Let's see how the final week of Makeup May went, shall we?
First up was the Revlon Nearly Naked foundation. This was pretty good. It gave a really natural, light-coverage finish and looked amazing on the skin. However, my skin is a little bit oily and as a result this slipped around a lot on me. I'll keep this for when my skin dries out a bit, but for anyone oily I wouldn't recommend this.
The other disappointing product this week was the eyeliner. It had a very shiny, almost rubbery finish which is definitely not what I like. I would like this a lot more if it was matte, and if it lasted longer. I found this dried and flaked/peeled off pretty badly. However, the brush on this is AWESOME.
The blush was actually pretty good. I'll be keeping this for days when I want very little, very natural blush. The shade barely shows up on my skin now that I'm a little more tanned. It will be perfect when I'm pale for a flush of colour, but for now it's a lightly shimmery very subtle blush.
The powder does have some shimmer, but it's not grainy, and it's all very finely milled and soft. While it's not the same as the regular essence blushes, it's still a very good product.
And finally, the L'Oreal lipstick. I hate the smell of this, but I love the colour. I have such a love/hate with L'Oreal lipsticks, I can only stand them if the colour is just perfect and in this case, I think the colour wins out over the horrible smell.
Verdict: This shade is a keeper
And that's it! I hope you loved Makeup May, if you did or if you have any suggestions please comment them below! I look forward to seeing you all soon!
We are in the last week of Makeup May! Please let me know if you've been enjoying it!
Let's jump into this week's products.
1) Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation
I have another foundation this week, it's the Revlon Nearly Naked foundation. My skin has changed, and as a result the foundations I used to use have been replaced. I'm going to see how this reacts now that my skin is more oily and less dry.
2) L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Cinnamon Toast
This L'Oreal lipstick is such a fabulous colour, I need to wear it and see how it looks on my lips. It's a red-ish brown shade, very warm, but still a deep neutral. I'm really into these browns right now.
3) e.l.f. Precision Liquid Eyeliner
I have another eyeliner! This one is from e.l.f. cosmetics. I feel like eyeliners are something I try a ton of, and often forget about, so I'm going to pull this liquid one out and see how it goes!
4) Essence Good Girl Bad Girl Blush
And then I have this blish from essence cosmetics. This is not the same formula as their regular blushes, and as a result I haven't reached for this a lot. Maybe this week I'll find that it's just as good as their other blushes, just different!
And that's it for this week! Come back on Saturday to see what I thought of all of these products.
Revlon Colourstay Liquid Eye Pen: This was awful. The formula was watery and bled into fine lines, and didn't last for very long at all. The nib was oddly shaped and hard, making it difficult to work with. This was just generally a disappointing product for me.
Verdict: Drop it like it's hot
Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation: I have had such a struggle trying to decide how I feel about this product this week. On one hand, it does give a really nice light coverage to the skin, and I really like the texture and how it blends. It also felt so comfortable in the skin, like I wasn't even wearing foundation. That said, it oxidized pretty badly on me, and it really settled into areas that were dry or had fine lines. I also am undecided on whether I like the finish. Overall, I think this is nice, but mostly a meh product, and I have others I like a lot more.
L'Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Illuminator: I did not like this. I used it under foundation, and it didn't show up at all. On top of foundation, it broke up and didn't blend well. The formula itself is basically glitter, and I can't stand highlighters that are just glitter.
e.l.f. Illuminating Mist and Set: I forgot to use this. It happens every year, I always don't use one product. I just don't reach for setting mists! I'm going to attempt to use this again next week and give you a review then
Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie: This was nice. Not super long-lasting, and it bled a bit. But the formula was very buttery and pretty. I won't be keeping this because of my personal preferences, but it is definitely not a bad product.
Verdict: Not for me, but not bad
Alright, so that's it for week 3! I hope you enjoyed it, stay tuned for week 4 coming at ya tomorrow!
It may not be the most wearable shade, but I've honestly been wearing this as much as I can. It's so pretty and as you would have seen in my review, just an all-round amazing product (if you didn't see the review, click HERE)
It's time to see what makeup products I'll be putting through the wringer today!
Revlon Colourstay Liquid Eye Pen
I got back into liquid eyeliner pens awhile back, but this one has been much neglected. Let's see how it performs this week.
e.l.f. Illuminating Mist and Set
This actually came in a free gift with purchase, but since I'm not into setting sprays I really haven't used it.
Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation
I'll admit, I bought this foundation, tested it out, and haven't touched it since (I haven't been wearing foundation that much). I want to get back into it, so hopefully it can make me fall in love with it this week!
L'Oreal True Match Lumi Illuminator
Liquid products just aren't what I reach for. I'm going to make myself use this.
Revlon Colour Burst Lip Butter (Raspberry Pie)
This was a YouTube made me buy it purchase (I used to have half a dozen of these), but I never wear them. This is a really pretty colour, very spring-appropriate.
I went for very spring-y products this week as you can tell. Hopefully something in here will become a new favourite!
The results are in from this week's round of product testing!
MAC Velvet Teddy: I have to be honest, I'm not super keen on the formula of this. It's a very creamy matte, and I find it moves around and looks strange on my lips. Plus, the shade isn't great for me. BUT. I can fix all of these problems with a lip gloss (I have been using the Essence ones) and then I LOVE this. Now that I've figured out how to make it work, I'll definitely be keeping it!
Creme Smudge Brush: This was bad. The bristles were very stiff and pointy, and didn't blend well. The bristles also really irritated my under eyes when I tried to smoke out the lower lashline.
Hard Candy Highlighting Duo: I really liked this! It isn't super pigmented, but it isn't glittery either. It gives you a beautiful wash of glow to you skin that is nice and natural. I will definitely be using this more throughout the summer!
H&M Eyeshadow Palette (Super Naturals): I have a few issues with this palette.
First, the colours aren't very pigmented, and are very powdery. They are no where near the quality of the single pan shadows (which I love!) In addition, this palette has TWO matte shades, so it's nearly impossible to do a full eye look using only this palette. And finally, some of the glittery shades are so chunky that they are basically unusable (the black at the far right of the center row, I'm looking at you!)
I do like the shades, and I will probably keep the palette because of that, but I would definitely not recommend this to anyone. If you see a colour you really like, see if there's a single pan shade that's the same of similar. This just isn't that good.
Verdict: Do not recommend
GOSH Golden Moss Eyeliner: Okay, I realized a couple things with this. A) This was in by Makeup May last year and I haven't touched it since... B) It's super old and C) They don't make this colour anymore. While it's nice, I feel uncomfortable using it any more because I've had it for SO long.
Sephora Tranquil Sculpting Powder: Okay, this was my mistake. This shade is WAY too gray on me. That isn't to say it's a bad product, it blends well and it's not so pigmented that you overdo it. It gives you the perfect shadow really easily. But the shade is not for me.
Verdict: Toss, but it's not a bad product
So that's it for week two! Let me know if you've tried any of these products and what your thoughts were!
MAC Eyeshadows are a top favourite of mine, and as a little bonus video this week I posted a collections video where I talk about the ones I have! As with anything, there were some hits and some misses, watch the video to see which ones I love and which ones I could do without.
For those of you who don't watch my videos (or who want a bit more of an explanation), I figured I should post a little update blog to explain what's going on.
The last couple weeks have been nuts. I got a horrific sinus infection, and then had to move from my first ever apartment to a temporary one because my building was bought by new owners and they wanted us out.
It was a crazy few weeks, and as I type this we STILL don't have internet in the new place.
To make things even crazier, as of next week I am spending 5 days on an (internet-less) field course, after which I am moving up North for the remainder of the summer for work (where there is also no internet).
So basically, the last few weeks were so busy that my blogging/vlogging schedule got really messed up. Thankfully, I have had a few sporadic days where I have worked my butt off the create posts and edit vlogs for you. Right now, I have all of May sorted out for my blog and my channel, and a good chunk of June as well!
I'm really looking forward to my busy, crazy, and rewarding life over the next few months, and I hope you can all support me, even if posts are up on the right days, and videos are a little late. I love this little blog, I love my channel, and I love ALL OF YOU! And I hope that you love me enough to put up with whatever may happen between now and September.
I'll keep you updated with my life happenings over the next few months. Things are going to be so exciting and I can't wait to share what happens with you!
This week I've got another handful of products to dust off and test out! Last week went really well, so hopefully this week goes smoothly too!
1) Hard Candy Higlighter Duo
I did a review of this ages ago, and it was the first drugstore highlighter I ever tried. I've tried more since, and this one has gotten neglected as a result, but let's see if this is as good as it was when I first started using it.
2) Sephora Tranquil Contour Powder
As you can see in the swatch, this is a lightly pigmented, VERY shay shade of contour powder. I don't really know why I haven't used this much, but it's time to use it more!
3) H&M Super Naturals Eye Colour Palette
You all know I love the H&M single shadows, but I haven't touched this palette much. I initially thought the quality wasn't as good, so that's what I'll be looking to see this week. Hopefully it's just as good as the singles!
4) GOSH Eyeliner in Moss Green
This eyeliner man... I keep telling myself I should use it more and never do. It's a pretty shade and a great formula, so this week I'm going to FORCE myself to use it (and hopefully fall in love with it!)
5) MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick
I haven't gotten on with this very well since I bought it, but everyone seems to rave about it non-stop. This week, I'm hoping that by using it more I'll fall in love with it too.
6) Creme Smudge Brush
I'm not much of a pencil brush user, so this gets buried under a plethora of other brushes. Time to bust it out and get some use out of it!
As always, stay tuned for the review of all of these products coming at the end of the week. Maybe they'll be good, maybe they won't, we'll have to see!
This was actually a really good week! I'm really excited to share the products and how they performed with you.
First up is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector. I have to admit, I'm still not a fan of liquid highlighters. Give me powder any day! However, the shade of this is perfect for me. I might have to buy the pressed version in Opal, because I really do like the shade. I would recommend using this under foundation, rather than on top of it (I found my foundation broke up a little bit when I put it on top), but even then the glow it gives is very subtle. I was constantly putting a powder version on top of it to get the glowy look I wanted.
Verdict: Bye (gonna buy the pressed version)
The NYC blush was a pleasant surprise as well. It is VERY powdery and doesn't have the smoothest texture, but it looks stunning on the cheeks. The pigmentation is also great. However, I didn't find this very easy to blend out, it looked really patchy and took a lot of work to make look nice. I personally prefer the Wet n Wild blushes, which are about the same price.
Verdict: Probably gonna toss.
With that blush, I actually used the Duo Fiber brush from Real Techniques. I found it didn't do a great job of blending the product in, and I really didn't enjoy using it. I wouldn't buy this brush individually for sure.
I did like the duo fiber brush for applying a light layer of powder, however. I found it nicely set my makeup without getting too much powder on my face. So for that purpose, I didn't mind it.
Verdict: Meh. I'll keep it, but I wouldn't buy it on it's own.
As for the eyeshadows, they all were winners for me. The MAC shade in the crease was fabulous with the other two colours on the lid. All three were super pigmented, blended really well, and just all-around impressed me.
The H&M shades (Russet Rose and Ginger Snap) aren't ones I will reach for often, but after testing them I'm going to try and use them more. They are stunning shades!
The MAC eyeshadoes (Havana) does not translate on the eye as it does in swatches or in the pan, just be aware of that. However, that doesn't make it any less of a stunning shade!
And finally, the Multi-Use brush. Again, this was a pleasant surprise. Unlike most Spa Resource brushes, this didn't shed bristles everywhere. I used it with a couple kinds of foundation, and I really liked how it applied them. It blended foundation and concealer really well. I tried this with powder, and actually didn't mind it for that either (although it did apply a lot, so only use it for powder if you like a VERY matte complexion). Overall, this was just great for blending liquid and powder products, and I will be using it much more often!
Alright, so week 1 was a success! Come back tomorrow to see what the next 7 days hold!
I've got a bunch of products that I'm testing/using this week, and I'm really excited about them. This year I consciously tried to group products together to make a 'look' rather than just throwing them together willy-nilly.
This week, I've got a lot of warm, bronze, and shimmer going on.
The first product is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal, but this is the liquid formula. I'm definitely more of a powder girl, so this gets severely neglected. Fun Fact: It was also the first thing I ever bought from Sephora!
I also have a blush from NYC. This is their Cheek Glow in NoLiTa Pink (lliterally what is that name?!). It's a really pretty, shimmery coral shade, and I know it was super inexpensive. Maybe it's a hidden drugstore gem!
I have a few eyeshadows to test out this week, and they all work really nicely together.
The first 2 are from H&M, and they are in the shades Ginger Snap and Russet Rose. Ginger Snap is a bronze that errs on orange, and Russet Rose is a rose gold shade. The formulation of these is amazing, they just aren't shades I tend to reach for. The challenge is to use them more this week!
The other eyeshadow is from MAC,and this is STUNNING. It's one of their Extra Dimension eyeshadows in the shade Havana. These have an amazing formula, and this was expensive! I need to use it more, for sure.
My final two items to use more this week (and see if they're any good!) are two brushes. The first one is from Spa Resource and it's their Multi-Use brush. This is very densely packed, making it great for foundation, concealer, and powder. I neglect this in favour of my Real Techniques brushes, but I'm hoping it's just as good!
The other brush actually is from Real Techniques, and it's their Duo Fiber Face Brush. I got this in the Nic's Picks set, and I freely admit I do not know how to use a duo fiber brush. I'm going to look it up, test it out, and see how it performs!
Okay, so that's all of the products I'm testing out this week! I'll let you know on Saturday how everything worked out for me, and what you should and should not purchase!
Some of you might remember that last year in May I started this series, and it went over so well I decided to do it again!
Basically, it's an entire month of product testing and reviews, but of makeup that I already own and have severely neglected. It gets me using forgotten products, and you guys get reviews of stuff that isn't really talked about all that often.
The way it works is I choose between 4 and 8 products to put through the ringer and test out. At the end of the week, I let you know what worked, what didn't, and what I would or would not recommend.
This year, I decided to include brushes and tools as well as makeup products, because I feel like I often neglect my tools.
The first post is going up on Monday, so make sure you are watching out for it!