Monthly Archives: March 2014

Top Five Blushes for Fair Skin (High-End)

My top five blushes for fair skin (high-end)

My top five blushes for fair skin (high-end)

Sorry I haven’t posted much this week. Its the end of semester so work has been very busy. I thought I would share my blush recommendations for fair skin. This post is my top five high-end blushes. I will do my drugstore blush picks soon though!

These are in no particular order:

NARS Deep Throat

NARS “Deep Throat”

I have several NARS blushes and they have such an enormous shade range its easy to find one that works for you. My favourite NARS blush is Deep Throat, a peachy-pink that is similar to NARS Orgasm, but a lot less shimmery. ($33.00 CAD)

Chanel Joues Contraste 55 In Love

Chanel Joues Contraste 55 “In Love”

I mentioned this in a recent post, and I am totally in love with Chanel In Love. I think anyone with fair skin will like this natural, peachy-coral blush with a subtle shimmer that gives you the perfect glow. ($48.00 CAD)

theBalm FratBoy

theBalm “FratBoy”

The deepest of the five shades, theBalm’s FratBoy is a completely matte, corally-pink. I consider theBalm a “high-end” line because its difficult to find in Canada (most drug stores don’t carry it) and the price point is higher than what I consider “drugstore” ($24.00 CAD).

LORAC Exposed

LORAC Baked Matte Satin blush in “Exposed”

Lorac Baked Matte Satin blush in Exposed is a favourite of LisaLisaD1‘s and bought this one from her online shop actually. Despite its name, this blush is NOT matte; it has a beautiful (not too shimmery) sheen. I often use it as a highlight for the tops of my cheeks over another blush. Its fabulous on its own too. This peachy-pink blush is one of my all time favourites. If you’re searching for LORAC in Canada, try the Nordstrom’s site which has reasonable shipping and no additional customs charges. ($27.70 CAD)

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in "Dollface"

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in “Dollface”

I have three of the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes. My Dollface is the “baby” sized version, but its available in the full-size. Dollface is a light, cool-toned, matte pink. It gives a very natural flush to the cheeks and is super long-wearing. ($31.00)

Here they are swatched in natural daylight:

Top 5 blushes for fair skin -  swatches L-R: NARS Deep Throat, Chanel In Love, theBalm FratBoy, LORAC Exposed, Tarte Dollface.

Top 5 blushes for fair skin – swatches L-R: NARS Deep Throat, Chanel In Love, theBalm FratBoy, LORAC Exposed, Tarte Dollface.

For information on where to purchase these brands in Canada, checkout my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians. I’ll be back soon with my top five drugstore blushes!

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I’d love to hear what your favourite blushes are for fair skin!

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Drugstore Find: Milani Color Statement Lipliners

Milani Color Statement Lipliners: 02 - True Red, 03 - Nude, 04 - All Natural, 07 - Brandy, and 09 - Spice.

Milani Color Statement Lipliners: 02 – True Red, 03 – Nude, 04 – All Natural, 07 – Brandy, and 09 – Spice.

Milani Color Statement Lipliners: 02 - True Red, 03 - Nude, 04 - All Natural, 07 - Brandy, and 09 - Spice.

Milani Color Statement Lipliners: 02 – True Red, 03 – Nude, 04 – All Natural, 07 – Brandy, and 09 – Spice.

After my post on Annabelle lipliners I felt like I needed to give a shout out to my other favourite drugstore lipliners, the Milani Color Statement Lipliners. I first heard about these from LisaLisaD1. These are very similar to MAC lipliners (which I also really love) and are just as good quality in my opinion, but for a lower price. The differences would be you get more product with the MAC liners (1.45g vs the 1.14g Milani) and I find the Milani liners softer and require more frequent sharpening, so the MAC would certainly last longer. Also, MAC has a much wider colour selection. I think the Milani are the best drugstore lip liners.

If you love neutral lip liners though, you will love some of the shades from Milani. I have:

  • 02 – True Red: This is the only non-neutral one I have, that I got for using with red lipsticks. Its a blue-toned red, which is harder to find in a liner, and is also nice to wear on its own.
  • 03 – Nude: My favourite and the one I have worn the most (I’m getting down to the end and will definitely repurchase). It’s a light, pinkey-brown nude. It’s a my-lips-but-better shade worn on its own and also works with almost any lipstick shade.
  • 04 – All Natural: My second favourite. It leaves the land of “pinkey” brown and arrives more in nude brown land. This is a great one for a 1990s lip! It’s a light, neutral brown so it also works well with lots of lipstick shades.
  • 07 – Brandy: A pretty, dark, mauvey-brown. It’s the darkest out of the five I have.
  • 09 – Spice: A medium, warm brown.
Milani Color Statement Lipliner Swatches: 02 - True Red, 03 - Nude, 04 - All Natural, 07 - Brandy, and 09 - Spice.

Milani Color Statement Lipliner Swatches: 02 – True Red, 03 – Nude, 04 – All Natural, 07 – Brandy, and 09 – Spice.

I find these liners creamy, non-drying, easy to apply. They make a great base under lipsticks or on their own for a matte lip. They retail for about $3.99 CAD which is amazing. I ordered mine (with the exception of True Red) directly from the Milani website which ships to Canada. Shipping was $16.45 USD, but there were no additional customs fees.

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Ipsy March Glam Bag Review

March Ipsy Glam Bag: NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette, bareMinerals Marvelous Moxy Lipstick sample, Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer, Chella Eyeliner Pen

March Ipsy Glam Bag: NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette, bareMinerals Marvelous Moxy Lipstick sample, Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer, Chella Eyeliner Pen

I’m a bit late reviewing my Ipsy Glam bag this month. The March cosmetic bag was my favourite  so far – a super cute, original design by artist Klari Reis. The bag contained:

  • NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette in “Segredos De Giselle”: $6.75 CAD
  • bareMinerals Marvelous Moxy Lipstick in “Get Ready” (1.5g sample size): $23.00 CAD for full 3.4g size
  • Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer (12ml sample size): $25.00 CAD for full size
  • Chella Indigo Blue Eyeliner Pen: $26.90 CAD

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

There were only four products in this month’s bag, which is slightly fewer than normal, but three of them were higher end brands that would be over $20 each to purchase on their own.

I love NYX eyeshadows, and I’m happy with the trio I received in “Segredos De Giselle” – a peachy pink, a beige, and a bronzey-brown, all shades that I would wear. The same with the bareMinerals lipstick shade; it’s a super wearable pinky-rose. The shade “Get Ready” seems to be exclusive to Ipsy, as it isn’t available on the Canadian Sephora site. I am also loving the Pixi primer, a water-based, fragrance-free primer that works well with my MUFE HD Invisible Cover Foundation.

I haven’t used the Chella Indigo Blue Eyeliner Pen yet, which is a water-resistant liquid liner. I’m not really a blue eyeliner person.

The total retail value of the March bag if I were to purchase these products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) was: $81.65 CND.

The Chella website ships to Canada, but states “Canadian customers are responsible for all duties and GST”, and doesn’t say what shipping method they use. The Hudsons Bay Company logo is on their site under “About Us” so they may carry Chella products? For where to buy NYX, bareMinerals, and Pixi in Canada, checkout my Canadian Makeup Shopping Guide.

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Tarte Cheek Stain

Tarte Cheek Stain in "Flush"

Tarte Cheek Stain in “Flush”

Tarte Cheek Stain in "Flush"

Tarte Cheek Stain in “Flush”

I’ve had this for a while now and have tried really hard to like it. The Tarte Cheek Stains are a “cult favourite” best-seller and being obsessed with blush I thought for sure I’d love this product. There are a few reasons I feel “meh” about it and haven’t reached for it more.

I like to use a cheek stain in two ways. Mainly I use it UNDER foundation. The Tarte Cheek Stain is too tacky for that though. Compared to something like Benetint, it just doesn’t seem to “set” on me, so trying to apply a mineral powder foundation over it is impossible, and it doesn’t work that well under liquid foundation either. In each case it tends to grab the foundation.

I also use it on its own on days when I’m not wearing much makeup. I find the Tarte Cheek Stain too sheer (and Flush is one of the darkest shades!) and not particularly long-lasting. After an hour or so its completely disappeared. I also don’t like the smell. Why you would add fragrance to a blush product I don’t know. These smell fruity and the scent sticks around on your cheeks long after you’ve applied it.

I am just not a fan. If you have any suggestions for how you’ve used the Tarte Cheek Stains differently in a way that works for you, leave me a comment below.

Tarte is available in Canada at Sephora. The Cheek Stains, which have recently been re-released with redesigned packaging, retail for $36.00 CAD.

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Why I am Drinking More Water: Soda Stream Review

Soda Stream carbonated water maker (“Source” model)

Although Health Canada doesn’t have a recommendation for a specific amount of water consumption and “eight glasses per day” is actually an urban legend, it’s obviously still important to keep hydrated. My skin has been really dehydrated this winter so I thought trying to drink more water couldn’t hurt. The problem is I really love carbonated water or “fizzy water” as I like to call it. What’s wrong with that you ask? The problem is fizzy water can have a lot of sodium in it. Water might be good for you but too much salt definitely isn’t.

Health Canada’s recommended intake for sodium for adults is between 1500-2300 mg per day.  Here’s the low-down on how much sodium might be lurking in your fizzy water:

  • a 355 ml can of club soda: 105-250 mg of sodium (depending on the brand)
  • 750 ml bottle of Perrier: 9 mg of sodium
  • 750 ml bottle of San Pellegrino: 27 mg of sodium

Another thing I was really starting to feel bad about was buying all those bottles and cans of water which is really not good for the environment. Even if you recycle them there is the carbon footprint from transporting them. So, I decided to get a Soda Stream and make my own carbonated, sodium free water at home using tap water!

I have been drinking so much water. Its so quick and easy to use. It doesn’t even require electricity or batteries. You just fill the 1 litre bottle that comes with the machine (pictured above) with totally free tap water, stick it in the machine, press down, and in seconds you have fizzy water. The plastic bottle lasts 2 years, is recycle-able, and you can buy extra bottles separately.

Here are some more details if you are considering getting a Soda Stream:

  • I got mine at Canadian Tire. You can find a retailer near you on the Soda Stream site.
  • The machines ranged in price from $79.99 to $129.99 CAD depending on the model, and all came with a CO2 cartridge and sample pack of flavours you can add. FYI – all of the flavours we tried were disgusting.
  • The CO2 cartridges are $34.99 CAD and make 60 litres of carbonated water. That’s roughly 60 cents a litre! WAY cheaper than buying club soda or other brands of fizzy water.
  • You can return your CO2 cartridge to the store and exchange it for a full one for a discount. I haven’t done this yet, so I’m not sure how much you save.

I am loving my Soda Stream. If you were thinking about getting one, hope this review helps you out! I am off to pour myself another delicious glass of fizzy water…

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Loving Kate’s St. Patrick’s Day Hat!

Daily Mail photo by Tim Rooke/REX

Daily Mail photo by Tim Rooke/REX

Check out the fabulous dark green, beret style hat donned by Kate Middleton today while visiting the 1st Battalion Irish Guards for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Mons Barracks, Aldershot. She also wore dark green eyeshadow. View more pics.

The bespoke hat is by Gina Foster who Kate often wears.

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I heart L’Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer

L'Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer

L’Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer

I tried this out after reading reviews that it was similar to the YSL Touche Eclat. I haven’t been able to bring myself to pay $50 CAD for the YSL, but wanted a highlighter pen to brighten my under-eye area after concealing. Since I haven’t personally tried it, I can’t tell you if the L’oreal Magic Lumi is a dupe for the YSL Touche Eclat, but I do know that I really love the Magic Lumi.

Although called a “concealer”, L’Oreal’s description clearly puts it firmly in the land of highlighter: “Awaken your skin with targeted illumination…highlights your complexion and boosts radiance for a subtle glow. Dab it on dark areas or shadows for instant enlightenment.” This is not meant to cover blemishes or dark circles. If you buy it for that purpose I think you would be disappointed. I got it in the shade “860 Fair” and was super impressed with how light it is – actually lighter than my very fair skin. Finally, something light enough to actually work as a highlighter!

L'Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer in 860 Fair

L’Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer in 860 Fair

After I apply my under-eye concealer, I dab this underneath the area I have concealed, just in that slightly more shadowy area that needs a little extra brightening (you know what I mean, and if not, check out gossmakeupartist’s video on this technique). The Magic Lumi has a light, sheer consistency, so it brightens without adding extra cakeyness. It also doesn’t crease or settle into lines. I do set it and my under-eye concealer with MUF HD Microfinish Powder.

If you have tried the YSL Touche Eclat, let me know if you think it’s worth the splurge. Would you recommend it? Leave me a comment.

The L’Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer retails for about $12.99 CAD.

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Drugstore Find: Annabelle Lipliners

Annabelle Lipliners L-R: 305 Nude Lustre (Metallic), 420 Blush, 405 Demure, Nude (Waterproof), and  Rose (Waterproof)

Annabelle Lipliners L-R: 305 Nude Lustre (Metallic), 420 Blush, 405 Demure, Nude (Waterproof), and Rose (Waterproof)

Annabelle Lipliners L-R: 305 Nude Lustre (Metallic), 405 Demure, 420 Blush, Nude (Waterproof), and Rose (Waterproof)

Annabelle Lipliners L-R: 305 Nude Lustre (Metallic), 405 Demure, 420 Blush, Nude (Waterproof), and Rose (Waterproof)

Annabelle is a Canadian brand that originated in Montreal. It can be found in most drugstores and major chains. I think their lipliners are totally overlooked and underrated. Personally, I think they are the same quality as MAC’s lipliners – smooth, creamy, easy to wear, and last forever – and they have a fabulous selection of nude and neutral shades. And the best part? They are only $5.95 – $6.95 CND.

I have the shades:

  • 305 Nude Lustre: This is one of their Metallic lipliners, but I honestly don’t notice much difference in the formula or finish of this range vs the regular lipliners except that maybe they are slightly more shimmery. Nude Lustre is a medium warm-toned brown.
  • 405 Demure: My favourite! A soft, cooler-toned, pinky-brown. It’s a perfect my-lips-but-better shade.
  • 420 Blush: A very pretty rosey-nude liner. A “Rosie Huntingon Whiteley” type of shade.
  • Nude (Waterproof): The only difference between the regular lipliners and the waterproof liners is that the regular liners are the traditional wooden pencils, and the waterproof liners are the sharpenable plastic and they cost $1 more. Otherwise, the formula seems the same to me; I think most lipliners are likely waterproof. The actual “waterproof” line has some great shades though, like “Nude” a deep, cool brown.
  • Rose (Waterproof): A deep, rosey-pink.
Annabelle Lipliner Swatches L-R: 305 Nude Lustre (Metallic), 405 Demure, 420 Blush, Nude (Waterproof), and Rose (Waterproof)

Annabelle Lipliner Swatches L-R: 305 Nude Lustre (Metallic), 405 Demure, 420 Blush, Nude (Waterproof), and Rose (Waterproof)

I love wearing a liner to fill in my entire lip and top with some lip balm for a 1990’s matte brown lip that stays put for hours. Demure and Nude are perfect shades for that.

Check out my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians for where to buy Annabelle cosmetics in Canada.

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Em Michelle Phan Lash Gallery Lengthening Mascara

em Michelle Phan Lash Gallery Lengthening Mascara

em Michelle Phan Lash Gallery Lengthening Mascara

I REALLY wanted to like this mascara because I really like Michelle Phan. She is so cute! I was excited to receive this in my November Ipsy Glam Bag. Maybe it’s just me, but this mascara is just not doing it for me. I think partially because I struggle with a curved mascara brush.

em Michelle Phan Lash Gallery Lengthening Mascara Brush Close-up

em Michelle Phan Lash Gallery Lengthening Mascara Brush Close-up

I found this mascara difficult to apply. I also found the formula didn’t do much for my lashes, but that may be because I prefer more of a volumizing mascara. I have to give it a “meh”.

If you’ve tried some of the other em products and loved them, let me know. I wasn’t able to find any way to order em products in Canada. Currently, the em site doesn’t ship to Canada.

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LORAC Pro Palette & My Experience with Borderfree

Lorac Pro Palette Packaging
When I went to the Sephora website to order the LORAC Pro Palette, I was dismayed to discover that they had stopped carrying LORAC. After checking out the interwebs, it became obvious that getting your hands on LORAC in Canada was next to impossible. Until I discovered that Nordstrom now ships to Canada using Borderfree, so you don’t incur crazy high, surprise customs charges on top of your order and shipping charges.

Here was my experience ordering from Nordstrom with Borderfree:

  • Prices on the website were displayed in CAD, which was awesome! The Pro Palette was $48.25 CAD.
  • Shipping was $8.86 CAD which is reasonable. International orders aren’t eligible for free shipping. The “duties & taxes” were only $6.27 CAD (for a total of $63.38 CAD).
  • My order shipped on February 27, and I received it on March 7, which would be 5 business days. To get it to an island in Canada in winter is pretty darn impressive!
  • Most importantly, there were no additional, unexpected customs charges.

And here it is:

LORAC Pro Palette

LORAC Pro Palette

It also came with a little baby sized Behind the Scenes Eye Primer. There have been so many reviews of the Pro Palette. For some amazing swatches and photos check out Temptalia’s review. Does it live up to all the hype? I think so. I love that it’s half matte shades, and that the shimmery shades are actually not too shimmery. They are all very wearable. Unlike some palettes, I will actually wear all of the shades. They are as pigmented and as soft and blendable as the reviews said. I am super happy with it.

I would definitely order from Nordstrom again. They carry a lot of beauty brands that aren’t readily available here in Canada, so if you’re searching for that hard to find item, you might want to check them out. I know I have my eye on some of the LORAC blushes…

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Best Foundation for Fair Skin: Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 110 Porcelain Pink

Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in “110 Porcelain Pink”

My last post, Foundation Graveyard: Fair Skin Foundation Fails listed all of the liquid foundations I’ve tried that really haven’t worked for me. So I thought I would give us fair-skinned girls some hope and talk about a foundation I am currently loving: Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in “110 Porcelain Pink”.

I had mentioned this in a previous post along with some other things I’d been trying. I’ve been using it for over a month now and I can honestly say it’s working really well. The MUF foundation range has 26 shades! The lightest, 110 Porcelain Pink “for porcelain skin with pink undertones”, is the best colour match I have ever found. The best thing is it doesn’t oxidize or shift in colour throughout the day.

It’s also  super long wearing. I don’t even set it with a powder, although I do use the UD Setting Spray. It’s sheer and natural looking, letting your own skin come through, yet also provides good coverage. I apply it with the Beautyblender. The foundation is water-based and very light. So far, I haven’t had any issues with it aggravating my skin.

The only negative is the price: $49 CND. But I have such a difficult time finding a foundation I am happy with, I really feel it is worth it to have something that looks good, matches my skintone, and doesn’t bother my skin. It is a thin consistency and a little also goes a long way, so I feel like it will last me a long time before I have to repurchase (I can keep you updated on that). UPDATE: I am finding that one bottle lasts about 3-4 months.

If you have a recommendation for a good foundation for fair skin, leave me a comment! For where to buy Make Up Forever in Canada, check out my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians. Thanks for stopping by! ❤

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Foundation Graveyard: Fair Skin Foundation “Fails”

Foundation Fails L-R: Neutrogena Healthy Skin, Revlon Nealy Naked, Stila Tinted Moisturizer, Loreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder, Revlon Photo Ready, MAC Studio Sculpt, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Revlon Colorstay, Loreal Magic B.B. Cream

Foundation Fails L-R: Neutrogena Healthy Skin, Revlon Nealy Naked, Stila Tinted Moisturizer, Loreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder, Revlon Photo Ready, MAC Studio Sculpt, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Revlon Colorstay, Loreal Magic B.B. Cream

When I did my review of the Loreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder and Magic B.B. Cream, I mentioned doing a post on my “Foundation Graveyard” – about all of the other liquid foundations I’ve tried that have been fails – so here it is! As someone with very fair skin that’s also sensitive and prone to breakouts, I’ve always found it a struggle to find a foundation that is actually light enough to match my skin-tone (even the lightest shade is still not light enough) and that won’t irritate my skin. I have typically stuck with my BareMinerals Original mineral powder in “Fair C10”, but find that a powder foundation can be too dry for a Canadian winter.

Here is a quick run-down on why all of these liquid foundations were fails:

  • Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20 in “Natural Ivory 20” – WAY too dark. And orange. It looks soo much more orangey on the skin than in the bottle, almost as if some strange chemical reaction happened as soon as it made contact with the air. I was so disappointed because you can’t get Neutrogena makeup in Canada and I picked this up while I was in Florida visiting my Dad. It had gotten rave reviews,  but sadly the colour range was not meant to include us pale girls 😦
  • Revlon Nearly Naked in “110 Ivory” – Out of all of the liquid foundations I’ve tried, Revlon does tend to have the best colour range and is usually the closest match I can find. Although the Nearly Naked started off as a pretty good match, it seriously oxidized during the day to get increasingly darker and more warm-toned (I’m cool toned). I also wasn’t fussy over the finish of this one. It was too sheer, emphasized fine lines, and didn’t have much staying power.
  • Stila Sheer Colour Tinted Moisturizer Oil-free in “Bare” – The Stila Tinted Moisturizer is very popular. A Sephora SA colour matched me for this one. As you can see from the swatch below it was WAY too yellow and probably the worst of the bunch in terms of a colour match.
  • Revlon Photo Ready in “001 Ivory” – I actually really loved the way this one looked on my skin. The problem: it doesn’t last AT ALL. It was a very close colour match, had a beautiful natural finish, and is oil and fragrance free. But literally within an hour it was totally breaking down and looking patchy.
  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-free in “Porcelain” – I got this one after reading that the MUA for True Blood used it on actress Deborah Ann Woll who plays Jessica. That girl is PALE! I mean, she’s even a vampire. I thought – well, if it’s light enough for her… Sadly, the Laura Mercier foundations are all very yellow toned. This one is way too yellow and oxidized like crazy to just get darker and darker as the day went on. Even though it’s oil free, it also did not get on well with my skin and caused some clogged pores. Total fail.
  • MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC15 – I really really loved this foundation even though I had to finally admit it wasn’t the greatest colour match. It looked amazing and made my skin feel so soft. I spent a half hour with a MAC SA who tested out the NC15s from EVERY liquid foundation they made on me. They were all too dark except this one. Like the Nearly Naked, it would start off as a good match but then oxidize throughout the day. It was also too moisturizing for my skin and did start to cause some clogged pores and breakouts.
  • Revlon Colorstay for Normal/Dry Skin in “110 Ivory” – The best colour match of them all (nearly perfect), the Colorstay was the only one that did not oxidize or shift in colour throughout the day. It’s also, as the name suggests, very long wearing. I can see why this makes a lot of peoples’ favourites list. The downside: it’s  difficult to remove. After wearing it regularly (I used almost the entire bottle) I was noticing a lot of clogged pores and breakouts.
L-R: Neutrogena Healthy Skin, Revlon Nealy Naked, Stila Tinted Moisturizer, Revlon Photo Ready, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, MAC Studio Sculpt, Revlon Colorstay

L-R: Neutrogena Healthy Skin, Revlon Nealy Naked, Stila Tinted Moisturizer, Revlon Photo Ready, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, MAC Studio Sculpt, Revlon Colorstay

If you’re a cool-toned (pink undertone) fair skinned girl like me, I hope this helps you out knowing some foundations you may want to skip. My next post will be about the liquid foundation I have found that ISN’T a fail…stay tuned!

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Cargo Cosmetics now at Lawtons Drugs

Cargo Cosmetics Blush in Tonga, and Essential Palette in Cool Neutral

Cargo Cosmetics Blush in Tonga, and Essential Palette in Cool Neutral

I was exited that my local Lawtons Drugs began carrying Cargo Cosmetics. I had never seen it in “real life” before. I knew I had to try one of their blushes. Although “Catalina” is apparently one of their most popular/best-selling shades, seeing it in person I was hesitant. It was a really bright pink! I decide to go with the “Tonga” blush instead, which to me seemed much better suited to fair skin. Cargo describes it as “pink terracotta”.

Cargo Cosmetics Tonga Blush

Cargo Cosmetics Tonga Blush

Tonga is a completely matte “earthy” pink – a brownish-pink with a hint of mauve. Here it is compared to two shades from Nars: “Madly” (also a soft, brown-pink) and “Orgasm” (a shimmery peachy-pink). Tonga is similar to Madly and very different from Orgasm, to give you some points of reference.

Cargo Cosmetics Tonga Blush Swatch

Cargo Cosmetics Tonga Blush Swatch

I love it. It looks totally natural on fair skin. I love the packaging too, and it’s awesome that you get a ton of product: 8.9 g. I go through a lot of blush 🙂 A MAC blush is 6 g (for $25 CND) and a Nars blush is 4.5 g (for $33 CND). So although the Cargo blush is $26 CND, it’s actually inexpensive considering how much product you get. Cargo is about $2.89/g, MAC  $4.17/g and Nars $7.33/g.

I had really wanted to get an Eye Shadow Single in “Yukon”, but they were already sold out of that shade. The Essential Palette in Cool Neutral caught my eye though. I have a hard time finding cool-toned eyeshadows, especially in neutral/brown shades and especially in a palette.

Cargo Cosmetics Essential Palette in "Cool Neutral"

Cargo Cosmetics Essential Palette in “Cool Neutral”

Cargo Cosmetics Eye Palette Cool Neutral Swatches. L-R: Browbone, Lid, Crease, Outer Corner.

Cargo Cosmetics Eye Palette Cool Neutral Swatches. L-R: Browbone, Lid, Crease, Outer Corner.

The “browbone” shade is an exact dupe for MAC’s “Brule” one of my all time favourite shadows. It doesn’t show up in the photo because it’s basically an exact match for my skintone. It is a pale, matte cream/beige shade that’s perfect for blending out other shades and for a highlight.

The “lid” colour was a little disappointing because it just doesn’t show up as well as it does in the pan. It’s very light on the skin, almost as light as the “browbone” shade.

The “crease” colour is beautiful. Mostly matte with just a hint of sheen, it is a perfect cool taupe shade. The “outer corner” shade is deep, cool brown. I didn’t use the shades in the way the palette suggests, with the exception of the browbone shade.

I don’t think these shades are very dupe-able. As I mentioned, it’s tough to find cool-toned neutrals. I also love that these are mostly matte and none are super shimmery. It’s such a wearable palette. The quality of the shadows are excellent; very pigmented (with the exception of the “lid” shade) and very soft, smooth, and blendable. There also wasn’t any fall-out when I was applying them (a big pet peeve of mine).

The palette is a bit pricey at $39 CND, but I think, totally worth it. And again, like the blush, you do get a ton of product. Each shade is 3.7 g. A MAC eye shadow is 1.5 g for $18 CND. So four MAC shadows would be $72. You get way more product for a lot less with the Cargo palette.

I am looking forward to heading back to try out some more Cargo products. If you have any recommendations, please leave me a comment!

Check out my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians for where to buy Cargo Cosmetics in Canada.

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Coastal Scents Shadow Brush

Coastal Scents Classic Shadow Medium Natural Brush (BR-C-N02)

Coastal Scents Classic Shadow Medium Natural Brush (BR-C-N02)

I received this eyeshadow brush in my September or October Ipsy Glam Bag. I had never tried any of their products as they’re not sold in stores in Canada (at least not as far as I have been able to find out). Coastal Scents are known for being inexpensive. The Classic Shadow Medium Natural Brush retails for about $2.75 CND and according to the Coastal Scents website is made of pony hair.

Coastal Scents Classic Shadow Medium Natural Brush

Coastal Scents Classic Shadow Medium Natural Brush

This is probably the worst brush I have ever used. Not only does it shed hairs, it also does not apply eyeshadow evenly. According to Coastal Scents, it will “uniformly cover the whole eyelid in just a few simple strokes.” I definitely did not find that to be true. I think instead of being a good deal, this brush is more of a case of you get what you pay for. It performs as I would expect a brush that you only paid $3 for to perform: badly.

Coastal Scents is only available in Canada through FTB Beauty, but they only seem to stock the eyeshadows. I would not recommend ordering through the Coastal Scents website as it states “We are not responsible for customs’ duties and taxes that may be charged on international orders. The country of destination may charge duty/tax fees” (which can be as high as 50% of your order price btw). So even though the makeup and brushes seem inexpensive they might not end up being much of a deal.

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