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IT Cosmetics Your Most Beautiful You – Live Love Laugh (Review & Swatches)

IT Cosmetics - Your Most Beautiful You Anti-Aging Face Palette - Live, Love, Laugh

Canadians! The wait is ALMOST over! IT Cosmetics is going to be launching in Canada in August! I have no exact date so far, but I attended a launch event here in downtown Toronto in June and they said that August was when it was all happening! I’ll keep you posted on an actual launch date, so stay tuned to my Twitter!

IT Cosmetics - Your Most Beautiful You Anti-Aging Face Palette - Live, Love, Laugh
IT Cosmetics – Your Most Beautiful You Anti-Aging Face Palette – Live, Love, Laugh

With the IT Cosmetics pre-launch event, we were sent home with some items to try and the first thing that caught my eye was this massive disc of product I had only ever experienced vicariously through US vloggers’ YouTube videos. Finally my time had come! I now owned the (just wait for this lengthy product name): Your Most Beautiful Your Anti-Aging Matte Bronzer, Radiance Luminizer & Brightening Blush Palette. It’s also branded with Live, Love, Laugh, which I think is a little bit of an easier format in which to refer to this product.

IT Cosmetics - Your Most Beautiful You Anti-Aging Face Palette - Live, Love, Laugh
IT Cosmetics – Your Most Beautiful You Anti-Aging Face Palette – Live, Love, Laugh

Anyway, just like its name, the Live, Love, Laugh compact comes with a whopping 22.22 grams of product. The bronzer is 11 grams, which is more than your average bronzer compact and each of the other two products have over 5.5 grams. I wish I had taken a photo of my hand over the product for scale, but please just trust me when I say this thing is ENORMOUS!

IT Cosmetics - Your Most Beautiful You Anti-Aging Face Palette - Live, Love, Laugh
Live, Love, Laugh

The way the product is laid out is really appealing (to me anyway!) and the mirror inside the compact is also jumbo sized which is so handy for daily use, or travel. The product itself is talc free and contains anti-aging hydrolyzed collagen, silk and peptides.

IT Cosmetics - Your Most Beautiful You - swatches
IT Cosmetics – Your Most Beautiful You – swatches

Swatched out, you can see how vivid the colours are on the skin. The blush and bronzer shades are slightly powdery (this isn’t a negative to me, but worth noting for those who care) and EXTREMELY pigmented. This is the kind of product where you’re going to want to whack your brush off first instead of going straight from the pan to your face! The highlighter is equally gorgeous and illuminating, but it’s not one of those super reflective highlighters we’ve seen on the market lately. It’s gorgeous, don’t get me wrong, but it’s more of a “lit from within” look as opposed to “hello my name is disco ball”.

Wearing IT Cosmetics Your Most Beautiful You
Wearing IT Cosmetics Your Most Beautiful You

On the face, this compact is everything I need and want in a bronzer and blush. The tones are extremely complementary and blend beautifully.

Wearing IT Cosmetics Your Most Beautiful You
Wearing IT Cosmetics Your Most Beautiful You

As previously noted, the highlighter isn’t SUPER reflective, but it’s still incredibly gorgeous and the it pairs well with the bronzer and highlighter. (Sidenote: the highlighter IS more reflective than my picture above is showing – I just didn’t capture it very well on camera.)

Final Thoughts

In summary? I love this enormous compact so, so much. It seems everyone was raving about it on YouTube for good reason! The IT Cosmetics Your Most Beautiful Your Anti-Aging Matte Bronzer, Radiance Luminizer & Brightening Blush Palette may have the longest product name I have ever encountered in makeup, but it is 100% worth the hype!

So far, this compact can only be purchased on Ulta.com for $38 USD but it will be available in Canada shortly!

The product featured in this post was given to me for consideration. Post may contain affiliate links.

Hard Candy Wet Ever Bold Hold Lip Lacquer (Review & Swatches)

Hard Candy Wet Ever in Temptress

Has anyone else spotted these adorable tin packages of lip gloss by Hard Candy at Walmart yet?? These are Hard Candy‘s Wet Ever – a bold hold lip lacquer, although I do believe they have a matte one as well.

Hard Candy Wet Ever Bold Hold Lip Lacquer
Hard Candy Wet Ever Bold Hold Lip Lacquer

Every time I see these tins I’m so impressed by the quality. I mean, it’s fairly unique to have a tin with a relatively large mirror inside (in the lid) to house your lip gloss! Even more so for a drugstore brand to do this! Each tin is colour-coded on the outside to match the lipstick inside with a dripping, melty lipstick that’s embossed on the tin. It’s such a nice touch!

Hard Candy Wet Ever Bold Hold Lip Lacquer in Temptress
Hard Candy Wet Ever Bold Hold Lip Lacquer in Temptress

The tube of product is actually entrancing – the component is specially crafted with upraised drips of “melting lipstick” and it comes to a flattened out point at the end. I know I’m talking a lot about the packaging, but I’m really quite enamoured by it. It’s so unique for a drugstore brand!

Hard Candy Wet Ever has a flattened out doefoot applicator.
Hard Candy Wet Ever has a flattened out doefoot applicator.

Twist off the top and you’ll pull out your doefoot applicator. This one doesn’t have the “bucket” that some doefoots now have, but this one has more of a scooped shape that comes to a flattened out tip. This does wonders to help cover your entire lip, and the tip is also great for getting more precise lines around the edge of your lip line.

Hard Candy Wet Ever Bold Hold Lip Lacquer in Temptress - swatch
Hard Candy Wet Ever Bold Hold Lip Lacquer in Temptress – swatch

The colour I have is Temptress – a deep burdgundy-red with a hint of brown. Pigmentation is solid in one swipe (as shown above) and it definitely has that lacquer-like look because it looks very, very wet on the lips.

Wearing Temptress
Wearing Temptress

In these shots, I’ve applied the Wet Ever in Temptress without anything underneath so I could show you just how pigmented the product is. Hard Candy says these have the longwearing properties of a liquid lipstick with the shine and hydration of a lip gloss. I agree completely with the lip gloss statements (shine and hydration) but I feel like it misses the mark with the liquid lipstick claims (you definitely need to re-apply if you want it to stay glossy).

Close up of Temptress
Close up of Temptress

In practice, I know that a lip gloss is never ever going to work on me because I am prone to lip line bleed out IMMEDIATELY upon application. You can see what I mean in the shot above- I had *just* applied the Wet Ever and you can see that I’m getting “the fuzzies” around the edge of my lips. So while the colour and pigmentation is gorgeous, for me this is a product that I have to use a lip primer and lip liner underneath in order to get it to stay put. I am an exception though, as most of the people I have talked to over the course of the years don’t experience such intense lip line bleed out as I am prone to, so please keep that in mind.

Longevity is what I would expect from a lip gloss – around 1.5 to 2 hours before I felt the need to reapply. I was extremely impressed that my lips continued to feel hydrated while wearing this even though I had tested it with a primer and a lip liner (which are generally prone to drying my lips out a tad). The colour is INTENSE on these too – solid, opaque and super glossy. I loved the consistency of the product and there was no scent, which is a huge bonus for me.

In short, although the Hard Candy Wet Ever needs a little bit of TLC from me in order to keep it in line, I think it’s a really decent product that packs one hell of a punch.

You can buy the Hard Candy Wet Ever Bold Hold Lip Lacquers on walmart.com for $5 USD each.

The product featured in this post was sent to me for consideration. Post may contain affiliate links.

Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara (Review & Photos)

Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara

In all of my years using makeup, I don’t think I’ve EVER used a Revlon mascara. How can that be??

Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara
Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara

I was recently sent this Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara by Influenster to try out, so now I’m finally getting a chance to try out this mainstay drugstore brand’s lash offerings!

Influenster, for those unaware, is a web site where anyone can sign up to receive free product to try out. You can sign up here if you’re interested.

Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara
Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara

The Revlon mascaras all come in a flattened out tube package which actually makes it really easy to twist the lid off because your fingers catch on the edges. I was sent the Mega Multiplier Mascara in the shade Blackened Brown… which… kind of disappointed me at first as I’m not especially into brown mascaras. However, I swear you would never think this mascara shade was anything other than black!

The Mega Multiplier Mascara features a conical wand (my favourite kind!) and promises to give you an oversized lash look. The product itself contains tiny fibers to help amp up your lashes. It’s also a tubing formula which will help decrease flaking.

Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara - comparison
Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara – comparison

 

On my lashes, I found it did a really nice job of separating them, but I would’t say the volume was extreme. The fibers do actually lengthen my lashes, which was a nice surprise since I don’t usually find fibers do much other than bulk up my roots. That being said, the fibers are quite small, which makes it easy to manage/apply to your lashes so you won’t be getting an overly intense clumped up look.

The formula is neither super wet, nor super dry. It’s that happy medium that I think a lot of people will enjoy. I found the formula was nice overall, but with a name like Mega Multiplier I just automatically assumed I’d get more bang out of my lashes. I’m normally a one coat mascara kind of person (usually because I feel like mascaras get too clumpy if I add more than one layer), but I found the Mega Multiplier layered really, REALLY nicely. Possibly the best I’ve ever tried before! Even if I let one coat FULLY dry and then added another, my lashes still looked gorgeous and not spidery or clumpy.

Since this is a tubing mascara, I found it came off extremely easily with warm water. In fact, it actually struggled to come off with an oil based remover! So don’t fret with an oily remover – just stick to warm water and you’ll see how easily this mascara swipes away! That may concern you (as it did me), since you’d figure that would mean any kind of water would make the mascara melt. Not so! I experienced very minute flaking (like… maybe one flake a day) and no smudging whatsoever.

Let me know if you’ve tried out any Revlon mascaras before and what your favourites are!

The product featured in this post was sent to me by Influenster for review. Post may contain affiliate links.#RevlonXLashes

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo (Review & Swatches)

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo

There are some products that are just so mindblowingly beautiful that I just HAVE to have them, no matter what the price tag (for example, Guerlain’s Flocon Enchantees)! I first saw these Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo on my beauty blogging buddy Shawna (see her post on these here) at an event many months back and was immediately enchanted. The insane reflection on her cheekbones was killer!

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo
Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo

So what is it? It’s a liquid highlighter that comes in a dropper style tube. Cover FX makes a few shades (I reviewed the shade Moonlight earlier this year) but the shade Halo is by far their most unique shade in the range. They’re billing this as a “holographic, multi-dimensional” product, but we all know by now that unless you can see rainbows, it’s most certainly NOT holographic.

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo
Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo

(Although the package certainly tries to lead you to think that it actually is holo!)

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo - swatched
Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo – swatched

The product initially appears quite white, but it shifts to a lavender, blue, silver – it’s absolutely gorgeous and extremely ethereal looking (which is a quality I’m always looking for in makeup products as I love that kind of fairy aesthetic).

Wearing Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo
Wearing Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo (natural light)

On the cheekbones it’s truly something else. These shots were taken in natural lighting so that I could attempt to capture just how beautiful it is.

Wearing Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo
Wearing Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo (natural light)

Shawna remarked in her post that said she couldn’t believe how many people came up to her and commented on her highlighter when she wore it. And she was bang on. I wore this to an event last night and EVERYONE I talked to asked me about what was on my cheekbones. Considering that I often wear “irregular” coloured highlighters (I’m a big fan of Anastasia’s Moonchild and Kat Von D’s Alchemist), I was surprised that people chose to comment on this highlighter instead of the greens, purples and blues I’ve worn in the past. But I guess that’s a testament to just how much this one stands out!

My favourite way to apply this is with my fingers. I’m not a huge fan of using fingers for my makeup in general, but it does work best for this highlighter in particular. I’d drop a blob on the back of my hand, dip a fingertip into it, and then pat a few drops onto my cheekbone. Then I’d take a clean finger and pat along my cheekbone to blend it out. I found two layers of this is what looked best for me. I did try it with a brush because I liked the shade Moonlight with a duofiber brush, but I found it just didn’t have the right amount of oomph when I did it that way (plus it blended out kinda funny with a brush).

In terms of whether or not this is worth your money… I’d say yes. This is a VERY expensive product in my opinion ($52 CAD/$42 USD), but I feel like it’s truly unique. There’s a TON of product in the bottle, so you needn’t worry about running out. If you’re balking at that price tag though… do what I did, and buy it during a Sephora sale. I picked mine up during the April sale, but there’s another one coming in November!

The Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops can be purchased on sephora.ca for $52 CAD and on sephora.com for $42 USD.

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Prismatic Highlighter (Review & Swatches)

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Prismatic Highlighter

I had high, high hopes for the Hard Candy Sheer Envy Prismatic Highlighter! It’s billed as an iridescent pearl powder that is intended to catch the light and give you good lighting no matter where you go.

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Prismatic Highlighter
Hard Candy Sheer Envy Prismatic Highlighter

The product itself retails for $6 USD at Walmart and contains 12 grams of product, which is not only a great price point, but also a ton of product. However… the goodness stops there. (And this pains me, because I do really enjoy Hard Candy.)

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Prismatic Highlighter - swatched
Hard Candy Sheer Envy Prismatic Highlighter – swatched

Swatched on the skin, you get a white, chunky, speckled-glitter mess. As someone who is IN LOVE with glitter, I was even astonished with just how much I did not like this. The powder has a bit of a purple/pink cast, but none of that is displayed on the skin. All you get is a white chalky mess with glitter thrown in.

Wearing Hard Candy Sheer Envy Prismatic Highlighteron my cheekbones
Wearing Hard Candy Sheer Envy Prismatic Highlighteron my cheekbones

Like, can you even see it on my cheekbones? Because I applied it very heavily. Let’s zoom in.

Zoomed in shot of my cheekbone
Zoomed in shot of my cheekbone

Oh there we go. Now you can see it. You can see the stuck-in-my-pores type glitter mess it’s created too.

Final Thoughts

Hard, HARD pass on the Hard Candy Prismatic Highlighter. I was so eager to try out a drugstore highlighter that would potentially compare to the higher end highlighters that are on the market right now, but this doesn’t even do anything but create a mess on your face. After writing my review I went to the internet to find other reviews and I had to laugh/cry at all the one star ratings I was seeing. I am definitely not the only person who felt this product was a total dud! Yikes.

My recommendation? Pass on the Prismatic Highlighter and get Hard Candy‘s Tiki highlighter instead. It’s insanely beautiful and actually worth your money.

The product featured in this post was sent to me for consideration. Post may contain affiliate links.