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?!


The Fall Favourites Tag

I’m not cool enough to actually be tagged so whoever is reading this, I tag you! I wanted to do another tag post because I rather enjoy thinking about what my true favourites and curating them in a post. I also, like a basic person, love fall and the fall season into the holiday season is just my jam. Enjoy my fall favourites!

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Forest Glen Candle Co

Favourite fall candle: this was a hard one because while I’m such a fan of Bath and Body works candles, there is a local candle co in my town, Forest Glen Candle co. The three scents I love that the owner came out with for fall are  Apple Cider Donut, Pumpkin Pecan Waffles, and Pumpkin spice latte. They are made with clean ingredients and burn beautifully. They also fill your whole house with a scent not just one area which is one of my favourite things about them. Highly Recommend! Check out their instagram here.

Favourite Lipstick shade

Favourite lip colour. This one was a bit of a difficult one for me because as you might have seen from my makeup stash Fridays post I have a lot of options. But for me the OG and still one of my favourite colours is the NYX Soft Matte Lip cream in prague for a berry shade and Burt’s Bees Suede Splash for a dark nude and of course my rotating favourite MAC See sheer. I also wanted to throw in a new one to my collection (THANKS JAMIEPAIGEBEAUTY) the Covergirl lipstick in  Sultry Sienna.

Favourite drink. This is a bit of toughie because I do like a lot of drinks. Other than pumpkin spice lattes, a nice hot cup of earl grey or cinnamon tea are my two favourite drinks during the fall season.

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Favourite blush. Again, as you might have read in my makeup stash Fridays post, my blush stash is quite extensive. Currently, I really love the Physicians formula butter blush in vintage rouge and the two blushes in the Hourglass Ambient lighting edit from 2016 (forgot to take a pic so here’s one I had from a previous post). I like to glow during all seasons and both blushes have a similar effect to the skin.

Favourite fall movie. I don’t watch a lot of movies but I think my most favourite fall movie are any of those cheesy W films that are unrealistic rom coms.

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Favourite fall tv show. Brooklyn 99 HANDS DOWN. I know that you can watch any show you want to watch all year round, but I just love me a good comedy for the fall season and Brooklyn 99 always gets it right.

Favourite Halloween costume. I was never a big Halloween person but my favourite costume was when I was George from the Aristocats and i have to say, the costume worked out quite nicely. Other than that I was literally a polar bear for like 4 years as a child than a witch for two so that wasn’t quite my thing growing up. The holidays on the other hand, that’s my jam.

What are your fall favourites?!


The Joy of Makeup

I was inspired to do this post by the Full Coverage Podcast when they talked about products that brought them joy. I love all makeup, obviously I have this beauty blog and love product but I have to say there are products I put on that make me feel BADASS. I’m talking the MAC lipstick in See sheer, I’m talking that Carrie Mathison post intense day lipstick application. Homeland is hella problematic, but it gets the joy of makeup totally right.

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I love popping on a beautiful blush and a bold lip to take on the day. It’s not that I want to cover up my face as a lot of society thinks beauty is, but its like when I wear my paper bag pants; I feel good. I wanted to talk about enjoying makeup again. I have always enjoyed makeup but I sometimes feel the release fatigue that a lot of beauty lovers feel. When a new collection is dropping day in and day out, it makes you forget about those old gems and beautiful products that perk you up on a bad day, or make you feel more confident for a presentation or just the day in general.

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MAC Lipstick

I personally love Hourglass, they don’t release products too often and when they do they never do any wrong. I love and still use their ambient lighting edit from a few years ago. I still use and love it despite the fact that it was limited edition. This was my very first luxury product and I love all the powders. I can use this for literally every step of my makeup.

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A good high end lipstick gives me so much joy. I know  the drugstore makes amazing lipsticks, but I can’t help it, I’m a sucker for packaging! I love the sleek black lipstick MAC tubes and the soft matte feeling of the Bite Beauty lipsticks.

NARS Highlighter

Physicians formula products

A good NARS product always suits my fancy. The soft matte packaging and the heavy weight of it makes me so giddy. If I’m being honest I don’t get the giddy feeling from a lot of my drugstore products. There are definitely drugstore products that are awesome, and that formula wise rival their higher end counterparts such as the collection lasting perfection concealer and the Revlon YouthFx concealer. However, this post is about the joy of makeup and the experience. I think it’s so exciting to save up for that one obscenely (and trust me I know this is a whole capitalist operation and luxury makeup is extremely overpriced) priced beautifully packaged highlighter or blush. I love that sleek, black heavy packaging or the gold shiny square packaging that is hourglass’ signature look. This isn’t to say that I don’t love drugstore and mid range makeup, I LOVE the Physicians formula butter line, the highlighter, blush and bronzer are all beautiful and I love the whole Burt’s Bees Makeup line (except the foundation) and those also bring me joy. There is just something about putting those luxury items in your cart and waiting for the Sephora Sale to roll around to get your luxury makeup – or rewarding yourself for running 12 km with a luxury product! (you can tell I’ve restarted my journey)

What products make you feel giddy?

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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.]

bite beauty

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?!