Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer Review

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make up for ever ultra hd concealer y23 review

Make Up For Ever is very well known for their Full Cover Concealer and HD Foundation. But they're just recently launched a new line called Ultra HD - consisting of the foundation and concealers designed to keep you flawless even under 4K film. 

The newest Ultra HD Concealer is stated to be invisible, luminous and comfortable. With a focus on correcting and concealing dark under eye circles, blurring fine lines and wrinkles. 

•  Lamellar Structure Pigments: reflect and diffuse light, erase shadows and blur imperfections
•  Anti-Dark Circle Complex: green algae and amino acids to help conceal and correct along with radiance booster Asian berry extract to stimulate collagen production
•  3D Elastomer Gel: reduce appearance of wrinkles and fine lines

There are 10 different shades of the concealer with 5 dedicated to correcting and neutralizing and the other half of the shades dedicated to concealing and brightening.

make up for ever ultra hd concealer y23 review

The applicator tip is unique and designed so it can be applied directly to the skin, however I found it a hassle and just prefer to apply to my fingers first. I then dab the concealer under my eyes, let it set for 15 seconds and then use a sponge or dense brush to blend it out. It actually took me a few tries to get used to the application. It might appear a little dry in the winter for those with dry under eye areas but with the weather lately over 0 degrees celsius - I haven't had a problem. I also found using a bit too little wouldn't give me the best results either. 

make up for ever ultra hd concealer y23 review
(1) Before, (2) Applying it, and (3) After using - Shade Y23 Ivory

I have fallen in love with this concealer! It is very easy to see in the photos of it worn above that it does brighten and blur the under eye area and conceals my under eye darkness very well. I wish it did hide my fine lines better but it still does a decent job of it. With a setting powder the concealer lasts all day long. It probably works the best for the under eye area and I wouldn't bother to use it anywhere else really if you have dry skin. It is ok for around the nose but I noticed it doesn't go over well if you have any flakey or dry skin. As it is a bit of a pricey concealer for the small 7ml tube, I wouldn't recommend this for every day but rather for special occasions or nights out!

make up for ever ultra hd concealer y23 review

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer is available for $32 CAD at Sephora locations across Canada, and on makeupforever.ca.

This product was received for consideration. All opinions stated are my own and are not influenced by any affiliates. 
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Blinc Discovery Collection

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blinc box discovery collection review

I have the most stubborn eyes and lashes, so I tend to only wear waterproof or water resistant products near my eyes. I almost always have to touch up my makeup a few hours into my day. When I found out that Blinc (a brand I've been interested in but have never tried before) launched a Discovery Collection consisting of 'Life Proof' cosmetics, I was super curious to try!

Blinc's Discovery Collection consists of their Mascara Amplified, Eyebrow Mousse, Eyeshadow Primer, and Eyeliner Pencil. Their box set claims to be 'Life Proof', as in smudgeproof, run proof and flake proof. It contains mini sizes of 4 of the most important eye makeup essentials you need. 

blinc box discovery collection review

The set comes packaged in a box, which reminds me of beauty boxes subscriptions that I used to subscribe to! All 4 of the products are mini sized and come in their own colourful tubes with a twist off lid. The packaging is so fun, but sadly I don't see myself putting the gorgeous tubes to use ever again. I wish I knew another purpose for them!

blinc box discovery collection review

The Discovery Collection only comes in one variation.. which sucks for those who have darker eyebrows or skin-tone as the Light Brunette Eyebrow Mousse and the Eyeshadow Primer in Light may be too light.

blinc box discovery collection review

Blinc's Mascara Amplified is probably the star of this collection. The mascara has a unique formula that is water resistant, but will remove with water and a rubbing action simultaneously. The mascara has a different kind of formula which clings onto the hairs creating 'tubes' which help to lengthen and thicken the lashes. The stuff itself is really innovative and the removal application is so easy and cool! However the applicator brush is a little large. The mascara and brush itself does grab hairs quite well. 

It didn't hold my curl as well as I had hoped, as the formula isn't as heavy or thick as a typical waterproof mascara formula that I'm used to wearing. I actually found removing it pretty fun. A little rubbing and water and it comes off! I've never tried a formula like this one.

blinc box discovery collection review

The Eyebrow Mousse in the Discovery Collection comes in Light Brunette, and I found the colour to be just that, a Light Brunette-sort-of-Taupe shade. I love eyebrow mousses but the problem I have with this product is the brush!! Urghh!! It is so huge, and I can barely get the product onto my lashes. Instead, I have to really get in there and the mousse ends up sitting on the skin under my brow hairs instead. -__- Frustrating! I think this would work much much better with a thinner wand.

blinc box discovery collection review

The Eye Shadow Primer has a bit of colour, so it isn't universal like Urban Decay's. It is not oily but goes smoothly onto the lid. It conceals any problem areas or darkness on the lid and leaves you with a gorgeous base to apply eyeshadow to. It dries almost instantly and it holds eyeshadow decently well. This wouldn't be my #1 eyeshadow primer choice but I definitely do like it and will continue using it. It brightens up the eye because the shade is lighter than my skin-tone. It also conceals any darkness or discolouration on the eyelids. 

blinc box discovery collection review

Although I don't use Eyeliner Pencil's much because my eyes are sensitive to tugging and pulling so I prefer liquid, this one is probably most ideal for the waterline. It isn't so creamy that it'll wear off but it goes on gently. It also claims to be waterproof, fade, and smudge-proof.

blinc box discovery collection review
Blinc's Mascara Amplified, Eyebrow Mousse in Light Brunette, Eyeshadow Primer in Light, Eyeliner Pencil in Black

Overall I had fun with the discovery box and it is totally worth it for someone like me who wears this type of eye makeup. I use mascara, eyebrow mousse, primer and liner on a daily basis so this set is guaranteed to be used up! The Blinc Box Discovery Collection is available directly from their website with free shipping to Canada and the US ($36.00 USD) here!

These products were received for consideration. All opinions stated are my own and are not influenced by any affiliates. 
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Hask Hair: Keratin Protein & Almond Oil

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hask hair keratin protein and almond oil review

Hask is a hair care line that focuses on bringing together 'good for your hair' ingredients to treat and protect hair for a decent price! What stands out about their products is that they are free of sulphates, parabens, phthalates, artificial colours, alcohol, and gluten! Their product line currently consist of Argan Oil, Macadamia Oil, Almond Oil, Monoi Coconut Oil, Charcoal with Citrus Oil, Bamboo Oil, Kalahari Melon Oil, and Keratin Protein Oil. I was sent their Keratin Protein Shampoo, Conditioner, their Almond Oil Root Thickening Spray, and Macadamia Oil Conditioning Treatment to test, and *spoiler* I had a super great experience with all of the products!

hask hair keratin protein and almond oil review

The Keratin Protein Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner ($6.99 USD each) is designed to "soften and renew weak and damaged hair. It will leave hair smooth, shiny and frizz-free, and repair damage and reduce breakage." I can't use this religiously because it doesn't give me enough volume, but I love the results of my hair after using it. The scent isn't sweetest but I do like the promises this duo makes! My hair is soft and shiny after using it.

hask hair mint almond oil root thickening spray review

The Mint Almond Oil Root Thickening Spray really impressed me. It smells exactly as described, like mint almond, and it is designed to "restore volume while adding nourishing shine". I was impressed at how this actually worked at adding a bit of volume, without making my roots sticky or feeling gross. It is wonderful to use when hair is damp and definitely works, I would totally purchase this as I am always looking for products to increase volume!

hask hair macadamia oil conditioning treatment review

Hask's Macadamia Oil Hydrating Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment is the last product I tried. I personally put this off for a while because I hate packet products. But the scent is sooo lovely I wish I'd tried it sooner! Macadamia Oil is mainly used to repair damage by absorbing, penetrating, and sealing the hair. There is a lot of product in this and it definitely can be used more than once. I have for sure spot this in Walmart Canada for probably around $3-4 bucks. The other products I haven't seen on shelves, but I am hopeful they will become more accessible for Canadians very soon.

I was very impressed with the HASK Hair products I tried and I would totally purchase them when I run out. They contain ingredients that are totally okay for use on the hair and I love how affordable their products are. Check out Hask Beauty for more details on their various product lines, and for Canadians Well.ca to shop some of their products.




These products were received for consideration. All opinions stated are my own and are not influenced by any affiliates. 
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Sleek i-Divine Enchanted Forest Palette

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sleek idivine enchanted forest eyeshadow palette review

Not sure if I've done a post on Sleek Makeup before. They are an affordable makeup brand from the UK with all of their 12-shade eyeshadow palettes priced at an affordable $11.99 USD. The brand really has a lot of great products and affordable shipping to the US or Canada but today I'm going to be talking only about their i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Enchanted Forest.

sleek idivine enchanted forest eyeshadow palette review
sleek idivine enchanted forest eyeshadow palette review

Shades:
Top Row: Glass Slipper, Beatrice, Perla, Fairy Godmother, Grand Duke, Drizella
Bottom Row: Pumpkin, Prince Charming, Happily Ever After, Anastasia, Daphne, Lady Tremaine

sleek idivine enchanted forest eyeshadow palette swatches
L to R: Glass Slipper, Beatrice, Perla, Fairy Godmother, Grand Duke, Drizella
Pumpkin, Prince Charming, Happily Ever After, Anastasia, Daphne, Lady Tremaine

sleek idivine enchanted forest eyeshadow palette review

I found the shades in the palette themselves gorgeous, but a little hard to work with together. They are such gorgeous princess type colours but I feel like I have to mix them with shades from other palettes in order to get them to work together best. Favourite shades are probably Beatrice, Fairy Godmother, Drizella, Pumpkin, Happily Ever After, Anastasia, and Lady Tremaine.

The pigmentation of Sleek's eyeshadow palettes are always great and there's no difference with this palette. I used mainly shades Fairy Godmother for the inner corners, Beatrice on lid, Anastasia on outer corners of lid, Drizella and Lady Tremaine for the crease. The shadows are easy to work with but I generally go for a softer look, which I didn't do here. I did a softer look with this palette as well but can't seem to find the photos I'd taken for that, so I will put them up here when I do find them! Overall I'd 100% recommend Sleek for affordable shadow palettes, they do have some interesting shade combinations as well.

This product was received for consideration. All opinions stated are my own and are not influenced by any affiliates. 
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Paula's Choice Skincare Routine

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Paula's Choice Skincare products are not very well known at all, and they are quite hard to get ahold of here in Canada. But the company and their products are quite unique and I have nothing but good things to say about the range of products I've been testing out over the past month. They were created by Paula Begoun and her team, a group who seem to want to do nothing but find the perfect products for all skin concerns. Each product is well thought out and non-irritating, 100% fragrance-free, dye-free, and not tested on animals. 

I got the chance to try out a range of 7 products, customized to my skin's needs through a personal consultation with one of Paula's Choice's representatives. Of course, it was EXTREMELY hard to test so many new products at once but none of them broke me out (woot!). I do of course, have favourites, and have more to say about certain products than others, so please read on! :)


Paula's Choice Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser (190 ml)

• Preserves skin's protective barrier
• Removes makeup and oil
• Leaves skin soothed and refreshed

This is a perfect cleanser! It has no added fragrance but still has a nice scent, and it doesn't leave the skin feeling dried out. I have been using it constantly and I would love to repurchase this. It does remove makeup but not very well. It is best to use after you've removed your makeup and will get off any foundation that is left on the face. It is a little foaming, and you don't need much to cleanse the entire face.


Paula's Choice Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner (118 ml)

• Super-charged toner smoothes wrinkles
• Builds collagen for firmer skin
• Anti-irritants calm redness

This toner is ideal to use after cleansing and with a cotton pad. As far as I can see from looking at the ingredients it does not contain any harsh ingredients that most toners do, such as alcohol. To be honest, I didn't find myself using this toner much because I am just the type of girl to forget to use a toner 95% of the time. However the times I did remember to use it, I was surprised as it did not irritate or sting my skin.


Paula's Choice Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer (50 ml)

• Light lotion to hydrate and firm
• Repair multiple signs of aging
• Reduce wrinkles on face & eye area

This moisturizer is great for both night and day. If using it in the daytime it is best to be followed with an SPF afterwards, since this doesn't contain any. It contains retinol (a derivative of vitamin A to fight wrinkles and soften skin. It comes in a thin bottle with a pump dispenser. The moisturizer goes on very light and absorbs quickly. Sometimes I found it absorbing too quickly and I felt like I would end up needing more product than I wanted to use. Because the bottle is so thin (50ml) I wish I could use it more sparingly.

Paula's Choice Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex (60 ml)

• Light lotion to leave skin soft, matte finish
• Can be used with sensitive skin & rosacea
• Prevents signs of aging

This lotion is ideal for daytime use, as it contains SPF 30. It is fragrance free (as with all of Paula's Choice products) but it does have a scent that I can only describe as similar to a pencil crayon. I don't have much luck with moisturizers that contain SPF, but this one is really going to be a winner for the summer! I haven't been using it much, I mean I know there are still UV rays in the winter time but I hate applying SPF in general so I try to avoid it in the winter. It goes on with a shine but dries pretty quickly, although it does leave a slightly thick SPF feeling to the skin. Not SUPER thick but I mean, it doesn't feel as nice as the Barrier Repair Moisturizer feels on the skin. I will definitely be using this much more in the upcoming summer months!


Paula's Choice Redness Relief BHA Lotion (100 ml)

I don't want to bore you with so many moisturizers, so I promise this is the last one! This Redness Relief Lotion was also included in my routine and I had a hard time fitting it in as I was already trying to use 2 other moisturizers! This one however, contains 1% BHA and is ideal for reducing pore size and smoothing the skin. BHA is ideal for dealing with whitehead and blackhead prone skin. I actually didn't really like the packaging of this one, it has a pump but it felt a lot cheaper than the Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer and the texture is thicker. I found this to be better as a spot moisturizer rather than for the entire face. It works best using it on problem areas only.


Paula's Choice Resist C15 Super Booster (20 ml)

Totally fell in love with this Super Booster, like I knew I would. It contains 15% Vitamin C and also contains Vitamin E & Ferulic Acid. Super Booster is ideal to fade brown spots and any scarring. I am always skeptical of products that say they fade brown or dark spots but I knew this would work seeing as it contains Vitamin C and E. I used it mainly around my mouth, to fade old acne spots, and it works slowly but surely. You obviously won't see results overnight, it takes time and consistent use, as with any vitamin C product.

Paula's Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum (30 ml)

This serum also contains vitamin C, although it leaves a bit of an oily feeling on the skin. It is ideal for fighting multiple signs of aging on the skin and I wouldn't recommend using it at any time of the day except before bed. I really dislike thick and oily serums like this so I have to admit that I didn't try this more than 3 times. It really doesn't dry well on the skin and is just a thick, odd, texture. I would much prefer to stick to using the Super Booster.


I love that none of the products I received came in a jar type packaging, all had either a squeeze tube or a pump! This keeps the products sanitary and quick to use. I chose not to list the prices of the products because I usually do this if the products are available in Canada and I list Canadian pricing. Paula's Choice is available to be shipped to Canada, but the products are coming from the United States and the pricing is a bit different (due to our terrible dollar!). 

I guess the only downside of Paula's Choice is that a lot of their products look the same! At the beginning it was a little hard for me to differentiate between some products at first glance. Like: I'd grab the moisturizer thinking it was the toner! This isn't a huge deal obviously but a better way to differentiate the products would be nice. 

Overall the products I would love to purchase would be the Cleanser, Barrier Repair Moisturizer and the Super Booster. I really have to test the Hydralight Daily Mineral Complex more thoroughly but I have a feeling I would purchase this once I run out too, since I have to start incorporating SPF into my routine!

What is truly special to me about these products is that they are fragrance-free, and I think that is what makes me fall in love with the brand! I'd also like to mention that Paula's Choice products are all made in the USA, and they offer their customers a 100% money-back guarantee within 60 days for a full refund or credit. 


These products were received for consideration. All opinions stated are my own and are not influenced by any affiliates. 
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Joe Fresh Beauty, Now at Shoppers Drug Mart

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joe fresh shoppers drug mart launch and review

Joe Fresh Beauty is a new brand that has been spotted in Superstore and Loblaw locations in Canada. They've recently expanded to include their beauty products in Shoppers Drug Mart! This making it easier for the average person to find their products. But... do you even want to try their products? I've tested 5 of them and the answer is yes! To be honest, 2 out of the 5 products I didn't like, but the other 3 I loved! Everything within the collection is over $8 but under $18 and there are a ton of new launches...

I recently attended the launch of Joe Fresh Beauty at Shoppers Drug Mart, see the few sneak peek photos I have:
(Click to enlarge photos). Selfie with Alysha who writes for Toronto Beauty Reviews, & Carly of Beauty and the Blog

joe fresh mat matte lipstick in scarlet review
joe fresh mat matte lipstick in scarlet worn

Joe Fresh MAT Matte Lipstick in Scarlet ($8.00). It comes off as a deep red in the tube, but it actually applies more of a deep purple/raspberry shade. I probably would have preferred a more red shade, as I don't typically wear pinks. I couldn't really test the wear time properly as I don't like to wear this colour out, but as far as I can see it lasts a decent few hours before needing re-application. The initial application, I found a bit uneven. It is super hard to get an all-around even colour, and I probably would have been better off using a lip liner first. I wasn't too impressed with the colour, it was meh to me. It is not fragrance scented though, which I like, and instead it smells of a light rubber/plastic scent (but I prefer this over strongly fragranced lipsticks). 

joe fresh lip creme in wine review
joe fresh lip creme in wine review
joe fresh lip creme in wine worn

The Joe Fresh Lip Creme ($12.00) gave me a new hope for the line, however! The Lip Creme I received is in the shade 'Wine', however there are 6 shades in total of the line so far. The Lip Creme's are described as a hybrid between a lipstick and a gloss... can we say Joe Fresh's version of a liquid lipstick!?! 

These are described as long wearing, conditioning, and rich in pigmentation. I can definitely vouch for these claims. The pigmentation is very rich, it is easy to apply and the colour goes on like a liquid lipstick. It can leave a stain so I guess it is a lipstick/gloss/stain hybrid! However, it doesn't dry down to a matte, and instead stays sheen on the lips. It has a slight vanilla scent and definitely smells better than the matte lipstick. It doesn't feel too sticky and I would wear this everyday if I had it in a more neutral colour. 

joe fresh matte liquid eyeliner review

I really wanted to like the Joe Fresh Matte Liquid Eyeliner ($12.00) but it really just doesn't perform well for the price. The quality of the liner formula is great, but the applicator is such a disappointment! The wand is so long and the tip is so flimsy. It holds so much product but when applying it there is really no way to get precision. I was SO NERVOUS applying this liner. I think their Precision Liquid Liner (comes in a pen shape) would have a better outcome, and $4 cheaper too. In terms of wear, I didn't get an exact time frame but it wore as expected for a drugstore liner.

joe fresh highlighting powder in champagne review

The Joe Fresh Highlighting Powder ($8.00) is something you NEED in your highlighter collection. First of all, it is only available in two shades, Champagne and Luster. I have here Champagne. It is very light. I can't imagine Luster being much darker, so I assume these are only best suitable for lighter skin-tones. If I was any darker, Champagne would not even look decent on me! It does not show up well with a brush, but it does when applied with fingers. I was impressed with the pigmentation when using my fingers to apply it and I would definitely use this on a daily basis and save my more expensive highlighters for special occasions.

joe fresh highlighting powder in champagne and mat lipstick in scarlet
A little hard to see but Joe Fresh Highlighting Powder in Champagne on cheekbones, Joe Fresh Matte Liquid Liner on eyes, and Joe Fresh Matte Lipstick in Scarlet on lips.

joe fresh makeup remover wipes review

And to remove all the makeup I just put on, the Joe Fresh Makeup Remover Wipes ($10.00)! I didn't have high expectations for these but omg they are like holy grail worthy! They contain Vitamins A, C, D, are hypoallergenic, and dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested. Also alcohol free!

Great experience with them and I will definitely repurchase. $10 for 30 wipes is 33 cents a wipe and really not too bad of a price. They don't leave my face feeling icky afterwards, they are very saturated with products and maybe just a bit too big of a wipe (I can probably clean 3 people's faces with one wipe). It says no need to rinse but I always wash my face after using a wipe just to make sure everything is off. Literally, everything comes off so easily! Probably because they are so saturated and the formula just works. These didn't irritate or bother my skin, and are gentle enough for everyday use. They have a very typical makeup wipe scent but it isn't bothersome.

joe fresh lip creme wine worn
Joe Fresh Highlighting Powder in Champagne on cheekbones, Joe Fresh Matte Liquid Liner on eyes, and Joe Fresh Matte Lip Creme in Wine on lips.

Overall, the Joe Fresh Beauty products I tried were good quality, I loved 3 out of the 5 I tried (the Lip Creme, Highlighter, and Wipes), but the other 2 were just ok (not bad, but I didn't like them). It might come off surprising that an (originally) clothing brand could produce decent quality cosmetics! I would 100% recommend trying a few of their products, some can be huge hits and (with all brands) some can be misses. Out of the 3 products I loved, I think the Makeup Remover Wipes are the one thing I'll purchase and keep coming back to.

These products were received for consideration. All opinions stated are my own and are not influenced by any affiliates. 
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