The Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer have been out for several years now and many bloggers absolutely adore them. I have a pretty large collection of lip products so I don’t usually reach for them. But if you prefer gloss over lipstick, or shiny over matte then you’ll probably love them.

[Arm Swatches] 

rimmel apocalips arm swatch
Solstice, Celestial, Galaxy, Aurora, Stellar, Apocaliptic, NOVA

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Many lines have churned out gloss balms and with their semi-recent popularity I wanted to share my favourite line, The Covergirl Lipperfection Jumbo Gloss Balms. I definitely prefer them over the Clinique Chubby Sticks which are a MUA favourite. And at $4.99-$7.99 (depending on where you shop) I don’t think they can be beat the price and colour selection.

covergirl lipperfection jumbo gloss balm group shot

So I’ve seen these around and finally decided to bite the bullet and buy a few (read: 16) of them. I tried to get a selection of nudes and brights, but somehow they ended up all being quite bright on me. This is the buyer I bought from and with whom I had a very good experience. I ordered them on March 4th and they arrived on April 6th. They did say to expect 6 weeks for shipping so I was more than fine with the timing of their arrival. They were $1.21USD each ($19.36USD total) but with the exchange rate my final cost was $24.76, or $1.55 each, and I paid via Paypal.

From left to right: 02, 05, 07, 08, 11, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 29, 34, 35, and 36.

One of the things you may notice when you get them is how light the packaging is. There’s 0.155oz in each tube, making it less than the .22oz you get from Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick but more than you get from 0.11oz of Limecrime’s Velvetines. It does feel quite flimsy and you’ll have to be careful not to be too rough with the applicator as they seem like they could be prone to breaking.

Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation  is the newest offering from NARS. Here’s their description:

“Achieve full-coverage, lightweight foundation that leaves a natural finish. Highly pigmented and perfectly balanced, this breakthrough, full-coverage formula builds and blends effortlessly. Its Even Tone Technology instantly neutralizes redness and dullness, while it works to reduce discoloration for more even, uniform skin. Perfect for all skin types, it features Weightless Long-wear Technology, an exclusive blend from NARS with flexible polymers and treated pigments that move with the skin while providing 16 hours of staying power.” 

It retails for $57.00CAD/has been getting mainly rave reviews but a handful of not so good ones, so I decided to add mine to the bunch.

I prepped my skin by applying a sheet mask (My Beauty Diary Hyaluronic Acid) the night before and emu oil about 20 minutes before application as I heard that this foundation clings to dry patches.

Based on reviews of the foundation I decided to try it once using my fingers to apply and another using a beauty blender, both times I did not use a primer or a setting powder.

[Finger Application]

Here’s a before and after. I used my fingers initially as I’d heard that NARS products were meant to be applied with makeup from Reddit.

NARS LUMINOUS

With the influx of snail/bee serums, BB creams, and cushion foundations into the North American market I’ve started to come across more information on Asian beauty. An industry that was previously overwhelming to me has become a lot more accessible.

I found this guide to Korean contouring on Reddit (makeupaddiction). A couple girls tried their hand at it and I was intrigued as to how it would look with my features.

Disclaimer: This look features an abysmal lack of Korean products.

KOREAN CONTOURING
A quick guide to ‘Korean Contouring.’ Source: http://www.refinery29.com/korean-contouring-tips#slide

After having tested the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit I decided that I wanted to try something with more usable colours for my skin tone. Meaning, not 3 highlights and something with less orange.

I briefly considered the Smashbox Step By Step Contour Kitthe Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette, and NARS Contour Blush. I didn’t think Smashbox’s was versatile enough for the price, Kat’s had too many highlights and NARS didn’t have an appropriate colour for woc. Having never used cream contour I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try the Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette, so I picked it up. It’s $50USD or $60CAD, and available at Sephora.  

laura mercier flawless contour palette

MAC Warm Soul Mineralized Blush is a favourite of many (lighter skinned folk). After years I was finally motivated to pick this colour up because Tiffany from MakeupByTiffanyD mentioned it once more. It looked especially promising as a very natural flush of colour based on the WOC I spotted on Google.

MAC WARM SOUL