Tuesday, 23 July 2013

My Top 7 Waterproof Makeup Essentials for the Pool!

So here's the thing. When I go the pool in the summer, I don't leave the house with a face full of makeup because that's just not me! However, leaving the house completely bare faced isn't my cup of tea either. 

I've compiled a short list of my top 10 essential waterproof makeup products I put on before going to the pool for the day. I'm not saying these will stay on if you're planning on jumping in the water several times or doing a hardcore amount of aqua fitness but from all the times I have gone to the pool, these products have done their job and have not let me down in the slightest! So here it comes!

1) First thing I start of with is my Neutrogena Facial Sunscreen SPF 45. This protects my face without causing me breakouts :)

2) Maybelline The Rocket Volume mascara (the waterproof version obviously!) This mascara is NUTS! The original formula is so black and stays on all day without flaking and is even extremely hard to take off at night- the waterproof version is the exact same, except the staying power is exceptionally more difficult to take off. Keeps the curl all day even after acting like a mermaid all day! ;)

3) Now, the one thing I desperately need is concealer. I've recently been using MAC's Pro-long wear concealer in NC20 and it hides my dark circles and stays put all day long, even in the water. At the end of the day i'll see a little bit of cakey-ness due to the water, but it's not super noticeable and definitely something I can live with!

4) Because I am a blushohaulic, I will put some before I leave the house. I will also carry a lipstick with me in my purse and apply some to my cheeks if I'm lacking some color and to perk myself up...and perhaps to wow those cute lifeguards? yes, no? *sigh* I digress...
A blog post of my favorite summer Lippies will be added soon, so stay tuned for that list ;)

5) For lips, I like to wear my favorite Maybelline Baby Lips lipbalm in cherry me. It has an spf of 20, is moisturizing as sin, and gives me a red tint to my lips; The trifecta!

6) Ok, probably the most important to me is BROWS! Holy smokes do I love my filled in brows! It just makes the world of difference! to ensure they stay on all day, I use the Maybelline color tattoo in Tough as Taupe! I apply a small amount with an angled brush and have perfect brows all day long...YAY!

7) *BONUS*If i'm feeling extra fancy that day, I'll sport some eyeshadow. The ones I like to use are the Maybelline 24 Hour color tattoos in bad to the bronze (bronzey taupe), inked in pink(soft shimmery pink) and barely branded (a soft shimmery champagne color). These literally stay on all day for me and just a thin layer over the lid really make a world of difference to the overall look.

So there we have it! My top 7 products (including a sunscreen) that I wear at the pool!
It's not much but it's enough for me to feel confident leaving the house without feeling like I'm overdoing it at the pool.

*p.s I'm not sponsored by Maybelline. I'm just kind of obsessed with some of their products because they work like a dream and stay on all day, no rhyme or reason to this; I just love them.* 

Hope these tips helped! All the products can be found at the drugstore, and if you have any suggestions for other waterproof products you can't live without let me know!

Thursday, 18 July 2013

My Rimmel London Lipstick Collection! (Review and Swatches!)

Ok, so I think it is fair to say that my FAVORITE lipsticks at the drugstore are from Rimmel London! Here are some reasons why I love them :)

1) They are inexpensive- Between $5 and $8CAN at the drugstore and, as I've established in the past that works well for my budget :)
2) They have an amazing color selection, many different finishes, textures and different packaging as well.
3) They have a distinctive smell, kind of like perfume... but not grandmother smelling or so offensive that it makes you gag when it reaches your lips *ahem, like the maybelline ones*. The new Kate lipsticks have a watermelon smell and it's actually amazing, so that's definitely a bonus! 

4) I'm extremely attracted to the bright purple packaging- it's so cute! And the new Kate packaging is sleek and pretty as well.
5) They have great staying power and don't fade into a nasty mess which is, you know, nice. All the lipsticks, no matter what the finish are extremely moisturizing ;)

I have 15 lippies to show you, so let's get started!

Lasting Finish
The first set of Lipsticks come in a sleek dark plum packaging with a metallic ring where the tube of lipstick is stored. The older packaging is all plastic which is nice as well but the new packaging is nicer (in my opinion).
006 Pink Blush which is a creamy mid toned pink- perfect for everyday
038 In Vogue is actually one of the first lippies I bought from Rimmel. It's a mega intense bright Reddish Pink. Creamy finish, great if you want a super bold lip.
082 Heavenly is a muted mauve. It's also creamy- definitely not my favorite color, but it's nice color to have if you like purple but don't want anything super crazy.
The last swatch on the bottom right is called Nostalgia and it's a creamy pinky peach color. Really nice on the lips.
I believe Heavenly and Nostalgia were limited addition because they are not offered on the site.


The Moisture Renew Lipsticks have my FAVORITE packaging ever or any brand. I mean the color is unique and so cute- i'm obsessed!

700 Nude Delight is the perfect peachy nude. Looks great on the lips and doesn't wipe them out completely. Perfect staple
800 Pink Star I bought because I was obsessed with Seventeen back in the day and they would always have this color on their models and in a review so I decided to get it. Not my fave texture because it's somewhat frosty and frosty is never a good look. However this baby pink color is workable and it's not so atrocious that you look like a walking 80's poster.
160 Rose Passion is a warm toned red lipstick with a hint of orange.
340 Lily Extase is a nice cool toned fuchsia
320 Funtime Fuchsia is an even cooler toned fuchsia with a duo chrome finish- it has some purple/blue reflects in it- really pretty on the lips :)


These Lasting Finish Lipsticks by Kate Moss have amazing staying power and stain the lips! All cream finishes
02 is a cool toned Fuchsia (yes I own a lot of these colors) but this one is pretty intense, and again the lasting power is great.
08 is a Nude Pink for those who hate nude shades and want some pinky color, this is perfect.
10 is a kick ass cool toned red! super pigmented color that is the best of both worlds- Red and Pink :)
12 is an orange red- pretty straightforward. Great color payoff like the others, a nice orange :)


These Kate Lipsticks are Matte but are not the least bit drying which is perfect. These lipsticks smell like watermelon candies...so yummy!!
101 is a pretty muted pink, great for those that want baby pink lips without looking like a barbie :)
102 is a brighter version of 101, more of a light coral pink. Gorgeous

Thank you for reading! Hope this inspires you to go try some Rimmel Lipsticks! They're my favorite for a reason; Great color payoff, staying power and always moisturizing never drying :) 

XO Caroline

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Essence Cosmetics Haul!

Ok, so I recently discovered Essence Makeup at my local Pharmaprix and I went a little nuts! I literally want everything this brand has to offer because;
a) It's dirt cheap and let's face it I'm FOREVER on a budget.
b) The products are actually great quality! and 
c) I'm a sucker for all things drugstore..I'm no makeup snob! If it works I'm using it on me and shoving it in my makeup kit ;)


On to the Haul we goooooo!

The first thing I bought was the I <3 Extreme crazy volume mascara! It really does the job. It's kind of a dupe for the Benefit they're real mascara because of the brush- the formula is less wet than Benefits and I actually like this one a hell of a lot more than Benefits...I might actually be the only one in the world who thinks so, lol! It's $4.99 CAN

Next thing I purchases are these non-sticky and sweet tasting lipglosses! I'm not one for lipglosses, but these ones are so pretty and non-sticky that I just had to have them and at $2.99 CAN you can't really go wrong ;) Nude Candy is a very soft pinky creamy color, Sparkling Papaya is a coral-orange with crome sparkles shining blue/purple/silver (SO gorgeous on the lips). Red Blosson is a deeper orange red, kid of looks like blood haha, but with a bronzed skin this would look good over red lipstick to give the lips some dimension!

I also got this glossy lipbalm- i enjoyed the color and it's just a pretty gloss without a super sticky feel! I believe this one was $1.99 CAN

This next product I've seen being talked about and used a lot by YouTube girls everywhere and it's the clear lash and brow gel. Standard clear mascara that I use to tame my brows! Works well and it definitely rivals the Maybelline Great Lash clear mascara that I use religiously on my brows. It was around $2.99 CAN

They had eyebrow pencils, so I decided to get one in 'Brown'. I did not regret it. I goes on waxy and it's not too soft which is important for staying power! This one was around $1.99 CAN

Next stop- Lipliner! I figured I'd give this a try and it was on sale at the time for $0.99 CAN!!!!
I got it in Nude, and it's a pretty nude with a hint of pink/peach not brown :)

Another great find is this tiny tube of waterproof liquid liner! It comes with a felt tip applicator, however, it's not stiff or too loose- it's actually quite perfect. Makes application quite easy. It's the blackest black and it didn't crack (which some waterproof liquid liners tend to do!) $2.99 CAN

I bought a fun colored sharperner for $0.99 CAN- it has a small and bigger hole for any pencil and is pretty standard :)

Last and final product is their 16 hour concealer. I mean 16 hour staying power really?? I've tried it for a week straight now and the consistency is pretty creamy and easily blended (if blended right away). It provides medium coverage and it doesn't crease like crazy! The only downside is that it comes in two pale colors. Good for us pale girls, not so much for any skin tone above NC/NW 20

Swatch from left to right: Brown eyebrow pencil, waterproof liquid liner and nude lipliner!

As always, thank you for taking the time to read my post!
if you have any questions, leave them down below!
Love you all <3
xo Caroline