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i'll wear whatever i want. ................................................. “I’ve apparently been the victim of growing up, which apparently happens to all of us at one point or another. It’s been going on for quite some time now, without me knowing it. I’ve found that growing up can mean a lot of things. For me, it doesn’t mean I should become somebody completely new and stop loving the things I used to love. It means I’ve just added more things to my list.” ................................................ Jeremiah 29:11

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It seems like everybody is obsessed with primers these days, but not just the regular primers that are gonna smooth out your skin and help your makeup last all day. Oh no, there are primers that do so much more.

I am not an active primer user. I used to wear a primer in junior high. That was six years ago (that’s a long time ago oh my). I started out with the Smashbox Color Corrector primer that was tinted green to eliminate redness and then I switched to the Makeup Forever primer, but to be honest, I never noticed a huge amount of difference. They were just another step to my lengthy makeup routine so I dropped them. I kicked them to the curb.

Primers have come a long way since them, like the newest of the Smashbox primers, this Pore Minimizing primer. Smashbox is the self-titled king of primers. With over ten different kinds of primers under their belt, it would be safe to say that Smashbox knows what they’re talking about when they’re launching their newest primer.

This pore minimizing primer strives to decrease the appearance of pores, while also soaking up excess oil for a matte look. It seems to have a fairly similar goal as the famous Benefit Pore-fessional. However there are some differences between the two. The Smashbox Pore-Minimizing primer is not tinted, it’s a clear base and it’s a lot thinner than it’s Benefit competitor. Although do not worry, it still has the silicone feel to it, which will give you the smooth baby-soft skin I know you all are looking for.

So what are my thought on this? I don’t like primers. I don’t wear primers. But I know that 90% of makeup-users are obsessed with primers and this one definitely has it’s advantages. It’s one of the better ones.

Check it out here

*ftc disclaimer: I was gifted this from Smashbox but all opinions are my own.

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It seems like every brand lately is stepping up their game in terms of lip products, which is totally fine by me. Most recently Smashbox launched their newest lip gloss, the Be Legendary Lip Lacquer

These lip lacquers seem to be the most popular type of lip products lately. They are a non-sticky, highly pigmented, long-wearing gloss. They’re similar to the Dior fluid stick, which I’m absolutely crazy about, except they are almost a stain. They don’t quite stain your lips, but they definitely last as long as one. The shine wears away after an hour or so but the color remains on your lips for a lot longer. Usually when a company launches a new product, they won’t release a large amount of shades right away. Smashbox went against the status quo and came out with a whole bunch of colours right away. There are so many gorgeous shades! Most of the colours are glossy, with no shimmer, but a few of the colours do have some glitter in them. There is a perfect mix of shades, some bold purples, neutral nudes, and my favourites, bright pinks. I received mine in the color Coral and it’s so pretty! It’s not your traditional orangy-pink. It’s a bit of a darker coral so it’s the perfect shade for the transition between summer and fall and i think it’s so flattering on a range of skin tones. Smashbox was very focused on ensuring that there was a wide variety of shades for every skin tones. They have special shades for both warm and cool tones so you can ensure that the one you pick out will compliment your skin, they make it so easy!

It might seem that I’m a bit overexcited about the Smashbox Lip Lacquers but they really are amazing! For someone who didn’t used to like lip gloss, I haven’t been leaving the house without one lately!

*ftc disclaimer- I was gifted this product by Smashbox but all opinions are my own. 

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I have heard such great things about these eyeshadows from Colour Pop but I was never quite convinced. How good could an eyeshadow really be after all? Aren’t they all the same?

NO. The answer is definitely no. These eyeshadows from Colour Pop are like no other shadows. Everything about them is perfect. Let’s talk about the formula first. These are creme-like powders that have an elastic-like texture. This means there isn’t any fallout and they apply beautifully. Plus, they last super long and don’t even crease throughout the day. Next, let’s talk about the pigmentation. Oh my goodness, are these ever pigmented. Take a look at those swatches, are those not the most beautiful colors you’ve ever seen? From left to right is ‘I Heart This’ which is a gorgeous light taupe. It is perfect for all over the lid. Next is ‘Desert’ which is a warm medium brown. ‘On The Rocks’ is a deep bronze with purple and gold glitter. I love this one for deepening up the crease. Next is ‘Amaze’, which is the perfect rose gold. I think golds with pink undertones are the most flattering colors! To the right of that one is ‘Meow’, which is such a cool color! It is a tie-dye shadow with pink, purple, and gunmetal colors that all combine to produce one gorgeous shade! Lastly, ‘Envy’ is a deep black with tons of purple glitter! It is the perfect color to line my eyes with!

Colour Pop has so many beautiful shades of eyeshadows and I think I need every single one. I’m not even exaggerating. And did I mention the price? Each eyeshadow is only $5. For quality like this, that’s practically, no definitely, a steal.

Check out Colour Pop: http://colourpop.com/

I Heart This: http://colourpop.com/product/taupe-eyeshadow-i-heart-this/

Desert: http://colourpop.com/product/brown-eyeshadow-desert/

On The Rocks: http://colourpop.com/product/bronze-eyeshadow-on-the-rocks/

Amaze: http://colourpop.com/product/rose-gold-eyeshadow-amaze/

Meow: http://colourpop.com/product/gunmetal-eyeshadow-meow/

Envy: http://colourpop.com/product/purple-eyeshadow-envy/

*ftc disclaimer: I was sent these products for free but all opinions are my own.

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I’m lazy, I’ll admit it. I don’t like hassle. I like things to be easy. Hence, I have stayed away from pencil eyeliners my entire life because I am not a fan of sharpening, I need a nice sharp tip without having to put in the work every time. 

However, Smashbox granted all my wishes and invented the Always Sharp Liners. These liners are super cool. They are a pencil liner, however they have a really cool cap that sharpens the liner every time you twist it on. Is that the coolest thing ever or what?

Smashbox now has three different types of their Always Sharp Liners. They have the regular eyeliners, 3D eyeliners and most recently, lip liners

I have the original eyeliner in the shade Bare and it is the perfect nude liner. I love to line my waterline with this color. It really brightens up my eyes and because it’s waterproof, it stays on all day. The 3D liners are similar to the regular eyeliners except they are sparkly and therefore, can’t be used on the waterline. Mine is in the color Gemstone and is a mauvish light brown. Recently, Smashbox also launched the Always Sharp Lipliners which is super exciting. They come in 12 different colors and are so creamy. Mine is in the color Nude Medium. 

So I guess what I’m trying to say, is that this is the first time in a long time that I have been this excited about eye and lip liners so you better all go check them out immediately.

*ftc disclaimer: I was gifted this product from Smashbox but all opinions are my own.

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I’ve had the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector for almost a year now and I’ve just now realized I have never really mentioned it on my blog. That is just unacceptable.

The Clarins Lip Perfector is a pretty cool product. Its the cross between a lip balm, lip color, and lip gloss all in one. Its surprisingly adequate at moisturizing, gives off a bit of color and it leaves your lips with a nice creamy shine. I really love the applicator of this product. It has a spongy tip which the product squeezes through. It’s mess free and easy to apply. The smell of this is also one of my favorite parts! It has a sweet vanilla smell. I love anything sweet-smelling so this scent is definitely a plus for me.

The only problem with this Lip Perfector is the pigmentation. With this light pink, you really don’t see much color on your lips. But if you aren’t looking for something to replace your daily lipstick, then this will be just fine for you!

Buy here

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I haven’t been this in love with a lip product in.. well, forever. These are the new Dior Fluid Sticks and they might possibly be my most favourite lip product ever. I know what y’all are thinking; I have a new favourite lip colour every month so how possibly could I be saying that this is my ultimate favourite? Well people, listen on.

The Dior Fluid Sticks combine everything that I love. Pigmented colour, non-sticky formula, lasting finish, and they don’t highlight my dry lips. Doesn’t that sound like a winning lip product? These Dior Fluid Sticks are not your traditional lip glosses. They are marketed as a liquid lipstick which seem to be gaining more and more popularity lately. They have all the pigmentation of a lipstick with the shine of a lip gloss and the hydrating feel of a lip balm. Three in one. I like it.

The colour range of these Fluid Sticks are gorgeous. There are so many colours. I own #754 Pandore, a bright reddish hot pink and #239 Frisson, a light peachy nude. Both colours are absolutely gorgeous. Another thing worth mentioning is the texture. These are so lightweight, you don’t even feel them on the lips! They are just silky smooth and perfect.

And we can’t finish off this review without mentioning the packaging. How gorgeous are these? They look quite similar to the Dior Addict glosses with the only difference being the bottom of the tube where a lipstick silhouette is encased in the clear plastic, allowing the colour to be clearly seen. So beautiful.

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So I’ve done reviews on both the Benefit They’re Real Mascara and the Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner, but here I am today to tell you my thoughts on the Benefit They’re Real Remover.

I don’t use makeup removers. Yes, you heard right. I can’t stand them. I would much rather just use my cleanser and toner to rid my face of any makeup. I find makeup removers are often too oily and make my skin break out. My skin is far too sensitive for makeup removers usually. 

But when I was testing out the Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner, I came across a problem. It isn’t waterproof but it is definitely water resistant so I had a very difficult time getting every last bit off with just my cleanser. So I had no other choice than to crack open my new Benefit They’re Real Remover and give it a try. This makeup remover is amazing, oh man! You squeeze out a pea size amount out of the tube and apply it to your eye makeup, gently rubbing it and then letting it sit for a couple of seconds. After you take a cotton pad to remove it from your eye, you’ll notice every last bit of makeup comes off with it! I love the fact that this makeup remover isn’t a liquid. I find liquid removers far too messy. This one feels so gently and luxurious on your eyes and even though it does contain oil, it doesn’t leave any oily residue after you wash it off.

So thank you Benefit, for inventing a product that actually allows me to remove my makeup at night. My eyes thank you.

Buy here

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*ftc disclaimer: I was gifted this product for free from Benefit but all opinions are my own.

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I have once again switched up my foundation. I was using the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation that I once adored but lately, I’ve just been feeling like it is cutting it anymore. So I set out on the hunt for my perfect foundation. And I found it. I have been wanting to try the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation for quite some time. Everyone at work raves about it and I was introduced to it by one of my favorite youtubers, the lovely EssieButton

I am so happy that I picked up this foundation! It is so amazing. Firstly, it’s consistency is very similar to the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation. I tend to like a more liquid formula. I hate thicker foundations. And because it’s a gel foundation, it’s very thin and smooth. It feels wonderful to apply! Next, the coverage is unbelievable! For being such a thin foundation, it is almost full coverage and is easily build-able to reach a completely full and opaque coverage. And the best part? It doesn’t look cakey at all. I love to blend it out with my Quo sponge (a Beauty Blender dupe). This foundation is perfect for dry skin but I believe it would also work great with oilier skins although it does not have a matte finish. It leaves my skin looking healthy and fresh. Plus, this foundation promises that it lasts a full 16 hours which it definitely does! I don’t find it slipping off my face throughout the day like my Rimmel foundation was. 

As for price, I think it is very reasonable priced. It could easily pass as one of the high-end foundations but for $27, it falls more in the middle between drugstore and high-end. Honestly, for the price and the quality, how could you say no? I think I’ve found my perfect foundation. Hooray! 

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A couple of months ago, I did a post on a sneak peak of the Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner but now, I have the real deal for you! 

I can proudly say I like this liner a lot more than at first now that I have been able to experiment with it a bit more. To recap, this liner is a gel liner so it’s a bit thicker, more opaque and more matte than a liquid liner. What’s great about this liner being in pen form instead of the traditional pot is that it doesn’t dry out as fast. It’s all contained so it will last it’s full two month supply. Also, you don’t need to carry around a separate brush. Everything is all together. Another great feature about this liner is it’s lash-hugging capabilities. I found that I can get really close to my lashes and create a super thin line which is always my preference! But if you prefer a thicker line, this liner is great at that too!

As for creating winged liner, this liner excels at that as well. I have never been one for doing wings but I gave it a try. I think it worked pretty well for my first try! Obviously, I still need some practice but I found the angled AccuFlex™ tip to be super helpful at creating the perfect wing! 

So all in all, I really do like the new Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner a lot more than when I first tried it out. I’m not sure if it will completely replace my liquid liner but it’s definitely a contender!

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*ftc disclaimer: I was gifted this product for free from Benefit but all opinions are my own.

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There seems to be so many different kinds of lip crayons on the market so i thought I would break down the differences for you!

(from top to bottom, swatches- right to left)

First, is the Clarins Lip Balm Crayon in Creamy Pink. This one is a very glossy balm and more of a rosy coral. I love the color of this one but it doesn’t last very long on the lips. (buy here

Next, is the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Cherish. This was the first lip crayon I had ever picked up and it’s one of my faves because not only is it moisturizing, but it’s also a stain as well. (buy here

Next, is the Bourjois Color Boost Glossy Finish Lipstick in Fuchsia Libre. This one is supposed to last 10 hours, which I don’t really agree with but it’s definitely the most glossy out of the whole bunch! (buy here

Then comes the Moodmatcher Luxe Lip Crayon. I love this one! It changes color on your lips to the perfect pink and it has great staining properties as well! (buy here

Next, is the Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Stick in Pucker. This one may be my least favorite. It’s not especially hydrating nor glossy. It’s more like just a sheer lipstick. (buy here

Lastly, comes the Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Coquette. I always thought these ones were a stain like the Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stains, but they’re not. They’re more of a shimmery, glossy tinted lip balm, but it’s still very pretty! (buy here

So there we go! Which ones are your faves?

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I have been wanting to try out the Beauty Blender sponge for forever but with a price tag of just under 30 dollars, my wallet would hate me. A 30 dollar sponge?! That’s crazy. 

However, I heard that Quo had some amazing dupes for this Beauty Blender sponge, but we were always sold out. So, when we finally got them back in, I didn’t hesitate to buy three. Oh and I almost forgot to mention the best news, these sponges are only five dollars (with my lovely employee discount, that brings the price down to $3.50), that price is so much more justifiable. 

If you are not familiar with this type of sponges, the idea is that you can soak them in water and they will expand in size and then you can use them to blend out your makeup. 

The three that I got was the classic blending sponge (purple), the precision sponge (blue), and the sculpting sponge (pink). The purple one is definitely my favorite. It’s much softer than the others and is amazing at blending out your foundation! It’s especially nice with dry skin where my foundation used to get splotchy on the dry patches. I mainly use the blue one for blending out my concealer underneath my eyes and around my nose. I have been loving the pink one for applying cream blushes. I don’t know why but I can’t stand using my fingers or a brush for cream blushes so this sponge offers the perfect solution!

All in all, these sponges are a great makeup tool to have to ensure the best makeup application! And they’re a tenth of the price of the famous Beauty Blender so y’all should probably give these a try, all right? 

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I feel like the Benefit Tints are such an iconic product of Benefit’s cosmetic line. I fell in love with the Benefit Benetint at the young age of 10 and as Benefit continued to broaden the color range, I became a bigger and bigger fan. Alas, I could not wait to try out the newest part of the Tints family: the balm tints. 

At first, I was not overly impressed with the Benefit lip tints. When I first had the chance to try these out, I thought they were average and boring, but then I realized they are only boring because they are such a staple makeup product to have. They are your typical tinted lip balm but with a few added features thrown in. First, how cute is the packaging? If there’s one thing Benefit nails every single time, it’s the packaging. The polka dot metal tube is adorable. Second, the lip tints are actually incredibly hydrating! They contain mango butter and sodium hyaluronate to soften and condition lips. Thirdly, the classic Benetint color is gorgeous. It’s a rosy red that starts out sheer, but is easily buildable to a more bold red. 

One of my favorite things about these lip tints is that they are a great product to go with the Benefit tint stains. Although the Benefit classic tints are great for staining your lips, they offer no hydration. That’s why the lip tints are so fabulous to layer with the stains! Hydration and long-lasting color! What more could you want?

I’ve only had the chance to try out the classic Benebalm shade but the lip tints come in three other colors that match the classic stains- Posiebalm, Chachabalm, and Lollibalm. I want to get my hands on Lollibalm so badly! It’s the perfect orchid color, since Radiant Orchid is the Pantone Color of the Year after all!

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*ftc disclaimer: I was gifted this product for free from Benefit but all opinions are my own.

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Today the Benefit rep came into work (I work in the Beauty Boutique at Shoppers Drug Mart in case y’all weren’t aware) and guess what she brought with her? That’s right. The Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner and the matching makeup remover. Ever since they started showing sneak-peaks of these products on Instagram and Youtube, I knew I had to see it for myself immediately. 

So to put it in the simpler terms, the Push-Up Liner is not a liquid liner. It is like a gel or cream eyeliner, but instead of the product being in a jar and then having to use a separate angled brush to apply it, both products are in one. You twist the bottom of the tube and the gel squeezes out of the soft plastic (AccuFlex™) tip. Pretty handy right?

So let’s talk pros and cons. I love Benefit. I really do. And I love the They’re Real Mascara. So I really wanted to love this eyeliner, but I’m still a little bit uncertain about it. When I was trying out this product, I found it a bit messy. It squirted out too much product when I twisted it and found myself with quite a bit of excess gel. Plus, I have a feeling that the product could easily dry up in the tip. But I can’t verify that assumption until I own this product myself. As for pros, there are many! Although this probably won’t be my favorite eyeliner, I can see why it will be a very popular launch. The actual gel product is a very nice consistency. Although a tad bit thick for my liking, it’s a very matte, opaque black. It’s also very nice and creamy. And for those of you who don’t want your liner smudging anywhere, this liner is completely waterproof!

Because the eyeliner is so waterproof, Benefit came out with a whole new eye makeup remover especially for the They’re Real line! I was very impressed with the makeup remover! It is a cream consistency, not a liquid, which I really like because not only is it less messy, but I find it is easier to massage on my eyes and break down all of the makeup. This works incredibly well. After only a few seconds of gently rubbing this remover on the eyeliner, it disintegrated the product and then easily wiped away with a tissue. 

All in all, I think Benefit has another huge hit on their hands and I can’t wait to try these out more in depth when they hit stores. So for all of you who are freaking about these two products, the official launch is June 27. Get your butts down to Shoppers Drug Mart on that day to check these out! See you then!

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  1. Quo Makeup Blending Sponges (similar here)— I have always wanted to try out the Beauty Blender sponges but I could never spend $30 on a sponge. I always heard that the Quo sponges were a very close dupe, however they were almost always sold out! Now that Shoppers Drug Mart has gotten them in again, I picked up three to try out.
  2. La Roche Posay Effaclar Toner (buy here)— I am a huge fan of the La Roche Posay Effaclar Cleanser so I thought I should give the toner a try too!
  3. Aussie Sprunch Hairspray (buy here)— One time, I was in desperate need of hairspray so I tried this one, which was in the bathroom at work. I ended up really liking it so I picked it up! It’s very good for giving your curls a good hold but also giving them a more beachy, casual texture.
  4. Colgate Optic White Toothpaste— This is one of my all time favorite toothpastes. I usually don’t notice a difference with whitening toothpastes, but this one definitely whitens your teeth!
  5. Revlon Nail Polish in Scandalous (buy here)— I have been wanting this nail polish for the longest time now. I had come to the conclusion that this was the only color I didn’t already own so I allowed myself to purchase it.

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I have waited all year to finally start wearing sunglasses again. Sunglasses are the perfect summer accessory and I have really missed wearing them. The pair that I chose today are these Floral Aviators from Sunglass Warehouse. I used to be intimidated by mirrored sunglasses but I think the floral detail on the sides of these add a more girly touch. It downplays the intensity of the mirrors. This style also comes in gold with gold mirrored lenses. 

I love all the sunglasses over at Sunglass Warehouse. They all have very affordable prices which is essential because I tend to lose my sunglasses or get them scratched within a week. I usually only like to splurge on one pair and then have a bunch of backup pairs that are used for everyday adventures. 

Shop Sunglass Warehouse: http://www.sunglasswarehouse.com/

Shop Floral Aviators here

Cardigan- Zara // Top- Vero Moda (similar here) // Jeans- Vero Moda (similar here) // Flats- Bloch (buy here) // Bracelet- Accessory Mercado // Sunglasses- Sunglass Warehouse (buy here) // Earrings- Majestical Jewelry (buy here) //

Shop the outfit here (click the box)

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*ftc disclaimer: I was sent these products for free but all opinions are my own.

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