Light + bouncy: Laneige BB Cusion Hydra Radiance SPF 50

I’ve really been into light makeup lately.

For the past few months I’ve been doing Fitbody Bootcamp here in Winnipeg and one of the reasons I love it so much is because the classes are only half an hour.  I really love morning classes, but sometimes it’s tough to get up so early. These classes are great because I can get up at 7 a.m., get there for 7:30 a.m., and then be home by 8:15 a.m.  I work at 9 a.m., so I usually have to hustle, but I still make it there on time.

As soon as I get home I’ll usually jump in the shower and take a two-minute body shower, but that doesn’t leave me with a lot of time to do my makeup. As a result, I’ll usually just throw on some BB or CC cream, some mascara, and fill in my brows. Because of that I’m now on the lookout for some fab BB or CC creams, so you can imagine my excitement when I received the Laneige BB Cushion Hydra Radiance SPF 50.

 Laneige BB Cushion Hydra Radiance SPF 50.

This BB cream, available in six shades, provides five benefits for your skin.  It evens out skin tone and enhances radiance with their exclusive Melacrusher brightening technology; it instantly moisturizes skin with infused micro pearls; ensures long-lasting hydration and a luminous finish thanks to double-coated pigments; provides a natural, flawless complexion, and a buildable coverage; and protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays thanks to the added SPF 50.

In case you aren’t familiar with Laneige, this is a Korean beauty brand mostly known for its skincare products. Because of that, it’s a no-brainer that this product includes so many great benefits for your skin.

I received the shade No.21 Beige, which is the second lightest colour. I do have to admit that it is a touch too light for my skin, but I’m going to love this in the wintertime since it’ll suit me better and it will help my skin during our cold, dry winters. The product comes in a compact, which opens up to a mirror and a puff. The actual product is below a cover and is very bouncy when you put your sponge on it. I’ve used similar products before so I was familiar with how to apply this. I also want to say that you also get a refill, so at C$49, this is a great value (you essentially get two products).

 Laneige BB Cushion Hydra Radiance SPF 50.

This BB cream is quite light. It does give me a touch of coverage, but nothing like the IT Cosmetics CC Cream.  I think the draw with this BB cream is definitely the skincare properties and then the fact that it gives you a little bit of coverage is a nice bonus. It would be really great for a beach vacation or for those who don’t like wearing a lot of makeup, but still want something on your skin.

So would I recommend it? Like I said, there is major bang for your buck with this since you get that refill in the package. Laneige does make amazing skincare products, and the fact that it’s K-Beauty is definitely a selling factor. I have tried better BB creams, but I’ll still be wearing this into the fall months and as we transition into winter. I also want to mention that it is very long-wearing; it didn’t fade through a sweaty step class, which is really saying something.

Laneige BB Cushion Hydra Radiance SPF 50 swatched

If you’re looking for a new BB cream or something light on the skin, then I would definitely look into this one.  I know I’ll be wearing this lots as we head into the colder months.

What’s your favourite BB cream?

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Shiny smooch: Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Glimmer Veil lipsticks

I’m down for anything with the word “glitter” in it.

You guys know I love Kat Von D Beauty, in fact, I recently did a review on their reformulated Studded Kiss lipsticks. So when the brand sent me four of their Everlasting Glimmer Veil liquid lipsticks, I was so pumped to give these a try.  These are billed to give you the same long wear, weightless feeling as their famed Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, which I also love, but with a multidimensional liquid-crystal glitter finish.

The first thing you’ll notice about these is the packaging. When I first opened the box, I totally thought these were thin lipsticks, but like the name says, they are liquid and have a doe-foot applicator to apply the product. The second thing you’ll notice is how sparkly these are. The formula is very glittery and will give you that statement lip you never knew you needed.

Kat Von D Glimmer Veil lipstick applicator Kat Von D Glimmer Veil lipsticks

I received four shades, Rocker (copper with gold glimmer), Dazzle (crimson with pink and gold glimmer), Shockfull (fluorescent pink with pink glimmer), and Razzle (magenta with pink glimmer).  Each colour glides on the lips and delivers bold, opaque colour. The wear on this is very lightweight, similar to the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, and they dry down quite quickly. I will note that they also stain your lips once they are removed as the formula does have a liquid lip stain base, which is great if you don’t want to worry about your lipstick fading after eating or drinking (but bad when you want to remove it).

I have a lot of lipsticks in my collection, but I have to say that I don’t have anything even close to this formula. These deliver major shine and you can definitely tell that there are particles of glitter in some of them. Because of that, they are more suited for weekend wear or a party or special event, as I don’t think I could pull this off at the office (there’s also a blue one, definitely not for office wear). The brand also recommends that you can layer them over the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks for a truly unique look.

Kat Von D Glimmer Veil lipstick in Dazzle Kat Von D Glimmer Veil lipstick in Razzle Kat Von D Glimmer Veil lipstick in Rocker Kat Von D Glimmer Veil lipstick in Shockful

There are nine shades of these bad boys and they are currently all on sale on Kat Von D’s site right now for $15. Would I recommend this product? I think it’s a cool idea, however, I don’t think these would be something you would wear everyday. I do prefer her original Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, however, some of the shades, like the red (Dazzle) or the nude (Thunderstruck) may be more versatile if you want to pull this off more often. Also, if you are looking for a liquid lipstick with a bit of shine, and love her original formula, then I would definitely look into these.

Have you tried Kat Von D’s Glimmer Veil lipsticks? What were your thoughts?

Please note, I received this product from PR. All opinions are my own.

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Tropical flush: Physician’s Formula Butter collection

I haven’t tried much from Physician’s Formula in the past. After trying their Butter collection goodies, I’m kinda kicking myself that it’s taken me so long.

I was instantly attracted to these drugstore face goodies as soon as I saw them, since a) the word “butter”, and b) the packaging is super cute. This collection consists of three highlighters, a bronzer, and a blush, all of which smell amazing, apply like a dream, and are so creamy and pigmented that they’ll soon become your new favourite makeup items.

Since I’m heading to Miami next week, these products have got me in the mood early (especially since it’s starting to feel like fall here in Winnipeg). These products are infused with a blend of Murumuru butter, Cupuacu butter, and Tacuma butter from the Amazon. Each item also contains essential fatty acids and pro-vitamins that soften, condition, and moisturize skin.

Physician's Formula Butter bronzer and Rose Gold highlighter

As mentioned, the collection contains bronzers, blushes, and highlighters. The bronzer (C$19.99 at London Drugs), comes in four shades: Bronzer, Light Bronzer, Sunkissed Bronzer, and Deep Bronzer. I got the shade Sunkissed, which is an amazing matte bronzer that really gives you that beautiful sun-kissed glow. These products help to moisturize your skin, but the thing I couldn’t help but notice right away was how soft the actual product is. Because of that, the powder just glides on your face, blending perfectly and leaving you with the perfect beachy glow. I have a lot of bronzers in my collection already but I’ll definitely be rotating this one in shortly (I’m almost done my Stila bronzer, so I’m waiting to toss that before digging into another one on the regular).

The Butter blush (C$15.99) comes in four shades: Natural Glow (peach), Plum Rose (plum), Vintage Rouge (coral), and Rosy Pink (bubblegum pink). I have Rosy Pink and absolutely love this pink shade since it provides you with that perfect blushing look. Like the bronzer, the blush is so buttery and creamy and just glides on your cheeks leaving you with the perfect flush. Thanks for the buttery formula it doesn’t go on patchy or chalky, it’s smooth like buttah and so easy and versatile to wear as well.

Physician's Formula butter products

Both the blush and bronzer flip open at the bottom to reveal a mirror and a brush, which to be honest, isn’t the most usable brush (I would call it more like a sponge). The mirror is nice, however, because it has this extra layer, it does make the products to be quite bulky. I want to say throw them in your bag for your tropical vacay, but unfortunately it will take up probably half of your makeup bag.

Finally, for the highlighters (C$15.99), these are available in five shades: Rose Gold, Pink, Champagne, Pearl, and Iridescence. I have the colours Rose Gold, Champagne, and Pearl, and find all of them so flattering and glowy that I have to say that these are even better than some of my luxury highlighters. Out of the three, I love the silver one the most since I find it’s the most flattering on my skin tone. Like the other products, these are cream to powder, and they contain anti-aging peptides and skin-conditioning ingredients that offer hydration. The formula also has peptides, mica, and natural silica, which impart lightweight, soft-focus pigments that smooth the texture of skin for a beautiful glow.

Physician's Formula Butter highlighters Makeup look wearing the Physician's Formula Butter collection

If you couldn’t tell already, but I kinda absolutely love this collection. Along from the cream-to-powder formula which melt into the skin, they also smell amazing, like like shortbread. They are all on the pricier side for drugstore products, but if you can spot them on sale, definitely pick up some items from the line, preferably one of each!

Have you tried anything from the Physician’s Formula Butter line?

Please note, products provided by London Drugs. All opinions are my own.

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