BirchBox February 2016

I recently subscribed to BirchBox, which is a monthly subscription service that sends a box of 4 to 5 items of beauty related products so very simple to Ipsy. Since the Canadian dollar is so low right now BirchBox has suspended their current services for Canada so this is the only box I will be receiving and from my first impression of the box, I’m not too torn up about it.

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Naobay HydeaPlus Cream ($43)

 

Product Description: This boosts moisture levels in the skin with a combination of sage extract, olive oil, aloe vera and chamomile.

First Impression: At first glance it looks like your average cream so nothing really jumped out at me. It smells like a cream my great grandmother used when I was younger, a mixture between oil (not necessarily olive) and aloe vera. It’s not an unpleasant smell but it certainly isn’t my favourite. The creams leaves your skin feeling tacky and not smooth once it’s rubbed in. I have eczema and I found this cream irritated my skin a bit, not too much but enough to notice.

12765649_10205625382178189_2018429866_o Number 4 Fluoro Elixer Restore & Repair Oil ($30)

Product Description: This strand-saving elixer gives drab, dull hair a coveted movie star shine.

First Impression: I am actually very excited for this product. I love getting new things to try on my hair and this is no exception. It has a nice scent (floral maybe? I can’t really explain it) which stays with your hair and gives your hair a really nice shine. I have purple, pink and blue in my hair and this product made the colours more vibrant so I would say this is a huge win for me but I’m not sure if I would use it on my roots just because of how shinny and I’m scared it will look greasy.

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CLEAN White Woods Eau de Parfum ($44-79)

Product Description: Top notes of bergamot, mandarin, and black pepper are followed by notes of magnolia, lily and vanilla orchard.

First Impression: Ok I’m not going to lie; I am very picky about perfumes and this one was no exception. I didn’t think I’d like it from the product description and while it isn’t the worst perfume, it’s not something I would pick out for myself. Also a little goes a long way, this perfume is very strong.

12787442_10205625382458196_71098337_oObsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar -Black Metal Dahlia ($18)

Product Description: Apply the tiniest bead of this cruelty-free, cult favourite liquid lipstick to lips for matte, opaque coverage.

First Impression: This is the product I picked for my birchbox and I’m in love (I clearly made the right choice!). The colour is beautiful (although very dark) however because it’s in a test tube it isn’t easy to apply and it makes more of a mess than anything but I do love the product and I’ll just have to use a lip brush to apply it.

12773307_10205625382538198_1312867384_o Cynthia Rowley Beauty Black Eyeliner ($18)

Product Description: A luxe, creamy liner from the NYC-based designer for smudge proof, all-day wear.

First Impression: love this eyeliner! I have said it time and time again I am not an eyeliner person (simply because I don’t have the patience) but this eyeliner is amazing and I can’t wait to start wearing it! It’s creamy and it’s the blackest eyeliner I have ever had! I love how creamy it is and that it’s long wear (no joke I swatched in on my wrist and then had a shower and had to scrub it off that’s how good it is!). This is defiantly my favourite product out of the whole box!

Final Impression: I honestly wasn’t too impressed with BirchBox this month. I was expecting more because of all the good things I heard about them but alas that’s life. I do really love the eyeliner and the repair hair oil so it wasn’t a complete loss.

 

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.

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

Ipsy February 2016

The month of February was Pretty in #IPSYPink and I have to say this is my favourite glam bag to date! I received 5 products in my bag this month and I’m already head over heels for it.

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Mica Pigment by Naked Cosmetics in Sierra Nevada #02 ($14.99)

Product description: Naked Cosmetics is the purest, most natural make-up that exists. Naked Pigments are 100% oxidized Mica, and do not contain talc, oil, wax or other fillers that can be harmful to your skin. It is 100% color to give you a pure product that is non-allergenic, non-perishable, and simply beautiful.

  • High pigment
  • Natural and Non Comedogenic
  • Flexible use – pigments can be used for eyes, face, lips, nails and body
  • Blends well with other colors and products

First impression: This pigment is very light and high in shimmer (which I love!). I have never used a pigment before so I’m not really sure how I’ll make out with this product but I swatched it really quick (on it’s own) and was impressed by the high pigmentation and the high shimmer. I am defiantly looking forward to trying new looks with this pigment.

BelláPierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Desert Rose ($45.00)

Product description: This creamy, non-comedogenic Mineral Blush gives you a beautiful, healthy flush that looks natural. Recommended by make-up artists and dermatologists, this award-winning blush is talc-free, paraben-free, and suitable for all skin types and conditions.

  • All natural
  • Vegan
  • Creates a natural blush

First impression: First off, I don’t really wear blush. I have very rosey cheeks that I’m always trying to cover so I don’t see the need to purchase blush. That being said when I saw I was receiving this product I got really excited. I love mineral based products and the colour is gorgeous! I tested out the colour and it is the perfect shade for me. It is a lighter pink, almost a light coral, so it adds colour to my face without making me look like a tomato. One of the things I really like about this blush is it doesn’t have shimmer (or if it does it’s very minimal and I just don’t see it).

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Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil ($42.00)

Product description:  The Power of a Primer. The Luxury of a Face Oil.

Fall in love with your skin — before you put on makeup — with the first ever primer specially formulated in a lightweight, lustrous oil. This fast-absorbing hero blend of 15 essential and lipid-rich plant oils penetrate instantly to moisturize your face for seamless foundation application with a dewy, youthful finish. In fact, you might think twice before you reach for your makeup.

  • Softens complexion to make foundation look like skin
  • Instantly absorbs and adds radiance
  • 15 essential and lipid-rich plant oils including moisturizing jojoba and calming chamomile
  • Apply a few drops to split-ends, cuticles, elbows and clavicle for a dewy, youthful sheen

First impression: So I haven’t tried this product at all yet but I have to say I’m a little nervous about putting an oil based product on my face. I have very oily spots on my face so putting oil on oil (in my mind) is just a recipe for disaster but none the less if I try it and I really like it then you’ll get a review on it!

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Perfectly Posh BFF: Best Face Forever Exfoliating Daily Face Wash ($21.00)

Product description:  BFF: Best Face Forever Exfoliating Daily Face Wash will make your skin look naturally radiant. It’s packed with natural microbeads to gently exfoliate and freshen your face with a blend of grapefruit and peppermint essential oils. Clear away dry, dead skin in a flash and always put your best face forward.

  • Gentle enough for daily use
  • All natural, sulfate-free and infused with Aloe Vera, Grapefruit and Peppermint Essential Oils
  • Sugar based microbeads lightly scrub clean and remove dead skin cells

First impression: WOW! So I tried this face wash this morning and was blown away by how amazing it is! I love getting exfoliating products so I was really excited for this and rightfully so! This face wash doesn’t only leave your skin feeling incredibly soft and refreshed but the smell is incredible! There is nothing worse than using a face product and it smelling gross but this was not the case for this product! The smell is a blend of grapefruit and peppermint and I love it! I can already tell I’ll be repurchasing this again when I run out!

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Trustfund Beauty in “I’m Kind of a Big Deal” ($15.00)

Product description:  Formulated with love in the USA and EU, Trust Fund Beauty is always vegan and cruelty-free. If you’re looking to minimize the toxic content you’re exposed to, and you believe you can be beautiful without being cruel, Trust Fund Beauty is the indie cosmetics company for you. This baby pink shade will let everyone know that you really are a big deal!

  • Non-toxic
  • Long-wear
  • Cruelty-free

First impression: This is probably the product I was most excited for this month. I have wanted to try TrustFund for a while but never got around to actually ordering it so when I saw it was in the glam bags this month I was immediately hopeful I would get a bottle. And thankfully I did. The colour is a beautiful pink colour (a dusty rose) and the colour pay off is awesome! It’s so well formulated that you could get away with just one coat and your top coat!

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The bag. The bag is so cute! I would have to say it takes the place of the galaxy bag as my favourite bag. I love how this looks and I will defiantly be using it on a regular basis!

Overall the bag this month was incredible and is exactly what I love about Ipsy! I found some new favourite products that I would never have come across!

 

 

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.

Products I Regret Buying

Being a makeup lover comes with discovering products you fall head over heels in love with and then some you wish you never had in your collection. While I tend to love almost everything I buy there are some that I regret buying.

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Younique Moodstuck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara ($35.00) 

I heard so many amazing things about this mascara that this lengthened your lashed like falsies while making them look fuller. I was so excited to try this product because my lashes are practically non existent so I was hoping this product would be my saving grace. Unfortunately I was extremely disappointed. While my lashes were fuller, it required more coats than I deemed necessary and they were clumpy. The fibers (even after I went over them with the gel) flaked and I was left with a bunch of black clumps under my eyes. Needless to say, for me this product was disappointing and not worth the price.

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Maybelline Master Graphic by Eyestudio ($9.96)

Before I start let me be very clear; I can not do eyeliner to save my life. However this applicator is suppose to make lines (both thin and thick) easier because it’s felt tip and pointed end. I didn’t have a problem with the formula but the application was messy each time. One of the things about the packaging that annoyed me was every time I removed the cover the inner plastic cap stayed on (which isn’t suppose to happen). Overall I wasn’t impressed with this product.

Maybelline Browdrama ($9.96)

I need brow gel, that is the hard cold truth about my crazy brows. My go to was Benefits GimmeBrow but there were times it would be sold out and I would need a quick fix and when I saw Browdrama I thought I found my new holy grail. Well I didn’t. This product, while it matches my brows perfectly, is not a favourite. It left my brows feeling and looking crusty and hard (like hair gel does, not a cute look) so for that reason this product was a miss for me.

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Covergirl Colorlicious Lipgloss in Plumlicious 650 ($6.97)

I was so excited for this gloss because I have been looking high and low for a purple coloured gloss (I’m slightly obsessed with purple lip colours). I loved how gorgeous this colour was in the bottle (like so beautiful) but when I put it on my lips it was pink. Straight up pink, no purple at all. I realize this is a gloss but I still expect the colour to be somewhat similar to what it is in the bottle.

Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara ($6.97)

I don’t know why I keep trying Covergirl mascaras, they never work for me. This mascara had such promise (in my mind) but when I tried it I was disappointed. While my lashes did get a little lift with it, it ran. I don’t understand what happened but I put it on and it would dry and then I would look in the mirror and there would be dark smudges under my eyes from the mascara on my lower lashes (and I didn’t even rub my eyes!) so I was disappointed in this product (it’s got cute packaging though).