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.

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!

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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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Physicians Formula Rose All Day Oil-Free Serum Review + Swatch

Physicians Formula Rose All Day Oil-Free Serum

Hello everyone!

This serum isn’t like any other, it’s a skincare-makeup item because it has the benefits of a serum but it also gives a gorgeous pink-champagne glow to the skin! I’ve been using this for a while now and thought I would share my review on it today.

Physicians Formula Rose All Day Oil-Free Serum

The packaging is simple but sweet, it contains a dropper which I don’t mind for serums (my favourite is with a pump). The packaging has a weight to it which makes it slightly more luxurious but maybe not the best for travelling.

Physicians Formula Rose All Day Oil-Free Serum

This product has a prominent rose scent but it is a natural rose scent – not an artificial one which makes me feel like I’m putting on an expensive product. This is described as an oil-free pearluminous formula which helps to tighten and brighten. It contains rose water, Goji and Kakadu Plum which are Vitamin C and antioxidant rich. But let’s be real – – I bought this for the glow and maybe not so much for the skincare part but I do appreciate that it is beneficial for the skin.

This product absorbs/dries down within seconds which I love because I don’t like adding on thick layers to my skin as I’m oily and that results in my makeup not lasting very long. This looks really pretty under sheer/matte finishes because the glow is toned down and makes the finish of the foundation more skin-like and not flat. I also like how this has a pretty reflect that flashes slightly pink as it color corrects and brightens. It’s a little difficult to see the pink reflect in the swatch below but trust me it is noticeable in person.

Physicians Formula Rose All Day Oil-Free Serum.

Physicians Formula Rose All Day Oil-Free Serum

In conclusion, if you are looking for a skincare-makeup hybrid that is good for your skin (hypoallergenic, paraben-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free, clinically tested and dermatologist tested) while wanting a pretty fresh pink/pearl glow then you will enjoy this.

I’m super curious to try out the 24 karat serum but can’t find it anywhere in stores! Have you tried these serums from Physicians Formula?

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