Beauty Review- Essence Liquid Liner

Today I have an amazing beauty find for you all!

Let me introduce you to the Essence Liquid Liner (waterproof formula). This is one liquid liner you will definitely want to add to your arsenal!

I have heard a few beauty vloggers refer to this liner as a dupe for Stila’s stay all day liquid liner but without the heavy price tag ($29 CAD).

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What I love: Pretty much everything! I have tried many many liquid eyeliners over the last few years and this little baby is definitely up in my top three (just behind Kat Von D’s Tattoo liner). The PRICE! you really can’t go wrong with how affordable this liner is. The quality is amazing, the precision of the felt lip applicator is great and it goes on line a dream.

What I don’t love: I can’t even blame this on the product.. but I have hooded eyes, more so on my right lid than the left and sometimes I notice a bit of transfer later in the day. This really only happens when I’ve been sweating so Im pretty sure it is from the sweat breaking down the liner. Lately I have been doing smaller wings to see if that helps and so far so good.

The price: Are you ready for this??… ONLY $3.49 at Shoppers Drug Mart! I told you it was a steal!

~Jenn

Dollar store beauty finds

If you’re reading my blog it is because you are probably a beauty/fashion lover like myself. And being a lover of all things pretty you know how expensive it can be. Whenever I am in a dollar store I always take a trip down the health/beauty aisle to see what I might find. Sometimes it is full of great stuff and other times it is just a sad place to be.

Here are a couple of my favourite dollar store finds.

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I have seen something similar to this (although a different style) for over $10. So when I found these little babies at only $2 each I had to grab a few.

Disposables

I use a TON of disposable items in my freelance career and at home. Cotton balls, cotton pads, q-tips and  latex free makeup sponges can all be found in the beauty aisle of your local dollar store. Considering how many I go through this is an amazing find!

Nail Polish and other nail things.

I don’t know how many times I have come across OPI nail polish in my local dollar store. It will only run you $3 versus the drug store price that is pretty much double. Only downfall is limited colour selections available. On top of cheap nail polish you may also find these nail wraps. They are available in limited designs (I just happened to find this cool tattoo one) and only cost $2… so not a lot of out of pocket expense if they don’t work. A few other items that you will find are nail clippers, files ect. It dosn’t need to cost you and arm and a leg to keep your nails looking good! (But I am ALL for a trip to the nail salon.. just saying!)

Hair stuff.

What do they not have at the dollar store? Brushes, combs, clips and more. Granted they are not great quality but if you are in a pinch it is definitely a great option. I mean a comb is a comb right?

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The dollar store is really hit or miss when it comes to certain types of products but sometimes you can really strike gold.

Have you ever found anything amazing in your dollar stores beauty aisle? If so what was it?

~Jenn

 

 

November IPSY bag review

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It’s that time again.

This months Ipsy bag review (my computer changed it to tipsy bag lol)

The theme this month is “Beauty Blast” and features a galactic themed make up bag. Inside were 5 products, I will probably only use 3 of them (maybe).

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Beaute Basics navy gel eyeliner with brush. I have never used a navy liner on myself before and am really wishing that they sent me a black one. It came with an eyeliner brush which looks like every other liner brush out there.

Mai Coture “Makeup Paper” travel blush in SICILY. My favourite thing about this product is it says ” HELLO GORGEOUS” on the front. You are suppose to tap or rub the paper onto your cheeks to disperse the blush. The color is nice and all but I prefer the old fashioned way of applying my blush. You get 10 little sheets and a 50% off coupon on the back of the package.

CoolWay strong hold hair spray. That about say it.. it is a “Strong hold” hairspray, nothing overly fantastic about it. You get a 1/2 oz spray bottle.

Smashbox Full Exposure mascara. This is my favourite thing about this months bag. One of my favourite mascaras and I just so happen to run out of it recently. You get a small trial size mascara (.14 fl oz) in the bag but it will last for awhile.

Color Pop eyeshadow in STEREO. When I first saw this in the bag I was pretty excited. I have heard good things about this line. I am not so sure of the color though, which is like a purplish brown with a lot of purple glitter in it. You get a 2.1g pan in this months bag.

I am pretty sure this is going to by my last month with this subscription.. I just haven’t seen the value in it for a few months now. It is pretty disappointing because it is kinda nice to get a bag of goodies each month, but when most of it I won’t use.. it is just a waste.

~Jenn

Amazing Sephora offer!

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Hello lovelies this awesome promotion just hit my e-mail and I really had to share it with you!

If you are like me then Sephora is your holy grail.. you see rainbows and unicorns when you walk in. You get giddy looking at all of the new products and spend forever picking out what you want.. you are a happy little clam once you check out, but your bank account just cries. Sound about right?

We do not have a Sephora where I live so when a makeup shopping mood hits I have no choice but to go to their website to order. The nice thing is you always get to choose three samples upon check out.. but the even SWEETER thing is right now you can get your three samples PLUS a deluxe 7 piece sample set in a little bag! KA-CHING!
All you have to do is place a $25 order (In Canada) and you qualify for the deluxe sample bag. Everyone loves free stuff!

If you have have gifts to buy or just want to spoil yourself go ahead and choose 1 of 4 FREE Deluxe Sample bags full of party favorites. Use code: PARTYPICKS at the check out.

Happy Shopping!

~Jenn

Should you throw that out?

One of the questions I get asked a lot is “I have had this (insert product here) for 2 years.. should I get rid of it?”. Below you will find a simple outline of the shelf life of your much loved cosmetics.

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2 Year shelf life

  • Blush
  • Eyeshadow
  • Liquid Foundation
  • Moisturizer
  • Powder
  • Concealer

1 year shelf life

  • Eyeliner (Gel and Pencil)
  • Brow Pencil
  • Lip liner
  • Cleanser
  • Lipstick
  • Cream Shadows
  • Lip Gloss

6 Month shelf life

  • Makeup sponges (wash after each use!)
  • Mascara
  • Liquid liner

Tips to keep your products fresh.

Keep lids on when not in use.

Tighten that lid. Air is the enemy for creamy/gel products.

Keep lipsticks out of the heat!

Do not submerge your brushes in water. This is a surefire way to ruin them. Also do not try on towels, they can breed mildew… ew! Hang them to dry. (For more info on brushes check out this post).

If the container is broken or the product is broken (example..powders,eyeshadows,blushes) throw it out!

~Jenn

All about brushes.

When doing your makeup it is important to have the right tools for the job. This doesn’t mean you need to go and spend $70 on one brush (that’s insane!). Do a little research and you are sure to find the perfect brushes for your makeup arsenal. Below is just a little bit of information on the types of brushes and what they are used for.

Natural fibre brushes- Made up of well.. natural fibres. I’m talking real animal hair. The bristles move freely which makes them an ideal choice for blending products like eyeshadows, powders and blushes. I would not recommend you use this style of brush with liquid or cream because the product will get trapped in the fibres. This will not only waste your product but be difficult to clean. My favourite natural brushes are the “Luna Badger” series from Crown Brush.

Synthetic fibre brushes- These brushes are constructed with man-made fibres such as nylon and other synthetic fibres. These bristles do not have cuticles so they are best for liquids and creams. Sigma brushes are some of my current favorites.

I decided to add a little image to show you the different kinds of brushes and what they are used for. Always remember though that just because the brush is labelled for one thing it doesn’t mean you can’t use it for another function. Play around with your brushes and find out what works for you.

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If you have any specific brush questions feel free to leave a comment below and I will be sure to answer 🙂

~Jenn