Stila Magnificent Metals Liquid Eyeshadows

Review, Stila
Stila Magnificent Metals Liquid Eyeshadows Review

You know my obsession with glitter has always been strong and since glitter is making a comeback, I couldn’t be any happier! One of the latest glittery collections to blow me away has been Stila’s Magnificent Metals Liquid Eyeshadows!

Stila Magnificent Metals Liquid Eyeshadows Review

You might have heard of a collection that came out a few years ago from Stila and seen the review I did for the original Magnificent Metals, which came in a pot but were at times a bit chunky and difficult to work with. Well they launched a new collection with the same name but in a liquid eyeshadow formula that’s packed with tons more sparkle. The Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows  is a long wearing blend of pearl pigments and glitter with a lightweight, water-infused texture that glides on effortlessly and dries down smoothly that locks in for maximum lustre and sparkle with minimal fall out. There are 10 shades available in the permanent collection with more to come that are available at both Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora. My obsession has led me to collect 7 out of the 10 shades.

Price: $31 ea. / 0.15 oz / Available now at Shoppers Drug Mart & Sephora

Stila Magnificent Metals Liquid Eyeshadows Review

Top Row from L-R: Bronzed Bell – bronze w/ silver & copper sparkle, Diamond Dust – sheer silver w/ multicolour sparkle, Rose Gold Retro – rose gold w/ silver sparkle, Gold Goddess – sheer gold w/ silver sparkle
Bottom Row from L-R: Kitten Karma – champagne pink w/ silver & copper sparkle, Smoky Storm – greyish taupe w/ silver sparkle, Violet Vixen – violet & blue sparkle

My Thoughts:

While all of the shades look similar in their tubes, some of them come out a little differently so it’s important to know what you’re looking for before you buy. Diamond Dust and Gold Goddess have no colour aside from their sparkle and shades like Kitten Karma and Smoky Storm have a semi opaque colour underneath their sparkle. If you’re a glitter fanatic like me, it won’t matter but if you’re looking for colour as well as sparkle, then you’ll want something more pigmented like Bronzed Bell and Rose Gold Retro. I found that Violet Vixen’s sparkle is finer than the rest so it gives a nice lustre to your eyes rather than full out sparkle. These shadows don’t budge once they’re set in place but be ready when you take them off! You need a good wash cloth that you don’t mind being covered in glitter as you try to remove every last bit of sparkle from your face. You can also go over your face with some tape to collect the glitter if you want every last bit of it off but for me a little glitter never hurts 😉 I love shades like Diamond Dust, where I can put it over anything and it doesn’t really alter the colour underneath and Kitten Karma is obviously a beauty and perfectly brightens up any neutral eye I create. I love that they stay put and that shade offers something special. You can layer it on for some hot disco ball eyes or you can add just a touch for some lowkey shimmer. I will be buying the rest of them and getting my hands on the new Mermaid inspired collection which has my name all over it, so stay tuned for that review!

What do you think of the Stila Magnificent Metals Liquid Eyeshadows? Which shade is your favourite?! Share your thoughts below!

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: Every product except Bronzed Bell was purchased by myself and all opinions are my own.

DERMAFLASH: A New Way to Exfoliate Your Face

Dermaflash, Review
DERMAFLASH: A New Way to Exfoliate Your Face

I’m addicted to watching those 60 second video clips in the ‘Explore’ section on Instagram. That’s how I found out last year about how a lot of girls are using razors on their face to exfoliate. I was quite intrigued to try it out myself and I did but felt a little nervous about cutting myself and getting razor burn. Then I heard about dermaplaning and watching videos about how skin and peach fuzz would just fall off the skin as if it was nothing really got me excited and anxious, but a trip to a spa or other place that offered that service was out of the question. Then a little email popped up in my inbox about DERMAFLASH, a tool that takes care of the peach fuzz and exfoliates your skin all within the comfort of your own home, which had my fingers typing my reply at lightning speed just so I could get my hands on it asap.

DERMAFLASH: A New Way to Exfoliate Your Face

If you’ve never heard of DERMAFLASH, it is the only at-home device on the market inspired by dermaplaning that delivers immediate, professional grade results. It is safe and gentle on all skin types and effectively improves your skin tone and texture without causing irritation. The device offers a 45° angle where the DERMAFLASH holds a 0.22 mm single-use Edge blade and uses a subtle sonic vibration as it gently clears away dead surface cells, built up debris and peach fuzz. Using this device will also make your skin care and makeup go on more smoothly and evenly, leaving your face looking and feeling fresh. It comes with 6 treatments Edges for 6 uses, as well as a ‘Prep’ cleanser (0.8 oz) to apply before using the device and a ‘Soothe’ moisturizer (0.8 oz) for afterwards.

Price: $236.00 / Available now at Hudson’s Bay & TheBay.com

DERMAFLASH: A New Way to Exfoliate Your Face

My Thoughts:

Everything came packaged neatly in a nice box and upon opening it, it tells you to charge it for at least five hours, so I decided to use it after showering and the symbol on the back of the device lights up in light blue to tell you that it’s charging, which I thought was very helpful. The ‘Prep’ cleanser has a light soapy scent and cleanses with the help of adding some water to it to make it emulsify and then I patted my skin dry. Snapping the Edge blade into place from the cartridge was pretty easy because it has these notches on each side that lets you slide the device into the tray to engage the Edge blade.

The directions suggest to hold your skin taught and I began by going from the top of my cheek bone and moving the device in short feathery strokes towards my mouth, then worked it around my eye area, mouth and forehead. You might not think it’s picking up a lot of stuff but a couple times the blade had me gasp with how much stuff it collected off my skin. It feels similar to shaving my face with a razor but the Edge blade is more gentler and doesn’t make me feel as worried as it move it around. Afterwards, my skin got a little red and felt slightly irritated, so I quickly applied the ‘Soothe’ moisturizer (also with a soapy scent) which helped but I felt it didn’t have enough moisture in it that my skin prefers. The DERMAFLASH website also recommends that even though you can apply other skincare products on top of Soothe, you should avoid using any products containing acids like retinoic acid, glycolic acid, and lactic acid and wait at least 24-48 hours before applying those products.

Aside from the redness and slight irritation, my skin felt smoother than its ever felt and looked less dull. If you find that you have really sensitive skin, I would highly recommend trying the device out on the back of your hand first and seeing how it feels/reacts so you can find out if you can handle it or not. I think some of the irritation comes from the device requiring dry skin to use it. Just like shaving anything else, you need a lubricant to nurture and soothe your skin as you’re getting rid of hair and dead skin. But, since DERMAFLASH doesn’t work that way, I would just advise to slather yourself in something afterwards (because the Soothe tube will only last so long) and the redness and irritation will calm down within a couple hours. Although the device is a bit pricey, dermaplaning sessions can cost upwards of 100$ per session and with DERMAFLASH you get 6 Edge blades that are good for 6 sessions and you don’t have to leave your house (bonus!). Plus, they also offer an Essentials Replenishment Kit for only $49, which comes with 6 Edge blades and the ‘Prep’ cleanser and Soothe’ moisturizer. And if you’re only using the device once a week (as recommended), then you won’t have to buy another refill for 6 weeks. And my current budget can work with that.

What do you think of DERMAFLASH? Have you ever tried dermaplaning or shaving your face with a razor?! Share your thoughts below!

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: This product was provided for editorial consideration, however these are my honest opinions.

Avon Oval Makeup Brush Set

Avon, Review
Avon Oval Makeup Brush Set Review

For the past year, oval brushes have been making the rounds and have become quite popular. I bought my first oval brush set last year and really like how easy they make applying makeup, so when I received the new Avon Oval Makeup Brush Set, I was extremely excited to see if I would love them just as much.

Avon Oval Makeup Brush Set Review

What makes oval brushes so popular is that they come with ergonomic handles making it easier to apply your foundation, as well as denser, more close-set bristles so your makeup applies more evenly and you use less of it. Avon‘s new Oval Makeup Brush Set offers exactly that with its set of three synthetic brushes that give you everything you need to complete a full face of makeup. It includes a Big Oval Brush, which works for applying foundation, blush, bronzing and setting powders, a Linear Brush, which works for applying concealer, eyeshadow, brow setting powders as well as setting your makeup around the creases around your nose and eyes, and a Small Circle Brush, which works for applying lipstick and eyeshadow, as well as applying concealer under your eyes and in the inner eye corners. For cleaning, all you need to do is wash them with a mild soapy water and they’ll be ready for the next round of beautification.

Price: $50 for the set / Available now at Avon.ca

Avon Oval Makeup Brush Set Review

My Thoughts:

I love oval brushes because of their density and how you can get a pretty smooth application out of pretty much every brush. First things first, I love the Big Oval Brush! It’s easy to maneuver around your face for a full coverage, smooth look with your foundations and powders. I really like the Small Circle Brush for applying eyeshadow into my crease and cleaning up the outer edges of my eyeshadow with concealer. The Linear Brush was a little more difficult to use for multiple purposes but I do like it for contouring my nose and adding brow powder to my eyebrows. The brushes themselves are flexible but durable and easy to move and bend around without feeling like you’re going to break them and feel really soft and luxurious. The only downside with this set is that it’s a bit limiting. I would’ve liked to see a smaller version of the Big Oval Brush in there (and several others for that matter) as well because it would be perfect for applying concealer because the Small Circle Brush felt like it was poking my under eye area and it would be best to use something more flat so it easily glides around and feels comfortable. The price of this set is a little steep considering you only get three brushes, but seeing as oval brushes are usually, on average, a little more expensive than regular brushes, you might be interested in this set, especially if you’re a loyal Avon fan. I really hope they expand on their oval brushes and offer them for a good deal!

What do you think of the Avon Oval Makeup Brush Set? Have you tried out oval brushes before?! Share your thoughts below!

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: These products were provided for editorial consideration, however these are my honest opinions.