Sunday, 12 April 2015

L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur Concealer Review

L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur Concealer Review in Fair




Hi lovelies! L'Oreal has some really good foundations and concealers, so I figured it's about time I try something new from them as it's been some time now since I have. L'Oreal came out with the Visible Lift Blur line and it became popular pretty fast.

Today I am reviewing the Visible Lift Blur Concealer.  A concealer with their new Opti-Blur Technology.

Let's get started on the review!








L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur Concealer in Fair


Oddly enough, the Visible Lift Blur Concealer only comes in three shades:

Fair
Light
Medium

The fact that it only comes in three shades is a bit of a bummer, but I'm not too particular when it comes to concealer shades for under my eyes. As long as they are quite light or at least match the rest of my skintone somewhat, I'm good. I however DO prefer a very light concealer (lighter than my skin) because I like to have a semi-highlighting effect from my concealers, so no matter the brand, I almost always just choose the lightest shade and I know I'm good to go. For some brands, even the lightest shade is a bit too yellowy for me and/or just not quite light enough, but I usually manage to make do. Also because I use a light powder to set them.



L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur Concealer in Fair



I admit I have a bit of a concealer hoarding issue. I am a makeup junkie in general, but I tend to keep getting lots of concealers and still always on the lookout for something new. I think the main reason for this is that I to this day have found it impossible to obtain a concealer that does not crease at all. This is one of my biggest goals in my beauty junkie life - to find a concealer that does not crease at all. I sometimes think I have found "the one" only to have it start creasing on me a bit. Every single concealer I own creases, but there are some that crease a lot less and almost not at all, and I'm happy to report that this is one of them! Out of the pile of concealers I have, this one is pretty awesome and definitely a favorite.

So I of course chose the lightest shade, which is Fair, and I'm very happy with the color. When I first smear some on, it looks like it might be slightly darker than I'd like, but then as soon as I start blending it with the beauty blender, I realize it actually is quite light and it has an illuminating presence to it. This concealer is very brightening and beautiful. I guess it must be part of that Opti Blur Technology. I admit that this does seem to blur stuff out under your eyes and make your skin look airbrushed. It's just lovely.








L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur Concealer in Fair

This concealer has very good coverage. I would say it is a medium to full coverage and for me, it lasts all day. I do set it really well with a powder though, and then go back in again with my beauty blender to push it in for some extra assurance that it will stay put. It's a beautiful creamy, but not too thick, formula, and when it does crease a little, I can easily blend it back out with my finger. Although it has a creamy texture it goes on thinly when you blend it out and it's very skin-like.

It is very pigmented and I find that very little goes a very long way. The first time I used this I put way too much under my eyes, not realizing how rich it is. This stuff is great. I also love that it comes in a squeeze tube (and a nice fat tube at that!). I find it a little more hygienic than a wand that always touches your skin every day.





Swatch: Fair

So I'm really happy with this concealer. And it's a pretty big deal for me to say that about a concealer because it doesn't happen too often. I find myself reaching for this one a lot and it usually never disappoints.  The texture is so soft and creamy and it really does improve the look of your skin.

I think L'Oreal did an excellent job with this and I really want to try the foundation from this line. They also have blushes too that look beautiful.

I definitely think this concealer is worth trying! I certainly don't regret getting it.

You can get this concealer HERE 


Ingredients: CYCLOPENTASILOXANE / DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER / ALUMINA / DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE / ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE 


Have you tried anything from the Visible Lift Blur line yet? What did you think? Do you have a favorite concealer that does not crease? Let me know in the comments below!


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Monday, 30 March 2015

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow Review in Bubbly, Girly, Eye Candy and Sugar




Hi my loves! I would actually be a little bit surprised if you haven't heard of the ColourPop brand by now, but if you haven't, they are based out of Los Angeles and make amazing, colorful, super saturated and very affordable makeup products. 

ColourPop products have become majorly popular and everyone and their dog seems to be trying them out. And for good reason - they are very unique and very pigmented. Another great thing about this brand is that they do not test on animals.

So lets get on to the review of the Super Shock Shadows!












ColourPop Super Shock Shadows


When I first saw how "colour" was spelled by this brand, I thought they were Canadian (being Canadian even I don't put a U in color although it is the Canadian way) but it's just the way they are spelling it I suppose, maybe to add character to the name?

ColourPop makes eyeshadows, lip colors, lip pencils and recently, blushes. There are just heaps of shades in the Super Shock Shadow line, and more being added all the time. There are also many palettes that have come out, often times with limited edition colors.

The shadows and blushes should be sealed nice and tight, (they come in a screw-top case), to keep the texture of the colors alive (they are spongy and bouncy and creamy).






 ColourPop Super Shock Shadows



squishy, bouncy texture (shade: Bubbly)


More on the texture - these shadows have a texture that I have never felt before. They are totally one of a kind and super unique. I was really surprised the first time I felt them. They could be compared to the Maybelline Bouncy blushes in a way, but it's still different and there's still more to the texture than just the bouncy feel. They are smooth and creamy and almost slippery feeling. They are soft and squishy and when you make an imprint it just kinda stays put (tried to capture that in the photo above). They are more of a cream shadow than anything and you really have to feel them to get what I'm saying about the texture. They are very neat!

Just barely touching the colors in these pans will cover your finger with gorgeous, saturated pigment.









ColourPop Super Shock Shadows in Eye Candy, Girly, Sugar and Bubbly


These colors are just screaming Spring at me, and I love it! I didn't purposely choose these colors as Spring colors, but when I got them and laid them out, I realized how Spring-ish they are. They are also kinda pastel-like, making them remind me even more of Spring.

ColourPop shadows are very different from normal shadows and they are best applied with the finger. This is the ideal way to use these shadows. You can apply with a brush, it works great, but using your finger makes the color even more saturated and pigmented and just looks even better. I sometimes will start off with a brush and then finish with my finger, but I have never used these yet without my finger. It's just not the same. Of course when using colors in the crease or transition area, you would use only a brush. They go on creamy and smooth and blend perfectly and although they are a cream consistency, they dry and stay put. They really don't fade at all. They look vibrant until you take them off and they stick really well to your lids. Even when I went to remove the swatches the first time I was surprised, because they sort of stained my arm a little, but it does come off with makeup remover.

I am so in love with these shades!! Here's a description of each:


Bubbly:










Bubbly is described as an "angelic pink with tons of silver and bright bubble gum pink glitter". This shade is gorgeous. I just love it. It's the most sparkly of the four colors. This shade looks so amazing on the lids. I always get compliments when I wear this color (especially this one, but with all the ColourPop shadows because they stand out a lot more than your average shadow). It's just a perfect princess-like pink, so glittery and shimmery and sparkly and the perfect shade of pink which suits everyone. Love this.


Girly:










Girly is described as a "creamy vanilla with a flash of pink and gold duo chrome finish". This is a stunning all over the lid shade. It's a beautiful pearlized color. There is this slight little bit of pink shining from it (I love duo chrome!) and definitely some gold. I love this color all over the lid, in the inner corners for a beautiful highlight and I also like adding some in the center of my lid over another eyeshadow color to make it pop more and lighten the area a little bit. It's gorgeous.


Eye Candy:










Eye Candy is described as a "cool toned ethereal lavender drizzled with tons of silver and pink glitter". Doesn't that just sound awesome? I am so loving this color. I am crazy about purple and I don't have any purple shade quite like this. It's so unique and pretty. It's another super sparkly shade, very shimmery, glittery, shiny and metallic. It's a beautiful pastel-like purple (some of my product photos make it look slightly darker). I am 100% in love with this color and can't get enough of it.


Sugar:










Sugar is beautiful and it's described as a "metallic silvery blue with small shimmering flecks of silver and tons of champagne and gold glitter". This is a lovely teal-like shade. I love love love it. I have been getting more into playing with different colors lately and I have never been one to wear a lot of blue, but I just love this and getting more into blues and teals. With this you can get a pop of color without it being too over the top. It's a beautiful shimmery, sparkly light teal. This color is excellent over the lid and on the lower lashline for a pop of color. Beautiful!



Some looks I created with these shadows:




 Girly, Bubbly and Eye Candy on the lid, and Sugar on the lower lashline





Sugar all over the centermost part of the lid, and Girly (on top of Sugar) in the very center


These shadows are just so much fun to apply and I love them. I am so impressed by the pigmentation and lasting power. I have never been a big fan of cream shadows, I find they smear and crease and they don't stay put. Not these. These won't budge and they look great all day.



 Bubbly


Sugar


This photo is to show just how much color you get off of one little swipe from these babies. Just look at the saturated pigmentation of that shade! So gorgeous.


Swatches:





Bubbly, Girly, Sugar and Eye Candy


Aren't those colors just completely amazing? I took photos in two different rooms for different lightings. These colors are so vibrant and shimmery and rich. I am so in love with these shadows and with this brand. I highly recommend trying them out. The shadows are only $5! You also get a very decent amount of product in the pan.

Also look out for more ColourPop posts in the near future. I will be having a Haul post with more shades coming up! These are like my new little gems and favorites in my makeup collection. They are so awesome!

You can get these shadows HERE


Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, trimethylsiloxysilicate, isododecane, boron nitride, c30-45 alkyl cetearyl dimethicone crosspolymer, synthetic fluorphlogopite, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, mangifera indica (mango) seed butter, aluminum calcium sodium silicate, calcium sodium borosilicate, dimethicone/vinyl trimethylisiloxy silicate crosspolymer, calcium aluminum borosilicate, silica, disteardimonium hectorite, propylene carbonate, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, tin oxide, glycine soja (soybean) oil.


Have you tried anything from ColourPop yet? I'd love to hear about your favorites and what you think! Feel free to comment below!


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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Anastasia Brow Powder Duo Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo Review in Dark Brown




Hello everyone!

Anastasia Beverly Hills makes the absolute best brow products to be found (in my opinion). Eyebrows are Anastasia's expertise! Of course she makes other awesome products (like gorgeous eyeshadow palettes and now individual pan shadows) but eyebrow products are what this brand is all about and most known for.

Today I am doing a review on the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo. 

So here we go!









Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown


The Anastasia Brow Powder Duos come in an amazing 11 shade combos (that's awesome for brow shades!). They are all very natural colors and they cover pretty much every hair color out there. I chose the shade Dark Brown (also known as Brunette).

The formula is sheer to medium coverage and designed to look natural overall. What's cool about them is that they are also smudge-proof, so the powder stays put and doesn't smear off (which really doesn't look ideal!). There are two shades so that you can create the most natural and perfect eyebrow color.





 Anastasia Mini Duo Brush





Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown


As shown I got the Anastasia Mini Duo Brush for this powder (separately) because I had heard so many good things about it. It really is the perfect brush for these powders (or any eyebrow powder). It is so skinny at the tip and has just the right amount of firmness for applying color to the brows. I love it! It's also so cute and small. 

The packaging of the brow duos is very nice. Very sturdy and I have always loved the copper butterfly logo for Anastasia. There is also a nice little mirror inside.









Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown


I have grown to prefer brow pencils over brow powders (maybe because it is quicker?). I currently use the Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil (review to come!) and I am obsessed. It's definitely the main thing I grab when I fill in my brows. But powders are definitely handy for me still, because if I am going for a more dramatic brow, I will fill them in a little more with the powder. A lot of people outline their brows with a pencil, and then fill them in with a powder, or, do the majority of the brow and the "tail" with pencil, and then fill in the inner part (front) with powder. Everyone is different. Many people use just brow powders alone to fill in their brows (I used to) and this powder is perfect for that. Nowadays I just like to use the powder to fill in any sparse areas that I might have missed for a more dramatic look. It's not something I use every day. But I love this stuff and it is by far the very best brow powder I have ever used. 

I also love the two color options. They are just right for my hair color. My brows are actually a little darker than the darkest shade, but you should mostly try to use powders that are around the same shade or lighter. It will not look so harsh then. Also it might seem weird to some to use the lightest shade in the duo but these manage to somehow blend in and fill in the brows naturally without lightening them. The colors are perfect.









Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown


This powder stays on my brows all day without fading and smudging away. There is nothing worse than a brow powder that ends up blotchy throughout the day and fades off, it truly looks awful! This is the only powder that didn't do that to me. It is easy to apply and it's water resistant.



Swatches: Dark Brown/Brunette


I'm super happy with this brow powder and I find it to be the absolute best I have ever tried. I am really impressed by the color selection and also by how natural they are. Brow colors can be really tricky because the colors often don't come out looking natural on you. They are either too ashy, not ashy enough, too warm, too red, and the list goes on, but Anastasia is very on point with these colors.

I definitely recommend these powders!

You can get these brow duos HERE


Ingredients: Talc, Boron Nitride, Nylon-12, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Methicone, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben


Do you have any of the Anastasia Brow Powder Duos? What is your favorite Anastasia product? Let me know in the comments below!


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