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


Decluttering My Makeup Collection – Part 8, Foundations / Primers / Setting Sprays

We are about halfway in my declutter series, I hope you have been enjoying it! I have enjoyed decluttering and it has me excited about purging, organizing but also about rediscovered products.

I wanted to mention that there will be no concealer and eye primer declutter because I reorganized my every day drawer and that’s where I kept them. So I decluttered them at that time and already passed along the items so I can’t show you..

At the end of the declutter, I’ll show you my collection!

Now let’s get into the declutter.


Before, 13


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The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation


I’m on a mission. I need a new foundation that is medium – full coverage, long wearing, and preferably not dewy or luminous finish. I also happened to get a gift card for a local mall that didn’t have a Sephora in it but it did have a Body Shop! Back in the day I used to love The Body Shop makeup so I thought I’d try one of their foundations using my mall gift card. I’ll let you know right up front… this is going back to the store! I love so many of the products from The Body Shop but this one… Nope. Not for me. Here’s why…

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Rodial Skin Tint – A Review


The Rodial Instaglam Skin Tint is available at Murale for $44. I picked it up over my birthday weekend and have been using it regularly since early June. I used my Optimum Points (LOVE that program so much!) so it was free to me 🙂 When I went I was originally looking for a nice foundation but the helpful lady recommended this skin tint instead. She put it on me and I felt it looked natural and easy so I bought it! I’ve been using this almost daily for about 6 weeks now and I’ve found that there is lots to love about this product – and a few things not to love about it…

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NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer – A Review


I’ve been slowly boarding the tinted moisturizer train! I have one from Andalou that is the perfect thing in certain circumstances accept that it has a very shiny finish. But it was about $10 so I never really complained. It did the job! This summer I wanted to try some higher end tinted moisturizers so I grabbed the premium sample version of the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in the shade Alaska. This travel sized version was more expensive than the full sized Andalou tinted moisturizer! Ouch! I have to be honest, it was totally worth it.

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The $10 Weekly – Physicians Formula BB Cream


While at my local Superstore I browsed through the makeup section and discovered a massive sale of Physicians Formula products! I had recently read a Paula’s Choice Review that claimed the Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm was a great option for those who struggled with shine or didn’t want that dewy look. I don’t have oily skin but I do struggle from late day oil due to skin irritation and dryness. I’d been reading that something such as a BB cream or CC cream might actually be a better option for me than powdered products so I scored the Physicians Formula one for $10.97 rather $17.99! Good deal! Now is it worth it for about $10? Would it be worth it for $17?

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Yummy Mummy Pick: Benefit Hello Flawless

Okay first thing: this whole being a mom business is tough work and it really makes you appreciate the stuff that works … and that you can apply one handed … while you have 2.5 mins to get ready … and your infant refuses to be put down …

I have been BEYOND loving this product aaaaaaaand it hasSPF 15! So on those days that I have (all those who don’t have children including my former self will gasp) time to put on my face lotion, sunscreen, or even a primer the Benefit Hello Flawless powder is my go-to solution for all over subtle foundation and maximum coverage.

hello flawless

Pre-baby, I would use this foundation powder to set my liquid foundation and concealer and ensure that everything on my face was one beautiful mask of porcelain. Then I would start contouring etc. And don’t get me wrong I STILL use it for that (and I recommend that you use it for that too) but then I had my adorable daughter who’s not always concerned that mum (that’s me!) wants to look nice and have people stare at the baby and not at her dark circles and blemishes.

It was on one of my daughter’s clingy days that I deftly made myself presentable to the outside world with the Hello Flawless powder with one hand! The compact is sturdy yet can be opened with a well positioned thumb. It fits in the palm of your hand, but also won’t tip over if you place it precariously on a counter. The brush that it comes with is amazing and evenly distributes the powder for a lovely finish that isn’t overpowering (very similar to the look you’d get with a big brush and loose powder.) The formula is very buildable so you can use the sponge provided or your fingers to layer the foundation to cover up any blemishes. Aaaaaand it has SPF 15 so my skin is protected and perfect in a minute (leaving me with a creative 1.5 minutes to find and put on tinted lip gloss, mascara, and an outfit)

It retails at Sephora for $42.oo so it’s not exactly cheap but DAMN it works sooooooo well right down to the last speck of powder.

If you’re someone who’s always in a rush and juggling things then I highly recommend this powder to you!



*NEW* Physician’s Formula Wear Touch of Glow foundation & concealer – A Review


The new, shiny and pink display at my local Shoppers Drugmart is from Physicians Formula. They came out with new concealer, face powder quad, liquid foundation and foundation stick. I had a gift card and nothing to lose so I decided to give Physicians Formula another try. I purchased the liquid foundation and concealer. Once again, I have a lot to say so let’s get to it.

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Where to Shop – Pur Minerals Website


I’m a big fan of Pur Minerals. They are available exclusively at Shoppers Drugmart or online through the Shopping Channel. You can also order directly through Pur Minerals website: Since I really like Pur Minerals I decided that I wanted to try ordering directly through them. Their 4 in 1 Foundation is actually a little cheaper on line than it is in the store so it makes sense for me to order directly from them when possible. This post is really just a summary of my own personal experience of ordering online from Pur Minerals which hopefully will help answer any questions someone might have when ordering through Pur Minerals in Canada.

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The $10 Weekly – Rimmel Stay Matte Mousse Foundation

While out and about trying to figure out my next $10 weekly post, I stumbled on this Rimmel foundation. I didn’t know what direction I wanted to take this regular article but recently I’d come to accept that you need to have different foundation for different types of wear. My personal goal is to have 1 for my work day, 1 for my active wear makeup routine, a hot summer day light foundation, and a full coverage foundation for evenings. Sounds good? Sure it does! But if you do the math and assume that the average foundation costs $40 that means I should have $160 in foundation. *falls off chair* Nope. Not happening. So with that in mind, I thought that maybe I could explore $10 foundation for an article in my column. I was hoping against hope that I could find some cheaper alternatives for my less frequently needed foundation routines. Now this ramble lays out the context to what the heck I was thinking when I bought the Rimmel Stay Matte Mousse Foundation!

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Nat’s Sephora VIB 20% Haul!


As you all know, Sephora had their annual 20% off all the store event from Nov 6-10. The 3CB went to the VIB Rouge soirée on Nov 5 where they had the store closed to the public and only had the people that signed up for event in the store. I had been waiting for this and with the holidays sets being all out for sale, it was very exciting to make up a list and go shopping at a discount!

I did place an order online as well since there were items that were only available online or that I didn’t want to miss out. So as soon as I got my code, I jumped on and placed my order in my already-ready basket!

Here are the items that I picked up.

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Yay or Nay?? Revlon 24h Colorstay Whipped Foundation

On today’s Yay or Nay Sunday, Revlon 24h Colorstay Whipped Foundation!

I have been on the hunt for a good drug store foundation. So I have been watching lots of you on YouTube reviewing all sorts of products. This is one of the finds I got while I was in New York.

I got mine Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation in the colour 150 Buff.  Before I get into the review, can we just take a moment to acknowledge how hard it is to get your perfect colour match on a drugstore foundation??? OMG. Most I have found are too pink, others are too dark! UGH! I do have to say that the color of this foundation, is perfect. I have neutral undertones, so when there is pink, it doesn’t look good and this one is light enough and doesn’t pull on the pink side.

So colour aside, this foundation was a… drum roll please… NAY


The whipped texture is just too thick. I used my Realtechniques expert face brush, which I use regularly with other foundations and love. And even with blending this out, it left me with a thick feeling on my skin. I found that it felt heavy on my skin and did not absorb very well. I even waited longuer than I normally do to apply my powder, concealer and the rest of my face, and I still found that the foundation moved off my skin when I applied the rest. As if it was just “sitting” on my skin instead of being absorbed. With every stroke of a powder brush or blush brush, the foundation came with it.

The worst for me was how my skin felt all day wearing it… so thick, cakey, and sticky.  I really felt the makeup on my face and I do not like that feeling.

Maybe I used too much, maybe I didn’t give it enough of a try, but honestly, I liked others much better and I disliked it so much that I will park this one. It stays in the Nay pile.


– Nat