Giving My Least Favourite Makeup Another Chance…

Hello loves!

I was recently thinking about the plethora of makeup I own and began to ponder about how much of it I have actually used. (I know dangerous territory haha) I specifically remembered how excited I was when I bought the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette in Los Angeles last year, and the immediate let down I felt when I first tried it. I basically used it twice (maybe) and then put it to rest in the back of my makeup drawer. When I started school in March I put it in my kit in hopes it would get used. It did here and there but not until TODAY have I given it a second chance on my own face.

I created a fun look using the brown and red shades in the palette and I’m not afraid to say I’m loving it… the look that is.

I am still on the fence about a few shades in the palette (specifically the chunky/glittery shades)  but quite a few of them have redeemed them self.

The lighter shades like Stark and Skimp are lovely base and highlight shades. They’re indeed very soft and create a great base for other shadows and the taupe shades like Zone and Anaheim go great in the crease and don’t shift in colour once applied.

Now we move to where I had some trouble…

I tried to add Punk into the crease and things got a little sticky. That shade does not blend well at all. It goes on and stays exactly where you put it. The pigment in the darker colours is almost too much to work with (dare I say something can be too pigmented?). I could feel the yucky disappointment creeping in again but I fought it and spent a few extra seconds (minutes… hours who knows lol)  blending it out. I realized that its insane pigmentation could work better perhaps as a liner than a shadow, and I was right!

I used Steady as my shimmer shade and I was pleasantly surprised by its creamy consistency. My faith had been slightly restored, to say the least! The shade is beautiful while still being subtle.

All in all, I am happier this time around with the palette than a year ago. I can say that I really like about 75% of the colours and consistency of the palette. 😛

Did you like this second chance kind of blog posts where I bring back an ‘oldie’ and give it another try? I feel like I get caught up in needing to have the newest and best makeup and forget about just having fun and being creative with my writing.

Anyhoo I’d love to hear some feedback!

Face:

Clinique Moisture Surge

Maybelline Fit Me concealer

Sephora Powder Foundation

Rimmel Natural Bronzer

Ciaté London Bamboo Bronzer

Lips:

MAC lipstick in Rubywoo (with a tiny bit of gloss mixed in)

Brows:

MAC shadow in Taupe

*A very old* Rimmel Brow Mascara

Disappointing Drugstore Products…

Hello loves!

Anyone who knows me, is aware that I try to be a very positive person. I try to find the up side in everything, and stay away from negativity.

That is one of the big reasons I have avoided doing any blog posts like this, but I have realized as a writer and an avid beauty lover sometimes you have to share a little critique.

Yes, I have made a list of what I consider disappointing beauty products. Now I understand all our opinions and experiences may different , so I want to state this is merely my opinion and what I like/dislike will differ from what others think. 🙂

(I laughed as I was taking the following pictures because I felt like I was taking mugshots of all the products 😂)

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irst disappointment really hit hard with the Physicians Formula 'Glow and Mood Boosting Blush. I had heard so many rave reviews about this brand so I thought I would try them out. I feel like I got very sucked into the hype with this product. Along with the blush I bought a Pearl Highlighter, which I have given away due to my dislike towards that product as well. From first swatch this blush had no pigmentation to it. I decided to use my brush and try it on my cheeks. It took forever to get any colour pay off, and on top of that, by the second time I went to use it, it had this weird layer on it that made it impossible to get any product out. I tried scraping it with a eyebrow brush to get it off but it continued to 'crust over' no matter what I did. I am willing to give Physicians Formula another try, but I need some great recommendations before I spend any more dollars on their products.

💀 The next product was another hype I got seriously sucked into, and that was the Katy Kat Matte lipsticks by Katy Perry. This was another product I was disappointed by the first swatch. I have tried far better matte lipsticks for way cheaper too. At first swatch, I thought it was the weirdest matte lipstick I had ever tried. It wasn't matte at all, it was more of a gritty lipstick. While the colour is beautiful, the lipstick goes on so patchy it's impossible to appreciate the colour. Along with that, when it finally dries out matte, it has gunked up in the corners of my mouth and the middle of my lips.

💀 Next is the Marcelle 'Flawless Skin Fusion Concealer'. When I bought this I was looking for a great under eye, semi full coverage concealer. I was thinking, if I buy a pricier drugstore Concealer, it only makes sense it would be better quality right? No. What I got was not that at all. The name 'Skin Fusion' lead me to believe it would blend in nicely with my skin. That wasn't the case. I applied the product in my problem areas and began blending. To my surprise, by the time I had began blending the concealer had already oxidized and stared to dry on my skin, leaving a weird outline where I applied it. On top of that, as you can see in the picture it has started to separate, and it hasn't been long from the last time I used it (which was yesterday afternoon) I have never seen a concealer do that before. On the bright side I have found it is ok for carving out a cut crease, and will strictly use it for such. I am definitely sticking to good ol Maybelline Fit Me concealer.

💀 Next up is another popular product that I know not everyone will agree with me on. It is the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara. I will keep it short by saying it's just way to chunky and thick of a mascara for me. I know some people love wearing thick mascara, but after the first time I tried to wash this off, I knew I wouldn't like it. I love having thick lashes, but this crumbled off the brush every time I used it, falling in my eyes and all over my face. Perhaps I got a bad batch? (Is that possible lol?) I know that Zoe Sugg swears by it, but as much as she is my hero, I just can't bring myself to like it.

💀 Lastly, and most surprisingly is a NYX product. I know I've probably said before that I've never found a NYX product I don't like…well I take it back. This is the NYX Colour Correcting Concealer palette. I was very intrigued by the concept of colour correction. I personally have lots of redness on my face and have always tried to combat that. When I used this palette I was waiting to see the difference in my foundation, but ended up being so disappointed… and slightly green. The Concealer itself does not blend out well. It doesn't sink into the skin, but sits on top of it. Along with the patchiness of it, it is a very greasy concealer as well, making me look even worse in my T-Zone. I kept this palette for my FX makeup (hence why all the green is gone) thinking the colours could make a good base for Special FX bruising.

So that is is! My blacklist items…. I'm only kidding! These personally did not work for me at all, but I'd like to hear if you've tried any of these and what you think of them!

Cheers!

~M

My Favourite Drugstore/Cheaper Brushes

Hello lovely peeps!

I wanted to chat today about some of my favourite brushes from the drugstore as well as cheap online alternatives. Basically my goal is to shed light on my favourite brushes that do not sacrifice quality for quantity. 🙂

I went ahead and flexed some editing skills to easily display the names of each brush, starting with the more expensive ones on the right and cheaper on the left.

BRUSH POST 1

BRUSH POST 2

(A little close up magic to get a better look at the brush shapes)

  • Starting with the most expensive: The LUXIE 514, and the 524T. These two brushes came to me in the Ipsy subscription bag, so I had to do a little research to find out the price. I was a tad shocked to see that the LUXIE 514 cost $22.51, and the 524T (small dual fibre brush) cost $15. Now the quality of the brush is great, but (the dreaded but) I find the actual quality of the brush handle and ferrule to feel, well, a little cheap. Especially in comparison to the Real Techniques brushes. The 514 happens to be my favourite brush to apply foundation with at the moment, but the metal band holding the wooden handle to the bristles is actually crooked. I did not want this to skew my opinion though. These brushes have little to no shedding, and the bristles are soft and flexible, making blending/highlighting dreamy and hassle free.

 

  •   Real Techniques Powder($12.82) / Stippling ($12.82) / Setting brush ($10.26):  Now I won’t bore you with too extensive of a review on the Real Techniques brushes, since I do believe everyone already knows how universally they are loved.  I’ve raved about them in my favourites posts, and I think every beauty guru on the internet has proven my point already. I will say, that I love how cheap they are, and the price of each set is a great bargain for the amount of brushes you are given. I only have beef with the fact that some brushes only come in sets. There, I said it. There are brushes that I’ve wanted so bad, but didn’t need the whole set. I realize the steal of a deal the sets are, but I’d personally like to see more individually sold brushes. On a positive ending, you cannot beat their quality and beautiful packaging.

 

  • NYX 03 Pro Muli Purpose Buffing Brush ($17) and NYX 16 Pro blending Brush ($10): NYX is a brand most known for their impressive selections of lipsticks, as well as their professional  level products. However, I feel as though their selection of brushes have been overshadowed, and I barely see them spoken about online (if at all). I definitely feel like they deserve more applause. The quality of the brush in comparison to the price is amazing. You don’t have to break your bank to get a whole set, and all the brushes are sold individually. The brushes are soft and look aesthetically pleasing, while being sturdy and made to last. NYX is one of my go-to holy grail brands, and I will continue supporting them faithfully. These brushes have reinforced my love even more!

 

  • Last but not least, London Premiere: This is a brand I had no idea about until I took a leap of faith. I needed a flat brush to apply concealer, but instead found the London Premiere Foundation Brush ($6.99), and soon followed with the Crease Brush ($6.99). When I first tried them out I was not expecting much from a relatively unknown brand, as well as a cheaper one. Boy was I wrong. While London Premiere does not have a huge variety of face brushes, its selection of eye brushes make up for it. I have had zero shedding, and they wash so easy, keeping their original shape once dry. This brand is the MVP of this post, and I think its wonderful for anyone starting their makeup kit on a budget. The one critique I have, is that their makeup sponge does not make the cut. The brushes are the real deal.

 

I hope this post was helpful for anyone looking to expand their brush collection, but may be on a budget, or just looking to try a new brand! Let me know if you’ve tried any of the brands I’ve mentioned, or what some of your favourites are. I love feedback!

A side note: the prices displayed are the online prices, which doesn’t include shipping, hence why they might be a tad pricier in store. Still I think they’re all a bargain, and I paid for the in store price.

All of the opinions in this post are 100% mine, and always honest! These are just my favourites of each brand I own.

~M

Eco Indulgence!

Recently I felt the need to do a little snoop through the cosmetics isle at the local drug store in town. I had no particular item in mind I was looking for, though a stray thought wandered that I was recently in need of a new foundation brush.

Not much scavenging was needed as I came across these ecoTool brushes and instantly loved what I saw:

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They are some of the softest brushes, and so lovely to feel on my face.
The best thing is that they are 100% cruelty free and the bristles are made of synthetic materials. The cherry on top is the use of recycled aluminum for the ferrules, and the beautiful bamboo handles!

I bought the blush and powder brush, but the blusher brush does such an amazing job blending in concealer as well. It is a wonderful multi tool! They are stylish and Eco friendly so I couldn’t help but share my discovery. I’ve had so much fun with them creating new fall looks. They blend with no lines and make any foundation feel so light.

That’s my little excitement for the day! Thanks for your time!

~M