Physicians Formula Rose All Day Oil-Free Serum Review + Swatch

Physicians Formula Rose All Day Oil-Free Serum

Hello everyone!

This serum isn’t like any other, it’s a skincare-makeup item because it has the benefits of a serum but it also gives a gorgeous pink-champagne glow to the skin! I’ve been using this for a while now and thought I would share my review on it today.

Physicians Formula Rose All Day Oil-Free Serum

The packaging is simple but sweet, it contains a dropper which I don’t mind for serums (my favourite is with a pump). The packaging has a weight to it which makes it slightly more luxurious but maybe not the best for travelling.

Physicians Formula Rose All Day Oil-Free Serum

This product has a prominent rose scent but it is a natural rose scent – not an artificial one which makes me feel like I’m putting on an expensive product. This is described as an oil-free pearluminous formula which helps to tighten and brighten. It contains rose water, Goji and Kakadu Plum which are Vitamin C and antioxidant rich. But let’s be real – – I bought this for the glow and maybe not so much for the skincare part but I do appreciate that it is beneficial for the skin.

This product absorbs/dries down within seconds which I love because I don’t like adding on thick layers to my skin as I’m oily and that results in my makeup not lasting very long. This looks really pretty under sheer/matte finishes because the glow is toned down and makes the finish of the foundation more skin-like and not flat. I also like how this has a pretty reflect that flashes slightly pink as it color corrects and brightens. It’s a little difficult to see the pink reflect in the swatch below but trust me it is noticeable in person.

Physicians Formula Rose All Day Oil-Free Serum.

Physicians Formula Rose All Day Oil-Free Serum

In conclusion, if you are looking for a skincare-makeup hybrid that is good for your skin (hypoallergenic, paraben-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free, clinically tested and dermatologist tested) while wanting a pretty fresh pink/pearl glow then you will enjoy this.

I’m super curious to try out the 24 karat serum but can’t find it anywhere in stores! Have you tried these serums from Physicians Formula?

Click here to view product.

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Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer Review + Swatch

Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer

Welcome back everyone!

I have tried this primer out a few times and thought I would quickly put a review out there since this primer is only $4 CAD at Winners (or $18 at Sephora) at the moment so if your interested I would grab one quick.

Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer

First off I like how this primer comes in a stick form because it doesn’t require dipping your finger in a jar (and getting product under your nail). You just glide this on your eye and tap it in with your finger – and I recommend that you do one eye at a time and move quickly because this product literally dries down in less than 5 seconds which is a bit nerve-wrecking. However, once it’s on there it isn’t going anywhere and your eyeshadow will literally last the entire day without question.

Another thing that’s good to know with this shadow primer is that it’s a bit of a dry formula so it works best on oily eyelids – my eyelids aren’t oily (shocker, I know because everywhere else is) so I have to load up on a good eye cream before using this. Would I recommend this? Yes – if you find it for $4 I would definitely recommend that you try it out because if it does work for you, it’s a nice product. For U.S. residents I believe the Winners equivalent is TJ Maxx and/or Marshalls if I’m not mistaken.

Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer in “Light”. It has a strong peachy undertone.

Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer light

What do you guys think? Have you tried this – will you try this?

Click here to purchase on Sephora.

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil Review + Swatches (Lip Pencil vs Pro Longwear Lip Pencil)

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil Morning Coffee Absolutely It Good Timing Stripdown

Welcome back everyone!

Today I have a few MAC lip liners to review for you guys. Three of them being the Pro Longwear formula and the third one down is the regular Lip Pencil. I got the three Pro Longwears in a set a while back and bought the regular lip pencil a couple weeks ago because I wanted to compare formulas.

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil Morning Coffee Absolutely It Good Timing Stripdown

I usually stick with neutral shades when it comes to lip liners because I can make them work with a variety of lipstick shades. The bright pink shade (Good Timing) came in the pack of three and I don’t think I will be using this much/at all but I bought it anyway because I love the two other shades (Morning Coffee & Absolutely It).

A difference that you can see right away is that the regular Lip Pencil formula is a bit stiffer and not as creamy. It’s a wooden pencil which requires sharpening but you don’t need to sharpen as much as the Pro Longwear formula because it doesn’t dull as easily due to it being stiffer. The Pro Longwear is much more pigmented and creamy but doesn’t build the best; if you try to deepen the shade the formula starts to look and feel heavy and dry. Also, this formula can dry up slightly after time because the product is loose in the plastic pencil (it can break and fall right out of the pencil). So they both have their pros and cons; the most important one that I have to mention is that the Pro Longwear stays on much longer and can survive a greasy meal without completely rubbing off.

Swatched top to bottom: Stripdown (Lip Pencil), Morning Coffee, Absolutely It and Good Timing (all Pro Longwear Lip Pencils).

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil Morning Coffee Absolutely It Good Timing Stripdown

After rubbing on hand consecutively for 2 minutes straight.

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil Morning Coffee Absolutely It Good Timing Stripdown

As you can probably tell by looking at the photo above that the regular formula was almost completely rubbed off while the Pro Longwear has stayed on well with a bit of fading.

So which one is my favourite you ask? Honestly, I like both, but I may lean towards the Pro Longwear because of it’s longevity.

Which one is your favourite?

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Milk Makeup Charcoal Cleanser (with sea water?) Review

Milk Makeup Charcoal Cleanser

Hi everyone!

This is the first product that I’ve tried from Milk Makeup, mainly because they aren’t really talked about and have never grabbed my attention. Until this product; as someone with extremely oily skin I love anything with charcoal in it. Charcoal is meant to help with oil control as it absorbs oil and other toxins in the skin.

Milk Makeup Charcoal Cleanser

The packaging is pretty simple but cool. I like the see-through plastic with white lettering and the product itself is black so it’s a nice contrast. It comes with a squeeze bottle which I don’t mind because the cap pops off and doesn’t twist off. I absolutely hate twist off caps for cleansers because I have to grab the bottle with wet hands and try to twist it open & close – it’s the worst!

The product itself has a pleasant scent; almost shampoo-like and it foams up slightly while remaining a bit creamy at the same time. I definitely feel like it does a good job with removing oils and left over makeup but it doesn’t strip my skin afterwards – I don’t get the skin pulling sensation which drying face washes give.

This cleanser includes interesting ingredients such as Vitamin E and marine water – like actual sea water is listed in the ingredients (not exactly sure what that’s good for, comment below if you do please!). Also, I don’t recall seeing Vitamin E in a cleanser either but I guess that’s why I don’t feel like this cleanser sucks the life out of my skin afterwards. Overall, I’m enjoying this cleanser and have already bought a back up since I’m actually rather picky with cleansers and this gets the job done!

What do you recommend from Milk Makeup?

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MAC Extra Dimension SkinFinish Double Gleam Review + Swatch

MAC Extra Dimension SkinFinish Double Gleam

Hello again!

I’m so excited for this review because I think I’ve found the perfect highlighter for very fair skin tones! Before using this I was obsessed with the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop – click here to see my review on it. But I started to think that it might be too deep for me and maybe I need to try something lighter and brighter. In that post you can see that the second swatch is super peachy compared to my pale skin tone.

MAC Extra Dimension SkinFinish Double Gleam

I really wanted to try a highlighter from MAC since I’ve heard good things and when I saw this shade (Double Gleam) I thought it would compliment my skin tone really well. The packaging is very simple and it contains 9g of product which is slightly more than a standard highlighter.

MAC Extra Dimension SkinFinish Double Gleam

Online this product is described as a liquid-powder highlighter that is long-wearing (up to 10 hours to be exact). This shade in particular is described as a beige that breaks silver. Honestly, I’m not sure why the word “liquid” is mentioned as this powder may be silky and smooth but isn’t a liquid to powder consistency. I agree that it’s super long wearing; it really does last the whole day on my cheeks. Lastly, the color is gorgeous! It’s a pretty beige, almost rose gold shade and when the light hits it, it turns to a bright reflective silver.

MAC Extra Dimension SkinFinish Double Gleam Swatched.

MAC Extra Dimension SkinFinish Double Gleam

I’ve found my current favourite highlighter! Great formula, long lasting, and the shade is perfect for me. What do you guys think?

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Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer Review + Swatches

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

Hi everyone!

I’ve been enjoying a bunch of Too Faced products lately. Not only are they good quality products but each time I use them it’s an experience of it’s own.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

I found this product at Winners (Tj Maxx in the U.S.). Too Faced recently changed their packaging and I got this product for more than half off! I actually really like this packaging; it’s gorgeous with the gold and the raised design on the front. It feels very sturdy and has a great mirror on the inside.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

This is where the experience begins: as soon as you open it up you get this amazingly rich cocoa scent that makes you think you just opened a box of chocolates. The powder is very silky and pigmented but not too pigmented where it would make it difficult to apply to fair skin tones. It blends really nicely on the skin and I always start with a tiny amount and then build from there.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer swatched once.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer built up from first swatch.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

The tone of this bronzer is more cool toned than I’m use to but I ended up really liking this shade on my skin tone. It creates more of a shadow and really slims down the face. The lasting powder is quite decent as well – it doesn’t fade away as quickly as most other bronzers, which is important for me because I have such oily skin and powders seem to melt off.

Overall, I really like this bronzer and I’m so glad I got this for such a good price! More Too Faced reviews coming up as I mentioned, I’m really enjoying their products recently!

What is your favourite Too Faced product?

Click here to view on Sephora (new packaging).

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum & Gel-Cream Review

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum Gel Cream

Hi everyone!

If you’ve read my previous skincare reviews, you’d know that I have a bit of a difficult skin type. It’s super oily all over but it can get very dry in the winter months – so you could say I have dehydrated oily skin. I also have struggled with acne but that’s more so in the past and after switching to Clinique products it isn’t my main issue anymore. I also get tiny bumps on my cheeks and forehead which I believe is due to either clogged pores (due to very oily skin) or it could be because I’m sensitive to the sun. Long story short; my skin is very sensitive and I’m always leery of using new products because I never know how my skin will react. I’ve been testing this serum and moisturizer for a few weeks now and I’m excited to give my review on them today!

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum Gel Cream

Starting off with the serum; I like the simple packaging and the mild but pleasant scent that this product has. The consistency isn’t thin but it isn’t thick either; it spreads out and absorbs quickly but not fully where it would leave my skin dry – it adds moisture. The moisturizer is actually not too different consistency-wise from the serum as this is a gel-cream it is super light-weight but packs a punch in terms of leaving my skin super hydrated and plumped.

I use the serum and moisturizer in my morning routine because I love how it preps my skin for makeup. It creates a nice bouncy, plumped canvas that allows my face makeup to look fresh and not cakey. Both products contain glycerin which leaves my skin slightly tacky after application which I like when I prep my skin for makeup because I find that it helps my foundation last longer but I do not enjoy this for night because of that reason. I also enjoy the fact that these products are 97% natural and the ingredient list is so tiny compared to other similar products. These also contain hyaluronic acid which is my second ingredient after Vitamin C in skincare. Hyaluronic acid helps bring moisture to the skin.

Did I really enjoy this serum and moisturizer? Yes, because it gave me hydration without greasiness and it noticeably plumped my skin and smoothed out texture. I’m half-way through the serum and about 2/3 of the gel-cream is remaining and I’m already thinking about where I can find these products on sale after I finish them!

I’ve heard good things about Vichy’s sunscreen but never tried. What would you recommend I try next from Vichy?

Click here to view products on Vichy’s website.

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