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.

 

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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.

 

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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UD Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

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Hands down one of the best eye pallets from Urban Decay and was created by one of the most influential women in the makeup and fashion industry. Gwen Stefani’s music career has influenced not just songwriters but also the way girls have been dressing and doing their makeup since the 90’s to mid-00’s. This pallet represents the changing images she has been putting out for years with colours that can be used for multiple looks and styles.

The beauty of this pallet is that it features colours you would not typically get in other Urban Decay pallets. The Naked pallets all have nude type colours while the Vice pallets are bright and colourful. The Gwen Stefani pallet is the balance between these two extremes. It offers nudes, darker colours, a couple brighter colours, and a few sparkly colours that add a nice touch. The colours look amazing on and are really easy to blend.

This pallet retails for $70 and can be bought at Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart in the beauty boutique, and online at Urban Decay.

Remember, Magic’s in the Makeup