Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Essence's Free Hugs Nail Polish


Hello friends! Long time no talk! Excuse my short absence - sometimes, inspiration just isn't there. I'd rather wait for the funk to pass than write a crappy review! However, today I'm really excited to talk to you about this Essence nail polish I picked up.

While I was visiting my boyfriend's family in a small town in New Brunswick, I stopped at a Shoppers Drug Mart to pick up Tylenol as I had a splitting headache. Luckily, since I always detour through the beauty aisle (anyone else do this?), I ended up on an Essence display I had never seen before. Where I live, the Essence display is quite small and limited, but this small town had a massive Essence display with a ton of different nail polishes to choose from! Because my boyfriend and his dad were waiting for me in the car, I hastily picked up two colors, one of which is the subject of today's post!

Free Hugs, Two Coats. Excuse the dry cuticles.

Free Hugs is a gorgeous pepto-bismol-y pink. Now I wouldn't normally say Peptol Bismol has a nice color, but here, I think it works. The polish is vibrant without being neon, and a true pink. However, I do think the color does pull a little coral in some artificial lighting. The color does not have any shimmer, and the polish needed two coats to be opaque. It dries really fast, so you actually have to be careful not to take too much time during application or the polish can become gloopy. The wear time is great - I've had it on for two days (with L'Oreal base coat and Essie top coat) with no chips and a tiny bit of tip wear. That's excellent for me! I have to say, this isn't the first Essence polish I've fallen for - I'm constantly impressed at the quality of these polishes. And at $1.99, you really can't go wrong!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Make Up For Ever HD Second Skin Creme Blush #320 English Rose


Hello friends!

Today, I'm bringing you a review of the new Make Up For Ever HD Second Skin Creme Blushes. Make Up For Ever were kind enough to offer me a shade for review, and I picked #320 English Rose.


First off, I've always been a fan of Make Up For Ever's non-fussy, clean packaging. It doesn't get any simpler than that really, and I love it. Why have wasteful packaging anyway, it's all about the product! I admit, I love gold and elaborate sometimes, but I think Make Up For Ever's philosophy of offering quality product is reflective in their packaging. The compact size, and the mirror in the lid, makes this blush a great option to add to a handbag.


The texture is smooth, and never feels oily or greasy on the skin. I'd describe it as a cream-to-powder finish, but it's not very powdery. It has more of a creamy matte finish which is perfect for my oily skin type.


I'd describe the shade I chose, #320, as a dusty, almost peachy rose. It looks so so natural and beautiful on the skin. I love wearing it with barely any makeup on for a healthy glow - just a little BB Cream, mascara and this cream blush and I'm good to go! I usually apply this with a flat top kabuki brush and it blends wonderfully - it really melts into the skin. It's quite pigmented, so a little goes a long way.

#320, swatched in natural daylight.

While I do have oilier skin and usually have problems with cream blushes staying on my skin, I had no problems with this product. The blush stayed on my skin through a whole work day, with BB Cream as a base might I add, and I still looked healthily flushed by the end of the day.

This blush will definitely become a summer staple for me. I don't like to wear heavy makeup in general, but even less in the summer, and this little blush accompanied with waterproof mascara will definitely become part of my daily routine. If you're looking for a quality cream blush, I highly recommend your check out their new HD Second Skin Creme Blushes - I already have my eye on the #215 Flamingo Pink and #515 Tangerine!

* I have received this product for consideration but my opinions are always my own. I am not being compensated for this review and I always strive to review products with honesty.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

3D White Crest Whitestrips Review!

A few weeks ago, before I had a big event to go to, I tried out the Crest 3D White Whitestrips - 1 Hour Express. I had used Whitestrips before, but it had been a while, and I thought a pick-me-up for my teeth was in order.

I actually thought these worked very well! In the past, I thought the Whitestrips were a bit bulky in my mouth, and would slide around. These didn't budge and actually covered a little more teeth than the previous strips I've used.


There was a noticeable difference in my teeth, before and after. No pictures, because that's just gross (and nobody wants to see a closeup of my teeth!), but my teeth looked brighter. Nothing life changing, but because I could see the difference with my eyes, I was happy!

I didn't get any sensitivity when the strips were on, but my teeth were a bit sensitive for a couple days after. Nothing major - I barely noticed it, but it's worth mentioning, especially if your teeth are already prone to sensitivity.

I highly recommend these if you have an event or special event, your teeth are already white enough for your liking, but you'd more of a sparkle in them. If you'd like to go further with your teeth whitening journey, Crest Whitestips have a lot of other options to choose from!

*Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Friday, March 14, 2014

CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipcolors - Swatches and Review


When I was younger, I owned a few CoverGirl lipsticks that I absolutely loved. A frosty pink (you know you had one too!) and a shimmery beige. They weren't particularly pigmented, or moisturizing - this is one of the reasons I was impressed with CoverGirl's current line of lipsticks, the LipPerfection Lipcolors.

The line has a wide range of colors, and is incredibly pigmented. I tested out the following shades for this review.


First off, the packaging is quite nice. I like that you can see the corresponding color of the lipstick at the bottom of the tube - it makes it a lot easier to search for a specific shade in a hurry. However, the bullet of the lipstick sticks a little bit out of the tube which makes it easy to smudge it when you put the lid back on.

Left to right: Hot, Bombshell, Ravish, Tempt and Crème, a few swipes each.

They are not drying at all, but I do not find them moisturizing either. The pigmentation of these is quite good - Hot and Bombshell are seriously vibrant on the lips. Even more muted shades such as Ravish and Crème look pigmented on the lips. They also last quite long on the lips - shades like Hot and Bombshell gave me a good 4-5 hours of wear.

My only real negative about these? The taste. It's has a sort of artificially sweet taste that's hard to describe. I honestly can't stand it - it's too strong for me. Some don't taste as much as others, but Crème was the worst offender. I didn't notice any taste with Hot, and Bombshell's wasn't too bad.

*Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Rainbow Honey Cosmetics - A Nail Polish Review


Hello friends!

Today I have a review of indie nail polish maker called Rainbow Honey.  When it comes to glitter, it can be difficult to find a unique shade at the drugstore - I know I rarely find anything other than the standard silver, gold, and party glitter. This is where indie nail polish companies like Rainbow Honey excel. I was sent five shade for review:


From left to right: The Kraken, XOXO, Papillon, Magic Cake and Sweet Talk

In the same order as above: The Kraken, XOXO, Papillon, Magic Cake, Sweet Talk

I have to say, I'm in love with all these glitters, especially with Magic Cake and Sweet Talk. The Kraken and Sweet Talk are opaque after 2-3 coats, and the rest of the glitters are meant to be worn sheer, or layered over a base color. I absolutely love the matte neon geometric shapes of Magic Cake and can't remember the last time I saw such a cool glitter polish.

Magic Cake over Essie's Bottle Service. I really should have used another base color because you can't see the pink glitter very well.

After having worn Magic Cake, I have a few tips on how to apply these glitters. First off, try not to layer it on too thick - it causes the finish to be a bit bumpy. I suggest to first lay a thin coat, then try to add glitter pieces gently with the wand. This technique helped me get the colors of the glitter polish evenly distributed on my nail.

If you're looking to add unique and beautiful glitters to your polish collection, I highly suggest Rainbow Honey. The formula is also 3 Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate) and not tested on animals. There is a massive selection as well, so if what I've reviewed doesn't really match your taste, there's bound to be something else that floats your boat on the NailPolishCanada website. If you didn't know this already, the website has a "More pictures from the web" feature where you can see swatches of the polish you're looking at - it makes picking a polish a lot easier! I'm especially smitten with Koi Pond and Meteor for glitters, but opaque shades such as Fire Spring and Tiny Ruby are also gorgeous. And at $11.50, it's a small price to pay for a truly unique polish!

Rainbow Honey Cosmetics are available on their website, or on Nail Polish Canada.

* I have received these products for consideration, but my opinions are always my own. I am not being compensated for this review and I always strive to review products with honesty.