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Essence Makeup: $2.49 Eyeshadows — Sign me up!!

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Essence is a European brand of cosmetics that is just making its way around to Canada this spring! This brand is known their fun, easy-to-use and highly pigmented cosmetics. They offer amazing prices that range from $1.49 to $4.99 CA. For those living in Canada, look forward to seeing Essence products on the shelves of Shoppers/Pharmaprix nationwide. Below are some of their most popular products:

Essence Mono Eyeshadows ($2.49 CA)

Essence I ♥ Glam Powder Eyeliner & Eyeshadow ($3.99)

Essence Tint It Colour Changing Lip Gloss ($2.99 CA)

Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil ($2.49 CA)

I plan on picking up some of these products up myself the next time I have a chance.

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Review: Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer!!

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What is the reason for the hype surrounding the Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer? Is it really that amazing? I purchased this product from Sephora for $42.00 CA to find out for myself. 

Product:

In the tube, this concealer has a very creamy and liquid consistency. The unusual aspect however, is that it creates a powder-like finish after it dries. This is great for those of you will oily skin because there’s no worry about looking shiny. Another plus is that this product does not tend to look cakey on the skin. This is because only a small amount of product is required for every application.

One thing that stood out to me when I first purchased the product is there was a lot of empty space in the tube. At first I was disappointed with this considering the steep price, but later realized that the 6mL lasts a VERY long time.

Pigmentation:

With this product, less is more! This concealer is probably the most pigmented and capable of covering the most imperfections, of all the concealers I have ever used. It takes a few tries to get the hang of how much product is required for each application, but after the trial period, it is very simple to cover even the darkest areas.

Packaging:

This product comes in a matte black tube. Nothing really special about it.

Longevity:

My experience with this product is that there was no problem with this product travelling on my skin. However, it does slightly fade as the day goes on.

Final Thoughts:

Will I be repurchaisng this product? Yes

Do I recommend this? Yes

Main Pro: Amazing Coverage

Main Con: Price 

Review: Maybelline Baby Lips in Grape Vine!!

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I was originally really drawn to the Maybelline Baby Lips in Grape Vine when it first hit stores because I wanted to find a dark purple lip colour that wasn’t too dramatic. After using it religiously and finishing the entire tube, here is what I think of it:

Product:

I was completely amazed at the moisturizing properties of this product. It was way better any other lip balm or lip butter I have ever used! The texture was very creamy and depending on how much you use it can be used as a lip gloss. I highly recommend this product to everyone who has problematic and dry lips because of this.

Pigmentation:

Grape vine is the darkest shade that this product comes in. In the tube, it appears to be a dark purple colour. When applied to the lips, this product has sheer pigmentation. It’s not nearly as dark as in the tube but is still noticeable on the lips. However, it looks more like a light burgundy than a purple.

Packaging:

There was nothing special about the packaging. It was average at best. The only thing that stood out about the packaging is that after using it for a few months, the cap became incredibly loose. At times, the cap would even fall off while in my bag.

Smell:

The smell not the best smelling lip products on the market. I don’t think that anyone should purchase this product based on smell alone. The smell of the shade grape vine is artificial grape. (It may smell like grape medicine to some people.)

Final Thoughts:

Will I be repurchaisng this product? Yes, likely in a different colour. 

Do I recommend this? Yes

Main Pro: Amazingly Moisturizing!

Main Con: Durability of the packaging 

Fab or Fad? EOS Lip Balm Review

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Last holiday season, I managed to get my hands on the EOS Lip Balm Smooth Sphere Holiday Pack. It consisted of three of their signature egg-shaped lip balms: strawberry sorbet, sweet mint, and passion fruit. Knowing where I live, I did not expect to see these lip balms at all. So when I saw them, I jumped at the chance to discover whether they really are as good as the hype.

Product:
It seemed to me that part of the hype surrounding this product had to do with its amazing moisturizing properties. I don’t necessarily agree with that. I honestly do not think that this lip balm is more moisturizing than any other. To me, the moisturizing properties of all lip balms are too similar to make any distinction at all.

Before I started using the EOS, I was using the Maybelline Baby Lips tinted lip balm which had a really creamy and glossy texture. The actual product of the EOS is more dense and does not give your lips a glossy texture or sheen.

Packaging:
I’ll admit, I would have purchased this product based on packaging alone. I mean, who could resist such a unique and interesting egg-shape? The packaging is also very good quality and sturdy. The problems with the packaging arise if you’re like me and like to place a million lip products in your pockets. You really can’t do this with the EOS. But that’s just a minor setback.

Smell (and Taste… LOL):
As far as the smell goes, I am really impressed by the range of scents the lip balms come in.  My favourite smell so far is passion fruit (purple). Sometime, I accedentally lick part of my lips with this product on. The taste of the passion fruit is actually pretty amazing! It’s sweet like candy. (Although, I don’t advise that you wear this product for this purpose alone.) I find that after I wipe the product off my lips, the taste still lingers around.

Will I be repurchasing this product? Honestly, I really depends on how long the hype of this product lasts. (It’s just starting to become popular in my country so the hype may last longer than in USA.)
Do I recommend this? Yes. Not for the product, but because of the packaging!
Main Pro: Design of Packaging… It’s a great conversation starter!
Main Con: The actual lip balm is nothing special.

And did I mention all the celebrities who have been spotted using this product!?!

Essie “Turquoise and Caicos” Review and Swatches!

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To view a review of the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free, click here.

Essie’s “Turquoise and Caicos” was first released in their Resort 2010 collection and has been added to their permanent line in response to its popularity. This colour is famous for being known as the “perfect Tiffany blue” colour. Although I believe it is more on the green side, it is still a beautiful polish for spring and summer.

Pigmentation:
Essie nail polishes generally require two coats to become 100% opaque and this one was no exception. However, if only one coat is applied, the polish may look very uneven and streaky.

Texture:
I loved the texture of this Essie polish. The formula was the perfect consistency in the way that it wasn’t too runny or thick. It allowed you to paint a thin, precise, and even coat without bumps.

Packaging and Brush:
The brush in Essie polishes are not the best. There is nothing special about the shape of the brush and the lid is too small to have a good grip on the handle. But for those of you who have smaller nails, this brush may be just what you need to get into the tight corners.

Will I be repurchasing this product? Yes.
Do I recommend this? Yes.
Main Pro: The colour is very unique and perfect for the warmer months.
Main Con: Brush is small and mediocre.

Mac Tecknakohl Liner VS. Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner

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In the past, I have used the Mac Tecknakohl Liner ($15 US)  religiously. While searching for a drugstore and less expensive alternative, my friend gave me a glowing review about the Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner ($7 -$10US). With a slightly lower price tag, I decided to give it a go.

Similarities

When I first tried the Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner, I could not find a distinction between the two liners. I was convinced that they were identical. And even to this date, they still seem eerily similar. They are both retractable eyeliners and smudge about the same amount throughout the day. The application, and longevity are identical.

Differences

  • The MAC liner has a much creamier texture. While, this may be a pro in terms of ease of application, it decreases the longevity and pigmentation of the eyeliner. The Revlon eyeliner, which does not have as much of a cream base, is slightly harder to apply. However, it is much more pigmented and lasts longer. After swatching both liners, I tried to rub them both off with a tissue. I was able to remove 90% of the MAC liner while the Revlon one would not budge no matter how hard I rubbed.
  • The MAC Tecknakohl liner contains a bit more product with 0.35 grams while the Revlon ColorStay only has 0.28 grams.
  • The Tecknahohl liner has better packaging. I found that the cap of the Revlon liner became loose after a few weeks and fell off easily (especially when travelling).
  • The Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner has an added bonus of a sharpener at the end of the liner (see photo below). However, I wouldn’t get my hopes up on this feature. The sharpener is poorly made of plastic and does nothing but waste your liner. Every time I attempt to use it, the only thing that happens is that a whole chunk of my liner is cut of and it’s not even sharpened!

Which one do I prefer?

Although not by much, I prefer the Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner. What won it for me was the pigmentation and longevity. I like a bold line and my pet peeve is when eyeliners migrate or disappear throughout the day. That’s not to say that I don’t also recommend the MAC Tecknakohl Liner. But if I were you, I would save myself the few dollars and perhaps get anther lip gloss…?

Diary Review: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer – Oil Free

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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer - Oil Free ($55 CA)

I have heard a lot about this tinted moisturizer – whether  on Youtube, through beauty blogs and from friends. This product, which is one of three in the brand’s collection of tinted moisturizers, promises to aid with oil control, provide light to medium coverage, all while providing subtle hydration. Did it hold up to all the hype or at least the claims on the product sticker? Continue reading for my diary review for the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free.

Laura Mercier Store

Day 1: First Impressions

I’m not going to lie. With a $55.00 price tag, i had some high hopes for this product. I was looking for product that would give me somewhat noticeable coverage without feeling heavy and cakey on young skin. When I first placed the product onto my skin, it was the perfect consistency for my skin type. This product did not feel overly moisturizing on my oil skin and did not encourage more the production of more oil (like it did for others who have reviewed this product). At the same time, it was creamy enough that it did not emphasize the small patches of dry skin that is usually accentuated with other makeup.

As far as the coverage goes, I was very impressed considering the fact that this is a tinted moisturizer goes. It’s not like other tinted moisturizers that only offer light pigmentation and that do not cover very much imperfections. This one definitely has light to medium coverage depending on how much you build it up. But for all of those with noticeable acne or acne scaring, don’t expect this product to cover those. I found that I still had to use concealer to hide those because it still showed through the tinted moisturizer. I would estimate that active acne and acne scaring are 30 – 35% covered by this product.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Swatch in Porcelain

Although the price is a bit steep at $55.00 (CA), this tinted moisturizer does come with a generous amount of product. No matter how much you use for each application, the 50mL tube will last you a decent amount of time.

Day 2: Maybe Oil-Free is Just a Bad Joke…

One thing that I have realized today about the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is that the tinted moisturizer is still a moisturizer despite the “oil-free” claim. This product provides much more moisture than my oil skin required. If you have oily skin, just like I do, don’t expect this product to keep you skin matte throughout the day (or even for a few hours for that matter). I took approximately a full minute for the product to dry into mys skin, and even then, it still leaves a slight greasy-feeling on my skin. It’s not necessarily a greasy texture that others will be able to notice on you, but definitely something that you  will feel when you touch your own skin. So although it did not cause the production of more oil on my face, i do not believe in this product’s claim to control oil.

Day 3: No Slip, No Slide

Wearing this product to school today gave me the perfect opportunity to test out the longevity. I found that throughout the entire day, it did not budge or fade by a noticeable amount. It was also an excellent base for my concealer (I used Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer). Usually, this concealer fades and disappears into nowhere part way through the day. However, this tinted moisturizer kept my concealer on all day as well. As far as longevity goes, I give it a two thumbs up!

Yesterday, I mentioned that this product leaves a greasy feeling on you skin. Although this still holds true, it leaves my skin appearing matte throughout the entire day (even though it may not feel that way).

Day 14:

Final Thoughts

Will I be repurchasing this product? Although I do love it, I think I can find one that’s better.
Do I recommend this? Only those who don’t have very oil skin and who do want lots of coverage.
Main Pro: Excellent coverage that lasts!
Main Con: Leaves a greasy texture on skin