The Best Tinted Moisturizer

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For months, I was looking for a perfect tinted moisturizer for my skin. I needed one that offered a large shade range to fit my uber pale skin, one that wouldn’t break me out, one that gave a natural finish, but most importantly, one that lasted all day, even in the summer heat. I have finally found “The One.” Nars Tinted Moisturizer does all of those things and more.

I bought this a few months back in Sephora, after looking for an easy base to wear every day. I had been taking a long break from makeup, and I started to feel like all of my other bases began to feel too heavy on my skin. I got matched up to wear the shade Alaska, but it isn’t a perfect match for skin (thanks to the lights in Sephora). However, it isn’t a huge deal as it’s a tinted moisturizer that blends easily.

The formula of the moisturizer is oil-free, but it’s still very dewy. That being said if you tend to have a more oily skin type, I would recommend you pair this up with a good setting powder. The fragrance is very nice but subtle. I personally smell oranges but after further reading I’ve found out that the fragrance is actually completely natural and consists of peonies, violets, and rose water.

This moisturizer is very buildable, so you can either decide to sheer it out and only have a touch of coverage, or you can build it up to make it resemble a more foundation like finish. Either way, you’re not going to get any cakiness. This is also very moisturizing, to the point of some days I will even just use this on my own after I washed my face.

Overall I think this is an amazing product, and it’s definitely been one that I find myself reaching for every day. This may be a more expensive tinted moisturizer, but I really believe it’s worth the money. This is so lightweight and really allows my skin to breath. If you’re looking for a new base, I would definitely recommend this one to try out.

A Perfume for Pomegranate Lovers

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Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir is a perfume that has long been on my wish list. A while back I received it as a gift, and I’ve been wearing it non-stop ever since. A perfect perfume for spring and summer, though I’ll most likely wearing it year round.

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir is described as a dark and enigmatic scent. The top notes include raspberry, pomegranate, plum and rhubarb while the middle notes consist of lily of the valley, jasmine, and pink pepper. Lastly, the base notes are cedar, patchouli, musk, and amber.

This is such a different scent to what I’m used to. Although it is still in the Fruity category of Jo Malone perfumes, it’s a lot different than others, such as Orange Blossom. When you first spray this it has a very strong fruity smell along with some spice due to the clove notes. Once it dies down and settles a bit the woody and musk notes really come into play.

I’ve found that this perfume has one of the best staying powers out of all the perfumes I’ve tried from Jo Malone. Although this has some sharp fruity notes when it is first applied, I could imagine this being a good unisex scent, due to the musk and wood notes.

Like usual, the packaging is gorgeous. The bottle is a monochromatic large glass bottle. The design is very simple but still manages to be very classy.

Overall I’m really glad I have gotten hold of this perfume. It’s a very refreshing scent that I can see myself for months to come. Blackberry and Bay, I’m coming for you next.

Currently Listening: Passion Pit

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For my next installment of the Currently Listening: series, I decided to focus one of my favourite bands, Passion Pit. Passion Pit is very close to my heart, as I have liked them for a long time, and I discovered them myself, and whenever I play their songs I get flashbacks of memories.

Passion Pit is an American Indietronica (Indie Electronic) band that was formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2007. The band is comprised of six members, Michael Angelakos (provides lead vocals and keyboards), Chris Hartz (drums), Aaron Folb (bass/synthesizers), Giuliano Pizzulo (guitar/synthesizers), Pete Cafarella (synthesizers), and Ray Suen (guitar/synthesizers.) However, the latter five members only perform with Michael during live performances, as instead of a band, the track in the studio is consisted of all electronic mixes.

In the fall of 2008, the band’s EP, Chunk of Change was released, and their public reception is what started this band. In 2009 Passion Pit released their debut album Manners. This album received extremely good critical reception, which would then lead into their follow up album, Gossamer, being released in 2012. This is when I first discovered Passion Pit. I heard Carried Away and I was in love. Their sound was nothing like I heard before. It reminded me of a happy, disco type song (great description, I know). Once I heard this, I was just completely in love with this band. I soon bought the whole album, and I listened to the album non stop. On April 21, 2015, Passion Pit’s third album, Kindred, was released. There are 10 songs on the album, and they are all unique in their own way. Most of these songs are more electronic, but some fit into the rap genre. I don’t usually enjoy rap, but I really enjoy these songs. Even though this came out over a month ago, I’m still absolutely obsessed with this album. I really feel that Passion Pit has something to offer to everyone. No matter what kind of genre you like, you’re bound to find a song to love.

I really feel that Passion Pit are underrated as a band, and I think they deserve a lot more attention, as they are absolutely amazing. I really hope that after this post, you’ll check out Passion Pit, and will begin to love them as much as I do.

The Mascara That Falls Short

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I have been recently testing out Benefit’s new Mascara, Roller Lash, these past few weeks, and I thought it was time to share my thoughts about it.

Roller Lash had been created to be like a roller for your eyelashes, using own specially designed Hook ‘n’ Curl brush, this mascara promised to eliminate the need of an eyelash curler, and to separate and lift the lashes.

As much I was wanted to love this mascara, I just couldn’t. I don’t find it curls at all. I tried it without a lash curler for the first week or so and then and just realized that it wasn’t working for me on it’s own. I have lashes that naturally grow downward, so I was really hoping that this would work for me. I tried it with an eyelash curler after. At first, I really liked the results, but around ten minutes later my lashes drooped downward and became stick straight once again. I still wore it around, just seeing if it would change my opinion on it at all. It didn’t. This smudged so easily around my eyes, and it just got to the point where my under-eyes were dark grey. This looks pretty natural on the lashes. It doesn’t really lift or curl or add any volume to the lashes, but I find that it really defines them to make them look really fluttery. After this is applied this makes your lashes feel really soft, which is quite different, as most mascaras dry really stiffly.

As much as I didn’t really care for the product itself, I really liked the packaging and the wand. The mascara has a silicone handle on the wand of the mascara, and I find it really aesthetically pleasing. I really enjoyed the brush itself, as I found it was really easy to reach the roots of my lashes, something I usually find extremely difficult with other mascaras.

I feel like mascara is one of the hardest things to shop for, and you can’t always take someone’s word for it, as we all have different eyelashes. Personally it didn’t curl or do anything spectacular for my eyes. If you have eyelashes that are easy to curl or already curly, I’d say that this mascara would be an option for you, but for people like me who’s eye makeup easily smudges and have hard to curl lashes, I’d just say skip it, as I feel like there’s a lot more better mascaras out there.

MAC Do Brushes

It’s no surprise that MAC do brushes. With the cult following they’ve received, the brushes have a lot to look up to. I’ve recently purchased three new MAC brushes: The 239, 217, and the 109. I’m talking about the two eye brushes today.

MAC 217 and 239Way back when, I bought my first MAC brush, the 217, but I had seem to have lost it a while back and I decided I couldn’t go without it for any longer. These brushes are on the more expensive side, but when it comes to makeup brushes, you’re really paying for the quality of the brush itself. The 217 brush is a great brush for blending eyeshadows in the crease and also applying cream eyeshadows. I usually use it for the former option, but it’s an extremely versatile brush. It also works for applying and blending a cream concealer (think Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer) but also amazing to apply a setting powder underneath the eyes. The 239 is a new brush for me. An all over shader brush, this really packs a punch. This will really pack on eyeshadow on the eyelid, but it’s also amazing to use to apply pigments. I’m really glad I purchased these, as they have become everyday essentials for me, and they have just made my daily routine a little more exciting. Although expensive, these brushes are definitely worth a look if you’re looking for some good quality investment brushes.