Archives for November 2016

Nov 30
2016

ColourPop Foxy Ultra Matte Mini Lip Kit

I recently got a bunch of new ColourPop products including my first ever metallic liquid lipsticks, some highlighters, and two lip kits. One of the kits I got was this cute mini kit, the ColourPop Foxy Ultra Matte Mini Lip Kit, that features five of the most popular Ultra Matte Lip shades in cute little mini sizes. Since I never finish a lipstick but I always want to try new shades I figured this kit was a great option to check out some of the hottest ColourPop Lipsticks without having to buy a bunch of full size ones.

The ColourPop Foxy Ultra Matte Mini Lip Kit

The ColourPop Foxy Ultra Matte Mini Lip Kit

I already have quite a few ColourPop liquid lipsticks, which you can check out here, but I hadn’t tried any of the shades in the ColourPop Foxy set.

These are very much a mini size, coming in at 0.64g each, so be warned you won’t be getting a ton of product in these. For comparison the full size Ultra Matte Lips are 3.2g each. They are tiny but I find them cute and I don’t mind since I probably won’t ever commit to a full size colour long enough to finish it anyways.

Comparing a full size Ultra Matte Lip to the mini size in the ColourPop Foxy Ultra Matte Mini Lip Kit

Comparing a full size Ultra Matte Lip to the mini size in the ColourPop Foxy Ultra Matte Mini Lip Kit

Let’s look at the five shades included in this mini kit!

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Nov 28
2016

Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette

This may not be your first thought for a beauty gift but hear me out… Cleaning brushes is an important aspect of any makeup routine – for your Mom to your sister, your BFF or even Grandma. Clean brushes are a must-have and sometimes it can be tough to remember to clean them, or to clean them thoroughly. The Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette makes this super simple to do and will definitely help the beauties in your life.

The Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette

The Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette

This palette is made of a hot pink silicone material that has different textures on the inside. It is shaped like a small soft oval shaped plate with a handle at the back so you can wear it on one hand and use the other to hold the brushes. It is almost the exact size of my hand and has a lot of room for working the brushes in the palette.

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Nov 23
2016

Quo by Orly Perfectly Painted 12 Piece Mini Nail Set

The Quo by Orly Perfectly Painted 12 Piece Mini Nail Lacquer Set

The Quo by Orly Perfectly Painted 12 Piece Mini Nail Lacquer Set

 

Today I have a holiday gift idea that is perfect for the nail polish lover in your life. Whether it’s your bestie, sister-in-law, or favourite co-worker, this is a great gift set you can find at Shopper’s Drug Mart that is sure to make them smile. The Quo by Orly Perfectly Painted 12 Piece Mini Nail Lacquer Set has a wide variety of colours and finishes, with some really neat nail polish shades at a great price.

This set comes in a little paint can container and has 12 mini polishes from the Quo by Orly line, which I have previously talked about here. The mini polishes in this set don’t need to special top coat and they come in all sorts of cool hues including glitters and a great duochrome. For $35 this set has a whole bunch of great colours that any girl would love.

 

 

 

 

What is in the Quo by Orly Perfectly Painted 12 Piece Mini Nail Lacquer Set?

Polishes in the Quo by Orly Perfectly Painted nail set

Polishes in the Quo by Orly Perfectly Painted nail set

I personally like how wide the colour variety is, with nudes, reds, blues, and more. I don’t like when polish sets are too specifically themed and limit my options so this is a refreshing choice that will work for any occasion. I love the pale pink nude and am super into the two glitters. I also love the grey duochrome that has amazing purple flashes depending on the light. Those three were the hardest to catch with my camera but I got an angle that really shows off the depth of these shades.

Three unique hues in the Quo by Orly Perfectly Painted nail set

Three unique hues in the Quo by Orly Perfectly Painted nail set

Swatches of my three favourite shades from the Quo by Orly Perfectly Painted 12 Piece Mini Nail Lacquer Set

Swatches of my three favourite shades from the Quo by Orly Perfectly Painted 12 Piece Mini Nail Lacquer Set

With the 12 colours in this Quo by Orly mini polish set this is a perfect gift idea for somebody who wants to try new hues and experiment. I love switching up my polish constantly and I never finish a full bottle, so these minis are the perfect size.

Another idea you could try is buying the set and breaking up the shades as stocking stuffers for all your BFFs. With 12 included you can give each girl a few shades that suit their style. At the $35 price tag it ends up being under $3 per polish so you can use the set as a whole or split it up depending on your gift needs this season.

Nov 21
2016

My November Ipsy Glam Bag

I always find that I get my Ipsy bag much later than everyone else online, but none the less here it is. My November Ipsy Glam Bag has some great finds in it, and I got a really good value this month. There was recently an update of the Ipsy quiz so I don’t know if that changed what I got but I am pretty pleased with the items in this month’s bag.

The bag itself has a cute starry print with little designs of makeup compacts, brushes, lipstick, and more. It looks really cute and has a foamy type of fabric which is different than past bags. If you’re curious about past designs you can see my previous bags from October, August, and July.

What did I get in my November Ipsy Glam Bag?

November Ipsy Glam Bag

What I got in my November Ipsy Glam Bag

Let’s take a look at what I got this month:

  • Elizabeth Mott Color is Bae Lip Lacquer in Moxie Mauve
  • Bonvivant Botanical Pure Masks
  • Bésame Cosmetics Brightening Vanilla Face Setting Powder
  • Skone Cosmetics Brow Wand Eyebrow Pencil in Chocolate
  • TheBalm Cosmetics Mad Lash Mascara

I am most excited about the Elizabeth Mott Lip Lacquer and the Mad Lash Mascara from TheBalm. They seem like the products most similar to ones I would buy for myself. I have heard a lot about the Vanilla Face Setting Powder as well so I am curious to check it out. The masks are also a great addition to my November Ipsy Glam Bag and it is awesome that I got three different ones that counted as one item.

The Bonivant Botanical Pure Masks I got in the bag are the Chamomile + Tea Tree Mask, the Sodium Hyaluronate + Lotus Mask, and the Collagen + Olive Mask. These should be fun to check out when I get some time to relax!

Overall this bag is much different than my previous bags but I like the variety included. From mascara to brows, lips, and masks, this bag has a little bit of everything.

Nov 9
2016

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Feline Mascara

Today I have a mascara review and some before/after photos to show you. I love trying new mascaras and have had some great success with drugstore ones lately, including the Essence Lash Princess Mascara and the CoverGirl Plumpify Blast Pro Mascara. I have found some I really love but there are also some that don’t seem to do a lot for my lashes. Today I have one that lands right in the middle. The L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Feline Mascara is the latest mascara I have tried and while it isn’t bad, it just doesn’t blow me away.

The L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Feline Mascara

The L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Feline Mascara

Keep reading to see the before and after photos of what this did to my lashes.

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Nov 8
2016

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Powder

I have been using this powder for a few weeks now and it has quickly turned into a favourite in my makeup bag. The Maybelline New York SuperStay Better Skin Powder has been my everyday base and I love how light it feels but how nicely it covers. I use the shade 50, called Natural Beige, and find it perfect for my skin tone. It leaves my face looking fresh and smooth but almost natural. I definitely don’t look like I am wearing foundation or thick powder and I love that. The Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Powder really surprised me with it’s coverage, formula, and oil-free ingredients.

The Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Powder in shade 50 Natural Beige

The Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Powder in shade 50 Natural Beige

I have somewhat oily skin and get blemishes here and there so I don’t feel comfortable going barefaced, but I dislike the feel of heavy or thick liquid foundation. I usually can’t use just powder because my oily skin seeps through, but with this powder it has salicylic acid as an ingredient and I find that helps a lot. Even with a full day of wear I don’t find much oil appearing where it typically does so I am really pleased with that.

I have been pretty impressed with Maybelline products lately, including the Master Precise Curvy Liquid Liner than changed my eyeliner game completely.

Read on to see more about how I use this powder!

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