June 2018 | Samantha Jane

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Avon Power of Lipstick Campaign!

Avon is a brand that has been empowering women in one way or another since the beginning. I was so excited when they reached out about their #PowerofLipstick Campaign to help spread the word. To get right to the very important point, Avon is donating 1 lipstick to Dress for Success for every 2 lipsticks purchased. You can find these lipsticks on avon.ca
"Dress for Success is a non-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life."  
To sweeten the deal, the already affordable lipsticks are now 2 for $9.99 on avon.ca. They come in 70 different shades and several finishes - there's something for everyone! Even if you aren't a lipstick wearer this purchase goes towards a great cause in helping a women get a fresh start.

There is so much power in feeling good when it comes to helping yourself succeed. A lipstick may not seem like much from the outset but it can become the boost someone needs to get started or the final touch for some one else to take on day.


*This post has been sponsored by Avon Canada. All opinions are my own.

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Saturday, 23 June 2018

Bite Beauty French Press Lip Gloss Giveaway!

Bite French Press Gloss

WIN the entire collection of Bite Beauty French Press Lip Gloss! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

- Open Internationally 
- Contest closes June 30/2018
- Must be age of majority or have parent's permission 
- No giveaway accounts 
- Do not contact me asking to win or you will be disqualified 
- You have 72 hours to respond to my message saying you're a winner 
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Friday, 22 June 2018

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer New Shades Swatches

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer New Shades
The Maybelline Age Rewind concealer is a classic and feels like it's been around forever, however it's always been missing something. A good shade range! Maybelline in general does a great job with their foundations so I'm glad to see they're finally starting to roll it out in to some of their other products as well. See the Age Rewind Concealer in action in my tutorial video
Maybelline Age Rewind New Shades
The Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer retails for around $10-$15 depending on your country and the store you pick it up from. It claims to have goji berry and haloxyl to help visibly diminish the look of dark circles and fine lines. If you don't like the spongy tip by the way you can remove it, I like it! 
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer New Shade Swatches
I like this concealer, I used it years ago and then revisited it once they sent me the new shades. I especially like it as a cream contour, super easy to draw on and blend out. I still think there could be a little finessing of the shades as I have to mix two for my perfect shade. I can't speak for quite dark skin people but from my swatches I think it could go a little deeper too. But overall, I like the formula and always glad to see a shade extension! 
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind New Shade Swatches
*These products were sent for my review, all opinions are my own. Links are affiliate. 
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Thursday, 21 June 2018

Modern Renaissance Dupe - Covergirl TruNaked Sunsets Palette

Covergirl TruNaked Sunsets Palette - Modern Renaissance Dupe
Covergirl has launched a new line of just about everything, foundation, concealer, face and eye palettes. See the entire collection in my Covergirl 2018 Launch Video. Today we are chatting about one palette specifically the Covergirl Sunsets Palette
Covergirl Sunsets Palette Swatches
I've always been a fan of the Covergirl TruNaked Eyeshadow Palettes, I thought they were incredible quality. Drugstore eyeshadow palettes can be pretty lame in my opinion but these are great. Same can be said for the latest launch of these palettes that they released. Actually, they are even better because there are more warm and matte shades! 
Covergirl Modern Renaissance Dupe
As soon as I spotted the Covergirl TruNaked Sunset Palette I knew it was a dupe or at least an attempted dupe for the Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette. That palette is one of my favourites and I love how it ignited the warm matte thing that we are seeing everywhere. 
Modern Renaissance Dupe Covergirl Sunsets Palette 
In my opinion, the Covergirl Sunsets Eyeshadow Palette is a dupe for the Modern Renaissance. Glaring difference is that the Covergirl has less shades so you are missing a few but I think they covered all the important shades. Makes for a great travel option if you don't want to take your Anastasia Palette buy you still want to rock a warm, reddy/orange look! 

*Covergirl Palette was sent for my review, all opinions are my own. Links are affiliate. 
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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Urban Decay Naked Heat Dupe - Rimmel Spice Palette

Rimmel Spice Palette
Every drugstore brand seems to releasing dupes for high-end makeup, I have mixed feelings about it which I've talked about in multiple videos. Long story short, I think if drugstore brands can do a great job creating duplicates I'd love to see them create their own unique palettes too! ANYWAYS, let's chat about the Rimmel Magnif'eyes Spice Edition Eyeshadow Palette. If you'd like to see the palette in action along with the latest launches from Rimmel see my Rimmel 2018 Launch Video
Rimmel Magnif'eyes Spice Edition Palette
Rimmel launched the Spice Palette recently and I was super excited to see mattes, warm shades, all my fave things! I didn't notice at first that it was a straight up dupe at least at a glance of the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. If you're looking for more great palettes from Rimmel I love their Colour Edition Palette which I swatched in another blog post
Rimmel Spice Palette Swatches
The Rimmel Spice Palette as a stand alone item is great, I think the formula is really nice. The mattes are pigmented and blend-able and the shimmers have a nice impact. I do recommend an eyeshadow primer to make sure it lasts all day and does not fade. 
Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette Dupe
As a dupe, I think it's super close! The only miss for me is the white, it feels out of place and I feel like the palette is lacking a good inner corner highlight shade. Its also missing a warm gold in my opinion, which I also felt was the case for the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. I actually like the purple more in the Rimmel Spice Palette, it's more purple - pairs great with the warm shades. I think you can definitely create a very similar look to the Urban Decay Palette with the Rimmel. 
Naked Heat Dupe - TOP: Rimmel Spice Palette BOTTOM: Urban Decay Naked Heat
Overall, I really like this palette! I think it could also make a great travel item. If you're not willing to travel with some of your more high end items this could be a good option. The packaging is slim too! 

 

*This palette was sent for my review, all opinions are my own. Links are affiliate. 
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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Covergirl Tru Blend Matte Made Foundation Swatches Compared to Other Covergirl Foundations!

Covergirl Matte Made Foundation T30 Warm Honey 
Covergirl has always made some of my favourite drugstore foundations so I was so excited to see their matte launch! They released the Covergirl Tru Blend Matte Made Foundation. See my full review, wear test and transfer proof test on my YouTube Channel. If you'd like to see swatch comparisons swatching it next to some other brands of foundation check out my other post
Covergirl Matte Made Foundation Swatch T30 Warm Honey
I own quite a few of Covergirl's foundations and have been wearing them for years. I've always enjoyed them but was especially happy to see the Matte Made Foundation came with 40 shades. I figured comparing it to some existing Covergirl foundations may help you figure out your shade! 
Covergirl Matte Made Foundation vs Covergirl Foundation Shades - Covergirl Matte Made Shade Finder
*Click foundation to see full review video
Covergirl Matte Made T30 Warm Honey
Covergirl Vitalist Elixir Golden Tan
Covergirl 3in1 Outlast All Day Classic Tan

*This product was sent for my review, all opinions are my own. Links are affiliate. 
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Monday, 18 June 2018

Covergirl Tru Blend Matte Made Foundation Swatch Comparisons

Covergirl Matte Made Foundation T30 Warm Honey
Covergirl has always made some of my favourite drugstore foundations so I was so excited to see their matte launch! They released the Covergirl Tru Blend Matte Made Foundation. See my full review, wear test and transfer proof test on my YouTube Channel
Covergirl Matte Made Warm Honey T30
This foundation comes in 40 shades which is amazing, I'm wearing T30/Warm Honey and I find it to be a great match for my skin. I thought swatching next to some of my other foundations in popular formulas may help you find your perfect shade! 

Covergirl Matte Made Foundation Swatch - Covergirl Matte Made Shade Finder
*click foundation to see review
*This product was sent for my review, all opinions are my own. Links are affiliate.


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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

WIN L'OREAL COLOUR RICHE SHINE LIPSTICKS


a Rafflecopter giveaway
- Open Internationally 
- Contest closes June 21/2018
- Must be age of majority or have parent's permission 
- No giveaway accounts 
- Do not contact me asking to win or you will be disqualified 
- You have 72 hours to respond to my message saying you're a winner 

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Dior Capture Youth Serum Review - Matte Maximizer & Glow Booster

Dior Capture Youth Serum Review
Luxury skincare, let's chat about the latest from Dior. The Dior Capture Youth Serums come in several different formulations depending on your skin concern. It may seem backwards but at the launch for this event I went with the Matte and Glow, bare with me. 

The Dior Capture Youth Serums retail for $95 USD/$120 CAD and you receive 1 fl oz of product. I'm no skincare scientist but serums can be used more sparingly as they are generally made up of smaller molecules to deeper penetrate the skin with their active ingredients. Both serums are formulated without parabens, sulfates and phtalates.The packaging is of course very luxurious but also functional. Not sure if it's best to have the Glow Serum with vitamin C in a glass bottle but again, I'm no expert. 
Dior Matte Maximizer Serum Review
The Dior Capture Youth Serum Matte Maximizer was created for normal, combo and oily skin. It's formulated with lactic acid, sugar cane, pink clay and zinc gluconate to "help absorb excess sebum, control shine, and minimize the appearance of pores for a smoother, more refined skin texture." 
Dior Matte Serum Review
Most importantly, as someone with oily skin always trying to find a balance in keeping my skin matte and not drying it out. If you are looking to add a serum into your routine and have oily skin I highly recommend this one. Especially for use during the day and under makeup! 
Dior Glow Booster Serum Review
The Dior Capture Youth Serum Glow Booster Serum was created for normal and combination skin. It's formulated with murunga plum which has a higher concentration of vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acid to help brighten, smooth texture and energize skin. 
Dior Glow Serum Review 
Although this one isn't directly recommended for oily skin it is super lightweight, and absorbs into the skin quickly. I definitely notice a difference in the look of my skin after using this, it seems more glowy without being greasy. 

*These products were sent for my review, all opinions are my own. Links are affiliate. 
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Monday, 11 June 2018

Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation Swatches

Marc Jacobs Shameless Youthful-look Foundation
A few months back Marc Jacobs Beauty launched the Marc Jacobs Shameless Youth-ful Look 24 Hour Foundation and I was super intrigued. I reviewed the Marc Jacobs Remarcable Foundation on my YouTube channel late last year and spoiler alert, I really loved it. Therefor, I was super curious to try this one. I haven't actually gotten around to reviewing it yet but if you'd like to see the Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation in action I used it in a Get Ready with Me video
Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Foundation
The Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation retails for $46 USD/$56 CAD at Sephora. It comes in 29 shades which I think is awesome, seems to be a super inclusive range. You're getting 1.08 fl oz which is slightly above the average size of a foundation and I really like the packaging. It's plastic, and a squeeze bottle but still manages to look luxury. As it should. 
Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation Medium Y390
I still need to test the foundation some more, I've had both good and meh experiences with it. I thought however swatches might make it helpful for you to find your shade if you were curious. I know for me that's always one of my biggest barriers to buying a foundation with my not so deep not so light skintone. 
Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation Y390
Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation Swatches


*All opinions are my own, links are affiliate. 
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Saturday, 9 June 2018

Benefit Hello Happy Foundation Swatch Comparisons

Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation
This just in from at Benefit, the Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation! I have a blog post that swatches shade 5 to 8 and a full review and wear test coming on my YouTube Channel.
Benefit Hello Happy Foundation
The Benefit Hello Happy Foundation shade 7 is the best match for me so I thought I would swatch it next to some popular foundation shades. Hopefully this will help you figure out what is, or isn't your shade! 
Benefit Hello Happy Foundation Swatch Comparisons - Benefit Hello Happy Foundation Shades

click the foundation to see my review + wear test 

NARS Longwear Radiant Foundation Syracuse
Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude 4W1
MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation NC42
Benefit Hello Happy Foundation #7 
Maybelline SuperStay Foundation 312 Golden 
Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous 310 Classic Tan


*These products were sent for my review, links are affiliate. All opinions are my own. 
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Friday, 8 June 2018

Benefit Hello Happy Foundation Swatches

Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation
NEW FOUNDATION WAAHOOO!! I'm a foundation junkie, always excited to see a new launch. Especially when a brand launches an inclusive range of shades so everything can try. I don't have much experience with Benefit foundations so I was super curious to try the Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation.  have a full review and wear test coming on my YouTube Channel along with another blog post that will compare my shade to some other popular shades.
Benefit Hello Happy Foundation
The Benefit Hello Happy Foundation is available at Sephora for $29 USD/$39 CAD. It contains 1 fl oz which is the average size of a foundation and comes in some super cute packaging. As to be expected from Benefit. There are 12 shades in the line which I'm super happy to see, Benefit has always fallen short when it comes to creating complexion products for deeper skin tones. Although 12 shades isn't huge it's a true range, aka light to deep - that works for me! 
Benefit Hello Happy Foundation Swatches
Benefit Hello Happy Foundation 5 - medium cool 
Benefit Hello Happy Foundation 6 - medium warm
Benefit Hello Happy Foundation 7 - medium tan warm
Benefit Hello Happy Foundation 8 - tan warm



*These products were sent for my review, all opinions are my own. Links are affiliate.
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Thursday, 7 June 2018

Win a Pizza Hut Gift Card!




- ENTER BELOW
- Follow me on Instagram + YouTube
- Follow Pizza Hut Canada on Instagram 
- Like my Weekly Vlog 10 video 
* Open to Canadian Residents Only
* Contest opens June 7 and closes June 14/2018 

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Friday, 1 June 2018

Win CoolWay Ice Cream!



- Follow me on Instagram + YouTube
- Follow CoolWay on Instagram 
- Like my What I Eat in a Day video 
*Open to Canadian Residents Only
* Contest opens June 2 and closes June 9/2018 
*CoolWay will send you 7 vouchers for free ice cream :) 
*Vouchers can be redeemed at Walmart, Metro, Longo's, IGA or CO-OP. 

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