Choose-Day Tuesday: Benefit vs. Laura Mercier Highlighter

Today’s battle is faught between two highlighters which I got as a part of two different value sets to give them a good try before deciding to buy the full size products. Though miniature in size, they both pack a mean punch in what they set out to do — provide the face with a radiant, healthy glow.
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First up, is the ultrasmooth, silky sexy powdered highlighter that will outlast any competitor — it’s the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact!
ADDRESS: Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Power Compact (Shade: Highlighter 01)
$42.00 0.26 oz
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ASSESS: Cashing in my 500 point perk for a Laura Mercier set, this little baby was a stand out right away. It is perfect for a night on the town, a day at work, or even for a no makeup natural look giving off a healthy warm glow. Super blendable, this product can be built up from just a hint of sheer to  an intense bold look — your call.

I also love this product because it has its benefits for the skin as well, including Vitamin E to protect the skin from free radicals, to jojoba oil to moisturize the skin, which is always a plus for my forever issues with dryness.

Next up is the competitor that will luminize your life, it is the Benefit’s Girl Meets Pearl highlighter!
ADDRESS: Benefit’s Girl Meets Pearl Highlighter
$36.00 0.4oz
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ASSESS: Described as a soft, golden pink, liquid-pearl highlighter, this stuff light-reflects wonderfully and smells of wonderful raspberry goodness. I also love that this product has benefits for the skin, with moisturizing sesame seed oil and chamomile and almond seed extract to improve firmness. I will always opt for a product that looks great, while at the same time improving your skin.

While it is definitely important to use this sparingly (if you overload it looks like a hot frosty mess) I think this looks great for a night out when you really want your skin to appear vibrant and dewy.

VERDICT: I use both of these highlighters, however I definitely use the Laura Mercier one more. It looks so much more natural and absolutely stunning each time, no matter if I use a light or heavy hand. It is a powder but somehow does not feel dusty, and lasts all day long. The Benefit one is also great, with it’s own skin benefits and provides a great light-reflecting glow, however it can look too frosty at times and is a bit much for me for every day wear.

Laura Mercier is the winner!

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Book Review: If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

ADDRESS: If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
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ASSESS:
2.5/5
If You Find Me is a story of how fifteen year old Carey and her younger sister Jenessa copes with the aftermath of their mentally ill mother abandoning them for good. Living in a broken down camper hidden deep in a national forest for the majority of their lives, their world is completely turned upside down when their father– virtually a stranger– finds them and takes them in, with the task of reentering them into the civilized world of high school, a new family, girl problems, and the perplexing issue of boys.

If You Find Me is an emotional rollercoaster that brings you through the first-person narrative of a young girl who’s dealt with more trauma and turmoil than any fifteen year old should ever face. Having to quickly grow up in order to provide and be the ultimate caregiver for her younger sister while her meth addict mother leaves for weeks at a time, Carey’s voice provides great insight into the obstacles she and her sister have had to face, and now the struggles they need to face in order to adapt into a world they never had a chance to experience.

While I found the relationship between Carey and her sister truly touching, and was interested to see how the book did evolve right to the last page, I overall found there were way too many loopholes in this novel to truly work. First of all, I believe the portrayal of the social worker was off what she would be like in real life. You probably shouldn’t wear high-heels and get all fancied up when heading hours out to the woods to retrieve two lost, kidnapped, very scared girls. Second, since it was a kidnapping, wouldn’t their be some sort of police involved? I also believe Jenessa adapts to her new life way too quickly, seeing as she is the one who never really knew that type of living at all, and became mute after a particular traumatizing event, one would think it would take her a much longer time to put trust in others. It made zero sense the two sisters were grades above their level of education, since they had to teach everything they learned to themselves.

But most of all, Carey believed (on her mothers word) that her father had abused her, and while extremely terrified of him in the beginning, that fear almost completely vanished even before finding out the truth. She also trusted Jenessa with him alone at times without a second of concern, yet believed he had abused her as a child? It made no sense.

The book was very well written, and as previously mentioned I stayed tuned in to the very last page. However there were too many “huh?” moments for me to get over to ever recommend this book.

Choose-Day Tuesday: Gillette vs. Skintimate

Today’s battle is between two worthy competitors of the smooth and silky world — sensitive skin shaving cream. Enabling the sharpest blades to do their job right, the two will battle it out right here and determine who is the best of all!

In the left corner we have the competitor who leaves no man (hair) behind, and gets the job done! It’s….

Skintimate Moisturizing Cream Dry Shave Cream
$3.32

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I was drawn to this product after years of using Gillette because it is specifically made for people with dryness – which is the definition of my skin. I personally prefer soft, smooth legs every single day (seriously cannot go without shaving), so if I can moisturize in the process I see that as nothing but a plus!

In a squirt bottle rather than the aerosol that I am use to, after halfway of using the product it becomes rather difficult to squeeze out the remaining product. Nevertheless, the product itself is pretty good. Coming out as a light creamy opaque pink, it already feels more like a moisturizing cream as opposed to a shaving cream. You need quite a bit of it for each use to apply it evenly.

I haven’t cut myself at all, and have never felt razor burn with it.

My legs do feel moisturized afterwards, nothing too dramatic but still up from other brands. My biggest fault is I feel there is a bit of residue left on my skin, you can’t see it but I need to really scrub to get rid of that filminess.

In the right corner we have the competitor who gets those blades to finish the job, leaving not a trace of evidence behind, it’s…….

Gillette Satin Care Sensitive Skin
$4.19

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I have been using various Gillette Satin Care shaving creams for years. I can already say right off the bat, best smelling shaving creams ever. My absolute favourite is Melon Splash, my go-to summer shaving cream.

That being said, I am going to focus on the sensitive skin shaving cream they offer to be a fair match up. Aerosol can, and gel to foam substance like their other products, this shaving cream is unscented. I don’t cut myself with this shaving cream and definitely never feel razor burn. I do notice a different in the areas that are more prone to cut, I trust this product to keep me out of harms way.

The shave leaves my legs feeling super smooth and silky! It lessens the irritation caused to skin, however I do not see it adding any moisture.

VERDICT
Both shaving creams are pretty awesome and will most likely continue to buy both, however the winner for me is my Gillette Satin Care. I feel like I need to use so much more product every time with the Skintimate in order to provide a thick enough layer to be confident I will not nick myself. They both leave my legs feeling super smooth, and while the Skinimate leaves them feeling a little more moisturized, they also leave a filmy residue I am not a fan of. Therefore, Gillette Satin Care is the winner!

Bite Beauty’s Deconstructed Rose Library Set Review — Post #3

Next up for review from Bite Beauty’s wonderful rose inspired gloss set, are glosses Two, Nine and Eleven. If you’d like to read my thoughts on glosses Four Seven and Ten, it can be found here and One, Six and Twelve here.

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Gloss Two
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I am kind of surprised on my thoughts on gloss Two, which is described as the rosey pink of the bunch. Usually I am all for the light pink colours, and if this gloss performed better I would have been! It’s funny cause I was obsessed with this gloss when I first got it, and wore it a lot over a pink lipstick I own — the two go together like peanut butter and jelly. You see, the colour is fabulous, however I find it settles into lines a little bit more than the other glosses. I think it did this because it actually is really quite sheer, so where the colour does set in it is much more noticeable. That being said, when worn mixed with another colour, or with lipstick I truly love it, I just see myself veering towards other glosses more for casual days.
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Gloss Nine
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Okay so all I can say is wow. These are lipsticks disguised as lipgloss. Seriously. I have never seen so much pigment in a lip gloss in my life….if you apply with a light hand you can make them sheer, but do one or two coats and they are quite opaque. This particular gloss is described as apple red, and it truly reminds me of the apple Snow White eats haha, bright red in its truest form!
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Gloss Eleven

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This gloss has the same wow factor for me as Nine did, except I am more in love with this colour! Described as a dark red/brown, this gloss gives such a sophisticated look. With just one coat, the pigmentation is incredible. Applies smoothly, and has the benefits of a lipstick, but moisturizes instead of dries out your lips! I’m excited for a night out to wear this baby.
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Bite Beauty’s Deconstructed Rose Library Set Review — Post #2

So for round two of the Deconstructed Rose Library Gloss Set of 12 beautiful shades of a rose I will be reviewing glosses Four, Seven and Ten. You can find my previous review on shades One, Six and Twelve here.

Once again, picking shades in a way that I can be reviewing very different colours per post…since some are extremely close in shade (looking at you Eight, Nine and Ten!)

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Gloss Four

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I really enjoy gloss four! It is actually one of my favourites of this set, and most used on a regular basis. It is described by Bite Beauty as the “raisin” colour, but I have to say that is not what comes to my mind for this shade, to me it is just my lip colour with a tad darker pigment. Which obviously means, its super flattering for a natural look. It adds enough pigment that you definitely know there is something there, but still natural and sheer enough that it isn’t a standout.

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Gloss Seven

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On the opposite, we will now be talking about one of my least used. Seven! It is described as a dusty coral, and when swatched on the hand truly does look like a coral with hints of pink. I was super excited about this being a summer lip colour, but was disappointed as soon as I put it on. On my olive skin, it looks straight up orange. Not just that, but it sticks together in areas on my lips, being super orange in one area, and then completely sheer in another. However due to it’s thickness, if I apply multiple coats I can get a better result, so all is not lost with this gloss.

I’m hoping once I get a dark enough tan maybe my thoughts will change, but as of now the colouring for my skin tone is just not flattering at all.

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Gloss Ten

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This is the gloss that made me realize that Bite Beauty means business! I seriously cannot get over how amazing the colour payoff is for one stroke across the lip. The below pictures are just one swipe. Ten is so incredibly pigmented, it looks like you are wearing a lipstick with shine! A bright red, this gloss is perfect for a glammed up night. As the others, its a little on the sticky side but has colour that lasts, smells/tastes good, and is amazing quality for a great value!

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Choose-Day Tuesday: MAC vs Laura Mercier

Today I will be addressing not one, but two highly respected concealers. The match-up consists of two well-known, high end brands whose concealers are some of their leading selling products!

In the right corner is the competitor who can lighten up the darkest of situations. He goes on thick, has the endurance to last all day long, and will never quit! Ladies and gentleman, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer!!
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In the left corner we have the competitor who can make the worst of nightmares DISAPPEAR. She’s light on her feet, you won’t even know she’s there. But don’t be fooled, she gets the job done every, single, time. Today’s competitor, Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage!!
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(Can you tell I have fun pretending they are legitimately fighting?)

ADDRESS: Mac Pro Longwear Concealer
$21.00 CDN
9ml/0.30 US fl oz. 

ASSESS: This concealer comes in a large variety of shades, accommodating any skin tone. Known for it’s ability to last, I can put it on in the morning and it is still doing its amazing work late at night. Smelling like paint, you know this stuff is going to go on thick! A little bit goes a long way, and I find it looks more natural to put on a very thin layer, and then go over the area again to really do the trick.

I tend to use this concealer more for covering redness, blemishes and actually doubling it as a highlighter for some areas. While I have used it before for underneath the eyes since it is amazing for not creasing, unfortunately I do still think my dark circles come through. That being said, the other areas I put it on and it lasts. All day. Through thick and thin, this stuff does not budge!! I know when I need something covered, I can trust my pro longwear.

My “ughhh” moment comes with the packaging. As mentioned above, you only need a TINY bit of this stuff for it to work amazingly. The product comes in a glass bottle (don’t like) with a pump (don’t like). It is extremely hard to pump out the true amount of product you need, it delivers SO much. I hate wasting, and you are wasting half of the product that comes out every time you use it!!

If you are able to master the pump, this product will last you a million years and is definitely worth the purchase.

ADDRESS: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage 
$38.00 CDN
0.26 US fl oz.

ASSESS: This product comes with both a proper concealer and a highlighter. It only comes in eight different shades, however thankfully SC-2 is perfect for my skin tone. The concealer is orange based, which is perfect for cancelling out the purple/blues. Before this, I had yet to find a concealer that could truly mask my dark circles beneath the eyes, it is a miracle worker! It also does an awesome job covering up any redness. When travelling, this is my go-to since I know it will cover everything I need for every day.

The highlighter is actually pretty drying, I don’t even bother trying with a brush it simply will not work. The only way to get some payoff is to warm it up with your finger first, which is pretty annoying.

However, it is the concealer I am focusing on here, and it the concealer that is absolutely magnificent. It’s thick formula is extremely pigmented and covers up absolutely everything. With drying skin like mine, it is a huge plus when I have no creasing and I can put this on anywhere, for any amount of time and I can trust it will do the job right with no irritation.

VERDICT: This was a tough battle. I just want to start off by saying these are my top 2 concealers, of all time. They both last all day, and truly do an awesome job of concealing! That being said, the winner is…..Laura Mercier. If I am going for a natural day, this could be all that I wear and no one the wiser. If I am going out for the night, I need it to hide all the perfections and give me the confidence I need to feel great! Laura Mercier edged out her competitor with truly covering those dark circles, and being perfect even for us with sensitive skin.

Bite Beauty Deconstructed Rose Lip Gloss Library Review – Post #1

I recently purchased Bite Beauty’s Deconstructed Rose set of 12 lip glosses. I was immediately attracted to this value set since Bite Beauty is a well respected lip products brand, yet I never could justify spending $30 for one gloss alone. With 12 glosses all inspired by the different shades of a single rose, and valuing at $4.41 per gloss I knew this was my chance.

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I’ve decided to review this set three glosses at a time so I can get into more detail, then an overall review in a series of 5 posts. Since the spectrum is all rose tones, gradually going up in shade, the glosses can look quite similar side by side in the set. Therefore, this time I will review glosses One, Six and Twelve, which are all very much different shades!

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Gloss One
Gloss One is a light bubblegum pink/mauve colour. The pigmentation is lumpy, with blobs of light pink showing up in one spot, and complete sheerness in another. For sure the most sheer of the bunch. I actually find this gloss has a white cast to it when on the lips, making it look a little too pale for my taste. I am usually more drawn to lighter shades for every day wear, but this is TOO pale. This gloss was a disappointment.
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Gloss Six
Bite Beauty describes this shade as dusty rose. As you can see in the swatch above there is a world of a difference in colour payoff from Gloss One. Oddly enough, the first couple of times I tried this I did not like it. However, after just putting this on again I am really starting to warm up to it! It applies smoothly and with one swipe I get great colour and shine. I would say this gloss is still on the natural side, just naturally looking more dark pink.
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Gloss Twelve
Gloss Twelve is described as a deep purple, which at the store I had already written off as a shade I wouldn’t be using. I like my nudes, pinks, fuscias, corals, reds….but have never really gone off of that colour palette before. Ever. So even to my own amazement, somehow I ended up loving this shade! Such a pretty colour, and extremely pigmented, I feel like I am wearing a lipstick with shine. I think why I love it so much is because it really isn’t full-on purple, but rather a purplish-red. For me, this is perfect for a Friday night wanting to look glammed up and gorgeous. So pretty!
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