QUICK REVIEW: Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer

I was noticing some slight redness in my skin-tone a while back, so I decided to use some gift cards I had to Shopper's Drug Mart and try out this Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer ($48CDN) in the 'Color Adjust' formula: a green shade meant to reduce redness. I've been using it since late June, and I'm finally ready to share my quick review with you! Let's get right to it.. First of all, I only need a good, pea sized amount of this primer for my entire face. The formula spreads and blends in easily, and since it's a silicone based primer it leaves a lovely, velvety smooth feel to the skin. Before I talk about how it performs as a primer in general, let's talk about how it does with the color correcting aspect.. I only noticed a subtle difference in my redness after applying this primer, so unfortunately it probably won't be the answer to your prayers if you have a lot more redness then me or something like rosacea. As just a primer it performs really well, though - it does a nice job of filling in fine lines and it keeps my foundation in place all day (even with the summer heat!) so I personally don't regret the purchase at all. Overall, if you only have slight redness like me it would be fine, but for anything more you might be left feeling a little disappointed. It is available in mini (0.4 oz) and travel (0.50 oz) sizes on Sephora, though, so you could always give it try before going for a full (1 oz) sized bottle! If you have tried it before, let me know how it worked for you in the comments!

VIDEO: My Current Top 5 Lipsticks

Hi, everyone! A while back one of my followers requested for my favorite lipsticks, but instead of a regular post I decided I would make a video for National Lipstick Day. I'm a bit awkward on camera and my video quality and lighting isn't the best but I hope you'll still enjoy it regardless! If you'd like to see my past posts on the lipsticks mentioned in the video you can use these links:

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick in Rose Dressing Review & Swatches

During my Sephora visit in Ontario I decided to trade in some of my points for this 100 Point Perk: a mini Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick in the shade Rose Dressing. It doesn't come in a leather tube like the full size but it still has a very fancy feel to it. Even fancier was the fact that it came in a small box and was wrapped in tissue paper which was a nice touch. I was impressed by the packaging alone but the actual product is pretty great too!

Rose Dressing is described as a "bright coral pink" and has a semi-matte, satiny finish. It looks a bit shiny in my swatch because it was super hot and humid outside when I took these photos, so I apologize for that! As for the texture, it was nice and creamy and was easy to apply. Here it is on my lips:

It doesn't feel either drying or hydrating and was comfortable on the lips. It wears really well for several hours, and after that it had only faded very slightly if at all. It also leaves behind a bit of a stain so you don't have to worry too much about touching up. I kind of hate to say it since a full size tube is $38CDN but this lipstick is pretty fantastic. If you're looking to splurge on a lipstick I think you should definitely give the Le Rouge line a look.

Sneak Peek & Giveaway! Makeup by ONE DIRECTION "The Looks Collection"

Did you know that I'm a big One Direction fan? If you are too then you probably remember when Niall (1/5 of the British boy-band) tweeted the above photo. Directioners and makeup lovers alike exploded with excitement, and today I'm super excited to show you a sneak peek of their new makeup line called "The Looks Collection"! The line will consist of three kits contained in limited edition, collectable tins and will include:

  • 1 Lipgloss
  • 1 5-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
  • 1 Lipstick
  • 1 Mascara
  • 1 Nail Varnish
  • 1 Eye & Body Crayon
  • 1 5-Piece Stencil Set

Each kit is named after one of One Direction's albums, and the shade names of the products are all named after their songs which I find really cute and clever, haha. Okay, are you ready for a sneak peek yet? Here's a look at all three kits as well as the products inside:

Midnight Memories Kit
Take Me Home Kit
Up All Night Kit
Which one catches your eye the most? For me, it's either the Midnight Memories kit or the Take Me Home Kit. The Looks Collection will be released worldwide starting in the US at Macy's on August 11, while international release dates are to be determined (you can keep an eye out for updates on their Facebook page). Now for something really exciting.. A GIVEAWAY!
If you'd like the chance to win one of the above sets before they're released to the public you can enter the giveaway through this link or by using the widget below. Good luck!

Details About The Giveaway: This contest is for the US & Canada only. To enter the giveaway you will be asked to enter your email, like the Facebook page, and post to Twitter. Additional entries can be earned by referring friends, pinning on Pinterest, or liking the Twitter page. The more entries the higher chance of winning. Up to 50 limited edition makeup sets will be given away. Winners will be picked at random and announced by August 5th.

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Avon Super Drama Mascara Quick Review

I accidentally ordered an extra tube of Avon's Super Drama mascara during the last campaign, so instead of returning it I decided I might as well review it. Here's what Avon has to say about it on their website:

"Show-stopping lashes with a flair for drama! Add volume and length instantly without clumping. Unique brush and formula make every lash fuller, longer, and more dramatic! Smudge and flake resistant."
Before I talk about performance let's talk quickly about the packaging. It's nothing too exciting, just a regular purple tube.. I noticed that the cap on it isn't very secure at all though, which is irritating. It doesn't have that click that other mascaras have where you know it's closed properly and don't have to worry.
Moving on.. The brush is made of plastic and flares out all around. I don't usually like plastic mascara brushes but this one was fine (though for some reason I was a little scared to get too close to my lash-line in fear of poking my eyes out, haha). As for the formula, I would say it's on the dryer side. It lengthens and separates well, but doesn't really offer much volume at all which was a little disappointing to me. To be honest, I think the name is a little misleading because I found it to be more of a natural looking mascara then a 'super dramatic one'. Despite this, it's still nice though.. It perks the lashes up in a nice, more natural way, doesn't clump, wears well all day, and doesn't give the lashes that crispy feeling you might get with other mascaras. If you prefer a more natural looking mascara, give it a try. On the other hand, if you prefer super dramatic lashes I would skip it!

MAC Lipstick in Twig Review & Swatches

Are you tired of seeing MAC posts, yet? Well don't worry.. I promise this is the last one! I'll be getting into other brands soon but for today I'll be sharing some swatches and a quick review on MAC's Lipstick in Twig (another impulse purchase) with you. Let's get right into it, shall we?

Twig is a Satin finish and is described by MAC as a 'soft, muted brown-ish pink', which I would say is quite accurate. It's a pretty good alternative to The Kylie Jenner Lip, but in comparison to Whirl it's lighter, less brown, and obviously isn't matte. Here it is on my lips:

On me, Twig would have to be my perfect MLBB shade.. I'm really pleased with it! As for the formula, it's creamy, opaque, and applies easy as pie. It even feels somewhat moisturizing within the first few (about two and a half) hours of wear which is nice, and while it transfers if you're drinking etc. it isn't noticeable on the lips.. It wasn't until about five and a half hours later that I saw some slight fading. Overall, I'm really happy with it; two thumbs up!

MAC Lip Pencil in Whirl AKA The Kylie Jenner Lip

The beauty community (myself included) has been obsessing over the makeup Kylie Jenner has been wearing lately; more specifically that darned 90's-esque lip color. There have been numerous attempts to find something similar but today I have the lip pencil that she apparently uses: MAC's Whirl.

Whirl is described by MAC as a 'dirty rose' shade, but I prefer to go with 'brown-ish pink 90's shade' personally. I think that any skin-tone could pull it off, regardless of if it looks the same as it does on Kylie or not. I wasn't really sure how it would look on me but I ended up liking it quite a lot and even got some compliments! Here it is applied on my lips (don't mind my peach fuzz, haha):

 The texture of Whirl is creamy yet firm and is pleasant to apply, which is a nice difference compared to my other MAC Lip Pencil in Embrace Me which seems more dry and stiff. Despite being nice and creamy, Whirl looks and feels like a matte so I would recommend applying a lip scrub or balm before application. Otherwise, the color is opaque and it lasts well for several hours. If you've been longing for Kylie's lip color I would definitely go and get it!

MAC Lipstick in Kinda Sexy Review & Swatches

Today I have MAC's Lipstick in Kinda Sexy to share with you. It was a bit of an impulse purchase (along with two other lip products I got from MAC which will be in separate posts), but it just looked so nice when I swatched it that it had to come back with me, haha. Let's take a look, shall we?

Kinda Sexy is described as a 'neutral pinky-rose' and is a matte finish. It's a shade that I think a variety of skin tones could pull off, but it will lean either more neutral or more pink depending on which you are. On me, it seems to go either way. Here it is on my lips..

As you can see, it definitely has a matte finish. I found it could be a little bit more dry in terms of wear and appearance then other MAC mattes I've tried, so I would recommend applying a nice lip balm prior to application or doing a lip scrub as it can show lines and dry spots. Aside from that, application was easy and the color was opaque in one go. It does transfer if you're eating or drinking but it's not really noticeable on the lips. As for the wear, it was okay but I would probably touch up after two hours or at least put a little more lip balm on top. So, what do you think? Yay or nay?

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light Review & Swatch

If you haven't read my previous post, I apologize for my absence in the blogging world; I was up in Ontario visiting family but I'm back now with a little review on the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light (I know, I know.. I'm pretty late to the party, haha). In short, I'm pretty pleased to finally have my hands on this.. Not only is the packaging fancy, but the actual product is quite nice too! Here's the description from the box:

"A wardrobe of six universal finishing powders that recreate the most exquisitely flattering light. Each powder captures, diffuses, and softens surrounding light with groundbreaking technology."
"Dim Light is a neutral soft beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones."
The texture of the powder is super soft and smooth, and in general is very luxurious to the touch. A little definitely goes a long way as you can look a bit powdery up close if you apply too much, but the right amount leaves the skin with a diffused and somewhat velvet-y look. It does seem to blur my imperfections as well, but in a more subtle manner.. Don't expect an "Oh my goodness!!" difference, haha. Here's a quick swatch:
Although the difference it makes is subtle, I'm still very pleased with it. While I don't think it's necessarily a must-have product, it definitely makes a nice splurge ($52CDN) and I'd actually like to add the Ambient Lighting Palette to my pro kit someday!

Where I've Been & Upcoming Posts

Hi, everyone! I apologize for my sudden absence in the blogging world, but I was up in Ontario visiting family and just got back (earlyyy) Sunday morning. While I was there I picked up a few makeup goodies, though, so here's a little sneak peek of what's to come on the blog! Anything catch your eye?