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.

Etude House Soft Touch Auto Lip Liner Review + Swatch

Etude House Soft Touch Auto Lipliner

Hello again!

One day as I was looking through eBay listings this lip liner from Etude House caught my attention because you all know how much I love the Etude House Drawing Eyebrow Pencil. These twist up pencils from Etude House are super affordable; I bought this for about $5 CAD.

Etude House Soft Touch Lip Liner

I prefer twist up pencils because they don’t require you to pull out a sharpener however, they do tend to dry up and have a more drier formula generally. This pencil is not at all dry; it’s creamy, pigmented and glides effortlessly on the lips. It’s super creamy that it allows you to fill in your lips without it dragging and skipping. I enjoy everything about the formula except that it isn’t as long wearing as I prefer. I’m use to the longevity of Estee Lauder, MAC, and Clinique and this doesn’t really compete with those. I have to carry this with me because I know it will fade/wipe away after eating and drinking, maybe even talking sometimes. The other negative aspect that I have to mention is that you really don’t get much product – you get 0.2g which is not even the length of your pinky finger. If I wore this everyday, I would get about a month’s worth of use which is disappointing.

Etude House Soft Touch Auto Lipliner in #2 Pink Beige (I think because there is no shade name on the packaging!)

Etude House Soft Touch Auto Lipliner #2 Pink Beige

Would I repurchase? No. I like the shade and the creamy formula but I have better lip liners that this can’t even compare to.

What do you think? What’s your favourite product from Etude House?

Click here to purchase on eBay! I picked a random seller – don’t remember the seller I bought from.

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer Review

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer

Hi everyone!

I have been investing in good primers recently and I haven’t tried any of the smashbox ones so I thought I would pick up the mattifying/pore minimizing one. I reviewed the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water a few days ago; click here to check it out if your interested!

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer

I got the mini size which contains 15ml of product and it costs $18 – $20 CAD. I really don’t understand why they charge $50 for the full size which has 30ml of product (double the mini) because it’s suppose to be $40, right? I would definitely recommend getting the mini size as it’s obviously the better deal.

So this primer claims to mattify, fill in pores and control oil for up to 8 hours. This is definitely pore filling and mattifying upon applying this you feel that it has a dry silicon texture which can pill up if you apply too much. You only need the tiniest amount and I focus this on my t-zone where I get oily and have more noticeable pores. This product does control oil but not for an entire 8 hours on me; it may prolong my blotting time a few hours maximum.

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer

I do enjoy this product as it does a decent job at hiding my pores and creating a really smooth surface which helps my foundation glide on nicely. After using this I’m super curious about their other primers!

Have you guys tried any of the Photo Finish primers? Let me know in the comments!

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