Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Review & 12 HR Wear Test | CSIDEPHOTO

I knew this product was beautiful from watching YouTube videos, but when I opened up my tube, I was seriously shocked at how stunning it is. I have Retro Rose Gold, and it’s a lovely metallic pink base with gold glitters in it. It’s a much more fine glitter than say the Urban Decay Heavy Metals which are a bit more chunky. The effect the Stila leaves on your eyes is a seriously molten metal look. It applies smoothly, blends out easily, dries not too quick and not too slow, and layers comfortably on top of itself.

I can confidently wear this shadow with or without other powder shadows for 12+ hours. No fall out at all! My lids are hooded and greasy, so I have been very impressed with their performance. I can not get over how good this is. If you love glitter, you have got to get this item! It’s so user-friendly.

Lancome Matte & Juicy Shaker Review, Demo & 12 HR Wear Test

I have owned a Juicy Shaker for the longest time, and I think it’s fun to use, love the packaging. So I decided to take the plunge and try out the Matte Shakers. I purchased mine in Red’y in 5 – a bright, warm red.

It is a beautiful colour that makes my lips look super plump. You’d think the applicator would be a bit clumsy during application, but I found it was a breeze to use, very forgiving and good for touch-ups on the go. You shake up the lipstick to get everything mixed and apply to your lips, then wait about 90 seconds for it to dry down. The result is a gorgeous, vibrant liquid lipstick that feels like nothing on the lips. So stunning!

The downside is that it although it didn’t feel drying on my lips, my lips are naturally pretty dry, so I wish it was a bit more moisturising feeling. I was confident that the colour wasn’t sliding around or off of my lips, but at the same time, it didn’t last very long. In between meals, I had to reapply, and when it wore off, it left a lip-liner look which dislike. I was shocked that no stain was left behind, my lips would be completely bare.

Luckily, it was effortless and fun to reapply, but I wish it were a bit more long-lasting, even as a stain. It never fully dried down and transferred a lot throughout the day. Overall I did love the way my lips looked wearing it, but I think it’s a bit overpriced for the performance. Love the packaging and like Lisa Eldridge who I believe helped design it with Lancome(?). I wish I could give it a 5/5, but it’s not a lipstick I reach for often.

If your lips are naturally very moist, I would recommend you try it out. If you’re dry like me, then you’re probably better off skipping this one and using a standard lipstick.

ARDELL Faux Mink Lash 811 Try On & Wear Test

I got a pair of Ardell Faux Mink #811 lashes from Walmart here in Canada for under $10. Usually, I buy the five packs, but I wanted to try these faux mink ones.

They are lovely on – very long and full and natural looking lashes, but they give a very glam look. They feel entirely different from regular Ardell lashes – less plastic, and the band even seems a bit thicker and more like a flexible fabric band? It is a bit harder to conceal than the standard Ardell lash bands.

They wore super comfortably, and I didn’t need to trim them. Like all Ardell lashes application was a breeze and they wore comfortably for 12+ hours. They are easy to reuse and feel quite sturdy. I would certainly repurchase for another event or party.

Yadah Revitalizing Jelly Pack Face Mask Review, Demo & FAIL

I was excited when I saw these in Winners because it looked like a weird jelly cup, maybe two-step process looking at the packaging. When you open up the box they are just regular sheet masks. Instead of being coated in serum they are covered in what looks like jelly + serum. That was a little bit disappointing….

They are a reasonable price, but when our friend tried a mask with us, he had an allergic reaction D: Wouldn’t recommend or repurchase.

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Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Peel Review & Demo

I tried these out when I got a sample from Sephora (which if you ever can spend points on, I would highly recommend!). They come in a two-part sachet. You open up the first packet and rub the square cloth on your face, then wait 2 minutes, and apply step 2. It says not to rinse and follow up with a moisturiser. The extra gentle ones didn’t sting or turn my face red.

Immediately I found that it made my skin soft and smooth. I liked the result so much that I ended up purchasing a 30-day treatment of the regular strength daily peels. I think they have done a lot for my skin, especially around my chin area where I get lots of excess sebum. My acne has also improved, but I’m not sure if it’s because of this product or my overall skin health.

These are incredibly expensive, but you don’t NEED to use them every day. These are HG status right now but I’m actively looking for a cheaper alternative.

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NYX Micro Brow Pencil Review, Demo & 12 HR Wear Test

Love the packaging and that you get a spoolie on the end. The lids do fall off if you travel with it, which is annoying. The pencil is easy to use and control. It’s not too stiff and not too soft and blends out well.

I use Ash Brown and it’s not super ashy, it’s almost a little bit warm. It lasts easily on its own for a full 12 hours even without setting it with a gel. I feel a lot better spending $12 for a brow product rather than the $27 for the same amount of product on a more expensive product. HG status!

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Kat Von D White Ink Liner in Neruda Review, Demo & 12 HR Wear Test

I purchased the Kat Von D Ink Liner in Neruda, which is white. The felt tip is very fine and very stiff. It’s a very similar shape and size to the brush tip on her Tattoo liners. It goes on a little bit patchy, but it glides on the eye smoothly and is easy to control. You can build up the colour easily with another coat of liner.

The white colour stays white all day, even on my greasy lids. It doesn’t fade or smudge, even after 12 hours. I like it and do prefer it over her Tattoo liner.

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Holika Holika Golden Monkey Glamour Lip 3-Step Kit Review & Demo

The 3 steps of the Holika Holika Golden Monkey Glamour Lip 3-Step Kit are to exfoliate, mask, and then use the honey treatment. The packaging is cute and reminds me of the 3-step nose strip packs.

The exfoliator is a saturated lip-shaped mask that you just rub/massage your lips. It stings a tiny bit. Next, you put on the lip-shaped gel mask. It doesn’t have a hole in it like some of the other lip masks, so you can’t talk! It’s best to lay down because it doesn’t stay on very well. The final step is to use the honey lip essence and it’s my favourite part of the mask. I would seriously buy this on its own. It smells just like honey but has a slightly runnier and less sticky texture. It makes a beautiful gloss.

Although I love 3 step facemasks in general, I thought this one was a little overkill. It wasn’t very exciting and my lips didn’t feel amazing afterwards. I would pass on it in the future!

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Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer Review, Demo & 12 HR Wear Test

The primer is a clear jelly and it looks and feels a lot like the Smashbox Photofinish primer. You only need the tiniest amount and It leaves your face feeling really soft and smooth. It really doesn’t do anything to minimize your pores.

That being said – this really is the only primer I’ve ever used that actually makes my makeup last longer. I also think that it helps a tinnnnny bit with oil control on a full 12 hour day. It’s a great price, nice packaging, and the first primer that I’d actually bother to use.

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Kailijumei Flower Jelly Lipstick Review, Demo & 12 HR Wear Test

The presentation and packaging of this product is impressive. I love the tube and mirror and the way the lipstick releases from the lid. Whoever designed this loves makeup! The bullet is also beautiful with the flower and gold flecks.

I was surprised at how intense the colour was. I thought it would be more of a wash of colour, but it was really like wearing a lightweight, balmy lipstick. It almost leaves a little stain behind. I wish the lipsticks were more moisturising. It does smell a bit like alcohol/chemical. Except to reapply lots if you have dry lips!

I liked it more than I expected to, but it’s a little expensive.

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