— April 22, 2016 —

NUDESTIX Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil


Nudestix Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil icon(0.10 oz.) retails for $24 USD ($28 CAD) and is available in 8 shades. They are said to be "a soft, non-drying matte lipstick, lip liner and cheek blush in an all-in-one pencil."

Purity is described as a natural lip flesh nude. [P]

"This ultra-long-wearing matte formula is waterproof, smudge-proof, soft, and non-feathering for up to six hours. Its intense pigment load and color provides lips with maximum smooth coverage."
For those that may not know, Nudestix iconis a Canadian brand that was created by two sisters, who are models and their mother, who has over 20 years of experience in the beauty world. The entire line is geared towards making minimal, no-makeup makeup easy while enhancing your natural features. All of their products are multipurpose, easy-to-use and are enriched with vitamins, antioxidants and moisturizers.

The packaging is a simple wooden crayon style pencil that does require sharpening and has no noticeable scent or taste. Each Nudestix iconproduct comes housed in a sleek, black metal tin that features a mirror and includes a sharpener that can also conveniently double as a cap for the pencil (if you take the original cap off, of course) which is incredibly handy for use on the go.


— April 20, 2016 —

HOURGLASS Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders


Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder icon(0.16 oz.) retails for $38 USD ($48 CAD) and is available in four permanent shades. They are said to be "a collection of illuminating strobing powders designed to sculpt the face with light, creating depth and dimension for a refined, natural-looking highlight."

Incandescent is described as an opalescent pearl imparting a celestial highlight. [P]
Iridescent is described as an illuminating pink powder imparting a soft highlight. [P] 
"Ambient® Strobe Lighting Powders are formulated in a sheer base that’s infused with concentrated, ultra-fine mico-pearl particles in a number of sizes and refraction levels for natural-looking luminescence—without leaving a heavy metallic finish. Developed with Photoluminescent Technology it captures, diffuses, and softens surrounding light to refine the appearance of the skin. Use it wet or dry for different levels of intensity, taking you from an everyday strobe highlight to a dramatic evening strobe highlight. These universally flattering shades are perfect for all skintones, and they’re designed to be used with the Ambient Strobe Light Sculptor (sold separately) for the most effortless application."
The packaging is their signature, sleek square compact that opens to reveal a mirror. It's the same size as their Ambient Blush, iconwhich are both smaller than the original Ambient Powders iconand Ambient Bronzers. iconThe only major difference being that these Strobe Powders have metallic silver packaging, rather than brown or gold.

Hourglass also released a slanted sponge iconthat was designed to be used with these powders both wet or dry. Using the powders dry with a brush supplies a more subtle shimmery highlight, while using them damp really intensifies the color and finish—they become much brighter and shimmery on the skin when wet, without ever emphasizing pores or imperfections.


— April 18, 2016 —

Upcoming | BITE Beauty Spring Fling Set

Bite Beauty Spring Fling Set icon(0.55 oz.) retails for $39 USD / $ CAD ($42 USD / $ CAD Value) and is said to be "a spring-inspired set for lips that includes a full-size lip primer, three deluxe Amuse Bouche lipstick and a Bite Beauty mirror in a collectible bag."

(3 x 0.05 oz.) Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Gazpacho, Verbena, Beetroot
(1 x 0.40 oz.) Line & Define Lip Primer
1 x Mirror
1 x Makeup Bag

"Create the perfect warm weather lip look on the go with the Spring Fling Set. It features three of Bite Beauty’s coveted Amuse Bouche shades in deluxe sizes, a full size lip primer, a branded mirror, and a collectible makeup bag. With its sole focus on lips, Bite Beauty proves you don’t have to sacrifice performance for a product made from nature. Bite Beauty products are created with natural and food-grade ingredients for beauty that’s better for you. The products are free of petrochemicals and are certified gluten-free."

Available now from Sephora icon& Sephora Canada iconfor a limited time!

NUDESTIX Lip + Cheek Dual Pencil


Nudestix Lip + Cheek Dual Pencil icon(0.131 oz.) retails for $24 USD ($28 CAD) and is available in 3 double-ended options. They are said to be "a long-lasting, dual-ended and ultra-creamy lip liner, lip color, lip balm and cheek color pencil."

Mystic/Whisper is described as a nude. [P]

"This four-in-one Lip and Cheek Dual Pencil offers excellent color payoff, full-coverage, and blendability—without feathering or bleeding. Infused with lip and skin moisturizing ingredients, including shea butter, vitamin E, and peptides to add youthful plumpness, these dual-action touch-and-go makeup sticks provide a quick and easy ‘nude but better’ look. Create a nude lip look, with two bestselling shades in one. Blend them together, or use them to create an ombré look on your lips. These dual pencils offer a barely-there, fresh-faced glow with only a hint of color."
For those that may not know, Nudestix iconis a Canadian brand that was created by two sisters, who are models and their mother, who has over 20 years of experience in the beauty world. The entire line is geared towards making minimal, no-makeup makeup easy while enhancing your natural features. All of their products are multipurpose, easy-to-use and are enriched with vitamins, antioxidants and moisturizers.

The packaging is a double-ended wooden crayon style pencil that does require sharpening and has no noticeable scent or taste. Each Nudestix iconproduct comes housed in a sleek, black metal tin that features a mirror and includes a sharpener that can also conveniently double as a cap for the pencil (if you take the original cap off, of course) which is incredibly handy for use on the go. Besides being suitable for both lips and cheeks, the brand purposely selected best selling shades that can be used alone or paired together to create an effortless ombre lip.


— April 15, 2016 —

COLOURPOP Ultra Satin Lip | Liquid Lipstick


ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip Lipsticks (0.11 oz.) individually retail for $6 USD and are available in 16 shades. They are said to be "a lightweight, comfortable, long wearing bold lipstick with a satin finish."

"Our Ultra Satin Lip is a lightweight, bold lipstick with a Satin finish. A super comfortable feel and healthy satin look for you lips. Ultra Satin Lip has a crazy high percentage of pigments for extra intense colour saturation. This lipstick is extremely long wearing, although not completely kiss proof– you may leave some marks on your coffee cup! Start by prepping the lips with Lippie Primer, this will moisturize the lips and improve the texture - providing a smooth surface so that your Ultra Satin Lip goes on smoothly and lasts all day! Next, line with Lippie Pencil to perfect the lip line and fill lips in with Ultra Satin Lip."
The packaging is a clear gloss style tube with a silver chrome cap. They feature a standard doe-foot applicator and have no noticeable scent or taste. The formula itself is a thin mousse-like consistency that feels lightweight and comfortable on the lips. They do dry down to a degree, but remain satin unlike your more typical matte liquid lipsticks—the color never clings or feels drying. It's a much more forgiving formula for chapped lips, the color doesn't cling or overly accentuate dry areas.

The product can lightly transfer throughout wear, especially once it's first applied since they only set to a satin finish and they do have a slight tackiness when pressing your lips together—nothing that's overly noticeable or bothersome. The Ultra Satin Lipsticks are also longer lasting as they typically wear between 6 - 10 hours.




Echo Park is a light-medium, muted peach beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. Due to the lighter nature of this shade, I found that the color did ever so slightly fall into lip lines during wear. Regardless, it applied smoothly, evenly and had opaque pigmentation. Echo Park wore well for +6.5 hours before fading. (5/5)
* ColourPop Parker (LE) was darker, more pink, creamy. ColourPop Magic Wand was lighter, less pink. MAC Velvet Teddy was warmer, creamy. Too Faced Chocolate Milkshake was darker, more peach, glossy.

Frick 'N Frack is a medium-dark, muted plum rose with warm undertones and a satin finish. This shade had rich, opaque pigmentation that applied very smoothly and even on the lips. It never felt drying and the color didn't feather or fall into lip lines over time. Frick N' Frack lasted +8 hours before fading. (5/5)
* ColourPop Mosh Pit (LE) was lighter, glossy. Kat Von D Lolita (Liquid) was lighter, muted, more mauve. Kat Von D Lolita (Lipstick) was brighter, more terracotta. OFRA Mocha was similar.