30 August 2016

My Holy Grail Makeup List (Updated 2016)

All products I have used (whether in beauty school or from my own collection). I'll be adding to this list as I discover new products!

Reason for product making the list:
- Performance/wear
- Pigmentation
- Ingredients
- Shade range that appeals to me
(Leaving out cost consideration for this list)

Reasons for a product not found on list:
- Haven't tried it yet
- Just not good enough
- Just horrible

Some things I REALLY like might not make the list for reasons such as:
-not being able to find a shade match
-Not liking like the ingredients
-Breaking out from it
-I'm picky and they don't make the cut

- ABH Concealer
- Maybelline Better Skin Concealer

- MUFE Ultra HD Foundation
-L'Oreal Infalliable Pro Matte Foundation
-Mostly all Clinique Foundation

- Pure Anada Bronzed Clove
- Wet n Wild Contour Palette in Dolce de Leche
- ELF Bronzer Quad in Golden Bronzer

- Wet n Wild Blush Mellow Wine
- MAC Powder Blush (in general)
- Revlon Blush in Naturally Nude (Discontinued)

Powder Foundation/ Powder
- Lucy Minerals Powder Foundation

- MUFE Artist Shadow Eyehadow Line
-Makeup Geek Eyeshadow
- MAC Saddle
-ABH Master Palette by Mario

-Wet n Wild Contour and Highlight Palette

- Bite Beauty Lipstick
- Wet n Wild Lipstick
- MAC Lipstick
- Colourpop Lippie Stix

Lip Liner
- MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil
- MAC Lip Pencil
- Milani Colour Statement Lipliner
- MUFE Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil
- Sephora Nano Lipliner in Native Nude (Discontinued)

Liquid Lipstick
-Colourpop Satin Liquid Lipstick (Magic Wand)

- Nivea Essential Lipbalm
- Labello Milk and Honey Lipbalm

- Loreal Infallible Gel Liner
-NYX Matte Liquid Liner 
- Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Liner
- MUFE Aqua Liner Liquid Eyerliner

- Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara
- Annabelle Le Big Show Mascara

- Essence 3D Eyeshadow in Vanilla Latte
-Colourpop Flexitarian

- MUFE Aqua Brow

Eyeshadow Primer
-MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

Foundation Primer

Setting Spray

29 August 2016

How I Fade Post Acne Marks (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation)

ZAX Darkspot Cream 1:37
ZAX Scar Fading Cream 3:14
Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer 4:02
Boo Bamboo Smoothing Anti-Age Face Lotion 4:40
Timeless 20 percent Vitamin C Serum 5:55
Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel 7:43
Paula's Choice Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment 10 percent AHA 8:19
Paula's choice Skin Perfecting Liquid BHA 8:41
Paula's Choice Clear Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution 9:05
DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner-Water 8:48
Simple Makeup Remover Wipes 10:35
DIY Corn Flour Exfoliating Powder 11:26

24 August 2016

Review | Simple Skincare Line

Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes 2/5

These wipes feel rough and dry. It's not that their that dry, but the formula feels dry. My thinking was it feel glycerine like. Like I was cleaning my face with glycerine. So I read the ingredients and yep, glycerine is one of the more concentrated ingredients. It takes a lot more wiping than a cleansing water like Bioderma would need. It's like the formula is too gentle. After use there is a cooling sensation, a tight feeling and a slight glycerine residue. I felt the need to wash my face, and when it I did that cooling sensation felt uncomfortably stronger. The next morning my face felt really good and smooth. I guess from all the rubbing I did. So these are pretty good for exfoliation!

Face makeup: It's not the best on cleaning my nose. I still notice foundation in my pores after I thought I would be done. My favourite Bioderma cleansing water usually soaks in pores and dissolve the foundation filling them with ease. It also doesn't feel good wiping makeup off of acne because you need to push harder. Not good for acne in that sense. You need a load of short fast light stokes to try and be gentle and prevent wrinkles. The formula is good for sensitive skin, but the roughness of the wipes and pressure needed is not the best in preventing acne either. I notice if i'm rough with my skin, I break out.

On the eye area: This was a pain to use on the eyes. Hard to remove eye makeup while being gentle. I really notice a cooling sensation on my eyes and a tight feeling. I tried holding the wipe on my eye to try to break up the makeup. It's not wet enough to do that well. I don't have waterproof makeup on other than my Mac Pro Longwear Concealer which it did take off. Mascara was a huge pain to take off.

I don't think these are worth $10. I'll pass. My Bioderma and Marcelle cleansing water are superior. These are not economical. My full face of makeup needed a wipe and a half to be completely cleaned. The pack wouldn't last me a month with daily use since there are 25 wipes. At best, they are convenient for travel,

Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer 2.5/5

This $10 moisturizer in a bit impressive compared to most moisturizers in that is has no parabens or added fragrances. It contains amounts of pro-vitamin B5, glycerin, bisabolol and allantoin which all sounds lovely. But at a glance the ingredients seem to be pretty basic. Which is fine by me, but i've seen nicer ingredients in a facial moisturizer.  After using it, I wasn't that impressed. The consistency was great and it soaked in my skin which I loved. But it left a bit of a greasy feeling when I touched my face and it had a HORRIBLE scent. A scent that made me question if the product had gone bad. It smelt sort of moldy. And the product appears to be new. It must be an ingredient, but i'm not sure which. And yes, the scent stays on your face! This moisturizer is just okay. If you're not picky and just want something cheap and simple to take away the dry crusties, this might be okay. But keep in mind you might also find the scent unbearable like I did. I can't use it.

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water 2.5/5

Most people like this makeup remover. It makes me wonder what makeup they are removing, how much of it and if they have ever used a decent makeup remover to compare with. I've never been more sure that I don't like a product before.

I found when removing a full face of makeup with this stuff, it took twice as long and needed more product than I found typical for myself. Dark eye makeup was just smeared around for a bit before the pad wiped it away. Foundation took more swipes as well. It did eventually clean. But it didn't disintegrate makeup all that easily even though my cotton pad was soaked. My Marcelle cleansing water is by far superior and a better deal in my opinion.

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water
$10 CND for 198 ml

Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution
$20 CND for 300 ml
(Sometimes on sale for $11 or in a bonus size at Shoppers)

19 August 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills Concealer Review, Swatches & Demo

Price Breakdown of Similar Concealers (full coverage, creamy)
Cheapest > Expensive
$CND per ounce

Kat Von D Concealer                                         $31  0.58 oz/ 17 mL $0.53/oz

ABH Concealer                                                   $25  0.35 oz             $0.71/oz

Kat Von D  It Concealer                                     $34  0.22 oz             $1.53/oz
MUFE Full Coverage Concealer                       $39  0.5 oz/ 14 mL   $78/oz
Kevin Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer     $58  0.63 oz/ 17 g    $92/oz or $3/gram
Becca Ultimate Coverage Concealing Creme $39  0.16 oz/ 4.5 g   $243/oz or $8/gram
Benefit Boing Full Coverage Concealer          $26  0.1 oz/ 2.8 g     $260/oz or $9/gram

Laura Mercier                                                     $31  0.08 oz/ 2.2 g   $387/oz


Shade 1

  • Looks very yellow on skin on my skin and in pot. Looks lighter when applied and blends out surprisingly well into skin. Looks good under eyes and colour helps to brighten eye.
  • Looks very similar to 1.5 when held together, but significantly different on skin
  • Would be best for someone with yellow undertones. 
Shade 1.5
  • More orange and dark than 1 on skin.
  • Shade is quite orange initially but blends out a little.
  • Not good for pale or porcelain skin or those with cool undertones.
  • Would be would be best as an undereye corrector colour, a highlighter for darker skin, used to match 'artificially' tanned skin or to match an orange undertone foundation (esp. ones that oxidize.

  •  1 coat under eye looks very natural and skin like. Gives a sheen. Covers well. Eye vein shows through a bit (doesn't bother me)
  • 2 coats shows the sheen more. When set with Makeup Forever HD powder, it took away shine but showed more eye texture. Looks similar to how Mac Prolongewar Concealer looks under eye. Had to pat it out.
  • Very minimal eye creasing. I don't like to bring a lot of concealer up to lashline. If you do and have oily skin or deep undereye lines, you could work around this by using less product and setting it.
Creasing only shows when I squint. It's so minimal.
  •  Applied to an unprepped, uncleaned nose, it will transfer very easily with the touch of a finger.
  • Oil will break through product. Oily skinned people will need to take precautions. Prepping, setting and blotting.
  • Covers acne very well
  • Does cling to dry patches.
  • Difficult to blend because of thick tacky nature. Flat foundation brush can leave streaks and sponge will remove product. Best to use finger to pat it in or a fluffy brush.
  • Can be worn on entire face. If you do that, I recommend mixing it with something and exfoliating any dry patches.
Quickly patted out with a finger.

Product General Facts
  • Smells like oldschool Crayola crayons
  • Cruelty free
  • No shades for pale olive undetones
  • 10.0 g/o.35 oz for $25 CND. One of the better concealer deals on Sephora
  • Very little  product needed. Should last me over a year.
  • Thick, tacky formula but not as tacky as Sephora Pantone Correct & Conceal Palette
General Thoughts

I love it. It does exactly what it claims to do. I really didn't have much creasing problem. I need the smallest amount to spot concealer spots. Less product on my face is best for preventing my acne. You can't beat the price for the amount of product you get and need to use. I bought it for it's price, consistency, full coverage nature and ABH reputation for making great products. I'm quite pleased.

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