Review: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Laquers

I mentioned these in a haul I showed a few posts ago, and since then I actually picked up one more (I couldn’t help it!). So after a few weeks of giving them a go, here is my review!

Rimmel has a pretty good selection of colours with these lip laquers, although a lot of them look the same in the tube until you swatch them (look out for a store with testers!). Some also contain shimmer, while others are fairly ‘matte’ (they’re all still glossy regardless). I have four of the shades here:

photo 1The formula of these is very creamy, and not as sticky as I thought they were going to be initially. Once they’re on and settle on to your lips, there isn’t much of a tackiness that can be felt, although there is always that feeling of knowing that there is something on your lips. The colours are quite opaque for the most part, except for the shade ‘stargazer’ which is more of a golden sheen (I wouldn’t recommend wearing that shade on it’s own, but rather on top of a lipstick that you want to add a bit of gloss and shimmer to).

Here are the swatches:

photo 3The pinks look pretty similar on camera, but I swear they’re all different in person!

As far as lasting power, as these are a glossy texture, they don’t stay on your lips forever. I usually have to apply them every hour or two (more so if I’m eating or drinking), but it’s not a super nuisance because the doe-foot applicator is really easy to work with. Furthermore, they fade quite nicely, into a sheer stain, and don’t leave your lips looking blotchy. Here is what the applicator looks like:

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All in all, as a lip laquer, I’m pretty impressed with these. They’re not overly glossy, but rather add a nice sheen to the lips.

Pros:
- affordable (~$7 CAD)
- good colour selection
- not sticky

Cons:
- some colours aren’t opaque
- feels heavy on the lips
- poor staying power

- Nat

July Favourites!

Hellooo internet! Today’s post is a little late, but it’s going to be on my July favourites! Some old faves, some new, so let’s get started :)photo 1-1

Smashbox Softbox Palette- I did a complete review on this a couple months back (check it out here), but I’ve gotten really into using it this past month. I had a few special events to go to, and I found myself reaching for this above all the other eyeshadow bits and bobs I had. It contains such a good selection of neutral and deep colours, and I absolutely love the quality as well. Here’s a closer look at the colours if you guys are interested in a quick overview:

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Now Solutions Moroccan Red Clay Powder- I also mentioned this product in my clay masks post (check it out here), and I used it like crazy this past month. Not only is this stuff 100% natural, but the fact that you can mix it yourself allows you to get just the right consistency to your liking. It definitely dries like a clay mask, but doesn’t completely strip the skin of all the moisture like some do. It’s awesome. 

Maybelline Define-a-Brow Brow Pencil in ‘Medium Brown’- I actually used to use this in dark brown, and picked up medium brown by accident. However, I like this shade better! It doesn’t look as harsh, and allows me to build up the colour without making my brows look like they’re drawn on. This pencil is awesome because it’s more ashy-toned and doesn’t need to be sharpened!

L’Oreal Infallible Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner- This has become my new eyeliner love. While I love the Wet n’ Wild liner, this stuff is much easier to get a perfect wing with, as the little nib is so precise! It’s definitely not the darkest eyeliner I’ve used, but it’s pretty pigmented, and stays on all day!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara- I understand the hype over this stuff, I do. I got this with my Sephora point perks a few weeks ago and I’ve been using it non-stop since. I don’t know what it is about this mascara, but it gives you such insane feathery looking volume without being clumpy! The brush was a little off-putting at first, but after the first time I used it, I was sold. This may be one of the first high-end mascaras that I’m considering buying, because it’s that good. (If you guys know any good drugstore dupes of this, please let me know!!)

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge- I bought this on a whim, and BOY am I glad I did! Move over knock-off-beauty-blender, because this sponge is amazing. I can’t compare it to the real beauty blender, as I don’t own it. But this sponge itself is great. I won’t gush too much over it because I have a review coming soon, but expect good things!

Happy reading! xx
- Nat

Review: Sephora Bronzed and Blushing Palette

photo 1Many of you may have seen my last post where I hauled this little beauty, and I did promise a review! So after playing around with it for the past week or so, here’s my review!

This palette contains 3 colours, all of which are powder and fairly matte as far as I can tell. They are really nice to apply, and don’t come off as chalky like some matte powder products do. They’re also very easy to blend it, and leave a very slight sheen to the skin (although there is no visible shimmer).

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The first shade is a lovely bronzer, called ‘Los Cabos’. I don’t think I’ll be exaggerating when I say that this may be my favourite bronzer to date. It’s a very rich bronze shade with an almost golden sheen running through it (it still shows up almost matte on the face though), but doesn’t come off as orangey, which is awesome. It’s superb for contouring or for an all around bronze. 

The second shade is a very light baby pink called ‘Blushing Pink’, which actually looked a lot nicer on that I thought it was going to. It’s definitely the least pigmented out of the 3 shades, but that allows you to build up the colour to give you a nice naturally flushed shade. I was scared it was going to end up a bit to bubble-gummy on my cheeks, but instead it gave me a pretty healthy pink glow.

The last shade is called ‘Coral Punch’, and like the name suggests, this colour really packs a punch. It’s a super (and I mean super) pigmented coral shade, that you need to be very careful with when applying. Unlike the other blush shade in the palette, you definitely can’t swirl your blush around and apply to your cheeks without looking like a clown (unless of course that’s the look that you’re going for!). I found that a little goes a long way with this blush, as the colour payoff is pretty intense. Nonetheless, it’s a great colour that I think can be worn year round when you really want to make your cheeks stand out. 

Here are the swatches! This is a fairly light swatch of all the shades, and I apologize if the camera doesn’t pick up the colours exactly (my arm is also   a little tan right now as well- YAY- so the colours don’t show up as bright). 

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As for wear, I found that they all started to wear off after about 5 hours, so they are by no means the longest lasting. But the palette is so compact and sleek that I wouldn’t have a problem carrying it around and touching up if need be. 

Pros:
- affordable ($18 CAD)
- compact
- great selection of shades
- quite pigmented

Cons:
- aren’t the longest wearing colours

All in all, this palette is wonderful for the price. I only wish that it contained a highlighter because then it really would be an all-in-one for me. 

Have you guys tried this palette out?

- Nat

Haul: Drugstore & Sephora (again)

OOPS I DID IT AGAIN. Just when I thought I couldn’t manage to fit anymore makeup and skincare junk into my life, I did. Yikes. This is a collective haul over the past two weeks or so, from both the drugstore and my good old pal Sephora (it’s a love/hate relationship), so let’s hop into it!

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Let’s start with Sephora this time!

  • Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion- I use this occasionally (as I mentioned in my skincare routine), and I was running low on mine so I picked a new one up
  • Sephora Bronzed and Blushing Palette- I have been eyeing this for months now, but never bought it because let’s face it, I DONT NEED IT. Alas, it got the best of me, and I picked it up. I won’t go into it now, because I’m planning on writing a complete review of it right after this post!
  • Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen- I’m always on the hunt for some good SPF, and this stuff had pretty good reviews. I’ve only used it once since I’ve gotten it, but so far so good! 
  • As my little birthday gift, Sephora sent me a mini size of the MUFE Smoky Extravagant Mascara and Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick (hurrah for free goodies!)
  • With my point perks, I got a deluxe sample of the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara which I’m beyond stoked to try out, and a sample of the Ole Henriksen Lemon Strip Flash Peel, which sounds right up my alley.

Onto drugstore!

  • Ardell Natural Starter Kit- I’ve only once put on fake lashes, and nearly glued my eye shut in the process. So I decided to give it another whirl and went for a starter kit designed for newbies like me. I’m determined to make this work without blinding myself this time.
  • L’Oreal Infallible Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner- Where has this been all my life!?! I hadn’t heard much about this before I picked it up, but boy am I glad I did. It’s a pen liner, which I usually don’t get a long with, but it’s awesome. It’s pretty dark, long wearing, and best of all, the little nib is so easy to work with that it makes applying a winged liner a breeze. Winner.
  • Vasanti Lipstick in ‘Greece’- I feel in love with the formula of these lipsticks after swatching them at the store. They’re by no means cheap (about as much as a MAC lipstick), but they’re so creamy and have good colour payoff. This colour is quite lovely, although I’m not sure if I’ll be keeping it for myself. Here’s a swatch:
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  • Real Techniques Blush Brush- I’m a sucker for these brushes because they’re so affordable but yet such good quality. I have quite a few blush brushes, but this one looked so big and fluffy that I had to get it. I used it today, and it’s super soft! Exactly as nice as I expected it to be. 
  • Rimmel Apocalips Lip Laquers- I’m so late on the bandwagon with these, I know, but for some reason I never thought of picking them up. My local Shoppers had a sale on so naturally I gravitated towards them and really liked the formula when I swatched them. Again, I’m planning on doing a review of these so I won’t get into details, but I got the shades ‘201 Solstice’, ‘701 Stargazer’ and ‘101 Celestial’

And that’s it! My bank account isn’t to happy, but I assure you, I am ;)
- Nat

 

 

Updated Skincare Routine (Night)

First off, let me just apologize for being away for a few days! I had some family over and a bunch of vet visits for Mr.Kitty (poor guy got neutered, but he’s doing well!) so I had my hands full. This post is just going to be a quick follow up to my last one, but the next few I have planned are going to be much more exciting, I promise!

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My night time routine has been dead simple for the past few months, and I’m really loving it.

Cleanse- After removing my makeup (I did a whole post on that here), I use the Ren Clearcalm Clay cleanser again and rinse it off with my hands, OR about once a week, I’ll use my Clarisonic (with the same cleanser) and get a nice deep clean.

Eye Cream- Then I’ll simply put on my Origins Eye Doctor eye cream (which to be honest I skip half the time at night if I’m too tired),

Treat- Finally I’ll apply my Retin-A 0.1% cream to my face and I’m done!

[About once every week or two, I also like to do a peel, but I’m going to have separate post on that shortly, so I won’t get into that now!]

Happy reading! xx
- Nat

Updated Skincare Routine (Morning)

So it’s been a few months since my last skincare routine, and soo much has changed since then that I figured it was time to update y’all. My skin had a minor major freak out these past couple of months, and I had to adjust the products that I was using to accommodate for it’s needs. Most of the products (if not all) have changed from the last routine I posted, and these products focus a little bit more on acne than before. This will be my morning routine, so let’s get started!

[Just FYI my skin is combination dry/oily/confused haha. I have a slightly oily t-zone (mainly my nose) and the rest of my face is slightly on the drier side. It’s also super sensitive and can be acne-prone at times. It’s crazy. I know.]

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Cleanse- I start off by cleansing my face (duh), and I use the Ren Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser which I did an entire review on here. Then about once or twice a week I’ll use a scrub to manually exfoliate and get off any dead skin and help to buff away dry patches. To do this, I’m still loving the Michael Todd Tropical Fruit Enzyme Exfoliant Scrub. 

(Tone)- This is in brackets because it isn’t something that I do every morning. I only use this particular product, the Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion when I’m having a breakout situation, as the salicylic acid in it really helps to calm down any flare up that I may be experiencing. I used to use this years ago, but stopped because the alcohol in it was a little too drying. However, I’ve recently got back into using it, as it really does make a difference in my skin.

Eye Cream- This Origins Eye Doctor eye cream is the freaking bomb dot com. I was having a lot of trouble with dry skin around the eyes lately, and I can honestly say that since I’ve been using this, I haven’t really had that problem anymore. It’s a very thick cream, but doesn’t feel to heavy or greasy on the skin, and I’ve really been loving it.

Serum- I’m huge on vitamin C serums, because they react with my skin really well. I’ve used quite a few in the past, but the one that I’ve been using and really enjoying lately is the Nature’s Best Vitamin C Serum that I got off of Amazon (okay seriously, what DON’T I get from Amazon?). It’s really light weight and fast absorbing, and doesn’t leave a tacky film like some serums do.

Moisturize/SPF- On a day where my skin isn’t too dry, I can get away with using the Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Control Moisturizer on its own. It contains SPF 30, but doesn’t feel thick or leave a white cast like SPF products do. I’m super diligent on SPF, as I have some hyper pigmentation, and am definitely not interested in making it any worse. If my skin is feeling super dry, I’ll put a slightly thicker moisturizer on top, such as the Ren Vita Mineral Daily Supplement Moisturizing Cream (I love you, Ren, but please shorten your product names), or any other one that I’m liking at the moment.

And Voila! It’s a pretty basic routine, and it really has helped a lot with my skin over the past little while. I will note that I do use a chemical exfoliant about once a week, but I can do a completely separate post on peels and what not so that I can go into further depth with it.

Happy reading!
– Nat

HAUL: The Body Shop (again)

Happy Tuesday lovelies!

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I recently picked up some goodies from the Body Shop both in store and online, and I thought I would share them with you all! I haven’t used all the products as of yet, so I can only give you my first impressions on some of them, but nonetheless I hope you enjoy!

Vitamin E Aquaboost Sorbet- The people who created this stuff must have read my mind, because it claims to be everything I could ever want in a moisturizer (if only it had SPF). ’24 hr moisture quench, aqua-light texture’. UM YES could I have 4000 bottles of this please? I’ve used it a couple of times since I’ve gotten it and it has a veryyyy strange texture, but is super lightweight and moisturizing like it claims to be.

Mask Samples- I picked up samples of the ‘Tea Tree’, ‘Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture’ and ‘Seaweed Iconic Clay’ masks. I’ve only used the Tea Tree one before, but as I’m doing a little bit of travelling next month, I figured I would grab a couple of sample packs to take with me (because I can’t go a week without putting a mask or two on, duhh). And it would also be a good opportunity to try out some of the other masks that the Body Shop do.

Colour Crush Lipsticks- I picked up one of these in my last Body Shop haul (that you can check out here), and because I liked it so much, I decided to go out on a whim and order two more online. I got shade ‘240’ and ‘200’ and these colours are totally up my alley. Here are the swatches:

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Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Balm and Muslin Cloth- Am I the only one who likes the world ‘sumptuous’? Sum-tu-ous. Ou. I have the cleansing oil from this line, and I love it, but I wanted something a little more travel friendly, so I picked up the solid balm. I also got suckered into getting the matching muslin cloth to take the balm off with, but hey, what else is new. I haven’t tried it, but I have heard awesome things about it, so I’m sure I’ll love it.

Have you guys tried any of these products?
– Nat xx

 

 

Kylie Jenner Inspired Lips (Drugstore)

Everyone and their dear dead grandma seems to be gushing over Kylie Jenners new lip look, and for good reason! It’s absolutely gorgeous! I was playing around with some of my lipsticks and found a few that look pretty similar to the lip colour she’s been rocking lately (not to mention that it’s all drugstore products!). So I thought I would share with you all the 3 little lippies I used to get these lips:

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I lined my lips with the NYX lipliner in ‘810 Neutral’ and slightly overdrew them to give that plump lip look that Kylie has been rocking lately (I looove this lipliners; here’s my review on them). Then I followed up with a coat of the Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in ‘008 Cocoa Craving’. Finally I applied a bit of the Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick in ‘Asia’ to add a more pinky tone to the lips so they weren’t completely brown. And voila! You can choose to blot them to get rid of the shine and make them completely matte, but I prefer this look with a slight sheen to it.

Here’s what the swatches of the individual colours look like:

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Have you guys found a good Kylie-inspired lip combo?

-Nat xx

Battle of the Bronzers

 

photo 3-1Hi all! I was digging through my makeup stash today, and I came across a bunch of bronzers which I haven’t really talked about much here on my blog. So I decided to compare 5 of them and give you the pros and cons of each!

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in ‘340 Cappuccino’- Okay this one is technically not a bronzer, but it’s pretty kickass as a contour stick. The creamy texture of it makes it super easy to apply and blend, and doesn’t leave that chalky finish that some powder products can give you. It can be slightly orangey, but other than that, it’s awesome.

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Bronzer- This isn’t something that I particularly like to use as a ‘bronzer’, because it doesn’t have much colour pay-off. The perimeter is a deeper brown colour, but swatches very light, and the middle is a shimmery gold. Because of that, I like to use it more as a bronzy blush and highlight, instead of an actual bronzer.

The Balm’s ‘Bahama Mama’- I actually really disliked this product when I first got it, because it looked super muddy on me. However, after months of playing with it, I’ve finally gotten the hang of using it and it’s pretty good! I think the initial problem I had with this was that I used too much, which ended up packing way too much colour onto my skin. Since this product is so so so pigmented, the trick I’ve found is to use the tinniest amount and build up. It’s great because it’s much more cool toned than other bronzers I’ve tried, and therefore doesn’t make me look like an oompa-loompa. I also prefer this more to contour than to put around my entire face, as the shade is awesome as a contour colour.

NYC Bronzer in ‘Sunny’- This is a classic, and for good reason. It works really nicely as both a contour and overall bronzer shade. I do wish it was slightly more pigmented, but then again it helps to make sure that you don’t go overboard with the colour.

Vasanti ‘Brazilian Bronzer’- This is an awesome all-around bronzer. It is sightly orangey, which can be a little annoying, but if you don’t put too much on and blend really well, I find that it gives a really good natural glow to the skin. It also has a nice sheen to it which acts as a highlight as well.

Here’s a look at the swatches:

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Happy reading!
– Nat

 

Review: L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara

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I’ve seen this mascara popping around on blogs and in stores lately, so I decided to give it a whirl. I haven’t had the greatest experience with L’Oreal mascaras in the past, but I’m pretty obsessed with their Voluminous Carbon Black, so this being another product from their ‘Voluminious’ line really got me interested.

Let me just start off by saying that the brush really scared me at first. It’s very spiky looking, and I usually prefer plastic brushes (like the Covergirl Lashblast) over super fibrey ones like this. However, when applied, it’s not too bad, but I think it definitely does contribute to the slightly spider-lash appearance (which I personally am not crazy about). The formula of this is nice and volumizing, but more wet than the original Voluminous, which I believe helps the mascara add some length. Since it is much more wet than other mascaras that I’m used to,  it tends to smear quite easily on my lid during application, and can get very spidery. Because of that, I tend to limit myself to only two coats of mascara, or else my already-long lashes will look quite tarantula like (not a good look).

Here’s what the brush looks like (yikes!):
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I found application to be a little bit of a hassle too, because of the extremely bendy tip of the brush. It’s unnecessarily over-flexible, and doesn’t allow me to get a super firm grip on the base of my lashes because it bends so easily. I did however like the tapered shape of the wand, because it made it easier to get into the inner corners. I haven’t tried this on my bottom lashes, but it really does stay put on the top lashes once it’s set. In fact, it was much more difficult to take off my lashes at the end of the day than any other mascara that I’ve tried (and no, I didn’t use the waterproof formula!).

Pros:
– volumizing
– easy to get to inner corner of lashes
– stays put

Cons:
– wand is too flexible
– difficult to remove
– results in clumpy/spidery lashes

All in all, I’d give this mascara maybeeee a 7 out of 10 because it is quite volumizing. But it definitely didn’t ‘wow’ me, and I probably won’t be purchasing it again. However, if you are into spider lashes, then this one would be a great choice! I’m hoping that the formula will dry up a bit in a few weeks, which will make it a bit less clumpy (fingers crossed).

- Nat xx