Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sample Sunday: Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence & Ultimate Moisture

So excited to be doing Sample Sunday's again because I really enjoy getting into my box of sample products and testing them out! I was really intrigued to try this one especially because
1) it was a 2 step product
2) it's a fairly expensive product
And considering I have super dry skin, anything claiming to boost moisture and quench my skin sounds pretty good to me!

I'll get straight to the point. I was left pretty disappointed by these products. Of course, it was only a sample, so I can't speak to it's long term abilities, so absolutely take what I say with a grain of salt. However I noticed that my skin absorbed the (generous) amount of product I applied within minutes and my face felt dry and as if I had nothing on it within minutes.

I'm sure being able to try this product for a few days would have more of an effect on me, but since I have very dry skin and like a moisturizer that makes an impact on my skin without needing to be reapplied multiple times (especially at this price!!), I don't think I'd consider purchasing the full size of this.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Dry Skin Saviours: Nip + Fab Soften Kale Fix Clay Mask Review!

I'm always down for a good face mask and pampering session, but there's something about cold weather that makes face masks all the more enjoyable. 

A while back, Nip + Fab came out with a super great range of Kale products (yup, it's not just a super food for your stomach anymore!), and they're super hydrating, which is definitely what is ever so needed in the colder months. I've been getting a lot of use from the Kale Fix Clay Mask, which just might be my favourite from the range! 

This face mask was super pleasant. It has a slight, non overpowering scent, and a smooth creamy feel to it. You know you're getting lots of hydration while wearing it. I've been loving this lately, now that it's getting pretty cold over here and my skin is starting to get dryer than usual. 

I notice a difference in my skin with just one use; it's softer and more plump, which is exactly that I look for in my skincare. Definitely been loving this one lately!

What is your cold weather staple skin care? 


Note: This post contains press samples. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own! 

Monday, November 27, 2017

An Update

Hey everyone! Long time no talk!
I apologize for being MIA for a couple months and thank you for your patience. I'm back!!

So what's been up with me?
I'm almost through with my first semester of University, which was a big change for me. I went from going to school 10 minutes from my home, to a fairy long commute. And not to mention the workload! So needless to say, I needed a little time to adjust.

Fear not, though! I've still been trying out a ton of new products and I've discovered a whole lot of good ones (and a few bad ones!) that I can't wait to review for you all! Just in time for the holidays and everything! 😄

So here are my questions for YOU!

1) Would you be interested in me doing Blogmas this year?

2) Would you be interested in reading some school/study related posts mixed in with my beauty content?

Let me know in the comments below!
Hope you're having a great start to your week!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday Swatches: Coastal Scents Hot Pot in 'Tuscany'

I'm back to swatching my single eyeshadows from Coastal Scents. The quality of these shadows never cease to amaze me. They're so buttery and creamy, with pigmentation you'd see from high end eyeshadows. 
 This shade in Tuscany is such a pretty warm terracotta shade. I love using this in the crease when I'm doing warm shimmery eye looks. It looks so pretty with gold on the lid!
More swatches from Coastal Scents to come! Do you own any single shadows from them?

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Dry Skin Saviours: Clinique All About Eyes Eye Cream

Hey everyone,
Continuing on with my top recommendations for dry skin, lets talk about one of my (and so many other people's) problem area: the under eye area.

I have very dry, dehydrated under eyes with dark circles, so I'm always on the hunt for an eye cream that can help that out.

This eye cream from Clinique is a godsend to those of us with dehydrated or dry under eyes. It applies like a gel consistency, and melts into your skin, feeling almost like an oil that your skin will just drink up.

I didn't notice it making a huge difference to my dark circles, but my under eyes were so much more hydrated. This also means my under eye concealer applied so much better and looked much less crease-y and cakey.

If you have dry skin, especially dry under eyes, this is one of the best eye creams I've used to date to fix that up ASAP.

Hope you're all having a wonderful day!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Saturday Swatches: Too Faced Melted Metal - Metallic Jelly SWATCH and Review

 Those of you who know me (or have seen my makeup collection) know I adore Too Faced. My top favourite palettes are from them and I love their foundation. So it makes me a bit sad to write this review, because I didn't really like this product.

Okay, to be clear, I don't think this is a bad product. I just don't think it delivers what it claims to. I really love the formula of Too Faced's Melted lipsticks, but my issue with this metallic one is... well... it's not metallic?
As you can see in my (massive) swatch (I was trying to see if I could squeeze out some hidden melted metal magic, I suppose?), this is a very pretty grape purple with the very slightest (almost invisible) metallic sheen that is completely lost on the lips. It also does not go on opaque at all, so your lips basically look a streaky purple once you apply it.

If you work with it a bit, you can pull off a shiny vampy lip, but it's just too much effort to me for it to be worth it! Sorry Too Faced! 😭 I absolutely recommend the regular Melted lipsticks though! Those are amazing!


Thursday, August 3, 2017

July Favourites!

Can you believe it's already August? This summer just flew by and I feel so overwhelmed because August is going to be a super busy month for me, preparing for University in the Fall and such. I haven't tried out too much this past month but I think I have a pretty decent round up of favourites to share with you all! I liked to keep it simple with my makeup in July, doing a lot of one shadow all over the lid type looks, and I think it looked really nice (plus so much faster to achieve!)
The first thing I've really been obsessing over is the Nip + Fab Soften Kale Fix Clay Mask. I've tried the whole line of their Kale products (review coming soon!), but this is the one product I'm so hooked on. If you have any issues with your skin looking dull or dry (which can happen, summer or winter!), put this on your skin and you'll reveal soft, radiant skin. I've been using it twice a week since I got it, and it's quickly become a must-have in my skincare routine.

Like I said before, I've really been enjoying one shadow all over the lid type looks this summer, and when I want something a bit more dramatic and eye catching, I always reached for Colourpop's Super Shock Shadow in 'White Rabbit' which is the most gorgeous mix of a shimmery copper with the hint of pink.
For lips, I've been switching between 2 different products all month. First, when I want a more natural lip look, I've been loving the BITE Amuse Bouche Liquid Lipstick in Eclair. This was sent to me (along with 2 other shades) from Influenster, and I've been addicted to it ever since. This shade is a pretty dusty rose colour that looks good with any makeup look. I'll have a full review on that soon!
The other lip product I've been loving is the Covergirl Oh Sugar! Lipstick in Punch. I recently dyed my hair black and I love how my hair looks paired with a red lip. However red lipstick isn't really functional on a daily basis, so I wanted something that was a bit more toned down. This is one of those lip products that is more like a balm with a tint of colour to it. I love this because it does offer some pretty substantial pigmentation while also being super glossy and hydrating.
I've also been loving the Green Beaver Company's Natural Deodorant in the Lavender scent. I have a review up on my blog already (you can read it here) if you want to know more about it, but this is just such a great natural deodorant!
The final thing I've been loving in July is the Too Faced Cat Eyes palette. I love the mix of purples and coppery brown shades in this palette. I'm especially obsessed with the 3 highlighting shades on the side. They all look similar in the pan but they're so uniquely different on the skin. The bottom shade 'Kitten' is an almost iridescent pearly purple that makes the coolest highlighting shade ever.
All the shades perform pretty well when it comes to pigmentation. I haven't used the darker colours on my eyes yet, but the palette claims you can use them wet as eyeliner, so I might just try that out soon.

What were you loving in the month of July? Let me know in the comments!