Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara


Many of my favourite mascaras in the past have been from Covergirl, so I was excited to learn about the new Clump Crusher mascara. I have fairly long lashes naturally, so they can get pretty clumpy with the wrong mascara.

I got this new mascara in the mail for free from BzzAgent from the new Covergirl Lashblast Collection.

I was heading out to a music festival the first weekend that I used it. I was excited to see the results. One coat was ok, but nothing amazing. My lashes looked sleek. There wasn’t a trace of a clump. Every lash was well defined. I needed another coat though. After a second coat, my lashes still looked hot! No clumps at all! I was impressed.

I left for my music festival with the threat of a storm approaching. When I got there, the sky opened up and it started to rain. I was stuck outside in the pouring rain with just my friends and my amazing lashes. The only problem was, my lashes didn’t look so great anymore.

Unlike the eyelashes of my friends, my mascara was running down my face. So while the Clump Crusher mascara may not create clumps, it also isn’t very waterproof.

Since that day, I have worn the Covergirl mascara many times. I actually really like it other than the waterproof issue. Two coats give the perfect length and thickness for day time drama with no clumps. You just have to decide how important it is for your mascara to rush.

Lush New Fresh Face Masks

Lush Face Masks Fall '15
I’ve been using Lush’s fresh face masks for years and they don’t add new ones very often so I was thrilled when they announced not one but three brand new masks. You can normally only buy Lush’s masks in-store because they have to be refrigerated but Cup O’Coffee is available online and can be kept on the counter. It also has a much longer shelf life. Rosy Cheeks and Don’t Look At Me are both the typical, refrigerated type.
Don’t Look At Me
Lush Don't Look At Me
At first look, the colour of Don’t Look At Me is gorgeous. If you’re a fan of Ocean Salt, this is almost a mask version. It has a little bit of the same scent but actually smells more like Fruit Loops. Don’t Look At Me is good for normal to oily skin and the lemon in it is great for dark spots.
Cup O’Coffee
Lush Cup O' Coffee
I live off of coffee, so a mask that’s made of it? Yes please! This scrubby mask is good for your face and body and while Ocean Salt turns my skin bright red, this one is a little more gentle. The clay base does harden and you get a good scrub when you take it off. Unfortunately one of the scents in it caused me to have a couple sneezing fits, so I wasn’t able to keep it on long but I still got great results after two minutes.
Rosy Cheeks
Lush Rosy Cheeks
My all time favourite scent from Lush is of the Ro’s Argan, Rose Jam variety and Rosy Cheeks smells exactly the same. I have a tendency to use my Lush masks while I’m in the shower and when I use this one with my other rose products the shower smells amazing. This calamine based mask would work great with Fresh Farmacy and is great for my sensitive, combination skin. It dried out the oilier parts of my skin but didn’t leave the rest feeling tight and dried out. This has quickly replaced Oatifix as my favourite Lush mask. Too bad everytime I’ve tried to buy another one it’s been sold out.

There was already a Lush mask for every skin type but these are fantastic new additions to an already great lineup. If you can get to a Lush store you might want to pick one or more of these up. And try layering Cup O’Coffee over Rosy Cheeks, it’s amazing.

Anna Sui Loose Face Powder

Anna Sui Loose Face Powder

If you keep your makeup table looking beautiful this Anna Sui Loose Face Powder is a must own! I have never been so amazed by packaging before.

This powder is stunning! The container makes me feel like a lady out of the 20’s. There is just something about lifting the ornate top off and using the fluffy pad that transports you to another time. It’s not easy to move or to take on the go, but it is great for sitting down to pamper yourself. The purple hue of the powder is the icing on the cake.

I have been using the Anna Sui Illuminating BB Cream a lot lately. It’s this great little cream that makes my skin glow. The problem is it also made me feel a bit shiny. Enter this
powder… the purple powder is perfect for getting rid of any shine or redness. It helps to make my face matte and beautiful. I also found that it was great for lightening any accidental heavy handed bronzer or blush. Last, but not least, it helps to act as a primer holding your makeup in place for some extra time.

If you need to glam up your makeup routine, this is the product to buy. You are going to feel like a princess just having it on your counter.

Vichy Normaderm Cleanser & BB Cream

Normaderm-Cleansing Mattifying Foam

I’ve tried Vichy’s whole Normaderm line before, but these two new additions really take this line to the next level.

I love this line because it doesn’t make me feel crazy for still having acne in my 30’s. So many other products are targeted just for teens. I feel silly using them now. Vichy’s Normaderm line makes dealing with adult acne seem like any other skin care issue anyone might have. That’s why I initially fell in love with the line. It’s products like the new Cleansing Mattifying Foam and BB Clear Beauty Balm that keep me coming back for more.

vichy BB Cream

This cleaner makes my skin feel clean and dry. All of those oily parts are back to normal again. Meanwhile the Vichy BB Cream has great coverage, while also fighting acne.

I always worry that this type of BB cream will be too light or too heavy. I worry that it’s not made with both medicinal and makeup purposes in mind. Vichy has it all covered! Honestly my skin looked amazing after just a week of using this line. I stopped using it for a while and it was like you could hear my face crying out wanting it back.

Makeup Most Wanted September 2015 – Alyssa’s Picks

I spent most of September doing very little thanks to hand surgery, so all the products I used were either ones I was obsessed with over the summer, or products that I was able to use one-handed. Even with that narrowed list, I had a ton of favourites this month but these ones rose to the top of my September list.
Flower Transforming Powder-To-Creme Blush in Tickled Pink
Flower Transforming Powder To Creme Blush - Tickled Pink
I prefer powder blush over creme but this one has the best of both worlds. It starts off as a loose powder and as it hits skin it becomes very creamy. The first time I opened it, I was a little scared at how bright this shade looked but it blends in and becomes very natural. You can use this with a brush or your fingers which made it very easy to apply one-handed.
StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner
StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner
If there’s one thing about my skin that drives me nuts, it’s how huge my pores are. Since I have sensitive, combination skin it’s really difficult to find pore products that won’t turn my face bright red. StriVectin’s Pore Refiner is something of a miracle product for me. While I didn’t get instant massive results, my pores do look consistently smaller and my skin gets moisturized at the same time. There’s also zero irritation and my skin feels a lot smoother.
Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Concealer in Ivory
Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Concealer Ivory
I don’t wear a lot of concealer. I don’t have dark circles under my eyes and I don’t break out very often but I do get red, dry patches occasionally that I want to cover up. I’m so pale that finding a concealer that’s light enough for me is a challenge. The Better Skin concealer in Ivory is light enough to do the job and it lasts all day without flaking off.
Sephora Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner Waterproof in Caffeine Buzz
Sephora Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner Waterproof in Caffeine Buzz
Eyeliner is one of my favourite things and I’ll use any of them. Pencil, liquid, gel, it doesn’t matter to me. It just depends on what kind of look I want. But finding a good eyeliner for waterlines and tightlining is difficult. This Sephora brand eyeliner is pretty much made exactly for those things and I love that it’s matte. It’s easy to blend but once it sets, it doesn’t budge. I’ve been using this liner almost exclusively since I got it and I’m already thinking about other shades that I might pick up.
Garnier Fresh Cleansing Cloths
Garnier Fresh Cleansing Cloths
It doesn’t seem to matter how good a cleansing cloth is; if I’m removing waterproof mascara or eyeliner, one doesn’t quite do the job and I usually have to follow up with either another cloth or real makeup remover. Until now. Each of these cloths have two doses of Garnier’s Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser and it gets every drop of makeup off with one cloth. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling sticky and I don’t have to scrub to get mascara off. I’ve already bought a second package and it’s slowly starting to replace my favourite Neutrogena makeup remover wipes.

Mani Monday – Quo By Orly Fall Dance Party Collection Review + Swatches

One thing I’ve noticed about quite a few fall nail polish collections this season is that they don’t necessarily look like typical fall collections. Quo By Orly’s Fall Dance Party collection definitely has a few shades that I would classify as summer but some that definitely fit into the fall category. Fall Dance Party has six shades, of which we tried four (we received five but couldn’t get Epic Remix opened). Quo by Orly is available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada but if you don’t live here, Orly’s In The Mix collection looks to be nearly identical.
Quo By Orly Electrified Swatch - 1 coat
This hot pink screams summer to me but it was a one-coater that looked gorgeous. For some reason all the Quo By Orly pinks I’ve tried have been the only ones that can get away with one coat.
Turn Up The Volume
Quo By Orly Turn Up The Volume Swatch
This coral pink was really pretty but really didn’t go with my skin tone. Taking a photo was difficult because my skin looked kind of off with this shade.
Live In The Moment
Quo By Orly Live In The Moment Swatch
We’ve gotten so few purple shades lately I feel like it’s been months since I’ve worn one. This mid-toned bright purple is great for fall and it wore really well.
I’m With The DJ
Quo By Orly I'm With The DJ Swatch
I don’t think it would surprise anyone that this dark blue creme is my favourite of the bunch. It was almost a one-coater but had a little bit of patchiness that two coats smoothed out. This is a definite must have shade for fall.

Overall I really liked the Fall Dance Party collection. The names fit the theme perfectly but I wish Quo By Orly would invest in better brushes. Mine were consistently uneven which makes application a little tricky. But the formulas are getting a lot better.

Dr. Scholl’s Express Pedi Foot Smoother

Dr Scholls Express Pedi Foot Smoother

I have tried hundreds of these types of at-home foot smoother devices over my years. This Dr. Scholl’s Express Pedi Foot Smoother is the first one that I would really tell you to buy!

Since I don’t go for pedicures, (gasp, I know) I am always looking for different devices and treatments to use on my feet at-home. I’ve seen a million scrub brushes that look identical to the Dr. Scholl’s Smoother. They all have a similar handle with a textured wheel that spins quickly. The idea is to scrub the dry and dead skin off your feet leaving you with smooth soles.

Until now I didn’t think this type of tool even worked. There were always a million flaws with these things. They would be awkward to hold, the brush would be too weak, or too strong, or whatever, but there was always an issue. Dr. Scholl’s has shown me how the Express Pedi Foot Soother is supposed to work.

This little tool is just the right size to easily use on your foot to get at all of those rough spots. It is going at just the right speed. It doesn’t stop or get jammed up when it touches your skin like some of the weaker systems I’ve used. You don’t need to press down really hard to get results.

This device really smoothes the soles of your feet. My feet were so smooth I felt like I could slide across the floor. My feet feel great! It does leave you with some foot ‘dust’ if you want to call it that. Clean up is so easy though.

Now I don’t have to worry about not going for a pedicure, because I can do it all at home!

Flower Body Mists

flower body mist copy

Lighten up your fall with these four new Flower Body Mists that I have been obsessed with for the past few weeks. These are all based on the perfumes in Drew Barrymore’s Flower line. There is a scent for every personality and a personality for every scent.

Cherished is the soft and powdery scent of the bunch. I get a lot of soothing vanilla from this fragrance. I would want to wear it when I want something girly, but light too.

Sparkling Garden really has that light outdoorsy smell to it. It’s very fresh and airy. There’s a very light woodiness to it, without being at all musky. It has a citrus tone too that is lingering there. It is actually my least favourite of the bunch.

Radiant smells like the most classic perfume to me. It has a lively and vibrant floral smell. This is the one that almost everyone will agree upon. It doesn’t go too much in any direction and is good for any occasion.

Finally there is my favourite Sultry. This one has an exotic and mysterious scent to it that I found out was a mix of Jasmine, Patchouli and Plum. It just smells sexy. Something about it makes me always want more.

Since these are body sprays, they leave a nice lingering scent that doesn’t last forever, but is just enough. I like that it’s under $10, so you can get the scent without any commitment. These would be perfect for people who don’t wear a lot of perfume, but still want to smell nice. They are all fun and fresh and, of course, floral.

CoverGirl Outlast Foundation Head To Head

covergirl foundation reviewCoverGirl recently released two new outlast foundations, Stay Fabulous and Stay Luminous foundation. On the outside they look fairly similar, so I tried both of them to see how they compare:

The packages of these two foundations look so similar that you would be hard pressed to know the difference from afar. The only obvious difference is that the Stay Fabulous foundation has blue highlights, while the Stay Luminous foundation is red and white. Otherwise they look the same, but it’s what inside that counts… right?


Both CoverGirl foundations smell the same and appear to be the same consistency when you pump it out of the bottle. It’s only once you start to blend it in that you start to see the difference.


Stay Fabulous is more of a dry and matte formula. This foundation doesn’t spread as much because of the finish. It goes onto your face a bit thicker. It’s not heavy at all, but it doesn’t blend into your skin seamlessly. This foundation covers all of those little blemishes leaving you with the perfect complexion. It also leaves your skin feeling really soft and powdery.

On the other hand, the Stay Luminous foundation is a bit lighter and more watery. It spreads well and is a bit runny, but not so much that it is bothersome. Unlike the other foundation, this one blends into my skin really well. It’s not even visible on my face at. It looks like it has a bit of sparkle in it, because it really does give my skin a glow. It’s not a sparkly glow, but something that looks very natural and dewy. It doesn’t give you as much of a perfect complexion though.


Overall these two foundations are very evenly matched, now it’s up to you. I personally like the CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous foundation better because I love the matte finish. If your skin is dull though, I would recommend the other foundation. The choice is up to you!

Rimmel Oh My Gloss!

rimmel oh my glossFor the past year it’s been all about matte lips, but times are changing and things are looking glossy again. Rimmel has released 15 new shades of super shiny, high intensity lip gloss ready for fall. I tried two shades to see just how glossy they are!


I used the pink ‘Captivate Me’ and the golden nude ‘Non Stop Glamour’. I wore both of the alone and over top of my favourite lipsticks. I have to say Rimmel is winning me back over to the glossy side.

The Non Stop Glamour is so great even I want to kiss myself! My lips are irresistible! I just can’t stop looking at them. It’s the perfect shade to wear over any lipstick to give it added glam.

I do wish these lip glosses lasted a bit longer, but they are easy to bring along and reapply on the road.

I see gloss in your future!

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