Paula Dorf Baby Eyes Enhancer

In my February Ipsy bag, I received an eye enhancer that I expected I would never use. I tried it with my friend, solely so that I could see what it looks like so that I could review it on my Ipsy account. The full sized item costs $20.00 and you can buy it from the Paula Dorf website.

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It’s called the Paula Dorf Enhancer Baby Eyes. You apply it like an eyeliner, but on your waterline. You can also use it on the inner corner of your eye, as well. It makes your eyes look bigger and enhances them by making them pop more. Sliding the pencil across my waterline felt very ticklish, and I am assuming it’s because I don’t often wear eyeliner and when I do it’s not on my waterline, so my eyes are not used to that feeling.

It tickled my eyes at first, but I was fine after. It really does look like baby eyes. I would give it a 10/10.

Because it is a pink colour that does not fully match skin colour, you’d definitely need mascara to make it look more blended instead of a pink line.

When I applied it, my friends mom said “wow, does it ever lighten up your eyes”, which shows how much this product works and does it’s job. It definitely made my eyes look bigger.

I like it more than using white eyeliner. White looks very unnatural when people apply it on the waterline, but the pink looks so natural that you can’t even tell.

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What do I think? I think that it’s a great product, and if you’re looking for ways to make your eyes pop, this very well could be your answer. I may not purchase it myself, but only because I’m just not interested in using a product like this, especially since I’m more of a five-minute-routine kind of girl. However, on a night that I do my makeup because I’m going out, I will probably did through my makeup drawer to find this gem.

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City Color Eyeshadow Trio Review

Along with everyone else who runs this blog, I subscribe to ipsy. In my ipsy bag last month, I received a new eyeshadow palette, the City Color Eyeshadow Trio in the colour Falling Leaves. It’s 3 colours, a dark copper, a dark pinkish brown, and a sparkly rose gold colour. I was very excited when I got it in my bag because I love browns, beiges, and pinks.

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The trio also comes in another colour, Blooming Flowers. It has a purple colour, a very light pinkish purple, and maroon. They sell for $5.99 on their website, and come in a compact a little smaller than two inches in diameter.

I tried the dark pink colour first. It was very dark, and went on very thick. I am usually able to blend as I put my eyeshadow on, however this eyeshadow was difficult to blend. I wiped off the pink, and applied the rose gold. It also went on very thick, however it was more translucent than the dark pink so the fact that I had not properly blended it was not very noticeable. I later attempted the dark copper colour, and was not surprised when it, also, went on very thick and was extremely dark.

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I really did not like this palette. It was just too dark and too thick of a powder. It wouldn’t blend very well, so it looks more like a large polka dot on my eye when I wear the darker colours, and the dark pink colour made me look like I had a black eye.

I will not be purchasing this anytime soon, and I would not suggest it to anyone else. Not only for the fact that I really don’t like the colours and the quality, but also that after paying $5.99 you may think it’s cheap, but then you see the shipping. It costs $12.95 for USPS and $24.95 for UPS. Keep in mind that I am in Canada, but that is a lot for shipping for such a small item that would be sent in the smallest size available for a padded envelope.

Elizabeth Mott’s Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer

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This eye shadow primer is just WOW! The holy grail of all shadow primers. I received this primer in my December Ipsy bag and it has lasted me for about 2 months now. This primer from Elizabeth Mott is phenomenal. I usually do my makeup around 7-8am and it last me with no creases for at least 12 hours, even if I slightly rub my eyes. I have used samples of Urban Decay shadow primers and the Original is pretty close to having the same results but it’s just not as good. I also find that the Urban Decay Anti-Aging primer (which I accidentally grabbed instead of the Original at Sephora) and I find that that shadow primer doesn’t stop my shadow from creasing and within 4-5 hours my eyelids feel oily and my shadow  is just not having a good time.

I will definitely be repurchasing this product once I run out. I definitely am thanking Elizabeth Mott later every day.

This product retails for $20

My Everyday Lip

IMG_1286I am a huge lover of M.A.C Cosmetic products so obviously my everyday lip combo uses their products. I start out with coating my lips in lip balm first so that they won’t be dry and can survive for a few hours, then I use my Prep + Prime Lip  and give my lips a quick coat so that they colour I use stays. Then I contour my lips with Whirl lip pencil by M.A.C. by lining my lips, making sure I round them, draw an “x” on my top lip under the cupids bow, and then draw a line in the middle of my bottom lip and then two more lines; one on each side in the middle between the centre of my lip and the end of my lips. After that that I either use my M.A.C. lipstick in Twig or I use my Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Committed by The Balm Cosmetics.

Twig tends to rub off easily so it only lasts on my lips for a maximum of 4 hours with limited drinking. I usually wear Committed because it last a very long time (roughly 8 hours, probably longer) and I usually have to take it off with baby oil and makeup remover if I want it off sooner. The two have a similar colour. Twig is a little more darker and pinky while Committed has a slightly more coral tone. Both look great for a nude lip colour.

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I got Committed as a sample in my October 2015 Ipsy bag and this is definitely one of my top favourite products.

Smashbox Full Exposure Eyeshadow Palette Review

When I had decided that I wanted to start wearing eyeshadow to spice up my routine, I had purchased the Naked Basics2 eyeshadow palette, however that one palette was not enough of a variation for me, so I decided to purchase a second eyeshadow palette. After browsing all of the aisles at Shoppers, I had chosen to purchase the Smashbox Full Exposure palette for it’s many shades and tones of nude, and also the matte or sparkly options, all in one palette. It costs $62.00 CAN at Sephora.

The palette came with fourteen different shades of sparkles and mattes, including black, grey, and many shades of nudes, a double sided eyeshadow brush, and primer. However some do come with mascara instead of the primer.

This is the perfect palette for someone who is looking for something that’s a one-stop item because of it’s variation in nudes, dramatic shades, and sparkles. No matter what I’m doing or where I’m going, this palette is my go-to each time. I like to wear the pink toned nude every day to school to make my eyes pop, and on nights our with the girls I like to use one of the sparkly colours. Whether it be nude or grey or black is up to how I’m feeling and where we are going.

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Favourites: January 2016

1.  Tea Tree, Flawless BB Cream

This foundation is definitely my favourite that I’ve ever used, and Tea Tree is one of my favourite brands, so it makes sense that it would be on my favourites list. Tea Tree is amazing for oily, blemished skin, like mine. It’s age-defying, and I don’t break out using anything made by Tea Tree. It costs $18.00 CAN at The Body Shop, and is worth every penny. It leaves your skin looking matte and unnoticeable of any traces of foundation, unless of course if you’re using the wrong shade. They cost $4.63 CAN on their website, and once again, it’s worth every penny. I used to pay more than that for

2.  EOS, Evolution of Smooth

I’m one of those people who are constantly putting on lip chap, so it would make sense that I would have a lip chap on this list. EOS is by far my favourite lip chap. I used to use Burt’s Bees, however one day when my lips were extremely chapped and cracking, I needed something quick, and the shop I went to didn’t have any Burt’s Bees, so I grabbed the hottest new trend of lip chap: EOS. By the end of the day, my lips were perfectly fine, and after raving about it to a friend, she bought some herself and told me it was great! I haven’t ever regretted that decision, and I’m never looking back. They cost $4.63 CAN on their website, and once again, it’s worth every penny.

3.  Smashbox, Full Exposure Mascara

Like it says in my bio, I’m more of a natural girl, so a mascara that lengthens my eyelashes without any clumps is a must in order to maintain that “no makeup” look. The Smashbox Full Exposure mascara is exactly that. I got a sample in one of my Ipsy bags (which is what is in the picture), and I’ve loved it ever since. It costs $25.00 CAN for a full sized tube at Sephora, which can be a lot for mascara, so I only ever buy it when I want to treat myself.