REVIEW: Dior Rouge Liquid Lipstick

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I am consistently searching for new brands of liquid lipstick to test. I received samples of Dior Rouge Liquid Lipstick and I was intrigued to find out how the brand’s first liquid lipstick formula stacked up to other formulas I adore. Dior’s liquid lipstick comes in a range of beautiful colours. The shades I received in the sampler drew me in.

The Packaging 

The full-sized lipsticks come in sleek, elegant packages. The lipstick container is matte black with a transparent panel that reveals the colour within. I enjoy the square, blunt shape of the lipstick container because it is sturdy. This lipstick features a doe-foot applicator to precisely line the lips.

The Formula 

Dior’s liquid lipstick comes in three different finishes: Matte, metallic, and satin. I’ve tried both the matte and satin finishes. Both lipstick formulas are smooth, non-drying, and transfer-resistant. The formula is highly-pigmented. Once applied to the lips, the colour dries down completely and is lightweight.

The Colours 

I’ve tried samples of four shades in the collection:

  • 999 – Matte red
  • Hectic – Matte deep purple
  • Fury – Matte rosewood
  • Fab – Satin oxblood-red

Each colour I’ve tested is pigmented and opaque. The matte shades lasted longer on my lips than the satin shade. There are 25 other shades in the collection:

  • Reckless – Matte orangey-beige
  • Crush – Matte hot pink
  • Impulsive – Matte coral pink
  • Shock – Matte magenta
  • Hypnotic – Matte dark pink
  • Chic – Matte beige
  • Savage – Matte raspberry-pink
  • Lively – Matte dusty pink
  • Jungle – Matte light brown
  • Mysterious – Matte brownish-pink
  • Dressed To – Matte reddish-brown
  • Black – Matte black
  • Delicate – Satin light brown
  • Frenetic – Satin raspberry pink
  • Impetious – Satin pink
  • Versatile – Satin strawberry-red
  • Miss – Satin pink-coral
  • Fab – Satin reddish-black with shimmer
  • Rock ‘n’ Metal – Metallic rusty red
  • Spicy – Metallic hot pink
  • Scandalous – Metallic brown
  • Poison Metal – Metallic red-plum
  • Hologram – Metallic silver
  • Vibrant – Metallic rose-gold

The Wear 

Both the satin and matte shades wear comfortably on the lips. Once I apply the shade to my lips, they wear for 4-5 hours without fading. One aspect I adore about these lipsticks is that I only require one swipe of the lipstick to achieve full-coverage. The colour doesn’t bleed on my lips, but it does transfer while eating or drinking.

These lipsticks are perfect if you are looking for a comfortable, long-wearing lipstick. The metallic finishes are beautiful and richly pigmented. Dior Rouge Liquid Lipstick retails for $43 on Sephora’s website.

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REVIEW: Natasha Denona Sunrise Eyeshadow Palette

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When Natasha Denona released photos of the new Sunrise Eyeshadow Palette, I knew it would be a beautiful eyeshadow palette. The palette’s combination of sunny yellows, mulberry, and sparkling lavender shades is unlike any colour combination I’ve encountered. This is the first Natasha Denona product I’ve bought – because of the brand’s high price point – and this gorgeous eyeshadow palette did not disappoint!

The Packaging 

I adore the packaging of this palette! The outside of the palette is a gorgeous orange-red colour that is hard plastic and shiny. It bears the Natasha Denona logo and the name of the palette. Inside the palette, there is a large mirror and the eyeshadow pans. Each eyeshadow is nested into a matte black background that makes the shades pop!

The Eyeshadows 

The eyeshadow quality is incredible. Each eyeshadow is soft and creamy, but there is no fallout present from any of the shades. The matte shades are pigmented, buildable and blend very easily. Each shimmer shade is pigmented, bright and shiny. Both types of shadows can be applied with a brush, but I prefer applying the shimmer shades with a fingertip to intensify the pigment.

The Wear 

Each shade is pigmented, smooth, and long-wearing. There is no fallout from any of the shades in this palette. Each matte eyeshadow blends easily, and the shimmers apply bright and pigmented with a brush or fingertip. When I complete an eye look with this palette, the shades remain vibrant and pigmented for up to 12 hours!

The Shades 

Sunrise contains 15 shades in a range of matte, duo-chrome, and metallic finishes. Each shade is as follows:

  • Poppy – Metallic crimson bronze
  • Citrine – Matte yellow
  • Phlox – Metallic burnt crimson
  • Awakening – Lavender duo-chrome
  • Laurel – Metallic peachy champagne
  • Aster – Duo-chrome mauve violet
  • Glory – Matte hot pink
  • Azalea – Pink copper duo-chrome
  • Morgan – Matte pastel peach
  • Agate – Metallic champagne with an apricot undertone
  • Clove – Matte maroon
  • Carnelian – Matte bright orange
  • Jasper – Matte bright terracotta
  • Morning – Matte light apricot
  • Day Spring – Bronze metallic with a nude undertone

Natasha Denona’s Sunrise Palette offers a dazzling array of bright, sunny eyeshadow shades. The palette is versatile to create both day and night looks with an impressive combination of matte and metallic eyeshadows. This palette retails for $86 at Sephora.

REVIEW: Huda Beauty Lip Strobe

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I adore Huda Beauty products. I regularly wear liquid lipsticks from the brand, but recently tried the Lip Strobe products. I’m not the biggest fan of lip gloss, but I do occasionally apply it on top of lipstick for a shiny, iridescent lip look. At first swipe, this metallic lip gloss stole my heart.

The Packaging

The packaging of each Lip Strobe is stunningly beautiful. The glosses feature a glossy black cap with a clear tube that displays the colour of each gloss. I adore the doe foot applicator of this gloss – it is slightly curved and tapered to allow for precise application.

The Wear

My favourite aspect of this gloss is that it is hydrating when applied. It does not feel sticky, clumped or drying once I apply it to my lips. It lasts for 1-2 hours on my lips without eating or drinking, but it will fade quicker than a liquid lipstick.

How to apply it

Swipe the gloss onto the lips 1-2 times until the desired level of coverage is achieved. The gloss can be worn alone, on top of lip liner or lipstick. My favourite ways to apply Huda Beauty’s Lip Strobe is to wear it on top of lip liner for a shiny, voluminous look or on top of lipstick for a strobed effect.

The Shades

This collection of glosses features 12 shades:

  • Posh – A semi-sheer white gold
  • Enchanting – A semi-sheer prismatic white with pink reflect
  • Ritzy – A semi-sheer champagne with gold and pink shimmers
  • Snobby – A semi-sheer light pink with gold and pink pearls
  • Angelic – A light peach rose with gold reflect
  • Boujee – A full-coverage coral base with thin gold shimmers
  • Shameless – A chameleon sheer base with gold and pink pearls
  • Saucey – A full-coverage muted red ochre with gold and pink pearls
  • Foxy – A full-coverage copper
  • Mystical – A semi-sheer lilac with blue pearls
  • Fearless – A full-coverage purple with copper-gold reflect
  • Moody – A full-coverage violet with chromatic shimmer

Huda Beauty’s Lip Strobe is a beautiful lip gloss that offers a versatile range of finishes from sheer to full-coverage. I love that each shade can easily coordinate with any eyeshadow look depending on the level of coverage you seek! Each Lip Strobe retails for $24 at Sephora.

REVIEW: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara

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I adore testing mascaras that promise long, fluttery eyelashes. I recently received a sample of Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara from Influenster and instantly fell in love with the product. This is the first mascara that I’ve tried in ages that gave me voluminous, pigmented, and fluttery eyelashes.

The Packaging 

The packaging is sleek and sophisticated. The mascara comes in a sleek black tube that features a shiny finish. The tube bears the Marc Jacobs logo and is both lightweight and travel-friendly. I love the unique design of the mascara wand – the bristles are tightly-packed to dispense mascara onto each individual lash. This is the first mascara I’ve used where I’ve effortlessly reached the curved lashes near the corners of my eyes with ease!

The Mascara 

I adore the formula of this mascara. It feels thick when applied to the lashes, but it does not become clumped or sticky. The mascara has a rich black pigment and it is not watery. This mascara has a unique formula – it contains the Flash Volume Complex that prevents the mascara from smudging.

The Wear

I’ve worn this mascara throughout the day and it does not flake, clump, or disappear with wear. One small issue I encountered with this mascara is that the wand occasionally picks up a lot of pigment. As a result, my mascara may apply thickly but it can quickly be thinned out with a tiny amount of water.

If you are looking for a high-end mascara that packs volume, length, and pigment I would recommend Marc Jacob’s Velvet Noir Mascara! Each individual tube retails for $32 at Sephora.

 

 

3 Products I Bought At Sephora to Achieve Clear Skin

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I’ve tried many different products and samples to maintain clear skin. Some products were ineffective, while others stopped working once my skin acclimatized to them. The products I currently use are soothing on my sensitive skin while still effective for breakouts.

1. Tarte Cosmetics Deep Dive Cleansing Gel 

This brightening gel cleanser from Tarte is gentle enough to use daily to cleanse and reduce breakouts. It does not foam or leave any residue, which keeps my skin clear without clogging my pores. This cleanser is the main product I apply as part of my skin care routine.

2. GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment 

I like to apply a heavy-duty cleanser once a week. GlamGlow’s Super Mud Clearing Treatment is a thicker mud mask that minimizes pores while maintaining the skin’s natural moisture. It contains active charcoal and salylic acid to lift away dirt and other skin-clogging debris. This mask refreshes my skin and decreases any blemishes I may have.

3. Clarins SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask 

One skincare product I don’t use diligently is a moisturizer. On days when my skin is dry and just needs extra moisture, I apply this hydration mask from Clarins. It is a cooling, cream-gel mask that delivers hydration. While it does not cleanse or brighten my skin, it effectively hydrates and refreshes my skin. If my skin appears drier or dull this mask is the perfect product to introduce more moisture into my skin.

What skin care products are you currently using? let me know in the comments below! 

REVIEW: Tatcha Water Cream Moisturizer

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One of my skin care resolutions for this year is to consistently apply moisturizer. I received a sample of Tatcha’s Water Cream Moisturizer and was eager to try it on my dry winter skin.

What is it?

This moisturizer is an oil-free water cream. It releases skin-improving Japanese nutrients and botanicals for a hydrated complexion.

The Packaging

The product comes in a gorgeous pale-blue container. It features the Tatcha logo in luxurious gold-writing. A gold-coloured bow sits atop the cover.

The Moisturizer

It is a lightweight, creamy moisturizer. When applied to the skin, the product dries quickly without leaving a residue. The moisturizer smells faintly of Jasmine and fresh roses.

How to use it

Gently massage the cream into the skin on your face and neck.

Tatcha’s The Water Cream is a soothing, creamy moisturizer. It retails for $82 at Sephora.

REVIEW: Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil

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I adore products that remove my makeup gently. I’ve tried Clinique’s Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm  before and it removed my makeup effortlessly. However, I did not enjoy the texture. I was quite excited when I received a sample of the Cleansing Oil to test in comparison to the makeup wipes I always use.

The Packaging 

The product has a watery texture and is packaged in a bottle with a sleek pump. Like other Clinique products, the bottle is a chic, transparent purple that bears the brand’s logo. I like that the packaging is lightweight and mess-free. It is also composed of plastic, not glass, so it will not shatter if dropped. (I tested this fact after the bottle fell off my bathroom counter last week).

The Cleanser 

I love the texture and how easy the cleanser is to use. It feels like an oil when applied to the skin, but does not contain any actual oils. It contains oil-like ingredients plus emulsifiers to break down makeup. The product dissolves makeup the second it is applied to the skin. It leaves my skin feeling soft. I have acne-prone skin, and this cleanser is ideal for removing makeup without clogging my pores!

How to use it 

Apply the cleanser to dry skin, gently massage, then rinse with water. The cleanser will lightly foam. I like to rinse my skin twice after using the product to remove any makeup residue that may be left behind. I’ve used this cleanser with both cold and warm water and noticed that warm water is the most effective to rinse away any residue.

Clinique’s Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil is a perfect makeup remover for quick, easy makeup removal. It retails for $35 at Sephora.