Beauty · Makeup · Reviews · Skin Care

Makeup Reviews …The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Makeup reviews : The Good,The Bad and the Ugly

A few months ago, I fell off my chair when I read Stashy’s (Stash Matters) anticipated review of Becca’s Ombre Rouge eyeshadow palette. Truth be told, I kept telling poor Stashy over and over again that she would 100% love this palette, that the shades were unique, the packaging was sleek, etc… In summary, she just needed it, “period”!!! My passion for this palette made me shout my love from rooftops, telling the world repeatedly about this perfect product and then, there it was, her critique! Maybe I rather should say « Judgement Day », because in her own word, this perfect palette is a mere 4/10 !!! Say what???

Note: You can read my review on the Ombre Rouge palette HERE

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This post is not about Becca’s Ombre Rouge but more on different points of views in the makeup world and how to interpret reviews on a specific product. I was telling Stashy that someone who is interested in buying this specific palette would be really confused after only reading our two evaluations, and with good reasons… To make matters worse, I think that we are both very credible and honest in our criticism since we are NOT sponsored (something, I wish I would though after my last post!) and we did buy this particular item with our own money … so we speak the truth, with no hidden agenda. Furthermore, Stash and I have about the same substantial collection and we like to think that we know our stuff (in the beauty department, anyway!).

So, this discrepancy got me thinking: what should I add to my reviews so girls (or boys) all over the world would better interpret my assessments. Maybe by adding other palettes that I love to compare would be a good start! For example, if you hate KVD Shade + Light palette while I praised this palette, you would know that we may have different tastes! In each review, I always try to define my skin type or add other informations that could be really important to give my readers every possible reasons to love/hate the featured product; maybe I should add more… I could add what am I looking for in a specific product? When do I use it?

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Another point that got me thinking was, should I write about products that didn’t work for me? When I first started blogging, I was really harsh towards some products, and I remembered someone telling me that the product I crushed was her Holy Grail concealer. I felt really bad about my critique and tried to find some positive about it. The reality is that I don’t like everything!  Even though it’s always heartbreaking to write bad reviews, maybe I should write about these too! Sometimes you learn more from bad experiences… For example, last year I bought Too Faced Born This Way foundation, raved by everyone and their mothers, and for me, it’s by far the worst foundation I ever used. It would have been a 1/10, 1 being for the shade alone!!!

So again, what about the reviews that we read? How much are they crucial in our decision to buy a product or not? I would like to say that I’m not influenced by them, but I’m guilty of wanting a lot of products that my fav Blogger/YouTuber are reviewing and loving! To be honest, when I really want a product, I tend to read only good reviews!!! So, it’s the chicken or the egg dilemma….

I want to hear your thoughts on this one

Note: Stashy and I, are really good friends… This was not towards her in anyway!!!

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Beauty · cruelty-free · Makeup · Reviews · sephora

UD X Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette ❥ Hot Deal!

UD X Gwen Stefani eyeshadow palette 2016

I know I have a few flaws (just ask BeardMan), but there are some weaknesses that are well-known by my avid readers: Hot Deals and Palettes!! So, what do you think happened when Sephora posted an UD palette for 35$CND? At 70$CND, it was a total nonsense to get it because I probably own most of these colors or their close relatives, but with such an irresistible deal, it was:”Come to mama you lucky palette, come play with your friends!!! At this price, it’s almost what we now pay for a totally average drugstore’s palette. To tell you the truth, I was very intrigued with this collaboration between Urban Decay and miss Stefani, and  seriously, what’s not to love about this Limited Edition palette containing all the colors I love…

After owning this everyday, humble eyeshadow palette for about a week and totally enjoying it, here is why you should run to get this one….

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♥ 15 UD shadows for 25$US (35$CND) is a heist. On average now, each palette are 60$ or more! It’s start to be ridiculously pricey.

♥ Daytime to nighttime appropriate.

♥ Boring neutrals? No f***g way! I understand it’s not as sexy as those normal, regular UD palettes with all those crazy colors but should I remind you that these palettes (I’m talking to you Vice 4) are mostly gathering dust on my innumerable shelves.

♥ Not overly pigmented, these shadows make me achieve the most beautiful natural eye looks!

♥ The packaging is absolutely stunning. So chic, it’s a piece of artwork…

♥ The 3 most stunning colors that are Harajuku, Danger and 1987 are surprisingly easy to wear on my bottom lash line.

♥ Great for travelling: with this palette, you have every shade you might want for all possible situations, from the “no makeup makeup” to a sexy, smokey eye look!

♥ No creasing, very little fallouts and super blendable.

Made in the USA and cruelty-free.

A few added notes …

♥  Only 1 dud to report: Pop is crap! The formula is gritty and I need to wet it with MAC “Fix +” and use my Too Faced Glitter Glue if I don’t want it all over my cheeks!!! It’s sad because the shade is nice.

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♥ These shadows perform way better with an eye primer.

UD X Gwen Stefani eyeshadow palette 2016 swatches
My fav …Skimp-Steady-Punk-Baby-Anaheim-Zone-Serious-Danger-1987

Bottom Line…

I don’t really care for Gwen Stefani and normally, I always tend to shy away from these makeup collabs which are most of the time on the cheaper side (formula-wise and made in China wise) but this one is very solid! I don’t see how anyone could regret this beauty if you generally gravitate towards these types of colors.

Thanks for stopping by my beautiful friends xxx

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Beauty · Drugstores · Reviews · Skin Care

Coppertone Clearly Sheer ❥ Summer Must-Haves

NEW Coppertone Clearly Sheer Review

Thanks to CBB (Canadian Beauty Blogger), I got to try the brand new Coppertone Clearly Sheer (SPF30) Sunscreen Spray. It’s hard to have an “Aaaaah” moment from a sunscreen but I surely did from this new formula. If you are anything like me, when it’s time to choose a body sunscreen, you grab the first one on sale at the drugstore and that’s about it. I’m way more peculiar selecting face sunscreens since they almost all break me out, but that’s another story… When you go for the randomly chosen product, you often end up smelling too much like « sunscreen » (I’m sure you know what I mean: like a bad coconut, a sour pineapple or a strange oily pina colada… ) and/or it takes so long to dry that going to the beach means that you will finish looking like a litter box.  This Coppertone Clearly Sheer is a game changer …

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What’s Not to LOVE :


NEW Coppertone Clearly Sheer Review

♥ Smell so good. It’s a very subtle flowery scent that is a far cry from the products we are used too; between you and me I kept smelling my arm! Nobody could ever say that you just sprayed yourself with sunscreen.

Note: My mom and sister already bought the product! I think they were so tired of hearing how good and great smelling this product is over and over again 🙂

♥ This stuff dries almost instantly. No more walking in your undies while it dries!

♥ Can be use on the face too *. I’m anxious to try their face formula, it’s not supposed to cause any breakouts.

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Note:* This kind of sprays should NEVER be applied directly to the face! Always put the product between your hands and apply gently to the face while avoiding the eyes and mouth.

♥ Affordable since it’s available in every drugstores, WalMart and some groceries.

Note: Scrolling the Coppertone website looking to buy their face sunscreen, I found a printable coupon for 1$ rebate (Just saying!!!)

There is nothing I don’t like about this sunscreen. I love it so much that I’ve never been so sun-protected in my life. I never forget to apply and reapply simply because it’s that great.

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On a personal note, I urge you to apply sunscreen every time you are exposed to the sun! Skin Cancer is real as 3 members of my immediate family have suffered from this awful but preventable disease! We all want to have a tan look in the summer but at what price. And for the first time, Coppertone delivers a product that smells like a fragrance, dries so fast that you can snap your fingers in a matter of seconds, and is good for body and face. 

I may sound like a salesperson but I encourage you to try this product as I’m certain you will love it.

Thanks CBB and Coppertone for making my days in the sun way more enjoyable.

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