Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Sephora Collection Bronzer Powder in Bora Bora

For pale girls like myself, finding that perfect bronzer can be a bit of a struggle. A lot of bronzers are too orange, too glittery, or apply blotchy. I've found a great affordable bronzer option with the Sephora Collection Bronzer Powder in Bora Bora* ($21 CAD)!

Sephora Collection Bronzer Powder in Bora Bora

"These exceptional bronzing powders feature an embossed sun pattern and a smooth, ultra-sheer texture to blend perfectly with skin for an ultra-natural, healthy glow that lasts. The matte or subtly shimmering shades create a natural, tanned effect that is extremely blendable and doesn’t streak." - Sephora

Sephora Collection Bronzer Powder in Bora Bora

Sephora Collection Bronzer Powder in Bora Bora

I really like the packaging of the Sephora Collection Bronzer Powders - the golden sun design on the top of the compact is fun! The powder itself is embossed with a sun design, which actually holds up even after many uses. This formula is incredibly soft and smooth, and blends into my skin effortlessly. I like to use a large fluffy brush to apply this bronzer all over my face. The shade Bora Bora brings a beautiful warmth to my skin that looks quite natural. If you have very pale skin, then this shade might look a bit orange, but I think that it looks great with my skin tone. Since this formula does have shimmer in it, I wouldn't use it contouring. 

Sephora Collection Bronzer Powder in Bora Bora

If you're looking for a high-end yet affordable bronzer, then I think you'd really like the I really like the Sephora Collection Bronzer Powders! There are 6 different shades to choose from, some matte and some with shimmer, so there's bound to be something for everyone's tastes and skin tones.  

What do you look for in a great bronzer?

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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Hard Candy Stroke of Gorgeous Felt Tip Eyeliner in Storm

As a lover of liquid liner, it's always fun to try out different formulas. I'll be honest, all of my go-to liquid liners are high-end, but I'm always open to trying out drugstore options too. So that brings us to Hard Candy's Stroke of Gorgeous Felt Tip Eyeliner in Storm*!

Hard Candy Stroke of Gorgeous Felt Tip Eyeliner in Storm

"Our felt tip, liquid eyeliner is saturated in a high dose of pure pigment that delivers outstandingly defined eyes. The ultra fine felt tip delivers a crisp sharp line infused with our Growth Serum for an utterly gorgeous look all while helping lashes grow!" - Hard Candy

Hard Candy Stroke of Gorgeous Felt Tip Eyeliner in Storm

Hard Candy's Stroke of Gorgeous Liner comes packaged in colour coordinated plastic tubes! The felt tip applicator is quite thin and very easy to use. You can easily swipe on a thin, crisp line, but you can also build up the line for a bolder look. While I love the packaging of this liner, I find that the colour itself just isn't as pigmented as I would like it to be. Even with a few swipes, the colour is still somewhat sheer and patchy. The promise of a lash growth serum is really interesting, but in reality I'm not sure that I apply my liner close enough to my lashes to ever see any real results. 

Hard Candy Stroke of Gorgeous Felt Tip Eyeliner in Storm Swatch

Overall, I had high hopes for this liquid liner from Hard Candy, but unfortunately it hasn't wowed me. The pigmentation isn't anything spectacular, and I typically reach for liquid liners for that bold, pigmented line. Have you tried any of Hard Candy's eyeliners? Have you had any better luck with pigmentation? Maybe I just got a rare dud!

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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Origins No Puffery

Late nights, early mornings, travelling, and stress can all lead to dark circles and under eye bags, which are never cute. I've been trying out Origins' No Puffery* ($30 CAD), which is a cooling roll-on for puffy eyes, i.e. something that I would have absolutely loved during uni!

Origins No Puffery

"Win the battle of the bags. This incredibly cooling roll on treatment with Yeast Extract instantly helps de-poufs puffs as it brightens dark circles. All while Hoelen Mushroom Extract helps calms skin to keep visible redness from settling in. Ophthalmologist tested." - Origins

Origins' No Puffery comes packaged in a super cute green plastic tube with a metal rollerball. The thin gel glides onto my under eye area really easily, and offers a cooling sensation. The gel absorbs into my skin really quickly, and doesn't leave any noticeable residue. I really love the cooling effect, it feels great at the end of a long day, or at any time during a hot Summer day! I don't really have any issues with puffy eyes, so I'm not able to comment on the effectiveness of this product at reducing puffiness, but I can definitely say that I enjoy using this product regardless!

Origins No Puffery

If you have puffy eyes or just tired eyes in general, then I think that you'll really enjoy this cooling roll-on! I've been pretty curious about this product for a few years now, so I was really happy to finally be able to try it out :) Have you tried Origins' No Puffery, or any other cooling roll-ons?

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Friday, 31 July 2015

Kat Von D Lightning Liner in Ludwig & Amadeus

Happy Friday friends! Last October I reviewed Kat Von D's Lightning Liners in Juno and Hyde, and today I'm back with Ludwig* & Amadeus* ($25 CAD/1.3 mL)! As you know, I'm a huge fan of liquid liner, so let's see how this formula stacked up!

Kat Von D Lightning Liners in Ludwig & Amadeus

"Kat Von D’s Lightning Liner gives eyes bold, metallic color. Featuring an innovative precision brush tip and vivid shimmering pigments, the click-activated pen dispenses just the right amount of formula, giving you ultimate lining control and a fresh application every time. The ultrafine flexible bristles easily move across the lash line, conforming to the eye shape to create a variety of looks—from thin to bold—that last throughout the day." - Sephora
Kat Von D Lightning Liners in Ludwig

Kat Von D's Lightning Liners have interesting packaging. You have to do a bit of assembly at first. Here are Sephora's instructions

"Remove protection ring between body and cap, and push the cap into the body firmly until you hear it click into place. Open cap, turn pen upside down, and turn dial one or two clicks until you see formula appear in brush; click once for a thin line and twice for a bold line."

I'm personally not a huge fan of this packaging. The liquid liner pools on the brush tip, and I find that I have to brush off the excess product onto a tissue before I can use the liner. The liner itself has a good consistency, and both colours that I've tried have great wearing power. Ludwig is a coppery orange that is very pretty in theory, but in reality it's just not a shade that I would wear on my eyes very often. Amadeus is a gorgeous metallic silver, and while the pigmentation is alright, it's nothing spectacular. I have to use a few layer to get a bold pop of colour, which can be a bit annoying when you're using liquid liner. Another small packaging flaw is that the writing on the pens rubs off very quickly. The labeling started to wear off of my liners after just one week of use.

Another drawback to the packaging is the brush tip. I find this brush to be a bit thick, so it's hard to get a thin, precise line. I also can't draw a nice winged tip with this brush, which I like to do everyday with my liquid liner. Packaging aside, this formula is quite good. This formula dries quickly, and it lasts on my eyes all day long. Seriously, I can get 14+ hours out of this liner before it starts to fade!

Kat Von D Lightning Liners in Ludwig & Amadeus

While I really like the formula, I just don't get along with this packaging. The twist up mechanism dispenses too much product, so you'll end up going through these liners a lot quicker than you would with any other type of packaging. I also found the brush tip applicator too thick, and I didn't have enough control over my lines.

Have you tried Kat Von D's Lightning Liner? If you have, I would love to hear your thoughts on this product! It may not work for me, but that doesn't mean that it won't work for you!

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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge in 349 Rose Carrousel

Pink lipsticks are kind of a weakness of mine, so it's no surprise that I'm loving Lancôme's L'Absolu Rouge in 349 Rose Carrousel* ($36 CAD)! This new line of lipstick comes in a wide variety of shades, but I'm absolutely loving this beautiful pink shade for now!

Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge in 349 Rose Carrousel

"Wrap your lips in rich, satiny color with this deeply replenishing lipstick. Infused with moisture-boosting Pro-Xylane™, lips stay moist, soft and comfortable for up to 8 hours. Antioxidant-rich Vitamin E help keep lips safe from environmental aggressors, so they’ll look and feel healthier day after day. The stay true color won’t feather, flake or fade, so your pout will always look picture-perfect." - Lancôme

Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge in 349 Rose Carrousel

Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge in 349 Rose Carrousel

The packaging of Lancôme's L'Absolu Rouge is quite simple but still very elegant. This black plastic packaging has a fun magnetic closure and a rose imprint on the lipstick bullet itself. The only part of this lipstick that I'm not crazy about is the scent - it's a very strong floral scent. I'm all for scented lipsticks, but this scent is just a bit too strong for my taste. 

Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge in 349 Rose Carrousel

The shade 349 Rose Carrousel is a gorgeous bright pink with red undertones. This formula glides on smoothly, and the pigmentation is great. One swipe will give you full on colour with a shiny finish. I get about 3-4 hours of hydration out of this lipstick formula, which I think is pretty great! This formula will transfer slightly while eating, drinking, kissing, etc. However, I still get about 6-7 hours of wear out of this lipstick! 

Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge in 349 Rose Carrousel

Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge in 349 Rose Carrousel

This creamy lipstick has completely impressed me - I'm already longing over more shades! Pink Sapphire and Rose Crystal are next on my wishlist! Have you tried out any of Lancôme's L'Absolu Rouges yet? If so, leave me your shade recommendations in a comment below! :)

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