QUO 2019 New Spring Picks

The 4 Items I tried

-Quo is a Canadian brand that is now owned and exclusive to Shoppers Drug Mart, and one I find that is not talked about that often. I find myself enjoying their eyeliners, highlighters and brushes on a fairly regular basis. I also consider their Solid Brush Cleaner to be the easiest way I have found to really get my brushes properly clean without drying them out. I recently was tempted by this new collection because it had adorable catcus designs embossed on everything. Silly but true, so how was it?

The eye palette in Desert Rose ($18 CAD)

Starting with the eyeshadow quad in , I liked all the colors in this so it seemed quite promising but the performance itself sort of lack lustre. The first color is a matte light taupe which doesn’t show much on my skintone unfortunately, the second is a matte coral that takes alot of packing on to show and fades away pretty quickly, the third is a metallic brown that went on fairly easily, and lastly a matte khaki olive tone that showed up mostly brown on the eye sadly enough. So I was mostly underwhelmed by this one, they switched okay but were pretty dry and didn’t stick around on the eyes even though I used a primer.

Unprimed in sunlight

Unprimed and under flash

Next up is the highlighter palette in Sand Dune ($20 CAD) It contains 3 metallic shades and one matte contour color. The first shade was an ivory that seemed like it would be similar to the light shade in the Quo highlighting duo I purchased at Christmas and loved, alas though the payoff just wasn’t as strong. It lacked the creamy texture and was hard to pick up with a finger or brush. The second shade I wore as a straight up blush and it was a lovely glowy rose gold color with just a touch of bronze for depth. It wore really well as such. The third color is a pink with a bit of gold shift which I can sheer out as a highlight or apply extra as a blush topper for a bit of oomph. It was much more creamy than the first shade. Lastly a warm brown bronzer that is matte and seems nice and smooth. The quality of this palette isn’t as incredible as the last one I tried but it’s certainly good quality and nice variety of colors.

Third was the Lip Boost Plumping Lip Gloss in Sugar Plum ($12 CAD) This gloss is very comfortable feeling, not sticky or too thick. The plumping agent seems to be menthol so it has a slight tingle and a hint of Vicks smell. The color I got didn’t show up much on my lips but has pretty gold micro glitter. I did find the gloss didn’t stay around very long and the plumping effect I would say is minimal.

The shade “Sugar Plum”

Closer shot to emphasize the glitter!

Lastly the Quo Illuminating Drops in Champagne Pearl ($20 CAD) This was a champagne colored, runny consistancy loaded with teeny tiny shimmer that could blend out very simply on the cheeks as a highlighter or dabbed on the eyelid as an eyeshadow topper. It had a ton of reflect and worked well both ways without lifting the product underneath. I am going to start mixing this with my foundations and moisturizes as well to see if I can get a natural dewy look or just a face full or sparkle. This so far has been messy but worth it.

Unprimed, blended a little on the left and not on the right

My face with a bit of everything on

So as a whole mostly wins my favorites being the illuminating drops and face palette. Is there anything in particular you love from Quo?

-Xo. Eryn

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NYX-Counting Hearts Palette in Thank You A Latte

When I first saw Nyx’s Thank You A Latte palette on the clearout section of my Shoppers, I didn’t honestly think much about it. But when I passed it a second time I lingered. I ended up grabbing it, figuring I could certainly use a primarily neutral palette as a majority of my makeup palletes are multicolored and this could round out some looks. Plus $8.49 for 28 pans is ridiculous! I am certainly not the type to get overly excited for a bunch of brown shadows but I certainly see the usefulness that can be achieved with them.

Not as basic as it seems

But when you start to swatch this, it reveals some really interesting surprises in shades you probably would l overlook otherwise. For example, the very first shade looks like a matte bone color that in person actually has this pink shimmer shift that is stunning. Plus the formula on almost all of these are creamy and pigmented! There are foils, mattes, metallics, satins and glittery. The weakest format being the mattes but they are buildable.

They wore on the eye quite well, blending without disapearing or getting muddy. I really was impressed with the formulation even just comparing this to the post I did in October on their two palettes, Spice Up Your Life and Fairy Wings and Magical Things I am seeing a huge difference. This could hold up to many of higher end palettes easily. Now onto the swatches!

First 10 swatched, without primer and with flash

First 10 in sunlight

2nd set of 10 unprimed, with flash

Same but in sunlight

Last set of 8 unprimed with flash

Same but in sunlight

What a surprising gem this was! I think I could travel with just this and still come up with a good variety of looks. And for all you cool toned lovers Counting Hearts is a beautiful grey, purple, grey and blue combo that is also on clear out. I would love to hear if the quality is the same.

So have you gotten anything nice on clearout lately?

-Xo. Eryn

February 2019 Favorites

The Whole Gang

1.)Inkey List- Caffeine Eye Serum This brand recently popped up at Shoppers and I couldn’t help but think how much it reminded me of The Ordinary. Low prices, simple packaging and products that are focused around a star ingredient. So this serum is silky smooth, feels very moisturizing and works well under makeup. It never irritates and I use it at least twice a day when I remember. I feel like it does a good job depuffing but we will see how the dark circles go! The description states that: “This is an under-eye serum which is an anti-inflammatory antioxidant derived from coffee. It helps to reduce puffiness, dark circles and prevent skin damage from free radicals which can make dark circles more pronounced.

2.)Nip and Fab-Dragons Blood Cleansing Pads What a bitter-sweet favorite! I discovered these cleansing pads when they were clearing them out at my Shoppers. They were marked down to 3 something for 60 pads so I thought, why not? I nabbed two packs and now can’t find these anywhere really other than in sets. According to the website: “Each pad contains a host of pore cleansing ingredients, including Salicylic Acid, to leave skin feeling refreshed and purified. Its dose of Hyaluronic Acid plumps skin with moisture, whilst Witch Hazel helps reduce the appearance of imperfections, including redness and enlarged pores. The hero ingredient, Dragon’s Blood (extracted from the Croton Lechleri tree), forms a protective film to shield against environmental aggressors.” What all that means for my dull, sensitive skin? Super soft, brighter skin right after use with a faint scent and absolutely no irritation and my skin feels soothed and moisturized after. That’s very rare for me! I’m impressed but hope I can find something similar.

3.)Milani-Hypnotic Lights in Lustre Light

Sparkly!

So the glittery, metallic liquid eyeshadows are all the rage and every company is battling it out for the best and I am just sitting back and enjoying it all! This formula is packed with microglitter of different sizes, the color I have Lustre Light is a rose gold with champagne, pink and bronze reflect. It’s best layered over a shadow, stays tacky long enough you can blend it out around the edges, then sets without loosing any impact. It’s gorgeous, hope they get more colors soon.

4.) Maybelline-Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip in Touch of Spice I have dry lips, we know this by now, so I tend to avoid matte colors mostly as they can overemphasize any texture or lines. This formula though has made me a changed woman. I picked up this color on a whim because I heard good reviews and I was last minute shopping for my own stocking from my husband. It has quickly become my number one favorite. It’s comfortable, long wearing, and the color is perfect with such a wide variety of looks. It’s a warm rose with a hint of brown.

5.) L’Oreal Infallible Full Wear Concealer- Recommended by my favourite beauty advisor Lindsay, this concealer is almost an exact dupe for my beloved Tarte Shape Tape that I can’t bring myself to pay full price for. It works best with a very small amount, blended quickly and sets and stays for a whole day. It is a slightly drier concealer which I love because at times I can sweat under my eyes. I find it has the sort of natural feel that helps you forget it’s even on. I haven’t noticed any creasing, caking or flaking but I do apply it right after I apply my eye serum. I really hope they bring some color correctors in the same texture at some point.

Milani’s Luster Light, L’oreal’s Infalliable Concealer and Maybelline’s Touch of Spice

So my Lovelies, what have you been enjoying?

-Xo. Eryn

5 Affordable Brands I’d Love To See At Shoppers Drug Mart

  1. Juvia’s Place-I have had their Zulu palette in my cart so many times on beautybay or their own website but I just can’t make the splurge! Their Magic Mini Palette is beautiful as well, and The Tribe palette and well, all of them actually. I would love to play with some of the shades before buying but with pigmentation that is supposed to know your socks off, this is too tempting.
  2. Colourpop-While mostly just selling through their own website, they have a small selection of their products available at Ulta and had a holiday type collection at Sephora previously that was just like a tease. Especially now that I have tried, and loved, their pressed powder eyeshadow. I have been crushing on the Through My Eyes palette, Drop Of A Hat Super Shock Blush, and I would love to try the brand new eyeliners and mascara as well. This inexpensive brand always is coming out with something new and all the colors. They deserve to give it a go in Canada
  3. Revolution Beauty-Infamous dupe brand with lovely quality. They have recently released a skincare line that looks very similar to The Ordinary. The Superfruit-Extract–Antioxidant Rich-Serum-and-Primer seems like something I could really get into and I have seen so many comparisons between my beloved Tarte Shape Tape and Revolution’s Conceal and Define Concealer that I am dying to compare. Makeup Obsession Face Foundation Mixer in Champagne Glow also looks like something I would love to mix in with my moisturizer or foundations. This is another brand that is always putting out constant collections and trying something new. The have a small selection at Ulta as well. Shipping is usually pretty well priced and not too bad for wait time from the UK site but I would love to see more with my own eyes before buying.
  4. The Ordinary– Simple, affordable and nice clean packaging makes this skin care line a winner in my book. I like how customizable it can be to make your own routine. It can be overwhelming at first with all the selections but they have excellent write ups on their site and apparently fantastic customer service that can help with your questions.The Glycolic acid toning-solution is on my to try list, as well as the Pycnogenol serum and Natural Moisturizing Factors with H.A . They have a small selection on the Sephora and Well.ca websites but instore with a beauty advisor to help you out could really be a game changer.
  5. J.Cat Beauty-I have sampled few if their products in the past through subscription services and have been impressed so far. I hear great reviews lately on the 21 pan and pocket palettes through youtube and blogs. The website is jam packed with stuff I would love to try like the Pris-Metal Chrome Eye mousse, the 8-square blush palette,the Love Struck Kitty Blusher and Bronzer and of course the You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter. I haven’t seen it around in stores ever in person but don’t see why it couldn’t be.

*And on an exciting note: On Shoppers website they have recently started carrying some E.L.F, Catrice and Wet ‘N’ Wild!! So nice to have some more affordable brands with the perks of optimum points.

So, what would you love to see?

-Xo. Eryn

My February 2019 Ipsy:First Impressions

Just barely getting here in time, my bag showed up yesterday but it is winter and stuff has been a bit delayed with storms so I will give them the benefit of the doubt. Plus end of the month still counts right? And tbh I really liked this bag, so how can I complain.

All Together

First is the thing I have been eyeing for quite a while now in stores, Pixi’s Glow Tonic. According to Ipsy’s website this tonic is made with aloe vera (to soothe), ginseng (to help circulation), and glycolic acid (to exfoliate). I already use Pixi’s Overnight Glow Serum which I reviewed back in my October Favs: https://discoveringthedrugstore.wordpress.com/2018/10/20/october-2018-loves/ and this has several similar skin helping ingredients. The scent is mild and pleasant, the skin feels soft and clean afterwards. So far this is a lovely addition.

Second this gorgeous shimmering highlighter from Ciaté London. This golden-champagney color is smooth and uber blendable with a second skin feel that I love. It’s loaded with reflective micro glitter that adds alot of impact. It’s a little disapointing that this is just the pan with no actual packaging but it is so very worth it so far. This lasted my whole busy work shift but I did have it on top of a bit of primer spray that I wet my brush with to boost the shine level because I am an addict. I did wear it dry over my lid and that also worked well.

Third up, a matte liquid eyeliner pen with felt tip by Doucce. This has an extremely fine tip and comes out uber black. It lasted fairly well but did smidge a little by days end, though to be fair I may have rubbed my eyes a few times. The formula goes on smooth with not alot of tugging. So far I am a big fan.

Fourth up, Sugar Cosmetics It’s A-Pout Time! Vivid Lipstick in Better Call Salmon. Funny name, great size but unfortunately the color didn’t do it for me. It looked like something I would love, very warm but on my lips it had to much of a brown undertone. I will be passing this along but I do think the formula is pretty and seems comfortable.

Under a flash, no primer

Artificial light, no primer

Finally, the 50 F powder brush by F.A.R.A.H. Very soft brush with a comfortable tapered handle and a lovely fuschia color. I liked the way this applied my powder blush and it says it can be used for highlight, blush, contour and setting powder. This brush is vegan and cruelty free which is extra nice.

And I did opt for the extra samples this month which is an option I am loving. I choose the Glamglow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in Nude Glow which really does deliver on the hydration and glowy finish. I really liked how this made my skin look and feel especially since I had no foundation on.

I also bought the Kokie Cosmetics Be Bright Illuminating concealer in Light which turned out to be very generously sized. The color was good for me, it set without getting cakey or creasing, and if I didn’t have such hardcore discoloration under my eyes this would be perfect. I am slightly hooked on two full coverage concealers lately that may have tainted my opinion.

And finally I picked the Hanalei Lip Treatment in Peach Pink which was listed as “loaded with rare kukui oil—a Hawaiian nut rich in vitamins A, C, and E, and essential fatty acids. This balm is rich in pout-protecting agave and grapeseed oil.” I like the slight touch of color, the smell is delicious and it isn’t sticky. Didn’t see a huge difference in my lips but I am intrigued enough to keep trying it.

TOP: Kokie Cosmetics concealer in Light, MIDDLE: Glamglow Glow Moisturizer in Nude Glow, BOTTOM: Hanalei Lip Treatment in Peach Pink

So that concludes my February bag, anyone get anything different?

-Xo. Eryn

Milani Rose Blush Trio Palette in Floral Fantasy

A very sweet friend of mine just gifted this palette to me and I was so excited to give these blushes a second chance to see if the formula had been tweeked a bit since my last post. And I am happy to report I do find these three blushes not as dry as my single. (Formula change? Was my single maybe already old when I bought it?) These blush sets come in two shade selections, this warmer, coral one and a pink selection called Flowers of Love.

Unprimed and artifical light

The first two shades are matte, and remarkably similar to each other especially worn on the cheeks. The middle one has a tad more brown but more of a contrast would have been great. The last shade has a shimmer bronzy feel to it but is lovely.

Unprimed and sunlight

I also apprechiate the smaller pan size, as the singles would take forever to use up. The wear time is good and pretty easy to blend. The packaging is nice, clean and sturdy feeling which makes me hopeful I could travel with this. One pan hadn’t been glued down and was floating loose but seems to be okay now with a touch up.

So far I am really enjoying this and am very excited to dive into the new Milani display at Shoppers to see what I can experiment with.

Any recommendations?

-Xo. Eryn

Nars Orgasm Infatuation Cheek Palette

This little gem recently came into my life and although it was a holiday release that seems pretty hard to get now I couldn’t not share it with you guys. Plus all the colors are available individually still if anything catches your eyes. So behold Nars’ Orgasm Infatuation cheek palette.

The packaging on the box is a punchy black and white design with red accents. Nars said the packaging for this holiday collection was all inspired by 70’s punk fashion which I am digging.

Fancy palette

The palette itself is an awesome rose metallic sort of 3D pyramid spike design which really makes it stand out and shiney.

In sunlight

This three pan palette has two of Nars’ most famous products and one never seen before. First their well known bronzer in Laguna, their number one blush Orgasm and the new Orgasm highlighter. The pan size of each product is a little smaller than normal, weighing 3.5 grams each instead of the 4.8 grams of the singles.

The colors themselves are beautiful as described. Laguna is a warm brown with a hint of gold shine. If used lightly it can even be used on my pale skin. Orgasm is that perfect peach pink mix with gold shimmer. The Orgasm highlighting blush is a peachy light gold glow that is described as having a peach pink tone but I do not see much of that.

Artificial light

The formula is different on each product, my favourite by far being the highlighter. It has a really creamy feeling that melts into the skin. The bronzer next feels pretty soft and as you would expect but the blush seems rather stiff and dry. This seems to be a common complaint of this palette but not of the blush single, which is so disappointing. The blush color is so beautiful though that I push through.

While this particular set is harder to get now, there is many beautiful collections to be offered from Nars and I definitely recomend checking it out. There is a gorgeous 6 pan palettes just released called Exposed that has a gelee formula wet/dry formula that looks amazing! https://www.narscosmetics.ca/CA/exposed-cheek-palette/0607845083962.html

So have you tried Nars Orgasm before? Was it dry and hard to pick up?

-Xo. Eryn