Ok guys, I’ve been trying really hard to bring you a new video a week and so far I’m doing pretty good. Granted, we’re only 5 weeks in but I have a feeling this one’s going to stick. I really hope you’ve been enjoying my videos so far, and if you haven’t subscribed yet what are you waiting for? This is a totally new thing for me, and I really appreciate everyone who’s taken the time to watch my videos, leave a comment and subscribe to my channel so far. It’s been a bit intimidating putting myself out there like this, and I’ve had to learn a lot to get started (there’s so much more to learn) but it’s been really fun. I would love to hear what you’ve thought about my videos so far and what you would like to see more of in the future! Moving on, the main reason for this post is that I uploaded a new video today, and it’s all about pretty things and a killer mascara. The Maybelline Total Temptation collection recently launched and I got my hands on it. I’ve always been a fan of Maybelline mascara and the palette looked so lovely that I knew I had to do a full face look using the collection.

Overall, I was pretty happy with the Maybelline Total Temptation collection. I really like the colours in the palette, though I wish there was a bit more depth to it, and I’m a big fan of the mascara so far (I’ve been wearing it almost every day since!). What do you think of this look?

Are you interested in seeing more details and swatches of the Maybelline Total Temptation collection? Let me know if so in the comments below and I’ll put a post together!

 

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Update: Take a look at my full-face Burt’s Bees Beauty look!

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For 30 years, Burt’s Bees has been taking care of bodies from head-to-toe for 30 years now; the line has been a staple in many of our cupboards for years, with their body care products & lip balms helping to provide natural, good for you care. Over the past few years, they’ve started dipping their toes into products that are a bit more beauty-centric, and January marks the start of something new – the Burt’s Bees Beauty line, full of natural makeup products that cover all of your essential beauty needs.

They’re starting off by launching 7 products in a range of shades: mascara, eyeshadow, eyeliner, brow pencils, liquid foundation, powder foundation, blush and glossy lipsticks, with more shades & products to come in the future. All of the items range from 98.9% – 100% (most in the 100% area) natural, and all are free of parabens, phthalates, SLS, petrolatum, talc, synthetic fragrances and silicones. There’s just something so reassuring about knowing what you’re putting on your delicate skin. I had a chance to meet up with the Burt’s Bees team a couple of months ago to learn about the line and it was really refreshing to hear about the ingredients that go into making these.

I love how they stayed true to their roots and kept the honeycomb motif throughout the packaging; the face products & eyeshadows are all housed in honeycomb-shaped compacts, while you’ll notice it sprinkled throughout the rest of the packaging and even imprinted on the powders.

Anyways, I know you’re itching to learn more about what you’ll find in the collection, so read on to learn more about the products and see below for swatches! I’ll also be uploading a video to YouTube next week showing you a full face look using these Burt’s Bees Beauty products.

Eyes

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Burt’s Bees Beauty Eyeshadow in Dusky Woods

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Burt’s Bees Beauty Eyeshadow in Countryside Lavender

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For the eyes, Burt’s Bees has really covered their bases with this initial launch. You have a little bit of everything, with shadows, liner, brows and mascara all included in the lineup. Their eyeshadows come in sets of three shades, all of which are mineral-infused and safe enough to use on sensitive eyes. The shades are really beautiful – four different palettes available – and work nicely together to create a gorgeous eye look. I’ve been loving Countryside Lavender but really want to get my hands on Blooming Desert, which has a gorgeous coppery shade. To go along with the shadows, they’ve also introduced three fade-resistant eyeliners, which are available in Midnight Gray, Soft Black and Warm Brown. They’re smooth and soft and glide on nicely to create a beautiful line.

To finish off your eye look, the Nourishing Mascara in Classic Black and Black Brown is the perfect next step. This mascara helps to lengthen the eyelashes and contains Jojoba Oil to help nourish while you wear. This mascara is, again, great for anyone with sensitive eyes and those of us who wear contacts.

Finally, of course, they couldn’t forget about the brows. Available in blonde and brunette, these pencils fill in the brows with soft colour; the formula is almost powdery, making it perfect for application & then a brush through to disperse and give a more natural finish.

Face

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For the face, Burt’s Bees Beauty has a few options that will help to give your skin a healthy, natural look. They’ve created two different foundations and a powder blush for a gorgeous complexion. One of my favourite products, the Goodness Glows Liquid Makeup (available in 12 shades), is really one of the stars of the line. This medium-full coverage foundation is light on the skin and surprisingly moisturizing; no cakiness here and you can definitely build the coverage to a level that you want. It has a bit of a dewy finish that really does leave your skin with a nice glow.

To go along with this, they’ve also created a Mattifying Powder Foundation (available in 6 shades), which helps to control shine and, again, offers light-medium buildable coverage. It has a really soft, matte finish on the skin, and I find it actually works really well as a setting powder after using the liquid foundation if you prefer more of a matte finish.

To add a little colour and warm up your face, you can reach for the powder blush (available in 3 shades), created with bamboo & honey and infused with minerals for a healthy-looking glow. It’s definitely buildable and I find applies seamlessly, blending in really nicely.

Lips

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In the past couple of years, Burt’s Bees has definitely seen success with the introduction of coloured lip products. This year, they decided to add more to their lipstick lineup with these new Glossy Lipsticks, available in six pink & nude shades. They’ve been created with moringa oil and red raspberry seed oil to provide nourishment to the lips. They feel really nice on, with fairly light colour and a slightly glossy finish.

Swatches

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Burt’s Bees Eyeshadow in (L-R): Countryside Lavender & Dusky Woods (that gold shade is a stunner!)

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Burt’s Bees Eyeliner in Warm Brown & Soft Black, Brow Pencil in Blonde

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Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows Liquid Makeup in Natural Beige, Mattifying Powder Foundation in Vanilla & Bamboo, Blush in Bare Peach

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Burt’s Bees Glossy Lipstick in Nude Rain, Rose Falls, Pink Pool & Blush Ripple

Will you be giving any of the natural makeup from the Burt’s Bees Beauty line a try?

 

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Do you know what I hate? Clumpy lashes. You know what I mean; you swipe on your mascara only to find chunks of lashes that stick together. I’ll admit I’ve done some silly things to get separation, like taking pointed end tweezers to them to pry my lashes apart. The new COVERGIRL Total Tease Mascara promises long, refined lashes, so I knew I had to try it out.

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The mascara, which is available in a few black + brown shades and a deep blue, does a good job of getting in close to the lashes for full coverage. The wand it dual-sided; half features a plastic, spiked brush for even coverage and the other side has a unique detailing tip with longer bristles so you can really separate and “tease” the lashes to their full length potential. I’ll be honest, the first few times I used this mascara the detailing tip freaked me out a bit. I could see it in front of my eye while I was brushing the mascara on, but I quickly got used to it.

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In terms of the formula, it nicely coats the lashes and does provide nice lengthening results. You should see some of the pictures I tried to take – my lashes are so long that they actually curl at the top where the hit my eyelid! I love that aspect, but I would have loved to see a bit more volume and fullness. I already have pretty decent length so fullness is something I really like to see in my mascara. If you’re looking for a lengthening mascara though, this is a really great, affordable option; I get results similar to those that I see with Benefit’s Rollerlash Mascara.

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When it comes to separation, I found that the classic mascara applicator side of the brush does a really good job on its own of fully coating and separating the lashes, but of course you do end up with small areas where the lashes can slightly clump together. The detailing tip, once you get used to it, does a really great job of separating and spacing out the lashes to help increase fullness of the lashes and give them a more defined look. I also found that this mascara has really great wear time. I can throw it on in the morning and it’s still in place at the end of the day without any flaking or traveling.

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Have you tried the COVERGIRL Total Tease Mascara yet? Will you be giving it a try?

 


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

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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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Mascara is one of those products that I’m constantly playing around with – it’s one of those can’t live without it type of things for me. Of course, with SO many different options out there, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to find “the one.” We all have different needs and wants when it comes to choosing this, and Revlon has decided to make things just a little bit easier with their new Mascara Portfolio!

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Whether you’re looking for fullness, definition, volume, length, or a combination of these, they’ve come up with a 5 product collection that covers just about anything you could want in a mascara. This means the shopping process is simplified and you can find exactly what you want without having to go crazy over it! I’m a mascara addict, and couldn’t wait to dive in to see exactly what these could do. The colour-coded mascaras come in chic packaging, and make it easy to know what you’re reaching for in your makeup bag.

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I love how each mascara has a different brush that has been specifically designed to give the look that you’re trying to achieve. I personally have lashes that are a decent length, but I want to add in some volume and max out their potential. The Revlon Volume + Length Magnified Mascara (blue cap) has become my go-to, as it plumps my lashes to look lush and full, while still adding in volume. I also really like the added volume boost I get from the Revlon Ultra Volume Mascara (pink cap).

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The Revlon Mascara Portfolio is available in Black, Blackened Brown & Blackest Black (also available in waterproof formula) in the following:

  • Revlon Volume + Length Magnifying Mascara – A long, medium-sized but full brush coats the lashes fully to the tip, thickening as it goes.
  • Revlon Ultimate All-in-One Mascara – A short brush with smaller bristles, this one was a touch difficult to work with, but it really coated the lashes for the most dramatic result. This one is perfect for a night out or for lashes that need a little more oomph.
  • Revlon Super Length Mascara – This mascara has the thickest brush, making it easy to grab lashes from root to tip for maximum length.
  • Revlon Ultra Volume Mascara – this full, lush brush helps to give the lashes a thicker appearance.
  • Revlon Dramatic Definition Mascara – Very defined, plastic bristles help to coat and separate every lash so they really stand out.

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