Samantha Jane

Samantha Jane

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Friday, 17 November 2017

NARS Wanted Palette Swatches #NARSissist

NARSissist Wanted Eyeshadow Palette Review
 This just in from NARS, the NARSissist Wanted Eyeshadow Palette. I just got this in my hands but I wanted to swatch in case you were curious. See the NARS Wanted Palette Tutorial on my Instagram. 
Wanted Palette NARS
The NARS Wanted Palette retails for $74 CAD (with a $352 value) and will be available Cyber Monday on for one day only! It will then be back on December 4th for a (in store on January 5th) and followed by January 12th at Hudson's Bay, Nordstrom, Murale and Shoppers Drug Mart.  Wow, that's a lot of launch info! 
NARS Wanted Eyeshadow Palette
The NARS Wanted Palette includes 4 matte shades, 4 shimmers, 2 satins, 1 metallic and 1 sparkle. As mentioned, I just got this palette so I haven't had much time to play but what I did notice was there are some very interesting textures! This is an "all new" formula to NARS and so far it feels good. I think the shade selection is interesting too, you could easily do something super natural and neutral or go incredibly smokey and metallic. Nice to see in such beautiful and compact packaging. 
NARS Wanted Palette Swatches
*This palette was sent for my review, all opinions are my own. Links are affiliate. 

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Modern Renaissance Dupe - Wet n Wild Rose in the Air

Modern Renaissance Dupe - Wet n Wild Rose in the Air 
Wet n Wild has reformulated their Color Icon Eyeshadow palettes, there are some old favorites and new palettes in the mix. Including the Modern Renaissance Dupe, Wet n Wild Rose in the Air. It's pretty clear this palette was modelled after the ever so popular high end palette, but does it stack up? See my full review, swatches and demos in my Modern Renaissance Dupe Video. See the rest of the new Wet n Wild collection in my NEW Wet n Wild Launches/Swatch Video
Modern Renaissance Dupe Comparison
Here's the scoop, the Wet n Wild Rose in the Air palette launches online at in December 2018 and in store the following weeks. If you are in Canada, the new collection will be in select Walmart, Rexall and on The Wet n Wild Palette will retail for $4.99 USD/ $6.99 CAD. Wet n Wild Rose in the Air contains 10 shades, the ABH has 14 so as you may of gathered it isn't a 100% dupe, but let's chat about the shades that are comparable. Basically, it's incredibly similar. For me however, the most important thing is quality, it can be a great color but if it doesn't blend or last on my eyes, what's the point?! I'll keep this short, the pigmentation is great, the mattes are phenomenal, blendable and last well on my eyes with a primer. The shimmers aren't my fave, but the same can be said for the ABH. 
Wet n Wild Rose in the Air vs Modern Renaissance 
Overall, if you didn't want to splurge on the ABH (which I absolutely love) this is a great option! They aren't 100% the same, but unlike what I did I assume you won't be using one palette on each eye. You can totally achieve a very similar look to the ABH palette using WNW. I plan on using it as a travel palette instead of taking my ABH on the road. Super impressed! 
Wet n Wild Rose in the Air Anastasia Modern Renaissance Dupe

*The Wet n Wild Palette was sent for my review, all opinions are my own. 

Sunday, 12 November 2017

The Balm Bonnie-Lou Manizer Swatches

The Balm Bonnie Lou-Manizer Review
I love The Balm Cosmetics, it's the first high end brand I believe I ever purchased from. I never really have the urge to buy everything from one particular brand but I really enjoy picking up just about everything they do. See the Bonnie-Lou Manizer highlight in action in this Instagram video
New Bonnie Lou Manizer Highlighter 
Their "Lou Manizers" are their highlights that have been out for some time. They are a super intense highlight that has been around since before super intense highlights were such a thing. These highlighters retail for $24 USD.  Anyways, Bonne-Lou Manizer is the latest addition to the bunch, and a welcomed addition. They had a pale champagne, blush pink, and bronze but a classic gold was what I was missing. 
Bonnie Loumanizer The Balm
The formula on the Lou Manizers is super soft, so be careful, they can break easily. On the skin they have almost a wet look, you can go super lightly with a fluffy brush or use something more dense to build intensity. There's no glitter, but a very intense shimmer. 
Bonnie Lou Manizer Swatches 
Overall, if you didn't already guess, I love this highlighter. I'm a little bias I guess because I love my Lou-Manizers and I'm so glad to have a gold in the mix. 
Bonnie Lou Manizer The Balm 
*This product was sent for my review, all opinions are my own. 


Saturday, 11 November 2017

MAC Holiday 2017 Snow Ball Collection Swatches

MAC Holiday 2017 Canada
The holidays, MAC Cosmetics .. a match made in heaven. The MAC Snow Ball Collection launched recently is absolutely gorgeous. I mean, look at that packaging! If there's anything in this collection you want, grab it now. I'm at a little late getting my review up so some items have sold out. Not sure on a restock. 

MAC Happy Go Dazzingly Face Powder is described as a"gold with sparkle", I don't really see the sparkle, which I'm happy about. It's a densely packed powder, not overly powdery with a strong gold ton. It's a face powder, and not a highlight but it's also not a typical face powder if that makes sense? It's doesn't pack the same punch as something like Oh, Darling, but it has a nice glow, the swatches do not do it justice. 
MAC Holiday 2017 Face Powder
MAC Happy Go Dazzingly Holiday 2017
MAC Delicate Drift Extra Dimension Eyeshadow is STUNNING, such a beautiful pink shade with some serious golden shift. I think this could act as a nice highlight if you have a deeper skintone as well. There is a tiny bit of glitter running through but nothing too intense. You can use this shadow wet or dry, I prefer to apply it with my finger. 
MAC Snowball Collection Eyeshadow Delicate Drift

MAC Delicate Drift Swatch Snow Ball Collection
Something we can always count on from MAC is their lipsticks. They are also the perfect way to get an item from a collection if you like the packaging but don't want to break the bank. The MAC Elle Belle Lipstick is in an amplified formula which is one of the best in my opinion. It's full of colour, with a little sheen, can be blotted if you like a more matte look. 
MAC Snow Ball Collection Lipstick

MAC Elle Belle Lipstick Swatch Holiday 2017 

*These products were sent for my review, all opinions are my own. Links are affiliate. 


Friday, 10 November 2017

Vegan Pumpkin Curry

1 Red Onion 
1 Tsp Garlic 
250g Mushroom
250g Spinach 
4 Roma Tomatoes 
1 Cup Pumpkin Puree 
2 Small Zucchini 
1/2 Large Can Chickpeas 
1 tbsp Curry Powder 
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger 
1/2 tsp Turmeric 
less than 1/4 tsp Cinnamon 
2 tsp Sirracha 
Coconut Milk 
Basmati Rice 

1. Heat 1.5 tbsp oil in large pot on medium/high heat. Add curry powder, turmeric, ginger and cinnamon and continuously stir. Cook spices for about a minute, ensuring they do not burn. 
2. Add onion and a splash of water, cook until they begin to soften. Once soft, add sriracha (or cayenne, spice of choice) and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes, add more water if needed. 
3. Add zucchini, mushrooms and tomatoes. You can use any veg you want! 
4. Once vegetables have softened, add pureed pumpkin, canned coconut milk and chickpeas. Put on medium heat and let simmer for 15-25 minutes. The longer the better. 
5. Add in several large handfuls of spinach and let wilt. 
6. Serve over basmati rice with a wedge of lime. 

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pumpkin Dressing

900g Brussel Sprouts 
1 tbsp Maple Syrup
2 tbsp oil
less than 1/4  tsp Cinnamon 
Salt and pepper to taste 

1/3 cup Puree Pumpkin 
1/3 cup Greek Yogurt 
1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar 
1 tbsp Maple Syrup + 1 tsp 
1 tsp Minced Garlic 
1 tsp oil 
1/2 tsp Salt 
1/4 tsp Dried Thyme 
Salt and pepper to taste 

Gala Apples 
Dried Cranberries 

1. Clean brussel sprouts, chop off bottoms and then half/quarter. Add remaining ingredients, place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 425 for around 25/30 minutes, until crispy and browned. 
2. Combine all dressing ingredients, thin out with water if you want a more thin consistency. 
3. Add dressing to brussels and top with apples, walnuts and dried cranberries. Would be amazing with goat cheese and/or bacon as well! 

Easy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce with Fried Sage

1.5 cups Pumpkin Puree 
1.5 cups Soy Milk (or regular milk)
Heaping tbsp Salted Butter 
Half Medium Red Onion 
1 Tsp Minced Garlic 
2 tbsp Parmesan
Salt and pepper to taste 

Fresh Sage Leaves 
Fresh Fettuccini Noodles 

1. In a medium sauce pot, saute red onion (finely diced) in butter until slightly soft. 
2. Add garlic and continue to saute for 1 minute. 
3. Add pumpkin, milk and parmesan. For a thinner sauce, add water, I actually added a little more pumpkin and milk for more sauce! 
4. Fry sage on a medium heat in oil with salt. Turn half way, about a minute and a half each, until leaves get crispy. 
4. Add sauce to cooked fettuccini or pasta of choice, top with fried sage. 

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