Fenty Beauty Review

Hey friends! It’s been quite a while since Rihanna released her cosmetic line, Fenty Beauty. But lately I have found that I am SO comfortable with my cosmetics and I have finally found products that really worked for me, so I haven’t wanted to step outside of that niche. Well, thanks to the fact that you can only get Shape Tape from the Tarte website, a recent trip to Sephora had be trying new things. I picked up three products from Fenty Beauty; Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer and Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer.

Starting with the primer, I did find that this primer gave my complexion a nice matte finish instantly after application. However, I did find that my regular primer (The Mattifying Poreless Primer from Tarte) makes for a smoother foundation application. And I really didn’t feel like it did my pores any favors. I did try mixing the two primers together and I liked that; I got the more mattifying finish from the Fenty primer and then the poreless look and easier foundation blending from the Tarte primer. It is also very strongly scented, which some people may find irritating.

I didn’t get as full of coverage from the foundation with just one layer as I would have liked. If you prefer a foundation that is buildable rather than giving full coverage right off the bat, this is a good one for you. They don’t offer a shade for “fair skin with cool undertones” so I got the 110 shade for “very fair skin with cool undertones”. It is VERY light, but with blush and contour I can make it work. It also didn’t give me as smooth of a complexion as you would think, it seemed to sink into my pores. By the end of the day half of my makeup was gone, it wasn’t a good look.

I feel pretty apathetic towards the concealer. I had used it before and I really liked it but it doesn’t seem to work very well with the other Fenty products, which is super odd. I did have some major issues with it not staying in place to cover some spots once I applied a powder over it. I also found that the packaging resulted in quite a bit of product waste; there was product left at the bottle of the tube and I couldn’t fit a concealer brush into the tube to reach it.

Overall, the products didn’t seem to work very well as a collective which was a huge disappointment. I would maybe use the concealer again if I’m in a pickle but I have really hated my experience while using these products.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Longwear Foundation

I recently had the opportunity to try the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Longwear Foundation and while I don’t have a lot to say, I did want to share my thoughts with you before it’s launch on August 29th.

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I hated the packaging. The metallic detail reminds me of the makeup I remember in my grandma’s bathroom when I was growing up. I got the Cool 2 shade for fair skin with pink undertones, it went on super orange. You are supposed to let it dry for 10 minutes to see the true colour and coverage, I don’t know who has an extra 10 minutes to wait during their morning routine but I know I don’t. It did get less orange but I don’t feel confident enough to say there was zero orange. I applied it with a beauty blender and I wouldn’t say they were 100% compatible. At the end of my work day, I didn’t feel like it held up any better than my usual foundation. Good coverage but overall I just don’t see the hype. Considering it costs $53, I think I will just stick to the Tarte Face Tape.

I received this product for free from Influenster to test and review.

 

Brand Feature | Eatable Inc.

Alcohol Infused Candy Coated Popcorn. What a genius idea. A genius idea that Charlene and Vince had and brought to life! Eatable produces all natural, whole grain, air popped popcorn with a variety of delicious alcoholic infused coatings. Even the flavours that sound bonkers are so, so good.

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Pop The Champagne is my personal favourite flavour. This is creamy Belgian white chocolate infused with champagne. It also has little crystal candies that pop in your mouth.  I don’t normally like white chocolate because I find it too sweet, but this is delicious! It is so smooth with just a little crunch.

Whisky on the Pops is a whisky infused caramel coated popcorn. It is a really creamy tasting caramel but it isn’t overly sweet, it’s almost smoky. There’s a lot more crunch to this flavour.

Merlot PB&J is peanut butter and merlot infused jelly. I found the flavour on this one to be a little more subtle, and all I tasted was peanut butter. I do love peanut butter though. This flavour was crunchy as well.

Poppin Peach Bellini is made with peace wine from Konzelmann Estate Winery in Ontario. It’s like throwing a bag of fuzzy peaches in your popcorn. The peach coating is like a sweet, juicy peach bursting in your mouth.

Pop The Salt and Tequila was one I was scared to try, but I was pleasantly surprised! This is popcorn covered in a crunchy coating of tequila infused caramel with lemon salt. Sounds crazy right? It’s actually really good! It’s a smooth, sweet caramel with just a touch of sour lemon.

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Carbon Coco | Charcoal Tooth Polish

Any of you super paranoid about your teeth? I am crazy about oral health, I am always worried about enamel erosion, my tooth sensitivity, stuff I am doing to damage my teeth and any discoloring. I used to use whitening stripes but it was insanely painful, so I wanted to try a more natural approach to teeth whitening. I had heard amazing things about activated charcoal powders, but I had also heard that they are abrasive and damage your enamel. I decided to try Carbon Coco. It is a 100% natural, activated charcoal tooth polishing powder to whiten teeth.

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The Activated Charcoal Tooth Polish from Carbon Coco contains “100% Organic coconut shell activated charcoal with a hint of bentonite powder and lemon myrtle”. They also claim to be safe and non damaging while actually strengthening enamel and fighting plaque. They recommend you use this product once daily for 7-14 days and then reduce use to upkeep results. Each tub comes with about 2 months worth of product. Because I am so paranoid, I decided to only use the product 1-3 times a week.

I got the original, and there is absolutely no flavour and no smell. I think if I were to purchase it again I would get the Sweet Mint because I actually find it very odd to not have any flavour; I realize how strange that is. There is kind of a strange texture to it as you brush since it is such a fine powder, it feels kind of dry but not overly bothersome. It makes a HELL of a mess! Lots of black in my sink and definitely required a clean up.

I used this product for almost 3 months on and off and honestly, I noticed zero difference in the colour of my teeth. So that’s that.

 

 

 

Brand Feature | Kismet Essentials

I was recently fortunate enough to win a giveaway from Kismet Essentials and I enjoyed the products so much I wanted to share them with you!

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The Float Dead Sea Salt Soak is 100% natural and scented with eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils. If you are a frequent reader you know that eucalyptus and peppermint is one of my favourite blends! I find this blend so relaxing, but uplifting at the same time. In my opinion, this is the ultimate scent for a spa like experience. It is also amazing while you’re sick, as a decongestant. The scent in these bath salts is quite potent which is great.

They also sent me their Flower Child Floral Mist Spray. I find the name kind of redundant, since mist and spray are kind of the same thing, but I digress. This spray can be used as a room spray or a facial toner. It’s scented with rose and peppermint waters, which isn’t a blend I had ever seen before but it is actually so lovely! The rose is stronger than the peppermint; overall the scent is a very light and fresh. It contains witch hazel which is one of my absolute favourite ingredients for facial toners. Rose water is also super common in skincare products to help with inflammation. Of course, peppermint is an amazing way to refresh. I would definitely suggest light misting if you use this as a toner. I sprayed far too much my first use and I found the scent was too strong and I felt a little burning on my skin and my eyes.

Overall, I am so thrilled to have won this Instagram giveaway because it introduced me to a another all natural Canadian skincare/bath company!

Kat Von D Beauty | Vegan Love Eyeshadow Palette

Hey Guys! It’s been quite a while since I shared new makeup with you and I am super excited to share the Vegan Love palette from Kat Von D Beauty. This palette is obviously vegan and cruelty free but they also donate 20% of the retail proceeds to Mercy For Animals, which is an international non-profit that is dedicated to preventing cruelty towards animals. This palette is available at Sephora and it retails for $53 CAD. It contains 10 vibrate, metallic shades.

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The packaging is super beautiful but it is so hard to compete with Kat Von D’s Gothic yet clean designs and black packaging. It has a very luxurious look to it and it isn’t at all cheesy or over the top (Looking at you, Tarte) .

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I think that it goes without saying that these shadows are intense. They deliver great pigmentation with all day wear. Kat Von D Beauty is famous for their coverage and this palette is no exception. There is a sticker on it saying that it is best applied with your finger; if you do use your finger you will notice a greater pay off and far richer colour. However, if you prefer to use a brush you absolutely can. I do recommend you use a brush that is slightly dampened with a setting spray as it will give you better colour.

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I apologize for my super poor swatches; that’s really hard to do by yourself! As you can see, there’s a great range of colours in neons, neutrals and metallics; including a perfect highlighter shade; Equality is a a very light nude pictured below between the brown and red colours. There is such little colour to this shade it makes it a really great universal highlighter.

 

 

TooFaced Peach Perfect Mattifying Setting Powder

Hey guys! During a recent Sephora trip I decided to try out a new setting powder and I settled on the Toofaced Peach Perfect Mattifying Setting Powder. This setting powder is a loose powder, I typically prefer a pressed powder cause I find you get more control over the product but I had remembered seeing someone on Instagram raving about this powder so I wanted to give it a try.

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The powder says it’s translucent, with a universal peach tint that works to brighten skin. I have super fair skin and it absolutely leaves a peach/orange colour to my skin which is not good. Obviously, it’s meant to control oil and be mattifying. It smells amazing because of the peach and fig extract. I have had some poor experiences with the packaging for loose powders making it very difficult to actually get any product out, I didn’t have that problem with this packaging; it’s great packaging! The powder is incredibly silky, and it does feel very comfortable and light weight on the skin.

Overall, I thought the powder was pretty unremarkable; which is pretty much how I always feel about TooFaced products.

 

Temper + Lace | Valentine’s Day Collection 2019

Temper + Lace has released a collection of three Valentine’s Day candles for 2019. These candles are scented with fragrance oil that is phthalate and paraben free. They also feature a super cute new label design and a new cherry wood wick which is smaller than their previous wick to help candles burn longer.

Afterglow

If you had the chance to smell Love Actually from the winter 2018 collection, you might find this one to be slightly similar! It features juicy pomegranate and the sweet, creamy undertones of marshmallow. It is very reminiscent of cotton candy, especially when burning. This is the scent that I was most curious about, and I absolutely love it! This is a super playful fragrance; if you like sweet scents, this is the one for you!

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Ambiance

Vanilla and Sandalwood go together like PB&J. This candle is warm, inviting and grounding for a truly comforting scent. This scent is super universal, a real classic; there’s no guessing when it comes to this blend of fragrances. I definitely found that the scent in this one wasn’t as strong as the other two in the collection before I lit it and after lighting it was still more subtle but it is a really beautiful, elegant and, I really can’t over use this word, classic fragrance.

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Allure

Allure is a more classically masculine scent. This one is definitely more of a perfumey colonge smell with warm, honey-like amber and spicy nutmeg and cloves. It’s also almost a little bit floral. I wasn’t hella crazy about this one off the bat but I have learned that these candles may not always be as they first appear; sometimes they can smell totally different when you burn them! This candle is HEAVENLY when burning. The amber really shines with the candle is burning and it is such a luxurious scent; it made my whole house smell so lavish. If you’re not sure about this scent, I would recommend giving it a shot anyway because it truly is magnificent.

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Brand Feature | Ativo Skincare

Hey Guys! I’ve recently been introduced to a Canadian skincare line that I really want to share! Ativo Skincare is a female owned company out of British Columbia, it’s run by a mother/daughter duo and the company was actually started by the daughter when she was just 11 years old which I think is absolutely incredible. Ativo Skincare products are natural and cruelty free. When I began to follow them on Instagram I was amazed at how beautiful Tracy’s skin was and I instantly trusted their products. You can visit their website for more about them and see my Coupon Codes page for my referral link.

I will update this post as I try more products from Ativo Skincare.

Dead Sea Mud Mask

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The Dead Sea Mud Mask is made with mineral rich clay from the waters of Israel. It helps to detoxify your skin while also absorbing excess oil, removing dead skin cells, improving skin texture and clarity. When I first started using this I found it to be super irritating which I am told can happen to some people because it is high in sodium. My skin got very red and blotchy. I purchased this product for $21 and there was still so much product in the jar so I really didn’t want it to go to waste but I was pleasantly surprised to find that after a few uses it was far less irritating. And after a few uses I definitely noticed that my skin tone was improving and I had a nice glow from the exfoliation. I like to dampen my skin a little bit before application, it makes spreading the product so much easier.

Rose Quartz Roller

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Made with genuine rose quartz, this roller will help to improve blood circulation in the face, smooth out fine lines and wrinkles and also decrease puffiness. If kept in the fridge, the added coolness will increase it’s ability to help with puffiness. I shopped around for quite a while before I picked this roller up while it was on sale and I am so glad this is the one I ended up getting. It is absolutely gorgeous and I love the rose gold accents.

Magnesium Oil

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Magnesium Oil is a very popular product on the market right now. It’s used a magnesium supplement that is absorbed through the skin, to help avoid deficiency. Magnesium Oil can help to relieve headaches, aches and pains, cramps, insomnia, restless leg syndrome and much more. I wanted to try this product for restless leg syndrome. I sprayed this on my legs and within a minute or so I felt a burning which turned to an itching or tingling which is apparently normal, you can reduce the amount you use to avoid this sensation. You have to give the product 20 minutes to absorb into the skin and then you can rinse it off, after it’s rinsed off the itching should subside. I did find some relief but I don’t really feel like I have used the product enough to say without question that it absolutely worked for me, but I will continue to use it and update with any further developments. To hear more about the Magnesium Oil from Ativo Skincare, check out their Instagram and watch their Story Highlights on the product!

Cleansing Facial Foam Wash

This is a lightweight, whipped foaming cleanser. It is thicker and creamier than it looks, it doesn’t have a mousse like texture although that is what you would expect by looking at it. It has super light exfoliation, it’s gentle enough to use every day. It’s unscented, it just smells like any regular unscented soap. I really loved the texture of this cleanser, it felt great on my face. It has a really nice, soft lather and you don’t need a tiny bit of product which is great. It contains aloe vera which is fantastic for any redness.

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Black Magic Facial Soap

The Black Magic Facial Soap is a bar of soap for acne prone skin. It has activated charcoal and pink Australian clay, among other ingredients for minimizing oil and fighting acne. It does contain palm oil but I spoke to Tracy about it and they do use certified sustainable palm oil. They actually get their palm oil direct from a farm in Cambodia that supports a chimpanzee rescue which I thought was really cool. Something else I learned about Ativo during that conversation was that they get their Shea butter from a co-op in Ghana that employs women. It is really so amazing to see companies care so much about using sustainable and ethical ingredients. Now for the actual product; you get a really thick and creamy lather and it rinses off super clean. It leaves skin clean and glowing. It also has a really nice smell. I have noticed an improvement in my overall tone and texture since using Ativo products, so I will definitely continue to use them!

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Coconut + Oatmeal Milk Bath

My skin gets so, so dry in the winter so I decided to try the Coconut + Oatmeal Milk Bath and it has worked wonders. It was actually designed to gently cleanse your baby’s sensitive skin in place of soap, but it works wonders to soothe and moisturize dry skin. This is for sure going to be a product I repurchase.

Temper + Lace Candles | Volume III

Hey guys! Thanks for reading. Today I’ve got a couple more Temper + Lace candles to share with you! If you haven’t read about Temper + Lace on my blog before I’ll start by introducing the brand. Temper + Lace offers amazing, hand poured, soy candles with wood wicks and the candles are completely non toxic. You can also pick up essential oil blends and all natural bath bombs. This is a female run business out of High River, Alberta and these candles are available online and in stores across western Canada!

First up is Luna which was actually released with the fall line so I’m not sure how many more are available but if you love fruity scents and you have the chance to grab this one it’s definitely a good one! This one is strong on the pineapple; it also has peach and orange. It’s a tropical vacation in a candle.

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Vanilla Bourbon is one of the winter scents. It’s a super warm vanilla with just a touch of oaky bourbon and cedarwood which creates a super cozy scent. I initially thought I got a hint of citrus because there was something I couldn’t quite put my finger on. The best description I could give is a warm vanilla and caramel with woodsy undertone. The bourbon is far more noticeable while burning and the warm vanilla will really fill your home. After the candle was used, the bourbon smell was a lot more noticeable when the candle was unlit.

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Hot Cocoa is also a seasonal scent for winter. This isn’t an overly sweet chocolate smell which I really like. A warm vanilla is super prominent. Once it’s burning, you do smell the chocolate a significant amount more. Like with the Vanilla Bourbon, the chocolate in this candle was a lot more noticeable when the candle was unlit after it was burned for a while. The hot cocoa candle from Bath and Body Works was always one of my favourites so I love being able to enjoy that smell without all the toxins.

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Love Actually is another candle from the winter collection. Fun Fact: I actually helped come up with the name for this one. Love Actually is sugar dipped berries and cotton candy which results in super sweet raspberry scent. It smells quite strong initially which some people may find off putting but the scent really disperses nicely when lit. It reminds me of the Black Raspberry and Vanilla body products from Bath and Body Works or the sweet Vera Wang perfumes I used to wear.

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Cranberries + Spice is also from the 2018 Winter collection. If you like apple cider and cranberries, this is the candle for you. It has the warm, spicy and sweet smell of apple cider with the tart cranberries. This is such a cozy candle perfect for Christmas. After it was released I had heard everyone say this one is absolutely amazing and it definitely lives up to the hype!

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Luna, Vanilla Bourbon, Hot Cocoa, Love Actually and Cranberries + Spice are all scented with high grade fragrance oils but you can rest assured they are phthalate and paraben free. An added little FYI, the fragrance oil candles do burn a little faster than her core collection of essential oil scented candles.

Stef was also kind enough to send me the Pomona essential oil blend which is the same oils as the Pomona candle but as an oil blend for use in your diffuser. The Temper + Lace oils are 100% pure oils. The Pomona candle is one of my favourites so this amazing blend as a diffuser oil is perfect for me to use at work. Pomona is white grapefruit, lemon, lime and blood orange making it the perfect scent for when you need a little ‘pick me up’.

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I can’t say enough nice things about Temper + Lace. I have never had a bad experience with the products so I highly recommend you check out her website to order online or find a stockist near you.