I was super curious to try a different formula of lipstick from MAC and this looked interesting because it is a mineral lipstick that claims to be super moisturizing.
I love the packaging; it is a bit bulky but it has a magnetic closure and looks sleek with the matte and shiny black. I also love wearing deep purple/wine shades in the winter and wanted something moisturizing that wouldn’t suck the life out of my lips in the colder months.
The lipstick itself feels extremely balmy and is very soft and creamy however, the pigment is underwhelming. In one swipe (see picture below) I get a very light uneven pigmentation; there is a lot of product on my hand but it’s a clear balm. However it can be built up to a nice shade but the amount of product on the bottom swatch is crazy it would feel so weird on the lips and not to mention bleed outside of the lines at the first movement.
I do like the feeling of this and perhaps this formula doesn’t work well with such a dark shade. I could see this working much better with a nude shade. It claims to be long lasting but this formula doesn’t stay on very long, however this dark shade does leave a nice pink stain.
Unfortunately this formula in this shade was a let-down for me; I was expecting much more. e.l.f. has great mineral lipsticks that are super pigmented and moisturizing and not to mention only $3.00!
What is your favourite mineral lipstick?
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I’ve been obsessed with lip liners lately; I’ve purchased a bunch over the last month or so and was beyond excited when Influenster sent me these two lip liners and mini lipsticks from bite beauty complimentary to try out and review!
I prefer pencil lip liners over mechanical ones; I find they are creamier – not sure if that is because the product is exposed rather than covered like pencil liners. Anyways, creaminess is a must because I like to fill in my lips with the liner and sometimes I won’t bother with lipstick and just wear the liner on it’s own. I really like the matte look it gives and the longevity that I get is great!
These lip liners are super creamy and can definitely be worn on its own – they glide on; they don’t drag at all. They are super pigmented so there is no need to layer. The longevity is fairly decent as well; they aren’t transfer-proof so they will wear off when eating but they last fairly well.
Both of these shades (swatched below) are gorgeous – the nude is very flattering on me since I have very fair skin; it doesn’t wash me out because of the pink/slightly peach undertone. The dark shade is super vampy and I never shy away from a bold lip – I would wear this to death during the autumn/winter months. I like how you can just put on some mascara and a bold lip color makes it look like you spent time doing your makeup.
Top to bottom: Bite Lip Pencil in #020, Bite Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Honeycomb, Bite Lip Pencil in #044 and lastly on the bottom the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Whiskey.
I tried the mini matching lipsticks (Amuse Bouche) with the liners and I really like how pigmented they are. Their both super creamy and have a semi matte formula. Similar to the lip liners, these aren’t transfer proof and will wipe away but they last for a decent time. The lipsticks have a pleasant scent to them – it’s not over-powering but if you are sensitive to that; it may not be your cup of tea.
Overall, I really enjoyed the formula and shade of both the lip liners and the lipsticks; I would strongly recommend both.
What is your current favourite lip liner and lipstick combo?
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Finding the right moisturizer has always been difficult for me because I have an oily skin type and therefore I don’t want an oily, greasy formula.
I first tried the lotion (meant for dry to very dry skin types) in a gift with purchase and this stuff is very greasy! It made me so shiny – I could see the film of oil on my face. However, I did notice that my skin was noticeably soft after just one use of this but I had to stop using it because of the oil. Months after that first impression I noticed that Clinique has a gel formula that is oil-free and meant for oily skin types. I went for it and got the large 125 ml size with the pump and I’m so glad I did – this stuff is amazing! It is the perfect moisturizer for oily skin types; it’s light weight, moisturizing without the oil, makes my skin incredibly soft and smooth and lastly, it has a slight tackiness to it right after application which makes it the perfect base for makeup.
Clinique is known for having fragrance-free products and their formulas are made for sensitive skin. I have been using this for months now and I have not broken out, the (natural product not perfume) smell is not strong but it is definitely detectable however, it doesn’t bother me at all. I love that the formula absorbs fairly well and doesn’t sit on my skin or clump together when I apply foundation on top.
I see myself repurchasing this many times and this is the first moisturizer I would recommend to anyone that asks me. I would recommend the entire Clinique 3 step system (foaming face wash, clarifying lotion and this moisturizer); they are affordable but very effective in helping me get rid of textured skin, acne, and redness.
What moisturizer are you currently using and what do you think about it?
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I realized that I use the same brow products everyday and hardly experiment with new brow pencils or brow gels. I’ve seen amazing reviews online on this brow pencil so I was excited to give it a try!
First off, the packaging is decent – it is a mechanical pencil that is “self-sharpening” which basically means it’s very thin so there is no need for sharpening. Once you twist the product up it won’t go back down; lots of mechanical brow pencils are like that so watch out! I like that it is very thin so I can draw “hair-like” strokes; the end result is much more natural than a brow pomade or a thicker pencil. The downside of the packaging is that it doesn’t contain a spoolie on the other side which I think is essential.
The color that I got is described on the website as “brown” with no indication of the undertone so I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, this brown has a slight warm undertone but isn’t as pronounced if you run this very lightly on the brows. The actual product is slightly dry and waxy so you need decent pressure to get pigmentation which isn’t so bad in my opinion because it prevents the infamous “sharpie brow”. The lasting power of this brow pencil is great – doesn’t fade or smudge the entire day!
MAC Eye Brows Crayon in “Stylized”. One layer on top swatch, multiple layers on bottom swatch.
Overall, I think this is a good brow pencil but I think I prefer the Etude House brow pencil over this; better price and a better shade for me.
What is your current brow routine (products)?
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I’m back with another foundation review! If you have read my other posts; you already know about my struggle with oily skin and how I haven’t been able to find a foundation that can withstand separating and looking cakey on me after a few hours. This foundation lasts the best on me then any other foundation I have tried thus far; and trust me when I say I have tried a lot of different ones!
So, I should probably mention that this bottle is my second one, after seeing what this can do I can not go back to my other foundations! Starting off with the packaging; I really like how this comes with a pump; I hate having to pour out foundation – I always pour out too much, and this is more sanitary. The bottle contains 30 mL of product which is standard for foundations and the product is housed in a frosted glass which feels very luxurious.
The formula is a liquid/cream consistency; it is slightly runny but is creamy. It has a demi-matte finish; more so matte, which is my preference because of my super oily skin type. However, it isn’t a flat matte (their website describes it as a velvet-matte) – it looks like skin that has been blotted. It blends out so easily and nicely; while your blending it may look a shade or two lighter than your skin but once it sits for a few seconds it looks seamless (this is because it contains color-true NAI pigments). It sets on it’s own after 30 seconds or so but I always follow up with powder so that it can prolong the wear time. I find that using a mattifying primer also helps with the longevity; so I never skip primer and powder.
This foundation is oil-free and has a medium build-able to full coverage. It doesn’t feel heavy at all on the skin and doesn’t sink into pores or fine lines. It contains silica and perlite which absorbs oil throughout the day – no wonder it lasts so well on me! It is also fragrance-free which is great since Lancome products tend to have a strong fragrance in them.
Shade 100 Ivoire N – slightly blended out with finger below. This is a fair shade with a neutral undertone.
Shade 100 Ivoire N again below but with flash photography. It does have flashback because it contains SPF 15.
I absolutely love this foundation – it has a nice finish, lasts decently on me without separating and looking cakey, bottle has a pump, doesn’t make me breakout, blends easily, and is the right shade for me! The only downside is that it won’t look very flattering in flash photography because it contains sunscreen and that it is on the pricier side ($55 CAD) but it’s worth the price for me and I would definitely recommend this foundation for oily skin types!
What is the best foundation you have tried?
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I’ve been reviewing so many skin care products lately and so I thought I would do one more before I turn the focus back on cosmetics. I ordered this on eBay a while back; I needed something for the random blemish I get every now and then.
I have used a bunch of Etude House products in the past and loved every single one, so I was confident about choosing this brand from the other Korean ones. I’ve seen many different acne treatment formulas but this one stood out since I’ve never seen a balm with Salicylic acid; the acne treatment ingredient. I also like that this is targeted towards spots rather than an entire face treatment.
Etude House always has the cutest packaging; this jar has a nice weight to it and doesn’t feel cheap at all. The product itself has a strong medicine scent which doesn’t bother me but I rarely get bothered by fragrance in products. It feels minty and cool upon application and instantly helps with redness however, I don’t seem to notice it doing much for the actual blemish. I also read that this product helps with lightening dark spots and I really haven’t noticed this doing much of that either.
I would recommend this for getting rid of redness if you don’t like wearing makeup to cover a blemish; this is a nice option. Other than that, this product wasn’t effective in actually getting rid of the acne or the acne scar.
What product(s) do you use for acne?
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I’m always interested in trying out different products that claim to shrink my pores. I have noticed that my pores definitely look less visible from using products that really deep clean my skin but in terms of shrinking my pores; no product has been able to do that yet.
This product claims to minimize the look of pores, unclog pores, control oil, regenerate and repair cells, brighten and firm the skin. It contains lots of beneficial ingredients such as niacinamide which promotes collagen synthesis, normalizes sebum secretion and control acne. It contains vitamin C, A, E and lastly, salicylic acid; which helps acne and soothes the skin.
After using this regularly I didn’t really notice a difference in my pores but I did notice smoother, healthier looking skin. It definitely improved my skin texture and brightened my complexion. It has a pleasant slightly floral scent and the formula is very water-y; absorbs instantly. It has a demi-matte finish and sits nicely under makeup.
Overall, I enjoy this as a vitamin serum to help skin texture and give radiance however, since I didn’t notice it doing much for my pores I wouldn’t recommend it for that.
What product(s) would you recommend for shrinking pores?
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