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    First Impressions: Nivea After Shave Balm As A Primer


    Last month I posted a picture of the Nivea Men AfterShave Balm on my instagram page and the number of you that wanted a review was just down right crazy! I guess you heard all the hype the Nivea Balm is receiving as a facial primer ūüôā¬†

    So the question is does it work?

    Yes, this $7 bottle of aftershave actually works as a simple primer!¬†Now, let me elaborate on this. This means it will¬†keep your foundation in place for¬†about¬†6 hours. This is due to the active¬†ingredient Glycerin.¬†When glycerin is applied to the skin it acts like a glue and seals in moisture and helps maintain the skins water balance and ensures the skin is very well hydrated and moist. It also seals in anything that is applied onto¬†the face,¬†hence the reason why¬†foundation¬†will last a good¬†6¬†hours on the face.¬†Glycerin is also an¬†emollient so it¬†helps keep the skin subtle and soft. So all this new¬†information is great but does that mean¬†you no¬†longer have to buy the $35 primer? Well here’s the thing ladies and gents, it won’t¬†conceal redness like the Make Up Forever¬†redness correcting primer, it won’t¬†minimise the appearance of pores like the Benefit¬†POREfessional¬†primer and it won’t mattify your face like COVER FX¬†Mattifying¬†face primer.¬†It will only prolong your foundation wear and that’s about¬†the best benefit¬†you will¬†receive from this balm. This is why I call it a simple primer.¬†

    I have used it quite often since I bought it last month.¬†It does have a “man” smell too it but that only lasts for a few¬†minutes. I really like that the formula contains 0 alcohol and has glycerin as the active ingredient. Overall if you are looking for a simple primer that will keep¬†your¬†foundation and makeup lasting¬†through out¬†the day, I¬†definitly would pick up the very inexpensive Nivea After Shave Balm .




    Spring ,for many of us, is the season of new awakenings;a fresh start to tackle new projects , develop new ideas, and better¬†oneself. For me,¬†spring is¬†definitely a¬†therapeutic month. I use it declutter my closet, my makeup bag and office! I also use this new season to really get in touch with myself and to try to seek out a better¬†version¬†of me. It could be a new hair style or colour. I may add a few new beauty products to my collection as well as a couple (may be a bit more than a couple) of key pieces to my¬†wardrobe. I also feel very¬†rejuvenated during the¬†turn of the season and find myself very inspired, creative and lively. I find it so¬†therapeutic¬†to watch the snow melt¬†and buds¬†blooming on trees. I¬†hope you feel¬†inspired as well ūüôā¬†Here are this weeks internet loves and obsessions!


    \ Adding greens and fruit to your morning smoothie will accelerate weight loss. //
    \ I’ve been wanting this¬†NARS lipstick¬†for years now.//
    \ My ideal minimal Spring outfit.//
    \ I hope to rock this golden/brown smokey sexy look often this season.//
    \ I’ve wanted a¬†vintage¬†bicycle for¬†awhile now. I may have to go thrift store¬†shopping soon.//
    \ How cozy does this boho bedding look //
    \ Blush and Gold crossbody is must have for Spring 2016!//
    \ My go-to athleisure wear.//
    \ These golden brown highlights are calling my name!//




    Feeling so inspired by my internet obsessions and loves this week! Are you?
    \ Donuts + Gold Glitter //
    \ Necessary Immune Boosting Water //
    \ These stairs may lead you to heaven. So inviting! //
    \ How dreamy is this gown. Just Stunning! //
    \ Can’t wait to pick up these¬†aviators //
    \ Black + White + Gold = Glamour!//
    \ I wonder what adventure awaits behind these doors? Marrakech, Morocco //
    \ How relaxing does this look ! //




    The launch of the Make Up Forever HD concealers was for me, the most anticipated makeup launch of 2016. I’ve been using the same¬†brand name concealer now for about a¬†year and I wanted to try¬†something different. If you¬†haven’t noticed already, I have a¬†love for Make Up For Ever products and I¬†couldn’ wait for them to launch their new ULTRA HD concealers.

    The ULTRA HD concealer is available in 10 shades:

    Color Correct: neutralize dark circles with a peach shade: 

    R20: Light Skintones 
    R22: Light to Medium Skintones 
    R30: Medium Skintones
    R32: Medium to Tan Skintones 
    R40: Tan Skintones 

    Conceal: brighten and awaken undereye area: 
    Y21: Light Skintones 
    Y23: Light to Medium Skintones 
    Y31: Medium Skintones 
    Y33: Medium to Tan Skintones 
    Y41: Tan Skintones 

    The concealer is housed in a slender 7ml black circular tube, making this very convenient for travel. I bought the Y31 shade and R30 corrector (at the time I took the photos, I couldn’t find my R30 and may have to repurchase it!).The concealer is very liquidy¬†so be careful when squeezing the tube as you may receive more product than you really need. The formula itself, according to Make Up For Ever, “reflects light to erase shadows and fills & smooths fine lines, and¬†Hyaluronic Spheres help hydrate skin”. I can¬†definitely agree that it does¬†reflect light and hydrates the skin. I have minor fine¬†lines and some dark circles and I did¬†notice the fine¬†lines were¬†considerably less¬†noticeable¬†after application.I found the coverage to be more of a medium coverage and I used my¬†finger to lightly dab a pea sized amount under the eyes. As per usual,¬†I set this concealer with the Laura Mercier¬†translucent¬†powder.

    My final¬†thoughts on the MUFE Ultra HD Concealer is that his¬†conceler is going to be in my makeup routine for a very long time! I’ve been using itfor 2 weeks straight and noticed my¬†under eye area always felt hydrated and looked exceptionally bright! I¬†didn’t find my skin to feel cakey after setting with translucent powder.¬†My eye area felt very smooth and hydrated all day. This concealer did not set into my fine lines, even after 6¬†hours of wear! I would¬†recommend you use a small brush or your fingers to¬†blend the¬†product and not to use a sponge( i.e beauty¬†blender). I¬†found the sponge absorbed a lot of¬†the¬†product quickly. This could be¬†because the formula is liquidy. I also don’t like how the concealer extracts from¬†the tube.I find it a bit messy and at times too much product comes out.It’s a bit of a waste as you only need a pea sized amount to achieve great coverage. Overall, this is a great ¬†product that delivers on it’s promise to give the consumer a well formulated , easy to use¬†product that delivers exceptional coverage and hydration to the under eye area. If you decide to try out the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD concealer, leave a¬†comment below to tell me how you like it ūüôā

    This is not a sponsored post.I bought these products with my own money. The opinions expressed here are mine.



    CURRENTLY COVETING – Spring Obsessions

    The more I obsess over the arrival of Spring , the more snow falls in Ottawa! Here are my internet obsessions and inspirations for the week. I have a thing for Blush Pink!

    // Aviators are a must  this spring! //
    // The mix of rose gold and blush has me swooning! //
    // Kate Spade knows what a girl wants! //
    // Heels are a girls best friend! //
    // This draped coat needs to join my wardrobe!//
    // Did you¬†know you could¬†rent¬†this Elizabeth & James bag? The site is called rent the way and it’s pretty darn cool! //
    // Dame from MAC, a classic blush! //
    // Louboutin obsession just got deeper! //
    // Rimmel Pink Blush lipstick is the perfect shade for Spring 2016! //



    First Impressions: L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion


    I first heard about the True Match Lumi Cushion from my favourite youtube guru, Jaclyn Hill. I don’t usually watch Youtube videos as I don’t have the time , however, on my downtime I enjoy watching her spunky videos. She talked about how much she loved the Lumi Cushion and how it’s actually replaced one of her high end foundations. Of course, I had to try it out for myself! ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†
    ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion
    The Lumi Cushion packaging is rose gold and super glamorous. You know how I love me some good packaging! I have it displayed on my glass vanity and it adds that pop of glam! 

    For a drugstore foundation I found the $20 price tag a bit steep for the .51 oz product, but I bought it anyway.Lumi Cushion comes in 8 shades. I had a hard time finding the perfect match for my skin tone. I ended up buying Perfect Beige which wasn’t my exact colour but¬†was the closest to my skin tone.
    The foundation comes with it’s own “puff” for easy application. I wasn’t too crazy about it at first sight but it’s¬†probably the only tool that will work with this¬†foundation. I tried to use my beauty blender but I felt it¬†absorbed too much of the product. I used my real technique stippling brush but the application looked patchy. I reverted back to the “puff” as it made more sense.I used dabbing motions to apply the foundation. I don’t¬†recommend you¬†swipe the foundation onto your skin as you will see the strip of foundation along¬†your face. The¬†foundation is very buildable. I applied one coat of¬†foundation and loved the dewy¬†finish it gave. I could have stopped there but I decided to add¬†another coat of foundation. Two coats of Lumi Cushion foundation and you are a glowing dewy goddess! I love it! I didn’t feel it left my skin shiny in a way that looked greasy.It added a nice glow to my skin. At¬†first, I didn’t add any setting powder but after a half hour of wear I decided it was best to set the¬†foundation. Even after¬†applying the Laura¬†Mercier setting powder I still noticed my skin had a glow to it. You¬†don’t have to use any setting powder, but I decided it was best because I was¬†going out in the freezing cold ūüôā
    My¬†final¬†thoughts on the True Match Lumi¬†Cushion Foundation: I still find the $20 price tag a bit high for the .51 oz¬†product. I’m not too thrilled that the best way to apply the foundation is using¬†the “puff” it comes with¬†for sanitary reasons( how do you wash it after a few uses?).¬†The¬†best way to apply the¬†product is by using the “puff” as well as¬†dabbing motions.¬†I hope L’Oreal comes out with more shade ranges.With all that to say, I will be repurchasing the True Match¬†Lumi Cushion foundation as I’ve been wearing it¬†everyday since¬†purchase and have received so many compliments on how¬†luminous my skin looks. Even in the dead of winter, I was¬†able to¬†achieve a¬†glowy¬†complexion from a¬†foundation!¬†L’Oreal, thank you for¬†such a¬†great¬†product ūüôā



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