Product Reviews

REVIEW: Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots

Hello, lovelies!

With the holiday season approaching, I like to introduce extra glitter into my makeup routine. I bought a few shades of Tarte’s Chrome Paint Shadow Pots recently, and they have transformed my eyeshadow looks!

The Packaging

The packaging of these eyeshadows feels luxurious. The shadow is packed into a round transparent pot. I love that this displays the vibrant colour of the shadow inside. The cover of the pot is a gorgeous metallic-gold. Each shadow fits into the palm of the hand and is ideal for travel!

The Formula

Each shadow is composed of pearl pigments that give it a shiny, colourful finish. The shadow feels creamy to the touch and blend easily. After applying the shadow to the lid, it has a beautiful foiled appearance.

The Wear

I did notice a small amount of fallout when wearing these pigments, owing to the looseness of them. Once I applied them with a wet brush, they stayed vibrant and colourful for hours.

How to Use Them

I’d recommend applying Tarte’s Chrome Paint Shadow Pots with a wet brush for maximum pigmentation. They can also be applied with the fingertips for an intense colour.

The Shades

I adore the range of bright colours in this collection! There are 8 shades in total:

  • Park Ave Princess – Metallic bronze
  • Fire Dancer – Metallic burgundy
  • Martini – Metallic bronzed olive
  • Top Yacht – Metallic champagne
  • Steel the Show – Metallic steel navy
  • Beach Bae – Metallic copper
  • Sun Drenched – Metallic bronze champagne
  • Frose – Metallic rose gold

Tarte’s Chrome Paint Shadow Pots are a beautiful addition to your eyeshadow collection if you want a burst of pigmented glitter in your eyeshadow looks! I love the wear, pigmentation and longevity of these beautiful eyeshadow toppers. Each single shadow pot retails for $27 at Sephora.

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REVIEW: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Hello, lovelies!

With colder weather approaching, I like to incorporate products into my daily routine to moisturize my lips. I’ve always loved Laneige products and couldn’t wait to try the Lip Sleeping Mask after I bought it at Sephora last month.

The Packaging

The packaging of this lip mask is fun, travel-friendly and eye-catching. The lip mask comes in a rounded jar that fits in the palm of your hand. The jar itself is a gorgeous pale pink and bears the Laneige logo. It is lightweight and can be easily carried in a purse, makeup bag, or even your pocket!

The Mask

One of my favourite aspects of this lip mask is the texture of the mask. It feels like a balm, and it is soft to the touch. When applied to the lips, the mask feels moisturizing, lightweight and buttery-soft. It doesn’t feel heavy or sticky after it is applied. It smells faintly of fresh berries, owing to the raspberry, strawberry, blueberry and cranberry extracts packed into the mask. After wearing this mask both morning and overnight, my lips were soft, plump and smooth.

How to use it

I usually apply this mask in the morning and evening as a part of my skincare routine. The full-sized jar comes with an applicator to apply the product. I have a travel-sized jar and apply it with my fingertips. Simply apply the product to the lips and let it absorb. I love that it does not need to be rinsed off. I apply it to my lips and let it do the work!

Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask is a wonderful product to keep the lips smooth, hydrated and plump. This mask is perfect to travel with, and can be applied morning or night. I love applying it daily as part of my skincare routine. Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask retails for $24 at Sephora.

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Erin Angela’s Sephora Holiday Bonus Sale Haul

Hello, lovelies!

Sephora’s annual fall VIB Sale took place for two weekends this season, and it was a perfect opportunity for me to stock up on essentials in my makeup bag! Here’s a look into my Sephora VIB Sale Haul:

Tarte Creaseless Concealer

Tarte’s Creaseless Concealer is a staple product for me. Out of every concealer I’ve tried, this one from Tarte is the only one that does not crease throughout the day. It provides a full-coverage finish while concealing any blemishes or dark circles. I’ve repurchased this concealer twice this year and stocked up when I noticed my current concealer was running low.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

I’ve re-purchased Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner multiple times, and this product always gives me sharp, smudge-proof winged liner. This liner lasts throughout the day without fading. I can definitely count on this eyeliner to stay vibrant and long-lasting. I continually buy the shade Trooper, a satin black shade.

Laneige Good Night Lip Mask Kit

I’ve never tried any of Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Masks and decided to pick this to try the brand. This is a travel-friendly set that contains a mini Lip Sleeping Mask and a mini Water Sleeping Mask. I tried the Lip Sleeping Mask once, and the balm-like product left my lips soft and hydrated!

BareMinerals Mineral Veil

This loose setting powder is sheer with a luminous finish. After testing it once, it beautifully blurred imperfections while setting my makeup. The finely-milled powder is lightweight and gives the skin a matte finish. I’m eager to test this formula against my beloved Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder.

Did you buy anything during Sephora’s Holiday Bonus Sale?

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette

Hello, lovelies!

When I first saw the layout for Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette, I was instantly drawn to the cool-toned combination of purple, golden, and ruby shades. Most other eyeshadow palettes I own are warm-toned but I was very excited to add these cool shadows into my collection!

The Packaging

My favourite aspect of this packaging is the gorgeous pale purple colour. It is whimsical and delightful. The palette itself is has this pale purple colour with the word ‘Norvina’ stamped in white lettering across the front. This palette contains 14 eyeshadow palettes and a dual-ended brush like its predecessors.

The Shadows

These shadows are buttery-soft, smooth, and apply without any fallout. Each shadow is pigmented. This palette contains a combination of shimmer, duo-chrome and matte shadows. The shimmer shadows are bright while the mattes are bold. Each shadow in the palette blends well without creasing.

The Shades

Each shade in the palette is versatile for daytime or nighttime wear. The shades within the Norvina palette include:

  • Dreamer – Metallic pink champagne
  • Base – Matte eggshell
  • Summer – Metallic golden
  • Soul – Matte wisteria
  • Wild Child – Duo-chrome frosty pink
  • Incense – Matte terracotta
  • Rose Gold – Metallic rosewood
  • Love – Matte cool-toned pink
  • Celestial – Duo-chrome plum with a violet shift
  • Volatile – Matte charcoal with a warm brown shift
  • Dazzling – Duo-chrome bronze
  • Eccentric – Matte burnt orange
  • Drama – Duo-chrome aubergine
  • Passion – Matte deep ruby

The Wear

These shadows remain bright and pigmented while wearing them. They do not fade or crease throughout the day, and I did not notice any fallout when applying each of these shadows! I love that I can create a variety of smoky, bright, or cool-toned eyeshadow looks with this palette. The addition of purple-toned eyeshadows gives the palette a unique colour combination.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina palette retails for $55 at Sephora.

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3 Products I Use Every Morning to Achieve Clear, Radiant Skin

Hello, lovelies!

My morning skincare and makeup routine is one of the best parts of my day. After many months of trial and error, I’ve finally determined a skincare routine that works for my dry, acne-prone skin. I apply specific products each morning to keep my skin clear, soft, and radiant. Here’s a peek into my morning skincare routine!

1. Tatcha The Deep Cleanse 

I cannot say enough wonderful things about my Tatcha cleanser! I’ve been using this gentle gel cleanser for the past 3-4 months and it has kept my skin clear, soft, and radiant. I often struggle to find cleansers that will not irritate my skin but this one is definitely a winner! I apply it every morning before moisturizer. Not only does this cleanser clear my skin but it also provides a smooth base for my primer.

2. Drunk Elephant Marula Oil

I received a sample of Drunk Elephant’s Marula Oil about a month ago from Sephora. I always hesitate to incorporate oils into my skincare routine but decided to try this one because I’ve heard rave reviews about Drunk Elephant products. To my delight, this fragrance-free facial oil leaves my skin feeling hydrated but not extra oily. I apply a few drops to my entire face and let them absorb into my skin for a softer complexion!

3. Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Booster

Typically, I apply Dermalogica’s Breakout Clearing Booster 2-3 times per week to reduce any new breakouts. This product works as a spot treatment. I apply it directly to my breakouts and after one use, I was very impressed with how quickly my skin cleared! I received this product complimentary of Influenster.

What products does your skincare routine consist of? I’d love to hear about products that you use and how they work for you! 

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liner

Hello, lovelies!

I adore lip liner. After losing more than one lip liner recently, I purchased a new one from Smashbox. I was excited to try a creamy liner, and this one packs incredible staying power when applied!

The Packaging

Smashbox’s Always Sharp Lip Liner is lightweight and easy to use. The liner is formatted like a pencil, and has a cap that self-sharpens when twisted into place. The liner is sophisticated and bears the ‘Smashbox’ logo.

The Lip Liner

The lip liner is creamy and long-wearing. Because it is a self-sharpening lip liner, it automatically sharpens each time the cap is closed. Unlike pencil lip liners, this one does not tug when I apply it to my lips. It dries down without feeling crumbly or tacky.

How to use it

To sharpen the lip liner, twist the cap closed until it clicks. To apply the lip liner, trace along the lines of your lip to achieve the desired pigment.

The Shades

I love the diverse shade range of these lip liners! This liner is available in a range of 15 shades:

  • Nude Dark – Deep chestnut
  • Nude Medium – Medium beige
  • Nude Light – Beige pink
  • Audition – Neutral rose
  • Safe Word – Rose nude
  • Rosebud – Mauve pink
  • Stylist – Rose
  • Crimson – True blue-red
  • Figgy – Red grape
  • Fireball – Bright orange red
  • Pinch Me – Bright coral
  • Screen Queen – Burgundy-red
  • Violet – Berry
  • Plum Role – Dark plum
  • Punked – Deep grey
  • Nude Fair – Light pink

Smashbox’s Always Sharp Lip Liner is a perfect alternative to traditional lip liner formulas if you want a creamy liner that doesn’t dry out the lips. I love wearing this product daily to increase the longevity of my lipstick! Each liner retails for $26 at Sephora.

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Erin Angela’s Top 4 Eyeshadow Palettes

Hello, lovelies!

Eyeshadow is a staple in my makeup collection. There are certain palettes that I gravitate towards, and create versatile eyeshadow looks with them. Here is a peek into my top four favourite eyeshadow palettes!

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam

The Soft Glam Palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills is an essential palette for neutral, smoky eyeshadow looks. I wear this palette whenever I want to create a soft smoky eye. My favourite shades in this palette are ‘Rose Gold’ and ‘Cyprus Umber’.

2. Urban Decay Born to Run

This is one of the most used palette in my collection. The combination of neutral matte shades, glittery metallics and pops of colour make this a versatile palette for every type of eye makeup look. I wear this palette a few times per week.

3. Huda Beauty Obsessions

I love travelling with my Huda Beauty Obsessions Palette! Though the palette only contains 9 eyeshadows, the orange, brown and burgundy shades enables me to create a variety of looks. I used this palette for an entire week while on vacation last month, and achieved a variety of eyeshadow combinations!

4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina

The Norvina Palette is a beautiful, cool-toned eyeshadow palette for the fall and winter seasons. I wear the mauve, lavender and shimmering shades for special occasions and daily events. I often pair the cool-toned shades with bright, bold lipstick shades.

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Erin Angela’s October 2018 Sephora Haul

Hello, lovelies!

I recently shopped at Sephora after a two-month no-buy period. The purpose of my trip was to replace my holy-grail cleanser but I added a few other surprises to my shopping cart that I’m sharing in today’s blog post!

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray and Complexion Prep Spray Duo

This duo is part of Urban Decay’s holiday collection and features a travel-sized duo of the brand’s All-Nighter Setting Spray and Complexion Prep Primer Spray. I wanted to try Urban Decay’s iconic setting spray for a while now, and instantly loved it after testing it yesterday! This set is great to travel with.

Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liner

I’ve always used Bite Beauty lip liners but decided to try one from Smashbox after unsuccessfully finding my favourite shade in store. To my surprise, I love this lip liner! It is creamy and long-wearing. I bought the shade Nude Light, which has a beige-pink undertone. I tested it yesterday and my lipstick did not budge for hours!

Tatcha The Deep Cleanse

I repurchased this cleanser from Tatcha. This has been my main skincare product for a few months, and my skin has become clear and smooth. I adore this cleanser as it does not dry out my skin.

Bite Beauty Agave Treat Trio Mini

This mini Agave lip mask set was an impulse buy. This set comes with three mini tubes of Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Masks in the shades Natural, Maple and Candy Cane. I apply lip masks and balm regularly throughout the fall and winter months and can’t wait to test these out.

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick Sample

I received a lipstick sample from Make Up For Ever. The shade is a beautiful Rose-tones pink. This lipstick is creamy and pairs well with dark or light eyeshadow.

Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrator Sample

I’ve received many samples of Clinique’s Moisture Surge moisturizer before, and adore the soft, supple hydration that the product gives my skin.

What items have you bought from Sephora recently?

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Caudalie Instant Detox Mask

Hello, lovelies!

I recently received a sample of the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask from Sephora. While my skincare routine is fairly regimented, I enjoy trying new masks to clarify and detoxify my skin. This mask contains a variety of natural ingredients to clean the pores and reduce excess oil.

The Packaging

This packaging is quite earth-toned and soothing. The mask comes in a mint-green tube that bears the Caudalie logo and a floral design. This tube is lightweight and travel-friendly. My favourite aspect of the packaging is that the mask can be dispensed onto my palm without placing my fingers into the product.

The Mask

The first thing I noticed about this mask was its beautiful pale pink colour. This mask has a gritty texture that feels deep-cleaning when applied to the skin. It contains grape marc to detofixy, pink clay and coffee to absorb dirt and excess oil, and papaya to brighten. These natural ingredients feel soothing and non-irritating on the skin. After using this mask, my skin felt clearer, brighter and smooth.

How to use it

I like to use this mask 1-2 times per week. I apply a thin layer to my skin, leave it on for 5-10 minutes then rinse.

Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask worked well to clear my skin, and did not feel chalky or tight like other masks I’ve tried. If you’re looking for a soothing mask to add into your skincare routine, I’d recommend this one! Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask retails for $47 at Sephora.

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REVIEW: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Hello, lovelies!

I bought a travel-sized jar of Laura Mercier’s iconic setting powder at Sephora during the summer. After only one use, this powder became a staple in my makeup kit when setting my makeup! This is the first loose setting powder I’ve tried, and I was interested to see how it performed compared to alternatives!

The Packaging

The packaging feels luxurious. The powder comes in a rounded jar that has small openings in the top to dispense the powder. The oak-brown lid contains the Laura Mercier logo. I love this packaging design – the powder dispenses easily and precisely.

The Powder

This powder is incredible. It is translucent, and is not scented or coloured – perfect for my acne prone skin! It is finely-milled and feels soft when blended into the skin. It does not feel heavy on the skin and sets my makeup for the day.

The Wear

This powder wears comfortably throughout the day. It feels weightless on the skin, and doesn’t crease. I’ve worn it comfortably for 12-14 hours without experiencing any fallout or fading.

If you are looking for a translucent setting powder to set makeup (especially foundation!) I’d recommend Laura Mercier’s Translucent Setting Powder. It retails for $48 at Sephora,