Sonia Kashuk Lustrous Shine Lip Crayons Review & Swatches

I got these Lustrous Shine Lip Crayons by Sonia Kashuk way back when the Canadian Target stores were closing, so I thought that today I would finally review them! I have three out of five shades, which from top to bottom are Dahlia, Orchid, and Peony. Before I share my thoughts here's some info from Sonia Kashuk's website:

"This luscious lip formula does it all, delivering high-impact color, ultimate shine, and the comfort of a balm in one convenient twist-up crayon. The moisturizing color keeps lips smooth and supple."
Here are the swatches, which from left to right are Peony, Orchid, and Dahlia. All three shades are really nice, but lately I've been gravitating to more natural lip colors so Peony is the one I've been using the most. Orchid and Dahlia are great for when I want something bright or bold, though! These crayons have a smooth, creamy texture that's easy to apply and each shade is nicely pigmented. They look pretty shiny in the swatch, but once they're on the lips I find that they look like more of a satin finish. Staying power is pretty good, with only some light fading after several hours of wear. I really only have one problem with these and it's that I find that they dry out my lips pretty bad despite claiming to be moisturizing. I prep with a balm before application but about an hour or two later my lips feel dry and uncomfortable. I power through it and just keep re-applying lip balm over top, but it's something to keep in mind if you suffer from constant dry, chapped lips like me. With that aside though, I do like these crayons! 

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Palette Volume 1 - Nudes Review & Swatches

Today let's check out MAKE UP FOR EVER's Artist Palette Volume 1 - Nudes ($49CDN), which I treated myself to for my birthday last month. It's a "collectible eye shadow palette with nine must-have Artist Shadow formulas in neutral tones", which I totally need more of haha. This palette was my first experience with MUFE's shadows, and I'm happy to report that I'm quite impressed!

MAKE UP FOR EVER says that their shadows have an "advanced gel-powder formula blended with ultrafine pigments" so that each shade "leaves a smooth, even finish that leaves lids ultra-saturated with highly-blendable, lasting color". The shades included in the palette are I-528 Pearl, I-514 Pink Ivory, ME-512 Golden Beige, S-556 Taupe Gray, D-562 Taupe Platinum, ME-644 Iced Brown, S-102 Onyx, I-544 Pink Granite, and D-652 Celestial Earth. Let's get to swatches..

Here's the top row, which from left to right is I-528 Pearl, I-514 Pink Ivory, and ME-512 Golden Beige. These three make great highlights on the lid, brow-bone, or inner corners.

Next is the second row, which from left to right is S-556 Taupe Gray, D-562 Taupe Platinum, and ME-644 Iced Brown. I like using each of these as all-over lid shades, but I'll use Taupe Gray in the crease as well.

And last but not least, the third row, which from left to right is S-102 Onyx, I-544 Pink Granite, and D-652 Celestial Earth. Onyx is a rich black which is handy to have in any collection, and Pink Granite and Celestial Earth are more shades I like using as lid shades.

Each of the shadows had nice, smooth textures with excellent pigmentation (all swatches are just one swipe each) and wore all day over primer. Out of all of the shades my favorites at the moment would have to be Iced Brown and Celestial Earth, which I've been switching between for my lid shade for a while now. I also go for Pearl or Golden Beige a lot when I want to brighten my inner corners. All in all, it's a good quality palette with a nice selection of neutrals. My only con is that I wish there were some mattes included so I didn't have to switch between palettes, but that's not a big deal!

The Face Shop Over Girl Edge Lip Crayons Review & Swatches

I've been finding it hard to find time to blog, and if I do find time then I find that I'm lacking motivation.. Well today I've finally got both time and motivation! These are the Over Girl Edge Lip Crayons from The Face Shop, that I've been enjoying a lot lately. The shades that I have from left to right are BE01, PP01, PK03, and RD02. They come in quirky, patterned tubes with the color of each corresponding to the product inside.

These crayons twist up, and have a small, slanted tip that makes application nice and precise! The formula is smooth with what I would call a 'just right' texture.. It's not stiff but it's not too creamy either. Let's see some swatches:

Here they are swatched in the same order as before, which from left to right is BE01, PP01, PK03, and RD02. Each shade is really nice but currently I find myself reaching for BE01 the most; I've been wearing it to work almost everyday lately! As for the wear, the color stays put really well for several hours even through eating and drinking, and even when the color does begin to fade it does so evenly. The only downside I can think of for these is that they can get slightly drying after an hour or two, but it's not a big deal since all I have to do is put on a little lipbalm. Overall, I'm really loving these!

The Face Shop Milky Moisture Tint in 03 Apple Red Review & Swatches

The first product I'll be reviewing from my Korean Cosmetic Haul is this Milky Moisture Tint in the shade 03 Apple Red from The Face Shop. It comes in a cute, little cylindrical bottle with a doe-foot applicator and contains 4ml of product. Here's some info that I got from The Face Shop's website:

  • Milky emulsion type tint naturally permeates into lips without dryness or streaks
  • Contains more then 80% moisture, which gives a cooling sensation on application
  • Contains natural oils - brazil nut seed oil, jojoba oil, and mistletoe oil for nourishing lips

The shade is more of a coral then a red like the name suggests, and is great for the summer. Since it is a tint it does sheer out on the lips, but I find that you're able to build it up a bit more with two to three layers. The consistency is very thin and water-like, and feels nice and cooling upon application. It applies evenly for the most part but does have a tendency to stick to dry spots, so it's a good idea to either exfoliate or apply a balm beforehand. The tint stays put for several hours, but I find that after a while my lips start to get a bit dry despite being a "moisture tint".. It's a not a big deal to me though, because it's easily solved by either just reapplying or putting some lip balm on top. Overall, I really like it and I've been reaching for it a lot!

Korean Cosmetics Haul

I was up in Ontario last week for my cousin's wedding, and while I was there I made sure to drop by Pacific Mall and pick up some goodies! I've been wanting to try out more Korean cosmetic brands and this is what I ended up getting! It's.. mostly lip products, haha.

Let's start with The Face Shop! I ended up getting four of the Over Girl Edge Lip Crayons in the shades PP01, BE01, RD02, and PK03 (I wish they had actual names!). I also picked up one of the Lovely Meex Mini Pet Perfume Hand Creams in White Floral (it's a cute little kitty and I just couldn't resist), a Milky Moisture Tint in the shade 03 Apple Red, and a Perfumed Body Mist in Sugar Berry which I forgot to include in the photo (smells sooooo yummy).

Next, from Too Cool For School I got a Milk Tint in the shade Milky Red, and one of the Cats Street Hand Creams in Lily & Jack which I got mostly for the cute cat on the tube, haha.

I got one thing from Tony Moly, which is their Lip Click Styling Color in the shade M02. I had wanted to get a tube of my favorite Cats Wink Mascara as well, but was informed that it's been discontinued.. I'm still trying to recover from that. I also picked up a Macaron Lip Balm in Strawberry from It's Skin which is super cute and smells delicious.

From Etude House I got a Fresh Cherry Tint in the shade RD301, and one of the Dear My Wish Lips-Talk lipsticks in the shade PK003.

And last but not least is 3 Concept Eyes (or 3CE), where I got a Red Stain For Lips in the shade 02 and a free mini lipstick in the shade 03 that I can't find the product name for, haha.

Oh, and I also got one more thing from Nature Republic which is.. EXO-K (a subgroup to the Korean boy band EXO for those who don't know) hand cream set, haha. I'm not sure if I can bring myself to actually use them though..! Anyway, I've already started testing out some of these products so I'll definitely be posting reviews for them in the future. In the meantime, let me know if there's any other brands or particular products that you think I should try!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal Review & Swatches

Let's talk about my new favorite highlighter: Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal ($46CDN). I've wanted to try it for a while so I got it during Sephora's VIB sale, but I love it so much I wouldn't mind paying full price! Here's some info from the Sephora website:

What it is:
"A creamy powder luminizer that absorbs and reflects light for a superb natural glow."
What it does:
"Find refined luminosity in any light - this formula features ultrafine luminescent pearls that absorb, reflect, and refract light so your natural radiance is never lost. Unlike the traditional pressed powder method which simply mixes and compresses dry ingredients, this unique process blends pigments with proprietary liquid binders, resulting in unparalleled, creamy application with balanced color dispersion. Like a compact full of crushed gemstones, the multi-toned, ultra-fine pigment pearls adjust to skin's natural undertones for a truly unique glow."
It sounds pretty friggin' awesome, doesn't it? Well it is. Not only is the product itself beautiful, the packaging is really nice too.
Here's a heavy swatch of Opal, which is described as a 'golden opal pearl' and is perfect for summer. The pigmentation is fantastic, and the texture is super smooth (bordering on creamy) and is just lovely overall. It gives the skin such a beautiful, healthy glow that looks like it comes from within rather then just sitting on the skin, and the way it catches the light is stunning. It really does give you a 'superb natural glow', just as claimed! As for application, it blends like a dream and wears well on me all day (my skin gets a bit more oily this time of year). I'm absolutely loving it, and to be honest I think that it's the best highlighter I've tried thus far! If you haven't tried it yet then you definitely should!

Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Move Review & Swatches

I've had this Intense Lipgloss in the shade Move from Illamasqua for a while now, and I think it's about time that I finally review it! Let's start with some information from Illamasqua's website:

"Come out of the shadows with high-shine, color-rich Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in a wide range of bold colors. Create lips that look full and glossy, without feeling sticky with this 'liquid lipstick'. Draw attention to your lips, and to you."
As for the packaging, it's very simple which I like: a clear tube so you can see the color, and a plain black cap with the brand name. The only thing I don't like is the brush applicator; the bristles are scratchy and application can get a bit streaky so it's something you want to take a little time with applying.
Move is described by Illamasqua as a 'deep purple', but I see it as more of a pinky mauve. Either way, it's a pretty color and I always get compliments when I wear it! It's a shade that's not really natural but not super bright and bold either, and I can see a variety of skin-tones rocking it. As for the pigmentation, it's opaque like a liquid lipstick and also leaves behind a bit of a stain.
Here's a (rare) picture of me wearing Move. I'd say the formula leans slightly more thick then thin, but it's not really sticky.. Personally, I find it feels similar to having applied a generous amount of Rosebud Salve or something. It's not uncomfortable to wear, but you can definitely feel that there's something on your lips. As for the wear time, I find that it starts to wear off around five hours, but as I mentioned earlier it does leave behind a slight stain. I like it a lot, but I do wish that the applicator was nicer!

Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

I'm a little late to the party (as usual), but today I'll be reviewing tarte's Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($53CDN). I don't have much experience with tarte products (I've only ever tried a lipstick), but when I first saw this palette I just had to get my hands on it. Twelve all matte neutrals in cute packaging? Sign me up, man.
Isn't it pretty? Although the shade range doesn't look incredibly diverse, I'm still quite happy with the selection. Quality wise I wasn't sure what to expect, but I'm excited to report that I'm really impressed! The shadows are soft and smooth, easy to apply and blend, pigmented, and last all day over a primer without creasing or fading. I've tried awful matte shadows and good matte shadows and these ones are pretty fantastic.
Okay, swatch time! All twelve shades will be shown with just one swipe each and without primer so let's get right to it! Here's the first row of four, which from left to right are Free Spirit (a cream), Force of Nature (a nude), Dreamer (a warm brown), and Multi-Tasker (a chocolate). A nice, matte cream shade is one of my staples and Free Spirit has quickly become my new go-to! I'm also loving Force of Nature as a lid shade, and Dreamer is a nice option when I want to go a little bit darker with my crease then usual.
Next we have Caregiver (a pale pink), Natural Beauty (a mauve), Best Friend (a mulberry), and Bombshell (a dark plum). Aren't these four pretty? They can obviously be used any time of the year, but I'm really looking forward to using them when fall rolls around again! As for right now though, the one I find myself using the most is Natural Beauty on the lid.
And last but not least is Super Mom (an ivory), Wanderer (a light brown, but I'd call it a camel), Power Player (a taupe), and Fashionista (a black, but looks more like a per dark brown to me). Power Player is the kind of crease shade I like for a daily basis so I've been reaching for it a lot recently! Wanderer is also a nice lid shade, and Super Mom is nice when I want something brighter then a cream like Free Spirit. Overall, I'm really enjoying this palette! Not only is it a good neutral palette, but a good matte palette as well and that can be difficult to find. I'm really glad that I picked it up!

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre Review & Swatches

I've wanted to try MAC's Pro Longwear Paint Pots ($25CDN) for a long time now, so I finally went ahead and ordered one in the shade Soft Ochre. It comes packaged in the same glass jar as MAC's Fluidlines (which contains 3g), but is just a little bit bigger (5g). Before we continue, here's the product description from MAC's website:

"A highly pigmented eye color that goes on creamy but dries to an intense, vibrant finish. Long-wearing, colorfast. Creates seamless coverage without weight or caking. Blends smoothly over the lids. Cream-based, can be mixed with MAC shadows and liners."
Soft Ochre is described as a 'yellow beige', and makes the perfect eyeshadow base (which is what I purchased it for) for my skintone. If you're lighter then I am then I would suggest going for the ever popular shade Painterly, a 'nude beige'. The texture of Soft Ochre is creamy, buttery smooth, and warms up really nicely on the fingers. To apply I use either my fingers or a brush (I like Real Technique's Base Shadow Brush), and find that both methods work equally well. Some use Paint Pots as both their primer and base, so I first tried that.. It gave my shadows a boost, but started to crease around seven to eight hours. Next I tried using an actual primer underneath (I use Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion) and found that the combination gave my shadows an even better boost (which is what I was looking for) and kept me crease-free all day. I give it a thumbs up!

Hautelook Heads Up! Illamasqua

Hello! I'm just popping in to let you guys know that Illamasqua is currently on sale on Hautelook until Monday, May 4 at 8AM Pacific. Included in the sale are some Intense Lipglosses (I have the shade 'Move' which I really like and will be posting about in the future), lipsticks, false eyelashes, tons of nail polishes, and some other things like cream pigments and blush. I ended up getting four nail polishes and two lipsticks to try which I'm quite excited about (*´・v・) Let me know if you end up getting anything or if anything catches your eye! 

Cargo Shanghai Nights Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

I finally have time to blog, so today let's take a look at Cargo's Shanghai Nights Eyeshadow Palette (after typing this first sentence I got called into work again, so let's try this again..). I haven't seen much about this palette in the beauty community but I found it at Winners for just $20 (originally $39) so I decided to give it a try! Here's the description for it from Cargo's website:
"Become entranced with the lights and seduced by the city with Cargo's "Shanghai Nights Fall Eyeshadow Palette". Richly pigmented shades of deep burgundy, teal, and gold pop against the backdrop of classic black and navy for eyes that are beautifully defined and accompany a luminous, glowing complexion. This compact features a selection of bright hues reminiscent of the lights of Shanghai."
The packaging is cardboard with a magnetic closure and includes a mirror, double-ended brush, and twelve eyeshadows. The shades are mostly neutral with a few pops of color, and the finishes range from mattes, shimmers, and satins. The texture of the shadows are all soft and smooth (though the mattes are a bit firmer), and the pigmentation varies.. Here's some swatches:
Here's the first row of shadows! From left to right is Wai Tai, Skyline, Bund, Lychee, Jin Mao, and Neon. The pigmentation is pretty great on all of them except for Skyline (two swipes used to swatch) which was pretty disappointing, and would definitely need a primer or base if I was going to use it. I love using Wai Tai and Bund in the crease or even as an all-over lid shade though, and Neon is a really pretty highlight shade. As for Lychee and Jin Mao: gorgeous.
Here's the second row of shadows, which from left to right are Hu, Street Style, Ginger, Jade, Bar Rouge, and Night Life. The first three had great pigmentation, but unfortunately Jade, Bar Rouge, and Night Life (two swipes used to swatch) were on the sheer side just like Skyline. I was especially disappointed with Jade though, since it looks so pretty in the pan and also shares my name! Anyway, Hu makes a great all-over base shade or subtle highlight and is all I've been using lately, and Street Style and Ginger are both really nice. I didn't bother testing Street Style, Jade, Bar Rouge, or Night Life but the other shadows all apply and blend well. As for lasting powder, when worn over a primer they lasted all day for me with no creasing or fading. In conclusion, while I do think that this is a nice eyeshadow palette I don't think it's a must-have or anything, nor do I think I would have paid full price for it.. If you can find it on sale like I did and like the shades however then I would give it a whirl!

MAC x Bao Bao Wan Lipsticks in Burmese Kiss and Forbidden Sunrise Review & Swatches

Like the beauty powder, when I saw these two lipsticks in Burmese Kiss and Forbidden Sunrise from the MAC x Bao Bao Wan collection I just had to have them. They come in the same velvety brown packaging as the rest of the collection, but have a more noticeable green shift to them that's really pretty. I feel kind of evil for posting about them when they're currently sold out but I just have to.. I apologize in advance, haha.

MAC describes Burmese Kiss as a 'bright, coral pink', and Forbidden Sunrise as a 'creamy orange'. Both are beautiful, bright shades that I can't wait to wear for spring and summer. They were both opaque with one swipe, and though they were a bit firm at first I found that they become creamier as you apply. Both are matte finishes (they're more matte on the lips then in my swatch), which unfortunately cling to dry spots and enhance their appearance so I would definitely use a lip scrub or balm before applying. As for wear, both transfer a bit if you're drinking etc. but they wear well for several hours and also leave stains. If I had to pick a favorite between the two it would probably be Burmese Kiss, but that's because pinky corals are my weakness, haha. Let me know which one you like best, or if you were able to get your hands on anything from the Bao Bao Wan collection!

MAC x Bao Bao Wan Beauty Powder in Summer Opal Review & Swatches

I don't usually buy impulsively from MAC collections but when I saw this Beauty Powder in Summer Opal (along with two lipsticks) from the Bao Bao Wan collection I just had to have it. I was a bit hesitant to post about it since it is currently sold out online but there's a possibility they could restock and you might be able to find it in stores, too. First, let's talk packaging.. Summer Opal comes packaged in a square, velvety brown compact with MAC and Bao Bao Wan's logo stamped in gold which I really love the look of. The product inside is even better, though...

Here's a better look.. Summer Opal is described as a 'light bronze with golden shimmer' and is absolutely beautiful. MAC claims that it has a "micro-fine, silky" texture with "sheer" coverage, and that it will deliver a "subtle luminescent glow". Here's a swatch:
 Excuse my goosebumps.. I took this outside!
It has a lovely, silky smooth texture like MAC claims, and because of how fine and soft it is you only need the lightest tap on your brush. It gives a gorgeous, subtle glow to the face with a hint of warmth to it but you're also able to build it up slightly if you desire a bit more intensity. Either way, I'm obsessed! I have a weakness for highlighters and I don't even care. If the opportunity to get your hands on this arises then take it. Just take it.

Urban Decay Naked On The Run Review & Swatches

Today I'll be reviewing Urban Decay's Naked On The Run palette ($64CDN), which I've had since December but just recently got around to photographing and actually using. It's a "limited edition, all-in-one travel palette loaded with exclusive eye shadows, blush, bronzer, lip gloss, and mascara - everything needed for a complete Naked makeup look". The palette is a bit bigger then my hand and has a sturdy magnetic closure.

Inside you get a tube of Perversion mascara in Blackest Black, a 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Stag, a full-sized tube of Naked Ultra Nourishing Gloss in Sesso, six exclusive eyeshadow shades, a bronzer, and a blush. Excluding base makeup, you pretty much have everything you need for a full face!

Let's start with the Perversion mascara.. It claims to be "an ultra creamy, lengthening, and volumizing mascara for stand-out lashes". The brush isn't too big or small and is made of traditional bristles which I love. Here's what 1-2 coats of Perversion looks like on my lashes:

I actually really like it! Urban Decay says that the formula has a "creamy, full-bodied texture that is not too dry and not too wet to allow just the right amount of pull as it glides through lashes", and I would agree with that statement. It may not give quite as much volume as I usually like but I really love the fluttery look that it gives me. The brush is super easy to use, I didn't experience any clumping, and it wore on me all day with no problems.

Next up is the 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Stag, a dark brown with subtle shimmer. This was my first time trying one of these pencils and I wish that I had sooner! They're described as "creamy eye pencils" that "deliver powerful, vibrant color that slides on smooth and stays soft and creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries to a long-lasting finish that won't budge".

Here's Stag swatched with just a single pass. The pigmentation is pretty good but it can be layered for more opacity. It glides on smoothly and wears all day with no smudging which is awesome for a pencil liner. I've also used it in my waterline and after about eight hours with no touch-ups most of it was still there which is really impressive.. It may just become my new go-to for the waterline!

Next is the Naked Ultra Nourishing Gloss in Sesso, a rose/pink shimmer. It's described as a "super nourishing gloss" that "has an addictively creamy texture and a gorgeous, high-shine finish". I love the packaging of this gloss and the paddle shaped applicator makes application nice and easy.

The shade is really pretty, but unfortunately it doesn't really show up on my lips. It just adds shine and a very, very slight hint of color. Regardless, the formula is smooth, isn't sticky, and really does feel nourishing. Most of it wears off by an hour, but it leaves my lips both looking and feeling better which is great as someone with constantly dry lips! Let's move onto the eyeshadow now..

From left to right we have Dive (a metallic rose gold with micro-shimmer), Fix (a soft taupe matte), Resist (a medium metallic taupe), Dare ( a medium brown matte), and Stun (a metallic bronze gold with micro-shimmer). Each shade is gorgeous (can we talk about Dive, though? I literally gasped when I first swatched it) and they all work together perfectly. Urban Decay shadows are my favorite and these are no exception.. They were all smooth, pigmented, and overall lovely. They apply and blend easily, and when used with a primer I experienced no creasing or fading. So good, man.. So good.

Last but not least we have the bronzer (a medium bronze matte), blush (a vibrant pink with slight shimmer), and remaining eyeshadow in 50/50 (a cool bisque satin) which can also be used as a highlighter. Like the eyeshadows, these were all very smooth, nicely pigmented, and applied and blended well.

Overall, I think that this is a great palette whether you're going to be on the run or not. Each product is excellent quality on its own, but when used together they create a really fresh and effortless neutral makeup look. If it interests you then I would definitely go for it while it's still available!

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Fuchsia Review & Swatches

I've wanted to try the Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks ($25CDN) by Too Faced ever since they first came out, but found that none of the shades really spoke to me. Don't get me wrong, the shades are nice but none of them really made me go "I need this". Nonetheless, I still wanted to try one so I was excited to get my hands on this mini size. As usual, here's the description for this product before we move into the actual review:

"The shine of a gloss, lasting power of a stain, and pigment-packed color of a liquid lipstick, all in one high-impact formula. Bold, long-wearing color glides on cleanly with the precision tip applicator, delivering rich color with staying power."

Like most Too Faced products, the packaging of this liquid lipstick is adorable. The color of the tube corresponds with each shade, and comes with a twist-off golden cap. Inside you'll find a doe-foot applicator which dispenses product when you squeeze the tube.

The shade that I have is Melted Fuchsia, and is a hot pink with a shine finish. The color is quite opaque with just one swipe, and the formula is really nice and smooth. A little goes a long way with this product, and you don't need all that much to fill both lips.

The doe-foot applicator makes the application process very easy and precise, and the formula is comfortable to wear. It doesn't emphasize dry spots either (a struggle of always having chapped lips) which is awesome. It does transfer if you're having a drink or kissing cats, but it's not really noticeable on the lips. As for the lasting power, I find that it wears well for two to three hours. The color fades evenly and it leaves a nice stain behind though, so touching up isn't something you have to worry too much about. The verdict? I like it a lot, and if they ever do come out with a shade that makes me go "I need it" then it's definitely something I would purchase a full size of!