Artis Brushes: Fluenta 5 Brush Set Review

Hi Guys!

I am a self professed makeup junkie and a makeup brush junkie! There is just something about a good makeup brush that I can appreciate! And I truly do believe that a flawless application starts with a good makeup brush!

I first discovered Artis Brushes quite a few years ago when my husband surprised me with the Elite Gold Oval 7. The Gold Version is no longer available, but here is the platinum version.

I wanted to review the Fluenta 5 Brush Set for you guys because I have been using these brushes for almost 8 months now and I would have to say that they are a huge staple in my brush collection.

This set comes with five brushes that can be used for many different applications. Below are some of the suggested uses directly from the Artis Website. If you click the above link and scroll down, you will also see a chart that suggests more uses for each brush. My advice is to never be afraid to try using brushes for different things even if they are not suggested to be used that way. What works for me, may not work for you and vice versa. I always play around with my brushes to try to find my perfect brush, and perfect application.

  • Oval 6 – Foundation, Blush, Contour
  • Oval 4 – Eye makeup, Contour, Concealer
  • Oval 3 – Eye makeup, Concealer, Skincare
  • Linear 1 – Eye liner, Brows
  • Circle 1 – Lip colour, Eye shadow, Spot Concealer

Of these five brushes, my two favourites have to be the Oval 6 and the Oval 4. These two are my most used, and most treasured!! I love to use the Oval 4 to lay down cream contour. It makes perfect lines exactly where my contour is meant to be and fits my face contours perfectly. I then take the Oval 6 to blend out the cream contour and it is so quick and easy. I have demonstrated this many times on my insta stories to show just how easy these brushes are to use. Make sure you follow me on Instagram as I always talk about these brushes and I show how I like to use them.

I love that you only need to use a little bit of product as these brushes make makeup go a very long way, less is always more when using Artis, especially when using cream products. Be sure to use soft and gentle back and forth strokes, and always glide the brush across your skin, never pounce or stipple as you would with traditional brushes. Also make sure you never pour liquids directly onto the bristles as often shown on Instagram!! You don’t want the makeup to seep deep down into the fibre bundles. It took me a bit of time to get use to using these brushes as they are very different from traditional makeup brushes, but once you get the hang of them, I promise you will be hooked because the outcome is always flawless.

Canadians can now purchase the Fluenta Collection, the Cleaning Pad, and the Cleansing Foam at Holt Renfrew Canada in store and online! For all my fellow Canadians, have a look here to see what Holt Renfrew has to offer. I have also been seeing some Artis Brushes at Winners in Canada, so make sure to keep checking because you may score big!!

I have already reviewed the Artis Brush Cleaning System on my blog, if you are curious click here to give it a read. I do personally think that this cleaning system is very worth the price and very necessary for keeping your Artis Brushes, and other brushes in your collection clean!

It is safe to say that I love these brushes and I highly recommend them to you guys!! I definitely want to keep adding to my collection. Next on my wish list would have to be the Elite Mirror Oval 6 and the Palm Brush Mini.

Did you guys know that some of the Artis Brushes are now sold at Sephora Canada!!!!  There is a god!

I hope you guys liked this review!!

Xo Cassandra

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Cover FX Natural Finish Foundation – Review with Swatch

Hi Guys!

Cover FX is well known for their Custom Enhancer Drops, both the foundation drops, and their ever so famous illuminating drops.

I wanted to review this foundation for you guys because I think it deserves just as much credit and recognition. I received quite a few sample cards from Sephora and I have worn this foundation about 5 times now… but I knew from the first application that I was in love.

“A water-based liquid foundation that imparts a radiant finish to the skin”

When I first tried this Natural Finish Foundation I was instantly impressed. It truly gives such a healthy radiance to the skin, covers the redness in my face with just one layer, and it builds up really well to give medium / full coverage. It never feels heavy on the skin and looks like your skin but 100x better!! Just see my selfie below. I am glowing and I look naturally radiant!!

This foundation is Vegan, Free of Parabens, Fragrance, Gluten, mineral Oil and Talc.

Cover FX has a shade system which is based on undertone and is broken down into three categories.  Neutral, Pink, and Golden. I fit into the Neutral and Golden category. What I really love about Cover FX is that their foundation shades are all the same. When you find a match in one foundation, it will be the same shade in their other foundations. See the photo below explaining how to find your perfect shade! I took this off of Sephora’s website and I find it to be really helpful.

This foundation has a wide shade range with 40 shades which means it is easy to find a shade match for most people!! I normally wear N40, but as I am getting more of a tan I have been mixing in G50 and this seems to be a good match for me.

I have combo skin that gets oily in my tzone so I like to apply this foundation with a foundation brush, or my Real Techniques Dual-Ended Expert Sponge used dry. This helps the foundation to work a little better on my combo skin and does not go on as dewey as it would if I used a damp beauty sponge. I then use a damp beauty sponge to press a mattifying loose setting powder into my tzone to really help extend the wear of this foundation. I would definitely say that this foundation is better suited for normal to dry skin types, but with setting powder and blotting powder, combo skin girls and boys can make this work very well, especially during the drying winter months!

I am wearing this foundation on a day when I was suffering from a really bad breakout. It covered all my redness and discolouration so easily. I did not use a filter or edit this selfie in any way and this photo was taken in natural light. I wanted you guys to be able to see just how stunning this foundation is on!!

You can shop this foundation at Sephora here.

I highly suggest getting a sample of this foundation to see if it works for your skin type. And if you feel that this is far too dewey for you, I suggest checking out their new Power Play Foundation which is a modern-matte blurring foundation, another foundation from Cover FX that I absolutely love and will be reviewing soon.

I hope you found this review helpful! I will be picking up a bottle of this foundation soon because I love the way it makes my skin look!

What’s your favourite foundation?? Let me know down below.

Xo Cassandra

Derma E | Natural Skin Care | Skin Restore Collection | Review

Hi Guys,

I have been using a few products from Derma E’s new Skin Restore Collection… better known as Nature’s Botox for a few weeks now and I wanted to share my thoughts on these two products with you.

I have reviewed Derma E on my blog in the past, so if you would like to read more about the brand, please click here.

“Feel Forever Young!  Powerful Anti-aging peptides and collagen for younger looking skin”

The two products that I am currently using and loving is their Advanced Peptides and Collagen Serum, and their Advanced Peptides and Collagen Eye Cream. They also have a moisturizer from this line that I have yet to try.

I can definitely call myself a Skincare Aficionado. I have tried many many different products on the market, so when I say that these two products are good, I can say it with confidence. THESE TWO PRODUCTS ARE GOOD!! And you definitely need them!

Advanced Peptides and Collagen Serum – I love this serum because it is oil-free and a touch thicker than most serums I own, but still lightweight. I find it to be ultra nourishing and hydrating and it leaves my skin feeling very smooth and soft. You can use this serum on its own, but I always prefer to follow it with a moisturizer. This serum is packed with powerhouse anti-aging ingredients to help smooth wrinkles and support healthy collagen for youthful skin and I truly love the way it makes my skin look and feel!

Advanced Peptides and Collagen Eye Cream – This eye cream is said to support collagen for healthy-looking tone and texture. I am extremely impressed and blown away by this eye cream and I can’t stop using it. It is ultra hydrating and moist, has a really nice consistency / creamy texture and reminds me of a cream / primer. I do not own an eye cream with this same texture / formula. My eyes feel so nourished and supple and I love how wet this cream feels, yet not at all watery. It is a very unique formula and I highly recommend this to everyone!

Both of these products are 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, and GMO-free.

I live in Canada, and I know that a lot of my following is also from Canada. I am happy to report that Canadians can purchase Derma E products at Whole Foods, which is nice to avoid shipping and duties. I also heard that London Drugs in Canada is now carrying Derma E products, so keep your eye out!!

I hope you liked this review!

Let me know down below what your favourite Derma E products are!

Xo Cassandra

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Skincare Collection Review

Hi Guys!

I have been using a few products from Juice Beauty‘s Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Skincare Collection for a few months now and I have noticed a big difference in my skin. This collection uses a proprietary blend of 3 fruit stem cells: Apple, grape, and lemon leaf.

Juice Beauty is a cruelty free, organic beauty line that only uses certified organic ingredients. They are formulated without parabens, petroleum, pesticides, artificial dyes, synthetic fragrances, and many other harmful ingredients.

“Organic Innovation, Scientific Technology, Ultimate Results”

Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Exfoliating Peel Spray –  This Peel Spray is formulated with a unique and gentle, plant-derived exfoliant that resurfaces the skin within seconds on contact, to visibly loosen and lift away old skin cells. It helps to reveal smoother, softer and rejuvenated skin. This Peel Spray optimizes skin for absorption of serum for maximum anti-wrinkle effectiveness. I love this Peel Spray because it is so easy to use. All you do is shake the bottle, cover your eyes, then spray it directly onto your face. OR my preferred way is to spray it onto my hands, then rub it into my skin, that way I am sure it will not get into my eyes. I will also often spray it on before my shower, then simply rub and rinse off in the shower. You can see and feel this Peel Spray work instantly like magic and it leaves my skin feeling incredibly smooth and soft!! I love that it is not at all harsh on my sensitive skin and leaves a nice clean tingling sensation. I have been using this 1-2 times per week as needed and I absolutely love it.

Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum –  This Booster Serum is so thick, hydrating & nourishing and almost feels and acts like a moisturizer and a primer. It makes my skin feel ultra soft and plump and seems to fill in all the lines, and evens out my texture and bumps. It contains organic antioxidant-rich jojoba and shea, Plant-derived hyaluronic acid, a blend of fruit stem cells, Vitamin C, and many other power house ingredients. This Serum is specifically formulated to be paired with their Stem Cellular Moisturizers as it prepares the skin to absorb rich antioxidants. I really love this Serum and feel like this will be a staple in my skincare routine for a very long time. If you have not yet tried anything from Juice Beauty, I highly suggest picking this Serum up as I know you will not be disappointed.

Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer –  This Moisturizer is incredible!! It smells like heaven (fruity / citrusy & fresh) and leaves my skin feeling so nourished. It is thick, but light, and not at all heavy or greasy, and leaves my skin feeling so supple. When I apply this Moisturizer at night I wake up to very hydrated and happy skin and I can still feel the Moisturizer on my face. This also contains a proprietary blend of fruit stem cells and Vitamin C which helps to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, evens the skin tone and creates luminosity. I am really loving this Moisturizer and I hope my jar never runs out! This stuff makes my skin so happy!!!

Eco Cleansing Cloth –  This is hands down the best Cleansing Cloth I have ever used!! It is affordable, extremely soft, and made with sustainable, all-natural bamboo fibers. I highly recommend this cleansing cloth to anyone who cares about skincare and enjoys washing their face with a washcloth. I love to use this Cleansing Cloth with Cleansing Oils and with my Peel Spray. I love it because it is so soft and gentle on the face and the cloth itself is nice and large. I will be purchasing a few more to have as back ups because I can no longer use traditional cleansing cloths. Nothing is as soft as these Bamboo Cloths!!

Im so happy to say that these products are all now available at Sephora Canada (minus the Cleansing Cloth, but hopefully that will soon change!)

A BIG Thank You to Juice Beauty for sending me these products for review! I am very impressed and I can’t wait to discover more from the brand!

There are so many other products that I am dying to try from the brand! Have you tried anything from Juice Beauty?? What are are your faves?!

Xo Cassandra

Thrive Causemetics | Cosmo Power 3D Strobing Highlighter Review with Swatches

Hi Guys!I recently heard about this amazing brand and I was fortunate enough to receive a package from them.The reason that I became curious about Thrive Causemetics is because of their cause and the philosophy behind the brand.

“Beauty with a Purpose: for every product you purchase, one is donated to help a woman thrive”

Thrive Causemetics donates one product from every product purchased to empower a woman thriving through cancer or domestic violence.  They are vegan, 100% cruelty-free, and their formulas do not contain parabens, sulfates, or toxins. I respect this company so much and I want everyone to know about them and about their incredible cause!!

“A beauty brand and philosophy that goes beyond skin deep by empowering women”

The first product that I want to talk about from the brand is their Cosmo Power 3D Strobing Highlighters.These finely-milled powders are infused with a blend of vitamin B5 and sodium hyaluronate, to plump, smooth and hydrate your skin.  These highlighters contain ring light technology that diffuses light to perfect the skin, anti-aging Youth B5 Complex to instantly smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines, Vitamin E to block free radicals, Kaolin Clay to detox the skin by preventing pores from clogging with grime, dirt, germs + pollution, Vitamin A to diminish signs of aging, and Rice Extract to soothe skin and reduce redness.

Liberty – Pale Gold Shimmer

Dawn – Rose Gold Shimmer

“HD Spherical Pigments™ reflect light from every angle and act like brilliant round diamonds to give you a radiating glow from within”

I am completely blown away by these highlighters. They are absolutely stunning on the face and build up really well without looking chalky, dry, or powdery.  They do not emphasize texture or pores and they give the most stunning lit from within glow that truly shines and looks like a gorgeous wet sheen, without looking over-the-top or over-done.  You will never end up with an unflattering strip of highlighter on your face with these highlighters.  They somehow give a blinding yet natural looking glow that is versatile for everyone.  You can definitely apply just one layer if you prefer a very subtle natural looking glow, but I am all about the glow so I will always layer my highlighters layer after layer after layer!!Photo below is Liberty with no photo edits or filters.I honestly cannot describe why these are so good, but they truly are a special highlighter formula and I do feel they are quite unique and very different from anything I have tried, and trust me when I say that my highlighter collection is quite extensive!!  As for the two shades, I truly love both, as they both work really well on my medium / medium-tan skin tone, but I do reach for Liberty more often just because I normally prefer a gold highlighter.  You guys need these highlighters!!Have you tried anything from Thrive Causemetics?? What are your favourite products from the brand??Xo Casandra

Doll10 Beauty HydraLux Smoothing Foundation Review

Hi Guys!!

If you follow me on Instagram then you have heard me rave about Doll10 Beauty, and specifically about this HydraLux Smoothing Foundation time and time again!!

When I first received this foundation, I truly did not think that it would work for my combination skin as I tend to get oily in my tzone throughout the day.  Simply reading the name HydraLux made me think that it would be far too dewey for my skin type.  Boy was I ever wrong!!!

This foundation claims to make skin appear smoother, brighter, and more radiant and I couldn’t agree more.  My skin always looks so healthy, dewey, and natural when I wear this foundation, and it never looks cakey or heavy, which I love (see photo below – no filters or edits were added).  It gives medium coverage that can be built up to full without looking over done.  It covers my redness really well with a single layer and I will typically use two – three pumps to cover my face and neck.  Because this is a luminous foundation I do have to blot throughout the day, but the foundation holds up really well and lasts hours and pretty much looks the same at the end of the day.

“Passion fruit extract and green tea extract combined with vitamin C to give a potent dose of free-radical fighting antioxidants to treat skin while it covers.  Skin appears smoother, brighter, and more radiant”

It has quickly taken the top spot in my foundation rotation and I have been using it steady for 7 months now.  I truly am always impressed when I wear this foundation and I love the healthy glow that it gives me. It is rare for me to finish a foundation, but I will surely be using this one up soon because I cant stop reaching for it!!

I have the shade Medium and it works really well for me.  In the winter months I could probably use the shade Light Medium.

I LOVE Doll10’s Nude-Pink packaging, and I really enjoy the pump that this foundation has.

One con I will say about this foundation is the low shade range.  They currently only have six shades available, and although this foundation matches me really well, I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who simply cannot use this foundation because they do not offer a shade that matches them.  I hope to see them expand their shade range as I am really blown away by this foundation, and I think everyone needs to try it!!!

Doll10 was kind enough to give me a discount code for you guys!!  I do not make any money off of this code, it’s simply a gesture for all my followers!!  Use code RISKEDOLL15 for 15% off your order!!!!

I hope you guys found this review to be really helpful.  If you have any questions about any other Doll10 products, shoot me a message on here or on Instagram!  I am always happy to help and give my beauty advice!

Xo Cassandra

Skin Authority | Beauty Infusion Review

Hi Guys!

I have recently discovered the brand Skin Authority, and I have been quite impressed with the brand, and with many of the products that I have tried from them.

I love that they use renewable energy to offset their carbon footprint.  They also use recycled paper, plastics and glass.  They print with soy ink, and eliminate most outer cartons and secondary packaging.  If their product does not need a box, they will most definitely not use a box and I LOVE that!

“If we don’t need a box, we don’t use a box”

I love that they have a “clean skin care approach” and say no to added parabens, added dyes, added perfumes, added microbeads, and most importantly they do not test on animals!! 

Now on to my review!!

Of all the products that I have tried from the brand, I wanted to start by sharing their Beauty Infusions with you.  They currently have four of them, and I currently have two that I use weekly.  The other two are on my wishlist as I feel my skin would really benefit from them all.

I would describe these as a light beauty oil that is not at all greasy or heavy.  They are also like a mixing medium as they can be added into other skincare, creams, foundations, primers, you name it!  They can also be applied onto your hair!!  The possibilities are endless with these beauty infusions and I love that!!

“Add a few drops to your favorite foundation or skin care product, or apply directly on your skin as a standalone skin primer”

Quinoa & Avocado for Hydration – Quinoa Proteins & Avocado Oils reduces the appearance of fine lines while firming the skin to create hydrated and smooth / supple skin.

Turmeric & Blueberry for Brightening – Tumeric is known for its potent antioxidant and inflammatory properties, which is good for those who suffer from acne & eczema.  Combine this with the antioxidants from the blueberries to fade dark spots and discolouration creates radiant and naturally illuminated skin.

Probiotics for Clarifying – This Infusion uses friendly bacteria to help increase skin clarity.  It normalizes pH balance, combats the appearance of inflammation, dry patches, rosacea, breakouts, and large pores.  So basically magic in a bottle!!

Swertia Chirata for Anti-Aging – Swertia Chirata helps improve the look of aged skin, wrinkles and roughness to restore the youthful look and texture of the skin.

I will typically mix these with other beauty oils or creams for an extra boost of hydration / anti-aging.  I will also use these on their own in the place of a beauty oil or to replace a serum. I also like to put these on top of everything as my last skincare step. Another trick that I love to do is to put a drop on my damp beauty blender and use that to blend my concealer out under my eyes, this helps to eliminate any dryness or cakeyness!!  Either way I use these, I am always happy to add a boost to my skincare routine!

Have you tried anything from Skin Authority yet?!!  If not, what are you waiting for!!!!

Xo Cassandra