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Review: Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Mascara

Let's just get it out there...I have a love affair with Tarte mascaras. I've tried their Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara, as well as their Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart mascara and really enjoyed them both. So, naturally this made me curious to try their newest edition, Lights, Camera, Flashes...ladies and gentlemen, it's a good one. 

Okay,  so the packaging is a bit on the tacky side but it's what's inside that counts. I think it's the perfect "daytime" mascara. As you can see my eyelashes are nothing to write home about and mascara is a necessity in my book. Lights, Camera, Flashes gives great length, volume and it builds on itself nicely. To me it doesn't look too dramatic or over the top for daytime. This held a curl well throughout the day and I also found that even if I didn't curl my lashes beforehand this mascara provided a good curl on its own. I had no problems with smudging on the upper lashes, however on the lower lashes it did transfer by the end of a work day (which is why I don't have mascara on my bottom lashes). Also, I think it's important to note that this is a bit difficult to get off. Warm water works much better than cold, but I've been using a cleanse off oil and that works a treat. 

All in all, it's a really good mascara. Would I buy it again? Yes. Is it my "holy grail" be all end all mascara? No, but I'm a junkie and love hoarding/buying ridiculous amounts of mascara, haha. 

You can purchase Tarte's Lights, Camera, Flashes at Sephora stores, online or at for $23 for 9ml/0.31fl.oz.

Review: Stila Stay All Day Water Proof Liquid Eyeliner

I must admit, I'm an eyeliner noob. I never really get too fancy with it...heck I hardly wear eyeliner. I usually use a black/brown eyeshadow to line my eyes (fool proof) or if I do use eyeliner it's in the shape of me smudging pencil liner out and calling it a day. 

However, this little Stila number is a game changer. The Stay All Day Water Proof Liquid Eyeliner in Jet Black has got to be one of the best eyeliners I have tried. As you can see from the photos it's one of those felt tip pen liners. The tip is so fine/precise it really makes lining your eyes easy as cake. The colour really is jet black and doesn't fade, smudge or disappear by the end of the day (and I have really oily eyelids). Just to give you an idea, I forgot I had this liner on my hand and I've washed them and ran them under water and the liner is still in tact. Pretty impressive. 

 Now  I've tried the Revlon version and to be honest it was a bit rubbish and dried out within a week. I've had this since mid December and there's no signs of this drying out, and that's with regular use might I add. 

You can find this at Sephora, Ulta, or wherever else Stila is sold. I bought mine at Sephora for $20 for 0.016 oz product. Kind of pricey, but to me it's worth it. 

So tell me...have you mastered the cate eye/winged liner? Sadly, I haven't even come day  *fingers crossed*.

Review: Guerlain Meteorite Perles Light-Diffusing Primer Les Ors

So I gave into the hype...

The Guerlain Meteorite Perles Light-Diffusing Primer Les Ors hype that is. You know how it goes, people start buzzing about a product and the moment you find out that it's "limited edition" it's as if nothing in this world matters until you have it. Alright, maybe a bit over dramatic...but you get my drift. 

After using this product for over a month I am here to tell you that your world can go on spinning without this one. It's not that I don't  like this product...I'm just not in absolute love with it. 

The fact that I have oily/combination skin I'm always on the hunt for a great primer. The packaging is absolutely flawless. The bottle has a heavy glass feel with a very convenient pump. As you can see from the photos the primer is slightly tinted, but to be honest I can't really tell once I have it on. The one thing that is very noticable is the shimmer/sparkle in this. It's visible when you pump it out and first put it on but once you have your base/foundation on I don't find that it really shows through, which would have been a deal breaker for me. This primer is supposed to give you a "lit from within look"...I didn't exactly notice that, maybe it gives me a slight glow. If you're an oily skinned gal this didn't control my oil but then it's not meant to, so I can't fault it there. Also, if you're sensitive to fragrance this has the classic Guerlain floral-y scent, which I absolutely love. So all in all, it's not a terrible primer by any means it was just average for me. 

I purchased mine at I don't see it online anymore but it might still be available in stores. This bad boy was $78 for 30ml/ 1fl oz....*takes deep breath and mentally recovers*. 

So tell me...what are your thoughts on this primer? Worth the splurge? As for me the hunt continues.

Beauty at a Bargain: Hard Candy & Forever 21

Top Row left to right: Hard Candy 3x A Charm Contouring Face Trio, High Maintenance Baked Eyeshadow Duo
Bottom Row left to right: Forever 21 Mink 505, Desert Sand 502

From left to right:
3x A Charm combined swatch, next three 3x A Charm individually swatched, High Maintenance duo, Mink 505, Desert Sand 502

Now, I love high end products as much as the next girl. Richly pigmented, buttery textures, luxurious are all things that come to mind when high end is involved, even though we all know that's not always the case. However, nothing is more satisfying than finding absolute gems at bargain prices...and that ladies and gents is exactly what we have here.

This is my first venture into Hard Candy cosmetics and I couldn't be more pleased. First up is their 3x a Charm Contouring Face Trio. This is divided into three sections: luminizer, blush and bronzer. There is very subtle sparkly bits in the lighter luminizer section, but the rest just gives the skin a gorgeous sheen. The texture is buttery smooth and all three colours come together to make a coral, pinkish, champagne-y glow. I think the look it gives to the skin is very reminiscent of MAC's Stereo Rose, which I absolutely love. I didn't find it emphasised pores either.

The Hard Candy 3x a Charm Contouring Face Trio is $9 at Walmart for 11g/0.388 oz. There are three other shades available and I'm definitely going back for 3rd Wheel and 3x a Lady.

Next is the much loved Hard Candy Kal-Eye-Descope Baked Eyeshadow Duo in High Maintenance. There is a champagne on the left and a warm medium brown on the right. This has a stiffer texture and isn't as soft and smooth as 3x a Charm, so I recommend a flat shader brush to apply. The colour pay off is really nice and it's easily buildable. Pop the champagne all over the lid with a bit of the brown on the outer edge and blended up into the crease combined with the 3x a Charm on the cheeks. Hello summer glow

Hard Candy Kal-Eye-Descope Baked Eyeshadow Duo in High Maintenance can be found at Walmart for $6 for 4.5g/0.15oz. of product. 

To be honest, I heard Forever 21 released a makeup line I just brushed it off and carried on. However, a few weeks ago I was in their store and began testing their products. In the end I picked up two: Desert Sand 502, a pinky rosy champagne (shown above) and Mink 505, warm brown similar to MAC's Sable eyeshadow, well to me at least. I actually really like the packaging. It's minimal and acrylic seems very sturdy. The texture is smooth and not the slightest bit chalky. There is a bit of glitter running through this, so if you're not a fan of glitter maybe pass on this one.

This is Mink 505, which is my favourite of the two. This could easily be one of those "one eyeshadow does it all" kind of shade for a quick subtle smokey eye. The texture is so smooth and buttery, more so than Desert Sand 502

Both of these can be found in stores at Forever 21 or online. On their packaging they're both marked as "shimmer eyeshadows", but on the website Mink 505 is listed as "classic eyeshadow". They are $7.80 for 5g/0.18oz. 

So tell me...have you found any beauty bargain gems recently?

The One that Creams the Rest: Bobbi Brown

Let's talk hands.

Specifically my hands. They are drier than the Sahara Desert and it only gets worse during the winter. I'm talking eczema like dry patches and cracking to the point of bleeding (sorry, TMI but true). So, because of all this I have become quite obsessive over hand creams.

Now I've tried my fair share from high end to low end. We're talking Vaseline, Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula hand cream, Soap and Glory's hand food, L'occitane, Molton Brown, Lancome...the list goes on. 

Nothing seemed to fit the bill. Everything was either too greasy, had overwhelming scents or the moisturization just would not last. Then I came across gorgeous Bobbi Brown Extra Hand Cream. Words cannot describe how much I love this hand cream. First, the packaging is gorgeously simple and chic much like the rest of Bobbi's line. It feels silky smooth, there is no greasy residue, it sinks in quickly and the scent smells like you're at a day spa. Did I mention my dry patches are nearly all gone? Addicted. Of course being that it's Bobbi Brown there is a hefty price tag attached... $31 for 1.7fl.oz./50ml, *cringe*. Also, there isn't any SPF which is a bit of a big deal for me come summertime. So, as much as I love it and would love to repurchase I just don't know if I can sacrifice the SPF.

If you're not willing to shell out the $31 for the full size but want to try it they just released a "to go" version for 15ml at $12. 

So you tell I alone in this hand cream obsession boat? Or do you have a holy grail hand creams up your aresnal?

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