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Wish List: Four Products I Need In My Life!

With all the stress that comes the week before the Super Bowl, a girl has got to chill out. When I relax, I like to read reviews, watch videos, and browse for what’s new in beauty. And of course, that makes me want to buy everything. I have been doing these wish list posts for awhile now, and I find they help me actually narrow down what is important to me. These are some questions you need to ask yourself when looking at makeup/skincare. Do I have something like this at home? Is this something I will get good use out of? Is this even for my skin type? Those are three questions I always ask myself. It was really hard for me to not buy all of the GlamGlow masks, but the reality is, my super dry skin wouldn’t really benefit from the SuperMud. Luckily for me, the Thirsty Mud works amazing for me!

So, these are four things that I have decided need to be in my life. Some aren’t even available in Canada yet… (damn you internet for getting me excited for something I can’t have yet!)

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Rimmel Apocolips Lip Velvet in Atomic Rose: I absolutely love this shade. I watched a girl on YouTube apply this, and I fell in love recently. As you maybe already know, I am having an obsession with peachy pink lips, and this has my name all over it.

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio: This is something I want for myself, but also for my freelance kit. These sticks are crazy creamy, and don’t make the skin look heavy. Next time I see these in store, they are coming home with me. Perfect colors, with a slightly warmer bronzer, and more cool contour color. Smashbox has really been stepping up the game with their contouring products, and I am loving it!

Marc Jacobs VIB Rouge Lip Creme: Ok, ok… Before you all remind me that I don’t actually care for the Marc Jacobs lipsticks, just look at the red packaging. Look at it, and understand why I need this as a vanity piece. The packaging of this lipstick is so beautiful, I really don’t think it would matter what the formula is like. I need another red lipstick like I need a hole in the head. I am aware that this is a completely unnessacary product, but that will not stop me from buying it. I have been so responsible lately with my beauty spending, so it’s time for me to splurge a little bit!

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask: I cannot WAIT for this to be available in Canada. I saw a You Tuber from the UK review this, and I immediately called my local Body Shop. She told me that this won’t be launching in Canada until about mid February, so with baited breath I will wait. The texture of this looks so interesting, that I can’t help but try it. And my GlamGlow Thirsty Mud is almost gone, so I will need a new hydrating mask for overnight.

Those are the four things I am lusting over lately … What do you guys have your eyes on?

Thanks for reading!

-Sara

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Marc Jacobs gave disappointing Lip Service …

Some of you die hard beauty lovers may remember this 1000 point set by Marc Jacobs. As soon as I saw the two full sized Marc Jacobs lippies, I jumped onboard, and gladly handed over my points. In this set I received a Lip Vinyl in 316 Shooting Stars, and a Lip Gel in 146 Cabaret. Both of these have some pros and cons – but let me say in short, I am glad I didn’t actually pay money for these.

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(I actually ended up switching my Lip Vinyl for a different shade, because the one that came in my kit was cracked, and leaked everywhere, so the shade pictured here is called Boom Boom.)

Let’s start with the Lip Gel. First of all, the packaging of this is incredible. Total purse proud product. And the shade is absolutely stunning. My issue with the product is the wear time, and the texture. As soon as I applied this product, I felt the need for a lip balm. It was crazy drying on my lips. Fair enough – pairing a lip balm under a lipstick isn’t enough for me to totally snub a product. The wear time of this as what really turned me off. I got maybe 25 minutes out of it before my colleagues were warning me that I had the dreaded lipstick ring of color around my mouth. And with it being a stronger color – let me tell you – it was not pretty. I had to constantly reapply, and that made my lips completely dry out. I pulled out all the stops. Apply, blot, reapply … I used a tissue with some loose powder, but this stuff avoided my lips like Lindsay Lohan avoids Rehab. Expensive products should not be this high maintenance – and I will not be purchasing anymore of these.

Now for the Lip Vinyl. First off, the color range of these are very limited. Some have sparkle and some are a cream finish. Almira found a perfect shade for her with a cream finish and she loves it. Unfortunatly, my experience wasn’t the same. I get maybe 40 minutes of wear time out of this, but all I am left with at the end of it, is a mouth full of glitter in my dry flakes. And, the glitter travelled all over my teeth as well. Rubbing glitter off of your teeth with a tissue is not something I am prepared to deal with, when using a super high end product. I also had trouble with the package leaking, but after looking closely, I saw that it was cracked, and I was able to switch it for another color of my choice. (I was really pleased with the service!) The new color is still just OK on me, however it is a cream finish and I definitely prefer these to the shimmer finishes. These do feel nice on the lips, they are slightly cooling and minty. However, other companies do better with these types of products. Shiseido Lip Laquers, and Rimmel Apocalips to name a few. These are just not worth the price in my honest opinion, but I will be keeping the beautiful packaging in my collection for sure.

So far the Marc Jacobs line has just been so-so for me. I do want to try the Genius Gel Foundation though …

-Sara

Products that make you work for it!

Like all things, sometimes it just doesn’t come easy. There have been some makeup products that I’ve purchased for various reasons, that after I got them home and started to use them, I was wildly irritated. Thankfully after a bit of work these products pushed through my cranky face and I learned how to make them work for me.
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Marc Jacobs Blush in Rebellious: So this blush is an amazing shade of pink. The minute I saw it I knew I needed to have it in my life. That we needed to be together and I would introduce it to my other blushes and we all would live happily ever after with this amazing pink flush on our cheeks. And then I used it, like a lot and was considering returning it. NO PIGMENT! Like none. I know that some blushes have a bit of a film on them so I was going at this guy with a heavy hand. I was fit to be tied. And then I watched a YouTube video and this lovely British girl who I now can’t remember her name said that she took a tissue and rubbed the top of her blush aggressively and then the magic happened. I did the same thing immediately and then Rebellious came to life. And we now live happily ever after with pink cheeks, watching the notebook.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light: Like everyone else with even a slight interest in cosmetics I know about the Ambient Lighting powders and their wondrous powers. I obviously jumped on board. I’m on an endless hunt for my perfect highlight (and mascara). When I was wearing this as a highlighter I was silently stewing. I had used Essence highlighters with more wow. Again I was contemplating returning when YouTube came through for me. Use it as a setting powder someone said….. and whamoo ladies. I had a new face. It is beautiful. I can’t put into words what it is that it does which sounds like an excuse but I just know I like my face way better with this powder. What else can I ask for?

YSL Radiance Enhancing Pressed Powder: I’ve had this guy forever and never really used it. This may just be because the powder is a bit dark for me but I found that it made me a bit muddy. This powder I will now say is my favorite powder I’ve used in a long time. I’m not someone who really relies on powder I more look to setting sprays because of my fear of cake face. Radiance Enhancing Powder is amazing when applied lightly with a big fluffy brush. It completely combats the muddy face and leaves my skin looking more polished.

The Balm How ‘Bout Them Apples: Of course I had to own this, it’s a blush palette. Well a lip and cheek palette but we all know I’m way more interested in the blush aspect. I’m used to cream blushes being well, creamy. I was almost convinced I was going to have to delegate this to a lip palette that will never be used. The texture is bizarre. They are more gel like, oh and sticky as hell. I found it really hard to move them around. And then I gave in and tried them with a brush. Game changer. I avoid brushes with my cream blushes because I don’t want to bomb through the product or embarrassingly enough, take the effort to clean the brush after. This palette works so well with a brush, it helps move the product in a more uniform manner and it easier to move quickly. I love it so much I’m not even bitter about the effort required to clean the kabuki brush I use.

What are products that you guys hated at first, but then started to really like?

-Sabah

Products on my wishlist! High End Edition!

Everyone has a wish list. If you’re anything like Sabah, you actually have a mental and hard copy list ready at all times, in case you ever find yourself in a situation that you just need to buy something for yourself, or someone needs a quick gift idea. Not saying that I will be purchasing all four of these, but I can definitely say I will be looking into all of them aggressively, and making my choices soon!

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1.) Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick ($35.00 CAD) These little sticks look so freakin’ cute, I can’t even stand it. The color range looks amazing, and I have been happy enough with everything Marc Jacobs, which makes me want this even more. Seriously, how cute are these lippies!?

2.) GLAM GLOW Power Mud Dual Cleanse Treatment ($76.00 CAD) I have also been very impressed with everything I have tried from GLAM GLOW. Combine that with my obsession for facial oils of all kinds, and this looks like a match made in heaven. I pick this up everytime I see it in stores, and I am impressed that I haven’t taken the plunge yet. I am still working through my Thirsty Mud GLAM GLOW mask, so maybe when that one is gone I will cave!

3.) Marc Jacobs Bronzer Brush No 12 ($94.00 CAD) I can almost hear Sabah shuddering when she reads this. I have been lusting over this brush for over a year. Every single time I see it I have to go visit it, and feel it, and make her feel it. It’s so beautiful, but $94.00 for a brush is taking me a little while to get used to. It’s not helping that all of the You Tube gurus that I watch are raving about it, and with my birthday coming up soon, I might just have to treat myself. For $94.00, it better apply my bronzer like a dream, clean itself, and unload the dishwasher for me.

4.) Smashbox Master Class Palette Color and Contour ($72.00 CAD) The next time I see this, it’s mine. I realize it’s limited edition, and I have to move on it fast. I might even buy two of these. One for me, and one for my freelance kit. It is so compact, and gives you so many colors, blush, highlight, contour, bronzer … It’s like a face in a box. No wasted space on cream liners, or lip products (I hate those so much in palettes!) And, it provides you with awesome plastic covers for either side, which will really protect them from breaking, and reduce any fallout between shades. This is something every makeup junkie should own. Everyday that passes, I get more and more upset that I don’t own it yet. (UPDATE: I actually purchased this before this blog post went up… I couldn’t get it off of my mind, and my retailer only had 12 left! I panicked and made an emergency trip to buy it!) Review coming soon!!

What things are on your wishlists?

-Sara

Marc Jacobs Starlet Eyeshadow Palette!

So I caved and bought a Marc Jacobs shadow palette. Not shocking since my self-control in cosmetics is legendarily lacking. The shock can be found in which one I bought. I have been coveting The Lolita since Sephora has started carrying Marc Jacobs. I visit it, I swatch it, I smile lovingly at it, but I always leave it where I found it. My problem with it has been that I have a boat load of neutral shadow palettes, and I haven’t hit pan on a single shade in a single one. Even I, the self-proclaimed junkie of all things pretty and well packaged, couldn’t justify the purchase. I’m telling you this because I need to explain my tunnel vision. I didn’t even swatch the others. Now, Sephora has moved The Starlet palette to the center of the display and I’m hoping that isn’t why I finally noticed it….. I’m likely lying to myself. The end result is the same. I saw it, swatched it and was instagramming my Sephora bag within minutes.

The nitty gritty of The Starlet Palette comes down to the actual performance of the shadows. I can be blinded by packaging and sometimes a bit forgiving of performance because of it. This palette however is a dream. I’m not trained in cosmetics, barely know how to do a lot of looks and sometimes make excuses about my eye shape to justify my failed attempts. That being said, this palette is so easy. The right amount of pigmentation allows you to blend effortlessly and control the look. I can’t explain to you how much I love this thing. Everything just works, the colors are such a fun mix. This was one of the reasons why this came home with me when Lolita stayed. I don’t have anything like these, they’re different from anything found in a typical neutral palette but still aren’t alarming purples and scary pinks.
Final note….. Due to my success with The Starlet, my lust for Lolita has only increased. I’m well on my way to instagramming another Sephora bag with another MJ palette.

Have you guys bought any of the Marc Jacobs Palettes? I need to know everything …

-Sabah

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Tag Wednesday: The four or more tag!

What a day it has been. I went out on the deck to have my morning tea and relax, and I find my cat Dexter trying to break into a birdhouse that is housing a family of baby birds. Fact about me: I am terrified of birds, and avoid them as much as I can. The whole drama resulted in me poking a broom at Dexter, yelling at him to get down out of the tree.
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After all of that, I was thankful for a relaxing Tag Wednesday post. This is a tag I saw emilynoel83 do on Youtube, and it’s my favorite one I have seen in a long time. The whole premise is to show products that you have four or more of. This really shows what products work well for you, and I can’t wait to see what everyone else has, the more these videos and blogs go up.
I won’t lie, most of these are lip products, as they are more inexpensive (normally) and it’s rare that I will have four or more of the same foundation or powder hanging around. Here we go!
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Clarins Rouge Éclat Lipsticks: I have these in (left to right) 01 Nude Rose, 04 Tropical Pink, 11 Passion Red, and 13 Woodrose.

Revlon Lipsticks: 510 Berry Rich, 453 Love that Pink, 745 Raspberry Bite and 840 Honey Bare.

Maybelline Lipsticks: 805 Pink Freeze, 976 Rose Quartz, 977 Rockin Fuchsia and 975 Moonstone Mauve.

CoverGirl Lipsticks: 395 Darling, 325 Spellbound, 310 Smitten and 350 Etheral.

Revlon Lip Butters: 047 Pink Lemonade, 090 Sweet Tart, 095 Crème Brulee, 050 Berry Smoothie, 080 Strawberry Shortcake, 053 Sorbet, 085 Sugar Plum, 001 Pink Truffle, 025 Peach Parfait and 063 Wild Watermelon.

MAC lipsticks: Pink Nouveau, Party Line, Syrup, Crème Cup, and Candy Yum Yum.
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Clarins Blush Prodige: 04 Sunset Coral, 02 Soft Peach, 03 Miami Pink, 05 Rosewood.

MAC eyeshadows: Omega, Bronze, Shroom, All that Glitters, and Black Tied.

Maybelline Baby Lips: **Sidenote, my favorite one I have actually isn’t posted, as I can’t find it. The Cherry Me shade, is INCREDIBLE! 25 Pink Punch, 60 Melon Mania, 70 Pink Shock, 30 Peach Kiss and 90 Minty Sheer.

Clarins Joli Rouge Lipsticks: 734 Poppy Red, 702 Rose Sorbet, 705 Soft Berry and 736 Pink Magnolia.

Marc Jacobs Fragrance: (Not going to lie, the bottles do it to me everytime) Daisy Eau So Fresh, Oh Lola!, Daisy, Daisy Eau So Fresh (Sunshine edition)

Benefit Box o’Powders: Dandelion, Coralista, Sugarbomb, 10, Georgia, Throbb, Dallas, Bella Bamba, Hervana, Hoola and Rockateur.

Phew – now I have to admit, I am sure I have four or more of other products, but I don’t want to bore everyone, and make this a three day post!

Tell me some of yours! What do you have four or more of??

-S

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Review: Marc Jacobs Marvelous Mousse Foundation

I picked up a new foundation awhile ago, and I have been trying it out using a few different application methods, and wanted to let you guys know what I thought. Marc Jacobs Marvelous Mousse Foundation retails for $66.00 CAD for a 0.63oz jar. What drew me into this at Sephora was the sleek packaging, and also the claims. Right on the display in bold letters, it boasted to be a full coverage foundation, and free of mineral oil. Intrigued, I swatched the product on the back of my hand, and the coverage was serious. Any veins, or discoloration was completely covered.
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I hummed and hawed over the price, knowing damn well that the last thing I needed was a new foundation, but it kept calling my name. I used the touch screen in Sephora to look up the reviews, which were mixed, and I still wanted to try it. The girl working offered me a sample, which I thought would be great, but when I realized that she was going to scoop some out of the tester jar I was so grossed out I stopped her. Getting a sample of something from an airless pump tube is one thing, but a jar!? Side note – Don’t get samples like that. It’s so gross! God knows how many hundreds of people had their fingers in that jar, and just think about what was on all of their hands. And you’re going to go home and put that on your face? Gag me! I was so grossed out that I actually did their survey and complained. That’s also why the testers there are so nasty, because they are used for sampling. Gross. Me. Out.

Anyway- Back to the review, I just had to rant on that for a minute. I left the store, and was back the next day to purchase. My hesitation came from thinking it would dry my skin out however, there are hydrating ingredients in this foundation like amino acids, and coconut water. Also, it ends with a powder finish, and would take away my need for using a separate powder.

When I got the foundation home, I first tried to apply with a beauty blender. I wasn’t too happy with the result, because I felt like the damp sponge wouldn’t allow the product to settle to it’s powder finish. Next time I used it, I used a dry regular sponge, and that was better, but I was concerned about the sponge eating my $66.00 foundation. So the third method I tried, was spot applying it on the skin first, and then buffing it out with the Sephora mineral foundation brush. This was definitely the winner for me. The coverage was only OK, the finish looked very natural, and this foundation does not cling on my dry patches. Also, no breakouts since I’ve added this into the routine.

If I had to give this foundation a rating out of 5, I would settle on a 3. It doesn’t translate with as much coverage on the face as I would like it to, and as beautiful as the packaging is, there will always be a battle with bacteria.

A great thing about Marc Jacobs foundations, is the color range. He has an amazing color selection, and he is even better at describing the colors. If you look on the Sephora website, he will suggest shades based on your tone, and undertone. My shade (26 Bisque Medium) is for light complexions, with beige undertones. He got it spot on, and without trying it on my face (for fear of skin infection from the gross tester!) I got a perfect match.

I say, if you are into mousse foundations, and like a powder finish, you will probably like this foundation. It hasn’t by any means been life changing, but I like it enough not to return it!

I am so curious about the Marc Jacobs line! What do you guys recommend?

-Sara