Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Review | Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation

The Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation was a product I was super excited to get my hands on the second in landed in Canada. I've been testing it for quite some time now and want to share my thoughts with you guys.

"Innovation: Our 1st gel-whipped foundation. Fresh, new and flawless... Dream Velvet whips a fresh gel into a velvet-soft texture. Complexion is perfected and smooth with a soft-matte finish, just like velvet. Skin feels fresh with lasting hydration."

Product Overview
The packaging is basic but it works. I prefer my foundations to either have a pump, or be in a tube like this one is. I feel they are the two most sanitary options over a cushion or open bottle.

The texture is like nothing I've ever used before. Their claim of this foundation being a gel-whipped formula is very accurate.

This foundation has a solid medium coverage. I wouldn't say it's buildable as adding another layer of product doesn't seem to enhance the coverage and you run the risk of looking cakey. It does set quickly, so work in sections when applying.

Although my skin has not been overly oily, as it has in the past, due to the colder months and this pregnancy, after only a few hours this foundation starts breaking apart across my T-zone, settles into pores and I look like a greasy mess. I have not been having this issue with other foundations, or even with a bare face over the past few months so the foundation must be to blame.

The shade range isn't great in my opinion, there are only 12 shades. I had a really hard time finding a shade. I picked up 15 Ivory as it matched me the closest, but it has a super pink undertone. I found this to be the case across most shades. In hindsight I probably should have just skipped this foundation all together because there is not a shade that I could use in the whole line but I was hoping I could make it work - I can't.

I would recommend getting a shade that is a touch lighter than you think you need as I did find it oxidized after application. If tester's are available, swatch a few shades on your hand and leave them there while you continue to shop so you're not surprised once you get home and use it for the first time and the shade it turns out to be.

The price is a bit high for drugstore, sitting between $13-18 in Canadian drugstores depending on the store and whether it's on sale or not. I feel that most new foundations in the drugstore have higher price tags nowadays, but I'm glad the classics seem to be staying low in price.

My favourite way to apply this was with a brush. It didn't blend out well with a beauty blender at all, it was very patchy.

Although I personally do not like this product, I like to keep my reviews open minded in the sense that not everyone has my skin tone or skin type, etc. So, I would recommend this foundation to someone with a cool (pink) undertone as that's what the current shade range allows for, and for someone that has normal to dry skin types. Do not be put off by the soft-matte finish claim because it is still a hydrating foundation that doesn't cling to dry patches.

I hope this review was helpful, I know it was lengthy but I wanted to share all of my thoughts with you in the most comprehensive way.

What should I review next?
Emily ♥

Saturday, February 4, 2017

January Favourites | 2017

I can't believe this is the first favourites post of the year (if you don't count my Best of Beauty video). I try and either do a blog post, or a YouTube video containing my favourites each month.

If you're not subscribed to my YouTube channels, be sure to head over there and do that - I've been posting a ton lately *pats self on back*. For more beauty content like you see here you can go to emilynmax, and if you're interested in more mommy style videos/ vlogs you can go to emilynfamily which is a new channel I've started.

Enough PSA's already, onto my January favourites!

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye - I received this little baby size in an Ipsy bag. After swatching it on my hand I was terrified to try it under my eyes. It felt super sticky and thick. This product definitely took some trial and error but if you apply the tiniest amount, it will spread far enough to conceal your entire under eye area. My favourite powder to set this is the Too Faced Light Cocoa from the Cocoa Contour Kit. It provides flawless coverage, doesn't crease once set well and last throughout the whole day. I was super impressed! Another thing to note is the shades run on the light side. In the winter, I'd normally use a fair concealer under my eyes, but this is in light and provides the same brightening effect.

The rest of these products are more like rediscovered favourites. I've been trying to make more of an effort to shop my stash, rather than constantly only using what's new and exciting.

L'Oréal Brow Stylist Plumper - This is now my favourite brow gel of all time. I've been loving the bushier brow trend and this product is was you need to achieve that on a budget. It contains the perfect amount of fibres, tint and hold to have a great brow day! For a more natural brow look I wear this on its own, but it looks great layered over a brow pencil as well.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara - I recently purchased yet another tube of this mascara. It's definitely another all time favourite product of mine. Every time I run out I try others, but each time I repurchase I fall back in love with it. People say it's a dupe of Benefit's Roller Lash but I think the Maybelline one is better in my opinion.

MAC Fix+ - My skin has been super dry from the combination of frigid winter air, and this pregnancy. The only think that allows me to have a semi-good foundation day is a shower in Fix + before my makeup as well as after wards. For the most part I've been skipping foundation all together because I just can't get it to work for me right now over my dry patches. But Fix + saves the day when I want a full face.

L'Oréal Infallible Shadow in 002 Hourglass Beige -  These shadows are more like pressed pigments. In my experience they apply best with your finger. This champagne beige shade gives an intense pop of shimmer to the lid while keeping things neutral and everyday wear friendly. It also looks great as an inner corner highlight.

What were you loving throughout the month of January?

Emily ♥

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January Ipsy Bag | 2017

The first Ipsy bag of 2017. I was expecting another knock-out bag, but this month left me wanting more. The theme this month is Metropolis. I love the sporty vibe of the bag this month, the metallic mesh overlay reminds me of the 90s for some reason.

Global Beauty Care Dead Sea Mask - I love a good deep cleansing mask once a week, more if I'm breaking out really bad. This claims to draw out dirt and impurities, peel away dead skin cells, restore elasticity, and fortify with essential moisturizers. It's strange for this type of mask to claim to be moisturizing, so I'm excited to give this a try soon.

Pretty Woman Nail Polish in I'm Not A Ballerina - I've been receiving a lot of nail polishes in subscription boxes lately, which isn't always a bad thing, but I don't have time to try all of them. This polish is basic light pink shade, nothing unique. I feel this shade would be better suited to the spring months. I noticed the name is not on the actual bottle, only on the cardboard packaging which sucks, but in the end, really isn't that important.

Trust Fund Beauty Lipgasm Lip Gloss in Method To The Madness - This winter, I've been wearing a lot more gloss because my lips have been so dry that matte lip products look atrocious. This gloss feels quite sticky, but is a beautiful sheer peachy pink shade.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream in Light - I've tried this product before - spoiler alert: it's going to appear in a disappointing products soon. I'll go into more detail about why I don't like it in that post. Needless to say, I'm not a fan and will pass this on to someone more suited to it.

Pacifica Blushious Coconut & Rose Infused Cheek Color in Wild Rose - Pacifica has the tackiest packaging sometimes, but in the cutest way possible. I freaking love the unicorn! This blush is aptly named, it's a deep rose shade, and there is definitely a glow factor - but it's not shimmery. It doesn't swatch the best on my hand, but that doesn't mean it will look bad on the cheeks. I find blush product hard to do justice in a swatch.

I will try 4/5 of the products this month; not too excited about the nail polish in terms of shade but I love trying new formulas. The BB cream was a dud for me personally, but Smashbox is a fabulous brand to receive. What did you receive in your bag this month?

Emily ♥

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Top 5 Posts of 2016

Just like last year, I was curious to see what my most viewed posts were over the past year. My blogging game was seriously lacking in 2016, but it was for the best as I made so much progress in other aspects of my life. Here is a round up of the posts y'all liked most this year:

1. Top 5 | Spring Polishes, May

2. KathleenLights Made Me Buy It, February

3. Review | Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment, May

4. Review | L'Oréal Hair Expertise Arginine Resist X3, March

5.  Casey Holmes Made Me Buy It, May

Compared to this post last year, I can see such a change in the way I was taking my blog photos especially. I seemed to have really found an aesthetic I like; bright white background with high saturation.

I am so happy to see that you guys are enjoying the two new series I began on my blog last year; Top 5 and [YouTuber] Made Me Buy It. They are some of my favourites to put together!

A surprising discovery was that 3/5 of these posts were written in May. I say surprising because I don't feel like anything was very different in these parts during that particular month.

I will try to write more posts that are similar to these this coming year as well since you guys seemed to enjoy them so much. Please leave suggestions in the comments below for more upcoming content as well. I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store for us and this little piece in the blogosphere.

Emily ♥

Friday, December 30, 2016

Winter Beauty Wishlist | 2016

These are the top five beauty items I'd like to add to my collection this season. The last few months, I've been really expanding my collection because of all the new launches. Just when I thought it was time to slow down, there were three launches I got super excited about, a skincare item with rave reviews I want to try for myself, and a recommended blush. My poor, poor wallet.

LA Girl Pro Coverage Foundation - There's nothing I love more than discovering new affordable foundations. This has the stamp of approval from both Tati Westbrook and Kathleen Lights, both whose opinions I trust. My skin has been extremely dry again this winter so my other foundations are appearing a bit cakey on my skin. What better time than now to try out an illuminating foundation?

Too Faced HangoveRX Primer - I got a little baby sized sample of this fabulous primer. It feels so lovely on my now dry skin. As soon as I can, I'm running to Sephora to purchase the full-size product!

 Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Light - I've realized my collection is extremely lacking in the contour powder department. In Kathleen's Best of Beauty 2016 video, she mentioned this powder as being the perfect tone for her. Kathleen and I have the same skin tone and shade when she is not fake tanned so I'm confident it will work for me as well. It is a very pricey product, but I plan on using a gift card I got for Christmas.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser - I'm in need of a new, gentle cleanser to add to my morning routine. All my morning cleansers seem to be drying out my skin more, not so great now, but in the summer when I bought them and my skin was an oily mess, it didn't effect me. Anyone else have skin that flip flops from one extreme to the other? Super frustrating!

NYX Angel Veil Primer - I'm a bit primer crazy right now. I've heard great things about this primer from the drugstore. If it's comparable to the Hourglass Veil primer, which I already know I like, then I think this is a safe bet.

What's on your beauty wish list right now?

Emily ♥

All photos are from links above.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Recap | 6 Goals for 2016

For me, the end of the year is a time of reflection. To look back on what I've accomplished and what I could do better. Today's post is a bit of a round-up on how I did on the goals I made at the beginning of the year. [I've linked the original post so give that a quick read first as I won't be re-posting them here.]

Fitness/Health - I was actually doing pretty well with going to the gym consistently until around September. I was following a bodybuilding style routine and really enjoyed it. My pregnancy symptoms have kept me away since which has really sucked. All I'm able to do now if basically walk, which I'm not going to drive to the gym to walk on the treadmill when I can just go for a stroll around the neighbourhood. Note to self: cancel gym membership, it's now a waste of money. I still do not drink enough water, but on the days I went to the gym I definitely hit that goal. On my days off, I ate a mostly plant-based diet until the boys got home. I know many 'vegans' may not see this as an excuse but I honestly cannot justify cooking two separate meals; one for me and one for them. I'm still proud of eating much less animal products than I used to.

Friends/Family - I'm still really horrible at keeping in touch, and making time to go visit people. Forgive me :(

Finances - I have increased my savings contributions, but I'm still missing my goals by a long shot. I have yet to set up an RRSP and an RESP for Maxwell.

Education - I actually have not completed my degree by the end of this year like I planned. I literally have one more course to finish, which has a deadline of February 28th. So technically I didn't complete this goal either but I almost did. My graduation date is the same regardless of whether I had finished before December 31, so it doesn't really matter. I also didn't complete my Canadian Securities course yet, which will look great on my resume once I achieve this. I am however, enrolled and working through it. So again, I didn't meet the goal but I'm well on my way.

Career - Yup, still don't have a position in my field of study. A lot had to do with anxiety about leaving my current job, where I know how to do it well, and know everyone there etc. which kept me from even applying to other positions. I have now decided to stay where I am to ensure a maternity leave in the spring. So this goal is now postponed until 2018.

Blog/YouTube - I totally failed at posting twice a week, every week here on my blog which I feel immensely guilty about - especially because I enjoy it so much. I was trying to be an adult and have my 'priorities in order' but ended up sacrificing a lot that made me happy. The same goes for my YouTube channel, I do have a few videos up but I definitely don't post consistently and I should.

I seem to have been more successful in some aspects of my life in terms of goals in 2016, and less in others. I suppose that's pretty common. I definitely have things to continue to strive for in 2017 and will keep pushing forward, but that's a post for another time. How did you do on your goals/resolutions over the past year?

Emily ♥

Thursday, December 15, 2016

December Ipsy Bag | 2016

The last Ipsy bag of the year. Ironically, the last Ipsy post on this blog was the first bag of the year. This month's theme is 'carpe p.m.', a clever play on words. As loud and not me this month's bag is - I kind of love it! It would be a great party clutch if you were in a pinch. It's texture reminds me of faux pony hair, like that on leopard print shoes.

Benefit POREfessional Primer - This is one of my favourite pore filling primers. It provides a smoother base to apply foundation. Having a sample size will be great for if I travel anywhere.

Nip + Fab Exfoliate Glycolic Fix Serum - I've heard great things about this brand. This serum is said to improve texture, smooth fine lines and wrinkles and visibly reduce the appearance of pores. It's claims are similar to the Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment.

Ouai Wave Spray - Ouai seems to be becoming quite the popular brand. I'm excited to try this out and see how it differs to other wave sprays I've tried in the past which were more along the lines of sea salt sprays that made your hair feel dirty and sticky.

Tarte Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint in WCW - These sounds awfully similar to the L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints which are a fraction of the cost. However, I have yet to try this Tarte one so I can't say definitively. This shade is a beautiful berry tone - perfect for the winter months. I'm becoming more and more of a gloss girl as well which is shocking - even to me.

M Princess Eyeshadow in Melting Maple - This is a gorgeous loose, copper eyeshadow - super reflective. I'm not one to usually fuss with loose eyeshadows, but I may be convinced to play around with this one. You guys know how much I love my warm tones!

This month's bag was another 5/5 for me. Ipsy has really been hitting it out of the park! 4/5 of the brands were high end, and well known, which rarely happens. What did you get in your Ipsy bag this month?

Emily ♥

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