Showing posts with label opinion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label opinion. Show all posts

Friday, May 5, 2017

Review: Wet N' Wild Photofocus Foundation

Hey everyone, long time no talk. I'm in the midst of my final exams so I've been pretty dead to the world, but I promise I've been trying out a TON of new products so stay tuned for reviews! 😀
So, I hadn't tried out a new foundation in ages until I picked this one up, and I knew from the first time I used it that I NEEDED to review it. It was so hyped up so I had pretty high hopes from the start.
I'll start off by saying that I was so impressed by the shade selection on this foundation. There are 20 different shades which is pretty great for a drugstore foundation. I'm so happy I was actually able to find a light enough shade for my skin which tends to be an issue with some foundations at the drugstore.

What I Noticed: 

  • Medium coverage, but definitely buildable
  • It smells like paint... thankfully the smell fades away but yeah, paint smell
  • No pump but you get the product out with a paddle type thing that works pretty well
  • Fairly long lasting but at the end of the day I find it settles a bit strangely around my nose and between my eyebrows
  • You definitely need to set it with a powder or else it will remain tacky 
  • Applies well with both a brush or a beauty blender
  • Not 100% transferproof but pretty close to it

Overall, this foundation did have its drawbacks but I really did like it. Besides the fact that it was crazy affordable ($6 US, I believe?), it was a really solid drugstore foundation. I think that I would recommend this more for dry to normal skin types, as I don't think it would hold up as well on oily skin.

Let me know what you think if you've tried this/want to try this!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Foundation Review Friday: Covergirl 'Ready Set Gorgeous' Foundation

So many drugstore foundations get a lot of hype on the internet, but I feel like Covergirl's 'Ready Set Gorgeous' foundation never really got much attention. I guess I can understand why; packaging wise, it isn't exactly the most intriguing. There's nothing necessarily wrong with it, but I feel the plastic and bright pink on it may make you think twice about it. Which I think is a shame, because this is a truly fantastic foundation.

I myself am guilty of judging the foundation by it's packaging. In fact, I probably wouldn't have even tried it if it wasn't on sale. Even once I did, I didn't even have the highest expectations for it. Of course, I was pleasantly surprised.

The claims- 

  • Oil-free formula
  • Medium coverage to give a natural, flawless look

The facts- 

Here is what I found with this foundation:

  • It comes in 12 different shades
  • This foundation gives about a medium coverage, that is buildable without becoming cakey. 
  • Applied well with both a brush or a beauty blender, but I found a brush gave better coverage. 
  • Long wearing, especially with a primer underneath (it lasted me 12 hours once, paired with the Benefit Porefessional).
  • It has no noticeable scent. 
  • It didn't cause any breakouts, irritation or reaction in my skin (I have dry, sensitive skin).
  • It did not cling to any dry patches/rough areas on my skin. 
  • It did crease (or kind of settle strangely?) a little bit in some areas after a few areas, but nothing extreme. 
  • It set to a very natural looking semi-matte finish. 
  • Does not oxidize

The Verdict

Honestly, this has to be one of the best drugstore foundations I've tried in a while. Besides the fact that it's super affordable and easily accessible, it is a really good formulation. I was really impressed with this and I definitely will be repurchasing this when I run out, which is a lot to say for a drugstore foundation. I highly recommend giving this a try. It works great on my dry skin, but since it has an oil-free formula, I think it would be great on oily skin types as well. 


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Too Faced 'Better Than Sex" Mascara Review!

I can sum up this mascara in 2 words: Holy Grail. Of course, you're all here for a full review of it, so I'll give you more than just two words.

I first tried this mascara a little over a year ago when I got a mini sized one with the Too Faced "Everything Nice' limited edition holiday palette and I fell in love. It is the best mascara if you want dramatic, fuller and longer lashes.

I've tried many mascaras and they all promise to both add length and volume, but usually only manage one. This mascara actually does both. I notice my lashes are noticeably thicker and longer. My makeup looks are so so much more dramatic and pretty when I use this mascara, I swear by it.

It is not a waterproof formula (I'm not sure if it comes in a waterproof formulation at all) but that was not a problem. I never had any issues with smudging or even black raccoon eyes in the rare occasion I shed a tear or sweat. (of course, you will get some nice black raccoon eyes if you shower with it on, duh). It also does not flake on me at all, it goes on and stays on perfectly.

Another great thing I've noticed about it is that it doesn't clump too much if you add additional coats. To be honest, I find that if you really take your time and work your first coat in, you don't even need a second or third, but in the occasion that I wanted extra drama, it went on very well.

It is $30 CAD which is a bit steep for a mascara but this stuff is so great, I would gladly spend a bit extra for it. It also does have your money's worth of product in the tube, so if you use it every day, you will definitely have it for a while.

Finally, while this isn't the most important of things (but it definitely helps!), the packaging is sooooo cute. Too Faced is known for their pretty packaging and this one feels so luxurious to me. It is sleek and pink and metal which gives it a nice, satisfying weight to it.

So yeah, this was definitely a huge contender in my 2015 favourites and I intend to continue loving it in 2016!


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Maybelline 'Lash Sensational' Mascara Review

If you're looking for a mascara that can lengthen your lashes significantly, but also keep them looking natural, then this is the mascara you've been looking for.

There was a lot of hype surrounding this mascara, and I've often been disappointed when giving into the hype so I avoided it for a while. However, I recently ran out of my trusty 'Better Than Sex' mascara and it was on sale, so I decided to buy it and give it a try.

I can honestly say that this product is SO worth the hype. I like using this mascara on a daily basis when I want my lashes to look longer and like they have a little something there, but not over-the-top. It doesn't flake or smudge at all, which I love. I use the regular, non-waterproof formula, but I haven't had any issues with that. I find that the formula is pretty wet, but once it dries, it looks great and doesn't smudge.

I do find that it's not the most buildable mascara and it tends to clump a bit on me if I add extra coats, but if I take my time and really work it in with the first coat, a second one really isn't necessary. Also, the curved wand is really awesome. I use the shorter part for the roots of my lashes for body and thickness and the longer part for the tips to add length.

As far as drugstore mascara goes, this product is fantastic. I would definitely recommend this for an every day mascara.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Too Faced 'Born This Way' Foundation Review

I have always had problems finding the perfect foundation. My skin typically tends to be dry and most foundations I've tried usually accentuate that and cling to dry spots. I read pretty mixed reviews about Too Faced's 'Born This Way' foundation but I figured I'd give it a try since I'm a pretty big fan of their products in general.

This foundation changed the game for me. It provides medium but buildable coverage, and just glides on your skin like a dream. It has the most lovely feeling on the skin, I almost can't describe it. The perfect balance between matte and dewy making it look SO natural that you honestly can't tell you have foundation on. I wear the shade Nude and was matched at Sephora so it was a perfect match. (although I'll have to see about getting matched again since that was back in August and I'm sure I've lost most of my tan by now).

Ever since I tried this foundation in the summer, I've worn nothing but it. It's seriously that great. I would recommend this especially for anyone with dry skin because it honestly goes right over it and doesn't make it obvious. I also tend to have sensitive skin and acne prone skin and I had no reaction at all with this foundation. Way to go, Too Faced. This stuff is amazing.

They also recently expanded their range of shades to 18, so it's very likely you'd find your shade. The packaging is very nice and classic looking and has a pump which was an extra selling point for me; nothing worse than having to coax stubborn foundation out from the bottom of the bottle.

The only con for me is that it is a bit pricy ($57 CAD) but it does last fairly long since just a little of the product goes a long way, which does make it worth the price.

If you've tried it, let me know what you thought in the comments below!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Love Yourself Before Loving Others

Hey everyone,
I was thinking a lot about this today and I felt like I needed to write a bit about it. This may be an unpopular opinion of mine, or maybe many people agree with me and I've just never heard their side of the argument. But today, I wanted to talk about that ever so popular saying/belief/whatever that you must love yourself before you can love anyone else. And I want to talk about what I think this is complete bullshit. Keep in mind that this is my own opinion, and perhaps I'm totally misinterpreting it.

As a young woman in the 21st century, I think I speak for many others when I say that truly loving yourself is not as easy as it sounds. We are so hell bent on believing that we are flawed, chasing this idea of what is "perfect" that we are never completely satisfied without ourselves. I think it would be very rare to find someone who can genuinely tell you that they love who they are 100%. I, like many others, are working every day to begin to love and accept themselves as they are, and this is not an easy task.

What I don't like about this saying, is that it gives off the connotation that people who do not love themselves are incapable of loving others. And once again, as a woman who does not yet love herself 100%, (but is working on it!), I can tell you that it is not true. It gives off the impression that if you aren't completely happy with who you are, you shouldn't bother trying to love anyone else romantically, and this is so so wrong. Because truly, I believe that its in my romantic relationship, in loving another, that I'm starting to love myself more as a person. Almost the reverse is true for me; loving another has helped me love myself.

Now, I'm sure that is not what the saying is intending to mean. It's likely saying that you shouldn't rely on someone else's romantic interest in you validate you as a person to yourself. And that you should not seek out another person's love to replace the love you do not have for yourself. I do agree with this. I do think that you should have a sense of self respect and understanding that you do not need romantic love to make you a lovable person.

However, in the sense of the self-esteem connotation; I do not believe that you need to love yourself before loving someone else. Yeah, you should definitely respect yourself. And you should be in a place where you can open yourself up to another and put your trust in them. But I think its okay if maybe you're still learning to accept and love yourself. I think its okay if you're still a bit insecure. Because I have learned so much from my relationship, not only about my significant other or about relationships but also about myself. I've come to accept myself a lot more. What I once saw as "flaws", I'm beginning to see as unique things that make me, me. So stop making people feel as though their love is not as valid or that they are not as capable of loving another because they are still working on loving themselves. Maybe they need that special someone to remind them of the little things that make them so lovable.

I'd like to hear what you think about this. Feel free to leave your opinions in the comments. Lets have a discussion!