28 February 2017

Mineral Fusion Bronzer Review

My first introduction to Mineral Fusion Cosmetics has been a good one. Many people hold the judgement that natural makeup often sacrifices quality and performance in favour of being healthier than conventional makeup. This could not be more untrue of the Mineral Fusion bronzer. It's great. It's the perfect bronzer for pale skinned people that want a natural-looking, sun-kissed look. The formula is not overly pigmented, making it easy to apply. If you apply it with a heavy hand, it easily blends out because of its drier formula. But don't worry, there's no 'kick up'. This shade is called Sparkle and if you look very closely you will see small traces of a fine shimmer but it looks like a toned down sheen when applied. I love it because it's not too orange in undertone like so many bronzers out there are. With it being, healthier that's a big plus. I know for sure this will be the bronzer I reach for the most in my collection.

This bronzer is now available on Mineral Fusion's website for $33 USD. At first I thought I was provided a sample size, but I think it's the full size. It's about the size of a blush pan (Jane discontinued blush).

*Press sample provided for review.

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19 February 2017

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9 February 2017

Hard Candy Eyes The Limit Eye Shadow Primer Review

Hard Candy Eyes The Limit Eye Shadow Primer Review
If you're looking for an affordable eyeshadow primer, this is just the one for you. There are a lot of other good drugstore eye primers out there, but this one is paraben free and offers a huge amount of product compared to others. You can find this at Walmart for about $5. I love this eyeshadow primer because it makes my absolute worst eyeshadows pigmented, last all day and water resistant. Even after I washed my arm swatches with Dr.Bronners Castille soap, traces of the eyeshadow that were applied on the primer, remained on my arm. The only downside to this eyeshadow primer is that it's very translucent, so it won't cover veins or discoloration on your eyes. You can use a skin coloured eyeshadow to work around this. I recommend setting this primer with a translucent or coloured powder to make your blend easier and make your eyeshadow application last longer and be crease resistant for oily and/or hooded eyes. Setting an eyeshadow primer will make your shadows less pigmented than if your didn't set it, but it also helps with patchiness that you can get if you don't evenly blend the primer to your eye. Play around with it to see what method you like best. Also, this stuff is a good mixing element for shimmery pigments.
Hard Candy Eyes The Limit Eye Shadow Primer Review SWATCH SWACTHED SWATCHES
Recommend? Yes!

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3 February 2017

Beautycounter Review | Complexion Products

Beauty Counter Review Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation linen mattifying powder fluores swatch blogger canadian
For those of you unaware of Beautycounter, they sell non-toxic or health conscious skincare, cosmetics, hair care and body care products online and through their consultants. I see them as the 'green' version of Avon or Mary Kay. The company indicates that they want to produce healthier products without sacrificing quality. Some of their ingredients are organic, some natural and some safer synthetic ingredients. They're trying a lot harder to be health conscious and open about the safety of their products than the majority of beauty companies i've seen, which I really appreciate.  I recommend you check out their safety mission and FAQ website page. It's really interesting.
At Beautycounter, we’re committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what’s required by U.S. and Canadian law: We’ve banned the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals through our Never List—all while ensuring our products perform and that they’re as indulgent as any luxe shampoo, lipstick, or oil in the market.
Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation
$51 CAD $41 US

The reason I love this foundation is that it provides some coverage to my dark marks and skin redness without clogging my pores. I've had no breakouts at all when using this. For years, i've been in a constant battle with trying to cover acne, post-acne marks and skin redness without causing more acne in the process. I think most of us agree, wearing foundations clogs pores more than a tinted moisturizer or bb cream would. I understand why they call this product a foundation. It provides a little more coverage than most bb creams i've tried. It's a light/medium coverage and feels like a thick, tacky cream. It give the skin a lovely dewy glow. With one layer applied, I notice my complexion looks a lot more even. My dark spots aren't covered completely, but are less apparent. I notice a lot of streaks when I rub it in with my fingers or a brush, but they were easily patted out with a sponge or my fingers. Concealer layers on top of this foundation very well, as does a setting powder. I set it with the Beautycounter Mattifying Powder and it looked great everywhere I didn't have a dry flake. The wear time is as good as I expect a foundation to be. I'm really happy with it.

For reference, my exact foundation shade in MUFE HD Foundation in Y225.

Mattifying Powder 
$45 CAD

This powder is also a winner for me. I've tried the infamous Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder and liked how it sat on my foundation but won't purchase it because I usually spend more money for products to not contain parabens. The Beautycounter Mattifying Powder looked the same on my skin, if not a little better. I usually never like to set my foundation with powder because it just doesn't look good on me. My skin has a lot of dryness and I have texture under my eyes, milia. This mattifying powder actually looked good on my undereye and face. As always, it clung to serious dry patches which is expected. It took away shine perfectly and left no white cast on my skin. I've used this on the deepest of skin with no whitecast. This texture feels very fine to touch and seems to... fill in micro pores on my face. It's really hard to explain. It just looked good.

There is an ingredient in this that could be problematic for people with acne prone skin: Bismuth Oxychloride. I've had no breakouts yet with this powder and don't think I will. I've also never had problems with that ingredient but wanted to mention this for people who have had trouble with it before (like if you broke out from BareMinerals products containing that ingredient)

The ingredients are listed on their website. Have you heard of Beautycounter or tried anything? I'm happy with both these products. I've been eyeing their blushes now.

*Press sample provided for review.

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1 February 2017

SWATCH & REVIEW | Makeup Geek Eyeshadow First Haul Ever

Makeup geek haul review eye arm swatches preppy mocha desert sands vintage canadian canada international sale
I've never tried Makeup Geek until now. I'm aware this is unusual for a beauty blogger/makeup artist seeing as they are an incredibly popular brand in the community. I've been heavily following Makeup Geek for years. If you held up a random eyeshadow, I could tell you what is was even though I didn't own any. It was only a matter of time for me to cave in and discover what the fuss was about. I decided to buy some staple shades.

Everyone loves these eyeshadows. It turns out, I love them too! When I first swatched them, they felt more powdery than I expected. I was weary for a second but these turned out to be controllable, pigmented, blendable and minimal in fallout. They give me a flawless blend everytime. I feel like my eyeshadow game has stepped up because of these.

These are definitely affordable single eyeshadow ($6 USD) but they're not that cheap when buying internationally. I'm in Canada and bought off the Makeup Geek site. Fortunately, I only paid $4.80 USD each. Accounting for conversions and shipping, my 4 makeup eyeshadows would have normally cost me about $9.30 CAD each. Note that shipping is dependent on how much you buy. I also don't recall having tax added. Nearly $10 CAD per eyeshadow quickly adds up to a lot of money. You get a lot of product, so for a makeup artist or eyeshadow wearing maniac, it's worth it. If you want to buy staple colours for yourself, then it's also worth it. For a basic makeup user, say someone who sometimes wears eyeshadow and usually day-time appropriate shades, buying their whole pre-made palette would be a splurge purchase. For some people an eye shadow palette with smaller pans would be a better idea because it gives you more colours for a lower cost. I would love to see a Makeup Geek palette with a smaller pan size. Can you imagine having every Makeup Geek eyeshadow in a smaller palette? That would be awesomeeee. With how much new releases Marlena has out lately, it wouldn't surprise me if she made that happen one day!

Overall, I think these are high quality eyeshadow and really recommend them.

Makeup geek haul review eye arm swatches preppy mocha desert sands vintage canadian canada international sale


Makeup Geek MUG eyeshadow swatch vintage desert sands preppy mocha fluores

Vintage is medium-dusty-mauve purple with a brown undertone. As most of us know, purple eyeshadows are so often unpigmented and patchy. This purple was a pleasant surprise. It does need the most work out of all my MUG shadows to show up as intensely as I like, but easily builds to full opacity. This is a stunning muted purple and a must have for brown eyed folks.

Vintage Eye Swatch eyeshadow Makeup Geek MUG Swatches

Desert Sands is a camel brown with a yellow-orange undertone. It looks more yellow in the pan but comes off more of an orange undertone when applied. It's such a grunge 90s colour. On my pale skin, it definitely makes a statement as it's bright. I've been using it as a transition shade for almost every smokey eye look. I adore it and think everyone can pull this shade off.

Desert Sands Eye Swatch eyeshadow Makeup Geek MUG Swatches

Preppy is a medium khaki-beige colour. This is often compared to Desert Sands because it's kind of similar. It has s slight yellow undertone in the pan, but is a totally different undertone than Desert Sands when swatched. It's very wearable and probably the safer option if you're struggling in choosing between this and Desert Sands. But they're different enough to get both. For my pale skin, it's used as a transition shade. 

preppy Eye Swatch eyeshadow Makeup Geek MUG Swatches

Mocha is a medium chocolate brown with a warm undertone. It comes off deeper in swatches, especially on an eye primer. It's one of those shadows that can be applied sheerly or built up. It's sooo blendable. It's a staple shade that you should get. Mochaaaaa.

mocha Eye Swatch eyeshadow Makeup Geek MUG Swatches

Some looks with these eyeshadows:

Ingredients are listed on their website. You can buy these Makeup Geek eyeshadows at MakeupGeek.com or BeautyBay.com.

What's your holy grail Makeup Geek product? Feel free to leave any comments or questions.

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