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Sunscreens for Sensitive Skin

sunscreens for sensitive skin

What I packed for Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas…except sunburns. Before I left, I stocked up on my favourite sunscreens so I could enjoy a poolside margarita in the hot, sunny desert without burning to a crisp.

Some sunscreens can make me break out, so I’m always careful to use a good quality sunscreen made specifically for the face. This summer, I’m using Ombrelle SPF60 Face Ultra-Fluid Lotion which is non-comedogenic and fragrance free. Its light and absorbs quickly so its great for wearing under makeup. Price: $12.74 CAD.

For the rest of my skin, I’m using Coppertone Oil Free SPF60 Sunscreen Lotion. It’s hypoallergenic, lightweight, non-comedogenic, and is “PABA, paraben, fragrance, and dye free”. I’ve used this one for years and its never irritated my skin and is light and non-greasy. Added bonus: it’s also waterproof. Price: $11.99 CAD.

When you’re out and about and need to reapply, it’s really handy to have a spray-on sunscreen so you don’t get it all over your hands. I picked up the Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Body Mist SPF45 to have in my bag to spray on during the day especially on parts that burn super easily like my shoulders and chest. The Neutrogena is oil-free, light and non-greasy. It does have a slight fragrance, but it isn’t your typical coconut suntan lotion scent, thankfully. Price: $12.99 CAD.

Hope this helps you stay un-sunburned this summer!

I won’t be able to post much while I’m here in Vegas, but I’ll be doing some shopping and hope to have lots to blog about when I get back next week. I hope you’re all having a great summer!

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Jergens Natural Glow: A sunless tanner that works on fair skin?

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer "Fair to Medium"

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer “Fair to Medium”

Let me just start by saying I do not tan. I literally cannot tan. I turn bright red and then go back to white again. I remember in the 1990s when suddenly “self-tanning” or “sunless tanning” lotions were all the rage. I’ll admit, I tried them. What I remember about them is 1. they smelled awful, and 2. they turned my skin an unattractive, patchy and uneven carrot-orange colour. I’d essentially given up on tanners completely.

Then, a lot of people started buzzing about Jergens Natural Glow, which claims to have “no odour” and to “gradually create flawless, natural-looking color”. I am leaving for very hot and sunny Las Vegas today (hooray!), so in preparation for my trip I decided to give this new generation sunless tanner, a mix of both moisturizer and self-tanner, a try.

I can’t agree with the “no odour” claim. It definitely has much LESS of that weird self-tanner smell, but during the day I kept getting slight hints of self-tanner aroma. I have to admit it wasn’t that bad though. I would describe it as “low odour”.

But did it work on my uber-pale skin? It actually did. It applied very easily and was completely streak-free (except for my feet). Just like it claimed, the colour developed very gradually over a couple of weeks and is very subtle. It worked really well on my arms and legs. I applied regular moisturizer over my knees and elbows first and as Jergens advised, used “sparingly” on knees, elbows and ankles. The only place it looks patchy is on my feet.

I don’t think anyone would describe me as “tanned” but my once stark white skin is now glowier and slightly more golden-bronzier, and best of all NOT orange. What more could this pale nerd ask for? 🙂

Jergens Natural Glow is $11.99 CAD and is available in most Canadian drugstores (I picked mine up at Lawton’s Drugs).


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Ipsy June Glam Bag Review

Ipsy Glam Bag for June: Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray, Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara, NYX Butter Gloss, Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner, and Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser

Ipsy Glam Bag for June: Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray, Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara, NYX Butter Gloss, Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner, and Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser

The June Glam Bag’s theme was “Pretty in Paradise” and included a beautiful Rebecca Minkoff floral patterned cosmetic bag.

I received:

  • Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray (45 ml sample size):  $11.99 for full 125 ml size
  • Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara: $16.20
  • NYX Butter Gloss in “Apple Struedel”:  $5.50
  • Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner in “Green”: $5.30
  • Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser (58 ml sample size): $24.00 for full 118 ml size

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

The total retail value of the June bag if I were to purchase the full-sized products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) would be: $62.99 CAD.

I was thrilled to get another NYX Butter Gloss! You can feel my love for them in a previous post. This one was in a shade I didn’t have, Apple Struedel, a pretty peachy coral.

Swatch: NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Struedel

NYX Butter Gloss in “Apple Struedel”

I’m enjoying the Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray, which smells amazing, like a pina colada. The Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser I am a bit unsure about, as it is very scented (it smells like an orange creamsicle) and does contain oils. I have only used it once; I’m a bit nervous how my skin might react. I also really (unexpectedly) like the green Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner. I don’t often use liquid liners, but I think over a dark smokey eye this could be cool. It sets really well and doesn’t budge once applied, and seems to be fairly water-proof.

The one big “miss” from this month’s Ipsy bag is the Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara. It smells horrific, almost like gasoline! I wouldn’t even try it on. Has anyone else tried this mascara? Is there something wrong with mine? Leave me a comment to let me know.

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bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadows

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in "The Truth"

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in “The Truth”

The bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 quad in “The Truth” has been mentioned quite a bit by Kristen Gehm. I already had a bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0 duo in “The Escape”, and I really liked the formula. The shadows are soft and buttery.

bareminerals Ready Eyshadow 2.0 duo in The Escape

A much loved bareminerals Ready Eyshadow 2.0 duo in “The Escape”

The light shade on the right “Daydream” is a lovely matte cream colour, similar to MAC’s Brule. The shade on the left, “Wanderlust” turns out fairly dark on me (its actually darker than it appears in this photo). If you are on the paler side, its a good duo for doing a dark smokey eye, with Wanderlust on the lid blended out with Daydream, but I really wanted to try some of their other palettes in lighter, neutral shades.

“The Truth” is a perfect quad if you are looking for wearable, everyday neutrals.

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in "The Truth"

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in “The Truth”

  • “Serendipitous” – a light, cream colour with unfortunately a shimmery finish. I really wish this one was matte 😦
  • “Magnetism” – An absolutely beautiful taupe with a slight sheen finish (similar to the finish of MAC’s Patina or Satin Taupe). This shade is my favourite and looks pretty as an all over lid colour.
  • “Fate” – a medium, warm-ish brown with the same finish as Magnetism. Looks pretty in the crease.
  • “Apropos” – The darkest shade, a cooler brown with little silvery glitter flecks, which actually don’t show up too much once applied.
Swatches: bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in "The Truth"

Swatches: bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in “The Truth”

I love three out of the four shades in this quad, and it would be an absolutely perfect little palette if the light, cream shade was matte. I prefer a matte shade for blending out and on my browbone. I can’t use Serendipitous for this, so I have to reach for my MAC Brule to complete the look.

Another great feature of the bareMinerals Ready eyeshadows is that the packaging is very sturdy and substantial and great for traveling. I feel safe packing them, and they all have a built in mirror.

The bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 quads are $38.00 CAD, and the 2.0 duos are $25.00 CAD. In Canada, bareMinerals is available at Sephora.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in "Mood Exposure"

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in “Mood Exposure”

I couldn’t resist the lure of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes any more. The only thing stopping me was that I didn’t want to splurge without being able to actually swatch them in person. Then, I was traveling for work and had a chance to go to a Sephora and I fell in love with “Mood Exposure”. Look how pretty it is:

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in "Mood Exposure"

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in “Mood Exposure”: Swirly goodness!

“Mood Exposure” is described as “soft plum” but I think its more on the neutral side. It doesn’t look overly “plum” on me. It gives a naturally flushed look. It has a very natural finish (not matte, but not shimmery) and it’s super easy to blend.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in "Mood Exposure" Swatch

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in “Mood Exposure” Swatch

The Hourglass blush is so soft. It’s the softest powder I have ever felt. Its the kind of blush that can go on lightly at first, but is buildable. You can really control how much you apply, which is great for fair skin. It just feels luxurious and the fancy, mirrored packaging certainly makes you feel like it was worth the splurge. It IS a splurge. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes are $41.00 CAD.

Have you been able to resist the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes or is there a shade you are coveting?

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How Adorable is Benefit’s new Benebalm?

Benefit Benebalm

Benefit Benebalm (with the original Benetint)

I was so excited when I heard Benefit was coming out with tinted lip balms to match their Lip & Cheek Stains. I love Benefit’s Benetint. What could be better than having it in lip balm form? How ridiculously cute is the red and pink polka-dot packaging!?

But I was also skeptical because the last time Benefit came out with lip products to “match” their famous boxed powders, it turned out to be pretty disappointing. The Ultra Plush Sheer Lip Glosses in Dandelion, Dallas, CORALista, Bella Bamba and Hoola were too sheer. I swatched them in Murale and none of them showed up on me 😦

I was not disappointed by the Benebalm! It has a lovely rosey red tint.

Benefit Benebalm Swatch

Benefit Benebalm Swatch

Benefit says it “conditions and hydrates with mango butter and sodium hyaluronate”. I do find it very hydrating and “balmy”. The best part is, it smells just like the original Benetint – that slight rose petal scent. If you are a fan of Benetint, you will probably like Benebalm. If you prefer any of the other Lip & Cheek Tints, there are matching lip balms for them too, in Posiebalm, Chachabalm and Lollibalm. They are $22.00 CAD at Sephora and Murale.

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Lipstick Addict Tag!

lipstick addict tagI’ve seen a bunch of YouTubers doing the “Lipstick Addict” tag lately. Nobody tagged me specifically, but I really liked this tag and I’ve never done one before and I thought it would be fun. I’m especially excited to tag some other bloggers. So let’s get started…

1. Favorite Lip Balm

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Fragrance Free

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant – Fragrance Free

The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant (Fragrance Free) works great as a lip balm, especially in winter when your lips get really dry. I put it on at night before bed.

2. Best Eye-Catching Red

MAC Dubonnet Lipstick

MAC Dubonnet Lipstick

I had the hardest time finding a red lipstick that suited me. I have very pink undertones and a lot of pink in my lips. Every red I tried would look hot pink or fushia on me. The first time I went into a MAC store (after swatching literally every red lipstick in Sephora) it was in search of a red. Dubonnet is the first MAC lipstick I ever bought and still the only red lipstick I own. Its a very intense, more blue than orange red, with a bit of a brown undertone. If you have fair, cool-toned skin this would be a good red to get.

3. Best Luxury Brand

Chanel Coco Shine in Parfait

Chanel Coco Shine in “Parfait”

I only have a few lipsticks from luxury brands (Tom Ford, Burberry, NARS) but my Chanel lipsticks are the ones I enjoy the most. I have Rouge Coco in “Mademoiselle” and Rouge Coco Shine in “Bel-Ami” which I have already blogged about, and this one, Rouge Coco Shine in “Parfait” which is the yummiest pink. I love the scent of Chanel lipsticks!

4. Best Drugstore Brand

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in "Adore" & Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in "Fig Jam"

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in “Adore” (top swatch) & Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in “Fig Jam” (bottom swatch)

My favourite drugstore brand is definitely Revlon, and the Kissable Balm Stains and the Lip Butters are tied for best Revlon lip product. I have a couple of the Balm Stains and I like ‘Adore” the best. I think its similar to MAC’s Dubonnet in that it’s a slightly blue-toned, slightly brownish red. I have a lot of the Lip Butters (I was a little obsessed there for a while) and “Fig Jam”, a deep reddish brown, is my favourite.

5. Best MAC

MAC "Modesty" lipstick

MAC “Modesty” lipstick

This was a difficult one. How do you pick just one favourite MAC lipstick??? I went with one of my favs that doesn’t get mentioned a lot but I think is just an amazing shade, “Modesty”, a neutral, nude pink. Its such a natural, wearable shade.

6. Most Disappointing

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in "Liar"

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in “Liar”

A few other people who have done this tag have listed the Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick as their most disappointing. I was so excited about this line. Just look at the beautiful hammered gunmetal tube! I was loving the UD Naked palettes and then along comes a UD lipstick line full of wearable, nude shades. But, sadly, I am just not in love with this formula. Too thick, too creamy, too opaque. Its not the kind of texture that applies easily or smoothly and it has a dull, almost matte finish. When I’m wearing it, it just feels “blah”.

7. Lip liner yes or no?
YES! I love lipliners. MAC are my favourite, and I have posts on my favourite drugstore lipliners if you’re interested: Annabelle and Milani.

8. Best Gloss
Its a tie between Rimmel Stay Glossy in “Non-Stop Glamour” and the NYX Butter Glosses. Check out my posts for pics & swatches 🙂

9. Something Extra

Quo Lipstick from Shoppers Drug Mart

Quo Lipstick from Shoppers Drug Mart

If you haven’t tried anything from Shoppers Drug Mart’s line, Quo, you might want to give one of their lipsticks a go. I picked this one up last summer. I don’t know if the shade had a name; it only says “6” on the bottom of the tube. I really enjoyed this sheer lipstick in a pretty peachy-pink. It had no scent or taste and felt really hydrating and smooth on my lips and cost less than $10.00 CAD.

That’s all for my Lipstick Addict tag. Now I am tagging:

Tanja Holland
Melissa Raymond
Deana (Zoeebella)
Cat (Live Life Love Lipstick)
The Fabulous Nerd
Stephania (Amuleta Beauty)
Jasmin Charlotte Lifestyle
Living Disrobed
Vanessa (Say Hello To Gorgeous)
Christina (A Casual Beauty)
A Beauty Obsession

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Review & Swatches: My Wet n Wild Eye Shadow Palettes

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow palettes

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow palettes

I have been curious about the much hyped, cult favourite brand, Wet n Wild, but it’s not widely available where I live, and although it is sold at one drugstore near me, the selection is very small.

Recently, I ordered some of the Wet n wild eyeshadows through FTB Beauty. They seemed to have all of the Wet n Wild products available so I was able to get all of the neutral palettes I was interested in trying out. I ordered three of the Color Icon Trios in 335 “Silent Treatment”, 380B “Walking on Eggshells”, and 381B “Sweet as Candy”, and the 8-pan eyeshadow palette in 738 “Comfort Zone”.

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow "Comfort Zone" palette

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow “Comfort Zone” palette

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow "Comfort Zone" palette

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow “Comfort Zone” palette

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in "Silent Treatment"

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in “Silent Treatment”

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in "Silent Treatment"

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in “Silent Treatment”

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in "Walking on Eggshells"

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in “Walking on Eggshells”

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in "Walking on Eggshells"

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in “Walking on Eggshells”

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in "Sweet as Candy"

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in “Sweet as Candy”

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in "Sweet as Candy"

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in “Sweet as Candy”

What I liked:

  • The colours! All of the palettes had very pretty, wearable, neutral shades. It can be hard to find “subtle” eyeshadow shades in drugstore brands.
  • Overall, fairly pigmented.
  • Easy to blend.
  • Didn’t irritate my eyelids, which tend to be sensitive.

What I didn’t like:

  • Too soft and crumbly! It’s nice to have a soft, blendable shadow, but these are REALLY soft. If you look at the pics, I haven’t even used these that much and have already eroded huge chunks out of some of the shades. The shadow kind of goes everywhere when you put your brush in it.
  • Fall-out. I would get a lot of shadow falling down under my eye while applying.
  • Some inconsistent texture/pigmentation. Although most of the shades were smooth, a few were pretty patchy and uneven, especially the darker or matte shades (see swatch of “Silent Treatment” trio for example)

Wet n Wild eyeshadows have been compared to much higher priced brands, like MAC. While I think that for their very low price these are good quality, I don’t think they compare in texture to MAC or some of the other higher-end eyeshadows I have. The one big difference would be in how soft they are. I was losing a lot of product while I was picking up the shadows on my brush, and then losing more while applying them. Based on how much product has already been swept away, I think you would hit pan on these much quicker than with higher-end shadows. MAC might cost more, but think about how long it takes you to use up a MAC eyeshadow.

I think if your preferred price point is more drugstore, the Wet n Wild shadows are for sure the best drugstore brand I’ve tired. However, I don’t think I’m convinced that they are comparable quality to some of the higher-end brands I have. I like them a lot, but I’m not wind-in-my-hair-the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-music in love with them.

Price details: Through FTB Beauty, the Comfort Zone palette was $8.50 CAD, and the trios were $5.00 CAD each (plus tax). Shipping was $15.98 CAD. I noticed they have improved their shipping options, with regular shipping $7.99 and express shipping $12.99, and free shipping now on orders $50 or more (yay!). Shipping was very fast and the eyeshadows arrived in perfect condition. I would definitely recommend this site for Canadian makeup shoppers.

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Moisturizing Mask for Sensitive Skin

Avene Soothing Moisture Mask

Avene Soothing Moisture Mask for Sensitive Skin

While I was on vacation in British Columbia, my skin was super dry. I popped in to a London Drugs in search of a hydrating mask, and the sales assistant recommended Avene Soothing Moisture Mask for Sensitive Skin. It does have a very slight scent, but Avene says the fragrance is “tolerated by sensitive skin”. I have not experienced any irritation. Its also preservative-free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic.

The directions say to leave on for 15 minutes, but I have been leaving it on overnight. My skin is dry enough that after 15 minutes it has pretty much soaked in completely. I wake up the next morning with soft, hydrated skin.

Avene recommends using it once or twice a week. It is very rich and although 72% thermal spring water , it does contain safflower oil. I have only been using it once a week or once every two weeks. I haven’t had any breakouts, but I don’t think if you are acne prone that you would want to use it too frequently. It is a really great mask for dry, sensitive skin.

The Avene Soothing Moisture Mask is $35.oo CAD. Avene skincare products are available in Canada at London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, and well.ca.

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UK Mascaras Review: Max Factor & 17

Max Factor and 17 Mascaras
While I was in England a few months back, I picked up some brands that are hard or impossible to find in Canada (like Burberry & Tom Ford, Sleek, Soap & Glory, and Bourjois). I had also picked up a few mascaras to try out. So many that it took me a while to get through them all 🙂 I’d only managed to review the Rimmel London Glam’Eyes Day 2 Night and the 17 Deconstructed Lash Lacquer so far.

I had been really keen to try some Max Factor mascaras because they get such good reviews and make so many favourite lists. I picked up the Max Factor 2000 Calorie Dramatic Volume Black mascara and the Max Factor False Lash Effect Fusion Volume & Length Black mascara.

I really, really liked the 2000 Calorie Dramatic Volume mascara. It was my favourite out of the three. It’s very black and dramatic and the formula is thick and volumizing. It was long wearing and didn’t flake or smudge at all (it does claim to be “smudge proof”). I also quite liked the applicator: more of a traditional, long tapered bristle brush. I will be sad to say goodbye to this one.

Max Factor 2000 Calorie Dramatic Volume mascara

Max Factor 2000 Calorie Dramatic Volume mascara

My second favourite was the False Lash Effect Fusion. Max Factor and Cover Girl are both owned by the same company. The False Lash Effect Fusion packaging/wand looks pretty much identical to the Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion mascara.cg_lashblast_fusion_mascara
I’m pretty sure the Max Factor False Lash Effect Fusion is a dupe for the Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion. Imagine I went all the way to Europe to buy the same mascara I can find in my own backyard 😛

The last one, which I only recently have tried out, is the 17 Blow Out Blackest Black Volumise Sculpt Tease Mascara. It had such cute packaging and a cute name, but this one was my least favourite. The formula was nice, and gave my lashes a very pretty feathery effect, but the wand on this one is just too humongous!

17 Blow Out Blackest Black Volumise Sculpt Tease Mascara

17 Blow Out Blackest Black Volumise Sculpt Tease Mascara

The big round wand made the mascara difficult to apply. This mascara also smudged A LOT, which is not normally something I have trouble with. So along with the Deconstructed Lash Lacquer which was a fail, 17 mascaras are not fairing very well.

It was so fun to get to try out some different brands though.

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Rediscovered Love: MAC Heirloom Eye Kohl

MAC Heirloom Eye Kohl

MAC Heirloom Eye Kohl

I was going through my eyeliners, and rediscovered a favourite that I hadn’t used in a while, MAC’s Eye Kohl in “Heirloom”. This is one of my favourite eyeliners for using in my lower water line.

MAC Heirloom Eye Kohl

MAC Heirloom Eye Kohl

I have several of the Eye Kohls (Powersurge, Costa Riche, Teddy, Smolder) and they are my favourite eyeliners. They are so soft and creamy and easy to apply. They stay put on me all day. Heirloom is described as “highly metallicized greyed lavender” which I think is actually a very accurate description.

Swatch: MAC Heirloom Eye Kohl

Swatch: MAC Heirloom Eye Kohl

On the waterline this really brightens the eye without being too much. I typically use MAC Powersurge for my bottom liner, but if I am wearing cooler-toned eyeshadow Heirloom works better with them.

MAC Eye Kohl’s are $19.00 CAD. I unfortunately discovered after writing this post that Heirloom was limited edition 😦 It’s no longer on the Canadian MAC website. Sorry guys! It may be available in outlets or on Amazon. I am also trying to find a dupe (if anyone knows of a similar eyeliner, please let me know).

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NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick & Soft Matte Lip Cream

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NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in “Cream” & NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Stockholm”

I love so many of the NYX products, but sadly I’ve recently had two “mehs” from this line, both lip products (which is really too bad after experiencing the loveliness that is the NYX Butter Glosses). I’m just not feelin the NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick or the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream.

I received the Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in my December Ipsy Bag and have tried to like this lipstick. I was excited about it because NYX reformulated this line. Previously, the NYX Round Lipsticks with the curlicue  design on the packaging (which don’t seem to be available in Canada anymore) had a very strong icky, perfumey scent and taste. I literally threw mine out after wearing it once. The new Extra Creamy Round Lipsticks thankfully don’t have the perfumey taste. They don’t smell great, but it’s a mild scent that doesn’t bother me.  But the formula is only ok. It feels almost greasy or oily on the lips and is pretty sheer. Maybe it’s just the “Cream” shade? Please let me know if any of the other shades are worth trying out.

I tried the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream because it was getting a lot of good reviews and was being compared to the OCC Lip Tars. NYX describes it as “Neither lipstick nor lip gloss, this matte lip cream is a new kind of lip color that goes on silky smooth and sets to a matte finish…surprisingly durable and, unlike some matte lipstick formulas, also moisturizing.” I don’t hate this, but I don’t love it either. It’s just not something I reach for. I find it a little uncomfortable to wear and it tends to dry out my lips.

NYX

Swatches: NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in “Cream” & Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Stockholm”

Both of the colours are super pretty though!

Price & Where to Buy: The NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick is $4.99 CAD, and the Soft Matte Lip Cream is $6.50 CAD. In Canada NYX is available at Rexall, Pharmasave, some London Drugs, and Lawtons Drugs (Atlantic Canada) and online through Cherry Culture, TSC, FTB Beauty, and Funk ‘n’ Frost Beauty Bar.

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