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Unfortunately my week has not been the best – been sick since Wednesday and today I forced myself to get up and start getting back into my routine. So, for today I thought I would review this mascara – this is an old favourite. I first discovered this when I got it in a Gift With Purchase (GWP). From there on I’ve been using this interchangeably with my other mascaras.
This mascara reminds me of the L’Oreal Voluminous Original but a little bit better because the formula does not flake or smudge at all. This mascara stays on really well which I appreciate because there is nothing more annoying then seeing little black flakes under my eyes. This is not the waterproof formula as I tend to stay away from those because I pretty much pull out all my lashes trying to remove it at the end of the day.
The brush is really nice at combing out your lashes and makes it easy for an even application so you don’t end up with a bunch of clumps. It also curls my lashes and holds the curl for an entire work day which makes my lashes look longer however, this doesn’t do much for length – mostly volume.
What is your current favourite mascara?
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I know I’ve been away for a couple of months and I’m sorry! I really missed blogging and writing reviews that I had to come back on here to continue where I left off. Since I’m probably a little rusty I thought I would start off with something simple, like a lip balm to review for you guys today.
So, I’ve been loving this stuff for the winter months because it’s one of the few lip balms I can count on to keep my lips moisturized for at least a few hours in this Canadian weather. I must warn you – the smell is a bit strange. I really can’t describe the scent but it doesn’t smell like a typical fruity lip balm but rather medicinal in a way. However, the scent does calm down after I apply lip liner/lipstick.
The consistency is really nice; it’s moisturizing and it softens your lips without feeling greasy or slippery. It absorbs into the lips while still leaving a layer of product on top to protect against dryness and the added sunscreen doesn’t hurt either. It’s a simple product – nothing fancy but it works and I really enjoy it. I’m at the end of mine now so I need to look around for another lip balm or I may just buy another tube of this.
Have you tried any Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour products? What did you think of it?
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This eye cream intrigued me because of the many claims that it makes. I mostly want to prevent lines and wrinkles around my eyes and if an eye cream claims to reduce darkness as well, I will be more than happy to try it out.
As you can read from the packaging; there are many beneficial ingredients in this eye cream that will help reduce wrinkles and lines and will improve firmness and brighten the eye area.
The packaging is very lightweight and I really enjoy that it is a tube rather than a jar so I don’t have to dip my finger in the product. Now, the strange thing about this eye cream is that it is pigmented! When you squeeze out the product it is white but once blended in I notice that it turns into a concealer-like cream. Honestly, the packaging does not make it clear that this has color pigments and is a eye cream/concealer hybrid. I personally enjoy this aspect about this eye cream but from searching up some reviews others were not happy with the color and the fact that it wasn’t made aware to them that this is colored.
Squeezed out of the tube.
Slightly spread out to show pigmentation – not fully blended in.
I wonder if the color changes depending on your skintone because some claim that it turned a bright orange on them. However, my personal experience with this is that it slightly conceals the darkness under my eyes while hydrating that area. It is great to wear alone for no makeup days or under concealer as it allows the concealer to glide on and not look dry. The product does not feel greasy or heavy at all and absorbs really nicely.
I’m a big fan of this and would recommend however, it is best to try the tester in store as I’m not sure if the color will flatter every skin tone. I’m very fair and when using a tiny bit it is undetectable under my eyes.
Have you tried this eye cream?
Purchased on eBay – search “Garnier Miracle Eye Cream”.
I’m excited to review this serum today because it’s a nice change from the last two products that I have reviewed and was disappointed by. I’m so obsessed with this product – I’m finishing my second bottle of it and already have a backup in my drawer!
The Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II (I just refer to this as the ANR serum) claims to make skin smoother, more radiant, younger, hydrated and more even in tone. It does this by maximizing the power of skin’s natural nighttime renewal. After going through 2 bottles of this, I have to say that I agree with all of the claims except for the “younger” one since I don’t have any wrinkles and so I can’t comment on that. This serum has made my skin look so healthy and radiant that I can’t stop using it. As many of you may know, I have an oily, breakout-prone skin and this does not break me out nor make me more greasy throughout the day. It is oil and fragrance-free which are the two things I always look for in skincare products.
I have to say that this has become my absolute favourite and I can not replace it with any other serum. Even though this is meant to be used in the evenings I actually apply this in the morning as well under my moisturizer and on those days I get so many compliments on my skin. This product comes in a few different sizes, I do prefer the smallest size just because it comes with a dropper and so you are exposing the product to air which makes it’s shelf life shorter in my opinion. I also have to point out that the dropper can separate from the cap – this happened to me on the first bottle that I purchased.
The other product that I want to also mention is the Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix, which is the little bottle next to the ANR serum. I received this as a sample in a gift with purchase and just had to mention that I’ve been loving this as well! It feels like a gel almost – it isn’t heavy or greasy feeling under the eyes and you apply this with a cute little massaging wand. I don’t think this is really sanitary but since it’s a tiny bottle; I’m not too bothered by it.
Overall, this is a great serum – probably the first serum that I would recommend to anyone that wants to include one in their skincare routine. The eye concentrate is really nice too but I have other eye creams that are just as good.
Have you tried the ANR line?
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When I saw Tati’s (YouTube) review on this mascara I ran out and bought it! She had nothing bad to say about this and since I love the original Voluminous mascara by L’oreal I thought this would replace that for me.
The packaging is gorgeous – similar to the Too Faced one, and having heard that this is a dupe for that I was even more excited to try it out. I got the Blackest Black shade and luckily enough, true to it’s name, this is a very intense black. The brush is on the larger side and has long bristles that help comb out your lashes while building them up very quickly. Because of the brush size; I did not use this on my lower lashes in fears of it getting everywhere. The brush holds a lot of product so you really need to brush your lashes thoroughly to avoid getting clumps.
The formula is also really nice – it gives volume and length without looking too heavy. I really liked this mascara but then after 2 weeks or so the formula completely dried out and because of that I had lots of flaking and it did not look the same as when it was fresh. This is a huge disappointment; because there is no point of purchasing a tube of mascara that will only last you a few uses. Since then, I’ve seen many reviews pointing out the same issue and so I know that I was not the only one that experienced this.
Have you tried this mascara? What was your experience?
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I have loved almost every product I’ve tried from W7; they are affordable and meant to be dupes of high end products. From the look and name of this W7 product I think it is meant to be a dupe of the Clinique Chubby Stick – which I will be doing a review on soon.
I like the convenience of a cream stick bronzer because I can just draw it on and blend it out with a sponge/brush. Also, I find that when I layer a cream bronzer under my powder bronzer it looks more natural because the cream blends out seamlessly.
The packaging is light weight and compact which is travel-friendly but it definitely looks cheap. The product is very creamy but feels slightly greasy and doesn’t blend out nicely. It looks patchy and I felt the need to go in with more product only to get a uniform look which wasn’t happening. The color is a bit orange but I like my bronzer to have some warmth – so I didn’t mind that.
W7 Chunky Bronzer Hawaiian Bronze swatched multiple times.
W7 Chunky Bronzer Hawaiian Bronze blended out. You can see the patchiness once blended out.
Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this product – even though the price was very reasonable it just isn’t a product that I would reach for again.
Do you like using cream bronzers? If so – which one(s) would you recommend?
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As the weather gets colder here in Canada – I will be reviewing deeper berry toned lipsticks/lip liners as I tend to wear them in the autumn/winter season. Today I’m sharing my favourite/most repurchased lip liner with you!
When I swatched this lip liner in the store I instantly fell in love with the color – it’s that perfect deep mauve/plum shade that I love. After purchasing it and wearing it a few times I have to say that the formula is amazing as well! It is extremely pigmented in just one swipe, it is creamy but not too creamy, it stays in place all day with minimal fading after 6 hours! I love it so much that I use it all over my lips instead of lipstick that is why I have already went through two pencils and am now on my third one with an extra backup of course. I love using this as lipstick because it sets to a comfortable matte finish when you layer this over a nice lip balm (review of my favourite coming soon!). I don’t mind that this is a traditional lip liner that you have to sharpen because of it’s positive qualities. This liner also comes with a lip brush on the opposite end – which is a nice touch even though I hardly ever use it.
Swiped once on top and multiple times on the bottom.
I highly recommend this lip liner to everyone and I recommend that you run to the nearest Estee Lauder counter and swatch this! I don’t ever get excited about lip liners but this is special.
Have you tried this? Let me know down below!
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