Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

Hey Pretties!

Guess what?  This is my ONE-HUNDREDTH POST!!! Thanks to all of you who’ve been following, commenting and sharing in my madness for beauty stuffs!!

Today I want to share my thoughts about an itty bitty product (literally) that I was a bit skeptical about buying and trying, however, I’m very glad I did: the Clinique Bottom Lash mascara.

It took me months to justify paying $12Cdn for a mascara that is designed for your bottom lashes — heck, I sometimes cringe at paying anything over $6 for a regular mascara!!

Anyway, I’ve been really liking the look of applying mascara to my lower lashes. I don’t have a lot of lower lashes, but I find with a bit of mascara it helps to bring them to life. I’ve applied whatever mascara I choose to use on a day to both my upper and lower lashes — some brushes work better than others in terms of preventing smudging while applying. Most times though, I have to go in with a Q-tip and makeup remover to clean up any mascara that has smeared under my lower lashes.

As you can see from the photo above, the brush on this mascara is teeny tiny! But it is the perfect shape and size to get the little-est of lashes. I find that I do have to wipe off some of the excess formula before using on my lower lashes because with too much product on the brush, sometimes I’ll run into a gloopy and clumpy mess when applying. As long as there’s not too much formula on the brush, this applies mascara to my bottom lashes smoothly, easily and without the mess of raccoon eyes.

And from wearing this almost everytime I’ve put on mascara for the past month or so, I have never had an issue with it smudging or flaking throughout the day. Very impressive especially for it being on the lower lashes.

Most times I’m pretty good at applying regular mascara to my bottom lashes without it being a complete disaster. But I really do like the design of the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara and the precise application it gives, especially to my smaller, sparser lower lashes.

Would I repurchase? Yes. But it’s not a “have-to-have” in my makeup collection by any means.

I give the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried this mascara?  Like or dislike?

Thanks for reading!!

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Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Naked

Hey Pretties!

Sephora kindly sent me a promo code for $15 off any $50 purchase – how could I refuse? Part of my purchase was the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Naked. I know this has been around for quite some time and I’ve seen/read pretty decent reviews on it so I decided to take a chance on it myself!

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Naked

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Naked

 

Can we first talk about the packaging? Lovely. A demi-matte, sleek gold compact that looks and feels high-end. Good size for travel and in your hand. And that sturdy sound of “snap!” when it shuts is like music to my ears!

The palette I chose was the original colour combo in Naked. The UD palettes come in four different shades in total. There were a couple that I thought would suit my complexion, but for my first taste, I went for the original. Like all the palettes, this comes with a bronzer, highlight and blush — all conveniently packed into this cute little container.

 

I’ve never been one to use bronzer although I have a few choices in my makeup collection, but for some reason this palette makes me want to experiment with it (I blame it on me being a sucker for marketing/packaging). I’ve used this now a few times — mostly on my temples and worked down on the hollows of my cheeks — not sure if my technique is down, but this shade seems to give my skintone a bit of warmth and shading around my face.

The bronzer is quite powdery in texture — swirling my brush in it gives off a bit of dust but at the same time, it feels very smooth and silky when swatched. It blends very well and provides good colour which is buildable — great for bronzer/contouring newbies like me. This is a fairly matte finish that doesn’t leave any apparent shimmer or sparkle to my skin.

Next to the bronzer is the highlight shade. This highlighter is a very pretty pinky champagne shade that is typical of some of the few highlighters I already own.  Nothing too extraordinary about it, but compared to the ones in my collection, this one probably feels the most silky to apply. Very easy to blend and I only need a couple light taps with my highlighter brush to pick up enough product for both my cheeks. Usually I’ll apply this at the very tops of my cheek bones; sometimes I’ll swirl a tiny bit with the blush in the palette to create more of a sheeny-dewy cheek colour. This highlighter is quite shimmery, so it’s very important to go in with a light hand.

And lastly, the blush! Like the highlighter, this blush is quite pigmented so only a couple light-handed taps with my blush brush gives me just the right amount of product for a natural flush. I would describe the shade of this blush as a classic deep rose colour — definitely buildable — when I swatched a few times, I get almost a red hue. This has tiny gold flecks, but I don’t see them transfer onto my skin. The texture of this blush is very smooth and easy to blend. I really like this colour as it seems close to my own natural flush and a great colour for the winter months. But I can see myself wearing this blush all year round.

I’m very happy with the UD Naked Flushed palette in Naked. I am curious to know if the other palette shades would be a good match (or better) for my skintone. Would I repurchase this? Maybe. I like how the colours seem to go well with my skintone; I like the compact itself — looks and feels nice; and the quality of the powders are great.

I purchased this from Sephora; retail price is $35 Cdn.

I give the UD Naked Flushed palette in Naked: a HIGH FIVE

Have you tried this palette?  Like or dislike?  What about the other colours in the collection?

Thanks for reading!

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Seche Vite

Hey Pretties!

I’ve never been one to fuss over my nails. Manicures? Pfft. This past year however, I slowly became more interested in wearing nailpolish of the do-it-yourself variety and my nailpolish collection has quickly grown in the last few months. At this point, I am probably changing my nail colour at least once a week!

One thing that is a must have for every nailpolish-obsessed out there is a good quality, fast-drying, long-lasting top coat. And this is DEFINITELY it:  Seche Vite!

Seche Vite

Seche Vite fast dry top coat

I’m sure most of us beauty bloggers have heard/seen/tried Seche Vite at one point. I had heard so much hype around how well this top coat performs in terms of fast-drying and providing longer, chip-resistant nailpolish wear. I searched everywhere for this whenever I went shopping and luckily found it one day at my local Superstore. I immediately grabbed it. However, I noticed the price — $11.99 Cdn. For a top coat?  That seemed quite on the high-end for me.  Hmm, whatever… I bit the bullet and dished out the money because I wanted to see if Seche Vite really lives up to its hype.

Yes. Yes it does.

I have had NO issues with chipping since using Seche Vite with any nail polish brand I use (Sally Hansen, Rimmel, Revlon, L’oreal, NYC, Essie). I believe this top coat is what allows my nailpolish to stay on for at least a whole week (if not more sometimes).

As far as its fast-dry claims? Yes! This makes my nailpolish dry to the touch only 2 minutes after I’ve applied it onto wet/semi-wet nails and I’d say fully dry after about 20 minutes at most. By my standards, I’d say that’s pretty good for time!

The only negative thing I have to say about Seche Vite is the smell. It has much more of a chemical smell than your typical nailpolish or nailpolish base/top coat does. It’s really not that bad but it may bother some — just something to be aware of if you decide to purchase.

I will definitely continue to use this as my top coat! So glad I found it.

I give Seche Vite: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried Seche Vite? Like or dislike?

Thanks for reading!

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