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I just love a good drugstore find. With the price of some palettes these days getting pretty hefty, I love having a combination of luxury and more budget-friendly picks in my makeup bag; it helps to keep both my wallet and my makeup-loving self happy. The COVERGIRL truNaked Jewels palette ($12.97 CAD) definitely fits into this category, and I’ll tell you why.

First of all, I love a palette that has a bit of colour in it – bolder shadows are always great for mixing into eye looks and for having a bit of fun. This palette has a selection of 8 shadows, including a range of matte, shimmer and sparkly shades. It has a few lighter shades (that are perfect if you’ve ever wanted to be a unicorn princess; hell, who hasn’t?), two bold, pigmented hues (blue and purple), shimmering gold and green shades and a sparkly black.

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I really wish that I could have more accurately captured the first shade; it’s hard to see here, but it has this beautiful iridescent look to it with splashes of light pink in the light. It’s a gorgeous highlighting shade that I will definitely be using with other palettes and looks.

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The shadows have nice pigment to them, and several shades that make for great highlighting (see the 1st, 3rd and 7th shadows). They are really blendable and build up to heavier colour if needed. They do tend to fade a bit throughout the day, so I suggest starting with a primer and finishing with a setting spray to ensure longer wear.

The shimmer in a few of the shadows is gorgeous – nice and soft, bringing a bit of a multi-tone look to them, which I love. The boldness of the purple and blue shadows also make them favourites for me; I can definitely see myself using them to add depth to many different looks.

What do you think of the COVERGIRL truNaked Jewels palette? Do you have any other jewel tones you like?

 


Disclaimer: This post contains samples sent for editorial consideration, but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo

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love Marc Jacobs eyeliners. The richness of the colour and longevity of wear makes them among my faves when it comes to this category. So, naturally I found myself excited by a new offering from MJ in this category. How do the new Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliners ($25 USD/$31 CAD) live up to my expectations?

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Well, let’s just say they’ve really hit the nail on the head with this one. First of all, I’m a big fan of matte liner, which means these are right up my alley. They maintain a beautiful matte finish while providing a creamy, smooth application; the eyeliner glides right onto the skin without any creasing. The formula definitely sets quite quickly, so do any smudging immediately after application. After setting, this liner stays put and LASTS – it’s waterproof and locks into place. After swatching & setting, I rubbed at the lines with my fingers, fabric and tissues and ran them under water and was really impressed by how well they held up. They’re perfect for creating a bold look or using in the waterline.

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[Swatched from L-R: (Earth)quake, (Brown)ie, (Iron)y, Over(night), (Grape)vine, (Fine)wine, Out of the Blue, Whirl(pool), (Pop)ular, Mist Me?, Deja Blue, Pink of Me]

When it comes to colour, it really doesn’t get any better than this. The line is currently available in 12 shades inspired by the Marc Jacobs’ Resort Collection, and features a selection of deeper shades as well as some bolder colours which are perfect for creating a graphic lid. I’m super impressed by the bold, rich pigments in the liners.

Overall, the long staying power and bold pigmentation of the Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliners make these a total win for me and an easy addition to my eyeliner collection; I’m extremely impressed by the formula and feel and will definitely be keeping these in regular rotation.

Will you be trying these eyeliners out? What are your fave matte liners?

 


Disclaimer: This post contains PR samples sent for editorial consideration, but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo

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If you follow me here or on my social channels, it’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Kat Von D’s beauty line. I love the formulation of the products and that you can tell a lot of work and thought goes into every aspect, from the colours used and the pigmentation to the packaging of the products themselves – I really think that KVD’s personality shows through. The new Kat Von D Pastel Goth palette ($51 CAD at Sephora) is no different.

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The palette contains 8 pastel shades, which may seem like a slight departure from the slightly heavier, bolder hues that KVD tends to go for. That being said, these pastels take on a bit of a moodier quality, with a smoky feel to them – they add a bit of edginess to the typical pastels we’ve become accustomed to seeing.

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The shades can be seen applied – from left to right: Star (matte daffodil yellow), Clementine (matte peach), Meow (matte lilac), Dope (matte lavender), Doom (matte sky blue), Gloom (matte meadow green), Dagger (matte stone gray), and Skull (matte pure white).

Oh, and as a side note, the Alchemist palette works wonders with this one – definitely worth giving a try! What do you think of the Kat Von D Pastel Goth palette?

 


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With the Oscars tonight, there’s never been a better time to talk red carpet beauty. Whether you’re planning on walking the red carpet, hitting up an Oscars party or just getting glam for a night out, here are a few tips that will help take your look to celeb heights.

 

Get red carpet ready with these tips:

 

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When you’re going to be in the spotlight or in front of the cameras, you don’t want to have to worry about fixing your lipstick. Stila Stay All Day Vinyl Lip Gloss adds sheen, a ton of colour, and has great staying power so you don’t have to worry about touch ups throughout the night. A red lip is a classic that never goes out of style!

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It’s no secret that I have a major love for lip products; a good lipstick can take you from a bad mood to a good one, instill confidence, and make you feel full on glam. Read on to see my top lipstick picks for a kiss-worthy pout (just in time for Valentine’s Day).

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The Revlon Ultra HD Lipcolors have quickly become a favourite of mine. They combine gorgeous colour, a smooth finish, and deep hydration into one shiny little package. They’re unbelievably comfortable on and their slightly sweet scent makes them perfectly kiss-worthy.

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