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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?

 


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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.

What do you look for in a mascara?

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Hello gorgeous! I’ve got a couple of life updates recently to explain my absence the past few weeks. Work has been crazy busy, the family home that I grew up in went up for sale (which meant a ton of work to get it all ready for sale) and I moved into my own place (which means I’ve been living out of boxes for the past couple of weeks while I wait for the rest of my furniture). I’ve now got my own office/beauty room in my new pad, which is so fantastic, and I can’t wait to get it all set up and ready to go – pics to follow! As part of my move, I’ve got a ton of posts coming to help those of you are going to be moving soon out… Stay tuned for those!

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Anyways, what better time to dive headfirst back into the blog than with the start of Fashion Week in Toronto? As always, WMCFW is a great source of beauty inspiration with Maybelline, Redken & Essie backstage prepping the models for the shows. I’m always so excited to see the new looks & trends that are going to be rolling out over the course of the week, and with talent like Grace Lee (Lead Makeup Artist for Maybelline Canada), Rita Remark (Global Lead Educator for Essie) and Jorge Joao (Lead Stylist for Redken) on hand you know all of the looks are going to be top notch. This week I’ll be sharing some of my favourite looks from the shows + tips on how to get them from the respective brands. I’ll also be hanging out at the tents tomorrow to check out the Star Wars presentation and backstage beauty for Pink Tartan (hands down one of my faves every season), so be sure to follow me on Instagram so you catch all of the action!

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First up, I had to share the Maybelline look for Matthew Gallagher’s SS16 show. The 3D glass sculpture inspired glittery eye is so fab (and I’m thinking a necessity for New Year’s Eve, am I right?). Take a look at the steps & products used for this look below!

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Face: To start, the skintone was evened out with Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation, before contouring and highlighting with the new Master Contour Palette (available January 2016), with a light dusting of pink added to the cheecks for a slight flush.

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Eyes: This look was all about the eyes! A base was created using The Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette before craft glitter was added for show-stopping sparkle, followed by a coat of The Falsies Push-Up Drama Mascara on the top and bottom lashes. Eyebrows were then filled in with the Brow Drama Pro Palette.

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Lips: 
A subtle pink lip finished off this look, with a combination of Color Sensational Creamy Mattes in Ravishing Rose and Color Sensational Color Elixir in Rose Defying for a fresh, light bit of colour.

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for a little getaway with your sweetie.  Although I was a little bit early, I took off to Niagara Falls this past weekend with my boyfriend for a cute little escape and for the chance to have some fun adventures and alone time.  It was a ton of fun, and even though we didn’t wait for Valentine’s Day, I loved having a chance to get away from home for a little while with him!

When you’re getting ready for a Valentine’s Day getaway (or just a romantic escape in general), you have to make sure that you pick the right items for the weekend.  Personally, beauty on the go for a weekend with my SO is all about looking pretty & fresh-faced without too much effort – aka no makeup-makeup!  I’ve picked 4 of my favourite Clarin’s products for a gorgeous fresh-faced look that will bring out your natural beauty when you’re on the go.  Read on to learn more about them and receive free shipping on your purchase at clarins.ca!

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1. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm ($50 CAD): This balm is perfect for giving skin a quick, glowing boost.  Once this balm has been patted (not rubbed) on to the face, the skin looks instantly brighter and more well rested.  I find that it works really well to balance out the skin and smoothes fine lines & pores.  It’s so perfect for prepping the skin for makeup application as well (not that you really need it), helping it to set perfectly & last!

2. Clarins Wonder Perfect Mascara ($27 CAD): For the eyes I’m all about big flirty lashes that really bring attention to you!  This mascara has the best of both worlds – length, volume & curl – for lashes that are absolutely gorgeous & perfect for shooting a suggestive wink your SO’s way.

3. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Candy Flush ($20 CAD): A killer gloss is a must-have for Valentine’s Day, natch.  This gloss is smooth, not sticky, and gives a beautiful flush to the lips.  The colour isn’t too intense and is actually quite natural looking, just giving your lips a gorgeous, shimmery boost. Not only that, it helps to keep your lips moisturized & smells/tastes sweet, so your guy is going to have no problem going in for some V Day kisses.

4. Clarins Blush Prodige in Soft Peach ($32 CAD): The perfect finishing touch?  A pretty flush on the apples of your cheeks.  This blush is a beautiful, natural-looking peach shade with a hint of golden shimmer throughout to warm up your look for an instantly warmer, healthy looking appearance.

Combined, these four products make the perfect on the go beauty look which I think is just right for a romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day.

And I now have a little bonus for you – receive free shipping on your order at Clarins.ca when you use the code DEE at checkout!  Will you be picking up any of my beauty bag on the go essentials?

 

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