27 January 2017

Paula's Choice Skincare Review

It's long overdue that I reviewed some Paula's Choice products i've tried. I'm a huge fan of her and her products. Whatever your skin issue is, her products can help. I purchased from Paula's Choice three times in 2015 and am still using some of the full sized products nearly 2 years later! I won't be reviewing the foiled samples in this post but will make a future post.

Before I get into my reviews, I want to remind everyone to keep an eye out for sales! For example, I bought the Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer on two separate occasions. It regularly costs $28 US. The one time I ordered it, I got free shipping to Canada and paid $13.80 US for it. The other time, I paid $20.80 US for it and $5 on shipping. This was in 2015, but I don't things have changed on their site.


Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer 
What it does: Reduces wrinkled on face & eye area | Soothes sensitive skin & rosacea

I bought this stuff twice, so we can assume I like it! This is a really nice moisturizer for normal to very dry skin. I love the texture of this moisturizer. It feels buttery and thick initially. When I apply it to my face and undereyes, it feels a little oily and will start to dry down to a drier, tacky finish. When it's fuller set, it doesn't feel heavy on the skin. I feel I can wear this underneath foundation without piling. I like that this moisturizer isn't just a basic face cream. It has added ingredients that are beneficially to the skin. You can even use it as an anti-aging eye cream. The fifth ingredient is Evening Primrose Oil which is a nice oil for dry skin and mature skin. I really recommend you try this one out. You can do what I did, I buy a sample first if you're unsure.

Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid
What it does: Creates radiant, even-toned skin | Reduces redness & builds collagen | Unclogs & diminishes enlarged pores

I find this an effective chemical exfoliant. I noticed this improved my acne and most of all, it was the only thing to get rid of the KP (Keratosis Pilaris) on my cheek! I had one dry, rough and bumpy cheekbone for months and this got rid of it completely. It did make my skin look very dry and textured underneath makeup unfortunately, so I stopped using it for a while. Foundation wearers know how horrible foundation looks on dry patches of skin. I really don't like the texture of this product. It feels just like vegetable glycerine. It sits on top of your skin like a sticky mask. I really recommend the CLEAR Regular Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution over this because it feels like water and was more effective for my skin.

I cannot believe that I still have 1/5th of product left in the two years i've been using it! My trick for making it last is I don't use a cotton pad to apply it to my face but use my palms. The shelf life of this is 12 months, but it seems to work still. 

Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution 
What it does: Prevents breakouts & fades red marks | Unclogs & minimizes enlarged pores | Non-drying, light-as-water texture

I really, REALLY like this liquid bha. This chemical exfoliant cleared up my old bought acne a lot! I really recommend this for people looking to buy a Paula's Choice chemical exfoliant. Like I mentioned above, I much prefer this over the Skin Perfecting Liquid BHA. Both are a 2% liquid bha so it targets the same problems but have different formulas. The texture of this is like water. When applied to the skin, it sinks in instantly. The Skin Perfecting Liquid BHA is a watery, glycerin feels and sits on top of the skin like a vegetable glycerin mask which I really don't like. I've gone through two trial bottles of this liquid bha and am certain I prefer it. Try out the trial size!

Moisture Boost One Step Face Cleanser
What it does: Creates radiant, even-toned skin | Reduces redness & builds collagen | Unclogs & diminishes enlarges pores

I bought this because it's a ph balanced cleanser. When I tested it with ph strips, the ph was lower than 6. Skin ph is about 5.5. I find it very important to use a cleanser with a lower or neutral ph for my skin, or else I will breakout. This cleanser removes oil and makeup very well. It definitely does tighten my skin with the second ingredient being Sodium Laureth Sulfate. I wouldn't say it's great for dry skinned people but it gets the job of cleaning your face done. Do you use oil to remove your makeup? This will remove that oily residue. I only need a very small amount of product for it to lather up all over my face. I still have some product left after two years of use. I like it. It's one of my favourite cleansers.

CLEAR Daily Skin Clearing Treatment 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide
What it does: Immediately reduces blemishes | Leaves an invisible matte finish | Visibly reduces red marks

My face gives this product a big N.O. I thought i'd give a shot trying a product with the lowest percent of benzoyl peroxide possible, 2.5%. I bought a trial size. I applied the smallest amount on a pimple and ohhh my, did it dry out my skin! I can't even describe to you how dry that area of my skin was for days. Scary dry. Will my skin ever recover dry. I tried this product again, first applying a generous amount of moisturizer underneath. That helped a little in preventing that drying effect. But I rather have a pimple than the type of dryness this caused my skin. Dry skinned people, beware!

What do you like from Paula's Choice? Feel free to leave any comments or questions below!

26 January 2017

COVERFX Custom Enhancer Drops VS SEPHORA Radiant Luminizing Drops | REVIEW

I recently realized I had sample of both products mentioned. They're both very similar products, have the same product amount but have a large price gap. Let's get the price comparison out of the way so we can delve deeper into this review.

COVERFX Custom Enhancer Drops 
 SIZE 0.5 oz/ 15 mL
$52 CAD 
SEPHORA Radiant Luminizing Drops
SIZE 0.50 oz/ 15 mL
$19 CAD 

You get the same amount of product in each. You would save $33 CAD if you bought the Sephora Radiant Luminizing Drops.


As we can see, the undertone of these are different. On my NC 20 skin, both these shades are good. The COVER FX drops look a little lighter when they catch the light than my face skintone and the Sephora Drops (in the shade I have). The COVER FX drops look a little more reflective in my swatches. I can also see the micro shimmer a little more.

I finger patted both these on different cheekbones. I didn't notice either of them remove my foundation or concealer. These look so similar on my face. I do like the Cover FX drops a little more because they have a bit more of a 'pow' factor than the Sephora shade I compared it to. The Sephora drops give a beautiful wet looking sheen too. The shade I had blended out into my skin tone more than I like. 

The Sephora drops sit on skin texture a little funky. You can see it in the images below. The side of my face I tested them on does have a lot of texture lately, so I can give it a little slack, but it did bring more attention to it. If you have skin texture like that, both these might be a no-go, especially the Sephora drops. I recommend getting samples of these both of these at Sephora. Neither of these product is perfect, as beautiful as they look in swatches.

If I had unlimited funds, i'd buy the Cover Fx Custom Enhancer Drops because I like it a *little* more. It looks slightly better on my dry skin than the Sephora Radiant Lumizing Drops. They also have a larger colour selection. But the price is too high for me and the products too similar. The Sephora Radiant Luminizing Drops are a great cheaper alternative if you're looking for a liquid highlighter. I don't know if that helps you decide!


sephora radiant custom enhancer drops swatches morning light cover fx enhancer drops moonlight
sephora radiant custom enhancer drops swatches morning light

sephora radiant custom enhancer drops swatches morning light cover fx enhancer drops moonlight
sephora radiant custom enhancer drops swatches morning light cover fx enhancer drops moonlight

Feel free to leave any comments or questions!

Sincerely, Jaclyn




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22 January 2017

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon | Review & Swatches & Amuse Bouche Lipstick Comparison

I have to say, Bite Beauty makes one of my favourite lipsticks ever. There's just something great about them. The smell, the creaminess, the high pigmentation and above all, the way they look amazing on the driest of lips. I recommend them to anyone looking to splurge on a lipstick, especially a natural one.


I recently tried their Matte Creme Lip Crayons. These have the same creamy feel as the Amuse Bouche lipsticks but the ingredients and scent differ. These smell a little like molasses and rum? It's hard to describe, but I would prefer a more subtle scent. Every shade is matte with an bit of a sheen finish. For a true matte finish, you'd want to blot these and set them with a translucent powder. The packaging is a win! Every crayon comes with a built in sharpener at the bottom. When I found it by accident, I was so excited. I tried it, and it worked perfectly! Some might see a problem with this feature. What do you do with a product you just shaved off? I like to keep it in the sharpener or use my finger or lower the lipstick and smear it back in the tube. I don't mind that little inconvenience for an occasional sharp tip when I need it.


The shade Cava is my baby! I LOVE IT. It's one of these trendy nude-greige shades. It's exactly the same shade as 'Native Nude', from the now discontinued/revamped Sephora Nano Lipliners. It's a slightly odd but interesting, cool toned beige nude. I can pull it off on my pale skin. This shade might not be for everyone. If you like greige colours, you'll love this one.


The shade Glace is a pretty, dusty pink-mauve colour. It's a mid-dark shade. All skin tones will look great in this. This will be a dark lip look on pale girls and nude on deep skintones. It's a standard, highly wearable shade. It appears darker in person than in my photos.


Red Velvet is a sexy deep red. For reference, Nars Cruella is very close, but more blue in undertone than Red Velvet. You might remember Nars Cruella from a previous years Sephora birthday gift. It also appears darker in person than in my photos. It's a deep geisha red.


Should you buy their Matte Creme Lip Crayon OR Amuse Bouche lipstick?

Both lipstick formulas are equally good. But you get a lot more product with the Amuse Bouche lipstick for the exact same price as the Matte Creme Lip Crayon. The only thing their lip crayon has on their original lipstick is the fact that you get a nice pointed tip that can be sharpened. It makes your lip edges clean and sharp.

If you really like lip crayons or pointed tip lipsticks, then you'll obviously like their lip crayon. If you don't care whether or not you have that feature, then their original lipsticks are certainly the way to go. You get more than twice the amount of product for the same price.

      Matte Creme Lip Crayon         Amuse Bouche Lipstick
0.05 oz (about 1.5 g) for $28         0.15 oz/4.35 g for $28

Overall, I like these a lot!

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20 January 2017

Nevermind Cosmetics review

nevermind lipstick

NEVERMIND Cosmetics is a very new company created by two business partners (and cousins) , Vanessa and Meri. The brand follows what I would call, '90s teen' themed. You'll notice lipstick names like 'Whatever', 'I Can't Even' and 'Literally'. Five-year-old me would be so swayed by this theme. Kid-me, loved the colour pink and actually wore those plastic chokers that they include with your purchase as a little gift.

Wearing 'Whatever'
I looked up some swatch videos and was amazed at the high pigmentation and interesting matte colours they had. The shaded 'Space Cadet' and 'GRL Talk' look beautiful. Their specialty, as of now, are their velvet mattes lipsticks which are super bright and pigmented. I was kindly sent the shades 'Nevermind' and 'Pay My Bills'. The lipstick boxes they came in were beautiful. I feel the plastic tube that contains the lipstick doesn't reflect the performance of the lipstick. The container is the same plastic and feel as the Wet n Wild Pro Longwear Lipstick. So not as luxurious as one might want for a mid-ranged priced lipstick but I can look past that. I mean 'whatever'. These lipsticks are made in Merica, cruelty free and contain no parabens. The cost $13-15 US (without sales) for 4g/0.14 oz. That's quite a bit of product.

That brown!!!

Nevermind is such a 90s brown lipstick shade. It's a beige brown with a strong orange undertone. It's a very comfortable matte that has a glossy sheen that becomes more matte through the day. You can easily set it with a translucent setting powder to get a super matte finish. With one or two swipes on my arm, I was blown away at the full pigmentation. It covers my dark lips so easily. I also like the hardness of their lipsticks. It's hard enough to maintain it's shape when applying, making it really easy to get a sharp, clean edge on the border of your lips. The formula feels the slightest bit grainy, but it doesn't bother me at all. This shade is a favourite of Ylette, Kathleen Lights sister. I recommend!


Pay My Bills is a bright peach-coral colour with a shimmery gold reflect. It's basically a duo chrome. They have only two matte on ice lipsticks in stock. The formula physically feels the same as their matte shade I tried, but I found it this one a little lacking. It needed a lot more swipes to give full opacity. I would like if it was more of a blinging 'pow'. The colour was not for me but my mom loves it, so I gave it to her. She feels it makes her lips look bigger and complements her blue eyes. It looked really great on her.

Right: 5 swatch passes. Left: 1 swatch.
The cutest box

Overall, i'm impressed with the velvet matte lipsticks. They're pigmented and bright.

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19 January 2017

SKINCARE FAVOURITES ( Natural & Organic )



CLEANSERS:
Mychelle Refining Sugar Cleanser 0:52
fresh Soy Face Cleanser 2:22

TONERS:
Thayers Witch Hazel 3:11
DIY Toner ft Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar 4:17

TREATMENTs:
Timeless Skincare 20 % C, E and Ferulic Acid Serum 5:27
Zax's Darkspot Cream 6:37

FACE OIL:
Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil 7:20
The Ordinary 100 percent Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil 8:08

FACE MOISTURIZERS/CREAM:
MyChelle Supreme Polypeptide Cream 9:23
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer 11:26

MASKS:
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay 12:32

15 January 2017

DUPE: KVD Tattoo Liner in Trooper VS. NYX Matte Liquid Liner in Black (Demo)

   

The NYX Matte Liquid Liner is a huge winner for me. It lasts slightly more than the KVD Tattoo Liner, for way less money. I feel the KVD liner is one of the most overhyped products. I just don't get it. If I apply it on my bare eyelid, it really fades through the day on me. I do have a hooded eye, but the NYX liner doesn't do that on me. Also, the KVD liner has a shine to it that I don't care for. If you like a sheen on your eyeliner, this NYX eyeliner also comes in a vinyl version!

Kat Von D Tatto Liner Nyx Matte Liquid Liner Vinyl swatch dupe
Left: NYX Matte Liquid Liner in Black. Right: Kat Von D Tatoo Liner in Tropper

Kat Von D Tatto Liner Nyx Matte Liquid Liner Vinyl swatch dupe
Left: Kat Von D Tatoo Liner in Tropper. Right: NYX Matte Liquid Liner in Black

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9 January 2017

Bodyography Concealer Review & Swatches

After I saw some articles saying Kim Kardashian likes these concealers, I wanted to try them. Yea... i'm that person...

An article by InStyle wrote this in regards to Kim recommending this concealer:
The selfie queen recently called out the creamy formula on her new website and app when providing fans with a comprehensive guide to her “perfect daytime look.” She suggested using the lightweight product to diminish the appearance of dark circles while noting that it's “easy to apply and covers beautifully.” While the mom-to-be reaches for #410, the brand offers a selection of shades to complement every skin tone out there. 

I agree with Kim when she said these are lightweight and easy to apply. I think anything Kim applies on her perfect undereyes will look good. Kim Kardashian aside, here are my thoughts on these concealers.

These thin out quite a bit when applied to the skin. They aren't full coverage, but do provide a light-weight feel that can be built up to a medium coverage. 

These look dewy until they set down. Then they look dry. Note this if you have a lot of undereye texture including milia and fine lines because it can accentuate that once it dries down. After an hour of wear, my undereye starts to look a little dry and crepey, very similar to how the Mac Prolongwear concealer wears. I don't like the Mac Pronlongwear concealer for that reason, but some people absolutely love it. This concealer claims to not settle in fine lines, and it really doesn't. But the reverse effect can accentuate the micro lines eveyones undereye has. I don't need to set this with powder and it hasn't creased on me yet. Yay for that.

I find these work best as an undereye corrector/brightener. Even though they sheer out, they still provide a brightening effect with the bright tones offered. 

For example, the first shade is quite pink. The next shade is quite yellow. So under the eye, this can work to your benefit if you want to counteract blue-purple circles.

I think you would like these concealers if:

You're looking for something that looks good no matter how much or how little you apply. You don't need serious coverage but want a brightening/colour correcting effect under the eye. You don't have a dry, seriously textured undereye. You like how Mac Prolongwear looks on your under-eye.

Concealers are such a personal thing. I like this concealer as an undereye colour corrector. There are pros and cons to these concealers. Everyone has desired concealer features that weigh high about everything else. Judge for yourself how you think it looks below!

Other things to note:

These are made in the US, cruelty free, paraben free, gluten free and vegan!

$19 US for 0.5oz/15g

Bodyography Concealer swatches: 410 420 430 510 540 600
If you're pale and looking to use this as an undereye concealer, shade 410 will look a little yellow on the skin. Some people like that. Shade 420 lightens my undereye a little more. It suprisingly suits me best. But I prefer to mix 410 and 420.

410: Porcelain shade with pink undertone. More pink than MAC NW13
420: Fair shade with yellow undertone. More yellow than MAC NC15
430: Light/Medium shade with yellow-pink undertone. Peachy shade.
510: Medium shade with bisque - orange undertone
540: Medium shade with golden olive undertone
600: Deep shade with red undertone

bodyography concealer swatch
You can buy Bodyography products at www.bodyography.com and use their store locator to find their products elsewhere.
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Bodyography Glitter Pigments Review + Dupe?

bodyography_glitter pigments review swatches

I've been playing with the Bodyography pigments for a few weeks. I honestly love them. Even if it's impossible to remove all glitter flecks off my eyes when removing this stuff. In person, they are much more stunning and sparkly looking than they look on camera and in photos.

My video review will be linked below if you want to watch live swatches and find out more information. 

If you've never heard of Bodyography, here's some information on them.

Company Profile At-A-Glance:

  • Made in the USA
  • Certified as a Cruelty Free Brand by PETA
  • Infused with Vitamins, Minerals and Antioxidants
  • Vegan, Gluten & Paraben Free
  • Trusted in the beauty industry for over 18 years
  • Family owned and operated by Robanda International, beauty industry professionals of over 25 years  and owners of several professional brands
Bodyography Glitter Pigments applied with water on a dry arm.
I'm so impressed with these. I really can't find anything bad to say about them. They apply amazingly wet or dry. They don't crease on me. Some of the shades are so pigmented.

Stellar, Bubbly, Sparkler, Stratus, Halo, Prism, Soiree, Caviar
Below is a dry arm swatch. It's less pigment but there's SO much sparkle and shine. You don't understand!
           

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow Dupe?!

The shades Halo and Stratus are very similar to the Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow (could they name it any longer) in that they're large flecks of 'glitter'. Below are some close dupes I found. 

A lot of people really didn't like the Stila MMFFE. I didn't either. They're a little hard to work with and messy. You need to mix them just right or they don't apply well or wear well through the day. I personally think the Stila MMFFE is way too chunky. I'd pass and get the Bodyography Glitter Pigments. They're just smoother and apply amazingly wet or dry. 

But keep in mind, only the Bodyography shades Halo and Status are glitter flecks like the Stila. The shades Caviar, Soiree and Prism are a fine glitter and have an added eyeshadow pigment so that they can cover whatever your base colour is, completely. The shades Stellar, Sparkly and Bubbly have a bit of eyeshadow pigment added to them as well so that they can be built up to cover your base colour. They're also hella sparkly.

Dupe Comparison

Bodyography Glitter Pigments                Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish

$31 C $23 US                                           $42 C $32 US
0.105 oz / 3 g                                            0.07 oz or about 2 grams
= $7.60 US/1 gram                                   = $16 US/1 gram

Bodyography Glitter Pigments: Sparkler, Prism, Stellar, Stratus
Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Eyeshadow: Kitten, Vintage Black Gold, Comex Copper, Metallic Dusty Rose.
Stunning mirror lid.





You can buy Bodyography products at www.bodyography.com and use their store locator to find their products elsewhere.

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