Hard Candy 1000 Lashes Lash Primer Photos, Swatches, & Review!

Lash primers have never been something I use all the time. I remember there were some double ended mascaras that I used when I first got into makeup that had a primer on one side and mascara on the other. I've seen high end lash primers at Sephora but never knew that there was a cheaper alternative. I found this lash primer at Wal-Mart. This lash primer is part of the 1000 lashes line. It's a fiberized lash weave primer. 

It comes in a packaging that looks like a squeeze tube, but you can't squeeze it out. It's hard. You get a lot of product when you pull the wand out. The first time I tried this out, I used too much so my lashes looked a bit clumpy after. The next time I tried wiping off some product off the brush and it looked much better. A little goes a long way.

Here you can see the fibres that are on the mascara wand that grab on to your lashes to help it be primed and ready for mascara. I usually only use 1 coat of this and I wipe the wand on the tube before applying. The fibres can be hard to get onto your lash but I found after you wipe the wand a little it's easier. This dries fast so it's ready for you to put on your mascara. I did find that using this primer makes my mascara look much better I think it might be the fibres that it separates my lashes and doesn't clump my lashes when I put on mascara. I really love this primer and would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a affordable drugstore mascara primer.

My Father

I don't usually involve my personal life into this blog. But I believe this is a message that I need to convey. I had to take a break at the beginning of this year which can be seen by the lack of my posts. 3 years ago my father got quite sick and was diagnosed with liver cancer. He was diagnosed as Cirrhosis and then later Liver Cancer. Just hearing the "c" word crushed my world. It's the first time a family member was diagnosed with it. Since he was diagnosed I was always hopeful that he would be able to fight it. He was on the list to get a liver from a donor. He was doing well and as life is known to be unexpected - he suddenly at the beginning of the year started to get more sick. He was in and out of the hospital for procedures and then eventually had to stay at the hospital. Unfortunately at the end of  cancer.  I am really close with my father, he is and has always been my best friend, and the most supportive person in my life. It has been tough learning to live without my father, and each day I learn to be strong and remember that he is always with me. I will always love him and cherish the memories that I have.

The main reason for this blog post is not only to give you the update on why I haven't posted lately but to get the message out that there is such a low donor rate that there are patients on the waiting list for organs who wait for years and end up sadly dying before they receiving the organ that they desperately need to enhance their life. You can save a life by giving your consent to donate an organ.

Please register your consent to help out. 

Thank you for being so supportive of my blog and stopping by.

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer Photos & Review!

Primers are important to put on before foundation. They help to seal pores, makes your skin look smoother and helps make your foundation last longer. Primers can be expensive so I wanted to try a cheaper alternative before I invested in a higher end primer. Through reading reviews I found that the best at the drugstore is the Hard Candy Sheer Envy. Hard Candy has other primers in the Sheer Envy line as well such as: perfecting, dark spot, color correcting, and shine free. I haven't tried out the other primers in this line.

It comes in a white squeeze tube packaging. The product claims to be a lightweight formula that can minimize imperfections and gives a velvet smooth feeling. 

The product is white but as you blend it's clear. It looks thick but it's actually very light weight. It leaves the silicone feeling but does make your skin feel smooth. I don't notice it filling in my pores or minimizing my skin's imperfections that much. It can be greasy sometimes. I do find my foundation lasting long but with some foundations it can feel like it just slides off. This primer can have the feeling like it doesn't dry completely. I usually put this primer on and then do my eyes and come back to my foundation. After having it awhile I have noticed that it can be thick and crumbly when you try to squeeze it out. It's like the product starts to separate, and there have been times where if I don't shake it up it gets watery. I saw that they have changed the packaging of this, but I'm not sure if the formula is different in the new ones. Overall I do love this but I don't like how it's greasy and can get watery. 

Happy New Year!

Wish you a very joyful, bright, healthy, prosperous and happy year ahead!

Dry Scalp Remedy!

It's coming down to fall and soon it'll be winter. Where I live it starts to get really dry, so I know every year that I need to be prepared to deal with dry hands, feet, and most of all dry scalp! The dreaded dry scalp. It's itchy, flaky and annoying. T-Gel in extra strength by Neutrogena has been my holy grail shampoo. But I wanted to try something more natural. I recently got Apple Cider Vingear (ACV) from my local health food store. I've heard it has many great uses so I googled up using it for dry scalp and found a recipe to try out. 

- disinfects the scalp by killing the fungus that can cause dry scalp.
- it helps to balance pH levels of your scalp.
- it keeps your scalps healthy and shiny.
- it helps to take out build up and excess product from hair styling products.
- it helps you straighten your hair.

All you need is:
- spray bottle
- unfiltered organic Apple Cider Vingear. (ACV)
- water
- measuring cups

First you measure out 1/4 cup of the ACV and this is added to a cup of water. You can mix it together and pour it into a spray bottle. After that you just spray it on to your scalp and hair and let it sit for about 3-5 minutes. Then wash it off with warm water and follow up with your shampoo and conditioner routine. 

I tried this out and found that my scalp felt really clean and the dry scalp was gone with one wash. I use this once a week to just cleanse and treat. I've found by doing this that my dry scalp has disappeared and I barely get flakes. When you spray it on your scalp it's a cooling sensation. It does smell a little strong. I kept thinking about apple juice, but other than that it works great! If you can stand the smell it's worth it.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm In Sultry: Review & Swatches!

Ever since this picture of Kylie Jenner has been posted, makeup lovers have been going crazy on this mauve nude colour. In the photo online it says that she's wearing MAC Whirl lip pencil and MAC Faux lipstick. I've been wanting to try out a more affordable alternative to the MAC products before I actually go out and get the original products. I heard that the Revlon Matte Balm in the Colorburst line in Sultry was a dupe for it. Since I already had it in my collection I decided to try it out and see. 

The Revlon Matte Balm is around $7.  It claims to give a velvety matte look and be a moisture rich balm. Sultry is dark mauve nude. It's matte but not drying, it's very creamy. It has Shea, coconut and mango butters which is why it's moisturizing than usually matte lip products.

The product comes in a twist up tube, there's not need to sharpen the product like the Urban Decay lip colours. Below you can see that in just one swipe it's not sheer and very opaque. This colour lasts about 4-6 hours on my lips. 

I think this colour is a good dupe to what Kylie is wearing. The one she's wearing is a more darker in colour. The Revlon one is a bit lighter, but still works. I love this colour! I usually stay away from matte lipsticks because its very drying on my lips but these Revlon matte balms are really good. I would definitely recommend the Revlon Matte Balm in Sultry as an affordable dupe for the Kylie Jenner lip look.

Ipsy July 2014

I've heard so much about the Ipsy bag that I finally decided I had to get it. It's a monthly subscription of four to five deluxe to full size beauty products. It's $16 CDN. (10 USD + 4.95 shipping to Canada) I wanted to try a month and see if it was worth the hype. This month's theme was "Sensationally Sunkissed", I received five items this month. I really like that this monthly subscription comes with a makeup bag with the products in it. Here are the products that I received.

bareMinerals Ready Eye shadow 2.0, Elizabeth Mott Tints & Sass, Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 08, Marrakesh Hair Care Marrakesh Endz, and wHet nail polish in Facetious.

The bareMinerals Ready Eye shadow 2.0 is called Inspiration, it's a light lilac purple and darker sparkly purple. They're not chalky and very easy to blend. I was surprised to see how pigmented it is. It's a good size. I like that it comes in its own palette packaging. This will be useful when I travel. The packaging also shows you how to create a day and night look.The full size is $20.

I've never heard of Elizabeth Mott before. But I really love this Tints & Sass in the shade Cherry. It's a nice deep red colour. This smells like cherries. It's a cheek and lip stain. I don't really like using these as a cheek stain since they tend to dry fast and don't blend very well. This reminds me of the Benetints. I really like this colour for the lips. It is a bit patchy when applied though.  This is a full size! It's $22.

The Maarakesh Hair Care - Marrakesh Endz Split End Mender & Preventer is an Argan oil, and Hemp Seed oil  that strengthens, repairs and prevents damaged hair. It's a cream when you squeeze it out of the tube, when you rub your hands together it turns into an oil. I love the smell of this as soon as I opened up my Ipsy bag I could smell this. It smells like Argan oil. I really love this and definitely will be purchasing the full size.It doesn't make your hair feel greasy or heavy. The 1 oz size that I received is $5.99

The wHet nail polish in Facetious is a bright blue colour. I am a nail polish hoarder therefore I already have a similar colour to this. I ended up giving this to my sister. It's a chip resistant, high shine, vegan polish that is "three free" and doesn't have any chemicals. It's made in the USA and not tested on animals. I received the 10ml size. The full size is 15ml for $15.

Lastly the Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 08. I don't really need to tan since I am dark skinned. I can't really comment on how good this is. I did try it and I think it's just an oil that you put on before tanning. I wish I wasn't sent this. I thought that by the quiz they make you do at the beginning that they would see that I'm dark skinned and that it doesn't suit my skin tone. The site says that it's a dark tanning oil that has vitamins, antioxidants, and exotic plant extracts. I got a 1 fl oz, the full size is 4 fl oz for $11.99

I really liked all the products I got in this months bag except for the nail polish since I already have a colour like it and the Tanning oil since I don't tan. I'm going to try another month of the Ipsy bag to see if it's better. This month I wasn't that impressed. 

Revlon Lash Potion Mascara: Review & Swatches!

Revlon Lash Potion ($8.47 CDN individually & with bonus) is a volume + length mascara by grow luscious. It claims to give "spellbinding volume" and "supernatural length". Revlon says that it, magically transforms  lashes to lush, long and lustrous. A potion with strengthening protein drenches lashes for volume. Triple-groove wand combs through clump-free length.

Maybelline mascaras are my comfort zone. I haven't tried a Maybelline mascara that I didn't love. I decided to try out a different brand this time when I wanted to switch up my mascara. I saw this Revlon Lash Potion mascara on sale for two for the price of one. Revlon mascaras can be expensive for being a drugstore mascara.

I love the packaging of this mascara, it's different than the plain coloured tubes. This mascara looks so beautiful itself just in the tube. I gotta give credit to Revlon for creating such an appealing mascara.

Revlon calls the wand and "illusionist wand". The brush is thin with small bristles, they're not dense. The want is divided into three sections.

The consistency is not too watery or thick, it's the perfect amount of wetness. The application of this mascara is nice. It doesn't leave your lashes hard or stiff. My lashes felt really soft and natural.

Bare Lashes

One Coat of Revlon Lash Potion
I curled my lashes prior to applying the mascara. After one coat this mascara gave me good length, not so much volume. My lashes don't look like spider lashes. It was a bit hard to grab my bottom lashes with this brush. As you can see in the picture above, after one coat started drying there is some flaking of the mascara under my eye.

Two Coats of Revlon Lash Potion
This mascara claims to be clump-free. The second coat just clumped up my lashes right away. There was more flaking and my lashes didn't look very good at all.

I was hoping to really love this mascara but after trying it out I really don't like it. I don't like how it made my lashes look, one coat was okay but not that great. I also don't like that it flakes! I might try layering another mascara with this one in hopes that it'll look better or get the waterproof one next time. But overall I wish they worked more on the formulation rather than the packaging. I'm definitely going to try out more mascaras from Revlon but for now my holy grail is Maybelline!

Top Posts from 2013!

I still can't believe that the year is coming to an end. Here are the top 13 posts from 2013.

1. Rimmel Glam Eyes Quad in Smokey Brun

2. Revlon Colorstay Foundation

3. Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Blush in Natural

4.  Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Lip Color - So Pearly Pink

5. Stila Lip Glaze in Harvest

6. EOS Lip Balm in Strawberry Sorbet & Pomegranate Raspberry

7. MAC Riri Woo Rihanna Lipstick

8. Fingrs Heart 2 Art Nail Emellishment

9. MAC Temperature Rising Launch Party!

10. L'oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eye Liner

11. Covergirl Clean Whipped Foundation

12. NYC Applelicious Glossy Balm

13. Vaseline Lip Therapy

Maybelline Fit Me Stick Foundation: Review & Swatches!

I've been wanting to try out this foundation for a while now. I was at Target the other day, Christmas shopping when I saw that certain colours were on clearance for $5.49 CDN. This foundation is usually $8.99 CDN. I was debating between the shade colours 340 Cappuccino and 355 Coconut. I looked at swatches and decided to go with the 340 since the 355 looked a bit dark. This Fit me foundation claims to be shine-free. It's a gel foundation that has a anti shine core. It claims to turn matte and that lightweight powders in the core dissolve the excess oil.  I tend to have an oily T-zone and sometimes the top of my cheeks. When I swatched this, it was creamy and easy to blend. I usually don't like liquid foundations because it can oxidize and change colour. 

I applied this in short lines on my face and then used my Real Techniques buffing brush to blend in the product. It goes on creamy and blends well. It does turn into a matte powder finish. I didn't have to put any powder on top. I did use the Hard Candy primer under this foundation. I did half of my face first. When I applied it I noticed this the 340 colour is a little dark on my skin tone but not too dark that it makes me like a shade darker or too orange. This colour ended up blending out well to match my neck. When you apply this foundation the core and the foundation mix together you don't notice the separation of colour. It's easy to apply and to blend out. I asked my husband on his opinion about this foundation when I had it on half of my face and he said that he could tell that I was wearing foundation only because he knew what I looked like without makeup but he told me that I didn't look cakey or like I had too many layers of foundation like others. I applied two layers of this foundation. I feel that it did well in covering up my skin. I had a pimple on my chin that had a little redness and this did well in covering that up. I took a picture to see if it does get rid of the shine and I did notice that the side that I had the foundation on was not reflecting shine as much on my cheeks and forehead which I usually have a problem with when I take photographs without foundation. 

Left side Maybelline Fit Me Foundation vs Right clean skin. 
I was this for about 6 hours and it lasted quite well. There was no patchy spots of the foundation wearing off and it didn't transfer as much when blotted with a tissue. It kept my blush fresh and didn't wear off as easily. I like how it leaves my skin smooth and that I don't have to powder on top. The coverage is a light to medium. It's easy to apply another layer and it doesn't become cakey. As for the shine it does help but I don't think it completely get rid of it. I like this foundation it's lightweight and doesn't feel as heavy as other foundation. This has definitely become my favourite.

After six hours.