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.
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.
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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I’m so excited to review & swatch these lipsticks for you today – it’s what I have been wearing on my lips since I received them!
I really like the packaging of these lipsticks – they come in a gorgeous gold bullet with a deep purple lid which won’t come off in your purse since it has a push-button top which releases the cap. The lipsticks have a very light vanilla scent which is extremely similar to MAC lipsticks but much fainter than their Bold Lip Glazes which you can read my review on here.
These lipsticks are fairly long wearing because of their extremely pigmented formula it sticks to lips but isn’t slippery or tacky in texture. This is my favourite lipstick formula because it sits nicely on the lips without moving around or gathering in the lip lines but at the same time doesn’t feel heavy or thick on the lips. The finish of the entire collection is described as a creamy velvet finish and I would say that’s about right – it is a creamy almost-matte finish.
Left to right: Pirouette, Nude Awakening, and Cheeky Minx.
Left to right: Vanity, Koukla, and Whiplash.
Left to right: Red Viper, Code Red, and Red Reaper.
I really like the variety of the nude and red shades; they have different undertones to flatter different skin tones which is great to see in a collection as a whole. I have no complaints about these lipsticks and feel that Serpentine Beauty definitely hit the mark when it comes to the formula and packaging. My only wish would be if they could include some mauve/ muted berry tones since I know that I like to reach for a mauve lipstick quite frequently. This is a Canadian brand and their products are cruelty-free and non comedogenic.
What is your favourite shade?
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I always carry blotting sheets and powder with me wherever I go to avoid blinding people with my face oil.
I used to use powder to blot but it would always look cake-y afterwards; the powder and my oil would mix and it would make a weird paste almost – as you would imagine; it looked very unflattering.
I found these blotting sheets on eBay for only a few bucks and so I thought I would try them out. I’m pretty certain these blotting sheets are not authentic because I can’t seem to find them on the Shiseido website but they work so well that I already ordered another 3. Shiseido has two types of blotting sheets and neither come in this baby pink holder – click here to view them. This one that I purchased (link below) comes with 120 sheets and each sheet absorbs quite a lot of oil. I blot about 3-4 times a day. I blot quite frequently so that my oil doesn’t separate or move my makeup around which it tends to do on and around my nose. After I blot I can follow up with powder and it doesn’t get cake-y or look like paste.
I definitely recommend these sheets – they are about $4 CAD and they do their job!
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This isn’t my first time trying out the Essence Long Lasting Lipsticks – I have a review on another shade here. They have an amazing formulation – I was very excited to receive this other shade to review for you guys!
The unique thing about this line is that the formula is extremely creamy and moisturizing but they aren’t slippery or greasy feeling. I always put on a lip balm before any lip product so that they don’t drag on my lips or accentuate dry patches but with these you could definitely skip the lip balm. They glide on very nicely while staying put and not bleeding outside of the lip line.
Essence Long Lasting Lipstick “04 On the Catwalk”
This is a very unique shade – kind of hard for me to describe. It’s a muted dark pink/soft red with a mauve-ish undertone that is very flattering for all skin tones I would imagine. It isn’t bright nor is it too washed out – it’s the perfect medium.
Like I mentioned in my other review these lipsticks aren’t terribly pigmented but they can be built up rather quickly without feeling like you have too much product on your lips. Also, similar to the other lipstick shade these are decent in longevity seeing that they aren’t matte but a nice satin finish. They last about 5 hours but will wear off completely after a meal. They leave a light stain which I don’t mind because it’s uniform and not patchy like some other lipsticks.
I would recommend these lipsticks seeing as they perform very well and are very affordable!
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.
I didn’t know that a product like this existed until I started using it a few months ago and I’ve been loving it since!
It’s an oil-free cream-gel that claims to deeply hydrate skin with it’s hyaluronic acid which holds up to 1000 times it’s weight in water! It also contains aloe which is made to relieve dry flaking skin and help plump skin which instantly gets rid of fine lines.
It’s formulated for all skin types since it is a gel that instantly sinks into the skin sort of like a serum but my skin instantly feels velvety and smooth. I like to apply this before the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel and after the Clinique Clarifying Lotion. I have lots of skincare products that I put in rotation but I have stuck to the Clinique 3 step for months now and I’ll switch up my serums and other products depending on what my skin needs at the time. I find that it works much better when it is applied before the moisturizing gel (any type of moisturizer) since it allows the product to fully absorb and not sit on top of the moisturizer.
I love how it makes my skin look very plump and healthy and it really helps with the dry patches that I get in the winter months. I could also see this being used instead or in combination with a primer to give a nice smooth base for makeup. However, I can’t use this instead of a moisturizer because it feels like a serum and isn’t moisturizing enough even for my oily skin.
I would recommend this for everyone; it’s paraben-free, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and noncomedogenic.
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