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.

 

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.

 

 

Cruelty Free Wool Dryer Ball Options

Wool Dryer balls are a huge thing right now because not only are they all natural, toxic free options for your laundry they are also more Eco-friendly than the traditional plastic dryer sheets. But something that I have some across on social media, is vegans who refuse to use wool dryer balls because it is an animal product.

Y’all are dumb. Sheep NEED to be sheared at least once a year. If a sheep is not sheared it is far too much weight for it’s body to carry, the wool gets matted, the animal can overheat and it causes a horrible amount of trauma and stress for the animal; it is far worse to leave a sheep unsheared. As long as you are buying wool products that are ethically sourced, cruelty free and humanely sheared, it shouldn’t go against your beliefs as a vegan. So today I am going to share two companies with wool dryer balls that are made with wool out of New Zealand, where their laws basically prohibit them from causing any harm while sourcing the material.

This is a blurb about wool from New Zealand from the first site I will share, Friendsheep.

“Unlike in Australia and China, in New Zealand farmers operate under a range of regulations that ensure very high standards of environmental protection, sustainability, animal welfare and social responsibility. New Zealand’s climate is mild and sheep graze free-range in open pasture all year round. There is no fly strike, and mulesing is not practiced. Livestock exportation from New Zealand is prohibited, and this prevents the practice of horror trips on cargo ships around the world. New Zealand also leads the world in shearing technique and ability. Sheep grow wool continuously and need to be sheared once a year to better allow lambing and avoid them becoming uncomfortable, stressed, and eventually ill. Highly skilled craftsmen ensure that shearing is quick and pain-free to cause minimal stress on the animal. Our farmers believe that well-treated sheep live a happier life and will grow better wool, so they make sure their flocks are well looked after.”

Friendsheep offers a huge selection of wool dryer balls and pet products that are ethically sourced, Eco-friendly and they use recycled material for their packaging.

  • Naturally softens and fluffs your laundry while helping you reduce drying time
  • Completely chemical free, unscented, non-toxic, and hypoallergenic
  • Reusable up to 1000+ loads
  • Reduces wrinkles and static cling
  • Hand made of 100%  organic New Zealand wool.
  • Individually hand felted in Nepal for fair wages in ethical and environmentally friendly working conditions.
  • Biodegradable product in a completely recyclable packaging

A pack of 6 dryer balls costs $32.00 USD. This is a great option for Americans, they offer free shipping on purchases over $50; it’s actually pretty expensive for Canadians to pay shipping with this company. Visit their website to order from Friendsheep.

Saje Wellness is the best option for Canadians. Saje offers dryer balls that are made with wool from New Zealand and they are made in Nepal where workers are paid fair wages so basically the same scenario as Friendsheep. You get fewer dryer balls in a pack but it is much easier for Canadians to get. Saje has a package with three dryer balls and it also includes an essential oil blend to add to your dryer balls, cost is $24.95 CAD. Saje’s dryer balls will also reduce static and drying time while softening your laundry without harmful chemicals.

These are two of the best options I’ve found but there are other options, just do the research and purchase wool dryer balls from companies that ethically source their wool out of New Zealand. Don’t be ignorant when it comes to what is actually harmful to the animals.

 

 

REVIEW: TooFaced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette

The Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette from TooFaced was initially a limited edition product but it was so popular they brought it back as part of an entire Sweet Peach collection.

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The palette features matte, satin, shimmer and glitter shades. It has beautiful neutrals, pinks and corals, plus a deep violet, navy blue, black and olive green. The palette also smells like peaches because its infused with the antioxidant-rich fruit.
My first impression of the palette was that the component was really cute but it seemed to be kind of cheaply made. It closes magnetically but it doesn’t really feel all that secure, kind of flimsy. It’s very light which is nice for travel, it’s also great for travel because it’s super versatile; it has great colours for just subtle day to day looks, glam it up or add a pop of fun and unique colour. The peach scent was very subtle.

After using the palette I was actually pretty disappointed. The scent did become stronger. The colour pigmentation didn’t absolutely blow me away but it also wasn’t bad; some colours were definitely more pigmented than others. I was particularly fond of the pearl shades. Luscious is probably my favourite, it looks like just a nice pearl light golden brown in the palette but when I put it on my eye it reminded me of a Fuzzy Peach; how they’re yellow and then have the little orange/peach spot, it was kind of iridescent and colour changing in the light. I used the palette for a few days with a few different looks and I used it along with the TooFaced Shadow Insurance eye shadow primer. I noticed that at the end of my work day the shadow had faded or was creasing. The matte shades and pearl/metallic shades seemed to withstand the day the best. I experienced some fall out when applying and it took a little more elbow grease to blend the colours nicely compared to some other brands. I was disappointed that the pink sparkles in the shade Talk Derby To Me weren’t even noticeable after application and that colour in particular faded a lot by the end of my work day.

Overall it is a really nice palette for just day to day, but I was hoping to use it for my sister’s makeup for her wedding and now I’m just not 100% sure that it would hold up for the big day.