Missha Perfect Cover B.B Cream Review

Missha Perfect Cover B.B Cream Review

Fast Facts

-UV Protection SPF 42 PA+++
-Hydrating Dewy Coverage
-Naturally Flawless Finish
-Available in 7 Shades

The Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream has been raved about and I really wanted to give it a try. Many of the claims of this product are what I look for in a face product, and while this is a Korean beauty product it's not hard to order from the various retailers online. The UV protection is great for every day, especially in the summer months which really drew me in. It has medium buildable coverage and responds well to brushes, sponges and air puffs. 

Alamar Cosmetics: Colorete Blush Trio Fair/Light Review and Swatches

Alamar Cosmetics: Colorete Blush Trio Fair/Light Review

Alamar Cosmetics is a smaller Indie brand founded by Gabriela Trujillo, you may have seen her on the Boxy Charm social media before she left to pursue Alamar Cosmetics. She is also a friend of Kathleen Lights and worked as a makeup artist for her. Before living in Miami, Gabby lived in a housing project in Cuba called Alamar. Alamar actually means "stay close to the sea" which to Gabby meant staying closing to your culture. It's clear that her culture shines through in her brand. The brand launched in 2018 and currently has a range of eye shadow palettes, blush palettes, lip gloss and blush trios. This blush trio was in a recent Boxycharm and I was really excited to try the brand.

Natasha Denona Sunrise Palette (Review and Swatches)

Natasha Denona Sunrise Palette (Review and Swatches)

"Inspired by the warm glow of a morning sunrise, this impeccable palette contains Shades of warm sunny yellows, crimson corals, earthy browns and powerful pinks and fuchsias, all made to melt together in perfect harmony." This colour story really caught my attention when I saw sneak peaks and while the Natasha Denona Sunset palette has been on my wishlist since it launched in 2017, I'm glad I waited because this Sunrise palette is warmer and more versatile. The Sunset palette is much more neutral. 
Natasha Denona Sunrise Palette (Review and Swatches)
Sunset Palette Launched in 2017

Boxycharm Luxe Box Unboxing (Boxyluxe June 2019) (Tarte, PYT, Touch in Sol, Living Proof, Dominique Cosmetics and more)

Boxycharm Luxe Box Unboxing  (Boxyluxe June 2019) (Tarte, PYT, Touch in Sol, Living Proof, Dominique Cosmetics and more)

My Boxycharm box arrived and I always feel like a kid receiving a surprise bag. June offered an upgrade luxe box and I decided to opt in. As a Canadian subscriber, I really do feel like this is a great way to try products for a great price. I paid about 80$ for the entire box, shipping included and the total value is worth much more. I will break it down as I explain what I received. This month Boxycharm sent out a form that you can customize a few details to add on your wishlist, I remember asking for the Tarte Blush palette over the eyeshadow palette but I don't remember what other customization were offered. It was sent out at the beginning of May.  I did see some spoilers around social media, but you never know exactly what's in your box until you open it, since there's a lot of variations to the box.

Let's get into the box:

Wet N Wild My Glamour Squad Palette Review and Swatches (Soft Glam Dupe)

Wet N Wild My Glamour Squad Palette Review and Swatches (Soft Glam Dupe)

Wet N Wild's My Glamour Squad palette without a doubt resembles the Anastasia Beverly Hill Soft Glam Palette. It has those same warm rusty shades and very similar shimmer shades. If you're looking for a palette that's more affordable this might be one for you. Going into this palette I was hoping to like it more than my "Not a Basic Peach" palette which I didn't like as much as I wanted to. This palette has six matte shades, and 4 shimmers. If I'm comparing it to the previous Wet n Wild palette that I didn't like, I will say this one was better.

NYX Lid Lingerie Eye Tint in Bronze Mirage (Cream Shadow) Review

NYX Lid Lingerie Eye Tint in Bronze Mirage (Cream Shadow) Review

The NYX Lid Lingerie was a recent find at my local drug store. I really wanted to find a bronze "one and done" cream shadow that I could wear during the summer and have it long wearing throughout the heat. This shadow claims to be a "weightless eye tint with a delicate pearl finish" and I highly recommend this particular shade. The line does have 12 shades and I would love to try some of the others, at this time I've only tried the Bronze Mirage. 

Real Techniques Enhanced Eye Set (Shadow, Liner and Mascara) Review

 Real Techniques Enhanced Eye Set (Shadow, Liner and Mascara) Review

I've enjoyed Real Techniques for many years and I recently picked up the Enhanced Eye set. An affordable brush set is great for building your brush collection and I always try to keep in mind makeup beginners. When I first started buying brushes as a beginner I was very imitated by all the shapes and sizes and wondering what to do with each brush. In my opinion this set and great for beginners and experienced makeup enthusiasts alike.  It comes with four brushes, a mascara comb and a clear brush holder. These synthetic brushes can be used for powder or cream shadow.

Kaja Beauty Bento Bouncy Shimmer Eyeshadow Trio (Sparkling Rose) Review and Swatches

Kaja Beauty Bento Bouncy Shimmer Eyeshadow Trio (Sparkling Rose) Review and Swatches

The Kaja Eyeshadow Trio in Sparkling Rose was a trio I thought I would love. They're described as "a stacked, creamy, powdered eyeshadow in curated trios of shimmer or combinations of matte and shimmer." I picked up this one which had all shimmers. Typically, I love wine coloured eyeshadows and I really thought these would be really sparkly but they really fell short for me.

L'Oreal Lumi Shake & Glow Dew Mist Review

L'Oreal Lumi Shake & Glow Dew Mist Review

Dewy, glowy skin is what I'm always looking for; summer or winter. I picked up the L'Oreal Lumi Shake & Glow Dew mist at my local drugstore and was a bit skeptical. This cost 20$ which I thought was a little high for drugstore but I did take note on the amount of product and thought it would last awhile. I had also seen a few reviews online and this mist seemed to be getting good reviews which prompted me to give it a try myself. This product claims to "prime, set and refresh makeup for a natural, healthy glow."

Ace Beaute Grandiose Palette Review and Swatches


This Ace Beaute Grandiose palette is stunning and I was so excited to get it through a recent Boxycharm box. It's not exclusive to Boxycharm, you can also purchase it through Ace Beaute, if you're interested. The warm colours in this palette are what I'm constantly drawn to and I was so happy to add this to my collection. Ace Beaute is a brand that I've seen around but never tried any products. They do have a nice variety of palettes, lashes and brushes. The newest palette in their line up is the Oceanic palette that has blues and greens. 

NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil Review

NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil Review

The NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil is part of a new collection. The collection tag line is "Feels Like Nothing, and Looks Like Nothing" which was intriguing to me since I've been loving sheer coverage products. In this collection, there is also a multitasking spray, hydrating jelly primer, and cheek tints. I was sent a few of these products to review, and I'll start with the skin veil.  If you're wondering if it's a BB Cream, I would say it's more of a tinted moisturizer. It is available in twelve shades, vegan, and delivers up to 8 hrs of hydration. As a person with dry skin, I'm always looking for hydrating. This product has a satin finish which looks very natural and healthy on the skin.

Makeup Revolution Reloaded Deep Dive Palette Swatches and Review

Makeup Revolution Reloaded Deep Dive Palette Swatches and Review

When Makeup Revolution released the new Deep Dive palette, I had to pick it up. The Reloaded palettes are some of their most popular palettes and they've been mostly a hit for me. I don't own many blue eyeshadows and really wanted to try the blue eyeshadow trend on myself and finding an affordable palette is a great way to experiment with an eye look. In full disclosure, I like the palette but I do not like all blue eyeshadow looks on myself. I'm going to have to find a way to make this palette more wearable for myself. 

Hidden Gem at the Drugstore: Essence Metal Shock Eyeshadows

Hidden Gem at the Drugstore: Essence Metal Shock Eyeshadows

The Essence Metal Shock Shadows really surprised me and I think they're hidden gems at the drugstore. Cream/Liquid shadows are a fun way to play with eyeshadow. These particular shadows come in seven different shades, they're very easy to work with and very shimmery. I initially bought three shades and had to go back and pick up the rest of the shadows because I was so impressed. You are probably familiar with the Stila Glitter and Glow shadows and I want to tell you they're not as reflective with the glitter particles. I don't feel like they're dupes, but the Essence shadows stand on their own and I find them easy to wear every day.

Stila Lingerie Souffle Skin Perfecting Color Review

Stila Lingerie Souffle Skin Perfecting Color Review


The Stila Lingerie Souffle is a newer product from Stila and I was excited to try this mousse-like complexion product. This was sent to me for review purposes and claims to be a  "lightweight, delicately tinted skin perfector. Advanced pigments and light refracting particles smooth, blur and even skin tone creating the optimal illusion- skin that looks naturally fresh and perfected." Lately, I've preferred light coverage and I thought this sounded like something I would really enjoy. The Lingerie Souffle has 8 shades available and comes in a glass luxurious jar.

It Cosmetics Confidence in Your Glow Palettes (Natural and Nude Palettes) Plus, One Sweep Wonder Brush Review

It cosmetics Confidence in Your Glow Palettes (Natural and Nude Palettes) Plus, One Sweet Wonder Brush Review

If you like quick makeup looks in the morning, and you like to have everything in one palette, take a look at these It Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow palettes. They've quickly become my "go to" palettes when I want a quick makeup look. The nude palette does look a little more peachy in real life, the other rosy palette is the natural palette. Both of these are gradient/ombre palettes with a highlighter, blush and bronzer section. You can also buy the One Sweep Wonder brush that is designed to pick up all three products and apply them on your face; if you're wondering how that works here is a video by Youtuber Leesha that will give you a better understanding of the concept. I will give my thoughts on the brush too.

Wet N Wild | Not A Basic Peach (Review and Swatches)

Wet N Wild | Not A Basic Peach (Review and Swatches)


Wet N Wild 'Not a Basic Peach' is one of the many 10 pan palettes available through the brand. When I think of summer, I think of peachy eyeshadow looks. I recently took this palette out and realized I didn't have a review posted and decided to post a review and swatches. These 10 pan palettes seem to have a nice range of shades with both matte and shimmers with two larger pans marked for 'transition.'

Mascara Declutter (Essence Volume Hero, Smashbox Superfan, Annabelle Skinny Mascara)

Mascara Declutter (Essence Volume Hero, Smashbox Superfan, Annabelle Skinny Mascara)

Mascara is one of those beauty products that can be hit or miss, it really depends on your lashes and what you're looking for in a  mascara. One person can love a mascara and when you try it, it doesn't work. You also have to keep in mind the three-month expiry date, if you don't want to chance an eye infection. When it comes to mascara I tend to purchase more affordable brands, I think the drugstore has great options and it's not necessary to purchase high-end mascara. I do like to purchase mascara samplers that give you the option to try different high-end mini's and sometimes a voucher is provided that you can redeem for one full-size mascara. It's great because you can try the mini and know which full size will work best for you. I think those samplers are a great way to try more expensive options.

Let's get into the three I recently tested out...

Essence Volume Hero (Purchase)

When I saw this Essence mascara the name reminded me of the It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara. The Superhero mascara has been raved about, and normally Essence Mascara are some of my favourites. I wasn't sure of the wand, the plastic applicator didn't have that many bristles and it didn't look similar to the Superhero wand. I will say I was very disappointed with this Volume Hero. It really didn't add length or volume to my lashes. I'm decluttering this one and moving on. 

Miniso Rose Natural BB Cream

Miniso Rose Natural BB Cream

This was the first product that I tried from Miniso and I opted for a BB cream. I've been leaning towards lighter coverage and thought this would be fun to try. Miniso has opened stores in Canada and they had brands that were completely new to me. When looking at the product I noticed the word natural and was interested to see how it would apply. It does not smell like rose which I was happy about, and it does look natural when you first apply it. Throughout the day I do start to look dewy and I'm sure the setting spray on top helps that out. I have dry skin and do feel that it gives me some moisture when applying it. 

Boxycharm May 2019 Unboxing (Theme: Make Waves) (Alamar Cosmetics, Glam Glow, Dose of Colors, Ciate, Bodyography)

Boxycharm May 2019 Unboxing (Theme: Make Waves) (Alamar Cosmetics, Glam Glow, Dose of Colors, Ciate, Bodyography)

My May Boxycharm showed up and I was so excited to get into the box. Throughout the month I keep an eye on spoilers and possible variations in the boxes, and this month there seemed to be a lot of variations and it was truly a surprise when I got mine. Each month Boxycharm gives you 4 or 5 full-size products, you will find some products that every charmer receives and some products are variations; so not every subscriber will receive it. Each month the boxes are also given a theme and this month was 'Make Waves." Let's get into the box...

Glamglow Gentlebubble Cleanser MSRP 28.00$

I've never tried any products from Glamglow and I do enjoy trying new cleansers. This product claims to effectively cleanse the skin and dissolve your makeup. It's recommended for all skin types, and will apparently bubble up when deep cleaning the skin. I'm interested to see if this will be a "one and done" makeup remover and cleanser. I usually double cleanse my skin. This was a product that every subscriber received.

Pur Festival Palette (Boxycharm Collaboration) Review and Swatches

Pur Festival Palette (Boxycharm Collaboration)

Pur's Festival palette is a newer palette added to my collection. It was included in a recent Boxycharm subscription box, and looking into the palette I learned that this palette was a collaboration with Boxycharm. It is limited edition and intended for one-of-a-kind festival looks with blue light defence. While I'm not a festival goer, my first thoughts of this palette were that I could wear it. It has neutrals, a few pops of colour, and two glitter pigments which make it different from my other palettes. At this time, I only have one other palette with pressed glitters. I was excited to see how this palette would perform since I own the Soiree Diaries palette and really do like it. Going into this palette, I wondered if Pur's formula would be up to par with that palette. 

The Ordinary Serum Foundation Review

The Ordinary Serum Foundation Review

I've been wanting to try The Ordinary's foundation for a while, and recently decided to give it a try. I've been enjoying trying new complexion products and with spring and summer, I like lighter coverage. Lately, I've been preferring lightweight natural foundations, especially with my current allergies. The Ordinary has this Serum foundation and the Coverage foundation which has more coverage. I decided to give the Serum Foundation a try since they are known to be lightweight products. The foundation does come in 21 shades and was less than 7$ in Canada. It does come with a pump which is always appreciated, and it has 30 ml of product.

Boxy Charm April FOMO 2019 Box Unboxing ((Ace Beauty, Luxie Beauty, Bang Beauty, Tatcha, Tarte))

Boxy Charm April FOMO 2019 Box Unboxing

It;'s been a few months since I resubscribed to Boxy Charm's monthly subscription box. I had tried it a few years ago and chose not to stay subscribed due to the fact that many of the products received weren't being used. In recent months Boxy Charm tempted me with the boxes I was seeing. One of the boxes I would have liked to receive was the month that they included the Ace Beauty Grandiose palette and the Luxie Beauty Luminous Eye Set. The palette has the colour story that I love, and those detail brushes are right up my alley. I subscribed not long after that box, and when I saw the April FOMO box could be purchased separately for already subscribed users, I decided to go ahead and get it. As a Canadian, I pay 35$ including shipping but the value far exceeds what I pay.

Let's look at what I received in the box:

Ace Beauty Grandiose Palette featuring 4 shimmer shades and 4 mattes. I've been wanting to try this palette and the brand and this was a great way to get my hands on the palette. The pan sizes are pretty big and I'm excited to give this a try. MSPR 24.99$

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded (Review and Swatches)

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded (Review and Swatches)

Urban Decay retired the iconic Naked palette and we all knew they would release an updated version. It was just a matter of time. When the Naked Reloaded was announced I was really happy with the shade selection and knew I would end up purchasing the palette. I didn't think this palette was groundbreaking but I did think it would be a great palette to grab for every day. These are the shades that I would use and love. It would allow me to have a variety and have what I need in a palette.

Pur Cosmetics Lit Mist Review

Pur Cosmetics Lit Mist Review

I'm a huge fan of setting mists and use a mist every day after I apply my makeup. It helps to melt all the powders into the skin and hold your makeup in place. I have dry skin, lasting power isn't a main concern of mine but I do believe using a setting mist will help make it last longer. The Pur Cosmetics Lit Mist is an illuminating setting spray that is supposed to hydrate, give you a glow, set your makeup and protect against "high energy visible" blue light. At first glance, this reminded me of the Cover FX Illuminating spray. It has tiny shimmers at the bottom of the bottle and you will need to shake it up before use. Unlike the Coverfx Illuminating spray this is more subtle and I don't notice any shimmer particles on my face but it does give me a nice glow. 

My Current Favorite Brow Products for Natural Brows (Cheekbone Beauty Perfect Brow and Benefit Ka-Brow)

My Current Favorite Brow Products for Natural Brows (Cheekbone Beauty Perfect Brow and Benefit Ka-Brow)

Isn't it lovely when you find those core products that you love and you don't even think twice about it when doing your makeup? That's what I found in these two products. If you've followed my daily Instagram flatlays of my morning routine, you'll have seen how often I use these products. The Cheekbone Beauty Perfect Brow in Brunette has replaced my beloved Essence Make Me Brow. The Perfect Brow is more suited to my dark hair and it has a better hold. You can also purchase the blonde shade. The brush does look bigger and it did worry me but I didn't have any issues with applying the product to my sparse brows. This product claims to "fill, tint and sculpt' and if I'm going for a no makeup, makeup look, I can use this alone. However, I usually use the Ka- Brow to create some natural looking brush strokes and fill in some sparse areas. If you have enough brow hairs, you might be able to use this on its own every day. 

Burt's Bees All Aglow Lip and Cheek Sticks, Goodness Glows Liquid Foundation, Nourishing Mascara

Burt's Bees All Aglow Lip and Cheek Sticks, Goodness Glows Liquid Foundation, Nourishing Mascara

Burt's Bees is a brand that has recently expanded its range of products in Canada. Recently, Top Box Circle sent me some products to test out and review for their program. I was excited to also review them for my blog. I was provided with the Goodness Glow foundation, nourishing mascara, and four of the blush, bronzer, highlighter cheek and lip sticks.

Burt's Bees Goodness Glows Liquid Foundation

When looking at all the products I received; the foundation was one that I almost purchased myself and I couldn't wait to give it a try. It claims to be a full coverage mineral foundation that "leaves the skin smoother and more radiant with a natural finish that's never heavy, cakey or greasy."
In terms of packaging, it has a glass bottle with a nice controllable pump. I have dry skin and I'm sad to say that this foundation didn't work for me. I found it hard to blend, it clung to drier parts of my face and it did not like certain powders that I would use to set my face. I tried it with both a brush and a sponge and I had the same results with both. It wasn't horrible but I could see it sitting on my skin and didn't melt in as much as I would have liked. It did get better after I wore for a little while, but still not the best. As I'm writing this I wonder if it would have worked with using my fingers to blend it in and warm it up. I will try it and update this post. I also tried mixing in my moisturizer to thin it out and see if I liked it better, and it didn't make a difference.

Now, on to the products that I did like...

Fey ACQUA Hydrating Serum Review and Thoughts

Fey ACQUA Hydrating Serum Review and Thoughts

Recently, I started to incorporate a new serum into my night routing. I have dry skin and I'm always looking for more hydration. Fey reached out and asked me to try one of their serums and I thought the hydrating one would be best for me. Let's talk about the company. Fey is an independent Canadian skin care company that currently have serums, lotions, cream, and masks on their product listings. The founder Marie France Sabini struggled with skincare products for years and decided to "create a new line of highly effective natural and organic skincare products that would be entirely based on the eco-friendly lifestyle" that she had been living.

The ACQUA hydrating serum product description:

Powered by a breakthrough formula of different size Hyaluronic Acid fragments and organic/natural ingredients such as Aloe Vera and Meadowfoam seed oil, our ACQUA serum gel possesses a unique ability to deeply moisturize skin. It also provides an instant plumping effect while smoothing fine lines and making skin silky soft. Dermatologist tested. 

Milani Pure Passion (Review and Swatches) Drugstore Eyeshadow

Milani Pure Passion (Review and Swatches) Drugstore Eyeshadow

Milani Cosmetics is newly available in Canada, and it wasn't until recently that I saw these 12 pan palettes in store. Currently, the Soft and Sultry and the Pure Passion palettes are available at Shoppers Drug Mart. I decided to go for the Pure Passion because I do love my warm tones. The Pure Passion palette has the shades that I love, rose golds and berries. It's also a complete palette in terms of shade range as it has light, medium and deeper shades. I had heard a lot of positive reviews on these palettes and couldn't wait to give it a try.

Conair InfinitiPro Ultra Deep Wave Styler Review

Conair InfinitiPro Ultra Deep Wave Styler Review

When I was a teenager I was never able to purchase heat tools from a box store because they would never get hot enough to do anything with my long thick hair. I was always disappointed. The Conair InfinitiPro Ultra Deep Waver was gifted to me to try out and I was pretty skeptical. The thought of deep waves was intriguing but I wondered if it would work. Short story, it did and I really love using this tool. This tool has titanium ceramic coated plates and heats up very quickly. I haven't timed it but it does say 30- second instant heat. It's very lightweight and not cumbersome to use. I've seen some other waver tools and they look large and tricky to use, I had no trouble with this one. Even trying to get as close to my roots as possible was pretty easy. Again, I have a lot of hair and I didn't feel like the tool was too heavy after doing all my hair.

Tarte Cosmetics High Tides & Good Vibes Palette (Review and Swatches)

Tarte high Tides & Good Vibes Palette (Review and Swatches)

Tarte Cosmetics released the High Tide & Good Vibes palette and I wasn't initially interested. The stock photos did not interest me. However, when I saw an actual photo on Instagram I was shocked by how pretty it looked. Seriously, brands need to look at their stock photos and realize how important they are to consumers. This palette has mattes, metallics and pressed glitters which makes it a really fun palette to play with. I was drawn to the colour story when looking at the palette. It gives me the trendy blue eyeshadow but also gives me corals and neutrals and keeps it very wearable for every day.

Lip Products | Easy, Quick, No Fuss

Lip Products | Easy, Quick, No Fuss

Lip products have never been my favourite items when it comes to makeup, my weakness has always been eyeshadow. I slowly kept adding products into my rotation and now I've started to be more curious about lip products. When it comes to lip products I want something comfortable on the lips, I don't want to worry about it slipping and sliding and looking awful throughout the day. I want something that I can apply quickly, easily and no make a fuss over it. I do work full time, and I want a lip product to wear away without it looking bad and I don't have to worry about it.

Fenty Gloss Bomb in Fussy

The Fenty Gloss Bombs have been raved about since they were released and I was really curious about all the hype. I thought the shade Fussy would suit me best and decided to give it a try. The formula is lightweight, non-sticky and leaves a nice colour on my lips. It also smells wonderful when applying. I will say the applicator does pick up a lot of product and I usually wipe some off before applying to my lips, otherwise, it's way too much and feels too thick on my lips. At this time, Fenty has 3 shades available and I would love to own the others as well. You can wear them on their own or apply on top of other lip products.

Cheekbone Beauty (Canadian Made Cosmetics Supporting First Nation Education) Stardust Cheek Palette

Cheekbone Beauty (Canadian Made Cosmetics Supporting First Nation Education) Stardust Cheek Palette

If you haven't noticed I have a weakness for eyeshadow palettes and cheek palettes. I really can't help it, but I am aware of the situation. Cheekbone Beauty is a brand that I love, and I am a brand ambassador. The products are Canadian made, and 10% of profits are used to support equal educations for First Nations children. I'm so excited to see this brand grow and thrive. I had my eye on the Stardust palette since it launched and I did mention it in a previous post but I decided to give it a full review. I recently added the contour trio to my collection as well and will review it after I've had a chance to test it. 

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation Review (Raved About Favourite)

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation Review Cult Favorite

The L'Oreal True Match Lumi foundation has been raved about for years in the beauty community, it has been compared to Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation over and over. Going into this foundation review I expected a lot from this foundation since it has been so hyped up. In general, I really do like L'Oreal foundations both the Pro Glow (Review) and the new Infallible Fresh Wear (Review) are favourites of mine. The True Match Lumi claims to be "makeup that creates skin so healthy-it's luminous!" It has 40% pure water for all-day hydration, antioxidants, Vitamin C and E. The coverage is lightweight and builds to about a medium coverage, available in 14 shades. Let's get into my thoughts.

New Sigma and Mac Brushes in My Collection (Investing in good brushes)

New Sigma and Mac Brushes in My Collection (Are Sigma and Mac Brushes Worth it?)

Recently I decided to invest in some brushes and I was really happy with the few Sigma brushes that I owned. I decided to add more brushes to my collection. They're very soft, wash well and apply shadow nicely. Sigma is pretty easy for me to get my hands on in Canada and they do have a 2-year warranty. I was ready to put away the cheaper natural haired brushes that I own. They're pretty scratchy on my eyes and when washes they really don't keep the same form. As you grow and learn about applying makeup you know what you like and it's easier to invest in better brushes. I also found a Mac 217 at my local Winners and I was so excited to finally try the 217. I was going to go to the Mac store and spend the 30$ on the brush but I found it for half off which I was really happy about. 

Sigma E40- Tapered Blending Brush (purchase)

The Sigma E40 is a perfect brush for laying down your transition shade or blending out harsh lines during eye shadow application. The E40 fits my eye shape perfectly and this cult classic brush is a favourite for a reason. 

Sigma E38- Diffused Crease (purchase)

The Sigma E38 Diffused Crease brush is smaller, shorter and a bit denser than the E40. I like to use this brush for building up my crease since it's denser it builds up colour very easily and you can still blend with this brush. 

Boxycharm April 2019 Unboxing (Peace, Love and Boxy) Canadian Subscriber

Boxycharm April 2019 Unboxing (Peace, Love and Boxy) Canadian Subscriber

Do you remember mystery bags when we were children and how excited we were to dig into those bags? They had candy or small toys. Well, that's how I feel about monthly subscription boxes and why I think they do so well. They cater to your interest. and these monthly subscriptions tap into our inner children. Boxycharm costs me 35$ Canadian once I factor in the small shipping cost and the exchange rate, on the plus side I'm never charges customs. The box itself is valued way over 100$ when you think of Canadian prices. So, let's get into this box.

Cover FX Perfector Face Palette (Light/Medium) Review and Swatches

Cover FX Perfector Face Palette (Light/Medium) Review and Swatches

Cover FX recently released two Perfector face palettes, one in light/medium and another in medium/deep. I received the light/medium in a recent Boxycharm subscription box. This palette can be purchased from Sephora for the price of 57$ Canadian. When you open this palette, you will see two highlighters, a brightener, contour, finishing powder, and blush. As a working mom, I like palettes that I can use for multiple purposes and be able to do my makeup quickly. This palette claims to be "a travel-friendly palette of six must-have complexion essentials designed to be taken on-the-go."

Makeup Radar (Farsali 24K Rose Gold Mist, Mac Flame-boyant, Tarte High Tide and Good Vibes, Marc Jacobs Primer, Natasha Denona Concealer, Morphe 35G, Colourpop Sweet Talk, Alamar Cosmetics Blush Trio)

Makeup Radar (Farsali 24K Rose Gold Mist, Mac Flame-boyant, Tarte High Tide and Good Vibes, Marc Jacobs Primer, Natasha Denona Concealer)

Spring is here, and so are all the new collections. I can't help but look at all the new releases. I do get tempted by them, but I also have a budget. I can't purchase all of them but I did want to talk about some of them and let you know my thoughts.

Farsali Rose Gold 24K Skin Mist (Purchase)

I didn't know until recently that Farsali was a Canadian brand, and now they catch my eye that much more. This is "four-in-one wonder for all skin types, infused with gold flakes and rosehip seed oil." It is supposed to be hydrating and alcohol-free.  This bottle looks like luxury, and I would love to try it out. It has a hefty price tag of 52$ Canadian thought and for that reason, I won't be adding it to my wishlist. I go through facial mists pretty quickly and the thought of continually repurchasing a 52$ mist wouldn't work for me. If I had the chance to try it, I would love to. I'm being honest here. 

Makeup Revolution Beauty Reloaded Hypnotic Palette (Review and Swatches) (ABH Sultry Dupe?)

Makeup Revolution Beauty Reloaded Hypnotic Palette (Review and Swatches) (ABH Sultry Dupe?)

Makeup Revolution launched four new popular Reloaded palettes, and the hypnotic palette caught my eye immediately. I thought it looks like a dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hill Sultry Palette and the new Urban Decay Naked Reloaded. I don't own either of those palettes but the colour story looks really similar. The Sultry palette was limited edition and no longer available so this might be a nice replacement. I own quite a few of the Reloaded palettes and they have been hit or miss for me, but this palette seems to be stepped up in terms of formula. 

Clean Reserve Solar Bloom Review

Clean Reserve Solar Bloom Review

Clean Beauty is now 15 years old, and they are rebranding as Clean Beauty Collective. This encompasses the Clean and Clean Reserve fragrances and a new home, hair, bath and body line that will launch in 2019 and 2020. I was previously at an event to see the new upcoming launches and I was gifted the Solar Bloom fragrance. I have a very sensitive nose and stay away from fragrances, but when I tried the Solar Bloom I fell in love. The keynotes in this fragrance are Bergamot, Orange Blossom and Coconut Water. It smells very refreshing, it's not overpowering and I stop noticing it pretty quickly after applying. I will smell it throughout the day but subtly.

Ojibwe Cosmetics Cotton Candy Palette (Review and Swatches)

Ojibwe Cosmetics Cotton Candy Palette (Review and Swatches)

This palette stole my heart when I saw it on Instagram, and I couldn't wait to give this a try. One of my goals this year is to be mindful of the brands I'm adding to my collection, and who I'm choosing to support. I do receive some PR but I mostly purchase the products on my own. As an indigenous woman who is asking the beauty community for inclusivity when it comes to us, I want to do my part by supporting the Indigenous women and men in the community as well as the brands. Ojibwe Cosmetics caught my eye on Instagram, and I checked out the store to see what was available. They have eyeshadows, lipsticks, highlighters, brow pomade, pressed powders and foundation. Of course, the palette was what I chose to try out first. 

E.L.F 16HR Camo Concealer (Shape Tape Dupe?)

E.L.F 16HR Camo Concealer (Shape Tape Dupe?)

The E.L.F 16HR Camo Concealer has been another concealer that has a doe foot applicator and many influencers are comparing to Shape Tape. This concealer comes in 16 shades, is full coverage and costs about 5$. I'm not sure if this can be found in Walmart Canada stories but I waited and purchased mine from the ELF website when they were offering free shipping. It helped to keep this an affordable concealer when shipping internationally. I was really excited about this concealer because I like full coverage concealers, and I love a doe foot applicator when applying concealer. 

Boxycharm March 2019 (Review and Thoughts) Canadian Subscriber

Boxycharm March 2019 (Review and Thoughts) Canadian Subscriber



Boxycharm has always been one of the subscriptions boxes that interested me. 5 full-size products for 21$, in Canada it will run you about 35$ including the shipping and exchange. The box is always worth more than you pay and I was excited to get my March box. I tried it a while ago but chose not to stay subscribed at the time. Lately, I feel like the boxes have been really good and wanted to try it again.

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer (Affordable Drugstore Concealer)

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer

Concealer is one of those products that I always wear if I'm doing a no makeup look or a full face of makeup- I need concealer. I'm willing to spend the money on a higher end concealer, but finding an affordable option is always welcoming. Recently, I picked up the L'Oreal Infallible Full Wear Concealer and I was so shocked with the results. When applying concealer, I need it to cover my dark circles or layer with a colour corrector and not give me too much creasing. I work full time, and I have no time for touching up my makeup during the day. I do set my concealer otherwise creasing will be worst, it's normal.

Benefit Cheekleaders Mini Bronze Squad Review and Swatches

Benefit Cheekleaders Mini Bronze Squad Review and Swatches

The larger Benefit blush palettes have been around for a while, but they recently released mini versions which were more appealing to me. The large blush palettes always seemed bulky and pretty high priced. In Canada it sells for 80$ and the larger cardboard is what I don't like about the palettes. These mini versions cost 40$ and come in a much sleeker cardboard packaging. I decided to pick up the bronze mini palette because it fits into an "all in one category" for me. I thought all three products would work on my fair skin and it would help speed up my morning routine. The bronze palette has Gold Rush, Cookie, and Hoola bronzer. There is also a pink version which has Galifornia, Tickle, and Dandelion which are sold as individuals. I would like to get that version as well.

Colourpop It's My Pleasure Palette (Review and Swatches)

Colourpop It's My Pleasure Palette (Review and Swatches)

The Colourpop It's My Pleasure palette is one of Colourpop's 9 pan monochromatic palettes. This purple palette is gorgeous when you look at it. It has 3 mattes, one matte with flecks of glitter and 5 metallics. The mix of matte and metallics really set this palette up to be a well rounded purple palette. The Bling Boss by Morphe X Jaclyn Hill was gorgeous but it's missing a mid-tone purple to help blend out the dark shades, where this palette has both and I have a much easier time creating looks. I might use this palette to help me with the Bling Boss. 

L'Oreal Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Foundation Review

L'Oreal Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Foundation Review

The L'Oreal Infallible 24H Fresh Wear is one of the newest foundations to come to the drugstore and I've heard so many positive reviews that I really wanted to give it a try myself. This foundation claims to be medium to full coverage, breathable and lightweight. I will say I was surprised by how thin the texture was and the coverage that I received with a sponge. It was medium coverage right away, and yes it builds up nicely. The finish is very natural, and I do agree with their "second skin" claim. Additionally, the formula has oil absorbers to resist swear, water and transfer. I really don't like when foundations transfer so that was a nice bonus. This foundation is good for all skin types and comes in 30 shades.

Revlon Rose Glow Illuminating and Hydrating Primer


The Revlon Rose Glow Hydrating and Illuminating Primer was a new find at my local drugstore. I'm not sure how new it is because beauty products do get to Canada a bit later. This is a Photoready product in Revlon's line. You know I love the L'Oreal Glotion and thought this might be another base product that I would love. It claims to have "many benefits, one little bottle; smoothes skin for foundation, deposits a rosy pearlescence; plus, it helps skin feel hydrated for up to 24 hours." I thought it would be another product I would like on its own when wanting to forgo the foundation. 

Morphe 35V Stunning Vibes (Review and Swatches)

Morphe 35V Stunning Vibes (Review and Swatches)

It's been a few months since I picked up a Morphe palette. The last palettes I purchased from Morphe was from their holiday collection. The blues and purples of this palette really drew me in, this palette was exclusively sold at Ulta and due to customs and exchange, I didn't purchase it. When Sephora Canada released it, I was able to pick it up in store.

Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara (Review) A new favorite.

Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara (Review) A new favorite.
Benefit's Badgal Bang mascara has quickly become a favourite, which says a lot because I'm picky when it comes to mascara. I need all the help I can get with volume and length. This mascara claims to be a 36 hours mascara, that "creates massive volume without weighing down the lashes." I did not test the 36 hours, because who needs a 36-hour mascara? I remember the brand trips when this first launched and it was spaced themes which I didn't really understand until I read that this was a "gravity-defying formula [that] builds volume the more you layer, and contain aero-particles, one of the lightest known materials, derived from space technology." That put it into perspective for me, and I do really find it to be a lightweight formula.