MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Soft Focus and Show Gold Review

Duochrome, shiny, shimmery highlighters have stolen my heart so I was actually proud of myself that I only picked up two of the MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish powder highlighters: Soft Focus and Show Gold. I hope you enjoy my review. Happy Shopping!

Links:

NARS Pore Shine and Control Primer

Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer

Tarte Light of the Party palette

Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Powder in Classic Ivory

Gosh Eyebrow Pencil in Grey Brown

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara mini

Tarte 12 HR Amazonian Blush in Paarty (Sephora’s limited edition birthday gift)

Tarte Lip Paint in Birthday Suit (Sephora’s limited edition birthday gift)

Quick Eyelash Tutorial

Hey folks, in honour of New Year’s Eve, I whipped up a quick tutorial for putting on fake eyelashes. Happy New Year and Happy Shopping!

Products used:

MAC Maleficent lashes (Maleficent packaging was limited edition but according to Temptalia, these lashes are #36 and permanent in MAC’s collection)

MAC Fluidline in Avenue

Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation in Ivory

L’Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer

Makeup Geek eyeshadows in Shimma Shimma, Ritzy and Havoc

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12Hr Blush in Amazed

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Show Gold

Gosh eyebrow pencil in Brown Gray

MAC Versicolour Stain in Energy Shot

Buxom Lash Mascara

Note: While I am an on-call MAC employee, none of these items were provided for my consideration or at a discount. My opinions continue to be my own. 

Adventures in Glitter

Hey folks, here is a video with me trying on glitter. It’s not quite a tutorial because I this was my first time before but it went pretty well so hopefully you can still pick up some tips from it. Not sure what happened at the end. I remembered filming an ending but can’t find the video so I made it work.

Any suggestions for future Adventures in Glitter videos or questions? Please leave me a comment. Happy Shopping!

YouTubers mentioned and worth watching:

Cristine at Simply Nailogical (probably NSFW)

Chelle at MakeUp Your Mind

Products Used:

MAC Good Luck Trolls Glitter in Fuchsia Glitter

Too Faced Glitter Glue

Urban Decay Electric Palette

MAC Toledo Violetwink Eyeshadow Palette

Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation in Ivory

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Concealer in Light

Smashbox 24hr Eyeshadow Primer

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Chihuahua

Lancome Cil Booster XL Mascara

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

MAC Cosmetics Nutcrack Sweet Peach Face Compact Review

Hey folks! My reboot is going so well that I filmed another video that I wanted to show right away since the product is limited edition. Yay, another YouTube video. Oh right, stop talking and more watching!

Happy Shopping!

Products Used:

MAC Cosmetics Nutcrack Sweet Peach Face Compact

MAC Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF with Radiance Booster in Light

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Taupe

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in Lavender Jam

Ole Henriksen Power Peel Pro-Strength Microdermabrasion/AHA Peel System Review

Hey folks, sorry for the lack of action around here lately. EVERYONE has been sick at my house with some cold or another plus we ALL got PINKEYE! UGH! I am the last one to have it and it really can’t go away fast enough.

Anyways, last weekend was the perfect weekend to hibernate and rejuvenate. I took some time on Sunday night to do a face mask and hide hang out in the bathtub.

Face mask, a bath and a good book #sundayfunday #soundsperfect #leaveyourmark #bbloggersCA #bbloggers #selflove

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The face mask was actually a peel that I had received in my last Sephora order. It was a promo for when you made a $25 purchase, you received three full Ole Henriksen POWER Peel™ PRO-strength Microdermabrasion/AHA Peel systems for free! Well, you know how much I love free stuff. Obviously, I was in!

A popular treatment at Ole Henriksen’s skin clinic, this microdermabrasion and acid peel system dramatically retexturizes to visibly reduce fine lines, smooth skin texture, even skintone, diminish discoloration, and minimizes pores for instant renewed youthful radiance in three simple steps.

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The face mask/peel comes in a slim envelope with pouches clearly marked with 1, 2 and 3, outlining the multiple steps.

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The first step is an almond polish. It’s fairly gritty and you rub it all over your face for 2-3 minutes.

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Here you can see the large almond seeds in the cleanser.

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And here is the scrub on my face.

Rinse that off and on to Step 2:

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The lemon strip step definitely tingled, especially where I had rubbed the almond scrub around my nose.

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This was more of a clear gel-like substance. It smelled citrus-y but not overpowering.

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This is with the lemon peel on. You can see my face is kind of red from the almond scrub. This step is left alone for 2 minutes and then you add Step 3.

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Step 3: the chamomile mask is applied directly on top of Step 2: lemon peel.

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This looks exactly the way you think the last step of a mask would look: like heavy lotion.

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I slathered every last particle of this step on to my face. It’s still burning a bit at this point… but it stopped about 5 minutes later and was very relaxing after that. That’s when I climbed in the bath.

The last step is supposed to linger for about 15 minutes and then you can rinse your face.

I forgot to take after pictures but I remember my skin feeling somewhat tight, so I did layer on some Julep What Your Skin Needs before bed to help with moisture, which is extra important during the drying winter. Overall, I enjoyed this product. I have two more mask/treatments left and I will probably let my mom try one and see what she thinks.

Have you tried this product? What’s your favourite face mask/peel? Happy Shopping!

My Drugstore Beauty Favourites

Hey folks, today I’m talking about my favourite drugstore beauty items. Enjoy!

What are your favourite drugstore beauty purchases? I’d love to hear them! Happy Shopping!

  1. Maybelline eyeshadow palettes in The Nudes, The Blushed Nudes and The Brights
  2. Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara by LashBlast (see my original review here)
  3. NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
  4. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer in Fair
  5. Maybelline Dream Wonder Liquid Touch Foundation in Ivory 15

December & January Empties

Hey folks! I’m back this week with my very first empties post and I am super excited about it! Doesn’t talking about empties sound so much more fun than blogging about empties? 😉

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So, which of the products have you tried? Which did you love? I’d love to hear your thoughts, please leave me a comment! Happy Shopping!

Items:

Julep Love Your Bare Face Cleansing Oil

Sephora Perfecting Ultra-Smoothing Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish 24 Hour Eyeshadow Primer

Benefit they’re real! remover

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Taupe

Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien

MAC Lipglass in True Tease

 

5 Minute Face #3

Hey folks, sorry I missed my usual day of posting yesterday. Let’s blame it on taking extra time off for my birthday. 🙂

Anyways, today I have my third 5 Minute Face for you. And it’s styled in my favourite colour: purple! I wanted to show that you can have a bright look in under 5 minutes as well.

Hope you like the purple look. Would love to hear from you, please leave me a comment. Happy Shopping!

Products Used:

Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Original

Eyeko Eyebrow Gel (no longer available)

Provici Matte Eyeshadow in Hyacinth

MAC Brush 213

L’Oreal Infallible® The Super Slim by Infallible Black eyeliner

Buxom Lash Mascara

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer in Fair

Too Faced Melted Metal Lipstick in Melted Metal Violet

Winter Luxe Box 2015

Well, here we are in the middle of January and I’m going to talk about a box I got…. almost six weeks ago. On the bright side, it’s a quarterly box so the next one won’t show up for another six weeks.

Without any further ado, here is the Winter Luxe Box from Loose Button. This was shipped on Nov 30th and arrived the first week in December. And like every other time, I think that this will be the last one, that I’m going to cancel after this box. And every time, after I open the box, I’m pleasantly surprised at the interesting things sent to me. This time was no exception.

Three full-sized products and four samples – awesome!

Teez Trend Cosmetics Read My Lips Lipstick in Roulette Red, 2 g, $28.94

This long-lasting lipstick combines the power of highly-pigmented coverage and a unique satin, matte finish. The lipstick’s smooth, ultra creamy texture and added coconut oil extract nourishes and hydrates the lips, with colour that lasts for up to 8 hours.

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Swatches of Roulette Red and the Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eye Liner Pen.

I haven’t really used this lipstick too much. It’s a smidge too brown for my liking and I seem to be on a nude lip kick right now.

Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eye Liner Pen, 10 mL, $19

This liner is a staple product for every makeup lover, this felt tipped pen makes it impeccably easy to create flawless eye lines of any variety. Applies smoothly, dries quickly, and lasts all day (or night) long. 

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This has becoming my go-to, favourite liner. I like that it’s got a solid, felt-tipped pen-type applicator which makes lining my eyes super easy and fast. I also get perfect lines, everytime.

The FaceShop Character Mask, $4 

Wash face. Pull out the mask and carefully place it on the face. Remove after 10-15 minutes and tap lightly to absorb the remaining essence into the skin. 

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Not your best idea @thefaceshopcan #bbloggersCA #bbloggers #piggyface #moisturemask #facemask #thefaceshop #luxebox #loosebutton

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While this worked really well, I looked absolutely ridiculous while wearing it. Even more ridiculous than regular paper masks look. I can’t imagine anyone who would like to look like a barnyard animal while they did their beauty routine. Highly unlikely I will buy this in the future.

Benefit Cosmetics, they’re real tinted primer, 3g, value $10.33

Dramatically boost length and separation with a high performing gel formula, which is water-resistant, and keep the lashes in great condition with the provitamin B5.

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I don’t really understand this product. It’s like brown mascara… to go under other mascara, right? I wore it one day just to try it (and of course, forgot to take pictures) and it had a nice, light brown tint to it that gave me a natural, I-woke-up-like-this look. I’m still grasping the point to this though. One day I will wear it under the other mascara and let you know if it makes a big difference.

Benefit Cosmetics, roller lash mascara, 3g, value $10.33

It’s a roller for lashes! The eye-opening Hook ‘n’ Roll brush grabs, separates, lifts and curls… which the instant curve-setting formula holds for 12 hours. Gently wiggle the wand from base of lashes to tip. Repeat across your lash line, making sure to catch every lash.

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I had bought into the hype about this and was wanting to love it. And while it’s nice, I don’t think it’s all that. I’ll use up the sample but I prolly won’t buy it in the future.

Benefit Cosmetics, they’re real! mascara, 3g, value $10.33

Benefit’s #1 nascar lifts, curls and lengthens for lashes beyond belief! Jet Black, glossy and long wearing.

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I appreciate this mascara way more than RollerLash. I especially love the little porcupine spikes at the edge helping to get all the smaller  lashes at either end of my eye – as long I don’t poke myself. lol. I know this sample shows up in all the boxes and is easier to get than just about any other sample but I still enjoyed receiving it and count it as a win.

Benefit Cosmetics, they’re real! remover, 3g, value $1.38

Dip a clean cotton swab in they’re real! remover to instantly fix any eye makeup mistakes.

Ever since I started using Julep’s Bare Faced Oil, I haven’t felt the need to use eye makeup remover. However, this remover by Benefit helped me out of a few tough spots this week when I didn’t want to rub oil all over my eye and either start my makeup over again or re-wash my face. I think this will go on my list to purchase in the future.

So, there you have it, another Luxe Box. The value of products was $84.31 and while the value of the Benefit deluxe samples are high, I used the cost of full sized products to find the value of the samples so they should be fairly accurate. I paid $29 (including taxes) so the quality of the box is still there for me. I’m also please that despite the decline in the Canadian dollar, there has not been a decline in products/value for this box.

Thoughts? I’d love to hear them. Happy Shopping!