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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.

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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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Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick in “#1 Nude”

“Liquid lipsticks” with a wand applicator that seem to be neither a gloss nor a traditional lipstick (yet typically claim to do everything a gloss and a long-wearing lipstick do), seem to be the latest makeup trend, along with BB and CC creams.  So far, I have had hit and miss experiences with them. I loved the Rimmel Apocalips, but really disliked the Maybelline Color Elixir. So although I am typically a fan of Revlon lip products, I really wasn’t sure what to expect with their ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick.

Revlon describes it as:

  • Food-proof lipcolour with a built-in, ultra-conditioning topcoat
  • One-step application – No topcoat required for comfortable wear
  • Stays comfortable and wears beautifully for up to 24 hours
  • Does not feather or fade; no touch-ups required, even after meals

I can’t disagree that it was certainly long-wearing (24 hours? Who knows. I would never wear a lip product that long) but I can definitely take issue with their claims of being “ultra-conditioning”, and “No topcoat required for comfortable wear”. This did not feel comfortable at all! It was very drying, made my lips stick together, and I constantly had the urge to either apply lip balm or just get the horrible stuff off my lips. My lip balm removed some of the product, defeating the purpose of purchasing something intended to be long-wearing.

I would compare it to step 1 of the Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor or the MUFE Aqua Rouge Waterproof Liquid Lipcolor. These are both products I like because *they come with a separate clear topcoat*. It’s like Revlon made a two-step, long-wearing lip product and just left out the step 2. In fact the ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick is SO similar to the step 1 of the ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor, I suspect that’s exactly what they did.

It’s too bad, because the ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick  comes in 20 very pretty shades and has the always awesome Revlon packaging. I just can’t imagine anyone liking how this feels on their lips just on its own. Even if you like a fairly dry, matte lipstick, the ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick has the additional feature of making your lips stick together every time they touch.

The Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick was, sadly, a fail for me. Sometimes when a product doesn’t work out for me but I think it might work on someone else, I will pass it on to my Mom or sister. This one just got binned.

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick retails for $12.99 CAD.

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Review Revlon ColorStay Concealer

Revlon ColorStay Concealer in Fair

Revlon ColorStay Concealer in “Fair”

Revlon’s ColorStay Concealer is meant to “conceal blemishes and dark circles” and provide “full yet undetectable coverage”. I purchased this to use for concealing blemishes. I was disappointed with it, especially since the Revlon ColorStay foundation is actually really long-wearing. The concealer is not.

It has quite a thin consistency for a concealer (its similar to the foundation), so I found it a bit difficult to apply over blemishes to achieve “full coverage”. It tended to look cakey, not “undetectable”. It didn’t stay put all day. Worst of all, I think it actually aggravated any blemish that I tried to conceal!

At $11.99 CAD, I think this concealer is a pass. I didn’t use it as an under-eye concealer, so I’m not sure if you would have better luck with it used in a different way.

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Maybelline Color Elixir Review

Maybelline Color Elixir in 065 Caramel Infused

Maybelline Color Elixir in “065 Caramel Infused”

After trying and really liking Rimmel Apocalips, my non-lipgloss-loving self felt brave enough to try one of the new Maybelline Color Elixirs. I’m generally not a fan of the scent and taste of Maybelline lipsticks, but it had been a while so I thought I’d give their lip products another chance.

Unfortunately I had a familiar experience with the Color Elixir. Super cute packaging, great colour, but I could not get past the weird sweet yet oddly chemical scent and almost perfumey taste of these. I also found it to be very thick, sticky and tacky, which I know some people don’t mind or even love, but its the opposite of the consistency I like in a lip product. Its too bad because they have a fantastic shade range.

Do you agree, or are you loving the Maybelline Color Elixirs? Leave me a comment below.

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Seventeen Deconstructed Lash Lacquer Review

Seventeen Deconstructed Lash Lacquer

Seventeen Deconstructed Lash Lacquer

I picked this up while I was in England. Seventeen is a UK brand that I’ve been unable to find in Canada. I was very intrigued when I saw this in Boots. Its an unusual product, that is sort of like mascara, but doesn’t have anything like a traditional mascara wand. Instead its a tiny, thin brush that you use to paint on the glossy “lash lacquer”:

Seventeen Deconstructed Lash Lacquer Brush

Seventeen Deconstructed Lash Lacquer Brush

Seventeen describes it as “a top coat for lashes”. You’re supposed to apply it over mascara and it “wraps around each lash for blacker, loaded lashes full of drama”.

There are two things I didn’t like about this product. First, I found it very difficult to apply. The applicator is so small and thin and trying to “paint” it onto my eyelashes took forever. Second, I just didn’t notice any difference at all in my lashes. I was hoping for a more intense black or even some glossiness, but it really didn’t give me any noticeable effect.

I do like the IDEA of a lash lacquer top coat. Are there other brands who do a similar product that you would recommend?

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Review of LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

A sample size of the LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer came with my LORAC Pro Palette. Eyeshadow primer pretty much changed my life (well my makeup life anyway, lol) but they are not all created equally. I love my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Primer, so I wouldn’t have gone out specifically in search of a new eye primer.

I have tried to give this one a good go, but I have to say I really don’t care for it. I don’t think it works very well at all. My eyeshadows were creasing midway through the day and it didn’t help them stay put at all. I felt like I might as well of not used a primer. I would recommend the Too Faced or the Urban Decay Primer Potion for sure over the LORAC. They are all the same price, $24.00 CAD, although you do get more in the LORAC tube (0.5 oz VS the 0.35 oz Too Faced and 0.37 oz UD). This is my first disappointing experience with a LORAC product.

You can buy LORAC in Canada through the Nordstrom website which ships using Borderfree. Check out my post about my good experience with Borderfree.

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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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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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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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Rimmel Waterproof Kohl Kajal

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in "004 Taupe"

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in “004 Taupe”

One word: Sticky. Who knew eyeliner could even BE sticky?

I was drawn to this because it is almost impossible to find a taupe eyeliner. I absolutely loved this colour.

Swatch: Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in "004 Taupe"

Swatch: Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in “004 Taupe”

Sadly, the formula of this eyeliner is not for me. I only applied it to my lower lash line and lower waterline. Every time I blinked, my eyes would slightly stick together. It was like the liner never really “set”. Hours later you could still smudge it. Worst of all it made my eyes water and felt itchy.

Can anyone recommend another taupe eyeliner?

(Check out my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians for where to buy Rimmel in Canada)

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Review: Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation

Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation in "Fair Honey" and the Tarte Airbuki Bamboo Powder Foundation Brush

Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation in “Fair Honey” and the Tarte Airbuki Bamboo Powder Foundation Brush

I am a huge fan of the Bare Minerals Original Foundation. I have been using it for years. I do love it, but as I get older, I’m finding it a bit drying in the wintertime. When I heard Youtuber and fellow Canadian beauty blogger, essie-button, rave about the new Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation I just had to try it out. I picked it up at Sephora for $43.00 CND (but I did have a gift certificate my lovely sister gave me for xmas).

In the Bare Minerals, I use the lightest shade “Fair – for the fairest porcelain skin with pink undertones”, so I got the Tarte “Fair Honey – fair skin w/peach undertones” which is also the lightest shade in the Tarte foundation. I also got the accompanying Tarte Airbuki Bamboo Powder Foundation Brush for $31.00 CND.

The shade is a very good match for my extremely fair, cool-toned skin and it doesn’t seem to oxidize throughout the day (one of the reasons I love mineral makeup). I agree with essie-button that it looks very flawless and natural when first buffed into the skin. A friend’s teenage daughter literally reached up and touched my face while I was wearing this foundation and said “your face just looked so soft”. Can’t beat that kind of evidence! 🙂

However, at the end of the day, I don’t think this mineral makeup holds up any better than my Bare Minerals. It isn’t any longer lasting, and tends to look a little dry and patchy as the long, cold, dry February days wear on. I would say it’s about the same as the Bare Minerals in terms of staying power. I also am not as happy with the packaging. You really would have to splash out for the $30 Tarte kabuki brush because I seriously don’t know how else you would ever manage to apply this stuff with any other shape/size brush.

So, I like this foundation, but it’s quite a bit more expensive than other brands of mineral makeup and I’m not convinced that it’s worth the extra money.

Tarte cosmetics are available in Canada at Sephora.

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Rimmel London Glam’Eyes Day 2 Night Mascara

Rimmel London Glam'Eyes Day 2 Night Mascara: LEFT - "Volume" brush; RIGHT - "Length" brush

Rimmel London Glam’Eyes Day 2 Night Mascara: LEFT – “Volume” brush; RIGHT – “Length” brush

I picked up this Rimmel Glam’Eyes Day 2 Night Mascara while I was in London. It does seem to be available in Canada, but with slightly different packaging; Here the tube is pink instead of black. I picked it up at a Boots for about 7.99 pounds (or $15 CND).

The concept – a “double cap” where the top cap lengthens and the bottom cap thickens lashes – is definitely a take on MAC’s Haute & Naughty Lash mascara. You can use one or the other, or both. I love the Haute & Naughty Lash (I have been through two tubes now) so I thought I would give the Rimmel a try. Fail. I really don’t like this formula at all. It doesn’t seem to really do anything for my lashes. It isn’t black enough, and definitely not thickening or volumizing at all. It is also one of those mascaras that leaves your lashes feeling “crunchy” if you know what I mean.

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Physicians Formula Sexy Glow Blush

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush in Natural

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush in Natural

How could I resist this packaging? Its got a little, pink, high-heeled shoe on it! I really like Physicians Formula’s blushes and the brand is known for being fragrance free, so it didn’t even occur to me to check the ingredients.

Sadly,  the Sexy Booster line has added fragrance. It’s “infused with the scent of warm vanilla”. This blush really smells – a cloyingly sweet, artificial chocolate-ish sort of smell. The worst part is the scent does NOT fade away after its applied. I could still smell it hours later and actually had to wash it off.

Aside from the smell, the blush itself is quite pretty, but I just can’t get past the scent. The Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush retails for around a whopping $15.99 CND (which I think is a little overpriced). For availability in Canada, see my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians.

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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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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.

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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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