Another day, another snowfall. We’re expecting another 10-15 cm of snow here today and I have to work this evening so I’m reallyyyyy hoping that I don’t end up having to dig my car out at the end of my shift. My reprieve from the frostiness outside that is winter? These new NYX Love You So Mochi Palettes, which are fun, bright and bubbly, which might not entirely make sense (but trust me, it does).

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Inspired by the Japanese treat, the NYX Love You So Mochi palettes each contain 10 silky, bouncy (yes, bouncy) shadows. I’ve gotta say, they really pack a punch. Most of the shades, especially the shimmers, have incredible pigmentation and staying power. The lighter shades take a bit more, and the two glitter shades in the Sleek and Chic palette could be a bit stronger, but the rest of them really blew me away.

I love the texture of these; they glide really nicely on the skin, stay true to their colour and are really showy. Of the two palettes, I have to say that the Sleek and Chic version really caught my attention after swatching and wear. The colours are gorgeous and flow so seamlessly together. If you like to play around with colour, you’ll adore the Electric Pastels palette with its fun pinks, blues and a kickass yellow.

The NYX Love You So Mochi palettes have great texture – the shadows have a bouncy feel to them and they feel silky upon applying, gliding smoothly onto the skin and blending in really nicely. I find they set really well and have quite a bit of staying power, lasting for quite a while without a need to reapply or boost.

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(I’m going to apologize for the rough texture of my skin here – it’s gotten better, but I was dealing with this really fantastic rash for a little while – yeah, gross)

Seriously though, after seeing these swatches how could you not want to give the Sleek and Chic palette a try? The colours are so heavenly and I’ve worn this several times now for a warm look as you can see below.

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What do you think of the shades in the NYX Love You So Mochi palettes? Will you be picking either up? Which one is your favourite?

 


Disclosure: This post may contain PR samples sent for editorial consideration but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo

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Last week I chatted about the new Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable Foundation, sharing an overview and swatches of the new collection. This week I’m bringing you my very first wear test video! I decided to give the foundation, concealer and primer a try, showing you 9 hours of wear – head to my previous blog post to hear more about my thoughts.

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For those of you curious, I used the foundation in the shade Classic Ivory and the concealer in the shades Fair & Light – Fair ended up being surprisingly light on my pale skin (and right now I’m turning into a nice shade of Casper).

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My hair has always been a bit of a pain for me. It’s really fine, which makes styling a bit of an issue at times, and I’ve always been envious of girls with long, thick hair that always seems to fall perfectly. You might remember that I went on my first “Viviscal journey” a couple of years ago using the supplements and this time I decided to see how well the new Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying range works with it to add more fullness and strength to my mane.

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The new range was designed to work in tandem with the Viviscal Extra Strength hair growth supplements (which seriously do work) which means that they help to promote thickness and shine while the supplements strengthen the hair from inside the shaft. The line contains ingredients like Biotin, Keratin and Zinc which means they really get to work and help to protect against stressors from the environment & styling, keep colour safe and help to promote healthier hair growth.

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So, what’s in the line? It’s made up of three products – the Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo, Conditioner and Elixir – that all work together to form this hair-boosting trifecta. The shampoo and conditioner are both lightweight and smell great. They’ve also been gentle on my coloured hair! The Elixir is my favourite product of the three. It’s a fantastic product that helps to give my mane a nice volume boost and never feels greasy or weighs it down. It was easy to add into my routine as well; all I have to do is run a few drops through my hair when it’s damp before styling. I also like to use it as an oil on dry hair to smooth it down and add some shine.

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Overall the Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying range has been a fantastic addition to my haircare routine; along with the Viviscal Extra Strength supplements. I’ve definitely noticed an increase in the thickness of my hair and it feels so much stronger!  Have you ever tried Viviscal? Both Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying range and Extra Strength supplements are available at Shoppers Drug Mart or www.viviscal.ca.

 


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I’ll go ahead and admit it; I’m a foundation hoarder. I’m constantly searching for my new favourite and have tried tons of different variations. A few new options have landed on my desk recently (including one that I’m obsessed with – more on this to come) and I’ve been spending some time diving in and testing them to find out what works. One of the newest additions to my collection is the NARS Velvet Matte Stick Foundation, NARS’ first foray into stick foundation.

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This new foundation, available in a range of 20 shades, promises “instantly smooth, soft-matte perfection” allowing for full control of its use. It’s a double ended product, with the stick foundation on one end and a removable Touch-Up Blender on the other.

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Application is really easy with this foundation. I actually haven’t used very many stick foundations in the past, maybe 1 or 2, so this is still relatively new territory for me. I suggest starting off a bit light with this foundation, applying a few swipes over the face (try the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose) before blending in and building up from there. I found that applying less of this foundation was better, as it seemed to sit on the skin and didn’t blend in very well when I added a bit more for extra coverage. The blending tool included is great for quick touch ups on the go but I prefer to use a brush to really blend this foundation in properly. It has a nice velvety texture once it’s been applied and blended in to the skin.

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In terms of coverage, I find that this has a medium finish. It helps to even out my skin tone, cover redness and hide imperfections though I needed to use a bit of concealer afterwards to really cover the spots. It’s nice for daytime wear since it isn’t very heavy and blends in nicely. The finish for me isn’t completely matte; it leaves a little bit of a sheen, but I like to finish off with setting powder anyways so this isn’t a big issue for me.

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Before and after NARS Velvet Matte Stick Foundation application – wearing Mont Blanc with a bit of Barcelona

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Another day, another lipstick. And I’m not even close to being done yet. Today we’re sticking to drugstore (and affordable) lippies with the new NYX Pin-Up Pout Lipsticks. Available in 24 shades and ringing it at $10 CAD each, these are a fantastic option for adding some new colours to your repertoire for the fall.

I have all but 2 of the shades and couldn’t wait to dive in and swatch them for you so you can find your next pick!

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These lipsticks are throwing it back to the OG lipsticks, going vintage and focusing on a creamy feel and bold colour payoff. These lipsticks dry to a velvety, almost matte finish that feels surprisingly light on the lips. I clock wear time at about 4-5 hours before you will need to reapply, and you will experience some transfer with these.

 

If you’re looking for colour, the NYX Pin-Up Pout Lipsticks are definitely what you’re going to want to get your hands on this season. The payoff is incredible, with extremely bold, opaque colour. Be careful with application, because with such strong colour you’re going to want to be really precise. I would suggest starting with a liner for perfect full coverage. Anyways, the pigmentation on these is pretty incredible, and with 24 different shades to choose from I have no doubt you’ll be able to find something to suit most of your needs. There are quite a few nude and deep shades, as well as a few classic reds and pinks to round the selection off. Also, fair warning, some of the deeper shades – heck, most of the shades – do have a bit of a stain to them.

And now… On to the swatches, because I know that’s what you’re really here for.

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Shades L-R: Boundless, Opinionated, Corset, Savage, Almost Famous, Silk

 

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Shades L-R: Boundless, Opinionated, Corset, Savage, Almost Famous, Silk

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L-R: Wild Spirit, Cocktail Hour, Dance Party, Fiery, Darling

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L-R: Wild Spirit, Cocktail Hour, Dance Party, Fiery, Darling

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L-R: Bombshell, Revolution, Sophisticated, Wisteria, Smoke Me

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L-R: Bombshell, Revolution, Sophisticated, Wisteria, Smoke Me

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L-R: True Vixen, Resistance, Lucy, Rebel Soul, Flashy, Individualistic

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L-R: True Vixen, Resistance, Lucy, Rebel Soul, Flashy, Individualistic

A few standout shades for me include Bombshell (which is a gorgeous magenta), Cocktail Hour (a killer red with a bit of shimmer that might just come in handy for my Halloween costume) and Darling (a pretty nude pink which is great for daily wear). What shades are you interested in?

Have you tried out any of the NYX Pin-Up Pout Lipsticks yet? What other lipsticks have you been loving so far?

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