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Urban Decay All Nighter Pollution Protection Environmental Defense Setting Spray

Wow-that’s a title isn’t it?  It’s actually been years since I’ve used an Urban Decay Product.  I don’t suppose there’s any particular reason for it other than the fact that I have all the Naked palettes (minus the Heat one), and don’t have a particular ‘love’ from the brand. I used to be a die hard Primer Potion fan but feel like they have changed the formula, and not for the better.  Since I started my new job, I am fortunate to be surrounded by many different ‘options’ when it comes to skincare and makeup.  While I was cruising one of the larger Shoppers’ Drug Mart locations, I was walking by and saw the Urban Decay All Nighter Pollution Protection Environmental Defense Setting Spray.  The last product I did purchase from UD was the B6 Vitamin Infused Complexion Prep Priming Spray-and I loved it.  So many people didn’t care for it but for me, it helped my skin a ton in terms of a moisture boost with brightening.  I may purchase that one again and review it, so stay tuned.

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Review: Dior Forever Undercover Foundation

Foundation is a must for me.  It’s also a struggle and pain point for me.  I wear it ….most days.  Due to my tanning ‘habits’ in the 90’s and again in the 2000’s, I have hyperpigmentation on my face.  I’m not one of those people that can bounce out of the house with concealer and a skin tint.  Not gonna happen.  It’s foundation for me.  In the summer, I’ll sheer it out and blot like crazy but I’ve still got it on.  I haven’t used Dior in a while but wanted to Review the Dior Forever Undercover Foundation after watching a Canadian Beauty Blogger (by the name of Samantha Jane) do a review on this.  I had some points accumulated on my Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum card so I went for.  Note: This Foundation is $$$$, so if you can get a sample (I know I saw thataylaa review this and she got a deluxe sample from Sephora), then get a sample.

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Review: MAC Fix+ Prep & Prime-Lavender

It has been a cold winter in Toronto.  I’ve grown accustomed to the fact that winter continues on into what I would typically call ‘spring’ -March.  If you have read any of my skincare or makeup posts, you will know that I have oily skin; I’m moving into the ‘mature’ skin category (as defined by the makeup community).  During the work week, I have a 20 minute walk from the train station to my office.  That’s fine on a mild day, but during these frigid times-it’s a bit daunting.  I bundle up and cover my face as much as I can, but some of my face is still exposed to the elements.  I find my skin feeling quite parched these days.  I wear a ‘full face’ of makeup to work and am not a fan of having to lug all the makeup in for touch-ups (although matte translucent powder and blotting papers are ALWAYS in my bag).  What’s really working for me these days is MAC Fix+ Prep & Prime Lavender.

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oh, just some beauty favorites…

Totally inspired to do a favorites post.  No other reason!

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Tarte Amazonian Clay shimmering powder in Champagne-this product was gifted to me and I honestly don’t think they make it in the shimmery quilted packaging that I have.  This is a beautifully buttery highlight with the right amount of shimmer.  It can be built up but looks beautiful wherever it’s applied.  (more…)

Instaglam with Rodial-Banana Powder, Contour Powder, and Liquid Liner

*I received these products for review*

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My face.  I always think it ‘needs work.’  Don’t get me wrong, I do indulge in Instagram filters and love the Snapchat filters, but walking around everyday? Can’t use those digital ‘enhancements.’  In addition to great skincare (which I really need to get around to posting about since SO MUCH has changed), I make use of colour correction.  These new products from Rodial have really upped my ‘flawless, filter-esque’ appearance.

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Over 40 foundation- Covergirl + Olay Simply Ageless Primer & Foundation

*I received these products for review*

I actually had written some great stuff here earlier about how I used to be in a serious relationship with tanning beds (we broke up in 2008), and that every since then I’ve been taking care of my skin (pat on the back).  Unfortunately, my computer crashed and now I’m sitting here, trying to pick up the pieces.  While it’s a first world problem to have lost that great literary genius, I know I won’t be winning any literary prizes for my posts.  Sad, but true.  So here goes part deux:

Well now I’m in my 40’s, so I’m also battling a slowing metabolism, weight gain, and hormone issues.  I won’t let up on the skin care though-and since I can’t feasibly erase every last one of my sunspots or hyper-pigmentation instantly, I rely on foundation(s) to assist me while I take the time to repair my skin.

So I thought I would start a new ‘series’ about what foundations I use.  I really honestly do use a large ‘spectrum’ of products-all the way from drugstore to high end, with some Asian beauty products too.  I’m going to break down what I’m using over several blog posts. I’m going to start with a drugstore combo that’s doing a lot better than I expected.

My skin type is combination with an extra-oily T-zone.  I’m a midday blotter no matter what I use (I should tell you all about my blotting papers!  Maybe something else I can write about?)

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This primer claims to hydrate and smooth skin for an ageless canvas. Honestly I am not looking for the hydration part, but it definitely does smooth and I appreciate that.  I like this primer because it’s not overly silicone-ish (I can not stand the clear silicone primers like Smashbox photofinish-no way).  This primer hasn’t broken me out and spreads easily across my face.  It doesn’t ‘dry’ but it doesn’t sit on top of my face.  It’s not uncomfortable to wear.

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COVERGIRL + Olay 3 in 1 liquid foundation claims to instantly reduces the look of wrinkles, evens skin tones and delivers firming hydration with the Simply Ageless 3-in-1 foundation. Woo that’s a lot of claims. This foundation covers well (especially when used with the Ageless primer), and does even out my skin tone.  I do find it hydrating (which I don’t need), but on a hot day, I’ve got to stay indoors or have extra blotting papers on hand as it really does tend to ‘melt’ a.k.a. it doesn’t hold up in the heat.  I find setting this foundation with a translucent powder helps a lot. I top it off with a setting spray.

Overall, these are a great duo and I will recommend them for people with normal to dry skin.  They are hydrating and do even and smooth quite well.  Neither of them contain any sunscreen-that’s neither here nor there to me since my moisturizer almost always contains SPF.  Plus they are wallet friendly-these retail for $16.97 CAD and can be found at most mass retailers.

Stay tuned for my next Foundation over 40 post!  Is there any particular foundation you’re interested in seeing me try?  Let me know.

Finally tried it! Avon Mega-effects mascara

I’ve been meaning to try this ‘device’ for over a year now.  I finally pulled the trigger when I discovered I have an Avon representative (literally) right around the corner.

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From the website:

This breakthrough mascara provides 24-hour volume, leaving lashes darker, denser and more dramatic. Get ready for a corner to corner lash transformation with our first ever Wonderbrush.

The Wonderbrush bends and adjusts to multiple angles capturing every lash, top to bottom. The unique brush fits the natural shape of lashes, coating them evenly with formula from root to tip. 0° gives you quick application and volume, adjust to 40° to apply to upper and lower lashes, and 90° gives you full application from root to tip. The brush design allows for full access to every lash, delivering 40% more mascara than average brushes. Mega Volume and Mega lashes have never been easier!

BENEFITS

• 40% more mascara delivery for MEGA volume
• Specially designed brush gives full access to every lash
• Easy to apply
• Eyes look bigger
• Lashes look darker, denser, and more dramatic
• Provides all day, 24-hour volume
• Lashes will look phenomenal from dusk till dawn
• Sweat-proof and non-flaking
• Clump-proof
• Hypoallergenic
TO USE
Grip the product at sides and remove red cap
• Rock brush from side to side and remove
• Bend brush to desired degree, apply from root to tip
• Apply multiple coats to make your perfect look
• Make sure applicator is locked back in place

My experience with this mascara is positive.  The formula is wet, which isn’t my first choice but the volume and length I get from it is impressive.  Overall, if you are looking for length and volume, give this a try. It’s definitely different and the wand/brush takes some getting used to. Another tip would be to wait in between applying coats-and I wouldn’t apply more than 3 coats as the mascara does start to weigh lashes down.  My only hang up about this product is that it takes time to apply-so if you’re running late or a chronic ‘scrambler’, I’d skip this for sure.

Have you tried this or am I the last person on the planet to use it?

This just in-L’Oréal Paris introduces an International e-spokesperson.

Yes you read that right.  L’Oréal Paris is proud to announce their FIRST EVER international e-spokesperson.  Her name is Kristina Bazan.  Check her out below:

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#Itgirl Kristina Bazan, 21, has taken the world by storm and turned the blogosphere upside down. Creative mind behind the style blog @Kayture she started in 2011,
the fashion A-lister captivates millions of followers on her social media.
Her glamour #ootd and #beautytips have made her the latest obsession the world over. She’s just #worthit! Welcome to the L’Oréal Paris Gang @lorealparisofficial

Gosh I don’t think I necessarily know of any e-spokespeople … Congratulations Kristina!  Looking forward to reading your posts!

Clarins Garden Escape Collection -it’s oh-so-pretty!

Sick of winter? Escape with Clarins!

It’s been a minute since I’ve reviewed any makeup from Clarins.  Let me show you these 2 little pretties:

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Let me tell you right now that the Instant Comfort lip oil has been my BFF this incredibly brutal winter season.  It’s in my purse on the way to work, it sits on my desk during the day, and is next to  my nightstand at night.  It applies like a dream and feels so great on my lips.  It provides immediate relief to chapped lips and long term moisture!  It contains:

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And check out this palette-screams spring, doesn’t it? You can count on Clarins eyeshadows to be pigmented, soft, and blend well.

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I give the Clarins Garden Escape palette and Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil 2 thumbs up.  They are well suited for eachother!  Definitely do not pass these up for spring (which WILL come eventually).

NYFW BEAUTY ALERT: REVLON FOR MARCHESA A/W’15 Runway Show

I don’t normally post this type of thing but check this look out-I love it!

 

New York: Wednesday, February 18th 2015

 

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Make Up by Revlon Global Artistic Director,
Gucci Westman
“This look was all about a cool modern take on old Hollywood glam. Taking inspiration from the New York Great Gatsby era, I wanted to create a more youthful interpretation appearing as though she had been dancing all night. Using Revlon Illuminance Cream Shadow in Not Just Nudes and Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks, I created a copper eye that was subtle yet elegant. As the focus of the look I created a bold dark lip using Revlon Lip Liner in Raisin with Revlon Super Lustrous in Black Cherry. For the final touch I used Revlon PhotoReady SkinLights to create a flawless luminous finish on the face and body.”

Nails by Celebrity Manicurist, Jin Soon

“Echoing a modern glam vibe, and to compliment the dark cherry lip, nails were filed in a natural oval shape and painted a deep blood red with Revlon Nail Enamel in Vixen. I wanted to highlight the focus of the face with a bold yet elegant nail.”

 

REVLON PRODUCTS TO GET THE LOOK:

 Face:

  • Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effects Makeup, $19.99
  • Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Makeup, $17.79
  • Revlon Cream Blush in Charmed, $12.59
  • Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Lights, $17.79

Lip:

  • Revlon ColorStay Lip Liner in Raisins, $10.49
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry, $9.99
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Snow Pink, $9.99

Eye:

  • Revlon Illuminance Crème Shadows in Not Just Nudes, $10.49
  • Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Java, Copper & Gold, $3.49
  • Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara in Blackened Brown, $10.49
  • Revlon Brow Fantasy, $10.49

Nail:

  • Revlon Nail Enamel in Vixen, $6.29
  • Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top, $8.49

 

PRODUCT AVAILABILITY: Available at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide.  More information: Revlon.com

Hard to believe this is Revlon, but it is.  Nice, don’t you think? Would you wear this? I sure would!