Nails Inc. Gel Effect Plumping Top Coat

 

Lately I’ve been painting my nails more frequently than I’m used to because of the dress code at my new job. This has led me on a hunt for the perfect top coat. You know, the kind that keeps your nail polish looking perfect and doesn’t chip for an entire week. Ok, maybe that’s crazy talk, and this hunt is a lost cause. But I’m sure a product  exists that at least won’t chip for two days…that’s all I ask.

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I decided to try Nails Inc. Kensington Caviar Gel Effect Plumping Top Coat. Wowza, that’s a mouthful. What attracted me to this product were the keywords “gel” and “plumping”, because I love the look of plump, glossy nails. This top coat looks fantastic when first applied, like a professional gel manicure. Sadly, it doesn’t last. A day after application (sometimes only a few hours later), the nail polish does something funky and looks as though it’s been cracked or shattered. Much to my disappointment, this happens every single time I use it. It only cost $13, which is quite decent for a Nails Inc. product; however, I’ve had the polish for just a few weeks and I only have two thirds of the bottle left. I definitely won’t be repurchasing this one when it runs out, but I’ll continue searching in hopes of one day finding my dream top coat.

Do you have recommendations for the perfect top coat?

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VIDEO: Get Summer-Ready!

Hello beautiful people!

I have finally finished my third year of university, and does it ever feel good! Sadly, however, summer just does not want to come. So, because of my great longing for warmer weather, I’ve been daydreaming about what products I’ll use once summer is finally here. I always like thinking ahead and being prepared (I’m the list-making type), so while it’s still a little bit early, here is a video with some of my must-have summer products.

Enjoy!

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I Heart Drugstore Makeup

It is the last day of Christmas vacation for me, and yet it’s a happy day because….I’m posting a new video! I decided to do the “I Heart Drugstore Makeup Tag”, because I use a lot of drugstore products in my day to day routine. So here are my thoughts on a few of my favourite drugstore products.

Enjoy!

x B

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NEW YEAR’S EVE Emerald Smokey Eye

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I always have so much fun getting all dolled up for New Year’s Eve, which also happens to be my birthday, and this look is great for an evening out or a festive house party with friends and family! Because the eyes are so intense, I decided to go with a nude lip. Also, red lips can be a hassle to maintain with all the eating that goes on!

First I applied Too Faced Shadow Insurance all over the lid as a primer, and then I applied Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Tough as Taupe in the outer corner and crease of my eyes. From my Lancome Colour Design eyeshadow quad I applied “Designer”, a deep shimmery emerald colour,  over the centre of the lid, and then I applied “Volcano”, a deep shimmery taupe colour, in the outer corners and crease. Over top of Volcano I applied “IT List” in the very outer corners and took it just lightly through the outer crease. Above my crease line I applied the darkest shade from my Clinique Colour Surge eyeshadow duo Chocolate Kiss, and blended it out. To highlight the brow bone, I applied “Latte” just below the arch in my brow. I lined my outer lower lash line with “Volcano”, and then in the centre of the lower lash line I applied “Designer” and blended the two colours together. To finish, I applied a thin line of black eyeliner on my top lash line and smudged it out to increase the smoky effect, and then finished with several coats of mascara.

Have fun recreating the look, and happy New Year!

x B

Products used:

FACE

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure Oil Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer for Sensitive Skin

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation

Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation ( to spot conceal)

Rimmel Stay-Matte Pressed Powder

NARS Laguna Bronzer

Clinique Blush in Smoldering Plum

Benefit Watt’s Up! Highlighting Stick

ELF Studio Makeup Mist & Set Spray

EYES

Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Tough as Taupe

Lancome Eyeshadow quad (Latte, Designer, Volcano, “It” List)

Clinique Colour Surge Eyeshadow duo in Chocolate Kiss (the darker shade)

Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil in Jet Black

Sephora Outrageous Volume Dramatic Volume Mascara

LIPS

ELF Matte Lip Colour in Natural

Revlon lip gloss in Bellini

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DIY: Sweet Mint Lip Scrub

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It’s that time of the year again, when the frigid dry air sucks all the moisture from the skin, leaving it dry and scaly. Oh, and I guess it’s Christmas time too! My lips have been particularly dehydrated as of late, and my lipstick has been collecting on the dry patches, which is not a pretty look. This minty sweet lip scrub is easy to make and perfect for the holiday season! It makes for a lovely Christmas gift too.

What you’ll need:

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1 teaspoon of coconut oil (not melted)

1 teaspoon of honey

2 tablespoons of brown sugar (or enough to just stick together without being too oily)

a pinch of sea salt

a few drops of pure peppermint extract

Mix all the ingredients together, place inside a pretty container, and you’ll have yourself a delicious lip scrub! To use, scoop a pea sized  amount and rub on lips until they feel nicely exfoliated and then lick off the remaining product.

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Hope you enjoy!

x B

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Give Me Some Lip Set – Guest Post by Bethany

Becca has so graciously let me write a guest post for her blog when I asked her if I could, which I am so excited about! I thought it was especially fitting since my name is Bethany and I love all things beauty, so keeping the Beauty with a B going!

I recently purchased the Give Me Some Lip set from Sephora. This is a kit with smaller sizes of 6 different lip balms, glosses, and pencils from different high-end brands. It only costs $30 so it is a great way to try out a sample size of a variety of brands and colours before you purchase the full-size product (for instance, the Bite pencil alone retails for $28). After having tried each one out over the past month, here are my thoughts:

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6. NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight (0.14 oz)

This was my least favourite of the bunch due to the colour, which was not great for my fair skin. It was a pale pink and made my lips seem to disappear and it felt a bit sticky. Unfortunately, it also has some not-so-nice chemicals in it, like parabens, which I’m not apt to putting on my lips if I can avoid it! It’s too bad, because I was really excited to try a Nars product, but this shade of gloss was not for me!
5. Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Bare Pink (0.10 oz)

This lip gloss for me was just “ok”. Like the name suggests, this is a very bare pink colour, which was very subtle, so it is best paired as a gloss over a lip stick or pencil to add some shine. It wasn’t too sticky and lasted decently. But for me, I like my lips to have some colour, so I don’t think I’d buy this one again, at least not in this shade.
4.  Fresh Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment (0.08 oz)

This is a lip balm that offers SPF 15 coverage. It applies with a sheer light red colour and definitely makes your lips feel great! It’s made with real sugar, currant oil, antioxidant grapeseed, and vitamins A, C, and E. It’s also free from parabens, sulphates, and a bunch of other nasty chemicals, so you know it’s safe to keep on your lips. It’s called a “treatment” because the product boasts that it has been scientifically proven to keep lips moisturized for up to six hours after your initial application. I didn’t find that it made a huge difference on my lips, but I also haven’t worn it daily because it’s been too much fun switching between all of these 6 different items! But the study was based on 4 weeks of continuous wear and 2 applications per day. Needless to say, it’s a great tinted balm to keep your lips looking and feeling soft. I’m just not sure it’s worth the splurge over your average drugstore variety lip balm.

3.  Tarte LipSurgence™ Lip Luster in Glitzy (0.10 oz)

I love Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes, so I was excited to try out a lip pencil from them. It was a tough choice between this one and the Buxom lip gloss for 2nd place. I gave the Tarte pencil the 3rd spot just due to the bulky size of the pencil. This is the largest one in the kit and it’s quite a bit bigger than your average lip stick or gloss, making it not-so-convenient to carry around. That aside, it offers a great, subtle peachy colour with a lot of sparkle and shine to it. It’s definitely suitable for work or a night out. I found it doesn’t last long and needed frequent re-application. But the pencil style does make it easy to apply with no mirror and it’s a twist-up, so bonus! The “LipSurgence” technology that Tarte advertises promises to increase moisture by “an astonishing 6000%”. I didn’t necessarily find that, but it was a moisturizing lip pencil when other pencils can tug on your lips when applying and leave them feeling dry. It’s again free of those icky chemicals like most of the items in this Sephora kit. Verdict: great colour and application, but a bit bulky and didn’t offer the “stain” I like with lip pencils.

2.  Buxom® Full-On™ Lip Polish in Dolly (0.07 oz)

Advertised as a “cult favourite”, I can now see why! This is a lip gloss that offers a minty taste and smell to it. It actually makes my lips feel tingly when I apply it, which I love, but I know others may not, so be warned if that’s not your thing! It offers a subtle, dark pink colour with a great shine and shimmer. I’m not sure if I’m imagining it, but it does seem to make my lips look plumper (score!). It looks great on my skin tone and helps pull a look together, especially when you’re playing up another one of your features, such as your eyes or cheeks. It’s not sticky, which I often find is a problem for me with lip glosses, and it makes your lips feel soft. It doesn’t have great lasting power, but it stays on fairly well for a gloss. Even better, it’s made without parabens and sulphates and offers the added benefit of vitamins A and E. It’s definitely going to be a keeper in my makeup collection!

1.  Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Rhubarb (0.05 oz)

This was BY FAR my favourite from the kit. Before I even talk about the pencil itself, I need to gush about Bite. Bite is exclusive to Sephora (and Canadian, yay!) and their products are made with food-grade ingredients that are healthy enough to eat! It’s free of parabens, sulphates, synthetics, and much, much more. Ok, now for the pencil! It’s a high pigment pencil, so it applies easily onto your lips. The colour Rhubarb is a fantastic, matte, plummy rose colour, which looks ah-maz-ing on my skin tone, while not being over-done, making it a great every-day wear lip colour with a bit of pop. The lip product contains the antioxidant resveratrol of five glasses of red wine – great colour and antioxidant benefits? Double yay! It also lasts well throughout the day. I probably applied it twice throughout my eight hour work day and it stayed on well with eating and drinking. I found it did bleed a teeny bit without a lip liner, but it was minimal. Unlike other lip pencils I’ve tried, this one didn’t dry out my lips and left them feeling creamy and moisturized. The packaging is also great because it’s a twist up rather than a pencil that needs sharpening. I’ve now re-ordered the full-size version of this pencil from Sephora and always keep it in my purse!

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