Purchased & Reviewed: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush in Tigerlily

It’s been a while since I’ve published a purchase post but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been making them 24/7 all around town. What better way to get back to it than by reviewing a Becca product? They’re hotter than me running around a mall with 13 different shopping bags. Shall we?

Packaging: Compact, snap to close circular shell, akin to most Becca powders & blushes. I was a little surprised at the smaller size of this particular product (I guess I’m used to the larger highlighters. The only aspect I can’t get comfortable with is the outer shell of Becca compacts – the material picks up a lot of makeup transfer and are hard to keep clean unless you’re Lysol wiping on the daily. Minor.

Product: Ever since Champagne Pop and the Champagne Glow palette – I have been sold on all things Becca. I had no idea who Jaclyn Hill was nor do I watch her videos but I knew that the highlighter palette she conjured up with the brand was straight out of the golden gates and the rest is history. Anyway, back to the product – it’s sublime, perfect, the ideal blush, the holy grail if you must. The pigment, the shimmer, the multi-dimensional matte/glow effect and the staying power – 10’s across the board. I have not one complaint.

Colour: This is my favourite shade out of all the Shimmering Skin Perfectors. I love me a nice orange especially for my skin tone. This particular shade is a medium orange with red undertones. The gold flecked finish is what’s making makeup hoarders lose their shit. The colour is build-able but I find that a little goes a long way (also depends on which kind of brush you’re using). The end result for me is semi opaque, medium orange and gold glow that’s the focal point of my face. I blend in a little highlighter and add a nude-y lip and have pretty much secured my go-to face for the rest of the summer.

Wearability: All over town. If you use a light hand you can wear it alone for a little pop of colour or if you got your Go – Go – Gadget Sephora hands on you can add it to a matte blush of your choice and up the force shield. I myself wear it as a blush alone over my contour and the colour pay off is more than enough…intense even. I find that I like this particular shade better with a nude/light lip because the orange/red undertones are a little too #ootn for a daytime look.

Verdict: You have to have at least one Becca product to experience what the hype is all about. Whether it’s the blush, the highlighter, or the new eyeshadow palette – the hype is legitimate. These blushes have staying power, nice pigmentation and allows you to build it up to create either a flushed peach look or one that mimics the Snapchat filter of that cute trans. You hold the power.

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(Photo above was taken au natural).

Try it for yourself here.

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Purchased & Reviewed: Laura Mercier Matte to Metal Caviar Stick Collection

I haven’t done in a review in a while and there’s no better review than a rave one where I drool onto the keyboard and foam at the mouth.

I picked up these Laura Mercier caviar shadow sticks a month ago and took the obligatory photos for this post specifically. Before these I was proud owner to one single shadow stick (my Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pops have accepted that they’re not the only bad bitches in the room) – obvs 1 is never enough, especially when they’re ideal for quick, effortless makeup application.

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Here are all the feels:

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Packaging: These minis are not so mini – so you get the most out of your cold hard cash. I love the twist pop shadows because they allow for you to choose just how much you want at a time. Everything else is sleek and minimalist – it’s how Mercier rolls. Oh, and the color swatch at the bottom tip of each stick is nice when you have hoards of makeup to go through and little time.

Formula: Just f*cking amazing. Glide on, creaseless, stay put shadow that’s easy to blend and apply. The colors are earthy neutrals and are include matte and semi metallic finishes.  If you’re looking for something easier than that you’re insufferable and unsatisfied with life whereas I recommend you should be on the receiving end of a reality check.

Price: For this little package – $58 is a steal – especially when each pen will cost you approx. $28 each. Keep in mind these last forever if you don’t go all Jenner/Kardashian on your face.

Verdict: Yes. If you’re a newbie to the brand then this set is made for you – it lets you experience the range of colors offered in the sticks and gives you bragging rights when it comes to having the newest and most noteworthy makeup around town. Is that just a junkie thing? Anyway, awesome for toting around in a makeup bag, really versatile color range for a variety of different looks and it’s cost effective. Go get.

I picked this set up at Nordstrom – currently the only home to it. Don’t blame me for the 1789 other items you end up purchasing from there. That’s the type of behavior I encourage so you’re SOL.

Make the purchase here.

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xoxo

Purchased & Reviewed: Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder & Bite Beauty Matte Lip Creme Crayon

Laura Mercier is slowly becoming one of my favorite brands – could be due to the Cavier eye sticks, the fine powders or the artfully baked highlighters and bronzers. Could be due to the whole damn line. Don’t care – I’m hooked.

My trusty matte radiance highlighter is a month or so from disintegrating so I went into Sephora to replenish it but being the crow that I am – I was distracted by a new exclusive highlighter/shimmer/bronzer that was recently introduced. Cue angels singing and strumming on a harp (all with flawless makeup ovbs). Just when I thought I couldn’t come across anything better…

Hello Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder. You have come into my life and now I will clone the sh*t out of you.

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Here are my feels:

Packaging: Classy and minimalist like the rest of the line. I love how such straightforward, simple packaging holds such gems on the inside. The inside? Work of art. This should be displayed in galleries all across the continent. I almost didn’t want to use it it was so gorgeous.

Formula/Coloring: Probably the best shimmer/bronzer I’ve put on my face. A simple sweep transfers a good amount of product. I use a larger round blush brush and apply on top of my cheekbones for a nice shimmer and really, all I need is one swipe. Instant shimmer. The pearly formula allows you to build up to the level you’re looking to achieve. I carve out the cheeks a bit so blending this into my contour adds a really nice sheen rather than a harsher matte look. The shading is a soft, pretty rose gold with a subtle gold underlay. You can use this as a highlighter for sure, just depends on what the shade of your skin is really. I recommend blending it into your contour/blush for the best possible effect. Maybe refrain from using on the area under your eyes as you would a lighter highlighter – you might not get the bright eyed effect you’re looking for. As for staying power – #allday

Wearability: I can make this work morning, noon, and night. It all depends on what else you have going on and what your makeup style is. If you’re looking for a more natural look then skip the contour and blush and use this as a bronzer to add a bit of glow. If you’re YouTube/Force Field strong then add it to your arsenal in varying intensity. Versatile as sh*t.

PriceI spent $50CAD on this bad boy. The USD price was $42 which I do think is a little pricey for bronzer but once I tried it on and my soul started glimmering through my skin – any qualms about price went poof. You can probably find a similar product for a thriftier price but I am smitten. It was one of those – buy it or have it stalk you around town kind of situations.

VerdictYou have to at least go check it out and see if it does it for you. I can honestly say it would be flattering on any skin tone. The radiance it adds to your routine is significant. Like I mentioned earlier you can use it as a highlighter, a bronzer or in places you want to had a bit of a healthy subtle glow.

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You can get it here.

(The Canadian site is currently Out of Stock – it’s that good)

On to the next mind blowing purchase…

My sister’s purchase inticed me to see what the deal was with the Bite Beauty lip crème matte lipstick pencils. Again, my streak of being blown away by pretty much every single prouduct I bring home is strong. I don’t think I’ve disappointed myself since that NARS mechanical lip pencil that ripped a hole through my heart. This is one of the most amazing mattes I’ve put on my lips. I’m known to exaggerate from time to time – you know – I’ll die without mascara, I need that new Karlito purse charm before water/air etc etc you get the point….it’s not a rave review unless you’re drooling onto your keyboard and wanting to wear your lipstick to bed amiright?

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The feels?

PackagingAgain, clean and minimalist is what you need on the outside when your product packs so much ferocity on the inside. These are even better than their frenemies because of the twist bottom (no sharpener needed).

Formula/Coloring: You need to take a seat for this one. Let me amplify this one key characteristic – this is one of the most hydrating mattes I’ve ever worn. No exaggeration. You can ridicule/heckle me if you don’t think so yourself. The not so secret ingredients are Resveratrol which acts as an antioxidant & Orange Peel Wax which locks in moisture leaving a waterproof armour on the lips. Also key players – Jojoba oil, fruit butters & Castor Oil – all of which leave your lips insanely hydrated and dewy. I put it to the test by applying at 7am and then not removing it until I removed the face before my workout at approx 530pm. I did retouch it after lunch, which is kind of a give in for all lipsticks in my opinion. Not a flake, a crease, or an unsightly residue. Nothing is uglier than a matte that is practically peeling itself off your lips in search for freedom for it’s dry ass, dusty ass life. Just, no.

WearibilityI chose the shade Sucre (a warm pink). I only had time to try on a few and when I put this on and looked in the mirror I was all “hayyyy what your name is? “why you look so good?” “why your lipstick so nice?” That did it for me. It comes in 12 different shades that I can’t wait to smother all over myself on my next Sephora trip. I love this shade for daytime/night. In terms of bearability (shade wise) it’s up to you – what you feel compliments your skin, what works with whatever else you have going on etc etc…there’s a shade for all types.

Price: $28 USD which I feel is appropriate for such an awesome product. I’d shell out extra for this stuff – it has such amazing staying power and I can barely feel it on my lips – you can’t put a price on a lipstick that both looks and feels good.

VerdictYou absolutely need this. If you’ve been searching for a matte that won’t dry out your lips, or you’re new to the lipstick game, then this is your transition product. It’s easy to use, easy to apply and so damn easy to wear. One of every color please.

 You can get them here .

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xo

Purchased & Reviewed: Sephora Hit

I usually cherish and savour every single trip to Sephora but I have to admit that going in to replenish product is something I need to do quickly and without emotion. This could be due to the fact that I love coming home with new goods – it’s exciting, you’re pumped to use something you’ve been dying to get your hands on, wear something you’ve ordered online, and review something you’ve falling head over heels for. When you have to re-purchase something you’ve ran out of it’s akin to going to the pharmacy to re-fill a prescription. You need this sh*t because you can’t survive without it. No. I’m not exaggerating. That Stila liquid liner? I need that as much as I need my thyroid medication. I don’t misrepresent when it comes to makeup.

Anyway, my most recent trip was both for pleasure and purpose. Check out the goods:

FRESH Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil

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I had a sample of this oil a few months back and decided to purchase now because I actually forgot about it. I have fairly normal skin and no crazy breakouts or mishaps but it’s been a little dry lately so I went back to this because it had worked so well. It’s a fancy little blend of sea berry, cranberry seed, camellia seed, grapeseed, and sweet almond – all which moisturize like their livelihoods depend on it. It’s light and has a nice exotic smell to it – a couple drops is all you need to smooth over your face. Vitamin E and all those crazy antioxidants protects the skin and leaves it feeling soft and scale free. I like the dropper situation. You can take what you need and the rest goes back in the glass vial. I’m not a fan of the over pour because it usually goes to waste – especially if you can’t get your excess back in the bottle. I use a little every night around my eyes and any problem areas and I’ve been waking up to softer skin. Trust.

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Get it here.

Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

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I swear by this liner. Nary a day goes by without it. Yes, I’ve used a couple different liquid liners but this is one of my favourites because of the staying power and the applicator tip. I usually do a subtle cat eye and honestly feel that the sleek style, length, and easy glide of this pen is what ensures I don’t end up looking like Wino 2.0 I’ve yet to experience smudging, feathering or fading. I’ll replenish it once I notice my current one is emptying out – the only risk I take is driving over the speed limit. I don’t f*ck around when it comes to liquid liner. That stuff needs to be replaced quick.

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Get it here.

Christopher Kane for NARS Blush in Starscape

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I’m not going to lie – I went in for the Silent Nude shade thinking that it would be a more wearable choice but left with this slap-you-in-the-face pink because I had been sorely mistaken. The Silent Nude left a very subtle color on my skin (which is a light olive tone) so I couldn’t justify purchasing a non colour. I was so pleased that Starscape wasn’t as shocking on my skin as it looks in the compact. A  couple taps and a couple strokes gives me a nice flushed appearance – as opposed to an amateur in Vegas look. It’s probably due to the formulation which is soft and sheer. The neon accented packaging and colour will throw you off but try it on first – duh. You might end up being surprised at how it looks on your skin – blend it with a little highlighter and it’s even better.

The swatch pic is in natural light without any filter.

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Get it here.

Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette

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I actually purchased this a month ago and never posted a review so now’s a good a time as any. I know the debate between this kit and the Anastasia one has been going for months and I wish I had posted sooner to end all that indecision and incessant bickering – but either way I haven’t come to a conclusion because I have yet to try the other. I know that Anastasia offers two different palettes catering to light, medium and dark skin tones but I feel that this kit can flatter all 3 in one palette. The darker shades help create a nice depth and chisel while the lighter shades and highlighters help form dimension and give off a natural luminosity. I like the matte formulations because they look so natural – even the highlighters. I always use a little highlighter in areas under the eyes and above the cheekbones, but using a matte gives a very innate glow rather than an acquired one. I found the shades very easy to blend and fan out and it’s partly in thanks to the different brushes and tools I have. The accompanying double ended Light & Contour brush you can purchase separately is a good one to have if you don’t have anything similar. A tapered, angled brush is ideal and this boasts two that work for all your contouring, highlighting, and blending needs. I have tapered brushes, fluffy ones, highlighting brushes and stiff buffers but I’m thinking of purchasing this one to see if it lives up to it’s hype. Either way – I love this palette. If you’re not a fan of purchasing a ton of different products (you should re-examine your lifestyle – kidding) then this palette is perfect (contour, bronze, and highlight all in one). You need it.

I took photos in a couple different light settings so you can get a better idea – although nothing beats checking it out in store.

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Get it here.

You’re welcome on your new face – and sorry for your new bank account balance.

xo

Purchased & Reviewed: Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick

This shadow stick game is strong. Marc Jacobs, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Nars…you can sit with them.

To me, the OG is the high falutin Twinkle Pop from Marc Jacobs but the aforementioned are right up there clawing its eyes out. This would have been a nice time for a comparison between the 3 I currently have in my collection (Marc Jacobs, Laura Mercier, and Bobbi Brown) but I like to devote the limelight to one product at a time. The rest can give side eye from the front row.

I took advantage of a sweet coupon code Bobbi Brown online had for about a week a few weeks back and thinking it was a costly mistake on their website (clearly – because how else can I score 3 shadow sticks and a mascara for $50?!) I took full advantage.

This is what I got:
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There’s a few different combinations available on the site (online exclusives) and I chose the Iced Blue  trio because it had a really nice neutral golden hued shade (in most sets), a darker crease enhancer and the most amazing ice blue I’ve ever laid eyes on. Behold.

Left to Right: Ice Blue, Vanilla, Forest, Bark

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Packaging: Typical sleek and pro looking as all Bobbi Brown products are. I love the minimalist look. Totally throws you off to the pops of colour inside.

Formula: Dead. The formula is a more matte cream based shadow (compared to other brands). It applied very easily with just a few strokes and lasted all damn day. I put on my face around 545am every morning and it lasted until I wiped it off. Because it was cream based I thought it would feel sticky and would be harder for me to apply my liquid liner on top – nope. No struggle. It’s also waterproof but I mean I don’t watch Grey’s with makeup on nor do I stand in the rain waiting for it to wipe my face off. The only issue you might have is when you’re blending – because it’s cream based it may be a little harder to blend if you’re not a pro, so – work quick.

Wearability: Like I mentioned, it’s an all day clinger. I didn’t experience any flaking, dryness or creases (I tried it without primer as well just to make sure it wasn’t a side effect from that). The colours range from neutrals to jewel toned shades like Forest and Violet Plum. If you like palettes like Urban Decay Basics they you’ll die for this colour spectrum.

Price: I scored this set for $62 ($52 with my 15% off code). It was worth over $100 so that really did it for me. Most of the shadow sticks in the same class are approx $30-$37 and 1 of these retails for $29 USD and $34 CAD. I find the price to be fair because they’re long lasting, the colours are gorgeous and if you’re a makeup hoarder then you’re used to the higher price point.

Verdict: Oh hells yes. You need to try at least one of these out. They’re amazing for those that don’t like spending too much time with shadow and brushes – or those that are a little uneasy with applying makeup. They’re practically foolproof. Go get you some.

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xo

You can find them here:

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Oh – and in case you’re wondering I also purchased one of my favourite lipstick formulas – Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in Pink Nude. (One of the most moisturizing mattes I’ve ever used).