December Products of the Month

Hey guys! Today I am sharing my thoughts on my November products of the month and picking my December products of the month. I can’t believe it’s already December. It somehow feels like 2020 has been the slowest but also the fastest year. Anyways, let’s get into the products.

The first product is the Milani Make It Last Setting Spray. I did finish their setting spray, which was the goal for the month. It’s not necessarily mattifying but it does help get rid of that powdery look to the face. This is a really good long-lasting setting spray. I do notice a difference in my makeup’s ability to stay put while using this setting spray. I would recommend this if you are looking for a good long-lasting setting spray. Now that I’ve finished this spray I am going to purchase a new one, the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray. I feel better about buying a new one now that I’ve finished one.

The second product I picked was the Glossier Wowder. My biggest complaint the first time I reviewed it was the fact that barely any powder comes out. And I have to agree that I had the same issue. I thought maybe because there was too much powder in it but I’ve used it all month and I still have the same issue. The packaging is a mesh that I find to be too tight to let out much powder. I struggle to get enough out and therefore find that I can’t powder as much as I want. For example, The Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder is also a mesh but it lets the product out. I think I need to cut the mesh or something but this is just aggravating me. Not a fan.

Now for my December products. The first is the Ace Beaute Bronzed in Paradise Palette. Bronzed is something I wear all the time, even when wearing a mask. There is also a range of shades in here, so I can also use it on the eyes. I also haven’t used this palette in a while so I thought it would be nice to get some use out of it. And then the second product is the Colourpop Jelly Much Shadow in Whistlin’ Pixie. It’s almost dried out, so I thought I would use it a few more times before throwing it out.

And those are the products of the month. As always, let me know if you have any suggestions on products that you would like to see me test out!

xoxo

Lea

November Products of the Month

Hey guys! It’s that time of the month where I review some products and pick some more to review lol. Every month I picked two products to focus on using up. I used the two items I picked for October quite often, so I have pretty definitive thoughts on the products. So let’s get into it.

The first product is the Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder. I was hoping to finish this powder but it’s still going strong. What I like about this powder is that it looks very smooth and soft on the face. It’s not too matte but it does help keep my oil at bay. The only thing is that I’ve noticed that it has a slight yellow tint to the powder. I always thought it was my concealers but I’ve come to realize that it’s the powder. Now that’s helpful is I apply a concealer that’s pink-based because it will help neutralize it. I just need to be careful because if I apply too much underneath my eyes I notice the yellow tint. For that reason, I prefer other powders, but it’s still good. I will continue to use it until I finish it.

The second product I picked for October is the Tarte Big Ego Mascara. This isn’t my favourite Tarte mascara. This one has a big mascara wand and I’m not a huge fan of those because I always manage to get mascara all over my lids. So that’s somewhat annoying. I also don’t like the formula. It’s more lengthening than volumizing, but even the length is pretty mediocre. It just doesn’t do much to enhance my natural lashes. And finally, I wore this outside one day when it was really cold so my eyes were watery. And it smudged all over the place! I’ve never had that happen to me before. Now this all might be because this mascara is ancient (aka I’ve had it for over a year) so that affects the quality of the makeup. I think based on my experience but also its age I’m going to throw it away.

Okay now for November! I’ve been trying to pick basic products that I will hopefully use even on days where I don’t wear much makeup. So keeping that in mind I have decided to pick a powder and a setting spray. The first is the Glossier Wowder. I got this powder back in August and I don’t think I’ve used it once since. So I thought it would be good to use it. The second product is the Milani Make It Last Setting Spray. I am pretty close to finishing this spray so I thought it would be good to finish it up and give my thoughts on it.

So those are my products for November. Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried either my October or November products and what your thoughts were on them.

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

Product of the Month – July 2020

Hey guys! Today I am sharing my review of my June products and showing what products I have picked for the month of July.

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My products for the month of June were the Ace Beaute  Vintage Dawn and Grandiose Palette, and the  Fenty Gloss Bomb. So I’ll be honest guys, I didn’t wear my June products that much. That’s because I have been skipping eyeshadow and lip products to make my summer makeup feel light and be faster to apply. But I have used both of these products in the past and can attest that they are both amazing products.

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For the month of July I decided to pick products that I know I would get use out of. I use primer every day, so I thought it would be good to pick out one that I haven’t used in a while. I decided to pick the Touch In Sol Pretty Filter Glassy Skin Balm. I always want dewy skin but especially in the summer so I thought this would be a good pick.

The second product I picked in the It Cosmetics Brow Power in Universal Taupe. I do my eyebrows every single day but often use the same brow pencil (my ABH Brow Wiz). I thought it would be good to get some use out of my other brow pencils.

And that’s in for this month guys! Sorry this wasn’t a very detailed post but I thought I would still update you guys.

xoxo

Lea

Products of the Month – May 2020

Hey guys! Today I am sharing my thoughts on my April products of the month and revealing the products I have selected for May. The point of this series is to rediscover products in my makeup collection and to get some use out of them.

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The first of my products is the Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray. I have come to realize there is a reason why I don’t use this spray very often. They spray on this sucks. It leaks so there is setting spray all over the bottle. There is also glitter particles in the spray so it also gets stuck and makes the spray sputter. It’s also such a fine mist that I have like I have to hold it close to my face, with increases the chance of getting droplets all over my face. The formula isn’t bad but makes me really dewy. So this is nice on top of matte makeup, otherwise it becomes too much. Overall not impressed and I stopped using it because I didn’t like it for everyday use.

The other product was the Wet n Wild Rose in the Air Eyeshadow palette. This is one of the best drugstore palette is my opinion. The shimmers are quite medicore, but I have so many shimmers that it’s okay. The mattes make up the majority of the palette and they are great. I was able to create so many looks, where are two that I photographed. I like the mix of warm orangey shades and more neutral pinks. Also did I mention it’s under $10? Ya this palette is great.

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Now for my May products I decided to choose three. For my palette this month I decided to pick a blush palette. I picked the Alamar Cosmetics Colorette Blush Trio in Medium/Tan (I got it in my Boxycharm and they sent me this one, would have liked the light one but oh well). I love blush but always forget to reach for my palettes. And I feel like spring is such a great time to use lots of blush. Excited to play with this palette.

The next are two lip products. I decided to pick both a lipstick and a lip gloss so I have some options. I’ve had both of these for quite awhile and they are probably expired but all the more reason for me to use them up. The first is the MAC Cremesheen Glass. The shade I own is discontinued (Calypso Beat) but the shade Boy Bait is similar. The second is the Maybelline Color Sensational The Mattes in the shade 655 Daringly Nude.

And those are the products I have selected. Excited to try and get some use out of them. Let me know if you have tried any of these products and your thoughts on them.

xoxo

Lea

April Product Empties

Hey guys! Today I am sharing some product empties. This month is on the smaller size, only eight products this time! Maybe for once, this post won’t be super long haha. (*edit* it’s still kinda long oops!)

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The first product is the Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Body Butter. I love these body butters. They are thick but soak into the skin easily. They leave my body feeling soft and moisturized. I have had many different scents and this one is near the top of the list. Almond has become one of my favourite scents, it’s very calming and soft. Overall love this body butter, highly recommend. Once the mall opens again I am definitely stopping by the Body Shop.

The next product is the Benefit Porefessional. This was apart of my March products of the month. I finally finished it last week. This primer is good at what it claims to do, but I have come to realize that I prefer other primers. It does a great job of smoothing my skin, but I want my skin to look dewy. I recommend this primer for anyone looking for a smoothing primer, but I will not be repurchasing myself.

Next is a sample of the Biossance Squalene + Vitamin C Rose Oil. I got this sample in a Sephora rewards kit. I wanted to add vitamin C to my skincare routine and thought I might as well use a sample I had. Well, I loved it. It was the only thing I added to my routine and I noticed a huge difference. My skin looked brighter, my dark spots were reducing and my skin was so plump and dewy looking. And once I finished the oil my skin lost its lustre. Now it pains me to love this because it’s $95 CAD. That is a lot of money for oil. I debated trying another oil, but since doing returns right now is difficult because stores are closed I decided to bite the bullet and repurchase it. Now I did use my birthday gift card to do so at least!

Another makeup empty is the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. Now in the picture is actually my repurchased tube, because I can’t find my empty one. But it looked empty, trust me you could see that I scarped the sides haha. This is my all-time favourite concealer. I recently tried a bunch of drugstore concealers. And while some were close, nothing beat my Nars Concealer.

The next product is the St. Ives Radiant Skin Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange Scrub. My mom accidentally picked up this one instead of my favourite apricot one. Now it’s described as having a lessen exfoliating factor than my favourite apricot one, so I can’t be made about it. While it did exfoliate my face, I was always left wanting more. I don’t think you would be surprised when I say that I picked up the apricot scrub from St. Ives instead of this one.

The best nail polish remover is the Quo Nail Polish Remover Dip. This is the easiest way to remove nail polish. Inside the container there is a sponge with holes in it. I stick my finger it, rub it against the sponge and it comes out completely clean! I also does a great job of removing stubborn nail polish like glitter. I also like to rest my hand on the tub while I paint my nails as well. I highly recommend picking it up, it’s available at Shoppers!

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I will miss these lashes. I love the Battington Lashes in the style Monroe. I got them in my Boxycharm awhile ago and they lasted a really long time. They are good quality and are easy to apply. I accidentally ripped mine in two while trying to take off lash glue, so sadly it’s time to get rid of these lashes. I love these lashes, but not worth it to order to Canada. RIP my Monroe lashes.

The final product is my favourite moisturizer, the Laneige Water Bank Hydro Gel. I miss this moisturizer. It’s so hydrating and the texture is amazing for my skin. I have decided to not repurchase this moisturizer for now and use other ones I have in my collection. But I miss it dearly and will repurchase in the future.

And those are my product empties! Let me know what’s the product you finished most recently in the comments below!

xoxo

Lea

Products of the Month – April 2020

Hey guys! It’s April already, can you believe it? I always loved April, because it’s my birthday month hehe. Also, I am super proud to say that I posted two posts a week all of March! Anyways for today I am sharing my thoughts on my March products and sharing the products I have selected for April.

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The first two products were primers. Now I’ll be honest, I didn’t use the Smashbox primer once because I was really focused on finished the Benefit POREfessional Face Primer. Now I am SO close to being done with this primer. My guess is that I have only a few more uses and then I’ll be done with this primer. I will continue using this primer until I am done. So stay tuned for a full review in my next product empties post.

The other product I selected was the Colourpop x Kathleen Lights Dream St. I loved using this palette. I used every shade in this palette once except for the shade Mermaid Boy. I did a fun tutorial using the palette. This was also a great palette to use every day. I would often just use Magical and Shooting Star all over my lid. I would add some of the shimmers to pump up the look. And Elfish is a great shade to do eyeshadow liner. Overall I love this palette and would definitely recommend it.

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Now for my April products. The first is the Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray. I got this in my Boxycharm but I barely use it. I usually only use it for special occasions, but I feel like I should get some use out of it. I also haven’t picked a setting spray for a product of the month!

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The second product is the Wet n Wild Rose in the Air Eyeshadow palette. This is the perfect palette for right now. I usually just do basic looks during the day and when I do fun looks for Instagram I used specific palettes. So this palette with all these matte shades will be great for everyday use! It’s also a drugstore palette that is super affordable.

So those are my products for April! Let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions for May, whether it be a specific product or just a category.

xoxo

Lea

Product Empties March 2020

Hey guys! It feels weird to just be talking about beauty products when there is so much going on in the world. But it helps me to de-stress to sit and talk about beauty, so I will continue to talk about it. Today my school cancelled in-person classes for my semester. Please through all of the COVID-19 pandemic make sure to take care of yourself physically and mentally, and to listen to your local authorities.

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Anyways, now onto the product empties. Today I have quite a few makeup products! Usually, these empties are quite skincare heavy.

The first product is the Morphe Continuous Setting Mist. The spray on this mist is just so good. It’s so fine and doesn’t leave your face soaking wet. The setting spray is okay. It does make my skin look dewier and less powdery. But I think that my NYX Dewy Finish and MAC Fix+ does a better job. The spray is the best part of this setting spray, but aerosol isn’t the best for the environment… I think this is a pretty good setting spray, but I will not be repurchasing it.

Next, a hair mask that I got from Winners. It’s the Luseta Coconut Milk Hair Mask. I like the smell of this mask – it smells of almond and coconut. It also had a nice and thick consistency to it. While it did a nice job of hydrating my hair, it wouldn’t recommend it for two reasons. First, it doesn’t have the best ingredient list. If it does amazing things to my hair or skin I can sometimes look past bad ingredients, but since it did nothing special it’s not worth it. And second I don’t think it’s that easy to find. It’s not worth paying for shipping and duties just to get this mask. This is a pass.

Next is a sample of Estee Lauder Advanced Time Zone Night Age Reversing Line/Wrinkle Creme. This cream is way too thick for my face, so I decided to use it on my body. I’ve mentioned before that I use face cream on my shoulders/chest to help with my acne. Probably don’t need to use anti-ageing product on my body, but I wanted to use this sample up 😛. Because I used it on my body I can’t attest if it didn’t anything for lines or wrinkles. It is hydrating. It’s pretty perfumed though. Honestly, I didn’t think this was anything special, so I will not be repurchasing.

Next is the Bite Beauty Agave+ Daytime Vegan Lip Balm. This was a good lip balm. It’s pretty thick lip balm, but thinner than their old formula. I mean honestly since they have reformulated I think that it’s become an average lip balm. Like it’s good and does its job, but it’s nothing that would make me go out and pay $18 for it. I will not be repurchasing and be using the 10+ other lip balms I have littered around my house.

The next product is my holy grail liquid liner, the NYX Matte Liquid Liner. Now it’s still on their website, but I think they’re discontinuing it because I can’t seem to find it in-store. Now let me list the reasons why I love this liner. First and most important is the brush tip. I believe I am in the minority that I prefer brush tip over a felt tip. I just find it easier to control because it just glides along my lash line. Next, I like that it’s very black and very matte. Its formula is thin enough that it’s easy to apply, but thick enough that it isn’t watery and gets everywhere. Finally, it’s long-lasting but isn’t a pain to take off. I’ve had this one for a while but it’s finally drying out. Now I have mourned it’s lost and I have purchased the NYX Epic Wear Liquid Liner as it’s replacement. We’ll see if this can fill the hole in my heart.

The next product is the Origins Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner. This is a great toner for oily/acne-prone skin. I have talked about it multiple times on my blog because I have used this toner for years. It does a great job of cleaning the skin without stripping it. Now I’ve decided to branch out and try a new toner since I have used the same one of years. But I would recommend this one to anyone in a heartbeat.

I never knew I would love this primer so much when I first tried it. The Dr Brandt Pores No More Luminizer Primer seems like an oxymoron. But it does a great job of adding some glow to my skin without overemphasizing my pores. I wouldn’t say that it’s as pore-blurring as a pore-filling primer, but it still does a good job. It doesn’t clog my pores and helps my foundation last longer. Honestly, I love this primer and I have already repurchased it.

Next is the Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. I have mentioned this on my blog multiple times that this is one of my favourite makeup removers. It does such a great job of removing mascara, eyeliner and lash glue. I only use it on my eyes just because I don’t want to rub oil all over my face. I will probably repurchase in the future, but for now I am trying to use up other makeup removers that I own.

The next product is a sample of the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. This one is a pass for me. I like that it was lightweight and did a good job of moisturizing my skin. But I find that it has an oily consistency that always throws me off whenever I apply it. It’s not bad, which is why I finished the sample. But there are way better moisturizers out on the market.

The final product is the Milani Conceal and Perfect Foundation. I have not finished this foundation, but I am throwing it out because it’s old and I think it went bad. This foundation was all the rage when I first purchased it. It’s a thick, high-coverage matte foundation. Honestly, it’s great at what it does, but I just don’t use matte foundations much anymore. I will not be repurchasing just because I don’t think I would use it much.

And those were my product empties! Let me know your thoughts on some of these products. Do you like them or hate them? There were a lot of misses this time around. Oh well, you can’t love every product!

xoxo

Lea

Products of the Month – March 2020

Hey guys! So today I am giving my thoughts on my February products and sharing the products I have selected for March. I feel like I didn’t talk about them much on my Instagram because I was busy talking about new products. I also choose two base products, which are never as fun as eyeshadow haha.

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So the first product which was new to me was Physicians Formula Organic Wear Sculpting Bronzer. I bought the product after hearing Tati talk about it. I don’t any creme contour sticks and wanted to try one out. A little goes a long way with this creme bronzer. I was hoping to get down to the edge of the tube and I am nowhere close to it. This bronzer is pigmented by is easy to blend. While it’s fun to draw stripes on my face and then blend it out, I find that it looks the best when I apply it to a brush before my face. Also for a creme product, it’s pretty long-wearing. I like this bronzer!

The second product was the Milani Powder Blush in Tea Rose. Not going to lie, it looks like I barely made any progress on this blush. Honestly, I tried to use this often but sometimes I needed a different blush shade besides pink. I did do a cute look using it as an eyeshadow for Valentine’s Day. Overall I love this blush and the quality is great but for my personal life, I need more variety in blushes than just one for a month.

Now for March, I have picked three products. I am hoping for the first time to finish a product this month, which is why I have selected three.

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The first is the Benefit POREfessional Face Primer. This was the first primer I ever purchased (not this exact one, I have repurchased it). This primer was so popular four years ago. Well, I’ve had this one for a while and I’m almost done it so I think it’s time for me to finish it off! The second primer is also a cult-classic, the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. They have changed the packaging since I’ve bought this one. I haven’t used pore-filling primers in a while, so I think it’s time to try them out again!

And the other product I have selected is the Colourpop x Kathleen Lights Dream St. palette. This is just such a beautiful palette that I haven’t used much in awhile. I think it will be fun to play with this!

And those are my products for this month. Let me know if you have any questions about my February products. I would also love suggestions for my April products!

xoxo

Lea

Products of the Month – February 2020

Hey guys! Today I am sharing my thoughts on my January products and sharing the products I am picking for February. I pick two products every month that I want to focus on using. At the beginning of the month, I share my thoughts on the products and any progress in using up the product.

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The first product I picked was the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette. Man, this palette is huge! I tried to use a variety of shades and probably used 15 of the 35 shades. There are a lot of great everyday shades – there are 12 different browns haha. But there are also some fun colours as well. I did a cool looking using the blue all over my lid. Overall I like this palette, and I will continue to use it.

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The other product I picked was a mini of the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. This powder was full and a pain to use because it has no sifter. I am proud to say that I used about half of the powder! I was able to make a real dent it in, and it’s now much easier to use. I am very proud of the progress I have made.

For February I have decided to not pick a palette! I am so many ideas for Valentine’s looks, that I didn’t want to be constrained to one palette. So instead I picked two face products – both are drugstore too!

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The first is the Milani Powder Blush in Tea Rose. I thought this was the perfect blush for February since it’s shaped in a rose and it’s pink! While I have made a bit of a dent, the rose pattern is still pretty intact. I am hoping to get some good use of this blush this month.

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The other is a new product to me, which is the first time I am picking a new product. I picked the Physicians Formula Organic Wear Sculpting Bronzer. I have been wanting to get into creme bronzers more, and I thought this one from PF would be a great way to try it out. I also picked it because when you buy, the product sticks out above the edge of the tube. I am afraid I’m going to nick the top off. So hopefully if I use it a lot, then I won’t accidentally nick it.

And those are my products for February! Let me know in the comments if there are any products you would like to see me include in March.

xoxo

Lea