With the world we are living in right now, buying essential items only is on the forefront of peoples’ minds. “Do I really need this?” is often something I ask myself often and for the most part, I don’t need it. But then again, I do love to treat myself every now and then wearing makeup really does help to boost my mood.
We may not be able to splurge on luxury makeup items, but trust me, there are so many drugstore brands out there that have incredible items and everything you could possibly need. One of the most notable drugstore brands is Revlon and as someone who has used the brand for years, I can tell you firsthand that their products rival their more expensive counterparts.
So if you are looking for a nice little treat for yourself, then I have some awesome recommendations, all of which are new and perfect to wear this holiday season.
First up, for the face is PhotoReady Prime Plus Makeup and Skincare Primer (C$16.97) which is available in three formulas. This primer adapts to your skin’s needs to create the perfect base to apply your makeup smoothly and flawlessly. The formula contains antioxidants and hydrating ingredients to nourish skin and keep it nice and smooth and supple. You can use them alone or underneath makeup as a primer.
There are three formulas to choose from: the Perfecting + Smoothing Primer, the Brightening + Skin Tone Evening Primer, and the Mattifying + Pore Reducing Primer.
The Perfecting + Smoothing Primer is aimed for those who want to diminish fine lines and uneven skin texture. It is a creamy, hydrating primer that helps to blur and smooth out the skin’s texture. It contains vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid to hydrate, as well as pumpkin seed extract, which helps to increase firmness, among other things.
The Brightening + Skin Tone Evening Primer is for those who suffer from dull skin or discolouration. It’s a lightweight and brightening primer that will leave you with glowing skin, plus when used regularly it will help to get rid of discolouration. It contains lemon extract and optical pearls to brighten, as well as lactic acid to exfoliate, and vitamins E and C.
Finally, the Mattifying + Pore Reducing Primer is for those who have oily skin and suffer from large pores. Apply this primer to make skin more matte, as well as reduce the look of fine lines and pores. It contains spherical beads to give skin a soft-focus effect, as well as artichoke extract to reduce the look of pores, as well as salicylic acid and AHAs to exfoliate.
Although we have to keep the lower half of our faces covered, it’s still nice to dress up the top half every now and then. I love throwing on an eyeliner, mascara, and filling in my brows to help elevate my eye area.
Revlon has released a brand-new gel liner that is totally worth picking up since it glides on like a dream and will last all day. The ColorStay Micro Hyper Precision Gel Eyeliner (C$10.96) is the brand’s thinnest tip ever at 1.5 mm and is a gel liner that glides on the lids and delivers pigmented colour on the first run.
This liner is available in three shades, black, brown, and beige, and allows for a precise application since the liner is so thin. The formula is a waterproof one, meaning that it will stay on all day and not fade as you wear it.
The brand sent me the brown shade, which I love wearing since I have blue eyes and I find brown is more subtle and natural looking. I love a good black liner as well, but sometimes black can be too harsh; I find brown to work better for everyday wear.
This liner also features a smudger on the other end and you’ll never need to sharpen it since you twist it up and down, allowing you to use only what you need.
I actually really liked this liner and loved the thin tip, which allows you to create a variety of different liner looks easily. Eyeliners are one of those items that either work really well or not at all, and having tried products from all different price points, I do have to say that this one worked really well, better than more expensive versions out there.
Pair the liner with their new ColorStay Brow Creator (C$12.97), which is a waterproof and smudge-proof brow pencil that will last for up to 16 hours.
Available in 10 shades, this pencil also features a precise tip which allows you to draw on hair-like strokes, recreating brow hairs for a natural brow effect. The other end of the pencil has a spoolie brush to comb through and groom hairs while also blending and diffusing the colour. In addition to that, the pencil opens up to reveal a brow powder while goes on smoothly to shape and add fullness.
Just like the eyeliner, I found this brow pencil to glide on the skin and found that you didn’t need to use it with a heavy hand. It’s a creamy pencil that works well and with such a wide shade range, it will be easy to find your perfect colour.
Finally, I feel like when it comes to the beauty world, investing in a new lipstick is a real treat. Yes, you don’t really get to show them off and it’s kinda uncomfortable when they have a mask over them, but I still love applying a lipstick when I wear makeup.
The new Revlon Super Lustrous Glass Shine Lipstick (C$10.47) is kind of like a lipstick, balm, and lipgloss all in one. These high-shine lipsticks reflect light and give you shine that is reminiscent of a gloss.
Available in 25 shades, these lipsticks contain hyaluronic acid, aloe, and rose quartz for hydration, as well as more rejuvenated lips. They smooth out the appearance of lines while plumping your lips for a more full pout.
Revlon sent me three shades and I was instantly impressed with these. The formula is buttery smooth and feels so nourishing on the lips. They feel like a lip balm but deliver stunning colour and a bright shine. My favourite shade is Beaming Strawberry since it’s a baby pink that could easily be worn whenever I need some moisture on the lips. The shade range goes from nudes to reds, so even if you want to pick one up to wear around the house, grab a few of the lighter shades for wear anytime you need a little moisture and dazzle.
All of these products are incredibly affordable and also so impressive to work with. I get to try a lot of beauty products, from all different price ranges and considering how affordable these are, you really are getting great value for the quality of these products.
Will you be picking up any new Revlon products this season?
Please note, products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.
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It’s no surprise how much I love the Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Vol. 2 mascara.
When I used that mascara for the first time it instantly struck me how nice and long my lashes looked. I get to try out a lot of mascaras and it’s come to the point where I compare any new mascara to that one since I love it so much.
So, when I saw that Charlotte Tilbury came out with a new mascara, I needed to get my lashes on it.
The Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes Volumizing and Lengthening mascara (C$34) is the brand’s newest addition to their iconic Pillow Talk collection. What makes this mascara unique is the brush, which is long and thin, allowing you to get to the root of the lashes and literally push them up. One side is flat to coat the lashes and the other side, which features bristles, combs through so each individual lash is coated from root to tip.
The mascara formula itself features a lash-lifting polymer to lift and hold lashes, as well as carnauba wax and microcrystalline wax to add body and texture, giving you more voluminous and longer lashes. Lastly, it features kerestore to condition lashes and make them look thicker.
So how does this compare to Legendary Lashes? I think I still prefer Legendary Lashes, however, I would love to use these together since I love the brush on this one and the fact that it allows you to coat the lash from root to tip. I think I would go in with Legendary Lashes first and then comb through and push them up with Pillow Talk Push Up.
With that being said, this mascara really does leave you with beautiful and long lashes. I do think that my eyes stood out thanks to how my lashes looked. They were longer, more defined, and definitely more voluminous.
Have you tried Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes mascara?
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I seriously can’t believe we are already in November.
It feels like yesterday when the world stopped as we knew it and everything just slowed down.
Since the middle of March I’ve worn less makeup, used less heat on my hair and really watched as my body embraced these new positive changes. My skin is doing great and my hair is feeling thick, healthy, and shiny. Sure, the lack of going out sucks, but my body has been doing great because of it.
Anyways, I get to try out a lot of skincare here and love to see what’s new and exciting every month. Since skincare has blown up this past year (even more so than usual), I find that my usual beauty packages are turning more into skincare ones (when I get a makeup item now I get way more excited, even if I don’t really use it as much as I used to ).
Anyways, since we are on the last stretch of 2020 (thank goodness), and heading into a chillier season, its about time to start upping your skincare routine. If you’re looking for something new and noteworthy, then keep reading.
Derma E Hydrating Night Cream and Ultra Hydrating Serum
Cold weather means dry skin, so it’s super important that you start switching out your moisturizers for something thicker and aimed to hydrate.
The Derma E Hydrating Night Cream (C$47.49) is a great moisturizer to try since you apply this at night to wake up to glowing and soft skin. This cream will help to hydrate and balance your complexion while you sleep thanks to the added hyaluronic acid in the formula. We’ve chatted about hyaluronic acid before on here, but it’s an ingredient that lots of skincare brands use to replenish your skin’s moisture barrier.
This moisturizer will help to plump skin and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well as minimize rough and dry patches. They also offer it in a day cream as well.
Pair this moisturizer with their Hydrating Serum with Hyaluronic Acid (C$47.49), which is a vegan hyaluronic acid serum that will help to improve your skin’s appearance. The formula helps to dim the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well as give you more plump and firmer skin.
You can use this serum both morning and night and it will help with redness and dryness, as well as help skin have a more radiant complexion.
Kiehl’s Calendula Petal-Infused Calming Mask
Skin feeling irritated lately? Then you’ll love Kiehl’s Calendula Petal-Infused Calming Mask (C$59).
This mask is designed to hydrate and calm irritated skin, including dryness and redness. It is ideal for normal, dry, combination, and oily skin and features a gel formula that is gentle and soothing on the skin.
Apply this mask for at least 15 minutes for the formula to go to work. The aloe helps to hydrate and improve skin’s appearance, while the calendula extract helps to soothe and calm skin.
Once rinsed, you’ll notice your skin feels super soft and hydrated. This one is a great mask for the cold, dry winter weather. Trust me, your skin will thank you.
L’Occitane Immortelle Précieuse Masque de Nuit
Hands up if you spend your entire day in front of a screen?
I feel like everything we do nowadays is in front of a screen, whether it’s your phone, computer, or TV. Because of that, our skin is constantly being damaged by the blue light that is transmitted from these devices. Skin looking dull and feeling dry? It might be the blue light from your screens.
I try to incorporate blue light protection into my daily life, whether it’s my blue light glasses (which I cannot recommend enough – totally life changing!) or my skincare.
L’Occitane’s Immortelle Précieuse Masque de Nuit (C$85) is a great nighttime moisturizer to help defend your skin against blue light. The cream is formulated with a light texture to help skin resist the effects of external aggressors, including blue light and pollution.
The mask includes a unique formula featuring their Immortelle Super Aqueous Extract, which is known to have antioxidant properties, as well as the Immortelle essential oil from Corsica, which is known to fight visible signs of aging. It also includes everyone’s favourite skincare ingredient, hyaluronic acid, to hydrate skin. The combination of these ingredients will protect against blue light and will preserve skin’s radiance.
Skinceuticals Tripeptide-R Neck Repair
I’ve been using a neck cream for ages and it’s quickly become one of my must-use products every single night. The one I usually gravitate to is from Neostrata, and having gone through multiple bottles of the stuff, it’s something that I can’t imagine ever not having in my skincare collection.
I love neck cream so much that when I saw that Skinceuticals came out with one this year, I was jumping for joy at the chance of trying it.
The Skinceuticals Tripeptide-R Neck Repair (C$160) is a daily retinol cream that is specially formulated for the neck. So why do you need a special cream for your neck? Won’t your moisturizer just do? These creams are designed to target early-to-advanced signs of aging, which means lines, sagging, and wrinkles. These things can happen to us early since we are constantly looking down at our phones (who knew!).
This cream includes 0.2 per cent slow-release retinol, 2.5 per cent tripeptide concentrate, and 5.0 per cent glaucine complex. Together, these ingredients are targeted to reduce multiple signs of visible neck aging.
With regular use, your neck should appear less thin, wrinkles and lines should be reduced, it will feel more firm, and skin tone will be evened out. If you have received neck procedures in the past then this would be great to use to accompany that.
Mary Kay Micellar Water and limited-edition facial cleansing pads
We all need a good makeup remover and usually the ones I reach for are a micellar solution.
New from Mary Kay, the Micellar Water (C$20) launches today (November 16) and is a gentle, yet effective way to remove makeup and cleanse skin. The formula is watery-based and will remove makeup in a flash, while cleansing skin and getting rid of dirt, oil, or impurities.
Pair the micellar water with their limited-edition facial cleansing pads (C$18), which come in a pack of 10 and are reusable (hence great for Mother Earth). I’ve been using similar ones on and off, and truthfully they aren’t as great as the throw-away ones, but I do love how they are more eco-friendly and they do the job well. These come in a handy little bag as well, so it makes it easier to wash.
Mary Kay TimeWise Replenishing Serum C+E, Satin Hands Shea Hand Sanitizer, and Illuminea Body Souffle
Just like your body needs its daily vitamins, so does your skin!
The TimeWise Replenishing Serum C+E (C$67) is the brand’s newest addition to their popular TimeWise skincare line. This serum gives your skin its daily dose of Vitamins C and E, the latter of which is one of the most powerful antioxidants known to science. The pairing of the two vitamins together will boost skin’s defense against aging and with regular use, skin will look and feel more firm and glowing.
Now your face isn’t the only thing thing in need of moisture. Marry Kay will be releasing a new fragrance later this month and to go with it they have introduced a new body souffle. The Illuminea Body Souffle (C$34) is a luxurious body cream that will melt into your skin and leave it smelling fresh and fragrant. The Illuminea scent opens with spice, leading to fruity florals, and then finishing with a woodsy warm tone.
Finally, this last item is (sadly) the most exciting for me (aside from maybe the neck cream). Mary Kay released a spray hand sanitizer as part of their Satin Hands line today! The Satin Hands Shea Hand Sanitizer (C$11) is designed to be gentle enough to keep your hands nice and smooth without drying them out. It features a blend of soothing moisture to clean and sanitize hands, without leaving them dry.
If you are interested in any of these items I would also recommend looking to see if they are offered in any gift sets for the holidays. I will be doing a skincare holiday round up as well, but a lot of times you can purchase the full-size product with a few minis thrown in for around the same price.
Let me know if you give any of these a try and I wish you all healthy and soft skin for the months ahead!
What’s on your skincare wish list for this month?
Please note, all products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.
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