Monthly Archives: January 2014

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint Review

CliniqueAdHow excited was I when I saw that Clinique was coming out with a Chubby Stick for eyes?! I am a huge fan of the Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balms (I’ve had Whole Lotta Honey, Graped-up, Richer Raisin, and Fuller Fig) and the Chubby Stick Intense (I have Broadest Berry). And just look at this ad for the Chubby Stick Shadow Tint. Yummy. I picked one up in Fuller Fudge – a medium bronzey brown shade – to try out.

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Fuller Fudge

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Fuller Fudge

I was so dissapointed. The texture on these is not great. I found it almost gritty or chunky, possibly due to the slight shimmer. It did not apply nicely, was patchy and uneven, and flaked off throughout the day, even with primer. You can get an idea of what I mean in this swatch:

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint Swatch: Fuller Fudge

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint Swatch: Fuller Fudge

Not feeling the love for the Chubby Sticks for Eyes 😦

In Canada, Clinique is available in-store at Sephora, Sears, The Bay, Murale, Holt Renfrew, some Shoppers Drug Marts, and online at SephoraThe BaySears. The Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes retails for $19.00 CND plus tax.

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What’s in My MAC Blush Palette?

Let me start by saying that I really love MAC blushes. I like that they are not as super crazy pigmented as some other blushes because when you have very fair skin, that can actually be a good thing. I find them easy to apply and build up so you don’t have that “whoa! that’s too much blush” moment. The range of colours and finishes is also pretty much unbeatable. There are sooo many great shades of MAC blushes for fair skin, but here are the six I have in my MAC blush palette:

Top row, L-R: Buff, Dollymix, Peachykeen. Bottom row, L-R: Cubic, Well Dressed, Melba

Top row, L-R: Buff, Dollymix, Peachykeen. Bottom row, L-R: Cubic, Well Dressed, Melba

Top row, L-R: Buff, Dollymix, Peachykeen. Bottom row, L-R: Cubic, Well Dressed, Melba

Top row, L-R: Buff, Dollymix, Peachykeen. Bottom row, L-R: Cubic, Well Dressed, Melba

  • Buff (matte): MAC describes this as “soft muted pinkish-peach”. I think “muted” may be code for brown. I actually use this one for contour, not blush. I was considering MAC Harmony, but it just looked too dark for me. Buff is very, very light, and not orangey-brown, so it works well as contour/bronzer on fair skin. I also sometimes use Benefit Hoola.
  • Dollymix (sheertone shimmer): MAC describes Dollymix as “pure candy pink”. It looks a little scary, but because it is a sheertone finish, it is literally sheer and natural looking. It has more sheen than shimmer. Very pretty.
  • Peachykeen (sheertone shimmer): MAC calls this one “very baby peach”. I find it similar (not an exact dupe) to NARS Orgasm. It is more shimmery than Dollymix and the most shimmery of the six.
  • Cubic (satin): MAC’s description is “soft muted pink”. This was my first ever MAC blush and was picked out by the SA. It may not wow you in the pan, but is a very natural looking, neutral blush for fair skin.
  • Well Dressed (satin): I got this one because youtuber Tanya Burr (pixi2woo) used it in so many of her tutorials. It’s a fairly popular shade and is basically a perfect, pretty pink.
  • Melba (matte): Melba is a “soft coral-peach”. I wanted to round out my MAC palette with a coral blush.

And now for the swatches…

L-R: Buff, Dollymix, Peachykeen, Cubic, Well Dressed, Melba

L-R: Buff, Dollymix, Peachykeen, Cubic, Well Dressed, Melba

L-R: Buff, Dollymix, Peachykeen, Cubic, Well Dressed, Melba

L-R: Buff, Dollymix, Peachykeen, Cubic, Well Dressed, Melba

I also added a cute little sticker to my MAC blush palette so I can easily tell it apart from my eyeshadow palettes:

MAC blush palette decorated

The classic black palettes like this are no longer available and have been replaced with new palettes with a see-through lid (which are pretty nice too!). An empty pro palette is $10.00 CND, and the blush x6  insert is $2.00 CND.  Then you can have fun collecting your pro palette pan blushes which, at $21.oo CND each, are slightly less expensive than the individually packaged blushes. If you want to go all out, you can customize your own palette all at once for $138.00 CND, or just have fun playing with MAC’s drag-and-drop virtual create your palette webpage!

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NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils

I’m going to start doing posts of my “unfavourites”, basically short reviews about a product I’ve tried that I’m just not that impressed with. Something that I’m not loving, that I feel just “meh” about. I apologize if it’s something you totally love. This is just my opinion.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils in 617 Iced Mocha and 615 Slate.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils in 617 Iced Mocha and 615 Slate.

I am a big fan of NYX eyeshadows and blushes (Angel blush is one of my all time favs) and I like their lip pencils and eyeliners too. The Jumbo Eye Pencils get rave reviews, but I was just underwhelmed by them. I don’t like the texture at all. I found them uneven, difficult to apply and blend, and not long wearing, even when I tried them with an eye primer.

Please like or comment if you want more unfavourites 🙂

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Ipsy January Glam Bag Review

January Ipsy Glam Bag: Healthy Sexy Hair Tri-wheat Leave-in Conditioner; Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow Creamy Eye Pencil; (MALIN+GOETZ) Mojito Lip Balm; Apothederm Bright Skin Serum.

January Ipsy Bag: Healthy Sexy Hair Tri-wheat Leave-in Conditioner; Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow Creamy Eye Pencil; (MALIN+GOETZ) Mojito Lip Balm; Apothederm Bright Skin Serum.

This is my fifth Glam Bag. This month’s bag contained:

  • Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-wheat Leave-in Conditioner (50ml sample size): $14.95 for the 250 ml size
  • Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow Creamy Eye Pencil in “Pearl” (0.7g sample size): $16.43 for regular size
  • A full sized (MALIN+GOETZ) Mojito Lip Balm: $13.15
  • Apothederm Skin Bright Serum (4ml sample size): $73.99 for regular 30ml size
  • Willa Naturals On the Go Lavender Face Towelettes travel size 10 count [not pictured]: $11.00 for

Retail prices are in CND and don’t include taxes or applicable shipping.

This month’s bag had more hair/skincare products than makeup, with only one actual makeup product. I’ve never tried Healthy Sexy Hair although its easy to find in Canada in most drugstores. Love leave-in conditioners and use them daily, so I am excited to test this one out. It’s a great size for traveling. I’m going on two trips in the next two weeks, and this will be in my bag.

I received an Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara in the September Glam Bag and really didn’t like it, so I didn’t have high hopes for the eye pencil. The mascara just didn’t do anything at all for my lashes and the weird, hour-glass shaped brush made it tricky to apply. I’m likewise not a big fan of the Smooth Shadow Creamy Eye Pencil. Described as the “ultimate gel pencil” that contains “just enough shimmer”, I found the Pearl shade too sheer and sparkly. Not sure what I would use it for. Maybe a base under eyeshadow? Elizabeth Mott doesn’t seem to be available in Canada. Their website ships to Canada, but uses UPS and extra customs duties and taxes apply – see my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians for why this is not a good thing.

Love, love, love the (MALIN+GOETZ) Mojito Lip Balm! I am super picky about lip balm and was nervous that it might be overly scented or flavoured, but it’s not. I love the thick, rich texture – it’s like a clear gel – and it’s very hydrating. (MALIN+GOETZ) was founded by two dudes, and one founder suffers from fragrance allergies, so the entire line is geared toward sensitive skin – hooray! (MALIN+GOETZ) doesn’t seem to be sold in Canada, which is one of the reasons I love getting Glam bags: getting to try things I would never normally have a chance to. (MALIN+GOETZ) does ship to Canada. Shipping is $25 but the company they use for international shipping, International Checkout, states extra duties and taxes apply. I’d be afraid of the kind of extra charges I faced when I ordered my Besame 😦

The Apothederm Skin Bright Serum is a high-end item that “refines, brightens and hydrates for a more even complexion” with some pretty fancy ingredients. It’s paraben and phthalate free and doesn’t contain pore-clogging or formaldehyde releasing ingredients, and the serum is fragrance free. Really excited about this one!

Not pictured is the Willa Naturals On the Go Lavender Face Towelettes. I gave these to a friend because there’s no way I could use scented towelettes on my sensitive skin.

The total retail value of the January bag if I were to purchase these products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) was: $129.52 CND. This bag had the best value of any so far, mostly due to the Apothederm Skin Bright Serum.

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New Foundation Routine

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, Beautyblender, MAKE UP  FOREVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation, Urban Decay All Nighter Make-up Setting Spray

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, Beautyblender, MAKE UP FOREVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation, Urban Decay All Nighter Make-up Setting Spray

Still on a quest to find a new wintertime foundation routine, I am currently trying out these four products: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (I bought the “travel size”), the Beautyblender sponge, MAKE UP FOREVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 110 “Pink Porcelain”, and Urban Decay All Nighter Make-up Setting Spray.

I received a Sephora sample of the Hourglass primer and absolutely loved it, and I’m not usually a big fan of primers. I generally find them too drying for my skin or they don’t seem to really do anything. Of course, the thing you like is inevitably one of the most expensive :P. I held out until I noticed that it does come in a smaller, more affordable size. The 0.33 ounce “travel size” is $21.00 CND. It really makes my skin feel super soft and smooth and works great with my Bareminerals powder foundation probably because they are both mineral-based.

The Hourglass primer doesn’t seem to get on as well with the MUF HD Invisible Cover foundation. I checked the Sephora site and sure enough the Hourglass primer is “water-resistant” and the MUF foundation is water-based. I love them both individually but they don’t seem to work well together.

I was impressed with the shade range of the MUF HD foundation (24 shades). The lightest, 110 “Pink Porcelain” is a really good match and does not seem to oxidize and darken or shift throughout the day. It seems sheer and natural but also manages to provide medium coverage. So far it’s getting along with my skin. I think it’s the best liquid foundation I have used. I should do a post on my liquid foundation “graveyard”. So many fails.

I finally am trying out the Beautyblender. I may be the last person to have bought one. I never use sponges normally because I am allergic to latex (Beautyblender is happily latex-free). Although I find washing it and squeezing the water out a bit more of a pain than washing brushes, I am liking the way it applies foundation. The Sephora site says they “can last up to three to four months if cared for properly”, and you can even mail it to Pennsylvania if you are a dedicated recycler.

My absolute favourite thing I am using right now is the UD All Nighter Make-up Setting Spray. I also discovered this by receiving a Sephora sample (I think it may have been a “deluxe” sample). This setting spray really works! I have previously used the MAC Fix+ and while I like it for other qualities and purposes, I don’t think it extends the wear of your make-up like the UD All Nighter spray. I feel like my make-up would literally stay on looking the same forever.

Thanks for stopping by & visiting my little blog ❤

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Loreal Magic B.B. Cream & Foundation Review

Normally, I swear by my BareMinerals powder foundation, but the Canadian winters are long, dry, cold and hard on a girl’s skin. When my skin gets super dry, adding mineral powder can just make it look worse. For several winters in a row now, I’ve  delved in to the world of liquid foundations, BB creams, and tinted moisturizers in search of something that will a) actually match my extremely fair skin, and b) not irritate my skin and make me breakout. My sensitive skin has a difficult time with liquid products.

I found myself in the drugstore purchasing two of the new Loreal “Magic” line products in the hopes of finding something that might work on my dehydrated skin. I love the Loreal MagicLumi Concealer/Corrector (I’m literally on my third one) so I had high hopes.

Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream and Magic Nude Liquid Powder

Let’s start with the Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream. I purchased the lightest shade, “Fair”. I did NOT realize that this is one of those adjusts-to-match-your-skintone products. Gotta read the fine print next time. These NEVER work for me, but instead alway morph into some kind of dark orange mess. Here is a swatch of what it looks like straight out of the tube next to what it looks like rubbed in:

Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream in Fair: "Before and after" swatches

Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream in Fair: “Before and after” swatches

I know what you’re thinking: Well, that looks like a pretty good match. Yeah but only for about 5 seconds, and then it continues to oxidize and gets darker and more orange as the day goes on. It also had a “gritty” texture that felt very strange and unpleasant to rub in.

On to the Loreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder foundation. Of course also bought the lightest shade, 310 “Light Ivory”. The colour match for this was much better and I quite liked the coverage (sheer to medium). But, unfortunately, a liquid to powder product was, in retrospect, perhaps not the best solution. I did find this rather drying and powdery. It clung to any dry patches I had on my skin and accentuated them.

While using these two, I also got a huge blemish on my cheek where I normally don’t even break out. I’m not sure which product was responsible. So, overall, the Loreal Magic was not at all magical 😦

The Loreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder and the Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream both retail for $17.99 CND and are available in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart, Lawtons Drugs (Atlantic Canada), Wal Mart, Target, London Drugs, Rexall, Pharma Plus and online at: Well.ca.

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Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

I was in Toronto over the holidays, and of course, could not resist popping in to a Sephora. Not having a Sephora near where I live means I don’t actually get to shop there live, in person and usually rely on online shopping. Being in a Sephora in December of 2013 naturally meant having to buy a new UD Naked palette. I mean, what choice did I have? 🙂
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

I, like most makeup enthusiasts, already have the original Naked and the Naked 2 palette. Although I liked the original Naked palette, it did contain mostly bronze-toned neutrals, and not all of the shades worked well with my cool-toned fair skin. I actually much preferred the Naked 2, with its cooler-toned neutrals (taupes and greys).

Here are the Nakeds, side by side:
The Naked Palettes

The Nakeds. Top-bottom: Naked 1, 2, and 3.

The Nakeds. Top-bottom: Naked 1, 2, and 3.

The Naked 3 is very pinkey-rosey toned which I am loving! I think it might be my favourite. I am finding all of the shades very wearable, likely because they work well with my pink undertones. I would caution though, if you are not a pink eyeshadow lover, and you find pink-toned shadows don’t flatter you or work with your skin tone, then this palette might not be for you.

I didn’t want to swatch all 12 shades (there are tons of swatches all over the internet, so it seemed unnecessary) but I thought I would swatch my favourite shades out of the Naked 3:

Naked 3 palette swatches. L-R: Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Strange.

Naked 3 palette swatches. L-R: Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Strange.

  • Nooner: A matte mauve that is beautiful in the crease
  • Liar: Chocolatey brown with a rose-gold sheen
  • Factory: Rosey-brown with a subtle shimmer
  • Mugshot: Cooler-toned taupey-brown with a really pretty rosey sheen. Similar to MAC’s “Patina”.
  • Strange: Finally a great, matte blending/highlight shade in a Naked palette! This one is similar to MAC’s “Brule” (one of my long-time favs), but more pinkey-peach toned.

A lot of the reviews I have read have commented on the packaging. People don’t seem to be a fan of the hard metallic cases and favour the original fuzzy, velvety one. I really like the Naked 2 and 3 cases though. I think the pink Naked 3 case with its faux, crinkely metal finish is super pretty.

Whats your favourite palette – Naked 1, 2 or 3?

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