MAKE UP FOR EVER – Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer

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MAKE UP FOR EVER – Step 1 Skin Equalizer (Radiant Blue) Primer Swatch & Review

Price: $45 CAD
Size: 1.0 Oz
Shade: Radiant Primer Blue


PACKAGING

The packaging for all the Step 1 primers are similar, they come in a plastic, matte finish tub with a pointed ‘spout’ and an extremely small opening. The small opening causes a little trouble when there is an air bubble on the inside – as it will spit out product as you squeeze. Besides this the overall packaging is practical and comes in a great size, convenient for travelling and is a good size.


PRODUCT (Radiant Blue)

This product is a colour correcting primer which works to brighten the skin tone. The consistency is similar to a watery lotion which helps it blend into the skin effortlessly. It feels silky smooth and extremely light weight on the skin. Pigmentation wise it is on the sheer side – so it is great for a subtle brightening affect on light skin tones. This means that use for all over the face is doable but if a heavier correction is desired this may not be the product for you. It works well as a quick brightening pick me up for your skin tone, especially on the high points of the face. Overall, the texture of the product is amazing – it feels weightless and sets to a matte finish helping you avoid any creasing. The pigmentation is on the sheer end; therefore it is geared for a light colour correct effect.  Though it is marketed as a ‘primer’ I would still recommend you to use an overall primer after this product to create a tackier surface for your makeup to stick to. The price point is on the higher end – luckily a little goes a long way and will last you a bit if you use it sparingly.

– SL.


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MAKE UP FOR EVER – Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation

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MAKE UP FOR EVER – Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation Review & Swatch

MAKE UP FOR EVER – Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation
Price: $50 CAD
Size: 0.44 oz
Shade: 120 = Y245 Soft Sand

Recently I was watching a lot of NikkieTutorials on Youtube and loved how this foundation looked on her so I went and purchased one for myself.


PACKAGING

The foundation comes in a thick plastic ‘stick’ much like a lipstick it twists up and down. The casing is solid black with a clear top so you can see which shade it is. The cap clicks into place when closed which is always a plus and closes pretty tightly so chances of the cap falling off is low. Overall, the packaging is travel friend, comes in a good side, and has a cap that clicks well into place. (Also because it is creamy it will not leak all over your makeup bag).


PRODUCT

The foundation is a creamy stick formula that makes application easy. You can apply the product to the specific area you want and blend it out lightly. Because of the stick formulation I found that you can slightly contour your face with these sticks just by applying a darker shade to the outer area of your face and the lighter in the inner portion. The foundation’s creamy texture makes it stick well to the skin and therefore does not slide around during blending making it a high coverage. The foundation is also quick and easy to use – it applies smoothly and blensds out quickly (however I do recommend that you use a beauty blending and not a brush to blend this product). Though it is a high coverage foundation the product did not dry out my skin or become oily. Also it lasts the whole day and stays relatively put without any touch ups. On the down side I would say that this foundation is not a ‘natural’ looking foundation and is not for day to day use or a ‘no make’ makeup look (if that is what you prefer). The foundation is more of an instagram or  photo friendly foundation as it looks great in photos. Overall, I recommend this product if you like a high coverage that does not look overly cakey. It also is pretty comfortable on the skin for how thick it is and wears great throughout the day but is definitely a foundation I would only use for photos or a higher ‘glam’ or heavy makeup day.

**side note I purchased the shade Soft Sand and found that the foundations do run slightly lighter than what they look like in the tube. They especially do not look as dark as they do online so I would recommend going to the store and getting colour matched before purchasing. Besides that the range of colours are decent and I was able to find one with a yellow undertone.

– SL.


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SEPHORA – Holiday Shopping Event [20% off] HAUL

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For those who are Sephora VIB members – do not forget to take advantage of the 20% off going on until tomorrow !
I have decided to put a haul of some of the items i picked up at the store today, since the trek to the closest Sephora took a lot of energy out of me.

Above are only a few of the items I purchased, since some are still coming in the mail. I will list what they are below and if you have a preference on what item you would like to see a review on leave a comment below :) I will try my best to do reviews on them all.

PRODUCTS| left to right
NARS- Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (shade: Damned)
SEPHORA- Pro Full Coverage Airbrush #53
YSL- Touche Eclat Radiant Touch (shade: 2.5 Luminous Vanilla)
ANASTASIA- Brow Wiz (shade: Soft Brown)
BENEFIT- Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’Blushes (contains: Dandelion, Bella Bamba, Sugarbomb, Watt’s Up!, Hoola, Coralista, Rock, brush)
BENEFIT- Gimme Brow (shade: light/medium)
TARTE- Clean Slate Poreless
TARTE- Skinny SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner (colour: Deep Amethyst)
HOURGLASS- 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner (colour: Obsidian/ black)
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URBAN DECAY- B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray
URBAN DECAY- Naked2 Basics
HOURGLASS- Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick (shade: Canvas)
TOO FACED- Better Than Sex Mascara (colour: Black)
ANASTASIA- Brow Enhancing Serum Advanced
ANASTASIA- Brow Gel (colour: Clear)
MAKE UP FOR EVER- HD Pressed Powder

Before there are any mean comments below about the amount I purchased- I would like to mention that I do make a list of items throughout the year that I save to purchase with the 20% off . Also these will hopefully last me the year or longer, and some of these items I do pick up for my mother but do try out first for review purposes.

Thanks for reading!
– SL.