAC’s signature black box. The lipstick bullet is sleek, featuring a silver rim with the word MAC written in white lettering. I adore MAC product packaging – it is unique and sophisticated.

The Lipstick 

Upon opening the lipstick cap, I notice MAC’s classic vanilla scent. It is not heavy when applied to the lips. I own two Amplified finish lipsticks, but I prefer the matte finish. Diva is a matte finish. It is long-lasting and lightweight. This lipstick is long-wearing, but it removes with the swipe of a standard makeup remover.

The Colour 

This colour is beautiful. It is a warm-toned burgundy with a hint of maroon. It is versatile. I wear it with both a smoky eye or light makeup. In the photo below, I am wearing Diva with a nude lip liner:


 

I’ve worn this colour a few times, but it will receive heavy rotation into my makeup kit once the weather turns cool. The lipstick is highly pigmented. It lasts on my lips 5-6 hours when I apply it with liner.

MAC’s Diva lipstick retails for $21 from MAC’s official websiteWhich shade of MAC lipstick do you wear most often? 

 

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REVIEW: Clinique Chubby Lash Mascara 


Hello, lovelies! 

I adore testing new mascara. Clinique products are a tried-and-true favourite of mine. I was eager to try the Chubby Lash Mascara after recieving a sample. 

The Packaging 

The mascara tube is lightweight and portable. The cover of the tube is a bright silver, while the other portion is black with the Clinique logo written in large lettering. 

The Mascara

Each bristle hugs the lashes to evenly distribute the mascara. The formula is lightweight and does not flake or smudge. An interesting aspect of this mascara is its pigment-enhancing ingredients. These ingredients give lashes a rich, intense colour. 

The Colours 

Clinique Chubby Lash Mascara comes in two shades: 

  • Jumbo Jet – Matte Black
  • Bodacious Black Honey – Black with golden honey undertones 

I own the colour Jumbo Jet

This mascara is formulated without parabens. It is also fragrance-free. 

Clinique Chubby Lash Mascara retails for $17.50 at Sephora

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REVIEW: Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer 


Hello, lovelies!

A good primer smoothes the skin for foundation application and blurs imperfections. Smashbox Iconic Finish Primer is part of the companys Photo Finish lineup. I use it daily to prime my skin before applying makeup.

The Packaging 

The primer is contained within a clear tube. The design is elegant and features black striping and the Smashbox logo. It is triangular shaped and lightweight. This design allows you to easily see the gel inside.

The Primer 

This primer is oil-free, meaning it will not clog pores. I was worried about this when I began using the primer. To my delight, my skin does not break out when using the primer! This Smashbox primer is silky in texture and leaves the skin feeling smooth. 

How to use it 

I dispense the primer on the back of my hand. I then blend it into my skin using my fingertips for even coverage. I blend the primer over my entire face. 

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer is my go-to primer. You only need a tiny amount each time you use it. It will stay in my makeup drawer for a while! It retails at Sephora between $16-$49. 

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An Evening with Ed Sheeran: Toronto Trip Recap 


Hello, lovelies! 

This past weekend, I experienced something magical. I saw Ed Sheeran during one of his Toronto tour dates (*cue internal happy dance*). I’ve waited over two years to attend a live show, and let me tell you, he did not dissappoint. 

Day 1 

My boyfriend, Grant, agreed to attend the show with me when tour dates were released back in March. We took a 6:30AM flight out of St. John’s and our first trip together began! Grant and I boarded the Union Pearson Express – my first train ride ever! My excitement peaked once we reached the city’s vibrant downtown core. 

After checking into our hotel (which was a comfortable oasis) we walked the Canadian Walk of Fame. I enjoyed the boardwalk of tiles adorned with Canadian greats. As you may know, I am a true Grey’s Anatomy fan. I did experience a moment of awe while standing on Sandra Oh’s tile. 

The Ed Sheeran concert was by far the highlight of my trip. I’m struggling to find words to describe the incredible event. Once Ed appeared on stage, the waterworks began. His setlist included a collection of his recent and older hits, accompanied by a hypnotic lightshow. I’m a diehard Ed Sheeran fan, and will say that his English crooning vocals reduced me to tears of joy for 2 hours. The show became the best concert I’ve ever attended. 

Day 2 

I woke on a complete high from the previous night. My energy infused with post-concert euphoria. After a quick breakfast and coffee (My lattes are still delicious in 25 degree heat) we ventured into the subway. (Note: I am terrified of the subway. Being from a small town, this was the second time I ever used one.) 

To compensate for dragging him to Ed Sheeran, Grant decided I was due for a Toronto Blue Jays game. I am not a sports fan. This was the first baseball game I attended in my lifetime! Grant eagerly explained the game rules while we watched. I’ll admit, it did feel nice to attend a live game, save for the flying baseballs. 


I rounded out the trip with a little retail therapy. I shopped at my favourite destinations that are not available in St. John’s. Stay tuned for M.A.C. product reviews! 

What is the best concert you’ve ever attended? Have you ever travelled to Toronto, Canada?