bareMinerals GEN NUDEs: Radiant Lipstick and Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Last year bareMinerals came out with a new line of lipsticks, lipglosses, liquid lipsticks, and lip liners: The Gen Nudes range.  When I came across the display in Sephora I was seriously hypnotized by all the beautiful colours and formulas. Of course, I picked up a couple products from the new line:

Radiant Lipstick in Panko and Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Friendship:

The Radiant Lipstick is a super creamy formula and feels like a nourishing balm on my lips. It’s formulated with natural oils, so this makes for really comfortable wear. I’m kind of addicted to this formula!  The shade Panko is described as a ‘spiced coral’.  I love this on my lips – the coral colour (not super bright) compliments my medium skintone and with some bronzer on my cheeks this definitely finishes off a sun-kissed look. This can be worn sheer or built up to a pretty full coverage lipstick. Because this is so creamy, it doesn’t have lasting power – frequent sips of coffee or eating will fade this off the lips, but re-applying this is a treat because it feels very good on the lips!

The Matte Liquid Lip Colour is a very comfortable liquid lipstick. This has the lightest, whipped-like texture that it glides on so easily onto the lips and is a joy to apply – not to mention the vanilla/cake scent – yum!  This goes on creamy and then dries down to a matte finish.  Make sure you exfoliate and moisturize your lips well before applying this so it doesn’t accentuate any dry spots. The shade I have is called Friendship and is described as ‘antique rose’ – on me, it shows as a medium to deep pink/mauve shade which is pretty wearable for everyday.


The Gen Nude range quite possibly has the best nude lip product selection I have ever seen in my life.  All skin tones – from very fair to very deep – I’m pretty sure, will find their ‘perfect nude’.  And because the colours are mostly neutral (beiges, browns, pinks, corals, mauves, reds – both lighter and deeper versions of all of these), I truly believe that so many skin tones will be able to wear a lot of these shades. If any of you are on the hunt for some great, natural lip colours in a variety of formulas, I really really recommend you take a look at this range!

There’s a very good chance I’ll be picking up at least another colour in each of these formulas – excellent quality for the price ($20-$25Cdn). And for sure, I’ll be picking up one of the Gen Nude Buttercream lip glosses to try out eventually.

Have you tried any of the bareMinerals Gen Nude lip products?  Which ones, and like or dislike?

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Bumble and Bumble: Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer, Thickening Hairspray, and Sunday Shampoo

Most of my hair products are drug store (shampoos, conditioners, hairspray) with some higher end styling products thrown in (Living Proof and Ouai are some of my faves).

I know that Bumble & Bumble is a popular brand that has a load of different hair care products. Scrolling through my Sephora phone app, there were quite a few products that appealed to me, but I ended up purchasing three: the Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer – Heat/UV Protective Primer; the Thickening Hairspray; and Sunday Shampoo.

I had received a sample size of the Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer as a 100 point perk at Sephora one day and after using it a couple times I fell in love with it and I ended up buying the full size.  This is a conditioning cream-oil product and you spray onto damp hair, blow dry, and your left with hydrated, almost-frizz-free hair. When I tried this for the first time, I sprayed way too much and my fine, thin hair felt oily and fell flat. But the second time, I sprayed sparingly and I ended up with very soft, healthier looking hair. If you have thick, frizzy/dry hair, I think this product could really be great for you.  If you have fine, thin hair like me (with dry ends) if you use this smart, you might like this too!  Will repurchase.

The Thickening Hairspray is supposed to hold your style while giving your hair volume and body. While this is great at holding a style into place, I can’t say that I’ve seen any thickening going on. I’ve only used this on dry hair, but apparently you can use it in damp hair too. I’m a little hesitant to try it on damp hair because anything “hairspray” on damp hair makes me fear crunchiness after blow drying.  When I spray this into my roots, I do notice some volume but it’s nothing different compared to any other volumizing product I’ve tried. I’ve got the deluxe sample size here which I will finish up, but I won’t be rushing out to buy the full-size.

The Sunday Shampoo is simply a clarifying shampoo that is meant to be used once a week – hence Sundays! – to give your hair a deep clean after all the styling products and environmental stresses you put into your hair through out the week.  I’ve been a die-hard fan for years and years of the Neutrogena Anti-Residue shampoo to give my hair that deep clean (it’s a great drug store option). But I thought to try something new and the Sunday Shampoo definitely delivers.  It’s got a nice, subtle, earthy-minty-clean scent and my scalp and hair feel very refreshed after using.  Really though, any clarifying shampoo at the drug store will probably work just as well and for a fraction of the cost, but hey – I tried it and I love it!  Will repurchase.

Have you tried any of these products – like or dislike?  What are your favourite Bumble & Bumble products?

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Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

You guys. This mascara.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I am a mascara freak. And the majority of my favourites are drugstore brands:  Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes and Almay Get up and Grow are ones that I’ve repurchased time and time again.  Since mascara should be used up within 3-6 months, I’m comfortable with spending about $10 or less to replace it.  However, there’s always exceptions to that rule, right?  In this case – YES.  Call me crazy for indulging in a $33 mascara, but the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara is by far, the BEST mascara I have ever used in my entire lifetime. If I’ve said that in the past about another mascara – scratch that. Because this one has beat them all.

Now, everyone’s preference for mascara is different. Some only like length, some only like volume, etc. To each her/his own!  This mascara – I’m telling you – delivers it ALL.  Volume, length, thickness, super black-ness and maximum impact!  All without clumping or flaking.

I’m not exactly sure how this does it all but it does.  I already have pretty long eyelashes and this gives me even more length it’s actually pretty scary (but in the nicest way!).  It makes my lashes super full and blacker than black, which is awesome – I’m an everyday-eyeglasses-wearer and this just makes my eyes look a lot bigger and less “lost” behind my specs.

This is not a waterproof formula, however I haven’t found it to flake or smudge throughout the day.  Of course when I do happen to rub my eyes, this will smudge, but I have to forcefully rub to do any real damage.

Oh! And this keeps my lashes lifted and curled for the entire day – no sad, limp lashes for me!

If you’re looking for a serious mascara that does it all, try this out. I’m almost positive you won’t regret it.

Have you tried this mascara out?  Like or dislike?

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