Category: Makeup Reviews

Hourglass Travel Essentials

If you’re the kind of person that does full out makeup even on vacation then chances are you’re looking for some easy to use, on-the-go products that’ll give you results without adding bulk to your suitcase. Enter the Hourglass Travel Essentials. We have five Hourglass products that will help you look amazing wherever you go.
Ambient Light Correcting Primer in Mood Light
Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer_Mood Light
If you want a great primer with a slight tint that makes you glow, this is the one you need to try. You can wear it on it’s own or under foundation and get that lit from within effect that you might not get if you’re going out all night and not getting a whole lot of sleep.
Veil Mineral Primer
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer_travel size
I can’t express how much I love this primer. You only need a tiny bit of this satiny primer to hide all your little imperfections and make your skin luminous without being greasy. The travel size is perfect to throw in any bag.
Ambient Lighting Palette
thumbnail_Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
A palette of three finishing powders (Incandescent Light, Dim Light and Radiant Light), you’ll be able to get the effect you want really easily. If you have fair skin like I do, consider trying this for contouring, it’s not too dark for me.
Illume Sheer Color Trio
thumbnail_Hourglass Illume Sheer Color Trio
The newest of the bunch, this cream bronzer, blush and highlighter let’s you use your fingers to get the look you want without using a million different products. Since they’re cream to satin, they also won’t go chalky or dry on you.
Double-Ended Complexion Brush
thumbnail_Hourglass Double-Ended Complexion Brush
Everyone needs a good brush when they’re travelling and this dual-ended retractable brush is great for all the products above or any face product really. Plus, they’re PETA friendly.

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner

Make Up For Ever Charli XCX Aqua Pencil Contents
I’ve been using Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Eyes eyeliners for years and I love them. But the new version; Aqua XL Waterproof Eyeliner is even better. MUFE teamed up with Charli XCX for this collection and there are a ton of gorgeous shades (and some classic) to choose from.
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencils
These pencils are creamy, easy to use and last forever. Even on waterlines. The pencils are so pigmented that you really only need one swipe of a pencil to get amazing colour. We tried out five shades: M-10 (matte black), D-62 (diamond brown), I-90 (iridescent pop purple), M-16 (matte white) and I-32 (iridescent lagoon green). There isn’t a nude shade available for waterlines or the inside corners of your eyes but the white works great if you blend it in.

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Swatches
M-10, D-62, I-90, M-16, I-32

All of the swatches are one swipe of the pencil. I didn’t go over them at all, that’s how creamy and pigmented they are and they go on just as easily on your eyes. Make Up For Ever also sent me a small bottle of the Sens’Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser to take these pencils off and man does it do a great job. You just need a tiny bit to get off all your eye makeup and it doesn’t sting at all. I also found it didn’t leave my skin dry or greasy, just clean. If you’re having trouble with eyeliner melting off your face this summer, consider this your solution.

Too Faced Lip Insurance Glossy Quickie Review

Too Faced Lip Insurance Glossy

Nothing is more frustrated than losing your lip colour minutes after leaving the house. Glossy lip colours seem to be more of a culprit of this than matte products. Enter Too Faced, who clearly feel my pain. For some reason, I’ve had many lipsticks lately that just won’t last. When I start with the Lip Insurance though, they double their wear time. I’m not saying it they last all day, but it gives them a serious boost. I can just imagine what will happen when I pair it with an already amazing lipstick. For now, this is my lipstick saver.

Spring Face Makeup Most Wanted

My face has had a rough spring. It was dry, had break-outs, was irritated and generally just out of control. Luckily no one else could tell because I have been using these secret weapons.

Nanoblur Instant Skin Finisher
Nanoblur
Sometimes you just find a product that works so well, you don’t have much to say about it. This is one of those products. I love it, because I forget I’m wearing it. I have said goodbye to shiny skin, fine lines, wrinkles, pores and all of those other imperfections on my face. It’s just nanoblur from here on. When I wear it under one of my new favourite primers, I almost believe that I have perfect skin. I will keep this secret to myself though.

Shiseido Synchro Skin Foundation
Shiseido Synchro Skin Foundation
Life doesn’t get more luxurious than when you are wearing Shiseido Foundation. It melts into your skin like butter. You don’t even remember that you are wearing makeup. Get colour matched if you can, because if you find the right shade, it completely disappears leaving only perfect skin behind. What more can I say? You have to see it to believe it.

Flower Erase Everything Foundation
flower erase everything foundation
I’ve been on the hunt for a lighter foundation this season and I think that I might have found it. Flower has created a foundation that is really soft and light, while also being matte. I like that it’s silky without making my skin shiny. If you are looking for something heavy duty, look elsewhere. This foundation still covers blemishes and imperfections, but not in a way that you can feel on your skin. It leaves my skin feeling even better than natural.

Maybelline Master Contour Face Contouring Kit
maybelline master face contour
Take the guesswork out of contouring with this easy to use palette. This handy little kit includes three labeled powders showing which powder is used for contouring, blush, and highlighting. Check out the back for an easy to follow guide that show how to use the powders. My favourite part about this set is how subtle the powders are. There is no need to worry about getting streaks of colour. Everything is subtle enough for even a contouring novice!

NYC Get It All Foundation
nyc get it all foundation
Until this week, I would never had replaced my liquid foundation for a stick, but NYC may have made me a convert. This stick gives a nice matte finish that I can use wherever I want. I like that flexibility. This foundation makes me feel like I have a little more freedom. I don’t have to cover my face with makeup. It blends really nicely too, so I’m never stuck with weird lines. I also love how convenient it is! I can throw it in my purse or even my carry on.

Travel Sets Most Wanted

Hitting the road this summer? Heading off for a European vacation? No matter where you are going, try one of these convenient little sets that have everything you need!

Clean Rollerball Layering Collection

Clean Rollerball Layering Collection – It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the Clean scents. When I found out this little set existed, I was thrilled. These scents are perfect for travelling, because they are so… well, clean. You can mix and match the little rollerballs for a different scent every day. After keeping your clothes in a stuffy suitcase, the fresh scents are just what you need. They barely take up any space for endless possibilities. Added bonus, the White Woods scent is unisex and perfect for guys too!

Vita Liberata Tanning Travel Essentials

Vita Liberata Tanning Travel Essentials – Make the most of this set before your vacation. Get beach ready with this tanning set that includes a 2-3 week tan lotion, 4-7 day tan mousse and super fine skin polish. I love that there are two different length options, so that you can get a tan that will last for your entire vacation, no matter how long it is. I know these are travel sizes, but personally I don’t want to have to worry about tanning while I’m away. I will be perfecting that tan a few days before I go though, so that I am golden in all of my pictures.

Phyto Paris Deep-Down Repair Travel Set

Phyto Paris Deep-Down Repair Travel Set – Being on vacation doesn’t mean forgetting to care for your hair. This three product travel size set allows you to care for your locks on-the-go without feeling like you are bringing tons of products. There’s a shampoo, mask and leave-in thermal spray that repair and strengthen hair. It’s not going to take you a lot of extra time to use this set, which is great because I have places to be. My favourite thing is that the bottles are solid and strong. Unlike squeeze bottles, I don’t have to worry about these exploding with cream in my suitcase.

Quo Brow Kit – This little kit is great to pack in your suitcase to ensure that you have beautiful brows without a lot of stress. There are two brow powders in different shades of brown (so everyone can use this kit without the hassle of worrying about the right shade), a brow gel and a brush. It’s simple, foolproof and one less thing you don’t have to worry about.

Jack Black Jet Set Traveler

Jack Black Jet Set Traveler – Of course, I can’t forget about the guys too. If your house is anything like mine, I have to make sure that my husband has everything he needs to travel as well as managing my own toiletries. That’s why I like this set. It has a Daily Cleanser, Moisturizer and Shave Lather from a brand that I trust and he likes. Shaving cream is one of those things that is easy to forget, but important for him to stay vacation photo ready. Now I can check three things off of my list in one shot.

Mac Cosmetics Spring Most Wanted

Mac Cosmetics is always on point, but this season more than ever before I am in love their new products. I was going to write a bunch of different posts about each product, but if you are heading to Mac this season I wanted you to have one place to go for everything.

MAC Zac Posen Haute Contour Powder Blush
MAC Zac Posen Haute Contour Powder Blush
First of all, the name! Yes on all levels! Second, the colours! They make me want to be on a beach somewhere. The bronzer is dark and golden and dreamy. The blush is pink and shimmery. I appreciate that this is a light pink without a hint of coral. It is perfect for contouring your face for a sculpted look, but it can also be used in any of your looks. I like that it’s so versatile to work with your look.

Mac Brooke Candy Eye Gloss in White-Yin and Black-Yang

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Rapper Brooke Candy is back for another collection with Mac and this one is daring. Honestly, a lot of this collection makes me feel old. I just don’t think I can pull off dark purple lipstick at my age. The Eye Gloss is very cool though. Transform any regular eye shadow with a top coat of this glossy finish. There is a white and black, so that you can choose whether you want a darker look or a shimmery light look. It stays gloss to give you that wet eyeshadow look. It’s a weird sensation to live with. I’m not sure how I feel about having sticky wet eyelids, but the look is very cool!

Eye Shadow X 9: Dusky Rose Times Nine Palette
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If you’re more of a traditional eye shadow girl, the Eyes On MAC is all you’ll ever need shadow wise. We already tried one when they first came out and now they’ve added more shade combinations. Dusky Rose is my favourite for spring (although Pastel Times Nine is a close second) because it’s just so pretty. You have everything from pink to brown to silver that all are rose tinged. I also love these palettes because you get so many look options in one place and they’re so affordable that you can pick up multiple shades if you want.

All The Right Angles Contour Palette
MAC All The Right Angles Contour Palette
At first, I wasn’t really sure how to use this contour palette. I needed to look it up to see what each of the pots contained. Once I had mastered the idea, I became absolutely obsessed with this palette. The Cream Colour Base is such a nice product. I don’t even need foundation with this. It has a bit of a shimmer and leaves my face looking amazing without a lot of work. Then I add on sculpting and shaping powders to shape my face and give me those cheek bones I wasn’t born with. This might be one of the best products that I’ve ever owned, let alone the best of the season.

MAC Pro Beyond Twisted Lash
MAC Pro Beyond Twisted Lash Mascara
Take your lashes from straight to ultimately twisted with this new mascara. The mascara is the same quality mascara that you expect from MAC, it’s the wand that you will want to talk about. This mascara wand is flexible, so you can bend it up to 90 degrees. This means you can apply mascara to all of your lashes a LOT easier without having to be a contortionist to do so. I don’t do as well with change, so it’s going to take me a while to get used to apply mascara from a new angle. It’s such a cool design and I can just imagine how this will change things for makeup artists.

Wander Beauty Essentials

Both Stephanie and I are going on vacation in the next few months and we decided to do a series of travel essentials posts to help us figure out what to bring with us. I figured we should start off the series with Wander Beauty, a new company that was inspired by travel and has made it easy for us to take less products. We got to try four of their products and I was really impressed overall, but I have definite favourites.
Exquisite Eye Liquid Shadow in Dove Grey
Wander Beauty Exquisite Eye Liquid Shadow in Dove Grey
I love the idea of taking one eyeshadow with me on a trip but let’s be honest, if you’re going out at night, you’ll need more. Luckily, this liquid shadow is great one it’s own or as a base. Dove Grey isn’t really a true grey, it’s more of a beige grey, which means it’ll work with a ton of other colours. Unlike a lot of liquid shadows, this one doesn’t get sticky and uncomfortable and lasts hours without creasing. I could do with a little less shimmer but I do really like it enough that I would try other shades.
Frame Your Face Micro Brow Pencil in Taupe
Wander Beauty Frame Your Face Micro Brow Pencil
My eyebrows are so pale that they’re basically white, so I usually pick the lightest brow shade possible. When we got the Frame Your Face Micro Brow Pencil in Taupe instead of Blonde, I was hesitant but with a light hand I managed to pull it off. The pencil wasn’t too soft, letting me make short, quick strokes. This is my favourite kind of brow product and I love that there’s a spoolie on the end, making it truly travel friendly.
Flash Focus Hydrating Foundation Stick in Light
Wander Beauty Flash Focus Hydrating Foundation Light
Again, I would’ve normally picked the fair shade instead of light, but with summer coming, I know I’ll be getting a little colour in my face and this shade wasn’t really too dark for me to begin with. The stick is extremely creamy and easy to blend and the formula is comfortable to wear. It’s more of a sheer coverage but you can build up to more of a medium coverage if you want. This is definitely one of my favourites.
Wanderout Dual Lipsticks in Nikki Beach/BB
Wander Beauty Wanderout Dual Lipstick Nikki Beach B.B.
This is really such a genius idea for travel makeup. You get two shades of lipstick that click into the same case, one on each end. Nikki Beach is a bright watermelon shade and BB is a rosy nude. I would normally go for BB alone but mixing it with Nikki makes the perfect summer shade and since they’re already attached, it’s so easy to get.

I’m really loving the products I’ve tried from Wander Beauty. Right now it’s only available online at Sephora in Canada and we don’t have access to all the products just yet, but I’m hoping they add more. Stay tuned for more travel essentials.

Spring Makeup Brushes & Tools Most Wanted

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that your brushes and makeup tools are just as important as the actual makeup you buy. This season, I did a little spring cleaning and updated my brush collection with some new winners.

Sephora Tough As Nails

Sephora Tough As Nails – This is the most bad ass nail set I have ever seen. The second I saw it, I knew I wanted it. The square case had a faux leather, black patent finish and industrial zipper that makes it look so cool to hold. I wish this was a clutch. The tools inside are just as tough. There are 7 tools inside that can transform even the roughest and toughest nails. They aren’t going to crack under pressure. When you hold them in your hands, you can feel that these are heavy duty. Since my boyfriend often steals my nail clippers, I appreciate that now I have a pair strong enough for a man too.

Tweezerman Mini Face Contour Brush Set

Tweezerman Mini Face Contour Brush Set – Since contouring is no longer just for makeup artists and beauty pros, it’s time we all fully understood the proper brushes to use. This set has so many functions. Since I am heading out on a trip soon, all I can think is that it’s ideal for travel. The mini-size and bonus beauty blender are perfect for taking on-the-go. It’s also great for giving you options for face brushes, so that you can test out a few varieties. The flat and pointed brushes, plus the blender, help someone not as familiar with brushes understand the different types. If it was the holidays I would even call this a perfect stocking stuffer. Hopefully, these little sets stay around for a while.

wacoal brush set

Wacoal 30 Years Of Beauty Brush Set – This little set is so luxurious feeling, no one will believe that it came from a lingerie store. The brushes are so soft and fluffy. All I wanted to do the second I got them was brush light powder all over my face. They are also a nice weight, not too light or heavy. The black container is perfect for giving the brushes that luxe feel. You will love the ritual of unwrapping them and putting them away.

Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush

Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush – Calling a brush perfect is daring, but when you have foundation like Shiseido does, you don’t need much to make it feel perfect. Shiseido’s little foundation brush is different from a lot of other brushes that I have used. It makes me feel like I am moving up to the next level of makeup brushes. The short bristles are soft, but not too flexible making it easier to spread cream foundations. I am usually not partial to mini-brushes at home, but in this case I feel like I have more control with this brush.

Too Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lipstick

Too Faced La Creme Lipstick Box
I’ve used a ton of Too Faced products over the year but other than my beloved Melted Liquid Lipstick, I’ve never used their lipsticks. Even though they just launched La Matte Lipstick (and trust me, I’ll definitely get around to those), I was way more interested in the new La Crème shades. We’ve been using so much matte lipstick lately that I’ve almost forgotten what creme lipstick feels like. And with names like Unicorn Tears, I was sold. We got to try eight of the new shades (we’re missing Topless and Sugar Daddy) and one of the originals, Pink Chocolate.
Too Faced La Creme Lipstick New Shades
These lipsticks go on ridiculously smooth. They’re soft enough to be able to maneuver but hard enough that they don’t end up all over the place. Because they’re not matte, they’re also not transfer-proof and you really have to reapply pretty often. The upside is, they’re really comfortable and moisturizing and feel fantastic.
Too Faced La Creme Lipstick New Shades Swatches
The shades are also incredible. I had to try Unicorn Tears first because I was so intrigued. It’s an iridescent shimmer that you can wear on it’s on or over another lipstick and it’s insanely gorgeous. Pink Chocolate might be the oldest shade in the bunch but it’s one of those shades that’ll look great on anyone. WHAM!, however, is my favourite. Too Faced calls it an iridescent raspberry and that’s a decent enough description but it’s really so much more than that. It’s the perfect red for a night out when you want something different. The shimmer just makes it something special.

I might have favourite shades but they’re really all stunning and there’s something for everyone with over twenty colours to pick from. I might have a hard time deciding between the shades and the names, but I’m sure I’m not the only one.

Most Wanted Face Products For Spring

Spring really does a number on my face. The dryness from winter isn’t gone yet and my allergies from all the growing things make my skin way more sensitive. That sensitivity causes more redness, which in turn results in me wearing more makeup than normal. It’s a vicious cycle but I’ve found some new products that are quickly becoming essentials in my spring face routine.
Hylamide Booster Series Sensitive Fix
Hylamide Sensitive Fix Booster
I’ve tried so many things for redness that have done absolutely nothing for me. Imagine my surprise when I started using this Sensitive Fix Serum and saw results almost immediately. If I’m being good and actually using this twice a day, the redness in my skin reduces by a significant amount. It’s extremely lightweight and absorbs immediately without any stickiness. And if I’m feeling lazy, I mix some into my moisturizer. There also isn’t a heavy scent which is great for those who have really sensitive skin.
StriVectin Multi-Action Restorative Cream
StriVectin Multi-Action Restorative Cream
I’ve been pretty obsessed with StriVectin lately. There hasn’t been a single product I’ve tried that hasn’t done what it said it was going to. Granted, I don’t have a ton of skin issues and I’m not trying to get rid of wrinkles but I’m definitely working on preventative measures. The Multi-Action Restorative Cream is supposed to address fine lines, wrinkles, density, firmness, sagging, texture, dehydration, dullness, discoloration, clarity, resilience and enlarged pores. This cream looks really thick but it’s not and it sinks in fast. I’ve noticed a difference in the dehyration, dullness and enlarged pore camps, but I was looking for those. In general I’ve just noticed my skin looks better.
Clinique Chubby In The Nude Foundation Stick
Clinique Chubby In The Nude Foundation Stick
In the spring, I’m still looking for a creamy, hydrating foundation and Chubby In The Nude is definitely that. It also allows me to only cover the areas I need to. This is sheer to medium coverage so it’s extremely natural looking but if you’re looking for full coverage, you’ll want to skip this one. It blends into my skin tone really well and is really great for travel when you don’t want to deal with gloopy foundation.
Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer
Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer
I don’t think I have color issues on my eyelids but I do love the fact that this is the only Kat Von D foundation product that isn’t too dark on me. The fair shade is perfect for my skin tone and the crayon format makes it really easy to prime my eyes for shadow. Lock-It is kind of an understatement, once you apply shadow, it’s not moving. So if you want to blend, use my trick. Only apply this below your crease so you can blend above it.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil
I love when products end up being multi-purpose. I was hesitant to try a primer oil because I wasn’t sure it would stick. I was partially right. I find when I use this with a super hydrating foundation, it feels like makeup is sliding off my face. But when I use it with something more dry, it’s perfect. I’ve also been using it on it’s own for a little glow and I mix it with a drop of concealer or foundation for a tinted moisturizer. It’s not greasy at all and is really, really hyrating. It might not be exactly what you’d expect from a Smashbox primer but I actually love how different it is.