Shiseido Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush

Shiseido Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush

I am quite particular about blush and often don’t experiment with new shades. As I like natural-appearing rosy hues. I have dry skin and most powder blushes appear as if they’re sitting on the surface of my skin. I also fear going overboard. Hence, why I’m excited to share a product I have in heavy rotation, which is the Shiseido Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush!

I know Shiseido as a brand that creates phenomenal skincare and only recently tried out products from their makeup line.

The WhippedPowder Blush has their formulation right in their name. It is an air whipped blush that is incredibly light, breathable and provides a natural wash of colour. It dries down to a matte finish.

Available in 8 shades. I tried out the shade Sonoya. Each of the shades are named after House of SHISEIDO’s muses.

Each blush comes encased in minimalistic packaging, as its name suggests. A protective cap helps ensure the product stays securely in place.

The WhippedPowder blush is best applied with your fingertips as it has a mousse like consistency. I found using a brush picked up too much product and resulted in a heavy handed application.

The Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush is quite pigmented and a little goes a very long way. I get well over 10 hours of wear and find it continues to look better as the hours go by.

Shiseido Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush retails for $40 CAD. Available online and in store at Sephora, The Bay, Nordstrom, Shoppers Drug Mart and Shiseido.

Sample kindly provided. All opinions are my own.

Cilque

Cilque

Today, let’s talk about a skincare product. One that isn’t an anti-aging cream, toner or serum, and doesn’t need to be applied to the face either. Simply slept on! Now that’s a skincare regime, I can stick to lol. I’m talking about the Cilque Pillowcase, a 100% silk case.

Available in 7 luxurious shades.

You might ask, how does a silk pillowcase act as anti-aging product or what benefits does it really have? Well for starters, think of the preventative measures you take on the daily to defy wrinkles, ie. applying skincare in the opposite direction of gravity, not tugging on the eyes, etc.

So for tummy/side sleepers like myself, where your face is buried in your pillow for 6+ hours a night. The soft silk material helps prevent those crease marks from forming on your face. Which, with time can become deeper.

I’ve also found the Cilque Pillowcase to play a part in helping with my acne. As it’s sensitive on the skin and silk keeps a constant cool temperature throughout the night, to avoid further irritation to existing breakouts. As for preventing new breakouts, anything you put in your hair or on your face is likely to end up on your pillow. A silk material case can help prevent that from being absorbed into your case.

As someone who has dry skin, I’ve found that my products soak into my skin better at night when sleeping on a Cilque case vs a cotton pillowcase. As cotton cases often draw moisture from your hair and skin, leaving you in this constant cycle of dehydrated skin.

I have to say the number one reason for me being head over heels for my Cilque Pillowcase. Is the fact that it lengthens my hair styles. Blow outs last almost twice as long and I no longer wake up with tangled hair. The silk material helps reduce friction between your hair and the pillow.

You’ll ideally notice the difference if you have a hairstyle you want to last for a couple days (blowout) or if you have colour treated/bleached hair. As bleached hair can be brittle and the silk material prevents breakage from contact.

Making one small change to your sleep routine can result in better sleep health and in turn better skin!

Cilque Pillowcases retail for $79 CAD for a Queen size and $99 for a King. Available online at cilque.com and in store at thebay.com.

Sample kindly provided. All opinions are my own.

Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Blurring Powder Foundation

Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Blurring Powder Foundation

Last year, Make Up For Ever launched their Matte Velvet Skin Foundation. A product that checked off practically every one of my requirements for a foundation. Fast forward to the present day, where they’ve launched a powder form of the foundation, the Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Blurring Powder Foundation!

Available in 30 shades, the MUFE Powder Foundation is said to provide full coverage with a life-like matte finish.

Let me start off by saying that powder foundations are my least favourite type of product and here’s why. I have dry skin, blemishes and hyper-pigmentation. To me, powder foundations just sound like a major no-no for such skin types. As I’ve never been able to achieve the coverage I want, regardless of how many layers I go in with. It simply looks like a layer of powder sitting on my face.

That being said, since I did have a very pleasant experience with the MUFE Matte Velvet Liquid Foundation, I gave it a go!

I tried out the shades:

Y315
Y365

Encased in a tight snap closure palette, is the powder foundation and a sponge applicator.

The powder is silky to the touch and practically weightless on the skin. One application provides a sheer wash of colour. The MUFE sponge allows you to choose your coverage, one side is for a sheer application where the other provides full coverage.

I go in with a peach colour corrector for the areas that need a little more coverage. Then I like to apply just enough of the Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Powder Foundation in the shade Y365 to even out my skin.

I would say I get medium coverage with a satin finish. It’s not at all dry-looking as many other powder foundations! Plus the fact that it blurs pores is absolutely incredible!

In regards to wear time, I get about 8 hours of flawless coverage before the product starts to move and reveal some of my imperfections.

I have to say, I really enjoyed switching up a full face of heavy makeup for a more lightweight option, without compromising coverage. Especially in this heat!

Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Blurring Powder Foundation retails for $50 CAD and is available online and in store at Sephora and TheBay.com.

Samples kindly provided. All opinions are my own.

Fenty Pro Filt’r Foundation

Fenty Pro Filt’r Foundation

As the season changes, so does my requirement for my makeup. In the Summer heat I lean towards long wearing, yet breathable coverage foundations. While in search of the perfect product, I received the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation. Available in an astounding 50 shades!

Before I dive into the product’s performance. Let me touch upon how amazing it is for a brand to have a whooping 50 shades of foundation with various undertones. For someone like myself who is of a medium complexion, I often find myself mixing shades together to create my own shade. As there are often gaps between the lighter shade and the next deep shade, in most ranges of foundations.

Moving on to the packaging itself. The Fenty Pro Filt’r Foundations come encased in frosted glass tubes with pump applicators.

I tried out the shades:

  • 235
  • 255
  • 260
  • 290
  • 310
  • 345

My perfect match for Summer is 290 and for the cooler months I feel 260 would be a close match for my complexion.

Natural Light. L-R: 345, 310, 290, 260, 255, 235
L-R: 345, 310, 290, 260, 255, 235
Direct Sunlight. L-R: 345, 310, 290, 260, 255, 235
L-R: 345, 310, 290, 260, 255, 235

Upon application, the formula is on the runnier side. You have a decent amount of time to blend out the product before it sets. Granted it is a soft-matte finish.

With one application it provides medium coverage, which can easily be built up to full coverage with a second application.

I would definitely note, that this foundation works best if your skin is well prepped beforehand. Otherwise it has the ability to enhance any imperfections if you go in with a second application. Less is definitely more, so always begin with a small amount of product. That being said the finish is absolutely flawless!

Fenty Pro Filt’R Foundation wears for well over 12 hours. Since I have dry skin, I actually prefer how my skin starts to look at the 4/5 hour mark.

Fenty Pro Filt’R Foundation survives the Summer heat and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. Which is important to me. As I want the coverage but there’s nothing more horrid than the feeling of a thick layer of makeup under the beaming sun. Thanks to their oil-free formula, which is “made with climate-adaptive technology that’s resistant to sweat and humidity, and won’t clog pores.”

Fenty Pro Filt’R Foundation retails for $45 CAD. Available online and in-store at sephora.ca.

Samples kindly provided. All opinions are my own.

Fenty Sun Stalk’r Bronzers

Fenty Sun Stalk’r Bronzers

Today, I’m taking my Summer glow one step further with the Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r Bronzers!

Gone are the days where there was only one generic shade of bronzer! Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r Bronzers are available in 8 shades, to compliment various skintones.

Let’s talk about Fenty’s eye catching packaging. These reflective rose gold octagon compacts house a generous amount of product.

I tried out the shades:

  • I$land Ting
  • Shady Biz
  • Private Island

Fenty’s Sun Stalk’r Bronzers are incredibly smooth to the touch and their mildly creamy formulas, allow it to blend seamlessly. It has a matte finish that stays put for about 8 hours, before it begins to fade.

I am in awe of the natural glow the shade Shady Biz provides! For a more sculpted look, I go in with Shady Biz and I$land Ting.

The bronzers are long-wearing and transfer-resistant. Which provides peace of mind knowing you can extend the application out to your collarbone and decolletage without worrying of transfer.

Top – Bottom:
I$land Ting
Shady Biz
Private Island

Fenty has two makeup brushes for your choice of bronzer application. If you’re looking for an all over bronzed glow, they recommend the rounded Cheek-Hugging Bronzer Brush 195. If you’re looking to sculpt and contour than give the Sculpting Bronzer Brush 190 a try!

Fenty Sun Stalk’r Bronzers retail for $40 CAD and are available online or in store at sephora.ca.

Samples kindly provided. All opinions are my own.