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Mary Kay® Gel Semi-Shine Lipstick Review & Swatches*

I was recently sent a few lipsticks from the Mary Kay Gel Semi-Shine Lipstick to review. They retail for $21 Canadian each and contains 3g of product. 

As per the site, the claims on the product are that they:
- deliver radiant color and luminous shine
- provide long-lasting wear that will not dry the lips
- cushion feeling and comfortable on the lips
- highly pigmented and provides intense, stay true color
- optical enhancers scatter light and blur the appearance of minor imperfections.

My thoughts on the claims above and on the overall product:
- the lipsticks are a gel-like cushion texture, I agree with that.
- It glides effortless on the lips and does not sink into fine lines or dry lips therefore making them look youthful and "blurs any minor imperfections".
- There is a good variety of color offered, something to suit everyone ~ 12 colors
- They are sheer to buildable in color so even the darkest of colors can look like a sheer wash on the lips - perfect for those who are intimidated by bolder colors. 
- These are very comfortable on the lips and I can wear them throughout the day as it is weightless.
- Very light scent to them - not sure why but it smells like earl grey tea to me which I like! I cannot stand perfume like scents.
- This product will not last all day, you will have to re-apply after meals or when it wears off.

I really appreciate the packaging of these lipsticks - They have a sleek black casing that is not bulky and the best part is the clear top where you can see the color inside the packaging and you do not have to open each of the cases. This is just an added touch to a product that makes it more convenient for the user, something I really like.

All of the lipsticks are swatched below - I love all of the shades sent, maybe minus Spiced Ginger only because I am not too much of a fan of copper tones, however the finish of these colors are great. The lipsticks either come in a cream color finish or a bit of a shimmer to them - for e.g. Scarlet Red has a bit of a shimmer and Naturally Buff is cream based.

(I can't seem to find the swatch that I took of Berry Couture, sorry ~ but it is the darkest shade shown up above in the acrylic storage)

As you can see, natural and color lovers will enjoy these lippies ~ there's something for everyone!

What shade is your favorite?

Until next time, XO - M.

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

November 2017 Favorites

It has been 2 months since my last favorites post and once again I am bringing you 10 of my favorite products I have been using for the last few months that I am absolutely loving. So let's get started!

Products that I love include:
1. Burberry - Cat Lashes Mascara - $35
2. Burberry - My Burberry Blush 90ml - $130
5. Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder - Eye Ink Matte Eyeliner - $58
6. Giorgio Armani - Ecstasy Shine Lipstick - $43
7. Charlotte Tilbury - Wonderglow: Skin Care Primer - $65
8. Cover FX - Perfect Highlighting Palette - $98 (on sale now for $45 ~ not sure for how long)
*prices listed above are in cad.

Thoughts on the products:

This product works well to keep my oily t-zone at bay for the whole day. I pat this on to my tzone and I do not have to powder or blot the area at all. Love this!

This is a medium coverage foundation, buildable to a full coverage. It makes you look airbrushed and has a satin matte finish that is weightless and leaves you looking flawless. I have recommended this to a few of my friends and coworkers and they love it as well, even those who enjoy a full matte coverage on a regular basis.

Charlotte Tilbury - Wonderglow: Skin Care Primer
I have raved about this product before on the blog and I use it either as highlight on the face, or mixed in with my foundation for a luminous finish. This is a subtle highlight that makes you look lit from within. 

Cover FX knows how to do a highlighter right and this powder palette has all the click enhancers packaged in powder form. One palette on the go provides all the highlighting goodness you would need. I love this so much as I can either get a sheer to ultra glow highlight. Whatever your heart desires.

Burberry - Cat Lashes Mascara*
This plastic wand has bristles that help to separate and lengthen the lashes. It coats the mascara on your lashes and with the shape of it, it can extend the outer edges to create a cat eye look.

Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder - Eye Ink Matte Eyeliner*
I almost feel guilty adding this as my favorite because of the price tag, but if you enjoy an opaque, fully black and pigmented liner I would say that you need this in your life. Seriously, it lasts all day, doesn't budge at all and offers a very precise line. 

Giorgio Armani - Ecstasy Shine Lipstick*
If you like lipsticks with a balmy texture that is sheer to buildable medium coverage then this is for you. It deposits a beautiful wash of color to the lips and keeps it moisturized and a shine.

I had received three of these products for PR and a post will be coming up soon. But before I could even upload my post, I went to purchase 4 more at Sephora and that is so rare. I liked this product so much that I splurged and went all out. The applicator allows for a very precise deposit of product to the lips. The product is buildable and leaves a gloss look to the lips and then finally dries down to matte and after a few hours when it wears off, it leaves a stain to the lips that is not patchy or dry. You HAVE to go get at least one!

Burberry - My Burberry Blush*
This perfume is great for fall and winter - it is a mix of floral and fruit which is my favorite blend. It lasts all day without the need to reapply and smells feminine and sophisticated.

I am always looking for a good micellar wipe that works well to remove my make-up effectively should I perhaps become a bit too tired to go through my entire skincare removing regiment. The price is reasonable and can be picked up at the drugstore. 

What have been some of your favorites the past month and have you tried any of the products mentioned above? Do any of them interest you? Would love to hear your thoughts!

Until next time, XO - M.

*some products were sent for PR, all opinions are my own.

Maintaining your tan all year with Vita Liberata*

For those of you who work hard to develop that gorgeous tan in the summer time, I'm sure when winter rolls around it saddens you to see it slowly fade. I know that I am for sure one of them. While I do not strive to be super tanned in the winter, it would still be nice to have some glow to my skin, some color that wouldn't leave me looking like a gaunt zombie ... pale, and dreary. 

Finding the right self-tanner may have always been intimidating to a majority of us as we surely do not want to come out with blotchy patches or worse yet, looking like an oompa-loompa. I have in the past tried gradual tanners that were incorporated into body lotions and those were great. However, those take a week+ to develop, and I mean do you want to forever use a body lotion with self-tanner in it? Why not just find the right product and use it whenever you need it? 

Vita Liberata has developed an extensive collection of self-tanners in various different formulas that can surely cater to each individual's personal preference. I was sent four of their products in past months and I thought I'd share them with you. 

In the photo above, from left to right we have:
1. Phenomenal 2-3 week tan mousse - $65cad for 125ml
2. 10 minute tan - $49cad for 150ml
3. Self-Tanning anti-age serum - $54cad for 15ml

If you're interested in learning more about these products, then keep on reading below....

TOO FACED - Peach Kiss Moisture Matte Long Wear Lipstick Review and Swatch*

When Too Faced first launched their Peach collection, every body went nuts over it and items flew off the shelves. They had recently launched their second wave of Peach products (exclusive to Sephora) and contains a much more extensive collection of items that includes foundation, setting powder, primer, lipsticks, blushes and more. I was fortunate enough to be sent various items to try out and I thought what better way to showcase their new Peach Kiss Moisture Matte Long Wear Lipsticks, than to do another lip swatch post. This way, you can see what the colors look like on my skintone.

The lipsticks retail for $25 each Canadian and have the following claims
- non-drying, comfortable and creamy matte
- delivers intense matte color and up to 8 hours of wear
- smells like peaches and sweet fig cream

They also advise that you apply the Lip Insurance Primer all over the lips for the perfect base. In addition, they mention that you can create an ombre lip effect by blending multiple lip colors together. 

My thoughts:
I do fully agree that a lip primer needs to be applied prior to the lipstick. When I didn't use a primer or a balm before application, the lipstick went on patchy and clung to all my dry patches. It almost seemed to skip on my lips as well, some parts had lipstick, some parts didn't. You don't have to use the Lip Insurance Primer, I just used any regular balm I had and it worked fine. The balm base also allows the lipstick to look less dry, and it makes it look like a satin finish and then looks gorgeous. I prefer that finish alot more. 

In addition the scent of the lipsticks is quite strong - if you have a sensitive nose, I think you may not enjoy it as the scent does last for a long time. It becomes less pungent with time, but it does linger. 

As for 8 hour wear, I never had the chance to wear it 8 hours straight as I'm always either drinking water, snacking or having my breakfast/lunch or dinner. However, it will last the few hours in between and the pigment does not change. 

The lipsticks are housed in a beautiful and sleek white container with the golden peach logo in the front. I really appreciate the lids of the lipstick that shows the color of the products within. This way, you do not have to uncap each lipstick to find the color you want. 

In the lipstick swatches below - Doll Face and Sunday Funday are applied to the lips without primer/base. Sex on the Peach, Make me Blush have the balm applied as a base. I get that this is supposed to be a matte lipstick, but as mentioned before, when I didn't use a base it seemed to really cling to my dry patches. With the base, I was able to get a better representation of the color. 

My favorite colors are: Sex on the Peach, Make Me Blush, Makeup Me Happy, Peach Beach and Breakfast Club.

Products on my face from the peach collection:
- Foundation: Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation - Natural Beige
- Cheeks - Peach My Cheeks Melting Powder Blush - Spiced Peach

What's your favorite shade above? I think that if you're a Too Faced collector, you definitely should get your hands on one or two of these lippies :) 

Until next time, XO - M. 

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

Chloe Morello's Beauty Haul by Ciate London Volume 2 - review & tutorial

Chloe Morello is a well-known Youtuber and Beauty Blogger who is absolutely stunning, I suggest that you check her out on Youtube I have been following her channel for a few years now. Anyways, she had collaborated with Ciate on a previous eyeshadow palette that I really wanted to get my hands on but because I had too many neutral palettes so I opted not to. 

Recently, she came out with another collaboration with Ciate - the Volume II and this one is more unique as a palette - with a combination of pinks, purples, greens, oranges etc. It has a bit of everything. I have swatched the palette below on my arm (row by row) and I also created looks by row. Come to think of it, I could have also gone down row by row vertically as well. This is just a very versatile palette. 

A review of the palette - the matte shadows are buttery, pigmented and very blendable. The shimmers/metallics are generally great - high impact shimmers that blend like a dream except for Halo and Baby that seem more like toppers than anything. 


First Row below = first row in the palette. A look with warm tones and gold. 
 Second look is created with the second row of the palette with the reds, maroons and purples. 

Below is created with the third row of the palette, a smokey eye with the silver, greys and black and a mauvey purple in the crease.
Look above is created with the last row of the palette and I wanted to highlight the greens and the copper on the crease. The color Soul is beautiful an emerald gemstone color.

While the first palette is just the shadow palette which was sold for $50 with 15 shadows, I think the second palette is of better value as you get a full size liquid liner that is amazingly black, opaque and pigmented. The second release also comes with a pink liquid lipstick and they increased the shadow palette by another 5 shades, so it comes with 20. That's an extra liner, liquid lip, 5 shadows for $9 more ~ making the set $59 for everything. 

Until next time, XO - M.

kat von d - everlasting mini liquid lipstick set - review & swatch

This Holiday Season, Kat Von D has released a limited edition set of her infamous Everlasting liquid lipsticks. It retails for $66cad and contains 8 liquid lipsticks at 3ml each. The range of colors come in a full neutral to a black, you can mix and match to your hearts content - doing an ombre lip if needed, or make your own custom color. 

The lighter colors are more opaque and pigmented ~ so that would be Ludwig, Lovecraft, Sanctuary and Hawkwind - it only required one coat to get an even distribution. The darker colors, Madrid, Exorcism, Damned and Witches are patchier and one coat was not quite enough. If you want two coats, make sure it is fully dried first, before applying the second coat or you will get even more patches. 

The thing I love about KVD Liquid Lipsticks are that they are not drying, they are weightless and feels so comfortable. The formula contains Vitamin E and Sunflower Seed oil to make sure your lips stay hydrated. 

They are 3ml each compared to the regular sized one that is 6.6ml in volume, so they are just a bit under half the size of the regular one which is great because it allows you the chance to try out different ones without committing to the full sized ones. I know that I can never finish a full-sized one anyways!

Below you will see all 8 colors swatched from light to dark, just as it is listed on the arm swatch above. 

Top Row L to R - Ludwig, Lovecraft, Sanctuary and Hawkwind
Bottom Row L to R - Madrid, Exorcism, Damned and Witches. 

My favorite colors would have to be Ludwig, Lovecraft, Sanctuary and Madrid.

Madrid is a new exclusive shade only available to this set.
Which is your favorite color? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Until next time, XO - M.

GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY - Ecstasy Shine Lipstick review + swatch*

Ever dream of a lipstick that provides you with the shine of a gloss, a pigmentation of lipstick but yet the moisture and hydration of a balm? Look no further, as Giorgio Armani's Ecstasy Shine Lipsticks are just that. With just one swipe, you can see how utterly true the above statement is.

The product is housed in a sleek, high-shine red glossy packaging that contains a magnetic closure for the lid. The lipstick has a slight weight to it and everything about this casing screams luxury.

I very rarely say this, but I want this lipstick in every possible color I can get, and at $43 a pop, that says alot. These lipsticks work well for everyone, they have a broad range of colors so that you are bound to find something that suits you. In addition, you can go natural with one swipe, or layer it 2-3x for a bolder more opaque finish. 

What I truly love is the multiple benefits it offers - how it moisturizes my lips while at the same time looking like a gloss, and applying like a lipstick. I love the glossiness of a lip gloss, but hate the feeling of it on my lips - it's heavy and my hair gets caught in it on a windy day. However, this these are weightless and gives your lips a wet look.

I have swatched the four I had received for review below both on my arm and on my lips so that you can see how the color translates.

Swatches from Top Down: 101 - Nuda, 602 - Night Viper, 506 - Maharajah, 401 - Hot

Swatched below on the lips
Top Row - Left: 506 - Maharajah | Right: 101- Nuda
Bottom Row - Left: 401 - Hot | Right: 602 - Night Viper

Which one is your favorite? Have you tried these yet? If not, I highly suggest you try them out now! You have to at least get one! SERIOUSLY! :) 

Until next time, XO - M.

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

The Face Shop - Dreamworks / Disney Collab review and makeup-look*

The Face Shop had recently reached out to me and asked if I was interested in trying out some of their new products - being a user of The Face Shop products for the last few years, I of course said yes! They had recently collaborated with a few different companies - including Disney, Dreamworks and The Simpsons and all of the packaging of these products are super adorable. If you are a collector of make-up or you are a fan of any of those companies/shows, you have to grab a few things! 

The products sent to me for review include:
1. CC Intense Cover Cushion - V203 Natural Beige - $29 cad
This cushion foundation was a bit too light for me when I first applied it, but then it oxidized to work with my skintone. There was a strong fragrance to this product so if you're sensitive, I would suggest that you try another product. Overall, I really enjoyed how this made my skin look, it brightened it and even out the skintone and color (you can see in the photo below)

2. Disney Mickey Tinted Lip Balm - 01 Brilliant Red - $17 cad
This is one of my favorite products that was sent to me. I'm wearing it in the photo below. It provides a very subtle red tint to the lips and lots of hydration to the lips which is great now that the weather is colder. The added bonus, it smells like strawberry fruit rollup!

This pencil liner and mascara are smudge and water proof, and yes this is true - I wore it all day and it didn't smear to the point where when I used my regular micellar water to remove it, it still barely budged. I had to use an oil based cleanser followed up by my regular face cleanser.

This is a neutral shadow palette with three lipsticks - it has buttery and pigmented shadows and is a great palette for those of you who like the neutral looks. If you take a look at the swatch photo below, you will see exactly how much color it delivers.

5. Trolls Ink Gel Slim Mechanical Pencil Eyeliner - 02 Full Black - $4 cad (sale price)
This product was okay, it requires a bit of warming up before applying to the lid as it does pull, however when warmed I think it is more suitable for tight lining vs. like a regular eyeliner. 

6. Trolls Concealer Dual Veil - V201 Apricot Beige - $11 cad (sale price)
This contains both a liquid and cream concealer together - really liked this product and worked really well to concealer my panda circles without looking creasy or cakey.

7. Trolls Ink Draw Dual Eyes - 02 Dancing Mushroom - $6 cad (sale price)
This contains a liquid cream shadow that is a beige color, in the tutorial below I patted it on to the center of the lids and it made it look a bit glossy and glittery. It also contains a purple cream shadow stick that I used on my bottom lash line and that is creamy, pigmented and smooth. Make sure you check out the swatches below

The mascara from the all proof eye kit works great to lengthen and seperate the lashes. 


What product are you most interested in trying? Of everything listed above, I highly suggest the Mickey Tinted Lip Balm, the Mickey Pop Shadow Palette and the Trolls Ink Draw Dual Eyes.

Until next time, XO - M.

*products in this post were sent to me for review, all opinions are my own.