A new classic: YSL Beauty Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Radical

My first luxury brand mascara? So glad you asked! It was YSL Beauty’s Faux Cils mascara.

Although it’s been years since I’ve had this mascara in my collection, it’s always held a special place in my heart since I loved the way it made my lashes look, and the fact that it was YSL and I always had to purchase it in bigger cities made it extra special.

YSL Beauty is much easier to get now that I have it locally here in my Sephora store, and it’s readily available online as well, so the fact that it’s readily available does take part of the magic away, but I’ll always have a special place in my heart for YSL regardless of how or where I purchase it.

YSL Beauty Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Radical

Anyways, like I said, it’s been a while since I’ve used Faux Cils, so when I got in their new Volume Effet Faux Cils Radical I was basically ripping open the box to try it out.

The YSL Beauty Volume Effet Faux Cils Radical (C$41), which is their newest version of the iconic Faux Cils mascara. This edition features a new brush and formula which is designed to give you a false lash effect that can be buildable for out-of-this-world lashes.

The formula also contains ingredients to nourish and strengthen lashes, including Moroccan argan oil and pro-vitamin B5, which will make them look fuller over time.

YSL Beauty Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Radical wand

As for the shade, YSL says this is their darkest black yet thanks to mineral pigments that are more intense than the traditional iron oxide black pigments. I also want to note that it has that YSL Beauty fragrant smell, which makes it pleasant to apply.

As for the brush, I would say it’s your typical mascara brush that isn’t too large or too small. It nicely curves to the shape of my lashes, allowing me to coat every lash with the formula. I wouldn’t say that there is anything unique about the brush. It does the job well.

IT Cosmetics You Skin But Better Foundation and Skincare

I think this mascara works nicely, but I think there are better ones out there.  I did find the formula to be a little wet, so I would be interested to see how this performs once it dries out a bit. I think it will make my lashes have more oomph after about a month of so of wear.

I think that there are better mascaras out there that are more affordable than this YSL version. Truthfully, I’ve always loved the original Faux Cils, so as long as they still make it, I would say to just stick to the original.  This one does the trick, but I do like the original better.

Have you tried the new YSL Beauty Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Radical?


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Natural effect: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare

One of my favourite beauty products ever is the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream.

I’ve gone through a few of these CC creams and the formula is just one of the best out there. It gives you a nice coverage, it has incredible skincare benefits, and there’s an SPF in it.  What more could you ask for?

When I saw that IT Cosmetics released a new foundation, the Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare (C$52), I was instantly intrigued on what this was.  This foundation seems similar to the CC cream, but with a few differences.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare

The Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare is a medium, buildable coverage foundation that instantly perfects skin in that it minimizes pores and imperfections, while hydrating skin. Suitable for all skin types, it contains a number of ingredients to hydrate skin, including hyaluronic acid, aloe vera extract, vitamins E & B5, and hepes acid.

Now IT Cosmetics says that this foundation will actually improve your skin after just two weeks of wearing it. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been wearing much foundation since I work at home due to the pandemic, so if I am wearing foundation, it might be once, maybe twice a week.  If you are wearing this every day, IT Cosmetics says that your skin will look smoother, your skin tone will appear more even, and the texture will be more refined.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare


So how does this compare to the CC Cream?  Well, both are amazing formulas that are good for your skin.  They both take care of redness, imperfections, and discolouration. The foundation is a more lightweight watery texture, whereas the CC cream is a little heavier and creamier.  The CC+ Cream also has a few different ingredients, namely collagen, peptides, niacin, and antioxidants (plus SPF, which is mostly why I wear it). In terms of coverage, the foundation can be customizable from a light to medium wear, depending on how much you apply. The CC+ Cream is a full-coverage foundation and is available in three different formulas (natural, matte, or radiant). Finally, if you couldn’t find a shade in their CC+ Cream, which only has 12 shades, then you might find your perfect match with the foundation, which has 40 shades.

So which one would I go with?  You guys know I am a CC+ Cream ride or die, so I’ll always choose that product, especially since it’s your perfect campaign when spending time outside. This foundation was really nice as well and find it’s better for more everyday wear since it’s lighter on the face, both in terms of how it feels and the amount of coverage you get.  Sometimes you just a little bit of coverage, nothing too heavy, and that’s where this comes in.

IT Cosmetics You Skin But Better Foundation and Skincare

Truthfully, you really can’t go wrong with either product as they are both amazing.  In fact, anything IT Cosmetics does is pretty incredible since they really tap into the scientific aspect of the beauty world. They work closely with plastic surgeons and dermatologists to create and test their products and it really shows in the final result.

Have you tried the new IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare?

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Colour Coded: Pixi Beauty new eyeshadow and cheek palettes

Eyeshadow palettes… the most bang for your buck.

I love a good eyeshadow palette, and let’s be real, your skin and your eyes are really the only things we can play around with right now since masks have become mandatory.

I’ve been a fan of Pixi Beauty for a while now since the line is top quality at a good price point. They recently sent over some of their newest palettes, two of which are eyeshadow ones and the other two being cheek palettes (also a favourite beauty category of mine).

Pixi Eye Effects eyeshadow palettes

Starting first with the Eye Effects palette ($22 USD), these palettes (available in two different colour tones) contain nine shades that are complementary for a variety of different looks.  The shadows contain ceramides to help restore the skin’s moisture barrier, as well as green tea for its antioxidant properties, and Vitamin E to nourish and protect.

These palettes are very pigmented and I really liked the colours they choose for both. One is a more warm-toned palette (Hazelnut Haze) and the other is filled with cool tones (Rosette Ray).  For the price of each one, it’s a total bargain considering the amount of shadows you get in here and the quality is amazing, with each shade being pigmented, creamy, and blendable.



If you love the shadows, then you’ll love their Nuance Quartette palettes (C$22), which is a face palette filled with four shades each. Available in two different colourways, these palettes contain a blush, two highlighters, and a bronzer.  Just like the shadows, they also contain ceramides, Vitamin E, and botanical extracts to hydrate skin.

I found these to be very creamy and pigmented, similar to the shadows, and I like how you can also use these on other areas of your face, like the eyes.  Also, although there are two highlights in these, you can swap out the pink highlight for a glowing blush as well.

Pixi Eye Effects and Nuance Quartette palettes Pixi Eye Effects and Nuance Quartette palettes

Overall, I think these palettes are great value and if you are on the hunt for a new eye or face palette, then I would look into these. I feel like there are a million eyeshadow palettes out there but when it comes to face palettes, there aren’t as many to choose from.  At $22, these are a total steal and the quality is top notch.

Have you tried any of these Pixi palettes?

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