Category: Makeup Reviews

Wander Beauty Slide Liner & Carryon Lip and Cheek Gel

Slide Liner

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Eyeliner is one of my favourite makeup products and I prefer a pencil over anything else. Kohl, gel, it doesn’t matter, I just like the control I get with a pencil. I’d also prefer to not have to sharpen it. Enter Wander Beauty’s Slide Liner Automatic Gel Eyeliner. I was already impressed with the initial Wander Beauty products I had tried, so I had high hopes for these pencils. I was given Black Sand and Tan Line to try and I was really happy with these pencils. They’re unbelievably pigmented and creamy, which makes applying them a breeze. They’re a little soft, so the pointed tip goes away pretty quickly but I can live with that. What I love the most is how long they last. On my upper lash line, these didn’t budge for hours and while my waterline didn’t fare as well, these did last longer than most gel eyeliners. Use an eyeshadow primer and you’ll be golden.
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Carryon Lip And Cheek Gel

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I love blush almost an unreasonable amount for someone with so much pink in my skin but I hate travelling with it. When I’m away, I keep the brushes to a minimum. Carryon Lip And Cheek Gel is an interesting hydrating stain balm concoction that actually does what I want it to. I tried Pink City (mauve) and Island Hop (bright pink). These work really well as a blush and are extremely buildable but also natural looking, so you don’t have to worry about looking a little clown-like. Because these are part stain, they last a really long time. I do like them for my lips as well but more as a tinted lip balm than an actual stain.
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Wander Beauty just keeps impressing me and you could totally hit the road with just the Slide Liners and Carryons and get a decent look out of it. I can’t wait to see what else they come up with.

For more information on Wander Beauty products you can go to their website but you can only buy them in Canada at Sephora.

Gosh Contour’N Strobe Kit

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I like the idea of these contour kits that give you all the powders that you need in one place, but Gosh is joining my contour game pretty late. I have spent the past year trying contour kits from every other brand and I only just got the Gosh palette now. Trying to get me to change my favourites at this point is a challenge.

The first thing that I notice is that the colours in this palette all seem to have a bit of a golden sparkle. Luckily for me, that tone suits me, but be careful if gold isn’t your colour. Even though gold suits me, I don’t always want to sparkle. That kept me away from this makeup kit more than anything else.

I want to contour, but not to sparkle. The powders themselves are ok. The darker contouring powder was too dark for me, so I was thankful for two options.

The blush and the highlighter gave me the glow I expected. Overall this palette was ok, but as I said it’s coming last in the contour trend and I already have my makeup bag favourites set. If it isn’t offering me something new, I don’t know why I would replace it.

Most Wanted Fall Eyeshadow

Fall is really my favourite time of year for makeup. I love the warmness of the shades and I love that you can play around with different finishes and colour combinations. Other than fall nail polish, fall eyeshadow is my absolute favourite, so these are our Most Wanted Fall Eyeshadows
Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow in Synergy
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This metallic copper bronze shadow just screams fall to me. I’ve gotten to the point where I generally like single shadows better than a palette because I can mix and match. Kat Von D’s Metal Crush shadows are some of my favourites because they’re so creamy and blendable and I find there’s minimal fallout. They also have incredible staying power for a metallic shadow, especially if you use a primer first. I have two Metal Crush shades I love an insane amount and Synergy is one of them.
Paul & Joe Eye Color CS 102 Les Feuilles Morte
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If you’re going to do a post on fall eyeshadow, you have to include one where the shades are inspired by autumn leaves. You can wear each shade of this trio individually, but if you mix them together you get this gorgeous dark rose gold. I love Paul & Joe’s packaging, especially the limited edition designs and the light paper packaging. You just have to be careful not to leave it too close to the sink or get it wet.
Lise Watier Chic & Rustique Palette
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I adore Lise Watier’s palettes, especially around the fall and holiday seasons and I especially love this one. Three of the shades are matte and three are shimmery. The colours range could be the definition of fall, with green, rust and brown. What sets these shadows apart is that their formula is half cream and half powder, so you get the best of both. They’re really creamy and blendable and there’s virtually zero fallout.
Quo Cosmetics Clean Sweep Eyeshadow Palette
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If you’re looking for shades that aren’t typically fall, this Clean Sweep palette might be what you want. With shades ranging from gold to grey to blue, there are a ton of options for different looks here. The shadows are a little on the powdery side, so you’ll need a primer to get good coverage but this palette is a great option for someone who loves to play with different shadows.
GOSH 9 Shades – To Be Cool In Copenhagen
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To Be Cool In Copenhagen is pretty much my essential matte palette. It has a great range of shades from nudes, to browns to black which makes it something I use on an almost daily basis, even if I’m using it as a base under other shadows. The shadows are powdery but not chalky and they’re a good size for a palette. There are a few other palettes in the 9 Shades collection but I really like this one the best and can see myself replacing it if it ever runs out.

Tarte Tarteist Metallic Shadows

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One of my favourite things about being a beauty blogger is trying new products that are destined to be instant classics and aren’t an eyeshadow palette. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good palette, but there’s something to be said for eyeshadow singles and the ability to put whatever shades you want together. Until now, I’ve only used Tarte shadows in a palette and most of them have been matte, which is my shadow preference. I’m really not a sparkly, glittery kind of girl so I tend to gravitate toward matte anything. But Tarte has just majorly stepped up their shadow game with Tarteist Metallic Shadows.
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With eleven shades that are all fairly neutral (so far), there’s a shadow that can fit into any look whether it’s day or night, dramatic or subtle. The packaging is pretty flimsy but you can pop the shadows out and put them in a magnetic palette. The star of these shadows is the formula. These are buttery and pigmented and shimmery but not glittery. They’re smooth and blendable and work really well together. I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of fallout but you’re definitely going to want to use a primer with these. The colours are pretty spectacular. I personally love Poker Face (silvery lilac) and Dame (dusty rose) but I really liked all five I tried. There are a couple others I have my eye on (Sinful, Speakeasy) and I’ll probably end up grabbing them.
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I love Tarte but it’s been a really long time since I was blown away with a new launch by them. This whole Tarteist line has been great but these shadows are the winners for me.

Lipstick Queen Most Wanted

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Cult fave British lipstick company, Lipstick Queen is finally going to be really accessible in Canada. As of today, they’re officially at Murale and available on the Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique site which means more Optimum Points for all the lipstick lovers! I’d only had a chance to try one Lipstick Queen lipstick in the past, so I was really excited when we received a package from them ahead of the launch. These are our Most Wanted Lipstick Queen shades.

Jungle Queen

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This is the shade I’d tried previously and I still love it a lot. It’s been two years since I first tried it and somewhere along the line it went missing so I was thrilled for a replacement. I actually wear a lot more lipstick now than I did then and this papaya-coral shade is really flattering on me. I’m still not wearing it with leopard print like it was intended but it’s a great summer shade and will transition really well into fall. I love that I can wear a super bright shade without drying out my lips.

Medieval
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Speaking of going into fall, this sheer red is going to carry me way into winter. Inspired by medieval times when women used lemon juice to bring the red out in their lips, this red is going to look good on everyone. It feels almost like you’re wearing a tinted lip balm but with a touch more colour.

Hello Sailor
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Dark blue lipstick is definitely a trend right now but this lipstick isn’t actually dark blue. It’s a deep blackberry tint that makes your teeth look whiter. I’ve actually started using this one as a lip balm because it’s so moisturizing, gives me a hint of colour and won’t melt when it’s hot out.

Frog Prince
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Frog Prince (and Hello Sailor) is one of the reasons I love Lipstick Queen, you just never know what to expect. Does this lipstick look green? Yes. Does it go on green? Not even a little. This is one of those colour adjusting lipsticks that turns into the best shade of rosy pink for your lips. It also turns into a stain, so you get colour for hours. Obviously the swatches below won’t be exactly the shade you’ll get on your lips but it’s a rough idea.

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Jungle Queen, Medieval, Frog Prince, Hello Sailor

There are tons of other Lipstick Queen shades that we love (another post coming soon) and that we’d love to try (I need to get my hands on Black Lace Rabbit), and now that Canadians can get them at Murale it’ll be so much easier for everyone to discover their favourite shade as well.

Weekend Getaway Makeup Most Wanted

When you are heading out of town with friends or maybe for a romantic weekend away, you don’t want to have to pack your whole arsenal of makeup. Here’s a little glimpse at some of the things I packed to hit the road for a weekend in Boston!

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The Face Shop Mango Seed Cleansing Wipes – Everything about these wipes is moisturizing. I have been addicted to these wipes this summer because they are perfect no matter where the day takes you. The moisturizing wipes are perfect after a long day in the sun to dry out your face. They do leave a little bit of a residue, but it didn’t bother me most of the time. Everything feels nice and dewy.

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Leonor Greyl Luxury Travel Kit – I hate going away and not being able to take my favourite shampoo and conditioner with me. This travel kit is really the next best thing. It comes with a shampoo, conditioning mask and oil. My first thought was, why do I want a hair mask while I’m on vacation? It’s nice because you can cheat and use it like a regular conditioner as well. When I was away recently I became hooked on the oil, which is perfect on wet or dry hair. You can find this luxe set for volume, dry hair or curly hair (or even just pick up the travel size oil solo), so you can get exactly what you need.

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Juara Candlenut Obsession Trio – Since you are in the shower, you also have to take care of that body. I don’t know what a candlenut is, but I can tell you I really am obsessed. This trio box has a Body Polish, Hydrating Shower Gel and Body Crème with this new scent. It’s got a mix of shea butter, coconut, and something musky underneath. It smells a bit like men’s soap. I can’t even describe it properly. All I know is it made this weekend away even better!

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Sephora Collection Look Color In The Eye Brush Capsule – I hate travelling with my regular brushes. I always get worried I will lose them, break them or otherwise ruin them while on the road. This little brush capsule is perfect to take instead. It has all of the eye brushes I could ever want. The pretty capsule keeps them clean and protected in my luggage.

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Mac Cosmetics She’s A Model Eyeshadow Palette – Lately MAC has released some crazy, bold and beautiful colours, but that doesn’t always work for my real life. Enter this palette. While the eye shadows can be worn together in more daring ways, it’s also work appropriate. You can use the nice neutral tones for the office once you get back to reality. Then glam up your look with the sparkly silvers or better yet, the daring teal eye shadow. This collection also comes with some bright pink lipsticks and nail polishes, so there will be no shortage of colour when you enter the room.

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Essence Pure Nude Highlighter – Get a little shimmer and shine with the new highlighter powder from essence. I’ve gotten really into powders this summer. The idea of wearing heavy foundation in the heat is just too much for my skin. This highlighter has been good to add back a little shine where I want. I think that highlighters are seriously under-used makeup, at least by me. I have been applying this highlighter on my cheeks above my cheek bones and nose for a little natural shine. Paired with my blush and bronzer, it gives me the natural glow you want, not the one you get on a humid summer day.

Blinc Box Discovery Collection

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I was pretty excited to open up the Blinc Box and see all of these new little products waiting for me. Blinc is known for having amazing mascara and other high quality eye makeup that doesn’t budge. This box includes Mascara Amplified, Eyebrow Mousse, Eyeshadow Primer and an Eyeliner Pencil.  I was a little disappointed in the mini-sizes, but it is perfect for trying out new things before jumping over my commitment phobia into full size.

If I am truthful with you, and I always am, I was a little underwhelmed by the Blinc products. It’s not that they aren’t good, they just are missing a bit of drama. I have never thought of myself as a mascara connoisseur, but this mascara is light. I always needed to apply multiple coats to get those dramatic lashes that I’m used to.

The one product that I am hooked on is the eyeliner pencil. It lives up to its name and promise of being smudge proof and waterproof. This little black liner isn’t going anywhere no matter what I threw at it over the course of a day.

Even though I wasn’t crazy about the Blinc box doesn’t mean you won’t discover your new favourite product. Anyone who loves that no makeup makeup look will probably be hooked on these. I am a girl looking for a little more drama.

Mistura Beauty Solutions

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This month I’ve been trying out a few products from Ottawa-based makeup brand, Mistura Beauty Solutions. The really seem to be all about simplifying your beauty routine with their products. I think that’s an interesting idea, outside of just making women look great.

I started at the very top with their Ultimate 6-in1 Beauty Solutions box set. This kit includes a Vitamin E Lip Treatment, Retractable Beauty Brush, Luminada Illuminating Moisturizer and their trademark statement product the 6-in-1 Beauty Solution. I also tried their C-2-P Complexion Corrector and the Vivid Lash HD Mascara, but it’s the solution powder that I want to talk about now.

This powder is their big product. They were even on Dragon’s Den with it! This powder comes in one shade to help cover redness and perfect your skin, no matter what your tone is. Honestly, I am not going to lie to you… I didn’t see the difference. I tried using it with the moisturizer and brush that was included, but I really didn’t see any difference after applying it. I read the instructions. I tried my own brushes. I applied it over the Complexion Corrector. I actually tried using this powder almost every day for two weeks without seeing the results.

I wanted this to be my new secret weapon. I wanted this to be my own solution, but nothing.

I would love for Mistura to prove me wrong. I want to really get this product. I hope that they find this review. This almost bronze powder hasn’t made an impact on my skin… what am I doing wrong?

Covergirl Makeup Most Wanted

Sometimes it’s easy to forget about where your love for makeup started. I got back in touch with my roots with some new Covergirl products.

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First I tried the Covergirl Tru Blend Face Primer for Dry Skin. My initial reaction was to the smell. This primer smells bad. I’m not sure what the scent is, but it’s not really something that I want all over my face all day. It might sound weird, but I think it kind of smells like tobacco. It is a good primer, but it’s a bit too moisturizing for my skin. I prefer primers that are more mattifying. I might give this product another chance and go for the oily skin primer to see if the feel, and smell, is any different.

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To follow this up, I got two new Covergirl products from BzzAgent. I tried Covergirl’s The Super Sizer Fibers Mascara. I have to admit that I don’t understand the brush for this mascara. The bristles are so small that they barely exist. My long lashes want a long mascara brush to get in between and keep the separate. My lashes look fine after applying, but they aren’t super long. They tend to get clumped up easier.

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On the other hand, the Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream is amazing! I don’t know what took Covergirl so long to jump on the bb cream trend. I assume it’s that they were perfecting this product. Like I said before, I prefer mattifying face products. This bb cream gives my face good coverage without feeling heavy. I’ve been avoiding a lot of heavy moisturizers and foundations this hot summer, but Covergirl’s bb cream is great for even hot days.

Fiona Stiles Beauty Most Wanted

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Fiona Stiles is a pretty well known celebrity makeup artist and this year she launched her eponymous makeup line. We got to try some of the products and these three really popped out for me. The hashtag that goes along with Fiona Stiles Beauty is #mistakefreemakeup and with these products, it’s definitely true. All three are extremely easy to use and very hard to mess up.
Ultimate Lash Icon Volumizing Mascara in Carbon Canyon
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My biggest pet peeve with mascara is when they claim to give you tons of volume but it’s not dark enough to actually see it. With this mascara not only do I get a lot of volume but Carbon Canyon is super black, so I can definitely see it. I can get my lashes pretty big with Ultimate Lash Icon without getting clumpy. I do notice it can flake a little, but not enough that it makes a huge difference to me.
Soft Cheek Veil in Maiden Lane
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Next to mascara, blush is my favourite type of makeup. I love when a blush is really pigmented going on and settles down the longer I wear it. This does exactly that. If I feel like the colour is too strong when I apply it, I just wait a minute and let it blend in and it ends up perfect. Maiden Lane is a really pretty neutral pink that leans a little peachy on me. I also appreciate that for a powder blush, it’s not super chalky.
Color Impact Satin Lip Crayon in Hester and Bonnie Brae
Fiona Stiles Color Impact Satin Lip Crayon
I might have been wearing matte liquid lipstick all summer but sometimes my lips need a break and I still want some easy colour on them. These lip crayons are perfect for that. Hester is a nude pink and Bonnie Brae is burgundy, both are extremely creamy and pigmented. These crayons feel substantial on your lips while they’re not great for colour transfer, unless you’re eating or drinking a lot they’ll last a decent amount of time. I’ve been wearing Hester quite a bit lately and will probably reach for Bonnie Brae more in the fall. These crayons also come in matte shades as well.

Fiona Stiles Swatches
Maiden Lane, Hester, Bonnie Brae