30 Mar 2015

Review: Rimmel Colour Rush Balm in Drive Me Nude

I don't know what's taken me so long to review this product, I've had it for eons! Probably the fact that this got lost in my drafts, but... here it is, Rimmel Colour Rush Balm in Drive Me Nude.

This was the first nude lip product I ever picked up, so I decided to go with a tinted balm and start slow.

The packaging is typical to other chubby balm sticks I've tried, such as Revlon's. It smells very different than others I've tried though- rather than being minty as is the norm, this has a rather strong, delicious scent of soft-serve vanilla ice cream. It's totally delectable. And I have an awful sense of smell too- I can't get any scent off of NYX's Butter products. The scent on this balm dissipates about five to ten minutes after application.

Drive Me Nude is a strange colour- almost a red-toned beige. It's rather pinky too, and extremely glossy. 

It's more subtle and less brown than I thought it would be. The consistency is very emollient and moisturizing!

This balm lasts about three hours on me before the gloss fades, and leaves a slight stain. Colour fades away after approximately five hours, and it fades evenly (at least this shade)- no weird lip rings like with other brands (looking at you, Wet N Wild Megaslicks). 

If you're looking for a nice pinky nude but don't want to spend the money on MAC, I'd definitely check out this shade! If you're looking for a long-lasting coloured balm, though, I'd probably stick with Revlon. 

Project Finish-It: March Update!

Hey guys! Here's this month's installation of progress on my Project Finish-It items! This month I've opted to only show you the things I've made visible progress on.

Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Cream
Start: 65% remaining
February: 45% remaining
Now: 25% remaining 

February vs. March

Wowee. Look at all that progress! I'll actually be sad to see this go because I've grown to love it, but I do have another powder waiting in the wings.

Too Faced Jingle All the Way Phone Palette 

February vs. March

Not tracking percentages on this one, but look, I hit pan on two shades in one month! And the pan on that highlight shade is huge.

Estee Lauder Hydra Bright Moisturizer
February: 25% remaining
March: 18% remaining

I still don't like this. Now it's a toe cream.

Vaseline Lip Therapy Cocoa Butter
February: 75% remaining
March: 71% remaining

I keep forgetting to use this but since I just started a job, I'll be keeping it in my cubby and using it regularly! Should see some good progress in the next month.

Bath and Body Works Travel Size Lotion in French Lavender and Honey
February: 55% remaining
Now: 49% remaining

I keep forgetting this bugger too. It doesn't help that I've received like four body butters as gifts this month.


I found this! It was hidden at the bottom of a pocket in my makeup bag. I'm going to try and use this twice a week this month!

The Body Shop All in One Cheek Colour in Bubblegum
February: 68% remaining
Now: 60% remaining

There was a horrible accident. D: This blush crumbled as I hit more pan. I tried to re-press it but ended up breaking the actual compact in the process. So now it's a loose blush.

Well, that wasn't a terribly productive month other than for my face powder, but I'm motivated for next month now!
What products are you trying to finish up at the mo'?

Review Preview!

Dawn helping out with this post

Hey guys! I'm going to give you a sneak peek at a couple things you can expect me to review in the coming weeks! It's a haul of sorts, I suppose, even if you've seen a few of these things before.

The goods!

Wet N Wild Silver Lake eyeshadow palettes, clockwise from top left: Thrift Store Chic, Vinyl Collection, Embrace Obscurity, California Roll. 

I found these at Rexall and snapped them up! I actually grabbed the one I'm missing, Vegan Culture, today as well.

Left to right: Wet N Wild Coverall Cream Foundation in Fair, NUDESTIX contour pencil duo in Light/Medium, Sephora Collection Contouring 101 Face Palette.

Top to bottom: The Body Shop baked eyeshadow duo in Amethyst, GOSH trio eyeshadow in Tropic Fever, Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Colour in Cavern. 

Left to right: Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven, GOSH velvet touch lip liner in Flirty Orange, Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick mini in Icon. 

Left to right: Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeliner Waterproof in Love Song, Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer, essence stays no matter what waterproof eye pencil (no shade), GOSH smokey eyeliner in smokey brown, Sephora Collection contour eye pencil in Banana Split, LovelyMe Style My Eyebrow Pencil in Medium. 

Well, that's my haul! Which of these items would you like to see reviewed first?

29 Mar 2015

Snoop my Stash: Haircare

As you can probably see from this blog, I am not a lady who cares much about her hair. My sister's hair is gorgeous, long and always impeccably styled, but I'm just not about that. As long as it's reasonably combed I'm good.

That being said, here are the hair products I've accumulated over the past year or so, mostly as gifts! I keep them in this little basket.

L'oreal Professional tecni.art A-head glue: Okay,  I'll be truthful- I do love this stuff. It is basically glue for your hair, as the name implies. I use it mostly for cosplay.

Oscar Blandi Dry Sculpting Pomade: I found this for a bargain at Winners the day after I chopped off all my hair. Then, I loved it, but it's not very effective for hair as heavy as mine, and I don't like the strong perfumey fragrance.

Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo: The cheapest dry shampoo out there and the bane of beauty bloggers everywhere; why do I still have this?

Dove Style+Care Styling Gel: Truth be told, I've had this for months and haven't even opened it to try it once.

Herbal Essences Set Me Up Mousse: Everyone hates on HE and while I can't stand their oversexualized ad campaign, I do like this mousse. It adds just the right amount of body to my hair and looks natural.

And my other stuff.

Two brushes- one is copper-plated to minimize dandruff, and the other has something in it to calm down static. Surprisingly, the static one actually does its job!

And the mess of hairbands and clips that I binge-buy at Ardene's. I had a huge headband phase last year. 

Hope you've enjoyed this romp through my tiny haircare collection! What else would you like to see?

28 Mar 2015

2015- March Favourites!

March was a huge shopping month for me what with the March Break smack in the middle. So this month's favourites include some tried-and-true products as well as some new players!
On with the show!

1. Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven

A newbie! I bought this because I saw it on Beauty Reductionista eons ago and fell in love with the colour, plus my liquid lipstick kick is still going strong. Man, this stuff is pricey, and probably dupeable, but it makes me feel like a million bucks. I wore it for a whole week straight, which is something I've only ever done with two other lipsticks (Revlon's Iced Amethyst and Rimmel's Alarm, if you were wondering.

2. Maybelline Fit Me concealer in shade 15 Fair

I've already sung the praises for Maybelline's newer Master Conceal, but while it's perfect for under my eyes, it's a bit thick for concealing the blemishes on my chin and jaw so it tends to cake a bit on my dry skin. So I picked up the Fit Me concealer, mostly because I knew it would be a relative colour match. It's now my go-to all-purpose concealer! Not foolproof, obviously, but it's wonderfully creamy, blendable, natural and good for everything from blemishes and hyperpigmentation to medium-dark undereye circles! I can't go without it.

3. Joe Fresh Colour Adjust Blush in Coral

I realized I didn't have a coral blush one day at the grocery store and snagged this. Now, I'm not sure about it's colour changing abilities, but it's a beautiful powder blush that has been my go-to to grab on days where I'm not sure what to wear on my cheeks. I love the pop of colour it gives, and it's so springy!

4. Joe Fresh Mousse Blushes in Melon and Rose

I don't even know if these are a favourite or just something I've used a lot this month. I brought them with me on March Break and have been using them almost nonstop, save for using my other Joe Fresh blushes. These are slippery, loaded with silicon and glide onto the face to give your whole cheek a flush. They're dewy and good for days where I feel like looking a bit more natural, as they're quite sheer. Plus you can practically apply them without even using a mirror.

5. i on beauty brushes

Whereas I usually keep my same rotation of two eye brushes and two face brushes (by MAC, Quo and Color Institute), this month I added some i on beauty to the mix. My cousin got me a set for christmas- they're sold cheap at Marshalls, so I was kind of wary. They're synthetic and almost slippery feeling, but recently I picked up some contouring products that require a fluffy angled brush for blending out so I grabbed these. I love them! They're a pretty cheap thrill. Out of the set of 13, I've been using the eye crease brush, and the angled blusher brush. Plus, I can never have enough lip and angled gel eyeliner brushes! Hate washing those.

Well, those were my favourites for this month! Hopefully next month's will include lots of colourful makeup as spring approaches. <3

27 Mar 2015

Review: L'oreal Magic Smooth Mousse Blush in Cherubic

Today's product review is a product I wish would come back. A while back, drugstore brands jumped on the mousse/cream blush wagon and I wish I'd been into beauty when that happened, as mousse blushes are my favourite. I picked up this L'Oreal mousse blush at Beautiful Brands in Guelph. I think it's been discontinued in Canada at least, but it's still available for purchase on the L'oreal US website.

It comes in a heavy acrylic jar with a plastic cap that corresponds to the shade of the blush. The consistency is gorgeous, just like a dessert mousse.

The shade, Cherubic, is a true peach. You only need a dab of product to get a full-cheeked flush. 

It's incredibly flattering, but still not as wearable as I expected!

Ooh, pretty...

It's certainly brighter than I anticipated! Overall, great texture, nice colour, lovely loveLY packaging. I'm very satisfied! 

What is or was your favourite drugstore mousse/liquid/cream blush?

26 Mar 2015

Review: BareMinerals Eyeshadow duo in the Perfect Storm

Today I'm reviewing a product that nearly everyone can get their hands on- a BareMinerals eyeshadow duo in Perfect Storm. I got it by entering 'READY' as my code when ordering from Sephora online. BareMinerals shadows are ridic' expensive but apparently very good quality, so I was practically jumping out of my jeans to try them.

The small compact is cute and simple. It's got a similar texture to NARS packaging, but somehow manages to collect even MORE dust and schmutz.

It has a little mirror and it came with a tiny applicator that I threw out. The shadows are the size you'd get in a palette with many shades- I could fit a dime on top of the pan, but not a nickel.

The duo contains two fine-milled powder shadows, Cumulus and Tempest.

(L-R) Cumulus, Tempest

 Cumulus is a matte white that's rather impressive as far as matte whites go.
Tempest is a dark, stormy grey-taupe.

It's nice when paired with a bright liner, but still good on its own too.

In these two pictures the shades are blended together.

A couple more pictures sans eyeliner.

I definitely recommend checking out BareMinerals eyeshadow if you get the chance and can swallow that price tag, because these are very satisfying. If you're the kind of person who only needs two or four perfect shadows in their life, I would point you in the direction of these shadows!
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