18 September 2017

Simply Scrub Review | Organic Body Scrubs That Smell Delicious

Simply Scrub is a newer skincare company that sells organic body scrubs. They have four scrubs that are all created with very simple natural ingredients that smell good enough to eat. 

I tried all 4 scrubs on one arm and asked an unknowing person to tell me which arm was softer. I should mention I have very smooth arms already so they had a hard time telling which was softer but they said that the scrubbed arm felt like it had more moisturize in it. That it was more plump. I can feel a slight difference between the buffed and unbuffed arm. If you have rough skin, you might notice more of a difference. I will say, it was amazing how much more the circulation in my skin increased. My arm was tingling.

Chocolate
I love this one. It smells exactly like chocolate! It has a lot of abrasion to it. The added oils are very noticeable. I love how moisturized my arm felt. Once I rinsed it off, I smelled just like a sweet chocolate bar. Love that!!! If you want moisture and to smell like a delicious chocolate bar, get this one. 10/10



Coffee
I like this one second best. It smells just like coffee. So yummy. It has the most abrasion to it and has an oil factor to it as well. Once rinsed, my arm smells just like coffee. 9/10



Rose
I didn't like this one. My and a friend felt it smelt weird. It's the chunkiest, so I feel would need a strainer in the drain just in case. It had the least abrasiveness and oily feel to it. My skin smelt kind of like... I don't know... roses and fertilizer. 5/10



Soursop
I also wasn't a fan of this one because of the smell. It smells kind of natural. I definitely don't want to walk around smelling like it. It's very scrubby and has a very mild feel of oil. It's looks chunky but is really milled down quite a bit. Love the feel of it, just not the smell. 5/10



These scrubs can be bought at the Simple Scrub website. The jars cost $13-$16 USD. Shipping is free in continental America when you spend over $40

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17 September 2017

Get Rid Of Acne Fast | My New Skincare Regime & Habits That Got Rid Of My Acne In 1.5 Weeks

Skin gone crazy. The suspects? Dirty brushes, the wrong face creams, hair product, dirty pillow cases, being rough and the wrong makeup removal process.

You'll notice i'm using no acne treatments. My breakouts come from what I put ON my face. The best thing for my skin is if I do as little as possible so that it calms down. I need to go bare faced for a week and cause no irritation. If this sounds similar to you, try these tips. All that remains are red spots where the acne once was...

Change pillow cases every other day. 
Those things get dirty fast. The ingredients in hair care products, oil and other dirt all go on your pillow case and then end up on your face if you're not a back sleeper. I flip mine to the unslept-on side the next night of sleep.

Keep your hair off your face as much as possible.
This includes when you're sleeping. The silicones in conditioners and styling gels do transfer to your face and back. I notice they cause breakouts for myself. Oily/dirty hair touching your skin is a great way to give yourself pimples. Bangs tend to be the worst as they tend to be the greasiest and directly touch your forehead. As we know, the higher up up a strand of hair is, the more oily it gets. So avoid bangs, wash them often or keep them off your face.

Wash sponges and makeup brushes before use.
Bacteria multiples fast on those things. I know washing them is a huge pain, but it is worth it. You can spot clean your brushes when a brush cleanser if you want. Read the ingredients first to see if there's anything that might break you out. Synthetic brushes can also be sprayed with alcohol to disinfect them.

Use sponges to apply makeup instead of brushes.
A gentle pat is much better for an acne flare up that dragging and working tapered hairs covered in foundation into your skin and pores.

Treat your skin like it's a wound you're treating.
Be super gentle with everything you do to it. Ideally, sleep on your back. Apply makeup and skincare gently. Remove makeup and skincare gently.

Stop touching you face. Stop picking at it.
Hands are dirty... Easier said than done...

Ditch makeup removal cloths and heavy cleansing oils. 
If you have super breakout prone skin, a micellar water is safest. It won't leave any oily residue on your skin like some oils do. Makeup removal clothes are too irritating. Dragging makeup off skin is a 'no-no' for acne prone skin. My highest recommendation is the Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Solution. That has been my holy grail cleanser for years. If dissolves makeup so easily that I need no pressure or scrubbing.

Make sure your cotton pad is soaked with your makeup remover. 
This ensures the remover is doing the work and not you swiping a half dry cotton pad all over your face. The more solution is used, the easier it can dissolve the makeup on your skin and in your pores. This method is the most gentle on your skin. Remember, irritation = breakouts.

Wash your face after you removed your makeup with a micellar water. 
I always rinse my face after using a micellar water. Micellar water is designed to not need to be rinsed BUT they can tamper with the skin. Some people have no issues but for us, rinsing it is best.

Use 1 or 2 gentle cleansers, never one harsh one.
If your cleanser is ph balanced and gentle, that's great. Some cleansers clean skin to be squeaky clean but are too high in ph and sulfates that they totally disrupt the skin barrier. We aren't using a cleanser to remove all our makeup. We are using it to get rid of any grime that is still in our pores and on our skin after we used our micellar water. I sometimes use 3 gentle cleansers. I use the Glo Skin Beauty Phyto-Active Cream Cleanser. It's been SO good to my skin. I go for creamy cleansers because they don't strip the skin as much as gel cleansers do. Paula's Choice and Mychelle Dermaceuticals also make my most loved cleansers.

Avoid manual exfoliation.
No face cleasning brushes. No salt scrubs. Your skin needs to be treated gently right now.

Use a thinner moisturizer, especially if you have a breakout. 
Thicker mositurizers are generally what you want to avoid when you have a break out happening. Bare skin is not a bad idea either. To date, my highest recommendation is the Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisturizer. It's creamy but not heavy. It has a lot of slip to it. This is the best moisturizer i've used next to the Mychelle Supreme Polypeptide Cream.

Apply your moisturizer directly after you washed your face.
This is my preference. My skin tends to get 'hard' when it dries after a washing. I like to add my moisturizer asap so that it soaks in better.

Apply your moisturizer generously before makeup (and before bed). 
The moisturizer you choose is going to be like a barrier from the nasties of the outside world. It's better if your skin has a barrier of protection before you fill your pores with foundation. You're less likely to break out this way.

Splash your face with warm water in the morning.
This tip is from Salma Hyek. You washed your face with a cleanser at night and it removed all your natural oils. While you slept, your skin started regenerating it's natural barriers and going 'back to normal'. Warm water will get rid of some of the old moisturizer you put on last night and the grime that went on your face during the night without stripping your skin. BE GENTLE. No harsh rubbing!

Reapply a fresh layer of moisturizer in the morning after your rinsed your face with water. 
This seems to be working for me. I suspect during the night that what's left of my moisturizer is all dirty. The warm water kind of preps your skin for new moisturizer to 'soak' into it. Now that I think about it, I apply my moisturizer 2-3 a day.

Use a liquid or powder foundation that doesn't break you out or does the least possible.
Find it and stick to it. Everyone's skin is different, so I can't recommend specifics but stay away from heavy stick foundations. Those tend to be the worst for acne because of the fillers. Liquid and powder foundation is the best option but even those can break you out. For my skin, I have to stay away from things heavy in silicones.  For that reason, I don't use primers really.

Limit foundation use and wear time. 
Go without if possible. Take it off as soon as you can. The longer you wear foundation, the more time you give it to do it's evil pore-clogging deeds.

Don't pop pimples that haven't come to a head. 
If they are at a head, wash the area with warm water and poke it with a pin. Cover your fingertips with a napkin and gentle push down around the outside edge of it. Avoid pimple popping tools. I have a kit, and it always causes my the blood vessels in my skin to break.

Apply an acid to deep pimples to help them come to a head
Glycolic and salicylic acid are chemical exfoliants. They will slowly work away the top layers of skin, which will help a deep pimple come to the surface. I use the Murad Rapid Resurfacing Peel 10% Glycolic Acid or the Paula's Choice Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution 2% BHA. The Murad one is great. If your skin is sensitive, 10% might be too high for you.

Be dilligent. 
If you slack even a bit, you won't see the results you want. All it takes is one night of sleeping in makeup or not removing every last bit for you too fall back a week. Give a regime time to work. If there is no improvement, start to tweak the products you're using. Just make sure you follow using the basics: gentle ph balanced cleanser(s), the best working makeup remover and a lighter moisturizer. .

*4 products recommended are pr samples. The rest I bought. No affiliate links posted.

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11 September 2017

Viseart Editorial Palette Review & Swatches

I've been wanting a palette with primary and secondary colours for a while but I held out on buying cheap palettes because I wanted great performance. I could have gone with the NYX colour palette but the quality didn't feel there when I swatched it in store. Although this palette is pricey, it's not that pricey in terms of price per shades. You're also paying for quality. This palette is nearly perfect if you're looking for your basic matte, bright colours. You can create so many different colours by mixing them together, with a white or black or shimmer. I adore it and highly recommend it!!!


Viseart & The Pallette
Viseart is a creulty free makeup brand that caters to professional makeup artists. The brand is half American, half French. The products are developed and made in France. Viseart claims to use the highest quality talc in their eyeshadows, not harvested in China. Their products contain no parabens.

The Editorial Brights Palette is referred to as a cheek and colour correcting palette. It's not considered eye safe is USA, but is in multiple countries such as Canada. People with a poor immune system might want to avoid using this palette around their eyes. I've had no issues using the shades as an eyeshadow but do take care not the get any pigment in my eyes.

Pigmentation
This palette is easily controllable because the shades can be built up upon. They feel a little hard and don't have a lot of fallout. The first 3 or 4 shades don't have the same level of pigmentation as the rest, but they can be built up to an intense colour. The white in pretty muted in pigmentation. The rest of the palette has stronger pigmentation. The colours are bright and intense, some looking almost neon. They are all easy to work with!

Product Amount & Price
I payed exacted $113 CAD for this palette. That sounds scary, but it I break it down, I'm getting 12 pans that hold a whopping 2 grams. Each pan costs about $8 CAD or $6 USD each. That's the price of a Makeup Geek eyeshadow or Mac, both of which give you less than 2 grams per pan.
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9 September 2017

Neutral Summer-Fall Eyeshadow Palette

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Here's a look inside my one palette. It's perfect for the summer-fall season transition. I have more neutral shadows I love and use daily, but I don't put them in this palette because they're huge and square (mild perfectionist here). The palette is from Aliexpress. It's called the TZ Cosmetix Mermaid Palette.

First picture is in direct sunlight and with flash on. 
Second photo is in natural, indirect light with no flash.

  1. Bitzy Lust
  2. Colourpop Highstrung
  3. Makeup Geek Desert Sands
  4. Eye Of Horus Royal Abyss
  5. Eye Of Horus Sacred Husk
  6. Eye Of Horus Artifact
  7. Eye Of Horus Enchtantress
  8. Makeup Geek Mocha
  9. Eye Of Horus Engima Mist
  10. Annabelle Ebony
  11. Eye Of Horus Chalice Bronze
  12. Makeup Geek Preppy
  13. N/A Similar to MUG Latte
  14. Makeup Geek Vintage
  15. Colorpop Wake Up Call
  16. Colourpop Ringer
  17. Colourpop Popular Demand
  18. Lancome Champagne (not cruelty free)
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6 September 2017

Makeup Lottery Tag

If you could have any makeup items, what would they be? Why? Would it be something you've tried before or something you've always wanted to try?

Other than this tag generating buzz for expensive makeup companies (and possibly making you depressed) it can give you some ideas if you're looking to splurge on one good item but have no idea what. How many times have you heard a friend or someone online asking for what they should buy at Sephora with a giftcard they have. One of my favourite sayings is 'too much of anything is bad'. I whole heartedly believe people spend too much money on makeup and have too much of it. BUT a little indulgence is good :) We often buy a lot of cheap makeup when we could be saving our money for one amazing, high quality product that we could get a lot of use out of.

These are the makeup pieces that i'll be saving my money for - or will simply admire from afar if they are way too pricey for me. As you can see, I have expensive taste... Hopefully you get an idea of what I find quality.  I think my next tag will be about overhyped makeup. If you're a beauty blogger, I tag you! :)

PS. This is my 100th post!

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick 

Charlotte Tilbury makes the nicest lipstick shades I have ever seen. She really does know how to pick them. She has ever type of wearable nude for every skintone. I wish more companies would stop with the ridiculous neon pinks and make gorgeous wearable shades like she does.

 
Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 

I rarely do freelancing anymore, so there's really no need for me to buy a $300 palette if i'll mostly be using it on myself - even with the 30% makeup artist discount. But boy, would I have fun with one of those palettes. The shade that just 'wows' me is aluminum, a super foiled silver. Check it out. But all of the shades look very impressive in pigmentation. 


Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow 

These are nice because they don't come with the messy fallout a loose pigment or glitter brings. It's already wet, so will be super easy to apply and intense. There are loads of neutral shade which I like because it makes them more daytime friendly. 

Aether Lashes 

If you like the look of mink lashes, i'd like to suggest you check out Aether lashes. They make just as gorgeous synthetic lashes that are actually cruelty free. Aether lashes all have a pretty taper. I hate when an eyelash has blunt cut hairs. The price is not crazy expensive.



Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation 

This full coverage foundation is said to give gorgeous looking skin. With the word 'magic' in the name, I would hope so. It contains anti-aging ingredients like mushroom extract and a form of vitamin c. If you've heard of hylauranic acid, you might know it's an ingredient that hold 1000 times it's weight in water so makes your skin look plump!


 

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Cheat 


Such an iconic product from her. I think it might everyone's perfect nude shade. So bougie.



Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner 

I rarely use eyeliner because I find it just a pain. It never stays on my waterline and seems to end up on my eyeball. This eyeliner is said to be very creamy, pigmented and stay put on a waterline. They have 34 shades, mainly matte or shimmer finish. Strangely, there's no matte beige, so that needs to change. 


Lit Cosmetics Glitter 

Definitely pricey for glitter but this is a brand I can trust. There are loads of little sketchy Instagram glitter brands that I could never recommend anyone to buy from. Large glitter is one thing, but how do we know they aren't using craft glitter. Pressed glitters often become moldy from these brands. Just no. Anyways, I only wear glitter in makeup looks I post online, so I can't bring myself to spend money on even 1 shade but given the chance to have a few shades to create looks with - yes please! They're so many absolutely beautiful colours.   


It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer 

Why does this product need such a long name? ahah. This is one of the most loved full coverage concealer on the market. I love concealers like this because I have milia and under eye veins that need serious covering and this will do that. The price really isn't that bad either for how little product is needed. 


Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick 

This also gets rave reviews. It's both a foundation and concealer, it has a medium to full coverage formala that's super blendable. There's a chance that worn on its own, it could break me out, but thinned out with a mixing medium, it's less likely too. I swatched this at Sephora and it felt really nice. I was able to find a similar shade to my pale skin. The packaging alone was enough to peak my interest.



Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Honeycomb 

Probably one of my favourite lipsticks ever. It smells delicious. It's creamy and pigmented. It's natural. Most importantly the colour is gorgeous for me. I have dark lips and like lightening them and this does that.


Makeup Geek Eyeshadow 

I have Makeup Geek Shadows and I love them. If I could have every shade, I would. Right now, i'm eyeing the deep forest green shade 'Epic'.



Skindinavia Makeup Setting Spray 

The professionals use this setting spray for a reason. Because it's awesome and can be trusted to keeps your makeup in place for the most important of events.



Josie Maran Vibrancy Oil Foundation Fluid 

Jaclyn Hill got me interested in this one. From what I remember it's one of her favourites. It's said to feel lightweight and have a medium buildable coverage foundation with a glowing appearance. It's full of natural and organic ingredients. Sounds good to me! 



Tarte Tartiest Clay Paint Liner 

The formula is half liquid, half gel which sounds perfect. It has a matte finish which is the only way to go for me. You get a ton of product, so the price is not that bad. I'm just worried the tube will dry up before i'm halfway through it.  




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5 September 2017

Skinfix Skincare Review | Renewing Cream, Lip Repair Balm & Foaming Oil Cleanser

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Skinfix is a Canadian, certified cruelty free skincare company. They specialize in products that treat dry skin, dermatitis, eczema, and Keratitis Pilaris. All products are 'natural' so free of synthetic fragrances, parabens, sulfates and phtalates. Their products are found in most grocery stores or drugstores in Canada as well as online health and drugstores. Well.ca, Shoppers Drugmart, Loblaws...

Around 2010, I discovered their Body Repair Paste . That stuff was a little miracle. Similar to Penaten, it had medical ingredients in it like allatoin and zinc in it. It healed and soothed every type of skin problem I had: burns, bug bites, dermatitis, acne. I still use it to this day. Now that i've tried more products from the brand, I can say I think they are one of the most underrated skincare companies out there. 

Foaming Oil Cleanser



Foaming oil cleanser sounds like a paradox to me. I was pessimistically optimistic about this cleanser. This ph balanced cleanser boasts that it will gently wash away dirt and makeup without stripping the skin's moisture. It's suppost to leave skin feeling hydrated, soft, supple and not tight.

There are a ton of ingredients in it, none of which caused me concern. The first few are general moisturizing ingredients and then the oils are towards the bottom of the ingredient list. The formula is milky and looks like it's too creamy to clean but once I rub it, tiny bubbles are created which indicates that it definitely will clean (and it does). As I rinse my face, I notice a residue left over. Once my face dries, it definitely feels tight, very clean yet not too dry. Ironically, it's not suppost to leave my face feeling tight. I tested it to see how it removed makeup off my hand and it removed 99% of it in one go.

I would say this is a quality cleanser. I think it's worth $20 CAD and something I would buy now that I know how it works.

Lip Repair Balm

This lip balm feels very emoilient, wet, slippery and kind of lip a lip gloss. It's definitely one of the better lip balms i've used. The last ingredient is allantion which gets a big thumbs up from me. Allantion is one of my favourite ingredients ever because it moisturizes and heals like no other.

For $5, I think this is a great deal. Definitely recommend.

Renewing Cream

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This natural cream is awesome.  I use this as a makeup base (without pilling problems), a moisturizing mask, a day or night moisturizer AND a body cream.

This cream is intended to smooth dry, rough, bumpy skin and Keratosis Pilaris. KP is a condition caused by an excess of keratin which causes hardened skin cells that clogs pores and hair follicles. I think this product works so well because it's intended for KP. Treatment includes extreme moisture. I did have a bout of KP on my right cheekbone 3 years ago that was so hard to remove but was treated with salicylic acid. I definitely think this would have helped a lot.

The packaging indicates it's intended for all over body use, but never specifically says face. So I was worried it would be too heavy for my face and break me out, but it didn't. It a little streaky white when rubbing in, but quickly turns clear and sets down. It quickly makes my face baby-butt smooth! I love it. I wouldn't say it leaves an oily residue but there is a slight 'moisturized feel'. My skin just feels plump. By the way, this has 'natural product' kind of smell.

I recommend this cream. For 114g of good product, I think $20 is a steal.
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2 September 2017

Quick Review: Ardell Faux Mink Lashes 811 & Mega Volume Lashes 251

Ardell is one of the most affordable and easily accessible eyelash brands in Canada. I was so excited to see they're selling eyelashes that look like mink/silk lashes!! As much as I love the look of mink lashes and really want to wear them, I won't buy them because I don't consider them cruelty free.

Anyways, i've been wearing these lashes for 6 months. Yes, they lasted me that long with careful cleaning! Unfortunately, I managed to lose one lash from my favourite set of the two...

Mega Volume Lashes 251

I was feeling very optimistic for these Mega Volume Lashes because they are layered and thick. I don't like these ones but the 250s look better because they have tapered tips. These have a blunt cut, so don't look that real. They are also very to heavy looking. They give what I call a "2002-Christina Aguilera-droopy-eyelash-look" . They look better in close up eye makeup photos, but in real life, I feel they scream 'I'm wearing cheap fake lashes'. I sound so harsh... Ardell has a ton of great eyelashes, but these aren't one of them for me. But you might like them. These are $8.49 CAD, available are Lawton's, Rexall, Sallys Beauty and Walmart.

Ardell Faux Mink Lashes

The Faux Mink lashes are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. They taper which is great. The band is not that noticeable and bends easily to the curve of my eyelid. These the kind of lashes you'd wear to a date because they're safe in look and reliable. They've never caused me any issues. I wish there were more lashes attached for makeup shots I do, but at the same time, that would make them less wearable in the real world. These are certainly cheaper than lashes sold at Sephora, but I still find them to be expensive. They are the one of the best deal's out there because when you buy nice lashes online that are initially cheaper, you often have to pay shipping and price conversions. So i'll definitely be buying more of these and recommend them! These are $11, available at Lawton's, Rexall, Sally Beauty and Walmart.

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28 August 2017

My Most Used Makeup

Here's makeup I actually use daily. I guess that makes them my favourites as well! Find out why I gravitate to these products below. If you want to find out more, odds are i've reviewed and swatched it on my blog or will soon.

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation | 1.2 N
Why? Because it's incredibly affordable, matches my skin perfectly and covers my skin very well without clogging my pores.

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Concealer | CW 01
This stuff is also affordable so I can use a tone of it and not feel upset about the cost per gram. It looks amazing under my eyes - very natural and dewy. The only downside for me is it's not full coverage.

Beautycounter Mattify Skin Finishing Powder
This stuff is talc free and simply does an amazing job at removing shine and excess oil but still giving a slight light reflecting quality.

Glo Minerals Blush | Firstlove
This shade is hard to work with because it's so pigmented and dark. But it looks really good! I just love how it morphes into skin.

Colourpop Supershock Cheek Highlighter | Flexitarian
This is an intense champagne white highlighter. I can use it everywhere I need to highlight including as an eyeshadow. There's no need to use a separate brow bone and inner corner eyeshadow highlight.

Milani Colorstatement Lipstick | 61 Matte Naked 
Such an underrated product. It's extremely comfortable on my dry lips even though it's a matte lipstick. I have very dark lips that need toning down, and this does that. It's a gorgeous nude and a great alternative to cult classic nudes from other more expensive, none cruelty free brands.

Wet n Wild Gel Lip Liner | Bare To Comment
I just love this colour: a gorgeous peach mid-toned nude. This forumla is extremely creamy. I feels just like a lipstick.

Maison Jacynthe Eyeshadow | 04 Macchiato
This is a very easy to work with colour AND formula. I use it as a bronzer and all over eyeshadow shade. It just blends so easily. It's talc free, which I appreciate with all the controversy around talc contamination...

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow | Cocoa Bear
Makeup Geek so obviously amazing... A classic dark brown... I use this on my eyelid as my version of an eyeliner because I have hooded eyes and don't have time to struggle with eyeliners. It's neutral and wearable.

Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara
This is my favourite mascara. It's brush and formula give my lashes and even, clump-free coating. The brush isn't enormous, so I never accidentally touch my skin. It's a tubing mascara so easy to remove.

Eye of Horus Brow Define | Medium Brown
This is very similar to the ABH Brow Wiz. It creates very thin strokes, so is easy to create natural looking brows.

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25 August 2017

Quick Review: The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA. Foundation Primer?

This is a product that generally get's mixed reviews. Some people don't like it and some love it. Some people feel it's just okay. Some people say it broke them out or gave them a reaction...


This product is half the standard 60 ml size, so $5.80 CAD, so not as amazing as it sounds but still really good price compared to the majority of skincare out there. Deciem just released a larger version actually!

I think this is a very decent moisturizer. It's not heavy at all, so if you're looking for super hydration, this will leave you disappointed. It really dries down and feels a little tight. It's not the most moisturizing but gives more moisture than no moisturizer at all. I have normal to dry skin with an oily nose. I usually break out from makeup products, so I consider myself more on the acne-prone side. I've had no bad reactions or acne from it.

I don't use this as a moisturizer. It's too basic in ingredients for me. There are no antioxidants. I need scar fading and anti-aging ingredients in my moisturizer for my acne 'scars'. I use this for daily is as a foundation prep. I never use primers actually. They scare the hell out of me (breakouts!) and they don't do much at all for me so are a waste of money. This moisturizer is great because it's thin on the skin and doesn't ball up when I apply foundation on top.

So if you're looking for a great silicone free primer, try this! I really enjoy if for that and will be repurchasing now that i've used it up.

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24 August 2017

Zoeva Spot Liner Dupe? Real Techniques Detail & Define Brush Video Demo and Review!

I've never tried a Real Techniques Brush. When it comes to affordable brushes, I always opted for the cheapest alternatives; Elf, Ebay and Coastal Scents brushes. There is one brush that i've wanted FOREVER. It's the Zoeva Spot Liner brush. It's incredible versatile and a must have for small, hooded eyes. I didn't want to buy online from a non-Sephora site, get it and not like it. Actually, I didn't want to spend over $20 (shipping) for teeny tiny brush at all. So I bought an Aliexpress dupe. It was horrible... Guys, don't even bother with those dupe brushes. In my experience, they are always shit.

I had no idea Real Techniques made a similar brush! It's the real deallll. Unfortunately, it only comes in a package deal, BUT the other brush and stencil are also great! LOVE IT.


Both brushes do a great job at filling in brows or creating a winged liner. I use both constantly for everything. Spot concealing, lip art etc. The Square Detailer Brush is the star. It can create hair thin strokes. It so small that I can use it on my waterline. I was worried the Definer Brush (the angled one) was too wide to create a thin line, but when you wet it, it becomes much thinner. The plastic stencil is too thick for my liking, but it worked like a charm! They refer to it as a bonus gift on the packaging. If you look closely, there are 3 styles of wing, including a double flick wing. That one, I didn't like because it was too stubby and thick but the other ones were perfect. I used a dried out Colourpop Creme Gel Liner in my demo. It was challenging, but turned out. A thin liquid liner might leak under the stencil. PS. You can certainly create a stencil with a thinner guitar pick!

This kit retails for $8 USD or $11.54 CAD on the Real Techniques website. Prices vary everywhere of course. This was sent to me by Farleyco.ca, who sells it for $15 CAD. If you're in Canada, you might find it in store at Rexall, Real Canadian Superstore or probably Walmart.

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