L’OREAL Colour Riche Shine Review

I am so sorry I have been missing on here lately, life has taken quite a busy turn in the last few months. We bought a new home, and I am off to Africa on a volunteer trip in two weeks so preparing for all the changes and adventures has been keeping me away from blogging.

I did want to come on here and give a quick review about the new Colour Riche Shine lipsticks from L’OREAL though. I purchased mine at Shoppers Drug Mart during a spend your points event and I am in major love! The formula is super creamy and it gives an amazing wet looking shine on the lips. They are $13.99 CAD which is on the higher end for drugstore lipsticks but I find L’OREAL produces high quality lip products.


I purchased the colour Varnished Rosewood (904) and I love it. It is a rosey nude color. These lipsticks are super easy to apply on the go because they are quite sheer so you do not have to apply them too precisely. I think the colour payoff is perfect for an everyday lip colour and I see myself keeping this lipstick in my car to wear on the go all day. They are not long lasting but because they are so easy to apply that does not bother me. The packaging is very shiny, it is plastic but still quite classy looking. It was hard to take a picture of though because its so reflective!


Above is a picture of the lipstick in natural light about a half hour after I applied it. I highly recommend these lipsticks for a touch of shiny color on the go!

Let me know in the comments if you have tried these and if you enjoy them as much as I do.



Almay Mega Volume Mascara Review – My first VoxBox


In September I received my very first VoxBox from Influenster.com. I was so excited when I got the email saying I made the short list and even more excited when I actually got the VoxBox in the mail.

I love mascara, whether high end or from the drug store. I tend to lean towards drug store mascara because I find they perform just as good as most high end ones and tend to cost 1/3 of the price! Recently my go-to has been Lash Paradise so I was excited to try this one from Almay.

The brush is shaped like a megaphone, starting off small and getting larger at the end. I thought the shape was strange because it would be too large for the inside of my eye, however the bristles are fairly strong and do a good job of not creating clumps even closer to the inside of the eye. It truly is a one coat mascara, any more than one coat and it gets clumpy and spidery. The formula is not too dry, but dry enough to create some volume. It can occasionally leave some transfer on my eyelid, but not enough to bother me. I really enjoy this for quick makeup days because it gives a good amount of volume with one coat and you don’t find yourself fussing with it too much. I have never seen a mascara perform so well after one coat!

If you are looking for a quick everyday mascara I highly recommend this one. I tend to like more dramatic looking lashes so I only reach for this one on very light makeup days, but I have already got a lot of use from it for those days I am in a rush!


Let me know if you have tried out this mascara and if so do you agree with my review!


Follow me on social media:  

Beauty and Mom Life Instagram

Beauty and Mom Life Twitter

*Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes*


Drugstore Skincare Haul

I have been seeing a lot of The Ordinary skincare on blogs lately and I was super impressed with their price point, transparency, and the fact that they are made here in Canada! DECIEM is a well known skin care brand so the fact that they make The Ordinary was enough for me to want to try it!

I have never seen The Ordinary brand here in drugstores or even department stores so I checked out Well.ca and found that they sell quite a bit of the line. I decided to try a regimen for Anti-Aging because this year is my 30th Birthday and I know I need to start being more proactive about my skin and signs of aging. The Buffet and 2% Retinoid are supposed to be great for anti-aging so I ordered them along with their primer.


My haul included:

The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer $4.90

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% $9.80

The Ordinary Buffet Serum $14.80

PiperWai Activated Charcoal Natural Deodorant $15.99


I have started using the PiperWai deodorant and I love it! I have been searching and searching for a great natural deodorant. I really liked Schmidts but I got a skin infection after using it so I wanted to try something else. It is unconventional as you have to take it out with your hands and spread it under your arms. I like that though as you don’t use very much and its actually more hygienic. If you are on the hunt for a good natural deodorant I highly recommend this one!

If you live in Canada and are hoping to grab some of these products you can use my coupon code beautyandmomlife for $10 off any $40 purchase at Well.ca.

I will start to use The Ordinary skincare in my regular regime and let you all know it works out for me in a future review!

Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products and if they have worked out well for you!


*None of the above links are affiliate links, however I do receive a referral bonus for the use of the coupon code!

Friday MOTD


Today I decided to try out a few new products and so far my first impressions of them are great! I will keep trying them out a bit more to let you what I think soon.

My makeup today:

Primer: NYX Pore Filler

Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Shade 310

Concealer: Maybelline Age Rewind in Neutralizer

Powder: Maybelline Fit Me Light/Medium

Brows: Essence Make Me Brow

Contour: Subconscious from the Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette

Bronzer: tarte Park Ave Princess

Blush: Makeup Revolution Gradient Highlighter Rose Quartz Light

Highlight: Makeup Revolution Pro Illuminate

Eyes: Naked 2 Palette and High Strung single from ColourPop

Eyeliner: Physicians Formula Eye Booster in Black

Mascara: Almay One Coat Mega Volume Mascara

Lips: L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick in 360 Angora






Ulta Haul – Shipping to Canada

I have been eyeing the Ulta website for awhile now but just recently decided to place an order. They offer free shipping to Canada when you spend over $100 CAD so I decided to splurge and order a big haul of makeup goodies.

They had a sale going on that was BOGO 50% off for most of their drugstore brands. I can access most of those brands at Shoppers and Walmart here so I tried to grab products that are a bit harder to find here. No 7 skincare is sold at Shoppers Drug Mart but not their makeup so I thought I would try it out as I had heard good things.



Pictured above is everything included in my haul: 

No 7 Stay Perfect foundation

No 7 City Light tinted moisturizer

Fiona Stiles & NYX blush

L’Oreal Beauty Sponge

NYX liquid eyeliner

Catrice concealer

Physicians Formula Eye Booster eyeliner

Eylure falsies

Real Techniques blush and powder brush


I have been trying a few of these products since arriving back from my vacation and I already have a few favourites. I will post a haul update next week to let you know my thoughts on the haul and what I would recommend!

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know what you think and if any of these are your favourites!





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.


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.


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.


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.



Current Drugstore Makeup Favorites

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


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.


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!


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.

So if you like this post please like or comment below and if you want to see more posts like this please follow my blog!