Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara Review

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara

Hi everyone!

I first tried this mascara a while back in the Estee Lauder block buster purchase with purchase and forgot about it until I had another chance to try it out.

The packaging is gorgeous; it is probably the nicest bottle of mascara that I have ever owned. It has a fat bristle brush that combs through the lashes perfectly. It very slightly tapers at the tip which makes it a bit easier to reach those tiny lashes in the inner corner.

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara

Here comes the pros and cons of this mascara:

I love the packaging, brush, and the instant fanned out effect that it gives my lashes while quickly building the volume and length. Also, I really like how black this mascara is (Shade Extreme Black)! However, this mascara does not do well on the bottom lash; it smudges and transfers creating dark shadows under my eyes which usually never happens to me with any mascara. Also, this mascara dries out very quickly; it started to dry out after 3 weeks of using it which I wasn’t pleased with.

Overall, I like this mascara but it really doesn’t do anything special in terms of making itself remembered. I will probably forget about this mascara and will not repurchase.

Have you tried this mascara?

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Clinique Acne Solutions All-Over Clearing Treatment Review

Clinique Acne Solutions All-Over Clearing Treatment

Hello again!

I’m going to start off this post by stating that this is the best acne treatment product that I have used thus far. It is not like other treatments which dry and irritate your skin!

Firstly, I like that this comes in a squeeze bottle because I don’t have to dip my finger in a jar; this is much more sanitary. The bottle contains 50ml of product which is decent, if not generous compared to other acne treatments. The product itself smells rather minty and pleasant and feels cooling upon application.

I was a little confused at first whether if this was a moisturizer that helps with acne or if it is just a treatment and I need to follow up with a moisturizer. So after using this I realized that this is an acne treatment that is not drying and feels rather hydrating on (reminder: I have extremely oily skin). I could skip the moisturizer with this but I prefer to follow up with a moisturizer because either way the ingredient that kills acne (Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5%) is drying after a few days of use. However, this ingredient is much more effective on me than Salicylic acid which is in most acne treatment products.

Currently my skin is clear – no breakouts (thanks to the Clinique 3-step!) but I tend to get an area of tiny breakouts once in a while or a small breakout during that time of the month so when that happens I generously apply this before I sleep and wake up to see a big reduction of the breakout! I continue using this until I feel that the breakout is not visible and that usually takes about 2 nights.

I love and highly recommend this product; it is definitely a staple in my skincare drawer since it is the quickest and most gentle way of clearing up the skin.

What acne treatment product would you recommend?

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Essence Mosaic Blush Review + Swatch

Essence Mosaic Blush

Hi everyone!

I really like the Essence products I have tried so far; they are decent quality and extremely affordable. There are a few shades of these mosaic blushes and the one that I will be doing a review on is the shade “40 The Berry Connection”.

Essence Mosaic Blush The Berry Connection

This blush is housed in a clear case; which I like because it’s very lightweight and you are able to see the color which is helpful if you have a huge blush collection. It contains 4.5 grams of product which isn’t much but great value for the price.

The blush itself is slightly powdery as you can see in the swatch below however, it doesn’t apply like that on the cheeks and blends in nicely. It isn’t extremely pigmented which I enjoy because I like to build up the pigmentation rather than spend an hour blending it out. It contains very tiny shimmer particles that really aren’t noticeable but give a nice glow. The lasting power is decent; it will last an entire work/school day at around 6 hours before fading.

Essence Mosaic Blush 40 The Berry Connection. A bright pink shade.

Essence Mosaic Blush The Berry Connection

I would definitely recommend the Essence blushes; in general their quality is great and the price is unbelievable. Click here to see my review on the Essence Silky Touch Blush; I like that formula better than this one but would still recommend both.

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Disclaimer: I received this product for reviewing purposes. All my reviews are my honest opinion whether I bought the product(s) or it was sent to me.

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream Review

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream

Hi everyone!

The one product that is essential in my skincare routine is moisturizer. Even though I have extremely oily skin I always include a moisturizer in my morning and night routine. I find that if I happen to skip it my makeup does not sit right and I get even more oily than usual by the end of the day.

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Cream

I was very excited to receive this face cream that Influenster sent me from Clarins complimentary to try out and review for you guys! First off, I was a bit worried that this might be too rich for me since this formula is for normal to dry skin and so I replaced this with my night cream for a couple of nights to see if it made much of a difference.

This is the small travel size (15ml) and not the full size which comes in a tub and contains 50ml of product. However, I prefer squeeze tubes or pumps because the product is not exposed to air every time you use it and it does not come in contact with your fingers. This product has a very artificial scent and as weird as this may sound; it smells like the sanitary pads that have a strong rose fragrance. It isn’t bad but it reminds me of that every single time I apply this to my face.

The cream itself is a white opaque consistency which is not at all greasy or heavy on the skin; it’s very lightweight and instantly moisturizes. It doesn’t leave any residue and absorbs in seconds which I prefer since I hate that heavy feeling some creams give.

Overall, this cream is nice because it contains the key ingredient Hyaluronic Acid which deeply moisturizes and Clarins advertises itself as a “natural plant-based” brand. However, this isn’t my favourite moisturizer because I prefer an oil-free gel consistency – I find my makeup sits better on my skin for whatever reason and the scent is a bit odd for me.

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Disclaimer: I received these products from Influenster for reviewing purposes. All my reviews are my honest opinion whether I bought the product(s) or it was sent to me

MAC Zac Posen Collection Lipstick Review + Swatch

MAC Zac Posen Sheer Madness

Hello again!

Today I’m doing a review on this lipstick from the Spring 2016 MAC X Zac Posen collection. I have seen these limited edition products being sold online (eBay, Amazon) and in store (warehouse sales) and so I thought that a review might be helpful if you happen to spot this somewhere.

MAC Zac Posen Sheer Madness

Firstly, the packaging of this lipstick is a bit bulky but I like the shape and feel of it. This has a very sweet cupcake scent which I enjoy; I don’t feel that it is over powering. The formula is very similar to that of a lip balm as it glides on the lips and feels moisturizing. It lasts for a few hours if you do not eat or drink but it isn’t at all long wearing.

Swatched on my hand below; the iridescence that this shade has is not detectable in the photo below but this lipstick has a beautiful pink/gold shine to it that would suit every skin tone. This shade really doesn’t have much color at all; just a nice shine so it can be used as a lipstick or lipliner topper.

MAC Zac Posen Sheer Madness

Would I recommend this for the full price? – No, but if you happen to find this on sale somewhere and you need something like this then yes, I would recommend it.

Have you tried anything from this collection?

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Clinique Fresh Pressed Vitamin C Review

Clinique Fresh Pressed Vitamin C

Hi everyone!

I’m back with another review on a product that is fairly new (couple months) on the market now and I’ve been wanting to do a review on this. If your new to my blog then your not aware of the obsession that I have with serums – I just find that I get the quickest results with them. I usually search for a serum that promises to brighten and help with skin texture and lighten a few freckles that pop up during the summer months.

In saying that; this “serum” is 100% pure Vitamin C – which is why I was so excited to try this. I know that Vitamin C is super beneficial for the skin as it brightens and helps produce collagen (anti-aging). In the past I’ve used serums with Vitamin C but I haven’t used a pure Vitamin C ‘booster’; which comes with it’s disadvantages such as disposing of each vial after 7 days because the Vitamin C is no longer effective after that due to oxidization. However, this product claims to be a treatment and not necessarily an everyday product. You can purchase one vial (7-day treatment) by itself or a 4-pack (picture above) – Let me just add that this isn’t cheap but rather pricey as the 4-pack retails for $94.00 CAD.

A single vial from the 4-pack.

Clinique Fresh Pressed Vitamin C

Now, let’s get into whether or not this product did wonders for my skin: Firstly, the directions say that you must shake this well every time and add 2 drops to your moisturizer morning and night. I tried this for a few days with my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel and it did absolutely nothing and I even felt my skin was breaking out in little bumps all over. That absolutely terrified me and I stopped using this product for about 2 months until I decided to give it another shot with a different moisturizer. I thought I might have been allergic to the strong active Vitamin C but it made no sense since I have used serums with Vitamin C in the past and loved the instant result. The second attempt I mixed this serum with My Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief and I got the instant brightness and glow overnight! I continued to use this product and my skin looked amazing – smoother, bright and super healthy! I still have no idea why it reacted the way it did with the first moisturizer but I’m glad that I gave it another shot.

So, I would recommend mixing this with the Moisture Surge or testing it out with different face creams to see what works for you.

Have you tried Vitamin C serums/face creams?

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e.l.f. Contour Palette Review + Swatches

e.l.f. Contour Palette

Hello again,

I’ve been looking for a good contour palette for a while now and after reading some good reviews on this I was really excited to try it out.

e.l.f. Contour Palette

I really like the packaging of the e.l.f. blush, contour and highlight palette because you can remove a pan from one palette and switch it with another. They are fairly lightweight and sturdy – good for travelling.

The formula is not the best; it is powdery and not very pigmented. They do feel buttery and honestly, I don’t mind that the contour shade (bottom right) isn’t pigmented because I can slowly build it up and it doesn’t look too intense but I wish that the bronzer (bottom left) had more pigmentation. The highlight shade is very light  – almost white and it has a slight glow but is very subtle. I’m not exactly sure what the top right side is suppose to be – a bronzer/powder? but it isn’t useful at all for me because it’s too light to be a bronzer and too dark to be a face powder.

Swatched multiple times to build up color (shade light/medium). Left to right: highlight, powder?, bronzer and contour.

e.l.f. Contour Palette

Overall, I’m not impressed with this contour palette and my search will continue. If you want to check out a contour palette that I would recommend click here.

Which contour palette would you recommend?

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