essence Spring 2017/essence summer 2017 collection!

Friday 31 March 2017

essence Spring Summer 2017 has arrived! 

Best and Worst Drugstore Contour and Highlight Palettes:
New at the Drugstore Full Face of First Impressions:
essence Spring/Summer 2016:
essence Fall/Winter 2016:

Products Mentioned: 
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick*:
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick 01 Natural Kiss
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick 02 Perfect Match
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick 03 Wow Effect
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick 04 Pink up Your Life
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick 05 Red-y or Not?
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick 06 Kiss Me if You Can*
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick 07 Purple Power*
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick 08 It's a Statement*
essence Glow Must Go On Highlighting and Bronzing Palette*:
essence Shape and Shadows Eye Contouring Palette:
essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Powder Mix It Brunette*:
essence Eyebrow Gel Brown*
essence Shape Your Face Contour Palette Ready Set Peach:
essence Shape Your Face Contour Palette Ready Set Pink*:
essence Light Up Your Face Luminizer Palette Ready Set Glow:
essence Long Lasting Lipstick Tres Chic*:
essence Long Lasting Lipstick Time for a Toffee Break*:
essence Volume On Plumping Lip Gloss Less is More*:
essence Volume On Plumping Lip Gloss Perfectly Dressed*: 
essence Volume On Plumping Lip Gloss C'est Bon C'est Bonbon*: 
essence Smokey Eyes Set Smokey Rose*:
essence Long Lasting Lip Liner Be a Game Changer*:
essence Long Lasting Lip Liner Yummy Berry*: 
essence Long Lasting Lip Liner Girl Next Door*: 
essence Long Lasting Lip Liner Plum Cake*: 
essence Rock n Doll Crazy XXXL Volume Mascara*:
essence Color Correcting Mattifying Powder 10 Beautiful Finish*:

*The majority of these products were sent for my review and some links are affiliate. 

Maybelline 24K Palette Review and Swatches

Wednesday 29 March 2017
 The Maybelline 24K Nudes Palette is the latest addition to their growing collection of eyeshadow palettes. This is actually the first one I've tried! The others didn't really appeal to me, but I cannot resist a gold. It retails for anywhere between $11.99 and $18.99 depending on where you live and where you pick it up. It's still fairly new, so if it is not in the permanent display yet it may be on a stand alone display or the end of an aisle. 
The Maybelline 24K Palette includes 12 shades with a variety of finishes. The shades included are quite beautiful, leaning more on the jewel toned side. I do however think you could get a very soft neutral look or something deep and smokey. As to be expected there is a gorgeous true gold, metallic shade, not too warm or cool toned. If you'd like to see the palette in action I used it in a recent video on my YouTube Channel. 
For me however, this palette is a bit of a miss. It is not absolutely horrible by any means but if I ask myself "If I lost this, would I repurchase it?" the answer is no. The gold shade, applies beautifully, I used my finger to apply all over the lid and it was super vibrant with a great sheen. Not at all chalky or chunky. Outside of that none of the other shades really impressed me. Just like 95% of the other drugstore eyeshadow palettes out there, it lacks a medium brown, matte transition shade. WHY DO COMPANIES LEAVE THIS OUT ALL THE TIME. That aside, the powders themselves acted so oddly. They almost stiffened up as I tried to use them, kind of like a hard pan texture. Some of the deeper shades blended away to nothing, they'd work better as lid shades. 
As I said, it is not the worst palette, it is usable. But, if you have any experience with eyeshadows I don't think you'll find this is a palette you can reach for and use exclusively. It swatches much better than it performs. 

  *This palette was sent for my review and some links are affiliate. 

Curvy Girl Swimsuit Lookbook 2017

Thursday 23 March 2017

I recently visited the beautiful island of Curacao and thought I'd show you what my curvy girl swimsuit lookbook. Some ideas for full piece sexy bathing suits that cover up the bits I don't wanna show off ;) #F21xME

I purchased all swimsuits in the size large from Forever 21 Swim don't forget to use ebates when shopping online with them for cash back! ebates Canada
and ebates USA

Look 1: (Blue Bay Beach, Curacao) 
Forever 21 Plunging Scoop Back One Piece:
Black Amazon Sarong (currently out of stock):

Look 2: (Santa Martha Beach, Curacao) 
Forever 21 Cut Out Swimsuit (similar option):

Look 3: (Playa Jeremi, Curacao) 
Forever 21 Plunging Halter One Piece:
Look 4: (Mambo Beach, Curacao)
Forever 21 Keyhole Swimsuit:

Sunglasses from H&M and Ardenes! 

Products Worn: 
Clarins UV 50 Multi-Protection Sunscreen*:
Bioderma Photoderm Spray SPF 50*: http://w
Nails: essie Gel Couture Perfect Posture*:
Pedicure: The Ten Spot Yonge and Eglington*:

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Best and Worst Drugstore Contour and Highlight Palettes!

Wednesday 22 March 2017

Best and worst drugstore contour and highlighting palettes .. PLUS ROUX (MY CAT) IS BACK!! Yayyy!! I know some of you have really missed her :) 

Sleek Contour Kit Medium:
Wet n Wild Megaglo Contouring Palette Dulce de Leche:
NYX Strobe of Genius Palette*:
essence The Glow Must Go On Bronzing and Highlighting Palette*:
ELF Bronzing Palette Deep/Dark:

Kiss Contour Kit Medium*:
essence Shape Your Face Contour Palette Ready Set, Peach:
essence Shape Your Face Contour Palette Ready Set, Pink*:
Gosh Contour and Strobe Kit Medium*:

Maybelline Master Contour Face Contour Kit Medium/Deep*:
Rimmel Sculpting and Highlighting Kit Golden Bronze:
essence Contouring Powder Medium*:
Pixi Book of Beauty Glow Getter:

What's On My Face:
EX1 Invisiwear Foundation F400:
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer Medium:
essence Shape Your Face Contour Palette (undereyes):
Face Atelier Ultra Powder Medium*:
Maybelline Master Contour Stick Deep*:
Kiss Contour Kit Medium*:
essence Contour Powder Medium* (nose contour):
essence The Glow Must Go On Highlighting and Contouring Palette*:
NYX Sweet Cheeks Palette:
Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette Sugar and Spice:
Colourpop Brow Pencil Banging Brunette:
L'Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper Medium to Deep:
NYX Glitter Primer*:
Inglot AMC Pure Pigment Shadow 126*:
Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette: 
Mary Kay Lash Intensity Mascara*:
Maybelline Master Precise Curvy Eyeliner*:
Wet n Wild Lash Renegade Mascara*:
Dior Waterproof Pro Liner 826 Magenta*:
Physicians Formula Instaready Setting Spray*:
Dior Lacquer Stick 620 Poisonous*:

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Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow Palette Review

Wednesday 15 March 2017
New to the Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting line is the Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow Palette. It's sold at Sephora and Make Up For Ever counters for $42 USD/ $52 CAD. Available in 2 shades, Harmony 1 (blonde to dark brown) and Harmony 2 (brown to black).
This palette comes with 3 matte powders that go from light, medium to dark, in brown or more blonde depending on the kit you purchase. It also includes a clear wax, matte cream coloured cream highlight and a small brush that has a spoolie on one side and angled brush on the other. 
The palette itself is very compact and sleek, great for travel! I think the brush is actually worth while, not a throw away brush a lot of companies mindlessly throw in compacts. The powders themselves are completely matte, no shimmer or glitter and are somewhat dry. If they were eyeshadows that may not be a positive but for the brows I love the formula. If you get something with too much fallout, too "creamy" it would be harder to work with in my opinion. The dryer texture allows you to have more control and for better staying powder. 
The clear wax is a nice texture too, not too creamy or stiff. I've used it both before the powder or after to set the powder. It has good staying power, but if you have very unruly browns it may not 100% keep thing in place. It did a good job on my brows but I still like the security of a brow gel. I'm torn about the highlight, it's a cream .. the colour is great for my skintone. If you are quite pale the shade may be too deep. But the fact that it's a cream leaves me needing a powder to set it. A powder on it's own may not have enough impact. If they are going to make it compact and travel friendly, that is my only issue. I do love the cream texture and colour, but I can't just leave it without reaching for a matte powder to put over it. 
Overall I really like this palette, it has great quality and is very user friendly for beginners or pros. It is however a quite high price tag. Can you get other brow products that are great at a lower price point, absolutely. BUT Make Up For Ever is a highly respected brand in the professional makeup industry and leads the way in a lot of makeup innovation - so you'll end up paying for that. The quality is there for sure. 

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

Thursday Plantation Winter Cold Rescue #tpwinterrescue

Sunday 12 March 2017
 It's that time of year, when the weather fluctuates between winter and spring and my body has no idea what to do. I also just got back from vacation and between the plane, and going from Curacao weather to Toronto weather I am not feeling so good. It's the perfect time to put Thursday Plantation oils to use! 

Something that I loved about these products before even trying them is that they are 100% pure. I've purchased oils from other places before, expecting them to be pure or at least mostly pure and it says "9% tea tree oil" .. excuse me?! They are also free from synthetic parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, harsh detergents and they do not test on animals. If you are curious where to find it they have a store finder on their website. 
Thursday Plantation Lavender Oil retails for $19.99 for 25mL and contains Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia, Lavandula Angustifolia – Herb Top Flowering). Lavender oil has always had a calming effect on me, I associate it with sleeping and night time products. I also don't find it too floral, sometimes lavender can be very overpowering but this one is good. I mean, you can overdo any essential oil because they are so concentrated so keep that in mind. They list their lavender oil as being great for cough/cold and headaches. Some uses are: 
  • Add some drops to your bath at night to smooth skin but also improve sleep. 
  • Add a few drops to a body cream you use at night. 
  • If feeling nauseous rub behind ears.
  • I like to just open the bottle and wave it in front of my face for an instant feel of calm.
Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil retails for $13.99 for 25mL and contains Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree Leaf Oil). This is a product I have purchased in the past to incorporate into my skincare routine as I have oily, acne-prone skin. Tea Tree oil is more of a natural antiseptic, over something like the lavender oil that is more calming. It has a very fresh scent, almost like menthol. Ways to incorporate it: 
  • For a sore throat, add a drop to a warm glass of water and gargle, but don't swallow! 
  • If congested, add a few drops to a warm hot cloth and lay over face and breath in.
  • Add several drops to a bath with epsom salts to relieve aches and pains 
  • I like to add it to a moisturizer or face mask to treat acne (it can dry out the skin so don't overdo)
Thursday Plantation Eucalyptus Oil is the best deal of all, it retails for just $9.99 for 50mL and contains Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Eucalyptus Globulus, Eucalyptus Globulus – Leaf). They recommended this oil for cough/cold, headache and killing household germs! I don't have much experience with eucalyptus oil, I know it has been in a lot of the products I reach for when sick - but I had never used it on it's own. As soon as you smell it, you feel that relief, even just for a second while sick and congested. You can use it in a variety of ways: 
  • Add drops to a warm cloth or warm bowl of water and inhale 
  • Add a drop or two to coconut oil for a DIY vapour rub (the oil will last longer on the skin than adding it to a cream) 
  • Use in a diffuser to help prevent cold and flu in the first place 
  • Add 10-30 drops to water in a spray bottle to make a disinfectant for your home
Hopefully you are able to avoid the cold/flu all together, but if you get it I'd reach for Thursday Plantation! 

*These products were sent for my review #TPWINTERRESCUE 

Avon Mascara Review

Thursday 9 March 2017
Avon is one of those brands that I feel like just about everyone has some memory of. As a child, I always loved flipping through my grandmothers magazines, picking out the things I would order if I was allowed to wear makeup. I remember one Christmas ordering a gingerbread scented lip balm and I was so delighted. Now that I'm allowed to wear makeup and own more than I should be allowed to I've begun to have more experiences with the brand. Today we are going to be chatting about 3 of their mascaras! If you'd like to see them in action, along with some other Avon makeup I used them in my Best Avon Mascaras: 3 Looks 1 Video
Avon True Color Wide Awake Mascara retails for $10.00 and comes in 3 shades; black, brown-black and brown. First of all, I totally appreciate when a mascara comes in several shades (not just 7 shades of black). My grandmother has very light hair and I remember her always struggling to find a brown mascara as she found black too harsh. Moving on, I really like this mascara! I mentioned it on my YouTube channel in the Nothing Over $10 Tag
 The Avon Wide Awake Mascara has a traditional bristle brush with an hourglass shape. Sometimes hourglass can be too hourglass and it is harder to grab all your lashes but that is not the case with this one. It claims to allow you to skip the lash curler along with being smudge, clump and flake free. For me personally, I was blessed with curly lashes and don't have issues with flaking on my mascara so this lives up to those claims! It gives tons of volume, might get clumpy if you layer on enough but I think it builds really nicely. A good combination of both length and volume. 
Avon True Color Super Extend Mascara Retails for $10 and comes in 2 shades: black and brown-black. This is one of those mascaras for the length loves! It has a hard, plastic brush - which isn't for everyone but I absolutely love how this style of brush combs through each lash and creates length. I am a huge fan of layering mascaras, and this makes a great second coat. 
It claims to hug every lash to build length without smudging, clumping or flaking. Again,  I had no issues with smudging or flaking. I don't think it is 100% clump free, but it is by no means clumpy. To me, something that absolutely will not give any potential clump is not a good mascara. The ability to build it up adds volume but this definitely is a lengthening mascara. As shown in the above mentioned YouTube video, I love wearing the Avon Super Extend Mascara on light makeup days to help make my eyes look awake, bright and defined! 
Avon True Color Wash-off Waterproof Mascara Retails for $10 and comes in 1 shade, black. When you think of a traditional, old-school mascara brush - this is it. The bristles are hard, but not plastic, spiraled around the brush and a little further spaced apart then I would prefer. If you're wondering what "wash-off waterproof means", they claim you can swim, shower, play sports all without ending up looking like a raccoon. Soap and water however will remove it from your lashes. I haven't tried showering with this on, but it does have great lasting power and it did not weigh down my lashes. 
I did find this mascara a little messy while applying, it may dry out a bit over time - that being said I am a super messy mascara applier. If you are also messy, let the mascara dry then rub it off with a q-tip, that way it doesn't smudge. If you have issues with smudging, this could be an option to try for the lower lash line, the smaller brush comes in handy there.

Let me know what your faves from Avon are, I've been discovering some serious gems. 

*This post has been sponsored by Avon, all opinions are my own! 

L'Oreal Total Cover Foundation Review (Oily Skin)

Tuesday 7 March 2017
The latest foundation in L'Oreal's extensive line of face products is the L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation. Depending on where you live this can retail for anywhere between 12.99 and 19.99 and comes in 12 different shades. I'm a huge fan of the L'Oreal Pro Matte foundation, so I was really excited to try this! If you'd like to see it in action and a wear test on my oily skin I have a full review on my YouTube Channel.
This foundation claims to give 24 hour wear, with a lightweight natural finish and very high coverage. So much so that on the display in store they are showing tattoos being covered up. They list it as full coverage enough to conceal dark spots, blemishes, scars and hyper pigmentation. 
12 different shades in my opinion is lacking, considering their True Match line is much more inclusive. I had this same problem with the Pro-Matte, although I love it, the shade I use 108, is far too yellow. The shades also don't totally correspond between the lines. 308 in total cover wouldn't have been a great match for me. I'm wearing the shade 310 Classic Tan, which is slightly too deep for me, I'm an NC 42 at MAC. 
The packaging is different than both the Pro-Matte and Pro-Glow, this tube does not allow you to see the colour, just slightly along the bottom. So be careful when in store trying to choose your shade. This also has a very small tip in which the product comes out of. Not sure the thinking on this, because the texture is super thick and mousse-y. This can cause a bit of a mess when squeezing hard to get the product out. Application for me was by far better with a dense brush, a damp sponge surprisingly left it patchy.
L'Oreal Total Cover Foundation mentions that the formula is enriched with "Alliagel". After doing some light research, I cannot find a ton about it. The term is owned by L'Oreal and it shows up in Vichy/Dermablend products too, which is owned by L'Oreal. From what I've gathered Alligel helps with smoothing the texture of the skin for a more flawless application. It isn't actually listed on the ingredients so making a big assumption I think it would be some combination of the glycerin or dimethicone that is included. This foundation also contains salicylic acid, I know that some people either love or hate that, so I thought I'd mention! 
loreal total cover before and after
If you haven't already gathered, this foundation as a miss for me. The shade I purchased was a little off, that I can get over. But the texture of this is just bizarre. It feels incredibly heavy on the skin and just sits there. I preferred to wear it in a very, very light layer and could get away without powder it does have a pretty matte and not natural finish. I thought I liked it at first, wearing it lightly it did an okay job, had good wear time and I didn't get too oily. That being said it is no where near the super full coverage it claims, it feels heavy on the skin and there is just so much else out there! It is the kind of foundation that you just know is going to transfer and you are afraid to even touch your face to have it swipe off a chunk of the foundation. Pro-Matte, I love, I know Pro-Glow has great reviews as well.

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

Wet n Wild Lash Renegade Mascara Review

Sunday 5 March 2017
 Wet n Wild has released an absolute ton of new products in it's 2017 collection. If you'd like to see it all in action I had a Wet n Wild Week on my YouTube Channel! I have a Collection Round Up/Review,  Liquid Catsuit Lip Swatches and Photofocus Foundation Review. This post however is about one specific product, the Wet n Wild Lash Renegade Mascara
This is the first mascara I have tried from Wet n Wild, not sure why it took me so long to get around to it! The packaging is weapon like, but I really like it. It does not seem like they skimped on the design which I think is great for such an affordable mascara. This mascara retails for $5.99 and depending on where you live it may be hard to track down, for my Canadian readers anyways. I spoke with the Wet n Wild Marketing Team at the launch event, and it turns out they want to be in Canadian stores but Canadian stores don't love them back! The best way to get it in store is to request/harass your local retailers. 
The Wet n Wild Lash Renegade Mascara claims to be smudge-proof, and at volume, length, definition and curl... so basically everything I've ever wanted. It comes in 1 shade, black. It has a hard bristle-brush, with a ball tip on the end. This has been a super popular wand, and I don't always love it so I was hesitant about this mascara. I find sometimes the ball can hinder more than help. The ball tip is meant to add volume with precision and control and the rest of the brush is meant to create definition, length and curl. 
Although I doubted this mascara, I ended up really liking it! The ball did not get in the way (although I don't think it really makes it either). The mascara gives tons of length, does not clump and a nice amount of volume. More length than volume, but it can be built up really nicely. I always layer on tons of mascara because I almost never wear false lashes. I had no issues with flaking but my mascaras generally don'y flake. 

Overall, I think this is a fabulous new option from the drugstore! Great packaging and great results! 

*This product was provided for my review. 

Mary Kay Spring 2017 Eye Colour Palettes

Friday 3 March 2017

The Mary Kay Spring 2017 Makeup Collection has arrived: Light, Reinvented! Included in this collection are 2 limited edition eye colour palettes. These retail for $26 each and come in the shades Glistening Horizon and Sunset
These two palettes have 4 shades each, all in very spring-like, pastel shades. Depending on your preferences, you can keep them inside the plastic case they come in or they can easily be added to any magnetic palette you have. They both have a combination of matte, satin and a matte/satin hybrid. 
The Mary Kay Sunlight Eyeshadow Palette is my favourite of the two, I can never stay away from pinks and oranges. That being said, it's not a palette I can reach for and complete a look. Both of these palettes lack mid-tone, transition and blending shades that make the pops of color more wearable. I don't think that makes this bad, it's just an added step. The formula on these is nice, I would recommend to get full colour to pack it on to the lid, and do not swipe or blend too much. They have colour, but it needs to be built up and isn't super strong. Surprisingly the pink and orange have better colour pay off and texture than the lighter shades. 
The Mary Kay Glistening Horizon Eyeshadow Palette is perfect if you are into blues and purples! Considering those shades can be huge duds, these are actually pretty good. Blues and purples are often the worst performing shades. Same can be said for this palette as the above, it lacks mid-tone shades and the colours are better when packed/patted on the lid. 

Overall, this palettes are a bit of a miss for me personally. The formula is okay, and the shades are fun but I just know I won't reach for them! They lack the things I need to complete a full look, but I may (if I remember) grab for the Sunlight palette when I want to wear a more pastel pink or orange because I don't have much of that in my collection! 

*These were provided for my review.