Monday, December 30, 2013

Empties #5 [End of Year]

Out with the old and in with the new. 

I'm moving (yet again) back to Toronto for my work term and I've been stockpiling a colossal amount of junk to share with you. Last time I did an Empties post was in late August (here). This time around there was 41 items. Not as impressive as the last round, but it's quite reassuring to know that I'm using up the products that I have. 

Again, this is super lengthy so I'll keep my evaluations short and sweet.

The Purchase/Repurchase?? Legend
YES = ***
MAYBE = **
NO = *

The MAKEUP

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Broadway Nails imPress Press-On Manicure in Working Girl

At a glance, I thought that this was a childish and tacky product. Having tried the imPress manicures previously, I was under the impression that I'd immediately hate this set as well. I must have been applying them wrong before because my thoughts have changed. 

I received the Broadway Nails imPress Press-On Manicure in Working Girl ($8.99 - $10.99). In other words, the imPress Press-On Manicure is stick on nails. Plastic pieces with an adhesive that cling on to your nails. Working Girl looks to be a silver shatter design over a black background. At the moment, I'm not quite sure how "trendy" the shatter is, but I like the way it looks. 



Friday, December 27, 2013

CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencils in Crystal Flame, Red Hot Flame, Silver Flame, and Gold Flame

This review has been a long time coming. I've had the photos for a while now but haven't gotten to the full review. Does that ever happen to you? 


The CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencils come in 10 shades - Silver Flame (300), Crystal Flame (305), Red-Hot Flame (310), Lime Green Flame (315), Hot-Pink Flame (320), Gold Flame (330), Ashen Glow Flame (335), Ginger Flame (340), Ice Flame (345), and Melted Caramel Flame (350).

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas! + Updates

You must think I'm the Grinch. I've done no gift guides, wishlists or anything of that sort. Not gonna lie, I want a lot of tangible things - makeup, clothes, electronics. But they're just wants, I already have everything I need - a loving family and loving friends, an education [in progress], a job, a blog...

I buy gifts for myself all year around. No need to go on an extra shopping binge around Christmas. As for giving to others, I don't really exchange gifts with anyone other than a few Secret Santas, close friends, and the boyfriend. Why can't I just be generous all year around?

Last year, I wrote a lengthy post about my thoughts on Christmas and the holiday season titled "today is the present". I still feel the same.

I'm in Florida again for Christmas [this time in Venice instead of St. Augustine]. Wish I could bring some sunshine and warm weather back to Canada with me. Up next, there's all the fun that comes with the New Year and New Year's Eve which I'll be back in Toronto for. Then, January 7th... work (in Toronto).

No matter where you are, I hope you're surrounded with your loved ones and are having the time of your life filling yourself to the brim with delicious food. 


 ~** MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS. **~

Family time, relaxation, and holiday cheer is what it's all about for me. Now get off the internet and enjoy your time with your loved ones! 

"Yesterday is History, Tomorrow a Mystery, Today is a Gift, Thats why it's called the Present"

All the best, 
Steph :) 



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Monday, December 23, 2013

My First Gel Manicure with Bio Seaweed Gel Nail Polish

The first (and only) time I got gel nails done was at the Spark Sessions 2013 after party back in November. I thought it would be fun to document my experience and test the claims of Bio Seaweed Gel in photos! 

About Bio Seaweed Gel
Contrary to the name "Bio Seaweed Gel", the nail polish doesn't actually contain any seaweed. You can get your nails done at a Salon or purchase the polishes and lamp at a distributor (see http://bioseaweedgel.bigcartel.com/). 

The Bio Seaweed Gel line includes tons of colour options (glitters and creams), a top coat and base coat, as well as an all-in-one "Unity" Top/Base/Colour polish. The cool thing about Bio Seaweed Gel is that you can cure the polish under a UV lamp (1 minute), LED lamp (30 seconds) or in natural sunlight (30 seconds - 2 minutes). The UNITY All-In-One Colour Gel Polish is the ONLY professional gel polish that can be cured in the natural sunlight. 

The Bio Seaweed Gel products are 5-free and claims include zero-dehydration, no staining, 2+ weeks staying power, and 10-minute acetone soak-off. Prices range from $18-20. It seems expensive, but given that it lasts 5 times as long as a regular manicure, it's reasonable. 

Immediately after application - Day 1

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette in Light 07


A few weekends ago, Target FINALLY opened in Waterloo. The beauty aisles were glorious. Sonia Kashuk was on my mind since I recently read a Sonia Kashuk haul via Alexa of Stealing Beauty. So, I spent $50 at Target on the Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette in 07 Light, the Revlon Matte Balm Stain in Sultry, two pairs of over the knee socks, and a pair of PJ pants. I really couldn't resist and will likely go back soon. 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

e.l.f. Cosmetics Essential Blending Eye Brush

e.l.f. Cosmetics brushes are all the rage in the beauty community. Another e.l.f. Cosmetics "first" for me was trying out the  e.l.f. Essential Blending Eye Brush (available at Nail Polish Canada for $2.25 with free, no-minimum shipping).


I'll get straight to the point by saying that this brush was a huge disappointment for me. After the first couple times I've used it, it has already begun to shed. It does get the blending job done, but the shedding is such a turn off, especially because it's new. I guess I couldn't really expect much since it's only a couple bucks and some change. 

How I [would] use it: After applying shadow to my lids with a flat brush, I use a clean blending brush to blur the edges. Alternatively, I could use the blending brush to pick up a crease colour and work from the outer corner, through the crease to the centre of the lid. 


For good measure, above is a photo of the e.l.f. Cosmetics Essential Blending Eye Brush ($2.25) on the left beside the Make Up For Ever Artisan Blender Brush, Small ($29, reviewed here). Yes, the price difference is atrocious with the MUFE brush costing as much as 2XL Pizzas, but there are subtle differences that make the MUFE Blender Brush the victor in this battle. 

The shape is quite similar, however the e.l.f. brush is only about half the density of the MUFE brush. This means that the MUFE has twice as many bristles and blends out shadows much more effectively. Furthermore, there's a big gap in quality. The MUFE brush is significantly heavier and the bristles are much softer. 

Ok. That's the end of my bashing of the e.l.f. Cosmetics Essential Blending Eye Brush. I think for now I'll avoid the e.l.f. Cosmetics Essentials line and try out the slightly more expensive e.l.f. Cosmetics Studio line brushes instead. 

Have you tried any brushes from e.l.f. Cosmetics? Do you have any recommendations? 



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Friday, December 20, 2013

FOOD: Almadina Egyptian Cuisine - Waterloo

Everything in Waterloo is expensive. Cheapest you'll find is a $4 sandwich at Timmies or a $5.65 sub at Subway, but Subway and Tim Horton's both get gross if you eat from them often. Get a little higher on the price side of things and there's food you won't get tired of. Almadina is just that. It's exotic (compared to the food I cook for myself), yummy, and filling. 

Located conveniently next to the University of Waterloo, Almadina Egyptian Cuisine says you can "Eat like an Egyptian". I've been eating like an Egyptian twice this past week. 

My "regular" order is the Chicken Shawarma Plate ($10.99+ tax). The plate comes with rice, two salads, and a choice of meat. For the full menu, check out www.almadinacuisine.com.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

HAIR: The Braided Holiday Hair - Fashion Magazine Beauty Panel Challenge #41

As someone with long hair, styling can often be tedious. Braids are a quick and easy way to look chic without much effort. My current braid of choice is the half-up, half down Dutch halo braid (aka mouthful). The only difference between a Dutch Braid and a "traditional" braid is that you place the outer strands of hair underneath the middle. 


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wantable Limited Edition Holiday Box 2013


Since it's nearing the holidays, I opted to receive a different kind of Wantable box. For the holiday season, Wantable launched 3 limited edition boxes. Rather than getting a suprise in the mail, the products in limited edition holiday box are published on the Wantable website. Each box contains similar products with slight variations. 

Each box is the same price as the regular per-month subscription ($36) or a one time purchase of $40, and as usual, shipping is extra for Canadians. The three options are Starlight Soiree, Majestic Masquerade, and Romantic Rendezvous. I chose Romantic Rendezvous.

CoverGirl Whipped Clean Cream Foundation in 320 Creamy Natural and 135 Buff Beige via Blushpretty.com

One way or another, I received two colours of the CoverGirl Clean Whipped Cream Foundation. One through #BeautyUnited and the other via BlushPretty. 

As someone with sensitive skin, I can really appreciate CoverGirl's latest foundation launch, the CoverGirl Clean Whipped Cream Foundation* ($10.99) comes in 10 shades. It's non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, and didn't clog my pores for the few weeks I tested it out. Not to mention, the formula worked nicely with my oily/combo skin. I tried out two different colours - 320 Creamy Natural and 135 Buff Beige. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Kit in Medium

Unless I've snipped off the edges of my brows by accident, I don't ever fill them in. Total beauty faux-pas, I'm aware. I've always figured that my hair is black and my brows are pretty full without the help of product.

Thus, I've never owned an actual eyebrow product in my life. I've never even attempted to fill them in with a product labeled "for eyebrows". Until now. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Smashbox Softbox II - Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette Review and Swatches



Yup, another neutrals palette. I don't own any Urban Decay Naked Palettes (only a dupe for the Naked I). It's a sorry excuse but totally worth it. 

The Sunday following Black Friday I spotted the Softbox I Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette at Shoppers' Drug Mart for $44, swatched it, and walked away. Subsequently, I headed to Sephora and spotted the Smashbox Softbox II Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette for $23 CAD. Absolute bargain, I know. Last time I checked, it was sold out :(

I didn't just pick it up for the price. This is my very first Smashbox purchase and boy, am I pleased. 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Mask ft. Montagne Jeunesse Clay Spas

So Influenster sent me a mask that I already tried [and love] in the Maple Vox Box. I semi-reviewed it here and used photos from that post, since final exam time is killing me. There's not time to take additional photos, but there's always time for a quick face mask. Here's the full review: 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

New York Color [NYC] Big Bold Plumping Lip Gloss and Curl Mascara

New York Color wants you to be "Big and Bold". Those are two words that I typically don't associate with unless they're in reference to (1) improving my skimpy lashes and (2) accenting my normal-sized lips. NYC aims to accomplish both those things with their New York Color Big Bold Curl Mascara ($4.99) and New York Color Big Bold Plumping Lip Gloss ($4.99) in Big City Blush, both of which I received in the Maple Vox Box, the first ever Canadian sample box from Influenster.com.

Prior to receiving the products from Influenster, I had already tried both and used the gloss here and here

Thursday, December 12, 2013

SAMPLING: Clinique Stay Matte Oil Free Foundation in CreamWhip

UPDATED: Said a few odd things about shade.. and wanted to clarify. I first tried this foundation during the summer (when I was matched) and it was much too light. Now it suits me nicely for the winter. Sorry for all the confusion! 

I picked up a sample of the Clinique Stay Matte Foundation from a counter in Philadelphia. I was matched with CreamWhip. What drew me to this foundation was a rave review by Annick of the small little things in life. 

Healthy looking yet matte? An oily skinned girl can only dream... 


I can't say much about the packaging because I only got a sample. It comes in a plastic squeeze tube. The SA was very generous and I think that this little pot will last me 20+ more uses. The full size retails for $29 CAD which is a little higher than a drugstore foundation but reasonable compared to other products at Sephora. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Revlon Colorstay Shadowlink Eyeshdows in Lemon and Cobalt

A new launch from the drugstore, the Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks are housed in no ordinary drugstore eyeshadow container. The Revlon Shadowlinks Eyeshadows have little grooves on their sides that slide them together to create a makeshift palette with colours of your choosing. Note that the shadows can only make a horizontal palette and cannot be stacked into rows. 

I recently spotted these at Shoppers' Drug Mart for $3.99 a piece. 


Monday, December 9, 2013

Revlon by Marchesa 3D Jewel Appliques in Jeweled Noir, Gilded Mosaic, Silk Rosette, and 24K Brocade

The biggest fan of the drugstore brands + high fashion collabs is sitting at her desk this very moment, ogling over the Revlon by Marchesa 3D Jewel Appliques.* She's a beauty blogger and she loves testing out products. However, she hasn't even used them on her nails yet. Not because she's saving them for a rainy day but because she can't stand the thought of putting them on, then saying goodbye in a weeks time by peeling them off. 

Yup. That's me. I could probably frame these nail stickers and hang them on the wall for the purposes of preserving their beauty forever. It's going to be impossible to describe these appliques without using the words gorgeous, glamorous, beautiful or stunning

These appliques take "nail art as accessories" to the next level. 


If you're not familiar with Marchesa, it's a luxury womenswear brand well-known for its couture wedding dresses and red carpet couture established by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig in 2004. 

I reviewed a set of the Spring 2013 Revlon 3D Nail Appliques previously, which I truly enjoyed. In terms of the ease of application and longevity that I experienced before, the only difference with these  limited edition ones by Marchesa is the design. Each pack contains 18 appliques and retails for $9.99 CAD each. 

I was blessed with 4 of the 8 patterns - Jeweled Noir, Silk Rosette, Gilded Mosaic, and 24K Brocade. The other 4 (not shown here) are Evening Garnet, Crown Jewels, Royal Burgundy and Beaded Couture, which I intend on hunting down. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

E.L.F. Cosmetics Everyday 32 Piece Studio Mini Endless Eyes Pro Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches

Thirty-two Eyeshadows. One Palette. Only $9.95 (not to mention free, no-minimum shipping from Nail Polish Canada). When you do the math, it comes out to $0.31 per eyeshadow. Seriously unheard of. That being said, I've never tried ELF Cosmetics products, but I'm aware of their reputation for carrying inexpensive, hit and miss quality products. 

E.L.F. Cosmetics 32 Piece Studio Mini Endless Eyes Pro Eyeshadow Palette (ridiculously long mouthful of a name) comes in 5 variations - For the Party, Brights, Everyday, Natural, and Classic. I received the Everyday Palette for review. 

The Everyday Palette includes a good combination of both neutral "normal" colours and unique brights. Every single shadow (with the exception of 1) has some sort of satin or glitter finish. There are no true matte finish shadows which detracts from the palette's title of "Everyday"

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Win a HUGE 12 Days of Beauty Holiday Gift Pack from P&G Beauty

So... you may have been seeing instagram photos/tweets from me posing with random products and whatnot. It's all for the sake of the #12daysofbeauty photo challenge and YOU can win a 12 Days of Beauty Holiday Gift Pack!! 



So what's in the prize pack? One winner will receive twelve (+) amazing products including:
  1. COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pencil
  2. COVERGIRL Nail Gloss
  3. COVERGIRL Clump Crusher Mascara
  4. Olay Total Effects Line and Dark Circle Minimizing Brush
  5. Crest 3D White Holiday Smile Survival Kit
  6. Pantene Expert Collection Keratin Repair 60-second therapy Ampoule
  7. Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Moisture Whip
  8. Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost and Lift Hairspray
  9. Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Tousling Hairspray
  10. Olay Silk Whimsy Body Lotion
  11. Satin Care Shave Gel with Touch of Olay
  12. Venus and Olay Sugarberry Razor Cartridge



My personal favourite of the 12 gifts is the Crest 3D White Holiday Smile Survival Kit (and today's 12 Days of Beauty Photo) containing a pack of the Crest 3D Whitestrips 1 Hour Express, the CoverGirl Lip Perfection in Eternal, and a chic compact all in a festive, sparkly makeup bag!

HOLY MOLY! I know, right? Thank you P&G Beauty for this amazing giveaway! 
Enter through the rafflecopter giveaway below :) 



Open to residents of Canada only. The winner will have 24 hours to reply to my email or I'll have to choose another! 


Looking forward to seeing your holiday photos and comments. Best of luck! 

Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The One Brand Face: Almay - Makeup for Sensitive Skin



Five products, one brand, one face. As a student with very little time, my goal when I get up in the morning is to put in near-zero effort with maximum makeup results. Yes, I am capable of embracing my features without any product, but Almay makes the minimal look so easy.

I was introduced to the Almay line through Spark Sessions and as a sensitive-skinned girl, I can truly appreciate the brand's aim to provide makeup for our kind. While testing out these products, I found that they pair well together for the perfect natural look with subtle hints of colour. 


Products Used: 
  • Almay Smart Shade Mousse Makeup in 200 Light Medium
  • Almay Smart Shade Powder Blush in 10 Pink
  • Almay Shadow Softies Eyeshadow in 110 Lilac
  • Almay Intense I-Color Volumizing Mascara in 031 Plum
  • Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm in 100 Just Plum





Almay Smart Shade Mousse Makeup in 200 Light Medium - This funky mousse starts out white and melds into the colour of your skin as you blend it out. Coverage is medium and almost eliminates my need for undereye concealer. 


Almay Smart Shade Powder Blush in 10 Pink - I tried to the best of my ability to pile on this shimmery pink blush so that it would show up on camera, however it's so subtle that it's almost impossible to over apply.  The shimmers are noticeable but not overwhelmingly so. If your intention is to look like a clown, you'll have a hard time with this one. 


Almay Shadow Softies Eyeshadow in 110 Lilac - New from the Almay makeup line, the shadow softies are a cream-powder hybrid. If you're looking for high-pigmentation, skip this shadow. But if you want a pop of colour with a hint of shimmer that isn't too harsh on the eyelid (and blends like a dream), this is it. 


Almay Color intense i-color volumizing mascara in 031 Plum - Boy, am I am impressed with this mascara. In general, I have a hard time with mascaras and think even lesser of fad-ish colour mascaras. Contrary to the name, this is not a straight up purple/plum mascara. It appears black on the lashes but with a careful glance you can see the teeniest bit of purple in the mix. Furthermore, the formula itself is volumizing and doesn't smudge or droop my curl. 


Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm in 100 Just Plum - The way to my heart is a good lip colour. I had heard many, many positive things about this product from big and small bloggers alike. Now I see what the hype is all about. This lip balm/gloss is right on the fine line between looking natural and having colour on your lips. I also enjoy the fact that I don't have to compromise healthy looking lips for colour. Rest assured, this is a product of which I'll need to collect a few more shades. 

I'm not sure why I never stopped to pick up products from the Almay section of the drugstore, but I'm wishing I had learned about these products sooner because they make for a pretty darn good (and simple) everyday face. 

Have you tried Almay products? How do you incorporate colour in your everyday makeup? 



*I received all products mentioned through my attendance at Spark Sessions 2013.*

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

P!NK: The Truth About Love Tour via CoverGirl



This past Saturday, November 30th, I ventured down to Toronto for my FIRST ever concert at the ACC (courtesy of CoverGirl and P&G Beauty United) and who better to take with me than my mom, who also had never gone to a concert a la ACC prior to this one. In a nutshell, the P!NK concert was amazing. intense. awesome. over the top. and I couldn't have asked for more. My photos don't really do any of the experience justice, but I thought it would be nice to share my post-concert excitement with you! 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Katy Perry Inspired Nail Art with Sally Hansen Triple Shine

It's a Manicure Monday! Given final exams are right around the corner, I haven't had much time for extravagantly detailed nail art. Nail art is something that I find extremely relaxing and fun to do, so I sat myself down and decided to do something simple and red-carpet inspired. 



Last weekend at the American Music Awards, Katy Perry sported a black and white polka-dot mani to match her polka dot Oscar De La Renta dress on the red carpet. I drew inspiration from the easy design by Sally Hansen celebrity manicurist Kimmie Kyees.


For this mani, I used the following products: 
  • Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Base Coat (not pictured)
  • Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Colour in Slick Black ($6.95)
  • Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Colour in Great White ($6.95)
  • Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Colour Top Coat ($6.95)

In the actual manicure, Katy Perry is wearing Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in White On but I swapped the plain white for the Triple Shine Nail Colour in Great White, the only difference being the added iridescence and sparkle in the Triple Shine Nail Colour.  


Though my own nail art abilities are not as precise as a celebrity manicurist, it's a quick 15 minute manicure. To explain the process of recreating the nail look is almost pointless but for good measure here they are: One coat of base coats, two coats of black, and two coats of white polka dots using a bobby pin as a makeshift dotting tool, and one layer of topcoat. 

Black Slick and Great White are two of nine beautiful iridescence shades in the Triple Shine Nail Colour Line. Being iridescent, it's unreasonable to expect either of the polishes (or any polish for that matter) to perform with opacity in just one coat, which is also why I doubled up on layers of the background colour and the white dots. 


All in all, a super simple manicure inspired by the one and only Katy Perry. Plus, you could easily create this manicure in any combination of colours. On a side note, I've come realize that Triple Shine is an understatement with these nail polishes. When your nails create a glare in photos, you know they're shiny and radiant.

Press samples featured. 


Did you watch the American Music Awards? What do you think of Katy Perry's manicure? 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Fashion Magazine Beauty Panel - Metal Mania




The best way to make a light, metallic eyeshadow pop is to pair it with a black. To achieve this look, I applied a thick line of black pencil eyeliner and smudged it up to the crease. Then, I chose a warm gold-bronze pigment and limited its application to the inner 2/3 of the eye (to avoid the disco ball look). I find that the easiest way to get the metallic, wet sheen with eyeshadow is by use of the "foiling" technique. All this requires is that you dip your eyeshadow brush into a little water before picking up any shadow. Not only will foiling your eyeshadows make them appear more pigmented, but it will also give your eye look more longevity.

Products Used: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in "Zero", NYX Ultra Pearl Mania Loose Eyeshadow in "Mink", Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in "Demure"

How do you incorporate metallic shadows into your makeup look? 

FOOD: The Caprese Pasta with a Twist



Easy Caprese. I have an unorthodox way of eating food by way of mixing the oddest ingredients together. I found a recipe for Caprese pasta here, though IMO no recipe is actually necessary because it's so basic. Caprese pasta is a simple dish of sliced mozzarella and fresh tomatoes and basil, seasoned with olive oil. For lack of good basil at my local grocery store, I mixed in some roasted butternut squash I made a few nights before instead. 


Salty from the mozzarella, acid from the tomatoes and sweet from the squash. I like to think that the addition of squash was my little dash of fall. 

What's your favourite way to eat pasta? 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 CC Cream in Light to Medium

BB Cream yesterday and CC cream today. The Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Tone Correcting Moisturizer is the exact opposite of the Lioele Triple the Solution BB cream that I sampled. Take note, that the name of this product is "moisturizer" not "foundation". So keep that in mind when it comes to coverage and lasting power.


"Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Tone Correcting Moisturizer with Sunscreen fights seven signs of aging, while providing instant coverage plus tone correction for younger-looking, even toned and flawlessly beautiful skin. 
Essential Glucosamine Complex... allows CC products to go beyond instant coverage to provide long-term tone correction and anti-aging benefits 
N-acetyl Glucosamine works with moisturizing  niacinamide to improve the skin's moisture barrier, visibly reducing the appearance of hyperpigmented spots and improving the overall evenness of skin tone."
I'm not too familiar with the sciency stuff. Did a little research and N-acetyl Glucosamine is a natural supplement derived from the shells of certain shellfish and insects typically used to reduce inflammatory bowel disease and osteoarthritis and promote skin whitening (as it's used in the CC cream). Not sure how I feel about this.


The Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Tone Correcting Moisturizer* retails for $32.99. Keep in mind that Olay is more of a skincare brand than a makeup brand, which is likely the reason for the price premium over the old drugstore foundation. Also, it comes with 1.7 fluid ounces; 70% more than that of a regular foundation. Double the amount, double the price. Makes sense. 

Packaging: Yes, yes and yes. I wish all foundations came packaged like this. I love the swirly look, the plastic is sturdy, and it comes with an easily controllable pump.  


Application: You're probably look at 1/2 to 3/4 of a pump to cover your entire face. I'd use my fingers because the consistency of the "moisturizer" is quite light and easily blendable. 



Colour Match: I have to say I'm surprised with how well the colour matches my skin tone. Though, this is a very sheer product so it kind of becomes the colour that you want it to be. If you're slightly more "medium" than me than this will still work IMO. 

Coverage: Sheer-natural to non-existent. The redness on my nose still existed. The finish is very dewy. I feel like I look more oily after compared to before. 

Lasting Power: I can't really comment on this because I really couldn't tell if the product had worn off. Hence, this product is a moisturizer and not a foundation. 


I apologize for the fact that I'm unable to comment on the "anti-aging" or long-term benefits of this product because I haven't used it long enough. 

Overall, this product does live up to its Colour Correcting claims. My skin is a little all over the place, as I'm still transitioning from my winter tan. It has very little coverage, but I feel like this product kind of melds areas areas of hyperpigmentation to with the colour of my skin and smooths everything out.

This would be great for girls (or guys) with near-perfect skin. It's definitely not an everyday product for me, as I prefer more coverage and a more matte finish. One option is to use a powder over it, but I feel like the point of this product is to look natural.

Have you tried this product ? 

Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own. Products received for consideration are denoted with an asterisk (*).