Friday, October 20, 2017

2 Brow Pencil Recommendations (Maybelline and Mac)

2 Brow Pencil Recommendations (Maybelline and Mac)

If you like a fine point brow pencil to really define and create natural strokes, I recommend both the Maybelline Brow Precise and the Mac Brow Pencil. Both are very similar and have been my "go to" brow pencils lately. I have very sparse brows and I really like a precise pencil to fill them in and shape my brows. I like a natural looking, feathery brow. Both formulas are not too creamy, but still smooth. They're also very long lasting throughout the day. 

The Maybelline Brow Precise Pencil is an affordable option that comes in 4 colors. It is a mechanical pencil that does not need to be sharpened. The tip is ultra fine and has a spoolie on the opposite end. The spoolie is small and works very well. The Mac Pencil is very much the same however, it does not have a spoolie which is disappointing. If you're traveling, you'll need to remember to bring one. Mac has 10 colors to choose from and it does have more product. The Maybelline has 0.002 oz while the Mac pencil has 0.003 oz.

Overall, I like both pencils equally. They make filling in my brows easy. If you have issues finding a color match, you may have better luck with Mac's color selection. Again, I would love if the Mac pencil had a spoolie but it would not stop me from repurchasing. I have noticed that the Maybelline pencil has broken off a few times when I was using it. I haven't had that issue with the Mac pencil. Again, I don't think you can go wrong with either pencil. I really do enjoy using them both.

Have you used either pencil? What do you think? What it your "go to" brow product?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Drugstore Covergirl Vitalist Elixir Foundation Review

Covergirl Vitalist Elixir Foundation

The Covergirl Vitalist Elixir is a fairly new drugstore foundation that has been buzzing around the beauty scene. I was curious about the foundation and picked it up while it was on sale at Pharmaprix (Shoppers Drug Mart.) This foundation comes in 14 shades and claims to be hydrating, vitamin infused, antioxidant and has SPF 20. Hydrating and glowy are two factors that I look for in a foundation for my dry skin. This oil-free foundation offers a medium to full coverage application.

The packaging is very nice for drugstore, and the pump is an added bonus. Seriously, a foundation should not come without a pump... I had heard that this foundation dries a little darker, and I picked up the lightest shade that my drugstore had. It's very close to my skin tone but it still dries a little too dark. I prefer to add a white foundation mixer. I use a damp sponge, and it blends in very easily. I'm very sensitive to smells but this lightly scented foundation does not bother me at all. I actually like the smell. It does feel very lightweight, it is fairly long lasting and gives me a dewy look. As with most dewy foundations, it doesn't dry down completely and leaves a light tacky feel. I set my face with a powder to help blend my bronzer, blush and highlighter. I also don't like touching my face throughout the day and it feel tacky.

This has been a "go to" foundation, that leaves a great finish on my skin. I wish I didn't have to add a white mixer, it would be nice if they had a lighter shade. I'm sure that's true on the darker spectrum as well. I'm hoping that they expand the 14 color range since it's a great foundation. If you like a foundation with SPF, this might be a great option for you. I haven't tried many Covergirl products lately, but this has opened my eyes to the brand. I want to explore more of their brand.

Disclaimer: This product was purchased by me.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Review (Bronzed Bell, Kitten Karma)

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Review
Bronzed Bell and Kitten Karma

I'm sure you've heard of these Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow shadows. When they released, I saw review after review of them. I purchased Bronze Bell during the summer and I recently received Kitten Karma for review. Both of these shades are stunning. The sparkle is gorgeous and leaves an intense shimmer on your eyes. There are 11 shades listed on the Stila website. These glitters are gel-cream consistency and long wearing. You do have minimal fall out- to counteract this I like to use a glitter glue when I apply them.

In general, I don't wear a lot of cream shadows. I have small lid space and slightly hooded eyes. I find working with creams to be difficult. Creams tend to look messy and uneven on my eyes. I was afraid I would have a similar experience with these, and I did when I went in with the doe foot applicator. What really worked for me was wearing them over a shadow. This sets down a base color and I use a small detail brush to apply these over. A small amount of product is easier to work with, and dries much faster. This is my preferred method.

Stila released a few duochrome eyeshadows and I would love to try them. They seem to have less glitter but the same high shine. If you have a chance to swatch any of these Magnificent Metals, please do. You'll be surprised by how shiny they are.

Overall, these are beautiful shadows. I'm not a cream eye shadow person, and I love these. At the end of the day removing them does take time because the glitter breaks down and has to be removed from your face. In Canada these retails for 31$ which I think is fair. You have alot of product in each tube. I've seen some holiday kits of these released, and it's very tempting.

Disclaimer: I did receive Kitten Karma from PR. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Stila One Step Correcter Primer

Stila Skin Tone Correcting and Brightening Serum
Stila Skin Tone Correcting and Brightening Serum

This primer has been around for awhile and I was excited at the chance to try it. The triple swirled serum primes, brightens and nourishes the skin. My dry skin does well with the hydration which is my main concern at this time, especially moving into the colder months. If you look at the bottle you see the three color correcting pigments that are designed to even out skin your complexion. When you pump out the serum, all three color correcting pigments are distributed. The green neutralizes redress and conceals blemishes. The purple counteracts sallowness and the peach illuminates and helps diminish the appearance of sun spots. I don't have a lot of redness of my skin, but I've seen Youtubers use this primer and it really does counteract the redness. For my skin, I do see a difference in my sun spots and skin tone.

This product also claims to hydrate, control oil, and diminish the appearance of pores and fine lines. This is the only primer that I've seen with these three color correcting properties. It is not a silicone primer, and absorbs into my skin very quickly. It doesn't feel heavy or thick. If you like a sticky primer, this doesn't dry down tacky. I don't typically have issues with my foundation breaking up, so it's not an issue for me.

I've also noticed that Stila has two other primers, and I'm interested in trying them it out. There is a one step silicon primer, and an illuminating primer. (Images from Stila Cosmetics.) Have you tried either of these One Step Primers? I really do enjoy the One Step Corrector.

Disclaimer: I was provided the One Step Corrector in consideration for review. All opinions are my own.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Palette Review and Swatches (Eye and Cheek Palette)

Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Palette
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Palette

I picked up the Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Palette on sale at Sephora. I had my eye on the palette since it released, and decided it was time to pick it up. The tones in this palette really drew me in. It has some neutral shades, and some fun pops of colour. I believe this was released as a part of their unicorn collection. The packaging is really cute, Tarte has some of my favorite packaging. The round disk makes it easy to hold and I don't have any issues storing them.

Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye and Cheek Palette

This palette consists of 9 shimmer shades, 1 matte shade and one cheek highlighter. I appreciate the matte shade that is included because it works well with all the shimmer shades.  If you have medium skin, I'm not sure how well it would show up. This palette is stunning, but the shimmer shades don't pick up well with a brush. I kept trying to use a brush and it wasn't working. I had to use my fingers. I'm not opposed to using my fingers to apply metallic shades, but I do prefer using a small concealer brush. I have small lids and I prefer the precision of using a small concealer brush. I think I found only 1 or 2 metallic shades that worked well with a brush.

The highlighter swatches really well, but it disappeared on my skin after a few hours. It's not a creamy highlight that I'm use to. The shade was nice on my fair skin, but it wasn't a stand out highlighter. It will probably work better as an inner corner highlighter and/or a brow bone highlighter.

Overall, I really liked the palette once I figured out how to use it. The shades are gorgeous and very pigmented. I had no issues with the eye shadows fading or creasing on my eyes. If you're wondering about this palette, pick it up while it's on sale. This is a limited edition palette and won't be around for long. 

Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Swatches
Disclaimer: Palette was purchased by me.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Weekly Get To Know Me

Makeup Layout

What current foundation are you using?

I've been testing out to Cover Girl Vitalist Elixir. I like the coverage but the lightest shade is a little too dark for me. I have to mix in Manic Panic Dreamtone.

Do you change your mascara every 3 months?

Yes, and No. If I've used the mascara alot, I will throw it away after 3 months. If I know I haven't used it that much, I try to hold on to it a little longer. I prefer travel tubes of mascara because I feel like I get the same amount of use out of them. I also like the smaller wands.

What is my favorite blush to use?

I've been loving my Tarte Blush Bazaar palette. The shades are really nice, and I have every shade I would need within the palette. I love palettes, over single items. There's just something about picking up a palette and having so many shades available.

Favorite Eye shadow Palette?

Picking a favorite eyeshadow palette is not easy for me, but my Morphe 35O and 35R palette will be used a lot this fall/winter. If I compare the two, the 35R is the true winner because it has so many shimmer shades to choose from.

What is the one new makeup release I will have to have?

Without a doubt the Morphe 35O 2 palette. The shades look so gorgeous! I'm really hoping I can pick it up as soon as it releases. The Tarte Toasted Palette comes in second but I also really want to get it too.

Would I ever consider taking makeup classes?

I think it would be interesting, but I would want to pursue it career wise. I don't think I would be any good at applying makeup to others.

Friday, October 13, 2017

3 Eye Primers That Work For Me

3 Eye Primers That Work For Me
Essence, Mac Cosmetics, Urban Decay

I'm not one of those people who use concealer to prime my eyes for eye shadow. I don't have oily lids but I do prefer an eye primer. I feel like my eye shadow looks better throughout the day when I wear an actual primer. These three eye shadow primers are recommended by me. I like to have a primer that will conceal the veins on my lids. I put the primer from lid to brow bone and then set with a powder. Setting the primer allows me to blend my shadow more easily.

The most affordable primer that I do use is the Essence I Heart Colour Primer. It has a nice consistency, a doe foot applicator to apply and it lasts throughout the day. The lighter color really makes my eye shadow more vibrant. If you're looking for an affordable primer, I would give this one a try. I did not like the ELF primer. This one is alot better in terms of staying power.

One of my favorite primers is my Mac Paint Pot in Painterly. A pot lasts me about a year, and it has not dried out on me. It's easy to apply with my finger or a synthetic brush. Painterly matches my skin tone very well. If you have a more yellow kin tone, Soft Ochre might work better for you.

Recently I picked up Urban Decay's Eden Primer and was happy with the results. It's a little too yellow for me, but once I set it with a white powder it looks okay. I've also used the Anti Ageing Primer which is more clear. I do prefer a doe foot applicator over using my fingers. It's easier to distribute where you want to. This product will also last me a long time. I am interested in trying the different color versions that are available. Different base colors will help certain eye shadow colors pop more.

Have you used any of these primers? What is your favorite eye primer?
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