Swatch Sunday: Sugarpill Sparkle Baby

Sugarpill Sparkle Baby

What a great find this palette was on the Toronto Bunz Makeup Zone! (Worth looking into if you live in Toronto and want to trade some makeup you don’t need.) Someone had no need for their Sugarpill Sparkle Baby palette so I snatched it right up!

Sugarpill Sparkle Baby
Sugarpill Sparkle Baby

I didn’t get this one year at IMATS New York and I’ve been sad ever since. ESPECIALLY since there’s a shade called Kitten Parade!

Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Swatches

Sugarpill Sparkle Baby - Kitten Parade
Sugarpill Sparkle Baby – Kitten Parade
Sugarpill Sparkle Baby - Frostine
Sugarpill Sparkle Baby – Frostine
Sugarpill Sparkle Baby - CandyCrush
Sugarpill Sparkle Baby – CandyCrush
Sugarpill Sparkle Baby - Hotsy Totsy
Sugarpill Sparkle Baby – Hotsy Totsy

Skincare Saturday: SweatBlock

SweatBlock
SweatBlock

This post is sponsored by SweatBlock. And once you read about how well this worked for me, you’ll see why I’m more than happy to be doing a sponsored post!

Suffering through hyperactive sweat glands was an ENORMOUS cause of personal strife for me when I was a teen. My favourite shirt colour was white, but I could barely bring myself to wear my white shirts because I would end up sweating through the armpits of the shirt I was wearing. And of course, sweating through white always causes that horrible yellow discolouring. I didn’t want to raise my arms in class in case I was sweating (made even worse if I was wearing a light grey shirt because those sweat stains ended up looking BLACK!). I felt like I always had to keep my arms at my sides at all times, which is quite a stressful feeling when you’re in high school trying to fit in.

I hated it so, so much. I even remember looking into possible surgeries at the time to remove my sweat glands in my armpits. (Hey, when you’re ashamed of something, you’ll try to find any kind of solution.)

SweatBlock towelettes
SweatBlock towelettes

Thankfully, I did eventually find something that would solve my problems – Drysol. It was this tap on bottle that contained liquid that would help stop sweating, and it worked, but it was so, SO painful. The kind of pain where you want to just scratch off your armpit and draw blood in the process – truly horrible.  But hey, anything to solve the sweating problem right?

So when I discovered that SweatBlock was another option in the same vein of Drysol, I was more than eager to give it a go. I was very intrigued by SweatBlock as it comes in far more manageable packaging – you get eight thoroughly pre-soaked towelettes per box. They come in those sample size foil packets which makes it extremely easy to travel with (I’m in Ottawa right now and I packed one with me just in case I need it).

Sweat Block towelette
SweatBlock towelette

Aside from the grab and go accessibility of the little towelettes, the biggest selling point for me with SweatBlock is how this feels on my skin when it’s doing its magic. I dab the towelette onto my underarms at night before I go to bed and then hit the sack. I no longer experience that unbelievable itching pain like I did with the Drysol (and I really cannot stress enough how insanely itchy that stuff is – it’s absolutely unreal) and can sleep without constantly waking up needing to scratch my pits.

So how does it work? For me, very, very well. From previous experiences I know I am extremely susceptible to the active ingredient in these kinds of products, so I can get away with using one towelette per month. My husband is an excessive sweater and he found he got a solid 2-3 days without dripping armpits (which honestly, is kind of unreal). Results will vary depending on the person (as with all skincare and beauty products really), but for me this is a winner. It’s also listed as the number 1 best-selling antiperspirant on Amazon (there are a plethora of 5-star reviews on there) in case you want to check out what others have to say.

One box will set you back $17.99 USD on the sweatblock.com website,  and it gets cheaper as you buy more. In case you’d like to pick some up with a discounted price, you can use muyourmind20 to get 20% off your orders until July 20, 2017! (I make zero commission off of this by the way – just save yourself some cash!)

Since I’ve told you my story, I’m curious about you! Have you ever suffered from too much sweating? If you’re comfortable sharing, let me know in the comments!

Too Faced Melted Mattes for Summer 2017 (Review & Swatches)

Too Faced Melted Mattes for Summer 2017

Too Faced is expanding their Melted Matte range with their Summer 2017 collection and there are some really intriguing shades in the mix!

Too Faced Melted Mattes for Summer 2017
Too Faced Melted Mattes for Summer 2017

Too Faced has released six new shades with this launch, although I only have four which I’ll be featuring in this post. The Melted Matte formula is on par with other liquid lipsticks we’ve come to know in recent years: opaque colour (I’d actually say the Too Faced ones seem to have a more consistent colour payoff than other brands though), solid pigmentation, a matte paint like finish and excellent longevity.

Too Faced Melted Mattes for Summer 2017
Too Faced Melted Mattes for Summer 2017

The Melted Mattes are beautiful and they are not as dry as some of the formulas I’ve tried over the years (looking at you Colour Pop), however they are also not some of the most comfortable to wear either. I know everyone has a different tolerance for liquid lipsticks, and for me these are definitely okay to wear for extended periods of time. I do get a bit of that “cat’s butthole” lip we always talk about, but I tend to swipe a bit of chapstick on the inner rim of my mouth in order to smooth out that jagged edge. For those of you who are extremely comfortable wearing liquid lipsticks on the daily, I feel confident in saying you would find this formula to be very, very good.

Too Faced Melted Matte swatches - Jawbreaker, Granny Panties, Wine Not? and Wicked
Too Faced Melted Matte swatches – Jawbreaker, Granny Panties, Wine Not? and Wicked

Of the four shades I have, swatched out, Wicked is the only one to show a bit of streakiness (although that wasn’t the case on my lips!). With a single swatch of these Melted Mattes, you can see that you get an immense amount of colour payoff!

Wearing Too Faced Melted Matte in Jawbreaker
Wearing Too Faced Melted Matte in Jawbreaker

Jawbreaker is definitely the one I am the least likely to wear as these kinds of lavender-pink shades feel a bit comical on me! This one definitely sunk a little bit in my lip lines.

Wearing Too Faced Melted Matte in Granny Panties
Wearing Too Faced Melted Matte in Granny Panties

How freaking FUN is the name Granny Panties for a lipstick? I love it! This colour is definitely a grey with a mauve tint to it. Really, REALLY like this one.

Wearing Too Faced Melted Matte in Wine Not?
Wearing Too Faced Melted Matte in Wine Not?

In studio lighting, Wine Not? comes across as a red-brown, but I feel like in person it leans far more brown. Gorgeous colour, nonetheless!

Wearing Too Faced Melted Matte in Wicked
Wearing Too Faced Melted Matte in Wicked

I’ve saved the absolute best for last… Wicked is astonishingly pretty. This deep emerald shade is… dare I say… ACTUALLY WEARABLE? I was absolutely entranced with this lip colour as soon as I put it on. The pigmentation is second to none and the colour and tone of it are absolute perfection. This is the kind of green that I would feel the most comfortable wearing outside of my house. And if you’re looking for something fun for a green themed look, or even St. Patrick’s Day, this is absolutely a shade you should go for!

Final Thoughts

The Too Faced Melted Mattes come in a wide variety of shades that are a lot of fun to play with. (You can see my previous review here.) I love how opaque and unique the colours are – it seems like they’ve really tried something new with the colour range and I am hugely appreciative of that. Of the four I tried for the Summer 2017 launch, Wicked is hands down my absolute favourite. I can’t believe how gorgeous that shade is!

The Too Faced Melted Mattes can be purchased at sephora.ca for $25 CAD and on sephora.com for $21 USD.

The products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration.

Elizabeth Arden Tropical Escape Colour Collection (Review & Swatches)

Elizabeth Arden Tropical Escape Colour Collection

Today marks the beginning of summer and the warm, summery makeup collections are in full swing (and the fall sneak peeks are already cropping up… good grief). Elizabeth Arden has released their Tropical Escape collection, so let’s dive right in!

Elizabeth Arden Tropical Escape FourEver Bronze Bronzing Powder in Medium
Elizabeth Arden Tropical Escape FourEver Bronze Bronzing Powder in Medium

The first item in any summer makeup collection that intrigues me the most is always the bronzer! The FourEver Bronze Bronzing Powder is a combination bronzer, highlighter and blush in one. I have the shade Medium, but there is one other compacy shade that is deeper. I’m glad there’s a deeper shade because this Medium one is very, very pale.

Elizabeth Arden Tropical Escape FourEver Bronze Bronzing Powder in Medium - swatches
Elizabeth Arden Tropical Escape FourEver Bronze Bronzing Powder in Medium – swatches

It’s an easy compact to take and go with you if you need something speedy, but you may find that the pigmentation on the blush is a little bit sheer. I liked the overall effect on my face (pictured below), but in general, I do prefer a more pigmented blush. The highlighter is quite pretty, although subtle. When using the bronzer, I preferred the look of all four shades mixed together since that added a bit of bronze, a bit of luminosity and a very faint hint of pink.

Wearing Elizabeth Arden Tropical Escape FourEver Bronze Bronzing Powder in Medium
Wearing Elizabeth Arden Tropical Escape FourEver Bronze Bronzing Powder in Medium
Elizabeth Arden Tropical Escape Sheer Kiss Lip Oils
Elizabeth Arden Tropical Escape Sheer Kiss Lip Oils

The most fun product in this holiday collection was definitely the Sheer Kiss Lip Oils. They come in six different colours, but I have what I’d consider the more traditional summer colours: a juicy red and a peachy coral.

Elizabeth Arden Tropical Escape Sheer Kiss Lip Oil
Elizabeth Arden Tropical Escape Sheer Kiss Lip Oil

What makes the Sheer Kiss Lip Oils so fun is they’re a squeezy tube surrounded by an acrylic disc! How freaking cool is this? When you press the center of the product, the lip oil comes out the top. I find myself mushing the center of the product for fun when it’s just sitting there on my desk – THAT’S how fun it is!

Elizabeth Arden Tropical Escape Sheer Kiss Lip Oils Swatches in Coral Caress and Rejuvenating Red
Elizabeth Arden Tropical Escape Sheer Kiss Lip Oils Swatches in Coral Caress and Rejuvenating Red

Although these are billed as a lip oil, they actually have a lot of colour to them. I wouldn’t call them quite a lip gloss either though. More like a sheer but thick lipstick with oil thrown in. Weird mix, right? Overall, the formula is a tad on the streaky side if you apply too much, so definitely don’t goop it on.

Wearing Coral Caress
Wearing Coral Caress

Coral Caress is your traditional summery coral-peach shade.

Wearing Rejuvenating Red
Wearing Rejuvenating Red

As to be expect, the Rejuvenating Red has that “red popsicle” look on the lips. Very juicy!

Elizabeth Arden Dare to Bare Body Bronzing Oil
Elizabeth Arden Dare to Bare Body Bronzing Oil

I saved my favourite for last! The Dare to Bare Body Bronzing Oil took me by complete surprise – I really had not anticipated loving this at all. It’s not labelled as such, but this is essentially a dry oil packed with glitter.

Elizabeth Arden Dare to Bare Body Bronzing Oil - swatches
Elizabeth Arden Dare to Bare Body Bronzing Oil – swatches

Don’t worry about it looking incredibly deep in the bottle – once you get it on your skin and blended out, it leaves behind a very faint tint of colour and a little bit of a glittery glow. It’s not so much that people would be overly conscious of the fact that you’re wearing glitter, it’s more of an overall healthy sunkissed glow.

What took me by surprise about the oil was just how good it felt on my skin. I could take or leave the scent (it’s not particularly heavily scented – but it does smell like just regular “oil”), but the way it sank into my skin and actually made the texture feel silky smooth and hydrated was really, REALLY lovely!

Let me know what summer collections you’ve been looking into! And I’m especially curious about summer glittery body oils – do you wear them?

The products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration.