September Empties

During September I was able to finish up four skincare products and one makeup product.. Let's get right to it, shall we?

I loved the Skin So Soft Skindisiac Body Wash from Avon.. it smells good, lathers really well, and leaves the skin soft. It's good stuff, I tell ya. Next up are the Neutrogena Cleansing Wipes.. In short, I love these but they're just too expensive for me to repurchase every month (and they don't even have 30 wipes!).

The one makeup product that I was able to finish up this month was the Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer by Maybelline. My review of this wasn't all that stellar, but I was able to make it work and use it up. Would I repurchase it? No, probably not.

The ClearSkin Professional Acne Mark Treatment Gel by Avon used to be my secret weapon against pimples.. Unfortunatey, it started to lose its effectiveness as I got closer to finishing it up. Not cool. Right now I'm unsure of if I would purchase this again or not..

And my last empty for September is a sample tube of Philosophy's Miracle Worker Moisturizer, which I'm quite sad about. I loved this stuff and wish I could get my hands on another sample as I just can't fork over $74CAN for a full jar. Oh, well.

September Favorites

It's time again for monthly favorites! I have four products that I used the most during September: a fragrance, a lip color, a blush, and a mascara.

Victoria's Secret PINK With a Splash Body Mist in Sunny & Happy was pretty much the only fragrance I used all month.. that's really all there is to it, haha. Next is one of Revlon's Kissable Balm Stains in Crush, which I have a review for here. The formula itself isn't exactly my cup of tea, but the color is one of my favorite fall lip shades. Speaking of favorite shades, Cabana Boy by theBalm is probably my favorite fall blush; it's also the only blush I've worn all month! I really do love it, and you can find my review of it here. And my last favorite is the BAD Gal Lash Mascara from Benefit. It gives the lashes a good curl, as well as length and separation without being too dramatic nor too natural. It also doesn't make the lashes stiff or 'crunchy' which is a bonus!

My Favorite Fall Nail Colors!

Since it's officially fall now (yay!) I thought that I would share a few of my favorite nail polishes for the season with you.. I'm planning to hopefully do blushes and lip colors as well!

Anyway, the polishes from left to right are Dress Me Up by China Glaze, Exotic Encounters by China Glaze, Teak Rose by Revlon, Purr-fect Plum by China Glaze, and Prey Tell by China Glaze.. As you can see, I think that China Glaze makes some great fall shades! Three of the four of them are from last year's Fall collection 'On Safari' which I absolutely loved.

Here's some swatches! I'm sorry for not showing them on my nails, but my cuticles aren't so great at the moment so I thought that I'd spare you haha. I think all of these shades are perfect for fall, and they'll each be getting lots of wear this season. My favorite one to wear would probably be Prey Tell, though! It's such a dark and vampy shade. What are some of your favorite fall nail colors?

NYX Single Pan Eyeshadows Quick Reviews & Swatches

Today I have three of the NYX Single Pan Eyeshadows to quickly share with you! The shades that I have from left to right are Seafoam Green, Sensual, and Pacific.

All three shades were very buttery and smooth, as well as nicely pigmented and pretty true to pan. They did swatch a little bit unevenly, but nothing too bad. A small problem is that Seafoam Green and Sensual were almost too buttery soft which causes them to crumble a bit (see below). Here are the swatches:

Here they are swatched in the same order as they're shown above (with no primer or base). Seafoam Green is a frosty green teal with silver sparkles and has a Frost/Shimmer finish. It looks really pretty in the pan but swatched it's just too frosty for me and I can't see myself using it. Sensual is a dark, plummy brown with flecks of glitter.. it's also a Glitter finish as described by NYX. It's a nice color and I can see myself actually using it..! I think it'd look nice in the outer corners on on the lashline. And Pacific is a cool, pastel blue (I wanna say that there's some lavender in there too..) and has a Frost finish. Again, it's too frosty for me personally.. but still a nice shade.

Overall, I feel these eyeshadows were just average. There just seems to be something missing that I can't quite put my finger on. I think it might be that once they hit the skin they seem to turn kind of powdery.. I don't love or hate them, but out of the three I liked Sensual the best. What's your experience with the NYX Singles?

Venique Nail Lacquer in Rolling Tides Review & Swatches

Venique is a brand that I always see at CosmoProf, but have never really been interested in. There just never seemed to be a shade that interested me enough.. Recently there were a few bottles on sale for $2.99 though, and I ended up getting one to try:

This is in the shade Rolling Tides, and it's what I like to call a 'mermaid polish' (and you know I love those). It's a deep, ocean blue full of shimmer and has a gorgeous green shift which you'll see soon. Since this was my first time trying this brand I wasn't sure what to expect.. but I'm happy with it!

Left: Taken outdoors in sunlight, no flash / Right: Taken indoors, no flash
Here's Rolling Tides applied using two coats.. Isn't it pretty? I'd have to say that the photo on the right is more accurate, and you can actually see the green shift in it which really reminds me of a mermaid's tail! This polish was easy to apply and gave me no problems. It's a bit on the thin and sheer side, so you need two or three coats for it to be opaque.
Let me know if you've ever heard of this brand.. I've never seen it on any blogs before!

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk Review & Swatches

I finally manged to get my hands on the ever popular NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, and I'm ready to share my thoughts on it! It was sold out for about three months before it came back in stock, so I was hoping the wait would be worth it after hearing so many rave reviews. Let's take a look at what NYX says about these pencils:

"A radiant eye liner that also doubles as an eye shadow. Made with a blend of mineral oil and powder, our creamy Jumbo Eye Pencils glide on effortlessly - no pulling,  tugging or fading - and come in a rainbow of vivid hues."
In my opinion, this definitely isn't the jumbo eye pencil to rule them all.. but it's still good and handy to have in your collection.
Here's Milk swatched; on the left is unblended and on the right it's blended out. As you can see, it's a stark, pure white. Most people use it as a base to help their shadows appear more vibrant, which is the purpose I purchased it for.
I don't find it quite as creamy as Milani's Shadow Eyez (which I love!), but it still applies easily. It's also pretty easy to blend out, if not a bit.. tacky, for lack of a better word (I apologize!). The white color is brighter when layered over a primer, which I do recommend using.. more on that soon.
Sorry about the quality here; I took this picture with my phone!
As for making my shadows appear more vibrant.. Milk definitely does its job! On the left is the shadows on their own, and on the right is over Milk. I think you can tell the difference better with the first shadow.. it's pretty sheer and not that pigmented and I was pretty impressed with the difference!
Okay, so what about staying power? I did a little test and used a primer on one eye, and none on the other. Then I applied Milk, and did my eyeshadow as usual. Here were my results:
On the eye that I used both primer and the Jumbo Eye Pencil on I experienced no creasing or fading in six hours! The color of my shadows also looked more even more vibrant then on the eye I used no primer with. On the eye that I only used the Jumbo Eye Pencil on (with no primer beforehand!) my eyeshadow was able to stay crease-free for about three hours, but the colors did begin to fade a bit. After six hours my eyeshadow had creased and also faded quite a lot. So, obviously I would definitely recommend using a primer alongside the pencil!
Overall, I do like this product. I love that it helps with the vibrancy of my shadows, and I don't mind having to use a primer along with it. I don't think it's a must-have, but like I said.. it's handy to have; especially if you have a lot of colorful shadows or shadows that just need an extra boost that primer alone doesn't give.
What are your thoughts on the Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk? Let me know in the comments!

Macro Monday Vol. 11: Clarins Palette Eclat Face & Blush Powder

Clarins Palette Eclat Face & Blush Powder
Doesn't Clarins make the prettiest powders? I snagged this one recently for half price which had me mentally jumping for joy. I'm unsure if I'll ever do a review of it though, since it was a limited edition piece this past spring.

SpaRitual Nail Lacquer in Reminisce Review & Swatch

Today I have a SpaRitual Nail Lacquer in Reminisce to share with you! I never really see this brand talked about, and this is my first time trying them. Their lacquers are "vegan and free of toluene, formaldehyde resin, and DBP" and they also don't test on animals (good stuff!) - because of this I used to gift their mini bottles to my friend who was vegan at the time and she said they were really nice.. Now that I've tried them out myself I would have to agree with her.

Reminisce is a yellow toned nude with a shimmer finish.. and I love it (I almost want to call it my perfect nude). The shimmer just glows and gives the polish a pretty, ethereal look. The formula was on the sheer side so I used two coats, but application was really nice and easy. The cap has a 'non-slip grip' which makes it easy to open and hold onto, and the brush is also a bit shorter in length which was helpful. The overall appearance of the bottle is also attractive.

I'm definitely pleased with my first SpaRitual polish, and can see myself trying other shades in the future! Have you tried this brand before? Let me know in the comments!

Avon Clearskin Black Mineral Mask Review

I've always wanted to try the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask, but the $41CAN pricetag isn't very friendly. Recently though, Avon came out with a new addition to their Clearskin line: the Black Mineral Mask. Its unique formula with oil-absorbing mineral clay draws out impurities and leaves your skin feeling clean and soft. I was excited to see it and decided to try it out.. so here it is!

You're supposed to apply a thin layer of this mask, and it's not too thick and is easy to spread.. then you have to wait for it to dry which supposedly takes ten to fifteen minutes. With my experience it takes about twenty to thirty minutes for it to completely dry. As it dries it turns from black to white:

As it's drying you can definitely feel it start to tighten on the skin.. With this mask on I'm unable to convey emotions and can hardly open my mouth. Fun stuff, really. Anyway, after it's all dry you simply rinse it off with warm water. Removing this mask can be quite tedious since it hardens, and I would recommend using something like an exfoliating pad to help get it off if you're really impatient! Once I dried my face my skin was left feeling very clean and soft, just as Avon claimed. It also left my skin feeling refreshed and even looking a little brighter as well!

Overall, it's a good mask and I would recommend it.. plus it's only $7.99 ($33 less then the Boscia mask)! What do you think of it?

Avon Brushed Metals Nail Enamel Review & Swatches

Today I have some of Avon's new Brushed Metals Nail Enamels to share with you! I have three of six shades, which from left to right are Lilac Quartz, Dusky Copper, and Textured Topaz. These "pearly and metallic shades" have a brushed metal finish and are slighty textured. Like all Avon polishes they'll be $6.99CAN, but have an introduction price of $3.99.

Let's see swatches, shall we?

Swatched from left to right is Lilac Quartz, Textured Topaz, and Dusky Copper. I used two coats for Lilac Quartz and Textured Topaz as the formula for both of them was on the thinner side, and I used one coat for Dusky Copper which had a bit of a thicker formula. I didn't run into any application issues with any of these and they also dry quite quickly.

As for the shades.. I'm not sure which I like best. They're all very sparkly and pretty! Lilac Quartz is a pale lilac that can look quite silver. Textured Topaz is a light taupe-y color, and Dusky Copper is more of a rich, dark brown then a copper. The three other shades available are Brushed Gold (a pale gold), Platinum (a pale, silver-y blue), and Burnished Copper (a true copper).

What are your thoughts on these polishes?