Monday, August 29, 2016

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème Review

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I like it when I get back into the groove of things, because now there's no stopping me from posting more often! I ordered a bunch of new things from Sephora after recently purchasing this new concealer and a foundation. Today, I'll be sharing my thoughts on the Kat Von D Lock It Concealer Creme. 

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The new lock it concealer creme is suppose to be a concealer, and so much more. Besides concealing, it also brightens the under eye, corrects skin discolouration, contours and even bakes. Compared to the other Lock It concealer, this one has a slight gel like consistency, and isn't runny or sticky. One thing I love about Kat Von D Beauty is her detail with packaging. Some companies hit it out of the park with packaging, while many often miss the concept. Kat Von D has highly original, sleek, and unique packaging that is to die for.



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It claims to be full coverage, while nourishing skin and being crease proof. 

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I really love the doe foot applicator for this concealer. It's flat and flexible, and works well with the shape of your under eye.

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It's also angled and not at all stiff, so it curves along the contours of your face.

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One thing I disliked about the product was finding the correct shade. I could not, for the life of me, figure out my shade. There is about 21 shades, so I stood in front of the display for at least 30 minutes swatching between multiple medium and neutral shades, trying to figure out what would suit me best. There was at least 5 of them that looked like it could work, so I had to ask a Sephora associate for help, which I personally don't like doing because I like doing things on my own haha. What's awesome about the huge shade line is that there's also a white out shade. Literally a white concealer, that works great for brightening up your face, or even mixing in with a different concealer to lighten the colour! 

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Let's talk about the pros first. The concealer has amazing coverage. Absolutely amazing. My blemishes are gone, my dark spots, my dark circles. The colour works well at brightening my under eye without making it too light. It doesn't crease at all either! So what was wrong with it? My face was pretty damn oily at the end of the day. I originally thought it was my foundation that was causing the shine, but it was the concealer. The spots where I put the concealer most on, ended up being quite shiny. Regardless of that problem though, after blotting my face, the concealer stayed put and looked good as new. Most concealers I use would rub off by the end of the night, or the redness of my face would peek through. This concealer literally does not budge, even though my face is seeping in oil underneath. I definitely love the coverage and the durability, but maybe I'll work on baking the areas of my face where I put the most concealer, to set the concealer for the day.

If you have dry/normal skin, this concealer will do wonders for you. As for me and my oily skinned friends, as long as we cake on the setting powder, this stuff will stay put all day. I'm glad I found a concealer that will not fade after a few hours, or rub off after touching my nose constantly. Hopefully for the winter months, the hydrating part of this concealer will do its job in the colder weather!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

August 2016 Morphe Me Brushes Review

Well it's about damn time that I posted up something on my blog. I'm super excited about this post too, considering Morphe Me has stepped up their packaging game. Today I'll be going over the contents of the August Morphe Me subscription. 

Lets start with a little more information on what Morphe Me is. Morphe Me is a subscription box service that sends you at least $30 worth of brushes to your door every month for $19.99/month. They also have the an annual fee option of $239.99 that also includes a free 35O palette, which is a gorgeous eyeshadow palette that's sought out by every make-up lover and the like. 
Currently, the subscription only ships to Canada and the United States. 
Besides receiving up to $30 in brushes, Morphe also offers discounts on Morphe products, first access to new Morphe products, and even how to videos every month on how you can use your new brushes.

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The brushes came packaged in a black bubble mailer. Previously, the brushes came in a paper envelope, which was nice because it's easy to rip, but the brushes weren't protected well. 

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Not only did the mailing packaging change, the brushes also come packaged with a mesh plastic! They originally only came in a plastic bag, but now they have a tight fitting mesh around the bigger brushes, allowing more protection for the bristles. I definitely will be keeping those for when I'm travelling with my brushes.

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They never had this before, but I'm assuming they are creating themes with each month's bag now? This month, we received a sticker that says "wanderlust". Super cute colours I must say. 

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We received similar cards like this in the previous bags, just listing the social media accounts for Live Glam. 

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On the opposite side it shows you information about the points you earn from having a Morphe Me subscription. You can use those reward points towards free make-up and brushes. 

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This is what I was hoping they would finally have. A product card! I love that they have the brushes displayed with a gorgeous background.

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On the back of that photo they have a little blurb relating to the theme of the month, along with the brush names and fake ways to use the brushes. I don't know why they wouldn't write the real ways to use them, but of course a great way to get people to go to the website to learn more. 

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I find that this brush is perfect for highlighting the inner corner of my eyes. It's also great for smoking out your eyeshadow on your lower lash line. 

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I was quite excited to see a blender brush in this month's bag. This brush is absolutely perfect for contouring and getting into the hollows of your cheeks. It blends bronzer effortlessly. The bristles are densely packed and short, and isn't too flimsy when you're swirling and buffing in the colour. 

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Wait. ANOTHER contour brush? I was hoping the brushes wouldn't be the same in the same bag, but I guess it's an exception if it has more than one use. I found that the bristles on this brush to be longer, making it more of a loose, flexible brush. It works great for baking under the eye and applying highlight.

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I actually thought this was a foundation brush, considering it's so flat, but apparently it's a blush brush. I prefer using rounder brushes for my blush, so I found this brush to work well for applying bronzer (just adding colour to my face not actually blending).

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Since all the brushes are out of stock, I'll have to update the value of the box after. I enjoyed the quality and a majority of the brushes from this month's collection. However, I didn't like the fact that 3 out of the 4 brushes were contour brushes. Of course there are many types of brushes for contouring, and everyone likes a different type, but I would of preferred a variety this month.

Final Verdict:
Price of Subscription: $19.99/month + shipping = $26.06
Number of Products: 4
Value of box: $?
Mel's Rating: 3/5
Good!

If you want to sign up for Morphe Me or find out more information, click here!

Check out all my other subscription box reviews in my product directory and scrolling to the bottom of the page! 

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Travalo Review

I think the worst thing to forget when you're running late on a hot summers day, is putting on your perfume. I think it's crucial to smell nice especially when you have to deal with stinky, sweaty people on your commute to work if you're taking the bus/subway. 

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The Travalo allows you to easily take your favourite perfume with you, everywhere you go. No more forgetting your perfume, or not being able to freshen up on your scent. Now, you can take your perfume with you no matter where you are! 

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Super compact and chic, the Travalo comes in a variety of shades, allowing you to fill up to 5ml; the equivalent of 65 sprays! Of course, being under 5ml of liquid, it's also TSA approved for taking onto airplanes. 

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The Travalo allows you to refill fragrances in a flash with its patented Genie-S pump fill system. This system ensures that your perfume isn't exposed to the air, so that you will get that exact same scent from the original bottle. 


You take your perfume bottle and pop off the spray top. Using the bottom of the Travalo, push down on the perfume bottle top, and pump a few times until the Travalo is filled. 

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It's as easy as that! Now you have your favourite perfume readily available in your purse. What I love about this is once I finish using the perfume in my Travalo, I can easily fill it up with another one of my favourite perfumes, without the worries of having to purchase a deluxe/travel size.

I actually received a Travalo mini for either my birthday or Christmas a few years ago from my cousin, and I love it. I currently have Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb in my mini one, and in this big red one, I put one of my favourite Victoria Secret Pink body sprays. Perfect for my gym bag after I get all sweaty. 

Personally, this is an affordable way to carry around your expensive perfume, without the hassle of purchasing a smaller deluxe size, that also may break if it's made of glass. Not only that, it's interchangeable once you finish it! It's like you have a new travel sized perfume every time you're done. 

Purchase yours at us.travalo.com.

I received this product for reviewing purposes.
All opinions are my own.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Hair Slinky by La Vita Glam Review

I don't know about you guys, but my hair has been tied up for about 90% of the summer. It's just way too hot to wear my long hair down. The thing about that is, I am losing a shit ton of hair that's being pulled out. And another thing, hair ties can't deal with my thick hair. I have A LOT of hair, and when I stretch the hair tie too much it'll snap right away. I know I'm not the only one who also buys a huge back of hair ties, to only be left with one.

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Guess what? Our hair tie problems have been solved. Today I am doing a review on the Hair Slinky by La Vita Glam. 

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First off, what exactly is the Hair Slinky? The hair slinky is and will be your new best friend. It's a hair tie made from medical grade TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane), which is also hypoallergenic, and will not absorb bacteria. Not only that, but it is resistant to oil and grease, and it basically lasts forever!

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Ain't it pretty? This one is my favourite of the bunch I received.

The Hair Slinky also has 4 benefits:
- NO hair dents
- NO hair damage
- Comfortable no slip grip
- Looks as good on your wrists as it does in your hair!

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I absolutely adore these smaller hair slinkys. They're super cute! 

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The Hair Slinky is very stretchy too! No worry my thick haired friends, they got you. The one thing I was worried about was my Hair Slinky being stretched out after use. 

DON'T WORRY THOUGH. 

All you have to do is put your Hair Slinky in super hot/boiling water, and it goes back into shape! I was super skeptical about this at first, but I popped it into my sink while running some hot water, and BAM! Back into its normal size. 

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So what do I think? 

I personally love the Hair Slinky. I think it's stylish and cute, along with the fact it doesn't leave hair dents. The one thing I hate most about tying up my hair is the damn hair dents. It's the worst when you shower and tie it up, and then there's a dent and you have no choice but to tie up your hair again the next day. With the Hair Slinky, it left a little wave in my hair, but in a matter of a few hours, my hair was flat and straight again. It definitely lives up to the benefits of no damage and no slip grip though. I lose a chunk of hair when I use a hair tie and pull it out. With the Hair Slinky, 8/10 times I pulled it out, and no hair was on it. Pretty impressive. It definitely stays put on your head too! With a regular hair tie I always have to tighten my ponytail, worrying about it falling off half way through my day. The only con I would have about it, is that a majority of the time, I can never get my ponytail to be/feel in the center. It could just be because I'm bad at centering my ponytails, but I never really came across that issue with a regular hair tie. Well, practice makes perfect!

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Here's a fine example of the Hair Slinkys looking all cute and fashionable on my arm. Definitely makes some great arm candy. 

Get more info on the Hair Slinky at hairslinky.com
Check out their Instagram for super cute pics: @hairslinky

I received these products for reviewing purposes.
All opinions are my own.

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