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A Summer Glow|Becca X Chrissy Review

At this point and time I’m sure all of you have heard about or bought the “Becca X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette”. There was buzz around this product before its release as expected, since one of social media’s biggest stars was a part of this collaboration. This palette comes with 1 blush shade, 2 highlighters, and 1 bronzer. Let’s start with packaging. I am a sucker for packaging and this product got me good. It’s a beautiful metal quad with a marble front and a massive mirror inside. The colours of the packaging consist of mostly pinks, peach, and rose gold, which gives off a very light and summery vibe. Becca really nailed the packaging!

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Opening up the palette you will see your product. Let’s begin with the bronzer. It is a beautiful product, perfect for a warm summer bronzy look but it’s more for light to medium skin tone. It is not dark enough for deeper skin tones. I guess if they did want to market it for more skin tones they could’ve added 2 bronzer shades instead of just 1. There are flex of shimmer in the bronzer, which personally I am not fan of. I do prefer matte bronzers. The bronzer is the product I use the least in this palette. The blusher is amazing; it also contains flex of shimmer which I do not mind. The blush is a beautiful rosy shade which will compliment a lot of different skin tones. It is well pigmented which is great!

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I appreciate that the palette comes with 2 highlighter shades, which will compliment more skin tones. One thing to note is that these highlighters in the palette are less pigmented than the regular Becca powder highlighters.  This isn’t a terrible thing; I found that these highlighters in the palette are more so of an everyday effortless summer glow and not blinding where you need sunglasses. I usually layer them on top of one another which give a great finish. On their own they give off more of a medium glow.

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The quality of all the powders, I find, are great. They are not chalky and application is smooth. The outcome is long lasting, and if you are a fan of warmer shades and a non-blinding everyday glow, you will love this palette. This palette is well priced as well since you do get 2 highlighters, 1 blush and 1 bronzer. I do find myself reaching for this face palette on the daily since it has everything I need in it and is perfect for an everyday effortless look.

 

 

 

Prices, without tax or shipping, for the products mentioned (CAD):

  • Becca X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette: $54

Until Next Time!


-Suman

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The Perfect Full Coverage Foundation|Updated Routine

Are you looking for a new foundation to test out? Well look no further! My current fave full coverage foundation is the “Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer”.

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This foundation has it all. It’s lightweight, full coverage, and long wearing. This foundation will stay on and provide you with good coverage for your entire day. I appreciate the wide selection of shades Clinique offers, and the applicator is by far the best. This foundation has a large doe foot applicator, perfect for precise application whether you’re just spot concealing or full face.

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Also, there is no mess or wasting any extra product. The finish of this foundation is more on the natural to matte side, but not in the super drying way such as the “L’Oreal Pro Matte”. Personally, I have combination skin and this foundation lasts me all day and does not look cakey or greasy. This formula blends very well and is fragrance free which is fantastic for anyone sensitive to scent or just hates scent in their makeup.  This foundation does a great job with covering redness, blemishes and balancing uneven skin tones. Whether you’re looking for a new concealer or foundation, this product would definitely be worth a try.

It’s a great product and for a great price, this retails for $35 CDN which for the amount you get, is amazing. Let’s compare price points with the “Tarte Shape Tape” concealer, amazing full coverage product but retails for $31 CDN and you only get 10mL. With the “Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer”, a two in one product, you get 30mL for $35 CDN. It’s my current favourite go-to full coverage foundation and a must try for anyone looking for a new foundation or concealer. It’s a very comfortable wear, especially if you have to a long day ahead of you and creates a flawless canvas.

For the “Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer”, I am in the shade 8 golden neutral.

Prices, without tax or shipping, for the products mentioned (CAD):

  • Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer (30mL): $35
  • Tarte Shape Tape (10mL): $31

Until Next Time!


-Suman

The Master Palette

Mario Dedivanovic is an amazing makeup artist, teacher, and influencer. You may know him from being Kim Kardashian’s go to makeup artist, but he has worked with numerous celebrities for all sorts of different projects. There’s something very unique about Dedivanovic’s artistry, his work is just impeccable. When Mario Dedivanovic announced he would be collaborating with Anastasia Beverly Hills and coming out with a limited edition eyeshadow palette, I was freaking out. This palette went on sale in October and I placed an order as fast as I could and waited ever so patiently. Thankfully, Sephora does not take long to deliver.

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The “Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Master Palette by Mario” comes with 12 beautiful shades and a dual ended eyeshadow brush.  I’ve had this palette for about 3-4 months and it is my holy grail, my favourite eyeshadow palette, and the palette I reach most for when doing my makeup. I wanted to test this palette out properly and use it as much as I could to write an honest review. These shadows are top quality, the texture is very velvety. Blendability of these shadows is top notch and there is a great selection of colours, a mixture of matte and shimmer shades. These shadows probably are one of the best blending in my collection and you can create numerous different looks, such a dramatic smokey eye to a neutral day look. Pigmentation, as you’ll see in the swatches, is amazing. The shades included will look good with any eye colour and skin tone; it is definitely a versatile palette.

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(Top to Bottom: ‘5th Ave’, ‘Bronx’, ‘Claudia, ‘Violeta’, ‘Isabel’ & ‘Muse’)

 

I truly love this palette, and have not had a single problem with it. I did not expect any less from Mario Dedivanovic, his passion for makeup and his artistry speaks for itself. Although, I do wish this palette wasn’t limited edition because I know I will be hitting pan soon and will probably have to look for dupes. I personally have only used the brush once or twice; I tend not to use the applicators the product comes with. I found that there was nothing special with the dual ended brush and stuck with my trusted blending brushes. Also, this is a cruelty free product.

 

 

My favourite shades in this palette include, ‘Lula’, ‘Isabel’, ‘Bronx’, ‘Muse’, and ‘5th Ave’. Check out Mario Dedivanovic’s work on Instagram @makeupbymario.

Keep updated with beauty trends on Instagram @sumankkang

Prices, without tax or shipping, for the products mentioned (CAD):

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Master Palette by Mario: $55

Until next time!


-Suman

To Glow or Not To Glow

There seems to be massive hype for Laura Geller’s highlight in ‘Gilded Honey’. I decided to try it for myself and see just how amazing this highlight was! Will it blind onlookers, or just match up to any other highlighter on the market? When I bought this product, I was very surprised by the size of it. I did expect it to be bigger for some reason. It contains 0.16 oz or 4.5 grams of products, and is sold for $26 (USD). There is no mirror included and the packaging is not extravagant or really worth mentioning. I first heard about this product through a few of my favourite YouTubers, including, Desi Perkins and Amanda Ensing and just had to have it like a lot of other makeup products.

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I was rather disappointed when I first applied it because it didn’t give me that OMG blinding highlight that other products offer. I found myself having to apply a lot more of the product to get a good glow. In comparison to my favourite highlighter at the moment, ‘Champagne Pop’ by Becca, it wasn’t all that amazing. I would definitely not label this as a bad product or never use again, but personally it wasn’t worth the hype it was receiving. I would stick to my trusted ‘Champagne Pop’ and if I wanted that extra highlight add a bit of NYX Illuminator as a base. ‘Gilded Honey’ has a very smooth texture and goes on very evenly, it’s not patchy whatsoever. It has pigmentation, even when swatched, but not has strong as ‘Champagne Pop’. There are much better highlighters on the market, whether they cost more or even less. For a drugstore comparison, ‘Gilded Honey’ is much better than L’Oreal’s True Match Lumi Illuminator (pressed powder) in ‘Rose’ and Wet n Wild’s Illuminating Palette in ‘Catwalk Pink’.

Prices, without tax, for the products mentioned (CAD):

  • ‘Gilded Honey’ by Laura Geller: $33
  • ‘Champagne Pop’ by Becca: $46
  • ‘Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam’ by NYX: $10
  • ‘Rose’ by L’Oreal True Match Lumi: $15
  • ‘Catwalk Pink’ by Wet n Wild: $7

Until next time!


-Suman

What’s the Perfect Primer?

Priming is a key step in makeup application for reasons such as, longevity, smoother application for your foundation and minimizing the appearance of pores. Of course priming has many more benefits than just the three I mentioned, but if I continue listing this post would turn into a ‘get to know the benefits of priming’. With different skin types, dry, oily, combination, and sensitive skin, there are of course different types of formulas for primers designed to help each and every skin type. I will be reviewing two different brands of primers, both which claim to help with pores, fine lines and wrinkles. Also, I have mentioned a third option and a new personal favourite. I will begin by starting with the primer costing the least and work my way up.

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First, we have the ‘Poreless Face Primer’ by e.l.f.

This brand has come to prove itself to be very economical, yet still create quality products. Every brand has its hits and misses, and I do believe this would be a miss. My skin definitely varies depending on the season, but for the most part I can say that it is combination skin. My issue with this primer is that immediately when I applied it to my face, it was too greasy. This primer is definitely not light weight. As the product was applied to my face I felt it was on there, if you know what I mean. It wasn’t light weight, nor did it seamlessly blend into my skin. After applying the product, it was still all over my fingertips, just too messy for me. The consistency of the primer is great; when you pump it out it isn’t too runny or too stiff. But the problem lies in its formula, and does not do the job for my skin instead feels as if there is another layer on my skin.

Second, the legendary ‘Pore-Fessional’ by Benefit Cosmetics.

This primer won the hearts of many makeup lovers, including me. This primer has proven itself to be successful every use. When applied, you can instantly tell it has done its job smoothing over fine lines and actually does minimize your pores. You can feel the smoothness, but it does not leave an oily residue on your skin. It absorbs into your skin very well, where it does not feel as if there is a layer of primer on your skin. This product is very lightweight and oil free which are some of the most important features of the formula. The Pore-Fessional’s consistency is thicker, in comparison to e.l.f, but it blends flawlessly and effortlessly with my foundation.  Although this primer is a bit pricier, a little does go a long way. Instead of buying the full size bottle, I bought the smaller size which is 22mL or 0.75oz. I’ve had the smaller sized bottle for over a year and it still continues to work well every time. I would say for a non-drug store option, the Pore-Fessional is a staple for any makeup kit.

Alternative option: ‘Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer’ by pūr-lisse.

The last product I will be mentioning is a moisturizer but can also be used under makeup for hydration, preventing fine lines, and an overall smoother finish to your makeup. Although this product isn’t advertised as a primer, it works as well as many others on the market. The consistency is great for this product, similar to that of the e.l.f. primer, but the formula is completely different. It does not leave a greasy feeling all over the face or an oily residue which a lot of moisturizers can do. This moisturizer blends perfectly into the skin, absorbs well and is great for applying underneath makeup. It does smooth out your skin, while at the same time keeping it hydrated. I will compare this product with the Pore-Fessional because its smoothing powers are very similar and blends well with your foundation afterwards. After applying this moisturizer you do not need to wait for the product to dry, and can continue with your makeup immediately. This product can be used for normal, dry and sensitive skin, and fights premature aging. With this product I don’t have to use a separate product for priming before I apply my makeup.

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(top to bottom: pūr-lisse, pore-fessional, e.l.f.) All of these primers go on transparent.

Prices, without tax, for the products mentioned (CAD):

  • e.l.f. Poreless Face Primer: $8
  • Benefit Cosmetics The Pore-Fessional (22mL or 0.75oz): $16
  • pūr-lisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer (15 mL or 0.5oz): $26

Until next time!


-Suman

Make it POP like Champagne

Highlighting is all the rage and shows no signs of disappearing anytime soon. Not only is it enough to highlight with one product, but layering has also become a trend. I will be reviewing two illuminators, more on the affordable side. The first is by NYX, the “Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam”. Second illuminator we have is by Sephora, “Radiant Luminizing Drops in Ultra Light”.

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In terms of consistency, NYX definitely takes the cake! Sephora’s illuminator is a tad too runny and watery. I find it harder to control the product when it comes to application. “Born to Glow” illuminator, by NYX, has a thicker consistency which I personally prefer since it is easier to apply and work with.

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Sephora (left) NYX (right)

 

Application differs greatly as well, as I mentioned above I do prefer a thicker consistency since I find it easier to apply and blend. I tend to use my finger to apply liquid illuminators and if needed, I use a sponge to blend. Consistency does coincide with application and the Sephora illuminator is just a nuisance to apply. As with any makeup product, pigmentation is a huge factor. This post seems rather one sided 😛 But what can I say, NYX is the better pigmented product. This all does depend on what you are looking for from the product. If you want that extra blinding glow where you use an illuminator as a base for your powder highlight, NYX is what you are looking for as a drugstore option. If you want that subtle glow, great, try out the Sephora illuminator it will give you just that. I have tried layering my powder highlight over the Sephora illuminator and it does not give me my blindly OMG glow. I do believe a good base will provide a good end result.

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The powder highlights I use on a regular are “Champagne Pop by Becca” and “Soft & Gentle by Mac”. The one upside with the Sephora illuminator is that it includes a dropper applicator which is helpful when you do not want waste a whole bunch of product. The NYX illuminator is obviously the better product in my opinion. The product itself is pigmented, easy to work with, and affordable!

Prices, without tax,  for the products mentioned (CAD):

  • NYX the “Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam” $10
  • Sephora “Radiant Luminizing Drops in Ultra Light” $19

Until next time!


-Suman

Liquid Lipstick Review

Hey hey!

(Featured song: “Stay Stay Stay” by Taylor Swift)

I’m back with another review. I have recently discovered the different brands of liquid lipsticks I have acquired over some time and will be reviewing them today. I have included drugstore and non-drugstore brands. Let’s get right into it.

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“Echo” by Kat Von D

  • $24CDN
  • Kat Von D never ceases to amaze everyone with her makeup collection. “Echo” is an enchanting deep navy blue colour, definitely an eye catcher
  • Full coverage and long wear
  • Dries completely matte, but I found it to be too dry for my lips. It’s not a painfully dry feeling, just a tad uncomfortable
  • Bold

“Recollection” by MAC

  • $24CDN
  • I do prefer MAC lipsticks in general to other more expensive brands because they glide on much easier and your lips stay moisturized
  • This is a majestic purple, a colour that leaves an impression
  • This formulation does not have strong longevity in comparison to Kat Von D’s liquid lipsticks. Nonetheless, it will stay longer than regular lipsticks

“Kiss Fatal” by Rimmel

  • $8CDN
  • This liquid lipstick claims to last for 16 hours and is ‘kiss proof’. I have tested two shades from their range, and it does last a pretty long time and it is non-transferrable
  • This product requires two steps. First, you apply the colour on your lips. Secondly, apply the ‘lock & shine’ step.
  • Disadvantages: its sticky and not a matte liquid lipstick
  • I would not re-purchase because there is nothing too special about this product. The colours could be better and more unique and there is definitely better formulation out there for a liquid lipstick

“It’s Happening” by Too Faced

  • $25CDN
  • I am in love with this line! This shade is a bright magenta which suits all skin types. The formulation is one of all-time favourites, it’s very comfortable to wear and it is long wear
  • It dries completely matte and does not dry the lips out
  • Rich and creamy formula

“Always Red” by Sephora

  • $18CDN
  • This has become my all-time favourite red lip product
  • It dries matte and is not too dry for the lips
  • Great formulation because the product is very lightweight on the lips and is long wear
  • There are so many shades of red, but I found this one to be a classic bold red
  • Will continue to re-purchase for the rest of my life

“Rio” by Anastasia Beverly Hills”

  • $26CDN
  • If you’re looking for an electric hot pink with a blue undertone look no further
  • ABH liquid lipsticks are amazing, long wear, dry matte, great colour payoff and texture
  • These lipsticks smell great, the products are low in scent which I always prefer
  • Layering this product up will not do it any good. One or two layers is more than enough

“Soft Spoken” by NYX

  • $10CDN
  • The colour is more of a dark nudish-rose, but not brown
  • Amazing colour payoff and texture
  • Dries matte with a hint of transfer but nothing too crazy
  • Long lasting, but might need a bit of a touch up here and there
  • One tiny complaint would be the smell. It’s a bit of an odd plastic scent but the quality does overcome this small flaw
  • NYX is a great affordable brand

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***I would suggest using a primer before applying any lip product. I use the “Prep and Prime Lip” by MAC, which retails for $20CDN***

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What I have learned is that most liquid lipsticks have an odd scent, but nothing too strongly atrocious.

Until next time!


-Suman