Saturday, June 27, 2015

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque - Review

Today I'm doing a quick review of the Mint Julep mask by Queen Helene which I'm sure a lot of you know about. I had my eye on this for a long time which was about 2 years ago to be exact? so I searched and couldn't find it anywhere that sold it in Toronto. So lucky me, when I was in Buffalo, New York for vacation, I was able to go to Walgreens and I found this there so I was really happy about that. But now I have mixed opinions on the product you guys... sort of a like/ dislike relationship. I don't say love/hate because I don't love it nor hate it. My feelings are not that strong to use that term. 

It applies on the skin pretty smoothly as long as my skin is damp or even wet. If my skin is dry and I use this, it just clings to one area and not cover the skin easily. It gives my face a cooling sensation and it smells like mint which is good. It removes easily with warm water. My skin feels smooth after and I actually like it. Now the part I don't really enjoy about this is that it's REALLY hard to squeeze this product and get some out. It hasn't dried or anything but jeez I practically have to set it on the counter and squeeze this with both hands and put some weight on it to get some product out. That is just ridiculous. Now I don't know if it's the packaging or what and if it's just me or if anyone else has this issue but it's just not acceptable. I wouldn't repurchase this product just because of this whole issue... I don't care if I like the mask and how it makes my skin feel...

Well... looks at that, this was not such a quick little review after all. It just shows I can't talk a little about a product. I just have to include everything. Well that's me!! you gotta love it I'm sure hahahah

Have you ever tried this mask? What are your thoughts on it?

Lots of love,

Friday, June 19, 2015

Sephora Collection Jumbo Liner 12HR wear Waterproof - Review & Swatches

10 Green, 04 Taupe, 11 Turquoise
Today I am reviewing the Sephora Jumbo Liners which are actually some of my favourites. In summer I tend to tone down my makeup a lot and most days I'm just without anything on my face except Sunscreen!! But there are days that I like to look more put together whether it's for work or just hanging out with friends or whatever is going on. So my go to eye look is usually a natural matte cream shade on the lids, warm brown or like a grey brown matte shade in the crease and one of these liners on the top lash line just like you would do with a black eyeliner. Some times I go for a thin line and sometimes I do it thick. 

These jumbo liners are just what the name says JUMBO! haha but I make it work both ways. It needs to be sharpened so I sharpen the tip for a thin line or use the side for a thicker look. They go on very smoothly and effortlessly. It's creamy but it doesn't slide off either. Doesn't tug on the eye and it is very pigmented and also true to the colour of the packaging. It's just perfect. they set quickly once you`re finished applying it. When they set it doesn't go ANYWHERE!! In my opinion these are smudge proof, waterproof, even tear proof if you ask me! But the good thing is that it removes easily with eye makeup remover. I don't have to tug on my eyes or rub that just comes off effortlessly.. SCORE!! haha 

10 Green, 04 Taupe, 11 Turquoise
Here I did big swatches for you guys so you can see how pigmented they are, how true to the colour of the packaging it goes on the skin and also these come in shimmer and no shimmer? I'm not sure if they are matte so don't hold me on that but the three I've got have sort of shimmer but not really? I don't know.. well they reflect light but there's no glitter either so yea...moving on.

10 Green, 04 Taupe, 11 Turquoise
A while back I did another review on some other waterproof eyeliners I had and I did the same test with them so I decided to do it again for this one. I put my hand under warm running water and actually rubbed them a little, honestly nothing changed but the fact that the skin of my hand kind of hurt because I was trying to somehow smudge them or remove them and nothing would do. I removed it with eye makeup remover in the end... see my point? these are absolutely amazing!!

The only thing I could say that some people might be a little put off is that it needs sharpening. It is not retractable so that can be the only negative but then I have never had issues with sharpening this. Yes there are other eyeliners I've tried in the past that are creamy and needs sharpening and it's a mess... It gets stuck in the sharpener, then the pencil breaks and just a headache... BUT I honestly have never had any issues with this getting stuck in the sharpener or anything. When I sharpen them, the actual wood thing of the pencil and the eyeliner stick together so I was really impressed when my sharpener was clean after using it.

I am looking forward to look for more colours next time I'm in the Sephora store. maybe expect a swatch post? we'll see ;)

Yeah, well I can go on and on about these eyeliners but I'm going stop my rambling. 

Have you tried any of these eyeliners? What are your thoughts on it?

Lots of love,

Friday, June 12, 2015

Tarte Double Detox Amazonian Clay Exfoliating Facial Mask - Review

I'm all about face masks. I want to try them all and find the best for my skin. Today, I am talking about the only mask that Tarte has in their line. I got a sample of it a while back and liked it so I purchased the full size and I have to say, I really enjoy this product. You could say I am a Tarte junkie? because I want everything they have in their line and I have a good amount of products from them. (reviews to come in the near future..yay)

It has a not too thick not too thin pasty consistency with exfoliating beads. A little goes a long way with this stuff. I use about a pea size or so and it covers my whole face pretty much. The beads do mild exfoliation and they are not harsh at all. If you are looking for a "harsher" exfoliate this is not for you but then this is a mask so I don't count it as an exfoliating product anyways so yea that's that!

I usually put this mask on my face for about 15-20 minutes because let's be honest, the first 5-10 minutes of it I just forget all about the mask until it's dry and I can feel it tighten on my skin which by then it's time to wash it off. I use warm water to remove this mask. It makes my skin smooth afterwards and does not irritate my skin at all. Also, my sensitive skin doesn't have any weird reactions to it which I am very happy about so far. I have a few masks to finish first, but as soon as those are done I will definitely buy this again!

Have you tried this mask? What are your thoughts on it?

Lots of love,
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