September Product Empties

Hey guys! Today I have a product empties post! I know you guys love these posts so I try to do them at least once a month. As usual, it’s mainly skincare, but I do have three makeup products today. So here are my empties!

Up first is dry shampoo. I don’t use that much dry shampoo. Since starting my sort of curly girl journey I have been washing my hair more. The longer I wait to wash my hair, the more my curls fall out and look limp. So because of that I wash my hair every other day and don’t use dry shampoo that much. But when I do use dry shampoo, I like this Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Dark Tones. I think it’s pretty good. I’m not the best judge for dry shampoo because whenever I do use it I usually also put my hair into some hair-up hairstyle to hide the grease. BUT this doesn’t leave the dreaded white cast and that’s the best thing about it. So I did repurchase it because it works and it’s not a product I use all the time.

Up next is another sample of the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. I have so many of these mini face cleansers because they are often used as rewards at Sephora. I said this so many times but this is a great face cleanser if you want something gentle or if you have sensitive skin. I like to use this cleanser after removing my makeup to double cleanse. I do like this cleanser and I’m pretty sure I have more samples of this haha.

I don’t think I need to explain my love of the ABH Brow Wiz. This is one of my favourite brow pencils and it’s a makeup product that I go through the fastest. Of course, I have already purchased another one.

It’s hard to see in the photo but I used this eyeshadow product until there was nothing left. The outer part of the packaging is cracked from me pushing and squeezing out every last bit of the Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Eyeshadow Primer. I know not many people use eyeshadow primers anymore and just use concealer. But if you are like me and have oily eyelids, then a primer is a must. If I don’t use a primer my eyeshadow will crease and move around. This primer helps keep my eyeshadow in place and lasts throughout the day.

I don’t know why but they don’t sell this anymore at Sephora which makes me scared. Because I love the CoverFX Perfect Setting Powder. This was everyone’s favourite on Youtube for a while. It was Laura Mercier and then this CoverFX powder. And that’s because it’s amazing. It doesn’t leave me creasing or with a white cast. It’s so smooth and doesn’t make me look cakey. I like this powder and would like to repurchase it in the future. I currently have too many powders in my collection though so I’m going to wait a bit before I purchase another one.

The next product is the Elemis Superfood Cica Calm Hydration Juice. I got this product in my Boxycharm and I ended up liking it. First, it’s in a pump which makes it so easy to pump out and apply all over the face. Second, it just makes my face look and feel so hydrated. It loved using it! But it’s not easily available in Canada and I don’t love it enough to order it from their website. So unfortunately I will not be repurchasing this.

Up next is the OLEHENRIKSEN Balancing Force Oil Control Toner. I like this toner and I do notice a difference in my skin when I don’t use this toner. It helps with the overall texture of my skin. It helps get rid of all those little bumps and makes my skin feel smoother and less oily overall. I would recommend this to anyone with oily skin or texture. And I have repurchased it.

The final product is the Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Make-Up Remover. I’ve been using this makeup remover for years so you guys know that I love it. I use this when I’m removing a normal amount of makeup, but my heavy-duty full-face glam. I like it because it’s easy. I just put a little on a cotton round, swipe it across my eyes a few times and I’m done. It removes all liner and mascara I have. And it’s from the drugstore! I have already purchased another one because it’s great!

And those are my recent product empties! Let me know if you guys have tried any of these products and what your thoughts were on them.

xoxo

Lea

Full Face of Vegan Beauty Products

Hey guys! Today I decided to challenge myself to do a full face of vegan beauty products. I was just going to do five products but as I was going through my products I realized I had a decent amount. The only things I was missing were concealer and blush. I decided I didn’t need those products to do a face of makeup, so here we are! Also wanted to say that if I am wrong about any of these products please let me know. From my research all these products that I am going to mention are vegan, but if you have contradictory information say so!

So up first we have a primer. I used the CoverFX Blurring Primer, but also all of CoverFX’s products are vegan! This primer helps minimize the appearance of pores to help create a smooth look to the face. It also makes my face feels super smooth (even though I shouldn’t be touching my face oops).

Because I didn’t have a concealer, I wanted to use two foundations, one as a normal foundation and one as a concealer. The first I used is the Bite Beauty Changemaker Foundation. I do have an in-depth review of this foundation if you want to check it out, but this is a great creamy foundation with decent coverage. Also, all of Bite Beauty’s products are vegan AND they are a Canadian brand! The second foundation I used is the Wet n Wild Photofocus Dewy foundation. I also have a review of this foundation (I like to do foundation reviews okay lol). This is a great drugstore foundation and I have been wearing it a lot this summer. Now not all their shades and products are vegan, but Wet n Wild has a full list of their website of which of their products are vegan.

Up next is my favourite cream bronzer! I have been loving the Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer this summer. I applied a healthy amount and brought it onto my cheeks since I didn’t have a blush. All of Milk’s products are vegan as well.

For setting powder, I used the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder. You guys know how much I love this powder. Now not all of Hourglass’ products are vegan, but a lot of them are. They also have a tab on their website of all their products so it’s easy to check there to see if a product is vegan.

Like I’ve mentioned, many of Wet n Wild’s products are vegan, including some of their highlights. So I used the Megaglo Highlighting Powder to add a little shine to my face.

I set my whole face using the Milani Make It Last Setting Spray. Milani is another brand where some of their products are vegan. They have a page of their website where you can see which of their products are vegan.

Now for the eyes, I used the Elf Rose Gold Sunset palette. I used some of the mattes in the palette to create a smokey, foxy eye. Also, all of Elf’s products are vegan, so if you are looking from some affordable, vegan makeup then look no further.

I was very happy to find out that one of my favourite mascara is vegan! The Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara is vegan, but unfortunately not all of Tarte’s products are vegan. For example, I was thinking of using their Amazonian Clay blushes but those are not vegan. Tarte has a list on their website of which products are vegan.

For brows, I got to use my new Glossier Brow Flick! I was very happy to found out this product is vegan because I can’t go without brows haha. Unfortunately, Glossier doesn’t have a list on their website of which products are vegan, but if a product IS vegan it’s pretty clearly labelled on their website. There are also lists online about which products are vegan as well.

And the brand product is the KVD Everlasting Lipstick. Now KVD is a brand I don’t mention very often on my blog because of all the controversy surrounding Kat Von D. This lipstick is one of the few products that I still own from the brand. But now that the brand has been sold and is undergoing a re-brand I feel like it’s worth mentioning because they were one of the original vegan brands. All of their products are vegan and have been since it’s inception. Their liquid lipsticks are a cult classic and I think the shade Nahz Fur Atoo is beautiful.

So that is my full face of vegan products! Let me know if the comments on what some of your favourite vegan products or brands are!

xoxo

Lea

September Products of the Month

Hey guys! Today’s post is my September products of the month. For those of you who are new, each month I pick two products that I was to focus on and get more use out of. I also give my thoughts on the products I selected the previous month.

So the first product I picked for August is a NARS Lip Gloss. I don’t know what the name of it is since the sticker has fallen off. I purchased this lip gloss a couple of years ago and I have tried many lip glosses since. I am surprised to say that this isn’t my favourite lip gloss formula. It’s pretty opaque which is nice but it’s quite sticky. My hair gets stuck on it quite easily and it’s a mess if I wear a mask over the top of this. I love the shade though. It’s a beautiful pink with gold shimmer throughout. I think it’s beautiful on the lips but not the best everyday lip gloss. I’m so close to finishing it that I will keep the gloss but I wouldn’t repurchase it.

The second product is the Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Vol.1 Eyeshadow Palette. If I’m going to be honest, I keep this palette because of the shade Varadero, which is a beautiful sparkly blue. I don’t use it often, but every time I do I am just so blown away by the shade. The mattes aren’t bad but I do have similar shades in other palettes. So ya, I wouldn’t recommend this palette necessarily because it’s not worth it for the one shade BUT I will be keeping the palette for the one shade lol.

Now for my September products. The first is the Huda Beauty Nude Obsessions Medium palette. I got this palette back in April and haven’t used it much because you know it’s a ~pandemic~ and I don’t necessarily wear makeup everyday. It’s a nice mix of pink and bronze shades which I think is perfect for early fall.

The second product is one I’m hoping to finish. I’ve hit pan on my MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Microfinishing Pressed Powder. I’m hoping that if I focus on this product I can finish it up! I have a large powder collection so it would be nice to finish one.

And those are my products of the month! If you guys have a suggestion for a product for next month let me know in the comments!

xoxo

Lea

August Boxycharm 2020

Hey guys! I am back with my August Boxycharm! My box arrived on the 31st so unfortunately, I didn’t get much time to test out the products. I will continue to test the products, especially the skincare, and give an update at the end of my September post. So without further ado, my August Boxycharm!

The first product MineTan Body Skin Hydra Glow Sleep Serum. I was confused because this brand seems to be a self-tanner company so I thought this serum was going to be similar to the Isle of Paradise brand. This is supposedly just a hydrating serum. So far I haven’t notice that my face feels smooth after applying it but not exactly hydrated if that makes any sense. I’ll keep you guys updated about it. Price: $44.95 US

The next product is the RealHer Definer Brow Pencil. This brand is one that I often get in my Boxycharm but never heard otherwise lol. So up until I checked out the website I was confused is this was one shade pencil because the pencil just says the brand name and “EYE AM INSPIRING”. Turns out that’s the shade name which is Dark Brown! The pencil matches me well, but RealHer only has three shades which is quite disappointing. It’s also just three different shades of brown. Like what about blondes or redheads? Anyways, I’m not a huge fan of the formula because it’s creamy and pigmented. It applied way to strongly so it’s hard to create a realistic, hairlike stroke. Not my fav brow pencil but it’s usable. Price: $16 US

Swatches of the Trestique Matte Lip Crayons. From top to bottom: Tuscan Twin, Belize Bordeaux, Chile Red, Barcelona Bright Berry, Florence Fig and Nantucket Nude

I think one of my favourite products is the Trestique Mini Matte Lip Crayon Set. This set comes with six different lip crayons in a range of shades from nude to red to pink to wine. I think everyone could find a shade they like within this set, and if they don’t like some shades are least their mini and it’s not a full-size lipstick. The formula is also great on these. For being matte they are pretty creamy and glide on the lips nicely. They aren’t as long-lasting as a liquid lipstick but still have a decent staying power. Overall I like these! I think my favourite shade is Florence Fig.

The next product is the Butter London Teddy Boy Eyeshadow Palette. I didn’t think I would like this palette but it’s not that bad! I’m not a huge cool-toned person, but I think these shades are neutral enough that they are still wearable. I’ve used most of the shades and I prefer the browns over the blues. And I think it makes sense that the browns are a little bigger than the blues because I won’t use the blue shades as often. The mattes are much better than the shimmer shades. I find the shimmers to be pretty underwhelming. But the mattes are pigmented, creamy and easy to apply. I don’t think this will become my new go-to palette but I can see myself grabbing it on those few occasions I want to use cool tones. Price $28 US

And the final product is the GlamGlow Moisturetrip Omega Rich Face Moisturizer. This moisturizer has cannabis sativa seed oil that is supposed to calm and soothe the skin as well as reduce the appearance of redness. I didn’t know it’s supposed to reduce redness so I will keep a note of that while I test it. So far I like it because it’s a hybrid between a gel and a liquid. It makes my skin feel hydrated. I will update you guys on how I feel about it after testing it more. Price: $54 US, $75 CA

And the total is $200.95. Overall I’m pretty happy with this box. I’m unsure of the brow pencil and the serum but there are still usable products. There is nothing in the box I absolutely hate and won’t use again. Let me know what you think in the comments!

xoxo

Lea

*NOTE: PRODUCT UPDATE FROM JULY* I mentioned that I would put an update on the Clear Skin Club Vitamin C Brightening Booster. So I’ve used this almost daily since getting it in July. Honestly, I don’t notice it doing much for my skin. It absorbs very quickly into the skin, which is nice. It doesn’t make my skin look glowy, if anything it almost is a little matte after applying it. Also, I do have some acne scarring and I didn’t notice any difference while using this Vitamin C serum. Compared to my Biossance serum, the Clear Skin Club one does nothing. Now I rather a product does nothing much than cause a negative reaction. But if you are looking for a vitamin C serum that makes a visible difference in your skin, this isn’t the one for you.

Book Reviews 010

Hey guys! I am back with another book review post. These are all the books I’ve read since mid-July. If you want a quick recap of my thoughts on these books, you can check out my TikTok where I post quick reviews of all the books I’ve read in a month. The only book not in this list is Drums of Autumn. That book is apart of the Outlander series, so I will review it when I do the series as a whole.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

This is the first of two books based on favourites from my teenage years. This novel is a prequel to the Hunger Games series. It follows Coriolanus Snow, who becomes President Snow in the Hunger Games. Coriolanus is a mentor in the 10th Hunger Games and must help Lucy Gray, the female tribute from District 12.

I loved going back into the Hunger Games universe. I really enjoyed the world that Collins has created. This book shows the origins of a lot of aspects that are so important in the later novels. It was fun to find all the little Easter eggs within the book.

While I did enjoy reading about the universe again, I will say that this novel was a little too long. The story is just over 500 pages. And while I think it was a nice long ark and I don’t think that there are necessarily any passages that should be cut out, I do think that some things could have been paired down. There were just some small comments that were completely unnecessary. It would get tedious at times, so taking out some bits would have speed up the read.

When I don’t like the main character of a novel I usually don’t like the novel overall. But despite not liking Coriolanus I still rooted for him. I still wanted him to do well. He’s arrogant, selfish and a know-it-all. This book does a really good job of giving the backstory of President Snow.

*SPOILER* I liked how this romance was. Lucy and Coriolanus fall in love but you can tell it’s not that deep. It’s only circumstantial. So it makes sense that when they have the chance to be together it all falls apart. I loved that they tried to kill each other, it just makes so much sense.

So overall I rated the book a 3.5/5. A little long and I didn’t like Coriolanus, but I loved returning to the world and learning more. I also loved Lucy Gray. I would recommend this book for any fan of the Hunger Games.

The Siren by Kiera Cass

The Siren, Kiera Cass

I am a huge The Selection series fan, which was also written by Cass. So I had high expectations to say the less and I was quite disappointed.

The novel follows Kahlen, who is a siren. She works for the Ocean but luring humans to their together. By chance, she meets and falls in love with Akinli who is human, even though she can’t speak to him. I must say that I love the concept of Kahlen being a siren. She lives with a few other sirens and it was so interesting to learn about them. I wish she had developed the aspect of them being sirens more.

This has the potential to be an epic love story, but Kahlen spent most of the novel complaining! She was crying or sad or depressed. There were some create moments in the novel, like when she is in Port Clyde. I also loved her friendship with her siren sister Aisling. But in the end, I just wasn’t satisfied with how the novel finished.

Also wanted to note that this novel was written before The Selection series but published after they were out. And I think that shows. Cass was a young writer trying to figure out her grove during this book.

So I would give this book a 3/5. It has a great concept and some great moments, but the complaining was annoying. I would recommend this to anyone who is a Cass fan who wants to read her whole collection.

Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer

Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer, Twilight

Ahh, I loved Twilight when I was a teenager. I didn’t get into reading until I was a tween, so this was one of the first series that I fell in love with. I was new to reading so I was able to overlook a lot of the bad writing lol. But yes I love Twilight, saw all the movies opening weekend, had posters, collectors book and even necklaces with the book cover on it. So when I say that Stephanie Meyer released Midnight Sun I immediately purchased it.

Midnight Sun is a retelling of the first novel from the perspective of Edward. It was great to return to the Twilight universe and learn more. Because it’s from Edward’s perspective, the reader can learn so much more about the Cullen Clan. The clan is arguably my favourite part about the series so I enjoyed learning about them.

Because it’s also Edward who is narrating, the reader is to experience that it’s like for Edward to hear people’s thoughts. I love the sections where Edward is listening to people. It makes you change how you feel about characters. For example, I didn’t mind Jessica from Bella’s perspective, but she is a bitch from Edward’s perspective! So I really enjoyed that.

But MAN this novel was long, slow and repetitive. The first half of the book is just Edward complaining about how good Bella’s blood smells. After a while, I was just so tired of it. I think Meyer could cut out large sections of the novel and I would be happier.

Also, Edward is very controlling. You would think that hearing Edward’s rationale would make the reader maybe sympathize with him, but I couldn’t take it. He literally would watch everything that Bella did and didn’t believe she could do anything herself. I was more of Team Jacob when I was younger and I think this novel solidified how annoying Edward can be. I think he isn’t a bad character necessarily, just how he acts with Bella is just too much.

I would give this book a 3/5. Any Twilight fan has to read this novel. But this isn’t the best book out there.

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen

I finished this book on Saturday so it’s not included in my August book review on TikTok. My friends and I were huge Sarah Dessen fans when we were teenagers. I think one of my friends has read all the books she published. I’ve read a few of her books and I had a few that I haven’t read yet on my shelves. I accidentally had this book on my to-read-shelf even though I’ve read it before. It took about 10 pages to realize that I have read this novel, but I couldn’t remember exactly what was going to happen so I decided to read the book anyway.

The story follows Macy, who struggles to deal with her grief her father while her boyfriend is away for the summer. She decided to take a job catering at Wish, where she befriends the chaotic crew and mysterious Wes. The novel is an ‘effortless perfect’ type, where Macy seems perfect but the reader realizes along with Macy that it’s okay to not be perfect and to be a real human.

This novel is like a Hallmark movie in the sense that there is some cheesiness and the ending is predictable. Everything works out and everyone is happy. I think there are some great moments. And I will admit that there were some moments where I teared up a bit. I don’t know what to say guys, I am a sucker for a Sarah Dessen novel.

So I would give this a 4/5. Yes, it’s cheesy and predictable but I still thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

And those are my book reviews guys! Woo, that was a lot. I am currently reading the Throne of Glass series, so I won’t have another book review until I’m done. But at the rate I’m going it might not be that long haha.

xoxo

Lea

Glossier Haul Update Review

Hey guys! Today I am back with my Glossier update. I know this was supposed to go up next Tuesday and that’s because today’s post was supposed to be my Boxycharm review. But since my box still hasn’t arrived (need to email customer service about that) I have bumped this review up to today. So without further ado, let’s get into my thoughts on the products.

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The first product is the Brow Flick in the shade Brown. I like this brow product! It takes a bit to get used to using it but it does a great job at creating almost hairlike strokes. I will say that if you have sparse brows you might like this better. My brows are naturally pretty thick and I’ve gotten them done recently so they have a nice shape to them. So I don’t need a ton of brow product. But if you don’t have a lot of brow hair, then using the Brow Flick to create all those hairs would be useful. Just make sure that your eyebrow area is clean and dry. I tried applying this after just applying moisturizer and it won’t stay. Overall a great brow product that I will continue to use.

The other brow product is the Boy Brow. I’m honestly still unsure how I feel about this brow gel. Like I said I got my brows done recently. So because of that they nice and neat and I don’t necessarily need a brow gel to hold them in place. I like using a brow gel when they are longer and unruly to help them stay in place. Honestly, I’m not a huge brow gel person to begin with so I’m unsure how much I will use it.

The next product is the Balm Dotcom lip balm. I really like this lip balm! It’s a good consistency where it’s not too thick but still thick enough to moisturize my lips. It leaves my lips feeling soft. The tint isn’t too opaque but I don’t mind that. The mango flavour is perfect because it lingers on the lips but it doesn’t feel like I’m eating mango. The only thing I don’t like is the lack of an applicator. The lip balm comes out of a hole and the surface is too rough to apply it directly to the lips. I find I have to put in on my finger and then rub it on my lips. I wish it had an applicator similar to the Laneige Lip Glowly Balm. That’s my only issue otherwise it’s great.

My favourite product is the Generation G Sheer Matte Lipstick. It’s so similar to my favourite Colourpop lipstick that has been discontinued. It’s the perfect everyday lipstick. It’s sheer enough where it’s not like ‘BAM I’m wearing lipstick’ but it still gives some colour to the lips while also being a matte. It’s a comfortable matte and doesn’t look dry. It’s not very long-lasting in the sense if I eat something there is disappears. But sometimes that’s nice because then you don’t have to worry about having butt-hole lips while eating. Overall I like this lipstick and I will wear this a lot going into the fall.

I think my least favourite product is the Wowder. I can’t tell if I just can’t get enough powder on my brush or if it’s just not that good at mattifying. The sifter is this mesh that seems ingenious but it’s hard to get the powder out of. So I push my brush into the mesh and left go to my face and it barely mattifies my face. It does an okay job of setting my under eyes. But not even 30 minutes after I apply the powder I look so greasy and I feel like I have to powder again. It could be that I’m not applying enough so then it’s a bad design. Or it could be that I am applying enough and that this is just not a good mattifying powder. Overall I am pretty disappointed in this powder. I’ll still use it because I don’t want to go through the hassle of returning but I would not recommend this product.

And the final product is the Cloud Paint. This cream blush isn’t bad but I have decided that I like stick cream brushes more. Because it’s in a squeezy tube I have to apply it to my back of my hand and then my face. I just find that is wastes more product that way and then my hand is dirty. I find it easier to use a stick or compact because I can just dip my brush it or swipe it directly on my face. Besides that, the formula isn’t bad. It is easy to blend and lasts long. The first time I accidentally squeezed too much out and applied some to my eyelids and it lasted all day. Also, I have the shade Beam and I just wish it was slightly deeper in tone but that’s a personal preference thing. So overall while the product wasn’t bad I prefer a still form of packaging.

And that is my thoughts on Glossier! Overall while I enjoy the sleek and minimal packaging I find a lot of it annoying – like I wish the packaging was different for 3/6 products. I would say that the lip products are the best out of everything I tried.

Let me know what you guys think! Do you have different opinions on any of these products? Did I not pick up your favourite product from Glossier? Let me know in the comments 🙂

xoxo

Lea

Introducing: My Youtube Channel

Hey guys! I am so excited to announce that I have finally created my own Youtube channel!

I explained this a bit in my first video but starting a Youtube channel has been something that I have thought about doing for a few years now. I kept on putting it off thinking that the timing wasn’t right. But I finally decided to just go for it. I mean what a better time than during a pandemic when I don’t have a job lol.

So please subscribe to my channel that way you won’t miss any videos! I am also going to be posting different content than what’s on the blog so that way it’s not repetitive.

I also haven’t decided when I’m going to be posting since I don’t know how often I’ll be posting. Make sure you also follow my Instagram to keep up to date.

Anyways I’m just rambling at this point. But I’m just so excited!

(I’ll be back Friday with a real blog post)

xoxo

Lea

Max vs Min Makeup Challenge Using the Same Products

Hey guys! So I’ve seen this max vs. min makeup challenge going around when you do a makeup look that’s very minimalist and then one that very… maximalist? Basically, a simple look and a ‘more is more’ look. To challenge myself I wanted to use the same makeup products to show that you can do a lot using the same products.

So for my maximum look, I decided to use one of my products of the month, the Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Vol.1 Eyeshadow Palette. I did a colourful makeup look using the yellow, orange and green shade. I did a big wing and put on a big lash.

On my base, I used a full coverage foundation. I applied a lot of blush and highlight. And I also applied some faux freckles because more is more haha.

I finished off the look with a bright orange-red lip. I used my favourite NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in the shade Light My Fire. This shade is bright and just screams over the top.

Products I used for both looks

For my minimalist look, I used less of everything. On the eyes, I only used a bit of the yellow shade in the Alamar Cosmetics palette. Then I applied a healthy amount of my Lancome Monsieur Big mascara.

For my base, I applied less of my powder, which was the Hourglass Transculent Veil Setting Powder. This allows my natural glow to shine through. I did apply a good amount of my Alamar Cosmetics Blush because I find blush makes me look healthy.

Finally, I used the same NARS lipstick. I just used a little bit to create this sheer lip tint! I love that this lipstick is versatile enough that I can create two different looks using the same lipstick.

Let me know in the comments which of the two looks are your favourite! I typically wear the minimalist on a daily basis but there is just something about full glam that makes me happy!

xoxo

Lea

My First Glossier Haul

Hey guys! Today I am here with a haul! I asked you guys on my Insta stories whether you would like to see me purchase products from Colourpop or Glossier and Glossier was the winner. I have never ordered from Glossier before, but I did a project on them for school so I was very excited to grab some stuff. Today’s post is going to be a haul and some quick first impressions. In around 2 weeks from now I’ll be posting an in-depth review of all the products, so stay tuned for that!

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Before I get started, just wanted to say that the shipping was pretty good because it came from the US. I placed my order on August 10 and it was supposed to arrive on the 20th. So imagine my surprise when it showed up yesterday, August 17th! I enjoy it when I get packages earlier than expected. So it took a week from when I ordered to when it arrived.

The first item that I picked up is the Brow Flick in the shade Brown. I have heard amazing things about Glossier’s brow products so I had to check this one out. This one is unlike other brow products because it’s a brush tip pen like an eyeliner. It’s supposed to be able to create feathery, hairlike strokes with ease. They only had three shades so I got the shade Brown – hopefully this one will work fine!

The second brow product I got is the Boy Brow. This brow gel is a creamy wax that is supposed to help thicken, shape and groom brows into place. Now I know most people like to use their coloured brow gels, but those scare me haha. So I decided to get clear because it’s more likely to shade match me better.

The next item I picked up is the Balm Dotcom lip balm. This lip balm is supposed to be soothing, moisturizing and conditioning. I got the flavour mango because I love mango. It also has a slight coral tint, but I will say that it’s pretty unnoticeable the tint. So far I really like it!

The other lip product I picked up is the Generation G Sheer Matte Lipstick. This lipstick is supposed to give that just-blotted lipstick look. I am so excited besides that reminds me of the Colourpop Blotted Lipsticks that I loved before they got discontinued (not to be confused with their Ultra Blotted Lip which they still have). I got the shade Cake which is supposed to be a subtle peach but it much browner in person. But I think I am going to love this shade for the fall.

The next product I picked up is the Wowder, which is the finishing and setting powder. Even though I have embraced the dewy look more recently I still love me a good powder. I remember this was huge when it first came out. The other thing I don’t like is the fact that there is no ‘translucent’ option but there are five different options at least. I got the shade G8-G10 which is for light/medium.

The final product I picked up is the infamous Cloud Paint. I feel like these were some of the first cream blushes on the market. I got the shade Beam which is described as a soft peach. I will say that for a peach shade this has a pink undertone to it. I will test this out and see how long it lasts.

And that is my little haul from Glossier guys! Let me know if there are any specific questions you guys have about the products that I picked up. The review will be posted in two weeks!

xoxo

Lea

Battle of the Brow Pencils – Drugstore Edition

Hey guys! Today I am reviewing two drugstore brow pencils. I mentioned in my makeup collection if I wasn’t a blogger post that my brow pencil collection is pretty limited. So I thought it would be interesting to buy some brow pencils and test them out! I did a similar concept in March where I bought some drugstore concealers and just tested them out to see what my favourite was. Sometimes it’s helpful when testing out products to have something to compare to. Let me know if you guys like this type of post and I can make it a series!

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Anyways, back to the eyebrows. Now my favourite, holy-grail is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. There are a few reasons why I love this brow pencil. First, it’s a very fine tip so I can be very precise with my strokes. Second, it’s not too waxy. I’m not a fan of waxy brow pencils because I have to use more pressure to get any product on my skin. And finally, it has a great shade range so I can find a shade that makes me perfectly. So these were the criteria I was looking for in a brow pencil.

The first that I picked up from the drugstore is the elf Ultra Precise Brow Pencil. I’ve had someone recommend this one to me so I thought it would be a good one to test out. First, it does have a small, precise tip to great hairlike strokes. Second, it does have a pretty good formula. It’s almost too wavy but not quite. I’m able to vary the darkness by adjusting my pressure. The only thing is this is NOT the right shade for me. I got the shade Brunette thinking that would be the right shade for me. But it’s too warm for me. I could probably use the shade Deep Brown but I’m not sure if it was in store. Either way, I’m returning this one because it’s not the right shade. But a very promising brow pencil.

The second brow contender is the NYX Precision Brow Pencil. With a name like precision imagine my surprise when I found out that this brow pencil is actually a large oval and not a tiny circle like I expected. So I was thrown off by the shape but it’s not that difficult to use. I’m still able to create thin, hairlike strokes it’s just different. I can use the wide to be able to fill in my bald spot in my brows pretty well. I got the shade Espresso and it matches me well.

So which brow pencil is the winner? I’m going to say this is a draw. They are both good really good formulas and I think either would be a good option to pick up. The issues I had were both due to me buying the wrong one. I need a different shade in the elf brow pencil. And I think I would prefer the NYX Micro Brow Pencil because it has a smaller tip. But I am going to keep the NYX pencil because it’s still usable and return the elf one because it’s just the wrong shade.

And that is my battle of the brow pencils! Let me know in the comments what your favourite brow pencil is or if there are any you want me to test out.

xoxo

Lea