Saturday, 20 May 2017

tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette

One of the most exciting recent beauty collections (in my opinion) has been tarte's Make Believe In Yourself Collection. This collection is unicorn inspired, and I'm all about the unicorn trend! Today I'll be reviewing tarte's Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette* ($52 CAD), which I've been using everyday for a few weeks now. 

tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette

Originally I was going to review the entire Make Believe In Yourself Collection in a single post, but as soon as I started writing I realized that I had too much to say about this palette alone. First of all, just look at that packaging... I mean, are you serious tarte?! I just love the pink and blue mosaic tile on the lid of the compact. Once you open up the compact, you'll see a large mirror on the inside of the lid, and gold detailing around the powders. The shade names are written beside each shadow, which is a small detail that I really appreciate. 

tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette

tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette

This circular palette includes 10 eye shadows and 1 larger highlighter. These powders are all infused with tarte's famous Amazonian clay, as well as mineral pigments. 

Myth - The only matte shadow in this palette, this nude shadow leans fairly warm

Magic - Shimmery bronze, great pigmentation

Wings - Shimmery copper, this was the only shadow in this palette that I found a bit chalky, and the glitter was pretty chunky. 

Marvel - Metallic sage with incredible pigmentation

Trance - Shimmery taupe, silky smooth formula

Fairy - Metallic lavender, this is hands down my favourite shade in this palette! I love using this purple shadow on my lower lash line to bring a pop of colour to my look. 

Mystic - Silvery blue with a metallic finish

Dream - Shimmery turquoise

Crystal - Champagne shimmer, one of my faves from this palette

Pixie - Rose gold shimmer, so pretty!

Believe - Pearl highlight, can be used on the eyes or cheeks. This highlighter has golden undertones, and I think that it's really flattering on my pale skin tone. 

tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette


tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette

Even without a primer, these shadows last on my lids all day long. If you love yourself some shimmer and glitter, then I think that you'll love this palette. For a unicorn inspired palette, I was expecting it to be a bit brighter and more colourful, but to be honest these colours are better for everyday wear.

Have you picked up anything from tarte's Make Believe In Yourself Collection yet? I've been loving the entire collection, so stay tuned for my reviews on the rest of the unicorn inspired products!

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder Spray

I've never been someone that craves crazy volume in my hair. However, after chopping my hair off into a lob, I've come to appreciate some extra volume at my root. I've recently started using Oribe's Swept Up Volume Powder Spray, which is a brand new product from the luxury hair care brand!

Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder Spray

I absolutely love this packaging! This bottle is fairly small, so it'd be great for travelling, or popping in your purse for touch ups mid-day. This product is quite easy to use - you can either pump it directly onto your hair, or first into your palm. I prefer to pump this into my palm first, and then use my fingertips to apply the powder to my roots. I usually use this powder on day 2 or 3 hair, after it's fallen a bit flat and can use some pumping up. After applying, my hair instantly has a boost of volume that lasts for about 24 hours. Unlike other root boosting products that I've used, this formula from Oribe doesn't make my hair feel gritty, dirty, etc. 

Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder Spray

Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder Spray

Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder Spray

If you crave extra voluminous hair, then I definitely think that Oribe's Swept Up Volume Powder Spray is worth checking out. If you're used to volumizing powders that are gritty, then I think that you'd be really surprised by how silky this powder is. I've used a few products from Oribe and I've always been impressed. This is a luxury brand with a higher price tag, but I do believe that their products are worth the splurge, at least once in a while!

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Friday, 12 May 2017

Paul & Joe Eye Color Limited in 007 Castles in the Air

Paul & Joe's new Daydream Believer Collection is now available, and today I have one of the three eye shadow palettes from the Summer collection to share with you! Paul & Joe's Eye Color Limited in 007 Castles in the Air* is a beautiful mosaic of neutral toned shadows, which is right up my alley!

Paul & Joe Eye Color Limited in 007 Castles in the Air

 This palette has the cutest packaging! The striped blue compact is adorned with small flowers, and I love everything about it. The compact is made of sturdy cardboard, which is the norm for most of Paul & Joe's products. There's no mirror for this palette, but that's just fine with me.

Paul & Joe Eye Color Limited in 007 Castles in the Air

Paul & Joe Eye Color Limited in 007 Castles in the Air

Castles in the Air is an absolutely stunning mosaic of neutral toned shimmery shadows. While this design is beautiful to look at in the compact, I don't think that it's overly practical to actually use. I find it hard to pick up only one shade with my brush, so my final shadow look winds up looking a bit muddled. If you're a fan of crisp lines and defined creases, this might not be the palette for you. 

Paul & Joe Eye Color Limited in 007 Castles in the Air

Paul & Joe Eye Color Limited in 007 Castles in the Air

The five shades in this palette are all formulated with finely milled shimmer. You get a light creamy beige, a soft pink, a pale gold, a metallic light brown, and a slightly deeper brown with gold flecks. After about 2 weeks of daily use, the shadows do start to blend together in the pan. 

Paul & Joe Eye Color Limited in 007 Castles in the Air Swatches

I absolutely love the packaging of this palette, and the mosaic design is just gorgeous. However, I find it really difficult to pick up the colours individually, so while the packaging is pretty, it just isn't all that practical. I really wanted to love this palette, but I don't think that it has won its' way into my everyday makeup bag. 

Have you checked out Paul & Joe's Daydream Believer Collection? What are your thoughts on mosaic palettes like this one?

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

EcoTools Muslin Polishing Cloths

I'll be honest, 99% of the time, I'm just washing my face with my hands and some cleanser. I have plenty face cloths, konjac sponges, etc., but when it finally comes time to remove my makeup at the end of the day, I'm usually pretty exhausted and don't feel like putting in any extra effort. However, I've been giving EcoTools Muslin Polishing Cloths* a try, and while I can't promise that these will become part of my daily cleansing routine, they've definitely proven their worth to me. 

ecoTools Muslin Polishing Cloths

This pack comes with two muslin polishing cloths, made of textured organic cotton. To use, apply water and cleanser to your face as you normally would. Then, run the cloth under warm water, lightly wring out, and use the cloth to gently remove your cleanser. This cloth offers light exfoliation, so it's great even for those with sensitive skin. My favourite way to use these muslin cloths is to help remove clay face masks. I don't know about you, but I always find clay masks so annoying to remove. Once they dry, they can be pretty stubborn. I love these cloths because they're much more gentle compared to your average face cloth, but they help to lift off masks, especially in areas that are hard to get with your hands alone, like around the nose. 

EcoTools Muslin Polishing Cloths

ecoTools Muslin Polishing Cloths

You can toss these muslin cloths in the gentle cycle with your laundry, and hang or lay flat to dry. I really like having these on hand for when I do face masks, but they're also great for everyday cleansing use to make sure that you remove every last trace of makeup.

Do you use any tools to help cleanse your face? Have you tried muslin cloths before?

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Maui Moisture Brand Overview

I've been seeing Maui Moisture products popping up at my local Shoppers Drug Marts, and the brands cute packaging has definitely caught my eyes. I was recently sent some products from a few of Maui Moisture's different lines, so I thought that I would do a brand overview!

Maui Moisture is a cruelty free, 100% vegan brand that's available at the drugstore. It can be hard to find cruelty free hair care brands at the drugstore, but Maui has you covered! The first ingredient if every single one of their products is pure aloe juice infused with coconut water, which is pretty incredible!

Maui Moisture

First up is Maui Moisture's Revive & Hydrate + Shea Butter line. I've been trying out the shampoo and hair mask from this range, and I've been blown away! As you might know, my hair is now almost platinum blonde, and while my colourist did a great job keeping my hair healthy in the process of going this blonde, my ends are still a bit dry. This shampoo is incredibly hydrating on it's own, and then the hair mask just locks in the moisture. This line combines a trio of creamy shea butter, rich coconut oil, and pure macadmia oil, while remaining silicone free.

Maui Moisture Shea Butter

Maui Moisture Shea Butter Shampoo

Maui Moisture Shea Butter Hair Mask

Maui Moisture's Thicken & Restore + Bamboo Fibers line combines exotic bamboo fibers, rich castor oil, and lush neem oil. I've been trying out the conditioner from this line, but there's also a shampoo, hair mask, and blow out mist available. This line has a wonderfully bright and cheery clean scent to it, that does linger lightly in my hair. 

Maui Moisture Bamboo Fibers Conditioner

Maui Moisture's Nourish & Moisture + Coconut Milk range is packaged in calming blue bottles. This lines trio is made up of creamy coconut milk, light guava oil, and wholesome mango butter. I've been trying out the Weightless Oil Mist from this range, which can be used on damp hair prior to blow drying, or on already styled hair to add in a punch of moisture. I like spritzing this lightly on my ends when they're starting to feel a bit dry. I love that this product doesn't leave my hair looking greasy or feeling oily, and it has a delicious coconut scent! 

Maui Moisture Coconut Milk Weightless Oil Mist

Maui Moisture Coconut Milk Weightless Oil Mist

Have you checked out Maui Moisture yet? I think that their packaging is just adorable, and their products are pretty amazing too! I'm so happy to see another cruelty free & vegan hair care brand available at the drugstore - there's no reason to support brands that test on animals, even if you're on a budget. Maui Moisture also has a vanilla bean line that I'll definitely have to give a sniff the next time I'm at Shoppers!

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