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Review: essence Forget It! 3-in-1 Concealer

7 Sep

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What: essence Forget It! 3-in-1 concealer; a multi-purpose pan concealer. This product is no longer shown on the essence website, but is available at Shopper’s Drug Mart and Ulta. Essence is a German cosmetic brand and is available in most European drugstores.

Price: $3.49 at Shopper’s Drug Mart.

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Colour correctors are a great tool and I don’t think you can ever have too many. I picked this essence one up a few weeks ago and I really like it. It even has a guide on the back that tells you what to use each colour for.

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Formula: It has a smooth, gel-like consistency. Since it’s a pan concealer, it’s thick but not too thick to wear under your eyes. The beige and pink melt into the skin very well, but the green appears a bit chalky.

Pigmentation: All three have great pigmentation when swatching, but fade a bit when applied. You can layer them to a certain degree to build up the colour, but if you add too much the product will slide off. Of the three colours, green had the weakest pigmentation. It kinda just settled into lines after a while, which is not what you want when trying to cover a red blemish.

Longevity of wear: The wear time could be improved; the green and the beige colours faded after a while even after setting them with powder. These would probably wear much better on someone with regular to dry skin, but did not last on me. I had no issues with the pink shade under my eyes.

Packaging: It’s made from pretty flimsy plastic. I kinda feel like if I dropped this once, it would be done for. But at this price replacing it isn’t so bad.

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Overall: Good quality product, worth buying for the pink and peach shades. I would recommend this is you’re just starting out with colour correctors and don’t want to spend a lot.

What’s your favourite colour corrector?

– Julia

Review: KORRES Multivitamin Powder in MVP7

21 Aug

What: KORRES Multivitamin Compact Powder in MVP7. A sheer, oil-free pressed powder enriched with vitamins (description and ingredients available on KORRES website).

Price: € 27,50. $25 – $30 in Canada and U.S. (this product is not available on the Sephora website).

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Although summer is coming to an end, I was still on the hunt for the perfect bronzer. My requirements were: matte, not too dark and with no hints of orange. I didn’t have anything by KORRES and I was a little hesitant to purchase this, but since my last foray into a new makeup brand (the amazing CARGO) was such a success, I decided to go for it.

Boy am I glad I did! This powder is buttery and beautiful! Amazingly, its even replaced NARS Laguna in my makeup bag. This also contains more product, with 10g of powder (NARS Laguna is 8g).

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This is a pressed powder that is meant to be used to set your foundation. I bought it a few shades darker than my complexion and it works great as a bronzer. It’s matte but also sheer, which makes it perfect for contouring and creating a naturally sun-kissed look.

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Formula: Gorgeously silky to the touch and blends beautifully. It’s also oil-free, which is a must for me during the summer. This powder is made with vitamins E and C and other natural botanical ingredients, and you can tell from the scent. Not an irritating chemical makeup smell; it’s a wonderful fresh scent that feels like you’re stepping outside. You can just tell this is high-end makeup.

Pigmentation: This powder is meant to be sheer, which is ideal for setting foundation. Since I bought a darker colour it shows up subtly, but you can build up the colour. I really like the sheerness of this powder; it makes it more wearable year-round. Since it’s matte and sheer it’s almost impossible to go overboard.

It’s great for all over bronzing or just to contour. Be careful not to over-blend when contouring, you can lose the definition you’re trying to create.

Longevity of wear: This has worn beautifully on my skin on very humid days with no fading. I think the hydration from the natural ingredients will make it wearable in the winter as well.

Packaging: Very chic, its made from brown plastic with a subtle sparkle, similar to Laura Mercier products. The only thing I don’t like is that the pan flips up so there is room for a sponge underneath. It is a good idea if you were using this on-the-go to touch up oily spots, but I personally have no use for it.

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Overall: Extremely happy with this purchase, its fast becoming an everyday staple of mine. Anyone looking for a great matte bronzer should check this out. It’s compact and versatile; you can use it as a bronzer, a contour or to blend out your eyeshadow.

I’ve been reading about more KORRES products and their lip butters seem to be a favourite among beauty bloggers. Have you guys tried them? What do you think?

– Julia

Review: CARGO Blush in Mallorca

15 Aug

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This is a product by CARGO that I picked up a few weeks ago. These are sold on the CARGO website for USD $29.00. They come in fifteen shades and I bought Mallorca.

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It’s described as a “bright cherry”, but I would classify it as halfway between red and pink. It’s a dusty-cherry colour that really pops on the cheeks, which is probably why it’s described as “bright”, even though the colour itself is not. Confusing? Then just look at the pictures!

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Let me just start off by saying this blush is HUGE! A regular MAC blush contains 6g of product, and this baby has 8.9g, almost a third bigger! This blush will last you an extremely long time.

Formula: Creamy, dreamy and beautiful! It’s soft and silky to the touch and very pigmented in the application. No chalkiness whatsoever, which can sometimes happen with bright matte blushes. It has a very slight scent of hand soap in the pan, but this is barely detectable once applied.

Pigmentation: Very strong pigmentation, but can be applied lightly. You can sheer out the colour with blending, or build it up in layers for a strong cheek colour. Strong colours like this can be difficult to apply lightly, but I had no issues with this. I would recommend using a blush brush that is semi-stiff so you have more control in the application.

Longevity of wear: Lasts all day long on me with no visible fading. Not much to say, but definitely no complaints.

Packaging: I love this packaging! The metal packaging gives it a vintage feel, reminds me of my Grandmother’s makeup collection. I also like that it doesn’t have a hinge or plastic top for me to break. The packaging makes it feel very durable and long-lasting.

Here is a cheek swatch:

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Overall: I’m so impressed with the quality, colour and size of this blush! I’m definitely going to be on the hunt for more CARGO blushes because this one has surpassed all of my expectations; these are an absolute must-have for any blush-lover.

What are some of your favourite blushes?

– Julia

Review: NYX Love’s Anthem 10-Lipgloss Set

30 Jul

This is a set of 10 NYX lip glosses that I bought at Urban Outfitters while I was in the States. There isn’t very much listed on the packaging, the glosses don’t even have names, but I think these are supposed to be smaller/sample size versions of their Mega Shine Lip Glosses. It doesn’t say how much each tube contains, but it looks like about half as much as a regular 11ml tube.

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Formula: It seems to be a bit different from the full size Mega Shine Lip Gloss formula. In my opinion it’s not as good, it’s much more drying. They don’t have the cherry medicine smell the regular version does, but I am picking up a sweet, candy-like scent. It’s faint, but you may not like it if scented products irritate you.

Pigmentation: Good pigmentation for all glosses, some were obviously meant to have stronger colouring than others. The more opaque-coloured glosses bled a little bit so they would be best worn over a lip liner or lipstick for an extra pop of shine. The shimmers in the glosses very finely milled and don’t feel gritty on the lips.

Longevity of wear: As I mentioned, these glosses bleed so they’re not exactly made for super-long wear. They settle into lines after a while, so frequent reapplication is necessary.

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The first gloss is a bright, shiny, candy-apple red. It’s very pretty and opaque, but I think because of the bleeding issues it would be best worn over a lipstick or lip liner. As you can see, it kind of goes all over the place!

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This is a darker, blue-based red. Less pin-up red, more of a vampy red. I think I will be reaching for this in the fall. This is very opaque and has less bleeding than the first red, but I would still wear it over something.

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Cool-toned purple-fuchsia with fine blue shimmer. I’m pretty sure this is supposed to be African Queen, which is a colour very unique to NYX.  You could probably wear this one on its own, but the full sized version wears much better.

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Mid-tone, cool bubblegum pink. This one looks like Dolly Pink, but is a bit lighter. You can see a slight blue shimmer in the tube, but it’s undetectable on the lips. Very opaque, but slightly bleed-y and settles into lines.

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Super shimmery opaque copper. I think the massive amount of shimmer in this stops it from bleeding as much, but I wouldn’t wear this on it’s own. The shimmer in this shows up range so I can see it being really nice over reds for the fall.

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Tan-nude peach with fine gold shimmer. I’m picking up a bit of a yellow undertone, but maybe that’s just against my skin. On it’s own this is semi-opaque but I could quickly see it settling into lines after I applied it.  This could be worn on its own, or over nudes and peaches.

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The last four look very similar. This is a semi-opaque peachy-pink with obvious silver sparkles (bigger than shimmer). It’s more of a subdued peachy pink, as opposed to the usual bright, summery peachy-pink. It didn’t seem to settle into lines quite as much as the other light colours.

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Light, almost pastel pink. It’s cool-toned, with the same silver sparkles as the previous gloss. It’s fairly opaque, but settles into lines very quickly.

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Translucent light pink base with gold and pink flecks. This is the lightest colour, but  the sparkles almost give it a two-toned effect. It would be really nice over an everyday neutral lipstick for an extra kick.

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The last is a mid-tone pink with fairly large silver shimmer. It’s opaque and doesn’t seem to bleed or settle into lines. It’s nice, but pretty standard as far as pink glosses go.

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Overall: Nice set, but glosses just don’t feel as good on the lips as the regular Mega Shine Lip Glosses. It’s great if you’d like to try out some new colours, but the full-size glosses aren’t very expensive (you can usually get them from cherry culture for about $4.00 each) and you get a lot more product.

What are your favourite NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss colours?

– Julia

Review: Essence Silky Touch Blushes

21 Jul

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Essence is a German cosmetics brand that has recently (in the past year or so) come to Canada. You can buy essence at Shopper’s Drug Mart locations and their products are very inexpensive. Like, everything is under $5.00 type of inexpensive.

I’ve bought a number of things from essence since discovering the brand and I have been extremely impressed by the quality of everything. My absolute favourite are the Silky Touch Blushes. They’re beautifully pigmented, blend well and come in great colours (a good, natural brown-hued blush is a rare find in a drugstore). The formula is simply amazing.

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The Shopper’s Drug Mart website does not list the prices, but the essence Silky Touch Blushes could not have been any more than $3.00 and they come in four difference colours. Let me just say, these little babies are amazing. Here are my thoughts:

Pigmentation: These are very pigmented, going from pan to face is a no-no. Swirl your brush on the back of your hand before applying, repeat until you have your desired opacity.

Wear: Perfect, absolutely no problems. It’s been extremely hot and humid lately and these last all day with no fading.

Blend-ability: No issues with blending into powder or liquid foundation. I tend to give my cheeks a once-over with my powder brush after applying the blush, just so there are no harsh edges.

Packaging: No problems so far, the plastic is study and the hinge feels solid. I’ve even dropped them while open, and they still survived. Traveling with these might be a bit tricky, but the price is reasonable so replacing it wouldn’t be too tough.

Ok here are the shades:

NATURAL BEAUTY 40

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This is a peachy-brown colour with warm undertones. A slight shimmer shows up in the swatch, but it’s not obvious on the cheek. This one is my favourite! I love this on it own, or with bronzer. It pairs nicely with colourful and dramatic eye looks because it is so neutral. It gives me a very naturally flushed look.

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SECRET IT-GIRL 30

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This is a warm, bright orange-coral with obvious gold sparkles. It looks quite pink in the swatch but it doesn’t look like this in person. It’s a fun blush; perfect for a pop of summery colour. It comes off a bit chalky in the swatch, but it blends fine on the cheek.

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BABYDOLL 20

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This is a mid-tone pink with a hint of berry. It’s the most pigmented of all the blushes, so be careful! It also has a fine shimmer in the swatch, but it doesn’t really show up on the cheek. I haven’t used this one much yet, but I can see myself reaching for it more in the fall.

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ADORABLE 10

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This is a light, yellow-hued pink with a matte finish. It’s kind of like a bubblegum pink, but not as bright.  This one also swatches a little chalky, but doesn’t appear that way on the cheek.

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OVERALL:

These blushes are fabulous, whether you’re on a budget or not.  Anyone looking to expand their blush collection could easily pick up all of the colours. What do you guys think of these?

– Julia

Review: Color Club All About Color Collection

4 Jul

I bought this set of polishes from Winners on the weekend. I literally cannot stop myself from buying Color Club collections whenever I see them, $14.99 for six polishes is just too good to pass up.  This is the All About Color collection; it comes with six polishes and one topcoat.

The names of the polishes aren’t printed on the bottles so it’s hard to know what is what. I searched the Color Club website and I cannot find this particular All About Color collection on the website.

All polishes have a creme finish. Most were fairly thin, needing at least three coats for full coverage. The only downside to Color Club polishes is the drying time; three coats dry in about 30 minutes, but are still tacky. I would give them a full hour before showering or anything. If you use a fast-drying topcoat like Seche Vite, I would give it about 15 minutes longer than other polishes. This is just my opinion, and I tend to apply very thick coats.

With a base and topcoat, these last about 4 or 5 days. This is ok for me because I change my nails about three times a week. I don’t think these would last very well without top and basecoat because if you get an air bubble it will start to chip/peel.

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Thanks to a great nail blog called ChitChatNails, I finally found the colour names:

– Coral Cascade

– Factory Girl

– I Believe in Amour

– Who Are You Wearing?

– He Loves Me

– Edie

Coral Cascade looks subdued and pastel-like in the bottle, but dries to a true coral on the nails. Isn’t bright or neon like some summer corals, very office-appropriate.

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Factory Girl is a very light, pastel sky-blue. It kind of feels like you’re painting your nails with whiteout. Be careful with this one, it’s VERY drying on the cuticles, but I still like it.

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I Believe in Amour looks like a cool-toned bubble-gum pink in the bottle, but shows up a bright lavender-pink on the nails. Very pretty and girly, surprisingly opaque for a light colour. I don’t have any colours like this.

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Who Are You Wearing? Is an extremely light greyed lilac. It looks almost white on the nails, but is not drying like Factory Girl. On the nails, more of a taupe colour comes out, but it’s still tinged with purple. I applied 3 coats, but it could use a fourth.

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He Loves Me is a barely-there neutral pink, reminds me of something you might wear at your wedding. It’s a lovely spring colour, perfect for everyday. This was 3 coats but it could also use a fourth.

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Edie is a bright (almost neon) tropical sea-green colour. Like Coral Cascade, it looks pastel in the bottle, but is brighter once applied. I don’t own any greens like this; the bordering-on-neon makes it unique in my collection.

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Overall, it’s a cute little collection. Not the most special Color Club collection but I’m glad I picked it up. My favourites are Coral Cascade, I Believe in Amour, He Loves Me and Edie. Which do you like?

– Julia

Review: EcoTools Bronzer Brush

3 Jul

A few months ago I bought a few brushes by a brand called EcoTools, which I really like. They’re great; very sturdy and have retained their shape after many washes. Interesting fact: EcoTools is owned by Illinois-based company Paris Presents Incorporated who also make the Samantha Chapman Real Techniques brushes (which I have been longing to try).

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This is their Bronzing brush and it retails for about $10 at Wal-Mart here in Canada. While this is a bit pricey for Wal-Mart, it’s worth every penny. The handle is made of bamboo and the bristles are cruelty-free taklon. If feels GORGEOUS on your face; soft but very dense and firm. It blends nicely and gives a naturally bronzed look.

It has no smell and I haven’t noticed and shedding, which is the true test of any good brush. The handle is 4 inches, a little shorter than average, making it easy to travel with. The denseness of the bristles makes drying take a longer, but if you wash it at night this shouldn’t be a problem.

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I would definitely recommend this brush to anyone looking for a good, inexpensive bronzing/powder brush.

Do you own this brush? Let me know what you think!

– Julia