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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Too Faced Primed and Peachy Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer Review

Too Faced Primed and Peachy Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer

Hello everyone!

These Too Faced peach scented products are addictive! If you like the scent of peach then you will understand my addiction to this line. However, this product didn’t particularly blow me out of the water.

I love the packaging; this isn’t the full size – it’s the 20ml “mini” size and it still comes with a gorgeous golden pump and a travel-friendly plastic tube. Even though I really appreciate the pump I’m not quite sure that this packaging is the best for the product. When I don’t use this for a few days and then go to pump out product I can feel a hardened bit which is dried up product. Perhaps a squeeze tube would have been better?

Too Faced Primed and Peachy Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer

The product itself is thick and has a peachy tone which is suppose to brighten and I do notice subtle brightening once applying this. It is also a bit harder to apply as it is fairly thick but once you smooth it on your skin you feel the cooling effect which feels really nice on the pores! However, you must not rub this product in as it begins to pill up and it just creates a mess.

After smoothing this on my pores and t-zone it feels super tacky for a few seconds before beginning to dry down to a matte finish. I like the tackiness because it allows your foundation to really stick to it which ups the coverage of the foundation. This primer is also slightly blurring but honestly, it doesn’t make much difference once you apply foundation on top. In terms of keeping me matte, I have noticed it slightly prolonging the time I get oily but it’s inevitable and I will start to get oily after a couple hours. But I do like the smoothing effect that it gives throughout the day.

Too Faced Primed and Peachy Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer

Would I repurchase? Well – probably not to be completely honest as I have other primers I like more, but I’m enjoying this mini size for now.

What do you guys think of the Peach Perfect line?

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Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer Review + Swatch

Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer

Welcome back everyone!

I have tried this primer out a few times and thought I would quickly put a review out there since this primer is only $4 CAD at Winners (or $18 at Sephora) at the moment so if your interested I would grab one quick.

Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer

First off I like how this primer comes in a stick form because it doesn’t require dipping your finger in a jar (and getting product under your nail). You just glide this on your eye and tap it in with your finger – and I recommend that you do one eye at a time and move quickly because this product literally dries down in less than 5 seconds which is a bit nerve-wrecking. However, once it’s on there it isn’t going anywhere and your eyeshadow will literally last the entire day without question.

Another thing that’s good to know with this shadow primer is that it’s a bit of a dry formula so it works best on oily eyelids – my eyelids aren’t oily (shocker, I know because everywhere else is) so I have to load up on a good eye cream before using this. Would I recommend this? Yes – if you find it for $4 I would definitely recommend that you try it out because if it does work for you, it’s a nice product. For U.S. residents I believe the Winners equivalent is TJ Maxx and/or Marshalls if I’m not mistaken.

Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer in “Light”. It has a strong peachy undertone.

Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer light

What do you guys think? Have you tried this – will you try this?

Click here to purchase on Sephora.