Thursday, July 21, 2016

Highlight on fleek (I'm so sorry)

I kinda hate myself for that title, but it had to be done. Here's a low-down on my collection of glow-getters...

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle
Neet was the reason for this purchase - thanks, love! This gives me a soft, golden glow. Great for everyday.

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
Such a staple for a lot of us. This one packs some punch and offers a gorgeous, champagne sheen. Much love.

Boe Beauty Shimmer
The first 2-3 uses had me enamoured, but once that pretty glitter overspray was gone, I was left with a matte, skintoned powder. Total poop.

TooFaced Candlelight Glow in Rosy Glow
This cutie is super pretty, but didn't photograph well. I love the golden reflect in both shades - it gives me a flattering shade and finish.

Red Earth Illuminating Skin Fluid in Magician
While those with great skin can mix this into their base for a stunning, all-over radiance, I only use this on my cheekbones and along my orbital bone (is that what it's called?) for a gorgeous, fresh, healthy, glowy, er, glow. I have so much love for this. It gives me the kinda glow that looks almost natural/from within. Plus, the liquid's texture is smooth and delicious (haven't actually tasted it - yet).

elf Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal
This tiny tube of glowy goodness is great, especially for $3. It gives me a pretty solid shot of shine, though it does lean a little cooler than I expected. It's also a little thick, so blending is key.

Sleek Highlighting Palette in Solstice (forgot to do swatches - soz! here's my Insta pic tho)
Honestly, only two of these shades are wearable highlighters for me and even so, they're still slightly too cool for my liking. Also, while the cream swatches well, on the face, I find it disrupts my foundation when I try to blend it in. While I was initally besotted with this purchase (I certainly love the packaging), I definitely could've gone without it.

What are your highlighter loves?


Monday, July 18, 2016

My love for eye patches

Ahoy! Wait, no. We're not talking Pirate Pete here - this is about my love for these wonderful, sheet mask-like patches you stick under your eyes that offer a super boost of moisture and softness.

You can find a Sephora-branded version for $3 a pop (I rate Rose, Green Tea and Pearl - lol, they're probs identical), but the one above is by Etude House (I picked it up for $3.50 at Beautyworks Cosmetica). I find it a lot more saturated than the Sephora version, which feels super nice, especially if I'm dealing with puffy irritation from allergies/crying/bee stings/a water balloon to the eye. These are also a little smaller than the Sephora version, which I prefer. Much better fit.

While I don't find these little patches doing much in terms of dark circles (shame), I still love the way they make my undereye area feel. Soft! Nourished! Less crinkly! Peppy! Yay.

Have you tried these?


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Rimmel Moisture Renew Sheer & Shine

While a strong, matte lip has been my jam for a while, I'm definitely partial to a smidgen of shine. I'm also definitely partial to a lip product that I can throw on while rushing off to work in a sleepy stupor.

When I spotted the new range of Moisture Renew lippies at Priceline, I was immediately drawn to the candy pink tubes (they also have a fresh range of the regular line). When I swatched them, I fell in love with their smooth, nourishing feel and wearable pigment. Alas, my beauty ban was/is in full effect, so it wasn't meant to be.

But the gods were smiling down on me, my friends! A few days later, I was offered the full range for trial and review. What a world we live in...

There are six shades in the Rimmel Moisture Renew Sheer & Shine line.

Glow-rious Pink - my #1 fave! This is a pretty, face-brightening, very wearable soft pink. If I were to recommend just one of these, it would be this.
Better & Brighter - another major fave. This one offers a nice, little shot of beigey nude. A nude that's super easy to wear? I'll take it.
Red-y, Set, Go! - this orange-based red swatches fairly sheer, but looks quite punchy on the lips. I'm wearing it in this Insta pic, if you're curious.
Woke Up Like This - this one's a super light peachy nude. Not a fan of this shade. Looks odd on me.
Pink Rules - a pretty fuschia that offers a similar punch to Red-y, Set, Go!.
Spin All Spring - another fave. This soft, peachy coral quickly brightens a tired, old face. My tired, old face. I am tired and old. Pls help.

Pink Rules, Better & Brighter, Glow-rious Pink, Red-y, Set, Go!, Woke Up Like This, Spin All Spring

I honestly didn't expect to love these as much as I do, but here we are. Reasons:

* they're easy - this is key. I enjoy limited fuss. Getting a nice, 'done' lip in seconds is the kinda shit I like.
* they're smooth and lush-feeling - they glide on like a dream.
* they offer balm-like comfort (they have Vitamins E, C & A).
* they offer a juicy tint that makes me look fresh and yay.
* they're pretty and shiny and adorable.
* they're fairly affordable - $13.95.

Even if you're not a sheer lip kinda gal, these are absolutely worth a shot. Legit.

Any thoughts?


Friday, July 15, 2016


Maaate, do I love a mask. I thought I'd share my current stash and talk you through my loves and loathes (and everything in between).

Skin Food Egg White Pore Mask
I bought this at the wondeful Asian beauty heaven that is Beautyworks Cosmetica. If you've never visited, do so. So many goodies! Anyway, this mask is great. It brightens my complexion and helps to flatten out big, pesky pimples. Don't really think it does anything with large pores, but that's coo'.

Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Clarifying Black Mask 
Helps to heal with my breakouts without drying out my skin and gives me a brighter face. I dig.

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
This, I love! While it makes my skin burn-tingle and leaves me looking like a tomato (definitely not one to use before heading out!), it also gives me a super smooth and super brightened complexion. Probably not one for those with sensitive skin, but I'm definitely a fan.

Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask
While I had high hopes for this mask, I didn't find it effective at all. I expected a super-punch of moisture and a helping hand with fine lines, but nah. Nothing. Do not rate.

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask
This one is meant to soothe irritated skin, but again, nah. It just didn't do anything for my skin. Pass.

Mario Badescu Whitening Mask (not pictured)
The only reason I don't have this in my current arsenal is because I'm currently working through six masks (I also have the gold PTR that I am yet to try!) and it would be ridiculous for me to buy a new one. Once I cut my collection down, this is definitely going to be repurchased. This gives my skin an instant brightening and clarifying effect and has successfully lightened some of my post-acne marks. Winner!

Proactiv Refining Mask (not pictured)
I threw this one out a while ago, but let me tell you that this is probably the worst mask I've encountered in my 31 years on this earth. Not only does it reek, but it also does nothing for my skin. As a fun bonus, it also breaks me out. Jolly good fun!

What are your favourite masks?


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

I am very much a fan of facial sprays. Whether it's using one at my desk (this is usually to soothe me/prevent me from throwing something across the room) or after slapping on a full face of cake, I am totes down for the facial spritz.

After a long affair with regular ol' rosewater, I've found a new favourite - the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater. It's decently priced - $10 for 118ml (couldn't do 120ml, Mario?) and a workable size for lugging around, if need be.

The nozzle produces a super even and light spritz of product which is key. I don't fuck with sprays that spit product at me. It also smells nice, which is obviously just as important. It's a soft 'n' light rosewater scent which is always soothing to me, despite the fact that I don't actually dig the smell of roses. Plus, it does a fine job at giving my skin a refreshing pep and nixxing dullness and dry bits. Yay!

Grab it at Mecca Maxima, if you're down.


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