NYX Total Control Foundation | Review

I posted a mini haul earlier and this foundation was on my must try list. I wasn’t sure if I would love it because it’s consistency is quite liquified but I thought I’d give it a try.

It states that it is buildable coverage and one can build this up based off of how many drops you smooth over your skin. I took some pictures from 0 foundation to 3 layers of the foundation.

I love that this is so universally usable in coverage. There are days I want a barely there look and definitely days I want to be completely covered up. From left to right; starts with no foundation, 1 drop of foundation and finally a full 3 drops of foundation.

Retailing around $16 CAD is totally budget friendly for the quality that you get. A little goes a long way, and therefore you get more for your dollar. It lets you play with your look and vary on how you want to look for an individual event or day. It doesn’t leave you oily and it caused no breakouts for my acne prone skin – huge bonus.

Overall, I’d give it a 5/5 thumbs up.

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Review: BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

I will admit, I have bought more makeup than I need in the last week. But I have a new favourite – the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream (all in all, a tinted moisturizer). It can be found at Sephora for about $37 CAD. A little pricey but you get 1.18 oz over the usually 1 oz and a little goes a long way – not to mention for higher end beauty products this is quite affordable.

The cream is said to give coverage with skin care benefits and be parabens free. It is hypoallergenic, so great for sensitivity, and has  no oil or fragrance in it – which is huge for me because my skin breaks out so easily with any irritants.

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It only comes in 10 shades, but Sephora matched me to my best choice and I have to say it went on flawlessly and smoothly. It was low coverage but did hide some of the redness from my acne. It made me glow and feel beautiful. It did feel like it was hydrating my skin, but I also used a moisturizer before hand.

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It gives a very natural finish but with a little boost. Overall, I love it and will absolutely re-buy.

5/5 x

Review: Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation + Concealer *Clinique*

My first semester back at school is finally finished and it is summer! But I have come to love a new product that has me out of the door in 5 minutes or less and provides just enough coverage that my skin is natural but a little livelier.

I suffer from acne, and this does not cover it. But as I get older I am embracing my “flaws” that in reality are not really flaws at all. This powder foundation keeps me non-shiny and oil-free which is great for my skin type. It is so light and refreshing. It prides itself on being non pore clogging and I could not agree more!

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It retails at about $35 CAD – which in hindsight for a higher end product is not bad at all. As a bonus the packaging is super sleek and makes me feel very sophisticated (and who doesn’t love that?)

4/5 thumbs up x

Roc Enydrial Repairing Lip Care Review

Hey again, I’m back.

I went away for a week and then had to play catch up in school. But I am back.

Vacation was lovely, but when I came back my lips experienced something new for me; raw, red and cracked. It was horrible, and even my side creases were cracking – quite painful if you have never experienced this before. So I went into Shoppers to see if they had a remedy (I had been resorting to Nivea at night, helpful but not what I needed). One of the girls there suggested Roc, not a brand I’m very familiar with, always thought it was for much older cliental. HOWEVER, this is not the case. They have some really amazing products that are meant to heal the skin and infuse it with moisture. I tried the Roc Enydrial Repairing Lip Care balm (I think they refer to it as a lipstick but it is definitely more of a balm). I’m obsessed.

This is what their website says

“helps reduce 44% of lip dryness. Its formula protects and moisturizes dry, chapped or damaged lips…Formulated to minimise the risk of allergies…Non comedogenic [meaning doesn’t clog up pores]”

To me this all sounded great. And after using it for literally only 2 days, my lips are far from what they were – so I believe the claims.

It was a little much for a lip balm, but if you read into what you are getting, and understand that there is much more helpful and useful ingredients in this than something like lip smackers, the $7 CAD is worth it.

Overall love this product and will re-buy.

Review: Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Leave-In Treatment

Let me start with that this is only $5.30 CAD.

And it is wonderful.

It is called a nourishing milk that helps give hair nourishment and detangle without that oily or build up feel. This is really important for me since my hair is not only short now but fine. It also uses a “Shine Serum” which is made from fruits oils to really get in deep to the layers of the hair to help repair damage and smooth out knots. It is also stellar in leaving your hair feel so soft. And it is so affordable!

Overall, quick and to the point – 4/5 thumbs up.

 

Out the Door in 3 Minutes

Sometimes we wake up late and sometimes we just seem to run out of time but we need go-to’s to feel put together in a hurry. I have broken it down to a 3 minute routine with only 3 products. It is my essentials – mascara, concealer, lipstick – that’s it.

I used the Clinique High Impact mascara, which feels light but makes your eyelashes look beautifully long and natural.

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Then my all time favourite concealer, boi-ing by Benefit. It’s super creamy and high coverage, so I place it under my eyes to lighten the dark circles, and over a couple of blemishes. I find even with acne-prone skin, this concealer doesn’t break me out and allows for my natural skin to be more prevalent while covering some blemish areas.

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Finally lipstick. I love this colour, I got a sample from Sephora of this Marc Jacobs lipstick in the colour berry rouge. I will be purchasing the full size once this is complete. Love the smooth and easy application, and it doesn’t dry your lips out so there are no cracks and flakes.

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The final product, is as follows. You can still see some under eye area but that’s the point, we do not need to look flawless. It’s about enhancing what we love most in ourselves, and feeling confident. And it helps that this routine is under 3 minutes. img_8603

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration* Review

It’s been awhile guys, but beauty reviews are back! I got a mia 2 (face cleansing brush) about a year ago and it came with the first aid beauty ultra repair cream intense hydration. I am obsessed.

It ranges from a small tube (about $15 CAD) to a large jar (about $37 CAD). For what it does and how it works, it is hands down worth the money. I am learning to invest more in what products I use on my sensitive acne prone skin, and a product under $20 that is a miracle worker – I’m good with.

It says it’s good for all skin types but oily, however I have oily skin and use it as a night time cream. For me this works because I wash my face in the morning anyways and overnight my face gets extra hydration help. It has oatmeal, shea butter, and other ingredients that provide the ultra moist skin. It lacks parabens, and sulfates which is an added bonus. It is fragrance free which is huge for sensitive skin and allergies.

Overall, worth it. 5/5 thumbs up.