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My Summer Essentials to combat oily skin!


It's summer time and it's hot and humid outside, chances are you are quite similar to me in the sense that if you actually decide to put a full face of make-up on, you do not want it to melt off your face and disappear by noon. I have oily combination skin so lately with the 30 degree celsius weather in Toronto, I have putting a few items in my make-up room to the test to see which ones work for me. 

With that being said, I have narrowed it down to the four products featured in this post - these guys have helped my make-up last the entire day without excess shine or having melted away. 


This has been my go-to all summer - it is a cushion compact that houses a mattifying product that you can use before and throughout the day to help keep oil at bay. I personally use this BEFORE any make-up application, after my skincare routine, like a primer. It has an extremely cooling sensation and works well to blur my pores on my cheeks closer to the nose area as well as keeping my forehead, t-zone and nose matte. It really controls the oil production throughout the day and I love it!

Hylamide - Finisher Matte 12 - $25 cad*
This is another product that can be used before and after make-up. This has a consistency of almost like a thicker primer paste - when I use this before make-up it really helps til fill in the pores and evens the texture on my nose since it is a little thicker than the cushion product above. It doesn't feel too thick or greasy and it helps keep my oil in control. This is a cheaper alternative to the Murad product listed above.

Givenchy - Poudre Première Mat & Translucent-Finish Loose Powder - $66 cad
I have been using this product on and off for 3 years and it's always in the summer time that I use this. I do not use this to bake under the eyes but to set the T-zone, forehead area and nose and I love this throughout the day. If I have an oily nose or forehead, I pat this on and it instantaneously mattifies and is baby smooth - the price tag is high but it's really worth it! Besides, a little goes a long way and I've used this for a long time.

Cover FX - Mattifying Setting Spray - $39 cad
As for a good mattifying setting spray, this is it. It has a very fine mist and is the perfect finishing step to your make-up routine. I use this in combination with the Murad cushion and Givenchy powder and these three products absolutely guarantee my face of make-up to stay on all day.

What are some of your favorite products to keep you matte? Would love to hear from you!

Until next time, XO - M.

Lip Smackers ~ Throwback to childhood!*


 I was recently sent a few lip smackers to try and my goodness did it bring me back. The nostalgia of having these around with me everywhere as a child and teen. I loved them so much, I still remember my first product it was a roll-on clear gloss that smelled like watermelons and it was amazing. I wish they still had those around! The new packaging is slimmer, and also in a wand - the one from childhood is a thicker roll-on top. I remember having to beg my parents to buy me these and asked for them for my birthdays from friends. Hah!


Now, there are all these fancy and elevated flavours - for e.g. as you can see below, they have them in the Frappe collections, even ones after your favorite sodas like Grape and Orange Fanta and Barq's Root Beer. The packaging itself has also had an upgrade! Just look how cute they are modelled as a miniature coffee with whip cream, or even the soda with the ice, straw and color of the drink outside.

 

 The below one is most reminiscent of my childhood - the pink lemonade set in the original lip smackers case with the polish, gloss and whipped body shimmer. I had gifted this to my friend's daughter and she loves it! 


 


Have you ever tried Lip Smackers? If not, I highly suggest that you try it out and especially in a flavor/fragrance that you like! I really want to try the vanilla coke one so I'll have to purchase that when I find it!

Until next time, XO - M. 

*products were sent to me for review, all thoughts and opinions are my own

Teeez Cosmetics - Festival Inspired Make-up Look and Review*


 I have been reviewing Teeez Cosmetics for a few months now, and I must say that I am thoroughly enjoying the products sent to me to try each time. If you are interested in reading more about my thoughts on past collections, please just do a search on my main blog page and a few of them will pop up in the results :) The concept this time is products that will help you be festival ready. 

I'm sure that many of us have wish that we can attend a festival party so I used these products to create a whimsical and fun look with a pop of color on the lids that is a surprise to those around you when you blink. 

If you are interested in learning more about the products sent, please keep on reading...

 

The products I received included:

1) Sealed with a Kiss Lip Duo - Vintage Orange - $28
This product is exactly as the name suggests - it is two products in one, a lipstick and a lip lacquer. Both are highly pigmented, the lipstick is creamy and delivers beautiful color with one swipe. The lip lacquer is high gloss and not sticky at all and is pigmented.


2) Cloud Nine Eyeliner - Electric Aqua $24
The eyeliner contains a fine tip brush that collects color and deposits it effortlessly in one swipe to your lash line. It is not patchy, it does not collect too much product which makes it gloopy and drippy. I found the delivery of the brush quite spot on and I really appreciated the fine line I could make on the crease. I went over the line twice (not for pigmentation, but more so for design to make sure the line was long enough etc) and it was not patchy at all.


3) Bulletproof Flexibility Mascara - Dark Matter $32
This mascara wand thoroughly grabs and grips at each lash perfectly and lengthens it while coating it with product. It kept my curl through the day and it did not transfer at all.


I am thoroughly enjoying the products I received this month so Thank You so much to Teeez Cosmetics! The quality is reliable and high quality and I really suggest that you try this out!

Until next time, XO - M.

*products were sent to me for review, all opinions are my own

QUO Cosmetics - Summer 2017 Collection - Look, Swatch & Review*


QUO Cosmetics has been a brand that I have been reviewing here on my blog for the past while - it was one of the first drugstore brands that I had purchased as a teen, I still remember it was a concealer palette and it was amazing. QUO however, has always been on and off - sometimes it's the best drugstore find, sometimes it's just a bust. If you're interested in reading about how the Summer 2017 collection is, then just continue below.

The Summer 2017 Collection is said to be made up of soft, wearable shades for the eyes and the focus is on the glow of the skin with their bronzer and tropical toned lipsticks and polishes are the pops of color (as you can see from the image above). What I love most to be honest, is the packaging of the product! The palm trees and tropical flowers really make me crave a tropical vacation away!

Below is a picture of me using the Sunset Eyes shadow palette.

 

As you can see, it really barely showed up on my lids - below is a close up of the Sunset Eyes Shadow Palette swatched and the colors are very very neutral - the shadow palettes also retail for $16 each which is quite pricey for the quality you're getting. 



Below is the Garden View Eye Shadow Palette which I have to say is quite horrible, I'm sorry. it was chalky and not pigmented at all, it was so powdery and chunky as you can see from the pale yellow shade that I really couldn't quite work with it. Again, this palette is $16.




The one good thing about this palette is the slim Smokey Eye 4-Piece Brush Set for $30. This is exceptional for travelling as the case is so thin. It contains a 1) all over eyeshadow brush 2) a crease blender brush 3) an angled liner brush and 4) a angled contour fluffy brush. 

As promised, I always give an honest review so I'm sorry this one is less than spectacular!

Until next time, XO - M 

*products were sent to me for review, all opinions are of my own

Clarins - Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils - Review & Swatch*


I have been a huge fan of Clarins lip products for a while - first starting off with their Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector and then with the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector. Clarins recently came out with 4 new shades of their Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Mint, Tangerine, Honey Glam and Candy. They now have a total of 7 scents and retail for $25 each and is a true glossy oil finish. 

They are not sticky on the lips but compared to the Natural Lip Perfectors which are weightless, you will feel this a bit more on the lips. These smell delicious and really do smell like what they are named after.

 
  
These products are subtle in color, so though the mint is a green, when applied it only delivers a sheer wash of color and isn't opaque. My favorite has to be Honey Glam - I love anything honey, and the addition of micro glitters makes for a more unique experience. It adds a bit of sparkle in addition to the gloss and gives it a more plump and voluminous effect. You can see in the picture below that I just quickly applied this to my lips, and went about running my errands the past weekend.

This product really does moisturize the lips while adding a cushion effect - the applicator is unlike anything else in the market, it is wider and dipped in the middle to allow for a better application while housing the product. 

    

Have you tried any of these Lip Comfort Oils before? I highly suggest that you try one! Honey Glam perhaps if you want something unique! 

Until next time, XO - M.

*products mentioned above were sent to me for review and consideration - all opinions are my own

MARK. Pout Velvet and Vinyl Lip Paint Review and Swatches*


Liquid lipsticks have been in the beauty market for a long time now, and it has been a long journey for me to find one with the perfect formulation. One that isn't too dry that ends up showing all the lines on your lips, or one that doesn't dry and end up smelling sort of metallic like.. So far, I found one that I like, from Huda Beauty but it is $26 for 5ml. It can get quite pricey if you want more than one color. In addition, most of the colors offered by Huda is quite tame and do not offer any bright pops of colors. A formulation that I have found to be very similar is the one here from Mark Beauty. 

They are called the Mark Pout Velvet Lip Paint. They are $12 for 7ml (which means its alot more budget friendly) and it smells a bit like candy. The site right now shows that it is on sale for $10 each, I'm not sure how long the sale is for, so please check it out and take advantage of it :) It is a whipped consistency that dries comfortably and feels weightless on the lips. The color is pigmented and the swatches below are all with just one swipe. 

Swatches: (Top-L) Quiet / (Top-R) Fantasy
(Bottom-L) Spark / (Bottom-R) Fancy

For those of you who still do not really like the matte formulation or matte liquid lipsticks and love glossy lips - no worries, Mark has you covered with the Mark Pout Vinyl Lip Paints. Again, these are $12 for 7ml (and are also currently on sale for $10 - not sure how long that will last on the site). These are extremely glossy that gives your lips a plumping effect as well, making them look fuller than they are. 

The below pictures are all with one swatch again and it is not streaky at all. They are extremely pigmented, glossy and gorgeous. I will say that not all colors worked for me, but I wanted to swatch the whole collection for you guys!

Swatches: (Top-L) Cozy / (Top-R) Glamour
(Bottom-L) Covet / (Bottom-R) Shocking

Honestly, I really recommend you to pick these lip products up - regardless of the formulation, the velvet or vinyls. These products are even higher quality in performance than some high end products that may be double the price of these offered by Mark. 

My favorite colors are: Velvet - Spark and Fancy. Vinyl - Glamour and Shocking.

Until next time, XO - M.

Dior Addict Lip Tattoo - Long-Wear Colored Tint - Review & Swatches*


I have always been a huge fan of Dior Cosmetics and remember having to save my paycheque as a teen to buy one of their lipsticks which I would cherish and baby through my highschool years. Dior is a brand that is always classic, beautiful and elegant and I can always count on them to release collections that have beautiful packaging and is of high quality. That being said, when I saw the release of these Dior Addict Lip Tattoos, I knew I had to give them a try!

Lip Tints are not something new in the beauty industry, I am quite aware of this - however Dior takes it to the next level with its luxe packaging and feel. The containers of these products are reflective of the color within, they contain 6ml of product inside and the product is dispensed with a doe-foot applicator for precision. 

I would say that this product is a hybrid of a gloss and tint - one layer gives you a nice sheer wash and two layers gives you a more pigmented punch (see pics below for the two layers). I got about 3 hours of wear with this (with its gloss finish on my lips) - basically from when I apply them in the morning until lunch time. After I ate, the tint was leftover on my lips which is offers a fresh look of having just had a popsicle, perfect for the summertime. 

For those of you who enjoy a more natural look, you will really like the tinted finish. Also, for those of you who never got into the matte liquid lipstick phase, this is also very suitable for you.

This product wore very comfortably on the lips all day - when applied, it was a very cooling sensation and had a very slight mint scent (but no worries, it doesn't have any plumping properties, so for those of you who are sensitive, have no fear). 

The colors I have below are:
  
(Right) 881- Natural Pink, (Middle) 451 - Natural Coral Tint, (Left) 771 - Natural Berry Tint

The next color I want to pick up is 491 - Natural Rosewood Tint - it is a perfect Miranda Shade - a dusty-mauvey brown pink :) right up my alley!

I highly suggest that you go and get one or two of these products to try! AND - a tutorial on the look featured in this post will be up shortly ~ it is created with some new DIOR goodies :)

Until next time, XO - M.

*products were sent to me for consideration, all opinions are my own

CELEBRATE CANADA DAY W. FREE CANADIAN FLAG NAIL VINYLS*

 

Come July 1st, Canada is turning 150 years old, and what better to show your Canadian pride then by rocking these gorgeous nails thanks to Nail Polish Canada! These nail vinyls help you create a maple leaf on your nails with ease ~ peel, stick, paint and remove and your nails will be just as gorgeous as the ones above! 

My lovely friends at Nail Polish Canada, a website I have used for years to order nail polishes from is giving away 10 sets of vinyls completely FREE - you do NOT have to pay taxes, shipping or anything at all - there is no catch! 

To claim your free set - head on over to Nail Polish Canada and enter the unique coupon code - QU2E438SJX1YU.

Each set comes with 20 stencils so you can either keep them for yourself or theres more than enough to split with your friends to wear together to celebrate our beautiful country's birthday! 

[UPDATE: June 25th ~ Giveaway is now closed as all prizes have been claimed! Thank You!]

Until next time, XO - M.

*Products and photos are provided by Nail Polish Canada