17 June 2017

Sormè Cosmetics | Color Correcting Concealers & Micro Blending Sponges

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Sormè is a brand I discovered in store at Cosmoprof. They are the most cheap in price there. Unfortunately you need a professional license to shop there. Basically if you are or know a hair stylist, esthetician etc, you can purchase items there. They don't really care if you use someone elses card. You can go into your local Cosmoprof to swatch their products and buy them online.

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OPTICAL ILLUSION COLOR CORRECTING CONCEALERS

Sormè Cosmetics Color Correcting Concealers & Micro Blending Sponges
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There are cases where a colour correcting product works well. But i've never invested in a colour correcting product for myself because I just saw it as an extra step, more money to spend and a good way to get the cake face look.

I've started using every shade in this palette except the orange one to see if i'm missing out by not colour correcting. I do like how it's been working but not enough to reach for everytime I do makeup. It's pigmented in colour but very emollient. It can be difficult to cover the shades that are very different than my skin because foundation and concealer sort of mix with it's emoliency if i'm not careful. I need to set it with powder heavily. I've been liking the yellow and peach shades for my under eyes a lot. If you're pale, you won't get use out of that dark orange shade unless you want a horrible time covering it. If you have a deep skintone, you won't get a lot of use out of the green. I see this palette as ideal for makeup artists who work with many skintones and people with medium skintones.

Buy or Pass?
I'd pass unless you're a makeup artist who will get use out of the whole palette. I feel it's too pricey to not use every shade.

More Info:
$27- 40 CAD | $29 USD | 8 grams of product | Paraben Free | Cruelty Free | Made in USA

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MICRO BLENDING SPONGES

Sormè Cosmetics Micro Blending Sponges  cosmoprof cruelty free
Sormè Cosmetics Micro Blending Sponges  cosmoprof cruelty free
Sormè Cosmetics Micro Blending Sponges beauty blender mini dupe wet and dry
If you think the colours of these sponges do something, they don't. Now that aside, I ADORE these sponges!!! Forget about the Beauty Blender minis. These are legit the same but your get more. They're soft, squishy and grow to be nearly 2 times larger when wet. I use them to concealer my whole eye area on the regular. It's nice to use the correlating colours with the Color Correcting Conceal because you are less likely to see colour stains.

Buy or Pass? 
Love these! They're cheaper than the Beauty Blender Mini and probably just as good. If you love your Beauty Blender Mini but can easily get your hands on these, i'd recommend you do that.

More Info:
$9-13 CAD | Cruelty Free | Made in P.R.C | Limited Edition

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5 June 2017

COLAB Dry Shampoo Review


My previous stop in finding the perfect (for me) cruelty free dry shampoo was with Batiste. I wasn't really a fan. I hated the scent and it made my head feel itchy. Also, they weren't really cruelty free.

I didn't realize Colab existed until I saw it advertised by Farleyco.ca, an online beauty store. They actually sent these travel sizes for me to try out. The travel size is only $1.99 on their site so I highly recommend you pick one up there first to try before committing to the full size. The full size is about $10 CAD. There are 11 cans to choose from. I've tried two formulas, extreme volume and invisible. The ingredients vary slightly. The extreme volume version has a few more added ingredients including talc and silica.


Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo | Toyko

This has an oriental scent. It smells a like a sweet candy and dusty like so many aerosol dry shampoos (probably from the talc and silica this one contains). There is a white cast that brushes out very well. It does a great job at masking oil. But like Batiste, I can't stand the chalky smell. I can't use this one.


Invisible Dry Shampoo | New York

This one smells a little fruity. It gives me Victoria Secret body spray vibes. I like the smell actually! I recommend this one over the previous. It works very well and doesn't smell dusty. Once again, the white cast brushes out. BUT, this one gives a stiffer, slightly crunchy feel to my hair which makes it a little harder to comb. Some people might not like this but I don't mind it. No one is running their hands through my hair. It would be great for teezing hair actually, especially if you've got that straight, slippery hair. 7.5/10 satisfaction.

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Overall, I would say Collab is definitely a step above the Batiste dry shampoo. I'm still not 100% happy. I would prefer my dry shampoo to be scentless but i'll be buying these again as they're one of the cheapest and more effective out there. I recommend the 'Invisible' version they offer.

You can buy Collab Dry Shampoo at http://www.farleyco.ca/COLAB/Products.html  and Shopper Drugmart.

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2 June 2017

EYE OF HORUS COSMETICS REVIEW


It's been a while since I was sent products for review that just knocked my socks off. I'm so impressed with the brand as a whole and highly recommend them. They're one of my favorites now. I have a video review below if you want to learn about them that way.

The first thing you might notice about the brand is the ancient Egypt theme. I'm a big history nerd, so this theme really attracts me. The actual Eye of Horus symbol means a lot of things, but essentially, it's a symbol of protection, royal power and good health. Fun fact.

The brand has a lot more going for them than the cool theme. This card summarizes what they're all about.

I love that they're cruelty and paraben free and use some organic ingredients. What makes them extra special to me is that their products are very water resistant and gentle for sensitive eyes. Most of the products have difficulty coming off with soap and water. Their eyeliners feel very light and skin-like even though they're water resistant. Also, nothing i've tried has made my sensitive eyes burn.

GODDESS PENCILS

Goddess Pencils | $22.14 USD, $29.92 CAD| 1.2 g
They've done a really good job with these eyeliners. In general, they're creamy and pigmented but some more than others. They all set to be waterproof and stay in place. I would say these are ideal for oily-eyed people. I did my moms makeup before she went on a trip and she told me her liner hadn't creased at all after 10 hours. So, I recommend them. I have to mention that the shade Sahara Nude is a lot drier and stiffer than the rest of them. My favourite is the purple and blue shade because they are very emollient and fun. I'll be giving away the black shade to one of you (unused).

SAHARA NUDE
This is a drier and stiffer pencil. It does have full pigmentation but need a lot of work to get it to show on my waterline. I recently found that if I dry my waterline first, this pencil will stick and stay a long time.

BRONZE AMULET
This is a bronze with a subtle rose shift. It looks fairly matte when applied. It has a medium creaminess.

JEWEL AMETHYST
This is a violet purple with rose shimmer. It's very emollient and pigmented.

LAZULI BLUE
This is a violet blue with a purple shimmer shift, but it looks blue only. It's pigmented but it you look closely, you can see a bit of skin peak through in a swatch. I love this one.




LIQUID METALS

Liquid Metals | $24.35 USD ,$32.91 CAD | 2.4 g | Vegan
These are the star of EoH.  Have you ever used a metallic eyeliner that felt like an uncomfortable, tight second skin? These feel like nothing is on your skin. The are super, super long wearing and waterproof. They'd make a great Coachella body tattoo. Every shade is extremely pigmented and gorgeous. Now they just need to make more colours. I'd like to see a metallic deep green. I also want to mention the felt tip. It's amazing. It bends at the tip like a calligraphy brush. You can make some cool designs with it.

COPPER SPHINX
This is an intense copper metallic.

IMPERIAL BRONZE
This is a bronze shade that is similar to Copper Sphinx, but different. I personally would go for Copper Sphinx if I was trying to choose between the two.

ALCHEMY GOLD
This one is a yellow gold with a larger shimmer.

ANCIENT PEWTER
This is a white silver. It's my favourite because it's super intense and... I just like it.


GODDESS EYESHADOW

Goddess Shadow Palettes | $33.95 USD, $44.88 CAD | 3.6g 12oz
The eyeshadows are another great product from them. They feel firm yet velvetty and a little buttery. You get 3 removable pans in each palette that are the standard eyeshadow width and hold 1.2 grams of product. They would be about $15 USD for each shadow if you broke it down like that. This is pricey and I don't feel the performance is anything special. I guess you could justify it this way: it's great for people with sensitive eyes, it's vegan and cruelty free.

SHEBA GODDESS PALETTE

Sheba  Mystical Goddess Palette | $33.95 USD, $44.88 CAD | 3.6g 12oz | Vegan
ARTIFACT
A champagne shimmer. It looks more silver when applied but looks warmer in a finger swatch. I have a feeling it's very similar to MUG Shimma Shimma. It's a great highlight.

ENCHANTRESS
A satin peachy shade. It's pigmentation is subtle.

ROYAL ABYSS
A deep, muted purple metallic. It's pretty wearable actually.

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ISIS SUN GODDESS SHADOW PALETTE

Isis Sun Goddess Palette | $33.95 USD, $44.88 CAD | 3.6g 12oz | Vegan

ENIGMA MIST
This is a metallic peachy champ.

CHALICE BRONZE
A metallic bronze. Very pigmented.

SACRED HUSK
A wheat-khaki brown metallic.

GODDESS MASCARA

Goddess Eyeshadow | $25.80 USD, $34.86 CAD | 8 g
I've been really enjoying this mascara because it's so easy to work with. It's not too wet and not too dry. It doesn't flake, smudge or any other bothersome issues you can encounter with mascaras. I can't speak for volume or lengthening abilities because my lashes as soooo short and stubborn that they fall down immediately. I use this on my lower lashes mainly. The shape of the want it ideal because it's shaped to fit the contour of your eye. This means an easier application. Recommend this one.


LIQUID DEFINE

Liquid Define | $22 USD, $30 CAD | 2 g | Vegan
Are you super iffy marker liners like I am? This is now the exception to my weariness of marker styled liners. I love this! This eyeliner is superrrr pigmented and black and doesn't bleed/feather.  The finish is BEAUTIFUL. It's matte without being crackly and dry. The felt tip has a stiff base and a slightly bendable tip. It's really easy to make a sharp line. It doesn't feel like i'm poking my eye with a stick either. You really don't need much pressure to get product to show up. I'm concerned on how this will last through the next few weeks. Will it dry up? Will eyeshadow gunk up the outside? I don't think the pointed tip will dull. It's been 2 week and everything is perfect and i'm loving it.


DYNASTY DUAL BROW PERFECT

Dual Dynasty Brow Perfect | $20.66 USD, $28 CAD  | Vegan

I've really been enjoying this product because it's fast as hell. You got a triangle shaped brow pencil on one end and a brow gel on the other. The shade I have is in Medium Brown. It suits my really dark brows very well because it's not orange in undertone. The pencil is hard and not super pigmented on a swatch but it's more than pigmented when applying because hairs tend to soften a pencil up and brows are often a little oily from skin, makeup or skincare. The pigmentation is perfect! It's just like the Benefit Goof Proof brow pencil actually. The gel end is very good too. It holds like a mens strong hold hair gel holds hair. It feels... kind of crunchy. That doesn't bug me. I hands down recommend this over the Benefit Goof Proof pencil, which is it's near dupe.

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6 May 2017

Vapour Organic Beauty Review


Vapour is a cruelty free and organic company that originated from USA. They sell makeup and skincare in exclusively cream or liquid form. They're like the 'creme de la creme' of ethical, environmentally friendly cosmetic companies. Every product is made in the USA with wind and or solar power. Everything is made with recyclable material or is recyclable. They don't even use water in their products. There's so many little things like this that make me really impressed with this company. I've discovered some amazing products. I think their lip products and cream-face products are great. Their highlighters look great. There were a few 'misses' that I tried. I think it's harder for a company like Vapour to get 'perfect' cosmetic products everytime when they're following all these 'guidelines'. It must be organic, a cream product, contain no water etc. There are a lot of people out there though, that aren't as hard on cosmetics as I am and prefer to feel good what they buy and put on their skin over amazing performance. Some people are exclusively into green beauty. I want perfect performance and all that good stuff. Anyways, prepare yourself for this huge review!

LIPS


If there's something Vapour Organic Beauty should be praised for, it's their lip products. They're awesome. I'm a big advocate of wearing natural or organic lip products because we so often inadvertently eat it! Years ago, there use to be studies about the amount of lead women were putting into their bodies a year because of wearing lipstick. There was also some 'fact' that the average woman eats something like 7 pounds of lipstick a lifetime. I'm not sure how accurate that is but I never forget the main point of those studies and articles: conventional lipstick is unhealthy in any amount to be put into us. I never eat with lipstick on. I take it off before or if it's a matte liquid lipstick, I eat very carefully. Same goes for lipbalms. I know many people wouldn't be as careful as I am though. If so, you should go organic.

ELXIR LIP GLOSS IN TICKLE 323, MISCHIEF 325,TRUST 317, SHIVA ROSE 329 & SIREN LIPSTICK IN COURAGE 406
 LUX ORGANIC LIP CONDITIONER 901

$20 USD | 0.135 OZ/3.82 G | Made in USA | Certified Organic | Made With Window Power
This is an amazing product. It is expensive but pushing that aside, it's really nice!! It smells faintly of apples and is SO creamy and nourishing. It's completely organic. I like it a lot and recommend it.

SIREN LIPSTICK IN COURAGE 406 

$25 USD | 0.11oz/3.11g | 70% Organic and 30% Minerals & Essential Oils | Made With Wind Power | Made in USA 
This is another favourite of mine. It's what I would call a really pigmented lip tint. It's really emollient and comfortable on the lips. There's not much of a fragrance added. If this shade was more in my comfort zone, i'd be wearing it everyday.


ELXIR LIP GLOSS IN SHIVA ROSE 329 

$24 USD | 0.13oz/3.68g | 70% Organic and 30% Minerals & Essential Oils | Made With Wind Power | Made in USA 
This is a really pretty cranberry shade with super fine micro shimmer. I used a sanitized spatula to take some product to swatch this lipgloss because i'm adding it to a future giveway. I have 3 other Vapour glosses swatched below. They all are thicker and slightly sticky feeling. They give a sheer wash of colour so are wearable. They all smell like candy apples or something. I really, really like the formula. Find a colour you like and it will last you a longggg time.

$24 USD | 0.13oz/3.68g | 70% Organic and 30% Minerals & Essential Oils | Made With Wind Power | Made in USA 
ELXIR LIP GLOSS IN TICKLE 323, MISCHIEF 325 & TRUST 317 

Sample from sample kit. 1-2 use each
FACE 

Vapour Organic Beauty Soft focus touch perfecting primer soft focus review foundation instagram

Vapour's face-coverage type products were a bit of a miss for me. I wasn't a fan of the foundation or primer as they just didn't look right on the skin. I do however like their cheek products- blushes and highlighters.

ATMOSPHERE SOFT FOCUS PERFECTING PRIMER IN S902 & ATMOSPHERE SOFT FOCUS FOUNDATION IN S123, S115 AND S123

ATMOSPHERE SOFT FOCUS PERFECTING PRIMER 

$56 USD | 1.06 oz/30.17g | 70% Organic and 30% Minerals & Essential Oils | Made With Wind Power | Made in USA
This is a luminous primer. It gives a very slight opalescent glow. If you look very closely, you can barely make out the smallest micro shimmer. The glow it creates somehow peaks through my foundation a bit. This primer feels thicker and very velvety. It spread almost like Elmer's glue. Once you spread it evenly and given time to set, it feels very lightweight. There is also a tea tree oil type scent added. I like because it smells natural and invigorating. It could be irritating if used around the eyes.

I'm kind of iffy about this primer though. It's too temperamental. I can make it work sometimes with some foundations and others times not. If I apply this on top of cream with my fingers, it'll pill badly. It doesn't work well with the Vapour Foundation because it clings or groups around peach fuzz very strangely. The first time I applied them together, I took it straight off. Other foundations, it works fine with, especially with a sponge. I like that it gives a smoother canvas for my foundation to blend on and gives a pretty glow. It's really nice on it own actually. But sometimes it just doesn't look well under certain foundations or application methods. It's best if you don't manipulate it too much after applying foundation. But I can't really recommend it.


VAPOUR STRATUS SOFT FOCUS FOUNDATION 

$50 USD | 1.14OZ/32.31G | 70% Organic and 30% Minerals & Essential Oils | Made With Wind Power | Made in USA
I didn't have a good experience with this foundation. It just looks off no matter what I do. I apply it on top of Vapour's primer and it pills but even on its own it gathers on peach fuzz. I can't explain it. It's just thick looking. So no, I don't think you should spend $50 USD on this. Perhaps their stick foundation is better!


EYES

Mesmerize Eye Color in Firefly 607 & Ember 608

$20 USD | 0.11oz/3.11oz | 70% Organic and 30% Minerals & Essential Oils | Made With Wind Power | Made in USA
I was really excited about these cream eyeshadows. They swatched very well and are both a pretty colour. They both have micro glitter added so can be a pain to remove. On the eye they like a subtle. wash of colour. I was so happy to find these didn't make my eyes burn or water at all but that happiness was cancelled out because these creased badly on my hooded eyes within minutes of applying.  I applied these to someone else and it creased badly on them too. I'm trying to find ways to get around this but can't. The only solution would be to apply a similar coloured powder eyeshadow on top. Sadly, i'd say pass on these.


$20 USD | 0.11oz/3.11oz | 70% Organic and 30% Minerals & Essential Oils | Made With Wind Power | Made in USA
$20 USD | 0.11oz/3.11oz | 70% Organic and 30% Minerals & Essential Oils | Made With Wind Power | Made in USA

MESMERIZE EYELINER IN INK 606



I think this is a good eyeliner for people that aren't into a super intense, precise liner look. It's also good for people with super sensitive eyes. I found this eyeliner didn't wore the best though. My first try, I loved it. It had a super pointed tip and I didn't need to apply a lot of pressure to get it to show up. But after a few uses I found it's good for the most basic application or adding darkness inbetween eyelashes. Don't try smudging it or you'll loose that super black intensity you might want. I think there are better black eyeliners out there. But I would recommend you try this one if you have really sensitive eyes.

MULTI-PURPOSE 

ARTIST PALETTE IN RENDEZ-VOUS 533 


$46 USD | 0.42oz/11.9g | 70% Organic and 30% Minerals & Essential Oils | Made With Wind Power | Made in USA 
I found my first few swatches from this palette were non-existent. After some swirling I started to uncover some pigment. Everything from Vapour is subtle and for that no makeup look so keep that in mind. You won't get huge pigmentation with this. The pink shade is not very pigmented at all. The brown shade is basically a translucent gloss. It's pretty but i'd prefer more pigment. The first highlight shade is gorgeous. It's subtle shimmer highlight that I love. Having used this palette, I would  skip it and get one of the Vapour highlighters. I have a lot of faith that those will be gorgeous.

$46 USD | 0.42oz/11.9g | 70% Organic and 30% Minerals & Essential Oils | Made With Wind Power | Made in USA

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You can buy Vapour Organic Beauty on their website. They're also sold at select green beauty stores.

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