PIXI Collaborations | Chloe Morello, Dulce Candy, ILikeWeylie

FLASH REVIEW – FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Today’s post brings you the newest Pixi influencer collaboration and in usual Pixi fashion, it’s a really wearable array of everyday neutrals. If there’s one word to describe the brand as a whole it would certainly be – pretty. Pretty cute, pretty neutral, pretty easy to wear and overall the type of products that fit well into your daily makeup wardrobe.

This release release contains 3 palettes as the main feature and is a collaboration between Chloe Morello,  Dulce Candy and ILikeWeylie.

PIXI x DULCE CANDY
This set contains a 9 pan intensely metallic eyeshadow palette in bronzy sugary shades as well as a large 9 pan lip colour palette (not shown). Straight away I can tell that these are absolutely Dulce’s colours and the set will be very flattering on those with medium to deeper skin tones. The shades are warm toned with a metallic finish which may not be as practical as the other palettes. For those of you with a paler complexion, I would suggest sticking to only 1-2 colours from the palette on your eyes in one look. It’s also worth noting that some of the lighter shades can be used as blush or highlight if it suits your skin tone.
Sweet Glow Palette $34 CAD

PIXI x CHLOE MORELO 
This set is a cheek, eye and brow palette along with an additional corresponding lip gloss (not shown). The colours in this palette run lighter and leans towards peach and rose tones which would be more suitable on fair to medium skin tones. For me this is a really nice all-in-one set especially if you are travelling or just don’t want to fuss about trying to coordinate colours during the morning rush. I believe the intention is also for this to be a bridal kit based on the names like Honeymoon, Bouquet and Tux of the colours. This layout is similar to previous Pixi palettes and works well so I’m glad they’ve stuck to it. Most of the powders in this kit have a satin finish and the brow powders are matte.
Romantic Radiance Palette* $34CAD

PIXI x ILIKEWEYLIE
This set includes a small sized 6 pan eyeshadow and a duo sided eyeliner. The shades here are again quite warm with two that are more terracotta/red toned. This is also the only one of out of the three that contain matte finishes along side a few shimmers which makes this an easy versatile option. Again, just like the previous two offerings, I like how the colours really do reflect the collaborators because these are certainly the shades that Weylie sports quite often and might I add, are very monolid friendly. At first glance, the colours would easily work for an office setting but the addition of the brighter rust shades give you the option of making it trendier occasion look as well. The eyeliner duo come off surprisingly dark and easy to apply (though I have not tested longevity) with one liquid side and the other is kohl. I think this set would be lovely on most complexions given the intensity of the colours.
Let’s Talk Eyes Palette + Liner $28 CAD

Overall I think this whole release is very fitting spring collaboration not to mention great value for your money. The formula and colour payoff of the powders are consistently good, I’d say at least a medium opacity on most of them and there aren’t any obvious duds. The lighter shadows, especially in the Chloe Morello set do run a little more sheer. The matte shades are solidly better than what’s generally available in the drugstore so I’d call this a win. From experience, I don’t find Pixi shadows to be exceptionally long lasting so pairing it with a primer would be a good move. If you already own a lot of Pixi releases or have a healthy collection of neutral palettes then I think the Dulce Candy eye kit would be the most unique out of the three!

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COVERGIRL | Vitalist Elixir Foundation + Swatches

FLASH REVIEW | AFFILIATE LINKS

It’s not often that the drugstore comes out with a foundation that reads like my dream straight on the bottle… lightweight, full coverage, hydrating, SPF20 and contain a cocktail of vitamins for my skin, this is the Covergirl Vitalist Elixir* foundation. With so many glowing reviews online, I was eager to give this a whirl and see if its really a drugstore gem but there’s a lot more to a base product than a first glance. 
THE BASICS
Brand: Covergirl
Product: Vitalist Elixir Foundation* SPF20
Size: 30ml
Colour: 14 shades (shown: Classic Ivory)
My other colour matches: See here
Price:  $14-18 CAD
Availability: Drugstores nationwide (Walmart, London Drugs etc)
Would I (re)purchase: No.
Ingredients: 
Water / Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Talc, Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Chloride, PEG / PPG-18 / 18 Dimethicone, PVP, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylene / Methacrylate Copolymer, Trihydroxystearin, Arachidyl Behenate, Methicone, Silica, Sodium Benzoate, Synthetic Wax, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Cetyl PEG / PPG-10 / 1 Dimethicone, Ethylene Brassylate, Behenic Acid, Polyethylene. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
Housed in a luxurious and well designed glass bottle, I love that this comes with a great pump and locking mechanism to prevent accidental makeup bag spillage. The added SPF will be a welcomed addition for most makeup lovers but I do personally prefer my own sunblock. There are currently 14 shades listed on the Covergirl website and on the shelves, ranging from a light to a medium dark spectrum.
Application is really easy with this formula and looks great with fingers, a sponge or a brush as the product is creamy and blends easily over moisturized skin. I didn’t feel the need for a primer over my usual trouble zones as this had great glide and didn’t accentuate skin texture too much. It left my face soft to the touch and has imparts a satin finish, which given its currently winter time, I didn’t bother with a setting powder. In fact, I must say the overall look on the skin is beautiful!
Covergirl | Classic Ivory (3rd from top vs my other foundations)

So if you’ve been wondering up until now why I’v listed this as a flash review and not a full review like I usual do, perhaps this picture will explain the situation. This was one of the very rare occasions which I applied a foundation, gawked in horror in the mirror, decided it was not salvageable and then promptly washed everything off to start over. While Covergirl is certainly not know for having the best shades, the fact that they decided this shade of dark apricot fit the idea of Classic Ivory is completely perplexing to me. Needless to say, I wasn’t able to fully test the foundation due to the lack of colours for my skin tone. Word on the street is that this also further oxidizes to an even deeper shades once it’s set in but I didn’t stick around long enough to find out. 
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3 THINGS | Happify your beauty routine

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Fun should always be an element in your everyday beauty routine and while my daily style is quite tame, there’s the few odd products that always brings a smile whenever they catch my eye. Here’s three that’s currently taking up a lot of my attention.
Nails are an easy way to add fun and it’s something I’ve been embracing more myself. As I’m typing this right now, my digits are painted in rainbow dots using the new Sally Hansen x Crayola* nail polish collection which lets you play with some of your favourite childhood colours in grown up way. It’s my first time using the Insta-Dri formula and I am hooked on the pure colour payoff even for tricky shades like the white. If you want to see it in action, check out this week’s #manimonday on my Instagram. In the shower department, I’ve been washing up with this smile inducing Shower Shaker* body wash by Zoella Beauty. Yes, I do feel much too old to be using this but there’s something about the sorbet coloured packaging and sweet peachy scent that makes me pick it up for a little whiff every time I’m in the bathroom – don’t lie, you secretly do this too. There’s an entire line of Zoella beauty bath products coming to Canada (via London Drugs) so some more snooping is in order when I pop by a store. And of course, since we’re all guilty of buying into cute packaging in the makeup aisle, you need to check out the new Essence Eye & Face Palette* which contains 4 shadows, 1 highlight and 1 blush all in a easy to use slim case. I own a few Essence colour products and most of them have been a hit for casual wear when you want an easy look that’s soft, fool proof and 5 minute friendly. This palette has a golden undertone that’s extra fitting for summer but according to the website, there’s also a taupey toned version floating around somewhere…hmmmmm.

L’OREAL | Lash Paradise Mascara + Swatch

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Once in a while, a lucky makeup product drops from the sky, gets blessed by unicorns and suddenly becomes the hot new thing to sell off of every shelf. Sure the photogenic metallic pink packaging does help but the L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara’s rise to fame took me by surprise. 
THE BASICS
Brand: L’Oreal
Product: Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara (WP)
Size: 7.61ml
Price: $13.99 CAD (approx.)
Availability: Walmart, Ulta (Drugstores nationwide)
Would I (re)purchase: Probably not.
Website: www.lorealparis.ca

INGREDIENTS: Aqua/Water/Eau, Paraffin, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Carnauba Wax/Cire De Carnauba, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Styrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire Dabeille, Synthetic Beeswax, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polybutene, Cetyl Alcohol, Steareth-20, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Steareth-2, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Acacia Senegal Gum, Tribehenin, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Behenate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Disodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Silica, Tetrasodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, BHT, [+/- May Contain/Peut Contenir: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/Iron Oxides, CI 77007/Ultramarines]. B195342/1.

DESIGN & APPLICATION
Lash Paradise is an extension of L’Oreal’s long loved Voluminous mascara range which has been a makeup artist and magazine favourite long before bloggers were even a thing. This new reincarnation is packaged in a lightweight metallic pink tube with corresponding gold detailing. L’Oreal promises a feathery soft fringe with both length and volume.
With a classic bristle tipped brush, the shape slightly resembles a peanut – a longer profile with a dip in the center – this mascara holds a creamy formula but doesn’t actually deposit very much product so layering is required to build up intensity. I found the brush shape a little challenging to get to all my lash hairs but this tends to be part of the learning process of any new lash product and with a little practice, I could make it work. Lash Paradise went on very smoothly with little to no clumping but there seems to be a threshold where the mascara would no longer layer so volume capped at about 3 coats.
I would call the results natural on my fine straight lashes.
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SHU UEMURA LASH CURLER + L’OREAL LASH PARADISE

WEAR & LONGEVITY
Wearing the waterproof version, as I always do with mascaras, Lash Paradise initially held my curls reasonably well but within a few hours it was noticeable that my lashes were loosing lift though it never went full flat. With a full day’s wear, there was a small amount of smudging, especially at the outer corners (#highcheekboneproblems) but there wasn’t any flaking. The mascara did loose it ooomph throughout the day but I felt it still held on fine until night time. As it did not rank high on the curl test, it wouldn’t be a choice for swimming or intense outdoor activities.
THINGS TO NOTE | Not for oily eyelids, not the best for super straight lashes, not a maximum impact mascara.

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THE FINAL VERDICT

L’Oreal’s Lash Paradise mascara is a decent everyday option for those who already have long lashes but want a little extra darkness, depth and definition. Between both its lengthening and volumizing claims, I’d say it’s more of the latter although other options at a lower price point also provide similar if not better volume. The formula has a good consistency and is easy to work with but beyond the basics, it didn’t dramatically wow me one way or the other. I have seen others with beautiful results so this might just be me and my challenging lashes but I feel Lash Paradise just caught a lucky social media wave and was hyped up a little more than what it actually is. Good for everyday but much too expensive for a drugstore product.

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Rimmel | Colour Precise Eyeliner Pen – bright blue & white !

REVIEW

Oh eyeliner. I am forever chasing the next best colour, formula and gadget. While black (and recently brown) has been my colour of choice, there’s no hiding the audible squeal when I saw these new Rimmel liquid liner pens because – brace yourselves – it comes in white! Now that’s something you don’t see everyday… but how do these really perform?

THE BASICS
Brand: Rimmel London
Product: 24 Hour Colour Precise Eyeliner Pen*
Size: 1ml
Colours: 001 Black, 002 Blue, 003 White
Price: $8-10CAD
Availability: Drugstore nationwide.
Would I (re)purchase: Probably not.
If these remind you of a mix between the Stila Stay All Day liner and the Maybelline Studio Precise liner, you aren’t alone. Over the years, the pen format has become my everyday staple because I can do it with one hand plus it fits neat and small into my traveling makeup bag. These Rimmel Colour Precise options features a very long felt tip nib that’s well loaded with product from all sides. Medium and thick lines are easy to achieve and I love that the entire tip is flexible right down to the base. The body of the pen itself has an every so slight contoured grip 3/4 way along the barrel for a comfortable grip – a small but welcomed detail!

INGREDIENTS: Aqua / Water / Eau, Styrene / Acrylates / Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Methylpropanediol, Kaolin, Poloxamer 407, PPG-70 Tocophereth-100, Coco-Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Laureth-12 Sulfate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Ammonium Hydroxide, Simethicone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Steareth-4, BHT, Sorbic Acid, Steareth-20. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

All three colours are generally well pigmented with black being the best coverage in a single swipe and white needing 2-3 tries to build full opacity. The finish has a slight sheen and is not quite glossy nor matte. Annoyingly this is where to problems being. Both the blue and white bleed into the find lines of your skin pretty obviously and it’s especially hard to build up the white liner evenly without simply smearing off your first stroke. 

The formula itself forms a film of colour which although not wet, continues to feel tacky and never seems to completely dry but instead always feeling a little sticky to the touch even minutes after applying. While it claims to have all day wear this is not something I would suggest to anyone with oily eyelids, monolid or hooded eyes who generally have a hard time with liner to begin with. Note that this liner is also not waterproof or even water resistant and will begin to dissolved within a few seconds of getting wet so it’s a no-go for hot or humid climates either.
But perhaps my biggest concern is the absolutely faulty packaging design. The cap locks to the pen with a very small ridge and doesn’t click in like most pen products. It’s ridiculously easy to accidentally knock off the cap and now imagine loose liquid eyeliner tumbling in your purse all day. Need I say more? 
THE FINAL VERDICT

Rimmel’s 24HR Colour Precise Eyeliner Pen is a liquid eyeliner that’s dispenses beautiful easy strokes with its flexible felt tipped nib. The product looks bright on first application but unfortunately stays tacky to the touch and both the blue and white are hard to build up in opacity. It’s lack of dry down and lack of waterproof qualities makes it a bad choice for humid climates. The only colour with some promise is 001 Black as it’s rich and smooth but the wear time plus the awfully designed cap are still downfalls. For the price point, it’s better to skip this one altogether.

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#RimmelKate15 | When good things collide

Spokesmodels come and go frequently these days in the beauty industry but if there’s one ultimate collaboration that lasts the years it would be Rimmel and Kate Moss. That’s right, we’re talking 15 years and that’s longer than all the years I’ve been wearing makeup. In fact, Rimmel was the one to ignite my love affair with lipsticks and to this day they are still some of my drugstore favourites.
Top – Bottom | Lasting Finish #30 | Lasting Matte #107 & #111 | Lasting Nude #45 & #41

As one of their best selling products, the Lasting Finish lipsticks* currently come in three collections with various finishes and full range of gorgeous colours.
  • Lasting Finish (Original): In their sleek black tubes, these were the original creamy lipsticks that were probably in the beauty bags of experimental teenagers everywhere but there’s no shame in adding these to your grown up bag because they are full colour and easy on the lips.
  • Lasting Finish Matte: A soft matte formula, these were released a few years ago as an expansion to the lipstick family and feature mostly reddish tones for those classic colour lovers who want an updated twist.
  • Lasting Finish Nude: If you’re still looking for your perfect my lips but better nude at a drugstore price point, this could be it. I squealed when I first saw them on the shelves and prompted decided I needed three all at once. I believe they are the same formula as the originals but the whole theme is focused on nude shades. Number #45 is actually a perfect MLBB colour that I already wear often and #41 is a new pinky nude addition.

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Back to School Skincare + Giveaway | ft. Vichy

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Back to school can be a stressful time; getting up too early, staying up too late and if you’re in university or college it means meeting new people in your classes all over again – talk about breakout inducing triggers all rolled into one! In collaboration with Vichy, I’m here to show you ways to customize an anti-acne routine for combination skin types like mine with some extra tips on mixing up your products.

Haven’t met Vichy yet? They are a French skincare line founded in 1930s based around the healing properties of thermal spring water which is still the foundation of all their products. They are widely available in the beauty pharmacy side of drugstores like Shoppers Drug Mart and London Drugs. Now an world wide brand,Vichy creates targeted skincare ranges for total body care.

PRODUCTS SHOWN

(Note: I only had the old packaging of the cleanser, the new bottles are what you’ll see in stores and on their website.)

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    GIVEAWAY
    Are you a Canadian reader? Vichy Canada has got an extra surprise for you! Share your experience with Vichy products and win a 3 piece Normaderm skincare set to mix into your own routine.

    DETAILS:

    • Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget (below), comment and log it in! 
    • For more chances to win, don’t forget to Tweet this giveaway (I’ve enabled it for daily points)!
    • Remember that only entries logged in Rafflecopter will be counted as this helps me keep track of everyone who entered and the total amount of entries.
    • Open to: Canadian Residents (or if you have a Canadian address that Vichy can ship to!)
    • Giveaway closes: Sunday, August 28th 2016
    • Winner to be chosen by random number generator, check back to this post to see the winner displayed on the Rafflecopter widget!
    • Giveaway winner to be contacted via the email registered on Rafflecopter so please use a recent address.
    Good luck,