December 2017 | Samantha Jane

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Smashbox Drawn In Decked Out Sculpting Cheek Palette - Created for Macy's

 Smashbox always creates some really great options during the holidays. There's always adorable packaging and they quality stays the same. The Smashbox Drawn In Decked Out Sculpting Cheek Palette is one of my favorite launches for holiday 2017! I'm actually on holiday vacation right now and chose to travel with it, which says a lot. 
The Smashbox Holiday Cheek Palette contains 4 matte shades, a bronzer, contour, blush and highlight (undereye setting powder). There's also 2 shimmers, a highlight and blush. 
I'm an NC42 and cheek palettes, especially for the holidays generally don't work for me. This one works for me, yahoo!! I mean, I would love the blush and highlight shades to be slightly warmer but I can totally make it work. 
This palette is on sale, so I highly recommend you jump on this quick. It's a Macy's exclusive and retailing for $23 CAD!! That's the price of some drugstore palettes. 

*This product was sent for my review, all opinions are my own. Links are affiliate
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Friday, 22 December 2017

Holiday Giveaway!! 5 Winners!!

Thank you so so much for an amazing year, this is just a small token of my appreciation for all of your support. GOOD LUCK! See more about each prize pack in my Holiday Giveaway Video

Prizes: 
1. Coach + tarte 
2. Morphe + Nudestix
3. High end Mix 
4. Too Faced Peaches 
5. Drugstore

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Rules: 
Open Internationally 
Closes January 6th/2018 
No giveaway accounts 
Must be age of majority or have parents permission. 

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Friday, 15 December 2017

Physician's Formula The Healthy Foundation Swatches/Comparison

Physician's Formula Healthy Foundation Review
New to Physician's Formula is The Healthy Foundation! This claims to be a long-wearing, buildable and breathable foundation. It's available on the Physician's Formula website and should be showing up in stores January. Keep your eyes peeled on side displays as it may not be in the permanent right away. If you'd like to see more about the foundation see my Physician's Formula The Healthy Foundation Review
New Physician's Formula The Healthy Foundation Review
Most notable about this foundation is the shade range, it comes in 16 shades which is super impressive for Physician's. Normally it's a selection of beiges, so kudos to them. I also really like that the shade names dictate light, medium, dark and deep along with cool, warm and neutral. This makes it easier to pick out your shade. 
Physician's Formula The Healthy Foundation DW2 and Physician's Formula The Healthy Foundation DN3
The Healthy Foundation DW2 is a pretty amazing match to NC 42 which is super exciting! A lot of the time with drugstore foundations I end up having to mix and this is a great shade for me. 
Physician's Formula Healthy Foundation Swatches and Comparisons 
Physician's Formula The Healthy Foundation DW2
Physician's Formula The Healthy Foundation DN3
MAC Studio Fix Foundation NC42 
Maybelline Fit Me 310
Estee Lauder Double Wear 4W2

*The PF foundation was sent for my review, all opinions are my own. 
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Friday, 8 December 2017

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Swatch Comparisons/Dupes?!

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color
There's not much intro necessary for Fenty Beauty, it has taken the industry by storm this year! It has managed to dominate both the online and offline beauty community with it's huge shade ranges and Rihanna backing it. The Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored is the latest addition. Today I'll be showing you some swatch comparisons to reds in my collection. See it on my lips here
Fenty Stunna Liquid Lipstick
Fenty Stunna Lip Paint retails for $24 USD/$30 CAD and you get 4mL of product. I'm not sure what the average size of a liquid lipstick is, Kat Von D gives you 6.6 and Stila gives you 3. The packaging, as you can see is stunning, or stunna? I mentioned it in my Giftable Permanent Products video, because you don't even need to wrap this, it looks so luxe! Although it's not drugstore pricing it looks like it costs double. 
Fenty Stunna Lip Paint Review
The most interesting thing about the Fenty Beauty Lip Paint is the applicator, I've never seen anything like it. Fenty calls it a "lip defining precision wand", I'd agree with that! At first, I was a little intimidated by it's odd shape, but on the top lip especially it really hugs the lip. And DAMN is this pigmented, you can see in the swatch but there is no building up needed. On the Sephora site it recommends to shake prior to using. 
Fenty Uncensored Swatch 
I haven't had much time to play around with it regarding noting the wear time, transfer etc. I wanted to get these swatch comparisons up as soon as possible in case you were wondering how it compared to some other popular reds. In my opinion, it definitely looks the most saturated of the bunch, and that isn't with much building up of color. It has a deepness to it, but at the same time it's still vibrant and doesn't lean too warm or cool. I think it does have a slight blue undertone, because it makes my teeth look super white, bonus! 
Fenty Stunna Lip Paint Comparisons 
*All opinions are my own, links are affiliate. 
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Monday, 4 December 2017

ELF Prismatic Highlighting Duo Swatches

ELF Holographic Highlighter Duo
 Holographic, unicorn, duochrome, prismatic, they have to be some of the most used words of 2017, in the beauty community anyways. ELF Cosmetics has jumped on it with their Prismatic Highlighting Duos or Holographic Highlighting Duos. First off, I'm really glad to see a more "affordable" brand enter the game, a lot of high end brands were doing some cool colorful stuff. See these highlights along with the latest from ELF in my ELF Haul on my YouTube Channel
e.l.f Prismatic Highlighter Duos
The ELF Highlighter Duos come in 3 shades (2 shades in each duo), and retail for $8. These highlights are cruelty free and vegan, bonus! They come in the shades Blue Lagoon, a blue/green split, Mermaid's Tail, a pink/purple split and Siren's Call, a yellow/orange split. My personal favourite is Siren's Call because I have a warm golden undertone and it suits me best. 
ELF Prismatic Highlighter Swatches 
The texture of the ELF Holographic Highlighter Duos is quite creamy and powdery, if that makes sense. They seem to perform better on the skin than they do swatches, a little mist or setting spray helps them glow even more. They are the most glowy highlights I've ever met but so far so good. I think if you are in the market for a more unique glow, you should give these a try. 

*All opinions are my own, links are affiliate. I purchased Siren's Call, the other 2 were sent for my review. 
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Friday, 1 December 2017

tarte Tartelette Toasted Palette Swatches

tarte Tartelette Toasted Palette Review
tarte has entered the warm palette game with the tarte Tartelette Toasted Palette. This is the third edition in the Tartelette palette collection. If you'd like to see the palette in action I used it in a recent YouTube Tutorial.
tartelette Toasted Palette Review
The tarte Tartelette Toasted Palette retails for $60 CAD/$46 USD and contains 12 shades, a combination of 7 mattes and 5 shimmers. I really love the packaging on these palettes, it's super sleek but still really cute. I especially like this one. 
tartelette Toasted Swatches
It's up to you if you need another warm palette or not (I'll never have enough). But, as an individual palette I really like this one. Great pigmentation, blendable and I love the shade selection! The only thing I'm missing is great gold but I'll live! 

*This palette was sent for my review, all opinions are my own. Links are affiliate. 
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