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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Affordable Brush Cleaner Makeup Artists Use

Hey everyone! I was reading an article online awhile back, and a makeup artist actually said that this was their go-to cleanser. I was intrigued, did a little research and decided to put it to the test!


Product Details, Price & Where To Buy
I'm talking about The Masters Brush Cleaner and Preserver that retails for $9.38 for 1 oz of product. There are larger sizes that you can purchase if you're curious. I bought a smaller size just to test out and if it works well, then next time, I'll upgrade to a bigger tub.
I purchased mine online at Amazon and got free shipping with my order. This particular brush cleaner also cleans paint brushes that have been dipped in: oil paint, watercolour or even acrylic. If you look closely, there is an artist who is painting an image on a canvas that is resting on an easel. 



How It Works
I washed 3 of my Sigma eyeshadow brushes with it and followed the instructions. You must rinse your brush in warm water and then swirl the makeup brush in the compound making sure to work it into a lather. Keep doing that until your brush is clean and rinse thoroughly! After I swirled my brush around in the cleanser, I found that doing that same motion on the palm of my hand and then rinsing it off with warm water was the most effective way. I really did love how it cleaned my eyeshadow brushes and it was very quick too! It isn't nearly as messy as when I use my Johnson's Baby Shampoo and I found this method to be more effective. 

However, I attempted to clean my beauty blender with it and it was not working out well for me. I prefer to use a liquid rather than a solid to wash my beauty blender for sure. If you have very dirty face brushes, I suggest that you do a pre-wash with some brush shampoo and then follow-up with this solid cleanser. I did clean a few of my face brushes with this cleanser that were previously used to dip into different powders (blush, face powder, bronzer, etc) and everything came off effortlessly! 


Did It Pass The Test?
Yes, it definitely did and I will now be cleaning all my eye brushes with this wonderful solid cleanser! They felt like new and were very soft after just one wash. I will not use it to clean any of my makeup sponges though because I have a preferred method and one that already works better for me. I like this cleaner because you can even leave the lather on your brushes to help shape and condition the bristles! It cleans as well as conditions which is amazing and I actually looked forward to cleaning my brushes with it!



I also have a video on YouTube where I test out 3 brush cleaners separate from the one that I spoke about today in this blog post!

Until next time,

STAY CLASSY

Berrz

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation Review

Hey everyone! I have searched high and low for this product in Canada with no luck! When I was in Buffalo, I looked in two stores and finally found it in the third. Third time is usually a charm right?  I'll be sharing my thoughts and I will be reviewing the Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation in the shade Soft Ivory for you today.


Claims & Benefits
It claims to be a high-performing, breakthrough formula that has a light-adjusting complex to help with the white cast you often times see in photos. This formula has been tested under 7 light conditions with and without the use of flash. It also claims to have that your skin but better look to it and helps to give your skin a matte, light-diffusing complex, camera-ready look every time.


Price, Where To Buy & Shade Range
I seen this product in Wal-Mart and Target when I was in the USA. I found my correct shade at Rite-Aid and purchased mine for $6.19.  I bought the shade Soft Ivory and it matched me fairly well. You can also purchase it online on the Wet N Wild website for $5.99. It comes in 20 shades with a variety of different undertones and also caters to WOC.


The Applicator & The Formula
It is plastic and it is great to use for dotting the product all over your face. I was definitely a fan of it because I prefer using a pump generally speaking, but this is my second favourite way of dispensing the foundation from the bottle. This foundation does dry fairly quickly and you need to work rather fast with it. It is matte yet dewy and it helps create a flawless canvas on your face. 


How It Performed & Is It Worth The Hype?
I remember seeing so many vloggers testing out this foundation on YouTube and were doing first impression videos on it. This is definitely a buildable foundation and it is medium to full coverage depending on how many layers you apply. I applied this foundation to one side of my face with a brush and the other side with a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. The left side of my face that was blended out with a brush looked much more powdery on the face than when it was blended out with a sponge. The first layer gave me a light-medium coverage and I say that because I could still see my freckles peaking through. 


The second layer was more of a medium coverage and the third layer was definitely more full coverage. I would highly advise that you use a sponge rather than a brush and I also noticed the side that I used the brush on, really emphasized my pores around my cheek area. It did not feel heavy on the skin and it did not oxidize. It looked better on my skin as time went on and it worked well on my oily skin.

Flash & No Flash Test
I feel that it did look great in photos and that it made my skin look flawless! The photo below is with no flash in natural lighting.


The photo down below is indoors with the flash on. I would definitely use this foundation on occasions where I know that I will be photographed or for when I want my face to look flawless!


Don't forget to check out my review on the Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powders in the shades Precious Petals and Crown of my Canopy! 

Until next time,

STAY CLASSY

Berrz

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Spring Vibes: Lilac & A Jean Jacket

Hey everyone! Today was 30 degrees Celsius here in the GTA and what better way than to enjoy the weather than having a mini-impromptu photoshoot?





Outfit Details:
Forever 21 Pink Lace Choker
Pins - All from Urban Planet
Forever 21 Dusty Lilac Tank Top Dress
Lips: Ultra Satin Lip from Colourpop in Femme





I hope that you had a chance to enjoy the gorgeous weather outside today!

Until next time,

STAY CLASSY

Berrz

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Liquid Coconut Oil, Lavender Conditioner, Green Tea & Lime Shampoo Review

Hey everyone! I wanted to share with you 3 new haircare products that I have been testing out and if you're curious how they have been working out for me, then keep on reading!


Rockwell's Liquid Coconut Oil (250 ml) - This product is made naturally from virgin coconut oil and is a natural product that is non GMO. It is also: vegan, organic, Canadian, cold pressed, trans-fat free, non hydrogenated as well as hexane and solvent free. This claims to remain a liquid even when put inside the fridge and also claims that it will not solidify. I put it to the test and put it in the fridge overnight. I checked in the morning and to my surprise, it did not solidify: it was still a liquid. I also purchased mine on sale at RCSS but you can also purchase a bottle online at Well.ca or on Amazon. It didn't really have a scent, it was very easy to apply, not messy and it wasn't overly oily.


Avalon Organics Nourishing Lavender Conditioner (325 ml) - On their website, the bottle is different and it says that it is a new look. I have the old packaging and that is probably the reason why it was on sale at RCSS. The bottle is made with 100% recycled materials which is awesome. However, both bottles contain the same amount of product. It claims to 'nourish and moisturize normal to dry hair for soft, smooth, shiny results.' This was a very thick conditioner that was white in colour and it did not lather. It had a faint lavender scent and it felt strange to apply the conditioner to my hair because it almost felt like I was applying a thick cream or lotion to my hair. I wouldn't recommend or repurchase. 


Kiss My Face Whenever Shampoo, Green Tea & Lime (325 ml) - This shampoo contains Moroccan Argan Oil and botanicals. It claims to be for all hair types, that it will leave hair silky-soft and that it will leave hair shiny as well as manageable. You can purchase it on Amazon (it comes in different sizes,) but I bought mine at Real Canadian Superstore (RCSS.) I thoroughly enjoyed using this shampoo! The lime overpowered the green tea scent and it lathered very well! My hair did feel softer after use and I want to pick up the matching conditioner! The formula is a clear liquid, the bottle is just tinted green.


Until next time,

STAY CLASSY

Berrz

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Testing Out 3 Eye Makeup Removers

Hey everyone! I recently opened up my bathroom cupboard and realized how many eye makeup removers that I actually own! I want to compare them and let you know which ones are worth your money!


Smashbox It's A Wrap Waterproof Makeup Remover - 4.2 fl oz/125 ml 
This is definitely the most greasy out of the 3 but let me tell you that when I have to remove longwear eye makeup or liquid lipstick, this is what I always grab for! I know the greasy feeling will turn some people off but it didn't bother me because my liquid lipstick basically glided off! I was very impressed but with that being said, I wouldn't use it on a daily basis: only when I have stubborn eye makeup. I can definitely trust this product to remove it completely without tugging or pulling on the skin excessively. Just make sure not to get it in your eyes! This retails for $20 USD and you are getting the most amount of product in this bottle. I managed the snag mine at the Estee Lauder Warehouse Sale for only $8 CAD.


Estee Lauder Gentle Eye Makeup Remover - 3.4 fl oz/100 ml
When I put this to the test, it didn't remove my liquid lipstick very well. It only picked up a little bit of it on the cotton pad and then moved the rest around. It didn't do the greatest job at removing my eye makeup to be honest with you. This is definitely a gentle cleanser as it did not irritate my eye area, but it wasn't nearly as effective as the other two and I would not purchase this again. I found this exact product on the Estee Lauder website for $20 USD.


YSL Top Secrets Eye Makeup Remover Bi-Phase - 3.3 fl oz/100 ml
This is definitely the most expensive out of the 3 coming in at $38 CAD for the least amount of product. However, this is effective and it did the job. You need to make sure that you shake it before you use it because it is a bi-phase remover. When you shake it, it will activate those ingredients and mix them together. I felt like this was a standard eye makeup remover but it didn't necessarily stand out from the rest. Perhaps in the future I'll purchase a larger size but for now, I'm fine with using the travel size bottle.


Until next time,

STAY CLASSY

Berrz

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Colourpop Super Shock Pigment & Super Shock Cheek Review & Swatches

Hey everyone! I have been wanting to try out a Colourpop Blush for a long time now and was excited to try out a fun colour for Spring on my eyes using their Super Shock Pigment!


I picked up one Super Shock Cheek in Prenup and one Super Shock Pigment in Kelp Me.


Super Shock Pigment - Kelp Me - $5 (Spring 2017)
This is definitely a beautiful topper on the eyelids! I wouldn't use it alone because it is way too sheer and keep in mind that there is a lot of sparkle and there is definitely some fallout. 


After you apply this onto your eyes, you will want to clean up the lower lash line, the inner corner, outer corners and anywhere else that the sparkles may have landed on! 


This is described as 'a bright melon with a pink duo chrome finish.' The formula is creamy and I just used my finger to apply it onto the lids to really pack it on there. I will definitely be getting a lot of use out of this gorgeous shade in the next few months! 


Super Shock Cheek - Prenup - $8 
This is a mid-tone pale pink and it is a long-wearing cream powder cheek formula. It has the same consistency and formula as the Super Shock Shadows. It is a satin finish and it blends out smoothly. 



The best way to apply this product is with a duo fibre brush and you can tap the product onto your hand first to take off any excess product if that is your concern. You then will want to build that beautiful colour onto your cheeks to your liking! 

This shade really stood out to me because it gives your cheeks a natural flush of colour. I do not wear blush every day but this colour is very buildable and easy to work with! It does have some shimmer to it.



I love that their packages always come with a cute handwritten note that is different each time! It really adds a nice personal touch to your order!


Until next time,

STAY CLASSY

Berrz


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Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Body Shop - Pomegranate Firming Serum Review

Hey everyone! I had purchased the Pomegranate Firming Serum awhile back and wanted to review it for you because truth be told: I haven't even used it at all until a few days ago!


Claims & Benefits
This product claims that it helps hydrate and soften the skin. That it firms and plumps the skin, as well as softens the appearance of any wrinkles. The Body Shop uses pomegranate seed oil from Turkey in their formula and they say that it is their highest concentration of that particular oil.


Price & Size
This retails at The Body Shop for $34 but I purchased mine for 50% off I believe some time last year. You are getting 30 ml of product or 1 fl oz. The bottle is rather smaller and will definitely not take up a lot of room on your counter.


Overall Thoughts & How I Applied It
I do like the design of the bottle and I love that it comes with a clear pump. Keep in mind that this is a firming serum and this would be targeted to older women or those would want some help in reducing their lines caused by age. I was using this at night before I went to bed and it was a clear, gel-like formula. One full pump was enough to use for my entire face and neck. It initially felt wet on the skin but it absorbed very quickly. It did not feel sticky and it does have a scent to it but it is not a pomegranate smell. My skin felt smooth and plump. I really do like this serum but I'm not the ideal target market for this product and someone who is, will really benefit from this product!


Until next time,

STAY CLASSY

Berrz

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