Month: August 2014

Four Scary Makeup Products you have to try!

Living the beauty product junkie lifestyle is super fun, but can also be as scary as Amanda Bynes after a bender. There are a lot of products that when they were introduced to me I was shocked that anyone would think there was a place in the beauty world for them. Here are some scary products that are definitely worth facing those fears.

Green Concealer: People who struggle with covering their redness really need to give this a shot. Used in the correct way, this really can be a miracle step. The trick is to use this only where you need it, and in very thin layers. If you use too much, you will inevitably end up looking like the hulk. My favorite product to use for this is the green shade in the Lise Watier Portfolio Wheel. If this step still seems too daunting to attempt, try out a green face primer that will neutralize on the skin, before applying your foundation. Or, there are many creams on the market that have the green tint built right in.

Red Blush (And I mean red!) I saw this on a YouTube video and the makeup artist put in on under foundation and it created a really natural flush. I’ve somewhat adapted that to being over my liquid foundation but under my powder. It actually looks a lot more natural than most of my pink or coral blushes.

Face Razors: Say what? Not like Fusion Proglide but the type that you get at Sally’s. I was terrified of developing a World Series worthy beard, the hair growing in darker, stubble etc. The truth is these scary little razors are amazing. They are quick and easy to use, and remove that blonde peach fuzz hair that women can get on their faces. Makeup goes on so much more smoothly, and neither one of us experienced any of the feared backlash. Simply keep the razor facing down, and gently glide it over the area you wish to de-fuzz.

Setting Sprays: I use these under my makeup, over my makeup, midday, around the time I should be removing my makeup….. I love setting sprays. When applied under my makeup it seems to improve the adherence of my foundation. When applied at the end of the routine it helps remove the appearance of the powder as well as adding to the longevity of the makeup. They are scary and counter intuitive to finish a full face of makeup and then drench your face in liquid but it really is worth it, just have something close to fan yourself with when you’re done.

Do any of you use any of these “scary” beauty products?

-Sara & Sabah



Dual Review: Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette!

Sabah and I have become very close, and we spend an alarming amount of time together. If we aren’t together, chances are, we are texting about a skin problem, a new makeup collection, or something about NFL football. When we started writing the blog, we made the decision to monitor our purchases to an extent, so we weren’t both buying the same things, using the same products, thus being able to use and review more products. (Perfect example, I don’t own the new Milani matte blushes, but I have used Sabahs while at her house!) This has made our collections really quite different, but sometimes a product comes along and we just can’t agree on custody. We both need it full time. This my friends, is one of those products.

Flash forward to a few weeks ago. We went to see the new Pulp Fiction palette from Urban Decay. This was Sabah’s baby right from the start. Her birthday gift from Urban Decay. As soon as she swatched it on her hand, it was in her cart and in mine. She looked at me with a look of “Calm down girlie, we’re just starting!!” But I couldn’t help it. It was absolutely everything I wanted the Urban Decay Basics palette to be. And as soon as I said it, Sabah agreed. The pigmentation is so much better, the shades are so rich … And they blend like a dream. I am so in love with the two top shades in this palette, and have used them daily since I got the palette. It’s a bit bigger than it has to be, but has an awesome mirror and the brush that it comes with is nice for travel. I also love how the stark white shade, and the black shade are split. I would never use either of those colors enough to justify making them as big as the three other shades. Pulp Fiction lovers or not, you guys should really look into this palette. The shade Tyranny is absolutely rocking my world lately!!

Now let’s hear what Sabah has to say …





What does Marcellus Wallace look like?!?!?!?!

I’m obsessed with the movie Pulp Fiction. It’s definitely in my top 10 (the first being The Godfather, obviously) When Sara sent me a frantic text message about this collection I was suitably crazed. It was released around my birthday so I viewed it as my own birthday gift from Urban Decay the thoughtful buggers. I didn’t really even care what this palette looked like when it was swatched, when I saw the quote on the front, I accepted it as part of my collection. To my delight this palette is fantastic. It is everything I wanted from the Naked Basics. It has the perfect shades the right amount of matte and satin shadows. It blends like a dream and it works for so many looks. My only complaint is I would totally ditch the little brush to make the palette smaller. There is a lot of packaging here that I could do without and make it more travel friendly. The mirror however is perfect, I find myself using the mirror even if I’m using shadows from another palette. Get this gem before it goes the way of all the other beautiful limited editions in the beauty world.

Have you guys tried this yet??
-Sara and Sabah

High End Cosmetic Haul! Goodies for Sabah!

So I did something absolutely bat shit crazy. Almira was travelling recently, and went shopping for some high end makeup. I did one of the bravest things a beauty junkie can do. I told her to pick a bunch of things she thought I would like. We do (as a group of friends) spend a nauseating amount of time discussing our makeup collections and our preferences. I also gave her some vague ideas of things that I’ve been eyeing. Here is the haul of the wonderful things she picked for me:

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy: I’ve been eyeing this shade for awhile because one of my favorite youtubers (fleurdeforce) wore it on her wedding day. Almira picked a great one. I already have some lipsticks from this formula and I adore them.

Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Hyde Park: This is a spectacular shade. It’s a berry shade that borders nicely on a red. Considering I’ve been flirting with reds lately this is an awesome gateway to the true reds I’ve been playing with while still in the area of my current addiction to berries.

Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Subra: These have been all over the beauty platforms recently. I’m so excited to jump into this product and already have a plan of how to divide it while using it wet and dry. This was not a shade I would have gravitated towards, typically my default setting is bronze shades but I’m so excited because I have nothing like this in shade or texture in my collection.

Chanel Le Vernis in Provocation: Okay I straight up told her I wanted this. I don’t have any Chanel polishes and I’ve really rediscovered painting my nails recently due to an amazing top coat I’ve found (I’ll discuss this in another blog once I’m sure that it works with multiple formulas). Provocation is a wicked deep purple that will work in multiple seasons.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Tisse Vendome 204: I mentioned to Almira I didn’t have a Chanel quad…. This beauty is what she picked (apparently having a change of heart at the cash and switching it up from a brown one she had originally picked). She obviously has been listening to me waxing poetic over my Naked 3 and Marc Jacobs The Starlet because she picked something that has those pinky copper shades that I’ve discovered I love and work great with my blue eyes. This is definitely the one I would have picked if I had been with her.

Kiehl’s Crème de Corps: This is actually a gift from Almira. Sara, Almira and I are all working our way through a list of products you need to own before you die. She saw this mini and got one for the three of us so we can check it off our list. I don’t know much about this but if it makes it to a list containing everything from Le Mer to Lip Smackers I’m anxious to try.

Thank you to Almira for braving this mighty task. I knew I was causing her to go into a deep seated panic but she rose to the challenge. I’m really pumped to dive into these bad boys as soon as I get through some of my current almost empties. I’ve put myself on a mini project pan. This happens sometimes when I have some product guilt surrounding my collection.



Sabah’s HG Mascara hunt continues …

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara … My birthday past in July, and my glorious friends picked me up a few of my high end wish list products. Eyes to Kill was the first goodie I jumped into. As previously discussed numerous times, I am on the hunt for my Holy Grail mascara. It’s been a long road friends and unfortunately the road continues on. This is a great mascara, wonderful separation and volume which is quite difficult to find but I’ve had some issues with smears under my eyes. The smearing can be avoided with the addition of Lancome Cils Booster but a Holy Grail Product shouldn’t need a back up dancer. Although it smeared a bit on me, I was happy to realize that it comes off easily with Bioderma at night. Even a makeup wipe could cut through this stuff, which is awesome, but it needs to be able to hold it’s own throughout the day. The search continues …


Can you guys help me out? What are your favorite mascaras!?


What a lovely surprise … Smashbox Hydrating Undereye Primer!

With a birthday of mine looming very soon, it is with a heavy heart that I write this blog post. I have eye wrinkles. I’m not talking barely there lines, I’m talking pretty deep, noticeable lines around my eyes. All of my girlfriends joke about them, but they are a serious issue, and when Sabah gets really upset with me, she will tell me to go put an eye cream on. (And she means it too!)

That being mixed with my astonishing dry skin, is just an absolute disaster for my eye area. When I first saw this product, I was a bit skeptical, but I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised.

This eye primer is meant to be applied under the eyes before makeup application (or worn alone!) It promises to hydrate, plump, and brighten the undereye area, and give a smoother application for makeup.

I have been using this for about a month now, and I really see a difference. Not only do I see it, but I feel it. Mid-day my eyes are no longer flaking, or feeling tight because of dryness. And when I skip this product for a day, I miss it. It’s become one of those makeup products I apply when I don’t wear makeup! (Like my Benefit Porefessional)

As for the brightening claims, I don’t notice a huge difference when using this product, but I am more in it for the hydration anyway.

Le sigh. This will be another step put into my routine. I always complain about how many steps a full makeup routine can consist of. Especially when you get into primers. Face Primer, undereye primer, lid primer, lash primer, lip primer … Like a girl has got to sleep at some point!

What primers do you think are worth the extra step? Tell me your favorites!



5 Products Sara Talked me Into Purchasing!

Friendship brings some wonderful things to your life. Laughter, a shoulder to cry on, or someone to send you socially inappropriate memes. In my case I receive all of the above from Sara, but I also have received some stellar makeup bullying, resulting in me owning some of my favorite products.

1. Bioderma- Obviously you are all aware of Sara’s at times alarming loyalty to this product. As one of her besties, I understood almost immediately that if I was going to move past the “Hi Sara, I’m Danah” phase of our friendship, I would need to at the very least try Bioderma. Thankfully I loved this almost as much as she does, I currently own a 500ml jumbo size with a pump, a regular 500ml, a 250ml and a 100ml travel size of this makeup remover.

2. Urban Decay Naked Palette- This is an odd choice here because I actually prefer the Naked 3, but Sara ensured that I coveted the Naked palette, and it was actually given to me by friends, who I assumed just wanted me to stop talking about it. I love this palette and because of this love I tried the Naked 3.

3. Clarisonic Mia: I regularly field the question “Is it really worth the price?” This was the same question poor Sara fielded from me patiently for months. Really, I have never hmm and ahhhed over a product like I did over the Clarisonic. Thankfully she bullied me into going for it and my skin has been thanking her since.

4. Eucerin Aquaphor: Aquaphor has really been my saving grace when it comes to snake eye. Sara suffers from the same ailment, not to the same degree I do, but she lead me directly to this product and it is the only thing that will calm my dry eye lids when I have a flare up.

5. Nars Orgasm Blush: Sara and Almira gave this blush for my birthday a few years ago. I have admitted to not really understanding the cult following this product has, but it was my gateway drug into the Nars blush world, for that I will always be thankful for.

So thank you Snug, for introducing me to these five products and to the surreal world of cosmetic hoarding. I mean collecting. This is a collection not a hoarding problem right?

What are products you bought based on rave reviews from a friend? (Or in my case, what products have your close friends forced you into?)


Laura Mercier Undercover Pot Concealer!

Hello folks, Sabah here. Ready to talk about a pretty serious issue I deal with every morning. As I have mentioned a million times, I really struggle with darkness under my eyes so I am constantly buying new products to fight this. I picked this up about a month ago because there is so much hype about it and I have a lot of faith in Laura Mercier as a brand. First off, let me just say that it didn’t wow me. It works. It does do a decent job of concealing the darkness. The camouflage side of the pot is quite dry, you need to warm it up a bit but when you find the way to make it work for you it will be great. The concealer side is nice, it’s a good shade and reminds me a bit of erase paste from Benefit. This side can crease if you apply it too heavily. The setting powder is great but like all loose powders it can be messy, I prefer pressed setting powders. I don’t regret buying this but I’m not sure I will repurchase.


Do you guys have a holy grail concealer product?


Product I’ve used up! The good, the bad, the ugly!

I have a ton of empties that have added up, and I finally have finished some makeup products up! (Being a beauty blogger, this is a huge deal!)
I will start with the makeup products, because I am just that excited about them!
Physicians Formula Sexy booster sexy glow blush in Natural: This blush was actually really nice. I did go through it fairly quickly, because the formula is a little powdery, and the fall out was pretty extreme. You definitely don’t need a highlight with this blush, and it is something that I would repurchase if I was in need of a super glowy blush. It lasted a decent amount of time on the skin, and the packaging was super cute.

Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm: I have a love hate relationship with this. Sometimes it really heals my chapped lips, and sometimes it does absolutely nothing. I wouldn’t repurchase, although it’s not sticky, and gave a nice shine to the lips.

L’oreal Lineur Intense Liner: I love this liquid liner, it doesn’t smudge on me, or look overly shiny, and it is so easy to control. I would recommend this to anyone, and would repurchase.

Quo “The Bold” mascara: Another mascara that just made my lashes look darker, but did absolutely nothing. And it also was super hard to take off. Would definitely not repurchase this!

Elizabeth Arden Lip Protectant Stick in Blush: I have a thing for lip products with SPF that give me a hint of color. This did exactly that. I love the feel of it, and I would definitely repurchase another one. Probably in the berry shade 🙂

L’oreal Miss Manga mascara in Blackest Black: Again, a love hate thing. This mascara was super nice, but it did have the tendency to flake a little bit on me after a few weeks of wearing it. I have already repurchased another one in the turquoise shade, and since I don’t have a drug store holy grail yet, I would repurchase the black if I was in a pinch!

Maybelline Dream Air Foam in Natural Beige: This was something I had hanging around unopened for way too long. To free up some space, I opened it and used it once, so technically it’s not an empty. But it was so bad I just threw it in the bin and never looked back. It was sticky and didn’t blend at all. I think it’s now discontinued … For clear reason!

Vaseline Lip Therapy (Cocoa Butter): The packaging drew me in for this. It is so adorable. For my actual lips, I wasn’t a huge fan. It just seemed to coat them with a waxy feeling but didn’t actually heal them at all. I wouldn’t repurchase!

NYC liquid concealer in light: This was another product that I broke up with before it was finished. I found this concealer sticky, and it wouldn’t set. I hated it under my eyes, and no matter what I did, powder products really clung to it. Would not repurchase this either!

Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me: Oh my love affair with this continues. This must be my sixth empty. Of course, it has been discontinued, but I have three back up tubes that will hold me over for awhile. This is the only Baby Lips that has ever really rocked my world …



Now for the skincare/body care …

Vichy 3 in 1 Cleansing Water: I’m not sure how this got into my collection, but it was absolutely nothing compared to Bioderma. I finished it reluctantly, but will not repurchase. Bioderma is still the reigning king in my world.

Neostrata Insta-Tan: I actually didn’t hate this product. It was a little different since I am so used to my St. Tropez, but it applied nicely, and gave me an awesome color. It wasn’t sticky, and dried quickly! I would repurchase if I found myself in a situation where St. Tropez wasn’t available!

The Body Shop Shower Gel in Satsuma: I have nothing bad to say about these body washes. And I love the smell. I think I would prefer a creamier texture (which may be available…) but I really enjoyed this. I will repurchase, but I like to bounce around on the scents!

Peter Thomas Roth Firm X Peeling Gel: I loved this product. It made a big difference in the size of my pores. You apply to dry skin, and you will start to notice little balls of skin rolling off of your face. It’s a little gross, but so satisfying. I was sad when this guy was empty, and the full size is I think around $50.00 CAD, so I haven’t repurchased yet … But I would be tempted, that’s for sure. Everything I have tried from this line I have really liked, so I can’t wait to get some more of his products!

Redken All Soft Conditioner: This was okay. Not life changing enough to repurchase, but it didn’t weigh my hair down, so that’s a plus!

L’oreal Elnett hairspray (unfragranced): This is probably my tenth can of this. I never use any other brand of hairspray. I can go to town with this stuff, brush through my hair, and still have soft, touchable hair with hold. But a caution to only buy the unfragranced, as the regular ones smell like a 95 year old sofa pillow.

Those are my empties! I can’t wait to throw these out, and start working on some other products!!

What have you guys finished up lately?


Sabah’s thoughts on NARS Via Veneto!

So I am an aggressive contact lens wearer. Like I sleep in them…(Sara loves to remind me of this article she read about a girl who went blind doing this). The reason I can do it, is because my eyes are watering almost all day, and they never feel dry, however I do rub them all the time. So anything around my eyes has to really fight to stay around. I am constantly buying waterproof liners but they typically end up smudged below the outside corner of my eye. Via Veneto doesn’t move, like at all. If you move quickly you can smudge this liner out if that’s the look you’re looking for but once it sets the clock stops and you can’t move it. Via Veneto is awesome, the colour is jet black and doesn’t fade out to like a green colour. One of my favorite things about this liner is that it’s a twist up liner, I hate sharpening pencils because the shavings usually end up spilled on my floor and I’m annoyed with having to get it out of the carpet as well as being reminded of the wasted product that happens when sharpening. I really like navy and bronze colored liners and I will definitely be getting this guy in other shades of hopes that the formula is consistent across the colours. If you’re inclined to pencils instead of liquid liners this is the one for you.

Makeup/Skincare Haul!

I recently went out and picked up a few things. Some I needed, some I didn’t, and some were complete impulse buys! (Story of my life!!)


Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette: I love this movie, and when I saw how neutral and perfectly boring the shades were in this baby, I knew I had to have it. I’ll be doing a full review on this soon, but in short I can tell you, it’s everything I wanted the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette to be. It swatches beautifully, and I have been getting a lot of use out of it!

Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser: this stuff works amazingly to clean my Beauty Blenders, and brushes in general. It always gets them clean, and it is so easy to use, and travel friendly. This is my third one, and I will continue to repurchase!

Peter Thomas Roth Skinstant Mask Magic Trio: I have tried two of these masks at Sabah’s house, and I was pleasantly surprised, so naturally I had to have it. I have seen a big difference in her skin since she started using them (almost nightly! She’s a mask whore) and I am hoping to see the same results!

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask: This product has been out of stock for what seems like forever. They launched a champagne version, but I held out for the original. I have used it a few times, and I have to say it is really nice. My only irk is that it is SO hard to squeeze out of the tube. It’s seriously a pain in the neck. Have any of you guys run into this!?

Liquid Waterproof Eyeliner in “Pool Party”: I absolutely fell in love with the color of this eyeliner, and it was just something that I threw in my shopping bag without thinking about. I have yet to break it open, as I rarely wear color on my eyes, but this beauty was too pretty to pass up!!

That’s my small haul … I really am trying to cut back on what I spend on makeup and skincare … Clearly that’s going well!!

What new stuff have you guys been using lately?