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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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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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In the mood for a sweet treat without the guilt? Reach for a tube of COVERGIRL Oh Sugar! Vitamin Infused Balm. Call me crazy (or a beauty junkie), but I’ll take a tube of lippy over candy any day. Unless I can have both… Then I’ll take both.

Sometimes, you’re just in the mood for something light that enhances the look of your lips, which is where these balms come in. The sweetly-scented balms give the lips a fairly sheer coat of colour with one layer, adding a subtle hue to your pout along with a hint of sheen – perfect for days when you’re going for a more natural look or just want to add a touch of colour.

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And, of course, the colour doesn’t come without its benefits. The lip balms are enriched with grapeseed oil, avocado butter and Vitamins C & E, which bathe the lips in a rich coat of moisture. They’re lightweight and feel great on the lips, gently helping to repair and restore moisture for a healthy look. You can honestly feel the softness of the oils on your lips as soon as your apply them, giving them a nice smooth feel. I’ve been dealing with dry lips for the past few days as the weather jumps around here, and these babies have been working overtime to help (successfully) restore them.

I really love how these feel once applied, and the hint of colour that they give the lips; these have recently become a go-to for me (and by recently, I really mean since earlier this year), with one stashed in my purse, on my desk and in my work bag to keep me going. I love the fact that when you’re on the go, you can give your lips a quick swipe for an instant boost without having to worry about precise application, as you would with lipstick.

The COVERGIRL Oh Sugar! Vitamin Infused Balms are also available in 10 sweet shades/scents depending on your mood and the level of colour you’re looking for.

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Shiny skin? I’m definitely not a fan, and the humidity we’ve had as of late has definitely not been working out in my favour. Follow these steps to help you skip the shine!

Switch up your routine

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Skin needs change in the summer as we move away from dry weather and spend more time dealing with humidity and heat. Try switching to an oil-free, lightweight cleanser like Garnier’s SkinActive Clean+ Shine Control Cleansing Gel ($11, available at drugstores), that helps to control shine, and opt for a gel moisturizer that will keep your skin hydrated without weighing it down, like Philosophy’s Take a Deep Breath Oil-Free Oxygenating Cream ($49).

Add some balance

Try using a natural toner to help balance your skin and prevent overproduction of oil. Mix one part apple cider vinegar with one part water and apply to your skin with a cotton pad after cleansing for a quick DIY treatment.

Prep for the day

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Give your skin the perfect base at the beginning of the day by starting off with a mattifying primer or gel to stop shine where it starts and keep it at bay. We love Benefit’s The POREfessional Matte Rescue Invisible Finish Mattifying Gel ($36). When it comes to coverage, stick to oil-free foundation or BB cream, like CoverGirl’s Clean Matte BB Cream ($8, available at drugstores) to even out your skin tone and prevent the shine from peeking through.

Freshen up

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Keep your skin feeling hydrated and refresh with a setting mist, like Shiseido’s Ibuki Quick Fix Mist ($32). When you feel shine start to creep up or your skin is feeling a little worn, give your face a quick spritz to rehydrate, cancel out shine and re-set your makeup.

Nix the grease

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Feeling a little shiny throughout the day? Keep an emergency product or two in your purse for quick touch ups whenever you need them. Sephora’s Cooling Mint Blotting Papers ($10) are perfect for soaking up any grease that happens to pop up, and fit nicely into a bag or clutch. Lightly blot a sheet on your face where you need a little help.

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YOU GUYS. I’m sure you’ve seen/heard of this collection by now, because it’s major, and today I’m bringing you deets and swatches of the new Katy Perry COVERGIRL Katy Kat Collection. The collection is comprised of 11 Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks & 2 Katy Kat Eye mascaras, all created by Perry. I’m definitely a fan of hers and was so excited when news of this collaboration started floating around, and after getting my paws on it, I can easily say that my excitement was well deserved.

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Clockwise from top centre: Coral Cat, Crimson Cat, Cat Call, Kitty Purry, Cosmo Kitty, Maroon Meow, Catoure, Perry Panther, Sphynx, Pink Paws, Magenta Minx

The collection has quite the interesting range of shades, with some rosy neutrals, deep crimson & berry shades, purples and even a black (which I have a feeling will be a popular one). Katy had a hand in designing each shade, which I think comes through in the collection. Personally, I’m really loving Maroon Meow & Cosmo Kitty – they have a ton of personality and look great on.

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Katy Kat Matte swatches from L-R: Sphynx, Pink Paws, Magenta Minx, Coral Cat, Crimson Cat, Cat Call, Kitty Purry, Cosmo Kitty, Maroon Meow, Catoure, Perry Panther

The lipsticks have a velvety, demi-matte finish, and are soft & nourishing due to the formula infused with shea butter. There’s nothing worse than a matte lipstick that dries your lips right out, and you won’t have to worry about that here. Smooth application and strong pigments make these a winner in my books.

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In addition to the 11 Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks, two Katy Kat Eye mascaras have also been created. Available in black and Perry Blue (COVERGIRL’s first blue mascara), the twisted brush (not exactly my favourite design – you have to twist while you apply to get the best application) really helps to lengthen and separate the lashes for a flirty look. The blue is actually quite subtle and looks really nice in the light.

What do you think of the Katy Kat Collection? Will you be picking anything up? Let me know if you want to see swatches of the mascara/on lip swatches of any of the lipsticks in the comments below.

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