Favourites: January 2016

The month is over which means it’s time for our monthly favourites. I have a few products I have been loving this month (as well as products I’ve loved for longer).

1: Kat Von D Monarch Pallet ($46.00)

I just posted a review for this pallet (you can read it here) and honestly what more can I say? The colours are gorgeous and I’ve been reaching for this pallet a lot this month!

2: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in L.U.V ($20.00)

I don’t want to talk too much about this product because I will be writing a review on it but what you need to know is this liquid lipstick is everlasting! I put it on before I left for a night out and I drank and ate and when I came home 5 hours later it was still as bright and beautiful as when I put it on! I love that it goes on as a gloss but dries matte!

3. Kate Moss for Rimmel London Lasting Finnish Matte (not sure of price)

This is the first matte lip colour I’ve ever purchased and I haven’t regretted it! I love the feel of the lipstick and it doesn’t dry out your lips. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality considering it is a drugstore brand but that just proves that the more expensive isn’t always better!

4. Benefit Gimme Brow in medium/dark brown ($24.00)

I have searched high and low for a product to get my crazy brows under control and the only product I keep going back to is Gimme Brow. I love the way this gel doesn’t leave my brows feeling strange, it feels like my regular brows which is awesome! I love that it’s tinted because, while my brows are thick, there are sparse areas that I can thankfully fill with a sweep of Gimme Brow. I started using this product in the summer of 2015 and I haven’t gone back since!

5. MOODmatcher Lipstick ($4.00)

I received this in my December Ipsy bag and I was immediately drawn to it (not even sorry). It goes on clear and changes colour depending on your “mood” (I think it’s really just your body temperature but I honestly don’t know). This lipstick was my favourite thing from my December Ipsy bag and I still use it constantly! I love that I never know what shade I’m going to get (I usually get a pink or berry colour).

6. Maybelline Fit Me! Matte+Poreless Foundation  in Natural Ivory (not sure of price)

I bought this foundation MONTHS ago and only recently did I start reaching for it instead of my Lancome foundation. That being said, this is the best foundation I have ever had! The coverage is amazing and natural and I actually have come to prefer it over my Lancome (which I paid around $55.00 for!). I have a lot of redness and this foundation covers it while still giving me a matte look, I will defiantly be repurchasing this one after I run out!

7. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes ($6.49)

I love everything Neutrogena has for their makeup removing line so naturally I’ve bought these loads of times. They remove even my most stubborn makeup and don’t leave an oily residue on my skin.

8. Smashbox Contour Kit ($45.00)

I am very new at contouring and honestly this step-by-step kit is my saving grace. I love that it’s a powder so I can easily erase (blend out) my mistakes and I have already hit pan on the contour shade. If you are a beginner at contouring or what to try out a powder contour kit I defiantly suggest this one! You can read Sylvie’s review for this kit here!

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Kat Von D: Monarch Pallet

I have never owned anything from the Kat Von D line (because I have no credit card and I don’t live near any store that sells it which majorly sucks) however my mom recently came to visit and surprised me with two products from Kat Von D (you the real MVP mom), a liquid lipstick and the Monarch pallet. I instantly fell in love with both products (review on the liquid lipsticks to come!).

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(top from left to right: entomology, telepathy, tiny death; bottom from left to right: wrath, papilio, summerfly, killing jar, delaney, vanish, disintegration, shadow box, dead head)

The Sephora site tells us that the shadows are triple-milled (which I had no idea what that meant but figured it out as soon as I touched them because talk about soft!) and is infused with antioxidants (include rose extract and vitamins A, C and E). With 12 gorgeous shades this pallet is great for any look you are going for.The colours from Monarch are gorgeous! The pigmentation is incredible and you do not need a lot of product on your brush to create a beautiful look (I mainly use bolder looks with this pallet) with the colours looking extremely close on as they do in the pan.

My most used colours are: wrath, summerfly, vanish and entomology.

The pallet sells for $55 from Sephora.

 

Lush Cosmetics: Fairy Dust

Fairy Dust is a Lush Christmas exclusive product that was featured in their 2015 Christmas products. This sparkly powder has the same smell as Snow Fairy (cotton candy) which is a shower gel that is featured every December by Lush. Fairy Dust is meant to be sprinkled and rubbed onto your skin, making it sweet smelling and sparkling.

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Fairy Dust adds a nice glittery sheen to your skin and look really nice over tattoos.

This product retails for $6.95 cad. at Lush but because it is only a Christmas 2015 exclusive product there is no knowing if it will be featured in this coming Christmas selection. However, First Snow is another dusting powder that was Christmas exclusive so hopefully one or the other will be featured.

 

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette Review

When I had first decided that I wanted to start wearing eyeshadow, I wanted to start off simple, nude, and fairly cheap without buying anything of poor quality. After talking to a couple of friends, they informed me that Urban Decay makes smaller palettes with their nude colours. So I went down to Shoppers Drug Mart and decided on the Naked Basics2 palette over the first.

The Naked Basics palette consists of three light tones, one medium tone, one dark tone, and a black. The Naked Basics2 palette consists of 3 fairly light tones, two medium tones, and an extremely dark, almost black tone. I liked the variation of the second one, especially the darkest shade instead of the black, making it easy to make a nude smokey eye. Both cost $34.00 CAN each at Sephora.

The eyeshadow stays on all day, even without the use of a primer, and applies fairly easily. I love the tones and how they make my eyes pop without looking like I’m wearing a load of makeup.

 

UD: Naked 1, 2 & 3

I’m a huge fan of Urban Decay (obvs) so it’s not wonder that as soon as I was able to I got my hands on the Naked pallets (I know I don’t have Smokey yet but I’m working on it!) with 12 gorgeous shadows per pallet. Now the golden question, are they really worth it for the price ($54)? I would argue yes and let me tell you why.

Naked 1: 

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Ok so lets start with the Naked 1 (because going in order just makes sense) anyways this is the most neutral pallet in the collection and was the first one I ever purchased. I’ve had my fair share of neutral pallets over the years but let me tell you this none of them compare to the naked pallet! (ok michaela calm down). The colour pigmentation is incredible and they last all day. Use their primer potion and you are guaranteed to have no creasing (although I don’t find the colours crease anyways but the extra reassurance is always nice). My most used colours are naked, virgin, half baked, hustle, buck and smog

Naked 2: 

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Right so onto the Naked 2. I really love this pallet but it is my least used out of the 3 I own. I’m very pale in complexion (like white sheets are jealous of me) so I’m still playing around with the darker colours. However the quality and pigmentation of these eyeshadows are out.of.this.world. I did a soft smokey eye (using suspect, pistol and busted) and I barely had to use any shadow and it was still gorgeous! If you are looking for darker colours but aren’t quite comfortable with the Smokey pallet then I highly recommend the Naked 2! My most used colours are bootycall (love that name!), chopper, tease, YDK, and busted.

Naked 3: 

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The Naked 3, how do I even begin to explain the beauty that is the Naked 3? First of all, rose gold. I am obsessed with rose gold so this pallet is my dream. I love the colours and (again like with the first 2) the pigmentation is amazing. I am personally convinced that Urban Decay can do no wrong and could not make a single bad product (I am obsessed though so I may be a bit biased). Anyways the colours are incredible and they all work together so incredibly well and they are so easy to blend and I could literally go on forever about why you need this pallet in your life. I would say it is my current favourite Naked pallet (you can probably see why!). My most used colours are dust, trick and blackheart (seriously so incredible!).

This picture I’ve used called Blackheart Darkheart but in my pallet it’s called Blackheart (did UD make a typo?) 

So are they worth the money? I’d argue yes. While you can get away with not owning all of them, I think every makeup lover needs at least 1 Naked pallet in their lives.

shop the entire Naked line 

*disclaimer: the header image is mine but all other photos are from urbandecay.com (I tried to take pictures of the colours and wasn’t doing them justice!)

Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit Review

When contouring started to become popular in everyday makeup routines, I thought I would pick up a couple of contouring essentials for myself. After looking up a couple of different products, I decided upon the Smashbox contour kit available at the local Shoppers Drug Mart. It costs $52.00 CAN at Sephora and comes in two different skin tones, Light/Medium, and Medium/Dark.

I picked up the Light/Medium shade, and it came with an angled brush and visual guide on where to place which powders (bronzer, highlighter, and the contour shade). It was extremely helpful for me as a beginner, however the palette is still great for people who are not just starting out, as well. Don’t let the name fool you, this palette is for all experience levels.

The powder goes on fairly easily, and you do not need a lot to make a difference, so it lasts a long time. The powder stays on all day, even without using face primer or finishing spray. Since it’s a powder, it’s easy to apply a little to have subtle changes, or a lot to have a more noticeable look.

If anyone wanted to try contouring whether it be their first time, or it’s been their regular routine for years, I’d suggest the Smashbox Step-By-Step contour kit. It was a purchase that I do not regret and contouring has become a part of my every day routine.

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January 2016 Ipsy Bag

I recently got my January Ipsy bag and I thought “What better way to kick off TheMakeUpClubBlog then with my review of my January bag” so without further ado, here’s my review!

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Promise Organic Ultra Moisturizing Facial Lotion with Olive Oil ($14.99)

First off, I knew this product wasn’t going to be for me. I have skin that doesn’t know if it wants to be dry or oily but recently it’s been on the more oily side. While this is a great moisturizer and didn’t make me break out, I still didn’t fall in love with it. It made my problem areas more oily so for that reason I won’t be purchasing again.

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Tucker Ashley Advanced Peptide Eye Complex ($29.95)

I.LOVE.THIS.PRODUCT! I have never tried an eye cream before because I thought they weren’t really worth the hype so I never bothered investing in one. However after trying this product I am sold! The instructions say to use it 1-2 times daily and even after 1 use I saw a difference. My under eyes look lighter and they aren’t as puffy. I would recommend this product 100% and will be repurchasing!

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Jelly Pong Pong Curl Fairy Lashes Mascara ($21.95)

I will be the first to admit; I have the worst lashes. My lashes require coats and coats and coats of mascara so I don’t have the highest expectations for this mascara. However it surprised me. My lashes weren’t incredibly long or full but I did see a difference. Even though I was surprised, I wasn’t so surprised that I will be repurchasing.

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City Colour Eyeshadow Trio in Fallen Leaves ($5.99)

The colours are beautiful but they aren’t as pigmented as I would have liked. They are soft colours that you need to build with in order to see the colours. The colours are beautiful and the packaging is cute but unfortunately this product was a miss for me.

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The Balm Mr.Write (Now) (17.00)

I am not an eyeliner person. I dont’ purchase it often or wear it but I will wear this! The colour pay off is incredible and it’s a nice creamy consistency that’s great for blending. I love that it’s a twist pencil (because I’m a mess and can never find my sharpener…). This product was a HUGE hit for me!

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Overall the bag had a few products I did enjoy but overall I didn’t love it as much as November and December’s bag.

Hope you enjoyed this review!

Stay rad,

Michaela xx

be sure to check out Adrienne’s review for the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette