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πŸ¦„ Skincare Roundup Part II – Some Stuff from Sephora πŸ˜Š

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve gotten really intense about my skincare routine. For this post I’ll reviewing three products I’ve been using; Indie Lee CoQ-10 Rebalancing toner, Farsali Polynesian Beauty Oil, and Herbivore Moonfruit Night Treatment. I’m definitely seeing the value in having an in depth skin routine. It might seem strange or excessive, but in my opinion, you get great results out of your skin if you put the time into it. That’s just me, though! So let’s get into the products…

First up is the Indie Lee CoQ-10 Rebalancing toner (I accidentally took a picture of the French side, ‘lotion’ translates to ‘toner’ 😊).

I ditched toners years ago for some reason, and I can’t remember the last time I used one. Probably in my early high school years (2006/2007ish). Needless to say, toners have gotten much more sophisticated since then and this product is a testament to that!

The packaging is really lovely. It has a frosted glass bottle which makes it feel “luxurious”, so to speak. The bottle has a spritz applicator, which makes it easy to apply. For a while, I used it with a cotton ball, but I found I saved more product to spray it directly onto my face, then smooth it in with a cotton ball afterwards.

It feels very cooling on the face; this toner can in fact be used as a cooling spray on hot days. I have not tried this yet, as Ontario temperatures are now officially in the teens β˜ƒοΈ

I use this before I apply the Fresh Rose water hydrating toner. I personally like the extra toner, but it’s totally optional! I definitely recommend this if you have normal, combination, or oily skin. My skin hasn’t been dry lately, so I can’t speak to how this product works for dry skin. I will almost certainly be repurchasing this πŸ‘

Next is the Farsali Volcanic Elixer Polynesian Beauty Oil. Unfortunately, I really didn’t like this product. While the packaging is amazing, I found after using this that I personally do not like beauty oils. I do not think that this product has any thing inherently wrong with it; it has pretty good reviews from those that like it. I found the smell to be very strong as well, which was slightly off putting.

Lastly is the Moonfruit Night Treatment by Herbivore. This product can be used as both a night moisturiser orsleeping mask, depending on how thickly you apply it. I have only been using it as a night moisturiser so far.

The packaging is really cute, and simplistic in a way that is somewhat vintage. The jar is comes in is glass, and there is a really good amount of product for the price. The fact that the moisturiser itself is a pale blue definitely sold me on it. It does not go on blue, and is transparent when blended it.

This product has quite a distinct smell to it; at first I thought it was lavender, but did not see lavender as one of the ‘superfruit essences’ that had been added. I will have to check the full ingredient list to establish whether it’s actually lavender that I’m smelling, or whether it is the combination of fruits and flowers in the product. The consistency is not greasy or oily at all.

All in all, aside from the strong smell (which fades very quickly), I really like this moisturiser!

That is all for part II of my skincare reviews!

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πŸ’– Ispy September 2018! πŸ’–

I haven’t given a run down on my Ipsy bags aside from one, and I’m going to make an effort to keep doing that! I recieved my Ipsy for September a few days ago. I haven’t tested the products yet, so this will be more of a “first impressions” post. I’ve been getting Ipsy for fiveish months or so, and I’m always pretty pleased with what they send. The products are travel-sized and often even full sized.

The first product is “Microdermabrasion Age-Defying Exfoliator” by Dr. Brandt. I haven’t used anything from this line before, but I’m super happy it turned up. Since I’ve gotten obsessed with skincare I’ve been looking for a good HG exfoliator, and getting these mini ones is great for trying them out.

The next product is probably my favourite from September’s Ipsy – the Insanely Intense Tattooed Eyeliner by Skone Cosmetics. The shade I recieved it in is “Jet Black”. I really like the packaging, firstly, cute and/or unique packaging is definitely a plus for me.

The liner itself has a felt tip, which is my personal favourite for eyeliners (I think I’ll do a roundup type post for my current eyeliners soon). See below:

When I swatched it, it went on very easily and is very pigmented. After about 30 seconds, it dried completely and didn’t smudge, even after rubbing it:

My apologies for the awkward hand swatch, I’m still learning how to take good ones πŸ˜‚

I’m definitely excited to try this out, and I’ll have actual eye look with it soon.

The next one is a small eyeshadow duo by Manna Kadar Beauty. The shade is called “Nemesis”, and at first look this is a really nice, simple duo for fall. I have blue eyes, so brown and gold is especially good for me.

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Both colours hold up really well under regular and flash lighting, and both go on very easily, are quite pigmented and are soft to the touch. While the gold shade is more shimmery in the palette, it smooths out to a very even metallic-foil finish, with no fallout. I can definitely see myself getting a lot of use out of this, and will most certainly use it for an eye look coming up! The only drawback is that the little palette is very hard to open, even with short-medium nails.

Next is Luna Translucent Powder in “White Sand” from Luna by Luna. Unfortunately, this one came a bit broken. This is the first thing I’ve ever gotten from Ipsy that was broken, and I’ve gotten quite a few, so I won’t hold it against them, sometimes it happens! Either way, the powder is still usable. It’s extremely soft, and I’m looking forward to trying it out.

Lastly, another Luxie brush! I’ve gotten five of these from Ipsy, and they are genuinely amazing. This one is called “the Goodnight Brush 110″, at least that is what others are calling it!

The design is really nice, and reminds me of the Art Deco style a little bit! The bristles are actually red, not orange as they appear in the photos.

The brush’s shape is flat and circular, with denser bristles towards the bottom. In my opinion, this would be really good for stippling small areas of the face (contour, highlight, colour correcting, etc). The bristles are very soft, too. Again, the bristles are much more red to the eye than on camera.

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That’s it for September 2018’s Ipsy! I’m still really impressed overall with Ipsy; it’s been a great way to try out new products and brands I might not have had access to otherwise.

I hope everyone has a wonderful evening! 😚

✌ ekw

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πŸ¦„ Skincare Roundup: Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Series + Viper Venom πŸ‰

A few weeks ago, I picked up some Nip + Fab products from Shopper’s Drugmart here in Canada. I think I have only used one of their products before, but I can’t remember which one. It was a few years ago for sure. I was looking for things that were a bit of a “step up” in intensity from the basic moisturisers and such I’d been using. I picked up the Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum, the Dragon’s Blood Fix Hyaluronic Acid Shot, the Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Mask, and the Viper Venom Eye Fix.

The Dragon’s Blood Plumping Serum probably one of the best serums I’ve tried. It absorbs super quick, and for a few seconds the skin is a bit sticky, but after it dries, the skin is super hydrated without a trace of oiliness or greasyness.

It has a bit of a strong smell, sort of a sweet yet artificial smell. I like the smell of it a lot, it’s not bad at all.

I use it in conjunction with the Hyaluronic Acid Shot, but the serum already contains hyaluronic acid, so this second product only adds to the hydrating power.

The Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Shot, as I mentioned above, is an amazing add on to the serum, and can also be used on it’s own.

The hyaluronic acid shot comes with a very useful eyedropper applicator with a clear glass tube. This allows the user to control how much of this product they mix with their serum or moisturiser very easily.

Like the serum, this product is extremely moisturising, and dries quickly with the same sticky finish, but this one absorbs even quicker. It has a thin, somewhat jelly-like consistency.

Depending on the time of day, I either mix this in with my serum or I use before the serum directly on my skin. In the morning I use 2-3 drops of it with a small amount of serum, which is more than enough for my entire face. In the evening I apply it directly on my skin before applying the serum, which is more moisture intensive. I wait about 15 minutes or so, then follow up with the serum. This product can be mixed with other brands of serums/moisturisers, of course, but in my opinion it would be best to pick one with a similar function as the Nip + Fab serum.

Additionally, if you are new to hyaluronic acid (as I was), make sure to work up to using it a bit at a time to ensure you don’t overwhelm your skin.

This one is not from Nip + Fab’s Dragon’s Blood line, but from their Viper Venom line. At the store I visited, this was the only eye product available from Nip + Fab, although they do have more than just this.

This product has a metal roller ball applicator and a gel that is somewhat watery. The rollerball helps with undereye circles due to the coolness of the metal, and the product itself helps tighten the area and does an amazing job clearing undereye circles.

Personally, I prefer to use eye products that are in a cream/gel form, and that come in a pot or tube, but I will definitely use the rest of this product up. I wish there was a way to see clearly how much product is left, but aside from that, this is a pretty well-rounded product!

The final Nip + Fab product I picked up was the Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Mask. Like the others in this line, this mask has a formulation if Dragon’s Blood extract and hyaluronic acid; and it can be used as a regular mask that you wash off after 15-20 minutes, or can be used as a sleeping mask. I haven’t actually tried it as a sleeping mask yet (I have yet to try a sleeping mask at all!), but as a regular mask, it compliments the other products perfectly.

That’s it for my review of these products! I have a bunch of other skincare reviews coming up as well. If you found this helpful, please like and follow for more reviews 😊 if you’ve used this line also, let me know what you think!

✌ ekw

A Whole Bunch of Skincare [my current routine] πŸ¦„

Recently, I’ve completely overhauled my skin care routine, and it’s made all the difference.

When I was in middle school, I used to use only cleanser, toner, and moisturiser. High school and up until about 6 months ago or so, I used a cleanser, ditched toners, had a different moisturiser for day and night, and used the occasional mask, eye cream, and/or serum, but that was about it.

About six months ago, I decided to seriously get into skin care, and my routine has changed a lot, and I’ve added a lot of new products to my lineup. It’s made a world of difference; where my skin was dull before, it is now much, much healthier looking.

For me, skin care is a big part of feeling good mentally as well. Having clear skin makes me a lot more confident, and I think that’s true for the majority of people.

So that is what my next few posts will focus on – what I’ve been using and how I’ve been using it. In the meantime, here is what I’ve been putting into my routine so far:

Morning:

1. Cleanser

2. Balancing toner

3. Hydrating toner

4. Serum + hyuralonic acid

5. Eye treatment

6. Day moisturiser

Night:

1. Cleanser

2. Exfoliator (2-3x/week)

3. Balancing toner

4. Hydrating toner

5. Sheet mask (1x/week)

6. Clay/Gel mask (2x/week)

7. Hyaluronic acid treatment

8. Serum

9. Eye treatment

10. Night moisturiser

11. Sleeping mask (1-2x/week)

So, it naturally follows that I have a bunch of things to review and some serious recommendations to make!

πŸ’–Product Review: Firma Eyeshadow Brush + pictures!πŸ’–

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having an excellent Friday. As promised, I will be reviewing my Firma Eyeshadow Brush, which I recieved in my April 2018 Ipsy bag. I actually used this brush in the eyeshadow look I created for my CiatΓ© London review. Although I used mostly Morphe brushes (review of those coming soon too!), I used the Firma brush for the last eyeshadow colour, and its effect is easy to see. So without further ado, we will get into it!

This is the look I used in my last review. I used the following products:

Eyeliner: CiatΓ© London Starstruck (obviously!πŸ˜‚)

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked 3: “Limit”, “Factory”, and “Blackheart”.

Highlight: Too Faced LE Holiday Palette 2013: “Snowflakes” (inner corner) and “Cream Colored Ponies” (brow).

Mascara: Smashbox Full Exposure

The brush that I used to apply and blend the shade “Blackheart” is the one I’m focusing on. As I mentioned above, I recieved this Firma Beauty eyeshadow brush in my most recent Ipsy bag.

This brush has a white handle with natural coloured, bristles made from goat hair. It has slightly angled bristles.