Reviewing Drug Store Lipsticks

Once upon a time I absolutely loved my drug store lipsticks, but after learning how many heavy metals were in a lot of my products I threw away most of my collection a few years ago. I haven’t looked into if any of these products have heavy metals yet, so if you know if they do have some, please let me know! I do love trying new products and there are some very good products in the drug store, but there are also a lot of duds.

Essence Matte Matte Red Lipstick

The Essence lipstick was purchased under five dollars. I used it for years as a dupe for the MAC Ruby Woo. It is incredibly matte, the formula is very dry and chalky so it does last for hours without bleeding, but it has enough hydration not to crack or flake on the lip. I would recommend this product to anyone. I did notice that I got longer wear time when I dabbed off excess product with a tissue.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick

The NYX lipstick has a very creamy formula, its scent is has a inexpensive, plastic smell to it. I found it to not to be a long wear formula. I didn’t like the applicator, it is a straight, thick doe foot applicator that has no flexibility. It is an alright lipstick but I would not repurchase it.

Revlon Cream Lipstick

The Revlon lipstick is absolutely lovely when worn. The scent is very discrete, though a little unpleasant. The formula is creamy, it have very good coverage and it wears for a few hours before needing a touch up. I really like this product, I feel it applies well and feels moisturizing on the lips. I would recommend this one.

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor

This lipstick claims to be matte, and it is not a matte product. It has a suede, light creamy consistency. I found it to go on a little streaky, so application can be a little more difficult. It smells very nice, almost a vanilla candy scent. It feels moisturizing but quickly does start to cling to itself, causing the lipstick to drag between your lips. If you set it with translucent powder it does solve that issue. I think it’s a decent product, but again I don’t think I will repurchase it.

Rimmel Stay Satin Liquid Lip

If you like the smell of dirty wax crayons, you will love the scent of this streaky lipstick. It has a gooey consistency and it bleeds very quickly. It doesn’t have a nice lip feel, it smells bad, it doesn’t cover well and the product is not worth purchasing. I have heard other people say they absolutely love it, but I did buy two colours of this lipstick and both has unfortunate results.

I look forward to increasing my drug store collection and letting you know what I thought of them once I’ve worn them for a while. If you have any recommendations for great lipsticks I would love to know about them!

Save Your Money – Shop Sephora

I will point out that this is not sponsored, I just really love Sephora Brand make up.

Over the years I have experimented with a lot of cosmetics. I have combination skin that loves to react very visibly and it loves to itch when products don’t work. I have very dry skin in some areas, very oily skin in other areas and in the middle is just red from sun and wind.

I have tried a lot of drug store brands and have found a lot of them bother my skin, even the $25.00 dollar foundations at the drug store often bother me. So I started trying Sephora brand make up, because it’s also very affordable but it’s quality is certainly higher than drug store.

Sephora 10 HR Wear Perfection Foundation

The 10HR Wear Foundation is my go to foundation. It costs $26.50 and it has very high coverage, very little scent, it’s incredibly bendable and it comes in a pump bottle. It has 0.84 oz, which may not seem like a lot, but one bottle will last me months and months of daily wear because it takes so little to cover your whole face.

Sephora Pro Palette

I have one of the Pro Palettes. The pigment is incredible and the pans are very large. It’s 28 0.04 oz pans and it comes at $85.00 for this massive palette. Thankfully, this palette goes on sale fairly often so you can get it 15% or 25% off depending on the time of year. Again, with the amount of pigment, a little goes a long way with this product. I have found that it’s a well matched palette, as almost every shade can be thrown in with another and come out looking polished. They are very easy to work with and I found blending was a breeze. There are three very light shimmer shades in the top left corner of the palette that are almost pigment less, and they make for a beautiful addition over other matte shades in the palette.

Sephora Tinsel Time Liquid Glitter

When I got these I doubted they would be any good because the set of four cost me $9.00, but low and behold, they pack colour on your lids so quickly. One quick pass for a little shimmer, two passes for very visible glitter, three passes and you can’t see the skin underneath! They usually go for $18.00 and they are worth it. I have found after multiple uses that they come off very easily if you just let your make up remover (or micellar water) sit for a moment before trying to wipe them away.

Sephora Make No Mistake High Coverage Concealer

This product called itself high coverage, and it is. A small drop under each eye covers my entire eye region, my nose and forehead. It’s $18.50. I compared it to the Nars concealer when I was in store, and the Nars most comparable coverage was $20.00 more! Save your money, and get this non creasing concealer instead.

I won’t claim to have bought every product in Sephora, but being the little animal I am, I swatch everything when I go to the store, and I have thoroughly enjoyed their holiday palettes this year. I once owned their lip glitter stick and it was just a joyful product, that I admittedly used on my eyes rather than my lips, but I loved it. Do you love Sephora brand? Let me know in the comments. I do just love that they maintain a high standard in their quality, they keep a diverse collection available all year round and they don’t bump up the price to match the brands they carry in their store.

Tell me which products of theirs you love, or which ones you are dying to try!

How To : 5 Minute Make Up

I can quickly throw on a face, some leggings and a pair of booties and run out of the house to get things done.

As you guys know, I LOVE COSMETICS. I love playing with make up, I love wearing it and more than anything, I love hiding my acne with make up. You can watch the video, or read how I get my daily look so darn quickly.

5 Minute Make Up

Please remember that all steps are really optional. If you don’t like wearing foundation, skip it, if you prefer fake lashes to mascara, go for it! Customize to your face!

Step 1: Clean the skin – exfoliate your skin to ensure your cosmetics will sit well and last all day. You can exfoliate quickly with a little hypoallergenic soap and a clean face cloth.

Step 2: Astringent and Moisturizer – I use Clean and Clear Astringent to keep my black heads at bay. I then use a hyaluronic face oil and a medicated moisturizer that also helps with my acne. I usually let this sink in while I am doing other things for a few minutes.

Step 3: Primer – For daily use I use the Revlon Rose Glow, because it works and it’s cheap. On days where I have an extra minute, I’ll use a pore filling primer on my t zone and then use the Rose Glow every where else. Unfortunately pore filling primers take a minute to work into the skin. Press it into your skin, don’t be an animal like I can be, primers like to be pressed, not rubbed into skin.

Step 4: Concealer and Foundation : Concealer on red spots and dark circles, foundation over the concealer. I use a moist beauty blender because it’s incredibly fast. Remember to blend the sides of the nose up to the brow, as it’s a often forgotten spot.

Step 5: Throw powder on your face. I use a combination of beauty blender and brush for quick application. Beauty blender for the eye area, brush for the rest. Don’t forget your neck! Brush off excess, check your shirt and move forward.

Step 6: Contour : Build some bronzer under your cheek bones, in the hair line and along the nose, blend it out to a more natural look. Hit some highlighter on the cheek bone, tip of nose and cupids bow.

Step 7: Use a light shade on your entire lid up to the brow bone. I used white, but a light sand or bright white would work as well. Fill the crease with a medium-dark brown. Blend it out. Cover the lid in a light shade. I use a Champagne shade.

Step 8: Liner and Mascara – Grab a liquid liner, throw on a quick cat eye then double layer your mascara to get stacked lashes. Alternatively, a pencil liner can be used on the top lash line if you aren’t going for a cat eye.

Step 9: Grab your favourite shade of lipstick, because we used very nude colours on the eyes, any lip shade will work. I use bright red matte, because it stands out and I love it.

Step 10: Use some setting spray and start your day!

There is a time and place for complicated make up, and for me, early morning is not the time for it. I like having a simple routine with my products already waiting for me. the only thing I really have to think about it dampening my beauty blender while I fill my water bottle and then I can quickly throw on a face, some leggings and a pair of booties and run out of the house to get things done.

If you do like more complicated and longer routines, check out my channel and see if you like hitting up the glitter and brows too! I tend to put out videos once a week and sometimes the looks get a little fancy. I tend to stay in the “wearable” looks lane, as I don’t tend to go too glam in my real life. I would like to try out some more glam looks in the future, but we’ll see.

If you are looking for some great products to try out, check out this post on my favourites. I would love to do another favourites post soon, so keep an eye out for it!

Make Up Inspiration – Wearable Looks

We are in December! Which means a lot of parties and gatherings, and a little glam to go with it. I rounded up some amazing wearable looks to inspire your next look!

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Monthly Favourites – November 2019

I have found some awesome products this time around! Prices very but nothing in here is over $40.00, because I don’t tend to invest heavily in cosmetics (exception made for awesome palettes, because they last so well). I am excited to share these with you, as they are my go-to’s right now and I love them very much.

If you guys have any awesome products you think I should try out I would love to hear about them! Please leave a comments so I can use them too!

Marcelle Face Powder

Marcelle Face Powder

This hypo-allergenic translucent powder has kicked the Covergirl Loose Powder to the curb for me. This formula instantly sets my foundation with zero effort. I can apply easily and quickly with my beauty blender or powder brush. It is also doesn’t have the chalky smell or feel that other loose powders have. Love it!

Gigi Gorgeous – Touch Up Powder

Gigi Gorgeous Touch Up Powder

This formula is so well developed. Just a dab into this pan with a brush is enough to remove all the oil spots that come through my foundation on my nose. Instantly freshens up my face. I have never had a product that can just erase oil spots before, and oil dabber pads have got nothing on this little guy! Also it’s packaging is so clean and fresh, how could you not love it?

Hard Candy – Setting Spray

Hard Candy Setting Spray

This bottle .. costs $5.00! This beautiful product is so incredibly inexpensive and works so damn well! It has a light rose water scent, my powder sets so nicely with this and my eyeshadow does not shift even though I have heavily lidded eyes. I loved the Stay All Night Spray, I loved the Nyx Setting Spray, but both of those products sit over $25.00 a bottle and they have way less product inside. Save your money and use this spray!

Manna – Priming Lip Wand

Manna Lip Wand

Let me start with saying this is the third step in a lip kit, but you do not need the other steps. I use this product on its own and it is so moisturizing and pleasant to wear. It’s semi-sheer, and it wears so naturally. As it fades it doesn’t leave a hard lipstick ring on your lip line and it’s so easily applied, you don’t need a mirror. Essentially it’s a lip gloss that goes on in a chubby pen and has the colour of a lipstick.

Estate Highlighter

Estate Highlighter

You want pigment? This has pigment. This is the most beautiful golden powder with very little fallout. I have used it as a highlighter, I’ve used it on my lids for a golden glow around my eyes, it looks amazing on tanned skin and ethereal on paler skin. With its high pigment shine and blend-ability it is a must have product for anyone.

Monthly Favourites

Great Cosmetic Gifts This Christmas

Not everyone loves make up, but for those who do, these products will definitely put a smile on their face Christmas morning.

I’ve always looked at make up as “one size fits all”, and while for the most part that is true, there is a way to shop for others that makes it inclusive. For example, buying baby pink lipstick or neon blue eyeshadow for individuals who tend to stay to more neutral tones makes the gift less useful for the individual receiving it.

This list is filled with easy gifts, guaranteed to be used and enjoyed!

Going Coconuts Collection – Colour Pop

This beautiful collection is comprised of a 9 shadow pallet filled with neutral tones, three pressed shadows that glimmer and shine, two bronzers, four lip tints and a two piece lip care kit! These beautiful, neutral toned items are great for medium-dark to light skin tones! It comes in at $67.00 CAD and you can find it right here.

Love Lust Disco Shadow Palette – NYX

This ten colour palette boasts his high impact shimmer in its gold and bronze tones. There are two other palettes in this line as well. One is your rose palette, the other is an icy tone with shimmering blues and cold whites for that high glamour glow. Each palette is $25.00 and can be found here.

Spray Your Grace Baking Spray – Beauty Bakerie

This setting spray is paraben free and incredibly cute! It has ginger and aloe extracts to soothe the skin and it comes from a smaller, independent cosmetic company that not only creates beautiful cosmetics, but is very devoted to charity work and contribution. This spray comes in at $18.00 and can be found here.

Rose All Day Palette – Karity

This $25.00 palette has a lot to give, coming hard with a combination of fine shimmer, matt and sparkling powders. This could easily be a go to palette for just about anyone. The company boasts that their products are cruelty-free, long lasting, ultra pigmented and have minimal fallout! You can find this palette, right here.

Rose All Day Kit – Winky Lux

This lovely little kit comes packing with six high pigment shadows which come in four different finishes as well as a colour changing lip balm that changes to match your skins pH. Not to mention an adorable bag to go with them! This kit comes to $30.00 and can be found here.

12 Piece Elite Set – Firma Beauty

These brushes will blow you away. With firm handles, the softest bristles and great quality, anyone would happy to receive them. This twelve piece kit + the brush box comes in at $74.99 and can be found here. I have to say I own a few firma brushes and they are my favourites.

In The Nude Eyeshadow Palette – Makeup Geek

This nine shadow palette hosts matts, shimmers and foiled textures that compliment most skin tones. It comes from a cruelty-free company and is vegan. It comes in at $29.99 and can be found here.

Jolly Holiday Mini Velvetines Set – Lime Crime

These beautiful red toned liquid lipsticks come together to give beautiful coverage and bold colour. From more nude to bright red these will be suitable from the office to the dance floor to a wonderful date night. Coming in at $47.99, they can be found here.

Bright Lights, Big Hollywood Glamour Kit

This little kit packs big glamour with its deep shades of red, a lip pen, a wonderful mascara and a light grey and silver shimmer shadow that will pull a winter look into the spot light. It comes in at $57.00 and it is an online only pack. You can find it here.

Not everyone loves make up, but for those who do, these products will definitely put a smile on their face Christmas morning. If you have any other products you want to share, please do in the comments.

Back To Basics – Make Up

With Instagram and Youtube beauty gurus, make up has become more and more complex. With contouring, highlighting, cut creases, fake lashes and endless techniques and luxury products it would seem we’ve lost sight of basic make up. The kind you can throw on in the morning and head out. If you are looking for some great finds that go one great, check out my favourite products!

Let’s go back to basics.

In order to have any foundation set nicely on your skin there are two steps. Exfoliating and moisturizing. Exfoliating does not have to take specialty products or enzyme creams, as it is very effective to grab a face cloth, a bar of hypoallergenic soap and some water. Wash your face with soap with your hands, then remove the soap and dead skin on your face with a wet wash cloth. Ta-da! Beautifully exfoliated skin!

Moisturizers often cost upwards of forty dollars when they are designed for the face. Forget that price tag! Grab any thin moisturizer (thick formulas are generally not good for your face) that isn’t scented and massage it gently into your face. I would recommend serums as they are very light and absorb quickly.

I used to believe primer was a waste of money, but after testing out my foundation wear with and without it, a primer is recommended. Again, gently massage this product into your skin.

Sephora Foundation

Foundation! The very foundation of make up. (Sorry for the pun). I know it’s tempting to skimp on this product but I wouldn’t recommend grabbing that five dollar bottle from the drug store. As foundation covers your whole face for the entire day, make sure yours doesn’t cause itchiness or rashes to your face. I’ve been using the Sephora brand foundation (it comes in at about twenty five dollars Canadian) and it has been great on my combination skin without robbing my wallet. It is a medium coverage formula that is buildable and I find I don’t need much to cover my face and neck. (Product shown above). Applying foundation is simple if you have a beauty blender (I got mine at the drug store for three or four dollars). Wet the sponge and blend away!

Covergirl Loose Powder

Setting your foundation shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg so use something like the Covergirl Loose Powder. It’s inexpensive and can be found at your local drug store. This too can be applied with a wet sponge or you can use a large brush.

Eyes! It seems now days you need fourteen colours on your lid to make a masterpiece, but for a daily look, two or three tones are more than enough! For a professional and more natural look, grab three tones of brown. one dark, one medium and one light. Use your darkest colour in the crease, the lightest above the crease and the middle shade on the lid of the eye and you have a simple and quick look!

Eyeko Black Liner

Cat eyes have been quite the rage for the last years, but it isn’t needed for a daily look. A simple kohl pencil liner across the lash line is enough to give you the contrast you’re looking for. As for your water line, I’ve always found a white liner opens up my eyes (with the help of some coffee of course).

Make Up Forever Mascara

Lashes. Oh we love our fancy lashes, but reality is, a drug store mascara and a steady hand is a much more natural look that goes well with this whole quick routine we’re going with.

Lipstick or gloss? I would put a lip gloss in your bag and start your day out with a lip stick close to your actual lip colour, so as it fades your lips still look like human lips!

Below is a video done to go over the basics of applying cosmetics that focuses on budget friendly approaches and a few laughs.

That’s the basics. A return to the simple and quick! I hope you enjoyed this article and I look forward to hearing from you! Subscribe below to make sure you never miss a post!


My Favourite Make Up Products – June 2019

I love these products and the results that come with them. I enjoy that they don’t cost an arm and a leg and that they all lend well to each other.

I’ll start out with saying, I don’t wear cosmetics every day because I don’t feel any need to on a daily basis, but I do truly love wearing it. My mother taught me to wear make up to enhance what you have, and these products down below do that very well. This article consists of my staple products that I could not live without. I’m not a fan of spending the big bucks on cosmetics, but with fairly sensitive skin I’ve found some drug store products do cause me some discomfort and breakouts, so most of the products are middle of the line in cost and quality.

My Favourite White Liner

NYX White Eye Liner

This NYX liner was under the 10 dollar mark, as you can see, mine has been used a lot. I’ve found it really opens my eyes, especially when I’m groggy and tired looking.

My Go To Blush

Tarte Blush in Feisty

This formula is very buildable and blend-able which is good, because I tend to be very heavy handed, so a more sheer blush has been my favourite. This particular shade is more of a coral colour, which works well for me but this shade won’t work for everyone.

My Buildable Highlighter

Morphe – High Impact Highlighter in Spark

This highlighter is once again a buildable base that doesn’t hit too heavy with it’s bronze and gold tones that look lovely on my winter skin (which is incredibly pale) as well as my summer tanned face.

The Ultimate Cat Eye Liner

Eyeko – Skinny Liquid Liner in Black

This little guy packs a lot of pigment. Sleek black inky formula with a skinny tip, perfect for cat eyes. This liquid liner is so easy to use even I can nail a cat eye on the first try.

Pack On The Powder

Covergirl – Loose Powder in 105 (Translucent)

Loose powder is a strange product. You waste as much as you use every time you apply (or at least I do), so I don’t like spending a fortune on it. This guy was under 15 dollars and applies great with a brush or wet beauty blender.

Endless Lashes

Make Up Forever – Excessive Lash

This is the newest addition to my love list of products. Coming in at 28 dollars it is also the priciest. This formula is very buildable for ladies who like to do many thin layers for long, stiff lashes. I’ve yet to wind up with clumpy lashes or spider legs hanging from my eyes with it, though it is sometimes a little difficult to remove (and this isn’t the water proof formula).

Ready SET Face

Nyx Matte Finish Setting Spray

If you love Urban Decays All Night Setting spray but hate the price tag, this is the spray for you. It really sets my face with zero effort on my part. What more could you want?

Cover Me Up

Sephora 10 HR Wear Oil Free in 22 (Light)

I’ve never had a foundation that sets so perfectly into my face. With combination skin I’ve had a mirriad of issues with different formulas that would flake or look incredibly oily on my face, but this one has a nice satin to matte finish and it blends beautifully with a brush, sponge or your fingers, though it is quick drying, so blend quick.

I love these products and the results that come with them. I enjoy that they don’t cost an arm and a leg and that they all lend well to each other. It’s a very casual look when they are used without any shadows or lipsticks, but one I enjoy.