Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation Review

Hello beautiful people!
Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend.

I was paroozing my local drug store a couple of weeks ago, when I came across a Maybelline display with their new Dream Velvet Soft-matte hydrating foundation ($12.99CAD).
This really intrigued me because you normally don’t see matte and hydrating together on the same product, so I figured I’d better give it a whirl!

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I picked up the shade 05 Warm Porcelain (which I believe is the palest one on the collection) and it’s a decent match for me, maybe slightly too dark but as long as I blend it down my neck you can’t tell. The range has a lot of different shades, so if you’re not super pale like me you should be able to find a good match!
This has a surprisingly thick formulation, so you only need a tiny amount for your whole face, and the coverage is a really nice medium to full which can be nice during the winter months while we’re all trying to finish eating our Christmas chocolates! (hopefully it’s not just me!)
Despite it’s thickness, it actually feels really light and fresh on the skin because it’s almost a whipped texture, which allows it to blend beautifully onto your face.
“Soft-Matte” is the perfect description of this foundation, it’s definitely not dewy or glowy at all, but it’s not completely cakey and matte either, it leaves your skin looking natural and healthy without drying it out at all.
The longevity of this stuff is really nice too, I’ve worn it for a full 7-8 hours before without having it break up or rub off, and only having to powder once. I did find that after a really long day (10+ hours) it started to break up in my t-zone a bit, which could be due to my combination skin.
All and all I’ve really been enjoying this baby! If you’ve been thinking of trying this, or you’re just looking for a new base, I would definitely suggest giving this a try!

Until next time my loves,
xoxo
-Lo

Top 15 of 2015

Hello beautiful people! and Happy New Year! I cannot believe it’s 2016, 2015 seemed to absolutely fly by!
I hope you all had a lovely and safe holiday season, full of delicious food and family fun!

I figured to start off the new year I would share my top 15 beauty products of 2015, these are all things I reached for over and over again last year, and I’ll definitely continue to love them throughout 2016. Although, I am quite excited to see all the new products that this year will have to offer!

Some of these are products I’ve already raved about here on my blog, so I’ll just give you the short version of why I love them, because otherwise this post will be incredibly long!

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First up is a product I was pretty late to the party with – The Beauty Blender ($28.00 CAD) literally changed my whole beauty routine in 2015. This magical sponge blends foundation into your skin without allowing it to cake or bunch, it just applies your make up so flawlessly and naturally that it doesn’t look like you’re wearing anything! Foundations that didn’t sit well on my skin when I applied them with a brush went on like a dream with this little guy. If you haven’t tried this, you absolutely need to, it will change your life!

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Choosing an eye shadow palette was really difficult, but when I went through my collection this Stila Eyes are the Window palette in Soul ($59.00 CAD) really stood out to me. This Palette is beautiful with a mix of mattes and gorgeous shimmers, with just the right mix of cool and warm tones. The formulation blends like butter and feels like velvet, they wear all day long, and you can create any kind of look you want! This palette would suit so many different skin tones and eye colours that I think it would be a welcome addition to anyones collection.

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Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop ($46.00 CAD) was a highly talked about and popular product last year for very good reason. This is one of the most stunning highlighter’s I’ve ever used, but it’s definitely not for the person who wants a subtle shine to their cheekbones, because this baby is GLOWY. I like to use this on nights out, or when I want to feel really glam and sexy, but I also really like to use this as eye shadow! This is limited edition, so grab it if you can find it!

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I absolutely love this Full Lash Bloom mascara by CoverGirl ($8.00CAD). I reached for this every single day in 2015, over any high end mascara in my collection! This mascara volumizes and separates my lashes beautifully without flaking or transferring at all! Pick this up in your local drug store and give it a try because it is amazing!

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NUDESTIX lip + cheek pencil in Blush ($28.00CAD) has been my purse lipstick all year long. This is the perfect nude for everyday wear, it adds just the right amount of colour to your lips to compliment any make up look. The formulation is super long lasting, and incredibly smooth and creamy. I got this one as a birthday gift, but it’s definitely inspired me to want to try out more from this line!

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The Living Proof PHD dry shampoo ($27.00 CAD full size) is literally the most incredible dry shampoo I’ve ever used. It actually cleans your hair and absorbs oil and odour, this can extend the life of your shampoo for an extra day or two. it doesn’t leave a film on your hair or scalp, and it doesn’t weigh down your hair at all. It’s a bit pricey, but to literally make my hair look freshly washed on the third day after I’ve shampooed is incredible. This is the small size which is $14.00 CAD, but I’ll definitely be picking up the full size.

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The Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation ($45.00 CAD) is something you all know I absolutely love. This has incredible coverage, it’s got more of a natural/dewy finish than a matte one which I absolutely love. It lasts all day long, and doesn’t cling to dry patches or bunch up on the skin. It’s got quite a watery formulation, which means one pump will cover your whole face no problem, especially if you apply it with a beauty blender! If you’re looking for a new foundation, I would definitely recommend this guy!

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This is a product that’s fairly new to me, but it still get’s added to my favourites because it’s that amazing! The Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder ($46.00 CAD) sets make up without looking cakey or dry. This blurs imperfections and gives your skin a really natural flawlessness! The only downside is that loose powders are very hard to travel with, and very easy to knock off one’s vanity (yes, I’m speaking from experience) so be careful with this stuff!

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Again, this is a product I’ve gone on and on about, so I wont stay here too long. The Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer ($34.00 CAD) completely replaced my NARS radiant creamy concealer in terms of holy grails. This stuff doesn’t crease at all, it’s got a beautiful creamy consistency so it blends out flawlessly. I literally can’t say a single bad thing about this product! Go and try it – trust me.

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This is something I don’t think I’ve mentioned on my blog before, and it’s the only skin care item in my 2015 favourites. This is the Saje Skin Fitness balancing toner for combination skin ($19.95 CAD), it’s a spray on toner made of a combination of natural essential oils, so you can imagine how incredible this smells. I use it morning and night, and have really noticed an improvement in the texture and look of my skin, it’s helped to soften and brighten while decreasing the amount of oiliness in my T-zone. I know Saje isn’t available everywhere, but if you’re curious to try out some really great natural skin care product’s, I would suggest taking a look at their website!

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The Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow ($80.00 CAD) is definitely another holy grail product for me. This is a great duo for contour/highlight that I think would suit every skin tone. The contour shade is just muddy enough to add an incredible shadow under the cheekbones, and the light gold of the highlight shade just adds the most subtle and sexy glow to the cheeks. It’s definitely a luxury product – but if you’re looking to splurge I would definitely say this is worth the money.

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The Maybelline Brow Drama tinted brow gel ($10.00 CAD) is definitely hit or miss for some people, but I really like it. I find it helps to keep my brows in place, and defines the sparser and blonder hairs that you normally wouldn’t be able to see. This product doesn’t dry down crusty, and it lasts all day! The applicator is a bit weird at first, but you get used to it the more you use it.

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The Hourglass Ambient bronzer in the shade Luminous Bronze Light ($60.00 CAD) is the only bronzer I used in 2015. It’s the perfect shade to warm up the face without being to orange, and it has swirls of the regular ambient lighting powder in it which makes it look natural and pretty on the skin. Again, a bit of a pricier product, but for pale skin like mine it’s really hard to find a good bronzer, so this is worth the money to me!

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The Kat Von D Everlasting liquid lipstick in Lolita ($24.00 CAD) was my go-to stay in place lipstick all fall/winter. It’s the perfect deep pinky-brown shade that just adds real vampiness and sexiness to a look without wearing a dark purple or red lipstick. These have the most incredible formulation that just doesn’t budge at all once it dries down, they don’t ball up or flake off, and they don’t dry out your lips which is a huge bonus. I love to wear this on evenings out when I know I’m going to be doing a lot of drinking/eating – but with this baby I don’t need to worry because it will still be there!

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Last but not least is the NARS Audacious lipstick in the shade Anna ($39.00 CAD) This is another great lipstick for fall/winter because it’s a beautiful deep mauve shade which looks incredible with a really smoky eye. This formulation is creamy and smooth and definitely long lasting. Obviously not as long lasting as the Kat Von D one, but this is a good one to wear for a date night or night out with your girls. It’s incredibly moisturizing and feels really comfortable on the lips, I would definitely suggest picking one of these up!

That’s it for now my loves,
Sorry about my absence in December, but post’s should come more regularly now!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation Review

Hello beautiful people!
And a very Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians! I hope you’re all stuffed with turkey, mashed potatoes and lots of pie!

A couple of week ago, I picked up the new Maybelline foundation that claims to “transform your skin” with it’s antioxidant enriched formula.
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I don’t think I’ve been using this for long enough to notice a difference in my skin, but I will say that I really love this foundation. I picked up the shade 10 porcelain ivory which is the lightest shade in the range, and it matches me perfectly.
I love that it has a pump, there’s nothing worse than having to pour too much foundation onto a brush or the back of your hand! Drugstore foundations have really stepped on their game with packaging, especially for the prices! This is $12, which I think is great for the quality of the product.
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As far as formula goes, this foundation is really nice. It’s got a demi-matte finish, which is great for autumn/winter time, and it lasts all day long! I wore this for 13 hours and it was still looking good at the end of the night. Obviously after a day that long there was some moving around, and it was pretty much wiped off of my chin, but I give this a big thumbs up for longevity.
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The consistency is quite thick, so one pump is really all you need for your face. It’s definitely a medium to full coverage formulation that blends really beautifully onto the skin without clinging to dry spots or sitting awkwardly in my pores.
Make up also layers seamlessly onto this, no bunching or streaking at all!
Again, I don’t think I’ve been wearing this long enough to notice any difference in my complexion, but it does make my skin look naturally healthy and matte when I wear it. I’ll keep you guys posted on whether or not it “transforms” my skin in the next few weeks.
I would definitely recommend giving this a try if you’re looking for a new drug-store foundation!

That’s it for now my loves, leave me a comment letting me know how your weekend was!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

Fall Make Up Look!

Hello beautiful people!
Did you all have lovely weekends? I hope so! It was pretty cold and rainy here, but I still managed to enjoy myself!

now that fall is upon is, it’s the time for smokey eye shadows, matte foundation, and bold lips! Which is exactly the kind of look I put together to show you guys!
This is the kind of make up look I love wearing when the weather gets cooler, and the fashion gets cozier!

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For complexion I used:
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Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation in the shade 0.5
Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in Fair 1 – for my blemishes
Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer in the shade Fair Neutral –for underneath my eyes
Rimmel Stay Matte powder
Charlotte Tillbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow – To contour and highlight
Hourglass Ambient Bronzer in the shade Luminous Bronze Light – To add a bit of warmth to my ghostly skin
Hourglass Ambient Blush in the shade Luminous Flush – To add a pop of colour to my cheeks

For eyes I used:
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It Cosmetics Brow Power in Universal Taupe – To fill in the sparse areas of my brows
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MAC eye shadows in Patina (all over the lid) and Satin Taupe (outer corner)
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Kat Von D Tattoo liner in Trooper – To add slight definition to the upper lash line
Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara

For Lips I used:
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Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in the shade 107

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(Thought I’d throw a goofy one in)

That’s it for now my loves,
Let me know what some of your fall make up favourites are!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

September 2015 Favourites!

Hello beautiful people!
Apologies for being MIA the passed couple of weeks, I was away at the cottage and then I caught a nasty cold. Alas! I am back and so excited to be writing my September favourites post for you guys!
The leaves have started changing here in Toronto, and it’s gotten a little bit chillier which makes everything so cozy and lovely! I love autumn! Let me know in the comments what some of your favourite things about fall are!

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First up is actually a re-discovered favourite! The GlamGlow Youthmud mask is not one I used to reach for very often, I found I prefer to use detoxifying masks or hydrating ones, but lately I’ve noticed my other masks just weren’t doing the trick for me. My skin has been feeling a little bit rough and uneven, my foundation even started bunching in weird placed on my face, so I thought I’d give this baby a try for some intense exfoliation. (This is a small sample size)
This masks tingles ALOT, to the point where it’s actually slightly uncomfortable, but the effects are incredible! After one use my skin was softer and radiant! I noticed a bit of purging a few days later, which was great because my detoxifying masks weren’t helping me out with any of my congestion. After using this my moisturizers and treatments absorbed faster, and my foundation applied seamlessly! I think I’ll be using this at least once a month from now on!

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Essie’s fall line of nail polishes knocked it out of the park this year! I picked these 2 up at the beginning of September and have been wearing them non-stop!
The one on the left is called “frock n’ roll”, which is a really beautiful dark purple with silver micro-glitter in it. This applies incredibly opaque, it looks almost black until you see it in certain lights and the glitter comes into play. It’s incredibly easy to take off, considering it has glitter in it as well! Wearing this one makes me feel super vampy and sophisticated!
The polish on the right is called “leggy legend”, it’s a really gorgeous copper/bronze shade that looks like a sunset on your nails. When the shimmer in this catches the light it’s absolutely stunning! it’s not a colour I would normally go for, but when I wore it I feel in love, because it makes me feel edgy!

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Revlon Black Cherry is the perfect berry lip for fall, it’s a gorgeous merlot shade that makes my lips look fuller and sexy without being too matte or too glossy. I’ve been wearing this a lot recently, and I just love it, obviously I have to re-apply after eating but other wise the longevity of this is really great. Since the formula isn’t matte, it doesn’t dry my lips out at all, which makes it comfortable to wear all day. If you’re looking for a new vampy lip colour I would highly suggest picking this classic up!

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My last favourite is a book I could not put down in September! The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is the best book I’ve read in quite a while. I’m garbage at describing things without completely ruining the whole book, so I’m going to copy the insert from the book.
“Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood – those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best from is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovered a power of her own – an ability she didn’t know she had. Except… her blood is Red.
To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard – the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly violent dance, pitting prince against prince and Mare against her own heart”
If you enjoy fantasy novels, with magic and mystery I would definitely suggest giving this a go! The second book in the series comes out in February and I cannot wait!

That’s it for this post! I’ll be back very soon with a fall make up look for you guys!
Until next time my loves,
xoxo
-Lo

Tanya Burr Cosmetics – Eye Shadow Palettes Review & Swatches!

Hello beautiful people!
Today is a holiday here in Canada, but for those of you at work or starting school today, I hope your Monday hasn’t been too bad!

If you have been reading my blog since the beginning, or really if you know me at all, you know that my favourite YouTuber of all time is Tanya Burr. Maybe a year ago, she brought out a line of nail polishes and lip glosses – unfortunately the nail polishes wont ship from the UK to Canada but I managed to get my hands on her glosses through Feel Unique, and I absolutely love them, I think I have about 5 in my collection! Then, a few months after that she brought out her line of lashes (which are also fab) and then at the beginning of August she re-launched her whole beauty line with a gorgeous new look and a few new products.
The new look of her products is much more sophisticated and luxurious with pretty gold and clear packaging – but, the products I was most excited about in the re-launch were her new eye shadow palettes! The day they launched I went onto Feel Unique and ordered all 3 of them, they arrived in the mail early last week and I couldn’t wait to play with them!

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The packaging is super compact, so it’s easy to carry them around in your make up bag! Each one has a different pattern on it, and the shadows themselves actually have the pattern embossed in them, which I think is a really nice detail to add a little something extra to the palettes.

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I also really love that they have cute little heart shaped mirrors in them, which are actually still a great size to use to apply your make up!
All of the shadows are super pigmented, blendable and buttery. She brought out a great range so that there’s something for everyone, no matter your eye colour or skin tone. There’s also a great range of finishes, some are shimmery, some are matte and a couple are even glittery shades. She also did a great job naming her shadows, they’re all super cute!
Every one of these is wearable for every day or evening, and they’re super affordable at around $12 or so depending on exchange rates.

My favourite palette of the three is the Hollywood Eye Palette

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This palette is super warm and neutral which is right up my street, wearing these gold-bronze-brown shades is when I feel my absolutely prettiest, so I’ve been reaching for this one a lot! My favourite shade in this palette is Enchantment, because it’s a gorgeous glittery bronze that’s great for all over the lid in summer, but it’s also a good shade as we transition into fall.
(Swatches from left to right: Nude delight, gold coin, enchantment, bookworm)

Next up is the Galaxy Eye Palette
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This is a much cooler toned palette, with quite a grey-lilacy undertone to it. I love using this for a night out, the shades just compliment each other so much with a good mix of shimmer and matte. I find I feel very sexy and classy when I wear colours like this! Also, the shade snowflake has the most intense pigmentation, especially for a frosty white shadow.
My favourite shade from this palette is Moonlight, it’s the perfect light grey/silver that really makes blue eyes pop!
(Swatches from left to right: Snowflake, moonlight, stormy sky, starry night)

Last but absolutely not least is the Fairytale Eye Palette
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This palette is definitely a more low-key everyday palette with three mattes and one shimmer shade. it has a good mix of warm and cool tones, and would be a great one to have in your make up bag to go from day to night. I also love that this palette has a matte black, because it’s a great versatile shade to add definition to the lash line or smoke out the outter corner.
My favourite shade in this palette is Alohomora, not just because it’s a Harry Potter reference, but because it’s almost an exact dupe for MAC’s Satin Taupe, which is my all time favourite MAC eye shadow.
(Swatches from left to right: Cream tea, velvet cushion, alohomora, witches cat)

If you live in the UK, I would highly suggest heading to your local superdrug to pick up one (or all) of these, and for those of us who aren’t in the UK, Feel Unique is a great site to pick these, and a lot of other UK cosmetics up.

That’s it for now my loves,
Don’t forget to hit all the good buttons and follow the Laauraborealis facebook page!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

Make Up For Ever Nudes You Need Palette – Review & Swatches!

Hello beautiful people!
I trust you are all enjoying this beautiful Sunday! To all my fellow Torontonians, I hope you’ve all gone down to The Ex and filled yourself with deep-fried deliciousness, because I will definitely be doing that later this week!

Make Up For Ever is definitely not a brand that’s new to me, but to be honest, I’ve only tried a few things from them, and they were all complexion products. When I saw/swatched they new Artist Palettes in Sephora I just had to pick up the “Nudes You Need”(49$) one because I fell instantly in love.
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The packaging of this palette is super sleek and cute, the lid just sort of flips up and the shadows are there. Since it’s so skinny I think it will be really easy to travel with, plus the lid has a nice big mirror in it which is also very handy when you’re traveling! The picture on the front is just the normal make up forever lips & brush which makes it a little edgy. The only thing that could be bad about this is that the black packaging will probably get all covered in fingerprints and other make up if you put it into a make up bag.

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These shadows are so dreamy, I literally can’t think of a better word to describe them. They’re like touching silk or velvet, so soft and intensely pigmented. Look at that black shadow, that’s one swipe of my finger with the product on it!
All of the shades in the palette are shimmery or have a bit of glitter in them except for the black and the grey right above it, both of those are matte.
These blend together like butter and last all day long! I’ve used them with and without a primer and the colour stays the same, no fading or creasing of any kind! I’m kicking myself for never having tried these shadows before!
The colours in this palette are great if you love neutrals, and there’s a good variety of shades from white, to bronze, to slightly purple, which means it will compliment every skin tone and allow for a ton of different looks.

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From left to right: ME-512, I-514, I-528, ME-644, D-562, S-556, D-652, I-544, S-102

I really wish Make Up For Ever named their shadows, that’s my only beef with them! It’s so much more fun when they have names, not to mention easier to remember.
The price of this palette is great for the 9 shadows you get, and with the pigmentation and formulation of these, I think it will take a long time to hit pan!
If you were eyeballing this, or are just looking for a new palette to pick up, I would highly suggest giving this one (or any MUFE shadows) a go!

Until next time my loves,
xoxo
-Lo

Ps. My good friend Monica just started her beauty blog! Go follow her, she takes beautiful photos and writes incredible reviews!