Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Contour Palette | Review with Swatches

Hi Guys!!

As soon as I started seeing this palette float around Instagram I knew I had to have it.  Im a sucker for rich, warm tones and the fact that the shadows had glimmer made it a no-brainer for me!  I HAD TO HAVE IT!!

I purchased mine online from Sephora Canada for $64.  Not cheap if you ask me.  But so far I have loved all the Kat Von D products that I’ve tried so I didn’t mind spending a little more for a palette if it was really good.  I had high hopes.

This palette includes base shades, contour shades, define shades, and topcoat shades.  I will describe each of these below.

The 3 Base Shades are all Satin Shadows…Porcelain, Dusk & Dune.  I thought that the shade Dune (satin peach) would be a stunning crease / transition shade, and while it swatches beautifully with my finger, it just didn’t translate well onto my lids, and the colour would not show up on me.  I had to go into a different palette of mine to get a good matte crease colour.

Then we have 3 Contour Shades which are the Metallic shadows…Copper, Cinder, and Rust.  I found these shadows took quite a few tries to build up any pigmentation with a brush.  The brush that I had the best luck with is my MAC 215 medium shader brush.  I got a ton of fallout with these contour shades, and the amount of time that it took to build up the colour just was not worth the time for me.

Kat did release a brush designed to go with this palette but I heard a lot of people claim that the brush made no difference with the application of these shadows.  Since the brush is $32 Canadian, I decided to pass on it.

Next we have 3 Define Shades which are the glitter shadows…Bronze, Onyx and Jasper.  These shades also gave me a lot of fallout, and again, it took a lot to build up the colours.  The black shade was on the dry / powdery side and was not as black as it shows in the swatch on Sephora’s site.

And last we have 3 Topcoat Shades which are the special effect glimmer shadows.  These are the most shimmering shades and they are absolutely stunning!  The shade names are Sterling, Glacier, and Quartz.  Quartz is by far my fav.  The first two are very similar in colour, which was a little disappointing. And I found that these shadows work best with my finger.

I tried numerous times now with my fingers, and different brushes to make these shadows work for me.  And being a Mom of two toddlers, I just don’t have the time, or the patience it takes to put a look together with this palette.  The shade range and different textures are to die for, so if you have the time to work with these shadows and you don’t mind fallout, then id say give this palette a shot!!  But if you are like me and you dont have the time for finicky eyeshadows that take so much time and work to build-up, and then more time to clean up all the fallout then id say pass on this beauty.  Sorry Kat!!

I truly hate to give her a bad review because I love her beauty line so much! I cant deny just how beautiful this palette is both inside and out, and I have heard others who really enjoy this palette, so I urge you to try the palette for yourself to see if it works for you!! Just because it didnt work for me, does not mean you wont love it!! And thank god for Sephora’s amazing return policy… you can bring back absolutely anything if you are not 100% satisfied.

I hope you have found this review helpful, and I hope you like my swatches!!

Cheers,

Cassandra

BLAQ Dual Sided Charcoal Wipes Review

Hi Guys!

I have been testing out these Charcoal Facial Wipes from the brand BLAQ and I have nothing but positive things to say, so I wanted to share my thoughts on these wipes with you and also why using Activated Charcoal in your skincare routine is a must!!

BLAQ is an Australian Skincare brand and their core ingredient is Activated Charcoal.  Their products are formulated to detoxify and nurture your skin back to a healthy state.  Who doesn’t want clear and healthy skin!!  They are also cruelty-free, 100% safe on the skin, and natural!  All things that are important to me when it comes to skincare!!

Their dual sided cleanse and exfoliate wipes are enriched with activated charcoal, the cleansing side gently removes surface level makeup and dirt while the exfoliating side complements with a deeper clean – working like a magnet to draw out impurities and dead skin cells.

There are many benefits to using Activated charcoal in your skincare routine.  Some of the benefits that I love is that it draws bacteria, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles to the surface of skin, helping you to achieve a flawless complexion and fight acne.

Throughout the day, toxins from the world around us clog our pores.  When your pores aren’t clear, neither is your complexion.  Activated Charcoal helps to pull the dirt out of your pores, making them less visible. It’s the oil and dirt in your pores that makes them appear larger and more visible!! This is why I LOVE using Activated Charcoal skincare products, and why I am so happy to add these Charcoal facial wipes to my routine.

I have truly noticed a difference in my skin since I started using Charcoal products.  And I have also noticed my pore size decrease.  I cannot praise Activated Charcoal enough!  This is something that everyone needs to try, no matter your skin type!!

The reason that I love these facial wipes is that both sides are ultra gentle and can be used on the eyes.  A lot of facial wipes are too harsh to use on the eyes and I truly hate that!

Here is the smooth side which is intended to cleans the eyes, face and neck.

And here is the rough side which is used to exfoliate the skin, particularly the Tzone. Despite how rough and abrasive this side looks, it’s actually quite gentle for an exfoliating facial wipe, but I enjoy that. I have some exfoliating wipes that I simply cannot use every single day because they are way too rough on my skin.

I find both sides to be gentle, yet effective, and they never leave my skin feeling sore or dry.  I also love how thick these wipes are.  You will never find yourself having to use two wipes to properly cleanse your face.

I really love these facial wipes and I highly recommend testing them out!  They have quickly become a staple in my routine and I think you will love them too.

Next on my radar is their BLAQ hydrogel Eye Masks.  I can only imagine just how good these are!

Have you tried anything from the brand??  Let me know down below what you love!

Xo Cassandra

Derma-e | Natural Skin Care Products | Review

Hi Guys!

I just discovered the brand Derma-e and I was happy to learn that they are 100% vegan, cruelty-free and GMO-free!  They pride themselves on having high ethical standards and they promise to never compromise on skin health and safety.

They do not use any harmful chemicals and they also care about what eventually ends up in our waters and ecosystems, therefore all of their packaging components are recyclable. They truly care about their customers, and our planet and I love that about this brand!!

They sent me a few products to try out so I thought I would review each item for you!

Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil:

This is a rinse free oil that leaves your skin ultra soft and hydrated, but not at all greasy!  It contains Argan Oil and Jojoba Oil, which delivers a concentrated boost of antioxidant-rich moisture and essential hydration.  Jojoba Oil provides moisture to dry skin while helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

I love this cleansing oil because it leaves my skin feeling hydrated, soft, and deeply nourished.  It has a nice rose scent that is not at all overly scented.  I have combo / oily skin and I love cleansing my skin with this oil.

The way I use this oil is I apply it to my dry face with dry hands.  I massage the oil in for awhile, then I take my wet cleansing mitt (you can also use any  damp wash cloth) and I simply wipe the oil from my face.  I rinse my mitt and wipe my face a few more times and this truly takes off all my makeup!  I normally use makeup remover for my eye makeup first, but this oil will also easily remove eye makeup.

I have used this cleansing oil every single night since I received it and I absolutely love it!

Radiant Glow Face Oil by SunKissAlba:

This facial oil was created in collaboration with SunKissAlba, a popular YouTuber who loves all things Organic and Non-Toxic.  Check out her Instagram and YouTube channel…this girl is absolutely stunning!!

This oil contains organic Jojoba Oil, organic Argan Oil and organic Seabuckthorn Oil.  All of these oils help to moisturize to help combat dehydration, smooth the skin and the appearance of wrinkles, and add radiance with mineral-rich mica.

It smells very organic and natural to me, it’s not my favourite scent, but I much prefer this over sweet smelling chemicals!

I apply this morning and night, or throughout the day when ever I may feel dry and parched! I love the way this oil feels on the skin and I love the glow it gives!! I highly recommend this product as well!

Overnight Peel:

This overnight peel is said to reveal dramatically fresher, newer skin overnight with this skin-brightening blend of glycolic sugar cane and fruit acids.

So far I have used this four times as you are only suppose to use it once a week, and I can say that I absolutely love it.  I love that it is very gentle, and naturally exfoliates the skin.  I enjoy that it is very easy to use, replacing your night cream once a week for the face and neck.  I can’t say that I have seen huge changes in my skin, but I do think it has helped with some texture issues that I have been having.

I really enjoy this product and I am so happy to have it in my routine!

That is all for now!  I hope you all enjoyed this review.  Have you tried Derma-e??  Let me know down below what your favourite product from the line is!!

Xo Cassandra

Benefit Cosmetics #BeneFaves Voxbox | Influenster

Hi Guys!

I was recently sent a complimentary Voxbox from Benefit Cosmetics and Influenster for review.

I have a ton of holy grail products from the brand, so when I found out that I was receiving some of their top products (BeneFaves) for review, some of which I had not yet tried, I was beyond excited!!

Here is what they sent me, and how I feel about each product:

The POREfessional Face Primer

This primer was not new to me.  This has been my holy grail primer for many years now.  I have gone through many tubes, and I always scoop up the deluxe samples when Sephora has them.  It is said to reduce the appearance of pores & fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin and I fully agree!  I always use a primer on my entire face, then I spot treat with this primer on the areas that have larger pores (cheeks, forehead, and a little on my chin).  You can literally see your pores disappear as you smooth this primer on.  This is a really beautiful product to have even if you don’t wear makeup.  It truly helps to even and smooth the complexion.  If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend going to Sephora and grabbing a sample.

Hoola Matte Bronzer

I can’t believe that after all these years of being a known cult classic, I had never tried this bronzer!  I always thought that the colour looked too light in the pan for my medium / tanned skin tone, but I quickly realized that it’s not.  It gives such a beautiful bronze / healthy glow to the skin and easily builds up without getting muddy.  I love how it blends into the skin and I am SO happy that I finally tried it!!

If you don’t like the box packaging that it comes in, they always have cheek palettes during the holidays, which I personally prefer as I do not really like the chunky box packaging either.

Here are two cheek palettes that are out right now that include the Hoola Bronzer:

Get The Pretty Started

The Complexionista Face Palette

If you aren’t sure how this bronzer would look on you, go to Sephora or another retailer that sells it and just try it on!  It’s definitely worth a shot and I wish I had tried it sooner!!

Ka-BROW! Cream-Gel Eyebrow Color with Brush

I am beyond impressed with this eyebrow product!!  I had purchased it when it first launched, but I chose the wrong colour.  When I went to exchange it, they were out of stock so I simply returned it, and forgot about it.

I am so happy that this was sent to me because I promise you that this cream-gel is a serious brow game-changer.

I have been using this product every single time I do my makeup since I received it, and my brows look better than ever.  I normally just use brow powder, and I will say that this takes me longer to apply, as I am no brow pro, but the outcome is 100x better!!  The brush that it comes with is actually really handy and easy to use and I love that it is included.  The colour that I received is #3 Medium and it’s perfect for me.  Not too light, not too dark! I really recommend this product and I can say that its easily my favourite of these products.

They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara

This is the only product that I received that I cannot give a fair review, as I never, never wear mascara!!  Mascara just isn’t a product that does much for me so I just don’t use it.  I will say that the packaging is pretty, and the wand is very nice, but thats all I can contribute!  If you are curious, just google it, there are a ton of reviews out there!!!

That’s it for now!  I hope you guys enjoyed this review.  Please let me know down below if you have any additional questions about any of these products.

Thank you to Influenster and Benefit Canada for giving me the opportunity to review these products free of charge!

Xo Cassandra

Tatcha Gold Camellia Beauty Oil Review

Hello Again!!

I have been using Tatcha’s Gold Camellia Beauty Oil for over one year now and I can definitely say that a little goes a long way with this magical facial oil!!  I definitely think it is worth the splurge!

The Camellia Oil and Squalane are naturally rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids to help nourish and seal in moisture, while the 23-karat gold flakes gives the skin a subtle glow!  This oil can be used on the face, hair & body and is said to be ideal for all skin types.  I am oily combo skin, and it works wonderful on me!  I love how light and hydrating this oil is, and I love how fast it absorbs into the skin.  It never leaves me feeling greasy or oily!  I use it every single day, normally two times a day.

My favourite ways to use this oil are obviously all over the face, in place of a moisturizer, and also under the eyes.  I use it on top of my eye primer before concealer to help with under eye dryness.  Especially when I use heavy concealers like Tarte’s Shape Tape, and Colourpop’s No Filter Concealer.  If you ever get under eye dryness, I highly HIGHLY recommend trying this method.  Just make sure you only use a tiny dot, dab it in, then let it sit for a bit before going in with your concealer.  I have also used this on my cuticles because I was excessively dry once fall hit!

Tatcha also reccomends using this oil over top of moisturizer to help lock in hydration, and added to foundation to help sheer it out and give that dewy look.  I still need to try both of these methods!

I know that a lot of people are afraid to use beauty oils on the face, especially oily / combo skin girls… but I promise you, this oil is a godsend!!  Also good to know is that all of Tatcha’s products are non-comedogenic and will not cause breakouts!!

I also wanted to share my experience with their customer service team with you as they went above and beyond to help me out when the cap to my oil broke.

I purchased this oil from Sephora Canada, but since I no longer had a receipt, and the purchase was months old they would not issue an exchange for me.  I was really upset considering this oil cost me over $115 Canadian!!

I posted a photo on Instagram and Tatcha’s team immediately messaged me to ask me some questions regarding my broken bottle and they put me in contact with someone via email.  After answering a few questions, and explaining everything, they sent me a replacement bottle by day 3!!  Can you believe that!  Everyone I spoke to was so kind and helpful!  They went above and beyond to help me out and I am so thankful for that!

Customer service goes a long way, and I wish more companies had that kind of service!  Thank You Tatcha!

I highly recommend trying this oil, and many other products that they have on the market.  They are an incredible company, with impeccable customer service, and they also have this amazing program where each full-size skincare purchase funds a day of school in partnership with Room to Read, a non-profit organization supporting children in low-income countries.  I think that is incredible, and for that reason I will always be a supporter of Tatcha!

Have you tried any Tatcha products??  What is your holy grail from the brand?!!

Xo Cassandra

Artis Brush Cleaning System Review

Hi Guys!!

I wanted to share my thoughts with you on the Artis Brush Cleaning System as I know many of you have been wondering if it’s worth it, or if its a necessity for cleaning your Artis Brushes.

My very first Artis brush was the Elite Gold Oval 7.  I cannot find the Gold version on their website, but here is the same brush from the Elite Mirror Collection.  Its the same brush, just a different colour.

I do have another blog post coming soon on the brushes themselves, but please feel free to ask me any questions down below!

My husband purchased this brush for me and I used it for around a year.  I used traditional methods for cleaning this brush, and I tried many different brush cleaning soaps, but nothing would thoroughly clean it.  It always looked dirty and had major build up of makeup on the brush fibres, almost like balls of old makeup sitting on the tips and deeper down the fibres as well.  This really bothered me considering the price of the brush itself.  I finally decided I needed to purchase the Artis Brush Cleaning System to see if it would properly clean my beloved Oval 7.

I ordered the cleaning system which included the cleansing foam and the brush cleaning pad, premier version that includes the chrome plated case.

As soon as I received my package I cleaned my dirty brush and I could not believe how well and how fast and easy it was to clean it.  Because my brush was so dirty, it took a few times of going back and forth on the cleaning pad to remove all the built up makeup.  I also dispensed some of the foam directly onto the fibres and let it sink in to really get deep since my brush was so dirty.

So is this cleaning system worth it??  YES!! Absolutely!  If you have any Artis brushes, then you definitely need their cleaning system as well.  I myself tried to get away with not placing the order in the hopes that I could somehow save the money… but once I realized I couldn’t properly clean my brush, I knew I had to give their cleaning system a try!

When using powder products all you have to do is gently run the brush back and forth on the cleaning pad without any of the cleansing foam making it easy to switch to another colour (i.e.. when using eyeshadows, bronzers or blush).  But when you use liquid products it is recommended to dispense a dollop of the cleansing foam onto the cloth or on the fibres of the brush to get a nice deep clean.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to watch a You Tube video explaining and showing how easy it is to clean with this system.

You can also use this cleaning system to clean all your other makeup brushes, it doesn’t strictly have to be used on Artis brushes.  I clean many of my other brushes with this system and it works so good on them as well.  See the two photos below of my brushes dirty and then after they have been cleaned with this system.

Also, for all my fellow Canadians, if you prefer to shop locally, Holt Renfrew just recently started selling Artis as well.

I hope you liked this review!  If you have any questions please feel free to ask down below!  I will also be posting some videos on my Instagram Stories showing how easy it is to clean my brushes, so be sure to follow my Instagram Account: @myriskelashes

Xo Cassandra

Everything I talk about in this post was purchased by me (or my husband) so this post is in no way sponsored.  These are my true thoughts!

NDXUSA Vitamins Review 

Hi Guys!!

Lately Ive been on the hunt for the best gummy vitamins on the market and I discovered NDXUSA on Instagram.  What stood out to me was that they were an all natural brand that truly wanted to help people with their health.

Here is a description from their website:  NDX was created by a group of indiviuals deeply interested in health and nutrition.  Using advanced scienticfic discoveries, global botanical wisdom and innovative ingredients, we offer superior products to support your quest for a vibrant and active life. Our vision is to empower indiviuals to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Founded on what we like to call the 3 P princpals – People, Planet, Profit – we can only feel good about making a profit if we are helping people in a way that doesn’t hurt the planet. We are real people, with a real passion for making a difference.

I LOVE their vision and the 3 P Principals!!!  I also really love that they are made in the USA and each batch is lab tested to ensure quality and potency.

I have quite a few of their products, but I am going to talk about the ones that I am currently using.

CalciumDX Gummy Vitamins:

Let me start by saying that these gummies are delicious!!!  I have a really hard time swallowing pills so Im always looking for gummy options.  Research doesn’t show that calcium helps with nail growth, but I swear these have helped my nails significantly.  They are stronger, longer, and don’t curl up the way they use to.  If you are looking for a calcium supplement I highly HIGHLY recommend trying these vitamins out.

Green Detox DX:

These are said to cleanse and rejuvenate your body.  Surprisingly I am able to swallow these capsules, but they can also be opened up and sprinkled into drinks if you cannot stomach swallowing pills.  These are meant to cleanse and rejuvenate your body, restore pH balance, and detoxify to help you feel refreshed…including many other benefits!  What I love about these is that they really help ease any bloating I may have.

Gummy Cuties – Calcium:

I know how important calcium is for me to take, so naturally I wanted the same benefits for my two toddlers.  My kids LOVE these gummies.  What I love about them is that they have Vitamin D and are made with only the highest quality ingredients.  I feel confident giving these vitamins to my kids.

My husband also tried a sample of KrampKrusher:  These are another gummy vitamin geared towards athletes that help with energy and performance, hydration, cramping, and recovery.  My husband loved the boost these gave him for his workout!

I highly recommend these vitamins.  And I really appreciate that they are all natural, non-GMO and they taste so good!!

You can purchase them directly through their website or at Whole Foods, the Vitamin Shoppe, iherb.com, and Vitamin World.  I would love to see this brand make their way to Canada because I would love to be able to easily pick some up!!  There are so many more that Id love to try from the brand!!

What are your favourite vitamin brands?!!  Let me know down below!

Xo Cassandra