12 Days of Blogging Day 8: L’Oreal Shaping Stick vs. Maybelline Super Stay Foundation Stick

I wanted to review a few stick foundations – because for some reason I can’t get enough of buying them from the drugstore. Instead of just reviewing one, I wanted to throw these two newish foundations head to head.

I have tested each under several conditions: 12 hour shifts, night out makeup, with primer, without primer, and the resounding verdict it the Maybelline just isn’t as great as the L’Oreal. You would think being from the same parent company (L’Oreal owns Maybelline) they would be similar. However, you would be wrong. My skin is normal-dry for reference.

The claims for the Maybelline:  “Multi-Use Foundation Stick is formulated with a cream-to-matte finish and pointed blender sponge for easy and quick application at home or out on the town”. This has 12 shades.

The claims for the L’Oreal Shaping Stick: “The ultimate multi-use makeup – Conceal imperfections or cover all-over to create your perfect base – Go 1-2 shades darker to define and sculpt your features – Go 1-2 shades lighter to brighten and enhance•Create a perfectly defined, longwear look that feels weightless on the skin – Up to 24 hours, medium to full buildable coverage•Glide-on application melts into skin, providing smooth, flawless coverage that’s never cakey or draggy•Longwear makeup sticks for buildable coverage and shaping allow you to cover, conceal, highlight, and contour – Build to your ideal level of coverage•In 12 shades to cover, conceal, highlight, and contour – Shape your face for a perfectly defined makeup look”

Both foundations don’t have a wide shade range, in fact I don’t know who exactly could buy these other than white folks. So there’s that. Which is my first resounding con to both foundations. They are both like 9 shades of beige and a few semi dark shades so not great there.

I will say, in terms of formulation, neither are lying. The maybelline is very matte – much more matte than the L’Oreal as I wore them one day side by side. The L’Oreal stands up to the claim of feeling weightless and it doesn’t get cakey despite having a bit fuller coverage than most foundations in my collection. The Maybelline really clung to weird spots. Even when I hydrated more than usual – this foundation did not look nice on my skin?

Left to right: Maybelline Super Stay Foundation 110 Porcelain, L’Oreal Shaping Stick 401 Ivory
Both foundations on – L’Oreal on the left side of my face and Maybelline on the right ft my bushy ass brows
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The application: For the Maybelline this doesn’t blend out with a sponge, or brush, so my best mode of blending was my fingers or the small sponge at the end of the foundation. The L’Oreal on the other hand blended out beautifully with a brush and sponge and left a more dewy finish than the Maybelline.

Also the size and the price. The Maybelline foundation stick is $16CAD for 7 grams of product which works out to $2.28 per gram and the L’Oreal is $20CAD for 9 grams of product and works out to be $2.22 per gram. The L’Oreal you are technically getting better product for less per gram despite the $20 price tag (unless my math is totally wrong than ignore this entire paragraph). However, I think these are priced too high for drugstore foundations, however this is a huge trend in drugstore prices and L’Oreal has always been super pricey.

Overall: The L’Oreal shaping stick wins for me out of the two foundations. I think that you can achieve that dewy look with this one with the ease of application that the stick provides. I would say – go for the L’Oreal if you have drier skin but if you have oily skin I’d go for the Maybelline.


12 Days of Blogging Day 5: Amrezy Highlighter Review

I missed out on this highlighter the first time it came around. So when I heard it was dropping for a second time I couldn’t resist ordering it. When it came in the mail it was all the glory I thought it would be. I don’t personal follow Amrezy on Instagram but from the description on Sephora she is an Instagram beauty sensation, I personally bought this highlighter purely on how pretty it is and how universal it is.

On Sephora this is described as a light brilliant gold and is supposed to be that second skin finish for a natural glow. The colour of this is accurate – it is a light brilliant gold. Comparing this to other highlighters in my collection, nothing is the same. I compared it to my NARS, Maybelline, ELF pressed highlighter and a few other ones – nothing compares to this shade of gold. It is hard to describe – while it is a light gold it also has some undertones of champagne so it doesn’t look like a gold strip on my cheekbone. The packaging is great, it has the nice snap closure so it stays secure and is sprinkled shiny bronze gold stars on the packaging. Yes, this shows fingerprints but not as much as other Anastasia packaging like their palettes.

The formula: This is a beautiful, buttery formula that gives a glossy finish on the skin. It isn’t a metallic highlighter but it’s a soft, yet tightly packed powder that can be used wet or dry. This also would work for a variety of skin tones and mature skin. Due to it’s non metallic nature, this works for anyone who has texture. NOW will this somewhat emphasize texture – of course all powder highlighters will but let’s face it, we all have texture.

The swatch: this swatched beautifully, it can be blended into the skin to give a “I’m just a bit dewy” finish but can be built up to be poppin’ like the Becca Champagne pop highlighter. What I like about this when I wear is you can’t really see it unless you turn your head into the light, making it the perfect work highlighter or alternatively a highlighter for going out for a night on the town. In low light this looks sublime.

Overall rating: 5/5 stars. YES. I love this. This highlighter adds value to my collection and is different (at least to me) from anything else I own. I also think this would be a great starter highlighter – especially because it is $36 CAD which is an amazing price for a highlighter considering some stuff in the Canadian drugstore is upwards of $38 (looking at you Pixi).

Have you tried this highlighter yet? If so, what are your thoughts?!


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Things I liked and did: October and November

I missed this post last month cause I just didn’t have a ton of stuff to discuss! I decided to combine October and November. I  have had an interesting past few months in terms of life decisions and experiences that are the beginning of this adult life. I also have a flop I wanted to share because it didn’t warrant a full review!

Makeup

Physicians Formula highlighter - open, pearly white shade with a creamy texture
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Nudestix Pencils three shades
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The Physicians Formula butter highlighter. Since this is in my project pan 12 Pans of Christmas I have been using this quite a bit. I love it. I liked it when I got it but because I’m always trying new things I often forget to give myself the time to really love something. It gives that beautiful satin sheen to the skin without being glittery and can be built up to full opacity. I really have been enjoying this and want to keep using for my rolling 10 pan in 2019.

Hourglass Ambient unlocked palette. All I can say is this is luxury beauty dreams. This palette isn’t the best value for money but it’s so convenient. It has everything you need for an entire look! Including eye shadow, which is amazing! All the powders seamlessly blend onto the skin and make for that lit from within look. Unfortunately this is only available in select stores now so my review isn’t really needed anymore if you can’t access it! Due to the strike I got this quite late then I was working so alas! If you would still like a review comment below. 

Covergirl Trueblend Super Stunner Highlighting palette in the shade  it’s lit . I talked about this in my highlight round up. These are great highlighters. A bit on the powdery side but don’t come off as powdery on the skin. All the shades work on my skin tone and they have another palette as well. I have been enjoying this also on the eyes as an inner corner highlighter. Can’t recommend this enough. Covergirl also just went cruelty free!

Nudestix eye pencils. Can confirm – these do not crease. Literally every other fricken eye pencil I’ve used creases. Not these! I love all Nudestix products and these are no exception. They blend beautifully with a finger or a brush and give enough dimension to make it look like you have a few different colours on. I also like to use them for that “model off duty” look I attempt to go for.

Skincare

GlamGlow moisturizer - nude shade
Vichy Thermale Cleanser - white bottle, blue cap.

Glamglow mega illuminating moisturizer. I never thought I would buy a $62 moisturizer but I have. This is a beautiful effective moisturizer. It gives the right amount of dew that and sits beautifully under makeup.

Vichy 3 in 1 cleanser. This was a product I bought on a whim at shoppers. I was curious about its effect as it’s a three in one cleanser. I have to say since I’ve started using this my skin has been a lot clearer than it used to be. Not that it was bad before but I find this is so nice and gentle my skin isn’t the slightest bit irritated

Other stuffs

Being a coach again! I still love coaching and learn something new each time from my former coach and mentor. I love teaching the skaters and giving them life lessons while I’m at it (just like my coach used to do for me). It’s nice to be home and be able to volunteer at a place I love volunteering for.

The flop


The biggest flop of the past two months is the Covergirl Trueblend liquid foundation. This is the one shoppers sent me and it’s not what I ordered … and they never responded … in any case I kept it because upon swatching it on the back of my hand it was fresh and dewy. I thought great maybe a dupe for the Body Shop Fresh nude foundation (I really must do a review on this one as I haven’t yet). wrong I was. This foundation gave my skin quite the reaction and looked horrible on my skin. It was breaking up and emphasizing peach fuzz and also it didn’t sit well under powder. I really wanted to like it but alas tis a flop.

Up next: Project pan roulette update 1, Beauty gift guide


NYX Perfect Filter Palette Olive You: Review and Four looks

Hello All! If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I have been loving the NYX Olive You palette. It’s the perfect fall palette and I think its great quality. Before we get to the different looks I created. technically three with only this palette and the fourth  I used the Huda Beauty coral obsessions palette in combination.

The Review

The formulation of the shadows. The formula of these shadows is beautiful. I find that each shadow, except for the light green shade, is very creamy and blendable.

This palette will run you $24 (got mine on sale) which is too expensive for a drugstore brand in my opinion. I understand that they are more of a stand alone brand and have stand alone stores but I think a mirror could have been included. Other than that, I’d say this is still worth the higher price tag. You can create various looks with it from dark and sultry to lighter olive day time looks.

Over all rating: I give this palette a 4/5 because of the absence of a mirror. I tend to use a mirror in my compacts to do my makeup but other than I think this palette is worth you pennies! And if you are a bit intimidated by the shades go with another one in this line, they have quite a few options!

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Look one: using all the olive tones.

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For this look I started with matte olive green shade and buffed that all over the lid and into the crease. After I took the sparkly olive shade and put that all over my lid. I then took that same matte olive shade to deepen the crease and popped in the gold shade on the inner corners.

Look two: The simple day time look.

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My left eye looks like I have no eye shadow on, but rest assured its there!

This look only need two eye shadows from this palette. I started with the warm matte orange brown shade and buffed that into the crease. To further blend I used the light matte cream shade to buff it out. Then I piled on the bronze shade for a pop of shimmer.

Look three: I wanted to use the purple.

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For this look I wanted to use the purple shade. So again I started with the matte orange brown shade and buffed that into the crease with a fluffy brush. Then to further blend I used the cream matte shade. I then took the purple shade with a more dense crease brush and focused it on the outer corners. Sometimes purples can be muddy and this one seems to be quite ice. After that I mixed the bronze and gold and piled that onto the inner corner and the lid.

Look four: the unofficial look with the palette.

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I really wanted to use that dark blue grey shimmery shade. I was watching one of the Mariah Leonard’s fall Fridays that inspired this look. I also dipped into the Huda Beauty palette because Mariah started with a yellow-mustard shade. I used the mustard shade in the crease and then a bit of the red shade in the palette to deepen the crease. I the tapped the grey-blue shade just in the middle of the lid for a pop of colour. I went back in to deepen the crease with a bit of purple from the NYX Palette and then buffed it all out lightly with the yellow in the Huda palette and the cream in the NYX palette. I just piled on my highlighter I was using on my face on the inner corner.

Have you been trying any new looks lately?!

 

 


Makeup Stash Friday’s: Highlighters

Highlighters without a doubt are my favourite thing to purchase and my favourite makeup item. Aside from lipsticks, this category was one of the hardest for me to pick out a few to focus on and attempt to pan throughout the fall and winter season. I love and will always keep NARS Forte De France and Becca Champagne pop in my rotation so those are not included in this post. I also am not including my project pan highlighter from Colourpop in Lunch Money. Also be warned, a few of these may appear in future project pans!

The Warm Toned Highlighters

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Warm toned highlighter swatches

Left to right: Maybelline Master Chrome, Essence Pure Nude Highlighter, The Body Shop Honey Bronzing Dome

First is a newer one to my collection. I was reading the best in beauty for Allure and of course love reading Byrdie and Into the Gloss, and all three platforms constantly mention the Maybelline Master Chrome highlighter in Molten gold. I finally broke and picked it up (on sale). In the Allure best in beauty the tag line was that it can be applied with a brush and a finger, This formula is so creamy and blendable. This is a poppin’ highlight and I think it’s going to be a beautiful addition to my (already too large) golden highlighter collection. I also wanted to pick a few cream highlighter for the fall season and the warm toned one I wanted to use is the Body Shop Honey Bronzing dome. It is a buildable highlighter and can be worn in more of a subtle way or can be built up. The Essence Pure Nude highlighter in number 10 be my highlight. It a bit of a more nude peachy champagne shade. Again, as seems to be the theme lately, this is a pretty subtle highlighter but you can really build it up to be in the page

The Cool tones

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Left to Right: Nudestix Illumi-Naughty, Annabelle Highlighter in Light Champagne, Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter in pearl, Joe Fresh highlighter in Champagne

I wanted to throw in a few icy white shades. The Joe Fresh highlighter in champagne which in my opinion isn’t what I think of when I think of champagne shades such as Becca Champagne pop. This highlighter is a beautiful gem, the brand is only being taken out of shoppers but will still be in Loblaws and Superstores! unfortunately I have been hearing chatter that the entire brand of Joe Fresh is being discontinued . I love how subtle but also noticeable this highlight is. It is a super light white champagne shade which is something I’ve been gravitating towards lately. I also wanted to pick a lighter cream highlighter and decided to go with the Annabelle cream highlighter stick in champagne. It is a more subtle highlighter but because I am extra this will not only act as the only highlighter I’m using, it also will be a layering highlighter. The Physicians Formula butter highlighter in Pearl. I watched a video from Mariah Leonard quite a while ago and she was talking about this was a perfect satin highlighter and that is the best description for it. I love the sheen this gives to the skin and the (no pun intended) buttery formula.Nudestix Illumi-naughty is a product I bought last year around this time and haven’t used it as much as I thought I would. This is a really nice glossy highlighter so I think that I will be able to use this a lot alone and as a layering highlighter. 

What highlighters have you been loving?


Makeup Stash Fridays: Fall Eye Shadow Palettes

I LOVE me a good fall eye shadow palette and I do have my eyes on a few colourpop ones but alas I’m holding off. The reason being I have so many other palettes in my collection that are perfect for the fall season and can carry us into the holiday season. I have rounded up a few palettes I’m bringing in to my rotation for the fall season.

The orange tones

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naked heat

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Left-right: Ounce, Chaser, Sauced, Low blow, Lumbre, He Devil, Dirty talk, Scorched, Cayenne, En fuego, Ashes, Ember

I love orange eyeshadow…like a lot. I have a few palettes that are more specifically geared towards the oranges. First is my all time favourite drugstore palette and that is the Milani Earthy Elements palette. The quality in this palette is just amazing. It has every shade you need for a simple look or for a full on fall look. The next one is the Naked Heat Palette. I love this palette really for all seasons but I want to use it a lot for the remainder of the year. There are warm browns, oranges, reds and purples. An all around great palette.

The neutral palette

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Left to right: Tempera, Dirty Rose, Glistening, Fairy, Orange Soda, Burnt orange, Rose pink, Sienna, Sultry, Bronze, Rustic, Cyprus umber, Mulberry, Noir

I have one palette for this category. This palette is not necessarily the traditional neutral palette you might see but it is one of the most versatile in terms of shades and the ease of use it what makes a neutral palette easy to use. The Anastasia soft glam has a variety of tones including cool purples, dusty pinks, neutral warm browns and a matte black. I put this one in a neutral section because for me I feel like this is a really versatile palette for every season but you can really make this palette very fall and then also create more cool toned rose looks. Every time I use this palette I am floored by the quality of these shadows

The coloured gems

sweet peach

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Left to right: White peach, Nectar, Peaches n cream, Luscious, Cobbler, Georgia, Just peachy, Candied peach, Caramelized, Bless her heart, Bellini, Puree

sweet peach dark shades

Left to right: Tempting, Peach Pit, Summer yum, Charmed I’m Sure, Delectable, Talk Derby to Me 

Coral obsessions

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NYX perfect filter olive you

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Again, going off of the pumpkin makeup theme we discussed last time. I have three for this one. The Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions really is one of the most versatile monochrome palettes. It has neutral browns and reds as well as peaches all coming together for a seamless fall look. My ride or die the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. I love all the shades in the palette and the variety of tones including peaches, warm browns, light bone shades, purples, etc making it a seasonless and an easy palette to use. Lastly, we have the NYX Olive You palette. Tonally this is the perfect fall palette (there I said it okay, I admit it). I love the tones in this palette, the bronze shade, the warm orangey-brown crease shade, the olive shades and the golden shimmer shade. This palette is simple to use but not lacking in shades you need to create a fall look of your choice. I like that it has a variety of colours, but not too much variety that it becomes overwhelming. Perfectly balanced and a beautifully formulated!

What are your favourite fall palettes?

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NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Foundation Review

This foundation came out about two months ago. As you know with foundations I have a standard, has to be lightweight and doesn’t make my skin itchy. Too much to ask? Yes probably but when I swatched this foundation in shoppers it felt so beautiful. Almost like a thick hydrating serum, it blended out beautiful on the back of my hand and I knew in that moment this was a foundation I needed to review. For reference my skin type is normal to dry. I bought the shade light and it is a perfect shade match.

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The claims: “Lightweight, waterproof and pigmented AF, our new Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Full Coverage Foundation hustles as hard as you do. This comfy liquid formula comes in 45 flattering tones that don’t transfer. Every creamy shade glides on smooth, delivering matte coverage and color that stays true for up to 24 hours. Our little over achiever also works to control shine and mattify your complexion all-day long. But it doesn’t stop there: this foundation is noncomedogenic and suitable for normal, oily, combination, and sensitive skin types”

Lightweightness: This is a true claim. This foundation, while full coverage and matte, feels very light weight on the skin and doesn’t make my feel dry and tight. Now, keep in my mind I mix everything I use with a hydrating serum (even tinted moisturizers) so I think that definitely helped. But I did wear this only over a glowy primer and the finish was flawless. I will say that you should moisturize if you tend to lean towards the dry side but in any case I didn’t find this grabbed onto any patches. It did sort of cake up around my nose but quite honestly everything does this to me and I don’t like wearing foundation on my nose anyway as per Violette Fr’s recommendation that it creates the optical illusions that you aren’t wearing foundation.

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This foundation also wears really nicely throughout the day. I went to skating in this foundation and did my own pre skate before coaching and it didn’t melt or break up on my skin (gee too bad this didn’t come out in the middle of summer when I was in plus 40 weather). I will continue though to wear this in the winter mixed with more dewy foundations because this foundation plays nicely with literally everything I’ve mixed it with, which is something I like in any base product. I also wanted to compare this to other shades of foundations I typically wear hence the picture below if you are trying to shade match.  

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Left to Right: Wet n wild photofocus foundation nude ivory, The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation Bora Bora, Gosh foundation drops in 002, The Ordinary Serum Foundation 1.1N

The other thing I greatly appreciate about this is the packaging. I really like the glass packaging and the pump and the lack of chemical smell. This feels very high end (not that I’ve tried many high end foundations) but it feels very lux which I think we can all appreciated in a drugstore foundation. Speaking of drugstore, this foundation was 16.49 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart which to me is a bit pricey for a foundation, but again compared to the Wet n Wild photofocus foundation that for a foundation that is inexpensive has nice coverage, but doesn’t have the same performance as this one and the wet n wild also smells like paint thinner. This foundation to me feels very quite substantial and while I can’t compare this to any high end foundation as I don’t own any, I really love it overall.  As well, it has 45 shades which is a wonderful shade range and was done in collaboration with Alissa Ashley.

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Wearing the foundation – you can see its a bit dry on my chin but basically all my foundations are. You can’t feel it on the face which is a big win in my book!

Overall rating, I haven’t done this in so long, but hot damn 5/5 stars for me. If you have extremely dry skin I’d stay away but if you are normal, oily, combo and sensitive this is a perfect foundation for you!  

Have you tried this foundation yet?


Alternatives to NARS Forte De France

Okay, it’s no secret that I love luxury products. I won’t deny that to ya’ll. I do. I admit, when I see the Anna edit using NARS I’m like, well crap I need that now. But, I understand that people might not support NARS as a brand or just don’t want to spend $50 on a highlighter. I’ve rounded up a few alternatives and one, dare I say it, dupe for the NARS highlighter. I also didn’t realize this until I was done searching through my highlighters for a dupe, but these are all cruelty free!

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Elf Shimmer Highlighting Powder

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Don’t let the word shimmer turn you off of this product. This is the shade Starlight glow. The NARS is shiny and glossy, and is more glossy than this one but if you blend it out and into your skin you can get a very similar effect. The ELF is a bit more powdery to the touch and not as bouncy as the NARS powder. But if you like ELF and want the same effect I’d recommend this one. The price difference is staggering, the NARS is $50CAD and the ELF is $8 US and I’m not sure the Canadian price as I bought it at Loblaws awhile ago but it was definitely under $10.

Annabelle Perfect Glow Highlighter

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This is in the shade Golden Diamond. Fun fact, every time i was comparing my mom always knew which was the drugstore side but she had to go really close up to my face, so from afar these don’t look that different. The Annabelle is more gold than the NARS and not as glossy, but you can make this highlighter look glossy by really blending it into your skin. The price difference again, is a large one, this costs $9.95CAD and I got it on sale for 6.99 so again it’s a $40 savings.

The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer

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The third and final alternative I have for you is the dupe. The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer. When I was asking my mom if she could tell the difference she really had to look and said she couldn’t tell the difference, but would still say the one side was shinier (which I revealed was the NARS side) but she said of all them she couldn’t tell unless she really really looked closely. This is the one that I would use the word dupe for. Not formula wise, but both powders are very smooth. You only have to build the balm Mary LouManizer up a bit more than the NARS to create the same glossy shiny effect. This one is the most expensive of the bunch and costs $22.33CAD on the Amazon website. Though you aren’t saving as much with this one (about $28) you are still saving a large chunk of change and buying from a cruelty free company!

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I realize you can hardly see these because how does one take good photos of highlighter?! In any case from left to right – NARS Forte De France, The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer

Verdict: I love the NARS and its probably one of my favourite highlighter formulas ever (eek what a statement) and I would buy more shades in the future for sure. I won’t be anytime soon because I own many highlighters I want to get more use out of before purchasing more. However, I wanted to do this post for you all because I know that the drugstore has really great highlighter options and you don’t have to break the bank to get that glossy glow!

What is your favourite highlighter formula?


Review: Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions Palette

REVIEW TIME. Okay y’all I know my last few reviews haven’t been the most positive, but this one I assure you is very positive. I wanted to review this palette that I have had for about a month now. The Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions palette caught my eye ever since it was release (and more are being released which are definitely on my list). I don’t have many expectations for eye shadow palettes. I don’t mind an all shimmer palette because I’m a fan of one shimmer shade on the lid and that being my whole look (hence my love for the Naked 3).

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First, the Sephora description: “Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions: Featuring two duo chrome shimmers and seven creamy, matte shadows, this palette combines warm shades of burnt orange and dusty pink, for a daring look that delivers a warm glow”. Everything about this description is accurate. I wanted the palette for the yellow shade and I have been enjoying wearing it as one wash of colour with a shimmer in the middle, either from this palette or from another single shadow.

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I feel like this might be an odd time to review a coral palette because we are going into fall, but I think this palette has the fall tones we all love. It has this beautiful burnt yellow shade along with a rustic orange and dusty pinks that can take you into any fall look.

The formula. The mattes are just as creamy as described. They blend out beautifully on the lid and I love starting with a tapping motion and then once the colour is dispersed buffing it all over. The real stars of this palette though are the beautiful duo chrome shades. The two shimmery shades are every so slightly different but both look like you are wearing more than one eye shadow shade on your lid. The first shade in the first row is more of red coral shade with a rose gold shift whereas the second duo chrome is a coral peach shade with reflective specks of yellow.

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Longevity. This palette lasts all day. I always use a primer so take that into account, but I find these last well and still look good at the end of the day!

Overall rating. 5/5 stars. I know its been awhile since I’ve allotted such a grade to a product. I love this palette and this formula. From my friend who have the other shades, they say the formula is wonderful so I don’t think it will vary no matter which colour story suits your fancy. I think these would be good work palettes as well, if you work in a creative environment or are just living on the edge with your makeup on the day to day, these are perfect. Not to mention the travel friendly size and the wide colour selection!  


Are MAC Lipsticks worth it?

The age old question, are MAC cosmetics lipsticks worth it? In the YouTube and beauty blogging space MAC was such a thing at the beginning times. Everyone had a “my favourite MAC lipsticks” video and a “MAC products you need”. I personally have had a few MAC products before including their lip liner in Strip down and their brown pencil in fling. I broke down during the Sephora sale and bought two MAC products, their sheer tone blush in peach twist and a lustre lipstick in See Sheer (thanks Sam Ravndahl).

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From left to right: MAC See Sheer, Marcelle Delirium, Pixi Natural Rose, Mineral Fusion Flicker, Burt’s Bees Rose Falls, Burt’s Bee’s Suede Splash, Bite Beauty Beet Root

The science experiment we are doing today is answering the question: Are MAC lipsticks worth it? First I will tell you what I look for in a lipstick. In general I have been liking more sheer and cream formulas while I used to love super matte liquid lipsticks, hence the lustre formula. I like a buildable colour but for bold lip shades I do prefer more of a matte finish.

Okay so first the smell of MAC lipsticks are iconic. They kind of smell like a light vanilla scent mixed with something else sweet that I can’t put my finger on. They actually smell extremely similar to the Pixi Shea butter lip balms and even both have the same sheer buildable coverage on the lips. As you can see, I have been hunting for alternatives (I don’t want to say dupe because these options aren’t exactly dupes) so I’m calling these lip products alternatives.

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First up, the closest dupe in formula and application the Marcelle Rouge Xpression Lipstick in delirium in the pearl finish (not a colour alternative, this colour isn’t available anymore but they have a lot of pearl finish lipsticks). While these don’t go on as sheerly they give the same glossy effect as the Lustre formula and you can put them on without a mirror. Second, the Pixi shea butter lip balms. These lip balms are closest in smell but are actually a bit more pigmented upon application and a bit more matte than the Lustre formula. If you want a good cruelty free alternative these are a good one to try.

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For a third alternative I would say the Mineral Fusion sheer moisture lip tint are a close second for formula. They have a mint scent but have that same sheer to full colour application as the MAC. They tick all the boxes but as with all of these alternatives do not come in a wide variety of shades. You can apply these without a mirror which is one of my favourite things when it comes to lipstick.

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The fourth alternative I have for you today is the Burt’s Bees Glossy Lipstick. Again this one doesn’t come in many shades. Again a beautiful sheer and glossy option that has buildable colour. I really like these lipsticks and they are a great drugstore alternative. The fifth is another Burt’s Bees lipstick in Suede Splash that is a satin formula and I would say has a similar application to the MAC but not as sheer and buildable.]

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Finally the last alternative to the MAC lipstick line as a whole is Bite Beauty. Now if bite beauty came out with a sheer lipstick formula I would be all over that. They are all in general a matte-satin formula and smell so yummy. I put this one in this post because if you are again MAC then Bite Beauty will have great, clean, cruelty free options in their line.

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Okay so what is my answer? Ya’ll I didn’t want to love See Sheer as much as I do… but I do. It’s easy to apply, it smells good, and it’s a good price. It’s not drugstore prices but in Canada it’s pretty damn close for some brands that are charging upwards of $16 for a lip product. I think that if you want a variety of shades, in beautiful colours, the MAC lipsticks are for you! All in all I’m giving this a 5/5!

Have you tried any MAC lipsticks? If so what are your favourites?!