NYX Cosmetics Vivid Brights Liners

image (5)Being someone who aspires to create many creative makeup looks, I strive to have a very colourful collection of eyeliners, eyeshadows and lipsticks.
When I saw these NYX Vivid Brights eyeliners on NYX’s website, I almost had a heart attack. I instantly fell in love. A drugstore, affordable array for colourful eyeliners? Yes, please.

These are $10CAD a piece when purchased online, not including shipping prices. Which, I believe is a reasonable price.

I have a lot of mixed feelings about this product.
As I said, when seeing these eyeliners I fell in love immediately. When I first used them, I still loved them. They initially glide on smoothly, the colour payoff and pigmentation is excellent, and most colours applied to the eye match the colour promised (Keyword: MOST).

A large problem I have with these liners, a problem that is a make-or-break in an eyeliner to me, is the amount that this eyeliner cracks when it dries. I bought these eyeliners primarily for Makeup Artist purposes. I bought them to look nice and to add unique twists to eye makeup. But, when your eyeliner starts to completely crack and crumble apart, it ruins a makeup look. They crack almost instantaneously as well.
They have a 4.3 out of 5 star rating on NYX’s website and I 100% disagree with that rating. The cracking itself makes these unusable to me the majority of the time.

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Another issue I have with these liners is with two specific shades: “Vivid Fire” (Red) and “Vivid Envy” (Green). Both shades apply to the eye completely differently to how they appear on the bottle. Vivid Envy was not awful. It is a more dark green, rather than a neon, vivid green as the bottle makes it look. Vivid Fire, on the other hand, greatly disappointed me. It applies so pale, and the consistency is so thin it applies so patchy. The only way to make it a true red is to continuously layer it on top of itself. The colour is completely different than how it appears on the bottle.

I don’t know. I was so disappointed with these eyeliners. I, so badly, wanted to love them. If they re-formulated them to make them more hydrating so they do not crack when they dry, these would be lovely. They truly did an incredible job with the colour pigmentation on these liners. Just, the cracking of the liners make me hate them. They’re so frustrating and seem to ruin any look I use them in. I wouldn’t recommend them.

If any of you have any good coloured liners that don’t crack and have good pigmentation, please let me know! I would love to try some new ones.

“Sleep” by Bath & BodyWorks

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Sleep. What I should be doing instead of writing this review. Oh, well. I digress.

“Sleep” by Bath & BodyWorks is an “aromatherapy” body lotion which claims to creating a calming sensation to help fall asleep faster and easier. An excerpt from the back of the bottle reads: “This ultra-creamy, nourishing body lotion is formulated to give skin long-lasting moisture, while an aromatherapy blend of essential oils soothes and calms so you sleep better and wake more refreshed”.

 

In all honesty, this product seems a little gimmicky to me. Anytime I use it and feel calming and/or tired, I convince myself it has to be a placebo effect. Bath & BodyWorks also has a “Stress” body lotion, which is suppose to work similarly to this one, as it calms you down, thus eliminating any feelings of stress.

As with almost all of my reviews, I need to comment on the packaging of this lotion. The first notable thing about it is that it is a glass bottle, which I absolutely adore. Glass bottles can oftentimes be a pain because of the risk of dropping them and breaking them. But, this glass is definitely more thick than what you’d imagine when I say “Glass bottle”. I have knocked it over on my side table a fair number of times, and I have yet to break it.

The blue and yellow combination of the bottle work so well together. Along with the slight faded floral design. It is an overall stunningly designed lotion.

 

The scent of this lotion is lavender chamomile, and oh my, it is one of my favourite smells. The scents of lavender and chamomile are both meant to be calming and relaxing scents used to sooth people, which is why I believe this is targeted as a product to help assist with sleep.
The actual lotion itself has a very smooth consistency and glides onto the skin well. It moisturizes your body very well. One of the claims from the back of the bottle says, it helps you “wake more refreshed”, which, I can agree with. Any time I use this lotion before I go to bed, when I wake up the next morning my skin feels much more refreshed and renewed than it would be if I hadn’t used it.

Despite me being a cynic about how well this helps with sleeping specifically, this is a lovely body lotion overall. It smells beautifully if you like lavender and chamomile. The packaging is very sturdy and well designed. It is a very nice overnight lotion, but I wouldn’t rely on it to properly help you fall asleep. 

Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera 100% Gel

Aloe Vera Gel is one of those au naturel acne remedies I had always heard recommended that I decided to put to the test. The most natural route is to purchase an Aloe Vera plant, cut off one of the leaves, and use the gel directly from the plant itself. Although, if you are an unfit plant parent, like myself, you will just go to your local Walmart and pick yourself up some pre-packaged Aloe Vera Gel instead.

IMG_4414This Fruit of the Earth “Aloe Vera 100% Gel” contains 340g/12oz of Gel within the bottle and it retails for $5.22CAD ($3.90 USD).

Aloe Vera has many, many uses aside from acne treatment.
The product claims on the front of the bottle are that it is: “Moisturizing Soothing   [&] Dry Skin Relief”.
On the back of the bottle, they write the general uses for Aloe Vera Gel:
Discover the many uses of aloe! TRY IT! • AS A SHAVING GEL • HAIR STYLING • ON BLEMISHES“. The Caps Lock on the bottle was a bit intimidating. “TRY IT!”

I have never used this product for any of the listed general uses aside from blemish treatment and moisturizer purposes.

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e.l.f. Cosmetics High Definition Powder Review

e.l.f. (eyes. lips. face.) Cosmetics is a brand that is notoriously known for having both really great products as well as really… not-so-great ones. Despite that, e.l.f. is a brand that many beauty lovers continue to go to because of their incredibly affordable prices (products as low as $1!).
In my experience, e.l.f. products fall on either end of a spectrum for me. Their products are either really good or really bad, there’s never typically a median. So, any time I purchase something new from their site, I am always curious as to whether I will absolutely love it and use it in my everyday makeup routine, or if I will keep it stored in the back of my makeup unit because I am too much of a makeup hoarder to throw away even the bad products.

thumbnail_IMG_3584I purchased the High Definition Powder from e.l.f.’s website, for the insanely low price of $6USD. Drugstores or beauty sections in grocery stores will sell e.l.f.’s products on their shelves, but oftentimes at a slightly higher retail price. I chose the shade “Sheer“, which is a fine white setting powder. The other two shade options are: “Soft Luminance“, a shimmery, beige toned powder that sought to illuminate while mattifying, and “Corrective Yellow“, a yellow toned powder that color corrects dark patches or under-eye circles.

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Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting Blush Review

Too Faced is a brand that makes me weak in the knees whenever I see their products. Their packaging is always so unique and beautiful that I have a longing desire to own all of it just to display it.

thumbnail_IMG_3547For the longest time, I had wanted the Love Flush Long-Lasting Blush. I will not lie, the only reason I wanted this blush so badly was because of THE PACKAGING. It’s so cute. First of all, the outside of the package is shaped like a heart. That alone was enough to make me want to buy it. The gold “Too Faced” logo on the front worked so well with all of the shade ranges they had to offer.

The shade I chose to purchase was “Baby Love”. It is a fairly light, neutral pink shade. It is definitely a warmer toned blush as opposed to some of the other shade selections.

thumbnail_IMG_3546Next, the design of the blush itself is one of the most stunning and creative imprints I have ever seen on a piece of makeup. I did not use the blush for months after purchasing it because I wanted to preserve the stunning image. The floral pattern, with the two adorable little bunnies and Too Faced’s classic cursive logo unfortunately fades after the first few uses. You can help preserve the longevity of the pattern by being delicate with the brush application. The softer you press your brush into the product, the less it will damage the imprint.
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Juvia’s Place The Masquerade Palette Review

I first saw this palette used by Kathleen Lights in her Juvia’s Place Masquerade Palette Makeup Tutorial and I instantaneously fell in love with it.

This palette can be found on Juvia’s Place website https://www.juviasplace.com/. I kept my eye on this palette; not buying it for months, and in that time, I noticed the price of this palette had fluctuated from a sale range of $30USD to the highest retail price of $40. Currently, the price is $35USD on their site. The Mini version of this palette retails for $25USD (In my opinion, it’d be better to buy the full size for only $10 more). The Net Weight of the full size palette is 57.6G /2.03oz. Many YouTubers have given referral codes to their audiences that will let you save 10% on your order. Overall, for the quantity and quality of the product, the price is very affordable.

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The first feature of this palette that immediately caught my eye was the beautiful packaging. Each of Juvia’s Places palette is said to represent different tribes of people from a given area. The Masquerade Palette, the latest of their four palettes has this stunning artwork display and depiction of African tribal women.

The package quality itself is made of a sturdy cardboard. Once shut, it is held together via a strong magnet. It contains no mirror on the inside, leaving it very lightweight and travel.Read More »

Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil

thumbnail_FullSizeRender (1)Lately, I have been using Burt’s Bees products any chance I can.
They are an all natural brand, allowing consumers to ensure their skin is not subjected to any harsh chemicals (Which is a bonus to those with sensitive skin). They are also a cruelty free brand! No bunnies were harmed in the making of any of their products.

While in my local Wal-Mart, I saw this Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil, which retailed for $15.97 CAD ($11.98 USD). The skeptic in me worried a cleansing oil would make my skin breakout. But, I thought wrong! 
As of this post, I have been using this product for two months as a regular part of my skin care routine  – and I can confidently say the claims Burt’s Bees makes about this Cleansing Oil are truthful.

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