Too Faced – Too Expensive?

I started this blog thinking I would actually stick to it and that it wouldn’t take time to throw a post together. Wow. I was very, very wrong! I can barely find the time to take pictures to show the makeup products, nevermind actually writing a post. I give props to all you lovely bloggers out there who don’t let life get in the way of doing what you love. I am going to try much harder to stay committed to my blog!

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So, who loves Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara? Basically every person does… I’m pretty sure. People were counting down the days until the waterproof version was released and I’m not going to lie, I was one of them. I always use waterproof mascara since I have the most stubborn eyelashes EVER. I usually use a non-waterproof underneath, but for the purposes of this comparison, I did not. I will be comparing it to a drugstore mascara to see if it really is worth the price.

The drugstore mascara up against Too Faced is………………………….ESSENCE!

Lets see them head to head, shall we?

 

I purchased Essence I “Heart” Extreme from Shopper’s Drugmart for about $4.00(CAD) and Too Faced Better Than Sex from Sephora for $30.00(CAD).

Packaging:
The brushes are quite similar in style, they both have a thick bristle wand. However, the Too Faced wand is indented in the center and is slightly smaller.
Winner: TIE

Formula:
I find the Better Than Sex is more clumpy than the I “Heart” Extreme. It’s more messy when I take the wand out of the bottle and I always have to wipe off some product because a lot comes out on the brush since it clumps together. If you don’t wipe some off it will not apply nicely to your lashes, you will have clumps. I also find that the Better Than Sex mascara has a messy application as well. No matter how hard I try or how slowly I apply it, I ALWAYS get some on my eye lids! Since the formula is quite odd, it might fling off the wand…honestly I have no idea how it happens. This is especially frustrating when you have your eye shadow done and you know that you will 100% get mascara on your lid if you apply this mascara. I have no complaints about the I “Heart” Extreme formula, other than the fact you will need 2 coats for sure.
Winner: ESSENCE

Volume:
Essence mascara is one of my favourite drugstore mascara due to the amount of volume it gives my lashes. I would say they are pretty close in volume. Better Then Sex might be just a tad more volumizing.
Winner: TOO FACED

Length:
Too Faced Better Than Sex lengthens your lashes very well. You don’t have to do that many strokes to get more length to your lashes. The Essence mascara isn’t as lengthening, I usually use another mascara on the tips of my eyelashes. In the picture below you can see the difference between lengths.
Winner: TOO FACED

Quality:
The Better Than Sex mascara lasts longer than I “Heart” Extreme and is much more difficult to remove. I usually have to reapply a coat or two after an entire day if I need my makeup on for the evening if I’m just wearing Essence. Too Faced lasts all day and holds curled eyelashes more effectively.
Winner: TOO FACED

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Left: Essence       Right: Too Faced

Yes, Too Faced won. Honestly though, I really like the Essence mascara, especially for the price. Seriously my animals lovers, FOUR DOLLARS!!! This mascara is volumizing, it makes your lashes appear more full and thick. It lengthens quite well, but you may need to add an extra lengthening mascara on the ends if you like to make your lashes extremely long. It will last most of the day, however I find I need to put on another coat near the end of the day if I’m going out for the evening. I don’t find this mascara flakey as I have never had flakes on my face or anything like that. It’s definitely a great mascara to buy if you’re on a budget. If you don’t mind spending the money, then Too Faced is probably one of the better high end mascara’s to purchase and I will probably purchase it again.

 

Much love,

 

 

 

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Trip to…Guess Where!?

I recently went on a trip to Toronto, so of course there was shopping involved. Since I’m from a smaller town, you have to hit up all the popular stores. This includes…SEPHORA! Obviously.

Mocha was quite excited to see what I bought. Her favourite thing was the packaging…which she chewed. Lets take a look at what I purchased!

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Can you see the chew marks on the boxes? She was so excited about what I purchased they were only out for about 2 minutes! Anyway, when I walked into Sephora, I told the lady working to give me the best cruelty-free products. I purchased the ones I haven’t tried before and these were the final products.If you want a closer look at what I purchased or what a review on any of the products, please let me know!

Much love,

Daily Face Routine – Drugstore Style

I love to save money, since I just finished college, saving money is a priority to me. So as of right now, my daily face routine consists of products from the drugstore. You can actually find great products from the drugstore. I know some people who only buy high end makeup because they think that all drugstore makeup is garbage. I disagree.

I have yet to find a drugstore primer that I like, so if you know of any that are great, please let me know! I would love to try it.

For my foundation I’m using FLOWER About Face Foundation ($14.98CAD at Walmart). This is probably one of the best foundations I have ever used. My holy grail foundation was the Physician’s Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow Foundation, but I was blown away with the FLOWER foundation and I think it is now my new holy grail. I apply this all over my face using a foundation brush then blend it in with a sponge.

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Pros:

  • Great colour selection (has yellow undertones to choose from)
  • Amazing coverage – covers blemishes very well
  • Easy to blend
  • Light-weight
  • Medium to full, build-able coverage

Cons:

  • Settles into my laugh lines
  • Sometimes it clings to my dry spots
  • Doesn’t last all day (I’m taking about an 8 hour work day, you may need to do some tough ups)

For concealer I use NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand ($11.00CAD at Shopper’s Drug Mart). I have super dark circles under my eyes. For real guys, I swear nothing can completely cover them…I’m doomed. This concealer works quite well for my dark circles. It’s the best I’ve found so far. It also lasts ALL DAY! I find it does crease a little bit, so I have to set it with lots of powder, but that’s alright! I really do love this concealer.

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One problem I do have with the NYX concealer is that the writing comes off the tube. So whenever I use it, I get black ink all over my hand from the tube. You can see in the picture that the writing as come off. Does anyone else have this problem or just me!?

For powder, I’m currently using Pixi Flawless Beauty Powder. I bought this while Target was in Canada, so I don’t remember how much it was. This powder is really great – it’s almost like silk, which is great for dry skin (ME!!!). The coverage is great, it’s great for setting the under eye area and it doesn’t look cakey no matter how much you apply.

The contour palette I’m currently using is the Wet n Wild Colouricon Contouring Palette in  Dulce De Leche. I quite like this palette. The colour is perfect for my skin tone and it’s very blend-able. It doesn’t last all day however, it comes off throughout the day. Also, I find the highlight useless. It’s a nude shade so it doesn’t even show up on my skin.

My favourite blush right now is the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso. This blush is a shimmery peach that highlights your cheeks and adds the perfect peachy shade your face! It’s just so peachy, shimmery, pretty and, I just love it. Buttermilk, my bunny, even loves this blush. It’s perfect for summer! This does last throughout the day, so there’s no need to worry about this beauty coming off!

Which drugstore products are your favourite!? Let me know, 🙂

Much love,

 

Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Have you ever wanted to do something but were to afraid or nervous to do it because you were either doubting yourself or were scared of what other people would think? I feel like we’ve all been in this situation at least once. It’s hard to overcome these feelings. The fact is, we do care what other people think and what the outcome of a situation may be. However, once we can overcome these feelings, the power is phenomenal. You feel like you can do anything and conquer the world (not really…but pretty close…!). You shouldn’t be afraid to be who your are. Embrace it. Believe.

“It is our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – Albus Dumbledore

Yes, I am currently watching Harry Potter. (Potter fan here!!!)

Anyway, on my recent visit to Walmart, something caught my eye! Green, yellow, purple and blue! Yes, Hard Candy recently released these coloured lipsticks. I was so excited! I instantly wanted a blue one. There are two shades of blue – a baby blue and a cobalt blue. I picked the cobalt blue shade.

The formula is silky smooth and applies easily. It took a few coats to get it opaque. The smell of this is AMAZING! It smells like blue raspberry…YUM! I wonder what the other colours smell like. I didn’t wear this all day, so the lasting power for me is unknown. When I washed it off my hand it came off pretty easily though.

The lighting that I had to work with for these pictures was terrible, so I apologize for the extremely white face. I promise, I’m not actually THAT pale!

 

Much love,

Spring Forward!

It was such a beautiful day today! The sun was shining, the birds were chirping and I didn’t even have to wear my winter jacket. So much snow has melted! It’s definitely time to take out the rubber boots, and by the way, my rubber boots are the cutest. They’re cheetah print! I love them. I’m starting to change over to the Spring/Summer scents in my Scentsy warmers also. The aroma of coconut cotton is filling the rooms and it reminds me of a tropical beach, which is where I wish I was! Yes, I do sell Scentsy and I absolutely LOVE their products! They are also cruelty-free so I feel like I’m supporting a company that is trying to better our health by removing toxicity from candles and saving our animals.

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Since it was so nice out, I thought I would do one last winter look for you guys. I absolutely love winter makeup since I mostly do eyeshadow looks in the winter. I usually wear more eyeliner and leave my eyes more natural in the summer with a bold lip. Of course for this look I used my Kat Von D Monarch Palette. This is my favourite palette for the winter, all the shades are gorgeous and mostly dark. It’s pretty much eyeshadow heaven.

I applied that lovely orange colour (Wrath) in my crease and slightly up towards my eyebrow. I then took the “pearl brown” with a golden shimmer (Disintegration) and blended that into the outer V and crease. I packed the warm, caramel, matte taupe (Vanish) onto the eyelid and blended everything together. On my lower lash line, I applied disintegration all along the lash line and then wrath right under it and blended those two colours together. To highlight the inner corner of my eye I used Killing Jar, which is a sweet, shimmery pink. And of course, I used Entomology to highlight and clean it up!

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Much love,

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick REVIEW

Anyone who lives in Canada, in a smaller town knows that it’s hard to find higher quality cosmetic products. All I have access to are brands at Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall. Unless I travel to a bigger city, I have to order online and pay hefty shipping prices and not to mention the current, terrible exchange rate between US and CAD dollars.

On my recent visit to Shoppers Drug Mart, I seen a stand in the middle of the isle and the word “NYX” caught my eye. I then realized it was the Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick. I didn’t even hesitate, I bought two right away and resisted the urge to buy more; since the Shoppers where I live doesn’t sell NYX, this was a huge surprise! (Rexall does but the selection of products is terrible and the prices are horrific).

I bought Sandstorm (left) and Vintage (right). Sandstorm is a true nude and Vintage is a deep, plum. The NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick is a liquid to matte finish lipstick. NYX claims that it’s a waterproof, long-lasting lipstick. They have a variety of colours from grey, orange and purple to pink, red and nude.

I’ve been wearing these for the last couple of days now so I can write a true review on them. I have to admit, these are the first liquid to matte lipsticks I have ever worn! It’s very easy to apply. The texture is very smooth and creamy allowing a smooth application. I find the application looks cleaner if you use a lip liner since it’s liquid it just went all over the place, but I probably just need more practice applying it since these are my first liquid lipsticks! When the lipstick has dried, it does become matte. I find it can feel dry on my lips, but it’s not actually drying, it just feels like it is. I would say these lipsticks are long-lasting and even waterproof. I’ve worn these lipsticks all day, and they last a decent amount of time. They even stayed on quite well while eating or drinking. I would stay after about, 6-7 hours I would have to apply another coat. I think that’s a reasonable amount of time, however, the Wet n Wild Megalast Last Lip Colour has about the same lasting power for a third of the price!

 

These are the swatches. Sandstorm is on the left and Vintage is on the right. I want to take some time to talk about the swatches I did, and you’ll understand why. In addition to these swatches, I also swatched Orange Country (a bright orange) and Kitten Heels (a bright red) on the back of my hand in the store. All I can say is…WOW…NYX claims that these are waterproof, and yes, waterproof they are. I had stains from the orange and red on my hand for days…DAYS! I couldn’t get it off!

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This is after rubbing my hand with water AND SOAP! That’s crazy.

TIP: I’m a big lover of lip liners, I ALWAYS wear one. Your lipstick will last longer, and look cleaner while making your lips look fuller if you use a liner.

Overall, I think these liquid to matte lipsticks are of good quality and I would buy more.

Pros:

  • No scent
  • Smooth, easy application
  • It does dry to a matte finish
  • Long-lasting
  • Waterproof

Cons:

  • Feels dry on the lips (only sometimes…weird…)
  • Price

Rating: 4/5

I LOVE Sandstorm, it’s my new favourite lipstick. I wear it all the time.

 

The Truth About Animal Testing

Animal testing in an ongoing world issue that personally haunts a makeup lover like me. Right now there are billions of loving animals that are locked in cages in laboratories. These animals are experiencing extreme emotional and physical pain, fearfulness, loneliness and starvation. Most animals that are in labs for testing are not protected legally. Animals that are used to ensure safe use of cosmetics for humans are burned, poisoned, starved, electrocuted, stung and injected with substances. The Humane Society International stated that, “all procedures, even those classified as “mild,” have the potential to cause the animals physical as well as psychological distress and suffering.”

“Most animals are killed at the end of an experiment, but some may be re-used in subsequent experiments.”

In this day and age are we really still testing on animals?
Unfortunately, yes. In some countries, it is required by law that certain animal tests be done on products in order to be sold. Therefore, any company that sells in these countries are NOT cruelty-free. China is an example where this law is enforced. Any foreign/international products that are sold in China require animal testing. They have made a change for domestic products, since they DO NOT require testing anymore. Any progress helps, am I right? On the brightside, some countries have banned animal testing: European Union, Norway, Israel and India. This means that no industry is allowed to test on animals within that country, nor are any products that are tested on animals allowed to be sold within in the country. Brazil is even on their way towards a cruelty-free country!

We need to know that cosmetics are safe for use, so wouldn’t animal testing be required?
The FDA is responsible for ensuring that cosmetics are safe for human use and correctly labeled. This is done through the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) This Act does NOT require the use of animal testing. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to prove that their products are safe by the use of whichever test they consider appropriate and effective. Therefore, it’s the company/manufacturers decision to use the animal-testing method or not.

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I have the operations of a computer inside my little iPhone, why are we not using alternative testing methods?
There are alternative testing methods that are often cheaper, quicker and more effective. Alternative methods become a little more complicated when it comes to medical testing because the whole body and its functions need to be analyzed under certain conditions, but alternative methods can definitely be implemented for cosmetic testing. Animal testing is an old practice now, but some people are stuck in their ways and think that animal testing is the correct way to go; they think that the alternative methods don’t produce accurate results. Here are some alternatives:

  • Cell Cultures (In Vitro Testing): cells are grown to mimic the structure and function of actual human cells.
  • Human Tissues: healthy and diseased tissues can be donated.
  • Computer Models: with technology ever growing, computers can “model” or replicate human tissues. Virtual experiments are performed using existing and mathematical data.
  • Volunteer Studies: humans can volunteer to be a part of a trail.
    • Non-invasive imaging techniques (MRI/CT) can be used to evaluate the effects of a product.
    • Microdosing: small quantities of a drug or product is given to test effects on the cellular level, without affecting the whole body system.

Facts:

  1. More than 100 million animals are poisoned, burned, crippled and abused in other ways in U.S. labs each year.
  2. No experiment is illegal; no matter how cruel, irrelevant to human health, redundant or painful
  3. 95% of animals used are excluded from the only federal law offering any sort of protection
  4. 92% of experimental drugs that are safe and effective in animals, fail in human clinical trials because they don’t work or are dangerous – causing unnecessary harm or death of animals

“I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.” – Ellen Degeneres

If a company states they’re cruelty-free or it’s stated on the product itself, does that mean they don’t test on animals?
This is a grey area, and it depends on the company and your beliefs. A brand may state that they are “cruelty-free,” but its parent company tests on animals or a third-party company does the testing for them. Some people may think that the brand is safe to use and that they should be supported, but then others think that since they’re part of a group that does animal testing that they shouldn’t be supported. One of the bigger examples of this would be The Body Shop. The Body Shop is a cruelty-free brand, it’s stated on their website that none of their products have been tested. The Body Shop is completely cruelty-free and they do not sell their products in China. However, they are owned by L’Oreal, a company that tests in China. Some people therefore don’t consider The Body Shop to be truly cruelty-free. Some companies may also say that they’re cruelty-free, except if regulatory authorities demand it for safety or regulatory purposes. This means if the products are being sold in China, they are therefore tested on animals and not cruelty-free.

What can you do to help?
Support brands that are cruelty-free and boycott brands that aren’t. The more people that stop buying harmful products and make complaints towards the companies will help the transition to a cruelty-free world.

Look for these labels on products. These labels mean that the product is cruelty-free.

This post was extremely tough for me to write since it’s something I am against and passionate about. After becoming a vegetarian, I made the decision to go cruelty-free. You may think that it’s not a big deal and that it’s an easy decision to make and do, but it wasn’t. I threw out more than half of the makeup products I owned, all my shampoos, conditioners and most of my hair products. I had to learn which products were safe to use, and they usually ended up being higher quality products which therefore cost more money. I’m still learning today and I’m still trying to find what I believe in. I currently use NYX and The Body Shop products because I feel like they should be supported; their products are cruelty-free and I feel like they’re safe to use. Even though they’re owned by L’Oreal, they are helping the move towards a cruelty-free planet. I’m just trying to decide if that means I’m supporting the parent company which tests on animals… Let me know your thoughts and opinions.

Much love,

If you’re interested in going cruelty-free or seeing which brands are safe to use, I like to use Peta’s list of brands that do and don’t test on animals. I also really like Leaping Bunny, I find they are very reliable and accurate with their brands.

http://features.peta.org/cruelty-free-company-search/index.aspx

http://www.leapingbunny.org/guide/brands

Plum Smoky Eye

I thought for my first makeup post I would show a completed makeup look!

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For this look I did a plum smoky eye with a nude lip. Well, the lip is kind of on the pink side, but still nude! The lighting wasn’t the best for this picture, so I do apologize. I will explain what I did to achieve this smoky eye!

For the eyes I used Hard Candy’s Look Pro = Neutral Eyes Palette, Kat Von D’s Monarch Eyeshadow Palette and Annabelle’s Trio Ballerina Pink eyeshadow.

I took Toying (a light brown) from the Hard Candy palette and blended it in my crease and up towards my eyebrow just a little. I used this as my transition colour. I then took Papilio (a nice shimmer, chocolate brown) from Kat Von D’s palette and blended that into the outer V and the crease. I used Deadhead (a very pigmented black) from the same palette and packed it along my lash line and then blended it up towards the crease, but not all the way to the crease! I also winged out the black a little bit, this gives it an eyeliner effect. Then, I took the Annabelle Trio, I took the dark purple colour, and packed that on above the black, and up to the crease.

TIP: to achieve a really clean, sharp “wing” look to your eyeshadow, use anything with a straight edge and put that along your lower lash line, so it follows and extends the lower lash line.

On the bottom lash line I used Deadhead on the outer corner and Shadow Box (from Kat Von D’s palette) to the inner corner. Then I blended those two colours with the purple colour.

I don’t know why, but I always highlight below my eyebrow once I’m done applying the eyeshadow. I know some people do this before, but I find when you do it last it allows you to really clean up your eyeshadow. It gives it a cleaner look and you can then blend out any harsh lines so it flows better.

I always like to highlight the inner corner of my eye with white, it’s just something I personally like to do and I find it adds the extra pop to really make your eyes look GORGEOUS!

Let me know what you think and what your favourite eyeshadows to use are!

Finally Took The Leap!

Hello everyone! I’m Meagan and I am NEW to the blogging world!

I have thought about starting a blog for a while now, but I was always too nervous to start one.

  • What if no one reads it?
  • What if no one likes it?
  • What if I’m atrocious at writing?
  • What if I have nothing interesting to write about?

What if, what if, what if… All of these thoughts kept me from starting a blog. I then thought, who really cares? So what, I try and it fails. There’s no harm done, and no embarrassment! Alright, maybe some people will read it and think, “Wow this is boring,” or, “This is terrible, look at her poor grammar!” But, there’s still no harm done. To be honest, I know that I’m not a fantastic writer, or even a great one, but it’s something that I have been wanting to try. I then took the leap and finally joined the Blogger community!

My nervousness about starting a blog goes for any scenario in life. You should always do what you want to do. If you ever have thoughts that start with “what if,” or thoughts that are negative, throw them out the window right away! Follow your dreams, hopes and passions. Don’t let anything or anyone get in your way. You only have this one life and you can do anything you set your mind to. Embrace who YOU are! Even if there are a few bumps along the way – you learn, you grow, you become smarter, and stronger.

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As I sit here and drink tea, (The Nightmare Before Christmas NEVER gets old) I’m thinking about who I want to be as a blogger. I would really love to have a positive effect on people.

This is all very new and fresh to me and I don’t even know what I will be blogging about yet to be completely honest! This will totally be a, learn as I go type of deal. I originally thought about starting a blog because my obsession love for makeup has become a hobby for me. I love makeup, I love buying makeup, I love experimenting with makeup, I love applying makeup, I love doing reviews on makeup products, I love it all. So I thought, why not start a makeup blog!? How cool would that be!? But there are so many out there, so we’ll see where this goes!

I also LOVE LOVE LOVE animals. I use all cruelty free makeup (and you should too!!!). I practice yoga and embrace positivity and the power to grow. I will probably write about a mixture of all of the things I love, because I like to write about topics that I’m passionate about and can hopefully give other people some insight or advice.

I hope to meet many new people with this new experience and I hope you’ll like my blog!