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.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette Review + Swatches

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette

Hello everyone!

I have had this palette for over a year so I think it’s about time I did a review on it! It’s also good to note that this picture was taken months ago and it certainly doesn’t look like this now – I’ve panned two shades!

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette

I bought this palette when I completely panned my YoungBlood Cosmetics one – click here to see my review on that. That contour kit was amazing so I didn’t know if this could top it to be honest. However, I feel like they are very similar consistency wise and the shades are not too different either.

kat von d shade + light contour palette

The formula is extremely pigmented, buttery soft, blend-able and lasts really well on oily complexions without separating throughout the day. The shades are also very complimentary for many skin tones – For my neutral fair skin tone I can use all but the two on the far right (levitation and subconscious). However, these are so pigmented that you can easily use the shades that don’t work for you as eye shadows.

kat von d shade + light contour palette
Left to right: lucid, lyric, and levitation
kat von d shade + light contour palette
Left to right: sombre, shadowplay, and subconscious

I have nothing bad to say about these powders; but I will point out that even though the packaging is gorgeous it is on the bulky side so definitely not travel friendly!

What do you think about this contour palette? Is there one you’d recommend?

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Clinique Pep-Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser Review

Clinique pep-start 2-in-1 exfoliating cleanser

Hi everyone!

I have a quick review of this Clinique cleanser for today. I had this little sample sized one for a while and hadn’t reached for it, but a few weeks ago I decided to try it out and was pleasantly surprised!

Clinique pep-start 2-in-1 exfoliating cleanser

I’m bad at describing scents but this has somewhat of a grapefruit scent which wakes you up in the morning as most citrus scents do. It comes out as a thick gel and I was confused about the exfoliating aspect, but as soon as I started massaging this onto my face I felt the tiny beads gently exfoliating.

Clinique pep-start 2-in-1 exfoliating cleanser

This cleanser left my skin feeling soft and not irritated as some scrubs do.

I definitely recommend this cleanser – especially for oily skin types as it really clears out your pores and gets rid of excess oil.

What is your current favourite cleanser? Let me know below!

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Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector Review

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector

Hi everyone!

I always use two separate primers at a time because I like a more hydrating primer for the perimeter of my face and a pore filler for my t-zone as I tend to get really oily and have noticeable pores on my nose/cheeks.

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector

This pore filler is extremely similar to the Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer, click here to read my review on that one. The only slight difference that I notice between the two is that the Smashbox is slightly more hydrating while this one feels very putty-like and takes a little more work to apply.

I use to rub the product into my face but now I take a pea-sized amount and rub between my fingers and press onto my problem areas. This works much better as these silicon formulas tend to ball up when you try to work them into the pores by rubbing.

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector Invisible Light
Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector in Invisible Light.

This is a nice pore filler and I would highly recommend for those with large pores and/or oily skin types as it helps to mattifying. My foundation glides nicely on top without exaggerating my pores/ sinking in to them. You can even use this on no foundation days as it smooths and slightly blurs the skin. I use this and the Smashbox one interchangeably, as I don’t see much of a difference between the two.

What do you think about these pore fillers? Is there one that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

Click here to purchase from Clinique. They always have promotions and deals going on so keep a look out for those!

Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum Review

Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had an amazing holiday/new years! Today I want to write a short review on this serum as I’ve been putting it to the test for about 3-4 weeks and I have gathered my thoughts on it.

What set this serum aside from the others I own is that it is marketed as an organic, really “pure” formula. It is targeted towards oily/combination skin and helps to reduce breakouts (contains salicylic acid), evens skintone (Vitamin C), Smooths texture (CoQ10), and hydrates (aloe, green/white tea). It contains other organic ingredients and antioxidants which are all suppose to help you get an overall improved complexion.

The first week that I tried this out I noticed that my existing acne was healing faster than usual but on the second week I did have two breakouts and again the same thing – I noticed that it wouldn’t stick around for more than a day or two. I did notice a slight improvement in my skin as it is more smooth – less texture which I noticed while applying highlighter. My redness has also lessened quite a bit and my pores seem slightly less noticeable. It is hard to measure the effectiveness of a serum but by swapping my other serum with this I can say that I notice subtle but clear results.

Overall, I enjoy this and will definitely use it up! I also like knowing that this serum is formulated without any of the bad ingredients and my skin seems to love it so far.

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Disclaimer: I received this product 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.

Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette Review + Swatches

Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Welcome back!

I found this palette at Winners (TJ Maxx) for $25 CAD and was beyond excited to try it out! These mini tin palettes have been at Sephora for years and they recently repackaged and slightly reformulated the shadows so this specific product can be found at outlet stores or online.

Too Faced Natural Matte Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

I really like the packaging – it’s cute, compact and super sturdy. I can tell that nothing will happen to these shadows if I drop this palette. This palette has a magnetic closure which is nice because it doesn’t open easily. The shades that you get in this palette are brownish neutrals with some leaning more towards cool (pink) and some more warm toned.

Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette

These shadows are not crazy pigmented but can be built up to have decent color. They are not too soft but rather fairly pressed in so there is hardly any fallout while applying. I reach for this palette when I want a soft neutral eye look because it’s super easy and all the shades work with each other. I would also recommend this for beginners because the shades are very soft and not too pigmented so you can’t mess this up, it is also easy to blend out.

I had to build up the swatches below in order to get decent pigmentation. The lighter shades were especially hard to get pictures of.

Left to right: Heaven, Lace Teddy, and Nudie.

Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Left to right: Cashmere Bunny, Strapless, and Honey Butter.

Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Left to right: Sexspresso, Risque, and Chocolate Cookie.

Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette

What do you guys think of the Too Faced palettes?

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