Product Reviews

REVIEW: Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara

Hello, lovelies!

I adore trying new mascaras, but I must admit that once I find one that I love, I tend to repurchase it again and again. Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara is one of those products. The unique brush hooks and curls each lash for voluminous length.

The Packaging

This mascara comes in a fun and beautiful tube. The glossy black tube bears the Benefit Cosmetics logo and product name in pale pink cursive. It is lightweight and travel-friendly. The outside of the mascara wand is pale pink with a geometric design. The ‘Hook and Roll’ mascara wand is slightly curved and matches the pink colour of the outside cover.

The Mascara

This mascara gives my lashes curl and volume with a single swipe. It is not clumpy or sticky when applied, and each lash is easily coated. Initially, the formula feels watery-thin and damp but it dries completely matte after a few seconds. This mascara is long-lasting and pigmented.

The Shades

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara is available in Black or Brown. Both shades are pigmented and matte.

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara is a staple in my makeup kit. The lightweight formula gives lashes length, volume and pigmentation. This is my favourite mascara to wear on a daily basis and it performs well morning or night! This mascara retails for $33 at Sephora.

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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.

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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3 Makeup Products I’m Trying to Use Up in 2019

Hello, lovelies!

I’ll admit it, I am a collector of makeup. My makeup shelf (yes, I have one of those!) is cluttered with numerous palettes, jars, and sticks of products. I’ve owned many products for a while, and plan to fully pan some of my beloved makeup products in 2019!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

This is the first eyeshadow palettes released by Anastasia Beverly Hills, and one of the first products that ignited my makeup obsession. I have reached pan on only two shades, and plan to declutter this palette from my collection before the year’s end.

Glam Glow Water Burst Moisturizer

Glam Glow’s Water Burst Moisturizer is a staple in my skincare routine, but to me, the jar lasts forever. I am hoping that panning this moisturizer will be a quick process – I made a significant dent in this product before 2019 began and I apply it to my skin daily.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter

I own two sample-sized highlighters from Becca, and am incredibly tempted to buy more. I recently fell back in love with Becca’s iconic Opal Highlighter. I plan to wear it more often this year, and of course, use the entire product before I buy another shiny highlighter!

Are there any products you are planning to ‘pan’ or use up this year? Let me know in the comments!

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Versace Bright Crystal Perfume

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I adore testing new fragrances. I recently received a sample of Versace’s Bright Crystal Perfume and the floral scent immediately caught my attention. The soft floral notes of magnolia, peony and lotus flower smell clean, refreshing and bright!

The Packaging 

Versace’s Bright Crystal perfume comes in a sophisticated and elegant bottle. The square shape of the clear bottle enables you to see the pale pink colour of the perfume inside. It features a unique crystal-shaped cap that feels heavy and luxurious to the touch.

The Scent 

This fragrance bursts with notes of fresh flowers. Initially, the perfume has a delightful citrus scent that fade to warmer scents of amber, musk and freesia. The combination of sweet and sensual scents blends well together and delights the senses.

The Wear

When this perfume dries onto the skin, it stays vibrant and scented for 3-4 hours. The scent does not last for an entire day, but that is typical of most fragrances. I enjoy how the scent profile changes as the perfume is worn – it starts out citrusy and bright but dries down to a warm, softer scent. The perfume is soft yet vibrant.

Versace’s Bright Crystal is a gorgeous perfume to wear daily or for special occasions. The soft, floral fragrance is enticing, calming and sweet. If you are looking for a feminine fragrance that still has a hint of musk, I’d recommend this one! Versace’s Bright Crystal Perfume retails for $126 at Sephora.

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Huda Beauty New Nude Eyeshadow Palette

Hello, lovelies!

Huda Beauty released a beautiful new eyeshadow palette last month. The New Nude Eyeshadow Palette is the perfect palette to create versatile nude eyeshadow looks with pops of glitter and sparkle. I adore the neutral, yet colourful, combination of shades within this palette and how the shadows can quickly transform my look from day to night!

The Packaging

The packaging of this palette is beautiful and sophisticated. The outside of the palette features a graphic of Huda Kattan’s eyes along with a monochromatic eyeshadow look. I love that the light colours used on the palette – a combination of baby pink, light beige, and peach are reminiscent of the shadows within. The palette bears the ‘Huda Beauty’ logo, features a large mirror and contains 18 shades.

The Eyeshadows

Each eyeshadow is pigmented and blends easily. The palette contains a unique mixture of versatile duo-chrome, matte, glitter, and pressed pigment finishes. I wear these shadows for 10-12 hours without experiencing any fallout. I blend the matte shadows with a brush and apply the duo-chrome and pressed pearl shadows with my finger for maximum colour payoff. The pure glitter shadows apply best with a glitter glue.

The Shades

Huda Beauty’s New Nude Eyeshadow Palette contains 18 shadows:

  • Bare – Matte cream
  • Crave – Multi-reflective pink champagne
  • Play – Matte peach
  • Fantasy – Multi-reflective rose
  • Love Bite – Matte purple with a pink undertone
  • Spanked – Matte cranberry
  • Lace – Matte pale pink
  • Daydream – Multi-reflective pale pink with silver undertone
  • Tickle – Matte salmon
  • Excite – Deep red glitter
  • Infatuated – Golden copper glitter
  • Kinky – Metallic cranberry
  • Concealed – Creamy concealer base
  • Secret – Matte burnt orange with pink base
  • Tease – Matte taupe
  • Raw – Matte warm rose
  • Charmed – Multi-reflective rose gold
  • Teddy – Matte warm caramel

Huda Beauty’s New Nude Eyeshadow Palette is versatile, eye-catching and sophisticated. It offers a combination of shadow finishes to create an array of eye looks. The palette retails for $85 at Sephora.

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon

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I adore Bite Beauty. I recently bought a Matte Creme Lip Crayon from Sephora and instantly enjoyed the lightweight, creamy formula that differs from the drying matte lipsticks I usually wear. Bite Beauty’s Matte Creme Lip Crayon is a unique product that unites the best aspects of matte and creamy lipstick!

The Packaging

The lip crayon comes in a sleek, matte black tube with the Bite Beauty logo embossed on it. It is lightweight and portable. The crayon itself has a precision tip for easy application. The crayon twists upward when the bottom of the tube is twisted, but it is not self-sharpening.

The Lip Crayon

I love the creamy texture of the lip crayon! It glides onto the lips and is highly pigmented. The lip crayon feels weightless when applied to the lips, and dries down to a demi-matte finish. I adore that this product doesn’t fade or feather with extended wear. When I wear this lip crayon with a matching lip liner shade, the longevity of the colour increases.

The Formula 

The formula is nourishing and creamy. The texture feels lightweight and comfortable. As with other Bite Beauty products, this lip crayon is formulated without parabens or sulfates. The lip crayon is water-resistant and feels smooth and hydrating on the lips.

The Shades

Bite Beauty’s Matte Creme Lip Crayon is available in an array of 23 shades:

  • Blanc – Stark white
  • Cava – Lilac beige
  • Amaretto – Peachy nude
  • Leche – Dusty pale pink
  • Glace – Dusty mauve
  • Tatin – Pink rose
  • Pink Lady – Bright pink
  • Frambroise – Vibrant rasberry-red
  • Blood Orange – Intense red with orange undertones
  • Peche – Warm peach
  • Sucre – Warm pink
  • Rose Hip – Vibrant red with blue undertones
  • Fraise – Jewel red
  • Red Velvet – Rich, deep red
  • Brandy – Muted raspberry
  • Pastille – Dusty mauve
  • Aubergine – Eggplant purple
  • Truffle – Deep brown
  • Cognac – Chocolate brown
  • Liquorice – Oxblood
  • Black Truffle – Blackened violet
  • Molasses – Rich toffee
  • Sugarcane – Pale pink

Bite Beauty’s Matte Creme Lip Crayon is a great product if you like a creamier lipstick formula. It is lightweight and feels delightful on the lips. Though it is not long-wearing, the formula is one that I favour when I’m looking for a lightweight, creamier product! Bite Beauty’s Matte Creme Lip Crayon retails for $28 at Sephora

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3 Face Masks I Use Weekly to Achieve Clear Skin

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that my skin is constantly changing and so is my skincare routine. I love rotating the face masks that I use based on the season and select masks in the winter that will hydrate and clear my complexion. These are the three masks that I apply weekly to maintain clear skin!

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

I am a devoted fan of Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask but never tried the brand’s Water Sleeping Mask until receiving a sample at Sephora. After a single use, I fell in love with the mask. While this mask didn’t directly reduce my breakouts it adds an extra punch of moisture into my skin to leave it feeling soft, plump, and hydrated. I apply this mask every Sunday to give my skin a boost of hydration and even out any texture.

Olehenriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask 

This detoxifying and cooling mask from Olehenriksen not only has a fun mint-green appearance, but it also clears my acne-prone skin. With each use, the mask works to minimize the appearance of blemishes on the surface of my skin. I typically experience oiliness throughout my t-zone, and this mask works wonders to reduce excess oil!

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask

Clinique’s  Moisture Surge Overnight Mask  is oil-free and has a creamy texture to retain moisture in the skin. I use this mask overnight to give my skin a more hydrated, dewy appearance. This mask works to restore and rebalance the moisture barrier in my skin and gently exfoliates any dryness while I sleep!

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eyeshadow Palette

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Anastasia Beverly Hills released another eyeshadow palette as a part of the brand’s 2018 holiday collection. When I first saw the colour story within this palette, I was instantly drawn to it. Unlike other palettes from the brand, this one has the most unique selection of shimmer shades, which was a key selling point for me. This is a completely cool-toned palette and ideal for creating winter-ready eyeshadow looks!

The Packaging 

Out of every Anastasia Beverly Hills palette, this one has the most beautiful packaging. The palette comes in the brand’s standard 14-pan cardboard package. Inside the palette is a dual-ended brush and the eyeshadows. This palette’s beauty comes from the gorgeous sparkly rose-gold packaging.

The Shadows 

What drew me to this palette is the cool-toned shadow selection. I love that this combination of colours is perfect for the holidays or winter in general! The matte shadows are soft and buttery. They apply easily to the eyelid and have no fallout or patchiness. Each of the shimmer 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 Shades 

This palette contains a variety of smoky, bright, and glittery shades:

  • Fresh – Matte ivory
  • Pearl – Metallic pearl-white with a soft pink undertone
  • Steampunk – Metallic bronze with topaz flecks
  • Rose Quartz – Metallic soft peach with a pink shift
  • Ember – Metallic bronzed khaki
  • Bloom – Matte coral-pink
  • Birch – Matte mid-tone yellow taupe
  • Cinder – Metallic cool-tone beige taupe with gold flecks
  • Twig – Matte cool-toned taupe
  • Teak – Metallic golden-brown
  • Dystopian – Matte dark brown
  • Cyborg – Metallic silver with a violet undertone
  • Slate – Matte slate-grey
  • Noir – Matte black

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eyeshadow Palette contains an ideal combination of smoky and sparkly eyeshadow shades that are perfect for the season! I adore the versatility and wear of the shadows. If you are looking for an eyeshadow palette that is wearable for daytime, nighttime or holiday-party looks, I’d definitely recommend this one. Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Palette retails for $59 at Sephora.

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

Hello, lovelies!

I love trying new products to hydrate my skin during the winter months. I recently bought a travel-sized jar of Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask and immediately incorporated it into my weekly skincare routine. I’ve loved every Laneige product I’ve tried, and this unique mask is no exception!

The Packaging 

The first word that comes to mind when I view the packaging is calming. The mask comes in a rounded jar that is a gorgeous pale blue. The jar bears the Laneige logo and is lightweight and travel-friendly. I love that it is lightweight and can be easily carried in a purse.

The Mask 

The mask is lightweight and hydrating. It feels cooling when applied to the skin and does not dry down completely. It smells faintly of fresh flowers, owing to the orange flower, rose and sandalwood that the mask is infused with. After wearing the mask overnight, my skin feels supple, smooth and hydrated. A small amount of the mask goes a long way, and you only need to apply a few dabs to the skin to achieve the full effect of the mask.

How to use it

I apply this mask 2-3 times per week. I apply it evenly to my face and leave it on overnight. I then rinse the remaining residue the next morning and apply a moisturizer to lock-in hydration from the mask. It absorbs into the skin without feeling sticky.

Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask is a unique product to add to your skincare routine. It is hydrating, easy to use, and lightweight. The mask leaves my skin soft and plump after each use. Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask retails for $33 at Sephora.