It’s that eagerly anticipated time of the year – the Sephora holiday sale! If you’re a VIB Rouge member, you’ve likely already received your sale cards in the mail or eMail.

The holiday season is typically the most launch-heavy season, with endless amounts of gift sets, limited edition packaging, and holiday products. With so many exciting launches, it can be hard to decide what to buy.
For this year’s holiday sale, I cultivated a list of the most recent/noteworthy launches, along with value sets I definitely think are worth the price. These are all products I personally have my eye on – and all are from cruelty free brands (because it’s 2017, and testing on animals is cruel and unnecessary.)

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This is a peach toned makeup look and a twist on the cut-crease. Rather than a super sharp/defined crease, it’s more diffused! I paired it with a peachy-pink sparkly eye, and a soft nude lip.

Products used:

Brushes were all Morphe from the Morphe Me subscription (don’t forget, we both get a free brush if you join through my link!) and the My Makeup Brush Set Oval brushes! 

 

 

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Too Faced recently launched a large range of liquid lipsticks. There’s no shortage of matte liquid lipsticks on the market, but I think there’s always room for more (after all, not all liquid lipsticks are great!)

Too Faced is quickly becoming one of my favourite brands, so I knew I absolutely had to try these new liquid lipsticks. I purchased them just after they launched on Sephora Canada online, and only purchased 3 of the shades (all the rest of the shades have been sold out since launching!)

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I picked up 3 shades: (left to right) “Feelin’ Myself,” “Cool Girl,” and “Queen B

Launch date: April 2016

Price: $21 USD, $25 Canadian

Shade Range: 17 shades (16 regular shades, with 1 exclusive shade for VIB Rouge members – as of April 2016 – called “On Point”)

These are a liquid lipstick formula with a matte finish. The texture is similar to the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid lipstick formula, but a bit thicker in consistency. They’re opaque and definitely matte, and the shade range is gorgeous.

The packaging is funky and unique, and a nice change from the typical cylindrical tube. I love the wider bottom (although it does make them harder to fit into lipstick holders) and the gold embossed font.

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One swipe gives a mostly-opaque finish, but I do find they can be a little patchy and may require 2 coats.

As for the texture, I do find they apply very nicely to the lips, but are a bit on the drying side. You will definitely want to make sure your lips are well prepped before hand (lips exfoliated and hydrated) otherwise they can settle slightly into lines or accentuate dryness.

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(Swatches done on bare lips, without lipliner or lip primer – my camera settings were a little off, so I apologize for the weird colouring in the first photo!)

“Cool Girl” turns quite brown on me, I was expecting it to be slightly more pink and paler. “Queen B” is definitely one of my favourite shades, it’s a gorgeous purple-toned mauvey pink. “Feelin Myself” looks quite orange on camera, but in person it’s more of a pink-toned coral.

They lasted for about 4 hours on my lips, and then started to feel a bit drying. I didn’t find they flaked or peeled noticeably on my lips, which is always a big turn-off for me in many liquid lipstick formulas.

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As with any lip product, I always prefer to line my lips with lip liner first. This really helps prolong the wear, prevent patchiness, and make your lips look much more even and cleaner. I didn’t use lip liner in my swatches so you could see just the colour of the Melted Mattes themselves, however, I will definitely wear these with a lipliner.

Overall, I think they are a great formula despite being a bit drying. The packaging is great, the doe-foot applicator applies just the right amount of product, the color payoff is fantastic, and they last a relatively long time o the lips.

One of the main complaints I saw for these has to do with the smell. Some people find they have a really bad smell. Personally, I don’t smell any scent whatsoever. It doesn’t seem that Too Faced has put any strong synthetic scent to mask the smell of the ingredients. They aren’t the best smelling of lipsticks on the market, but I don’t personally find they smell bad at all.

I will be picking up more shades, like “Sellout” and “Child Star.”

Have you tried these? What are your thoughts on them?

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Today’s Blogmas post is a holiday makeup tutorial based on the look I shared yesterday! In yesterday’s post I also shared some mini reviews of some new products that I picked up to create this look.

The eyes are a sparkly, silver smokey look paired with a berry lip!

What’s on my eyes: 

  • Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Palette
  • H&M Eye Colour To  Go Eyeshadow Stick “One Hit Wonder”
  • H&M Eyeshadow “Over The Moon”
  • Ardency Inn Modster Eyeliner “Black”
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner “Trooper”
  • Maybelline Pumped Up Colossal Mascara
  • Kiss Lashes # 11–  almost identical to the Ardell Demi Wispies!
  • Benefit Roller Lash Mascara (bottom lashes)

What’s on my face: 

What’s on my lips: 

 

 

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Too Faced recently launched a brand new foundation that has been blowing up social media. The “Born This Way” Foundation is said to be a serious game-changer in the foundation world.

What it is: this oil-free foundation is described as diffusing the line between skin and makeup, giving medium to full coverage, yet still looking like skin. It’s supposed to hide imperfections, even out skin tone, yet still look undetectable. It retails for about $39 USD, and $49 Canadian.

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