L’oreal Lash Paradise Mascara Review: I Love Mascaras!

L'oreal Lash Paradise Mascara

When it comes to mascara I want to try up all of them!  New, old and best-selling ones that I have yet to get my hands on.  They make your lashes longer, thicker and fan them out to look like they are false and if someone says they look false, well that’s just icing on the cake.  That is exactly what I’m looking for but try finding one ‘cause in a sea of mascara as well as finding the perfect mascara wand it can be daunting and troublesome.

As a teen I started with mascara and lip gloss hence the obsession started.  My first mascara?  The L’oreal voluminous mascara that changed my world.  Now you have to remember this was my first mascara and on my first time buying a mascara, it did everything I wanted it to do.  It thickened, made my lashes longer and it didn’t clump.

Fast forward to today and I’ve tried quite a few mascaras since then.  Everything from $10.00 to $50.00, new mascaras and best-selling ones.  I even bought ones that I was constantly selling to my clients and even ask them why they liked it so much.  Word of mouth is probably the best way you can find your next mascara.  That is how I found and bought my latest mascara.  For the last couple months, this mascara been selling out and we are constantly trying to keep it in stock which I took as a good sign and figured I should try it out.  Here is my review of the L’oreal mascara.

L’oreal lash paradise mascara

Currently L’oreal says that this is the number one selling mascara in Canada which may be true because it keeps selling out in my store.  But L’oreal is a mascara giant when it comes to drugstore makeup.  They have so many mascaras to choose from and each mascara addresses a certain need for all women which is why I can’t sleep go back to them and pretty much have tried all their mascara is that they have come out with.

This mascara is made for length and volume and an added bonus, it makes your lashes feel very soft and light to the touch.  The wand is a soft bristle in a wavy shape that deposits the formula evenly on your lashes.  And 1 to 2 coats you get instant volume and also fans out the lashes nice and evenly without it looking clumpy.

My personal thoughts on this: this mascara is another hit for me from L’oreal!  The formula and the brush work well to give me a nice length and instant volume.  This is what I’m usually looking for in a mascara because my lashes are short and fine. For me in 2 to 3 coats and some wiggling in between gets me the results I’m looking for.  It stays on all day and no flakes fall on my cheeks which you all know you’ve had that problem before in the past with a mascara.  There’s no scent which I like and I really like the soft bristle brush as opposed to the plastic ones I see out in the mascara world that pull and tug at my lashes.

There will always be the newest and latest mascara out there and I would love to try every one of them if I can.  But for now this is my fave mascara and for my fave company no less.  L’oreal has made a lasting impression on me because my first purchase ever of a mascara was by them and it was a hit.  I hoped you have that kind of impression from A makeup company that you keep going back to.  Because being a teen was hard enough, your makeup shouldn’t be.  Until next week, have a good day my beauties!

Loreal lash paradise mascara

My First Review of the Year: La Roche Posay Skincare

La Roche Posay reiew

It’s a new year and this is my first post and what better way to start the year with a post about skincare?  In the winter time, we go for warm sweaters, hot beverages and nourishing and healing skincare products.  Our skin does change with the seasons and we must change our routine accordingly.

What I usually see and that this is a general observation, the most common complaints is drier, itchy and even redness in the skin will happen.  That’s why going back to basics is usually than the the route to go when you want to call home and soothes the skin as well keep the skin hydrated and that as much as possible throughout the winter season.

But I have seen some people including my husband who have it a bit worse than most.  Some people can suffer from eczema which usually means the skin turns red and can get try the itchy but be that way throughout the whole winter until warmer weather arrives and sometimes it disappears.  For clients like these, it’s really all about protecting the skin when you’re outside and using products that will heal and repair the skin as well as moisturize and reduce redness.  Winter may suck, but if you live in a place where it’s cold this is just what you have to do.  It’s our normal.

For me personally, and the last couple winters my skin has changed to.  My winter routine was usually filled with all things exfoliating.  My toner, my cream at night and even my facial peel all contained glycolic acid to help smooth and refine my skin.  so when I went to my usual routine my skin felt so tight and dehydrated and plume that for the first time in my life I had to actually change my routine.

So I replaced my exfoliating toner with a hydrating one, I use a serum underneath my glycolic acid night cream, but I use that cream every other night.  I still do my glycolic acid peels, but instead of twice a week I use it once a week and afterwards use a serum and hydrating cream to replenish.  And now I use a very hydrating face cream during the day.  I didn’t think I would see this day when my oily skin actually needed a hydrating face cream and not break out!  So here is my latest review of my current face cream.

La Roche Posay Hydraphase UV Spf 30 Lotion

This line is made in France with the main ingredient in all their products thermal spring water.  I know this line of quite well because I’ve worked with it for many years, have recommended it to clients, have had clients come from dermatologists office that has recommended this line for their skin because it is sensitive, as well as from other clients who used it and love it and for me who has used it and have never had a problem with it so far.

I decided to use this specific lotion because it is one of our best-selling sunscreen and moisturizer in one.  I had used it once or twice before as a simple but didn’t like how my skin looked because it was very shiny on my already oily and shiny skin.  And I guess I didn’t really need it so I used their actual sun screen lotion Spf 60 that was perfect for oily skin.  But the winter season came on and I needed an actual moisturizer with sunscreen this time.

This moisturizer is paraben free, perfume free and no harsh ingredients in this product.  It is one of their basic lines the Hydraphase collection which is good for any one, any age and as well if any skin type and basically hydrates the skin hence the name.  This moisturizer in particular has spf 30 and really helps too deeply moisturize the skin throughout the day as well as to protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays.  This product like all their other products are made for specifically sensitive skin but anyone can use it.

So my personal thoughts is this, when I apply it on my face, it goes on pretty easily but feels kind of sticky.  It doesn’t peel off or rub off, just feel sticky and somehow it doesn’t disturb my makeup.  Now I understand for darker skin tones like me they can have that white film on their face because of the actual sunscreen, but I do not see it with this which is a total bonus for me.  When I apply my makeup, it goes on smoothly and doesn’t feel heavy and with both moisturizer and makeup on I feel like I have a nice even skin tone and my skin looks healthy, which is all we want right?

I don’t break out, it doesn’t clog my pores and it doesn’t mess with my makeup plus it doesn’t feel heavy throughout the day.  So what is my only issue with this?  I still get shiny pretty quick in the day.  It’s not as bad as it was several years ago, but I still get shiny.  It could be that I change my foundation as well but I do have to blot 2 to 3 times a day.  But as I always said if I don’t break out, doesn’t clog my pores and doesn’t feel heavy on my skin all still wear it.  Because it makes my skin feel comfortable and also protects it which is what I’m looking for.

I will definitely only use this in the winter time and go back to my sunscreen Spf 60 that is made for oily skin when it gets warmer.  I truly don’t care if I have to blot a couple times a day to keep my skin shine free.  My skin is changing and it’s going to be an adjustment period where I’m going to be using products I never thought I could use and this is one of them.  Thank god for returns just in case it didn’t work out!  But I won’t be returning this one ‘cause I got lucky.

So my last words to you in this article is change your routine with the season, your skin will think you.  Until next week my beauties have a good day!

La Roche Posay

Review of Drugstore Makeup: L’oreal True Match Super Blendable Foundation

L'oreal True Match foundation

Finding makeup especially A foundation for me has got to be one of the toughest things to find.  My criteria for the right foundation is it has to be oil free, light weight, gives me the coverage I want which is medium to full coverage and doesn’t give me the extra shine on my already oily skin.  The price of the foundation is not usually an issue for me as long as it fits the criteria above I’m usually up for spending a few extra dollars.

For many years I only used a concealer and powder foundation and when I finally moved on to a liquid foundation, I pretty much used luxury makeup foundations because it was pretty easy finding the perfect color for my skin tone.  The one foundation that I’ve been using constantly was the Dior air flash because it was light and full of pigments and pretty much one of the best-selling spray on foundations.  But now I am open to try a drugstore foundation which I will be talking about in this article.  So I will start off with the classic L’oreal true match foundation and here is my review.

L’oreal true match super blendable foundation

Over the years this foundation has been a great seller and always in the limelight.  Well for one it has great color range and you can choose whether you’re a cool, neutral or warm coloring.  Which is generally a good thing because finding a drug store foundation that can match well with your skin tone is somehow still a bit difficult to find.

To be quite honest it is still not that easy to find a drugstore foundation for I because it’s either to light, to dark or even if it’s close to my skin tone it can be to pink or white on my skin.  I am a brown woman who can wear a neutral or yellow undertone in the foundation.  So that’s why I went for this foundation because it did have varying shades of my skin tone.

With over 20 colors to choose from and wide range you can definitely find a shade for you.  Its oil free, light weight and supposedly it’s for all skin types.  It does however contain vitamin a and to brighten and nourish the skin, grapefruit extract and wheat germ to help skin keep hydrated throughout the day and doesn’t fall into your lines.  This foundation has what you call a precise match technology that looks like second skin and you can control the coverage you want.

So my thoughts on this foundation is you definitely don’t need a lot of it.  A little bit on my brush instantly gives me medium coverage.  Add a little more and I get full coverage which is odd because their website says light to medium coverage.  I don’t actually have to use too much concealer with this one because it covers my dark spots and imperfections which makes my life so much easier in the morning.L'oreal true match foundation

I have been using it for a few weeks now and although it is oil free, doesn’t clog my pores and light weight it does make my skin shinier.  I can definitely use this in the winter because as it gets colder I don’t have that shiny problem but I’ll be putting this foundation on my makeup shelf for the spring and summer.  So for anyone who does have a shine issues throughout the day or basically oily skin I would not recommend this foundation for you.  Make sure you wear a setting powder as well because it does transfer everywhere!

As for the color itself with its color match technology I picked out W7 called caramel beige.  When I do put it on it does kind of look a bit too dark but as I blend it in it goes on seamlessly and matches my skin very well.  But because of my oily skin if I do not blot my skin throughout the day, the color would change slightly and go a bit darker on my skin.  So blotting paper and on matte powder is what I need to keep the shine at bay and the color looking perfect.

For $20.99 this drugstore foundation for me personally isn’t that bad.  Although I do have some issues with it, I don’t break out which is awesome and it’s one of the few drugstore foundations that has a decent color for me.  I’m pretty sure I would buy this again, but since it is my first drug store foundation I’ve bought I can’t say that for sure until I’ve used a few more to determine if I would buy it again or not.  But I would definitely recommend it to my clients and to anyone who needs a good foundation for a great price.  Until next week my beauties have a good one!


Another eye cream, another review: Milk Makeup Eye Stick De-puffer

milk makeup eye cream

For me, I knew skincare was important at a young age, because I had and still do have problems skin and I need to make sure that whatever purchase I make that adds to my skincare routine needs to be oil free, doesn’t clog my pores, doesn’t feel heavy or uncomfortable on my skin and doesn’t give me any more shine that I already have.

I take everything into account including my cleanser, my serums, my face creams and my eye cream.  I had recently purchased an eye cream a few months back thinking I’ll be OK with it.  I mean I used products from this company before without a problem and great results.  But this was literally the second time for me where the product was just not working with me.  I was experiencing ongoing burning and my eyes were itchy and even watering at times.  Even after a couple weeks of this it did not go away.  I even had to not wear makeup for several days!  Do you know how hard that is?  That’s how irritated my eyes were.

So this time instead of getting something anti-aging, I looked for something that would be soothing, calming and would help my dark circles.  I’m always interested in new skincare lines and what they have to offer and I was intrigued by milk makeup.  I was intrigued by their simple packaging, simple ingredients and how easy it is to use their products.  I needed an eye care so I went for their cooling water eye cream stick.  Here is my review on this product.

Milk makeup cooling water de-puffer

I went back to basics with this cooling eye cream and now that it has gotten colder probably a good choice to choose something hydrating as well.  When I first received it, I wasn’t sure how it would work because of the product being a little bit bigger than I thought it would be.  But to be honest now, it’s kind of fun and soothing to use it and plus whenever I need a boost during the day I can simply roll it on, touch up the makeup and looked instantly refreshed.

The main ingredients are caffeine and sea water that help to reenergize and hydrate the eye area.  Red sea algae also helps to preserve dry skin and help maintain your skin structure with moisture.  Aloe also helps to soothe and cool the skin as well.  It is mainly for the eye area but I have seen a video on the milk makeup web site where you can actually put it on your face.  I don’t think I’ll be using on my face any time soon but it’s good to know I have the option.

My review on this eye cream is it’s easy to use, quick to apply and its lightweight.  When I first apply it on, it blurs the look of lines and dark circles.  But after a few minutes after applying it, there is a sticky almost tacky feel around the eye area where I applied it.  Although it does not disturb the makeup I put on top of it or makes it look greasy, it still feels weird to me.  But maybe that’s how the formula works and how it keeps it hydrated and making the eye area look brighter and more awake.  After getting used to that, it no longer bothers me because it stays where you apply it and makes my eyes and makeup looked great.

Buying this eye cream was a last minute decision only because I wasn’t planning on buying another eye cream anytime soon.  Maybe all have better luck next time buying an anti aging cream but until then I will see you beauties next week!

milk makeup review

This entry was posted on December 16, 2017, in Skincare.

Being Nostalgic with Shu Uemura Limited Edition collection

shu uemura eye pencil review

These days there’s so much makeup to choose from and smaller makeup companies opening everywhere.  It’s like if you went to your favorite makeup store once a week, you’d find something new and exciting.  From foundation, a new mascara, and eye palette or even a new highlighter, it’s so hard to choose just one.  For me I get super excited and need to try out the new colors.  But amongst all the makeup that comes out, you need to find something that is just for you.  You may like everything you see that you have to be a little selective and see what will fit into your wardrobe of makeup if you have something like that ‘cause as a makeup junkie I know I do!

My black eyeliner was finished, so I was on the hunt for a new pencil when I happened to see a limited edition Shu Uemura and which featured the super Mario brothers!  I was so excited and I think a part of me was nostalgic when I purchased this product.  I literally was hearing the theme song of the video game in my head.  It is very interesting how something like a makeup collection can make you feel and act like a kid again.

But this article is not me as a kid playing super Mario brothers, it’s about the trend these days and that trend is about being nostalgic and fairy tales.  These days you can look like an 80’s star or look like a fantasy fairy princess and wear all the highlighter or glitter you want.  In this article I will be reviewing the eyeliner pencil.

Limited edition Shu Uemura black eye pencil

I know it’s but just an eye pencil like any other eye pencil but when it’s part of super Mario brothers collection and if you remember yourself when you’re playing the game as a kid and you hear the theme song to it, it’s obviously calling out your name.  Plus it was a chance to finally you something from this line that I’ve heard great things about.

This eyeliner is not only an eyeliner but can be used as an eye shadow as well.  It is very soft in texture but if you’re using as an eye shadow be quick to smudge it as it sets pretty quickly.  It comes in four different colors, pink, orange, brown and the one I picked black.

For $28.00 the package it came in was not what I expected as it was only in a plastic bag like package.  But the actual pencil was all black embossed with the flowers that were in the game that when collected you grew. (at least that’s what I think it did) you can correct me if I’m wrong about this as I haven’t played this game in such a long time  The actual pencil when you used it, glided on smoothly and the pigments in the pencil are great as they were bold in color.

I do have oily eyelids, but this pencil stayed on all day and did not smudge at all.  Wearing it on top of eyeshadows, it did not bleed into the colors and wearing it on the bottom of my eye it did not smudge.  You can get a soft winged look, but for sharper lines definitely use a liquid or sharper eye pencil as this one can be used as an eye shadow, the lines are very soft for an everyday look which is exactly what I’m looking for.

For me, I don’t wear a lot of eye makeup except for my mascara and eyeliner.  So picking out a great eyeliner that stays on all day and dozens smudge is exactly what I’m looking for.  But however you pick your next makeup item, just be sure you’re doing it because you absolutely love it or can’t live without it or your nostalgic like me.  Have a good day my beauties!

shu urmura eye makeup review

This entry was posted on December 5, 2017, in Makeup.