, pub-5075614835530024, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0 August 2016 | Classically Contemporary

Friday, August 26, 2016

Burberry Eye Colour Contour Smoke & Sculpt Pen in Dusky Mauve | Review

Eye Colour Contour Smoke & Sculpt Pen 116

Instead of watching TV, I like to keep up with too many YouTube channels to count, some of which you can find here in a past favourites post.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Removing Makeup With Only Water? | FaceOff Cloth Review

FaceOff Makeup Cloth 
I'll admit that I totally love wearing makeup every day to work. Though I am sometimes forced to throw it on during my 1-hour commute, nothing makes me feel more pulled together. When I get home, it all needs to come off, and I don't have much patience when doing so.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Rimmel Wonder'lash Volume Colourist Mascara | Review

Review Rimmel Wonder'lash Volume Colourist Mascara

I recently bought this brand new mascara on a whim when I was in Shoppers Drug Mart since it was on sale for $7.99. I've always wanted darker lashes, and this mascara claims to tint or dye your lashes darker within two weeks of consistent use. Upon first application, I found the packaging to be really cheap feeling. This isn't a problem, it's just unnecessary to have such a massive tube.

Lashes before
Lashes after application

The mascara itself is very dark, and I find the brush to be extraordinarily long - which isn't the easiest to work with. The product is super lengthening, but not volumizing or curling. It dries very fast and is pretty sticky, causing my lashes to clump up - especially with multiple coats. Usually if you get a spot of mascara on your eyelid, the best way to wipe it off is to wait until it has dried. If you wait even 10 seconds with this mascara before wiping it off, green dye will be left behind on your skin. The lash dye comes off rather quickly with soap and water, but on your eye area, that won't be so easy.

As I wore the mascara, I found it to be flaky and not good for building up length. My lashes didn't look super full and fluttery, and the dye caused some awkward smudging under my lower lash line at the end of a long day. In general, I could use a less-dark mascara than this super black one.

Brush shape in relation to my eye

Final Verdict:

My lashes were not darker after 2 weeks. I didn't even bother taking a photo because nothing had changed. I use an oil makeup remover every night (L'Occitane Immortelle Remover Oil) and I only noticed that my under-eye area and lower lash line looked a bit darker than usual after washing it off. Not cute. I've gotten my lashes tinted once before, and that was the first and last time since my eyes are far too sensitive and it really burned.

I do prefer this type of classic bristle brush to the rubber variety, but I don't prefer the straight cone shape of Volume Colourist. I find that a more hourglass shaped brush (or anything that shorter and more curved) fits my eye shape a lot better. I'd pass on Rimmel mascara and stick with Maybelline - their Flamed Out is my go-to!


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Visiting Cinque Terre, Italy

This is a recount from one of Lauren's recent trips to Europe. To see more of her posts, click here.

Corniglia, Italy

This could very well be the one millionth blog post on the internet about Cinque Terre, Italy, since it is just that incredible. The photos speak for themselves, so I’ll be sharing some of the finer things from our recent visit.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Best Hair Tie Ever? | Hair Slinky by La Vita Glam

La Vita Glam

A few years back my sister Alissa introduced us to these stretchy coil hair elastics that comfortably hold up a ponytail without creating kinks. As veteran lifeguards, we would use similar coil bands (example) to keep our whistles on our arms. And yes.. I'll admit to using my whistle a few times to hold my hair up in a pony. But only on those extremely hot days!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Wet n Wild Reviews | Blushes, Contour Palettes & Highlighters

color icon blush review

Some of my first-ever makeup buys were from wet n wild. YouTube stars raved on and on about the Color Icon Blush in Heather Silk, the 8-Pan Comfort Zone Eyeshadow Palette, and the Color Icon Bronzer (um, highlight) in Reserve Your Cabana. Two of those classic favourites were featured here in my 2014 "10 Drugstore Makeup Items", and they're still going strong in the beauty community today.

Wet n Wild Reviews | Shadows & Liners

wet n wild review

Earlier this year I attended an event for wet wild's new spring collection. The products I tried out were either brand new and totally unique, or repackaged and reformulated versions of their bestsellers. This post is a quick overview of some new eye shadows and eyeliners.

Wet n Wild Reviews | Primers, Powders & Setting Spray

To continue with my series of wet wild reviews, I wanted to dedicate a post to bases and setting products that are supposed to prep, prime and protect your makeup from slipping off throughout the day.

Wet n Wild Reviews | Mega Slicks Lip Gloss

wined and dined
Mega Slicks Lip Gloss in 550 Wined and Dined, and 559 Great Coral-ation

Sound the alarms, I've found my favourite drugstore lipgloss. This must be one very good lip product since I can wear it all day, re-apply multiple times (without putting on a balm in between) and enjoy the colour even when it's wearing off. I now present, wet n wild's Mega Slicks Lip Gloss in Wined and Dined which costs a mere 3-ish dollars.

Monday, August 1, 2016

VICHY Ideal Body Care | ChickAdvisor Product Review Club

Vichy Moisturizer

It's always a good day when a ChickAdvisor Product Review Club package arrives at the door, and this one from Vichy was extra exciting. I was recently given the opportunity to test out three new Ideal products, formulated with iconic Vichy Thermal Spa Water to create a skincare routine that leaves your skin feeling comfortable, nourished and pampered.
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