Top 3 Waterproof Mascaras & Best Ways to Remove Them

Through Blood, Sweat, and Tears… Or Just a Day at the Beach: 3 Tried and True Waterproof Mascaras

Spring break is coming. For those of you lucky enough to be traveling to a tropical destination this coming break, this post is for you. You may also be interested if you’ve got a special event coming up, if you have trouble finding a mascara that won’t run during a sweaty workout session, or if you’ve simply got stubborn, straight lashes. I’ve been in all those situations and I promise you that these mascaras will not let you down.

Many people are scared to wear waterproof mascara because of the removal process. Don’t worry, I’ve got your back on that too (right after I talk about my favourites). Although my lashes are not that short or sparse, they are stubbornly straight. When I first started wearing makeup, I used to apply regular mascara and then curl my lashes, which can actually make your lashes stick to the lash curler and pull them out. Thankfully, this never happened to me (but really, don’t try it). After discovering waterproof mascara, I have never turned back. I’ve probably tried close to 30 different waterproof formulas and I’ve got to say that the drugstore does it best. These 3 are by far my all-time favourites! So without further ado, I present to you the top 3 waterproof mascaras I have ever tried.

1. Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express Waterproof Mascara

I’m kind of cheating with this first favourite because even though the Maybelline The Colossal Mascara is the one I have on hand right now, I pretty much love all of the Maybelline Waterproof Mascaras that I’ve tried; they nailed their waterproof formula. This mascara is the most waterproof out of my top 3 -I wore it in humid 30°C weather to a waterpark where I spent the entire day and it didn’t smudge or flake at all. As expected, after you dunk your face into the pool numerous times, your lashes will still lose its curl. However, out of all the waterproof mascaras I’ve tried, I always choose this one whenever I’m going to the pool or somewhere humid and tropical. Even out of all the Maybelline mascaras that I’ve tried and loved, I keep going back to this one for some reason and I’ve probably repurchased it more than 10 times. As the name suggests, this mascara is volumizing thanks to the fat bristle brush, but it doesn’t clump and still lengthens and separates the lashes. An overall big winner!

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I’ve traveled so much with this mascara that the name has completely scratched off

2. Isehan Heroine Make Long and Curl Mascara in Super Waterproof

This mascara is from a Japanese makeup brand, but you can get it online here. I first bought this mascara in Japan randomly and I am so glad I did. The Japanese really know how to make a good mascara! This mascara has a curved bristle wand and the fibres in the actual product really lengthen the lashes and make them look full and fluttery. I also love how a thin coat of this mascara looks super natural, like you just naturally have amazing eyelashes. It’s one of the few mascaras I’ve tried that I can layer throughout the day or on top of other mascaras and it doesn’t clump up or look too spidery. It’s not as waterproof as the name suggests, it does flake and smudge a bit if you go into water; but for a hot, humid day in town, this mascara isn’t going anywhere and you can be sure that your lashes will look great all day.

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3. Covergirl Super Sizer Waterproof Mascara

I’ve already talked about how amazing this mascara is in my everyday makeup post, but I just had to include it on this list because of how hyped up this mascara is and how many people rave about it. It is definitely worth the hype! Even though the brush itself is made of rubber and looks weird, it is amazing for applying mascara evenly from the roots of your lashes to the top. The fact that the bristles themselves are short means that you can lightly press the wand on your lashline to line your eyes without poking yourself. It also separates and volumizes your lashes while adding length, which is really all you can ask for from a mascara. This last plus (?) may sound weird to some, but this mascara has a plastic-like glossy look of some sort on your lashes, so it gives the effect of plastic false eyelashes without looking fake (if that makes sense).

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Now that you know my top 3 waterproof mascaras, let’s move on to the removal process. Trust me, these products and methods will get your mascara off quickly without removing your lashes in the process.

Lose the Clumps, Not the Lashes

First, let’s talk about the products. The best waterproof eye makeup remover has hands down got to be the Biotherm Biocils Lash Optimizer. When I first started wearing makeup, my mom gave me a sample of this makeup remover to try and since then, it has remained my number one (especially after some not-so-great makeup removal experiences). Not only does this makeup remover effortlessly break down the mascara on my lashes and swipe it off, it claims to stimulate the natural growth of your lashes. Now I can’t say that it makes your lashes noticeably longer or thicker, but compared to other makeup removers, it is so much gentler and doesn’t make any of your lashes fall out. I say this because from my experience with other makeup removers, no matter how gentle I am, I will still see one or two lashes on my cotton pad after I remove my mascara. However, with this one, my lashes stay intact and look nourished after I use it.

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How I like to use this makeup remover is to pour some of the liquid onto a cotton ball or cotton pad and press it lightly against my eye until my lashes are fully saturated. I then swipe and pat gently at my lashes and the mascara seems to break down and slide seamlessly off my lashes.

The next product is not marketed as a makeup remover, but I used it for this very purpose after a desperate internet search for makeup remover alternatives on a weekend away from home. As I suffer from cracked, dry skin, I always carry around a travel sized tub of Vaseline. After reading online that it could be used as an eye makeup remover, I was skeptical, but with no other options available, I tried it and it worked wonders. I’ve also read that using petroleum jelly on your lashes can help them grow and that some people swear by it; but since I don’t use it regularly, I haven’t noticed that the handful of times that I have tried it. The only thing that I don’t like about using Vaseline is that since it’s not a liquid, it doesn’t completely saturate your lashes so it takes a bit longer to remove your mascara and also to get all of the vaseline out of your lashes after removal.

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Since the petroleum jelly has a thick texture, it doesn’t really work when I try to scoop some onto a cotton pad. Instead, I just rub my finger into the pot and gently rub my lashes with my finger to smudge off the mascara. Then, I take a spoolie and comb out my lashes, removing any of the excess jelly and mascara. Lastly, I take a dampened washcloth or cotton pad and pat my eye area until the smudged mascara is all off and the Vaseline has either absorbed into my skin or has been removed.

Hope this post was useful and that you’ll try out these products for your next tropical escapades! Thanks for reading!

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Hyped: Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

The Peach of my Eye

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette: Review & Swatches + Rundown of All 18 Shades

As spring is getting closer and closer, I’ve been loving switching up my makeup game. Gone are the smoky eyes and dark lips that I’ve been rocking on days where I’ve added a few extra steps to my everyday makeup routine. Don’t get me wrong, I still do love a good smoky eye, but I’ve been swapping the deep, sultry colours with lighter, more spring-appropriate shades. Enter the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette (49USD, £39, 59CAD). Everyone’s been talking about it, everyone loves it. Like all makeup addicts, I was so excited when it released again after its first limited run. However, the practical side of me was wondering: is it really worth it? Trends come and go, and while peachy shades may be all the rage right now, I didn’t know if I would continue to use them when all the hype is over. Long story short, I debated whether or not to get it for weeks, only to receive it as a gift from my wonderful cousin for Christmas. I’ve been playing with it for over a month now, so I thought I’d share my honest thoughts and swatch all of the shades for you. Here is the palette in all of its glory.

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First off, the smell. It smells amazing. Not like real peaches, but like the artificial peach flavour in peach tea or a peach popsicle. In a good way, of course. If you’re sensitive to smell, or just hate strong scents in general, you may not like this palette because it can be a bit overpowering. However, if you’re in love with the colours, get it anyways! You can’t smell it once it’s on your lids.

The packaging is solid and so cute! It features gold lettering and a peach motif on an ombre light peach-to-orange backdrop. The packaging is also made of tin and has a magnetic closure, so it feels very sturdy. I’ve traveled with it in my check-in luggage and it was completely fine.

Now for the most important part: the formula. Too Faced definitely did not slack on this palette. If you like the formula on their original Chocolate Bar Palette (love that one too btw), you’ll like the formula on this one too. Both the matte and shimmery shades have amazing pigmentation and are super blendable too! The texture on these shadows vary from shade to shade, but for the most part they are smooth; not overly powdery,buttery, or chalky; and aren’t patchy on the lid. The shadows also last all day on my eyelids (with my Urban Decay Primer Potion as I have extremely oily eyelids) and have little to no fallout. I’m a big fan of the shade range as it is very versatile, there are a lot of neutral colours, and none of the shades are too far out of my comfort zone. That being said, I definitely do have some favourites and some not-so-favourites.

Keep reading for swatches and my thoughts on each individual shade (including favourites)! (Keep in mind that you get 17.1g/0.54oz of product, which works out to 0.95g/0.03oz per shadow, each shadow is 2.72USD/£2.17/3.28CAD)
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The first six shades are (from left to right, up to down) “White Peach”, “Luscious”, “Nectar”, “Cobbler”, “Peaches ‘N Cream”, and “Georgia”.

Here are the swatches in that order:

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White Peach: Pigmentation 5/5 | Blendability 5/5 | Fallout little to none

An off-white creamy highlight shade with a sheen that’s not quite metallic but definitely not matte. This is one of my favourite shades in the palette because of how buttery smooth it is. I love to use this shade under my eyebrows and even down my nose. Be careful to tap off the excess on your brush as it can be a bit powdery.

Luscious: Pigmentation 5/5 | Blendability 4/5 | Fallout none

A light gold metallic shade with a peachy undertone. Another one of my favourite shades (I promise  I won’t say this for every shade!). I love to use this colour all over the lid; it is so pretty! There is no chunky glitter in this shade and although it is easy to blend, if you blend it too heavily it blends away the colour and only leaves behind a little bit of shimmer.

Nectar: Pigmentation 5/5 | Blendability 5/5 | Fallout none

A pale yellowy beige metallic shade. This colour is super pigmented and blendable but isn’t  too buttery to the touch, so it doesn’t have any fallout. I use this shade on my inner corners and even as a highlight for my face.

Cobbler: Pigmentation 4/5 | Blendability 4/5 | Fallout none

A light bronze metallic shade with a peachy undertone. This is such a unique colour and I love it as an all over the lid shade. It is not as buttery as the lighter metallic shades, but has good pigmentation and blendability nonetheless.

Peaches ‘N Cream: Pigmentation 5/5 | Blendability 5/5 | Fallout little to none

A matte true beige shade with a peach undertone. This colour is super soft, so make sure to tap off the excess. I love to use this shade to blend out my transition shade.

Georgia: Pigmentation 3/5 | Blendability 4/5 | Fallout none

A pinky peach matte shade. I use this shade as my transition shade, but it wouldn’t work as a transition for anyone with medium-tan to dark skin. You definitely need to build this colour up; it is not as buttery or as pigmented as the other matte shades. However, it does translate better on the eyelids than it does swatched on my arm.

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The next six shades are (from left to right, up to down) “Just Peachy”, “Bless Her Heart”, “Candied Peach”, “Bellini”, “Caramelized”, and “Puree”.

Here are the swatches in that order:

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Just Peachy: Pigmentation 5/5 | Blendability 4/5 | Fallout little

A metallic peachy pink shade with gold shimmer running through it. I would describe it as Nars Orgasm Blush if it were an eyeshadow. Very pigmented and soft, so be careful or there will be fallout. I love this shade all over the lid for a pretty peachy eye look.

Bless Her Heart: Pigmentation 3/5 | Blendability 3/5 | Fallout little to none

An olive khaki green metallic shade. It is not as pigmented as the other metallic shades in this palette, and it does get a little patchy if you try to blend it out. I like to use this shade all over the eye for a more neutral green smokey eye, but I prefer it over a cream eyeshadow rather than by itself.

Candied Peach: Pigmentation 5/5 | Blendability 5/5 | Fallout none

A true matte peach shade. Perfect as a transition/crease shade. In the pan, you can see purple glitter running through it, but it won’t show on the lids if you use a brush. If you’re a fan of the glitter, pat it on with your fingers.

Bellini: Pigmentation 5/5 | Blendability 4/5 | Fallout none

A lighter, cooler-toned version of “Just Peachy”. It makes a more natural pinky lid colour and is not as soft as “Just Peachy”, so I find that there is no fallout and works best patted all over the lid with your fingers.

Caramelized: Pigmentation 5/5 | Blendability 5/5 | Fallout none

A warm toned bronze metallic shade, almost with a burnt peachy terracotta undertone. Dare I say my favourite shade in the palette? It is so pigmented and buttery but I have never experienced fallout. I love to use this shade for a one-shadow eye look. I just blend it on my lid up to my crease with a fluffy brush and I’m done!

Puree: Pigmentation 4/5 | Blendability 4/5 | Fallout none

A matte, warm medium brown shade with a terracotta undertone. Not the most outstanding formula ever, but a solid shadow and great formula nonetheless. I love this colour on my outer corner of my lid to deepen up my eye look.

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The last six shades are (from left to right, up to down) “Tempting”, “Charmed, I’m Sure”, “Peach Pit”, “Delectable”, “Summer Yum”, and “Talk Derby to Me”.

Here are the swatches in that order:

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Tempting: Pigmentation 3/5 | Blendability 3/5 | Fallout little to none

A deep, dark olive green metallic shade with a bit of micro glitter running through it. For such a dark colour, you’d expect more pigmentation, and it can look patchy if you don’t build it up. I would suggest layering this on top of a cream eyeshadow or smoked out on the lash line with a damp angled brush.

Charmed, I’m Sure: Pigmentation 4/5 | Blendability 5/5 | Fallout none

A dark taupe shape. This shade is so hard to describe because of how unique it is. It’s cool toned, but looks warmer on the edges when blended, almost like you used two shades. It’s also not quite matte, but definitely not shimmery; almost like a cross between a matte and a satin shadow. This is one of my favourites in the palette for sure because of how easily it blends on the outer corner of my lids and how unique the colour is. It also builds up nicely, isn’t patchy, and I haven’t experienced any fallout from it.

Peach Pit: Pigmentation 5/5 | Blendability 5/5 | Fallout little to none

A rich metallic purple shade with almost a bronzy undertone and light pink micro glitter. Another favourite (I know, I’m sorry). This shadow is so pigmented and buttery and glides on like a dream. It can also be blended out without looking patchy, which is an issue I have with a lot of darker shades. Perfect all over the lid for a purple smokey eye.

Delectable: Pigmentation 2/5 | Blendability 3/5 | Fallout none

A deep royal purple that looks shimmery in the pan but is quite dull swatched. It is not pigmented enough for such a pretty deep purple shade, and is quite patchy, especially when it’s blended out. Not my favourite, but could be a good outer corner shade for someone with a heavy hand.

Summer Yum: Pigmentation 4/5 | Blendability 5/5 | Fallout none

A matte rusty terracotta shade, a darker and more warm toned version of “Puree” with almost the same formula. I do find that this one blends slightly better for some reason. I love using this colour as an outer corner shade or smoked out on the bottom lash line for a rusty smokey eye.

Talk Derby To Me: Pigmentation 1/5 | Blendability 2/5 | Fallout little

A dark indigo shade with chunky pink and purple glitter. In my opinion, the worst shadow in this palette (sorry Too Faced!). This shadow is not pigmented at all and it took a lot of rubbing to get it to show on my arm. It also has an extremely chalky, scratchy texture. Even though I haven’t seen fallout from the dark pigment, the glitter does fall out. I’ve even tried it with my tried and true MAC Fix + and I still couldn’t get the colour to be opaque and smooth. Not my favourite.

Overall, I love this palette and it is definitely worth the hype in my opinion. I’ve always been a very neutral gal and haven’t ventured into the peach spectrum before this palette, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover how wearable the shades are and how often I’ve reached for this palette.

If you’re still reading this, THANK YOU!! I know this was a very long post but I wanted to be as helpful and informative as possible. Hope to catch you on my next post (on Sunday)!

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Hyped: Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Keep Your Face In Shape

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer: A Pros and Cons Review

It’s Saturday so you know what that means… You made it through the week! You’re probably exhausted, maybe hungover; but don’t worry, concealer’s here to keep your face in shape.

You’ve probably heard of the Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer (24USD, £19, 31CAD) by now. It was so hyped up that it was sold out everywhere for quite a while. Some colours are still sold out on the Tarte website and there’s a limit of two per customer. So if you don’t already own the concealer, you’re probably wondering: is it worth the hype?

Well, I don’t have a definite answer to that -there are definitely pros and cons to this concealer. But if you want to know my honest thoughts on this product, keep reading!

(just for reference: I have combination skin with an oily t-zone and dry patches)

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Left: the concealer tube (duh), Right: swatches (in the colour light neutral)

Let’s start with the positives:

  1. Very high coverage, somewhere between a satin and matte finish.
  2. Easy to blend on top of foundation.
  3. Foundation sits well on top of this concealer.
  4. Lots of product -you get 10mL/0.3381 fl oz (for reference, a normal-sized tube of concealer has around 5 or 6mL/0.16 fl oz or 0.22 fl oz)
  5. I love this concealer on my face to highlight my forehead, cheeks, and chin; and to hide my blemishes on my face. It blends away so seamlessly and makes my skin look completely flawless.
  6. Doesn’t crease easily, sets by itself (but I still need to use powder).
  7. Long-lasting. As this concealer sets down to a satiny matte finish, it will last through a workout or a good cry (but maybe not the pool).
  8. Looks great in photos -makes your skin look even and flawless.
  9. Bonus: the packaging is so cute and the concealer itself smells amazing!

Now for the cons:

  1. Not for a natural look -I find that I can’t wear this alone without foundation because of the contrast of how this looks on the skin and my natural skin. (On an everyday basis, I reach for my Maybelline Fit Me Concealer over this one for a natural look)
  2. It can sink into fine lines under the eyes if you don’t blend it out right away (I use the beautyblender to buy me some more time).
  3. It can look slightly “chalky” and drying under the eyes, especially if I use a powder over top.
  4. Has a very thick creamy consistency and the dough foot applicator picks up a lot of product, so it is easy to go overboard and apply to much.
  5. Only for those who go for a natural look: Blends well, but doesn’t disperse well (if that makes sense). It’s better to spread a thin layer of concealer and press it into your skin to blend then it is to dot on a thick glob and try to spread it. (However, I’ve added a drop of facial oil to it and it spreads a lot more easily and evenly).

Overall there are more pros than cons, but ultimately, I think that it all comes down to personal preference. If you’re like me and you go for a natural, foundation-free look on a daily basis, you may not reach for this often. However, if you enjoy a flawless, full coverage finish on your skin, you will love this concealer.

Personally, I would not use this concealer as my everyday concealer. I would use this concealer if I’m going to get my photo taken, if I’m having a bad skin day and want flawless looking skin, if I’m going to a special event, or if I’m wearing a heavier eye look and need to balance it out with an even base on my face.

Hope you enjoyed my honest review on the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer! Stay tuned for my next post tomorrow and a more in-depth review and swatches of another hyped product (hint: it smells as good as it looks) next Thursday!

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My Everyday Face

Things I Put on My Face before Face-ing the World

I’m the type of girl who can’t leave the house without at least a swipe of concealer under the eyes. I love playing around with makeup and on days where I have more time, I’ll experiment with different coloured eyeshadows and maybe a bright lip. However, if I hit the snooze button one (or five) too many times and only have 10 minutes to put on my makeup and get dressed, this is what I’ll put on my face.

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First, let’s talk about primer. Everyone and their mother love the Benefit POREfessional primer and it’s not hard to see why. I have combination acne-prone skin and although I don’t have the largest pores, I do like to minimise the ones that I do have and mattify my t-zone at the same time.

Next, we have concealer. On an everyday basis, I tend to skip the foundation and go straight to concealer. I’m absolutely obsessed with Maybelline’s Fit me concealer, together with my beautyblender, because of how seamlessly it blends into my skin and looks completely natural and smooth, even on my dry patches. I use the shade “light” which matches my skin tone perfectly, so I use it both under my eyes and on any blemishes I have on my face.

After concealer, I like to set everything in place and mattify my face with the Rimmel Stay Matte powder in “silky beige.” I love how this powder smooths over my skin and doesn’t exaggerate my dry patches.

Eyebrows. My least favourite part and the hardest for me to master. I love the Tanya Burr Perfect Brows Palette because of how easy it makes it for me to do my brows. I simply take the provided applicator, dip into the colour “pebble” with a touch of “hot cocoa,” and lightly sweep the colour into my brows. If I have some extra time, I’ll brush out my brow hairs and set them in place with Essence’s make me brow in “browny brows.” Sometimes, if I’m in a big rush, I’ll skip the eyebrow powder and go straight to the brow gel.

Putting on eyeshadow is a step that I skip quite often, but when I do, I just take a big fluffy brush and sweep the Bourjois Healthy Balance powder in “light bronze” all over my lids. I also add a bit of “chestnut” from the Tanya Burr Brow Palette on the outer corner of my lids if I have some spare time. Because of my oily eyelids, I make sure to prime my lids first using Urban Decay’s Primer Potion to make sure my eyeshadow stays put all day.

Next, I curl my eyelashes and put on a light coat of Covergirl’s super sizer mascara. Every blogger/youtuber/makeup guru has been raving about this mascara and for good reason. It separates my lashes, adds volume, and overall makes my lashes look amazing.

My routine usually ends here, but if I still have a bit of time, I’ll lightly bronze my face using that same Bourjois powder and dab a bit of Mac’s cream colour base in “hush” on the top of my cheekbones. I’ll also add a sheer wash of colour to my lips. I switch up my lip products a lot, but the one I’m currently loving is the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in “nudist.”

So that’s my everyday face! I do switch it up quite often depending on my skin situation or the season; but right now, these are my favourite quick and easy products!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned! I post every Sunday and Thursday. (with maybe a sneaky extra)

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