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10 Amazing Face Masks Under $30

July 2, 2018

Face masks… where do I even begin!? From sheet masks to peel-off ones, finding the perfect match for your skin needs can be a challenge and also pricey! So today I’m sharing with you 10 amazing face masks under $30! Let’s get your skin glowing!

dr. jart face sheets

#1: DR. JART+ Sheet Masks

To kick off the list, I had to start by mentioning these sheet masks by DR. JART+. Not only are they affordable but the best part is they come in individual packaging! Depending on the day, your skin needs help with different issues. From pore minimizing to water replenishment, you’re sure to find one to match your requirements!

Egg cream mask

#1: Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask

Not gonna lie, the packaging and name of this mask is what got me! Lol! But really, after reading all of the amazing reviews I knew I just had to try this Egg Cream Mask out! I like to leave this on my face for about 15-20 minutes, and once I take it off, my skin is glowing!!

#2: L’Oréal Detox & Brighten Clay Mask

If you’re skin needs a detox from makeup, pollution, or just a quick pick up, then this mask is perfect for you. I use this mask after an event or after applying lots of makeup to clean out my pores. It works wonders for me!

#3: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask

Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask is the perfect antidote to dry, dehydrated skin. This face mask’s soothing formula blends a duo of protective oats—colloidal oatmeal and avena sativa oat bran—with botanical antioxidants and skin-nourishing ingredients to help repair the look of skin. The fast-acting mask relieves dry, distressed skin in only 10 minutes.

#4: Freeman Beauty Infusion Revitalizing Peel-Off Mask with Pomegranate + Peptides

Amp up your beauty routine instantly with a serum-infused peel-off gel mask, boosted with Peptides that help plump and increase skin’s resiliency. Features a powerhouse blend of antioxidants with Pomegranate that tones and reveals radiant, glowing skin.

#5: Origins Out of Trouble™ 10 Minute Mask to Rescue Problem Skin

Face too shiny?  Want to get rid of dead skin cells? Oily or combination skin type? Then you will love this mask!

Those are all of the face masks I wanted to share with you guys today! I love skincare and sharing some of my faves with you is so much fun! Until next time… Xo, Yvonne K.

 

 

Selena Gomez Inspired Makeup + Video Tutorial

May 15, 2018
Selena Gomez Inspired Makeup + 2018 Met Gala

Selena Gomez Met Gala 2018 Makeup Tutorial say whaaaaat! I am a huge fan of Selena Gomez Makeup looks! Love her makeup look! I think it’s editorial yet wearable and wanted to create my spin on it.

In this video, you will be able to find out exactly what products I used to achieve this look! I tried to keep the products cruelty free and affordable 🙂

Here it is, my Selena Gomez Inspired Makeup Tutorial:

xo, Yvonne K.

10 Minute Everyday Makeup Routine + Tutorial

May 15, 2018
10 Minute Everyday Makeup

Hello beauties! Today I decided to share my everyday 10 minute makeup routine with you. When I say it takes 10 minutes, I mean it! This is a perfect makeup routine for those of you who are on the go and have no time to waste!

10 Minute Makeup Routine?

That’s right! It’s super easy! I have a list of my essential products below and some dupes for the higher end ones because, you know I got your back! 🙂

Products For Achieving an Everyday Makeup Routine include:

Rimmel London Match Perfection Concealer (Drugstore Product)

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder » Drugstore Dupe: NYX Face Powder High Definition

Cover FX pressed mineral powder » Drugstore Dupe: Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette (Powder) » Drugstore Dupe: NYX Highlight + Contour

Essense Cosmetics Eyebrow Designer Pencil (Drugstore Product)

Essence Cosmetics I love Extreme Volume Mascara (Drugstore Product)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade » Drugstore Dupe: Essence Eyebrow Gel

Tarteist PRO Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette » Drugstore Dupe: NYX Cream Contour

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in ‘Lolita’ » Drugstore Dupe:  NYX Lip Lingerie in ‘Teddy’

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray » Drugstore Dupe: NYX Matte Finish

Watch My 10 Minute Makeup Tutorial For More Tips + Tricks!

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Review + Tutorial: Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Soft Glam Palette

March 13, 2018

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills recently released the Soft Glam Palette and it’s everything!

From gorgeous shimmers to stunning mattes, this eyeshadow palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills ($55 CAD), is neutral heaven. One way I like to describe these shades is they melt on to your skin and are packed with pigment. This palette is definitely great for everyone! It was created as a neutral palette with touch of glitz for a reason: it is meant to be a go-to for anyone, it transitions beautifully from day to night, and is a dream for makeup lovers because it can be used to create sultry smokey looks as well.

SWATCHES ANYONE?

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette features 14 shades, is a curated ensemble of nudes, pastels and warm peaches that I have been seriously excited about!

Soft Glam is the brand’s toned out version of the Modern Renaissance Palette, and the shades are true to its name – soft and glam. There are pastels, nudes, browns, burgundies and glittery eyeshadows all in one palette.

There are some very pretty dusky mauve roses here combined with sultry browns, shimmering golds, browns, and peaches. If you glance at it quickly, the colors just jive together beautifully but there are a few odd shades here that you might question like Orange Soda which is a light matte peach. But somehow, someway, the shades just work together and I honestly had no trouble thinking up ways to combine the shades into a look.

The shadows are a range of mostly matte and softly pressed metallics and light iridescent shades. For the most part though, the matte does dominate here but I’m fine with that as they make a nice base. The metallics and iridescent shades are a lovely compliment that can you can come up with later to finish off your look.

Like the previous palettes, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette consists of very creams shades. They remind me of melted butter. The texture is so, so soft. Especially the very loosely packed metallic which almost have a cream-like consistency and a very velvety, soft texture. The pigment is quite impressive as I experienced no patchiness during application just a smoothened perfect application. Believe me when I tell you, the shades are super creamy and pigmented that I don’t even think I’ll need a primer!

Shades include:

  • Tempera (ultra-matte velvety beige)
  • Glistening (iridescent gold with a hint of pink reflect)
  • Orange Soda (ultra-matte pastel peach)
  • Rose Pink (rose gold with a soft pink iridescent hue)
  • Sultry (hybrid satin metallic finish warm chocolate brown)
  • Bronze (metallic gold bronze)
  • Mulberry (ultra-matte mulberry)
  • Dusty Rose (ultra-matte dusty lilac)
  • Fairy (multi-imensional light gold)
  • Burnt Orange (ultra-matte deep orange)
  • Sienna (ultra-matte earthy brown)
  • Rustic (ultra-matte deep cinnamon brown)
  • Cyprus Umber (ultra-matte dark coffee)
  • Noir (ultra-matte deep carbon black

This was a purchase that I don’t regret and will be making a lot of use out of these shades!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette is available at Sephora & Ulta Beauty.

Anyone purchase it?

What was your experience with it?

xo, Yvonne K.

 

 

Benefit Cosmetics Launch the New BADgal Bang! | Makeup Review

February 2, 2018
BADgal Bang! Volumizing mascara

Just a few weeks ago, I was sent a sample to try the new Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Bang! mascara. I was super excited because it’s supposed to add volume to your lashes without weighing them down.

BADgal Bang! Volumizing mascara

BADgal Bang! Volumizing mascara is supposed to be a smudge-proof, flake-free, water-resistant, and includes ProVitamin B5 known to fuel thickness & strength.

Benefit Cosmetics evaluated 102 women and found that:

90% saw dramatic volume**

94% said it instantly lifted lashes**

92% said it lengthened lashes**

 

BADgal Bang! Volumizing mascara

The BADgal Bang! mascara comes with a Slimpact! brush which makes it so much easier to separate your lashes. The wand consists of 300 soft half-cone shaped bristles that do not pick up too much product, just the right amount! As soon as you open the tube, you’ll notice how shiny and glossy the formula is. This is a jet black mascara and one coat seems to be enough for a natural/everyday makeup look. The formula feels thinner and doesn’t weigh down my lashes thanks to an innovative ingredient called ‘aero particles’.

A good tip for application: start at the base of your lashes, wiggle your way up for added volume, separate your lashes with the tip of the wand and, voila!

Is It Smudge Proof?

I wore this mascara when I watched a sad movie, cried my eyes out (why do we like doing that to ourselves)? lol and I did not have panda eyes! Keep in mind, I only had the mascara on my top lashes.

The Verdict?

I’m usually very picky with my mascaras and I don’t like spending more than I have to so I typically opt for amazing drugstore formulas. However, the BADgal Bang! mascara by Benefit Cosmetics will join my top mascara list! It’s truly volumizing and even lengthens lashes if you know how to work that wand. This mascara will be within my reach for a very long time!

xo, Yvonne K.

Review: Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream – Fresh | Sephora

January 31, 2018
Youth Lotus Preserve Face Cream

Fresh has a face cream that changed my life! It’s the Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream.

Youth Lotus Preserve Face Cream

Here’s why I love it:

Since it’s Winter where I live, my skin has been looking dull and dry! This Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream completely took care of my dry skin, (especially on my nose).

My face finally has a natural glow to it!

I use this as a makeup primer because it is super lightweight and doesn’t feel greasy.

I have combination skin and this never makes me look oily throughout the day.

No awful scent! It’s so simple and easy to add to my daily routine.

You can purchase the Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream at Sephora 🙂

*Please do a skin test before committing to this face cream! All skin reacts differently.

xo, Yvonne K.

 

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Pros and Cons: Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette

January 29, 2018
Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Palette

Great news: I’ve finally purchased the Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Palette and I’m excited to share my thoughts on it with you!

Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Palette

Let me start with the pros:

If you follow my blog, you know I love unique looking packaging and Kat Von D wins my heart each and every time. The contour palette comes in a sturdy cardboard box and since I ordered it online, I was pleased to see how well it was packaged. It’s a black and silver palette that’s perfect to travel with which made me so very happy. The edgy look of this palette surely influenced my decision to purchase it, and, oh, the shades of course!

Once you open the Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Palette, you will see that it comes with a handy guide for how to define cheekbones, slim the face and shape the nose. Inside the palette is a full-sized mirror which is super helpful for those of you who travel quite frequently! The palette closes shut with secure magnets so don’t worry when you put it in your makeup bag or your purse, it’s not easy for it to open.

The shade and light contour palette comes with 6 different matte powders, three of which are highlight shades and three of which are contouring and bronzing shades. The highlight shades are smaller than the contouring shades (which is a con). On the bright side, you won’t be using the highlight shades as much as the contour shades. The best news is that the contour shades are all different and can be used for different makeup looks. This palette will transform your contour. I’ve used other contour palettes and a lot of them throw very similar contour shades which is quite limiting for someone who wants to experiment and try different shades.

All of the shades have unique names and it adds to the fun of makeup application! Keep in mind these are all refillable so once you run out of a shade, you just have to purchase the one shade!

Lucid: This is a pale pink/beige toned powder which will work better for brightening up the under-eye circles for those of you with pale/fair skin. I use this shade to set my concealer. You can mix the highlight shades to create the best results for your skin tone.

Lyric: this has to be my favorite banana powder ever! What I love most about it is it instantly brightens up my face and it’s not messy when applied with a brush. I try not to use too much of it because I want to save it for special occasions or glam looks.

Levitation: This is a great setting powder for deeper skin tones. It may look orange in the palette but it swatches lighter and blends on the skin quite smoothly. Also the orange tone can work well at correcting dark/ashy tones.

Sombre: So you want that chiseled look? This is the shade for you. Trust me, I have noticed the difference it makes to my face. The fatty foods I consumed during the holidays are not a big deal to me since I’ve been cheating with this shade! Also for any of you who like to nose contour a little this will be your best friend.

Shadowplay: This shade is darker and slightly warmer than Sombre, meaning you can get a great contour with this as well as a fake touch of sun. I usually reach for this shade when I need a quick bronzed look.

Subconscious: This is the darkest shade in the palette but it would be hard for someone who has pale/light skin to use it for a quick look without looking muddy. You must blend this shade very well to avoid that muddy look! If you have fair skin, I highly recommend mixing it with a powder foundation so that it doesn’t appear too harsh on the skin or leave you with any visible lines. The trick is to blend well and I do find that you have to blend like crazy when applying this shade so it isn’t my go-to shade, that’s for sure.

The powder formula in the Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Palette is quite pigmented and very soft. One thing I did notice is you need to lightly dip your brush into the pan because the brush will lift more powder than you will need. I find that one stroke of the brush into the powder is enough for a desired look. The pans should last you a long time if you don’t go crazy and dip your brush too hard into the pans.

This is a great palette for those of you who want value for your money. The powders will last you a very long time as you don’t need to use a lot to achieve a highlight and contour look.

Therefore, the biggest con is the size of the highlight shades compared to the contour shades but like I mentioned above, you won’t be using the highlight shades as much as the contour shades!

xo, Yvonne K.

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Full Review and Swatches: Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation by FENTY BEAUTY

January 9, 2018
Fenty Foundation Review

I’ve been waiting to review the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation by FENTY BEAUTY for weeks now! Well, it’s finally here!

    Fenty Foundation Review

Warning: Do not try to guess which colour would match you looking at swatches online, go into the store and get the right colour for your skin. Remember, the foundation dries a bit darker so going into the store is a must!

As you can see from the image above, there are 40 different shades featured in the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation by FENTY BEAUTY. The shades range from light to deep tones, luckily, if you can’t find the perfect shade for you, you can even mix two shades.

Fenty Foundation

After three attempts, I finally found a shade that matches my skin tone. I’m currently using the shade #200 because I have olive toned skin but it gets lighter during the winter time. I will most likely need to darken the shade in the summer but if you’re like me, you know that mixing foundations can be even better than sticking to just one. If you’d like to try this foundation, you can purchase it at any Sephora store.

Fenty Foundation

Make sure to shake the bottle well before applying it to your skin because this is a fast drying formula. In addition, you should use a primer before applying any foundation so that you can avoid any unevenness or any blotchiness. I like to use this foundation only for going out on the weekends because I prefer the “no foundation look” on most days.

DRY VS. WET

You will notice that this foundation is easy to blend and dries pretty quickly upon application but isn’t chalky or too dry looking in case you’re wondering about that. For full coverage, I prefer the dry look and using a foundation brush to apply it to my face. For a dewy look, I opt for a damp beauty blender and by doing this, you can have full control over how much coverage you want this foundation to give you.

I suggest pumping on your fingertips and then applying the foundation on one side of your face to avoid any dryness or patchy areas. I love the foundation but since it is a matte finish, it dries VERY FAST so you don’t want to prep both sides of your face, just prep one side and blend it into your skin in a fast yet gentle motion.

DOES IT REALLY LAST FOR 10 HOURS?

Absolutely, however, only if you set it with a loose powder! Please don’t forget to set your makeup if you plan on having it on all day. You will notice that you have to touch up once or twice throughout the day and that is if you have oily areas on your face like me. If you are someone who is constantly on the go but want a natural foundation, the  Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation by FENTY BEAUTY is perfect for you.

IS THIS FOUNDATION GOOD FOR ON-CAMERA MOMENTS?

I’ve only taken one picture wearing this foundation and it definitely lives up to the reviews. It is a great and affordable foundation that can be worn during photoshoots, live videos and any on-camera moments!

WHAT DO I LOVE ABOUT THIS FOUNDATION?

It’s quite affordable, allows my skin to breathe without clogging my pores, it is an oil-free formula and it is 100% cruelty free!!!! Thank you Rihanna!

OVERALL

Fenty Beauty delivers one of the best foundations I’ve used in a long time. Although I rarely wear foundation, this is the one I’ll be reaching for when I need one! At a solid price point and a lot of product for your buck, you’ll be favouriting this foundation in no time!

xo, Yvonne K.

 

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Makeup Obsessed: Kat Von D Saint & Sinner Eyeshadow Palette

January 5, 2018
Kat Von D Saint & Sinner Eyeshadow Palette

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

The Kat Von D Saint & Sinner Eyeshadow Palette was a Christmas gift to myself and I have so much to say about it!

Kat Von D Saint & Sinner Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Saints & Sinners Palette

As you can see, this is a stunningly beautiful eyeshadow palette! I love the packaging and I absolutely love the trending colours that come in the palette. I usually throw makeup boxes out right after I open them, but I saved this one!

The Kat Von D Saints & Sinners Palette is a two-sided palette that opens like French doors (how cool is that). One side is the Saints side which features lighter/softer shades  and the other is the Sinner side which features bolder shades. This eyeshadow palette comes with 24 unique shades that are quite bendable and easy to apply.

You get everything in this palette, from mattes, shimmers, metallics, and special effect glimmer shades. The colors are all very nuanced and different than most of the palettes on the market. The shades are perfect for someone who wants to have everything in one palette.

After researching this palette, I found out that the shades were inspired by the colors you see in stained glass windows in churches and the kaleidoscope effect they have when light dances through them.

Kat Von D Saint and Sinner Palette

Starting from the Bottom to Top: Heaven, Rapture, Worship, Immaculate, Devil, Exodus and Revelation

Heaven: Described as a metallic silver but with just one swatch this colour blew me away! The shade is highly pigmented and very smooth.

Rapture: This is a rosy pink with pink super glimmer. This shade tends to have heavy fallout but fortunately, it performs when applied with a wet brush. This is a warm rosy pink that can be a shade you use to enhance a pink or a red shade.

Worship: Described as a pearlescent eggplant. Its super pigmented but the finish is a restrained metallic, a true pearlized finish.

Immaculate: This shade reminds me of an olive green. This is a subtle shade that can be deepened if more product is applied.

Devil: This is a matte pumpkin orange. This shade excites me and I can’t wait to use it. Blends so beautifully on the eyes with or without an eyeshadow primer!

Exodus: Described as chartreuse with gold glitter. This is beautifully pigmented and I can’t wait to use it!

Revelation: This a brown with gold glitter that I’d like to use for a super glam look.

Overall, I’m incredibly pleased with this palette! It was such a great purchase because it has 24 versatile shades and finishes.

Let me just say that the Kat Von D Saints & Sinners Palette is one of my all-time favourite makeup purchases!

 

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SHOP: Blogger Approved Winter Essentials

November 30, 2017
winter style fashion

winter style fashion
Winter is just around the corner and that means it’s the perfect season to purchase cozy sweaters, beauty products that help prevent dry irritated skin or even a scarf that will keep you nice and warm!

Here are a few tips that will help you get through the winter months:

Tip #1: When buying products for the winter, try to find items that you can wear year after year! I like shopping for timeless pieces that can be worn next year as well. Check out sales at department stores or go to your local vintage shop to find items that you know will last you a very long time.

Tip #2: Keep in mind, winter feels like the longest season, and it really is, (if you ask me), therefore, its best to purchase comfortable clothing because you’ll be stuck wearing them for a few months. Choose a coat that keeps you warm and looks stylish. The worst thing is to look amazing but feel uncomfortable out in the cold!

Tip #3: My skin tends to dry up and get irritated during the winter months so I’ve tried and tested a few products that help this common problem. Remember to stay consistent with your beauty routine- cleanse, tone and moisturize! Moisturizing is the most important step during the harsh winter months. I like using moisturizers that are oil free because I have combination skin.

I hope these tips were helpful! I’ve rounded up some of my winter essentials including some that are on SALE right now! Just use the arrows to swipe left or right:

xo, Yvonne.