— January 30, 2016 —

NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette


NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette (8 x 0.09 oz.) retails for $25 USD ($27 CAD) and contains four highlighting and four contouring powders in pearl and satin-matte finishes. It is said to be "a refillable highlight and contour palette to emphasize your favorite features."

Ice Queen is described as a pearly pale white. [P]
Soft Light is described as a matte nude. [P]
Cream is described as a matte soft yellow. [P]
Nectar is described as a pearly soft peach. [P]
Tan is described as a matte soft brown w/ slight red undertones. [P]
Toffee is described as a matte neutral brown. [P]
Sculpt is described as a matte taupe. [P]
Hollow is described as a matte deep brown. [P]
"Define your features like a pro with our refillable highlight and contour palette! Each set includes eight customizable highlighting and contouring shades perfect for emphasizing your favorite features. When it's time to swap out a pan or two you can replace them with the palette's Pro Singles."
The packaging is a plastic palette with a large transparent window to see the product. The palette does feel quite thin and fragile, so it may not be the best for travel. The individual powders themselves have no scent and can be popped out of the palette to swap or replace shades.

The singles can be purchased individually for $5 USD ($6 CAD) and come in an additional 4 shades—Bone (matte white), Soft Peach (matte nude peach), Sienna (matte light brown w/ slight pink undertones), Saddle (matte light brown w/ slight red undertones).

While I do appreciate the fact they've created additional shades, I wish you had the option to customize from the beginning with an empty palette and/or the palette came in different options (ie. a separate palette for Fair/Light and Medium/Dark). With that said, you could easily purchase the singles and use them on their own. Keep in mind, however, that the pans are not magnetized and they come housed in the plastic shell.


Ice Queen (Highlight) is a light white with cool undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was soft, smooth and had mostly opaque, buildable color payoff. The powder blended very easily on the skin, which made the finish controllable. I found applying too much product did emphasize the look of pores and imperfections on the skin. Ice Queen wore well for +8 hours before fading. (4/5)

Soft Light (Highlight) is a light off-white, beige with neutral undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, smooth and quite powdery, both in the pan and on the skin. It could be built and blended to a degree, but I felt the more my brush worked the product into the skin, the more it disappeared—and not in the good, blended type of way. Soft Light lasted +6.5 hours before fading. (4/5)

Cream (Highlight) is a light, yellow cream with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, smooth, finely-milled and had great, buildable pigmentation. It was powdery in the pan which didn't translate onto the skin, but I felt the product sat on top, rather than blending in. Cream wore well for +7 hours before fading. (4/5)

Nectar (Highlight) is a light-medium peach with hints of yellow, warm undertones and a fine shimmer finish. The texture was soft, smooth and slightly powdery both in the pan and on the skin. The finish was a very fine shimmer that never emphasized pores or imperfections. Nectar lasted +7 hours before fading. (4/5)

Tan (Contour) is a medium-dark brown with slight hints of red, warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. The texture was soft, smooth and dense in the pan. It had good pigmentation that could be built to a degree. The firmer consistency made it a little tricky to pick up with a brush and blend evenly on the skin. Tan lasted +7.5 hours before fading. (4/5)

Toffee (Contour) is a medium-dark brown with slight hints of yellow, warm undertones and a satin finish. This shade had good, buildable pigmentation and a slight sheen once applied to the skin. The texture was soft, smooth without being firm or powdery. Toffee wore well for +7.5 hours before fading. (4/5)

Sculpt (Contour) is a medium-dark, muted brown with slight hints of grey, warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. The texture was soft, smooth and a tad powdery in the pan. It had nice pigmentation that blended easily and looked natural on the skin—it was the closest of the four contour shades to being matte. Sculpt lasted +8 hours before fading. (4/5)

Hollow (Contour) is a medium-dark brown with slight hints of red, warm undertones and a satin finish. The texture was soft, smooth but once again quite dense in the pan. It had nice color payoff and is also the darkest shade available. The firm consistency made it more difficult to blend out evenly, but the pigmentation could be sheered or built as needed. Hollow lasted +8 hours before fading. (4/5)

Overall, this is a nice, easy-to-use, affordable contour and highlight palette. It's definitely a cheaper alternative to the higher end ones you find at Sephora (they typically run anywhere between $45 - $55 each)! Despite the more powdery and firm textures that can be more time consuming to work with, the palette contains a nice variety of shades that can be mixed and matched to suit a wide range of skin tones—plus the refill feature is very appealing and convenient! So whether you're new to contouring and highlighting or you're just the kind of person who likes to try different sculpting palettes, this one is worth checking out next drugstore visit!

Available from NYX Cosmetics!


— January 28, 2016 —

Deals | Sephora Lip Boldly, VIB/VIB Rouge 10% Off


  • VIB/VIB Rouges enjoy 10% off with code V436CB, one time use, offer ends 2/11/16!


Check out my reviews for some of the recommended, bestsellers!

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick & Lipglass


MAC released their newest Viva Glam collaboration with Ariana Grande on January 13, 2016 online and January 21, 2016 in-stores and at counters.

"Good girl? Bad girl? Glam girl? Ask VIVA GLAM Ariana Grande! Go deep dark in her matte plum Lipstick or good, good in shimmering pink Lipglass. Wear each shade alone, or layer them together. Paint the town GLAM!"
For those new to the MAC Viva Glam range, it is an outstanding charitable cause in the industry; one of the best. Every cent of the selling price on any Viva Glam lipstick or lipglass is donated to the MAC AIDS Fund to help people of all ages, races and sexes affected by HIV and AIDS. Viva Glam products have limited availability as they're typically sold for only 6 - 12 months.


* Lipstick $17 USD / $20 CAD (0.10 oz.) [LE]
  • Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick is described as a deep dark plum.
Viva Glam Ariana Grande is a darkened burgundy with cool undertones and a satin finish. This shade applied smoothly, mostly even and semi-opaque. The consistency had quite a bit of slip, which made it difficult to apply at times since it would skip in areas and appear streaky very easily. It would be best applied with a lip brush for a cleaner edge, or paired over a matte lip liner to give the product something to grab onto. Viva Glam Ariana Grande lasted +6 hours and left behind a stain. (3/5)
* Kat Von D Damned was warmer, matte. Kat Von D Exorcism was muted, more berry, matte. Kat Von D Homegirl was brighter, warmer. Too Faced Chocolate Cherries was lighter, warmer, more brown.



* Lipglass $15 USD / $18 CAD (0.17 oz.) [LE]
  • Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass is described as a shimmering pink.


Viva Glam Ariana Grande is a transparent pink with pink and gold sparkle, neutral undertones and a glossy finish. The base color of this gloss is very sheer and doesn't add any color to the lips, besides the fine shimmer and sparkle, which was noticeable once applied. It also paired nicely over other products, just not necessarily the lipstick as it has too much movement on it's own. The consistency was thicker and tackier than your average gloss—but felt thinner than your standard lipglass from the brand. This also ensures the product will last longer and won't break down anything you pair it over. Viva Glam Ariana Grande lasted +4 hours before fading. (4/5)


Overall, despite the proceeds going towards a great cause, this was a rather disappointing lipstick. Applying it directly from the tube created jagged edges and even using a lip brush to apply, the color still appeared streaky on the lips throughout wear. If you're a longtime collector of the Viva Glam products, you can still feel good in purchasing the gloss, as it wears beautifully both alone and layered over other products.

Available now from MAC Cosmetics for a limited time.

— January 26, 2016 —

TOO FACED Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duos


Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duos icon (0.35 oz) individually retail for $30 USD ($38 CAD) and is available in two shades. They are said to be "a highlighting powder duo powered by "Photolite" technology."

Rosy Glow is described as a sheer gold and gilded rose. [P]
Warm Glow is described as a champagne and peach. [P] 

"Inspired by Too Faced’s original Candlelight powder, this formula offers a more ethereal glow by using “Photolite” technology which diffuses harsh light, giving your skin a soft, youthful luminosity. The powder formula is easy to apply to cheeks, browbones, and décolleté for a quick all-over glow. The sheer golden powder warms skintone, while the gilded-rose formula brightens and illuminates."
**Ingredients contain Carmine
The packaging is a round plastic compact with a standard snap closure and features a mirror. It also has a chandelier design and the brand's logo embossed onto the product itself. With the new additional shade, the brand has also updated the packaging and formula. With that said, I did previously own Rosy Glow so it may vary slightly in texture and packaging from the one available for purchase now. (See below for a formula comparison.)

Now if you're anything like me, you're probably asking yourself, "What on earth is Photolite technology supposed to do?" The brand claims the special formula "diffuses harsh light, giving your skin a soft, youthful luminosity." The Warm Glow powder is designed to bring warmth to the skin, while Rosy Glow brightens and illuminates.

Rosy Glow (Left) is a light white with cool undertones, gold shimmer and a frosted finish. The texture was ultra silky, smooth, buttery and blended out easily across the skin. The pigmentation was easy to sheer out by using a fluffy brush and left a luminous sheen to the skin. This shade could easily emphasize the look of pores if too much product is applied. Rosy Glow (Left) lasted +9 hours before fading. (5/5)

Rosy Glow (Right) is a light pink with cool undertones, gold shimmer and a frosted finish. The texture was soft, smooth and easy to blend and sheer out on the skin. It left a shimmery, almost metallic finish to the skin which could emphasize imperfections and pores if you're not careful. Rosy Glow (Right) wore well for +8 hours before fading. (5/5)
* Anastasia Beverly Hills Starlight was lighter, more pink. Becca Moonstone was lighter, less gold. Make Up For Ever Pink Beige (Highlight) was lighter, more pink.

Warm Glow (Left) is a light champagne gold with warm undertones and frosted finish. The texture was soft, smooth and blended out very easily on the skin. The pigmentation was more on the sheer side, but it could be built to intensify the color and finish. It left a very luminous glow on the skin without emphasizing pores. Warm Glow (Left) wore well for +8.5 hours before fading. (5/5)

Warm Glow (Right) is a light-medium, peach gold with warm undertones, gold shimmer and a frosted finish. The texture was smooth, applied and blended out evenly on the skin, but felt drier than the lighter side—though, not enough to be an issue. It had nice pigmentation and yielded a much stronger sheen on the cheeks, which did lightly accentuate pores if over applied. Warm Glow (Right) lasted +8.5 hours before fading. (5/5) 
* Anastasia Beverly Hills So Hollywood was darker, more yellow. Becca Opal was darker, more bronze.

New Formula vs. Original Formula
Like stated previously, they have reformulated the highlighter and there are some key differences about the product itself, not just the packaging. The texture is thinner and more sheer than the original—it's acts and looks more like a traditional highlighter on the skin. The original formula was thicker, had a more buttery texture and left a very frosty sheen to the skin. Application is effortless with the new formula since you don't have to use a lighter hand or a fluffy brush out of fear of going overboard and emphasizing pores or imperfections. While I prefer the older packaging, the new formula is an improvement!

Overall, these were nice highlighters! While there wasn't a big color difference between each side, I really like the option of wearing each side alone or mixed together to create a more dimensional sheen on the cheeks. It's very easy to create a bold glow with these, or a subtle highlight with a lighter hand and a fluffier brush. I'm personally a fan of all types of highlighting products, so of course, I do recommend checking these out!

Available now from Sephora icon& Too Faced

— January 20, 2016 —

TOO FACED Melted Chocolate Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks


Too Faced Melted Chocolate Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks icon (0.40 oz) retails for $21 USD ($25 CAD) and is said to be "a collection of bestselling Melted and Melted Metal Liquified Lipsticks, now revamped in six, cocoa powder-infused shades."

Chocolate Cherries [P]
Chocolate Honey [P]
Chocolate Milkshake [P]
"Too Faced gave its Melted and Melted Metal Liquified Lipsticks a makeover to create these six, cocoa powder-infused shades. Each chocolate-inspired shade comfortably coats lips with bursts of high-impact, saturated color, while an innovative, angled velvet tip allows for precise application. It features exclusive technology inspired by the molten form of lipstick during lab production to give these lipsticks a melted texture that imparts bold color and rich shine. Infused with antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and a mood-boosting chocolate scent, these lipsticks leave lips saturated with color while offering comfortable, flexible, and cushiony wear."
— Interested in the regular Melted Lipsticks? Check out my review here! 
The packaging is a simple, colored tube with a screw on cap. The color of the tube indicates the color of the lipstick and it's an exact match, which is incredibly helpful. They feature an angled velvet applicator which disperses the product through little hole by squeezing the tube. They also have sweet chocolate frosting type scent that can be tasted on initial application but fades quickly.


Chocolate Cherries iconis a darkened, muted burgundy with warm undertones and a cream finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and fully opaque. It had rich color payoff but I found it was best to apply a lighter amount or pair it with a lip liner to prevent feathering. Chocolate Cherries lasted +6.5 hours and left behind a stain. (5/5)
* Bite Beauty Cognoc was lighter, more brown. Kat Von D Damned was darker, cooler, matte. MAC Antique Velvet was muted, more brown.

Chocolate Honey iconis a medium, muted brown with warm undertones and a cream finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and had opaque color payoff. It was very comfortable on the lips, never felt drying and didn't feather during wear. Chocolate Honey wore well for +5.5 hours before fading. (5/5)
* Laura Mercier Milky Way was lighter, less opaque. MAC Kinda Sexy was lighter, more pink. MAC Velvet Teddy was muted, more pink. Too Faced Chocolate Milkshake was lighter, more peach.

Chocolate Milkshake iconis a light-medium, muted peach nude with warm undertones and a cream finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly and had nice, opaque pigmentation. The lighter nature didn't accentuate drier areas or imperfections on the lips and it was comfortable throughout wear. Chocolate Milkshake lasted +5.5 before fading. (5/5)
* MAC Spanking Haute (LE) was lighter. MAC Kinda Sexy was darker, muted, more pink. Too Faced Chocolate Honey was darker, muted, more brown.


Overall, if you enjoyed the regular line of Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks icon, you will without doubt enjoy these new chocolate inspired additions! The quality and performance continues to be consistent in being richly pigmented, smooth, opaque, longer-lasting and comfortable throughout wear. Whether you've been interested in trying the formula, you're a long time fan or you're just a chocoholic, than these lipsticks are definitely worth checking out!

Available now from Sephora icon& Too Faced