Ciate London The Pretty Eyeshadow Palette – A Review


I don’t hear all that much about Ciate London palettes. They seem to be most known for their nail polish and don’t play the PR game as heavily as other brands do however one of my favourite youtubers talked positively about these palettes. Upon hearing what she had to say about the brand, and after falling in love with the colour scheme of this particular palette, I had to have The Pretty Eyeshadow Palette by Ciate London. I’ve actually owned this palette since December and thus have had over 6 months to get to know it. Here are my final thoughts on the Ciate London The Pretty Eyeshadow Palette.

The Packaging is a sturdy plastic with a really cool graphic eye that winks at you when you tilt it. It reminds me of those cards you used to get in chip bags in the 80s that had images that shifted or moved when you tiled the card. Maybe I’m dating myself… I’m old.

It also includes a nice quality mirror. 


One of my beefs with the packaging is that not all pans are the same size. The 4 pans that surround the centre shade are a little awkward to get in to with a fluffier brush. It’s not the end of the world but I don’t really care for it. 

Due to the weird layout, 9 eyeshadow shades are included. It basically lays out like 2 quads + a matte highlight. I like the colour selection. I think it was a great choice to have 1 matte highlight, 4 mattes, and 4 shimmers. It makes the palette super wearable. You get 4 lid shades, 2 transition shades, 2 shades to deepen it up and your highlight. Bam! Done!


Unfortunately the purples that I was drawn to initially didn’t really work out on the lid. The deep plum just looks dark. I find that when I swatch the deep plum and the deep brown they look different but when I wear them I can’t tell them apart.


The 2 light champagne shimmer shades look identical as well. When I swatch them side by side I can tell one is slightly more pink and contains a touch of micro glitter but that’s only upon close inspection.


I wish that they only included one champagne shade and had a light purple shimmer shade as another lid option. 

The shimmery shades don’t pick up well on a brush. Or not on any of mine…. The best way to use them is with your finger. The mattes seem to pick up on a brush no problem. I found every shade to be extremely buildable which was awesome! They blend beautifully but have a tendency to look a little muddy or just dark when you use the deeper shades. I think thats a function of those particular shades and not the shadows themselves.

Overall I don’t hate this palette. The formula of Ciate London shadows is generally quite nice and so I’d try out another palette. The colours of this palette just didn’t work out the way that I’d hoped. Given that out of 9 shades, there are 4 shades that look similar to each other on the lid, I find that it lacks the variety I thought that I’d get out of it. In the end I find myself making gold or champagne looks. The purples aren’t standing out. I have soooo many other palettes that I can get really gorgeous gold and champagne looks with that I didn’t really need to add yet another one to my collection. For that reason, I don’t like this particular palette but I’m totally coveting other offerings from Ciate London such as the Chloe Morello collab.

Have any of you tried Ciate London’s palettes? If so, what do you think of them?

Sheena

ELF Beautifully Bare Smooth Matte Eyeshadow – A Review 

The ELF Beautifully Bare Smooth Mate Eyeshadow is $4.99 CDN. I picked up the shade Nude Linen. There was only one other shade available, Blushing Rose, but their website does offer 2 more shade options. 


ELF claims that the Beautifully Bare Smooth Matte Eyeshadow:

Create(s) a flawless, natural look with this lightweight liquid matte eyeshadow. This silky smooth formula defines and contours the eyes for long wear. Enriched with Vitamin E to help nourish and hydrate.

I was actually hoping to be able to use this product as an eyeshadow base or on it’s own as a quick one and done product. It didn’t work for me as a one and done eyeshadow. The colour is too dark for my skin tone and it just looked off. It also creases if it’s not set with a powder. 

As an eyeshadow base (or primer) it reminds me of the Laura Mercier primer, the Essence primer or the Benefit one. They all have a lightweight feel and apply like a concealer. Of course ELF is far cheaper than Laura Mericer and Benefit so that’s a huge bonus! It worked to hold my shadow in place and provide a clean base to work off of but it won’t stand up to rigorous physical activity.

Personally I won’t be repurchasing this product because the colour is too dark for me. It provides a nice texture for an eyeshadow base but does little to make my shadows pop. If the shade matches your skin tone (or you can find one that does) it could be worth checking out – especially given the price!

Sheena

BH Cosmetics Marble Collection Warm Stone Palette


When I first tried this palette I didn’t care for it because the look I tried didn’t come out like I’d hoped and it required a lot of blending. I was debating on giving it away but decided to give it a second chance. Here are my final thoughts on the BH Cosmetic Marble Collection Warm Stone Palette and a more detailed review than my previous haul provided. 

This review has been a long time coming. I’ve had this palette for about 6 months now. I’ve used it off and on but found myself just not wanting to reach for this palette. It’s definitely not love for me.

First of all the packaging is better than expected from a company such as BH Cosmetics. It has a sleek marble design on the cover in firm plastic packaging and includes a large mirror. Normally BH has flimsy plastic packaging or cardboard, this palette feels like a total step up for them!

The Warm Stone Palette comes with 12 great shades. The colour selection is really nice and I personally don’t have many palettes that resemble this one. 

Each row could work as a quad and the entire palette coordinates. There’s no wrong shade combo here. I love it when companies make picking shades easy! 

The shadows themselves had respectable pigmentation. Here’s some my swatches:

Top Row


Middle Row

Bottom Row


When I went to create looks with the Warm Stone Palette I found that the shadows were tough to work with. In swatches they have a pretty nice, smooth texture except the pink shade in the last row which requires building even in finger swatches. The shadows require a lot of blending and building when applying to the eyelid. Swatches can be deceiving and this palette is proof! I wasnt able to get the shadow to build up at all. They didn’t appear on the lid as they did in the pan or in swatches. They faded pretty quickly. Overall, this was a a bust for me. 

The above picture is my eyeshadow look using the top Row of this palette. I tried to build the deep brown shade up in my outcorner and it hardly shows. The lid shade is the peach shade in the palettebut sadly it translates to gold on the lid. I was disappointed with how it turned out.

That being said, I saw a YouTuber “Emily Noel” give this palette a good review and the look she created with it was great! I think if you’re better at applying makeup than I am (not a hard thing to do) then you might be able to make this one work. It could be a lot better with a setting spray. If you’re not on a budget then personally I’d suggest looking elsewhere such as the Sweet Peach Palette. It’s unfortunate because there really is so many things to love about this palette. Great packaging, great shade selection, great price but sadly for me the shadows themselves don’t have the attributes that I normally look for in my eyeshadow. 

Sheena

Nat’s Favourites April – June 2017

It seems I have been slacking on the blog lately, my excuse, the transition back to being on mat leave to work, I didn’t expect it to be this tired… early bedtimes and just all over tired / busy has taken over. But I miss you guys! So as a come back, here are my April – June Favs! Lots to chat about 🙂

APRIL FAVS

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar

I think I have talking about this before but I still have been using it like crazy this month. I love the neutral looks that are quick and cute that I am able to get out of it. The formula is great, smooth, blends well, pigmented, just easy to work with. I also do not shy away from the blue! Lots of people say, oh it’s a great palette but ignore the blue, I say, embrace the blue! I use it to add a pop of blue in the outer corner with a nice navy liner, see below!

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Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Palette – A Review

This was my push present to me! It was a total impulse buy. I happened to be at Shoppers, was feeling the hormones extra good, had some cash and recently learned Stila is considered cruelty free again! Hooray! I missed Stila so much 🙂 

The Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Palette is a travel palette that includes a colour scheme that is based on your skin tone. I picked up the Light/Medium palette. There are 3 more; Fair/Light, Medium/Tan and Tan/Deep.


The palette includes 5 eyeshadows and 2 blushes. A highlighter and bronzer are not included but that’s ok by me. I find that with travel palettes the bronzer and highlight are the products that make a palette not work for me because frequently the ones included aren’t to my taste or don’t match my skin tones. I’d be happy to bring my own bronzer and highlight.

I really want to address the packaging before I get in to the details of the product. I think that too often travel palettes packaging make it difficult to use the actual shades included. Travel palettes need to be small and compact but loaded with products. It’s a tough balance that I think Stila achieves. Each pan is large and I can fit a regular brush in to them without accidentally picking up product from the neighbouring pan. Yet the palette is still able to be small and portable (see pick below for a size reference).


And of course, the packaging is a sturdy plastic and includes a generous size mirror. Stila didn’t waste space on anything other than great products. To date, this is my favourite travel palette that I’ve tried.

Now as for what’s inside!

The 5 eyeshadows have the calibre of quality that I’ve come to expect from Stila. Smooth, blendable, pigmented and all around just good quality shadows. The 2 lightest shades don’t show up well in my swatches below because they match my skin tone quite well however they work beautifully on the eye. 


As far as colour selection goes, no new ground has been broken here. The intention of the palette is to create basic every day looks and so it definitely achieves that with it’s timeless gold and brown colour scheme. All the building blocks to an every day eyeshadow look are present; base shade, highlight, lid shade, crease shade and accent shade. There is a very practical balance of matte to shimmer shades. Every shade is good quality and works as I would expect them too. This palette was definitely well thought out!

The blushes included are gorgeous. You get a pink shade that comes off so fresh and awakening on the cheeks. You also get a more neutral dusty warm shade that is so unique! I own nothing quite like it. I love it on the cheeks but also as a crease shade. It’s warm, inviting and slightly complex because I can’t quite decide what colour it actually is. It’s magical and I love it!


As you can probably tell, I love this palette! I keep it on my vanity and reach for it all the time. I use it to fill gaps in other palettes since it has all the shades needed for a basic eyeshadow look, I use the blush in a quick pinch and I use the entire palette together when I don’t feel like fussing with my makeup and I just want to do something simple quickly. I’ve even done a full matte look with it and was happy with the results. I would absolutely travel with this palette.

Obviously there’s some cons to the palette too. The highlight shade has very fine glitter. It translates matte on the lid but I prefer a shimmery inner corner highlight so I use my highlighter for that. Some people might wish for a bronzer and highlighter to be included (I personally dont mind that they’re not included). And as I mentioned, the colour scheme is pretty basic. There’s no surprises here! If I could make the palette perfect the gold shade would be a little more dimensional so that I can could do a nicer 1 shade look with it. 

For me, the cons don’t really feel like cons. This is without a doubt the best travel palette that I’ve tried. I’ve been using it constantly and really feel like I’m getting my value out of the hefty price tag (It was $51 CDN). I might even pick up the Fair/Light shade because it looks gorgeous!

Sheena

Project Pan 2017 – Tips for using up products for YOUR project Pan!


Here are some quick tips and tricks on ways to use up your beloved beauty products in order to make room for even MORE MAKEUP!! Enjoy 🙂

1. Highlighters aren’t just for your cheeks! 

  • Dust highlight on your collar bone and shoulders when wearing off the shoulder tops.
  • Inner corner highlight for your eyes and of course, brow highlight if you dare!
  • Lipstick toppers – the result can be a very interesting matte metallic look.

2. Keep your lipgloss, lipsticks, and hand creams in places where you will think to use them;

  • In a basket or obvious spot in your bathroom.
  • At your desk at work. 
  • In your purse (duh!)
  • On your nightstand.

3. Use up that body spray or perfume by keeping some in an atomizer in your purse. It’s great for freshening up on the go and helps you burn through those scents!

4. Don’t forget that bronzer can be many things too!

  • Bronze down the neck and shoulders.
  • Use it as an eyeshadow.

5. Inject variety in to your project by trying to use your products in as many different ways as possible, allowing you to “cheat” a little on your project. 

  • Trying to pan an eyeshadow palette but are bored of it? Try using a shadow in the palette as a contour or cheek highlight instead? Just because a product is one thing doesn’t mean it always has to be that thing!

6. Try to build routines around the products you’ve chosen for your project

  • I use my body spray and hand cream as I freshen up to go to bed. Added bonus; my husband loves that I go to bed smelling so good 🙂 
  • I put on lipgloss whenever I use the washroom (at home).
  • Routines and little rituals make using the product automatic and more enjoyable. 

Sheena

Project Pan 2017 – Update #1 (Empties)


I intended on posting my progress for my project pan in early April. I wanted to capture my empties etc after March and try updating quarterly. However I had a baby in April and leading up to the babies arrival I had no time at all. Luckily I was able to pictures of my empties before I tossed them. Here’s my progress as of March 31st. Coming soon will be another update for the end of June which will have even more empties!

Project Pan Empties March 2017


Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel – totally repurchased this but in the cucumber formula. LOVE this toner! It’s my fave 🙂

Peach & Honey Almond Body Spray – so glad to be done this one! I like it but was tired of it by the end. 

LANIEGE Mulberry Yogurt Mask – I enjoyed using this and felt it did a great job helping my skin during during a time where my skin is always really dry; pregnancy and winter.

Smashbox Photo Primer Water – I actually really like using this product and I found out that Smashbox is considered cruelty free again so I will be repurchasing it! I like using it to prep my face before makeup when I go to do my makeup well after I’ve done my skincare. That happens a lot when I’m home with babies. 

Julep Lip Gloss – This one went bad on me 😦 I had to throw it out. It was half done.

Pur Cushion Foundation – I wrote a review on it. Basically I find it to be a nice foundation but not for me. I dont think I like cushion application. 

Various Hand Creams – Oh so many hand creams… lol and still going through them!

Bonus Empties

I also used up a ton of other products that I wasn’t specifically trying to pan so I thought I’d include them here too.

Skincare Empties


Dr. Brandt Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion – I didn’t notice anything special with this cream other than that it is not oily at all. It reminds me of the FAB mattifying cream. 

Jouviance Rejuvinating Anti-Aging Cream – I used this as an eye cream and it was awesome! It actually got rid of eczema that was happening under my eyes (stupid pregnancy). If it wasn’t so expensive I’d totally repurchase. 

Jouviance Antioxidant Cream – I used this as my face cream for my morning routine. I loved this as a day cream. I never felt the need to add more oil to it to kick it up. It just did something for me. I haven’t repurchased it yet because it’s pricy however my dabble with Jouviance has made me want to get more in to anti aging products. 

Julep Mighty Nails and Cuticles – This is supposed to soften your cuticles and prevent them from cracking. If you use it regularly it works. I got this in a kit but won’t bother repurchasing. Hand lotion does the same thing. 

ROC Serum – I got this as a premium sample. It is a very thick serum that’s basically a cream. I didn’t notice a difference when using it.

Makeup Removers and Cleansers

Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover – I believe this is a favourite of Nats. It certainly does a good job! I like it as well but prefer to buy this typ of thing at the drugstore so I won’t repurchase.

Marcelle Gentle Makeup Remover for Sensitive Skin – I find this product to be identical to the Sephora one mentioned above. It does a great job removing waterproof makeup. I’m pretty sure it’s about the same price as the Sephora one as well. I’d repurchase this one over the Sephora one simply because I can quickly grab it almost anywhere.

Jouviance Gentle Cleanser and Makeup Remover – Totally does the job but is a touch drying for me. I hear it’s great for hyper sensitive skin types. Personally I prefer the Pacifica cleanser over this one. 

Burt’s Bees Body Wash – This is a sample I had kicking around for quite some time. I think Nat gave it to me. I didn’t like the scent but used it up anyway. It’s not moisturizing so I’d skip on this one, even if you liked the scent. 

Makeup Empties


I’m so proud of the fact that I have some makeup empties! I’ve been working hard on getting through some of my collection. Here’s my makeup empties!

L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara – I’m pretty sure this was a repurchase. I like this mascara for an everyday look. It’s not dramatic but it’s budge proof and works well with lighter makeup. 

Essence Make Me Brow – This was a repurchase and I’ve since bought it again (in a lighter shade this time). This is a decent product given that it’s less than $5. I like to quickly use it on days where I have little makeup just to add a little something to my brows and hold them in to place. I’m on the hunt for a better version of this product that is also cruelty free (so no Benefit). 

Milani Brow Gel, Clear – This brow gel does the job! It’s clear, the brush is a good size and it’s super affordable. I use this brow gel to set my brows after I have used a pencil or powder to fill them in. I’ve since repurchased this item.

Burberry Fresh Glow – This item is supposed to be a luminous primer but honestly it sucked as a primer. It was too blowy for me as well. It looked ore shiny than dewy or healthy. I tried it all sorts fo ways and would definitely recommend skipping this. 

And that’s it for my Project Pan Update and Empties! I feel pretty good about the amount of product that I’ve managed to work through for just 3 months. As June comes to a close I have yet another Update & Empties post in the works! I’m feeling pretty good about my Project this year 🙂

Sheena

Sephora VIB Haul

I saved up for the VIB Sale this past April. I felt like I definitly needed a treat or two this time around! Here’s my haul with some quick reviews and first impressions.

My Sephora Haul


FAB Ultra Repair Cream – I buy this for my hubby. He uses it on his face. It really help his eczema. I buy the smallest size because he uses very little at once and likes the small size for travel. Even the small size is a good price. For $15 you get 2oz of product. That’s actually cheaper than many drugstore creams!

BareMinerals Well Rested CC Eye Primer – This product is intended to be an under eye primer and an eyeshadow primer! I love multi tasking products. Upon first use I can see the potential here and I’m really excited to use it more. I’m in the market for an eyeshadow primer that cancels out my redness on my lids – if it can double as an under eye primer that would be a HUGE bonus!

BareMinerals Gen Nude Butter Cream Lip Gloss in Must Have – this was just a treat. I’ve used up quite a few lip products lately and felt like I deserved some more 🙂 I’m looking for my perfect, easy to wear, throw on with anything shade. This shade definitely fits the bill. It’s more sheer than I expected but it’s very much a basic “your lips but better” colour for me. Perfect for every day. The formula is creamy and comfortable but not long lasting. In my opinion the drugstore has a lot of great gloss options so you don’t need to pay $23 for a good one but if you want a treat I’d recommend it!

Laura Marcier Caviar Stick in Rose Gold – I’m in need for easy, one and done type products. I find it hard to get a good cream shadow product that can be used without primer. Many cult faves just don’t work for me. And since I try to buy cruelty free my brand selection can be a little limited as well. Missy and Nat LOVE that Caviar sticks from Laura Mercier so I finally took the chance on one this sale. I’ve only worn it once but I think it could last me through a typical work day. Now can it last when I go for a walk in the middle of the summer?? I will keep you posted on that 🙂

Hourglass Vanish Stick in Shell – The search for my perfect foundation routine continues. I’m interested in a foundation stick because I’m looking for more coverage but quick application. Isn’t that the dream for us all? I like the idea of stick foundations because I’ve seen quite a few tutorials on line where they use stick foundations only where needed. The skin looks uniform and prefected and the application appeared less tedious than blending a liquid all over your face. This was my big splurge and I really have high hopes for it.

So that’s my haul. Better late than never, right???

Sheena

 

Holy Grail Review: Boscia Clear Complexion Willow Bark Spot Treatment

Cue the singing angels my ‘Holy Grail’ spot treatment has been found!!!!!!

I picked this spot treatment up during the Sephora sale because I needed some sort of miracle to fight against the painful, cystic acne I was getting that I couldn’t leave alone … it was humiliating to go to work caked in concealer and knowing that it looked bad, but also knowing that going to work with nothing on my face would be worse.

I really like Boscia for all things skin care. Their masks, cleansers, and moisturizers I’ve tried are effective without using harsh chemicals. I trusted them to take care of my blemishes and they delivered! What I didn’t expect from this product is how its anti-inflammatory properties also work as an anti-irritant. This product did not sting or make my face feel tight. BONUS!

I wish I could say using this spot treatment somehow made my breakouts stop (they didn’t and I have a pimple on the right side of my nose to prove it!) but it did make them more manageable and give me a sense of control over my irritated skin.

If you are looking for an effectively gentle spot treatment, then I totally recommend this product.

Question: What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever applied to your face to get rid of a pimple? (My answer would be blue toothpaste!)

Missy

Pixi by Petra Correction Concentrate – A Review

Recently Shoppers started carrying Pixi! I was so excited to see Pixi return to Canada that I used a bunch of my Optimum Points on a haul. I hauled the Pixi Correction Concentrate amongst various other Pixi products a few months back. I believe I mentioned in my haul that this was one of my favourite products that I picked up and I can say today that that is absolutely still true! I wanted to do a quick review of this product and compare it to a few other common correctors that I’ve tried.

The Pixi Correction Concentrate retails for $16.99 at Shoppers. I used Optimum points so it was free 🙂 


It’s a peachy toned corrector for your under eyes that is supposed to correct the blueness and brighten your under eye area. In my experience, it definitely achieves these 2 objectives. 

It’s thick and creamy but is able to set properly. When I set it, it lasts all day. It’s also the perfect shade for me. Not too dark, not too light. 

Benefit Erase Paste vs Pixi Correction Concentrate 

I’ve used the Benefit Erase Paste in the past and have had some success with it. I found that the Erase Paste is a bit thicker than Pixi’s Correction Concentrate and so I occasionally had issues with getting the Erase Paste to set. Overall the Erase Paste is a stand out product but it does cost about double that of the Pixi Corrector and for those of you who choose to purchase cruelty-free, Benefit is not cruelty-free whereas Pixi is. 

I also have used the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Honey and the NYX Dark Circle Concealer. Since Nars and NYX are both cruelty-free I have them on hand to do a little swatch comparison.

Top: Nars Radiant Concealer in Honey Middle: NYX Dark Circle Concealer Bottom: Pixi Correction Concentrate

The main difference between the 3 products is the tone. The Nars Radiant Concealer is a great concealer that Isi much loved I n the beauty community. You will find it to be rather thick and creamy (as the name suggests) but also rather budge proof. It dries down matte. The NYX Dark Circle Concealer is much thinner than both the Nars and the Pixi Concealer. I found it hard to cover my rather prominent dark circles with it. It also doesn’t quite have the lasting power as the other 2. I think if you have occasional darkness under your eyes that the NYX one might be all you need but if you’re like me and have seriously dark under eyes you might need something a little more heavy duty!

Overall I really like the Pixi Correction Concentrate. It’s a great product. The colour works for me perfectly, its creamy and non-drying and lasts all day. Plus I can pick it up at Shoppers with my point or get points with it 🙂 

Sheena

Physicians Formula #Instaready Eye Primer Duo Matte And Shimmer – A Review

I picked up the Physicians Formula #Instaready Eye Primer Duo Matte And Shimmer at Shoppers on sale for $10.49. It regularly retails for about $15 so I was excited to see it on sale. I’m in desperate need of new eyeshadow bases because I’m struggling with very tired, red eye lids and the longevity of my eyeshadow. I was previously using the Milani eyeshadow primer but found it couldn’t hold my eyeshadow in place when I was particularly tired. It’s an odd thing for me to struggle with since I’ve never had this issue before in my entire life. I digress… here is my quick review of the Physicians Formula #Instaready Eye Primer Duo Matte And Shimmer.

The first thing that I should mention is that this primer is actual a primer duo! You get a matte eyeshadow base and a shimmer base. For $15 full price that’s a good deal! And it’s even better when it’s on sale 🙂 

Even though it’s a good bang for you buck it is a little overkill if all you want is 1 of the 2 primers so that’s something to consider.

The above photo shows the shimmer primer (top) and the matte primer (bottom). The matte primer is basically clear and doesn’t conceal any redness on your lid. That was disappointing to me because I got the impression from the packaging that it was an opaque primer. It’s very comparable to the Milani primer in every way: finish, texture, and longevity. I’m going to hang on to it and see if it does a better job once I’m no longer pregnant. Pregnancy does mysterious things to your body and my new struggles with eyeshadow are likely caused from hormones – not primers. I’d offer that if you like the Milani primer you’d do well with this one plus you get the bonus of a shimmer base too!

Oddly enough I felt the shimmer primer did a better job. It is not a liquid eyeshadow though. It cant be warn on it’s own – well not if you’re 9 months pregnant with a 1 year old! It did add a little extra oomph to my shimmery look though, which I think is the point. 

Overall I would say that so long as you don’t suffer from difficult oily lids the Physicians Formula #Instaready Eye Primer Duo Matte And Shimmer would work out well for you. Even at full price it’s a pretty good deal and the product does work – it’s just not pregnant lady strong!

Sheena

Pacifica Alight Multi Mineral BB Cream – A Review 

I’ve mentioned before that my makeup goals lately are all about not looking tired. Because holy crap I am tired!! And it shows! When I first had my daughter I really enjoyed a tinted moisturizer from Pure Anada. It was great as a quick pick me up for the skin.  The down side was the packaging. It had an air pump that eventually dried out the product when I was only half done it! I’m on the hunt for a sheer tinted moisturizer that can be warn on it’s own or with light makeup but that ultimately makes my skin look awake. While at my local Kardish I found this Pacifica BB Cream and decided to give it a shot!

So as mentioned, my goal was to find something that I can quickly apply that makes my skin look more awake and fresh. To me that means less grey or sallow looking by way of being brightened (ie luminous). 

The first thing about this product that I liked was the squeeze tube instead of an air pump. It means the product wont dry out! Yay for effective packaging!!

Pacifica as a brand hits all my buttons – cruelty free, natural, and they usually leave out the kind of ingredients that I try to avoid. 

The product it’s self is more of a sheer tinted moisturizer which Pacifica claims can be used on it’s own or as a primer. 

As you can see from the pictures above, the BB Cream sheers out rather thinly offering minimal coverage but it does leave a considerable amount of “dew.”

I like the way it makes my skin look. The finish is similar to the type of glow I get when I use my Hourglass Ambient LIght powders. Right down to the micro glitters… I’m on the fence on how I feel about micro glitter. On one hand it looks gorgeous from a conversational distance and you really have to inspect my face to see them… on the other hand it’s no longer 2002 (who else remembers going to the club in sparkle everything!!?)

The micro glitter is my only complaint. It actually lasts all day! It does make a luminous base for powders or other foundations. All in all it’s a very versatile product. 

Ultimately I’m keeping this. It does what I want it to and if the sparkles really do bother me then I will use it on my shoulders for my cute summer dressed. 

I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a luminous glow so long as glitter doesn’t bother you!

Sheena

Sample then Splurge? Diorskin Forever Perfect Foundation

I discovered something wonderful at Sephora – you can ask a sales associate to give you foundation samples to take home!!!!! This may be old news to a bunch of people, but I’m pretty excited about this. After another bad skin month, I was looking for a medium to full cover foundation and I was debating between Too Faced Born this way and Dior Forever Foundations. Too Faced was out of the running immediately when I swatched it because it was too orange. Dior was brilliant but I was humming and hawing about parting with $64 CAD for yet another liquid foundation. Well after getting the sample and playing with it for two days I have to say I totally SPLURGED and ordered this amazing product. 

 

Can you see the bright red pimple on my chin and the burst blood vessels under my right eye? Me either 😀

 

010 Ivory is a good match for my extremely fair complexion. I am also extra pale due to hibernating inside since November!

For anyone with problem skin, I highly recommend this product. When I layer it over a high-end primer it lasts my entire workday before I get any shine (I like Stila, Hourglass, or Benefit primers). I love that it is so easy to apply. I created the looks above with a finger dabbing application and liberal use of mini beauty blenders around the pimples, scarring, and crow’s feet. I also like how this product applies a thick even layer but doesn’t feel thick on.

If I had to fault this product on anything it is probably that it can give a ‘mask-like’ effect if you do not add contrasting blush/bronzer/highlighter. So this is your warning: don’t skip on using your contouring kit with this product otherwise you will look like you have a mask on!

Now I’m curious about Dior’s other make-up products. Let me know if you have any opinions!

— Missy