Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Review and Swatches (Worth the Hype?)

Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Review and Swatches

The Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts palette was really hyped up and I didn't pick it up right away because of the Canadian Exchange Rate, Shipping and Customs. When Black Friday came around, they had a really good deal on the palette, and I decided to take the plunge. When I first took the palette out of the box, I was so impressed by how sturdy the packaging seemed and the sleeve was gorgeous. I wish the gold foil was on the actual palette itself and not just on the sleeve. I usually throw away the sleeve of a palette, but I keep these together. As soon as I opened the palette, I was impressed.

Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Review and Swatches

Monday, January 15, 2018

Weekly Product Rotation (BH Cosmetics, Benefit, Essence)

Weekly Product Rotation (BH Cosmetics, Benefit, Essense)

Last week was our first full week back to work, and let me tell you... it was rough. It felt so long and I was so tired. My son's sleep was all over the place during the holidays, and getting back into routine was hard. These are 5 products that I kept in my rotation and reached for over and over.

The Shaanxo BH Cosmetics Remix palette was perfect. The more I use this palette, the more I love it. It is dual sided, and the more neutral shades are on the flip side. I did link my review of this palette, if you're interested. I also picked out a blush quad from BH Cosmetics. I believe this was limited edition, but I do recommend their blushes. I mixed and matched these shades and kept it light. The last BH Cosmetics palette I used, was their Spotlight Highlighter Palette. These highlighters are great and very wearable. I can wear it lightly or build it up.

On the face, I wore my Essence I Heart Stage Eye Primer. I've gone back and forth between using a primer and using concealer to prime my eyeshadow and I always feel that primer does a better job. I like this primer because it isn't too thick, it's bright and covers any discoloration. I would say this is one of my favorite primers. My Benefit Boi ing Brightening Concealer was a must last week. Let's be honest, it's a must most days. I really do like this color correcting concealer and will definitely repurchase.

Each week, I pull new products out of my collection to try out. I will showcase 5 products each week to give you a better idea of what I've been using. This will allow me to talk about products I don't want to do a full review on but want to let you know about. I hope you have a great week.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Winky Lux Kitten Eyeshadow Palette

Winky Lux Kitten Eyeshadow Palette

I received the Winky Lux Kitten palette in a Boxycharm, and was really excited to try it out. While I received this in a subscription box, it can be purchased from the Winky Lux website for 25$. I really thought I would like this palette, the colors seems to be up my alley but it was a flop for me. The shimmer shades only had one really vibrant shade that I liked. The others were okay but nothing that made me want to specifically pick up this palette. I also didn't like the mattes, I found them to be hard to blend, and not very pigmented. The crease shade also didn't look great on my fair skin, it appeared very yellow.

I have a wide variety of eyeshadow palettes and I love both affordable and high end shadows, but these didn't cut it for me. When I tried to use this palette, I kept wanting to pull in another palette and finally decided it just didn't work for me. In the end, this palette really wasn't a winner. The color selection is really what caused me not to want to use this palette. I didn't have those core transition shades that I like. I have tried Winky Lux's Universal Brow pencil, and I do recommend the pencil.

Winky Lux Kitten Eyeshadow Palette

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

December Reading Wrap Up (Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga)

One of my resolutions this year was the prioritize reading and find a balance between my interests. I've always been a reader, and when my reading slows down I start to feel like I'm missing something. I'm planning to include monthly reading wrap ups to document what I've been reading. If you're a reader, I hope you look forward to these. I don't want to commit to adding full reviews and I don't want to feel pressured to read faster, and I think a monthly wrap up will work best. In December, I started reading Seven Fallen Feather by Tanya Talaga. It was the only book I read, because I had to take it slow. As an indigenous woman, and a mother this book hurt my heart.

Over the course of 11 years (2000-2011) seven indigenous teenagers were found dead, 5 of those were found in the river. This happened in Thunder Bay, Ontario while these children were attending high school, hundreds of miles away from their families. Living in remote communities, these children were forced to leave their home if they want to finish their high school education. Beyond the eighth grade, these children need to leave home because their communities don't have schools set up to educate them. Why? the funding isn't there. They young teenagers are vulnerable, in many cases living with strangers, and the system is failing them.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Drugstore Primer: Rimmell London #instaflawless Primer (Clear)

 Rimmell London #instaflawless Primer (Clear)
 Rimmell London #instaflawless Primer (Clear)
Lately, I've been reaching for this drugstore primer over some of my more expensive primers. I have normal to dry skin (more dry during the winter months) and I don't need a lot from a primer. I'm mostly looking for hydration and I do appreciate a radiant glow. If you're familiar with the L'Oreal Lumi this is similar but not as pigmented or radiant. The #instaflawless dries down clear, blurs my skin, and leaves a natural radiance. It can be worn alone or under makeup. It's not too radiant where it would look greasy or strange wearing it alone on the skin. I really like that it blends quickly and very easily into the skin. I've tried another brand that didn't blend quickly and actually dried patchy. This primer sits very nice on the skin and works well with different foundations.

The formula is ultra lightweight and leaves my skin feeling hydrated. It's also cooling when applying first thing in the morning. While it is radiant, I don't really see the radiance skin through my foundations even when using a BB Cream. I do feel that it brightens my skin. If that's what you're looking for, you will probably want to try another primer. The affordable price tag is very nice. You get 1 fl oz, and the squeeze tube is easy to get product through.

I don't have issues with foundations staying on my skin, with that said I can't speak to foundation longevity when using this product. It has become a "go to" product for me. I will definitely repurchase when I'm finished. I haven't try any of the other Rimmell London #instaflawless line but I am curious to check out more of their stuff. This is a great drugstore find.

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