Clinique Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer

IMG_6085Happy Monday everyone!!!

Today I wanted to talk about one of my favourite new products: Clinique’s recently released Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer. As I mentioned in my recent Clinique haul and bonus post, I’ve read some raving reviews of the entire Turnaround range, but the moisturizer is the product that I thought I would use the most. Plus, I love myself a moisturizer that can be worn underneath foundation. At $45, I was hesitant to purchase this, but it coincided beautifully with Clinique’s bonus time, so I took a leap of face and just did it. And I am so glad that I did.

Features:

  1. Oil-free, so no fear of shine
  2. Lightweight
  3. Improves health and radiance of skin
  4. Can be worn alone or under makeup
  5. Gives the appearance of a bright, glowing complexion

Shades:

This moisturizer actually comes in two shades: rosy glow and golden glow. The former gives a nice pinkish radiance to skin, while the latter airs on the yellow side. Given my paper-white complexion, I opted for the rosy glow to give my skin that nice, healthy glow that it lacks once winter comes around. I can’t speak for the golden glow, but I would guess it would be better suited to more tanned complexions that would benefit from that sun-kissed glow in the cloudy winter months. However, I have read other reviews that claim the rosy glow shade delivered less-than-expected luminosity, and recommend choosing the golden glow. So who really knows??? I think it’s hit-or-miss, and depends on the degree of radiance and luminosity you are hoping for. If you are looking for KAPOW radiance, I would say go with the golden glow, but the pink is subtly pretty, so it’s a toss-up.

I’ve been using this moisturizer for about a week now, and already I have noticed that my skin feels smoother, and my little imperfections are masked, and even improved, evening out my skin tone. I have had no breakouts while using this product thanks to Clinique’s classic oil-free formulation, and it goes so well under either powder or liquid foundation. This is big for me because I always moisturize my skin before applying foundation so as to prevent it from drying out throughout the day, and I find that, in some cases, it can even aid in the application process.

The one thing I am really disappointed in that I did not initially consider before purchasing this product is that it has no sun-proof protection. It is marketed as a daytime moisturizer, but with no built-in SPF, the choice is wear sunscreen overtop of this moisturizer, completely negating any glowing effects it might have, or risk getting a sunburn. The latter for many pale people such as myself is just not an option, forcing us to leave this cream on the bathroom counter to wait for a cloudy day. Luckily Autumn is here, and Winter is right behind it, so there won’t be much need for SPF, but it is still something I wish I had thought about before. So, if you take nothing else away from this little blog post today, please remember:

*Always check the SPF, if any, of moisturizers, foundations, or any other products*

Have you tried this moisturizer before, or any of the other products in the Turnaround range??? What did you think??? And did the lack of SPF miff you as much as it miffed me???

P.S. Don’t forget to enter my 100 followers giveaway for your chance to win a Chanel Autumn 2015 lipstick of your choice and one of Time magazine’s listed 100 best English-language novels!!! Click here to find the instructions for how to enter. *The giveaway is open internationally and will close September 30, 2015 at 11:59pm*

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Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It (H)airstyler

IMG_6087At the beginning of every school year, I always set aside a few dollars for one back-to-school product that I think will make my early mornings easier. This term, I am lucky enough (ha, not) to have 8:30am lectures on Mondays and Thursdays. This means that I am up by 6am, and have to be out the door by 7:30am. With breakfast being a priority and crawling back into bed a regular occurrence, the allotted time for my hair sometimes gets cut short, which can lead to some less-than-attractive hair days. And then I tried this new Bumble and Bumble product.

Features:

  1. Formulated with a blend of two lightweight polymers to improve texture
  2. Plant-based conditioning blend to hydrate hair and help it dry smoothly
  3. Contains UVA and UVB filters to help protect hair against the damaging effects of heat and sun exposure
  4. Gives the air (ha, so punny) of an air style without having to deal with flyaway strands or frizziness

IMG_6088In the mornings, I just wake up, hop in the shower to give my hair a quick wash, and then throw my hair up in a towel. By the time I’m done eating breakfast my hair is towel-dried, and I just work this cream through my hair, scrunch, and I am good to go. If the whole scrunched look isn’t for you, you can also twist your hair to get that nice, soft loose curls look, which I have been sporting the past week. It’s funny because so many people at university have complimented my hair and asked what I did to get it to look the way it does. They seem to think I spent ages on it, when really, I spent the minute of working this little miracle hair cream though my hair and then giving my hair a final once over of air drying if I have the time. Also, this hair cream can be layered with other stylers, so you can get the benefits of this cream along with those of other products if you’re looking to show your hair a little more TLC.

What is really nice about this product is that it is super hydrating and thin. I was worried at first that I wouldn’t use enough for the product to work, but that it would be thick and wouldn’t go through my hair easily. Wrong and wrong. You only need to use a pea-sized amount of this cream in your hair, so just work from the roots to the ends, and it is super thin and smooth so it won’t get stuck partway and make hair look greasy in places.

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A trio of Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil products I picked up in Paris because the hotel shampoo was destroying my hair. Not the best photo, but it gets the point across.

What I love about Bumble and Bumble products, besides how wonderful they are on my hair, is that the majority of them come in multiple sizes. Typically, if you want to try a new shampoo, you have to purchase a full-size bottle, which is great if it turns out you like it, but if you don’t, then you’re stuck with a 99% full bottle of shampoo that lives in your cupboard for years until it finally gets tossed in a clean out. With Bumble and Bumble products though, they are sold in at least two sizes, one for the people who know the products will work for them, and the other that are perfect for trying out various products to find the one that works best for you. These smaller sizes are also so easy to travel with because they fall well below the airport’s carry-on liquid maximum of 100mL. In some cases, these smaller sizes even come in little bundles of three, so you can sample three products from a range for the same amount as a full-size container of shampoo. Yet another reason why I love the Bumble and Bumble brand.

Have you tried this out before??? What did you think???

P.S. Don’t forget to enter my 100 followers giveaway for your chance to win a Chanel Autumn 2015 lipstick of your choice and one of Time magazine’s listed 100 best English-language novels!!! Click here to find the instructions for how to enter. *The giveaway is open internationally and will close September 30, 2015 at 11:59pm*

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Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour

IMG_6054Since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to walk out of a Chanel store with a little white bag. So when I passed by the Chanel flagship store on Rue Cambon in the first arrondissement, I had to pop in and see what I could find. Goodness me things in there are pricy, but I spotted the makeup section and bolted for it.

When Chanel released their Spring 2015 collection, the model in one of the advertisements looked so stunning that I took a picture of the display and set to work creating a similar look with more affordable products. The flagship store had the exact picture above the lipstick display, and had the colour in stock, so I bought it. I think I found my new favourite shade, but not necessarily my new favourite lipstick.

Features:

  1. Non-drying
  2. Intense colour
  3. Long-lasting
  4. Velvet matte finish

Shades:

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There are 12 shades in the intense longwear collection, six of which have the velvet matte finish. The shade that was in Chanel’s Spring 2015 advertisement was 50 La Romanesque, a beautiful rich, tawny purple. I love the colour to death, but it does not stay on as well as I would like, requiring reapplication after eating and such. Also, though it is not marketed as a hydrating lipstick, it is touted as being non-drying, yet I found my lips to be dried out slightly after wearing it. Each Chanel lipstick is 32.50 €, which in Canadian dollars is approximately $45, and is quite pricy for a lipstick, but it is similar to the prices of lipsticks from other designer brands. Here though, I kind of felt like I was paying for the brand, not necessarily the quality of the product.

IMG_6055IMG_6056However, Chanel is good at giving their products classy packaging. The box is black with shiny, gold sides, while the tube is the classic Chanel black, with little white lettering at the base, and a gold top with the interlocking C’s logo.

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Something neat about Chanel lipsticks that I love is that the brand name is actually etched into the lipstick. It’s just a nice little extra that adds to the presentation of the product.

THE SHADE IS SO PRETTY!!! Did I mention it’s really pretty??? I am in love with it, and the chiseled tip makes it so easy to apply. I’m trying to keep using the tip so it doesn’t flatten out, because I don’t really know what I’ll do without it. New lipsticks spoil you, but once they get used, some lose their shape and applying them because more difficult. Hopefully this lipstick won’t be one of those.

  I have to admit though that I struggled a little with figuring out how to open the tube. It turns out you push down on the gold top, and it bounces up enough that you can grab it and pull out the lipstick tube. After that, the lipstick turns up normally. I felt quite foolish turning the case around and around looking for where the lid pulled off, or where I could twist it up. Clearly I don’t buy many designer brand cosmetics . . . 

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Have you tried any Chanel lipsticks before? What shades and formulae did you like?

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BITE Beauty Maple Matte Crème Lipsticks

IMG_5081With so many beauty releases being restricted to the US or the UK, I was thrilled to learn that this limited-edition lipstick collection is exclusive to Canada. According to BITE Beauty founder Susanne Langmuir, she was inspired by the changing colours of the Canadian maple trees on her Ontario farm, and wanted to create a lipstick collection that encapsulated the changing colours of a Canadian autumn. To take this one step further, the lipsticks are actually infused with maple scent. And yes, they taste like maple too.


Features:

  1. Made with organic fruit butters and food-grade ingredients
  2. 94% natural ingredients
  3. Infused with the scent of maple
  4. Long-lasting
  5. Matte cream formula that does not dry out lips
  6. Highly pigmented
  7. Hand-made in BITE Beauty’s Artisinal Lipstick Factory in Toronto, Ontario
  8. 5 fall shades

Shades: 

The five shades are warmed maple, candied maple, braised maple,  mulled maple, and sugared maple. While all of them are incredible fall shades, warmed maple is quite literally an orange lipstick, and candied maple is a fairly classic red, so I passed on these two, but picked up the other three shades. As confirmed by BITE Beauty, Mulled Maple is the same as Black Cherry from the US-released Frozen Berries collection, but this shade has the infusion of maple.

Braised Maple
Braised Maple

 

Mulled Maple
Mulled Maple

 

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Sugared Maple

I want to note here that the shades look way different in the tube than they do on. When I first saw them displayed in Sephora, I was disappointed by how dark they looked, but then I swatched them on the back of my hand and realized they are actually bright, vibrant shades. So don’t be fooled; always swatch.

Swatches: 

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I absolutely adore the outer packaging of these lipsticks. The little boxes are beautifully adorned with images of Canadian maple leaves in varying stages of chlorophyll disappearance and trapped glucose, which causes leaves to change from green to red, orange, yellow, and even purple. I have to admit though that I was a little disappointed by the plainness of the lipstick tube. Considering this is a limited edition collection, I figured the tube would be decorated similar to the outer box instead of the classic plain black of Bite Beauty’s other lipsticks.

 

I have been wearing these shades for the last week or so, and I can’t get enough of them. They are super long lasting without losing pigmentation, and do not require any touchups throughout the day after eating or drinking. I may have to pop back into Sephora and get back ups for these so that when and if the collection is discontinued, I won’t lose what have now become some of my all-time favourite and go-to shades. While they are perhaps a little too dark for summer, fall is fast approaching, and these shades are perfect for back to school and getting into the groove of crisp autumn mornings, scarves, and rain boots.

Have you tried any of the shades from this collection??? What did you think???

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Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask

IMG_5072With the arrival of summer comes salon trips to get highlights and more time spent out in the sun. August is only a day away, which means that many of us have spent a few months now out in the sunshiney weather, and our hair is probably a little worse for wear.

My hair is colour-treated (I’m a pseudo-brunette), and that combined with the heat of the sun and any heated styling tools I might use left my hair weak and damaged. So I went on a hunt for a product that would help nourish and restore my hair to its former soft and shiny glory.

I actually picked up this Home and Away set while doing a bit of last-minute Christmas shopping back in December but, as it sometimes happens, it got buried in the back of my new products cupboard, and was unearthed about a month ago. Let this be a lesson to all: before looking for a new product, always look through stores of already purchased and unopened products. You never know what little goodies you’ll find. I have been using this product once a week for the past four weeks, the recommended time to wait to see visible results.

IMG_5073This set comes with a 250mL plastic jar and a 75mL travel size of the restorative mask. I paid $52.00 for this set, which I know is a lot of money, but here’s a comparison for you: just the 250mL jar of the product is valued at $46.00 so, if you love this product, the extra $6 is worth getting a travel size so it’s easier to pack, plus you actually get more for your money.

But I digress. This hair mask is a 5-7 minute hair treatment that is chocked full of argan oil and protein to help strengthen and restructure hair. It actually infuses protein back into any weakened hair shafts, so hair’s strength and elasticity can be restored.

IMG_5075To use this mask, apply a generous amount to towel-dried hair after shampooing and comb through. Allow the product 5-7 minutes to absorb, so feel free to groove to whatever music you’re blasting in the bathroom if you’re like me and become the next Taylor Swift in the shower. Rinse out and follow up with conditioner. If you already have and love the Moroccanoil treatment, finish this routine up by applying a dime-sized amount to towel-dried hair outside of shower, and comb it through.

*Use this mask no more than once per week, and reduce usage further as hair strength and texture noticeably improves*

This particular hair mask is designed for hair in need of emergency and immediate repair. Think of it as the ER of hair care. If you’re looking for a hair mask to give a little extra conditioning or to tame some frizz, this is not the mask for you. I cannot stress enough that this is a super thick mask for a reason. It is not to be used lightly. It is a short-term fix for damaged hair, not something to be added to a regular hair care routine.

After my month of using this product, my hair is noticeably stronger and softer, and has actually started to grow again. By the end of the first week of using it, I was slightly disappointed because I couldn’t really notice a difference in my hair, but this is one of those products where it is worth waiting for the results. I will be keeping this one in my bathroom cupboards and having it make a cameo appearance in my hair care routine when my hair is a little under the weather and in need of some TLC.

If you’re interested in giving this product a try, click here to be redirected to the Moroccanoil website to order it, but keep in mind that this duo is a limited edition, so it won’t be around forever.

What products have you been using lately to protect your hair, or repair it from heat styling or colour treatment???

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Clinique All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette

IMG_5054I featured this little product number already in my recent Clinique haul post, but I have been using it every day since I got it, so I figured it warranted its own review, where I can gush over how lovely it is, and how much I wish it wasn’t a limited edition product.

Features:

  1. Super pigmented
  2. Longwear
  3. Crease-resistant
  4. Fade-resistant
  5. Dual-ended sponge applicator included
  6. Mirrored compact, perfect for traveling
  7. Easy to blend and layer
  8. 8 shades for oodles of day and night looks

So, where to begin with my love for this eye shadow palette. . . First of all, the colours are just so pretty. They are super pigmented, so the colours are vibrant, and they are really easy to blend and layer. Also, of the eight colours, four are soft shimmers, three are super shimmers, and one is a matte. This range of shimmer degrees allows for more subtle day looks or more dramatic night looks, or a mix of a little bit of both. This palette was $40, which for some is a bit pricy, but I had wanted to try it for a really long time and, unlike other eyeshadow palettes I have come across, I love ALL of the colours, so all will get used up.

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(Daybreak really is there, even if it doesn’t show up super well on my paper white skin)

IMG_5068The next big thing that stood out about this product for me is the plastic tray that covers the eyeshadows. I think this was just part of the protective packaging, but I actually really like it. It keeps all the eyeshadows in their place so little grains don’t go hopping over into the next pan (yup, I did just give eyeshadow grains sentience). Plus, it also lines the section for the applicator, so that grains from the applicator don’t stick to the compact.

For application, I personally prefer using a brush, but the included sponge applicator is one of the better ones I’ve used. Since it’s dual-ended, each side can be used for two colours. This is how I divided up my applicator usage:

Applicator End 1:

Side 1- Alabaster and Daybreak

Side 2- Moroccan Brown and At Dusk

Applicator End 2:

Side 1- Sahara Sun and Light Shade of Starlight Starbright Duo

Side 2- Jute Brown and Chocolate Bark

Dividing up my applicator usage may have been a bit obsessive and unnecessary, but I found it to be really helpful so that the included applicator could be used with all colours with minimal cross-colour mixing.

This palette is perfect for traveling. It has all essential neutral eyeshadow shades, so you don’t have to pack a whole bunch of individual colours and, with the included applicator, brushes can be left at home. Even better, the net weight of this palette is under 100g, so it can be taken on the plane in your carry-on bag. It is always good to pack a few beauty essentials in your carry-on in case your luggage is lost, and this eyeshadow palette is a must.

I think my only complaint with this product would be the packaging. I love how its all silvery and reflective, but fingerprints stick to it, and it looks a little messy. It is, however, really durable. The other day, my cat was sitting on my bathroom counter watching me do my makeup (yes, this is a normal, everyday occurrence) and she knocked the palette off the counter. Luckily it was closed, but I was still pretty upset and worried that they had broken, but they were all intact.

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Now, there is another related Clinique product that deserves a little shout out here: the Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes and Lips. It is by far the best makeup remover I have found to date. One swipe, and all makeup is gone. It takes off the eyeshadows included in this palette so easily, and it comes in travel sizes so, once again, perfect for traveling. As you can see, mine is just over half gone, and I have already purchased a replacement, because I wouldn’t last a day without this.

Have you tried this eyeshadow palette before, or any of the other All About Shadow 8-Pan Palettes??? What did you think of them???

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Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

IMG_5052The last time I used a liquid eyeliner pen, I think I was around 16 and having my wearing-too-much-eyeliner-is-so-cool phase, where the raccoon-eye look is all the rage, and no one tells you that with a thinner line, eyeliner on the top lid can actually be really flattering. I worshipped Revlon’s Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen, and it wasn’t until recently that I noticed just how thick the end is. Like it is really thick, to the point (ha, so punny) that it would have basically been impossible for me to achieve a thin line with it anyways. Since the nearest Clinique counter to me recently brought in the Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen, I figured I might as well give eyeliner pens another go. So far I am loving it!!!

Features:

  1. Super fine tip for precise, narrow lines
  2. Smooth, flat brush sides for thicker lines
  3. Clean application in one sweep
  4. 24-hour wear
  5. PERFECT for cat eyes
  6. Comes in two shades, black and dark brown

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I cannot sing the praises of this eyeliner pen loud enough. It is just so amazing!!! The best I can do is to rave about how incredible the fine tip is. Like look at that. That is quite literally as to the point (ha, ok, I have to stop with the puns) as it gets. Since getting this pen, I have been wearing eyeliner on my top lids nearly every day, a feat precedented only by the angsty teen years where eyeliner was cool and meant you listened to Fall Out Boy and Paramore and shopped at Hot Topic (which I actually never did). But in all seriousness, for people who don’t want to muck about with liquid eyeliner that comes in the little pots and has to be applied with a brush, or for people who are in a hurry in the mornings and don’t have time for that, this is perfect. It goes on super smooth, and stays on all day with no smudging or fading. Plus, the tip makes it really hard to over do it, and there is no need to worry about stray brush marks messing up the lines. However, this pen is not particularly good for under-eye application; it really is meant for the upper lids.

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This picture is just to show how smooth the pen application is. The lines can be super thin to as thick as you think you need. It was a little pricy at $23 but it was so worth it. I am tempted to go back to my local Clinique counter and get it in the dark brown as well, because I think it would make for a more subtle line and more natural look. The only complaint I might have, and I am finding as I read more reviews that other people found this too, is the packaging. It airs on the cheap side, and the super long lid gives the illusion that there is more product inside. Regardless, I think it will last for a fairly long time because, really, how much eyeliner do you need to use on a daily basis??? It is important to note though that neither the black nor brown is waterproof, so if you think you’ll be crying during the day, whether it be at a wedding or a funeral, I would suggest trying another eyeliner.

Have you tried this liquid eyeliner pen??? Did you like it, or is there another one that works better???

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have a lovely day 🙂 🙂

Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation

IMG_5034As I mentioned in my recent Sephora haul post, I picked up this little foundation number after trying and loving Make Up For Ever’s Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation, and wanting to give their liquid foundation a go. After testing it out the past few days on its own and with some of my other makeup products, I wanted to post a review of my thoughts on this product because I like writing reviews and I think this product is worth sharing with you.

So, let’s start with the features, shall we???

Features:

  1. Medium- to full-coverage
  2. Flawless finish
  3. “Soft focus effect,” meaning it stands up against bright, prolonged light
  4. Oil-free
  5. Formulated with Relipidium (moisturizes skin), Fucogel (prevents dehydration), and Sericite (enhances light ray refraction to illuminate complexion)
  6. Lightweight texture
  7. 26 shades to pick from

*Note: This product is a Sephora exclusive foundation*

Shades: 

IMG_5041This liquid foundation comes in a total of 26 shades, ranging from 110 Pink Porcelain to 185 Ebony. I picked up 110 Pink Porcelain and, like I said about MUFE’s powder foundation, I am amazed by how perfectly its lightest shade matches my skin tone. Liquid foundations in particular seem to have their lightest shade airing on the yellowish side, and I end up looking rather like I misapplied spray-on tan, but this one is designed for skin with pink undertones, and not just any skin: porcelain skin!!! Thank you Make Up For Ever for acknowledging a shade lighter than ivory.

The foundation has a pump, which is so lovely because I absolutely detest trying to get liquid foundation out of the bottom of the container. I apply this foundation by pumping a little bit on to the back of my hand, and evenly brushing it directly onto my skin with a foundation brush (actually, with a blush brush, but that’s beside the point). Now, with this foundation, only a little dollop is needed. With some foundations, I have found that I need to use a ton before I start to notice any real coverage, but with this one, less is definitely more in order to maintain its invisibility on the skin. However, I will not be using this as my daily foundation. I love how it makes my skin look, but I want to save it for special events and holidays when I know my grandmother will make me be in family photographs for the rest of eternity no matter what I look like.

Also, I don’t think I would recommend this product to anyone with acne prone skin. My skin is normal to combination, with little to no blemishes or dry patches, so this foundation worked wonders for me to even out my skin tone and give me that flawless look. But after reading many, many reviews of this product, it appears that it does not do so well when trying to cover up acne, and it can stick to dry patches, so I would try it with caution. Actually, if you can, I would recommend popping into a Sephora or borrowing it from a friend so you can test it before buying it.

This foundation was quite pricy at $50, and I really have to stop shopping at Sephora for awhile because these upscale brands are not good for my bank account, but I really do love it, and think it was worth it. Also, because only a little bit is required for full coverage, I am hoping it will last longer than other foundations I have tried.

What do you think of Make Up For Ever’s HD Invisible Cover Foundation??? Is it as invisible for you as it claims to be???

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have a lovely day 🙂 🙂

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation

IMG_5028After reading so many praises and raving reviews of Make Up For Ever products, I popped into the nearest Sephora the other day and picked up the Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation to try out. I have been on the hunt for a good powder for quite some time, and this one has far surpassed any expectations I had.

Features:

  1. Can be used as a primary foundation or a setting powder
  2. Buildable, longlasting coverage
  3. Natural matte finish
  4. Fragrance-free, perfect for sensitive skin
  5. Formulated without parabens
  6. Lightweight texture
  7. Mineral oil-free to prevent dehydration
  8. Wide range of shades

Shades: 

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113 Neutral Porcelain

This pressed powder comes in a total of 20 shades, ranging from 110 Pink Porcelain to 185 Neutral Ebony. I picked up 113 Neutral Porcelain, and was surprised by how perfectly it matches my skin tone. As someone who is extremely pale, it is often difficult for me to find foundation, either liquid or powder, that matches my pigmentation, but this powder is incredible. However, I am not sure about the range of shades for darker skin tones, given that there are definitely people out there darker than Neutral Ebony. I would definitely recommend popping into a store that carries Make Up For Ever and trying out the shades instead of simply purchasing one online, because some appear to be slightly unnatural.

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113 Neutral Porcelain

When I purchased this powder, I also invested in the Make Up For Ever Foundation Kabuki Brush 110 straight. At $55, I seriously considered not buying it, as it cost more than the powder at $42, but in my opinion, the brush is worth it and almost a requirement. Without applying the powder foundation with a brush (not necessarily this one), it can look slightly powdery on the skin and somewhat dry.

The underside of the foundation compact houses an application sponge, which can be effective, but I would not recommend it. Using the sponge for application results in medium to full coverage, which may be desirable for some, but it does create a heavy, powdered look. Using a brush for application results in sheer to light coverage, making it look much more natural.

I typically use this powder foundation dry as a setting powder, but for those who would use this as a primary foundation, it can be applied dry or wet: dry for full coverage, or wet for sheer coverage. If applying dry, use a brush. If applying wet, make sure to use the sponge included in the compact, as it does not create streaks, and delivers even coverage.

While the powder is pricy at $42, it has become a must-use in my daily beauty regime. I apply it over my liquid foundation, and it looks as though my skin is naturally flawless, and I have received many compliments on my “perfect skin”. In addition, I find that the powder lasts quite a while, so it does have incredible value. Furthermore, the packaging isn’t massive so it is easy to pack when traveling.

The brush on the other hand, at $55, was hard to stomach. I have never spent that much on a brush, and had a heated internal battle with myself as to whether to purchase it. I kept thinking that it was extremely over-priced, and that I could find just as good of a brush cheaper somewhere else. But after getting it out of the packaging and using it for the first time, I fell in love. Make Up For Ever’s brushes are insanely good quality, so soft, and result in perfect application. Because of this, I now consider the brush to be an investment, a worthwhile addition to my brush collection that will last a really long time, and work really well.

What do you think of Make Up For Ever’s powder foundation??? And do you think their brushes are over-priced or investments???

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Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer

IMG_5019Well, Clinique has been at it again!!! The Cheek Pop blushers were my biggest beauty obsession back in February when they were FINALLY released in my city, and are my favourite blushers to date. As it happens, there are four new Cheek Pop shades that I will be reviewing soon, but today’s post reviews a diferent kind of pop.

As of a few weeks ago (at least where I live), the brand new Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer lipsticks were released in 16 vibrant shades. I had heard talk of them, but once I found out my island had them, I immediately dashed out to the nearest Clinique seller and picked up a few shades to show you.

Before I get into the swatches and such, I first want to go over the features and shades of this newest release:

Features:

  1. Clinique’s signature rich, full colour and smoothing primer in one little unit
  2. Weightless formula with modern-velvet finish
  3. Nourishing and moisturizing with Shea and Murumuru butters
  4. Classic Long Last formula, keeping true colour for 8 hours
  5. As always, allergy tested, and 100% fragrance free.
  6. Adorable new packaging, with the lipstick colour displayed on the case
  7. Comes in 16 incredible shades!

Shades: 

This spectacular new range has 16 shades that are grouped into four different colour families: nudes, tawnies, pinks, and violets.

Nudes: Nude Pop, Bare Pop, Cola Pop, and Beige Pop

Tawnies: Melon Pop, Poppy Pop, Passion Pop, and Cherry Pop

Pinks: Sweet Pop, Punch Pop, Wow Pop, and Fab Pop

Violets: Love Pop, Plum Pop, Berry Pop, and Grape Pop 

The one family name that I might question here, and possibly re-name “Berries” is Tawnies, given Passion Pop and Cherry Pop are some pretty bold reds, befitting the likening to a strawberry shade.

As much as I would have loved to scoop up all 16 shades, I disciplined myself and only let myself pick out three shades that I “absolutely could not live without,” which translates to “I don’t have any shades like this one, and they would be real assets to my lipstick arsenal.” The three shades I picked were Nude Pop, Melon Pop, and Love Pop.

Traditionally, I go for the flashy, bold colours like those in the pinks family, so this go around, I went for more toned-down shades to round out my lipstick collection.

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Nude Pop
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Melon Pop
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Love Pop

 

Clinique pop swatches

With my obsession over this new kind of pop growing even more rapidly than my obsession for the Cheek Pop blushers, I know my pact with myself won’t hold, and before I know it, I’ll be back at Clinique picking out some more shades.

But it’s not just about the colours (though they are incredible). The formula makes for a light and nourishing texture, and allows for a super long wear time. I have been wearing Nude Pop almost every day, and it needs no touch-ups throughout the day (except yesterday after I tried to elegantly eat a cupcake). However, darker shades like Love Pop are extremely long-wearing, and require no touch-ups at all, not even after eating a cupcake.

Each Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer lipstick is $21, which I think is an exceptional price given the primer is built in. So if you are looking to add a bit of pop to your summer make-up routines, you will love these.

Have you tried any of these new shades yet??? Which are your favourites???

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