Review: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

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Naked Skin ConcealerI’ve been on a bit of a concealer kick lately and had really high hopes for the Naked Skin Concealer from Urban Decay. I’d heard really good things about it on YouTube and couldn’t wait to try it out for myself.

I picked this up at Shoppers the other night and have been trying it out for a couple of days. So far…I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either. Read on to find out why.

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Review: Dior Cheek and Lip Glow

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Dior Cheek GlowI’ll do just about anything for a treat from Sephora, even cat-sit. Recently, my sister went out of town and left me in charge of her two fur babies. My reward for feeding them and making sure they didn’t wreck the house? A couple of goodies from Dior.

A few years ago I tried the Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm, and I loved it so much I used it up. So naturally, I was excited to try the new Cheek and Lip Glow, a gel stain that, according to the Dior website, “reacts to the moisture in the skin and lips to give them a luminous custom pink glow.”

I’ve been testing this product out all week and am ready to share my thoughts.

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Review: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles

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Years ago, I had a dark circle-correcting product that I loved: the Bright Eyes – Eye Enhancing Treatment by Skinn Cosmetics. I loved that stuff so much I used it up, but I never repurchased it because it’s expensive and not easy to get. (I had received it as part of a gift set.)

What I liked about the Skinn product:

1) It had a smooth, hydrating consistency that felt more like skin care than makeup.

2) It blended seamlessly into the skin rather than sitting on top of it.

3) It had a peachy/pink colour that worked well to counteract darkness under the eyes.

I’ve long searched the drugstore shelves for a similar product, and I’m happy to report that I finally found one!

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Game Changers: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

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s1307388-main-LheroI’m sure that as time goes on, and the posts start to stack up on this blog, it will become apparent that I am a card-carrying Lisa Eldridge fan-girl. I watch her YouTube channel and follow her blog religiously.

This game changing product is one that makes frequent appearances in Lisa’s videos, and that’s what sparked my interest in it. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage seems to be her go-to product for spot concealing blemishes and minor bits of discolouration. For the past two years, it has been my go-to as well.

I first tried this product towards the end of 2013 when my sister gave me a Laura Mercier complexion set that included the Undercover Pot (a jar of setting powder with pans of Secret Camouflage and Secret Concealer in the lid.) Before too long, I was hooked on the Secret Camouflage and splurged for the full-size compact.

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My All-Time Favourite Blushes: TheBalm InStain

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Most of the makeup looks I wear on a regular basis focus on the eyes, so I need a blush that can finish off the look and add life to the skin without taking center stage. I like a formula that illuminates the skin without any detectable shimmer and gives you that healthy, blushing-from-within look. I also want something that has lots of pigmentation but is still easy to control. No clown cheeks!

By far the best blush formulation I’ve encountered so far is TheBalm’s Instain blushes. I have two shades: my sister gifted me “Toile” (left) for my birthday last year, and I just picked up “Houndstooth” (right) last night.

110115 050110115 051First of all, the packaging is adorable! I love the play on InStyle Magazine. Second of all, the shade range in this line is fantastic. I doubt I will stop at just these two.

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