Monday, May 25, 2020

Best New Discovery For A Youthful Summer Glow | Peach Bums Blush


I had to share this gem of a find with y'all! It's Peach Bums Mega Glo blush by Wet n Wild. It's a new addition to my makeup collection and I can't stop wearing it! 

I have read some compare this blush to Nars Orgasm blush, which I have tried but am not really a fan of due to the super gold sheen that I find it leaves on my cheeks. This blush is better in my opinion. and it's only $3.99 USD! 

I don't always go for peachy shades as I tend to suit pinks more but I have to say, this blush leaves the most beautiful flush of colour on my cheeks and imparts the most beautiful glow! It actually gives me the illusion of a cheek lift, so to speak. 

One caveat, Peach Bums does have some micro glitter which I am not a fan of, but I have not found anything else that can replace this beautiful shade, glow, and instant cheek lift that Peach Bums gives me, so I'll take it, glitter and all! Keep in mind that the glitter only shows up in certain lighting.

This is THE perfect blush for Summertime and it's also amazing for aging skin despite the micro glitter! Keep scrolling for swatches and more...

Wet N Wild Mega Glo Blush in Peach Bums



Swatches of Peach Bums from various angles as it has many dimensions to it!

Above: Peach Bums close up

Above:  Peach Bums blended out


Note: No filters have been used. Just different angles and lighting varies


Outdoors wearing nothing but Peach Bums on my cheeks, not even bronzer, just a little bit of another new favourite, Elf's BB Cream (coming soon!)

Peach Bums is a multi-dimensional blush. It's kind of hard to describe. It's kind of of a peach, kind of coral, and kind of like a rose gold. It has a beautiful sheen on the skin, so you don't need to wear a highlighter, and it does have some micro glitter which I could sure do without but it only shows up in certain lighting. 

This beautiful coral coloured blush is super easy to apply. With a few swipes straight from the tube to my cheeks and a little blending with ELF's small synthetic brush and I'm done! No need for a highlighter or anything else. The glow and the flush from this cream blush is just amazing! My cheeks look lifted and the staying power is great. It's easy to just throw in your purse for touch-ups if you want as well.

I love to use cream products on my aging skin as they can impart a more youthful and dewy look to the skin vs. some powders that can look cakey and/or aging on the skin, especially in natural daylight. I am also loving cream products more and more in the Summertime. It started off with Wet N Wild's cream bronzer in Oak's on You just a month ago. I've enjoyed using that bronzer so much now that the warmer weather is here so I had to try this blush out. Am I ever glad that I did! I just might have to try more from Wet n Wild's Mega Glo Cream product line. 

Wet N Wild Peach Bums Cream Blush has 6 grams of product and is cruelty-free. At only $3.99, I wouldn't pass this little gem up!

I purchased mine on Amazon (linked here) 

Have you tried any of these products from Wet N Wild's Mega Glo line? Are there any others that I need to check out?




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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation & Camouflage Concealer Review + Swatches Shade 010


I'm ecstatic that Catrice Cosmetics has finally arrived in Canada! They have some amazing products at super affordable prices AND they are Cruelty-free! I was so happy to receive their HD Liquid Coverage Foundation and Camouflage Concealer for testing and review consideration.

I had a look at their shade chart (see below) and decided that shade 010 in both the foundation and concealer would probably be the best match for my light-medium skin with neutral undertones.




Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation Shade 010


From Catrice:
  • Ultra-light, high coverage foundation for a natural-looking finish
  • Covers imperfections and mattifies the skin creating a smooth and even complexion for up to 24 hours
  • Features a unique dropper applicator
  • Scroll down to our shade finder to find your perfect match
  • Vegan
The foundation comes in a glass bottle with a dropper style dispenser. 

The shade 010 was a good match for my skin tone when I don't have a tan. It oxidizes very slightly but not in an orange way, it just gets very slightly darker, so keep this in mind when selecting a shade. I could actually use a slightly darker shade because I prefer my foundation to be just a bit darker on me as I like to add some colour to my face. However, I can also add the extra colour to my face with some bronzer etc. 

This foundation has great coverage and gives you the option of lighter or heavier coverage depending on how much you apply and your application method. Most days, I prefer a lighter coverage, so I use a damp beauty sponge for this type of coverage. I can achieve more coverage by using a brush instead. Note that very little product is needed and I would always start off with less and build from there. 

I didn't find this foundation to be cakey at all and it did not settle into my lines either. It's actually very suitable for my aging skin. I cannot speak for 24 hour staying power as I wash it off before bed, but hey, there are always those times you might want 24-hour staying power (hello, my younger days!) The staying power is great though and I did not become oily throughout the day which is pretty much unheard of for me!

Catrice Camouflage Concealer in Shade 010


From Catrice:
  • Long lasting, liquid concealer for weightless coverage
  • Highly pigmented and waterproof formula instantly hides dark circles, imperfections and redness
  • Flock tip applicator for precise application

The Camouflage concealer was also a good match for me in the shade 010. It's lighter than the foundation but has a more pink undertone to it which is great for brightening the under eyes.

The concealer worked well for both my under eyes, redness, and blemishes. I have been wearing this concealer often for lighter makeup days. I just apply some of this concealer where needed and then apply some powder, bronzer, lipgloss and I'm good to go. If I want more coverage for conference calls etc, I add in the foundation so I can look more polished.

I love that this concealer isn't detectable on the skin and that it doesn't settle into fine lines. It states that it's waterproof. I haven't tested out that claim but I have used it on days that I've worked out and it sure stood up to sweat, so I don't doubt that it's waterproof.

A little also goes a long way with this product also, so very little is needed and I start with less and add more as needed. I appreciate that it is not cakey or drying on my combination, dehydrated, and aging skin.


Top: Foundation shade 010
Bottom: Concealer shade 010

I'm so happy with both of these products and think that they stand up to high-end products at such affordable prices!

Catrice has a large selection of shades to choose from, so there should something for everyone. At the time of this post, there are 23 foundation shades to choose from and 17 concealer shades.

I really appreciate that Catrice makes inclusive products that work for all generations including those with aging skin!

These products are cruelty-free, gluten-free, alcohol-free, and oil-free.

Available online at Shoppers Drug Mart.ca

Happy Sunday, everyone!




PR samples kindly provided by Catrice for review consideration. No referral links and this post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own :)

Monday, May 4, 2020

April Empties | Health, Beauty, Skincare, Makeup


Hey, Everyone!

Hope all is well with you.

I'm back to share my April Empties. As always, I'll share a brief review of each item and links to products in the headings whenever possible.

HEALTH

I've been drinking this immune-boosting cocoa powder for years. Just add a scoop to your smoothie in the morning for a delicious and nutritious energy-boosting drink. It has so many health benefits and tastes great! 

Repurchase- Already have

This is the first time that I tried the Kirkland brand Q10. I'm not sure about the quality. I prefer to purchase the Kaneka type of Q10 by Healthy Origins but the brand it was out of stock so I'm now trying out Country Life Q10 as it is also the Kaneka type of Q10, so far I like it much better than the Kirkland one.

Repurchase- Unlikely

I really like this brand for many of their supplements. This was my first time trying this particular product that contains adaptogenic herbs along with B vitamins to help with stress. Unfortunately, I didn't notice a difference while taking them. I will go back to AdrenaSense for now or straight up Rhodiola as they work better for me.

Repurchase- No

I've never been so consistent with taking my D3 every day until I got these gummies, because YUM! But do they work? Yes, I'd say that they do as I hadn't had any sun for months and my D levels in my blood work are in the normal range since taking these. I am trying out the Vitafusion ones' at the moment, they seem just as good.

Repurchase- Yes

Another product I've been using for years. I take them at bedtime and throughout the night when I wake up. I don't feel any noticeable difference after taking them but they often help me fall back asleep, so they must be having some effect on my system.

Repurchase- Already have

Another staple in my routine. It's an all-natural supplement made with Bach flowers. It seems to help take a bit of the edge off and helps me sleep in conjunction with my other sleep remedies. It's one I like to have on hand and I also take it when I wake up too early to help me fall back asleep. Doesn't always work, but I believe it does help so it's worth it to me.

Repurchase Already have


BEAUTY / SKINCARE

This is a liquid form a coconut oil that doesn't become solid when the temperature is cold- perfect for those of us with 4 seasons. I use it for baking, as a hair treatment, to remove makeup sometimes, and to massage on my cat's gums for oral health. 

Repurchase- Yes

I love this brand for my dry and frizzy hair. My favourite product by them is their leave-in conditioner called Fast Food, which was recommended by my hairstylist over 10 years ago and I keep going back to it! I found that this shampoo and conditioner did help with my dry and frizzy hair.

Repurchase- I would if I ever finish up what I have!

This is my go-to bubble bath product. I use it every time I have a bath and throw in some Epsom salts, too. I also use their other scents and rotate them depending on my mood. This is all-natural, smells fantastic, and so affordable. Can't be beat in my opinion. 

Repurchase- Yes

I love products like this but many of them clog my pores and make be breakout- luckily, this one does not. I like to use this as my last step at nighttime and feel like it locks in all of the moisture and ingredients from my serums and moisturizers. I use it several times a week or whenever I remember. lol

Repurchase- Possibly (currently testing out this one by Aveeno which is more affordable and seems to do the same thing) 

I really like the ingredients of this skincare booster. I wasn't consistent with it enough to notice if it really made a difference as I used it on and off. I do like this brand and the prices are good so I would try it again but make sure to use it consistently next time.

Repurchase- Yes
MAKEUP

Essence Brow Gel Mascara
This isn't completely empty yet but it's yucky enough that I've already replaced it. It's super affordable, cruelty-free and gets the job done. I see no reason to spend a lot of money on a clear brow gel.

Repurchase- Already have

Tarte Tartiest Glossy Lip Paint (Free Sephora Birthday Sample)
This was a decent gloss, it felt great on my lips as it was very hydrating. It's definitely a pretty, everyday colour. I just don't see a reason to spend a lot of money most lipglosses. I believe the shade is Rosy Nude.

Repurchase- No

LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Natural GC972
This is my favourite concealer! It is great on blemishes and redness as well as for under the eyes as it is not drying and doesn't get cakey- perfect for aging skin like mine! This tube lasted forever too! There is a little bit left but it's VERY old and expired and I have many others to use up before I repurchase this. Oh, it's cruelty-free too.

Repurchase- Absolutely!

Hope you enjoyed seeing what I finished up and found my mini-reviews helpful!

See you next week and stay safe, everyone! 💗




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