Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara Dupe?!

Hello lovelies! We’re so glad its the weekend! Hope everyone is getting some much needed rest and relaxation. If you haven’t yet, check out Katelyn’s wish list this week, especially if you feel like getting some retail therapy 😉

This week let’s talk about a new mascara that is already sold out in most drugstores. L’oreal recently came out with a new mascara called, L’oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise, and many have been comparing it to the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara. The packaging is almost identical and even the brush has a similar hourglass shape. Is it a dupe?! Keep reading 😉

Description

This mascara is supposed to take your lashes to paradise!? (let’s think of a sandy white beach in Hawaii) It will provide volume and length with more intense black pigments. The 200+ bristles (OMG!) will hug every lash and the formula will provide full feathery lashes that are still soft to the touch. We bought ours at Shoppers Drug Mart for about $14.99CAD. It contains 0.28oz of product and it comes in three shades: blackest black, black and black brown. And for all those who cry really easily (aka Helen), there is a waterproof formula as well.

L'Oreal Lash Paradise

 

Review

This is now become our new go-to everyday mascara. It makes your lashes look so flirty and fluttery! If you apply one coat, it looks really natural which is great for everyday, but you can also build it up without getting spidery lashes which is a look we personally don’t go for. We were so pleasantly surprised to still see your lashes up and perky despite wearing it for the whole day. It really holds a curl and it doesn’t transfer under our eyes!? The brush truly does catch every lash which is what we really enjoyed about the Too Faced mascara.

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The formula is on the drier side, so my only concern is that it will dry out quickly. We’ll have to wait and see, but so far so good. This mascara is a little pricey in comparison to other drugstore mascaras, but it has by far outperformed the ones we’ve tried, including some high end brands.

Pros Cons
  • Lengthening, volumizing
  • Long-lasting
  • Holds a curl
  • No smudging/flaking
  • Great everyday mascara
  • Pigmented
  • Hourglass shaped brush

 

  • Dry formula – tube may dry out fast
  • Pricey for drugstore

Let us know if you’ve tried this mascara and if you love it as much as we do! Tell us about the mascaras that you’ve tried that have changed your lash game. As always, share with us the products you would like to be reviewed. Have an awesome day and stay tuned for Helen’s weekly wish list next week Thursday!

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind vs. Fit Me Concealer

Hello beauty lovers! Sorry for the delayed post but we couldn’t resist the sunshine we rarely have nowadays. Hope you had a chance to see Katelyn’s extra long wish list this week (hope your wallets aren’t totally empty). This week we are venturing into the world of concealers. To start our journey we’ll be comparing TWO concealers from Maybelline that are infamous in the beauty world.

Description – Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment

This concealer will instantly create a more radiant and refreshed under-eye. The formula containing goji berry and haloxyl helps to erase the appearance of dark circles and fine lines, while also reducing puffiness around the eyes. This retails typically for $8.99USD/$12.99CAD for 6ml.

Description – Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

The Fit Me concealer provides a flawless appearance that is still natural; leaving the skin looking fresh. A translucent base and lightweight pigments allows the natural characteristics of the skin to show through. It is non-comedongenic, dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested and fragrance-free. This retails for $6.99USD/$10.99CAD for 6.8ml.

Review

Let’s start with the Instant Age Rewind concealer. Ever since we began watching Youtube beauty gurus, the concealer that everyone seemed to always mention was this Maybelline concealer. It was the classic, never fail, drugstore concealer that all makeup lovers raved about. It took us a while to purchase this product because, in our opinion, it is quite pricey for a drugstore concealer, but we eventually caved and we can see why so many people use this. It’s a great everyday concealer and brightens up the under-eyes while diminishing the look of dark circles. Our sensitive skins seem to approve of this formula. It blends well and doesn’t clump, however it can crease so be sure to set it. The sponge-tip applicator also makes it very easy to apply the concealer. While it claims to help with reducing puffiness and fine lines, neither one of us have really noticed a difference in that department. The only real con to this concealer is that it doesn’t have a great shade range. We’ve only tried one shade, but as far we can tell most people have liked only the “Neutralizer” shade, which makes it super limiting for other skin tones.

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Shade: Neutralizer

In comparison, the Fit Me concealer is a relatively newer launch. However, it’s been around long enough to also become a cult favourite among beauty gurus too. It got a lot of hype because it was labeled as a dupe for the infamous and well-loved “Nars Creamy Concealer.” We’ve never tried it before (cuz das expensif…) but when we heard that there was a drugstore concealer that was comparable we couldn’t resist. What we’ve found is this one is also a great everyday concealer, especially if you are looking for something with more opaque coverage when you’ve been on a Netflix binge 😉 Bai bai panda eyes!! It gives more coverage than the Instant Age Rewind but is also a slightly thicker consistency – don’t worry though, it’s still a pretty light formula and blends out seamlessly to cover dark circles. It also has an easy to use doe-foot applicator that applies the product well and has a decent shade selection. Keep in mind that this concealer will crease too if you don’t set it with a powder, especially since the formula is a little thicker than the Age Rewind. Helen has also found that when her under eye area is very very sensitive and dry in the winter, this concealer isn’t the best one to use since it does exaggerate the dry patches and irritates the skin slightly. However, most the year, it’s still a staple for Helen.

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Shade: Light 10

The major differences between the two is the coverage and shade selection. The Fit Me concealer provides more coverage, while the Age Rewind provides lighter coverage which makes it a great everyday concealer. Sometimes you don’t need that full coverage concealer; all you need is a little something to brighten up the eye area. 

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Bottom: Fit Me (10 Light), Top: Age Rewind (Neutralizer)

Fit Me Age Rewind
  • Great pigmentation, opaque
  • Decent shade selection
  • Easy to use doe-foot applicator
  • Blends well
  • Can cling to dry patches
  • Can crease
  • Good pigmentation, light coverage
  • Great everyday concealer
  • Good for sensitive skin
  • Easy to use sponge tip applicator
  • Blends well
  • Doesn’t clump
  • Can crease

Do you have one of these yet? If so, let us know what you think in the comments below, we love hearing from you! Feel free to also let us know if you’ve found some other great drugstore concealers and maybe we’ll give it a go as well. We hope you have a fantastic week, see you back Thursday!

Nyx: Butter Lipstick

Bonjour friends! Had a fantastic week so far? We sure hope so! We also hope you had a chance to check out last week’s blog post on Pantene’s Moisture Mist. If you haven’t already, check it out! It’s one of our favourite hair products and it’s a drugstore item, readily available – what are you waiting for? 😉

This week we’ll be kickin’ it back to an oldie but a goodie… ready for some lip swatches?

Description

You can find up to 34 different shades in the Butter Lipsticks range from Nyx . It’s supposed to deliver highly saturated colour that gives you a full-yet-lightweight coverage with a satin finish. It retails for $6USD/$8.99CAD.

 

Left to right: Boardwalk, West Coast, Snowcone, Licorice

Left to right: Boardwalk, West Coast, Snowcone, Licorice

Review

We first discovered this range at London Drugs before the brand exploded to what it is now. The Nyx displays are significantly larger than most of the brands at the drugstore. A full blown Nyx-only cosmetic store just opened up in our city!? This brand has really taken off and for good reason. These Butter Lipsticks were a stepping stone for us and has inspired many other purchases from Nyx (future reviews 😉 ).When we first bought these lippies, it came in a set of three and as you all know why buy one when you can get three for a lower price 😛 Needless to say, we bought more after trying a set.

This is definitely a good lipstick at the drugstore; there is a good selection of colours and it is very pigmented and creamy. There is a subtle scent which we think kind of smells like a slightly sweet crayon, but it is not overpowering at all and after application it isn’t noticeable. In terms of the packaging, we love that it’s colour coordinated, so it makes it easy to spot and choose one within our collection of lip products.

As this is a cream lipstick it is not very long lasting and transfers easily. This is the main reason why we prefer some higher end brands, however for it’s price it is a good lipstick in our opinion.

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Boardwalk – previously known as Snow Cap; beige with pink undertone

West Coast – previously known as Candy Buttons; peachy pink

Snowcone – previously known as Taffy; fuscia 

Moonlit Night – previously known as Licorice; deep burgundy

Pros Cons
  • Good pigmentation
  • Creamy
  • Colour-coordinated packaging
  • Affordable
  • Good colour selection
  • Transfers, not longlasting 

Let us know if you give these lippies a try and share with us which shades are your favourite. We didn’t get to post a wishlist last week, but for this week Katelyn will share a few extra things on her shopping wish list (soon to be in her credit card statement 😛 ).

bareMinerals: Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Bonjour! Hope all of you have survived your week and are currently enjoying your weekend. Have you checked out Katelyn’s wishlist? Let us know if you think any of those items are worth purchasing or if there are other products you think we should try!

This week we are revisiting an oldie but a goodie…the bareMinerals powder foundation. The first time we tried this product was back in our high school days…and that was quite a while ago.

Description

This is a mineral-based foundation that provides flawless coverage while delivering a natural luminous finish. It contains creamy minerals that have been clinically proven to improve the appearance of skin over time. It buffs into the skin seemlessly and it feels as if you aren’t wearing any foundation. The formula contains no parabens, sulfates or phthalates and is free of preservatives, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, GMOs, triclosan, talc, oil, waxes and fragrances.

A 8g container costs $36CAD/$28.50USD (same for original and matte foundation). There are a total of 32 colours with many different undertones (pink, olive, neutral). This product has also been an Allure Reader’s Choice Award Winner for 10 years(!!!).

Suggested usage:

– Swirl a small amount of the product into the lid with a face brush until all the minerals are tucked into the bristles

– Tap away excess. No visible minerals should be on the outside of the brush.

– Buff the foundation into the skin with circular motions, starting on the perimeter of the your face near your cheekbone, swirling as you go. Buff around your face and then approach your forehead, cheeks, and nose. (Note: this is what is recommended although we usually work the product from the center of our face outwards. That way, we get more coverage around the center of our faces where we may have more redness or discoloration.)

– Keep buffing until you satisfied with the coverage

*Remember less is more when applying this foundation

Review

This foundation has been a staple in our makeup regime for years and for good reason. For a powder, it gives great medium coverage that is buidable while still feeling lightweight. Application is super smooth and it blends into the skin very well which gives you a beautiful natural finish. It looks like your skin but better, so it’s a great everyday foundation!

Despite being a powder, the foundation is not drying at all. It’s great for various skin types, including sensitive, oily, combo or acne prone skin (PS. Katelyn has combo skin and Helen has sensitive combo skin). This foundation has never once irritated our often tempermental skin 😛

The colour selection for this foundation is amazing. We love how BareMinerals has taken into account various undertones within a similar shade range. It reminds us how unique and different our skin is, which is a beautiful thing don’t you think? ❤

It can sometimes cling to dry patches, but even with a liquid foundation the results would be similar. In terms of application we can see that it can be a bit messy when depositing the powder into the lid, but if you are careful it shouldn’t create much of a mess. This product contains an ingredient called “mica” which can clog your pores, but we personally haven’t experienced this ourselves. The foundation is pretty longwearing, but towards the end of the day we do get a bit shiny (happens for almost every foundation we’ve used though).

 

Full face of make up done! Foundation, blush, bronzer, under eye concealer, mascara

This foundation is also travel-friendly! In terms of packaging, the foundation does twist open and locks easily and securely – we’ve never experienced a spill. Since the packaging is also plastic, it’s very durable. Given that the foundation itself is a powder, it’s definitely a great foundation to carry with you on the plane if you’d like!

Just a sidenote, Helen has used both matte and original formulas and she has found that the results are pretty much the same. The original formula gives you a natural finish while the matte of course mattifies your skin more, but after a few hours the matte foundation ends up giving you the same finish and they both look natural.

Pros Cons
  • Natural finish 
  • Buildable
  • Lightweight
  • Non-drying
  • Longwearing
  • Great for sensitive, combo, oily, or acne prone skin
  • Wide range of colours
  • Smooth, not patchy
  • Great everyday foundation
  • Travel-friendly
  • Can cling to dry patches
  • Some may find it messy
  • Contains mica – can clog pores?

We hope this review was helpful to you! It was great to share a makeup product that has been a holy grail item for us. Share with us a product that you’ve loved for a longtime in the comments below! 🙂 See you Thursday!

 

Covergirl: The Super Sizer Mascara

Ola! Hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing weekend. Its the Easter break for us in Canada and the sun has happily joined us. Hope you found our last post on the Revlon brow pencil helpful! Although it wasn’t one of our absolute favourites, everyone has different preferences and that’s what keeps things interesting!

For this week we are focusing on the flirtatious feature that is our lashes 😉 Mascara has been one of the makeup items that we’ve constantly been buying and testing since we first started playing with makeup. We’ve heard lots of hype over this Covergirl mascara from Youtubers and bloggers so we decided to try it out for ourselves.

Description

This mascara from the LashBlast line claims to give you 400% more volume for a full fanned out look. With just a twirl, even the smallest lashes are said to be transformed to give a super sized lash look (hence the name 😛 ). It is opthalmologically tested and suitable for those who wear contacts.

It comes in three colours: Very Black 800, Black 805, Black Brown 810. We paid $6.97 CAD (on sale) for this 0.4oz/12ml tube of mascara, however prices can range from ~$6-9 CAD and generally cost around the same in the US.

Covergirl Super Sizer Mascara

Review

This product definitely gives you lash definition and the Very Black formula we’ve tried gives you lashes you can actually see! With this mascara, you get nice volume while also adding some length. The formula a good balance, so its not too thick or too wet. It’s very easy to apply and the fine tip brush allows you to reach those stubborn lashes at the inner and outer corners. Whether you have short or long lashes, we think this is a great everyday mascara for anyone.

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The formula is buidable, however it can become clumpy when you try to build it up too much, so that’s why we always have a lash comb on hand just in case we get carried away. Also, we found that this mascara isn’t totally smudge-proof and can transfer a little onto the lower lash line, although we’ve never had a huge issue with raccoon eyes. It’s also able to hold a curl pretty well, even by the end of the night.

We definitely suggest you wait for a sale if you want to try this product! Prices range from ~$6-9 and based on our many trips to the makeup aisle, we can confidently say that Covergirl has sales pretty frequently, so there is no need to pay full price. All in all, it’s a great mascara with an affordable price tag – the perfect everyday mascara!

Pros Cons
  • Lash defining
  • Very Black colour is super black
  • Volumizing and lengthening
  • Fine tip brush, easy to apply, get in the corners
  • Good formula (not too thick or wet)
  • Great everyday mascara
  • Can get clumpy
  • Can transfer a little

We haven’t tried the waterproof formula yet so let us know in the comments below which you prefer! We hope you have a great week, thanks for commenting and liking! Check back on Thursday if you want to see Katelyn’s Weekly Wishlist 🙂

Revlon: ColorStay Brow Pencil

Aloha beautiful people! (It’s raining where we are, so sometimes we like to imagine we are on the sunny sandy beaches of Hawaii 😛 ) Hope you were able to catch our last post on Bite lipglosses. The colours are seriously out of this world…If you like shiny, metallic, beautiful lips then check out last weeks post for a full review and swatches.

For this week we are focusing on the facial feature that is known for “framing” your face (insert voguing dance moves)… THE BROWS! The only product, aside from concealer (because that is a must-have), that Katelyn could not live without is a brow pencil. Her collection of brow pencils has grown extensively over the years, so doing a review on the Revlon ColorStay Brow Pencil was a no-brainer.

Description

The Revlon Colorstay Brow Pencil has an angled tip on one side to help fill your brows accurately and precisely, along with a spoolie brush on the other side to help blend. The colour is soft, blendable, and waterproof so your brows should stay on all day. There are 5 different shades: blonde, soft brown, auburn, dark brown, and soft black. They retail for about $10.99 CAD and $6.45 USD for 0.01 oz.

To define your brows, outline your desired brow shape with the angled tip first. Then fill in sparse areas with the flat side. Use the spoolie to blend the colour out.

Review

Katelyn has been a die-hard fan of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz for a long time but unfortunately that pencil costs an arm and a leg coming in at $27CAD… The Revlon ColorStay brow pencil is a steal in comparison at $10.99 (standard for drugstore brow pencils). The formula is very pigmented and creamy and the shade selection is pretty standard for brow products. However, the addition of a “soft black” shade is something we can appreciate, because no black/brunette wants to look like they used a felt tip liner to draw in their brows. The shade Katelyn uses is “Dark brown” and it’s a fairly good match especially since her hair is a bit lighter than her usual brown/black hair. The big spoolie attached to the other end of the pencil is her favourite part of this pencil. It seamlessly blends out the product which helps give a more natural finish (trying to avoid the sharpie look).

As someone who is not blessed with full and bushy brows, Katelyn has always preferred brow pencils with finer tips. The small tip gives her more control/precision and allows her to make thin strokes that look more natural, especially in her sparser areas. Because the tip of the Revlon pencil is so wide, it’s difficult to create life-like hairs. The formula is a bit too creamy and catches onto certain parts of the brow, thus making application look uneven. So, lots of blending with the spoolie is needed to get the natural look Katelyn is going for. This product claims to be long-lasting, but alas it was no match for her oily skin 😛 It lasts a decent amount of time but it is not smudge proof. A couple of hours after applying this product, she accidentally rubbed her face and erased the tip of her brow in the process. Needless to say she felt quite lopsided for the rest of the day.

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End result w/ lots of blending

A reminder that this is just her personal opinion. Everyone has a preference for how they want their brows to look. Based on her experience, we think this product would be better suited for people with fuller brows because it wouldn’t appear to look unnatural on them. We can see the benefit a of wider tip; it takes only a few strokes to fill in your brow, so it can be a great time saver for some. All in all, her brows definitely look fuller using this pencil, but it is not as sculpted and natural as she would like them to be. Looks like she’ll be sticking to her fine tip pencils for the time being 🙂

Pros Cons
  • Cheaper than high-end brow products (not super cheap)
  • Pigmented
  • Spoolie
  • Standard colour range (except “soft back”)
  • Not precise
  • Better suited for those with fuller brows
  • Looks unnatural without lots of blending or can easily look unnatural
  • Not very long-lasting

Let us know if anyone of you tried this product? Comment below and share what your favourite brow product is. We’re always looking for ways to keep our brows on FLEEK!

Bite Beauty: Prismatic Pearl Creme Lip Gloss

Konnichiwa 🙂 How was your week? We hope you had a lovely one filled with sunshine! Unfortunately, Vancouver, or should we say Raincouver, was anything but sunny but we hope our blog can be your little sliver of sunshine 🙂 By the way, did any of you try the Colourpop eyeshadows we reviewed last week? If you haven’t yet, check out last week’s post – their shadows are amazing!

This week we’ll be looking into some high shine glosses… they aren’t for the faint of heart so if you’re ready, let’s get started!

Description

As the name suggests, the Prismatic Pearl Creme Lip Glosses are a line of metallic pearl glosses by the wonderful Bite Beauty. They are multi-dimensional, high shine shades that give a modern, metallic lip look. Made with shea butter, they are also meant to help keep your lips soft and hydrated. There are 7 colours and they retail for $22 USD or $25 CAD for 0.14 oz or 4.14 mL.

Lip trio

Top to bottom: Oyster Pearl, Rose Pearl, Champagne Pearl

Review

Why don’t we start off by saying that these glosses are … absolutely stunning!! Helen has definitely fallen deeply in love with these glosses fast. Having loved everything Bite Beauty since it first came out, we definitely had to give these guys a try – especially with metallic lips being so on trend these days! And fear not – they don’t disappoint! In fact, it was truly love at first sight for Helen.

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Note the iridescence at different angles

The formula also feels hydrating without being too sticky. There is a little bit of tackiness, but definitely not a major issue by any means. It has a subtle, light fruity scent too, a natural fruity scent since Bite products are made with food-grade, edible ingredients – have your lip gloss and eat it too! Just kidding 😉

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Bare lips

Champagne Pearl: Metallic champagne with nude and gold shimmer. This one is definitely one of the more muted shades but still incredibly beautiful and metallic.

Rose Pearl: Metallic rose with green and violet shimmer (mainly violet, don’t worry, your lips will definitely not be green). This gloss is a tad on the streaky side compared to the other glosses but still not too bad. Just be careful when you are layering up the gloss. Colour-wise, this one is still our fave!

Oyster Pearl: Metallic taupe silver shimmer, slight purple undertones. With the taupe and silver in this gloss, it almost gives a cosmic look – really cool!

The only downside to these glosses are probably the cost. For $25 CAD a piece, these glosses don’t run cheap. But considering how they are made with amazing, natural ingredients… maybe that helps to justify the price a little. They also don’t have a huge colour range – but hopefully they’ll come out with more soon!

Overall though, we would still highly recommend these lip glosses. The colours are very unique and flattering on a range of skin tones. If you’re into the metallic lip trend right now or just love a good shimmer gloss, try this one out! They are so mesmerizing, you won’t be disappointed!

Lip trio + arm swatches

Top to bottom: Champagne Pearl, Rose Pearl, Oyster Pearl

Pros Cons
  • High shine without being chunk 
  • Multi-dimensional glitter
  • Flattering, unique colours
  • Smells nice
  • Made with good ingredients
  • Cost $$
  • Limited colour range
  • Slightly tacky

Thank you so much for tuning in this week! Let us know if you give one of these glosses a try or if you try out any other Bite Beauty products, we would love to hear in the comments below! Until next week, Sayonara! 🙂

Colourpop: Supers Shock Shadows

Hello friends! Last week it was an epic battle between two face masks, but the judges were unanimous (the two of us 😛 ) and there was a clear victor in our opinion. To find out which reigned supreme, check out last weeks post!

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Wearing: Muse

It’s time for us to focus on our beautiful eyes 😉 As makeup lovers (or some would like to call addicts) we watch a good number of makeup tutorials and there was always this one brand that everyone used…Colourpop. It was so highly reviewed and loved by our favourite Youtubers that we finally bit the bullet and placed an order online with Colourpop. Along with some lippies and other face products (want a review? 😉 ), we got 4 Super Shock Shadows and spoiler alert, we love them quite dearly!

Description

The shadows are long-wearing cream-powder formula. They have an almost bouncy texture, making it a very unique shadow but still very easy to use. They’re marketed as very creamy and intensely pigmented without any fallout. You can buy these little gems for $5 USD, which translates to about $6.50 CAD, for 2.1 g or 0.07 oz.

I ❤ This: Taupe with silver sparkle

Nillionaire: Metallic bronze with pink and gold glitter

Muse: Metallic rose

Mittens: Matte plummy brown

 

Review

As we gave away earlier, these shadows are absolutely amazing, especially when considering how affordable they are and how much product you get! They have a beautiful and large colour range with a variety of finishes: matte, satin, pearlized, ultra-glitter, metallic and ultra-metallic. Regardless of the finish, they all have crazy pigmentation – not an easy feat for such a big range! They are very easy to apply –  all the finishes except for the matte shades are best applied with your fingers, but you can also use a synthetic brush fairly easily (we recommend using a brush for the matte shades for even application). When applying the metallic shades we experienced a bit of fallout but nothing too crazy. They also last all day without much fading or creasing. Whether you out at the club or you’re low-key chillin with your girls, your eyeshadow game can still be on fleek.

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Left to right: I ❤ This, Nillionaire, Muse, Mittens

The only drawback is that you can only buy their products online and that comes with shipping costs. We recommend you buy in bulk or bundle up with a friend. It’s very easy in our opinion to meet the shipping requirements 😉

Pros Cons
  • Incredibly pigmented
  • Long lasting
  • Minimal fallout
  • Easy to apply
  • Many shades and finishes
  • Easy to blend
  • Affordable and lots of product! 
  • Doesn’t crease
  • Only available online

Share with us your favourite eyeshadows! We would love an excuse to buy more 😛 Don’t forget to let us know if you want us to review anything!

Wet n Wild: MegaLast Lipsticks

Hey girl hey! Hope you all had an amazing week! Did you try the Sephora Makeup Remover clothes yet? If you haven’t, we highly recommend you give them a go! They’re really high quality cloths and make removing makeup a dream. Check out our last blog post if you want more details!

This week we are diving into the world of drugstore lipsticks – probably the cheapest ones on the market! Ready for a little Wet n Wild makeup?

Description

The MegaLast Lipsticks are advertised as a 4 hour, long wear lipstick with a semi-matte cream finish. The lip colour will not cake, feather, or bleed AND it’s made with hydrating ingredients such as Hyaluronic Microspheres (what?) and natural marine plant extracts, along with Vitamin A and E. These ingredients are meant to help the lipstick adhere to lips and help smooth lips.

It retails for a whopping $1.99 USD and about $2-3 CAD. With 26 lip colours to choose from, there’s a great variety to choose from.

Review

We first purchased the lipsticks based on a recommendation by our favourite beauty Youtuber (shout out Tati Westbrook <3!!) a couple years back. The lipsticks were always given glowing reviews and they seemed to be the cheapest lipsticks at the drugstore so we decided to give them a try! We went a little overboard and bought a boat load of colours… although we no longer wear any of them… and some have yet to be worn out of the house. Let’s start with the pros.

First off, the lipsticks are hella cheap – we have yet to find a cheaper lipstick on the market. There was actually a point in our lives whenever we saved a couple dollars, we would compare it to how many MegaLast lipsticks we could buy (Ex. We saved $4 today – that tranlates to 2 brand new lipsticks!!!). The line also has a great selection of colours, ranging from neutrals to bold colours within the red, pink, purple family. They all have great pigmentation, which is pretty amazing for such an affordable product. True to the description, they all also have a semi-matte finish, helping to make it last a little longer than a normal cream lipstick but we don’t find that it’ll last the full 4 hours.

It’s pretty cool that you can see the product through the clear packaging, plus there’s a a colour-coordinated sticker at the bottom indicating the shade you have. We also want to give mad props to the fact that Wet n Wild is marketed as cruelty-free, so they claim that they have never tested cosmetics on animals and never will.

 

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Bare lips

Now to the cons…

The biggest beef we have with these lipsticks are that they are extremely drying – like Sahara Desert dry. This makes application a little difficult since it tugs on your lips and it also makes for a patchy application. Because it’s so drying, it also doesn’t layer very well – again, patchy. It exaggerates all the lines on your lips and clings to any and all the dry patches you may have. To add the cherry on top, the packaging is pretty flimsy. The lipstick doesn’t retract all the way down so the lipstick gets on the cap really easily. The cap also tends to be very loose so be careful throwing it in your bag!

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Note the lipstick on the caps! 😡

As genuine lipstick lovers, we tried to love these over and over again but we could just never make it work. Even during this review while playing with swatches, we wanted to give them another shot… alas… we took yet another trip to the Sahara Desert. Where’s the Hyaluronic Microspheres and Vitamin A and E? Clearly slacking. If you’re on a tight budget though or you’re looking for a specific colour to fit a makeup look, we would still recommend them. The pigmentation is insane for the price and there’s a great colour range. Other than that, we would sadly pass on these lippies 😦 if you’re looking for some great drugstore options, check out Revlon or NYX – just a few dollars more but definitely better quality lipsticks (want a review? 😉 ).

Pros Cons
  • Super affordable
  • Great pigmentation
  • Good shade selection
  • Clear packaging and colour coordinated stickers
  • Cruelty-free
  • Very dry and patchy application
  • Exaggerates lines on your lips
  • Clings to dry patches
  • Flimsy packaging

We hope you found this review helpful! Please don’t be offended if this is a lipstick you swear by – we all have different makeup needs and preferences, this is just our opinion. Let us know what kind of other drugstore lipsticks you’ve tried out, we’d love to find out!

Until next week – hasta la vista!

 

 

 

Makeup Eraser DUPE: Sephora Makeup Remover Cloths

Ciao bellas! How are you doing this lovely week? Have you been looking for an amazing blush recently? Or maybe a little something to give your hair a little TLC? Check out our past few blog posts – we’ve got some fantastic recommendations! This week we have something that’ll help you take off the day – AND it’s a DUPE! Ready for the Mulan inspired photos?! Let’s go! 🙂

Description

This story begins when Helen needed a new makeup remover. She looked high and low for something that would gently remove makeup. From a friend’s recommendation, she tried the Marcelle Gentle Makeup Remover for Sensitive Skin and unfortunately, it was anything but gentle. Her eyes and skin began to sting – definitely not the best reaction… but at least it removed some makeup… right? Really wanting to make this relationship work, she tried it again the next day but had the same response, it just didn’t seem like it was meant to be. The following day, the skin around her eyes were red and raw – she even had rough dry spots around her eyelids!! What happened?! She stopped using it right away but the damage was done – her eyelids have yet to recover and are still drier than the Sahara Desert (it’s been 2 years since the fateful day). Still in search of some sort of a makeup remover, she stumbled across the Makeup Eraser at Sephora one day to see if it was worth the hype. To her surprise, it worked!!! All you had to do was wet the cloth and presto – makeup gone! Always searching for a good bargain though, she found that Sephora had their own line of makeup cloths and it worked!

The Sephora Makeup Remover Cloths, also known as “Black Magic Set of 2 Makeup Remover Cloths,” are two 8×8 machine-washable cloths that help remove makeup just by wetting the cloths with water. No extra products are needed and they can be washed and reused time and time again. They retail for $15 and can be found online or in-store at Sephora.

Review

We were skeptical at first but these cloths are truly “Black Magic.” They work just as well as the original Magic Eraser, which retails for $24, but are almost half the price. It’s crazy, but you truly only need water which means you save money from buying makeup wipes or makeup removers, plus there’s less waste! It takes off long-wear and waterproof makeup incredibly well, anything from waterproof mascara to liquid lipstick. Just to make sure we get every stitch of makeup off, both of us like to double cleanse and go in with our favourite facial cleanser (want us to do a review? 😉 ). Helen loves this especially since it’s great for sensitive skin and the cloths are very soft. Once you’ve used the cloths, they can easily be thrown into the washing machine and they’ll come out brand spanking new. They dry really quickly so you can use them multiple times throughout the day if need be. Because they also come in a convenient pouch, they are travel-friendly and great to take on the go since you only need water. One side of the cloth has finer threading, however we find that both sides work equally well in removing makeup.

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While the cloths are generally a great buy, there are just a few drawbacks. In comparison to using a cleansing oil or balm, you might find that you’ll tug at your skin a little more. However, compared to a makeup wipe or cotton rounds, it’s generally about the same “tugging” or maybe even less so. As well, the black cloth that comes in the set makes it harder to see the makeup you wipe off, making it a little difficult to tell how clean it is, though the cloth still works just as well as the purple one. Overall, we still highly recommend this product – it’s easy, convenient, budget-friendly, and great for all skin types!

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Tip: We recommend buying at least 2 sets so that you always have one on hand throughout the week. We generally use one side of the cloth for every-day makeup and both sides if we’re having a cake face day.

Pros Cons
  • Save $ on makeup removing products
  • Cheaper than the Makeup Eraser
  • Takes off the majority if not all of your makeup
  • Travel friendly
  • Great for sensitive skin
  • Easy to wash
  • Less waste
  • Pulling on your skin a little but still minimal
  • Can’t see the makeup on the black cloth

This has been a holy grail product and we foresee using it for years to come. There has been no wear and tear even after using it for so long. Try it out yourself and let us know what you think!