Benefit Blush Bar ‘Cheeks on Pointe’ Blush & Bronzer Palette Review + Swatches

Benefit Blush Bar Cheeks on Pointe Blush & Bronzer Palette

Happy Friday Everyone!

I’m super excited for this long weekend – great weather in Canada and lots of fun plans! Hope you all have an amazing long weekend!

I’ve decided to review this palette today because I’ve been reaching for it non-stop! This is the first cheek product that I have used from Benefit and I’m blown away! I’ve heard lots of good reviews on the famous Hoola bronzer and their boxed blushes but they are up there price-wise and I didn’t want to spend $40 on one blush. This palette is almost $80 however, it is an amazing value as you get FULL SIZE products; so technically your paying for two blushes and getting 3 free! My sister gifted this to me and I’m so happy she did because I had my eye on it a while back at Sephora!

Benefit Blush Bar Palette

The packaging is gorgeous! It makes me happy to use it every time, it also contains a nice large mirror and once you open the lid you get a whiff of this pleasant scent that is incredibly hard to describe but it reminds me of summer time. There is an empty space on the bottom right corner so that the brush can fit in there which is good if your planning on travelling with it.

Benefit Blush Bar Blush & Bronzer Palette

The blush textures are really nice; not too soft nor stiff, not too pigmented but pigmented enough. It’s a nice formula for light to medium skintones as the shades are all pretty light and I have to build it up on my cheeks – all except the Galifornia shade which looks good with just one layer. However, I love blushes that are buildable – it allows me to apply and blend it without having any harsh lines or too much color all at once. These are fairly long lasting as well – they last an entire work/school day.

The picture you see above is after a few weeks of using it so it no longer has the gold overspray. I don’t see the point of it anyway because it comes off after using it once and I don’t like chunky gold glitter on my blushes anyway.

Benefit Galifornia Gold Rush Dandelion Rockateur Blush
Left to right: Galifornia, Gold Rush, Dandelion and Rockateur
Benefit Blush Bar Galifornia Gold Rush Dandelion Rockateur
Left to right: Galifornia, Gold Rush, Dandelion and Rockateur

The Hoola bronzer is a nice shade that can be built up as well if you want a stronger bronzer. It is neutral in tone so it can be used as a contour shade as well which is nice. I was worried this was going to be too dark on me but it’s perfect once blended out.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Benefit Hoola Bronzer

This specific palette is a little hard to find now as it was limited edition but I went ahead and reviewed it anyway because Benefit has come out with the Cheekleaders palettes which include the same products but they have added a highlighter to each palette which is amazing! A highlight just completes this palette as it contains all three products that you use on the cheeks!

I highly recommend this palette and if I didn’t already have this I would definitely purchase the new ones!

What do you think of the Benefit face palettes? Let me know in the comments!

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Aveeno MaxGlow Serum + Primer and Micellar Gel Cleanser Review

Aveeno MaxGlow Micellar Gel Cleanser

Happy Wednesday!

Today I want to review these two products since I have been testing them out for a few weeks and I’m pleasantly surprised with both!

I know that those of you who are familiar with my blog and have read my previous posts are thinking how on earth this OIL primer is working out for me since I have an extremely oily skin type. And all I have to say to that is; yes, I know I’m shocked as well! The first time I tried this oil/serum product as a primer I was going out for only an hour or two so I thought that even if it looked terrible and made me look like an oil slick it wouldn’t be too bad. However, after the few hours I noticed that my skin didn’t look like an oily mess; it looked hydrated and my foundation was very smooth and healthy looking! I guess my skin didn’t feel the need to produce a massive amount of oil because I had applied this product? – honestly, I’m not quite sure how this works but I’m so glad I tried it! The scent is very pleasant and once you shake it up the oil and serum blend together and after patting it on the skin, it allows foundation to glide on seamlessly on top.

Aveeno MaxGlow Serum + Primer

This cleanser is a nice change from the ones that I usually like; which strip my skin of all product/oils. Because my skin is very oily and I usually feel the need for a cleanser that deep cleans. This leaves my skin clean but very comfortable as it hydrates while it cleanses so I don’t feel that pulling sensation when I dry my face. I have been using this in the mornings when I don’t need such a deep clean and this product leaves my skin with a glow that is surprising as I have never had a cleanser do that before!

I highly recommend these products if you have a dry skin type and for oily skin types as well as I have recently read a lot about why our skin produces so much oil and it’s usually due to it being dehydrated!

Have you tried the Aveeno MaxGlow line? Let me know in the comments section below!

Click here to purchase the cleanser; currently on sale at Shoppers DrugMart (Canada)!

Click here to purchase the serum + primer.

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

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Review + Swatches

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Happy Monday everyone!

I really don’t reach for liquid lipsticks at all anymore because they dry out my already-dry lips and they crumple, flake and wear horribly throughout the day. However, this formula by MAC is definitely worth a try if your like me and avoid liquid lipsticks at all costs!

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Excuse the out-of-focus picture above but I wanted to show you the shape of the applicator. It is super easy to get a nice sharp edge with it and I’m able to over-line my lips, which I slightly do everyday without going in with a lip liner! The applicator makes applying this super fast and easy. The formula itself feels like nothing on your lips and I’m not exaggerating! It’s feather light; that you forget that you have lipstick on and that’s amazing for a matte liquid lipstick. It’s also much more forgiving on dry patches than other formulas I’ve tried; it doesn’t exaggerate and cling to it.

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Cafe Au Chic

This lipstick fades away nicely; it doesn’t crumble but rather fades evenly throughout the day and after eating. It’s transfer-proof just like most other liquid lipstick formulas and is removable with oil.

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Cafe Au Chic
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in shade: Cafe Au Chic
Fresh application on top, dried down on bottom

As you can see from the swatches above; this formula dries down much darker so beware of that. It takes a minute or two to fully dry down. I really like this formula and will definitely get other shades!

What do you guys think about liquid lipsticks? Are you over them?

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Lancome Blush Subtil Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush Review + Swatches

Lancome Blush Subtil Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush

Hi everyone!

Today I’m doing a quick review on these Lancome blushes. I’ve had these for a while but forgot about them until recently and now I can’t put them down!

Lancome Blush Subtil Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush Blushing Nude

I received the mini blush on the left in a gift with purchase a while back and the full size on the right was in a huge makeup set that I was gifted a few years back. The full size came with a brush but I always get rid of them because they don’t apply the product on the best.

Lancome Blush Subtil Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush Rose Fresque

I like the simple and sleek packaging of these blushes; as you can see from the pictures above they do tend to get finger prints on them though, but it doesn’t really bother me. The blush formula is a very silky dry powder which is subtle and allows you to build the product to the intensity that is flattering. I prefer this for blushes because you don’t end up with too much blush in one spot and then try to blend it out for 10 minutes afterwards. Because of this, I feel that it is the best formula for fair skin tones. This formula is very long wearing as well, which I do like because my face tends to absorb makeup due to it being very oily.

Lancome Blush Subtil Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush Rose Fresque Blushing Nude
Lancome Blush Subtil Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush
Rose Fresque is on top, Blushing Nude on the bottom

They have gorgeous shades as well, very powdery soft mattes and fresh satin finishes as well. The two that I have reviewed are both matte finishes.

What is your current go-to blush?

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Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer Review + Swatch

Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer

Hi everyone!

I know that this bronzer has been out for a while now and everyone loves it but I thought I would do a review on it today to honor their release of new shades finally!

Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer

This bronzer is without any question my favourite from the drugstore, it is super buttery, blendable and smells amazing! It is fairly long lasting on my super oily skin and the color can be sheered out or built up depending on the look your going for.

Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer

The only complaint I have about this product is the bulky packaging. It contains a weird sponge flat applicator which I’ve never seen before in my life and threw it out instantly. However, because they housed the applicator under the bronzer the packaging is quite bulky. I hope they reduce the compact size and get rid of that worthless applicator.

Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in “Bronzer”

I have their original “Bronzer” shade and I love the tone of it; it’s not too warm nor too cool. I heard from a friend that the “light bronzer” shade is super orange so I would watch out for that especially if you have a fair skin tone.

Love this bronzer, I have nothing bad to say besides the applicator and packaging. I will definitely be checking out their new shades of this formula!

What do you think of the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer?

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Clinique Pop Lip Shadow Review + Swatches

Clinique Pop Lip Shadow 01 Dune Pop

Hello everyone!

I remember these powder lipsticks being really popular about two years ago and even though there are some brands that are currently offering them, they’ve mostly died down now.

Clinique Pop Lip Shadow 01 Dune Pop

This product is kind of a let down for me, similar to the review I did on the Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Color, which you can view here. It simply isn’t the formula and effect that I go to on a daily basis – this requires much more maintenance. The packaging is not my favourite; the lip wand is super long and pointed and it’s faulty. The lid doesn’t properly screw into place and pops open randomly so I don’t trust that it will remain closed in my bag. Secondly the applicator does not allow for precision work, it isn’t too bad but you can’t get a clean line with it.

The product itself is hard to work with – it is dry and can cake up very easily. If you use the smallest amount and smudge it, it’s fine but as soon as you apply a little too much it will look patchy, dry and very cakey on the lips. The way that the product wears off over time is also very unflattering, super patchy because it grips onto dry patches but rubs off on some parts. It also transfers which is weird because you want a matte powder lip formula because you hope that it will not wear off easily.

Clinique Pop Lip Shadow 01 Dune Pop
Clinique Pop Lip Shadow 01 Dune Pop.
Applied a very small amount and rubbed it in.
Clinique Pop Lip Shadow 01 Dune Pop
Clinique Pop Lip Shadow 01 Dune Pop.
What using too much product will look like.

As you can see from the pictures above the product starts to ball and patch up when layered or if you apply too much. When I use a little amount it glides on and feels like a dry cream which is really cool!

Overall, the idea of this product really intrigued me and the color of this lip powder is gorgeous, but the formula is too hard to work with and can quickly look unflattering. This product may be discontinued because I can’t see it listed on Clinique’s website anymore, I do see it on Nordstrom though. If it is then I’m excited to see what they come out with to replace this!

Have you guys tried this or any other lip powders? Let me know in the comments section!

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Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara & Velvet Primer – Epic Lash Primer Review

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara Velvet Primer Epic Lash Primer

Hello everyone!

We are technically in spring now but as I’m typing this up it is snowing outside! I’ve grabbed myself a cup of tea and want to do a quick review on this mascara and this newly released mascara primer.

I received this lash primer before it was even available on Sephora and so I’ve been testing this out for a few weeks now. I don’t really care for mascara primers as they are just another step in my makeup routine but after trying this one out I have been using it on a daily basis! It makes a dramatic difference – I’ve mostly used this Marc Jacobs mascara primer with their Velvet Noir mascara and I can say that when I wear the primer my lashes look almost double in size – it’s crazy! The primer coats my lashes evenly and takes a few seconds to apply and it isn’t hard covering it up with mascara as the formula shade isn’t stark white like the others I’ve used. The other thing that I’ve noticed with this primer is that it has nourished my lashes and by using it on a daily basis my lashes are longer than before and much more full and without little bald spots. On the Sephora website it states that it has conditioning properties and I definitely didn’t think that I would notice my lashes becoming more lush, but I have.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Primer Epic Lash Primer
Marc Jacobs Velvet Primer – Epic Lash Primer

After raving about the primer I have to tell you that the mascara is just so-so. It does a nice job at coating the lashes and thickening but it doesn’t perform as well as other mascaras I’ve tried in terms of curling, holding the curl and lengthening. The formula is super black though and it doesn’t flake throughout the day which is a big pet peeve of mine.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

I would highly recommend that you check out the lash primer because it’s unreal! I have no complaints about it – it’s honestly magically however, the mascara is just OK and I don’t feel strongly about it.

Have you guys tried this mascara and primer?

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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.