Product Reviews

REVIEW: Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara 


Hello, lovelies! 

I rotate through my mascaras with each season, favoring waterproof in the summer. Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara is multi-functional – it is waterproof, volumizing, and lengthens. I initially bought a sample of this mascara from my local drugstore. I later purchased the full-sized tube at Sephora.

The Packaging 

The mascara tube is a classic black, with the Smashbox logo engraved on it. The wand is triangular with fluffy fibers. This shape helps add volume and length. 

The Mascara

I adore the mascara formula. It does not crumble or flake on my lashes. The mascara adds volume with a single swipe. 

The Colour 

I own the colour “Jet Black”. The mascara appears glossy black in the tube. When I apply it to my lashes, it dries to a bold, matte finish. 
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara retails at Sephora for $23. 

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REVIEW: Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask 


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I use a mask 1-2 times per week to thoroughly deep-clean my skin. My skin type is dry, and acne-prone. When I heard Origins Active Charcoal Mask is composed of white china clay and glycerin water I decided to give it a try, crossing my fingers that it would banish my blemishes. This charcoal mask not only kept my skin free of dirt and oil but it also left my complexion soft.

The Packaging 

The product comes in a triangular tube with a capped closure. I like the tube format of the product, this makes it lightweight. The colour of the product is reflective when you look at the tube – it is a muted ash-grey.

The Mask 

adore how this mask works! The texture begins as a liquid and dries into a hardened material once on the skin for a few moments. I rinse with warm water and my skin is softer and feels brighter. The glycerin water and white china clay ingredients clears my pores and absorbs excess toxins.

How to Use It 

It is important to note that your pores must be open before using the mask. How do you open your pores?

  • Place a warm, moistened towel on the face for a moment to open pores
  • Apply the mask onto the skin using fingertips
  • Allow the mask to sit until it dries completely
  • Rinse with warm water

I noticed considerable improvement in my skin after using the mask a few times. My pores appeared smaller and I experienced less breakouts. Origins masks are great products to supplement with your weekly skincare routine.

Sephora  sells different sized tubes of this product. A sample-sized container retails for $5. The smaller tube (1.7 oz) is priced at $20 while the largest tube (3.4 oz) is $34.

Have you tried Origins skincare before? If so, what type of mask is your favourite? 

 

 

 

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Clarins Double-Fix Mascara 


Hello, lovelies!
I bought a kit filled with mascara samples from my local drugstore last month. It contained mascaras from brands including Lancome, Smashbox, and Clarins. Double Fix Mascara is the first product I’ve tried from the Clarins brand. This unique mascara contains a double-use topcoat for lashes.
The Packaging

This mascara features a multicoloured tube. The wand is attached to a red-chrome cylinder while the product is contained in a white cylinder. Most mascara packages are black, so this colour combination offers a nice contrast.

The Mascara

Why is the mascara called double-fix? The mascara is both a top-coat mascara and regular mascara. The unique topcoat waterproofs eyelashes for mascara application. One portion of the cylinder contains a black mascara. The waterproof portion of the product is a clear, mess-free gel.
This mascara is waterproof and does not smudge. I wore it for 8-9 hours last week, and to my delight, it still appeared freshly-applied! 

Clarins Double Fix Mascara retails for $35 at Nordstrom. 
 

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REVIEW: NARS Audacious Mascara 


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I search for a new mascara every 3-6 months, as they tend to dry out. I’ve only tried NARS blush before. I decided to test another product from the NARS collection.

The Packaging 

NARS Audacious Mascara is in a sleek black tube. The attached mascara wand has wide, separated bristles. These bristles reduce the chance of mascara clumping. Each bristle is rubber, and they feel pointy compared to softer bristles. 

The Mascara 

I bought this mascara in black – my standard colour. I adore the wear of this mascara. It does not flake or clump on my lashes. NARS Audacious Mascara makes it easy to enhance your eye makeup with two coats. I used this mascara as eyeliner last week and it held upsurprisingly  well on my lashline. 

NARS Audacious Mascara retails for $26. The mascara is available in the colour Black Moon

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REVIEW: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume

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I search for a new fragrance every few months and vary the scents I wear based on the season. I found Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume at Sephora. Upon testing the fragrance, it reminded me of spring. Viktor & Rolf are an Amsterdam-based design team. Flowerbomb is their debut fragrance.

The Packaging 

The glass bottle containing the perfume is octagon-shaped. Inside the bottle is the pale pink perfume – the colour of a peony. The geometric pattern on the bottle is fun and unique. Like other perfume bottles, this one contains a spray nozzle.

The Scent 

Flowerbomb is a delightful combination of floral notes.  I sense hints of jasmine, freesia, and rose. The scent is mildly floral, but not overpowering. The fragrance begins with hints of rose and citrus. It dries down to a sweet vanilla scent with light jasmine notes. I often avoid flower-scented perfumes. This one, however, is mild for my liking.

The perfume is long-lasting. It reveals different fragrance notes as it dries down. I enjoy the scent. Floral perfumes are often cloying and overpowering. This one is the opposite –  light and mild.

This fragrance is is just one of the company’s perfume sets. Other perfumes available in Viktor & Rolf’s collection include the Bonbon Collection and the Spice Collection. Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb Perfume retails at Sephora for $195.

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REVIEW: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

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I recieved a sample of Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer at Sephora a few weeks ago. This bronzer is a product that combines natural cocoa with the company’s signature bronzing pigments. It smells chocolately and delivers a soft, bronzy glow.

The Packaging 

This bronzer is pressed in a small black compact with Too Faced embossed on the cover. It is a slim compact that does not include a mirror. The compact also features a texturized, dotted design around the edges. When you open the cover, the delightful chocolate scent emerges.

The Finish 

Because of the drier finish, the bronzer gives the skin a matte finish. It isn’t creamy or soft, but it gives the skin a light bronzy glow.

How to Use It

I apply it with an angled blush brush to softly blend it into my skin without dispensing a lot of product. I blend it into my temples, underneath my cheekbones, and the edges of my chin to contour. I use this bronzer when I wish to achieve a lightly bronzed look. In comparison to Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer, this one is not as intensely pigmented.

This bronzer is perfect for giving the skin a pop of colour without overpowering the natural skin tone.

Too Faced Chocolate Soliel Bronzer retails for $38 at Sephora.

 

 

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REVIEW: Tarte Cosmetics Creamy Matte Lip Paint

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I bought this liquid lipstick while searching for new brands to test. As you know, I am a huge fan of liquid lipstick. I own an extensive collection of Anastasia Beverly Hills and Kat Von D lipsticks. I bought Tarte Cosmetics Creamy Matte Lip Paint to compare another brand to my collection.

The Packaging 

The lipstick comes in a cardboard case that features a mixture of stripes. Half the stripes are gold. The other half reflect the colour of the lipstick inside. The lipstick itself is in a container with a wand. The wand has a doe-foot applicator.

The Colour 

Tartiest Creamy Matte Lip Paint is available in 19 matte shades. I bought the colour Manbun. Manbun is described as a “dark berry” but appears brown with a hint of berry once on the lips. It gives a great pop of deeper colour.

The Formula

My biggest issue with the lipstick is the formula. It is mousey in texture, and glides across the lips. However, once I applied it, the colour began to patch and bleed instantly. Compared to other liquid lipsticks in my collection, the lipstick is not long-wearing. I did not find this lipstick wearable because of this. The lipstick has a minty flavour. The mousse texture makes the lipstick comfortable to wear.

I did not enjoy this lipstick as much as others that are in my collection. While it does have redeeming qualities, the patchy wear and deep colour did not suit my typical lipstick preferences. I have not tried a lighter colour for comparison, but if you have, let me know in the comments!

 

Tarte Tartiest Creamy Matte Lip Paint retails for $24 at Sephora.