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Adela L.
Review for Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation - 1 week, 2 days ago
The Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation is the #1 foundation I go for when I know I'll have a long day and I need my makeup to stay on. It is extremely full coverage, and can give you a "flat" looking face if you do not add dimension back in with bronzer, highlight, etc. However, it covers and conceals the worst of blemishes and makes sure they're covered for the entire day; around 16 hours was the maximum time I've worn this for without foundation breaking down. 

However, there are a few cons to this foundation. First off, it smells terrible, like paint! You need to blend it quickly in order to not get a streaky finish (this dries down almost immediately). It's extremely important to exfoliate beforehand, as this will emphasize dry patches to no avail (this is common for most full coverage foundations). For me, it cakes up around the nose when I apply it and looks a bit powdery. A little setting spray will take this away!
Overall, this is a great budge-proof, full coverage, and long wearing foundation that is my go to for long periods of time. Be sure to remove it well at the end of the day with an oil based makeup remover; this stuff is bulletproof!
Oily, Combination
Review for NYX Pore Filler - 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Review for: NYX Pore Filler
I have mixed feelings about this primer. It comes out in solid clumps, is hard to squeeze out (you need to apply a lot of pressure), and takes a long time to rub into your skin and blend.  

Also, after keeping this primer on after a hot and sweaty day (around 6 hours), it made me break out!! Yes, it's a pore filler, but it also clogged my pores terribly. I would recommend moisturizing the skin before hand or using this on top of another primer. The silicone feeling is a personal preference, and I don't mind it that much, but a little DOES NOT go a long way! I have to squeeze the bottle around 4-5 times every time I use this. 

The pros to this is that the foundation goes on pretty smoothly over top, and it blurs my imperfections slightly to make my skin more even looking. It fills my pores pretty well, but not as well as the Porefessional. 

However, there are a lot of cons! This primer accentuates dry patches and my foundation breaks down in smaller patches throughout the day compared to if I had not used the primer. It doesn't really keep my skin more matte either. I usually put matifying primer and then this one on top of it. 

Overall, the Pore Filler has too many cons to be priced so high, around $16 CAD. Would not repurchase! It's so hard to find a good primer at the drugstore. :( 
Oily, Combination
Review for L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow - 2 months, 2 weeks ago
I have this eyeshadow in the color Iced Latte. I usually don't buy single eyeshadows (I opt for palettes) but this is an eyeshadow that everyone should run out to get.

The staying power is very strong, it begins to fade around the 8 hour mark which is incredible for a high pigment, shimmery, and drugstore shadow! I prefer applying this with my fingers to get the best color payoff, but a dense eyeshadow brush would work just as well. The packaging comes with an extra seal to make sure the eyeshadow does not create a mess, which is great when I'm travelling with this!

The color Iced Latte can be used on the lid, inner corner, and also as a STUNNING, extremely intense highlight. Honestly, using this eyeshadow as a highlighter beats even some of the high end brands! It doesn't contain huge chunks of glitter, but goes onto your cheeks as a beautiful reflective sheen. This is a very versatile product and well worth the money.

One of my holy grail items for sure! 😊 
Review for Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner - 2 months, 2 weeks ago
*I received this product complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.*
I'm not exaggerating when I say that this lip liner does not budge at all after it sets (around 10 seconds). You can rub it as hard as you can; it's almost like a tattoo! When it fades (around 6-7 hours for me, including through meals!), it fades all together, and not in separate patches. It's extremely comfortable; my lips feel supple even after 6-7 hours wear. 
The pencil glides on my lips without tugging on any spots, it's very creamy and barely needs any pressure to get intense color payoff! The color is extremely opaque, yet natural as well, which I love! I can use it to look more put together during the day without looking noticeably with makeup. With 30 shades in the range, you can find your perfect colour easily. 
The only drawback to this is the amount of product in the lip liner. For the price, I only use this for lining my lips and not to fill them in completely. 0.03 g for a lip liner is extremely little, especially compared to the 1.4 g regularly provided by other brands at the same price point.
The packaging is also so beautiful! The intricate patterns on the liner definitely make the product look lux! The lip liner is retractable, making it easy to use and no need for a separate sharpener. It makes a nice click when you turn to get more product; it stays secure. 
I would call this lip liner my new found holy grail, but as the price is so high, I probably won't be able to afford it. Definitely an item I will splurge on once I feel like treating myself!
Review for Forever 21 - 2 months, 4 weeks ago
I have been shopping at Forever 21 (F21) since the beginning of highschool, so I'm a long time customer of the brand. The clothes and accessories sold at F21 are trendy and seasonal (you probably won't find the same item in store the next month!). However, it's not my favourite store for quality pieces. 

F21 clothes have the tendency to be plastic and well, cheap. You get what you pay for! I found this to be reasonable 4 years ago, but now, the prices at F21 are rising and for the quality that you're getting, I cannot justify spending my money there anymore (unless there's a GREAT deal)! 

If you're looking for accessories, beware. The paint of the jewellery begins to peel, fade, and turn colour after a few wears. The hats are trendy, but uncomfortable to wear (the knits are scratchy and the caps are hard plastic). If you're looking for makeup...stay away! The eyeshadows stained my eyelids and the lipstick came off in less than an hour. Not pleased! The nail polish isn't bad, but you could get better ones for the same price at the drugstore. 

I probably sound terribly disappointed, and I truly am! 4 years ago, the quality was not that bad, and I still have pieces that have not fallen apart since then. However, pieces that I bough in DECEMBER have seams already torn and threads are spewing out everywhere! 

Overall, although F21 is a "budget-friendly" store (honestly, it's getting kind of expensive), the price is too high to justify what you're getting. Sadly, I will only be shopping here if a major deal arises. 

Review for Ruffles® All Dressed Potato Chips 8.5 oz. Bag - 3 months, 1 week ago
Review for: Ruffles® All Dressed Potato Chips 8.5 oz. Bag
These have always been my favourite flavour of chip. It's a strong flavour, and you can tell that the sodium level is off the charts, as well as the MSG in the chip. So, if you're into mild tastes, stay away from this. I personally love this for it's bold flavour and ruffled texture. It feels good to eat a chip with more of a "grip", and the satisfying crunch in your mouth is unbeatable. There are a few downsides to this bag of chips. Starting with the bag! Often, I will find my bag 3/7 full of chips and 4/7 full of air (rough estimates). It disappoints me when I only get 3/7 of what I've paid for! However, this does have a positive side, as it allows your hand more room to get into the bag. Another plus is that this chip is less messy than other, more oily chips. My fingers aren't covered in grease when I lift them from the bag, which is a godsend when I'm travelling and don't have a sink nearby. I can't say much for its nutritional value though. ;)Overall, excellent product, and will repurchase over and over again. 
No Special Diet
Review for Nivea Shimmer Radiant Lip Care - 3 months, 1 week ago
Review for: Nivea Pearly Shine Lip Care
This was one of the first lip balms I ever owned growing up! Brings back nostalgic memories every time I use it. :) However, I must say that unless you want your lips to look like a frosted pink cupcake, I would not recommend this lip balm. The colour is opaque, and I would compare it to the pigmentation of most drugstore lipsticks. I use this lip balm only on the centre of my lips when I want a bit of a gradient effect and a pop of shine on my lips. It does it's job at moisturizing, which is great for a lip balm at its price point, but it's not a lip balm I would use everyday! The shine is just too noticeable to be natural, and that's not something I want from something marketed as a lip balm. It's a compact tube that is easy to take around, but on one of my excursions, it melted! It literally melted in my purse and the entire inside of my purse was a light sparkly pink. Horrible! I had to wash my bag thoroughly and even then, the scent of the lip balm lingered. So beware in hot weather!Overall, would not repurchase, and would only recommend to those who do not mind an unnatural lip balm. 
Review for Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo - 3 months, 1 week ago
Generally, I wash my hair twice a week and use dry shampoo in between. This bottle lasted me for around 2 months, but I was so upset that after 2 months, I couldn't get any product out of the nozzle! It became so clogged that I couldn't even press down on it. So 1/3 of the bottle went to waste. Lots of reviewers have pointed out this problem, so I suppose the only option is to use this as much as you can before it gets clogged! In terms of effectiveness, the scent of this is nice and fresh, and I love it! It soaked up the oils in my hair very well, and I have no complaints about its effectiveness. However, be sure to rub it into your hair as soon as you spray it, as it WILL leave a white streak. I noticed that even after rubbing it in, my hair looks a little gray. Not a nice sight. I would repurchase if it was an emergency, but I think I'll be trying out other dry shampoos before repurchasing this one. 
Straight, Thick
Frizz, Oily Scalp, Split Ends
Review for Essence I Love Extreme Volume Waterproof Mascara - 3 months, 1 week ago
Review for: Essence I Love Extreme Volume Waterproof Mascara
I will start by saying that I have hooded eyes, and it's terribly hard to find a mascara that won't smudge on me. The reviews are true; this mascara gives you crazy volume. But that's all it gives you! It didn't separate my lashes or give me extra length. In fact, it made my lashes clump together so much it looked like I had about 7 lashes, The longevity of this product was around 2-3 hours before it started smudging on me and I began looking like a raccoon. It's also not waterproof at all! :( I tried dunking some water on my face and all I got were black smears running down my face. This was also incredibly uncomfortable to wear; all day long I felt like my lashes were so heavy and lots of discomfort was had. I don't believe I had an allergic reaction to this, but with the discomfort I was having, it might as well have been!Overall, even for the price, I would not recommend this mascara to anyone wanting a mascara that gives more than clumpy fat lash volume. Very disappointed!
Review for Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge - 3 months, 1 week ago
When I used this with the Revlon Colorstay Foundation, this sponge began taking off my foundation! It began coming off in patches, and as I tried to blend it out, the Real Techniques sponge just seemed to soak up more of my foundation until I gave up and used my brush again. I used it wet, but I believe the pores on this sponge are just too large. I tried to use this again with a more liquid foundation, the Maybelline Fit Me, and the same result occurred. It gave me a light coverage that looked smooth, but I would estimate that half of my initial foundation became soaked up in the sponge itself. Not good, even for the price point of this sponge!This does not compare to the beautyblender in any way! If you are looking for an affordable sponge from the drugstore, I would definitely check out the L'Oreal pink sponge; it is an almost exact dupe for the beautyblender! 
Oily, Combination
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