Amazing Find ~ Get Your Lips On!

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Hey guys,

So I thought I would do a review on these lippies I stumbled upon recently by Flower Cosmetics.

This line of makeup is by Drew Berrymore and a few of the products are now available in Walmart, Canada.

Lip suede velvet lip chubby – The website claims the following:

  • Weightless lip color with a silky, satin-matte finish
  • Lips are instantly smoothed with a Papaya and Orchid Hydrating Complex
  • Intense color payoff with a velvet finish in a self-sharpening Chubby!
  • No Fragrance, Talc, D5, or Parabens

Five Colours:

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Overall: The description provided by the company (quoted above) holds true.

  • These are very nicely pigmented, smooth, moisturizing and semi-matte
  • They feel extremely lightweight on your lips. Their staying power is a few hours, which is nice. Some of the darker colours leave a nice stain as well
  • They also remove easily with a makeup wipe so no trauma to the lips when removing the colours
  • I tried to photograph them from different angles and light. They look slightly richer and deeper in person compared to the pictured swatches below

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Berry-more is my current Favourite and is the one I am wearing on my lips in the picture above. It is a nice deep berry colour for the holidays but also very wearable during the daytime.

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Life’s a Peach  is a very pretty peachy nude but is quite drying and a bit chalky. It also highlights all the cracks and dryness on your lipsIt is better suited for light skin tones and works alright when applied over a lip balm. Great shade for spring/summer.

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Mauve over comes out as a nice mauve nude on my lips and is also perfect for everyday wear especially in the fall and winter time.

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Red-dy to Bloom is a beautiful, eye-catching red. I had trouble getting this shade right in the pictures because it looks orange toned but in person it is actually a much cooler red. Perfect for the holidays or for night time wear.

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Coral Floral is a great summery, understated and wearable orange. Gorgeous for the spring and summer time.

Verdict: I would definitely recommend trying out a couple of these, especially because they are under eight bucks each and provide an awesome colour pay off!

Hope you guys found this useful.

Cheers! 🙂

 

 

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Essence Nail Art Kit!

Tried the essence nail art kit. With a little practice I finally got the hang of it! The love birds are sooo cute!!

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Watching some nail art Youtube videos I got inspired to get some nail stamps and see how they work out. The videos made it look easy!

Basically you just have to be super fast when doing the stamps and they come out pretty nice!

enjoy your weekend!

 

3 Must-Haves For Perfect DIY Nails!

Start off with clean nails with no oily residue on them like lotion etc. This will ensure a smooth application and longevity of your manicure.

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The first essential, that I used to overlook, is a good base coat. The most beneficial thing that I found is that the base coat actually helps to protect your nails from staining and discolouration so that when you are not wearing crazy colours your nails do not look sickly and yellow.

China Glaze base coat does a decent job in lengthening the life of your manicure as well as protecting your nails from discolouration.

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The second must-have is a good top coat. I did not realize how much of a difference a good top coat makes until I tried one! Seche Vite dry fast top coat is one of the best top coats I have tried.

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It is also one of the fastest drying top coats and gives you a thick, high shine, “I just got a gel nail manicure” look instantly. In the first 10 minutes it dries the top of the nail polish and in the next 20 minutes it cures everything.

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Of course it would depend on how many coats of nail polish you have on. I usually do a base coat, two coats of polish and then the top coat. Depending on the nail polish brand and how long you take in the shower etc., the manicure lasts a good 4-5 days, sometimes even a week before it chips.

The only down side to this coat is that it gets thick and goopy very quickly, making it hard to work with. But the end results outweigh this aspect for me.

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The third and final recommendation for DIY nails is to have something that will make the edges clean and crisp looking so that it looks like you just visited a salon! I love the Essie corrector pen. I dip the tip into nail polish remover and clean up whatever mess I have made while applying the polish.

120529_manicure_orange_sticks_4897There are a bunch of other companies that make a similar product but I have not used any of them. You can also go to Sally’s and buy disposable manicure sticks that you can use to immediately clean the mess.

Hope this was useful! And have an awesome day!

Cheers 🙂

 

Bronzed & Contoured – Swatches, Reviews & Tips

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I finally got around to doing swatches for the bronzers that I had mentioned in a previous response post. All the pictures are in the same order so I only labelled one (elbow to wrist). You can click on the images to make them larger.

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Shade wise from darkest to lightest: theBalm’s “Bahama Mamma”, Sephora’s “Sunset” Duo and Too Faced’s “Chocolate Soliel.” These are probably my favourites for contouring and general bronzing. “Chocolate Soliel” also comes in “Milk Chocolate Soliel” for lighter skin tones.

They work great on skin tones ranging from light to medium-deep. “Bahama Mamma” has the most brown tint to it out of all the bronzers and probably would show up well on deeper skin tones. They are all very buildable and easy to blend.

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Tips: The key is to keep the dark shade closest to the hair line and keep most of it away from the centre of the face to avoid looking “muddy”.

For contouring the cheeks start by pressing the brush to get the most product near the ear/cheek bone area and then lighten your press to stroke it along your cheek bone. You should try to get as little product as possible as you stroke down the cheek towards the mouth. Thus, it should start as a dark stroke which fades into a very light, faint line by the time it reaches the middle of face.

You can even use a straight edge, like a card, against your cheek for a first light stroke to outline where you will be contouring and then build on that line. But make sure you blend it out so you don’t see the harsh line on your face. If you use a light hand then it is easier to blend out bronzers.

Don’t forget the temples and the jawline and of course the nose if you like. It is always easier to build up if you want more colour. But if you put on too much, take whatever foundation you have left on your brush or sponge and lightly go over the harsh areas to smooth and blend for a seamless look.

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Back to the products:  The Revlon cream foundation works pretty well and blends very easily as a bronzer for light to medium-light skin tones and is available in all sorts of colours.

I believe Sonia Kashuk has another two colours in her range of cream bronzers. The one I have is the medium shade so there is one lighter and one darker shade than the one I have swatched here. It also blends easily and looks very natural for an all over glowy look. I have seen people compare it to the much raved about “Soliel De Tan” by Chanel.

The Bourjois bronzer has the most orange but works great as an all over bronzer/blush. Both the Chocolate Soliel and the Bourjois bronzer smell like chocolate!

Finally, the lightest one out of the bunch is the Gosh Cosmetics bronzer. It is easily blendable but not very buildable. It is great for medium to light skin tones.

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Tips: Unfortunately it is difficult to find bronzers for deeper skin tones. There are some kits that come with different shades like “Anastasia Beverly Hills contouring and highlighting kit” and “Coastal Scents contouring and highlighting kit”. However, I do not personally own either of those yet and thus, I cannot attest to the depth of their colours.

What you can do for darker/deeper skin tones is highlight the top of the cheek/under eye area, the bridge of the nose up to middle of the forehead and a little bit on the chin area using a concealer or a foundation that is a shade or two lighter than your skin tone and then apply the darker foundation around the face where you would normally apply the bronzer.

Along with darker shade foundations, you can also use concealers and matte eyeshadows to contour and to bronze all over by blending.

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Remember to first try out any new product on a small area to make sure that your skin does not react to it.

Also, here is a link that I found which also explains how to contour on deeper skin tones using what’s called the “reverse contouring” method:

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The biggest tip that I can give is that there is no universal technique for contouring and bronzing because everyone has their own unique features and bone structure. You just have to try different methods and products to find which ones suit and highlight your features the best.

Hope this helps! 🙂

Dip your lips in some Radiant Orchid

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Radiant orchid seems to be all the hype this year but are you too afraid to commit to such a bold colour? I know I was especially to spend a lot of money on a colour that may not look good on me or that would not wear often.

The solution? Wet n’ Wild mega last lipsticks! Their matte lipsticks have a huge range of colours and can be bought in Walmart or Super Store here in Canada for under $3-$4 depending on where you purchase it.

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For a more subtle look try “Dollhouse Pink”, or “Mauve Outta Here” and for a bolder look try “Don’t Blink Pink” or “Cherry Pickings!” The colour payoff is amazing for these lipsticks and they have great lasting power.

Their formula is a little bit drying but no worse than any other matte lipsticks. 24 Carrot Gold is one of my favourite colours in the line but is probably one of their most drying lipsticks. Nothing that can’t be fixed with some lip balm or my favorite Nivea lip butter.

cheers 🙂

 

 

 

Huge theBalm Cosmetics Haul!

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Hello!

Before this haul the only thing that I owned from theBalm cosmetics was the Betty-Lou Manizer. It was given to me by a friend for my birthday and instantly became my favourite highlight.

It is great to use for brightening the inner corners, highlighting under the eyebrows and highlighting the cheeks! It comes out beautiful in pictures and has great staying power!

 

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The only thing that I did not like was that one day I open the compact to use it and it was half broken into pieces. I did manage to fix that! Comment if you would like me to share how I put the powder back into its solid form.

So when I saw a buy one get one fifty percent off sale at Rexall, I thought it was the perfect time to try out some other products from the line.

Comment below if you would like to see more pictures, reviews or swatches of any of the products purchased in this haul or if you would like me to create or recreate your favourite look with any of the palettes. 

Also, If you would like a cheaper alternative to this product let me know as well and I would be happy to recommend something similar from the drugstore 🙂