CoverGirl Outlast Lipcolour


Cover Girl’s Outlast Lipstick has been reformulated and now comes in more colours. I don’t have a lot of experience with long-wear lipsticks so I was a little wary of trying this.

I tried it in a berry and nude shade, and I’m happy to say that I liked both! They dry to a slightly sticky finish and I would say that you should give the product a few minutes to completely dry since the results are so much better when you let the product set. Also, be careful in applying the stain. Make sure you pay attention to where you’re putting it on, and don’t go over areas too much or the colour may appear uneven.

Finally, the top coat is slick and moisturizing and seems to last for a long time. Best of all, even when the top coat wore off, I wasn’t left with overly dry lips.

Available at drugstores and mass merchandisers for $8.97.

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From the Archives: MAC Of Beauty Collection

This is from the archives, but I do love loose shimmering powders and I need to dig some of these up again.

MAC’s new collection, Of Beauty, comes at a time when most people want to add some sparkle to their look. The collection consists of shimmery loose powders and Studio Lights that highlight weightlessly.

Here are the colours in the collection:

Beauty Powder/Loose
Dancing Light Creamy gold with white gold reflect
Drizzlegold Fleshy beige with copper and gold reflect
Natural Flare Peachy champagne with white and gold reflect
Sunspill Coral Peach with white and gold reflect
Tenderdusk Soft pink with red and gold reflect
Soft Flame Rich plum with reddish copper reflect

The Soft Flame would make a great blush and the Drizzlegold is perfect for warming skin up.

Studio Lights
Skin Lure Soft creamy beige
Ideal Pink Palest pinkish beige
Smoothspice Caramel
Frangipan Pale golden yellow
Sand Soft peachy beige

And of course, MAC tells you which brushes to use.

The entire collection is available at MAC stores or on MACCosmetics.com.

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My Latest Empties

Here are some things that I just finished.

First up: Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel conditioner. I loved it because it smelled amazing, so this lasted a long time because I used it sparingly. It worked to help my highlights not be so ashy. I am hoping it will come out as a perfume – it smells amazing. I need a spray perfume of this.

 

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Next up is this Vichy Charcoal mask. Oh my, it smells good too, but it also mattifies skin like nothing else.

Also, Flow Haircare has been blowing my mind. I loved their shine serum, I ran out of their 30 second treatment too, and I’m also into their detangling spray which I’m almost out of.

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Benefit High Beam – Worth the Hype?

I got this reader question this weekend:

I know you like Benefit products, and I’ve read a lot about their
“High Beam” highlighter in magazines, but I can’t decide if it’s worth
the price — do you know if it lives up to its hype?

Yes, it’s true, j’adore anything Benefit – especially their Dallas Blush – but, their products can be rather pricey. The High Beam retails for $24 (US) which is kind of expensive for something that you’re probably not going to use every single day.
high beamI gotta say that the High Beam is a well formulated product – it’s a nice light formulation and does add a nice amount of glow without making you look overly shimmery or sparkly.

Is it worth the price? Yes and no.

It has a sheer texture, it lasts the whole day, and it even mixes into moisturizer or foundation and gives those a nice glow, so if that’s for you, then it’s hard to beat!

I hope that helps!

High Beam is available at Sephora and other Benefit retailers for $24.

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Lancome Hypnose Eau de Parfum

I had never tried Lancome’s Hypnose but figured I should since a counter lady told me that it was one of their best-selling perfumes! The scent was offered in a limited edition Sheer version this summer.

The top note of this scent didn’t rub me the right way, but I had already sprayed it directly on myself so I kept it on. I’m so glad I did, because the drydown was completely worth it. I have to say that this is the most comforting scent I’ve every worn. I’m hooked to the warmth of the vanilla because it’s not too sweet either. And once the scent had warmed up on me I couldn’t stop sniffing it!

Hypnose has quickly – and unexpectedly – become one of my all-time favourite scents and I’m going back for the Eau de Parfum which I’m sure will be lovely in the winter.

Available at Lancome counters.

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October’s Best Products Video

Here’s what I loved this month.

@FreshBeauty Soy Face Cleanser. This is the travel version and I liked it so much. Definitely check this out if you have sensitive skin.
@Reversa_Canada Retin[A]List cream is the gentle retinol that I can use everyday with no peeling.
@rodialbeauty Instaglam Face Tint. I’m the shade medium.
@lorealmakeup Infallible Pro-Contour is light and easy to use everyday.
@essencemakeup False Lash mascara is amazing.
No. 7 Glycolic Acid pads from @ShoppersDrugMart.
@flowhaircare products! Love this line!

Have you tried any of these? What did you love this month?

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Lip and Eye Masks for Dry Weather

Loved using these two masks over a snowy weekend. One was for under the eye, and other for the lips.  Oh K! is a Korean brand (in case you couldn’t tell from the packaging) and is available at Shoppers Drug Mart!  The Chok Chok Smoothing Under Eye Mask is super refreshing, so I’d recommend it in the morning when you want to wake yourself up!

The Life Brand lip mask was hydrating but you’ll need to apply a thick lip balm afterwards to seal in all the moisture.  I left it on for 10 minutes… and had to stop talking for that time.

You can find both masks at your local Shoppers Drug Mart. They actually have the whole range of Oh K! masks, and some of them seem super interesting, like a gold foil mask, and cherry gel masks.

$4.79 for the Oh K! Chok Chok Smoothing Under Eye Mask (contains 1 pair of masks), and $4.99 for the Life Brand Hydrogel Lip Mask (2 masks to a package).

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Beautycounter Melting Body Balm

Thick and waxy, this balm melts as you rub your hands together and turns into a rich mix of oils.

I just want you to read the ingredients for yourself, because literally almost every single one is good for your skin.

Ingredients: Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tribehenin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil*, Squalane, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Stearyl Stearate, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Gardenia Taitensis Flower Extract, Methyl Anthranilate, Behenyl Behenate, Benzyl Acetate, Tocopherol, Triethyl Citrate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire de carnauba, Vanillin, Rhus Verniciflua Peel Wax, Gamma-Nonalactone, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Look at all the oils, and it even includes Squalane in case your skin loves that.

I’ve tried this on my face, and I didn’t love it – so don’t do that. It’s really too rich for every the driest skin, but my body loves it and it’s keeping the dryness at bay.

Available online for $55.

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Alumier MD Retinol Resurfacing Serum 1.0

I’m going to start by saying, that if you’re going to add retinol into your skincare routine, you need to start by starting low and going slow. What that means is that you start at a very low concentration of retinol, and then work up to a higher concentration. You also shouldn’t start by applying it every single day, and just do it once or twice a week and then work up to using it more in your routine. Also – use a sunscreen because a retinol is going to cause some sun sensitivity.

That means that this Alumier MD Retinol Serum 1.0 is super strong and not for anyone who is new to retinol. I’ve been using retinol for over a year, and I found it to be super drying, so it’s something I can use once or twice a week and not more than that.

I also find that the texture of it is super drying. It’s a very dry silicone-based serum, and it feels dry on the skin. I like to mix this with a moisturizer so that it applies more evenly, and then I like something richer, such as an oil, on top so that my skin doesn’t get too dry. Sometimes, I even like to put a hyaluronic acid serum first, so that my skin has some moisture in it before the retinol goes on.

Dryness aside, this serum is super effective so if you want a retinol that works, and you think that your skin can tolerate it, then absolutely start adding it to your skincare regimen and see how it does.  The serum also has niacinamide in it which can really help brighten skin.

Available at professional retailers such as doctor’s offices and medical spas.

This serum is also available in 0.25 and 0.5 formulations so if you are starting with retinol try one of the lower ones first!

 

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