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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Faux & Fab | Ardell Faux Mink Lashes

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We're chatting lashes today! I go in spells where I am all for lashes and then will go for months without even thinking of them. Lately though, I've been all about Ardell. These ones specifically have been in constant rotation. I do have a few other styles / varieties to try though, so it only makes sense to give the Ardell Faux Minks some time in the spotlight. So, let's get lashy, shall we?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Bold & the Bashful | Mary Kay Spring 2019 Lip Launches

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There are two kinds of lip lovers, the bold and the bashful. Granted, you can totally love both, but when it comes down to it, I think you favour one more than the other. As much as I can get down with a bold hue, it's neutrals and nudes (aka the bashful) that tend to win me over most. Mary Kay is serving up options from both worlds with two variants from their Spring Collection. Want to take a little peek? You know what to do...

Friday, May 10, 2019

Orange You Glad | Avon Anew Vitamin C Collection

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Another round of Friday skincare! We're taking a sidestep from Speedy Skincare this week with the new Anew Vitamin C Collection from Avon. I think I've made it abundantly clear that I live for brightening products, so vitamin c is an ingredient near and dear to my skincare loving heart. With an exfoliating and warming mask, lip treatment, and sheet mask, this collection is perfect for boosting your radiant glow. Let's take a closer look, shall we?

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Cool Girl Glow | Hard Candy Glow Makers

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Warmer weather is upon us, and you know what that means... Actually, it can mean a few things, I don't know why I would propose such an impossible to answer question. Anyway, it means an insurance of all things warm and glowy. Now, there is nothing wrong with toasty glow, but sometimes playing it cool is necessary. As it turns out, Hard Candy has a pretty great range of cool glow makers for just about every part of your moonlit face.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Speedy Skincare | For Beloved Girl Cloud Silk Masks

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I like to keep skincare for Fridays. I'm not exactly sure, but it just seems like the perfect way to wrap up the blog week. Lately, I've been sticking to a pretty rigid skincare regimen though. Not so much out of skin necessity (although, my skin does seem to like the consistency) but more as a means to actually finish products. I've been organizing, purging, and de-cluttering just about everything in my life, and getting use out of things I have before jumping into the next product. I know, not exactly how most bloggers approach things. With all that, it means I haven't been getting into much new skincare, although, I do have a decent stash of product I'll slowly be introducing to my face (and blog) as I finish things off. There is one area though that I'm always making progress- sheet masks!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Lip Lust | Rodial Collagen Boost Lip Lacquer

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Has anyone else re-discovered their love of lip gloss lately? Gloss was my first beauty love, but I've strayed from it the past few years. Its resurgence has brought me back though, especially with the fact that so many of the new formulas are amazing! Gone are the days of heavy, sticky, generally icky formulas (we've all worn them...) Rodial has dipped a toe in the glossy waters with their Collagen Boost Lip Lacquer range and they are definitely worthy of some space in your makeup bag.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Stick It | Burt's Bees All Aglow Sticks

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I know cream products have been having their moment lately, but I tend not to get along with them. I mean I should, having drier skin, but so many just don't meet my exacting cream formula needs, you know? With all that said, I apprehensively got to testing the Burt's Bees All Aglow Sticks.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Speedy Skincare | b. liv Bright is Right Sheet Mask

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I love a good mask session, or a full-on multi-masking session, but sometimes you just don't have that kind of time. Actually, honest talk here, sometimes you just don't want to expel that much energy either. Sunday Skincare is great, but so is Sunday I'm Lazing About on My Couch Not Moving, you know? For such occasions a sheet mask is always the way to go.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Always Bare for You | OPI Soft Shades 2019

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It's a double nail polish kind of week, and you know what? I'm totally into it. OPI Soft Shades are back again for 2019, and feature feminine, soft, neutral hues. While sheers make a decent statement in the collection this year, there are some layering options should you fear the sheer. Ready for a closer look? you know what to do...

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Natural Nails | Suncoat Water-Based Nail Polish

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When it comes to nail polish, I basically know two kinds- the old, chemical laden formulas, and the newer, slightly-less chemical laden formulas. That pretty much covers your options, right? Not quite. There are also water-based formulas, for actual adults. Apparently, they're not just for the little ones (which is exactly what I used to think.) Suncoat has been changing everything I thought I knew about polish with their non-toxic, chemical-free, water-based formula.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Cactus Cute | Quo Spring 2019 Collection

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Completely unrelated, but I just trimmed my bangs. It was totally stressful (it always is) but I always convince myself I can do it. I mean, I can, but my blood pressure must spike something crazy. Regardless, I am pleased to put the event behind me and chat makeup. No, not just any makeup, but the super adorable, cactus-clad products that make up the limited edition Quo Spring 2019 Collection.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Ethereal Glow | Revlon Mythical Light Spring 2019 Trend Report

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Spring has been peeking around corners, then promptly snowing, but is creeping along (don't worry, it'll be allergy season before you know it.) With it come florals, brighter hues, and of course everything pastel. Revlon knows we all get to hankering for pastels this time of year, but has offered up something a little more interesting with glowing, shimmering, iridescent hues. Their selected products create the look as part of their Mythical Light Trend Report.

Friday, April 12, 2019

The Stila Edit | Smokey Eye & Nude Lip

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I'm old enough to remember the great smokey eye craze of the early 2000's. A time when smokey eyes were thought to only exist in shades of black and befuddled many a beauty lover. I remember spending hours in my first dorm room with a friend who had spent a small fortune at Shoppers Drug Mart in her quest to perfect such a look. It turns out, smokey eyes are one of the easiest looks to create and while you can smoke out any colour, look damn sexy in black.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Makeup Shakeup | The Rodial Edit

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Spring is thinking of springing; I mean it certainly hasn't sprung quite yet here. I'm sure it's on its way... Maybe. Regardless, a new season is a great time to give your makeup bag and routine in general a little shakeup. Replace your mascara and maybe freshen up some of those everyday staples. Rodial has been taking over as one of my most beloved brands for years, but this newest batch of products.... So good and they might just be the new additions your routine needs.

Friday, April 5, 2019

The Fast Five | Living Coral Edition

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Some years, the Pantone Colour of the year just doesn't vibe well with the beauty world. Then, we get a years like 2019's Living Coral which, just couldn't be better. Coral is one of those shades that casts such a wide net that there is a take that suits just about everyone. That pink-orange-red mix is just so hard to resist. But really, why would you?

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Next Level Neutrals | Huda Beauty The New Nude Eyeshadow Palette

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Remember the last Sephora sale... Yes, the one months ago. That one. Well, I very happily got my makeup loving hands on the Huda Beauty The New Nude palette. Well, not immediately. It sold out incredibly quickly, but it restocked during the sale extension. My beauty arrived and I was SO excited to get into it. SO excited that it got tucked away and I kind of forgot about it. Oops? Clearly, that changes today.

Friday, March 29, 2019

The Fastest Lash? | Ardell Magnetic Lashes

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Up until not that long ago, I didn't fuss with lashes. Like, ever. I found all of my former faux lash woes were a result of not using a glue that worked for me. Now that I've found a glue that I love? It's faux lashes pretty frequently. That said, whipping out glue, applying it, waiting for it to dry down, then apply, still takes time. You know where this is going, right? Magnetic lashes. As great as they sound, the ol' skeptic in me just isn't convinced they're worth the time and money.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Two Wrongs Make a Right | MUFE Ultra HD Self-Setting Concealer & UD Naked Skin Concealer

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I have been doing an A1 job of finishing up concealers lately. Maybe even a little but too great, as I'm running alarmingly low on my HG (this guy, if you can believe it.) As much as I like it, I've gone through a couple of tubes and was ready to explore something new, and as we know, there is always something new. Like the new Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Self-Setting Concealer. I know, self-setting. What a time to be alive.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Loads of Lipstick | Kiss NY Pro Amorous Matte & Luscious Shine Gel Lipstick

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These Kiss NY Pro lipsticks have been full of surprise for me. Surprise when the very large box arrived, surprised that I hadn't seen more love for these online, and surprise at just how much I like them. Seriously, I bet you're going to want to add a few to your stash once you're through browsing this post. We've got twenty-four of them to chat up, so let's get going, okay? You know what to do...

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Fast Five | NYX Lip Edition

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I recently had the opportunity to test a few different NYX lip products and realized, when left to my own devices, I will always choose a nude or neutral lip. What can I say, I know what I like. Aside from my shade preferences, I also realized that the NYX range is home to some truly superior lip options. Interested? You know what to do?

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Drugstore Lovin' | Garnier Edition

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I will be honest and say it has been a good while since my last stroll through the drugstore. I'm realizing I kind of miss the experience, as you never know what new gems you're going to find on such an excursion. Anyway, if you're a fan of said trips, I do have a little selection of Garnier goodies that might just need to hop into your cart.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Custom Colour | Mary Kay Chromafusion Eyeshadow

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A little while ago, we delved into the world that is the new range of Mary Kay Chromafusion. Well, the face options (think blush, bronzer, and highlight options) but there is more. Rember? I'm pretty sure I mentioned this... Anyway, the range is also home to an array of shadows. With pretty much everything you're looking to adorn yourself with, the range means you can create the custom palette of your dreams... Fun stuff, right?

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Brows for (Literal) Days | Maybelline Tattoo Studio Waterproof Brow Gel

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You can't help but feel a little extra pep in your step when your brows are looking their best. It's the tinier version of a good hair day, but in my experience, more work. Granted, there are a ton of brow products I really like, it's just that getting brows just right (and close to matching...) can be a lot of effort. Maybelline is trying to cut down brow-taming time with one of their recent launches. Too good to be true? You'll have to read on to find out...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

This vs That | First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream vs CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

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Have you ever started using a product just because it was there but then realized it may just be the greatest thing you've ever slathered on? No? Well, that's what happened to me when I reluctantly dipped into a tub of First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. I'd had the tub in my stash for some time (read last Christmas...) I knew a lot of people love it, but just didn't expect to be wowed. I was so wrong. Now, as great as it is, I've also had CeraVe on my radar, as it seems just as many love it. The formulas seem similar, but with CeraVe providing a lot more product at about half the price. What's a dry skinned gal to do?

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

OPI Tokyo Collection | Spring 2019

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A few days ago i was reading about this thing wherein people who are knowledgeable on a topic, or even just highly interested, make websites and write about said topic. It sounded so intriguing, yet vaguely familiar to me all at once. They call it.... Blogging. Ahem. Jokes aside, it's been a while, I know. Buuut, I've gotten some of my tech issues sorted out (literally everything I own is dying or in need of some sort of repair) so we can chat up the new OPI Tokyo Collection for Spring 2019. Let's go!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Pearlesque Box | January 2019 Modicum Skin Care

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It's 2019! Well, that may not be anything to get excited about, just yet anyway, but at least we can put 2018 behind us. A new year is always a little bit exciting though, as it brings the potential of change, renewal, and better days. Who couldn't use a few more of those? Better skin could also be on your horizons, especially if you jump on the January Pearlesque Box featuring Modicum Skin Care.