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Review - Becca Evermatte Poreless Primer

Image from Sephora


As I mentioned on my April Sephora Haul, I'm on a hunt for a primer that works with my oily combo skin for the summer. Summer is officially here and I should probably start sharing what I found worked and what didn't. I should probably say that my winter primer is First Aid Beauty's Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer. I loved this...but I turn into a shiny mirror ball in the summer wearing it so onto something matte and/or poreless. First up:

Becca's Evermatte Poreless Primer


The product comes in 2 sizes. The travel size of 12ml will set you back $18 CAD. The regular size tube is 40ml, and would set you back $44 CAD at Sephora.

So the claims on the Sephora website: 

What it is:
A targeted oil-control primer that perfects and minimizes pores for mattified skin that lasts up to 12 hours.

What it does: 
Go beyond extending makeup wear to address the root cause of why your makeup moves. This formula specifically targets oil-prone areas and acts as liquid blotting paper to leave your skin fresh and matte all day. Use alone, before, or after foundation to control excess oil, while minimizing the appearance of pores. Feel free to use throughout the day to touch up areas of concern.

It also claims that:  the product eliminates excess oil for long-lasting matte skin. The formula is sweat and humidity resistant and free of silicone, oil, alcohol, and fragrance.

Ingredients per Sephora:
Water, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylene Glycol, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Oleanolic Acid.



My Rating

           


My Thoughts


First of all I tried this primer with both a high-end foundation (Estee Lauder's Double Wear Foundation) as wells 2 different drugstore foundations (NYX Total Control Drop Foundation and L'oreal Pro Matte Foundation).

Working with this primer is tough! It definitely lives up to its mattifying claims because it dried up on my face super fast. If you have combo skin like mine, this primer will make foundation cling to all your dry patches. As for it's long-lasting claim, the primer didn't live up to it with any of the above foundation on its own (no setting powder, no setting spray). Wearing it for an 8 hour work day, I had to blot in the 5.5 hr mark. I can take my made up face until the end of the work day (8-9 hour), only if I set it with a setting powder and spray.

I gave this primer after my testing period to a friend and she too found it hard to work with.

I would recommend this primer for daily wear, but definitely not for heavy lifting days where you want your makeup to last from morning to night. Alternatively, for us combo skinned folks, I would recommend using it for spot priming. Use this on your oiliest parts and another primer on your dryer parts.

What are your thoughts on the Becca Evermatte primer? Which ones would you suggest for a combo/oily skin? Let me know down below. 

Review - NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint

Image from Sephora

It's been a frustrating few weeks trying to love NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint. So frustrated that I need to share my frustration with you all!

NARS - Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum


That's the full name of the product. Super long winded. Anyway, I'm not here to pick on the name, I'm here to pick apart this foundation. We're now entering spring/summer and when I went to return my NARS Tinted Moisturizer that I purchased at Sephora online (wasn't my colour but I loved the formula) I was recommended this by an associate since I've got oily combo skin and it wears matte.

For 1.7 oz or approx 50.28 ml, this product sets you back $50 CAD at Sephora

So the claims on the Sephora website:


What it is: 
An oil-free skin tint to even out skin tone, moisturize, and control shine.

What it does: 
Velvet Matte Skin Tint effortlessly perfects the look of skin and creates a soft, matte finish. The oil-free formula wears comfortably, maintaining skin’s natural moisture barrier while it controls shine throughout the day. It blurs imperfections, delivering a “soft focus effect” to the skin while evening out your skin tone, and it blurs the appearance of pores and fine lines. Suitable for all skin types (but optimal for oily, combination, and seasonally oily skin-types), it leaves the complexion with a visually smoother finish.

Research results:
In an independent U.S. consumer study of 61 participants after 2 weeks:

  • 98% of women agree the formula felt comfortable and breathable on their skin
  • 93% of women agree the formula gave their skin a natural look
  • 86% of women agree the formula controlled oil and shine throughout the day.

Ingredients: This is all that is listed on Sephora's page. No ingredients info were found on Nars page.
Rosefruit Extract: helps to minimize the appearance of pores over time.
Vitamin Complex: A blend of vitamins C and E that deliver antioxidant benefits.

My Rating

           

My Thoughts


I REALLY wanted to like this product and I really tried. I tried it on different primers (my ride or die FAB's Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer, as well as all the primers I purchased in my previous blog post.) I tried it with a setting powder. I tried it without. I tried it with a setting spray. I tried it without. I applied it with a brush. I applied it with a beauty blender and at the end of the day (and weeks of trying it), I am still super disappointed.

This is by far, the worst foundation I have ever used (And that includes drugstore). The consistency reminds me of the L'oreal Infallible Total Cover. It's mouse like.

Appling it, it's a medium to full coverage. Using a brush to buff it in just moves the product around. Using a beauty blender gives you a softer finish. It takes a bit for it to set and dry on your face after application so put the foundation on, then spend some good time doing your brows and eyes. Oh speaking of eyes, don't put it on your lid. It'll crease on you.

It definitely moves when you touch your face or scratch your nose. If I don't wear this foundation with a setting powder. I get oily on my T-zone... and I get oily fast.

Before I even leave my house, I'm already noticing splits around my nose, clinging for dear life on every little flake of dryness. Give it another hour or two and It is grabbing onto dear life on to my peach fuzz, accentuating them.

I'm not even sure what to do with the rest of it. I've been testing it on and off for almost a month now. Maybe I'll mix it with some actual moisturiser to thin it out. For the price. This tube is so not worth it. If you're a oily/combo chick like I am, stick with the original Nars tinted moisturiser and just powder over it to give it a matte look.

Have you tried NARS Skin Tint? Did it work for you? What did you do differently to make it work?

Sephora Haul! VIB Sale April 2017!



I may have gone a little crazy this last Sephora VIB Sale! With that said, I was on a mission this time around. My mission - to find a primer for my oily combo skin that will keep my face ON my face this summer. So lets rewind a little before I dive deep into this haul!

A Woman Should Have...

This poem, A Women Should Have, came into my e-mail inbox today to provide women, like myself, a little bit of empowerment. 

From what I know, this poem, wasn't originally a poem. This was actually an article in Glamour magazine back in 1997 listing everything a woman should have and should know by the time she's 30. 

Reading through it today at 32, I do believe I have hit most of the "Should Have". I have to admit, however, that I am still struggling with some of the "Should Know".

Read through it yourself and see how many you have. Comment below on what you are still missing and what other things you wish every woman should have.






A Woman Should Have
by Pamela Redmond Satran

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE...one old boyfriend she can imagine going back to and one who reminds her of how far she's come...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE...enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own, even if she never wants to or needs to...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...something perfect to wear if the employer, or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ..a youth she's content to leave behind....

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to retelling it in her old age....

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ..a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...one friend who always makes her laugh... and one who lets her cry...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ....a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal, that will make her guests feel honored...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...a feeling of control over her destiny...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...how to fall in love without losing herself...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...how to quit her job, break up with a lover and confront a friend without ruining the friendship....

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...when to try harder... and when to walk away...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...that she can't change the length of her calves, the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...that her childhood may not have been perfect...but its over...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...what she would and wouldn't do for money or love...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...how to live alone... even if she doesn't like it...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW..whom she can trust, whom she can't, and why she shouldn't take it personally...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...where to go...be it to her best friend's kitchen table...or a charming inn in the woods...when her soul needs soothing...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...what she can and can't accomplish in a day...a month...and a year...

Review: Ipsy October 2016 Glam Bag

Here I am, diving into the world of subscription bag review. I'm currently subscribed to two subscriptions; Ipsy and Fab Fit Fun.

Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription where you receive 5 items in a small bag for $10 USD a month! Shipping is free for the US, but for Canadians, we have to pay an extra $4.95 USD per bag. Right now, with our exchange, we're looking at about $20CAD per month.

Ipsy bags are shipped in a fushia bubble envelope (that fits perfectly into my condo mailbox so I don't have to pick it up at the post office). Majority of the time, the samples are either deluxe samples or full-size samples. I'm, for the first time, reviewing an Ipsy bag I've received because, well I'm super impressed with most of the products in this month's bag.

Ipsy October 2016 Glam Bag


The Balm Cosmetics - Cabana Boy Shadow/Blush

Image courtesy of Amazon

The Balm Cosmetics used to be availablie in our local London Drugs, but for the past year or so, they've disappeared from the shelves here in Canada. The full size product, according to Balm's website is $21 USD for 8.5g of products.

Ingredients per their website:

MICA, BORON NITRIDE, POLYETHYLENE, ISOEICOSANE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SILICA, POLYISOBUTENE, PTFE, SYNTHETIC WAX, DIMETHICONE, SODIUM DEHYDROACETATE, BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), CARMINE (CI 75470), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), IRON OXIDE (CI 77491).


My Thoughts:

What I don't understand is why you would make a delux blush sample in the size of a shadow. The pan is litterally a 1 cm x 1cm square. A blush brush wouldn't be able to pick up the product easily. I've swatched this the colour and it's a great fall blush colour. Maybe I can use my eye shadow blending brush to apply this on my cheeks?

Preventive Measures 101 - After Hour Balm

Image courtesy of Ipsy


This is a brand new brand to me and here is what their website has to say.
We created Lips 101 After Hours with the same extraordinary technology and innovative ingredients without the SPF 30. We increaed the moisture ingredients to maximize its benefits to the lips. In Lips 101 After Hours, we have formulated the product to intensify the benefits to relieve cracked, wrinkled and dry lips. Increasing the anti-oxidants and anti inflammatory delivery system technology.
This lip balm is quite pricey. It retails at $13 USD each. I'm also one of those who's allergic to most beeswax or more specifically, propolis, making products that contains beeswax a hit or a miss. Whenever I buy or receive lip products, I have to double and triple check the ingredient list just in case and where I can avoid beeswax I try to. Luckily, this one doesn't have Cera Alba (Beeswax) or honey!

Ingredients per their website:

Petrolatum, Paraffin, Mineral Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil (and) BHA (and) Propyl Gallate (and) Citric Acid, Hydrolysed Corn Starch (and) Isomerized Safflower Acid (and) Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit (and) Palmitoyl Tripeptide 5 (and) Hydrated Silica (and) Resveratrol (and) Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile) Extract (and) Zea Mays (Corn) Starch (and) Punica Granatum Oil (and) Menthyl Sulfonyl Menthane (and) Glyceryl Stearate (and) Glycerin (and) Ceramide (and) Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Sucralose (and) Polysorbate 80 (and) Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (and) Zea Mays (Corn) Starch (and) Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Flavor

My Thoughts:

It's not often that I can find a lip balm that doesn't use beeswax as one of their ingredients. This balm applies, surprisingly smoothly. It also has a decent smell to it. I'd say it's a little mangoey with a little hint of citrus. This also came at a good time since the lip balm I leave at my office desk is just about done. At $13 USD a pop though, it would have to be a mircle product for me to buy it.

Noyah - Natural Lipstick in Currant News

Image courtesy of Noyah 


Just like the last product, Noyah is a new brand to me. Considering I used to work for an integrative pharmacy that sold natural beauty products, I'm surprised that I have never heard of Noyah before. Then again, maybe they're just that new of a company. Their Natural Lipstick retails for $18 USD each.

According to their website, their
all-natural lipsticks are formulated with ingredients like Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and skin-protecting Vitamin E, hydrating lips while adding a punchy pop to your pout. They come in a range of shades from a vibrant red to a flirty pink, versatile enough to take you from daytime chic to a fun-filled, sultry evening look. Our lipsticks comes in stunning earth-friendly bamboo packaging that not only looks good, but also results in a 60% reduction in plastic.


Ingredients per their website:

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Candelilla Wax, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Cocos Nucifera (and) Eupatorium Rebaudianum Bertoni Leaf Extract. [May Contain +/-: Titanium Dioxide (CL-77891), Iron Oxides (CI-7491, CI-77492,CI-77499), Mica.]

My Thoughts:

Well even though I saw beesewax, I still swatched it on the back of my hand and well, on my lips. I can tell you I didn't get a reaction the next day (yay!). So I can give you my actual thought on the product. It just glides on! So buttery smooth! I'm usually not a fan of dark lip colours, simply because the ones I have seems to apply streaky. This one, surprisingly, is not streaky at all.

Essence Cosmetics - Superfine eyeliner pen waterproof

Image courtesy of Essence

I love Essence! They're super affordable with great quality. Their Make Me Brow is a dupe for Benefit's Gimme Bow but A LOT cheaper! $2.99 vs $30 kind of difference. If you've never tried it... you've got to! If you're in Canada, you can find Essence's product at Loblaw's Superstore as well as Shoppers Drug Mart. Ok back to the eyeliner. The eyeliner retails for $2.99 on their website.

Ingredients per their website:

Aqua (water), ammonium acrylates copolymer, methylpropanediol, alcohol denat., acrylates copolymer, lactobacillus ferment, glycerin, panthenol, simethicone, caprylyl glycol, phenylpropanol, ppg-2-deceth-30, isopropyl alcohol, sodium laureth sulfate, biosaccharide gum-1, disodium edta, sodium dehydroacetate, phenoxyethanol, ci 77266 (black 2).

My Thoughts:

I have yet to put this up onto my lid but I'm happy with getting this full size sample in this month's bag. I'm a fan of Kat Von D's Tatoo liquid eyeliner so it'll be interesting to see how this works compare to it.

Sarah Jessica Parker Beauty - Lovely Eau de Parfum Rollerball 

Image Courtesy of SJP Beauty

This is another full-size sample and a rollerball at that, making it ultra portable. Who doesn't want what Carrie Bradshaw from Sex In The City wears? SJP Beauty = Sarah Jessica Parker Beauty and according to the website, this fragrance is lovely on the inside. "Classic charm comes together with modern glamour in this silky white amber fragrance. in a perfectly portable rollerball to experience lovely everywhere you go.". This rollerball retails for $20 USD on their website.

According to the website, here are the fragrance notes:

Top notes: mandarin, bergamot, rosewood, lavender and apple martini.
Heart Notes: patchouli, paper whites and orchid.
Base Notes: cedar wood, white amber, and sultry musks and woods

My Thoughts:

It's a little too musky for my liking. I'll most likely gift it to a family member or a friend.


All in all, I think the value of the items this month worked out to over $20 CAD so I'm happy about that. I'm also happy that I'll actually find use to most of the product in the bag!

Are you an Ipsy subscriber? What did you get in your bag? Did you what you received? Let me know in the comments below! Let me know also if you'd prefer to see the actual swatches vs the product image.

Review - skyn Iceland's The ANTIDOTE Cooling Daily Lotion

Image via Ulta Beauty

Happy first day of fall! Summer is over and I am writing a review on a daily lotion that I loved using over the last few weeks of summer.

skyn Iceland - The ANTIDOTE Cooling Daily Lotion


The first time I got this product, I received it in a small 15ml tube in one of my Ipsy Bags. I am proud to say that this is one of the first product that I received a sample with the bag that I actually want to and have now repurchased in its full size!

The product wasn't available on Sephora's website last month, but it is now! The full-size bottle is about 52ml and you can pick it up at Sephora for $50 CAD.


So the claims on the Sephora website:



What it is: A lightweight moisturizer for acne, rosacea, or redness.

What it does: The ANTIDOTE Cooling Daily Lotion is a lightweight hydrating tonic for chronically stressed skin. It goes on with a cooling burst to decongest, detoxify, and stabilize moisture levels in the skin, returning it to its natural, fresh, and healthy state. It has pure, natural ingredients that provide highly effective hydration and work over time to fortify and protect skin from the ravages of stress. It keeps pores clean and helps prevent further breakouts while reducing redness, without feeling greasy or heavy.

What it is formulated WITHOUT: Parabens - Sulfates - Phthalates

What else you need to know: This product is free of petroleum, mineral oil, chemical sulfates, fragrance, and dye. It is 100 percent vegan and dermatologist tested for sensitive skin.

According to skyn's site the ingredients listed are:



Water/Aqua/Eau*, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Menthone Glycerin Acetal, Larrea Divaricata Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Rubus Chamaemorus (Arctic Cloudberry) Seed Oil, Oxycoccus Palustris (Arctic Cranberry) Seed Oil, Spiraea Ulmaria Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Extract, Angelica Archangelica Root Water*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Laminaria Digitata Powder, Retinol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Panthenol, PEG-75 Shea Butter Glycerides, Polysorbate 20, Lecithin, Pentylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Perfluorodecalin, Glycosphingolipids, Myristyl Lactate, Myristyl Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Trideceth-6, Ascorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, BHT, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Alcohol, Potassium Phosphate, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Parfum (Fragrance) (Parfum) *component of Icelandic Glacial Water

My Rating

           

My Thoughts

I'm giving it the 4 bag because it is a great product but $50 for 50ml is a little steep.

I have oil combo skin and a lot of lotions that I put on after I shower or wash my face, I'll end up like a grease monkey hours later. Waking up with a greasy face is also not fun. The first few times I put it on this past summer (and really all you need is a pea size amount for your whole face and neck), this gel lotion lives up to its' cooling claim! Imagine a cooling lotion that does not require a fan. Amazing! There was a week in August where my face was also experiencing some redness. A couple days of using this and it cleared up. What I'm happiest is waking up and my T-zone and my nose area is not greasy at all!

Have you used skyn's The Antidote? What are your thoughts? Comment below!

The Reason Why I am Single



I'm glad I'm not the only one out there that's figured out, like Thought Catalog writer Ashley Coppolino, why I'm still single!

When this tweet came across my twitter feed, I wanted to see what was said. I love hearing what others feel is the problem with dating in 2016. Well, she hit it right on the head. Have a read.


The best sentence that really wraps her finding up is that "the reason why [she is] single: [She] get attached".

This is almost like the argument of being "emotionally unavailable", but I'll save that one for another post.

Review - Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes

Image from Josie Maran Cosmetics
So I figure I go through so many products between my Ipsy Bag subscription, my Fab Fit Fun Box subscription, and my ridiculous amount of purchases at Sephora, I should share what I feel about well the products I've tried and used.

So first up is Josie Maran's Bear Naked Wipes.

The package includes 30 wipes and I purchased these @ Sephora for $15 CAD.

So its claim on the Sephora website:

What it is: A natural makeup-removing wipe that is gentle enough to be used to remove eye makeup.

What it does: Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes removes makeup and impurities from face and eyes, nature's way—with a blend of aloe vera, chamomile, cucumber, and vitamin E. Free of fragrance, parabens, and petrochemicals, Josie Maran Cosmetics' Bear Naked Wipes are luxuriously soft, biodegradable, and kind to tender eyes and skin. It's made with love for both people and the planet.

What it is formulated WITHOUT: - Parabens - Sulfates - Synthetic Fragrance - Synthetic Dye - Petrochemicals - Phthalates

What else you need to know: In support of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Polar Bear SOS initiative, a portion of every package of Bear Naked Wipes sold will go to protect these endangered animals.

According to Josie Maran's site the ingredients listed are:

Aqua (Water)**, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol** , Glyceryl Stearate**, Ceteareth-12, Cetyl Palmitate**,Glycerin**, Cucumis Sativa (Cucumber) Extract**, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Extract**, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel**, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil**, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Sodium Chloride**, Sodium Citrate**, Phenoxyethanol.

 *Certified Organic Ingredient **Natural Ingredient


My Rating

           

My Thoughts


I'm giving it the one bag because, supposedly, a portion of every package sold will go protect Polar Bears. How much of the portion? Who knows. 

I am super disappointed with this wipe. Each square is so small that I have to use at least 2 squares to get most (not all) my makeup off. I also have to really rub my eyes to completely get my eyeliner (Kat D's Tattoo) and any mascara I have on (and they're not even waterproof ones). Finally, it stings my eyes if I don't rinse or wipe my face after with a wet face cloth. So all in all what's the point aside from the fact that you're saving bears?


Have you used Josie Maran's Bear Naked Wipes? What are your thoughts? Comment below!

Something to Keep In Mind When Dating


If you follow me on my old Tumblr blog (which was hardly a blog) I shared this post after a month of dating this one guy (9 dates total). It was one of those where everything was going swimmingly and future dates were planned. But he pulled the rug out from right under me at the very end of date #9 (after I've made him dinner at mine and an hour or so of chatting on my couch). There were no other reasons he gave but that he feels there is someone else out there that's a better fit for the both of us.

After chatting with a friend about this a few days later, they sent me this lengthy e-mail that rings super true with today's dating issues, for both genders. I thought I would share this over here as well. It's some good food for thoughts.