Samantha Jane

Samantha Jane

Makeup. Hair. Everything Else.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Urban Decay Jean-Michel Basquiat Gold Griot Palette Swatches

 The Urban Decay x Jean-Michel Basquiat Collection launched in early April and is available on Sephora. Whether you are a fan of Jean-Michel's work, and Urban Decay junkie or just a makeup lover I think this collection is so well done. 
Jean-Michel spoke out about social injustice, challenged the status quo and faced challenges as a black artist in his time. If you'd like to learn more about him you can read his biography here
The Urban Decay Gold Griot Eyeshadow Palette retails for $49 CAD and contains 8 shadows in varying finishes. The packaging is sturdy and beautiful, but not too bulky. Added bonus, there's a place on the back to hook it on to a wall as a piece of art. It's actually wrapped in canvas so you could totally fool anyone, it barely looks like an eyeshadow palette. 

*This product was sent for my review, some links are affiliate. 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Win a Colourpop Lipstick!

Super simple giveaway today! Enter below :) 

- International 
- Must be 18 or older, or have your parents permission 
- No giveaway accounts 
- Do not email or message me asking to win 
- Winner will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond. 

GOOD LUCK!! oxox 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Karen Dermo Cosmetic Moisturizing Lotion

 Today I've teamed up with Karen to chat about their Karen Dermo Cosmetic Moisturizing Lotion with phytoplankton. First of all, I am always so excited to learn more about Canadian brands. As a Canadian blogger I love having the access and ability to help spread the word of Canadian brands that I think are doing great things. Karen is based out of New Bruinswick, so as an East Coaster myself I'm extra excited. 

Karen believes in only sustainable and ethical practises and uses 100% Pure Marine Phyto Plankton. Their products are all vegan, non- GMO, gluten-free and eco friendly! 

This Phyto Plankton or easy algae plankton has been shown to be an antioxidant agent and when applied to the skin can act as an anti-inflammatory and help with things like rosacea, dermatitis and wounds. The skin will also be protected from damage cause by UV. Although it is not a sun protectant it can aid in the prevention of photoaging, wrinkles and skin dryness caused by sun exposure. If you want to get real technical and learn more about the research and development you can see their outline here.
The Karen Dermo Cosmetic Moisturizing Lotion is hypo-allergenic, dermalogically tested and paraben, oil and cruelty free. It has been formulated to treat atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, rocasea and just generally intolerable skin.  If you are curious to try they offer a 30 day money back guarantee, so no risks! It's available for purchase at the above link, $39.99 for 100mL and $59.99 for 250mL. 

Moving on from the science and to my thoughts on the product. I really enjoy it, and I would never endorse a brand/product I don't believe in. It is clear to me from doing some research on the brand and the lotion itself they are putting a ton of R&D into creating something unique and effective. That being said. as a user of this product, the main item I care about is does it make my skin feel good. Which is yes! It has a very light texture, does not feel greasy and absorbs quickly into the skin. You can use it just about anywhere you want, even on your face! I personally like to either keep it by my bed, in my bag or at my desk. Perfect for my hands or soothing dry skin throughout the day. 
Not only can you access this phyto plankton topically, but Karen has also developed powder and tablets. You can see their full range of products here

Overall, if you have had skin issues I think this is something to give a try. It is a very unique ingredient, something less harsh then what may have been prescribed for you. Now that I am done testing I will be handing it off to my boyfriend to see if it can do anything for his eczema! 

*This post was sponsored by Karen, all opinions are my own. 


Friday, 12 May 2017

Covergirl Outlast All Day Concealer Review

covergirl outlast all day concealer review
Covergirl makes some of my favourite foundations so I was really excited to try the new Covergirl Outlast All Day Concealer. You should be able to find it on the permanent display for Covergirl products. It retails for about $9 to $13 and contains 10mL (which is about average, slightly above). There are 6 shades in the range from Fair to Deep, although I haven't seen much of the deeper shades available. 
If you'd like to see the concealer in action I used it in a Trying New Drugstore Makeup video on my YouTube Channel. The Covergirl Outlast All Day Soft Touch Concealer claims to instantly erase the appearance of dark circles and blemishes with a creamy, smooth texture. It will not clog pores, and will last all day. It has a slanted doe foot style applicator that you squeeze the product through. I like this for application and I feel like you'll be able to use every last drop of the concealer without having left overs you can't get to. 
covergirl outlast concealer swatches
Covergirl Outlast Concealer Light/Medium Covergirl Outlast Concealer Medium
I wear the shade Medium under my eyes, it has a brightening effect, I'd need to go a shade deeper for concealing blemishes. For reference I'm about an NC42. That being said I would not use this concealer for blemishes, I like something with a thicker texture that I feel like is going to set and last on a spot. I find the texture to be light and creamy, not thick or cakey. I keep going back and fourth about wether or not I like it. I definitely think for best application you need to apply it to your undereye, give it time to set then blend out with your fingers. When I used a beauty blender and brush it totally disappears. Even with my fingers it is dicey on application sometimes. 

I really, really want to love this, because sometimes I love this. Currently, still on the fence. If I lost it, would I run out and repurchase, nope. Like anything, it is going to be totally personal preference. 

*This product was provided for my review, some links are affiliate. 

Sunday, 7 May 2017

tarte Amazonian Clay Stick Foundation / tarte Clay Stick Foundation Review

tarte Amazonian Clay Stick Foundation
Launching on May 21st at is the tarte Amazonian Clay Stick Foundation! This is one of the extensions to their Amazonian Clay line, there is also a new palette on the way. This foundation will retail for $39 USD and includes 9g of product which is about average for a stick foundation. See it in action on my YouTube Channel in my tarte Clay Stick Foundation Review/Wear Test. 
tarte Smoothie Blender Foundation Brush
Also launching with the foundation is the tarte Smoothie Blender Foundation Brush, this will retail for $28 USD. It has a great dense, angled top but it is still quite soft. Good for both this stick foundation and liquid! 
tarte Stick Foundation Swatches Fair Beige, Fair Neutral, Fair-Light Neutral, Light Beige, Light-Medium Neutral, Medium Beige
tarte Stick Foundation Swatches Medium Sand, Medium Neutral, Tan Sand, Tan-Deep Honey, Deep Honey, Rich Honey

It comes in 12 different shades, I anticipate tarte will extend the range as they've done with their other products. 

Foundation claims: 
- 12 hour wear 
- matte 
- full, creamy coverage 
- buildable 
- Amazonian clay is skin balancing that hydrates/mattifies 
This foundation is brand new to me so I can only give you my first impression. So far so good! I think that it held up nicely on my super oily skin, I still got oily but it did not break apart or feel too greasy. Once I blotted I was good to go. 

tarte Clay Stick Foundation Shades:
tarte Clay Stick Foundation Fair Beige 
tarte Clay Stick Foundation Fair Neutral
tarte Clay Stick Foundation Fair-Light Neutral
tarte Clay Stick Foundation Light Beige 
tarte Clay Stick Foundation Light Beige
tarte Clay Stick Foundation Light-Medium Neutral
tarte Clay Stick Foundation Medium Beige
tarte Clay Stick Foundation Medium Sand
tarte Clay Stick Foundation Medium Neutral
tarte Clay Stick Foundation Tan Sand
tarte Clay Stick Foundation Tan-Deep Honey
tarte Clay Stick Foundation Deep Honey
tarte Clay Stick Foundation Rich Honey 
tarte Clay Stick Foundation Shades
I don't feel like it is full coverage, it's definitely buildable but it would just take too many layers for me to get to full. That's fine with me, I like a light/medium coverage anyways. It did not oxidize on my skin, or enhance pores - that being said if you have texture a smoothing primer is always an option. 
Overall, I really like this foundation! If you have oily, combo or normal skin it's something to consider trying. 

*This product was provided for my review, some links may be affiliate. 

Thursday, 4 May 2017

30,000 Subscriber Giveaway!!!!

Thank you so so so much for 30,000 subscribers! 

Enter below to win a HUGE box of makeup. Also up for grabs 1 of 5 haircare sets from L'Oreal for my Canadian subscribers. 

- The makeup giveaway is International 
- Ends in 2 weeks 
- Good luck!! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Review and Swatches

The Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows have been around for some time but I was recently given some at the opening of the Urban Decay Flagship Store Grand opening. There are 25 shades in the range, which is amazing. Sephora stocks the least amount, if you want to find the full range you can check out an Urban Decay store or their website. The shades I'm swatching today are exclusive to their stores and site. 
The Urban Decay Moondust Single Eyeshadows retail for $21 USD/$25 CAD. So they aren't cheap, but they are pretty damn unique and gorgeous. Urban Decay describes them as a sparkly shadow that is ultra-sophisticated. To the touch they almost feel like a cream shadow, but they apply like a powder. I recommend using your finger, or a synthetic brush sprayed with setting spray or a little water. Using them wet will reduce fallout during application and give them a more intense look. That being said I did't have major issues with fallout and any fallout was well worth the finished result. 

Urban Decay Moondust Vortex - Smoky black with green shift and gold 3-D sparkle 
Urban Decay Moondust Crux - Smoky teal with multicoloured sparkle 
Urban Decay Moondust Interstellar - Antique gold with pink and gold 3-D sparkle 
Urban Decay Moondust Chem Trail - Oyster grey with iridescent sparkle 
Wearing Urban Decay Moondust in Vortex and Interstellar
These won't be for everyone, be it the price tag or the glitter but I am so glad I tried these. I don't often reach for loose glitter, so I see myself reaching for these more often. More user friendly in my opinion. I feel like they are a really nice hybrid between a glitter and a traditional shadow. There is plenty of pigment but then the beautiful punch of glitter! 

*These products were provided for my review, some links are affiliate. 

© Samantha Jane | All rights reserved.
Blogger Template Created by pipdig