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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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I told you my lipstick obsession has been (nearly) satiated recently with all of the amazing new products that have been finding their way to my desk. One of the latest? The new L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Matte lipsticks, the newest addition to the Colour Riche fam. These richly pigmented lipsticks are currently available in 12 shades, which I have swatches of!

I love the feel of these lipsticks. They’re creamy and soft, giving the lips a lot of moisture while you wear. I’ve been a really big fan of mattes lately, and I love the shade range that they have available in them – you have a few nudes, some pretty pinks, gorgeous reds and a couple of magenta/fuchsia shades to finish it off. I find that these set to a more satin finish and have a bit more sheen than most mattes that I’ve been used to, however I found that I can easily give them a more matte look by finishing them off with a quick pat with a tissue; it softens the sheen and mattifies really quickly.

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I found that I get about 3-4 hours of wear time before I have to reapply, with some transfer when drinking and eating, so they don’t completely set. Reapplication is nice and smooth however, and you just need a bit to touch up without having to worry about drying or crumbling. These do have the same scent that you’ll find in other L’Oreal lipsticks, which I know some people aren’t the biggest fan of. I really kind of like the scent though – it reminds me of trying out my mom’s lipsticks when I was younger!

To make things even better, they’ve come out with 8 matte lipliners that go along with these shades.

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L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick L-R: 102 Matte-ly In Love, 402 Devil’s Matte-vocate, 403 Matte-traction Red, 405 Doesn’t Matte-r, 703 Matte-moiselle Pink, 707 Matte-jestic

What do you think of the new L’Oreal Paris Colour Matte Riche lipsticks and shade range? What matte lipsticks have you been loving lately?

 

 


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

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Can a girl every really have too many eye shadow palettes? Judging by my collection, the answer is no. I hope. The latest addition to my collection is the Sephora PRO Cool Palette. With these (also available in Warm shades and Editorial shades), Sephora set out to create high performance palettes that can be used by makeup artists and enthusiasts alike.

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Lately I’ve tended to gravitate to rosier hues, which makes the Cool palette the perfect match for my beauty routine. Each palette contains 28 pigmented shades – quite the collection. This allows for a lot more versatility within the palette and the ability to create many different looks. Having all of these shades in one convenient palette is a big sell for me, as I like to play around with different variations on looks. The shades combine matte, shimmer and satin finishes for even more versatility.

I found that the matte shades are a bit powdery, with a few of the lighter shades being a little chalkier, but they do apply really smoothly and I find that this works a little better for blending, especially since they are quite pigmented. The satin shades are absolutely gorgeous and have a ton of pigment. They’re almost creamy in application and I love how these wear.The “sparkly” shades, Seashell and Moon, were a bit of a disappointment. I found that they lacked pigmentation and the sparkle didn’t really work, as you can see in the swatches below.

And guys, I really just have to rave about the second row of shadows (Ballet – Croquis) because for me, they are the stuff that dreams are made of. They’re all seriously gorgeous shades and flow together so nicely – this row could be a smaller palette all on its own.

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Shades Linen, Powder, Seashell, Tulle, Latte, Flax, Violet Gray

 

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Shades: Ballet, Cashmere, Tea Rose, Pink Champagne, Rosé, Orchid Mist, Croquis

 

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Shades: Ash, Mushroom, Fog, Graphite, Heather Grey, Mauve, Orchid

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Shades: Moon, Rosewood, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Espresso, Sketch, Obsidian

And check out the look I created using the Sephora PRO Cool Palette:

 

Overall, I’m super happy with the Sephora PRO Cool Palette. Aside from a couple of shade misses, they’ve really put together a beautiful, cohesive palette – not always an easy feat when you have 28 shades to work with. They’re fully pigmented and rich and make for some gorgeous looks. Have you tried any of the Sephora PRO Palettes?

 


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Oh Bite Beauty, you never cease to amaze me. And in a summer where lipstick has ruled, I’m really happy that you’ve thrown your ring into the liquid lipstick ring because your version is, well, delicious. I’ve been playing with the new Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick for a little while now and there’s a reason why these have become so popular so quickly. Shall we?

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Bite Beauty Liquified Lipstick L-R: Braised, Candied, Caramelized, Chutney, Demi-Glace, Eclair, Flambé, Infuse, Marsala, Purée, Supreme, Whip

Available in 12 shades, ranging from nudes to deep maroon with everything in between, the new liquified lipsticks bring their popular Amuse Bouche lipsticks into liquid form (with new shades). They were designed to be nourishing on the lips, using natural ingredients like coconut oil, monoi butter and citrus flavour, to ensure that the formula glides on the lips smoothly leaving a creamy feel that hydrates during wear. They feel luxurious on the lip, with a really soft touch that doesn’t ever feel heavy or sticky.

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The shades are gorgeous and highly pigmented, especially the deeper shades; I love the colour and how rich they are once applied. I do notice that the lighter shades apply a little streaky and need to be blended a little for a smooth finish, but I’ve had no issues with the darker shades. For me, standouts are Chutney (my absolute favourite), Supreme and Marsala.

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Bite Beauty Liquified Lipstick L-R: Braised, Candied, Caramelized, Chutney, Demi-Glace, Eclair, Flambé, Infuse, Marsala, Purée, Supreme, Whip

They apply really creamy and dry to what they call a demi-glaze finish, which means they feel satiny and have a nice hit of shine to them without being overly glossy. I do find that these transfer (especially to my teeth…), with reapplication needed every 3-4 hours to keep the colour up. For longer lasting colour, start with The Lip Pencil in a matching shade.

And now… I made my first YouTube video! Check out more swatches and a continuation of my review here:

 

Please, be gentle 😉 And if you want to see more videos, make sure you subscribe and let me know what you would like to see on my channel. This was a pretty big, nerve-wracking step for me that’s been a long time coming and it feels nice to finally make the jump. Thanks for checking it out 🙂

Which Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick shades would you like to try?

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