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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Erin Angela’s Sephora Holiday Bonus Sale Haul

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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?

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4 Essential Beauty Products to Travel with This Season

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The inspiration for this post came while I was sorting through my makeup collection. I’ll soon travel to Florida for vacation and began thinking about travel-friendly beauty products to pack for my trip. Here’s a list of my favourite beauty products to travel with this season!

1. Tarte Cosmetics Hamptons Weekender Contour Palette

I typically travel with separate blush, contour and highlight compacts. This set is ideal for travel as it contains all three makeup products in a single compact. It is lightweight and small enough to place in my handbag.

2. Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

Full-sized eyeshadow palettes can be difficult to travel with. Huda Beauty’s new Obsession Eyeshadow Palettes contain 9 pans of shadow, and a mirror for travel. I love that these eyeshadow compacts are versatile and lightweight.

3. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Mini

I love packing mini mascara tubes in my makeup bag when I travel. I’ve used mini tubes of Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara for a few months now and they are quick and easy to apply.

4. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Mini

Laura Mercier’s iconic setting powder usually comes in a heavy jar. I was delighted to find a travel-sized jar during my latest Sephora trip. This mini version of the powder is small in size, and lighter than the full-sized jar. This is a perfect travel-friendly setting powder if you don’t like travelling with full-sized jars of loose product.

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Erin Angela’s Top Beauty Products of Summer 2018

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With another summer coming to a close, I rounded-up my favourite beauty products of the season. Most of the items on my list are new but I did include one product that is a staple in my makeup kit. Keep reading to find out which products I loved this season!

1. Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay released this eyeshadow palette in June and I’ve created an array of colour combinations throughout the summer. This palette contains a variety of matte and shimmer shadows with shades ranging from neutral base shades, to smoky purple, grey and forest-green shades with pops of colour. I enjoyed pairing the shades with bright, nude, and vampy lipstick colours.

2. Tatcha The Deep Cleanse

This cleanser is now a key component of my skincare routine. The gentle gel cleanser contains fruit exfoliants that cleared my breakouts without feeling harsh or grainy on my skin. I’ve tried multiple cleansers this year but Tatcha’s Deep Cleanse is my favourite. I started using this cleanser in June and have noticed a dramatic improvement in my skin’s texture, moisture, and reduced breakouts.

3. MAC Fix+

While this product was actually included in last summer’s beauty product round-up, I re-purchased a new bottle this summer and thought it deserved mention again. MAC Fix+ is my daily setting spray. The spray locked my makeup in-place all day and it definitely withstood the warm weather. I spritzed it into my face every day before work and my makeup remained flawless by the time I was ready to remove it again.

4. Tarte Creaseless Under Eye Concealer

I’ve used this concealer all summer and it covers blemishes without feeling caked on my skin. I matched this concealer to my summer foundation and it’s worked as a multi-purpose product as foundation, eyeshadow primer, and a highlight shade.

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Tarte Cosmetics Creaseless Concealer

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When my beloved Nars Concealer ran dry, I wanted to try a new brand of concealer. I’ve wanted to try Tarte Cosmetics Shape Tape Concealer for a long time but it’s never been available at Sephora. When Sephora recently began to carry a the new Tarte Cosmetics Creaseless Concealer I was excited to try it! I’ve been using the ‘creaseless’ concealer every day since I bought it, and the product absolutely lives up to its name!

The Packaging 

I love the colour scheme and design of this concealer’s packaging. The outside of the concealer features a purple cover with a gorgeous metallic and pink design. The concealer itself comes in a long, cylindrical tube that has a doe-foot applicator. It is lightweight and travel-friendly.

The Formula 

This concealer is full-coverage and long-wearing. It feels creamy and slightly sticky when first applied to the skin, but once it dries, it feels weightless on the skin. The concealer does not cake onto the skin and blends without leaving patches. The formula is water-proof, which makes it ideal to use on warm summer days! This concealer wears comfortably throughout the day and doesn’t budge until I remove it with a makeup remover.

The Shades 

Tarte’s Creaseless Concealer is available in a range of 30 shades. I own the shade 10B which is a fair beige with cool undertones.

Tarte’s Creaseless Concealer is a great product if you’re looking for a concealer that is full-coverage, waterproof and lightweight. It retails for $32 at Sephora.

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August 2018 Sephora Haul

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After receiving Sephora gift cards for my birthday earlier this month, I was excited to try some new products. I’ll share the items I ordered, and a little bit about my online ordering experience!

My Online Ordering Experience

This was the first time I’ve ordered products from Sephora’s website. To my delight, my ordering and shipping experience was quick and easy! I placed my order on a Sunday evening and my package arrived in the mail on Wednesday afternoon. I would definitely order online again.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette

The main reason I placed a Sephora order was to purchase Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina eyeshadow palette. This palette is the newest in the brand’s collection, and it contains a beautiful combination of pastel, bold and shimmering shades. After two uses, I enjoy how pigmented and blendable the shadows are.

Tarte Hamptons Weekender Contour Palette

I don’t own any palettes that contains a blush, bronzer and highlighter. I decided to pick up the Hamptons Weekender Palette from Tarte, which is a blush, bronzer, and highlight palette. The pans are small but the products are quite pigmented. It will be an ideal product to travel with next month. I tested each shade in the palette yesterday and love it already.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

I love this cult-favourite setting powder from Laura Mercier! I ordered a travel-sized version of the translucent powder to try, and it effortlessly sets my makeup without leaving shine or residue. It feels silky and also brightens underneath my eyes.

Olehenriksen Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer Sample

I’m quite excited to try this moisturizer from Olehenriksen! It’s a whipped, antioxidant-rich moisturizer that moisturizes, reduces dark spots and delivers radiance.

Caudalie Instant Detox Mask Sample

I’ve always wanted to try a mask from Caudalie. The Instant Detox Mask is clay-based to reduce oil and detoxify. I like rotating clay masks into my skincare routine and will fully review this mask soon!

Chloe Perfume Sample

This travel-sized perfume is from Chloe’s Nomad collection. It contains warm floral notes, and hints of freesia. The scent is soft and floral.

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I Swapped My Moisturizer for Maracuja Oil for a Week

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I recently received a sample of Tarte Cosmetics Maracuja Oil with purchase at Sephora. Maracuja oil is derived from the maracuja fruit, and contains vitamin C and essential fatty acids to moisturize and heal acne-prone skin. I decided to replace my usual moisturizer with maracuja oil for a week to find out how it would react with my dry, acne-prone skin.

How I used the maracuja oil 

I applied the maracuja oil each morning after cleansing my skin. Instead of applying my usual moisturizer, I let a few drops of maracuja oil dry into my skin. I applied the oil for seven days without using other moisturizing products in my skincare routine to determine the performance of the product.

The Results

After testing Tarte’s Maracuja Oil, I have mixed feelings. The oil felt soft and smooth on my skin. On days when the weather was warmer, the oil left a slight sheen on my skin – it absorbed, but not fully. About halfway through my moisturizer switch I noticed that my skin began to breakout. My skin is typically acne-prone, and while maracuja oil is helpful to heal acne, I believe that it added too much oil to my skin. Overall, if you have dry skin, I would recommend trying maracuja oil. For those of you with dry, acne-prone skin I would recommend testing the oil for 1-2 days to observe whether the oil may contribute to further breakouts. While I was excited to try an oil in my skincare routine, this challenge did not agree with my skin.

Have you ever tried a maracuja oil? What were your results? 

Tips and tricks

3 Creative Ways to Use Blush in Your Daily Beauty Routine

Hello, lovelies!

Blush is for more than just adding colour to your cheeks. There are multiple ways to add blush to your daily makeup routine. A beautiful blush shade is a versatile for the eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Turn your favourite shade into a nail polish colour 

Crush a small amount of blush to turn it into a powder before mixing it into transparent nail polish. After adding the blush, shake the nail polish bottle well to blend the colour. Apply it to your nails the same way as other nail polishes.

Blend out tan lines

Do you have any unwanted tan lines? To cover (or blend out) tan lines, dip a large, fluffy brush into a light blush shade. Blend the blush into your skin to block out tan line.

Create a monochromatic colour palette 

Blush is an ideal tool for creating a monochromatic makeup look. With just one product, you can add more vibrance to your face. Apply your favourite shade of blush to the eyes, lips, and cheeks for monochromatic makeup. I like to create this look with peach or pink blush.

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Erin Angela’s Latest Sephora Haul: Summer Edition

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I recently purchased a new foundation from Sephora, and while shopping, added a few new items into my cart. Here’s a peek at the summer edition of my Sephora haul!

Smashbox Studio Skin Hydrating Foundation

I switch foundations each summer and winter. I previously used Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup, but wanted a new foundation with more coverage. I bought Smashbox Studio Skin Hydrating Foundation after being colour-matched in store, and absolutely love it! The foundation is lightweight, but provides medium-to-full coverage with one swipe. Stay tuned for a full review, but it’s a holy-grail product for me so far!

Sephora’s 2018 Beauty Insider Birthday Gift: Bite Beauty

I redeemed my birthday gift with this trip. This year, I selected the birthday gift set from Bite Beauty. This set contains a sample sized Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai, a mini Lip Crayon in Glace, and a sample of the Agave Lip Balm. I’ve worn the lipstick a few times, and it is a beautiful mauve-brown colour.

Tarte Creaseless Under Eye Concealer

I’ve always wanted to try Tarte’s infamous Shape Tape Concealer, however it has never been available in Canadian Sephora stores. When my local Sephora debuted Tarte’s Creaseless Under Eye Concealer, it was a perfect time to try it. This concealer is thick, but provides incredible coverage of dark spots and blemishes. I like that it is creamy without feeling watery or stiff.

What items have you purchased from Sephora lately?

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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!