Review Redo Featuring Real Techniques, The Body Shop and Stila

Review redo june 26

It's literally been almost a year since my last review re-do post. I had so much fun doing it previously that I had always had it on my to-do list to do another and now finally here it is!

As a beauty blogger I get to try out a lot of products, and even though I try my best to try out everything long enough to make a valid judgement on it, some things change over time, whether it be that I discover that a dud is actually a stud, or my own preferences change.

This time around I'm featuring some summer essentials I've rediscovered/re-fallen in love with again and I thought I'd share them with you all today!

Redo #1: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
What it is: A cheaper alternative to the Beauty Blender. This miracle sponge is designed to be used damp and helps give you a truly airbrushed finish to your foundation. You can use it with liquid, cream and powder products (although powder I think it's best to use the sponge dry).

My original thoughts: Pure love. Back when I tried this sponge out in 2014, I found it super easy to use and it really does melt your foundation into your skin for a dewy, fresh-faced finish.

Original verdict: Buy

Current thoughts: The love is still going strong! I recently repurchased this sponge as you can buy 2 for under $20 at London Drugs right now and I've been using it everyday. I use this handy sponge to stipple foundation all over as well as to apply concealer using the pointed end. Although I'm a huge fan of my Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush, I find it doesn't always blend super well in the tiny nooks of my nose and if I have any dryness there, my foundation tends to clump up, but with the RT sponge, I just get flawless blending. I think it's the dampness that really helps smooth over any dry patches and makes my foundation look like a second skin.

New verdict: Buy

Redo #2: Stila Lash Stunner Extreme Lash Primer
What it is: A tinted mascara primer that contains straight and spherical fibers to help elongate your eyelashes, add volume, increase wear time and condition with jojoba and sweet almond oil.

My original thoughts: When I tried this primer out last year, it did prove to live up to all its claims, but at $34 I was too skeptical to consider it worth recommending. Why splurge on a primer when you can spend a similar amount of money on an actually good mascara?

Original verdict: Ditch

Why I'm changing my mind: Well, I've continued to use this mascara primer off and on since then and I now fully get it! So many mascaras just don't work on me. Either they melt right off, leaving me with raccoon eyes, or they're way too heavy and leave my lashes deflated and spidery. With this mascara primer I never have to worry about this problem ever again. I can buy the cheapest, lamest mascara and still make it work with just a couple swipes of this wonder wand. I still think it's way pricey, but now I don't view it as a nice-to-have as much anymore. Plus, it's lasted so long that the price doesn't hurt as much either!

New verdict: Buy

Redo #3: The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick
What it is: A creamy sheer lipstick that is both moisturizing and colorful. Available in 26 summer-ready pinks and reds, this is no-brainer lip color at its best.

My original thoughts: I wasn't a fan of the bullet shape or its sheer wash of color, but I did appreciate the shine and moisture it gave my lips and while I wasn't blown away by it, I thought it was a good option for low-maintenance lipstick wear.

Original verdict: Buy

Current thoughts: Although I am and always will be a lover of pigmented, one-swipe lipsticks, I'm beginning to come around to the idea that yes, sheer lipsticks do have a place in life thanks to this lipstick. With the warm, hazy weather, I've been leaning more towards light, fresh makeup looks and this lipstick is perfect for giving my pout just enough tint to perk up my features. It also has a pretty glossiness to it that isn't sticky but is ideal for a youthful, summer look. Whether pairing it with simple eyes and bold brows, or to balance out a stronger eye, I've been reaching for this one constantly!

New verdict: Buy

Does this review redo convince you to give any of these a try?
Also, tomorrow is Canada Day so happy long weekend and see you all Monday!

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DHC Olive Body Butter Review | A summer moisture quencher

dhc olive body butter review

When it comes to moisturizers, body butters are the cavalry. They are your heavy-duty artillery, fighting off any signs of flakes, cracks and itchy, dry skin. As I have a love for soft skin and hot showers, I love using rich, thick moisturizers, but I don't often use body butters as I find them messy to use compared to a lotion; however I can always make an exception when it comes to Japanese skincare line, DHC.

DHC is a very popular Japanese skincare line known for their olive oil inspired products and their DHC Olive Body Butter is a luxurious body moisturizer containing just that, plus seven natural botanicals to repair, rejuvenate and hydrate dry skin.

The Guts
The primary ingredients in this body butter are:

  • Water
  • Cyclopentasiloxane - a lightweight silicone that creates a smooth, silky surface on the skin
  • Cocoa seed butter - a natural emollient (seals in moisture) that also contains a high level of antioxidants
  • Shea butter - a rich emollient that helps skin repair itself, prevents UV damage and contains anti-aging antioxidants
  • Glycerin - a humectant (draws moisture into skin)
Other ingredients of note include olive oil (moisturizing), coconut oil (moisturizing), avocado oil (moisturizing), squalane (hydrating), tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E) and argan oil (moisturizing).

Price & Packaging
A 3.5 oz tub of the DHC Olive Body Butter retails for around $20. You can get DHC online, at T&T supermarkets and Asian beauty stores. 

Considering the price, I think only getting 3.5 oz of product is pretty stingy, so if you want to make this last longer, I wouldn't use it everyday or over your entire body. The packaging itself though is very cute with a sweet floral pattern on the lid. I also think it's really smart how they made the lid grooved so it's easier to open when your hands are wet. 

Like most body butters, the DHC Olive Body Butter has a very hard surface that takes some warming up to use. One of the reasons why I'm not a big body butter fan is that I just end up using them up super fast as I tend to dig out chunks of butter at a time, so it's hard to get even application everywhere. 

That being said, the DHC Olive Body Butter is really enjoyable to use. It has a light fruity-floral scent that's very pleasant and uplifting. Once you do get it warmed up, it does melt really nicely into skin and leaves it feeling very hydrated and soft. Unlike most body butters I've tried, I think the DHC Olive Body Butter is one of the lightest body butters I've used. Yes, it does feel rich, but it doesn't leave that heavy stickiness that takes forever to absorb. Rather, the DHC Olive Body Butter absorbs quickly and with much less tackiness than other heavy moisturizers. I think this butter would be excellent in the summer where your skin may be dry but you don't want to feel really sticky after. 

My biggest complaint though is that the DHC Olive Body Butter is great for the body, but not strong enough to tackle my really dry parts, like my feet. Since I wear sandals everyday in summer, my feet get more dry and the DHC Olive Body Butter doesn't have enough oomph to make any lasting effect on my dry heels and soles. 

Final Verdict
Ditch - it's easy enough to get a moisturizer that's just as effective, but much cheaper so I'm going to have to give a pass on this one, even though it is quite nice. I probably wouldn't repurchase this unless I was traveling and needed more moisturizer than I could bring in a travel-sized bottle.

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London Drugs Beauty Preview in Vancouver | #LDBeauty | Warning *photo heavy*

It's that time of year again! The annual London Drugs Beauty Preview is definitely one of the highlights of every beauty blogger's event calendar and for good reason. This annual event is a humongous showcase of all the beauty brands sold in London Drugs where attendees get to try out all the latest and greatest in beauty innovations. Brands present at this year's #LDBeauty event included:
  • Lise Watier
  • OGX
  • E.L.F
  • Revlon
  • Almay
  • Neostrata
  • Strivectin
  • Makeup Revolution
  • Calvin Klein
  • NYX 
  • Annabelle and Marcelle
  • Essie
and many more!

I love going to this event as it's a great way to get a peek at what the upcoming trends are. While last year's #LDBeauty was all about brows, the focus this year was on skin. Everyone seemed to have contour palettes, blush palettes, highlighters galore and lightweight foundations that doubled as skincare. Lips were also huge as they always are, with a focus on vibrant, vampy colours. 

Here's a snapshot of some of the goodies heading your way to store shelves soon!

Youngblood cosmetics #LDBeauty

I was really impressed with Youngblood's display. I couldn't get any good shots of them, but there were some really beautiful pink toned blushes that were a neutral lover's wet dream and of course there were plenty samples of Youngblood's high-coverage, yet lightweight mineral foundations. My eyes were also drawn to their wide array of glosses. Don't they look like really fashionable test tubes?

Essie gel nail polish #LDBeauty

It wasn't all about "dat glow" and "dat contour" at #LDBeauty though. Nails had their spotlight as well with Essie representing for all nail lovers with their large display of gel polishes. I'm so excited to try their gel formula as it promises no-fuss nails that last 14 days with zero chipping and you don't need any special curing light or polish remover! My eye was drawn to these oceanic tones, but I ended up going home with a neutral pink that will wear really well all year long.

NYX cosmetics #LDBeauty

Due to the really wacko lighting at the event, all my NYX photos turned out crappy except for this one, which features some of the super popular NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. I'm on the fence with this formula myself, but I do love the shade range, and they have a new Vancouver lip color, which is a beautiful deep raisin tone!

Almay foundation #LDBeauty

Nearby NYX was the Almay display which contained a variety of essential basics. Their foundation contains anti-aging ingredients and they also had some really handy looking concealer sticks and a special lip balm that is designed to be spread outside the lip lines to help combat that "puckered" look that can occur as you age. As someone who is really paranoid about getting lip wrinkles, this balm is sure to be a lifesaver!

revlon not just nudes palette #LDBeauty

Right next to Almay was Revlon. I was a little meh about Revlon's new makeup as this nude palette was the most exciting thing to come out makeup-wise. While the colors are nice, the packaging seemed really cheap; however maybe that's because Revlon invested what seems like all of their 2016 budget into their new line of makeup brushes! This comprehensive line of eye, face and lip brushes felt like a true contender to Real Techniques dominance in the drugstore makeup brush segment. Each brush had a good weight to them and the brush hairs felt super soft. I even heard through talking with one of the Revlon makeup artists, that the handles were designed by a former race car engineer!

ELF makeup #LDBeauty

One of my favourite stops this year was at the E.L.F booth. E.L.F is well known for their super-cheap pricing with surprising quality and the products showcased this year were no exception. While everyone was opting for shimmer everything, E.L.F felt decidedly sophisticated by doubling down instead on matte palettes, like the shadow palette above and the contour palette below. The packaging was also surprisingly high-end, with a matte rubbery feel reminiscent of NARS. Overall, I was super impressed and cannot wait to try these out!

ELF makeup #LDBeauty

Lise Watier #LDbeauty

As always, Lise Watier has the most beautiful packaging at the show and they really know how to embrace a theme. The gorgeous earthy tones of their new Chic & Rustique palette totally embody that early fall feeling with romantic tones of rose and moss.

Lise Watier also made strides innovation-wise by debuting this cool mattifying primer compact. This actually reminded me a bit of something Revlon released a last year, but in much funner packaging. The silicone/rubbery packaging is fun and kitschy, while the solid mattifying primer inside helps give skin a silky texture and velvet finish.

Lise Watier #LDbeauty

Makeup revolution #LDBeauty

Lastly there were what was surely the two fan favourites of the event: Kiss New York and Makeup Revolution. The latter really blew mine and everyone else minds' away with their sheer array of products. It kinda felt like Makeup Revolution just decided to bring their entire line of products to #LDBeauty!

Makeup revolution #LDBeauty

If you've never heard of Makeup Revolution, they're a UK drugstore brand that seems to specialize in playful makeup that is ultra pigmented and designed for drama. Above is one of their many pearlized blush palettes and below is one of their gorgeous highlighter compacts. I'm super in love with the highlighter compacts which come in a frosty pink or silvery white shade.

Makeup revolution #LDBeauty

Makeup revolution #LDBeauty

Makeup revolution #LDBeauty

As someone who falls hard for anything in palette form, you can imagine how much my eyes were bugging out when I caught sight of this huge-ass palette! And this wasn't even the only one on display!

#LDBeauty Kiss New York

Last, but not least was the Kiss New York booth. New to London Drugs, Kiss New York is a unique fusion of Korean beauty innovation with American styling and pigmentation. My eye was immediately drawn to their wide variety of lipsticks, including some really funky ones like this vibrant forest green and amethyst. 

As you can see, 2016 is full of amazing products, so get to your nearest London Drugs to check it all out yourself!

What do you think is the biggest makeup trend for 2016?

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Kiko Cheeky Colour Creamy Blush Review | My first Kiko product!

Kiko cheeky colour creamy blush review

Kiko Cosmetics is a Milan-based makeup line known for their vibrant colors and stellar formulas. Kiko isn't available here in Canada, so my only exposure to the brand was through other bloggers. Imagine my glee then when one of the bloggers at the last CBB swap brought in a bunch of brand new Kiko products! The first thing that caught my eye out of her swap pile was this beautiful and downright chibi-like cream blush stick.

Apparently launched as part of Kiko's limited edition Sportproof collection in 2014, the Kiko Cheeky Colour Creamy Blush is the cutest cream blush I've seen. I couldn't find a lot of English reviews on these, but from what I can tell, these blushes come in four summer-ready colours and offer long-lasting wear with bright color. I'm not sure the exact shade I got, but it's marked as #3 on the bottom of the tube and I would describe it as a vibrant red-based coral.

Kiko cheeky colour creamy blush review

As I have midget hands, the Kiko Cheeky Colour Creamy Blush fits perfectly in my palm. It has a unique wide and rounded top that makes it ideal for swiping across cheeks. You can either swipe a quick stripe across cheeks or dab color onto apples, then use either your fingers or a brush to blend. Whether you use fingers or a dense blending brush, it doesn't matter as the blush will blend easily; just be quick about it as this blush does set quickly.

I find a lot of cream blushes apply vibrant and then fade quickly, but the Kiko Cheeky Colour Creamy Blush is pretty true-to-pan. The color lasts well throughout the day, but does fade on me after the 5-6 hour mark and it has a matte finish.

For a first encounter with Kiko, I'm pretty pleased! This blush is such a fun color, is easy to apply and looks absolutely great for summer-kissed skin.

Kiko cheeky colour creamy blush swatch

Final Verdict
Buy - creamy colour that wears well and applies true-to-pan. It hasn't converted me into a cream blush stan, but it's one of the better cream blushes I've tried!

Have you tried Kiko before? What do you recommend?

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Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek Palette in Fair/Light Review + Swatches + Look

Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek Palette in Fair/Light Review

New for summer 2016, the Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek Palettes are one of the most exciting launches to come out of Stila in awhile. Clad in Stila's sleek new gold packaging, the Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek Palettes are one of the first I've come across that are coordinated not on eye color, but on skin hue, to *ahem* perfectly match one's natural features.

The Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek Palettes come in four unique renditions: Fair/Light, Light/Medium, Medium/Tan and Tan/Deep. Each palette contains five beautiful eye shadow colors alongside two coordinating blushes.

I was fortunate to receive one of the new palettes to try and after a few weeks of use, I'm now ready to report back on my thoughts!

Price & Packaging
Each Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek Palette retails for $39, which is a fairly standard price for a mid-range palette. I absolutely adore Stila's new packaging. Gold just always makes things feel a little fancier and the sleekness of this palette, which doesn't contain any unnecessary brushes, feels very modern and is of course, very travel-friendly! The palette also comes with a big interior mirror, which is always a nice touch, and is made of a sturdy plastic that clicks satisfyingly when closed.

stila perfect me perfect hue palette review

Pigmentation & Wear
The shades included in the Fair/Light palette consist of:
  • Alluring, a matte blush pink base shade
  • Breathtaking, a matte bone white highlight shade
  • Dynamic, a matte taupe with slight pink undertones transition and lid shade
  • Passionate, a shimmery champagne gold
  • Glamourous, a matte chocolate brown outer corner and liner shade
  • Romantic, a slightly blue-toned blush pink blush
  • Playful, a warm petal pink blush
stila perfect me perfect hue fair/light swatches
Lefto right: Alluring, Breathtaking, Passionate, Dynamic, Glamourous, Romantic, Playful

Since this palette is meant for the fairest of the fair, I was pretty skeptical that it would have any impact on my more medium skin and I was somewhat right. 

Each shade has decent pigmentation, but because of my skin color, I had to layer it on way heavier for it to show. For me, this is a very no-brainer, beginner set of colors as it's pretty hard to overdo it and my skin takes to these types of warm pinks and browns very well. The colors in the Fair/Light palette are like a paler version of my favourite Urban Decay Naked 3 palette and it's super easy to use this palette to create the soft, feminine eye looks that I favor wearing for everyday looks. 

With the exception of Glamourous, none of these shadows really show up on my skin. Alluring and Breathtaking, for instance, are basically non-existent and while Passionate looks amazing in the swatch, it applies really sheer on my eyes unless using a damp or dense shadow brush. Dynamic applies very neutral on me and is more of a base shade for me. Although the shadows were duds for my skin color, I think for someone with say, NC15 or lighter skin, these would show up a lot more.

In terms of wear time, the eye shadows wore well without primer over the course of the day, but I like using primer with these just to get more color payoff. 

Surprisingly, I think the blush shades were more pigmented than the eye shadows as it took only a light hand to get an instant burst of color. Romantic is a bit too pale for my summer skin and maybe even my winter skin, but Playful is a fun, girly blush to wear. I've been blending the two together for a really pretty wash of color. Both blushes are totally matte, but don't give me that ugly powdery finish and the wear time is one of the best I've ever seen. Seriously, these blushes stick and don't quit. Normally by the end of a 9 hour workday, my blush has faded away, but these continued to look almost freshly applied. Needless to say, I am very impressed with these blushes!

Sadly, my biggest complaint with all the shades in this palette is their major major fallout. I don't know if this occurs across all the shades, but every pan in my palette is all messy now because each shade just kicks up so much powder that little crumbs of color are now everywhere. I always tap my brushes before applying and these shadows literally kicked off a huge CLOUD of color that piled up in my sink. Passionate, being a shimmer, is especially guilty of this, but Alluring is a close second. Buyer beware because if you aren't careful, you will likely end up with powder all over your face. Even the blushes had a lot of fallout, which is something I've never experienced with blushes before. 

Final Verdict
Ditch - Overall, I think the colors of this palette are excellent for really fair skinned people and Stila did a great job coordinating the shades to create a cohesive, easy-to-wear look. I was also really impressed with the longevity of the blushes; however, the excessive powder that flies off of every color in this palette really turns me off and it makes me skeptical about whether I'd purchase the other shades. 

Now for the makeup look! Here I thought I'd go basic and follow Stila's recommended guide on how to wear this palette. I think this look would be perfect for a daytime date, tea time with the girls, or to a wedding! Let me know what you think of this look, or your own experience with these palettes if you've tried them, in the comments!

Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek Palette in Fair/Light Review

makeup look with the Stila perfect me, perfect hue eye and cheek palette

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid Review | 1 step to insta-ready skin

Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid

Lately I am all about that color correcting life and am fascinated with the concept of color correcting. In case you've been living under a rock (or you know, you're a regular person who isn't constantly reading about makeup trends), color correcting is a pretty big deal right now. The concept is that instead of just covering your face in a thick layer of foundation to try and conceal everything, you can instead take a more targeted approach by using color theory to apply the right solution to the problems you want to fix. I love the idea of color correcting as your foundation can't always fix everything and plus on lighter makeup days, sometimes it's all you need!

Now there are lots of posts out there explaining how to color correct, so I won't go into it in too much depth, but basically it's:
  • green to cancel redness
  • peach and pink to cancel dark circles and conceal
  • yellow to highlight
  • lavender to cancel out dull, sallow skin

Most people know to use green and peach to cover up blemishes and redness around the nose and cheeks, but today I want to highlight one of the lesser used color correctors: lavender.

For us warmer toned gals, lavender is a new best friend. Too much sun, or too little sun, lack of sleep and even just weird undertones in foundation can leave us looking like we're permanently walking under unflattering fluorescent lighting. A few slashes of lavender though and things are tipped wonderfully back into balance!

Lately, I've been using the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in lavender for just this purpose. I like to apply the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid right after my priming step. This color corrector comes with a standard doe foot applicator that makes it super easy to apply. My routine is to generously apply the fluid across the apples of my cheeks, the center of my forehead and the remaining bits onto my chin. Then, using either a buffing brush or a damp Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, I'll gently pat and blend it into my skin.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid lavender swatch
Left: straight out of the tube and blended

The Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid has an almost mousse-like texture. It is fairly pigmented, but blends beautifully into the skin so you don't need to worry about having a weird purple cast afterwards. The lavender fluid makes my skin seem more luminous and fairer, without any shimmer or greasiness. The lavender also illuminates my skin in a more natural way compared to pearlescent primers, which I find tend to work better on cooler skintones, or when I have less of a tan.

I could probably get away with just wearing the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid on its own, but usually I still layer on a light coverage foundation over top to just smooth out my skin's texture and eliminate any unevenness.

The Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid is definitely a targeted solution as it won't really cancel out dark circles or conceal pores or blemishes, so if you're just getting into the color correcting trend, then I would not splurge on these. However, if you have tried color correcting before and you know which shades you use the most, then the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluids are a great option to go all in on. Personally, I'm hooked and am considering whether to purchase the green or the peach one next!

Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid review

Final Verdict
Buy - a little pricey, but if you love color correcting and you know you'll use these shades a lot, then they're a great value. Pigmented and very blendable, these correcting fluids will help you achieve that flawless look!

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Get Your Glow On: Current Bronzer Roundup

summer bronzers

Anytime of year is a good time for a little glow, but summer especially is when you want a little warmth in your skin. Coral lips, bright pink blushes and bronzer just all go hand in hand. Here are a few products in my current rotation that give me that sun-kissed look without actually being outside.

For subtle warmth:

  • Wet N' Wild Color Icon Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana (reviewed here) - this satin-finish, lightly tan bronzer is probably the most subtle bronzer I've ever used. I wouldn't even use it in the traditional manner of a bronzer as it's so subtle, but what it is perfect for is as an all-over powder to set and give a hint of golden warmth to skin. It won't keep you matte, but it sits as light as air and I love just blending this on all over as my final step to add a hint of shimmer.
For glow and light warmth:
  • MAC Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish - I scooped this up very recently, but it first came out earlier this year with the MAC Future collection. I wasn't even that into this powder until I saw it on other bloggers and then got hooked when I swatched it in store. This powder is SO GORGEOUS. It's a mix of a warm bronze, peachy pink and glittery silver that seems like such an odd combo, but when mixed together they just look so amazing. My skin just looks ethereal with this one and you can wear all the shades as eye shadows too! If you're a low maintenance person, then you just can't beat this for value and speediness as this powder can be your eye shadow, blush and bronzer all in one!  
For maximum warmth and glow:
  • MAKE UP FOREVER Pro Sculpting Duo (reviewed here) - now we're getting into the heavier hitters with this shimmery duo from MUFE that came out out last summer. This quintessential bronze and highlight duo contains a beautiful bronzer that is VERY warm toned so I would recommend shade matching before trying. The highlight in this shade is incredible, so if you're into strobing then you can definitely carve out your bone structure using just this alone.
  • Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow - my absolutely favourite bronzer ever. At around $80-90 it's the priciest item on this list but I would gladly drop that cash again for this one. This bronzer is a perfect match for my skin color. It blends like a dream and is cool enough to use for contouring and bronzing on me. Plus the gold highlight is absolutely stunning, although it's very vibrant so a light hand is needed. Between the stunning gold retro packaging, the quality of the shades, it's stay-all-day lasting power and the fact that I've barely dented it after months of use, makes this truly my HG, ride-or-die bronzer.

What are your favourite products to get that (fake) summer tan glow?

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#FOTD: Going Bold with the Revlon ColorStay 16 Hr Palette in Wild Sauvage

just j makeup look of the day

I'm back with yet another attempt at a halo eye, time with the Revlon ColorStay 16 Hr Palette in Wild Sauvage! This was another pick from my recent CBB makeup swap and I chose this palette since how often do you get to play with such bold colors as what this Wild Sauvage palette offers?

revlon color stay eye shadow in wild sauvage

I have no idea why, but this season I'm way more curious about color eye shadows than I have been in a long while and I fell in love with the lush, tropical tones of Wild Sauvage. As part of the summer 2014 Revlon Rio Rush collection, Wild Sauvage is a vibrant eye shadow quad consisting of:
  • a sparkly snow white highlight
  • a tan slightly shimmery lid color
  • a matte turquoise green
  • a matte red-orange
Each shade has decent pigment and although the pans are a bit hard, they were pretty easy to work with and very blendable with little fallout. I think if you don't have very oily lids you could even forgo primer, but since I wanted to ensure solid color, I opted to put on my trusty Urban Decay Primer Potion before beginning.

There are a variety of ways to wear this quad. You can actually go quite neutral as the orange shade comes off sheer. For an everyday look, I like to apply the tan-gold shade over my entire lid then sweep the orange across my lid up to my crease and lastly bring color to my outer corners with the green. For today's look though, I wanted to take things up a few notches! 

motd with the revlon rio rush eyeshadow

As opposed to a true halo, this look came out as a bit more of a trio of blended stripes. I love the result though. One thing when attempting this type of look is to keep faith. Midway through, I had serious doubts about myself as it just looked so clown-like and bright, but once I applied mascara and some generous amounts of eyeliner, it pulled together.

Here's how to get this look!

  1. Apply the tan shade across entire lid up to brow bone.
  2. With a fluffy blending brush, apply the red-orange shade from lashline to above the crease. Take the color a little higher than normal since you want the orange to still peek above the green.
  3. With a flat brush, load up on the green shade and then start patting it from the outer third area of your crease working inwards, making sure to leave a generous gap between your crease and the lashline. You kind of want to make a rainbow shape across your lid with the green, with the color more concentrated on the outer edge. Only after you've patted down the color can you do some gentle blending of the edges
  4. Take a small, tapered brush and spritz with water. Then take your more shimmery gold (I'm using the highlight shade from the Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow palette) and dab gold highlight all up on that gap you created in step 3. Layer it on thick as you really want that gold to pop!
  5. This is the point where you're going to feel really weird. Take a deep breath.
  6. With a black kohl eyeliner, tight line your upper and lower lash lines. If you want, wing your liner out for a more playful look.
  7. Load up on your favourite black mascara.
  1. To balance such a vibrant eye, go a bit darker with your brows. I applied brow powder then a tinted brow gel on top (I'm using the Marcelle Perfect Brow Gel, which I reviewed before here).
makeup look with the revlon wild sauvage eye shadow quad
Really need to make a threading appointment!

  1. Apply a medium-full coverage foundation to give yourself a clean, flawless base. I'm using the Stila Stay All Day Foundation in Light.
  2. Take a warm bronzer and generously contour your cheekbones.
  3. Go to town with your favourite gold highlighter. For both step 2 and 3, I'm using the Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow!
  1. Neutral lips are the answer here, but I wanted some with a bit of summery warmth. First, go nude with your favourite brown nude. Here I'm using the Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate lipstick in Rosetto.
  2. Then layer in some coral warmth with fun, coral-pink lipstick. My current summer go-to is The Body Shop Colour Crush lipstick (reviewed here).
  3. Lastly, a look like this does not deserve matte lips! Dab the centre of your bottom lip and your cupid's bow with a shimmery gold gloss. Here I'm using MAC Lustreglass in Instant Gold.

revlon rio rush color stay eye shadow in wild sauvage

I'm glad I went a little out of my comfort zone with this look. Since I have hooded lids, this type of look doesn't actually look that crazy on me and it's the perfect amount of drama for a night out. I hope this encourages you to try out colors you wouldn't normally consider! 

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Sigma Beauty E30S Pencil Brush Review | For the true makeup lover

How many brushes does one need? Well, if you watch Youtube or read blogs, then you'll know the answer: a lot. There are definitely a few absolutely essential types of brushes one needs for basic makeup needs (if you can't tell, I'm not a finger person and I never use the included sponge brushes!!), but I think for most people that could equate to 2-3 brushes tops. However, once you get curious about being more precise with your makeup, or you want to try more creative looks, then it quickly becomes obvious that you're going to outgrow those 2-3 brushes.

That's why I was so happy when Nail Polish Canada offered to let me try out one of their new Sigma Beauty brushes. If you've never heard of NPC, then you definitely need to check them out. They've been around for years and are a great destination for purchasing makeup and beauty products, as well as a variety of tools. Just in the last few months, NPC has expanded their store to now sell Sigma Beauty brushes, which are super popular online for their affordability and quality. While I wouldn't say these are cheap or similar price-wise to a drugstore brand like E.L.F or Real Techniques, they're certainly nowhere near as expensive as some brush brands can be. I'd say Sigma brushes are priced similarly to MAC and are known to perform quite comparably. I'd never seen them in stores here in Canada, so this was so exciting to get to finally try one!

sigma e30s pencil brush review

After much debate and internal turmoil, I finally settled on the Sigma Beauty E30S Pencil Brush. NPC has so many Sigma brushes available, but the E30S sounded quite unique to have. It's a small, very tapered and dense brush made up of firm synthetic fibers. The E30S is actually the smaller version of the more popular E30 version, which I think must be huge as the E30S seemed full-size to me!

The handle is nice and light and can easily be manipulated with the fingers. On Sigma's site it looks like you choose between two ferrule options: chrome or rose gold, but NPC only sells the silver for now.

The E30S is designed to precisely place color along your upper or lower lashlines and in the inner corners. You can use this brush to line your eyes, to smudge your liner and to apply highlight anywhere. The E30S is a nice-to-have brush in a collection, but that doesn't lessen how handy I've found it to use.

sigma e30s pencil brush review

The E30S can be used with cream and powder products and the tip is really just the perfect size for my lid. Too often when I'm lining my under eye with shadow, my brushes are too wide and I end up looking like a sad raccoon as opposed to smoky and alluring. With the E30S, this problem is totally eliminated! It's smaller tip is also the perfect size for lining my upper lashline with a sparkly highlight, in order to add that coveted hint of glow to really make my eyes pop. I've been using it just this exact way lately everyday with the silver shade in my MAC Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish powder and I LOVE how it just distributes the silvery glitter so evenly and without any fallout.

You can purchase the Sigma E30S Pencil Brush for $19.60 off of Nail Polish Canada.

Final Verdict
Buy - this brush is a great addition to any makeup lover's brush collection as it works perfectly to do precise placements of powder and cream colors.

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#FOTD featuring Eye of Horus | Review + swatches

eye of horus isis sun goddess eye shadow palette fotd

It's always super fun trying out new makeup lines and I was really thrilled to try Eye of Horus Cosmetics after winning two eyeshadow trios off of Girl Loves Gloss during a blog giveaway ages ago. Eye of Horus is an Australian makeup brand known for their amazing eyeliners and mascaras and they are also cruelty-free! Inspired by the beauty of ancient Egypt, Eye of Horus evokes the glamour of that time with their dramatic black and gold packaging and focus on dramatic, vibrant color.

The two eyeshadow palettes that I won were the Isis Sun Goddess Shadow Palette ($46) and the Sekhmet Shadow Palette ($46). As a kid I was a big ancient Egypt geek (I even learned how to write in hieroglyphics with a special stamp set) and so I absolutely geeked out on this makeup concept. Isis is kind of a queen among Egyptian gods and is the goddess of nature and magic, while Sekhmet is the goddess of war - very interesting inspirations for eye shadows!

Both palettes are baked with a mix of shimmer and satin finishes. They can also be applied dry or wet to increase the intensity.

eye of horus isis sun goddess eye shadow palette
Eye of Horus Isis Sun Goddess palette. Left to right: Enigma Mist, Chalice Bronze and Sacred Husk

Of course my eye was drawn immediately to the Isis Sun Goddess palette and I had to try this one out first. The Isis Sun Goddess palette consists of:
  • Enigma Mist, a soft shimmery peachy gold
  • Chalice Bronze, a golden shimmery light brown
  • Sacred Husk, a rich bronzey gold
I adore warm, golden metallic shades in summer, or pretty much anytime of year so this was right up my alley! Despite how pigmented they look in the pan, these shadows actually apply fairly sheer on the lid, but they can be built up easily. Out of the three, Sacred Husk is my favourite as bronze colors are one of my favourite tones to wear. I'd say Sacred Husk is quite similar to Chopped from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, but is a lot more sheer and more gold-toned. Enigma Mist is of course an excellent base shade while Chalice Bronze is a great lid or outer corner shade for creating dimension. All are shimmery but not so much that it's overwhelming and have zero fallout. I can even wear these all day without primer! 

eye of horus sekhmet smoky eye palette
Eye of Horus Sekhmet Smoky Palette. Left to right: Elixir Sands, Silver Eclipse and Raven Onyx

The Sekhmet palette is a sheer smoky eye palette and consists of:
  • Elixir Sands, a matte peachy nude 
  • Silver Eclipse, a shimmery light grey
  • Raven Onyx, a deep blue-grey shimmer
I'm not a big fan of grey shadows so I was a little skeptical about this one, but it wasn't as bad as I feared. Again, these baked shadows apply sheer with no fallout and don't require primer. Elixir Sands is nothing to write home about, but it's nice that they included such a flattering matte shade to act as both a base and transition shade, if you are light skinned enough for this one to work for you. Silver Eclipse is warm enough that it doesn't make me look ashy like most grey shades do and Raven Onyx is great for darkening the outer corner. I actually wish the colors in this palette were more pigmented dry as it seems like the type of colors you'd really want some drama with. If you have blue eyes, I think Silver Eclipse would make them really pop when worn as a sheer wash of color across the lid. Next time I go out, I'd like to try these wet to see if that helps up the intensity! As far as grey shadows go though, I actually liked this one.

eye of horus isis sun goddess eye shadow swatches
Swatches in indoor light: Enigma Mist, Chalice Bronze, Sacred Husk, Elixir Sands, Silver Eclipse and Raven Onyx

eye of horus eye shadow review
Swatches in direct sunlight - check out that shimmer! Left to right: Enigma Mist, Chalice Bronze, Sacred Husk, Elixir Sands, Silver Eclipse and Raven Onyx

Out of the two, I'm definitely favouring the warmer Isis Sun Goddess palette more as it just goes so well with glowing, bronzed skin. Both palettes come in nicely sleek and travel-friendly cardboard packaging and also contain decent sized mirrors and brushes, which I didn't bother using.

eye of horus eye shadow swatches
Swatches in outdoor light: Enigma Mist, Chalice Bronze, Sacred Husk, Elixir Sands, Silver Eclipse and Raven Onyx

While I was quite happy with my experiences with these shadows, I don't think I can really recommend them as they're just too expensive. At $46 each these are super pricey and not exactly great value considering you can get a Tarte or Urban Decay palette for just $10 more and those contain around 12 shades each. If price isn't a concern for you though, then by all means try these out! 

Finally, here's a look I wore recently featuring the Isis Sun Goddess palette and the purple shade from the Urban Decay Urban Vices palette (see my review of that palette here). I love this combo of gold and purple and it totally makes me feel like an Egyptian goddess... even when just going to a friend's house to watch Game of Thrones.

eye of horus isis sun goddess eye shadow palette review
Wearing Sacred Husk across lid + Urban Decay Urban Vices Hoodoo in outer half of lid and Chalice Bronze on under eye

makeup look featuring eye of horus
Wearing Sacred Husk across lid + Urban Decay Urban Vices Hoodoo in outer half of lid and Chalice Bronze on under eye

eye of horus makeup look

To really get that Egyptian goddess glow, I kept things light and dewy by applying the NIOD Photograhy Fluid (review here) to really amp things up and then a light layer of the Burberry Fresh Glow foundation (review here) using a damp Real Techniques Miracle Sponge (review here), then setting everything with my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light.

Finally I strobed it up with my Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow highlight - this stuff will give you crazy glow and I just went to town with it with a light fluffy blush.

Black mascara is a must here, so I used the Stila Extreme Huge Lash Mascara to get inky black lashes and then filled in my brows with my usual Clinique Pretty Easy Brow palette (review here).

Finally, I love brighter lips in summer so I slathered on my favourite Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in Amazing Grace. I think I should have put a bit of gloss on this just because gloss always makes me think summer, but hey it still works as-is!

I hope you enjoyed this look! Have you tried any Eye of Horus products?

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Marcelle Hydra-C Ultra-light Matifying Fluid Review | The comme ci comme ca of matifying primers

Marcelle Hydra-C Ultra-light Matifying Fluid Review

Since about a third of my readers are Americans, you probably won't get this post title, but it's a French expression that means something akin to in-between good and bad and it perfectly describes my thoughts of the Marcelle Hydra-C Ultra-light Matifying Fluid!

I picked up this product at a swap awhile back with my fellow CBB members. With summer coming, I was on the hunt for a good matifying, yet lightweight primer to keep me from, as Mr. Artist describes it, looking a shiny bowling ball, and this seemed to fit the bill.

The Marcelle Hydra-C Ultra-light Matifying Fluid is a hydrating matifying primer that claims to create a breathable layer over top of skin, smoothing out skin's surface while providing moisture and preventing excess shine. It also contains vitamins C and B5, cucumber extract and aloe vera to provide skincare benefits as well and like most Marcelle products, this fluid is hypoallergenic and fragrance-free.

The Guts
The primary ingredients in the Marcelle Hydra-C Ultra-light Matifying Fluid are:
  • Water
  • Silica - an emollient that forms a protective, yet permeable layer over skin. It helps smooth our scars and wrinkles while allowing beneficial skincare ingredients to absorb efficiently. Silica and silicone products get a bad rep, but seems like opinion is sweeping back in favour as sources online like Paula's Choice state that silica is non-comedogenic and won't "suffocate" your skin 
  • Butylene glycol - an emollient and solvent that gives products a slippery feel
  • Glycerin - a humectant that helps draw moisture to skin
  • Cyclopentasiloxane - a silicone that helps create a smooth surface to skin, temporarily plumping up fine lines and creates a protective barrier
Other ingredients of note include camellia oleifera leaf extract (astringent), aloe vera juice (moisturizing), cucumber extract (soothing), sodium hyaluronate (moisturizing), algae extract (moisturizing, antioxidant).

Price & Packaging
A 50 ml tube costs around $24 depending on where you buy it and is available in most drugstores like London Drugs and online via Marcelle's website. Like most drugstore products, the packaging isn't anything to write home about. The Marcelle Hydra-C Ultra-light Matifying Fluid comes in a slim pump bottle with a somewhat flimsy plastic cap. I'd be careful taking this one travelling as the cap tends to slip off.

I was a little hesitant to use this, or most matifying products, as they tend to be heavy on the 'cones, which I believed to suffocate my skin. After doing some more research online though, it seems like my concerns could be unfounded as apparently silicones shouldn't clog pores unless you just never wash your face, nor should it cause allergic reactions. I suppose if you really believe in letting your skin "breathe" then you probably shouldn't wear any makeup or emollients at all and we all know that's not happening anytime soon with me at least! 

However even though I'm tentatively changing my mind about silicones, it doesn't mean I'm going to start favouring heavy feeling primers anytime soon. What I love about the Marcelle Hydra-C Ultra-light Matifying Fluid is that it feels light-as-air and not occlusive at all, despite its primary ingredients being silicones. After applying my usual moisturizers, I will slather this product all over my face, wherever I experience excess shine. 

The Marcelle Hydra-C Ultra-light Matifying Fluid absorbs quickly and provides an excellent base for makeup. The pump is a little stiff, so don't worry about over-pumping. I like to use one pump for my forehead, another for my nose and cheek area closest to my nose and a half pump for my chin. 

You can apply makeup right after applying the Marcelle Hydra-C Ultra-light Matifying Fluid and it gives my skin a really nice satin, but not matte, finish. I've been using this primer (it's not called a primer, but it basically is) ever since I got it over a month ago and I am mildly impressed with its results. Even over sunscreen, the Marcelle Hydra-C Ultra-light Matifying Fluid does reduce shine and the effects last for about 4-5 hours. I notice by the end of the workday that I'm as shiny as usual, but I think you could probably reapply this over top of light makeup without any issues if you wanted to touch up mid-day. 

I've heard that using matifying products over time can actually increase sebum production so I really appreciate that Marcelle included some moisturizers to help balance things out. While I wish it lasted longer, I would recommend this primer if you have somewhat oily skin and you want a somewhat glowy finish. If you have very oily skin or are just really into a matte look, then this for sure won't be strong enough for you.

Final Verdict
Buy - a light as air primer that helps eliminate mild to moderate shine for a few hours.

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Bleu Lavande The Loft Home Collection Review | Helping your home smell like a French meadow

Bleu Lavande Loft home cleaning products review

Ever since I discovered the powers of aromatherapy, I have become a firm believer in the idea of surrounding yourself in nice smelling air. I always carry capsules of essential oils in my purse and I keep room sprays and diffusers throughout my home. Now though I can kill two birds with one stone so to speak, now that I have The Loft Home Collection from Bleu Lavande!

Nestled near the town of Magog, Quebec, the Bleu Lavande estate has long been a Quebecois secret and are well known for their sprawling lavender fields. The estate produces a wide variety of home and bath products from these purple flowers and also offers tours around their meadows. In recent years, the brand has expanded outside Quebec and is available in Metro grocery stores in Quebec and Ontario, and online everywhere else.

Recently, Bleu Lavande launched an official line of home cleaning products line called Loft which contains three different items:
  • Loft Lavender Surface Cleanser ($5.99)
  • Loft Lavender Multi-Surface Cleanser ($6.99)
  • Loft Lavender and Rosemary Hand and Dish Soap ($9.99)
Each product comes in 500 ml bottles, which is super good value for under $10 and although I'm not a huge lavender fan, I think for the bathroom it's such an ideal scent to create a soothing atmosphere. 

All of the Loft home products can be used on chrome, porcelain, enamel and steel surfaces, making them super versatile. They are all also biodegradable, free of parabens and petroleum additives, contain no artificial fragrances and are made using Bleu Lavande's lavender, which is grown without pesticides or herbicides! It was this last angle that really convinced me to try these products as we already use mainly eco-friendly products to clean our home and clothes. Since our dog is always licking things off the floor, it just makes good sense to not use chemical-laden cleansers!

Out of the three products, the Loft Lavender and Rosemary Hand and Dish Soap is definitely my favourite. I was really impressed by how fragrant it was considering it doesn't contain artificial perfumes. I really love the mix of lavender and rosemary, although I wish it was more rosemary than lavender, but I think that's really just me wanting that! Why are there never any rosemary and cedar scented lines out there?? 

Anyways, the Loft Lavender and Rosemary Hand and Dish Soap is very gentle on hands and foams up well. I've primarily been using this as a hand soap and it doesn't dry out my hands at all and rinses away cleanly. 

The Loft Lavender Surface Cleanser and the Loft Lavender Multi-Surface Cleanser are very similar products, except the Loft Lavender Surface Cleanser comes in a spray bottle. I've been using the Loft Lavender Surface Cleanser everywhere - on sinks, counters, the exterior of my toilets and the tub. It's super easy to just spray this cleanser everywhere, leave it for a minute and wipe clean. Compared to my usual surface cleanser, Pink Solution, I feel like this one is more concentrated and works quicker; however Pink Solution is as concentrated as you make it so maybe I just need to make mine stronger! 

The Loft Lavender Multi-Surface Cleanser is a concentrated mix of the regular surface cleanser and can be diluted for use when mopping floors or doing larger cleaning jobs. You can use this on pretty much any surface, but Bleu Lavande does caution using any of these on wood. I like to use this to cut through soap grime in the tub. I just mix a capful with a small bucket of water, dip a sponge into it and then soap the sides of my tub. After a couple of minutes I then use a dry brush to wipe all the dirt away. 

Since using the Loft cleansers, I've noticed that my bathroom stays cleaner for longer, which means I can be lazier than normal! I would definitely recommend trying these products out and now I'm really curious to try some of the other Bleu Lavande products like their laundry linen waters and bath products!

Final Verdict
Buy - affordable, smells heavenly and works!

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Trust Fund Beauty Lipgasm Lipsticks Review | Vegan and loved by Kardashians

trust fund beauty lipgasm lipstick review
Trust Fund Beauty Lipgasm Lipsticks in Something Witty, Off the Record and Vintage Vices

When I first got the pitch about Trust Fund Beauty I have to admit that I was initially intrigued because of the mention of how Khloe Kardashian loves their nail polishes. I don't watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians, but it's impossible not to know who they are and I've always admired their skillz with the makeup. Anyways, it got me reading through the press release and so I learned that Trust Fund Beauty is 100% vegan, cruelty-free (obviously) and dedicated to creating safe, guilt-free and most importantly fun cosmetics.

Known for their 10-free nail polishes, Trust Fund Beauty is now expanding into lipsticks with a line of liquid and matte lipsticks. The matte Lipgasm Lipsticks are available in 12 shades and while they don't seem available online yet, I have read online that they are $22 each.

Trust Fund Beauty was kind enough to send over three of the new shades for me to try: Vintage Vices, Off the Record and Something Witty and after trying these out for a couple of weeks, I'm ready to share my thoughts!

trust fund beauty lipgasm lipsticks
Trust Fund Beauty Lipgasm Lipsticks in Something Witty, Off the Record and Vintage Vices

The Guts
Since being vegan is such a big part of Trust Fund Beauty's branding, let's take a peek into the ingredients, shall we? The primary ingredients in the Lipgasm Lipsticks are:
  • Ethylhexyl palmitate - derived from palm oil, this is often used as a replacement for silicone and acts mainly as an emollient
  • Ceresin - a substitute for beeswax and acts as a thickener
  • Tridecyl trimellitate - a substitute for mineral oil that acts as a thickener
  • Microcrystalline wax - another thickener

trust fund beauty lipgasm lipsticks review

Each Lipgasm Lipstick comes in a really beautiful pink and white box, but the tubes themselves a pretty plain semi-matte plastic. I was a little surprised by how light the tube packaging was and a little disappointed as well. If these do cost upwards of $20, it would have been nice if Trust Fund Beauty had made these a little weightier. 

Pigmentation and Wear
As I mentioned, I received three shades to try:

Vintage Vices is the palest lipstick I've ever tried. In the tube it is a very pale, petal pink and when swatched, it comes off as a blush-white color. Needless to say, I didn't take any photos of myself wearing this as it looks really really horrible on my skin tone! First, it settles horribly into every single line. Second it makes me look like I'm trying to be a ghost. I really don't know how anyone is supposed to wear this as it just makes your lips white. Maybe this is one of those shades that you're supposed to wear over top of others to change their tone, but it's so cool-toned I highly doubt it would look good with anything on me. Definitely a Ditch for me!

trust fund beauty lipgasm lipstick in vintage vices
Trust Fund Beauty Lipgasm Lipsticks in Vintage Vices

Off the Record on the other hand, fared better as it's a warm pink, almost coral, color. Similar to Vintage Vices though, I found this to settle a lot in lines and unlike most mattes, it failed to truly set. Instead of being matte, I'd call this more of a creme or satin. I'm really into the whole mauve-neutral pinks trend right now, so Off the Record is not something I'd wear regularly, but it is a fun shade for anyone who likes wearing brights and is very summer appropriate.

trust fund beauty lipgasm lipstick off the record
Trust Fund Beauty Lipgasm Lipsticks in Off the Record

trust fund beauty lipgasm lipsticks in off the record
Trust Fund Beauty Lipgasm Lipsticks in Off the Record

trust fund beauty lipgasm lipsticks in off the record
Trust Fund Beauty Lipgasm Lipsticks in Off the Record

astly, is the shade Something Witty, which looks very similar to Off the Record in the tube, but is more of a neon blue-toned pink on. This is way out my comfort zone as far as lipsticks go and is what I'd call a "Barbie" lipstick. Definitely not pretty on me, but if you have the right coloring, I think this would look really fun!

trust fund beauty lipgasm lipstick in something witty
Trust Fund Beauty Lipgasm Lipsticks in Something Witty

trust fund beauty lipgasm lipstick in something witty
Trust Fund Beauty Lipgasm Lipsticks in Something Witty

trust fund beauty lipgasm lipstick in something witty
Trust Fund Beauty Lipgasm Lipsticks in Something Witty

Regardless of the shade, each of the Lipgasm Lipsticks wore very similarly. They all settle into every crevice on your lips, so exfoliating and moisturizing is definitely required beforehand! Also, these lipsticks have a strange, almost oily texture that melts onto your lips as you apply, but never quite sets so that I would get these weird crusts of color at the edges of my lips that I'd have to blot off (you can see these in the closeup of me wearing Something Witty). The best way to wear these is to apply, blot and repeat a couple times; doing this will give you the closest to a matte finish with an even distribution of color that you'll get. 

trust fund beauty lipgasm lipstick swatches: vintage vices, off the record and something witty
Trust Fund Beauty Lipgasm Lipsticks in Vintage Vices, Off the Record and Something Witty

Texture issues aside, each Lipgasm Lipstick was fairly pigmented, reaching opaqueness in just a couple swipes and the pointed bullet shape made application easy, even in the corners of my lips. Sadly, I don't have much good to say about these lipsticks other than that.

Final Verdict
Ditch - if you like bright, pop-arty colors then you may be interested in checking these out, but for me, the weird oily texture and failure to set, made this fun concept fall flat in reality.

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