Month: April 2014

Tag Wednesday: I love Drugstore Makeup Tag!

1. What is your favorite drugstore makeup brand overall?
I think I would have to say Maybelline. They have really found a place in my collection with some of their new products. The cream blush sticks and the Master Hi-light blushes are rocking my world right now.

2. What are your favorite face, cheek and lip products?
I love the Marcelle BB cream, and I love the L’Oreal True Match Lumi foundation. That stuff makes my skin look so glowy and amazing. For cheeks, Maybelline wins. Cream blush sticks, and Master Hi-Light blushes. And for lips, the Maybelline Color Elixirs are so incredible.

3. Least favorite product?
I really didn’t like the Colorstay whipped foundation from Revlon. Or I should say it didn’t like me. Total rash like breakout from that. I also hate a multitude of drugstore mascaras, such as L’Oreal Butterfly effect, and the Maybelline Big Eyes mascara. Those flake on me so badly.

4. What is the best makeup bargain?
I always feel so good about my Essence products. They are so cheap, and more often than not, can compete with my other drugstore products, and even some high end lines as well. Also, NYC Sunny bronzer is amazing too. And it’s like $2.99 CAD. You can’t lose!

5. What is your favorite underdog product? (Something you love that often gets overlooked?)
The Maybelline Line Express eyeliners are actually incredible. I found one not too long ago, and was shocked at how creamy they are. They are so smooth, and do not tug at your eyes at all. And the color range is awesome! Also, the Rimmel eye makeup remover. This stuff goes on sale all the time, and it works SO well.

6. A drugstore product that is overpriced?
As much as I love them, I feel like the Maybelline Master Hi-Light blushes are very pricey. They retail for $16.99 plus tax at the drugstores, and that seems like a lot. That being said, the product is amazing, and I will continue to buy them. Also, Olay products are ridiculously overpriced. For a few dollars more you can get higher end skincare, and with Olay, you really are just paying for the advertising.

7. Show your best drugstore dupe(s)!!
This question would take forever to answer, but for people who read my blog, you know I show one every Friday, and let you know what one is worth it.

8. Drugstore product that isn’t worth the hype?
For me, Colorstay foundation (The regular version) is not worth it for me. The packaging is absolute garbage, the stuff smells like industrial paint remover, and it feels like spackle on the skin. I love that they have two formulas for dry and for oilier skin, but I just can’t get on board with the smell.

Here are the questions again! I tag all of you guys, and would love if you would copy these in the comments and let me know your opinons!

1. What is your favorite drugstore makeup brand overall?
2. What are your favorite face, cheek and lip products?
3. Least favorite product?
4. What is the best makeup bargain?
5. What is your favorite underdog product? (Something you love that often gets overlooked?)
6. A drugstore product that is overpriced?
7. Show your best drugstore dupe(s)!!
8. Drugstore product that isn’t worth the hype?

Happy Hump Day!

-Sara

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Garbage Day! Recent Empties!

I am so excited to be writing this post, as that means that the massive basket of garbage (otherwise known as empties) has been photographed and removed from my bedroom. It’s a therapeutic feeling, seeing all of the things that you have completely used up. Here we go, the low down, the good, the bad, and the would I repurchase.

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Vichy Nutri-Extra Body Cream: This was a bonus that came in a kit I had awhile back, and it was a nice cream in the winter. I remember using it when the weather was a little warmer, and it balled up and made a mess of my legs. They make a fluid version, but this formula is very thick and great for super dry legs. I wouldn’t repurchase, as it was by no means a life changer, but it was okay.

Moringa Body Shop Body Wash: This was a wonderful body wash. It smelled great, it did it’s job, and the bottle wasn’t so obnoxiously big, that I finished it before I was tired of the smell. I will repurchase more body washes from the Body Shop for sure, but will keep trying different scents.

Avene Thermal Water: This stuff is amazing. Any skin irritation, to set my makeup, on sunburns … I go through this like water (No pun intended) and I have already repurchased.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Mascara: This was actually a pretty good mascara. I wouldn’t repurchase, but I had no complaints.

Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream: This has been an empty for awhile, I just can’t get myself to throw the bottle away. It is so pretty. The eye cream itself was nice, kept me hydrated, but I wouldn’t repurchase.

Shiseido Ibuki Softening Concentrate: This was a small sample size I got in a kit, and I finished it, although it really seemed to do nothing for my skin. It was also very heavily fragranced that I didn’t like.

Dove Dry Shampoo: This dry shampoo is intense. You will get a strong white cast, and it will dry your hair out if you don’t need it. It’s definitely a dry shampoo for oil and not one to use for added volume. This is my recommendation for people who have very oily hair. The best way to use it, is to spray into the hair, and let it sit for awhile. Then brush it out and you’re good to go.

Lancôme Definicils: I love this mascara, but it is nothing compared to Hypnose for my lashes. It gives more of a defined lengthened look, and my lashes like a little more volume. I will repurchase this for my mother though, I think she would love it.

Twisted Peppermint Hand Lotion: Bath and Body works does the peppermint collection every holiday, and I am sad/relieved that this is gone. Its a good hand cream, I buy it more for the scent than the formula. I will repurchase next holiday season.

Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Masque: I loved this masque. It was wonderful for clearing out pores, and I also used it as a spot treatment. It was perfect for those blemishes you know are coming but cant really see yet. I can’t remember how much it was, but I know it was expensive. Now that GlamGlow is in my life I probably wouldn’t repurchase, but this was a great product.

Vichy Purete Thermal Eye Makeup Remover: I hated this remover. Whether it’s because of my fierce loyalty to Bioderma, or maybe because this product smelled a little funny, it just didn’t work for me. I ended up using this to take swatches off of the back of my hand. Negative on the repurchase.

John Freida Full Repair Heat Protectant: I bought this on sale awhile back, and I think it did it’s job. I ended up dumping a small amount out of the bottle because I was so bored of it, and I just bought a Kerestase heat protectant that I am in love with. I would not repurchase, but like I said, I think the product did what it said it would do.

Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturizer: Again with the Ibuki, it was too heavily fragranced, and this moisturizer was not rich enough for my crazy dry skin. I am glad it’s gone, and I wouldn’t repurchase.

Clarins Instant Smooth Concentrate: This is a product that is filled with Hyaluronic Acid, which attracts water to itself and plumps up lines to make them look blurred. I liked this, it is a product that gives instant results, and if I ever have something super special to get ready for, I would repurchase it.

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense: I have had a rough relationship with this cream. This is actually my fourth jar of it. I used the first three with no problem on my face, and about 1/4th of the way into it, it started to burn my skin. I stopped using it and used the rest of the jar as a foot cream. I would have repurchased if it didn’t turn on me, but I think we have officially broken up.

Rimmel ScandalEyes Mascara: This mascara was actually not bad. It didn’t overly flake on me (maybe a little bit) and it gave my lashes a satisfactory amount of volume. I had to stop using it, because my right eye started giving me trouble, and I am not allowed to wear any makeup. I have been wearing my glasses with no eye makeup, I don’t know who I am anymore. I wouldn’t repurchase this, but I didn’t hate it.

Phew- That’s a lot of trash to go through. Like I said, now my empties basket is empty and ready to be filled with the new stuff I am using now. I feel like I conquered something today.

Have you guys finished anything up recently?

-Sara

Sara’s Four Favorite Foundations!

Foundations are something that are very personal. There are so many “specs” on a foundation, and when you find one that works very well for you, it’s a huge deal. Sabah did a post like this awhile back, and I wanted to see what my most reached for foundations were, and then post them for you guys to see. Now, I love BB creams, and tinted moisturizers, but these are just going to be foundations.
Of course there are other foundations out there that I love, but this one will depict the ones I reach for the most lately.

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L’Oreal True Match Lumi: I wear the shade C3, and this is a great color for me when I have some self tan happening. This foundation is very fluid, and it gives such a glowy appearance to the skin. I like to apply this with a Beauty Blender, or my fingers if I am in a hurry. I have also mixed a little bit of this with my moisturizer for a lighter look. One of my favorite drug store foundations for a dewy look.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Full Coverage Foundation: This was a gift from Sabah for my last birthday, and I absolutely love it. It gives a decent coverage for a powder, I wouldn’t say full coverage, but when I am having a good skin day, this stuff with concealer does the trick. It never looks chalky or cakey, and it doesn’t make my skin feel super tight and dry like some powders can. (Talc is the devil on my skin!) I am in the shade Light Medium Beige!

Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous: I wear the shade 925 in this, and every time I wear it I get complimented on my skin. It is a high coverage foundation, and it does not break down throughout the day. It also doesn’t cling to my dry patches. I agree with the claim of not needing a primer (but if you had an oily skin type you still might want to apply one!) but I do still use a concealer when I use this stuff. It has SPF 20 which I like, and I will repurchase this for sure.

Clarins Everlasting Foundation: This product is a must have. Sabah and I were talking about it the other day, even though we try other foundations, and sometimes we neglect our favorites, in order to try the new stuff, Everlasting is like coming home. It has a beautiful scent, which is strange for me to say because I am not a fan of overly scented fragrance. It has amazing coverage, and it lasts all day. It doesn’t accentuate dry patches, and I know that it works well on the driest and the oiliest of skins. It is a luxury foundation, and it is a must try for everyone.

What are your favorite foundations? I can’t wait to try some new ones out.

-Sara

Showdown: Undereye Brightening Pens!

I struggle with dark circles. They aren’t particularly dark compared to others but they are wildly hard to conceal for some unknown reason. Anyone who has ever glanced at my makeup collection will likely notice my blushes first (this is an addiction I have no thoughts of abandoning) and my concealers. I realized I’ve been focusing on a lot of under eye pens recently and I thought I’d share some notes.
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Smashbox BB Eye: This is the newest of the batch; so far I really like it. It has great coverage that doesn’t result in a monumental amount of creasing. Stay tuned for further updates but I really like this so far. Not quite Holy Grail contender but no complaints.

Maybelline Dream Lumi: For the price tag this stuff is amazing, I have it in the shade radiant. I even use this to highlight. I have heard that this is a dupe for the YSL Touché Éclat. I don’t own the YSL……yet, so I can’t speak to the dupe status, but I really like this. This is my third one of these and that is a huge statement for someone who doesn’t stay loyal to many products due to curiosity.

No Dark Shadows: This is by the same company who makes No Bleeding Lips. The marketing of this product is non-existent from what I’ve seen which oddly appeals to me because I was forced to make an opinion completely without notions of others. I like it, great to cover but not so great in my lines. It would be a good choice for someone who doesn’t have the lines that I do.

MAC Prep and Prime in Radiant Rose: Shall we leave on a negative note? This stuff is garbage. There, I said it. It doesn’t happen much with MAC products but I hate this stuff. It doesn’t conceal and it does crease. I keep it because I use it to highlight on my nose and other features not around the eye.

Has anyone found any Holy Grail status undereye concealers?

-Sabah

Fancy vs Frugal Friday: Facial Cotton!

This FvsFF has a love/hate product in it for me. I was introduced to this stuff about 6 years ago when it still retailed for $6.00 CAD. It has since been growing in popularity, and now retails for $11.00 CAD, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the raised the price again. I cannot live without this stuff. I had been using cotton that fell apart on my lashes, and ended up irritating my eyes more than actually helping to take my makeup off. When I got my hands on my first pack of Shiseido cotton, my world changed. It is so soft, it never falls apart or rips on my skin, and it gets the job done every time. It also can take off all of my nail polish on all 10 toes, using just one pad. I remember the day at work when the memo came down that Quo was going to release their “Luxury” cotton pads. They were square, they were 100% cotton, and they retail for $7.50, but unlike Shiseido, these go on sale here and there for as low as $3.99 CAD. The very first say they were shipped, I bought a pack and immediately used a Quo pad on one side, and a Shiseido pad on the other side of my face. I was kind of smug, and disappointed at the same time when I realized very quickly that Quo was just not going to live up to the Shiseido. It tore a little bit, and it just didn’t hold up to my mascara. After that, I did a test, I placed a clean dry Kleenex down on my table, and put three pumps of Bioderma on both cottons. After about 30 seconds, I lifted the pads up, only to see that the Kleenex was completely dry where the Shiseido cotton was. And underneath of the Quo, was a massive puddle. The product went right through it, and I know with my pump style Bioderma, the product would end up all over my hands instead of in my cotton.

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I tell people everyday that if you buy Shiseido cotton once, you need to be mentally prepared to spend $11.00 or more on cotton for the rest of your life. Consider yourself warned. The girls at work and I have agreed that we would probably buy it until it hit $15.00 CAD. That’s where we have drawn the line.

Fancy wins this week! In my opinion, nothing beats Shiseido cotton. Absolutely nothing.

-Sara

More Empties: Sabah’s latest garbage.

Alright everyone, here is my garbage. The collecting of garbage has been brought to a new level when someone thoughtfully collected garbage from my bedroom including my empties and later I found myself rooting through the trash bags in the garage in the middle of the night. New level of crazy here folks. Even harder to grasp is how upset I am at some of the empties that were never retrieved! A NARS Laguna! A Laguna! Do you have any idea how long it takes to empty a Laguna? I’ll tell you, long enough for Sara to be a bit of a wretch and etch “use me” in the powder residue on the pan. Let us have a moment here to remember the Laguna, and two packs of wipes that weren’t found.
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Origins Checks and Balances: I loved this stuff; great amount of foam took my face right down from full face to fully clean without needing to use a makeup remover. This left me a bit dry, not panicking for a moisturizer dry, but slight tight face.

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes: This was a sample that came in a Sephora bonus I think? Anyway, it was fine. I’m still on the hunt for my mascara holy grail but this mascara gave me a good amount of volume, didn’t flake and came off relatively easily. I’d consider repurchasing if it was cheaper but paying prestige prices for ‘fine’ mascara isn’t likely.

Bobbi Brown Lash Definition: This is a funny one, I loved this sample. Sara gave it to me to try and I loved the definition of this mascara and it even seemed to hold curl on my usually super straight lashes. I would definitely repurchase based on the sample. Sara then gave me a full size she had, and I hated it. Complete non-event mascara. It basically just made my lashes black. I don’t think I’ll rebuy, the full size sucked. Not sure what mojo they used on my sample but they should extend it to the rest.

The Body Shop Moringa Body Wash: This stuff smells like happiness and baked goods. Definite repurchase. Have a mini of the body butter too and I’m into it. Also, it’s the perfect size to prevent scent boredom.

Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Shampoo: This is the only shampoo that doesn’t give me buildup. It’s bizarre, I’m currently using the naked like from Herbal Essences and it’s okay but it seems a bit drier. I’ve already bought another Color Me Happy.

Origins Ginzing Eye Cream: Okay I finished an eye cream? Like wow, this is huge for me. I really blew this product. I loved it! I’ve been trying a lot of other eye cream samples since this one and they aren’t giving me the brightness this one did. I’m probably going to repurchase soon.

Roc Soleil Protection SPF 30: No idea when I actually finished this, I was checking my summer sunscreens for expirations and realized this one was toast. I love it! I used it all the time, wasn’t sticky, wasn’t stinky, and it worked. This is the only sunscreen I use on my body.

Clarins Vital Light Night: Save the best for last. AMAZING! This is incredible stuff. I finished it about two weeks ago and was trying some other night creams I have kicking around, and I have already gone back to this. I love it. I try a lot of new products, reactions and breakouts are par for the course. What makes this cream incredible is that it is keeping my scaring to non-existent. I will have a monstrous blemish and within two weeks there isn’t even a pink dot where it was. I don’t think it helps with the actual breakout but it is doing wonders for any pigmentation issues I have.

Tag Wednesday: Leibster Award Questions!

Hello Everyone! Those who read my blog know that I was recently nominated for a Leibster award. It’s an awesome thing for a blogger to hear, and I have been nominated a seond time by another blogger! Starr Shyne over at http://starrsparkles.com nominated me, and I loved the questions that she asked. I already have my nominations in the past Leibster award post, but I wanted to answer her questions for me! Here we go!

1. What is your holy grail makeup product?
Something that I don’t like to find myself without is Bioderma, and something to fill my brows in with.

2. Favorite Lipstick of all time?
My YSL Rouge Volupte lipsticks are my favorite. Number 09 is probably my favorite, but the formula and the packaging of these lipsticks cannot be beat!

3. If you could only use on make-up brand what would it be?
This is one of the hardest questions I get from people. I am inclined to say Clarins because their foundations work really well for me, and foundations very often break me out.

4. What is your most purchased make-up item?
Bioderma. I have bought SO much of that over the years. And Shiseido Cotton.

5. Which of your makeup brushes could you not live without?
My Precision Cheek Brush by Lancôme, my angled liner brush for my brows, and my Icing powder brush.

6. Falsies or no? Individual or Strip?
Yes for special occasions. And I usually do individuals. I find if you lose one or two its not a big deal, but if a full strip of lash falls at the corner, you can look like you have a lazy eye in pictures.

7. What store do you purchase most of your stuff from?
Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques. The optimum program cannot be beat by anything, and the only time I shop at Sephora, it’s for things I can’t get at the Boutiques. Butif I ever travel to Toronto or Montreal, I will go to Murale. They have more selection and also accept the optimum card.

8. What is your favorite moisturizer?
I haven’t found one that I am married to yet. But I will say, The Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Night Cream has been rocking my world for awhile now.

9. Favorite Make-up remover?
Third Mention. Bioderma.

10. What is your favorite thing to talk about on your blog?
I love doing haul posts and empties posts. And I also love doing Top 5 posts!

Thank you again to Starr for the nomination. You guys should check her blog out, She’s amazing!

-Sara

Favorite Alert: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer!

Hi Guys! Wanted to let you know about a product that I have been using for the past month or so, that I am quickly obsessing over. But – it has a funny story attached to it. So, last year when I went to Toronto, I ended up at a Murale store, ready to spend my Optimum points on high end makeup I can’t get in Nova Scotia. Sabah had transferred me her points so I could redeem for her as well, and we had a lot of the same things on our lists. When I got to this particular product, they only had one left in stock. I figured I would give her the shade that we originally both wanted, and I went for the lightest shade Chantilly. (Thinking I could highlight with it underneath my foundation) I got the rest of my stuff and headed home with my stash. So, Sabah opened her concealer first, and she was beyond disappointed. It was creasy, it didn’t cover as well as she had anticipated, and it just did not look flattering on the skin, especially around the eyes. Flash forward to a few months later, I needed to open a new concealer, as my old one had finished. I opened the NARS one, expecting to hate it, and figured it would clear some space up for new product if I just got it out of there. I used it for the first time with a Beauty Blender, and it was AMAZING! I am talking amazing coverage, smooth finish with no creasing through the day. I am obsessed with this stuff and I have used it almost everyday since I opened it. If it was a darker shade, I could easily use this as a foundation.

I also think you need to know, that after learning how much I loved mine, Sabah made me try her formula. (She has the shade Vanilla) and she was totally right. It was chalky, and creased super badly … Just an off formula.

We have talked about this quite a bit and we have decided that she must have gotten a tube that was just off. There is a polar difference between the finish of hers and the finish of mine. I want some feedback from you guys to see what you thought of this concealer. For me, it is something I would repurchase in a second. But if my first impression was the one that Sabah got, I would have been completely turned off.

Thoughts!?

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-Sara

How you Doin’ Origins? Sabah’s growing obsession.

I’m unsure what sparked my curiosity about Origins but I am happy that this brand came into my life. The first thing I jumped into was the mask, not surprising when you know me. I really just jumped in recently.
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Origins Clear Improvements: I think I was interested because of the color of this mask. I went right in with the full size and never looked back. I use a lot of masks due to my addiction to exfoliating. This is a mask I can use really regularly without causing dryness and it nips pending breakouts.

Origins Ginzing Eye Cream: This is great, I was actually about to throw it out after finally taking the picture for my empties. This is the first full size eye cream I’ve finished. I typically get bored and give it away if I don’t feel like the product is doing enough. This stuff is hydrating and has a pearl finish that really helps with my horrid dark circles.

Checks and Balances cleanser: Again something I salvaged from my empties, I love it and it feels really great on my skin. It doesn’t dry my skin out and doesn’t break me out.

Dr. Weil for Origins Mega Bright Day Cream: I just got this actually and so far I can only say that its doing a great job of keeping me hydrated, it feels good, smells great and soaks into the skin quickly.

Ginger Gloss Body Oil: I use a lot of body oil, my skin gets really itchy on the backs of my arms and my shins in I’m dry. This oil is awesome. It absorbs much faster than any other oil I have in my collection and the smell is divine.

Those are the five Origins products I’ve tried so far and all of them are superstars. I can’t wait to try out more of the brand. Knowing me there is likely an exfoliator in my future….

Any favorites from this brand I need to know about?

-Sabah

Favorite Alert: Atelier Cologne in Orange Sanguine!

Sara and I have been bating around the idea of doing a post on summer fragrance favorites. That was last week and it will probably still happen. But this week I bought a new fragrance while shopping with Almira and it deserves its own post. It smells like you took a bath in everything that is lovely and wonderful about oranges. It is incredible. The Sephora site says the notes are blood orange, bitter orange, jasmine, geranium, amber woods, Tonka beans and sandalwood. This is the ultimate fragrance, I’m also a bit smug that I found it first, and while both Sara and Almira are lusting after it, they understand it breaks girl code to share a scent. I bought a rollerball size to try and if this love continues it may lead to a full size in the near future.

We would love to hear what fragrances you are living for this Spring/Summer!

-Sabah
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QUICK EDIT**

So, the benefit of editing and posting all of these posts, is that I can really add myself into anything I wish. I would like to take this time to let you guys know that you seriously HAVE to get to a Sephora to smell this stuff. I’ve laid in bed at night and wondered what I could do to Sabah to turn her off of the smell of oranges. Maybe fill her car with rotten ones? Or, rub orange peels into her work shirt, so she relates the smell to going to work? I will figure it out, and I will make sure she eventually moves on. And when she does, this perfume is MINE! I am obsessed, and she isn’t lying when she says she feels smug. Almira and I had to sit through an entire dinner with that smug smile. She is proud of herself, and she should be. She has taped into possible holy grail status. (Of course it was with a super expensive fragrance … I think the full size is around $180.00!)

Until then, I won’t break girl code. I will refrain from stealing it, and will stick to my new Guerlain Limon Verde!

-Sara