Destroying Makeup with Dermalogica

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Happy Halloween! Man oh man, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted, eh? I’ve been having writer’s block for a while, so it’s nice to just get back into it and chat with you all. I hope you guys have/had some killer costumes!

Today, I’m bringing you a look, and talking to you about some products that have quickly become my staples. Dermalogica Canada sent over their new pre-cleanse balm, and cleansing gel for me to test out and let you guys know what I think of them. In order to really put them to the test, I did a full on look, turning myself into a painting through the use of Make Up For Ever’s flash palette.

This look was created using only 3 brushes; sometimes simplicity is best!

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It’s That Time of Year Again!

My birthday’s coming up, Sephora’s 20% off VIB sale is in November, and companies have stared releasing their holiday offerings. Consequently, my wallet is preparing to sacrifice itself on the altar of the makeup gods.

I don’t necessarily think I can afford to pick up all the items on this list, however, this is the selection I’m working with! I’ve pondered over most of these products for many months now so it’s certainly not an impulse at this point.

Viseart Dark Mattes Palette

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I’ll be honest, I have been lusting over this palette for a good year now. It is a fairly unique palette I’d say, and the shade selection is perfect for 1 shadow looks with a pop of metallic in the inner corner (or as a spotlight placement). Goddamnit, I just want to try out the famous Viseart formula already!

Natasha Denona 5 Eyeshadow Palette #9

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I was so not into the hype. AT. ALL. Not only did the colours not look interesting but I thought everybody on YT was just kissing ass for the free makeup.

…then my Sephora got a Natasha Denona display, and I actually swatched this palette, along with the rest of the line. I kid you not, I audibly gasped. The pigmentation; it’s actually unreal. This palette and the Dark Mattes shall be best friends because they are yin and yang in their finishes.

Ciate Glitter Flip Siren

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Do I need another lip colour? No. But did the magical demos of this new offering by Ciate suck me in? Hell yes. I just love the deep teal shade and who can say no to glitter?

Stila Written in the Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Set

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Speaking of glitter, check out this set. I’m not really into liquid shadows, but I’m definitely into glitter. These also have an amazing reputation at this point so I do want to try them (but they’re lower on my list of wants).

Dr. Jart Ceramidin /Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Cream

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I’ve tried the Lala Retro Cream and I love it. A small sample size lasted me about 3 weeks, using it both morning and night and it’s perfect for dehydrated skin. Honestly, my skin felt like a baby’s. I’m trying a sample of the Ceramidin cream right now, and it’s a cult classic for a reason! Considering the amount of moisture it imparts, it actually has a very light texture that absorbs quickly. I’m still testing it out to see if my skin has any reactions to it, but first impressions are good.

Wayne Goss Air Brush

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After years of watching Lisa Eldridge and Karima McKimmie gush over the famous Suqqu cheek brush, I was overjoyed to hear that this was a great alternative. I don’t really need another brush, and it isn’t filling a hole in my collection but holy hell, it’s made of blue squirrel and soft as ever and I want it in my hands!

BaubleBar Amber Y-Chain Necklace 

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I’m kinda into lariat necklaces, and have been for a while now. This necklace in particular has been on so many YTers & fashionistas and I’ve ogled over it every single time! It’s probably the only item I have on my fashion wish list, ’cause lord knows I already have way too many clothes and shoes.

*this post includes pictures that are not my own.

I’m on Vacation!

Hello, hello! Sorry for the bit of a hiatus on the blog, I’ve been on vacation for the last couple of weeks, and will continue to be a bit MIA for the next several until my vacay is over. I’m off on another solo European vacation, and if you’re curious as to where I’ve been and where I’m going, check out my Instagram @subitamaria.

Ciao for now! ❤

 

Lipstick That Doesn’t Come Off?! 12hr+ Wear Test

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Let me tell you, this lipstick was one hell of a wild ride – from first impression to fully formed thoughts.

I was first intrigued by Maybelline’s Matte Ink liquid lipsticks while watching this video by Bailey B. This unique fiery orange-coral colour is right up my alley, and so on impulse, I picked it up at Walmart.

Price: CAD 11.99

Read on to see my thoughts, and a wear test!

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I’ve Got a Confession.

There I go again with the click-bait title!

I’ve got an Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick to talk about today!

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The Ultra Slim in the title is code for so little product for quite a lot of money! For $/oz, it is one of the most expensive lipsticks on the market as in total, it’s only 0.03 oz/.9 g.

Ridiculous, eh?

I’m the sucker who clearly doesn’t care because ooh, pretty packaging!

Price: CAD 42.00 and 28.00 for the refill only

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Blending Shadows for Brown/Tan Skin

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A good eyeshadow situation consists of many small details coming together to form a full, cohesive, well blended look. Often the shadows discussed are the quarterbacks of the makeup game; the stars of the show, so to speak.

Today, let’s talk about some of the unsung heroes who work hard at pulling together a look. Of course, these shades obviously will have to vary if you have very pale skin, or very deep skin, but for those of you who, like me, are on the medium-tan spectrum, I think they will serve you very well!

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How to Fake No Makeup | PUR 4-in-1 Powder Foundation

Talk about an impulse purchase. You ever have a moment where you walk into a store, a product catches your eye, and then all of a sudden you’re paying for it and taking it home?

This is what happened to me with the PUR 4-in-1 Foundation (Light Tan)…no research, nothing.

Price: CAD 39.99

So what is the 4-in-1 claim?

  • Correct, prevent and interrupt your skin concerns
  • Smooth away the look of lines and wrinkles
  • Plump, lift and firm the skin’s appearance
  • Balance uneven skin tone

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I Put Butter on My Face

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer that is! What, you thought the delicious yellow stuff?

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Price: 18.99

Holimoli, look at that price! That’s hella expensive for a drugstore bronzer, but man, the hype was real. I’ve been seeing this product all over Youtube and the rest of the interwebs, annnnd then the temptation overtook me and I bought it.

So does it live up to the hype?

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The Best Concealer for Instagram Pics?

I’m talking about Physicians Formula #InstaReady concealer of course. I’ve been running low on my ride or die combo of LA Girl Pro Conceal (Pure Beige) + Collection (#3) so I finally picked this up recently.

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Let’s be real PF, the shade selection is crap. I bought the darkest shade, Medium 3 – yet it is still light and brightening for me. You need to come through for my darker complexioned, make-up loving ladies.

Price: CAD 13.97

Now let’s talk about whether or not this concealer stands up there with my HG (holy grail).

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You Need This Makeup Brush!

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I never knew one could derive joy from the soft bristles of a brush, but apparently I can…I know, it’s as ridiculous to type as it is to read, but it’s true.

Price: USD 6.00

The ELF Pointed Powder Brush is a multi-tasker makeup lover’s dream. Ok, I’ll stop gushing over the damn thing already and tell you how I use it and what propelled it to HG status. I purchased this brush on a whim whilst browsing the ELF website, and it reminded me of the MAC 138 that Sharon Farrell always raves about. It’s not actually very similar (this brush head is larger), but they’re both tapered for multi-use ease, and they’re both exceedingly soft. The ELF brush has the added bonus of being hella cheap!

Although it’s titled a ‘powder brush’ I quickly came to realize that I actually liked it for a variety of uses. To be honest, I use it the least for setting powder.

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