Category: Makeup Reviews

Lancôme Grandiôse Voxbox

Lancome Grandiose Voxbox
Grandiôse mascara seems to be everywhere I look lately and I’ve probably never wanted to try a mascara more than this one. So when Influenster sent us a Lancôme Grandiôse Voxbox to try, I was pretty excited.
Lancome Grandiose Mascara
Grandiôse is definitely unlike any mascara I’ve tried before. It has a swan neck shaped wand that’s supposed to make it easier to reach every single lash and it’s tag line is ‘fanned out lashes, divine curves.’
Lancome Grandiose Mascara Wand
Grandiôse pretty much lives up to every expectation I had and then some. In one coat, I had all my lashes covered, including ones I didn’t know existed, and already had a pretty dramatic look going and a second coat just added to it and didn’t get clumpy. The formula is a really dark black and not too wet. I don’t have to use an eyelash curler at all with Grandiôse, it’s almost like there’s one built in.
I have tons of mascaras that I use on a regular basis but I’m going have a really hard time finding any that top this one.

We received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Make Up For Ever HD Primer Review

make up for ever primer

This summer Make Up For Ever launched their line of seven HD Primers formulated to your skin. There are six shades for different skin tones and then one colourless shade that they say moisturizes, nourishes and softens the skin for HD cameras and beyond.

Make Up For Ever has made a primer that is different than any other primer. I don’t know how professionals use it, but I started to use it more like a face moisturizer than a primer. It has a light floral scent unlike any other primer. It goes on smooth and it’s easy to apply a thin layer. It also dries really fast making it convenient for quick mornings or on set.

The thing is, I didn’t notice the other special attributed of glowing skin or a more even skin tone that Make Up For Ever promises. My skin looked fairly similar as it did before. My skin felt nice and moisturized, but nothing to write home about.

I adore Make Up For Ever, but this is one product that I think I am going to leave to the pros. I’m sure they will use it right for beautiful results.

Lancôme Lip Lover

Lancome Lip Lover
There are so few lip glosses that I’ll actually wear in the summer, I generally find them way too sticky and go for tinted lip balms or lip crayons instead. Lancôme’s Lip Lover is changing that. A new formula that combines intense colour, the feeling of a balm and the shine of a gloss but absolutely no stickiness. This is the new way to wear lip colour in the summer. It goes on like butter and even after the colour wears off you feel like you’re wearing a super hydrating lip balm. The fact that it smells delicious doesn’t hurt.

Lancome Lip Lover Swatches
Rose Des Nymphes, Abricot Tango, Bouquet Final

Rose Des Nymphes is a perfect mid tone rose shade for when you want to wear a bright lip shade but don’t want to go crazy. Abricot Tango is a great peachy shade for every day wear and Bouquet Final is a high gloss fuschia with a hint of purple that’s great for going out at night.
There are 11 other shades that means everyone will find a shade that’s perfect for them.

RoC Retin-OX Correction BB Cream Review

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It’s summer, so you are probably looking for something light on your skin. I hate the feeling of my skin being weighed down by makeup on a humid day. RoC’s new BB Cream has been a great treat for these last few summer months.

This BB Cream is light and creamy. I barely feel it on my face just seconds after applying. It’s perfect for a warm day when you don’t want to be wearing a lot of makeup. Since it has an SPF of 25, it’s been my new weekend go-to product. It gives me enough coverage to hang out with the girls or spend the morning at the market.

If you need full coverage, you will need to have a backup plan. RoC’s BB Cream doesn’t give you a perfect face. I find myself applying a stronger BB Cream or foundation come evening for hitting the town.

Since I know a lot of ladies who hate wearing foundation though, so this RoC is perfect for them 24-7.

Mascara Most Wanted

If there’s one makeup product I won’t leave the house without, it’s mascara. Although my eyelashes are a pretty decent length, on their own their basically white. These are my most wanted mascaras (and a primer) right now.

Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara
Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara
This is my go to for daytime when I don’t want to up the drama too much but still want great lashes. It really separates and defines my lashes without going volume crazy. I’m not sure anything feathers but as long as it works I don’t care what it’s called.

Cargo HD Picture Perfect Mascara
This is the most recent addition to my mascara collection and it’s quickly becoming one of my favourites. I get volume and length and it looks like I have way more lashes than I actually do. It has a little ball on the end of the brush meant for bottom lashes but I use it to catch all my tiny lashes on top instead. Since my previous favourite mascara has been discontinued, it seems like this is going to be the one replacing it.

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara
Benefit They're Real! Mascara
This mascara is a classic for a reason. It really gives you great definition and length. I don’t get as much volume as I would necessarily like but with the tiny ball on the end that you use vertically my lashes look amazing when I use it.

Maybelline Volume Express Pumped Up! Mascara
Maybelline Pumped Up Mascara
If I’m buying mascara at a drugstore it’s almost always going to be Maybelline. Their mascara seems to always make my lashes look fantastic. The newest part of their Volume Express Line, Pumped Up! is no exception. One coat and I have crazy length and volume. Two coats and it looks like I’m wearing falsies without the work.

Estee Lauder Lash Primer Plus
Estee Lauder Lash Primer Plus
Although it’s not technically a mascara, if I’m going to be wearing more than a basic coat then I’m definitely using this primer first. It helps my lashes from getting dried out and clumpy and it’s definitely made some not so great mascaras work a lot better. If you wear a lot of mascara you definitely need this.

I’m sure I’ll be adding to this list constantly as I’m always on the hunt for my new favourite mascara but let us know what your fave is!

ImPress Press-On Manicure Review


Unlike some people, I don’t always have nails that are the perfect length and strength. Working every day, cleaning my house, playing sports and everything else tends to make me break my nails on a regular basis. This makes all of my nails be different lengths.

When I got my Influenster box with two boxes of imPress Press-On Manicures, I was glad that for a few weeks I could have perfect nails. I was a little disappointed with the designs. The one package was a lovely metallic purple from the Disney Villans line, but the other one was white and pink black. It had feathers or leaves on it. I could picture trashy strippers wearing that design. I figured I would save those ones for Halloween.


I followed the steps to put them on my cleaning my hands, prepping them and then applying the nails one at a time. I have to say, it was pretty simple to get perfect nails. I had them all pressed on my fingers before the next commercial break of my show. The only downside that I could see about applying them is that  the more nails you have on, the more difficult it becomes to pull the plastic off of the back.

Once they were on though, they were perfectly pretty!

They do have a few flaws. First, the ends of some of the nail have little plastic tabs like they didn’t file them properly. I ended up filing them myself so they were smooth. I didn’t mind, but I thought I was getting fake nails so that I didn’t have to file anything.

Second, hair products are their archenemy. Water didn’t seem to affect my nails after a day of wearing, but when I styled my hair the gel got under my nails and made my imPress manicure start to fall off.

Wearing fake nails isn’t my thing on a day to day basis. Typing this review was more complicated than ever thanks to my nails, but for a special event I will definitely get a pack of imPress nails so I can look great!

MAC Cosmetics PatentPolish Lip Pencil Review


MAC Cosmetics recently released their spring PatentPolish Lip Pencil that is made to have the look and feel of a lip gloss with the precision and look of a lip pencil. I started this spring thinking it would take me month to find a lip colour that I would love until the final drop; little did I know that this little lip pencil would fall into my lap.

MAC Cosmetics’ lip pencil is everything I want in a lipstick, lip gloss and lip pencil in one product. It’s really impressive.

The PatentPolish Lip Pencil comes in a twist up pencil style that is easy to apply. I’ve seen these types of lip pencil before, but they never impress me.

This time my pink PatentPolish made me smile the second I applied it. It’s not quite as dark as a regular lipstick, but it’s thicker than your average gloss. It is glossy, but it feels like a matte lipstick. It has combined all of my favourite things about different lip products and combined them in one stick.

The best part is that it also lasts a long time. It even lasted through my bike ride to work, so I didn’t have to apply before I walked in the door.

Good job MAC Cosmetics! You brought the best of all worlds of lip products into one stick!

Stila Stay All Day Vinyl Lip Gloss Review


Stila has come out with a lip gloss that is over the top in all of the right ways. Stila’s new Stay All Day Vinyl Lip Gloss is ultra-glossy and ultra-shiny giving me lips that really do look vinyl. The bright pink and red lip glosses give me a bold high shine that just won’t quit.

When I first applied the Stila Lip Gloss I was surprised. Sure, the gloss colour looks bold in the bottle, but wearing it takes it to a whole new level. It’s rare that a lip gloss is just as colourful and bright as in the bottle. It’s not sheer, but a solid bright pink hue. I have to admit though, that while it’s a bit crazy, this lip gloss is hot, hot, hot!

It’s not easily removable either. My pink lips stayed for hours before I needed to reapply.

So if you want to make an impact next time you go out, this Stila lip gloss is the crucial ingredient.

Bite Beauty Deconstructed Rose Lip Gloss Library

Bite Beauty has released some pretty great lip products and the Deconstructed Rose Lip Gloss Library is no exception. It has twelve glosses all infused with Rose Otto oil and each gloss has a pretty intense rose scent. If you have any issues with fragrance you might want to give this set a pass. But I love anything that smells even remotely like rose, so Deconstructed Rose is perfect for me.

Each of the twelve shades in the Deconstructed Rose set varies somewhere on the rose colour spectrum. They go on relatively smoothly and the brush has a little dip that’s supposed to make application easier but I actually found a little more difficult. But the colours are gorgeous. There’s a shade for every skin tone, mood and event. I mixed shades four and six and ended up with my perfect rose lip gloss shade.

The Deconstructed Rose Lip Gloss Library is limited edition, so if you love rose as much as I do or just love lip gloss and want to find your perfect shade, you should probably run out and get one.

CC Cream Most Wanted

While not as popular as BB Creams, CC Creams are one of the first steps to a well-rounded makeup routine. Not all CC Creams are created equal though. From thick to sheer to moisturizing, every company has created a CC cream with its own personality. Here are our three Most Wanted CC Creams:

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Stila CC Color Correcting Cream

Stila has created a CC cream that is unlike any other one on the market. Stila developed a green based cream. Anyone who knows makeup will know that this means the makeup is colour correcting to remove all redness. It isn’t sheer though, which is the best part! The pigments in the makeup adapt to your skin tone to create a shade that matches you perfectly. It feels like having your own custom makeup colour in a bottle. It’s not the best coverage, but it is one of the most moisturizing creams I’ve used.

Related: BB Cream Most Wanted


Sephora Skin Perfect CC Cream

For full coverage this is the CC cream you need to reach for. Sephora’s skin perfect cream offers more coverage for my skin than most of my regular foundations. It is also so moisturizing that I don’t feel guilty if I forget to moisturize. It hydrates and corrects my skin tone so I feel beautiful all day. I am in love!

annabelle cc cream

Annabelle CC Colour Control Instant Perfecting Base Natural Finish

As we move into summer, this is the cream I will be reaching for. This is one of the lightest cc creams I’ve ever tried. It’s perfect for a warm day because it stays on my skin and don’t clog up my pores. It makes my face feel velvety smooth. I can even finish my look with the CC powder for added skin perfection.