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 

Product Reviews

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

About Me

Erin Angela’s Updated, Simplified Makeup Routine for Summer Days 

Hello, lovelies! 
The number of steps in my daily makeup routine change with the season. I’ve tried to condense my routine for the warm summer season. While standing in front of my mirror yesterday morning, my boyfriend Grant inspired this post. I can hear him say, “Are you almost ready? What’s that glitter you’re putting on your eyelids?” Today, I’ll reveal exactly what that ‘glitter’ is!

FACE 

The first step in my makeup routine is cleansing. I apply Fresh Beauty Soy Face Cleanser. This gel cleanser keeps my skin soft and clear of blemishes. I supplement this step with a moisturizer – often Tarte’s Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer

I simplify the rest of my facial makeup. I’ve used Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup for the past two years. It is a great medium-coverage foundation that lets my skin breathe. I buff the foundation into my skin using a buffing brush. I dot Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer underneath my eyes and cover any blemishes. I complete my face makeup by sweeping highlighter onto my cheekbones. I switch between different highlighter products, but my current favourite is Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit. It is luminous, with a beautiful range of colours!

EYES

I never apply eyeshadow without priming my lids. My primer of choice is Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I switch between different eyeshadow palettes each day. The palette I use most often is Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance. This palette contains creamy, blendable shadows that range from brick red to glittery gold.   I line my waterline with Sephora Collection Waterproof Eyeliner. I complete my eye makeup with a swipe of mascara. My mascara of choice is Smashbox Full Exposure

LIPS

I line my lips with Bite Beauty’s Lip Pencil in a nude shade. Selecting a lipstick to wear each day is the hardest aspect of my makeup routine. I swipe on a shade that matches my outfit to complete my makeup. 

Below is a before and after comparison of my makeup routine:




Product Reviews

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

Product Reviews

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. 

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover Cleansing Stick 


Hello, lovelies!

A good makeup remover is a staple in my makeup kit. Urban Decay launched a new line of skincare products this spring. The Meltdown Makeup Remover Cleansing Stick is one of those new products. I used the rest of my Clinique Cleansing Balm, and this Urban Decay product has worked as a perfect substitute!

The Packaging 

The makeup remover has a twist-off cap. Underneath the cap is the yellow-colored product, shaped into a stick. I enjoy how lightweight and portable the stick is. I toss it into my purse on a busy morning, and can remove my makeup at the end of the day with minimal effort.

The Balm 

The product is the same consistency as other makeup removers that are balm formats. It applies to the skin easily, and has a thick, slightly foamy texture. It doesn’t emulsify like other cleansing balms. This makes makeup removal quick and mess-free. I like how the product doesn’t leave my face feeling dry.

How to use it 

I first used it by rubbing it on my dry face then rinsing. I now rinse my face with water before applying the balm, and this helps grab any makeup that is stubborn. It starts out as a balm then it becomes thicker and foamy.

Urban Decay’s Meltdown Makeup Remover Cleansing Oil Stick is a perfect travel accessory. It is a quick, simple method for removing makeup at the end of your day! The makeup remover retails for $32 at Sephora.

 

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Sephora Collection Radiant Luminizing Drops 

Hello, lovelies!

I am always searching for a new highlighting product to try. I added a few Sephora Collection products into my daily beauty routine and picked up this product during that shopping trip. The gorgeous pink colour drew me to this product.

The Packaging 

Sephora Radiant Luminizing Drops are a liquid highlight. The product is contained within a small bottle. I like the unique dropper attachment that you use to dispense the product. It makes the product easier to use. The package is a pale pink colour, reflective of the highlight contained within it. It is lightweight and durable.

The Product 

Though the product is liquid, it has a smooth texture. It is slightly runny when applying to the face, but blends well into the skin. The highlight has a subtle glitter in it, and this transfers beautifully to the skin. It gives the skin a brightness that does not appear shiny or sticky. The product is buildable. I enjoy this quality in a highlight product, it allows you to apply the product subtly or with more intensity.

How to Use It 

I like to blend the product into my skin with a beauty blender or my fingertips. Unscrew the cover of the product and press the top of it to absorb the product into the dropper attachment. Press again to dispense the product onto the skin, brush or sponge.

The Colours 

This highlight is available in three colours:

  • Ultralight – Luminous gold/bronze
  • Starlight – Iridiscent pink with shimmery undertones
  • Morning Light – Champagne with shimmer

I own the colour Starlight. On my skin it is a shimmery, glossy pink.

Sephora Collection products offer quality at a good price, and this highlight is no exception. I wear it when I feel like brightening up my face makeup, or pair it with a pink makeup palette. Sephora Collection Radiant Aluminizing Drops retail for $19 at Sephora.