Stay Matte and Flawless with $8

Back to the good old roots of budget friendly yet good quality. I found this Stay Matte Mousse Foundation by Rimmel and it is great! It can be risky with mousse and oily skin to not look glowing but shinning. This claims to be a lightweight shine control foundation – bonus points.

img_8159  Before: As you can see my skin naturally shines, and is acne prone with some under eye circles (not severe but there). I look for in a foundation, one that covers acne, controls the oil and stays put.

I have found this in my $8 CAD purchase.

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This is purely foundation and mascara. No blush, bronzer, powder, anything. As you can clearly see it covers quite well and keeps the shine away. As I wore it through the day, I did add some powder and found no issues. There was a little under eye loss of product but nothing major or devastating.

Overall, 4/5 thumbs up.

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Estée Lauder Review

Now I know I’m usually about the affordable but decent makeup products – however as I age and with some troubling skin I know sometimes we need to invest in better quality makeup and skincare that we use. For the last month I have been using the Estée Lauder Idealist (Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher) and the Double Wear (Stay-in-Place) Foundation.  The refinisher runs about $70 CAD and the foundation is about $45 CAD.

Now I know $70 seems like a lot for a face serum but this is magical. It does not break me out even if used all day with makeup, it smoothes my pores, feels so fresh and clean on my skin (not heavy or thick), and makes my face glow in the perfect non-oily way. Although perfectly paired with the foundation, I even use it with my drugstore brands and it still enhances all the good qualities. You put in on before moisturizer and it helps absorb right into the skin. Trust me it’s a great investment because a little drop goes a long way.

Now for the foundation – also incredible. Same idea where a little drop goes a long way, and that makes me feel like my money is well spent not only on quantity but quality. It claims to be long-wearing and last up to 15 hours, now I don’t usually have makeup on that long but because I sweat and have oily skin this is a great offer for me. It is non-transferable, meaning once it’s on and set, I’m not going to put on a baseball cap and have that everlasting makeup stain mark from my forehead. Another perk is the multitude of shades that it comes in. It is a medium coverage but very buildable and has a semi-matte finish which is great for me. It doesn’t leave dry spots looking flakey or oily spots looking slick. My favourite bonus is that it’s oil-free and fragrance-free so no smelly makeup and longer lasting yet again.

Overall, I give both of these a 5/5.

Fall Essentials.

I love summer don’t get me wrong, but I am the girl who enjoys her pumpkin spice flavours, fall colours, cozy sweaters and warm blankets. Here are some of my fall essentials so far…

So I’ve started to use a new foundation and serum combination (review to come) but I think I’m in love. It is the Estée Lauder serum – Idealist Pore Minimizing and the Estée Lauder foundation – Double Wear. This combination is mind blowing.

Of course candles are on the list of fall essentials. I’m a huge fan of any scent most of the year round but especially during fall – lavender and mint, marshmallow, and just got a new creme brûlée scent!

Sweater weather. Two key words, with not much explanation needed.

Food wise, classic grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup. It is warm and comforting and all those great childhood feelings wrapped into a meal.

Another go-to is having a girls night in, loving netflix and a good early 2000’s show ‘Scrubs’. It is a hospital comedy – really amusing.

I also have been enjoying journalling more and writing down whatever comes to mind. This could mean to-do lists, blog ideas or just how my day went. This with meditation is very stress relieving and calming.

Who doesn’t love to feel good?

Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation

I am a sucker for cheap anything, ranging from food to makeup. This comes from trying to be money savvy, and living as a student through university. But now that I work and am shortly graduating, I’m looking for worth it investments. So as a typical 20-something woman I glided into Sephora.

Now I am the first to say, I love makeup but I do not know much about it. Kat Von D was an inspiration growing up, paving a way for women and looking badass doing it. So I thought why not try her foundation line?

With 68 colour tones to match with I thought I couldn’t go wrong. So being the money savvy girl I am I made sure to get my skin tone matched, and then went all in and for a higher end foundation – $42.00 wasn’t too painful.

The website claims its creamy and pigmented and a long-wear liquid formula. It is definitely a full coverage foundation, which is much needed when dealing with adult acne or even discolouration. I would be careful with the matte finish, although lovely for people like me with oily skin – would definitely flake on drier types. And to add as bonus, it is vegan and completely cruelty free.

Now for the real test results.

I was told it would best set with a powder, and so being the good student I am I followed suit. I have to say I love this foundation, but I definitely noticed I have to truly prep my face for it – it is not a throw on and go sort of routine. Although typically oily, my chin had flaking bits of foundation on the first test. With a little research and much better preparation however, it continues now to look flawless. And a little really does go a long way, which makes my investment feel well appreciated.

Out of 5 thumbs up? I’d give it 3.5