Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wishlist Items: Karity, Sephora, Pur Cosmetics, Lise Watier, Laura Mercier, Huda Beauty

If you're a beauty lover, you're constantly adding products to your wishlist. These are the items that I have recently added to my wishlist and wanted to share with you.

Karity 15 Nudes and Rudes Palette

I've had my eye on this palette since it launched. Karity released a couple of nude palettes, and this one caught my eye. I really like the warm shades in this palette. I haven't tried any Karity products, but I do plan to buy this palette. This palette is 25 US dollars, and the shipping to Canada doesn't seem to be expensive.

Sephora Make No Mistake Foundation and Concealer 

I haven't tried any stick foundations, and thought this was had a good price point. I think I'll take a look for this one when I go to Sephora. It has good reviews on the Sephora site, and I would like to try it. It claims to be a medium to full coverage foundation with a matte foundation. I prefer a dewy foundation, but I can always add highlighter to the areas that I would like.

Pur Cosmetics Soiree Diaries Palette

Yes, another neutral palette added to my wishlist. I love my neutral shades and I'm addicted to eyeshadow palettes, and palettes in general. I've only tried one Pur Cosmetics eyeshadow palette in the past and did enjoy it.

Lise Watier Havana Glow Trio

I haven't tried any Lise Watier products, but this trio looks like something I would love. I love having my face products all together. I find it helps put my look together quickly. I prefer palettes, I feel like you get more product for your money. I love palettes.

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Foundation

This is another medium to full coverage foundation with a matte finish. I prefer a Dewy foundation, but I don't like a tacky feel to my face. I tend to set my face when it feels tacky. I also like to mix foundation. I haven't tried a Laura Mercier foundation, but I do have some other products that I really enjoy.

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Minis

I would like to get this value set because it gives you a variety of shades to choose from. The nude set has the colors Venus, Bombshell, Flirt and Trendsetter. Value sets and travel sizes are my favorite. This set is sold at Sephora.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Marcelle Gentle Foaming Wash and 3-1 Eye Makeup Remover and Face Powder

My nightly skincare routine includes both the Marcelle Oil Free Gentle Foaming Wash and the 3-1 Gel Eye Makeup Remover.  These are drugstore products that work well on my dry skin. The foaming cleanser is gentle on my skin and doesn't cause any irritation. I use a silicone vibrating machine similar to a Foreo and I like the foam to help cleanse the skin and not be too dry with the silicone bristles. The Gentle Foaming wash is paraben free, oil free, alcohol free, and perfume free.

I also really like the gel micellar waterproof makeup remover. I've repurchased this product multiple times. I like the gel consistency, and it removes my mascara very quickly. It can also remove lipstick and oil based foundations. It also doesn't burn my eyes which are very sensitive. 

I also recommend the Marcelle translucent face powder. I use it every day and it doesn't add to my dry skin. It sets my foundation and under eyes very well. It has a pinkish tint to it, not a stark white powder which I really like. I haven't tried other Marcelle products but I would like to try some others since I've been happy with the products that I did try.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Face Palette: Coastal Scents Blush and Bronzer Palette

Product Description
Everything for a beautiful face... all in one place! Bronzers for amazing overall skin tone, contouring tones for well-defined cheekbones, and blushes for just the right finishing touch. Mix and match combinations... blend colors together! It’s all about your creativity. It’s all about your look.
Dimensions: Palette: 7.25" x 7.25" x .5" (18.415cm x 18.415cm x 1.27cm)


I'm not a big contour person, but I do like bronzer and adding color to my face. The bronzers in this palette allow me to add some warmth to my skin, and I like to mix and match the blushes. The highlighter is great on my fair skin. The highlighter actually surprised me, it's more than a "natural" highlighter. It reminds me to the Mary Loumanizer. This is a great palette to reach for when you want an all in one face palette. You have your bronzer, blush and highlighter all together to do your makeup quick. As a working mom, this is essential for me. The palette is quiet large, and for the price of $19.95, you're getting a very nice palette. This is one that I've brought on vacation to do a quick look. I would also recommend this for beginners.

Coastal Scents as a brand has some hits and misses. This palette was a hit, and I believe I purchased it for half the price. The blushes are not very pigmented which is something that I do like. I rather a blush be buildable than too pigmented and cause me to panic. The middle leopard-like bronzer is great for a blush/bronzer-one shade look. I've seen a Too Face book of bronzers, and this seems to be very similar.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Smashbox Shapematters Palette

The Smashbox Shapematters palette is a Sephora exclusive. It contains 9 eyeshadows, 4 face powders, and 3 brow products. The brow powders are nice and I really like that the wax has it's own plastic cover to keep the powders out. The design is really well thought out. The face powders have a contour and bronzer shade, a matte powder to set under the eyes and a highlighter. On my fair skin, the powders do work well. The eyeshadows really surprised me. I didn't know if I would like the shades but both the matte and shimmer shades look great on the eyes. If you don't like kickup, be warned that this palette does have kickup. This doesn't seem to bother me, but I others do not like this. The kit also includes a dual ended brush that is functional.

If you're looking for an all in one palette, this one might be for you. I do wish it included a blush, that would make this palette even better in my eyes. All of the products in this palette blend well, and are easy to use. Smashbox includes instruction cards for those looking for ideas, or needing tutorials.

I haven't tried many Smashbox products, but those that I have tried I enjoyed. My newest purchase was the Smashbox Pearl Palette and it is one of my favorite highlighters.

This set contains:
- 9 x 0.049 oz/ 1.4 g Photo Op Eyeshadow in Vanilla (matte warm ivory), Totally Nude (matte pinky beige), Champagne (shimmery gold beige), Stripped (matte warm nude), Posh (shimmery gold rose), Platinum (shimmery goldish brown), Sumatra (matte deep brown), Aubergine (matte dark plum), Blackout (matte jet black)
- 3 x 0.12 oz/ 3.4 g Contour Powder in Contour, Bronze, Highlight
- 0.12 oz/ 3.4 g Highlighter in Glow
- 2 x 0.04 oz/ 1.1 g Brow Tech Powder in Taupe, Soft Brown
- 0.04 oz/ 1.1 g Brow Tech Wax
- Custom Double-Ended Shadow/Brow Brush
- Full-size mirror
- 3 Interactive Get The Look Cards (Eye, Brow, Face)
- #SHAPEMATTERS lookbook inserts with basic shaping steps

Friday, July 14, 2017

Makeup Bag: 5 Products I Tested Out This Week (Benefit Cosmetics, Body Shop, Lancome, Manic Panic, BH Cosmetics)

These are 5 products that I made a point to test out this week, I pulled them into my makeup bag and used them. Each week, I will continue to test out new products and rotate through my collection.

Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow, Benefit Cosmetics and Manic Panic Dreamtone

I really liked the Hello Flawless foundation because it has SPF 25 and has a light to medium coverage, I stopped using it because I found it too dark. I picked up the Manic Panic Dreamtone and decided to give both a try together. The Dreamtone lighted the foundation and made it work. It didn't change the consistency. I also tested out the SPF on a warm day, and my body had a slight sunburn but my face did not. So, it seems like it didn't bother the SPF either. I'm very fair skinned and often the lighted shades is still too dark, I think the Dreamtone will be great to have in my collection.

B H Cosmetics Studio Pro Concealer

This concealer is high coverage and really amazing. I love using this product, and will definitely be repurchasing. This is the best affordable concealer that I have tried. I tend to rotate between this one and my Tarte Shape Tape. My one complaint is the packaging. When you first get this product, it squirt out as soon as you take the cap off. It's very easy to waste product and I'm not a fan. I really wish B H change the packaging. A Doe Foot applicator/tube would be ideal in my world.

Body Shop Radiant Highlighter

This is a cream highlighter that has a pink tone to it. I really do like this product but I don't tend to use cream highlighters often. I tried this as a base for my powder highlighter and it worked well. It also worked well on it's own, if you want a more natural highlight. I would also mix a little bit of this into my foundation for a dewy look.

Lancome Hypnose Drame Mascara

This is a mascara that I do enjoy, it add volume and length to my lashes. I do like to wear fake lashes, but while on vacation I tend to use just mascara. This one is a great "go to" mascara. The wand is quite big, and doesn't work well on my lower lashes. I would get mascara all over, but on my upper lashes, it was great.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Tartelette in Bloom Eyeshadow Palett

The Tartelette in Bloom is one of my favorite neutral palette. It leans on the warm side and has 12 eyeshadows, 3 shimmer and 9 matte shades. It has everything I look for in a palette, matte brow bone shade, transition shades, and deeper shades for the outer V and liner. I love shimmer, and rarely go for an all matte look. The shimmers in this palette are very pretty. This is a palette that I pick up when I don't want to think too much about my look, but know it will turn out pretty. I would also recommend this palette for those who are new to eyeshadow and want a higher end palette to work with. The shadows don't have too much pickup and blend very well.

This palette also has 3 eye looks arranged in the three rows, to make it easy to pick up and do a quick look. I never have any issues with wear time, and the Amazonian Clay formula is one that I really enjoy.  It's a bit dryer but works very well. Oh, and the smell! It smells like vanilla. The mirror is also very good quality, and great to use if your on vacation.

Tarte has a new palette set to be released called the Tarte Tartelette Toasted palette, and I'm excited to see this one. I believe it is set to release in Fall 2017.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Foundation: L'Oreal Paris Pro Glow Infallible


The New Pro-Look of Longwear. It’s Pro With an All-Day Glow. Up to 24HR Foundation.

Discover the new pro finish of longwear: up to 24 hour wear with a hydrating glow. Lightweight and creamy, this long lasting foundation goes on smooth with a glow finish that lasts. With medium coverage, it instantly hides imperfections for a clear complexion. The hydrating foundation with SPF is ideal for normal to dry skin.

I've been using the Pro Glow lately, and I really do love the finish of this foundation. I do agree, that it is very lightweight and has a medium finish. I've been using the 201 shade, and it's on the pink side. It does work for me, but I tend to mix it with something a little more yellow to even out the shade. I probably picked up the wrong shade and would like to look at the colors a little more when I repurchase. Yes, I will repurchase this foundation. I have not tried the matte Infallible but I do like the Pro Glow. I love the packaging, it makes it so easy to throw in your bag and the travel with. It doesn't have a pump but that doesn't bother me. I do set this foundation with translucent powder, since it does have a tacky feel to it. Most dewy foundations do. I have no issues with it breaking down, I have pretty normal skin. I do tend to have a few dry patches if I don't moisturize but this works well for my skin. Overall, I would recommend this one.
Apply to cheeks, forehead, and chin blending outward. Finish with Infallible Pro-Spray and Set for a lasting glow look.

Octinoxate 3.01% Warnings. For external use only. Do not use on damaged or broken skin. When using this product keep out of eyes. Rinse with water to remove. Stop use and ask a doctor if rash occurs. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.