25 September 2016

European "DM" Drugstore Lipstick Review

It's been a while! Hello!

I'm still insanely obsessed with buying and applying makeup. I promised myself I would make some time to talk about some things and share some nice pictures.

Today I received a beautiful lipstick from a friend of mine who just went home to visit her family in Hungary. Knowing how much I love cosmetics, she brought me back a European drugstore brand lipstick to try. I don't know much about the brand or the drugstore, all I know is the drugstore chain is called DM and apparently it's equivalent to something like Shopper's Drug Mart or Rexall. It's their in house brand (like SDM carries Quo). I think the brand is called s-he, or it might be Style Zone, I'm not 100% certain so perhaps someone else from Europe could elaborate on the brand.

She picked out a fun, bright red for me - in certain light it looks a bit like a coral, sometimes it looks pink, and in photos it's mostly an orange-red. The package is a very simple, plastic white block design. The shape at the tip for application is a bit interesting, it makes it easier for the cupid's bow but it was a bit challenging to get crisp lines on the bottom lip.

The formula is creamy, it doesn't pull when applying, and you don't have to build it up in layers to get an opaque cover on the lips. It dries somewhere in between creamy and matte, but it does transfer.


I have been trying to find a site or something that ships this brand to Canada/US, however so far I haven't had any luck. Luckily we have many options for red lipsticks in various finishes from so many brands here, but I loved being able to try something new!

What;s the best makeup item you've tried that you can't get in your country?

24 May 2016

Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows

I can do swatches another time, but I was happy with  my little collection of eyeshadows that fit perfectly in my drawer!  (I actually think I have Rex somewhere else......)

Top (all left to right):   Ex, Fantasy, Cocnut, Empire, Hope
Middle: Too Soon,   Kindness, Bravery, So Quiche, Hanky Panky
Bottom: One &   Done, Sequin, Strength, Girl Crush, Adios

What's your favourite Colourpop eyeshadow shade?

01 April 2016

My New HG Liquid Foundation - ATTENTION, PALE GIRLS!

I have hardly waivered from Avon's liquid foundation formula. It has changed names over the years, as I started out with their Smooth Minerals line and then moved on to Ideal Flawless and then Extra Lasting. The formula and shades have all stayed relatively the same and I never had a problem, so I never tried anything else.

Then one day I found myself away from home for an extended period of time without having  packed my foundation. I found myself in a drugstore without a clue. I stood around awkwardly pumping what little testers they had available onto my hand, with a curious beauty department cashier asking me constantly if I needed help. She watched me like a hawk, and  I finally just grabbed what looked good enough and hoped for the best.

I am a frequent commenter over at reddit's MakeupAddiction and one thing you will always see MUA's discussing is the quest to find the perfect foundation. You'll read stuff about undertones and oxidization and finish and coverage, and it's a never-ending struggle for a lot of people. Foundation performance can also depend a lot on skincare routine, products it is paired with (setting powders and primers, for example), and method of application. Foundation can be scary and a downright chore to purchase and apply. And they can get really expensive, ranging from $30-70 CAD for mid-to-high end at a shop like Sephora.

The  good thing is that you can often try samples, get a Pantone colour IQ done at Sephora  (where they use technology and a huge database to match  you to product shades) , and do some research of your own on colour theory and undertones. It doesn't always make the journey to find a good product for you completely smooth, but it can certainly help iron out some of the kinks.

I  decided the other day I wanted to be a big girl and try to find a mid-range brand of foundation that I like - I have a gift card for Sephora, and the sale is coming up next week as well.  Hopefully this helps some other pale girls to find a new brand, drugstore or mid-range, to try out.

Here is a comparison of some stuff I have been using.

MUFE Ultra HD Y215 - not pictured, I am using a sample currently
Avon Ideal Flawless SPF 15 Light Ivory
Hard Candy Glamoflauge Ivory
L'oreal Infallible  18HR Classic Ivory
Rimmel Stay Matte Light Porcelain


Left to right: Rimmel Stay Matte, L'oreal Infallible, Hard Candy Glamoflauge, Avon Ideal Flawless, MUFE Ultra HD
same order as above - in direct sunlight
wearing MUFE Ultra HD in shade Y215 / additional face proucts include
Hard Candy primer and Physicians Formula CC powder, 

I like the Makeup Forever Ultra HD foundation because it is marketed at medium-full coverage, but can definitely be sheered out. Even built up for more coverage, it's not cakey or unnatural looking. Paired with my powder, it doesn't cake up, either. The Sephora cast member who helped me out said it's very popular for people who are photographed or on television/film, it really does make you look quite flawless and smooth. The colour  range is amazing, I'm used to drugstore options where you have "sort of pale but really I'm much whiter than this" and then "orange or yellow" and then "OK, too dark." I'm not 100% sure how the naming works, but MUFE seems to have a similar system to MAC where it's based on undertones. Their lightest shade is almost straight up white, so if you're much lighter than me, there is a pale girl shade for you guaranteed!

My other favourite foundation that I've been using is the L'oreal Infallible. I don't use it in the winter because if my skin does get dry from the wind/lack of humidity and blowing my nose on tissues.. it does accentuate some flaking. That's my only complaint, the colour is  a good match - even though my shade for MUFE looks a bit more yellow and this one is a bit more pink.

The Hard Candy Glamoflauge is a bit too light, so I try to pair it with  a good bronzer or something to balance it out. I didn't have a tester or anything, so that was simply a "hope for the best" drugstore purchase. The Rimmel Stay Matte is a bit too light and pink as well, but it works  for the winter months as I'm not really outside and stay quite pale. Strangely enough, even though it is a matte formula, it doesn't make my skin look dry like I might expect it to.

I still want to give Tarte's Rainforest of the Sea  and Too Faced's Born This Way a try before I make the big purchase. Have you tried any of these 3 ranges from Sephora?