Blogger's Beauty Brawl Day 8: Makeup Setting Spray

13 Jun 2016

Hi, Everyone! Welcome back to Day 8 of the Brawl! For today's card, we will be reviewing makeup setting sprays! I'm very well-versed in the world of sprays because I only really started using them not too long ago, but I can tell you that they are a god sent in the world of dry skin! I've only used drugstore setting sprays, so this was a major splurge for me and a part of my graduation gift to myself. I've quickly fallen in love with the stuff so let's check out what's I've picked!

The makeup setting spray that I have picked is MAC's Prep and Prime Fix + Spray. I'm pretty new to this product but spent years practically drooling over it since the beginning of my makeup obsession days, and as I've been using it more, I've learned that it's not just an amazing setting spray, but also quite the catch-all product for just about everything in my makeup routine! Now I know that there is a lot of debate over the "real use" for Fix +, however, it's been working great for me for this purpose, so I want to bring you my experiences. Let's take a look at the card!

Product: I have to say that I was quite surprised by the amount of product that came in this bottle. In the past, I have used both ELF's setting spray and L'Oreal's Infallible Setting Spray, which look so tiny compared to the Fix +. As I've mentioned before on my blog, I have very dry skin on my face. Even with the best moisturiser possible, my makeup always seems to find a way to look like I've been in the Sahara desert, which is totally not the look I want to go for. I've been using this spray both after powders and as a finishing touch, and my skin has been noticeably different! It looks so dewy and healthy without looking greasy, and I have been really enjoying that. As a side note, it's also been great to amp up eyeshadows and blushes that may not be as pigmented!

I really don't have anything bad to say about their packaging! Some may disagree, however, I love how simplistic the packaging is! A lot of product that you see in stores today is very colourful, so having something that is very neutral on my shelf has been great. It definitely makes it look so much more expensive than it is. The bottle itself isn't heavy making it perfect to spray on with one hand. The only issue I have with my bottle is that sometimes the part that presses down on the lid gets stuck when I'm spraying my face, but that's a quick fix. I only marked it down two points because of this as it might just be user error, or dirt making it stick.

This product will run you $26 dollars for 3.4 fluid ounces. At first glance, this might seem pricey, however, I've only needed one or two pumps to cover my whole face, and I'm good to go. If you're worried about wasting product, I can tell you that after two months of everyday use I haven't even made a dent in the amount of product. Heck yes! Another thing to consider is how versatile the product is. I paid around 15 dollars for L'Oreal's setting spray and that was only good for what the bottle intended. While it made my skin less dry, I feel like MAC does such a better job, so this wasn't that much more of a jump for something so amazing. For something that can make my shadows go on more smoothly, even out powdery skin, and leave my face feeling refreshed, this is definitely a situation where the benefits out weight the cons.They also make a $12 dollar bottle that I could see lasting a pretty decent amount of time too if that's more budget friendly.

I can't believe I only have two more reviews of the Brawl to share with you! I'm pretty excited to share my next product, as I had to go on a mission to three different places just to find the right one. I hope to see everyone back tomorrow for the next review! To keep the brawl going, search the hashtag #BeautyBrawl16 on Instagram and Twitter to check out more of today's post, as well as previous days! 

With Love,

Blogger's Beauty Brawl Day 7: Lipstick Review

12 Jun 2016

Hi, Everyone! Welcome back to Day Seven to the Beauty Blogger Brawl! It's been one heck of a week filled with awesome products, and I have been loving reading them all! Today our card is for a lipstick review, and like my blush, I had a hard time picking just one. I have a lipstick addiction and I would seriously make a card for every one that I own, so to spare you from reading all of that, I have narrowed it down to a lipstick in my favourite shade, red! Let's take a look!

For today's card, I will be reviewing Rimmel's Apocalips in Big Bang. If anybody knows me IRL, they know that I love love love my red lippies so it's probably not that big of a surprise that I've picked one to include in the Brawl. Let's take a look at what I've scored it at, shall we?

Product: I own so many different red lippies but this is the first liquid shade that I've owned and I'm still trying to get a grip on applying it the right way. The lipstick itself is a gorgeous bright red shade on the blue toned spectrum of red shades. This is my personal preference because if I'm going bold, I'm going bright as I can and getting out of my comfort zone of neutral colours. The formula is very sticky, and although I'm not usually a fan of this, it sits beautifully on the lips. I think that this helps with the lasting powder because I was shocked by how long it lasts. I've used this with and without a lip liner and each has given me great results. The application I'm going to say is the downside for me because the brush is so big and awkward for my lips. In order to get a precise and less messy application, I take another lip brush and dip it into the strange little hole in the brush where the product gathers. Otherwise, this gets all over my face and it's not easy to fix.

Packaging: I really love how Rimmel has packaged these lipsticks! For each shade, the bottle is slightly different and features the shade of the lipstick on the outside. In my case, the packaging is a very sleek black with sort of ombre red at the bottom. I love the gold writing as it stands out against the bright red. The only thing I can't get over with this product is the brush because it's seriously awful! I wasn't born with Kardashian status lips so the brush is way too big to get a precise application, and ends up leaving my face a mess instead. I would love to just apply with the brush on the cap, but I have to use another brush just to get it to look nice making touch ups almost impossible without getting it everywhere. It's a great product, otherwise!

Price: I purchased this as Target was liquidating their makeup section so I believe I paid 50% the price for it. By looking at other reviews of these lipsticks, it would seem that they retail for about 9 or 10 dollars, though. This is generally what most lipsticks at the drugstore would cost if they aren't super fancy so I would pay full price for it! The formula makes it worth every penny, in my opinion.

I hope that you've enjoyed Day Seven of the Brawl! Head on over to Beth's blog to check out what she has for us, or search #BeautyBrawl16 on Twitter or Instagram to check out the rest of today's posts. Only three more products left to go! See you tomorrow!

With Love,
Have you tried this product before? Let me know how you liked it below!

Blogger's Beauty Brawl Day 6: Blush Review

11 Jun 2016

Hi, Everyone! Welcome back to Day Six of the Blogger's Beauty Brawl! Today, we will be reviewing a blush! I was pretty happy to see this on the list as I haven't really talked about many on my blog so far. My blush collection is small but mighty, and I found it hard to pick out just one to include in the brawl because I love all of my blushes dearly. I've only recently started adding it to my beauty routine so my shades aren't the boldest and brightest but if you're looking for something more natural or for daytime wear, keep on reading! Let's take a look at today's pick:

The Blush that I've chosen is by my trusty brand Essence Cosmetics. This is their Silky Touch Blush in the shade Autumn Peach. I know that I talk about this brand a lot but I seriously can't get enough of it. Everything that I have tried so far has great quality for something never over five dollars. The only downside is that I keep looking on their website only to find so many interesting products not sold in Canada, but I'm hopeful that one day I will get my hands on them! Now for the card:

Product: I have many shades by Essence but this shade has got to be one of my favourites. Autumn Peach is a beautiful dark pink/orange shade with a little shimmer added in. I tend to wear more matte blushes but I've been wearing this none stop and love the glow that it gives my skin. It's not disco ball status by any means, though. When I first came across this brand, I figured that their products might not be pigmented but as you can tell by the swatch, it's amazing for the price! You can go really heavy handed with this blush I've found, so I prefer to add a little at a time to make sure I stay away from the clown look. The formula is super soft and blends like a dream! One of the downsides is that it doesn't really last that long so keep that in mind. I can easily look past that though because my work day isn't very long, and I don't normally go out on the town because I'm super lame. I haven't seen this shade in stores recently, but it's on the Essence website so I'm sure it's still available if you wanted to pick it up!

Packaging; There isn't much to the packaging for this blush which I really love and hate at the same time. It's great because it's so compact that you barely notice that it's in your makeup bag, and easily fits into my makeup drawers without taking up so much space. However, if you're clumsy like I tend to be, then the packaging isn't sturdy enough to survive falls. I've dropped another shade a few times accidentally only to have it break into a million different pieces so I'm extra careful with them now. I've also found that the label has started to rub off so I took that into consideration as well when scoring it.

Price: I'm going to have to give this a 100 for the price simply because it's only $2.99 and is a total steal! Like I've said above, I'm just getting into wearing blush so having these to experiment with before I start building my collection has been lovely! I have a few CoverGirl blushes as well as ELF and The Body Shop and they are just as comparable. If they made new shades, I would be scooping them up in a heartbeat.

Tomorrow marks one week of blogging for me and I'm so proud for keeping up with it. It might seem like such a small achievement for most, but as somebody who works a regular job throughout the week, I don't always have the time I want to spend on blogging. That being said, I plan to sit down and make a routine so that I have the time to post at least twice a week like I used to! To keep up the awesome reviews going, hop on over to Beth's blog, or search #BloggerBrawl16 to see everybody's posts! I hope to see everyone tomorrow for Day Seven!

With Love,
Have you tried anything from Essence? What's your favourite product? Let me know below!

Blogger's Beauty Brawl Day 5: Eyeshadow Palette Review

10 Jun 2016

Hi, Friends! Welcome back to day five! Today is an exciting day as we've officially hit the half way point for the brawl. It's going by so quickly that I can't believe we are almost finished. Don't be sad, though, because we have five more days of awesome products ahead! For today's card, we will be reviewing eyeshadow palettes. I don't really own many that I haven't already talked your ear off about so I went ahead and splurged on a new palette that I'm super excited about. Let's take a look at my pick, shall we?

This is Stila's Eye's Are the Window Palette in Soul. I wasn't originally going to buy this palette, however, I'm so glad that I did now! When I set out to purchase a palette, I had my eyes only on Tarte's Tartelette in Bloom Palette. However, it was sold out both online and in store at local Sephora and I was unable to purchase it as planned. Sadness cheeseburgers. I headed to my local Shopper's where I roamed both the drugstore makeup aisle, as well as the higher end section for what seemed like days before I noticed this little gem. I wasn't originally sold on it but as I wandered around more, I realised that not only did it have many of the same shades that I liked in the Tarte palette, but it also has some similar colours to some MAC eyeshadows on my list. I knew I had to have it then. Let's take a look at its scores:

Product: I've never tried any Stila eyeshadows before, but it didn't take very long to realise how amazing they are. All of the eyeshadows are extremely pigmented as you can tell by the swatches, including the one closest to my skin tone. They apply like a dream and blend beautifully as well! I've been wearing shadows from this palette ever since I got it, usually with an NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil and each shade has lasted the whole day with no creasing! Hooray! I also love how versatile the shades are as I've created so many looks using just this palette alone. I can tell it's going to be so handy in the future, and I recommend it to anybody looking to branch out their palette collection!

Packaging: The case for this palette is a beautiful mirrored rose gold, which is stunning when it's not full of finger prints. That's the only downside to the packaging that I have found as I can be so careful only to have it looking dirty. I've just been taking a clean dry cloth to wipe it down and it seems to do the trick to making it shiny again, though. The mirror is gigantic, similar to the bronzer that I have reviewed for the Brawl. I have found this to be very handy when creating looks with this palette as I don't have to switch out my brush for a mirror everytime I need to blend. I haven't travelled with this palette but it's not very heavy and with the mirror and shade range, I feel like it would be the perfect palette to bring on trips if you love your shadow options like I do.

Price: I believe I paid around $60 dollars for this palette making each eyeshadow about $5 each. For eyeshadows that pigmented and beautiful, I'm going to call it a steal. It's definitely not something that I would run out and spend the money on every day, but for a little present to myself, I'm so happy with it.

Overall, I'm so happy with this purchase even if I really wanted the Tarte Palette. I'm not the best at taking pictures of me applying makeup, but if you would like to see some of the looks I've come up with so far, leave a comment below and I can definitely try my best! Hope to see you tomorrow for day six with a pretty great blush review! Keep the review going by checking out Beth's blog to see what she's come up with!

With Love,

Have you tried this palette? What were your thoughts? Leave them below!

Blogger's Beauty Brawl Day 4: Bronzer Review

9 Jun 2016

Hi, Friends! Welcome back to day four of the Blogger Beauty Brawl! Today's review is a bronzer and if I'm being honest, picking just one was so difficult for me! I've been blessed with the skin colour closest to our friendly Caspar the Ghost and finding a bronzer that doesn't look orange or muddy has been tough. In my collection, I've got quite a few favourites that are perfect for my pale skin, but I've talked your ear off about most of them already. I was looking in my makeup drawer and I happened to come across something old but amazing for you so let's check out today's card!

This is Revlon's Terra Solare Bronzer in 01 (Amber), and I believe it was part of a limited edition collection that came from Europe that had three shades. I happened to find in the 50% section by chance one day and was pretty excited to take it home! 

Product: For the product category, I gave this a 90! For starters, this thing has a whopping 30 grammes of product and is by far the biggest compact I own. I'll get to how I feel about this later in the packaging section but it definitely makes it easier to apply when it's a giant circle and not a skinny little square. The bronzer is a very warm shade that I think will be perfect for summer. It's a very buttery formula that melts into your skin as you apply and doesn't look powdery at all! It's got great pigmentation but I would be careful if you have this because a little goes such a long way. The first couple of times I used this, I went overboard and looked like I was trying to pull off some Jersey Shore look. I do have to say that this looks very natural though if you go with a light hand and take your time with the blending. I just wish that this wasn't a limited edition product so I had to mark it down a little because of that.

Packaging: As much as I love the shape for its easy application, I'm not the biggest fan of the packaging so I had to give it an 85. Considering this bronzer is so large and heavy, it's not very makeup bag friendly. I've found myself reaching for the more compact bronzers instead which is a bummer because this stuff is so stinking good. With that being said, I am a fan of the black on gold as it makes the bronzer look so much more elegant and luxurious that it is. I promise my label did look better but it sort of rubbed up while I was cleaning it for pictures. I think that it still looks pretty great, though. I also really like that Revlon used the size and  space of the compact wisely by including a giant mirror. I have used this in a pinch when I have forgotten a full sized mirror and it's much better than looking into a tiny eye palette mirror to do your whole face, let me tell you!

Price: For price, I gave this a 95! I believe that this sold for $15 dollars originally but I found it for 50% like I mentioned! Normally most Revlon bronzers will cost you around $15-20 dollars for 5 grammes of the product but for 30 grammes this was a total steal! I would still pay the original price if I had to though because I can't see myself running out of this for a very long time!(Unless of course, I want to go for the Snooki circa 2009 look.)

Hope that you enjoyed my review for day four! Tomorrow's card is a product that I have been obsessed with since I purchased it, so I hope to see you back for Day 5! Keep the Brawl going by heading over to Beth's blog to see what she has picked out!

With Love,
Have you tried this product? What were your thoughts? If not, tell me your favourite bronzer in the comments below!

Blogger's Beauty Brawl Day 3: Primer Review

8 Jun 2016

Hi, Everyone! Today is day three of the Blogger's Beauty Brawl and I'm bringing you a review of a product that I featured briefly in my Skin Care Routine post back in March. In that post, you would have noticed that I included Nivea Men's Sensitive Skin After Shave Balm. I know what you're probably thinking because I had the same thoughts when I came across it on Pinterest and Youtube. Mikayla, why the heck do you have that in your skincare line up? Rest asure however, that you will want to try this too when I'm finished because this stuff is seriously a game changer for makeup! Let's take a look at today's card!

Product: For product I gave it an overall 95. The balm itself is a very water-y consistency that feels light on the skin and dries to be slightly tacky. I mention this because if you're looking for something that is going to be baby soft and smoothing than this definitely isn't the product for you. Although my makeup does go on pretty smooth while using this, it doesn't minimize pores or anything because keep this in mind, it's not really suppose to do that. What a perfect product this would be if it did that, though! I have also noticed that it offers more moisturization underneath heavier makeup which is a nice bonus! Although it's meant for sensitive skin, it does have a scent that I can only describe as "man". It's not overpowering or anything but I do notice it when I'm first applying it and doesn't last long. I haven't noticed any reactions on my more sensitive areas like my cheeks so I didn't take away points for that. 

Packaging: I gave this an 80 because I felt like compared to other bottles if primers I have, this one is definitely the most annoying to travel with. It's a very heavy glass container and for somebody who is prone to breaking things, I doubted it would last long. Luckily I haven't gone too far with it yet so it's stayed in tack! It also does not have a pump which means not being able to control the amount of product you are getting tipping it upside down each use. I've accidentally gone overboard with pouring on the back of my hand a few times so if you're going to try this out, be careful! With all that being said, I do love the look of the bottle! It looks very sleek next to everything I have on my makeup box and doesn't stand out too much. The box made it seem very clunky but that's not the case at all! I also really like that it's white as most Nivea men's items are either dark blue or black so you can't even tell it's meant for men unless you read it up close. 

Price: I had to give this a 100! I believe I bought this for around $8 or $9 dollars at Walmart which is complete steal in my books! I usually have to shell out almost $20 dollars for some of my drugstore primer favourites and they have so much less than what you are getting here. I've had this for many months now and haven't even reached the half way point so I'm very happy about that. I was a little on the rocks about wasting my money on something that wouldn't actually work out but I'm glad that I jumped on the bandwagon because this stuff is seriously amazing! 

Want to read more of the Brawl? Head over to Beth's blog to check out what she has for us! See you tomorrow for a product that I'm really excited about!

With Love,

Have you tried this? What did you think? Leave a comment below!

Blogger's Beauty Brawl Day 2: A Brow Product Review

7 Jun 2016

Hi, Friends! Welcome back to day two of the Blogger's Beauty Brawl! Today's card is for an eyebrow product which I surprisingly have very little of in my collection. While browsing around Shopper's to look for some makeup for graduation, my friend came across this intriguing product called the No Bare Brows Universal 4-in-1 Brow Fix. At first, I laughed at it because there is no way all eyebrow shades can fall under one colour, however, I'm an impulse buyer and self-controlless Mikayla thought she better try it out before I got the last laugh. Let's get into the specifics on the card, shall we?

Product: For the product I gave this pencil a 90 out of 100. The pencil itself is a creamy and slightly waxy shade of brown that first comes out as very sheer with a clear setting wax at the opposite end. They also include a brush and a sharpener as attachments instead of the clear lid as shown. As the instructions read to simply apply more or less of the coloured side depending on how dark need your eyebrows to be, and then go over them to smooth them down. Easy enough, right? I have to say that I quite like this despite my initial thoughts! I normally use a powder to fill in my brows so it was a little tricky to get the amount of colour payoff that I'm used to, but a couple of thin layers did a nice job at matching and taming my brows. I didn't have to use much of the wax as the pencil itself is very waxy and smooths everything down when you're applying. The waxy texture is also something I don't really like about this product which is why I had to mark it down a little. I found that in order to get the right shade, I had to apply many layers which sat on top of my brow instead of on the skin like a powder and brush usually do. This was fix by brushing them out a few times but definitely was an extra step in the end. 

Packaging: For this category I have given my first 100! The packaging itself is very simple but elegant with the rose gold writing and separator for the two ends of the pencil. I love that I don't have to switch products in the morning or have an extra brush handy as everything I need is right on the pencil as well!

Price: I gave this a 70% as I feel like there could be more product for the $15 or $20 I paid for this. Each side of this pencil is .5 grams for reference which is tiny compared to even some eyeliners and other brow products that I have purchased. I found that because the coloured side is so creamy it gets dull very fast and I feel like I'm losing so much product every time I have to sharpen it. If I'm looking at the value, I have to say that a powder or eyebrow pencil only looks more promising for the money. Would I buy this again? Although it's a fabulous product and a great treat for myself I'm probably going to have to say no. I've been using my power to fill in my brows every day for about two years and haven't made a dent so as a university student, I think that there are definitely more cost efficient options to have great brows out there.

I hope that you're all enjoying the Brawl so far, it's been really fun to bring all of these products to you so far! To continue the fun head on over to Beth at Beth Eleanor Beauty to see what product she has picked out. See you tomorrow for day three!

With love,

Blogger's Beauty Brawl Day 1: Fask Mask Review

6 Jun 2016

Hi, Friends! Happy June! I can't believe I have been away for so long. I hope you haven't missed me too much ;) Finishing up the last few weeks of my undergrad was especially hard on me, and my blog sort of fell onto the back burner. I was feeling so lost and overwhelmed with all of my final exams, and changes that were happening in my life, so after it was all said and done, I was in serious need of some time to myself. Now that we've settled into our apartment and I've started a new job, I feel like I can finally breathe again. It honestly feels so amazing to have the motivation and energy to blog again! I wanted to come back strong by doing something that I first found a few months ago called the Blogger's Beauty Brawl: 10 Days of Summer. For ten days some amazing ladies and I will be bringing you product reviews of some products we have carefully picked for each day! I used my graduation last month as the perfect excuse to pick up some new products to review and I am so excited to bring them to you!

The first product on our list and today's card is Face Mask so I decided to go with my current favourite. This is Formula 10.0.6's Deep Down Detox Ultra Cleansing Mud Mask  with Orange and Bergamot and ultra cleansing is what is does! This product is wonderful for days when I feel like my skin needs the extra clean outside of my normal face routine. For my review I will be talking about the Product itself, the packaging as well as the price as mentioned on the card.
First, I scored it an 80 overall for Product because I can't say that this is great for sensitive skin. I sometimes have issues with sensitivity on my cheeks, and while this leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean, it can be a little harsh and painful if left on for too long some nights. The smell is also very strong but something I have gotten used to over time. I'm used to using the St Ives scrubs and masks which have a very little smell so this was definitely a change. However, it's definitely one of those products you would have to give a go yourself as everyone's skin is different. You get 100ml's of product which doesn't seem like a lot compared to some other masks I've used but you seriously don't need to use this every day so it lasts forever! 

Second is packaging which I scored a 95 as I love everything about the packaging. I've noticed that every product that this brand offers looks similar with the bright colour tube and big font.  It's very sleek and eye catching on the shelf which sets it apart from everything else in the skin care aisle. The only small issue I have is with how the tube is made as the plastic sometimes makes it hard to squeeze the product out. This mask is quite a thick paste so I think it would be much better off in a glass or plastic jar to help out with that because I can't see myself getting everything out without cutting it open. 

Lastly, I scored it a 95 for the price as I've seen it range anywhere from $10 to $15 dollars. As a drugstore product, this isn't as cheap as many of the other face mask options, such as  Freeman or St Ives. However, as I've mentioned, I only use this every once and a while so I haven't gone through very much. For something so great at cleaning, it is definitely worth the extra bit of money.

Blogging for ten day's straight is a little daunting to me but I'm so excited to share what else I've been collecting for you guys! Working with some awesome girls has made this project so much easier and I'm excited to share everything I've been collecting for you. To keep the review's going hop on over to Kara's blog to check out her review on another one of my favorite masks here! I hope to see everyone tomorrow for Day 2 of the Brawl :)

With Love,