First Impressions – L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara

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On the weekend I was really excited to do a drug store haul because Shoppers Drug Mart was having a Spend Your Points event and I had $200 worth of Shoppers Optimum Points. I only spent $85 worth of points but I was excited to buy a few new things to try out.

This morning when I woke up I decided to try a couple of the products I purchased and write about my first impressions. Here is how I felt about the products:

L’OREAL LASH PARADISE MASCARA ($12 CAD on sale) 20170612_190948

I was especially excited to try the new L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara as I heard it was a dupe for Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, which I really like. The wand on this mascara is straight with lots of dense bristles to help hug every lash. This mascara has a thicker drier formula which I personally like. I could build this mascara up to three coats without it looking too spidery. This mascara gave my lashes a lot of volume and some length. I curled my eyelashes before applying it and it held the curl throughout the day. 8 hours after I did my makeup my lashes still looked great and there was no smudging or flaking.

My only complaint about this mascara is that because the applicator is quite large I got a lot of product on my eyelid when I applied it. This is not usually a problem for me and it was a bit frustrating having to touch up my eye makeup after I applied it.

Despite the product getting on my lid I would still definitely recommend this mascara. It keeps my eyelashes looking voluminous all day!

NYX PORE FILLER ($16.99)

This product claims to reduce the appearance of pores. It can be used underneath or on top of makeup. Today I used it as a makeup primer under my BB cream. I found it definitely minimized the look of my pores on my cheeks. Usually my pores are very visible and combined with the BB cream my skin looked really smooth.

I will have to see how the looks when I apply full coverage foundation on top as I find full coverage foundations tend to exaggerate my pores, but so far I really like this product. The price tag is quite expensive for a drug store product but I have yet to find a good drug store primer so if this continues to work I will consider it a great find!

RIMMEL LONDON BB CREAM ($6.99 CAD on sale)

I purchased this BB Cream because I was looking for a matte BB cream that provided decent coverage and was perfect for an everyday summer base for my makeup. I bought the color medium because I get quite tanned in the summer. The medium shade is quite orange but it blended well into my skin and was not too noticeable. It was light coverage but better than many other BB creams I have tried in the past. I put NYX Pore Filler as my primer underneath and I felt the primer and BB cream together gave my skin a smooth appearance. I could easily put bronzer and blush over top and set it with a powder.

I do not think this BB cream is anything mind blowing but it will still likely be one of my staples this summer!

MAYBELLINE COLOR SENSATIONAL INTI-MATTE NUDES LIPSTICK ($5.99 CAD)

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I picked up this lipstick in shade 565 Almond Rose because I was looking for a matte rosey nude lipstick for the summer. I have owned Maybelline lipsticks in the past and find they have a moisturizing formula. This lipstick was great! I applied it at 9 am and it lasted past lunch. It was really easy to apply without a liner so I could reapply it easily throughout the day.  This lipstick also has a sugary scent which smells amazing! This lipstick is a perfect summer nude and I highly recommend it.

 

Here is a picture of these products in today’s makeup look. I really like how the mascara makes my lashes look!

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I was really excited about these new products and can not wait to try the rest of my purchases from this weekend and review them in future posts!

Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products and enjoyed them as well!

xoxo Sarah

Makeup Revolution Review – Redemption Palette Iconic 3

I finally caved and did an order on tambeauty.com. Shipping to Canada was free when I spent $40 and the website was really user friendly and listed all the prices in Canadian (if you set the setting to Canada). TAM Beauty is known for their dupes of high end makeup, especially Naked, Lorac and Chocolate Bar palettes.

I picked up quite a few things but one I was most excited for was the Iconic 3 palette (for $7 CAD) because I have always wanted the Naked 3 palette but couldn’t justify the money. I like the Naked 2 and have hit pan on a few of the colors, but I also have the Naked Smoky and find it hard to use for an everyday look and I rarely reach for it.

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The Redemption Palette Iconic 3 has 12 mostly warm toned neutral rosey shades: 7 matte shades and 5 shimmery shades. I really like the lighter matte colors as crease and transition shades. The most disappointing shade is the lightest shade because it is not very pigmented and doesn’t show up as a brow highlight like I anticipated. The darker shades are great for smudging on the lower lash line, although they do have a bit of fall out. The texture is a bit drier than I like in an eyeshadow, which makes the shimmers less pigmented. I find the shimmer shades are not long wearing and wear off my lids in a few hours, even with setting spray. If you use a setting spray directly on your brush you can make the shimmers show up quite well though and last a bit longer.

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The Pros:

  • beautiful colors
  • when wet the shimmers show up beautifully
  • it has a good range of matte and shimmer shadows
  • it is very affordable

The Cons:

  • the formula is somewhat dry
  • there is fall out if you do not tap off your brush well
  • some shades are not very pigmented

Overall I do enjoy this palette and will reach for it when I am looking for rosey toned shadows. If you can’t afford Naked 3 I definitely think this is a great way to try out warm rosey shadows. For $7 CAD it is a pretty great palette!

tarte Makeup Haul – All for shape tape

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I was so excited when I saw Tarte was carrying Shape Tape online now. It has been an Ulta exclusive for awhile and Ulta shipping to Canada is pretty pricey. Tarte offers free shipping when you spend $75 CAD so I decided to do an order!

The shipping time was reasonable, it took about a week to arrive and there was no duty or custom fees.

Here is what I got in my order:

limited-edition girls just wanna have sun bronze & sun set $22 CAD

This kit includes:

  • travel size Brazilliance™ PLUS+ self-tanner
  • Brazilliance™ self-tanning face towelette
  • deluxe better bod bronze & contour
  • deluxe Amazonian clay waterproof bronzer in park ave princess™

I am really excited to try this kit because I am slowly entering the world of self tanning and I wanted to compare it to my St. Tropez tanning products. I also love that it contains a bronzer, because I LOVE bronzer!

application mitt $7 CAD

I also picked up the tarte tanner application mitt. I already know this is an amazing purchase. The mitt is really good quality and appears as though it will last many applications. I got a mitt with my St. Tropez kit and it hasn’t been used and the seams are already ripping.

shape tape contour concealer $31 CAD

I honestly only did a Tarte order so I could purchase this concealer. Everyone online raves about it so I was super excited to try it out. I got it in Light and Light Medium. I can already tell Light will be too light for the summer but Light Medium appears to be perfect! I am excited to keep trying this out and decide if its worth the hype.

top of the line 6-piece eyeliner set $40 CAD

This item is no longer available on the site but I have been looking for a good higher end eyeliner and I may have met my match. These are very pigmented and have a really creamy formula which I prefer in an eyeliner. I love this set because it has a couple metallic colors included on top of black, brown and grey.

water foundation (sample) $47 CAD for the full size

I am excited to try out this foundation. It is supposed to be a lightweight, full coverage hydrating foundation infused with tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea™ complex. I did not like their Amazonian Clay foundation because I found it really thick and cakey. I hope this foundation gives good coverage but really is lightweight like it claims.

 

First Impression – Milani Conceal + Perfect

Last week I purchased a few YouTube hyped drugstore foundations from Well.ca. The one I was most excited about was the Milani Conceal and Perfect foundation as I heard it was medium to full coverage and good for oily skin. It cost $12.99 CAD which I find to be a pretty standard drugstore price for foundation.

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Since I had my son 4 months ago I have developed combination skin, I am really oily in my T-zone but around my mouth I am quite dry. I find most full coverage foundations wear off or get cakey around my mouth and it bothers me.

My first impression of this foundation was that it was full coverage. It did not completely cover a few of my acne scars but I have yet to find one that does without concealing and color correcting first. It is a thick formula but it goes on evenly with my Sigma flat brush and I could build it up with a beauty blender in the areas that needed more coverage. This foundation dried matte and was easy to apply bronzer, blush and powder on top of.

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Here is what it looks like 15 minutes after it was applied.

The color was a bit dark for me but it will work really well once I get a little more tan. I find it made my skin look flawless from far away and in photos, however it did exaggerate my pores when looking at it closer.

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Here is what it looks like 8 hours after I applied it (and after a hair appointment).

I did not find it to hold up as well throughout the day as I would have liked. I used my regular Smashbox primer and my Wet N Wild setting spray and it still wore off around my nose and mouth. I also found it got quite cakey around my mouth and really showed my pores and fine lines. All in all it still looked pretty good in photos even 8 hours after it was applied.

I would say this foundation compares to Estee Lauder Doublewear in coverage and formula. I find Estee Lauder’s to last a bit longer and not look as cakey, but for a drugstore foundation I found it gave a similar finish and looked really good in photos.

I would recommend this foundation to those with oily skin who like full coverage, especially when you are going to be taking photos and want you skin to look flawless.

 

 

Weekend Vibes – OOTD and MOTD

This weekend I wanted to go for a look that was light and colorful but still warm enough for a windy day. The oversized sweater is flattering on my post-pregnancy body when paired with a fitted skinny pant.

Outfit of the Day

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Shirt: Zara PLUSH ASYMMETRIC SWEATSHIRT 35.90 CAD

Pants: Zara SKINNY MID-RISE TROUSERS 39.90 CAD

Sandals: Sears ALIA Sandals – Not available online

Earings: Tocara Linda Earing

Makeup of the Day

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Foundation: Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

Powder: Marcelle Face Powder

Eye Shadow and Blush Palette: BH Cosmetics Blushed Neutrals Palette

Bronzer: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

Contour: Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette

Eyebrows: Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara

Mascara: L’Oreal Telescopic

Lipstick: Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in the shade Menace

Setting Spray: NYX Dewy Finish Makeup Spray

Current Drugstore Makeup Favorites

In this post I wanted to share my current makeup go to’s from the drugstore. 

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My ultimate favorite mascara is the L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara. It has an amazing brush that lengthens and separates my lashes. I have used this mascara for several years and despite trying many high end and new drugstore mascaras I always come back to this one. Nothing else lengthens my lashes like this mascara.

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The next favorite is the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer. This is a YouTube cult classic and I totally understand why. This bronzer is buttery and pigmented but still light and natural looking. It also smells like coconuts!

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Last but not least my favorite drugstore concealer is Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer. I have it in the color Neutralizer. I am a new mom and have recently developed darker circles so I need a heavier concealer. I find this concealer brightens my eyes and covers my dark circles without creasing. This concealer does not feel too heavy and holds up all day.

Here is a picture of a look using all three of these favorites in a subtle every day look.

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Friday’s Beauty Boutique Haul – Urban Decay and St. Tropez

Today I received a few goodies in the mail that I am excited to start trying out!

In Canada there is a drugstore called Shoppers Drug Mart and they have a higher end makeup boutique called the Beauty Boutique. I love buying makeup on their website because I can get Shoppers Optimum points and use them later to purchase free makeup!

Today’s haul included one lip product and one skin routine product.

The lip product is the Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in the color Menace. I have heard amazing things about this lipstick and can not wait to try it. It is apparently matte, waterproof and long-lasting which is pretty important for me in a liquid lipstick. I hate when I apply liquid lipstick and it is worn off in an hour.

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The second product I got in this haul was the St. Tropez Sunshine Ready Kit. I chose this kit because it has quite a bit of product for its price point and I wanted to try various forms of their self tanner to see which worked best on my skin.

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I must admit I tan in the sun very easily but I often do not tan evenly so I hope to use these self tanners to keep my glow even!

I am excited to try these products out and feature them in upcoming posts. I am expecting quite a few more packages in the next week so if you are interested in more haul posts leave me a comment and let me know! Also if you have tried out these products let me know if you liked them.

 

 

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Thursday Favorites – Lip Edition!

In this post I wanted to highlight my current favorite lip product: Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipsticks.

DSC_0689 The top color is Babe Alert and the bottom is Stepping Out.

These liquid lipsticks have quickly become my go to this spring. The colors are fresh and neutral and the formula is light and long lasting. I don’t find it tacky or sticky and it dries down matte. There is a small amount of transfer but if you let them dry down well they don’t wear off very fast.

The packaging is clear glass and feels good quality for its high end price tag ($29 CAD). I bought Stepping Out from Sephora and Babe Alert from Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique.

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The colors look very similar from the tube to the swatch, which I personally appreciate.

So if you are looking for a new liquid lipstick for the spring I highly recommend picking up one of these!

My Makeup Story – Launch Day!

I have always wanted to share my love of makeup with the world, especially fellow Canadians who follow the world of makeup blogs and videos and at times feel left out when hearing of Ulta Hauls or brands like Makeup Revolution or L.A. Girl.

I saw the “My Makeup Story” tag on Lipstick on the Lake’s blog (an influenster and Canadian beauty blogger) and though it would a great way to open my own blog.

Here are some of the questions, to introduce myself and maybe explain a bit more why I am starting this crazy adventure.

How old were you when you first started wearing makeup?

My mother was always a lipgloss and mascara kind of woman so I remember loving lipgloss the second she let me try it, probably around 4 or 5.

How did you get into makeup?

When it comes to a full face of makeup I did not start playing around with it until Grade 8 or 9. I remember going to the drugstore with my mom and picking out a few things. She did not own foundation or bronzer so a lot of the items I wanted she did not know anything about. I learned all about makeup on my own by experimenting and playing around with friends.

What are some of your favourite brands?

My current favourites are Too Faced, Becca, Urban Decay, Wet n Wild and Essence.

What does makeup mean to you?

Makeup means an expression of who I am and a sense of security in knowing I am projecting my best self to the world. I have always struggled going out with no makeup simply because I feel like it can pull any look together. It makes me feel more polished and pretty, even if its just BB Cream and Mascara.

If you could only wear four products on your face, what would they be?

Foundation, setting powder, mascara and lipgloss. Although I really need bronzer, so I might forgo powder for bronzer!

What is your favourite thing about makeup?

I like how its instantly boosts my confidence!

What do you think of drugstore vs. high end makeup?

Obviously my original love affair with makeup came from the drug store. I remember my Cover Girl clean foundation and pressed powder. However, lately I am definitely loving many high end products as well. Although I have quite a few high end eyeshadow palettes I always find myself gravitating towards my BH Cosmetics palette and it only costs $10. I think it is important to do research before buying any makeup product so you know you are getting good value for your money and a high quality product no matter what price point you are buying in.

What is one tip of advice you can give a beginner?

Do your research before you head out and buy a bunch of products. Experiment with lower price points to begin with until you get comfortable and want to splurge on some higher end products.

What is the one makeup trend you’ve never understood?

Full black lids, or lips. I love the new vampy trends with dark eyes and lips, but an eye covered in black shadow or a bold black lip is just not my cup of tea.

What do you think about the beauty community on YouTube (or Blogging Community)?

I am an avid watcher and reader, but very new to the blogging scene. I am hoping it is a welcoming community where we can support one another and our love for all things beauty!

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