Monday, July 29, 2013

Disappointing Product: Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

I really wanted to love this foundation...I had heard and read great reviews on it for a while and when I finally got it I was excited! But for some reason the formulation just didn't agree with my skin so I had to stop using it :(

I got the shade 100 Ivory, which suited my skin tone quite well actually! 
I have sensitive skin but haven't had a bad reaction to a foundation as bad as this one before. It made my skin very dry and created lots of little bumps quite quickly.
Even though I had a bad experience, I think that this could be a good foundation for other people. 

The foundation is creamy and has good coverage. It spreads nicely too..

It did blend out quite well - all this made it seem like the perfect product. So, it made me sad that it turned out to not be perfect for me..

Even though the foundation didn't work for me, the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer is a product that I love! It has great coverage and blends beautifully (without the skin reaction!) 

Thanks for hanging out!

Monday, July 08, 2013

The Balm "Betty-Lou Manizer" Bronzer

Let me first begin with how much I LOVE the packaging of The Balm products!!
Kinda retro, with a classy and quirky/playful feel - just makes things seem a little more special, haha! 

Anyway, I gotta say that I am impressed with this bronzer for many reasons...
The colour is a nice light brown that blends really well with my foundation. 
And it also, acts as a highlight too! Although it is first and foremost labelled as a bronzer, this baby really illuminates your face!

I like that the brown is not too overpowering like some other products I've used. 
Since I have a relatively pale complexion with sensitive skin, I don't like my bronzer to look unnatural or too bold. I'll use darker ones when I have a tan because they can compliment rather than overshadow, but on an everyday basis, I find the "Betty-Lou Manizer" (love the word play, haha) to be an appropriate shade for regular wear

Although this swatch looks shocking at first, this product does blend out nicely to give that glowing effect!

I have really been enjoying the few The Balm products that I've gotten lately, and will continue to review some more! 

Thanks for hanging out! 

Thursday, July 04, 2013

NYX Eyebrow Marker

I was hesitant to try this eyebrow marker because I was afraid it would look like I had those really artificial, drawn on eyebrows, ya know? But...I was pleasantly surprised! For my first time using an eyebrow marker, I have to say that I'm impressed. 

I picked up the shade EBM 02 Deep, which is a dark brown colour that matches my eyebrows pretty well. 
I usually use a powder by QUO that I love but wanted to try something that was convenient and easy to apply quickly. I sometimes find brow powders fall and smudge, but this marker stays put! 

It has a very fine tip which is great for precision and easy application
It fills in sparse areas nicely and doesn't look too drawn on or fake. 

I like NYX's Eyebrow Marker cause it allows me to create the shape I want in a few easy strokes and it lasts a long time
Overall, I'm quite happy with this product! I won't give up on my powders but I can see myself using this regularly (I tend to sleep in and have to get ready in a rush most days, haha)

Thanks for hanging out!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

NYX Matte Lipstick

Just so it's out there, I admit I have an obsession with lipstick. Doesn't matter if its the same colour but a different brand, I get it anyway. I just want to try them all! So, I picked up this NYX matte lipstick the other day in "Whipped Caviar".

I have actually never tried any NYX lipsticks but saw this one in the drugstore and thought, why not? They are affordable and the formulation is actually really nice! Matte lipsticks usually tend to dry my lips out but this one stays hydrated and the colour lasts longer

I've been searching for a "My Lips But Better" kind of lipstick and am very happy with this colour! On first application it matched my lips almost perfectly and then as it builds up it gets darker and prettier. 

Natural - no lipstick (indoor lighting)
"Whipped Caviar" first application (indoor lighting)
Second application (outdoor lighting)

I really do love this lipstick because its matte but doesn't dry my lips out and the colour is really pretty. Looks natural and can be worn with different looks. 
I'll definitely be trying some of the other NYX matte lipstick colours! 

Thanks for hanging out!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Pantene Ultimate BB Creme for hair

Let me first begin with a brief description of what kind of hair I have. It's naturally dark, dark brown (almost black) but I've highlighted it for years. My highlighting varied from completely blonde to streaks to peek-a-boo to ombré and now it's just kind of highlighted in the front half of my head about half way down. Long story short, my hair is very dry and damaged from, ONE the bleaching and TWO and more importantly, from a do-it-at-home hair "relaxer" I had done about 2 and a half years ago.

I had originally thought this "relaxer" was just a hair mask but I was very mistaken. After having it on for about 5 mins I realized my mistake and immediately washed it out...but alas, it was too late. It left my hair so damaged to the point that it was falling out and breaking apart. Because of this I had to get my hair cut into a short bob, twice! Which was horrifying!! And even now it is not fully recovered and I've searched high and low for some kind of miracle product that doesn't exist. 

Having said that though, I do have to say that the Pantene ProV BB Creme is a little bit of a miracle in itself...

It claims to do 10 things at once:
1. Repair rough hair 
2. Strength against damage
3. Silky softness
4. Brilliant shine
5. Smoothing 
6. Moisture 
7. Frizz control
8. Heat protection
9. Manageability 
10. Tame fly-always 

I have to say that I am really impressed with this and use it frequently! I usually apply it to my damp hair (but it can be used on dry also) and I find it helps with my natural curly frizziness, it smoothes and make my hair feel really soft - I hope it helps with damage although I know it can never be truly reversed. 

The creme doesn't make my hair feel greasy or heavy which is great! I don't apply it to my roots cause I naturally have oily roots but very dry ends. I don't need to use a lot, usually one pump coats my hair nicely and am satisfied with the end results! 

Thanks for hanging out! 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Benefit They're Real! Mascara

Okay.. So, I had heard some of the hype about this mascara but didn't really pay much attention to it since it's a little on the pricy side AND I'm not one to switch my mascaras a lot. But when Shoppers Drug Mart had a 20x the points promotion on, I figured I'd pick it up and try it out.

So...WOW! It's not very often I find a mascara that I'm over the top impressed with, but this one did it. The wand is plastic and spikey which I find grabs my lashes really well. It lengthens at first then you get more volume with a second application. Plus it has a spikey ball at the end which is good for those small little lashes! This I like since I prefer my lashes to be as bold and black as possible. 

Also, the wear time on this mascara is scary! It's almost like a waterproof mascara that won't smudge or flake all day! That's another plus that kind of justifies the price. 

I'd say I have average length eyelashes. Not abnormally long or thick - but I like to make them look that way...I think this does the job :)

Overall: I really like Benefit's products and am happy that I can add this mascara to my makeup collection as one that I would repurchase! I am thoroughly pleased with this and would highly recommend it. 

Thanks for hanging out! 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Hmm...Where to begin..

My name is Lillian but you can call me Lilly if you like. I am 20 years old from Ottawa, ON, Canada and don't know what to do with my life.
So I've decided to start this blog so I can record my thoughts on things I find interesting. 

Maybe I'll find others who share my passions and hopefully find a niche for myself somewhere in this great big world! 
So welcome! Let's be friends

A little about me, but mostly my cats: 

I've had three pet cats in my life so far :) unfortunately two have left us in the past couple years, Tina and Flloyd..but my calico fluff ball Diamond remains! On the cusp of 16 human years old (approx. 75 in cat years) Diamond is still prowling around like cats do. I love her and she hates me but we make it work ;) 

Beautiful Tina was my first cat at age 5 followed shortly by Diamond. She was the cuddliest and most loving cat in the world. After 14 years together she disappeared and sadly never returned. It was heartbreaking but inevitable as she was getting old and fragile. I miss her everyday <3

We adopted him from a neighbour who couldn't take him with them when they moved and what a great decision that was! Known as the "Yoda" of the neighbourhood cats, Flloyd was so calm, gentle and snuggly and gave us love like it was going out of style! He disappeared not too long after Tina but was also a senior cat, so maybe it was just their time. I love them all and am happy to have had the time we were given with them.

Anyway.. I love my cats and all cats for that matter and it seems the Internet does too since the amount of cat memes, youtube videos and cat Facebook pages basically dominate the web! LOL!

I'll also be posting about beauty and makeup products along with travel stuff and other things that catch my eye, so stick around :)