Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

Heather Orr of Younique Cosmetics was kind enough to get in touch with me and ask me if I had ever used Younique Products, admittedly I hadn't, but I had heard about their 3D fiber lashes and was curious. Heather sent me a complimentary 3D fiber lash, and I'm really exited to tell you guys what I think! 

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My First Impressions on Packaging:

It arrived in a beautiful bit of purple tissue with the flourish print pattern on it in black. I was really pleased with how nicely it was wrapped and sent to me. It did take about 2 weeks to arrive, I'm not sure if this is typical, but I did receive beyond excellent customer service so despite the wait I really have nothing to complain about there. The 3D Fiber lash arrives in this really nice quilted case - very similar to a sunglass case. The case is hard shelled and really expensive looking so if you're a sucker for packaging like I am you'll love this. Also super easy to throw in your travel bag or purse. I also am a huge fan of the matte/glossy packaging of the actual tubes. So for a $35 product I am super impressed by the quality of the presentation and the materials used in the packaging. 

 

Transplanting Gel

Transplanting Gel

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Natural Fibers

My First Impressions on the Product:

Transplanting gel is not a mascara as I found out, reading the instructions, it is more of a glue/sealer. When I opened it to see what it was like, it was indeed very gel like. It is black in colour, so it's not clear or noticeable when layered over your normal mascara. I really liked that it has almost no scent, and the scent that it does have is very clean, but like I said very very faint, not chemically smelling like I half expected. The Natural Fibers as I also found out in the instructions, are all natural, green tea fibers, so really interesting concept. The idea is that you apply your favourite mascara, the transplanting gel, and then before it dries - the natural fibers, and finally you seal them with another coat of the gel. I have to say I was a little worried about the fibers, simply because I imagined there would be a lot of fallout and I could end up with it in my eye and how unpleasant would that be? It also says in the instructions to have a lash comb handy to remove any clumps of fibers. I have to say that when you put the fibers on initially it looks like you have fluffy black lashes, very muppet-like, but when you seal them with the gel, the wand really does a nice job at separating your lashes and taming the "fluffies". 

After trying it myself I am absolutely amazed at how user friendly it is and how dramatic the effect is, I really wasn't expecting it to be so easy to use. 

This is my eyelashes with One coat CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara

This is my eyelashes with One coat CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara

This is my eye with the Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

This is my eye with the Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

On the Left is the 3D Fiber Lashes, and then on the Right is regular Mascara. 

On the Left is the 3D Fiber Lashes, and then on the Right is regular Mascara. 

Overall Thoughts

This is a really gorgeous dramatic look, and if you're like me and can't be bothered with False Lashes, the glue the hassle of getting them even or hiding the track then I would definitely go with this system. It's so easy to do, and it's not clumpy and it really does give this beautiful, full, and dramatic look! I am fortunate and have long lashes to begin with so for me this is a special occasion lash-look, but I think if you have short or sparse lashes this would be a really great everyday look, thats not difficult or time-consuming like false-lashes can be. Overall a definite Must-Have! If you want to try it for yourself click here.

My mother brought up a good point though and questioned if this product would be safe for contact wearers like herself so she offered to test it out for me, so look forward to that update - later this week! 

Benefit Review - Primping with the Stars

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So I bought this a little while ago and have be trying the products in preparation for this review. Today we're looking at Benefit's "Primping with the Stars, All-time Greatest Fake-Its Kit" ...... Well what is it exactly? It's a sample box with six of Benefit's most famous cult products. All in an adorable little travel size. The kit includes: Stay Don't Stray Stay-Put Primer for Concealers and Eyeshadows, Some Kind-A-Gorgeous Foundation in Medium, Benetint Rose-Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain, The Porefessional Pro Balm, Girl Meets Pearl Liquid Pearl for Face, and They're Real! Beyond Mascara in Black. 

 

The packaging is all really cute, but there is nothing terribly special about it. The box looks sort of like a book, and then when you open it up everything is neatly stored. I do however appreciate that they made the inside tray removable incase you wanted to use the box for something else in the future. The travel sizes are admittedly tiny, which I don't mind considering they'll be perfect for on-the-go makeup. I also think this makes for the perfect introduction to the brand. If you've never tried any of their products and you're nervous about putting out $30+ for one thing, this gives you 6 products to try, and hopefully you'll find a few products worth buying in regular sizes. Overall a pretty good buy for $32. I found that 4 out of the 6, I would repurchase, and 2 that were just complete misses. I'll go over the duds first, get them outta the way and then go over the items I did like.

 

Some Kind of Gorgeous Medium Foundation

Some Kind of Gorgeous Medium Foundation

I found this product to just be a complete waste. It's a cream foundation that is meant to dry as a powder. It had good intentions but was a total disaster. The cream texture is very slippery and slimy feeling and then as soon as it dries it becomes this ashy, flakey horrible texture. Just totally gross. Not to mention it doesn't cover anything. It also would have been nice if you could choose the shade of foundation because it only comes in medium, not that it matters because even in my shade I wouldn't use this product.

 

Girl Meets Pearl Liquid Pearl for the Face

Girl Meets Pearl Liquid Pearl for the Face

This product is meant to be a highlighter or a shimmer blush, the included "tips and tricks" information suggested you layer this product with the BeneTint cheek stain. Which admittedly I liked more than the product on it's own. As is this product wasn't horrible, but it certainly wasn't anything to write home about. I didn't find that added a pearly highlight, it's more of a sweaty glisten look, which is cute if you're leaving the gym, but not a look I'd intentionally go for. I also struggled with how to apply this. I used several different foundation bases: MUFE, Stila, BH Cosmetics, Nyx, and Bareminerals, and everything I used was somehow removed when I applied the Liquid Pearl. I also tried different application techniques, my fingers, sponge, and brushes. I found the sponge worked the best but none were really ideal. When I layered this with the BeneTint cheek stain, the pink stain underneath shone through the pearly glisten and made a pretty cheek colour, but I simply wouldn't buy this product just for that. There are so many great highlighters out there, and this just isn't one of them. 

 

POREfessional Pro balm to minimize the appearance of pores. 

POREfessional Pro balm to minimize the appearance of pores. 

The product surprised me. I'm not one for face-primers because I think it's just a bunch of snake oil, but if you're someone who can't live without a pore-minimizer then I think this is your product. It has a nice texture, and a subtle tint. A little goes a long way and it applies very easily. Giveing the over all effect of a smoother foundation. The results aren't drastic but it's nice. It's not a must-buy for me, however it definitely delivers. 

 

Stay Don't Stray Stay-Put Primer for Concealers and Eyeshadows

Stay Don't Stray Stay-Put Primer for Concealers and Eyeshadows

This was another surprising product, it was extra tiny and I just didn't expect much. But hey turns out great things do come in small packages. This is a great little primer for eyeshadow, has a really nice light neutral base colour and dries really fast and isn't super tacky. But it gets better! I absolutely loved it as a concealer primer. I used it over a couple little blemishes and I almost could have just left them covered like that. I just added a touch of my favourite concealer (amazing concealer) and I only had to use half of my regular amount. And good by blemishes, just like that! I was also super impressed that it held my concealer on a lot longer than my concealer on it own. Because this tiny but mighty product will be a serious money saver for my concealer it's a definite repurchase. 

 

Benetint Rose-Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain

Benetint Rose-Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain

I wasn't sure if I was going to like this product, I usually use a powder blush, and I'm not very familiar with stains. Thankfully there were instructions included on how to best apply this product, and it was way easier than I thought. Just three little drops on your cheek and blend with your finger tips. I also anticipated it being messy, and streaky but incountered neither of those things. I really like the colour and the fact that you don't feel this product. It's like adding nothing but getting this great colour. It is a super natural looking flush and I will be using it for my no-makeup makeup looks from now on. It is also a lovely natural pouty lip colour. It is especially good if you want a colour on your lips and you're worried about transfers - because it's a stain there really is no rub-off. I also didn't find the product hard to remove with a mild cleaners.  I really love the duality, ease and naturalness of this product, definite must have Benefit product that's worth the hype. 

 

They're Real! Beyond Mascara in Black

They're Real! Beyond Mascara in Black

This was definitely my favourite product of the bunch and an absolute must have for any beauty bag. The formula is a really black mascara, and it does an amazing job at lengthening your lashes, and creating a a thicker appearance without being clumpy or extra fake looking. This mascara is not for those looking for natural lashes, it gives you the "falsey" look without the racoon look.  I really love the wand though and it has to be my favourite part. 

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The tip of the wand has this spiky bit so if you want you can hold the wand perfectly vertical and use it to separate your lashes for a more fan-like effect, and to remove any clumsy clumps. It's just a great formula and a great wand design. I absolutely love it and will without a doubt be repurchasing this in a regular size. 

 

For $32 I would give this kit a buy because I learned some new things, and it's given me the opportunity to try some products that I wouldn't have shelled out the cash for without trying first.  It would also make a great gift for a makeup loving teen who is just learning. Overall this kit is a great introduction to Benefit, and a great kit to try some products you wouldn't normally try. So take a step out of your comfort zone and try something new with your makeup. 

 

Are your Brushes to Blame?

Do you get breakouts often? Are you guilty of not cleaning you makeup brushes? Those dirty brushes may be contributing to your breakouts. Brushes are huge germ collectors! Every time you put that dirty brush to your face you’re spreading bacteria and germs. 

You should wash your brushes throughly at least once a week. This is what I call a deep clean. Just wash gently with a mild shampoo, rinse throughly and lay flat to dry overnight. (It's better if you can hang them brush down but this is tricky so stay tuned for an upcoming post) If you dry them brush up, then any left over water will seep into the handle and break down the glue that holds the brush together. If once a week just seems too much work, you can postpone your deep cleaning by doing light cleaning between. The best way to do this is get a spray brush cleaner. I love the brush cleaner by cinema secrets, it's a bright blue vanilla scented cleaner. But you can skip the brand stuff and make your own DIY - cleaner. Just mix, one-part soap, to three-parts water in a small spray bottle. Spray/mist your brushes and then wipe away on a clean paper towel, repeat until product residue no longer transfers. 

If you have bad skin most people recommend you cleanse and tone your face, lots of people go though product after product trying to reduce breakouts but if you're washing your face and then rubbing germs right back on with your makeup brushes then what's the point? Having clean brushes drastically improved the condition of my skin, it might just help yours too!

This is also why it's so important to make sure your Makeup artist is cleanly! 

Face Primer Review

Baby Skin Pore Eraser by Maybelline

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I've always been a skeptic of Face Primers because they usually run at about $35-45 and if you have a great moisturizer and a good foundation then what do you need a face primer for? But I thought to myself, "Give it a chance, who knows it might be revolutionary," and when I saw this dupe online by Maybelline for only $11 dollars I knew I had to at least try it. This is supposed to be comparable to the Benefit POREfessional face primer, pore minimizer. So I tried it on it's own and under my foundation and I have to say on it's own over problem areas it's pretty magical. If you have large pores it really does blur them and make them look less prominent. I don't really have large pores and I thought that it was pretty remarkable. When I put it all over my face in preparation for my foundation I really disliked the texture of this product, it felt like a a silky film all over my face, like a sheet of spiderweb if that makes any sense.  But I continued on, I left it for a minute or so to let it perhaps dry slightly but I don't feel like this made much of a difference, and then applied my foundation. This was a major issue for me, I thought the purpose of this product was to make your foundation go on smoother and give you a more flawless completion. To my disbelief it made my foundation completely unwearable. It became chalky and textured, and then it turned into this awful flaky, cracking appearance. This was with my NXY HD foundation, I worried perhaps it was a quality issue and switched to my more expensive MUFE foundation and found the results the same. Needless to say I will not be wearing this under foundation. However I will say if you have a day where you want to look natural but still pretty, and your only real skin issue is with the size of your pores, on it's own this product is very interesting and worth a try. 

I have to reporat that I am still a skeptic and I'm very hesitant to drop nearly $40 dollars to try the 'real' stuff but perhaps it will be a future review. 

Makeup Tips for Pictures!

We all know with twitter, instagram and facebook, that photos are a huge part of our social life, we want to share our various shenanigans with our friends via the interwebs! But we've all had those terrible photos taken where we're washed out, shiny, or ghostly. Just plain unflattering. I'm going to share some of my great makeup tips for pictures.

1. Don't use primer, moisturizer or foundation with SPF if you're going to be taking photos. The sunscreen in the product will reflect the light and cause flares, causing you to look extra pale and ghostly.

2. When matching your foundation, always swatch the product on your collarbone. You want your foundation to blend down into your neck. This will help you avoid that mask look when your foundation and skin tones are unmatched.

3. Try to stick to matte makeup. Anything with a lot of shimmer or glitter won't photograph well you'll end up with shiny spots that look like oil or sweat. Pearlized shadows are great for highlight though, a little in the inner corners of your eyes and it will brighten them right up.

4. Use a yellow/neutral tinted finishing powder. Avoid translucent or white HD powders, they will also give that shiny, reflective quality in your photos.

5. Create contrast. Using contrasting colours of dark and light, the camera will more easily pick this up and therefore give you a clearer more striking image. If you usually use brown eyeliner or mascara opt for black instead. You can also create contrast with contour. Using a bronzer in the hallows of your cheeks, along the bottom of your jawline, and on the sides of your nose will give the appearance of more defined features. 

6. Add colour. Don't skip your blush or your lipstick. These steps help add dimension to your face and prevent the photo from flattening your face. 

7. This is not the day to experiment. Don't stray too much from what you know and love about your makeup routine. 

8. If possible do your makeup somewhere where you have access to natural light, this will help you notice any poor blending or imperfections in your makeup application. 

Hope these tips helped, happy picture taking! 

Make the most of your Mascara

Tip 1: Do you use an eyelash curler? No? Why not?  Curling your lashes is the most immediate way to open up your eyes and make them appear larger. I know they seem like scary eye-cages. But I promise with a little practice you’ll be asking, “What took me so long!”

Tip 2: If you’re already a pro at curling your lashes, try heating your eyelash curler slightly with a hair dryer. Just enough that it’s warm, too hot and you’ll burn yourself. By warming the curler you’ll get a longer lasting curl.

Tip 3: To get those super thick and dramatic lashes, dust your lashes with some translucent powder before applying your mascara. You’ll look a little silly but after you apply your mascara you’ll have lashes that look just like falsies.

Tip 4: Many of us reserve the waterproof mascara for the beach, pool, sweaty workouts, days where you know you'll be crying (hopefully happy tears) or just plain old rainy days. But if you want that curl to hold you have to reach for the the waterproof mascara. The added wax and silicon in waterproof mascara makes it more long lasting than your regular everyday mascara. 

Tip 5: Avoid pumping the wand of your mascara, it forces air into the tube and will make it dry out faster. When trying to add product to your wand, insert it into the tube and then swirl before removing to maximize the amount of product. 

Eyeliner Dupe

Graphic eye liner has been a trend for awhile now, and everyone loves a fierce winged cat eye. It's fashionable and it elongates your eyes, giving you that sexy, but I'm dangerous vibe. I think you get the same kind of feeling from a nice pair of black stiletto's.  However with spring (hopefully) on it's way, I think the next up and coming eye makeup trend is coloured liners. Coloured liner is a great way to add colour to your look without always having to do a bright lip.

One of my favourite liner collections are the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencils. They are known for their super long lasting formula, and their anti-transfer quality. But at $20 a pencil that can be a bit much, especially if you want a handful of different colours. Scandaleyes Waterproof Eye Pencils from Rimmel are your perfect dupe! You can get this liner for just $4.50! I will say the only major difference is the colour selection, Rimmel has 10 available colours at the moment, but it's hard to compete with UD's 40 options. However the 10 colours of the Scandaleyes collection are super pigmented, glide on super smooth, and are just as long lasting as the UD Pencils. Both brands are great for contact wearers as they don't bleed or transfer. If you have to have that one obscure statement colour then you may have to splurge for that that UD liner. If you are looking for a handful of staple colours and want something that will last and last the Rimmel pencils are overall a great buy. 

Happy Shopping! 

Favourite Foundation Dupe!

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Foundation

As you may know MUFE is my favourite foundation, and what I love to use for my clients. However it has a fairly lofty price tag at about $45 a bottle. Do not despair I have found an affordable alternative! NXY HD Studio Photogenic Foundation. The coverage and texture of this foundation is very similar to the MUFE brand, however is less than half the cost at $17. The only con of this product is the limited selection of shades. There is a very pale option so if you are fair skinned and even the lightest shade you find most foundations too dark for you,  I'd say give this a try. NYX also does a good job at providing a dark complexion match, where it lacks are in the options for in-between shades. But even if you have to buy two foundations, to mix your perfect shade (which I highly recommend) it's still cheaper than the MUFE alternative. 

Pro Tip: Never match your foundation to your face, always swatch your colour on your neck or collar bone, this is the best way to avoid that 'mask' look with your foundation. 

My Skin Care Routine

All the opinions to follow are my own, and I am not affiliated with any of the mentioned brands. 

All the opinions to follow are my own, and I am not affiliated with any of the mentioned brands. 

This is a routine that I've been using for just about a year now, and I will swear by it. We all know that makeup can clog your pores but scrubbing it away can be a pain. All that scrubbing can make your skin dry, red and sore. This Fresh Soy Cleanser is an absolute must for those with sensitive skin, it is so gentle but it removes even the most stubborn water proof mascara effortlessly. It leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. But never oily. It's great right before bed to take off the wear and tear of the day. Once or twice a week I'll pair this cleanser with its sister exfoliator if my skin is need of a pick me up. It's still gentle enough for sensitive skin, but gives that extra clean feeling. And when I wake up I just add a bit of moisturizer. 

This routine is good all year long, in the winter just switch to a thicker moisturizer and you're all set! My favourites are the Embryolisse brand but this can be pricey so my drugstore alternative is the Vaseline Clean feeling moisturizers. 

Hope this helps some of you keep your skin feeling soft and hydrated for these dry winter days!